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Re: Horses: modern ones selected from what stock?

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 July 2015 - 4:55pm
MartinC wrote:Tacascarow wrote:That has little to do with consideration & nearly everything to do with lack of experience.
I've nearly been taken out by caravans, boat trailers, general car trailers, car transporters & horse boxes.
A separate test to tow a trailer over a certain size & weight should be mandatory IMHO.

Yebbut, not bothering to learn how to do it safely is a lack of consideration in itself. Besides some of the conversations I've had indicate that some of them at least don't consider a too close pass as anything that they need to bother about.
I was merely pointing out that horse boxes aren't unique. But you are right not learning how a trailer of any sort behaves is inconsiderate.
In my part of the world caravans & boat trailers are more common than horse boxes & their owners probably don't take them on the road as often as many horse riders.

One advantage horse riders have over cyclists is their sheer presence & the fact many drivers are justly scared to go to close or fast.
More than one driver has been killed because a horse has reared & come down through the windscreen.
I can't remember any incident where a driver has been killed when involved with a cyclist.

Re: car hire v train prices

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 July 2015 - 4:04pm
My JOGLE experience: arrive Thurso. I haven't booked the train,I don't cycle in two days of very wet weather,I shelter(not training for SAS). I think there were 5 other cyclists at the station. Oh dear,me thinks,this could be trouble. First come,first served,I thought the first two cyclists would get on,myself and my wife...? Train arrives,stops. It's not crowded,empty seats. First two cyclists gain access,myself and wife get on...following lady cyclist(from Bungle Bungles?)...'Hold it there,please 'Guard tells her no more room on the train. That's the rules. Wot am I to do? pleads the Aussie. 'Well...' The train leaves without her. It's the last train that day. I think I can still recall her bemused/disconcerted face as the train left the station!!

The guard wasn't rude. Just follwin' those rules...and watching her butt. I never want to blame the more-than-my-jobsworth men and women. They/we are the underclass. Only the Toffs are above it all.

Re: Anyone Use Taptalk?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 July 2015 - 4:04pm
mjr wrote:Forbid this site from running JavaScript and it should cure it for you. There's an earlier discussion of this problem in "about the forum" forum which explains why admin keeps it.
There's a different discussion that suggests another method to disable it: viewtopic.php?p=652897#p652897

Re: Horses: modern ones selected from what stock?

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 July 2015 - 3:46pm
661-Pete wrote:Flinders wrote:I think the risks riders and horses ace are depressingly similar to ours as cyclists, so maybe we need to show solidarity - if bad/thoughtless/agressive drivers could all be persuaded to drive as well as the vast majority, we'd all be better off.
+1

I always try to announce "Bike(s) coming" as I approach a horse. In a firm tone of voice, so that the horse can hear it as well as the rider, but not a shout. Horses react well to human voices, that's one thing they're accustomed to.

That's my preferred option, either when riding or cycling. And thank you for being so considerate!

Re: Horses: modern ones selected from what stock?

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 July 2015 - 3:43pm
Tacascarow wrote:That has little to do with consideration & nearly everything to do with lack of experience.
I've nearly been taken out by caravans, boat trailers, general car trailers, car transporters & horse boxes.
A separate test to tow a trailer over a certain size & weight should be mandatory IMHO.

I agree. My (very old) licence entitles me to drive things that a new driver now quite rightly wouldn't be allowed to without more testing. As I have never driven anything but a car, I'd be unhappy about driving a van or a trailer without finding someone to give me lessons first even if legally I could do so.
It's not so much the weight of the trailer in any case, it's the added length, so I think driving any trailer should require some training. (I know of a rider who was involved in an incident with a trailer - her horse got one of the tarp hooks driven right into a bone. It took some time for it to heal.)

Re: car hire v train prices

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 July 2015 - 3:20pm
Guards vans, remember them? I spent many happy childhood days exploring the Kent countryside, turn up wheel the bike in and sit on the floor( unless grumpy guard threw you out) so easy and alas no chance of them returning.....unless re nationalise the railways....now there an idea.
On my recent jogle I looked at the trains but the cost and lack of certain bike space led me to the same route as mickf. I boxed the Dummy and all my gear and flew taking only my bar bag, easy and cheaper than the train, my bike arrived by courier an hour after I arrived in wick.
I do wish it was like the old days, if was easier there would be some great day rides after an hour on the train.

Re: Free cycle touring kindle books

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 July 2015 - 2:56pm
Forgot to say thanks for the links - I look forward to reading them.

Re: Free cycle touring kindle books

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 July 2015 - 2:53pm
Completely agree with all the comments about how much nicer an e-in screen is for reading. Completely readable in bright sunshine, and much pleasanter with its backlight for reading in dim light - very different to phones and tablets. Also a battery charge can last weeks.

