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Re: Please help!

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 June 2015 - 9:14pm
I ride in running shoes and flat pedals. Used clipless for a while and decided they were pointless and did nothing for (my then) 30 mile commute.

If you don't like them don't wear them, don't be bullied into thinking there's something wrong with you.

Re: The People you Meet

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 June 2015 - 8:59pm
Yes, but I'd already done 40odd (hilly) miles and he'd only nipped out during his lunch hour.
He lives in Boscastle and was only about 6miles into his ride.

I was just pootling along without a care in the world and enjoying the June sunshine.

Re: The People you Meet

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 June 2015 - 8:00pm
And he caught you up did he....

Re: Map reading - can anyone do this now?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 June 2015 - 7:59pm
meic wrote:I always assumed that Mountain Rescue units were locals who knew the ground. I would not trust my GPS's accuracy to guide me along a cliffside path in the fog. My Brecon based sister was a little disappointed when I warned her (now Ex-) husband that a GPS would not reliably provide this service on his regular walks in the hills.

Mountain Rescue is often mispercieved as just rescuing people that have fallen off a mountain. In addition to that we are often called to search for missing people in urban and rural areas, for many different reasons, missing walkers, missing elderly people with dementia, people that wish to do them selves harm, missing children, the list is quite long. We are called to help the ambulance service, if the terrain is difficult. We have assisted the fire service with the recovery of casualties from car crashes when the car has ended up in a ravine. Some teams provide assistance during floods.
My team covers roughly the area west of a line drawn from Bridgend to Aberyswyth, but often go further afield to help other teams. So, locals who know the ground, not possible. Calls to places as far afield as Hereford, St Davids, Carmarthen, Newton and Aberystwyth.

I would not use a GPS to guide me, I would use it to navigate, along with a map, compass and all the navigational techniques I have learned over the years.

I am not one of those anti GPS tpyes, but I really do believe that people need to learn how to navigate with a paper map and compass first. I find it quite scary that some people venture into the hills with just a GPS and a route programmed into it to follow, with zero navigational skill. Ignorance is not always bliss, and a GPS is not a shortcut to experience.


Re: Not even an 'are' you OK!

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 June 2015 - 7:35pm
Stradageek wrote:Thanks for your reply TonyR, it cheered my wife up no end.


Thankfully she came home with the Josie Dew, 'Wind in my Wheels' attitude, "I'm not letting one stupid man stop me cycling!"

There's many more than one out there trying.

Re: Please help!

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 June 2015 - 6:53pm
The fault may be in your equipment. I had some clipless pedals that wouldnt let me out unless they were well oiled. Shimano SPD (MTB style) come apart without even thinking about it (they sometimes re-connect just as easily).

Re: Please help!

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 June 2015 - 6:49pm
1/ My advice is to persevere with the pedals. It might be useful to understand that you can't just fit them in the hope they will be okay - the cleats need adjusting correctly. Correct adjustment makes for easier pedalling, and sometimes poor adjustment can cause problems when engaging/disengaging. Did they come with instructions?

2/ You might benefit from lower gears. They can help you ride up hills.

Re: Bicycles from Britain to Continent

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 June 2015 - 6:33pm
annido wrote:The thing about Bike Express and the Bike Bus is that they are so incredibly expensive. Some of us are on budgets!!

Really? Depends how far you go, the longer it is the better value. I think £143 one way with a pick up near me in the Midlands all tho way to Roses in Spain including ferry crossing is pretty good. How much would it cost by train and think of all the hassle.

Please help!

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 June 2015 - 6:32pm
I have just got into road cycling. I have a trek lexa and I love it but I have just started experiencing issues and need some advice.

I have been trying out clipless pedals for about two months now and I can NOT get on with them. I feel so vulnerable, like a child that's just had their stabilisers removed! They have done nothing but knock my confidence. This is a huge issue and leads on to my next point...

I have signed up for Ride London at the start of August and I am nowhere near ready. I tried to cycle up a huge hill near me which I believe to be similar to the hills in Ride London, couldn't make it. Physically, I am fit (I think). I'm a very sporty person and have transitioned from running to cycling.

I am looking for advise really. Should I ditch the clipless pedals? Should I drop out of the event? If I ditch the pedals do I have even less chance of being able to complete it? I just hate them, I dread them for my commute to work and I dread them for my long rides. I have fallen off a lot since having them on and I am more scared of cycling on the road than I was before.

Please help!

