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Re: Skye to Oban Route

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 June 2015 - 1:05pm
Thanks Elizabeth that's the one. First time I used it there was a piper playing on board.

Re: Skye to Oban Route

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 June 2015 - 12:55pm
You mean the Glenelg ferry, it's running, does a good business in sea eagle spotting I believe.
http://skyeferry.co.uk/

Skye to Oban Route

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 June 2015 - 12:51pm
I'm heading from Oban to ride up the Outer Hebrides which I've done before. I'm looking to maybe cross to Skye then ride back to Oban on the mainland. One option would be from the Kylerhea ferry on the CNN 79 anyone know what it's like it looks broken on the map. Any other suggestions welcome also recommendations for hostals.
Thanks

Re: another cyclist killed by a lorry in London

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 June 2015 - 12:47pm
landsurfer wrote:thirdcrank wrote: rewarded by piece-rate rather than the hour.
Is there a professional driver out here that can confirm the "piece rate " basis of tipper or any other drivers remuneration ?

I'll put my hand up to not remembering correctly what was said by hexhome on a similar thread:-

... Enforce the law on the illegal practice of paying tipper drivers a load bonus.

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Re: Spa Cycles steel Audax - any reason not to?

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 June 2015 - 12:30pm
Just to give you some alternatives, the Surly Pacer looks good and the Hewitt may well be available elsewhere, it's an Aravis frame used by a few, Henery Burton and Pearsons amongst them. Did you look at the Thorn Audax, probably the biggest competitor.
I think I'd probably go with the Spa, particularly if like with the tourers, they start doing it in colours other than black, but it’s nice to have a shortlist. OTOH if I ever build up another Audax bike, it'd probably be based on a frame that took V brakes, sacrificing a little weight for the option of wider tyres, the roads aren't getting any smoother!

Re: Spa Cycles steel Audax - any reason not to?

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 June 2015 - 12:15pm
Thinking of doing something similar with their tourer frame and transferring the bits from my Ridgeback Panorama which has terminal rust. Spa frames are good value for money. There are a number of alternatives if you don't mind Alu but if you want steel then Spa seem to be the cheapest.

Re: Bicycles from Britain to Continent

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 June 2015 - 11:45am
My husband & I cycled the length of the Rhine last year, from source to sea - we caught the train to Hull, ferry to Rotterdam and then trains to Oberalppass in Switzerland. Prebooked all the trains and although not cheap, 1st night's accommodation was on ferry and 2nd was on the sleeper from Utrecht to Zurich. No problems on any of the trains we used with the bikes (once we'd left the UK!).

Spa Cycles steel Audax - any reason not to?

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 June 2015 - 11:45am
Think I'm going to get the steel version of the Spa Cycles Audax.
The plan is to then throw on most of a 105 groupset and then sort some wheels out (that's a question for another day)

I briefly looked at other "audax" bikes.......

....Singular Osprey - 1" steerer
Hewitt Chiltern - out of stock

So it seams I'm kinda stuck, in a good way, with the Spa option.

Any I've overlooked?
Total bike build budget can strech to £1200.

Re: How to make a cyclist sandwich - video content -

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 June 2015 - 11:02am

My Braun doesn't even shave that close!
Get that reported asap!

Re: Map reading - can anyone do this now?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 June 2015 - 10:28am
gottogetfit wrote:...they are my favourite bed time read.When I tell people that, they look at me as if I'm strange and tell me I need to get out more - which is ironic...

Re: Map reading - can anyone do this now?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 June 2015 - 10:17am
Mark1978 wrote:OS recently have announced that if you buy a paper map, you'll get the electronic version for free. Which is a decent idea.

You can get 1:50000 for the whole of GB on Viewranger for £90, it was about £250 when I first got it back in about 2008.

Re: How to make a cyclist sandwich - video content -

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 June 2015 - 9:12am
I couldn't judge from the video how far out the cyclist had been before the overtake started. TBH, I doubt it would have made any difference, that van had a 'coming ready or not' approach to driving.

