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Re: Ideas for week long continental tour?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 August 2015 - 10:02am
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As one criteria is to be flatish, this would rule out the north coast of France.
There is a frequent fast ferry service from central Rotterdam, leaving from beside Erasmus Bridge to Dordrecht, journey time approx. one hour and it takes you clear of the city and into more picturesque areas. The ferry is convenient for cyclists to use, more user friendly than most trains.

Re: Not even an 'are' you OK!

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 August 2015 - 8:25am
Manc33 wrote:Something dodgy always seems to happen to me within the last half a mile of getting home, regardless of whether I rode 3 miles or 30 miles. That's annoying and doesn't even make any sense. I can do a ride along all different roads, no problems... as soon as I get right near my house again and I am nearly there, some guy pulls out on me, or turns left right in front of me.
A coincidence? Found exactly the same, a few times recently. Getting amost home, thinking that driving hasn't been too bad, when you get a couple of stupid incidents. Anyone explain it?

Re: How limiting is a rigid bike?

CTC Forum - MTB - 14 August 2015 - 3:22am
For your described activities rigid carbon mountain bike frames would be perfectly adequate.

Re: Not even an 'are' you OK!

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 August 2015 - 1:45am
The DVLA used to sell (for £1.50 or something) the name and address of a person if you went in and posed as a wheel clamping guy (or maybe you might really be one) and say the owner of this vehicle never paid up and you need the details. Then the wheel clamping guys were turning up at people's houses threatening them and so on, with the occupier wondering where the clamp guys got their address from - the DVLA.

I just went looking for the story (it was quite a few years ago) and all I found was a 2015 story saying the DVLA themselves are clamping 60% more cars, lovely.

"100,000 people will be clamped this year by the DVLA compared with 60,000 the year before" - The Guardian.

People say stuff like "Why would they do that" lol. I know exactly why but I ain't getting into it here. France had the right idea in the late 1700's, although some might say that's a bit harsh. Give it 50 more years.

"...the new buyer has to tax the car even if there was several months still outstanding on the previous owner’s tax."

Do they really.

We're being chipped away at for sure. When does anything ever go the other way?!

Indeed what will it be like in 50 years if no one stands up to this sort of "frog in a pan" type stuff? Look back to the US in the 1950's and 1960's, thats how free people can be! Cops in the US used to help people change their car tyre, you had to commit a crime to be a criminal... now they just Taser™ people left right and centre, even killing some of them, for no real reason except they can. A Taser™ is of course a "non-lethal weapon" that... kills people, right.

Sorry if this is off topic but people were talking about licence plates.

any one brave enough to go out in the floods?

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 August 2015 - 11:45pm
any one brave enough to go out in the floods?

Re: Does the public detest cyclists?

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 August 2015 - 11:23pm
I think society in general seems to be encouraging a combative feel to most things, you v me, etc. People feel secure in their vehicles and maybe at times the feeling of superiority towards other road users kicks in.

Mind you a lot of roads are catering for a lot more traffic than they were ever designed for, all adds fuel to the fire of frustration and there is a nice easy target to take it out on.

Re: Does the public detest cyclists?

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 August 2015 - 10:36pm
al_yrpal wrote:We all detest pavement riders and redlight jumpers. There is a very small minority of morons who do detest cyclists. Others who are worried about how to pass cyclists safely. Then there are the ladies who drive fast on narrow roads almost straight at you, they are just ignorant. But, the majority of motorists are courteous and careful. Its too sweeping to say the public detests cyclists. Insert 'some' and its true

Al
I don't detest anyone.

Re: la vuelta 2015 Kicks Off On Sat 22nd Aug ITV4

CTC Forum - Racing - 13 August 2015 - 10:26pm
It won't be Contador!

Live daily on Eurosport, usually about 3pm but later on the first weekend. They've also the USA challenge.

Re: Does the public detest cyclists?

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 August 2015 - 10:26pm
I live close to BoxHill and there is a very strong anti cyclist attitude around here. We have had drawing pins in the road on a number of occasions and saying you are a cyclist brings on all the anti comments.
My ride today up Box Hill was pleasant and no issues but at the weekend both drivers and cyclists are very aggressive at times.
The Un regulated sportive so seem to cause the most hassle as psuedo racers take too many chances.
Sadly locals are moving to stop the Ride London race and charity ride which I hope never happens as the race is great, not sure about the other event as I do not watch or partake but peace and quiet for one day a year causes us no problems.

Re: Pedestrians' view of bells ?

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 August 2015 - 9:59pm
Manc33 wrote:I always feel cheeky/silly ringing a bell. I would rather shout "bike coming through" or something.

