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by dan_b
29 Sep 2008, 10:41pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Drink Cycling
Replies: 114
Views: 9735

thirdcrank wrote:And why should not a responsible adult who's had 2 pints of beer be allowed to drive a car? Or a truck? Or a bus? Or even fly an aeroplane?

This is a logical extension of the same question. Why is it considered "worse" for a truck or bus driver or aeroplane pilot to drive drunk than a car driver? Could it be the likely worse consequences of their impaired judgement? Given the difference between the operator of a 80kg vehicle with a max speed of ~20mph and a 800kg vehicle which can quite likely exceed 100mph, is there not a similar argument to be made for legislating differently between cyclists and car drivers?
by dan_b
29 Sep 2008, 3:26pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: What can we do to encourage more women to cycle?
Replies: 358
Views: 43492

bikely-challenged wrote:LOL, your girlfriend sounds like me. When my husband tries to explain something techy to me, my mind goes blank. Partly because I know that if I don't get it he'll get annoyed and frustrated and it'll end in showing-off and tears.

I usually end up working these things out by reading the instructions and then trying to do it myself and getting it wrong a few times.

Chances are that's how he worked it out in the first place anyway. I can't speak for all men but certainly I'm no more likely to ask someone to explain techy stuff to me than I am to ask them for directions. And it's not because I don't want to know (I work in tech, of course I want to know) it's because asking people is chronically inefficient.
by dan_b
28 Sep 2008, 12:20pm
Forum: National Standard Cycle Training
Topic: I hate helmet threads but...
Replies: 21
Views: 5209

I fear the backlash. Or the back-backlash or whatever it is.

It only takes a local paper to get wind of a decision like that, and it could end someone's career
by dan_b
27 Sep 2008, 12:36pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: hi viz jacket in france. this seems good
Replies: 29
Views: 4601

I hope they're going to legislate for painting all the cars and all the street furniture fluo yellow next.
by dan_b
27 Sep 2008, 12:46am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Electric Cars
Replies: 11
Views: 782

The answer is to get an ipod, obviously
by dan_b
26 Sep 2008, 2:03am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Advice for a rider from overseas
Replies: 17
Views: 2375

Please not to be starting the operating systems wars in a cycling forum, otherwise I will be forced to get involved. (I have been using linux for longer than Windows 95 has existed)
by dan_b
26 Sep 2008, 1:58am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: My new toy..................
Replies: 10
Views: 992

Looks shiny. Have fun with it
by dan_b
25 Sep 2008, 11:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Have integrated shifters killed other changers?
Replies: 163
Views: 8234

Mick F wrote:I've never broken a chain, though I know lots of people have

I broke a chain the other week, though it was on a workbike with 60kg of stuff on the back (picture in another thread somewhere) - and it may not even have been my fault, as I'm not the only person who rides it.

I think it was a Shimano, but that's basically just an assumption based on the impression that it's difficult to get a cheap 9sp chain from anyone else.
by dan_b
25 Sep 2008, 11:37pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Should I take up mountain biking?
Replies: 24
Views: 2210

I've just done my first pass on the CTC magazine (will come back later to read the bits that actually need an attention span), and I have to say I've not laughed at anything all week as much as I did when reading the fixie article.
I like the look of clean lines, and it goes together with my Apple and all my Muji products

Chris Peck, Debra Rolfe, I salute you.
by dan_b
25 Sep 2008, 10:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Advice On Buying A Bike
Replies: 20
Views: 1963

But steel is real! And be sure to ride fixed, it's more pure. Gears are a pernicious influence.

Now, where did I put that cotter pin
by dan_b
25 Sep 2008, 10:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Reverse tyres to spread wear?
Replies: 16
Views: 1167

Must admit I'd not heard that one before either, and I also ride mostly on the left side of the road.

Are you sure there's not something wrong with the bike (bent frame/fork?) that's causing it to wear unevenly? Or maybe you could swap the pannier to the other side ;-)
by dan_b
25 Sep 2008, 10:25pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: kidney warmer
Replies: 22
Views: 4112

I'd be dubious about any product labelled "Gore Kidney", to be honest. Sounds like black pudding or something

Seriously, is this not what bibshorts are for?
by dan_b
25 Sep 2008, 10:15pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: What can we do to encourage more women to cycle?
Replies: 358
Views: 43492

kwackers wrote:
I think your missing an important point here. It's all about 'perceived' safety, not actual.

True, but "more cyclists on the roads" helps with this too - the more people who are cycling, the more likely that J Random Noncyclist (the J can stand for Jane if you like) knows some cyclists and therefore views it as a "normal" thing to do.
by dan_b
25 Sep 2008, 9:56pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Drink Cycling
Replies: 114
Views: 9735

Cunobelin wrote: so you should be wearing a helmet whether you are on a bike or as a pedestrian.

I suppose it might cut down on wind noise so you could hear the ipod more clearly
by dan_b
25 Sep 2008, 4:30pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Drink Cycling
Replies: 114
Views: 9735

Not even much risk of falling off a trike, I'd have thought ;-)