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Re: Blaze light - genius or damp squib?

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 January 2015 - 6:42pm
stewartpratt wrote:bogmyrtle wrote:I just don't get it. It doesn't light up the road to help you actually see and it doesn't do anything to help prevent close passes from behind

Of course, but that assumes those are the only two things you'd ever want something to do

It certainly alerts pedestrians to your presence when on shared paths, or perhaps when they're about to step off the pavement without looking over their shoulder. For this reason I can see it being of some use to some people.

As for drivers… it's rather less of a sure thing. The two potential scenarios are: when you're both approaching a junction from perpendicular directions, and when someone's about to left-hook you by looking to where they're turning rather than in their mirror or over their shoulder. I'm heavily sceptical in the first scenario and frankly still pretty sceptical in the second. But if you have the cash and you don't mind staring at a green bicycle symbol while you ride, then—well, it's hard to criticise people for wanting to clutch at straws, really. I didn't feel it did anything for me. But who knows: if it does prevent that one left-hook, maybe it's worth the money.

If you were at a junction preparing to turn left the bike symbol would be projected straight over the road until the handlebars are actually turned to the left. This could be problematic for drivers. Projecting lights either front or rear just don't make sense on turns.

Re: New rail franchises for Scotland

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 January 2015 - 6:29pm
It will be interesting to see if Serco continue to carry the fresh fish products every night from Inverness hence restricting the bike capacity to 2 bikes.

Re: Schwalbe Now Do A 29 Inch Plus Tyre!!!

CTC Forum - MTB - 27 January 2015 - 6:27pm
I'm surprised no-one has beaten me to pointing out that 29 inch is the US name for 28×1⅝" aka 700c or 622mm, so surely Schwalbe already did a LOT of them? Is it that they've started doing MTB patterns or widths?

USA Tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 January 2015 - 6:25pm
I am planning a 3 month ride from San Diego to Seattle . My overall plan is to take a route through the best sights , sequoias , Grand Canyon , Crater Lake . . . I will be wild camping most of the time . Any suggestions on the best times to visit , maps , useful sources of info . ,wild life( I'm paranoid about bears), cycling through deserts and any other advice would be most welcome.

Nigel

Re: Are mtb tyres changing?

CTC Forum - MTB - 27 January 2015 - 5:27pm
However the Smoke is brilliant in snow and sand, unlike almost any other tyre except the fabled and long-gone WTB Velociraptor.

Did you ever try the old panracer Spike? The one with the health warning on it telling you that the tread was so extreme that you were sure to die if you used it on the road

Very good in sand, mud or snow. It was usable on the road but progress was not fast to say the least, and laying the bike down in tight bends was to be avoided!

Re: Tour de Isle of Wight - 1-4 May 2015

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 January 2015 - 5:11pm
Heltor Chasca wrote:Picked up my OS map today. Looking forward to it. Anyone know what the weather's doing on that weekend? [emoji274]

Don't you know that this is the south. It's always sunny and warm.

Re: Marrakech to the High Atlas - December (parts 1 -4)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 January 2015 - 5:02pm
Episode 4 Highs and lows on the road to Aoulouz
There's a lot of time to think when you're on the bike. There are highs, lows and wash day blues

http://www.farawayvisions.com/cycling-to-aoulouz-morocco/

New rail franchises for Scotland

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 January 2015 - 4:48pm
The Caledonian Sleeper has been taken over by Serco from 1st April 2015. Instead of the usual 3-month booking horizon for rail reservations, they have opened up for 12 months ahead. So if you have a date in your diary to make reservations three months ahead of travel, get in now.

They do not seem to have any of the Bargain Berths of the old service, however they do now give railcard discounts on sleeper fares - I just booked Inverness to London for £54pp. Despite what they say on the website, there is no provision for reserving a bicycle place in the booking system, so I had to phone them.

The main Scotrail franchise is changing to Abellio at the same time, but they have not yet opened up advance bookings and bicycle reservations.

Schwalbe Now Do A 29 Inch Plus Tyre!!!

CTC Forum - MTB - 27 January 2015 - 4:43pm
billys.co.uk now do the 29 inch Schwalbe Smart Sam Plus tyre and it's a knobbly!!!

Re: What's wrong with the Schwalbe Marathon Plus MTB?

CTC Forum - MTB - 27 January 2015 - 4:38pm
billys.co.uk do the 29 inch Schwalbe Smart Sam Plus tyre in 29 inch which does the same job as the Marathon Plus MTB.

