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Re: If money was not an issue...

2 December 2014 - 12:11pm
If money was no object then I would have a whole range of bikes/trikes in purpose made secure store. Top of the list would be the new Q4W velomobile currently in development, the ICE fat trike, Surly moonlander, Urban Arrow cargo bike complete with lockable cargo box that can be swapped out with the child carrying pod and also the Urban Arrow in the shorty version, Circe Helios and Circe Morpheus tandems - again with all the load and passenger carrying options. I also like the Reise and muller Blue Label range so the Cruiser, the Komfort and the Transporter also the Load cargo bike. They would all have hub dynamos for lights with USB power outlet, hub gears Rohlhoff or nuvinci and disc brakes. I'd then have seven of each in the colours of the rainbow and labelled Monday, Tuesday etc. Lastly I would get in touch with my local Sustrans group to make them available for people to borrow. GPS tracking device on each one would be a good idea then. I haven't totted that lot up - well if money is no object who's counting - but I wouldn't reckon on much change from a £million

Re: Road Revolution £15Bn on roads..yet naff all for cycling

2 December 2014 - 12:05pm
Mark1978 wrote:Isn't the problem that cycling money doesn't come out of the same pot as 'roads' money. So if you wanted a cycling scheme added to a 'roads' scheme you'd need to secure a seperate source of funding. Which of course is stupid, cycling provision should come out of exactly the same budget as general roads spending.
I don't know of any reason why cycling schemes can't be funded from general roads budgets, but very few highway authorities do it. Norfolk County Council does sometimes, but it does also seem that cycling provision is the first element to be cut if any part of the project overruns its budget (I've loads of examples), because it's widely seen as acceptable to provide half a cycle route and dump people back onto roads that they just made bigger, busier and more complicated or to use a cheaper courtesy crossing instead of signals or zebras even to cross a horribly dangerous and unfriendly 5-lane road.

Re: If money was not an issue...

2 December 2014 - 11:42am
As serious road machine.... like the DF velomobile

Re: If money was not an issue...

2 December 2014 - 11:25am
Bonefishblues wrote:I'd probably take the route that Rob Penn did and go and see Brian Rourke for something made to measure in 953 flavour that made me feel a better cyclist than I am. Nice and understated, nothing shouty and flash, not making any promises that I can't keep
Yes definitely agree even though I own a Roberts.
Should also mentioned that I emailed Rob several times and he has always had the courtesy to reply. Clearly a nice man.

Re: Road Revolution £15Bn on roads..yet naff all for cycling

2 December 2014 - 11:09am
Isn't the problem that cycling money doesn't come out of the same pot as 'roads' money. So if you wanted a cycling scheme added to a 'roads' scheme you'd need to secure a seperate source of funding. Which of course is stupid, cycling provision should come out of exactly the same budget as general roads spending.

Re: If money was not an issue...

2 December 2014 - 10:10am
Ice Trike 26x with 2 dyno hubs and lights mounted on both front mudguards,2 bar bag mounts and 2 rear dynamo lights.

Bianchi Infinito CV with full super record, campag wheels and campag pedals.

Thorn mercury setup as a heavy disc braked tourer.

Re: If money was not an issue...

2 December 2014 - 10:09am
I'd probably take the route that Rob Penn did and go and see Brian Rourke for something made to measure in 953 flavour that made me feel a better cyclist than I am. Nice and understated, nothing shouty and flash, not making any promises that I can't keep

Re: If money was not an issue...

2 December 2014 - 9:38am
It's not 10 feet from me on the other side of the room, looking a little scruffy and dirty, with a few mismatched parts and pointing at the door begging to be taken out for a ride.
Soon as my glucose levels are up, I'll oblige

Re: Road Revolution £15Bn on roads..yet naff all for cycling

2 December 2014 - 9:34am
Retweeted:
Liz Almond @liz545 15h
Since councils are spending cycling funding on turbo roundabouts, we can spend this new roads money on bike lanes, right?

Re: Road Revolution £15Bn on roads..yet naff all for cycling

2 December 2014 - 9:09am
Another grandiose scheme from the "greenest government ever".
Almost all politicians appear to be indifferent to the appalling state of the existing road structure - particularly the rural road network.
Of course improved maintenance doesn't have the same ring to a politicians ears - more difficult to strut to that at a party conference.
This may just be Cameron's " promise of the week".
Next week he'll come up with some other loony scheme.

Re: If money was not an issue...

2 December 2014 - 9:05am
b1ke wrote:Thorn Nomad S&S in green. Please.

You could have my S&S then... Was about to say my bike without the S&S, and perhaps nice normal rear ends intead of the silly alternator dropouts that my Salsa Vaya Travel has. But fitted with Rohloff. And brazed with brass (?) like the Soma Triple Cross.

