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Re: Why cycling in the UK is so scary (Gaurdian)

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 June 2015 - 9:41am
Vantage wrote:reohn2 wrote:The driving standards,lack spacial awareness,downright stupidity and willingness to take such chances frankly astounds me in the extreme,so much so that I no longer think if,but when ....

I'm getting to that stage myself.
Cycling home at mid day from Brinscall along the A675 Bolton/Belmont Road a few months ago, I seriously doubted I'd see my kids again.

That climb out of Abbey Village can be hair raising.
I've stopped using it because of that,I've even had problems with motors when descending it a 35/40mph.
From Brinscall you can take the Goit to Anglezarke or as far as the cricket field at White Coppice,the section between WC and A/zarke is a mud bath in winter.Coming off at WC,the back lanes to Rivington are much better,though hilly.
If you want to cut out the steep climb out of A/zarke there's the B/way(shown as Heapey Fold Lane on Google maps) over the Nab which spits you out onto Back Lane leading to Nick Hilton's Lane,left and first right just before the rezzer wall gets you to Rivi .
Alternatively from Brinscall take the linear park(almost opposite the cafe in Brinscall,it's the old railway line)to Abbey Village at the top of the village turn left through Roddlesworth wood/reservoirs to get you to the cafe near The Royal Arms pub on Tockholes Rd take the road to the top of the climb on the A675,it's wider and descending from there,Though I prefer the Witten Weavers Way to the road

Re: Help settle an argument

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 June 2015 - 9:37am
kwackers wrote:What facts?

Fact: A guy on a bike moves out a couple of feet to overtake another vehicle he was coming up on.

Fact: The car behind had plenty of time to consider what was going on, more importantly they should have taken a teeny tiny amount of time to observe and predict.

Fact: The car sounded their horn whilst behind the cyclist and at a point when it was useless. i.e. the cyclist was at the side of the vehicle he was overtaking.

Fact: The motorist has supposedly sat a test and as such has a standard of driving that's legally required in order to satisfy their license conditions.

Fact: The cyclist has no such requirement - for all the driver knows it's a 12 year old with no road sense.

Did I miss anything?

For someone claiming to be observant, yes you did actually.

Fact: The cyclist failed to check for faster moving traffic behind prior to his overtake.

Fact: The cyclist then failed to indicate his intentions to other traffic.

Fact: The cyclist then took his attention off the road in front for an extended period to insult the driver behind whom he cut up due to said overtake.

At 0.38 sec in the video, the truck gets through the pinch point without infringing on the admittedly narrow cycle lane. That skinny little MX5? could have overtaken any cyclist there without risk. The cyclists stupidity alone caused all that commotion.

This is no different than travelling on a motorway at 70mph, changing lane to overtake a 60mph car in front and being hit from behind by an 80mph car which you didn't check for and failed to indicate to.

Re: Help settle an argument

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 June 2015 - 9:18am
[XAP]Bob wrote:Yes, the driver is always right. All hail ballibeg...

The driver was involved in the crash.
I didn't say he necessarily caused it (that would be the extended turn and V sign without competence)

No he/she didn't.
Maybe he/she should not have beeped, but they were certainly not involved in the crash.
The cyclist didn't look around and give the finger until after the horn and then continued to ride with his eyes off the road for around 3.5 seconds. Too long.
The cyclist baked and ate his own cake.

Re: A new tourer (for a song)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 June 2015 - 9:17am
I believe I am on that list… .

But, after my initial experiences with my unstable Giant SCR3 which gyrated wildly when loaded up I moved to the Subway. It carried everything, rock solid, off road, rock solid. Finally I got the rather expensive Salsa Vaya and immediately found gyration problems again, and the vibe was that it was good off road. I have had to lighten my kit, lighten myself and redistribute the load to overcome the gyration problem. It isnt really a real off road bike either. Its OK for things like canal banks, made up bridleways and forestry fire roads but useless for the natural forest bridleways and tracks that we have around here. The Vaya was a birthday present so I have got to stick with it but I am always on the lookout for a decent barely used Subway.


Re: Help settle an argument

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 June 2015 - 9:13am
Audax67 wrote:Love it. Thread called "Help settle an argument" has reached 6 pp and 86 replies.

Not helping much, is it?

Probably because there are a couple 'knobs' (I'm quoting plus it seems ok to insult other forumites despite forum rules or there is favouritism going on) on this forum who will stick up for every cyclist regardless of whether they are in the right or wrong.

Re: Favourite country?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 June 2015 - 9:03am
Although I said France and stand by it, I occasionally wish we'd picked Italy to move to in 1972. I haven't been there a lot, maybe three weeks in toto, but the food & the countryside were wonderful. As is the language. Can't wait to go back - I missed a club trip there a week back so as to do a PBP qualifier, but next time around I'm going.

