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Member since Apr 2008 • Last active Jun 2009
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    the aquduct reminds me of the stretch heading into llangollen (that is bound to be spelled very wrong). We canoed across ahead of the barge we were with. Shortly after I got cocky walking along the edge of the barge and fell in.

    Bar the falling in that was a nice holliday.

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    scott (or emilie), what size/shape/name/flavour bags do you have at the factory/homestead? I was unsure between archie and theo when I joined this adventure. I've still never seen one of these in the flesh and I'd like to to help me choose.

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    There is a thread called let's offroad, or if you search by tag use the keyword flapjacks :)
    There are a couple about mountain mayhem.
    User small furry has a few threads about mtb builds as does tilover
    And of course List man granville has a list of ss mtb frames.

    You should find a bunch of pics interspersed there.

    Surely one trait/benefit or something of an ss mtb is that it can be built/converted from any mtb. If you are going for a flashy fresh build then I guess you want either a horizontal drop of eccentric BB frame for a nice clean look.
    I ride a on-one inbred, probably the lest individual ss mtb in the uk :)
    The singulars look loverly, and dialed love hate has a great rep but are hard to come by aparently.

    Oh and proper forum response to this type of question, use the fucking search.
    Enjoy.

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    Aha. So I did stumble upon the correct area in google maps. It is indeed a small zone. I had imagined it somewhat larger and more detached from the town/city. As you say the distances involved in such a small zone should be no impediment. I was uncertain that i'd found the right spot because the roads through it didn't seem to be overly lacking in vehicles.

    http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source­=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=&ie=UTF8&ll=47.975­48,7.823972&spn=0.004697,0.008744&t=h&z=­17

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    The highway code is advisory only. Rule 165 covers the statutory rules governing overtaking (i.e. where the law states that you may not do so).

    Yes. And sections of it relate to actual laws as that section you note.

    So i'm being a bussenger this week due to illness so don't have my highway code on me and I don't find the online version nice/easy to navigate. There is a section that mentions under taking, can you confirm whether or not it is in a section that relates to law? Are you saying that despite being advised against that the law doesn't actually forbid undertaking.

    So in the case that there is a collision and there isn't an actuall law to govern the situation then in court they will look to other recommendations right? I still think you will likely not find favour if you are the person coming from behind and positioning yourself in a risky situation alongside another vehicle.

    I guess as a driver as well as a cyclist I try to bahave as a car is advised all the time so as to be predictable for other road users to aid my safety.

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    This is so going to get flamed as too bike radar.

    Interesting (or perhaps not for this forum) that everyone has gone with a choice of side. My initial though, you don't go along side you join the back of the queue.

    I will only ever pass vehicles on their left hand side if I am in a seperate lane, or if they are stationary and have positioned themselves such that that I can't pass on the right AND most importantly there is a space for me to get to. I never want to be along side another moving vehicle unless we are in seperate lanes or a clear completable overtaking manouvre it taking place.

    As for the legality of passing on the left, I don't think there is anything to say it is fine for any mode of transport. The section of the highway code on undertaking says it's acceptable in queues of slow moving traffic only, I don't recall any exemption for bicycles. Annoyingly there is a comment somewhere else in the highway code which says something like make sure to check your left hand mirror for bicycles that may be passing on the left. This seems to totally grey the area and I would prefer a blanket It's bad and wrong punnishable by death to pass on the left.
    Oh yeah also another legality thought. In this situation, either side, you are trying to be alongside another vehicle within a single lane. Unless you can demonstrate that you had the lane and the vehicle came from behind to along side you then I think favour will fall to the vehicle and you'd be classed as in the wrong.

    My actions turning right, if it's against heavy oncoming traffic I will sometimes go with the vehicle ahead of me, turning alongside their right into the oncoming lane of the road i'm turning into, if it is clear, so as to avoid sitting for a long time waiting for the next break in traffic.

    Being a minute late for work isn't life threatening, making stupid i'm in a rush road manouvres coould be.

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    Just had another peak at article, it says two out of town garages where you can own a space, I guess that may be garage as in multi storey carpark.
    I think your desire for a garage and vehicular access to the home to load/unloading is based on a requirement for somewhere safe and lockable not in your home to store stuff, specialist tools that aren't required for every plumbing job say. My initail interpretation of garage would cater for this but perhaps not communal garage.
    As for storing bikes, gardening tools at the home, there is a picture of quite a nice yard in the article, i've just bought a shed/store thing myself that could work here. But then the article talks of 4/5 story buildings and the banishment of detached homes, so how much personal outdoor space each home is afforded is unknown.
    These storage boxes/sheds I talk of could also be fitted at your garage/parking space. I think it requires a change of pattern of behaviour but is not such a impassable obstacle as you make out. Then again, the place is depicted as a happy skippy community of dogooders, so i'm imagineing a kind of utipoia with no crime where these flimsy metal sheds are secure enough, perhaps you are being a bit more realistic.

    In general london has made me a grumpy(er) person. It seems very impersonnal with a fuck everyone else as long as i'm ok attitude, and I don't like it. Unfortunately my job choice dictates I live here, or spend a long time travelling here. I have a desire to get out and live in or near the countryside and this makes my feelings towards this utopian idea of community and resistance to your realism strong.

    Maybe one day i'll make it out mtbing and we can chat in person.

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    I'm not understanding some of your points tommy. Mostly why does the plumber NEED the van at their home? Each home has a garage, just not located next to their home. If you allow the one parking space by the home then you need to design mixed use (reduced safety) space for the cars and people to use, isn't that one of the major problems that this town is designed to eliminate? Then you also reduce the incentive not to use your vehicle for a short journey, I think a previous post gave facts for this but regardless I think we can all see that many people seem to have a problem not using their car for unecassarily short journeys.
    In a way I can see an interpretation of this, if applied nationally, as a bad thing because it is forcing them not to do something by making it physically impossible rather than educating and them not doing it because it is bad/wrong/unacceptable to society. This is an opt in town though.

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    I do have a pitlock. But didn't have to switch the axle because I bought a qr type hub. It's also an mtb hub in an mtb fork. And I'm paranoid so I have a lock through the wheel aswell.

    But teenslains post makes it all irrelevant anyway.

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    I dont think track hubs are compatible with pitlocks. I might be incorrect. Seems like you can switch out the axle but it may be very difficult to locate a hollow axle of the proper dimensions.

    The question posed was about front wheels so... correct me if i'm wrong, but all front hub axels regardless of bike type (pugsley aside) are the same (100mm isn't it) size, so sourcing a hollow axel shouldnt be too tricky.

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