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Re: New Route Planner

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 September 2014 - 2:07pm
Yes this is my favourite route planner. I find it very intuitive and it gives some sensible suggestions. I export gpx files to my garmin edge touring and these work well. The only bit that doesn't work is the elevation profile which appears as a flat line. The tcx export option doesn't work at all on the GET.

Re: SPOILER! Re: who will ride Vuelta a Espana 2014

CTC Forum - Racing - 3 September 2014 - 2:06pm
NATURAL ANKLING wrote:Hi,
Red jersey crashed and saddle was off before the rider hit the ground, very spectacular

Saddle stem looks very thin and fragile.................

See the spare bikes being carried by M/cycle pasengers on their shoulders
Not many body parts available to dislodge a saddle like that
M Cyclists carried a spare bike until they got out of the monastery I think - no room for a car

Re: Police Thugs

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 September 2014 - 1:26pm
I promised a follow up when I received word, and I just have.
Its too much manure to comment on and give it any more time than it deserves.
And people wonder why it isnt worth complaining?
Here it is:

INVESTIGATION

On 10/12/13 you attended Lewisham Police Station stating that whilst you were cycling along New Cross Rd towards Greenwich you were stopped by an officer who was not wearing reflective clothing. You say you did not see the officer. As you passed the officer you assert that the officer grabbed you causing you to brake sharply. You say this action was dangerous.

I have obtained a detailed statement from you which provides your account of the incident.

I spoke to the officer and she has provided an account of the incident. She denies grabbing you and states that she was wearing her reflective jacket.

I have obtained an account of the incident from the two PCSOs who were present in the locality. They both state that they did not see the incident to which you refer. One officer states she only became aware of a conversation that took place between you and SPC *******.

I reviewed CCTV coverage from Lewisham Council. The camera does not cover the part of the road where you were stopped. It provides no relevant evidence.

When I obtained your statement you refused to sign a medical disclosure form that would have allowed me to obtain details of any injuries you sustained, in this incident, from your GP. You did, however, state that I could apply for this information within the body of your statement.
On 24/1/14 I included a copy of this part of your statement in a letter to your GP requesting details of any injuries you had sustained. I have had no information returned from your GP.


CONCLUSIONS

In these circumstances I am satisfied, on the balance of probabilities, that SPC ******* has not breached the standards of professional behaviour. This means there is no case to answer.

Re: Mud and Biryani - 2 nights on the SDW

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 September 2014 - 1:18pm
I really enjoyed reading your blogpost. Thank you for the link.
Keep 'em coming.

Re: Advice on route in Bristol

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 September 2014 - 1:11pm
It's one of those things, I wouldn't start from there.
You could try parking at the Abbey retail park (not sure how long your apppointment is or how often they check parking) and then riding from there past Filton Abbey wood (traffic free), 8th Ave, 9th Ave, Braemar Ave, and Kenmore Drive.
See link to map of North Bristol
http://www.betterbybike.info/maps/cycle-maps/bristol

Re: New European Cycling Website

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 September 2014 - 11:48am
Checked out your book sample from Amazon (I would encourage others to do the same) and it looks very good - will very probably buy the full book.

It reveals that you are from Blackburn - I'm from round those parts* and know it well - I must admit that it's not the prettiest of places and last time I was there they appear to have knocked the heart out of it again - demolishing a load of stuff that was probably only built in the 60s- god knows what folk older than me must still recognise about the place. The council should be shot.

But re your web site and its country guide I fear that your feelings about your home town may have coloured your judgement - maybe I read too quickly but you seem to have condemned most of the North West as poor for cycling. I would beg to differ - there's some beautiful places not too far from admittedly not too beautiful Blackburn.

You also seem to damn most of south east England, I've led many a ride in those parts and much of it is wonderful. And as a northerner I'm hardly biased in its favour.

Book looks great though and the web site is interesting - will follow it with interest.

all the best

(PS - is the Vulcan still going? I was never a metalhead but I kind of liked it) Oh, and if you want a handle on my age, the first group I ever saw was I think Slade - at King George's Hall. Later saw the Buzzcocks at the same place.

Re: New Route Planner

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 September 2014 - 11:32am
Just tried the pdf option... I asked cycle.travel/map to suggest a route from Cosham Station to the Brittany Ferries terminal in Portsmouth and saved it, then clicked the pdf button and was very please with the results. It's a short route (3 miles) and so it should fit on a single side of A4 easily, and the software did just that, scaling it nicely to maximise the available space. I chose the City Scale option and got a great map, very clear and with a host of road names to help me navigate - excellent!
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Re: Can I have a moan?

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 September 2014 - 11:14am
It's new legislation - although it's dated 2012, it came into force more recently. It bans clamping etc and replaces it with a régime of penalty enforcement. It may be that fly-by-nights with vehicles not registered in their name can ignore this but the rest of might not be so lucky. The detection tends to be electronic - and we all know how much more effective that can be than fallible humans. (Have a look on the way in and out and a lot of these places now have a twin camera system.)

Anecdotes are nothing more than that and they may well pre-date the new regs. When it's somewhere like a supermarket car park and there's a customer complaint, goodwill can cloud the issue. Try overstaying somewhere like the car park on a motorway service area or an airport and see how much leeway you get then.

I'm just like 661- Pete when it comes to obeying parking rules. I try to be meticulous and I'm regarded by some in my family as a PITA for being like that, but that's the way I am.

Re: Can I have a moan?

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 September 2014 - 11:07am
661-Pete wrote:And I've never had a parking ticket in my entire life.
I've had two.
One because I believed a female in her estimate of how long her shopping trip would take.
The other when I arrived at the payment meter at 7:27, there was free parking from 8 onwards so I bought half an hour. Turns out the traffic warden figured I was extracting the urine and issued me a ticket at 7:59...

