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Re: cycle maps - where to get them ?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 July 2015 - 8:02pm
They do the Norstedts Kartforlaget cycling maps if that is any good. Might get it.in for you if you contact them.

Re: cycle maps - where to get them ?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 July 2015 - 7:59pm
There's a famous map shop in London. Stanford's I think. An outdoors forum I used to frequent recommended them for maps in far flung places but should sort you out.

cycle maps - where to get them ?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 July 2015 - 7:52pm
Hi remember coming across a reference for bookshops in UK that sell cycling maps but having looked in the forum i find specific countries but not the one I am looking for. I am looking for Cykelkarten (sweden cycling map series ) to plan out a tour for next year starting in Copenhagen and ending in Ijmuiden via Skane. Online stuff is fine Google maps etc.. , I dont use GPS but for an overview I may be old fashioned but I love paper maps. Plus they dont run out of charge lol !

Can anyone help with a link.


Re: Loose stones on the road

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2015 - 7:19pm
Tony f33 "The contractor was employed by the highways agency and the debris/stones are not detritus, ergo it is definitely the CC that is duty bound by law within 28 days to fix it."

If the work was carried ouy for the Highways Agency (or highways England as it is now) then that suggests the road is a trunk road, as they are responsible for maintenance of motorways and trunk roads, and wouldn't be the responsibility of the highway authority (unless you mistyped). In areas with a unitary authority or in area formerly covered by the artifical counties thought up in the 70's it may be the city or district council rather than the county who are the highway authority. It could also be that the contractor could be held responsible for debris lkeft in the carriageway, depending on how lng th ework has been completed. that would be for the highway authority to follow up on.

North Coast 500 in Scotland

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 July 2015 - 6:44pm
Does any body have any experience of the North Coast 500?

It looks really interesting, but don't know of anybody who has ridden it

Re: ITV4 Tour Coverage.

CTC Forum - Racing - 28 July 2015 - 6:41pm
The two pc's on itv4 are awful these days.....

Oh for David Harmon from eurosport

Re: Loose stones on the road

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2015 - 6:36pm
Or in the countryside just general stones washed out like down the middle of the road here. I'm in there btw

Re: Question about bike shipping by plane

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 July 2015 - 5:55pm
I flew with Pegasus and had the same problem with the website so I rang their call centre and they added a bike to my booking. I then paid at the airport. I don't think there was a limit for the bike size but I checked my panniers in separately to be on the safe side.They do have an English option so ask them about this and stopovers when you call them.


Re: Loose stones on the road

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2015 - 5:40pm
Lawrie9 wrote:We often hear about pot holes and the damge hey cause but there seems to be a lot of loose stones, scree and stuff that has washed off hillsides from landslips. I had to replace a front wheet from hitting a stone and it seems to be that the cutbacks has meant more stones and debris is left on the roads.
For urban cyclists it's the scree and stuff that washes out of building sites and that falls off the wheels of construction lorries.

Re: Boris' backie

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2015 - 5:19pm
[XAP]Bob wrote:How about - why the hell is this in the statute books?
Parliament had been twiddling its collective thumbs, and seized this opportunity to right an historic wrong and make the world a better place to live in?

Re: Boris' backie

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2015 - 5:07pm
How about - why he hell is this in the statute books?

All bikes are built for two, one on the saddle, one on the pedals.

Note I Don't include handlebar sitting...

Re: My first touring 'fail'

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 July 2015 - 5:00pm
It could just be some innocuous palpitations or it could be atrial fibrillation, but you won't find out which unless it happens whilst you're connected to an ECG, meanwhile they will tell you there's nothing wrong if they haven't seen it for themselves. If you're getting it often enough, they can give you a portable ECG (Holter monitor) to record your heart continuously for 24 hours or even 7 days, but if they're not taking you seriously in the first place you won't get one of those. I was having runs of palpitations when I got into bed for donkeys years before it developed into AF. I've had a Holter monitor three times since I was diagnosed, but the only times they've seen it is when I call 999 and get taken in to A&E by ambulance. I'd previously had two Bruce tests on the treadmill as well, but they didn't find anything either.

Eating big meals and/or getting into bed are common triggers for AF.

If it happens again and it doesn't stop within 10-15 minutes, call an ambulance, because that's your best chance of finding out what's going on and because you risk a stroke if you ignore AF.

Re: Loved Spain, hated France

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 July 2015 - 5:00pm
My trip got postponed because I got food poisoning. Originally I had planned to be in France in late June or early July at the latest. Spain was still really quiet though right up until I got back.

Re: Loved Spain, hated France

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 July 2015 - 4:30pm
I tour for two week in France most years, usually the last two weeks in June. The roads are quite ,the accommodation plentiful and reasonably priced. I wouldn't dream of going there in July and August.

