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Re: Filthy Drivers: Roadside Rubbish

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2015 - 2:33pm
Just South of Petersfield, Kiln Lane a few months ago, what looked like a whole asbestos roof. At least one lorry load deposited in several piles along the side of the lane.

Re: Touring in Norway

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 February 2015 - 2:32pm
syklist wrote:iviehoff wrote:syklist wrote:3) If you want to avoid planes then probably the easiest is to take Harwich Esbjerg
Harwich-Esbjerg has now ceased, so you can't do that any more.
It looks like another operator is going to run a similar service. Has anyone else heard about this?
http://www.reginaline.dk/index-uk.htm
There is the story about Norwegian Seaways starting up a Newcastle - Bergen service. They are still trying to raise capital to get going. One of the main sources of capital was the Offshore Oil industry particularly in Stavanger which is now cutting back a lot due to the low oil prices.
Here is the story in Norgleeze courtesy of our favourite auto translation service.
No. But I have seen many examples of people setting up websites saying "we're planning to run this ferry service you'd like to use, look at all these detailed plans we've got, it's right on the edge of running, all we need is a big fat public subsidy so help us lobby for it". Of course they don't use exactly the words "big fat public subsidy" but it's what they mean. Setting up a website is a cheap way of begging for a big fat public subsidy. Sometimes politicians fall for it.

Re: Cycling into the sun

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2015 - 2:26pm
Mark1978 wrote:Agreed, there have been far too many cases where a driver has used 'low sun' as a defence and it's been accepted!

They have a point. After all who would expect the sun to be at that position in the sky at that time of the day?

Re: Rotterdam > Istanbul - knackered old MTB vs Brand new to

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 February 2015 - 1:49pm
He'd be going some to wear that lot out in a few weeks IMO!
But your right. I think I'd start with a new chain on and a spare (cut to length) on board. Brake blocks - less of an issue 'cos they're small and light, tyres - well for my money if they are visibly worn in that amount of time then they are the wrong tyres for the job.

ndxcc
Here's a thought about used bikes: You could certainly find a good'un at that price level. But you might have to wait quite a while for the right one. When you get it, it would most likely need some cash spent on it. Cables? Brake pads? Chain? and if so, Cassette?
You can see how you could lose control of your budget.
New bike: Buy, Use as much as possible. Consider having it serviced - (should be a cheap one) and while you are there, acquire necessary spares. Although, to be honest, there's a lot to be said for servicing it yourself, just so you get to see how things are supposed to be.
I'm hoping you will come back here and ask about what you ought to take with you...
That's important too.

Re: Lance Armstrong on the BBC News

CTC Forum - Racing - 12 February 2015 - 1:04pm
Flinders wrote:
It's his bullying other people to do wrong when without that bullying some at least of them would not have done wrong which to me, makes him easily the worst offender, and the one who should be punished the most.

Nail hit on head. Upshot is that LA has made himself untrustworthy to work either with or for.

Re: Lesson learned - again

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2015 - 12:23pm
the main point this happens is here: https://goo.gl/maps/sbLeM so going on the outside is not generally acceptable as well as the traffic island is there. You an see the gutter stones in the road as well. My only thought is people are lining up for the 2 lanes after the traffic island oblivious to the fact that the narrowing by the island forces them back into single file anyway.

Re: Lance Armstrong on the BBC News

CTC Forum - Racing - 12 February 2015 - 12:13pm
Mick F wrote:Oh heck, I'm not getting at you, I'm just commenting on the bullying technique and how it can happen without knowing.
Your apol is accepted of course and I'm not labouring the point.
Sorry if I offended.

I was trying to say that LA may have bullied, but maybe no-one complained at the time because no-one realised they were being bullied.

I think at least some of them seemed to have realised it at the time. But having seen what he had done to other people, they knuckled under.

It's his bullying other people to do wrong when without that bullying some at least of them would not have done wrong which to me, makes him easily the worst offender, and the one who should be punished the most.

Re: Filthy Drivers: Roadside Rubbish

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2015 - 12:11pm
MikeF wrote:It's not just filthy motorists it's filthy cyclists as well - drink bottles so often thrown in the hedge

Apart from in pro races I've never seen a cyclist throw a bottle into the hedge....they cost money!

May be that some lose the odd bottle if their cage is a bit slack and they are going over bumps.....but to just chuck a bottle away? Surely not?

Re: Cycling into the sun

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2015 - 12:02pm
It's wise to check that your sunglasses will cut out UV. If they don't, the tinting will cause your iris to open wider and let more UV in, which will can seriously damage your eye. It's worse than not having sunglasses on at all in that respect.
I used a cheap pair for a year (just for cycling, luckily) when I didn't know this, and kept getting sore eyes. When I found out about this and got a better pair, the problem went away. I was lucky I found out in time for the damage not to be severe.

Re: Filthy Drivers: Roadside Rubbish

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2015 - 11:52am
eileithyia wrote:So often rubbish arrives from another place, while unable to cycle in Mallorca a couple of years back, i went for a walk in the Bequer Valley, the path eventually leads down to a secluded beach, sadly according to various reviews utterly ruined by litter which presumably gets washed in.....

Another culprit are various lorries, only today i have followed a local builders merchants lorry that was shedding plastic wrapping, and how often does a recycling wagon have faulty covering and is going merrily on its way while shedding all sorts of detritus...

