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Re: trans am for novice advice needed

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 February 2016 - 9:33am
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Re: trans am for novice advice needed

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 February 2016 - 9:24am
how do i get access to a pm?

Re: trans am for novice advice needed

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 February 2016 - 9:19am
Hi David I have sent you a PM about those maps and a chat about your route!

Re: trans am for novice advice needed

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 February 2016 - 9:13am
DavidWC wrote:
Hi, we did the transam with adventure cycling last year, the central route, started May finished early August, you will struggle to cross Rockies before June so East-West is best, Yorktown to Florence Oregan.
But Astoria is a better finish but the wind going north from Florence could spoil that bit.
If you want a full set of maps let me know - no charge
Good luck
David

Re: trans am for novice advice needed

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 February 2016 - 9:06am
I am doing the trans am next year East to West so may see you out there!

Re: Bristol to Reading - on road bikes?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 February 2016 - 8:47am
san0 wrote:Bedwyn to Newbury (Following the NCN route 4 on road, I chose these points incase others want to return earlier by train)
http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/970406337

Unless you specially want to follow the canal, I think you'd be better bearing right out of Kintbury via Hampstead Marshall, Skinner's Green Lane and the Enborne Road into Newbury. These are pleasant country lanes, undulating but no killer hills; the towpath is rough in places and can be busy with dog walkers etc as you get close to Newbury.

Newbury to Reading (Avoiding the rough Kennet and Avon path, so going a back route)
http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/970414931
Your route looks fine if you want to get to Tilehurst rather than central Reading. For central Reading, I would turn right in Theale, and cross the canal at Sheffield Bottom, then follow the road (bearing left where there's a choice) then left onto the Burghfield Road towards Reading, then right onto marked on-road cycle route through Southcote into the centre.

If you find yourselves short of time, the A4 is faster and not very horrible between Hungerford and Theale.

Re: Too many vehicles!!!

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 February 2016 - 8:19am
The problem is that with Sat Navs now so common, the days of little known lanes that only a few people know about are gone. Sat Navs know about them, Any lane that can shorten a journey will have Sat Navs directing vehicles that way. I often drive a tall van and have to be ready to disregard the Sat Nav when it wants me to take a route that I know to be too tight for that vehicle to use comfortably. But in places that I don't know well I am reliant on that device. And mostly it is a great help.

Re: trans am for novice advice needed

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 February 2016 - 8:03am
Wow, that's super generous David, would have snapped them up if I hadn't just ordered my set, ahhh well, good to support the guys who made it. I'm going the transam-western express route, East to west starting late June I reckon. I'll probably have to carry as much suncream as I do water
Is it worth bringing cooking gear? Im only using rear panniers and a handlebar bag. While I enjoy cooking at home, not sure I'll fancy it on the road.

Re: trans am for novice advice needed

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 February 2016 - 7:48am
Hi, we did the transam with adventure cycling last year, the central route, started May finished early August, you will struggle to cross Rockies before June so East-West is best, Yorktown to Florence Oregan.
But Astoria is a better finish but the wind going north from Florence could spoil that bit.
If you want a full set of maps let me know - no charge
Good luck
David

Re: Deliveroo

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 February 2016 - 1:53am
Spotted a Deliveroo cyclist with lights in Brizzle city centre on my way home on Monday but the lights were on his helmet and the rear was blocked by the box on his back. I did mention that the box should be where the light should be and not his helmet cause it can't be seen.

Spotted one of their scooters riding illegally back in July

Re: Critiques of routes for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 February 2016 - 12:04am
Annoying Twit wrote:Could someone (e.g. 'honesty') please advise about the suitability of leaving Oxford (heading towards Leicester) on the B4150, over the A40 and north towards Woodeaton and Islip?

The B4150 proper - i.e. Marston Road - is an averagely busy city road. It's not my idea of a good time but it's perfectly cycleable - I do it every month or two and haven't died yet!

From the A40 to Bletchingdon is rat-run central. It's really, really lousy at rush-hour - a constant stream of traffic on a busy road. At other times of day I'd personally be ok with the road through Woodeaton, but uncomfortable on the B4027... but I have a lower tolerance for traffic than many.

As far as the canal towpath goes, you take it from the start of the canal as far as Aristotle Lane in North Oxford, then divert onto NCN 5 which will take you on back streets and a roadside path until returning to the towpath. Eventually you come back onto the A44 cyclepath after having avoided the unpleasant trunk road roundabouts.

My personal suggestion would be that you faithfully follow NCN 5 from Oxford through Woodstock. Then when it turns due west, go east towards the Cherwell valley and Upper Heyford. You can then rejoin your planned itinerary. There's a muddy bit out of Woodstock but otherwise it's a good route.

I'd also recommend that you use a proper bike-friendly route-planning site rather than Google but I may be biased.

Re: My puncture phobia

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 February 2016 - 10:32pm
Hi,
Mmmmmmmmmmmmm
My last thorn was similar to another thorn a couple of miles from home and...................I put 100 strokes into the pump and made about a quarter a mile then I put 150 strokes in and made a little more then I walked

Deeper tread is the answer with very wide grooves like a cheap and nasty MTB nylon yoo fart, like I use on the other trainer that I have not rode for a month cause the conti shod trainer is way faster not fast enough for granddad on a stealth pedelec

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 February 2016 - 10:18pm
Hi,
Trouble is, is that if you say "I never saw them" that would be enough to get you off the hook even if the driver admits they were there.
A local person killed an old guy on a bike and did not leave the scene she was so shook up, and it went to court and she said that she did not see the cyclist even though she overtook and side swiped him, she got a fine only.

