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Re: Another death and inadequate sentence

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 July 2015 - 10:21am
Lance Dopestrong wrote:irc wrote:How many people are killed by cyclists each year?

Approximately 0.25 per year.

Pedestrians kill more cyclists than cyclists kill pedestrians.
Not disbelieving, but do you have a source for that comparison?

Re: The People you Meet

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 July 2015 - 9:42am
Some nice stories here guys, I’d love to read about them in more detail. After i finished my degree, back in 2009 myself and a good friend cycled from Argentina through Bolivia and into Peru, it took us 3 months. We met some great people along the way....and some not so great. While there's hours worth of stories i could tell, i can remember one evening, we were sleeping in our tent in a forest near a town called Salta, on the Argentine/Bolivian border when we heard a tribal like chanting not to far off. Gripped by fear as the chanting got louder and louder, I creeped out my tent, only to be confronted by about 40 people from the local town who had come to the forest to commemorate....the death of Michael Jackson who had just died. Funny times!
I was thinking of making a blog for people to share their cycling stories on. I've not too great with computers though, and I’ve been recommended the site below for cheap domain names, if any one has any advice it'd be very welcome
http://www.1and1.co.uk/cheap-domain-names

Re: Route from Oxford Road to Media City?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 July 2015 - 9:30am
Don't think the trams take bikes unless they've changed. Could try going along the Rochdale and Bridgewater Canals but not sure what it's like in the city centre.

Re: National Grid driver +18

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 July 2015 - 9:16am
Can anyone get the numberplate off that?

Nearly my patch - happy to report it. Or is this old?

A skilful cyclist. And not particularly strong language imo for the circumstances.

Ferdinand

Re: La linea or Gibraltar?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 July 2015 - 8:04am
Unfortunately I didn't have my bike when I went. Nonetheless I would recommend one day on your bile exploring town and round the back of the Rock, to make a circular route.

Second day walking on the top. Get cable car up then walk along the top and drop down back side on the steep path/steps (can't remember name). Better sightseeing this way. You can get bus back to centre or border.

Re: Route from Oxford Road to Media City?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 July 2015 - 7:56am
That's not on the route, is it?

Re: Mudguards for Off-road Touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 July 2015 - 7:40am
I've got a pair of Gilles Berthoud stainless steel mudguards. They are pretty strong and light. I bought them directly from them in France but I think there are UK suppliers now.

Re: La linea or Gibraltar?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 July 2015 - 7:20am
Get on your bike and tour the rock.
Lovely VERY steep hills!

First time I rode up to the summit, I was on a Raleigh 3sp, and I still managed it. Since then, I've ridden it on my Mercian a few times. I've even run up there a few times.

Go south out of the town and up past the foot of the cable car and up the long hill past the casino and Rock Hotel. Keep going and turn left and right up the zig zags past the entrance to St Michael's Caves. Very steep, maybe 1in3.

Coming down hurts! Holding ............. or should I say holding on for dear life ............... on the brakes.

Re: Mudguards for Off-road Touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 July 2015 - 1:31am
Blevins wrote:Thanks, they look good - still pretty cheap with postage so am considering ordering.

Try your local Wilkinsons for very similar at £4.99

http://www.wilko.com/bike-parts+accesso ... vt/0343864

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.
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