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Re: Help with choosing bike type and/or commute through Lond

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 October 2014 - 11:38am
Good advice above. Enfield is one of my least favourite places to cycle. One thing I'd add is to make regular eye contact with drivers behind you when approaching traffic islands as this often gets a favourable response.

For narrow roads with parked cars and pinch points, you are definitely safer in the centre of the lane. It may feel intimidating at first but in built up areas you're likely to be riding at the same speed, or only marginally slower, than motor traffic. Most drivers don't wish anyone harm – they simply don't consider what's in front of a cyclist so best to remove the opportunity for an unsafe overtake. Although a minority of people can get cross, I find the majority respectful of this. I also find waving thanks to a driver for waiting gets a good overtake that is then copied by the cars behind. On the rare occasions I've felt threatened, I've held up my hand in a 'stop' sign which is generally heeded.

For roads without parked cars where traffic is light but fast, I'll take a different tack and stay in a strong secondary position (left but well out the gutter) to allow overtakes. When approaching a traffic island I'll do a shoulder check well in advance and move into primary (centre) when safe. Sometimes I have to slow down and remain in secondary because someone is trying to race me to the traffic island, so regular shoulder checks are essential. Where feasible, I avoid certain A and B roads like this as I find them unpleasant. There's no shame in taking a detour so you can still enjoy your cycling .

Re: BT Openreach cyclists stay back

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 October 2014 - 10:36am
The biggest and best one yet on the back of a Sainsbury's LGV. Seriously?

I think it said something like, 'Alert today, alive tomorrow!' WTF?

Come on CTC, get this sorted!

Berlin to Copenhagen

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 October 2014 - 10:32am
Has anyone cycled the Berlin to Copenhagen route recently, either independently or as a guided trip?

Re: Remote Regions and Disc Brakes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 October 2014 - 9:52am
gplhl wrote:Avid BB7's are well tested and mechanical. I'm carrying 4 sets of pads to replace to ne able to replace both front and back twice. I've now done over 7,000 miles on the bike and only needed to change the rear pads in Mali!


I would certainly recommend spare pads! - apart from my mention of pads falling out earlier in the thread (which I found, but might not have). I lost some pads after getting caked in clay on a bridlepath - clay got everywhere, including on the disc rotors and calipers, and after a few hundred yards of extremely hard going it had completely scoured out the pads. Tyres were so heavy with crud that rim brakes probably wouldn't have fared any better or maybe worst, but it's scary that out the blue you're suddenly looking at having no brakes.

Re: Ouistreham ferry disembarkation hazard.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 October 2014 - 9:03am
Nor me - as I was on a tandem I am sure I would have noticed a step. Puzzling.

Re: A warm dry winter?

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 October 2014 - 9:02am
Psamathe wrote:GrumpyGit wrote:Working on the principle that it never rains when you're carrying an umbrella I'm expecting a very mild winter this year!
Didn't the Met Office give-up doing long range forecasts - as they always turned out so wrong and they were "suffering criticism".


No. They stopped because the accuracy, although published, wasn't taken into account by people when using the long range forecasts. They weren't "always wrong"; they were as accurate as they were claimed to be, which is not particularly.

This is an area where tabloids annoy me, especially the Express. It gets long range weather predictions from cranks and flakes like Vantage Weather Solutions, claims they're from "experts", lets the public think that means the Met. office, and then everyone blames the Met. when the crank, not surprisingly, turns out to have been talking out of his backside. About this time last year the Express was running a "coldest winter for a century" story - and we had no snow. They got this prediction from the above mentioned crank, not the Met.

Re: Consent from the Missus

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 October 2014 - 8:39am
I find being amorous works well. Within minutes she suggests that it is time I go away on another trip with the other old fools.

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 October 2014 - 8:10am
mrjemm wrote:reohn2 wrote:What does spoil the look for me are the polished chainrings,black with polished ''hi-lights''(look at the rims)would look much nicer to me and when I feel suitably indulgent I'll put things right .

Silver BB7 too, R2. You want some nice black ones...

TBH the silver BB7's don't bother me as they tend to blend in,the red dials well,that's another matter.
If they were black.........

Re: Scottish Coast to Coast Annan to South Queensferry

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 October 2014 - 7:59am
Yes we saw the sign but to be fair the map is clear and we were expecting it to be there.The route planners have done an excellent job in keeping off main roads and
the ride into Moffat was great.
The route could easily be done in two days but we enjoy frequent stops to admire areas we would'nt normally get to.
As you know it is a wonderful part of the country for cycling and the route deserves to succeed

Re: Scottish Coast to Coast Annan to South Queensferry

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 October 2014 - 7:42am
Good to read someone has done the ride. As it comes through my village, Wamphray, I'm hoping to see many cyclists as the years roll on.
Can I ask did you spot the sign to turn left at the crossroads as you cam into Wamphray? It must have been up three weeks before I spotted it and I was looking for it!

Re: Consent from the Missus

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 October 2014 - 6:42am
Yep, we both need permission for away trips. You can hardly just abandon your partner with the kids for a fortnight and not expect divorce papers on your return if you don't do some advance prep. Having said that we both believe the other is happier and easier to live with if they go away ( he goes sailing). My tip would be to make sure the childcare support is planned and scheduled out ( school pick up help and baby sitters for relevant evenings) as opposed to just assuming your partner will cope.

I'm building up for my trans America plans! I'm mostly going to wait until the kids are a little older (teens) so my absence for three months will be less inconvenient.

