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Re: No longer fashionable to say Hello?

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 August 2015 - 3:44pm
I've always acknowledged other people on country lanes and rural tracks, whether they are cycling or not. I sometimes say "hello", and sometimes just nod and smile in their direction. I do the same with motorists who slow down to let me pass. And (though I can't see why it bothers some people) I tend to wear lycra on the bike. I think lycra clad cyclists are no more or less likely to be friendly that those wearing civvies.

Re: Calais Battlefield Tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 August 2015 - 3:13pm
On the way to Cambrai I would go via Vimy. Some very well preserved landscapes from WW1.

Also if you are cycling there from Calais, why not tick off Agincourt? 600th anniversary in October!

Re: No longer fashionable to say Hello?

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 August 2015 - 3:02pm
Still new to cycling but when out on my first 'decent length' ride a couple of weekends ago I met a half dozen or so other cyclists, roughly 50/50 spilt between roadies and hybrids. Every one took the time to say hi even if in one case it was just a raising of his hand off his hoods as he passed. And he was a lycra lout too. So maybe there's hope yet

Re: No longer fashionable to say Hello?

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 August 2015 - 2:51pm
I've had occasion to be ignored, even after offering a greeting, by groups of middle aged lycra-clad trendies riding cool expensive road bikes, while passing them on their patrols.

Re: I'm amazed!

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 August 2015 - 2:04pm
There's one going through the middle of Farnworth towards Bolton. Although it does change. Last week it was "THINK That text can wait"

Re: Tour video of London (Outskirts) to Scotland

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 August 2015 - 1:30pm
brilliant thanks for posting.
did you camp or BnB ,what camera did u use to film that.

anyway enough questions i enjoyed that even tho the music was a bit much for me im a bob dylan fan lol sorry.pity u didn't get to my part of the world Ireland great place for cycling but weather is mostly hit and miss just like the UK.

jags.

Re: I'm amazed!

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 August 2015 - 12:57pm
I've just seen a 'SHARE THE ROAD' info sign on the A579 Atherleigh Way near Leigh Lancs.

Re: New overtaking video

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 August 2015 - 12:34pm
squeaker wrote:mjr wrote:What do you think?Take a good look at 1m26s - overtaking at a junction and towards the brow of a hill And earlier on it misses the point about overtaking a vehicle doing more than 10 mph where there are double white lines.
7/10, and I still prefer the Scottish horsey one


Whilst valid points, it's best to keep the message simple. This is about giving enough space whilst overtaking.

Re: Hook of Holland - Europort ferry

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 August 2015 - 12:31pm
Hi,

Have you sailed to Europort and found this out yet?

We sail on Saturday and I am just trying to figure out the passenger ferry to Hook from the main port?

Thanks in advance

Fiona

Re: New overtaking video

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 August 2015 - 12:31pm
Bicycler wrote:Problem is that it's an idealised empty road much like the Highway Code picture. I don't know about you but IME drivers don't tend to pass too closely when they have tons of room. Most of my close passes have happened in the face of oncoming traffic where drivers attempt to squeeze through within the lane without waiting for a gap in oncoming traffic.

IME close passes are totally unpredictable,open wide road or not,and if I think it's unsafe for drivers to pass me in traffic I block their chances.Equally so if I can see traffic building up behind because it's unsafe for them to overtake I pull over and let it clear so as not to cause them unnecessary irritation.

I'm just from shopping with Mrs R2 and have witnessed a horserider experience a close o/take,she was riding with her crop/whip sticking out on the offside(about 600mm beyond her right foot) when a Transit Connect missed it by about 150mm.
That's close!

Re: New overtaking video

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 August 2015 - 11:59am
Problem is that it's an idealised empty road much like the Highway Code picture. I don't know about you but IME drivers don't tend to pass too closely when they have tons of room. Most of my close passes have happened in the face of oncoming traffic where drivers attempt to squeeze through within the lane without waiting for a gap in oncoming traffic.

Re: New overtaking video

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 August 2015 - 11:40am
Yes, it should be seen by everyone else, serves no purpose if only us lot see it.
I'm going to put a link to this on Facebook so that my family & friends can see it. Howsabout you all do that as well to help get the message out.
I'm glad that riding two abreast was mentioned, where is it though?

