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Re: Diabetic Feet on Tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 November 2014 - 10:44am
Replying to the various comments.

In the event, I took a morning out to find some waterproof socks, and in the end I settled for SealSkinz medium weight socks - they have quite a range and the Blacks shop I eventually found some in had a complete stand with several types. I tried a couple of more obvious shops - Halfords, outdoor shops, sports shops etc around Newport in the IoW, but noone had anything until blacks. The price was £30 for a pair, which hurt slightly but is worth it.

My cycling shoes are Shimano AM45's, which have a weather flap, are "recessed cleat" type shoes designed to be reasonably walkable. They look like bootees for teenagers who think they are being cool, but I like dry laces. Those Goretex boots look good, but at £110 a pop I'll wait for a SportPursuit flash sale unless it is critical. My shoes are probably half a size on the large side (47), so the socks improve the comfort. For some reason the Halfords price for these was £67 for a size 47 and £52 for a size 46, but they knocked off £15 when price-matched in the shop with a printout from the Wiggle website.

The socks are very comfortable and I cycled a further 120 miles over the next few days at up to 35 miles a day, with no rubbing of potential sores - the existing slight chafing healed up with a few carefully applied dressings. Recommended, and I will get another pair for Christmas.

@barrym> I have longed to tour, but just don't think I could manage the condition in that environment.

I think it all depends, as does everything with D, on your own circumstances and resilience to different stressors. I've had T1 for about 13 years (now in 40s), and to date I'm OK with circulation etc and always nearly knock the nurse off her feet with my reaction at our annual foot tickling session. I have had a single foot ulcer which started from a rubbing shoe and ended up with a minor operation and 4 weeks for the skin to grow back.

I think that general health makes a huge difference to resilience, and I was willing to relax control a little for 2 weeks to give me an extra margin, plus be careful to be relatively close to civilisation should I have a serious problem (eg never far from mobile phone coverage), emergency rations etc. My only real diversion from a plan for the day was a need to divert over Braden Down in the IoW when I ran into the same flooded section again, which was six miles over a 100m hill on a narrow A road in the dark in a rainstorm and down the other side on the wet leaves. Interesting, but not fun.

I'd say try it starting close to civilisation,. which should let you be in a more controlled environment than eg Iceland.

(Aside: For anyone who doesn't have Type I, the problem discussed here - aside from keeling over completely and ending up in hospital (!) or having to take a timeout for a snack and recovery if your blood sugar goes too low, and the vigilence to avoid it by regular testing - is that if something does go wrong injury wise it can get much worse much more quickly and then take much longer to recover, due to our systems being more "fragile".

That is a particular problem for feet, as a complication of D is poor circulation and consequent slow healing. Another one can be loss of feeling due to damage to peripheral nerves - neuropathy - so you don't notice an injury. Another can be being fed up with dealing with the previous 2 after 25 years of constant vigilance so you ignore them and it gets worth. If you are out with others yyou may feel guilty about making them wait, or have kept quiet about your condition.

A rub which develops into an ulcer can quickly give a nasty pothole-like injury which grows back very slowly - due to the slow healing/poor circulation thing. There is some diabetic foot ulcer porn on Google Images here, but I would not advise it at the same time as Spagheiiti Bolognese or or a pizza.)

I'll be going back in the second half of February (2015) to do some more of the South Coast route, and hopefully "around the IoW" (100km). This time I did Sandown-East Cowes-Sandown in one day. If anyone is interest, send me a PM.

Ferdinand

Re: Using cycle paths

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 November 2014 - 10:35am
One of the difficulties I find is especially for off road routes, knowing it exists in the first place, where it goes, and the quality of the surface therein. Quite often a path can start out as nice wide tarmac but then without notice or means of escape it's a muddy gravelly quagmire.

I notice on the Sustrans maps it doesn't note my on local route NCN7 that there's a stretch of gravel inbetween the tarmac sections it's just all green.

Incident this morning - City of London

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 November 2014 - 10:31am
Hello All!

First time poster and I'm hoping for some advice regarding an incident this morning.

I was on my daily cycle commute through the City of London when I was struck by the 'back' of a private coach whilst it was turning left from Fenchurch Street into Gracechurch Street. I was stationary at the time in the right hand lane waiting for a red to change allowing me to go straight ahead into lombard street. I often see private couches taking this route (turning left into Gracechurch Street) so I purposely position myself to the right of the right hand lane allowing coaches to pass, which has not been a problem in the past.

See pic here http://i.imgur.com/v1sO5un.jpg As you can see, the lanes are narrow, and the coach used both lanes when turning.

I was not knocked off my bike but it was a hefty shunt that has left some discomfort to my shoulder blade.

