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bio website recumbent.co.uk
location Consett, United Kingdom
age 50
visits member for 4 years, 1 month
seen Sep 18 at 8:53
Developer and manager of Developers

May
30
comment Should I be wearing sunblock?
Even if you don't (or in my case it might be better to say "didn't") burn easily - if you're going from spending time inside you want to use sunscreen - if only to avoid pain...
May
11
comment What do you wish someone had told you before your first commute?
@naught101 one of the advantages a cyclist has (at least in an urban environment) is that they can far more easily vary/adapt/change their route according to circumstance (temporary i.e. traffic or otherwise) than a motorist simply because we are less constrained (especially somewhere like London). So being aware of this will make life more interesting (and your commute more efficient!)
May
2
comment How do I calculate spoke length?
Thanks, may well take a look at some point. I've edited in the link (but I don't have enough rep here yet so it needs to be peer reviewed!)
Feb
3
comment What difference does the range of gear size matter?
+1 for cadence (which I should have included)
Jan
18
comment Alternatives to trailers for transporting young children
Rather depends on the wording of the law and the definition, in law, of "bicycle"
Dec
19
comment Is taking a bike TRAILER on SF Bay Area Rapid Transit permitted?
This is way too local. Its also something that it liable to change over time. Apart from that... Actually what's interesting about this and a more valid question is the specific trailer might reasonably be described as luggage (especially with a modest amount of work). So, for example, my Christiana trailer would be impossible but my Radical Cyclone might work (with the wheels removed its just a bag, albeit a rather large one). With the draw bar folded down its no longer a trailer and it bears a remarkable resemblance to (what is referred to in the UK as) a shopping trolley...
Dec
18
comment Android/EVO bike mount recommendations
Yes, but those gizmos, I have one, are designed to live on a bike exposed to the elements.
Dec
3
comment Android/EVO bike mount recommendations
@neilfein - Why limit it to "android"? The question (and there's another about an iPhone) relates to slab-like smartphones. Given how much one is worth ($400 and up) I wouldn't want to put it on the handlebars... (I have a Windows Phone 7 - similar size, spec, etc)
Dec
2
comment Android/EVO bike mount recommendations
Might be worth changing it from "Evo" to "large smartphone" to make it more generic...
Dec
1
comment Is there a All-In-One Bike that I can use for several types of riding?
Agreed - one of the joys of bicycles is that you can have several, so I have both a recumbent and a Brompton because they solve radically different problems (and, erm, a few other bikes to other purposes...)
Dec
1
comment Safety data: Which is safer, head/tail lights which blink or emit a steady beam?
I hate flashing lights... but that's not data...
Nov
21
comment My wife has Cerebral Palsy (CP) so can’t balance on a normal bike, what are the options so she can go cycling with me?
Correct spelling is recumbent (with an "e").
Nov
18
comment How to weight pedals?
@Neil Fair point (-:
Nov
18
comment Arguments for/against bike lanes?
You are willfully missing two points - one: that I don't necessarily disagree with much of what you've said and two: that the problem is with other road users not with politicians and will exist even if the implementation of the facility is perfect (it may even be a greater problem in this case).
Nov
18
comment How to weight pedals?
I agree, it doesn't really answer the question, well not to you get to the point where it says "I am looking for a pragmatic solution above all" - most pragmatic of which, in my view, is "go buy pedals"
Nov
12
comment Arguments for/against bike lanes?
Sigh its nothing to do with politicians. There is a significant chunk of MOTORISTS that think that cycles do not belong on the road - in these motorists cycle lanes encourage and reinforce this belief. Yes, this is an education problem, no its not right but sadly it is a fact (not helped by poor behaviour of some cyclists in disregarding traffic regulations).
Nov
11
comment Arguments for/against bike lanes?
@neilfein - well I could, I suppose, but I'm afraid I'd mostly be repeating other people... but that doesn't make the opening statement right which is a shame because the rest is valuable (which is why I haven't downvoted it).
Nov
11
comment Arguments for/against bike lanes?
@Huygens - far too philosophical. Can a cycle lane (a well implemented, safe, sensible, useable cycle lane) be bad? Yes if it engenders in the motorist an opinion that cyclist should never be on the road and, sadly, in the UK it does in some. So emphatically yes cycle lanes can have cons. You're being far too clever and this is actually quite simple.
Nov
10
comment Arguments for/against bike lanes?
No, actually it isn't an overstatment - you state, "there are no cons" and I state one that exists in a great many places regardless of quality of implementation (I agree that its by no means universal, I know from experience that in Denmark and Holland the relationship between motorist and cyclist is much better so its not the case). Cycle lanes are good in theory and when done properly and when integrated into the traffic system as a whole and when the attitude of the motorist is sympathetic to the cyclist. When we get to "separate but equal" it works rather less well.
Nov
10
comment Arguments for/against bike lanes?
You're wrong - simply because bike lanes encourage in the motorist (as group and in at least in some countries) the belief that cycles do not belong on the road at all.