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Re: Calais Battlefield Tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 August 2015 - 9:24pm
Thanks Iain, sounds just what we are looking for
I will do a bit of research
Thanks again

Re: New Bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 August 2015 - 9:17pm
Brucey wrote:ah, but that is just the start! What colour are all the other bits going to be....?

cheers

Urban camo of course [emoji41]

Re: New Bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 August 2015 - 9:15pm
ah, but that is just the start! What colour are all the other bits going to be....?

cheers

Re: Doored cyclist almost run over - good driving?

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 August 2015 - 9:01pm
Mike Sales wrote:It seems to me that the first step in stopping incidents like this happening again is to work out why this one happened.

I think we have 3 options:

1) Try to get ever driver to look before opening their doors ( good luck with that, and I still wouldn't ride in the door zone)

2) Inform and convince every cyclist to not ride in the door zone, while making sure that drivers don't intimidate cyclists who aren't ride in the door zone ( again, good luck with that)

3) Stop building infrastructure that encourages or 'forces' cyclists to ride in the door zone; e.g. by having a fast moving, narrow road. Instead, build segregated and safe infrastructure.

Although the third one requires money and political will, it's the only option I see as actually being one that could generate results.

Re: Calais Battlefield Tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 August 2015 - 8:58pm
Hi there

If you're going from Ypres to Dunkirk a slight detour to the south will take you throug hthe "Monts des Flandres" on the Belgian / French border - Kemmelberg, Mont Noir, Mont des Cats and through to Mont Cassel. I've been a couple of times, rode around the Ypres salient, where there's an excellent cycle path network and really enjoyed it, hope to go again next month. Some pave on the top section of Kemmelberg ( about 20% gradient) and up to Cassel from where you get a fantastic view on a clear day.
Not much more than 20 miles from Cassel to Dunkirk
Regards

Iain

Re: Doored cyclist almost run over - good driving?

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 August 2015 - 8:58pm
Mike Sales wrote:robing wrote:People seem obsessed with apportioning blame on this forum.

It seems to me that the first step in stopping incidents like this happening again is to work out why this one happened.

And you do that by analysing the causes. This is not the same as apportioning blame. Quite the reverse.

Re: Doored cyclist almost run over - good driving?

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 August 2015 - 8:53pm
robing wrote:People seem obsessed with apportioning blame on this forum.

It seems to me that the first step in stopping incidents like this happening again is to work out why this one happened.

Re: Pride comes before a fall

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 August 2015 - 8:44pm
Whatever the rights and wrongs of this video I find the statements made by the car driver alarming and actually indicate his attitude towards non motorists.
"How f$$$$ big is that bicycle?"

.......You're f$$$$ lucky I didn't hit you then!"

"Are you a f$$$$ taxi? No. Are you a car? No, but you're a f$$$$ little bicycle" - driver indicates a narrow width with his hands - "but you seem to want to be in the middle of the road so it's your problem if you get knocked off"

So basically he can drive into anyone who isn't in a vehicle!

It's reported "The video now has more than 3 million views on YouTube and after the incident, Thames Valley Police confirmed an investigation was carried out into the incident. A caution for a public order offence was handed to the driver on Saturday, August 1."

Unfortunately this driver is not alone in his attitude. I had a similar conversation, but not heated like this, with an (elderly) - like me - driver in Tunbridge Wells who had passed me very closer when I was standing with bike at the side of a road. He had exactly the same attitude; if you're in the road you can expect to hit. Amongst his other moans was cyclists hold up traffic on Major York's Road (if anyone knows it) and should be riding on the pavement. That road is narrowed by legally parked cars, but they weren't the problem according to him!

Re: Large Volume 700c slick tyre

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 August 2015 - 8:40pm
Hi,
I taken to the woods the moors and green laning many times and on 37's which actually are only a real 32

You say slick but how slick and what will it shave of time wise

I would of thought that your MTB background would draw you there more often, so I would fit semi off road tyres and be happy with the versatility..........

Re: Should I buy this bike? King of Mercia

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 August 2015 - 8:39pm
also the bike has cantilever brakes

Re: Doored cyclist almost run over - good driving?

