Bad weather.


What a joke a bit of snow and the country go’s up the creek without a padel. Why? The first point is that health and safety is running a muck to the point where it is making life difficult for those who would do their job as normal no matter what.

The total lack of gritting on side roads and walks making it impossible for people to get to the main routes without taking their lives into their own hands. News reports about A and E having an over load of broken bones and an increase in the numbers  of deaths all travel related.

The lack of help and coöperation between people  and business. Casing point: I had to take the van out to get some supplies. Now it is rear wheel drive which means that icy roads make it difficult  to get moving once stopped. This happen twice causing a tail back in both cases. The first time while trying to get onto a gritted road I had to get the shovel out and chip the ice away from in front of the drive wheels. The people behind just sat there and watched or tried to drive round, no milk of human kindness there. The second time was trying to get to a well-known supermarket car park the road was pure ice, again out with the shovel only this time all I got was angry looks that anger would have been better spent giving the van a shove so we could all get on our way. Society now a days is all about me, if we spent more time helping each other we would all be better off. 

Electro Glide.


The world of two-wheel transport is further ahead in the alternative fuel category.  The reason is its a  lighter vehicle to propel than its four-wheel counter part.

 But what I do not understand is the obsession that electric transport has to rely on battery’s that can only be charged with a plug, there by limiting its useability and distance it can travel before recharge. I know this maybe a simple view but why do none of these transport types have the latest solar electric panels as part of their build, to help keep the battery’s topped up. 

A typical drive to work means that you have to sit in standing traffic,  wouldn’t  it be great to think your little electic car is recharging itself  while your waiting in a que!  By doing this you have already extended the distance it can travel and with traffic volumes set to increase we are going to spend more and more time standing still.

Bikers beware


A Crown Court ruling in Chichester has implication for groups of riders caught speeding.

  
The ruling makes the lead rider responsable for the other members in the group, so if the riders behind you are doing 100 plus to catch up and you are just over the speed limit they will treat you as doing over 100 as well or more severely because you were at the front.
 
If a lot of groups are out together you could be charged with being the leader of a group you are not with. Fair or what? 
 
It will put pay to the ride out with your mates.
 
If you would like to try to stop this ruling there is a petition you can sign on the no.10 site http://pettion.number10.gov.uk/Lead-Biker-fined/
 
You can also find out more on the ace café news page at www.ace-cafe-london.com
 
What are your thoughts on the subject?

Plastic in the cold


Welcome to a freezing start to the new year.
 
This weather has implications for automotive plastic ( farings, bumpers, etc,etc ). Plastic looses its elastic properties when the temperature drops making it hard and brittle but this does depend on the plastic material used.
 
There are two main categories of plastic hard and soft. Hard plastics like ABS  used  in motor bike farings, can become very brittle and break easily. Soft materials like Polyprop , being more flexible , will not crack so easily but will show signs of stress in the cold.
 
With the weather as cold as it is, it means that any damage your plastic receives will be twice as bad. So take a bit more care around that bike stored in the garage.