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Re: Asshat In A Car

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 July 2014 - 9:38am
drossall wrote:Government advice was always to use the road at speeds in excess of 18mph (antepenultimate bullet) - but this is now an archived page and I'm not sure that there is a current equivalent.
I think 18mph on a shared path is excessive, 10mph or slower for me, especially as most shared paths are too narrow.

Re: ITV TdeF coverage; any good?

CTC Forum - Racing - 24 July 2014 - 9:28am
He did an A level in German so it's quite possible.

Re: ITV TdeF coverage; any good?

CTC Forum - Racing - 24 July 2014 - 9:19am
Bicycler wrote:Ontherivet77 wrote:However, Phil Liggett needs to go, his support for Lance was bad enough, but also his pandering to an american audience, bigging up the likes of Van Garderen and Horner etc. Also, if he refers to Association Football as Soccer again I'm tempted to throw the tv out the window. A previous post referred to multiple commentary streams for american channels which must explain him referring to the World Cup as the World Soccer Cup.
Lots of people of Liggett's generation and older refer to soccer, particularly those who were brought up in areas where rugby was popular. In any case, I don't see the problem with using language everyone understands. Wouldn't it be a tad arrogant to address a worldwide audience and refer to Association Football (or soccer) as "football" as if it's the only sport carrying that name?

FWIW, I'm heartily sick enduring the media's preoccupation with that sport. I find it annoying when newsreaders assume everyone's first language is soccer, eg. like the way that they refer to the England football team as England or Wigan Athletic FC as Wigan as if it's obvious what is meant by "England playing tonight" or "Wigan won yesterday".

As for Horner and Van Garderen, they are quite big names. Horner won the Vuelta last year. British TV's Team Sky focus is more blatant than any pro-American bias in the commentary.

My Dad is of an age with Liggett and he has never used the word Soccer. Soccer is just a nickname (derived from Association) in the same way that Rugger is a nickname for Rugby. Football is the world's most popular game so it shouldn't be too hard for people to recognise what you are talking about, it is also insulting to British viewers to have their national sport referred to in this way. The majority of international federations use the word Football in their titles, e.g. Deustche Fussball Bund.

I accept there is an over saturation of football. I live in Wigan and if someone was talking Rugby they would probably say Wigan Warriors or the Warriors, whereas the Wigan FC are referred to as the Latics, but if it's a professional sports presenter I'd expect them to use the proper name and on the news surely they introduce the Football results or the Rugby results, so you know what sport they are talking about.

As for the team Sky bias, so it should be if you are broadcasting to a British audience.


On another point I'm sure I've heard Ned interviewing in German.

Re: Sri Lanka Commonwealth Cyclists On M74

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 July 2014 - 9:09am
[XAP]Bob wrote:The only clue being that the cycle lane is wide enough.
Should be a dead give-away.

Re: Sri Lanka Commonwealth Cyclists On M74

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 July 2014 - 9:09am
Mick F wrote:As I said, they don't have the warning/forbidding signs at the entrances to motorways any more.
No, but it seemed to happen years ago as well. Not sure the sign changes have made it any worse...

Re: Sri Lanka Commonwealth Cyclists On M74

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 July 2014 - 9:08am
The only clue being that the cycle lane is wide enough.

Re: Sri Lanka Commonwealth Cyclists On M74

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 July 2014 - 8:57am
Mark1978 wrote:The hard shoulder can easily be mistaken for a cycle lane.

Yeah, this is what I would have guessed - a lane with no traffic in it and all the cars sticking to the other lanes, very few junctions to hold you up, probably few steep gradients either....seems the ideal place to ride (if you've little or no experience of motorways).

Re: Right Hand Turns

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 July 2014 - 8:51am
[XAP]Bob wrote:Centre of the lane - arm outstretched for two minutes if needed - in exactly the same position as you would be in a car turning right.
I fully agree, not only to keep my purpose clear, but also because the bigger you look, the more clearance other vehicles are likely to give you.

