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by alanesq
22 Sep 2020, 9:49pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Operation Close Pass
Replies: 38
Views: 1617

Re: Operation Close Pass

It continually reads distance and if this drops below a set threshold it takes a picture and stores it on to an sd card along with the measured distance. Could you change that to sample and record absolute distance frequently rather than using a threshold... that might provide additional informatio...
by alanesq
21 Sep 2020, 10:48am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Operation Close Pass
Replies: 38
Views: 1617

Re: Operation Close Pass

I bought myself a ultrasonic sensor a while back (jsn-sr04t), I have not tried it on the bike yet but seems to work pretty well and costs around £6 on eBay. This is very easy to link to an Arduino (https://www.makerguides.com/jsn-sr04t-arduino-tutorial/) but I am thinking an esp32 camera module may ...
by alanesq
21 Sep 2020, 8:34am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Operation Close Pass
Replies: 38
Views: 1617

Re: Operation Close Pass

I was planning to build a electronic distance sensor on the side of my bike to record the distance of passing cars but never actually got round to doing it. Would there be any interest/benefit in this do you think? I thought that whilst never going to be admissible in court or anything like that, it...
by alanesq
21 Sep 2020, 8:26am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Starter Bike for (Very) Overweight Woman
Replies: 16
Views: 835

Re: Starter Bike for (Very) Overweight Woman

I was around 19stone and cycled every day for some years and found the only real issue to be the wheels. I would find that after a while a spoke would break and then if I replaced the spoke others would soon follow. The solution was when I broke a spoke either have the wheel completely rebuilt by a ...
by alanesq
21 Sep 2020, 8:02am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike for a heavy rider
Replies: 6
Views: 324

Re: Bike for a heavy rider

I used to be around your weight and found that the only real issue with my bikes was the wheels. I found that with cheaper wheels eventually a spoke would break and then no point replacing it as the rest will soon follow. The solution I found was to either get the wheel rebuilt by someone who knows ...
by alanesq
10 May 2020, 11:59am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: bike recommendations for a fatty
Replies: 17
Views: 797

Re: bike recommendations for a fatty

I have been a larger cyclist (well over 20 stone at one point) for many years and managed to keep the weight on no problem despite all the exercise I get ;-) The simple fact is that if you eat more calories than your body requires you gain weight, if you eat fewer than your body requires you will lo...
by alanesq
9 May 2020, 9:54am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: bike recommendations for a fatty
Replies: 17
Views: 797

Re: bike recommendations for a fatty

As a 20 stone cyclist (or at least I was until recently) I can confirm that the wheels are the issue. I usually found eventually a spoke will break and then no point replacing it as the rest will soon follow... I usually had the wheel rebuilt by a local cycling shop and asked them to make the wheel ...
by alanesq
13 Jun 2019, 3:13pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best Bike (very) Overweight
Replies: 84
Views: 6745

Re: Best Bike (very) Overweight

Myself being a "large chap" who also carries a lot of luggage, my experience is that the main thing is you will need good, hand built wheels otherwise you will be plagued by breaking spokes (btw - once one spoke goes there is no point replacing it as the others will soon follow). My last o...
by alanesq
30 May 2019, 5:54pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Homeopathy, does it work?
Replies: 293
Views: 9762

Re: Homeopathy, does it work?

by alanesq
30 May 2019, 9:54am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Has anyone measured passing distance?
Replies: 8
Views: 1828

Re: Has anyone measured passing distance?

A few weeks back I read something about new laws coming in April this year about close passing cyclists although I have not seen anything since? This set me thinking and inspired me to quickly cobble together a distance sensor to fit to my bike to see just how close cars are passing me although I ne...
by alanesq
12 Sep 2015, 11:08am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Smartphones - Chinese marketplace
Replies: 10
Views: 1193

Re: Smartphones - Chinese marketplace

I bought three of them myself and was charged tax once
by alanesq
11 Sep 2015, 5:23pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Smartphones - Chinese marketplace
Replies: 10
Views: 1193

Re: Smartphones - Chinese marketplace

I have a THL Chinese phone which cost me about £100 (although you can get them a lot cheaper these days) I have been very pleased with (particularly like the ability to have 2 sims in it which I don't think any "regular" phones let you do) I know of 4 other people who also bought one after...
by alanesq
11 Sep 2015, 4:56pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Bike provision on Beeston tram route and a question
Replies: 28
Views: 4299

Re: Bike provision on Beeston tram route and a question

As stated above, the cars behind you pose a very serious risk when trying to negotiate tram tracks. This video shows what I find to be a very common event when joining the tram tracks at either end of this road in Beeston. https://youtu.be/LMEpvxWSEmc i.e. just as you make the final turn to go down ...
by alanesq
28 Aug 2015, 5:08am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Bike provision on Beeston tram route and a question
Replies: 28
Views: 4299

Re: Bike provision on Beeston tram route and a question

I agree, I have cycled down that road many times and the best way I have found is to cycle between the tracks. You can then cycle down the road ok but you have to keep in mind that swerving to avoid anything is not an option. If you cycle to the left of them then you can't get through the stops and ...
by alanesq
7 Nov 2012, 6:30pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: University Project - Product to Improve Cyclist Safety
Replies: 60
Views: 6134

Re: University Project - Product to Improve Cyclist Safety

How about a camera which attaches to the cycle with built in GPS (for location and speed data) and some sensor to detect how close a passing car is (ultrasonic?) then, if a car passes too close it automatically grabs a picture with the cars number plate and this along with info on how fast the cycle...