Archive for August, 2008

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First GB Gold – Cycling

Sunday August 10, 2008

Congratulations to Nicole Cooke, the Welsh cyclist, who won GB’s first gold medal of the 2008 Olympics.  Nicole finished the 126km race in just over 3 hours 32 minutes. 

Great news for Team GB and great news for Wales!

Links: BBC Sport Story | BBC Sport: CyclingBeijing ’08 Road Cycling | Guardian’s Nicole Cooke Fact File

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Dangerous Dave – the Game

Friday August 8, 2008

This ‘Dave’ isn’t me but a game from the Swansea-based cycle shop Tredz.

As Dangerous Dave pedals his bike past Brutal Bob, take aim and whack Dave into the air – see how far you can make him fly.

I’m not advocating hitting cyclists, but what’s your best distance?!  Post in the comments.

Try the game now!

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Dahon D7HG – Used in Anger

Wednesday August 6, 2008

I used the D7HG in ‘anger’ for the first time today.  Okay, figure of speech, I wasn’t really angry. 

My car needed a new exhaust so I had to drop it off at the garage this morning on the way to work.  The car had been sounding really great with the old exhaust, it sounded like a really meaty sports car, so I was slightly upset having to buy a nice new, and quiet, exhaust.

Having discussed the details with the Mechs in the garage, I popped back to the car and took the Dahon off the back seat.  With the ‘Transformer’ noise going through my head (MP3 available here if you don’t know what the sound is), I unfolded the bike and cycled off to work.  Now it was only about a mile away but it was definitely better than walking and I definitely wouldn’t have been able to do that with an ‘old-fashioned’ (!) non-folding bike.  🙂

We have pretty good cycle parking facilities where I work so I locked my bike up outside right next to a Dahon Mu – someone else at work has good taste!

At the end of the day I simply hopped back on the bike, cycled the mile back to the garage and handed over £124 for the new exhaust before folding the bike down (cue the Transformer sound!) and driving off.

Really cool, really convenient, great bike.

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Spread the Word

Tuesday August 5, 2008

Found this via ‘Bike Meets Girl‘ (thanks Mackenzie!):

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Cycling and the UK Law

Monday August 4, 2008

Whilst reading up on the legal requirements for bike lights, I found the Highway Code’s section on Rules for Cyclists.

It gives a lot of advice but the following are Law.

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At night your cycle MUST have white front and red rear lights lit. It MUST also be fitted with a red rear reflector (and amber pedal reflectors, if manufactured after 1/10/85). White front reflectors and spoke reflectors will also help you to be seen. Flashing lights are permitted but it is recommended that cyclists who are riding in areas without street lighting use a steady front lamp. 

[Law RVLR regs 13, 18 & 24)]

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You MUST NOT cycle on a pavement.

[Laws HA 1835 sect 72 & R(S)A 1984, sect 129]

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You MUST NOT

  • carry a passenger unless your cycle has been built or adapted to carry one
  • hold onto a moving vehicle or trailer
  • ride in a dangerous, careless or inconsiderate manner
  • ride when under the influence of drink or drugs, including medicine

[Law RTA 1988 sects 24, 26, 28, 29 & 30 as amended by RTA 1991]

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You MUST obey all traffic signs and traffic light signals.

[Laws RTA 1988 sect 36 & TSRGD reg 10(1)]

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You MUST NOT cross the stop line when the traffic lights are red. Some junctions have an advanced stop line to enable you to wait and position yourself ahead of other traffic (see Rule 178).

[Laws RTA 1988 sect 36 & TSRGD regs 10 & 36(1)]

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Cycle-only crossings. Cycle tracks on opposite sides of the road may be linked by signalled crossings. You may ride across but you MUST NOT cross until the green cycle symbol is showing.

[Law TSRGD regs 33(2) & 36(1)]

 

Obviously you should also read all the other sections of the Highway Code too!

The above laws were copied from the Directgov website on the 2nd of August 2008.  Always check the official Highway Code for the latest applicable laws.

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