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Re: 10,000 miles in a year finally

31 December 2015 - 4:27pm
deliquium wrote:Manc33 wrote:You had ONE p******e in 11,360 miles?


Actually it's 1 x p******e in 20,668 miles, as there weren't any in 2014

North Wales is such a clean place to cycle in

I've not even bothered to tot up my my mileage for 2015,it's so abysmal

Anyway well done all you high milers and have a happy perforation free 2016

Re: Appreciation

31 December 2015 - 3:47pm
squeaker wrote:jan19 wrote:I was driving home from my Mum's, using the B2139 in West Sussex.Ah, part of the unofficial Worthing bypass Definitely not fun to cycle on at most times (like the bypass continuation eastwards along the A283).
It's only a "bypass" if you travel parallel to the coast otherwise it isn't. There are just so many motor vehicles now that it seems nearly every road is now a "bypass" for somewhere.

Re: 10,000 miles in a year finally

31 December 2015 - 2:50pm
Manc33 wrote:You had ONE p******e in 11,360 miles?


Actually it's 1 x p******e in 20,668 miles, as there weren't any in 2014

Re: Don't cycle slowly

31 December 2015 - 2:04pm
What about the balance of the bike being a factor?

My road bike was never a problem but my MTB with a 2.5KG fork on the front is.

Think about how heavy kids bikes are and then add in the fact that it might be a full suspension MTB... if you're not holding the handlebars all the time it can just steer out of your hands. My adult MTB is like that... after months of being on my road bike I had to almost relearn to balance.

Re: 10,000 miles in a year finally

31 December 2015 - 1:57pm
You had ONE p******e in 11,360 miles?

I think I might swap my Marathon+ off and put some GP4000S on it.

"4000S II gets a Vectran breaker for unsurpassed p******e protection"

I bet Marathon Plus does surpass it. Ride over a drawing pin on GP4000S and see what happens.

Re: 10,000 miles in a year finally

31 December 2015 - 12:46pm
11,360 happy steady never in a rush 100% Welsh miles

Not riding today on account of the weather

So am staying home and rebuilding a rear wheel as its rim has worn mightily thin.

Only one p******e the other day on a shared use path - bit of broken glass (mind you the Vittoria Randonneur Pro tyre was somewhat bald - now replaced)

Re: metal barriers alongside a roadway

31 December 2015 - 12:19pm
Thanks to all those who have read this thread and even more to those who replied....

700c - some good points made and you obviously know the area, having commuted around here for over 20 years. The increased distance to the local school is not significant - but I am not going that way myself. My own commute of 12 plus miles takes me out past Woodcroft (sorry, boring detail here). As for increased danger of using this section of A48, it looks like we will have to agree to disagree because I think that the hazard of a right hand turn on a 50mph (if drivers stick to the speed limit) road in the wet, dark evenings is a step too far for me, wimp that I am.

Peter - I am not sure that heavy vehicles should be using a footpath....

RickH - yes, they are the fence type and not the Armco type. i can see the logic of trying to segregate the pedestrians from some of the speed merchants that forget that this is a built up area - perhaps I should campaign for reduced speed limit here as well.... it is that lack of provision for other vulnerable road users that prompted me to write.

Putting an access gateway in may be an excellent compromise - one that opens easily onto the path away from the roadway would fit the bill.

Using the footpath as a shared use path may have been an option too but at present cycling along this path is against the law as far as I understand.
I suppose the wider point is that of information and consultation. I will see how far I get with requesting more information with regard to the use of this section of carriageway by vulnerable road users but i doubt that I will get very far. If, however, more people would care to raise their concerns I am sure it will help with this and future designs.

Seriously, thanks for all the suggestions.
Safe cycling.
J.

Re: I paid 5p for a bag on my commute to work.

31 December 2015 - 11:54am
toomsie wrote:Its a good thing UK government don't monopolise cars or we would be stuck with Rovers and Land Rovers. They would brake down often and everyone would assume this is the norm for car reliability.

Ah, nostalgia for the days of British Leyland. Remember the Morris Marina and the Austin Allegro ?

