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Re: The Great Tour of Britain - What Bitter Irony :-)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 July 2015 - 10:02am
They had probably been reading this forum!

Have a nice meal, it will not be the last bit of spontaneous generosity that befalls you on the trip.
There is a whole sub-culture of it out there.

Re: yet another touring bike

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 July 2015 - 10:00am
Interesting that it's actually 9 speed.

Re: The Great Tour of Britain - What Bitter Irony :-)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 July 2015 - 9:57am
It is amazing how life can be humbling and teach you a lesson about generosity. I packed my kit to leave this morning and the hostess of the Hostel came in and said the tour organiser had invited me to stay for the night so I could rest up...... I really feel humbled.. They have invited me to spend supper with them, I just don't know what else to say!

Re: Touring - worst fear?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 July 2015 - 9:39am
beardy wrote:I'm surprised no one has said being hit by a car,

My assumption is that the chance of getting hit by a car goes down when you are touring abroad!

Depends where? Some riders say New Zealand is worse. The USA is the only place I've had to actually ride off the road to avoid being hit. This on a straight road with miles of good visibility. Also the only place where I've had a driver sitting on the horn because he had to brake to allow oncoming traffic to pass before overtaking. THat said in general I'd say the USA is no worse than the UK. Both those incidents were on one day in Nevada.

Re: Touring - worst fear?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 July 2015 - 9:11am
I'm surprised no one has said being hit by a car,

My assumption is that the chance of getting hit by a car goes down when you are touring abroad!

Re: The Great Tour of Britain - What Bitter Irony :-)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 July 2015 - 8:53am
Heltor Chasca wrote:Hang in there DN. Don't let them get you down. When you find somewhere you like with a decent campsite stop for a day or two and recharge....b

I am feeling recharged this morning, I am probably going to go on to Cape wrath lighthouse, but may check out the campsite mentioned above!

Re: Pedestrians' view of bells ?

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 July 2015 - 8:49am
Around here (East Midlands market town) no problems whatsoever about using a ping bell to warn people from a few metres, or a shout.

Very occasional remarks if insufficient warning, or surprise if ped is hard of hearing or wearing headphones. But that is quite reasonable. On shared paths, going to fast to give sufficient warning means one is going too fast. Occasionally lots of dogs, but that is usually just people who like dogs.

Warning by voice doesn't make it any easier either because it takes as long to react to the content of a message or because a quick reaction is unpredictable.

Ferdinand

Re: CTC Bike Bag on Ryanair

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 July 2015 - 8:39am
I am pleased others have replied positively to you and with some very good suggestions ++.

I was going to worry you again with another concern but through Socratic dialogue realized I didn't make sense! Basically,was going to worry about the baggage handlers for Ryanair. But as the baggage handlers are 'airport employees' I see no reason why they would treat Ryanair cycle baggage any different from other airline companies baggage. Wottaworrier!

Feel sure Ryanair don't want any made complaint against them as you don't want any damage to your bike. Enjoy your holiday

Re: woman eating cereal while driving

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 July 2015 - 8:23am
He'll have fun living out his sexual fantasies in Jail.

Re: The Great Tour of Britain - What Bitter Irony :-)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 July 2015 - 7:46am
We were planning on staying at a campsite when we got to Tongue, to find (in 2004) that our map was out of date and it had shut 3 years previously. B&B in the Ben Loyal Hotel saved the day!

Pete.

Re: The Great Tour of Britain - What Bitter Irony :-)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 July 2015 - 7:22am
When I cycled the whole of the British coast I found more than half the hostels I tried to stay in were fully booked, and mostly by pre-booked groups (and who were generally only using some of the beds, so there were bed spaces available, which was the most annoying aspect). Tongue was one of the these, so i never got to savour its delights (I stayed in the Betttyhill hotel instead, which was actually rather wonderful).

If you've just got to Tongue, I hope you cycled down to Torrisdale and Skerray on the way, they are like a mile or two of the Home Counties strangely isolated on the exposed north coast. Heading west from there you now have the best cycling in Britain, down the full length of western Scotland, so I hope you enjoy it fully. I also found the friendliest and most helpful b&bs were all in western Scotland.

