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Re: Signage concerns at a junction in Oxford.

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 January 2015 - 1:33pm
Vorpal wrote:I understood that cyclists going from one road have more options (e.g. to go straight or turn), where car drivers can only turn left(ish). Green from two directions at once would be okay, if all the traffic from that road had to turn. But because only motor vehicles do, cyclists have to give way to motor vehicles going on green from the other road. Or have I completely misunderstood what is happening?
Cyclists are in effect turning right, so have a conflicting line of traffic coming the other way, usual situation when you are turning right. The stuff stops eventually and you proceed.

Re: Signage concerns at a junction in Oxford.

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 January 2015 - 1:01pm
I understood that cyclists going from one road have more options (e.g. to go straight or turn), where car drivers can only turn left(ish). Green from two directions at once would be okay, if all the traffic from that road had to turn. But because only motor vehicles do, cyclists have to give way to motor vehicles going on green from the other road. Or have I completely misunderstood what is happening?

Re: What I forgot to put in my saddlebag

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 January 2015 - 12:54pm
661-Pete wrote:Chillipig wrote:The cop shop doesn't take lost gear anymore I don't think?
I hope that's not entirely true. I did pick up a wallet lying in the road a few years ago, and dutifully handed it in to the Police: they thanked me and said they'd restore it to its owner. It had credit cards and a driving licence in it (which would have made finding the owner a doddle, I think) but no cash. I was wondering whether it had been dumped by a thief only took only the cash, but the cop didn't seem to be suspicious.

But, as you say, it's quite possible that the Plod aren't interested in taking on unidentifiable lost property of low value. Perhaps you should take it to a charity shop?
I'm pretty sure that the police still take lost property. Maybe no low value lost property. But that may be better left, or hung on a fence where the owner might notice it? I usually leave things like that for a while in the hopes that the owner will claim them. If it's someplace I go frequently, and it isn't claimed, I may keep it, or give it to someone who will find it useful. Much better than rotting away on fence.

We ended up with a coat that fit my daughter because someone left it in the playground near our house. I hung it on the fence, and when it hadn't been claimed a couple of months later, I washed it, stictched up a hole in the hood & gave it to Mini V. It fit her perfectly.

Re: Bordeaux to Narbonne

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 January 2015 - 12:51pm
Hello Tina -

Annie and I cycle-camped from the UK to the Med last year, including the section you are asking about.

We kept a blog with references to the track and camp-sites, and if you want to have a look, the link is below.

We are sure you will have a great trip. Go for it!

Best wishes -

Brian & Annie

www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o=Sh&doc_id=13782&v=Jc

Re: Name the landmark

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 January 2015 - 12:17pm
pete75 wrote:gaz wrote:Yew Tree Avenue, Clipsham

Looked familiar but I had to google for it, about twenty years since I was last there.

Yep and it was bit different back then - the old guy who did them shaped some like well known parts of human anatomy...

What about this - land mark, sea mark and greatest of English towers....



Boston - confirmed by the URL in your link!

Re: What I forgot to put in my saddlebag

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 January 2015 - 12:09pm
I get stupidly paranoid about having a key on a string around my neck.

One of our lady members rode a club 10 with her car key on a string round her neck. Had to call the RAC to open the car as perspiration had upset the key's electronics.

Re: Bordeaux to Narbonne

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 January 2015 - 11:43am
Great stuff thats all I really needed to know.
We plan to use the route as our main trip and camp up and make detours off to the side will be using tourers so can handle a bit of rough stuff just full kit would be too much if the route is too 'rustic'. Found some very 'rustic' sustrans routes in Norfolk a few years ago - barely passable on a loaded tourer.

Cheers,
Tina.

Re: Touring Asia

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 January 2015 - 11:22am
simonhill wrote:My cycling in China has only been in the South, mainly Yunnan. I suspect the reason you can't find much about your route is that it is not a favoured area for cycling. The East coast and inland is the most densley populated, most industrial, etc, etc in China.

Most cyclist seem to prefer Chengdu and west, with Yunnan being a favourite. Others are coming or going to the Stans overland route and so are also more to the west.

Guangxi is nevertheless a mountainous further inland, with many famous landscapes, though Guilin to the north has more of this. Hunan also includes famous mountainous sights like Wulingyuan in the Wuling mountains. Hubei similarly has some mountains. Thus one can be travelling through attractive mountainous landscapes without going so deep inland, once you've got across the north China plain (eg Henan). And given the broad curve of the Chinese coastline going so far inland is a broadly direct cycling route from Beijing to the Vietnamese border. Though there will also be some flatter agricultural basins to cross, though you can limit this by bending a little further west.

Re: Name the landmark

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 January 2015 - 11:13am
since no one guessed it ( was a hard one )


#4 is The Lavender Gardens at Ham House nr Richmond, Surrey.