The People you Meet

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 June 2015 - 6:00pm
The other day, I met a chap in Bridestowe Devon, and he had a wonderful Rolls Royce Silver Ghost. I was enthralled by it and he chatted for ages about its history and how he had spent a small fortune in restoring it. For most of its life, it was owned by a maharajah in India, and then came to France where it languished in a barn for decades.
http://vandpcars.smugmug.com/Cars/1920- ... ver-Ghost/

Today, I met a doctor. Not just any doctor. He caught me up on the A39 north of Camelford and rode with me a while over Davidstow Moor airfield. We got chatting.
His name is Chris Jarvis.
http://www.uci.ch/inside-uci/organisati ... ommission/

Re: Why do Daily Wail Readers Hate Cyclists?

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 June 2015 - 5:52pm
To play Devil's advocate, that is a bit of an oversimplification. Sure, there are plenty of Daily Mail readers who are likely full of contempt for the "other" just because they are other, but are they not at least somewhat of a (over)reaction to the politically correct Guardian readers and columnists who seem to say (if not necessarily overtly) that you can never criticise immigrants, brown people, women et al for to do so would be, de facto, racist, sexist, bigoted and so on. Many would sooner lynch their first born son, than criticise someone from what they consider a victimised group.

Just look at the recent Sir Tim Hunt situation for an example of relatively timid criticism, now known to be part of a longer joke that didn't go fully reported, which has caused all kinds of trouble for the man because he criticised the wrong group of people and expressed unfashionable opinions (even though only part of an ironic joke). This kind of furious censorial attitude I find no less distasteful than the fury exhibited by the Daily Mail readership. I suppose at least with the Daily Mail lot, you know where you stand; with the politically correct social engineers, the whole point seems to be you never quite know when you have said something verboten, for the goal posts are always moving. One who doesn't purvey forever changing, socially acceptable ideas in the right way is labelled a bigot and summarily torn to shreds, purely through their ignorance of the latest fashions, rather than through any real malice on their part.

Re: Not even an 'are' you OK!

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 June 2015 - 5:41pm
Thanks for your reply TonyR, it cheered my wife up no end.

Thankfully she came home with the Josie Dew, 'Wind in my Wheels' attitude, "I'm not letting one stupid man stop me cycling!"



Re: Bus passes

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 June 2015 - 5:26pm
As regards Senior Railcards it's worth checking if your local council, used to be parish/town councils around here, but now it's district councils. The subsidy varies according to where you live. Around here it now works by a code (different for each person!) being issued before application for the card, so you need to apply correctly to obtain the discount. I was lucky, I could have applied for a bus pass at 60 and I could have retired at 65 as I'm a "war baby"

Re: Rhine-Moselle short tour, advice needed

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 June 2015 - 5:25pm
I came along the Main route last summer, intending to stay in Mainz then head north up the Rhine. I wasn't too taken with the modern city of Mainz so carried on down the Rhine to a night stop at Bingen. I then did Bingen-Koblenz along the Rhine the next day before turning left up the Mosel route. The Mosel route is not as well-developed as the other German routes I have done (Rhine, Main, Elbe, Danube). Starting from Koblenz I had to do the first 7km or so on a fast main road. There was also a stretch of somewhat rough forest track approaching Cochem. Nothing too difficult though. I did Koblenz to Traben-Trarbach in a day (a nice place to stay, if very quiet). The next day was Traben-Trarbach to Trier, and then Trier-Metz on my last day's cycling. I did consider then heading west to Paris on minor roads (about 3 days), but the weather was turning bad.

The Mosel route is flat and generally scenic except for the last bit, which passes through some industrial districts around Thionville. I was able to get on a TGV to Paris on arrival in Metz, so stayed the night in Paris and was back in England by Eurostar the next day.

Play on Pedals Bike Week activities

Play on Pedals blog - 24 June 2015 - 5:20pm

Play on Pedals had a fantastic Bike Week last week, here’s some of the things we were up to… 

Our first Instructor Trainer delivers her first session

We started off on Wednesday with our NEW Instructor Trainer, Anne, delivering her first session with staff at Belhaven Nursery. Anne did a fantastic job, clearly presenting the Play on Pedals project,its aims and outcomes and answering questions from participants. She was positive in supporting her trainees to have fun while learning the games and activities and offering tips and advice about ways to develop.

What really stood out from Anne’s delivery was how well prepared and confident she was in her delivery, speaking with passion about her experiences delivering Play on Pedals at Chesters Nursery in Drumchapel.

Some of the nursery staff on the Belhaven course were speaking about how they had embraced Bike Week by asking all their children to come to the nurseries with their bikes for a show and tell; the nurseries were now to keen to take their new learning back to the kids.

