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Re: Horses: modern ones selected from what stock?

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 July 2015 - 4:04pm
Paulatic wrote:"was it anything you did which caused it"?
I often come across a couple of highly strung race horses out exercising Slow down, talk to the rider let them know you are there and usually all will be well.


No, most definitely not. I whistle or shout from a long way if approaching from behind and I can see that the horse hears me, but the rider doesn't. The problem is that the horse is more attentive than the rider.

Re: Horses: modern ones selected from what stock?

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 July 2015 - 4:02pm
There are horses for courses.
Very much like choosing a bike i suppose.
Temperament is taken into account whether breeding for racing, jumping, eventing or just a lead rein pony. I'm getting the impression a lot of you can't differentiate between types and suspect you might be calling ponies horses too.
Those you meet out on the road will be there because the rider is fairly confident they are a safe mount to be out on. If you are experiencing trouble on meeting horses/ponies then have a think "was it anything you did which caused it"?
I often come across a couple of highly strung race horses out exercising Slow down, talk to the rider let them know you are there and usually all will be well.

Re: Horses: modern ones selected from what stock?

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 July 2015 - 4:00pm
Around us, I worry more about the rider's behaviour than the horse's. I live on common land and horses can be ridden off road, yet the local riders insist on using the roads. There are a couple who get very agitated and vocal even if I am approaching from ahead. If from behind, I ride slowly in the gutter on other side of the road and still get abused. If they can't control their horse or the horse is too nervous, it shouldn't be on the road.

But most of all, it really winds me up that they don't pay road tax.

Re: Antwerp to Amsterdam

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 July 2015 - 3:54pm
Hi folks

Not exactly on topic, but I'm planning a trip form Harwich to the Hook, cycling down the coast and coming back from Dunkirk to Dover. The Dutch and Belgian map posted on here were very useful The one thing I'm a bit concerned about knowing how big a city and port Rotterdam is, how easy is it to get from the Hook to the southern side of Rotterdam to continue down the coast.

Thanks and regards

Iain

Re: Is the entire field of view blocked for an HGV?

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 July 2015 - 3:51pm
[XAP]Bob wrote:More importantly taking it away for short periods should be normal, and common.

Yes, and any pleading for hardship once you've reached 12 points should be basically impossible.

Re: Is the entire field of view blocked for an HGV?

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 July 2015 - 3:29pm
More importantly taking it away for short periods should be normal, and common.

Re: Horses: modern ones selected from what stock?

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 July 2015 - 3:28pm
rualexander wrote:Horses are prey animals, its in their nature to be spooked by things they're not sure about, not everything can be bred out of animals.
And really unfair things (bents to most horses) spook well

Re: Is the entire field of view blocked for an HGV?

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 July 2015 - 3:26pm
I suspect that insufficient skill is rarely the problem. Unfortunately bad habits, inattention and complacency are hard to test for. No, I don't necessarily buy into the lifetime ban thing either. I do agree with the main thrust of the article which is that we shouldn't let the fact that we are often dealing with people who had no intention of causing harm prevent us from taking action to prevent that person from causing further harm.

I'd like to see more penalties rather than just more serious penalties. My feeling is that the only way we can tackle the problem is by being proactive and taking all misbehaviour seriously instead of just coming down like a ton of bricks on those whose negligence has killed. This is the way we deal with H+S issues in the workplace. All observed misbehaviour is reprimanded, thus hopefully ending the unsafe practices before they cause a fatality. Punishing the few who kill does little to alter the behaviour of the majority.

Re: Pedestrians' view of bells ?

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 July 2015 - 3:15pm
SA_SA_SA wrote:I find pinging a (ping) bell (and deciding how soon to ping) when on shared paths a mild bit of a drag:

I wondered about an electronic box with a sampled 'meep meep' from the road runner cartoon*set to repeat periodically enough to obviate bell ringing except for blind corners etc?

*or some other jokey friendly noise

Mini Hornit, I think, except for the repeat.



If you are young at heart, that is.

Lots of noises, including Fanfare, which is lovely, and Dukes of Hazzard, which is strictly for jumping broken bridges.

F

Re: Pedestrians' view of bells ?

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 July 2015 - 3:03pm
SA_SA_SA wrote:I find pinging a (ping) bell (and deciding how soon to ping) when on shared paths a mild bit of a drag:

I wondered about an electronic box with a sampled 'meep meep' from the road runner cartoon*set to repeat periodically enough to obviate bell ringing except for blind corners etc?

