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Re: New Peak District routes?

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 min 35 sec ago
But cycling is all wrong in the Peak District. You get zillions of drivers with bikes strapped to their cars bombing into the Peak District to ride designated cycle trails when greater use of roads should be encouraged, of which there are lots of quiet ones which could be developed as designated cycle routes.

Re: Eastern European cyclist escorted off motorway

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 min 40 sec ago
John Holiday wrote:A couple of years ago,was cycling along the SS113 (?) along north coast of Scicily. It was not a Motorway, but appeared to have been 'improved' in recent times compared with my map. Was suprised to find the local 'Gendarmarie' alongside waving me over. After some discussion (my Italian/their English not brilliant), they indicated to follow them. Mad dogs & Englishmen perhaps? Think they were just a bit concerned at lone cyclist on road with occasional large trucks.
We then proceeded to next junction with me sweating profusely with them behind, & headed up the slip road with several more vehicles trailing behind! At the roundabout, they pointed to the road to take. As I rounded the next corner, was confronted by a 'No Cyclist' sign!
Thoroughly enjoyed my tour of north & east Scicily!

The Italians have the 'Autostrada' designation: roads where slow moving vehicles like cycles and mopeds are banned. And lots of Italian roads are designated as Autostrada - not just their motorways.

I like Italy lots as it's the closest thing to a Fascist state in Europe. What this means, is that when Italians think-up new laws they actually tend to give some consideration as to how these laws might be enforced. The State Police or Caribinieri might ignore a cyclist riding on Autostrada - more a job for the Polizia Regionale (County Council wardens in uniform) or Polizia Stradale (state road traffic police).

Re: Police appeal - attack on cyclists in Islington

CTC Forum - On the road - 39 min 3 sec ago
The well established trend now, particularly in parts of the capital, is one of using amounts of violence far in excess of what is needed to actually secure a street robbery-type crime.

Re: Weight distribution.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 hours 1 min ago
Mick F wrote:My first foray with four panniers.
My bike felt like a tank, so the next time I went off touring, I bought a trailer.


I would prefer not to use a trailer as it adds maybe 6-7 kg extra weight? But as I am heavy I dont have much choice until I lose some weight

Re: Weight distribution.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 hours 7 min ago
jamesgilbert wrote:I'm not sure when it changed, but I haven't seen any people loaded like this: http://site.cty.free.fr/images/historiq ... ique12.jpg I have only been touring for a few years though!

I got my bike from a touring bike shop in Paris, the only frame options were Surly or Fahrradmanufaktur...

I suppose she sits on the rack at the back? thats why no panniers there?

Re: Weight distribution.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 hours 9 min ago
what hamster said.

It depends so much on your bikes, your relative weight/fitness, routes and what type of touring you are doing. If you are camping AND cooking, its hard to avoid front panniers. Not that you would want to on most touring bikes because they are designed to be front loaded. On my old 'touring bike' (basically a mtb with solid forks) I loaded 60:40 front/back and it still handled like a blancmange!, but with my new dedicated touring bike that has a rear-heavy Rohloff hub, I now load more like 55:45 or probably 50:50 with bar bag and it handles beautifully. Ms Slogfester has just 2 rear panniers on her 'touring' bike (a hybrid with derailleur) and is OK, but she is erring towards having front panniers for better handling. Weight distribution between us is dictated by our relative strength and terrain. I carry all the heavy camping/cooking/food stuff. If its steep/long and I'm pulling away, I grab some of her inner bags. On the flat it makes little or no difference.

Front low rider racks are brilliant for handling, but -yes- can lack clearance off-road, so either use smaller bags and/or high-rider racks.

Re: Cable lock in hand baggage?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 hours 42 min ago
Some feedback to share and as thanks for everyones contributions:

Pedals in hand luggage were fine. Thermos was queried in one airport but allowed. Tent (Ti) pegs spotted and (understandably) threatened with expulsion. It was my mistake, having forgot that they were wrapped in the tent inner (desperate last minute attempt to shed checked-in luggage), but I pleaded with security and they let me through. One security guy got upset by inner tubes!

In short, its a frustrating lottery! Dependent upon geo-politics, date/time of travel (busy/empty, staffing etc), airport, staff training/experience/mood, plane (cargo capacity), passenger/cargo payload, route, destination, airline, luck, etc

Re: Is there a Round Britain route info thread?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 March 2015 - 11:20pm
Possibly this year. I'm not good at organising a definite date but before the children break up for school and I want to do the south coast-LE-Bristol-London leg first. Then I'll start the London- Bristol-Cardiff and Wales leg later. That is as far as my planning has got.No date to start as it depends on a couple of things I need to complete to free up time.

Re: panniers panniers panniers???

