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bio website ist.rit.edu/~jxs/jargon/html/…
location Reading, United Kingdom
age 42
visits member for 3 years, 11 months
seen Jul 23 at 15:25

Rides an Azub Eco 20".

There is nothing more dangerous than a programmer with a screwdriver.


Jul
20
comment Can you be ticketed for breaking the speed limit on a bike?
(Added in details and others about 1847 act. Don't have enough rep to approve the suggest edit as such. sigh)
Jul
20
revised Can you be ticketed for breaking the speed limit on a bike?
correction: not a Cambridge bylaw, but a law of England and Wales
Aug
26
awarded  Yearling
Aug
23
comment Why do we rarely see recumbents and almost never see velomobiles?
@OllyHodgson I believe a recumbent sticks out more than an upright in a busy urban situation. Drivers have so much junk to filter out, something unusual is way more noticeable than one of many people around standing up.
Aug
23
comment Why do we rarely see recumbents and almost never see velomobiles?
"...recumbent bicycles are generally considered safer than upright bicycles..." -- wikipedia ;). Seriously, with so few recumbents, are you expecting hard statistical data. Even for uprights, safety data is difficult to interpret. Being closer to the ground mean less distance to fall, but more important going feet first puts you in an ideal position for a crash with it being much more difficult to tumble forward and smash into a hard object head first. The idea that you can't be seen because you're on a recumbent instead of an upright is nonsense.
Aug
22
comment Why do we rarely see recumbents and almost never see velomobiles?
Perceived rather than actual safety.
Jan
15
comment Does bicycle helmet use lead to lives saved?
@Daniel R Hicks It really doesn't matter if the hold together. Soft cycle helmets are supposed to work by crushing. If they haven't crushed, they haven't worked. Soft helmets that have cracked on contact, or even before, are unlikely to crush correctly.
Jan
11
comment Does bicycle helmet use lead to lives saved?
Non-hardshell bicycle helmets work by absorbing energy by crushing. If they crack straight away they have not worked. Apparently it's more than a little bit tricky to find example of helmets that have worked in an actual accident.
Nov
22
comment How to find a bell that works well in the rain?
I think you deserve a -1 for linking to a page with sound. High enough pitch that I don't think anyone in this pub noticed where it was coming from.
Nov
7
answered Runny nose while biking
Sep
9
awarded  Enlightened
Sep
9
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
27
awarded  Yearling
Jun
16
comment How is infrastructure for bicyclists designed, and how does it evolve?
It's also worth noting that it was the previous mayor, Ken Livingstone ("Red Ken"), that initiated the London cycle hire scheme despite the rubbish Boris comes out with.
Jun
9
comment What is a “Boris bike”?
I think it's worth noting the scheme was initiated by the previous mayor, Ken Livingstone. They should be called "Ken bike".
Feb
16
comment Bike sharing services and systems
@mgb Oyster is run by Transport for London (tfl) who also run the bike hire. The original system was highly proprietary because the contracts were written before standardisation had been completed. I believe the requirement to use the original supplier has now been removed (because, surprisingly enough, that was really expensive). IIRC, the bike scheme was going to use Oyster, but that was dropped when the scheme was accelerated to start a year early.
Feb
16
comment Bike sharing services and systems
@mgb There are a fair few Oyster Card dispensing machines about. I've got two, one from a machine and one tied to an invalid debit card. The point is, that those cards wouldn't have to unlock a bike. I see no serious problem with restricting hires to cards that are tied to a valid card.
Dec
11
comment How to keep the pants from getting dirty
As a native English speaker, I'd suggest finding a quieter route.
Dec
9
awarded  Precognitive
Nov
11
answered Bicycle innovations in the pipeline?