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Re: I Hate Virgin Trains

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 November 2014 - 8:55am
Ben@Forest wrote:TonyR wrote:The maglev that has been running for years between Shanghai Airport and Pudong runs a regular service at 270mph over the 19 mile journey and has reached the 500kph/311mph speed in passengerless tests.
Is this feasible? At 270 mph 19 miles takes 4 minutes and 13 seconds. Can it accelerate to 270 mph for any meaningful distance before having to start slowing down? Even if it is feasible it seems an odd investment, how much electrical power is required to get the train up to that speed just to start decelerating? I can understand wanting to travel at 270 mph if you have say 300 or more miles to cover but surely covering 19 miles in 20 minutes would be perfectly adequate?
The full name of the Shanghai maglev train is the Shanghai Maglev Demonstration Operation Line, which gives a clue as to why they built it even though it seems a bit silly to have something that fast for such a short run. Its run time is 7m20s so it achieves an average speed of 180mph including acceleration and braking. It was originally envisaged that it might be extended to a much longer long distance high speed line connecting Shanghai to other major cities. But I think they learned from doing this project that Maglev was just too horribly expensive to build to adopt as a technology for long distance lines, and so they built a conventional high speed line through Shanghai instead.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shanghai_Maglev_Train

Re: And all she got was a penalty charge notice

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 November 2014 - 8:54am
There's quite a big hint in the story there that all she was doing was having a coffee in Costa as well. I dont know what passes for peoples thinking to do something like this...

And all she got was a penalty charge notice

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 November 2014 - 8:42am
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-no ... e-30138390

When you have caused an obstruction and considerable inconvenience to many people and probably caused substantial cost to commercial businesses, there really ought to be a much more serious penalty than a penalty charge notice. A financial penalty, not a criminal one.

This probably explains why so many commercial vehicles ignore "no loading at any time" notices so routinely in London, often completely blocking narrow streets, or causing gridlock when another large vehicle can't squeeze past. If the worst that happens is that you get a fixed penalty once in a while, they can absorb that as "the cost of doing business".

South from Rome over Xmas.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 November 2014 - 5:35am
I have 2 weeks available to cycle tour at Xmas. We love riding in Italy so thinking the weather will be ok enough heading south. Can anyone recommend at route or partial route?? Traveling light , staying in hotels, 80-120k's a day is about the balance we like.

Re: Diabetic Feet on Tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 November 2014 - 3:54am
B&b with radiator for the shoes and then waterproof over shoes would be another method. We picked some excellent waterproof equipment up in the Netherlands a few years ago, good commuter kit, which cleared up incipient trench foot. Boy, that was a wet holiday.- I'm sure there will be similar kit available decent cycle shops in towns you visit. Good luck with the tour.

Disclaimer: I know nothing about diabetes and what will work best for you.

Re: Brittany - the draining of the Lac de Gueledan

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 November 2014 - 3:40am
bretonbikes wrote:MrsHJ wrote:I noticed the climb up Mur de Bretagne coming from the east - it felt steeper than that!!. The 8 year old very stoicly walked it in a very hot day. At least we didn't miss the turn to the campsite like the rest of the family. I bet the campsite isn't very happy about this.

That isn't actually the steep bit! Sorry to disappoint;-)

No worries, I've done plenty of HC climbs, the perception changes massively when cycling with the kids. And no doubt in a few years they'll be going up everything and I will be left far behind.

What's the purpose of draining the lake?- aha, just read your link, mechanical repairs.

Re: I Hate Virgin Trains

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 November 2014 - 1:20am
Ben@Forest wrote:
Is this feasible? At 270 mph 19 miles takes 4 minutes and 13 seconds. Can it accelerate to 270 mph for any meaningful distance before having to start slowing down? Even if it is feasible it seems an odd investment, how much electrical power is required to get the train up to that speed just to start decelerating? I can understand wanting to travel at 270 mph if you have say 300 or more miles to cover but surely covering 19 miles in 20 minutes would be perfectly adequate?

An excellent point/question.

Re: BT Openreach cyclists stay back

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 November 2014 - 12:01am
My daughter drives a little Peugeot van, no bigger than a car, that is restricted to 70mph, I assume the council put some form of restrictor in them.

Re: Speeding cyclists on LBC now

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 November 2014 - 12:01am
MikeF wrote:As there isn't a requirement for cycles to be fitted with speedometers, how can a cyclist knowingly exceed a speed limit?
Ignorance is rarely an excuse for breaking the law. The duty would be on the cyclist to ride sufficiently cautiously to be sure of remaining within the limit. It's a limit, not a target.

