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Re: So what you been up to in 2014

CTC Forum - MTB - 3 hours 26 min ago
Thanks.

Enjoyed.

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Re: 10,000 miles in a year finally

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 hours 26 min ago
thirdcrank wrote:pedalsheep wrote: ... I'm currently at 10,375 ...


Before the doubters get going, Well done! There's still a week left to enjoy some more riding.

+1
Well done!

Re: Awful, awful cycling and I feel totally incensed

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 hours 48 min ago
Indeed, how many times have you had to brake because a car moved in an unexpected way? Did you feel the need to post a rant each time then?
I'm not condoning bad cycling, but I don't subscribe to the view that a cat driver needs a medal merely for taking action to avoid running over another road user.

Re: 10,000 miles in a year finally

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 December 2014 - 11:28pm
130 to go....

Re: A14 Kettering

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 December 2014 - 10:55pm
wow the guy/gal drove like that happened each day to him/her? any one else would be so shocked would have to stop to clear up the mess in his/her pants?

Kettering that isnt near London I hope?

Re: Grab Theft - handle bar kit

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 December 2014 - 10:49pm
Audax67 wrote:I thought everyone from London spoke with a German accent anyway. That there river ought to rhyme with "flames".


no not German , Russian maybe, or sounds like

Re: Awful, awful cycling and I feel totally incensed

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 December 2014 - 10:48pm
PRL wrote: Relying on being able to slot in as traffic is just moving looks like gratuitous conflict.

Not really, a bike accelerates much quicker than a car from standstill so its never been a problem for me slotting back in without causing anyone any problems. Usually just need to decide whether to do it in front or behind the car I'm alongside at the time.

Re: Awful, awful cycling and I feel totally incensed

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 December 2014 - 9:57pm
TonyR wrote:Not sure I quite get the problem here. AIUI from your post you were stopped in a queue in the straight ahead lane. To your right was a right turn lane, to your left it looks from Google maps like a left turn lane with a feeder cycle lane to an ASL sandwiched in between for the last few yards up to the junction.

If that summary is correct then I would almost always pass the queue on the right to the ASL, not the cycle lane on the left and then slot back in if the traffic started moving

I do that where there is no cycle lane provided and when I am fairly confident that the light timing would enable me to reach the ASL. Relying on being able to slot in as traffic is just moving looks like gratuitous conflict.

Re: Cycle Touring in Japan

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 December 2014 - 9:52pm
Great write up, thanks for taking the time. It's a country I'd love to tour.

Re: Another death

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 December 2014 - 8:13pm
661-Pete wrote:For those who don't know and haven't followed up the link, it seems that the person responsible for this fatal accident had either failed to heed advice, or had been poorly advised, after participating in one of a series of nocturnal Friday rides organised by a person who used to contribute to this forum, besides others. Indeed some of you may have participated in those rides - I myself did in a few of them in their first year (2006). I understand that that individual (the organiser, I mean) has finally stepped down from the job. Now, I don't want to finger any person for 'guilt by association', but IMO it's probably just as well. However, I hope the rides will continue under new management. They are an excellent thing, provided people are sensible about getting rest after the ride!
The reason that the driver was tired has nothing whatsoever to do with the RTC. The driver should not have been driving. End of.

Please don't air dirty laundry, here.

Re: Grab Theft - handle bar kit

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 December 2014 - 7:35pm
Brian73 wrote:I'd be gutted if some foreigner tried to steal my bell

Re: Another death

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 December 2014 - 7:01pm
661-Pete wrote:reohn2 wrote:I don't understand and am bemused by your post .
Are you?

Well perhaps I shouldn't have posted this, there's a backstory about a long-standing 'issue' I have with the person I referred to, which shouldn't have been aired (far from being a time of seasonal cheer and bonhomie for me, this is a season of severe angst because of a number of bits of personal stuff..... )

Sorry.

But I still think the Friday Night rides ought to be a going concern. Even if I've been unable to join in myself for some years. I just hope there'll never be a repetition of this very sad occurrence.
If I've cause any of that angst I'm sorry but it was genuine enquiry.
I can only agree that I too hope there's no further repetition

Re: Grab Theft - handle bar kit

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 December 2014 - 6:21pm
I'd be gutted if some foreigner tried to steal my bell

Re: Another death

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 December 2014 - 4:47pm
reohn2 wrote:I don't understand and am bemused by your post .
Are you?

