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Re: Route from Oxford Road to Media City?

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 July 2015 - 2:33pm
In my excitement I missed the bit where you have to come off the Bridgewater canal, cross the junction at Trafford and join the ship canal - just in case anyone tried to follow my directions...

Re: Canal du Midi towpath

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 July 2015 - 2:14pm
Rode Carcassone past Toulouse last year. All fine, surface wise except for short section just west of Carcassonne. Perhaps 10 k from city centre. Easily by-passed on quiet wide roads. Detour lasted 10km, when rejoined path, the surface was fine again. Sorry, don't know exact length of rutted, bumpy bit.

Re: Route from Oxford Road to Media City?

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 July 2015 - 1:31pm
GrumpyCyclist wrote:So a journey that takes me 25 mins by car and costs £25/fortnight would take the best part of two hours each way and double in cost. Shame really, but that's public transport for you I guess.
No public transport in Manchester any more, is there? It's all privatised mass transport - for example, Metrolink is operated by RATP Group.

Re: Indicators, the lost art?

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 July 2015 - 1:21pm
The problem is further increased by differences between motorists and cyclists. Motorists increasingly seem to signal as they turn, just sticking out fingers to catch the indicator controls as their hands pass them. Cyclists signal before they turn, because they need their hands back on the bars for the turn itself. Cyclists are nearer to correct behaviour of course, though maybe more from necessity than anything else.

I do find though that drivers in London are better about signalling than those elsewhere, probably because they know that they will often be turning across a line that bikes often take.

Re: Route from Oxford Road to Media City?

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 July 2015 - 1:15pm
kwackers wrote:GrumpyCyclist wrote:Unless I'm misunderstanding you, you leave your new bike at the cycle hub when coming back? How's that working out with respect to the fact the lockers are supposed to be left empty at the end of the day? Hope you don't come in one morning and find your locker opened and bike gone.

Having said that, if such an opportunity were available for me, I'd probably do the same. No public transport links and no hubs for me unfortunately.
No that's what I'm doing.

I haven't seen anything that says I can't leave the bike overnight - although in fairness it does seem to be a bit 'grey'.
The FAQ says:-
"City Tower members can leave bikes overnight. Bikes cannot be parked in Ashton-under-Lyne, Bury or Rochdale Hubs overnight and if you do we may remove them."

So one locker is explicitly given permission whilst some others are explicitly denied it. What that means for Oxford Rd is anyone's guess. If it goes for a walk then I expect I'll be able to recover it (you'd hope they'd 'sticker' it first though).

The only thing the T&C's seem to say is:-
"transport for Greater Manchester reserve the right to remove property, including bikes, and dispose of the property after a 3 month period. Cycle Hub members will be notified of such actions."
Which sounds as though if they remove the bike you've got 3 months to claim it back.

<edit> Just spotted you said "lockers" rather than bike stands. I'm not using the lockers so shouldn't be an issue.

Ah, yeah. My cynical mind was assuming they were bike lockers, not stands. Fair enough then. I like the idea of those hubs, and if I start cycling more I might look into them myself to use if I cycle into Bolton or even - gulp - Manchester.

The City Tower is different because that needs a separate payment. £100-£200/year or you can pay £10 for 10 visits. For some reason it's a posh one.

Looked into doing something similar myself after I posted my last. I'd need to cycle to Radcliffe (30mins minimum), leave the bike at Metrolink, wait for a little bit, catch a tram (1hr 05min journey since I have to go into Manchester, change and come back out) and pay £5/return journey. So a journey that takes me 25 mins by car and costs £25/fortnight would take the best part of two hours each way and double in cost. Shame really, but that's public transport for you I guess.

Re: How to complain about bad driving.

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 July 2015 - 1:13pm
Just found this thread. I am in the process of complaining to the police about a severe left hook by a white van that happened last Tuesday afternoon. It is the first incident which I feel merits reporting since I got the camera about 5 months ago. Also it is a bit of a test to see what the attitude of Devon and Cornwall police is to this kind of thing.

I made a report on line that evening and have an appointment at Redruth Police Station at 6.30pm. I am going to take the camera with original micro sd card with me, with the full 30 minute recording, with an adaptor for the micro sd to fit in a standard SD card slot as found on most lap tops. I can also direct them to the uploaded edited version on Youtube, which is currently resricted to private viewing so only viewable via my log in. I don't have time to copy it to a CD- hopefully we will be able to view the full version in fast forward so they can see that there was no previous contact with the vehicle before the incident.

I will report back re the response from the police.

