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Re: pressing for assault and dangerous driving

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 February 2016 - 4:59pm
Bonefishblues wrote:I'm assuming that your interview wasn't recorded?
I told the person at the time to listen back to how they spoke to me, he said the call isn't recorded, how convenient.
I wrote down what I remembered straight after because I was and still am extremely angry.

The inspector rang today "how can i help" was his opening gambit, that was it... Okay so i can see how this is going to play out already and being so concerned he offered for me to come over to the station at 10pm as he was on night shifts.
I declined and said I would wait until the 29th and come over at a normal time.
Frankly this has blow me off written all over it.

Re: Clocks go back end march-Do you stop using commuting lig

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 February 2016 - 4:44pm
Stop using commuting lights? It will be a long while before its light for my commute, but since I run Dynamo lights, I just leave 'em on at all times...

Re: Making self seen, to oncoming traffic-in low bright sunl

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 February 2016 - 4:36pm
Thanks Vorpal,

BTW, I've got the cyclecraft now, thinking about it!
Will investigate what the book says

Re: Making self seen, to oncoming traffic-in low bright sunl

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 February 2016 - 4:07pm
RideToWorky wrote:Norman H wrote:Is this a technical issue?



Admin, any chance of moving this post into "on the road" at some point? No rush

sorted

Re: Making self seen, to oncoming traffic-in low bright sunl

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 February 2016 - 3:38pm
Norman H wrote:Is this a technical issue?



Good point Norman,

My bad, I simply posted to wrong area.

Admin, any chance of moving this post into "on the road" at some point? No rush

Regards
Martin

Re: Pannier recommendations

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 February 2016 - 3:21pm
In fact, they're now being distributed by a uk based company on eBay for £51.99 with free postage.

Re: Sold secure gold D lock

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 February 2016 - 3:04pm
Tangled Metal wrote:I don't have the link but it was a quick Google search. I'm too lazy to go beyond page 2 and most often page 1 so it should be easy to find. IIRC it's London cyclist or one of the magazine/commercial forum reviews where they use a retired, unnamed bike thief to test the locks. If it helps the site boasted that they've never failed to break a lock. Something about having the expertise of professional bike thieves.
Maybe http://www.lfgss.com/conversations/144109/ - they don't rate the Eiger because it's only 13mm.

Sold secure IMHO is not to be relied on. Look to the foreign standards and rely on them, not sold secure which is really an insurance scheme. I think the German or Dutch standards carry out more severe tests than sold secure.
I've seen German manufacturers (Trelock for sure) using SoldSecure recently. Is it because it's easier to get? I don't trust SoldSecure which seems outdated to me now. I look for reviews and if it really matters, buy two locks and video yourself attacking one with bolt croppers and electric cutters and so on. If it fails too easily, return the other as not fit for purpose, linking to the video if challenged, or more simply within the Distance Selling Regs time limit.

Re: Pannier recommendations

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 February 2016 - 2:50pm
Ive been using Crosso Dry panniers for the past few years. Not so well known as some other brands but they've served me very well on several trips to the continent. These are the cheapest ones they do but they've been 100% waterproof and 60litres per pair is ideal for me. Don't be put off by ordering them from Poland, their customer service seems excellent. I think mine cost around £60 including postage.
http://crosso.pl/en/produkt/dry-60-3/

Benidorm ....Cycle hire.....

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 February 2016 - 2:30pm
Me and the lads are doing our annual trip to Benidorm next week.......Note, three of 'the lads' are Grandads and one is 68....

We hired some bikes last year....very last minute, no research into it, hence we ended up with some badly maintained heaps.

Has anyone here got any first hand knowledge of a decent bike hire outlet in Benidorm ? I've had a quick Google and 'Marco Polo' springs up as a likely place, but it would be nice to hear from someone with a recommendation.

We hit 'The Triangle' Karaoke club in Benidorm next Thursday....and should be on stage for 9:00PM......

How could you possibly miss it ??.......

Re: Most Annoying and Potentially Dangerous Motoring Manoeuv

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 February 2016 - 1:52pm
nosmarbaj wrote:Both when driving and cycling, it seems to me it is generally safer to stick to the legal priorities as defined by signage and road markings - this causes less confusion. There are exceptions of course, especially in heavy slow-moving traffic, but generally I don't cede my priority, and don't expect others to do so for me.
What I feel causes more confusion is where the signage and road markings are contrary to normality and good sense for no obvious reason, except perhaps highway authority foolishness, such as a side road's give way jutting into a cycleway continuing straight across its mouth. I'll gladly take priority in those cases when offered - and it usually is, as most motorists and cyclists here are kind to each other, else traffic in our medieval town would never work.