Re: Right Hand Turns

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 July 2014 - 8:49am
Depends how "diagonal" you can put your bike.

Re: Train tickets and bike reservations for someone in the U

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 July 2014 - 8:20am
I'd recommend booking via eastcoast.co.uk (which is the franchise for the East Coast mainline -- London to Edinburgh, more or less -- but sells tickets for the whole UK rail network). For your qn. 1, their search tool has an 'avoid' option (click the 'more options' button to see it) -- though I should say that I've never used that feature, so I can't vouch for its effectiveness. For your qn. 2, their booking system has an option to add a bike reservation --- it appears on the page where you have an option to reserve a seat (again: it's a little bit hard to spot, but it is there: just above the place where they try to sell you some bus tickets...). You're told whether the bike space is available before you have to commit to buying the ticket. You'll be given a booking code, which you can then use to collect your tickets from a machine at the station when you get to the UK (you need to specify the station, but it shouldn't be a problem that Slough isn't an 'East Coast' station); you need to make sure you have the same credit card with you as you used to pay for the tickets.

One thing to be aware of is that all the train operators have slightly different rules about bike carriage, particularly when it comes to reservations (some -- e.g. Virgin -- absolutely insist on reservations; some -- e.g. Cross Country -- have a reservation system, but will let you on without a reservation if there's space; and some -- e.g. London Midland -- just operate a first-come-first-served policy, with no reservations at all). In other words: don't be alarmed if the booking doesn't have a bike space for every leg of the journey (but do double check that you have reservations for any bits where reservations are compulsory). Such are the joys of our privatised rail system!

Commonwealth games

CTC Forum - Racing - 24 July 2014 - 8:06am
Track cycling. Today. Is, I believe, on mainstream telly.

Re: Looking for inspiration/ideas for a tour in Germany.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 July 2014 - 8:06am
I did the Danube route (from its source at Donaueschingen to Vienna) in 2012 and the Elbe route (Hamburg-Prague with a diversion via Berlin) last year. Both were 1000km in 12 days including 2 "rest" days. The Danube is an excellent first route, almost completely flat with a smooth surface, excellent infrastructure all the way and very nice scenery. The weather was also superb all the way. The Elbe was also flat but slightly more challenging, the surface not quite as good. Again, it was hot and sunny almost all the way, I only saw half an hour of rain. Lots of shady woods around Berlin helped in the 35C heat. The Elbe was also badly flooded last year so I had lots of diversions but was never lost. For both trips I went out via Eurostar and City nightline sleeper to Stuttgart/Hamburg.

I came back from Vienna on German regional express trains, city night line Munich-Paris, TGV to Caen and the ferry to Portsmouth; this was a pleasant way to come home. From Prague it was rather more difficult: a Czech train to Dresden, then I had to go back to Berlin, then back to Hamburg, then Luxemburg then Brussels, where I spent the night in the station. Finally I got the Eurostar to London. However because I hadn't pre-booked the return (with all the floods I didn't know which day I would be travelling), I could not get a direct train westwards with the bike. Going through Brussels Midi was a pretty unpleasant experience, and I wasn't too impressed with Belgian trains; I would recommend going via Paris if at all possible.

Re: Sri Lanka Commonwealth Cyclists On M74

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 July 2014 - 7:54am
drossall wrote:Seems to happen every time we host a major event involving cycling. Our road signage must be rubbish!As I said, they don't have the warning/forbidding signs at the entrances to motorways any more.

They used to be huge information signs, now all there is a small sign announcing the M number.

Re: Right Hand Turns

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 July 2014 - 7:43am
axel_knutt wrote:This reflects the conclusion I've been coming to lately, not about turning right, but about primary position. Blocking the lane is all very well and good in principle, but in practice traffic lanes are often too wide for it to work. There's usually enough room to push through at one side or the other

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Yes. I've had this quite a few times. Where there really wasn't enough space to overtake properly so I've been in primary but they push past anyway.

