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Re: Name the landmark

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 January 2015 - 10:23pm
That would be Jacob's Post.

Simple to google once you know it's a rooster rather than a cockerel .

Paris and Bike Security

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 January 2015 - 10:23pm
Following a successful trip to France (St Malo to Caen) last year with our 3 boys we are considering a trip to Paris this Summer perhaps travelling one way by train. My concern is bike security in a major city both whilst doing touristy things in the city and overnight while staying in accommodation.

There will be 5 of us and am interested in any experiences or recommendations you may have.

Re: Blaze light - genius or damp squib?

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 January 2015 - 10:14pm
Postboxer wrote:How about the rear lights that project two red lines onto the road to mark out your space, anyone tried those?




Those lines look a bit close to me. They may actually encourage close passes.

Re: Caen - Mont Ventoux !

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 January 2015 - 10:04pm
Thanks MrsHJ that is very helpful since posting I have found a site with a lot more information on.
Yes the Ventoux is a big " hill" but one I have to cycle before I get much older.

Re: Caen - Mont Ventoux !

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 January 2015 - 9:58pm
1. Yes,sort of, we finished at St Malo.
2. Ten days depending on daily distance.
3. It depends, not very hilly til you hit the Massif Central etc depending on route. Mont Ventoux is quite a bit hill.
4. Roads not busy at all, assuming you are avoiding the N roads and autoroutes.
5. Yes, camping never an issue for us in rural France.

Re: Lnace is trying to get the ban lifted

CTC Forum - Racing - 26 January 2015 - 9:46pm
I would certainly recommend reading Tyler Hamilton's book 'The Secret Race' for some insight into the way things were

Re: Blaze light - genius or damp squib?

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 January 2015 - 9:35pm
How about the rear lights that project two red lines onto the road to mark out your space, anyone tried those?

Re: Lnace is trying to get the ban lifted

CTC Forum - Racing - 26 January 2015 - 9:31pm
Would any cycle team ever employ him to ride or coach?

Re: Touring in Sweden

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 January 2015 - 9:28pm
The warmest weather in the coldest parts of Norway and Sweden is usually in July and August. Last year in May, the average temperature at Nordkapp was only 3.5 C.

Weather statistics are available for most weather data collection points in Norway from yr.no http://www.yr.no/place/Norway/Finnmark/ ... stics.html

Re: Lnace is trying to get the ban lifted

CTC Forum - Racing - 26 January 2015 - 8:53pm
He says it was not just him, it was his team, and the whole peleton, really? Ask Nicole Cooke what she thinks, just read her book, (well on my kindle), quite some story.
Cheers, Rob.

Re: Lnace is trying to get the ban lifted

CTC Forum - Racing - 26 January 2015 - 8:39pm
Hi,
The gall of it, he said that if it was 95 again he would still cheat.
But 2015 he would not.

Re: Touring in Sweden

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 January 2015 - 8:31pm
I hadn't even really thought that it may still be quite cold in the north in May and June fortunately the route I was looking at taking through Sweden never goes particularly high but through Norway it goes much higher but in July so hopefully everything will be open and most of the snow gone by then. I need to have a look for what roads are closed in Sweden in the winter and when they open.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 January 2015 - 7:55pm
Don't miss Hay on Wye and the nearby Gospel Pass, a mainly single track road that is said to be the highest pass in Wales and is a great favourite with cyclists. From there down to the camp site near LLanthony Priory (pub food nearby).

Re: Blaze light - genius or damp squib?

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 January 2015 - 7:37pm
I just don't get it. It doesn't light up the road to help you actually see and it doesn't do anything to help prevent close passes from behind in fact it could be distracting to drivers approaching from behind. I won't be buying one.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 January 2015 - 7:27pm
I will be certainly be playing it by ear. Depending how I am feeling etc I may end up doing a 30 odd mile loop out onto Anglesey and not go all the way to Holyhead. I am hoping I'll be in fine shape and will be able to take my time - looks like lots of little hills along the way.

Re: Lnace is trying to get the ban lifted

CTC Forum - Racing - 26 January 2015 - 7:21pm
move along , nothing to see here........

Re: Blaze light - genius or damp squib?

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 January 2015 - 7:01pm
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A month or so back I saw one of these in action, twice. Both times I was cycling towards the rider with their blaze "bike signal".

The first time was in a poorly lit area with a reasonably smooth surface. The green bike symbol was clear and sharp edged. I saw the rider's ordinary lights first.

The second time was in a poorly lit area with a much rougher surface. The green bike symbol lacked clarity. I still saw the rider's ordinary lights first.

I'll carry on running 35-120 lux of Dutch engineered front lighting that complies to German standards, suits me.

Re: UKIP - get off road, cycle on pavement

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 January 2015 - 7:00pm
Perhaps I am wishing for too much to say that I hope Farage and Co are unmasked as the UK Ignorance Party.........

Re: Shared paths road works and red cyclist dismount signs

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 January 2015 - 6:48pm
The path through Shorne Country Park would involve some mud .

The repairs are to remedy substantial faults with the path's foundations.

Be extremely careful if you are using the closed path after dark.

I'm informed that the diversion signage is marked "pedestrians" with no mention of cyclists, not even of them dismounting to follow the same route. I'm also informed that the kissing gate at the entrance to the Country Park has been left in place when it's removal was promised . A further exchange of e-mails has begun.

Re: Blaze light - genius or damp squib?

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 January 2015 - 6:12pm
mjr wrote:To me, it could also imply that Ms Brooke sometimes has lorries pull up alongside her at junctions where the lorries are unsafe by design (uncorrected blind spots) and operated by drivers who don't take that into account in busy cities. What would you do? Leap off and pull your bike off the carriageway whenever a lorry pulls up nearby? That would make crossing London rather slow and tedious except for a few routes with protected cycleways, plus if you don't notice the lorry...
That may be so - and touches on the tragic case discussed in another thread - but I interpret Ms Brooke's use of the words "lorry in front of her" as implying that at the start of the encounter she was behind the lorry. Happily, she is still around to describe the incident. The victim at Hackney, sadly, isn't.
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