• Just an idea about "road tax".1 year 5 weeks agobikeboy76 wrote:'slimline tax

    bikeboy76 wrote:
    'slimline tax disc holder', really, and ruin my cool lines, or just have it ripped off, or have to take it off every time I park on the street. The word 'token' sums it up really. The current system at least allows us to have a comeback about emissions etc, but £5 is a pointless bureaucratic nonsense. Drivers will consider that derisory and virtually no different to nothing. I could spend £5 on Panini stickers, or £5 on a panini instead. And who wants the start the thin end of the wedge.
    I never thought of the risk of theft of the disc. I wonder if motorbike riders have problems with the theft of tax discs.

    True, it could be the thin end of the wedge, but it would be voluntary, so no risk of being forced to pay it. I see it as a way to end all the arguments on the roads. Ie, if drivers harrang cyclists about "road tax" then you would only have to point to the tax disc. But, I agree, it is an unusual concept.

  • Winter Bikes1 year 5 weeks agocurrently building: dawes 531

    currently building: dawes 531 frame, x2 SA hub brake wheels, front dynamo, rear 3 speed, full chaincase, full mudguards, front dyno light., 35mm marathon plus tyres. should be awesome. any suggestions for a good quality handlebar bag???

  • Wheel rim/brake surface damage?! Wtf?!1 year 5 weeks agoCheers all. Hopefully won't

    Cheers all. Hopefully won't cause too much of a problem. A service engineer reckons a mavic rim stone would help remove the blemishes

  • Winterise your bike1 year 5 weeks agototally agree. crud guards

    totally agree. crud guards are a bit of a joke if your serious about doing miles in the winter.

  • Just an idea about "road tax".1 year 5 weeks agogiff77 wrote:I really don't

    giff77 wrote:
    I really don't think that having a 'disc' attatached to ones bike will make any difference. In fact I think that it will only reinforce the misconception that road users pay for the roads. The token charge probably wouldn't even cover the admin, printing the discs etc. You will still have the motor industry et al still referring to VED as road tax and motorists will still attempt to exercise their 'might is right' mentality towards the more vulnerable.

    Suggest you wind that window down and get some fresh air in your cab mate Wink but keep the ideas coming Smile

    According to Carlton Reid, "a Freedom of Information request submitted to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, the cost of a tax disc is £1.47 for those bought at a Post Office, and 95p for those bought online".

    Yes, it is a misconception, but such a widespread one that maybe it would be easier to just call it road tax and be done with it. When you see videos of cyclists explaining that there's no such thing as road tax you just know it's just going in one ear and out of the other.

    I appreciate your points, though.

  • Goodbye old friend1 year 5 weeks agoI still cry myself to sleep

    I still cry myself to sleep at the thought of the day I sold my racing bike for student fuel (beer money). I kept the training bike instead of the one with the Columbus slx frame, C-Record gruppo and the world's most beautiful brakes.

    I haven't been able to sell one since. That was nearly 25 years ago.

    To be fair though, I did get pished many times over on the proceeds.

  • Edinburgh police launch equal-opportunity roads crackdown1 year 5 weeks agoThe article claims we have

    The article claims we have lots of road crashes at this time of year, "the highest number". Not according to the EU stats as far as I could see. I think July was the winner.

    Rospa also notes that 80% of serious cycling accidents happen in daylight and most in Spring and Summer.

    The Guardian pointed out a study a couple of years back about the oddly tiny link between lack of lights and cycling accidents.

    The police pick up wonderful goodwill from drivers and reactionary locals for these poisonous anti-cycling campaigns (just have a look at the Evening News headlines generated to see the goodwill and the poison). This isn't good for cycling numbers and that isn't then good for safety. These campaigns are no more well-researched than a primary teacher doing a project on WW1 or whatever, and road.cc ought maybe to be more vocal in quizzing their logic.

  • Kate Hoey calls for bikes to be registered and cyclists to pay "road tax"1 year 5 weeks agoThis woman must be an

    This woman must be an embarrassment to the Labour Party. I sent her a tweet to suggest she join UKIP with her ill informed views At Wits End

  • Buyer's guide to end of season road bike bargains1 year 5 weeks agoBrilliant time of year to buy

    Brilliant time of year to buy a bike*

    (*if you are under 4 foot 5, or over 6 foot 10).

  • Cycle Clothing For Big Blokes1 year 5 weeks agoI'm not the right size, but a

    I'm not the right size, but a cycling magazine and the Guardian had great articles about Fat Lad at the Back based in Yorkshire. Search for it in Google and it's the first link (I posted the link but the comment's in the queue!!)

