Re Mike C. "Anyone using Nike Vaporflys? Any good or all hype?"
I would say the best thing to do is determine whether Nike is the best shaped trainer for your feet, as I think there are similar competitive light weight shoes from many manufacturers. About 5 years ago I had a gait analysis done at The Running Room (a speciality shop here in Canada) and determined the manufacturer that made shoes that best met my needs and foot shape was Mizuno. I've had 3 pairs of Mizuno trainers since then and they all fit like slippers even when done up tightly, with no pressure points or scuff points from new (no need to break in), even after a 15km run.
The other thing I learnt from talking to a specialist was that the lacing method needs to be tailored to the individual, too. I like a tight shoe with enough give to prevent pain over the top of the foot. I found out that loop-lacing gives the best combination for my needs: https://www.on-running.com/en-ca/articles/the-6-best-ways-to-lace-your-running-shoes
Here is a bit more info on gait analysis: https://www.coachmag.co.uk/running/7975/what-is-gait-analysis-and-is-it-worth-doing
Amazing how much fun brisk walking around London can be. So much to see, so much more efficient, and no cost (apart from the trainers). Of course, the removal of cars and other polluting vehicles would make the air more palatable.
Totally agree. When I was working in London and Leeds I tried very hard to do just that. One of our children had a flat near Kings Cross. Just about everywhere else in central London was walkable from there, but the Elephant and Castle was stretching it a bit. Took a bit of time to find best routes. Parks and towpaths were best. Various different routes to Whitehall and discovered all sorts of interesting statues and monuments and plaques.
Walking across Leeds is rather less fun.
But all done in Ecco work shoes.
PS: Next up... discovering routes to and from Alie Street in Aldgate.
Hi Johnathon ,, I see you have not posted at all on the mess re Christine ect and the club , that is your proagative ,, ( think that’s the right word ?? ) I have no problem at all with that ,, as I respect you and your views , poss upset you to much with some of my posts which were put on by me and taken wrong way by a few ,that’s life ,,
i would love to no your views ,, but fully respect your position and can understand why you have not posted
hope that makes sense in my own crazy way of putting things
yes I no I have highjact a post but with good intentions
I think cabbies and ubers see them as a threat to their income. Ironically, I recently saw a trainee-cabbie doing his 'knowledge' on an escooter
Thanks for the advice on trainers. Back in the '80s and 90s I lived and worked in London, and drove everywhere - because you could. I knew all the short cuts, after 7pm it was quiet, and the City was deserted at weekends, parking was easy, tickets were cheap, no cameras, fond memories.
Now I visit and feel like a tourist, adore whizzing around 'on foot' and seeing all the things I never noticed before. But I also now see the aging roads, traffic, noise, pollution, endless road works and congestion as a blight on a beautiful the city.
"No pedestrian fatalities in Helsinki traffic last year"
Remember the cyclist who collided with a pedestrian? Not the one jailed for "wanton or furious riding". The one where the judge allocated liability 50/50.
He's now settled for £30k:
PS: As a result of this we decided to take out individual membership of Cycling UK, largely because of the insurance scheme.
The Cycle to work scheme where I work has gone from a £1000 limit up to £5000, Still not a great deal of use to people who are not paying much tax but it does make e-bikes much easier to purchase.
"Promoting Safety for Vulnerable Road Users: Assessing the Investigation and Enforcement of Endangerment Offences"
Took me a few goes to understand what it was about, but touches on several recurrent themes: degree of enforcement, thresholds for prosecution, and use of 'phones while driving.
I find there is such a mixed bag of motorists' behaviours towards cyclists. Some will hold back on overtaking for a very clear space, run wide and give a friendly wave, others will plough through regardless when it is unsafe and without sufficient visibility and some will brush past purely to make a point of hating cyclists. Yes, I know some cyclists don't help themselves but we can't all be judged by that and safety is safety.
New UK study: "Association of injury related hospital admissions with commuting by bicycle in the UK: prospective population based study"
And linked BMJ editorial: "Designing better cycling infrastructure. Safer cycling benefits people, the planet, and the local economy.".
And the BMJ's infographic (haven't seen it done like that before):