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Re: Touring Partner(s) wanted for African expedition

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 April 2014 - 9:10am
The 4 hooves aren't going anywhere just yet Helen but when he is old enough I want to do long distance endurance riding. So really all I've done is swap using my legs for his

It's quite ironic I retired early to cycle the world and ended up buying a horse instead. Funny where life takes you when you least expect it to.

Re: Encouraging other people to cycle

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 April 2014 - 9:07am
Failing that a working bike can be had for next to nothing on Ebay/gumtree/local recycling centre.

Afraid it's not that easy for many. One of the major problems with schemes that teach people to ride via bikeability courses is that the people won't practise between sessions - the reason why they won't practise is that they haven't got a bike. We try to encourage them to get bikes but often they are put off by the perceived high cost of new bikes, or their lack of confidence in buying second hand....they have no idea of the difference between a good and bad bike and no knowledge of what to look for when choosing one. If there is anything wrong with what they get then many are inclined to say 'stuff it', chuck it in the back of the shed and forget the whole thing.

Thus, locally one of the major initiatives we have is free six month hire bikes. They get advice on which bike to have, free learn to ride and maintenance classes, and are given a fully serviced (but 2nd hand) bike to use. The scheme is about to expand to make a further 5000 bikes available.

Re: Changing the Priority of a Pavement Cycle Lane

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 April 2014 - 9:01am
Welcome to the forum.

Magicman wrote:In this first example, the markings are badly faded, but had single staggered lines between the main carriageway and the green cycle lane, with standard 'Give Way' road markings on the minor road set back behind the green cycle lane: http://goo.gl/maps/5CsTR
Follow that link and towards the top left you have an option to look at older Streetview images. Aug 2008 Streetview shows the "Give Way" at the junction with the major road, not before the cycle lane: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@53.97329 ... -f4JIg!2e0

So either the priority was changed pre Aug 2008 or your memory isn't what it once was .

Magicman wrote:In this second example the markings are badly faded too, but you can see the priority is allocated to the cycle lane: http://goo.gl/maps/aemIA
Similarly Sept 2008 Streetview shows this much more clearly, in this case the "Give Way" was before the cycle lane: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@53.9755, ... zekR8A!2e0

How you resolve this is anyone's guess but TC's advice to make local enquiries first seems sound.

Re: Encouraging other people to cycle

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 April 2014 - 8:48am
It's true that we don't feel an entitlement to occupy the road outside our houses with bike parking

Thing is that bikes are not new and they are not uncommon. Every second house will have one or more sat doing nothing in a shed or garage, so there's always someone you can borrow a bike from if you ask round. Failing that a working bike can be had for next to nothing on Ebay/gumtree/local recycling centre. Even a (non bso) new bike pretty quickly works out cheaper than public transport if replacing a journey made relatively regularly. Sadly the same isn't true of cars unless you get rid of one entirely. The additional per-mile cost is such that it would take quite a lot of mileage for the bike to pay for itself by replacing the car for individual journeys. That's something to bear in mind next time you hear complaints about the costs of motoring.

IrishBill76 wrote:I'm still working on brainwashing my kids into cycling but we're getting there slowly. The stabilisers/training wheels are the issue atm. Hate them piggin things.
I didn't realise people still used stabilisers. I had them when I was little. Then my dad decided I was too big for them and took them off. Despite repeated attempts I couldn't balance and so that was it for me and bikes for the next 5 years. I think I relied on the stabilisers too much and was lost when they were removed. I don't think they are much help.

Vorpal, well done. I hope they stick with it

Re: Cycle - You must be banned or poor

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 April 2014 - 8:32am
When I part train part cycle commuted some years ago, I had a comment from one of guards, you'll soon have saved up for a car. Couldn't understand that I chose to leave my car at home and cycle.

Re: First 300k?

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 April 2014 - 8:29am
I'm more amazed at how little I needed to eat to accomplish this ride

For me it's the other way around - I'm always amazed at how much riding I have to do to accomplish the amount of eating I wish to partake in.