In other words, a custom stainless travel bike, designed with a little bit of input from me but by an American probably, and built over there also, as they seem to have the most interesting bikes these days, and some amazing builders, though the Taiwanese sub-contractors are rather highly skilled too. No fancy lugs or twee bits though, and some serious innovation regarding security. No carbon. Disc brakes, but perhaps V-mounts for emergencies.

Re: Road Revolution £15Bn on roads..yet naff all for cycling

2 December 2014 - 8:51am
Doesn't help that the oil price is right down at the mo, making everyone feel free to drive everywhere without a care in the world, and being an election in a few months, if someone else ends in power they'll have this around their neck and unable to do anything about it, leaving it as the proverbial albatros, which is a popular Tory tactic- remember Mandelson's folly that Labour ended up getting blamed for? Yet when Labour started things that ended well when Tories took over power, Labour got forgotten; Olympics, "Boris'" bikes... etc.

Imagine that £15bn being used on the rail network, and I don't mean the Emporer's High Speed fashion.

Re: If money was not an issue...

2 December 2014 - 8:43am
Thorn Nomad S&S in green. Please.

Re: Incident this morning - City of London

2 December 2014 - 8:33am
MikeF wrote:I think you'll find all coach drivers should know about the back "swing" on turns, as should drivers of lorries.
I agree, of course. I was thinking about an explanation of the bad driving, not trying to excuse it.

A driver who drives his coach into a cyclist should be charged with dangerous driving. If the cyclist had done nothing wrong (and this OP cyclist hadn't) then the jury should convict. Fat chance.

I also agree with Pete Owens. Taking a position at the extreme edge of lane is inviting motorists to regard that lane as empty. When stopping at lights to turn right, I don't want a motorist alongside me because then he will try to accelerate past me as we both take the turn, so I would occupy a central position within the lane.

Re: If money was not an issue...

2 December 2014 - 8:26am
Just one?
Duo Quest with some serious e-assist.

After all if money is no object then I can either get the prototype or convince them to start production

Re: If money was not an issue...

2 December 2014 - 7:57am
I'd get myself a really slick road machine, something along the lines of...

- Custom titanium frame with full carbon fork
- Disc brakes
- Dura Ace Di2 groupset
- Deep section full carbon wheels

Re: If money was not an issue...

2 December 2014 - 7:39am
....then I would have the nerve to enter my local bikeshop without laughing too hard at the prices. Judging by turnover there, there are many who spend as if money is not an issue. The same money for a bike as a new car? No problem, Sir. Don't forget the multiple sets of carbon wheels (deep rimmed and shallow according to the wind) and the matching mountain bike. And the $400 shoes (wot, no leather?) and the Rapha clothing, of course. How much????

Re: Incident this morning - City of London

2 December 2014 - 12:31am
WoFabian wrote: I purposely position myself to the right of the right hand lane allowing coaches to pass,
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The driver then told me I should move out of the way if I see a coach coming from behind.

It sounds like the problem was that you were doing exactly what the coach driver told you you ought to be doing. By positioning yourself to the edge of the lane you are effectively inviting drivers to overtake.

Note. I am not suggesting that you are in any way to blame for this - the coach driver needed to use both lanes to complete his manouevre so should not have attemped to overtake a vehicle occupying one of those lanes. Just that by taking a central position in the lane (ie making sure that you are in the way) you can make it more obvious that the lane is occupied.

Re: Road Revolution £15Bn on roads..yet naff all for cycling

1 December 2014 - 11:30pm
TBH I think it's a lost cause talking sense to idiots.
The 15Bn will be spent,the road builders will cash in,the governing party will get the backhanders,motor traffic will increase and as a result the motor and petrochemical industries will also increase profit,and people will think it's all a godsend and for a short time it will be.
But as a result,there'll be more pollution,more on street parking,and down the road(sic) in an ever shorter timescale another bunch of politrickians in the pocket of multinational business moguls will be doing the same all over again.
We ain't learning,we ain't learning because we're being told there ain't no alternative,some people think there is but there ain't enough of them.

The answer to the car ain't the bike,that's only any use for very short distances and with an ever increasingly unfit population the chances of even that,slips further away with each passing year.

In a capitalist system where profit comes first,there ain't enough profit in a decent public transport system that solves the problem.
So until the population see sense,and politrickians in turn dance to a sensible population's sensible alternative transport system or we reach total gridlock for often than we don't,nothing will change.

PS,I remember a certain politrickian promising growth year on year,where traffic's concerned he wasn't wrong

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