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Re: BT Openreach cyclists stay back

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 May 2014 - 9:44am
So do cyclists need a sticker saying "Motor Vehicles Keep Well Clear" or one saying "If you can read this you are too close" ??

Then perhaps BT Openreach need "How's my driving?" stickers as well??

Re: Poncho

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 May 2014 - 8:33am
Many thanks Ben.

Just checked out their web site.
Lots of different ponchos - so many could have one for each day of the week - a casual poncho, a dress poncho, a poncho that "says something about you" etc etc etc

Re: Poncho

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 May 2014 - 8:21am
Yes, Silvermans do a lot of genuine ex-Army kit (not just British but all NATO armies) though a quick scan of their website shows they do a lot of other stuff nowadays as well. I was a soldier many years ago and it was somewhere squaddies went to buy 'better' kit than they had been issued. Whether they needed it or not was immaterial - it was just good to have a variation on the bog-standard issue!

Re: saddle choice

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 May 2014 - 6:39am
'They' say a stiff leather saddle is much better for long distance cycling than a gel saddle which can induce sores. My 2nd hand B17 gave me no problems on a 1200m ride. My husband's new B17 style Spa leather saddle worked for him too and he'd only ridden it 150 miles before the longer trip.

Re: Your next tour Georgia (the country)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 May 2014 - 4:05am
If you try applying for a visa for Iran you will get the the same response from all the agents you need to be on a tour. https://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/ ... ts-in-iran the policy changed in February.

Police Blame Run Down Cyclist Video

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 May 2014 - 3:30am
Police officer blames cyclist run down by motorcyclist.

Have emailed to the sun and express if others can spread the word and get this to go viral we may get some legal action against the officer and the culprit.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xv8lZTpRPiU

[ prejudicial info removed : Graham ]

Re: Somerset Tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 May 2014 - 11:20pm
The Admiral Blake Guest House in Bridgwater caters for cyclists you could then follow the Stop Line cycle route back to Ilminster

Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 May 2014 - 10:51pm
Danny Bent . His book 'you've gone to far this time sir, is a good read

Re: To the Four Corners of Scotland

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 May 2014 - 10:28pm
khain wrote:Some photos from the trip here: http://www.khain.net/photos-northern-scotland-west-coast/

Unfortunately they don't fit in the post. Is there a way to resize images?

I use

https://imageresizer.codeplex.com/releases/view/30247

Once installed you right click on a pic file and get a choice of sizes to change it to.

Re: To the Four Corners of Scotland

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 May 2014 - 9:24pm
Some photos from the trip here: http://www.khain.net/photos-northern-scotland-west-coast/

Unfortunately they don't fit in the post. Is there a way to resize images?

Re: BT Openreach cyclists stay back

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 May 2014 - 9:04pm
Saw a virtually identical sticker on the back of a Travis Perkins (builders merchants) lorry in Norwich (yesterday).

So I did wonder with a National chain, if this is a national thing on all their vehicles nationwide.

Ian

Re: Traffic Droid

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 May 2014 - 8:54pm
TrevA wrote:Just watched the programme (The Complainers) - Mr Traffic Droid came across as a reasonable guy until the end when he really lost it with a bus driver. He is a bit confrontational but he's certainly a character.

In true TV documentary style they sensationalised him by selectively using his most confrontational clips. Have a look at his YouTube channel and not all his encounters end like the ones shown on the 'box last night.

What's scary is the TfL team looking at the footage of the bus dangerously undertaking him squeezing between lane 1 and 2 and their only observation was what else was the poor bus driver supposed to do when Droid was in the lane 2, the cheek of him. If that's the level of road use understanding among TfLs managers then God help us.

Re: saddle choice

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 May 2014 - 8:35pm
may have to go with my b17.......
trouble is i'm hiring a carbon bike, would a b17 rails attach to any seat post?

Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 May 2014 - 7:47pm
This is a lovely book, done for children but great for adults too, especially if you appreciate nice graphics:

http://yngbkrz.tumblr.com

Re: Your next tour Georgia (the country)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 May 2014 - 7:47pm
cyclingnomad wrote:...Since February you will need to be with a guide at all times the same as Americans and Canadians.
Have you a link for that? I've not managed to find anything, apart from unaccompanied female travellers & US citizens (not seen any mention of Canadians either TBH). GOV.uk doesn't mention anything that I can see.

Rick.

Re: Get out of my way.

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 May 2014 - 7:19pm
Dynamite_funk wrote:'The speed limit is not a target' - Best advice I've been given

You very naughty person!

Don't you realise that drivers are the best people to decide their speed regardless of any laws, road conditions, pedestrians or other road users

Re: C2C routes by tandem advice....

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 May 2014 - 7:16pm
The route link to does seem a bit bizarre!

It has big gaps in places & goes round in circles in others. I note also that it crosses a dual carriageway near Carlisle Castle where you would have to lift your bike over a fence in the central reservation at a spot that has "Do not cross here" signs along it (Streetview link)!!

Rick.

Re: C2C routes by tandem advice....

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 May 2014 - 7:08pm
In general the blues are normal roads & the green bits are tracks, some Sustrans & others like the Forest Track at Kielder, where I wouldn't go on anything less than a mountain bike & certainly not a tandem

I haven't been able to find any GPX files - yet.

Re: When I flew with my bike this is what happened......

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 May 2014 - 7:07pm
MartinBrice wrote:From Bordeaux to gatwick, Sunday may 18. Wrapped it an extremely thin plastic dustsheet bought on ebay for a few quid, it was too thin really and not up to the job. Used "Fragile" tape to hold it all together. Bike was fine at gatwick. I took the derailleur off, the other three didn't bother, bikes were fine. One had a bash on the front brake that forced the brake block under the rim but e just lifted it into position. All good. Would use a thicker plastic next time. Two of us had the CTC bags: they are very good.
If your thin plasic bag is the £6 one with pictures of bikes all over it [below], it is the one I use. You are right it's not really up to the job but it is very light and Check-in do not argue that it is not a bike bag as it's plainly printed on the front. I also use mine as a grounsheet. I take a cardboard box out and use the this crap bag on the way back. It usually lasts me a couple of trips. I find the CTC bag pretty heavy to cart around with you.
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