Feed aggregator

Re: Cuba.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 October 2014 - 6:27pm
No, but this previous discussion may help viewtopic.php?f=16&t=85121

Re: Fountains in Italy

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 October 2014 - 6:21pm
Sweep wrote:I know some fountains show up on the OSM variant on my garmin though there don't seem to be that many of them and they aren't easy to search for.
Might be a problem with the garmin. Can you see them at http://www.watersupply.at or on the nisoft or wetap.org apps if you can use them?

Although please add to www.openstreetmap.org rather than watersupply - I'm not sure if watersupply updates appear on the main map.

Cuba.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 October 2014 - 6:12pm
Anyone have any experience of cycle hire in Cuba?

Re: France - channel to the Med (or vice-versa)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 October 2014 - 5:24pm
I did exactly this a couple of years ago - flew to Montpellier, dumped the free bike box and cycled up to Ouistreham (Caen).
It was my 1st tour outside the UK and was absolutely brilliant. I started off heading east towards Arles, up to Ventoux before turning north west across the Massif Central bit towards Limoge. Headed north from there.

Re: Fountains in Italy

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 October 2014 - 5:09pm
mjr wrote:Wouldn't it be better to add the fountains to http://www.openstreetmap.org so everyone can see them and not only users of one app? Which reminds me that I need to remember where the ones I used this summer are and check they're listed.
Nothing to stop folk adding them.

I know some fountains show up on the OSM variant on my garmin though there don't seem to be that many of them and they aren't easy to search for.

Re: Fosse way Bath Cirencester

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 October 2014 - 4:48pm
I cycled the Fosse Way from Kemble to Bath in August 2014 with my 10 year old son on mountain bikes. I would not like to cycle the reverse route (the hill out of Batheaston is formidable). Kemble is easy to get to from where we live (Wokingham) by train to Reading-Swindon-Kemble. It would be better if access to the Fosse Way did not involve using the A429 (clear the old Kemble-Tetbury railway?). The surface of the track was generally good, though there were some rough stretches where SW Water were working near Easton Grey. The road sections were also quiet except on the approach to Bath. The Salutation pub, at the Gibb, is the only pub directly on the route and the kitchen closes at 14:00! While we were in Bath, we took the opportunity to use the newly opened Two Tunnels Way, along the old Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway route.

Re: Fountains in Italy

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 October 2014 - 4:17pm
Wouldn't it be better to add the fountains to www.openstreetmap.org so everyone can see them and not only users of one app? Which reminds me that I need to remember where the ones I used this summer are and check they're listed.

Re: Fountains in Italy

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 October 2014 - 3:24pm
What a great app!!

Re: Long Term Tour & Saddle Sore

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 October 2014 - 2:03pm
if you want to tour in comfort then why do it properly?



Obviously saddle sores are rather less likely, but I actually find the biggest comfort gains are in my wrists and arms (no weight on them) and my neck (no need to look up from a crouch to see where I'm going, and while you can avoid that by a bolt-upright position you'll catch a lot of wind that way).

Pete.

Re: Parked cars - what do they *expect* I'm going to do.

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 October 2014 - 1:57pm
I think the error in the OP is the use of the word "expect"

Most motorists don't expect anything, they drive without any concept of building up a map of expected behaviour around them.

Re: Insurance

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 October 2014 - 1:30pm
simonhill wrote:What do you want to insure? Bike, health, baggage, or what.

Be careful with policies that have cycling or diving or sailing, etc as an included activity as there is often something in the small print that says that activities which are the main purpose of the trip are not covered.

great advice

Re: Fountains in Italy

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 October 2014 - 1:20pm
Sweep wrote: Italy's fountains, whether glorious or just humble village things, are one of its glories


I totally agree (and Spain isn't far behind).

I think it shows quite a lot about a country. In fact, it probably has some socio-political/cultural deep meaning that needs a whole book to do justice to them.

Re: Parked cars - what do they *expect* I'm going to do.

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 October 2014 - 1:05pm
There are a few things to bear in mind.

It is best not to be moving in and out where there are frequent parked cars. If there's another one just up ahead maintain your position.

It is generally best not to ride right next to the kerb. Depending on the road this may mean making a big manoeuver to enter the moving traffic lane rather than a subtle shift of position. Your priority is more likely to get recognised if it appears to the driver that you are the vehicle ahead, not one that they are passing as if in a separate lane. Speaking of which, if you are in a cycle lane you are required to give way when wishing to exit it. Many gutter cyclists take to the pavement wherever they meet obstacles like parked cars. If you do not look like you are about to pull out this might be what the driver expects you to do. Which leads on to...

...making the move well before reaching the parked car. As well as avoiding a sudden manoeuver requiring slowing and potentially having to stop to wait for a gap in traffic, it allows you to ease out, indicating if necessary and making eye contact with the driver so that they are clear of your intentions all in good time before their attention is distracted by passing the parked vehicle.

