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Re: Thirst Whilst Cycling

7 August 2014 - 5:55am
Vorpal wrote:You don't want a camelbak, or similar?

http://shop.camelbak.com/international- ... all/l/1100

Otherwise, how much tube do you need? Maybe some of the kids' water bottles with pop-up straws would do?
I had considered a "camelbak" or similar products, but i have been trying to reduce the weight i carry on my back due to shoulder and neck problems.
The tube itself would only need to be (in my estimation) 6" to 8" long . . just long enough to pass tube under the face guard and into the mouth.
l don't tend to drink while on the move (can't anyway when wearing a full face), but i would like to be able to take a sip of water now and again to clear a dry mouth.
Thanks anyway, i'll keep seaching. The kids drinks bottle sounds like a good avenue to explore.

Re: Private 'toll road' - cyclists not welcome.

6 August 2014 - 11:17pm
Seems cyclists and pedestrians (and presumably horse riders) are covered then . Fair enough. It's a pity the article and video didn't mention the fact. And I wonder how this guy's 'retrospective planning application' would have been handled if it had been otherwise? Would he have been compelled to allow access to all road users, as a condition to being granted permission?

Re: Private 'toll road' - cyclists not welcome.

6 August 2014 - 10:57pm
I've been using the A431 through Kelston whenever I get the chance since the landslip caused it to be closed at the beginning of this year. It was closed to motor vehicles immediately, then about a week later closed to all road users, but a few weeks later a footpath alternative was constructed in an adjacent field, about 400 yards long, which cyclists can also use, to by-pass the actual landslip. It is limestone dust path, but does involve carrying the bike up steps to reach it.

The section of the A431 around the area of the landslip does give fantastic views over the river Avon countryside and also up into the Cotswolds above, and the round trip along this and then back along the Bristol & Bath Railway Path has been a wonderful almost car-free run from Bath, which very few people seem to have cottoned onto. I haven't yet tried it since the toll road opened on Friday, but the A431 is a narrow twisty main road, so even just 500 cars a day will make it quite a bit less pleasant (though still worth taking for the views).

I wouldn't want to try to use the toll road, as it involves a steep climb into the field and from what I've seen is very rough and bumpy, far worse than the alternative temporary footpath.

Re: Wrong way up a one way street.

6 August 2014 - 8:59pm
Bicycler wrote:IME the phrase "except cycles" is quite invisible to motorists. Strangely cycle path signage is much more visible. Almost as visible as cyclists with no lights in fact

or those invisible people on recumbents.

Neil

Re: Private 'toll road' - cyclists not welcome.

6 August 2014 - 8:31pm
mercalia wrote:I hope the £2 charge also included stop off for a cup of tea at the statley home?
I doubt it. Most 'stately' eateries, £2 won't even buy you a lump of sugar...

Re: Private 'toll road' - cyclists not welcome.

6 August 2014 - 7:31pm
I hope the £2 charge also included stop off for a cup of tea at the statley home?

Re: BT Openreach cyclists stay back

6 August 2014 - 7:06pm
Can we not just slap 'ours' over the top of 'theirs' whilst waiting in traffic..I'd hazard 99% of them wouldn't be noticed for a decent amount of time

Re: Wrong way up a one way street.

6 August 2014 - 4:40pm
IME the phrase "except cycles" is quite invisible to motorists. Strangely cycle path signage is much more visible. Almost as visible as cyclists with no lights in fact

Re: Wrong way up a one way street.

6 August 2014 - 2:19pm
Bicycler wrote:Ah but locals will know that there is such a sign and will take the opportunity to chastise you for going the wrong way. It probably is locals which do this anyway. A stranger might be less sure of his ground and wonder if he'd missed a sign.
But a local will also get to see said exception sign fairly regularly as well - and the newspaper comments complaining about said signage

Re: BT Openreach cyclists stay back

6 August 2014 - 1:11pm
Cusqueno wrote:ArMoRothair wrote:Good news from today http://www.lfgss.com/post4304160-146.html

But, after more than a month, nothing seems to have been done - London buses are still (all) carrying the sticker.
I saw a Virgin Cable van with one on the other day. I feel they are becoming more widespread not less as TfL said.

Ian

Re: BT Openreach cyclists stay back

6 August 2014 - 1:08pm
ArMoRothair wrote:Good news from today http://www.lfgss.com/post4304160-146.html

But, after more than a month, nothing seems to have been done - London buses are still (all) carrying the sticker.

Re: Private 'toll road' - cyclists not welcome.

6 August 2014 - 12:35pm
looks like a sinder track to me? bumpity bump bump bump lol.

Re: Private 'toll road' - cyclists not welcome.

6 August 2014 - 12:19pm
661-Pete wrote: should someone take it up with this bloke, in no uncertain terms?

I expect it's due to insurance or elfin stupidity or something. The private toll road at Porlock similarly says "no cycling", but they take no notice if you do.

Re: BT Openreach cyclists stay back

6 August 2014 - 12:04pm
My sticker's been on the back of the car for a few weeks now. It' seen spotted by at least two cyclists, who were out taking down the signs for an event that they'd run the day before. The first reaction was "why does a car need one of those stupid 'stay back' stickers?" Then they noticed the slight change of wording

Re: Wrong way up a one way street.

6 August 2014 - 11:59am
[XAP]Bob wrote:kwackers wrote:[XAP]Bob wrote:But then they won't have seen the no entry sign either....

So they won't know it's an "exit only" far end.
That's not really what I meant.
If the 'no entry' end has a 'except cycles' sign on it then it's meaningless to any drivers travelling the right way down the road and so you'd still get hassle off them as you use the contra-flow.
But there is no sign that you've "disobeyed" they've not passed the no entry sign (with or without the except cycles sign) yet...
Ah but locals will know that there is such a sign and will take the opportunity to chastise you for going the wrong way. It probably is locals which do this anyway. A stranger might be less sure of his ground and wonder if he'd missed a sign.

Re: Private 'toll road' - cyclists not welcome.

6 August 2014 - 11:49am
This reminds me I need to try to make a loop out of the Kelston road and the Railway path before they fix it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LVTqCnH-Bg

EDIT :- on second thoughts my bike is probably a bit too heavy for that.

Re: Private 'toll road' - cyclists not welcome.

6 August 2014 - 11:33am
Not definitive I know, but Google Maps marks the toll road (& routes you that way if you do directions by car) & marks the main road as a Cycle route ("Dirt/unpaved track" if you click on the "Bicycling" option & routes you that way in the cycle route option). (Link)

Rick.

Re: Wrong way up a one way street.

6 August 2014 - 10:50am
kwackers wrote:If however he meant on the start of the road under the one way arrow then I'm unsure that's any less clear than the contraflow sign anyway which is fairly large and obvious...

What I wanted to know was which end the poster was thinking of.
I was thinking of the "one way" arrow but on rereading "Signing the Way", figure 5.6 shows a new contraflow sign to replace the ordinary arrow. I'm not sure that's as good as putting "except :bike:" under the plain arrow.

Re: Wrong way up a one way street.

6 August 2014 - 10:48am
Bicycler wrote:What about 'false one-way streets' ie. ones where there is a no entry sign at one end meaning there is only through traffic in one direction but the road itself is two way. I've been criticised for riding the 'wrong way' down one of those several times.
We have a couple of them here. I ride through the No Entry sign very slowly and carefully, or get off and walk past it, then ride away happily.

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