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Re: Accident waiting to happen.

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 December 2014 - 10:58am
MrD wrote:The idea of combined Zebra crossings and cycle paths was done away with years ago.
What makes you think that?

MrD wrote:Bristol has implemented a new separate cycle path, which incorporates this travesty.

URL for google Earth of old junction.
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.4532794,-2.5933302,130m/data=!3m1!1e3
Streetview. As I don't know the levels of motor/cycle/pedestrian traffic through the junction I can't rate it. I also don't know Bristol. It certainly looks better for pedestrians.

Re: Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 December 2014 - 10:50am
mrjemm wrote:Just had a silly thought...

As I usually take small panniers for my junk and some shopping (usually one actually, shame on me...), perhaps I should experiment with the super hip way of doing things (hahahahahahaha) , a lá AWOL, and just put my load on the front for a while to test my new rack set up.

But then again maybe not.

1) I may trash another set of Ortliebs.
2) I may have a beard and a super cycle, but ain't no hipster.
3) I'd only want to use 1 pannier, and is probably even worse on front than back.
4) Don't want my Vaya mistaken for an AWOL.

1)nooo don't want to do that too costly
2)Having met you,you could pass for one with a bit of wax on the mousetache maybe.Though i'm not sure if that's a complement or not
3)No,one pannier on the front is decidedly unZen or uncool and unHipsterish.
4)Oh Noooooo,that's not allowed,you could never again lift your head among the Vaya community again,we have our standards to uphold and AWOLalike isn't included therein!

Re: Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 December 2014 - 10:40am
Yep,I'm familiar with your detachment issues(or should that be casting off,you being a mariner an all )
Would the rearward facing hooks have helped any,or could it have been just unsuitable pannier fitting or user error?

Re: Feeling guilty whilst not cycling & car use thru illness

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 December 2014 - 10:39am
I had the same experience with sciatica. Intense pain whilst standing and walking, no pain whilst sitting or cycling. As Vorpal, my GP was useless and suggested after looking at me lying down on the couch that one leg was longer than the other and recommended an orthotic in my left shoe. The GP had one made specially for me which just transferred the sciatica from my pelvis and leg to my pelvis, leg and back.

The sciatica only went away with treatment from a wonderful physio. After getting me to lie down on her treatment couch she noted that one leg seemed longer than the other. However, she then noted after rotating my pelvis that the pelvis was out of alignment. After some gentle manipulation and rotation she put my pelvis back in alignment and gave me some exercises to do at home every day to strengthen the muscles which support the movement in the pelvis. After 3 days the sciatica was much reduced and after 2 weeks all pain had gone. I had a follow up session with the physio to make sure all was well. End of problem after 2 sessions which cost me £70. I would cheerfully have paid many times that to be pain free, such was its intensity and debilitating effect on my life.

Re: Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 December 2014 - 10:37am
Just had a silly thought...

As I usually take small panniers for my junk and some shopping (usually one actually, shame on me...), perhaps I should experiment with the super hip way of doing things (hahahahahahaha) , a lá AWOL, and just put my load on the front for a while to test my new rack set up.

But then again maybe not.

1) I may trash another set of Ortliebs.
2) I may have a beard and a super cycle, but ain't no hipster.
3) I'd only want to use 1 pannier, and is probably even worse on front than back.
4) Don't want my Vaya mistaken for an AWOL.

Re: Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 December 2014 - 10:27am
I think you'd have to be very unlucky to catch the rack so badly, but I've struggled to get on with it anyway. I think you may've read about my issues on our US trip with the bags coming off it several times, resulting in them being trashed and me abandoning them in a hotel room in St Augustin, FL. It could've been down to the (my mistaken it seems...) poor set up of the Tara. I found the loop wasn't enough for the lower clip to hold, and along with the flexing of the top hooks, led to the bottmom ones flicking off and letting the bags flap out and then cath in the wheel... and get pierced by that loop end...

So, actually could easily have face planted after all. And at the time was riding a cycle path which was no more than a very poorly laid pavement, sorry sidewalk, next to a busy freeway: at this point on the edge of Orlando at the start of our trip. Double grrr.

Discussed at length, and maybe tied with this, showing my rubbishness at getting things set up well... viewtopic.php?f=1&t=87388

Re: Contador...

CTC Forum - Racing - 20 December 2014 - 10:04am
My point was that 'saw the road was clear' and 'hit something on the road' are clearly contradictory... Mostly because 45mph is fast, so the human eye can't see all three hazards on that long a strip of tarmac.