This pic shows them the best they have ever been, very architectural & perfect

Re: Name the landmark

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 January 2015 - 11:03am
matlockmark wrote:IMG_0540.jpg
There's a well-known landmark there behind the fog and the scafolding...honest. I thought it would be too easy if it wasn't hiding slightly.
A couple of clues:
- at the time I took the photograph (August 2011) the landmark had been under repair and closed to the public for about 2 years
- The presence of my mountain bike indicates that it is close to one of my favourite bridleway routes
Hardy Monument in Dorset
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hardy-monument/

Re: What I forgot to put in my saddlebag

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 January 2015 - 10:45am
reohn2 wrote:eileithyia wrote: ....I have honestly handed in wallets and a mobile phone etc.,
Been there done that,mostly mobiles usually phone ''Mum'' in the menu and leave it at a cafe for the owner to pick up.

but the odd ownerless spanner......
Those are regarded as ''finders keepers'' but last summer I did pass on a 3ft long adjustable spanner,I'm no weight weenie but a line has to be drawn somewhere .
I stood it up by the roadside prominently,I reckon it fell out of a tractor.


lol. I changed 'mum' to lily, when i left my phone at Man Airport and they phoned 'mum' mid-stages of Alzheimers and then the finders informed me they could not get any sense out of the person on the end of the phone...... Realised then that if i had an accident this might be the first number they attempted to phone..... oops

Re: Lance is trying to get the ban lifted

CTC Forum - Racing - 30 January 2015 - 10:06am
Hi,
From the interview I posted up.
He still wants to win not just help others.
Its still Armstrong to win if I have to help or raise money for good not just taking part.
"There has to be a winner in the seven blank years, not just another world war, and there isn't!" (world wars show no winner)
"There were seven winners in the blank years and their name ends with Armstrong"....................................

When he truly drops that then he can start a long journey...............

Oh

He will find out in two weeks whether his ban will be shortened..........................really..............

Re: Name the landmark

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 January 2015 - 9:49am
Some rather good pics on this thread.

Re: What I forgot to put in my saddlebag

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 January 2015 - 9:44am
Grandad wrote:and it's not easy removing the front wheel of a car
Someone out there evidently finds it easy enough....

Re: What I forgot to put in my saddlebag

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 January 2015 - 9:35am
Chillipig wrote:The cop shop doesn't take lost gear anymore I don't think?
I hope that's not entirely true. I did pick up a wallet lying in the road a few years ago, and dutifully handed it in to the Police: they thanked me and said they'd restore it to its owner. It had credit cards and a driving licence in it (which would have made finding the owner a doddle, I think) but no cash. I was wondering whether it had been dumped by a thief only took only the cash, but the cop didn't seem to be suspicious.

But, as you say, it's quite possible that the Plod aren't interested in taking on unidentifiable lost property of low value. Perhaps you should take it to a charity shop?

Re: What I forgot to put in my saddlebag

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 January 2015 - 9:27am
I sometimes 'help myself' to the odd Allen key if I find one lying around in the road. After all, I'm constantly losing the wretched things myself, so it seems more like 'fair exchange'. Trouble is, whenever I want to do a quick roadside adjustment, it's invariably the right size one that's still missing, whilst I have duplicates in all the other sizes...

The guy who invents the 'adjustable' Allen key deserves a Nobel Prize, in my estimation (OK perhaps someone will chime in here and say, it's already been done...)

Re: Name the landmark

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 January 2015 - 9:01am
gaz wrote:Yew Tree Avenue, Clipsham

Looked familiar but I had to google for it, about twenty years since I was last there.

Yep and it was bit different back then - the old guy who did them shaped some like well known parts of human anatomy...

What about this - land mark, sea mark and greatest of English towers....

Re: Name the landmark

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 January 2015 - 8:44am
Yew Tree Avenue, Clipsham

Looked familiar but I had to google for it, about twenty years since I was last there.

Re: Signage concerns at a junction in Oxford.

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 January 2015 - 8:32am
Vorpal wrote:There should not be a green signal from two directions at once, there. The users going straight and turning left from the same road should have their own signal phase.


As jochta explained, it is bent junction with 2 side roads on the same side. So having green lights in 2 directions is fundamentally no different from the normal green light at a cross roads where opposite directions have green at the same time.

I went to Nuffield College for 2 years in the mid 80s, which if you twist the streetview around you can see the back entrance of it just south of the junction. I lived practically overlooking this junction for 2 years. In those days George St was a one-way street, and that was far worse than the present situation.

I think one has to recognise that there are multiple issues that have to be resolved. This is a key junction on the Oxford inner ring road. If you don't give it enough capacity to get the cars through, then you end up with huge amounts of standing traffic. On balance, it could actually better for the cyclist to have to deal with this junction and to have less standing traffic to have to share the roadspace with elsewhere. I last walked past this junction, to revisit Nuffield, about 3 years ago and my general impression was that the road situation was much better than I'd seen it in the past, but that was 3 years ago. I'm going to revisit Nuffield again in a few weeks time and will thus be able to see what it looks like now.
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