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by Ruadh495
15 Nov 2017, 12:54pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: E-bikes - too restrictive?
Replies: 46
Views: 2531

Re: E-bikes - too restrictive?

Allowing, nay encouraging high powered battery bikes on the road would be great but that would have to included current moped legislation. Of course a line has to be drawn somewhere and currently I think its fine. With regards paths they're already illegal. Like most things it just needs enforcing,...
by Ruadh495
14 Nov 2017, 1:50pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: E-bikes - too restrictive?
Replies: 46
Views: 2531

Re: E-bikes - too restrictive?

Just a comment on the poll itself: The two most popular responses appear to be almost identical. The current legislation is aimed at replicating (roughly) the performance of a reasonably fit cyclist and for many machines does allow power to be applied without pedaling (conversions and bikes first us...
by Ruadh495
14 Nov 2017, 12:33pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: E-bikes - too restrictive?
Replies: 46
Views: 2531

Re: E-bikes - too restrictive?

The restrictions that you are complaining about are in order to use something on the public highways, if you choose to use your aircraft in the same places it would be subject to them too and if you could use the cycle, ebike or moped in the same places as the aircraft (like a private airfield) it ...
by Ruadh495
13 Nov 2017, 2:59pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: E-bikes - too restrictive?
Replies: 46
Views: 2531

Re: E-bikes - too restrictive?

... a gent who had arrived on a sort of wheel with foot-rests. No doubt it was gyroscopically stabilised or something. It looked small enough and light enough to carry. I think it had a carrying handle. I looked at the name of it, and totally forgot to make a mental note of it, but it looked fun an...
by Ruadh495
10 Nov 2017, 1:25pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: New offence of causing consternation to be introduced
Replies: 25
Views: 4624

Re: New offence of causing consternation to be introduced

I'd like to add a few more offences to the list. 1. Being an arrogant so and so. To be known as the BMW law. 2. Unwarranted pollution. To be known as the 4x4 law. 3. Causing byegad's blood pressure to rise. To be known as the cretin law. I foresee the last as a catch all for anyone who acts like an...
by Ruadh495
10 Nov 2017, 12:58pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: and what have the British done for us?
Replies: 53
Views: 1802

Re: and what have the British done for us?

Linguistically the English people do appear to originate in Germany / Denmark, but genetically? It seems curious it me that the two later invasions (Norse and Norman) produced a melding of the language and yet the Anglo-Saxon invasion appears to have produced a complete linguistic replacement, even ...
by Ruadh495
10 Nov 2017, 12:12pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: and what have the British done for us?
Replies: 53
Views: 1802

Re: and what have the British done for us?

Abercynon is in Wales of course and Trevithick was from Cornwall, I thought this was about Eng-land Doh! Wales is part of Britain! :cry: The Welsh people were the original Britons.. Al A Welshman once educated me on early Brythonic cultures and languages. As a person obsessed with the welsh languag...
by Ruadh495
9 Nov 2017, 2:04pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Catalonia: Democracy (European style)
Replies: 223
Views: 10453

Re: Catalonia: Democracy (European style)

..... But it is a far cry from what deposed Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont had called for, the right for Catalans only to decide." lesson 1) how to seem to be democratic but prevent outcomes you dont want. enlarge the electorate who will decide to include those who agree only with you. .... ...
by Ruadh495
8 Nov 2017, 11:06am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hub gear or derailleur for an ebike?
Replies: 29
Views: 1184

Re: Hub gear or derailleur for an ebike?

I like the extra sprocket idea too. Does it use disc brake mounts or roller brake splines? The only one I've seen was a mid-mounted IGH on a trike which used the spoke flange to mount the sprocket, something which couldn't be done if it were built into a wheel. I'm have been considering something si...
by Ruadh495
7 Nov 2017, 12:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hub gear or derailleur for an ebike?
Replies: 29
Views: 1184

Re: Hub gear or derailleur for an ebike?

I don't think there's much choice here. The configuration rules out a front wheel motor (actually it would probably work, but the handling might take a bit of getting used to), which leaves crank or rear hub. A crank drive cargo bike is going subject its transmission to greater than design stresses ...
by Ruadh495
6 Nov 2017, 10:57am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Transporting E-bikes
Replies: 10
Views: 1221

Re: Transporting E-bikes

I have a similar problem when towing my trailer tent. To get round it, I got a thick metal plate drilled to take two tow balls one above the other. The trailer sits on the lower ball & the scissor type cycle carrier sits on the upper one. The plate needs to be thick,otherwise it might flex when...
by Ruadh495
1 Nov 2017, 10:57am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Transporting E-bikes
Replies: 10
Views: 1221

Re: Transporting E-bikes

I use the same technique for loading canoes. It's really easy. The secret is to have a small trolley under the low (back) end, so it can slide over the ground without damage. Just lift the front end onto the rack and slide forward, once the point of balance is reached the back end comes up. That way...
by Ruadh495
31 Oct 2017, 3:54pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air pollution
Replies: 584
Views: 72242

Re: Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air pollution

VED on fuel would be best. That way there's two options: either buy a more fuel efficient car or use the current car less. Anyone know why government have never done this? I think it might be to do with inflation figures; price of fuel counts but VED doesn't or something. VED on fuel might encourage...
by Ruadh495
27 Oct 2017, 10:22am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Speed sensor vs torque sensor
Replies: 16
Views: 1513

Re: Speed sensor vs torque sensor

If a throttle is still legal for a conversion then that persuades me to do a conversion rather than buy an e-bike. Just make sure you have ridden the bike as a pedal cycle first (i.e. don't use a brand new one). The reason is that the presence of a throttle/override introduces a requirement for typ...
by Ruadh495
27 Oct 2017, 10:11am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Transporting E-bikes
Replies: 10
Views: 1221

Re: Transporting E-bikes

Can you fit a rack to your caravan? One at the back and one at the front for balance, perhaps. I use a roof rack carrier with my e-bike, take the battery out and it's doable, though probably over the rating of the carrier (most seem to be rated 15Kg per bike). Mine's a conversion, but I can't imagin...