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CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 hours 3 min ago
Can anybody recommend any good 1 day circular rides near Amsterdam and vicinity ? Thanks.

Re: Name the landmark

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 hours 26 min ago
661-Pete wrote:This one is not my photo, I'm afraid, and I've only passed this landmark by car, not cycling, but I thought I'd post it out of interest. Clue: it's in France.
Monorail? (or Aérotrain to give it its proper name - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A%C3%A9rotrain says one of the old tracks is now walkable, but I don't think it's that one.)

Re: Name the landmark

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 hours 48 min ago
This one is not my photo, I'm afraid, and I've only passed this landmark by car, not cycling, but I thought I'd post it out of interest. Clue: it's in France.

Eurovelo 15

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 hours 55 min ago
Has anybody cycled the section from cologne to Arnhem? What's it like I.e. is it quite rural (apart from the obvious cities like cologne and Düsseldorf). The eurovelo website claims its the 'industrial heartland of Europe' .... Not much of an advert!

Re: Avenue Verte GPX route

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 hours 7 min ago
Hi Many Bikes,
Yup that's what I'll do. It's a good way to familiarise with the route anyhow. The charity ride will have around 50 riders and about 6 guides, a few of whom may have GPS and the rest the Sustrans guide so it would be good to be following the same route.

Cheers

Martin

Re: Signage concerns at a junction in Oxford.

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 hours 29 min ago
I believe OCC are going to paint a little 'turning island' for cyclists on the road, complete with give way marker. It's a bit "putting lipstick on a pig", though.

(My personal opinion is that Oxford would be much better served by demolishing the Student Union building at the northern edge of the bus station, so that buses could enter and leave by the northern half of Worcester Street and Gloucester Lane. That would open up a whole raft of opportunities to remove motor traffic entirely from city centre roads - at the least George Street and Magdalen Street. But it'll never happen.)

Re: Avenue Verte GPX route

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 hours 31 min ago
The definitive one is the one you make up at home at leisure from the maps in the booklet. That is what I had to do.

Re: Burly blokes on the pavement - why?

CTC Forum - MTB - 3 hours 59 min ago
I ride both disciplines.

I ride on the road when doing MTB on my own but when leading a group ride I go up empty pavement sections whenever possible. MTB riders are generally used to riding in single file on group rides unlike roadie groups who quite often seem to double up to take up the space of a car (no objection it's safer).

There's also (generally) a greater speed differential between MTB's and cars compared to roadies and cars. Plus quite often road parts of MTB routes tend to be on more remote twisty country lanes. These mean cars are often very close far more quickly than they thought they would be, and through no actions of the riders. This can lead to some scary moments.

Another reason is that, rightly or wrongly, it can be frustrating for cars to have to wait behind a single row of 6 or 7 much slower moving vehicles so being on the pavement avoids that which can lead to conflict.

Don't forget aswell, on an MTB ride the roads are really just a an annoying distraction from the real fun. They serve 3 purposes: getting to the trails; connecting the trails; and getting home from the trails. There's no technical challenge riding along a road on an MTB (unless you count potholes!) Road sections are usually a chance to take a breather, have a catch up, rehydrate, etc.

It's totally different for me on the roadie I feel much more visible to other road users & part of the traffic flow, which is a lot more comfortable.

Re: What I forgot to put in my saddlebag

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 hours 1 min ago
If you report the loss on the police web site, you may be lucky. Reporting in person at the local police station, if you can find one nearby (and open), is long-winded and, possibly a waste of valuable police time as they painfully record all the information. If you were considering an insurance claim, a police report would be required.

Re: What I forgot to put in my saddlebag

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 hours 17 min ago
Many years ago - at least 35 - I took to the police something I had found. Can't even remember what it was but the response was " we will record it but you keep it and if the owner contacts us we will give them your address. If nothing happens for 3 months then it's yours"

Re: Name the landmark

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 hours 27 min ago
iviehoff wrote:matlockmark wrote:IMG_0540.jpg
There's a well-known landmark there behind the fog and the scafolding...honest. I thought it would be too easy if it wasn't hiding slightly.
A couple of clues:
- at the time I took the photograph (August 2011) the landmark had been under repair and closed to the public for about 2 years
- The presence of my mountain bike indicates that it is close to one of my favourite bridleway routes
Hardy Monument in Dorset
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hardy-monument/

Correct!