Play on the Longest Day Events

Play on Pedals Instructors attended two separate events on Saturday as part of the Play on the Longest Day events taking place with GCC Education Dept and play sector organisations across the city.

Emilia and Victoria attended the Maryhill Play Team’s street closure event on Northumberland Street and delivered cycling activities to around 15 children – helping one child with his first pedalling.

Tracy and Polly meanwhile attended the Baltic Street Adventure Playground event, alongside Urban Fox, PEEK, Playbusters and the Baltic Street team for a day of games and fun. We were lucky enough to have 10 children from 2 1/2 years old up to 8 years old practising their cycling skills and slow speed control with us.

These road closure events were just a few of eight events across the city this weekend that had been given free permission by the council’s Land and Environmental Services team to close the streets. Lets hope there are more to come because its a great way for children to reclaim the streets from cars and have safe play in their local communities.

Riverside Museum / Glasgow Bike Station Family Cycling Fun Day

Thankfully the torrential rain on Sunday morning cleared up and by 2pm the skies were sunny and dry for a great few hours of family cycle fun / mayhem!

There were children and adults and tandems and balance bike and cargo bikes and hand-powered bikes and BMXs all over the front court of the Riverside Museum!

Loads of children were keen to try out our Play on Pedals bikes and Instructors Emilia and Kathleen were kept very busy encouraging children with their new pedalling challenges. We saw so much improvement with the children in such a short space of time and lots of smiling faces at the end of the day.

As well as Play on Pedals, the Glasgow Bike Station organised for a pump skills track to test children’s agility and control on the bikes and it was great to see the fearless 3 and 4 year olds tackling the ramps on their balance bikes.

A fun weekend to mark the summer solstice and end of Bike Week.

Re: Rhine-Moselle short tour, advice needed

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 June 2015 - 5:07pm
I've just returned from a 5 day tour where we took bikes on the Harwich to Hook ferry and used trains. We only went as far as Koblenz but spent 2 days entirely cycling in Holland. Bonn to Koblenz took us from about mid-day to 7pm at a leisurely pace including all cafe stops and navigation delays getting started. I think there are trains from Hook to Dusseldorf (change Rotterdam) then change Dusseldorf for train to Koblenz. With overnight ferry travel you should get at least 4 entire days on the Rhine-Moselle

Re: 11 speed for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 June 2015 - 4:29pm
"The only preparation Roz needed was the removal of her three-speed derailleur gear, which I reckoned would be too sensitive to survive Asian roads." - Dervla Murphy, Full Tilt, 1965. Just in the middle of reading this classic and this thread amused me .

Re: another cyclist killed by a lorry in London

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 June 2015 - 4:09pm
pwa wrote:but it is not true of all tipper truck drivers. I have known a few and they have been decent, hard working people who took a pride in their work and (from what I saw) drove with skill and patience. I don't doubt that there are some bad ones out there, but it does no good to make out that every tipper truck driver is a menace.
Some years ago a friend of mine drove tippers (the 8 wheeled variety) when he first got his HGV. He has nothing good to say about either the job or the folk doing it.

I appreciate that doesn't mean they're all bad but they are massively over-represented and whilst it may do no good to paint them all neither does it do any good to ignore an obvious truth no matter how bad it smells.
Personally I can't see how it's possible to ignore the fact that the whole tipper industry is in dire need of an overhaul. This to me is self evident both from experience (hello; Grundy Skip Hire of Widnes) and from statistics.

I don't believe that the tipper issue is actually related to the female thing other than whatever it is that's getting women killed a poor standard of driving seems to be a major factor.

Re: Map reading - can anyone do this now?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 June 2015 - 4:05pm
The OS business model changed hugely a few years ago, when the cost of licences to resellers dropped - at least to us leisure consumers. Before that date - 2012? I chose not to buy a Satmap Active; after, it all suddenly became 'affordable' - the major cost being not the unit but all the bloomin' maps cards I'd wanted!
I bet the commercial costs are still steep. It does make some sense to offer digital at the same time as the paper, although you can peruse OS mapping so readily as well as print, it seems hardly worth the cost of buying these days.
An unintended consequence - printing from the on-line mapping of choice while obviously not free, given the cost of domestic colour printer consumables does means you get to centre your route on the page, and for walking at least, to a certain extent avoids the folding/refolding issue that we know of old. And for winter walks at least, I often pop the A4 'hard copy' through the office laminator!

Re: Map reading - can anyone do this now?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 June 2015 - 3:46pm
I quite like the look of viewranger - it is not clear if you can view maps on a PC or for that matter mobile device when offline? - might be worth me considering as I am in the process of refreshing my digital maps
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