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Re: Sri Lanka

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 February 2016 - 5:35pm
I have returned a couple of days ago from a one month cycle tour of Sri Lanka. I would thoroughly recommend it as a touring destination, There is plenty of cheap accommodation and food is good and cheap too. The people are incredibly kind and helpful, and many speak some English even in the rural areas. The main roads are excellent, most of the B roads are good quality too, though there are quite a lot of road works, where the roads are rough, and some tarmac can be broken up quite badly. The mountain areas are incredibly beautiful, and the infamous road from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya, climbing up through the tea plantations, is one of the most beautiful rides you can do. At this time of year the weather was really good, in a month we only had half a day of rain. All the accommodation we stayed in had mosquito nets, so that wasn't a problem. We found the other road users were considerate and left us a lot of space, though their style of driving is different to ours and takes a little getting used to. The towns are a bit hectic, but as soon as you are a kilometer out of the town, there is little traffic. I cant comment on the weather in July, but I believe that the North and East have a different wet season, so maybe that is the place to go.

Cannondale Synapse 60cm - Immaculate

CTC Forums - Bikes For Sale - 7 February 2016 - 5:20pm
I am reluctantly selling my Synapse. I built up the bike in August 2014 having had the frame for some time - it was manufactured in 2007. The frame is one of the last ones made in the US before they switched production to Taiwan. It has beautiful smooth welded alloy tubes and the fork is full carbon. There are only a couple of very slight blemishes to the grey metallic paintwork.

The groupset is full Shimano 105 10 speed and is as new. The STI's still have the clear protective plastic on. The wheels are also as new and are the excellent Campagnolo Scirocco 35 G3's which are pretty light and robust and shod with Continental Gatorskin tyres. Finishing kit is Cannondale C3 with an ITM stem, San Marco Ponza saddle and Planet X bartape.

I have only covered 20 miles on the bike back in 2014 and it has remained unused since, it rides very well, responsive and forgiving over rougher roads, it's just too similar to another bike that ends up as my go to steed. A striking looking lightweight bike great for sportives/day rides.

£475ono collected from Bristol or courier delivery at additional cost. Please PM if interested,i have the full geometry details and more pics that i can email.
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Re: Downslink works: Bramber to Shoreham-by-Sea

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 February 2016 - 4:04pm
I received the following from the WSP project designer on Friday:
Works have now been completed up to the cement works, where the path turns 90 degrees east. Due to access issues, the remaining section will not be surfaced until the summer months. (That is, the section that runs alongside the river on the north-west side of the cement works site and on up to the South Downs Way bridge will remain as is for a while longer.)
Despite the above, the Footpath (sic) Closed signs and barriers were in place today but the route is rideable, albeit rather soft (as in, feels like a puncture ) in the middle section which runs close to the A283.

Re: Edburton Road, Henfield closed for 5 days from 15 Feb. 2

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 February 2016 - 3:59pm
MikeF wrote:As for Rocky Lane - your favourite - I walked along some of it a few months ago whilst waiting for my wife at the nearby clinic. A very wide black top path, 3 metres width estimated, for pedestrians and cyclists has been constructed on the new A272 past the new housing estate, no doubt paid for by the developers. WSCC latest attempt at cycling infrastructure. At the Bolnore end, rather than the normal WSCC favourite Cyclists Dismount, there is Cyclists Rejoin Carriageway. The only problem it's against the flow of traffic. doh!
Don't I know it! Nowadays best avoided.

Re: Too many vehicles!!!

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 February 2016 - 3:49pm
reohn2 wrote:Child benefit in the UK was introduced to repopulate a country ravaged by the toll of war, but now it's not needed so should IMHO be phased out over a period,and population growth discouraged,how we do that is a matter for debate and no mean task in itself.
But one thing's for sure we simply can't go on as we are doing in the hope that our technology will somehow pull us out of the mire,it won't based on simply mathamatics.
War yet again looms,how catastrophic it could be this time is anyone's guess but it has the potential of being almost total.Spot on, IMHO: just a matter of time

Re: Heathrow airport by bike

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 February 2016 - 3:36pm
Not really, that's what I read.

I'm used to cycling to terminal three. Now I have to find an infrequent bus to take me a few hundred yards. Why? And where is the bus?

Re: Bikes & trains in France - any experience?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 February 2016 - 3:08pm
You should be fine, but bear in mind that travelling back into Paris on a weekday is going to be less busy than say coming back on a summer Sunday afternoon.

