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Re: The People you Meet

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 July 2015 - 11:16am
While i have no doubt he is a nice chap, geezo that website is as dry as bones.

Re: Sabotage and hatred: what have people got against cyclis

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 July 2015 - 11:10am
I think that it is more likely that there is a type of person out there who is looking for somebody to hurt.
They dont really have any deep down hatred of cyclists in particular, it is more that they are a vulnerable out group who you can pretty much attack without much fear of activating any Police response.
Also the media and the likes of Jeremy Clarkson have given the green light that they are a group that you can legally vilify, which is the first step to making them a handy target when out looking for "fun".

In the 1970s they would have gone out looking for recent arrivals from Pakistan to beat up.

I have had incidents where I reckon I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, it would have been worse if I had been a lone woman walking there, they were just looking for trouble, a cyclist is a "legitimate" target but they hadnt gone out looking for cyclists, so much as looking for trouble.

Re: New Route Planner

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 July 2015 - 11:03am
juice wrote:It's a great web site. Only one problem for me is how to export the gpx file. In safari on an ipad it's a text file.
Any ideas?
Sorry if it's been done I haven't read all 8 pages.
On my Mac \ Safari, I do, File > Save... can you do that on an iPad?

Re: Pollution - another problem

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 July 2015 - 10:38am
661-Pete wrote:Should I make a complaint to the bus company?Maybe, but definitely report to VOSA:
The Government's Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) will investigate any complaint relating to a smoky bus or lorry. To report a problem:

0870 60 60 440 - VOSA National Helpline
VOSA: Smoky Vehicle Report Form

VOSA will need certain information if you want to report a suspected smoky vehicle. It is not possible to follow up any report without the details below.

Type of Vehicle (HGV or PSV)
Vehicle Registration Mark
Company Name (if apparent)
Road Name / Number where the vehicle can be seen
Date and Time of Sighting

HTH

Re: New Route Planner

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 July 2015 - 10:16am
juice wrote:It's a great web site. Only one problem for me is how to export the gpx file. In safari on an ipad it's a text file.
Any ideas?
Sorry if it's been done I haven't read all 8 pages.
It might be the server sending the wrong file type, but I think I would have spotted that, so it's more likely safari being dim. gpx files are indeed basically text files where the content follow certain rules. It's been a while since I used an ipad, but does long-clicking offer a download option or something useful?

Re: Route from Oxford Road to Media City?

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 July 2015 - 10:13am
Pete Owens wrote:mjr wrote:That's not on the route, is it?

It is certainly on A route:
http://madcyclelanesofmanchester.blogspot.co.uk/2011/02/irwell-rive-park-part-1-river-park.html
Oh sure, but we could all post whatever obstructions exist from whatever cycle route and it would still be off-topic.

You can download Manchester Cycle maps from here:
http://cycling.tfgm.com/Pages/Cycle-Maps.aspx
...which doesn't show the gates if they're where I think they are. Better to use cycle.travel or OpenStreetMap.org on cycle layer view and there's more chance that someone will have marked such obstructions on the map.

Re: Pollution - another problem

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 July 2015 - 10:05am
broadway wrote:AFAIK smoke will still cause a failure.
Yeah, but the great thing about old diesels is that if you boot them hard in a low gear for a few hundred meters then once they've made the sky go dark they'll usually sail through the tests and be good for another few miles at least!
So it's all good...

Re: Route from Oxford Road to Media City?

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 July 2015 - 10:04am
Cheers guys. Think I'll use the tram initially and do a bit of exploring. (There's no guarantee I can get my bike on the train - they're pretty busy that time in the morning).

Re: Who's got the worst bike, and how far have you ridden it

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 July 2015 - 9:41am
That reminds me of a pair of Argentinean cycle tourists I met in the Argentinean lake district. The two bikes had one working brake between them, requiring care on descents. One of them had a rack, but of the kind not suitable for panniers as mentioned above, so he had fitted a wooden plank on top of it, and bungied a hold-all to said plank. I think the other had a rucksack.

I checked in to a very simple B&B in the Chilean town, Coihaique, generally reckoned to be the southern end of the main section of the Carretera Austral, which at that time was mostly untarred. Later in the day a pick-up truck unloaded two cyclists with utterly trashed bicycles/luggage. They just hadn't appreciated you need bikes and luggage carrying arrangements of a certain quality to survive a 10-day cycle camping trip on unmade roads.

Re: The People you Meet

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 July 2015 - 8:54am
I met http://www.cellojoe.com/p/videos_22.html who was cycling with a bunch of other musicians from Harwich to join various festivals in the UK. Their first stop, IIRC was Camden Green Fair.

