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Re: get off your phone!!

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 July 2014 - 2:36pm
I saw a new one today: a bus driver appeared to be reading a book while driving. Discussion with the Stagecoach brand responsible is at https://mobile.twitter.com/Norfolkgreen ... 6821367808

Clothing layers for Touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 July 2014 - 2:05pm
It seems odd to be posting this part-way through a heatwave, but I'm doing a JoGLE during the last week of September and first week of October and I suspect it may not be quite as warm then

I'm new to touring and I'm trying to decide what I need to take in terms of clothing layers. I'm usually a fair weather rider (yes, I understand this is out of my control once the tour has started), so I only own 2 cycling tops - a Specialized short-sleeve jersey and an Altura Nevis waterproof jacket. Combinations of these 2 have got me everywhere I've needed to get to so far, but I'm not sure they'll be enough for Scotland in late September. I also have a very light, thin fleece that I've worn for skiing. Never tried it for cycling though. Obviously I'm trying to do this carrying as little weight as possible. What combinations have you found work best in mixed situations like this?

Re: A-hole in a van.

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 July 2014 - 2:04pm
I agree - report as assault.
I think I would be inclined to then pester the police to take action - make it their problem.
With this in mind, make sure you get details of the police person you talk to and any reference number relating to the incident.
Good luck and commiserations on what sounds like a horrible experience.

Re: Brian Robinson injured

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 July 2014 - 1:37pm
thre was a previous BBC story about him -

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-27146342

Re: Cruelty to bikes

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 July 2014 - 1:17pm
Wiki: "Cotter pin can also refer to a type of split pin supplied with washers that is used in making teddy bear arm, leg and neck joints."

Well I never.

Re: Cruelty to bikes

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 July 2014 - 1:12pm
Vorpal wrote:... they're unlikely to hurt anyone but themselves if the brakes fail!
...apart from the pedestrian or other cyclist they career into...?

Re: get off your phone!!

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 July 2014 - 1:08pm
Postboxer wrote:Just make the penalty greater and catch more people, if it meant losing your car, then for a couple of months the press was full of endless stories of people losing their cars, people would stop, it wouldn't be worth it.

More people would cycle too!

Complete agreement!

Re: get off your phone!!

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 July 2014 - 12:53pm
Just make the penalty greater and catch more people, if it meant losing your car, then for a couple of months the press was full of endless stories of people losing their cars, people would stop, it wouldn't be worth it.

More people would cycle too!

Re: get off your phone!!

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 July 2014 - 12:46pm
So long as hands free systems are allowed they can do whatever they like to curb handling a mobile/media device (this should includes sat nav as well), and trying to make a comparison between a hands free chat and saying it is no different is garbage, I've even seen the test they did (to one serial mobile phone user) and it isn't anything like a normal discussion/chat on the phone hands free or otherwise..

Re: Gothenburg - Malmo - Copenhagen - Berlin

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 July 2014 - 12:44pm
I can only really comment on your Question (1), I'm afraid (and then not very fully): from Gothenburg to Malmo, you can follow the (west coast) 'Cykelspåret' (and/or, for some stretches, the 'Ginstleden'): both are good routes, which follow quiet roads (and sometimes cycle-only paths) -- not many hills, but enough to keep things interesting. There are some very nice beaches down this stretch of coast: good for cooling off if the sun's shining! Signage is a bit hit-and-miss, so it's worth having a good map (or GPS): the Swedish version of the CTC sells cycle maps of this region (http://www2.cykelframjandet.org/shop/) (and the local tourist boards also have stuff they can send). If you want to avoid having to take a train to get over the Oresund strait (no bikes allowed on The Bridge...), you could cross over to Denmark at Helsingborg (by ferry), rather than pushing on to Malmo (there's a signed cycle route down from Helsingor to Copenhagen: National Route 9).

From Copenhagen to Berlin, I've only gone the direct route (via Rostock), but I enjoyed it: more good beaches and coastal riding in the Danish part; the German section passes through some nice old Hanseatic towns, and through pleasant forests/lakes. The last bit into Berlin traces some of the line of the old East/West Germany border, too, which is interesting. Again, there's nothing really challenging (in terms of climbs, etc), but it's a good ride nonetheless. The signposting of this route is generally very good, though I was pleased to have the Bikeline guidebook to help trace the route into Central Berlin, which gets a bit fiddly at times.

Re: get off your phone!!

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 July 2014 - 12:41pm
There is an article just on the BBC website about how to get people to stop using their phones while driving.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazin ... r-28325532

Re: The Road vs Cycle lane

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 July 2014 - 12:01pm
Thing is if that cycle track did have dropped curbs, was wide and had a better surface than the road and took you around the junction without having to stop then you would use it.

Hokkaido

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 July 2014 - 11:51am
I have been thinking about touring Hokkaido for quite a long time and perhaps next summer (around June time) will be the time to do it. I have found quite a few resources but I am looking for anyone with direct experience of cycling in Hokkaido and perhaps notes of interest from anyone that would like to go along.

Re: Tony Martin

CTC Forum - Racing - 17 July 2014 - 10:40am
Given that all the riders use power meters now can we establish who uses the most energy on a stage (and of course, the least)

Re: New Route Planner

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 July 2014 - 9:53am
I notice that Richard has now included large parts of Europe that can be 'route planned' using ;
http://cycle.travel/map

Like so:



well done Richard, absolutely excellent

Re: Cruelty to bikes

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 July 2014 - 8:59am
At least they are riding bikes. I'd rather see someone on an abused, clunking and squeaking bike than in a car.

At least if they maintain a bikes badly, they're unlikely to hurt anyone but themselves if the brakes fail!

Re: The Road vs Cycle lane

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 July 2014 - 8:28am
There is a cycle path around a large roundabout on my commute which I never use.

It is basically a chunky gravel track so overgrown with weeds you can hardly see it in places. There's no drop kerbs at any of the juctions either. I'd ruin my narrow tyres and have to stop and get off the bike at every junction. Would take three times as long to get round.

The other one on the downhill stretch isn't too bad but its half cycle path and half pedestrian. Personally I don't feel safe going downhill at 30mph and coming upon a dozy pedestrian with headphones in weaving along the path.

Roads are where its at.

Re: Cruelty to bikes

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 July 2014 - 8:24am
Brings back memories riding my dads bike with cotter pins and down tube shifters as a teenager He's still got the bike too.

Re: Brian Robinson injured

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 July 2014 - 8:22am
thirdcrank wrote: Best wishes for a full recovery
+1
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