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Re: Solo night ride

1 hour 34 min ago
I do south london to Brighton, and back night rides quite a bit to keep my cycling legs in. If id have known sooner Id have offered to tag along. It wouldnt be quite so solo then I guess.
Good luck with it. Theres nothing like that crisp air smell and feel, and the silence as your pedalling along to your own imagination

Re: Advice on route in Bristol

5 hours 20 min ago
There isn't an easy direct route from CC to Southmead Hospital. If you were trying it in the past you could have ridden through Charlton village. A flatter route would be from CC to A38 via Hayes Way then up A38 to Southmead hospital via Filton Hill, the other route suggested has more climbing.
If your appointment is in the new Brunel Building then the cycleracks outside are in short supply, I had a 09:15 appointment and only managed to get a 'parking space' cause somebody left as I was looking for alternative places to lock my bike up.

Re: Mam Tor, shivering mountain

5 hours 45 min ago
I started riding as a teenager in south-east Cheshire, in the late 1970s. The Mam Tor road was in the process of falling off the hill then. I'm pretty sure I did some trips while it was still usable.

Then I've memories of one of our group getting blown over some railway sleepers that were laid at the side of the road, to be used in an attempt to shore it up. I also remember (not sure if it was the same ride) going off a drop like the one shown by the OP and nearly taking off our chain sets. We had probably gone through a road closed sign, as cyclists do, can't remember, so I don't think it was a matter of how cars got through.

I think it was probably a case of road closed, repair, re-open, close again, till the realisation dawned that this wasn't going to be fixable.

My kids both went on school field trips (from North Herts) to the area, that included studying the (ex-)road, allowing me to bore them with the above stories.

Re: Four 4x4's/SUV'S on a forty mile ride

2 September 2014 - 11:44pm
reohn2 wrote:Bonefishblues wrote:If one scrolls 180 degrees on the streetview a 50mph repeater sign is visible right in front, so it's not a NSL stretch.

Well spotted,I'd moved the cursor up and down that road but didn't see it Yes it is 50mph, (paper wrong) which is still a bit fast in my view, but it's a limit not a target which many motorists seem to assume. The small side at the junction roads have NSL

Re: Advice on route in Bristol

2 September 2014 - 11:38pm
cycle.travel suggests:
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I can't see any cycle lanes between the A4018 on the west and the A38 on the east...
Howz about choosing somewhere else to park... try scrutinising nearby roads with Streetview, or else try the roads alongside The Downs which is about 3 miles away - that's all I can think of after most of a nice bottle of Picpoul de Pinet wiv me tea!

Re: Fell off on a sort of tramline - advice please?

2 September 2014 - 10:52pm
Thanks Colin, shoulder is still quite painful but very slowly improving. I can just manage an hour and a half on the bike now . Determined to maintain fitness for a mini tour later this month hopefully .

Al

Re: Mam Tor, shivering mountain

2 September 2014 - 10:05pm
I've never ridden it, but I walked up when it was covered in black ice at Xmas 1994.

Re: Must've been Changeover Day?

2 September 2014 - 9:31pm
In NUKe's defence here, he wasn't suggesting that he was transporting bikes from Suffolk to Ireland for the fun of it, he was transporting them there to actually use them.

I'm suggesting that people take their bikes on holiday and not use them much at all, then take them home again ............. and possibly store them in the garages ready to take them on holiday again. I'm sure the bikes enjoy the rest.

Re: Mam Tor, shivering mountain

2 September 2014 - 9:17pm
Winnats Pass makes a very scenic round trip.

Re: Four 4x4's/SUV'S on a forty mile ride

2 September 2014 - 9:08pm
reohn2 wrote:Bonefishblues wrote:If one scrolls 180 degrees on the streetview a 50mph repeater sign is visible right in front, so it's not a NSL stretch.

Well spotted,I'd moved the cursor up and down that road but didn't see it
Elementary dear boy, elementary

Re: Must've been Changeover Day?

2 September 2014 - 9:05pm
NUKe wrote:What wrong with transporting your Bike somewhere to ride?


Nothing.
What I disagree with is that it is pretty much necessary to transport a mountain bike to an environment in which it was intended for to be enjoyed. Which isnt the case. I never needed to transport my MTB to the wilderness to ride it, I rode to the wilderness, rode that and then rode home again.
Mountain bikes are also known as all terrain bikes, which sums up their uses. I used mine for travelling to work 15 miles both ways 5 days a week in every weather you could get in the UK and then at the weekend it (and the others) was used for training rides, rides with the bike club and even raced. All on the same knobbly tyres.
To suggest that an MTB cant be used on tarmaced roads is like saying a touring bike cant be used for daily rides or pootling about because it isnt touring.
Apologies to the op for taking the subject off topic.

