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Re: Sabotage and hatred: what have people got against cyclis

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 July 2015 - 4:50pm
The title is about racism because that is a big issue in US right now, but the article is in fact about recent studies and their conclusions about how mutable human prejudices are http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-flexibility-of-racial-bias/

Re: National Grid driver +18

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 July 2015 - 3:08pm
Lance Dopestrong wrote:Skillful cyclist? Riding in the gutter, head affixed firmly straight ahead, didn't shoulder check once the whole time...
Doesn't look like riding in the gutter to me. In fact she goes into primary at the bend. Not all of us ride in primary all the time, you know....

And her head may have been fixed firmly ahead, but how do you know whether her eyes were? Not all of us have tunnel vision, you know....

She anticipated the van and slowed down. Just as well.

Re: Route from Dunkirk to WHPV Championships at Maasmechelen

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 July 2015 - 2:46pm
If your objective is just to find quiet, mainly car-free, routes across Belgium and Holland, I'd recommend the following website: http://www.fietsroute.org/Cycling_Planner_Belgium.php
If you tell it your start and finish point, it will produce a list of numbers which you can use to navigate via their 'knooppunten' network. (Google it if you haven't heard of it.) The routes are quiet, and normally on cycle-paths. However, this concept has a few problems - the signage can be hard to spot, people deliberately interfere with the signs, roadworks can force you off your route and using that web-planner, I was told to use ferries which weren't running. I'd therefore recommend you use that website to plot a route, then check that any ferries are running (and plan alternate routes where necessary) and get it all written down. Alternatively, you could do what I did - get a smartphone with good battery life (Sony xperia Z3 compact) and a portable phone charger and download the free OSMand app along with the maps for the regions of Belgium/Holland you'll need. It's free (for 10 map downloads, which is enough for you) and provides excellent routes.

Re: Bus passes

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 July 2015 - 1:53pm
Ben@Forest wrote:.......Let's hope pensioners get taxed more as soon as possible...

...................so they can subsidise your car.

Re: Ortlieb bag colour and cleaning

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 July 2015 - 1:18pm
I think that 2.1 is the more recent version of QL2. All of the current "plus" panniers seem to use it.

It would seem that you get a curved lower rail rather than the elliptical rail they used to have, and that the hooks have changed. The inserts for the upper hooks seem to use a different method of clipping into place, looking at the Ortlieb spares section. I can't see any visible difference in the lower hook, but there are QL2 and QL2.1 versions available.

Gibraltar to Seville

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 July 2015 - 12:29pm
Any tips for a route? There is a shorter route the jimena la frontera and arcos which looks pretty mountainous. Or a flatter but longer route via Jerez but looks quite boring.

Re: Bus passes

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 July 2015 - 11:57am
al_yrpal wrote:I use the bus most of the time to get to the local town. I hardly ever go by bike its just two awful on really busy narrow roads. The bus is totally free and quicker too....

I love this 'totally free' concept. Somebody's paying for it and it is of course those of us who ain't going to retire till we're knocking 70 (and when the eligible age for getting a free pass will probably be 72). Plus the way the revenue payments have been made from the Exchequer to local councils to pay for this is actually having a deleterious effect on services. I'm not keen on posting a link from the Daily Mail but here it is:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... ay-it.html

Let's hope pensioners get taxed more as soon as possible...

Re: Front Racks

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 July 2015 - 11:50am
If you're still looking, I'm currently selling a Tubus Tara at a lot less than I paid for it and lower than anywhere else I have seen on the net.

http://forum.ctc.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=32&t=98094&p=912107#p912107

Re: National Grid driver +18

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 July 2015 - 11:36am
Lance Dopestrong wrote:Skillful cyclist? Riding in the gutter, head affixed firmly straight ahead, didn't shoulder check once the whole time...
just as well he/she didnt shoulder check, would probably have crashed into the van, SHoulder checking much overrated I think.

Re: National Grid driver +18

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 July 2015 - 11:16am
Skillful cyclist? Riding in the gutter, head affixed firmly straight ahead, didn't shoulder check once the whole time...