  • Cycle Clothing For Big Blokes1 year 5 weeks agoI'm not the right size, but a

    I'm not the right size, but a cycling magazine and the Guardian had great articles about http://fatladattheback.com/ based in Yorkshire

  • Kate Hoey calls for bikes to be registered and cyclists to pay "road tax"1 year 5 weeks agoI live in her constituency,

    I live in her constituency, just lost my vote!

  • Just an idea about "road tax".1 year 5 weeks agoI really don't think that

    I really don't think that having a 'disc' attatached to ones bike will make any difference. In fact I think that it will only reinforce the misconception that road users pay for the roads. The token charge probably wouldn't even cover the admin, printing the discs etc. You will still have the motor industry et al still referring to VED as road tax and motorists will still attempt to exercise their 'might is right' mentality towards the more vulnerable.

    Suggest you wind that window down and get some fresh air in your cab mate Wink but keep the ideas coming Smile

  • Kate Hoey calls for bikes to be registered and cyclists to pay "road tax"1 year 5 weeks agoIt would be interesting to

    It would be interesting to see what the average emissions would be for us cyclists? I bet zero or substantially less than my last zero VED rated cars! Does that mean the government should pay me for riding my bike. The only thing I agree with Hoey is segregation, yep is cyclists have the roads motorways included and let the cars have the cycle lanes. At least the tin box owners won't be able to hurt us. Http://ipayroadtax.com

  • Bike box suggestions needed.1 year 5 weeks agoConsider: http://www.aircaddy

    Consider:
    http://www.aircaddy.com/instructions-details.shtml
    I don't know your frame size, but they give the dimensions on their page.
    If it fits your bike, you should give it a try. We have used clamshell, TriAll3 wheeled cases, and LBS boxes, and the AirCaddy was the best - even better than the hardshell cases. Trusted it with $10K worth of carbon fiber on an international flights this summer and it worked great. Folded up nicely too which took care of a big hassle.

  • Mud on the road1 year 5 weeks agoLook on the bright side, in

    Look on the bright side, in the New Forest the roads are awash with a weak solution of pony sh*t from about September to April ... and you don't want to think too much about what it's dissolved in. Now where did I put that hazmat suit.

  • Just an idea about "road tax".1 year 5 weeks agoHow about like zero emission

    How about like zero emission cars that have no VED, you go to the post office, produce your insurance and get a disc.

    No need for £5, the mechanisms are already there.

  • Kate Hoey calls for bikes to be registered and cyclists to pay "road tax"1 year 5 weeks agoAn historical footnote, on

    An historical footnote, on visits to Belgian relatives in the 1950s I noticed that bikes had a small triangular metal plate attached to their front forks and was told that this was a bike licence.

    The scheme couldn't have worked as they don't have them now.

  • Sportful 2nd Skin Neck Warmer1 year 5 weeks agoDoes it warm the blood of the

    Does it warm the blood of the carotid artery?

  • Kate Hoey calls for bikes to be registered and cyclists to pay "road tax"1 year 5 weeks agoOk I'll keep it nice I'm

    Ok I'll keep it nice Smile

    I'm disappointed, she's supposed to be representing people but seems to be doing so without any form of comprehension on the subject matter.

    If she was my MP I'd be horrified at the suggestion of spending a fortune to return zero revenue (if done on emissions).

  • Kate Hoey calls for bikes to be registered and cyclists to pay "road tax"1 year 5 weeks agoThis part of her statement

    This part of her statement shows the true intent ;

    "...especially if it makes it easier for me on the road"

    Another deluded individual who thinks cyclists are the reason the roads are clogged up and preventing her speeding around the roads.

    Attitude is the same as the 2003 "lyrca louts" article.

    Sadly this nit-wit is an MP.

  • Mud on the road1 year 5 weeks agoFor the benefit of

    For the benefit of jellysticks, I'm originally from Shropshire and do all my riding in rural Cheshire. Couldn't be much more of a bumpkin.

  • Kate Hoey calls for bikes to be registered and cyclists to pay "road tax"1 year 5 weeks agoKeep it nice guys. Keep it

    Keep it nice guys. Keep it nice.

  • Wheel rim/brake surface damage?! Wtf?!1 year 5 weeks agoYup! that's salt.

    Yup! that's salt.

  • Kate Hoey calls for bikes to be registered and cyclists to pay "road tax"1 year 5 weeks agoSo, she'd be wrong to expect

    So, she'd be wrong to expect a christmas card from you then? Big Grin