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Re: Ten Miles a Day

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 December 2014 - 12:56pm
I'm just past the 3000 mile so far this year. Mostly commuting with occasional weekend jaunts.
Not going to make the 10 mile/day target this year but gives me something to aim for next year.
My commute is about 7 miles each way so I can crank up 70 miles/week relatively easily
My problem is that I teach at an FE College and I struggle for the mileage during the holidays- must get out more!

I am seriously impressed with 10,000 miles in a year- that must be some serious saddle time (or you are much faster than me)

Mark

Re: Driving test

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 December 2014 - 12:56pm
Psamathe wrote: ...
I'm unsure about the changes they are "evaluating" (I suspect people do sometimes go the wrong way and 3 point turn; and reversing round a bend is not dissimilar to reversing out of a parking space).

But, any changes to the test will apparently go through a full consultation first - which is really good news. I hope the CTC and other bodies are already in preparation and will be canvasing members and the cycling community for ideas about how the test could be "adjusted" to ensure drivers understand the rules, needs and limitations, etc. of vulnerable road users. Maybe a few mandatory questions about aspects of Highway Code that apply to non-motorised road users. Must be loads of possibilities that can be input to "tweak" the test - if only to ensure that driver training includes a bit of non car stuff (appreciation of non motorised road users). (My emphasis)

IME, the suggestions will already have been prepared in the preliminary consultations with the bodies they listen to. This stage of consultation is unlikely to be any more than selecting from options. They can play about as much as they like looking at a candidate's technical ability to control a vehicle but IMO in the long run, what really matters is their psychological capability to be in charge of a potentially lethal machine.

Re: Need advice on a bike tour of Scotland

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 December 2014 - 12:31pm
Here are a few thoughts:-

Option 1 ..Has been fairly well covered earlier in the thread.

Option 2 ( the Outer Hebrides)
I can recommend Heb Hostel in Stornoway. Very convenient for the ferry. http://www.hebhostel.com/home.html

The Gatliff Trust Hostels on Berneray and at Rhenigidale are a little basic but are set in beautiful locations. The one at Rhenigidale is a little off your route and also quite a challenge to reach. http://www.gatliff.org.uk/

I see you are taking the east coast route on Harris. It's a difficult choice. The east coast is rugged and undulating. The west coast route has some beautiful beaches and is probably an easier ride but not if the wind is from the west. If you use the ferry between Tarbert and Uig on Skye,rather than from Lochmaddy, you could do both.
Finally don't forget there is strict observance of the Sabbath on Lewis and Harris. You wont find many shops open on a Sunday.

Option 3 (detour via Lochinver)
Hostel at Achmelvic. Like many coastal routes this one involves a lot of ups and downs.

Option 4
A nice route but again a couple of big climbs.

Option 5 (detour via Tarsavaig)
I've never done this but it looks very good.
Have fun

Re: Driving test

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 December 2014 - 12:16pm
I remember some years ago my sister, having just passed her driving test, was given a brief lesson by instructor in "driving properly" as he put it, on the way back home from the test centre

Re: What do you think about this overshoes?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 December 2014 - 12:14pm
Top tip for walking into the office etc after locking/putting away the bike: Reinfoice the fabric that goes under the toes with duck/duct (whatever) tape or similar, before it wears away, that way you can replace the tape periodically instead of having the toes flap.

Re: What do you think about this overshoes?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 December 2014 - 11:39am
Hi.

What do you think of these now you have had them a while, how do they come up size wise?

Cheers

Re: Incident this morning - City of London

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 December 2014 - 11:13am
I'd report that comment to the police, and the coach company.

Noting that you already positioned yourself at the far right of the road to give him as much room as you could.
Noting also that you don't actually have eyes in the back of your head (or wing mirrors?) or a teleportation device to allow you to simply disappear across a busy/traffic light controlled junction.

