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Re: The Arrow ... my first Sportive.

1 June 2015 - 7:53pm
vmlopes....listen numb nuts
..try reading all of the post, especially the last line.
Is Monday night troll night on here !
At least I actually know what I'm talking about having done it. .

Re: The Arrow ... my first Sportive.

1 June 2015 - 7:50pm
£25 to ride a 48 mile signposted route, have u taken leave of your senses......hahahahahaha

I bet the organisers are laughing even more considering all the sheep that turn out

Re: The Arrow ... my first Sportive.

1 June 2015 - 7:36pm
Not so much a raw nerve, more of a troll detector. .

Re: The Arrow ... my first Sportive.

1 June 2015 - 7:32pm
landsurfer wrote:And reading the replies from the Audax members is enough to explain why they are such a small group within cycling. And probably explains why after 6 years of Audax membership I will not renew. Self opinionated, boring, and insular people.
And they can't read . . What bit of "My first Sportive" are you having problems with ?
Cycling is about having fun . . Something that seems to have been forgotten with in Audax UK.
While you where boring yourself to death on Saturday in Snowdonia I was surfing at Godrevy in Cornwall, followed by a 7 hour drive to Sheffield before a 6am start for my pathetic sportive. That was after my week of cycle touring throughout the west of Cornwall with my wife and grandson.
T**ts !

Not insular enough it seems! Sorry to have poked a raw nerve.

I am not an Audax member either, I just like going out for rides with similarly boring people as myself.

Re: The Arrow ... my first Sportive.

1 June 2015 - 7:17pm
Mjr . . The voice of sanity lol.
I have stood and watched a party swearing at their c02 pump before I stepped in and screwed the cartridge in all the way

Re: The Arrow ... my first Sportive.

1 June 2015 - 7:11pm
landsurfer wrote:Timing, chips on our helmets, signs every where, a feeding station, "free" stuff.
Massage, a burger van.
Were the chips from the burger van?
Hundreds of punctures !
The plastic fantastic brigade love to fit expensive unsuitable tyres.
Hardly a farm gate was passed in the first 24 miles that did not have groups of riders fixing punctures in it..
I've probably written this before but the funniest thing I saw on my first sportive was approaching along a straight towards a group of riders failing to use their new CO2 pump, bathing themselves in a bit of dry ice "smoke" as it bounced around the verge.

And my last ... at least I gave it a go....
So what next for landsurfer?

Re: The Arrow ... my first Sportive.

1 June 2015 - 7:02pm
And reading the replies from the Audax members is enough to explain why they are such a small group within cycling. And probably explains why after 6 years of Audax membership I will not renew. Self opinionated, boring, and insular people.
And they can't read . . What bit of "My first Sportive" are you having problems with ?
Cycling is about having fun . . Something that seems to have been forgotten with in Audax UK.
While you where boring yourself to death on Saturday in Snowdonia I was surfing at Godrevy in Cornwall, followed by a 7 hour drive to Sheffield before a 6am start for my pathetic sportive. That was after my week of cycle touring throughout the west of Cornwall with my wife and grandson.

Re: Cyclists are treated as if they are staionary.

1 June 2015 - 4:52pm
Some drivers. Some cyclists. Just remember that it is usually the minority that are prats on both transport methods not the majority. just get on with your life and do what you can to stay safe when you inevitably meet the idiot user of bike or car. Enjoy the 99% of the time you are out on your bike (may not apply to big city riders of course but then your fault for living in such an area )

Re: Confusingly signed cycle routes

1 June 2015 - 3:36pm
Meic, the letters G,P and S did occur to me when I went off track. But the whole Taff Trail experience left me less than content. It is like one of those quilts made of lots of odd scraps sewn together. A bit of nice, dedicated track, a bit of car park, a bit of urban footpath renamed, a track so potholed that you could swear the Luftwaffe had just left. And without GPS the hesitant navigating made me so incredibly slow. Once back on the roads, to the north of Merthyr, my speed returned to normal and I heaved a sigh of relief. The tilting canal bridge at Talybont on Usk was stuck in the up position, so I could not get to the shop, but as that is slightly off the Taff Trail I will have to blame British Waterways for that little setback.

