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Re: Disappointing For Cyclists in Radstock

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 April 2015 - 8:00pm
I thought there was a short cut that definitely avoids the double roundabout - not sure about the new roundabout.

http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home ... ycle-route

Have to say Radstock has become a total bottleneck particularly when driving in from Trowbridge to visit Bike It to get my bike serviced.

Re: I Got Nudged

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 April 2015 - 7:06pm
Not just elderly drivers. Everyone should consider it a privilege, not, a right. I can never understand the reticence in some cases to just take away a drivers licence for a misdemeanour. Minimal cost, sliding scale? What could be easier and more effective?

Re: What is gr8 about motorcycling?

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 April 2015 - 5:05pm
kwackers wrote:Personally I think you open more wormy cans



Yes and despite the pedantry, it's quite an important topic (I think we've well and truly hijacked this thread BTW ).

I have a friend who loves motorcycling - he regularly takes on the rough roads in Morocco. I can relate to all that, just as I occasionally fly, use trains and, yes, travel by car. But as a society we need to make distinctions (sometimes unfairly and arbitrarily). For example:

I don't think motorcycles should be allowed in bus lanes (mind you, I don't think buses should be either).
I don't think jet skis should be allowed on quiet stretches of coastline.
I think historic vehicles should be allowed where other cars might be banned.

To answer the OP's question and thinking of my friend in Morocco, I think motorcycling is an incredibly attractive activity. It's just that it belongs IMV in a different box from cycling.

Re: A recommended book for every Cyclist

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 April 2015 - 4:50pm
stuff about plastic hats moved to: viewtopic.php?f=41&t=95943 please conduct further debate on the subject there not here. Thank you.

Re: A recommended book for every Cyclist

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 April 2015 - 4:20pm
The main thing that I have learned is to cycle too close to carb.

Think you might be missing a 'not' in there?
And it looks like your auto-spell corrector is playing silly billies with 'kerb'


Yep, of the publications available it's the one that I've tended to point people towards. Although, recently talking to a cycle training organisation and they were suggesting that the latest edition is starting to veer away from National Standards - thus I must get around to reading a new one to see what the differences are.

Re: Coast & Castles - Recommended sights & tea shops?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 April 2015 - 3:54pm
iviehoff wrote:Going on a boat trip from Seahouses to see the puffins and seals etc is my favourite thing to do around there. Depending upon recent weather, it's possible end of April will be a smidge too early for best possible seeing of all the wildlife - it's the time of year when 2 or 3 days later can make a big difference - as the seabirds in particular are migratory, but I found them quite honest in describing what you can see on the trips. But with the present good weather you could well be lucky.

Further north in Lothian near North Berwick you'll have Bass Rock, the world's largest gannetry. Again boat trips to see. I haven't been there, but I've seen gannetries elsewhere and gannets are almost better than puffins. Trips eg http://seabird-centre.seafari-edinburgh ... and-prices
Agreed on both of those.
Did Bass Rock boat trip as part of a Coasts and Castles ride last year, and well worth it. The white colour of the rock is due to the sheer number of gannets covering it and is quite a sight. Was going to attach a photo, but don't want to spoil it for you!
A great fish and chip shop / restaurant near the harbour at North Berwick too.

Re: Mark Beaumont is off again

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 April 2015 - 3:37pm
What he has achieved is impressive, however, his 'ethos' is the opposite of what touring cycling actually is. I also find it a bit annoying how everything he does is based on struggles and pain i.e I felt most of his docu was either him struggling to find vegetarian food and complaining or cycling in the rain. Julian Sayarer in my opinion was a much more worthy record holder of rtw and his motivations were partly driven by beating Mark Beaumont and taking the record back for the 'people' as his attempt was largely corporatised and sponsored by hotels en route.

The whole record is getting a bit ridiculous, I think its less than 100 days now. Either way hats off as I wouldn't ever attempt that

Re: Tolerance of heat and cold.

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 April 2015 - 3:30pm
I think you can general acclimatise to warmer places if you give yourself time, and don't protect yourself too much from the conditions, eg, avoid using aircon places in warm countries - just suffer till you get used to it. On the other hand, exposing yourself excessively to the conditions too quickly is a route to heat-stroke or exposure.

