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Re: Lon Las Cymru on starting on Sat 6.9.14, campsite sugges

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 September 2014 - 12:23am
james01 wrote:MarkusDeBute wrote:

Oh and James01, where was the good curry in Llanidloes? Ours was rubbish....

The Spice Club, 30 Great Oak Street. On reflection we were starving and had already had a few aperitif beers so anything would have tasted pretty good

Good advice from Meic ref avoiding the NATO Conference in Cardiff this weekend, although I reckon you're better off on a bike than in a car if the expected gridlock happens.

Interesting, that was where we went and service was shocking, food was alright at best. Thinking back, the quote from Ruby, who runs the Crown and Anchor, was that the "Immigration Van had been round the week before" and they were subsequently a bit short of staff. The Crown and Anchor is worth visit if only to meet Ruby who's been running it for 49 years.

Re: Can I have a moan?

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 September 2014 - 12:11am
Would carefully dismantling a car count as damage? Either that or just making it known on local forums how much you'd hate for it to be vandalised and how you wouldn't dare look out of your house if you heard a car being smashed up on your driveway.

Re: Can I have a moan?

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 September 2014 - 12:04am
Though I believe that you are not going to be allowed to SORN a vehicle if it is kept off the road on a council property any more, so it has a private/public property duality.

Re: Can I have a moan?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2014 - 11:31pm
Bicycler wrote:Not at all. Council property is owned, albeit by a public body. It is private land in the sense that we use the term.
Precisely! Many people wrongly assume that Council owned land (or property) is "public" land and therefore free access is automatically granted. The land or property is private, but owned by a public body.

Re: Carrying a defibrillator

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2014 - 11:23pm
I did notice there was one at the top of Blackpool Tower, which you take a lift to get to, although there are a few flights of optional stairs if you want to go a bit higher up.
If I was going to put one anywhere, I think I'd want one at the top of Warwick Castle, along with a bench up there too. There's a tall tower and it's one way narrow staircases up and down, with nowhere to sit if you make it to the top. If anyone is struggling on the way up, the queue of people behind them prevents them from going anywhere other than up.
It's also quite tricky to get a stretcher up and down there.

http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Castle+co ... 0197214088

Re: Must've been Changeover Day?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2014 - 11:18pm
Similar experience. Had a fabulous day off-road riding in the Lake District on Tuesday - beautiful sunny day, dry trails and nice temperatures. Didn't meet a single other rider on the off-road bits and only a couple of roadies on the road bits. Yet there were plenty of bikes on cars and bike racks on cars to be seen. So quite what they do do with their bikes is a mystery but riding them on or off road doesn't seem to come into it.

Re: Can I have a moan?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2014 - 11:16pm
In reply to the OP. My experience of many fishermen is that the attitude you found is very common.

Re: Must've been Changeover Day?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2014 - 11:05pm
Mick F wrote:Are these people cyclists, or people who take their bikes on holiday?
Well don't bikes need a holiday as well . What better place than Cornwall!

Re: Four 4x4's/SUV'S on a forty mile ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2014 - 11:02pm
reohn2 wrote:MikeF
I too get grief from other vehicles but single out 4x4/SUV's as proportionally worse, which obviously is down to the drivers, one has to ask why that is?
What were you saying?!!! http://www.eastgrinsteadcourier.co.uk/Elderly-cyclists-seriously-hurt-collision-BMW/story-22820543-detail/story.html . It may have been a "60mph road", but that speed is too fast for these "S" bends which is approximately where the collision was according to the paper.

Re: Solo night ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2014 - 10:32pm
The forecasts suggest it will be quite mild on Thursday night

By way of extra clothes for the temperature forecast I usually take a thin merino base layer, a light wind jacket or a waterproof depending on the forecast and Silk inner gloves and a buff or skull cap.

