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Re: Coed Y Brenin

CTC Forum - MTB - 6 hours 56 min ago
Aaron,

Ignore him, he obviously doesnt get Wales. this isnt the sort of place where we are after your money.
Or why these cycle tracks are there.

You can come and ride on the Brechfa Forest tracks around here (better than the Coed-Y-Brenin ) any day, any time and because we dont have as many cars to deal with we dont even charge for car parking. It was considered but it will only happen if the number of cars requires us to build car parking space.

Turn up on your bike to the other sites and enjoy yourselves, no need to dig into your pockets.

Croeso i Gymru (am ddim)

PS: Could you post where the car parking is, for anybody who is interested.

http://www.forestry.gov.uk/website/recr ... PicnicSite

There is also a FREE children's playground if they dont want to ride with you as well as the special Child/beginners bike trail at Byrgwm. Did I mention that you are NOT expected to pay to come here or to park, it isnt that kind of money obsessed place. For that sort of holiday try London.

Re: Coed Y Brenin

CTC Forum - MTB - 16 September 2014 - 11:47pm
To summarise, you had an amazing day's fun for you and all the family but couldn't bring yourself pay for parking.

That's £5 less for Natural Resources Wales to reinvest in the facilities.

Cheers. Well done you.

Re: Good icebreaker leggings for cycle tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 September 2014 - 11:14pm
I'm a fan of merino wool products and have found Icebreaker to be of good quality. I wear Devold Merino wool leggings when touring (extra warmth and for sleep wear)

Re: Punishment Pass - By a Cyclist

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 September 2014 - 10:58pm
I get this occasionally - I've always assumed that we just have to live with it. It comes to a point that, if I see a bunch of roadies approaching, and I throw a cheery "good morning" or "good evening", and they return the greeting, I'm the one who nearly tumbles out of my saddle in astonishment. Things ought not to have come to this pass.

I can't expect a fully-kitted-up roadie to have a bell, but at least some sort of verbal warning, and a decent amount of room - it doesn't cost anything!

Re: who will ride Vuelta a Espana 2014

CTC Forum - Racing - 16 September 2014 - 10:55pm
NATURAL ANKLING wrote:Mercx is French....no.....figures...
He's Belgian actually (Wikipedia entry).

Rick.

Re: Punishment Pass - By a Cyclist

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 September 2014 - 10:45pm
You're right to be annoyed. That's bad cycling by anyone's standards. Perhaps he's dismissive of anyone not on the same type of bike as him? Muppet.

Punishment Pass - By a Cyclist

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 September 2014 - 10:30pm
I could not believe this…
Last week I dropped my car in for repairs and popped my folding bike in the boot. So at the garage I handed over the keys and pedalled off home. Its a route I know well (A1000 between Hatfield and Potters Bar, Hertfordshire). As I was nearing the end of my journey a roadie, replete in kit from a Finchley cycling club (How do I know...it was plastered all over his backside, white text on a black kit) overtook me. Fine. I don't care as such about that…

His handlebar was less than an inch from mine. One wobble from either of us, we 'd both be all over the road. No warning (he had headphones in). He then brutally cut in front of me causing me to swerve. Why? Its not as if a car was coming…the road was empty for at least 2 minutes either side of the incident.

Why? This is not the TdF, or the ToB. Its poor road craft. Thats all. All I can hope is that this individual self selects themselves out of the evolutionary chain.. cycling recklessly like that he will and it will be his fault and no one else's.

I was tempted to ring the club secretary and have a rant, but having spoken to these sort of clubs in Hertfordshire I doubt they would even care to listen let alone see what the problem is…

If I ran a club ..I'd throw him out for bringing the club into disrepute or at least warn him of this.

Many forum members would do the same for errant drivers..ring the firm concerned. Maybe its time we started to haul these errant cyclists back in too...

Re: Monarch bike regs.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 September 2014 - 10:29pm
chocjohn9 wrote:Don't worry about wheels or tyres.....concentrate on whether you will fly. Monarch are in serious financial trouble. Apparently the Mantegazza family have refused to put more money in.....PwC is standing by to take it into receivership.

