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Re: Skateboarders v cyclists..amazing footage

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 November 2014 - 5:44pm
I still have a huge scar on my left elbow from crashing my skateboard when I was about 12 or 13. My mate and I went everywhere on them. Was never brave enough for those speeds though

Re: The Great British Cyling quiz

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 November 2014 - 5:25pm
Mick F wrote:Only got one wrong, but I don't agree with the "correct" answer.
Riding on the pavement.
Their "correct" answer is NEVER.

I said local by-laws can permit it.

Same here.

Re: The Great British Cyling quiz

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 November 2014 - 5:22pm
Bicycler wrote:Being picky...




Practically a requirement of this forum from what I've seen over the years.

My understanding is that the questions covered the 'general idea' of the laws in question, not covering all the ins and outs and loopholes.
The only one I struggled with was that of carrying passengers in that tandems, child seats and additional seating space are all separate answers yet all are correct.

Re: I Hate Virgin Trains

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 November 2014 - 5:22pm
A massively complicated area i fear.

Italian railways used to have extremely high numbers of staff.

Then a very large number of ex staff on generous pensions.

Tax evasion then as now in Italy was massive.

So who was paying for the railways?

Re: Gibraltar - Perpignan (France) through Sierra Nevada

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 November 2014 - 5:14pm
Yes, the road between Algeciras and Malaga is horrendous. And for most of the way there's no alternative back road.

Re: Skateboarders v cyclists..amazing footage

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 November 2014 - 5:08pm
That looks fun. The geek in me asks: what was the camera vehicle?

Re: Favourite country?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 November 2014 - 5:04pm
My small contribution to this thread.

I can recommend Sardinia**

Which until recently the tourist authorities promoted as not just a country (which of course it isn't) but as "like a continent"!!!!

Not in july or august though.

** no i am not part of the international jet/yachting set - far from it.

Re: Favourite country?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 November 2014 - 5:01pm
smith4188 wrote:Do you have a spare three months next summer?

Possibly - depends on stuff i'm trying to sort in my life.

I must say though that although i am more than willing to live on a basic diet/sand and olive oil or whatever, i am not into the idea of starvation or those quasi macho slogs across deserts.

Are you planning to fuel this trip on beer?

All the best to you and Blackburn.

Skateboarders v cyclists..amazing footage

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 November 2014 - 4:58pm
Just watched this, superb skills and really shows how centre of gravity and aerodynamics play a massive part in going quickly and being able to go around corners at rapid speeds (that and the wider contact point of the trucks)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=re3nfGGJvMo
I want a go at that

Re: The Great British Cyling quiz

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 November 2014 - 4:51pm
Only got one wrong, but I don't agree with the "correct" answer.
Riding on the pavement.
Their "correct" answer is NEVER.

I said local by-laws can permit it.

Re: The Great British Cyling quiz

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 November 2014 - 4:41pm
[XAP]Bob wrote:\lighting question fail...
my bike is old enough not to need pedal reflectors...

\ASL fail
Can't cross the stop line

\Pavement fail
Question unclear (since pavement not defined)
Being picky...

\Arguable passing distance fail
is the same amount of space needed to pass another vehicle
the same as
HC Rule 163: give motorcyclists, cyclists and horse riders at least as much room as you would when overtaking a car

\Fashion fail
What the hell is a "leg strap"? Did they mean cycle clips?

Arguably the light question may be okay because it says "should" rather than "must". We can probably forgive them for not looking into the requirements for vehicles over 30 years old.

Re: Favourite country?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 November 2014 - 4:41pm
Sweep wrote:Now places that have become more mainstream and weekend stag night venues, whereas when i went there folk said "why are you going there sweep, it's so grey".

I like your pioneering somewhat perverse approach - meant in the best possible way.

Long live the weird.


Yes, some of it is grey and ugly, but it's usually ugly in an interesting way. I also got a big buzz out of Albania, Kosovo, Ukraine and Belarus for feeling like I was somewhere not many cyclists find themselves but those places were interesting rather than fun or beautiful. (Actually, that's not entirely true. Kosovo and Albania had some beautiful bits.) I could only recommend them to people who said 'Long live the weird'.