On the plus side, I found a beautiful new campsite near Felindre (or Velindre, depending on which spelling you prefer) between Talgarth and Hay. Newcourt Farm is slightly raised above the Wye Valley, so has extensive views of fields, hedgerows, hills and woodland, with red kites circling overhead. The owner is very friendly, and it is a really nice place to be. Basic toilet / shower block, and a large covered area to cook and eat if it rains.

Re: Is it OK to stop traffic with a Pelican/Toucan?

1 June 2015 - 3:13pm
For me I'd plonk the bike at the side of the road as far as I could get it to the position I intend to take, mount and then set off at the merest hint of a gap, given it's downhill that shouldn't be that difficult and taking a fully central position if reaching near the speed of the rest of the traffic.

Another way to not irk the motorists is to press the button and walk a ways down the hill away from the crossing, by the time the lights change those actually seeing you pressing it are long gone, those stopping will just think it's a fault or a pedestrian that has already crossed.
Dilemma solved

Re: The Arrow ... my first Sportive.

1 June 2015 - 3:06pm
Anything that gets people riding, but after completing a 420 k AUdax through Snowdonia on Saturday , I do find a medal for riding 48 miles of flat , rather strange. The differences between Audax and Sportives

Audax- cheap , proper food like flap jacks, home made rhubarb crumble with custard often included - Sportifs horrible litter lout gels

Audax - proper distances with proper scenry , find your own way . Sportifs - yellow arrows everywhere on short distances

Audax - Cheap - Sportif - Expensive

Audax - people pretending not to race , Sportif - people pretending to race

AUdax - coffee cake and possibly a bed for the night at the end Sportif - a medal

Re: The Arrow ... my first Sportive.

1 June 2015 - 2:50pm
Hi,
Its gets worse..............when you finish the prizes are given pictures are taken but your too late and your on your own...........

Re: Is it OK to stop traffic with a Pelican/Toucan?

1 June 2015 - 2:34pm
ferdinand wrote:I'm disappointed.

I thought the title meant you were borrowing a pelican and making like Rod Hull on your local zebra crossing.

The video would be interesting.

F

New type of road surface

1 June 2015 - 2:23pm
I came across a new type of road surface in Hampshire over the Bank Holiday. It is on the B3046 through the Candovers.

I would describe it as really large chunks of stone embedded in tarmac. On the face of it it would seem to be a good piece of road, no potholes or other patches. However I was on 700 x 25's and it was like riding on mtb tyres. The drag was awful and it was very bumpy. I stopped for a snack and a drink in Preston Candover and my hands were almost numb. My intended route back was via the same road so I soon changed that.

Would be interested in the experience of others as I suspect it is a road used frequently by both Winchester and Basingstoke cyclists.

Re: Dangerous Cycle Lane Surface When Wet ALERT NCN8

1 June 2015 - 1:56pm
deliquium wrote:I notified Cyngor Gwynedd online. They responded very quickly by telephone to explain that the A497 road between the 2 STOP signs at the level crossing is a length of 'unadopted road'* and it was the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways who had the 'cycle lane' road markings and surfacing done.

When I asked if Cyngor Gwynedd would have used a smooth paint for a cycle lane, the answer was no. They are passing on my warning and concern to the F&WHR.

*There are two strips of green shiny painted 'cycle lanes', one before the crossing and one after. The section before isn't on the 'unadopted road section' - if the highways engineer explained it correctly.

Sounds like Cyngor Gwynedd have been very responsive, so top marks to them.

Re: Dangerous Cycle Lane Surface When Wet ALERT NCN8

1 June 2015 - 1:53pm
Vorpal wrote:If you haven't already done so, please discuss this with your local campaigner http://www.ctc.org.uk/local-campaigners/map

Thanks for that advice and information.

Re: Cyclists are treated as if they are staionary.

