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Re: Cycling into the sun

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 February 2015 - 7:19pm
That sort of advice is like saying "only bet on the winning horse".

I think we all know that, how about them stating when the risk is increased enough to abandon the primary. Often it is more a matter of nerve than judgement.

Re: Where to cycle on semi-narrow lanes?

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 February 2015 - 7:10pm
Paulatic wrote:On the size of lane you describe I'd be out in the road so they think they can't get passed. Once I hear them slow down I move to the left and let them past. If there is nothing coming the other way of course.

+1. A strong primary position forces drivers to use the other side of the road to overtake and only if that lane is clear.

Just to add, as the OP is based in London, that in urban areas it's often tricky to pull in due to constant parked cars and traffic. I always look for an opportunity to be courteous but find I also have to be quite assertive – I'll use eye contact and primary position until there is a a decent sized gap without parked cars where I will pull over and slow down, but still keep a car's width from the kerb. That way I can move back into the traffic flow when more parked cars block my way.

Re: Brakes work, shame brain doesn't

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 February 2015 - 6:51pm
Audax67 wrote:If he had reached the drops and braked hard there's a fair chance he would have gone over the bars anyway and under the truck instead of just hitting it.
Does he not go over the bars? It looks to me like he brakes hard, goes over the top and his head/helmet stop him going any further as he hits the side of the lorry (cleaning a bit of muck off the side).

Fortunately he was OK - could have been worse.

With regards to blame - we'd have to see what the other lights were on. They could have still been on amber (changing to red just as the lorry went over the stop line). Bit of a grey area law wise from the lorry driver's perspective if that was the case.

In my view, there were mistakes from both parties. However, who was the most stupid has got to go to the cyclist for not seeing or hearing a blummin' great lorry in his path.

Re: Cycling into the sun

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 February 2015 - 6:37pm
danhopgood wrote: ... I consider primary to be a very bad position to be in low sun. ....

While looking for something else, I found this in Cyclecraft: (p90 9th impression 2013) under Exceptions to the advice on positioning

... There is, however, one important exception to the rules for holding the primary riding position - when there is a significantly increased risk of being hit from behind. ...

Re: Weight distribution.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 February 2015 - 6:11pm
MrHJ makes ME carry the extra weight on my bike slow me down!

Ps I prefer rear panniers only
, less temptation to overload.

Re: Where to cycle on semi-narrow lanes?

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 February 2015 - 5:32pm
On the size of lane you describe I'd be out in the road so they think they can't get passed. Once I hear them slow down I move to the left and let them past. If there is nothing coming the other way of course.

Re: Halfords Cardiff £20 Helmet worth £80

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 February 2015 - 5:29pm
I bought some tyres from Halfords today. £32.99 in store, £23.99 via click and collect (Conti Gators). Lesson - always check the Internet price before buying (luckily I did). I don't know how they can justify the price difference when it is the same tyres you are buying.

Re: Touring in Devon in the 1970s

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 February 2015 - 5:15pm
The tour continues in this Youtube video and 4:15 in there is a sign " Smolensk Town Centre 1/2m. Tavistock 1612m ".
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uub780ztH4s

Where to cycle on semi-narrow lanes?

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 February 2015 - 5:09pm
Obivously on a narrow lane you should cycle in the centre. Wide lanes allow you to cycle 1 m from the kerb and still be overtaken with sufficient distance. The problem is when the lane width is between this. In that case, you can still cycle 1m from the kerb and be overtaken with a 1m gap ( just about), but it doesn't feel very pleasant. I'm not really sure what do.

A related problem is wide lanes with parked cars. In that case, cycling only away from the car door leaves you vulnerable to a close overtake.

Re: Garmin Tour mapping

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 February 2015 - 4:57pm
I use cycle.travel routes. Export as gpx and then download. Open download file on PC and copy into new files folder on garmin touring. Two things don't work, 1. elevation is lost, 2. The file name is changed to Active. You can change the name on the Garmin

Re: Chromebook for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 February 2015 - 4:43pm
Rogo wrote:Great bit of kit.

I've got the Asus C200. Perfect for the tour where you're expecting to be away from power for a long time. 11 hour battery! (tested)

Looking forward to more app (Skype) integration, probably won't be too far away I'd imagine.

Apparently Google Hangouts is an alternative but then you probably both have to be wedded to Google?

I am about to have a play with Chrome remote desktop which will give me access to my old PC and its software..

Al

Re: Touring in Devon in the 1970s

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 February 2015 - 4:36pm
Very good. Good to hear the Tavistock references! I am slightly too young to have enjoyed Python at it's peak. However is my memory playing tricks on me but was there a similar Python sequence of a European tour, that included a running joke that Tavistock was always seen on the local road signs? (e.g "Berlin 15km, Tavistock 1500km")

Re: Chromebook for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 February 2015 - 4:34pm
Great bit of kit.

I've got the Asus C200. Perfect for the tour where you're expecting to be away from power for a long time. 11 hour battery! (tested)

Looking forward to more app (Skype) integration, probably won't be too far away I'd imagine.

Re: Telford Town Centre Revamp

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 February 2015 - 4:11pm
Which ones do you mean?

I don't come across any on my usual run out to Lawley.

Re: Islington cyclist stab murder inquiry begins

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 February 2015 - 3:04pm
Can we copy the tweet, but hashtag putdownyourlorries

Re: Brakes work, shame brain doesn't

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 February 2015 - 2:51pm
Well, I have long palms and short fingers, and find it much easier to brake from the hoods than from the drops. I have my brakes adjusted accordingly. Virtually the only time I'm on the drops is on long downhills.

Re: Chromebook for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 February 2015 - 2:44pm
BeeKeeper wrote:Can you store documents when not connected to the Internet? Even in this country there are places, for example in the mountains or the coast where broadband doesn't work, could you still write up a journal in an equivalent of Word and store it on the device?

Yes, you can use 'Write' offline and save the blog document onto the SSD (16Gb) in the downloads folder. Next time Wifi is available the Chromebook will save it into the cloud if you so wish. With documents in mind 16Gb is huge. If you take photos on an Android phone and save them to Drive they will become readily available to embed in your blog when you have an internet connection. A lot of mobile contracts offer all you can eat data, enabling you phone to become a mobile hotspot, thus enabling you to have internet on the Chromebook whilst on some camp sites without wifi. But, you have to have a decent phone signal. If you have a camera with an SD card you can pop that in the Chromecasts SD card slot. I think you can get adaptors to house phones tiny SD cards too.

Just recharged the battery from 25%, it took 1hr 15m and now predicts more than 11 hours continuous use!


Al

Re: Chromebook for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 February 2015 - 2:08pm
Can you store documents when not connected to the Internet? Even in this country there are places, for example in the mountains or the coast where broadband doesn't work, could you still write up a journal in an equivalent of Word and store it on the device?

Route Help for Ealing (W5) to Slough (SL1)

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 February 2015 - 1:40pm
Hello,

Just wondering if anyone does this route as a commute and can recommend a good/safe route (I'm relatively new to the area), but not along the canal as I want to use the road bike.

I'm really wanting to start to cycle to work, on Fridays to begin with as the roads are less busy, but I'm struggling to find a decent route due to Heathrow and the M25.

For reference I need to travel between:

W5 4PA

SL1 4AA

(These are just nearby shops)

Thanks in advance!
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