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Re: Where to stay with bikes in Rutland?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 August 2015 - 9:51am
If you don't want to pay a fortune what about South Witham Travelodge on the A1. https://www.travelodge.co.uk/hotels/129 ... tham-hotel It's under 10 miles from the Whitwell car park. Every travelodge I've stayed in let you keep bikes in your room. Less than a mile from South WItham village which has a couple of pubs for evening meals. One of them, the Blue Cow, brews it's own beer on site. If you'd like something a bit better than basic pub food the Jackson Stops "gastro pub" at Stretton about 2 miles away is well thought of by the pretentious though personally I'd recommend the Tollemache Arms at Buckminster 6 miles away - high quality food, decent beer, good service , pleasant surroundings and no fancy prices....http://www.tollemache-arms.co.uk/

For breakfast in the morning the diner at Colsterworth(take the A151 towards Bourne from the A1 it's about 1/4 mile on the left just after the little roundabout) serves the locally famous Beltbuster breakfast for about a fiver.

If you fancied spending a couple of days in the area this wouldn't be a bad day ride. On the route is Woolsthorpe Manor the home of SIr Isaac Newton which is worth a visit as is the much more grandiose Belvoir Castle. http://ridewithgps.com/routes/9576126

Re: Scotland in 2 weeks

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 August 2015 - 9:50am
Therealsouthstander wrote:In my opinion The Outer Hebrides off Scotland's West coast is among the best cycling you'll find anywhere...

Get the Ferry from Oban to the Isle of Barra , cycle around the island then get another ferry to Eriskay,then cycle South Uist,Benbecula,North Uist then the magical Bernaray.. Ferry from Bernaray to the best bit ,the Isle of Harris and Isle of Lewis.. Then ferry from Stornoway to Ullapool.. All ferries will cost about £30 in total and these islands are a cyclists dream,really quiet roads with a great surface - Did you mention nature ? You'll be in heaven


Do not miss The Outer Hebrides..

I'm going to do this next month. But I will get the ferry from Harris to Uig, cycle across Skye, ferry to Mallaig, cycle across Ardnamurchan and then via Mull back to Oban.

Re: Safer on a recumbent?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 August 2015 - 9:43am
661-Pete wrote:I'd say, no. But you hardly ever see a 'bent around these parts - neither in town nor in the countryside. Not even in Brighton. So where do they congregate?

To my mind, they are simply something that the average motorist doesn't expect to encounter. Those who would respond, the same applies to conventional bikes, I'd say, not true, the majority of motorists are reasonable drivers and do see and behave responsibly about cyclists. So don't perplex them by placing yourself far closer to the ground than they are expecting!

And they're definitely a known hazard wherever there are horses around.

But maybe I'm prejudiced, seeing as I've never owned nor ridden a 'bent. They're far too expensive, for what you get....

That is the problem.... it is those who have no experience that assume that they are dangerous

Horses are definitely an issue though... mainly because recumbents are low, sleek and moving, which reads as "predator" this spooking the hores

Re: Safer on a recumbent?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 August 2015 - 9:33am
I reckon cars give my recumbent trike more room than a bike. Another bloke here who rides a recumbent bike as well as his trike reckons he gets more respect from cars when he is on his recumbent trike.


OB

Re: Pride comes before a fall

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 August 2015 - 9:29am
Tacascarow wrote:mercalia wrote:I think the explanation is that both had just tried to install Windows 10 and it didnt work and their pcs all messed up

maybe the cyclist should have been further out in the road so that the driver couldnt pass? when this happens to me and I know a car behind me I cycle into a gap of the parked cars - I see there was one coming up? the car driver should have considered this first and given time for this to happen?

Any way scarey all around, atleast the car driver had a fall and grazed his hands. One of these days a cyclist will pull out a taser, and taser the driver can u get them on Ebay?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Batman-Returns-CATWOMAN-With-Whipping-Arm-Action-Taser-Gun-Kenner-1992-MOC-/161778248009?hash=item25aabc2949

not good enough I was in a discussion a few weeks back with a cyclist from the States who was amazed when I said it's illegal to carry pepper spray in the UK.
Actually made them think twice about coming here to tour.

The cyclist in this instance handled it badly but that's no excuse for the drivers ignorance of the highway code or his subsequent attempt to harm property & physical.
If you are trying to prove a point with a camera the best thing you can do is shut up & let the camera & the offender do the talking.


this does seem to be legal according to the web site?
http://www.ukpreppersguide.co.uk/legal-pepper-spray-for-self-defence

Re: Pride comes before a fall

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 August 2015 - 9:28am
mercalia wrote:Spinners wrote:Looks like the clown has made a privacy complaint.


which and how do u know and where?
The originator of the video posted on YouTube, saying he's had a message from YouTube moderators.

Re: Safer on a recumbent?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 August 2015 - 9:22am
I'd say, no. But you hardly ever see a 'bent around these parts - neither in town nor in the countryside. Not even in Brighton. So where do they congregate?

