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Re: Pannier question

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 April 2015 - 7:07am
Not that I can recall from my experience. I take it nothing is rubbing anywhere and that your tyres are pumped up and your bearings are in good condition?

Re: Sad news from Nottingham

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 April 2015 - 12:00am
TrevA wrote:The collision may have occured on the Toucan crossing (pure speculation).

You're in a hole.
Stop digging!

Re: fewer motorists fined for mobile use

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 April 2015 - 11:13pm
iviehof, I have been ticketed for obstruction when parking when I wasn't, and could prove it - the police action was part of some intimidation against a particular group, whose activities I was just there to photograph. The police wouldn't even accept my complaint about it.

However, I still think there ought to be automatic serious penalties when it is proven that someone used a mobile phone whilst driving.

I've had a copper lie to my face about where his own car was parked, and then when we both looked round, there it was. Not where he had said it was. He still wouldn't back down. Undoubtedly some police officers are lying toads, but phone records are definitive.

Re: fewer motorists fined for mobile use

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 April 2015 - 11:08pm
LollyKat wrote:I'm sorry if you took it like that as I didn't intend it as such - it was not aimed at you. I had never heard of the entrapment you describe. I was thinking of all the eejits who bang on about the 'war on the motorist' and complain about speed cameras, traffic light cameras, public parking, etc.

The perils of forum posting .

I'm afraid that poster seems to have a bee in their bonnet about parking tickets, whilst most of the rest of us were discussing people using mobile phones when driving. I didn't see you suggesting that anyone should be being chased for parking fines, or even speeding fines, when signage was inadequate.

Re: fewer motorists fined for mobile use

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 April 2015 - 11:05pm
iviehoff wrote:Flinders wrote:iviehof, that is not what LollyKat said.
I don't like it when people put words into other people's mouths and then criticise them for what they haven't said. It doesn't advance the debate, it trivialises it.
Good. Because that is what LollyKat did, and I was complaining about it.

That is not how it looks/looked to me at all. And it still isn't.

Pannier question

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 April 2015 - 10:57pm
Just got a second pannier for my commuting bike.

One pannier has my work clothes and lunch/tea in it. The second pannier has my laptop and other odds and sods in it. I used to transport these items in a rucksack.

Now I thought that, as the weight of me plus the bike plus 'luggage' was the same, the bike would take the same amount of effort to propel along. However, when moving away from rest I've noticed that it takes a lot more effort to get going. Feels like the feeling that I got when towing a caravan (only done that once). Is this normal?

Re: fewer motorists fined for mobile use

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 April 2015 - 9:20pm
iviehoff wrote:In the past the courts have thrown out such private penalties as disproportionate. However on this occasion the parking company tried again with a novel argument and got judgement in their favour, which has just been confirmed at court of appeal.
I saw that. Good on them! I'm fed up with folk who think they can park wherever they like with impunity and then whine like a girl when they get a ticket.
The reality is that whilst not long ago parking companies were extracting the urine it's gone too far the other way now.

Off road cycling from Dublin to Galway

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 April 2015 - 8:52pm
Hello, does anyone know which part of the new off road cycle path between Dublin and Galway is completed. I intend to do this route late July. Many thanks Eve

Re: Nallo vs. Anjan

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 April 2015 - 7:33pm
Horray! Cheers for letting us know, rualexander.

Re: fewer motorists fined for mobile use

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 April 2015 - 5:11pm
Vote for Eric Pickles.

Re: A few photos from China

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 April 2015 - 5:10pm
Great photo's and I love the way they are presented. What did you take them with and what is that frame technique/software/app?
ps. did you tweak the colours?

Re: A few photos from China

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 April 2015 - 4:03pm
Brilliant blog Mark, much envy!

Al

Re: Stafford > Newport (Shrops) cycleway

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 April 2015 - 3:59pm
Managed to double post, sorry.