Some great architecture, too:

Germany tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 June 2015 - 8:58am
I have the chance of a cheap flight to Germany next month so I'm looking into a 8 or 9 Day cycle/Camping trip..

My flight would be into Frankfurt but I can get the train anywhere to start the tour..

Can anyone recommend an area or route on quiet roads with campsites, preferably in the South for a chance of better weather?

Many thanks

Re: Handy Homemade containers

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 June 2015 - 8:46am
Also, is that glue food-safe?

Re: Why cycling in the UK is so scary (Gaurdian)

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 June 2015 - 8:45am
I really do wish I knew the answer. I've been trying to encourage locals to cycle, and have had some interest, but, still the big question of 'safety'' raises its head. For years I've been happy to say that there is no problem if you ride properly and know what you are doing. I may be tempting providence, but, I'm always happy to tell people who are worried that I've never had an accident in 40 years. My big problem is that I am now beginning to have doubts, really for the first time about cycle safety on our local roads. We all tolerate and dismiss occasional 'dodgy' driving and have our own parameters as to what are close passes, but, things really do seem to have got worse, or is it just me getting old?

Brookes Cambium Saddle

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 June 2015 - 8:22am
Morning folks,

Just wondering if anybody is using the Brooks Cambium saddle. I’m a fan of the B17 so was thinking I’d get another one of those for the new bike, but then the guy in the shop showed me the Cambium, looks like a great idea. The only problem I had with the B17 was it going out shape when I rode all day through a storm in Thailand, but the Cambium is rubber, so problem solved regarding wet weather. But are they any good?

Re: A new tourer (for a song)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 June 2015 - 7:25am
Boy! Putting this kind of info out there will get you on the touring bike manufacturers hit list! Telling people they don't need to spend GBP2,000 just to have even a weekend trip is something well needed. (I still use the bike I got for my 11th birthday and that was 40 years ago. I am now more than 18'' inches taller now than I was then).
Basically, if your bike rides well and you feel comfortable on it, then it is suitable.

Re: Favourite country?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 June 2015 - 7:24am
Cuba (an incredible country and people)

Scotland and Wales

Re: I'm off again

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 June 2015 - 7:11am
Enjoy the rest of the tour! Any idea what caused the food poisoning? Dodgy tapas?

Re: Locks for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 June 2015 - 7:03am
I would take a heavy lock.

Re: Favourite country?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 June 2015 - 7:02am
I've never been to Asia. My favourite tour was Scotland. I found the roads and accomodation to be good, the drivers to be mostly considerate, people to be generally friendly and helpful, and the scenery amazing.

Re: Touring Cassette

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 June 2015 - 4:56am
I have toured using much less suitable gears than the ones you already have. If you are not carrying everything plus the kitchen sink with you then you should find it okay. Also, being the gears you are used to there is a familiarity and comfort using the gears you have.
28 front to 25 back is already near to 1:1. I have toured through the Yorkshire Moors where the roads go straight up and down hills instead of round them using a bike with a lowest of 40 front to 28 rear, so yo are already better equipped than I was then (I changed to an SR Custom Triple after that summer, 32-40-52 so you still have better gearing)

Re: Single Speed Freewheel Day Trips

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 June 2015 - 4:45am
With modern gear changers being so easy to use these days (changers in the brake levers) I no longer feel interested in single speed. As a teen many decades ago I used to go fixed wheel in winter but for 3 decades haven't lived anywhere that has a winter, so I prefer to stick with gears. In tropical heat I find you need to be always in the right gear or overheat very fast.

Re: Favourite country?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 June 2015 - 4:35am
I never realised it at the time, but UK is very hard to beat for cycle touring. Plenty of camp sites, youth hostels and B&Bs scattered around in UK's myriad network of lanes, plus people find it an interesting concept, so tend not to be negative towards cycle tourists, indeed helpful is more often the way.

For almost 30 years I have now lived and worked in many countries in Asia, mainly South East Asia and more and more I am sure that my best tours have been in Scotland (north west and west side) and the Yorkshire Moors. Even the now overcrowded Lake District gets an honourable mention. These areas are the only ones I have cycled that I *really* yearn to revisit and cycle again. (The Lake District tends to be overcrowded, but overcrowded for a reason, the reason being that it is such a great place, but that sadly makes me focus on less crowded areas)

Re: Locks for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 June 2015 - 4:24am
bobzeller wrote:Has anyone any ideas about a lock that is relatively light that isn't for use in high crime areas?
Lots of these available in local bike shop. Online too.

Re: Handy Homemade containers

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 June 2015 - 4:23am
2 part epoxy is not cheap stuff ad is not environmentally friendly. It is easier and cheaper to use pill bottles or other very cheap containers readily available. Sorry, but the idea of making such containers appears to be more or a 'because I can' rather than a 'because it makes sense' exercise.
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