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Re: Motorcycles using cycle designated parking

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 December 2014 - 7:41pm
Flinders wrote:I've seen motorbikes locked to/parked alongside the Sheffield stands round here, and its never even occurred to me that it was a problem. I've never seen one locked in such a way as it took up more 'locking space' than a bike would, as the stands are well spaced, and the motorbikes have been considerately parked, so I'm happy to share the space with them.

If there aren't enough stands, then there needs to be more stands; that's a different issue. I wouldn't want motorbikes excluded, though, I'd just want more stands.
The real problem where I had trouble with motor bikes (mostly scooters) using the pedal cycle parking was probably that the riders didn't feel that the motorbike parking was secure. But rather than taking up the pedal cycle parking, they should have said something to the zoo customer services, or parking property owners.

Re: Established touring routes?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 December 2014 - 7:36pm
Very strong recommend for franceenvelo it's a book. Stanfords have it. The route starts at St Malo where the overnight ferry arrives at 8am.

Re: Feeling guilty whilst not cycling & car use thru illness

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 December 2014 - 6:57pm
I've been told that's quite common with sciatica. I had sciatica during pregnancy, and the only time my back didn't hurt was riding my bike.

It can have numerous causes, but I got help from a physio therapist. The GP was useless. She told me to 'take gentle walks' and said it would get better. When it didn't, she said it was due to pregnancy and gave me a little flyer about dealing with back pain that had advice like 'don't bend over'.

I've had twinges now and again since. Usually massage is enough to sort it. But if I had real problems with it again, I'd go to a physio.

Re: bbc i player,scottish audax

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 December 2014 - 3:37pm
If you want a further, video, insight into Audax I can recommend Damon Peacock. Check out his channel on YouTube.
Don't know how far back in time they go as I've not sat through them all. I did feature in one of his early productions, which included "ower the edge", which was released on DVD.

Re: Multi Function Watches

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 December 2014 - 2:35pm
That would go quite comfortably next to a Doro mobile ! (I have a similar one too in a drawer somewhere )

Al

Re: Accident at London Bridge Station

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 December 2014 - 1:34pm
It appears its only broken bones and involved crossing the road rather than bike. Not nice but could have been worse.

Re: Multi Function Watches

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 December 2014 - 1:28pm
Sooper8 wrote:MickF- out of interest what is your Seiko auto from the 70's? I have a number of Seiko autos from that era.Here it is.
Seiko DX 25 jewels
Cost me 93 Singapore Dollars in May(?) 1971 bought from the NAAFI.
93 bucks at 7 to the £ is £13 ish. Dirt cheap.
They did them with a white face as well, but at the time I preferred this one.
It's on its third strap, but I haven't worn it for years. It'll still wind and tick and no doubt keep time. It had a visit to the jeweler in the mid 80s for a clean and a bit of TLC. He told me that the only thing that will sign its death knell will be the mainspring bearing as it's a big job to make a new bush. It's the only bearing that isn't jewelled.


Seiko.jpg

Re: Motorcycles using cycle designated parking

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 December 2014 - 1:02pm
I left my car in Cambridge a few times, they had white lines painted along the pavements which invited you to park half on the pavement, half on the road. I parked such that my mirror was overhanging the white line. When I got back the mirror was hanging from the car.

I saw then that my parking was probably inconsiderate and thought "fair enough". I did repair the mirror before driving off and I will not park in a way to invite such a retaliation again.
I think that such lessons are not always wasted on motorists even if it not a moral recognition of wrong doing, so much as a wish to avoid damage to their "Precious".

Re: Motorcycles using cycle designated parking

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 December 2014 - 12:53pm
I recall a MB parked on the corner of the entrance to a hospital where I was going, on foot, for a blood test. Shortly after I pushed the nearside mirror closed, I heard a roar from within and a raging, elderly man emerged. I just said, after he had gone through his repertoire, words to the effect : next time you'll remember not to block the pavement. And walked off. Deferred the test as I might have hit a new score for adrenalin:)

Re: Motorcycles using cycle designated parking

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 December 2014 - 12:51pm
You could fold both mirrors and lift the front and rear wipers into their raised positions, which will increase the chances of it all being noticed before driving off as well as further inconveniencing the inconsiderate driver without doing any actual damage to their vehicle.

Accident at London Bridge Station

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 December 2014 - 12:38pm
Woman is under a bus at above station don't know if cycle is involved but victim is alive.

Re: Established touring routes?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 December 2014 - 11:50am
Ron wrote:Might be something here to whet your appetite.
http://www.esterbauer.co.uk/international.html

+1

Re: Motorcycles using cycle designated parking

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 December 2014 - 11:04am
Flinders wrote:Bicycler wrote:My regular rebellious act is to fold the (foldable) wing mirrors of cars obstructing the pavement so I (or a hypothetical normal pram or wheelchair) can get past without going round on the road. I hope that finding the mirror folded and having to reposition it makes the driver consider why somebody might have had cause to move it and they may choose to be more considerate in future.

