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Re: Blaze light - genius or damp squib?

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 January 2015 - 12:30am
Some of these 'robotic' illumination aids might be of 'help' to any driverless cars that happen to be passing. But how many driverless cars are out there on our roads, to date?

Having said that, the way some vehicles on our roads are driven, they might just as well be 'driverless'....

Re: Name the landmark

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 January 2015 - 12:17am
gaz wrote:That would be Jacob's Post.
Well identified.

Symbolises a bit of our local history, marking the spot where one Jacob Harris aka Jacob Hirsch, was hanged in chains on a gibbet on the edge of Ditchling Common following the 'orrible murder of the landlord of the nearby Royal Oak Inn, along with his wife and maid - back in 1734.

The location is very close to the route often taken by London to Brighton cyclists, if you take the B2112 south from Wivelsfield, past the (now derelict) Royal Oak on a sharp RH bend, the Post is a few yards further south, on the west side of the road. It's hard to spot from the road, especially in summer, but if you go along a service road that leads to a row of cottages behind the trees, the Post is on a path just to the north of them. We live in the area, and we too had a hard job finding it at first! I believe it has been moved from its original location which appears to have been in a field. Also, the post itself and the iron cockerel (rooster!) are modern replicas, the original is kept in a museum.

The plaque next to the post (different wording to Gaz's link) appears to cast doubt on Jacob's guilt. He apparently was on the run following some more minor misdeed elsewhere, and was eventually brought to heels halfway up a chimney some distance away, in West Hoathly. He was Jewish, and it is suggested that he was merely the unfortunate victim of anti-semitic hysteria fanned up following the murder of a popular innkeeper of the district, and was in the 'wrong place at the wrong time'. Whatever, he met his fate at Horsham Gaol and was then hung up in chains as a gruesome 'example' to all...

Incidentally, if you Google 'Jacobs Post' most of the hits will refer to a modern pub in Burgess Hill which is named after this person.

Re: Blaze light - genius or damp squib?

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 January 2015 - 12:10am
bogmyrtle wrote:I just don't get it. It doesn't light up the road to help you actually see and it doesn't do anything to help prevent close passes from behind

Of course, but that assumes those are the only two things you'd ever want something to do

It certainly alerts pedestrians to your presence when on shared paths, or perhaps when they're about to step off the pavement without looking over their shoulder. For this reason I can see it being of some use to some people.

As for drivers… it's rather less of a sure thing. The two potential scenarios are: when you're both approaching a junction from perpendicular directions, and when someone's about to left-hook you by looking to where they're turning rather than in their mirror or over their shoulder. I'm heavily sceptical in the first scenario and frankly still pretty sceptical in the second. But if you have the cash and you don't mind staring at a green bicycle symbol while you ride, then—well, it's hard to criticise people for wanting to clutch at straws, really. I didn't feel it did anything for me. But who knows: if it does prevent that one left-hook, maybe it's worth the money.

Re: Name the landmark

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 January 2015 - 11:52pm
I wonder if anyone has ridden past this one...

Re: Name the landmark

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 January 2015 - 11:23pm
That would be Jacob's Post.

Simple to google once you know it's a rooster rather than a cockerel .

Paris and Bike Security

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 January 2015 - 11:23pm
Following a successful trip to France (St Malo to Caen) last year with our 3 boys we are considering a trip to Paris this Summer perhaps travelling one way by train. My concern is bike security in a major city both whilst doing touristy things in the city and overnight while staying in accommodation.

There will be 5 of us and am interested in any experiences or recommendations you may have.

Re: Blaze light - genius or damp squib?

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 January 2015 - 11:14pm
Postboxer wrote:How about the rear lights that project two red lines onto the road to mark out your space, anyone tried those?




Those lines look a bit close to me. They may actually encourage close passes.

Re: Caen - Mont Ventoux !

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 January 2015 - 11:04pm
Thanks MrsHJ that is very helpful since posting I have found a site with a lot more information on.
Yes the Ventoux is a big " hill" but one I have to cycle before I get much older.

Re: Caen - Mont Ventoux !

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 January 2015 - 10:58pm
1. Yes,sort of, we finished at St Malo.
2. Ten days depending on daily distance.
3. It depends, not very hilly til you hit the Massif Central etc depending on route. Mont Ventoux is quite a bit hill.
4. Roads not busy at all, assuming you are avoiding the N roads and autoroutes.
5. Yes, camping never an issue for us in rural France.

Re: Lnace is trying to get the ban lifted

CTC Forum - Racing - 26 January 2015 - 10:46pm
I would certainly recommend reading Tyler Hamilton's book 'The Secret Race' for some insight into the way things were

Re: Blaze light - genius or damp squib?

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 January 2015 - 10:35pm
How about the rear lights that project two red lines onto the road to mark out your space, anyone tried those?

Re: Lnace is trying to get the ban lifted

CTC Forum - Racing - 26 January 2015 - 10:31pm
Would any cycle team ever employ him to ride or coach?

Re: Touring in Sweden

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 January 2015 - 10:28pm
The warmest weather in the coldest parts of Norway and Sweden is usually in July and August. Last year in May, the average temperature at Nordkapp was only 3.5 C.

Weather statistics are available for most weather data collection points in Norway from yr.no http://www.yr.no/place/Norway/Finnmark/ ... stics.html

Re: Lnace is trying to get the ban lifted

CTC Forum - Racing - 26 January 2015 - 9:53pm
He says it was not just him, it was his team, and the whole peleton, really? Ask Nicole Cooke what she thinks, just read her book, (well on my kindle), quite some story.
Cheers, Rob.

Re: Lnace is trying to get the ban lifted

CTC Forum - Racing - 26 January 2015 - 9:39pm
Hi,
The gall of it, he said that if it was 95 again he would still cheat.
But 2015 he would not.

Re: Touring in Sweden

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 January 2015 - 9:31pm
I hadn't even really thought that it may still be quite cold in the north in May and June fortunately the route I was looking at taking through Sweden never goes particularly high but through Norway it goes much higher but in July so hopefully everything will be open and most of the snow gone by then. I need to have a look for what roads are closed in Sweden in the winter and when they open.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 January 2015 - 8:55pm
Don't miss Hay on Wye and the nearby Gospel Pass, a mainly single track road that is said to be the highest pass in Wales and is a great favourite with cyclists. From there down to the camp site near LLanthony Priory (pub food nearby).

Re: Blaze light - genius or damp squib?

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 January 2015 - 8:37pm
I just don't get it. It doesn't light up the road to help you actually see and it doesn't do anything to help prevent close passes from behind in fact it could be distracting to drivers approaching from behind. I won't be buying one.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 January 2015 - 8:27pm
I will be certainly be playing it by ear. Depending how I am feeling etc I may end up doing a 30 odd mile loop out onto Anglesey and not go all the way to Holyhead. I am hoping I'll be in fine shape and will be able to take my time - looks like lots of little hills along the way.

Re: Lnace is trying to get the ban lifted

CTC Forum - Racing - 26 January 2015 - 8:21pm
move along , nothing to see here........
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