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Re: Help with choosing bike type and/or commute through Lond

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 July 2014 - 6:46pm
My experience of tow paths in central London is that they are very busy with lots of people trying to cycle very fast, especially at rush hours.

Also, bearing in mind that others may be living closer, will you want to be cycling home that far late at night? Might you want to consider a folding bike, so that you can take it on the train occasionally?

Help with choosing bike type and/or commute through London

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 July 2014 - 6:06pm

This September I'm most likely going to university in the centre of London (Bloomsbury) and would like some advice on choosing the type of bike and on deciding my path. It would be from Waltham Cross, so 13 - 15 miles depending on the route. I have cycled before to my sixth form which was about 9 miles but that primary involved being on a very poor shared path next to Great Cambridge Rd and a bit on quieter roads; I don't have too much experience with busier roads apart from perhaps crossing them.

Now I have found possible routes that largely ignore the main roads but it does go through the tow path next to River Lea for roughly 9 and then quieter roads for the remainder. However, I don't think that would be suitable when it is dark and have generally only found two alternatives: using the A1010 and A10 or navigating the complete mess of roads to the west of them where possible. The latter has to include parks and alleyways of questionable safety as there are no quieter roads connecting them.

So my dilemma is in first choosing the path and then the bike type. To that end I have a few questions. Can bikes more suited to roads handle a tow path? I have ridden on it but with a (badly maintained) mountain bike and have never had any other type of bike so I don't actually know how they would fare. Is my avoidance of busier roads justified? I thought it would be a better idea primarily for safety due to the lower traffic density and slower speed on the quiet roads but cycling through dodgy areas could negate that.

If the road bike could handle the tow path then I would be able to cycle quickly virtually unobstructed with at least have a month's training before it gets too dark and I have to travel on the road. If not then it is between choosing one that can and sticking to the quieter areas when the tow path becomes unavailable -as I would say that keeping up at a reasonable pace on a 30mph road would be more difficult - or choosing a faster bike on the busier roads and training on these during the summer.

Perhaps I've missed out another solution?

I hope that my post wasn't too incoherent. Thank you for any help! It is much appreciated.

P.S. I have some knowledge on cycling safely, just not enough experience of riding on busier roads.

Re: BT Openreach cyclists stay back

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 July 2014 - 5:18pm
Is this a new development?
My daughter said yesterday that whilst waiting for a lorry to turn left at a junction, she heard a strange beeping noise and a recorded voice which appeared to be saying "Warning, this vehicle is about to turn left." Similar to the reversing warning which has been around for so long.

Re: 1930s roads. Same old arguments?

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 July 2014 - 5:06pm
Fewer than 2000 "accidental" deaths. But many many "only" seriously injured. Plenty of these die more than 30 days after the "accident". Many others will never be healthy again, many live for decades in a wheelchair or in bed, they can not cycle, read, work, they even need help to eat and drink and go to the toilet.

For me (no family, no children), maybe "worse than death".

One hardly ever sees these "survivors" because the pavements are blocked by parked cars so that wheelchairs must go on the road.

Makes one sick.

Re: 1930s roads. Same old arguments?

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 July 2014 - 4:01pm
Almost an interesting DM article……..until you look at the comments "we should ban all women drivers".

I must remember to never read DM comments, ever.

Re: <Spoilers> Rain.... [SPOILERS]

CTC Forum - Racing - 11 July 2014 - 3:41pm
At the end of the day most of the crashes weren't on the pave. Just a lot of crashes in the wet weather this year.

Re: Ghost bikes

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 July 2014 - 3:19pm
I find them very poignant - much more so than most of the roadside "shrines" (at least the ones in this country in the main) to other fatalities.

A vote to keep them.

Air Travel, Boxes and Warm Showers...

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 July 2014 - 3:07pm
My wife and I are planning a two-week tour in Viêt-Nam next year. We have extensive experience of touring in the UK and in Europe, but this will be our first time we're going to have to load the steeds into an aircraft.

Technically, I can change a tyre, adjust brakes and probably - in a push - adjust a dérailleur. I can also pop out a link from a busted chain and I even trued a wheel once. Even if it didn't last very long.

But anyway, I've seen talk of detaching the dérailleur hanger and placing it against the chainstay. The rest of the preparations, I could probably swing it, like turning the bars, the pedals. But if I start detaching the dérailleur, something tells me we'll come a cropper.

As for transport, I fancy getting a pair of these: http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/article/b ... ags-33421/

.. and we then find someone to keep them for us, and send them onto us before we fly home (since it'll almost certainly be from a different location than the one at which we arrive).

Your thoughts and experiences would be welcome.

Re: Ghost bikes

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 July 2014 - 2:55pm
There's this great paradox about cycle campaigning isn't there? The desire is to raise awareness of the fact that cycling is a safe and convenient form of transport. Because we all know it could be safer and more convenient there is a need to highlight road casualties and problems encountered on the road which in turn makes it look unsafe and inconvenient.

Re: 1930s roads. Same old arguments?

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 July 2014 - 2:45pm
ah now I know from where the Belisha beacons got their name - Leslie Hore-Belisha, newly appointed Minister of Transport in the 30's

Re: <Spoilers> Rain.... [SPOILERS]

CTC Forum - Racing - 11 July 2014 - 2:44pm
Today's finish in Nancy is known to be tricky. If you want to see the riders coming off bikes on a wet finish YouTube the last time the tour visited there in 2005. Nasty stuff

Re: Ghost bikes

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 July 2014 - 2:35pm
I doubt the car/lorry drivers will see the ghost bike so wont be distracted? thats the point? but a reminder to cyclists/pedestrians who pass by. yes

Re: <Spoilers> Rain.... [SPOILERS]

CTC Forum - Racing - 11 July 2014 - 2:15pm
Paul Sherwen just reiterated that there were 41 'official crashes' (whatever that is) on stage five.

Maybe I'm thinking of the last wet TdeF visit to the pave?


Re: Appropriate License Plate

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 July 2014 - 2:15pm
It's the very definition of having too much money to spend. Money spent for the sake of it. Money that could be spent on improving somebody else's life being spent by those who obviously have all they could ever need in the world specifying lettering for personal vanity. Kind of thing that makes me think we need a modern day Robin Hood

Re: <Spoilers> Rain.... [SPOILERS]

CTC Forum - Racing - 11 July 2014 - 2:02pm
Brucey wrote:maybe once every 20 years is about right.... they were included in the 1980s once but I don't remember them since then.
They featured in 2010 (article). Don't know if there were any others - I remembered it (but had to check what year) for Lance Armstrong losing time there.

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