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  1. Thanks Liz, good luck and best wishes for the future to you and all Parkers staff. I bought a vintage watch from you a while ago which I'm delighted with - will Parkers still carry out routine future service work on watches they sold?
  2. I've used P A Jewellers at Commonside for repairs like that.
  3. Yet another reason why I'm happy to have got rid of my new bike and reverted to my economic and safe Diesel commute.
  4. What other test is there? I'm reverting to car driving, I've passed a test and also the IAM - you're the only person I've ever heard criticise it, certainly the police were very supportive at the time. There's RoSPA I guess, but that's probably a hindrance too.
  5. I too have passed several tests - 5 in total, counting IAM car & bike. None of these matter one jot to the people targetting cyclists as an object of hate, whether they're good or poor, competent or inexperienced. I don't think I'm a good cyclist yet, it's twenty-odd years since I last cycled. I'm inexperienced but consider myself safe and considerate. If I feel unsafe or uncertain, I stop (safely) and assess how to proceed. As I gain more experience, I find that I'm having to stop less often, as I don't come across new and uncertain situations so frequently. But despite doing this to help my health and fitness, and to reduce the number of cars commuting, rather than being encouraged I sense a growing animosity towards all cyclists, and for this reason I shall be returning to car commuting.
  6. As I read through this thread, I see more and more hatred developing towards cyclists from particular contributors, who probably represent a general feeling. I recently bought a bike to commute to work, I'm now beginning to think I'll get rid of it and go back to the car - there's too much intolerance, people are just looking for confrontation and that's something I'd rather avoid.
  7. Electric bikes (pedelecs) don't require licencing or registration in any member states or the UK if they are less than 250 Watts, assistance is limited to 20 km/h (higher in some countries, 25 km/h in the UK), and the motor assists but doesn't replace pedalling. Regulation 168/2013.
  8. That's an unfair and unfounded generalisation.
  9. I've just returned to cycling after 20-odd years. I'm in my 60s, overweight and unfit. I've now lost weight, feel fitter and better, and I'm thoroughly enjoying it. You're right, cycling won't suit everyone, nor all lifestyles, but negativity won't encourage anyone.
  10. Range on fairly level ground is 50 or 60 miles, if I put a little pedalling effort in. That's improved by about 10 miles from when I first got it as I've got a bit fitter, without really noticing - it'll probably get better yet. The range comes down as you do more uphill riding, but will still let me have a good 30 mile run around the Peak District without getting short of breath, and still probably got 10 miles left in the battery. Range is affected by many factors - battery size, rider's weight, hilly or level terrain, how much effort the rider puts in.
  11. I've recently bought an electric bike after not having cycled for 20 years. It took a little time to get my confidence up but while the roads were quieter it was a great opportunity for that. I live on a steep hill and can manage that with ease. Probably when Winter comes I'll be back in the car, but I'm having a go for now. My 5 mile each way commute to work takes less time than it does in a car. The car's fuel and wear-and-tear savings will cover the cost of the bike in a couple of years. I'm lucky enough to have secure storage for the bike at work, and a shower if I need it, although the electric assistance means I'm not sweating and out of breath when I arrive. I've left a change of clothes at work for if it rains heavily, although it doesn't actually do very often funnily enough. I can get to the local shops and supermarkets, and can carry plenty of goods in 2 panniers and a back-pack. I can visit friends and relatives without using the car or bus. I could (but choose not to, and don't advocate it) go to the pub and have a couple of drinks without worrying about drink-drive alcohol levels. I ride out into the Peak District at weekends and love being able to hear and smell it. Other walkers, cyclists and joggers often pass with a friendly greeting. I feel fitter and better. So yes, with a bit of the right attitude, many day to day activities are accessible on a bike for some people. If I can do it, I'm sure a lot of others could too.
  12. I have wooden decking in the garden. It used to become dangerously slippery in the wet, so I use a non-slip treatment that works very well - I renew it annually. Does composite decking also suffer from being slippery, and is there an equivalent treatment for it?
  13. Hi Shabbas, yes I'll try. In essence, the company buys the bike then leases it back to the employee, who pays the company back in full over 12 months. The good bit is that the payments are deducted from gross pay (salary sacrifice), so the employee doesn't pay their income tax and National Insurance contributions for the bike value, so you save that much, and the employer doesn't pay their NI contribution for the bike value, so they benefit too. Plus I guess you could say it's good for employee wellbeing, good for the environment, and quite a nice benefit. Income Tax is say 20% and NI is say 12%, so the employee saves 32% of the bike's cost against going out and paying cash for it I think, but please don't take my word for it! The employer NI contribution is usually 13.8% so they save that portion of the bike's cost too. The employer first registers the business with one of several government-backed Cycle to Work Schemes. The employee then selects a bike (and I think you can include safety wear as well) from a bike shop - I don't think there are any restrictions on which shop you can use, and different employees can choose to use different shops. The employer can set a maximum price, I think the employee can add to that if you wish. The bike shop then sends an invoice to the company, who pay the bill. The Cycle to Work Scheme then sends the employee a voucher, which you take to the bike shop and exchange it for the bike. The bike remains the property of the employer until it's been fully paid back by the employee, and there's a final payment to buy it back outright from the company. It appears to have worked very well, and wasn't difficult to set up or administer the scheme. Hope that explains it in relatively easy terms
  14. Update: Thanks all, for your advice and encouragement. I've just taken delivery of a Cube e-bike, which I purchased through the government Cycle to Work scheme so I effectively save the Income Tax and NI Contributions off of the normal retail price. The bike's great and will be getting used for my daily commute as soon as we can go back. In the meantime I've got plenty of chance to get used to cycling again, while the roads are quiet.
  15. They were searching for an elderly gentleman who was missing. I believe he has been found and is OK.
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