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Re: Ditching my Hybrid for a full Spec Tourer

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 September 2014 - 9:49am
I bought my Dream Tourer just over a decade ago. It does make a difference to me in how much I enjoy touring, but I went a bit more radical than a "proper touring bike"...



Better head-up view, no weight on arms, no crick in the neck, no need for contrived trousers and padded mitts, and it takes luggage better too (the lowriders are midway between the wheels and under the rider, the only affect on handling is glueing you to the road better).

Pete.

Re: Hit and Run - Cyclist Wanted !

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 September 2014 - 9:32am
I've watched both videos a couple of times,what I'm puzzled about is the taxi stopping where he did ie;smack in the cycle lane .
It's a compulsory left turn only and on the approach there's no obstruction to the taxi's left that would make him move to the right of the lane(which is quite wide).The Transit van looks as if he's about to set off but is on the pavement so if he's entering the traffic flow the taxi should've stopped in lane behind him.
The cyclist can't be excused for scratching the taxi(if he did)but puzzlements of puzzlements,why did the taxi stop where he did?
What's more bizarre is the cyclist removing his bag from the bike and just walking off

I wonder if there's more to this incident than meets the eye

All very odd,or is this normal behaviour in London?

Re: First Audax

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 September 2014 - 8:58am
Hi,
eileithyia wrote:And follow your own route even if you are in a group that appear to be able to read their route sheets, unless of course I am on the front reading the route sheet this is important for various reasons, if they drop you you need to be able to pick up fairly quickly where you are on the route sheet, it helps to teach you how to read a start sheet, those on the front may not actually be that good at reading their sheet.
+1 Very common, the big heads like to lead the sheep...do your own thing....where does it say TEAM.............

Re: Another A38 Accident

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 September 2014 - 8:42am
We must differentiate the A38 generally from the Devon Expressway between Exeter and Marsh Mills Plymouth.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A38_road
and
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A38_road#Devon

I've cycled vast lengths of the A38, here in Cornwall and up to Glouscester, plus in the Midlands.
Also, I've ridden the length of Plymouth Parkway.

Re: Another A38 Accident

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 September 2014 - 8:35am
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.

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

I would expect an urban level generally of around 1-2% of journeys but am surprised that its even as high as 0.1% outside considering the number of cyclists I see when out in the country vs town.

I won't be cycling on the A38 any time soon either but only because I'm not likely to be in that area any time soon. It may be very unpleasant to cycle but I really do doubt its dangerous based on a single anecdote.

Re: Hit and Run - Cyclist Wanted !

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 September 2014 - 8:29am
If the cyclist said, "Sorry" and was genuinely sorry, that would have been the end of it.
The police could have been called, but not for the scratch/incident, but because of the resulting fracas and the anger of the taxi driver deliberately blocking the road. If the police were interested at all it would be because of the taxi driver's attitude and actions.

Even if the cyclist was sorry, there's no way that he could be obliged to pay anything. Morally, maybe, but what happens if he has no money to pay?

I'm afraid that the taxi driver doesn't have a leg to stand on and should realise it's a jungle out there on the streets. Hard luck if your precious car gets scratched, if you are that pernickety about a pristine car, you shouldn't be taking it into the "jungle".

Re: First Audax

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 September 2014 - 8:19am
Make sure you have some sort of route sheet holder (purchased or home made) so that you can read the route sheet from your normal cycling position.
Make sure the sheet is protected against rain - I use an A4 plastic envelope so that the sheet can be folded to show the relevant section.
More recently I've had sheets laminated which enables them to be cut into suitable sections.
I've seen people new to audax trying to read a route sheet held in one hand and navigate at the same time (this can be a particularly disappointing experience if the sheet is slowly dissolving due to heavy rain ).

Re: First Audax

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 September 2014 - 8:19am
And follow your own route even if you are in a group that appear to be able to read their route sheets, unless of course I am on the front reading the route sheet this is important for various reasons, if they drop you you need to be able to pick up fairly quickly where you are on the route sheet, it helps to teach you how to read a start sheet, those on the front may not actually be that good at reading their sheet.
Well remember being at the back of a group with a friend of mine, those on front approached a junction, all grabbed their route sheets hastily from pockets, turned left as we smugly turned right.... Grat way to get to the front and be first in the cafe control lol.

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

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 September 2014 - 7:21am
jamesgilbert wrote:A possibly better translation would be "node" instead of knot
See below.

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

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 September 2014 - 7:09am
A possibly better translation would be "node" instead of knot

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
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