1 June 2015 - 1:48pm
Tangled Metal wrote:Anyone see mounted bobbies in their neck of the woods? I've started to see a few police on bikes round here. They do look funny but I do wonder if any of them stop or have stopped cars who drive dangerously around them? I think I have seen a camera on them and they are certainly well kitted up with hi-viz and helmets so no driver get out clauses with them.

PS - Off topic but does anyone know what bikes cycle cops use in the UK? Do they buy standard MTBs and get someone to convert them or is there a bike maker out there doing customs for them? They do look slow and heavy bikes. Not good to catch a scumbag on a normal bike I think. Unless they are really fit. Someone on a forum once said he used to get blitzed on a local hill by the local postie on a RM post bike despite being a competitive cyclist themselves. Turns out that postie could have been a this guy who competes at a high level as well as having a day job as a postie so it was not that embarrassing.

Back on topic - misjudging speed of cyclists is something I have done too. It is easy to misjudge speed at times IME. However when it happens to you then the view is always changed to why did he/she not realize my speed? If you follow what I am saying. Basically when it happens to you as a cyclist you forget when your misjudgment in a car has been the same as the offender against you. We all make nistakes afterall.

The exception to that is the number 5 bus near me. That bus that approached the entrance to the mini roundabout near me at about 8:30 each weekday morning when I was there did the same every time until I had to change my leaving time to get past there about 10 minutes earlier to be sure of missing him. If someone repeats the same offence to you at the same place and same time of the day then that person has no excuses. Seriously I do not want to have to shoulder barge a bus away again. I never managed it back then and I never will. (Although my temper was probably sufficient to turn big and green so in a comic world I might of managed it!! ).

As a driver, if I want to judge the speed of a cyclist because I am planning to overtake, I stay safely well behind them and then take a quick peek at my speedometer.....and then allow for the terrain (they may speed up/slow down sharpish if there is a steep slope coming up).
I suspect some drivers never actually look at their speedometers, they just drive at whatever speed seems right to them. Regardless of speed limits most of the time.

Re: Confusingly signed cycle routes

1 June 2015 - 1:47pm
A couple of weeks before you, I cycled from Cardiff to Brecon on the same Taff Trail and only had one mistake.

But I have a GPS with a downloaded track on it.

The signs were typical "OK if you already know where you are going" standard.

On the other hand I didnt enjoy pushing the bike up the stairs under the A470 just before Merthyr.
I thoroughly enjoyed the spontaneous party that happened when I stopped for lunch in the sunshine on the last viaduct and was joined by two passing walkers and a lost climber.

Re: Cyclists are treated as if they are staionary.

1 June 2015 - 1:44pm
Psamathe wrote:Tangled Metal wrote:...I think I have seen a camera on them and they are certainly well kitted up with hi-viz and helmets so no driver get out clauses with them.
...
I've only seen PCSOs on bikes. I stopped to chat to one and they are decently kitted-out. And she was watching the traffic as at one point she saw a car of interest and broke-off chatting while she radioed something in.
I've been told by someone who should know that there are police officers on bikes in Norfolk too, but some are plain clothes. The uniformed ones do wear white hard hats but no more hi-viz than usual otherwise. Their lights conform to no standards.

There is also a cycle racing club for the Norfolk Police called Peelers CC. Their current strip? All black with a thin band of black/white Sillitoe Tartan. I guess they don't believe in the dayglo legend, then!

Re: Confusingly signed cycle routes

1 June 2015 - 1:33pm
A few days ago I rode from my home in the Vale of Glamorgan to the Hay Festival, using the Taff Trail for the central part of the ride. I managed to lose the route several times, looking for non-existent signs to guide me. Lots of time wasted. And when I did find the route again around Merthyr Tydfil I was treated to a lovely tour of the town's new(ish) retail park. The best part of the route was to the north of Merthyr, on minor roads, and that was a section I have used many times in the past without realising it is claimed by Sustrans as part of their National Cycle Network. Thanks, Sustrans, for giving me what was mine anyway!

For the last twenty miles of the ride I chose my own route, some of which happened to be NCN. I got to my campsite in time to put up the tent, shower and eat before seeing Jack Dee at the Festival. Success, in spite of trying to follow the Taff Trail.

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