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bio website surreal.istic.org
location Cambridge, United Kingdom
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I ride my trusty steed to get to places in and around Cambridge. I ride to work every weekday, to the shops, and to band gigs. I also like to ride my bike just for fun sometimes, on rides between 15 and 50 miles.


Apr
25
answered How can I pedal in circles?
Apr
25
comment Cycling fast - and brakes don't work - what to do?
Having looked at the other question: if I'd seen that such useful answers already existed, I wouldn't have written a new answer at all, so I don't think I'll bother moving it.
Apr
25
comment Cycling fast - and brakes don't work - what to do?
Isn't it usual to merge duplicate questions with good answers instead of closing them?
Apr
25
revised Brakepads are burning tyres out
fix spelling
Apr
25
suggested suggested edit on Brakepads are burning tyres out
Apr
25
revised Cycling fast - and brakes don't work - what to do?
fixed spelling to improve searchability
Apr
25
answered Cycling fast - and brakes don't work - what to do?
Apr
25
suggested suggested edit on Cycling fast - and brakes don't work - what to do?
Apr
17
accepted What kind of paint should I use on my plastic mudguards?
Apr
17
comment What kind of paint should I use on my plastic mudguards?
"I am partial to automotive brake cleaner." Thanks for sharing, but what would you put on the mudguards? ;-)
Apr
16
asked What kind of paint should I use on my plastic mudguards?
Apr
14
comment Why is the front brake lever on the right if you 'drive' on the left and vice-versa?
This doesn't answer the historical question, but for current practice: in the UK, bikes are required by law (the Pedal Cycles (Construction and Use) Regulations) to have their brake levers the right way around when sold. That doesn't prevent you changing them later, of course.
Apr
14
comment Why is the front brake lever on the right if you 'drive' on the left and vice-versa?
I don't quite follow how this is cheaper for manufacturers. Whichever way around the brakes are, you need one hose long enough to reach the rear wheel.
Apr
14
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Apr
8
comment Which is the most stringent bicycle helmet certification?
I fell off my bike once and tore my trousers. I'm glad I was wearing them, or I could have shredded my knees! As you've pointed out, most helmets are only tested for an impact about equivalent to dropping from waist height (some from a little over head height). Serious injuries from that kind of head impact are very rare. Just because your helmet broke doesn't mean your head would have: like my trousers and my knee.
Apr
8
awarded  Informed
Apr
8
awarded  Commentator
Apr
8
comment Baby Transportation Safety Statistics
-1: the questioner specifically asked for safety statistics, and this answer has only speculation based on what you think looks safe or unsafe.
Apr
8
comment Which is the most stringent bicycle helmet certification?
@KenHiatt That's because no bike helmet will offer any real protection from a crash. You'd need a full-face motorbike helmet for that.
Apr
8
awarded  Critic