Re: Can I have a moan?

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 September 2014 - 10:56am
My take is: running a car costs money, as I am fully aware! The cost of parking ought to be simply factored into that running cost. Speaking for myself, when I need to park somewhere, I always look for a car park or somewhere where I can park legally. And pay the charge as appropriate. And walk a little extra distance if I need to.

And I've never had a parking ticket in my entire life.

Unsurprisingly, the cost of parking is often something I consider when deciding whether to go somewhere by car, by bike, or by train .

So why do some petrolheads have such a problem?

Re: Can I have a moan?

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 September 2014 - 10:50am
Psamathe wrote:When you park for e.g. more than 3 hrs in a supermarket car park you are in some respects doing the same thing i.e. leaving your car on private property (and causing no real inconvenience). Yet the supermarkets seem to get away with charging/fining you, clamping your car, towing your car, etc. So, other than a few inconspicuous signs, do the supermarkets (with car parks) have more rights than a private individual (driveway)?

But surely this is an inconvenience to their business model, therefore turnover, therefore profitability, therefore staff employed? If the supermarket has built a car park and expects to have a throughput of 1,000 cars a day because there is a continuous rotation of spaces available then having people parked in there for 8 hours is surely an inconvenience? Towing away is probably OTT because towing is really for a safety or accessibility issue but fines? - definitely.

Re: Mud and Biryani - 2 nights on the SDW

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 September 2014 - 10:48am
phil parker wrote:I don't read many blogs (not long one's anyway) but yours are nice and short and fun, and it's good to see people just getting away for a couple of days at a time and having a mini-adventure. Enjoyed it!

Phil, that's lovely to read. Thank you. Makes my day when readers enjoy themselves.

Re: Overnight sleep possible in Barcelona airport?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 September 2014 - 10:05am
Psamathe wrote:http://www.sleepinginairports.net might help.

Ian
What an astonishing website! Truly the web is an amazing resource, all human life is there.

Re: Can I have a moan?

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 September 2014 - 9:47am
Psamathe wrote:Yet the supermarkets seem to get away with charging/fining you, clamping your car, towing your car, etc. So, other than a few inconspicuous signs, do the supermarkets (with car parks) have more rights than a private individual (driveway)?

Ian
I don't think they can, they certainly can't clamp or tow and whilst the private companies can send you demands everyone I know who complained to the supermarket had them rescinded and those that ignored them heard nothing more.

Re: Four 4x4's/SUV'S on a forty mile ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 September 2014 - 9:40am
Bonefishblues wrote:http://www.uksaabs.co.uk/UKS/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=143939&p=1380881#p1380881

Just to show that there are lots of sensible responsible drivers around who condemn idiots who endanger cyclists here's a thread on another of the car forums I'm a member of.
What's amazing about that is if I was that cyclist I'd have shrugged that off as a non-event! I've had them alongside and starting to pull in! So it's quite impressive that a car driver actually thinks anything is happening there.

(This morning I had a guy pull out of a road to my right turning right and slam on as he saw me, before waving me past, overtaking and turning right again just 50m further up - you'd have thought he'd have hung back out of embarrassment! However if I ever need any plastering doing PT Plastering of Warrington won't be getting my business.)

Re: Can I have a moan?

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 September 2014 - 9:37am
thirdcrank wrote:I suspect that if somebody parks a car without permission on somebody else's private drive while they go on holiday, then it must be a trespass....
When you park for e.g. more than 3 hrs in a supermarket car park you are in some respects doing the same thing i.e. leaving your car on private property (and causing no real inconvenience). Yet the supermarkets seem to get away with charging/fining you, clamping your car, towing your car, etc. So, other than a few inconspicuous signs, do the supermarkets (with car parks) have more rights than a private individual (driveway)?

Ian

Re: Do I need front panniers for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 September 2014 - 9:29am
Am off today with... front panniers only! (tent and sleeping bag strapped to rear rack) Photos will follow if the sun shines and there's film left in the Instamatic!

Re: Can I have a moan?

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 September 2014 - 8:19am
mjr wrote:Who's going to spot them? This isn't continuously worked land we're talking about, else its worker would be intervening with the flytippers and so on.

But locking gates can lessen the problem, especially if it means a flytipper can no longer reverse say 10m into an obscure bit of woodland, they are less likely to flytip in front of the gate in case they are seen, even if it is just by passing traffic. And it is continuously worked land, it just is not continuously overseen. Or do you expect farmers to watch wheat ripening or foresters to watch trees growing?

Bicycler wrote:It is ironic that the problems associated with public access can often be reduced or at least diluted by allowing greater public access.

Although I recognise that more presence can mean fewer nefarious activities going on I'm not sure it works where there are very few people anyway and can cause other problems. I am aware of an instance where creating a permissive path and a bird hide over a pond led to the hide being used as a location for drinking and drug taking. It was a well-intentioned idea but the hide was soon removed.

Re: Four 4x4's/SUV'S on a forty mile ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 September 2014 - 7:20am
http://www.uksaabs.co.uk/UKS/viewtopic. ... 1#p1380881

Just to show that there are lots of sensible responsible drivers around who condemn idiots who endanger cyclists here's a thread on another of the car forums I'm a member of.

Re: Solo night ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 September 2014 - 4:37am
I do south london to Brighton, and back night rides quite a bit to keep my cycling legs in. If id have known sooner Id have offered to tag along. It wouldnt be quite so solo then I guess.
Good luck with it. Theres nothing like that crisp air smell and feel, and the silence as your pedalling along to your own imagination
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