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Re: Superhighway

9 February 2015 - 12:31am
honesty wrote:TonyR wrote:honesty wrote:So you still want to mix the 6 year olds with the 20 tonne trucks then?

I asked you not to put words in my mouth.

I'm not. I'm asking you to clarify your statement. Explain how "control traffic so that a six year old can cycle" is not having said 6 year old cycle in the same road as the 20 tonne truck?

Well if you can't work that one out..........

Re: Cycling into the sun

9 February 2015 - 12:21am
Buy some x loop sunglasses from e bay and enjoy the day ...simples

Re: Cycling into the sun

9 February 2015 - 12:07am
Tony
I didn't realise you were a fatalist

Re: Cycling into the sun

8 February 2015 - 11:53pm
I went out late today, around 2pm, there was a bit of glare off the wet roads but it wasn't as bad as it has being. I've often put my slow rear flasher when the sun is ridiculously blinding but didn't today. 99.9% spot on driving only one idiot going too fast too close.
If you think about it too much you spoil your ride and it changes your behaviour pattern (& not for the better IMO), when it's your time it's your time, often there is bugger all you can do about it.

Re: How Heavy is too Heavy?

8 February 2015 - 10:42pm
You mentioned depreciation on your bike.
I'm insured with ETA:

https://www.eta.co.uk/insurance/cycle/

ETA don't devalue your bike over time. They also have clear guidelines as to what lock you need to keep your bike insured. I recently bought a £1k bike and they recommended a silver level lock so I got a Hiplok v1.50:

http://hiplok.com/bike-locks/hiplok-v150

This is a nearly 2Kg chain that you can wear. So you can decide on the spur of the moment if you need to take it with you, no need to fit a bracket to the bike.

Re: Anyone not get frozen fingers today

8 February 2015 - 10:13pm
I'm a new convert to pogies. I've written more on "Does anyone know" if you have time to read it.

Re: Getting too cold.

8 February 2015 - 10:05pm
Hi,
Lidl has sold 100 gram cycling wind stopper tops in the past "Bike Extreme" @ less than £10, best 100 grams of anything I have bought, totally wind proof with hood, every cyclist should have one.
I have a womens "L" in plum colour, I will stick it in the sale section, new with tags, with some sizes, arm length, chest size etc.

Re: Superhighway

8 February 2015 - 9:46pm
Sorry the post was directed to TonyR. Another problem with Tavistock place and the superhighway are the unforgiving kerbs, decreasing the usable width.

Re: Getting too cold.

8 February 2015 - 9:38pm
It was cracking flags today, a sultry 6-8C, shame there was a bit of a wind as the sun was lovely when out the breeze.

Re: On the way home from shopping

8 February 2015 - 9:04pm
Second photo looks like a mini Airstream caravan

Re: On the way home from shopping

8 February 2015 - 8:29pm
deliquium wrote:Am intending to revisit your posts Mick F about experiences with the 'Quick Release' wheel system I'm of the opinion that the stub axle release idea is only any use if you actually want it.

Maybe CF should have produced two versions - one for the folk who want to stow their trailer, and one for the folk who don't.

Some years ago, I went by train up to Edinburgh with Bike in the bike stowage and my CF trailer in the suitcase stowage in the carriage. In those days, I had an orange suitcase strapped to the loadbed, so I disconnected the wheels, extracted the axles and carried them in a carrier bag together with the tow arm. The suitcase remained strapped to the loadbed and stowed on the luggage rack.Suitcase.jpgThis system actually worked well, but the suitcase zip leaked in the rain and my stuff got rather wet.

The idea was actually a good one. The whole thing was easily stowed and was quite versatile, but the trouble was, the stub axles weren't well designed so eventually came out with disastrous consequences. By all accounts CF have sorted the problem, but meanwhile my axles are permanently fixed in place .............. and I'm happier because of it.

Since gone over to a nice weatherproof/waterproof/shockproof/bomb proof/theft proof alu box. This is bolted to the loadbed and isn't easily removable. No doubt I could still go by train with it but the stowage could possibly be a problem. The wheels will come off of course, but you need a spanner to undo the wheel nuts to pull them off the axles.Chopper+Trailer.JPG

Re: Superhighway

8 February 2015 - 8:19pm
aspiringcyclist wrote:I agree that the restricting to 3m is definitely not something we want and it seems to be pandering to unsubstantiated worries. Tavistock Pl is certainly far too narrow ( don't think it is even 2m wide ), however, despite this it still remains a very popular route, showing how much people prefer segregation. I'm confused about your argument. Are you against cycling infrastructure or just bad cycling infrastructure?
Who is "you"? It may help if you address questions to someone in particular or everyone - I'm only against bad cycling infrastructure that makes things significantly worse for more than a few people.

The Tavistock Place route is 2.75m at its widest according to the Vole O'Speed link I posted a couple of pages ago. I think I member reading it's just under 2m at its narrowest (a short section just east of Malet St, but I think there are other bits as narrow) but I didn't find a confirmation of that just now.

Re: Superhighway

8 February 2015 - 8:08pm
aspiringcyclist wrote:Tavistock Pl is certainly far too narrow ( don't think it is even 2m wide ), however, despite this it still remains a very popular route, showing how much people prefer segregation.

Quite. Where I live the pavements are often narrow and awkward to cycle on but a depressing amount of cyclists opt to ride on them in preference to the roads. As a keen cyclist I'm not sure what I think of segregated cycle paths, but it's clear to me that a significant number of the able-bodied public would prefer them.

