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Re: Cycling on single-track roads

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 September 2014 - 4:20pm
I live on a single track lane where in a car you are scraping bits of hedge on both sides with a car until they cut them about now and that's 1 mile from Telford and less than 15 from the centre of Wolverhampton . The majority of roads from my experience in the country are single track. They are not the majority of roads that people drive on , cars get off them generally ASAP as you cannot maintain an average of over 30 mph with blind bends etc. Generally they are pretty quiet , I can go sometimes 10 mins without seeing a car , as I have said cars head for the main roads. I never stop for cars on such lanes , as they are generally only doing a mile or so on them before getting on the main road and if you live in the country you have to live with it. Loads of horses in my village , where you have to stop completely for a minute some time , also delivery vehicles just block the road sometimes. I will go to the side and wave them by without stopping if there is a suitable place. Half the time when they get in front , they only stop in front of you because of another car.

There is an attitude problem with the 4 wd brigade who generally seem to have low self esteem issues (thus the car) and have little control over there chimp as Steve Peters would says. Also farmers with or without tractors are an issue as they never seem to slow down with various wide vehicles. They seem to have the attitude its their working environment , but at one time it was horses and then tractors around the farm , now its massive tractors with massive trailers going 10s of miles and they have not adapted the rules because of the farming lobby

Re: More Dawes bashing?

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 September 2014 - 4:16pm
honesty wrote:On the crank, I believe components starting with 5 with 3 numbers are Deore level. So tiagra equivalent for mountain bike components. More than likely specced as the only trekking crank Shimano do. Deore is pretty standard in touring bikes.

As an aside spacycles.co.uk have a 2013 ultra galaxy for 1290 quid...

Shimano do a full range of trekking cranksets from Deore to XT (doubles and triples). Ignore UK shops for this kind of stuff as its very much a minority market here whereas its mainstream in Germany. Try Rose bikes, bike 24, fahrrad.de etc.

Re: Cycling on single-track roads

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 September 2014 - 4:00pm
Worst spot for me is Crow Lane from the back of Chesterfield station. It's single track and peaks at 15%, rising a total of 100' in about 1/4 of a mile. Going down it's a non-issue because you're only on the steep bit for about 10 seconds, but going up takes, well, a while... and at 5-6mph you get both the impatient driver behind and the oncoming one who can't be bothered to wait at the top. There are a couple of passing places and I try to point to them to tell the impatient they'll get a chance in a moment, but I'm buggered if I'm stopping because if I do I'm not sure I'll get started again.

I'm hoping that folk will realise that if they must use this route (wider roads are available, if a little longer) they risk getting stuck behind a cyclist. I will generally stop at the bottom if I can see someone at the top (the steep narrow bit is dead straight) and will also let any cars behind me go up first, but once I've started I'll finish.

who will ride Vuelta a Espana 2014

CTC Forum - Racing - 15 September 2014 - 3:40pm
Wiggins will only be riding smaller races from now since he wants to do track riding in Rio 2016. He's said he would like to re-sign for Sky for that reason.

short tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 September 2014 - 2:34pm
Weather is nice and I have left over holiday days to take from work. I was thinking about doing a short 2 day tour preferably ending back home, or ending early enough on the 2nd day to get the train home and be back before 8pm. 1 night staying at a camp site as a first attempt at camping touring and to test out my stuff.

I was thinking about getting the train to Brokenhurst and cycling back, but trains look to be a pain, and I cant work out a decent route home. I'm currently considering getting the main line to Plymouth, and coming home from there, staying over outside Okehampton on the first night.

Any other suggestions?

Re: Cycling on single-track roads

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 September 2014 - 2:23pm
We both tend to ride in the centre but there have been some, fortunately very few, that just give you no option but to dart for the verge. I've ran on the same road and had to dive out of the way to miss the side of a car that decided to blast full speed past me swerving towards me.

We have signs that remind drivers to use passing places to allow faster cars to pass, I just wondered if there was something similar that could be included to encourage the passing of all forms of road users at passing places only. Most people are getting better we've noticed and either wait at a passing place until we get there or wait until we get to a passing place to come from behind us to pass. A lot of the time is seem to be the people with the biggest cars that hog the road and get to mad if you force them to wait.

Re: Cycling on single-track roads

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 September 2014 - 2:19pm
Hi,
Bicycler wrote:Move out early is the best advice I can give on that one. Make it obvious that you are holding the middle of the lane. It's really only the same as primary positioning in theory. I've had some realise rather late on that I wasn't going to move out of their way and that they had better slow down. I've had one or two who felt the need to honk their horn after slowing down but I haven't yet had one attempt to run me down. It makes sense to be able to get out of the way at the last minute if you did meet the homicidal maniac, but I haven't met him yet.