I think of myself as being a cold-country person, happy to ride in shorts most days on Icelandic tours. But when I was in Malaysia I eventually utterly acclimatised myself to the place, to the extent I was getting cold at night and needed a blanket when the temp fell below about 26C. After riding in temps of up to 37 and high humidity, (mid-winter) Burma with daytime temps of 30 or so, was very pleasant. Then I got home to England and shivered for a fortnight.

A recommended book for every Cyclist

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 April 2015 - 3:02pm
I have to recommend this book. Cyclecraft. After looking on the internet( mainly Youtube ) I have failed to find any significant advice for good cycling, especially for the UK. Youtube link is worth watching. https://www.youtube.com/user/sillycyclists
Before the book I was always be a careful cyclist. I use lights in the daytime including one on the helmet. I thought about going without a helmet because apparently it makes drivers keep their distance overtaking.

What I like about this book is it give a lot of in-depth information about different kinds of junction on the road including how to approach them. The main thing that I have learned is to cycle too close to carb. On a quiet road, I will drive in the primary position on the road. If a car comes up behind me, I will let him pass when it is safe, ‘not to soon and not to late’. No driver has got annoyed or in patient. I actually feel much safer on the road and get to my destination much quicker also.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_ ... cyclecraft

Re: Mark Beaumont is off again

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 April 2015 - 2:39pm
jamesgilbert wrote:
@BeeKeeper, I agree but I'm not sure that's really possible on this kind of route >>> http://www.shanecycles.com/category/shanes-shorts/

Fair play to Marks sporting prowess, Shame he's missing so much of Africa by being in such a hurry, and also taking some of the most dangerous roads by taking a very direct route and to save time.

Each to their own, Good luck Mark.

Re: I Got Nudged

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 April 2015 - 2:35pm
Mark1978 wrote:That's one of my pet hates. Drivers don't stop at a give way they are constantly edging forward. Like somehow if they don't come to a complete stop that's faster?
I suppose it’s rather a question of it being easier (for driver and clutch alike) to keep some momentum rather than stop and restart. Of course this is no excuse to drive into cyclists or anyone else.

I have been nudged like this on a Vespa but never on a bicycle. But it is a constant worry at lights and roundabouts.

Re: Coast & Castles - Recommended sights & tea shops?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 April 2015 - 2:27pm
Don't forget to check the tide times for Holy Island (Lindisfarne), 'cos you'll waste a lot of time if you misjudge it.

Going on a boat trip from Seahouses to see the puffins and seals etc is my favourite thing to do around there. Depending upon recent weather, it's possible end of April will be a smidge too early for best possible seeing of all the wildlife - it's the time of year when 2 or 3 days later can make a big difference - as the seabirds in particular are migratory, but I found them quite honest in describing what you can see on the trips. But with the present good weather you could well be lucky.

Further north in Lothian near North Berwick you'll have Bass Rock, the world's largest gannetry. Again boat trips to see. I haven't been there, but I've seen gannetries elsewhere and gannets are almost better than puffins. Trips eg http://seabird-centre.seafari-edinburgh ... and-prices

Re: Front Rack for Boardman Hybrid Team

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 April 2015 - 1:55pm
I think u can get bags that go in the frame triangle and use the top tube to support - since your brakes dont use the top tube would be be ideal? Better than trying to fit a front rack? I've seen some one here with such an arrangement. Also shown in the url u posted?

Re: What is gr8 about motorcycling?

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 April 2015 - 1:55pm
Bicycler wrote:I think the clue in the phrase 'electrical assistance' is the word 'assistance'. I think we can draw a line between a battery backup used to assist a primarily human powered vehicle and a vehicle which requires no human propulsion.
Yeah... I think the word assistance isn't really of much use. On max assistance on a lot of bikes it's anything but, in reality you're controlling the speed of the bike by how fast you turn the pedals, in essence they become a sort of 'rotary throttle'.
Bicycler wrote:I repeat that it is this human propulsion which defines cycling for me. I could swap my bikes for tricycles, handcycles or pedal cars and when riding I would still in my mind be doing the same activity.
What about vehicles with no wheels? (For example a paddle boat) Do they count?
Personally I think you open more wormy cans with your definition than simply saying anything that has a motor doesn't count.

