24 thoughts on “for the love of bicycles

  1. Interesting video. Bamboo grows fast too according to what I’ve heard. I used a bike for years, or walked, used the bus, etc. I never drove a car. Now it’s a mobility scooter on 4 wheels.

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  2. Arkenaten says:

    Has a bike changed your life?

    With my hand on my heart I can answer, Yes!
    I was 13 doing my evening paper round in driving snow when I encountered a patch of black ice going up a hill. The fully laden delivery bike ( made out of old drainpipes, I think. Weighed a bloody ton.) went one way and I went the other, knocking myself unconscious when I hit the road.
    When I came around i was half-buried in snow.It was late, dark and the street was a cul de sac. I was lucky I wasn’t run over by a car!

    I haven’t cycled since I gave up my paper round.

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  3. Barry says:

    Having driven 200 thousand Km or more per year (some years as much as 400 thousand) for most of my working life, I’ve witnessed or come across enough collisions where cyclists and motorcyclists have come off second best and worse to dissuade me from using two wheeled transport in shared space with vehicles with four or more wheels. Off road is a different matter ๐Ÿ™‚

    Unlike cars in the 1960s with their wrap around windscreens and very narrow or absent pillars, modern cars have quite large blind spots (thick pillars to support the roof if the car overturns), that can completely obscure a cyclist or pedestrian unless you make a conscious effort to look around both sides of the obstructions. It’s one reason why I often stop at intersections even if there is no stop sign.

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    • makagutu says:

      400K km in a year! Were you a truck driver ๐Ÿ™‚
      The drivers that give me the shivers are those that are joining the road or turning. They seem never to look or even ignore cyclists. I think many of them do not know we require longer breaking distances.

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      • Barry says:

        I was a computer engineer, 400 thousand was the top end. 200 thousand was more the norm. For a while, supermarket systems, ATMs and their networks were a significant part of my workload. I could 6 hour per day travelling between sites. I covered an area that was approximately 20% of the North Island

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  4. Tish Farrell says:

    Bamboo bikes – brilliant!

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