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Re: Poncho

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 June 2014 - 6:47pm
I popped over to Silvermans at the weekend.

I must admit that I was a bit disappointed by the place as although you get the feeling as you enter the door that you are about to enter an Alladin's cave a la the old wonder of Laurence Corner, and there's a royal crest above the door (so this is where The Queen gets her ponchos?) it turns out to be a smallish room with a counter and you can't get close to most of the stuff. Have the feeling that they specialise in online. They gave me a catalogue.

So I could only check out close up one poncho - NATO I was told - just under £30.

Have also checked out the small (but well stocked - it's a bit of a struggle to get through the door) army surplus place on the Cut, Waterloo.

He reckons he's getting some US army ones (as linked to above) in the next few days at £20.

Sounds reasonable so I'll maybe pop back there.

Re: Roundabout Close Call

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 June 2014 - 6:42pm
quackers wrote

I don't get it.

If you're confused try this one.

https://maps.google.co.uk/?ll=51.746549,-0.472648&spn=0.002149,0.005295&t=m&z=18&layer=c&cbll=51.746481,-0.472468&panoid=p23x_BW5g3cgxR_643-aRg&cbp=12,244.62,,0,0

It's in Hemel Hempstead. I believe it was the first of its kind in the country and was quite famous for a time.

You can still only turn left on it though.

Re: Is this level of insanity commonplace?

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 June 2014 - 6:35pm
there is hope - the oil's running out.

Re: Thames path

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 June 2014 - 6:14pm
You can cycle along the Jubilee River (a man-made relief river) between Maidenhead and Windsor. Quite a good surface and designed to accommodate bikes as well as pedestrians.

Re: Roundabout Close Call

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 June 2014 - 6:14pm
Norman H wrote:[XAP]Bob wins the prize.

He wrote

Turn left to join, left to depart

You can't make a right turn on a roundabout.
I don't get it.

Surely - two lefts don't make a right...

Re: Best/favourite snacks for on the bike

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 June 2014 - 6:06pm
I'm not entirely convinced that a FEB is good for cycling. I really love one occasionally, and we have a canal side cafe near me that does a Boatman's Breakfast all day. It is a feast to behold, you name it, it's in there. It's a twice a year treat, but I've never had one when cycling, only when walking. After one of those you'd be struggling on the steep hill out of town

Re: Is this level of insanity commonplace?

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 June 2014 - 6:03pm
Was out earlier, steepish hill with a blind crest, double white line, about 5 cars passed me all half over the double whites on a blind crest, last one had to cut in sharp as an oncoming car appeared.

Re: Route check - comments invited

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 June 2014 - 5:40pm
Cycle route 1 is good in parts it will take you to Rochester on "cycle paths" and "reasonably" quiet roads. The Higham canal section is very pleasant but the surface is rough. It's ok if you have reasonably substantial tyres.
After Rochester it's the usual frustrating process of meandering about.
You could of course do what I sometimes do and illegally use the footpath through the Medway tunnel-there you will find (legal) cycle paths to take you by a somewhat meandering route to the Rainham lower road to Upchurch.
I have found some of the CR1 off road stretches virtually unrideable. I would suggest using OS maps and Google maps to plot your own route.

You will find that a sensible plotted route will include sections of CR1.
I suggest Rochester, upchurch, Sittingbourne (not ideal but if you go through the industrial estate you can pick up the lower road to Faversham.
BTW I suppose you are aware that the ferry doesn't operate on Sundays and bank holidays.
The good news is that you can put your bike on virtually any train in Kent without booking - might be handy to bear in mind.

Re: Roundabout Close Call

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 June 2014 - 5:40pm
[XAP]Bob wins the prize.

He wrote

Turn left to join, left to depart

You can't make a right turn on a roundabout.

Re: Best/favourite snacks for on the bike

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 June 2014 - 5:04pm
I would be interested to see some facts and figures on the full English v a more healthy breakfast. I like a FE on tour too but I know it is not a healthy option by any means. The question is; what is that gives you similar calories?

