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I'm a professional PHP programmer with almost a decade of professional experience and considerably more as a hobbyist programmer. I've also had some exposure to Java, Object Pascal and am interested in learning objective C

I've started work on a PHP framework, though it's still at a very early stage and not yet really useful. The current source is available on GitHub.

I've also begun development of a CSS3 elastic grid for use on my own projects and had published that on GitHub as well.


Jan
23
comment How can I tell if a rack and panniers will work with my bike?
Probably mostly for bringing home the weekend shopping.
Sep
6
comment Best type of headphones while riding
The best type is no type. Pay attention to your surroundings instead, the life you save might be your own.
Jul
4
comment Training Wheels for an Adult
Tell him to man up!
Jun
28
comment Am I too heavy for my road bike tires?
How much pressure are you putting into your tires when you pump them up?
Jun
24
comment How much do components really matter for a non-competitive rider?
If you're talking 30+ miles then you might want to move weight a bit higher up the priority list, especially if you live somewhere hilly. A lighter bike will use up less of your energy reserves over the same distance compared to a heavier bike, and heavy bikes can really be unpleasant to pedal up hill.
Jun
24
comment How can I prevent cars from passing me too closely?
They sell high-vis tabards in the UK that say POLITE on the back. At first glance this looks like POLICE. Tends to put people off being especially dickish. :)
Jun
24
comment Is there legal recourse to drivers passing too close?
In borderline cases a camera wouldn't be much help, but if you capture his wing mirror brushing your handlebars as he goes past it's not a massive leap to think he was less than 3 feet away.
Jun
24
comment Is there legal recourse to drivers passing too close?
Having small change stolen from you is far less likely to result in serious injury or death than careless driving near you. I think being carelessly overtaken is legitimate grounds for concern.
Jun
24
comment What to do if you are about to get doored?
Your courier friend shouldn't be cycling so close to parked cars that avoiding opening doors is not an option.
Jun
12
comment Cycling on Manchester Metrolink tram routes
My experience of Manchester is they can, but they never do. On the way to work today I saw a cyclist jump the lights in front of two policemen, and they pretty much just ignored him. I'm starting to see why cyclists around here are so bad at sticking to the rules :)
May
11
comment Thinking of quitting due to dangerous driving
Sadly the only remotely low traffic period around here is night time, and I'm definitely not getting on a bike when it's not broad daylight. As for training, I already did cycling proficiency, I understand how to act around other road users. The problem is certain other road users either don't know how to act around cyclists when it comes to passing or just don't care.
May
8
comment How to get back on the road again?
You're a brave lad to go cycling in that!
Apr
12
comment How can I determine whether rust has made my bike unsafe?
@DanielRHicks Not me, I keep looking for the creaking after I found it.
Apr
10
comment wind noise obscuring traffic noise
@amcnabb Yeah, sorry for the sarcasm, I just get that a lot and it gets a bit tiring. :) Eyes are a lot more complex than most people like to think about.
Apr
10
comment wind noise obscuring traffic noise
@amcnabb Wow, that never occurred to me before! Here I was, walking into things my entire life and not being to properly read the menus at fast food joints, when all this time I could have just worn glasses! I'm short-sighted with glasses.
Apr
9
comment wind noise obscuring traffic noise
Vision in general, I'm pretty short sighted so I can't read road signs or number plates. I can objects far enough to be able to avoid them though I couldn't tell you what they were until they got somewhat closer. I never managed to get mirrors to work well, maybe there's some trick to them that I couldn't get.
Apr
9
comment wind noise obscuring traffic noise
@Brad I have Special Eyes.
Apr
9
comment Are there electronic/active theft deterrents for bicycles?
The problem any active system is going to have is that it requires a power source, and Sod's Law being what it is, it will run out just before a thief takes a shine to your bike. Passive protection and common sense is pretty much your only practical defence. A heavy duty U lock is hard enough to break that it should keep a thief busy for a while. Bring your bike inside if you can, or in a very public place if you can't, and ideally put it near other less well-secured bikes.
Mar
26
comment What is different about cycling in London?
If CycleGaz catches you doing something silly you'll end up on youtube :)
Feb
13
comment Why is it safer to bike with traffic, instead of facing oncoming cars?
I obviously haven't seen the story you're referring to, but from what you've said of it, I really don't like its implication much, there seems to be an implicit assumption in it that in a cyclist/motorist collision it must be the cyclist that's at fault. Would this question be raised if a car was hit from behind by a larger vehicle and the people in the car died? There seems to be an undercurrent of "cyclists don't belong on the road" in your story. Anyway, the stats in the top-rated question show the answer is demonstrably no.