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Re: UKIP - get off road, cycle on pavement

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 hour 6 min ago
I see they [UKIP] have now released their 100 reasons to vote UKIP (cleaver doing it when there are 100 days until the election!).

(I've not read it, just the article about it), but seems to include slashing foreign aid (£11.4bn to be reduced by £9bn to £2.4bn), bringing back smoking in pubs. No migrants to enter the country unless they have confirmed jobs and accommodation, etc.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/ukip-election-policies-slash-foreign-aid-bring-back-smoking-in-pubs-ditch-human-rights-act-10008202.html

Ian

Re: Blaze light - genius or damp squib?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 hour 8 min ago


If that left-hand line was in the direct line of the centre of the bicycle and the right-hand line MUCH BRIGHTER and FURTHER OVER then there might be some merit.

Imagine trying to keep it correctly aligned though !!!

Re: Blaze light - genius or damp squib?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 hour 17 min ago
I think I get what the aim of these gadgets is, but what we need is for the cyclist, and his/her bike, to be more visible, not a projected hologram, or whatever, some yards away. So I have to say I'm still a bit perplexed. No-one's going to get killed if a lorry runs over a hologram...

Re: UKIP - get off road, cycle on pavement

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 hour 42 min ago
Postboxer wrote:Part of me thinks all prospective candidates should have to sit an extensive exam, including all sorts of general knowledge, subjects, puzzles etc. then all the results published in full, so we can see how smart they really are and compare them against each other.Yes. As they would if they had to apply for any other job.

Re: Dublin to Dingle Route

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 hours 4 min ago
Thanks for all the advice and tips

Re: Lance is trying to get the ban lifted

CTC Forum - Racing - 2 hours 39 min ago
The real nasty thing for me about him is that he does not admit that he destroyed the lives of clean riders.

If he were to ride in Europe again. I would consider attending the event, just to push him off the bike or at least throw dog mess at him.

Re: Seeking advice on routes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 hours 1 min ago
Must you start and finish in Paris? Perhaps you live there?

Re: Flying back to UK from Cape Town

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 hours 21 min ago
simonhill wrote:I don't understand. I fly regularly with Emirates and bikes are free as part of your standard 30kgs allowance. Anything over the 30 is subjest to excess (high charges by all account).

As you are coming home, can't you post or otherwise freight your excess. Can't imagine you'll be needing your tent in the UK for a while.

Yes that's an option to look into, would rather everything went together with me.

Bike box with bits packed there are 23kg, then another 30kg of luggage.

At the moment SAA look to be cheapest. Sports equipment is free.

Gary
www.longbikeride.co.uk

Flying back to UK from Cape Town

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 hours 20 min ago
simonhill wrote:I don't understand. I fly regularly with Emirates and bikes are free as part of your standard 30kgs allowance. Anything over the 30 is subjest to excess (high charges by all account).

As you are coming home, can't you post or otherwise freight your excess. Can't imagine you'll be needing your tent in the UK for a while.

Policies are different depending on routes. I used to work in Tourism in a past life and airline protocol is a minefield. Luggage allowances etc differ inexplicably much to the frustration of agents and pax.

I also thought of VS (Virgin) Gary. Thinking out the box: Capetonians are a metro-lot, keen on sport and fairly wealthy. Could you flog your beloved bike? [emoji174]

Re: Blaze light - genius or damp squib?

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 hours 24 min ago
Wouldn't a white solid beam on the ground in front of the bike (just like from motor vehicle dipped beam) be just as effective without requiring a laser or giving away that you are a cyclist rather than a heavier motorcycle?

Re: Signage concerns at a junction in Oxford.

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 hours 35 min ago
I drove through this junction a week or two ago. Clear as mud, especially as the barriers have been removed. Terribly confusing for those that know it like me, so it must be even worse for the many thousands of tourists who hack into Oxford that way. I wonder if there are any vulnerable road users who need to be particularly cautious there...

Re: Signage concerns at a junction in Oxford.

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 hours 55 min ago
There should not be a green signal from two directions at once, there. The users going straight and turning left from the same road should have their own signal phase.

Re: Flying back to UK from Cape Town

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 hours 5 min ago
I don't understand. I fly regularly with Emirates and bikes are free as part of your standard 30kgs allowance. Anything over the 30 is subjest to excess (high charges by all account).

As you are coming home, can't you post or otherwise freight your excess. Can't imagine you'll be needing your tent in the UK for a while.

Re: Flying back to UK from Cape Town

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 hours 9 min ago
Thanks Hector, first attempt with SAA they gave me a number for the baggage dept that didn't exist!

Re: Blaze light - genius or damp squib?

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 hours 12 min ago
Postboxer wrote:How about the rear lights that project two red lines onto the road to mark out your space, anyone tried those?

I saw a cyclist using them just yesterday for the first time. But they were not properly adjusted as in the above photo, rather the image was much further forward and twisted at a substantial angle. Also they weren't really noticeable until you got rather close, and they became fainter from time to time perhaps due to road surface. Tends to indicate that they are not easily set up properly. I agree, even in the above photo, the lines are much too close together. The lines should really be about 3m apart (1.5m from centreline) if they are to indicate a safe passing distance.

Re: Signage concerns at a junction in Oxford.

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 hours 20 min ago
jochta wrote:
They've "improved" the junction without taking into consideration the manoeuvres cyclists are allowed to do. Motorists first, cyclists a distant second.

John
To be fair... buses first, motorists second, cyclists third and pedestrians last. The old layout was much easier for motorists to understand and gave pedestrians a secure stopping point in the middle. The whole thing seems to have been done to allow buses to go straight ahead on Worcester Street - fair enough as an aim, but they didn't really think out how it would affect any of the other traffic.

Re: Seeking advice on routes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 hours 8 min ago
There are some restrictions on taking bikes on Eurostar and TGV:

http://www.seat61.com/bike-by-train.htm#France

Re: Lnace is trying to get the ban lifted

CTC Forum - Racing - 6 hours 24 min ago
JamesE wrote:The most dishonest line isn't in that piece but is quoted here: "We all would have loved to have competed man on man, bread, water, naturally clean, whatever you want to call it."

No, Lance, some riders tried to compete clean and you helped destroy their career.

Spot on.
It's not just the doping,Armstrong is a nasty piece of work,a bully and destroyer of careers,that's the main issue for me.
On a personal level I've seen his sort and fought against them when I've come across them,all my life.
They are creeps who's ego's are bigger than Everest.
Detestable.

Re: Loampit Vale Roundabout, Lewisham

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 hours 32 min ago
The fat commuter wrote:Is there no way of totally avoiding the roundabout?

On my driving route into work I have to cross a roundabout where the A57 crosses the A61 - with a side road thrown in for good measure. That has three lanes going around it but it doesn't have blind corners on it. I have seen cyclists on it but I think of them as being mad. When I ride into work I can change my route slightly to avoid it quite easily.

Park Square? I use that from time to time; just have to keep your eyes open.

Re: Shared paths road works and red cyclist dismount signs

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 hours 34 min ago
There's a shared path I use frequently in London which has been impeded by Crossrail works for about 5 years now, and will probably go on for some more years. What remains is sufficiently narrow that even a pedestrian would wait for any pedestrians coming the other way to clear the section. I just ride it as best I can. No one's ever complained.

You'd think if they were going to impede a cycle route for over 5 years they could find a permanent alternative route, wouldn't you. There are several good options which could have been used.
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