Re: Must've been Changeover Day?

2 September 2014 - 8:59pm
NUKe wrote:What wrong with transporting your Bike somewhere to ride? Nothing at all.
The point I was making, was there were more bikes being transported, than seemed to be being ridden. This included many many road bikes and hybrids rather than exclusively MTBs.

I was suggesting that people were taking their bikes on holiday with them, then taking them home again. Meanwhile, I've not seen many holidaymakers riding their bikes anywhere at all.

Hopefully, I've not been looking in the right places, and they've actually been riding them and I've missed them.
(benefit of the doubt)

Re: Fell off on a sort of tramline - advice please?

2 September 2014 - 8:55pm
Very late seeing this. Sorry for your pain, Al, I hope you get back to fitness soon.
This spring I was with an experienced cyclist who was brought off by a carbon copy of your road repair. Riding a (hired) hybrid with big tyres (in Slovenia, as it happens).
Last summer I was with another experienced cyclist who was brought off on York Racecourse.....they had laid sand over the hard surface (for the horses) then laid plastic matting over the sand (for vehicles), my friend caught the edge and that was that.
Both riders had hard falls.....you know what happens, you try to go up an edge at a shallow angle, the wheel follows the edge, its no longer underneath you and down you go.
As an aside, I thought "tar overbanding" of road repairs has been stopped after pressure from the motorcycle lobby....just googled it, and I now wonder...https://www.google.co.uk/search?sourceid=ie7&q=tar+overbanding&rls=com.microsoft:en-GB:IE-Address&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&rlz=1I7SUNC_enGB402&gfe_rd=cr&ei=8BsGVMz6OI2MOq6OgMAJ&gws_rd=ssl

Re: Carrying a defibrillator

2 September 2014 - 8:27pm
Something just jogged my memory.
When I was in my teens, I recall going out for a walk with my father, just the two of us, in a lonely stretch of the Surrey Hills. My father suddenly asked me "what would you do if I suddenly collapsed?". I was pretty taken aback, I can tell you, I think I just mumbled something like "I don't know..." I assumed it was a hypothetical question. But I was scared. I knew my father did suffer bouts of angina.

Two or three years later, my father did collapse with a cardiac arrest. I wasn't with him at the time: he was at the wheel of his car with his brother as passenger. No-one on the scene, certainly not my uncle, knew how to administer resuscitation, let alone CPR. The ambulance service in those days merely did a 'scoop-and-run', leaving the hospital to try to revive him. My father was dead on arrival. Possibly the proximity of a defibrillator might have saved him, if such things had been known in those days (early 1970s). But even today, where would one have been found? It happened on a residential street, no shops nearby.

One's life story is full of "what if?"s. It doesn't do to dwell on them.

Re: Mam Tor, shivering mountain

2 September 2014 - 8:22pm
Late 90s (99?) was the last time I road up and down Mam Tor.
As you say, very deceptive.
I'm glad we rode up it first and saw the hazards.
I like the Derbyshire hills and there is some great offroad riding around this area. Not as severe as the Lakes but some testing riding never the less.

Advice on route in Bristol

2 September 2014 - 8:09pm
Can anyone help? With route to Southmead Hospital from Cribbs Causeway. Have an appointment and we were planning to park at CC and cycle in, as not been before and told parking is rubbish. Doesn't look like there is any sort of reasonable route, so any ideas welcome. Looks like main roads only, doesn't bother me, but, Mrs is not happy!

Re: Four 4x4's/SUV'S on a forty mile ride

2 September 2014 - 8:03pm
Bonefishblues wrote:If one scrolls 180 degrees on the streetview a 50mph repeater sign is visible right in front, so it's not a NSL stretch.

Well spotted,I'd moved the cursor up and down that road but didn't see it

Re: Mam Tor, shivering mountain

2 September 2014 - 7:50pm
Looks amazing! Nothing in this world stays still.

Re: Can I have a moan?

2 September 2014 - 6:15pm
Who's going to spot them? This isn't continuously worked land we're talking about, else its worker would be intervening with the flytippers and so on.

Re: Can I have a moan?

2 September 2014 - 6:14pm
It is ironic that the problems associated with public access can often be reduced or at least diluted by allowing greater public access.

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