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Re: Signs - Minutes or Mileage

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 May 2015 - 8:47pm
I'd go for miles, with a time range if there's space.

iviehoff wrote:Mick F wrote:This is one in Manchester. I took the photo some years ago.
Signs don't show km or m because that would be illegal in the UK. Bangs head against wall.
Really? I've seen m to junctions and other hazards on warning signs in Wales, and km on footpath signs in Glos and Cuba (the Cuba near Glos, as already mentioned, not the Caribbean!)

Re: Cycling to school for years, but children no longer happ

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 May 2015 - 8:30pm
On advantage of them riding their own bikes, if they are willing to try it, is that you can ask them to go in front of you, and then you can take up a protective position a foot or two further out than them, and they will not be subjected to close passes, though you might be.

Re: Beware of Wildlife!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 May 2015 - 8:27pm
Nice swan indeed.

Re: Cycling to school for years, but children no longer happ

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 May 2015 - 8:23pm
So sorry to hear this and not sure what the answer is.. No point forcing them esp if they are stressed and losing sleep.. clearly they are very worried about it.
Walk to school and gradually re-introduce the riding on quieter roads / times to begin with.

My son has some learning issues and was mostly living with his dad, until 2-3 years ago. There became an issue that where they were living had poor public transport on a Sunday when they needed to get his college. Dad was insistent they would ride which would involve using A59 into Preston... at which point i started getting a series of texts on the preceding evening. Upshot was son had decided he would walk off toward nearest town (Chorley approx 10 miles away to get a bus) I said i would drive out to meet him and lo and behold met my son walking about 2 miles away from where he lived.... at which point son was taken to his college fixture and decided he would come home with me and never go back to live with his dad...
During in the conversations it was clear my son was very frightened of riding on the A59 despite reassurances that i twould be ok on a Sunday morning with minimal traffic.... but clearly Andrew had been very frightened by a close pass at some stage on this road.

At 9 clearly that is not going to happen but you do not want to set up resentments and frighten them to the point they lose confidence to ride in future...

For the record, as soon as he moved back in with me my son decided he could now join us timetrialling and rides on a variety of busy roads but still refuses to ride any event that goes along that part of the A59.

Re: Riding around less known Umbria

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 May 2015 - 8:03pm
Sounds nice interesting, though i don't reckon the phrase "the green heart of italy" goes back to the renaissance.

A wet friday afternoon in a milan ad agency perhaps.

Re: Riding around less known Umbria

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 May 2015 - 6:07pm
cyclingovereurope wrote:In the middle of Italy, near Tuscany, there is a wonderful region named "the green heart of Italy", a paradise for riders with a lot of intersting cycling itineraries, good food, good nature and wonderful villages. This region has an easy connection through the Perugia's airport with Stansted's airport. You can find some informations here:
http://rideinumbria.blogspot.it

it could be a good idea for next summer!!



Hi,

I am from Marche and I live in Emilia Romagna, these regions are neighbouring to Umbria. It's a wonderful regions, a lot of green and bike paths. You should stop by: città di Castello, Orvieto, cascata delle marmore that is one of the highest waterfall of all Europe (165m high), castelluccio di Norcia especially in June for the flowering. In case you will cycle there, let me know I might cycle with you for a couple of days, if you don't mind.

Re: Touring on a commuter bike?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 May 2015 - 6:00pm
Yeah, great bike for commuting. Great for back panniers up to 10 or 15kg on holiday in france etc, if you are under 14 stones yourself. Not what I'd pick for heavy-duty use down through remote amazonian firetracks or rougher bits of Africa, if that's really what you mean by 3 weeks anywhere in the world.

Re: Signs - Minutes or Mileage

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 May 2015 - 5:09pm
stewartpratt wrote:All the junctions on the M1 are labelled simply "<- A511, A50". Never seen any place names next to the numbers, no. Just numbers.
Not convinced - Just zoomed in to random point in Google Maps, selected Streetview at the first junction I saw & got this!

Rick.

