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Re: Motorcycles using cycle designated parking

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 December 2014 - 7:48am
snibgo wrote:Ryan wrote:Am i really the only one that thinks this is off?
Is if "off"? Yes. Is it illegal? That depends.

If the land was part of the highway, and there were no parking restrictions, then motorists can park where they want provided they don't cause an "unnecessary obstruction".


Not around here!

We have a FedEx van regularly parks blocking the access. To a cycle track, but according to the Police the rad is a dead end and even though you cannot get a cycle through it cannot be an obstruction because itbis a dead end

Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 December 2014 - 3:40am
I am a bit surprised nobody mentioned it yet, but if you are travelling through any remote location, particularly without cellular phone service, a very good thing for your group to carry is a SPOT device, or better yet, an InReach device for emergency communications and distress calls.

Re: Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 December 2014 - 1:04am
Si wrote:Well, it certainly ain't the Galaxy any more!
And not for a long time!

Although, not that I've really counted, but I think I see more Thorns than Surlys on the road.
That could be a matter of geography,not that I've anything against Thorn IMO they're good bikes,but at around £320 for a frameset SurlyLHT and DT's are pretty good value for a well thought out bit of kit.
Built up with kit of choice and such a bike is a world beater IMO, that most definitely won't break the bank.

Re: Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 December 2014 - 12:57am
Heltor Chasca wrote:......... And I will die upon my steed...hc

I sincerely hope you don't.

Re: Motorcycles using cycle designated parking

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 December 2014 - 12:35am
I recently noticed a motor scooter parking in the cycle bays at Sainsbury's, as the motorcycle parking is about 25metres away and the cycle bays are generally packed even during winter I'm well pleased if I have to find another spot to leave my bike. So after it being parked in such a way that it was taking up two spaces I decided to photograph it and let customer services take care of it.
It seemed pretty clear it was a member of staffs' bike and so far I haven't seen it back.
I just think motorcyclists take the mick with their use of cycle lanes & parking not to mention their overly agressive riding in instances that have shown to be to everyone's detriment.

As for your comment Kwackers about inconsiderate cyclists locking their bikes up on railings etc, if there is no facility where the hell are we suppose to lock our bikes??
I offered a simple & inexpensive solution with regard cycle parking in Letchworth town centre before the million pound + redevelopment by the heritage Foundation (majority land owner in the town) and they simply ignored it.
The sooner all major chains and councils start putting up proper parking bays/stands for cyclists to leave their bikes the better.

With regard to Enforcement by the police, surely if someone is breaking the rules the police HAVE to act if told of the offence, how can they not, what absolves them from acting, what gives them the right to pick and choose what they act on..

Re: What are your essentials to go bicycle touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 December 2014 - 10:31pm
thirdcrank wrote:Nobody seems to have mentioned CTC membership. Once upon a time, the CTC Handbook would have been tucked away in a side pocket on the Camper Longflap.

You mean like:

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With essential touring information like:

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With other useful information like:

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My copies are all a bit out of date now though

Re: Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 December 2014 - 10:15pm
I can't fault mine. Flawless handling loaded or unloaded. Clearance for 700x42s and mudguards though I run 700x35s. Great choice of sizes. 26" or 700c.

Much better handling than the 531ST Galaxy it replaced. The only "flaw" may be that it is a loaded touring bike. Light riders might find it too stiff unloaded. So it isn't a do-it-all bike.

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Re: Motorcycles using cycle designated parking

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 December 2014 - 10:04pm
I remember trying to warn a motorcyclist with a very nice bike it might not be advisable to park his motorbike locked to the Huntingdon Sainsburys cycle parking area, mostly cos people would be more likely to scratch his bike. He seemed to take it as a threat from me!
It's tricky with motorbikes, you really do need something to anchor it to, my friends CBR was locked and alarmed in Cambridge at a m/c park but was presumably lifted into a van.
In St.Ives, Cambs we mostly have about 1-3 spaces taken up by done in cycles with advertising boards on them for local shops, God that's annoying.

Re: Leicester Area Audax Riders

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 December 2014 - 9:42pm
I agree about riding the distance for training. I began by being happy if I'd rode at least half the distance within two weeks of the event. I ended up being happy if I'd rode a quarter of the distance. Working as a shepherd, due to lambing, I never got any spring miles in and twice started my year with a 400 in May.

Re: Best way / courier to get 1x bike to the USA?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 December 2014 - 9:22pm
If you fly BA bikes just gets treated as a bag. If this means you have two bags it is cheaper to pay for additional bag in advance on line rather than at airport.

Re: What are your essentials to go bicycle touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 December 2014 - 9:21pm
For me I wouldn't want to go touring without a camera.
I wouldn't enjoy a days cycling if I hadn't had a good nights sleep, so my exped mat and down quilt are near the top of the list.
And although I risk getting burnt at the stake, my Garmin has transformed the way I tour, I wouldn't want to be without it.

Re: Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 December 2014 - 9:03pm
Well, it certainly ain't the Galaxy any more!

Although, not that I've really counted, but I think I see more Thorns than Surlys on the road.

Re: Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 December 2014 - 8:20pm
Disc trucker too. All that juvenile surliness on their site is all a marketing smoke screen. They have really sat down and thought things through. Amazing bikes. I have one. And I will die upon my steed...hc

Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 December 2014 - 8:18pm
mercalia wrote:what about snakes? any one mention them here?

Not to mention scorpions in the deserts in the southwest. Shake shoes out in the morning before putting them on. I thought this was a joke when someone told me but it's on the Park Service website. Though in the USA scorpion bites are only life threatening to children, the elderly or hyper-sensitive people.

http://www.nature.nps.gov/biology/ipm/m ... piders.cfm

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Re: Pennsylvania

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 December 2014 - 8:10pm
raybo wrote:...
... excellent links, thanks a lot.

shane wrote:... after a long day in the saddle its quiet a pain to walk endlessly around the supermarket looking for the beer section...
... I pretty well understand what you're meaning, fortunately I drink only wine ... and sometimes water as well

Re: Leicester Area Audax Riders

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 December 2014 - 8:03pm
When i started to audax there were plenty of people riding the events who were well under 45....
The trouble with long distance riding, it takes up so much time at weekends when time can be precious. Not many riders do repeated rides most weekends at audax distance (though there are some who audax most weekends in order to score points they need for competitions.
Most people do club rides and only actually ride the distances when they are doing an audax (certainly that is what i do, except when i ride an occasional 100 mile ride).

Re: Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 December 2014 - 7:48pm
Surly certainly hit the jackpot with it, right bike, right time, right price and some great marketing. I suspect many of those on that site are American, where it's a real bargain, I don't think they have the choice we do.

Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 December 2014 - 7:23pm
good point... a snake bite kit is probably a good thing to carry.

Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 December 2014 - 7:17pm
On a very cold day I've been browsing the Fully Loaded website.
Going off the number of photos of Surly LHT's on the site gallery,is it the default touring bike and does it deserve the accolade?

Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 December 2014 - 4:30pm
what about snakes? any one mention them here?
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