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Re: Ten Miles a Day

3 July 2015 - 8:44am
Not so good this year.
I've had other things to do than cycling .............. sadly.


That's 6.5miles per day.

Re: Bus passes

3 July 2015 - 8:04am
I used my own bus pass (picture somewhere on here ) yesterday. The bus was late so I used my latest technology - with apologies to horizon - to text West Yorkshire Metro for a GPS-powered eta: a snip at 12p. But hold on: that's almost a whole half crown, if you see what I mean. Leeds City Council used to have a cheap fares policy and for many years persisted with a starting point of tuppence ie 2d or slightly less than 1p. So it's something like twelve times as much to find out that the bus is late than it used to cost to ride on one.

Capstick comes home, and with a vengeance.


Re: Jeremey Vine

3 July 2015 - 7:28am

Cycling from Paddington to Hackney this Saturday

3 July 2015 - 5:59am
My on-line map, Bing, gives me a road route that takes me along Euston Road, past Kings Cross and into Pentonville Road, towards The Angel. I drove along there not long ago and it was rather exciting
Can any London savvy cyclist suggest a suitable alternative route?
I don't have GPS, just my PC and pen/paper.
Thanks, Alan

Jeremey Vine

2 July 2015 - 11:42pm
Have you read the article in the Guardian? As a commuter of some 34 daily miles I salute you.


Re: Another death and inadequate sentence

2 July 2015 - 11:02pm
Valbrona wrote:Well then it makes you wonder how many people a cyclist has to knock down and kill in one go before they get the maximum sentence.
An infinite fine would be harsh

Again though, the same is true of motor offences. No person has ever been given the maximum sentence for causing death by dangerous driving. In 2013, the latest year I have seen figures for, only just over half (54%) of drivers convicted of "causing death" by driving offences received any prison sentence at all.

Believe it or not even those convicted of serious motoring offences often avoid bans. According to the RoadPeace charity (again, for 2013):

For ‘causing death or bodily harm’ and ‘dangerous driving’, around 40% of offences result in a driving ban of the minimum duration
recommended by the Sentencing Council, compared to over 90% of drink/drug driving bans. The rest result in a ban until the
driving test is passed, an endorsement without disqualification (penalty points) or neither a ban nor an endorsement.

Driving bans are supposed to be mandatory for all Causing Death by Driving convictions. But 15% of drivers convicted of
causing a death were not banned and only had their license endorsed..

Comes in threes ?

2 July 2015 - 9:58pm
Out with our group this morning and I had a puncture. Not any old puncture but a pinch puncture. (pot holes )
Any way setting off, after fitting a new tube, it crossed my mind that things come in threes.
Occurrence No.2 involved one of the other guys who, on climbing a nasty little grind, had his chain brake. Instant stop and clattered to the floor but luckily not hurt.
I carry spare KMC "quick links" and chain tool so managed to get him on the way again.
As it happened the group got split and some took a different route to the Cafe stop.
Four of us arrived first not knowing where the others were but they appeared a few minutes later.
Third incident came to light. Unfortunately one had fallen off and this time had hurt himself so returned home to tend to his wounds.
So there's the Three's.

As an aside:- I have Continental "Grand Prix" tyres on my road bikes and, upto now, never had a normal (thorn,glass etc) puncture in these tyres. This is the third incident of pinches, and in different wheels, so not a problem with the rims. The first was because the tyre was under inflated but the other two had my normal pressure of about 100 psi. The tyres are 700 x 23 and on Mavic Open Pro rims.
A possible conclusion is the tyre walls are perhaps extra flexible.

Re: Another death and inadequate sentence

2 July 2015 - 9:53pm
Well then it makes you wonder how many people a cyclist has to knock down and kill in one go before they get the maximum sentence.

Re: Ten Miles a Day

2 July 2015 - 9:53pm
But marathon time is coming and due for some 12 hr & 3 x 24 hr rides

Re: Crane River Parks Hounslow & other London rides

2 July 2015 - 9:34pm
Seems like the people in Hillingdon North want either to keep some one in or out?

Never seen gates like these? Any one of above average girth would find it a squeeze even to get thru

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Re: Ten Miles a Day

2 July 2015 - 9:02pm
According to the clock at work, today is day 183 of the year - so we're more that half way through the year.

How are we all doing?

Just an update - I'm on 1,948 miles - so slightly ahead of schedule. Feeling quite pleased with myself.

Re: The People you Meet

2 July 2015 - 8:22pm
On the west coast of Ireland last summer I met a Cornish guy who was a travelling musician. He was into the celtic folk scene and went to Brittany regularly as well.

Re: Pollution - another problem

2 July 2015 - 8:20pm
Wow! others are starting to realise that many PSVs are the worst polluters instead of always bashing cars. Oxford Street in London is one of the most polluted roads in the country...and guess what....motor traffic on Oxford Street comprises almost exclusively buses and taxis.

Re: Sabotage and hatred: what have people got against cyclis

2 July 2015 - 8:15pm
I tend to agree with beardy, although some people dislike cyclists and would like to ban them from using roads it is a big step from there to trying to cause serious injury or death. Probably more a case of an unhinged individual who would be better accomodated at Broadmoor.

Re: Traffic Wardens will ticket Just anyone - bikes next?

2 July 2015 - 8:15pm
If they miss you in this world then they get you in the next


Re: Traffic Wardens will ticket Just anyone - bikes next?

2 July 2015 - 6:28pm
Assuming this is true, which is pretty unlikely, the tickets can just be ignored as the vehicles are not registered. The system will not know how to proceed, even if it was legitimate to issue the tickets.

Traffic Wardens will ticket Just anyone - bikes next?

2 July 2015 - 6:21pm
Traffic Wardens will ticket Just anyone - bikes next?

From the Evening Standard -

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Re: The People you Meet

2 July 2015 - 5:29pm
I was cycling on the Lutudurum Audax in the Peak District last Saturday and got talking to an interesting chap on a flat-barred Mercian tourer with Rohloff gearing. He was impressively fit and when we got talking as we rode alongside each other he told me a bit about his cycling trip around the world. I must admit I have met some very interesting and friendly folk on the 4 Audax rides that I have done so far.


2 July 2015 - 5:04pm
Cycled down from Lincolnshire to London today. was passed by a cyclist on a specialized in all the lycra on the road to crowland, so chased after him for 10-15 miles, and had a nice chat when i finally caught up! Too bad he turned off to Thorney but it was fun having a rabbit to chase...

Its hot, light breezy days like today with fellow travellers on the road that make being on a bike so much fun. I'm getting itchy pedals for the open road already...

Re: Crane River Parks Hounslow & other London rides

2 July 2015 - 3:54pm
Next Stage. North Hillingdon to Ruislip. Towards Ruislip it gets a bit boring as the route just bolts together a few back houses short cut & the route twists and turns so need to be on the look out for the trail signs, but the result is worth the effort as it ends up at Ruislip Lido, a large lake which is also a beach resort with a real sandy beach where the locals go on hot days to sun bathe and take a cooling dip. But thats jumping the gun a bit.

At Hillingdon on the route came across this strange "playground" dont know who it is for. Any one explain the purpose of the various torture devices?

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The Hillingdon lot a very security minded bunch as the next installment shows


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