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Re: Cycling to school for years, but children no longer happ

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 May 2015 - 8:46am
admin wrote:As an update, we've now been walking to school instead of cycling for some weeks now. The difference is amazing: almost stress-free school journeys! It takes me 40 minutes to get to and from school, compared to 20 minutes on the bike, but it's so much more pleasant. There's no way I'd ever recommend anyone to cycle to school now. Walk, or go by car, I say.
Glad that you've got it sorted. Once you realise that you have to set aside that extra time, it gets second nature. Also, you probably had an extra five minutes at home getting the bikes out, locking the bikes at school, etc.

Keep it up with the kiddies doing the other leisure cycling.

Re: Lightweight packable trousers - recommendations please

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 May 2015 - 8:31am
If you do make it to TKmaxx, keep your mind firmly on what you went in for. You may otherwise come out with all sorts you didn't know you needed till you saw it in there at a bargain price. (I have a pair of Ventile trousers original price £300, to me £10.)

Re: Lightweight packable trousers - recommendations please

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 May 2015 - 8:16am
PH wrote:You haven't said what sort of touring or what you intend to do in the evenings.

I'm doing a tour from Canada to Mexico through California, mostly National Parks and Deserts. Accommodation is surprisingly scarce so we are staying in whatever we can find mostly motels, cabins and a couple of nice hotels where nothing else is available, but no camping. I'm going for a month so they need to be crease proof, stain resistant and fairly smart. I'm not too bothered about the legs zipping off - I haven't got the legs for it! I'm only taking two small panniers so space (and weight) is at a premium).

There have been lots of good tips on here and I have been clicking on the links. Next step will be a trip to the local outlet village

It's good to know that you don't need to spend a fortune.

Re: Is a cadence sensor worth it?

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 May 2015 - 8:01am
He's not tested me then!

Out the other day along the riverside road down in the Bere Peninsula, there's a long level bit along the River Tamar. Very pretty area - sea birds, wild flowers, boats etc.

Along there, I always take my time circa 7 or 8 mph, but in top gear 115". Very very relaxing to ride slowly on the level in a very high gear.

Cadence?

24rpm.

Re: Edinburgh airport

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 May 2015 - 7:52am
Cycle to South Gyle, take a train to Inverkeithing, and then change onto a train to Aberdeen.

Will

Re: Five Pits Trail, Derbyshire

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 May 2015 - 7:46am
I'm afraid I can't improve on the route on cycle paths past Hucknall or NCN6 then side roads through Sutton, Kirkby etc. Not an area I head for often, for that reason!

Re: Problems I never knew needed solving

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 May 2015 - 1:30am
kwackers wrote:I had a lightweight carbon framed bike for a while and whilst it was a revelation in what it meant to ride a bike that weighed nothing it did demonstrate comfort was a relative thing.

I simply rode it less and less until one day I brushed the cobwebs off and sold it.

Nothing beats a steel framed tourer (imo).


I agree for touring, winter and town work. But I also run two steel framed road bikes on country lanes in the summer.

My 1999 531c Bob Jackson is a dream on 23mm tyres. It comes out of hibernation every spring like the Blue Peter tortoise and it feels as if I've just got a brand new fast bike.

Re: St.Malo to Nice

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 May 2015 - 1:18am
Anyone know if there is a train from Nice to Rennes? Seems more direct but I understand that is not how the railways were built.

Re: Cycling to school for years, but children no longer happ

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 May 2015 - 12:28am
walk or go by car........ thats a shame that you've defaulted to that choice. I think if you were to ask 100 parents the schools, for example, 1.5mls away is it walk or car? I hedge my bets 90 would pick up the car keys. So I think to say walk or go by car will sustain the excess of short distance car journeys, hence pollution, high traffic volumes and obese children/parents. My experiences in the area I live are that people will drive less than half a mile without any thought of walking it, I'm seen as odd as I walk 2mls to the nearest bus stop. I still drive a car, simply try to balance its use, to me 1-2mls would be walk, that also as a kid when I walked to school. I think I must be well out of touch with the modern attitude to life, quite worrying. The idea of say dutch style cycle provision is ideal but I think we all know that no party that would typically be elected in the UK would have such a policy for infrastructure.... the one party that may, the greens, sadly just can't attract the majority and are disadvantaged by our voting system.

