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Re: SUV/Lorry/BMW/Insert/delete as appropriate Driving Too C

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 March 2015 - 3:27pm
Do you think sticking out my knees as I am riding. Do you think old fashion leather helmets are good.

Re: getting your priorities right

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 March 2015 - 3:26pm
The moment when in frustration at the gears not running as smooth as they can be you hit the saddle and then check to see if you damaged it

Re: Anyone not been hit by a car

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 March 2015 - 3:24pm
pwa wrote:Tacascarow

I hope the bruises heal quickly. Violence, or even the threat of violence, leaves a nasty feeling for a long time. Fortunately, most people out there, whatever their mode of transport, are as repelled by violence as we are.

My half jokey comment about my size deterring the less caring drivers from colliding with me is applicable where I take up a position away from the gutter, giving a driver the choice of waiting or hitting me with the front of the car. My size is obviously less of a deterrent where a driver thinks he / she can just squeeze around the side.
No bruises, just a glancing blow. Reported to the police but I don't expect any results. They have more to do than chase a handbag swinging Neanderthal.
My road position was his problem. He couldn't understand why I wasn't hugging the parked cars.
& I was going with the flow of traffic anyway so not hindering his speed in anyway, just denting the idiots ego I suppose.
I do need to keep my mouth shut though.
He had followed me for someway & there was lots of engine revving intimidation before he finally passed. When he did & hurled a load of abuse I'm afraid I did tell him to fornicate off.
Better to just ignore & keep smiling.

Re: Does your bike leave your side?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 March 2015 - 3:21pm
From reading the first post, I took it that he was talking about wild camping in far away lands, rather than a French campsite.

I often travel in faraway lands, but I don't camp. Partly for security reasons (ie having a hotel to store all my stuff in) and partly because hotels are often so cheap that camping is an unnecessary hassle. Nonetheless, I would imagine that when wild camping most people wouldn't leave their tent unattended for more than a few minutes. A modern tent with all its goodies, not to mention a bike would be a very tempting target for many people. Even if theft wasn't an issue, then touching and investigating your stuff probably would be.

When I first cycled in India nearly 20 years ago my bike was like a space craft compared to the local machines as such, attracted all sort of interest. Not malicious, but the twiddlers as I called them would touch and fiddle with everything that moved. For this reason I always tried to keep it in my hotel room with me.

I haven't been to India for a while, but find that in other parts of Asia I am much less paranoid now. Partly due to complacency, but also local bikes have changed so much that compared to their multigeared disc brake, full suspension (cheap rubbish) bikes, mine doesnt look much. Straight bars also help to make it look less exotic. Hence it is currently locked to the fire escape ladder in the hotel garage/bikepark downstairs at the time of writing. I just hope it is still there tomorrow morning!!

Re: SUV/Lorry/BMW/Insert/delete as appropriate Driving Too C

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 March 2015 - 3:18pm
I need to ditch the road bike. But I can keep the hi-vis, they probably think I am a manual worker. A leather helmet might be a good idea.

Re: Police stop 4yo pavement cyclist

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 March 2015 - 3:11pm
Psamathe wrote:And whilst the officers were busy threatening and reprimanding the poor child, I wonder how many drivers passed speeding and/or texting ...

Ian

This is the Lincolnshire force we're talking about. They've used tasers against children as young as 10 as well as a 78 year old. Thank god we don't give them guns.

getting your priorities right

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 March 2015 - 2:32pm
Got it slightly wrong this morning (corner, wet manhole cover, too fast). Two cyclists and a car driver stopped to check I was OK and all I was doing was making sure the bike was good.

(It's OK, chain had popped off but I know I need to re-tension that anyway. My nice new cambium is still intact and that's the main thing)

D11 and D12 in Northern Germany

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 March 2015 - 1:06pm
Hi!

I'm thinking of a bit of a tour in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, between Berlin and the Baltic. Lots of lovely looking cycle routes here:

http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=9/53.0742/13.5297&layers=C

but I am a little concerned because I have found in the past that German off-road cycle paths (marked as such on OpenCycleMap-- i.e. with a blue dashed line in the default rendering), especially those through forests, can be surfaced with quite rough gravel.

Has anyone been on D11 or D12 or on any of the other routes around that area who can advise about the sort of surface I can expect? Many thanks for any help.

Re: Santander - London Jul/Aug 2015

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 March 2015 - 12:43pm
Just an up-date to my initial post. I am able to extend dates to include September, probably better since July/August are
key holiday months in France and elsewhere. Campsites not so busy and maybe less tourist road traffic. On my Lejog
Ride, I cycled 1500 miles in 19 days so guess this tour would be similar with more rest days and time for exploring local
areas. Would be great to hear from others who have done similar tour and any must-see places to visit/include

Re: SUV/Lorry/BMW/Insert/delete as appropriate Driving Too C

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 March 2015 - 12:43pm
Phil Fouracre wrote:...I think I've been given a greater amount of space riding our local A road when in tee shirt, shorts, 'floppy hat' and sandals (not what you'd call trendy, but........!)
I've noticed that, too. The less like a "proper" cyclist I look, the more courtesy I receive. Weird!

Re: Upgraded cycle path - Worsley (Greater Manchester)

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 March 2015 - 12:08pm
I'd steer clear of the Little Hulton section for a while. I rode it yesterday on my way to exploring the Bridgewater through Astley to Pennington Flash and I was practically swimming through broken bottle glass. I've not checked the Hypers yet and they didn't puncture for once but I fear looking them over in case I don't like what I find.
I have to admire the anti motorcycle barriers on the Bridgewater. Whoever designed them needs to be publicly stoned.