That's the point just like the Bin Lorry driver, who was not awake so he could not be accountable for his actions, despite he had lied again and again about his condition, I wonder who paid all the insurance claims for property etc

I know now that the law is an ass after my neighbour threatened to kill me an I have that on video, simply trying to protect my property.
The wife white, "Inferred" racism (he is black) and I get branded as a racist just because he is black.
The policeman who spoke to me on the phone said describe him?................"I know him" was his reply.
He came to my house but visited the offender first.
He laughed leaving my house and implied that the offender had a different culture.
I complained and after various comings and goings in which the copper denied knowing the offender.......................................................................................then he was promoted.............................

A police inspector spoke to me on the phone and said that I was made to feel like a criminal...........................................................................well I am now a CRIMINAL due to the corrupt POLICE

Whatever you do say nothing, and don't think you might receive some sort of protection even if you think you are connected because in my bitter experience ( I am not protected for sure) them lot fight amongst themselves and fall out big time too, not that you will ever notice.

Sorry I had to get that off my chest.

Re: trans am for novice advice needed

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 February 2016 - 9:51pm
thanks for the advice everyone.

SE Asia routes advice

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 February 2016 - 8:37pm
After finishing a 3 month tour in october I'm itching to get back on the bike.
The idea of cycling Vietnam/Thailand sounds amazing.
Skimming crazy guy and this forum I have a few ideas but would love anybodies thoughts on good routes/roads and things to see.
Cheers!

Re: Critiques of routes for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 February 2016 - 7:49pm
Unfortunately I've only ever driven around Oxford so can't comment on the smaller roads out.

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 February 2016 - 7:36pm
In this case two drivers had access to the car. There is AFAIK no evidence they were both in the car at the time of the crash.

The video clearly shows the car number plate, but it was a hire vehicle and Nottinghamshire Police said it cannot prove who was driving.
Instead, a man who was eligible to drive the car has been fined £150 for failing to provide driver details.

If the man hiring the car is unwilling to say who was driving, he should be given the prison sentence, someone drove the car into the cyclist, failed to stop, ID not disclosed.
Either the person hiring the vehicle or using it needs to held accountable.

So your work hires a car. Various people use it. One of your workmates hits a cyclist and keeps quiet. Are you happy to get a conviction?
If the works hires a car, they have to keep records then of the time and area of use per driver, otherwise the management or owners of the works have to accept responsibility.

So, if 2 are in the vehicle and not disclosing who is driving both are guilty or conspiring, jail term automatic for both. OK sometimes two people will be in the vehicle and both will say the other was driving, both serve a term, one may be Innocent, but the other option is allowing for no effective measures.

If you have a soft system people will use excuses, nearly killing someone, £150 fine, a joke of a system.

Re: Critiques of routes for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 February 2016 - 7:33pm
Could someone (e.g. 'honesty') please advise about the suitability of leaving Oxford (heading towards Leicester) on the B4150, over the A40 and north towards Woodeaton and Islip?

The B4150 looks a bit big and busy (streetmap), but I'm having trouble finding a route out of Oxford without using the axis of evil (A34-A40-A44) at the north end of Oxford.

While I'm told I could take the canal to Kidington, I found a picture on google streetmap which seemed to indicate that the towpath is unpaved. I'm not sure about riding that.

Any opinions on the A4095 north of Kirklington would also be useful. While it's an A-road, it doesn't look too bad on streetmap. I'd be on it for about 3km.

I had to give up on my first route to Oxford as it was getting longer and longer. I have found a shorter 125km route, which doesn't seem too bad. And I'd only be on it for a kilometre or so. In terms of a planned build from 100km to 200km rides, 125km seems a useful step forward without being too much of a jump.

I don't want to waste anyone's time as this route will likely be refined further. But, this is what I have at present: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/dir/Oxfor ... 484838!3e1 It is very different from the first draft I posted.

List of villages passed through:

Oxford
Woodeaton
Islip
Bletchingdon
Kirtlington
Upper Heyford
Somerton
Charlton
Farthinghoe
Moreton Pinkney
Canons Ashby
Preston Capes
Newnham
Watford
Crick
Yelvertoft
Clay Coton
Stanford on Avon
Swinford
Walcote
Gilmorton
Ashby Magna
Willoughby Waterleys
Countesthorpe
Blaby
Leicester

PS: Thanks for the Gloucester tips. I'll be working more on that route as well. But Oxford will come first.

Re: Bristol to Reading - on road bikes?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 February 2016 - 7:06pm
I'm hoping to ride this with ReadingCTc this summer, but I want to know if these on-road routes are similar to what you all have ridden?
My objective is to use a sportive bike with 25c tyres, roll comfortable enough on the mixed terrain as plotted. If anyone can share their GPX file that will also be handy to compare. Thanks.

Bristol Templemeads to Bath Spa (Using the railway path)
http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/970377615

Bath to Devizes (On road avoiding as much of the rough K&A canal as possible but reach the locks)
http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/970395715

Devizes to Bedwyn (I think this is NCNR4?)
http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/970402073

Bedwyn to Newbury (Following the NCN route 4 on road, I chose these points incase others want to return earlier by train)
http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/970406337

Newbury to Reading (Avoiding the rough Kennet and Avon path, so going a back route)
http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/970414931

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 February 2016 - 6:43pm
Steady rider wrote:If two people or more people are in a vehicle and no one admits driving, all should be charged with a joint offence and of conspiring together, penalty to include a prison term for all involved.

In this case two drivers had access to the car. There is AFAIK no evidence they were both in the car at the time of the crash.

Steady rider wrote:In this way anyone driving or a party to hiring the vehicle could be charged.

So your work hires a car. Various people use it. One of your workmates hits a cyclist and keeps quiet. Are you happy to get a conviction?
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