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by dan_b
16 Mar 2009, 9:30am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Pavements, Cycle Lanes and Roads.
Replies: 58
Views: 3790

Re: Pavements, Cycle Lanes and Roads.

irc wrote:This act does not appear to be online but there are references to this section ie

"Driving on the footway contrary to section 72 of the Highways Act 1835

Highways Act 1835 wrote:72. Riding or driving on footpath

If any person shall wilfully ride upon any footpath or causeway by the side of any road made or set apart for the use or accommodation of foot passengers; or shall wilfully lead or drive any horse, ass sheep, mule, swine, cattle or carriage of any description, or any truck or sledge, upon any such footpath or causeway or tether any horse, ass, mule, swine or cattle on any highway so as to suffer or permit the tethered animal to be thereon.

Every person so offending in any of the cases aforesaid shall for each and every such offence forfeit and pay any sum not exceeding level 2 on the standard scale above the damage occasioned thereby.
by dan_b
13 Mar 2009, 4:47pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: How many bikes is enough ?
Replies: 24
Views: 1430

Re: How many bikes is enough ?

Two and a half. One nice bike (dry days only), one practical bike (mudguards, rack, pannier) and one collection of parts which is permanently attached to the turbo so I don't stress the frame in nasty ways on either of the outdoor ones.

If I did MTB or cycloX or anything other than road riding then I'd be wanting another for that purpose, but if I had that kind of money spare right now I'd be spending it on new skates anyway
by dan_b
13 Mar 2009, 3:31pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Pavements, Cycle Lanes and Roads.
Replies: 58
Views: 3790

Re: Pavements, Cycle Lanes and Roads.

meic wrote:Wheras cyclists are forbiden from riding on pavements, cars are not forbiden from driving on them.

Um, in law or in practice? While I believe the latter may be true in some areas, I don't know of any legislation that would give rise to that situation.

At the risk of resurrecting an RLJ thread, see viewtopic.php?p=134363#p134363
by dan_b
2 Mar 2009, 9:55am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Since when did 700c road wheels become difficult to buy?!
Replies: 9
Views: 812

Re: Since when did 700c road wheels become difficult to buy?!

If you want cheap, I'm pretty sure Decathlon had 700c wheels with freewheel last time I was there. Not much help if you're not near one of their stores, I know.
by dan_b
28 Feb 2009, 9:35am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: lent
Replies: 107
Views: 3716

Re: lent

As their commander I'd let them get on with it and do their job. If I were in the position of someone who could give them moral/religious advice (as the chaplain presumably was in the previous example) I'd give them the best advice I had, and in a culturally sensitive fashion (this of course is why I will never be a religious or moral leader) but in the end its still their own decision.

I'm not trying to force my view on anyone, and don't want theirs forced on me, but I can't see how greater knowledge (even if it ends up just being knowledge of the opinions that others may hold, rather than objective fact) is a bad thing.
by dan_b
28 Feb 2009, 2:01am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: lent
Replies: 107
Views: 3716

If I believed that ten pints a night was the way to health and quality of life, I would hope[*] that my doctor would advise me against that course of action rather than "respecting my beliefs" and letting me poison myself.

I'm not saying that he'd be justified in hectoring me or forcing me to change my ways, because ultimately it would be my own decision not his, but if I'm not in possession of the facts then surely he's doing me no service by failing at least to acquaint me with them?

[*] well, obviously, I might not have that desire at the time, but from a dispassionate viewpoint or when looking back on it later I hope I would take the rational approach.
by dan_b
28 Feb 2009, 1:45am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: the advantages of joining Audax UK?
Replies: 17
Views: 1947

If I was regularly riding Audax events I'd definitely think about shelling out, but like the OP I would like to know where the money goes/what it's used for. Seeing as the entry fee for events goes direct to the organiser and is the same for members/non-members anyway (modulo insurance), where does AUK-the-organisation fit in?

This isn't a flame, or an excuse for freeloading (like I say, I'd join if I thought I was going to aud regularly) - I'm just curious
by dan_b
28 Feb 2009, 1:14am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: lent
Replies: 107
Views: 3716

eileithyia wrote: This strikes me as a very blinkered view of life. The person was entitled to be respected to make their own decision

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the usual buzzword "informed consent"? It seems to me that if the patient was essentially acting on false information (that god would save him/her directly, not through human agency) and the chaplain could have sorted that out, he had a duty to do so.

If the patient had actually wanted to die, that would be another matter, but from the way you tell it I get the impression that he/she wanted to live and was expecting divine intervention to that end.
by dan_b
28 Feb 2009, 12:53am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Is interval training any good?
Replies: 19
Views: 797

thirdcrank wrote:* And a newsagent who didn't know the difference between Coureur (published by Jock Wadley) and Courier (published by Unesco)

Sounds like maybe he should hav sought a different Career?
by dan_b
28 Feb 2009, 12:52am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Is interval training any good?
Replies: 19
Views: 797

I expect there are many forms of interval training and some of them are better than others - certainly the usual recommendation seems to be that the interal should be balls-out effort for slightly longer than you can cope with it. Would suggest this may not really be tenable for taking turns on the front of a group simply because you want enough juice left after your turn to be able to catch the back of the group again as it comes past - don't think this is really compatible with 130% of FTP or LT or AT or PTFE
by dan_b
28 Feb 2009, 12:47am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Clicking BB
Replies: 15
Views: 665

Mine was the cartridge BB, definitely. When I took it out I found that the plastic threaded bit had split
by dan_b
27 Feb 2009, 6:11pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: the advantages of joining Audax UK?
Replies: 17
Views: 1947

CTC insurance is good for AUK events, as was said upthread
by dan_b
27 Feb 2009, 4:49pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Is interval training any good?
Replies: 19
Views: 797

Re: Is interval training any good?

toontra wrote:
I started with L4, L5 and L6 intervals (do a google, it's a little technical) for an hour 3 times a week, and I've just discovered the Hour of Power, which involves keeping up a sustainable power for an hour with 15 second bursts at 130% of your FT every 3 minutes.

I'm guessing FT is a Threshold of some kind? What does the F stand for?
by dan_b
27 Feb 2009, 3:22pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Is interval training any good?
Replies: 19
Views: 797

Yes, I've always felt that fartlek is intervals without the regimentation that sucks the fun out.

Though I don't tend to do it on roadsigns but on gradients and potential overtaking targets.
by dan_b
27 Feb 2009, 12:16pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: lent
Replies: 107
Views: 3716

After reading the God Delusion, I was reluctantly forced to admit that Dawkins is a lot more pleasant than most of his fanboys.