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Re: Cycling is faster than the train?

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 September 2014 - 1:28pm
Merry_Wanderer wrote:It's 4.5 miles from my home to Loughborough Rail Station (train to Nottingham) which takes me 22 to 23 minutes on my Brompton 6 speed. No hills like Mick F's thankfully!

For the past 3 commutes I have left the village at the same as a VW Transporter van. He soon overtook me but then got caught in traffic. I used the 'cycle path' alongside the A6 and the A6 itself and on the first commute that I saw him I was surprised that I saw him turn off into the VW dealers in Loughborough just as I cycled past after just short of 4 miles.

According to my cycle computer I average just over 11 mph for the journey. Not exactly fast for a bike but for a car / van that's a pretty good incentive to leave the car at home and cycle!
I used to do the same over 10 miles, although I'd normally pass the (liveried van) about 1/2 mile from my destination, with the van in a queue until I'd arrived...

Re: Cycling is faster than the train?

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 September 2014 - 1:25pm
Flinders wrote:Is that the Umberleigh with the point-to-point course? What's the scenery like there?Dunno about the point-to-point course, it seems to be mainly fishing there.

Scenery is gentle rolling hills, trees, and farmland - quite peaceful and beautiful. The Tarka Line follows the Taw Valley as does the A377.

Sitting in the front garden of the pub, there were many passing cyclists, so it must be a popular area to cycle through. The pub is right in front of a T junction A377 Barnstaple/Exeter and the B3227 to South Molton. Cyclists went straight on or turned off in equal measure.

Re: Cycling is faster than the train?

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 September 2014 - 1:11pm
It's 4.5 miles from my home to Loughborough Rail Station (train to Nottingham) which takes me 22 to 23 minutes on my Brompton 6 speed. No hills like Mick F's thankfully!

For the past 3 commutes I have left the village at the same as a VW Transporter van. He soon overtook me but then got caught in traffic. I used the 'cycle path' alongside the A6 and the A6 itself and on the first commute that I saw him I was surprised that I saw him turn off into the VW dealers in Loughborough just as I cycled past after just short of 4 miles.

According to my cycle computer I average just over 11 mph for the journey. Not exactly fast for a bike but for a car / van that's a pretty good incentive to leave the car at home and cycle!

Re: Cycling is faster than the train?

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 September 2014 - 1:10pm
Sorry, I also forgot to mention a local chap who raced the Tarka Line train from Exeter to Barnstaple during the summer- and won at an average speed of 27mph (no chance for me then)
Link to local paper here

http://www.northdevonjournal.co.uk/Gear ... story.html

Mark

Re: Cycling is faster than the train?

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 September 2014 - 1:06pm
MikeF

I recognise that road!
I used to work in Torrington (slightly further to the left of your maps)
& have cycled back on the Atherington road once!
I hit 50mph going down into Langbridgeford, but it was a long, slow climb out the other side.

It also reminds me that I have plans to cycle that same route in the opposite direction sometime- a plan for half term?

Mark

Re: FillThatHole - Dying ? Come on CTC

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 September 2014 - 12:44pm
grani wrote:Same here - I have tried to use the FTH website on my phone but it is impossible to place the pin on the map.
I the days when the app worked, if you were recording when at the hazard site, the "Add Pin" would automatically put the pin where you are (so no need to move it). If doing it later or moving the pin then there was a bit of "technique". I used to have problems, but found you needed to ouch and hold the pin a bit higher that you thought and wait a moment before dragging your finger around. Alternatively, before "Adding Pin", move the map around (easier) until the location was in the middle of the screen and then "Drop Pin" (the pin was always dropped at the screen centre). If not quite right you could "Remove Pin", move the map to correct and "Add Pin" again.

However, given the crashes, reporting problems, camera issues, etc., until CTC decide to drop of commit (or even say something!) I would not bother too much.

Ian

Re: Police Thugs

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 September 2014 - 12:38pm
Flinders wrote:It seems to me that it is high time the CTC approached the police officially and got some guidance. ...

Even I find the idea of approaching the police for guidance over this a bit strange.

I've been trying - especially in the other thread I started - to get some sort of measure about how often this type of thing happens and the number of cases quoted seems small; nobody else has reported being physically stopped by the police, rather than signalled to stop, so that they might be given road safety advice or whatever.

Quite a lot of advice has been given in this thread to the OP; people are free to make up their own mind about which advice they follow, of course, but some choices must surely affect the outcome. eg If medical evidence is withheld in an allegation of assault, it's unlikely to go very far.

Re: Police Thugs

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 September 2014 - 11:59am
It seems to me that it is high time the CTC approached the police officially and got some guidance.

