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by toontra
9 Jul 2019, 11:35am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hanging bike by front wheel on trains?
Replies: 33
Views: 1286

Re: Hanging bike by front wheel on trains?

Surprised at hanging spaces on a 125. They always have a guards van with "channels" in which the bike stands IME. Why are LNER doing it differently? They've been that way on the east cost line for the last 20 years, and probably since the 125's started on that route. Takes up less space i...
by toontra
9 Jul 2019, 11:32am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hanging bike by front wheel on trains?
Replies: 33
Views: 1286

Re: Hanging bike by front wheel on trains?

Spokes (Sapim CX Ray) re-tensioned by a good wheelmaker recently.

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by toontra
8 Jul 2019, 8:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hanging bike by front wheel on trains?
Replies: 33
Views: 1286

Hanging bike by front wheel on trains?

Just noticed a fractured rim on a front Open Pro rim that's just back from a 7-hour trip on an LNER train where it was hanging from a hook. The guard actually took it from me on the platform so I didn't see how he mounted it but I'm familiar with these guard vans and the hooking system they use (the...
by toontra
5 Jul 2019, 6:18pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Hatred against Cyclists
Replies: 136
Views: 13120

Re: Hatred against Cyclists

landsurfer wrote:We are often our own worst enemies, most often ! .. :|


Don't you mean: some cyclists (also drivers/pedestrian) are idiots?

By saying "we" you are including me in a group to which I don't belong.
by toontra
5 Jul 2019, 11:03am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Heathrow expansion - cycling provision on re-routed A4
Replies: 1
Views: 2326

Heathrow expansion - cycling provision on re-routed A4

I've just spoken to someone as part of the consultation process to ask what happens to cyclists currently using the A4 between Hounslow and Slough (as I do). Apparently the A4 is being re-routed somewhere to the north (and parallel to) the M4. I suspect there will be some alternative cycle routes su...
by toontra
4 Jul 2019, 7:06pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Connecting flight time tight
Replies: 9
Views: 424

Re: Connecting flight time tight

Good post, Simon. I never thought of the "benefits" of your bike being delayed, but as you say having it delivered to your hotel/home could be a help - unless you were planning to cycle from the airport to your hotel, that is. 8)
by toontra
4 Jul 2019, 1:35pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Hatred against Cyclists
Replies: 136
Views: 13120

Re: Hatred against Cyclists

What an awful experience. Did you report it to police? Sadly, from my past experience and that of others (eg. https://forum.cyclinguk.org/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=131124 ), the Met, if not actually part of the problem, are certainly not interested in incidents involving cyclists unless you're alread...
by toontra
4 Jul 2019, 9:58am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Hatred against Cyclists
Replies: 136
Views: 13120

Re: Hatred against Cyclists

A pedestrian walked out right in front of me the other day on a busy north London street. He raised his arms to protect himself, pushing me into the back of a car and onto the ground. I was only going about 8mph so no lasting damage to him, me or bike. So far so bad. What happened next was truly sho...
by toontra
3 Jul 2019, 10:26pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Connecting flight time tight
Replies: 9
Views: 424

Re: Connecting flight time tight

I'm willing to pay extra for direct flights when taking the bike abroad whenever possible. Transfers are doubling (trebling, etc) the chance of incurring damage when offloading/reloading, quite apart from the added stress & inconvenience. Chances are nothing bad will happen, but if it does that ...
by toontra
3 Jul 2019, 4:04pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Smart meters and Solar Panels
Replies: 36
Views: 1213

Re: Smart meters and Solar Panels

Just listened to a repeat of today's WaO and couldn't hear anything about this. Sure it was today? I'm interested because I have solar panels and (for various reasons) would like a smart meter but SEE say they are not compatible yet. I've been asking for years and the reply is always "in the ne...
by toontra
28 Jun 2019, 11:54am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Hydrogen Vehicles
Replies: 280
Views: 5741

Re: Hydrogen Vehicles

Back to the supermarket, if they limit the chargers to 7kw and you're in there for an hour then you've got enough 'free' power for 70Km - not to be sniffed at particularly as you'll probably only have drive an couple of km there and back so are in profit. Human nature dictates that those car parks ...
by toontra
7 Jun 2019, 1:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wahoo Elemnt - simple question
Replies: 15
Views: 877

Re: Wahoo Elemnt - simple question

Simple answer - yes. On several occasions I've stopped the Bolt (no reason why the Element would be different) mid-route and re-started it. I usually reload the route just to be on the safe side - not sure if this is necessary. Note: the black arrows showing the route don't show immediately on the m...
by toontra
3 Jun 2019, 8:29pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: CUK 3rd party insurance - making a claim?
Replies: 11
Views: 526

Re: CUK 3rd party insurance - making a claim?

In my case on Sunday the situation was getting VERY heated - not with the driver but a whole crowd of nutters gathered and were screaming in my face about "bloody cyclists" and saying "you're gonna have to pay for this", etc. (this despite me being the only injured person and not...
by toontra
3 Jun 2019, 2:53pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: CUK 3rd party insurance - making a claim?
Replies: 11
Views: 526

Re: CUK 3rd party insurance - making a claim?

If the pedestrian is a householder s/he may have third-party insurance included in their policy....if they have one. Good luck with that! :? I believe that in an incident like this you are not supposed disclose that you have CUK 3rd party insurance, so I hope you didn't volunteer it. The pedestrian...
by toontra
3 Jun 2019, 2:42pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: CUK 3rd party insurance - making a claim?
Replies: 11
Views: 526

CUK 3rd party insurance - making a claim?

Anyone have any experience of making a claim on CUK's 3rd party insurance? Yesterday a pedestrian walked out right in front of me and pushed me into the rear of a stationary car, breaking the rear brake/indicator light cover. The driver is on holiday from Romania and it's a hire car. We swapped deta...