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Re: Nightmare drive

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 July 2014 - 7:50pm
brynpoeth wrote:I heard the one about vehicles having to reverse up a steep hill (Arthog hill) because the reverse gear is the lowest. Is it true, does anyone from back then know?

I don't know about the lowest gear, but I do know that my uncle Billy's prewar (very!) car had the petrol tank mounted on the bulkhead above the engine, with a gravity feed from the front down to the carburetter. If the fuel level was low, and the hill was long and very steep, the carb would run dry and it was necessary to turn round and reverse up hill to refill it

Re: Surly Long Haul Trucker or Thorn Sherpa

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 July 2014 - 7:50pm
Monsieur wrote:Can bikes such as LHT be bought over the web from the UK and then delivered to a UK address?
As far as I'm aware, Surly stopped selling complete bikes via online retailers in 2011. See here: http://surlybikes.com/blog/post/the_way_we_do_things .

Re: Surly Long Haul Trucker or Thorn Sherpa

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 July 2014 - 7:09pm
Does that price include sales tax?

Re: Surly Long Haul Trucker or Thorn Sherpa

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 July 2014 - 6:52pm
Can bikes such as LHT be bought over the web from the UK and then delivered to a UK address?

Re: France: La Manche to Le Med -advice?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 July 2014 - 6:49pm
France En Velo by Walsh and Reynolds: detailed description in English of St Malo to Nice.

Re: Nightmare drive

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 July 2014 - 6:23pm
Mark1978 wrote:But I think for the most part apart from the OP breaking his clutch it isn't a particular problem, traffic levels are relatively low and the road copes.
+1 There really isn't a problem on this road, so long as road users are a little bit competent and considerate.

BTW, the coast road has had a bit of a bad press on this thread. In fact, it's a great road by most standards, with marvellous sea views, mainly two lanes, and plenty of short, steep climbs to test the unwary cyclist, complacent after having climbed the Bealach na Ba.

Re: 2 LeJog deaths: Death by dangerous driving charge

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 July 2014 - 6:16pm
It has long being accepted that the CPS is not fit for purpose and are a bunch of rank amateurs to the detriment of those unfortunate enough to be on the end of wrong doing
Wondering if this was an early guilty plea & thus the sentencing will take that into account and it be another example of ridiculous leniancy

Re: Nightmare drive

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 July 2014 - 6:14pm
thirdcrank wrote:A little birdie has whispered in my ear and pointed out I'm talking about a different road (only several hundred miles away in a different country.Long Mynd, perchance?

Re: Nightmare drive

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 July 2014 - 6:06pm
A little birdie has whispered in my ear and pointed out I'm talking about a different road (only several hundred miles away in a different country. ) Forget the bit about closing the road to motor traffic but I think my points about attitudes are still valid.

And thanks to the little birdie for considering my feelings and not using the megaphone

Re: Dealing with mosquitos

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 July 2014 - 5:27pm
Pete Jack wrote:DEET does work, it also dissolves bike helmets. climbing up to Sequoya NP we were invaded by some kind of flies that buzzed round our heads. I sprayed my head (and helmet) with REI Jungle Juice that claims to be 98% DEET and that got rid of the flies.. Next day I noticed a black sticky deposit on my jacket collar. The DEET was melting my helmet. There was no warning on the label about melting plastic (says it's OK with cotton and wool) so I took my helmet back to REI and bellyached; they replaced it.
DEET "melts" a lot of plastics. In CA covered in DEET repellant I found my camera stuck to my hands and I stuck to plastic chairs, etc.. But it was more of a tacky type of stick NOT a superglue stick. And the tacky on plastic was still far far better than the mosquitos.

Ian

Manchester Ship Canal

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 July 2014 - 4:55pm
Does anyone know of a cycleway that runs alongside the Manchester Ship Canal?
I did a great Wirral loop at the weekend but hit the proverbial brickwall at Ellesmere Port Boat Museum. The route back to Eastham was peppered with the unsuitable and dangerous. Form Eastham its not too bad, not ideal but doable. If only there were a path alongside the canal; using existing access roads etc. It would make for a great day ride encompasing Wirral, Chester, parts of the Shropshine Union Canal, Chester Greenway etc.

Re: Nightmare drive

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 July 2014 - 4:52pm
Apart from any permanent signage and/or temporary restrictions in place, common-sense and courtesy was seriously lacking.

I'm off to write a stern letter to a shop and demand recompense since my doctor told me i was overweight and it's obviously the food to blame ....

Re: Nightmare drive

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 July 2014 - 4:38pm
[XAP]Bob wrote:Obviously when the pass is closed the coast road is used both ways, but when it's open why not use it "one way".

Obviously the big problem is that drivers will go at unsafe speed if it's one way...

Also there are settlements along the coast road route, would they then be forced to drive for 40 miles over a mountain pass to visit the next town which would otherwise be 2 miles away?

But I do take your point, the Bealach Na Ba could indeed be one way, with the coast road open to two way traffic at all times. But I think for the most part apart from the OP breaking his clutch it isn't a particular problem, traffic levels are relatively low and the road copes.

Stefan Abrutat's Tour Travel Blog

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 July 2014 - 4:34pm
Just a reminder one of our own on his own tour for last few months

http://sabrutat.blogspot.co.uk/

Re: Nightmare drive

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 July 2014 - 4:33pm
Obviously when the pass is closed the coast road is used both ways, but when it's open why not use it "one way".

Obviously the big problem is that drivers will go at unsafe speed if it's one way...

Re: Appropriate License Plate

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 July 2014 - 4:31pm
BlueMeldon wrote:Misrepresentation used to be a hefty fine, but the 'agency' responsible for registrations has it's finger in the <make-a-quick-profit> pie, so where does the line get drawn and who's left to enforce it ?

Perhaps the offence should carry a different penalty, such as loss of the plate and issue of a new one registered as "SAD1", "SAD2" etc.......obviuously "OV3RC0MPENS4T1NG" won't fit on standard plate !




Indigo Delta One Zero Tango?

Re: Dealing with mosquitos

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 July 2014 - 4:29pm
DEET does work, it also dissolves bike helmets. climbing up to Sequoya NP we were invaded by some kind of flies that buzzed round our heads. I sprayed my head (and helmet) with REI Jungle Juice that claims to be 98% DEET and that got rid of the flies.. Next day I noticed a black sticky deposit on my jacket collar. The DEET was melting my helmet. There was no warning on the label about melting plastic (says it's OK with cotton and wool) so I took my helmet back to REI and bellyached; they replaced it.

Re: Appropriate License Plate

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 July 2014 - 4:14pm
Misrepresentation used to be a hefty fine, but the 'agency' responsible for registrations has it's finger in the <make-a-quick-profit> pie, so where does the line get drawn and who's left to enforce it ?

Perhaps the offence should carry a different penalty, such as loss of the plate and issue of a new one registered as "SAD1", "SAD2" etc.......obviuously "OV3RC0MPENS4T1NG" won't fit on standard plate !

Re: Nightmare drive

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 July 2014 - 3:46pm
Yes the pass gets closed by snow in winter. The coast road is fairly modern and was constructed to provide an alternative in winter where previously the only way to get there was by water. Nevertheless it is not a high quality road, it is single track and its route is circuitous. Better than being isolated in the depths of winter I guess... Most mountain passes are frequently closed in the winter months, that doesn't mean it wouldn't be a great inconvenience to close them permanently all year round. In Applecross' case the volume of traffic is likely to be much greater in the summer months than in the winter

Re: Nightmare drive

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 July 2014 - 3:21pm
What do they do in the winter? The pass must close for snow, at least some years?
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