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Re: Interesting design(s)

13 April 2016 - 9:37pm
It fooled my mouth into watering as it reminded me of Pink Panther Chocolate bars. A 70's treat.

Re: Dogs on cycle paths - how many where you live?

13 April 2016 - 9:34pm
MikeF wrote:john4703 wrote:mercalia wrote:more than once along canal paths I have been tempted to kick them into the canal.....
I did that once, well into the river, after it bit my ankle. I have no idea if it got out again as I did not stop to find out.

My pet hate is dogs on long leads that stretch right across the cycle path.Those dog owners are very likely motorists as well. Aggression towards their dogs might encourage them to take similar action against cyclists on the road, eg close passes
If your polite then they just might remember that. Be a twit & they really will remember that & may view all cyclists the same. Similar to the RLJ argument.

Re: Cycling opportunity Keswick -Kendal

13 April 2016 - 8:44pm
Today I rode from Elterwater to Keswick return a thoroughly enjoyable thirty five miles (apart from the climb up Red Bank). Cycling along the A591 with hardly any tragic was a surreal experience. The west side of Thirlmere beautiful. I think I'll do i again before the road reopens, perhaps starting from Coniston.


13 April 2016 - 8:44pm
I had it happen when I was twenty something, brand new road I had clear view summers day.
There was nothing in view and after I fell off I looked for anything but there was nothing in the road.
If it was a brick or something then it flew along way.
I don't remember back that far nearly 40 years whether there was a bang or just fell off.
But it was a front wheel lock or hit something big, what makes you fall off on a new road with no other users about and you cant find the offending object.
Bike was fine and to this day never happened again.

Re: First time on a Boris bike.

13 April 2016 - 7:56pm
Reading as one who has never used a Boris bike I found that an Interesting post.

TrevA wrote: and found that almost all other London cyclists do actually stop at reds lights.

Well that just can't be right! "Everyone" knows they don't


13 April 2016 - 7:54pm
I've no experience or knowledge about disc brakes. Is it really possible that a stone can get in and lock the wheel?
If it is possible then why are they so popular on mtb surely every forestry road will be huge risk.


13 April 2016 - 7:43pm
I id this once, when I was about 13 years old (only a few years ago ).

I was standing on the pedals at the time, going uphill, when suddenly I was over the bars and on the ground in a tangle of legs and bike - pretty well as you describe.

The cause? At the time I could only think that the 3-speed rear hub jumped out of gear under the strain, the rest was just like doing a hand flip!

Re: Interesting design(s)

13 April 2016 - 7:42pm
You might have noticed there’s something wrong with this bike. Or you might have not.
This bicycle is missing a very important part of its frame and it would immediately break if it actually existed and someone tried to ride it.

Let me explain everything from the beginning:
back in 2009 I began pestering friends and random strangers. I would walk up to them with a pen and a sheet of paper asking that they immediately draw me a men’s bicycle, by heart. Soon I found out that when confronted with this odd request most people have a very hard time remembering exactly how a bike is made. Some did get close, some actually nailed it perfectly, but most ended up drawing something that was pretty far off from a regular men’s bicycle.
Little I knew this is actually a test that psychologists use to demonstrate how our brain sometimes tricks us into thinking we know something even though we don’t.

I collected hundreds of drawings, building up a collection that I think is very precious. There is an incredible diversity of new typologies emerging from these crowd-sourced and technically error-driven drawings. A single designer could not invent so many new bike designs in 100 lifetimes and this is why I look at this collection in such awe.

which is more interesting.

Re: Interesting design(s)

13 April 2016 - 7:18pm
I hope the bike pictured is only a design. I wouldn't expect it to last very long having no chain-stays and just one tube attachment to the steerer tube.
The frame is going to bend and stress in all directions.

Re: Interesting design(s)

13 April 2016 - 6:38pm
Fascinating. Thanks .

First time on a Boris bike.

13 April 2016 - 3:51pm
I was in London yesterday with a spare couple of hours before my train home and with it being a nice day I hired a Boris bike (actually 4 different ones due to the half hour limit).

