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Re: Commuting - best lock for awkward fixing points?

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 29 January 2016 - 2:22pm
Whatever you buy, you will find it is always half-an-inch too narrow to go around a street sign, or half-an-inch too short to get your wheel, frame, and solid object included! After ten minutes grunting and cursing your hands will be covered in oil and knuckles skinned.

What's worked for me (over twenty years since having a bike pinched *touches wood*) is an Abus Gold U-lock; I always make sure I fill it fully with wheel, frame and solid object being locked to because, although angle-grinders will go through anything, the most common attack on U-locks is £19.99 motorists' hydraulic bottle-jack (carried in a small bag) inserted into the lock and pumped up.

If locking for any short time, even to pick up a pint of milk, I will secure wheel, frame and fixed object. If leaving for any length of time, like a meeting, I'll do that plus put a cable around the other wheel (despite security pins). Or I'll use an Abus flexi lock on the other wheel. It's good to use two different types. The U-lock can be attacked with a bottle jack but a flexi lock can't be. The flexi can be snipped with a bold-croppers but the U-lock can't be - not easily anyway, you need a 42" croppers.

It's a long time since I've left a bike all day outside the office; I don't know if I would now, but the last time I did so, I left a mother of a chain permanently locked outside my employer's office.

If they come after your bike with a petrol driven angle-grinder, it is gone. No question. Nothing will hold up against that. I'm working on a building site at the moment and they use them to cut through reinforced concrete steelwork like going through butter.

The big problem in central London now is there simply aren't enough Sheffield Stands to go around. There are no longer any parking meters, and all buildings have "bicycles will be removed" signs (and they will, I've tested this). To combat this problem I now use my Brompton for most central London utility rides. It comes with me, into the shops, into the meetings. When it is in my hand, I know it isn't being robbed.

Re: Calais

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 January 2016 - 2:17pm
It sounds like Calais isn't too bad then. I guess there's a free campsite nearby

Re: Downside to cheaper petrol.

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 29 January 2016 - 2:03pm
Yes. Very very true indeed.

Try driving round here.
If I reset the trip meter (engine warm!) at home and drive up the road to the next village a couple of miles away, I'll have done 15mpg.
Reset, then turn round and come back, and the mpg figure is off the scale at 99.9mpg but the brakes are on most of the way.

Try cycling round here!
Either in bottom gear struggling, puffing and panting up the hills ............ or 40mph flying back down.

It all takes its toll. Fuel, brakes, tyres. Get on a motorway and take your time, and there's hardly any effort.

70mph in the 500 will get 60mpg if you don't keep slowing and flooring it getting through busy motorway traffic. The car is good for 100mph+.
The Clio OTOH, will do about 40mpg at 70mph, but if I slow to 65mph or slightly less, I can get 50mpg out of it. Take it over the limit, and the fuel consumption plummets. By all accounts, it'll do 120mph.

Re: Snow bikes race through the Alps

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 29 January 2016 - 1:34pm
snow_bike2.jpgWho needs fat tyres? This is a common sight in Zermatt, which is car-free (kind-of).

Re: Downside to cheaper petrol.

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 29 January 2016 - 1:33pm
al_yrpal wrote:Mick F wrote:Yes, the Fiat500 is a Twinair 2cyl 85bhp and goes like a rocket. The CO2 is 99gms per Km, and that puts it into the zero VED category. We can get 60mpg out of it on a run on the motorway, but locally it returns just less than 40mpg.

The 1.6 16v Clio OTOH has 170gms per Km. It can give 55mpg on a motorway, but locally it's more like 35mpg ........... ie not a lot different economy to the Fiat500. It's the CO2 that's the difference.

Blimey! I had noticed that those Fiats streak along but those figures make it less economical than my Mitsu ASX Cat 5 diesel 1.8 4wd. I have never got 60 mpg. More like 45 mpg whatever.


Probably a reflection on driving styles. How you feel about using the brakes and throttle, how long your journeys are and the type of terrain you drive on. If I was to take the lanes instead of the A and B roads my mpg would plummet, a big heavy diesel likes to cruise on straightish, flat roads with no interruptions.

Re: America: the bizarre

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 January 2016 - 11:39am
Vorpal wrote:This is a whole nother thread, but yes, sign posting in the UK is really poor. And it's not because they get nicked.
I think there are 2 separate issues. One is poor signposting and the other signs (whether poor or otherwise) that are no longer there. Off the top of my head I can think of half a dozen places within 2 or 3 miles of home at significant junctions where there are now empty poles where there used to be signs.

I don't know if they were stolen in this instance but I can't think of any other reason why they would simply be removed and not replaced. A search on the BBC news website for "stolen road signs" throws up a number of reported instances in different parts of the country over recent years, involving thousands of pounds worth of signs in each instance. Along with theft electricity, railway signalling & telecommunication cables it seems to be an ongoing problem, even if it has been reduced somewhat in the last year by more strict regulation of scrap metal dealers.

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