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Re: Lance Armstrong on the BBC News

CTC Forum - Racing - 11 February 2015 - 2:07pm
landsurfer

your gracious apology is accepted by me. By coincidence, last night my wife and I were discussing the case of someone we know who is being bullied by her manager who, we think, is trying to get her to leave. Armstrong's bullying was another example of work place bullying. He's a charmer, so he makes all the right noises having been caught, but I see him as he really is now. I don't care how good he was at pushing pedals around (with or without EPO). He was and is a very unpleasant person, not fit to be seen as a hero.

Re: Lance Armstrong on the BBC News

CTC Forum - Racing - 11 February 2015 - 1:56pm
Possibly because ive never been bullied as an adult .....
People have tried but its not in my makeup to let it happen.....
Maybe im just odd ...
Sorry if i have offended anyone.

Re: Lance Armstrong on the BBC News

CTC Forum - Racing - 11 February 2015 - 1:43pm
landsurfer wrote:but fill the gaps with real winners, ASO know who they are, have the balls to say it !!!
As LA said " no world war, so why the gap!"

Because it's just ridiculous to think we can identify the highest placed non-cheating cyclist, and that it has any meaning if we did so.

Let us suppose we get accurate testimony as to all the, say 60% (since use of drugs was probably widespread before the testing got more serious), of riders who cheated in 199x were, which in itself is utterly implausible, because in many cases it is only the rider themselves that knows, but let's suppose we do. The reason it's meaningless is a bit like why they play the point again in tennis, once the linesman's call is found to be wrong. Because once you've taken out all the cheats, the guy who came 37th didn't know he had a real chance of winning and thus didn't try to overtake the guy who came 33rd, because at the time it seemed like it hardly mattered.

Re: Ilfracombe to Exmouth - any route suggestions?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 February 2015 - 12:23pm
NATURAL ANKLING wrote:A361 is a definite NO NO it a fast Dual carriageway and Bloody dangerous I.M.H.O.No it's not, and no it's not.
I'm saying Ilfracombe to Barnstaple, not anywhere else.

Well, it may be dual carriageway just as you enter Barnstaple, but that's all.

Re: Ilfracombe to Exmouth - any route suggestions?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 February 2015 - 12:11pm
Hi,
So its not a day ride
Typed last night but closed the window before posting

Out of Ilfracombe
Quite lane ride to Braunton (part cycle path easy)
Along to Barnstaple
Over new bridge and immediate right turn on bridge onto Tarka Trail...........or not
Tarka trail is rough nearer Meeth but you could leave when you hit the bad stuff and join road.
http://www.devon.gov.uk/tarkatrail
http://www.oceanbackpackers.co.uk/cycli ... devon.html
tarka_map[1].gif
At end short easy ride into Oakhampton (nice town), Get some grub at railway station (uphill)
Then proceed along The Granite Trail (really smooth)
To Lydford Gorge
On to Brentor
If inclined go through Mary Tavy and Peter Tavy (pubs) and on to Godsworthy Farms where old snapping sheep dogs will speed you up
But miss out on Tavistock, you will need a MTB but I have seen roadies here, comes out On Pork Hill not the bottom
Drop down to Tavistock past at least a dozen pubs (main road) fast and all down hill, views of the Tors.
Tavistock is a nice town plenty to eat and drink with area's for slouching .
On and up Pork Hill, (50 MPH down) buy an Ice Cream and fly your kite Past many Tors to Merrivale quarry (spot Vixen Tor the old Witch) and more pubs
Gird Up Your Loins for a final push past Gt Mis Tor on to Princetown, even more pubs Bunk house at Fox Tor Café.
On to Two Bridges (pub) and on up to Powder Mills Farm (cream teas)
On again past more tors to Postbridge and Clapper Bridge, pubs
Then take a breath and up second 50 MPH hill (down) then at top rest at the Warren House Inn, pub
A short way on your right is Grimspound Very large hut circle enclosure.
Back on track and it hold onto you hats into Mortenhampstead. Take another Ice Cream if you care.
At Mortenhampstead rest a while in another drink in another pub
Then on and up to top of six mile hill and small right to Blackingstone Rocks.
Down six mile hill to Dunsford (past many but never been there, must be more pubs)
Climb a short way to top of long down hill and fly into Exeter.
Make your way to the quays and rest again even feed the Swanns. Gently ride the cycle path all the way to Exmouth past Lympstone where a Mecca of outdoor east and drinks awaits.

Good luck.

You could go further from Tavistock through Whitchurch, easier ride and come out south of Princetown at Yelverton and Burrator Reservoir then back to Princetown.
And at Two Bridges continue eat's to Dartmeet hill Widecombe Hill Haytor and drop off to Bovey tracy then use route posted by "Cbreeze"
All the hills have been used by TOB in the past.

