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Re: 'Real' Cyclists as opposed to people riding cycles?

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 April 2014 - 10:31pm
leftpoole wrote:A person riding a bike on a pavement not only breaks the law but is idiotic, usually rude and does not care about anyone but him/herself.

Whilst I'm sure we've all got exasperated at people cycling on pavements at times, the above hardly makes sense when so many "cycle paths" are just pavements with lines and pictures of bikes on them. As an adult male I cycle mainly on the road, quite often ignoring the (sometimes very poorly planned) cycle paths in my area. When the cycle paths are good I use them. The reality is there is no single answer to improving cycling provision - although if I could wave a magic wand I would love to improve the awareness and habits of drivers to encourage more cycling on the roads we already have. There is a reason one sees so many adults cycling on pavements next to perfectly rideable streets, and it's not because they're "idiotic" or "rude", it's because they don't feel it's safe to ride on the road.

Re: First 300k?

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 April 2014 - 9:59pm
Last year I was on 2000k total when I did my first 300k of the year.

Re: First 300k?

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 April 2014 - 9:21pm
Trigger wrote:How long would it take to be ready to tackle a 300k? Say for someone who used to be a regular cyclist and had done a few 200s but is starting again from scratch.

Looking for a goal and some motivation to get me out.

Cheers.
I'm doing my first 300 on Saturday, I'll report how it goes...

Re: What bad luck

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 April 2014 - 9:07pm
thirdcrank wrote:PS Only use the word "accident" with circumspection.

I should know better. I usually use 'incident'.

Re: What bad luck

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 April 2014 - 9:04pm
Vorpal wrote:thirdcrank wrote:Vorpal wrote: ...
Yes, that true. But my point was merely that many people who receive bans, even after killing a vulnerable road user, are X required to undergo an extended test.

Is there a "not" missing somewhere there? eg where I've put the red X

Is it even possible, within current sentencing guidelines to either ban someone for life following an accident like this, or require psychological assessment before retraining or retesting?]

Really long driving bans were ruled out by the European Courts in the late 1960's. I don't think a psychological assessment can be imposed - I was suggesting it should be possible. Better still, it should be part of the requirements for a driving licence, without waiting till a driver has been convicted of injuring or even killing somebody, but it seems more politically acceptable in the latter type of case. I'm no expert on sentencing options, but I do know that anger management could form part of what used to be called a Probation Order. As to whether a few months inside make a short-tempered person less so, I don't know.

PS Only use the word "accident" with circumspection.

Re: mobile phone options for Europe

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 April 2014 - 9:02pm
Its a shame that 3 don't (yet) do their "Feel at Home" in France & Spain.

How long are you going for? For a long trip it may be worth making more effort but for 2 or 3 weeks you possibly have diminishing returns on any extra expenditure.

The last couple of times I've used my phone abroad it cost me about £20 on each 2 week trip just light use of phone & text plus a few MB of data when I needed to check something when I couldn't find any free WiFi. That was in 2010 & 2011 so it would probably be cheaper now with the capping of roaming charges.

Rick.

Re: Leyburn to Reeth

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 April 2014 - 8:47pm
Hi Colin, I've taken note of your suggestion and have had a good look at the route on Bikehike, and good it looks.

However, we'll be "Pass-bagging" (as OCD members) and I've now noticed that if we were to first ride from Leyburn over Leyburn Moor, then drop down and climb up to do the Redmire's Pass (actually recorded on the OCD website as "Greets Moss") we could claim both passes (as there's a drop of over 100 metres between them).
Then, if we do Cleaburn Pasture as well, we'd be claiming 1093 metres climbed, instead of a measly 745 metres on my original plan.

Sounds like a good day out and we wouldn't have to worry about being shot by the Army.

And you thought that only the pass was mad.

Ta muchly, fausto.

Re: mobile phone options for Europe

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 April 2014 - 8:40pm
patpalloon wrote:What are my best options for mobile phone access in France and Spain? I'm on 3. I'll try and use wifi as much as possible but apart from that?

What I did was unlock my phone, then I buy a cheap data bundle from a local supplier wherever I go. Much cheaper than roaming.

Especially if you can get a "new customer" deal

Any phone shop will advise you, but I would still check coverage for the areas you wish to go to if they are a little remote




You can then give those who "need to know" your new number and be un-contactable by everyone else

Win-Win

Re: Munda Biddi Trail (Western Australia) - Albany to Donnyb

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 April 2014 - 8:38pm
I rode this trail mundaring to manjimup and denmark to albany in 2012/13. it is an amazing trail and well worth a trip

Re: Shimano SPD Sandals - size question

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 April 2014 - 8:34pm
Sweep wrote:well mr cames, I think you've persuaded me.

