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Re: Maps tips

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 May 2015 - 6:49pm
Don't go buying a Philips Navigator just for that area!!! I have one you can have the pages from. If you pm me with your address, I'll send them 1st class. I already have the stamps so no cost to me whatsoever.

Re: Cycling to school for years, but children no longer happ

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 May 2015 - 6:44pm
It depends on where one lives.
My fiancée's eldest son's school has quite a few kids who cycle to and from there. I see at least 10-15 any weekday passing us. Including a few who carry their friends to home on the handlebars A few of the teachers also cycle to work.
It's a sad state of affairs when the roads are so bad that kids are scared to cycle on them. I never had that fear when I was a kid. I know my daughters are afraid. The roads are worse than ever these days.
I'm sure you'll do what's best for you and your children but I'm sure we all agree, their happiness is what's most important.
I'm not in your situation and it's entirely possible my own views might well change if I were, but if I was, I might consider keeping the cycling as an activity for the weekend for the short term until their confidence grows enough to cycle the school run again in future.
I hope you find a solution that you are all happy with

Re: Solo Etiquette

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 May 2015 - 6:07pm
Vorpal wrote:There can be regional variations, but pubs aren't quite like in the USA. There's usually a 'bar' (or sometimes 'saloon') side, and a restaurant side. Children aren't allowed in the bar side, but it's often cheaper to order a meal, there. On the restaurant side, the menu may be different, and there is a higher expectation that you will pay a tip to your server. On the bar side, you never have to do this, but you can leave a small tip, if you are particularly happy with the food and service.

There's a little informaiton here.... http://www.sirc.org/publik/ptpchap1.html

There's probably enough stuff in that link to start a really long-running thread, but for the benefit of the OP, I'd say that the info about opening times is out-of-date. Putting it at its simplest, boozers can open at any time approved by the local authority. The separation of dining areas is now much less than was once the case, except for places which are very obviously a dining room. This dates back to another abolished aspect of the licensing laws which permitted extensions to licensing hours if meals were provided and there was a separate dining area. (A rich source of questions for police promotion exams.) Going on from that, dining areas used to be the most prominent exception to the "nobody under 18" law in pubs (another source of exam questions - other exceptions being licensee's children passing through to private accommodation..... ) Towards the end of the era of the old licensing legislation, "children's rooms" were permitted if they were approved by the Licensing Committee of the local bench. Around here, at least, the only stipulation the magistrates seemed to make was that children's room had to be "no smoking." That seems even stranger now that all pubs are smoke-free. IME, Children have the run of most pubs, especially where grub is a big part of the business.

One other point I noticed was the issue of paying with plastic. I don't suppose anybody is too keen on accepting a card for a fiver transaction, but I don't think there are many now that won't take plastic, especially for a tab. The only pub I've been in recently which didn't take plastic was the Ship at Low Newton and they put that down to having no phone signal. I fancy they may not take plastic in the Ship in Seahouses but the last time I was in there, there wasn't even a till: the money all went in a drawer.

Re: Cycling to school for years, but children no longer happ

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 May 2015 - 5:49pm
Heh, I've been going to council meetings for more than 20 years now. Neither the elected members nor the officers think cycling is a mode of transport, they think it's a sport or something children do at the park.
I don't think that is quite correct. Many council officers do cycle, probably more than in the private sector and tend to be quite Green thinking. The officers do try express their opinions to Elected Members. I've been there and done that. However many of these are old school thinkers and also see their voters are predominately drivers. So will not upset them.
I think the OP is on a loser in trying to change opinions regarding schools, parents and children cycling. We are becoming ever-more a nanny state. I cycle reuglarly past a High school with 1400 pupils. On a lovely sunny morning last week there was only one bicycle in the high capacity bike sheds at the side of this new modern, expensive school.

