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Re: How to convince others cycle touring is safe?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 February 2015 - 10:36pm
You will not convince them it is safe. Generally people don't have a very good understanding of risk and a rational argument will not work. All you can do is convince them that you have thought this through so you are not being reckless, just adventurous.

New Cafe opened

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 February 2015 - 10:33pm
Hello cyclists

Audlem in Cheshire East is a popular destination for canal boat trippers and well renowned town to many cyclists from Shropshire, Staffs, Cheshire and Merseyside.

People who know the area will possibly be familiar to the Priest Cafe and there's another just down the street. A new cafe has just been opened bearing the name of JA's and you can find this place just a few hundred yards from the church on the Nantwich Road.

http://www.audlem.org/newsroom/jas-is-o ... iness.html

As with all new businesses it is evolving with new menus and a good selection of coffees and milk shakes. I note that there are an increasing number of bicycles parked outside nowadays. Friendly staff, lovely premises and great location. Also for club runs they're open on Tuesdays when the Priest is closed.

Don't worry they have cyclists in mind and you will be well cared for.

Re: Tipper crash in Bath

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 February 2015 - 10:20pm
DaveP wrote:hondated wrote:beardy wrote:I have been a motorcyclist for 48 years and I didn't know that. As they say your never too old to learn.

Crikey!
I know that you used to be able to renew your provisional indefinitely - but 48 years is pushing it
Dave all I had to do was ride my bike around the block competently and not run the instructor over when he stepped into the road for the emergency stop at the age of 16.

Re: Garmin Tour mapping

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 February 2015 - 10:08pm
Thanks for all of the above information, but I have still another Garmin Edge Touring question. I have been searching the many mapping sites ie Ride With GPs, cycle.travel and so on. If I use Ride With GPS , I can apparently download maps from the site directly into my Garmin. The downside of that is the fact that routes generated on that website can include stretches on dirt roads and trails, both of which I would prefer to avoid. cycle.travel, on the other hand, allows for some customisation but requires another step while moving a route from the website to the Garmin.The advice I need, therefore, is what mapping websites are being used, and why those choices are being made. I am grateful for all the help.

Bob

Re: Filtering and pedestrians

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 February 2015 - 9:44pm
Presumably the reference to lights means this was a pedestrian crossing in which case highway code rule 191 applies:

You MUST NOT overtake the moving vehicle nearest the crossing or the vehicle nearest the crossing which has stopped to give way to pedestrians.

and also rule 193:
You should take extra care where the view of either side of the crossing is blocked by queuing traffic or incorrectly parked vehicles. Pedestrians may be crossing between stationary vehicles.

Re: Is touring becoming a thing of the past?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 February 2015 - 8:57pm
Well, my original question has certainly created a lot of answers! Many thanks for all the responses. It seems to me that there are two main types of answer:
a) touring (i.e. for more than one day) is a niche activity, and what there is is heavily weighted to older, especially retired people (like me ). Maybe this is true and could account for the apparent change of direction (and change of name?) for CTC. (Please don't comment on this suggestion here, there are other suitable threads!)
b) people who are touring are tending to use audax-type machines, or trekking type machines (essentially MTBs with no suspension?). That's' probably true as well, but it's odd that when I asked in 3 LBS's, no one suggested I could use one of their stock bikes, and how it could be used for touring. Only one said that they could order a touring bike for me. I guess, though, that this fact just reinforces the niche aspect.

So, thanks again and I have just one more question for now - and this is just for 'ipswichcycler' - please tell me what the yellow bowls and black box (attached to the stem and bars of your Thorn) are for?

Re: On a tandem to Santander with a deaf and blind person

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 February 2015 - 8:54pm
it's worth taking the ferry over to Somo. they take bike and passenger for only a few Euros. You can make it a circular ride easily in a day coming back the "long" way (which isn't that long)

check out my blog and scroll down to the end for more info and photos on Somo and Santander and areas to the east along the coast.

http://biker-waser.blogspot.co.uk/

Re: On a tandem to Santander with a deaf and blind person

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 February 2015 - 8:48pm
I have to ask why Santander? There is some demanding cycling there and a lot of traffic which will take your attention away from your daughter. Off the top of my head something like the Nantes/Brest canal would be a lot easier and there is variation in the foliage which will be in bloom at that time of year so lots of scents. Of course the logistics are more difficult getting to and from but the weather will be no different to North Spain.

Re: Getting Fit with your Full Load

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 February 2015 - 8:45pm
Mick F wrote:Did someone mention a concrete block?
I've been doing that for years. Last time was when I was preparing for my JOGLE on the Chopper.
I'm sort of famous for doing it.