If wet a dry pair of gloves and socks in a plastic bag either boost morale at the halfway stop or make the journey home more bearable

Re: Overnight sleep possible in Barcelona airport?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 September 2014 - 10:19pm
El Prat is v.busy and loaded with security guys, I would not bank on a few hours uninterrupted kip with a bicycle.

I'd sleep at an airport, say Hull, but not at BCN, it is a fantastic city, you could be in the centre super quick via the airport train before the fun has kicked off, with a great night out to look forward to. I use a clean pension that takes bikes, bang central, for only 25 euros.

Re: New Route Planner

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 September 2014 - 8:55pm
andrew_s wrote:I tried a route from Aviemore to Braemar, just to see what it did, and it came up with a crossing of the Lairig Ghru.
As of half an hour ago, it won't send you that way - it'll go round via Nethy Bridge instead. I'll write more about why in due course, but suffice it to say that it should now be better at finding sensible routes in rural Scotland.

Re: Must've been Changeover Day?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2014 - 8:42pm
A very common sight on roads near a Centr Parc.

Re: Solo night ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2014 - 8:13pm
I've several Windstopper tops and I find it very a good fabric, but it's not cheap and perhaps not worth buying for a single ride. Before Windstopper was available - and when I'd have been unable to afford it anyway - I used to carry a large rectangle of breathable fabric, cut from the back of an old anorak. That was compact enough to carry in a back pocket for stuffing up the jumper when needed. Going back even earlier, I've salvaged newspaper from bins for the same purpose and even a bit of cardboard, but that was largely through setting out unprepared: assuming it would stay warm throughout a long ride.

A lot depends on what you would wear anyway at this time of year. I'm a softy and I hate cold extremities so a hat and gloves would be a must for me and even thin overshoes. I have ridden all night in midsummer in shorts but I'd take tights.

Re: Touring Iceland

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 September 2014 - 8:01pm
heatonrider wrote:Grunavik is Grindavík I think - really good campsite there with good cooking facilities - we used it as a base to cycle to the Blue Lagoon - hopeless commercial and expensive but figured it was a once in a lifetime ... managed a whole day there and took own lunch ...

Thanks heatonrider for spotting my spelling mistake it was Grindavík that I meant.

Re: 2 LeJog deaths: Death by dangerous driving charge

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2014 - 7:48pm
ChrisButch wrote:What particularly rankles here is that, despite what must have been overwhelming evidence, given the immediate guilty pleas, he was free to drive pending trial. Surely the very least which could be expected after such events would be a requirement temporarily to surrender his licence?

I think this is a good point and AFAIK it's possible without any change to the law or current procedure. I don't think it's even necessary to disqualify the driver temporarily from driving: agreeing not to drive motor vehicles could be imposed as a bail condition (breach of which can lead to arrest etc.) I can't see it happening, largely because of the prolonged period on bail when a defendant like this one would be prevented from working. (That's an explanation, not a justification on my part.) The fact of his bail being renewed after the second bad driving case probably shows how strong that attitude is. I don't know what bail conditions, if any, were imposed after the charge for the later offence.

Re: Overnight sleep possible in Barcelona airport?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 September 2014 - 7:44pm
Psamathe wrote:http://www.sleepinginairports.net might help.

Ian

Thanks for that Ian!

Re: Can I have a moan?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2014 - 7:38pm
Not at all. Council property is owned, albeit by a public body. It is private land in the sense that we use the term.

Re: Lon Las Cymru on starting on Sat 6.9.14, campsite sugges

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 September 2014 - 7:38pm
MarkusDeBute wrote:

Oh and James01, where was the good curry in Llanidloes? Ours was rubbish....

The Spice Club, 30 Great Oak Street. On reflection we were starving and had already had a few aperitif beers so anything would have tasted pretty good

Good advice from Meic ref avoiding the NATO Conference in Cardiff this weekend, although I reckon you're better off on a bike than in a car if the expected gridlock happens.

Re: 2 LeJog deaths: Death by dangerous driving charge

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2014 - 7:25pm
Sorry, personally think sentence much too lenient
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