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Re: Nightmare drive

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 July 2014 - 12:28pm
Bicycler wrote:I know the pass is no longer the only road to Applecross but all vehicles having to use the coast road instead would involve many of them making a massive detour. Closing the pass to through motor traffic might seem a bit extreme.
It's only a bit extreme in a motor-vehicle-centric culture. It's common in Scandinavia.

Re: Nightmare drive

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 July 2014 - 12:18pm
I know the pass is no longer the only road to Applecross but all vehicles having to use the coast road instead would involve many of them making a massive detour. Closing the pass to through motor traffic might seem a bit extreme.

Re: Nightmare drive

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 July 2014 - 12:13pm
AlaninWales wrote:661-Pete wrote:What about hybrid or electric cars? Never driven one myself, but I thought that engine braking = regenerative braking was the norm here.
Engine braking != regenerative braking.Not! Both apply a retarding force to the vehicle, but the former just converts kinetic energy to heat, the latter will (mostly) convert kinetic energy to a stored form (eg battery potential) for later use. Unfortunately current electric vehicle batteries can not accept the power (energy per unit time) required for heavy retardation (or control on a steep hill) or usefully fast charging.

Re: Surly Long Haul Trucker or Thorn Sherpa

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 July 2014 - 11:58am
I have a Thorn Sherpa and i'm extremely happy with it. The Sherpa frame is better quality to the LHT frame in that it's Cold drawn, double butted and heat treated.
I guess you get what you pay for.
I'm sure the LHT would be sufficient for most touring though. on thing i do like about the LHT is the longer chainstay.

Re: Appropriate License Plate

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 July 2014 - 11:48am
Mick F wrote:D 81 TCH Landrover is insured.

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Ah, that's how
Thanks Mick

Re: Appropriate License Plate

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 July 2014 - 11:45am
661-Pete wrote:I believe the DVLA censor certain letter and digit combinations which might be offensive, they simply refuse to issue them.
But they do make oversights. They don't have a lot of imagination, thus the imaginative can get some rather, er, different ones past them.

Re: Appropriate License Plate

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 July 2014 - 11:35am
D 81 TCH Landrover is insured.

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Re: Appropriate License Plate

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 July 2014 - 11:21am
[XAP]Bob wrote:Vantage wrote:I'll leave it to someone else on the roads to report it. I can't be bothered. I thought it was mildly amusing
If you tell me where/when it was spotted then i'll report it. PM is fine (don't need everyone reporting the same image.)

Pm sent Bob.
I've googled this reporting business and couldn't find any info whatsoever.
I do have to wonder, if the plate is in fact modified illegally, how would the relevant authority dig up the owners address from a plate that doesn't actually exist on record?

Heathrow T123 tunnel closure

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 July 2014 - 10:53am
Something for people planning to cycle to/from Heathrow terminals 1,2,3 to keep an eye on.

According to this web page http://www.heathrowairport.com/commuter/commuting-to-heathrow/by-bicycle (which is for Heathrow workers, not passengers), at some unspecified point in the future both side tunnels (which are the ones used by cyclists) will be closed at the same time for refurbishment, no mention of dates and duration. The same page implies there is no safe cycle access to T1. Alternative provision for Heathrow workers is a cycle hub to the north and come in by bus.

The web page for passengers http://www.heathrowairport.com/transport-and-directions/cycling-to-heathrow mentions none of this. I'm assuming the alternative for cycling passengers is Heathrow Express to/from T5, from where the cycle routes are good, but this is just my guess.

I discovered this after arriving back at T3 late in the evening. By the time I'd reassembled my bike (tandem actually) it was gone 10pm. A random airport worker I asked for directions to the cycling tunnel told me how to get there, and then said he thought it was closed. It is open at present, and once you've got to it, it's fine. What is normally just the outbound (western) service tunnel is cyclists only for both in and outbound.

Re: Appropriate License Plate

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 July 2014 - 10:52am
pstallwood wrote:FU comes from Fuerth in Bavaria which would be the local registration office for where the car owner lives.Ah yes, we must have been in that area at the time, seeing as I recall that most of the cars around there began with those letters (I was only a child then, but old enough to have learnt all the 'best' words in the playground in case anyone's wondering ).

As many people will know, the French changed their system several years ago, replacing the old "nnnn AA nn" or "nnn AAA nn" patterns with the new "AA-nnn-AA" format. The new style seems to offer more possibilities for 'personalised' plates, but French drivers don't appear to go in for those. I've often wondered whether someone will snap up a plate like "PU-741-NS" (work it out!) but honestly, French drivers don't need to label their cars with insults: they drive arrogantly enough as it is! Or maybe les Flics are more diligent in hunting down illegal plates, than their British counterparts...

Re: Appropriate License Plate

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 July 2014 - 10:23am
Having said that, I recall spotting, on a visit to Germany many years ago, a car with the registration mark FÜ, followed by a hyphen, followed by two more letters which I leave to your imagination, followed by a number. How they got away with that one I can't imagine. As I said it was many years ago: in those days fewer Germans were fluent in English than now.[/quote]


FU comes from Fuerth in Bavaria which would be the local registration office for where the car owner lives. There are lots of possibilities for rude English words eg beginning in CO or SH for example but thankfully there doesn't appear to be the possibility to make the c word. We go to Germany fairly regularly on holiday and are sometimes very amused by some of the plates. I expect Germans would find some of our combinations equally strange like P11OTE on a Pilote motorcaravan that a German thought was a try on.

Apparently the registration system is gradually changing so that you may not have to change your car registration when moving to another registration district as has been the case.
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Re: collecting my new bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 July 2014 - 9:57am
Well he was picking it up yesterday and we haven't heard back from him yet................

Re: Appropriate License Plate

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 July 2014 - 9:53am
Vantage wrote:I'll leave it to someone else on the roads to report it. I can't be bothered. I thought it was mildly amusing
If you tell me where/when it was spotted then i'll report it. PM is fine (don't need everyone reporting the same image.)

Re: Spain North to South

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 July 2014 - 9:44am
bikerwaser wrote:Hi Mark

i'm planning to do a similar route this coming October but from Santander. i'll use the Via de la PLata and end up in Andalucia where ever there is some there's some work ( i'm looking on the "workaway" website that offers food and shelter for a few hours work a day ).

thanks for the trip info.

if anyone else has any more info i'd appreciate it .

Stretches of the RDP are b.o.r.i.n.g, pics look great on the web but it's monotonous when actually there. The N-630 enables really good progress and is very (surprisingly) quiet.

ernycb wrote:Top tip : Include the Gredos/Bejar region south of Avila if you can !!!
Agree.
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