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Re: Traffic Droid

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 May 2014 - 12:31pm
Buses are good for undertaking. They can carry twelve coffins.

I'll get my coat.

Scotland adventure! Inverness to Dumfries

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 May 2014 - 12:14pm
I am planning a week long bike trip though Scotland at the end of July. We're starting in Inverness (train booked) and planning to meander down through the highlands to the borders in Dumfries & Galloway, taking in highlands, lochs, glens and drams. We're after beautiful scenery and and quiet roads.

We'll be on road bikes, not mountain bikes, but apart from that, anything goes!

Has anyone done something similar on bikes?

Are there any routes or places which we definitely shouldn't miss??

Any B&Bs or bothies we should definitely stay in?

Any amazing resources that you recommend to help plot a route?

Any tips or shared experiences would be very welcome!!

Thanks!

Re: C2C routes by tandem advice....

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 May 2014 - 12:06pm
Hi,
I may have got a bit carried away when I said it was 100% road. There are of course short sections of off road but these were easily rideable. The signage is a bit iffy in places but if you plot the route out on a road map such as the Philips navigator it's quite easy to follow.
I arrived in Whitehaven by train at lunchtime and set away. That night a stayed at the Lynebank b&b in Westlinton, just north of Carlisle. The second night at The Pheasant at Stannersburn, near Falston and just south of Kielder village. By mid afternoon the third day I was at the finish in Tynemouth.
Regarding the footbridge in Carlisle I believe I stayed on the B5299 at Dalston into Carlisle (not following the river route) and just turned right at the traffic lights and onto the cyle path which gets you across this main road.
In real terms it is not as difficult as the the map makes it appear.
If you decide to do it i'm sure you will enjoy it.
Good luck.

Re: Poncho

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 May 2014 - 11:28am
I got a relatively lightweight one from Mean and Green for about £20 and have used it as a poncho, groundsheet and porch while camping. I can recommend it!

Re: BT Openreach cyclists stay back

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 May 2014 - 10:54am
There used to be one on London buses:

If you care about
your health, your environment and
your city in gridlock.
Why are you driving?

I've always thought it would look good on a t-shirt...

Re: saddle choice

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 May 2014 - 10:40am
henrik wrote:may have to go with my b17.......
trouble is i'm hiring a carbon bike, would a b17 rails attach to any seat post?
I'm sure that the rails will attach. However, the B17 has relatively short rails and if the geometry of your hire bike is very different than your normal bike, this may give you difficulty. Also, if the hire bike requires a different position for your body (e.g. lower handle bars or smaller seat tube angle), the saddle may not be as comfortable.

That said, a saddle that you are used to, in a new position, is probably better than a saddle that you aren't used to. If your usual bike is similar or can try it on one that is beforehand, it will give you an idea whether it will work for you.

Re: C2C routes by tandem advice....

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 May 2014 - 10:25am
Another possibility for you in the hadrians cycleway, its good cycle path or quiet minor roads all the way, and a really good route. I've ridden it several times and don't think there would be any problems for a tandem.

Good resource here: http://www.cycle-routes.org/hadrianscycleway/index.html

Re: BT Openreach cyclists stay back

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 May 2014 - 9:44am
So do cyclists need a sticker saying "Motor Vehicles Keep Well Clear" or one saying "If you can read this you are too close" ??

Then perhaps BT Openreach need "How's my driving?" stickers as well??

Re: Poncho

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 May 2014 - 8:33am
Many thanks Ben.

Just checked out their web site.
Lots of different ponchos - so many could have one for each day of the week - a casual poncho, a dress poncho, a poncho that "says something about you" etc etc etc

Re: Poncho

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 May 2014 - 8:21am
Yes, Silvermans do a lot of genuine ex-Army kit (not just British but all NATO armies) though a quick scan of their website shows they do a lot of other stuff nowadays as well. I was a soldier many years ago and it was somewhere squaddies went to buy 'better' kit than they had been issued. Whether they needed it or not was immaterial - it was just good to have a variation on the bog-standard issue!

Re: saddle choice

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 May 2014 - 6:39am
'They' say a stiff leather saddle is much better for long distance cycling than a gel saddle which can induce sores. My 2nd hand B17 gave me no problems on a 1200m ride. My husband's new B17 style Spa leather saddle worked for him too and he'd only ridden it 150 miles before the longer trip.

Re: Your next tour Georgia (the country)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 May 2014 - 4:05am
If you try applying for a visa for Iran you will get the the same response from all the agents you need to be on a tour. https://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/ ... ts-in-iran the policy changed in February.

Police Blame Run Down Cyclist Video

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 May 2014 - 3:30am
Police officer blames cyclist run down by motorcyclist.

Have emailed to the sun and express if others can spread the word and get this to go viral we may get some legal action against the officer and the culprit.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xv8lZTpRPiU

[ prejudicial info removed : Graham ]

Re: Somerset Tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 May 2014 - 11:20pm
The Admiral Blake Guest House in Bridgwater caters for cyclists you could then follow the Stop Line cycle route back to Ilminster

Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 May 2014 - 10:51pm
Danny Bent . His book 'you've gone to far this time sir, is a good read

Re: To the Four Corners of Scotland

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 May 2014 - 10:28pm
khain wrote:Some photos from the trip here: http://www.khain.net/photos-northern-scotland-west-coast/

Unfortunately they don't fit in the post. Is there a way to resize images?

I use

https://imageresizer.codeplex.com/releases/view/30247

Once installed you right click on a pic file and get a choice of sizes to change it to.

Re: To the Four Corners of Scotland

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 May 2014 - 9:24pm
Some photos from the trip here: http://www.khain.net/photos-northern-scotland-west-coast/

Unfortunately they don't fit in the post. Is there a way to resize images?

Re: BT Openreach cyclists stay back

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 May 2014 - 9:04pm
Saw a virtually identical sticker on the back of a Travis Perkins (builders merchants) lorry in Norwich (yesterday).

So I did wonder with a National chain, if this is a national thing on all their vehicles nationwide.

Ian

Re: Traffic Droid

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 May 2014 - 8:54pm
TrevA wrote:Just watched the programme (The Complainers) - Mr Traffic Droid came across as a reasonable guy until the end when he really lost it with a bus driver. He is a bit confrontational but he's certainly a character.

In true TV documentary style they sensationalised him by selectively using his most confrontational clips. Have a look at his YouTube channel and not all his encounters end like the ones shown on the 'box last night.

What's scary is the TfL team looking at the footage of the bus dangerously undertaking him squeezing between lane 1 and 2 and their only observation was what else was the poor bus driver supposed to do when Droid was in the lane 2, the cheek of him. If that's the level of road use understanding among TfLs managers then God help us.
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