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by Psamathe
22 Mar 2014, 8:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Will I get used to drop handlebars? Hard to use the brakes..
Replies: 50
Views: 7716

Re: Will I get used to drop handlebars? Hard to use the brak

I think that braking on the hoods does take some getting used to. And it is harder to apply emergency braking kind of force on the hoods than the drops. When I took up cycling again last year and on my new bike with drops, most descents I would move my hands to the drops - I felt more secure in bei...
by Psamathe
21 Mar 2014, 5:44pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycling on Public Footpaths
Replies: 77
Views: 7070

Re: Cycling on Public Footpaths

Although I can no longer make use of footpaths for decent distance walking (arthritis in my feet), I would take sides with the walkers over keeping bikes off the footpaths. There may be some decent grade footpaths wide enough such that some scheme could be created to allow dual use but I suspect tha...
by Psamathe
21 Mar 2014, 3:54pm
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: Is there any good way to challenge "helmet saved her life"?
Replies: 33
Views: 1666

Re: Is there any good way to challenge "helmet saved her lif

I don't know the details of the accident so it is only my thoughts below (also I do wear a helmet, I don't like them but as a novice am "uncertain" and absolutely don't want them made compulsory and would prefer the Highway Code re-phrase to e.g. "some cyclists like to use ...")....
by Psamathe
21 Mar 2014, 12:02pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Proposed improvements and changes in King's Cross
Replies: 9
Views: 3973

Re: Proposed improvements and changes in King's Cross

I don't know what is currently there and don't have massive experience of cycling in cities but Seems to me there are several short bits of cycle lane so you are regularly leaving and then having to rejoin the vehicular lane. And I see that as a problem in that a driver sees you out of the way in a ...
by Psamathe
21 Mar 2014, 11:11am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: MH370 - wreckage?
Replies: 23
Views: 3336

Re: MH370 - wreckage?

Today or yesterday the pilot had split with family the previous day :? The the best lead yet................. I heard that only yesterday and was amazed how it was just dropped into the TV reports and ignored. For ages I could not understand why they were paying attention to the "southern corr...
by Psamathe
20 Mar 2014, 5:33pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Poor Road Surfaces
Replies: 17
Views: 4650

Re: Poor Road Surfaces

... gets his compo paid out of the local council's budget,but will any individual(s) every be brought to book? I find the use of "local council's budget" interesting, same as when politicians talk about the Government paying for a road/railway/building/childcare/etc/etc.. What they are ta...
by Psamathe
20 Mar 2014, 4:46pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: HS2
Replies: 608
Views: 80788

Re: HS2

... I reckon we should fix what we've already got before building anything new. The roads are in a terrible state for a start, let alone the ideas of opening up previously closed railway lines - AND fixing the Dawlish problem with a possible rail by-pass. Chicken feed by comparison. But how would L...
by Psamathe
20 Mar 2014, 2:06pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: HS2
Replies: 608
Views: 80788

Re: HS2

And once we have all paid for it (even though we stand no chance of ever using it), our Supreme Leader(s) will then lease it out to some private enterprise (owned by their old school chums) for virtually nothing - so we pay for it and the Old Etonians take the profits from running it. (Not that I'm ...
by Psamathe
20 Mar 2014, 2:02pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: cargo bike for dog transport?
Replies: 14
Views: 3298

Re: cargo bike for dog transport?

... (want to taker her to france) ... Read the regulations in plenty of time in advance and get your Pet Passport in plenty of time (and double check everything is 100%). Having taken my dogs across the channel quite a number of times, I have seen others refused travel at the check-in (French side)...
by Psamathe
20 Mar 2014, 12:42pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Milk on tour
Replies: 47
Views: 3826

Re: Milk on tour

... Unfortunately there are parts of Europe where fresh is impossible to find then I have to resort to long-life. ... When I lived in France I don't remember ever seeing "fresh milk". All UHT. I consider UHT different from the old "long life". UHT does not last as long as "...
by Psamathe
20 Mar 2014, 9:42am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Milk on tour
Replies: 47
Views: 3826

Re: Milk on tour

Or, for coffee, you can get these sachets with coffee, milk, etc. - normally the white frothy type coffee. OK, instant but ... well I like it. In France you used to be able to buy pots of the mix in every supermarket. In the UK you have to get it in sachets (well we do have these massive landfills t...
by Psamathe
20 Mar 2014, 9:38am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Hi-vis jacket vs Hi-vis helmet
Replies: 7
Views: 3583

Hi-vis jacket vs Hi-vis helmet

At the moment (rightly or wrongly) I wear a helmet (black) and a hi-vis waistcoat (workmen style thingy). However as the summer gets ever closer, I can see myself wanting to lose the hi-vis waistcoat as temperatures rise and I want fewer layers. I'm not keen on getting special cycling tops that keep...
by Psamathe
19 Mar 2014, 10:54pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Biking basics video (US)
Replies: 2
Views: 3111

Re: Biking basics video (US)

ASA would not like that one. Cycling outside the "door zone" (they don't seem to appreciate it's safer). No Hi-vis jackets (contrary the their "bible" ... the Highway Code).

Ian
by Psamathe
19 Mar 2014, 9:42pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: off the bike for a bit
Replies: 39
Views: 24548

Re: off the bike for a bit

Hi, I'm off the bike for a bit as well. Kidney Stone, Never had pain like it. Tramadol, Good stuff man My dog is on tramadol, we get a vet perscriptrion and waltz down to the chemist £27 / month, cost about a third of the vets meds. He's 14 & 1/2. I have some Tramadol for my dog too; the packet...
by Psamathe
19 Mar 2014, 4:08pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycle racing on country lanes
Replies: 30
Views: 6877

Re: Cycle racing on country lanes

I think so much depends on the nature of the "country lanes" and the nature of the event (numbers, day/time, etc.). I think any group that unnecessarily causes massive disruption to others in not good but it is a question of degree. Our system should easily accommodate loads of different u...