A361 is a definite NO NO it a fast Dual carriageway and Bloody dangerous I.M.H.O.

Edited Braunton not saunton

Re: Lance Armstrong on the BBC News

CTC Forum - Racing - 11 February 2015 - 11:37am
landsurfer wrote:You cannot bully an adult .. I believe.


What?! You're not serious? If you are then that worries me on so many levels.

Re: Ilfracombe to Exmouth - any route suggestions?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 February 2015 - 11:25am
As a slight variation to CBreeze's suggestion, Devon C2C (i.e. NCN 27) to Okehampton, and then there's a newly signposted NCN route (279) following the old A30 to Exeter. That comes out at 80 miles, but you won't be able to achieve head-down speeds on the off-road sections of the Devon C2C anyway. Roughly along these lines: http://cycle.travel/map/journey/10511

Re: Ilfracombe to Exmouth - any route suggestions?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 February 2015 - 10:54am
I don't know much about Sustrans routes, but I do know the roads.
If it were me, I'd go via A361 into Barnstaple then follow the A377 to Exeter. I've ridden most of that road on a few occasions and it's easy going and simple. I'd aim for Exeter city centre, and get on the A3015 (Topsham Rd) into Topsham and join the A376 for Exmouth.

You would like to see Dartmoor?
So instead, make your way over to the A386 from the Barnstaple area and go down through Hatherleigh to Okehampton.
The problem you have from Okehampton, it that there are no roads over Dartmoor from there, so maybe keep on the A386 to Tavistock. You could join the Granite Way from Okehampton to Lydford instead of using the road. Fun, but not good IMHO.

Tavistock is the first place on the west of the moor that there's a road across so you have to get there.

Go up Pork Hill (steep) up to Princetown from Tavy on the B3357 and head right over the top through Moretonhampstead and thence to Exeter.

Hope that helps.

Re: Rotterdam > Istanbul - knackered old MTB vs Brand new to

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 February 2015 - 10:49am
Wow thanks guys, I didn't expect this kind of response!

I've considered the options over night; with your responses and speaking with my dad (who just found out about this trip last night) I've decided to go with the Tourer, it seems silly to try and 'hack' an existing bike to do the job. Maybe if the tour was much much smaller it'd be ok, but this is a significant expedition which is still scaring me slightly, I'd prefer to do it on a bike that I was 100% confident with and was designed for this exact reason.

Checking it out tomorrow night and hopefully have it purchased by the weekend or next week.

Again, thanks for your responses and when I start looking into my Rotterdam > Istanbul trip I'll get back to you and keep you updated!

Re: On the way home from shopping

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 February 2015 - 10:08am
Tigerbiten wrote:deliquium wrote:Mick F wrote:That box is brilliant.
It's light and strong and it's lockable too.
I bought it from UK Shelving, but it seems they don't do them any more.

A quick Google brings these up identical to mine.
http://www.3d-cases.co.uk/defender-alum ... -cases.php

My choice for the LARGE Carry Freedom trailer
1 x FAE.003387 @ £233

OUCH
Sounds about right for what I paid for my box.
I've also cut 1/3 out of the middle of the box and pop riveted the two parts back together as I didn't need to full size box.
Plus you can now see my rack mounted read dynamo light over the top of the box.

Where did you get yours Tigerbitten? Any photos?

Found the same box http://www.trifibre.co.uk/aluminium-cas ... boxes.html

For £164.70 inc VAT and free delivery

Re: Lesson learned - again

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 February 2015 - 10:00am
Pedant's corner (sorry!) - on this side of the Atlantic it's "kerb" not "curb". And also "centimetre" not "centimeter" though that's more debatable.

Seems like you answered your own question! Kerb-hopping at an oblique angle almost certainly means an 'off'. And likewise mounting any stepped irregularity in the surface. What sort of bike would "skitter in a tight circle" rather than dumping you, I'm puzzled as to that (trike?) - but it seems you won't be trying that trick again any time soon!

Re: Lesson learned - again

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 February 2015 - 9:36am
Theres usually one queue of traffic on me commute home that the only way to get past is to go along the gutter stones as even though the road is relatively wide the cars seem to hug the edge there. No idea why. Anyway, even with my fat tyres on my commuter the amount of times Ive almost ended up falling on a car roof because the tamarc lip has caught me out transitioning back is not funny.

Re: Cycling into the sun

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 February 2015 - 9:08am
landsurfer wrote:Personally I just go for a ride , the sun position is never an issue.

You've never been driven into. Lucky you.

Doesn't mean the sun position isn't an issue.

