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Re: Another A38 Accident

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 September 2014 - 3:39pm
BeeKeeper wrote: is there an official CTC view on cycling on busy A roads like the A38? Should the CTC actively discourage it or do they say it is every rider's right?
I suspect they point out that it is every person's right to use the public highway, and should be campaigning for better policing to allow people to go about their daily lives without being threatened by the Mr Hyde which appears when people take control of a lethal weapon...

Re: Another A38 Accident

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 September 2014 - 3:01pm
PS

Lee Mill I've ridden through many times, but I've always used the back roads. I don't think I've ever ridden on the A38 there always strikes me as too busy and fast.

Often come down from Lee Moor/Wotter to Ivybridge then followed the back roads to Plympton. You can go through south through Smithaleigh or north down Holland Rd into Chaddelwood.

Re: Another A38 Accident

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 September 2014 - 2:58pm
I don't want to speculate about this incident and wish only the best for the cyclist who sounds in a bad way but the A38 is a busy dual carriage way with quite a few slip roads on and off along this stretch. There is a narrow band of tarmac between the rumble strip and the grass but it is chocker with stones and rubbish. I often see people cycling along this but they must be prone to punctures. You also see a few cycling on the "road side" of the rumble strip with vehicles skimming past them a few inches away it seems. Not my sort of cycling but they are within their rights - but I wouldn't do it ever. The problem are the tailgaters - the first vehicle in a bunch should see the cyclist but the ones behind don't if they are too close to the vehicle in front, especially if it is a truck. I must stress again I am not speculating about this incident but is there an official CTC view on cycling on busy A roads like the A38? Should the CTC actively discourage it or do they say it is every rider's right?

Re: Another A38 Accident

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 September 2014 - 2:51pm
Yes, very sad.

Close to home?
Maybe, but a collision can happen on any road.
Out this morning, I had to divert from my planned ride because of a serious accident up near Brentor on the Chillaton road. The police had closed three roads coz the accident had happened at a cross roads.

No idea what was involved, but it must have been serious. Again, very sad.

Organised tours accross the USA

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 September 2014 - 2:47pm
There seems to be a number of organised tours to cycle across the USA . Has anybody any experience of any of them

Good icebreaker leggings for cycle tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 September 2014 - 1:46pm
Hi there,

Wasn't sure where to ask this question but assumed there would be people out there who use Icebreaker clothing.
Basically, I bought some Icebreaker everyday leggings 2 weeks ago and they already have a rip in the side seam and a hole in the knee. I'm working from home at the moment and all I've been doing is sitting at a desk all day in them. It seems stupid that my primark leggings cost 5 times less but have lasted 20 times as long.

Was I just unlucky with a shoddy pair or are the 'everyday' leggings just bad quality?

Anyway, I'll get to my point. I'm off on a 6 month cycle tour and really want some decent leggings. To wear while sleeping, when cold, but also as everyday wear to wear under a skirt on rest days/evenings. Icebreaker do lots of variations of leggings. Are the others much better quality than the 'everyday' leggings? I realise there are some thicker ones, but I don't really need thicker.
I basically don't want to spend a whole load of money again on some leggings that end up ripping straightaway.
Any thoughts?

Re: My second tour (I made it)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 September 2014 - 12:58pm
Well done, but come back without the trailer and do the hills from Bagillt to Gronant. You know you want to.

That sign is very true; I've been past it many times and not read it. Still don't want a caravan there.

Re: A Ghost Story

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 September 2014 - 10:48am
The only time I ever encountered something unexplainable was on a fishing trip, by the thames at Hampton:
There was a chap fishing from a wooden pontoon type thing, which had dire warnings posted that it was unsafe. The thing that struck me as odd was that he was dressed for town & using a portable-type spinning rod.

30 seconds later he was no longer there _ No splash, & no way up the 10 _ 12 ft high stone wall behind him.

My thinking is that there are "ghosts" or whatever all about us all the time & we only notice them when they are out of context.

Re: ITV4 20.00 today Greg Lemond ; Slaying The Badger

CTC Forum - Racing - 5 September 2014 - 10:40am
Thanks for pointing it out.

It is also available for the next 28 days on ITV Player (link).

I'll probably watch it tonight.

Rick.

Re: Must've been Changeover Day?

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 September 2014 - 10:30am
MartinC wrote:mercalia wrote:this practice has klled off cycle touring?

No, nothing is ever that simple. I'm not sure I even accept the premise that it's dead but even if it is I'm not sure that carrying bikes on cars has made much of a contribution. The idea that if Niggle didn't have a bike rack he and his partner would've gone cycletouring in Devon without the car doesn't stand up for me. Of course he may contradict me!

