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Didn't know cyclists could be fined for speeding!

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 March 2015 - 9:26pm
I genuinely didn't know cyclists could be fined for speeding!

The road in question is a 20mph road in Richmond park, where I cycle regularly. They had lasers out the other day, however I assumed this was for cars....

The guy was caught at 41mph and was fined £65, issued a surcharge of £20 and £65 costs - total of £150!

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/s ... 99781.html

Re: cycling to Italy

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 March 2015 - 8:36pm
Hi Linda
I did Glasgow -Barga 7 years ago. At that time the Rosyth-Zeebrugge ferry was still on. So I cycled to Rosyth. I went down through Belgium into Luxembourg then France across to Strasbourg then down to Basel. I took a detour across to Zurich to meet up with Rico who did the stretch from there to Barga with me. We crossed over the Gottardo and then went across to Piacenza and crossed over the appenino at Borgo Taro taking us to Aulla. We then came up the hill to Castelnuovo - Castelvecchio - Barga.
I can let you know more details of the exact route I took. There were some good cycle track sections - for example a long stretch going to Strasbourg and then also a long stretch in Italy taking the navigli around Milan.
When are you thinking of doing it?

Lio (Moscardini)

Re: The ultimate battery charger for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 March 2015 - 8:36pm
PH wrote:Tacascarow wrote:. What I've read suggests fast charging reduces lifespan by 20%, that's still 100s of cycles before it's below 80% capacity,
Does ultra fast charging (alarmingly dubbed "cooking" by some) do permanent damage or can it be assumed to be minimalreversible as long as most charging is done at a slower pace?
I use rechargeables as i sometimes use a Hope Vision 1 and Hope pretty much says that normal cells aren't up to the job.

Re: Bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 March 2015 - 8:33pm
Valbrona wrote:Picked up a 3ft live snake in Matlock Bath (Derbys) once and placed it off the road into someone's garden thinking 'that was big for a grass snake, and come to think of it it didn't look very grass snake-like'. Rode home thinking 'maybe it was actually something like a black mamba that had escaped from someone's home'.
Three feet is quite a normal length for a grass snake, in fact I've seen them longer than that. They can be quite variable in colour (so can adders).

Re: Hit and Run - Sheffield

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 March 2015 - 8:29pm
If those children are being set that sort of example, time for Social Services to take a look....

Re: Hit and Run - Sheffield

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 March 2015 - 8:05pm
Mushroom Lane crosses Crookes Valley Road - but you can only turn down Mushroom Lane towards Netherthorpe. Apparently there are two schools in that direction, Bethany School - described as a Christian school and Netherthorpe Primary. Either way, I wouldn't have thought it would take too much effort to find the driver/passenger responsible. I bet the parents responsible are walking their kids to school now - that said, they're probably so stupid that they're not.

Feel sorry for the lad. Those cuts to his face will take ages to heal. Could have been much worse I suppose.

Re: Handlebar bag views and costs

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 March 2015 - 6:36pm
I got one from Halfords too......it slowly takes the skin off my knuckles on a long ride as it isn't fixed far enough away from the bar-tops. If only the fixing was half an inch longer it would have been saved from the cupboard of history.

Re: Tour of Brittany

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 March 2015 - 6:29pm
I did 14 days there in June four years ago. It hosed it down for days. I can remember the water cascading off my helmet, and there were headwinds sometimes 70kmhr. All whist Glasgow basked in warm sunshine. Its our equivalent of Cornwall so the weather can be very poor sometimes. Take some good wind and waterproofs!


Re: Tour of Brittany

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 March 2015 - 6:23pm
That's useful information Simon, my comment was based on my experience going in the middle of June when I had 4 days of rain and two without. I've also been in mid-September in our campervan and it was so wet and windy we went south which is easy enough to do with an engine. It is after all the Atlantic coast and if a depression comes in it gets wet. Warm, wet in my case in June and not a problem but compared to say Spain or the south of France I guess there is a greater chance of rain - but it didn't put me off, and won't for future trips.

Re: Touring in Norway

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 March 2015 - 6:19pm
If possible include the Lofoten Islands [in the Arctic circle] in your tour. Fly from Bodo into Svolvaer, cycle down the archipelago to A right at the tip then fly back from Leknes. There is nowhere I know where the mountain views are so spectacular but the routes between them so wonderfully flat! Very smooth roads too which further eases progress. It is very expensive, though, and you need to book accommodation in advance as there's very little of it.

