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Police mic-drop reply to those (including Sajid Javid) claiming five-year-old cyclist shouldn't be on the road; Custom bicycle builder creates... 'the bike-plane'; Bernal nips to the shops (on his Dogma) + more on the live blog

It's the end of another week on the live blog, with Dan Alexander once again in charge of your updates this Friday...

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11 November 2022, 10:00
Police mic-drop reply to those (including Sajid Javid) claiming five-year-old cyclist shouldn't be on the road

With the views on the video now up to 2.5 million, roughly equivalent to the number of people who live in Leeds and Northern Ireland combined, and replies nearing 9,000, Durham Roads and Armed Policing Unit's Twitter admin stepped forward to deliver a thread for Sajid Javid, Baroness Foster, Susan Hall and the many others who have a problem with a child riding a bicycle on a road...

> Sajid Javid blames father of five-year-old cyclist for letting child ride on road in viral video

Drop that mic...

Oh, and as a reminder of what 'just cycle on the footway' might have looked like...

11 November 2022, 12:53
Plenty of positivity for Durham Roads Policing Unit

Anyone heard from Sajid Javid today?

11 November 2022, 15:17
More education from the Surrey traffic cops
11 November 2022, 16:54
Get Remco on the plane

It's the last chance for Belgium's 'golden generation' in Qatar this World Cup...although I'm sure we've been saying that for at least two major tournaments...

Maybe they just need a rainbow generation led by world champ Remco?

Anyway, that's enough football chat for one live blog. We'll catch you on Monday. Have a great weekend everyone! 

11 November 2022, 14:28
It's those cycle lanes causing carnage again...
11 November 2022, 14:10
Le Col launches Victoria Pendleton collection
Victoria Pendleton Le Col collection

Le Col has teamed up with double Olympic champion Victoria Pendleton on a new collection. The kit design apparently mirrors the Le Col ambassador's tattoos, with a snakeskin-style pattern influenced by Pendleton's life on and off the bike.

The collection includes a long and short-sleeved version, available in black and navy and black respectively. Unsurprisingly the collection includes both women's and men's fits, and there are also additional accessories such as socks, caps and snoods.

11 November 2022, 14:01
London bike crime: 1% of thieves identified and thefts rise in a quarter of boroughs
Bike theft hotspot sign (Bikmo)

Lawtons Law Firm UK went over Metropolitan Police data and found that in the last year just one in every 100 London bike thefts resulted in a formal sanction. Their analysis also showed that a quarter of boroughs have seen a rise, and the South West is the worst affected part of the capital.

> Three quarters of Brits don't expect police to bother investigating bike thefts

Sutton is the borough with the greatest year-on-year increase at almost one-third (32%), followed by Hounslow (25%) and Bexley (13%).

11 November 2022, 12:31
7 tips to get the best disc brake performance on your bike

11 November 2022, 12:06
Your thoughts on the bike-plane
Bird-plane (screenshot JRat Customs/@_jrat)

EK Spinner asked an interesting question in the comments about that bike-plane...

"Why the aero TT position? He is inside a faring, is that really the best position for power delivery?"

I'd love to give you a serious explainer answer EK, but I don't have one... the question did prompt a few replies from a couple of you willing to give it some thought...

Personal favourite... hawkinspeter reckons it's quite simple... "It's an AEROplane, not an UPRIGHTplane." That's the level we aspire to here on the live blog!

Patrick9-32: "Power to weight would seem to be key for takeoff but it (to my completely without aeronautical training brain) seems for sustained flight the aerodynamics of the vehicle are going to be the biggest factor. As such, why not a recumbent position to reduce the frontal area of the greenhouse by like 50%?"

Rendel Harris: "Like you, I've no idea how much advantage that would confer aerodynamically but a recumbent position reduces the power output for the same effort by around 20%, so it would have to be quite a big one."

Patrick9-32: "Also, with the massive advancements of bicycle motors to the point where they can put out sustained power far above any human over the last few years it would be very cool to have one of these incredible planes flying for hours at a time with electric assistance with the pilot in relative comfort (i.e. not bleeding from the eyeballs with exertion.)"

Thanks to Rendel for sharing this Wiki page of something similar — the Gossamer Albatross — which successfully completed a crossing of the English Channel back in 1979... while sean1 shared this vid of a human-powered plane Southampton University built in the 60s...

