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Re: Singlewheel trailers - experiences and modifications

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 April 2015 - 8:36am
I would like to use my bob trailer with the Dawes Kingpin which has 3 speed SA. Nothing looks right in the pics. Anybody done this?

Re: fewer motorists fined for mobile use

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 April 2015 - 8:33am
LollyKat wrote:iviehoff wrote:... give them the fines and there is incentive for abuse; don't give them the fines and they have no reason to operate the cameras at all. Economic theory suggests that there must be a better place part way between where they get a share of the fines, but not so much as to give them a strong incentive to run it as an abusive money-maker.
So if a lot of motorist choose of their own free will to break the law, then it is an abuse to catch and fine them??? With that attitude, there is no hope for the rest of us.
So there's no such thing as entrapment then. There's no such thing as misleading signage, just motorists foolish enough not to work out what it really means. The government is wasting effort trying to control the activities of private parking enforcers, they are justly extracting reasonable penalties from people who chose to commit offences. There is no such thing as misleading or threatening enforcement documentation, just motorists foolish enough not to be able to see past the irrelevant verbiage. You can believe those things if you like, but it is a rare point of view.

Re: Sad news from Nottingham

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 April 2015 - 7:44am
Point taken. Although I know the location and the road layout, I don't know the circumstances. i withdraw my previous comments.

Re: fewer motorists fined for mobile use

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 April 2015 - 11:56pm
We should crush the motorist's car and give him a driving ban for the first offence and jail him for a second.

No income driven fines though. Fines should be for petty crimes like shoplifting, Saturday night drunkenness and vandalism, not serious ones which recklessly and deliberately endanger life.

Re: no wonder...

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 April 2015 - 11:51pm
I hope that the police collared him.

Re: Sad news from Nottingham

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 April 2015 - 11:30pm
pwa wrote:We have no details about this accident. We only know that an unfortunate woman has died and that a motorcycle was involved. We don't even know if the victim was riding her bike at the time, or just pushing it across the road. And most of us don't know much, if anything, about the road or nearby cycle facilities. So lets wait until we have better information before we launch into campaign mode.

Quite right,though some would seem to know the whole of everything

Re: England to Sweden

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 April 2015 - 11:20pm
honesty wrote:yes he is and he asked me to find out as he couldn't be bothered...
I was perhaps a bit flippant in earlier response, but have done that route to Stockholm myself with no difficulty.
You don't say which ferry will be used from the UK, but much of the route is the North Sea Cycle Route. He could choose to cross the border from Belgium to NL at Sluis then up to Breskens for the ferry to Vlissingen following the coast to Rozenburg for the ferry across the new waterway to Maassluis then to Ijmuiden where you can cross the Noordzee Kanaal by the lock gates or the free ferry to Beverwijk. North then to Den Oever, and over the Asfluitsdijk towards Groningen, crossing from NL to DE at Bad Nieuweschans. Stay south of the Jade Sea avoiding the ferry from Wilhelmshaven which offers only an infrequent service. There are frequent ferries across the rivers Weser(Nordenham to Bremerhaven) and Elbe(Wischhafen to Gluckstadt), also free ferry across the Kiel canal (near Hochdonn). There were several ferry route options for getting from Denmark to Sweden, also a train across the Oresund Link, but best to check for current situation. Regarding cycling on road or cycle path, there is little point in mixing it with the motor traffic when there is a quality cycle path alongside. Foreign cyclists who stray onto the roads when they shouldn't tend to get a gentle pip on the horn from motor vehicles and should just take the hint! IME most Euro countries are more cycle friendly than the UK in particular the ones your bro intends to pass through, drivers there tend to be forgiving when a foreign cyclist errs.
I hope this helps

Re: no wonder...

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 April 2015 - 11:04pm
Mick F wrote:Do dogs use a spoon?


Only when they're driving

Re: Trailer vs Panniers

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 April 2015 - 10:13pm
Just curious as I suspect you have a rep of being pro-Trailer. Do you have any other trailers? I'm guessing that trailer is good for day to day bulky loads but for a cycle tour I'd imagine a more bag based touring trailer is more useful.

Re: Sad news from Nottingham

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 April 2015 - 10:03pm
JimL wrote: +1

+2

Re: Sad news from Nottingham

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 April 2015 - 9:35pm
Pete Owens wrote:TrevA wrote:So sad but there is really no need for her to have been on the road at that point. There's a perfectly adequate cycle path on that stretch of road. I'm not normally in favour of segregation but it makes sense on the constantly busy, 4 lane racetrack that is the Nottingham Ring Road.

