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Re: Dublin - Larne

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 July 2014 - 12:23pm
your right on that score but remember from the port to say swords is not reall that far 8 to 10 miles at the most then its plain sailing all the way to rush coastal route.
but yes bit of a pain trying to get through all that city stuff .

Re: Cycling to Nordkapp: searching for suggestions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 July 2014 - 12:19pm
Folk,

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Re: Dublin - Larne

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 July 2014 - 11:48am
keithg wrote:I'm afraid I didn't find the Dublin to Dundalk section very interesting but perhaps I just failed to find an interesting route. I just couldn't find a decent coastal road

I don't think any of the roads out of Dublin will be interesting. The old airport road, the R132, is horrible: fast traffic, shopping centres and industrial estates. The Malahide Road, R107, is equally grim. The motorway is out of the question. So I would actually turn right, off the East Wall Road at this junction http://goo.gl/2QnlkX and make a long detour around Clontarf, Dollymount, Sutton (new good cycle lane on the coast road), Baldoyle, Portmarnock, Malahide (nice cafes and restaurants). Unfortunately at this point you have to head inland to go around Malahide estuary, turn back out and go through Rush, rejoin the coast road up to Skerries, then Balbriggan.

keithg wrote: lacking quaint villages or decent caffs.

Quaint villages are probably long steam-rollered by the suburban progress of Dublin but at least by Portrane and Rush you are surrounded by countryside.

Don't bother with cafés, pubs are where it's at; most pubs will do lunches and all will do tea and coffee (as well as Guinness).

Re: Dublin - Larne

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 July 2014 - 11:33am
I don't know much of the route - and it has certainly changed a lot since I lived there - but be very careful when leaving Dublin Port; it is very easy to be 'sucked' into the Port Tunnel (and you don't want that) because the slip-road you need is unhelpfully labelled "City Centre". It should more correctly be labelled "All other routes".

http://goo.gl/f3R3vf

I still have family in Dublin and visit regularly. Even knowing this, it is counter-intuitive to turn towards the "City Centre" when I know I'm looking to go the other direction towards north Dublin. Even my sister-in-law, who has lived there her entire life, has been accidentally 'sucked' into the tunnel at this point.

Re: Oh lordy, what have I let myself in for?

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 July 2014 - 10:27am
Glad the Brooks is working out - I love mine. Never tried it (yet), but replacing the saddle cover with a pair of unwashed underpants could be a very effective thief deterrent . Best of luck with the training .

Re: BT Openreach cyclists stay back

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 July 2014 - 12:24am
Flinders wrote:Steve922 wrote:Is this a new development?
My daughter said yesterday that whilst waiting for a lorry to turn left at a junction, she heard a strange beeping noise and a recorded voice which appeared to be saying "Warning, this vehicle is about to turn left." Similar to the reversing warning which has been around for so long.

That sounds sensible. But presumably it will only operate when the vehicle is signalling left. I suspect most of the trouble comes when the vehicle goes left without signalling. The sound warning would help where a vehicle starts to signal when you've already come alongside- but there may be nothing you could do at the point.
All the same, I think it's a good idea.
I think it's a good idea too,but it won't protect the cyclist who rides up the inside of a vehicle who's driver has forgotten to signal left,so all the more reason not to trust other drivers.

IME there's an increasing number of drivers not using indicators and particularly when turning left either at TL's,junctions or exiting r/abouts.I know they should do,but the fact is they don't.
Driving standards IME are plummeting and in the absence of any kind of effective policing,which in my neck of the woods is woefully inadequate,it's better not to leave anything to chance.

Re: BT Openreach cyclists stay back

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 July 2014 - 12:14am
Flinders wrote:
It's the vehicle's driver's job to check before turning left that no cyclist is on their inside, it's as simple as that.
If driving an articulated vehicle the nearside beyond the tractor unit is unable to be seen when the trailer isn't inline ie;during a left turn.

Cycles are allowed to filter on the left, indeed, they have to, to get to advance start boxes.
Cyclists don't have to filter at all if it isn't safe to do so,it's that simple.Trusting someone not to turn left when cycling up the nearside/inside of any vehicle unless you're absolutely sure it's either turning right or that it isn't going to move at all is folly and an unnecessary risk IMO.

We have to watch out for bad drivers, granted, and sometimes anticipate bad driving, I certainly do, but the legal situation seems pretty clear to me. It's the driver's job to check before moving left, just as it is their job to check before moving right.
The legal situation is useless when in the morgue,whether it be the driver's fault or not.
I practice self preservation first and foremost,I trust no other road user and treat every one as potential lunatics,that way there's no surprises or at least very few.

Re: Air or sprung suspension?

CTC Forum - MTB - 13 July 2014 - 12:01am
Coil/oil shocks are better at dealing with little bumps, air is better for big hits.
You need tighter seals with air units so the air doesn't leak out but this can lead to 'sticky' travel.
If a leak develops with an air unit, you can be left without suspension. If a coil/oil unit leaks, you still have suspension but might not have any damping and you'll be pogo sticking all over the place.
This is what I remember from my days as a mountain biker anyway, a while ago.

Re: BT Openreach cyclists stay back

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 July 2014 - 11:41pm
Steve922 wrote:Is this a new development?
My daughter said yesterday that whilst waiting for a lorry to turn left at a junction, she heard a strange beeping noise and a recorded voice which appeared to be saying "Warning, this vehicle is about to turn left." Similar to the reversing warning which has been around for so long.

That sounds sensible. But presumably it will only operate when the vehicle is signalling left. I suspect most of the trouble comes when the vehicle goes left without signalling. The sound warning would help where a vehicle starts to signal when you've already come alongside- but there may be nothing you could do at the point.
All the same, I think it's a good idea.