Tour de Isle of Wight - 1-4 May 2015

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 May 2015 - 5:38pm
I've just got back 'across' to the mainland. Although not everywhere on the IOW is my thing I've got to say I really enjoyed myself. 3 great campsites: Kite Hill @ Wooton Bridge, Grange Farm near Brigstone & to top it off nicely Compton Farm @ Compton Down. I had some decent beer, some decent food and messed in at the bikers' rally.

The needles were hiding in the sea fog so I went and watched thousands of Randoneurs hurl themselves ([emoji39]) around the island. The ferries were a breeze and there was a great cycle/car mutuality going on.

I had ZERO chance of seeing a Glanville Fritillary, but damn that gives me a good excuse to go back!

Thanks all for your advice...b

EDIT: I'll be setting up a 'Fans o' the Military Road Club'. That is a cracking road when the wind is behind you, and averaging 973mph while on it, I still have a massive grin on my face.

Re: cycling blog help

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 May 2015 - 5:37pm
theDaveB wrote:
https://farewellburt.wordpress.com

Is a good example of hard to follow tour. I eventually found the first post of the tour but after reading it, there was no way to go to the next post.

Dave

Easily fixed with an "Sticky" intro post along the lines of " To follow the journey from the start click >Here<" and better navigation buttons

Re: cycling blog help

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 May 2015 - 5:35pm
I've tried various blogs over the years, starting with a very crappy MSN one around 2006. There are plenty of free ones out there, some better than others.

In 2009 I tried a Free website hoster and came up with this for my my America trip : http://coast2country.webs.com Its fairly simple to set up and use. Downside is random advertising you have no control over (i.e things like thaibrides.whatever if you happen to have been in Thailand...normal google adds stuff) also found myself wanting to customise more.

Around 2011 I bought my own domain (only costs about 25 quid a year including hosting) so I could customise things more, downside I spent way to many hours trying to make a nice site with Joomla.

Just before Africa in 2011 I converted my site to wordpress (http://www.shanecycles.com/africa/) and wondered why I'd messed around so much before hand, the basic site and themes(website templates/layouts) are pretty, paid fancy themes are quite affordable too, and most problems you bump into there's a plugin to fix it(try not to use too many). Downside, its very popular so you need a good spam filter, settings and regular updates to keep yourself spam and hack free. You do need to put a little time into a wordpress site to get a non standard site but its do-able.

Wordpress do have free website hosting, but I prefer to have my own domain(website) so that its my property and choices, the downside of this of course is that you might need an IT geek friend in the unlikely even it all goes wrong ( needed one when I transferred from Joomla to Wordpress, and also one when I got hacked).

I've just changed the layout of my main site and now I'm limited by some automatic features of wordpress that are p3ssing me off(embedded photos are only 500px), but there is a way around, I just have to change the way I show photo's(upload rather than link to my flickr account). I'm sadly not geeky enough to start messing around with code. Current version: http://www.shanecycles.com

Blogging is fun, especially if travelling alone it is a way of sharing your story when there's no one to talk to, the interaction with trip followers is also often fun. Don't get distracted by trying to make money from a blog, its not really worth the effort or you have a sh3t looking site full of crappy adds or articles that have nothing to do with your trips . Keep it slick looking and easy to navigate.

If you're just planning one trip then crazyguyonabike is probably a good choice as its part of a cycling community, or a Facebook fan page with open privacy settings. If you're planning lots more I'd consider getting your own domain.

Good luck and don't get too stressed about it, better to cycle more and blog less in the end

Re: Cycling to school for years, but children no longer happ

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 May 2015 - 5:33pm
Drive to school, but at the speed you would be cycling at, tell the papers, and cover your car in posters explaining that you are driving to school at cycling speed to protest against inconsiderate, dangerous drivers who have frightened your children away from cycling. Finish the poster by questioning whether it's easier to overtake your car safely, or your cycle.

