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Re: Trains in Ireland

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 February 2016 - 3:19pm
Norman H - I'll look into that route. Any alternatives are welcomed especially as I have discovered that the Irish tarmac rally championships are being held during our first couple of days in the area!!!!

Re: Trains in Ireland

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 February 2016 - 3:15pm
That's good to hear. Do let us know how it works out.

Eoinh wrote:-

From there it's a lovely cycle to kenmare, with a decent climb up molls gap.


Presumably Eoinh is thinking of the main Ring of Kerry route (N71) south from Killarney. It is indeed a very scenic route but do bare in mind that it can get busy at times and attracts a lot of coaches. You should also consider the route to the west of Loch Leane through The Gap of Dunloe and Black Valley. Distance-wise I don't think there's a lot in it and although this route is also popular with tourists, I think it's the more pleasant ride.

Incidentally there are various tracks and paths which head off the N71 up into the hills to the east and I've often wondered if there is an off road alternative to the N71 route to and from Kenmare. Whenever I've used that road I've always been in too much of a hurry to go and explore. I wonder if anyone has done this.

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 February 2016 - 3:06pm
reohn2 wrote:All odd, and smacks of organised crime IMHO.

Sounds not too unusual for an overworked prosecution and court service. Once it's at court and the defence and prosecution agree there is insufficient evidence to identify the driver it's always going to be a conviction of S172 RTA and nothing else.

Go and sit in a court. There are always amendments getting made, charges dropped for lack of evidence, charges dropped to get a plea on other charges. If it's a anything the way it works in Scotland there is one prosecutor per court. On the day there will be a dozen or more cases scheduled for trial. The prosecutor won't necessarily have seen any of the cases before that morning. So he won't be up to speed with the finer points of the evidence. Some cases will be put off because the accused hasn't turned or witnesses haven't turned up. Other may be delayed for legal reason. The prosecutor will be left with a handful of cases ready to go to trial but with a court that only has time to run one or two trials per day.
Some cases may have to be put off to another day. Do that too often though and a defence lawyer will argue it get dropped as the delay is unfair to his client. The comes the negotiation. Lawyers will suggest that while their client would plead to charge A he denies charges B & C. If the actual evidence is not 100% perhaps relying on witnesses of variable quality it might be thought that a plea to charge A is acceptable.

I believe Glasgow Sheriff and Magistrates courts are not as busy as they used to be. More low level crimes getting dealt with by tickets etc. But Tuesday this week there was 281 criminal cases being dealt with by Glasgow Sheriff Court.

https://www.scotcourts.gov.uk/current-b ... 74aa7#COP2

Obviously as a cyclist I feel the case wasn't given a high enough priority by the police or CPS but there is a lot of competition for limited police and court time.

Re: Increasing storage capacity of my mountain bike?

CTC Forum - MTB - 10 February 2016 - 2:36pm
3spd wrote:Here's an option as long as your not too fashion conscious......

https://theeverydaycyclist.wordpress.co ... saddlebag/

well you wouldn't want to be TOO stylish

Re: Too many vehicles!!!

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 February 2016 - 2:13pm
Bmblbzzz wrote:I agree totally that it's better to get along with people. This is so obvious to my mind it hardly is worth saying! And I don't think that patience (in drivers) is a particularly Welsh trait, though there are regional variations. To most people it's obvious that a cyclist going up a steep hill is working hard and they appreciate you're not wanting to hold them up.

However, I do think it's worth instituting car bans on many narrow lanes. Not just the steep ones, either! Or perhaps better than bans would be 'filtered permeability'; yes, I'm talking bollards! Or gates or whatever physical means may be used. The idea would be to stop through traffic – shortcuts, rat runs – while maintaining access for all.

And all deliveries to remote houses by Tesco, Yodel, etc, etc?

Re: Downslink works: Bramber to Shoreham-by-Sea

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 February 2016 - 1:39pm
Drake wrote:Does anybody know if the re-surfacing on the Bramber to Shoreham part of the Downs Link has been completed yet. Could find any info on the website.
See my post above. The current work was only intended to go as far north as the South Downs Way bridge. With the caveats I posted in a later post, the section from the A27 to the Cement Works site is 'complete' although whether the 'Footpath Closed' barriers and heavy plant have yet been removed I can't say, but will update once I get time.
HTH (not a lot, I suspect - but probably more informative than WSCC's site )

Re: Wheel recommendations for credit card touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 February 2016 - 1:32pm
I broke a spoke on the first day of a ride from the San Francisco area to Yosemite, it was a Sunday and of course the LBS was closed. One of the other riders came to the rescue and fitted something similar to the SJS spoke repair kit. I managed to complete the rest of the ride over the next two days without any problems including about 10,000 feet of climbing.

martin

Re: Too many vehicles!!!

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 February 2016 - 1:26pm
I agree totally that it's better to get along with people. This is so obvious to my mind it hardly is worth saying! And I don't think that patience (in drivers) is a particularly Welsh trait, though there are regional variations. To most people it's obvious that a cyclist going up a steep hill is working hard and they appreciate you're not wanting to hold them up.

However, I do think it's worth instituting car bans on many narrow lanes. Not just the steep ones, either! Or perhaps better than bans would be 'filtered permeability'; yes, I'm talking bollards! Or gates or whatever physical means may be used. The idea would be to stop through traffic – shortcuts, rat runs – while maintaining access for all.