What a contemptible piece of victim blaming. You can always claim that a crash wouldn't have happened if one of the participants had chosen a different route. You don't know any of the circumstances involved - which way she was travelling - whether she was ridng along the road or crossing it or maybe even using the pathetic excuse of a farcility you think she should have been using (or rather the pavement as there is no cycle path at that particular junction) - whether she was riding or pushing her bike - nothing except she was hit by a motorbike.

+1

Re: Trailer vs Panniers

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 April 2015 - 9:31pm
Tangled Metal wrote:Is that a Burley trailer Mick.

No, it's a Carry Freedom Y Frame trailer.

Re: Trailer vs Panniers

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 April 2015 - 9:15pm
Is that a Burley trailer Mick.

Re: Sad news from Nottingham

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 April 2015 - 9:04pm
We have no details about this accident. We only know that an unfortunate woman has died and that a motorcycle was involved. We don't even know if the victim was riding her bike at the time, or just pushing it across the road. And most of us don't know much, if anything, about the road or nearby cycle facilities. So lets wait until we have better information before we launch into campaign mode.

Re: I rode off-road - fun, finding routes and how do you dre

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 April 2015 - 8:14pm
I enjoy byways, bridleways and towpaths and old railway lines, as long as they're not too muddy, steep or technical. My off-road skills are pretty near zero and I'm almost always on my road bike (not as in racing bike, but it's not a crosser or anything). I find them by chance or sometimes by looking on a map - OS 1:50,000 Landranger for me.

As for clothing, I'll wear whatever I happen to be wearing. These off-road sections are usually only a small part of my whole ride. If I were to go seriously off-roading - as in mtb, possibly even just rsf (but they don't have anything near me) - I probably would wear a helmet.

Re: Sad news from Nottingham

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 April 2015 - 8:02pm
With all the rights and wrongs we have had another death on our roads to some it's just numbers
to others.......RIP condolences to family and friends

Re: no wonder...

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 April 2015 - 7:01pm
Do dogs use a spoon?

Re: Trailer vs Panniers

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 April 2015 - 6:57pm
Tangled Metal wrote:I'm curious to know, is it easier to tow kit in a trailer or on the bike? Imagine same load fixed on the bike in panniers, rack bag, bar bag, etc. Or the same load in a trailer being towed behind. Which is going to tire you out quicker?Two concrete blocks, one in each pannier ............. or two on a trailer?

Not tried them in panniers, but on a trailer it wasn't too bad.Two Blocks.jpg

Re: no wonder...

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 April 2015 - 6:54pm
Making a dog's dinner of his breakfast?

Driving's simple, even dogs can be trained to do it .

Re: no wonder...

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 April 2015 - 6:37pm
reohn2 wrote: ..............I've seen cleverer dogs than some humans behind the wheel
I've sent an email this afternoon to Kier.
http://www.kier.co.uk/
I await a reply.

I was travelling on the A390 between Gunnislake in Cornwall towards Gullworthy (Devon) this morning heading East towards Tavistock.

Wednesday 22nd April 2015.
At 08:56 one of your Kier vans was coming towards me (heading west towards Gunnislake). Transit maybe?
A vehicle or two later, another of your vans was following and this one had a large trailer behind it. The two vans were obviously in convoy.

The second van and trailer was driven by a man, and he rather alarmed me because of what he was doing.
The traffic was doing about 45mph and he was eating at the wheel !

I don't mean eating a sandwich or a pasty one-handed ........... he was balancing a blue bowl on the top of the steering wheel with his left hand, and using a spoon with his right hand into his mouth. He was obviously not in proper control of his van as both hands were involved in eating his breakfast. I was horrified to say the least !

Meanwhile, the passenger - there could have been two passengers - sat there unconcerned and uninvolved.

I would like you to investigate this incident, and I would like you to reply and tell me what you have found. I would suggest that your staff need education regarding public relations - and safety on the roads of course. Maybe he could have pulled over somewhere to eat if he was that desperate? Maybe another staff member could have driven whilst he ate?

Please get back to me on this matter, as I am most concerned about road safety especially now I know that Kier drivers are so lackadaisical in their attitude.

I look forward to hearing from you soonest.
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