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Re: Reducing pannier weight

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 March 2015 - 12:45pm
Mick F wrote:A tip I read from a seasoned traveller/holidaymaker, is to take less luggage but more money.
My wife does that, and on the return she does the reverse. More luggage and less money.

Re: Didn't know cyclists could be fined for speeding!

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 March 2015 - 12:30pm
Any discussion about bad or dangerous cycling is bound to be a delicate matter on this forum because it is easy to sound like you think cyclists are the main problem on the roads (or footpaths). I suspect none of us think that.

I don't like the idea of cyclists being given the green light to ride on all pavements, so long as they ride carefully. If all cyclists were socially responsible, considerate people this would be worth considering. But, as we know, there are also antisocial, selfish people on bikes. And to allow them to judge for themselves whether or not to ride on the pavement is creating a policing nightmare. We already complain that the police are not doing all that they should. By replacing a ban with "under some circumstances" would only make policing of pavement use more complex, to the point of being impractical. A simple ban is straightforward.

Re: It me or do SUVs alway drive to close

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 March 2015 - 12:09pm
As a driver I didn't notice SUV drivers being any different then any others.
Is quite amazing that as a cyclist they are up there with BMWs and white
vans. I have seen youtube that mroe expensive cars are less considerate then
more expensive ones. That might reflect more on some people prefering to drive
expensive cars and less to do with wealth. At my workplace quite a few well of
folk drive cheap cars, some even cycle on cheap steel frame bikes.

Re: It me or do SUVs alway drive to close

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 March 2015 - 11:59am
Agreed that on the whole, SUV vehicles being used for the school run are about the worst category for lousy driving I know. I think it is a combination of poor driving skills and sheer selfishness (I'm safe, my beautiful children are safe in here, don't give a damn if I put anyone else or their children in danger').
As I've said before, even some of the local car drivers avoid the local village schools at school run time; parents' vehicles are known for emerging from the car park (which has excellent visibility) regardless of whether there is any traffic on the road or not, and then doing the same at the first T junction. I certainly avoid the area at the relevant times when on the bike.

(We stopped getting Nissans when that ugly Quashquai came out, it's a lousy vehicle, far less boot space that its predecessor. I can't see the point of it. Nissan don'tmake a proper saloon/estate any more (and the local garage told us Nissans are no longer as reliable as they were either).

Re: New bike rides blog

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 March 2015 - 11:55am
For East Anglia better would be "Potholes of East Anglia" rather than rides (at least for Norfolk around my riding area).

Ian

Re: Berwick-upon-Tweed to Hawick - best route and how hard?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 March 2015 - 11:53am
Sorry Mick F, that was meant for rualexander - I hadn't seen your post. But thank you too, though I do think I'll stick to the B road route that rualexander originally suggested: I don't mind extra miles if it means more peace and fewer range rovers!

Re: Berwick-upon-Tweed to Hawick - best route and how hard?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 March 2015 - 11:51am
Ah, that's what I thought. Thanks though - seems like it could be an OK route. If you ever need routes in Norfolk, let me know!

Re: TfL Journey Planner

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 March 2015 - 11:42am
Reply to complaint to TfL. Not very cycle-friendly - here's a journey planner that is useless- - take it or leave it (I couldn't print out the map, but perhaps that was because of my system?):

Dear __

Thank you for your feedback form of 16 March about our Journey Planner.

I’m sorry to hear that you are unable to use the Journey Planner for your journeys. The Journey Planner doesn’t have written directions for each cycling journey, but it does provide a map of the journey, which you can print.

I realise that prefer the Journey Planner that we previously had. We won’t be reverting to this, but I have forwarded your comments on to our web team for their information.

Thank you for taking the time to contact us. Please contact us again if you need any further assistance or if you would prefer to call us about this matter, please call us on 0343 222 1234.

Kind regards

Re: Best saddle for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 March 2015 - 11:28am
Enjoy your B17. You are no doubt aware that it will be better after a few hundred miles of use. I would avoid over-use of proofide wax. Too much, too often, can make the leather too soft and cause the saddle to lose its shape. Other than that, it should prove to be a good choice.

