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Comment Re:BT (Score 1) 69

I'd just like to say I am going to save your comment and send it to my Matriarch, who has been plagued by junk calls for some time. Your expletive-laden rant is, and I mean this genuinely, expressing the very same sentiment she feels as a fellow victim. And I'm 100% with you, too.

Comment Re:Insanity (Score 1) 602

I thought you might get a chuckle when it turned out to be a bicycle :-D That day/evening/night, I saw no working cars once I got off the main road. Even a Land Rover had been abandoned, which is what happens when you go out in snow and ice with freakin' road tyres on your Land Rover. I suspect if you were there with your rig you'd be able to drive with complete impunity, be it road, hedgerow or river. Reminds me of the day I was out with friends 4x4ing and came across a ruined grocery van. I'll dig up the video. We had to help tow out the "tow truck". I don't have a set of car keys so we're on other sides of the pond and other sides of the road but still waving at each other. Wait, is that you waving or giving me the bird?!

Comment Re:Insanity (Score 1) 602

Well christ on a stick, I feel I should print your post out and read it on the can to make sure I give it the attention it deserves. Dad always did his best reading when enthroned and I follow in his, er, footsteps.

I too have been on the road in snowy conditions. One could distantly argue it was reckless to boot - I was out solely as an excuse to be on the road in snowy conditions. It's difficult to find snow chains to fit my vehicle as there's not a big market for it, and currently the industry is heading towards the "weight weenie" goalpost, rather than concentrating on reliable machines. Anyone I took the first version of my home-made snow equipment for a careful, nay ginger, blast around the block. Upon return I realised that most of my efforts had been shed, so I had to backtrack on foot and undo my littering. Typical that all the parts I left in the white were...white.

Undeterred by this outcome - because science considers a fail to be winning - I decided to take the project to the next level, and headed to the local DIY outlet. On foot, I hasten to add. I don't want to risk killing myself before I get a chance to kill myself properly. I browse the available supplies in the store which will, in years to come, turn into a supermarket. I leave with a heavy rucksack of chains. I take steps away from the goal posts of so many of my kin. Weight bedamned.

Once I'm safely ensconced back indoors I begin the lashing and the first design used far too much chain, causing weight to genuinely be a problem. The rope I'd used to weave the chain around the wheels seemed redundant, too. Science once again triumphs in its failure and my second lacing method is much more efficient - a comparable surface area of chain with a fraction of the length of chain. I mirror my efforts to all of the wheels and venture out. I ventured out like a badass.

Those chains were quite a sight. And a sound. And they were actually pretty good! With noticeable traction on snow and ice I ventured out a few miles and came back with a plan. The plan was "This is brilliant, now I'll try it 250 miles away from home on uninhabited back roads by myself!"

Used in anger: http://simplypeachy.co.uk/journal/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/hardrock-snowchains.jpg
Write-up of most of the sordid affair: http://simplypeachy.co.uk/journal/tag/devon-bike-hike-winter-2010/?order=ASC

Comment Re:Insanity (Score 1) 602

I find many of my fellow cyclists also blast down shared paths in ways they really shouldn't. I wonder if the same psychology applies because their route has a picture of a bicycle on it. I pootle through one such local path at no more than 8mph under any conditions. I find it a constant source of amazement that some motorists think that driving at a very slow speed is an inconceivable notion, and that everyone else should just stay out of their way at all times. The fact that such behaviour can endanger life and limb somehow bypasses their conscious thought, and it makes me sad that people can lose their humanity like that.

Comment Re:Insanity (Score 1) 602

Thankfully the south of the UK doesn't get much proper weather (er, excluding yesterday :-) so I've not often used roads in truly bad weather conditions. All of the times I did I was going at a crawl for the whole distance, because of extremely low visibility. Didn't need lines then, either.

Comment Re:Insanity (Score 1) 602

I assume you're alluding to the idea that white lines solve the problem of knowing where one's lane is. If white lines solve this problem, but then introduce a worse problem, then scrapping it is hardly "let's not fix any problems". Let's use science, even if it seems counter-intuitive.

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