Re: Don't cycle slowly

31 December 2015 - 10:42am
axel_knutt wrote:The full paper's here.
"Highlights
• Fear of injury is a barrier to cycling and experiencing non-injury incidents (near misses) may contribute to this.
• UK cyclists experience very high rates of non-injury incidents, by comparison with any reported injury rates.
• The most frightening incidents involve moving motor vehicles, particularly larger vehicles.
• Problematic passing manoeuvres are especially frequent and frightening.
• Higher rates are experienced in the morning peak and by slower cyclists."

Looks to be worth a proper read.

Re: Appreciation

31 December 2015 - 10:30am
jan19 wrote:I was driving home from my Mum's, using the B2139 in West Sussex.Ah, part of the unofficial Worthing bypass Definitely not fun to cycle on at most times (like the bypass continuation eastwards along the A283).
Surprised that the cyclist gave enough room for cars to overtake whilst staying on the correct side of the double whites - I wouldn't have...

Re: I paid 5p for a bag on my commute to work.

31 December 2015 - 10:28am
toomsie wrote:Thnks for link. Public money into private companies is not free market, its still a monopoly. It is competition that drives down costs and improves quality. Apparently, the French healthcare system is the best in the world. If it is why am I stuck with the NHS. Its a good thing UK government don't monopolise cars or we would be stuck with Rovers and Land Rovers. They would brake down often and everyone would assume this is the norm for car reliability.
In general, competitive health care systems are more expensive. There are all kinds of reasons for this, and some of them have more to do with the legal systems in the countries where they operate than the markets themselves.

Forbes seems to think that Switzerland is a good example of a relatively free market system with regards to health care that still provides universal coverage. Their costs are somewhat less that in the UK, but they also rank a little lower on the WHO league tables.

If you truly want free market, you have to eliminate the NHS and allow health care recipients to negotiate and pay for their health care independently, or through their insurance companies. Maybe Guatemala is a good model? Of course, even the USA isn't completely free in that regard, because most people cannot choose their insurance company, but have to select between a limited number of companies that have agreements with their employers. And of course, for those who can't afford insurance or health care, tough luck.

Re: I paid 5p for a bag on my commute to work.

31 December 2015 - 9:51am
Mike Sales wrote:toomsie wrote:
Thnks for link. Public money into private companies is not free market, its still a monopoly. It is competition that drives down costs and improves quality. Apparently, the French healthcare system is the best in the world. If it is why am I stuck with the NHS. Its a good thing UK government don't monopolise cars or we would be stuck with Rovers and Land Rovers. They would brake down often and everyone would assume this is the norm for car reliability.

What would not be a monopoly in your view?
There are private doctors, clinics and hospitals in the U.K.
Private money is making profits out of providing services and buildings to the NHS. The profits from the PFI are obscene.
Private health insurance is widely advertised.
Why are you stuck with the NHS? You are free to go private.
Where is the monopoly?

The French pay more for their health care than we do. That is why it is better. Nothing to do with competition driving down costs. Everything to do with punters paying more.

Re: I paid 5p for a bag on my commute to work.

31 December 2015 - 9:45am
toomsie wrote:
Thnks for link. Public money into private companies is not free market, its still a monopoly. It is competition that drives down costs and improves quality. Apparently, the French healthcare system is the best in the world. If it is why am I stuck with the NHS. Its a good thing UK government don't monopolise cars or we would be stuck with Rovers and Land Rovers. They would brake down often and everyone would assume this is the norm for car reliability.

What would not be a monopoly in your view?
There are private doctors, clinics and hospitals in the U.K.
Private money is making profits out of providing services and buildings to the NHS. The profits from the PFI are obscene.
Private health insurance is widely advertised.
Why are you stuck with the NHS? You are free to go private.
Where is the monopoly?

Re: I paid 5p for a bag on my commute to work.

31 December 2015 - 9:33am
toomsie wrote:matt_twam_asi wrote:There were more pirates in the 1800s and global average temperatures were lower. We should reintroduce piracy to combat global warming.


I believe you are after the "correlation does not equal causation' fallacy. I love the ice-cream fallacy even more.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8B271L3NtAw

However, I have noticed that some markets are more regulated then others. IT and technology has made the biggest progress and barrier to entry are small. look at the amazing smartphones and tablets. I got a Linx win 10 tablet for £119 on Ebuyer. It runs a full version of windows 10 so you can run your legacy windows programs on it. It wasn't to long ago that pcs were heavy and made some awful fan noises as it overheats.

What progress has highly regulated markets such as health and education made. They just get more expensive. If foreign hospitals and schools want to set up shop in UK, they can't or find it difficult because it is a protected market.

