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Re: Need advice on a bike tour of Scotland

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 November 2014 - 11:28am
Castles: there are lots of ruined castles - you can hardly avoid them. Caerlaverock, near Dumfries, is one of my favourites but is probably off your route. Castle Urquart by Loch Ness is IME worth a visit. So is Dunnottar in the north-east.

For inhabited or 'in use' castles, Eilan Donan in the north-west is probably the most well known, cropping up on calendars and shortbread tins. In the east are the tower houses like Crathes Castle, Castle Fraser and Craigievar. My favourite big castle is Stirling, which has a lot to offer the visitor and I think is a lot more interesting and better value than Edinburgh.

Really, you are spoiled for choice! Have a look at tourist info sites, Historic Scotland and the National Trust for Scotland to find more.

Re: What is the best dynamo hub for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 November 2014 - 10:38am
SP8 will fit your requirements, i'm using the disc version atm and at first glance you wouldn't think it was anything but a disc hub! Pop on an Axa Pico30 for lighting and Bobs your uncle.

Must admit that the charger thing is something i'm not fully convinced of, this looks like the neatest of the options http://www.rosebikes.co.uk/article/supe ... aid:713880 but its a chunk of dosh. Up to now i've managed using 'free' power at campsites and hotels to keep everything powered so i need some convincing!

Diabetic Feet on Tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 November 2014 - 10:37am
I'm a couple of days into my first solo tour along the South Coast.

It was a bit of a challenging start because I was on the Isle of WIght for a couple of days last w/e and the rain has been vile! The national route has been flooded to about 6-8 inched just north of Sandown - twice. Plan B over Brading Down is quite risky in really bad weather in the dark - an experience. Almost all vehicles were very considerate, though.

I'd like to ask a couple of questions about feet, as my cycling shoes are damp-sodden.

As I have Type I Diabetes I expect my feet to take at least twice as long to heal from blisters etc as normal feet, so taking care is important. I have the plasters etc and the normal backup antibiotics and so on.

In the circa I think I will pick up a pair of water proof socks, because I won't dry out my shoes short of a bb with a drying room.

This post is to ask for experiences.

Are there any Type Is on the forum? What are your practises?

Thanks

Ferdinand

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 November 2014 - 10:21am
he gambled and he lost.

Re: Abuse

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 November 2014 - 10:16am
I remember the Ever-Ready ones.
In my case, it was the front one that was unreliable and needed tweaking all the time on the contacts. I think they didn't seal very well, so the contacts corroded easily.
Also, one night some grubby little thief stole the batteries out of my back light.

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 November 2014 - 9:42am
Redvee wrote:Postboxer wrote:Just to dig this out with an update-

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-30085749

The A431 has opened today, about a month earlier than expected, leaving him with a £10k-15k loss, seems it was very expensive to run.

BaNES found money to finish the roadworks early, originally it was scheduled to finish at Christmas which would have left the toll road in profit, just.
So will the guy now be seeking compensation from the council for their failure to meet their own schedules (properly); for misleading him over the duration of the works; etc. And in our compensation culture I would not be surprised if he did (and then won).

Or was it part of a bigger scheme whereby land gets accepted as "change of use" without formal consideration, making it e.g "brown field" and thus suitable for a housing development ...

(But I do admit to being something of a cynic)

Ian

Re: I Hate Virgin Trains

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 November 2014 - 9:28am
I wonder if there's a table somewhere of average cost per mile for all European railways, split into peak and off-peak? (not including advance fares, which are no good for many of us).

(Yesterday went to London by rail. 40 mins late in (signalling) even though we (and most passengers on our train) had to change to a later service at Northampton because our driver beyond that point was still stuck somewhere around Watford, heaven knows when we'd have got in if we'd stayed with our train.)

Re: I Hate Virgin Trains

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 November 2014 - 9:00am
TonyR wrote:
The maglev that has been running for years between Shanghai Airport and Pudong runs a regular service at 270mph over the 19 mile journey and has reached the 500kph/311mph speed in passengerless tests.

Is this feasible? At 270 mph 19 miles takes 4 minutes and 13 seconds. Can it accelerate to 270 mph for any meaningful distance before having to start slowing down? Even if it is feasible it seems an odd investment, how much electrical power is required to get the train up to that speed just to start decelerating? I can understand wanting to travel at 270 mph if you have say 300 or more miles to cover but surely covering 19 miles in 20 minutes would be perfectly adequate?

Re: Favourite country?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 November 2014 - 7:34am
Yes, the cost of Switzerland has put me off ever since my student inter-railing days.

Only really been back since when someone else was paying.

What are the prospects of free camping in Switzerland CJ?

Re: Undertaken - on the pavement...

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 November 2014 - 7:21am
Oh i lurve the Beehive as a motorist and as a cyclist, i often position my van to prevent undertaking vehicles at the point where the road has not yet split into two lanes, but vehicles do it anyway blocking the cycle lane.....

Re: Fatbike weekend in Newbrough

CTC Forum - MTB - 18 November 2014 - 12:17am
ansell007 wrote:Me and fellow fatbikers spent the the weekend in Newbrough and was blessed with amazing weather for November..






FIFY

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 November 2014 - 12:06am
Postboxer wrote:Just to dig this out with an update-

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-30085749

The A431 has opened today, about a month earlier than expected, leaving him with a £10k-15k loss, seems it was very expensive to run.

BaNES found money to finish the roadworks early, originally it was scheduled to finish at Christmas which would have left the toll road in profit, just.

Re: I Hate Virgin Trains

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 November 2014 - 11:50pm
Postboxer wrote:Meanwhile in Japan...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-30067889

311 mph! Which would mean London to Edinburgh in just over an hour!

