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Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 March 2015 - 4:45pm
smith4188 wrote:Vorpal wrote:No they used this as a strategy to test their software and sell more books. It's not available in every country, but it is available.

http://kindleworld.blogspot.no/p/countr ... ccess.html

My Kindle's registered in the Isle of Man (which never had the free service) and I'm currently in Spain, which according to that page has no free service, and yet my old Kindle can access the internet for free here. I wonder if it'd work in UK (non-Isle of Man), Portugal and France. If, as the page says, some Kindles do work in countries they shouldn't, I've no way of knowing without going there. I'm fairly certain it worked when I passed through all three in 2011 but maybe it has changed since then. Bugger.

Thanks for the link.

As I'm sure you'll agree, the Kindle isn't the easiest thing for typing on. You could get a phone or SIM on the 3 network. You can use data, calls and texts from your allowance just as if you were at home. France is already covered and so is Spain from April.

Re: ASL fixed penalty

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 March 2015 - 4:45pm
Enforcement is currently done with a detector loop under the road after the second stop line, and a camera pointing at that area. These could be moved to the first stop line. Technically, not difficult.

It would take motorists some time to realise that a red light means "don't cross the first stop line". Judging by cases on Pepipoo, motorists often don't realise that the stop line defines the offence. (I could say something similar about many cyclists.)

Re: It's a miracle

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 March 2015 - 4:30pm
Amazing difference it makes though. I've seen speeds from 14 to 18mph average on my commute, and the only factor appears to be wind.

Re: Hit and Run - Sheffield

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 March 2015 - 4:04pm
Postboxer wrote:As I read it, it was the passenger who got out, so surely that means there was a driver who stayed in the car and so could have left the passenger to sort stuff out if they were that bothered about getting the kids to school.

That what Road.cc says http://road.cc/content/news/145268-teen ... -who-drove

I can't believe that *two* adults were involved in this, and one of them didn't call out the other. If it was such a big deal, why couldn't the driver stay behind & let the passenger take the kids to school? Or leave the passenger there to deal with the aftermath?

And what are they teaching thos poor children?

Re: Doping culture still exists.

CTC Forum - Racing - 13 March 2015 - 3:55pm
I'm not a big fan of enquiries. They are rarely designed to get at the truth. Their main function is to take the heat out of an issue, bring about closure and hopefully prevent further speculation. As shocking as the CIRC report may have been to some people, it didn't reveal anything that wasn't already known or strongly suspected. Given the narrow terms of reference the report does a pretty good job but the real weakness is that the commission had no powers to compel individuals to give evidence and indeed many refused to do so. Hardly surprising when that evidence may well have been self incriminating and there were no guarantees of immunity on offer. CIRC is a promising start and Brian Cookson should be given credit for publishing it in full but the real test will be where we go from here. I still believe that an amnesty is the best way forward.

There is a fair appraisal of CIRC by Nicole Cooke here.
http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2015/mar/11/circ-report-anti-doping-cycling-nicole-cooke

More disturbing reading here.
http://www.theguardian.com/sport/100-tours-100-tales/2015/mar/13/circ-cycling-report-doping-depressing-ignored-women

Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 March 2015 - 2:55pm
SimonCelsa wrote:Steve, I've just downloaded & bought your book on my kindle (not bad considering I'm on a Chinese ship off the coast of the Philippines at the moment).

Our evening entertainment of table football & table tennis has just finished so it had better be a good read!!

Cheers, Simon. I hope you enjoy it but if not maybe you could try to get another table football league going.

Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 March 2015 - 2:54pm
Psamathe wrote:It will be very interesting to see how you get on. I would guess a significant issue would be getting enough calories. I've found just going for leisure rides around my local lanes my calorie requirement increases dramatically. So on a tour the need for calories must be substantial and it will be interesting to see how foraging and energy input get on.

Don't forget that we have the £1. I did some calculations. Flour gives about 12,000 calories to the £, pasta about 9,000.

Psamathe wrote:Another thing (may have already been mentioned), but when I lived in France there were rules/laws about open fires in the summer (i.e. not allowed). I don't know how local or widespread this law is/was, not the exact dates. But maybe something to consider.