If you don't want priority (such as the person giving way blocking your view of another lane potentially continuing), then signal "no, after you" rather than abusing someone trying to be helpful!

Re: Battery recommendations (dynamo charging)

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 February 2016 - 1:00pm
nickpaton wrote:You need a DC regulator between the dynamo and battery, as dynamo outputs nominally 6V alternating current (AC).

It might bear repeating that hubdynamo's are rated [6V, 3W] which they will sorta do at normal speeds when paired with the correct bulb. But it is misleading to think of them in turns of 6V, as they will happily turn out 240AC: you just have to pedal hard enough (okay, 125mph or so) and connect the right load. If a dynamo is left to it's own devices it will push 0.5 amps in to the system, the resulting voltage depends on the load.

Re: Sold secure gold D lock

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 February 2016 - 12:37pm
There was a lot in the CTC mag a few years back. It was surprising how many Sold Secure Gold gave in to a big set of bolt croppers. Stubby bottle jacks defeated almost everything.

yet another incident, in Stoke Newington London this time

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 February 2016 - 11:50am
if mentioned any where else then delete or flag

Witness appeal after male cyclist seriously injured after argument with female driver

request for info by the police to catch this *************

http://road.cc/content/news/179375-witness-appeal-after-male-cyclist-seriously-injured-after-argument-female-driver#sthash.9QJw6JSd.dpuf

Re: Video - Yet another cyclist a victim

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 February 2016 - 11:04am
661-Pete wrote:May I take this opportunity to confess that I have run into the back of a parked car.

I think it was when I was in my teens. I wasn't looking where I was going.

In nearly 60 years of cycling, that's not too bad a record!
So have I. I was 13 / 14 and was adjusting my front brakes at the time!

Re: Sold secure gold D lock

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 February 2016 - 10:47am
I don't have the link but it was a quick Google search. I'm too lazy to go beyond page 2 and most often page 1 so it should be easy to find. IIRC it's London cyclist or one of the magazine/commercial forum reviews where they use a retired, unnamed bike thief to test the locks. If it helps the site boasted that they've never failed to break a lock. Something about having the expertise of professional bike thieves.

IIRC this lock failed in less time than sold secure silver rating, then they upgraded the lock and it lasted about silver rated time but not gold. Basically got the impression that they considered it less secure than other gold rated locks.

There's a scene around the world for picking/breaking locks, even a world championships you know. I believe there's even a hack shop in London running classes in how to make the pick and IIRC it's called the anvil that.they work the pick against the lock mech with and how to use those tools. I reckon there's the expertise to pick any sold secure rated lock. The thing is always time.

Sold secure IMHO is not to be relied on. Look to the foreign standards and rely on them, not sold secure which is really an insurance scheme. I think the German or Dutch standards carry out more severe tests than sold secure.

Re: LLC - Harlech

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 February 2016 - 10:25am
The hills behind Harlech were one of the highlights for me both times I've done LLC. I would do them. In particular the road through Eisingrug is superb, but it is very tough.

Re: pressing for assault and dangerous driving

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 February 2016 - 10:10am
I'm assuming that your interview wasn't recorded?

Re: pressing for assault and dangerous driving

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 February 2016 - 10:07am
Tonyf33 wrote:As for the unexpected twist, an inspector is going to give me a call.

You are JB Priestley and I claim my £5

Re: Battery recommendations (dynamo charging)

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 February 2016 - 9:44am
Also look at the Axa headlamp which has a USB charging socket. Rose stock it.

Re: Backup drivetrain bits

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 February 2016 - 9:43am
thornie1543 wrote:How do you guys get the cassette off to zip tie the freewheel to the spokes if you haven't got the tools? ( I,m sure I could do it in a pinch but tips are always good) and instruction on how to tie the freewheel to the spokes would be handy for me to know just in case ,thanks for any info.

You don't take the cassette off: simply run the zip ties through the slots on the largest sprocket and round the spokes. Ideally several zip ties is best.
In emergency use a front spoke.
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