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 March 2015 - 11:16pm
Ortleib rollers for me. Bought a new set two years ago after my previous were taken from the garage. I wouldn't be without them. I also use nautical dry bags inside which come in various litre sizes and are completely dry on the top of the rack.http://www.over-board.co.uk/dry-bags.html

Re: Bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 March 2015 - 10:01pm
bogmyrtle wrote:Nearly taken off the bike by a roll of insulation when it fell out the van in front. Was trying to figure out how to fit it on the bike but was beaten to it by the van driver behind.

That reminds me,as I was once waiting to join a r/about a van passed by on the r/about,I noticed that his side door was open and four fire extinguishers flew out of it,missing me by about 6ft

New Peak District routes - Bakewell to Matlock

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 March 2015 - 9:58pm
Your support is needed for every step of the way when it comes to planning applications for various sections of the White Peak Trail. The whole stretch from Matlock to Rowsley is divided into 4 phases. Phase 1 is from Matlock to Old Road, Darley Dale. The planning application for this is to be heard shortly.

The planning application for Phase 2, Old Rd to Church Rd, has not been submitted yet.
Phase 3 is Church Rd to Harrisons Way, the application is in, and some of you have already made comments in favour of the project.
Phase 4, Harrisons Way to Rowsley, has only just been submitted and there are very few comments in favour.

Please do not imagine this is a done deal! There is still opposition to this whole project, as can be seen from some of the negative comments online. If you have not commented on Phases 3 and 4, please find time to do so now. The planning applications can be found through these links:

http://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/environmen ... &AppType=2

http://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/environmen ... &AppType=2

Thank you.

Re: Bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 March 2015 - 9:06pm
Nearly taken off the bike by a roll of insulation when it fell out the van in front. Was trying to figure out how to fit it on the bike but was beaten to it by the van driver behind.

Re: Bike "kill"

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 March 2015 - 8:28pm
Passed a full honeydew melon on the roadside today. I don't eat melon by choice.

Re: Has anyone cycled EuroveloR1 all the way to St Petersber

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 March 2015 - 7:24pm
No direct experience but seem to remember reading some bad stuff about Russian roads and drivers.

Re: Eastern European cyclist escorted off motorway

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 March 2015 - 7:10pm
In the UK, four lanes plus hard shoulder in each direction,

70 mph limit and you CAN cycle on it legally (at your own risk but I'd advise against it).

Re: Bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 March 2015 - 6:55pm
I know a chap(fellow cyclist)who regularly picks up dead pheasants and rabbits,he claims if they're fresh kill no worries.

I know some of the nicest apple pear and damson trees in Cheshire and Lancashire

Re: Eastern European cyclist escorted off motorway

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 March 2015 - 6:24pm
irc wrote:I've cycled a few sections of freeway in western USA. It's legal, safer than roads with no shoulder, and often lower traffic levels than a UK A road.

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Usually when there is no alternate as the freeway was built over the old road and there is no other roads there.

In California, north of Novato on the 101 IIRC, we found ourselves getting a 'whoop' from a police car, followed by an announcement over the bullhorn (?) "You're not supposed to ride on the freeway, come off at the next exit". Guess we must've passed a sign or something, but we'd already started being wary of it getting quite fast'n busy.

Re: Where to cycle on semi-narrow lanes?

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 March 2015 - 6:12pm
Bluetooth intercom ordered: http://www.sportsbikeshop.co.uk/motorcycle_parts/content_prod/92822
More than I wanted to spend and it'll need modding for cycle use, but if it works, hopefully it's worth it. Main worry is puffing noise - will have to keep moving the mic me thinks.

Re: North Sea Route - Norway (Kristiansand - Bergen)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 March 2015 - 5:47pm
As for food, it is expensive. However, local produce that cannot be exported can be really cheap. I lived on smoked salmon offcuts (left over from filleting) and ripe strawberries! Avoid buying alcohol, bring in a bottle of duty-free scotch for instant Norwegian friends at campsites...

Cyclist dies following East Sussex crash

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 March 2015 - 5:22pm
Another awful tragedy. The following is from the Sussex Police official news release. Thoughts and prayers with the family concerned and with the cyclists riding with him at the time.


"The cyclist who sustained serious injuries when he was in collision with another cyclist in Catsfield on Sunday evening (March 1), has now died.

Martin Leonard, 52, of Skinners Lane, Catsfield, was cycling with three other men in Skinners Lane shortly before 8pm on Sunday when he collided with one of the others and they both fell from their bikes.

Mr Leonard was airlifted to St George's Hospital in London with head injuries, a fractured pelvis and spine and internal injuries, and sadly died on Tuesday afternoon (3 March).

The other cyclist, a 43-year-old man from Catsfield, suffered a minor head injury.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information about it is asked to email collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101 quoting Operation Burgundy."
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