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Re: Visibility: why are do so many riders in black

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 November 2014 - 8:31am
drossall wrote:I've just noticed some of the background material in Wikipedia, which contributors to this discussion may find interesting, as it is generally supportive of the value of hi-vis, contrary to some reports up-thread.

Seems entirely consistent with what's up-thread to me. Lots of studies showing you can be seen more easily in hi-viz and the few studies there are showing no resultant safety benefit and the possibility of an increased risk to wearers

Re: Favourite country?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 November 2014 - 8:20am
Like so many, so many plusses and minuses.
iceland; glorious scenery and birdlife, expensive and bad roads, long distances between facilities in some areas.
Britain; great scenery, some terrible roads, weather and drivers. (and midges if in Scotland)
Ireland; glorious scenery and people.
France; depending on where you go, glorious scenery, food and people
Germany; Great scenery, people.
Netherlands; great cycling infrastructure (it was only a part cycle trip part long birthday weekend celebration so not extensively tested)
Italy; great scenery (well Dolomites are outstanding) friendly people can be expensive to eat out.
Spain; great scenery depending on where you are of course, people and weather.
Corsica; Beautiful island, but expensive.
Poland; Great scenery but again we headed to the Tatras, great people. some restrictions on where you could go ie we could not cycle to the highest point, though you could hike or take horse-drawn cart.
Slovakia also visited on same trip; so again Tatras, nice people, poor amount of food in shops but probably improved.
Greece; great scenery, nice people, Hostels or their ideas of cleanliness therein:- err quaint.....!!
New England: great scenery, friendly people, Dunkin Donuts, great for lunch time snacks... not good for waistline. Sunday Brunch for $6 (at least when i was there) as much food as you could eat....... at least i did not need to buy evening meal that night lol.....

Re: Photos from my recent ride across Wales

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 November 2014 - 8:09am
great pics looks fantastic

Re: Favourite country?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 November 2014 - 7:46am
Don't know! Places have pluses and minuses.

My own country, Ireland. Pluses: Huge road network, terrific choice of accommodation, great coastal scenery, very friendly people: Minuses: Roads can be rough, weather can be patchy, not the cheapest place.
Britain: Pluses: good road surfaces, good pub grub, very pretty villages and towns, some Sustrans routes great: Minuses: aggressive drivers, expensive, very hilly minor roads.
France: Pluses: good network of well surfaced quiet roads, great scenery, great food if you find it. Minuses: World's most useless breakfast. It never changes. I've done too much of it. It's dead at night.
Germany: Pluses: Cycleroutes great. Great breakfast. Fantastic trains. Fantastic pubs. Cheapish: Minuses: In areas scenery not great.
Spain: Pluses: Cheap, great scenery, good drivers, great food and wine and music: Fab at night. Minuses: Roads sparse in areas. Can be very hot.
Italy: Pluses: Fabulous history, towns etc. Good scenery. Very friendly people. Minuses: Drivers bad on main roads. Food can be very boring or brilliant.
Portugal: Pluses: Cheap, some lovely places. Minuses: Drivers can be lunatics.
Corsica: Pluses: Fab scenery, towns, mountain passes, road surfaces, gradients, weather (usually); Minuses: Food is boring, expensive.
Scotland (as against Britain): Pluses: Fantastic scenery, quiet roads, great food (well I love it), uisce beatha: Minuses: Sparse accommodation, patchy weather, midges (never really bothered me). Dead at night

Conclusion: Don't know!

The financial cost/loss of UK Road incidents £15Billion

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 November 2014 - 5:26am
So having a butchers at the latest 2013 figures and it would seem that the 109 cycling deaths cost in a monetary figure c.£200M
Overall road statisitcs show a total cost of almost £15 Billion.
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/s ... 013-00.pdf
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/s ... dology.pdf
Whilst the financial losses cannot in any way relate to the emotional cost especially to those whom suffer severe injuries and/or loss of life even a small % drop in road casualties makes a huge huge difference.
One wonders why there is still so little done relative to what could/should be done not only to further reduce tragedy but also the financial loss to the public purse and individuals.

Re: JOGLE support vehicle HELP!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 November 2014 - 12:55am
I was that man!
It was a very different thing to what you are asking though. We had two of us in the van, and it was in support for the riders during the days for feeding/watering etc.

There was a mini bus as well with four people who set up the meals and sorted out the evening accommodation each night. We all slept in hostels and bunkhouses - seven riders, plus we six supporters.

If I were in your situation, I'd find a mate or family member to drive the minibus, as you are all going to be rather "intimate" sleeping together in a minibus. Failing that, ditch the idea support, and use B+Bs or YHAs. Personally, that's the way I'd do it.

