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Re: Lighting a bike/high vis on tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 October 2014 - 8:57am
pjclinch wrote:What hi-viz certainly does that started me wearing it is standing out at very long distances, but the more I thought about it the more I realised you don't get hit when folk are a long way away. I can't recall any incident (driving or riding) where I've suddenly come across a bike (or car) at short range because it wasn't a conspicuous colour (including plenty of "stealth cyclists"). I can recall those where something turned up out of a blind spot, or where my own observation had been poor.maxcherry wrote:Black stands out in daylight. It's not true that bright colours make people more aware.Two answers from me here.

We were driving home from Liskeard in September, and there's a long stretch where you can see maybe half a mile. It's a great place to get a move on and perhaps overtake slower vehicles and lorries etc.

The road was clear, I was doing about 55mph maybe 60 it was about four in the afternoon and lovely bright weather. In the distance we saw a "shape" and as we got nearer it was a cyclist dressed in mainly black. There was no problem and we gave him plenty room as we passed him, but it was only because I had my eyes peeled into the distance that I saw him. Had there been a string of vehicles, I doubt we'd have seen him quite so early.

Obviously, cyclists don't get hit by vehicles a long way off and obviously I'd have seen him eventually and early enough to be no problem, but it is nice to see that the road is clear a way off so you can plan your line.

Had he been wearing something brighter, he would have been seen for what the "shape" was.

Re: Clipping and running

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 October 2014 - 8:51am
[XAP]Bob wrote:MikeF wrote:[XAP]Bob wrote:
EDIT: Just read the description on the video:
"The guy in the silver and blue Pinarello cut-off in front of a rider and took his front wheel out. He saw the accident he caused and sped away." We don't know that from the video. That's just an opinion.

It was the description, so made by the video uploader. Now it's possible that someone else has reuploaded the video, but it'd more likely that the person posting is the camera man, and therefore has the following minute as well as seeing the guy cycle off... And he has clearly had interest in cycling videos before.

So it's a little more than a simple opinion from the video - the person making it is likely to have had access to much more information than we do.But we haven't any video evidence of that which is the crucial point. Therefore we cannot judge. Supposing the cyclist with the video camera caused the problem, and note the first cyclist appears to brake before he swerves to overtake, then he might add a comment like that to exonerate himself, and post a video to "prove" his point.

Re: A warm dry winter?

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 October 2014 - 8:45am
maxcherry wrote:MikeF wrote:GrumpyGit wrote:If I'm going to make it to Brighton next spring I shall have to keep riding through anything the winter can throw at us.

In preparation I've just bought a pair of studded tyres for my mountain bike as it is my "weapon of choice" for filthy conditions. My hybrid remains set up for relatively benign roads.

Working on the principle that it never rains when you're carrying an umbrella I'm expecting a very mild winter this year! I predict there will be fewer hours of daylight, so you might need lights.


Did you scatter some chicken bones, or dangle some seaweed to see into the future

What a splendid idea, would cat entrails help too??

Re: Lighting a bike/high vis on tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 October 2014 - 8:29am
Black stands out in daylight. It's not true that bright colours make people more aware.

Re: Lighting a bike/high vis on tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 October 2014 - 8:05am
maxcherry wrote:Why does wearing black matter if I have lights on my bike?
Bright colours are for being seen in daylight.

Re: Clipping and running

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 October 2014 - 7:21am
Some very interesting comments but I wonder how many of the people saying the guy in front is at fault have ever ridden regularly with a fast passed cycling club.

Some of the first things I was told by the people I was ridding with was, never ever overlap the front wheel without telling the person in front that you are doing so.
Also do not respond to a hand signal to change road position unless you are certain that you are clear and the person can do as they indicate.
Keep your eyes forward do not look back otherwise you will run into the person in front if there is a problem.
Your brakes will not stop you in time if you are not concentrating on the bikes further forward.
Do not make any sudden movements without clearly indicating your intentions. If you get a response then the way is absolutely clear.

Unfortunately these lessons are not learnt by riders doing sportives and or charity rides. They just simply do not have the race club etiquette.
We all knew the Highway Code did not apply with regards to the other riders but the club rules did. But we road to those rules to stop this sort of thing happening.

Re: A (sort of familiar) tale

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 October 2014 - 10:10pm
Lights turn green, I'm first in the queue in the ASL taking primary. I start off quite briskly. 20 mph zone, lots of pinch points, I stay in primary.

Ford Transit behind doesn't like this and overtakes me engine screaming in second gear. He hasn't even fully completed the overtake when his right indicator goes on (at least he indicated) as he's reached the turning on the right he needs. As he slows for the turn the oncoming traffic means he pushes over on me and forces me into the gutter.

That was this morning. I'm sure there'll be something similar tomorrow.

Re: A ride too far

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 October 2014 - 8:58pm
yes but not from a bike ride - when I went to an interview and missed the last train. I had to sleep on a bench was winter/autumn time also. Not very pleasant . On bike rides I now take a bivvy bag and blow up pillow if I remember (lol)

Re: Clipping and running

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 October 2014 - 8:27pm
MikeF wrote:[XAP]Bob wrote:
EDIT: Just read the description on the video:
"The guy in the silver and blue Pinarello cut-off in front of a rider and took his front wheel out. He saw the accident he caused and sped away." We don't know that from the video. That's just an opinion.

