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Re: cycling blog help

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 May 2015 - 5:09pm
maxcherry wrote:Or you can just click the title page/home and it takes you to a list of recent posts.

Yes but thats the problem, you don't want "recent" posts, you want the oldest posts.

https://farewellburt.wordpress.com

Is a good example of hard to follow tour. I eventually found the first post of the tour but after reading it, there was no way to go to the next post.

Dave

Re: Solo Etiquette

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 May 2015 - 5:04pm
Interesting to note.

What passes for a 'Pub' here in the USA, from my experience really, is more like a restaurant with the main focus being around the bar, with the sort of dark colors one might find in a real pub - but there is still a hostess who will seat you (unless you want to eat at the bar, free-for-all in that case) and take your order. The Irish Pub here in town, which just closed, was a nice place to go but the 'English' food they sold wasn't great...and for a place billing itself as 'Irish' I would have expected to see a UK-dominated menu with a few American Favorties, not the other way around. I think they hand Bangers Mash, Shepherds Pie, Fish'n'Chips and maybe one more item.

Luckily, I am not a Veggie - I love me steak too much. St. Fagans has been recommended to me many times over and is certainly on my list. I have a free Saturday and Sunday in Cardiff. I was hoping to catch a Cardiff City pre-season game (looks like this past year they had a game on the same weekend) but am not counting on it. If there is, that will determine which day I go to St. Fagans. I'll be staying across from the Millennium Stadium too, very close to Cardiff Castle, so I imagine I should be able to find some decent food in that area.

Same with my days in Chester. I do remember a pub there - the Cheshire Cat - but I am not sure its located within the City, if its even still around. Its my last memory of Chester from the last time I was there. I try to avoid the Touristy areas though - typically bad service and overprice due to all the people. I'd rather be in the more 'local' parts which are hopefully a bit quieter.

Ironically, I tend to eat a bit earlier than everyone else here state-side for those same reasons - better service (generally) better food (it hasn't been sitting around for nearly as long) and quieter atmospheres. I'm a pretty quick eater, but I suppose that is the benefit of not having to make conversation while you eat.

Re: Solo Etiquette

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 May 2015 - 5:02pm
Welshies, get your act in order!

Thanks for that bit of advice!

Emyr

Re: cycling blog help

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 May 2015 - 4:43pm
theDaveB wrote:The problem with Wordpress etc... Is if I come across your blog at a later date it's in the wrong order and navigating can be a pain depending what theme you choose. Crazy guy on a bike is much easier to read in the right order.

Dave


But if the OP uses a theme that helps.readers (tags,dates,titles etc) that are provided
for free, than it's easy to navigate.

Or you can just click the title page/home and it takes you to a list of recent posts.

OP can use whatever they feel comfortable with

Re: Cycling to school for years, but children no longer happ

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 May 2015 - 4:34pm
Psamathe wrote:Use words like your children being "terrorised" by bad driving and forced to stop cycling (forcing you to drive).

They'll probably get branded irresponsible parents instead for cycling them to school. See http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/ ... alone.html

Re: Family Cycle Tour of the Hebrides - Advice Needed

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 May 2015 - 3:52pm
The Inner Hebrides are a very nice destination too. Don't know how old your children are and how far they would like to cycle but the islands of Coll, Tiree, Colonsay, Seil, Lismore, Luing, Gigha would be well worth visiting if you like quiet roads and shorter ferry journeys than the Outer Hebrides. They may be too small if the children are used to cycling 15+ miles per day but what they lack in size they make up for in beauty

Re: Cycling to school for years, but children no longer happ

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 May 2015 - 3:45pm
Psamathe wrote:Maybe this is the time to push the Council hard. Use words like your children being "terrorised" by bad driving and forced to stop cycling (forcing you to drive). Go to a Council Meeting and ask questions of the Council. Get your Councillor to argue on your/the schools behalf. It actually will probably take less time than you think. Reflect on your arguments/points, then call appropriate staff (again - give them another recent chance), discuss with a few other sympathetic parents and school, telephone your ward Councillor and then go to the next Council meeting.

