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Re: 1.5 or 1.75"

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 August 2014 - 9:43pm
If rolling resistance and weight are two of your concerns then I don't think that Marathon hs368 (either 1.5 or 1.75) are the tyres you should be considering.
I would suggest 2" folding Marathon Supremes will roll better and are around 25% lighter weight.

Re: Cyclist dies on Surrey 100

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 August 2014 - 9:35pm
Oh but you go and ride these events completely unprepared. If you rode to prepare, you might become a - gasp! - cyclist. Here's another one doing 400 miles on no preparation https://mobile.twitter.com/Emily_News/s ... 160704?p=v

It's a tribute to the accessibility of cycling that there aren't more incidents.

Thoughts with the nearest of the London 100 rider.

Re: Scotland Tour !

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 August 2014 - 9:24pm
Thanks for quickly responding.I will now set to and find out the answers to those other questions I need to address.

Re: 1.5 or 1.75"

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 August 2014 - 9:14pm
I ride a Disc Trucker and I used the 1.75 with front and rear panniers and 1.5 with rear only - both set-ups were fine and I couldn't really tell much difference between the two

Re: Cyclist dies on Surrey 100

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 August 2014 - 8:51pm
Colin_P wrote:It makes my mind boggle that on such a large sporting event they didn't seemingly have proper emergency medical facilities. For anything like this there should be an AED available or even several along the route. An AED is an Automatic External Defibrillator.


I was up in London ( not taking part not my type of game ) & I was struck at how old some of the riders where. You would have thought they would expect quite a few incidents and plan for it

Re: Scotland Tour !

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 August 2014 - 8:37pm
Fort William to Oban Jon Snows favourite trip.

Al

Re: 'Cyclists Dismount', should we?

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 August 2014 - 8:24pm
I've always read that a non compliant sign is at bet just random colours on a pole at worst an unlawful obstruction of the highway.

Re: 'Cyclists Dismount', should we?

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 August 2014 - 8:06pm
Vorpal wrote:Mark1978 wrote:At the bottom of Northumberland Street (Newcastles main shopping street and pedestrianised) there is a red roundel with a cycle diagram but it's crossed out. I commented to my friend that meant cycling up there would be ok as that sign has no meaning.
It is the Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) or byelaw which you must obey, not the sign. And the offence won't be for ignoring the sign, but for doing something that is against the law or TRO.
But if the TRO requires traffic signs to be in place they must be the correct signs:

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1984/27/section/4
(1)A traffic regulation order may make provision for identifying any part of any road to which, or any time at which or period during which, any provision contained in the order is for the time being to apply by means of a traffic sign of a type or character specified in the order (being a type prescribed or character authorised under section 64 of this Act) and for the time being lawfully in place; and for the purposes of any such order so made any such traffic sign placed on and near a road shall be deemed to be lawfully in place unless the contrary is proved

In this case it may be academic because the intent of the sign is obvious but can a TRO ever be enforceable if its provisions for signage are not complied with? When I see that kind of unapproved sign, I tend to assume they have not been erected by the relevant authority and are not legally binding.

Re: 'Cyclists Dismount', should we?

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 August 2014 - 8:02pm
thirdcrank wrote:Mark1978 wrote:At the bottom of Northumberland Street (Newcastles main shopping street and pedestrianised) there is a red roundel with a cycle diagram but it's crossed out. I commented to my friend that meant cycling up there would be ok as that sign has no meaning.

Is there a streetview? The google car seems to have respected the pedestrianisation but I can't pick up the signs you refer to.

On Streetview there seems to be some sort of work going on and the sign isn't there. It was definitely there Sunday before last when I cycled past. (I didn't cycle up the street, no need to)

Re: 'Cyclists Dismount', should we?

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 August 2014 - 7:59pm
Vorpal wrote:Mark1978 wrote:At the bottom of Northumberland Street (Newcastles main shopping street and pedestrianised) there is a red roundel with a cycle diagram but it's crossed out. I commented to my friend that meant cycling up there would be ok as that sign has no meaning.
It is the Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) or byelaw which you must obey, not the sign. And the offence won't be for ignoring the sign, but for doing something that is against the law or TRO.

The TRO is only enforceable if the required signage is there to back it up. Both sides need to be in compliance otherwise you could be prosecuted for a completely unsigned restriction.

Re: Wild camping with permission

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 August 2014 - 7:45pm
If arriving late, leaving early and some distance from any houses / people, there's a lot to be said for not asking, as one of the possible answers isn't the one you want.