A quick look at the timetables suggests that you should be able to get back into Paris using the TER (regional) trains which are easier than the TGVs.

It's worth considering booking by capitaine-train.com so you could book a day or two before the end of the tour when you have a clearer idea of the finish point. If you need to you can book bike places on line. capitaine-train.com are also a much better and cheaper option than booking via the SNCF whose website aimed at the UK market is not only more expensive than its normal website but also doesn't give information about which trains take bikes.

Re: Bikes & trains in France - any experience?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 February 2016 - 2:48pm
Hi, there have been quite a few useful posts on the topic recent - key words 'France' TGV' 'book' are fruitful. See for example: viewtopic.php?f=16&t=90047
The rule of thumb for French railways is: local train, no need to book; TGVs, better book first.

Bikes & trains in France - any experience?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 February 2016 - 1:50pm
Looking to do a cycle tour in France on the Eurovelo 6 route in the summer. We're booking the eurostar home from Paris OK, but unsure whether to book a train from end point to Paris.

Has anyone any experience of just rocking up on the day and getting on French trains, with loaded bikes without booking? As this is our first long tour, we are unsure how far we will get and don't want to turn it into a chore by having to get to X trainstation in Y days...

Re: Increasing storage capacity of my mountain bike?

CTC Forum - MTB - 7 February 2016 - 1:30pm
Here's an option as long as your not too fashion conscious......

https://theeverydaycyclist.wordpress.co ... saddlebag/

Re: The Poplar High St collision

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 February 2016 - 12:58pm
If I've got this right, the cyclist wasn't in a cycle lane per se, but one of those blue marked junction priority strips that appear at the junctions on cycle superhighways. I had never come across a cycle superhighway before and so was unfamiliar with the ins and outs of one. It seems to me that the blue priority marking would be nigh on impossible for the driver to see until already committed to turning and that as things stand, prior knowledge of the road and the priorities given to cyclists would be required for the 'scheme' to be safe.

I agree that the cyclist had priority and certainly that the driver should have been a lot more aware of the cyclist and that he/she should have made the manoeuvre with more care and trepidation but I've watched the video a few times and the cyclist slows down from 12mph as he approaches the junction before the car is visible, to 8mph as the car becomes visible - the cyclist does appear to be slowing down because of the junction (and presumably the hazards thereof) but still manages to hit the car at its rear end. I keep asking myself if in those circumstances, would I have been able to avoid hitting the car and dropping the bike. To me, the resultant collision just doesn't look undoubtedly inevitable.

Ladies 18in Carbon Road Bike

CTC Forums - Bikes For Sale - 7 February 2016 - 12:51pm
Ladies 18in (small) Boardman Team Carbon road bicycle for sale. VGC, recently serviced, new bottom bracket, sram rival group set. Very light, Ritchey finishing kit. Would suit a woman who is between 5ft.1in and 5ft 7in. White, bought in 2012.

Cost new £1000. Selling for £350 cash only. Photo on request can't attach on this forum. Midlands area.
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Re: Too many vehicles!!!

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 February 2016 - 12:39pm
beardy wrote:pwa wrote:TonyR's question about what we can do about population increase without resorting to draconian policies (one child per family, etc) is a good one. And you can add to it the fact that the increase in the number of old people makes an increase in the number of younger people (to support them) essential. But there must be a limit. Unless the whole world is going to look like Hong Kong!

I'd limit Child Benefit to, say, two or three children, and take a similar approach with other benefits related to family size. I'd also want a public campaign to encourage sustainable family size.

You would "punish" children for their parents sake then?
£13 a week isnt enough to make me condone abortion and I would anyway rather have a child raised in poverty than terminated and not raised at all. That is actually the only reason for our existence, to self propagate.

Drinking is a problem. Cut their benefits.
Obesity is a problem. Cut their benefits.
Truancy is a problem. Cut their benefits.
Antisocial behaviour is a problem. Cut their benefits.
Immigration is a problem. Cut their benefits.
Housing is a problem. Cut their benefits

One could imagine the only real problem is poor people. What was IDS's solution for poor people?
Oh yes, Cut their benefits.

