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by Barks
27 Feb 2020, 10:52am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Shared Space Debate
Replies: 60
Views: 1942

Re: Shared Space Debate

In every other area of our lives ‘near misses’ are given close attention, especially in cases involving industrial machinery, aircraft and boats. Not those involving cars though - is it simply political in that our representatives are fearful of waging a ‘war on the motorist’?
by Barks
24 Feb 2020, 2:20pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Commuting tips
Replies: 24
Views: 1235

Re: Commuting tips

While there are clear geographic differences in rainfall volumes across the UK, having spent most of a working life outdoors including some extensive periods commuting by bike it can be surprising just how few days it rains really hard even though over last few weeks it feels like the opposite. 4 mi...
by Barks
18 Feb 2020, 9:32pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Dangerous cycling bill introduced to HoL with e-bike and e-scooter inclusion
Replies: 40
Views: 2683

Re: Dangerous cycling bill introduced to HoL with e-bike and e-scooter inclusion

Came across an e-scooter in my small town today, on the pavement reasonably controlled but with all pedestrians giving very wide berth due it being new and strange. I had young dog ((5 mth old) with me who was very unsettled by it. I asked the chap why he wasn’t using the road and he replied it was ...
by Barks
30 Jan 2020, 1:42pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: e-scooter commuter community
Replies: 80
Views: 2335

Re: e-scooter commuter community

Hi RepusMaximus, I appreciate your viewpoint on everything except you riding this scooter on the pavement. If you want to continue using it then please use the road as that is likely to be the only place that it will ever be given full legal status asa powered vehicle. If you dont feel safe on it us...
by Barks
30 Jan 2020, 8:24am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: e-scooter commuter community
Replies: 80
Views: 2335

Re: e-scooter commuter community

Hi repusmaximus Barks here - I personally have no objection to these scooters being used in the road and I am pretty sure in time they will be given proper legal status in some shape or form. My point is that you appear to be wary of cycling or using your scooter on the road yet are quite prepared t...
by Barks
28 Jan 2020, 11:50am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: e-scooter commuter community
Replies: 80
Views: 2335

Re: e-scooter commuter community

Sorry to say RepusMaximus your whole OP is undermined by one single point I don't go faster than I would if jogging (about 18-20kph) - that is very fast running nowhere near jogging and if you ran at that speed past pedestrians they would feel very uncertain if not a feared. Your using an e-scooter ...
by Barks
27 Jan 2020, 8:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Prescription Sunglasses
Replies: 63
Views: 3324

Re: Pescription Sunglasses

Try CE approved safety glasses, clear or tinted they offer full UV protection and impact resistance well above any cycling glasses you’ll buy. Cheap as well. Try www.goggleyes.co.uk for examples (no personal connection other than satisfied customer).
by Barks
4 Jan 2020, 10:55am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Is 'ethical cycling' also a protected belief?
Replies: 33
Views: 1563

Re: Is 'ethical cycling' also a protected belief?

Perhaps you have an obsession (meant in jest pls note)
by Barks
22 Dec 2019, 2:01pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Why wear black?
Replies: 784
Views: 23487

Re: Why wear black?

That said my car has those A pillar obscuring blind spots you mention,I'm aware of them and move my head and whole upper body at times to get a clear view. I do the same in modern cars. A very poor idea of 'safety' on the car of the designers/manufacturers to think of just minimising the effects of...
by Barks
17 Dec 2019, 2:03pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Lorry driver jailed for doctor's death.
Replies: 49
Views: 1882

Re: Lorry driver jailed for doctor's death.

Having the windscreen cluttered and obscuring the required range of vision, and bearing in mind both he and the company had been informed that this was unacceptable, means that he and the company were wilfully committing an offence whether or not any incident occurred or not. It is clear that police...
by Barks
15 Dec 2019, 5:15pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Using ANPR to deny fuel to uninsured/untaxed vehicles
Replies: 68
Views: 3662

Re: Using ANPR to deny fuel to uninsured/untaxed vehicles

“This would only really bother those drivers who hate been told what to do, hate having to obey speed limits and hate leaving a sensible distance to the vehicle in front” And they will continue to drive dreadfully even if they are brought to the attention our lax enforcement/punishment system be tha...
by Barks
11 Nov 2019, 8:46am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Winter Air
Replies: 45
Views: 1581

Re: Winter Air

We have had our first frost down south over the weekend so really handy to have had a local source earlier than normal.
by Barks
9 Oct 2019, 10:43pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Help for commuting
Replies: 8
Views: 798

Re: Help for commuting

A 4 mile commute, just do it in your normal clothes on a basic hybrid or MTB. No need for expensive or specialty kit. Some cheap waterproofs for when it is really chucking down might be worth it but to be honest is doesn’t really rain very hard very often. Don’t over complicate this, you will only b...
by Barks
7 Oct 2019, 12:14pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Can anyone recommend to me a breathable, brightly coloured & reflective waterproof jacket?
Replies: 72
Views: 4799

Re: Can anyone recommend to me a breathable, brightly coloured & reflective waterproof jacket?

DWR coatings can be ‘refreshed’ by cool ironing or a cool just warm tumble dry. Nikwax make products that can reapply the DWR coating. Just remember though effect ventilation is far more effective than any ‘breathable’ fabric and in rain (when you would expect to wear these things) the breathability...
by Barks
1 Sep 2019, 11:06pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Heat transference between layers (when camping)
Replies: 42
Views: 1859

Re: Heat transference between layers (when camping)

For best performance: Use high quality air bed (like Therma Rest Neo Air series, they have various cold ratings and they are very durable and easily repaired if worst happens) Use down quilt - down underneath is waste of time as it compresses to nothing - with sufficient rating for expected temperat...