Sorry to be mentioning this.
No worries what will be etc...
They are still taking bookings for 2015. I'm flying in the next couple of weeks. Seems they are consoliating though, especially with possibly moving out of LBA.
I can always cycle home.

Re: Pulled Over By The Police

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 September 2014 - 10:19pm
Two points:-

When pulled over like this (or indeed anytime you are stopped by the police), always ask under what piece of legislation you are being stopped or what offence you are being charged with. If they can't name it or can't tell you, you are perfectly within your rights to say 'well, unless there was anything else, I'm off then'. You are a citizen going about your lawful business; (alright the terrorism legislation is different, but I don't think that is in this league)

Complain: in writing to the Police force. Check the website and follow the requirements down to the letter. As much detail as you can, weather, road conditions, what you were wearing (or not).Its really important that this sort of bullying ( and thats what it is) is stopped and the officers concerned given 'words of advice'. Abuse of legal powers is a serious matter.

I wonder is it worth CTC getting some advice from Liberty on this sort of thing? A set of standard advice would be very useful!

Re: Latest speeding excuse..

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 September 2014 - 9:49pm
I never leave home without one of these
http://www.stadiumpal.com/what-works.html

Re: Monarch bike regs.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 September 2014 - 9:34pm
Don't worry about wheels or tyres.....concentrate on whether you will fly. Monarch are in serious financial trouble. Apparently the Mantegazza family have refused to put more money in.....PwC is standing by to take it into receivership.

Sorry to be mentioning this.

Re: Latest speeding excuse..

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 September 2014 - 9:06pm
iviehoff wrote:In Ireland, apparently until today it sufficed to be/know/bribe a policeman (garda) to get points off your licence.


A known problem. It was so bad in France that they introduced on-the-spot fines, as long ago as the '80s, to overcome it. The chances of you being stopped by your brother/father/cousin/uncle are fairly remote.

Re: Short Survey - Do you use service stations?

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 September 2014 - 9:05pm
At 1.00am, 346k into a 600k ride (Daylight 600 audax) coffee and sandwiches at the all night garage in Fort William made a very welcome break.

Re: Monarch bike regs.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 September 2014 - 8:46pm
Surely they're confusing wheels for tyres?

Re: How to train for long distance cycle touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 September 2014 - 8:43pm
Pandaz wrote:...there's no substitute for miles!
Kilometers?

Monarch bike regs.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 September 2014 - 8:38pm
Booked a flight with Moanrch with the bike.
Just noticed in their regs. They ask for tyres removed! Never seen that before. Anybody come across this or had it enforced?

http://www.monarch.co.uk/faq/flights/baggage/sports-equipment-charter

Re: Latest speeding excuse..

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 September 2014 - 8:34pm
In Ireland, apparently until today it sufficed to be/know/bribe a policeman (garda) to get points off your licence.

http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/ga ... 86382.html

Though apparently it will be someone in the points office in future.

http://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/top- ... 33687.html

Re: Car with cameras

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 September 2014 - 8:19pm
It occurs to me, if Mr Honker does decide to post his footage on Youtube, how would you ever find it or even know it exists? Unless you noted his reg. number and he stupidly uses that as the title of his video... after all, many cyclists posting footage of an incident with a vehicle, will include the offender's number plate in the title.

Aha. I've got it! He was signalling to you to "put some ****ing number plates on yer bike" - just so he could add a title to his video....

Re: Latest speeding excuse..

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 September 2014 - 8:13pm
Vorpal wrote:Err.... so pull over & pee?

Other than that... had his medical condition been reported to DVLA? Perhaps his privilege to drive should be reconsidered based on the medical condition? :twisted:
I agree. If you have a medical condition that can mean you cannot (always) drive within the law, then I would have thought you should not be driving; not being let off speeding offences. Because it means that the driver will undoubtedly end-up in a similar situation again and will be speeding again, etc. until such time as this medical condition is resolved.

Ian
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