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CTC Forum - On the road - 15 June 2015 - 9:25pm
I'm in a bit of a quandary. On my route home from work I am met with traffic calming islands. The sort where cars go up the middle and cycle lanes (which aren't very wide) either side. I avoid the cycle lane (I have a road bike with skinny tyres) due to a bloody great kerb side drain. Today I was met by an aggressive woman driver telling me to use the lane even though it was my priority to come through. I do try not to inconvenience any other road users and I did slow to let her through but I nearly lost my balance as she had stopped blocking me from going. And I did swear

I would like to know if anyone else has had problems

Kind regards
Clare

Re: Cycle friendly B&B in Bangor?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 June 2015 - 9:10pm
If it is the north Wales one, the Travelodge allow bikes in the room. It is about 2 miles out of town though.

Re: Llandudno guest house

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 June 2015 - 9:08pm
I thought most of the ones along the seafront have some form of storage accessed at the rear. We stayed at Glenormes Hotel on the seafront (only really a B&B) they had a shed at the rear.

Re: Open Source Maps with cycle routes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 June 2015 - 8:57pm
OpenFietsMap is my favourite - it has cycle routes and contours and is very clear to read. You can download an image map for GB and Ireland here.

Re: Gas Cartridge Availability

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 June 2015 - 8:50pm
I can confirm Decathlon in Spain definitely stock the Coleman type screw in canisters. There must be other places that do them.

Re: Scotland in 2 weeks

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 June 2015 - 7:24pm
Geograph is a good site for finding photos of tracks to see if they might be cycleable http://www.geograph.org.uk/

Re: Ferry travel

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 June 2015 - 7:16pm
On the numerous times I've crossed, I have never pre-booked my ferry. Why put yourself under pressure to get to Dover or Calais for a specific time, when there are a number of different companies, sailing all day and night? Once, I had mechanical trouble on the way there but fixed it, which took over 1 hour but I just rolled up, arrived at the ticket office and asked each of the companies for the time and price of the next ferry from now. As a foot passenger with a bike, I seem to recall it's about £22 each way.

Dover and Calais are relatively good ports to go through. At Dover, buy the ticket in the big building, immediately at the entrance and then follow the red line around the dock. Calais has a similar system but you have to queue up in the same line as the cars - expect odd looks (I did this once and it was freezing and no one let me push in) . Dunkirk doesn't though and the signposts are terrible. I suggest if you go there to keep you eyes pealed for any sign to any village and then navigate from that known place. Have a good trip.

Re: Scotland in 2 weeks

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 June 2015 - 7:03pm
Hi Janus

I would recommend taking the main road, unless it's really busy, which is just as scenic and far less bumpy than the WHW. I cycle this route quite a lot and always take the road. I hate rough tracks.

Tyndrum to Bridge of Orchy is a fairly decent flat track. After Bridge of Orchy take the byroad round Loch Tulla rather than the WHW. This reconnects with the WHW later or you can turn off to the main road.

Kinlochmore to Fort William should also be doable on a bike but not always on the WHW.

Google the Sustrans NCN routes for central Scotland. These are decent enough most of the way, certainly better than the WHW and there are plenty of alternative byroads (the Schiehallion road through to Kinloch Rannoch is nice, though steep). Then take the A889 and A86 from Dalwhinnie. These roads aren't too busy and are nice to cycle.

Cycle friendly B+B in Roscoff

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 June 2015 - 6:46pm
I am cycle camping the Eurovelo 6 along the Loire from Nevers to Nantes starting a week today, then the Eurovelo 1 up to Roscoff and would like to have a B+B for my last night. Has anybody got any experience of stays in Roscoff. Anybody else around the route at the same time?

Ian

Re: Cycle friendly B&B in Bangor?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 June 2015 - 6:20pm
mcallaghan wrote:Are you talking Bangor, Wales or Bangor, Maine?

Or indeed Bangor N.I. or Bangor on Dee.

Re: can't you read? .. 4 seconds well used

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 June 2015 - 6:20pm
The fat commuter wrote:^^

Same as going through a red light. You can't break the law to allow an emergency vehicle past. Such s stupid world that we live in sometimes.

It is a pretty bad idea to go through a red light though. Maybe 10 cm across the line, but if you go out into the intersection then you can end up causing a pile-up.

Re: which pump and outline spares?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 June 2015 - 6:18pm
A good big pump will always work better than a good small pump, so you get the following hierarchy:
track pump > frame fit (Zefal HPx/Topeak Road Master Blaster) > Topeak Morph > Lezyne.
The Lezyne may be good compared to other small pumps, but there's no getting round the huge number of pump strokes required.

Spare screws for Ortlieb panniers are available as spares, and I have both taken them on tour and used them, to replace 3 of 4 end top rail rivets on an aged pair of front rollers (which pre-date the current screwed construction), and one at one end of the lower anti-sway hook rail on a brand new back roller. I've also got a pair of spare hooks & strap that I sometimes take but have never used.
If the panniers are new-ish, it's worth checking the screws are tight, but otherwise the need for spares is pretty uncommon.

Re: Seeing the screen?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 June 2015 - 6:18pm
That'll drain your battery very quickly though.
Depending on which smartphone you're using, there is likely an anti-glare screen protector you can buy for it. They have a "mat" finish on them which helps immensely in sunlight.
I use them on my etrex and smartphone.

Re: can't you read? .. 4 seconds well used

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 June 2015 - 6:14pm
Psamathe wrote:thelawnet wrote:brynpoeth wrote:Many many years ago I was driving in a bus lane in London, not sure why, maybe I thought it was allowed.

