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Re: Touring Cyclist .... a new resource

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 February 2016 - 7:37pm
Is there a likelihood or possibility of it becoming a CTC affiliated club?

Re: Why are cycle paths so bumpy? And narrow?

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2016 - 7:36pm
cause they are cheaply made, not up to the standard of the main road. Last summer the powers were surfacing a bit of the NCR 1 I think it is, from Dartford to Graves end. Only a small section; and they had a mini roller yet still after all the work it wasnt flat, ripples every so many yards, yes very low level but still bad enough to irritate on your bike. Dont know what they were doing wrong as there were enough workers there ( doing nothing )

Re: Touring Cyclist .... a new resource

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 February 2016 - 7:28pm
So what's the back story here?

Re: Why are cycle paths so bumpy? And narrow?

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2016 - 7:24pm
Coz anyone who hasn't, doesn't or wont ride a bike and hasn't figured out what a joy they are hate cyclists, bikes and everything to do with it. Which pretty much means all the eejits running this country and the rest of the UK/world.
We are the wise few. We're special

Why are cycle paths so bumpy? And narrow?

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2016 - 7:13pm
Why are cycle tracks so bumpy?

Compared to our Birmingham roads (potholes excepted) the cyclepaths are very bumpy - do the local authorities simply lay them as if they were footpaths? (Quite apart, that is, from the tree roots etc!)

Why so narrow?- anyone who uses the cycleways around the QE hospital in Birmingham will know what I mean, not very wide and supposedly 2-way! And bounded by some nice wide white lines that don't seem to be non-slip - exactly the sort of thing I used to avoid in wet weather on 2 wheels (with or without an engine)

And why do they end - well, nowhere? e.g. you have a cycle lane laid along a footway (shared space) - and suddenly you get a sign saying "End of Cycle Path" - with nowhere to go, not even a ramp onto the roadway! Are you simply viewed as a pedestrian who rides a bike along some of your journey?

NB I've looked at some of these with a "Drivers viewpoint" as well as a cyclists viewpoint - and come to the same conclusion, around here they are mostly useless if well-meaning!

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2016 - 6:53pm
Fascinating,telling,and horrifying+++

And this is how the courts and justice system works. Cyclists looks and speaks and educated chap. Sorry,you're too civilised. You accepted what was being put before you without voice++ I don't blame you,I expect I would have done the same,shell-shocked. What you really should have done was speak up and out,a George Galloway type of speech. You deferred to a ineffectual and pathetic excuse of justice,by not speaking up then and there,protesting!,you agreed to the set-up to continue. Again,I can't find it in myself to blame you,but on reflection you will see YOU have failed yourself. on the plus side,you have put your story on this thing(You Tube).

Look on the bright side: everyone gets a cut out of the process: magistrate,prosecutor,police, all get job,£££,kudos,status. You get shafted: well,that's the down side.

I see some judge/adjudicator is now taking legal action against the judicial system for damages,failed clientele taking action against judiciary for wrong-doing,ineptitude. Think she's asking for compo. Guess there might be a little more input into justice for her than that it has gone into injured cyclist. Or better not

Give thanks you didn't end up in the wheelchair of coffin. Its why the Italians go to the Ndraghetta to sort stuff out. Sad but salient

Touring Cyclist .... a new resource

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 February 2016 - 5:31pm
A new resource for Touring Cyclists - a new website is being launched today. Early days in the thinking process but the plan is to create an online community for like-minded cycle tourists - not another Facebook but a website full of resources for a wide variety of touring and technical matters.

Have a look at http://www.touringcyclistclub.org.uk - the new Touring Cyclist Club website and help shape the direction it takes and, if you want, offer your assistance to run it. On the site you will be able to add your thoughts on the site's direction through the discussion Forum and I'm interested form links.

Together we can build a new resource and, if people want it, even a new Touring Cyclist Club.

Rob

Re: The French are just as stupid?

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2016 - 5:24pm
mercalia wrote:The French are just as stupid?

The French are just as stupid?

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2016 - 5:08pm
Bordeaux floods after heavy rain in south west.

The French are just as stupid?

http://www.thelocal.fr/20160212/in-images-bordeaux-under-water-as-river-breaks-bank

WEATHER LATEST: Much of western France on alert for high winds and coastal flooding on Friday.

Islabikes Beinn 24

CTC Forums - Bikes For Sale - 12 February 2016 - 4:28pm
Islabikes Beinn 24. Bright metallic purple. 8 spd Sram twist grip. To suit inside leg approx 57-68cm. Kenda "hybrid" tyres. Usual minor scuffs and scratches. Generally good condition. £215 incl delivery/insurance. Or negotiable for collection Ringwood, Hants area. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/8dh7kb471zji ... tvHEa?dl=0
Categories: Go Cycling

Re: Best camera for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 February 2016 - 3:26pm
robing wrote:Smartphone.

