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Re: ITV TdeF coverage; any good?

CTC Forum - Racing - 1 hour 52 min ago
I remember watching a local ITV sport roundup programme - some years ago now. Where I the title sequence they had football, cricket, basketball, rallying, speedway and others.

I thought if would give it a try as I like most of those sports except football. I waited and waited and the programme ended without them mentioning anything other than football.

Re: Isle of Man - where's good to ride and stay?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 hours 14 min ago
We went 2 years ago and going again this year. Just stay B and B in Douglas , its central and where the ferries arrive, and if it rains as its bound to you have a dry facility and can wonder round the town etc .

As has been said the TT course is a good easy ride , although its a climb its very graded.

We also did the whole Island in one ride - taking the outer most road all the way its about 85 miles

You get fantastic views of the sea on most rides , that's one of the reasons I like it

Re: ITV TdeF coverage; any good?

CTC Forum - Racing - 2 hours 34 min ago
Hi,
Bicycler wrote:FWIW, I'm heartily sick enduring the media's preoccupation with that sport. I find it annoying when newsreaders assume everyone's first language is soccer, eg. like the way that they refer to the England football team as England or Wigan Athletic FC as Wigan as if it's obvious what is meant by "England playing tonight" or "Wigan won yesterday".

As for Horner and Van Garderen, they are quite big names. Horner won the Vuelta last year. British TV's Team Sky focus is more blatant than any pro-American bias in the commentary.
Yes "Sports News" is just football and Fergy still gets in there, tho not every day like before, Becks has retired and heads an american team and lives there but is still big with british media, tho has never won a world stage award
Two days after the England novelty team can surface again when its all over, UTD anounce a 750 mill contract with Adidas, so why cant they use some of this to help the country win the cup

You cant really blame a country for just promoting their team and of course contracts are in place for exclusive reporting too.

Re: A-hole in a van.

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 hours 46 min ago
The poster point was that if the officer may not have had time to properly enforce the law with regards to a driver on a mobile phone because of a domestic incident, what happens if that driver then goes on to run over someone because they are not concentrating properly, does that RTA then become more important than the next domestic incident ?
But if I throw that back at you. Most domestic incidents involving a police callout is because there is a violent, or possible violent situation. The only officer on duty, en-route,then stops to give a ticket to mobile phone wielding driver. In the meantime the original incident escalates and a person is severely injured or killed because of the delay.
Now where do you stand?

Re: Getting to Whitehaven

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 hours 12 min ago
Sounds like a good route. I was thinking of Whinlatter pass to Keswick, somehow along to Penrith then follow the A689 to Nenthead down to Stanhope over the hill at Wolsignham stop at my house in Chester or Street then pick up the C2C into Sunderland. I'm riding a road bike with slicks so it's tarmac or well graded gravel only.

Re: ITV TdeF coverage; any good?

CTC Forum - Racing - 3 hours 22 min ago
Ontherivet77 wrote:However, Phil Liggett needs to go, his support for Lance was bad enough, but also his pandering to an american audience, bigging up the likes of Van Garderen and Horner etc. Also, if he refers to Association Football as Soccer again I'm tempted to throw the tv out the window. A previous post referred to multiple commentary streams for american channels which must explain him referring to the World Cup as the World Soccer Cup.
Lots of people of Liggett's generation and older refer to soccer, particularly those who were brought up in areas where rugby was popular. In any case, I don't see the problem with using language everyone understands. Wouldn't it be a tad arrogant to address a worldwide audience and refer to Association Football (or soccer) as "football" as if it's the only sport carrying that name?

FWIW, I'm heartily sick enduring the media's preoccupation with that sport. I find it annoying when newsreaders assume everyone's first language is soccer, eg. like the way that they refer to the England football team as England or Wigan Athletic FC as Wigan as if it's obvious what is meant by "England playing tonight" or "Wigan won yesterday".

As for Horner and Van Garderen, they are quite big names. Horner won the Vuelta last year. British TV's Team Sky focus is more blatant than any pro-American bias in the commentary.

Re: Shipping the bike by plane

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 hours 46 min ago
jamesgilbert wrote:I don't, although I generally avoid flying. The times I have flown, i've cycled or taken the train to the airport and bagged the bike just before check-in.

Looking at your photos, I would be a bit concerned about the fork getting damaged, although it makes sense if you need to transport the packaged bike around the airport.

I wrap some bubble wrap around the forks but the front wheel also provides protection (on one side anyway) and the spacer bar keeps the forks from squeezing together (fake axle).

Re: Shipping the bike by plane

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 hours 53 min ago
I don't, although I generally avoid flying. The times I have flown, i've cycled or taken the train to the airport and bagged the bike just before check-in.

Looking at your photos, I would be a bit concerned about the fork getting damaged, although it makes sense if you need to transport the packaged bike around the airport.

Re: Getting to Whitehaven

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 hours 3 min ago
I did my c2c 2 years ago and got to Whitehaven with no problem. Changed trains at Carlisle. I reserved the bike space online but it wasn't an issue on the line to Whitehaven. I did my own route ending in Scarborough though which has good rail connections to the south. I went to Ambleside via Hardknott and Wrynose pass, then on to Hawes in the the Dales, then Swaledale, Richmond and skirted the North York moors to Scarborough.

Re: Wearing earphones

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 hours 15 min ago
In the eighteen months I’ve been delivering small parcels around central Birmingham, a motorist’s face has only come into collision with my fist once.
He poked his head out of his window because his stereo was so loud. I happened to be looking at my wristwatch at that very moment.

Re: Wearing earphones

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 hours 16 min ago
We all make mistakes and we should all aim to learn from them. There is no such thing as perfect cycling or driving and no-one who cannot improve. That requires recognising when our actions fall below an acceptable standard. I just find it slightly worrying that you consider the times when your own driving has fallen to the level of 'autopilot' to be perfectly natural and acceptable.