Re: What's your top weight saving tip for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 July 2015 - 1:09pm
foxyrider wrote:Not used chammy cream since I stopped using real chammies, with proper hygiene there shouldn't be a need for the revolting stuff. However if you do get sore down below i'm reliably informed Sudocrem is very effective - millions of babies swear by the stuff!

Of course, so called "chammy cream" is not like the stuff of years ago. It used to be a way of softening leather chamois inserts, but those have all but disappeared. Modern pads just need washing. So modern chammy cream is just skin cream. I use it sometimes, for long rides, and I find it helps to prevent skin inflammation. But I have also used Germolene, which was quite effective and comes in small tubes. Sudocrem I found a bit too viscous.

Re: CTC Bike Bag on Ryanair

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 July 2015 - 12:51pm
Wow what a negative (2nd) post. On what do you base your negativity?

I haven't flown Ryannair, but recently did the poly bag thing on Easyjet.

Firstly, I didn't buy the CTC one, but got a free one from local bed shop.

Secondly, I didn't take off wheels, why do you want to do this? I just put whole bike in the bag. This means that forks, drop outs and wheels are much better protected. If you need to remove a wheel to fit the bag, I suggest you do the front one and get a spacer to fit between the forks. Spacers are used in new bike delivery so asl your LBS.

Hopefully someone will come forward with specific info on Ryannair, but I was recommended to take copy of CTC pages on packing and travelling with a bike in poly bag. Search, or look at my old post about Easyjet and poly bag.

Edit: Here is my old post, I can't copy links, but they are in the second post down
viewtopic.php?f=16&t=96686

Re: Route from Oxford Road to Media City?

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 July 2015 - 12:44pm
GrumpyCyclist wrote:Unless I'm misunderstanding you, you leave your new bike at the cycle hub when coming back? How's that working out with respect to the fact the lockers are supposed to be left empty at the end of the day? Hope you don't come in one morning and find your locker opened and bike gone.

Having said that, if such an opportunity were available for me, I'd probably do the same. No public transport links and no hubs for me unfortunately.
No that's what I'm doing.

I haven't seen anything that says I can't leave the bike overnight - although in fairness it does seem to be a bit 'grey'.
The FAQ says:-
"City Tower members can leave bikes overnight. Bikes cannot be parked in Ashton-under-Lyne, Bury or Rochdale Hubs overnight and if you do we may remove them."

So one locker is explicitly given permission whilst some others are explicitly denied it. What that means for Oxford Rd is anyone's guess. If it goes for a walk then I expect I'll be able to recover it (you'd hope they'd 'sticker' it first though).

The only thing the T&C's seem to say is:-
"transport for Greater Manchester reserve the right to remove property, including bikes, and dispose of the property after a 3 month period. Cycle Hub members will be notified of such actions."
Which sounds as though if they remove the bike you've got 3 months to claim it back.

<edit> Just spotted you said "lockers" rather than bike stands. I'm not using the lockers so shouldn't be an issue.

Re: What's your top weight saving tip for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 July 2015 - 12:30pm
I think some people find massive advantages in this pursuit. How do you know which items will add to your enjoyment and which can be left behind, it's not black and white. Many people start down the route of an extra couple of hundred grams here or there makes no difference, and before they know it they are carting a 30 kilo load. Ok it depends on your preferences, but for some people, going lighter up hills = more fun. So knowing how much everything weighs and choosing multifunctional items is important. There is also the minimalistic living and the organisation that goes with it, per se, as aside from biking/hiking/whatever, which some people enjoy in itself.

Re: Is This The First Road Rage Death?

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 July 2015 - 12:18pm
Guy951 wrote:beardy wrote:As for murder apart from the obvious sentence the person should never be allowed to drive a motorised vehicle again.

He didnt do anything noticeably wrong whilst driving his car.
But if he's the sort of moron who thinks a little knock to his precious car is worth killing for...

I certainly don't want to share the roads with that sort of creature.
It makes me wonder about our western society and the car culture we have created. Where things like having little silver labels saying 2.0 rather than 1.8 are really important to so many. Where things like having LX or better still GTX after the 2.0/1.8 make some people feel so important. Something very wrong.

Ian

Re: Is This The First Road Rage Death?

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 July 2015 - 12:01pm
beardy wrote:As for murder apart from the obvious sentence the person should never be allowed to drive a motorised vehicle again.

He didnt do anything noticeably wrong whilst driving his car.
But if he's the sort of moron who thinks a little knock to his precious car is worth killing for...

I certainly don't want to share the roads with that sort of creature.

Re: my altercation

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 July 2015 - 11:52am
honesty wrote:They're not going to fix the cycling infrastructure if they can even be bothered to police the road infrastructure as is. Hammett street has the wrong sign at the war memorial end of it, no entry without cycle exemption. So even though there is a contraflow cycle lane there technically you cant use it.
Yeah, they will - the infrastructure and policing budgets are very disconnected. That's why sometimes they try physical measures when policing would be better, and the other way around. It depends which organisation has and is willing to commit some budget to it.

