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Locks for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 June 2015 - 10:31pm
I am off to France for more touring. But this time, I'll have to leave my bike unattended for longish periods of time when visiting Normandy museums and the like. I have two heavy duty locks, a Kryptonite and an Abus. Both were used with with my commuter bike while I was living in London. But as good as they are, they are very heavy. Has anyone any ideas about a lock that is relatively light that isn't for use in high crime areas?

Many thanks

Bob Zeller

Re: Help settle an argument

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 June 2015 - 10:20pm
ballibeg wrote:You hang onto that opinion, ignore all facts that don't support that opinion and you'll be happy.
What facts?

Fact: A guy on a bike moves out a couple of feet to overtake another vehicle he was coming up on.

Fact: The car behind had plenty of time to consider what was going on, more importantly they should have taken a teeny tiny amount of time to observe and predict.

Fact: The car sounded their horn whilst behind the cyclist and at a point when it was useless. i.e. the cyclist was at the side of the vehicle he was overtaking.

Fact: The motorist has supposedly sat a test and as such has a standard of driving that's legally required in order to satisfy their license conditions.

Fact: The cyclist has no such requirement - for all the driver knows it's a 12 year old with no road sense.


Did I miss anything?

Re: Getting bikes to starting point/ ferry port

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 June 2015 - 10:02pm
I'm in Jersey at the moment, used Condor for going to and from Guernsey. They take bikes for free. Tick the box when booking.

As an aside, I live in Essex and wanted to go to Guernsey, in the end easiest was fly Southend to Jersey, then ferry to G. As said above, easier than using trains in UK to Gatwick or Portsmouth.

Re: Wi Fi North Sea and Pilgrims routes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 June 2015 - 9:53pm
WiFi is often, if not usually, available in cafes, burger bars, pubs, hostels, hotels, camp sites, etc. Maybe also in tourist offices and libraries. Some towns have free WiFi but I've never had much luck with this.

If you intend to go in any of the above, maybe having to buy a coffee or a beer I wouldn't think you would have any problems virtually anywhere in the world.

Re: Reasons to take cycling tools on the road....

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 June 2015 - 9:47pm
As a circular ride I wouldn't be that far away from home (maybe 5 miles tops) so the 'risk' in itself is minimal considering the worst thing that would happen would be a puncture (yeah famous last words ).
On pretty much any other ride I'd take a tool/pump/tube/levers out with me but riding without all that 'stuff' is a great feeling

Re: Help settle an argument

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 June 2015 - 9:41pm
Love it. Thread called "Help settle an argument" has reached 6 pp and 86 replies.

Not helping much, is it?

I'm off again

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 June 2015 - 9:37pm
I've resumed my trip to Spain and France. I got food poisoning on the last attempt so had to abandon. Had 3 weeks off to fix the bike, and me! Follow my blog.

Re: Llandudno guest house

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 June 2015 - 9:21pm
This is nice - not taken the bikes though, shouldn't be too much of a problem as Steve & Lynne are very accommodating - fab breakfast.


http://www.tilstonehotel.co.uk/

Re: Reasons to take cycling tools on the road....

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 June 2015 - 8:58pm
Tonyf33 wrote:I actually ride out on my usual circular route with nothing more than a drinks bottle and the front door key on occasion, I like a bit of risk..lol
I would though feel really torn if someone stopped and asked me if I needed help, more likely to say I decided to come out without tools/tube so it should be down to me to get my own way back. If they insist then fine, if they roll on I'm not going to die, just a long walk home..
Sod the risk. A twenty mile walk is out of the question for me. Though it's rare it would come to that. I'd ring a cab first. Why would you decline the offer of help if it gets you roling again? I'm quite happy to accept help. I'm not that proud. I'm also happy to give it.

Re: Help settle an argument

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 June 2015 - 8:52pm
You hang onto that opinion, ignore all facts that don't support that opinion and you'll be happy.

Re: Llandudno guest house

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 June 2015 - 8:39pm
Premier Inn at Llandudno Junction let you take bike in your bedroom

Re: Reasons to take cycling tools on the road....

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 June 2015 - 8:14pm
I actually ride out on my usual circular route with nothing more than a drinks bottle and the front door key on occasion, I like a bit of risk..lol
I would though feel really torn if someone stopped and asked me if I needed help, more likely to say I decided to come out without tools/tube so it should be down to me to get my own way back. If they insist then fine, if they roll on I'm not going to die, just a long walk home..

Re: Bus passes

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 June 2015 - 8:11pm
Mick F wrote:mercalia wrote:its the female age they use dont they? not the male pension ageThey are going to be the same at aged 66.
I've scraped through at 65 (born 1952), but Mrs Mick F is going to be 66. (born 1956)
#
eh 65? I am the same age born 1952 but got mine last march when 62.5, before had the London only 60+ card

Re: Help settle an argument

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 June 2015 - 7:47pm
ballibeg wrote:Don't think a court in the land would agree.
The only mitigating factor was that the guy turned round and gave the 'V'

Imagine if he hadn't. You sound your horn, he turns round to look, loses control and crashes.
Supposed he'd been killed, don't you think you'd look a bit foolish trying to defend using the horn when specifically warned against it in the highway code and trying to defend that choice by claiming you didn't like the way he was riding?

