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Re: Aggressive Camden Council Driver – Worth Reporting?

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 November 2014 - 5:30pm
Slow Loris wrote:Are there any forum members here involved with Camden council, or Camden LCC?

I am with Camden CC. I'll check who's the best person to send it to.

Re: Streetview Peak District

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 November 2014 - 5:21pm
I'd love to see this technology mapping every cycle path/trail across the UK and Eire. I've noticed trails on the bikehike mapping that I wondered if the tourer and me would cope on.

Re: Reporting some horrible driving

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 November 2014 - 5:15pm
It might be worth reporting to Roadsafe London. From the little I know, they do seem to hand out warnings for poor driving.
I only know this from watching near misses of cyclists on youtube and their responses from Roadsafe.
Wish we had similar in Manchester.

Re: Advice for tyre size for touring - 32c OK for off-road?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 November 2014 - 4:43pm
On that note, as well as offering cycle training, my local council provide free basic cycle maintenance classes and I have heard of similar schemes elsewhere in the countryside. You will enjoy your trip more if you are confident that you can fix the most common problems that may occur on your trip.

Re: Map(s) of Wales

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 November 2014 - 4:38pm
Trying to avoid bringing my phone as well (I live in the US) due to the international charges etc. I think I can pickup a prepaid phone for cheap in case of emergencies? Or count on my mate who lives in the UK that is going to come with me on having a phone. I do have a GPS (Garmin 500 I think) but it has a battery life of 8 hours before needing a charge, and I am not sure how frequent I'll have access to electricity while camping most nights. I got away with it in Ireland as well (but did have my Laptop + GPS and did the B&B thing the whole time).

Those CycleCity Wales maps look pretty decent and at that price, much cheaper than the other options I've seen. Something to give me an idea of what is around the route, potential hills, campsites, castles, etc.

Re: Aggressive Camden Council Driver – Worth Reporting?

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 November 2014 - 4:16pm
Slow Loris wrote:I've noted his numberplate but am unsure which department to contact. Any thoughts?
Call 020 7974 4444 (8am-6pm Monday-Friday) and explain the problem and see who they suggest.

In general, the answer to "Worth Reporting?" is almost always "Yes". The only company OTTOMH that I wouldn't bother with is Addison Lee and even then I might go to the police if it was bad enough.

Re: I Hate Virgin Trains

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 November 2014 - 4:04pm
Flinders wrote:However, it gets a bit windy and rainy and their cancelled. I mean trains are really feckin heavy. How does a blustery day cancel a train?

I can't stand Virgin either. But leaves on the line are a real problem. They grind up under successive train wheels into a paste which acts like grease on the line, making it lethal - a bit like having grease on your rims if you have caliper brakes. Trains have long stopping distances at the best of times. The solutions are running special trains with equipment to clear the leaves and/or cutting back or cutting down trees and shrubs close to lines.
Wind certainly might affect the lighter multiple units if there was a strong cross wind, especially on bridges. I think a train once derailed on the long bridge over Morecambe Bay due to a strong cross wind. Going back further, one of the contributory causes of the fall of the Tay Bridge complete with an entire train (no survivors) was strong cross winds.

Strong wind can be an issue for overhead wires, which remain a major cause of train delays on overhead electrified lines. There are a few exposed locations that need careful management in strong winds - two passing trains side-swiped in strong winds on a viaduct near Newcastle a while back, which was nearly a serious incident.

A combination of strong wind and rain in autumn can bring a large number of wet leaves down in a hurry and cause a leaves-on-the-line problem in places that wouldn't normally justify special measures to counteract it. Wet leaves are the worst kind for trains. On my line in leafy S Bucks/SW Herts, as well as actively controlling the vegetation, they also regularly spread glue-sand-mix and have a special train to do it, but heavy rain can wash it off. Whilst the braking is an important issue, another big problem is that a wodge of squished leaves can build up in front of a non-driving wheel, which then slides rather than rolling, which wears a flat in the wheel surface if it slides too far. When that wheel, now non-round, starts rolling again, it is damaging, noisy and uncomfortable.

Re: M324 Pedals - You couldn't make it up

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 November 2014 - 3:53pm
Check if they come with cleats. You may find the OE ones don't & the retail ones do (which is worth ~£9-10 retail).

OE ones are sold to companies cheaper & in bulk primarily for building bikes with so, if sold, can often be found for less than the wholesale price of the retail version to shift surplus stock..

Rick.

Re: Acceptable overtake?

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 November 2014 - 3:49pm
stork wrote:They've reviewed it again and come back with a response which is slightly less supportive of the driver (describing the overtake as a 'bit tight'). I agree that the danger here was less to me than to the oncoming vehicle.
But if they had collided, even if only a glancing blow, the chances are that one would have spun into your path.

Re: Streetview Peak District

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 November 2014 - 3:38pm
Pah .

That means more people appearing in the quiet times.

Planning to do the High Peak trail next week (17.5 miles each way Cromford to nearly Buxton) from end to end and back again as part of the prep for my South Coast Path run if anyone is interested ! The plot is to adapt to cleats and hopefully a bit of trail riding in the dark.

Ferdinand

Re: Beziers to Millau

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 November 2014 - 2:57pm
Holy Gormly, Batman - that middle pier must be over 1000 feet high... Yikes!!

Re: Beziers to Millau

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 November 2014 - 2:42pm
keithg,
Roquefort is NW from Millau not SW. I live not far from there just inside the Aveyron, south of Rodez. I too love Roquefort and will be having some with crispy fresh bread about 17H. All the quality Bleu de Brebis are good, some find that different Roquefort are too salty. With a glass of a full bodied Languedoc what more could you want!

If the OP is going at the end of April I would have thought like Nareloc would be to follow the Tarn but not in winter because the sun never reaches that far down and it get's very cold indeed.

