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Re: Ten Miles a Day

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 January 2015 - 1:37am
17.8 miles average for the 15 days of 2015 so far but actually only ridden on 11 of them.

Re: Clipping and running

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 January 2015 - 12:35am
Gah, speaking of group etiquette, I'm also quite new to this forum (and TapaTalk); this popped up at the top of my feed so I assumed it to be current, not three months passed [emoji15] apologies for the resurrection.

Re: Clipping and running

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 January 2015 - 12:31am
As someone very inexperienced at riding in a group, I can see this in a slightly different light.

Based on the kit and physical condition and riding styles of the two riders, I'm going to hazard that it's likely the rider pulling out is much less experienced than the competent-looking guy behind. Difficult to be sure, but it certainly looks that way to me.

So as the inexperienced rider spots something that he quite quickly needs to avoid (the erratic camera bike perhaps?), he puts out a warning 'don't block me I need space' arm, looks back and sees the experienced guy slow down, make space and call him out.

Now it may not be totally correct, but as the new guy in the group, I'm pretty damn swift to pay attention when someone experienced, who I look up to, calls out to me. So I'll take that 'go ahead' to mean exactly that and avoid whatever it is that's spooked me.

I reckon the guy behind misjudged his backing off, maybe because the speeds ahead of him changed (camera bike again?).

If we're playing by the rules of the road, then the onus is on the overtaker, which is akin to the 'no overlap without announcing it' guideline mentioned above. The guy behind began an overtaking manoeuvre which it wasn't safe to complete.

All of that said, I'm just seeing it a little differently and I really wouldn't want to blame anyone - it's just a shitty accident that could have been avoided if everyone was playing by the same rules. If the guy didn't stop though, he's a ****, end of.

Re: Vomit-inducing content from the Guardian

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 January 2015 - 12:21am
661-Pete wrote:I agree with Vantage here. If this article serves to encourage cycling, what's so bad about that?



Well, it's obviously done its job then .

This is subliminal advertising of the worst sort. The article establishes the fact that to enjoy the outdoors, you need to travel by motor vehicle - that's the "given". That's the trick. The nice people from Land Rover then go on to discuss cycling, in that context. Interestingly they do then go on to describe various things you can do directly from home. Neverthless, they have successfully established the idea, by association, that outdoors = go by car. Pity then the poor kids trapped in the back of these monsters.

Remember, it's Land Rover who are producing this guff - the very people whose products prevent children from walking and cycling to school even if they don't kill all the time.

If Land Rover wish to peddle (sic) these beliefs, that's their business, though I think it is sick. My anger was directed at the Guardian for relinquishing their editorial power over a highly contentious issue. It looks like they too were thoroughly hoodwinked.

Re: SCARBOROUGH - WHITBY CYCLE PATH

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 January 2015 - 11:44pm
We've just moved over to Scarborough - http://thelangsett.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/the-move-part-1.html and http://thelangsett.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/the-move-part-2.html and the path runs right behind our house. I'm hoping to do the section from Scarborough up to Ravenscar on Sunday.

Re: Vomit-inducing content from the Guardian

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 January 2015 - 10:15pm
I'm using an ad blocker (with Firefox) & I'm not getting a Landrover badge but it does have "Brought to you by: Land Rover" in plain text below the "Hibernot Outdoor Adventures" on the left. (Is the space between the 2 where the logo is supposed to appear?).

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In fact the whole "Hibernot" thing seems to be a Land Rover run thing.

Re: bicycle travellers looking to volunteer around europe

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 January 2015 - 10:10pm
Hello & welcome.

You may find this topic of interest . . . .
viewtopic.php?f=16&t=45356&p=369844&hilit=woofing#p369844

Do be aware though that you cannot really "borrow" another persons login to access some of these opportunities.
You have to build up a reputation on your own account.
Look at it as an investment rather than a cost . . .. . the life experience is well worth it !