Re: Has anyone ever won green and yellow in the TDF

CTC Forum - Racing - 22 July 2015 - 6:47am
For a couple of decades - 1968 to 1989 - there was also a combined classification for the rider doing best across the three other jersey classifications. It began as a white jersey but was changed to a sort of patchwork quilt of the yellow, green, and polka dot. Eddy Merckx won all four in 1969.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Combinati ... _de_France

The diagram illustrating the combined jersey in that link also has a patch of red. At one time, they introduced an intermediate sprint competition separate from the green jersey which was recognised by the award of the red jersey.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 July 2015 - 5:39am
And I am off! Embarking in roughly 11 hours and arriving Thursday Morning!

Re: Is the entire field of view blocked for an HGV?

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 July 2015 - 12:21am
I see some people blaming blind spots ( not on here). If that's the case then they are admitting the driver wilfully drove onto the 'wrong' side of the road without even being sure it was clear. Effectively driving blind.

Re: Pedestrians' view of bells ?

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 July 2015 - 11:55pm
Approaching both pedestrians and horse riders I slow down if necessary and say "coming past" quite loudly. Dog walkers usually shorten the lead as they move to the side and I've never had an adverse reaction yet

Re: Has anyone ever won green and yellow in the TDF

CTC Forum - Racing - 21 July 2015 - 11:43pm
ukdodger wrote:LollyKat wrote:And Merckx also won the King of the Mountains jersey in 1969 and 1970 - so in his first TdF he won all three jerseys

Wow. But with a performance like that you have to wonder about drugs. Doping was around long before testing.

And testing was around before Merckx. Remember he rode all year round spring classics, the stage races and finishing with the Tour of Lombardy before starting the winter 6 day track stuff. Winners and podium finishers tended to be tested and Merckx was almost always one of those.
Merckx also had a very bad track accident at Blois in the autumn of 69 damaging his pelvis and back so badly he was confined to bed for 6 weeks. By his own admission he was never as good a rider after the accident and in particular it affected his climbing. That may well be why he never again won all the jerseys in a single tour.

Re: Pedestrians' view of bells ?

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 July 2015 - 11:35pm
On the shared paths around Chester I've pretty much given up with the bell (& I don't recall hearing anyone else using one in the year or so I've been going over that way) as the usual scenario is -
Ring bell, no response.
Ring bell (from slightly closer range), no response.
Possibly ring bell once more with the same result.
Touch brakes as I get closer still to scrub off a bit of speed (although I was probably only doing 10-12mph when I started dinging &, unless I'm going uphill, will be freewheeling at this stage). Disc brakes squeal nicely & pedestrians immediately turn to see me approaching & usually move to one side.
I pass by slowly & give a cheery thank you.

Rick.

Re: Has anyone ever won green and yellow in the TDF

CTC Forum - Racing - 21 July 2015 - 11:32pm
Merckx's career was both long and consistent. His performances (even as an amateur) were just phenomenal. Back then, those things were not the hallmarks of a doper.

Merckx was found with dope in his system on just three occasions, despite many tests during his long career, during an era of -sometimes flagrant- drug abuse in sport. Of those three, only one lacks a reasonable explanation. I'm inclined to the view that amongst his peers, he was either much less likely to have doped, or (less likely IMHO) he had some special way of doping that was just way better than anyone else's, that he somehow used for about seventeen years.

cheers

Re: ideas for a 2 or 3 night tour in Britain

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 July 2015 - 11:32pm
From Crewe,

I would suggest the Route 82 from Aberystwyth to Shrewsbury. You could ride that from your doorstep or cut some off by train if the mileage is more than you would like. If the mileage isnt enough then go a little distance on the leg down towards Cardigan.

Re: ideas for a 2 or 3 night tour in Britain

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 July 2015 - 11:25pm
sorry , should have said. I am in crewe so no problem catching trains to and from .

Thanks guys- this has given me food for thought-- I like the sound of the Anglian trip
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