Worst I've had much like yours exiting a roundabout and in primary as there was another roundabout where I needed to turn right in 100 metres or so. The exit from the roundabout funnelled down so a van barged through, of course narrowing road so closer and closer

Re: Right Hand Turns

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 July 2014 - 7:41am
TonyR wrote:Personally if I were turning right there and having to wait I would have been just left of the central white line so it would be obvious I was turning and there would be room for traffic to pass on the inside. If you were waiting for 2.5 mins I doubt you kept your arm out for all that time so for most people you would be seen as stopped and blocking the lane for some obscure reason, not turning right.

Not with two lanes of traffic in each direction I wouldn't have been.
Centre of the lane - arm outstretched for two minutes if needed - in exactly the same position as you would be in a car turning right.

The car in the bus lane shouldn't have been there, nor should it have stopped there (Double red lines), had it not been there there would have been no conflict.

Re: Right Hand Turns

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 July 2014 - 7:22am
Personally if I were turning right there and having to wait I would have been just left of the central white line so it would be obvious I was turning and there would be room for traffic to pass on the inside. If you were waiting for 2.5 mins I doubt you kept your arm out for all that time so for most people you would be seen as stopped and blocking the lane for some obscure reason, not turning right.

Re: Right Hand Turns

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 July 2014 - 6:38am
I'm glad you weren't hurt, and i'd agree that a complaint should be made.

However it's worth remembering that, whatever your positioning on this road, an idiot driver like this would be able to find a way to squeeze past without giving any clearance. Being positioned where you were, at least you were less likely to be shunted into oncoming traffic in the process, or to experience similar (and simultaneous) close passes from oncoming traffic.

But I think Si has a point; maybe it's worth taking regular looks behind when waiting a long time in this manner, even though it should not be necessary.

Re: Asshat In A Car

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 July 2014 - 3:57am
IF only we could get the motoring fraternity to adopt those rules when on the same bit of road as cyclists

When coming up behind cyclists(pedestrians), always pass them at a safe distance, and slowly enough so that you could avoid them if they made a sudden change in direction.
Remember that some cyclists(pedestrians)s may be hard of hearing or visually impaired and hence might not be aware of you. If in doubt, give a gentle ring on your bell or say 'Excuse me'.

Always respect cyclists(pedestrians) even if they stray onto the centre of the road (cycling side); they are entitled to do so. Always thank people who move out of your way .
Drive (Ride) at a sensible speed for the situation and ensure you can stop in time

Re: Triumph of HiViz over common sense?

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 July 2014 - 1:12am
With groups of primary school kids, once there is a school policy that they should wear HiVis when walking outside school (& I'm not entering that argument just here), it actually makes better use of the time if they just keep the tabbards on until they are back in school rather than spending 5 minutes collecting them off the children when they arrive wherever they are going (plus a member of staff possibly having to keep hold of 20 or 30 tabbards) & possibly 10 minutes getting the children back into them to return to school.

Rick.

Train tickets and bike reservations for someone in the US

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 July 2014 - 1:01am
I live in the US and have family in the UK. I am planning a bike ride Holyhead south along the Lon Las Cymru and back to Beaconsfield, my starting point.

I would like to take the train to Holyhead and start riding from there. For obvious reasons, I don't want to take my full-sized bike and panniers through London and it appears I can start in Slough and make my way up to Holyhead without having to go into London.

I will be traveling by train on September 8.

I have 2 questions:

1) What website do you recommend I use to find routes from Slough to Holyhead that don't go into London? The ones I've tried either always route me through London or have 4 train changes.

2) How do I secure bike reservations on all the routes necessary (using different train companies) from the US? It seems that going into a station or having ticket numbers are necessary and each train company requires a separate contact. I don't want to buy the tickets before I am certain I can get my bike on the train. Yet, I need to get the tickets before I can get a bike reservation or so it seems.

Any guidance would be appreciated.
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