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Re: Long distance MTB routes in the UK?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 min 59 sec ago
We still have some good hostels and bunkhouses dotted around the country (though admittedly many of the more rural ones close during the winter).

Re: More than a little red faced?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 hour 25 min ago
reohn2 wrote:Bonefishblues wrote:But by way of balance, the guy, presumably knowing he was over the limit, did stop to help a motorcyclist who had crashed.

One suspects many would have driven by in that scenario.

Nowhere in either report does it say he stopped at the scene of the crash to offer assistance,only that he stopped.
That's a fair challenge, it was my inference from the report. We don't know the facts in any degree of detail, who was first on scene and so on.

Re: Long distance MTB routes in the UK?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 hour 33 min ago
Bothy's good idea, hadn't thought of that, I'm more than happy to get a hotel from time to time when I hit town too

Thx

Re: Getting to Germany with bikes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 hour 40 min ago
Ned Ludd wrote:See your self as a cycling pioneer/activist making life easier for those who come after!

And see the journey as part of the travel experience/adventure. Personally I enjoy the train as a chance to get decompress.

Ned Ludd wrote:Maybe getting the ferry from Harwich, and then booking via DeBahn to Mosel? You will need to phone though as you can't do it online...

The best combination is the ferry plus sleeper train. But, unfortunately, the ferries either leave pretty early in the morning or in the evening, so unless you live locally to the port you're looking at either an overnight stay in Harwich, or an overnight ferry (and then you may still need to wait until the evening for the sleeper). If your destination is in the Netherlands/Benelux then it could be the most convenient option, but otherwise I'm not so sure.

Taking your bike on eurostar really is pretty straightforward (although train companies being train companies they don't make it as easy as it should be) - just one phone call and the job is done. Even if you take into account the mild inconvenience in having to pick up and drop-off your bike, the alternatives are a lot more hassle (for most people).

For a step-by-step guide to taking your bike on eurostar (complete with how to get to the pickup or drop-off points) see my article here:

http://italy-cycling-guide.info/travell ... -eurostar/

Re: Long distance MTB routes in the UK?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 hours 23 min ago
shane wrote:irc wrote:And that by mid November in the northern highlands there will be only 8 hours daylight.

8 hours would be a luxury compared to my last 2 trips , long hours of dark also mean easy wild camping and 12 hours hibernation to restore my superpowers

Forgot your masochistic tendencies Shane. I'm too much of a softie to wild camp for 3 weeks in November. Though I guess you could use bothies for at least half the time, if not more which would make things easier.

Re: Long distance MTB routes in the UK?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 hours 34 min ago
irc wrote:And that by mid November in the northern highlands there will be only 8 hours daylight.

8 hours would be a luxury compared to my last 2 trips , long hours of dark also mean easy wild camping and 12 hours hibernation to restore my superpowers

Re: More than a little red faced?

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 hours 55 min ago
Various posts removed. By all means please discuss the merits or not of breath testing, etc but please try to steer clear from casting aspersions on other posters' characters.

Re: 50 mph for lorries

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 hours 3 min ago
I don't understand the point of tailgating lorries for miles on end without being able to see the road ahead either. No idea why people do that.
Postboxer wrote:What if being stuck behind an HGV leads to you being stopped by 20 traffic lights you otherwise would have sailed through? Does anything like this ever happen? It certainly annoys me when someone speeds up to a traffic light and gets through, or runs on amber, I always wonder if they end up making the same journey minutes quicker.
People driving faster and running lights do tend to get to their destinations quicker, though they tend to overestimate the time saving.

There's no reason why travelling more slowly or following a lorry would make you more likely to be stopped at a traffic light than at a higher speed. Unless, as you say, you were the kind of driver who accelerates approaching the junction in order to beat the lights.

Re: Caught on camera

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 hours 4 min ago
The best witness is the independent witness. Best to save the gloating till later.

Re: Long distance MTB routes in the UK?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 hours 8 min ago
shane wrote:Now just the small issue of accepting that cycling in the UK in November will be wet

Thanks all,

And that by mid November in the northern highlands there will be only 8 hours daylight.

Re: Getting to Germany with bikes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 hours 16 min ago
liffy99 wrote:
I'm almost thinking of stashing the bikes in the car and driving over (and then having to park up for 10 days or so) but that's counter to our wish to cycle rather than drive.





Its a catch 22 but in order for it to become easy, people need to do it to show theres a demand. See your self as a cycling pioneer/activist making life easier for those who come after!

Re: Caught on camera

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 hours 19 min ago
If they don't charge him with dangerous driving, having perfect evidence of just what happened, forcing another car off the road, then there is something wrong. But we know that already - Martin Porter has proved it in failing to persuade the CPS to prosecute for dangerous driving an incident that perfectly met the criteria. But occasionally the right thing happens. If convicted of dangerous driving, there is a mandatory disqualification of 12 months minimum.

Failing to stop is an aggravating factor in sentencing. If the car that was forced off the road suffered any injuries or damage, that is another aggravating factor.
http://www.cps.gov.uk/legal/s_to_u/sent ... s_driving/
But given the maximum sentence on summary conviction is 6 months, and this is nowhere near any of the seriously aggravating factors, so I wouldn't expect a custodial sentence.