Re: Diabetic Feet on Tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 November 2014 - 11:50pm
I'm T1 and my cycling now is mostly commuting in all weathers, 10 miles/40 minutes. If it's raining or has been then the Sealskinz get worn on the commute and depending on how wet they get decides on how long I wear them when I get into work. Most of the time I'll keep them on as it quickens the drying time and putting damp shoes on 9 hours later doesn't feel as bad. If I get caught out in rain without my Sealskinz socks then I have spare socks in my locker along with a jar(?) of baby powder which gets sprinkled on my feet and legs before I don my work clothes. I work 99% of the time in a +2c chill warehouse and don't suffer with cold feet in my workboots despite only wearing a thin pair of sports socks on my feet. Sealskinz socks do take their time to dry which is why I have two pairs so that I have a dry pair ready to wear.

Re: Speeding cyclists on LBC now

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 November 2014 - 11:49pm
I think we should bring back the man with the red flag, walking in front.
That'll teach 'em. All of 'em.

Re: Undertaken - on the pavement...

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 November 2014 - 11:48pm
andy65 wrote:There appears to be a problem with perception. Drivers often see cyclists as something that must be overtaken immediately. It's not just fast or aggressive drivers. I have been passed very dangerously by people driving very slowly, the classic being little old ladies passing on the wrong side of a solid white line on a blind bend on a narrow road. They are clearly not in a hurry and they are not being aggressive, but it doesn't occur to them that if they wait a short amount of time they can pass more safely.

I don't know what causes it and I don't know what can be done to change it. Perhaps there needs to be research into the psychology of road users, to understand how we can overcome things like this. I include cyclists in this because I know that we can also be affected. It's not just cyclists that have to be overtaken. I used to drive regularly for work with a 12'x5' capacity trailer. Some drivers just had to pass me at all costs.

It's often old people, both men and women, who seem to pass me rather too close when I'm cycling, and, as you note, they are not usually going that fast. I'm not sure why? I'm an old'un myself.

Re: Speeding cyclists on LBC now

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 November 2014 - 11:25pm
Bicycler wrote:thirdcrank wrote:mercalia wrote:isnt thre also a law some think like cycling too vigorously? that applies every where?

There's furious cycling, which only applies in areas which have adopted the Town Police Clauses Act.

(Bicycler posted before me. )
Yes but I didn't post that one: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/Vict/10-11/89
Every person who rides or drives furiously any horse or carriage, or drives furiously any cattle:
That makes three separate offences of furious carriage driving!

(Don't ask me how anybody knows where it applies because I've no idea.
Well that's my next question out the window

I recall that a few years ago some lads were driving cars around a local car park at night creating a din etc. After complaints they were prosecuted for driving furiously.

Re: Speeding cyclists on LBC now

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 November 2014 - 11:23pm
"Knowingly" isn't an ingredient of the offence. The offence applies to the drivers of certain motor vehicles which aren't required to be fitted with a speedo.

Re: BT Openreach cyclists stay back

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 November 2014 - 11:21pm
Not strictly relevant, but I saw a small white van today with a sign on the back "Limited to 70mph"

It was too small to be likely to have a governor, so it was probably a statement of principle.

Re: Why do so many people die shovelling snow?

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 November 2014 - 11:21pm
Nice snow shovel!

I'm embarrassed to admit that I have four: Two large ones for doing the street, and two folding ones for driving. Incidentally, there's nothing like clearing snow to bring out the old jokes, as in

"When you've finished there, they need volunteers to do the third lane of the M62."

Re: Speeding cyclists on LBC now

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 November 2014 - 11:16pm
As there isn't a requirement for cycles to be fitted with speedometers, how can a cyclist knowingly exceed a speed limit?

Re: Why do so many people die shovelling snow?

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 November 2014 - 11:10pm
thirdcrank wrote: I've never given up digging snow, but global warming seems to mean it's rarely necessary these days.
I think we'll have you with us for a few good years yet

I certainly hope shovelling snow isn't lethal. This was 2013, and there's no reason to think there won't be a bit more of this on the Canadian prairies this year:

Re: Speeding cyclists on LBC now

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 November 2014 - 10:54pm
thirdcrank wrote:mercalia wrote:isnt thre also a law some think like cycling too vigorously? that applies every where?

There's furious cycling, which only applies in areas which have adopted the Town Police Clauses Act.

(Bicycler posted before me. )
Yes but I didn't post that one: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/Vict/10-11/89
Every person who rides or drives furiously any horse or carriage, or drives furiously any cattle:
That makes three separate offences of furious carriage driving!

(Don't ask me how anybody knows where it applies because I've no idea.
Well that's my next question out the window

Re: Speeding cyclists on LBC now

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 November 2014 - 10:47pm
mercalia wrote:isnt thre also a law some think like cycling too vigorously? that applies every where?

There's furious cycling, which only applies in areas which have adopted the Town Police Clauses Act. (Don't ask me how anybody knows where it applies because I've no idea. They certainly don't have road signs telling you.) Causing injury by driving furiously applies everywhere and a cyclist was convicted quite recently.

Incidentally, for anybody who's read in one of those cut-and-paste cycling law articles that there's no such offence, it's been fully discussed on here previously.

(Bicycler posted before me. )
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