Lesson learned - again

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 February 2015 - 9:03am
The curb is stone, so is the gutter. The tarmac comes to the edge of the gutter, but not on to the gutter or up to the curbstone. So there is a little cliff of tarmac, no more than two centimeters deep. Moving across and into the gutter presented no problems but moving back on to the tarmac sent me skittering abruptly in a tight circle, ending up on the centre line facing the way I had come. There was no vehicle passing. If there had been I would have been wiped out as I had,for a moment, no control at all.

Speaking of gutters, our country curbstones are not square, like town curbstones, but sloping. I never catch a pedal on a town curb but seem to do so frequently - a startling experience in itself - on the country curbstones.

Yes, yes, I know. Don't get into the gutter in the first place. But the gutter does draw you in, don't you find? country curbstones.

Re: Cycling into the sun

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 February 2015 - 9:03am
landsurfer wrote:WEAR SUNGLASSES IF IT'S BRIGHT.
Or stay at home and do some maintenance on the bike.
Personally I just go for a ride , the sun position is never an issue.
Are people on here actually complaining about sunny days ?????

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careful! you may run out of ?????? before your quota is up!!!!!!!!!!!????

Re: Rotterdam > Istanbul - knackered old MTB vs Brand new to

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 February 2015 - 8:58am
Having toured with drop bars, straight bars with bar ends and bullhorn bars, I now stick with bullhorn bars. By far the most comfortable on a long day

Re: Touring in Norway

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 February 2015 - 8:04am
Welcome Rallarvegen is the main cycle route across the mountains between Oslo and Bergen. It was the access road built for constructing the Oslo - Bergen rail line. It begins at Haugastøl (near Geilo) and ends at Flåm, although there are several places that you can get off the route for other destinations. Flåm is well worth a visit, IMO. I would suggest a ferry from Flåm, either all the way to Bergen, or to Gudvangen, then cycle along the fjords to Bergen.

On the other hand, it's hard to go wrong, whatever route you choose. The fjords on that side of Norway are incredibly beautiful.

Re: Rotterdam > Istanbul - knackered old MTB vs Brand new to

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 February 2015 - 7:50am
nirakaro wrote:A bike with drop handlebars can feel very different from one with straight bars. I like both, but if I'm riding all day, every day, I tend to choose the bike with the straight bars. You want to be sure that you'll be comfortable with drops before committing yourself.
I am exactly the opposite. I prefer that advantages of more available hand positions, but they do take some getting used to.

Re: Ilfracombe to Exmouth - any route suggestions?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 February 2015 - 1:23am
http://www.opencyclemap.org/?zoom=10&lat=50.82367&lon=-3.50808&layers=B0000

Using above link it could work to follow route 27 down to Okehamton then route 28 to Bovey Tracy then from there across to Dawlish from where you can follow a leisurely (flat) section of Route 2 around the Exe estuary to Exmouth.

Last year I followed the coast around the South West so cycled 28 from where route 3 joins at Sheepwash to Barnstaple which is mostly an old railway - a fair chunk of it unsealed not that that would be an issue on anything other than a maybe racing bike. I can't comment on route 28 as I have never cycled it but it is a pre-planned route that goes in the right direction! I did however ride this unmarked section from Bovey Tracey to Dawlish (going the other way) and succeeded in avoiding major/dodgy roads:http://ridewithgps.com/routes/6971962 If you want to emphasise the training part you can continue from Exmouth to Axmouth along route 2 - some gradients on that section definitely got my heart rate going with a loaded bike but is a nice stretch of coast. I was camping so can offer no advice on accommodation unfortunately.

Re: Superhighway

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 February 2015 - 1:09am
TonyR wrote:What beggars belief is you are asking me to prove things I've said while posting as authoritative stuff you've made up. Why?
It's not made up and I've been quite clear all along about what my claims are based on. You can decry them as whatever you like, but the sources are there for all to see, rather than the lurkers supporting them by email, or simply ignoring the requests to substantiate the claim that Royal College Street "was causing more accidents than before" or various other questions I guess you found too awkward.
By protected space, ideally I mean what you see at http://www.makingspaceforcycling.org/#primary but I admit that I do still use some of the better mixed-use paths alongside roads, despite their drawbacks.
Based on your link it seems we are talking at crossed purposes. What you are calling protected space for cyclists is what I call cycling with controlled motor traffic - controlled not by segregation or separation but by road layout and speed restrictions.
Some of them have green spaces or whatever between carriageway and cycleway but it's still spaces that motor vehicles are discouraged from entering, which I think is key. While imperfect, what's proposed in London is still a huge step forwards from Torrington Place or the current reality of riding around Paddington - as long as it doesn't get compromised into uselessness under pressure from Armitt and others.
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