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Re: Pride comes before a fall

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 July 2015 - 11:49pm
Cringeworthy from both a cycling and driving perspective.

Re: Not even an 'are' you OK!

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 July 2015 - 11:27pm
NATURAL ANKLING wrote:Hi,
In my neck of the woods I believe that police want you to report near passes

They're possibly taking a lead from industry/construction where analysing 'near-miss' situations which would otherwise be forgotten as "no harm done, mate" means you know a lot more about how accidents are likely to happen and (one hopes) can take measures to help prevent them. Means a lot less people get hurt/killed than they did a generation ago, but I know it's easy to be cynical.

I'm sorry to hear more tales of idiots in motor vehicles- I've had a good run of late (or have got better at keeping my distance from said idiots), but I react horrendously badly to 'near misses' especially when they involve aggression from the other party- I end up shaking like a leaf. I wish people would just think about sharing the bloody roads with everyone else, whether on a Brompton or an artic...

Re: Which maps for Britanny?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 July 2015 - 11:15pm
Yes, the Top 100 are my favourite too - I always used to think 'Top' meant they're The Best, but actually it's short for Topographical. I take the paper jobbie to augment the IGN 1:100K mapping I have on the Satmap. The combo works well 'cos I'm looking at the same map style on both versions. I've nearly always identified campsites and other points of interest ahead of time and marked them as such on the Satmap. Having this combination is a luxury, I know, but of course anyone can join the club for a few Euros - although to protect the paper version, I would recommend one of the cheapNcheerful water-proof PVC multi-purpose pouches you can get for next to nothing off of eBay. They come in sets of 3 and I've found them all v. useful in sometimes-rainy Brittany!
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/3-X-Waterproo ... 2c9af95be9

Re: Not even an 'are' you OK!

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 July 2015 - 10:50pm
Hi,
In my neck of the woods I believe that police want you to report near passes
I think that this is just a ruse to make you think that they will do something, like at work when they ask you to look at or report on some silly insignificant nothing to just take you mind of lack of pay rises etc.

If they don't, wont or cant convict drivers who plough there vehicle into peds and cyclist who end up in hospital then there is little point.

Add the fact that some posters on another current post think that its always the cyclist fault and any assault should be ignored and just calm yourself............chill man.............

The media don't help either they are now taking to rely on facebook twitter etc to report incidents so they don't even have to leave the office..............

Re: Mark Beaumont

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 July 2015 - 10:40pm
mrjemm wrote:It's the dentists you really need to watch out for...



Re: Which maps for Britanny?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 July 2015 - 10:29pm
tatanab wrote:simonineaston wrote:Michelin maps show the campsites they recommendOnly the sites that wre in their guide the year the map was published. So probably about 5% of the available sites.
Michelin stopped showing campsites several years ago (maybe 8 or 10?).

I gave up on Michelin and swapped to IGN Top 100, when they gave up on uniform sheet coverage and switched to departmental maps at random scales

Re: Suggestions please: 10 day tour, end of September

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 July 2015 - 10:26pm
Thanks for the suggestions - Andalucia sounds quite appealing actually. I've always wanted to visit Seville (a homage to marmalade, perhaps) so that could work quite nicely.

Re: Mark Beaumont

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 July 2015 - 10:22pm
Looking at the pictures I was trying to determine which model of SMP saddle he was using. Anyone know which one?

Re: High fiving van drivers

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 July 2015 - 9:42pm
Reminds me of an accident report brought to my attention some years ago about a driver who had his elbow out of the open window and was supporting his chin. A close shave ensued with a vehicle passing in the opposite direction. When the driver then went to grab his steering wheel his arm was not there.

Re: Pride comes before a fall

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 July 2015 - 8:38pm
is it a train? is it a plane? no! its super d**k!!!!!

Re: Boris' backie

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 July 2015 - 7:37pm
I must admit to not knowing it was illegal - not that I'm likely to give anyone a backie these days, I value my hard earned energy far too much.

Re: Boris' backie

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 July 2015 - 7:35pm
One view is that this is OK because in Holland they do it all the time.

IMO, this is another aspect of the current HGV drivers' blindspots thread. In Holland they seem to keep cyclists away from much of the traffic danger, but here we don't.

viewtopic.php?p=922513#p922513

Re: Boris' backie

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 July 2015 - 7:07pm
It has been an offence since at least the Road Traffic Act 1960 (see section 13 of http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/Eli ... 16/enacted).

More background info here, including figures showing how few people are prosecuted or fined for this somewhat trifling offence: https://www.ctc.org.uk/blog/davidmurray ... ife-backie

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 July 2015 - 7:04pm
Find the central bus station (near the stadium and the main railway station) and ask someone about buses to St.Fagans. The buses are well used and are fine. Cardiff is also better than most cities for shopping (if that appeals). And most locals are friendly.

For St. Fagans it might be worth taking a picnic if the weather is good. It is set in pleasant parkland. Once there, it is a very relaxing and soothing place to be, so I would strongly recommend it after your long journey. And it's still free entry.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 July 2015 - 7:01pm
Congrats on making it. You are referring to the bit that went around the Talybont reservoir? I did it back in March in the driving rain, on 28mm tyres, was a lot of fun.. there was a diversion sign back then at the northern end saying MTB's and walkers should follow the track, but road bikes and hybrids follow the paved road.. has it been taken down? I still see some exclamation mark warning signs on the sustrans map of this section.

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Re: Pride comes before a fall

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 July 2015 - 6:58pm
Well, obviously, he was trying his best.....

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Re: Pride comes before a fall

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 July 2015 - 6:55pm
It's very difficult to judge the closeness of the pass from a helmet cam. My view would be if it wasn't close why would the cyclist react in the way he did? The end result is pretty hilarious in any case.

Re: Which maps for Britanny?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 July 2015 - 6:54pm
tatanab wrote:simonineaston wrote:Michelin maps show the campsites they recommendOnly the sites that wre in their guide the year the map was published. So probably about 5% of the available sites.

I use very minor roads and like to know just where I am. Hence I favour IGN TOP100 maps. They are 1:100,000 (close to the old Bartholomew's half inch maps we old ones remember) which means I can use forest tracks and all sorts. Index sheet here http://www.themapshop.co.uk/images/Fran ... 20100k.jpg

I like the look of the IGN TOP 100 map - number 114. It seems to show contour lines, which I haven't seen in the AA or Michelin maps. I think that might be the one to go for....

Thanks for the suggestion.

Re: High fiving van drivers

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 July 2015 - 6:49pm
Never had that happen to me,but it's dangerous and stupid in the extreme

Re: Which maps for Britanny?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 July 2015 - 6:47pm
simonineaston wrote:I'd need a bit more info. from you before I commit, like how far you're going and what you need to see on the map. For example, Michelin maps show the campsites they recommend, which will be of no interest to you if you're staying in chambres d'ote or hotels. I'm off to Gourarec where I will be doing 'star tours', and then going up to Paimpol for the music festival, so I'm taking the IGN Top 100 #114, which covers everywhere I'm going on this trip - lucky me!
Others will recommend smaller scale maps - the Michelin 'local' maps at 1:150k are popular.

Thank for the reply. I'll be doing a small circuit from Roscoff over 6 days, staying in hotels. I'd like a map that shows the most minor roads and it would be nice if it indicated places of interest too......
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