Re: Parked cars - what do they *expect* I'm going to do.

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 October 2014 - 12:32pm
mjr wrote:Roundabouts and cyclists are not parked cars. Anyone got anything more to add that is on-topic?

As we were not there when Karl had his incident we are pretty restricted about what we can say that is so rigidly on topic that what we are now discussing is considered off topic.

In the Opening Post Karl asked
Thing is, wasn't my manoeuvre 100% predictable? Does he really need a signal from me to show I'm not planning to jump over the parked vehicles

You may think we are going off-topic by discussing roundabouts, however we may think that we are on topic by discussing indicators and the reasons why they may be needed or unnecessary.

Re: Parked cars - what do they *expect* I'm going to do.

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 October 2014 - 12:24pm
tatanab wrote:This desire to see people use indicators is a difficult one because for safety if an indicator is flashing it should be realised that all it proves is that the bulb works. A constant problem that we all have to decide what to believe on each occasion.

Agreed. Even if someone was indicating, if their road speed and position gave me any doubts at all about what they were doing, I'd still wait, even if it incurred the wrath of drivers in the queue behind me.
I think we must pick up some very, very small anomalies in a car's movements very quickly. I often know what a car is about to do well before it indicates or slows/turns. I think most drivers do. It isn't anything supernatural, it's just very small differences in positioning/speed that a driver makes, or doesn't make, in anticipation of a move. How many times do you 'know' a driver isn't going to stop at a junction but pull out in front of you (and force you to brake) long before they get to the junction, or know from one look in the mirror that the car behind is going to overtake well before it signals or moves out?

Re: Pushing a bike on a footpath.

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 October 2014 - 12:19pm
Gearoidmuar wrote:Buy him a bottle of whiskey
Laced with 'chill the fluff out it's only a few cyclists on a bit of road every now and again that unless you're twtiching your net curtains you aren't going to see anyway' tablets

Re: Parked cars - what do they *expect* I'm going to do.

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 October 2014 - 12:17pm
Roundabouts and cyclists are not parked cars. Anyone got anything more to add that is on-topic?

Re: Fountains in Italy

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 October 2014 - 12:13pm
Look forward to a water glut around Treviso

You really should get to Sardinia on a bike - I'm sure you know from your visits how good it is for all types of cycling - the natives usually stick to suitably impressive road bikes or mountain bikes - cycle tourists are usually Dutch or German - the poor impoverished fools

One fountain that is in that app (see jokey first pic) - I checked. It's a public water supply that I think may have, remarkably, only been put in for the town after WW II.

But at the bottom of that great big tower, outside the fence of the water plant, is one of those public taps that "in the know" Sards come to in their cars because they prefer the taste.

http://www.aserramanna.it/2013/05/simil ... uo-gruppo/

Clearly the townsfolk know about this but most others wouldn't - Sardinian maps are very poor, the road it is on isn't properly marked on most maps - I came across it by chance as you do wandering on a bike.

But with the app, no problem of course.

The other source of water in Sardinia is the many countryside (really - many in the middle of nowhere) churches. A good chance they will have a water tap.

No shortage of free water in Sardinia*

* but whereas in Britain you usually ask a pub to fill your bottles after you have bought a beer, I well remember going into a Sardinian bar, buying a coffee and pasta, then asking them to fill my water bottle and they refused. Insisted on selling me a bottle of water

Long live the fountains.

Re: Parked cars - what do they *expect* I'm going to do.

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 October 2014 - 11:52am
karlt wrote:Got beeped at by a moped today. From his viewpoint, I suppose, he was behind me, thinking about overtaking, and then I suddenly moved right.

From my viewpoint, I saw parked cars ahead and moved out to pass them. I could hear he was behind me, but not particularly close.


Thing is, wasn't my manoeuvre 100% predictable? Does he really need a signal from me to show I'm not planning to jump over the parked vehicles or drive into the back of them? I mean, I was doing about 25mph - exactly what else was I going to do?
Karlt being a motorist cyclist and motorcyclist I don't see what else you could of done. If I encounter a cyclist on the road whilst driving or motorcycling I am looking at the traffic conditions ahead and anticipating what they are about to do is parked cars pulling out and I regard that has my duty as they are far more vulnerable to being injured than I am. I should add I am one of those slow motorcyclists these days.

Re: Fountains in Italy

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 October 2014 - 11:41am
Yes, I live near Treviso (Venice area). I really like Sardinia and have been there many times, but sadly never on bike
Fountains are indeed a great resource for us, and when I do dayrides around here or in the Alps, I don't even bother filling up my bottles before leaving home ...
I'll surely try to update the database of my area!
Syndicate content

Archive

  • Patron: Her Majesty The Queen
  • President: Jon Snow
  • Chief Executive: Paul Tuohy
  • Cyclists' Touring Club (CTC): A company limited by guarantee, registered in England no.25185. Registered as a charity in England and Wales No 1147607 and in Scotland No SC042541

 

Terms and Conditions