The limitation is the lens, you cannot get the sharpness and light gathering through a phone camera. Nor any controllable depth of field, focus point, etc etc etc. The image is usually heavily processed by the phone CPU to tidy it up. Phones are great for landscapes in sunlight, however in difficult lighting they really suffer. Likewise the lenses don't have the magnification or indeed wide angles. It's amazing what you get for the money, but an entire camera the size of a coat button is not going to perform as well as something purpose-built.

Most compact cameras cannot resolve much above 5-6Mp due to lens limitations, phones are worse.

Re: Navigation - Garmin

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 February 2016 - 3:20pm
Yes, my tired old eyes had problems with my 705 ........... similar size to the 800 series.
Now, I have a Montana, and even MY tired old eyes can see it.

Huge screen, and as bright as you want. 100% brilliance and it'll go for five or six hours. It's so bright at 100%, it hurts.
Come down to 70%, and it'll go for 12hrs, a little dimmer and it'll go for 18hrs easily.

Re: Too many vehicles!!!

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2016 - 2:49pm
TonyR wrote:Perhaps closing the lanes will encourage Yodel & Tesco to switch to drone delivery. Of course we'd then all have to wear helmets cycling against the drones falling out the sky or bags of Tesco potatoes rupturing at 5,000ft
Yet again, sports innovations coming to utility cycling, eh?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPd7H0912Us

Re: Lonley Planet or Bradt?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 February 2016 - 2:20pm
Lonely Planet are not what they used to be under the original owners, they have definitely gone upmarket to some degree and the layout is not as useful, but for many places they are still the best traditional guidebooks.
I don't know about the Sri Lanka edition though.

Re: Too many vehicles!!!

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2016 - 2:19pm
Perhaps closing the lanes will encourage Yodel & Tesco to switch to drone delivery. Of course we'd then all have to wear helmets cycling against the drones falling out the sky or bags of Tesco potatoes rupturing at 5,000ft

Re: Too many vehicles!!!

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2016 - 1:40pm
On the lanes of Wilts, Glos and Somerset I see more cars (and agricultural vehicles) than delivery vans. One thing's for sure though, the number of delivery vehicles is only going to rise with the growth in internet shopping and particularly supermarket deliveries. I don't know whether the cars I see are mostly locals or long-distance traffic avoiding main road congestion spots. I expect they're mostly locals using the lanes they know as short cuts, and that is the problem. For instance, on this map you can see a lane paralleling the B4040 heading southwest from Malmesbury:
http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?X=38 ... &ay=185953

That's the kind of lane where traffic heading for, say, Alderton from Malmesbury, should be taking the B road rather than the lanes.

Re: Sold secure gold D lock

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 February 2016 - 1:35pm
TonyR wrote:bainbridge wrote:1.38kg is an increase on my 900 gram kryptonite evolution d lock but at least this one can't be opened with a bic pen!

Did you miss out on their recall programme? They replaced my bic-pen special years ago with a brand new key operated lock free of charge.

Yes I missed out and was quite startled to learn that my £45 lock was rubbish, not to mention disappointed that kryptonite didn't inform me even though I'd registered the lock with them.

I raised a query via their website asking if they could do something for me but they replied saying the replacement scheme had ended and they'll rekey it for 20 bucks if it is mailed to the USA.

This new squire one looks ok, it's has a good review here:


http://www.cyclist.co.uk/reviews/690/ch ... -bike-lock

Re: Too many vehicles!!!

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2016 - 1:30pm
pwa wrote:The Tesco driver travelling between small villages will quite reasonably want to use a route that is efficient. When you are doing door to door deliveries in rural communities you are not using lanes as rat runs. The lanes are your network.

I'm sure their routing software will learn to cope. It may take a bit longer but so what? Most of our problems with lanes is drivers in too much of a rush.

Re: Sold secure gold D lock

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 February 2016 - 1:26pm
Sweep wrote:Says 21.98 now

£5 discount if you sign up for the newsletter and free delivery so £16.98

Re: Too many vehicles!!!

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2016 - 12:49pm
reohn2 wrote:I don't think anyone is thinking of blocking necessary rural lanes where tens of miles are needed to circumnavigate them.
Network Rail has few qualms about blocking rural lanes and requiring five mile diversions by closing level crossings... but heaven help that we should gate roads to help residents, cyclists and walkers rather than rail passengers thundering through!

Delivery firms use smart software that adapts routes to deal with closures. They would cope.
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