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by pwward
28 Mar 2010, 9:19am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: A place to record cyclists using trains
Replies: 220
Views: 31835

Re: A place to record cyclists using trains

The Cross country train had a new looking setup, sort of open wardrobes either side of the gangway. You hang your bike on a hook. Good design, good use of space. The train was a third full between Newc and Darlington. The Scotrail train (it had come from Scotland judging by the accents, maybe from S...
by pwward
27 Mar 2010, 12:03am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: A place to record cyclists using trains
Replies: 220
Views: 31835

Re: A place to record cyclists using trains

Newcastle - Darlington on the 0935 X country train. No reservation for the bike. No problems at all, 4 bike spaces available. Hexham - Newcastle on the 1525 Scotrail train, no reservation, no probs, this train had a new bike rack with room for 8 bikes. Now in 10 years of cycling in NE England I have...
by pwward
22 Mar 2010, 8:41am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cyclist arrested
Replies: 17
Views: 1523

Re: Cyclist arrested

I don't see any reports about whether the victim was wearing a helmet. It's unlikely she was.
I wonder if the cyclists insurance company can reduce any damages by asking this to be taken into account...or if there will be a statement by the coroner that a helmet might have saved her life?
by pwward
19 Mar 2010, 10:06pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: No helmet, no ride
Replies: 199
Views: 10306

Re: No helmet, no ride

You will not get me to support any campaign by being insulting or patronising. It isn't meant to be patronising or insulting. I'm sorry you feel that. But you understand the argument even if you don't agree, don't you? Helmets are a massive problem for the development of cycling and internationally...
by pwward
19 Mar 2010, 7:34pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: No helmet, no ride
Replies: 199
Views: 10306

Re: No helmet, no ride

By gum, imagine! All this controversy over something as trivial as helmets - just imagine if they'd had an entry condition that stipulated single pannierists only!?!?!?!? Come off it Si. You know (don't you?) that the helmet issue is the largest single issue in cycling today, bigger than the cycle ...
by pwward
16 Mar 2010, 1:56pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: No helmet, no ride
Replies: 199
Views: 10306

Re: No helmet, no ride

It's a policy to be deplored, good on you for writing to them about it. We should not just accept stupid rules like this, it's backdoor compulsion without an act of parliament. Aside from the issue of whether they provide any useful protection, events of this nature are not dangerous enough to justi...
by pwward
16 Feb 2010, 7:05pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: BeautyandtheBike
Replies: 46
Views: 3481

Re: BeautyandtheBike

Our society and us Brits are not really different to the Germans, Dutch, Danish. There is nothing intrinsically wrong here. Drivers attitudes towards us cyclists are part of a social culture built over several decades and is quite reversible given the appropriate policies. Cyclists are an 'out' grou...
by pwward
8 Feb 2010, 10:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Pedal reflectors and the CTC shop.
Replies: 21
Views: 2918

Re: Pedal reflectors and the CTC shop.

I am buying Wellgo flat pedals that take reflectors (if you can get 'em) I think CTC might be persuaded to write Wiggle letter/email suggesting it would be fitting and proper they sell pedals with the option of buying reflectors to comply with the law. Wiggle are a good company, fast service, decent...
by pwward
8 Feb 2010, 9:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Pedal reflectors and the CTC shop.
Replies: 21
Views: 2918

Pedal reflectors and the CTC shop.

I'm buying some pedals from them, they don't stock reflectors. I think they should. Email reply to my enquiry: Thank you for your email. It is a legal requirement that all bikes are sold with reflectors fitted in the UK as all our bikes are. It is not a legal requirement that pedals are fitted with ...
by pwward
20 Jan 2010, 4:41pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Brake squeal
Replies: 8
Views: 640

Re: Brake squeal

Thanks for the help, especially Gearóid.

I decided to take the suggestions in turn and found the 2nd one, adjusting the brake blocks solved it. I'd put them back so that the rear part contacted first.
by pwward
18 Jan 2010, 10:15pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Brake squeal
Replies: 8
Views: 640

Brake squeal

My Thorn Raven Sport Tour had none for 2 years. But then the hub went on the front wheel and I had a local shop build a new hub into the excellent Rigida tungsten coated rim. Now I no longer have to worry about the pedestrians on the cycle lane as a light pull on the brakes sends them scattering fro...
by pwward
28 Dec 2009, 8:48pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Waterproof Jacket < £60 budget - Recommendations
Replies: 35
Views: 5900

Re: Waterproof Jacket < £60 budget - Recommendations

I'd recommend the Jeantex Nyons jacket. I hate day-glo Derek stuff too. Their (Jeantex) colours are bright and cheery not day glo. They are light, pretty tough, breathe well and are fine for winter and summer and for walking in. Nice soft neck collar and decent hood too. You can buy them on the inte...
by pwward
23 Dec 2009, 2:30pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: The uselessness of cycle lanes illustrated...
Replies: 17
Views: 2646

Re: The uselessness of cycle lanes illustrated...

I'd have been seething too. Good on you for having a go!
by pwward
23 Dec 2009, 12:55pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Pedal lite SHE (daytime running lights for cyclists)campaign
Replies: 18
Views: 3118

Re: Pedal lite SHE (daytime running lights for cyclists)campaign

How about we email them saying we won't buy any of their products until they stop this type of alarmist victim blaiming? I've sent mine in: Hello Pedalite, Your SHE campaign has been highlighted on the CTC’s discussion pages. You will see that many of us view this sort of campaign as alarmist, vergi...
by pwward
10 Dec 2009, 10:09pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: "English cyclists 20 times more at risk than motorists"
Replies: 18
Views: 2002

Re: "English cyclists 20 times more at risk than motorists"

If anyone actually wants to read this article email me off list. This discussion would be better for it. I think some of the reporting of he paper has been sensationalist and poor.

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