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Re: Appropriate License Plate

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 July 2014 - 9:51pm
Mick F wrote:THR 1L
Yep, I reckon that's what it was. At least it's a genuine plate, then...

Re: <Spoilers> Rain.... [SPOILERS]

CTC Forum - Racing - 10 July 2014 - 9:46pm
Each year as the major tour routes are published there's all the chat about who it does and doesn't suit but I don't think it is ever quite that predictable. Don't imagine anyone expected Nibali to do so well yesterday, but he's a great bike handler who wants to win and as he said "its all bike racing!" There were others too who did well and who wouldnt have been expected to and those that actually enjoyed it, some regretting their under inflated tyre choice, losing time on the 'smooth' ..... perhaps unfortunate that the weather made it tougher than expected but the efforts made by all were fairly extraordinary.

Re: <Spoilers> Rain.... [SPOILERS]

CTC Forum - Racing - 10 July 2014 - 9:11pm
I think it is fairer to say that whoever pays the piper calls the tune, and that the TdeF organisers will try to eliminate what they (or their sponsors) consider to be 'boring racing' via route/stage selection even if they don't want to be seen to actually favour one rider over another (which they have certainly done in the past). In the past they have eliminated the team time trial and altered the proportion of time trial and/or mountains to avoid a repetition of what some might find a 'boring race'.
Introducing a mini- Paris Roubaix into the TdeF is an obvious way of favouring others over riders like Froomy who have a bit of a history of coming off. That it happened before he even got to the cobbles (because it was raining) is just a happy accident for the race organisers I suppose.

The commentators were saying that there hadn't been that many crashes and that the stage was a worthy inclusion into the race; if it had stayed dry, maybe. But the truth was different to that.

Any stage where about 40 riders come off (as happened yesterday) and have to see the doctor isn't really a very good idea IMHO. It turns the race into too much of a lottery.


Re: France: La Manche to Le Med -advice?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 July 2014 - 9:06pm
Massif Central (especially le Puy but you seem to be going further east than that) and Provence (esp gorges of verdun and the Var, but you will probably be heading further west than that) were my two favourite sections in my first ever tour from Nice to St Malo ( I bailed at LImoges though ). If it's hot I'd just set off early although escaping from a locked camp ground in the early hours can be a challenge! Main warning is that there will be a few places without so many shops/ campsites etc eg parts of the Massif Central but a little preparation will sort you out. It's not like Northern Scandinavia where more serous planning is needed!

Re: Shipping the bike by plane

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 July 2014 - 8:36pm
The writer is taking the right approach by reading the requirements of the airline. They can be a bit more flexible when you turn up ( I caught a flight from Madrid once with BA maybe an hour after arriving at the airport with no ticket and certainly no wrapping etc for the bike) but generally the be prepared approach is the one to take. The restrictions for Gatwick were interesting to read as once , many years ago, I remember watching my bike head up the baggage roller thingie and I could definitely see the advantages of having a box!

On the mudguard thing I'd use an old camping mat plus parcel tape as they have the right sort of give to give some protection, otherwise bubble wrap is good. I've also taken more fragile bits off before and strapped with zip ties alongside the more solid protection of the frame.

Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 July 2014 - 8:09pm
pedalsheep wrote:I bought this very cheaply last year from a clearance bookshop as it had a slight printing fault. Its OK but its basically a book for looking at the pictures rather than actually reading. They were accompanied by a professional photographer and some of the pictures are excellent but the text is rather banal - mostly just blokey banter. Its a nice coffee table book but I wouldn't call it a good read.

So it looks nice good enough for a gift if I don't find something better!

Re: knee pain and touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 July 2014 - 7:51pm
Sounds like a different style of riding than touring. Maybe I'll start a poll asking who rides out of the saddle while touring, as this is not the first suggestion of it.

VIP visit

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 July 2014 - 7:50pm
<political whinge starts>

At this point I would do some name dropping, but despite meeting him, shaking hands and chatting with him I still have no idea of what the heck his name is!