The only problem there is that the driver may not notice their mirror has been folded, especially if it's the LH one, until they are driving and need to look in it. If it is their LH mirror, they may be looking in it to see if there's a bike coming up the inside....
That had occurred to me. I reasoned that the kind of person who obstructs pavements and fails to check their nearside mirror is probably the kind who doesn't look in it at other times when they ought to. If I leave it in place or return it then other, perhaps more vulnerable, people will feel forced to enter the roads which may put them in increased danger.

Re: bbc i player,scottish audax

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 December 2014 - 10:44am
1) The organiser, Mark Rigby, does have a bit of a standing joke about guaranteeing the weather.
I have done at least one of his (shorter) rides through a rather flooded landscape but I dont think that it was actually raining on us at the time.

2) A taboo subject probably. There were women on that ride, you just were not looking closely enough and the film crew had selected others to concentrate on.
There were 29 riders but only 24 finished*. It appears from the names of the finishers that none were women.

I know plenty of women riders who are more capable than me at Audax but I know a lot more men who are. I know a few women who are capable of doing that Audax but I know a substantially larger number of men who are.

There are two aspects to doing an Audax, you have to capable of doing it but you also have to want to do it. That "want to do it" involves things like transport, childcare, time off work, pre and post ride accommodation. The "want to" also involves the attractiveness of facilities provided on the ride, this was an X rated event, these are the toughest where basically you have almost nothing provided for you by the organiser.

So it appears there were no women who were both willing to enter and able to finish. This isnt meant as a sexist criticism (but I am sure it will be taken as such by some) it was a high bar to reach and way beyond my wants or ability.

This event had lots of added difficulties even for an X rated (remote location, ferries to wreck timings, very long distances between supplies and possible accommodation, midges, heat) and doing any 1300k ride is a challenge to start with.

No film can ever give the Audax experience because films want to be quick and make an impact, Audax is about a long slow drawn out endurance, just keeping those pedals turning hour after hour, and on that ride day after day. Having to face yet another grinding climb on legs that were knackered a long, long time ago. It wouldnt make very good telly, you would soon start looking at the scenery instead.

*To finish you must be within the time and within the rules, some of them may have still ridden the distance but not technically "finished".

Re: Tesco unicycle stands

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 December 2014 - 10:30am
PRL wrote:Aldi in Feltham have about a dozen proper Sheffield stands at an angle to the wall so there is space for your front wheel. If one supermarket can get it right ....
why can't they all? Because local council planning officers seem to be overstretched and/or incompetent about cycling, so they sign off any old junk.

Re: Feeling guilty whilst not cycling & car use thru illness

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 December 2014 - 10:29am
i've got sciatica ... 4 weeks now. pain like i have never had before .... but if i cycle short distances (10 miles or so ) no pain at all ..... until i get off the bike. baffled !!!

Re: Feeling guilty whilst not cycling & car use thru illness

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 December 2014 - 9:57am
^^^ Interesting, didn't know that.

Re: Feeling guilty whilst not cycling & car use thru illness

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 December 2014 - 9:51am
Audax67 wrote:Point is that upper respiratory tract infections don't go further down because it's a bit too warm for them down in the lungs: they flourish better in nose, throat & larynx. If you go cycling or running in cold weather you cool down your trachea and maybe bronchi, and at the same time your elevated breathing rate and force sucks the infection down into your lungs, which are now a pleasant environment.

If you don't do this for long and warm up again quickly you can be OK, but 20 miles on the bike would be just about perfect for something nasty to start. Once it's down in the lungs and running nicely then once you warm up again it'll be a bit too warm for it but it'll make the best of a bad job.

A chum of mine gave himself pneumonia this way, and my wife's running forum is full of folk with stories such as "It didn't stop me running. It's gone away now but I've got this chesty cough I can't shift". Him and 3 million other hard cases.

It's well known in the horse racing world that you don't work/run a horse with a 'snotty nose' as you can end up with a permanent respiratory problem, I expect that reasoning is the same. They even 'scope' horses (send a camera down the nose, as horses only breathe through the nose) if there is any doubt whether the tubes are clear.

Re: Motorcycles using cycle designated parking

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 December 2014 - 9:39am
Bicycler wrote:My regular rebellious act is to fold the (foldable) wing mirrors of cars obstructing the pavement so I (or a hypothetical normal pram or wheelchair) can get past without going round on the road. I hope that finding the mirror folded and having to reposition it makes the driver consider why somebody might have had cause to move it and they may choose to be more considerate in future.

The only problem there is that the driver may not notice their mirror has been folded, especially if it's the LH one, until they are driving and need to look in it. If it is their LH mirror, they may be looking in it to see if there's a bike coming up the inside....
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