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Re: A ride too far

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 October 2014 - 7:08pm
reohn2 wrote:yakdiver wrote:Very good some of my old haunts, I have walked the shingle bank loads of time carrying all my fishing gear and one night a few years back I carrired all that plus a 30 lb conger as well.
I'll bet you danced all the way home


I'll get me coat

Dance..with a loose eel..?

Pass my coat with yours.

Re: A ride too far

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 October 2014 - 7:08pm
Sorry. 80s movie generation here

Is 'Conger' the great big giant eel that eats people if it gets the chance?

Re: Motorhome Support

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 October 2014 - 6:59pm
I would like to say a big thank you for all answers. Are there any itineraries I could try out, distances and camp sites ?
Thanks once again.

Re: A ride too far

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 October 2014 - 6:43pm
yakdiver wrote:Very good some of my old haunts, I have walked the shingle bank loads of time carrying all my fishing gear and one night a few years back I carrired all that plus a 30 lb conger as well.
I'll bet you danced all the way home


I'll get me coat

Re: Vaude or carradice cape?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 October 2014 - 6:41pm
Hi

I use the Carradice cape and swear by it. The thing that never seems to get mentioned is how warm a cape keeps you in cold rain.
I've had mine 10 years now and would never leave home without it. I don't use it much but when it is needed it is always there and always been waterproof.

Point made about handlebar furniture but in practice you want to be dry. I moved my front light lower to get over this problem.

John

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Re: Lights: flashing, bright: article in Cycle

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 October 2014 - 6:39pm
mercalia wrote:is it me or do others here think that most CAR headlights even when dipped still dazzle? I dont think a few cycle lights make that much difference?

Generally no but occasionally there will be a car with the headlights not set properly.
Some people become more sensitive to light with age. I believe increased sensitivity is particularly common in women, although not exclusively so.

Re: Cycling Eutopia ?

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 October 2014 - 6:27pm
I long bemoaned the fact that our canals and rivers should/could have cycling facilities second to non running along side them.
But in a backward country such as the one we live in there'll be any number of reasons local and national government can't be bothered to build them.The Leeds and Liverpool canal from Wigan to Liverpool would make a beautiful leisure ride for cyclists as it is it's a rutted hotch potch for the most part and a soggy mess for the rest.

The Canal and Rivers trust has been working on a stretch of towpath at New Springs near Wigan and has managed to make the towpath worse than it was already Numerous Emails to the relevant dept has met with series of 'can't do better' replies,they're useless

Re: A (sort of familiar) tale

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 October 2014 - 6:11pm
Yesterday in primary,I was about 1.5metres from the STOP sign at a crossroads when out of the corner of my eye I noticed a car bumper on my right side.
On looking around I saw a white Fiat 500 with it's left indicator flashing and a rather attractive twenty something lady at the wheel.
As we stopped at the line and with the car straddling the central white line,she held her wrists together on top of the steering wheel with her palms facing outward and mouthed,''which way''.
I pointed straight across and shouted to her ''straight on'',she then held her hands up to heaven(praise the Lord fashion).
Traffic cleared and I set off and was almost across the junction,when she began turning left behind me and with her drivers side window down shouted ''which way are you going''.
I'm afraid I shouted ''straight on you silly bu@@er''

She didn't look like a nutter but it's hard to tell

PS,I wasn't in Blackpool at the time

Re: Sick people

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 October 2014 - 5:40pm
I spent about 5 mins (actual minutes, not seconds) clearing away broken branches and what seemed like half a small tree that had been strewn across the cycle path at the end of a decent going to my girlfriends this morning. Braking as hard as I dared from 20mph on wet leaves had me stopped an inch from hitting it.
A couple walkers passing by shook their heads in disbelief with me.
It's amazing what passes for entertainment sometimes.

A (sort of familiar) tale

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 October 2014 - 5:33pm
So, I'm riding my bike along a long straight road in Blackpool. It's a 30 limit, but seven or eight cars ahead there's somebody doing no more than 20, and the traffic behind is a bit start-stop, probably averaging 15mph.

