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by Barks
17 Jul 2019, 1:15pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Red means STOP! or How I began to hate cyclists.
Replies: 166
Views: 13819

Re: Red means STOP! or How I began to hate cyclists.

Bonefishblues wrote:Where there's a will:
https://youtu.be/BVki24JH7s4

Let’s have them on every TL junction, and set so go up 1 millisecond before end of amber (I was initially feeling generous with 1 millisecond after red light shows).
by Barks
17 Jul 2019, 12:49pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Red means STOP! or How I began to hate cyclists.
Replies: 166
Views: 13819

Re: Red means STOP! or How I began to hate cyclists.

So after 35 years of this, does anyone think we can eradicate RLJs?? I live west if London just outside M25, RLJ ing is endemic - there should be cameras on every set of lights as far as I am concerned with FPNs issued automatically and commensurate extra penalty for those that repeat. I don’t care...
by Barks
17 Jul 2019, 12:15pm
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: Lidless rider on TV!
Replies: 42
Views: 2539

Re: Lidless rider on TV!

General point on Life Jackets. Most canoeists/kayakers and dinghy sailors DO NOT wear life jackets, they wear bouyancy aids and there is a general expectation that they will end up in the water at some point due to capsize and will then self recover themselves and their craft without assistance . Li...
by Barks
17 Jul 2019, 11:57am
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: Lidless rider on TV!
Replies: 42
Views: 2539

Re: Lidless rider on TV!

Are there parallels, is there a lobby for compulsory LJs? Our cricket boys plan to be world champions tomorrow, most do not wear h****s They ALL wear helmets when batting and it has not prevented an Aussie dying after being hit on the back of the head (the unprotected part above the nape) a few yea...
by Barks
16 Jul 2019, 4:33pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best folding bike for me?
Replies: 24
Views: 2079

Re: Best folding bike for me?

Depends what you mean by ‘rough tracks’. Brompton will be ok on hard packed porous surface but doesn’t like anything with loose stones or worse or cobbles. I’ve travelled all over uk using train and Brompton combination in recent years, i’ve Always been able to find reasonably sensible routes at eit...
by Barks
14 Jul 2019, 1:45am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Letters: Help! The New Forest is becoming a suburban park
Replies: 63
Views: 9721

Re: Letters: Help! The New Forest is becoming a suburban park

Walk a mile from any car park in the New Forest and you’ll hardly see anyone for the rest of the day.
by Barks
12 Jul 2019, 3:14pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: canvas tents
Replies: 30
Views: 1758

Re: canvas tents

In my experience cotton tents are cooler in warmer climes and as they are more fire resistant can accommodate wood stoves and their chimneys in winter temperatures, well below freezing if you have appropriate other gear and sufficient expertise. Heavy though so only really suitable for when vehicle ...
by Barks
12 Jul 2019, 12:01pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: MPs talking the talk - Brilliant
Replies: 16
Views: 4569

Re: MPs talking the talk - Brilliant

Ok I get that - what’s more effective (in terms of getting more people seeing cycling as their short distance goto method of transport) though, spending a million on cycle/paths or a million on getting cars either off the road or driven with more consideration? Stovepipe budgets in public organisati...
by Barks
11 Jul 2019, 4:53pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: MPs talking the talk - Brilliant
Replies: 16
Views: 4569

Re: MPs talking the talk - Brilliant

Having read through the transcript (a few mins speed read) and an almost total focus on infrastructure particularly cycle paths, segregation etc and NO mention of addressing the appalling standard of driving that is so daily prevalent on our, on the whole, excellent road system. All this talk of mul...
by Barks
11 Jul 2019, 8:44am
Forum: On the road
Topic: My first year of Commuting
Replies: 24
Views: 6264

Re: My first year of Commuting

Retired now one year and I thoroughly enjoyed my last few working years when I used bike (Brompton) and train to travel all over the UK. Most memorable trip was to RAF Valley on the Isle of Anglesey in North Wales. The cycling to/from the train stations at so many places around the UK is the only th...
by Barks
18 Jun 2019, 10:54am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How many times can you rewaterproof Gore?
Replies: 20
Views: 923

Re: How many times can you rewaterproof Gore?

Yes, it was seeping through the fabric - in my experience this is unusual unless there is some puncture damage to the garment. If you can identify the particular area that is getting wet then I would place it over a bowl and pour some water into that part to see if it leaks through. Surface abrasio...
by Barks
17 Jun 2019, 1:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How many times can you rewaterproof Gore?
Replies: 20
Views: 923

Re: How many times can you rewaterproof Gore?

Using a cool iron or putting the garment in the tumble dryer sill help restore the DWR coating effectiveness (see garment label) and when this no longer has the desired effect you need to reapply the DWR coating using products like NikWax thx direct, this is NOT a waterproofing compound just water r...
by Barks
16 Jun 2019, 8:12pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: About bike shops for big people?
Replies: 70
Views: 2599

Re: About bike shops for big people?

The cycling industry has advice on people training to do 100 mile rides, but little on people who want to get to the shops, or ride to the park for an ice cream with their kids. - and that is the main problem with encouraging cycling amongst the general population in this country, it is marketed as...
by Barks
24 May 2019, 7:38am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Cycling for weight loss - Advice sought
Replies: 45
Views: 3137

Re: Cycling for weight loss - Advice sought

I see these type of threads quite often and I have a question - why are ‘Road Bikes’ always referred to? I would have thought that a basic hybrid would be the ideal starting bike, reasonably comfortable, able to handle a wide variety of surfaces, a wide range of gearing and used for shopping commuti...
by Barks
23 May 2019, 8:31am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brompton - pulling along folded = spokes click on gear chain
Replies: 5
Views: 636

Re: Brompton - pulling along folded = spokes click on gear chain

I have the same problem and I have a rack with easy-wheels. It seems to happen as the bike leans slightly to one side due to variations on the surface and the tyre just touches the surface and moves round catching the gear chain on the spoke. It took me quite a few weeks to identify just what the cl...