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 August 2015 - 8:39pm
robing wrote:People seem obsessed with apportioning blame on this forum. But it's no good lying in the hospital bed saying it was the parked car's fault, or relying on the quick reflexes of a taxi driver to avoid being run over. I repeat, if you ride so close to a line of parked cars, sooner or later you are going to get doored.

I don't ride in the door zone, but what you're conveniently forgetting are some of the less pleasant and dangerous side-effects of riding five feet beyond parked cars: tailgating, verbal abuse, close, punishment passes, getting clipped by a wing mirror, getting brake tested, getting hit from behind etc. I've been the victim of all of these different consequences when avoiding the door zone over the last 20 years.

Re: Large Volume 700c slick tyre

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 August 2015 - 8:35pm
Schwarbe make it, I've just used the link.

Re: Large Volume 700c slick tyre

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 August 2015 - 8:33pm
That's a good idea using his wheel. I think I have enough clearance Disc brakes and when I measured it was about 50mm wide and tall.
Who makes marathon supreme? schwarbe?

Re: Large Volume 700c slick tyre

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 August 2015 - 8:26pm
Does your bike have sufficient clearance for the type of tyre you'd like to fit? Why not try your mate's wheel in your bike?

Re: Should I buy this bike? King of Mercia

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 August 2015 - 8:24pm
thank you! I also have a carry freedom trailer so maybe it would bo ok. Good enough to get back in to it I guess, then I could sell it once I felt the need for something sturdier?

Will it handle tow path kind of stuff?

Re: Specialized Awol

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 August 2015 - 8:22pm
My friend bought the 2015 bike in April and is very pleased with it. It is a long frame so check the sizing. It is about 14kg.

Re: Should I buy this bike? King of Mercia

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 August 2015 - 8:18pm
King of Mercia is more of a light tourer/audax bike, so you are not comparing like with like. It will only take calliper brakes which limit the size of tyre to around 28mm, so if you are wanting to do full blown touring with heavy panniers then it's not the bike you need, but a KoM would make a perfectly good bike for day rides and light, credit card touring. I broke the frame on mine but then I'm a big, heavy, powerful rider. Mick F of this parish has had his for 30 years and tours with a Carry Freedon trailer attached to his Mercian.

I would not buy a new one because the frame alone costs around £800, but if it's in decent nick and suits the type of riding that you want to do, then go for it.

Re: St ives, Cornwall

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 August 2015 - 8:12pm
Jeremy Bond wrote:St Ives is an excellent place for cycling and relaxing. I have three routes for you to consider
1. The coastal road from St Ives to St Just on the B3306 is widely regarded as the most scenic road in the South West. As the road winds through the heath and moorland you will see the patchwork of iron-age fields, unchanged for centuries. Views from the road are spectacular looking over the cliffs to the ocean beyond.......
Have a great time in Cornwall.
Jeremy, as I've said before you should really consider setting up as a travel business

Re: St ives, Cornwall

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 August 2015 - 7:18pm
Jeremy Bond wrote:St Ives is an excellent place for cycling and relaxing. I have three routes for you to consider

1. The coastal road from St Ives to St Just on the B3306 is widely regarded as the most scenic road in the South West. As the road winds through the heath and moorland you will see the patchwork of iron-age fields, unchanged for centuries. Views from the road are spectacular looking over the cliffs to the ocean beyond.

2. Hayle is fine for cycling. After the climb out of St Ives on the A3074 it’s a fast ride into Lelant and then onto the Hayle Causeway which takes you in Hayle. If you follow the national cycle network 3 signs you will be taken on King George V Memorial Walk which runs beside the estuary. The B3301 will take you to Gwithan Towans or Godrevy where you can get up and close to the lighthouse you can see from St Ives.

3. St Michaels Mount is not far from St Ives, you can cycle on the country lanes through Towednack, Nancledra, Crowlas (straight over the A30) and at Gwallon just follow the national cycle network 3 signs to the Mount.

Hope this has given you some food for thought

Have a great time in Cornwall.

That's great thanks for that, that's just what ive been looking for !
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