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Re: UKIP - get off road, cycle on pavement

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 January 2015 - 2:41pm
"The SNP is a party enlightened offering more equality for all."
That is good if you are Scottish.
The way I see it, the SNP want England to bankroll Scotland, they want independence from England but they want to have their say on English issues in Westminster. Hypocritical?

Note to the moderators:
It is maybe time to lock this thread as it has wandered into politics again and is in danger of becoming divisive, more so than the helmet debate!

Re: Don't judge a book by the cover.

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 January 2015 - 2:29pm
Don't get me started on "Absolutely!" .
The cyclists that turned up at my ice patch as the lads rode away immediately started to slag off the boys on their motorbikes. I put them right ln no uncertain terms. They weren't convinced. Any chance to have a moan I think.

Re: UKIP - get off road, cycle on pavement

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 January 2015 - 2:00pm
This whole rise of popularity in UKIP makes my stomach churn and fills me with dismay and disbelief. Unbelievable they actually have women in the party who will turn back the clock for women's rights. As they will do with gay rights too.
The evidence is we as a nation are dissatisfied with the present state of political parties so here in Scotland there has been a huge shift to SNP. The SNP is a party enlightened offering more equality for all. Whilst in England UKIP seems to be offering the exact opposite.

Re: Thailand 2015

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 January 2015 - 1:35pm
You can get the train to Kanchanaburi ..You need to go to Bangkok Noi railway station . A tuk tuk is about the best way to get there..Tie your bike on the back..Train will take your bike no problem..
Lots of ways to get to Chiang Mai..from Kanchanaburi go to Suphan Buri..north to Nakhon Sawan..head north to Pichit and then
to Phitsunalok..From there head to Sukhothai..and then north towards Lampang..Do not go to Uttaradit and then north..The road is busy and not very wide..Much better to go north from Sukhothai..visit old ruins..
Hilly towards Lampang..Then head to Lamphun ..visit the elephant hospital near Lampang..From Lamphun head to CM..
Riding on the main highway from Suphan Buri is quick but boring..Get a good map and take the back roads..Chances are you will always find a resort/bungalow/hotel to stay in..
If you get chance go out with the Chiang Mai sunday cycling club..meet 7am at Thapae Gate..100 cyclists sometimes..
You will do this ride easily in 2 weeks..
If you want another route get the train to Ayuthyya ..about 50k north of Bangkok..head to Lopburi and then Uthai Thani and Nakhon Sawan..and join suggested route..
You can take a bike on any 3rd class train but not second or first or express train..
You can fly back from CM to Bangkok if you wish..Send your bike by cargo Air Asia if you wish or box it up and take as luggage..
Stay out of big cities if possible..leave them early ..say 5am to 6 am and ride till 11am and try and finish for the day ..Treat every Thai driver with caution..Wear long sleeve shirts..Wear a bandana under your helmet..and long shorts..
Could be quite wet in July August..bring a waterproof!

Re: New Forest Tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 January 2015 - 1:31pm
Love the new forest. Used to go there for Easter holidays when we were kids.

Ornamental drive is very nice, if sometimes a little busy.
Lymington is nice, and you can get the ferry to the isle of wight from there.
As we,d generally stay in Brokenhurst there's a great walk from there (and a caravan club site I think!) across to the pub at Bank. My grandparents used to stay at a camp site called Holidays hill which was a fantastic site. Sadly it was closed by the forestry commission, but you can still go there to see the adder pits.
Bucklers Hard is a rather nice village to visit as well.

Re: Don't judge a book by the cover.

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 January 2015 - 1:22pm
Bonefishblues wrote:Heltor Chasca wrote:Like. Kids are overly demonised.
I've noticed that they too start every sentence with like.

Smarty pants! Yes. Annoying. But every 'adult' interviewee on the radio starts sentences with 'So'.

Like so mega annoying...hc

Re: Top 50 Bicycle Touring Blogs on the Web

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 January 2015 - 1:16pm
Mark Wallis (http://wallisonwheelscompleted.blogspot.co.uk/) has done some big trips with a good blog to keep up to date with where he is and how its going

Re: Don't judge a book by the cover.

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 January 2015 - 1:14pm
Heltor Chasca wrote:Like. Kids are overly demonised.
I've noticed that they too start every sentence with like.

New Forest Tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 January 2015 - 12:59pm
Me and a friend are going to tour the new forest in may this year. We are going to be starting and having our first stop in Ashurst. Other then that we dont really have a plan for the route
Is there anything that people would recommend like a campsite or attraction? Also time depending may pop over to the Isle of Wight for a few days as this will hopefully be a 2 week tour.
Any ideas are most welcome.
Thanks alot

Re: UKIP - get off road, cycle on pavement

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 January 2015 - 12:45pm
I doubt if the people voting UKIP look beyond their proposals on immigration. Hopefully some greater exposure of UKIP to TV debate programmes will expose their (in my opinion) lack of credibility

Re: Touring in Sweden

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 January 2015 - 12:17pm
Thanks for the information and links, I was planning on starting about 20th May as I was then going to head down through Norway afterwards so wanted to start early is in the season for good enough weather for the rest of the trip.

