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by Mike Healey
Thu Dec 01, 2016 20:30 pm
Forum: The Cake Stop
Topic: Paul Nuttal from UKIP
Replies: 9
Views: 969

Re: Paul Nuttal from UKIP

He wants to put the Great back in Britain. So we should live in BritGreatain. Which would make us BritGreat(ish)
by Mike Healey
Tue Oct 18, 2016 17:00 pm
Forum: Family & Kids cycling forum
Topic: Picking My 7-Year Old a New Bike
Replies: 16
Views: 3025

Re: Picking My 7-Year Old a New Bike

My own feeling is that suspension is an unnecessary weight and complication at his age. Our Kids Saturday bike club members are almost all on rigid frames, such as the Islabike and Frog ones already mentioned (don't know about Verenti). Our argument has always been that suspension may encourage them...
by Mike Healey
Tue Oct 04, 2016 11:31 am
Forum: The Cake Stop
Topic: Your Wristwatches
Replies: 183
Views: 6985

Re: Your Wristwatches

Wore a Timex Ironman for years. Slightly bizarre fact: the first one I got was waterproof down to 25m, the next one to 50m and the last one (now an ex-watch) to 100m. Just one question: if you're 328ft below the surface in the Pacific during the Hawaiin Ironman, would you really be curious as to wha...
by Mike Healey
Tue Oct 04, 2016 11:16 am
Forum: Family & Kids cycling forum
Topic: How long / far can your little one ride for?
Replies: 22
Views: 2515

Re: How long / far can your little one ride for?

Tow of our club's 8-year olds have done Alpe d'Huez. A couple more have done the Great Yorkshire Bike Ride (Weatherby-Filey 70 miles). 4/5 year olds have done the Spen Valley Greenway and back (about 15m). Can confirm the other posters advice about frequent stops and bribes. It helps if there's some...
by Mike Healey
Sun Aug 07, 2016 16:29 pm
Forum: Campaign
Topic: Helmets don't make you safer !
Replies: 87
Views: 48806

Re: Helmets don't make you safer !

A few years ago, Dr. Mayer Hilman did some research on this and looked at, IIRC, the medical reports on a series of cyclists with fatal head injuries (can't find a reference, but the article was in the CTC Cyclist magazine). He found that about 92% of riders with such injuries would have died anyway...
by Mike Healey
Sun Jul 17, 2016 00:17 am
Forum: Family & Kids cycling forum
Topic: Islabikes
Replies: 16
Views: 3251

Re: Islabikes

From our experience, Islabikes are good value and are lighter than the opposition. Frog are also popular. They're very similar to Islabikes but cheaper, which is why they're heavier, but not to the same extent as, say Apollo from Halfords.
by Mike Healey
Sun Jun 26, 2016 18:41 pm
Forum: Family & Kids cycling forum
Topic: Islabike Pro Series - how much?!?!
Replies: 25
Views: 2664

Re: Islabike Pro Series - how much?!?!

If you go to pretty much every Brit Cyc youth race, you'll see some seriously expensive bikes being ridden by them. So the new Islabike range isn't that far out of line, if at all, with those models.
by Mike Healey
Thu Apr 02, 2015 20:48 pm
Forum: Family & Kids cycling forum
Topic: Cycling and Dyspraxia
Replies: 5
Views: 1848

Re: Cycling and Dyspraxia

Love your work. Interestingly, there's some kids who manage better on a bike than standard running, or walking. As you say, it varies from individual to individual. But I know of an organisation that has a fleet of bikes - including fixed - as aids. The fixed one is an interesting one... as it's th...
by Mike Healey
Fri Mar 13, 2015 20:13 pm
Forum: The Cake Stop
Topic: Don't ride on the pavement - even with stabilisers!
Replies: 16
Views: 641

Re: Don't ride on the pavement - even with stabilisers!

Taken from the CTC site - In 1888, s85(1) of the Local Government Act declared that “bicycles, tricycles, velocipedes, and other similar machines are ‘carriages’ within the meaning of the Highway Acts". The question is: Is a 4-wheeled cycle (2 + stabilisers) a carriage under the meaning of the ...
by Mike Healey
Sat Jan 17, 2015 22:15 pm
Forum: The Cake Stop
Topic: Arming the Police
Replies: 142
Views: 3088

Re: Arming the Police

Just a couple of thoughts: 1. 1 in 7 US police officers who are shot in the line of duty are shot with their own weapon 2. August '12 or '13 (can't remember which) some New Yorker went US postal and was shot by the police. 7 passersby injured - all by ricochets or masonry fragments from police bullets
by Mike Healey
Wed Jan 07, 2015 00:16 am
Forum: Family & Kids cycling forum
Topic: First pedal bike, Cnoc 16?
Replies: 7
Views: 816

Re: First pedal bike, Cnoc 16?