Re: Vomit-inducing content from the Guardian

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 January 2015 - 9:59pm
meic wrote:My reading of it is that she has not bought it for any eighteen year old son but that is the only reason any outsider could see for her driving it, or that was the excuse she would offer for driving it.
I wondered about that too. In that case, she should have worded the sentence:
The only plausible explanation for me being in this car would be if I had bought it as an 18th birthday present for my spoiled son, and were driving it home while having a nervous breakdown.instead of what she actually wrote:
The only plausible explanation for me being in this car is that I have bought it as an 18th birthday present for my spoiled son, and am driving it home while having a nervous breakdown.
Of course, Zoe, like all of us, isn't going to get her grammar 100% right all the time. In that case an alert sub-editor should have spotted the ambiguity and checked with her before going to press. This effectively illustrates the risks of the written word being misinterpreted - something the poor old Grauniad has acquired something of a reputation for....

bicycle travellers looking to volunteer around europe

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 January 2015 - 9:43pm
Hi all,

A friend and i are going to be setting off to europe from the U.K by bicycle approaching summer time, we are wondering how to go about finding places to volunteer and exhange our hard work and labour for food and somewhere to camp.

We have searched workaway.info which is a great site but the 30 euro fee to contact people to work for free is beyond baffiling to us!

is there any free alternatives or any useful advice someone could recommend?

We are planning to travel for aslong as possible!

Peace and Love!

KD + AJ

Re: Bother - CalMac Summer Timetable Lochboisdale to Mallaig

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 January 2015 - 8:52pm
Cars in Oban can be left at Hazlebank Motors at a reasonable cost or Stoddarts. Take the boat direct to Barra or S.Uist and go north and come back from Harris through Skye then Mull back to Oban. Easy

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 January 2015 - 8:50pm
Thats pretty much what my search showed up. The Dave Miller website doesn't work, so I'll get in contact with the other two and see what they can offer. Looking to stay in a B&B close to the center of town, in order to revisit it on foot (don't think I've been to Chester in nearly 20 years - my grandma used to live there before she passed away). The one in Wales will be a bit hard to get to upon arrival in Chester.

Re: A30 Cornwall

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 January 2015 - 8:48pm
The Highways Agency are responsible for this one, on one of their cycletracks.

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I encountered it at the end of February 2014. They coned it off and arranged a temporary fill which failed shortly after. The cones get blown about, moved by vandals and are generally fairly useless.

They had no money in the 2013/14 budget for repairs so had to put it off until 2014/15. Then they had to wait for the newts to finish doing whatever it is that newts do and couldn't start until November. Then they decided the work required was more than first thought so they had to delay things to find some more cash.

Repairs are now scheduled to start next week and works are likely to last until the end of February. During the repairs cyclists will be expected to dismount and walk about 1/2 mile through the adjacent country park.

I wonder if the motons on the A30 will get a similar level of service .

Re: A30 Cornwall

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 January 2015 - 7:46pm
They are looking into it. (Boom, boom. ) Or, atleast:-

The Highways Agency has sent engineers to the scene to examine the extent of the damage.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-30834585

Re: Touring with prescription glasses

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 January 2015 - 7:41pm
In the past (before needing varifocals to read the map) I occasionally received sports glasses to review with yellow or other tinted lenses. I could never see the point of those colours - they just made everything look weird.

I guess I was never a good enough cyclist to appreciate the benefits - maybe a bit like the emperor who couldn't see his new clothes

Re: Bother - CalMac Summer Timetable Lochboisdale to Mallaig

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 January 2015 - 7:35pm
Norman H wrote:I'm thinking of doing the same route but in reverse this summer. What's the best time to go, and where can you leave your car in Oban?

http://forum.ctc.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=83453

And this one: popular thread!

viewtopic.php?f=16&t=76350

Re: A30 Cornwall

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 January 2015 - 7:25pm
As it been reported to "FillThatHole" ?

Re: Ten Miles a Day

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 January 2015 - 7:16pm
Well it's the 15th day of this year and I'm at 15 miles per day so far
227.13 miles as of tonight

Re: Vomit-inducing content from the Guardian

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 January 2015 - 7:06pm
squeaker wrote:Vantage wrote:They're promoting cycling right? Why is that a bad thing?Er, "get out, strap your bikes to the back of your Land Rover, and enjoy winter on two wheels" sounds like promoting Land Rover motor vehicle use to me

Although I suspect it might take a bit of effort to get a Landy on 2 wheels for any length of time

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Rdk4ayXZHk

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 January 2015 - 6:07pm
The highest profile bike shop is the Bike Factory in Boughton, http://bikeroutetoaster.com/BRTWebUI/Course/755534, but I've had mixed experiences in there. They principally want to sell bikes, but for spares, obscure things they had, common things they didn't. I have no experience of Edge Cycleworks due west and Dave Miller cycles further west. The best in the area is Graham Weigh in Shotton which is outside Chester and just over the border in Wales. You'll almost pass it on day 1.
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