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“TORY NHS CUTS”

By Pete Moore On July 28th, 2020

A government scheme offering £50 bike repair vouchers will launch in England on Tuesday as part of plans to boost cycling and walking.

An initial 50,000 vouchers will be made available online later in the day on a first-come, first-served basis.

The prime minister also announced that access to bikes will be available on the NHS as part of the strategy.

As if burning through a billion quid every three days isn’t enough of a waste. Yet again we have a solution dreamed up by clever people who have no common sense, nor can they read behaviour. Let me tell you why this will be yet another wasteful NHS flopperoo.

Cycling is a pain in the arse. Those interested in cycling spend sufficient to get a reasonably good standard bike and a saddle which fits. Or they cycling often enough so that their arse becomes somewhat immune to the pain. I recommend the former. Such people keep their cycles going and don’t need 50 quid to help out.

Fatties, by definition, are not interested in cycling. They do not want access to NHS bikes which will be heavy, a pain in the arse, and a pain in the legs on anything slightly uphill. They will not be used but they might end up on ebay.

Since his own bout with Covid-19 Boris has become fixated with getting everyone thinner and no bonkers, authoritarian proposal is too much. I pray that he doesn’t become teetotal and give up women. Life will become Hell for everyone.

34 Responses to ““TORY NHS CUTS””

  1. what a great idea, people getting healthy , and offered incentives to do so
    many will avail of this, and it part of a green approach to work practise
    we’ve already learnt many jobs can be done at home, lets keep going
    Pedestrianise the cities like they do in Europe
    Deliveries like your HGV to be done from midnight to 6am – that’s a great idea

  2. Cycling is a pain in the arse.

    No it’s not. It’s one of the enjoyable and healthy recreational activities around.

    As you and I and Petr here know more than anyone.

    Not sure that I’d agree with the 50 quid program, but that’s your call.

  3. Cycling is a pain in the arse

    I think he was talking literally.

  4. look at that saddle. It will be like sitting on a razor blade.

  5. On the hole it would be pretty sore, Dave.

  6. A road bike takes getting used to. It took me some time to get used to mine.

    But a hybrid, not so much.

    But I don’t agree with this
    Fatties, by definition, are not interested in cycling.

    Very many ” fat ” people really do want to get into it, but are shy to be seen on a bike, because they don’t want to be made fun of, because they feel awkward

    Just as many fat people don’t go to the gym because they feel out of place.

  7. I found my mountain bike saddle to thin for me and changed it for a more comfortable one. And that’s on a full suspension bike.

  8. I forgot the bloody link!

    look at that saddle. It will be like sitting on a razor blade.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBtLTCRDGhM

  9. No razor blades for my wide arse. I sit on a Brooks B17. Handmade, leather and the finest saddle around.

    https://www.brooksengland.com/en_uk/b17-family

  10. Blimey Pete, that’s a posh saddle. I’d be scared of it being nicked.
    I got a wide gel saddle after cycling alone the Kennet and Avon canal when I first got my bike, and having to walk most of the way back because my arse was so sore.

    (Colm, insert joke here)

  11. same here DaveA,
    I bought this secondhand and its a beauty , best seat in Brighton and high handle bars
    its a beaut 😉

  12. I changed the uncomfortable seat that came with my Trek 4.5 Madone a few years ago.

    Many others complained about the seat that came with a largely terrific road bike.

    I almost got rid of this thing, I didn’t think that it was for me. But now I am well used to it, a hugely efficient machine that I tour the region with.

    But the average new user will not be buying a pricey, sporty road bike, nor should they.

    https://archive.trekbikes.com/us/en/2011/trek/madone45#/us/en/2011/trek/madone45/details

  13. Pete or anyone else

    What’s the longest rides that you will typically take?

    Ever do 50 miles or more?

    I’ve done 65 miles plus round trip recently ( round trip to Nassau County NY ) and plan to do more such rides when it cools down.

    More people than you think do long rides like that.

  14. Nice bike kurt.

    Phantom.