We at (Story Wood Cycle Hub) and Bike North Birmingham had a visit from the Minister for Transport today. On the one hand it's always nice to get some attention (even if you don't know who it's from and you have to shake hands with someone whose policies you are not too keen on), but on the other hand it was a very depressing affair.

We had a number of people, who had been on our led rides or learned to ride with us, along to relate their experiences. They all told him how cycling had transformed their lives and how great our project is, and of course, our parent organisation project: BNB. And in turn he said how great it was that making Birmingham into one of the Cycling Cities had had so much of a positive effect on people's lives. So plenty of back patting and 'what a wonderful world it is!'.

This, I think, is why rank and file cyclists should not be allowed to speak on behalf of rank and file cyclists! I often see some cyclists being criticised for being political or being some kind of loonie leftie rebellious agitators, yet the alternative is having people who have no idea of the wider picture trying to speak for all of us and being used as evidence that everything is rosy in the garden. (Yes, yes....I know.....I too am reminded of that episode of Dr Who where they are trapped in the pod and the Dr tells them what to do. One of them asks him why should they listen to him and he comes out with the slightly pompous "Because I'm clever.")

For my part (and I did manage not to swear at all) I attempted to bring up the subject of crap cycle paths/lanes. It was his contention that any kind of cycle lane is better than nothing....which got my dander up a bit and so I made a polite suggestion that we needed a new set of minimum design standards that had to be adhered to because so many new cycle paths actually create brand new dangers for people*. At which point he was whisked away to see someone else who was going to tell him how great we were. Great? well our volunteers do put in a lot of hard work and we have done wonders with those people who have come to us for training, but really, we are hardly scratching the surface......and if cycling is such a great thing for everyone then why is it being left to volunteers to get people cycling.

*something else amazing happened today - I actually heard a sustrans rep threatening not to sign off on an infrastructure project because the finish wasn't good enough...it truly is an age of wonders

<political whinge over>

Re: Dealing with mosquitos

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 July 2014 - 7:42pm
Smidge is great. primarily meant to repel midges, works well for me against all flying beasties including my nemesis the horsefly! and it's quite pleasant stuff to apply unlike deet.

Re: <Spoilers> Rain.... [SPOILERS]

CTC Forum - Racing - 10 July 2014 - 7:19pm
Has anyone really suggested that the stage was put in just to eliminate Froome?
Surely the stage was put in to up the blood and gore stakes and thus get more viewers and increase advertising revenue?

Re: Budget Commuting Bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 July 2014 - 5:47pm
BeeKeeper wrote:I stopped reading this thread when someone was rude about my son - who has learning difficulties but I am grateful for the suggestions made at the start of the thread.
Apologies for any offence, I think the request for a dynamo (of either type) is pretty well explained..

Re: knee pain and touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 July 2014 - 5:12pm
Its possible top use grippy shoes and pedals, but clips and straps, with straps loose not tightened, your foot position is assured, assuming you set it correct in the first place.

Free Play pedals have I thing oddles of settable free play I dont like the idea................

Grippy pedals and shoes yes that is what I use too.

And here's the Secret I.M.O. once the pedal is loaded with foot on the main power segment of crank angle, the foot should not twist / rotate at all , with exception of the give of the rubber sole of shoe.
You can have clips without straps, this just positions the ball of foot in the correct (predetermined by user) for and aft to the pedal spindle.
Much climbing out of saddle over say 50 / 100 or more miles, it will be dificult to garentee foot to pedal position for and aft, even if you ignore any other errors that might creep in like rotation of foot , the pedal crank will act as a stop for sideways position though..................

