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Re: Another death and inadequate sentence

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 June 2015 - 11:57pm
irc wrote:How many people are killed by cyclists each year?

Approximately 0.25 per year.

Pedestrians kill more cyclists than cyclists kill pedestrians.

Re: Mudguards for Off-road Touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 June 2015 - 11:37pm
I've found ones like that to be rattly and flappy offroad as they have little rigidity - the ends wave about sideways. I've used these off road for the past 10 years, which are decent and don't flap about:
http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/crud ... lsrc=aw.ds

Re: Route from Oxford Road to Media City?

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 June 2015 - 11:11pm
Out of station go left down Oxford Rd, 1st left into great Bridgewater St, past the Peveril of the Peak (stop for a swift one if possible), straight over the lights at Bridgewater Hall (a stop off at the Britons Protection is highly recommended- best Victorian pub in Manchester). At the junction with Deansgate (Hilton hotel is on your right) go across the horrible staggered junction onto Liverpool rd all the way down to the traffic lights at Water street (the Ox and The Cask pubs on Liverpool rd are both excellent and your last chance for a drink before Media City). I digress, back to the journey in hand - left onto Water Street, under the bridge and take the first left over Princes Bridge, wiggle down the cycle path (the amount of wiggle depends on the number of my pub recommendations you have taken). Cross the dual carriageway at the lights (there is a dedicated cycle crossing) onto Hampson St and keep goin straight for about a mile (Hampson changes to Middlewood and the Liverpool St). This is the badlands of Salford, dodgy boozers and scrapyards so don't get a puncture. Eventually you come to major junction (car dealerships on every corner) go straight across and take 1st left into Cross Lane, go under the underpasses (cycling is permitted) and follow the signs to Mediacity which is about 1/2 mile away. All told about 2-3 miles about 15-20 mins. Alternatively you can get a tram from Piccadilly.

Re: Touring in Norway

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 June 2015 - 9:56pm
Have a lovely trip!

Re: Route from Oxford Road to Media City?

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 June 2015 - 9:50pm
Your other option would be to ride to Newton-le-Willows and get the train to Eccles - that way you would be on the right side of the Ship Canal.

Re: Route from Oxford Road to Media City?

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 June 2015 - 9:13pm
Cheers for that MJR, particularly the links - haven't seen cyclestreets before.

Re: Rhine - Strasbourg to Basel

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 June 2015 - 8:49pm
The Wine Route from just above Cernay (near Mulhouse) to Strasbourg uses mainly agricultural back roads servicing the vineyards. The vines are grown on the lower slopes just up from the Rhine valley floor so consequently the route is mildly undulating and also is often not the shortest distance between two points but you can take the lower level D roads as required. The traffic on these was quite light when we were there last week.

Re: Mudguards for Off-road Touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 June 2015 - 7:36pm
I've just fitted a pair of them to a 26" wheel tourer I've just built. They seem to be quite robust though I'm maybe going to drill an extra hole, near the rear of the rear mudguard, to zip tie it to my rack.

Mine cost me nothing as I removed them from a bike which had been abandoned on the side of the B7076. After three months I reckoned they weren't coming back for it.

Re: Mudguards for Off-road Touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 June 2015 - 7:15pm
Thanks, they look good - still pretty cheap with postage so am considering ordering.

Re: Traffic Kommisarr Bans Freight Managers

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 June 2015 - 6:33pm
kwackers wrote:It's all very nice and gives you a warm fuzzy feeling but if these guys aren't already running another freight company I'd be more than a little surprised.
It won't have their name on it but it'll be theirs.

From the article and comments, that's exactly what is happening. In their wives names, it appears.

Re: Rhine - Strasbourg to Basel

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 June 2015 - 6:02pm
Many thanks for the reply


What kind of surface was the Alsace Wine route and was it hilly at all ?

Heading of on Saturday and the forecast is saying it's going to be extremely hot

Re: Mudguards for Off-road Touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 June 2015 - 5:41pm
http://www.rosebikes.co.uk/article/mudg ... /aid:50735

These from Germany are dirt cheap and well made, although you really need to make up the order with something else to mitigate postage costs. They detach easily once the fittings are permanently in place. The lack of strengthening stays seems to be a positive advantage over traditional guards when the going gets really rough.

Re: Touring in Norway

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 June 2015 - 5:11pm
Vorpal wrote:I doubt that it will be closed much longer. We had a cold spring, and even a couple of weeks ago, there were still day time temperatures barely above freezing, but it has been relatively warm for several days, now, and Rallarvegen is open at least far as Hallingsheid (according to Finse 1222). I would expect it to be fully open by the time you are here. They're taking bike hire booking from Finse for the 5th July, so they are expecting it to be fully open, as well.

That is good to know. I can't believe it is under a week until i'm leaving now!

Thank you everyone for all the help!

Re: Traffic Kommisarr Bans Freight Managers

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 June 2015 - 4:27pm
It's all very nice and gives you a warm fuzzy feeling but if these guys aren't already running another freight company I'd be more than a little surprised.
It won't have their name on it but it'll be theirs.

Re: Traffic Kommisarr Bans Freight Managers

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 June 2015 - 4:07pm
I hadn't been fully aware of the role of traffic commissioners, but I looked up their publications on the .gov website, and it seems they've been doing a fair amount of this sort of thing. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/s ... 012-13.pdf

Pages 43 and 53 include public inquiries held, and things like licences suspended, licence holders disqualified, sanctions imposed, etc.

I think this is a very positive development, and interestingly, it seems to be a route that the CTC is using this to pursue at least one other transport operator. http://www.ctc.org.uk/news/20150608-rei ... -operators

Re: Traffic Kommisarr Bans Freight Managers

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 June 2015 - 3:44pm
From the comments in the linked article:-
...and when do we get to see the corporate manslaughter charges?
Where indeed?
No doubt someone will correct me with the news that,that isn't allowed under UK law.
To which I'd reply.
Why not?
The laws and penalties for killing people even as deliberate as this sad and sick pair is a disgrace and the chances of any change practically nil,as profit comes well before people in this green and unpleasant land.
Sickening in the extreme.
Then we are informed that these two sicko's are to start up all over again under a relative's name.
Could it get any worse?

Mudguards for Off-road Touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 June 2015 - 3:39pm
Any recommendations for a robust mudguard that can withstand offroad touring, fitted on a cross bike?

Doing the Via de Plata in Spain last summer I ended up ripping off my SKS mudguards - all the bumps on the offroad sections just kept knocking them into the tyres.

But this summer I'm set to do camino del norte on the northern coast, and with the greater possibility of rain, thought that maybe some kind of protection is a good thing.

Mountain guard clip on style?

Thanks

Re: Rhine - Strasbourg to Basel

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 June 2015 - 3:33pm
Just return from a tour from Munich to Strasbourg via Basel but didn't use the Rhine path on that last stage, used the Alsace Wine Route from Basel to Strasbourg passing through nice old towns like Colmar and Obernai. Well signposted, quiet and very pleasant.
There's a nice easy exit from Strasbourg via the disused "Canal du Bruche".

Re: Traffic Kommisarr Bans Freight Managers

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 June 2015 - 3:32pm
It seems that the HSE don;t investigate road incidents...unless I understood the article and comments wrongly.
For a haulage company, I'd say the public roads were part of the operators' place of work, and so the HSE should be able to investigate. And fine or otherwise prosecute companies, if necessary involving custodial sentences- and the HSE can fine very heavily, BTW. Can't they do this?
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