A motorcycle policeman pulled me over and shouted: "Can't you read? That is a bus lane, can't [sic] drive there mate! Get aaht of it!"

It took four seconds and I think he did just the right thing, he did not treat me with unnecessary "respect" or try to give me therapy.

This was a formative experience for me, h elped to make me a fan of traffic law enforcement.


Don't see why that would work. Chances of getting caught by the same guy a second time is very small. So if you are someone who drives in bus lanes because you think it's ok to do so, then police encounter isn't going to change your mind.

An automated fine from a camera system will focus the mind much more readily. Rather than a guaranteed £65 fine, I'd take the dressing down any day.
Sorry to go a bit "off-topic" but a year or so ago I drove up to London (very very rare) and saw a car blocking an ambulance with blue flashing lights/sirens going. (S)he would not pull into a bus lane to get out of the way; ambulance was blocked by something else and could not get into bus lane (i.e. car could have pulled into bus lane but wouldn't, ambulance couldn't). I mentioned this to a friend who lives in London and they explained that people don't because, if you are then photographed by an automated camera, the "getting out of the way for an ambulance" is not an accepted excuse (as they wont go to the ambulance records to check if there might have been an ambulance in the area at that time). so if you don't know where the cameras are you are taking something of a risk and so people don't and so somebody in need of an ambulance (probably) has to wait longer.

Sometimes things can have unintended side effects.

Ian

Quite true and its not just London. People have been fined for pulling over the white line at a red traffic light to make room for an ambulance to get through - that's pulling over the white line, not crossing the junction on red.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/cars/advice/ ... icle-past/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... -pass.html

Re: can't you read? .. 4 seconds well used

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 June 2015 - 6:05pm
^^

Same as going through a red light. You can't break the law to allow an emergency vehicle past. Such s stupid world that we live in sometimes.

Re: Cycle friendly B&B in Bangor?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 June 2015 - 6:03pm
Are you talking Bangor, Wales or Bangor, Maine?

Re: Help settle an argument

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 June 2015 - 6:03pm
danhopgood wrote:What would it have cost the overtaking cyclist to time his overtake so as to not inconvenience another road user?

What would it have cost the overtaking driver to time his overtake so as not to inconvenience another road user?

What I do know is that as a cyclist, there is physical effort involved in slowing down then speeding up again whereas for a driver its a small movement of their right foot only.

Re: Help settle an argument

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 June 2015 - 5:57pm
danhopgood wrote:So that's 6 wrong's on the cyclist's part to a debatable one for the driver - as it's a valid argument in my view the driver was merely warning the cyclist of his presence. Consideration works both ways - What would it have cost the overtaking cyclist to time his overtake so as to not inconvenience another road user? Very little. Is it inconsiderate not to blindly do your own thing without regard to the rules of the road or others? Yes it is.
Consideration is unilateral. Whether you or I show consideration for others is entirely our own choice. It does not depend on whether they are also considerate. Note that that HC section says to consider others despite their bad behaviour - there is no quid pro quo. The point is that we should not let others' poor behaviour (no matter how poor) become an excuse for a decline in our own. It serves no purpose for us to get angry and it is not our job to teach others lessons.

As I stated above, honking horns at cyclists is a potentially hazardous affair, particularly when dealing with inexperienced or incompetent cyclists as this cyclist may well have been. Bearing in mind the risks, the decision to use a horn needs to be born of absolute necessity, not merely a desire to sound off aggressively.

Re: can't you read? .. 4 seconds well used

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 June 2015 - 5:41pm
thelawnet wrote:brynpoeth wrote:Many many years ago I was driving in a bus lane in London, not sure why, maybe I thought it was allowed.

A motorcycle policeman pulled me over and shouted: "Can't you read? That is a bus lane, can't [sic] drive there mate! Get aaht of it!"

It took four seconds and I think he did just the right thing, he did not treat me with unnecessary "respect" or try to give me therapy.

This was a formative experience for me, h elped to make me a fan of traffic law enforcement.


Don't see why that would work. Chances of getting caught by the same guy a second time is very small. So if you are someone who drives in bus lanes because you think it's ok to do so, then police encounter isn't going to change your mind.

An automated fine from a camera system will focus the mind much more readily. Rather than a guaranteed £65 fine, I'd take the dressing down any day.
Sorry to go a bit "off-topic" but a year or so ago I drove up to London (very very rare) and saw a car blocking an ambulance with blue flashing lights/sirens going. (S)he would not pull into a bus lane to get out of the way; ambulance was blocked by something else and could not get into bus lane (i.e. car could have pulled into bus lane but wouldn't, ambulance couldn't). I mentioned this to a friend who lives in London and they explained that people don't because, if you are then photographed by an automated camera, the "getting out of the way for an ambulance" is not an accepted excuse (as they wont go to the ambulance records to check if there might have been an ambulance in the area at that time). so if you don't know where the cameras are you are taking something of a risk and so people don't and so somebody in need of an ambulance (probably) has to wait longer.

Sometimes things can have unintended side effects.

Ian

Re: Help settle an argument

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 June 2015 - 4:50pm
danhopgood wrote:as it's a valid argument in my view the driver was merely warning the cyclist of his presence
Why does the cyclist need warning about his presence? Does the same guy beep at every cyclist he comes across? Do you?

A proper overtake leaving sufficient space doesn't require anything from the motorist he could just tootle past...
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