Re: Way of the Roses..an accident waiting to happen?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 July 2015 - 4:25pm
531colin wrote:The sort of RIDER who runs out of road on Greenhow Hill will also run out of road on Peat Lane.
Greenhow Hill is a wide road with reasonable sight lines most of the time.
I have tried to link the start of the tricky bit of the descent of Peat Lane.....its the worst bit of film I have seen from the Google van....https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@54.074111,-1.769164,3a,75y,90h,49.44t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sIghmynM4PqmAnYEeH9kv2A!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
You can come flying down a straightforward descent (narrow, but open with reasonable sight lines) to be faced with this....the road dives into a tunnel of trees, the stone walls converge to line the gutters. The road is liable to be covered in debris washed down, there is no fast motor traffic to clear the debris. Right on the bend there is a stone water-bar in the road surface.......how close did you have to get to see it on the Google image? How soon would you see it plunging into the semi-darkness under the trees, wearing fashionable cycling sunglasses?
Follow down Peat Lane on Google until you get to the house on the left, and thats the worst of it finished......if you make the first bend, you will be going slow enough to make the rest.
There is an excellent farm cafe at the top of Greenhow Hill, I went there with a group of "new cyclists". We went up Peat Lane, (walking the steep bit), the plan was to return via Duck Street, but that was closed by a road traffic accident (one of the quarry lorries in the ditch). Nobody fancied going down Greenhow Hill, so we went back down Peat Lane. We got to just above my link (where the camper van is parked ) and everybody else got off and walked: I was the only one to ride down the tricky bit.
They all think I am reckless, I'm inclined to think they lack skill.........but perhaps I would have got off and walked if I had been on a fashionable bike with twitchy steering, narrow tyres and dual pivot brakes.
My view is that anybody whose brakes work can get down Greenhow Hill in safety if they exercise reasonable care, but I would not send an inexperienced rider down Peat Lane on their own.

Some good points there. Can't argue with the bit about not going down peat lane unless experienced rider, that's good advice to be fair. In many ways it's better going UP peat lane than Greenhow if you are going into Grassington etc. Yes a steep section at the start if going up, but it's very short and advantage is almost zero traffic.

Be tough with panniers mind

Loved Spain, hated France

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 July 2015 - 4:20pm
I'm back from my tour now. I had a great tour of Spain. I went from all the way down the Mediterranean coast from Roses, went inland in through the Sierra Nevada to Ronda and Gibraltar. Then I cycled up through the interior of Spain via Seville and Salamanca and northern Portugal and eventually to San Sebastian. Spain was such a great country to travel around with cheap plentiful accommodation and empty roads, particularly once you are away from the tourist areas.

I was going to cycle back through France, but it was a bit of a culture shock! I'd come in their peak holiday time and everywhere was full even campsites. Hotels were 80 to 100 € plus, in spain they were only 20 to 30€ mostly. French campsites were over €30 with wifi and electricity extra. The roads were worse than Spain and very busy. So I decided to call it a day and come home. I was pretty weary after nearly 6 weeks on the road and was pleased with what I did. It's a shame about France as I probably could have done it in a week and the terrain would have been easy. Maybe next time!

My highlights were Ronda, Seville, Salamanca. I did nearly 2000 miles and 88,000 ft of climbing.

Re: Horses: modern ones selected from what stock?

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2015 - 4:12pm
I'll agree with the lack of training being the issue. In the USA the Amish use horse drawn traps as their transport. The horses use the main roads and don't react to cars at all because they are used to them. I spooked them on my tourer with 4 panniers even approaching head on when they could see me properly. So either they aren't used to bikes or with 4 panniers it didn't look like a bike.

When horses were common on the roads in cities they were used to the hustle and bustle hence were usually OK. Though even then there were deaths from out of control horses. 1589 UK fatalities in 1875 for example.

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/1218 ... ng__Speed/

Re: Loose stones on the road

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2015 - 4:08pm
Tonyf33 wrote:al_yrpal wrote:Its actually your District Council that is responsible for clearing road debris NOT the County Council. If they ignore your warning that gravel is a hazard and a cyclist is injured as a result they are responsible and will have to pay up for damages.

The highways dept are responsible for maintenance and the legal duty - Highways Act 1980 \chapter 66 section 41 & 56 http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1980/66 falls upon the County Council of which the highways forms part of, the district council has nothing to do with it, they are only responsible for litter and general detritus. The contractor was employed by the highways agency and the debris/stones are not detritus, ergo it is definitely the CC that is duty bound by law within 28 days to fix it.

Well, that was a quote from the Oxfordshire County Council pothole inspector who I stopped and pointed it out to. Jobsworth mate… ”Its South Oxfordshire District Councils responsibility"


Re: Edinburgh

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 July 2015 - 4:03pm
Hopefully there will be an expert along shortly but from Leith you can take the coastal path most of the way to Cramond and then head out over the Forth Road bridge. Maybe head down to Culross on the west fife cycleway.

http://www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map/rout ... unfermline

Could do part of this.

I don't recommend heading to Dunbar on the John Muir Way. It's just a mud track in places.

Check out Spokes for more info around Edinburgh.
http://www.spokes.org.uk/links/local-re ... ggestions/

Re: Pedestrians' view of bells ?

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2015 - 3:54pm
Yes, drop bars. A london road from Planet X with/for 31.8mm clamp their own brand road bars. They are narrow around the tape region but go wider where the tape ends and through the clamp area. The cables under the tape make the taped region of the bars on the top a similar diameter as the clean, fatter section of bar. If that makes sense. Not sure why it is like this as my old road bike had smaller diameter drop bars.
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