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Re: Cafe & coffee

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 November 2014 - 1:45pm
Well that`s exactly the sort of thing I meant at the start of this thread, though Castle Howard is notorious for expense to be honest. If you ever get as far south as Elvington pop into `Big Baps` on the industrial estate opposite Wheldrake Lane. £6.55 would get you a decent lunch & a drink, owner is a cyclist as well.
Been in this morning just as it was filling up with lads in vans & locals from the estate - well worth a stop.

Re: Unbelievable

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 November 2014 - 12:34pm
gentlegreen wrote:I've been cut up twice at the same mini-roundabout by instructors without pupils (and Youtubed them) - I got a reply from the school on one occasion - though it wasn't clear whether she was excusing the unaccompanied instructor...


I usually post on threads like this to point out that I'm married to a driving instructor, and her car is our family car. That means I often drive unaccompanied and others assume that I'm an instructor. I'm aware of this and drive as impeccably as I can, but not all do.

Re complaining to the 'school'; in most cases there's no such thing, just a franchise that takes calls and does marketing. They get lots of calls, mainly from other drivers, making complaints - which when investigated often show that the complainant was at fault; that doesn't excuse failure to follow up a call, but I know it happens.

ADI training and the qualification process make no explicit provision for cycling except for the questions in the theory test; it's possible to become an ADI without knowing about Primary, for instance, and an ADI may well hold negative views about cyclists that are shared with many other drivers. It's a symptom of the general poor appreciation of cycling.

Re: route 6 Nottm to Sheffield

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 November 2014 - 12:31pm
I've ridden it as far north as Clumber Park. It's good in parts. You follow the River Leen to Bulwell, then have to cross a rail footbridge, a bit of road, then an old railway path to Bestwood Mill Lakes. More roady bits then an old railway path to the back entrance to Newstead Abbey and through the Abbey grounds temselves. Then over to Ravenshead and Blidworth and another old Railway Path past Rainworth taking you into Sherwood Pines Forest Park, then follow old bridleways to Clumber.

The rural off road bits are mainly shale paths, varying in width. Some are tarmacked. It's a pleasant enough ride taking you through some of the Notts beauty spots.

Re: Helmet light

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 November 2014 - 12:27pm
Also bear in mind what helmets are designed for i.e to minimise damage to the skull in the event of impact and not as a useful framework to strap ancilliary items on to.

Re: South Coast Path - First Tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 November 2014 - 11:27am
squeaker wrote:3 - Is there anything I need to take care with on the South Coast path?
Dogs on extendable leads, out of control dogs not on leads, ditto children...

I have wondered about a Dog Whistle.

Or a Hornit, since I may take a trip through London to see how the furious cyclists and the furious drivers of London go about their business.

What I want is a quieter Hornit with a dog-whistle frequency. On my daily circuit I meet about a score of dogs and a couple of horses. 99 out of every hundred are beautifully behaved, and sit as told by their owner unless in training, but the odd one comes a little close. I wouldn't have a normal Hornit on daily because if hit accidentally it would cause a horse to bolt.

Oh, and please don't use MTB style, 'light up everything' front lights where there's oncoming 'traffic', thanks

No danger of that. Far more likely to take the other side in that debate, and advocate a luminosity limit with a mandated dipped setting for more powerful lights.

Ferdinand

Re: route 6 Nottm to Sheffield

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 November 2014 - 11:17am
Ned Ludd wrote:It seems no one has, so today I'll be a true explorer and brave the frozen (well a bit chilly!) north.....If you don't hear from me by tea time, send a search party......

I've touched on the bit near Mansfield/Sherwood Pines Cycle Reserve when I was aiming for somewhere else, and ran into some truly horrible sandy stuff, which was probably not the trail itself. Policemen confiscating Monkey Bikes, too. I think it is quite circuitous near there.

Sherwood Forest Golf Club had this brilliant sign on the locked gate about a new blood sport.

Ferdinand

Re: Cumbrian Coast Railways

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 November 2014 - 11:10am
I live in Wigton and find the 2 bike policy c**p, saying that, we have never been refused, try to travel at non peak times, I have seen 8 lads withbikes getting off at Wigton , also depends which side of the bed the conductor has got out of.

Re: route 6 Nottm to Sheffield

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 November 2014 - 10:34am
It seems no one has, so today I'll be a true explorer and brave the frozen (well a bit chilly!) north.....If you don't hear from me by tea time, send a search party......

Re: Name the landmark

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 November 2014 - 10:18am
Yes, the gravestone is in Crosby Ravensworth in Cumbria.

Re: South Coast Path - First Tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 November 2014 - 10:04am
ferdinand wrote:3 - Is there anything I need to take care with on the South Coast path?
Dogs on extendable leads, out of control dogs not on leads, ditto children...

Oh, and please don't use MTB style, 'light up everything' front lights where there's oncoming 'traffic', thanks

Re: Helmet light

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 November 2014 - 9:10am
Mick F wrote:Si wrote:Certainly a good idea off road.I agree on that, but it's a moot point that they are lawful for use on the road.

If you look round, you are shining a white light to the rear. Not legal.