    Me and a friend did the Ridgeway in a day many years ago. 87 Miles. Never again. 🙂

  15. nice bike phantom you do realise that bike is a Mad One
    not suggesting there is a connection with the rider

    I don’t think its just a rock formation based on the geophysics though 😉

  16. colm got a photo of your saddle and DaveA have you got a photo too

  17. Nice bike Phantom.

    This is the same bike as mine. She’s old, but I love her.

    http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=211331

  18. I haven’t got a photo but my saddle is a big, comfy one.

  19. kurt

    No photo but the ideal song for who should be riding their bikes 🙂

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMnjF1O4eH0

  20. Phantom –

    I’ve done long rides back in the day. London to Brighton was a regular with a cycling club I was in. That’s 60 miles or so. Now it’s 20 to 25 miles on a day out, or half a mile to the village shop and back.

    Dave Alton –

    That must have been 87 rather bumpy miles on The Ridgeway.

  21. ahh you guys are too fit for me, they’re too sporty thoise bikes
    i only ride on the flat, show-boating along the promenade 😉
    safety really Brighton is awful for bikes, but they’re fixing it

    this is a younger colm on his bicycle 😉

  22. “ What’s the longest rides that you will typically take?”

    Nowadays probably 25-30 miles max round trip…and that’s on an ebike I recently acquired shortly before the apocalypse. On an ebike 10 or 15 miles each way is not much problem even if it is windy and hilly.

    Many years in the past I have cycled from London to Amsterdam and (on another occasion) the same trip in reverse. And once in my youth I cycled from Dublin to Tipperary, then had dinner, then went out for another cycle – and after that I went out to some kind of dance. I don’t think that’s going to happen again.

    Subsidising cycling makes sense as it’s net beneficial while cars are a net cost. But I think it probably should be infrastructure for cycling rather than this. Amsterdam is an amazing cycling city now but it wasn’t always.

  23. Pete Moore,

    That must have been 87 rather bumpy miles on The Ridgeway.

    It’s why I said never again mate. We finished the ride in the dark, without lights. (We left a car at either end.) We massively underestimated hot long it would take. Parts of the route were really difficult, with the track all cut-up by 4x4s. And we shouldn’t have stopped for so many pints. Amazing ride though. Going through Checkers was interesting.

  24. this is a younger colm on his bicycle 😉

    LOL.
    I’ve actually ridden a penny farthing. scary as hell.

  25. As a concept, subsidizing exercise can be the best money that a health plan organizer can ever spend.

    Lots of private health insurers etc do that in the US.

    Aetna insurance in the US will often offer insured employees a free Apple watch so long as they meet activity metrics that are measured on the phone. And what gets measured, gets done. Participants do tend to move around more.

    https://www.attainbyaetna.com/

  26. Many years in the past I have cycled from London to Amsterdam and (on another occasion) the same trip in reverse. And once in my youth I cycled from Dublin to Tipperary

    Frank, if you don’t mind me asking, how old are you?

  27. phantom

    Aetna insurance in the US will often offer insured employees a free Apple watch so long as they meet activity metrics that are measured on the phone. And what gets measured, gets done. Participants do tend to move around more.

    My brothers private heath care does the same.

  28. Paul

    “ Frank, if you don’t mind me asking, how old are you?”

    I am sure you could hazard a shrewd guess 🙂

  29. I’d say we’re around the same age, Frank. Late 40s/early 50s?

  30. Paul,

    Yes probably similar ages if the ATW jukebox is anything to go by

    “ Late 40s/early 50s?”

    Early 50s, I will take it 🙂

  31. 🙂

  32. I think we are all old farts often with fossilized opinions but we also have young hearts and sometimes even more juvenile funny bones 🙂

  33. Old fart? How dare you, I have the body of a 23 year old.

    (It’s hidden under a few carpets in my attic).

  34. Paul

    I bet you were so annoyed at my comment, your dentures flew out and you almost smashed your laptop screen with your walking stick 🙂