Streetview Peak District

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 November 2014 - 2:39pm
Here's a chance to see the cycle trails in the Peak district in the comfort of your own home!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-de ... e-29933459

Jan to May Riding?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 November 2014 - 2:32pm
Hi,

Based on the amazing responses when I've done this previously, I again find myself asking for some advice from the community for a trip I'm hoping to do next year from Jan to June. With my current job offering 6 months (unpaid) leave at the start of the new year, I've decided to put the narrowboat where I currently reside out to rent for the designated period - freeing up the opportunity to get my bike on another tour.

Does the community have any recommendations for tour during this period?

To give you a bit of information on myself:

- I have previously toured 4 months across the USA, camping along the way.
- I toured the Outer Hebrides earlier this year.
- I enjoy quieter roads, little communities, and tend to avoid the urban areas when I'm touring.
- I prefer to tour on as little money as possible, generally opting to camp/cook on the stove/avoid paying more than the one return flight.
- My company has offered me UP TO 6 months off, so shorter tour ideas are also gratefully received.

My initial thoughts are:

- Flying into Eastern Turkey and making my way back to England steadily.
- South E Asia and possibly teaching for a short stint in each country (Thailand,Vietnam/Cambodia...) if available.
- Starting at Morocco and cycling my way south

Thanking you in advance... as always.

Cheers
Max

Re: Acceptable overtake?

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 November 2014 - 2:23pm
stork wrote:They've reviewed it again and come back with a response which is slightly less supportive of the driver (describing the overtake as a 'bit tight'). I agree that the danger here was less to me than to the oncoming vehicle.

However, it's a perfect example of the low-level bad driving which, because it is so prevalent, and because enforcement resources are limited, just carries on. And it's this sort of thing which then leads to the perception that the roads are too dangerous to ride on.

I think it's right that police enforcement resources should be directed towards the worst driving, but that does leave open the question of how to improve standards across the board -- or how to improve people's perception of cyclist safety.

This particular road is a good candidate for centre-line removal to reduce speeds and perhaps to improve driver behaviour. It was a 40mph road until a few years ago, despite being in a residential area and forming part of a significant route to two local schools. Even now, speeds are often well above 30mph, and it's pretty unpleasant to walk along the narrow pavement. At the time of day when I ride this road, every car which overtakes me then has to join the back of a long queue to the traffic lights, and most cars along here are making regular journeys and will be aware of this. But still, 'must get past bike...' is the ruling sentiment here.
Good post - agree with all the sentiments here.

Re: Favourite country?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 November 2014 - 2:18pm
For me - it has to be the USA.

Admittedly it was my first long tour (TransAm) - but the diversity available when traversing such a large country, and the friendly people made for a great ride.

Also, having cycle the outer Hebrides in Scotland this year, I'd also have to say island hopping here (if you get the weather) is also pretty special. In my experience, the more sparce the roads and people, quite often the better the trip. As I don't seem to find that 'rhythm' when I'm in urban areas.

Re: Acceptable overtake?

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 November 2014 - 2:15pm
They've reviewed it again and come back with a response which is slightly less supportive of the driver (describing the overtake as a 'bit tight'). I agree that the danger here was less to me than to the oncoming vehicle.

However, it's a perfect example of the low-level bad driving which, because it is so prevalent, and because enforcement resources are limited, just carries on. And it's this sort of thing which then leads to the perception that the roads are too dangerous to ride on.

I think it's right that police enforcement resources should be directed towards the worst driving, but that does leave open the question of how to improve standards across the board -- or how to improve people's perception of cyclist safety.

This particular road is a good candidate for centre-line removal to reduce speeds and perhaps to improve driver behaviour. It was a 40mph road until a few years ago, despite being in a residential area and forming part of a significant route to two local schools. Even now, speeds are often well above 30mph, and it's pretty unpleasant to walk along the narrow pavement. At the time of day when I ride this road, every car which overtakes me then has to join the back of a long queue to the traffic lights, and most cars along here are making regular journeys and will be aware of this. But still, 'must get past bike...' is the ruling sentiment here.

Re: Cycle Touring in the Outer Hebrides - Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 November 2014 - 2:11pm
Thanks to everyone who gave advice on the route.

Amazing place to cycle tour if anyone gets the chance!!!

Re: Acceptable overtake?

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 November 2014 - 1:53pm
https://twitter.com/mjray/status/530312008009527297 asks Norfolk and Suffolk Road Policing if they really think that overtake was safe.

Aggressive Camden Council Driver – Worth Reporting?

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 November 2014 - 1:49pm
This is the first time I've felt inclined to report an altercation with a driver, and it's primarily because Camden are one of the few London boroughs that's generally pro cycling.

For anyone that knows the area, I was on the Primrose Hill Rd heading for the junction with Adelaide Rd. There is a narrow, lumpy cycle lane along the gutter which I always ignore. I was in primary in a queue of traffic crawling towards a green light, as I felt filtering on the right wasn't worth it. Despite the queue, a Camden van driver behind me decided to overtake, glaring through the window – the lights changed to red soon after and I was surprised to see him stop behind the ASL. I filtered to the ASL and actually thanked him for stopping behind, but he proceeded to shout the old chestnut that I was wrongly in the middle of the road and should be using the gutter cycle lane. Without losing my rag, I politely refuted this and suggested he get some training. Bizarrely, he did a perfectly good overtake when the lights changed .

Given that Camden provided my cycle training which encouraged using primary in heavy traffic, and given the amount of stickers in London discouraging cyclists from filtering on the inside, I find this driver's attitude a poor reflection on the council and feel they should be made aware. I've noted his numberplate but am unsure which department to contact. Any thoughts? Are there any forum members here involved with Camden council, or Camden LCC?
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