Re: Solo Etiquette

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 May 2015 - 5:18pm
mcallaghan wrote:I'll be staying across from the Millennium Stadium too, very close to Cardiff Castle, so I imagine I should be able to find some decent food in that area. --------------- I'd rather be in the more 'local' parts which are hopefully a bit quieter.That is pretty central. I used to live 20 miles away and if I went into Cardiff it would be early on a Saturday morning when the street cleaners are still cleaning up the mess and debris from the Friday night's antics. Pubs, bars, clubs will open very late on Friday and Saturday nights and like the centre of any large UK city it can be rather ---- "lively".

Re: Solo Etiquette

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 May 2015 - 5:10pm
There can be regional variations, but pubs aren't quite like in the USA. There's usually a 'bar' (or sometimes 'saloon') side, and a restaurant side. Children aren't allowed in the bar side, but it's often cheaper to order a meal, there. On the restaurant side, the menu may be different, and there is a higher expectation that you will pay a tip to your server. On the bar side, you never have to do this, but you can leave a small tip, if you are particularly happy with the food and service.

There's a little informaiton here.... http://www.sirc.org/publik/ptpchap1.html

Re: cycling blog help

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 May 2015 - 5:09pm
maxcherry wrote:Or you can just click the title page/home and it takes you to a list of recent posts.

Yes but thats the problem, you don't want "recent" posts, you want the oldest posts.

https://farewellburt.wordpress.com

Is a good example of hard to follow tour. I eventually found the first post of the tour but after reading it, there was no way to go to the next post.

Dave

Re: Solo Etiquette

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 May 2015 - 5:04pm
Interesting to note.

What passes for a 'Pub' here in the USA, from my experience really, is more like a restaurant with the main focus being around the bar, with the sort of dark colors one might find in a real pub - but there is still a hostess who will seat you (unless you want to eat at the bar, free-for-all in that case) and take your order. The Irish Pub here in town, which just closed, was a nice place to go but the 'English' food they sold wasn't great...and for a place billing itself as 'Irish' I would have expected to see a UK-dominated menu with a few American Favorties, not the other way around. I think they hand Bangers Mash, Shepherds Pie, Fish'n'Chips and maybe one more item.

Luckily, I am not a Veggie - I love me steak too much. St. Fagans has been recommended to me many times over and is certainly on my list. I have a free Saturday and Sunday in Cardiff. I was hoping to catch a Cardiff City pre-season game (looks like this past year they had a game on the same weekend) but am not counting on it. If there is, that will determine which day I go to St. Fagans. I'll be staying across from the Millennium Stadium too, very close to Cardiff Castle, so I imagine I should be able to find some decent food in that area.

Same with my days in Chester. I do remember a pub there - the Cheshire Cat - but I am not sure its located within the City, if its even still around. Its my last memory of Chester from the last time I was there. I try to avoid the Touristy areas though - typically bad service and overprice due to all the people. I'd rather be in the more 'local' parts which are hopefully a bit quieter.

Ironically, I tend to eat a bit earlier than everyone else here state-side for those same reasons - better service (generally) better food (it hasn't been sitting around for nearly as long) and quieter atmospheres. I'm a pretty quick eater, but I suppose that is the benefit of not having to make conversation while you eat.

Re: Solo Etiquette

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 May 2015 - 5:02pm
Welshies, get your act in order!

Thanks for that bit of advice!

Emyr

Re: cycling blog help

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 May 2015 - 4:43pm
theDaveB wrote:The problem with Wordpress etc... Is if I come across your blog at a later date it's in the wrong order and navigating can be a pain depending what theme you choose. Crazy guy on a bike is much easier to read in the right order.

Dave


But if the OP uses a theme that helps.readers (tags,dates,titles etc) that are provided
for free, than it's easy to navigate.

Or you can just click the title page/home and it takes you to a list of recent posts.

