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Regulation 16 of the Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations (1989) states: Restrictions on fitting blue warning beacons, special warning lamps and similar devices No vehicle, other than an emergency vehicle, shall be fitted with– (a) a blue warning beacon or special warning lamp, or (b) a device which resembles a blue warning beacon or a ...


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50 miles is feasible but it will be hard work. Think about how tired you felt after cycling 20 miles. Then cycle 20 miles again from that tired start and think about how tired you'll feel then. Then, cycle another ten miles. The other answers give lots of good advice which I won't repeat. Since you mention trains and coming home every week, I assume that ...


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The 'arch' is actually an arrow - look at the right hand end. I believe it means there is a junction between the carriageways that allows you to make a right turn and travel along the opposite side. There's another sign on the other side of the carriageway, and a corresponding u-turn junction.


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Despite what others have said, a warranty is a bona fide contract between the company and you. It's used in the selling of the product thus is covered by decent consumer protection law (in the UK anyway). This article from Which suggests a good process to follow. Keep a record of the contact with the company, try to follow their warranty procedure. If you'...


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The UK Highwaycode states: Using the road: Turning left Rule 182 Use your mirrors and give a left-turn signal well before you turn left. Do not overtake just before you turn left and watch out for traffic coming up on your left before you make the turn, especially if driving a large vehicle. Cyclists, motorcyclists and other road users in ...


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Yes, technically. Most sorts of cycle are required to have at least two efficient braking systems, by which the front wheel (or wheels) can be braked independently of the rear wheel (or wheels). The likelihood of you receiving a ticket, fine, or other punishment is infinitesimal. It could happen, but it almost certainly will not. Practically, the front ...


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In England and Wales, the relevant legislation is the Pedal Cycles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1983 which say: 7.—(1) ... (a) every pedal cycle shall be equipped with at least one braking system;    (b) every bicycle or tricycle the height of the saddle of which is 635 millimetres or more and every cycle with four or more wheels shall—    ...


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In almost all situations, it is easiest to apply the British road standard (keep left: A), overtaking to the right of the slower user. However the following reasons change this in situations other than two cyclists passing in opposite directions: Paths that are narrow, uneven, under bridges, or overgrown cause cyclists and other users to move to centre or ...


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It's doable if you are young and fit and don't mind some pain. If you have ridden up to 20 miles, but regularly only ride a few miles, you may find 50 miles is a struggle, just because you are not used to it. On the initial attempts plan to take it easy and build in rest stops. From your 20 mile rides you should have a good idea of the pace you can sustain. ...


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Highway Code rule 300 - You MUST NOT enter a road, lane or other route reserved for trams. A road or lane reserved for trams will have signs like this: or road markings that say TRAM ONLY. If cyclists are allowed on that particular section of tramway then it will be indicated by a sign, like this above or below the tram sign: or the road markings will ...


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If you opened someone's car door you could be committing either Dangerous cycling or Careless, and inconsiderate, cycling. (Road Traffic Act 1988) There's also the offence of Assault to consider. (CPS guidelines) An assault is committed when a person intentionally or recklessly causes another to apprehend the immediate infliction of unlawful force. ...


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For the UK there are traffic statistics available. This graph from the 2015 Road Traffic Estimates shows the general trend for cars. There are detailed tables of traffic flow available. There is also geographical data available in the form an interactive map. This isn't broken down by time of day, but should give you an indication of which roads generally ...


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They're in the highway code, but the word "must" isn't used in the online version or my paper copy from 1999, which states: Turning right 155. Well before you turn right you should Use your mirrors... Give a right turn signal A cycling-specific rule is 52 in my copy (67 in a more recent edition): 52. You should look all around ...


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I regularly ride quite long distances in the UK (SW England, Wales). For 50 miles one large bottle of water is enough for most people even in hot weather (even me and I get thirsty). However you'll probably be going slower as you're new to the distance. I suggest you plan a route that allows you to get off the bike and get something to eat/drink at around ...


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Consider clothing as well. I commute a short distance daily and rarely do long rides, so proper shorts are not something I bother with. When I've done longer rides, I quickly noticed that as the difference. If there's a seam in the wrong place on your pants, 50 miles is going to make it known to you.