Re: Superhighway

8 February 2015 - 7:14pm
I agree that the restricting to 3m is definitely not something we want and it seems to be pandering to unsubstantiated worries. Tavistock Pl is certainly far too narrow ( don't think it is even 2m wide ), however, despite this, it still remains a very popular route, showing how much people prefer segregation. I'm confused about your argument. Are you against cycling infrastructure or just bad cycling infrastructure?

Re: On the way home from shopping

8 February 2015 - 6:55pm
deliquium wrote:
That was its inaugural run back from Dewi The Bike's workshop in Talysarn. I was so chuffed having ridden 15 miles with it, including a 1:7 climb (Drws Y Coed) without really noticing it, I took in an extra 3 miles to take this snap at the far end of Llyn Gwynant. Only to find when I got home, the hitch securing pin had come out somewhere en route
I found what I thought was hitch pin sometime back.PM in coming shortly after I've had a look for it



Thank you John - I got the frame and forks for nothing (1990 Raleigh Blueridge 531 All Terrain) over on the http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum.
You lucky blighter

I threw it at John the local 'Menai Powder Coatings' fella. And paid particular care and attention whilst building it up into an ideal winter shopper/tow bike.
All good craftsmen are called John

Also it now has BLACK Carradice Kendal Panniers (cos the green and olive were too Tory county shires/huntin' and shootin' kinda vibe).
I should think so too
AND multi coloured brake and gear outer cables
I just knew you weren't a UKIP voter

Re: Superhighway

8 February 2015 - 6:53pm
TonyR wrote:What's supposed to be a landmark major arterial route for cyclists in a city where cycling is becoming a dominant mode of transport has been designed at the recommended width for a low traffic cycle lane and in places to the minimum width (because otherwise it might slow car journeys). Of course its rubbish.
Actually I agree with TonyR on that and have said as much in my response to the consultation. It should have been widened elsewhere, not narrowed at the pinch points. It seems likely that there will be a number of faster people cycling on the carriageway due to congestion of the cycleway (as happens in Bloomsbury). At least it makes a change from using the carriageway due to poor surfacing of the cycleway!
And your defence of it seems to be its not as bad rubbish as the worse rubbish we've been given. Actually it is worse. Its no wider but is expected to carry much higher flows which will have to all travel at the speed of the slowest cyclist because there is no overtaking room.
There are two types of overtaking room: the other lane when there's no cycles in it (similar to on a carriageway) and rejoining the carriageway. How is that worse than elsewhere?

And please don't put words into my mouth. I did not say stuff the six year olds. I said control motor vehicles so that a six year old can cycle in Central London rather than build a rubbish facility that I doubt any six year old will use anyway. Its too narrow with cyclists going the other way and doesn't allow them to do anything other than cycle from one end to the other and back because there is nowhere else that is segregated to go on to
Actually, not connecting to anything isn't as much of a disabling flaw in London as in many cities. If they put hire racks at each end, anyone who can fit on the bikes (some twelve year olds rather than six, perhaps) might find it useful.

But it'll be a bit better than that, with some connections to cycle-only exits and very quiet streets which might be good enough.

Given they can't even build a riverside cycleway to the full recommended standard, there's clearly not the political will to control motor vehicles, so what are the next-best measures? What are the other possible improvements?

Re: On the way home from shopping

8 February 2015 - 5:52pm
reohn2 wrote:You lucky man!
But then you knew that didn't you

I do indeed count my blessings John

Mick F wrote:Ah, lovely.
The views AND the Carry Freedom!

That was its inaugural run back from Dewi The Bike's workshop in Talysarn. I was so chuffed having ridden 15 miles with it, including a 1:7 climb (Drws Y Coed) without really noticing it, I took in an extra 3 miles to take this snap at the far end of Llyn Gwynant. Only to find when I got home, the hitch securing pin had come out somewhere en route

Am intending to revisit your posts Mick F about experiences with the 'Quick Release' wheel system

reohn2 wrote:Let's not forget the bike!
A credit to it's owner

Thank you John - I got the frame and forks for nothing (1990 Raleigh Blueridge 531 All Terrain) over on the http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum. I threw it at John the local 'Menai Powder Coatings' fella. And paid particular care and attention whilst building it up into an ideal winter shopper/tow bike.

The newly built black hubbed, rimmed and spoked dyno wheels will be replaced with silver when Ison Distribution get more stock of 32 hole SP-PV8 dyno hubs in April. Also it now has BLACK Carradice Kendal Panniers (cos the green and olive were too Tory county shires/huntin' and shootin' kinda vibe). AND multi coloured brake and gear outer cables

BeeKeeper wrote:Great picture of Lenticular clouds in the top picture, specifically Altocumulus lenticularis I believe, aka UFOs. Formed by wind being forced upwards by the shape of the land, as the air rises it cools and droplets form in the air, as the air continues to move it starts to fall and warms up again and the droplets evaporate, so although there is a wind blowing the clouds appear stationary. A cloud forming like a flag on a summit behaves in the same way.

Thanks BeeKeeper, I had no idea there was a specific term for this cloud formation. I was just pleased to be carrying the camera that day. Clouds, especially changeable ones, figure a lot here in Eryri (Snowdonia).

Re: On the way home from shopping

8 February 2015 - 5:49pm
I like those Welsh Black cattle.

But lots of Wales has been ruined by twin curse of sheep farming and forestry.

Re: Good places to cycle to in Cardiff

8 February 2015 - 5:46pm
Good places to cycle in Cardiff ... any road leading out of Cardiff.

Re: Superhighway

8 February 2015 - 5:44pm
TonyR wrote:honesty wrote:So you still want to mix the 6 year olds with the 20 tonne trucks then?

I asked you not to put words in my mouth.

I'm not. I'm asking you to clarify your statement. Explain how "control traffic so that a six year old can cycle" is not having said 6 year old cycle in the same road as the 20 tonne truck?

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