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Re: Walking bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 February 2015 - 12:43pm
Heltor Chasca wrote:I've got a canoe and a bike. Now what shall I make this weekend?...hc

Oh, its all been done before! there's the Mk1 pedallo,
and then there's: viewtopic.php?f=24&t=25906
Old thread, but the links still work!

Hindu Temples - Prasadam

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 February 2015 - 12:29pm
I recently blogged about the Hindu/Sikh tradition of Prasadam. A couple I met running a train station coffe shop suggested that should i be cycling anywhere near a temple that they would feed me through a tradition called Prasadam. They also said that should I need assistance and if able they would help and that they welcome all even those not of the hindu religion.

I have visited temples during my school years and with my best friends mother so I think this would be a great idea for my next tour in July, a circumnavigation of the entire UK and Irish coast. I would like to visit some other religious buildings on the way - I have always found churches to be calming and a cool respite from the sun so looking forward to meeting other denominations and experiening them.

any ideas? thoughts, anyone recommed a temple etc.. on the uk or irish coast that would like me to visit?

Original blog post: https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=7854928671260184728#editor/target=post;postID=2437634602810741389;onPublishedMenu=allposts;onClosedMenu=allposts;postNum=0;src=postname

Re: Walking bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 February 2015 - 12:22pm
Flatlanders - Tut!
I like both of those. The paddlebike is very clever, but the treadmill bike in particular directly addresses the big problem with using exercise machines - being indoors staring at a wall.
I wonder how controllable it is - and I really, really, hope that here is a means of preventing the notorious "treadmill ejection"....

Re: Panniers as airline baggage

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 February 2015 - 12:16pm
foxyrider wrote:jim_wks wrote:I've just a black bin liner with lots of sticky tape in the past

not recommended but most airports you can get bags cling filmed which might work?
It's probably cheaper to buy a suitcase at a charity shop and give it away at your destination, then repeat for the return journey.

Re: Female Cyclist Death In North London

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 February 2015 - 12:14pm
661-Pete wrote:I wasn't suggesting it was his fault in any way
Whereas I was - I suppose. I'm sorry, I refuse to adopt a politically correct stance here. Some people at the wheel are simply too young. This unfortunate driver, true, may have been blameless for the accident, and I accept that he has not been charged. But I'm afraid statistics point otherwise.
If people don't like what I post, by all means refute it.
But it is a fallacy to apply population statistics to an individual. And I have met 19 year olds that I would sooner trust behind the wheel of a lorry than some 40 or 50 year olds.

Re: Panniers as airline baggage

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 February 2015 - 12:09pm
jim_wks wrote:I've just a black bin liner with lots of sticky tape in the past

not recommended but most airports you can get bags cling filmed which might work?

Re: Panniers as airline baggage

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 February 2015 - 11:09am
rubble sacks

Re: Female Cyclist Death In North London

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 February 2015 - 10:57am
I wasn't suggesting it was his fault in any way
Whereas I was - I suppose. I'm sorry, I refuse to adopt a politically correct stance here. Some people at the wheel are simply too young. This unfortunate driver, true, may have been blameless for the accident, and I accept that he has not been charged. But I'm afraid statistics point otherwise.
If people don't like what I post, by all means refute it.

Re: Taking a bike on a train

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 February 2015 - 10:43am
Grungy Anglia trains are offering two free bike and go hires if you payy the £10 registration fee before the end of March. Details http://www.abelliogreateranglia.co.uk/a ... cycle-hire

I don't know if it applies to Northern and Mersey bike and go too.

Re: Female Cyclist Death In North London

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 February 2015 - 10:30am
reohn2 wrote:Vorpal
I wasn't suggesting it was his fault in any way,only that I was unaware the age for HGV drivers had been reduced.
I wasn't trying to imply that you were apportioning blame. Sorry if you took it that way.

Re: Taking a bike on a train

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 February 2015 - 10:26am
The fat commuter wrote:How easy is it to take a pushbike onto a train?
Usually it's very straightforward although there are regional variations with different operating companies having different rules regarding cycle carriage. Check in advance with the company providing the service you wish to use, in particular ask about the days/times you wish to travel.

