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Sam Nichols

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Friend of a friend just got one of these this morning.

I remember from working at my LBS that by law we had to sell new bicycles with bells fitted, but seriously, who actually uses bells nowadays?

This is one of those pathetic laws that have little place in today's society.. I mean think about modern cars and how much money is spent making them like little bubbles that isolate you from the world around you. Could you even hear a bicycle bell from inside one of these whilst in rush hour traffic?

In fact the only time I see cyclists over here (Guernsey) using bells is if they're kids riding along gleefully irritating all present by ringing them constantly OR if they are trying to get the attention of walkers who are on the cycle paths..

Either way, the constable who issued this ticket needs to ask himself "Is this what all that training was for?".

Pathetic.

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Legally bikes on the road have to have bells, working brakes, reflectors, lights if riding at night and you need to have passed your cycling proficiency.

If you ask me we get it incredibly easy, you can't even get away with loud cans or little number plates on motorbikes any more, and you've got everything else they want.

I feel sorry for the guy getting one, but it's the risk you take, if you don't like it just push your bike everywhere, or just accept the risk and carry on.

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I'd go spare aswell, the rozzer was clearly being an arse, I'm just saying thems the rules, either take the risk and don't cry if you get burnt, or don't ride on the road.

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I would have tryed to escape, at times like this there is no point being rational. Not like you have a licence plate. DO ONE!

Recently Telford police tried to stop some young boys riding a pedal go kart down a footpath, the boys just tried to do one, and some how a full on police chase with a load of cop cars and the helicopter ensued. There was a big thing about it in the paper, all the local residents thought there had been a murder or something with so many cops everywhere.

The boys actually managed to get away too, they ditched the kart in a field and ran :lol:

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It'd not even clear what the offense was - the PC's handwriting is terrible. I'd claim that the offense was unlegible - like if a speeding ticket isn't signed it cannot be fullfilled. Having said that most cops who have stopped me have been reasonable apart from one who stopped me outside a church (whilst i was sitting having a drink - not riding and by myself)....... for the crime of...... ''attacks against the church''. Apparently what i was doing (not sure what that was) could be seen as offensive by those who are religiously inclined and that this time i was only getting a warning. I just laughed it off.

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I got the same fine for having no lights...twice :) I don't know where I can put lights on a trials bike without them getting smashed up though.

Eventually it all ended in a written anti-social behaviour warning.

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I don't know why, but I'd love to be in the 'Island Police'.

I think the novelty would wear off. Most people imagine the police hq to be a quaint little Heartbeatesque house with do-gooding coppers roaming around the island getting cats out of trees and shit. That's all bollocks. They're nazis (as you can see by the above). Well, to be fair, not all of them are - but most!

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I got the same fine for having no lights...twice :) I don't know where I can put lights on a trials bike without them getting smashed up though.

Lights are a completely different ball park though, lights are a lot more important than a bell..

You can get safety lights which keep you covered and are ideal for trials bikes and bmxes - HERE

Very cheap too.

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That's what I was wondering. I reckon the name and contact details are on the other side of the ticket though.

I received a £30 fine for hopping on to a pavement on a main road and going around a car that was stood still during rush hour. Yeah, technically it's illegal, but surely the police can apply some common sense to a situation.

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I had one try and harass me about reflectors recently while going through town on my trials bike. I was sat down having a drink and he just walked up to me and was telling me he was going to issue a fine. I mean for christs sake, i'd been sat there for about 15 minutes and wasn't on the bike... for all it's worth it might as well have been shopping bags.

Luckily he was an idiot and actually fell for the "oh crikey (point behind you)" and i dashed off on the bike. I'm not getting fined for no reflectors... sod that.

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You actually sorta got off lightly, in a sense. It's to do with your bike not being road-worthy, and they can do you for either £60 or £70 for that. It's one of the two - I can't remember which 'cos each policeman/woman who's told me off for riding my BMX around town has told me a different number. Pretty sure it's £70 though...

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I don't think that would stand up in court to be fair.

It reads..

" No warning instrument

Pedal cycle "

Do you have the traditional trial brake.... which makes a massive noise when pulled? Surely thats enough of a warnng to people?

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It wasn't me who got the fine..

Don't be pedantic. I'll quote it down here to make it easier for you to answer properly.

Does your friends friend have the traditional trial brake.... which makes a massive noise when pulled? Surely thats enough of a warnng to people?

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I have no idea what type of bike the friend of my friend rides but it's definitely not a trials bike, more than likely some cheap mountain bike.

I don't consider what I said to be pedantic.

Nowt wrong with a pedant anyway.

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I know its a legal requirement for bikes to be sold with bells but had absolutely no idea that its law to have one (and I've been working in a bike shop for the past 2 years!).

It is ridiculous if you ask me, I find bells one of the most patronising noises about (when used on a bike at least), I find it much more curtious to just say "Excuse me can I get through...Thank you", not an audible PING that suggests "Watch out BIKE!".

And its not like it can be used the same as a car horn, just because of the volume of the noise created, its bollocks.

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I know, you hear the noise of the bell and think "shit, granny out of control, diiiive!" Fit an air horn, if they can't hear you then tough. Shouldn't be riding fast on the pavement anyway. Mates dads a copper, pulled a cyclist the other day and gave him a speeding fine LOL. 40 in a 30 :P

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