Given you can kill someone with impunity these days I wouldn't obviously put money on it but then I wouldn't put myself in that position in the first place.

If the driver had really wanted to warn the cyclist of their presence they'd have done it several seconds earlier, *before* the cyclist started moving out to overtake and whilst still far enough back not to cause alarm. Not at the point the cyclist had almost completed their overtake and from only a few yards back.

Re: Why cycling in the UK is so scary (Gaurdian)

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 June 2015 - 7:42pm
What I posted on another thread yesterday:-

I've just returned from a 45 mile ride,in that short 3hour span of time I was overtaken closely(within 500mm) twice by vehicles.
One I happened to catch up up at the next TL and asked if he did that all the time,his reply was "you don't pay road tax" .
I informed him I did but I won't repeat here what else I told him.
I was also overtaken on bridge by two cars(one closely following the other) who gave me plenty of room going more over the other side of the road than our side,but couldn't see over the brow of the bridge if anything was come the other way,I know they couldn't see for a fact,as I drive that way on a regular basis.
I was also overtaken on blind right hand bend by a woman in a new Mini against a solid white line,she was well over the other side of the road and totally blind,I know she was driving totally blind because I couldn't see around the bend and I was in secondary position on my own side.
She had a child in a child seat in the back.
All this happened on one 45mile ride on a lovely sunny day.
Every one of those drivers saw me clearly,and every one of them took a chance with either their own lives or someone else's,not just mine.
The driving standards,lack spacial awareness,downright stupidity and willingness to take such chances frankly astounds me in the extreme,so much so that I no longer think if,but when ....

That ride is by no means exceptional,what is exceptional,is when I come in from a ride without such things happening .

Re: Getting bikes to starting point/ ferry port

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 June 2015 - 7:38pm
Thanks to both of you. The crew van is probably the best idea - I obviously hadn't browsed far enough through the van hire firms. U-drive do one although they don't have a branch in Plymouth (only Exeter) and add on a big cost for returning the van (one-way hire), but that was expected. Still do-able.

Al - I hadn't thought of doing the transfer in France but that is clearly another attractive option. Easier than you said because there is a ferry (Condor) from Poole and we live in Poole. I'll look at that too and ask the other guys.

Re: New Route Planner

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 June 2015 - 7:37pm
Geocoders (the programs that turn placenames into latitude/longitude co-ordinates) are universally a nightmare. I started off using OpenStreetMap's standard Nominatim, but that's pretty slow, so moved to a faster Nominatim-based program called Photon. It's ok but can be a bit fussy about surrounding placenames.

I've had a play with your example and it turns out to like "Windermere Avenue, Tameside" or "Windermere Avenue, Guide Bridge" but not Manchester, for some reason. I'll dig around a bit more and get a bug report to the Photon developers.

John - elevation profiles for long routes is on the to-do list; right now it has a 500-mile limit because the amount of data returned would just be so large, but I'm planning to make it 'downsample' for longer routes (so it only takes an elevation point every 500m, for example). Hopefully will have something in a week or two!

Re: Open Source Maps with cycle routes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 June 2015 - 7:20pm
Thanks Lolly. Works a treat.

Re: Reasons to take cycling tools on the road....

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 June 2015 - 7:11pm
Tonyf33 wrote:I don't think it's the type of bike you ride (or vehicle you drive) but the type of person, I could be on my carbon bike chipping along at a fair old rate and if I saw someone by the side of the road I'd ask if they were 'ok' or needed a hand. Even if I didn't have the tool required if they were stranded in the middle of no-where without a phone or able to get assistance you'd do the right thing surely?
It's a reflection of the 'don't give a damn about anyone else' society that prevails far too often.
I agree. What bugs me, apart from my own stupidity for forgetting tools is that the two selfish gits were in their 50s or 60s. I thought my generation had more about them. I've stopped a few times in that area and fixed or helped fix bikes for others. Wonder if we are all getting more miserable?
I'm also, supported by this incident, being attracted to just owning one or two similar bikes. Maintaining bikes and keeping seperate toolkits for each, plus remembering when I changed this or that on the various steeds, seems at times [when you are stood at the side of the road] more trouble than it is worth.

Re: Why cycling in the UK is so scary (Gaurdian)

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 June 2015 - 6:51pm
Did read the blonde wig thing, and have found, not that, but, wearing more 'vulnerable' clothing seems to get more space (sun hat, tee shirt and shorts)
Re; space for cyclists, I have noticed that if one vehicle gives you plenty of space, 'some' of the following copy it, so maybe people can learn. Also trying out experiment when driving - had a couple of examples today, carrying out exaggerated overtakes of cyclists, and watching following drivers, seem to get a result. Might be imagining it, but, it would be nice to think it works. As I happen to drive a large 6m x 2.5m high van, people might think that, if he can do it like that, so can I, or am I just fantasising?
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