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by Flinders
23 Mar 2009, 4:24pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Helmet use post Richardson death
Replies: 186
Views: 11613

Re: Helmet use post Richardson death

The rotational thing in the letter was about the streamlined backs of helmets when hit from the back, wasn't it? In such a case, unless the force hits 100% square-on, the helmet will rotate, and the longer the streamlining lever, the worse the rotational force. Come over the top of the bars and hit ...
by Flinders
23 Mar 2009, 11:25am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Helmet use post Richardson death
Replies: 186
Views: 11613

Re: Helmet use post Richardson death

If the helmet comes off, you still are no worse off than if you didn't have one on. Quite the contrary. Bare-headed you may not impact the ground at all - and if you do, the force involved is less because the diameter of your "head" is so much smaller. If the helmet doubles the size of yo...
by Flinders
22 Mar 2009, 1:41pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Helmet use post Richardson death
Replies: 186
Views: 11613

Re: Helmet use post Richardson death

If you read the details.... This email suggests that poor design exposes the rider as the helmet rotates and may come off... However the email also says that the helmet is subject to arrest and rotation. This is not the subject of the email, but are the forces that may in some opinions cause neck a...
by Flinders
22 Mar 2009, 10:00am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Map Reading
Replies: 31
Views: 1331

Re: Map Reading

I like the OS Landrangers for being out in the country- they're good for the roads, and tell me a lot about the countryside I'm riding in and looking at too. The OS Explorer ones are great for walking, but a bit large-scale for cycling, though they do have a lot more information on (I tend to look t...
by Flinders
22 Mar 2009, 9:45am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: What can we do to encourage more women to cycle?
Replies: 358
Views: 42441

Re: What can we do to encourage more women to cycle?

The 'women aren't strong enough to maintain a bike' argument is, I'm sorry, pants. Women drive, but many of us (and some men, too) would struggle to change a wheel on a car, as the automatic tools used by garages to tighten wheel nuts make undoing them much more difficult than it used to be. S0- we ...
by Flinders
20 Mar 2009, 9:26pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Helmet use post Richardson death
Replies: 186
Views: 11613

Re: Helmet use post Richardson death

Unless I misunderstand this, it just suggests that helmets in this style may not protect in the case of some collisions, not that they actually make the effects of those collisions worse than if a helmet had not been worn. It still seems in the majority of cases that wearing a helmet is better than ...
by Flinders
20 Mar 2009, 3:14pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Helmet use post Richardson death
Replies: 186
Views: 11613

Re: Helmet use post Richardson death

Steve- you have a good point there about depression. Getting cycling again helped me get out of a pretty crippling state of PTSD. I can't say I'm 100% even now, but being able to get out away from everything in the fresh air right through the winter helped me claw my way back to a reasonably normal ...
by Flinders
16 Mar 2009, 4:34pm
Forum: Cycling UK Topics and Discussions
Topic: CTC - does it want members?
Replies: 87
Views: 103541

Re: CTC - does it want members?

Thanks, I'll look into that.
by Flinders
16 Mar 2009, 9:49am
Forum: Cycling UK Topics and Discussions
Topic: CTC - does it want members?
Replies: 87
Views: 103541

Re: CTC - does it want members?

For those of us new here and thinking of joining the CTC (like me) , an official response here might be helpful, though. At present, having read the above, it sounds like I should a) pay by cheque yearly, b)keep my own calendar reminder, and c)not assume I'm insured until I get a card for the right ...
by Flinders
11 Mar 2009, 11:22am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Road Bike Size Advice
Replies: 9
Views: 681

Re: Road Bike Size Advice

Sorry- typo!
(I do wish I had longer legs, but not that long :oops: !)
by Flinders
10 Mar 2009, 7:01pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Road Bike Size Advice
Replies: 9
Views: 681

Re: Road Bike Size Advice

I'd agree, go to a shop- and one that really cares about getting you a bike the right size. I'm a very short (5') female with a long back and short legs. I've just got my first new bike for about 25 years, and my choice was very limited by my leg length. My LBS took time to really understood my need...