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by pga
29 Oct 2018, 11:25pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Budget 2018
Replies: 16
Views: 1285

Re: Budget 2018

Did I read correctly from a recent Cycling UK mailing that current spending on UK cycling was under £1 per head compared with £80 per head on roads? Alas, we have a government that seems completely oblivious to climate change and air pollution ignoring the latest reports from science and health lead...
by pga
23 Oct 2018, 10:44pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: French bike-friendly hotels
Replies: 8
Views: 591

Re: French bike-friendly hotels

Over the years we have never had anyproblems in finding secure under cover storage for bikes in French hotels of every type from one offs to chains. France is a cycling friendly nation.
by pga
6 Oct 2018, 6:33pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: AUK Finances
Replies: 49
Views: 2463

Re: AUK Finances

Well I seem to have produced some differing responses to my comment that Audax UK had become a bureaucracy. We are all entitled to our views in any healthy organisation but personal attacks are always unacceptable. I have been a cyclist since 1948 and have seen the many ups and downs of cycling in t...
by pga
6 Oct 2018, 5:34pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Milton keynes
Replies: 11
Views: 883

Re: Milton keynes

The MK Central Library stocks the new Redway map. The Super Redways have received no special treatment. NCN route 51 now diverted away from the City Centre. We don't cyclists getting in the way of our car driving shoppers do we? Of course none of us were consulted. Were Sustrans? The Gilligan Report...
by pga
6 Oct 2018, 5:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Off center pannier rack mounting (disc brakes)
Replies: 11
Views: 468

Re: Off center pannier rack mounting (disc brakes)

Fit aluminium or stainless steel spacers and precise length stainless steel bolts (online from China) to position the rack in the centre. Most recent bikes have recognised the problem and have made the effort to allow centre fitting racks. Alas the earlier Giant Liv models failed to do so, hence the...
by pga
24 Sep 2018, 7:52pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: AUK Finances
Replies: 49
Views: 2463

Re: AUK Finances

I first joined AUK in 1976. In those early days it was claimed that officialdom was not needed - keep it as simple as possible. Alas, over the years it has developed into a bureaucracy that would put the civil service to shame with more officers that you shake a stick at. When I got the official not...
by pga
24 Sep 2018, 6:39pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Future of Urban Mobility
Replies: 9
Views: 942

Re: Future of Urban Mobility

The 1966 Census shows amazingly large numbers still cycling to work. In Hull 28,990 or 24.2 per cent of residents living and working in the area cycled to work. However, this percentage was low compared with Boston 48.9 per cent and the magnificent March 57.0 per cent. Surprisingly the New Towns had...
by pga
24 Sep 2018, 6:04pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Milton keynes
Replies: 11
Views: 883

Re: Milton keynes

The latest Redway map (2018) for the first time identifies Redway Super Routes. These go horizontally and vertically (as the grid roads) rather than diagonally. A Redway map is really essential and even then the links to and from the surrounding countryside are not shown very clearly. Local cyclists...
by pga
24 Sep 2018, 5:53pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Electric car charging to kill off segregated cycle lanes
Replies: 66
Views: 3143

Re: Electric car charging to kill off segregated cycle lanes

While I agree with most of points made here in sunny Milton Keynes (yes, still sunny after all these years!) we are threatened on the Redway cycleway network by driveless vehicles. These would take up most of the 3m Redway width. Untested they are to be launched on us anyday. Big business involved o...
by pga
26 May 2018, 11:48pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Dissertation: Cycling Infrastructure + Your Input
Replies: 36
Views: 2315

Re: Dissertation: Cycling Infrastructure + Your Input

George Just saw your request. You might find my useful 1974 MA dissertation 'Planning for the urban cyclist: a study of Greater Manchester' (University of Sheffield). A copy should still be in the Manchester City Library. A lot has happened since then and there is much more material to sift through....
by pga
9 Apr 2018, 7:24pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Booking German train tickets on-line
Replies: 9
Views: 939

Re: Booking German train tickets on-line

I have used DB online to book tickets - an excellent and recommended site. If you are sure of times you get cheaper tickets but with air travel sometimes unpredictable it is better to book all trains tickets which are dearer. The downloaded tickets are very detailed with timings and details of chang...
by pga
11 Feb 2018, 10:00pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Labour Cycles - Manchester 3rd Feb
Replies: 24
Views: 2372

Re: Labour Cycles - Manchester 3rd Feb

A well run successful meeting with excellent speakers and plenty of Q and A's. Chris Boardman and Rachel Aldred were as committed as ever but Rachael Maskell MP, Shadow Transport Minister, stole the show. She will do a brilliant job in government.
by pga
1 Feb 2018, 12:07am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: alps weather in july too hot?
Replies: 14
Views: 873

Re: alps weather in july too hot?

In the past the weatherin the Alps was very hot, although even then you could experience snow and ice on the cols. The Brevet des Alpes was abandoned at least one in such conditions. These days the weather is more and more unpredictable,not just in the Alps, as recent Tour de France's have shown.
by pga
31 Jan 2018, 11:59pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Awful braking ability after expensive bicycle fitting
Replies: 68
Views: 4933

Re: Awful braking ability after expensive bicycle fitting

We are all victims of 'progress'. Much easier these days to replace the stem but changing bars produces the problem identified. Where do we position the levers. In the old days with Cinelli, or even GB, bar and stem, we aligned the bottom of the lever with a straight edge along the bottom of the bar...
by pga
31 Jan 2018, 12:07am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Semaine Federale
Replies: 10
Views: 771

Re: Semaine Federale

Definitely worth going to although this year the location in Epinal is a longish way from the Channel ports. we have camped and stayed in self catering and catered apartments and hotels. All have their pros and cons just as Semaine Federale itself. Catering varies - we have self catered, used the SF...