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by Phil_Lee
19 Jan 2012, 12:44am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Double-white line
Replies: 43
Views: 14200

Re: Double-white line

The problem is that they will, because it's no longer a test of driving capability. It';s a check to see if you can avoid driving into a building for 20 minutes. Overegging the pudding somewhat. Mrs Karlt failed hers a couple of times but on neither occasion drove into a building. If the learner do...
by Phil_Lee
19 Jan 2012, 12:09am
Forum: On the road
Topic: White van man
Replies: 5
Views: 761

Re: White van man

Ayesha wrote:WVM starts to pull out of a side road ahead of me.

I LET HIM GO.

Better he's off down the road out of harms way, than behind me where he could cause me damage.


And he gets the message loud and clear - cyclists will always give way to you, so it is perfectly sensible to pull out in front of them.
by Phil_Lee
13 Jan 2012, 10:18pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: New Epetition
Replies: 4
Views: 2038

Re: New Epetition

No - he'd been eye-tested by the police and "advised" not to drive. The process was under way (the police had faxed a report to DVLA) for his licence to be revoked. But he deliberately chose to ignore police advice and drive anyway. If the police had been able to take his licence immediate...
by Phil_Lee
13 Jan 2012, 10:13pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cyclist Killed - Driver Receives Community Order
Replies: 34
Views: 1894

Re: Cyclist Killed - Driver Receives Community Order

And they wonder why people regard the law with contempt? Our legal "system" is clearly unfit for purpose, particularly as regards motoring law. The motoring and oil industries clearly hold life in contempt, and have created an environment where it's regarded as unacceptable to hold people ...
by Phil_Lee
12 Jan 2012, 10:30pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycling instead of driving saves £X
Replies: 36
Views: 4464

Re: Cycling instead of driving saves £X

Any decent method will take account of savings in government expenditure from reduced motor vehicle use.
by Phil_Lee
12 Jan 2012, 7:45pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: New Epetition
Replies: 4
Views: 2038

New Epetition

Cassie's Law Responsible department: Department for Transport We would like to call on the Government to change the law so that the police have the power to temporarily suspend the driving licences of motorists whom they feel are unfit to drive. If this law was in place it would mean that my friend...
by Phil_Lee
11 Jan 2012, 1:08am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Thoughts on wireless computers?
Replies: 30
Views: 2515

Re: Thoughts on wireless computers?

I went through at least 3 wired computers myself, and half a dozen or so on the kids bikes, before accepting that the wires and contacts were the weak points and going wireless. I've upgraded once since then, but the one I upgraded from is still perfectly usable - it just doesn't have HR, so I keep ...
by Phil_Lee
11 Jan 2012, 12:15am
Forum: On the road
Topic: loss of sight in one eye
Replies: 24
Views: 2254

Re: loss of sight in one eye

A friend lost sight in one eye, and was the holder of an international motorcycle racing licence at the time. It took him a while to adjust, and his racing licence was suspended for one year, which is apparently the standard adjustment time allowed (and I can't think of much that places higher deman...
by Phil_Lee
9 Jan 2012, 11:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain suck - where'd you look first?
Replies: 20
Views: 962

Re: Chain suck - where'd you look first?

I suspect it may be the bulge to the side more than the hook at he tip that causes the problem, since it is only when the chain is made to move sideways that it jams.
The chain is a snug fit on the ring, and sideways movement would tend to make it jam if there isn't sufficient "float".
by Phil_Lee
8 Jan 2012, 11:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 'Three Speed Shifting' -AW critique- controversial?
Replies: 17
Views: 1258

Re: 'Three Speed Shifting' -AW critique- controversial?

I don't think Brandt's opinion is in the least bit controversial - it's just plain wrong.
And re-publishing it is just furthering the libel of an excellent product.

Don't we have moderators here?
by Phil_Lee
8 Jan 2012, 12:28am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rechargeable batteries
Replies: 28
Views: 1578

Re: Rechargeable batteries

Can anyone recommend whether the discharge to recondition option is worth it? Also, should I just bin my old NiCads and move on to NiMh - or is it worth buying a more basic charger that still accepts NiCds? I can't tell what the £50 chargers offer that the £10 don't - looking at the 7day v6500 but ...
by Phil_Lee
8 Jan 2012, 12:11am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sturmey Archer Hub Brakes Binding
Replies: 14
Views: 1329

Re: Sturmey Archer Hub Brakes Binding

a tiny smear of moly grease on the backplate bushing (if you can get at it) and a tiny smear of copper ease on both the cam and fixed pivot may help. Sometimes filing a new 'lead' (chamfer) at the leading and trailing edge of each shoe will help too. cheers If nothing else is wrong, that filing of ...
by Phil_Lee
6 Jan 2012, 9:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Electrical derailleurs
Replies: 59
Views: 2468

Re: Electrical derailleurs

Oh, and I don't think much to automatic shifting; many cyclists deliberately pedal with different loads and speeds at different times and there is no algorithm for 'mood change'..... The motoring analogue, the CVT transmission, aims to keep the engine speed more or less constant; this is both weird...
by Phil_Lee
6 Jan 2012, 9:32pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Should I knock this ignorant cyclist off his bike
Replies: 32
Views: 4060

Re: Should I knock this ignorant cyclist off his bike

Why can't motorists stick to motorways? We spend squillions of pounds building them, and these ignorant selfish stupid people in cars insist on ignoring them and driving round on 20mph streets. We should throw bricks at them until they stop. That was so good I created an account to post it in the c...
by Phil_Lee
6 Jan 2012, 8:03pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Mantis Trike
Replies: 15
Views: 23158

Re: Mantis Trike

The current Electrically assisted pedal cycle regulations can be found Here . It's surprisingly readable for a legislative document :shock: There was a recent consultation on changes to them (with the aim of bring us into line with the rest of the EU) so they may change in the reasonably near future.