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Re: Have I Planned a *good* Route in Belgium?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 September 2014 - 4:42am
I don't know the region, but one clue for a better route.
It seemes to me you plannend your route on Google-maps. Turn your map to OSM-cycle (upper right corner of the map). Then you will see a lot of blue lines and numbers. This is the so called 'Knooppunten' (cycling from knot to knot, wich is a very bad translation ). If you are planning the route along these 'knots', you will be sure to have a better route.

Or use this planner.

By the way, the grammar for a nice link in your posting is:
[url=link]text[/url]
or
[url]link[/url]
and not
[url]=link[/url]

Good luck,

Re: Show your touring bikes !!!!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 September 2014 - 1:01am
And a little family of touring bikes, ready to set off.

Re: Show your touring bikes !!!!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 September 2014 - 12:48am
Newer, this is used for mucking around on trails with the kids and a bit of touring. Kona dr dew. West coast of Ireland.

Re: Show your touring bikes !!!!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 September 2014 - 12:44am
Old (not the oldest, not sure where those photos are..), this is the orbit gold medal, in Spain.

Re: Hit and Run - Cyclist Wanted !

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 September 2014 - 12:18am
To be fair to the OP we have no reason to suspect the cyclist didn't scrape his taxi.

I think he did quite well out of the incident. I wish I was given a perfectly serviceable bike for every scratch I've had on cars over the years.

The cyclist was clearly wrong to hit the car and it was almost certainly careless cycling. However, if the police actually do something about that when they routinely fail to do so about genuinely dangerous driving for which far better camera footage exists then I think it is disproportionate. Yes, the cyclist should have offered to pay for any damage he caused but this really is a trifling little incident and investigating it would be a waste of the police's time and limited resources

Have I Planned a *good* Route in Belgium?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 September 2014 - 11:14pm
After a lot of web research and searching on this site in particular, I've devised routes for our soon to happen bike ride from Kent to Antwerp, and I wanted to sound out the group on whether the route will be a good one. We did London to Paris last year, but used the Donald Hirsch route so this is the first one I've done myself...its my first post here so be gentle with me, I have them on ridewithGPS so I will try to post the links.

day1 is getting to Dover, then [url]=http://ridewithgps.com/routes/5962218[/url] is from Calais to Bruges via the canals from Gravelines and south of DUnkirk, it seems to be tracks and paths mostly, but I think it is OK.

Day 3 [url]=http://ridewithgps.com/routes/5967418[/url] is where I've been getting a little concerned, we need to get from Bruges to Antwerp and although I know we could head south and come in via Gent, I was asked by the group to take us more directly, therefore I think we will be on more roads than day 2 BUT I think they are quite quiet, am I right or going slightly mad?

Finally, we've got to get from Antwerp to Brussels the following morning, is there a direct path which we can follow to take us there please

Hope this all works and makes sense, any guidance and insight would be HUGELY appreciated, as it is my first time planning something on this scale, and I don't want to get shouted at for getting it wrong.

Thanks for all the advice I've seen on previous posts, and thanks in advance for any guidance given here
M4K

Re: First Audax

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 September 2014 - 10:41pm
Thanks for the tips, I'll try following the typed sheet and have the maps in a pocket. I'm looking forward to it

Here 's a link to the ride, it's the National Forest 50km;

http://www.aukweb.net/events/detail/14-486/

Thanks
Andrew

Re: Hit and Run - Cyclist Wanted !

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 September 2014 - 10:30pm
beardy wrote:He has posted the lead up to the incident.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YEhEc4u ... e=youtu.be
Well there's a few minutes of my life I'll never get back. Adds nothing to suggest if/who caused what/anything/etc.

Ian

Re: First Audax

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 September 2014 - 10:26pm
I just follow the route sheet, and keep maps in my bag to be referred to only if there is something I am unsure about.

Re: Hit and Run - Cyclist Wanted !

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 September 2014 - 10:24pm
He has posted the lead up to the incident.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YEhEc4u ... e=youtu.be

Beryl Burton, postumous award.

CTC Forum - Racing - 10 September 2014 - 10:23pm
Beryl Burton is being given the Freedom of the City of Leeds, posthumously.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-29144327

Re: Hit and Run - Cyclist Wanted !

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 September 2014 - 10:02pm
Bicycler wrote:kwackers wrote:Psamathe wrote:And in the video it looks like the cyclist is tugging at his bike like the cab driver is holding on to it. So, ignoring the moral aspect (and assuming the "not legally obliged to exchange contact details" is correct), then the cabbie is in effect illegally detaining the cyclist.
Ah, that would explain it. I couldn't figure out what was going on! I'd be interested in knowing how the driver could prove the damage occurred earlier and not whilst trying to detain the cyclist. (It can't be easy hanging onto a bicycle like that and not sustaining paint damage).
or it could have occurred at the time that the car moved 25 secs in
That is assuming it didn't happen earlier that day/earlier in the week/earlier in the month/etc.