Re: Reducing pannier weight

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 March 2015 - 11:24am
PH - I don't think the most important reason for washing clothes is to stop you smelling!

I wash mine because they are next to my sensitive bits which I also keep clean. Old dirty smelly, bacterially infected clothes are a recipe for all sorts of fungal infections, nasty rashes, etc.

An itchy crutch will slow you down a lot more than underinflated tyres.

Re: New bike rides blog

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 March 2015 - 10:21am
"Posted in: Southern England"! The East is Southern like Yorkshire is Scotland...

This Sunday we're doing one of the Telegraph's five great countryside cycle routes, from King's Lynn to Snettisham http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/activ ... outes.html - anything we can do to interest you in some of the more interesting routes we have?

Re: Tour de Manche

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 March 2015 - 9:50am
I did the French section from cherbourg to Roscoff last summer. Loved the route. Pics and brief reports are on this thread on the thorn forum http://www.thorncycles.co.uk/forums/ind ... pic=9585.0

Re: It me or do SUVs alway drive to close

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 March 2015 - 9:45am
Mark1978 wrote:reohn2 wrote:*I maybe right in thinking that a Qashqua isn't a 4x4 but it's firmly in the vehicle type/class.

That's why the SUV moniker, as 4x4 is to do a disservice to proper off road vehicles.

Agreed and I should have picked up on that in the thread title.It has been pointed out to me before and I forgot

Re: Reducing pannier weight

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 March 2015 - 9:38am
I have a few ideas on my blog:

http://greatbritishbikerides.net/touring-with-luggage/

Hope they help.

Paul.

Re: It me or do SUVs alway drive to close

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 March 2015 - 9:34am
reohn2 wrote:*I maybe right in thinking that a Qashqua isn't a 4x4 but it's firmly in the vehicle type/class.

That's why the SUV moniker, as 4x4 is to do a disservice to proper off road vehicles.

Re: New bike rides blog

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 March 2015 - 9:34am
Sorry about East Anglia - but it's a long way from where I live in Yorkshire! There is one ride on the site from the region, though, from Thorpeness:

http://greatbritishbikerides.net/2011/06/30/the-other-east-coast-line/

Paul.

Re: Reducing pannier weight

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 March 2015 - 9:33am
Ferial wrote:I Follow the rule of 1 on, 1 for spare and 1 in the wash. Light weight, quick-dry clothes + a tangier stove to save on meals. I survived 6 weeks through France & Spain like this.

For the merino stuff I don't need the spare, wear one wash one, change when it's dry or I need it. It also helps to have a mid layer that is still comfortable next to the skin, just offers more options. I don't want to be washing all the time, twice on a two week tour is enough and only then if I need clean clothes for traveling home. I've never tested merino to it's limits, there's stories of people using it for weeks before it becomes smelly.

Re: It me or do SUVs alway drive to close

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 March 2015 - 9:32am
a few years ago i was dating a woman with a Land Cruiser. She didn't know the size of her car at all. She never went too close to the kerb or cyclists because she simply couldn't judge that side at all and totally overcompensated. The result was her driving with 2 wheels over the white line virtually all the time. Oncoming traffic would be pushed into their kerbside and i often saw drivers mouth things and put up various hand gestures to her. I told her what she was doing but she just didn't get it.

What i'm saying is that , along with lack of respect to the cyclist, there could be an element of these "Chelsea tractor" owners not having a clue to the size of their vehicle.

One time i had stopped my bike in a park while a woman tried to parallel park her Range Rover. i think she must have tried 6 or 7 times before i offered to do it for her. i jumped in and did it first time.

Re: It me or do SUVs alway drive to close

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 March 2015 - 9:12am
Carl9070 wrote:My experience is that all of 'em are out to kill me.

They're all out to get me too! Oh no they're not...

Oh yes they are

Re: It me or do SUVs alway drive to close

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 March 2015 - 9:10am
I've had two old biffers in SUVs come within millimeters of knocking me off. The last one I stopped him in a supermarket car park and challenged him over his behavior 'I didn't see you' and me lit up like a Christmas tree I think maybe people in these tall vehicles think that they are invulnerable to the rules of the road.
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