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Re: Signage concerns at a junction in Oxford.

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 February 2015 - 10:49pm
blackbike wrote: but we will be introducing a ‘storage area’ in the middle of the junction to provide an area for them to wait for traffic to clear before they proceed.”

Cyclists are traffic.
Ah but does traffic get a special box all of its very own? Road planners do some odd things, don't they?

Bikes on Belgian trains

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 February 2015 - 10:20pm
On a forthcoming Belgian tour with friends I may need to take my bike on a train or trains if my knees play up. I've read the trains are bike-friendly, but are there any things I need to be aware of?

Re: Signage concerns at a junction in Oxford.

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 February 2015 - 10:18pm
but we will be introducing a ‘storage area’ in the middle of the junction to provide an area for them to wait for traffic to clear before they proceed.”

Cyclists are traffic.

Re: Rotterdam > Istanbul - Which bike?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 February 2015 - 9:19pm
Hi ndxcc, I have a 2013 Surly Disc Trucker frame and fork, size 48, in case you might be interested. You would have to build all the other pieces, but probably you can get them for cheap. It is a really good bike, and I can give you a good price, as it was involved in a small road accident.
I'm living in London, and am planning to do my trip back home in sout-eastern Spain, leaving exactly the same day as you! I'm planning to be on the road for about a month, but this is a rough estimate, as it will be my very first bike tour! I was really surprised to read the details of your trip, it looks really similar to what I have in mind, as I'm planning to wild camp and use warmshowers too, all to spend as little money as possible.

Contact me if you're interested on the bike, or want to talk about anything relating the trip. It will also be a first for me, so it would be good to share with you.

BTW, this is my first post!

Re: Vehicle as a murder weapon

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 February 2015 - 9:10pm
GBH with intent conviction, car as a weapon: http://www.kentonline.co.uk/medway/news ... end-32085/

Re: Another cyclist death: left-turning lorry

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 February 2015 - 9:06pm
Another tragedy with quits a few people who will probably never get over it.
My sympathy to all those involved in any way.

Flying back to UK from Cape Town

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 February 2015 - 8:56pm
gplhl wrote:Mmm... What they say seems to make sense... Until you put it I'm practice. Who wants to lay their bike in the mud?? Leaning against walls they still fall over occasionally.

Trying to find a place to pee where there are no people and somewhere to lean your bike can be hard.

Gary
http://www.longbikeride.co.uk

Hope your tour's going well Gary. Hope you don't mind me bugging you about your stand. My last bike had one so I get how useful they are.

I'm interested in the Pletscher twin leg stand. I've also contemplated Surly's advice on kickstands. (ie not to) I've seen a guy on YouTube with a LHT who has fitted a chock of sorts in between the chain stays to avoid crushing them. Clever.

What have you fitted and have you made any modifications to the fit?

I owe you a beer...hc

Apologies for yet more thread drift!

Re: How to convince others cycle touring is safe?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 February 2015 - 8:17pm
A friend just sent me this and I thought it was quite apt!

Re: Rotterdam > Istanbul - Which bike?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 February 2015 - 8:16pm
Sweep wrote:Edit - here they are. A bit more than £7 but well worth it if it gives more flexibility/economy on bike choice.
http://www.wiggle.co.uk/tubus-lm-1-moun ... o-eyelets/

Thanks Sweep that's really great as I'm actually test riding the eyelet-less Eastway on Wednesday next week.

Also - I just test rode the Revolution Traveller and ... it was truly amazing, however it might be that I've not ridden a bike in years! It'll be good to test ride the Eastway next week as I want to see if I notice a big difference between a £550 bike and a £899 bike.

Re: Another cyclist death: left-turning lorry

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 February 2015 - 8:04pm
SteveHunter wrote:Unfortunately yet another needless loss of life on Londons roads.

Also unfortunately I know the circumstances of todays incident, wrong place at wrong time, and certainly in this instance I don't think we can really lay the blame on the driver of the lorry.

The lorry was turning left and was indicating and had audible warnings. The lorry, which I was behind, was already manoeuvring when the cyclist passed me on the left and then tried to pass the lorry on the left hand side to either attempt to turn left or go straight ahead, unfortunately there wasn't room.

I thought that might be the case, but my sincere condolences to friend and family. Unfortunately, some cyclists need to be aware of their vulnerability and where the danger can & can't be avoided.

Enjoy that scotch - if that's the right sentiment?