Or , more usefully "passing on your right". (ie no need to react, just don't suddenly go right).

Revolution series in Derby

CTC Forum - Racing - 13 August 2015 - 8:23pm
Maybe I have missed it but is the series on TV.
Looks like a good series with top names.

Re: New overtaking video

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 August 2015 - 8:01pm
reohn2 wrote:Bonefishblues wrote:OK, remember "robust"!

You'll see a couple of obvious trolls in action, too.

http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?
h=0&f=23&t=1534249&mid=52319&nmt=How+to+overtake+cyclists+video

I got to page 4(honest),and I really can't believe the pettiness on there by some of those people,I don't know how you put up with it .
It does get silly on occasions I agree, at which point I unfollow the thread, and the issues around cycling seem to light the blue touch paper, however by and large it's populated with thoughtful people who share (many!) Common interests.

I guess I linked it as an example of the thought that some/many/most? drivers give the issue, too.

There's a salutory thread from a contributor about his offence and subsequent jail term after his causing a life-changing accident whilst driving which I'm willing to get has caused more behavioural change than most interventions, for instance.

All in all an interesting place to spend time as long as the idiots don't prevail.

Re: Cycle across the Himalayas - tell me what I need to know

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 August 2015 - 7:43pm
The other place that's worth checking for info is the lonely planet forum
https://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/ ... asia/tibet

Re: la vuelta 2015 Kicks Off On Sat 22nd Aug ITV4

CTC Forum - Racing - 13 August 2015 - 7:41pm
yes, looking forward to this after efforts put in at TdF and Giro. Who's going to win?

Re: Follow my leader

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 August 2015 - 7:19pm
Not starting to drive until I was nearer to 50 than 40 I can still remember my instructor warning against blindly following the vehicle in front when overtaking.

Re: New overtaking video

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 August 2015 - 7:05pm
Psamathe wrote:ChrisButch wrote:Most of the argument on that thread concerns the interpretation of the 'half a car's width' or 'as much space as you would give a car' injunctions, and their variants. Correctly, in my view, they're criticised as ambiguous: and several posters point out that one driver's comfortable clearance space when overtaking another car is another driver's dangerous near miss. It would be much better, as is the norm in France and elsewhere, to specify a distance.
Heartening that most of the contributors clearly want to get it right.
What often strikes me as unnecessary on a lot of two way roads is that the car has to pull out to block the oncoming direction even to have a close pass. So if the driver is having to ensure no oncoming traffic and using the oncoming lane, why not pull across decently - oncoming vehicles are a problem pulling out inadequate distance or giving a decent clearance.

Does not help with regard to clearance guidance but you get these close passes and the driver has moved half way across the oncoming lane - so why not go decently across !!

Ian
On my last two rides I've had close passes where that's been the case,I've also had two where the oncoming driver has had to do an ES so as not to cause either a head on,or the car overtaking me swerving into me.
These people are a dangerous menace on our roads.

Re: New overtaking video

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 August 2015 - 6:52pm
ChrisButch wrote:Most of the argument on that thread concerns the interpretation of the 'half a car's width' or 'as much space as you would give a car' injunctions, and their variants. Correctly, in my view, they're criticised as ambiguous: and several posters point out that one driver's comfortable clearance space when overtaking another car is another driver's dangerous near miss. It would be much better, as is the norm in France and elsewhere, to specify a distance.
Heartening that most of the contributors clearly want to get it right.
What often strikes me as unnecessary on a lot of two way roads is that the car has to pull out to block the oncoming direction even to have a close pass. So if the driver is having to ensure no oncoming traffic and using the oncoming lane, why not pull across decently - oncoming vehicles are a problem pulling out inadequate distance or giving a decent clearance.

Does not help with regard to clearance guidance but you get these close passes and the driver has moved half way across the oncoming lane - so why not go decently across !!

Ian

Re: New overtaking video

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 August 2015 - 6:40pm
Bonefishblues wrote:OK, remember "robust"!

You'll see a couple of obvious trolls in action, too.

http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?
h=0&f=23&t=1534249&mid=52319&nmt=How+to+overtake+cyclists+video

I got to page 4(honest),and I really can't believe the pettiness on there by some of those people,I don't know how you put up with it .

Re: New overtaking video

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 August 2015 - 6:19pm
Most of the argument on that thread concerns the interpretation of the 'half a car's width' or 'as much space as you would give a car' injunctions, and their variants. Correctly, in my view, they're criticised as ambiguous: and several posters point out that one driver's comfortable clearance space when overtaking another car is another driver's dangerous near miss. It would be much better, as is the norm in France and elsewhere, to specify a distance.
Heartening that most of the contributors clearly want to get it right.
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