Re: Mallorca - Bikes on trains

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 August 2015 - 11:35am
Helen wrote:Here's the daily train timetable from Palma to Sa Pobla and Manacor (in Catalan).
Feiners means workdays (Mon-Fri unless it's a feast day).
Red dots are the trains where you CAN'T take bikes (rush hours).
http://www.caib.es/sacmicrofront/archivopub.do?ctrl=MCRST330ZI45282&id=45282

And here's the timetable for Saturdays, Sundays and Feast Days:
http://www.caib.es/sacmicrofront/archivopub.do?ctrl=MCRST330ZI45280&id=45280

Here's the Mallorca transport website:
http://www.caib.es/sacmicrofront/contenido.do?idsite=330&cont=8689&lang=ca&campa=yes

If you need help with tranlation, PM me!




Hi!
I'm going to visit Mallorca with group of my friends (something about 15-20 people) in September. We'll stay in Palma de Mallorca but we want to see Cap Formentor and i'm thinking about how we can get there with our bikes.
Is there any chance that we can fit in with all of bikes in one train or we will have to split up?
And how much is ticket for bike or this is for free?

P.S. I'm sorry for my English and potencial mistakes

Re: Buzzed by a Buzzard

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 August 2015 - 11:26am
Wildlife doesn't seem to find bikes as scary as people on foot.

I once came across some fox cubs playing in the road and stopped to watch, they carried on regardless, tumbling over each other and eventually ended up tumbling into the hedge. Wish I'd had my camera handy - but some moments are perhaps best just savoured in 'real time'.

Re: New overtaking video

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 August 2015 - 11:22am
squeaker wrote:mjr wrote:What do you think?Take a good look at 1m26s - overtaking at a junction and towards the brow of a hill And earlier on it misses the point about overtaking a vehicle doing more than 10 mph where there are double white lines.
7/10, and I still prefer the Scottish horsey one

Which brings me to yesterday's car / cyclist interaction: approaching stop line at a cross roads I observe a woman exiting left from the opposing road with two loaded shopping bags dangling from the handlebars. I exit right and end up following her for maybe 50 yards waiting for a gap in the oncoming traffic to overtake safely. Suitable gap appears, I indicate, pull out into the oncoming lane and floor it, at which point, with just a sideways glance said cycle user turns right in front of me and cycles onto the offside pavement Fortunately I was driving an asthmatic Clio so no problem , but....Well I suppose I wouldn't like to let go of the handlebars to indicate with that much dangling from them

Trouble with the horsey one is that riders will tell you that drivers don't give horses enough space either. I know several riders who have been physically clipped by overtaking traffic. And some drivers are as antagonistic to horses as others are to cyclists, i.e., the 'you shouldn't be on the road' brigade, plus the 'you are a toff because you're on horse so I hate you' brigade. At least drivers can't deliberately scare our bikes and make them bolt or rear by blaring the horn at them.............

Re: Calais Battlefield Tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 August 2015 - 11:05am
Reading this thread with interest as I quite fancy taking in a visit to the battlefields. Heathbrook, good luck and hope it comes off, let us know how you get on.

Re: New overtaking video

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 August 2015 - 10:28am
foxyrider wrote:........ who is going to see it? is it being shown on prime time TV, in cinemas? Not much point if it doesn't get seen.

This ^^^
It ain't much good if it isn't seen by most of the driving public

Re: New overtaking video

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 August 2015 - 9:55am
mjr wrote:What do you think?Take a good look at 1m26s - overtaking at a junction and towards the brow of a hill And earlier on it misses the point about overtaking a vehicle doing more than 10 mph where there are double white lines.
7/10, and I still prefer the Scottish horsey one

Which brings me to yesterday's car / cyclist interaction: approaching stop line at a cross roads I observe a woman exiting left from the opposing road with two loaded shopping bags dangling from the handlebars. I exit right and end up following her for maybe 50 yards waiting for a gap in the oncoming traffic to overtake safely. Suitable gap appears, I indicate, pull out into the oncoming lane and floor it, at which point, with just a sideways glance said cycle user turns right in front of me and cycles onto the offside pavement Fortunately I was driving an asthmatic Clio so no problem , but....Well I suppose I wouldn't like to let go of the handlebars to indicate with that much dangling from them

Re: New overtaking video

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 August 2015 - 9:24am
mjr wrote:
I think only CB flouts the BC helmet rule

what helmet rule? The 'regulation' is only applicable to events (races/sportives etc) organised under BC rules.

Please don't start trotting out all that rubbish again, our best known cyclist is not flouting anything other than his personal choice.

The video is brilliant but who is going to see it? is it being shown on prime time TV, in cinemas? Not much point if it doesn't get seen.

Re: Lightweight pannier suggestions for Tubus Airey rack

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 August 2015 - 9:11am
here's a spendier lightweight option:http://www.porcelainrocket.com/product/micro-panniers/
at 800 grams for the pair. I wonder if there are other companies doing similar designs this side of the pond?
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