Re: Paris to London

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 February 2015 - 7:47pm
I would abandon the Google maps route you have posted and do this one instead, as you asked for an alternative route to Paris, I have rode the routes below many times:

http://travelloglewes.co.uk/index.php?p ... -bike-ride (From London to Newhaven)

Your Google route from what I can see takes you on the A20. The route in the link above is quieter and more cycle friendly. You will land in Dieppe once in Dieppe you can follow this route below as was suggested above:

http://www.donaldhirsch.com/dieppeparis.html (From Dieppe to Paris)

this route is much better in my view for a new cyclist

BUT whatever route you choose you need to think about how you intend to navigate, get from one point to another=maps, printed instructions or GPS?

As was suggested above you need to start thinking about training. Perhaps the best advice I can give you is to join the Cyclist Touring Club http://www.ctc.org.uk/join-membership

Re: Rotterdam > Istanbul - Which bike?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 February 2015 - 7:30pm
Vorpal wrote: However, if you are planign to use front panniers, I agree that it's better to get a bike with mounting for a front rack.
It's not a big issue is it? Tubus do some fittings for about £7 which you can screw onto the forks. I have some on the chro-mo forks of my hybrid. Being tubus they are solid as a rock. Couldn't use them on carbon of course but then i wouldn't use carbon anywhere on a tourer anyway.

Edit - here they are. A bit more than £7 but well worth it if it gives more flexibility/economy on bike choice.
http://www.wiggle.co.uk/tubus-lm-1-moun ... o-eyelets/

Re: Another cyclist death: left-turning lorry

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 February 2015 - 7:29pm
I've had better days. Large scotch required when I get home.

Re: Filthy Drivers: Roadside Rubbish

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 February 2015 - 7:14pm
Prudential Ride is on a time limit isn't it?

And didn't they do any clean up?

Re: Another cyclist death: left-turning lorry

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 February 2015 - 7:12pm
SteveHunter wrote:Also unfortunately I know the circumstances of todays incident, wrong place at wrong time, and certainly in this instance I don't think we can really lay the blame on the driver of the lorry.
Steve, I am sorry, that must have been a horrible experience for you too. You have my sympathy.

Re: Another cyclist death: left-turning lorry

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 February 2015 - 7:09pm
The fat commuter wrote:These are going to sound like harsh words but once the inquest is over for this, will we get to find out exactly what happened?
I share your misgivings. Quite possibly, not.

So - in addition to all the legislation for wide-field mirrors and (possibly) banksmen (though that last would push up the overall Cost of Living - but at the same time reduce unemployment) - I would like to see mandatory video cameras on all lorries and buses, covering the entire nearside of the vehicle. Surely that's not much to ask: I reckon many HGVs already have cameras onboard, but they're probably mounted in the cab and facing forward. So - a bit of tamper-proof evidence-gathering? It won't save lives in itself, but it might point us in the direction of overcoming this spate of tragedies. And good quality video cameras have become so cheap nowadays. A lot cheaper than a human life.

[edit] I posted this before seeing SteveHunter's post.

Re: Another cyclist death: left-turning lorry

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 February 2015 - 7:03pm
Unfortunately yet another needless loss of life on Londons roads.

Also unfortunately I know the circumstances of todays incident, wrong place at wrong time, and certainly in this instance I don't think we can really lay the blame on the driver of the lorry.

The lorry was turning left and was indicating and had audible warnings. The lorry, which I was behind, was already manoeuvring when the cyclist passed me on the left and then tried to pass the lorry on the left hand side to either attempt to turn left or go straight ahead, unfortunately there wasn't room.

I see too many cyclists try and squeeze down the left hand side of lorries and buses at junctions when I'm riding in London, lorries do need to be safer but a lot of cyclists really do need to accept a bit more responsibility for the way they cut through traffic.

c2c south to north

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 February 2015 - 6:27pm
An alternative to lejog and about 800 miles Brighton to Thurso for example. Anyone done it?

Telford Town Centre Revamp

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 February 2015 - 6:22pm
Telford town centre is coming the end of a multi million upgrade to its ring road around the town centre.

As part if this they've put it very wide mixed cycle pedestrian paths and its a whole lot easier and safer to get around the town now.

http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-shropshire-24182961

Re: Tipper crash in Bath

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 February 2015 - 6:12pm
661-Pete wrote:Or possibly it relates to a completely different incident, and they've got the stories mixed up? Adding to what TC says, the timescale is impossible.
There can't be too many firms with the same name about, but I agree that it doesn't make sense.
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