Re: Please help!

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 June 2015 - 9:10am
It's certainly the case that cycling uses some muscles a lot that running doesn't use to the same extent, or in the same way....same as walking uphill is different to walking on the flat. If you can walk 20 miles on the flat, it doesn't mean you won't struggle with 6 miles in the Lakes if you're going up the mountains. I think joint angles for each activity may have a lot to do with it.

Good luck with your ride (and the pedals cycleruk mentions with a flat side and a clip side sound like a great idea).

Re: another cyclist killed by a lorry in London

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 June 2015 - 9:07am
I have heard that a lot of HGV drivers are currently on low wages and have to work long hours to pay the bills.

I don't think anyone on this thread has suggested that female cyclists are more "suicidal" than male cyclists. It has been suggested that they may be less experienced or skilled, but even that was just expressed as speculation, not as statement of fact. The gender bias is a legitimate area for investigation. There may be something there that helps inform a properly thought out package of solutions.

Re: USA Coast to Coast

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 June 2015 - 8:26am
irc wrote:Psamathe wrote:DGG1941 wrote:nyc bus tour... There were a couple of stretches where you are directed onto Interstates as these are the only passable roads over the mountains. ...
What is riding on the interstates like? Sounds rather "unpleasant", but that is a guess.

Ian

In the west many freeways carry very little traffic. Often less traffic on a 4 lane + 2 shoulder freeway than the two lane A82 Loch Lomond Rd. I'd take a quiet freeway any day.

Not all freeways allow cyclist but the ones in the rural west usually do. This one is in Texas close to a El Paso - a decent sized city. Still pleasant to ride on and little traffic. This pic was around mid-day. Even has the shoulder marked as a bike lane.

bikelane.jpg

Another west Texas freeway

k-freewayquiet.jpg
seems to be a very clean , but is this a all story ? yah i agree with other member who is saying to use apps , better way to find the less busy roads

Re: another cyclist killed by a lorry in London

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 June 2015 - 8:17am
thirdcrank wrote: rewarded by piece-rate rather than the hour.
Is there a professional driver out here that can confirm the "piece rate " basis of tipper or any other drivers remuneration ?

Re: another cyclist killed by a lorry in London

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 June 2015 - 8:09am
I'm no statistician but even I can see that if there are countless unrecorded "damage only" accidents which would be "KSI" if they involved a pedestrian or a cyclist, then the tragically high number of dead cyclists represents only a tiny part of a much wider issue. On that basis, I suspect that the numbers of women killed as compared with men is statistically and only statistically, insignificant.

We have huge trucks on busy, often narrow streets, driven by often young, inexperienced people - largely men, I suspect - rewarded by piece-rate rather than the hour. They are physically safe, with no worries about their own bodywork or that of the vehicle they are driving, and practically immune from prosecution in the present dismal state of traffic policing. I'll speculate for many of them, being in the cab of a truck is the only time they experience any sort of power. Against that, there's a search for some sort of suicidal tendency among female cyclists.

Re: How to make a cyclist sandwich - video content -

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 June 2015 - 8:05am
Bloody scary, but, got to agree, ride further out. A perfect example of how you prevent a moron like that risking your life

Re: First tour, how much time would I need for this...

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 June 2015 - 7:33am
https://www.calmac.co.uk/kennacraig-por ... -timetable

You might have to look and plan around your ferries, this in turn may affect time taken.
I know we used the Kennacraig Ferry on a Weds so we could take in Colonsay (for 6 hours) while the ferry went to Oban then returned to Colonsay, then we stopped over on Islay for a couple of days.

but all the timetables are on the ferry link

Re: another cyclist killed by a lorry in London

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 June 2015 - 7:14am
Valbrona, your suggestions about why females are over represented in casualty figures are worth investigating. They are just speculation at the moment, but you have to start somewhere. Another possibility is that this bias is just a weird statistical blip. Not likely, but possible.
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