It was the description, so made by the video uploader. Now it's possible that someone else has reuploaded the video, but it'd more likely that the person posting is the camera man, and therefore has the following minute as well as seeing the guy cycle off... And he has clearly had interest in cycling videos before.

So it's a little more than a simple opinion from the video - the person making it is likely to have had access to much more information than we do.

Re: The Struggle in lake district

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 October 2014 - 8:19pm
Just had a look at Google earth and the road I am thinkin of is indeed north rd, which goes past the unicorn pub and then past kirkstone foot I think, it seemed to go on for quite a while and I only joined it bout half way down walking it I think, not quite sure where it ends up at though

Re: The Struggle in lake district

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 October 2014 - 8:10pm
It's a long time since I walked up that road but I don't know how long it stays tarmac - obviously it is a bit of a dead end for vehicles. Looking at the map I can easily believe that it may be as steep as the struggle, but not as long.

Re: The Struggle in lake district

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 October 2014 - 7:45pm
Yep Bicycler, defo went up the struggle via the small roundabout out of Ambleside and eventually up to the hairpins near the top of the Kirkstone inn. I seem to remember a road called Sweden bridge on the right as I walked down what I think is the kirkstone rd to the bottom where the gem or stone shop is, so by the sounds of it our wires have got crossed between me and the guys in the shop. Looked pretty steep to me walking down it and a climb I have not done before on my bike, it seemed to go on fir quite a way, but definitely not the "struggle"........although it would be!

St Malo to Narbonne

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 October 2014 - 7:30pm
Hi Linda,

It's a beautiful route. I rode it earlier this year and may ride back to Olargue again next summer.

Mazamet to Narbonne, there's a cycle track that uses an old railway line takes you through Olargues (really pretty town), then you can go:

Roquebrun, Cessenon sur-orb, Puisserguier, Capestrang, Montels and Narbonne.


Below are my actual tracks:
Route from Castelnaudery to Olargues.
http://cyclemeter.com/9fb89c614db84b86/ ... 40524-0939

Route from Olargue to Narbonne
http://cyclemeter.com/9fb89c614db84b86/ ... 40601-1208

If you'd like to see my earlier route which takes in La Rochelle, give me a shout. You can ride canal Du Garonne and midi for a large part. Excellent flat cycling in shade with good paths.

Most of the ex railway line cycle paths are also excellent and not too hilly (trains can't do steep hills).

Gary
http://www.longbikeride.co.uk

Re: Lighting a bike/high vis on tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 October 2014 - 7:06pm
jamesgilbert wrote:someone who came very close to being deliberately run over

I had a car in Kenya hit me. I was riding on the pull off part that bikes and pedestrians use, so not even on the main road. A cyclist coming the other way said that car tried to kill you!

My bags are high contrasting colours in purpose and the incident happened during daylight. There's no accounting for these situations.

I'd go high contrast, cateye rear light and a good front light. Which is what I have equipped at the moment.

Gary
www.longbikeride.co.uk

Re: The Struggle in lake district

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 October 2014 - 6:57pm
The Struggle really refers to the whole climb and there's only one road up to Kirkstone pass once you leave Ambleside. There are a couple of ways of getting onto that road in Ambleside (either Smithy Brow or North Road) but they don't make much of a difference. What I think you have done is come down from Scandale down Sweden Bridge Lane which was the old packhorse route up to High Sweden Bridge and (probably) Scandale Pass. In which case you were misinformed by the shop staff. they probably misunderstood what you were saying. The road up to Kirkstone is definitely "The Struggle" http://goo.gl/maps/Awb76

A silly question here but when you cycled up the Struggle you did actually go all the way to the top at Kirkstone Pass right? That's about 3 miles of constant steep climbing! Either you didn't go all the way to the top or your memory is fading if you think any of the other roads around Ambleside is tougher.

Re: A ride too far

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 October 2014 - 6:52pm
mercalia wrote:well unexprected rides are the spice of life. just be lucky u didnt have to sleep rough for a night just an extra 15 miles.

I was very glad Mercalia. Have you ended up having to sleep rough?

Re: 2 LeJog deaths: Death by dangerous driving charge

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 October 2014 - 6:26pm
Sentencing in this case on this thread

viewtopic.php?f=22&t=91288

Re: The Struggle in lake district

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 October 2014 - 6:20pm
Sounds like you "branched" off the Struggle before reaching the smalI island at the bottom..

Re: The Struggle in lake district

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 October 2014 - 6:16pm
The road I know as The Struggle tops out just opposite the Kirkstone Pass Inn. It has a signpost on it - 'The Struggle'.

Re: Lighting a bike/high vis on tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 October 2014 - 6:15pm
elioelio wrote:Hi there,

Just wondering what other tourers do? Any tips?


I have a rule - I do not ride at night - however, life is not always perfect

I carry lights - red light leds to attach to panniers - front lights in the form of battery powered leds for front - plus head torch for map reading and signposts - plus a heavily reflective cycle specific waistcoat - all in all I end up looking like some sort of large stroboscopic bee - do i care - not a jot
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