Re: Visibility: why are do so many riders in black

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 November 2014 - 12:27am
It's an important, but not always understood, point that "hi-vis" clothing varies between night and day. There's not much point in reflectives in the day (they don't stand out) and not that much point in fluorescent-type clothing at night (don't think it's intended for the fairly directional beam of a headlight).

This may not be an argument against light clothing in general.

I've just noticed some of the background material in Wikipedia, which contributors to this discussion may find interesting, as it is generally supportive of the value of hi-vis, contrary to some reports up-thread.

Re: Visibility: why are do so many riders in black

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 November 2014 - 12:15am
Fascinating to see how emotive this subject is.

2 years ago I wore a helmet almost all the time, a high vis vest / coat virtually every ride, and didn't consider wearing headphones. Now I rarely bother with the helmet, the vest only for the reflectives and listen to music on most commutes. These changes were based on practical experience and opinions / research read on this forum, which suggest these have little effect on safety.

"Anecdata" alert: ironically in my opinion it's the wearing of dark clothing at night that it is where it makes the least difference. More important is lighting and reflectives - the other night I was in my car on an unlit country road approaching a cyclist that I noticed easily further ahead because of the his lights and reflectives showing in my headlights. It wasn't until I was going past and alongside him that I noticed his top was day-glo yellow - it may just of well have been jet black.

Re: Photos from my recent ride across Wales

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 October 2014 - 10:30pm
Great shots mate - lovely stuff.

Re: Photos from my recent ride across Wales

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 October 2014 - 10:02pm
Great photos and thanks for sharing as this ride is on my list to do hopefully next year.

Re: Visibility: why are do so many riders in black

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 October 2014 - 10:00pm
I see a few trainee snowmen on bikes.

Re: Name the landmark

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 October 2014 - 9:46pm
AdWatch wrote:Don't know where that is, but how about this one?

Angkor Wat.

Re: Name the landmark

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 October 2014 - 8:47pm
Don't know where that is, but how about this one?

2nd photo' added.

Re: Photos from my recent ride across Wales

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 October 2014 - 8:20pm
What grand photos. What a trip it must have been. You have restored my faith! I believe there's a God. At present living in hell's corner: it's all being built over with roads criss crossing and lots and lottsa inbuilding going on: fields become horse paddocks,paddocks become allotments,then houses,then schools and more buildings. Your pics lent me 5 mins of heaven. Thank you. And,by the time your pics becomes concrete...I will be gone. What glory!

Photos from my recent ride across Wales

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 October 2014 - 7:35pm
In September, 2014, I rode the Lon Las Cymru (The Welsh Way) from Holyhead in north Wales to Chepstow in the south and across the Severn on my way to Beaconsfield via Oxford.

I have culled through my photos and chosen 30 of my best images: http://www.biketouringtips.com/showTipComments.php?tipID=2186. Here's a sample:


View north of Llanidloes

It was a fabulous 8 day ride. Detailed journal to follow, eventually.

Advice on cycling through Lyon

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 October 2014 - 7:31pm
In May I did just over half of a leisurely Channel to Med trip (time ran out near Cluny). I aim to complete it next year mainly using the Rhone path.
On the Bike Express home I heard some very differing stories about getting through/around Lyon. One guy said to get a train from just north of Lyon to a station just south of it and avoid the place like the plague. Others disagreed but said that the cycle route signage can be challenging at times.
What to do? Any advice (or links) very welcome.
Many thanks.

Re: JOGLE support vehicle HELP!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 October 2014 - 7:03pm
One of the most prolific members of the forum drove a LEJOG support vehicle in slightly different circumstances: shorter timetable (5 days?) and staying in B&B iirc. My point is that he did it and others may in future. Accept every post on here as a way of keeping your thread prominent for at least a few days and don't be discouraged. It may be that people would agree to split this, each doing a part of the trip.

route 6 Nottm to Sheffield

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 October 2014 - 6:12pm
Hi
has anyone cycled this stage. if so was it fun or too windey and footpathy to be pleasant...Be grateful for comments..
cheers
Ned

Re: France - channel to the Med (or vice-versa)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 October 2014 - 6:11pm
davetb wrote:You can always hire a car, one way, at the end of the trip, back to the ferry port. Its very easy to do. This yr we walked in to Avis at 09.00 and were traveling N everything packed by 10.00
Dropped the car in Caen and cycled the last 15k to the ferry port, and luckily caught the next boat.

I really like the idea of this. Can you give an idea of the approx cost?
Already thinking its got to be a lot less hassle than trying to get two fully loaded touring bikes on a train.
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