Re: news paper nutcase

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 December 2014 - 10:09am
Apropos of flashing lights, is there any research which has shown their relative effectiveness when compared with steady lights when used by cyclists?

Re: news paper nutcase

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 December 2014 - 10:00am
Nice piccies. Is that a smudge on your lens? Tee-hee!

I fear that modern press photography doesn't have time for curve-pulling and other fiddling. I suspect the in-camera JPEGs are zapped off to the editor, who clicks on this one and that one, and that's that.

Re: Driving test

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 December 2014 - 9:19am
beardy wrote:The driving test isn't the problem, the problem is that people are allowed to drive differently once they have safely passed it.

A bit of selective editing on my part.

Re: Family cycling holiday recommendations

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 December 2014 - 7:32am
New Forest and Thetford Forest, the railway tracks of the Peaks, High, Tissington and Manifold are great for kids.
It would only be a 1 day trip but you could try out the Preston Guild Wheel, 21 miles of tracks (mostly) couple of quiet roads that circumnavigates Preston.

Re: Family cycling holiday recommendations

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 December 2014 - 6:36am
Part of Eurovelo 6 or 1 using the cross channel ferry if you don't mind going outside of the UK. Take the car if you want and leave at a campsite then get the train back to collect. We did 1 this summer with the 8and 10 year olds using their bikes, it's very easy going and traffic free along the (long) canal sections I. Brittany. 6 is along the Loire, don't forget to stop, otherwise you'll end up in the Black Sea.

Re: Driving test

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 December 2014 - 2:31am
Ben@Forest wrote:Vantage wrote:There's a driving test?
People have actually passed it?


This reminds of an exchange that you used to hear in the Army occasionally when talking about the 'hardest courses'. A whole range used to come up from P Company (Parachute Regiment) to learning how to ride and control a horse for mounted duties (The Household Cavalry).

Someone would then say 'Of course trade training in the Catering Corps is most difficult course'
'Really is that true?'
'Well no bu99er has passed it yet...'

Apologies to any former slop jockeys out there....
OI..
That said, I did 2 years at college first based on hotel std food The first lot of food I ever encountered at basic training was diabolical..poached eggs were something else!!

Re: news paper nutcase

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 November 2014 - 11:15pm
Flinders wrote:Fill-in flash:
The time you need fill-in (as opposed to flash needed because the whole subject is dark) is usually when the daylight is strong, but your subject is backlit (and within flash range). If you take a photo without it, either your light areas will be burnt out, or your dark areas would be black.

Yes I understand how that might work. My argument is that there are less intrusive ways of getting a good picture. Such as processing the image after you've taken it and before publication.

When I said I 'know something about photography', I must confess my main interest, in recent years, has been in astrophotography (sadly I haven't done any for a while ). When photographing a distant planet, star or galaxy, you don't have the benefit of fill-in flash!! But there are things you can do to enhance the detail in the image you've captured. I thought, I'd post a pair of 'before' and 'after' images of a well-known astronomical object, the so called 'Helix Nebula'. Yes I know my piccies aren't of professional quality, but they show what can be achieved with a bit of curve-pulling and other fiddling.

As from the camera, stacked but not processed.
NGC7293 17 Oct 09 000r.jpg

After a bit of processing.
NGC7293 17 Oct 09 002r.jpg

Yes I know this is a bit off the topic of cycle lamps! Sorry, my 'pet' subject....

Re: USA cycle ride 2015. But where do you recommend I start?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 November 2014 - 10:09pm
A good place to look at is crazyguyonabike.com which has loads of American cyclists and tour stories.

If you just want to ride coast to coast the 90 days allowed under the visa waiver scheme is plenty. Otherwise you'll need a visa which involves an appointment and interview at the American embassy in London.

For a 5 month or longer tour I'd suggest starting the end of Feb then riding the Southern Tier east to west - Florida to San Diego. That's 3000 miles which at 50 miles per day is 2 months.

Another 600 miles up the coast on the Pacific Coast route gets you to San Francisco by mid May.