Anyway - well done on the ride, you'll soon be back to your best, and remember: Res Firma Mitescere Nescit (referring to the American Fliers translation)

Re: 2 Abreast

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 April 2014 - 8:22am
I'm the same. They give the impression that they allow all the space a cyclist needs which would mean allowing for the cyclist riding a safe distance from the kerb, the width of the cyclist, and a safe passing distance for motor vehicles. That would mean say 2.5m in urban areas and 3m or so on faster roads (basically a narrow road lane). We generally get 1.5m at most so all they do is encourage gutter riding and unsafe overtaking. That is before we get on to their fixed position on the road which discourages cyclists from 'taking the lane' or adapting to other road hazards.

I don't think that that many segregated paths are much good either.

Re: Encouraging other people to cycle

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 April 2014 - 7:49am
Yep obviously they already had bikes. Getting people to go to a shop buy a bike or several bikes. All the equipment that goes with it and then have somewhere to store it; it's a big ask

Re: Dog trailers

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 April 2014 - 7:45am
I bought this one recently http://www.innerwolf.co.uk/dog-bike-tra ... re=default Only done a short ride so far, but my dog wasn't happy at all. She hardly ever barks or wines, but the whole time she was in it, she was howling and wining and trying to dig out of it. So my advise would be if you can, try it before, or if you get it, you probably need to train the dog to be in it, not just go for the ride like I did:)

Re: Specialized Awol 1 Deluxe

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 April 2014 - 6:52am
Thanks Brian, it does look a very versatile bike. Thanks for the links, I'll take a look.
Pete

Re: Cycle - You must be banned or poor

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 April 2014 - 6:48am
Which is odd given that cyclists on average are wealthier than the average. In London a TfL survey found 60% of Boris Bike users earned over £50,000 p.a.

Re: Cycle friendly accomodation in Skipton

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 April 2014 - 12:17am
Dalesgate Lodge. Forgotten about it. That's the one, folks. And very close to where I was brought up. Secure parking to boot. That's where I'll be going. Good value too. Don't block the car park up with all your bicycles!

CX Tyres On A Road Bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 April 2014 - 12:14am
I was so fed up getting punctures that I started using CX Pro Scwalbe tyres on my road bike. Not had any punctures (touch wood) in months and to be honest dont notice too much of a difference from Conti 4 Season jobbies. Are the roads that bad? I would be loathed to change back to road tyres. Am I slower? No doubt. Do I care? Do I f...

Any advice?

Cycle - You must be banned or poor

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 April 2014 - 12:00am
Maybe it's the West of Scotland but absolutely everyone thinks you cycle because you are banned or can't afford a car. Is it that hard to believe that you like cycling? Why is cycling deemed so inferior? Maybe explain the poor attitude towards cyclists by car users.

Re: Encouraging other people to cycle

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 April 2014 - 11:49pm
Lovely encouraging cycling story. Everything is alright with the world. Time for bed

Re: Endurance Mindset - Book Recommendations

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 April 2014 - 11:14pm
Hi M,
Sounds to me like riding a few long Audax rides might be good prep for your next trip? You come across them? They start at 100km, and 200km distances, and there are 400km, 600km, and longer on offer if you fancy.
And lots of cyclists who ride long distance for tips and advice.
www.aukweb.net
Good luck!
Helen

Re: Orux and IGN France

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 April 2014 - 11:14pm
Brilliant, thank you

Re: Encouraging other people to cycle

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 April 2014 - 11:05pm
Congrats on another couple converts
Cost of a new bike was the biggest obstacle in getting my partner back on a bike but she loves it. She's now saving to get some panniers and a rack so it can be used for shopping instead of the car.
I'm still working on brainwashing my kids into cycling but we're getting there slowly. The stabilisers/training wheels are the issue atm. Hate them piggin things.

Re: Touring Partner(s) wanted for African expedition

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 April 2014 - 11:03pm
Hi TurnThoseLegs,
You're making plans for a big trip too, cool!
About myself. . Well.. I'm a "live to ride" kind of cyclist. I'm in my mid-forties. I'm unconventional and opinionated. I'm curious about the world out there, and know there's much more to life than a desk job and a mortgage..
What about you?
Helen

Re: Specialized Awol 1 Deluxe

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 April 2014 - 11:02pm
There is a huge thread on here about the AWOL. viewtopic.php?f=5&t=77786

Main issue is getting hold of one. Stock was supposed to be arriving but still not here.

Have you looked through the AWOL blog http://wearegoingawol.tumblr.com

I think it looks like a really good versatile bike at a good price for the Deluxe if you can get hold of one.

Brian
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