Agreed,with reservations.
Some(dispassionate) thoughts
Responsibility is the main one,if we don't curb population growth,the planet will do it for us,if war doesn't.
We are already seeing mutant forms of infection resistant to antibiotics,which while some don't kill they severely disable individuals thereby,in the western world at least,need more resources for such people to have a quality of life.
That aside we can only feed so many people otherwise the whole ecosystem teeters on the brink of crashing and I wouldn't want to be around when it does,there'll be a remnant of humanity to begin the cycle again and the planet will restore itself,but it'll take time.
Consumerism is based on never ending growth both in population and resources,which is a nonsense as even a blindman can see it's not possible,energy is needed and will cost more and become evermore scarce as time passes.
After WW2 we could've been forgiven for thinking that there were an endless supply of everything,but who would've thought the population increase would've been so large and in such a short time.
Child benefit in the UK was introduced to repopulate a country ravaged by the toll of war, but now it's not needed so should IMHO be phased out over a period,and population growth discouraged,how we do that is a matter for debate and no mean task in itself.
But one thing's for sure we simply can't go on as we are doing in the hope that our technology will somehow pull us out of the mire,it won't based on simply mathamatics.
War yet again looms,how catastrophic it could be this time is anyone's guess but it has the potential of being almost total.

Re: 2016 ride plans

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 February 2016 - 11:47am
This year is good one, I am doing a 5 day ride down the north coast of Cornwall, September is Lon Las Cymru out and back plus as much bike packing over nighters as I can fit in.

Re: Too many vehicles!!!

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 February 2016 - 11:40am
beardy wrote:That is actually the only reason for our existence, to self propagate.

This is very true but that only works when you add in the natural controls of disease and famine( a bit harsh ). It works happily for other species and did for us too..... until we were able to control most childhood illnesses and conquer many bacterial infections. After that it is up to us to self regulate to keep a handle on the population required to sustain the older generation etc. As you say to propogate is our main function and therefore after parenting is completed the parents can die as their purpose has been served...... but we don't want that. So should we not forecast required population for sustainability then the birth to death ratio would be known and we could have people submit a request to have a child which would be granted on the next available death of a person( in the forecast ratio required ). It would be a queued system and would give us a good chance of kepping population from exploding as it seems to be in england( net plus migration not helping either, but balanced exiting equals entering Ok ).

It's pretty complicated but perhaps nature sadly had it right?. Not much fun if you actually enjoy being alive and the advantages/benefits of being a human, that so many seem to waste...... but again thats missing the point that we are just here to eat,sleep, procreate a few times and die.

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 February 2016 - 11:28am
He also makes no mention of whether the vehicle was ever located, inspected, whether it had damage or if it had had any repairs. I can't believe how long it took to locate the driver, if he had been killed, I'd hope that they would find out who should have been driving it the same day. It seems they treated it like someone accidentally crashing into a parked car and driving off, rather than treating it as an attempted murder.

I still think if both drivers admit that they drive without due care and attention that they may have nearly killed someone without noticing they had, they should both be banned for driving without due care and attention. Then there's no need to prove who was driving.

Re: To the bottom tip of Sicily

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 February 2016 - 11:08am
THE COMPLETE TRIP HERE



Just realizing now that travelling by bicycle often ends-up turning into a sort of a drug: any excuse, so far, regardless of the season, easily tends indeed to transform into a good occasion to pack-up your bike and just leave … and that’s exactly what happened for this new trip too.
In the deep South of Italy I’d already been several times of course, by bicycle however only a first time in October 2012 and most recently in October 2015.
Being January, this time it will be a full winter cycling experience and therefore, at least in the attempt to meet a milder weather, the trip shall start from Crotone and then following the Ionian coast of Calabria first and then Sicily we will aim to end-up to "Isola delle Correnti”, the southernmost point of Sicily.

Approaching the “start-point”:
17JAN2016, by car, passing through the snowy mountains near Altamura and Gravina di Puglia to reach Crotone, the place chosen as the actual starting point of our bike trip.
The day is terribly cold. In Altamura an heavy snow storm forces me to stop and mount the snow-chains; the journey continues through several difficulties and with some serious concern with respect to the bad weather that we might expect for the upcoming days !!!