I caught up with the driver and explained what happened, I was was polite, not rude and did not swear and the driver was polite enough too. The driver said they saw me but didn't realise they struck me. The driver then told me I should move out of the way if I see a coach coming from behind. At this point I felt like the driver was trying to blame me & I'm sure I was not at fault.

At this point I'm not sure what to do, should I report the incident to the police? contact the coach company? or do nothing.

Any advice would be great.

I appreciate your help!

TIA

Re: Butser Hill - proposed cyclepath for the missing link

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 November 2014 - 10:23am
Wow, thanks Andy.
Those docs must have been there for some time, but nobody I talked to referred to them being available online.

I'll have a read a bit later.
- machine-laid tarmac sounds good.
- I'm glad that they appear to be dropping the shared-use path along the B2070. I would never use it ( along with most other cyclists ).

- Fear-free access northwards from QE Country Park is a huge benefit. . . . . fingers-crossed that some implementation errors & omissions don't knacker it.

Re: Using cycle paths

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 November 2014 - 9:41am
Bicycler wrote:People outside the UK wouldn't see a point in having a tag for cycle infrastructure you can't get tandems or trailers through.

Not sure about that. One of the most difficult barriers I've had to negotiate with a tandem was on a cycle path south of Dinan, near Saint Malo.

I'm coming late to this thread so may of missed something, but does anyone know the penalty for riding a motorbike on a cycle path? I know for a restricted byway, the penalty is seizure of vehicle, £150 + £20/day storage costs, plus your own taxi fare home if you're left stranded somewhere remote (the police don't have to take you home). I don't think this applies to motorbikes on cycle paths, but if it did and was enforced every now and then, it would probably eliminate the legitimate rider using them as a short cut. Wouldn't do anything about stolen/unlicensed bikes, but I think they'll find a way in if they want to anyway.

Re: Diabetic Feet on Tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 November 2014 - 8:56am
Previous threads with information about about keeping feet dry...
viewtopic.php?f=22&t=66593
viewtopic.php?f=16&t=76815

There are also a few threads about Cycling with type 1 diabetes, if you are interested. The best way to find them, though, is google or bing. If you do a forum search on diabetes, you'll find that most of the threads are about type 2.

To find them with google, use 'site:forum.CTC.org.uk type 1 diabetes' in the search window.

There was a poll a while ago that had respondents with both type 1 and type 2...
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=53039&start=15

Re: My worst tour, and why..

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 November 2014 - 8:54am
I agree. They're the ones you remember best...

Re: Diabetic Feet on Tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 November 2014 - 8:20am
Just a quick note that I'll respond to this thread in detail now that I am back at the w/e.

(Also had an interesting experience being locked in the airlock of the St Pancras Securacycle facility, since the button is out of sight for not-short people and the notices to find it have been absent for some weeks, according to the nice lady who let me out eventually. For later!)

Ferdinand

Re: What is the best dynamo hub for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 November 2014 - 2:44am
I have a SON 28 dynamo, a Shutter Precision PD-8 Black and a Shimano Deore XT DH-T785 dynamo. I have listed them in the order I rate them from best to worst. That said I really notice little difference between the SON and the Shutter Precision dynamos. The SHimano however does have noticable drag at low speeds which is probably more noticable because it is on my off-road touring bike.

Buying a new now? I would probably consider a Shutter Precision PD-8X.

This is what the Australian distributor, KLite.com.au has to say on them

The new SP PD-8X sets an entirely new standard for hub dynamos. It is more efficient, technologically advanced and simpler than competing hub dynamos while also being 40 grams lighter in weight than any QR15 hub dynamo available. Current tests show the PD-8X to have achieved a new record breaking efficiency of 78 percent (i.e. watts of mechanical energy converted directly in watts of electrical energy - minus wasted muscular effort that would otherwise be propelling rider and bicycle forward), ranking it above the SP 8 series hub dynamos which previously ranked highest in the world at 72 percent.



Andrew

Re: Skateboarders v cyclists..amazing footage

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 November 2014 - 1:40am
Mick F wrote:Just a quickie calculation.
1 mile is 63,360 inches.
60mph is 1 mile per minute.
27" bicycle wheel is 85" circumference.
2" skateboard wheel is 6.3" circumference.