Bicycler wrote:What you are missing is that only you is trying to limit this to pedal bicycles. Horizon originally said cycles. Not all human powered cycles have the balance and control issues you view as central to cycling.
Did he? Fair enough. If which case we're talking about the motive mechanism and so can rule out everything with a motor and I'm happy to concur.

Front Rack for Boardman Hybrid Team

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 April 2015 - 1:49pm
I feel a little guilty starting a new thread about front racks so soon, but it is slightly different and I have spent days looking.

This piccie from bikeradar shows the forks:
forks.jpg

I only have the eyelet mounts at the wheel hub, the mudguard eyelet shown, and anything I create to mount to the handlebars - potentially I could drill the bars but that would be really last resort. The forks are out as they are carbon. I have disk brakes.

The purpose is to balance the bike front-back while (light) touring. Panniers would be nice, but something to support a stuffed dri-bag would probably do the job.

I'm going to get a Vavert Avancer rack to play with as it is available for £10. Potentially I could use something designed to attach to the brake bosses (Tubus Smarti?) with a little bit of home engineering.

I have also wondered about a Wildcat Mountain Lion (review by Meraid Griffin), but for a dribag attachment device it costs nearly as much as a Tubus.

Any suggestions would be welcome, particularly if anyone has done it.

Thanks

Ferdinand

Re: What is gr8 about motorcycling?

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 April 2015 - 1:36pm
kwackers wrote:horizon wrote:Bicycler wrote:For me the essence of cycling is its human powered nature, number of wheels is an irrelevance

I agree. It defines everything.
Once you've made that choice then logic dictates you have to remove assisted bicycles from it.
Are you happy with that?
I'm happy removing vehicles without human propulsion from my definition of 'cycling' (not that that affects anybody else's right to use such vehicles). I think the clue in the phrase 'electrical assistance' is the word 'assistance'. I think we can draw a line between a battery backup used to assist a primarily human powered vehicle and a vehicle which requires no human propulsion.

I repeat that it is this human propulsion which defines cycling for me. I could swap my bikes for tricycles, handcycles or pedal cars and when riding I would still in my mind be doing the same activity. If I was instead to use a motorised vehicle with an equivalent number of wheels I would think of myself as undertaking a different activity.

From a pedantic pov you can't have a 3 wheeled bicycle because it's a tricycle (or any other number other than 2) and motorcycle is a contraction of motorised-bicycle.
Quite. Though I did think that motorcycle is used to refer to both 2 and 3 wheeled vehicles (motor bicycles and motor tricycles). What you are missing is that only you is trying to limit this to pedal bicycles. Horizon originally said cycles. Not all human powered cycles have the balance and control issues you view as central to cycling.

Re: What is gr8 about motorcycling?

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 April 2015 - 1:04pm
It's more like a duck. The Germans called it the Ente ( = duck in German, which I presume you meant).

Re: What is gr8 about motorcycling?

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 April 2015 - 1:03pm
Bicycler wrote:Nobody is going to win this argument because it depends upon individual perspective. To you are pedal bicycles first and foremost human powered or two wheeled vehicles?
Exactly.

If you're arguing the legal case, motorcycles are cars.
Number of wheels and basic control mechanisms then they're bicycles.

From a pedantic pov you can't have a 3 wheeled bicycle because it's a tricycle (or any other number other than 2) and motorcycle is a contraction of motorised-bicycle. Interesting because as electrical assist becomes more popular we appear to be heading full circle!

Re: What is gr8 about motorcycling?

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 April 2015 - 12:57pm
horizon wrote:two extra wheels
IMO at that point it fails...
It drives like a car, has controls like a car and looks and feels like a car.

(If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck etc etc)

Re: What is gr8 about motorcycling?

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 April 2015 - 12:52pm
A good question and yes. Hence my thread about powered cycling. If the people who believe in new battery power are right then we are in IMV for a sea change in cycling.

BTW I don't have any objection to motorcycles (apart from the usual obvious ones) but they don't grab my interest as I would choose a car over a motorbike. Don't forget that the 2CV had a roll back roof, leaned dramatically into corners, made lots of noise and only had a 600cc engine. All it had over a motorbike was two extra wheels, two extra seats and the ability not to wear a helmet.
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