11 November 2022, 11:08
Friday throwback

Those long July days seem well in the past now...

11 November 2022, 09:27
Bernal nips to the shops (on his Dogma)

Egg-cellent content...

Can't lie we were expecting the caption to be something a bit more jovial, maybe even a cracking egg pun to scramble our brains... instead, Google Translate offered this: "Buying lunch today at the neighbourhood store, Veci says that she is already thinking of selling her business because the prices have risen and she cannot support it 😑"

11 November 2022, 08:44
Custom bicycle builder creates... 'the bike-plane'... and it even gets off the runway

Is it a bird? No. Is it a plane? Kind of. Is it a Lycra-clad man smashing 400w in a greenhouse with wings? YES!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Jrat Carter (@_jrat)

We'd have liked to see how one 'lands' the bike-plane... I would suggest almost certainly somewhat abruptly once your legs turn to jelly and you can taste blood. We wonder if Ryanair will sit up and take notice?

 'What if we charge passengers to pedal themselves to Alicante? We could bill them extra for clipless pedals, a sweat towel and energy gels. Genius.'

The design is one of Jarrett Carter's, or JRat Customs as he's known online, and is just one of his eye-catching stable of bikes, bike-planes and e-bikes...

Dan is the road.cc news editor and has spent the past four years writing stories and features, as well as (hopefully) keeping you entertained on the live blog. Having previously written about nearly every other sport under the sun for the Express, and the weird and wonderful world of non-league football for the Non-League Paper, Dan joined road.cc in 2020. Come the weekend you'll find him labouring up a hill, probably with a mouth full of jelly babies, or making a bonk-induced trip to a south of England petrol station... in search of more jelly babies.

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lerrup replied to The Accountant | 1 year ago
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What was the distance between the child and the moving car and why do you think it was safe?

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northstar replied to lerrup | 1 year ago
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lerrup wrote:

What was the distance between the child and the moving car and why do you think it was safe?

🤦🏻‍♀️

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lerrup replied to The Accountant | 1 year ago
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What was the distance between the child and the moving car and why do you think it was safe?

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jaymack replied to The Accountant | 1 year ago
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You poor thing...

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Rendel Harris replied to The Accountant | 1 year ago
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Rakia wrote:

This is someone who can't even spell the word "hierarchy" correctly

This you, Nige?

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The Accountant replied to Rendel Harris | 1 year ago
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While it is somewhat hearthening to see the many Chief Wiggum apologists out in force today (makes a change from the virulent, angry posts), I can only assume that none of you have had the misfortune of having your houses burgled.

If you do, let me know what you think of the police response, and if you think their time might be better spent on the beat rather than patrolling Twitter for imagined thought crimes.

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Rendel Harris replied to The Accountant | 1 year ago
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And again, from the man slagging the police for their spelling...

(On past form, he'll now try to claim that was a deliberate trap)

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AlsoSomniloquism replied to Rendel Harris | 1 year ago
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Any news on why, when Rakia has all bit admitted he is the main PBU in his take on Traffic Police on Twitter AND this he is still here two day later spewing his vile takes.

Oh well time for another sabbatical from this site until the mods clear the trash. 

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Hirsute replied to AlsoSomniloquism | 1 year ago
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Yes, it is a bit tedious. They really need to do something - 'reputational damage' ?

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grOg replied to AlsoSomniloquism | 1 year ago
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I presume the 'trash' is anyone with an opinion you disagree with? 

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Hirsute replied to grOg | 1 year ago
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No, just specific posters who are banned then come back again under a new username.
There are only 2 people who constantly seek to cause disruption on the site.
There are a few one post wonders whose sole aim is to denigrate cyclists.

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AlsoSomniloquism replied to grOg | 1 year ago
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No grOg, just people who have been banned in the past for posting racist shite. Although weren't you also posting racist shite once as well so I can see why you have kinship with him, or should that be klanship.

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LeadenSkies replied to The Accountant | 1 year ago
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Rakia wrote:

That is all.

Please tell me it's true and that you have decided it is a lost cause trying to share the benefit of your self-proclaimed immense intellect with the uneducated masses on here. Personally I am still waiting for you to stop with the snide comments about others and actually present a cogent, well constructed argument that would indicate that intellectual heft was as real as it was self-proclaimed.