Re: opening of Col d'Aubisque 2014

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 June 2014 - 5:01pm
Thank you for the reply Aquila. I sent an e-mail to cc Bernaise yesterday and had a reply today. If the Aubisque is closed I can go via Louvie-Juzon and climb the Soulor from Arthez-d'Asson to rejoin the route. That's a bit further and a bit less climbing so I suppose it evens out.
I understand that the Tourmalet isalready open from La Mongie and is expected to be open from Bareges very shortly (maybe already). Thats my planned stop - it may be a bit of a shock riding uphill for 11k first thing in the morning - hope it's not snowing .
The reason I'm doing the tourist raid is that 100hr raid didn't give me much opportunity to linger and enjoy the spectacular scenery (not with at the speed I ride at - and my girlfriend insisting on a "proper" lunch.)
And I'm doing the tourist raid on my own

Re: Thrown into cycle commuting - not by choice!

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 June 2014 - 4:39pm
From 0-26 mpd and shifts and family, phew... no wonder you are feeling it... as a commuting shift worker who was already a cyclist it is tough.. takes up a lot of your day and is very tiring as you have found.
As well as a lighter bike and tyres, can you consider part cycle part train? Try not to race it... just take it steady.

Re: Trail Manners?

CTC Forum - MTB - 3 June 2014 - 4:32pm
I can't believe that happened to your poor children. I would be shaking my fist in anger as I chased him down to make him apologize to my frightened kids if that happened to us. Mountain biking is a dangerous activity and I think all cyclists on trails should take diligent care when cycling down trails in-case of collisions with other cyclists

Re: Roundabout Close Call

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 June 2014 - 4:28pm
matt_twam_asi wrote:A post on road safety turns into two pages of pedantry over the degrees of a roundabout.

Only on the CTC forums, folks.

hoho! Try the 'SABRE' forums if you want road pedantry

Re: Roundabout Close Call

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 June 2014 - 4:27pm
A post on road safety turns into two pages of pedantry over the degrees of a roundabout.

Only on the CTC forums, folks.

Re: Roundabout Close Call

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 June 2014 - 4:19pm
Norman H wrote:Would someone explain, how is it possible to turn right on a roundabout?
Quite hard NOT to turn right for most of the time you are on the roundabout. Turn left to join, left to depart but right to actually use the roundabout.

Re: Had a chat with the Google Streetview man

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 June 2014 - 4:18pm
Mark1978 wrote:Postboxer wrote:Story of a guy who saw the car coming so staged a murder scene, then the police turned up a year later!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-e ... e-27670099

This is it http://goo.gl/maps/23GFa
If you go to the end of the road to the left of the original viewpoint (i.e. following the one way road) & look back, you can see the "victim" & "perpetrator" both walking off together after the "crime"!

Rick.

Re: Dover to London for family

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 June 2014 - 4:14pm
I'm considering following the coastal route for a longer ride I'm planning. I wanted to follow the cycle path past Folkstone before heading north from Capel-le-ferne to Alkham where I used to live. Any comments you have, particularly from Deal to Folkestone, would be most welcome.

Re: Thrown into cycle commuting - not by choice!

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 June 2014 - 4:10pm
One thing to be aware of if you are looking at a pedelec is that the batteries/battery management systems on them are generally naff and will require the battery replacing after a year or so. Not cheap. So if money is tight be very aware of this problem. Its been covered extensively in AtoB magazine.

As for riding then it will be hard work starting 26 miles a day from scratch. A better bike will help a lot. You could try Sunrise Cycle near West Pier who rent out and sell second hand bikes (opening times are a bit hit and miss). Rent a reasonable road bike for a day and give it a try to see if it works for you and if you like it you could always buy it off him. I wouldn't bother upgrading what you have Otherwise can you take public transport in one direction? Its easier getting started if you can cycle in, PT home, PT in cycle home to start with until you are ready to cycle both ways.
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