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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?

Re: Acceptable overtake?

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 November 2014 - 1:38pm
snibgo wrote:Paulatic wrote:Has anyone else noted "third car behaviour"?
Yes. I think most drivers don't know where the left side of their car is....
Also, I think they often mis-judge the speed a cyclist is moving and then pull-in too soon. e.g. cyclist at 15 mph in a 30limit (car going at 30) will double the passing time needed compared to a stationary object.

Ian

Re: Reporting some horrible driving

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 November 2014 - 1:32pm
TrevA wrote:Yes, last week I was nearly mown down by a Nottm City Council refuse lorry that emerged from a side road without looking. I managed to remember the Reg no until I got to work and reported it straight away. I'm still waiting for a reply though. Reporting it can't do any harm and might do some good.

I did the same with a Cambridge City Council truck that decided to avoid a queue of cars turning right by diving into the bus lane (without looking). It took a few weeks but I did get an apology and they said they had talked to the driver involved. Can't prove they did or not, but at least it forced somebody in the council to do something.
Worth checking the council website to see if they make any promises to 'respond to your contact within x days'. Ours does and so when (for a totally different issue) we hadn't heard from them we sent in an email entitled "COMPLAINT". We got three replies back within 20 minutes.

Re: UK to Prague via northern Germany

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 November 2014 - 1:17pm
Ron wrote:The Elbe Radweg is a cycle route that follows the Elbe from Cuxhaven to Prague, the route is signed throughout and Bikeline produces a two part guide, it is a popular route and other guides are available. The route follows the river so few hills to climb.

And very good the guide is too, but its a long way from Hook of Holland to Cuxhaven! - i'm doing that next year and have 10 days allocated, i think its too long a route for the OP's time, the Elbe doesn't have much rail following it either so rail usage often means lengthy diversions.

Unless i've got more time i'd advise missing 'northern' Germany out and spend a more relaxing ride going much more directly on a more southerly route, leave the north for another trip.

Re: Planning My First Tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 November 2014 - 1:09pm
Tasker wrote:WOW! Thanks for the INFO bro! Just goes to show you all the members here posting their "pre-owned" bikes and bits are nothing more than a bunch of secondhand car salesmen that normally sell s**te to to chavs are simply doin' a bit on the side sellin' bikes does it?
Your words not mine!
Tasker wrote:Utter rubbish. To the OP: don't believe it. Do seriously consider buying a secondhand and probably well loved and consequently well looked after touring bike. NO (true) touring cyclist would ever even contemplate pulling such a nasty trick on a fledgling traveller, and here is I suggest, the first place to look for one. Good luck with your tour.

I didn't say don't do it, i said be wary. I work in the trade, we see so many people who bought a 'bargain' off 'a mate' that we wouldn't consider to be worth repairing. If you go in with your eyes open you can get some nice pre-owned machines, but lets face it, if they are so good, why are they being sold? Its a bit like getting a used car checked over before you buy it, if you don't know much about bikes you can get stung - badly,, if possible take someone who does know bikes when going to view a used bike. The £300 bargain might cost you as much to make usable - or you could be lucky.

Re: UK to Prague via northern Germany

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 November 2014 - 1:08pm
The Elbe Radweg is a cycle route that follows the Elbe from Cuxhaven to Prague, the route is signed throughout and Bikeline produces a two part guide, it is a popular route and other guides are available. The route follows the river so few hills to climb.

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 November 2014 - 1:01pm
snibgo wrote:Edwards wrote:... and wearing the wrong things can make the whole process take longer.
Yeah, fine, but what is the "wrong thing"?

It depends on circumstances. Different parts of the ride might need different clothing. If the counter-intuitive idea that cyclists who are seen later are less likely to get squished is correct, then what? Should I pander to misinformed motorists, even if that increases my chances of being squished?

The problem is that the onus is on you to show you were not wearing the wrong thing. I do not believe that we should pander to anybody but we have to be pragmatic and work with what we have.

I would love it if what you wear was never questioned and I could ride any road at any time with all road uses showing due care and diligence but that is not going to happen.
When it goes wrong what you were wearing is questioned by the solicitors working for you. Even the CTC ones, right or wrong that is the way things are.
Unless somebody can say something that is going to get done? Nothing is going to change.

So I have to wear something that is seen from a distance and hope it makes a difference. Having the knowledge that what I choose to wear will be questioned if it all goes wrong.

When we go out on a bike the one thing we have left is the hope we will be alright as the law is not being used to help us.
The way it works in this country is to blame the victim if they are not is a motor vehicle. I do not like this either but I feel we must put up with this at the moment.

Re: Would these five changes actually help cyclists?

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 November 2014 - 12:57pm
beardy wrote:I dont think the BBC have been too bad about cycling this week.
Which just goes to show, if you keep feeding people poo, then they're be happy when offered stale bread for a change!
I had a quick look at the bit on the breakfast show this morning and was delighted to see Andrew Gillingham riding without a helmet doing the piece in London. A bit less acquiescence to the helmet issue and we may be able to get past it to real issues. I think that after letting loose on Boardman the readership may be a bit worn out by today and hopefully defeated by the end.:
Nope, the loonies are still out in force

Re: Map(s) of Wales

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 November 2014 - 12:57pm
See if you can get hold of any 1970s/early 1980s Ordnance Survey quarter-inch or half-inch maps of Wales. They're ideal touring maps, and rural Wales hasn't changed much! The quarter-inch series covers the whole of Wales in two sheets (South Wales, and North Wales with Lancs): each will set you back about £4 from Abebooks, eBay or map dealers.

Sustrans has a new series of pocket maps which now cover the whole of Wales. They're not quite as pretty as the older single-route series but they're very practical. You can get the whole set for £20: http://www.sustrans.org.uk/shop/route-m ... wales-pack

Re: UK to Prague via northern Germany

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 November 2014 - 12:57pm
Forget Berlin its too far off route unless you use the train from say Hannover then down to Leipzig or Dresden.

I would take a more direct approach across Holland to Duisburg then go along the Ruhr (a nice cycle route taking you up into the central German hills), maybe go via Kassel then through Thuringen to Saxony and on into Czech. An alternative might be to follow the Rhein then Main to Bamberg, drop down to to Nurnburg/Regensburg via the Main/Donau canal and cross more directly to Prague.

The former has some climbing but nothing too strenuous, the latter is almost entirely riverside with plenty of accomodation options as well as railways if you start feeling the strain!
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