The worst thing is what hubby and I call the lowest common denominator option . That's where people compromise on what they both can agree on and only that and find that the only option that works for them to do together is watching crappy telly on the sofa on a Saturday night. My kids can be quite bad at this too, insist on staying in and restrict the parents from going out and getting some exercise! Obviously it would be easier if everyone would be more adventurous and try their partners and parents hobbies but being realistic that isn't always going to happen so I like to let my partner spread his wings a bit and do his thing. We do low key stuff together as a family eg going out cycling for the day but if they aren't interested in doing some serious mileage and plodding over some big mountains I get to go and do that occasionally. I was a bit teary when himself went off to do the sailing race from Falmouth to the Azores and I was left with a 3 year old and a baby, but it was brownie points in the bank for me and the girls to go on various cycle trips.

It can be more complicated if your partner doesn't want to go away and do stuff so there's no quid pro quo. Hopefully some treat they like to do though that you can support that can make up for your absence.

Re: Strava Art

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 October 2014 - 5:49am
Kudos given!

Re: Consent from the Missus

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 October 2014 - 5:46am
Psamathe wrote:Farawayvisions wrote:Here's what you need to know to ensure you get the 'permission slip' signed.
Does anybody really still live like that in the real world these days ? Horrifically sexist the idea of needing "a permission slip from the missus".


Maybe Farawayvisions is being slightly tongue in cheek here and is a touch playful with this post?

Either way, it would seem that the other option is to go together wouldn't it?

Re: Strava Art

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 October 2014 - 11:44pm
Spinners wrote:It doesn't look like 300km to me.
More like 301.108262 km to me


Re: Getting to Scandinavia

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 October 2014 - 11:20pm
Richard Fairhurst wrote:They're still hoping to - I wish them luck, though I'll believe it when I see it: http://www.reginaline.dk/timetable-uk.html

What a fab page their cancelatian/cancelation/cancellation one is!


3 spellings on one page. Hope they get running though, really do.

Mind you, the disco page makes me wonder if it is a parody site- http://www.reginaline.dk/disco-uk.html

How I would love the Nookie-Nog route to open up again. Bergen or Stavanger, either'd be good. I desperately want to cycle in Norway.

p.s. Writing this from near Kristiansund, and not quite so happy to be here as I would be in my free time, with Mme and a pair of bikes. Also wish for the ferry so I didn't need to fly to get home...

Re: Cafe & coffee

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 October 2014 - 10:55pm
reohn2 wrote:RickH wrote:Apart from the fact that none of their stores, at least in this neck of the woods, are near anywhere I would generally want to cycle!


Are there any in our neck of the woods,I can't say I know of any.

PS,I've just been reliably informed there's one in Knutsford and another in Sandbach

One in sunny Preston too now. And I must confess to occasionally using it, though not the coffee machine in the foyer, or the cafe. It's the selection of olives they stock, yum (picolino and lucques please. Though kalamata are my favourite, they're just as good elsewhere. OK OK, I am a bit poncey). The veg are too pricey by far though, that's when you want to get to Mogadon's, especially since they improved the veg sections; more selection and more weighable over pre-packed, though some of the more esoteric stuff'll not get whipped up and be left out a tad too long.

Booths is, as often descrtibed, the 'Waitrose of the North', and apparently also do a thing where you can get free coffee (and hot choc even) if you accept a store card, which being a small regional company is not quite as dark as a huge national chain. http://densityofsound.com/unicycle-emptiness/?p=891
Too bad their own brand coffees (beans/ground) are quite nasty, and I gave up trying a few years ago, despite them being the only one around with a grinder in the aisle any more.

I suspect the 24 hour shopping thing is largely down to the fact they'd have staff in to stack shelves and clean up anyway, so might as well leave the lights on and be available to anyone that wants in too; when I've been in them (on shifts in past times) the staff aren't normally at the checkout until someone goes to one, and instead out there doing the other stuff they'd be doing even if the store was shut. I think.

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 October 2014 - 10:39pm
reohn2 wrote:What does spoil the look for me are the polished chainrings,black with polished ''hi-lights''(look at the rims)would look much nicer to me and when I feel suitably indulgent I'll put things right .

Silver BB7 too, R2. You want some nice black ones...

beardy wrote:My Orange (Prestige) is black!

My orange was black, but is now green.

As for orange. I have orange, oh yes indeed. Plenty of orange. Orange is my friend.

Re: Consent from the Missus

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 October 2014 - 9:24pm
I guess it's alright as long as you don't plan on ever returning and facing the consequences

Re: Cafe & coffee

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 October 2014 - 9:17pm
Apparently 3.30am is a good time to make new acquaintances - your eyes meet over the fish fingers. You can then invite him or her to a coffee, which is where this started!

Pamir Highway

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 October 2014 - 9:07pm
I am considering 3 months next year cycling along the Pamir Highway in Kyrgistan and Tajikistan.
I have been looking at flights and would appreciate advice.
Anyone had good experiences of ebooker or other 'cheap' airfare sites?

I live in Aberdeen. UK.
I have priced a flight from Heathrow to Bishkek at £450.
But booking a flight from Edinburgh to Istanbul and a second from Istanbul to Bishkek is half the price.
These flights are all Turkish airlines.
The second flight in each case is the same flight.
The stop over is 4 hours.
Bike is 60 Euro. Not sure if that is per flight but even so it looks like option 2 will be cheaper.

Am I missing something?

Any views on these options or suggestions on alternatives?
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