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Re: Five Pits Trail, Derbyshire

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 May 2015 - 3:10pm
ferdinand wrote:
One point is that it is all hillier round here than people think; if I go to Chesterfield net descent is 500ft.


its nearly that much for me and I'm only five miles away!

Re: What do you do with your luggage if sightseeing?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 May 2015 - 3:08pm
Ron wrote:I think there is a lot of unjustified concern regarding fear of theft while touring


Re: Dodgy Dutch Bicycle Roundabout

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 May 2015 - 3:00pm
The picture on that linked article is nothing like Dutch or what you'd see in the Netherlands:

It's hard to know where to start with the problems in the pictures: the lack of barriers between most of the cycleway and carriageway, the stupid angles that both parties are having to look at some of the intersections, the "give way" markings missing from some entrances, the proliferation of signals, the one-way cycleway, ...

Is that what they've actually built? Double-Dutch, perhaps!

Re: London to Paris - Dieppe camping

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 May 2015 - 2:46pm
The ferry has seats which can be used for snoozing too. There's a time difference but its still not a particularly long crossing.
If you arrive at 4am you could reckon to finish cycling earlier to catch up on sleep.
Don't forget bike lights as the voie verte is unlit.

If you arrive at 10.30pm I'd be inclined to book a motel / chambre in Dieppe and start fresh the next day.

There is a campsite at Les Deux Riviere 8km beyond Dieppe but its a small low key affair. Their are other campsites closer to Dieppe (eg La Source ) but you'd need to contact them to arrange a late arrival.

Dodgy Dutch Bicycle Roundabout

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 May 2015 - 2:39pm
On the way to Pimlico From Battersea car boot sale I passed the redone roundabout at the corner of Battersea Park. It looks like a roundabout that you would see in the Netherlands. It has a separate isolated bike lanes around the perimeter. It looks kind of complicated regarding who has priority. I am a cowardly( but fast) cyclist generally I decided that I aint using that cycle lane. I have got used to roundabout in the normal way.

Link http://thinkinghighways.com/road-users- ... from-cars/

Cant seem to post an image on this site.

Re: With double give ways who gives way?

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 May 2015 - 1:56pm
MartinC wrote:[XAP]Bob wrote:I'd look to sue the highways agency who painted such a ridiculous arrangement of lines on the road.

Agreed. It would be useful to us all if both parties sued the agency that's responsible for this road layout.

If the bike lane was a road with cars on it, It would still be unclear who has priority. It aint no T junction.

London to Paris - Dieppe camping

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 May 2015 - 1:53pm
Hello. A group of us are looking to ride from London to Paris over 3 days. After reading a lot of the advice on here we have decided to take the Newhaven -> Dieppe route.

The issue we are having is that the ferries are already booked up and the only options left either get in to Dieppe at 4:00am or 10:30pm! This doesn't give us much time for sleeping.

I was wondering if anyone else has had this problem? Has anyone found a campsite that will let us pitch up at 11-11:30pm? If anyone has taken the 11pm-4am ferry, was there much opportunity to get sleep on journey (no cabins available)?

Any advice would be much appreciated as I'm new to touring.

Re: Police Had Pulled Over a Driver

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 May 2015 - 1:30pm
The peelers here have the sneaky radar binocs out quite often. I saw a car stopped last Saturday with a gendarme leaning in the window. Oh what fun.

Re: With double give ways who gives way?

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 May 2015 - 1:18pm
mjr wrote:I have seen this sort of layout and variations on it. One way it has arisen is when a highway authority designs a cycle lane or track across a private minor road, their safety auditors chicken out and demand the cycle lane (incorrectly IMO) gets give-ways painted on it and then the private road owner paints give-way markings inside their boundary (which usually aren't there previously).
Here's the nasty example from the A148 Hardwick Road King's Lynn which was created by something like the above process, with the council adding give-ways contrary to policy and then the private road owner adding a give-way too.

As recently as 2011 this had the usual Norfolk white-edge-line layout which you might be able to see in https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@52.74281 ... e0!6m1!1e1

Re: Police Had Pulled Over a Driver

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 May 2015 - 1:15pm
They certainly do it in France. Driving up the Autoroute yesterday, at my sedate 70mph (sedate for France that is, the limit is 130 Km/h ~ 81mph), I was puzzled to see a lot of approaching motorists on the other carriageway flashing their lights. But only for a moment, the reason soon became clear as I passed a pair of Gendarmes parked up on the hard shoulder on their powerful motorbikes. And sure enough, a few minutes later they came hareing up past me at top speed, blues flashing and weaving in and out of the cars with complete abandon. And a little further on, I saw they'd pulled someone over. And were presumably giving him the treatment - and this being France, I guess it wasn't of the "'ello 'ello 'ello!" variety!

