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Re: Lewes Road Brighton- new facility any good?

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 September 2014 - 10:59pm
Some reports of gradients are notoriously inaccurate, but I think it's steeper than that! The steepest section of my one-time commute (up to about 20 years ago) was Millers Road which felt like about 1 in 6 to 1 in 7. It certainly felt like it - I wouldn't attempt that climb now! Maybe a look at Streetview is evidence of this.

Re: Lewes Road Brighton- new facility any good?

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 September 2014 - 10:13pm
Thanks again Pete, I expect she will venture out when some social occasion demands it and hopefully will be with friends.

BTW that road The Droveway is 1:14 according to Bike Hike, there is a 1:5 at the back of my house

Re: hour record.

CTC Forum - Racing - 18 September 2014 - 10:06pm
The R25/3L is a 'legal' TT course but does have a long downhill section (actually quite scary when on tribars when there's a side wind and with some clunky expansion joints) but traffic is actually quite light on this course which is mainly concrete road. On the flip side, the general opinion was that conditions on 07/09/14 were good but not quite perfect.

I'd love to see Matt Bottril have a crack at this version of the hour record and reckon he'd have a good chance.

Re: Latest speeding excuse..

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 September 2014 - 9:14pm
Call me old fashioned, but back in my day if you had a medical condition that meant you weren't in proper control of the car you would have your licence taken away.

Re: Trail A Bike For Tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 September 2014 - 9:10pm
Me again. Sorry.

Does anyone know what the width of the rack for the Burley Kazoo/Piccolo is? The tagalong I have bought comes without a rack and I am trying to work out if it will fit my current rack.

Incidentally: Although the word "PICCOLO" can be seen on the frame, it is single speed. I think Burley's now calls the single speed a Kazoo and the 6 speed a piccolo..hc

hour record.

CTC Forum - Racing - 18 September 2014 - 9:00pm
I know there is mention in another post of the hour record attempt by Jens Voigt and he has set the new record at 51,115 km.
That is by my calculation = 31.76 mph average.
Matt Bottril broke the British 25 miles TT record with a time of 45:43 minutes which, again by my reckoning = 33 mph average.
So if Bottril was to go for the hour what would be the outcome.
Would he be able to keep 33mph up for the hour.
His 25 record was done outside on the open road so would be at the vagaries of the weather, road surface and traffic compared with the "hour" done on an indoor track.

Re: Latest speeding excuse..

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 September 2014 - 8:54pm
So you have a medical condition that means you pass urine quite a bit more than normal,you also have to drive quite a bit as part as of your job.

When I was a teenager I broke the neck of my femur and had to spend 10 weeks in a hospital bed,for the necessaries I had to use a bottle and a bed pan,which was a bit embarrassing for a young kid.
But I got used to it.
So if a young kid can do it in bed without spilling a drop...............



Of course you'd need to stop the car first and perhaps use a towel to cover the naughty bits

Re: Lewes Road Brighton- new facility any good?

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 September 2014 - 8:51pm
niggle wrote:The council website says that the 'Vogue Gyratory' is being 'improved' right nowYou know, I don't think I've ever heard that name: maybe that shows up my ignorance, after all I've only been living in and around Brighton for the last 40 years or so... But, with local people, I think we generally call it the "Sainsbury's corner" or something like that, owing to the giant supermarket in the middle of it all. But that would be confusing to a non-local: there are plenty of Sainsbury's!

Anyway I'm sure your daughter will learn all the ins and outs. Brighton is not a bad place for a cyclist to be.

Re: Lewes Road Brighton- new facility any good?

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 September 2014 - 8:38pm
661-Pete wrote:I know Brighton pretty well, and I have to say, the facilities are mostly 'farcilities' - but there are plenty of people cycling, including students, and they seem to be able to cope! Probably using the cycle lane on Lewes Road is better than mixing it with the dual carriageway traffic - but beware of junctions like the Coldean Lane turn-off (northbound), where as you can see, left-turning traffic has to cut across the cycle lane.

