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by Richard D
1 Jan 2018, 9:37am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Must overtake, bicycle...
Replies: 105
Views: 11782

Re: Must overtake, bicycle...

The oncoming car driver was good to react so quick, he avoided a head-on collision. For their own sake, yes they were, unfortunately it just reinforces that the manoeuvre was 'safe' and/or 'good'... And that for me is part of the problem. Quite aside from the lack of negative consequences of bad dr...
by Richard D
21 Dec 2017, 11:27pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Getting lasered :(
Replies: 15
Views: 1678

Re: Getting lasered :(

Fake - but that's where ANPR should be a valuable tool. How does ANPR he, when the Police are too busy to check it, let alone try to use it to find the car? I was hit by the passenger in a car with private plates. Taxed, insured and very obviously driven by someone who likes everyone to now what th...
by Richard D
21 Dec 2017, 11:15pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best front light for Xmas
Replies: 46
Views: 3879

Re: Best front light for Xmas

I use one of the Lidl £10 lights alongside the Axendo60, and a B&M (Speed+ Premium or something; their naming system is just confusing). I can't really tell the difference in beams between the Axendo and the B&M beam patterns, but the Axendo has a much better bracket/mount. And it dumps all ...
by Richard D
18 Dec 2017, 10:29pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best front light for Xmas
Replies: 46
Views: 3879

Re: Best front light for Xmas

Axendo 60 USB. Not expensive, but it puts the light where you need it. How so many big-name GB brands get away with charging ten times as much for lamps half as useful boggles me.

http://www.spanninga.com/products/headl ... do-60-usb/
by Richard D
25 Nov 2017, 9:08pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Mandatory Helmets and hi-vis to be considered in government eview
Replies: 206
Views: 14675

Re: Mandatory Helmets and hi-vis to be considered in government eview

Missing the point. Passing a law mandating helmet use and hi viz costs next to nothing, and makes motorists feel okay; it's not their fault that cyclists get killed or injured, it's the fault of the cyclists for not wearing helmets and hi viz. Whereas enforcing the laws that we already have that are...
by Richard D
25 Nov 2017, 7:58pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Must overtake, bicycle...
Replies: 105
Views: 11782

Re: Must overtake, bicycle...

I do get rather pee'd off with the "overtake then hit brakes I'm doing a right turn" brigade. Most mornings on my commute this happens to me. Very annoying, and even more so if Mr MGIF was driving too close immediately beforehand. But I learned that passing on their left as they wait to t...
by Richard D
19 Oct 2017, 8:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front light positioning
Replies: 62
Views: 3049

Re: Front light positioning

I use one of these for my B&M headlamp: https://www.evanscycles.com/minoura-cs-500-head-space-mount-EV207949 It's clamped to the steerer, taking the place of a spacer, and there's no way it's rotating without some very serious provocation. This looks good, but the description on Evans website i...
by Richard D
19 Oct 2017, 8:32pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Frame bag recommendations for commuting
Replies: 6
Views: 802

Re: Frame bag recommendations for commuting

I got one but I don't use it much because it's pretty thin, annoying to fit and remove and its straps scuff the paint. This. For commuting I want easy on, easy off. I use a Carradice bag (almost always a Nelson), with a QR Bagman support. Getting it on and off the bike in the shed takes a second.
by Richard D
13 Oct 2017, 8:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front light positioning
Replies: 62
Views: 3049

Re: Front light positioning

I use one of these for my B&M headlamp:
https://www.evanscycles.com/minoura-cs- ... t-EV207949
It's clamped to the steerer, taking the place of a spacer, and there's no way it's rotating without some very serious provocation.
by Richard D
9 Oct 2017, 8:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Why are dynamo front lights so expensive?
Replies: 137
Views: 5757

Re: Why are dynamo front lights so expensive?

I did have an Ixon IQ speed which is more or less the same optics as the previous generation Cyo (seemed the same anyway) but I found that the 5-cell custom battery pack fairly quickly lost charge holding capability and replacing it would have been expensive. I soldered a 9v battery connector on th...
by Richard D
30 Sep 2017, 8:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Aldi rear bike light with camera
Replies: 19
Views: 5703

Re: Aldi rear bike light with camera

The Velcro strap on the Fly6 is silicone coated for grip; the Aldi one isn't, which meant that I was struggling to mount it securely (I've no seatpost I can use, as my Carradice takes up what little space I have back there). I was hoping that it might have some other mounting options, but hadn't rea...
by Richard D
16 Sep 2017, 10:58pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Are UK roads dangerous for cyclists?
Replies: 60
Views: 4622

Re: Are UK roads dangerous for cyclists?

To answer the thread's title, UK roads are perfectly safe for cyclists. Uk drivers, on the other hand, are a sodding menace.
by Richard D
16 Sep 2017, 3:45pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: A really good weatherproof jacket
Replies: 43
Views: 3082

Re: A really good weatherproof jacket

Many Castelli Gabba users swear by them, whether the expense is worth it to you is your call. I bought a Gabba a fortnight ago, and with the weather recently I've had plenty of chances to try it out. Bloody fantastic. Is that enough swearing for you? Wind proof and water resistant enough to to stay...
by Richard D
16 Sep 2017, 3:36pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Just why can't drivers...
Replies: 21
Views: 1912

Re: Just why can't drivers...

Every action that does not make contact just encourages them to think what they did was perfectly acceptable, so they never change. And getting the Police to prosecute for careless driving - let alone assault - is nigh on impossible unless there was actual contact, and probably injury as a result :(
by Richard D
16 Sep 2017, 9:25am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Just why can't drivers...
Replies: 21
Views: 1912

Re: Just why can't drivers...

Happens to me ALL THE TIME. Caused by an unhealthy dose of "must get in front". I usually cycle past them with a shake of the head.