Re: Are mtb tyres changing?

CTC Forum - MTB - 27 January 2015 - 4:23pm
Have you had a look at Bronx tyres as they do Old School Knobblies for 559 rims? These can be got from amazon.co.uk or woollyhatshop.com For myself are ditching knobblies for Trekking Slicks which are surprisingly good on muddy untarred tracks.

Re: How cycle friendly are Dutch trains?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 January 2015 - 3:05pm
Hi
Yes there is a charge, I think about 6 Euro. So many people cycle that they discourage cycles on trains. The sprinter trains have cycle places but the NS Intercity might only have a couple of places at each end. Overall passengers and staff are pretty cycle friendly. I've seen bikes piled up at the end of the Intercity trains and no-one batted an eyelid.

There are also restrictions for rush hour trains, esp Rotterdam and Amsterdam.

Lastly, last year there is a new system of composting your ticket at the start and finish of your journey and if you switch train companies you stamp your ticket on the platform at each change of trains.

I'm sure a bit of web-research will give more info.

Enjoy it, it is worth the effort

John

North sea Route Holland/Germany

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 January 2015 - 2:43pm
Is there a better direction to travel in terms of prevailing winds? I'm planning on South to North but would happily switch if its easier heading south!

How cycle friendly are Dutch trains?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 January 2015 - 2:41pm
How cycle friendly are Dutch trains? I ask as its looking increasingly likely that i'll need to use them this summer to get back to Rotterdam (returning from Denmark).

German and Danish railways i've used but Dutch only without a bike. Are there bike areas/carriages? is there a charge? Do you need to book in advance?

Re: Name the landmark

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 January 2015 - 2:18pm
661-Pete wrote:A bit too easy, methinks, seeing as the name of the landmark is visible in the photo. Suggest you get down to a bit of blurring!



Look, I put a cone in front of it...what more do you want?

The real question was where is it and why is it there?

Re: New Forest Tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 January 2015 - 2:12pm
andrewjoseph wrote:We were disappointed to find some new forest camp sites had no showers.

That's the problem with the FC ones, the planning is so tight that it is tough to erect permanent buildings in the forest proper. Commercial campsites are clustered just at the edge outside the national park boundary.

Re: Loampit Vale Roundabout, Lewisham

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 January 2015 - 2:07pm
This reminds me somewhat of the Vogue Gyratory in Brighton, which has been discussed several times on this forum. However that has been in place for several years and has some cycle 'infarcestructure' in place - albeit heavily flawed.

Just to clarify: I'm assuming that this junction has just started operating in its new layout. I'm not familiar with the area, but Google Maps (without the overlay) and Streetview show an older layout featuring a much smaller roundabout. It would be helpful to know how the priorities have been assigned, also the lane markings and whether there are any traffic lights there.

Without any cycling provision or infarcestructure at all, it indeed looks like a disaster area. But would a few splashes of paint from the box-tickers make it any better?

Re: Tour de Isle of Wight - 1-4 May 2015

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 January 2015 - 1:23pm
Heltor Chasca wrote:gplhl wrote:Heltor Chasca wrote:Play safe and book or throw caution to the wind and wing it? I imagine this little place isn't going to let wild campers get away with it [emoji102]

There's ALWAYS somewhere to wild camp

Gary
http://www.longbikeride.co.uk

You're right. Trickiest place I've found is in South West France. 1. The sand causes mayhem in any zipper. I had a sleeping bag that took about 10 years to empty itself of sand. 2. The Gendarme have no tolerance of wild campers. Car parks, beaches, forests, anywhere! Challenging adversaries. Part of the romance and skill I guess...hc

Moroccos and Kenya worst I've found for finding spots. People everywhere. Still not impossible though..

Finding a good place gets easier the more you do it.

Morocco, I was told by a Moroccan "are like Mosquitos, they are everywhere and you can't get away from them".



Gary
www.longbikeride.co.uk

Re: Loampit Vale Roundabout, Lewisham

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 January 2015 - 1:01pm
It's part of the ongoing 'get off our roads' infrastructure from councils across the country, they really don't give a flying one so long as they can increase motorvehicle throughput

Re: Lnace is trying to get the ban lifted

CTC Forum - Racing - 27 January 2015 - 12:53pm
The most dishonest line isn't in that piece but is quoted here: "We all would have loved to have competed man on man, bread, water, naturally clean, whatever you want to call it."

No, Lance, some riders tried to compete clean and you helped destroy their career.
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