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Re: Unbelievable

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 November 2014 - 3:57pm
Chris the Sheep wrote:gentlegreen wrote:I've been cut up twice at the same mini-roundabout by instructors without pupils (and Youtubed them) - I got a reply from the school on one occasion - though it wasn't clear whether she was excusing the unaccompanied instructor...


I usually post on threads like this to point out that I'm married to a driving instructor, and her car is our family car. That means I often drive unaccompanied and others assume that I'm an instructor. I'm aware of this and drive as impeccably as I can, but not all do.
Fair enough, but the advertising benefits instructors gain from having a fully branded car - as opposed to just a car with magnetic or a roofboard L-plates (and I agree with MJR these ought to be removed when used as a private car) - all go out of the window if the car is seen to be driven poorly. The kind of instructor I would want to be teaching a member of my family to drive safely is the kind of instructor who doesn't let their partner drive unsafely. It's a case of being seen to practise what you preach. It's good for your wife that you realise how your driving could affect your her business.

Re: Mystery raised things in cycle contraflow ...

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 November 2014 - 3:39pm
[XAP]Bob wrote:They're there to encourage you to use primary on the traffic lane...

Indeed - which was exactly what I did.
The daft thing is that by that point I was actually happy to ride in it ...

Re: Helmet light

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 November 2014 - 3:35pm
freeflow wrote:If you are riding on unlit roads and have many junction at which you turn left or right then IMHO helmet lights are essential as they allow you to see the potholes before you hit them. I use two on my helmet.

Need better bike lights there then

They're good for picking out roadsigns which are often above the cutoff of proper road lights, and for dealing with mechanicals...

Re: Mystery raised things in cycle contraflow ...

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 November 2014 - 3:35pm
They're armadillos (known as zebra kerbs to the rest of the world, but that would be confusing in the UK) which have probably been knocked off their fixings by a motor vehicle. They're a cheaper-than-real-kerbs device meant to protect cycle lanes from motor vehicle encroachment but I don't think they work unless more dramatic things like planters or posts are also used. I also doubt they'll work on the outside of a bend like that.

Here they are apparently working: http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/lat ... tain-25912

Here they are failing: http://madcyclelanesofmanchester.blogsp ... h-may.html

Re: Mystery raised things in cycle contraflow ...

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 November 2014 - 3:33pm
They're there to encourage you to use primary on the traffic lane...

Re: Mystery raised things in cycle contraflow ...

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 November 2014 - 3:31pm
They look a bit like armadillos http://www.cyclehoop.com/product/cycle-lane-safety/armadillos/ which I've seen discussed for use around here. Never seen them used at that angle though...

Re: Helmet light

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 November 2014 - 3:30pm
If you are riding on unlit roads and have many junction at which you turn left or right then IMHO helmet lights are essential as they allow you to see the potholes before you hit them. I use two on my helmet.

Mystery raised things in cycle contraflow ...

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 November 2014 - 3:14pm
Before I approach the estates department of this site, does anyone know what these are ?
Encroaching dangerously upon an already very narrow lane ...

contaflowthingies.jpg

Re: Unbelievable

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 November 2014 - 3:11pm
I remember what I was told when learning to drive: "those (points at oncoming traffic) might get out of your way; those (points at cyclists with backs to us) can't see you and probably won't." In other words, if I didn't want to pull into the oncoming lane and overtake safely, it's not safe to overtake.
Chris the Sheep wrote:I usually post on threads like this to point out that I'm married to a driving instructor, and her car is our family car. That means I often drive unaccompanied and others assume that I'm an instructor. I'm aware of this and drive as impeccably as I can, but not all do.
Why the blue blazes is this bit of the Highway Code only a "should"? Unless the car is literally between lessons, remove the magnets or cover the fixed signs.
https://www.gov.uk/rules-drivers-motorcyclists-89-to-102/motor-vehicle-documentation-and-learner-driver-requirements wrote:Plates should be removed or covered when not being driven by a learner (except on driving school vehicles).
Law MV(DL)R reg 16 & sched 4
Recently, our bike group received a complaint about an AA driving school car. Anyone know where we should suggest they report it, if anywhere?

Re: Cumbrian Coast Railways

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 November 2014 - 2:23pm
Northern tend to be one of the more relaxed companies with regards the bike spaces - I've shared the 2 bike spaces with half a dozen lads taking their BMXs on the line to Clitheroe before now. They haven't generally batted an eyelid even when I've turned up with my tandem. Recently I had the guard express doubt about whether I would get on out of Liverpool - that was more due to space as the previous train had been cancelled - but I fitted on OK.

Probably best to play safe & try not to be limited to the last train of the day. Trains are roughly hourly but watch out for the nearly 2 hour gap currently in the service leaving in the late afternoon. When we were up that way August last year (but not with bikes - we were heading for the start of the Wainwright C2C) it didn't seem to be packed out.

National Rail wrote:1637 Maryport / 1659 Wigton - 1721 Carlisle
1826 Maryport / 1847 Wigton - 1810 Carlisle

last train
2056 Maryport / 2117 Wigton - 2139 Carlisle
Rick.