Heh, I've been going to council meetings for more than 20 years now. Neither the elected members nor the officers think cycling is a mode of transport, they think it's a sport or something children do at the park. Both the Worthing Cycle Forum and the West Sussex Cycle Forum push very hard, as much as possible, but it's like bashing your head against a brick wall. We're the only family in a school of 400 children cycling to school, and it'll make no difference to anything if we stop cycling too. With the current emphasis on making it as easy as possible to drive by car, thanks to the Tories' idea that motor traffic equals economic growth, it's not going to change any time soon (unless the Greens get in!).

We did have a pretty good attempt to get 20's Plenty in Worthing, with all the usual good arguments. The local Borough Council were unanimous in supporting it, and forced County to run a huge consultation with the entire population of Worthing. Sadly the Alliance of British Drivers ("speed limits are dangerous") got in bed with UKIP and a local bus company (owner is a UKIP candidate) and managed to completely swamp the place with adverts (which ASA told them to take down as they were badly misleading). The result was a majority "No" vote, and all Borough councillors voting against taking 20mph limits any further. Not helped at all by a few new Tory councillors who explicitly think that "cyclists get in the way of motorists", and thus cycling should be discouraged wherever possible. Not helped, either, by WSCC deliberately including a threat that 20mph limits would result in bus service cuts in the official documentation: again, WSCC really don't like slower speeds, and Chichester only got 20's Plenty because they were caught off guard.

On another front, West Sussex County council are spending £6 million of sustainable transport money from the Coast to Capital LEP, on something they call the "Worthing Sustainable Transport Package". This consists entirely of repaving an existing pedestriamised shopping street, and explicitly has "nil" benefits for transport. I am in the process of making official complaints about this, because £6 million could have made a big difference to transport in Worting if they spent in on transport improvements.

Re: Locking bikes & panniers during the day in Europe

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 May 2015 - 3:27pm
theDaveB wrote:There is one guy on here (from reading his blog) just pushes his bike around the supermarket and has never had anything said to him.

Dave
Couldn't get it into most of the supermarkets i've used abroad!

Re: Locking bikes & panniers during the day in Europe

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 May 2015 - 1:09pm
There is one guy on here (from reading his blog) just pushes his bike around the supermarket and has never had anything said to him.

Dave

Re: Solo Etiquette

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 May 2015 - 12:30pm
theDaveB wrote:Some pubs use table numbers, so you find a seat, note table number and then go to bar and order food and they bring it to the table.
It's handy to take a jacket that you can hang on the back of the chair whilst you are away at the bar.

The Eagles in Rhyader is good for food, though not so much for veggies.

Re: Cycling to school for years, but children no longer happ

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 May 2015 - 10:19am
admin wrote:We have campaigned for area-wide 20mph limits, so all the streets we use to get to school, and where people live, have safer speeds. Sadly WSCC really don't like the idea: an officer I spoke to said there were better ways to improve safety, but then couldn't actually say what those ways were when I asked. WSCC are institutionally motorist.
Maybe this is the time to push the Council hard. Use words like your children being "terrorised" by bad driving and forced to stop cycling (forcing you to drive). Go to a Council Meeting and ask questions of the Council. Get your Councillor to argue on your/the schools behalf. It actually will probably take less time than you think. Reflect on your arguments/points, then call appropriate staff (again - give them another recent chance), discuss with a few other sympathetic parents and school, telephone your ward Councillor and then go to the next Council meeting.

By "reflecting on your points" I mean use of words/phrases e.g ""children being terrorised by bad and dangerous driving", "going to bed in tears from fear", "forced to drive" (ignore walking), "at this point I have not discussed the issues with the local press in the belief the Council can implement a better more effective solution without a press campaign hindering them", etc.