Re: road signs - They are there for all road users. We should not need special signs to remind drivers to treat us that we are road users too and that they should show us the tiniest little bit of respect as fellow human beings.
+1 The only way..................

Re: Cycling on single-track roads

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 September 2014 - 2:16pm
I'd like to think that we can use our best judgement about when to dive for the hedge

I'd honestly rather irritate a driver who has to *slow* suddenly to pass me safely than have him/her try to squeeze past me going too fast.

I won't say that I have never had a scary encounter with a motor vehicle on a single track lane, but the few that I've had have been entirely down to the driver of a motor vehicle going too fast for conditions.

I learned the lesson about position, more than anything, by pulling a trailer around on the back lanes. I was amazed by how much space drivers gave me. I thought it was solely down to the trailer, but I found that when I rode in the same position on a solo bike without a trailer, I had results that were nearly as good.

The only negative is that I did have one altercation with a motorist whom I scared when he came round a blind bend at silly mph (note that I don't know how fast he was going, but I'd guess more than 40, and it was a bend that I slowed for on my bike, let alone the car). He came to screeching halt in the road, as I dived for hedge. Then he rolled down his window to scream profanities at me. I attempted to point out that the outcome would have been no different if I'd been riding a horse (of which there are plenty in the area), or pushing a baby buggy. But of course, once he was onto screaming profanities, he wasn't seeing any sense. I can imagine that if I'd been on the side, like he imagined I should have been, either the outcome would have been the same, or he'd have clipped me at silly mph, and it would have been much worse than just getting stuck with wild plum thorns from the hedge.

Re: Cycling on single-track roads

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 September 2014 - 2:05pm
Agree re road signs. I'm never sure I like the idea of blue signs showing a cycle route when there is no cycle lane or warning signs of cyclists on the road.

To me that implies that drivers shouldn't expect cyclists elsewhere.

Re: Cycling on single-track roads

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 September 2014 - 1:57pm
Move out early is the best advice I can give on that one. Make it obvious that you are holding the middle of the lane. It's really only the same as primary positioning in theory. I've had some realise rather late on that I wasn't going to move out of their way and that they had better slow down. I've had one or two who felt the need to honk their horn after slowing down but I haven't yet had one attempt to run me down. It makes sense to be able to get out of the way at the last minute if you did meet the homicidal maniac, but I haven't met him yet.

Re: road signs - They are there for all road users. We should not need special signs to remind drivers to treat us that we are road users too and that they should show us the tiniest little bit of respect as fellow human beings.

Re: Off The bike for a while

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 September 2014 - 1:54pm
Must be the season for off's
I have my first decent one a dew days ago, when a motorbike pulled out on me.

Bike survived well, & apart from a sore knee/elbow the biggest impact was my left side where I landed on the motorbikes handlebars.

Re: Action on Dangerous Drivers - Worth the Effort

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 September 2014 - 1:51pm
If the vehicle has livery and so can be identified I do not hesitate to contact the company. I am not concerned for the driver's employment only that they drive correctly. I've pasted a correspondence I had recently with a local firm -
me:- yesterday evening 7:15 your van passed me at speed and
> dangerously close - (Brockley Combe) Can I ask that your driver takes a
> look at the following site :
> https://www.gov.uk/using-the-road-159-t ... 162-to-169
> before they kill someone
them:- Thank-you for finding the time to advise of a potential problem. Having
viewed the recordings of yesterday I am able to tell you the maximum
recorded speed of the vehicle never exceeded 42 mph. Also at no time was the
vehicle within 1 metre of any obstacle.
Therefore the conclusion is the vehicle was not speeding, and certainly not
dangerously close to any obstruction
me:- "give motorcyclists, cyclists and horse riders at least as much room as you would when overtaking a car." - Highway code rule 163
this is not what happened yesterday - at 40mph overtaking a cycle a van needs to pull out enough to make it safe to overtake. All I'm asking is that you have a word with the driver.
them:- I will pass on your comments, again thank-you for the time taken to record this information
Although their initial response is to deny that the incident took place, I do think that the complaint is worth making - if they start getting more of them regarding one driver I'm sure they will look at the viability of keeping that person behind the wheel.

Re: Cycling on single-track roads

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 September 2014 - 1:40pm
That's all well and good but when you have a two tonne car approaching you at 40mph things can look a bit different.