The maglev that has been running for years between Shanghai Airport and Pudong runs a regular service at 270mph over the 19 mile journey and has reached the 500kph/311mph speed in passengerless tests.

Re: Abuse

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 November 2014 - 11:40pm
661-Pete wrote:
This idea is from a motorbike forum, but it's the same principle: could be the perfect answer. Has anyone tried this? I might. That was the sort of thing I had in mind. Lights on the end of the carrier are not easy to see from a rider's view and if there are street lights you may not see much light on the road. It's all very well trying to look behind you, but you can't be continually doing that, and you may need to be focussing much more on what's ahead when riding at night.

Re: Need advice on a bike tour of Scotland

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 November 2014 - 11:06pm
The best time to visit Scotland in my view is May/June. Fewer midges, less busy and plenty of daylight. July and August are best avoided as this coincides with the busy school holidays and the midges are at their worst. September can be delightful but the weather is less predictable and there are fewer hours of daylight. The west coast does get more rain than the east side of the country but in my view the wind can me more of a problem. The outer islands in particular, can be very windy at any time. The good news is that the midges don't like the wind either.

For route planning, try this site. http://cycle.travel/map
It's run by a member of this forum and produces very cycle friendly routes.

If you are starting your tour in Edinburgh, and you particularly wish to visit Inverness and loch Ness, you could head to Inverness direct from Edinburgh and cycle the Great Glen in the opposite direction to the route that the Spanish tandemists took. The A82 between Inverness and Fort William is regarded by some as not suitable for cyclists. I've ridden it and It was fine but timing is everything. It can be very busy at times. The road from Inverness to Fort Augustus on the south side of Loch Ness is delightful.

From Fort William either head for Oban and from there take the ferry to Mull as per my original sugestion. Or head to Malaig and the ferry to Skye either directly on the A830 or cross over Loch Linneh on the Casmunagaul ferry and take the scenic route to Malaig via Strontian and Salen.

There is no shortage of castles in Scotland.

Re: I Hate Virgin Trains

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 November 2014 - 11:02pm
Meanwhile in Japan...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-30067889

311 mph! Which would mean London to Edinburgh in just over an hour!

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 November 2014 - 10:57pm
Just to dig this out with an update-

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-30085749

The A431 has opened today, about a month earlier than expected, leaving him with a £10k-15k loss, seems it was very expensive to run.

Re: Using a toucan to turn right: banned?

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 November 2014 - 10:37pm
thirdcrank wrote:Now, if somebody was charged with wheeling a bike past a red traffic light, an appeal on a point of law would require the appellate court, normally the QBD, to answer a question like "Is a person wheeling a pedal cycle driving a vehicle?" I really can't see any other answer but "Yes."

Wheeling a pedal cycle on a footway would involve a question such as "Is a person wheeling a pedal cycle driving a carriage?" Again, I can't see how it could be other than "Yes."

In short I agree but IMO there is another point of law to consider.
snibgo wrote:ZPPPCRGD s13(d) defines the offence:

(d)except as provided in sub-paragraph (f), the red signal shall convey the prohibition that vehicular traffic shall not proceed beyond the stop line;

To answer a question like "Does a stop line apply to a person wheeling a pedal cycle on the carriageway?" I really can't see any other answer but "Yes."

If the question were "Does a stop line apply to a person wheeling a pedal cycle on the footway?" I can see how it could be "No", especially in the light of cycle by-pass lanes and shared use footways which avoid the stop line by creating a separate lane to which it does not apply.

thirdcrank wrote:All this presumes first that somebody is prosecuted, then that the case goes on appeal. Stranger things have happened.
+1

Re: Using a toucan to turn right: banned?

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 November 2014 - 10:03pm
Let's look at this another way. ie the way an appellate court would, especially in a criminal case.

The defendant will have faced a charge, either by way of a summons or a police charge at a police station. This will have set out in quite precise detail the offence charged. Returning to the Brooks v Crank case, the charge was failing to give precedence to a foot passenger on a zebra crossing. (That's my summary, not the precise wording.) The defendant was acquitted, apparently on the basis that the person on the crossing was pushing a pedal cycle and so, not a passenger on foot. At the Queens Bench Division, the judge giving the decision of the court said something lon the lines of that he had no hesitation in answering the question "Is somebody wheeling a bicycle on a zebra crossing a passenger on foot?" in the affirmative. Perhaps he muttered something about who's wasting our time with this garbage?

Now, if somebody was charged with wheeling a bike past a red traffic light, an appeal on a point of law would require the appellate court, normally the QBD, to answer a question like "Is a person wheeling a pedal cycle driving a vehicle?" I really can't see any other answer but "Yes."

Wheeling a pedal cycle on a footway would involve a question such as "Is a person wheeling a pedal cycle driving a carriage?" Again, I can't see how it could be other than "Yes."

All this presumes first that somebody is prosecuted, then that the case goes on appeal. Stranger things have happened. The magistrates court in the Crank case ( ) were talked into believing that somebody walking wasn't on foot, but the appeal court would brook none of it.

PS It's possibly relevant that the regs on traffic lights which I've often quoted before on threads like this refer to "vehicle" rather than "motor vehicle."

Re: Brittany - the draining of the Lac de Gueledan

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 November 2014 - 9:32pm
I noticed the climb up Mur de Bretagne coming from the east - it felt steeper than that!!. The 8 year old very stoicly walked it in a very hot day. At least we didn't miss the turn to the campsite like the rest of the family. I bet the campsite isn't very happy about this.
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