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by alanesq
21 Sep 2012, 5:19pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: "New Tricks"
Replies: 23
Views: 11233

Re: "New Tricks"

by alanesq
20 Sep 2012, 5:46pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Bicycle bell auto response
Replies: 34
Views: 4042

Re: Bicycle bell auto response

I may give a different type bell a try - I chose a single ding one as I thought it would seem less aggressive

I have an Airzound but that may be going too far the other way ;-)
by alanesq
20 Sep 2012, 8:08am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Bicycle bell auto response
Replies: 34
Views: 4042

Re: Bicycle bell auto response

When I use my bell on a shared use path I will more often than not get one of the following results: a) They will completely ignore it b) They will randomly jump sideways without looking (often into my path) c) They will give me some abuse (or at least sarcastic response) for ringing a bell at them ...
by alanesq
16 Sep 2012, 10:00am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rear view mirrors?
Replies: 96
Views: 20547

Re: Rear view mirrors?

I have two mirrors on my bike and find them very handy for seeing what the vehicle behind is up to etc. BUT if you do have a mirror it is vital that you never let yourself start relying on it (i.e. not looking behind when turning etc.) as there will always be a blind spot which will eventually catch...
by alanesq
15 Aug 2012, 6:03pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Be Safe, Be Seen.
Replies: 181
Views: 12774

Re: Be Safe, Be Seen.

Sorry if this is already common knowledge, but I have just seen this and it seems to me like a good idea. Maybe not the cycle lane?, but projecting something on the road would get you noticed. http://www.wired.com/autopia/2009/02/lightlanes-lase/ It basically uses a laser/hologram to project an imag...
by alanesq
13 Aug 2012, 5:25pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Columnist argues Chris Hoy's success is bad for pedestrians
Replies: 55
Views: 10967

Re: Columnist argues Chris Hoy's success is bad for pedestri

This isn't rocket-science. I agree, but for some reason we don't seem to be able to do it (not round here anyway) People will walk/cycle either side of the path and swap at any moment without signalling or looking cyclists come at you round a blind corner on the wrong side of the "road" a...
by alanesq
13 Aug 2012, 4:59pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Columnist argues Chris Hoy's success is bad for pedestrians
Replies: 55
Views: 10967

Re: Columnist argues Chris Hoy's success is bad for pedestri

There are examples outside of the UK where pedestrians and cyclists (legally) share the same space surprisingly well. I recently returned from a Munich visit and was quite surprised to find lots of cyclists belting down shared paths along the Isa River at speeds around 20mph or more. Perhaps there ...
by alanesq
12 Aug 2012, 5:52pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Columnist argues Chris Hoy's success is bad for pedestrians
Replies: 55
Views: 10967

Re: Columnist argues Chris Hoy's success is bad for pedestri

BTW - I am speaking as both a cyclist and a walker, whichever I am doing I often find the other irritating ;-)

The problem is that if it is going to be a combines cycle and foot path then it can't be ideal at either and we have to somehow find a way to exist together with the least stress?
by alanesq
12 Aug 2012, 4:36pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Columnist argues Chris Hoy's success is bad for pedestrians
Replies: 55
Views: 10967

Re: Columnist argues Chris Hoy's success is bad for pedestri

Where there are shared paths then I think there will always be conflict as the two activities are not really compatible. The problem when cycling is that pedestrians will often block the whole path and take an age to make space (if they have a dog they will often fail to manage to make space even af...
by alanesq
29 Jul 2012, 6:49am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: 3 speed sturmey archer to single speed
Replies: 3
Views: 2273

Re: 3 speed sturmey archer to single speed

I would consider having a try at seeing if you can repair it I did so on one a while back and they are not as difficult to work on as you might imagine. http://sheldonbrown.com/sturmey-archer/aw.html http://sheldonbrown.com/sturmey-archer_3-spd.html http://hadland.wordpress.com/2012/07/02/how-to-rep...
by alanesq
26 Jul 2012, 4:33pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Close Pass by a Van Driver
Replies: 10
Views: 3142

Re: Close Pass by a Van Driver

having the relevant parts of the highway code printed on small cards and presenting this to the driver would be good - I must get round to making myself some... btw - there is probably a market on eBay for such an item (or even a sticker for the window) or asking why they think the alleged crime of ...
by alanesq
26 Jul 2012, 9:08am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: A car is now deemed essential
Replies: 40
Views: 10987

Re: A car is now deemed essential

I do not have a car, if a car is essential then what does this mean - what will become of me? ;-) Well, actually I am on thin ice here as I do have a car, but I put it into storage a few years ago as I realised that the age of the car has now passed, there are just too many of them, it has got way o...
by alanesq
22 Jul 2012, 8:22pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Micro incident : Was I in the wrong ?
Replies: 10
Views: 2692

Re: Micro incident : Was I in the wrong ?

One thing I have found many times (and this is really dangerous) if you indicate the car behind will often speed up and try to overtake you (especially when you are trying to change lane position or change lane) It is almost guaranteed that if you are changing lanes on a multi lane road you look rou...
by alanesq
18 Jul 2012, 9:48pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Silicone Bakeware
Replies: 14
Views: 7894

Re: Silicone Bakeware

Microwaves? Good for defrosting stuff, melting butter, heating baked beans. That's about it. Don't forget porridge ! It is worth owning a microwave just to use it for porridge making :-) I have seen something on t.v. recently which showed what Yorkshire pudding was originally and it is nothing like...