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The standard setup is left for front and right for rear for gears. For gears you would need special left rear and right front shifters, which are not manufactured. It is very unlikely that you had those, and they converted to normal shifters during one ride, at the same time as cables rerouted themselves.


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Yes, this is a tricky situation. I think this section of the highway code should cover it, but is very light on details like this. I think there are two ways to interpret the situation: 1. As two T-junctions a small distance apart, with you turning left and then right. In this case it's a fairly clear cut - see rule 180. You've turned left, already on the ...


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Highway code rule 163 give motorcyclists, cyclists and horse riders at least as much room as you would when overtaking a car He wouldn't overtake a car as it was turning left, so he shouldn't overtake a cyclist; 2ft is not an adequate safe margin.


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I'd highly recommend two courses of action. First, take a couple deep breaths and then call back the manufacturer. Without too many details to cloud the issue, and without too much emotion, explain that you believe you have a frame crack that in your estimation is from a defective weld. Play nice, if they still refuse to warranty it, ask what they can/...


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From http://www.bikehub.co.uk/featured-articles/cycling-and-the-law/ In Scotland the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 gives everybody the right to non motorised access to most land in Scotland, including roads, tracks, and paths. So, apart from trampling over gardens or disturbing working farm-yards, you can walk, ride your bike, or ride a horse on ...


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A year and a bit on, I'd like to answer my own question. In the UK, I've not seen anyone turned away from National Championship races for having locked off gears, and the ruling that was sent to us, wasn't necessarily implemented at the event we attended. However, if you are going to race in continental Europe (such as Assen Youth Tour, or any other race ...


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A parked car isn't moving, so you're not overtaking it. Whether it's legal, safe, or sensible for the car to overtake you is another matter, and very heavily dependent on the circumstance. Consider a long straight road with a line of parked cars and no oncoming traffic. You take up much of your side of the road staying outside the door zone, and the car is ...


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I've checked the Highway Code, and Rule 160 seems to apply universally (I can't see anything in the Bicyclists section): "Once moving you should keep to the left, unless road signs or markings indicate otherwise." I have experienced a lot of dangerous situations recently on our local mixed-use cycle path, with oncoming cyclists on the wrong side (their right)...


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Good answers all round, so I won't add to them. However, you can be 'right' according to the Highway Code all day long, but if White Van Man wants to be a plonker he'll be one...and you will always be on the receiving end. I've nearly been hit on one roundabout where people either don't look or don't care, and as I don't want the experience of feeling that I ...


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Kind of what Daniel said, brakes are easy. Sit down and think about it for a minute, all you have to do is switch the cables. Run the front cable to the left and run the rear cable to the right. If you want to switch the shifters you will probably run into some trouble. You won't be able to just switch the cables, you would have to get shifters that work on ...


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Generally speaking, Saturdays and Sundays are quieter than weekdays. The Department of Transport collects various statistics on road use. This table (TRA0307) shows average traffic by time and day of the week. There's also this table (TRA0306) which shows average traffic by day for different road types and different vehicles. Finally, there are statistics ...


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The light controls the stop line (and, if there is one, the advance stop line). I can't tell from the streetview image, or from streetview itself or the satellite view, whether the cycle path moves from the road to the footway before the stop line or not. If it does - you don't have to cross the line, and the light doesn't affect you (so long as you ...


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It seems to me (neither a Scot nor a lawyer), that it's generally illegal to cycle along Scottish pavements (using the UK interpretation of "pavement": "sidewalk" in the US). According to a briefing for the Scottish Parliament: the issue of cycling on the pavement is more complicated than it may first appear. [...] As we will see... Firstly, they ...


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If your current max is 20 miles, 50 miles will be painful. Prepare for that, and don't expect to be able to do much directly after your first rides. However, it's totally in the doable range. For the ride itself, I see three important points: If you can, invest into puncture resistant tires. They are worth every penny. Make sure your bike is in good shape ...


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I'm really sorry to have to tell you this - you are in fact crazy ;-) The left shifter shifts the front, the right the rear. The cables are completely separate and cannot interfere with ether other. Even if the cables were swapped, the left shifter cannot shift the rear derailleur properly as it only has clicks for the front derailleur, and vice versa.


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