I Too Have A Sting In My Tail
From the letters page of The Northern Echo :
It consisted of a steel plate studded with spikes and hinged at one end which could be attached to a walking stick and folded up.
On the approach of an errant cyclist on the footpath, a flick of a finger could deploy this mini stinger into the cyclist’s path.
The resultant punctures to a bike tyre immediately transformed the rider to a pedestrian.
P W Anderson, Consett , County Durham
As Mel Wilson commented on Twitter , "apparently it’s OK to incite violence towards cyclists".
The thing is, I’ve been thinking for some time that I need a sting in my own tail . Just as PW Anderson feels the need for a first-strike weapon against bicycles, I feel I need one against certain drivers. In this crazy arms race, I’ve realised that I need something to really discourage those drivers who think they can pass as close as they like - so long as they don’t actually hit you , there’s no harm done. Here’s what I’ve come up with
Introducing the Three-Feet-O-Matic!
Prototype 1 - wire brush wheel:
Prototype 2 - wire flail:
Future, commercially available versions, will include proximity sensors to only turn the motor on only when you need it (better fuel economy - hey, if you can’t be smugly green on a bike, then where can you be?), and a petrol-driven chainsaw. I’m also toying with the idea of mounting a plasma cutter on a bike, but this is currently causing some handling difficulties.
Advance orders are being taken here .