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Re: Group rides - maximum numbers...

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 January 2015 - 9:26pm
We spend a lot of time on "single and a half track" non A roads and on long straights, which is where a line is often easier. I'm not sure you're disagreeing severely with bikeability.

Re: Isle of Wight - Beginning of May 2015

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 January 2015 - 9:25pm
Slow Loris wrote:I'm hoping to go this spring, too, as I wasn't able to last year - wave if you see a very small, red Thorn .This campsite seems to be very accommodating to backpackers, although I haven't stayed there yet: http://www.heathfieldcamping.co.uk/index.php I called them last year and they have a separate field for small tents at reasonable rates with no booking required.

If there are any cider recommendations, I'd be interested .

Thanking you Yes and wave if you see a small burgundy Surly DT. Pilot with beard and long hair. Dysfunctional looking. Heathfield might be an option for my last night. Cider? A neighbour mentioned http://www.sharonorchard.com (Ryde)

Re: Dublin to Dingle Route

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 January 2015 - 9:07pm
Just booked my flight.

July 23rd arrival in Manchester at 7AM. Return flight on the 5th of August.

Planning on spending roughly 2 full days in Cardiff at the end of riding, before taking a return-train to Chester.

Re: Cycle Touring Festival Clitheroe

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 January 2015 - 9:04pm
I can't believe people are moaning about the cost. £75 for the weekend including camping and meals seems pretty good value. They've got several speakers lined up. I don't think I'll be able to go unfortunately, but if I could I'd be up there like a shot.

Re: Isle of Wight - Beginning of May 2015

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 January 2015 - 8:55pm
There is a sign posted route around the island bit hilly but only about 100 k . Its pretty easy to do in a day and see a few sites as well at that time of year . New forest itself is very anticycling

Re: UKIP - get off road, cycle on pavement

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 January 2015 - 8:49pm
wrangler_rover wrote:Just remember, UKIP are a real threat to the political status quo in the country.
The political establishment will use every opportunity to discredit UKIP in the run up to the election.

But this is UKIP discrediting themselves.

Re: UKIP - get off road, cycle on pavement

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 January 2015 - 8:46pm
Just remember, UKIP are a real threat to the political status quo in the country.
The political establishment will use every opportunity to discredit UKIP in the run up to the election.

Re: Isle of Wight - Beginning of May 2015

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 January 2015 - 8:30pm
I'm hoping to go this spring, too, as I wasn't able to last year - wave if you see a very small, red Thorn .This campsite seems to be very accommodating to backpackers, although I haven't stayed there yet: http://www.heathfieldcamping.co.uk/index.php I called them last year and they have a separate field for small tents at reasonable rates with no booking required.

If there are any cider recommendations, I'd be interested .

Re: Maps for cycling in Italy ? - North to South

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 January 2015 - 8:30pm
Not a map but do read 'Crossing Europe on a Bike Called Reggie' by Andrew Sykes. He goes from Canterbury to Rome (and a bit) Great read...hc

Re: UKIP - get off road, cycle on pavement

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 January 2015 - 8:16pm
Heltor Chasca wrote:And 12% of Charnwood's population are forecast to vote for this idiot? Yikes. What does that say about Britain?... ...hc

Indeed!
It's disheartening to think that 12% of Charnwood voters are equally idiotic .

Re: Group rides - maximum numbers...

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 January 2015 - 7:47pm
mjr wrote:I mean sixes, which may be arranged 2x3 (as small as some cars, but not making it particularly easy to overtake) or may be a line of six, or something in between.

Taking the lane (which I think is what is meant by "effectively forming a moving road block") can be uncomfortable for whoever is on the back right but it's safer than helping a bad motorist to think they can squeeze past without changing lane or on a blind bend/brow, isn't it? It certainly seems in line with the advice in Bikeability Levels 2 (Understand where to ride on roads being used) and 3 (Cycling in groups - optional).

That's where I disagree with Bikeability Level 3 if applied to more than 2 riders cycling together:Although cyclists may ride two abreast, trainees should be aware that this may aggravate some other road users. When riding two abreast, trainees should make extra effort to communicate with following traffic and be aware when they might need to move back into single file.
Using the Highway Code guidance, when driving a car and overtaking a cyclist I should leave as much room as when overtaking another car (or words to that effect). Which to me is somewhere between 1 and 2m gap. Assuming said cyclist is not riding in the gutter, that's going to mean moving to some 3m away from the kerb line, ie most of the vehicle into the oncoming lane on most non-trunk roads.
Accordingly, the shorter the vehicle I have to overtake, the less time I will spend in the oncoming traffic lane; hence my dislike for continuous long lines of 'singled out' cyclists! I'd also add that a single line invites a 'squeezed' overtake (which you seem to agree with?). But then I spend a lot of time on non A-roads.

