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by james01
17 Mar 2020, 1:44pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Petition : Call for 3 points + £100 fine for NOT using indicators when driving
Replies: 48
Views: 1687

Re: Petition : Call for 3 points + £100 fine for NOT using indicators when driving

Mikenzo wrote:My petition:

3 penalty points and £100 fine for not using indicators on the road.

Introduce 3 penalty points on driving license and £100 fine for not using the indicators on the road.



What about an exemption for drivers who just can't help it, eg. BMW drivers, taxi drivers ? :wink:
by james01
15 Feb 2020, 12:28pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: 1945 Footage of District Nurse
Replies: 27
Views: 1355

1945 Footage of District Nurse

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8P8m7t6Jp0

Imagine trying to persuade modern medics to do their rounds like this!
by james01
4 Jan 2020, 3:41pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Legality of using phone while cycling
Replies: 30
Views: 1135

Re: Legality of using phone while cycling

[ well there was a case in north UK where a teenager was riding too fast on an ebike I think it was was done by the cops and lost his licence or had points put on it ( cant remember which) he didnt have yet. so if he ever got a motor licence he would already be for the chop. Was a very strange stor...
by james01
18 Dec 2019, 11:58am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Lorry pushes car on A40
Replies: 40
Views: 2268

Re: Lorry pushes car on A40

I remember reading of a suggested redesign of truck cabs, placing the driver down nearer to normal street level - as already seen in many types of buses and coaches. This gives the driver a far better awareness of immediate surroundings, especially in urban situations. It also reduces his sense of r...
by james01
11 Sep 2019, 11:31am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Charging AAA batteries on housephone handset
Replies: 11
Views: 1082

Re: Charging AAA batteries on housephone handset

Update. Sorry doomsters ( :D ), but after nearly another 3 years I'm still using this charging regime, the old Kaifeng 550 mAh batteries still holding charge well and now at least 10 years old. Ref the cost of mains recharging. I've always fancied buying a plug-in mains ammeter, especially one which...
by james01
29 Aug 2019, 12:44pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Continuing cycling in older age - what is the secret if any?
Replies: 32
Views: 2225

Re: Continuing cycling in older age - what is the secret if any?

As stated above, cycling is excellent exercise but other activities are important, eg for bone density issues. My general rule is: never drive if I can reasonably cycle, and never cycle if I can reasonably walk. Most of my local trips up to two miles are on foot (minor shopping, appointments etc). L...
by james01
27 Aug 2019, 1:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Schwalbe silento
Replies: 4
Views: 465

Re: Schwalbe silento

mercalia wrote:dont have a bottle dyno track


Some manufacturers seem to be abandoning this feature. Not many of us bottle-users left, I suppose.
by james01
27 Aug 2019, 1:46pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: 2 chainring versus 3 chainring crank
Replies: 45
Views: 2720

Re: 2 chainring versus 3 chainring crank

+1 for triple. I've spoken to so many newbies who get persuaded to buy high-geared doubles ("...nobody uses triples any more, sir"), then get thoroughly demoralised when they do the walk of shame up a not-very-steep hill. And the simple answer to the difficulty in fine-tuning a triple to a...
by james01
26 Aug 2019, 12:53pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Alpine lake tour suggestions
Replies: 7
Views: 788

Alpine lake tour suggestions

Planning a trip for next year taking 4 not-so-fit middle aged cyclists. Some are nervous in traffic. We've previously done a Danube bike cruise which was perfect (no real hills, mostly traffic-free) and are contemplating a similarly unchallenging tour. A moving-on circular tour around a large pictur...
by james01
20 Aug 2019, 4:22pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Tent run over at campsite
Replies: 15
Views: 1487

Re: Tent run over at campsite

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-49411705 Driver charged. Some injuries, one serious. I have a "thing" about camping with motor vehicles in the same area, and try to use sites where they are segregated from lightweight campers. Years ago I spent a very uneasy night at a poorly-regulated...
by james01
15 Aug 2019, 2:36pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Naive battery question
Replies: 12
Views: 929

Naive battery question

Recently had to buy a replacement battery for wife's ebike (£400 :shock: ). I calculate that when fully charged it contains around 400 watts, and weighs around 5kg. I just weighed an old car lead-acid battery at 13kg. When fully charged it holds around 480 watts. The battery costs around £40 new. Th...
by james01
17 Jun 2019, 1:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Canti straddle wire - is it special?
Replies: 6
Views: 530

Re: Canti straddle wire - is it special?

Many thanks for the advice. The original cantis are obviously cheap (maker's name has long ago rubbed off) but work well. A standard MTB brake nipple sits nicely in the yoke, I'll go ahead using standard brake wire and keep a cautious eye on potential fraying points.
by james01
17 Jun 2019, 11:55am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Canti straddle wire - is it special?
Replies: 6
Views: 530

Canti straddle wire - is it special?

Is there any reason why I can't use ordinary brake cable to replace a frayed straddle wire in an old MTB? The wires look and feel like the same gauge, but presumably the straddle wire suffers more powerful forces?