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Re: Road Traffic Calming

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 June 2015 - 8:20am
Traffic calming, at least as it's done in the UK, is often a contradiction in terms as it tends to aggravate existing impatience and anger. Presumably, calming is normally only installed where it is needed and if it takes the form of road narrowing it can put cyclists in competition with frustrated drivers for the reduced space. It's not only cyclists who are at the receiving end although they are generally the most vulnerable to it. We have one of those "Give Way to oncoming vehicles" chicanes here and the position of a speed cushion tends to force cyclists into the gutter, where they are most at risk. I was recently approaching it with priority at a steady speed - 20 mph limit - driving a relatively large vehicle. Quite without warning, a driver coming the other way tried to nip through but misjudged the time available. I stopped to prevent a crash and the other driver began gesturing as though he had a bottle in his (empty) hand and he was shaking it up. The irony was that had I been driving in a similar manner to him, he'd have been pushed backwards for some distance. OTOH, had I been riding a bike, it would have been no fun. Gang warily!

Re: which pump and outline spares?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 June 2015 - 8:04am
Mick F wrote:Get one of these.
I guarantee you won't be disappointed.

http://www.ctcshop.org.uk/lezyne-micro- ... ith-gauge/
Mine will get my tyres to 120psi.

You can get the high volume version if you don't want the high pressure version.

great bit of kit....highly recommended I brought mine after struggling with a topeak offering

Re: Bicycle tickets on regional and local German trains

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 June 2015 - 6:55am
Thanks. Will try to accumulate 10 Euro notes.

Re: Road Traffic Calming

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 June 2015 - 6:48am
Thank you all for your comments and support. We all just need attitudes to change Thanks again

Re: Road Traffic Calming

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 June 2015 - 2:13am
I think if you ride a bike at a fair speed it is entirely logical to use the same route as motor vehicles use through road furniture. And if you know of any type of hazard on your 'well trodden' route it is your prerogative to take measures to avoid these hazards.

If you think about it ... lots of drivers have completely and utterly no concept of riding a bicycle and the hazards that exist for cyclists. It is beyond their comprehension to understand why you would have gone through this road furniture the way you did.

Kona mahuna, voodoo bizango or orbea mx20

CTC Forum - MTB - 16 June 2015 - 1:01am
Hello everyone,

I'm looking to buy my first real mtb for xc over the harsh terrain which is the Lancashire moors. The Internet says to buy the oh so good voodoo bizango but my LBS advised me to go for the kona mahuna or orbea mx20 (he doesn't sell voodoo, but his advice seems genuine and not a money grab).

Now, my biggest issue is the lack of reviews of the kona or orbea. Can't find them anywhere and I swear I've spent about 16hrs looking over last week - I must not know the right places to look!

Could you kind folk help by giving some advice on which to go for? All 3 are £600 or less. Is the voodoo really that good? Which frame is best?
The Halford sale ends today so the bizango will be 600 from midnight, a quick response is appreciated!

Thanks,
Rob.

Re: Road Traffic Calming

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 June 2015 - 1:00am
I don't see you having done any wrong and don't let it dwell on your mind as the driver will quickly forget it, so many other things happen in a day and for her she'll be having fights with many. Some people are just like that always looking for an excuse to vent their anger. Where I live there are traffic calming islands that narrow the road to one lane( they sit on one side of the road or other ), so similar to your's but with priority to the vehicles on the side opposite the island. The problem with these are that some have a 3ft gap in the island( next to kerb ) for cyclists, marked with cycle sign, but others a 1ft gap!, probably for drainage only. So no consistency one to the next, therefore I always use the road same as a car would and cycle through the vehicle route. This also avoids all the debris that resides in those marked cycle channels as they tend to not get road swept for obvious reasons. Many drivers think they can drive through even when you have right of way, I find when approaching them I try to ensure I make it clear to the oncoming driver that I'm coming through by road position( as Bob said too ). I also take a few look's behind, as often a driver will attempt an overtake into the narrowing... this seems to happen quite often. I think a lot of it is road positioning, eye contact and confidence I guess. Ride to protect yourself and your bike as you're not doing anything wrong and should be treated as another car or motorbike by another driver.
I think theres too much of the "should be using the cycle lane" attitude, I hear a lot of that where I live but they'd change their tune if made to ride a bike and experienced the non-contiguous infrastructure first hand.