THE TRIP STEP-BY-STEP
- 18JAN2016: Crotone-Cropani, 60km, 526mH+/565mH-
- 19JAN2016: Cropani-Soverato, 45km, 222mH+/224mH-
- 20JAN2016: Soverato-Marina di Gioiosa Ionica, 64km, 122mH+/123mH-
- 21JAN2016: Gioiosa Ionica-Melito di Porto Salvo, 85km, 313mH+/313mH-
- 22JAN2016: Melito di P.to Salvo-Reggio Calabria, 44km, 312mH+/312mH-
- 23JAN2016: Reggio Calabria
- 24JAN2016: Reggio Calabria-Messina, 32km, 112mH+/112mH-
- 25JAN2016: Messina-Taormina, 50km, 468mH+/412mH-
- 26JAN2016: Taormina-Catania, 72km, 588mH+/598mH-
- 27JAN2016: Catania-Siracusa, 72km, 418mH+/420mH-
- 28JAN2016: Siracusa/Ortigia
- 29JAN2016: Siracusa/Ortigia
- 30JAN2016: Siracusa/Ortigia
- 31JAN2016: round trip Marzamemi-Porto Palo-Isola delle Correnti, 38km, 118mH+/118mH-

- TOTAL = 562 km / H 3199 m

18JAN2016: Crotone-Cropani, 60km, 526mH+/565mH-
After a pretty cold night in Crotone, today this first stage has been marked-up by rather low temperatures and a strong side wind that gave us no peace till the end. However, all the way long, we’ve been very lucky to have a bright and somehow friendly sunshine, just few clouds ... and a sea of a blinding blue. ... unfortunately the weather forecast for the next days seems to be quite bad and promises rain and snow even at low altitudes !!
Passing by Capo Colonna we stopped for a while in the neighbourhood of the Greek temple of Hera Lacinia where the ruins of the only one left column still dominate the blue horizon.
The journey continues through a sort of gentle rolling fields planted with fennel and artichokes till the somehow unappealing urban area of Capo Rizzuto. It goes a bit better in the vicinity of le Castella where, barely connected to the mainland by a thin land strip, we can visit the beautiful and so far well preserved Aragonese castle.
Just a few more kilometers, not particularly beautiful, and we finally arrive in Cropani where we can find accommodation in the only open B&B of the place !!




19JAN2016: Cropani-Soverato, 45km, 222mH+/224mH-
Short but rather tough stage today. Cold, very cold, and water, occasionally mixed-up to snow !!!
The planned route was envisaging indeed some deviations to the sea but, due to the very bad weather conditions, at the end we unfortunately had to adapt the planned route to follow the main road (strada statale SS106), quite busy indeed though never dangerous at all.
To highlight the transition to Copanello, definitely the most critical section of the stage; here inevitable the passage for a very dark tunnel of 500 m that before leaving I studied with a magnifying glass ... just in the attempt to avoid it !!
Immediately out of the tunnel, taking a detour to the right and so far leaving the SS106, the road was repeatedly blocked by landslides and falling rocks. Nevertheless a very nice bit of a road, for the most part overlooking the sea from the top.
The arrival in Soverato under a very cold rain offered us a pretty well-deserved shelter where to warm&dry-up and make plannings for the day after.




20JAN2016: Soverato-Marina di Gioiosa Ionica, 64km, 122mH+/123mH-
Today, as soon as the dawn light started to filter through the window blinds I realized that the day would have been much milder than foreseen and, above all, with no rain at all.
Most of the road continued to follow the coastline with long stretches overlooking only from a few meters away the sea, from time to time crossing summer resorts mostly totally desert in these winter days.
A particular mention for their beauty goes to the waterfronts of Soverato, Gioiosa e Roccella Ionica.


21JAN2016: Gioiosa Ionica-Melito di P.to Salvo, 85km, 313mH+/313mH-
The nice weather seems to resist !!! Even today a wonderful day with temperatures in the between 13 ° C in the morning and 17 ° C in the afternoon.
Crispy air blows and superb sea views are obviously deeply welcome though, unfortunately, they seem to be totally unable to “compete” nor “compensate” for so much widespread degradation of the surroundings, hundreds of horrible and generally empty or incomplete houses just a few steps from the beach and then the usual infamous junk abandoned everywhere. A magnificent example of an environmental [rude word removed] anarchy, in other words a sort of a total social and economic self-castration !!!




22JAN2016: Melito di P.to Salvo-Reggio C., 44km, 312mH+/312mH-
The arrival to Reggio Calabria was certainly not one of the best, some twenty kilometers of large degradation that it would have definitely been better to avoid !!!
However, the thrill of being able to see Sicily across the other side of the Strait was equally great and rewarding; definitely exciting in the background the unique shape of Etna in the amidst of leaden heavy clouds as I had rarely seen before.