Stafford > Newport (Shrops) cycleway

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 April 2015 - 3:49pm
I said I'd post when I'd cycled the new bit that finally connects this all up. (It is an old railway)

Upside:
The new bit, which connects the end section in Shropshire with the rest from Stafford that previously went beyond Gnosall and just stopped, is wider than the rest. Two cyclists could comfortably potter along two abreast if the path was clear (you could do this on the Shropshire bit, but that is a bit narrower). It has a surface of fairly small gravel, not as smooth as clay, but not bad. I tried it up to 15mph, at which point it got a bit bumpy, as if there were slight lateral ridges, but it wasn't bad even on my bike which has 23c HP tyres and an aluminium frame. I suspect it will pack down.
This overall means that from Stafford to Newport, you only have to cross a tiny minor road on the flat, and come off the track once, and that's at Gnosall where the bridge has gone. You have to drop down from the embankment, cross the road at a cycle crossing with lights, and go back up. The Stafford side isn't too bad, the Newport side is a mess, steep, loose gravel with a nasty hairpin half way up.
I did the Haughton>Newport section only. Unless it has been resurfaced since I last used it, be warned that the surface at the other end between Derrington and Stafford is like ballast, doable but very uncomfortable on a road bike.
I had a lovely ride on my section, primroses,shady trees just starting to come out a lot of the way, silver birches etc. Some bits it was like riding in a wood (for some reason they have put little bends in bits of it). Benches to stop at, even picnic tables between Gnosall and Newport, and at the get-on point at Haughton where you can park a car if you want to start from there as a visitor. There is a point where you can access the canal towpath.

Downside:
The path dumps you on the A41 outside Newport, and after that is badly signed or not signed at all.
You have to swing left on a tarmac-ed section towards a nasty roundabout when you come off the track, and you have to cross the A41 close to the roundabout itself. Heavy and fast-moving traffic makes this difficult, though there is a central refuge. A very kind driver stopped to let me across on my way back, thank you, sir!:D

Once over the road, the tarmac path swings you right into an industrial estate and dumps you there with no signage. If you followed road signs, you'd have to return to the main Telford road and cross it (no fun) and then cycle along it to the next roundabout, and turn right into Newport (absolutely no fun at all, as this is a very fast road). However, I asked a local, and if you carry on through the industrial estate, straight on at the little roundabout, and carry on, buses and cycles can get into the town centre. You cross a chicane with bollards and then take the second left to the main street. Turn left on the main street if you want the excellent 2nd hand bookshop and are feeling up to cycling back with a pile of books in your rackpack , right for the main drag.

Re: Dawes Super Galaxy price shock

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 April 2015 - 2:51pm
Does it also downgrade a brand to always have their product discounted and often at huge discounts?

It does seem too high and generally I thought there were better brands out there. Even Ridgeback seemed to be better spec than some of the equivalent Dawes Galaxy models. I do not think Dawes is in the same league as they once were. When I got my Dawes Sports Tourer back when I was 9 years old it was a good brand to have, truly the main brand to have for touring and what I now know to be audax or sportive riding too. Now I'd just look elswhere.

Re: fewer motorists fined for mobile use

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 April 2015 - 2:31pm
LollyKat wrote:I had never heard of the entrapment you describe. I was thinking of all the eejits who bang on about the 'war on the motorist' and complain about speed cameras, traffic light cameras, public parking, etc.
I'm not one of those eejits, I agree they are eejits. I believe in enforcement. But if you give public authorities powerful methods enabling them to make lots of money from dodgy practice, history suggests they will take advantage of it.

I'm not talking about the friend of mine who got debt collection notices for parking tickets he'd never received. The warden moved his moped before photographing it, and then putting it back, putting no ticket on the bike, and then using a corrupt debt collector to try and collect the unpaid debt: that's just fraud. Fortunately my friend met someone who witnessed it happening and the warden ended up in prison.

