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Re: Didn't know cyclists could be fined for speeding!

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 March 2015 - 10:48am
[quote="[XAP]Bob"]Dangerous d icing even, but cycling fast isn't significantly dangerous
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IMO a collision between a fast moving cyclist and a pedestrian is very dangerous - surely in a park one has to consider the likelihood of pedestrians appearing on the road.
You may have seen the famous photograph of the finish of the 1958 TDF where an official was on the track and got in the way of Andre Darrigade when Darrigade was going for the sprint. The official subsequently died.
This is one of the reasons why I avoid shared use paths if possible and then ride only slowly if I have to use them - the disparity in speeds is too great.
And I'm very nervous of two way cycle paths.

Re: Has technology changed touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 March 2015 - 10:43am
Has Technology changed the way I tour? - No

It has just made it easier

Book flights etc without leaving home

SD cards instead of 10 rolls of film
phone home without having the hassle of phone boxes - right cards coins etc
ATM on the corner of every main street - no need to carry wads of cash and travellers checks
GPS to check location if I need it
Internet for checking contacts and whats up with the world - in extremis I can use it to find bike shops camping et.al

So the downside is there is more stuff I end up carrying

My main reservation with the technology thing is that it seems to have made people dumber (not myself you understand ) - "recommend me a route? does anyone have a gpx?" - have people become so lacking in imagination and geographical nous that they no longer have any idea what they themselves want to do

Re: Has technology changed touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 March 2015 - 10:40am
I gave direction to two hi tech cyclists yesterday. Their gps thingies couldn't tell them where to go, as there's no "hi tech" signals of any kind in the area in question.

And while I've nothing against technology for those who want to use it, I found it amusing that all the "signals" that they'd been cycling in the wrong direction for 15 miles were fairly obvious (An east wind, sun passing over to the west, the fell sandstone hills run sw/ne, the massif is over towards the west

Re: Has technology changed touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 March 2015 - 10:15am
tatanab wrote:What I do find odd is that GPS seems to have bred a whole rash of enquiries about getting a route from A to B. I'd rather just go and make up my route as I go.

At first I found myself nodding agreement with the first sentence - then the second thoughts started. Is it that much different from deciding to follow a way marked route? It might not be most convincing display of independence but doesn't seem to be controversial. I suspect in both cases the real object is not so much to "find a way" per se, but to find a route on which the traffic is tolerable or at least survivable. It wasn't something that mattered until comparatively recently, but now that it is, you aren't likely to make the best of plans without tapping into some form of local knowledge.
I usually tour with a small group of friends and family. Some refuse to camp so we're stuck with B&B's, which impose a fixed destination for each day. I do a lot of planning to ensure that each days mileage will be attainable and enjoyable. I find myself using Google Earth and Streetview extensively. The facilities are there, it seems illogical not to use them in the circumstances. I use a gps by choice. My paper map skills are not of the highest and are probably never going to improve much, but always finding myself on the edge of the sheet might have a lot to do with it too!

Unrealised ambition? To stick a few bits in a bag and head off down the road.
There's still time, but I'll probably take the gps - just to find the way back...

Re: The Isle of Wight - One night on the Tennyson Trail

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 March 2015 - 9:59am
Some lovely photos there well done

The Isle of Wight - One night on the Tennyson Trail

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 March 2015 - 9:52am
Valentine’s Day. There was no card, flowers or chocolates. Not even breakfast in bed. Instead, I found myself shovelling porridge down my gob at record speed. Both bikes were packed and ready to roll...

http://wp.me/p3yZa1-1nd

Interactive map of the route we took http://www.farawayvisions.com/isle-of-wight-tennyson-trail-route-map/

Spectacular roads/tracks guide

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 March 2015 - 9:27am
Many of these would no doubt be seriously dangerous in a vehicle - I wouldn't like to do most of them - but less so on a bike i think - you can always walk the worst bits.

Some very impressive ones fairly close to us in Italy - alternative ways across the alps.

Top right you can search by country.

http://www.dangerousroads.org/

Re: Has technology changed touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 March 2015 - 9:07am
chocjohn9 wrote:Yes, technology has made it much harder to "get away from it all". Not necessarily - on tour I am completely free of electronics. I agree that now much is charged by USB, but a few years ago I read somebody here grumbling about having to carry so many chargers. One for GPS, one for phone, one for MP3 player. I have none of these since I use paper maps, buy a phone card and don't crave noise in my ears.

I put my hands up and admit that I now use an ereader, so I lied when I said I was electronics free. It gives me reading material and I keep insurance documents etc on it. My justification is that it weighs the same as a mid sized paperback book but is smaller. -- so that's ok then

What I do find odd is that GPS seems to have bred a whole rash of enquiries about getting a route from A to B. I'd rather just go and make up my route as I go. I have this image of future tourists watching a heads up display as they ride and simply following purple arrows of predetermined route instead of looking around and deviating because something looks interesting. Equally, the need to Blog for the whole world to see seems odd to me. Perhaps all this kit explains why they need 4 panniers for a few days away. Bah humbug, miserable old so and so ----

Re: Bike security for camping tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 March 2015 - 5:17am
Hi Rogo, I think you will find you are virtually on a bike superhighway so most of the problem areas should be well documented. Other people you meet will be able to give advice on the good and the bad.

