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by rower40
23 Aug 2008, 6:28pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Why don't you go on the CTC SUnday club runs?
Replies: 73
Views: 7307

I sometimes go out on the Sunday run, but feel guilty that I should be at my Rowing Club, where there's a river to be rowed up and down in the morning, and some Real Ale to be drunk in the afternoon.
by rower40
2 Aug 2008, 4:45pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Pursuing pothole procedures ( Mick F has a bad fall )
Replies: 123
Views: 277142

Yes, ma'am, it IS a self-inflating airbag in my cat suit. But nevertheless, I AM pleased to see you...
by rower40
1 Aug 2008, 10:35pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Lights on bikes
Replies: 159
Views: 13310

I'm going to vote 'yes'. Problem: too many cyclists breaking the law (and putting themselves in danger, and giving motorists another reason to treat all cyclists as dirt) by not lighting up at night. Solution 1: Get the police to enforce existing legislation. Solution 2: Change the law, so that bike...
by rower40
1 Aug 2008, 10:00pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Pursuing pothole procedures ( Mick F has a bad fall )
Replies: 123
Views: 277142

Best wishes for a fast recovery. While it's cold comfort in your pain, this spectacular 'off' should be a catalyst for actually getting something done about the terrible state of the roads today.

Let's be careful out there.
by rower40
25 Jul 2008, 8:51pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Is cycling through stationary traffic illegal?
Replies: 103
Views: 9626

Re: Is cycling through stationary traffic illegal?

[Tongue-Firmly-In-Cheek nitpicking mode...] I asked the passenger if they looked and they said they had, and that I was miles away. Were they judging your mental state rather than your physical presence? I've had days like that - e.g. when riding back after the Friday Night Ride to the Coast. [/Tong...
by rower40
8 Jul 2008, 10:29pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: What are you doing?
Replies: 131
Views: 10071

So catching up on yesterdays's Tour de France whilst I'm sat here... I read that as So catching up yesterdays's Tour de France whilst I'm sat here... "Wow" thunk I; "Mr Wildduck is on a wifi-enabled recumbent, chasing down the peleton through the wilds of France, typing and pedalling...
by rower40
26 Jun 2008, 8:52pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Helmets on recumbents
Replies: 46
Views: 4171

I ride upright, 'bent bike (Velotechnik Grasshopper) and 'bent trike (Windcheetah). I wear my helmet all the time. BUT... I have no illusions about whether it is doing anything to protect my head in the event of a crash. All it's doing is providing me an excellent view of what's coming up behind me....
by rower40
24 Jun 2008, 10:08pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: "And make no mistake, cyclists are criminals"
Replies: 276
Views: 17915

I had wondered if it would ever be appropriate when pulling alongside said youngster, to just mention that other road users are giving all cyclists some bad press because of such behaviour. If that does not impress, then something like, "next time you jump a red light, what is it going to feel...
by rower40
29 May 2008, 9:32pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Feeling a bit pleased with myself...
Replies: 22
Views: 2585

Thanks for posting that, and may I second the "Well Done" comments.

A splendid put-down to the anti-bike rant. (I may steal some of your excellent arguments!)
by rower40
28 May 2008, 9:11pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Feeling a bit pleased with myself...
Replies: 22
Views: 2585

Does your local rag extend to an on-line edition? Can we have a linky?
by rower40
26 May 2008, 7:35pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Reducing car use and impact on poor
Replies: 52
Views: 3731

[Smug Mode]
When I sold my car, fuel had just reached 45p per litre.
[/Smug Mode - or am I just showing my age?]
I've got so much less to worry about now. Wholly adjusted to car-free. But I hire one every now and again. (About once a year.)
by rower40
15 May 2008, 10:41am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: 1 concrete block weighs 40lb
Replies: 30
Views: 3337

Beware the downhills with a laden trailer. Your legs may be fettled to handle the climbs, but the brakes may need upgrading for the descents. I am very lucky with the relative location of my house and the supermarket (the main use of my Columbus -huge- trailer.) It's all uphill on the way back. Take...
by rower40
13 May 2008, 10:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Need a bike for a specific job
Replies: 2
Views: 520

I've had a Ridgeback Nemesis for nearly a year now. It fits the criteria, even with the unlikely combination of QR axle and hub brake. (So you have to unscrew the brake reaction bar as well as undoing the QR, to remove the front wheel.) 8-speed Nexus hub - no complaints. It doesn't come with mudguar...
by rower40
13 May 2008, 9:46pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Stratford to Canary Wharf: recommended route?
Replies: 6
Views: 1125

DLR?
I wouldn't try biking it.
by rower40
13 May 2008, 6:01pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: The Word
Replies: 72
Views: 5315

The theory of evolution-by-natural-selection, as I understand it (from O-level biology in 1982), is based on the following logic: 1) Each pair of organisms have a large number of offspring. 2) These offspring exhibit a range of characteristics - they're not all clones. 3) Those characteristics that ...