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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.


May
9
comment What's a safer alternative to a flag for marking special bikes?
Well, this is a bit of an aside, but the Campaign already has official flags that they use for stalls &c. These marshals' flags are just extras for the large ride(s). I'm glad you mentioned sashimono as that's the first thing I thought of when I looked at your picture :-)
May
7
comment What's a safer alternative to a flag for marking special bikes?
I don't think I've ever seen a bike rear light that was noticeable in daylight from more than a couple of metres away.
May
7
comment What's a safer alternative to a flag for marking special bikes?
@arne Would that be visible on a bright day? How big a battery would it need?
May
7
comment What's a safer alternative to a flag for marking special bikes?
I know the fish streamers are a good idea, as we've actually used those too. They're a lot more manageable in wind, but are more prone to getting caught on low branches, so it's swings and roundabouts. They're less visible than flags but adding several like in your picture would make that better.
May
7
comment How do you remember which rack you have left your bike in?
FYI, that area of the bike parking doesn't look like that any more, as they've replaced the racks nearest the camera with two-level ones because there isn't enough bike parking capacity. They're supposed to be adding another few thousand spaces next year as part of the station expansion.
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.