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by pga
20 Nov 2017, 10:36pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Oxford - Milton Keynes - Cambridge
Replies: 44
Views: 4020

Re: Oxford - Milton Keynes - Cambridge

More of the usual 'don't upset the motorist'. When are we going to address the problems heaped on society by motor vehicles, whether diesel, petrol or electric ? Here in MK even minor Redway improvements, such as closing short missing links, are ignored while multi million pound funded schemes promo...
by pga
25 Oct 2017, 7:43pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Roads Minister interview
Replies: 47
Views: 3950

Re: Roads Minister interview

We could be radical and pay people NOT to have a car. This would be easy to operate as car ownership is easy to access. At the same time why pay e bike subsidies? We should a fighting obesity not assisting it. Of course, as usual, government financial inducements would go the better off in the commu...
by pga
25 Oct 2017, 7:38pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air pollution
Replies: 584
Views: 72056

Re: Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air pollution

There are still people buying diesel cars, even fellow cyclists. We have a long way to go. Government at national and local level is scared still of motorists and, worse still, think that the economy needs the continual use of motor vehicles to prosper. In spite of claims that walking and cycling an...
by pga
16 Oct 2017, 1:37am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Great video about a French touring Cyclist
Replies: 13
Views: 1511

Re: Great video about a French touring Cyclist

Having seen at the end of the film that he had completed many PBP's I realised that our paths must have crossed and on checking the finishers of the 1979 event I find his name finishing in less than 53 hours and in 20th place. For those of you who have seen the film - highly recommended - he was des...
by pga
3 Sep 2017, 9:40pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Misled by (or incompetent) planners
Replies: 10
Views: 1300

Re: Misled by (or incompetent) planners

As a Chartered Town Planner I always tried to ensure that walking and cycling (and that includes mobility vehicles) access is treated the same as motor vehicles access. I was lucky in that in my time ( retired in 1992) development tended to be planner led. Planning briefs would spell out to develope...
by pga
3 Sep 2017, 9:14pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: some nice rides from Oxford
Replies: 8
Views: 706

Re: some nice rides from Oxford

Head into the Cotswolds for a longer ride. Closer to hand Otmoor is easier cycling and very quiet. Twenty years ago when I was the Oxfordshire County Council Cycling Officer I produced several route leaflets for cycling rides, both on and off road, in the county. I do not know if these are still ava...
by pga
13 Jul 2017, 11:02pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...of other rides like Eroica?
Replies: 15
Views: 1074

Re: ...of other rides like Eroica?

I took over the organisation of the <Milton Keynes CTC Three Counties L'Eroica several years ago. In spite of designing the ride exactly as sought our entries have grown less and less over the years in spite of informing local cycling clubs, newspapers and other media, putting up posters in the area...
by pga
28 Jun 2017, 12:04am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Sick Of Roadie Groups !!!!
Replies: 33
Views: 5208

Re: Sick Of Roadie Groups !!!!

Many of he present breed of new cyclists do not belong to cycle clubs where they used to learn cycling etiquette. I am not so sure many of the newer clubs bother either to impart the knowledge. It is not the end of world but a sign of the times when old values are being eroded. Nevertheless, I still...
by pga
27 Jun 2017, 11:56pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Every Lidl helps
Replies: 11
Views: 1631

Re: Every Lidl helps

All local authorities should have parking standards covering not only motor vehicle but cycle parking, both short and long term. These standards should be applied to all developments as a condition of planning permission. In the case of supermarkets the provisions should relate to the floor area. Th...
by pga
27 Jun 2017, 11:35pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Offered a 15 year old Rayleigh Dynatech cheap, worth it?
Replies: 24
Views: 1953

Re: Offered a 15 year old Rayleigh Dynatech cheap, worth it?

Amazed that you ask the question. I am paying £50 for just the stem from that period. The Raleigh Dynatech was a high point of the Raleigh Special Division that also built the bikes for the Raleigh and Systeme U teams in the 1980's. The Dynatech used glued frame lugs and special Reynolds steel tubin...
by pga
1 Apr 2017, 11:12pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Northampton Invicta Road Club kit
Replies: 2
Views: 438

Re: Northampton Invicta Road Club kit

Sadly the club has long since gone. I raced against the Invicta in the 1950's and 1960's. The members I used to know are now dead. Contact Northampton CTC who might help or even contact the local paper.
by pga
1 Apr 2017, 11:08pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycling UK Jerseys?
Replies: 8
Views: 761

Re: Cycling UK Jerseys?

I wish HQ would get its finger out and get some kit out for sale asap. Summer is upon us and an ideal time to display the new name.
No use putting it to the vote - that is the reason many club jerseys are awful. Get a top professional designer on board and let him/her come up with the goods.
by pga
26 Mar 2017, 10:35pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: DAK...Why do people ride smaller frames than years gone by
Replies: 23
Views: 2089

Re: DAK...Why do people ride smaller frames than years gone by

Lighter and lower centre of gravity. We tend to ride with the saddle higher and the bars lower than in the 1950's after Hinault followed Cyril Guimard's advice in the 1970's.. Lab studies at the time endorsed this advice. This gave more power but less comfort, hence Hinault's subsequent knee trouble...
by pga
12 Mar 2017, 1:03am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycling in the 1940s/1950s
Replies: 48
Views: 2386

Re: Cycling in the 1940s/1950s

I was born in 1936 so I have seen the changes over the years. During the war everyone cycled or took the bus. The decade after the war saw cycling at its peak with quiet roads and club cycling at its peak. Cycling to work remained popular in many areas up to the late 1960's. See the 1968 Census figu...
by pga
21 Feb 2017, 8:11pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cost of Underpasses
Replies: 57
Views: 17697

Re: Cost of Underpasses

It is over 25 years since I was involved in civil engineering costs but the simple fact remains that it is far easier and cheaper to put in an underpass as an essential part of a new road schemes rather than add one at a later date where lack of space, unfavourable ground levels and diversion of exi...