Re: Getting to Germany with bikes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 hours 24 min ago
Maybe getting the ferry from Harwich, and then booking via DeBahn to Mosel? You will need to phone though as you can't do it online...

Re: 50 mph for lorries

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 hours 28 min ago
Mark1978 wrote:SA_SA_SA wrote:Mark1978 wrote:....however a lot of dual carriageways are designed to be motorways and these should be redesignated as such.
But that would require expensive alternative routes/bridges etc for the road users who would be forbidden:
I suspect lowering the limit and fixing layouts dangerous to slow users (eg slip roads) would be cheaper. And perhaps making some sort of obvious (subconscious?) visual reminder that its an ordinary road containly slow or squishy road users.

Not always, much of the time there is already a suitable alternative route and if not it can be a big plus for cycling if one is built, as realistically no cyclist is going to be using a motorway standard DC anyway.
The reason why these are not proper motorways in the first place is either that they are not up to motorway standard (eg. no hard shoulder, at grade junctions, access roads, footpath crossings etc.) or providing alternatives for non-motorway traffic would be inconveniently expensive. They are a cheap bodge which suits no-one well and only motorised users adequately.

For cyclists, a decent cycle path next to an unrideable dual carriageway might be the best outcome.

Re: 50 mph for lorries

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 hours 36 min ago
broadway wrote:Bicycler wrote:I don't understand why the car driver should be under any obligation to travel at a higher speed than the lorry. I'm also not sure why the posted speed limit should dictate a minimum acceptable speed. If it is unacceptable to travel more slowly than others on the roads we should all hop off our bikes and let the mr toads have their way, unhindered by our presence.

And you never overtake a slower bicycle?
I do. I don't feel it's an obligation

Re: Touring bike alternatives?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 hours 37 min ago
I've had my current tourer for 12 years and have used it every year for a two week European camping tour plus various others without any hitches. Based on a 1990's Claude Butler MTB bought from e-bay for £45. Some of the stuff that I've added to it (bars, stem and racks) I had in my spares box others wheels, bar end shifters, rear mech I bought. But most of this was second hand and bargin bucket (i.e DX hubs unused and boxed off e-bay). Probably spent a total of £250, a large proportion of this is saddlle and pedals which I would have had to buy even if getting a new bike.
However I am tempted by a new bike with mechanical disc brakes as I find the cantis slow me down but they are poor compared with the DP calipers on my road bikes.
I was looking at the new Genesis touring bike, I can probably get it for about £25 per month over two years on the ride to work schme.

Re: Long distance MTB routes in the UK?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 hours 38 min ago
shane wrote:Now just the small issue of accepting that cycling in the UK in November will be wet
With British weather being what it is, you can't rely even on that. But it is clearly sensible to expect it to be wet.

But I was surprised to discover during a dry and warm autumn recently that it doesn't take much moisture to make paths and tracks in clay areas sticky, and you can rely on the fact that evaporation will be fairly low by late autumn, so once they get sticky after about mid-October, they tend to remain sticky thereafter. So in November I probably wouldn't be doing the extended Ridgeway or Cotswolds or anything to the SE of that region, because there is a lot of clay in SE and central southern and eastern England. Less sticky trails tend to lie to the W and NW of that line.

Re: Getting to Germany with bikes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 hours 39 min ago
A quick afterthought. A very scehmatic summary of the rules for bikes on trains in Europe:

- in general local and regional trains are bike-friendly but there are exceptions;
- for high-speed trains (and some other long-distance trains) you normally have to put your bike in a bag. The main exceptions are the UK and some French TGV services (those to Eastern and Western France as well as the TGV Lyria)
- most sleeper trains are bike-friendly (again there are some exceptions).

Re: Caught on camera

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 hours 42 min ago
[XAP]Bob wrote:Unfortunately he (assumption) may change his plea to guilty at the last moment...
In which case he'll get a fine(£300?) and points.

*Story alert*
In the interests of symmetry if nothing else,on the last three rides I've been over take by three cars on each ride,all of which have given me lots of space two of which had the offside wheels kicking up dust on the opposite side of the road,six of those nine cars were driven by women,four of which had children in the back,one turned left 20m after completing the overtake.
ALL of them overtook me on blind right hand bends where even I on the leftside of my lane couldn't see round the bend let alone could any of these dangerous and stupid people.
As AlanD says,another car coming the other way in any one of these cases I may not have been typing this post.
What is it with these people?

Re: Italy cycle resources?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 hours 46 min ago
Italian mapping is dreadful. It's one of those Italian dysfunctionalities which indicates it hasn't quite made it into the club of properly run countries yet, even though its GDP did briefly overtake Britain's about 20 years back. And they don't spend much money on social infrastructure like children's playgrounds either, so expecting to find much in the way of cycle routes is wishful thinking, though there are probably a few model projects here and there. In a few popular tourist/mountain areas you can find a German/Austrian produced map which will probably be a bit better than the local one, though even those aren't perfect. The other option is to use GPS, because those have to have the actual roads on them.
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