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by PDQ Mobile
27 Oct 2017, 6:43pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Catalonia: Democracy (European style)
Replies: 223
Views: 10558

Re: Catalonia: Democracy (European style)

Well, they've done it. I hope all commentators who point to how well 'Europe' - a weirdly generic term because we are of course in Europe - is managed, governed or run compared to the somehow shoddy UK take note of how well Catalonia's independence has come about. As an aside I think when the Conse...
by PDQ Mobile
27 Oct 2017, 11:17am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Riding in the dark
Replies: 46
Views: 3382

Re: Riding in the dark

PDQ: military training? Heavens above I ditched those ideas when I was at a formative age.... I'd be retired now, living in sussex and writing letters to the times if I hadn't. "We should be bringing back national service that'll teach them" :) . Not you- me! It was totally lost on me the...
by PDQ Mobile
27 Oct 2017, 7:27am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Riding in the dark
Replies: 46
Views: 3382

Re: Riding in the dark

An old roadie told me years ago that the way he avoided being temporarily blinded after a car that didn't dip had passed, was to close one eye. (until it had passed!) Was he a v-bomber pilot by any chance :wink: . I'll let you figure that one out :). It's too early and I can't? (perhaps my lack of ...
by PDQ Mobile
26 Oct 2017, 9:59pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Riding in the dark
Replies: 46
Views: 3382

Re: Riding in the dark

An old roadie told me years ago that the way he avoided being temporarily blinded after a car that didn't dip had passed, was to close one eye. (until it had passed!)
It does help.
by PDQ Mobile
24 Oct 2017, 6:37pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Recumbent Steering - What's going on?
Replies: 41
Views: 3491

Re: Recumbent Steering - What's going on?

Maybe it's not geometry?
But wieght distribution?
by PDQ Mobile
24 Oct 2017, 3:28pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Recumbent Steering - What's going on?
Replies: 41
Views: 3491

Re: Recumbent Steering - What's going on?

There is another issue with two wheel bent steering and that is they don't like loose gravel or very soft muddy surfaces. Isn't that more of a small front wheel issue? My Dahon folder's pretty sketchy on gravel (but you can move your body around if quick enough). Never ridden a big wheeled 'bent so...
by PDQ Mobile
24 Oct 2017, 12:36pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Recumbent Steering - What's going on?
Replies: 41
Views: 3491

Re: Recumbent Steering - What's going on?

There is another issue with two wheel bent steering and that is they don't like loose gravel or very soft muddy surfaces. The front wheel slides more than on an upright.IMHO. Even wet conditions on normal roads, esp if diesel film present, can result in the front wheel sliding. It's something you ge...
by PDQ Mobile
24 Oct 2017, 8:40am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Texts
Replies: 7
Views: 354

Re: Texts

I won't even have a Tesco loyalty card ..... Tracked ! Indeed,but mostly only your purchase history and locations.(which put together is quite a bit of info course). Ditto any bank card. Participation in any online forum, especially if one posts political opinions or personal details, give a much m...
by PDQ Mobile
23 Oct 2017, 1:13pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Recumbent Steering - What's going on?
Replies: 41
Views: 3491

Re: Recumbent Steering - What's going on?

Tangled Metal wrote:USS does look like a kind of cruising type of steering. Like a car with the window down in summer and your arm resting on the window as you drive slowly past.


You have it in a nutshell, sir!
The temptation to give Queenly waves can become almost irresistible! :wink:
by PDQ Mobile
23 Oct 2017, 12:06pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Recumbent Steering - What's going on?
Replies: 41
Views: 3491

Re: Recumbent Steering - What's going on?

Different but both thrilling at speed! USS great for cool cruising and supreme comfort. OSS arguably better in tight places.IMHO. USS allows bar-end shifters, which combined with the right brake levers offer the most ergonomically perfect control of everything known to man - bar(no pun intended) non...
by PDQ Mobile
22 Oct 2017, 9:45am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pedalling efficiency on rocky tracks
Replies: 16
Views: 804

Re: Pedalling efficiency on rocky tracks

A super smooth pedalling technique using as much of the 360 degrees as possible - cleats a big help here.
A high cadence.
These help deliver the power steadily rather than in surges which then tend to loose grip (and energy) in poor traction conditions.
by PDQ Mobile
20 Oct 2017, 9:00pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Common Assault
Replies: 65
Views: 5232

Re: Common Assault

Everybody's happy, right up to the point where a motorist tries to follow the motorcycle and the cyclist gets knocked off. :-( I simply don't accept that is the case. Car drivers don't generally go through gaps that motorcycles pass through, they decide for themselves. Give them some credit for goo...
by PDQ Mobile
20 Oct 2017, 6:25pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Diesel scrappage
Replies: 127
Views: 3748

Re: Diesel scrappage

It's certainly the case that the car industry is pretty adept at applying the green spin. My advice to anybody believing that any internal combustion engine is environmentally friendly is to run a pipe from the exhaust into the car through a window and drive around like that. I had a neighbour that...
by PDQ Mobile
20 Oct 2017, 3:28pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Common Assault
Replies: 65
Views: 5232

Re: Common Assault

It's pretty academic really. I am old and that was the classification of a moped when I had one. It is a small motorcycle which way whatever. And on a road with a white line ((which does signify minimum width just as absence signifies the opposite and for the observant driver can be a great safety a...