Ian

Re: Solo Etiquette

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 May 2015 - 10:19am
Ron wrote:motty wrote:If the locals are speaking welsh, move to another pub
Only Welsh? it does limit your touring a bit if you only tour where the pub customers speak English
One of the advantages I find of touring in non English speaking areas is that you are not distracted by conversations which you just can't help overhearing when dining alone.

Its when you walk into a shop/bar etc and they are all talking English only to swap to Welsh when they realise a 'furrener' is there. Its about the rudest behaviour possible. I have no issues in any country if people are using the local language, why would i but to swap like this shows real 'chip on the shoulder' issues persist. In Germany or Denmark i've had the locals start speaking English when they know an English speaker is about - Welshies, get your act in order!

Re: Solo Etiquette

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 May 2015 - 10:13am
quilkin wrote:Interesting thread, and useful for many solo tourists I suspect. I'd add two bits of advice:
Firstly, I wouldn't eat at a restaurant where it's busy; sometimes you'll get bad service because you're taking up a table where 2 or 4 may have otherwise sat, and they'd bring in more money that a solo.

I have been on the back hand of this, couples etc getting better service because the waiters think they are worth more only for them to order coffee worth £5 or £6 whilst the person they avoid serving racks up a bill in excess of £25! Its a problem within the trade generally, you don't tend to find it happening in 'non european food' vendors but rather in establishments who clearly know 'their' ideal clientelle. I've taken to leaving reviews on trip advisor which will include such treatment - maybe one day they'll get the message - hungry cyclists can be worth more than lazy car drivers!

Re: Cycling to school for years, but children no longer happ

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 May 2015 - 9:57am
Elizabeth_S wrote:Have you got a 20 mph zone outside your school, or is this just Scotland?

We have a 20mph part-time advisory speed limit outside the school, but:

  • This only covers the last ten metres of our mile-and-a-quarter route to school.
  • At school times there's so much motor traffic you'd be lucky to go much faster than 10mph anyway
  • Outside the school is probably the safest part of our trip, as almost all drivers there are parents at our school, who see us every day and know who we are.
  • West Sussex County Council have repeatedly said that it has nothing to do with safety, and they don't expect it to make anyone safer. It's designed to generate "behaviour change", but it doesn't do that either!

We have campaigned for area-wide 20mph limits, so all the streets we use to get to school, and where people live, have safer speeds. Sadly WSCC really don't like the idea: an officer I spoke to said there were better ways to improve safety, but then couldn't actually say what those ways were when I asked. WSCC are institutionally motorist.

Re: Maps tips

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 May 2015 - 9:55am
There were several newspapers reporting yesterday that Cameron is going to stay in office and try and get a Queen's speech through. They had "sources", and I have no idea about the "reliability" of such sources. But it sort of sounds like the guy; he seems to have the attitude that he is entitled to rule, sort of how he was born for it and feels it just wrong that any upstarts should question his right. Seen the sort before, public school, etc. (not that everybody who has been to public school has such attitudes, but some do and they kind of stand-out).

Ian

Re: Maps tips

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 May 2015 - 9:44am
Good tip.

For single folded sheets from the philips road atlas i use those thin plastic wallets that go in a lever arch file.

Re: Cycling to school for years, but children no longer happ

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 May 2015 - 9:37am
DaveP wrote:It's walk or drive time.

Not drive I hope or it's just adding to the school run chaos we all complain about

Re: An answer to potholes

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 May 2015 - 9:16am
If he drew them inside the holes they'd be covered up by the repair.

Re: cycling blog help

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 May 2015 - 9:06am
The problem with Wordpress etc... Is if I come across your blog at a later date it's in the wrong order and navigating can be a pain depending what theme you choose. Crazy guy on a bike is much easier to read in the right order.

Dave

Re: Maps tips

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 May 2015 - 8:53am
My top paper map tip, for what it's worth: Whatever scale map you choose, pop it in a nice cheap waterproof pvc pouch!pvcwallet_200.jpg
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