Re: Wheel recommendations for credit card touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 February 2016 - 1:25pm
I have had a pair of Open Pro rims with 105 hubs on my Trek Pilot for the past 6 years, they were built by my local bike shop - not a single problem over several thousand miles and I'm 75 kilo's. Just bought a second pair of Open Pro's with 105 hubs from Paul Hewitt for another of my bikes, really good prices and service.

Martin

Re: Deliveroo

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 February 2016 - 1:16pm
coffeedrinkerUK wrote:Im sure when I glanced in through the door that the Hafords on Union Street it had more makes than their own. I saw Dropouts had left Stokes Croft, my immediate thought was that they'd gone bust due to the immense number of cycling shops in Bristol, over 60 I thought I read somewhere. I cant think who BlackBeard cycles are but I hope to get by on the current choise.
By "Halfords bikes only store" he means they are Halfords stores which only sell bikes, without all the car polish and stuff in their other shops.

I too had assumed Dropouts had gone bust, there's no sign there redirecting customers. I went up (and then down!) Church Rd yesterday but didn't notice them; in fact, I only saw one bike shop (and that a corner of local car accessories place) between Old Market and Kingswood High Street.

Don't know Blackbeard Cycles either, but there is a place in St Nick's Martket. Can't remember the name but it's not Blackbeard. And of course there's Roll for the Soul not far off, with Ryan who builds mean wheels, and Jake's in the Bearpit.

Re: The Poplar High St collision

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 February 2016 - 1:08pm
freiston wrote:I don't mean that motorists need to understand the scheme, but I meant that a motorist [making such a right-turn in heavy traffic as in the video] would not see the cycle lane/blue strip on the far side of the carriageway until after they had started their manoeuvre and therefore the scheme cannot be safe without the motorist already having that knowledge of the road layout. That's the way it looks to me in the video/google earth but I dare say the reality could be different.
My last comment was made while I was confused and thinking this discussion was about CS2 (where the track vanishes at vulnerable points on Stratford High Street and becomes a painted lane) not CS3. It should be even clearer on CS3 because the motorist should have seen the blue+white paint on their own side of the road and realised they were driving along a headline cycle route, unlike CS2 where the use of kerbs could lead them to plead that they thought cycle traffic had been filtered off.

Oh and I haven't mentioned it, but I'm surprised the cyclist didn't seem to attempt an emergency turn left. I've escaped the odd SMIDSY that way over the years.

Re: Slow riders?

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 February 2016 - 12:54pm
Kenn wrote:A long time ago I used to care about speeds and distances. Now I just like going out for a spin on any bike and get as much pleasure from a short trip to the shops on a folding bike as a day ride on a road bike. The unique experience of being able to cruise along while being part of the surroundings (rather than detached from them as you are in a car) and being able to stop anywhere on a whim is what makes cycling special for me. I do have a simple cycle computer on my touring bike, but if it fails it won't be replaced. What other riders do in terms of speed and distance has no relevance at all unless we're on a trip together. I think it is the difference between viewing cycling as a sport or as a versatile and enjoyable means of transport and a leisure pastime.

I've been using short rides outside and inside to build up my fitness levels, but that's only because I want to go for long rides outside and be able to ride distance and climb hills and yet still be well within my own abilities. Come to realise that riding a bike and physical exertion can and often do go together, but they don't have to.

Re: Commuting - best pannier?

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 February 2016 - 12:49pm
Tangled Metal wrote:Iron?
It's what bikes that aren't even gas pipe steel are made from

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 February 2016 - 12:35pm
kwackers wrote:Postboxer wrote:Yes but it was a courtesy car, so their usual car could be anything.
Probably an insurance replacement whilst their old car is at the garage having the previous cyclist removed.
Good one

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 February 2016 - 12:34pm
Postboxer wrote:Yes but it was a courtesy car, so their usual car could be anything.

Every courtesy car I've used or seen has been a smallish HB of some kind,I've never been offered or heard of anyone being offered an SUV Volvo

There's a lot going on in this case that doesn't add up,and it's not on Mr Scot's side of things.
The police,CPS,charges,Magistates,etc.
All odd, and smacks of organised crime IMHO.

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 February 2016 - 12:21pm
Postboxer wrote:Yes but it was a courtesy car, so their usual car could be anything.
Probably an insurance replacement whilst their old car is at the garage having the previous cyclist removed.

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 February 2016 - 12:12pm
Yes but it was a courtesy car, so their usual car could be anything.

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 February 2016 - 11:50am
It is a vicious circle with one leading to another. You can step on to it either from crime leading to poverty or poverty leading to crime.
I was surprised, I had imagined the driver to be an exec (or lawyer) with a sense of power and privilege rather than a benefits claimant. I was possibly swayed by the fact they were driving a big new Volvo. Not what you normally see parked outside the doors of the council estates in Nottingham.

Play on Pedals on CTC website

Play on Pedals blog - 10 February 2016 - 11:17am

A lovely new article about Play on Pedals up on the CTC website, including photos from the 3D Drumchapel and Wheel Fix It sessions in Drumchapel and stories from Instructors Anne Glass and Senga Laurie.

Read all about it here: http://www.ctc.org.uk/news/20160205-play-pedals-best-smiles


Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 February 2016 - 10:59am
So the crook looked like crook. Had multiple previous convictions. Was living on benefits. Had no respect for the court. Had a lawyer paid for by us. And got off with a slap on the wrist.

Go and sit in any court and you will see the same thing happening every day. 9 out of 10 (if not more) are regular offenders and treat it as a bit of a game. So when people complain that the UK puts too many people in jail I see people that haven't had to talk to the victims first hand.
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