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Re: Name the landmark

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 January 2015 - 9:50am
661-Pete wrote:Landmark #2 rings a bell somewhere. Windsor Great Park? (at first I thought Sherwood Forest, but no, not Robin-Hoodery enough....)

And I think Landmark #3 is the Xmas tree in Trafalgar Square, the annual gift from the Norwegians to apologise for getting to the South Pole first (or was it some other reason?)

#3 is correct - the xmas tree given each year as a thankyou to the UK giving refuge to the Norwegian royal family during the WW2 I think

#2 nearly right. not strictly Windsor Great Park but Virginia Water? Which has a nice ride around the lake.

Re: What I forgot to put in my saddlebag

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 January 2015 - 9:39am
I left my rack pack once at Clapham Common. I forgot about it until I got home. I also had accumulated years worth of bits that were handy to have with me. Some were easy to replace; others less so. When I realised I had left it, I called the police, who (happily) said someone had turned it in. I went back the next day to collect it. They asked me to describe it, and the contents, before handing it over.

Re: What I forgot to put in my saddlebag

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 January 2015 - 9:20am
freeflow wrote:..........................chain quickling..........................

I love this typo, I want one.

Re: What I forgot to put in my saddlebag

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 January 2015 - 9:12am
House keys and money always go in my back pocket. Stop was ate was quite rural. Probably at least 10 miles from nearest police station. The turn I stopped at is a favoured route for cyclists so it's very likely just found a new home

Re: What I forgot to put in my saddlebag

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 January 2015 - 8:51am
Of course there is nothing to suggest that whoever picked it up would be honest enough to return it..... but it is always worthwhile trying, but as suggested just do not leave your house keys in it......
If they were honest then a local police station might be worth a try...

Re: Name the landmark

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 January 2015 - 1:45am
Si wrote:That looks to me like the obelisk on the Holkham Hall Estate in Norfolk.

Yep, that's what I thought. But then I wondered if the drive looks too steep. Although, come to think about it we did get upto 30mph pretty easily on the tandem.
That's it.

Not sure fog counts as a landmark and I don't know the remaining three of the four...

Re: UKIP - get off road, cycle on pavement

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 January 2015 - 12:05am
Psamathe wrote:I see they [UKIP] have now released their 100 reasons to vote UKIP (cleaver doing it when there are 100 days until the election!).

(I've not read it, just the article about it), but seems to include slashing foreign aid (£11.4bn to be reduced by £9bn to £2.4bn), bringing back smoking in pubs. No migrants to enter the country unless they have confirmed jobs and accommodation, etc.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/ukip-election-policies-slash-foreign-aid-bring-back-smoking-in-pubs-ditch-human-rights-act-10008202.html

Ian
Looking at the picture in the article, I note the neat bit of 'product placement' and free publicity on behalf of Messrs Greene King & Co. Or did they really think it was good publicity, being depicted below this idiot of a motormouth?

If they really were to re-introduce smoking in pubs, it might be a minor health benefit to me, seeing as it would deter me from setting foot in many pubs and consuming the alcohol thererin (although having said that, I drink very little as it is). But please don't read in this, any sort of endorsement of these cavemen!

Re: What I forgot to put in my saddlebag

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 January 2015 - 11:55pm
Of course, that's not such a good idea if you are in the habit of carrying your house keys in your saddlebag.....

Re: Name the landmark

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 January 2015 - 11:51pm
Landmark #2 rings a bell somewhere. Windsor Great Park? (at first I thought Sherwood Forest, but no, not Robin-Hoodery enough....)

And I think Landmark #3 is the Xmas tree in Trafalgar Square, the annual gift from the Norwegians to apologise for getting to the South Pole first (or was it some other reason?)

Re: North sea Route Holland/Germany

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 January 2015 - 11:24pm
Cycling South to North is generally considered best to take advantage of the prevailing winds.
Between Ostend and Den Helder the route runs closer to the sea leaving the cyclists most at the mercy of the wind. Once across the Afsluitdijk the wind is unlikely to have a major influence.
On a lighthearted note, some of these crazy Dutch people have a challenge race against the wind on the Oosterscheldekering, part of the The North Sea Cycle Route http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dutch_Head ... mpionships

Re: Lance is trying to get the ban lifted

CTC Forum - Racing - 28 January 2015 - 11:08pm
Perhaps he will go away if we don't talk about him?

Re: Lance is trying to get the ban lifted

CTC Forum - Racing - 28 January 2015 - 10:56pm
andy65 wrote:Are we in danger of nominating Armstrong as the fall guy so that we don't have worry too much about who else is guilty?

Not I, at least the others from that time did not actively have a vendetta towards clean riders (not that I am aware off).
I know that there must be some involved in the shady drug thing and they are still involved in cycling. Including the bloke now in charge at Sky.

But Armstrong was the low point in professional cycling for me.

Re: What I forgot to put in my saddlebag

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 January 2015 - 10:50pm
report to local cop shop? maybe some one will hand in?

Re: Touring Asia

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 January 2015 - 10:49pm
Yeah thanks for that. Your right there are quite a few blogs re other parts of Asia but not so much about China.
We are taking a tandem on an extended tour and are leaving Scotland at the end of March.
We feel that we are organised to a degree with the part of the trip from Hanoi to Bangkok as we are following two established routes, one from Hanoi to Chiang Ria (travel and bike Loas) and the other from Chiang Ria to Bangkok (spice road tours) albeit that we are doing it independently. We are less well organised for the China section and would be grateful for any advice re a route from Beijing to Hanoi. Would be great to organise a chat with you re the Vietnam, Loas and Thailand section though.
Thanks Jimmie.

What I forgot to put in my saddlebag

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 January 2015 - 10:37pm
Over the past few years I've built up quite a competent collection of bits in my saddlebag. However on Tuesday afternoon I discovered that I'd missed a fundamentally important piece of kit.





The piece of paper with my name and address.



Because on MOnday afternoon I stopped to adjust my saddle pitch, had to remove saddle pack to make the adjustment, put my multitool in my back pocket for quick access, next adjustment, Then calmly cycled off leaving my saddlebag lying in on the verge. Went back when I realised on Tuesday afternoon but of course it had disappeared. It's surprising how much it takes to replace the missing saddlebag, mini tool, mini pump, inner tubes, tyre levers, CO2 cylinders, rain jacket, chain quickling and other assorted bits and bobs.

Re: Name the landmark

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 January 2015 - 10:36pm
TrevA wrote:The top one is Trafalgar Square

Postboxer wrote:Is 1. the 'empty' or fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square?


yep 3 to go to win a Mars bar

Re: Name the landmark

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 January 2015 - 10:29pm
Is 1. the 'empty' or fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square?

Re: Name the landmark

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 January 2015 - 10:24pm
The top one is Trafalgar Square

Re: Sky Ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 January 2015 - 10:15pm
No big Sky Ride in Birmingham again this year

Which is the councils fault

Re: Sky Ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 January 2015 - 10:09pm
2015 will, I think, be the 7th year it has been running.

The big "City" rides on closed roads in places like the centre of Manchester are probably the most widely known part of Sky Ride but the local rides have been a growing part of things. According to a ride leader's news email there were "2,120 rides in over 90 locations throughout the UK, which is just shy of 200 rides per month!  [This] has seen over 23,000 participants get out on a bike in 2014."

Rick.
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