Because of parked cars and pinch points, I was riding along in Primary, keeping up with the traffic without difficulty.

Then a moron in a blinged-up Celica decides he's sick of being held up by me, and in a gap between parked cars he accelerates up my nearside and forces his way in from my left, nearly knocking me off (it was completely unexpected).

A familiar tale I hear you cry.

The difference?

I was riding a 1000cc motorbike!

Some drivers really are too thick to be allowed out without an adult.

Re: Cycling Eutopia ?

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 October 2014 - 4:56pm
mike_dowler wrote:I don't remember Cambridge's cycle routes being particularly linked to either the river or the railway, at least not in the city centre. And Birmingham has loads of waterways (more canals than Venice!) yet terrible cycling infrastructure.
The river and rails in Cambridge aren't right in the very centre, but NCN11 runs along the river northeast from the edge of the centre from Park Parade, under Elizabeth Way, over the new bridge and along the Cam towpath to Clayhithe; southbound along the river is the Grantchester Meadows Cycleway; NCN11 south of Addenbrookes follows the railway to Shelford; NCN51 runs alongside the old railway to St Ives (now a busway); there's another cycleway alongside the old Varsity Line (another busway) as far as Trumpington. Cambridge is above-average in also having routes alongside arterial and radial routes, though.

Birmingham has loads of waterways and quite a lot of railways but any cycleways that follow them tend to switch to roads outside the centre. NCN5 follows the canal north of the city, but then dances through the centre and swerves between roads vaguely near the River Rea to the south. Most other routes seem simply to give up when they reach the Middleways. Cycling in Birmingham is around 11% I think: could it be higher if there were more high-quality routes built alongside the plentiful waterways and railways?

Re: Vaude or carradice cape?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 October 2014 - 4:41pm
I usually use nikwax for my waterproof stuff. There's also a heavier duty waterproofer you can get which is designed for the likes of tents.

Re: Cycling Eutopia ?

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 October 2014 - 4:25pm
I don't remember Cambridge's cycle routes being particularly linked to either the river or the railway, at least not in the city centre. And Birmingham has loads of waterways (more canals than Venice!) yet terrible cycling infrastructure.

Re: Has anyone ever toured in the winter?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 October 2014 - 3:57pm
hotsauce wrote:I used to tour fixed in the winter. 68" of pain! Toured all over the North York moors, Ireland, Scotland and Brittany. Favourite time to get away was just after Christmas, to beat the winter blues!!

Respect!

Re: Has anyone ever toured in the winter?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 October 2014 - 3:24pm
hotsauce wrote:I used to tour fixed in the winter. 68" of pain! Toured all over the North York moors, Ireland, Scotland and Brittany. Favourite time to get away was just after Christmas, to beat the winter blues!!

Seems like everybody is at it!

Re: Has anyone ever toured in the winter?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 October 2014 - 3:23pm
I used to tour fixed in the winter. 68" of pain! Toured all over the North York moors, Ireland, Scotland and Brittany. Favourite time to get away was just after Christmas, to beat the winter blues!!

Re: Have you been knocked OFF in a collision while cycling?

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 October 2014 - 3:08pm
How did I manage to forget being offed by a heron?

But that was off road, so I don't spose it counts anyway.

Re: Lights: flashing, bright: article in Cycle

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 October 2014 - 2:55pm
is it me or do others here think that most CAR headlights even when dipped still dazzle? I dont think a few cycle lights make that much difference?

Re: Has anyone ever toured in the winter?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 October 2014 - 2:45pm
pete75 wrote:ukdodger wrote:pete75 wrote:8,600km across Siberia starting in December perhaps?

http://www.tim.hi-ho.ne.jp/andow/fareas ... eport.html

Pass.

Notice the chap is from the Japan Adventure Cyclist Club - there's a club that lives up to it's name !!

The Japs are nuts anyway. I'm minded of that TV game of theirs 'Endurance'
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