*or some other jokey friendly noise

You can get all manner of 'noises' in 'Loud ringtone' apps. Sirens, hooters, alarms, animal noises, laughter etc, the idea was to purchase a handlebar mount for the phone and try some of the 'noises' on the local shared use path, but after fitting the bell, the computer and the front light, there was not a great deal of room left for a phone mount so never tried it.

Not sure if any can be set to repeat periodically or not but they are a lot louder than the standard ringtones/alerts that came as standard in the phone so come in handy when my phone is in my pocket when walking or cycling.

Re: 10 days in August. Where should I go?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 July 2015 - 3:01pm
Thank you again - I'll keep an eye open for the cidre.

Re: Loose stones on the road

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 July 2015 - 2:56pm
al_yrpal wrote:Its actually your District Council that is responsible for clearing road debris NOT the County Council. If they ignore your warning that gravel is a hazard and a cyclist is injured as a result they are responsible and will have to pay up for damages.

Al
The highways dept are responsible for maintenance and the legal duty - Highways Act 1980 \chapter 66 section 41 & 56 http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1980/66 falls upon the County Council of which the highways forms part of, the district council has nothing to do with it, they are only responsible for litter and general detritus. The contractor was employed by the highways agency and the debris/stones are not detritus, ergo it is definitely the CC that is duty bound by law within 28 days to fix it.

Re: Via Francigena

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 July 2015 - 2:56pm
Anne Mustoe's excellent book, "A Bike Ride, 12,000 miles around the World" is worth a look, she follows various Roman roads from London to Rome and onwards. This might be of interest and doubtless there will be some correlation with pilgrim routes.

Re: Via Francigena

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 July 2015 - 2:38pm
Have you tried cyclingeurope.org site? Click on eurovelo 5 and then index of posts or route planning,they both mention the route(if you haven't looked there already of course )

Re: Horses: modern ones selected from what stock?

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 July 2015 - 1:49pm
I suspect that if there's any rhyme or reason at all to horse breeding, it will be mainly fashion. If there's a horse-world equivalent of the SUV it's probably no more suited to road use than the SUVs are. It's probably just as well it's not yet possible to get a horse out of the stable and put it's saddle on whilst sitting indoors using a smart phone.

Re: Via Francigena

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 July 2015 - 1:38pm
Partly. This spring I followed the route of a Dutch abbot, called Emo from the beginning of the 13th century. He went from the North of The Netherlands to Rome. From Pavia to Rome he followed the Via Francigena.
He wrote a very short travelogue of his trip to Rome and back. A dutch historian reconstructed his route and wrote a book about it.
Using this reconstruction I designed a cycle route.

I'm still working on all the results, but at the moment The following is available:

A GPS-file, containing the route with improvements I made (also with some comments for navigation);
Heightprofiles (based on the original design, but will hardly change).

The website I made can be found here (only in Dutch, but GoogleTranslate is your friend). The maps included in the site, are not up-to-date, but that's only for small parts.

Another source for the Italian part is this. An Italian site, which seems to be complete now. I used it this winter, but it was incomplete then.

Re: Horses: modern ones selected from what stock?

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 July 2015 - 1:25pm
Maybe horse riders prefer a GTI to an LX model - and as stated, there are plenty that aren't going to quite make the grade as a racehorse, I guess, so a ready supply.

Re: Horses: modern ones selected from what stock?

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 July 2015 - 1:12pm
I should hope not.

But I don't suppose horses enjoy being nervous, so it seems a reasonable question.

I slow, and say hello when I meet them and their rider and am sometimes asked to completely stop. It just seemed to me if they are not racehorses there should be no disadvantage in selecting for calmness and I don't think the horses I meet could cope in cities of olden days so I wonder what has happened.

Re: Horses: modern ones selected from what stock?

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 July 2015 - 1:11pm
SA_SA_SA wrote:
NB I always think that horses being towed in horse boxes must be thinking 'I should be towing not towed: this is just wrong pffffft'
...it's the equine equivalent of Johnny being taken to school in an MPV rather than walking/cycling

Re: Horses: modern ones selected from what stock?

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 July 2015 - 1:07pm
The money is in breeding horses for competition, hunting, show, etc. Eg https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warmblood https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Field_hunter I suspect that the horses you see out on the road, cheap enough for the rest of us to ride, are in part the rejects from that process, or else bred cheaply without any great science involved.
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