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by recumbentpanda
22 Apr 2018, 1:13pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Chocolate Path Bristol
Replies: 14
Views: 2131

Re: Chocolate Path Bristol

Choc Path remains closed as of end of March, when I was last that way. The new roads for the bus link making use of the big girder bridge over the river were still closed but accessible, so had the pleasure of riding brand new empty roads. Cycle lanes are included but the layout is confusing and the...
by recumbentpanda
12 Apr 2018, 10:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brompton Gears, How Comparable with a Full Size Bike?
Replies: 28
Views: 3738

Re: Brompton Gears, How Comparable with a Full Size Bike?

I would like to point out that ‘gear inches’ is nothing to do with how far the bike rolls forward. It is a measurement originally devised to help cyclists get their heads around this new fangled idea of having a drive chain, and with it, the possibility of ‘gearing’ through having different sized sp...
by recumbentpanda
11 Apr 2018, 1:26pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: HS2
Replies: 479
Views: 75100

Re: HS2

Horizon, while I appreciate this is a topic on which there is some strength of feelings, I am and have been, prepared to debate it in a civil manner. I would ask you to consider that your signature line is inappropriate, as it is hard to engage in debate if one person is repeatedly calling anyone wh...
by recumbentpanda
6 Apr 2018, 3:53pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why toe-in brake pads?
Replies: 10
Views: 2074

Re: Why toe-in brake pads?

Some calliper brakes tend to be rather flexible. Both the pivot and the calliper arms themselves could contribute to this. If you set up the pads parallel to the rim the friction pushes them forwards a little and the ‘toes’ outward. At a certain point they spring back and repeat, hence the squeal so...
by recumbentpanda
13 Feb 2018, 6:56pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: The 'tragedy' of black boxes...
Replies: 28
Views: 2257

Re: The 'tragedy' of black boxes...

‘Tragedy’ - I think this may be partly my fault :oops: The title of my thread about ‘Drive-cycling’ was a tongue-in-cheek reference to a cartoon caption from Gary Larson’s ‘Far Side’ series. If you are not familiar with his work, Larson has a peculiarly twisted sense of humour. The responses to my t...
by recumbentpanda
2 Feb 2018, 10:19am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Bath Two Tunnels route -access partially blocked
Replies: 26
Views: 1614

Re: Bath Two Tunnels route -access partially blocked

Bmblbzz - confusing, but given my recent error I’m going to answer with caution! Archive photos included in the original design proposal document for the Greenway do show a pedestrian access at that point, which linked Inverness Rd to Bellots Rd. there are actually two bridges side by side, just to ...
by recumbentpanda
1 Feb 2018, 2:42pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Bath Two Tunnels route -access partially blocked
Replies: 26
Views: 1614

Re: Bath Two Tunnels route -access partially blocked

Breaking News:

Sustrans are having a look at the situation . . .
by recumbentpanda
1 Feb 2018, 2:39pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Bath Two Tunnels route -access partially blocked
Replies: 26
Views: 1614

Re: Bath Two Tunnels route -access partially blocked

Hah! Have just received a sharp lesson in the fallibility of memory, even of a place I pass weekly! :oops: :oops: :oops: I can only think I got confused by looking at too many archive photos when researching the matter: The 'Drive In Question' has a stout screen of Leylandii blocking the view of the...
by recumbentpanda
1 Feb 2018, 1:32pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Bath Two Tunnels route -access partially blocked
Replies: 26
Views: 1614

Re: Bath Two Tunnels route -access partially blocked

If one is facing the Two Tunnels Greenway access having come up Inverness Road, then the drive that appears to be the one in question will be to your right.

I agree, the bollards are staggering :lol:
by recumbentpanda
31 Jan 2018, 10:20pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Bath Two Tunnels route -access partially blocked
Replies: 26
Views: 1614

Re: Bath Two Tunnels route -access partially blocked

Yes, trees and shrubs within the property were also removed.
by recumbentpanda
31 Jan 2018, 9:19pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Bath Two Tunnels route -access partially blocked
Replies: 26
Views: 1614

Re: Bath Two Tunnels route -access partially blocked

Before people run too far after that particular rabbit, I can tell you that the sight lines from that drive are just fine. When the path was made, quite a lot of shrubbery was removed for exactly that reason.
by recumbentpanda
31 Jan 2018, 7:08pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: The Tragic Proliferation of ‘Drive-Cycling’
Replies: 189
Views: 21966

The Tragic Proliferation of ‘Drive-Cycling’

I am lucky to live close to some very good ( and practically useful ) off road cycle paths. It is very noticeable over the last ten years that there has been a significant increase in people driving to the paths in order to cycle, to the extent that on weekends and in school holidays, parking is bec...
by recumbentpanda
31 Jan 2018, 6:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: The timeless appeal of 7-speed gearing
Replies: 184
Views: 11702

Re: The timeless appeal of 7-speed gearing

I did most of my heavy duty long distance touring in my youth on 5 speed. That’s as in actual 5 speed with a single front chainwheel. I’m older now, but here’s a thing: I run 9 speed on my main bikes, with trigger shift. Almost every time I shift I find myself making a ‘double click’! The only singl...
by recumbentpanda
30 Jan 2018, 5:19pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Bath Two Tunnels route -access partially blocked
Replies: 26
Views: 1614

Bath Two Tunnels route -access partially blocked

The main entrance and exit to the Bath ‘Two Tunnels’ route is at the top of Inverness Road, Bath. Recently it has been reduced in width by nearly half by means of some two by fours screwed across between the existing roadside fencing and one of the ( now no longer) removable bollards. The entrance w...
by recumbentpanda
14 Jan 2018, 11:06pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Why are recumbents so rare?
Replies: 126
Views: 11695

Re: Why are recumbents so rare?

sorry, can’t let that go . . . Things fall out of pockets. As others have mentioned, zips, buttons etc do exist! Can’t wear certain clothes Applies to any bike, ever. Also -bicycle clips! Works better with special shoes. Don’t get me started on the ‘clipping in’ debate, which again applies to any so...