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Re: Two Abreast

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 July 2014 - 6:49pm
mjr wrote:Back to the OP - kwackers, JOOI how did they pull in front of you if you'd already stopped? Had you stopped short or did they jump the line
They jumped the line. It's a left turn with it's own lane set back from the junction by a couple of bike lengths.

Re: Nightmare drive

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 July 2014 - 6:35pm
I'm good to you pedants aren't I?

I could have spent hours composing a dull, but scrupulously accurate, missive to make my point. But then you'd have been forced to deal with the underlying issue, i.e. is it being ignorant to hold someone up for 5 minutes because you're not prepared to take ten seconds out of your busy schedule to let them pass?

Instead, you've wisely chosen to debate what speed you can achieve up a hill, what constitutes walking pace, whether steam-rollers and horse-and-carts can safely pull away from a hill-start and whether 'pulling over wherever possible' includes cycling off the side of a cliff.

I don't blame you.

SW France Camping Tour 2014 & Penultimate Stage of the TDF

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 July 2014 - 5:18pm
Companions sought SW France Camping Tour 2014 & Penultimate Stage of the TDF


An approximate start date of Wednesday 23rd or Thursday 24th July 2014, return flights to Bergerac or Bordeaux.

The bike bus does not quite fit in with TDF stage and takes longer. Flights with bags, bikes , taxes, online check in etc etc etc work out around £300 return, {Manchester / Liverpool, often a little less from London / South Coast airports , see sky-scanner etc} depending on dates / routes and airline - so just a little more than the bike bus.

Would then be able to watch the penultimate TDF stage {TT} with the start in Bergerac.

http://www.letour.com/le-tour/2014/us/stage-20.html Sat 26th July

See Travellers' Tales: A Yarn in Provence. CTC Cycle magazine, May - June 2013 edition . Page 81 for a similar tour in 2012, but Toulouse to Nice.

Canoeing in the Dordogne http://www.canoe-france.com/en/dordogne/index.php

50 to 60 miles per day - flexible, cycling, canoeing, sightseeing sampling wine , beer and food etc.

Two possible routes {click on the links to go to Google maps}

http://goo.gl/maps/lHZNH Dordogne and Lot valleys –

Less than 500 miles, or circa 600 with Albi etc, plus day rides

or a longer route, but could take a train from the eastern Dordogne to the foot of the Aspin or Tourmalet.

http://goo.gl/maps/qzkn4 Dordogne and Pyrenees.

So cycle around Dordogne, do some canoeing and sight seeing, then train to the Western Pyrenees, rides over some of the big passes; Aspin and Tourmalet etc, possible cablecar to the Biggore, then through the Pyrenees to Biarritz and North along the Atlantic coast to Bordeaux and the flight back to the UK?

The train from Dordogne to Pyrenees via Toulouse would save around 200 miles, so more time for sight seeing , also keeps the over all mileage down - costs about £25.

PM ‘HillSpecial’ {North West England based. }

Or e-mail hillspecial@rocketmail.com

Some links below for just a few of places of interest in SW France.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dordogne
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocamadour
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lascaux
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tourmalet
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pic_du_Midi_de_Bigorre
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gavarnie_Falls
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lourdes
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau,_Pyr%C ... tlantiques
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Rhune
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biarritz
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dune_of_Pilat

See CTC Cycle Magazine page 81, May June 2013, for a similar tour in 2012.

Re: 2 LeJog deaths: Death by dangerous driving charge

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 July 2014 - 5:06pm
thirdcrank wrote:A year to get to court and in the meantime, a further serious offence has been committed, but nobody in authority seems to find this unacceptable or even worthy of comment.
A year to get to court seems about typical - I'll be in court in August for them to slap the wrist of the Porsche driver who rear ended me and then ran me over when I stood up to ask for insurance details.

Re: Two Abreast

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 July 2014 - 4:58pm
NATURAL ANKLING wrote:Do I have to sound my bell for other cyclist that are coming towards me
Do I pull over
What am I meant to do here.
Ring your bell if they haven't seen you - I don't understand why you wouldn't. If that doesn't work, stop (in full lane - I wouldn't pull over), shout and brace for impact if they still don't change course. Basically yes, it sounds like they were being inconsiderate.

Back to the OP - kwackers, JOOI how did they pull in front of you if you'd already stopped? Had you stopped short or did they jump the line?

ArMoRothair - I agree about London being top for silly overtakes/undertakes at red lights. At least us on the blue hire bikes can change down while stopped though as long as we've not discovered a bike with a duff gear changer.

Re: Any restrictions on Holme Moss?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 July 2014 - 4:57pm
you're going right past my LBS gerry shields on that route. call in if you want owt 'retro'...

plus a few miles further on on the 'park bridge rd' section you may well be needing bottom gear for some short climbs!!! depends which of the lanes you go through. some cobbles down there too.

enjoy!

Re: Two Abreast

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 July 2014 - 4:47pm
Hi,
Out today and I am cycling on a what was a bridle path (8 " thick mud single track lane) now a cycle route surfaced with smooth tarmac.
Saw a bunch of cyclist with sleeved yellow dayglow jackets (not newbies but half serious lot) two abrest about 50 metres away on a dead straight section.
Sun out so visability is good, I think they will see me soon for sure, me not speeding, as I get closer they seem oblivious to me being there and I am far left within say 0.75 - 0.9 a metre of left edge of a 2.5 M wide single track surface, trees either side.

