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Re: Question about this video

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 May 2015 - 8:38pm
Tonyf33 wrote:Vorpal wrote:Tonyf33 wrote:so hang on, it sounds like most of you are blaming the cyclist here..WHAT THE HELL IS THE MATTER WITH YOU!!!
The HGV comes thundering past UNDERTAKING whilst driving over the chevrons with not enough space to get past at a ridiculous speed, basically couldn't be arsed to overtake or made a late decision not come off the off ramp.
The cyclist wants to move over into the inside lane which IF he had actually moved over he'd be dead

For those of you saying he probably shouldn't be there, how do you know what is acceptable in that country, do you say that a cyclist in this country on a d/c shouldn't be there because of fast moving motorvehicles?
I don't think anyone is blaming the cyclists. Maybe suggesting some things that could have been done to avoid the incident, but that's not blame. Frankly, the video is shocking, but we don't know the road, what happened before the incident, or anything else.

Well actually we do, we can see everything I've described,
we can see that a mirror would have made no difference, we can see that the HGV crosses the chevrons illegally, we can see that the HGV undertakes at a ridiculous speed, we can see that the HGV passes far too close to a vulnerable road user at a point of the road where there is no space nor suitable by any stretch of the imagination, we can see that the cyclists hold their line, we can see that the HGV collides with the cyclists and injures one of them, we can see that the HGV doesn't stop, we can see EVERYTHING that we need to see to know there was only one person at fault here and that wasn't the cyclist.

I have no doubt at all the driving was atrocious and the driver must have the brain of a moron.
I still take issue when you say "the cyclists hold their line" if that is so then why limply stick your hand out to suggest to anyone behind that your intention is to move to the right?

Re: Share the space drop your pace

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 May 2015 - 7:50pm
I liked the illustration they used for this on Facebook
Duck lane.JPG
First time I've ever seen a Duck Lane!

Rick.

Re: Share the space drop your pace

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 May 2015 - 7:46pm
What's the point in fishing if you don't eat the result?

Re: Share the space drop your pace

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 May 2015 - 7:35pm
Richard Fairhurst wrote:There are actually notices up on several canals to tell Polish (and other) anglers that, when you've caught a fish, you put it back rather than taking it home and cooking it: http://www.anglingtrust.net/page.asp?section=709

so is it generally not permitted to eat the fish?

Re: Share the space drop your pace

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 May 2015 - 7:31pm
Si wrote:Bloody Poles coming over here pinching the jobs off of good British rods.....sorry, I was looking for the immigration thread
The British rod industry died out years ago, it's all Exage or Ultegra now.

Re: Brittany - Voies Vertes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 May 2015 - 7:28pm
al_yrpal wrote:Voies Vertes are all marked on the Michelin Local 1-200000 maps which to me are the best maps to navigate with in France. Personally I found the Voies Vertes often surrounded by trees rather boring as is the canal after a bit. The best bits of Brittany are mostly in small villages.Al
+ 1 for the above. I'm fast coming to the conclusion that their best use is as part of a mixNmatch approach to touring in Brittany, forming a minor variation on a theme rather than the bulk of your itinerary.

Cardiff to Chester - route advice

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 May 2015 - 7:25pm
My tandem stoker wants a challenge to raise funds for Guide Dogs (she's waiting to get one). As she lives in Chester, I suggested Cardiff to Chester and have devised a route - approx 167 miles which we intend to do in 2 days in the Summer.

You should be able to see it on Cycle.Travel here.

We are familiar with the parts up near Chester and I've "pinched" part of the route from my LEJOG GPS track, that I did in 2009 with Bike Adventures (& thank you to the guys there who have kindly confirmed that they are still using the same route and made some suggestions for an overnight stop). I did suggest just keeping going but Clare thought that a challenge too far!

The exact start & finish locations within Cardiff and Chester aren't set in stone but I don't expect they will move too far.

The bit I don't know is the first 45 miles out of Cardiff as far as Skenfrith, NW of Monmouth where we join my LEJOG route, and would value any comments.

I've looked at as much of it as I can on Google StreetView and varied the suggested route where I thought an alternative might be better. We don't mind using cycle paths/ shared paths a bit if they have a reasonable surface and avoid busy stretches or reduce the hills (there's a stretch around mile 3 contra-flow on a shared path alongside the A4161, a stretch at St Mellons & a fair bit getting through Newport), we don't mind using somewhat busier stretches of road (the road between Caerleon & Usk looks quite busy on Streetview, even though it isn't a classified road, but it seems to be flatter &/or shorter than alternatives). I did consider going across the Transporter Bridge, partly just because it was there, & going up the other side of the River Usk to Usk mainly on the minor roads that do a dance with the A449.