There's a lovely view from it - but not on the day I visited.

Re: What I forgot to put in my saddlebag

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 hours 54 min ago
Last autumn we lost my wife's digital camera in the USA. You may well argue, the USA's rather a big area to search, true, but we're pretty certain it's lying on a rock somewhere overlooking the Shenandoah River near Harpers Ferry in West Virginia. Anyone who's by the merest chance passing that way, look out for it (though I suspect that if it's still there, it'll be rather the worse for wear in the winter weather...)

It wasn't a very good camera anyway, and I bought her a replacement for Xmas. We were miffed chiefly at losing all the piccies on it...

Re: What I forgot to put in my saddlebag

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 hours 58 min ago
You'd be right not to put your house address in the bag, but an email address or mobile phone number would allow an honest finder to contact you.

Re: What I forgot to put in my saddlebag

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 hours 17 min ago
Years ago while working I left a compact digital camera on the roof of a car and drove off (fairly slowly because it was a forest road and there were people about). I realised by the time I got to the gate but no camera so walked a mile back to where I'd started. I was looking pretty carefully and obviously had the chance to scan the road and its surrounding area twice, but no camera. I was amazed how quickly it had been taken especially 'cause you'd have needed the CD software in those days to make it work effectively.

I suppose it could have been handed in to a local police station which I never then rung or visited because I was a long way from home, so it would have gone unclaimed, but I was still surprised how quickly it disappeared.

Re: Name the landmark

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 hours 58 min ago
TrevA wrote:Boston - confirmed by the URL in your link!
doh! I was thinking North Sea because of the poser in the foreground but it's been a long time since I've seen it that close - there's usually a bigger expanse of water in front of it I feel like I should ride there this year, but it's 40 miles away, with only Long Sutton of any size in between (and even that can be avoided by riding nearer the coast!).

Re: Signage concerns at a junction in Oxford.

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 hours 7 min ago
Vorpal wrote:iviehoff wrote:Vorpal wrote:I understood that cyclists going from one road have more options (e.g. to go straight or turn), where car drivers can only turn left(ish). Green from two directions at once would be okay, if all the traffic from that road had to turn. But because only motor vehicles do, cyclists have to give way to motor vehicles going on green from the other road. Or have I completely misunderstood what is happening?
Cyclists are in effect turning right, so have a conflicting line of traffic coming the other way, usual situation when you are turning right. The stuff stops eventually and you proceed.
Maybe it's not so clear to someone who doesn't know what it used to look like? I know someone who visited recently. He was under the impression that he was effectively going straight & having to give way to cars that were turning.
That's the whole issue, poor signage means it isn't clear if you don't know it.

Re: Touring Asia

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 hours 15 min ago
I agree, I spent about 3 weeks cycling in N of Guilin in Guangxi and it was some of the most interesting cycling I have done. Genuine minority people in traditional attire, not just for the tourists. Wonderful old wooden towns, but some serious hills made all the worse by the dreaded 'road under construction'.

When route planning one thing worth looking for is where a new motorway runs parallel with an old style highway. All the major traffic goes on the motorway and you have the old highway virtually to yourself. Still plenty of services and towns with accom, but no traffic. I rode for days on a couple of these across the south and from Kunming to Lao border.

Re: Public bicycle pump

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 hours 21 min ago
And of course Dunlop and Woods valves don't exist?

"both common types" would have been a reasonable phrase...

Re: Signage concerns at a junction in Oxford.

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 hours 26 min ago
iviehoff wrote:Vorpal wrote:I understood that cyclists going from one road have more options (e.g. to go straight or turn), where car drivers can only turn left(ish). Green from two directions at once would be okay, if all the traffic from that road had to turn. But because only motor vehicles do, cyclists have to give way to motor vehicles going on green from the other road. Or have I completely misunderstood what is happening?
Cyclists are in effect turning right, so have a conflicting line of traffic coming the other way, usual situation when you are turning right. The stuff stops eventually and you proceed.
Maybe it's not so clear to someone who doesn't know what it used to look like? I know someone who visited recently. He was under the impression that he was effectively going straight & having to give way to cars that were turning.

Re: Public bicycle pump

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 hours 6 min ago
One in Kingston nr the Bridge. BUT I remember only one tube fitting? not schraeder or was it not presta, certainly not both.
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