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Re: I Hate Virgin Trains

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 November 2014 - 3:41pm
My train has left the station,and I'm not on it! My contributions to HS2 debate were delayed...leaves on the line? Transfer comments available: I'm off by bike!

Re: Tanker lorry, spot on driving

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 November 2014 - 3:25pm
Si wrote: and when they are taken out to experience things from the saddle they come back very understanding of a cyclist's needs out on the road.

It's great to hear that.

I just wish there was a way of making this a mandatory part of the HGV licence.

Re: Eurovelo 7 South to North?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 November 2014 - 2:50pm
Hi Ignoramus, OK maybe I over did the bad news, we were looking at a nice holiday tooteling around, it's not Mallorca if you keep your wits about you should be ok, yes the back roads are awful, worse than those here in Devon Their driving leaves a bit to be desired, but once they are out of their cars they are really friendly people, they like the British, and most speak English. We stayed in Birzebbuga the container port, which does some tourism as well, it suited us fine, especially the two little bakeries we found I guess you are just passing through, we had a car for a few days, and used the excellent bus service to do more exploring. There are some bike shops there if you need one. If you tell me where you enter and leave Mata I could aske my friend for some more suggestions. If you have the time there is loads to see from ancient to modern history etc.
Cheers, Rob

Re: Need advice on a bike tour of Scotland

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 November 2014 - 2:27pm
To: Tigerbiten
If we will finish a riding on Outer Hebrides in Tairbeart? Or the way from Tairbeart to Lochmaddy is interesting too?
Unfortunately I did not understand your phrase "So unless you do get hit by a SW gale and/or do want to go over Bealach na Ba then that may be a better option". Sorry for my English but could you please explain the above more clear (more easy)?

To: horizon

Re: Tanker lorry, spot on driving

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 November 2014 - 2:22pm
We regularly have HGV drivers into where I work - they come for bike-lorry interaction training. Strangely enough ( ) they are just average people and when they are taken out to experience things from the saddle they come back very understanding of a cyclist's needs out on the road.

Re: I Hate Virgin Trains

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 November 2014 - 2:19pm
Yes, please discuss HS2 on the HS2 thread rather than this one. ta very much.

Re: Is it time for radicalism?

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 November 2014 - 2:16pm
Mark1978 wrote:The 'road' below is about as wide as a single track road but is easily wide enough for two way cycling with room to spare.
Blimey, that looks like heaven!

Re: UK - Greece (Athens)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 November 2014 - 1:44pm
I'd think the ideal timing would be to set off in late summer so it was autumnal as you did the Med bit. Though if you don't mind being a bit chilly from time to time at the N end, do it in the Spring. Though one issue to bear in mind is that Med weather is only reliably dry in the summer, the rest of the year heavy rain tends to occur from time to time, albeit with lots of sunshine in between.

It's really up to you whether you can cope with riding in the summer heat in the Med. All I know is that I had a meeting in Athens one August, and being outside was significantly worse than being in Kuala Lumpur. It doesn't surprise me that Paula Radcliffe collapsed trying to run the marathon there.

Re: I Hate Virgin Trains

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 November 2014 - 1:32pm
Bicycler wrote:tyreon wrote:Have we discussed HS2 yet?
Is 29 pages enough? viewtopic.php?f=6&t=47854
Have I managed to shut the stable lid before the can of worms bolted?
Apparently not. Let's try again.

Re: My worst tour, and why..

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 November 2014 - 1:08pm
al_yrpal wrote:...and ditch the Brooks.

On our grim ride, Mme did just this, although it was not a Brooks she was swapping out (did that already). Got a far nicer (Terry) saddle, and a far happier bum. Too bad so much else was not to our preference... I still love my Brooks', but know how much she's suffered with them. My equivalent was using flat bars on that ride, which promptly got swapped out for drops once home, after having changed out the stem in an effort to improve things. Both bikes were relative new builds (finished mine the day before!), which was of course one mistake amongst others.

Mistik-ka wrote:whoof wrote:I've been thinking about this for a day or so and I can't think of a 'bad' tour.
I think you've got it right, whoof. The miserable weather, impassible barricades, wretched meals, and sagging mattresses over the pub are all horrible at the time … but they make the best stories when it's all over, and often it is the moments just before and just after the worst weather that results in the best photographs.


I understand your sentiments, Misti-ka, but prefer we enjoy our holidays at the time. Nice photos and anecdotes are a bonus, but not the reason for the trip. And much of our time in NOLA involving a tearful wife throwing up in a darkened hotel room don't make for nice memories...

Having a bike stolen in Amsterdam, another broken in China, and needing to sell one in Thailand to scrape enough to keep travelling however did not make for bad trips!

Re: My worst tour, and why..