By then the snow will hopefully have melted enough for you to ride over the Sierras into Nevada and Utah on the Western Express route and join the Transam in Colorado. San Francisco to the east coast on the Western Express and Transam will take about 2 months at 55 miles per day. So a total of 4.5 months for a double coast to coast taking in some great scenery. Maybe divert slightly from the Western Express to take in Zion National Park.

You need to be flexible crossing the Sierras and be prepared to wait out late snowfalls. This picture was from a June 3rd crossing of the pass from California to Nevada on the Western Express.

DSC04169.JPG

Total about 7200 miles plus any diversions you choose.
http://www.iocco-uk.info/docs/Met%20Ope ... Report.pdf

http://www.adventurecycling.org/routes- ... fic-coast/

http://www.adventurecycling.org/routes- ... n-express/

http://www.adventurecycling.org/routes- ... ica-trail/

Re: Family cycling holiday recommendations

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 November 2014 - 8:47pm
Tigerbiten wrote:Are you thinking totally off road or on quite roads for a bit ??
The only place I can think of off road would be somewhere like the Thetford Forest, New Forest or Kilder Forest.

I'm open to suggestions - I'll be on a rigid MTB with slick-ish tyres, my wife has a hybrid and the boy will be on an Islabike Beinn. So no "serious" offroading but a decent towpath should be fine. He's good on the roads for a 6yr old but a traffic free route, tarmac or not, would be ideal.

ferdinand wrote:Is "canalside" code for "flat" ? ! How flat?

In think this might be possible in the Peak District and just outside. based at somewhere such as Ashbourne, Bakewell or further North. There are a canal or tow, but also reasonable circuits on off road trails and ex-railways, and quite a number of published circular and straight routes at different standards.

eg
http://www.peakdistrictcycleways.co.uk/ ... routes.php

Ferdinand

Thanks I'll check that out Ferdinand! It doesn't have to be completely flat, but with the family in tow a hilly route would seriously cut down the miles we could cover.

Re: Family cycling holiday recommendations

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 November 2014 - 8:43pm
Is "canalside" code for "flat" ? ! How flat?

In think this might be possible in the Peak District and just outside. based at somewhere such as Ashbourne, Bakewell or further North. There are a canal or tow, but also reasonable circuits on off road trails and ex-railways, and quite a number of published circular and straight routes at different standards.

eg
http://www.peakdistrictcycleways.co.uk/ ... routes.php

Ferdinand

Re: Family cycling holiday recommendations

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 November 2014 - 8:27pm
Are you thinking totally off road or on quite roads for a bit ??
The only place I can think of off road would be somewhere like the Thetford Forest, New Forest or Kilder Forest.

Family cycling holiday recommendations

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 November 2014 - 8:16pm
Hello forum!

I'm hoping to go on a camping and cycling holiday next spring. The rough plan is to drive to a campsite that has easy or direct access to some good traffic free cycle routes, and then spend a few days exploring these and returning to the campsite each night. It would be me cycling with our 2yr old on my bike, and my wife and our 6yr old each on their own bikes. Our 6yr old is a very keen and pretty competent cyclist, he's done 40 miles in a day so 20 mile routes will be no problem for example.

Is this viable in the uk? I'm thinking there may be some canalside routes in the midlands perhaps? Have done a little bit of googling but without much success... If a UK option doesn't exist then France/Belgium/Holland would be possible.

Re: Driving test

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 November 2014 - 8:03pm
Vantage wrote:There's a driving test?
People have actually passed it?


This reminds of an exchange that you used to hear in the Army occasionally when talking about the 'hardest courses'. A whole range used to come up from P Company (Parachute Regiment) to learning how to ride and control a horse for mounted duties (The Household Cavalry).

Someone would then say 'Of course trade training in the Catering Corps is most difficult course'
'Really is that true?'
'Well no bu99er has passed it yet...'

Apologies to any former slop jockeys out there....
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