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Re: Nightmare drive

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 July 2014 - 6:06pm
A little birdie has whispered in my ear and pointed out I'm talking about a different road (only several hundred miles away in a different country. ) Forget the bit about closing the road to motor traffic but I think my points about attitudes are still valid.

And thanks to the little birdie for considering my feelings and not using the megaphone

Re: Dealing with mosquitos

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 July 2014 - 5:27pm
Pete Jack wrote:DEET does work, it also dissolves bike helmets. climbing up to Sequoya NP we were invaded by some kind of flies that buzzed round our heads. I sprayed my head (and helmet) with REI Jungle Juice that claims to be 98% DEET and that got rid of the flies.. Next day I noticed a black sticky deposit on my jacket collar. The DEET was melting my helmet. There was no warning on the label about melting plastic (says it's OK with cotton and wool) so I took my helmet back to REI and bellyached; they replaced it.
DEET "melts" a lot of plastics. In CA covered in DEET repellant I found my camera stuck to my hands and I stuck to plastic chairs, etc.. But it was more of a tacky type of stick NOT a superglue stick. And the tacky on plastic was still far far better than the mosquitos.

Ian

Manchester Ship Canal

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 July 2014 - 4:55pm
Does anyone know of a cycleway that runs alongside the Manchester Ship Canal?
I did a great Wirral loop at the weekend but hit the proverbial brickwall at Ellesmere Port Boat Museum. The route back to Eastham was peppered with the unsuitable and dangerous. Form Eastham its not too bad, not ideal but doable. If only there were a path alongside the canal; using existing access roads etc. It would make for a great day ride encompasing Wirral, Chester, parts of the Shropshine Union Canal, Chester Greenway etc.

Re: Nightmare drive

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 July 2014 - 4:52pm
Apart from any permanent signage and/or temporary restrictions in place, common-sense and courtesy was seriously lacking.

I'm off to write a stern letter to a shop and demand recompense since my doctor told me i was overweight and it's obviously the food to blame ....

Re: Nightmare drive

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 July 2014 - 4:38pm
[XAP]Bob wrote:Obviously when the pass is closed the coast road is used both ways, but when it's open why not use it "one way".

Obviously the big problem is that drivers will go at unsafe speed if it's one way...

Also there are settlements along the coast road route, would they then be forced to drive for 40 miles over a mountain pass to visit the next town which would otherwise be 2 miles away?

But I do take your point, the Bealach Na Ba could indeed be one way, with the coast road open to two way traffic at all times. But I think for the most part apart from the OP breaking his clutch it isn't a particular problem, traffic levels are relatively low and the road copes.

Stefan Abrutat's Tour Travel Blog

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 July 2014 - 4:34pm
Just a reminder one of our own on his own tour for last few months

http://sabrutat.blogspot.co.uk/

Re: Nightmare drive

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 July 2014 - 4:33pm
Obviously when the pass is closed the coast road is used both ways, but when it's open why not use it "one way".

Obviously the big problem is that drivers will go at unsafe speed if it's one way...

Re: Appropriate License Plate

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 July 2014 - 4:31pm
BlueMeldon wrote:Misrepresentation used to be a hefty fine, but the 'agency' responsible for registrations has it's finger in the <make-a-quick-profit> pie, so where does the line get drawn and who's left to enforce it ?

Perhaps the offence should carry a different penalty, such as loss of the plate and issue of a new one registered as "SAD1", "SAD2" etc.......obviuously "OV3RC0MPENS4T1NG" won't fit on standard plate !




Indigo Delta One Zero Tango?

Re: Dealing with mosquitos

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 July 2014 - 4:29pm
DEET does work, it also dissolves bike helmets. climbing up to Sequoya NP we were invaded by some kind of flies that buzzed round our heads. I sprayed my head (and helmet) with REI Jungle Juice that claims to be 98% DEET and that got rid of the flies.. Next day I noticed a black sticky deposit on my jacket collar. The DEET was melting my helmet. There was no warning on the label about melting plastic (says it's OK with cotton and wool) so I took my helmet back to REI and bellyached; they replaced it.

