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jeff_hooper

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I regularly use my push bike to and from work one route has a speed camera on a downhill section.... Hmmmm interesting I thought...

Well as a former multiple national champion/record holder on the bike, albeit some 20 years ago, and despite my age I figured 36MPH + downhill was a relatively easy target to aim for.....

Now, from what I have read, a cyclist cannot receive points on his driving licence as he is not actually, 'driving'. He can however be prosecuted for 'furious cycling' and the fine might be as much as

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That must have changed then Jeff. Some years ago, can remember well, in one of the national newspapers, there was a great picture of a squirrel that had triggered a camera.

Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk - that will teach us to keep mouth shut!

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In researching this idea I have been hugely disapointed to discover that as a cyclist I will not be a big enough target to trigger the camera....

How about bulking up / wairing a big costume, maybe that'll trigger it? :laughing: Or is it mass that triggers it? They get triggered with motorbikes.

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There are recorded instances of speed cameras being triggered by birds flying by..saw this re-enacted on TV on one of those "Mythbusters" type shows, complete with photograph of retreating pigeon's rectum...so you should be able to trigger the camera with a bicycle. Why not just try it and see? As for prosecution, difficult when you consider bikes don't have registration plates so actually identifying you would prove complicated!!

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Don't you UK chaps carry a National ID card yet - GPS tracking wherever you go?

I am sure someone in the government could tell you exactly how fast on the bike you were going!

I favour the tin foil idea...

Cool titles there Jeff - can you share some more detail? just for interest sake.

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When I was younger and much thinner I used to ride competitively and my top recorded speed (by me) on my bike was 62.5mph on a very, very steep hill! It's the same hill that someone turned right on when I was overtaking them and I ended up flying over their bonnet, ouch!

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Give it a try and I think you'll be suprised - because I can categorically say I've done it.

Me and a friend both cycled past a Gatso, at night, down the centre of the road (make sure you pass the activation coils upstream of it) with no cars about and <flash><flash>. We were at 38 ish on a 30.

It was suprising enough we went back and did it again feeling chuffed at our efforts.

Just wish there was a way to collect the picture..

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There used to be a stoy doing the rounds that you could trigger a speed camera by swinging a galvanised bucket round and round horizontally on a piece of rope... IIRC it was suggested that five minutes of vigorous bucket work would use up the film in the camera.

Probably just an urban myth :)

Most of the radio waves from the camera pass right through human tissue try wrapping yourself in tin foil :)

Er, think of the chafing when trying to pedal at full chat :)

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There used to be a stoy doing the rounds that you could trigger a speed camera by swinging a galvanised bucket round and round horizontally on a piece of rope... IIRC it was suggested that five minutes of vigorous bucket work would use up the film in the camera.

Probably just an urban myth :)

Now they're digital images it's probably a long period of bucket twirling to use that memory storage up.

I know the M25 ones used to only last minutes when refilled with film, don't think they have that issue now.

Andy

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When I was younger and much thinner I used to ride competitively and my top recorded speed (by me) on my bike was 62.5mph on a very, very steep hill! It's the same hill that someone turned right on when I was overtaking them and I ended up flying over their bonnet, ouch!

62.5mph??? no way!! Dunno about a steep hill, north face of the Eiger more like! <_<

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