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Re: Roads Are Not For Racing On

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 April 2015 - 12:00pm
Vantage wrote:I'm glad someone got it.
I wonder about this forum at times.
It was obvious it was a joke from the way it was written (and the site that hosted it) although I have to admit to not really 'getting' it. After all, roads really are for transport and not for racing - so where's the joke?

Re: Roads Are Not For Racing On

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 April 2015 - 11:52am
pwa wrote:A funny article. I thought at first it was serious, then felt a bit stupid when I realised it was a joke.

I'm glad someone got it.
I wonder about this forum at times.

Re: Ramming cyclist at only 10mph is OK

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 April 2015 - 11:47am
I got accused of kicking a car (which had tagged me with a wing mirror) - then I pointed out that I was in cleats, and therefore unable to kick anything

Re: London to Paris

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 April 2015 - 11:41am
I would strongly suggest you use this route

http://www.donaldhirsch.com/dieppeparis.html (From Dieppe to Paris) Donald Hirsch also has an accommodation guide on the site as well. Whilst I understand that they wish to camp/hostel etc then you will regret not staying here which I have described as the worlds best bed and breakfast for cyclists:



'Chambres du Confiturier. A truly exceptional place to stay, close to halfway mark between Dieppe & Paris. Every visitor has been bowled over by the hospitality of the confiturier (jam maker), Marie Dupuis - who looks after you “magnificently”. “Great food; lovely, welcoming family”. “Most cycle friendly place' http://www.chambres-confiturier.com/eng ... nfiturier/ Source Donald Hirsch site. I agree with every single word of this description


if they are cycling from London to Dieppe then suggest you use this route below:

http://travelloglewes.co.uk/index.php?p ... -bike-ride

-bike-ride (From London to Newhaven)

I am based in Nottingham so if you need further advice pop around if you wish my wife and I live in Beeston

Re: Ramming cyclist at only 10mph is OK

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 April 2015 - 11:15am
Confession of a car (well, van) kicker.

I once did as a van overtook and drifted ever closer to me on a roundabout and I saw myself heading into a disappearing wedge between van and kerb (with railings!) at the exit. The emotion wasn't anger it was fear. Blind terror. I thought I was going to be crushed I think I was trying to push it away, a bizarre reaction but perhaps a natural one. I made a swift dismount in the narrow space between van and railings. Needed a sit down after that one.

Re: Ramming cyclist at only 10mph is OK

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 April 2015 - 11:04am
Neither party comes out of this smelling of roses. Both handled the situation badly. They allowed anger to take over, then rational behaviour went out of the window. I'm not convinced any legislation could prevent such behaviour when anger takes over. I imagine that the cyclist was only prevented from doing more damage by the limitations of what he had to hand. The driver had a car to use. Two crazed individuals, one better armed than the other.

Does that excuse driving into someone, even at low speed? No, of course not. But it does provide context. Maybe even "mitigating circumstances", up to a point. Personally, I would want to charge the cyclist with criminal damage and the motorist with assault, and include some anger management course as part of the sentence. And a driving ban would seem appropriate.

Re: Would this bike be a suitable entry level tourer

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 April 2015 - 10:44am
Cunobelin wrote:so bought a Ridgeback hybrid with racks and used that to complete the tour.
My first tourer was a trashed Ridgeback Flight T2 I got off of gumtree. I added front & rear panniers & set off on my first 900 mile tour. The frame broke after what I estimate to be about 10,000 miles. I've still got the forks on another bike & keep meaning to mount the frame on the wall.
http://www.evanscycles.com/products/rid ... e-ec001113

Nothing wrong with hybrids as tourers. Also dirt cheap to pick up.

