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Re: Name the landmark

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 hours 28 min ago
matlockmark wrote:IMG_0540.jpg
There's a well-known landmark there behind the fog and the scafolding...honest. I thought it would be too easy if it wasn't hiding slightly.
A couple of clues:
- at the time I took the photograph (August 2011) the landmark had been under repair and closed to the public for about 2 years
- The presence of my mountain bike indicates that it is close to one of my favourite bridleway routes
Hardy Monument in Dorset
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hardy-monument/

Re: What I forgot to put in my saddlebag

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 hours 46 min ago
reohn2 wrote:eileithyia wrote: ....I have honestly handed in wallets and a mobile phone etc.,
Been there done that,mostly mobiles usually phone ''Mum'' in the menu and leave it at a cafe for the owner to pick up.

but the odd ownerless spanner......
Those are regarded as ''finders keepers'' but last summer I did pass on a 3ft long adjustable spanner,I'm no weight weenie but a line has to be drawn somewhere .
I stood it up by the roadside prominently,I reckon it fell out of a tractor.


lol. I changed 'mum' to lily, when i left my phone at Man Airport and they phoned 'mum' mid-stages of Alzheimers and then the finders informed me they could not get any sense out of the person on the end of the phone...... Realised then that if i had an accident this might be the first number they attempted to phone..... oops

Re: Lance is trying to get the ban lifted

CTC Forum - Racing - 8 hours 24 min ago
Hi,
From the interview I posted up.
He still wants to win not just help others.
Its still Armstrong to win if I have to help or raise money for good not just taking part.
"There has to be a winner in the seven blank years, not just another world war, and there isn't!" (world wars show no winner)
"There were seven winners in the blank years and their name ends with Armstrong"....................................

When he truly drops that then he can start a long journey...............

Oh

He will find out in two weeks whether his ban will be shortened..........................really..............

Re: Name the landmark

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 hours 42 min ago
Some rather good pics on this thread.

Re: What I forgot to put in my saddlebag

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 hours 47 min ago
Grandad wrote:and it's not easy removing the front wheel of a car
Someone out there evidently finds it easy enough....

Re: What I forgot to put in my saddlebag

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 hours 56 min ago
Chillipig wrote:The cop shop doesn't take lost gear anymore I don't think?
I hope that's not entirely true. I did pick up a wallet lying in the road a few years ago, and dutifully handed it in to the Police: they thanked me and said they'd restore it to its owner. It had credit cards and a driving licence in it (which would have made finding the owner a doddle, I think) but no cash. I was wondering whether it had been dumped by a thief only took only the cash, but the cop didn't seem to be suspicious.

But, as you say, it's quite possible that the Plod aren't interested in taking on unidentifiable lost property of low value. Perhaps you should take it to a charity shop?

Re: What I forgot to put in my saddlebag

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 hours 4 min ago
I sometimes 'help myself' to the odd Allen key if I find one lying around in the road. After all, I'm constantly losing the wretched things myself, so it seems more like 'fair exchange'. Trouble is, whenever I want to do a quick roadside adjustment, it's invariably the right size one that's still missing, whilst I have duplicates in all the other sizes...

The guy who invents the 'adjustable' Allen key deserves a Nobel Prize, in my estimation (OK perhaps someone will chime in here and say, it's already been done...)

Re: Name the landmark

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 hours 30 min ago
gaz wrote:Yew Tree Avenue, Clipsham

Looked familiar but I had to google for it, about twenty years since I was last there.

Yep and it was bit different back then - the old guy who did them shaped some like well known parts of human anatomy...

What about this - land mark, sea mark and greatest of English towers....

Re: Name the landmark

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 hours 47 min ago
Yew Tree Avenue, Clipsham

Looked familiar but I had to google for it, about twenty years since I was last there.

Re: Signage concerns at a junction in Oxford.

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 hours 59 min ago
Vorpal wrote:There should not be a green signal from two directions at once, there. The users going straight and turning left from the same road should have their own signal phase.


As jochta explained, it is bent junction with 2 side roads on the same side. So having green lights in 2 directions is fundamentally no different from the normal green light at a cross roads where opposite directions have green at the same time.

I went to Nuffield College for 2 years in the mid 80s, which if you twist the streetview around you can see the back entrance of it just south of the junction. I lived practically overlooking this junction for 2 years. In those days George St was a one-way street, and that was far worse than the present situation.

