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Touring Asia

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 January 2015 - 10:46am
My wife and I are planing a cycle tour in Asia. We intend to travel from Bejing to Nanning for onward border crossing into Vietnam and onto Hanoi. From Hanoi we intend to cycle to Chaing Rai then onto Bangkok. We would be grateful to hear from anyone who has experience of routes, travelling, accommodation, sights etc in the area.
Thanks Jimmie

Re: Lnace is trying to get the ban lifted (Thu 20.30 BBC New

CTC Forum - Racing - 27 January 2015 - 10:35am
Hi,
Thursday BBC News Channel 130 Interview with Lnace, also iPlayer fuller?

Re: Lnace is trying to get the ban lifted

CTC Forum - Racing - 27 January 2015 - 10:10am
Maybe the winner should be innocent until proven guilty, so, whoever there is no evidence against, no-one would believe it though but it seems unfair for anyone who was racing clean to not be given the credit.

Re: New to mountain bikes but willing to learn

CTC Forum - MTB - 27 January 2015 - 10:08am
For £2k you can get an exceptionally good quality full carbon CX bike that on the country lanes and bridleways will be the fastest bike out there.
e.g. http://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/CBPXXLSCX1 ... cross-bike even though that's overkill unless you're racing it (even then).

I often ride decent bridleways and the likes on my road bike without problems.

Re: New to mountain bikes but willing to learn

CTC Forum - MTB - 27 January 2015 - 9:58am
Agreed John.

The mountain bike mags seem convinced that you need a minimum of 100mm travel on the rear and 120 on the front merely to ride to Tescos. They have advertisers to keep happy I suppose, but seem particularly self-serving here compared to magazines in other countries.

Re: Are mtb tyres changing?

CTC Forum - MTB - 27 January 2015 - 9:55am
I agree on the Panaracers - however they are being made again with the original tread patterns.

Having swapped off my (reissued) Smoke / Darts to Schwalbe Rocket Rons then firstly I notice the bike is about 700g lighter, plus the smaller knobs certainly don't squirm like the Smoke / Dart. I've run Rocket Rons for several years on my singlespeed and they definitely roll much faster and quieter. However the Smoke is brilliant in snow and sand, unlike almost any other tyre except the fabled and long-gone WTB Velociraptor.

Re: Loampit Vale Roundabout, Lewisham

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 January 2015 - 9:05am
Older and slower now. And now 'retired',I wouldn't attempt to go round that thing. I'd walk or cycle on the pavement...if I could. Wotsortathingisthat! Last thoughts and prayers for anyone attempting to cycle it. VC or chlorpromazine for any attempts to get round it.

Have just read about some of the cycling deaths this year. Tragic. But they were the deaths! What isn't highlighted is the girl or guy left with brain injuries,or in a wheelchair,doubly incontinent or whatever. Shoulders,knees...all can and are injured and can go in any accident...lopped off. Then,worse to come,you have IDS(of Conservative Party)to shaft you. In fact,why not put a picture of this man's face centre roundabout as a warning: If you aint killed,HE awaits you!

Re: Shared paths road works and red cyclist dismount signs

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 January 2015 - 8:24am
gaz wrote:The path through Shorne Country Park would involve some mud .

The repairs are to remedy substantial faults with the path's foundations.

Be extremely careful if you are using the closed path after dark.

I'm informed that the diversion signage is marked "pedestrians" with no mention of cyclists, not even of them dismounting to follow the same route. I'm also informed that the kissing gate at the entrance to the Country Park has been left in place when it's removal was promised . A further exchange of e-mails has begun.


Thanks for the tip! I hadn't spotted that in the dark.

Re: Paris and Bike Security

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 January 2015 - 7:57am
As you can imagine, bike theft is a bit of a problem in Paris. I hosted a couple of WarmShowers cyclists last year who arrived without their bikes - they had left them locked up outside their hotel the night before in the Montmartre area.