Unfortunately, this view seems to be becoming the norm as evidenced by this quote (reported on another thread) from a driver who hit a cyclist who was perfectly visible:
"I don't think it's fair because I wasn't driving dangerously, I wasn't driving erratically," "I just failed to see someone who was on the road."

Re: Shipping the bike by plane

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 hours 20 min ago
jamesgilbert wrote:@Farawayvisions Why remove the front wheel?

Several reasons James, but mainly so that the size fits on the belts and in the crates at the airport.
Removing the front wheel and dropping the seat means that 2 bikes can fit easily inside our car and if you need to transport the bike somewhere after your flight.
Also it's easy to lift the bike and carry it by the seat over short distances when your 160cm tall.
If using a luggage trolley at the airport, I have encountered difficulty manoevering the trolley through gaps when the bike is carried horizontally. Packed with the front wheel removed means that I can move the bike around with back wheel on the trolley and forks in the air. I can just about see over the bike and can fit in lifts, get through revolving doors and passengers ankles are safe.

I guess you don't remove the wheel?

Re: A-hole in a van.

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 hours 21 min ago
thirdcrank wrote:... Some of the older forum members have posted about a time when they would not wheel a pedal cycle on a pavement and spent ages on quiet Sunday mornings, jumping up and down on the rubber strips which activated traffic light. Mutatis mutandis the behaviour of most drivers was similar. Visible police patrolling combined with enforcement produced civilised standards from most road users. ...
Returning to this because after reflection I still don't understand this use of "mutatis mutandis" or in English "changing only what needs changing": yes, most drivers refuse to get out and push their car on a pavement past a broken traffic light... so what's uncivilised in either example or changed by visible police patrolling?

Re: Looking for inspiration/ideas for a tour in Germany.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 hours 30 min ago
Many years ago (1993!) I did a tour in Munsterland which is famous for its moated castles. It is so long ago I can't recommend anything specific 'cos I've forgotten it and it probably would be out-of-date. But it was nice and must have been flat otherwise my girlfriend would not have done it! I've found a Lonely Planet link here:
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/germany/munsterland

Re: Shipping the bike by plane

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 hours 43 min ago
@Farawayvisions Why remove the front wheel?

Re: Wearing earphones

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 hours 58 min ago
To bicycler and Vorpal I would simply say that my record of 50 years free from collisions with motor vehicles is much better than my friend [used as an example many replies ago] who has two broken bones in the past 10 years courtesy of collisions with motor vehicles. He advocates riding a metre out because somebody else said it was a good idea, whilst he's a really nice guy sometimes he doesn't think about safety for himself, and this gets him into trouble.

Doubtless you both will continue to ride the way you do and I most certainly will continue in my habits, why would I need to change?

As for bicycler's inference that I'm in no position to give advice about driving habits, FYI my last accident was 40 years ago and my last and only moving violation in the car was an SP30 30 years ago, so my honesty about my driving recollections probably reflects that I'm not holier-than-thou about the realities of life and human behaviour.

Re: ITV TdeF coverage; any good?

CTC Forum - Racing - 5 hours 6 min ago
Chris Boardman is a natural in front of the camera, so not only a decent cyclist - in his day and now.

Re: A-hole in a van.

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 hours 12 min ago
Even with many more police on the streets you would always end up with an individual officer having to prioritise one thing over another (he cannot be in two places at once) even if there are enough police in total to deal with every minor misdemeanour.

Re: So much for a Road Safety organisation

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 hours 19 min ago
They've been taking a fair old pasting recently on Twitter (https://twitter.com/RSGB_NE). Just two threads with plenty of critical replies -

https://twitter.com/beztweets/status/486830331203686400
https://twitter.com/RSGB_NE/status/486405574515376128

- there are many more

Though, perhaps they are listening -

https://twitter.com/RSGB_NE/status/486992540369825795

Re: Wearing earphones

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 hours 19 min ago
RichardPH wrote:I would argue with the assertion that riding a metre out is the position adopted by many, that implies a majority, try doing a survey of all the cyclists you see in traffic and make an honest appraisal.

I ride appropriately, very occasionally that means moving out and stopping the car behind from passing, under these circumstances I'm going at the speed of the traffic and there is no chance that a half concentrating driver will mistake me for a faster moving powered cycle and pile into my back wheel. I do find the '1 metre out' dogma both dangerous and illogical, I'd rather use my experience and ride according to the conditions, frankly DfT guidelines seem to be for people with no common sense and no imagination of the real world and real drivers.


1 metre out is not dogma. It is pratice, and practice the should be adjusted according to prevailing road codnitions. Including riding further out when appropriate. It puts a cyclist where other road users expect to see other vehicles; in the lane of travel. I ride out further if I am going fast enough to keep up with traffic. It makes sense (common or otherwise) for a cyclist to act as the operator of a vehicle, when amongst other vehicles. I have done so in a number of countries and am quite comfortable with it. The only reason to keep left on the carriageway, is to stay out of the way of larger vehicles. There isn't enough space to do this completely, so I would prefer to give drivers the best possible chance to see me, and force them to overtake properly instead of squeezing by. I will add that people who ride as close to the kerb as they can, often do so in an attempt to get out of the flow of traffic, not to stay with it. John Forrester (A US American cycle campaigner) believes that most people have a fear of traffic from behind, but statistics tell us that traffic from behind is not the cause of the majority of crashes.

I suggest that you get the book Cyclecraft by John Franklin and have a read. Try some of the things he recommends, and see fi it doesn't improve your everyday experience cycling. I learned much from it, despite some years of experience cycling before I read the book.
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