Good to know, but I was planning on a stove rather than open fires.

Re: The ultimate battery charger for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 March 2015 - 2:50pm
Tacascarow wrote:If you are going to cook them by rapid charging IMHO probably cheaper just to buy cheap disposables as & when you need them.

Even with the likes of wilkos 4 AAs for 50p it's unlikely to be cheaper. I've seen fast chargers with 4 AAs selling around £20 so anything over 40 cycles would be a saving. What I've read suggests fast charging reduces lifespan by 20%, that's still 100s of cycles before it's below 80% capacity, and even at that it can have some use depending on the application.
I can see the convenience of disposable batteries, but I doubt there's a financial case.

Re: It's a miracle

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 March 2015 - 2:44pm
It used to annoy me greatly when I was cycle-commuting, that the wind was against me in the morning going in, and against me in the evening coming home.

It never happened that the wind was behind me both ways.

Re: Hit and Run - Sheffield

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 March 2015 - 2:33pm
As I read it, it was the passenger who got out, so surely that means there was a driver who stayed in the car and so could have left the passenger to sort stuff out if they were that bothered about getting the kids to school.

Re: Sustrans Routes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 March 2015 - 2:25pm
mjr wrote:I think http://cycle.travel/map is the best presentation of surface types I've seen so far and the routing engine isn't bad.

That's really useful. Just had a look at Bristol. Most maps just show if a cycle path is traffic free or not. From this I can see the difference between the Bath Bristol Railway Path, which is tarmacked and the route 41 following the Avon to Pill, which isn't.

Thanks.

London to Brighton Night Ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 March 2015 - 2:21pm
came across an advert for this in the Evening Standard

London to Brighton Night Ride 11-12 july 2015

https://www.bhf.org.uk/L2Bnight

Re: Sustrans Routes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 March 2015 - 2:00pm
I think http://cycle.travel/map is the best presentation of surface types I've seen so far and the routing engine isn't bad.

Re: The ultimate battery charger for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 March 2015 - 1:58pm
If you are going to cook them by rapid charging IMHO probably cheaper just to buy cheap disposables as & when you need them.

Re: Sustrans Routes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 March 2015 - 1:46pm
Perhaps a little cynical ... but for the second part of your last sentence : the theory of Sustrans is great BUT on the ground it's all a bit different .... as suggested many of the surfaces are poor/poorly maintained - many of the routes are tortuous to say the least with weird diversions for no logical reason. I can see that being a barrier (ah, Sustrans again ) to enjoying the ride.

Quite a lot of the original Sustrans route planning had funding from LAs that had separate agenda and criteria that needed to be met, regardless of the obvious route - hence the deviation.

Rob

Re: Hit and Run - Sheffield

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 March 2015 - 1:45pm
I suspect that the driver will keep clear for a few days - perhaps walk to school??

Re: The ultimate battery charger for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 March 2015 - 1:36pm
Sweep wrote:Yes, I saw that a few days ago.

May be a good alternative to the 700.

But it's not the same model as posted at the top of the thread - doesn't have the two highest charge settings which would allow you to charge over a pint or two.

Or pint and a burger.

I have a high power SMART front light which only needs two batteries - it could be very useful for that.

Ahh, right, I saw it was called the BC1000 and thought...
That is quite a fast boost charge, but if you don't mind cooking them there are faster and cheaper options. Possibly usefull to have both functions in the one unit, but I think I'd still rather stick to two and use the cheap one for touring.

Re: The ultimate battery charger for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 March 2015 - 12:34pm
Yes, I saw that a few days ago.

May be a good alternative to the 700.

But it's not the same model as posted at the top of the thread - doesn't have the two highest charge settings which would allow you to charge over a pint or two.

Or pint and a burger.

I have a high power SMART front light which only needs two batteries - it could be very useful for that.

Re: The ultimate battery charger for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 March 2015 - 12:26pm
And looking like it came out of the same factory, there's this one on offer for £20
http://www.7dayshop.com/products/7daysh ... WH2-DS-127

For touring, when I need AA cells, I take a simple plug into the wall charger, not the best for the cells but not so expensive that I wouldn't leave it unattended somewhere.
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