Holyhead to Devon

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 June 2015 - 12:05am
Hi All,
I will be travelling on the ferry from Dublin to Holyhead and then to Devon to visit my Daughter and Son-in-Law. If anyone on here has suggestions for routes and stopovers please please reply with any info. I don't have any set dates or timetable.
Thanks

Re: Cycle friendly B+B in Roscoff

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 June 2015 - 11:52pm
On Saturday night I stayed in the Hotel Campanile in Morlaix. I think it was around £30. On arrival, I asked for a ground-floor room and was then able to just wheel my bike into my room. As it's a motel set up (the reception is in a different building) nobody will see you wheeling your bike in or out, and I'm sure they wouldn't care anyway. The ride from Morlaix to Roscoff is nice and easy, and you've got more supermarkets and restaurants etc in Morlaix.

Re: Road Traffic Calming

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 June 2015 - 11:30pm
I carry on - road position is sufficient to indicate my road position. Occasionally I have to stop and point out that I can't reverse since I dint have a reverse gear.

Re: Bicycle tickets on regional and local German trains

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 June 2015 - 11:21pm
Slightly off topic but you need to know a strange quirk of the ticket machines in Germany (well, in the Rhine area at least). They don't take many types of credit card and they won't take notes bigger than just above the fare. (so, for example, if the fare is 7 euro you can't use anything bigger than a 10 euro note!). If you don't have the correct cash you're totally stuck if it's an unmanned station.

Re: Cycle friendly B+B in Roscoff

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 June 2015 - 11:10pm
If you can stay in Morlaix instead of Roscoff (15 miles), the we (Truro Cycling Club , your local!) have stayed many times here http://www.lelogisdesecluses.fr/. It's mainly a hostel but Herve the proprietor does do B&B as well if you book in advance. You'll have to take your bike up steps to get into the place, but there is a small bike shelter in the garden.

Re: Cycle friendly B+B in Roscoff

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 June 2015 - 11:06pm
Hi,

I did stop in Roscoff couple years back. The B+B opposite the Brittany terminal was excellent. around 50 bucks. Cant remember the name, but it has white walls and light blue shutters, single story block. She let me park the bike in her garage. Sorry that's all I remember.

Re: Cycle friendly B&B in Bangor?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 June 2015 - 10:28pm
If it is the Wales one, this is the one I am staying at when I am riding the LLC in July: http://www.plastrevor.co.uk/

I have been in communication with them and they have a garage where the bike can be secured. Relatively close to the town center too.

Re: Llandudno guest house

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 June 2015 - 9:46pm
chalky wrote:Anyone know of a Cyclist Friendly guest house in Llandudno.
Yes, but I'm afraid my mother-in-law doesn't take paying visitors.

Nice area for riding though.

Road Traffic Calming

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 June 2015 - 9:25pm
I'm in a bit of a quandary. On my route home from work I am met with traffic calming islands. The sort where cars go up the middle and cycle lanes (which aren't very wide) either side. I avoid the cycle lane (I have a road bike with skinny tyres) due to a bloody great kerb side drain. Today I was met by an aggressive woman driver telling me to use the lane even though it was my priority to come through. I do try not to inconvenience any other road users and I did slow to let her through but I nearly lost my balance as she had stopped blocking me from going. And I did swear

I would like to know if anyone else has had problems

Kind regards
Clare

Re: Cycle friendly B&B in Bangor?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 June 2015 - 9:10pm
If it is the north Wales one, the Travelodge allow bikes in the room. It is about 2 miles out of town though.

Re: Llandudno guest house

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 June 2015 - 9:08pm
I thought most of the ones along the seafront have some form of storage accessed at the rear. We stayed at Glenormes Hotel on the seafront (only really a B&B) they had a shed at the rear.

Re: Open Source Maps with cycle routes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 June 2015 - 8:57pm
OpenFietsMap is my favourite - it has cycle routes and contours and is very clear to read. You can download an image map for GB and Ireland here.

Re: Gas Cartridge Availability

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 June 2015 - 8:50pm
I can confirm Decathlon in Spain definitely stock the Coleman type screw in canisters. There must be other places that do them.
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