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Re: Touring in Europe in late October

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 June 2015 - 10:41pm
I cycled from Edinburgh to Slovenia (and back) last Oct/Nov. Through Holland/Germany/Austria/Slovenia/Italy/France.

Re: Loire a Velo: biking bigger cities?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 June 2015 - 10:41pm
Cycled in and out of most of them on your list. Absolutely no problems.

French cities in general are very easy to cycle in. British cities...scary in comparison.

Re: Joda Driver

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 June 2015 - 10:37pm
AndyBSG wrote:The companies E-mail address is info@jodafreight.co.uk for anyone that wants to draw their attention to this quite frankly disgusting driving as I have.

I emailed them some years ago and received no reply.

FWIW, it was to congratulate - with no irony, let me say - one of their drivers for the careful and considerate way he waited before overtaking me and then giving me a wide berth. Credit where it's due.

Re: Joda Driver

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 June 2015 - 10:36pm
Different lorry so they've got at least two top class drivers.

Re: Loire a Velo: biking bigger cities?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 June 2015 - 10:20pm
psmiffy wrote:Angers, Saumur, Tours, Amboise, Blois, etc. are no big deal on a bike - I wouldnt worry about taking alternative transport

Absolutely - no problems at all experienced when we rode pretty much all that in 2013 ... and then rode via Orleans into the centre of Paris - even that was pretty tame compared to London.

Rob

Re: Help settle an argument

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 June 2015 - 10:10pm
....and what if the driver hadn't beeped?
This idiot of a cyclist would've carried on presumably oblivious to his poor road craft. At least we can hope he will learn from this.
Far too much focus in this discussion on the need or otherwise for the car driver to beep. It's just a completely human reaction to blatant stupidity on the road.

Re: Invisible wearing Blue & Green!!

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 June 2015 - 9:35pm
Probably, as some can't see reflective level crossing barriers and the lights get blamed for being "poor": http://www.doncasterfreepress.co.uk/new ... -1-6079841

Re: Loire a Velo: biking bigger cities?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 June 2015 - 9:08pm
Angers, Saumur, Tours, Amboise, Blois, etc. are no big deal on a bike - I wouldnt worry about taking alternative transport

Re: Close passes - the lower the better

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 June 2015 - 8:59pm
chocjohn9 wrote:This was published today -

Female cyclists are twice as likely as men to be subjected to bad driving and harassment from motorists, a new study by the Journal of Transport and Health has revealed. The research, which involved 1,500 cyclists detailing their experience over a one-week period in an online diary, also found that frightening experiences arising from near misses and hostile road users were a daily occurrence for most riders. Cyclists' accounts highlighted that female riders bore the brunt of drivers' frustration, as they tend to be slower than their male counterparts. On average women reported 0.42 incidents per mile cycled, compared to 0.24 for men. Most commonly, cyclists reported being overtaken too closely – which made up a third of reported incidents – and cars turning across their path, often on purpose. The study, titled the Near Miss Project, also showed that drivers are more likely to be hostile towards a cyclist if they are perceived to be holding them up.

0.42 and 0.24 incidents PER MILE. Goodness :shock:
Your description suggests the research was carried out from reports from individuals experiencing close passes. Without reference to the report it's difficult to comment but if based on reports from individuals it could be subject to a lot of skewing factors.

Ian

Re: Loire a Velo: biking bigger cities?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 June 2015 - 8:51pm
Depends on how new to cycling you are but if you're keen and confident enough to cycle the Loire the cities (mostly just large towns by British standards) are fine. The larger ones have cycle routes into and around them, the others are quite all right. Watch out for tram lines in Angers. Overall the Loire is an easy and beautiful ride, which we did last September and really enjoyed - the biggest danger are all the other cyclists! Here's my write up on our trip + pm me if you need any other information.

https://roundthebendpart1.wordpress.com ... mber-2014/

Re: Close passes - the lower the better

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 June 2015 - 8:47pm
This was published today -

Female cyclists are twice as likely as men to be subjected to bad driving and harassment from motorists, a new study by the Journal of Transport and Health has revealed. The research, which involved 1,500 cyclists detailing their experience over a one-week period in an online diary, also found that frightening experiences arising from near misses and hostile road users were a daily occurrence for most riders. Cyclists' accounts highlighted that female riders bore the brunt of drivers' frustration, as they tend to be slower than their male counterparts. On average women reported 0.42 incidents per mile cycled, compared to 0.24 for men. Most commonly, cyclists reported being overtaken too closely – which made up a third of reported incidents – and cars turning across their path, often on purpose. The study, titled the Near Miss Project, also showed that drivers are more likely to be hostile towards a cyclist if they are perceived to be holding them up.

0.42 and 0.24 incidents PER MILE. Goodness

Re: Touring in Europe in late October

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 June 2015 - 8:41pm
There's no such thing as too cold, though I've had the wrong gear with me from time to time

The Rhine route is a good choice for a Brompton trip >>> http://www.shanecycles.com/the-genius-o ... n-touring/

If you want warmer, you can be in Spain in a day or two by train

Untitled by Shane Cycles, on Flickr

Brompton ready for a train journey by Shane Cycles, on Flickr

Touring in Europe in late October

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 June 2015 - 8:22pm
I've Autumn half term free to go touring, wondered what suggestions there were for destination? I don't want to fly, so restricted to Eurostar or ferry/train. I usually camp but I'm guessing it'll be too cold and most sites will be shut. I'm wondering about Youth Hostelling and/or vriendenopdefiets in The Netherlands and Germany, doing some of the Rhine cycle route on my Brompton. But I could go further afield and find somewhere warmer...
Suggestions welcome! I'm thinking about it now as I want to get a good travel deal.

Re: Loire a Velo: biking bigger cities?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 June 2015 - 7:49pm
I went through a few cities, including Blois, on a route plotted by

http://cycle.travel/

and it provided plenty of traffic free routes, which made going through cities quite pleasant. Though I didnt always follow them as I find the French roads pretty tolerable.

Re: cyclocross for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 June 2015 - 7:45pm
DaveGos wrote:Many stores like Halfords are marketing BIkes as cross bikes, don't think many people would buy them for cross . Its just you have to have an angle to make a cheap bike sound sexy , so they call them cross bikes, they are probably OK as cheap bikes go . Decathlon have some very cheap bikes marketed this way
Agree cyclocross (and now gravel racer) is, to an extent, used as another label for what was already there, but some of Decathlon's cheap bikes are actually rather decent. Apollo they're not!

Re: Help settle an argument

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 June 2015 - 7:34pm
Its not mind reading is it? The beep was a means of communication that we are all familiar with.
Just like two fingers have a meaning which we understand.

Re: Help settle an argument

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 June 2015 - 7:31pm
MikeF wrote:Beeping at this point is utterly pointless and is just a reinforcement of "get out of my way I'm a motorist" and "you shouldn't be anywhere except the cycle lane" attitude. The car driver is aggressive.

Good piece of mind reading there.

Re: Google Maps Navigating Imported Route

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 June 2015 - 7:12pm
Also the orientation of the map to direction of travel or north makes a big difference. You need to know which way your travelling along the track particularly if rejoining it.

Re: Loire a Velo: biking bigger cities?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 June 2015 - 7:01pm
From what I remember the Loire bike routes often offer / low / no traffic routes through the cities. Either by towpaths, bike paths or low traffic roads. Basically use the local bike provision to get into city centres. OTOH if you want a rest then looking for a campsite with a good bus / rail connection can work but its hard to beat a bikes flexibility.

Most of your question is basically an "unknown unknown" and these are often best resolved on the ground.
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