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Re: Bike lift...

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 December 2014 - 12:13pm
There is something like this in Stuttgart, a rack railway that goes up a hill (200 m climb) and takes cycles without charge. Unfortunately cycles are only taken on the up journey, one must ride back down the hill.

Re: Accident waiting to happen.

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 December 2014 - 11:40am
I'm not sure I understand why this is an accident waiting to happen? It is common in other countries to have parallel crossings for cyclists and pedestrians. It's not as beneficial an arrangement in the UK because there is no legal obligation to give way to cyclists in an uncontrolled crossing, but I doubt that drivers will deliberately run someone over just to be right. Anyway, for the time being, most drivers are not familiar with the legal details of cyclists using crossings, and will probably err on the side of caution.

In Denmark it is illegal for cyclists to use pedestrian crossings (there are usually separate/delineated parallel crossings, if a route is shared), but drivers stop for them, anyway.

Re: Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 December 2014 - 11:17am
I have been following this thread because I have an LHT. My comments are half way down page 2.

I find it all rather amusing with people doing all the comparisons. Unfortunately this is a luxury that many (most) of us can't do. I don't have a stock of bikes in my shed, so can't say how they compare to an LHT. I think the majority of people are in my situation. I chose this bike based on recommendations and now ride it. Maybe if I trawled the bike shops and got them to lend me different bikes for short tours I would find my bike is rubbish and would change it.

As far as I am concerned it seems OK to me. As I said I have toured on it a lot, I tour for about 5 months a year, then use the bike for local stuff.

Re: Should I just stick with 26" wheels?

CTC Forum - MTB - 21 December 2014 - 11:01am
Yep. I'd still expect many of those rigid steel 26" bikes from the 80s and 90s to be doing the rounds as commuters for another 20 years. Also, bikes are still being made in the 26" size. We might see a reduction in choice, (particularly in specialist, premium and race tyres) as time goes by but I think it will be a long time before it could be called limited.

If they ever get phased out at all. I don't want to attempt to predict the next trend...

Re: Accident waiting to happen.

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 December 2014 - 10:50am
Thanks for that. Though still at the draft stage it appears they were expecting it's introduction into the regs (or maybe even had specific permission from the dft for this one location).

I'll admit I didn't look at the OP's links and just assumed he was talking about the way zebras are used on cycle routes.

Re: Feeling a bit lonely......

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 December 2014 - 10:41am
That and it inevitably develops into a load of pointless stereotyping and pigeonholing about which types of cyclists are the worst offenders

Re: Another death

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 December 2014 - 10:41am
One thing that puzzles (irritates?) me is that insurance proposal forms have a statement "Have you ever been convicted or been charged (but not tried) with any criminal offence (other than a motoring offence)? Why don't motoring offences count??

Re: Feeling a bit lonely......

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 December 2014 - 9:26am
661-Pete wrote:Bicycler wrote:Mark1978 wrote:Oh it's the waving thread again. Nice.
Agreed. It doesn't help.I'm not clear what your point is, both of you.I think their point is "Here we go again. We go through this topic about every 6 weeks".

Re: Feeling a bit lonely......

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 December 2014 - 9:20am
Bicycler wrote:Mark1978 wrote:Oh it's the waving thread again. Nice.
Agreed. It doesn't help.I'm not clear what your point is, both of you. Is it, that there's no sense in feeling miffed when a fellow-cyclist blanks you?

If so, I'd agree; 'get a life'. But I regret to own up that I've signally failed to 'get a life' on some occasions in the past. This time of year, especially, is full of uncomfortable thoughts for me, dwelling on events of a few years back. Some are not to share on this forum. But others concern particular 'unfriendliness' from other cyclists, not on the road but on an internet forum (not this one). I suppose we've all had that, but my experience particularly rankles. I've probably moaned about this before, on this forum: best I leave it at that. Unless someone's prepared to PM me of course...

But back to the 'unfriendly' road cyclists. I think one should stress that not all roadies are anything like that. I've had friendly nods and 'good mornings', both from solitary cyclists out on a fast training run, and from club pelotons. We shouldn't tar all with the same brush, as the saying goes.

Re: Touring and Camping - Campsite POI's

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 December 2014 - 8:53am
A new update of Archie's Camping is available - http://www.archiescampings.eu/eng1/ - and there is a complete new look to this version, as well as the usual updated information and POI's for 30,000 plus campsites throughout Britain and Europe.

Those who have Archie's saved as a 'favourite' will want to change this to go to the new website. Downloads can now be done directly from the home page, and POI's are available for all the Camping Cheque sites and Best Deal sites, for those who have access to the Best Deal App, but unfortunately not yet for the ACSI Card sites.

