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Re: Bus Stop Wireless interference?

30 September 2014 - 9:39pm
I'm never convinced by these gadgets. I've just got (second hand) a 'smartphone' with all bells and whistles including a GPS and an app called 'Map my ride'. According to said gizmo I rode 52 miles on Friday and climbed to a maximum altitude of 633 metres. The distance was, I suspect pretty accurate. My ride was from King's Lynn to the Norfolk coast and back! It also told me I'd reached a maximum speed of 118kph!

Re: Ten Miles a Day

30 September 2014 - 8:20pm
Hi,
Currently on 12.6 but if I do nothing for rest of year then I will finish on 9.6, need 200 more miles to finish on 10 / day.
Its not always the miles you do but how you do them, keeping up with 80 % average max heart rate.

Re: Ten Miles a Day

30 September 2014 - 7:56pm
Managed the 10 miles a day over the year a few weeks ago.
Set myself 5000 miles for the year (which well on track to achieve).

And, as I've started using the car less (as I now call in at supermarkets whist out riding), I'm now aiming and keeping my bike miles above my car miles ! And checked it for the 1st time today (can only go back to last March when my MOT gave me the car odometer reading), I'm currently a few hundred miles ahead on the bike.

Ian

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

30 September 2014 - 7:20pm
Mick F wrote:It the fashion for black that gets up my nose. Even cycle clothing is fashionable black.
Components are black, and frames are often black, or coloured to compensate for the black.


I think part of the reason people like black clothing is that it doesn't show up the inevitable dabs of grease, chain oil or mud stains/road dirt that never quite comes out if you're wearing yellow, white, pastel blue whatever..

But I'm not a fan either - I prefer the bright stuff. I've got some bright green bibshorts (not Cannondale but similar colour) - love 'em!

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

30 September 2014 - 5:50pm
easyroller wrote:Not a fan then...?No.
It's got Shimano on it.

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

30 September 2014 - 5:42pm
Not a fan then...?

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

30 September 2014 - 5:27pm
Mick F wrote:It the fashion for black that gets up my nose. Even cycle clothing is fashionable black.
Components are black, and frames are often black, or coloured to compensate for the black.
...


It's mourning. Advance planning for one's own funeral. Sorry, officer, couldn't see him.

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

30 September 2014 - 5:13pm
Much better. It looks more complete with mudguards which will keep melted tar from being thrown onto your frame.

Re: Bus Stop Wireless interference?

30 September 2014 - 4:51pm
I've recently returned (for refund) my cycle computer.

I found that after a ride it was sitting on my kitchen table recording occasional speed (e.g. 0.0, 0.0, 18.5, 5.5, 0.0, 16.2, 0.0, etc.). It could go on doing that for hours. However, it stopped the unit from recording "stationary" so whilst it would not accumulate too much distance, it would extend the ride timer which meant the av. speed dropped significantly.

And then I noticed that walking round Waitrose the computer would be doing the same - resulting in very significant average speed drops. With my bike stationary and locked up outside, cycle computer in my pocket and the two contacts that detect "on bike" un-shorted, I could enter waitrose with an av. speed of e.g. 13.8 and after a brief shop for a few items my av. speed would be down to e.g. 12.6.

So they replaced and replacement did the same, so returned for full refund.

And the cycle computer I've got now does not suffer the same problem (though I fooled it by accidentally stopping at a junction with the magnet right beside the sensor and slight movements sent the speed a bit OTT briefly!!).

IAn

Bus Stop Wireless interference?

30 September 2014 - 2:44pm
Leisurely rode past a bus stop earlier, on Paddock Lane in Warburton, near Lymm, noticed my Aldi wireless computer showed my speed going up and up to about 38 then back to normal, lots of the bus stops around Cheshire seem to have electronic display boards on them, with information of ETAs of the next bus etc, I didn't notice if the bus stop I passed had one of these, streetview doesn't show one but it's from 2009. Didn't see anything else obvious that could have caused it, has anyone else noticed interference when passing bus stops?
It may explain why the max speed recorded was 48mph the other week.

