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Re: North to south of france ?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 December 2014 - 4:44pm
Hang on till the summer?

Or try NZ or OZ at this time of year?

Re: Awful, awful cycling and I feel totally incensed

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 December 2014 - 4:37pm
Just to clarify i was moving already and had to brake suddenly as the rider cut right across from the right turn only lane, there is no room to filter on the right of the straight on lane and to do so just means you'd still have to cut across the front of the vehicles in front, given the lights had already gone green his actions were tantamount to suicide/recklessness.
It is pretty clear from the road layout that the filtering is from the left of the central lane to reach the ASL and had he done this it would have being obvious his intention to go straight on and there would be no conflict.
How you can't see the problem of a cyclist approaching from a right turn only lane (having already cut in front of another motorist) and them cutting a 90 degree left in front of an already moving car to reach the left side of that lane when just filtering on the left where all the space is, is beyond me.

Front racks

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 December 2014 - 4:20pm
Hello I am looking for a front rack for my bike, trying to get some of the weight off the rear and spread it better.
however, i do not have any mounts on my forks. does anyone know of a rack i might be able to fit using the wheel axle or something?

Re: 10,000 miles in a year finally

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 December 2014 - 3:54pm
eileithyia wrote:............... cycling always come first, other commitments such as housework and decorating second.

Yes, that's the way I've done it these past ten years or more, to the detriment of other things.

My plan for 2015 is to not cycle so often, but paint the outside of the house, get on top of the gardening, and do a bit more housework. Instead of cycling four or five times a week, I'm going to cut down to twice a week and probably do more miles per ride.

Re: 10,000 miles in a year finally

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 December 2014 - 3:41pm
NATURAL ANKLING wrote:Hi,
Mick F wrote:I feel such a wimp.
4,470miles.

I'll do the "final" 30miles by the end of the year, though snow is forecast for later today ...........
Don't say that
I've probably just broken 4000 but its how you do it and what for, that matters, to me any way.
Everyone enjoys long day rides in the sun with good scenery good company and a café or two / pub.

But we all have commitments that need to be done....................first..................unless you employ a slave

Depends on how your life is organised, taking up cycling at a formatitive point in my adult life, cycling always come first, other commitments such as housework and decorating second.

Re: North to south of france ?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 December 2014 - 3:20pm
andygriff wrote:If you're determined to go check out the ACSI website. This is a Dutch firm that details off season campsites so you may be able to link up a few. I agree that weather and lack of daylight will be a problem though and the coast is bordering the Bay of Biscay.

or

http://www.camping-municipal.org/campings-ouverts-toute-l-annee.htm

Re: Sad Christmas in Peterborough...

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 December 2014 - 2:18pm
Very sad condolences to family and friends

Sad Christmas in Peterborough...

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 December 2014 - 2:02pm
Young cyclist, just 22, killed riding his bike on 23rd December.... Some things are disheartening beyond words.

http://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/news ... -1-6490264

http://www.peterborough-cathedral.org.u ... ickey.html

Re: So what you been up to in 2014

CTC Forum - MTB - 26 December 2014 - 1:53pm
Thanks enjoyed watching. Here's to a better 2015.

Re: Cycling to Axbridge from Bristol

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 December 2014 - 1:53pm
I have my planned route sorted.

Tomorrow is Bristol to Axbridge as discussed, then after the weekend I'll follow the Strawberry Line done to Weston-Super-Mare, catch a train to Chippenham, then follow the Avon and The Kennet and Avon canal via Bath down to Pill, then back to Bristol to get my train the next afternoon.

Lots of time to potter.

Thanks for all the help.

Ferdinand

Re: Grab Theft - handle bar kit

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 December 2014 - 1:27pm
Shootist wrote:A cyclist stopped at traffic lights? Oh, come on now.
Very witty !

Re: Grab Theft - handle bar kit

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 December 2014 - 1:19pm
To be honest i`m just glad to see people pointing things out, id be more upset if this happend to me and know one had said its happening often.

Re: So what you been up to in 2014

CTC Forum - MTB - 26 December 2014 - 12:44pm
Jumping Adam and Eve was a risk too far for me, I'd rather mix it with lorries on the bypass.

Re: North to south of france ?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 December 2014 - 12:39pm
If you're determined to go check out the ACSI website. This is a Dutch firm that details off season campsites so you may be able to link up a few. I agree that weather and lack of daylight will be a problem though and the coast is bordering the Bay of Biscay.

Re: St Malo to Narbonne

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 December 2014 - 12:13pm
We cycle-camped from Somerset to Narbonne last June, via Caen (port of Ouisterham). We had a great time, despite the weather, which was pretty wet and chilly at times.

I kept a journal, and the link is here, if you are interested:-

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o=S ... 13782&v=Jc

Good luck, and enjoy your adventure.

Brian & Annie

Re: Awful, awful cycling and I feel totally incensed

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 December 2014 - 11:56am
Whatever, but the rider was killed and the inquest brought an accidental verdict.

Re: Jan to May Riding?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 December 2014 - 11:33am
Hi,

Having delayed booking my flights and subsequently seen them shoot up over the last few days, I've now had to change my plans to another destination (limited budget). I've today booked cheap flights into Lanzarote and out of Fuerteventura, with the intention of catching the ferry a few days in and island hopping, before flying out of Fuerteventura.

I am hoping to camp the entire route, so would love to hear if anyone has been successful in doing this trip before and if anyone has recommended routes throughout?

Thank you

Re: Awful, awful cycling and I feel totally incensed

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 December 2014 - 11:31am
thirdcrank wrote:This is a link to the recent "hit from behind" thread

viewtopic.php?p=849116#p849116

This bit is particularly significant -

Carmel McLoughlin was standing just a few metres away from the scene of the collision as she waited for a bus told the inquest Mr Mason had caught her attention because he was not wearing a helmet.
She said: 'I remember Mr Mason standing out because it's unusual to see a cyclist who doesn't have a hi-vis jacket or a helmet.'
She added: 'I noticed him overtaking the black car that was in the collision.
'I think I heard the bang, I looked round and I saw Mr Mason being thrown into the air – he was on the off side, so the side nearest to the driver.'

I keep wondering how much of a part that the forward right hand blind spot played in the case TC links to. IIRC the vehicle in that case was a Nissan Joke (well, I think they are a joke ) and I don't know how tall the driver was but having once seen a 4x4 driven by a small woman peering through the steering wheel, I take nothing for granted these days. The Joke does have elephant ears for mirrors though, but not much use if they are not used...
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