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by Richard D
14 Sep 2017, 11:04pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Jail for road-rage motorist who deliberately ploughed into cyclists
Replies: 44
Views: 2696

Re: Jail for road-rage motorist who deliberately ploughed into cyclists

Was the offender required to pass the extended driving test before driving again once the ban expires? That would certainly be reasonable. Yes he was. Of course, we know that the driving test does little to test people's attitudes and manner of driving the moment the pass certificate is handed over...
by Richard D
12 Sep 2017, 7:10pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: SAFE(ISH) PARKING
Replies: 11
Views: 1047

Re: SAFE(ISH) PARKING

Try parking near the swyddfa heddlu/police station My first car was broken into and trashed when parked next to a police station. And a few years ago I was car-jacked outside another (differen) police station. From which I conclude that they are the sort of places that have crooks hanging around ne...
by Richard D
12 Sep 2017, 7:02pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: A question of weight (again!)
Replies: 17
Views: 1440

Re: A question of weight (again!)

All a bit analytical for me. All I know is that I tried cycle camping for the first time last week. I set off on a bike weighing 55lbs, and yet I still managed an average of 14.5mph over 60 miles. 14.5mph is about my average speed for ANY solo ride if that sort of length. And I got up a 15% gradient...
by Richard D
12 Sep 2017, 6:56pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Daft TV ads
Replies: 64
Views: 6321

Re: Daft TV ads

The current Vauxhall one - the one that tries to make a virtue of being a slovenly strumpet - annoys me no end. The fact that some people genuinely think that the sort of behaviour the ad extols is in some way acceptable boggles belief. But then, that's Vauxhall drivers for you.
by Richard D
8 Sep 2017, 12:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Recommend me a head torch
Replies: 93
Views: 5113

Re: Head torches

FWVLIW, I use an AA-powered Zebralight. No charging on the move, but one battery (a Sanyo Eneloop) is more than enough for a long weekend, and AA batteries are easy enough to buy if they run out.
by Richard D
3 Aug 2017, 7:43pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: I'm worried the bike I bought is stolen...
Replies: 35
Views: 2964

Re: I'm worried the bike I bought is stolen...

From a buying point of view, it's often worth asking a couple of straightforward questions that an owner of the bike would know, but a casual thief wouldn't. "Is it Campag or Shimano?" If he has to look at the bike to answer the question, ask yourself why.
by Richard D
27 Jul 2017, 10:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain lubricant!
Replies: 43
Views: 3957

Re: Chain lubricant!

When it's not too we, I clean the chain and sprockets every week or two using an ultrasonic cleaner and relubing with paraffin wax in a slow cooker. Whole thing takes about 30-40 minutes, but only about 5 minutes of hands-on time. Not sure what I'll do this winter - the paraffin turns into a black m...
by Richard D
27 Jul 2017, 10:02pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Where to report close passes?
Replies: 29
Views: 3233

Re: Where to report close passes?

https://forum.cyclinguk.org/viewtopic.php?p=1145383#p1145383 Scroll down to the bottom for info about reporting. FWIW, I think it's naïve to expect to be able to dash off a complaint and expect the police to take it to conclusion without any further personal involvement. Anybody reporting something...
by Richard D
27 Jul 2017, 9:19pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bucks: Petition to ban cyclists from 'high speed' DC's
Replies: 71
Views: 5722

Re: Bucks: Petition to ban cyclists from 'high speed' DC's

IMO, a big problem with what I'll term rural dual carriageways - often, but not always, trunk roads - is their gradual "improvement" to being motorways in all but classification. This. A new motorway is almost always a new route. The pre-existing roads still exist (albeit with some distur...
by Richard D
11 Jul 2017, 8:59pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Where to report close passes?
Replies: 29
Views: 3233

Re: Where to report close passes?

Especially when you know that they will NFA it anyway :(
by Richard D
11 Jul 2017, 8:57pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: back to road tax
Replies: 68
Views: 4661

Re: back to road tax

Is this new plan proposed by the same Grayling who doors cyclists?
by Richard D
25 Jun 2017, 6:58pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Book recommendations and why?
Replies: 78
Views: 11373

Re: Book recommendations and why?

Bike books - The Rider by Tim Krabbe (an excellent piece on cycling = suffering), and any of Tim Moore's three cycling travelogues (eg French Revolutions). My usual cup of tea is fantasy, so echo the recommendation of Patrick Rothfuss (I just re-read his second, and cannot wait for the third part), ...
by Richard D
25 Jun 2017, 6:53pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What is fitness?
Replies: 26
Views: 1809

Re: What is fitness?

Joined a coach to 5k program at work last yone's first run. They all finished a LONG way ahead of me (my excuse - not run, at all, since I broke my leg two years ago). I could not have gone any quicker, but by the end I as down to a slow crawl. I've hardly been able to walk for the last two days! Bu...
by Richard D
25 Jun 2017, 6:48pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Where to report close passes?
Replies: 29
Views: 3233

Re: Where to report close passes?

West Mids Police have no simple way for cyclists to upload video. So sadly the message is that despite the publicity campaigns, actually doing anything about poor driving behaviour is not on their agenda.
by Richard D
4 May 2017, 10:48pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Does anyone know why helmets vary in price so much?
Replies: 50
Views: 2698

Re: Does anyone know why helmets vary in price so much?

I actually got a helmit a) to possibly attache a rear flashing light to b) to keep my head warm and wouldnt get blown off as it has a strap c) has a peak to keep the sun out of my eyes - is a lidl one. I am unlikely to fall off my bike due to riding antics, I may get squashed by a lorry Similar. I ...