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tony draper
2nd Aug 2006, 06:12
How do these feckwit crazes get started?,never heard of the bloody things,no sooner do they appear on the news and some oaf is tootling back and forward along the footpath in my road,they look decidedly uncomfortable to ride and they must cost a few quid as well.
In my day crazes were limited to hoola hoops clackers and such.
:uhoh:

jayteeto
2nd Aug 2006, 06:34
Getting tired of going to fatals after these things crash.... Normally I slag off the government when they have 'fad' initiatives, but even if this only lasts a few days, (which it will because other jobs will build up) we can cut down on the scourge of the nutcases. When we fly, we could get a bike every five minutes if the resources were available. They ride in parks, on pavements, kids playgrounds etc etc. Kids and OAPs literally have to dive out of the way and the drivers don't give a damn. In a recent survey up here (for what its worth) the public identified mini bikes above drug dealing as their main concern.......

Buster Cherry
2nd Aug 2006, 06:39
In todays modern society, One has to cater for the minority.
How would the Oompa Lumpa`s feel if we discriminated against them & they were denied the opportunity to ride?

tilewood
2nd Aug 2006, 06:41
In my day crazes were limited to hoola hoops clackers and such.
:uhoh:


It has often been commented upon that you used to play with your
clackers Mr D!!! ;)

tony draper
2nd Aug 2006, 07:01
Anybody remember clackers?sort of two solid hard plastic balls on stings that sprogs used to err clack together,the streets and alleyways round here used to echo to the sound dawn to dusk fortunately the the craze disapeared as swiftly as they came.
The suggestion that points on driving licences would be awarded for mini motor bike offences is a joke, round here that age group haven't bothered with such fripparies as driving licences for years,so that will be about as effective as the courts handing down two year driving bans to 12 year old joy riders.
The local councill will probably be obliged by law to build a mini moto bike park that will be used furiously for three weeks they spend the next twenty years gradually decaying when the novelty wears off,a bit like those skateboard parks.
:rolleyes:

Howard Hughes
2nd Aug 2006, 07:43
Ironically weren't clackers banned by the huggy fluffs, because 'they caused too many injuries'...:hmm:

Now I really feel old, I had the same toys as Mr Draper.;)

1DC
2nd Aug 2006, 07:43
Local law have just formed a new task force to catch these people, new trials bike with blue lights and other bells and whistles.Last year they caught more than a hundred, this year the problem is worse.
Just another example of something that would never have been allowed in the shops if common sense was involved...

tony draper
2nd Aug 2006, 07:49
Catching them int a problem getting the courts to do actually summat is.
"Next time young man, this bench will set the smack fairy on yer"
:uhoh: ,

Howard Hughes
2nd Aug 2006, 07:57
Catching them int a problem
No not if you have some fine wire handy...:ok:

Capt.KAOS
2nd Aug 2006, 08:39
and they must cost a few quid as well.$125 CIF Rotterdam... (Ex China).

Erwin Schroedinger
2nd Aug 2006, 08:43
Next time young man, this bench will set the smack fairy on yer
What sort of deterrent is the threat of an encounter with a homosexual drug dealer? :confused:

phnuff
2nd Aug 2006, 09:05
Clackers - ah the days of massively bruised wrists !!!

Still, not so many drugs around the kids in those days :ok:

Howard Hughes
2nd Aug 2006, 09:23
Clackers and drugs, now there's a thought....;)

Unwell_Raptor
2nd Aug 2006, 10:00
I was never smacked as a kid - well perhaps half a gram to get me off to sleep............

Erwin Schroedinger
2nd Aug 2006, 12:07
....ah the days of massively bruised wrists !!!


You musta been givin it some!

In my case they only used to get sore.

Bruised me w***y a lot, though. :E

frostbite
2nd Aug 2006, 12:12
All these things have a habit of coming back - yo yo's, hula-hoops etc..

So, don't imagine you've seen/heard the last of Clackers.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh!
2nd Aug 2006, 12:14
did you ever snap the banjo string? :ooh: :{

Havana
2nd Aug 2006, 12:16
Local law have just formed a new task force to catch these people, new trials bike with blue lights and other bells and whistles..

Could be quite exciting for pedestrians. Not only dodging the usual hazards on a footpath, like prams, foot scooter things and a few pushbikes. They now have to look out for mini motorbike, closely chased by the local law. :eek:

H

G-CPTN
2nd Aug 2006, 12:28
Round here there've been various 'initiatives' to get the Police closer to offenders, from Bobbies on horseback (drug-takers), to Bobbies on bicycles (mountain bikes) to persue bag-snatchers through back streets, Bobbies on superbikes (to catch speeding weekenders on their superbikes), Bobbies on trials-bikes (to chase the off-roaders).
What next? Bobbies on pogosticks? AH! Bobbies on mini-motos! Brilliant!

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh!
2nd Aug 2006, 12:29
it'd be like a Benny Hill sketch :p

Coconutty
2nd Aug 2006, 14:17
I like to do my bit for the local community - It's been raining here today, so not only are people having to jump out of the way of these idiots, as they enjoy taking their dog for a walk on the FOOTpath, but they are getting sprayed with water and mud for good measure :uhoh:

Police on scrambler bikes to try and catch them - 4000 to 5000 each ....

