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by paulah
5 Oct 2009, 7:05pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: So why DO you cycle?
Replies: 81
Views: 256956

Re: So why DO you cycle?

.. (Indeed one lad did try to take me on, he didn't last for long teh heh heh) The other week I joined a road and there were a couple of teenagers on the other side on bmxs.* "Let's race her", I heard one of them say and by the time I got to my turning I had declared myself the winner. Te...
by paulah
5 Oct 2009, 6:55pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cyclist's dismount, worrying sign yesterday...
Replies: 18
Views: 3424

Re: Cyclist's dismount, worrying sign yesterday...

Just plain daft and lacking in joined up thinking. I've never tried pushing a bike across a cattlegrid but I've walked over many unemcumbered I wouldn't want to push a bike across. How on earth do you balance properly?
by paulah
3 Oct 2009, 11:36pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cyclists visibility to other road users or lack there-of
Replies: 71
Views: 3947

Re: Cyclists visibility to other road users or lack there-of

It's easy to see this in practice. One way is to stand by the road as dusk approaches on a clear day. It's easy to see pedestrians, cyclists and lamp posts until a car comes by with lights on. I leave home at 7am, after the streetlights have switched off but before it's fully light. On the sideroad...
by paulah
29 Sep 2009, 10:41pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cyclists visibility to other road users or lack there-of
Replies: 71
Views: 3947

Re: Cyclists visibility to other road users or lack there-of

Regrettably I have had cars pull out in front of me whilst I am in hi viz and with lights, but mercifully very rare (he says touching wood), and I'd happily bet it would be more often without these. . When I started commuting I experimented with hi-viz / no hi-viz for several months in different li...
by paulah
28 Sep 2009, 8:05pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Turning right for the young and in experienced
Replies: 13
Views: 928

Re: Turning right for the young and in experienced

When teaching my children, I felt they just weren't up to the strong positive riding of an experienced adult road user. Reluctantly, in the case of busy right turns I had to advise them to dismount somewhere safe and wheel the bike across as a pedestrian until safe to remount. I know that this is a...
by paulah
27 Sep 2009, 7:28pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Elimination of Diagram 966 signs - and their abuse
Replies: 57
Views: 4237

Re: Elimination of Diagram 966 signs - and their abuse

Another problem with these signs is that there are many cyclists out there who aren't very mobile as pedestrians - I regularly see an elderly man in Manchester on a tricycle with a 'disabled cyclist' sign on the back and he doesn't look like he could manage constant mounting / dismounting and trike ...
by paulah
27 Sep 2009, 9:31am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Elimination of Diagram 966 signs - and their abuse
Replies: 57
Views: 4237

Re: Elimination of Diagram 966 signs - and their abuse

Isn't the warning triangle also in error in that photo? Diagram 950 - Cycle route ahead Clearly there isn't a cycle route ahead of the sign as it has just ended. The warning triangle's there to warn motorists of cyclists who have left the safety of an on-road cycle lane with all its magical powers ...
by paulah
24 Sep 2009, 9:38pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why do cyclists wear dark glasses?
Replies: 20
Views: 1298

Re: Why do cyclists wear dark glasses?

I wonder sometimes though about riders who wear dark glasses even when it raining. :shock: Mine have 2 pairs of lenses - one for bright sun and the other for normal conditions, the optician told me that these are also suitable for nightime and the makers instruction booklet and website also state t...
by paulah
23 Sep 2009, 7:37pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Aching wrist
Replies: 18
Views: 1073

Re: Aching wrist

I used to get wrist pain in my right wrist (I'm right handed) and traced the cause to the mouse I used at work. It was too small and meant that I was holding it with my fingertips and steering it using my wrist, rather than moving my arm. I replaced it with a much larger mouse which I rest my whole...
by paulah
20 Sep 2009, 5:43pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Clothing?
Replies: 8
Views: 733

Re: Clothing?

but you can call me Tubby). that won't distinguish you much from half the forum :D There was a thread in 'does anyone know' about plus size mens cycling clothing recently. But if you want something less closely fitted then walking and running gear tends to be more genroulsy fitted than cycling, whi...
by paulah
20 Sep 2009, 3:53pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Treasured?
Replies: 12
Views: 721

Re: Treasured?

My bike is very useful and certainly gets the most daily use but it's not irreplacable. However it would have to be replaced preety quickly. Top of the list would have be my quitar, which was custom built to allow me to play for longer with rsi. It took 9 months to arrive so I wouldn't want to loose...
by paulah
18 Sep 2009, 6:41pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Positivity
Replies: 14
Views: 845

Re: Positivity

I woke up early today so went the long way into work, the weather was just right, the traffic very light and nothing much happened but I felt better all day for the longer ride. Then I left work early and as it was Friday and the sun was shining I took another detour on the way home.
by paulah
13 Sep 2009, 7:52pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Ooops...Girlfriends car covered in oil
Replies: 28
Views: 1237

Re: Ooops...Girlfriends car covered in oil

Stainexpert says to act quickly and use an absorbent powder such as talc - but that might be difficult if it's on the ceiling. Second tactic is to use a solvent http://www.stainexpert.co.uk/CleaningOffOilAndMud.html if you've nothing else - WD40 or alcohol based antibacterial hand cleaner (it'ss rea...
by paulah
13 Sep 2009, 5:41pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Thought I'd finally done it
Replies: 17
Views: 1309

Re: Thought I'd finally done it

byegad wrote:On smaller wheels (20") I;ve found Big Apples to be very good puncture wise and faster than M+s by a large margin.


I've got those on the dahon - one p*nct*r* in two years despite riding through many a patch of broken glass.
by paulah
13 Sep 2009, 5:35pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Non posters
Replies: 35
Views: 1653

Re: Non posters

thirdcrank wrote:IIn addition, members online (even including a fair show of bots :shock: ) are generally outnumbered by the guests (who will include members who have not logged on.)


Me! I don't log in automatically so I lurk around reading posts until I reply to something.