If you have good bike locks, you should get away with leaving them in busy areas during the daytime while sightseeing, but definitely not at night. Your best bet for accommodation could be an AirBNB style rental where you can check beforehand if there's room for the bikes inside. Some hotels with secure underground car parks will let you leave the bikes there, but there may not be anything to attach them to.

If you do have somewhere safe to leave the bikes during your stay in Paris, you might like to use the Vélib rental bikes for sightseeing - it's a very good system and only 1.70 euros per day.

Finally, if you do lose a bike then it's a good excuse to visit the Puces de Saint Ouen flea market ( http://www.marcheauxpuces-saintouen.com ) to try and buy it back - this is where most stolen bikes end up

Re: Tour de Isle of Wight - 1-4 May 2015

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 January 2015 - 7:18am
gplhl wrote:Heltor Chasca wrote:Play safe and book or throw caution to the wind and wing it? I imagine this little place isn't going to let wild campers get away with it [emoji102]

There's ALWAYS somewhere to wild camp

Gary
http://www.longbikeride.co.uk

You're right. Trickiest place I've found is in South West France. 1. The sand causes mayhem in any zipper. I had a sleeping bag that took about 10 years to empty itself of sand. 2. The Gendarme have no tolerance of wild campers. Car parks, beaches, forests, anywhere! Challenging adversaries. Part of the romance and skill I guess...hc

Loampit Vale Roundabout, Lewisham

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 January 2015 - 5:56am
Holy Cow!!! I went round this thing last night at 2am having been a regular of the aforesaid deathtrap roundabout...
Before it was quite clogged, hard to see around vehicles and the odd attempt at t-boning or is that de-boning cyclists...
Now its like a 3 lane motorway...
https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?authuser=0&hl=en&mid=zRd9Va2YZeds.kcdZL0Xk4SSs
And if i wasnt scared enough before of this thing, Im terrified of it now...It makes the Elephant&Castle roundabout look like a cyclists paradise.
Now it has 3 lanes,fairly blind corners,high speed traffic, and lane markings that suggest to go round it you need to be in the outside (3rd lane).
I'm up for the challenge of cycling big A roads when I must or dangerous roundabouts, so Im no shrinking violet on the roads but whoever designed this mess needs their head examined.
http://lewishamcyclists.co.uk/lewisham-gateway-whats-happening/

Re: Shared paths road works and red cyclist dismount signs

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 January 2015 - 12:18am
martinn wrote:Currently they are doing some what I assume is drainage work and half of the path is obstructed, red square "cyclist dismont" signs have been placed at both end of this work.
The signs say Cyclists dismount and use the footway. As the route is a shared path, does this actually make any form of legal sense?
No. Or more fully: there may be a temporary TRO prohibiting sharing, but then the shared path signs should be covered too.
I also thought that this type of sign should only be used if there are no other options?
Yes. Even more so since last October when the new Code of Practice on Safety at Street Works came into force. Download a copy from https://www.gov.uk/government/publicati ... road-works
Also as there are no cyclist remount signs, how do you know when to remount your Cycle? could you want for say one or two paces, then remount as you had assessed the situation and come to the conclusion that it was safe to do so?
Who cares? It's pretty obvious without dismounting that a stopped/mounted cycle is less of an obstruction to other people, so as long as you give way to walkers, I don't think dismounting is worthwhile.
(I am taking about the route by the dovecote (Pub) Nr Long Ashton in Bristol)
I know where you mean and the paths straddle the Bristol border, with the pub in North Somerset (contact Kevin in their Sustainable Travel Team) and the school in Bristol (no idea who to contact - Bristol Cycle Campaign would). http://osm.org/go/eukMQG19g- shows the boundary. Actually, http://www.fixmystreet.com should contact someone appropriate if you put the pin in the correct place, plus it's published so everyone can follow it.

Good luck and thanks for taking this forwards.

Re: Blaze light - genius or damp squib?