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Re: Rance Tidal Barrage

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 August 2014 - 7:42pm
groberts wrote:Can anybody confirm if you can cycle across the Rance tidal barrage?
Yes. I did it a couple of years ago when I missed my turning on the way out of St Malo. having crossed the barrage I turned immediately left and followed a pleasant road towards Dinan. I saw several cyclists doing the same. No need to ride on the footpath, especially at the time of day you get off the overnight ferry it is pretty quiet.

Re: Rance Tidal Barrage

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 August 2014 - 7:41pm
Yes you can. I have cycled across it myself. There is a footpath with high sides. When I cycled across there were quite a few people fishing from there and they had to slowly move out of the way to let me pass. Once across there is steep(ish) climb and traffic can be quite busy, especially from mid morning on a weekend !

Edit:
I would not really recommend this route as it was busy with quite fast moving relentless traffic when I went through there. I even videod it making a comment about where does all this traffic come from !

Wild camping with permission

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 August 2014 - 7:32pm
So I've had a bit of an introduction to wild camping recently - 3 times in Italy and 3 times in the UK and am fairly happy about it. Next week I will be doing Lon Las Cymru and I am positive I won't have any trouble finding good spots in Wales, but as a trial run for future trips further afield I am going to try a couple of other options like campsites, and hopefully asking locals if I get an opportunity.

Whilst I really like the freedom and flexibility of wild camping and you can appreciate some really beautiful spots in solitude, I have some reservations:

- there are some parts e.g. up in the mountains or by the coast, where it's really easy to find a spot, there are others where it's really hard e.g. I cycled across lots of farmland in northern Italy and it would have been very difficult there.

- I can picture lots of places where I would be far happier if I checked with a local if it's OK to camp or if they know of a spot. I wouldn't be looking for an invitation though there'd be times I'd appreciate it. It's likely that if there are any safety issues I'd be more likely to find out that way than if I didn't speak to anyone. Being from the UK I am familiar with the lie of the land here and can trust my judgment but further afield I'd be less confident.

- I feel apprehensive about the whole 'stealth' aspect of it, like I'm breaking some law. I wouldn't have this feeling if I knew it was officially allowed, like if I were in Scotland or Norway.

So I thought I'd try doing this 'asking locals' thing close to home where it should be easy, on this trip through rural Wales. Trouble is, it still feels a bit odd. Like, what kinds of people are best to ask? I know farmers, who else? Stopping in a village pub? Random people? What do you say, like 'hi I am just looking for a spot to pitch a tent for the night' or 'is it ok if I just put my tent up in this grove, I'll be gone by morning'?' It all sounds like the sort of thing that would make people suspicious . I know that if I have found a spot I like, and it's close to some farm houses say, then it's best to ask permission if there is someone around, but in general, is it best avoided unless you really have to?

I am sure I'll figure it out, but if anyone has any input I'd appreciate it.

Re: 'Cyclists Dismount', should we?

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 August 2014 - 7:28pm
Mark1978 wrote:At the bottom of Northumberland Street (Newcastles main shopping street and pedestrianised) there is a red roundel with a cycle diagram but it's crossed out. I commented to my friend that meant cycling up there would be ok as that sign has no meaning.

Is there a streetview? The google car seems to have respected the pedestrianisation but I can't pick up the signs you refer to.

Re: Cyclist dies on Surrey 100

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 August 2014 - 7:28pm
Sudden Cardiac arrest.

I've suffered a few myself and am one of the lucky 5% to survive the first one.

It makes my mind boggle that on such a large sporting event they didn't seemingly have proper emergency medical facilities. For anything like this there should be an AED available or even several along the route. An AED is an Automatic External Defibrillator.

Kris Cook might well be alive today if those treating him had access to one.

Rest in peace Kris.

Re: Scotland Tour !

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 August 2014 - 7:24pm
Yes
No
Yes

Rance Tidal Barrage

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 August 2014 - 7:18pm
Can anybody confirm if you can cycle across the Rance tidal barrage?

I've see elsewhere that the ferry from St Malo to Dinard has been recommended by others - where does it depart from in St Malo, is it free, roughly what time does it start & stop each day, is it OK with a loaded bike?

Thanks.

Re: Dealing with mosquitos

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 August 2014 - 6:15pm
randomblue wrote:So... Today the mosquitos landed me a trip to the emergency room Of all the places to get a bite, eyelid is definitely the worst x.x

I wish you a quick recovery. Did they have any advice about preventing & treating bites?

Re: 'Cyclists Dismount', should we?

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 August 2014 - 6:11pm
Mark1978 wrote:At the bottom of Northumberland Street (Newcastles main shopping street and pedestrianised) there is a red roundel with a cycle diagram but it's crossed out. I commented to my friend that meant cycling up there would be ok as that sign has no meaning.
It is the Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) or byelaw which you must obey, not the sign. And the offence won't be for ignoring the sign, but for doing something that is against the law or TRO.
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