When speed cameras were first permitted to be widely used, quickly police forces started to apply entrapment. It didn't last very long, because it was clamped down on quickly too. But clamping down on it did involve what were arguable stronger restrictions than would be desirable for proper use of the cameras. Let me give an example of entrapment that resulted in my first speeding ticket. Along a road in Oxford was affixed a 40mph speed limit sign on every lamppost. Then came one 30mph sign only briefly visible among thick vegetation. Then the camera. I was surprised to get a ticket because I thought I was observing the speed limit, unsurprisingly not having seen the briefly visible 30mph sign among the forest of 40mph signs. But since I live 30 miles from Oxford I was only able to examine the nature of the trap after the time to pay the ticket, so I paid. But it was all dismantled a few weeks later, so presumably some people made a fuss about it.

A street very close to this office was once an example of parking entrapment, though it depends upon a rather specific consideration. One side of the street is in Camden and the other side in Westminster, and each has their separate parking meter. Originally, there was no clear signage so people would put money in the wrong meter, then get tickets, start arguing as they had the meter ticket, and the councils used it as a nice earner. But it gives an indication of how unclear signage can be used as entrapment. People have been fined for parking on invisible yellow lines, etc.

My wife got entrapped by a parking machine the other day. Assessing that she had adequate coins in her purse to pay in coins, she started a process of paying, to find the machine wouldn't accept her 20p coin. However if she cancelled the procedure to pay by another method (card was possible), or go and get some more change, it would keep whatever money she had already paid, and forget she had paid it - it said so clearly. She felt she had morally done her best, and just hopes that the failure of the camera to read her numberplate properly means that they won't pursue her for a large fine for underpaying by 20p.

And sizes of penalties for small transgressions is an issue. Staying a couple of minutes longer than you paid for is a rather different case from being just a few mph over the speed limit, after all there isn't any danger involved, merely the loss of income to the car park from your excess occupation of the space designed for parking. A case at the appeal court is in the news today. A parker was fined £85 by a private parking company for overstaying by a few minutes in a space for which he had paid in advance £2. In the past the courts have thrown out such private penalties as disproportionate. However on this occasion the parking company tried again with a novel argument and got judgement in their favour, which has just been confirmed at court of appeal. It can still be appealed to the supreme court. Scotland has certainty on this matter, since they passed a law stopping such abuse, but apparently Westminster is unwilling to pass similar laws.

Re: Dawes Super Galaxy price shock

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 April 2015 - 2:29pm
Or The Bike Shed, who currently have a huge Dawes Sale going on, will sell you last years Super Galaxy, for a mere £1099.00.

http://www.bikesheduk.com/Dawes-Touring-Bike-Sale

summer 2016 Amsterdam -germany- amsterdam

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 April 2015 - 1:48pm
Hi all, new to this forum but on the hunt for advice, next July my son in law and i are doing the ferry from Newcastle to Amsterdam,we would then have 6 days to tour round Holland but i would also like to catch a bit of Germany if poss. Last year for Charity we cycled from Fife to London 540 miles in 5 days, however it would be nice to see places this time instead of just cycling through.We are thinking maybe 50-60 miles per day . We would like a scenic route with plenty to see and big enough towns to hotel at night, however we are not great city people. would really appreciate any advice re routes etc, thanks in advance for any reply John

Re: A few photos from China

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 April 2015 - 1:48pm
very nice and u are just wandering around China with out any hindrance?

Re: Nallo vs. Anjan

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 April 2015 - 1:36pm
Yes this works with a Nallo 2.
Just tried it yesterday, makes quite a difference to the temperature inside on a warm sunny morning, I hadn't thought of doing this so thanks for bringing it up.
You just disconnect the inner from the outer at the rear, move the pegs from the outer to the loops on the inner then roll back the outer over the rear pole hoop where it seems to stay in place ok, there aren't any tie-backs to hold it.
I'll post a photo of my Nallo like this in the next few days.
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