Re: BT Openreach cyclists stay back

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 July 2014 - 11:39pm
661-Pete wrote:What it boils down to, forgive me for stating the obvious, it is dangerous to overtake a large vehicle on the left if you have any reason to suppose it is about to turn left, or if you can't determine the driver's intentions and it is near the front of the queue, or if there is only a narrow gap left between the vehicle and railings/wall etc., or if there are passengers boarding or alighting from the vehicle. Maybe there are other 'if's to consider but these are the main ones I can think of.

All cyclists, in an ideal world, should know these rules off by heart and abide by them, but we all know there are some who don't. The question is, how to represent these rules in a succinct and unambiguous manner, in the form of a notice on the back of the vehicle? Attempts to fulfil this need, as we have seen from this thread, don't really get the right message across. Any ideas?

It's the vehicle's driver's job to check before turning left that no cyclist is on their inside, it's as simple as that.
Cycles are allowed to filter on the left, indeed, they have to, to get to advance start boxes.

We have to watch out for bad drivers, granted, and sometimes anticipate bad driving, I certainly do, but the legal situation seems pretty clear to me. It's the driver's job to check before moving left, just as it is their job to check before moving right.

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 July 2014 - 11:33pm
[quote="ArMoRothair"

If you will be locking your bike outside UCL ................[/quote]

When I was there (many years ago) the moron we had for a Provost at the time decided bikes in the quad were untidy, and had them all cut from the railings one day without warning and just left there to be nicked. The people doing the cutting couldn't cut my main lock, but cut the other one anyway, just out of spite, I suppose.

My tutor had to restrain me from heading straight to the Provost's office in a #1 rage.

I hope they now have some cycle parking.

Re: Dublin - Larne

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 July 2014 - 10:04pm
When one of the fellclub lads stayed with me few years back he done the Newgrange tour he thought it was fantastic its one of my cycling routes, but you cant get into it without paying for the tour no idea what that costs.google newgange. thers a campsite in the famous rock venue Slane home of lord mountcharles he has a nice castle right beside the campsite
when are you thinking of doing this tour.

Re: Dublin - Larne

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 July 2014 - 9:43pm
Definitely doing some sightseeing - its part of a very leisurely LEJOG so ought to be on that thread but it is slightly off the usual route. Any other good saints you would recommend?

Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 July 2014 - 9:36pm
French Revolutions by Tim Moore - bloke testing himself against the TdF route - very funny - very true - my husband giggled himself to sleep every night!

Re: Oh lordy, what have I let myself in for?

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 July 2014 - 8:52pm
All good advice, thank you folks!

After only a few miles the Brooks is feeling good and I believe it'll be the difference between walking and not after a long distance.

As I frequently see cannibalised bikes sans saddle and the Brooks was quite an investment I've changed the seat post and saddle clamp bolts for non-standard fittings which the average street-scrote is less likely to be carrying tools to fit.

I know it's impossible to make a bike or it's components totally thief proof, I've just got to make it easier for them to steal someone else's kit

Once I've built up my strength a bit and hardened my backside some I'll probably make a Sunday morning double espresso at Caffe Nero in Highgate Village a regular appointment. Should help with the conditioning, then I can add Crouch and Muswell hills to the programme

6th July 2014 A ride Winster

CTC Forum - MTB - 12 July 2014 - 8:04pm
Heading across Milnthorpe Marsh. by simeonorme, on Flickr

You can see rest of photos of 6th July ride to Winster at this link http://www.southlakesgroup.org.uk/2014p ... y/6th.html (the page may be slow to download due to large number of photos).

29th June 2014

CTC Forum - MTB - 12 July 2014 - 7:46pm
Heading up the public byway from the Old Hall Farm towards Colton. by simeonorme, on Flickr

You can see rest of photos of 29th June around Coniston Water at this link http://www.southlakesgroup.org.uk/2014p ... /29th.html and rest of ride photos of 29th June ride of the ride along the Walna Scar Road at this link http://www.southlakesgroup.org.uk/2014p ... 29tha.html

Re: Dublin - Larne

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 July 2014 - 7:42pm
the coast route from rush/lusc/skerries is very nice so 3 villages to pass through but very busy roads actually i was there today with the group .
Drogheda to Blackrock 20 miles or so is a lovely route, im from drogheda.you could always take in the sights around Droghea like Newgrange /Dowth and Knoth and Monasterboice graveyard if your into stuff like that,why we even have the Head of a Saint in the local church St oliver plunkett

if the sun is shineing you'll have a blast.


jags.

Re: Dublin - Larne

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 July 2014 - 6:21pm
janetpl wrote:Anyone cycled this -
I have. Did this a few years ago as a circuit of the Irish Sea. The best bits were from Dundalk through Newcastle in NI following the coast to Strangford/Portaferry and a nice scenic rural coastal route to Bangor. Delightful cycling.
I'm afraid I didn't find the Dublin to Dundalk section very interesting but perhaps I just failed to find an interesting route. I just couldn't find a decent coastal road on this section and found it a little dull and lacking quaint villages or decent caffs.
The route out of Dublin was quite "urban" but doable and I pretty much made it up as I went along.
But the northern section was good.

Re: Dublin - Larne

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 July 2014 - 5:35pm
ok i'll give this a bash,if your coming into dublin port you might as well head for the city and see the sights ,after that head north to Swords/balbriggan/drogheda then head on the coast road all the way to castlebelligham from there blackrock to dundalk to newry after that your on your own

jags.

depending on when you arrieve i'll ride with you from drogheda to dundalk nice route along the coast and back roads,i'll even buy you a coffee.
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