At 60mph .....
27" bicycle wheel is doing 745rpm
2" skateboard wheel is doing over 10,000rpm. For Thrust2 land speed record car ~630mph, wheel diameter was dictated by the "centrifugal" stresses, smaller and the higher rpm would have resulted in self-destruction. Bearings had to be pretty clever too.
In all this footage the following car is not struggling to keep up in the corners. It's probably easier to corner near the theoretical limit on a board as overstepping the mark is less catastrophic. No idea what the friction coefficient is for urethane wheels, or how grip would drop off on rougher tarmac. Ventoux descent shows filmed cyclist vastly quicker than other cyclists, so what does that prove?
Not sure which bit of Ventoux Guy Martin chose, couldn't see the point of a push start etc as the limiting factor was the last bend he had to brake for before the timed section. Get the speed and exit through there spot on, easiest with minimal braking beforehand and your terminal/timed velocity will be highest

Re: Single Speed Freewheel Day Trips

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 November 2014 - 12:42am
I've got a Specialized Tricross Single, same as being sold in the classifieds but a bigger frame. Decorated it with RoadRacer guards & Tortec Velocity Hybrid rack and running on Conti 25c GP4Seasons tyres. I use it daily for the commute in all weathers and 10" deep water The daily mileage is a little over 20 miles but have gone as far as 50 miles on a day trip. Some hills are a struggle but rather than grinding up as I would on my geared bike I find it best to attack the steeper hills and hope for the best.
It is faster than my geared bike, upto 5 minutes on the 10 mile commute home. As soon as I clock out at work I'm on my time so ride home fast, when I leave home for work I see it as being on work time as soon as I close the front door so don't rush to work.

Re: Tanker lorry, spot on driving

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 November 2014 - 11:45pm
Psamathe wrote:I don't bother with the reg no (I have remembered part of one once). I just say vehicle driving through <location> around <time>. Transport managers tend to know (or can easily find out) who was where when. Or if they are uncertain they will probably offer praise to "whoever was <location> <time>" and let the real driver come forward. The only organisation I've come across who have ignored such a comment was the County Council Highways Dept.

Ian
I take your point but as I posted:-
...a thumbs up to the driver at the time is all that's needed.
And giving the individual the thanks is better than feeding it into a faceless machine

Re: Butser Hill - proposed cyclepath for the missing link

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 November 2014 - 11:25pm
Lots more detail in the official Hampshire County Council project appraisal report here. The Appendix is a map of the proposed route.

According to the report, the stretch on the old A3 won't be resurfaced at as it's "still in relatively good condition". Hmm. It is - and will continue to be - gated.

The next stretch through the forest will be given a Macadam surface, 2.5 metres wide. That sounds to me like the same treatment as HCC gave the Viaduct cycle path in Winchester, in which case it will be machine-laid and will be a decent surface. (I think it's the same equipment as they use to re-lay single-track lanes, something they've been doing quite a lot of in Hampshire.)

The next section uses the "live A3 verge". Again a 2.5m path will be laid, with a fence between it and the carriageway. It will make use of the existing layby.

Finally they'll do some work to ensure the drop down into the country park at the end isn't too steep.

So it sounds pretty good actually, apart from the gates, but I can see why they might want those - it'll be a pretty obvious temptation for local bikers. And there's the gradient of course.

Gradient: According to my plotting on Tracklogs (using OS 1:50K mapping, so accuracy not guaranteed) the route will start with a 0.2 mile climb averaging 10%. Then it levels off for 0.2 miles, then there's another 0.2 miles of climbing, average 13% (!). After that it should be pretty easy going. It has to be said, that's still a lot easier than Butser Hill or Kiln Lane.

From a purely selfish point of view as a Winchester CTC ride leader, it'll enable me to plan circular routes to the QECP cafe, rather than having to come in from the Clanfield end then turn round and go back the way we came. I hate doing that.

Interestingly the report mentions that the original proposals included a a cyclepath by the B2070 out to the A3 junction, but the funding wouldn't cover it. While I don't have a big problem with the B2070 myself, I can see it would put the more nervous cyclist off.

Finally, it's nice to see the CTC getting not one but two mentions in the report.

Re: Tanker lorry, spot on driving

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 November 2014 - 11:06pm
reohn2 wrote:Psamathe wrote:reohn2 wrote:Just one point,if I have to stop and take note of every professional driver that shows me courtesy and then phone their company to commend all those drivers I'd, a)never get anywhere when I went for a ride,and b)I'd never be off the phone!
Maybe just the exceptional ones e.g. the one that prompted you to start this thread. I just remember the company name and do an internet search when I get home and e-mail.

I assume that notable driving does not happen many times each ride (as I've not seen many threads like this). Even if you miss 3 good ones and just do one occasionally it would help, word would get round, managers at the company will be pleased (people love getting praise) and driver will "like" cyclists and other drivers will probably think a bit more ...