There's a million other reasons for the decline that make more sense to me.
Agreed:

Last year I went away on my own cycle camping for three nights, took the train to Plymouth, went up the coast to coast trail to Ilfracombe, over to the Lynmouth area and back to Exeter to catch a train home.

This year, for a camping holiday with my beloved, who is not an avid cyclist but does like pootling along trails and country lanes, it was always going to be by car, with or without the bikes...

Re: New European Cycling Website

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 September 2014 - 10:28am
I met my wife in the Vulcan.
she was (and still is) a good catholic girl.

Vulcan is no more, it is now a car park.

Re: New European Cycling Website

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 September 2014 - 9:56am
Sweep wrote:I bought the book in the end and can thoroughly recommend it - interesting and also very often funny without straining for effect.

Thanks for the kind words.

Sweep wrote:Such wit, wisdom and soulfulness must of course be entirely due to your northern/Blackburn roots.


Re: My second tour (I made it)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 September 2014 - 9:49am
Well done, I hope this is the first of many happy tours

Re: Solo night ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 September 2014 - 9:33am
Great , full report please...after you have had a good sleep of course

Re: Must've been Changeover Day?

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 September 2014 - 9:32am
YHA decline is an interesting one. I think the number of people willing to trade comfort and privacy for cost has declined as society has become more affluent; moreover the impecunious young are no longer able to tour independently as I did when I was 14 - minimum age for solo overnight at YHA is 16 now, and most parents wouldn't dream of allowing it anyway - not entirely without reason; the roads in the early 80s were different to how they are now, and I suspect fewer youth are interested in long treks over mountains with YHA overnights - cultural change. It's a vicious circle; YHA has responded with higher prices funding cafeteria style catering and smaller rooms (ironically often cheaper for a group than individual beds in dormitories) but you can hardly expect them to keep catering en masse for a dwindling market. Young people these days seem more inclined to backpack on public transport between cities than to explore the wilderness, which is why for some decades the average age at somewhere like Helvellyn YH is probably around 40 rather than 25.

I think the same factors in society are probably behind the decline in cycle touring. It doesn't appeal to many people who have the option instead of a fortnight in Malaga. I'm sure many of the people who took it up in the 50s and 60s would have preferred Malaga as well if cheap foreign package holidays had existed then. They may have come to enjoy cycle touring, but may never have taken it up if they had had the option. Now folk do.

I get more saddened when I see cars laden with camping kit heading down the M5 with bikes on, but only kids' bikes. One can assume those bikes can only be used as toys at the campsite if the parents don't have them. That's a shame.

You can't make people be what you want them to be - Al Stewart.

Re: Must've been Changeover Day?

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 September 2014 - 9:17am
mercalia wrote:this practice has klled off cycle touring?

No, nothing is ever that simple. I'm not sure I even accept the premise that it's dead but even if it is I'm not sure that carrying bikes on cars has made much of a contribution. The idea that if Niggle didn't have a bike rack he and his partner would've gone cycletouring in Devon without the car doesn't stand up for me. Of course he may contradict me!

There's a million other reasons for the decline that make more sense to me.

Re: Bike recommendations to replace my full susser

CTC Forum - MTB - 5 September 2014 - 8:56am
For the type of riding you are doing you could probably use a rigid or front suspension MTB.

Off the shelf makes I like are Lapierre and Whyte.

For the generous budget you have at your disposal I would be looking at a custom build. For a lot less I built my own lightweight trail bike based on a Kinesis Maxlight Pro 3 frame. I have 2 front forks for this frame a 100mm suspension and a carbon fibre rigid which I can swap in less than 30 minutes depending on the type of riding I'm going to do.

Another thing to consider is if you are going to have 26" wheels or a 29er.

Re: Must've been Changeover Day?

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 September 2014 - 8:47am
I have been cycle touring and YHA cycle touring.

Sometimes I ride from home, sometimes I drive, with my bike in the back, to the YHA or some other start point before starting riding.
Bike often goes in the back of the car to Audaxes.
Bike sometimes goes in the car to use when I have driven somewhere for some other purpose (like visiting people in hospitals).
If you have to drive somewhere you want to take the bike with you so you dont have to drive when you are already there as well.

Re: Tain or coach from Girona airport to Figueras

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 September 2014 - 8:44am
Thanks a lot for that. It gives some reassurance. Hopefully we can get on a coach from the airport to Girona.

Re: Must've been Changeover Day?

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 September 2014 - 8:41am
...... and YHA?
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