Re: Turning right

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 July 2014 - 4:39pm
I usually take centre of the lane when I'm about to turn right, but a few eejits who've still decided to overtake despite my signalling (which is difficult enough while trying to brake on a downward flowing slope) have been putting me off this idea and so I decided to try staying just to the left of the centre line the other night and this happened.
Yes that is the local hot fuzz and between the rear tyre and the centre line is where my bike was with its sticky out panniers...not a lot of room either side. Traffic was indeed approaching me from the other lane and yes indeed that was an undertake. These chaps are supposed to know better.
I do wonder at times.

Re: Appropriate License Plate

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 July 2014 - 4:32pm
iviehoff wrote:661-Pete wrote:I believe the DVLA censor certain letter and digit combinations which might be offensive, they simply refuse to issue them.
But they do make oversights. They don't have a lot of imagination, thus the imaginative can get some rather, er, different ones past them.

I recall an exhibition at the Science Museum in the early days of computing where they created a list of banned words that would not be displayed or printed if you typed them on the terminal. Of course within a very short time one bright youngster had accessed the file and caused it to be displayed on the screen and printer.

Re: Budget Commuting Bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 July 2014 - 4:27pm
I stopped reading this thread when someone was rude about my son - who has learning difficulties but I am grateful for the suggestions made at the start of the thread.

Re: Normandy Queries

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 July 2014 - 4:04pm
Thanks John, that sounds good. As I said, I did the D-Day beaches a few years ago and got the impression online that the site was prone to thefts etc, with persons entering from the adjacent track / path that follos the river, so camped instead a bit further along near Pegasus Bridge. I'm off on Monday and as this time will be catching the early ferry back the Pommiers campsite is clearly very convenient.

Re: Hit by a car

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 July 2014 - 3:57pm
NUKe wrote:I think if the other driver is contrite enough and you are rembursed for your loses, then why make the blood suckers even more money. If the driver is truely upset by their own actions they will look in future, the lady in question is probably truely shaken by the event, knocking someone off really does act as a learning exercise. No need to hang draw and quarter them as well.

Yes I agree (don't know which blood suckers you are on about though?)

irc wrote:If there was no box for a cycle they have used the wrong form or have recorded it as something other than a road accident. Or possibly they have filled in the boxes for peds casualty rather than the injured rider of Vehicle 2 being the casualy (the convention is that the vehicle at fault is vehicle 1).

It was the casualty form the second link) and I was not recorded as a vehicle - she wrote down that there was only 1 vehicle involved (the car) and I was a pedestrian. (I did wonder about all the questions about was there a pedestrian crossing within 50 m!). It was a very scary police lady and I didn't want to argue with her - I can totally understand why people don't report rape, as they really make you feel like you have done something wrong!

Re: Turning right

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 July 2014 - 3:54pm
You're doing it entirely right and the same way a car would do it. Drivers are getting upset because it's a cyclist who they automatically think is holding them up. If a car was doing the same move, at the same speed, they wouldn't think anything of it!

Re: Turning right

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 July 2014 - 3:51pm
Thanks for all your replies, it sounds as though my technique isn't to blame! Anyone know if a car driver is actually committing an offence when they overtake a clearly right-turn-indicating cyclist?

Re: Turning right

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 July 2014 - 3:49pm
elmo wrote:I have to turn right off the main A road to get to my village. This turn is at the bottom of a steep hill on a right-hand bend so there is no forward view for overtaking. This still does not prevent cars regularly driving under my out stretched right arm whilst I am hugging the central white line!!!
I did once have a car pull out of the move then complain to me that they could not see my right arm clearly enough i.e. their manouvre was my fault!! I was at the time wearing a high viz long sleeve jacket!!

Similar, I have a right turn on my usual commute where I will occasionally be overtaken when indicating right. Problem is there is a pedestrian crossing before the turning. So one time I was approaching the turn in primary, indicating right and I was aware of the car overtaking me (always check) and then the crossing lights go red. I stop, still in primary, the car, now on the 'wrong' side of the road also stops. By the time the light turns green we have a line of cars coming in the opposite direction all staring at the car on my right......

who had wound her window down to tell me it was all my fault
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