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d129/coconut11/PoliceDirtBikes.jpg

.... Temporary solution to help those who have been splashed to get their clothes dry ..... 4.99 from B&Q ( and other good retailers )

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d129/coconut11/WashLine.jpg

... When installed between two trees on the route where most people get splashed ?? - PRICELESS ;)

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d129/coconut11/WashingLine.jpg



http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d129/coconut11/Coconutty.jpg

cyclicmicky
2nd Aug 2006, 14:23
When I was a kid "clackers" was a fag packet with the inners disposed of, folded flat and then poked between the spokes of yer bike, held on to the upright stays with one of me mums clothes pegs!! We thought it made 'em sound like a motorbike.
Ahhhh the smell of nostalgia:}

G-CPTN
2nd Aug 2006, 14:28
Thread drift:-
people having to jump out of the way of these idiots, as they enjoy taking their dog for a walk on the FOOTpath,
So we're objecting to folk with dogs walking on footpaths now, are we?

Coconutty
2nd Aug 2006, 14:38
... Yeah - serves 'em right - thinking that a Public Footpath is only for the Public to walk along :ugh:

Cyclicmicky -

Next time I see one of the riders in question - ( Hopefully upside down in a blackthorn bush near to my "Community Support device" ), I will politely offer him the use of a clothes peg and some card to fix to his bike spokes, and suggest that the noise produced will alert anyone nearby to take down the washing line before they get there, just in case they hadn't heard the screaming lawn-mower like wail of their over-sized and under baffled exhaust pipe :E

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d129/coconut11/Coconutty.jpg

Edited to add "heard"

green granite
2nd Aug 2006, 18:10
Basildon have started to fight back, the police have a mobile crusher and they will instantly crush any of these fecking things being riden illeagally :D:D:D

Sultan Ismail
2nd Aug 2006, 18:46
Pardon my ignorance, but what exactly is a Mini Motorbike?

Lon More
2nd Aug 2006, 18:55
One of these, Sultan
http://www.surrey.police.uk/Images/Newsandappeals/bike.jpg

BBC News reporting that Police have the power to confiscate and crush any of these used illegaly.

BTW Coconutty, attractive as your idea may seem. if anyone is injured by such a thing you could end up in court. having incited its use.

Howard Hughes
2nd Aug 2006, 19:02
ALso called pocket bikes, they also look like this...

http://us.st11.yimg.com/us.st.yimg.com/I/earthscooters_1907_12790441

Or this...

http://us.st11.yimg.com/us.st.yimg.com/I/earthscooters_1907_12802662

Loose rivets
3rd Aug 2006, 06:07
They must cost a fortune! Anyone know how much?

Lon More
3rd Aug 2006, 08:57
Rivets, see post #9 above - about 140.
On eBay here 250

Sultan Ismail
3rd Aug 2006, 10:57
So it's one of these then?
http://www.highveldresource.com/minibike.jpg
That old fella looks harmless......

Coconutty
3rd Aug 2006, 13:50
Lon ....

Court :confused: Me :confused: Don't think so ...

... if I had said "Stretch the line across the path of the approaching wee beastie at about chest height - in the hope that the rider will be knocked off and suffer horribly gruesome injuries" then MAYBE I would agree....

... But I didn't say that ( I would never condone such action :suspect: )
..... I said installed between two trees on the route where most people get splashed :oh:
... and even stating that I hoped to meet one upside down in a Blackthorn bush, isn't inciting anyone else to put them there - now is it ?

... I think that your evil mind has mis-interpreted my suggestion.

My offering the said miscreant some clothes pegs and card to stick on his bike is NOT to warn him of a potentially lethal mini bike rope trap ahead, but is so that the law abiding path walkers - previously affected and drying their muddied clothes on the line, can take them down before they get splashed again :rolleyes:

It is YOU who seems to think that YOUR interpretation of causing injury is, attractive, attractive as your idea may seem - so maybe YOU should look to your own moral standards before criticising others.

Now ... Where did I put that bag of rusty nails and tin tacks :ooh:

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d129/coconut11/Coconutty.jpg

Lon More
3rd Aug 2006, 13:57
Cocconuttty; I think you protest t much :)
I don't have an evil mind, one track and dirty like an old Welsh railway line, yes, but not evil.
I was merely pointing out how it could be construed.
BTW my meaning was, "attractive as your idea may seem to some ..."

Coconutty
3rd Aug 2006, 14:19
Dear Loon,

( as its OK to add extra characters :p )

Let's hope you don't get any of the little sods riding down your dirty little Welsh track then shall we ;)

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d129/coconut11/Coconutty.jpg

Loose rivets
3rd Aug 2006, 17:28
$125 CIF Rotterdam... (Ex China).

I guess that that figure seemed impossible. Incredible.


G-C Bobbies on superbikes (to catch speeding weekenders on their superbikes), Fat chance:E