I think one has to recognise that there are multiple issues that have to be resolved. This is a key junction on the Oxford inner ring road. If you don't give it enough capacity to get the cars through, then you end up with huge amounts of standing traffic. On balance, it could actually better for the cyclist to have to deal with this junction and to have less standing traffic to have to share the roadspace with elsewhere. I last walked past this junction, to revisit Nuffield, about 3 years ago and my general impression was that the road situation was much better than I'd seen it in the past, but that was 3 years ago. I'm going to revisit Nuffield again in a few weeks time and will thus be able to see what it looks like now.

Re: What I forgot to put in my saddlebag

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 hours 9 min ago
eileithyia wrote: ....I have honestly handed in wallets and a mobile phone etc.,
Been there done that,mostly mobiles usually phone ''Mum'' in the menu and leave it at a cafe for the owner to pick up.

but the odd ownerless spanner......
Those are regarded as ''finders keepers'' but last summer I did pass on a 3ft long adjustable spanner,I'm no weight weenie but a line has to be drawn somewhere .
I stood it up by the roadside prominently,I reckon it fell out of a tractor.

Re: Touring Asia

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 hours 26 min ago
Thanks

Jimmie

Re: What I forgot to put in my saddlebag....

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 hours 27 min ago
foxyrider wrote:at different times i've forgotten my spare tube, tyre levers, pump, lock key, chain tool and even the whole bag! Luckily i've got away with it every time except the lock key (had to walk three miles home to get the key which was safely on the kitchen table!)

Tip
I bought three locks with the same six keys.
I leave the key in the lock and each lock stays in their respective bag,a spare on my house keys,a further spare on the car keys,and the sixth one on the caravan keys .
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To the OP.
If the bag and contents are worth a fair bit,it maybe worth making a sign asking if anyone's found it and sticking it up where you left it,with your phone number on and a worthwhile reward.
A long shot but you never know some good willed soul maybe wondering what to do with someone else's bag and contents.

Re: What I forgot to put in my saddlebag

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 hours 7 min ago
Been there done that, left a front wheel behind, to bits n pieces out of a bag when doing a repair. Mind you a lot of my tools and bits n pieces have resulted from items i have found on the roadside..
I have honestly handed in wallets and a mobile phone etc., but the odd ownerless spanner......

Re: Touring Asia

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 hours 38 min ago
Sorry, I won't be home till April.

My cycling in China has only been in the South, mainly Yunnan. I suspect the reason you can't find much about your route is that it is not a favoured area for cycling. The East coast and inland is the most densley populated, most industrial, etc, etc in China.

Most cyclist seem to prefer Chengdu and west, with Yunnan being a favourite. Others are coming or going to the Stans overland route and so are also more to the west.

You may find more help on the LP site https://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/ ... -your-bike
there are also country forums for specific non cycling questions. Try to ask specific questions rather than tell me all you know ones.

Taking your bike on the excellent trains in China is easy and cheap. Book bike in a day or two early as freight and its there when you get off your sleeper train.

The Lao to Chiang Mai route is good, I've ridden most of it over the years, but it is tough if you are going to ride it all. Where they say transfer (ie bus) these bits are often the hardest or most remote sections.

If you can get hold of very old LP book on cycling in SE Asia, there is a route profile of Hanoi to DBP just to give you an idea (don't buy, try library).

As I said, won't be able to have a chat but I am happy to try to answer any questions (within reason).

Re: Bordeaux to Narbonne

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 hours 53 min ago
Hi Tina, I toured a lot of this last summer on my way to Africa, the route was pretty good, no problems other than some trees down after a storm. I'm sure they will be cleared now. Some of the route wouldn't be great on an out and out road bike but fine on any tourer.

The only bit I didn't ride was a detour I took toward Mazamet before heading back to Narbonne.

The route is wonderful.

Gary
www.longbikeride.co.uk

Re: Flying back to UK from Cape Town

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 hours 1 min ago
Haven't booked yet Simonhill, not sure if virgin fly out of Cape Town. Will check when I'm on wifi. Thanks.

Gary
www.longbikeride.co.uk

Re: Flying back to UK from Cape Town

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 hours 10 min ago
Might be a bit late now, but I was thinking as I was pedalling along yesterday....

Virgin are a bike friendly and PR happy airline. Is it worth approaching them with your dilemma. Tell them about your trip and ask if they can help you get home. You could agree to something like a photo and write up in their inflight mag.

Re: Name the landmark

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 hours 15 min ago
mercalia wrote:That one is obscure as my #4 Lavender Garden ( that was a hint, but where?)

Yours look like chess pieces? I did a google and couldnt find them?


Search for a tree that sounds like you in a place where they trims cured pork and find them you will.....
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