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Re: get off your phone!!

17 July 2014 - 7:57pm
Its bloody tractors around here now and I am getting fed up with it. Wish the police would target them.

Re: Cruelty to bikes

17 July 2014 - 7:56pm
Easily acquired skill? I ended up in a field the first front shift!

I do love friction shifting and recently converted another bike to it, though. First one for 5 years. We'll see if the love lasts.

Re: Cruelty to bikes

17 July 2014 - 7:41pm
What's wrong with downtube shifters? I use them all the time. They are inexpensive. They never go wrong. They rarely need adjusting. They seem to last for ever. The short cable runs reduce friction. They make stem/handlebar changes and adjustments easier. They need a little practice to make slick changes without looking down, but it's an easily acquired skill.

I believe they initially went out of fashion because racers wanted to change up prior to launching an attack without alerting competitors. Nowadays manufacturers prefer gearing which is complex, expensive, wears out fast and requires every system component to be part of a groupset -all of which maximise profits.

Re: Brian Robinson injured

17 July 2014 - 6:33pm
Just how many people could train on a velodrome at one time? How many are there? Maybe the argument is that they shouldn't be driving to work, they should be cycling!

Re: Brian Robinson injured

17 July 2014 - 6:21pm
At 83, I can't see anybody suggesting that Brian Robinson was training.

Re: A-hole in a van.

17 July 2014 - 5:33pm
Merely touching a person, deliberately, without their consent, comprises Common Assault: that's what I've been told. So pushing you into the verge surely qualifies. From my experience, the Police will take such a case more seriously than they will for mere road rage or bad driving. And - even without a sexual element - Yewtree may well have made the cops much more alert to this sort of thing. Good luck!

Re: Brian Robinson injured

17 July 2014 - 5:33pm
Mark1978 wrote:When Wiggo was knocked over there were endless people saying "he shouldn't be training on the roads" ... "That's what velodromes are for". Beggars belief.
I've had the same whilst out jogging ("You should be on the track"). Also get it when we do local races as a martial from irate drivers who are held up for a few seconds whilst buying the Mail on Sunday.

Re: Help with choosing bike type and/or commute through Lond

17 July 2014 - 5:32pm
They're not particularly speedy. I ordered some updated maps a while ago and, if I remember, they took about 10 days.

Re: Brian Robinson injured

17 July 2014 - 5:27pm
When Wiggo was knocked over there were endless people saying "he shouldn't be training on the roads" ... "That's what velodromes are for". Beggars belief.

Re: Brian Robinson injured

17 July 2014 - 4:58pm
The current pro's they'll probably blame for 'furious cycling'.

Re: The Road vs Cycle lane

17 July 2014 - 4:01pm
Mark1978 wrote:Thing is if that cycle track did have dropped curbs, was wide and had a better surface than the road and took you around the junction without having to stop then you would use it.
If the junction meant that I did have to stop then I probably would - but I only know of one such facility - and to be honest unless the queue is very short it isn't possible to take without stopping anyway.

Re: Brian Robinson injured

17 July 2014 - 2:44pm
Yes, +1, hope for a speedy recovery.

So how many professional and ex-pro cyclists need to be knocked down before politicians stop blaming rider inexperience and we get some RoadJustice and space4cycling?

Re: get off your phone!!

17 July 2014 - 2:36pm
I saw a new one today: a bus driver appeared to be reading a book while driving. Discussion with the Stagecoach brand responsible is at https://mobile.twitter.com/Norfolkgreen ... 6821367808

Re: A-hole in a van.

17 July 2014 - 2:04pm
I agree - report as assault.
I think I would be inclined to then pester the police to take action - make it their problem.
With this in mind, make sure you get details of the police person you talk to and any reference number relating to the incident.
Good luck and commiserations on what sounds like a horrible experience.

Re: Brian Robinson injured

17 July 2014 - 1:37pm
thre was a previous BBC story about him -

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-27146342

Re: Cruelty to bikes

17 July 2014 - 1:17pm
Wiki: "Cotter pin can also refer to a type of split pin supplied with washers that is used in making teddy bear arm, leg and neck joints."

Well I never.

Re: Cruelty to bikes

17 July 2014 - 1:12pm
Vorpal wrote:... they're unlikely to hurt anyone but themselves if the brakes fail!
...apart from the pedestrian or other cyclist they career into...?

Re: get off your phone!!

17 July 2014 - 1:08pm
Postboxer wrote:Just make the penalty greater and catch more people, if it meant losing your car, then for a couple of months the press was full of endless stories of people losing their cars, people would stop, it wouldn't be worth it.

More people would cycle too!

Complete agreement!

Re: get off your phone!!

17 July 2014 - 12:53pm
Just make the penalty greater and catch more people, if it meant losing your car, then for a couple of months the press was full of endless stories of people losing their cars, people would stop, it wouldn't be worth it.

More people would cycle too!

Re: get off your phone!!

17 July 2014 - 12:46pm
So long as hands free systems are allowed they can do whatever they like to curb handling a mobile/media device (this should includes sat nav as well), and trying to make a comparison between a hands free chat and saying it is no different is garbage, I've even seen the test they did (to one serial mobile phone user) and it isn't anything like a normal discussion/chat on the phone hands free or otherwise..

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