Ian

I take the point of praising people reaps rewards but it would need something really exceptional for me to want stop note the reg and then make contact with the company,to say thanks.
I maybe a lesser person for this,but I like to get on with my life,and think a thumbs up to the driver at the time is all that's needed.
I don't bother with the reg no (I have remembered part of one once). I just say vehicle driving through <location> around <time>. Transport managers tend to know (or can easily find out) who was where when. Or if they are uncertain they will probably offer praise to "whoever was <location> <time>" and let the real driver come forward. The only organisation I've come across who have ignored such a comment was the County Council Highways Dept.

Ian

Re: Tanker lorry, spot on driving

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 November 2014 - 10:47pm
Psamathe wrote:reohn2 wrote:Just one point,if I have to stop and take note of every professional driver that shows me courtesy and then phone their company to commend all those drivers I'd, a)never get anywhere when I went for a ride,and b)I'd never be off the phone!
Maybe just the exceptional ones e.g. the one that prompted you to start this thread. I just remember the company name and do an internet search when I get home and e-mail.

I assume that notable driving does not happen many times each ride (as I've not seen many threads like this). Even if you miss 3 good ones and just do one occasionally it would help, word would get round, managers at the company will be pleased (people love getting praise) and driver will "like" cyclists and other drivers will probably think a bit more ...

Ian

I take the point of praising people reaps rewards but it would need something really exceptional for me to want stop note the reg and then make contact with the company,to say thanks.
I maybe a lesser person for this,but I like to get on with my life,and think a thumbs up to the driver at the time is all that's needed.

Re: Tanker lorry, spot on driving

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 November 2014 - 10:36pm
reohn2 wrote:Just one point,if I have to stop and take note of every professional driver that shows me courtesy and then phone their company to commend all those drivers I'd, a)never get anywhere when I went for a ride,and b)I'd never be off the phone!
Maybe just the exceptional ones e.g. the one that prompted you to start this thread. I just remember the company name and do an internet search when I get home and e-mail.

I assume that notable driving does not happen many times each ride (as I've not seen many threads like this). Even if you miss 3 good ones and just do one occasionally it would help, word would get round, managers at the company will be pleased (people love getting praise) and driver will "like" cyclists and other drivers will probably think a bit more ...

Ian

Re: Tanker lorry, spot on driving

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 November 2014 - 10:32pm
Just one point,if I have to stop and take note of every professional driver that shows me courtesy and then phone their company to commend all those drivers I'd, a)never get anywhere when I went for a ride,and b)I'd never be off the phone!
I'm guilty however of not complaining enough to companies whose drivers treat me like something they picked up on the bottom of their shoe.
But that maybe because every time I have complained,I've had the distinct feeling the transport managers I've spoken to couldn't give a monkeys!

Re: Is it time for radicalism?

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 November 2014 - 9:53pm
Just cycling along is boring. I have done lots of day rides in Norfolk and Suffolk. There are no hills just slopes, but, there are lots of interesting and unusual sights to see, they are interesting.
Lots of single track roads around here. Out this morning it was awful. Motor vehicles go over the edges which are often banks and throw mud stones and tree debris all over the road. That, the puddles and potholes make it a bit of a nightmare. The only saving grace is that sat nav equipped cars and vans avoid them because they can't travel fast and get stuck leaving them clear for us.

Al

Re: The Great British Cyling quiz

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 November 2014 - 8:54pm
andy65 wrote:Perhaps it's because I got 100%, but I don't agree that the answers are wrong as they are the same as HWC, though I agree that the wording of the question is in some cases poor, but the answers are correct. If you don't believe me check the HWC for yourself
I couldn't find the section on fitting pedal reflectors to old bikes sold without them

Ultimately the HC is a summary of the law rather than the full content of the laws. The HC states that where it does refer to legal requirements
It is not intended to be a comprehensive guide, but a guide to some of the important points of law. For the precise wording of the law, please refer to the various Acts and Regulations (as amended) indicated in the Code.
I would expect a firm of solicitors to do more than pull out a copy of the Highway Code and write down some questions based upon their interpretation of the short summaries contained within.

Re: Using cycle paths

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 November 2014 - 8:45pm
gaz wrote:Vorpal wrote:... Sustrans are probably the best sources of information. They do mark barriers on some paths. ...
I wasn't sure so I just checked the barrier at Shornemead Crossing above....
The barrier's location is marked with a little yellow dot and is referred to as an "access point". The same yellow dot is also applied to toucan crossings and sites where the NCN leaves a road to follow a path without any barrier at all. Sustrans mapping is clearly not a suitable way to find out about any barriers on the path.

In the specific case above the reference to Queens Farm Road is particularly misleading as the level crossing was closed some years ago. Access to the NCN from Queens Farm Road is impossible. I've reported it.
No, Sustrans mapping is not ideal. But neither is any other method, other than just avoiding cycle paths.
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