To my mind, they are simply something that the average motorist doesn't expect to encounter. Those who would respond, the same applies to conventional bikes, I'd say, not true, the majority of motorists are reasonable drivers and do see and behave responsibly about cyclists. So don't perplex them by placing yourself far closer to the ground than they are expecting!

And they're definitely a known hazard wherever there are horses around.

But maybe I'm prejudiced, seeing as I've never owned nor ridden a 'bent. They're far too expensive, for what you get....

Re: Pride comes before a fall

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 August 2015 - 9:20am
Spinners wrote:Looks like the clown has made a privacy complaint.


which and how do u know and where?

Re: Safer on a recumbent?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 August 2015 - 8:56am
Far safer.

Re: Pride comes before a fall

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 August 2015 - 8:52am
mjr wrote:honesty wrote:Specifically recommended against doing this in the various cycling training manuals isn't it? I know in cars they say not to hop between parked cars, but take the lane and stay there as its less dangerous.
I would also say that people cycling have a right to reach their destination in a timely manner without being held up by motorists behind them as well as in front, but in this video, he/she seems to have plenty of time to chase and argue with the motorist.

Either way this could have been completely avoided if the driver hadn't driven like a prat. The victim was a bit silly chasing him down, but having done the same myself in the heat of the moment it's understandable. Also remember that the camera will make this look further away than it was as the lens angle will distort the image.
Yes, based on my own handlebar camera, that looked scarily close... but you've chased people down? When someone passes me as badly as that (happily rare), I check all my extremities are intact, thank my lucky stars and hope I don't share a road with that incompetent/evil motorist again. I have once told a motorist I found their overtake scary when they had parked (illegally) in the cycle parking I used (some minutes later - they said sorry) and I once suffered an attempted road-rage attack because I said something ("whoa!" IIRC) when someone overtook so close I felt the air displaced by their wing mirror... but deliberately chase them down? Why do that?

Not chased really, more they were stuck in traffic 100 feet ahead so I went up to them to ask what they were playing at. Should have left it in hindsight.

Safer on a recumbent?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 August 2015 - 8:44am
No sure which way to call this one:

I'm approaching and signalling to turn right across a 4x4 waiting at a T junction. The lady in dark glasses looks straight at me for a good 2-3 seconds then checks the other direction.

My instinct says people don't just look at a recumbent, they always do a double take, I always get a 'what the ****** is that look'. This time I didn't, so I covered the brakes and sure enough she started to pull straight out straight at me.

Fortunately she heard my VERY LOUD shout and stopped.

Only the third time in 10 years (50,000 miles) that a motorist has failed to see me (second time at this junction) and I was on my lowest recumbent.

You could argue that my past experience at the same junction, or the 'look away' to check the other direction were the vital factors and an upright bike would have been spotted more easily but I still feel much safer on a recumbent.

Re: Boris' backie

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 August 2015 - 8:30am
I think all the above is another days discussion and £300 claimed at the House of Fraud.

More subsidised grub and wine m'Laud? And for you,Lord Coke(not Cola darhlin)?

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 August 2015 - 8:00am
Looks like its a Cardiff Castle day today. Maybe go see a movie this evening too. St Fagans is only partially operating today (checked the website) so may save it for tomorrow. What else should I think about doing while in Cardiff? Specifically things open on a sunday.

Re: Anyone Use Taptalk?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 August 2015 - 7:53am
I use tapatalk on my iphone and ipad to follow 5 forums and it works well - no issues at all

Re: Anyone Use Taptalk?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 August 2015 - 7:48am
Heltor Chasca wrote:
Yup me too. BUT I thought there was only one cycling forum in the whole World! Do recommend OB...b

I also follow http://www.bicycles.net.au/forums/ . Might have something to do with where I live.

OB

Re: Pride comes before a fall

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 August 2015 - 6:50am
Looks like the clown has made a privacy complaint.

Re: Anyone Use Taptalk?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 August 2015 - 6:25am
It was unusable when I first tried it but after numerous interface Fettles it's now okay for use from a 'phone.
I wouldn't bother on a bigger screen though, and I've turned all the notification off.

Re: Pride comes before a fall

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 August 2015 - 5:56am
bogmyrtle wrote:Cringeworthy from both a cycling and driving perspective.
Interestingly the cyclist is careless about his own safety (and that of other road users in the clip above) in his pursuit of motorists - and has very obvious double standards as to what is an acceptable amount of room, as in another of his clips below where his red mist is such that he puts himself in harm's way, such is his eagerness to confront an errant (in his view) motorist.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0j9odLRk8c

Something bad will happen to this individual at some point, I fear, if he continues in this fashion. He's also not doing one iota of good in terms of making motorists understand his POV, quite the contrary in fact.

...and no, that is not to condone assault, but I can understand why it happened with someone who had anger issues which were obvious from their first interaction.

Re: Pride comes before a fall

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 August 2015 - 1:12am
bogmyrtle wrote:Cringeworthy from both a cycling and driving perspective.
But pretty good from a diving perspective?

Re: Boris' backie

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 August 2015 - 12:24am
You wouldn't see the Chinese riding two on one bike!

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