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by OldGreyBeard
5 Sep 2013, 10:13am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hub gear bikes
Replies: 16
Views: 2808

Re: Hub gear bikes

I'd really like a bike with bigger diameter wheels than the Brompton to cope better with the bumpy bits!

The Brompton is amazingly versatile but for longer distances on NCN it does tend to be a bit uncomfortable.
by OldGreyBeard
5 Sep 2013, 9:26am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hub gear bikes
Replies: 16
Views: 2808

Hub gear bikes

I'm looking for a new bike for short tours on the NCN, utility use, shopping etc. I like hub gears because you can change gear when stationery but obviously want more than the 6 gears on my Brompton. I was looking at the Dawes Nomad but that seems to have been discontinued. The Thorn Raven would be ...
by OldGreyBeard
31 Jul 2013, 2:33pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Calls for more barriers on cycle paths
Replies: 21
Views: 7666

Re: Calls for more barriers on cycle paths

I've looked at Strava segments on routes I know and the speeds are really quite high e.g. 25mph on a section of shared use path, not NCN, 20.5 mph on a riverside path shared use path etc, again not NCN. Even though neither of these two segments are on the NCN the paths are of the same style and if a...
by OldGreyBeard
26 Nov 2011, 10:46am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Insurance for cyclists
Replies: 2
Views: 802

Insurance for cyclists

Article on the BBC website today: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-15892074

Pity it didn't mention CTC membership as a way of getting insurance.
by OldGreyBeard
30 May 2011, 8:32am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Wheeling channels
Replies: 20
Views: 3110

Re: Wheeling channels

Iagree that for a retrofit a wheeling channel is better than stpes, but this is a new build where space is not that limited so it would be reasonable to do something better.
by OldGreyBeard
22 May 2011, 12:55pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Has 'Peak Car' arrived?
Replies: 92
Views: 20304

Re: Has 'Peak Car' arrived?

Could some of this reduction be down to the recession? A lot of people have lost their jobs so they won't be commuting at all, while others have been put on short time so won't be commuting as much, and a lot of people haven't had a pay-rise in the last couple of years, so possibly some people just...
by OldGreyBeard
5 May 2011, 8:16am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Changing speed limits. Advice.
Replies: 9
Views: 1273

Re: Changing speed limits. Advice.

County Councils do review speed limits from time to time and have to consult when they do it. Here's one for part of Bucks http://bucksconsultation.buckscc.gov.uk/bucksccp/kms/dmart.aspx?strTab=PublicDMartComplete&NoIP=1 The modern style seems to be to have a derestricted go to 40 and then to 30...
by OldGreyBeard
3 May 2011, 10:42am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: The most badly designed cycle path ever?
Replies: 29
Views: 3677

Re: The most badly designed cycle path ever?

There are these barriers http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&q=mentmore+road,+leighton+buzzard&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Mentmore+Rd,+Leighton+Buzzard,+United+Kingdom&ll=51.906909,-0.668428&spn=0.010988,0.033023&t=h&z=16&layer=c&cbll=51.910147,-0.672532&panoid=fn...
by OldGreyBeard
1 May 2011, 11:19pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: The most badly designed cycle path ever?
Replies: 29
Views: 3677

Re: The most badly designed cycle path ever?

BTW, is Stoke Road to Knaves Hill in Linslade supposed to by cycleable? (it is on the GoCycle map) Because it has kissing gates at each end. They are due to be replaced by a chicane type ramp but there is the perennial problme of keeing motorbikes out. As for the old railway line path, I find them ...
by OldGreyBeard
29 Apr 2011, 9:25pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: The most badly designed cycle path ever?
Replies: 29
Views: 3677

Re: The most badly designed cycle path ever?

There are these barriers http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&q=mentmore+road,+leighton+buzzard&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Mentmore+Rd,+Leighton+Buzzard,+United+Kingdom&ll=51.906909,-0.668428&spn=0.010988,0.033023&t=h&z=16&layer=c&cbll=51.910147,-0.672532&panoid=fno...
by OldGreyBeard
26 Apr 2011, 1:29pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: anti-cycle engineering A3050 Oatlands Drive (Weybridge)
Replies: 11
Views: 1466

Re: anti-cycle engineering A3050 Oatlands Drive (Weybridge)

Is it any wonder people cycle on the pavement. I saw lots on the pavement in the lovely weather yesterday.
by OldGreyBeard
25 Apr 2011, 7:05pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: The most badly designed cycle path ever?
Replies: 29
Views: 3677

Re: The most badly designed cycle path ever?

The DDA requires gradients of 1 in 20 (5%) or can be up to 1 in 12 with rest landings every 6metres. The DDA seems the best approach. This http://www.cyclestreets.net/location/24461/cyclestreets24461.jpg looks like the ideal solution and also provides the rest landings you mention. BTW were you suc...
by OldGreyBeard
25 Apr 2011, 4:10pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: The most badly designed cycle path ever?
Replies: 29
Views: 3677

Re: The most badly designed cycle path ever?

The DDA requires gradients of 1 in 20 (5%) or can be up to 1 in 12 with rest landings every 6metres.

The DDA seems the best approach.
by OldGreyBeard
25 Apr 2011, 3:03pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: The most badly designed cycle path ever?
Replies: 29
Views: 3677

Re: The most badly designed cycle path ever?

But it could so easily have been great. The barriers are no doubt a Councillor driven requirement, to block motorbikes and no doubt so are the steps. There is a thread on wheeling channels here http://forum.ctc.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=49908 Dreadful things which should be avoided unless there...
by OldGreyBeard
22 Apr 2011, 11:35am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Wheeling channels
Replies: 20
Views: 3110

Re: Wheeling channels

A wheeling channel in that location at that incline is asking for trouble. I wouldn't use it for fear my loaded bike would end up in the canal. It's also a hell of an incline to push a bike up. The access on the other side is difficult enough to negotiate already, and I dismount if there are pedest...