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by DavidT
12 Nov 2007, 7:59pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycling on Top Gear
Replies: 36
Views: 6074

Top Gear

Not the biggest fan of Top Gear - Love/hate relationship really. But unfortunately (by the sound of it) I missed this episode.

A number of you have refered to the bike being a bit OTT? Could you elaborate - I am intrigued!

Cheers
by DavidT
11 Nov 2007, 10:42pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Wake up call...
Replies: 2
Views: 602

Near miss

I'm with MickF. Well done Dave for taking it seriously and be self critical. Underlines the Police examiner picking me up for lack of shoulder checks on a recent IAM Member checkdrive recently (mentioned elsewhere on the forum). I'm having to get myself back into that again at the moment. Bad habits...
by DavidT
11 Nov 2007, 8:32pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: My faith in humankind has been restored (well, partially).
Replies: 24
Views: 3943

Helpful Motorists

A story from many years ago. I had a heart complaint - now largely corrected, that meant while I could pedal about at my own pace quite happily, I was a no hoper on hills. Nevertheless I was able to go limited touring with a mate. When we came to a hill he used to wait for me, patiently, at the top....
by DavidT
6 Nov 2007, 5:56pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Abused Cycle lane! Interesting.......
Replies: 18
Views: 2401

Advanced drivers

Are CTC members an entirely unrepresentative sample of the public at large or what? I am very impressed with the number of IAM (and perhaps ROSPA?) members participating on this forum! I would reiterate that my examiner picked me up on failure to shoulder check for cyclists only after stationery que...
by DavidT
4 Nov 2007, 10:41pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Where can I buy cheap carpet tacks
Replies: 32
Views: 5039

Acknowledgements

Not to deflect the thread, but.... I was waiting for you Mick! I think you are somewhat senior to myself, so I wonder if you were ever one of my early heroes who acknowledged the knackered out lad climbing out of Walkhampton up towards Burrator on his Raleigh Medale?! Did it again this summer with a...
by DavidT
4 Nov 2007, 10:01pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Where can I buy cheap carpet tacks
Replies: 32
Views: 5039

Acknowledgements

I'm typically a lone cyclist (see below), and have always ridden road bikes, - tourers and now technically an audax. I have always exchanged acknowledgements with the overwhelming majority of roadies. Whether they are like me , with a nod to the relevant kit, and taking their time, or Lance Armstron...
by DavidT
4 Nov 2007, 6:05pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Abused Cycle lane! Interesting.......
Replies: 18
Views: 2401

Police awareness

The Police awareness of cyclists is'nt all "bad" though... As an existing member of the Institute of Advanced Motorists I recently underwent a "checkdrive". An hours drive with a Advanced qualified Police Officer, to make sure my skills are still what they should be. Amongst vari...
by DavidT
3 Nov 2007, 9:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Waterpoofing Gore Tex
Replies: 14
Views: 2714

Waterproofing

I use Nikwax on a range of outdoor gear - cycling and walking, some Gore Tex some not and of various manufacturers. (Altura, Sprayway, Rohan) I have to say that I don't think it's as good as it makes out - all those lovely pictures of beaded droplets! - but it does make a bit of an improvement to we...
by DavidT
26 Oct 2007, 9:40pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Recumbents riders - How do you feel safe in traffic?
Replies: 18
Views: 3486

Recumbents

Thanks for all the comments. Certainly the aspect I had overlooked is that you tend to get a wider berth because motorists are confused/nervous/intrigued etc - I had'nt thought of that, but can now well imagine it. Good to read all the other pros and cons. I'm not convinced enough to change though, ...
by DavidT
26 Oct 2007, 9:31pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Ypres and the Flanders Battlefields
Replies: 6
Views: 2203

Ypres

Thanks for the link, - I've had a look at your trip. Takes me back to a very pleasureable (although moving) trip I made there with my wife back in 1998. Via coach I have to admit, but a credit to Shearings at the time. I remember being staggered at really how small the area was, given the huge loss ...
by DavidT
26 Oct 2007, 4:52pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: LBS - why use them?
Replies: 30
Views: 4453

LBS

I'll start the ball rolling? A good LBS will offer advice, and free support. Recent examples, 1) when I wanted to change my pedals, I could'nt get the old ones off for the life of me. A quick visit to my LBS and they did it there and then (Specialist tool, specialist positioning knowledge and slight...
by DavidT
23 Oct 2007, 10:42pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Recumbents riders - How do you feel safe in traffic?
Replies: 18
Views: 3486

Recumbents riders - How do you feel safe in traffic?

Hi there Please could recumbent riders explain how on earth you feel at all safe riding in traffic? I ride a conventional road/audax bike. Also drive a lot (I'm advanced level so please no stick on that front). Two days ago in Leicester, in heavy rain, and plenty of traffic I saw a recumbent manouve...
by DavidT
23 Oct 2007, 10:27pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What colour?
Replies: 44
Views: 6826

Mercian

Mick Have a good trip, and at least you'll have the pleasure of visiting the Mercian shop. One of the things that swayed me to eventually treating myself to a Mercian was that over the years since the early 90s, when every other retailer abandoned road bikes (and certainly those with mudguards, carr...
by DavidT
16 Oct 2007, 10:54pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What colour?
Replies: 44
Views: 6826

Colour

MickF All I can say is....good luck! I treated myself to a Mercian in 06, and dithered like hell on the colour, lug lining etc. Although contrasting bands have never appealed to me since my first "proper" bike - a Raleigh Medale in 1983, I do still like a contrasting head tube. I ended ven...
by DavidT
4 Oct 2007, 1:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: FOUND resprayers
Replies: 13
Views: 2570

Respray

Apologies for previous entry, rather car biased?! To put the record straight, I think it is bus 41 (check) that takes you from Derby train station to Mercian's front door. A sustrans route is also nearby!
Not sure about airports?!