Re: Appropriate License Plate

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 July 2014 - 4:14pm
Misrepresentation used to be a hefty fine, but the 'agency' responsible for registrations has it's finger in the <make-a-quick-profit> pie, so where does the line get drawn and who's left to enforce it ?

Perhaps the offence should carry a different penalty, such as loss of the plate and issue of a new one registered as "SAD1", "SAD2" etc.......obviuously "OV3RC0MPENS4T1NG" won't fit on standard plate !

Re: Nightmare drive

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 July 2014 - 3:46pm
Yes the pass gets closed by snow in winter. The coast road is fairly modern and was constructed to provide an alternative in winter where previously the only way to get there was by water. Nevertheless it is not a high quality road, it is single track and its route is circuitous. Better than being isolated in the depths of winter I guess... Most mountain passes are frequently closed in the winter months, that doesn't mean it wouldn't be a great inconvenience to close them permanently all year round. In Applecross' case the volume of traffic is likely to be much greater in the summer months than in the winter

Re: Nightmare drive

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 July 2014 - 3:21pm
What do they do in the winter? The pass must close for snow, at least some years?

Re: Appropriate License Plate

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 July 2014 - 3:08pm
Vantage wrote:[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?
It's illegally modified, but the actual character sequence just takes a little parsing, then it will go into the normal dB for looking up people who haven't paid their TV license

Re: Nightmare drive

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 July 2014 - 3:07pm
Mark1978 wrote:It's an extra 20 miles around, again mostly on single track, might be reasonable if the diversion route was of significantly better quality, but then Applecross isn't exactly a major population centre.

http://goo.gl/maps/Ib3Bx it's a pretty amazing road to drive, and not too difficult due it being very open so you can see oncoming traffic a long way off.

I suspect if the road was closed to motor traffic maintenance would drop to zero and we'd get up with a dirt track unridable by road bikes.

So there are two single track routes?

Why not have them both "one way" for motor vehicles?
With big signs saying " oncoming cyclists"

Re: collecting my new bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 July 2014 - 2:43pm
easyroller wrote:Flinders wrote:I assume you're joking?

Only half joking actually. The point was he has never ridden a road bike - ever - no idea how to work the brakes or gears, has no cycle maintenance knowledge and has to ride home burdened with a load of accessories either down a 70mph dual carriageway or through a hilly estate with heavy traffic. Probably best put it in the car and then practice somewhere quietly.


Flinders wrote:I've been cycling for over 30 years, commuted every day in Central London for 6 of them, and I've never once had to take wheel off when out. Not once.
Twice I have had to push the bike home- one was an unmendable puncture that wrote of the tyre as well, and the other was a catastrophic derailleur failure that bent the back forks and wrecked the back wheel.

So in 30 years of riding you've never had to replace an inner tube by the roadside?

Not once. Even when I commuted in the Smoke I never got a puncture I couldn't get home on by pumping the tyre up hard once or twice. But I am a lightweight.
I've changed tubes at home, of course, on previous bikes, but with my current HP tyres, I suspect my paws aren't strong enough to get the tyre back on. The OP might have the same problem. I carry the necessary, of course.

I did comment that I thought if the rider had clips on their shoes and wasn't used to them that I thought he should practice on a trainer first. I think that's a necessity. But when it comes to gears, I rode my current bike home with in-brake gears for the fist time with absolutely no problems at all. It's easier than it would be going the other way from in-brake gears to stem levers, I should think.

On the whole, I agree that if it is possible, I'd get the bike home through other means, like a mate's car or van, and play with the bike somewhere safe off the road. But we don;t know how much experience the OP has on other bikes. If the only difference is that they're used to a MTB they may be fine with it. Personally, I'd struggle with a MTB, having only ever had drop bar road bikes!

Re: Cycle Touring in the Outer Hebrides - Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 July 2014 - 2:29pm
You can camp at the Gatliffe Trust Hostels (for a fee) and use their facilities. Berneray is fabulous!
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