That's how parking is managed in parts of West Norfolk too. Oddly enough, those short-sighted medieval-through-to-Victorian types didn't build town centre homes with much car parking , so you can park cars in some town centre spaces for free 5.30pm-8.30am (so if you use a car to commute 20ish miles to a 9-5 job, there'll be no charge), some edge-of-centre spaces free any time (good for weekend storage) or it's between 60p and £2.50 for 24 hours in a town centre at the weekend. Or you can buy a season ticket for municipal car parks for between £99 and £340/year and just park. (But Downham Market has some free car parks and it's the borough town with disproportionate motoring problems (IMO) and lowest cycling rates.)
However, for new developments, we seem to be missing tricks: the same must-have-car-parking rule is applied across the whole county unless it's really silly (flats next to the bus station and multi-storey car park was a recent example where it was waived). At least a must-have-cycle-parking rule is also applied! Do you think this car parking requirement is to compete with other areas where people cycle less, or to enable the council to more easily say people shouldn't obstruct the public highway with 752 cars because most houses have their own parking spaces and if they want more then they should buy it too?
The 'village' I live on was recently built with off road communal parking around the rear of the houses and the road along the front of it was endowed with a 'proper' cycle lane and traffic calming.
Everyone simply parked in the cycle lane. When the council held a meeting to discuss putting down double yellows (after several leaflet
campaigns failed) they were attended by some pretty angry residents that were up in arms with arguments like "I wouldn't have bought the house if I'd been told I couldn't park on my own front". They even claimed there was insufficient parking in the provided car parks - the council responded by secretly surveying them over a few weeks and determined that utilisation was less than 25%.
So even though it was obviously a cycle lane people still assumed it was fair game for parking. The double yellows went down and for the most part it's now car free (although you occasionally see folk parking on the pavements in the belief they're not infringing the double yellows!).
I stopped off for a Chinese take away meal last night. It was double yellow lines on the narrow road outside so I drove on to the free car park 70 metres down the road and walked back to the shop past a line of cars parked on the double yellow lines.
The solution near where I live (in Norway) seems to be simply to make many areas 'no parking'. We had a problem with parking in my area. My street is effectively single track. Other streets in the area have a little more parking room, but the width varies, and the easiest places to park can block the view of traffic coming out of a junction. Also, it's near a school, and there are several crossings.
The council's solution? They made a large area 'no parking' on the street. I think it's okay, as most people have parking on their front gardens. We have three marked communal parking places in our cul-de-sac, and on weekends, when most people have visitors, the school car park can be used.
I know that residents with lots of cars don't like that kind of solution. And there are places where people don't have access to off-road parking. The best solution, IMO, is to provide people with free or heavily discounted parking at a remote (but not too distant) location, such as a large, public car park with main road access. That's how parking is managed some places in the Netherlands. One of the reasons so many people cycle in some places in the Netherlands and Denmark, is that they have just as far to go to get to the car as they do to get to schools and shopping. Many new housing developments in Scandinavia have only remote car parking. Cars are allowed into the residential area for deliveries and disabled users only. If I can, I will find and add a link later.
Back to this particular case - the frame in question is 531ST so is already a very stout frame. If you look at Tony Oliver's book on touring frames he regards it as overkill for all but large frames. However, being a cheap offering I would snap it up.
http://www.schwalbe.com/gb/tour-reader/ ... preme.html
I've been touring on Schwalbe Marathon Duremes, size 50-622 (28 x 2.00). Good rolling resistance, fat enough to give a comfy ride and also tolerably good in the rough. The mudguard clearance is however very tight...
OMG i'd barely considered that!
I don't really know where to start. Wheels and groupset are the biggies I guess. Which I suppose I will match as closely as possible to the grey with silver / alu components. Match the bar tape to the blue detailing.
This needs more thought.
When I saw the gun metal gray and light blue, I imagined it with matching blue handle bar tape and cable sheaths. But I think either black or silvery will nice for other components.
I would say that on street parking is now such a problem that it needs a solution. So many roads where I live in Southampton are effectively single track roads due to the seemingly near permanent number of vehicles parked on the streets - even on roads where the houses have driveways. Apart from the congestion it causes, there seems to be a mindset among some drivers that they have right of way over a bicycle in these narrow sections - regardless of which side of the road we happen to be on. But then I have experienced this when driving a car as well - the rule is apparently 'The driver who is driving faster has right of way'
Don't tell me not use it in the woods as I can do what I want with my own bike.
size 42 seems about right, any ideas?
Mold a lump of dough or similar around the current tyre to check how much clearance you have on top or around the sides (wider tyres are taller too)
A proper slick will be pretty scary if you encounter a patch of wet grass. I'd want a tyre profile with some texture, like Schwalbe little Jim, Panaracer Pasela etc.
Last weekend Play on Pedals Instructors delivered two days of drop-in sessions in George Square, as part of the 2014 Commonwealth Games anniversary celebrations with Glasgow Life.
Children flocked to the Play on Pedals area and over the weekend our Instructors signed in over 90 children, many of whom left being able to ride pedal bikes. Our Instructors, on the other hand left exhausted and in bed by 7pm!
Anne, one of our Instructors was also interviewed by the on-site radio about Play on Pedals, which was broadcast across the Square.
What a fantastic event, celebrating the legacy of the games and demonstrating the enthusiasm of young Glasgow to get cycling!