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Re: Joining a road turning right

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 August 2014 - 8:10pm
Tonyf33 wrote:[XAP]Bob wrote:I've no idea what has happenned or why this was posted, does anyone else?
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Really?[\quote]

Well I couldn't understand it either. The description is very unclear as to what was going on and the static pictures from street view are no help. Links to original images would have been much better.

Tim

Re: Thirst Whilst Cycling

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 August 2014 - 8:04pm
bigjim wrote:Can't you just cut a hole in an existing bottle and drop a straw in?
Yes your perfectly correct of cause and i think that is the route i will take.
My existing bottle has a cap with one of those built in valves, so i don't want to try and mod it.

Re: Thirst Whilst Cycling

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 August 2014 - 7:52pm
NATURAL ANKLING wrote:Hi,
I had a look on ebay yesterday there are lots of kids ones, you could pick them up in a local cheap shop I am sure.
There are expensive ones also £7.50.
Just a thought most straw / tube bottles are designed to drink whilst upright so internal straw
You want an external straw / tube or maybe you dont and need / want both so you can drink without tipping bottle up and head back
I would start with a kiddy bottle if it will fit in the rack.
I thinkl you might have to add a tube to a bottle any way.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/Sporting-Good ... =200&rt=nc
Yes it would be an external straw i need. Think i'll search for a childs drinks bottle and mod it.

Re: Joining a road turning right

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 August 2014 - 7:43pm
[XAP]Bob wrote:I've no idea what has happenned or why this was posted, does anyone else?
Really?
he saw a cyclist ahead of the stop line wanting to turn right. In doing so he would have then gone on to being on the left lane of the dual laned carriageway.
From the tone he was wondering if this was safe and/or why the cyclist might do that if there was a cycle lane along the length of the road..

In answer, the cycle lane might not be that great to cycle on, certainly a lot of them are poorly maintained and you can't get up to much speed in any case, even more so with the propenity of pedestrians wanting to 'share' the cycle lane
Additionally if there is a turning further along the road (to the left) or a roundabout then it would be far easier for the cyclist to take that from the road rather than walk across 4 lanes of traffic to get to it and indeed the cycle lane may end suddenly in any case thus forcing you to move to the other side of the road anyway. There may not be a safe opportunity to cross over the 4 lanes if the speed of the vehicles is high/concentrated so going along the road is probably the easiest & safest place to carry on the journey.

For many experienced cyclists one wouldn't really think to use any cycle lane unless their was a definite advantage, more often than not they take you well out of your way from where you want to go..unlike the road/highway.

Re: Camping in Northern Spain

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 August 2014 - 7:35pm
Unfortunately I can't help you but, as it's a ride I'd like to do myself, I would be interested to hear how you get on. Have fun.

Play on Pedals in Glasgow Now

Play on Pedals blog - 7 August 2014 - 6:42pm

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Bikes arrive and receive new home

Play on Pedals blog - 7 August 2014 - 6:36pm

Our Play on Pedals bikes have now arrived and been assembled by volunteers and staff at the Glasgow Bike Station. 

This week we happily moved all of our new fleet into a fantastic free storage space at 100 Borron Street, thanks to the generosity of Scottish Canals. They now stand proudly upright in our genius recycled ‘Play on Pedals Palette Racks’.

Play on Pedals bike fleet line up in 100 Borron Street, with thanks to Scottish Canals

Once we have labelled each of them individually, the coming months will see these bikes head out on loan to our first pilot Hero Organisation North Glasgow Homes through their Sport Legacy Programme and will also be off to south Glasgow for use within some of the groups who have been involved in the pilot training programme that took place this summer.

These bikes will visit thousands of children across the city over the next fifteen months, before eventually being handed over to Hero Organisations to keep for use within their local communities, by nurseries and other pre-school establishments, once the Play on Pedals project comes to an end.

If you have already expressed interest in the Play on Pedals project then expect to hear from us soon about the next steps for your group. If you have not yet been in touch with Play on Pedals but would like to find out more about our People’s Postcode Lottery funded project, please get in touch with polly.jarman@ctc.org.uk.

 


Re: Joining a road turning right

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 August 2014 - 6:24pm
Welcome to the forum Jammylee1.

I'm also a bit confused .

Cyclists sometimes wait ahead of a stop line to get a head start on motor vehicles, sometimes because they've passed the light legally but not cleared the junction before traffic ahead has started moving.

There could be myriad reasons for choosing the road over an adjacent cycletrack.

If you're looking for opinions on an event that you've witnessed a link to a map or streetview may be more helpful than screen grabs. That way the description of events can include road names and directions by compass bearing.

Re: Joining a road turning right

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 August 2014 - 6:01pm
I've no idea what has happenned or why this was posted, does anyone else?

Re: Camping in Northern Spain

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 August 2014 - 6:00pm
It's too long ago to rely on my advice but we've camped on route down through Rioja, coming from the Roncevalles pass to Santander. We camped at Haro and at Frias for instance and only did one night in a little hotel up in the Pyrenees. It isn't as common as in France but due to the proximity to the camino there is camping around. We tend to use the Michelin maps which have the little triangle symbol for campsite, I can't remember if that works for Spain but I have downloaded pocket earth ready for our next trip and that marks campsites. I just checked for Haro and for Frias and the camping is still there- . Also camping in Burgos, there is camping in the Picos but it may only be open in July and August. We struggled one year when we travelled in May/June coming up to Santander from the South but I've done Ok by myself in the Picos camping in late August.