Re: Anyone not been hit by a car

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 March 2015 - 11:25am
Tacascarow

I hope the bruises heal quickly. Violence, or even the threat of violence, leaves a nasty feeling for a long time. Fortunately, most people out there, whatever their mode of transport, are as repelled by violence as we are.

My half jokey comment about my size deterring the less caring drivers from colliding with me is applicable where I take up a position away from the gutter, giving a driver the choice of waiting or hitting me with the front of the car. My size is obviously less of a deterrent where a driver thinks he / she can just squeeze around the side.

Re: Upgraded cycle path - Worsley (Greater Manchester)

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 March 2015 - 11:16am
Thanks for the update, will have to try it out sometime, hopefully it's smoother than the tarmac part of the Bridgewater Way near Old Trafford, which is really bumpy.

Upgraded cycle path - Worsley (Greater Manchester)

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 March 2015 - 10:14am
The old railway line that runs from Monton to Little Hulton has been upgraded as far as Walkden. This route goes along the NCN 55 along the old trackbed.

Previously the surface was in a poor condition, but now has super smooth tarmac and connects to the limestone hard-packed surface making journeys between Walkden and Manchester road bike friendly. This means you can cycle to Manchester via Eccles avoiding the A6 and the Salford end of the East Lancs Cycle Path which is impacted by the Busway construction.

Re: First two weeks tour in Europe in June: where?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 March 2015 - 10:00am
neilob wrote:smith4188 wrote: Romania had busy main roads or dirt tracks and not much else.

I absolutely disagree with this broad and misleading statement!! Of course there are busy roads and of course there are dirt tracks but please don't assume there isn't anything else. I've done a lot of touring in my time and seen a lot of places, and Romania is up there with the best. The Carpathians are stunning, the Danube has some of the best scenery ever, the Danube Delta is magical, and the welcoming people make it a wonderful destination. And on top of all that, food and drink are great value as is accommodation. Don't believe everything you read about Romania and Romanians. We're going back again this year. BTW, Serbia is another (unlikely?) destination with great people and great roads. You just need to do a little research first.

By "not much else" I was talking about the roads. It wasn't a statement about Romania in general. Although I found one or two quieter B roads, the vast majority were busy main roads and unpaved tracks. You only have to look at the 1:500000 map of the country. The yellow B-roads are few and far between, which is a shame because they were much more fun. But yes, you're right, Romania is worth a visit, but I didn't enjoy it as much as any of eastern Europe's other countries. That said, Sibiu and Sighisoara were nice.

Re: so when do the shorts come out?

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 March 2015 - 9:59am
this morning is wet and cold. occasional cars that have come down from the hills had wet snow on their roof.

during the commute i saw two riders to within twenty yards of one another. rider 1 had full longs, skull cap, helmet, 'snood', gloves and overshoes. rider 2 had shorts and a short sleeved jersey.

Re: Tour of Brittany

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 March 2015 - 9:16am
simonineaston wrote:Rain or not, I'm off!
On that subject, a small confession... Up thread, I posted a couple of pictures, pointing out - or so I thought - that there's lots of rainy days in Brittany, indeed, I said confidently,"Looking at the columns for May you can see that (although) Brittany gets almost 2x as many days when it rains...".
Well, what a silly chap I am! When I looked again yesterday, I see it's the other way round. Sorry if I misled anyone.

It's OK - even the French weather forecasters have the same problem - if they're not sure they go to default and put 'rain in Brittany' - many's the time we've had a lovely weekend that was supposed to be wet. There is a court case brought by a hotel against 'Le Meteo' going on for that reason! Last year we had the best weather in France for much of the summer (the South had flooding) but no-one ever mentions it) much the same the year before - Grrr. But really all you can say about Brittany is that generally it's 'moderate' - you don't get massive storms, flash floods, heat waves or blizzards - if you can survive a bit of rain then that's the worst that's ever going to happen...

Re: First two weeks tour in Europe in June: where?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 March 2015 - 9:12am
smith4188 wrote: Romania had busy main roads or dirt tracks and not much else.

I absolutely disagree with this broad and misleading statement!! Of course there are busy roads and of course there are dirt tracks but please don't assume there isn't anything else. I've done a lot of touring in my time and seen a lot of places, and Romania is up there with the best. The Carpathians are stunning, the Danube has some of the best scenery ever, the Danube Delta is magical, and the welcoming people make it a wonderful destination. And on top of all that, food and drink are great value as is accommodation. Don't believe everything you read about Romania and Romanians. We're going back again this year. BTW, Serbia is another (unlikely?) destination with great people and great roads. You just need to do a little research first.

Re: Tour of Brittany

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 March 2015 - 8:56am
Rain or not, I'm off!
On that subject, a small confession... Up thread, I posted a couple of pictures, pointing out - or so I thought - that there's lots of rainy days in Brittany, indeed, I said confidently,"Looking at the columns for May you can see that (although) Brittany gets almost 2x as many days when it rains...".
Well, what a silly chap I am! When I looked again yesterday, I see it's the other way round. Sorry if I misled anyone.

Re: so when do the shorts come out?

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 March 2015 - 8:25am
When I was in Helsinki a few years back I walked to work in the morning, and the office was on the coast.

The sun was twinkling off the sea in the morning - beautiful.

By the time I left the office (only 8 hours later) the sea was frozen to a depth of an inch or more (I broke some of the ice to see).

It gets pretty cold in Finland, even the far south!
And they can get some pretty biting winds as well, but with temperatures in the frostbite range already...
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