Re: Best deal for Pay-as you-go roaming?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 January 2015 - 12:15pm
tim_f wrote:I use T mobile UK PAYG (EE have some thing similar) -

EURO - Internet Travel Booster 200MB
200MB OF DATA TO USE FOR 7 DAYS
200MB
£12
EURO - Internet Travel Booster 500MB
500MB OF DATA TO USE FOR 7 DAYS
500MB
£25

which works out at 6 or 5 pence a MB.
Problem is the definition of "europe"


For a week away in Iceland, the cost for 50 Mb data per day and roaming is almost £50

I can get a Simmin card with similar for less than £15

Re: Don't judge a book by the cover.

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 January 2015 - 12:04pm
young lad (with his mates) called my red bib longs 'schwag' yesterday, actually wrong use of the urban word but I knew what he meant, interacted with him and asked them if they cycled to school. It's far too easy for 'adults' to take the way some kids speak as being agressive when it is often just the way they speak between themselves and indeed wanting to impress their mates. Just interacting normally and most are quite happy to enter into a conversation (if not usually brief..lol)

Re: Shared paths road works and red cyclist dismount signs

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 January 2015 - 11:58am
My understanding is the red book is a cut down and simplified version of Chapter 8. The code of practice status means "follow this guidance and you'll be compliant with the law".

Regarding signing of cycling diversions, it's difficult to arrange for diversion of only part of the traffic - espicially as there are very few cycling specific "prescribed" signs. Signs without specific wording have no legal validity - important for local authorities defending themselves from armies of no win no fee lawyers.

Re: Shared paths road works and red cyclist dismount signs

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 January 2015 - 11:28am
I don't mind in the circumstances where there clearly isn't space to cater for everyone. I have always found it frustrating, however, when cyclists have clearly not even been considered, or haven't been considered until the last moment.

I came across this all the time on rural lanes in Essex, when diversion signs were put up. Often, but not always, it was safe for cyclists to continue, and only motorists needed to divert. Most of the time the only way cyclists could tell was to try it and see. It would have been nice, just once, to see 'cyclists may proceed with caution' , 'cyclists may be required to dismount', or a diversion just for cyclists. I mostly just carried on past diversion signs, and if I can to place where people were working, I'd wait until they noticed me & gave an indication of whether it was safe to proceed. Of the hundreds of times I did this, I can only recall being told once that I was not permitted to go through. And then, there was bridleway that was a better alternative than the signed diversion. But I knew that because I had used it before. Someone who didn't know the area wouldn't have known. Even with a map, it's hard to know if such things are useable by cyclists.

Re: Touring in Sweden

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 January 2015 - 11:07am
http://www.svenska-cykelsallskapet.se/p ... 08156.html
https://swedenbybike.com/
A list of links relating to cycle touring, mostly in Swedish, but there's always Google translate http://www.cykelframjandet.se/Cykelfr%C ... urism.aspx

Wild camping is relatively easy in Sweden. There is allemannsretten / offentlig rätt which is a right of public access and means that you can camp nearly anywhere, as long as you observe certain rules:
-do not camp on land that is cultivated or grazed
-do not camp within 150 m of a dwelling (the rule of thumb is out of sight, but that isn't always possible on uneven ground)
-be careful with fire, and do not light ground fires when a ban is in place (local authorities can impose these, so i seems dry, it's best to check the rules with tourist information)
-clean up after yourself (leave it as you found it)
-do not stay too long in one place (I'm not aware that there is anything definitie on this. A few days ia okay. A few weeks is not)

edit: just saw you are planning to go in May.... in the north, mountain passes may not yet be open in May, so check before you travel, or consider alternate routes.

Re: Shared paths road works and red cyclist dismount signs

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 January 2015 - 11:04am
The "red book" is rather like the highway code in that it is an explanation of the implementation of the provisions of the New Roads and Street Works Act. However if works aren't laid out in accordance with this the contractor could find themselves with an FPN The Traffic Signs Manual is, basically, a list of approved signs and where they should be used.

Frustrating as it may be the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, and cyclists are still, sadly, the few

Re: UKIP - get off road, cycle on pavement

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 January 2015 - 10:52am
james01 wrote:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/ukip/11361505/Ban-the-jobless-from-driving-to-ease-congestion-Ukip-candidate-says.html

Not really a surprise considering the calibre of the typical UKIP candidate.
And we now find that a senior UKIP Official from their National Executive Council says that the NHS is a complete waste of money (remembering that Farange also thinks the NHS should to a private insurance funded health service).

What is surprising is that people (even people contributing to this forum) actually vote for these people. So cyclists to get off roads onto pavements, NHS "a complete waste of money", etc.

I would be interested to hear how those voting for them support such principles.

Ian

Touring in Sweden

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 January 2015 - 10:45am
I'm looking at going touring in Sweden starting in Gothenberg and heading north towards the North Cape, I was planning on starting at the end of May and was wanting any advice on routes in particular as in the south there seem to be quite a lot of roads but heading further north it looks like either the coast road or through the centre of Sweden and unsure as to which would be best or if there are any long distance cycle paths that go the right way.

I'm planning on mostly wild camping where possible and any advice on how much touring in Sweden costs roughly would be great.

Thanks
Andy
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