Re: Beware of Wildlife!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 May 2015 - 5:04pm
Nice one, your approach was excellent and kind.

Re: Signs - Minutes or Mileage

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 May 2015 - 4:38pm
[XAP]Bob wrote:Just like the M1, no one would ever follow a numbered route to go somewhere...

Sure. All the junctions on the M1 are labelled simply "<- A511, A50". Never seen any place names next to the numbers, no. Just numbers.

Re: 24 miles: car slower than cycling?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 May 2015 - 4:25pm
mercalia wrote:bad comparison, try a motor bike or even a moped.....

The point about the 24 miles and the car on mixed roads (not London rush hour) was that even under these favourable conditions a car requires more time if you factor in costs. A moped or motor bike wouldn't be any better. And a car could of course carry more people, thus cutting the costs. In heavy urban traffic it's well known that a bike (motorized or not) will be quicker. Quite why anyone drives in urban conditions I don't know - I presume that there is another leg to their journey which is quicker and they are wearing smart clothes.

Re: 24 miles: car slower than cycling?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 May 2015 - 4:17pm
Your right Bob. Essex road market, mount pleasant, through the little gardens and pop back out on Grays inn road. It's 35 years ago and there weren't many other cycling commuters. My son (31) tells me there's a little group of cyclists at every traffic lights in centralLondon now! Good on them

Re: An answer to potholes

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 May 2015 - 4:03pm
FillThatHole.oops

Re: Beware of Wildlife!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 May 2015 - 3:24pm
yes swans are not critters I want to cross - too big and that beak keep out of the way of.

what on earth was it doing wandering around so much, never seen that before.

Re: An answer to potholes

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 May 2015 - 3:09pm
When a quiet lane is fully resurfaced it means either it became impossibly dangerous or some local bigwig lives on it

Re: Touring on a commuter bike?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 May 2015 - 2:46pm
thornie1543 wrote:I has a sirrus hybrid and I certainly woundn't have wanted to put loaded paniers on it,more because the wheels didn't look up to it,but I had the bottom of the range and the wheels were quite cheap looking but I wouldn't imagine those wheels were made for loaded touring either but more for lightweight speed.But I,m just guessing as I don't know ,maybe get a tougher set of wheels you could swap onto that bike when you go on your tour if your budget stretches that far.
Personally I,d just get a tourer and commute on it if it was me(sorry not much help really:/)

Like "bohrsatom", I toured loaded on a Sirrus. I bought a used basic Sirrus Sport for £200 and immediately rode it across Spain, without any issues at all. I've toured on hybirds since selling my tourer over 5 years ago now, zero problems to date.

Re: Touring on a commuter bike?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 May 2015 - 2:42pm
You could do allot worse than:

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/eastway-st10-2014/

Reynolds steel framed tourer / commuter with strong wheels, rack and guard mounts front and rear with canti brakes. Comes with guards.

Discounted to £450 which is a steal for an ok quality steel

Looking at other reviews the frame is a bit long and nose down for me, so I went one size smaller than norm and flipped the stem. Front changer is a bit clunky, rear good, I may change front to '105 to see if any better and fit a 48 or 46 big chainring to bring the gears down a bit. A bit of toe overlap on the 'small'. I'm very happy so far.

Re: where can I buy a bike box in Nice

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 May 2015 - 2:42pm
simonhill wrote:To find bike shops, put it into the search on google maps and it will show them. I've used this to locate nearby shops.


I've pre-emailed bike shops before tours, all over France and Spain, and never yet been refused a box, and only once asked to pay (Green Bikes BCN who want to pack it up and charge you, fair enough), I usually make sure I have 2 shops willing to help to cover anything going wrong.

Beware of Wildlife!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 May 2015 - 1:46pm
Taken during my recent UK trip, there is swearing:



Cheers

Stef

Re: where can I buy a bike box in Nice

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 May 2015 - 12:51pm
Thanks for all the replies so far, the messages have been informative and have reassured me that bagging/boxing up my bike for the flight will not be too great a problem, Linda13
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