Tosh. Germany has no NHS to speak of, and health care there is more expensive than here. Health care in the USA is expensive. You picked a poor example there. But what has any of this got to do with a tiny charge on a plastic bag to discourage overuse?

Re: Appreciation

31 December 2015 - 9:15am
I know that road very well, though it's many years since I last cycled along it. The western end, probably better known to cyclists as Houghton Hill, is a ferocious climb going west (well, I found it ferocious at any rate!). But further east, from the Amberley museum into Storrington, it does indeed become a very fast undulating road for motorists, and not really ideal for inexperienced cyclists. As I said, I have cycled it - when I was younger and fitter!

I drive this road frequently, and I suspect nearly every time I do, I think what a fun road it would be to cycle, if it weren't for the traffic! Massive respect to anyone who cycles Houghton Hill - yes, I think ferocious is a good description.

As for any possibility of me "misunderstanding" the cyclist's gesture. I didn't. It was a thumbs up. Absolutely no question about it - and I appreciated it!

A very happy new year - and safe cycling - to everyone.

Jan

Re: I paid 5p for a bag on my commute to work.

31 December 2015 - 12:52am
Mike Sales wrote:Mike Sales wrote:You will find that quite a few Tory MPs have interests in thses companies.

A quick google found this.

http://socialinvestigations.blogspot.co.uk/p/key-facts-of-lords-and-mps-connections.html

These companies have been buying Labour politicians too it seems, but more Conservatives.

Thnks for link. Public money into private companies is not free market, its still a monopoly. It is competition that drives down costs and improves quality. Apparently, the French healthcare system is the best in the world. If it is why am I stuck with the NHS. Its a good thing UK government don't monopolise cars or we would be stuck with Rovers and Land Rovers. They would brake down often and everyone would assume this is the norm for car reliability.

Re: I paid 5p for a bag on my commute to work.

30 December 2015 - 11:47pm
Mike Sales wrote:You will find that quite a few Tory MPs have interests in thses companies.

A quick google found this.

http://socialinvestigations.blogspot.co.uk/p/key-facts-of-lords-and-mps-connections.html

These companies have been buying Labour politicians too it seems, but more Conservatives.

Re: I paid 5p for a bag on my commute to work.

30 December 2015 - 11:18pm
toomsie wrote: If foreign hospitals and schools want to set up shop in UK, they can't or find it difficult because it is a protected market.

Is that so? There are private hospitals and clinics in Britain. Is there a law that they cannot be foreign owned? Haven't I read that foreign health companies are making inroads into the increasingly privatised NHS? You will find that quite a few Tory MPs have interests in thses companies.

Re: I paid 5p for a bag on my commute to work.

30 December 2015 - 11:13pm
matt_twam_asi wrote:There were more pirates in the 1800s and global average temperatures were lower. We should reintroduce piracy to combat global warming.


I believe you are after the "correlation does not equal causation' fallacy. I love the ice-cream fallacy even more.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8B271L3NtAw

However, I have noticed that some markets are more regulated then others. IT and technology has made the biggest progress and barrier to entry are small. look at the amazing smartphones and tablets. I got a Linx win 10 tablet for £119 on Ebuyer. It runs a full version of windows 10 so you can run your legacy windows programs on it. It wasn't to long ago that pcs were heavy and made some awful fan noises as it overheats.

What progress has highly regulated markets such as health and education made. They just get more expensive. If foreign hospitals and schools want to set up shop in UK, they can't or find it difficult because it is a protected market.

Re: Don't cycle slowly

30 December 2015 - 10:49pm
MikeF wrote:beardy wrote:Slow cyclists are three times more likely to be hit by cars than those travelling at high speeds because they are “less hardy”, according to research.

Without reading the actual report, I dont know if they have already covered the fact that if you cycle slower you are a sitting target for longer. So it could just be that you are exposed to danger for a longer period.
I knew of a motorist who had that philosophy; he always drove as fast as he could because he was driving for a shorter time and therefore there was less time when he could be involved in an accident.
When speed limiters were introduced for HGVs this was one of the arguments the industry used to try to resist them.They also claimed that it would increase pollution, even though they'd be covering the same distance, because the time on the road would be longer. (I bet in practice the average journey times are only minimally affected, as opposed to peak speeds.)

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