Re: Panniers as airline baggage

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 February 2015 - 10:08am
I had a problem with plastic bags in the past, as they rip fairly easily, and you may lose bits in transport. Especially if you factor in transit between flights. It would have to be one hell of a bin liner not to rip with 40 kg in it!

Not sure if you clicked on the eBay link above but a zipped bag that will hold it all and serve you a lifetime is £1.99 there, well worth the money. Or try Pundland, I got mine there. And once you land in Bishkek with it, you'll look like a local!

Re: Female Cyclist Death In North London

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 February 2015 - 10:05am
Vorpal
I wasn't suggesting it was his fault in any way,only that I was unaware the age for HGV drivers had been reduced.

Re: Panniers as airline baggage

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 February 2015 - 9:56am
jim_wks wrote:I've just a black bin liner with lots of sticky tape in the past

Sounds the best idea.
Thanks

Re: Panniers as airline baggage

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 February 2015 - 9:50am
I've just a black bin liner with lots of sticky tape in the past

Re: help with a route

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 February 2015 - 9:30am
Heltor Chasca wrote:How brilliant. You have my support and blessing.

How about for the bottom, horizontal part of the 'Z' you go from Bristol, Bath, Reading, London along the Bristol-Bath cycle route then along the Kennet & Avon all the way (or there abouts) to London?

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+1 for K&A but be aware
1) It stops at Reading, you'd need to plan an onward route to London (bits of the Thames Path are cycle-able, but not all)
2) There are a few stretches which are not very comfortable - you can't cycle (or indeed walk) through the Bruce Tunnel near Burbage; the stretch from east of Bedwyn into Hungerford can be very muddy; you should follow the signposted cycle route, not the canal, for the short stretch from just east of the M4 bridge near Theale as far as Burghfield Bridge; further east into Reading there is an irritating pair of barriers where you will have to dismount and possibly remove panniers etc. but it's no big deal on conventional bicycles. Alternative routes are easy to find.
3) Also I wouldn't really recommend the K&A until the winter mud has dried a bit - depending on the weather this is likely to be sometime in March.

I'm happy to give more detail if you're interested.

Re: Female Cyclist Death In North London

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 February 2015 - 9:15am
661-Pete wrote:It now transpires that the driver of the Bath tipper truck was only 19 years old, and had passed his HGV only a few days before.
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015 ... lip-potter
Sorry, but words fail me...

We don't know what happened, and police are still investigating. His age and expereience may have nothing to do with what happened.

According to the BBC* He had been licensed to drive the truck for months but recently passed a more advanced test to drive other heavy goods vehicles....There has been no public comment from Mr Potter but postings on Facebook suggest he passed his HGV test the day after his 19th birthday. Legally, the test can be taken from the age of 18.

However, it is understood he passed his LGV licence - required to operate the eight-wheeled tipper truck - some months earlier, and he has long-term experience with heavy farm vehicles.

Witnesses said that he seemed to be trying to avert an accident, despite what they thought was brake failure. Perhaps he did what any responsible person would, and did his best. Perhaps he averted a greater tragedy that would have killed more people.

We don't know what happened, and we don't have enough information to take make any judgements.

p.s. he's old enough to die for his country, or fly a fighter jet

* http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-somerset-31454693

Re: Female Cyclist Death In North London

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 February 2015 - 8:57am
661-Pete wrote:It now transpires that the driver of the Bath tipper truck was only 19 years old, and had passed his HGV only a few days before.
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015 ... lip-potter
Sorry, but words fail me...

I was under the impression you had to be 21 to drive an HGV over 7.5 tonnes,has the law changed?

Re: Walking bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 February 2015 - 8:16am
Elizabethsdad wrote:https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10204275787147754

Brilliant! Not sure about the noise. It just shows there's no bounds with imagination and ingenuity.

I've got a canoe and a bike. Now what shall I make this weekend?...hc

Re: First Tour (Norway)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 February 2015 - 8:11am
I have a feeling that they've abolished even that (certainly there's no mention of it on their website any more) -- and when it did exist it applied only to small set of routes. Frustrating!
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