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Re: Nextbike Glasgow

4 August 2014 - 12:17am
No use if you are over six feet tall, the seatpost doesn't go high enough, might be ok for a few hundred metres but any further and it would be uncomfortable.
Went to hire a couple last week during the games and discovered this flaw as I'm 6'2", also one of the two bikes available had the chain off and couldn't see any easy way of putting it back on, not sure what hub gears they use but access to the sprocket wasn't good.

Re: Nextbike Glasgow

3 August 2014 - 11:09pm
Assuming this is what Chris Boardman was riding for his course guide earlier, the gears don't go low enough for the steep roads on the climbs, unless he was intentionally in a high gear for comedic value.

4 in line bicycle

3 August 2014 - 10:24pm
Today I passed (going in the opposite direction) a bike very similar to this on route 21 near Hartfield, Sussex. Parents (presumably) fore and aft and two boys in the middle. I've never seen a bike like this before; it looked fun but I wonder how manoeuvrable it is, how strong the construction has to be, and how you start moving or stopping and coping with sharp bends.

Re: Biased?

3 August 2014 - 8:22pm
Spinners wrote:The Mail on Sunday understands that the cyclist was not wearing a helmet.


Unserstands? I doubt it...

Re: Biased?

3 August 2014 - 7:52pm
"cyclist who was travelling downhill at a significant speed"

That sounds like more blame placed on the cyclist too.

Re: Biased?

3 August 2014 - 7:47pm
Bicycler wrote:It could have been worse. At least it's clear to everyone who must take the majority of the responsibility for hitting another vehicle on the other side of the road whilst u-turning.

It sure is and in case you still don't get it the Daily Wail spells it out for you:

"But there were also calls last night for cyclists to take greater responsibility for their actions and to ensure they wear helmets."

Re: Biased?

3 August 2014 - 7:40pm
The Mail on Sunday understands that the cyclist was not wearing a helmet.

Re: Biased?

3 August 2014 - 7:27pm
It could have been worse. At least it's clear to everyone who must take the majority of the responsibility for hitting another vehicle on the other side of the road whilst u-turning. I am at a loss as to how helmets are relevant.

Re: Biased?

3 August 2014 - 7:03pm
NUKe wrote:Why are you disgusted Jim ?
It seems a pretty straight forward account. Hopefully the cyclists makes a full recovery. It neither seeks to exonerate or damn ms Piper
If you can't see it I can't be bothered explaining.

Re: Ten Miles a Day

3 August 2014 - 4:59pm

No riding today, but I went for a walk.
Just checking on my route ...... to the mini mart way up the hill (to buy cooking apples) and then down to the boozer (for beer!) then back home ..... back up the hill a bit.

Tracing my walk via bikehike.co.uk
500ft total ascent.
1.75miles

This gives 286ft per mile.
Good job I wasn't cycling.

Re: Ten Miles a Day

3 August 2014 - 2:08pm
Mick F wrote::D

Only 14miles today.
Mind you, I had 1,900ft of ascent.
Is that hilly enough?

It's getting there. Keep it up!

Re: BT Openreach cyclists stay back

3 August 2014 - 12:09pm
Agree, but buses very rarely reverse along city roads....
To their sides ther need be no blindspots. Various busses around here have rear facing cameras.

Re: Biased?

3 August 2014 - 11:55am
I now refuse to click on any link to the aforementioned supposed news thing.

I am puzzled why other people look at it in the first place?

This is not a dig at the OP but something I have noticed with other posters. They seem to hunt for stuff to get upset about.

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

3 August 2014 - 11:52am
Slow Loris wrote:aspiringcyclist wrote:One more thing, when buying a bike can you exchange a saddle for a more comfortable one for you before buying? Or do you have to pay for the bike with the existing saddle and then buy a new saddle?

Assuming you're buying new – yes you can, and if it's done at the point of sale you might get a discount . I bought through the bike to work scheme a few years ago and, on my request, the shop very kindly swapped the saddle for a Brooks, the tyres for Marathon Plus and the quick release skewers for security skewers (requiring a specific key) for the wheels. These were all at additional cost, but they gave me a discount on the tyres.

Regarding lights – there are also USB rechargeable ones that can plug into your laptop during the day. This is the one I have, although I don't use tow tow paths/unlit roads at night. If I were, I'd be inclined to invest in a more suitable front light.

http://www.rutlandcycling.com/153500/pr ... light.aspx

Vorpal wrote:If your seat post has a quick release, replace it with a bolt that requires tools, or take the saddle with you and put it in a locker, or something. Same with any detachable lights or other equipment.

+1. I always take a quick release seat post with me if I'm in central London for the day - there's generally somewhere to store it, and I can be sure of a comfortable ride home

Thank you. You've been very helpful.

Now I'm considering the beater bike as I don't see any safe place to lock the bike in the university with the little information available online and I can't exactly visit it as if I find a location it means it isn't secure from the public. I was wondering what good places there are to buy mechanically sound bikes and ones suitable for the journey without looking conspicuously expensive.

Re: Biased?

3 August 2014 - 11:26am
Indeed - the more clicks they get on their website the more they will print more of the same.

Re: Biased?

3 August 2014 - 10:49am
bigjim wrote:Disgusted at this so called journalism.


You should not look at the DM, and never under any circumstances read the comments!

Re: Biased?

3 August 2014 - 9:21am
Usual DM inflammaTory tripe.
Why am I not surprised

Re: Biased?

3 August 2014 - 12:51am
Would a helmet have avoided the shoulder injury???

Re: Biased?

2 August 2014 - 11:44pm
bigjim wrote:Disgusted at this so called journalism.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2714260/Billie-Piper-quizzed-police-pulls-crash-puts-cyclist-16-hospital.html

It's the DM, what did you expect?

Re: Biased?

2 August 2014 - 11:34pm
Why are you disgusted Jim ?
It seems a pretty straight forward account. Hopefully the cyclists makes a full recovery. It neither seeks to exonerate or damn ms Piper

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