Good luck!


Re: Bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 March 2015 - 6:18pm
Lots of fruit trees by the road: apples, plums, cherries

Re: It's a miracle

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 March 2015 - 6:14pm
I experienced almost the same miracle, headwind on the way out AND the way back! I really suffered and enjoyed myself.

Re: Handlebar bag views and costs

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 March 2015 - 4:53pm
climo wrote:What I hate about all the larger barbags is that they are too boxy to carry comfortably when off I'm the bike. I'd like a soft bag that moulds to the body when carried just like any shoulder bag does. It would have to have a detachable / collapsible frame to give it shape on the bike and of course waterproof with a standard Klic whatsit fixing.

Any ideas anyone?


Just got this for under £30 from Halfords online. It's perfect, very small and light. Soft, has a carry handle plus a detachable waist band that lets you wear it is a bum bag.

Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 March 2015 - 4:45pm
smith4188 wrote:Vorpal wrote:No they used this as a strategy to test their software and sell more books. It's not available in every country, but it is available.

http://kindleworld.blogspot.no/p/countr ... ccess.html

My Kindle's registered in the Isle of Man (which never had the free service) and I'm currently in Spain, which according to that page has no free service, and yet my old Kindle can access the internet for free here. I wonder if it'd work in UK (non-Isle of Man), Portugal and France. If, as the page says, some Kindles do work in countries they shouldn't, I've no way of knowing without going there. I'm fairly certain it worked when I passed through all three in 2011 but maybe it has changed since then. Bugger.

Thanks for the link.

As I'm sure you'll agree, the Kindle isn't the easiest thing for typing on. You could get a phone or SIM on the 3 network. You can use data, calls and texts from your allowance just as if you were at home. France is already covered and so is Spain from April.

Re: ASL fixed penalty

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 March 2015 - 4:45pm
Enforcement is currently done with a detector loop under the road after the second stop line, and a camera pointing at that area. These could be moved to the first stop line. Technically, not difficult.

It would take motorists some time to realise that a red light means "don't cross the first stop line". Judging by cases on Pepipoo, motorists often don't realise that the stop line defines the offence. (I could say something similar about many cyclists.)

Re: It's a miracle

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 March 2015 - 4:30pm
Amazing difference it makes though. I've seen speeds from 14 to 18mph average on my commute, and the only factor appears to be wind.

Re: Hit and Run - Sheffield

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 March 2015 - 4:04pm
Postboxer wrote:As I read it, it was the passenger who got out, so surely that means there was a driver who stayed in the car and so could have left the passenger to sort stuff out if they were that bothered about getting the kids to school.

That what Road.cc says http://road.cc/content/news/145268-teen ... -who-drove

I can't believe that *two* adults were involved in this, and one of them didn't call out the other. If it was such a big deal, why couldn't the driver stay behind & let the passenger take the kids to school? Or leave the passenger there to deal with the aftermath?

And what are they teaching thos poor children?

Re: Doping culture still exists.

CTC Forum - Racing - 13 March 2015 - 3:55pm
I'm not a big fan of enquiries. They are rarely designed to get at the truth. Their main function is to take the heat out of an issue, bring about closure and hopefully prevent further speculation. As shocking as the CIRC report may have been to some people, it didn't reveal anything that wasn't already known or strongly suspected. Given the narrow terms of reference the report does a pretty good job but the real weakness is that the commission had no powers to compel individuals to give evidence and indeed many refused to do so. Hardly surprising when that evidence may well have been self incriminating and there were no guarantees of immunity on offer. CIRC is a promising start and Brian Cookson should be given credit for publishing it in full but the real test will be where we go from here. I still believe that an amnesty is the best way forward.

There is a fair appraisal of CIRC by Nicole Cooke here.

More disturbing reading here.

Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 March 2015 - 2:55pm
SimonCelsa wrote:Steve, I've just downloaded & bought your book on my kindle (not bad considering I'm on a Chinese ship off the coast of the Philippines at the moment).

Our evening entertainment of table football & table tennis has just finished so it had better be a good read!!

Cheers, Simon. I hope you enjoy it but if not maybe you could try to get another table football league going.
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