I continued at my 'modest' 70mph...

Re: A long shot - Genesis Longitude

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 May 2015 - 1:04pm
The width of the rims is 35mm. You simply aren't going to fit a 35-38mm tyre on there

Re: travel insurance?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 May 2015 - 1:00pm
I'm also looking for insurance.

Check out these guys


Able to insure 6 month cycle trip to Europe for £115. I think that's very reasonable. Include personal accident and liability.

Activity equipment is only up to £400, so may not be worth it for a valuable bike. But for all other things like valuables and baggage it seems alright.

Re: With double give ways who gives way?

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 May 2015 - 1:00pm
The design in the second PDF here https://departmentfortransport.wordpress.com/2015/05/25/cityconnect-youll-get-what-youre-given/ (CityConnect's statement) looks similar? Apparently from the (old) London Cycling Design Standards 2005 edition.

Re: Ian Austin MP - Couldn't make it up

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 May 2015 - 12:40pm
I don't think the bar is set particularly high. Certainly when I have to drive to London, I put the Mezzo in the boot and park in the outskirts, usually a shopping centre car-park (sometimes the hotel if staying over). This allows me to avoid the congested centre (where driving is never a good idea) and take advantage of the lower parking (and hotel) charges in the peripheries.

I'm sure MPs have allocated parking spaces. As many businesses are now doing, it would be advantageous if these were reduced: Healthier lifestyles are proven to aid mental abilities (and they need all the help they can get) and fewer cars in Westminster would mean less opportunity for car-bombing the HofP, which must be a Good Thing.

Musn't it?
Anyway, fewer MPs driving, more cycling would definitely be good.

Re: A long shot - Genesis Longitude

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 May 2015 - 12:39pm
I have the putty gray frameset running 47 x 622 landcruisers but that's on 19mm rims. I'm not sure that you could put narrow tyres on the wide rims that come with the complete bike, maybe someone more technically expert can answer that for you. Just out of interest, why do you want to, there are loads of bikes that take tyres that size, the longitude is clearly made for lovely big soft rubber. I got mine so that I can fit the biggest Big Apples with full mud guards, I just haven't got round to buying any yet.

Re: Lightweight packable trousers - recommendations please

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 May 2015 - 12:34pm
thirdcrank wrote:If you do make it to TKmaxx, keep your mind firmly on what you went in for. You may otherwise come out with all sorts you didn't know you needed till you saw it in there at a bargain price. (I have a pair of Ventile trousers original price £300, to me £10.)
If it's anything like the branches I've seen, you'll need to keep mind firmly on what you went in for because it's like a jumble sale as a shop... They do occasionally have interesting bike tools and clothing but I rarely suggest them because you can't count on any particular item being in stock or in the same part of the shop from day to day.

Re: Crossing the river Rance St Malo

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 May 2015 - 12:24pm
I used it to come the other way last July. Seemed fine to me.Tide was a long way out, but the sloping slipway still allowed us to load and unload without removing panniers. Just wheeled the bikes on,don't remember any lifting. Nice road out to Dinan and although I didn't get much of a look round Dinard, it looked really impressive with some wonderful Victorian? architecture.

Re: Ian Austin MP - Couldn't make it up

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 May 2015 - 11:47am
Are we not setting the bar a little too high here?

Is it "all or nothing"?

If anybody could persuade me to take my car to London (which wouldnt be easy) then I would want to do the whole journey in the thing and not break the journey up with extra load transfer between car and bike. I bet he already has a parking place at Westminster, so this would save putting an NCP charge on his expenses.

Shouldnt we be saving the condemnation for all those people who's journey was within London and could have not touched the car at all that day.

Re: Is a cadence sensor worth it?

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 May 2015 - 11:43am
The computer that I ordered is seemingly coming from Germany. It didn't mention that on the famous bookseller's website when I placed the order. Anyhow, it's left Germany, got across the North Sea and has entered and left (yesterday afternoon) somewhere called Gbcvta GB (I believe that that's in Coventry). The delivery estimate is down as 17 June though. I'll see if the tracking updates with a better indication today but if not, I'm cancelling and re-ordering. That may seem strange but the famous bookseller themselves are now selling it themselves (rather than through a third party) - and it's a fiver cheaper!


Arrived 20 minutes ago.

Re: Ian Austin MP - Couldn't make it up

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 May 2015 - 11:39am
Rochester Row car park? NCP Victoria? Guildhouse Street? Park up and walk (you know it makes sense), it would be quite simple to have planned to do that. Better still, pack a folding bike, park further out and cycle in.
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