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grOg replied to LeadenSkies | 1 year ago
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Says you with the snide comment about another..

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Hirsute replied to grOg | 1 year ago
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He has been very polite, but there are limits.
Whereas you are a racist.

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nniff replied to The Accountant | 1 year ago
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Do your job, or resign and let someone competent take over.

That is all.

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I'm pleased to see that breathing through a hole in the side of your neck is still working for you.  What's the anticipated lifespan of this incarnation?  It must be about time for the mods to sprinkle salt on you again.

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S13SFC replied to The Accountant | 1 year ago
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Oh look, the racist troll is back, or, in common parlance, the twat is back.

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perce replied to The Accountant | 1 year ago
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I give my dog some banana about an hour after her breakfast. As soon as she has finished it she wants a real rough and tumble play fight, don't know why. I don't give her all the banana, just a little bit from my breakfast of porridge with banana and blueberries. Sometimes I have toast with Roses lime marmalade instead, but usually I just have porridge. Sometimes I have a bowl of muesli before I go to bed to help me sleep. I've only recently found out the guy in the Milk Tray adverts played the part for over twenty years. Also shoelaces were invented in Egypt. I think.

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quiff replied to perce | 1 year ago
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perce wrote:

I give my dog some banana about an hour after her breakfast. As soon as she has finished it she wants a real rough and tumble play fight, don't know why. I don't give her all the banana, just a little bit from my breakfast of porridge with banana and blueberries. Sometimes I have toast with Roses lime marmalade instead, but usually I just have porridge. Sometimes I have a bowl of muesli before I go to bed to help me sleep. I've only recently found out the guy in the Milk Tray adverts played the part for over twenty years. Also shoelaces were invented in Egypt. I think.

For some reason I couldn't help reading this in the voice of the monologue from Blur's Parklife. 

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perce replied to quiff | 1 year ago
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Never thought of that - quite like it!

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Steve K | 1 year ago
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I'm sure it says something about the state of our roads, that Durham police has put the roads and armed police in the same unit.

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Hirsute replied to Steve K | 1 year ago
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Same in Norfolk (awavey could confirm).

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Awavey replied to Hirsute | 1 year ago
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Norfolk and Suffolk, we have a combined county road and armed police team (NSRAPT) smiley its done to save money because the traffic cars have the secure weapons lockers in the boot for the trained officers who wield them and naturally respond to armed incidents, so simpler and to save money not to have a special set of tactical vehicles, or them stored in normal police cars.

it seems to work fwiw

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qwerty360 replied to Steve K | 1 year ago
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Standard.

Armed response are relatively rarely needed, but need lots of practice in rapid deployment, so they normally work as part of traffic to keep up driving skills and save on training costs for high speed driving...

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Steve K | 1 year ago
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Typical cyclist, not using the bike lane.

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Hirsute | 1 year ago
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https://mobile.twitter.com/SheffNW_NPT/status/1590666695274004482

Sheffield North West NPT

If any Sheffield bike shops want to host us so we can allow people to use our close pass mat to calibrate people’s cameras send us a DM. A still of what 1.5m looks like is extremely useful for comparison to “too close”.

 

Not heard of this approach before or the ability to send a still.

Anyone? Road.cc ?

 

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EK Spinner | 1 year ago
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why the aero TT position?, he is inside a faring, is that really the best position for power delivery.

 

Still pretty cool though

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hawkinspeter replied to EK Spinner | 1 year ago
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EK Spinner wrote:

why the aero TT position?, he is inside a faring, is that really the best position for power delivery.

 

Still pretty cool though

It's an AEROplane, not an UPRIGHTplane

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Patrick9-32 replied to EK Spinner | 1 year ago
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Power to weight would seem to be key for takeoff but it (to my completely without aeronautical training brain) seems for sustained flight the aerodynamics of the vehicle are going to be the biggest factor. As such, why not a recumbent position to reduce the frontal area of the greenhouse by like 50%?

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Rendel Harris replied to Patrick9-32 | 1 year ago
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Patrick9-32 wrote:

 As such, why not a recumbent position to reduce the frontal area of the greenhouse by like 50%?

Like you, I've no idea how much advantage that would confer aerodynamically but a recumbent position reduces the power output for the same effort by around 20%, so it would have to be quite a big one.

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