As Mark says economically it's not a big deal, so what would you prefer to do?

Re: Cycling/driving/walking holiday, Hebrides, end September

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 August 2014 - 5:58pm
I'm sorry that this totally misses your brief (don't think you could rent it for 2 or 3 days) but it's on our (long) list of places to stay at. Not sure how much you would get done though - I'd be staring at that view all day: Fir Chlis.

Re: Long distance MTB routes in the UK?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 August 2014 - 5:32pm
The problem with a bothy in November is getting it warm.

Met a lass last November who was walking the Cape Wrath way and she camped next to bothies for this reason ( we were travelling as a group of four and could carry coal).

Joining a road turning right

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 August 2014 - 4:51pm
I am fairly local to this area, which joins a 50mph road from a road with a clear cycle lane, alongside the road.
Approaching the turn, which is quite a tight squeeze, there is a cycle lane for the full stretch of the road which involves crossing in front of the traffic, to join. As a cyclist myself, I feared for his safety that he was waiting ahead of the stop line, to I presume turn right, to the left of two lanes of traffic. I understand it is not compulsory to use the cycle lane, but in this instance on a narrow, fast moving road, I thought it would of been safer. If anybody could shed some light it would be appreciated as I have yet to cycle this say myself, and until seeing the situation it hadn't crossed my mind.
Thank-you

Re: Private 'toll road' - cyclists not welcome.

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 August 2014 - 3:17pm
"Local hero" was the headline in this weeks`Chronic`, referring to the chap behind the scheme.
Some background and local opinion-

http://www.bathchronicle.co.uk/search/s ... oad&where=

Re: Private 'toll road' - cyclists not welcome.

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 August 2014 - 2:54pm
I was just thinking that the council could take umbridge and get it sorted ASAP just to make a point.

Re: Camping in Northern Spain

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 August 2014 - 2:53pm
There is a camping section of the forum linked at the top of the Touring & Expedition posts.

I flew to Bilbao a couple of years ago and rode East to the Pyrenees and found campsite thin on the ground. There was one in Mundaka with great views over the estuary, called Camping and Bungalows Portuondo. Other than this we stayed in small hotels or hostels until we reached France.

Re: Thirst Whilst Cycling

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 August 2014 - 2:31pm
Can't you just cut a hole in an existing bottle and drop a straw in?

Re: Private 'toll road' - cyclists not welcome.

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 August 2014 - 2:29pm
It's now low priority - "Big Society" in action

Re: Cycling/driving/walking holiday, Hebrides, end September

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 August 2014 - 2:21pm
The Gatliff Trust Hostels are well worth a visit.
Fairly basic but the most wonderful locations.

Re: Italy cycle resources?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 August 2014 - 2:17pm
ah iviehoff.

yes your memories of using Italian TCI and other Italian 200,000 maps mirrors mine - restricted to Sardinia I stress.

I agree totally about the poor representation. At times only maybe but I expect maps to be accurate.

As you imply, at least if the representation is correct you have a chance of figuring things out.

This is what I referred to with "trying to second-guess the mapmakers" - it's my impression that most of the mapping is based on a very very similar limited data set.

But sometimes the presentation/representation is different.

So when cycling in sardinia I often have 3 separate 200,00 maps in my backpack.

At junctions I can then be sometimes be spotted by bemused locals looking at three separate maps to try to enter their various mindsets.

It's not unusual for me to find myself at a junction I expect to have 3 exits to find 4 or 5.

Then I have to try to figure out, between the three maps, which ones the map makers have decided to show on the map.

I have quite often chosen the one that appears to be going in the right direction only to find that the road runs out across a field.

How mad is that?

I also find that there is a lack of landmarks/features marked on the maps. If more were marked you could perhaps figure out sooner that you are on the right/wrong road.

Interesting post from jezrant as someone who has lived in Italy.

I know what you mean about signage.

It is getting better gradually but I have memories of being nackered on a ride once and not being able to figure out which exit to take from a village. And there were only two. Sometimes (again in Sardinia I stress) the sign at a town exit will point to a quite bizarre not terribly local place. Again you have to start mind-reading.

In Sardinia they often seem to lack a sign for straight on to a town - they just have stocks of left and right. This can make things very unclear indeed (more sitting down to commune with the mind of the great map/signwriter in the sky) - I think that now and again, to make it clear that they mean straight on they have used a right arrow on the left hand side of the road and a left arrow on the right hand side, but how efficent is that?

There is something of a "shortage" of numbered roads in Sardinia for inevitable reasons to do with the topography, but with regular research I am gradually learning the smaller unmarked roads. It is possible to go a pretty long distance on these across country. Once you know where they are.

Don't worry about Mr Miller's putdown iviehoff.

I would commend his web page to anyone but such is his apparent defensiveness about Italy, at times almost vicious, that I have at least twice asked if he has any Italian family links or blood. But never had an answer

I would by the way commend Sardinian cycling to folk. But not in July or August.

Am in the process of planning a route London to Rome but will be using GPS/OSM to find the quiet roads.
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