So from your experience should we not really be putting the emphasis on walking, together perhaps with public transport in urban areas( rural quite poorly served ) in lieu of the car, also school buses. For those wanting to cycle the roads would then be quieter if others chose those options.

Re: Crane River Parks Hounslow & other London rides

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 May 2015 - 11:59pm
elPedro666 wrote:Thanks for the update [emoji3] we've just got back from exploring some similar waterside hidden gems around Stockport; very satisfying to get intimate with the nooks and crannies of your local area [emoji6]


Yes u dont need to go abroad to find places to explore, some can be very close, many need a bit of time that u probably cannt afford when traveling abroad or some distance from a base.

click pics to enlarge

here a few more - these from Staines Road section - so called Donkey Wood -

across small open grassy spaces.JPG

Donkey Wood raised walkway.JPG

Donkey Wood here is why.JPG

not always swampy but this day was wet.JPG

Donkey Wood.JPG

Re: St.Malo to Nice

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 May 2015 - 10:36pm
When I did the ride I took overnight train back to Paris from Nice, this took bikes assembled in a bike space. It is a good ride. My ride was losely similar to the Saddle Skedale holiday company trip.

Re: Edinburgh airport

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 May 2015 - 10:11pm
I knoow nothing about Edinburgh or Scotlandshire trains

but I was curious and have too much time on my hands

according to openstreetmap and the friendly google map you could cycle the 3.2 miles from the airport to South Gyle Station where I assume you could board a train (I assume that Scotrail do take bikes by your ambition get to a train station) to wherever it is in Edinburgh that you can catch a train to Aberdeen

Edit - it is confirmed that I know nothing about Scotlandshire - as I said being curious - I checked the trains - going to Edinburgh is the wrong way - looks lie there are regular stoppers (which I assume you wouldnt need a reservation) to Dundee from Sooth Gyle - and a pleasant service to Aberdeen from Dundee - feel free to smack me with a freshly smoked kipper if this is all bull

Re: Butser Hill - proposed cyclepath for the missing link

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 May 2015 - 10:04pm
We've got one of those alongside the A1076 Gayton Road in Gaywood, Norfolk. It's unpopular and many people on bikes still use the carriageway. Have Hampshire really got enough income to waste building horrible things? Give them a week and go to the local press - if it's linked to either Archant or Johnson Press, I expect they can find the occasional "why don't they use the cycle track?" / "because it's awful" exchanges in the EDP or Lynn News letters pages.

Re: Lon Las Cymru - 4 or 5 days

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 May 2015 - 9:51pm
Nice. I will have my GPS with me as well. I also have the Sustrans LLC North and South map but will take a look at that link you posted.

Those are the two areas where the steepness looks about right. I have my proposed route posted in my own thread on here but it pretty much sticks to the NCN 8 as best as one can while using RideWithGPS. Some sections the route goes a little bonky but I blame that on the mapping software.

I am hoping for some drier weather (rained every day on my Ireland trip) when I am there as well, in order to better see said scenery.

Re: Cycling to school for years, but children no longer happ

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 May 2015 - 9:28pm
ferdinand wrote:I'm still reflecting on cycle paths, but I think we need both Major and Minor versions

No, please no!

We don't need "cycle paths", they've been tried and have failed terribly. You just end up with footway conversions, which are narrow, not safe, give away priority at every side road, and annoy pedestrians.

