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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.


Jan
11
comment Any issues with wearing leg warmers over tights?
Only that you'll look a pansy. If you're cold, ride faster! ;-)
Dec
2
comment Bike Lights: Helmet Mounted or Handlebar Mounted
@CareyGregory I've updated my answer to explain those terms.
Dec
1
comment Recommendations for low-maintenance “town” bike
Hub gears don't have to mean heavy bikes. My 8-speed-hub Ridgeback town bike is less than 1 kg heavier than the sporty derailleur hybrid it replaced.
Oct
21
comment What Brand of Bicycle do I have?
@TomBarnes If you've identified it, please add that as an answer and then accept the answer, so other users can see your problem is solved.
Jul
1
comment Why is wearing a skin suit in the Tour de France risky?
The risk is that if he doesn't win, it'll make him look like a bit of a berk.
Jun
28
comment I have a foreign bike, and don't know what pressure to pump it to
Fine, I've rolled-back to my original wording.
Jun
28
comment Data to convince teenager that blinking rear light is worth the “uncool” factor
"while he is a teenager, he's smart and logical enough that if I had some convincing data on accident rates, he'd probably buy it." Well done raising your boy to be a sceptic. It seems that you could learn something from him on the subject of evidence-based safety policy. Is there a reason you asked, "Is there some evidence that shows I'm right?" instead of, "Is there some evidence to decide whether I'm right or wrong?"
Jun
27
comment Riding in nice office/casual clothes?
There are other good reasons for men to use a ladies'-style frame: like a real step-through frame, it's a lot more convenient if you wear a long coat, or for older riders who have trouble mounting and dismounting.
Jun
22
comment What are the most highly attended US & International charity bicycle rides?
There's no need to write your name at the bottom of the answer: it shows up just there on the right.
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
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
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
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
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.
Mar
30
comment Why do cyclists prefer messenger bags over backpacks?
@Sk606 You should ask a new question if you want to find out.
Mar
28
comment How to keep my manbag in place
@freiheit only the loops that attach the strap to the bag. (To be clear, we're not just talking about one bag here: I have several in different style to match my outfit.)
Mar
27
comment How to keep my manbag in place
@WTHarper I much prefer my panniers usually, but if I'm going out drinking in the evening they're a bit of a millstone to carry.