Report them on www.fixMyStreet.com and keep on at them. I'm tempted to do it but I wouldn't have time to do it well.

Best airline for bike travel - Lufthansa ?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 July 2015 - 11:45am
I've just returned from a mini tour of Germany ,France ,Luxembourg and Switzerland and would like to share my airline experience..

I travelled with the German airline Lufthansa and my experience was extremely positive..

I rolled up at my local airport ,checked in my baggage and bike ,dropped it at the bulky baggage door and that was it..No bike bags or fiddly cardboard boxes,no turning handle bars,no deflating tyres or anything..Arrived in Frankfurt and not a mark on my bike..

Same was to be said for the return flight

I was traveling with 4 pannier bags ,so instead of getting charged for excess baggage,I put the 4 panniers into an IKEA duvet bag..

Another bonus was,the check in staff forgot to charge me the 50 Euros for the bike on the outward flight


lufthansa is my bike carrier of choice

Re: CTC Bike Bag on Ryanair

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 July 2015 - 11:41am
Wow! I can offer no succour. I wish you well. Any damage done will be disowned by what you are attempting. I wish you well. I hope it goes well for you. Normally you would be okay,but with get-out clauses these days and Ryanair!! I want to be proved wrong. Prepare for the worse,if you get on and all goes well,you have hit jackpot.
Try and comply with their rules and regs if you can. Esp Ryanair. Hope you and your bike get back fine. Best wishes. Don't think I'd have the courage.

Re: Indicators, the lost art?

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 July 2015 - 11:36am
brooksby wrote:bigjim wrote:I'm getting used to non indicators and don't get too adgitated about them. They are just part of our ever more selfish society. What does bug me is this new thing of actually deciding to indicate as they are turning. What's that all about? Too late mate. No good to me now!

Its an insurance thing. If someone runs into them, they can say that their indicators were on.
Nah, it's just sheer laziness and sloppy driving. They just brush the indicator stalk as they are turning the steering wheel and probably think that's adequate.

Re: my altercation

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 July 2015 - 11:32am
honesty wrote:... he is firmly of the opinion that I was in the wrong because I was in the outside lane. I should have been hugging the left etc. ...

I get horns hooted at me from time to time, in one particular place in central Bristol.

At the top of Park Street by the Wills Building, if heading away from the city centre, the road has two lanes. The left one is for people going into Berkeley Square or going down Jacobs Wells Road; the right one is for everyone going back round the Triangle or up Whiteladies Road, or points to Clifton.

Since I want to go to Clifton, I stay toward the left side of the right hand lane, sometimes even taking primary. And yet so many people seem to think that this is wrong "cos cyclists stay by the kerb, innit". Apparently the correct course of action would be to stay right across by the kerb at the left of the road, then swerve across a lane of traffic speeding to go down Jacobs Wells Road and into a lane of traffic speeding to go round the bottom of the Triangle.

Research Survey (University dissertation)

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 July 2015 - 11:30am
Dear Members of CTC Forum,

I am currently undertaking a cycling survey as part of my MSc Transport and City Planning dissertation at University College London (UCL).

This research aims to establish the impact of new cycling infrastructure such as segregated lanes, parking and storage facilities on cycling levels in London.

The survey has 14 questions and I wish to extend the request to the community on this forum as your views will be greatly valued.

Survey Link:

http://goo.gl/forms/GGaCd8BRKw

Please have my appreciation for taking part in the survey.

Michael Kotoh-Mortty

Re: Is This The First Road Rage Death?

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 July 2015 - 10:44am
beardy wrote:As for murder apart from the obvious sentence the person should never be allowed to drive a motorised vehicle again.
He didnt do anything noticeably wrong whilst driving his car.
I suspect it does not lie within the discretion of the courts to ban someone from driving when the charge is murder. I suspect the same would be true even if they had used the car as the murder weapon.

CTC Bike Bag on Ryanair

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 July 2015 - 10:35am
I'm flying back from Perpignan to Stanstead via Ryanair after my up-coming French end to end and am looking at using the CTC bike bag to pack the bike in for the journey. I'm planning to remove the pedals, turn the bars, drop the saddle and remove the wheels and zip-tie them to the frame for ease of handling.

The question I have is that the Ryanair T&C's clearly state that bikes must be carried in a box or "protective" bag. A polythene bag can hardly be described as protective, so has anyone actually been refused in the past by Ryanair when attempting this? Also, am I likely to get away with leaving the tent on the rack?
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