For those who have a smartphone Archie's is now also available as a App from Google Play.

An earlier post mentions the POI's for Lidl, and supermarkets in Europe - this is also available through Archie's Camping website, and as a PDF version which can be printed off using the link to Parafoeter's page, down in the bottom right hand corner.

Please feel free to post this on any other forums where you think the information may be appreciated.

Re: Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 December 2014 - 8:43am
RonK wrote:reohn2 wrote:So following on from all this speculation,has anyone had an LHT or DT,thought they weren't good bikes and why?
Yes, I had an LHT which was replaced after one tour. Apart from the appalling finish which had rust appearing after only a few months, I found it a dull, unresponsive, unrewarding ride - a real slug.

What did you replace it with?

Re: Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 December 2014 - 3:55am
reohn2 wrote:So following on from all this speculation,has anyone had an LHT or DT,thought they weren't good bikes and why?
Yes, I had an LHT which was replaced after one tour. Apart from the appalling finish which had rust appearing after only a few months, I found it a dull, unresponsive, unrewarding ride - a real slug.

Re: Feeling a bit lonely......

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 December 2014 - 2:19am
beardy wrote:We should be celebrating the fact that they paid attention to what they were taught when they were young.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92HCKfYakLU
That is the problem, I think, having that sort of propaganda drummed into you from an early age and apparently not realising that things change with adulthood. It's a bit like the school cycle training, ok for children but should not be considered appropriate for adults.

Re: Accident waiting to happen.

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 December 2014 - 1:08am
Bicycler wrote:Yes, but you said zebra crossings. It is quite common for shared use paths either side of roads to be joined by zebra crossings. Cyclists are expected to cede priority or to wheel their bikes as pedestrians.
The 2015 TSRGD (Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions) has, among other things for cyclists, introduced a combined crossing. I've included links to, I hope, relevant documents in the Bedford topic (here).

Rick.

Re: Accident waiting to happen.

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 December 2014 - 1:02am
MrD wrote:gaz wrote:MrD wrote:The idea of combined Zebra crossings and cycle paths was done away with years ago.
What makes you think that?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zebra_cro ... r_crossing

Tiger crossings were tried out about a decade ago, and replaced with Toucans in Aylesbury.
Yes, but you said zebra crossings. It is quite common for shared use paths either side of roads to be joined by zebra crossings. Cyclists are expected to cede priority or to wheel their bikes as pedestrians.

Re: A good demonstration of why not to blind side a lorry

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 December 2014 - 12:13am
I'm interested that people are blaming the cyclist. We don't see much of the run-up to the incident. However, traffic does not appear to be that heavy. Therefore, since lorries are faster than bikes on the open road, it is prima facie more likely that we are seeing the late stages of a lorry partly overtaking and then turning into a bike, than that we are seeing a bike coming up the near side of a lorry.

This applies in general to side swipes. In heavy traffic, it's likely that the bike went up the side of the lorry. In light traffic, the reverse will typically apply.

And either way, at least under UK road practice, the lorry should be signalling well before it turns.

Re: Accident waiting to happen.

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 December 2014 - 11:52pm
gaz wrote:MrD wrote:The idea of combined Zebra crossings and cycle paths was done away with years ago.
What makes you think that?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zebra_cro ... r_crossing

Tiger crossings were tried out about a decade ago, and replaced with Toucans in Aylesbury
gaz wrote:MrD wrote:Bristol has implemented a new separate cycle path, which incorporates this travesty.

URL for google Earth of old junction.
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.4532794,-2.5933302,130m/data=!3m1!1e3
Streetview. As I don't know the levels of motor/cycle/pedestrian traffic through the junction I can't rate it. I also don't know Bristol. It certainly looks better for pedestrians.

It is quite busy all day, both for pedestrians and road traffic. I agree it is better for pedestrians.

Re: Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 December 2014 - 11:50pm
So following on from all this speculation,has anyone had an LHT or DT,thought they weren't good bikes and why?

Re: Feeling guilty whilst not cycling & car use thru illness

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 December 2014 - 11:02pm
Went out just to the shops again, seem to be recovered from the chest thing but being off the bike so much and generally feeling cream crackered anyway it was like cycling through treacle
There's a section of main road off my estate that's absolutely level and I push along it so I can keep the traffic off until a sharp bend, then it turns downhill ever so slightly, I can generally do 20 & 25mph respectively as I'm fresh out the door and warms the muscles up rapidly, today it was 13 & 16ish, god it was hard work!
Going to have a trundle out tomorrow, need to get my legs back to some sort of 'normality', whatever the hell that is!
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