One thing I'm surprised nobody's mentioned is that Kindle isn't the only game in town, and in choosing Kindle you risk locking yourself into the Amazon world. This is particularly true if you regard your books as a part of a library which you may want to revisit in the future. If and when your Kindle dies, if you want to have continued access to the books you've bought, the only easy options are another Kindle or Kindle software on a tablet. This may or may not bother you, but you should be aware of it. And the e-ink screens don't last for ever - we've had 3 e-readers in our house, and with 2 of them (1 kindle, 1 nook) the screens died after 18 months, which apparently is not unusual. The kindle was just junk, the nook had been bought from John Lewis with their 2 year warranty; the model was discontinued, so we got a full refund without quibbles.

The other e-readers I know of are Kobo and Nook. I know little about the Kobo, other than it sees to be linked to WHSmith. The Nook is linked to the American bookstore Barnes & Noble. In principle the same arguments about being locked into a book store apply, it's a question of choosing who you are looked in to. I believe the Nook supports more formats than the Kindle so may be a better choice if you want to import material from different sources.

If you have a techy streak, and don't mind putting a bit of effort in, there is a further potential option. I have a Nook Simple Touch which is essentially a stripped down Android tablet. With relatively little effort and pretty much no risk, it's possible to unlock it so that it can run other Android apps. I've done this to mine, and have found the result fantastic for cycle touring.

The Nook e-book software is unaffected by the process, so it works as an e-reader as it always did. I have the Kindle Android app which works equally well and gives me access to the books we bought when we had a Kindle. When buying new books I look in both the Amazon and Barnes & Noble shops - one can often be cheaper than the other by £5 or more.

On top of that I have various apps that are nice to have:

when WiFi is available, Guardian and BBC news apps grab a download of UK/world news; in the same vein, a weather app;

an app called Pocket keeps an offline archive of web pages - for our last tour, any web page I thought would be useful I put into Pocket from my laptop (1 click in a browser), a single refresh on the Nook to get them all downloaded then they were stored offline on the Nook and available throughout the tour; only works well for pages that are articles rather than 'busy' web pages, but it worked perfectly for wikipedia pages for all the towns we were visiting;

and last but not least, OSMAND with offline Open Street Map maps - data for a whole country can easily be stored before departure on the SD card; it's usable for general navigation but it's a bit of an art reading colour maps on a mono display; where it really excels is with zooming in for street maps of towns; and the search works well, so you can show all the campsites or cash machines, or branches of Lidl or whatever; (no GPS, so you still have to be able to map read).

Everything beyond the basic e-reader is a bit clunky to use - the Nook only has a slow processor and the refresh characteristics of an e-ink screen are strange; but it works and for me the benefits of readability in bright sunlight and long battery life outweigh the disadvantages.

I think the Nook Simple touch is discontinued - not sure if you can do the same with newer Nooks, though I believe you can. I know you can't do this with the Kindle - they can be rooted, but are Linux rather than Android, so it doesn't get you very far.

Re: Horses: modern ones selected from what stock?

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 July 2015 - 1:04pm
Tacascarow wrote:That has little to do with consideration & nearly everything to do with lack of experience.
I've nearly been taken out by caravans, boat trailers, general car trailers, car transporters & horse boxes.
A separate test to tow a trailer over a certain size & weight should be mandatory IMHO.

Yebbut, not bothering to learn how to do it safely is a lack of consideration in itself. Besides some of the conversations I've had indicate that some of them at least don't consider a too close pass as anything that they need to bother about.

Re: Horses: modern ones selected from what stock?

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 July 2015 - 1:03pm
Tacascarow wrote:MartinC wrote:Flinders wrote:...........................I think the risks riders and horses ace are depressingly similar to ours as cyclists, so maybe we need to show solidarity......................................

Well, yes, but I've always been puzzled that my experience is that people towing horse boxes seem to show little consideration for cyclists when overtaking. Horse boxes are normally wider than the towing vehicle and the wheels wider than the box but the drivers seem reluctant to allow for this. That has little to do with consideration & nearly everything to do with lack of experience.
I've nearly been taken out by caravans, boat trailers, general car trailers, car transporters & horse boxes.
A separate test to tow a trailer over a certain size & weight should be mandatory IMHO.

I understood that drivers passing their tests now are not entitled to tow a trailer. Isn't a separate qualification already required?

VSF Fahrradmanufaktur

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 July 2015 - 1:02pm
I was just looking through eBay for Rohloff hubs and came across this...

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/VSF-Fahrradma ... 58c6b7cc1d

Has anyone had any experience with this brand? It seems too good to be true, a steel tourer with a £800 Rohloff and a SON 28 for £1500???