Certainly not a great plan, but not sure it's illegal, since it isn't a vehicle light. It's a bit grey in terms of the RVLR as far as I can see...

Re: Helmet light

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 November 2014 - 9:03am
...and remember you can blind drivers in a variety of settings as i was blinded a couple of nights back while driving a big van and pulling out of a junction.. as the rider aimed his hedlight directly at me.

Re: Helmet light

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 November 2014 - 8:50am
Si wrote:Certainly a good idea off road.I agree on that, but it's a moot point that they are lawful for use on the road.

If you look round, you are shining a white light to the rear. Not legal.

Re: Helmet light

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 November 2014 - 8:40am
Certainly a good idea off road.
On road naybe need to think about the type of light you are using - after all you don't want to risk blinding the driver behind you every time you look back! And also it would be a good thing to still have a be seen by light on the bars so there is always a forward pointing light (this would be a legal requirement too).

I use be-seen-by LEDs on my hat when I wear it because it gives me an extra place to mount lights and also puts them higher up so _might_ be more noticeable under some peculiar circumstances.

On the other hand...we do have a thread about the possible impacts (forgive the pun) of having a light on your head should your head make contact with the road.

Re: South Coast Path - First Tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 November 2014 - 8:39am
1. I really like my rechargeable rear light. I have a Moon Shield. It has something like 6 hours run time, and is very bright. Front lights are are variable. you can get cheap bright ones off ebay, or expensive ridiculously bright ones from bike shops. Again I have a Moon rechargeable one that seems to work well, and allows you to alter the light levels to conserve battery use. If you have the spare cash it may be worth looking into a dynamo solution.

2. its personal choice really. Some people say they make a huge difference, others say none at all. I prefer them as they keep my feet on the pedals, so no slips due to moisture, and I feel they give a little bit of extra help. I have shimano MTB shoes with a set of touring pedals and for me they seem to work well.

South Coast Path - First Tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 November 2014 - 8:12am
Later this year I'll be doing my first long-distance run, from Portsmouth to Canterbury on the South Coast path, due to a weekend on the Isle of Wight followed by a visit next weekend to family.

The bike should be fine (Boardman Hybrid Team running on Marathon Supreme tyres), but may I have advice on a few points?

1 - Lights.

Currently I'm using running lights on my helmet, and Smart Lights when needed.

But my rear light fell off a couple of days ago, so I need some new ones.

I'm tempted to get another set of Smarts as backups since they are inexpensive, adequate and the front one is a nice hand torch, but I think that I need something for riding lanes etc for this trip.

Does anyone have any recommendations? I'm keen on light weight, and probably having something that is USB rechargeable.

2 - Cycling Shoes

Is it worth me getting cleat shoes (MTB variety that are walkable) in preparation for the trip?

I'm thinking that the increased efficiency may help with the increased distance over my usual longer rides of up to about 35 miles in the White Peak.

Currently I am riding stiffish trainers and toe clips.

3 - Is there anything I need to take care with on the South Coast path?

Thanks for any comments

Ferdinand

Re: French End to End

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 November 2014 - 7:15am
Thanks for the reply. I know I'm not going to get all the way without a bit of climbing, but with a 75lb bike underneath me I'd like to keep it to a minimum if possible. It looks like following the Rhone valley from Lyon to the coast is the popular choice, but if anyone has any ideas as to the kindest way to get to Lyon in the first place, I'll be glad to hear it. Also, are there quiet roads or cycle paths along the Rhone valley? Finally, has anyone ever actually biked to the southernmost point? Is there even a road as it's not clear from any maps I've seen whether you can actually get there if you aren't a goat.

Re: First tour in France after 50yrs together:o)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 November 2014 - 1:06am
Thanks Paul That is exactly what I hope to do. Your comments are greatly appreciated. I don't have a GPS. It looks like you would recommend one. Are there alternatives to the horrible stretches you mention? Finding these is part of the fun I suppose. I'm allowing 4 weeks for the whole adventure including: flying into Paris, getting to St Malo, doing the whole or a significant part of the France en Velo route and getting back to Paris for a couple of days sightseeeing before flying back.

I usually take a tent when touring just in case though I hate camping, it sounds like you didn't but it would be nice not to take one. (I had a major go round at Heathrow over tent pegs that they hadn't noticed in Seattle.)

i know what you mean about difficulty getting out of a town, Le Havre is a can of worms and leaving St Lo (well worth giving a miss) I almost ended up on a motorway and was saved by a carfull of young men yelling and gesticulating at me as I started to roll down an on ramp.

Again thank you very much for the encouragement.

Re: Have you been knocked OFF in a collision while cycling?

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 November 2014 - 11:31pm
It's the driving that's dangerous!

Cumbrian Coast Railways

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 November 2014 - 11:23pm
Northern Rail run this service. I haven't been on this service for 40 years hence the question which follows. Is it possible to get from Wigton or Maryport easily to Carlisle as I see they have a 2 cycles per train policy and the train sets out from the tip of South Cumbria/ North Lancs to Carlisle possibly picking up a few cyclists from the southerm lakes en route. Don't want to be stuck in the middle of West Cumberland on a wet night.
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