Re: Cycling on single-track roads

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 September 2014 - 1:37pm
The only way to prevent people from attempting to share where there isn't room, is to ensure that there really isn't room by riding out in the middle, or just left of centre until motor vehicle drivers have slowed enough to pass safely.

I've seldom seen any signs at all, except the occasional 'single track road with passing palces' at the beginning of a lane. Essex and Suffolk, at least seldom bother even with that much. Most of the places in the East of England that are posted that way begin wide enough for two vehicles, then narrow to single track after the first couple of farms.

Re: South Downs Way on a touring bike ??

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 September 2014 - 1:10pm
I did it a few years back on a MTB that'd been converted for commuting - so fully rigid, lowest gear was 32front, 25back, 2" marathon tyres. It was dry so the tyres were fine. The wrists had just about had enuff by the end tho - front suss would have been nice. Also, that gearing was stupid, I had to honk *alot* - then I was fit enough, now I couldn't do it. Id take a MTB if possible - and suck up the road miles on it from Cambridge if need be - but it's probably doable on a tourer. Fat tyres, low gearing!

Etape Cymru 2014

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 September 2014 - 12:52pm
I blogged about the 2014 Etape Cymru from the POV of me as supporter and son as participant.
http://geoffnelder.wordpress.com/2014/0 ... ather-son/
In spite of niggles of a late start and lack of veggie energy bars, it was a marvellous, unforgettable day. I'm tempted to slim down, keep taking my heart meds, and register for next year!

Re: More Dawes bashing?

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 September 2014 - 11:52am
honesty wrote:... the T551 crank is listed in their none groupset component section, but looks to be at Deore level

EDIT: found it on their line ups, and its actually LX level, not Deore, and definitely not sub Deore as the OP said:
http://productinfo.shimano.com/lineupchart.html#series=deore_lx&speed=3x10

There is one for sale on the forum at: http://forum.ctc.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=32&t=90018. The cheapest I could find it to buy new was over £70. I think 48-36-26T is a good choice for a touring chainset, plus it's easy enough to fit a 22t inner if required.

Not sure if 10 speed stuff is necessary for a tourer or if it will mix and match with 7/8/9 speed components, but looks like that's where things are headed for new touring bikes.

Re: More Dawes bashing?

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 September 2014 - 11:47am
Ok, so for clarity the ultra has:

Tiagra level triple shifters, triple front derailleur (highest level of either that Shimano currently do) and cassette
LX level crank, bb, and hubs
105 level rear derailleur and brakes

remember 105 is the road equivalent of LX, so apart from those parts that they physically cannot get, Dawes have fitted LX level across the board (Well apart from the cassette, but that makes sense to me)

Brooks saddle, Tubus rear rack (considered better than a Blackburn one), and marathon tyres are all pretty much best in class.
Alex rims are probably a cost saving exercise, but good for touring.

Seems a pretty decent setup if you ask me. As you can get last years model at a pretty hefty discount paying RRP would be a bit mad on this bike though!

Re: More Dawes bashing?

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 September 2014 - 11:19am
oh, forgot about OLN, good catch.

Another thing to say is they have 105 level disc brakes (BR R517), so thats going to add to the price as well.

I've finally checked on the shimano tech docs website (doesnt open well on my phone) at the T551 crank is listed in their none groupset component section, but looks to be at Deore level

EDIT: found it on their line ups, and its actually LX level, not Deore, and definitely not sub Deore as the OP said:
http://productinfo.shimano.com/lineupchart.html#series=deore_lx&speed=3x10

Cyclist hurt in Colchester - Police appeal

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 September 2014 - 11:18am
This, posted by Essex Police, came onto my radar via Facebook
Essex Police wrote:Can you help us find the car involved in a collision with a cyclist [on Saturday] at 4.40pm on Colne Causeway, #Colchester. The driver drove off towards the Greenstead roundabout, leaving the cyclist on the ground with a serious head injury. The driver failed to stop at the scene of the crash and the cyclist is in a stable condition in hospital.

We are looking for a silver Ford car (could be a Fiesta or Focus) on either an '07' or '57' registration plate. It will be missing a wing mirror and may have damage to the bonnet and/or windscreen. The driver of this car needs to contact us and anyone who thinks they can help us is urged to call us on 101 or 01245 491491 or via email collisionappeal@essex.pnn.police.uk

You can help us by sharing this appeal.
Essex road collision.jpg
(I've not found a direct web link to it)

Rick.
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