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

30 September 2014 - 2:38pm
Merry_Wanderer wrote:Mick F wrote:This one's quite nice.
(but it needs pedals)
Note the silver rims and components.
img1.jpg

Where's the bottle cages? And it has black tyres.....
Is this one better?Bike.jpg

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

30 September 2014 - 2:08pm
SteveHunter wrote:



There's a nice bike struggling to get out from under there. If only we knew what make and model it was

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

30 September 2014 - 1:54pm
Mick F wrote:This one's quite nice.
(but it needs pedals)
Note the silver rims and components.
img1.jpg

Where's the bottle cages? And it has black tyres.....

Re: commute distance, folder or road bike?

30 September 2014 - 1:50pm
I'd suggest sticking with your folder for now until you have considered what 'full-size' bike you want to buy.

I cycle commute 4.5 miles on a 6 speed Brompton folding bike then catch a train and cycle 0.5 miles to work in Nottingham. My incentives are that the journey by car is at 'normal' commuting times, horrendous and would take me longer than it does by bike. That and I am much fitter than I was even 2 months ago when I started commuting 3-4 times per week, instead of the 1-2 times a week previously. I have also noticed that without trying my times for the commute have fallen by 3 or 4 minutes on average.

I will be doing the commute on my 'big' bike for part of the winter (just to see what difference it will make) but I do love the Brompton for the ease of storing under my desk, getting on the train and occasionally using to visit other offices.

Enjoy your commute and keep us updated

Re: Knocked off bicycle. Driver won't give insurance details

30 September 2014 - 10:22am
I'd say never threaten anything you don't intend to go through with. The only realistic and lawful threat you have here is to proceed with a claim, going to court if necessary. Don't huff and puff because it's unlikely to frighten anybody who is being evasive. Either walk away and move on, or get on with it.

There's info here on the govt www

https://www.gov.uk/make-court-claim-for-money/overview

Note that item 4 says allow 14 days for a response to your claim.

There's also this from Citizens Advice:

http://www.adviceguide.org.uk/wales/law ... claims.htm

Re: Knocked off bicycle. Driver won't give insurance details

30 September 2014 - 9:53am
karlt wrote:Send him a letter detailing your claim and requesting either his proposals for paying compensation or his insurance details. Give him 28 days to respond in a satisfactory manner. ...
A few years ago I had to take legal action against somebody (not vehicle nor accident related). My solicitor always gave the other party 7 days to respond. Initially I said I felt this a bit short but he said it was fine. So my comment, 28 days is a long time to give somebody to respond. Long enough for them to put it to one side and forget about it.

I'd say send correspondence signed for delivery and then give a shorter time from receipt of letter; basically short enough that they have to get on and do it rather than leave and forget.

I never used them but you used to be able to have a chat/appointment with a solicitor through the Citizens Advice Bureau. You have to call for an appointment and I suspect they are busy and have constraints. And the solicitor will not act for you (for free), just give advice. That is if they still offer the service.

Ian

Re: Knocked off bicycle. Driver won't give insurance details

30 September 2014 - 9:45am
Send him a letter detailing your claim and requesting either his proposals for paying compensation or his insurance details. Give him 28 days to respond in a satisfactory manner. If he doesn't, go to the small claims court. It's not his insurers you're claiming against, it's him, and if he doesn't want to involve them he'll have to pay up himself.

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

29 September 2014 - 11:12pm
I actually like fat frames but I don't like the whole grey and dark thing. I like a bike to be colourful.
I bought my road bike largely because I couldn't choose between a few and this one looked best to me, as it was colourful.



However when it came to my Hybrid which I wanted colourful as I will be riding it a lot at night I couldn't get one, had to settle for grey. I've added lots of reflective bits though. Including reflective walled marathon tyres as well now.

Re: Knocked off bicycle. Driver won't give insurance details

29 September 2014 - 10:28pm
Nimitta wrote:Cunobelin wrote:Does the business card have the company details?
Approach his managers

He is one of the company's directors.


What type of company?

Write a polite letter copied to ALL the directors explaining the facts and asking if this is the standard of honesty, and integrity that the Company endorses, especially if it is a market where these are key to its operation

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

29 September 2014 - 10:27pm


Not such a pretty sight when seen on a lycra jersey. Cafe proprietors are not usually very impressed!

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