Cnoc cnoc
Who's there?
Isla
Isla who?
Isla make the best kids bikes around
by Mike Healey
Wed Jan 07, 2015 00:12 am
Forum: The Cake Stop
Topic: Gillette razor rip off!
Replies: 86
Views: 3409

Re: Gillette razor rip off!

Razor about 50 years old Brush over 50 but nearly worn down Just use ordinary soap Current DE blade just coming up to 12 months use Have sort-of goatee and moustache so not all face is shaved Usually don't shave on Sundays If blade is beginning to drag, leave off shaving for week then leg wax one si...
by Mike Healey
Sat Dec 06, 2014 21:21 pm
Forum: Family & Kids cycling forum
Topic: Help! In Limbo... Stabilisers again or balance bike?
Replies: 6
Views: 1470

Re: Help! In Limbo... Stabilisers again or balance bike?

Stabilisers are the instruments of the devil and should be made illegal without a doctor's note. You don't say if she can already ride or if her Trax is equipped with the "IotD". I assume the latter. In that case, either a suitably sized bike (resist temptation to suggest I......ke), with ...
by Mike Healey
Sat Oct 18, 2014 19:19 pm
Forum: Family & Kids cycling forum
Topic: Balance bike to peddles transition?
Replies: 8
Views: 4350

Re: Balance bike to peddles transition?

When we teach them they usually go straight from balance bike (at the level of skill you describe) to pedalling - it usually takes one Saturday morning and often in the hour before the refreshment break. Once the get on the bike we: 1. Give them a little assistance by way of a gentle push between th...
by Mike Healey
Mon Sep 22, 2014 18:24 pm
Forum: The Cake Stop
Topic: The Difference Between a Millionaire and a Billionaire
Replies: 28
Views: 6698

Re: The Difference Between a Millionaire and a Billionaire

The millionaire wants to talk to the billionaire, but the billionaire doesn't talk to poor people
by Mike Healey
Tue Aug 19, 2014 23:28 pm
Forum: Family & Kids cycling forum
Topic: Balance bike query
Replies: 17
Views: 3887

Re: Balance bike query

Another thing you might consider is to get a trike aswell. One thing I have noticed since balance bikes have replaced regular bikes with training wheels is that many kids when they get a proper bicycle can balance well until they try to pedal at the same time. The balance bike doesn't provide any t...
by Mike Healey
Sun Jul 27, 2014 19:02 pm
Forum: Family & Kids cycling forum
Topic: Kids Clubs around Bristol/Bath?
Replies: 4
Views: 340

Re: Kids Clubs around Bristol/Bath?

Contact Go-Ride Coach - Dave Jowett
Tel: 07940 433 570
Email: davejowett@britishcycling.org.uk

He's the regional go-Ride Coach for British Cycling's Southern region which covers Bristol/Bath amongst other places
by Mike Healey
Fri Jul 04, 2014 22:22 pm
Forum: Family & Kids cycling forum
Topic: Newbie and agressive pedestrian
Replies: 18
Views: 1280

Re: Newbie and agressive pedestrian

To be honest, there's not much you can do about irrational, foul-mouthed, mannerless idiots who may well have mental health issues, except chalk it up to experience. I'd only observe that, if you see someone deliberately using the cycle lane/path, ignore him and move round him at as good a distance ...
by Mike Healey
Sun Jun 22, 2014 21:32 pm
Forum: Discuss the website with the team
Topic: New BETA version of BikeRadar
Replies: 229
Views: 46758

Re: New BETA version of BikeRadar

It has a ridiculously inefficient use of screen space. On the old site, I could see a number of story headlines and could then click on to the stories that interested me. For example, if there was a headline about a new Colnago model and it interested me I could go to that story. Now, when the headl...
by Mike Healey
Fri Jun 13, 2014 23:47 pm
Forum: Discuss the website with the team
Topic: New BETA version of BikeRadar
Replies: 229
Views: 46758

Re: New BETA version of BikeRadar

i have absolutely no idea how to navigate this version of the site and there are no real clues about this. The original version needed no headscratching and was completely intuitive whereas this one is abysmal.

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