Try Camasunary beach on Skye( a beautiful beach, BTW). I've never seen so much rubbish on a beach.
From the hills above I could see funny-coloured stuff by the waterline, but not what it was. Once we got down there, we saw masses of bits of rubbish, mostly plastic, stuff like an old welly, fishing nets, all sorts of stuff.

I'm told the locals go there to have a clean up if the rubbish from time to time, but as the place is only accessible over passes on foot or by small boats by sea it isn't easy to remove it. Had there been bins there and a notice, we'd have done our bit and filled a bin or two when we were there.......................

Re: Lesson learned - again

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2015 - 11:46am
Pete Owens wrote:honesty wrote:Theres usually one queue of traffic on me commute home that the only way to get past is to go along the gutter stones as even though the road is relatively wide the cars seem to hug the edge there.

If the road is wide and cars are hugging the edge then overtake on the correct side. And if there isn't enough space to overtake safely then join the queue and wait till there is - just as we expect drivers not to squeeze past us if there isn't enough space.

And the 'correct' side is?
I for one will not cross lines of traffic to overtake.

Re: Rotterdam > Istanbul - knackered old MTB vs Brand new to

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 February 2015 - 11:35am
I toured for years on an MTB, but I bought it (cheap) new and kept upgrading it. The sort of work I would want to do to your bike makes going for the Edinburgh a no brainer.

Other things on your MTB that I would be concerned about are bottom bracket, headset, wheel bearings, wheels themselves, etc, etc.

As said, get the new bike asap and ride it as much as poss. Although be aware that this may well mean you might want to replace a few part worn things before you go eg chain, tyres, brake blocks, etc. (can keep as spares).

Don't go with cheap panniers! Most people overload their panniers and they take an amazing amount of stress and strain (dead weight being bounced about all day). The last thing you need is trying to fix failing panniers.

I know there is a certain thrill in thinking of the final destination, but this can also make the trip seem rather daunting. Just think about by he first week or two and let the rest just follow on.

Ride and enjoy.

Re: Rotterdam > Istanbul - knackered old MTB vs Brand new to

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 February 2015 - 10:42am
Either option could be made to work, as others have pointed out. I suppose you should consider what you want your collection of bikes to look like when you return. Are you more likely to make use of that mtb if you have put some road tyres, better pedals, rack etc on it? If so, money spent on the bike you already have could be money well spent.

If you have any serious mechanical problems on your trip it is most likely to be to do with the wheels. Make sure your wheels are problem free before you set off.

Re: Filthy Drivers: Roadside Rubbish

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2015 - 10:27am
My most litter-strewn road locally is a straight bit of tarmac that was part of a WWII airfield, now a trading estate at LLandow, Vale of Glamorgan. The verge has been planted with a hawthorn hedge and it collects an impressive amount of wind-blown plastic. There is little traffic on that particular strip, so I don't think the rubbish is from cars. But there is a recycling company nearby, and I suspect that the plastic may be coming off passing recycling lorries. A lot of litter these days is connected with recycling. Ripped bags, etc. It's better than the old "system" of chucking everything in a hole in the ground, but it brings its own problems.

Re: Filthy Drivers: Roadside Rubbish

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2015 - 10:13am
So often rubbish arrives from another place, while unable to cycle in Mallorca a couple of years back, i went for a walk in the Bequer Valley, the path eventually leads down to a secluded beach, sadly according to various reviews utterly ruined by litter which presumably gets washed in.....

Another culprit are various lorries, only today i have followed a local builders merchants lorry that was shedding plastic wrapping, and how often does a recycling wagon have faulty covering and is going merrily on its way while shedding all sorts of detritus...

Re: Getting too cold.

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2015 - 9:37am

Re: Rotterdam > Istanbul - knackered old MTB vs Brand new to

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 February 2015 - 9:33am
Whatever bike you get, the most important thing will be to get some miles in between now and your tour, as DaveP mentioned. If you've never toured before, it can be helpful to have a couple of weekend 'dress rehearsal' trips, fully loaded, to a campsite a day's ride from where you live.

Re: Cycling into the sun

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2015 - 9:05am
661-Pete wrote:landsurfer wrote:WEAR SUNGLASSES IF IT'S BRIGHT.

May help some, but please please don't assume that you can stare straight at the sun if you are wearing sunglasses. They afford insufficient protection from this and the result could be blindness. Proper solar filters, such as astronomers attach to their telescope objectives for solar viewing and imaging, are incredibly dense: you can see nothing through one except when looking at the sun.

If anyone on this forum is that stupid surely they would not be bright (sic) enough to actually cycle ... just a thought.

Re: Lesson learned - again

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2015 - 8:46am
Down the middle would be ok if I wasn't already filtering down the left only to find one car for some reason stopped in the queue of traffic as far left as possible. At which point in stuck... Either its filter in the gutter, or try and cut out through the cars and then back in.

Re: Lesson learned - again

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2015 - 2:28am
honesty wrote:Theres usually one queue of traffic on me commute home that the only way to get past is to go along the gutter stones as even though the road is relatively wide the cars seem to hug the edge there.

If the road is wide and cars are hugging the edge then overtake on the correct side. And if there isn't enough space to overtake safely then join the queue and wait till there is - just as we expect drivers not to squeeze past us if there isn't enough space.
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