Re: New to mountain bikes but willing to learn

CTC Forum - MTB - 22 January 2015 - 6:46pm
I used to live in Hertfordshire and my main experience MTBing there for 2 years was that mud clearance was everything. If you are going to ride the Chilterns then front suspension will be advantageous. I'm still not sold on Full Sus for much outside the Peaks / Pennines etc, or unless you ride lots of trail centres. There's a huge weight or cost penalty and they require more maintenance. I gave up on full sus and went back to a rigid singlespeed and a hardtail. However, I don't ride the monster stuff, more like 40 mile bridleway days out.

Re: Group rides - maximum numbers...

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 January 2015 - 6:40pm
I read about that. As a large club we sometimes get around 40 riders on our Sunday runs, although we do split into smaller groups to ease congestion on the road and at the cafe stop. I assume motorists in the New Forest will also be resticted to 1,000 at any one time

Re: Dublin to Dingle Route

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 January 2015 - 6:39pm
try looking at this for routes, particularly good for Navigating Dublins streets
http://cycle.travel/map

this should help with cycle paths and cycle friendly streets
Personally I wouldn't worry about Dublin. If you avoid Rush hour and cycle sensibly you will be oK. you need to head south toward Tallaght and then onto Rathcoole from there I am lost and depends what you want to see.

The problem with Dublin is you will want to stay, there is plenty to see, so you have to be bit blinkered and head out of the City otherwise you'll spend 5 days sampling "da guinness". It's my favorite city, haven't visited for a while, but it has a lot of fond memories. Some great pubs, fantastic people and its own sound, every pub seems to have live music

Re: Group rides - maximum numbers...

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 January 2015 - 6:19pm
On the local news down here it has just been announced that cycling events in the New Forest are going to be capped to 1000 riders

Re: Female Cyclist Death In North London

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 January 2015 - 6:05pm
Thank you Kwackers I appreciate that and yes we are singing from the same hymn. Also apologies for any distress my comments may have caused you Ted

Re: My first ride on a 29er.

CTC Forum - MTB - 22 January 2015 - 5:51pm
It's a bike called a Saracen Kili Pro and it has a Suntour XCR fork which is a pretty basic affair, but it does spring and you can lock it out. It plus the tyres are fine for me. I ain't going to be doing any jumping on this steed!
I've never ridden a Brompton, but I have two bikes with 20inch 406 wheels, a Moulton APB which is ancient and a Tern p24h. You don't really seek out rough roads with the Tern, at least not diligently... A Brompton would be a burst blister ahead of that...

Isle of Wight - Beginning of May 2015

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 January 2015 - 5:42pm
I had booked off a long weekend from Friday 1st of May after school drop off to Monday evening the 4th of May to go up to Clitheroe for a festival, but for a number of reasons I've moved the goal-posts and I'm now going to spend it on The Isle of Wight touring with my bike and tent. I'm not a fan of B&Bs if the weather is good so I'll be camping.

I plan to park my pick-up somewhere in the New Forest and cycle into Lymington to get a ferry across to Yarmouth and then cycle round in a clockwise direction. I'll stay 3 nights and cycle and see the sights during the day.

Has anyone got any suggestions? I'm after advice on leaving my vehicle in the New Forest, campsites, points of interest, routes, beer and cider.

Many thanks in advance........hc

Re: Cycle Touring Festival Clitheroe

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 January 2015 - 5:39pm
Sweep wrote:By the way, since it was referred go above, do the girl guides still own waddow hall? They did when i was a kid and in fact years later i worked with someone from the south coast who had been there. But i had the impression, the world being what it is, that they had sold it years ago to something a bit posher than mucky guides. Or did they sublet it?
Their website is very much Guide branded: http://www.waddow.org.uk/about_us.aspx

As a long term member of both the Scout Association and YHA (though not the Guides for obvious reasons), I think the strength of a lot of these organisations lies in some of the wonderful places they own. Many of which were donated in the last century or sold at a discounted rate. It would be a shame to lose that.
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