23JAN2016: Reggio Calabria
Apart the sad degradation of its surroundings the centre of Reggio Calabria is nevertheless worth to be visited. Worth to mention the magnificent magnolias that enrich the seaside boulevard and the Riace Bronzes, finally restored and now standing-up in all their majestic elegance !!!




24JAN2016: Reggio Calabria-Messina, 32km, 112mH+/112mH-
During the night I unfortunately had a very bad dream: the bridge over the Strait was there !!! In the dream it appeared to be beautiful, refined, elegant ... horrible !!
Fortunately it was just a dream, nothing more !!




25JAN2016: Messina-Taormina, 50km, 468mH+/412mH-
Getting out of Messina, and that wasn’t for me the first time, always has been one of the most complicated things I could think.
Nevertheless, once overcome the initial town outskirts, the rest of the route followed the main road again that, thanks to the parallel motorway, was never busy at all.
The various waterfronts up to Taormina, our final destination for the today stage, enrich with a certain continuity all the surroundings; worth to mention the ones of Ali, Roccalumera e Mazzarò.




26JAN2016: Taormina-Catania, 72km, 588mH+/598mH-
Nowadays it appears somehow easy to have everything as for granted, though certain little emotions are still possible, such as cycling in the heart of winter and be faced with scenarios like the one of the picture below: this was the volcan Etna this morning in all its “white cap” elegant magnificence.
Other awesome pieces of a road during today stage, perhaps a little bit "rough" but still definitely beautiful, were: Fiumefreddo, Riposto, Giarre, Acireale, Aci Trezza, Aci Castello.




27JAN2016: Catania-Siracusa, 72km, 418mH+/420mH-
I do not know exactly why but getting out of Catania has always been easier than entering its urban area. The road between Catania and Siracusa is not particularly cycle-friendly and, especially around Augusta, not simple to follow at all. Indeed once in the surrounding of Augusta, not far from the petrochemical plants of Priolo, things all of a sudden get somehow complicated: the SS-114 Orientale Sicula becomes a sort of a motorway and as such effectively banned to the transit by bicycles. Mandatory therefore at this point to move to the provincial road (i.e. SP114, ex SS114) following by close several kilometers of the petrochemical plants for finally arriving to Siracusa through the splendid cycleway built just a few years ago on top of the dismissed railway track.




31JAN2016: round trip Marzamemi-Porto Palo-Isola delle Correnti, 38km, 118mH+/118mH-
A very mild day today … January the 31st, here in the deep South of Sicily !!
An exciting piece of coastline, all over through extremely quiet roads always overlooking by close a splendid sea. After a few km, just from a little more than an handful of meters away, l’ Isola delle Correnti (the Isle of Currents” ... a kind of magical mirage between the Ionian Sea and the Channel of Sicily.


Re: Too many vehicles!!!

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 February 2016 - 10:53am
pwa wrote:TonyR's question about what we can do about population increase without resorting to draconian policies (one child per family, etc) is a good one. And you can add to it the fact that the increase in the number of old people makes an increase in the number of younger people (to support them) essential. But there must be a limit. Unless the whole world is going to look like Hong Kong!

I'd limit Child Benefit to, say, two or three children, and take a similar approach with other benefits related to family size. I'd also want a public campaign to encourage sustainable family size.

You would "punish" children for their parents sake then?
£13 a week isnt enough to make me condone abortion and I would anyway rather have a child raised in poverty than terminated and not raised at all. That is actually the only reason for our existence, to self propagate.

Drinking is a problem. Cut their benefits.
Obesity is a problem. Cut their benefits.
Truancy is a problem. Cut their benefits.
Antisocial behaviour is a problem. Cut their benefits.
Immigration is a problem. Cut their benefits.
Housing is a problem. Cut their benefits

One could imagine the only real problem is poor people. What was IDS's solution for poor people?
Oh yes, Cut their benefits.

Re: Too many vehicles!!!

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 February 2016 - 10:45am
There are sadly fairly frequent collisions on the A85 between Connel and Oban. There is a back road ( a cycle route incidentally) from Connel to Oban. Once police have been alerted one of their early moves is to close this back road to all motor traffic. Otherwise being single track it very quickly becomes a very long car park. At least it leaves it free for bikes and emergency vehicles. Generally it does not carry too much traffic so is reasonable to cycle on. Mind you anything would be better than the A85.
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