I also met a lovely older gent in my area who I used to stop and chat with. The first time, we met near the bike stands at the supermarket in town. I think he he asked about my trailer. After that, I saw him from time to time, cycling on the road into town, or at one or another of the bike stands in town. He was a wheel builder. I gathered 40ish years ago he'd had a bit of a reputation that way in the area, but he had only done things for himself and friends for some years, and the club he had ridden with had disbanded. He was a lovely gent and absolutely full of British bicycle trivia. He also knew all of the bikes around town and had some funny commentary about them and their riders.

I met two couples tandeming together to Norfolk once. Their grandparents had come from the same village in Norfolk, but these couples ended up neighbors somewhere south of us (I think it was Sussex, but I don't recall for certain), so they were off on their tandems to the village where their grandparents came from, to see the church, and see if they could find the houses where they lived and things.

In another part of the country (some miles removed from home territory) I was stopped by another cyclist once because I was in club kit. The cyclist wanted to ask about a club mate and said they been good mates some years before, but had fallen out of touch, and would say I hello for him?

Re: The People you Meet

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 July 2015 - 8:47am
http://www.mrspreadsheet.co.uk

From Poole, able to run his business from anywhere, with his notebook. He took a notion to cycling E2E do he bought a bike and did it. I think his usual fitness haunt was a Squash court but had also canoed and walked big distances throughout Europe.

Re: The People you Meet

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 July 2015 - 8:26am
No returns for Mr. Spreadsheet? I like the story about the couple going to Skye to get married, thats lovely.

Re: Ortlieb bag colour and cleaning

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 July 2015 - 8:00am
My black plus material rear bikepackers still look new after 15 years of use for all sorts including lots of heavy shopping with tins. I have sometimes wondered about visibility with them being black but hope my lights will be fine.

I do have some front classics. Only been used once. Very nice but the material does make them a bit tricky to manipulate. Been toying with the idea of plus material ones for the front but a casual search didn't turn any up. I trust they are still made/available?

Re: Cornish Adventure Scuppered?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 July 2015 - 7:44am
Am dying to know if the "lady wife" has sanctioned this adventure.

Any update, new concerns raised, addressed?

Re: Another death and inadequate sentence

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 July 2015 - 7:13am
irc wrote:AlaninWales wrote: So far I suspect that (a) it is not and (b) the figures are (probably) roughly of the same order of magnitude.


Agreed. In a ped/cyclist collision it will come down to luck and the age and fitness of the participants as to who comes off worse I think.
Age and fitness are likely (in his country) to favour the cyclist. Although I suspect the cyclist is also disadvantaged due to the initial energy distribution.

Re: Who's got the worst bike, and how far have you ridden it

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 July 2015 - 12:57am
In my teens, a distant friend joined me and my pal for a cycle-camping trip, assuring us of his experience and equipment. His bike turned out to be a bog standard five speed affair that was very common in those days. Nothing wrong with that per se, but with poor maintenance, the condition left a lot to be desired.

There were alloy wing nuts on both wheels - with wings snapped off and most of the thread stripped. The rear carrier was one of those with a spring clamp for a bag on top and not really designed to take panniers. The carrier clamped to the seat stays and attached via large holes over the rear axle, held 'secure' by the next to useless wing nuts. The panniers were tartan vinyl with a couple of straps and buckles and the wheel kept shifting in the dropouts causing the tyre to rub against the chainstays. Very worn tyres and about three punctures on the first day.

Our progress was so slow that we could not make our intended campsite and had to change our itinerary drastically. We still managed over a week of 'base camping' with day trips within a 20 mile radius, so not a complete disaster. His bike was a lot more fit for purpose at the end of the trip than it was at the beginning but our wallets and collection of spares took a serious beating.

Re: New Route Planner

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 July 2015 - 12:10am
It's a great web site. Only one problem for me is how to export the gpx file. In safari on an ipad it's a text file.
Any ideas?
Sorry if it's been done I haven't read all 8 pages.

Re: Long tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 July 2015 - 11:06pm
I only go away for about 3 months at a time, but it is twice a year. I've been doing it so long now that within a day or two of being home I am (frighteningly) back in the swing. Likewise when I go away, after a couple of days it feels normal to be staying in a hotel, eating local food and pedalling my bike.

Most of my friends are equally blasé about me coming home. A quick ' had a good trip' and back to normal chat. Most of my neighbours don't realise I have been away at all.

It used to phase me a lot more when I was younger and more wide eyed. I would come home from somewhere completely different and mind boggling like India and people at home would be telling me about the big problems they had had with work/social life/washing machine/etc. It always seemed so trivial, but it was normality and I soon dropped back into it.

I always wanted a major shock by being home, but never had one.
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