Most of my general advice still stands, but hopefully you won't end up in Vietnam unless your map reading is particularly bad!

The biggest problem may be that you may be seen as a walking wallet in some areas, again these will be well known by now.

Have a great ride and don't worry (too much!!).

Simon
Currently sitting in a cheap hotel in Thailand, it ain't rough, it ain't tough but who needs to suffer all the time.

Re: Has technology changed touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 March 2015 - 5:07am
Has technology changed touring?

Very much so. But it has been doing so since time began. The big difference now is that it is developing so fast and is so powerful.

When I started a map and a good guidebook like Lonely Planet were my main tools. Many poo poo'd using a guidebook to lead you by the hand. Nowadays the LPs are virtually obsolete and don't cater for budget travellers anymore.

Modern technology is wonderful and you can use it up your desired level. For me it is the internet and email on hotel WiFi and Google maps for planning with the odd bit of GPS if I am lost or confused.

I dont have and dont want a cyclist's version of satnav sat on my handlebars. I also don't want or need to map my every ride and share it with everyone (or more likely no one). I don't mind stopping at junctions, reading road signs and maybe even getting lost sometimes.

When I sent my first email on the road, in India about 20 years ago, I remember being almost scared. I was very aware that my life had changed from the odd letter that took weeks to arrive to nearly instant communication. I have stuck to email only, as I can control it. No one knows if I am online. I cringe when I hear about tourists with constant monitoring apps so M&F can always know where they are.

The options are multitude, chose what you like.

Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 March 2015 - 3:54am
You are clearly a 'nutter ' mate. I have sent you a PM.

Re: Are these locks overkill for a tour?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 March 2015 - 1:40am
I only take a simple cable and a padlock on tour. I wrote an article explaining my choice, if you are interested.

In short, D-locks are made for urban areas and I don't ride much in urban areas. I, also, don't let my bike out of my sight.

Santander - London Jul/Aug 2015

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 March 2015 - 11:50pm
Hi,
I am planning a tour from Santander back to London in July/August 2015 and looking for company
on the ride. I have completed two solo rides before in the last 2 years (LEJOG and Irish Republic) and
feel confident enough to stretch my wings (wheels?) across France/Spain. I want to camp and plan
on 60 - 80 miles per day, following a route up the French coast and cut across the Brittany Penninsula
back to Caen, Cherbourg or Calais. I am pretty relaxed about bike touring (hence lack of a definitive
plan) and don't want it to turn into a military operation . Would be great to hear from anyone who
might be thinking about the same tour at the same time.

Re: Are these locks overkill for a tour?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 March 2015 - 11:41pm
It's likely the locks aren't needed but TBH I'd worry without a decent lock option. Perhaps piece of mind plays a role in your decision to carry a heavier lock setup.

Re: Bristol-Bath Cycle Path

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 March 2015 - 11:40pm
Lighting in the tunnels is quite adequate. Rather than lights,take eye-shades and dark glasses to protect you from all those who consider it essential to ride through them with ridiculously bright and/ or flashing lights. <grump off>

Re: Bristol-Bath Cycle Path

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 March 2015 - 11:27pm
I used the path about 2 weeks ago. The diversion is quite clearly sign posted - so you should be fine either way.

Re: Has technology changed touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 March 2015 - 11:17pm
Technology frees us and puts information at our fingertips. However it now means we've got to find an electric socket every other day! Unless you've got a large solar panel or perhaps a dynamo hub and usb charger. I only found out you can get a bit of kit to charge phones, etc while riding your bike recently when checking out a touring specialist LBS. Amazing really, I only thought you'd need a larger solar panel to keep phones charged.

Re: Tour of Brittany

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 March 2015 - 10:51pm
You could visit lac de Guerledan.. It's a hydro-electric lake that will be drained during the period April-September 2015 for maintenance work on the dam. This will uncover the canals and villages that were drowned when the lake was created back in the 1930s. If you like that kind of thing of course..

Re: Didn't know cyclists could be fined for speeding!

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 March 2015 - 10:49pm
gaz wrote:By a similar logic "I put it to you m'lud that my client cannot be guilty of drink driving, as his car is not fitted with any device for measuring the alcohol content of his body" .

Spot-on.

It is called self-responsibility.

If you are cycling somewhere it is your job to find if a speed limit does apply and your responsibility to stay below it.

Re: Has technology changed touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 March 2015 - 10:48pm
I'm a bit past middle age. By a long way. Collect my state pension next year and I love technology - with the exception of Facebook and Twitter. The former I simply don't 'get' at all. Twitter much the same.
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