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by Ruadh495
27 Oct 2017, 9:49am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Squirrels!
Replies: 72
Views: 5618

Re: Squirrels!

Yes, I've had one try to go between the wheels and end up under the rear. At least the tyre hit it in the head, so it was killed instantly. I think they do it on purpose, trying to get behind the "predator", since most quadrupeds have difficulty reversing direction at speed. The instinct p...
by Ruadh495
26 Oct 2017, 10:19am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Speed sensor vs torque sensor
Replies: 16
Views: 1513

Re: Speed sensor vs torque sensor

Good point. I came to e-bikes from motorcycles, so I suppose I was expecting the thing to power itself. Only time I notice the cut-out is coming off a down hill. Then you get that "riding through treacle" feeling as you try to maintain speed above the cut-out, until speed drops and the mot...
by Ruadh495
26 Oct 2017, 9:57am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Speed sensor vs torque sensor
Replies: 16
Views: 1513

Re: Speed sensor vs torque sensor

So I got mine into a fit state to have a go last night (still got wires unrouted etc etc) I've never ridden one either so this is absolutely my first impression. Firstly. I thought there was too much assistance on the lowest level (so manoeuvring in traffic I suspect may need the assistance turned ...
by Ruadh495
26 Oct 2017, 9:50am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Speed sensor vs torque sensor
Replies: 16
Views: 1513

Re: Speed sensor vs torque sensor

The assistance latency of the speed sensor bothers me. Suppose you are powering up a hill and have to stop. Getting going again is going to be an issue unless you can change down to a lower gear. Hub gears have the advantage there. I'm tempted to go for a conversion kit (around £450) but think I'd ...
by Ruadh495
25 Oct 2017, 12:43pm
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

If you really want to experience how far we've come, get a whiff of a 70's (or earlier) carbureted petrol engine (like the Volkswagen Camper that passed me last night). Now that is a stink of partially combusted hydrocarbons. Not suggesting banning classic cars, there's not enough of them left to ma...
by Ruadh495
25 Oct 2017, 12:28pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: McCarthyism in the UK?
Replies: 67
Views: 1734

Re: McCarthyism in the UK?

So he was researching for a book, presumably not part of his parliamentary duties, so why the House of Commons notepaper? And why not say so; universities generally co-operate with research.
by Ruadh495
25 Oct 2017, 9:37am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Ninety Year Old Drivers..........Thats OK Then.
Replies: 87
Views: 2573

Re: Ninety Year Old Drivers..........Thats OK Then.

Problem is there is often no history. Elderly drivers whose vision etc is deteriorating tend to have a series of very minor accidents, parking scrapes, touched gate posts, that kind of thing, which don't get reported. It only shows in the state of their car. Overall far less dangerous than the "...
by Ruadh495
25 Oct 2017, 9:11am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: plague of slugs
Replies: 43
Views: 1622

Re: plague of slugs

I've wondered if they might be edible too. Some of the big ones that ate all most of my veg patch last year looked big enough to gut like a fish. Best answer is probably to keep chickens or ducks. Let them eat the slugs and then eat the ducks. Ducks are best, apparently, they are keener on slugs tha...
by Ruadh495
24 Oct 2017, 1:21pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Taken the plunge.
Replies: 60
Views: 6209

Re: Taken the plunge.

Your suggestion sounds like an "S-class" pedelec. Legal in Germany, Holland and proposed in France (possibly legal by now). These are allowed 500W (I think) and assist up to 45Kph. I believe helmets (cycle type) are required even in Holland and small registration plates. I don't think a dr...
by Ruadh495
20 Oct 2017, 4:44pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Diesel scrappage
Replies: 127
Views: 3704

Re: Diesel scrappage

£200 a month would buy a very good used car using a personal loan from your bank. You'd need a deposit, a good history with your bank, and to sit down with an advisor ........... in the old days, you had an interview with the branch manager. From driving the car off the forecourt, it would belong t...
by Ruadh495
20 Oct 2017, 4:32pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Diesel scrappage
Replies: 127
Views: 3704

Re: Diesel scrappage

Many businesses seem to lease their vehicles and I've always wondered what the advantage was. After all the costs, including depreciation, have to be paid for somewhere and the vehicle owner needs to make a profit. All that must be built into the cost of the lease. May be budget stability is the ans...
by Ruadh495
20 Oct 2017, 4:03pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Diesel scrappage
Replies: 127
Views: 3704

Re: Diesel scrappage

But thinking further about it, if you were a family on limited income, without savings, who had to have a car (did anyone see "Rich House, Poor House" last night for a perfect example?) would be very tempted by one of these deals rather than running a banger, where one major "mechani...
by Ruadh495
20 Oct 2017, 3:54pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Diesel scrappage
Replies: 127
Views: 3704

Re: Diesel scrappage

£200 a month, BTW, is about my total motoring cost. So a new car would have to use no fuel, have £0 VED and cost £0 to insure to cost the same as keeping the old one. I did actually consider a Nissan Leaf on PCP, with a discount arranged by my employer (did you know some employers are obliged to con...
by Ruadh495
20 Oct 2017, 3:37pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Diesel scrappage
Replies: 127
Views: 3704

Re: Diesel scrappage

And this is what it's really about. More money for the car manufacturers and (particularly) the credit companies.
by Ruadh495
20 Oct 2017, 3:21pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Diesel scrappage
Replies: 127
Views: 3704

Re: Diesel scrappage

I wonder what proportion of those who own scrappage eligible vehicles are anywhere near being able to buy a shiny new one? Not many, I'd guess. Maybe a few who have kept the same car from new. For the rest scrappage is pretty irrelevant, they can't afford a new car, so might as well keep the old one...