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Re: 3rd time unlucky

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 August 2014 - 6:26pm
You could also check the route of your commute for debris. Next to where I used to work was a scrap yard, there was a lot of debris along that road, occasionally there'd be pick-ups and vans parked with people stripping things down before going in to the scrap yard, along with lots of small bits that may have just fallen off trucks going into the scrap yard. Perhaps somewhere on your new commute has a similar problem, or even a higher concentration of thorns. Or just a coincidence?

Re: 10 year ban for killing cyclist

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 August 2014 - 6:09pm
It looks like a big part of the big sentence in the Welsh case is the judge took offence to the dress of the solicitor representing the driver. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-28979459

Re: 10 year ban for killing cyclist

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 August 2014 - 6:06pm
I doubt we'll see an increase in drivers on 9 points doing charity work, but it would be one of the only possible positives, pre-emptive community service.

Re: Four 4x4's/SUV'S on a forty mile ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 August 2014 - 5:10pm
What has happened to the Audi drivers?

Have they had a mention yet?

Re: First EVER Tour! (and I'm going RTW)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 August 2014 - 3:46pm
freerider wrote:Jamesjohnson wrote:Now I jut need to work out what's causing the twinges in my knees :/

Hey buddy - I suffer from twinges in my knee - I was touring with a friend who did sports science and he told me to get some bandages to wrap around my knee keeping it open on the patella itself - this did the job - I went from being in agony on each pedal stroke to fluid and painless. (apparently the bandages stop the patella from moving around which stops the tendon flaring up).

Hope this works for you and good luck for the rest of your tour!!!


Thanks Freerider,

I'm happy to say that after a few weeks on the road and a few adjustments to my cycling style and cleat position, the knee pain had stopped. My brother uses bandages as he has more severe knee problems, sometimes the knee cap moves a few inches to one side.

Today I have publised the second of a two part post about being rejected by Iran and changing course and going to Georgia. This led me to cycle The 'Road'. A mountain road with a surprise 2025m pass and a road surface that better resembled an elongated pile of rocks.

Part 1 is here - http://jamesvsworld.com/2014/08/25/the-road-part-1/

Part 2 is here - http://jamesvsworld.com/2014/08/30/the-road-part-2/

Thanks for reading, please comment and share

Re: Four 4x4's/SUV'S on a forty mile ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 August 2014 - 2:47pm
There are some who pass close but I don't think you can generalise about the vehicle - it's the driver that's the problem. It's some elderly drivers in small cars, not large car type vehicles, that often give me cause for concern.

Two cases here, but I have encountered more.

Recently I was approaching this roundabout (20mph zone) http://goo.gl/maps/WkagSin primary position to enable me to turn right. Any following driver should have seen me for 300yds or more. There weren't any parked vehicles, but slightly more traffic at the r/a than in the Google view. As I was at the start of the hatched centre lines I was aware of a lone vehicle starting to overtake on the wrong side of the cross hatching. The driver then realises that there's not enough room to avoid the island so loud blast on the horn , but I didn't vaporise. He then passes me on the inside but instead of giving way to traffic from the right as I did he continues straight on causing traffic on the r/a to brake.

Another recent instance. I was standing with bike at edge of minor road on outskirts of Tunbridge Wells. A driver passed me rather closely in my view so when he pulled and stopped a little way further on I said to him that he had passed rather close. Of course he then had his say about cyclists to which I patiently listened eg they cycle in the middle of the road, they hold up cars, they cause traffic to crawl, they shouldn't be on the roads, but cycling on the pavement, they don't pay road tax etc. I did point out I wasn't actually cycling when he passed and that I also drive a car and pay "road tax" and have driven other vehicles besides cars as also do some other cyclists. However his attitude was if you're not in a motor vehicle on a road then you can expect to be hit. I did note a disabled sticker on the back window, but I don't think that was for him.

Re: Touring Iceland

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 August 2014 - 2:37pm
megilleland wrote:If you wanted to find out anything about Iceland then Dick Phillips was your man. In the early seventies I bought all my Icelandic maps and his guidebook through him.
The important word in that sentence is "was"!
I toured Iceland in 1999 and by that time his advice was hopelessly out of date and downright misleading. Unless it has been thoroughly updated since then, best avoided.

Re: Any ideas?

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 August 2014 - 1:40pm
SteveHunter wrote:It could be my imagination but I'm sure drivers leave me more room on my Hybrid with wide panniers on the back than they do when on my road bike. You may right, but it's difficult to tell for sure. However I always put a pannier on the offside if there's just one. I think it enlarges the rear profile of the bike, and maybe more so than an arm, but you can never see yourself so who knows?

Re: 10 year ban for killing cyclist

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 August 2014 - 1:12pm
thirdcrank wrote:One limitation of that explanation is that it deals with the behaviour of drivers but not the reaction of others affected by it. Vulnerable road users modify their behaviour to avoid putting themselves - or their children at risk. That's relevant to cyclists.

Having mentioned children, it seems a bit rich to advance as "exceptional hardship" that if a driver is disqualified, his children's privacy will suffer.