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 November 2014 - 12:13pm
My worst was a 9 day tour in Brittany in June. Hosing down heavy rain most of the time. 50 to 70 kph headwinds, a sore bum due to an attrocious Brooks Saddle riding over stony canal banks and being with a couple of fitness freaks whose hobbies included swimming marathons, ice climbing and posing. These guys insisted on riding on main roads where we were frequently showered from large puddles. After 3 days I rebelled and took over navigation guiding us on back roads and slowing the pace. After that we stopped at village cafes, met the locals and saw some sights at a sensible pace without being continuously drowned in cold muddy water.
The lessons I learned were: Don't let people who have never toured before hassle you into a stupid race on main roads for the sake of their inflated egos, stand your ground. If the forecast is for continuous rain for days, pack it in, and ditch the Brooks.

Al

Re: Tanker lorry, spot on driving

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 November 2014 - 12:12pm
When I experience such things I like to try and note the company name, look-up later and e-mail them thanking the driver. I did once to a local building merchant except I went in to order stuff and said about the excellent clearance he had given me (I knew the last part of the reg and they immediately knew which driver), and word went through the company and back to the driver - which must have helped his standing. And now all the drivers know me and say hi when I call-in.

So I recon my good feedback has probably "inspired" all the drivers to be considerate to vulnerable road users (or maybe just cyclists).

Ian

Re: Tanker lorry, spot on driving

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 November 2014 - 11:51am
Not enough posts like this! I'm afraid it always seems to be the case that you only get the negative stories. I've emailed a few local haulage companies over a few years with positive comments, and yes, they do appreciate it. Added on one, 'bet you don't get many of these' to which the reply was that mine was the first!!

Re: My worst tour, and why..

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 November 2014 - 11:25am
Don't think I've ever had a real bad tour, but I clearly remember my worst day on tour and it was in the UK. Crossing the fens, into a headwind, drizzling all day. For the most part the satnav showed a dead straight featureless line. I can remember feeling glad when I saw a leylandii hedge because a) shelter and b)it was something to look at that wasn't cabbage shaped.

Re: I Hate Virgin Trains

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 November 2014 - 11:22am
tyreon wrote:Why are we wanting to scar the country?



We do it with motorways why not a rail line? I think it will be the best long term investment the country has made in a long time.

Re: Tanker lorry, spot on driving

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 November 2014 - 10:25am
OTOH, I had a bus driver yesterday who started encroaching on my (already narrow) cycle lane, so I banged on the doors to alert him. His hand signals in response indicated that he didn't understand the issue.

Bristol to Bath Railway Path - Closed until March 2015

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 November 2014 - 10:13am
If you use this regularly we got some bad news this morning with regards the closure that was supposed to have been lifted next week.

We asked the council if the works were going to schedule and got the following reply.

I met with the site manager for the Teewell Hill works on Friday and we discussed how the project was going and when we will be able to reopen the railway path.

Unfortunately, it looks like we will not be able to reopen the railway path until March 2015.

This is due to the temporary support works to the cutting slopes being more complex than we had originally planned. The overall duration of the project has not changed but the length of the time the railway path has to be closed has extended so that we can safely carry out the works.

I apologise for any inconvenience this causes you.

Regards,

Mike Johnson
Senior Engineer - Structures

Re: Tanker lorry, spot on driving

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 November 2014 - 9:56am
That's not so remarkable IMO,I find HGV drivers do that sort of thing on a regular basis.
The true pro driver IMO realises the hazard/obstruction/problem,etc,well in advance and the vast majority aren't ego tripping just doing their job and generally doing it well as in this case.
They realise there's nothing to gain from bullying and threatening other road uses with their bulk,occasionally I get the odd one who's an idiot but find their driving for the most part driving exemplary

Re: I Hate Virgin Trains

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 November 2014 - 9:55am
tyreon wrote:Have we discussed HS2 yet?
Is 29 pages enough? viewtopic.php?f=6&t=47854
Have I managed to shut the stable lid before the can of worms bolted?

Re: Using cycle paths

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 November 2014 - 9:54am
I've had a QR Skewer snapped by the barriers on one path - I was going uphill, through a chicane, and didn't go wide enough (already went off the path) to get through the chicane cleanly and the corner of the trailer just caught on one of the barriers. The shock load was enough to snap the QR skewer and remove the skewer and hitch from the trike.

Had I just gone off road there is nothing at all to prevent just going round the fence, since it only exists on the path itself. Most of the cyclists I see simply go round the end (most are on MTB style bikes) and I've never seen any motorised abuse of the facility (which has no such barrier at the other end, and plenty of "fun" fields etc in the middle)

The barriers are a menace to some of those they aim to protect, prevent some of those accessing the facility at all and manifestly don't prevent the abuse of facilities which should be policed. If there is a speeding problem on a road we don't close it (although that's a great plan), we police the speed. If there is an HGV problem on an inappropriately small road we put up signs warning the drivers.

Antisocial behaviour from a minority shouldn't result in an antisocial response from authority.
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