Re: Ramming cyclist at only 10mph is OK

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 April 2015 - 10:36am
this incident demonstrates to me - more than anything - the ignorance and stupidity of some motorists:

first she chooses to drive illegally - with no MOT. If she doesn't recognise that she is driving illegally without an MOT then she shouldn't be driving at all.

second, she brings herself into conflict with another road user while driving illegally. Even someone with the loose morals to drive illegally would avoid highlighting the fact by bringing themselves into conflict with other road users if they had any sense.

Third, she appears to be so ignorant of her own vulnerability to claims and prosecution and/or a blinding hatred of cyclists that she goes on to deliberately drive into one with her car (while driving illegally).


She can claim against the cyclist for the alleged damage to her car door - if she can demonstrate that the cyclists did it. Meanwhile she has rightly been prosecuted for her driving and the cyclist can claim from her for repair of damage to his bike, personal injury and relevant expenses. They both might already have done that. If not I sincerely hope that they do. Whether you like it or not its how the system works. It will make good the damage to both parties and make them aware that they can't go around damaging cars or running people down without come backs. Neither of them seem to be aware of that previously.

Re: Roads Are Not For Racing On

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 April 2015 - 10:30am
A funny article. I thought at first it was serious, then felt a bit stupid when I realised it was a joke.

Re: MTB C2C Ravenglass - Ravenscar

CTC Forum - MTB - 2 April 2015 - 10:20am
I see it covers many classic off road routes along the way. Should be quite a challenge to but a lot if fun. I've swore never to do the Garburn pass again but there again I've never done it W to E. It's one long push from the east.

Poploc remote

CTC Forum - MTB - 2 April 2015 - 9:45am
Anyone have a poploc remote going cheap as I have just bought some new forks and have no lockout remote

MTB C2C Ravenglass - Ravenscar

CTC Forum - MTB - 2 April 2015 - 9:43am
Sorry for the delayed reply here is the website I found the ride on, there is a gpx file of the whole route and also each individual section, would you please let me know what it's like?

http://www.pedalnorth.com/content/mtb-c2c

Hope you ok after your trip in the ambulance

Re: Touring bike choice for people with long legs

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 April 2015 - 9:39am
If the OP was comfortable, we wouldn't be having this discussion at all.

Re: Roads Are Not For Racing On

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 April 2015 - 9:31am
MartinC wrote:Oh well, that's the London Marathon finished then.
Nah, brings in too much money.

Now, local road (running) races set by local clubs, that's a different matter. Councils have been making increasing demands on local clubs whose expenses have spiraled to the point a number have been cancelled.
That's a real problem for our athletes who rely on a large number of fast, cheap road races rather than a small number of expensive mass participation events.

Re: Roads Are Not For Racing On

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 April 2015 - 9:19am
Oh well, that's the London Marathon finished then.

Re: Roads Are Not For Racing On

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 April 2015 - 9:14am
So any group of cars - like the piles that are together behind every traffic light - are a race group?

Re: London to Paris

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 April 2015 - 9:13am
London to Paris crops up on the forum from time to time, most frequently as a Charity Ride but there are some independent traveller type posts in there too.

Avenue Verte has been discussed on the forum as a possible route.

Eurostar does not take full size solo bikes. There is Le Shuttle service from Cheriton, otherwise it's a ferry crossing.

Re: Bill Cunningham

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 April 2015 - 8:57am
I stand corrected! Herein I strip him of the honour I had awarded him myself!

London to Paris

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 April 2015 - 8:55am
Hi. I have searched the CTC Forum but surprisingly can't find answers to this.
My daughter wants to cycle to Paris in August with some university friends. They are in Nottingham but presumably will start from London. They don't want to go on an organised ride. They are university rowers and hence generally fit but they are not experienced cyclists.
What would be the best route? Eurostar or ferry? Newhaven-Dieppe or Southampton-LeHavre?
What about stops? Not camping but not expensive - probably hostels.
Returning? Probably by train.
Many thanks.

Re: Roads Are Not For Racing On

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 April 2015 - 8:42am
Any group of club cyclists constitutes a race in some people's eyes.
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