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 January 2015 - 11:30pm
Some of these 'robotic' illumination aids might be of 'help' to any driverless cars that happen to be passing. But how many driverless cars are out there on our roads, to date?

Having said that, the way some vehicles on our roads are driven, they might just as well be 'driverless'....

Re: Name the landmark

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 January 2015 - 11:17pm
gaz wrote:That would be Jacob's Post.
Well identified.

Symbolises a bit of our local history, marking the spot where one Jacob Harris aka Jacob Hirsch, was hanged in chains on a gibbet on the edge of Ditchling Common following the 'orrible murder of the landlord of the nearby Royal Oak Inn, along with his wife and maid - back in 1734.

The location is very close to the route often taken by London to Brighton cyclists, if you take the B2112 south from Wivelsfield, past the (now derelict) Royal Oak on a sharp RH bend, the Post is a few yards further south, on the west side of the road. It's hard to spot from the road, especially in summer, but if you go along a service road that leads to a row of cottages behind the trees, the Post is on a path just to the north of them. We live in the area, and we too had a hard job finding it at first! I believe it has been moved from its original location which appears to have been in a field. Also, the post itself and the iron cockerel (rooster!) are modern replicas, the original is kept in a museum.

The plaque next to the post (different wording to Gaz's link) appears to cast doubt on Jacob's guilt. He apparently was on the run following some more minor misdeed elsewhere, and was eventually brought to heels halfway up a chimney some distance away, in West Hoathly. He was Jewish, and it is suggested that he was merely the unfortunate victim of anti-semitic hysteria fanned up following the murder of a popular innkeeper of the district, and was in the 'wrong place at the wrong time'. Whatever, he met his fate at Horsham Gaol and was then hung up in chains as a gruesome 'example' to all...

Incidentally, if you Google 'Jacobs Post' most of the hits will refer to a modern pub in Burgess Hill which is named after this person.

Re: Blaze light - genius or damp squib?

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 January 2015 - 11:10pm
bogmyrtle wrote:I just don't get it. It doesn't light up the road to help you actually see and it doesn't do anything to help prevent close passes from behind

Of course, but that assumes those are the only two things you'd ever want something to do

It certainly alerts pedestrians to your presence when on shared paths, or perhaps when they're about to step off the pavement without looking over their shoulder. For this reason I can see it being of some use to some people.

As for drivers… it's rather less of a sure thing. The two potential scenarios are: when you're both approaching a junction from perpendicular directions, and when someone's about to left-hook you by looking to where they're turning rather than in their mirror or over their shoulder. I'm heavily sceptical in the first scenario and frankly still pretty sceptical in the second. But if you have the cash and you don't mind staring at a green bicycle symbol while you ride, then—well, it's hard to criticise people for wanting to clutch at straws, really. I didn't feel it did anything for me. But who knows: if it does prevent that one left-hook, maybe it's worth the money.

Re: Name the landmark

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 January 2015 - 10:52pm
I wonder if anyone has ridden past this one...

Re: Name the landmark

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 January 2015 - 10:23pm
That would be Jacob's Post.

Simple to google once you know it's a rooster rather than a cockerel .

Paris and Bike Security

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 January 2015 - 10:23pm
Following a successful trip to France (St Malo to Caen) last year with our 3 boys we are considering a trip to Paris this Summer perhaps travelling one way by train. My concern is bike security in a major city both whilst doing touristy things in the city and overnight while staying in accommodation.

There will be 5 of us and am interested in any experiences or recommendations you may have.

Re: Blaze light - genius or damp squib?

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 January 2015 - 10:14pm
Postboxer wrote:How about the rear lights that project two red lines onto the road to mark out your space, anyone tried those?




Those lines look a bit close to me. They may actually encourage close passes.

Re: Caen - Mont Ventoux !

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 January 2015 - 10:04pm
Thanks MrsHJ that is very helpful since posting I have found a site with a lot more information on.
Yes the Ventoux is a big " hill" but one I have to cycle before I get much older.
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