Sweep wrote:Your book highly recommended - got any more trips planned?

Cheers! And yes. Next summer I'm doing a shorter but possibly more challenging ride during which I might actually starve to death. I'm just building the website for it and then I'll announce it after Christmas because I'm looking for a handful of people to come with me. Do you have a spare three months next summer?

Re: Favourite country?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 November 2014 - 4:31pm
Keep posting those recommendations and i'll get there eventually.

Travelled a bit in my youth in the maybe more accessible communist eastern europe.

Now places that have become more mainstream and weekend stag night venues, whereas when i went there folk said "why are you going there sweep, it's so grey".

I like your pioneering somewhat perverse approach - meant in the best possible way.

Long live the weird.

Your book highly recommended - got any more trips planned?

Re: Gibraltar - Perpignan (France) through Sierra Nevada

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 November 2014 - 4:21pm
The route on the map on the Dutch site starts in Cadiz, which I imagine would be a better starting point (Gibraltar is a toilet). But if you have to start from Gib then I'd avoid the main coast road to Malaga. It's a fast dual carriageway and even though I've seen cyclists on it, it looked terrifying. Better would be to aim directly for Ronda, which is one of the places of the Dutch route anyway.

Also, if you follow that route then you aren't going to be doing the Sierra Nevada (once out of Granada you'll be going north of it). If you want to do the Sierra Nevada properly (and it's worth it), you could drop into Malaga after Ronda, continue along the coast (the coast road isn't too busy east of Malaga) as far as Motril, turn inland to Velez de Benaudalla and then have a nice play in the beautiful mountains.

I also seem to remember the countryside north of Cuenca was great too, although I was a bit farther west than your route.

Have a good trip!

Re: The Great British Cyling quiz

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 November 2014 - 4:21pm
\lighting question fail...
my bike is old enough not to need pedal reflectors...

\ASL fail
Can't cross the stop line

\Pavement fail
Question unclear (since pavement not defined)

Re: Favourite country?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 November 2014 - 3:59pm
Eastern Europe, particularly Bosnia, Macedonia and Montenegro. Beautiful scenery, very cheap and nicely weird.

Re: Weekend Rides

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 November 2014 - 3:35pm
reohn2 wrote:Photo:- Belmont behind you looking up the hill with Winter Hill just out of shot on the left?


Glad you had a nice ride BTW

Yip indeedy. On the edge of Wards Reservoir, catching my breath

Re: I Hate Virgin Trains

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 November 2014 - 3:16pm
TonyR wrote:iviehoff wrote:One of the reasons that trains are cheaper in other countries is that they subsidise them more comprehensively.

Which means they only give the illusion of being cheaper. The subsidies come from the taxes people pay so they are paying an additional indirect cost on top of the visible direct cost
But that additional cost is met by all the relevant tax payers rather than falling on the individuals using the service.

Re: The Great British Cyling quiz

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 November 2014 - 3:06pm
Malaconotus wrote:The answers are just wrong regarding ASLs and pavement cycling, aren't they? It's only 'footways' which are illegal to cycle on, and then not if they are designated shared use. And when did it become legal to cross a stop line to enter an ASL box?
ASL is definitely wrong, certainly without any mention of a filter or dashed part of the stop line.

Pavement is arguable because it depends how you define the non statutory term "pavement". Some countries use "pavement" to mean tarmac. In the UK we generally use the term to refer to the pedestrian paths alongside roads. Is a shared use path alongside a road still a pavement or is it now a shared use pedestrian/cycle path? If they are only pavements when exclusively used by pedestrians then the quiz is right. I think most people probably still call them pavements so the quiz is misleading.

[mounts hobby horse] Neither "pavement" nor the modern highway jargon "footway" appear in the legislation prohibiting cycling on them. The wording is "any footpath or causeway by the side of any road made or set apart for the use or accommodation of foot passengers" [dismounts hobby horse]

Re: Weekend Rides

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 November 2014 - 2:52pm
Yep lovely over Rivington today esp once the sun came out and it was pleasantly mild.
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