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Re: Disappointing For Cyclists in Radstock

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 April 2015 - 8:13am
why do you have to 'pedestrianise' when your child is on board? Why does carrying the extra load mean you cannot use the roads as you normally do at other times?

Re: Disappointing For Cyclists in Radstock

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 April 2015 - 8:11am
It looks like your closest Right to Ride representative is http://www.ctc.org.uk/campaigns/right-t ... w-nicolson

I would start by contacting him.

It's frustrations like that which led me to do my own campaigning.

Re: Mark Beaumont is off again

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 April 2015 - 7:48am
I think I am more interested in this sort of thing when it is something that, in my wildest dreams, I would like to have done myself. This does not fall into that category. I could imagine wanting to take on all the natural obstacles such as the heat, the distance, the mud and the wildlife, but for much of Africa the main worry is human. And that sort of challenge is not, for me, worthwhile. I hope he comes out the other end safe and well, but I'm not feeling inspired by his choice of challenge.

Re: Mark Beaumont is off again

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 April 2015 - 7:08am
Thanks for posting, I'll look forward to following his progress!

@BeeKeeper, I agree but I'm not sure that's really possible on this kind of route - he mentions on one of the videos from Egypt that he's had a police escort for most of the way! Maybe some of the other countries will be a bit more relaxed.

Disappointing For Cyclists in Radstock

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 April 2015 - 7:02am
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-so ... sh_regions

This concerns NCN 24 (Colliers Way) in Radstock, Somerset near Bath.

I'm waiting with baited breath to see if the above new £1m road layout will make ANY provision for cyclists. I pass through this new system on the school run bike 4 times a day if I'm doing pick up and drop off.

When my 5 YOD is on board I have to 'pedestrianise' ourselves and use 1 pelican crossing, 2 traffic light regulated pedestrian crossings and 2 sections of pavement before I can get from Haydon hill onto a local greenway. When I'm on my own I have use the road as a vehicle would. The original double roundabouts are frightening to say the least and the new mini-roundabout can be negotiated if you shut your eyes.

Some of you may know NCN 24 (or Colliers Way) in Radstock. If you are coming from Bath it mysteriously disappears when you arrive into Radstock and if you are on your way to Frome it only starts again on the edge of town. In town, cyclists need to 'magic' them selves from one point to another.

How do I go about voicing my disappointment? £1m spent on a road system for vehicles and from what I can see £0.00p on cyclists just seems...well...add your own expletives...b

Re: Mark Beaumont is off again

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 April 2015 - 10:27pm
Hats off to him but I would be more interested in someone doing 24 km a day and writing about the places they were travelling through. Which is not to detract from his task and hopefully the result. Awesome.

Re: Text Only UK Weather Forecasts

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 April 2015 - 10:22pm
Well done - but why are you effectively restricting yourself to touring bikes? 'tis a very small audience in the Big World. A site called say "text forecast" might attract a much wider audience.
As other have said things like wind and direction would really add to the value of the site.

Re: People who have cycled the Pamir Highway...

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 April 2015 - 10:17pm
iviehoff wrote:Did you find this detailed write up of a Pamirs tour?
http://www.masterlyinactivity.com/pamirs/intro.html

Thanks iviehoff, lots of useful information there and an interesting alternative route.

Re: Costing the Earth Cycle City Radio 4

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 April 2015 - 9:21pm
Now available as easy MP3 download at http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/costearth

On a similar note http://thebikeshow.net/bike-boom-what-bike-boom/ which I think concluded that basically it's an uneven boom and wait and see if it becomes a real boom.

Re: Coast & Castles - Recommended sights & tea shops?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 April 2015 - 9:08pm
Landisfarne was my favourite bit and Warkworth castle was a great visit. I wheeled my bike inside. Best novelty tea shop was at chain bridge bee farm near Berwick where the cafe was in an old double decker bus. I took the inland route through the moorfoot hills which were spectacular.

Re: Dawes Super Galaxy price shock

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 April 2015 - 8:44pm
iviehoff wrote:LondonBikeCommuter wrote:..... of shock when I noticed that the 2015 Dawes Super Galaxy had an RRP of £2000.

It's probably one of those no-one-sells-it-at-this-price kind of RRP, so that genuine dealers can quote large discounts.

Spa Cycles, who specialise in selling slightly out-of-date Super Galaxies at large discounts, will currently sell you a Super Galaxy 2012 model for £890.


but only in 48cm

Re: Coast & Castles - Recommended sights & tea shops?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 April 2015 - 8:27pm
Cake Cafe in North Berwick (High St) is good, and has wifi. Cafes in the villages along the coast road to Edinburgh, there's also placards on the coastal path which are worth a stop for a read (local history, etc).

Peters Yard in the Meadows would be a good place to head to in Edinburgh. It's in a pedestrian area (with cycle path) and has plenty of visible space for bikes.

Re: Coast & Castles - Recommended sights & tea shops?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 April 2015 - 8:08pm
Excellent thread as I'm doing Newcastle to Aberdeen in about 3 weeks time !!!!!

Andy

Re: Train carriage - how are bikes secured?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 April 2015 - 6:55pm
The best place on most trains from Ipswich will be the wheel chair seats. If you can, get on an intercity from Norwich, as the provision is likely to be better. Enjoy your trip!

Re: Coast & Castles - Recommended sights & tea shops?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 April 2015 - 6:48pm
I did it a few years ago and really enjoyed it. Highlights were;
Ride out along the Tyne to the start
Fish and Chips in Seahouses (There's plenty to choose from)
Time for a good look round Lindifarne
A bit of a detour out to St Abbs head - well worth the few extra miles
And of course all the coast and castles.
I didn't go into Edinburgh as I turned at Musselburgh and rode back to Berwick on R1
have fun
EDIT - I assumed you were going as far as Edinburgh, then I remembered the route has been extended to Aberdeen, how far are you going?

Four Counties Ring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 April 2015 - 6:46pm
Hi

Has anyone ever cycled the "Four Counties Ring?"

Re: Train carriage - how are bikes secured?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 April 2015 - 6:28pm
Thanks for the replies.

To claify my journey, it will be

Ipswich to Stratford, then Stratford to Dover. I know I will need to switch stations at Stratford. Not sure if this means it will be an intercity type or a local train from Ipswich to Stratford.

Seems the Stratford to Dover leg will have a good cycle space, with reasonable fastening, but not so sure about the Ipswich to Stratford part.

Coast & Castles - Recommended sights & tea shops?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 April 2015 - 6:24pm
Hi

I'll be doing the Coast and Castles (coast route all the way) at the end of April. I expect that the scenery will be lovely, and fingers crossed for the weather.

I'd really appreciate any recommendations from forum members who have previously done this ride in terms of (a) nice places to visit en route, (b) tea shops and cafes.

Thank you.

Pete

Costing the Earth Cycle City Radio 4

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 April 2015 - 4:02pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05qgch5

On Air Now Programmes Start Time 15:30 - End Time 16:00
Costing the EarthCycle City

Tom Heap saddles up to find out if Britain is really about to become a nation of cyclists.


I don't view cycle as a 'middle class white male' experience. Wish they would stop using that term. I do agree that Birmingham
is blooming dangerous although i wouldn't class it as more dangerous than London.
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