Re: Helmet light

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 November 2014 - 1:59pm
[XAP]Bob wrote:Certainly not a great plan, but not sure it's illegal, since it isn't a vehicle light. It's a bit grey in terms of the RVLR as far as I can see...Yes, as I said, it's a moot point.

Knowingly and deliberately shining a bright white light to the rear FROM any vehicle must be illegal I'm sure, but I don't know the chapter and verse.
(unless they are reversing lights )

Re: Beziers to Millau

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 November 2014 - 1:53pm
http://bikeroutetoaster.com/BRTWebUI/Course/551290

This is a link to the route I took - albeit in the opposite direction - last year. Very quiet roads with superb scenery once you climb past Faugeres. This route brings you down the old main road into Millau which gives wonderful views of the new viaduct. Whatever you decide have a good time.

Re: Cafe & coffee

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 November 2014 - 1:45pm
Well that`s exactly the sort of thing I meant at the start of this thread, though Castle Howard is notorious for expense to be honest. If you ever get as far south as Elvington pop into `Big Baps` on the industrial estate opposite Wheldrake Lane. £6.55 would get you a decent lunch & a drink, owner is a cyclist as well.
Been in this morning just as it was filling up with lads in vans & locals from the estate - well worth a stop.

Re: Unbelievable

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 November 2014 - 12:34pm
gentlegreen wrote:I've been cut up twice at the same mini-roundabout by instructors without pupils (and Youtubed them) - I got a reply from the school on one occasion - though it wasn't clear whether she was excusing the unaccompanied instructor...


I usually post on threads like this to point out that I'm married to a driving instructor, and her car is our family car. That means I often drive unaccompanied and others assume that I'm an instructor. I'm aware of this and drive as impeccably as I can, but not all do.

Re complaining to the 'school'; in most cases there's no such thing, just a franchise that takes calls and does marketing. They get lots of calls, mainly from other drivers, making complaints - which when investigated often show that the complainant was at fault; that doesn't excuse failure to follow up a call, but I know it happens.

ADI training and the qualification process make no explicit provision for cycling except for the questions in the theory test; it's possible to become an ADI without knowing about Primary, for instance, and an ADI may well hold negative views about cyclists that are shared with many other drivers. It's a symptom of the general poor appreciation of cycling.

Re: route 6 Nottm to Sheffield

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 November 2014 - 12:31pm
I've ridden it as far north as Clumber Park. It's good in parts. You follow the River Leen to Bulwell, then have to cross a rail footbridge, a bit of road, then an old railway path to Bestwood Mill Lakes. More roady bits then an old railway path to the back entrance to Newstead Abbey and through the Abbey grounds temselves. Then over to Ravenshead and Blidworth and another old Railway Path past Rainworth taking you into Sherwood Pines Forest Park, then follow old bridleways to Clumber.

The rural off road bits are mainly shale paths, varying in width. Some are tarmacked. It's a pleasant enough ride taking you through some of the Notts beauty spots.

Re: Helmet light

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 November 2014 - 12:27pm
Also bear in mind what helmets are designed for i.e to minimise damage to the skull in the event of impact and not as a useful framework to strap ancilliary items on to.

Re: South Coast Path - First Tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 November 2014 - 11:27am
squeaker wrote:3 - Is there anything I need to take care with on the South Coast path?
Dogs on extendable leads, out of control dogs not on leads, ditto children...

I have wondered about a Dog Whistle.

Or a Hornit, since I may take a trip through London to see how the furious cyclists and the furious drivers of London go about their business.

What I want is a quieter Hornit with a dog-whistle frequency. On my daily circuit I meet about a score of dogs and a couple of horses. 99 out of every hundred are beautifully behaved, and sit as told by their owner unless in training, but the odd one comes a little close. I wouldn't have a normal Hornit on daily because if hit accidentally it would cause a horse to bolt.

Oh, and please don't use MTB style, 'light up everything' front lights where there's oncoming 'traffic', thanks

No danger of that. Far more likely to take the other side in that debate, and advocate a luminosity limit with a mandated dipped setting for more powerful lights.

Ferdinand

Re: route 6 Nottm to Sheffield

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 November 2014 - 11:17am
Ned Ludd wrote:It seems no one has, so today I'll be a true explorer and brave the frozen (well a bit chilly!) north.....If you don't hear from me by tea time, send a search party......

I've touched on the bit near Mansfield/Sherwood Pines Cycle Reserve when I was aiming for somewhere else, and ran into some truly horrible sandy stuff, which was probably not the trail itself. Policemen confiscating Monkey Bikes, too. I think it is quite circuitous near there.

Sherwood Forest Golf Club had this brilliant sign on the locked gate about a new blood sport.

Ferdinand

Re: Cumbrian Coast Railways

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 November 2014 - 11:10am
I live in Wigton and find the 2 bike policy c**p, saying that, we have never been refused, try to travel at non peak times, I have seen 8 lads withbikes getting off at Wigton , also depends which side of the bed the conductor has got out of.

Re: route 6 Nottm to Sheffield

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 November 2014 - 10:34am
It seems no one has, so today I'll be a true explorer and brave the frozen (well a bit chilly!) north.....If you don't hear from me by tea time, send a search party......
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