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by rower40
14 Apr 2009, 5:13pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Petition: Bikes on Trains
Replies: 7
Views: 760

Re: Petition: Bikes on Trains

Slightly off-topic:
If you try to take a Brompton on Eurostar, they will refuse it if it's not covered in its bag. You can then spend a fraught 20 minutes checking it in as unaccompanied luggage, and hoping that it will travel on the same train as you do.
by rower40
14 Apr 2009, 5:07pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: This is extremely worrying!
Replies: 27
Views: 2686

Re: This is extremely worrying!

Didn't someone once post on here about having a run in with a driver because the driver thought a triangle with a bicycle in it meant 'cycling prohibited'? Right outside a riding stables, the highway authority put up a red-bordered sign with a picture of a ridden horse within. They meant to use a t...
by rower40
10 Apr 2009, 2:30pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike lights in the daytime
Replies: 62
Views: 2345

Re: Bike lights in the daytime

I must admit to being suckered in to the lights arms race. My commuting bike used to have a 1.4 Ah 12V lead-acid battery, driving twin B&M 2.4W halogens at the front, and a car fog-light with a 5W bulb at the back. Running-time on one battery about 40 mins. I've replaced both ends with twin B&am...
by rower40
10 Apr 2009, 1:53pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bikes one way, train back, and bikes on trains
Replies: 23
Views: 2149

Re: Bikes one way, train back, and bikes on trains

Don't know why the rail operators don't all have rolling stock the same, built to a minimum standard which includes a decent sized bike section. So first-class coaches, with restaurant and toilets, on the Underground? Or sleeper cars for London to Brighton? It's Horses for Courses, Innit? Some trai...
by rower40
10 Apr 2009, 1:26pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: The Silliest Comment You've Had...
Replies: 76
Views: 4027

Re: The Silliest Comment You've Had...

On an under-seat-steering recumbent, I've often had "Where're your handlebars?" yelled at me. To which the standard reply is "Where my hands are!"
by rower40
1 Mar 2009, 5:26pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Caravan Club Crap
Replies: 124
Views: 5849

Re:

Funnily enough, there's no road tax on trailers either - they are treated as part of the towing vehicle. When the trolleybus system in Derby was closed down, a work colleague bought one. Electric Vehicle = no Road Fund licence (even back then in the 60s or 70s - before I started work). And he put a...
by rower40
1 Mar 2009, 4:39pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Wire mesh on footbridge planks
Replies: 10
Views: 1181

Re: Wire mesh on footbridge planks

The wire mesh on the planks I use is safely hidden under a protective layer of silt and mud.
http://www.clearthattrail.org.uk/obstruction/897
by rower40
10 Feb 2009, 11:38am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: **** ****
Replies: 105
Views: 6739

In a very few instances, the swear word is crucial to the punchline, without the people-offended-by-bad-language being the butt of the joke. "Why is Danish Lager like making love in a canoe?" "Because both are effing close to water." It's the lager that this joke is taking the **...
by rower40
21 Nov 2008, 5:16pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: What's your main transport?
Replies: 36
Views: 3456

I sold my car about 12 years ago when I realised that it needed me more than I needed it.
(Also fuel had just hit 50p per litre.)

As a long-serving railway employee ("Safeguarded staff") I get free rail travel. So even less reason to have a car.
by rower40
21 Nov 2008, 5:10pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Rubbish jokes!
Replies: 7
Views: 1557

Two elephants fell off a cliff.
Boom Boom.
by rower40
5 Oct 2008, 7:53pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: one reason people hate cyclists
Replies: 19
Views: 2304

I did my bit for motorist/cyclist relationships today. My friend, his wife, and another couple were in a car, waiting to turn out onto one of Derby's gyratory systems. I was behind them, going to the same restaurant. I overtook, up onto the cycle path, and pressed the button on the Toucan Crossing. ...
by rower40
4 Oct 2008, 9:37pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: How far do people commute?
Replies: 50
Views: 5078

3.7 miles each way. Every day. Last year, and the year before, it was only 4 days per week, as I ran it on Tuesdays. I've given that up now, so I ride every day. Doing this journey by public transport involves two buses, from different companies (so no through-ticketing), and Derby having no bus sta...
by rower40
31 Aug 2008, 9:38pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: how often to eat....
Replies: 14
Views: 1516

It's an extremely individual/personal thing. What's just right for one person will have someone else hypoglycaemic/dehydrated/podged. I like to start early (5am or 6am), then get half the day's distance done before stopping for elevenses. After that, I can't go longer than 2 hours between refuels. I...
by rower40
31 Aug 2008, 5:58pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Lights on bikes
Replies: 159
Views: 13313

Conclusion - the more you look like the Police the better off you are! I was riding home from [s] the pub[/s] erm, working late, lit up like the proverbial Christmas tree, when I overheard a youf on a bike say to his mate: "I bet he's a copper, lit up like that." [Warm Glow] I'd still got...
by rower40
31 Aug 2008, 5:34pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Saying thanks
Replies: 40
Views: 2909

For the motorist who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to let me through, IF it's safe, I take both hands off the bars, place them together as if praying, and bow quickly.
It usually gets a smile, and then they can laugh heartily if I lose control and fall off. :oops: