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Re: My worst tour, and why..

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 November 2014 - 10:54pm
My worst one was probably the summer of 2012 in the UK.
It had basically rained on and off every day for the first 3 weeks.
I had got grit washed into my IHG cables, so that was not shifting properly.
And then I did the 30 miles Eastborne to Brighton into the teeth of a gale.
It started to rain when I got on the trike and the only time it stopped raining all day was when it was hailing .........
Dropping of the top of Beachy Head into the wind while it was hailing was not fun.
If you had given me a free lift home on the end of that day, I would have taken it.
I was almost blown off the campsite by a force 8 gale in Penbrokeshire and then went through a couple of two foot deep floods over the next couple of days.
When the top of the bent trike is only 2'6" of the ground, it makes it FUN.
By the time I had been flooded out of the campsite in Keswisk I had got a lot more philosophical.
I think the last week of the tour (week 17) was the driest ...........

Amsterdam to the Battlefields of France/Belgium

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 November 2014 - 10:29pm
After a successful tour of the Netherlands this year i'm thinking of heading back there in 2015 and debating whether to head North along the coast or take a southerly route and try and have a look around the battlefields of Belgium and France...I will be travelling with my girl friend who isn't a strong cyclist but enjoyed her tour with me this year and is keen for her next adventure..I would think around 40 miles per day is an ideal distance and we have 10 days for the tour..Has anyone done this route and could give any advice..Thanks..

Re: My worst tour, and why..

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 November 2014 - 10:28pm
I can barely walk in the rain, never mind cycling in it! The smallest drop of water in my eyes blinds me and even if my eyes stay dry, it gets on my glasses and I still can't see.
At least you finished the tour
Something I've yet to accomplish

Re: Cornish way / west country way

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 November 2014 - 10:19pm
Last time I was down there they had just finished filming pirates of the Caribbean I think, and the dock had 2 tall ships in. It was quite amazing.

Re: Skateboarders v cyclists..amazing footage

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 November 2014 - 10:14pm
No disputing t skill, or their bravery...

Re: Using cycle paths

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 November 2014 - 10:02pm
Vorpal wrote:ukdodger wrote:How do you know they do nothing to prevent M/C's? Sure they can make access another way but at what cost to them. It's not a brick wall it's a deterrent. I dont know the criteria for installing these barriers but no doubt they've taken the needs of all possible users into account. You dont see them on all paths. Maybe some paths arent accessible anyway for mobility aids etc. I cycle a lot in the Surrey hills where there are no barriers and at least one path is used (legally I might add) by scramble bikes. Next time you're this way I'll take you for a ride along it. You can experience for yourself several racing scrambling bikes coming past at speed and is that what you want for mobility aids & child trailers?
Okay. I don't know that they do *nothing*. What I do know is that Flitch Way is all but barricaded with the things on the Braintree to Rayne section, but it still has a problem with illegal motorcycling. I cannot get my trailer onto most sections of the track. Many wheel chair users and most mobility scooters cannot get onto it. Many trikes cannot get onto it. Bikes with wide handlebars cannot get onto it. But illegal motorcyclists can. It happens EVEN WITH THE BARRIERS IN PLACE.

Give young motorcyclists an appropriate place to ride. Give them space to ride legally. Then use the law to keep them off the paths. Police have the power to confiscate and crush illegally ridden motorbikes. Most of the illegal motorcycling is done by the same, small number of offenders. But the police won't provide the resources to do the detective work to find them and confiscate their bikes, or charge the offenders.

Instead, the powers that be put those crappy barriers up so that legitimate users are effectively banned, then tell everyone that they've done what they can. Grrrr. I *hate* those things. They are a plague on the best cycle tracks in Britain.

I say again: Illegal motorcycling is a social and legal issue. NOT AN ACCESS ISSUE.

So how many motorcycles have you ever come across?

Are you really speaking up for those who these barriers supposedly keep out or is that your own (and others here) annoyance of them leads you to believe that all users must obviously feel the same way. What about other path users who also dont want M/C's causing them an inconvenience. I seriously doubt walkers have any problem at all with them and they may indeed welcome them because they think they keep us out too. You'd have to be one brick short of a pile to take a mobility scooter on the C2C and much of it is impossible to get a trike over even without barriers.

Frankly if you think that allocating space for motorcyclists to play nicely somewhere else will stop illegal entry onto these paths you've more faith in human nature than I have. Skateboard parks did nothing to stop skateboarders doing it where they please and youth clubs never did stop kids collecting on street corners. Part of the fun is doing because you arent supposed too. The idea that the police are going to arrive and trash some riders M/C is fanciful. It would cost far too much to police these paths that way and yes maybe it is a sticking plaster rather than a solution but I say again everybody cant be catered for and it's better than nothing.

Re: Using cycle paths

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 November 2014 - 9:58pm
trouble with many cycle paths is that they arent flat. I dont understand how they can get roads flat but not cycle paths. During the summer the authorities were resurfacing parts of the NCN 1 between Dartford and Gravesend. They were using those roller devices and the result was.. not flat but bumpy. very strange. It wasnt as if they were cheapskaping as there were quite a few workmen there

My worst tour, and why..

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 November 2014 - 9:25pm
A new thread for you folks.

In about 1995 in June I and three friends arrived in Bordeaux. It started lashing rain. Headed for nearest village. Stayed in nice hotel.
That was the start of a nine day tour in which we cycled over the Pyrenees via Bielsa Tunnel to Ainsa, then into Tremp and Catalunya, then over Andorra and eventually to Toulouse.
There was torrential all-day long rain on 6 of the nine days and at altitude it was very cold.
Even though we had three nice days it was awful.
On the last day, in Toulouse we went drinking with the Toulouse Rugby League team who'd just won the French Championship. Some were Aussies etc.

After that holiday, I needed a holiday.

Re: Skateboarders v cyclists..amazing footage

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 November 2014 - 9:15pm
Hey!
Respect from me!
I found the video amazing!

I'm just arguing the point that the subject was skateboarders being faster than cyclists.
Those skateboarders were faster than those cyclists, we can plainly see. The trouble is, the statement seems to be inferring that skateboarders are faster than cyclists ......... and I do not agree in the slightest.

Re: Skateboarders v cyclists..amazing footage

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 November 2014 - 9:10pm
Mick F wrote:I'd keep up.
I doubt our skateboarders could.

How's your ego these days?
At 1.27, could you do that on your Mercian? Doubtful.
The speeds might not be as fast as your bike, but when you consider that those guys are flying round those bends with 2" wheels made from solid rubber bolted to wooden boards and without brakes, a small degree of respect for their skill might be in order.

Re: Using cycle paths

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 November 2014 - 8:56pm
Well said, Vorpal.

Re: Wet weather gear

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 November 2014 - 8:34pm
The road is wet for far longer than it is raining, so good full length mudguards are the best at keeping you dry. I choose what I wear depending on the forecast and I will avoid full waterproofs unless the raining hard on the way into work as I am going to have to put up with being wet for a shortish time on the way home, not enough to get cold anyway. In light rain I will not bother with any waterproof clothing as I get less wet than I would through sweating. Clothing like a soft shell works best on intermediate or showery days.

Re: Skateboarders v cyclists..amazing footage

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 November 2014 - 8:08pm
Just a quickie calculation.
1 mile is 63,360 inches.
60mph is 1 mile per minute.
27" bicycle wheel is 85" circumference.
2" skateboard wheel is 6.3" circumference.

At 60mph .....
27" bicycle wheel is doing 745rpm
2" skateboard wheel is doing over 10,000rpm.

Re: Using cycle paths

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 November 2014 - 8:07pm
ukdodger wrote:How do you know they do nothing to prevent M/C's? Sure they can make access another way but at what cost to them. It's not a brick wall it's a deterrent. I dont know the criteria for installing these barriers but no doubt they've taken the needs of all possible users into account. You dont see them on all paths. Maybe some paths arent accessible anyway for mobility aids etc. I cycle a lot in the Surrey hills where there are no barriers and at least one path is used (legally I might add) by scramble bikes. Next time you're this way I'll take you for a ride along it. You can experience for yourself several racing scrambling bikes coming past at speed and is that what you want for mobility aids & child trailers?
Okay. I don't know that they do *nothing*. What I do know is that Flitch Way is all but barricaded with the things on the Braintree to Rayne section, but it still has a problem with illegal motorcycling. I cannot get my trailer onto most sections of the track. Many wheel chair users and most mobility scooters cannot get onto it. Many trikes cannot get onto it. Bikes with wide handlebars cannot get onto it. But illegal motorcyclists can. It happens EVEN WITH THE BARRIERS IN PLACE.

Give young motorcyclists an appropriate place to ride. Give them space to ride legally. Then use the law to keep them off the paths. Police have the power to confiscate and crush illegally ridden motorbikes. Most of the illegal motorcycling is done by the same, small number of offenders. But the police won't provide the resources to do the detective work to find them and confiscate their bikes, or charge the offenders.

Instead, the powers that be put those crappy barriers up so that legitimate users are effectively banned, then tell everyone that they've done what they can. Grrrr. I *hate* those things. They are a plague on the best cycle tracks in Britain.

I say again: Illegal motorcycling is a social and legal issue. NOT AN ACCESS ISSUE.

Re: Skateboarders v cyclists..amazing footage

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 November 2014 - 7:49pm
I'd keep up.
I doubt our skateboarders could.

Re: Skateboarders v cyclists..amazing footage

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 November 2014 - 7:47pm
From the captions (distance left) and the timing...

These guys are averaging a little over 60kph, including corners...

Re: Cornish way / west country way

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 November 2014 - 7:40pm
honesty wrote:Theres a little garden sandwich shop place in Charlestown that does fantastic pasties, but I've never tested them back to back so cant say which ones are the best. Philips pasty was definitely up there though!

Charlestown is one of those fantastic finds that simply should not exist in the modern age.

When I did this I also detoured to visit the fantastic Quaker meeting house atthe wonderfully named Come to Good

Re: Skateboarders v cyclists..amazing footage

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 November 2014 - 7:05pm
[XAP]Bob wrote:That video demonstrates that the traction available is similar - when the cyclist has knobblies and full suspension - My expectation remains that a road bike would stop a shade quicker (and therefore would be able to corner quicker).

The text in the link needs serious proof reading...
What surprised me was how easily they were able to side-slip. What are those wheels made of?

Re: Skateboarders v cyclists..amazing footage

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 November 2014 - 7:02pm
That video demonstrates that the traction available is similar - when the cyclist has knobblies and full suspension - My expectation remains that a road bike would stop a shade quicker (and therefore would be able to corner quicker).

The text in the link needs serious proof reading...
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