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Re: River Rhine.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 February 2015 - 4:08pm
The end of July! I think we were just unlucky. But in places the rain made it look quite beautiful...

Re: On the way home from shopping

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 February 2015 - 4:02pm
Great picture of Lenticular clouds in the top picture, specifically Altocumulus lenticularis I believe, aka UFOs. Formed by wind being forced upwards by the shape of the land, as the air rises it cools and droplets form in the air, as the air continues to move it starts to fall and warms up again and the droplets evaporate, so although there is a wind blowing the clouds appear stationary. A cloud forming like a flag on a summit behaves in the same way.

Re: Good places to cycle to in Cardiff

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 February 2015 - 3:56pm
Get a train up the Valleys and cycle back - loads of good traffic-free trails there.

Re: New Peak District routes?

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 February 2015 - 3:54pm
Yes, it is going ahead. I believe towpath improvement works are taking place on the Caldon Canal at the moment, which forms part of the routes.

Re: Cycling into the sun

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 February 2015 - 3:47pm
I try to pick up a car behind me, and keep them there....

Then I can stop watching the wing mirrors.

Re: On the way home from shopping

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 February 2015 - 3:19pm
Mick F wrote:Ah, lovely.
The views AND the Carry Freedom!

Let's not forget the bike!
A credit to it's owner

Re: On the way home from shopping

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 February 2015 - 3:16pm
Ah, lovely.
The views AND the Carry Freedom!

Re: Cycling into the sun

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 February 2015 - 3:13pm
Valbrona wrote:One would hope that if you get hit by a vehicle the Police Officer attending the scene would adequately asses how suitably prepared the driver was in driving in such conditions. Like, was he/she equipped with eyeware of a suitable specification and did he/she think to use that eyeware in conditions of glare?

One would hope but....... https://www.google.co.uk/?gws_rd=cr&ei= ... killed+sun

Re: Female Cyclist Death In North London

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 February 2015 - 2:04pm
kwackers wrote:And another involving a truck (although no mention of the type).
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-31192637

StopKillingCyclists are organising a vigil and die in at 18:00 for 18:30 on Monday 16th. There is another one tomorrow for the cyclist killed on Homerton High St by a tipper truck.

Re: Taking our tandem by plane

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 February 2015 - 1:46pm
Thanks for that, Andy. I did a dummy run of booking tickets and the information I was then given was more promising-looking than it had been when I just went on Ryanair's website. There's a £50 charge for large sports items including bikes and canoes. Canoes would be longer than a tandem so that suggests that the size restrictions do not apply to items for which you've paid the £50 fee. We were hoping to use a CTC bike bag and not take the bike apart too much. Our mechanical skills have improved slightly since I chose my user name, but not much!

New Peak District routes?

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 February 2015 - 1:22pm
A couple of years ago, funding was announced for several new paths in the Peak District, due to open this year. Has this gone ahead? I can find no new information.

Pedal Peak Phase 2

On 12 August 2013 the Pedal Peak Phase 2 project was awarded £5 million from the Government's National Park Cycle Fund. The bid was produced by a partnership of authorities including:

Staffordshire County Council
Derbyshire County Council
Peak District National Park Authority
Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council
Sheffield City Council
The project will deliver four new cycle routes, including the Staffordshire Moorlands Link, to encourage more recreational visits to the Peak District by bike. It will also provide a boost to tourism and the rural economy.

The Staffordshire Moorlands Link is an off road route from Stockton Brook, at the boundary with Stoke City Council, along the Caldon Canal towpath to both Cheddleton and Leek. From there it is an on road signed route to the Roaches from Leek and to the Manifold Valley from Cheddleton where there is already a recreational cycle route.

Re: Cycling into the sun

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 February 2015 - 12:57pm
I've changed my approach since following the court case in my home town of a cyclist killed in Southampton and the driver claimed low sun - and was found not guilty of death by careless driving.

Now if I'm turning right and I'm likely to have to wait in the running lane, I will wait at the kerb for a space in the traffic. I also avoid busy routes in those conditions.

Northumberland Coast route queries

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 February 2015 - 12:48pm
I'm going to be cycling up the northumberland coast and have come across a couple of questions,

1. Can you cycle to dunstanburgh castle, and then continue north along the coast to dunstan steads? Looks like a footpath but would it be passable on a thick tyred hybrid?
2. AS above, but between Dunstan steads and Low Newton, the NCN1 goes inland and I can see a footpath but just not sure about the ground quality
3. Any recommendations about the route would be gratefully received

Re: Superhighway

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 February 2015 - 12:45pm
lol i actually find embankment one of the safest places in london to cycle...

Re: Getting too cold.

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 February 2015 - 12:37pm
When stop/starting cold/hot, I just carry a very lightweight Pertex windproof. Packed size of an apple/100g.

After a stop or on a downhill, slip it on. After you've warmed up or uphill take it off. I wear a base layer and a midweight soft shell top (Gore Contest) down to about - 5°c air temp (obviously with bibs, longs, overshoes, mitts and a buff). I run hot so I need the flexibility of the Pertex. BTW, if you also run hot, forget Buffalo for cycling, you'll boil unless it's Scandahooligan cold.

Second BTW, Montane Featherlight Pertex tops on sale at Needlesports for £30. Best bit of kit I own and I'm a gear freak.

Re: Getting too cold.

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 February 2015 - 12:15pm
If its icy on the roads i dont go out unless its a commute , should have gone for a club run today ( 1st of the year due to illness , kids etc ) and i did not bother as the roads were slick off the beaten track and i have renauds + arthritis in thumb joints so my hands suffer if out for a long time when its sub zero.
11 am now and its 1 degree.

Re: Getting too cold.

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 February 2015 - 12:10pm
Hi,
Not suffering from the cold much, 3/4 legging at zero C, fleeced wind top zero C

BUT to keep feet warmer add leg clothes and wear gaiters.
Like said DONT wear tight clothes and don't cram your feet in shoes with extra socks unless your feet are nice and comfortable.
Cycling garb is normally tight, and tight leggings will feel colder than baggy but as long as your legs feel warm when moving that's OK, Final top layer needs some slack.

Re: On the way home from shopping

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 February 2015 - 12:08pm
What a great place to shop!

Re: Cycling into the sun

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 February 2015 - 12:06pm
+1 for switching your lights on

Re: Heading for Exmoor - footwear required

CTC Forum - MTB - 8 February 2015 - 12:02pm
Hi,
robert.stanford wrote:I regularly bike and hike. My recommendation would be flat pedals and a light weight fabric boot (preferably gortex lined). I like Salamon but any make should work well. The important thing to check is that there is sufficient movement in the cuff to allow peddling. They are also got for winter/wet riding. I know people who walk rough terrain in trainers and others that will only do the same walk in three season leather boots you might need to give some thought for what will work for the type of walking you do. There may have to be some compromise. Hope this helps.
This is the main problem with cycling with boots, I would say that up too two - three hours or 30 miles you are OK its after that when the lack of free movement in ankles will affect your lower legs / knees, but how hard you push also has bearing, so if you are taking it easy on the cycle is probably best bet.
Flat pedals, even without clips, with boots.
If you take walking gaiters they with add waterproofness to boots and importantly add some perceived stiffness to boots which is what you need unpathed walking.

If you are sticking to track and paths with out much on your back then walking shoes would be OK but if your packing 25 Ibs plus and walking off path then boots are mandatory, if you don't want sprained ankles.
Good luck, as said it depends on the walking your going to do.
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