More than a bit rich, given that the higher the speed, the more likely he would have been to kill someone else's kid in any collision, whoever's fault that collision may have been.
Would he speed with his own kids in the car, I wonder?

If a charity suffers because he's banned, and I see no reason why it should in any case, that isn't the responsibility of the court, it is 100% his responsibility. This sort of misplaced leniency just encourages other drivers to think they'll gt away with it.

Re: Any ideas?

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 August 2014 - 9:48am
Rusty garden rake?

Re: Any ideas?

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 August 2014 - 9:37am
Thanks for replies guys, will think about it some more, perhaps try a few ideas. Was thinking of concealing something appropriate inside the apparently soft looking end, like a diamond tile cutter!!

Re: OpenFietsMap Europa (=OpenCycleMap Europe)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 August 2014 - 9:19am
The Dutch Wizard appears to have done an update, early June.

Only about 6 months after the last one I think.


Scroll down this page below and you'll see that there appear to have been changes to the routing options you should choose on the Garmin (I use an Etrex 20) and Basecamp.


If you search elsewhere in the updates notifications it also appears that you can get now get offline Garmin map images onto an Android tablet or smartphone and read them (but not route) using the free Orux maps update.

Apologies if this is old news.

A happy sweep.

Re: Touring Iceland

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 August 2014 - 8:57am
Oh yes forgot about the winds, they can spring up from nowhere and be extremely strong, or can turn from tailwind to headwind in an instant. One the sprang up on one of our days caused us to change plans, go a different way, use a hostel and some buses, but we saw some of the waterfalls that were not originally in the plan.
But it is a sensational country when the weather is good.

Re: Any ideas?

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 August 2014 - 11:26pm
It could be my imagination but I'm sure drivers leave me more room on my Hybrid with wide panniers on the back than they do when on my road bike.

Re: Touring Iceland

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 August 2014 - 10:38pm
Hi - 4 of us toured Iceland last year and can offer some pretty comprehensive and up to date info:

Western Fjords - brilliant place to go and would recommend.
Snæfell - again lovely and would heartily recommend
Hveragerði - really nice small town with a hospital (private) that does accommodation cheaply - again we were in bad weather so ended up staying the night at the hospital - meals included. Included access to swimming pools.
Ring road - not nice for cycling - lots of people seemed to ride it but did 10K on it and it was busy - there are no other roads for trucks and the tons of RVs so they are all on there.
Arriving - we stayed at the Alex hotel the first and last nights - will let you store bike boxes and have space for you to assemble bikes (no camping however)
Campsites - we camped wild some of the time as there were no sites on the route plus we had some weather which drove us to need to dry out
Food - good supermarkets but generally sparse so we had to carry extra with us when we found it
Road surfaces - generally excellent and far better than anything in the UK - we were on one stretch that was compacted shale type .. in the wet ...
Buses - you can get bikes on buses easily but you might need to book - buses from go from Harpa centre - we booked a bus to the fjords before we left UK and only just managed to squeeze on - they had to get an extra bus and trailer. We rang a bus from a campsite and booked ourselves on for the next day, all worked perfectly!
Costs - it was expensive, we did not eat out except a few hot chocolates and a couple of meals.
Weather - it was challenging (and we are hardy outdoor types ...)
Camping Kit - our mates a Hilleberg GT Nallo and we had a Terra Nova Solar2 ... as a result of the trip we bought a Nallo! They fared much better in the 50mph winds!
Bike shops - only saw anything decent in Reykjavik, rest of the time were not in any big towns (but then they aren't any!)
Photos - if you want to see the slide show of our trip here is the link - there are some maps of where we went included (I did it for my cycling club)
https://picasaweb.google.com/1171190117 ... 6_LS7bzXAQ

Lastly - it is a truly wondrous place and i would not hesitate to go back! They are very family friendly folk and it would be an amazing trip ... just hope you get the weather! If you want to know anything specific just let me know. Enjoy the planning!

Re: Any ideas?

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 August 2014 - 10:28pm
The reason those arms have gone out of fashion is they made no difference or made it worse. It often became a target distance for passing rather than a minimum distance. To have the biggest chance of an effect you would probably need to tip it with something that looks very scary for a car's paintwork.

Re: Lon Las Cymru to Taunton

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 August 2014 - 10:15pm
Personally I would not miss out Ynys Mon (Anglesey) but you might want to make some diversions to the coast which is the best bit. There are little bits of cycle track all over N. Wales so they some times come up without knowing about them:o) e.g. Llanwnda to Trevor on the Llyn
There are so many variations as you go south, it depends on how careful you want to be to have done the route. I like following my nose! Some of the route e.g. from Porthmadog to Barmouth does seem to twist around a bit to keep off the main road, but it is well worth while following exactly as you get fantastic views (goes right passed my house as well ) ) It is all very hilly though! But luckily the Brewit bridge should be back in operation by next year, saving 9 miles.
Hope you enjoy it all its a great area.

Re: Cambridge to Canterbury

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 August 2014 - 10:11pm
If you already have a route planned to Tilbury, you could detour to the Dartford crossing, where there's a free shuttle service to take cyclists across the river. There's a cycle path alongside the M25 from Thurrock to the collection point on the north side. Not the most scenic route though...
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