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by rfryer
22 Mar 2020, 9:39pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Garmin Varia RTL510 light/radar
Replies: 19
Views: 4477

Re: Garmin Varia RTL510 light/radar

Yes, the disappearing car feature is a bit annoying. I can understand why it happens, as the standalone unit it doesn't know when you are moving, and it would be rubbish if when stationary it alerted you about every other feature in the environment that was also stationary. However, it would have be...
by rfryer
14 Feb 2020, 12:52am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Brucey
Replies: 35
Views: 2605

Re: Brucey

I've just seen that the GCN tech show is looking for a new presenter. Can there be any better candidate???!
by rfryer
9 Feb 2020, 9:52pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Why wear black?
Replies: 784
Views: 24837

Re: Why wear black?

Cunobelin wrote:The biggest excuse for pulling out of junctions is misinterpreting the cyclist's speed.

I thought the biggest excuse was SMIDSY, and it's that which increasing conspicuity stands some, small hope of addressing.
by rfryer
9 Feb 2020, 7:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New style Brompton Sturmey Shiftet
Replies: 5
Views: 503

Re: New style Brompton Sturmey Shiftet

I much prefer the pre-2017 shifters; they don't jam, and the shifter position provides feedback about what great you are in. But they're not so pretty!
by rfryer
8 Feb 2020, 4:15pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Why wear black?
Replies: 784
Views: 24837

Re: Why wear black?

Out of town, I see things differently. There have been a number of times when travelling on country A-roads at night that I've seen a remarkably conspicuous cyclist in the middle distance. "Remarkably" in the sense that I've remarked to my passenger about their presence. Due to bends in t...
by rfryer
7 Feb 2020, 12:47pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Why wear black?
Replies: 784
Views: 24837

Re: Why wear black?

In answer to the question about the value of being more conspicuous(*) at a distance... In town, I don't see any value. Many motorists simply drive within their immediate surroundings, as is obvious when you see them accelerate towards traffic lights and then brake at the last minute, taken complete...
by rfryer
5 Feb 2020, 8:09am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Toolkit pliers?
Replies: 49
Views: 2185

Re: Toolkit pliers?

I got caught out yesterday with a puncture I couldnt fix because of no pliers in my toolkit. I couldn't unscrew the cap on on my pump to convert it back to presta valve from schraeder. Any recommendations for lightweight pliers to keep in the bike toolkit? I think Chris Juden recommended a pair man...
by rfryer
4 Feb 2020, 5:55pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: A worrying thought about hand signals
Replies: 38
Views: 1993

Re: A worrying thought about hand signals

By the way, in looking for an illustration of what I mean, the first thing I came across was this: https://www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk/training/training-advice/cycling-hand-signals/ https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/london-marathon/ridelondon/live/uploads/imageuploader_cms/5e205a7d7050884179c84...
by rfryer
31 Jan 2020, 3:33pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Why does ‘cyclist wearing dark clothing' exist as a contributory factor in KSIs
Replies: 203
Views: 7124

Re: Why does ‘cyclist wearing dark clothing' exist as a contributory factor in KSIs

. Why don't you address the point about 2 cyclists meeting on a shared path? One with lights and one without. What speed is safe? You now tell me that, seeing as you seem to be so certain. That's very simple indeed and I am certain who would be to blame: The one who is unable to safely stop, under ...
by rfryer
30 Jan 2020, 6:15pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: e-scooter commuter community
Replies: 81
Views: 2722

Re: e-scooter commuter community

mercalia wrote:Well I have just witnessed first hand why those escooters that are not up to evo standard should be banned out right. ...

I just saw an inconsiderate nutter on a bike. I insist that all bikes are banned outright, forthwith.
by rfryer
30 Jan 2020, 1:53pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: e-scooter commuter community
Replies: 81
Views: 2722

Re: e-scooter commuter community

Unfortunately if people like me just desist riding and focus on campaigning for legitimacy, that would remove our presence from the real world and make it impossible to earn any support or acceptance. Especially since the only remaining visible scooter users would then be the scum that totally disr...
by rfryer
21 Jan 2020, 9:18am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What is a Gravel Bike?
Replies: 280
Views: 8506

Re: What is a Gravel Bike?

I do find it daft that, given gravel differs from "MTB" riding in being on dryer surfaces (gravel, not mud!), they have been pushed as requiring disc brakes. Disc evangelists are always saying that wet/muddy conditions are the problem that disc-brakes solve. Bizarre ... The 'dryness' of a...
by rfryer
19 Jan 2020, 8:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What is a Gravel Bike?
Replies: 280
Views: 8506

Re: What is a Gravel Bike?

I'd be interested to know what UK owners actually use them for. I use mine as my go-to recreational bike, unless I'm road cycling with a group where I'm concerned the pace will challenge me. I rarely take it off what the local council laughingly call tarmac. It's not much slower than my road bike, ...
by rfryer
15 Jan 2020, 2:54pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Why does ‘cyclist wearing dark clothing' exist as a contributory factor in KSIs
Replies: 203
Views: 7124

Re: Why does ‘cyclist wearing dark clothing' exist as a contributory factor in KSIs

Like it or not, if sharing that environment, I owe it to myself and my family to be sufficiently visible. I am sufficiently visible. Good for you. I'm not totally convinced that I am, in all road conditions. I do not know how to be invisible. Please could you tell me how to be invisible? Because th...
by rfryer
15 Jan 2020, 2:47pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Why does ‘cyclist wearing dark clothing' exist as a contributory factor in KSIs
Replies: 203
Views: 7124

Re: Why does ‘cyclist wearing dark clothing' exist as a contributory factor in KSIs

In summary, as a result of legally mandated safety standards, we have an environment where drivers will inevitably perceive less personal risk and drive with less care than they would otherwise. Like it or not, if sharing that environment, I owe it to myself and my family to be sufficiently visible...