I need to get a pair of the Shimanos in size 42 - the bigger pair I have I can wear with thick socks/two pairs of socks after dark.

I'm sure you won't regret it - me and Mrs bikes4two have done thousands in our Shimano sandals - we love them

First 300k?

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 April 2014 - 8:12pm
How long would it take to be ready to tackle a 300k? Say for someone who used to be a regular cyclist and had done a few 200s but is starting again from scratch.

Looking for a goal and some motivation to get me out.

Cheers.

Re: A tiny, tiny cut....

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 April 2014 - 8:10pm
A piece of glass sounds feasible - there's often some on the cycle path. I think I would have seen an insect. Can't blame alcohol - I hadn't had anything to drink the evening before.
Jan

mobile phone options for Europe

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 April 2014 - 8:08pm
What are my best options for mobile phone access in France and Spain? I'm on 3. I'll try and use wifi as much as possible but apart from that?

prevailing winds France and Spain

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 April 2014 - 8:05pm
The prevailing winds for the UK end to end are the subject of much debate, with the perceived wisdom being generally you are better doing LEJOG. I just wondered what are the prevailing winds in France and Spain. I'll be heading down the Mediterranean coast from catalonia to Gibraltar, up through the middle of Spain and up the Atlantic coast of France. Presumably the same logic can be applied to western france as Western UK. I leave in a fortnight's time so will be may and June.

Re: What bad luck

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 April 2014 - 7:32pm
thirdcrank wrote:Vorpal wrote:I like that he received a ban and extended retest. It seems that drivers who kill cyclists often aren't given a requirement for extended retest.

I don't know what's involved in that sort of test, but the problem here isn't one about technical competence but aptitude. Somebody who has been driving all their life may slip into bad habits and probably passed - as I did - under a much less stringent system than applies today, but most people could disguise a short fuse to get their licence back. It would be better if driving licence applicants were tested for psychological suitability. In the meantime, successful completion of some form of anger management course might be a good idea for people like the defendant in this case.

Yes, that true. But my point was merely that not many people who receive bans, even after killing a vulnerable road user, are required to undergo an extended test.

Is it even possible, within current sentencing guidelines to either ban someone for life following an accident like this, or require psychological assessment before retraining or retesting?

Re: A tiny, tiny cut....

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 April 2014 - 6:05pm
Hi, Jan.

It sounds like something flew in your face, maybe something on the road. Maybe a tiny shard of glass or other sharp object and it seems to have cut into a small vessel. I personally don't think you bled so much because you were exercising, but more that the cut was deeper than you thought. Of course exercising contributes to excess bleeding since your heart pumps your blood at higher speed through the body, but I assume you stopped for a as long as you tried to still the bleeding, and your heart rate went down in that time. Did you have a few glasses the night before, by any chance? Alcohol contributes to difficulties to stop bleeding. At least in my case.
If you've never experienced those problems, I wouldn't worry too much. What are the chances it'll happen to you again? Go out and enjoy your rides.

Re: 'Real' Cyclists as opposed to people riding cycles?

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 April 2014 - 5:55pm
When three cyclists are riding in the normal formation of two, side by side, up front and the rearmost rider tucked in between, are they riding two abreast, or three?

Re: Leyburn to Reeth

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 April 2014 - 5:52pm
I have never seen the Leyburn to Reeth road closed.
However, if you are looking for scenic (and don't mind steep) from Leyburn I would head west to Wensley (Wensleydale is named for the town of Wensley, not the river, as is more usual) fork right off the main road via Preston-under-scar, at the crossroads carry straight on the "Redmire bypass" ....they will try to tell you its a footpath, but its a gated road, passing to the North of Redmire....at the crossroads, turn right for Grinton on the mad road over the top....although Castle Bolton (straight on) is worth a look.

Redmire bypass....https://www.flickr.com/photos/52358536@N06/4842010716/in/set-72157624486626203/

Re: 'Real' Cyclists as opposed to people riding cycles?

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 April 2014 - 5:40pm
leftpoole wrote:Due to what I feel wrongful interpretation of my opening post, I should like to withdraw from any further contribution and have no comment regarding any of the issues raised.
Only wrongful, not lawless?

Oh well, it's a shame all the same. I'm still not sure if you were joking, or if serious, if you really think the nice way code would work.

Re: 'Real' Cyclists as opposed to people riding cycles?

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 April 2014 - 5:30pm
Due to what I feel wrongful interpretation of my opening post, I should like to withdraw from any further contribution and have no comment regarding any of the issues raised.
Regards,
John
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