I hired a bike from Great College St (this is where reporters stand when reporting issues about parliament, with the Houses of Parliament in the background). Rode around Parliament Sq, past Big Ben then along Victoria Embankment. The CS along here is built but not yet open, but it's easy enough to make progress riding on the inside or outside of the virtually stationary queue of traffic along here. Docked the bike at Embankment and had a quick look in the Action Bikes shop. Hired another bike and continued along Victoria embankment to Blackfriars, then past St Pauls and into the City. Docked the bike and hired another and made my way down to Tower Bridge, crossed over, then along Tooley St and back over London Bridge, then up to Bank, where I docked the bike and went to meet my son. I encountered no problems with the London traffic, which moves at a crawl mostly, and found that almost all other London cyclists do actually stop at reds lights.

After a quick drink with my son, I hired another bike and made my way via Barbican, Angel and Islington to Kings Cross. No doubt there are quieter routes, but I vaguely knew where I was going this way, and despite it being rush hour, the traffic wasn't too bad. Plenty of other cyclists and great fun trying to match their speed on the heavy Boris bike!

The one thing I found about the bikes is the gears work the opposite way round to any other twist grip gear system I've used. So I was constantly changing down when I wanted to change up and vice versa. In the end I just left it in Gear 2.

The bikes are a great way to get around London. As quick, if not quicker than the Tube and you can see all of the sights along the way. If you're a confident rider, you shouldn't have any problems coping with the traffic. And they only cost £2 for up to 24 hours use. The slightly annoying thing is that you can only hire them in half hour chunks. This leads to slight panic when your half hour is nearly up and you can't find a docking station. Downloading the app to your phone would be useful in this respect, as it will tell you where the docking stations are and makes hiring slightly quicker.


13 April 2016 - 3:49pm
Mick F wrote:If you went over the 'bars, the front wheel must have locked.
You say it spins ok.
Therefore the locking was temporary.
You said you were on a gravelly track.
I reckon you had a stone stuck up in the mudguard(?) or under the fork crown.
After your header, the bike would have fallen over ............. and the stone fell out.

Or possibly the same but a small bit of gravel in your disc brake.


13 April 2016 - 3:13pm
If you went over the 'bars, the front wheel must have locked.
You say it spins ok.
Therefore the locking was temporary.
You said you were on a gravelly track.
I reckon you had a stone stuck up in the mudguard(?) or under the fork crown.
After your header, the bike would have fallen over ............. and the stone fell out.

Re: rain

13 April 2016 - 10:43am
rjb wrote:We were caught in a torrential downpour only 3 miles from home. We took shelter in the porch of a village church. We had to wait almost an hour for it to pass. We set off homewards to discover that only 100 yards further on the roads were bone dry and they had missed it all!
In the hot and dry summer of 2003, hosepipe ban operating, we went to the local town to do some shopping. A thunderstorm occurred, and the pedestrianised high street turned into a river. My wife, feeling she had to go to Boots, actually took her shoes and socks off to wade across the street to get there. I have never seen it like that on any other occasion in 25 years of living in the area. We encountered some other amusing floods on the way home. Then the road turned completely dry about 400yds from home, and not a drop had fallen on my parched garden. There were enough thunderstorms that summer that some areas received their normal average rainfall. But more generally the countryside of central southern England looked brown and parched like I have never seen it before, you'd have thought yourself in the Med, until rain restarted in mid-October. But the downpours all missed my garden, and we essentially had close to zero rainfall in my garden over a period of about 6 months. I did a lot of bucket carrying to keep my plants alive that year.


13 April 2016 - 9:35am
Could something have caught the brake lever, pulling it back? A flooky length of bramble or something?


13 April 2016 - 9:30am
Sounds interesting! If you didn't see anything I would agree with DaveP, found a few of these on one of our local canal paths


13 April 2016 - 9:27am
Thanks for the advice chaps (ladies?) but none of your replies rings the bell.

By the way the 'p' fairy no longer bothers me since I invested, heavily, in some very expensive CO2 cartridge inflators!!

Keep you on a'troshin'.


13 April 2016 - 9:14am
I imagine you would have either noticed or (at least) remember hitting an obstruction such as a big rock.
Maybe your front wheel rolled into an unseen hole or soft spot?


13 April 2016 - 9:08am
Probably rode over a squirrel trampoline without noticing.
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