As I say, any pearls of wisdom form those that know the roads, particularly in the first part, would be much appreciated.

Thanks

Rick.

Re: Question about this video

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 May 2015 - 6:55pm
Sorry. I thought that I wrote, Frankly, the video is shocking, but we don't know the road, what happened before the incident, or anything else that isn't in the video.

I see now that I left off the last bit.

Why didn't you understand what I meant to say?

Re: Cycle Touring Festival - May 2015 - Lancashire

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 May 2015 - 6:46pm
I was getting off the train at Blackburn on the Sunday afternoon, coming back from Hebden Bridge where I'd been to see the Tour de Yorkshire go through, and there was a couple getting on the train with a loaded tandem there. I wondered if they had been to this.

Rick.

Re: My first Sportive ... helmet standards.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 May 2015 - 6:42pm
The officials won't bother you with checking for standards as long as you're actually wearing a cycle helmet.

Re: Short cycle tour to get my reluctant partner into cyclin

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 May 2015 - 6:36pm
mjr wrote:hamster wrote:From Norfolk I would do a loop of combinations of Kings Lynn, Wisbech, Ely, Cambridge.
Don;t cycle camp for a first tour, enjoy the cycling and a comfortable B&B if possible.
Much as I love our area, I wouldn't recommend combining Wisbech and Ely to try to encourage a new rider. The Welney-Pymoor section is a mix of sometimes-busy roads and bad surfaces at the moment, whereas avoiding them turns a 26 mile ride into a 37 - the centre of March can be lovely, though.
What about NCN 11 and 51? Certainly the bit from Ely to Wicken is nice. And I haven't done the whole route to Cambridge, but there are some lovely lanes in that area.

My first Sportive ... helmet standards.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 May 2015 - 6:08pm
I have my first sportive on the 31st May, the Arrow ....Helmet standards are SNELL ( to which SNELL standard ? there's hundreds ) or ANSI Z90/4 ... As previously posted on the CTC forum the American Snell standard is not applicable in the UK and the ANSI standard has been superseded. ... What do others use if they ride Sportive's ? Mines EN 1078...

Re: Short cycle tour to get my reluctant partner into cyclin

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 May 2015 - 5:52pm
I would try France - warm weather really helps - although you will have to travel south. Quiet roads, cheap accom and good food/wine - travel on bikes, rather than a big tour. My wife and I did Bordeaux/Barcelona - as our first trip, and it was wonderful. There are plenty of flatter options, that might be a better start.
But for me nothing beats the feeling of achievement of getting across some big mountains...

Re: Short cycle tour to get my reluctant partner into cyclin

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 May 2015 - 5:45pm
Norfolk is a network of traffic-free rural lanes with generally gentle gradients and loads to see. It's one of my regular recommendations on here so IMO there's no need for you to look further afield.

You know your partner better than we do but if he is OK about your being away for three months cycle touring, he may not be easy to convert to cycling. Not all grass widows are keen to take up golf.

Re: Salzburg bike hire

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 May 2015 - 5:42pm
Thanks for suggestions. MJR, I had already come to dead ends on the 'official' site. But, Elizabeth, searching for 'fahrradverleih' instead of 'cycle rental' certainly gives more hits! I have now contacted a couple by email so we'll see what happens. If no luck I will take my own but was trying to avoid logistics of bikes on planes.

Re: Brittany - Voies Vertes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 May 2015 - 5:33pm
Voies Vertes are all marked on the Michelin Local 1-200000 maps which to me are the best maps to navigate with in France. Personally I found the Voies Vertes often surrounded by trees rather boring as is the canal after a bit. The best bits of Brittany are mostly in small villages.

Al

Re: Roadcycling fimed whit pro drone in 4k definition

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 May 2015 - 5:26pm
I wish the terrain around here was as flat as that - and the roads as smooth.

Re: Short cycle tour to get my reluctant partner into cyclin

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 May 2015 - 5:03pm
When I was trying to win over my wife to touring, I started with short rides at her pace and I involved her in all of the planning, including where to stay. Our first tour was a local one, through Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire for 3 days, between 30 and 40 miles per day and staying in B&B's. We both loved seeing our local area from a different viewpoint. I would suggest going touring in your own area. Norfolk and Suffolk are beautiful counties, have plenty of variety and some fabulous quiet lanes, off-road traffic free parts and the sea! Also, no significant hills and a very nice selection of cafes

Re: Cycle Touring Festival - May 2015 - Lancashire

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 May 2015 - 5:01pm
Would confirm the earlier comments,great weekend!
Lots of interest & good to meet so many others with simliar ideas & enthusiasm.
Would certainly stand a repeat sometime.
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