Thank you Pete. I got the impression from the council website and illustration that in the improvements completed last year they had sacrificed one 'all vehicles' lane and put a 2m cycle lane down the outside, with a bus lane between that and the remaining 'all vehicles' lane, though I don't know how long this continues:



I understand re the issue of turning traffic at side roads and was intending to mention it to her. Not sure how bus stops are now arranged on Lewes Rd either.

661-Pete wrote:The Upper Lewes Road/Bear Road/Hollingdean Road interchange is also pretty hairy - I can't remember when I last went that way by bike so I can only go by what Google shows.

The council website says that the 'Vogue Gyratory' is being 'improved' right now with a twenty week plan of works that started in July: http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content ... provements

Plan pdf here: http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/sites/b ... n%20v1.pdf

661-Pete wrote:And I've never got the hang of the labyrinth of cycle paths (a lot of them on pavements) criss-crossing Old Steine and The Level.

Elsewhere in Brighton there are plenty of shared-use pavement/cycle paths which tend to direct the hapless cyclist straight into a tree... but that's infarcestructure for you!

Also bear in mind that Brighton is quite hilly! Especially once you get off the main trunk roads. There's at least one hill reputed to be 1-in-4 (The Droveway).

The general chaos of shared pavement farcilities is likely to be quite confusing for her, probably best to ride on road on the smaller back streets I suppose?

As for the hills, she has just moved up from Cornwall so she should know what to do when she sees one though I don't think she will be heading out over the Downs by bike.

Re: Trail A Bike For Tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 September 2014 - 8:32pm
Thanks again all.

This is what I got today: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/201168493579

It is a Burley Piccolo albeit very old but at £31.00 I can mess about and replace any bits that I need to. Hopefully it will fit my rack! (I'm not too good at gambling so I hope I haven't chucked £31.00 down the drain)

Re: Latest speeding excuse..

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 September 2014 - 7:23pm
Not a clue - the 40mph everywhere, incl. 30mph zones crew - it's as if they wake up and decide "today I shall mainly be driving at 40mph"

It shows consummate lack of awareness, worryingly so IMHO.

Re: Latest speeding excuse..

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 September 2014 - 7:17pm
We were in Plymouth yesterday evening, and drove home soon after 10pm.
I always keep below the speed limit, even though it antagonises the vehicle behind me. It's their problem, not mine.

Last evening, I came out of town through the 30 limit onto the A38 and accelerated to 70. The cars behind wanted to, and succeeded to overtake doing maybe 90 . Beyond the suspension bridge heading north up the A388 it's a 40 limit, then a 30, then a 60, before another 30, a 60, then a 30 again through St Mellion.

Guess what?
A car with the bright lights was right on my tail through the 40 and 30, but as I sped off at 60 I left him way behind!
Then at the next 30 through St Mellion he caught me up and hung on my tail again. I expected him to come in through the back window! By the time we were out into the wilds of Cornwall again, I'd left him behind.

Why do people do this?

Re: 51.115kmwho will ride Vuelta a Espana 2014

CTC Forum - Racing - 18 September 2014 - 7:12pm
51.115km Well done Jens, over to Brad, Fab and Tony.

Re: who will ride Vuelta a Espana 2014

CTC Forum - Racing - 18 September 2014 - 7:06pm
Voigt is doing it right now, and his new record is....

Re: Non driving cyclists

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 September 2014 - 7:05pm
Mark1978 wrote:However if it's dark they would also be illegal?
Not necessarily, however restricted roads can have the lights up to 200 yds (or is it mtrs?) apart so there must be an element of judgement exercised, I'd suggest.

Re: Latest speeding excuse..

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 September 2014 - 6:59pm
Bicycler wrote:Nothing new here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/465718.stm
And here

Re: Non driving cyclists

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 September 2014 - 6:42pm
However if it's dark they would also be illegal?

Re: How to train for long distance cycle touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 September 2014 - 6:39pm
Just go. You'll get fitter day by day.

I went on a long trip - gave away all my 'stuff'. Practised living on my own in a small house first.

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Re: Latest speeding excuse..

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 September 2014 - 6:17pm
Didn't Alex Ferguson get off a similar offence with the help of Mr. Loophole. Ah here it is - he was driving down the hard shoulder to use the loo. http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/incoming ... ty-6594468
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