We simply need what the Dutch have (and to a certain extent also the Danes). We need cycleways - ways that are designed for bicycles to use, just as carriageways are designed for motor carriages. Dutch-style cycleways are good enough for all cyclists, from children aged 8 cycling on their own to school, all the way to teams of racing cyclists passing through. It's not difficult, although it does need some careful attention to detail and a strong commitment to build them. But, once built, the entire population can make use of them, leading to better health, less congestion, less pollution, less danger, better community interaction, etc, etc.

As an update, we've now been walking to school instead of cycling for some weeks now. The difference is amazing: almost stress-free school journeys! It takes me 40 minutes to get to and from school, compared to 20 minutes on the bike, but it's so much more pleasant. There's no way I'd ever recommend anyone to cycle to school now. Walk, or go by car, I say.

Re: Is a cadence sensor worth it?

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 May 2015 - 9:13pm
I did a health appraisal thingy at work and they asked me to pedal a stationary bike at 55 rpm. I found it very difficult - my natural cadence is much higher (but what I dunno). The guy administering the test said regular cyclists found turning the cranks so slowly difficult.

Re: Lon Las Cymru - 4 or 5 days

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 May 2015 - 9:07pm
No write-up I'm afraid, only the video.

NCN 8 is fairly well sign-posted the whole length of the route. There are some instances where signs are missing or obscured by vegetation, but overall easy to follow. Still, I had my gps which made things a lot easier when navigating. Also, as backup I had a printed copy of the route from http://cycle.travel/route/lon_las_cymru (recommended).

There are lots of gates! Best addition to my bike before leaving for the ride (apart from the GPS) was the fitting of a kick-stand. Used this a lot when going through gates, as well as for taking pics when there wasn't anything to lean the bike against.

There are some steep sections. The two memorable ones are the the climb up to the hills at the back of Harlech (I reckon around 22% near the beginning) and the long winding climb between Machynlleth and Llanidloes.

The scenery is amazing and so varied. Lush green valleys when following the Wye, to the barren hills around Snowdonia when your only company will be the sheep. Like I did, I'm sure you'll have the most fantastic and memorable journey.

Re: Is a cadence sensor worth it?

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 May 2015 - 8:50pm
Swear by them. Multiple knee surgeries (both knees), need a good cadence. Use mine most when training and racing (Tris/TTs). Ideal cadence at threshold Heart Rate (from my HRM) = best I can do...

My "natural" cadence is 93rpm. No idea why, that's where it feels right.

I use a cateye astrale to measure mine with rear wheel speed / distance sensor and cadence. I have 3 of them across the bikes (don;t have one on the MTB...) they're all 20+ years old. One has a cracked screen and leaks water from a crash many years ago - cling film wrap cures it and allows perfect visibility.

Re: Butser Hill - proposed cyclepath for the missing link

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 May 2015 - 8:43pm
On no, here we go again . . . . . .

my email to county highways
to implementation@hants.gov.uk
Hello implementation

It is good to see the work getting under way.

Alas, I have an immediate concern about the first section from Bollinge Hill southwards.

From the work so far, it looks like the contractors are going to keep the existing footpath tarmac and just patch it wider.

The existing tarmac is "footpath quality" - lumpy and completely inadequate for a cycle track.

Please tell me that I am wrong about what they appear to be doing.

Best WIshes
Graham

Re: Cycling to school for years, but children no longer happ

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 May 2015 - 8:41pm
pwa wrote: Whether such a culture could be established in a large town or city, I don't know. But it does seem to work pretty well here.

I think a split between through traffic and local traffic is important for that, and I'd identify closing off ratruns as key there so that residential areas are *residential*.

I'm also finding that my opinions are shifting towards blanket 20mph limits on non-numbered roads (with necessary exceptions), and A and B roads to have 30mph limits in urban areas. That is all in aid of reducing differential speeds. I would also apply the limits to cyclists.

I'm still reflecting on cycle paths, but I think we need both Major and Minor versions, one segregated from peds for people to cover distances (eg between towns or along desire lines), and the other to be more for "leisure and local".

Ferdinand
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