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Re: Sri Lanka

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 January 2016 - 2:16pm
Hi
I was there last year, I'd agree with most people here in that it is an amazing place, but you'd need to be seriously careful as the driving is not as it is in Europe (and I know it's not great here either!). I am not said it's bad; it's just very very different. Having said that, when I was zipping around in tuk-tuks it all worked well (the rule is: there are no rules) and everyone seemed to be able to avoid one another as they cut across lanes and 'duck and dived' through gaps left and right. But it's seat of your pants stuff on the busier roads between towns along the coast. Away from these roads it could be much better, I don't know.

I'd be swapping out my lycra for brown corduroy I think

Re: America: the bizarre

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 January 2016 - 2:11pm
On holiday in Oz and NZ last year we became very friendly with a couple from Phoenix Az because of mutual interests in photography and Jazz. They are coming here in September and will stay with us for a few days and next year we will visit with them. I have been around Phoenix before on business and passing through as a tourist but never spent time there. Theres nothing like being shown around by locals. We love desert landscapes. Plenty of interesting places to take them to around here.

Al

Re: America: the bizarre

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 January 2016 - 1:56pm
irc wrote:America is full of surprises. I finished the day in a small town in the midwest. In the local pub the big game was darts. Inter pub leagues and all. Electronic dart boards though. Who knew? Google it and there are darts leagues all over Ohio. A days ride either direction I never saw another dart board.
In some parts of the US, it's very much a working class game. I played darts some when I worked as a machinist in northern Illinois. It's what we did after work on Fridays (or Sundays if working a weekend shift); cash your paycheck at the bar, get something to eat and drink, then play darts. When I worked in professional roles, I don't recall anyone ever suggesting it as soemthing to do, outside of a teambuilding weekend once. We went bowling, too.

Re: oldies riding in the cold

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 January 2016 - 1:56pm
At 48 I am a mere youngster but I have found that my body temperature can go haywire in the cold. My commute is 14 mile round trip with a hilly first 2 miles. My standard winter commuting kit is Buffalo Big Face top, buff, Lowe Alpine fleece lined mountain cap, Buffalo Teclite trousers, thick walking socks, walking boots (flat pedals). Keeps me warm in all weather. Lowest temperature I have cycled on was -5 and ok on the gritted roads but fell off the bike on black ice 2"weeks ago. Bike was ok and I got away with a gashed knee and bruised ego

Re: America: the bizarre

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 January 2016 - 1:49pm
America is full of surprises. I finished the day in a small town in the midwest. In the local pub the big game was darts. Inter pub leagues and all. Electronic dart boards though. Who knew? Google it and there are darts leagues all over Ohio. A days ride either direction I never saw another dart board.

Re: How dangerous is this?

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 January 2016 - 1:47pm
On a shopper, it probably doesn't affect steering so much. I see people do this (it's moderately common in Denmark and the Netherlands), but I don't think I would do it myself. I don't think I could have trusted my kids to sit still enough for something like that when they were small enough to sit there. I took my kids around regularly by bike, so it was worth investing in a child seat.

Who knows why she did it, or if she makes a habit of it. It doesn't necessarily mean she's an idiot.

Maybe she's just an aunt or friend who was asked to collect someone from play school in the middle of a family emergency, and it seemed the most practical way to get junior home?

Re: How dangerous is this?

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 January 2016 - 1:46pm
Mick F wrote:At the end of Captain Correlli's Mandolin, there are three Greek girls on a motor scooter.
One driving, one in the middle doing her makeup, and the third facing backwards reading a newspaper.

Dangerous?

Something very appealing about dangerous people from the Med. [emoji6]

Re: How to inflate tyres on the road?

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 January 2016 - 1:45pm
Yep!
The designers at Lezyne really know their stuff.
Practical, light and beautiful to look at.

Horrifying hit-and-run in Brighton

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 January 2016 - 1:43pm
OK, not a cyclist, but it easily could have been, so I'm posting this in On The Road. I don't know what to say. I know the spot where this happened. WARNING: upsetting content.
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016 ... it-and-run
I only hope that they nail the scum who did this and throw away the key. And of course, hope that the unfortunate pedestrian fully recovers from his injuries.

Re: Downside to cheaper petrol.

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 January 2016 - 1:42pm
whoof wrote:I agree about adding Vehicle excise duty to fuel.I don't.

It depends on where you live. Some folk have the option of public transport or to walk ............ but not everyone.
If it came in that VED went on fuel, it would hit the poor in the rural communities.

Re: How dangerous is this?

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 January 2016 - 1:38pm
At the end of Captain Correlli's Mandolin, there are three Greek girls on a motor scooter.
One driving, one in the middle doing her makeup, and the third facing backwards reading a newspaper.

Dangerous?

Re: How dangerous is this?

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 January 2016 - 1:28pm
most importantly its against the law! You can carry passengers on a bicycle only if it has been adapted to do so - a child seat is that adaption.

Re: America: the bizarre

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 January 2016 - 1:05pm
al_yrpal wrote:I cannot see why anyone would want to cycle around the rust belt. Much of it is run down, flat and uninteresting. Good areas to cycle around would be Washington, Lancaster County which is charming, and the Williamsburg area which is very interesting. There are areas in Washington to avoid just like any big city. A lot of people seem wound up about cycling across America. You definately wont get the best of it doing that, its a very diverse country.

Al
I'd say it depends why you are going and what you are doing. Maybe the OP has done many of the typical tourist attractions and major cities. Or maybe he just isn't interested. Touring the rust belt, or even Detroit - Flint - Toledo - Cleveland, or something like that could be interesting in its own way. The culture is so completely different to tourist stops and small town America. Whilst I wouldn't necessarily recommend someplace like Barking to people who are visiting the UK from another country, If someone is interested in it from a cultural perspective, why not?

Re: Commuting lights

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 January 2016 - 1:03pm
Another thing that will be affecting many of us (and indeed other road users) to a greater or lesser extent is that night vision worsens significantly with age.

Re: Eating a banana at the wheel

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 January 2016 - 12:56pm
On long drives, usually with Mrs P as passenger, I ask her to peel me a satsuma and pass it to me segment by segment. I don't even need to take my eyes off the road for that. I find it useful to ward off drowsiness, so we always lay on a stock in the car before setting out. Mind you, a stop and a cup of strong coffee and/or a 15-minute nap, are even better.

Re: America: the bizarre

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 January 2016 - 12:15pm
I give up! Being lectured by someone who has never been there…

Al

Re: America: the bizarre

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 January 2016 - 12:11pm
al_yrpal wrote:I have walked all over Washington, day and evening after dark, of course you avoid the sink bits… doh!

Al

Of course! But you have to be aware that there are places to avoid, and you have to find out which bits they are. Even in the US the capital city has a reputation for violent crime, so it would be silly to go there with no awareness of the issue.

Re: America: the bizarre

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 January 2016 - 12:06pm
I have walked all over Washington, day and evening after dark, of course you avoid the sink bits… doh!

Al
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