OP can use whatever they feel comfortable with

Re: Cycling to school for years, but children no longer happ

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 May 2015 - 4:34pm
Psamathe wrote:Use words like your children being "terrorised" by bad driving and forced to stop cycling (forcing you to drive).

They'll probably get branded irresponsible parents instead for cycling them to school. See http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/ ... alone.html

Re: Family Cycle Tour of the Hebrides - Advice Needed

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 May 2015 - 3:52pm
The Inner Hebrides are a very nice destination too. Don't know how old your children are and how far they would like to cycle but the islands of Coll, Tiree, Colonsay, Seil, Lismore, Luing, Gigha would be well worth visiting if you like quiet roads and shorter ferry journeys than the Outer Hebrides. They may be too small if the children are used to cycling 15+ miles per day but what they lack in size they make up for in beauty

Re: Cycling to school for years, but children no longer happ

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 May 2015 - 3:45pm
Psamathe wrote:Maybe this is the time to push the Council hard. Use words like your children being "terrorised" by bad driving and forced to stop cycling (forcing you to drive). Go to a Council Meeting and ask questions of the Council. Get your Councillor to argue on your/the schools behalf. It actually will probably take less time than you think. Reflect on your arguments/points, then call appropriate staff (again - give them another recent chance), discuss with a few other sympathetic parents and school, telephone your ward Councillor and then go to the next Council meeting.

Heh, I've been going to council meetings for more than 20 years now. Neither the elected members nor the officers think cycling is a mode of transport, they think it's a sport or something children do at the park. Both the Worthing Cycle Forum and the West Sussex Cycle Forum push very hard, as much as possible, but it's like bashing your head against a brick wall. We're the only family in a school of 400 children cycling to school, and it'll make no difference to anything if we stop cycling too. With the current emphasis on making it as easy as possible to drive by car, thanks to the Tories' idea that motor traffic equals economic growth, it's not going to change any time soon (unless the Greens get in!).

We did have a pretty good attempt to get 20's Plenty in Worthing, with all the usual good arguments. The local Borough Council were unanimous in supporting it, and forced County to run a huge consultation with the entire population of Worthing. Sadly the Alliance of British Drivers ("speed limits are dangerous") got in bed with UKIP and a local bus company (owner is a UKIP candidate) and managed to completely swamp the place with adverts (which ASA told them to take down as they were badly misleading). The result was a majority "No" vote, and all Borough councillors voting against taking 20mph limits any further. Not helped at all by a few new Tory councillors who explicitly think that "cyclists get in the way of motorists", and thus cycling should be discouraged wherever possible. Not helped, either, by WSCC deliberately including a threat that 20mph limits would result in bus service cuts in the official documentation: again, WSCC really don't like slower speeds, and Chichester only got 20's Plenty because they were caught off guard.

On another front, West Sussex County council are spending £6 million of sustainable transport money from the Coast to Capital LEP, on something they call the "Worthing Sustainable Transport Package". This consists entirely of repaving an existing pedestriamised shopping street, and explicitly has "nil" benefits for transport. I am in the process of making official complaints about this, because £6 million could have made a big difference to transport in Worting if they spent in on transport improvements.

Re: Locking bikes & panniers during the day in Europe

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 May 2015 - 3:27pm
theDaveB wrote:There is one guy on here (from reading his blog) just pushes his bike around the supermarket and has never had anything said to him.

Dave
Couldn't get it into most of the supermarkets i've used abroad!

Re: Locking bikes & panniers during the day in Europe

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 May 2015 - 1:09pm
There is one guy on here (from reading his blog) just pushes his bike around the supermarket and has never had anything said to him.

Dave

Re: Solo Etiquette

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 May 2015 - 12:30pm
theDaveB wrote:Some pubs use table numbers, so you find a seat, note table number and then go to bar and order food and they bring it to the table.
It's handy to take a jacket that you can hang on the back of the chair whilst you are away at the bar.

The Eagles in Rhyader is good for food, though not so much for veggies.
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