Probably within say 10 Mts and still two abrest filling the whole lane
I have now slowed to there 12 mph pace and at the last second the rider directly in front of me pulls over slightly but not enough to inconvenience his chat buddies.
There are about ten to twelve cyclist all two abrest and at least 8 were in a pretty tight pack, not racers more modern lesure cyclist with half decent gear and bikes to match. Age 20 to 45 say saw at least one female.
The next rider also moves over slightly and then the last in the pack just carries on cycling and on seeing me SCREAMS before dodging me.

Do I have to sound my bell for other cyclist that are coming towards me
Do I pull over
What am I meant to do here.
Remember I am on the left scratching my arm in the foliage.
I nearly turned around and confronted them as to what they were doing, not even looking up or forward at all, there was at least 20 seconds from when I spyed them till meeting them, I was originally in centre of lane but moved full left after about five seconds.

Not a look a nod or even a muter from any of them with exception of the Last female rider who screamed on seeing me, I could easily of stopped and dived into hedge to avoid a collision at last moment.

SO If YOU were in a bunch of at least 8 riders going north between the A 38 and Bovey Tracy on a cycle route with staggered gates either end in the wood behind heathfield IND Estate today at about 10.45 AM two abrest
wearing dayglo yellow jackets on newly surfaced lane and one of your female parties screamed then
GET THE **** OFF MY PLANET !.........

Edited for grammar

Re: 2 LeJog deaths: Death by dangerous driving charge

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 July 2014 - 4:40pm
A year to get to court and in the meantime, a further serious offence has been committed, but nobody in authority seems to find this unacceptable or even worthy of comment.

Re: Accidental Death of a Cyclist

CTC Forum - Racing - 1 July 2014 - 4:27pm
Interesting film - hadn't realised how new some of todays technology is until seeing what the Pirate was using!

Re: Any restrictions on Holme Moss?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 July 2014 - 3:48pm
Thanks mig for the advice on the cattle grid

also the short run on the A628 will be hugely busy with fast moving traffic

That's why its a short section, although this road is my preferred route to Manchester and I've followed cyclists up and down the whole road on many occasion (but not slipping my clutch )

Re: Any restrictions on Holme Moss?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 July 2014 - 3:38pm
freeflow wrote:This is my current route

http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/458562970

The bit from Hadfield into Manchester is in case Mrs F get distracted doing photographs of hills and I hve to get back to the hotel on my own. Looks like I'm going down wessenden head road.

if you are going down wessenden then there is a cattle grid on a bend that is difficult to see maybe a mile ish from the top. be careful as you will hit it at speed. also the short run on the A628 will be hugely busy with fast moving traffic and heavy lorries heading to a steelworks over the tops and then on to the M1. caution required even for experienced cyclists!!

enjoy the scenery though. wessenden is one of my old training areas.

Re: collecting my new bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 July 2014 - 3:33pm
I think it was my first road bike that I put into a field because I spent too long looking at the gear shifters. I had used a 3 speed until then... although I put my that into a rose bush on the first ride because I was not ready for the acceleration of top gear. I would still ride it home and probably through the housing estate but maybe I am not the best judge of this based on first experiences

Re: 2 LeJog deaths: Death by dangerous driving charge

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 July 2014 - 3:21pm
Robert Wayne Palmer appeared at Truro Crown Court on Friday, June 27, where he entered guilty pleas to causing the deaths of Toby Jak Wallace and Andrew Scott McMenigall by dangerous driving.
He further pleaded guilty to a charge of dangerous driving resulting in serious injuries to another driver on September 21, 2013 in a road traffic collision on the A30 near Whiddon Down, Okehampton, Devon, whilst he was on bail for the fatal collisions.
On both occasions he was driving a heavy goods vehicle.

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Palmer was released on conditional bail, together with an interim driving disqualification, until Monday, September 1 2014 in order for reports to be prepared.


Shame that driving disqualification wasn't applied first time round... (or rather to the myriad "minor" offences which undoubtedly preceded the initial slaughter).

Re: Appropriate License Plate

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 July 2014 - 3:16pm
So is this a DVLA report, or a police report?

Re: local cycling infrastructure

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 July 2014 - 2:36pm
There was an interesting blog posted today http://aseasyasridingabike.wordpress.co ... vehicular/ about the difference between the UK and Dutch approach to infrastructure. In that in the UK we treat cyclists as if they are pedestrians and attempt to convert pedestrian infrastructure with little regard for the needs of cycling. Whereas the Dutch treat bicycles as vehicles in their own right.

Re: Wiggins not riding TdF.

CTC Forum - Racing - 1 July 2014 - 2:31pm
Thomas, froome, Cav?
And its just been announced Simon Yates has been called up

Re: 2 LeJog deaths: Death by dangerous driving charge

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 July 2014 - 2:26pm
Some people aren't suited to driving vehicles. I would hope that at the very least he is never permitted to drive a heavy goods vehicle ever again.

Free TDF camping!

CTC Forum - Racing - 1 July 2014 - 2:25pm
If anyone would like a camping pitch for Friday/Saturday in Wharfedale I have one booked i shan't be using. (I'm a Tourmaker and i'll be staying in Harrogate instead!)

Its at the Rugby club just outside Grassington, close to both stages and is for a small tent, its paid for but free to the first comer - be a shame to waste it!

PM me and i'll email you the details.

local cycling infrastructure

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 July 2014 - 2:20pm
Ok there has been many topics on this previously, but I cycle through this one regularly and decided to finally take a photo. Its not specifically bad but it makes me giggle every time.

photo.jpg

for those who cant make out the writing, the wide open unrestricted path on the left says "NO CYCLING", the one through the ridiculous fence contraption that meant I cant take my daughter to school in a trailer says "CYCLE ROUTE".
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