What is a citizen supposed to do when faced with this sort of thing? Back off and report it, record it, stand their ground, or what?
I think an advice card, maybe the size of a credit card, which we could all carry might be useful. Like I said elsewhere, photographers do this. They have done it in response to individual police officers claiming that they had no right to take photographs (when they did) and the like. And those trying to confiscate equipment or delete images, which they are not allowed to do except in very exceptional circumstances, and then arresting people simply for not complying with an illegal instruction.

Some of this is bad training; officers simply not knowing what the law is. That's their employer's fault. But some of it is clearly bullying - sometimes including even lying, which is very worrying. If this is happening with minor offences, how can we trust the police on other greater ones? I used to, but it's getting much more difficult to do so.

Re: FillThatHole - Dying ? Come on CTC

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 September 2014 - 11:52am
Round here they won't even do anything about a long stretch of broken up tarmac pavement, even though one- in fact, I think it may now be two- wheelchairs have overturned on it, and it is the only way some elderly people can get to and from the bus stop.
There are huge holes in the tarmac- some inches deep. It looks like someone has already begun to break it up prior to resurfacing it, it's so bad.

Re: Public bicycle pump

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 September 2014 - 11:49am
That's a great idea.
A chap on some group ride passing through the village was changing/repairing a tube when OH passed coming back from the allotment. He was pretty pleased, not to say surprised, to be offered the use of a high-pressure pump.

Re: Cycling is faster than the train?

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 September 2014 - 11:15am
This is how to get motorists out of cars. If cycle commuters regularly blog about how its faster to get to work by bike and keep hammering that message, some people will abandon cars (hopefully)

Al

Re: FillThatHole - Dying ? Come on CTC

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 September 2014 - 10:41am
squeaker wrote:FTH's USP for me is the archive history of previous problems on the same patch of road. Do LA's offer open access to such archives?
As for Apps, I use a Windows 'phone so no hope there Same here - I have tried to use the FTH website on my phone but it is impossible to place the pin on the map. So either make apps or make the website touch compatible...or you know...both!

Re: Cycling is faster than the train?

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 September 2014 - 10:27am
From here to Basildon is 20 miles. It takes 1h47m and four separate trains to get there by rail, plus another 15 min walk at each end. I've done the journey four times now, and on three of those occasions a train has been cancelled, which adds about another hour.

Cycling is faster than the train?

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 September 2014 - 10:10am
Mrs Mick F and me went away for the night (Saturday) to a very nice pub B+B in North Devon at Umberleigh.
Rising Sun http://www.risingsuninnumberleigh.co.uk/
Excellent, much beer dunk and stuffed ourselves with food.

Any road up, I cycled there - 52miles - whilst Mrs Mick F let the train take the strain, from here in Gunnislake to Umberleigh via Plymouth and Exeter. Total of three trains, and cost a whopping £12 return.
She made it to Umberleigh (only a hundred yards or so from the pub) fifteen minutes before I got there.

Mind you, I took a rather hilly route! Grief!
One bit of road - B3227 - had a 25% downhill immediately followed by a 20% uphill.
Followed by another one, all in the space of less than two miles!
https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=Atheri ... 36.03,,0,0

https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=Atheri ... 27,,0,0.32

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Needless to say, cycling back on Sunday, I took a different route by heading south down the Taw Valley. 12miles of flat roads. I made it home 40mins before Mrs Mick F.

A great 100miles, and we enjoyed ourselves immensely. She got some knitting done on the train, and I cycled happily in the Devon sunshine.

Re: FillThatHole - Dying ? Come on CTC

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 September 2014 - 9:55am
FTH's USP for me is the archive history of previous problems on the same patch of road. Do LA's offer open access to such archives?
As for Apps, I use a Windows 'phone so no hope there

Re: Public bicycle pump

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 September 2014 - 9:35am
OMG! A quality product, given freely, designed to make cycling easier & more effective... wot's going on?? Sort of thing you associate with Holland or the Scandinavian countries. Not us!
(just a shame they didn't site it nearer my house - wot if I get a puncture? )
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CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 September 2014 - 9:17am
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Re: Public bicycle pump

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 September 2014 - 9:03am
Grief!

I wonder if they mean the max pressure the fittings can stand, rather than the max pressure that can be "pumped"?
I doubt the pressure gauge goes up to 220psi though.

Re: Why do we do it?

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 September 2014 - 9:00am
I always treat temporary lights as a sprint, and/or try to be at the front of the queue, or at have at least one vehicle behind me when it turns green, and take primary, at least then if it the other end goes green the oncoming vehicles will hopefully see the ones behind me and won't try to drive through me. I do get some honking, sometimes, to get out of the way, but I don't give a @&%£.

Neil

Re: Public bicycle pump

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 September 2014 - 8:38am
The spec for these ones shows 220 psi

https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j ... 6M_0oc3Ojg
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