Well perhaps I shouldn't have posted this, there's a backstory about a long-standing 'issue' I have with the person I referred to, which shouldn't have been aired (far from being a time of seasonal cheer and bonhomie for me, this is a season of severe angst because of a number of bits of personal stuff..... )

Sorry.

But I still think the Friday Night rides ought to be a going concern. Even if I've been unable to join in myself for some years. I just hope there'll never be a repetition of this very sad occurrence.

Re: Grab Theft - handle bar kit

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 December 2014 - 4:25pm
ArMoRothair I have Ortleibs both front & rear when cycle camping. Ortleib sell a thin metal cable that is captive inside the mechanism at one end and has a closed loop at the other. A simple padlock then secures the panniers to the bike. It doesn't stop anyone opening them up and taking the contents but they do give a some sense of security when off the bike.

Re: Awful, awful cycling and I feel totally incensed

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 December 2014 - 3:55pm
Not sure I quite get the problem here. AIUI from your post you were stopped in a queue in the straight ahead lane. To your right was a right turn lane, to your left it looks from Google maps like a left turn lane with a feeder cycle lane to an ASL sandwiched in between for the last few yards up to the junction.

If that summary is correct then I would almost always pass the queue on the right to the ASL, not the cycle lane on the left and then slot back in if the traffic started moving which is what your cyclist seems to have done. The problem seems to have been that he cut across you in doing so but I don't quite get your account. You were stopped and saw him in your mirrors when you checked before pulling away so say you had time to react. But your mirrors only show behind you and you wouldn't have known you needed to react until he was in front of you. If I were in that situation in the car with a cyclist overtaking alongside on my off-side I would pause in case they wanted to pull back in. So really not sure what there was to get so wound up about unless I've misinterpreted something above.

A14 Kettering

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 December 2014 - 2:54pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUH__F51EvE

And a comment from one of the viewers:

"I can't believe this video is on YouTube!!! This idiot tried to run me off the road at 90 mph about 5 minutes previously. He was literally nudging my rear bumper on the M6 fast lane (whilst giving me the finger) Immediately after he got into road rage with another young lad in a blue Golf and we all turned off onto the A14 slip road. Whilst we were queuing in traffic he was still giving this guy in the blue golf the finger, so he decided to overtake him on the grass verge before swerving in front of him and stopping. He then got out of his car and walked up to the guy in the blue golf before banging on the windows and trying to open his car door to beat him up. After he got back in his car and casually drove off. I then pulled up next to the bloke in the blue golf and asked if he was ok and he replied 'that bloke is pissed out of his head' so I started to follow him. He was all over the place narrowly missing the central reservation of a few occasions. I called the police on 2 occasions. Once before the crash and once after to give his exact location. The best bit was as drove past his wrecked car and he was getting out, I opened the passenger window, laughed out loud and called him a f****ing W****ker!! Shame he didn't kill himself in my opinion because he very nearly killed me and a few others."

Re: Awful, awful cycling and I feel totally incensed

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 December 2014 - 2:51pm
Bicycler...I first and foremost said I'd feel great consternation ..does that not indicate the stress and upset that I would have felt even if for someone whom caused their own demise. your comment is uncalled for as you seem to be indicating my first concern was to myself..clearly it wasn't!

Re: TOURING 2015

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 December 2014 - 1:46pm
I'm toying with the idea of a camping tour of the north of England with my wife and 16 year old daughter in August. A few years ago we did "the Way of the Roses" and liked it, so I'm thinking of a sort of double sea to sea circular tour taking in Yorkshire, Lancashire, Cumbria, etc. Obviously lots of hills, but I would want to build in flatter sections for variety. Any recommendations?

Re: And all she got was a penalty charge notice

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 December 2014 - 1:36pm
The same happened here about a fortnight ago. Some builders parked their truck in the market place so that the bus couldn't get between the truck and a fruit stall. I stood watching for about five minutes, but I don't know how it ended as it had gone when I came out of Sainsbury's.

My mum and aunt used to live in the town centre, and every Tom Dick and Harry in town used their drive as a public car park, so on the day when my mum moved to a flat of her own the removal van couldn't get in because someone was parked in the drive as usual. We called the police, but they just shrugged, said that parking on private property was nothing to do with them and went away again, so the removal van was parked on double yellow lines, and brought the town centre to a standstill on a busy Saturday morning.
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