Of course he'll make similar manoeuvres again, he is an excellent bike handler but none can analyse that much road when it is covered by other cyclists...

Re: Another death

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 December 2014 - 9:58am
661-Pete wrote:Well, if that's the case, the box clearly didn't work since this offender was reported to be 16 mph over the limit.
I note that there are also comments on the case in this thread.
Actually they do.
The data is sent back to her insurers and they'll bump the premium up and in extreme cases even cancel the insurance. Think of it as an "electronic policeman" that continually monitors even things like hard acceleration/braking and cornering and issues fines automagically.
Obviously there's little they can do at the point in time the offence is being carried out but all the evidence is that long term they're excellent at modifying driver behaviour.

Accident waiting to happen.

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 December 2014 - 1:13am

http://postimg.org/image/tm1a65edl/

The idea of combined Zebra crossings and cycle paths was done away with years ago. Bristol has implemented a new separate cycle path, which incorporates this travesty.

URL for google Earth of old junction.
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.4532794,-2.5933302,130m/data=!3m1!1e3

Re: Cycling to Axbridge from Bristol

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 December 2014 - 12:30am
The Chocolate Path is an unofficial name and came from a Strava segment IIRC.

Re: Another death

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 December 2014 - 11:55pm
These words need to be drilled into the head of every a** h*** given a driving licence...

A short time later I had to wake up my 12, nine and five-year-old to tell them that their daddy was dead.
The sounds that they made can only be described as horrifying.


Re: LLC and Wales Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 December 2014 - 11:29pm
If you fly into Manchester then the train from Manchester airport to Chester is about 1.5 hrs. About £20 one way.
If you have a spare day, you could always cycle from the airport to Chester via the trans Pennine trail.

Re: Another death

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 December 2014 - 11:28pm
Well, if that's the case, the box clearly didn't work since this offender was reported to be 16 mph over the limit.
I note that there are also comments on the case in this thread.

Re: Another death

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 December 2014 - 11:02pm
661-Pete wrote:Incidentally, I don't understand the reference to the "black box device fitted by Mackie's insurance firm" in the article. Can anyone elucidate?

A telematics device.

Re: Another death

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 December 2014 - 11:00pm
661-Pete wrote:Incidentally, I don't understand the reference to the "black box device fitted by Mackie's insurance firm" in the article. Can anyone elucidate?
It's pretty much what it says. A black box that monitors driving and reports back to her insurers. It would have reported being over the speed limit, it will also report how aggressively the car is being driven and obviously in cases like this it's pretty handy as a 3rd party witness...

They're one of the reasons a lot of teenagers these days drive slowly.
(I'm of the opinion all cars should have them fitted.)

Re: Feeling a bit lonely......

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 December 2014 - 10:58pm
Vantage wrote: I find myself saying a little prayer to the PF that they hit a series of really really big thorn filled pot holes to claim both wheels. I get a little joy from that vision
Especially if they're on tubs! Q: do roadies still use tubs on club rides?

Re: Another death

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 December 2014 - 10:50pm
Well, the follow-up:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-30553947
I suppose the question has to be asked: is five years an adequate sentence? And what's with the five-year driving ban? If it runs concurrent with the sentence, it amounts to no ban at all (although she'll probably get out half way through on parole).

My feeling is, there has to be a serious re-think about teenage and low-twenties driving. Only a couple of days ago, two teenage boys were killed in a crash at Handcross, not far from where I live, in a car driven by a 20-year old (no cyclists were involved in that one). If we can't raise the driving age, at least make it far more difficult for these youngsters to get behind the wheel where they can cause such havoc and heartbreak.

Incidentally, I don't understand the reference to the "black box device fitted by Mackie's insurance firm" in the article. Can anyone elucidate?

Re: Cycling to Axbridge from Bristol

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 December 2014 - 9:10pm
I think it's Chocolate Path (great name, but sadly it's because the surface is small slippery black tiles that look like a bar of chocolate) and Festival Way.

The names around here like Sandringham Railway Path and Swaffham Belt Path are far too literal. Even the Cock Up Bridge is...

Re: Jens gets Hour record

CTC Forum - Racing - 19 December 2014 - 8:50pm
Alex Dowsetts hour record attempt bike

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Re: Cycling to Axbridge from Bristol

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 December 2014 - 8:45pm
Strawberry line and chocolate way sound very exotic. Love the names!
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