Re: cycling in Yorkshire dales

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 July 2015 - 10:44am
Many thanks for the info guys, everyone is a mind of information on here

Re: Cycling from Paddington to Hackney this Saturday

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 July 2015 - 10:42am
It's pretty simple to use Regent's Canal, although it's slow and getting to it from Paddington is counter-intuitive... http://cycle.travel/map/journey/11852 is the first bit of the route - just stay on it instead of climbing up at Royal College Street. It all gets a bit annoying around Camden Lock Market: cobbled bridges, dismounts, loads of people to push through. Oh and you get diverted off in Islington when the canal goes in a tunnel.

The alternative I use more often is to go out the front of Paddington, up the old taxi ramp road, then almost straight over into London Street, then a sort of 10/11 o'clock turn by some cycle parking one junction before the end (Strathearn Place, says the map), then straight on as much as you can into Connaught Street, left fork at the Duke of Kendal into Kendal Street and keep straight-on-ish (riding around squares and across staggered crossroads - you get turned right down Spanish Place at one point, but just take the next right into Hinde Street) until there's no street ahead at Wimpole Street, turn left (it's one way) and ride north until you can turn right into Weymouth Street and that puts you on a cycle route signposted towards King's Cross (protected in places, which I quite like but many on here say they don't) and if you keep going straight on to the end (not turning off for King's Cross at Regent Square) and then follow signs (turn right first at the end, I think - apparently this is London Cycle Network Route 0). Turn left at the end of Lever Street to cross City Road and enter Hackney... but whether that's useful depends where in Hackney you're wanting to go

I do have a sat nav app, but I struggle to hear its voice prompts over the traffic noise and I don't really like stopping to check it every few minutes, so I tend to follow the signs unless they look like they're doing something silly. http://cycle.travel/map will give sensible routes that print nicely, but it sometimes struggles with London's unusual cyclescape.

Re: Touring on a Roadrat

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 July 2015 - 10:28am
My 2009 version (using 559 wheels) is certainly more 'lively' with 2 laden 25l panniers, but nothing unmanageable. As I only use it for very local trips (shopping +) I've not investigated further (it might be due to the cheapy rack I fitted, for example), but there is clearly a lot of weight on the rear when laden.

Re: Ten Miles a Day

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 July 2015 - 10:08am
Around 7.5 a day. I'm hoping to pick up the 400 miles in adrift throughout July and August...

Re: Route from Dunkirk to WHPV Championships at Maasmechelen

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 July 2015 - 9:17am
Thanks Roy, that's just the sort of encouraging feedback I was hoping for.

I found this site: http://www.gamber.net/cyclebel/ which has very detailed descriptions of cycling 2000kms of Belgian waterways. It has been updated regularly since 2002 up to December 2014. Very detailed and useful for anyone considering a ride in Belgium. Edited as I initially posted the wrong link above.

Re: cycling in Yorkshire dales

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 July 2015 - 8:57am
Done it many times on a road bike with a standard chainset. Not easy but doable. Hope for a tail wind

Re: Ten Miles a Day

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 July 2015 - 8:44am
Not so good this year.
I've had other things to do than cycling .............. sadly.

1,197miles

That's 6.5miles per day.

Re: Touring on a Roadrat

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 July 2015 - 8:33am
I have tried to contact him via Fb but as yet no reply.
Most of what I can find on internet is about the older rim braked version
Want to know if latest ones any better.

Re: Bus passes

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 July 2015 - 8:04am
I used my own bus pass (picture somewhere on here ) yesterday. The bus was late so I used my latest technology - with apologies to horizon - to text West Yorkshire Metro for a GPS-powered eta: a snip at 12p. But hold on: that's almost a whole half crown, if you see what I mean. Leeds City Council used to have a cheap fares policy and for many years persisted with a starting point of tuppence ie 2d or slightly less than 1p. So it's something like twelve times as much to find out that the bus is late than it used to cost to ride on one.

Capstick comes home, and with a vengeance.

https://www.google.co.uk/#q=capstick+comes+home
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