Ian

Re: Another A38 Accident

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 September 2014 - 10:02pm
BeeKeeper wrote:Edit: Just selected several other counting points at random in Devon and looked at the ratios. The problem seems to be the counting points are all main roads so in one sense not much difference between them but the second in the list (6407) gives a bike to vehicle ratio of approaching 1:100 which is more what I might expect for an urban situation but many of the others are around the 1:1000 recorded on the A38.
That's just one problem with that dataset. For example, I seem to remember that if you're on a cycleway rather than an all-traffic lane, then you don't get counted, whereas you would be recorded as on that road if you had a collision, both onhttp://road-collisions.dft.gov.uk/collision-map/ and similar sources, which would inflate any estimate of risk.

For a stretch with no cycle facilities, like the bit of the A38 in this topic AFAIK, it's not awful, though.

Re: Hit and Run - Cyclist Wanted !

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 September 2014 - 9:26pm
kwackers wrote:Psamathe wrote:And in the video it looks like the cyclist is tugging at his bike like the cab driver is holding on to it. So, ignoring the moral aspect (and assuming the "not legally obliged to exchange contact details" is correct), then the cabbie is in effect illegally detaining the cyclist.
Ah, that would explain it. I couldn't figure out what was going on! I'd be interested in knowing how the driver could prove the damage occurred earlier and not whilst trying to detain the cyclist. (It can't be easy hanging onto a bicycle like that and not sustaining paint damage).
or it could have occurred at the time that the car moved 25 secs in

Re: Hit and Run - Cyclist Wanted !

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 September 2014 - 9:20pm
Psamathe wrote:And in the video it looks like the cyclist is tugging at his bike like the cab driver is holding on to it. So, ignoring the moral aspect (and assuming the "not legally obliged to exchange contact details" is correct), then the cabbie is in effect illegally detaining the cyclist.
Ah, that would explain it. I couldn't figure out what was going on! I'd be interested in knowing how the driver could prove the damage occurred earlier and not whilst trying to detain the cyclist. (It can't be easy hanging onto a bicycle like that and not sustaining paint damage).

Re: Another A38 Accident

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 September 2014 - 9:04pm
mjr wrote:So look it up on http://www.dft.gov.uk/traffic-counts/ and then say what you think?
Fascinating link. Many thanks.

There is a "count point" very close to the recent tragedy (56413). From the download there were, for 2013, the most recent figure 49 pedal cycles with a total for all traffic of nearly 49,000. I am not sure over what period this count was made but at a ratio of 1 push bike to a thousand vehicles this suggests to me what I already suspected, this is a road not often used by cyclists and therefore the total number of serious accidents and fatalities does not give a true picture of the risk of cycling along this road.

I am probably not interpreting this data correctly so if someone who is more familiar with it can do I would be interested.

Given this data is all in a computer somewhere it would hardly be rocket science for the same people who publish it to produce a map showing which roads are the greatest risk. But as a cynic they probably wouldn't want to draw attention this way.

Edit: Just selected several other counting points at random in Devon and looked at the ratios. The problem seems to be the counting points are all main roads so in one sense not much difference between them but the second in the list (6407) gives a bike to vehicle ratio of approaching 1:100 which is more what I might expect for an urban situation but many of the others are around the 1:1000 recorded on the A38.

Not sure where this is leading, only I won't be cycling on the A38 any time soon.

Re: Hit and Run - Cyclist Wanted !

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 September 2014 - 9:04pm
It's true that the duty to stop and report accidents under s 170 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 applies only to the drivers of mechanically propelled vehicles ie it does not include cyclists, but in the circumstances of this thread, s 168 of the same Act probably applies:-

168 Failure to give, or giving false, name and address in case of reckless or careless or inconsiderate driving or cycling..
Any of the following persons— (....)
(b) the rider of a cycle who is alleged to have committed an offence under section 28 or 29 of this Act, (ie dangerous or careless cycling) who refuses, on being so required by any person having reasonable ground for so requiring, to give his name or address, or gives a false name or address, is guilty of an offence.

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1988/52/section/168

Having said that, it's not an indictable offence so I don't think "any person having reasonable ground for so requiring" can arrest a cyclist who doesn't comply.

Re: 700c wheels in India?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 September 2014 - 9:01pm
start your tour with new but run-in kit and avoid all this!

Our wheels were fairly new and the rims weren't worn as we were using disc brakes. The bike was a Hase Pino tandem and very heavily loaded. The combination of the weight of the gear and the need to dodge Moroccan trucks was what caused the rim to split. The drop from the road onto the rocky 'hard shoulder' can be substantial and it gradually took it's toll.

Re: Hit and Run - Cyclist Wanted !

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 September 2014 - 8:59pm
It does appear that the taxi has been painted black, classic "cause" of SMIDSY. Better road positioning and use of hi-vis paint may have helped to avoid the incident .

An incident occurred and I don't doubt the cyclist's moral obligation to stop and exchange details. It would appear that the police have asked the taxi driver to mount his own investigation into the incident, in line with current policing practice.

I do not recognise either the cyclist or the bike.

Re: Hit and Run - Cyclist Wanted !

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 September 2014 - 8:53pm
Bicycler wrote:Really this does show how people are slightly too fussy about their cars.Too true they are. Sorry about this, but I couldn't help but be reminded about this infamous advert!
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