Re: Proper use of an A Gate

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 July 2015 - 12:37pm
Bigdummysteve wrote:I've just had the 'pleasure' of cycling the length of the country a lot of it on towpaths and cycle trails these things also effectively inhibit loaded touring bikes. On several occasions I had to abandon my chosen route and to take to the road, some routes had these things every 100 yards. Even worse are the kissing gates were even worse, riding a loaded surly big dummy ( it's a long tail cargo bike) meant I had to reverse the bike in backwards, stand it vertical and squeeze it through.
I realise my bike is a little unusual but what about people with child seats? The particularly galling thing was many of the blighted routes were marked cycle routes yet for me cycling was made very difficult.
I believe some places are removing them due to disabled access problems.
While a realise the need for these things to keep motorbikes off the trails there must be a better solution.

I'm coming to the conclusion that these barriers are like Japanese soldiers on Iwo Jima and will be rooted out one by one for a century, and that barriers that the authorities have long forgotten about will be discovered blocking cyclepaths in 2475, and our descendants will view them as we view ducking stools, thumbscrews and Spanish donkeys.

The only way they will get taken out is if someone takes the time to request the removal of each one or upgrading in line with current standards. That needs the location to be identified and a complaint to the appropriate authority made. A photograph and dimensions will help. If you happened, for example, to be planning to return that way in 2 years with your disabled friend on a trike, it may get a better response. The legal duties of eg County Councils are in place, as are the Statutory Requirements to improve PROWs, but if noone takes it on nothing will happen. A complaint to the CC may well be referred in teh right direction if it belongs to someone else.

The bit about the being needed to keep motorbikes out seems to me to be a big fat myth cum red herring. Most 'off-road' bikes are about the same width as a mountain bike.

Ferdinand

Re: Horses: modern ones selected from what stock?

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 July 2015 - 12:28pm
MartinC wrote:Flinders wrote:...........................I think the risks riders and horses ace are depressingly similar to ours as cyclists, so maybe we need to show solidarity......................................

Well, yes, but I've always been puzzled that my experience is that people towing horse boxes seem to show little consideration for cyclists when overtaking. Horse boxes are normally wider than the towing vehicle and the wheels wider than the box but the drivers seem reluctant to allow for this. That has little to do with consideration & nearly everything to do with lack of experience.
I've nearly been taken out by caravans, boat trailers, general car trailers, car transporters & horse boxes.
A separate test to tow a trailer over a certain size & weight should be mandatory IMHO.

Re: Anyone Use Taptalk?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 July 2015 - 12:00pm
Cunobelin wrote:Has rendered this site unusable

I did not get on at all

However I have anything between 20 - 30 invites to use Tapatalk per post

Yes I hate it with passion, I too have given up on some forums due to repeated bugging.

Re: Horses: modern ones selected from what stock?

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 July 2015 - 11:53am
Flinders wrote:... Some drivers don't want them on the road and behave badly around them.....
That is very unfortunate and unpleasant.

Re: Suggestions please: 10 day tour, end of September

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 July 2015 - 11:49am
I suggest Puglia in southern Italy. We toured there in April, flying in and out of Bari. Did a circular route and found it to be very interesting. It is cheap and the people are unbelievably friendly, food isn't bad either!

Re: Proper use of an A Gate

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 July 2015 - 11:08am
I've just had the 'pleasure' of cycling the length of the country a lot of it on towpaths and cycle trails these things also effectively inhibit loaded touring bikes. On several occasions I had to abandon my chosen route and to take to the road, some routes had these things every 100 yards. Even worse are the kissing gates were even worse, riding a loaded surly big dummy ( it's a long tail cargo bike) meant I had to reverse the bike in backwards, stand it vertical and squeeze it through.
I realise my bike is a little unusual but what about people with child seats? The particularly galling thing was many of the blighted routes were marked cycle routes yet for me cycling was made very difficult.
I believe some places are removing them due to disabled access problems.
While a realise the need for these things to keep motorbikes off the trails there must be a better solution.

Re: Horses: modern ones selected from what stock?

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 July 2015 - 10:21am
Flinders wrote:...........................I think the risks riders and horses ace are depressingly similar to ours as cyclists, so maybe we need to show solidarity......................................

Well, yes, but I've always been puzzled that my experience is that people towing horse boxes seem to show little consideration for cyclists when overtaking. Horse boxes are normally wider than the towing vehicle and the wheels wider than the box but the drivers seem reluctant to allow for this.

Re: Suggestions please: 10 day tour, end of September

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 July 2015 - 10:05am
Andalucia is nice then: how about a leisurely Granada-Cordoba-Seville?

Re: Free cycle touring kindle books

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 July 2015 - 9:57am
Smith873 wrote:Tom,

Thank you for clarifying that you are offering only the promos versions for free and not the full editions.

They aren't the full versions (have to make a living!) but the free versions are still a good length. The round the world one is a cycle ride across Europe from UK to Istanbul. In the first post it does say Part 1 of both books are available but sorry if you thought it was misleading, wasn't supposed to be.
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