Here's my Mercian with my block.
I fitted it with Rawl Plugs to the load bed. I once tried two blocks but it was rather problematical stopping! :lol: though I managed ok.109_Block_1.jpg
Totally off-topic question (sorry): With your trailer, can you swap the rod attaching trailer to the bike to the other side (i.e. say touring overseas where you might not want it protruding out into the traffic side of the bike) ?

Ian

Re: Getting Fit with your Full Load

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 February 2015 - 8:41pm
I now know what the "F" in Mick's name stands for. It was what he was heard to gasp when he met a steep hill. Respect, as they say.

Re: Pushing a bike on a footpath.

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 February 2015 - 7:53pm
Bicycler wrote:I hope so too. Illegal use is definitely not use "as of right".

I have never seen that layout of a road with a no entry sign at either end and it just doesn't seem correct. I agree that the exception plates are exceptional Other TROs on rights of way invariably use "no vehicles" or "no motor vehicles" signs. I have never heard of a TRO which has been made to exclude people pushing bikes and I can't understand why one would exist..

The No Entry signs have now vanished which probably suggests they were unofficial.

Re: Is touring becoming a thing of the past?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 February 2015 - 4:55pm
hondated wrote:Sweep wrote:ipswichcycler wrote:
Also you can get some fine v brakes.


Tom seems to favour v brakes for this standard set-up.

http://expeditionbikes.co.uk/

I really must be sad as this photograph appeals to me far more than one of the latest CF bikes

I doubt i could lift it!

Re: Is touring becoming a thing of the past?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 February 2015 - 4:53pm
I haven't toured properly, with camping gear, since I started having the kids about 19 years ago, but I don't remember carrying as much stuff as some people seem to carry these days. I had 2 medium sized panniers on the rack, with a tent and a sleeping bag on the top. No front panniers, no bar bag. Traditional 700c wheeled tourer. It got me from Lands End to John O Groats, and over the Stelvio Pass. And I got used to go cruising past overloaded German / Dutch cycle tourists.

When I resume touring (soon I hope) I will be sticking with 700c and 36 spokes, and keeping the load as light as I can.

Re: North Germany to Berlin

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 February 2015 - 4:51pm
FarOeuf wrote:the concrete block roads are old DDR roads, so while you're grimacing try and take your mind off it by knowing you're riding on history.

You might think that but i've come across them all over northern Germany from Schwerin to Cottbus, although those in the east are in poorer condition! It was an answer for building on unstable sand.

Re: Tipper crash in Bath

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 February 2015 - 4:47pm
Having previously viewed this incident with some degree of sympathy for the driver, I have to say, I am now wondering if I was mistaken.
Time will tell, of course. The simple fact that another person has also been arrested does suggest some possibilities. A failure to keep decent records of vehicles being defected by the drivers and those defects being properly resolved is one. Overloading is another. And some management type showing the new lad the best (ie. quickest ) route is a third - if your boss is leading the way, there's a heck of a lot of pressure to follow him "just this time" and sort it out later. IMO you probably need to be more than 19 to withstand it. Still...
We have had a free ranging discussion about it. I am just going to wait quietly now, and see what turns up in the court reports.

Re: Is touring becoming a thing of the past?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 February 2015 - 4:34pm
Sweep wrote:ipswichcycler wrote:
Also you can get some fine v brakes.


Tom seems to favour v brakes for this standard set-up.

http://expeditionbikes.co.uk/

I really must be sad as this photograph appeals to me far more than one of the latest CF bikes

Re: Tipper crash in Bath

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 February 2015 - 4:34pm
hondated wrote:beardy wrote:I have been a motorcyclist for 48 years and I didn't know that. As they say your never too old to learn.

Crikey!
I know that you used to be able to renew your provisional indefinitely - but 48 years is pushing it

Re: North Germany to Berlin

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 February 2015 - 4:24pm
Thanks again

David

Re: The police/council need to start promoting cyclist safet

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 February 2015 - 4:22pm
DanCharles wrote:The police or the relevant motoring authorities need to start promoting and teaching cycling safety to MOTORISTS.

I would sooner money spent on prosecuting drivers and sending them on 'correctional' courses. The 'carrot option' never works in life.

Re: Tipper crash in Bath

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 February 2015 - 4:12pm
beardy wrote: You are not allowed to ride a full size motorcycle until you are 21 yet this degree of responsibility is handed out to 19 year olds.

beardy is that correct ! I am certainly learning some things from this thread. I have been a motorcyclist for 48 years and I didn't know that. As they say your never too old to learn.
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