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Re: Lighting a bike/high vis on tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 October 2014 - 8:29am
Black stands out in daylight. It's not true that bright colours make people more aware.

Re: Lighting a bike/high vis on tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 October 2014 - 8:05am
maxcherry wrote:Why does wearing black matter if I have lights on my bike?
Bright colours are for being seen in daylight.

Re: Clipping and running

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 October 2014 - 7:21am
Some very interesting comments but I wonder how many of the people saying the guy in front is at fault have ever ridden regularly with a fast passed cycling club.

Some of the first things I was told by the people I was ridding with was, never ever overlap the front wheel without telling the person in front that you are doing so.
Also do not respond to a hand signal to change road position unless you are certain that you are clear and the person can do as they indicate.
Keep your eyes forward do not look back otherwise you will run into the person in front if there is a problem.
Your brakes will not stop you in time if you are not concentrating on the bikes further forward.
Do not make any sudden movements without clearly indicating your intentions. If you get a response then the way is absolutely clear.

Unfortunately these lessons are not learnt by riders doing sportives and or charity rides. They just simply do not have the race club etiquette.
We all knew the Highway Code did not apply with regards to the other riders but the club rules did. But we road to those rules to stop this sort of thing happening.

Re: A (sort of familiar) tale

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 October 2014 - 10:10pm
Lights turn green, I'm first in the queue in the ASL taking primary. I start off quite briskly. 20 mph zone, lots of pinch points, I stay in primary.

Ford Transit behind doesn't like this and overtakes me engine screaming in second gear. He hasn't even fully completed the overtake when his right indicator goes on (at least he indicated) as he's reached the turning on the right he needs. As he slows for the turn the oncoming traffic means he pushes over on me and forces me into the gutter.

That was this morning. I'm sure there'll be something similar tomorrow.

Re: A ride too far

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 October 2014 - 8:58pm
yes but not from a bike ride - when I went to an interview and missed the last train. I had to sleep on a bench was winter/autumn time also. Not very pleasant . On bike rides I now take a bivvy bag and blow up pillow if I remember (lol)

Re: Clipping and running

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 October 2014 - 8:27pm
MikeF wrote:[XAP]Bob wrote:
EDIT: Just read the description on the video:
"The guy in the silver and blue Pinarello cut-off in front of a rider and took his front wheel out. He saw the accident he caused and sped away." We don't know that from the video. That's just an opinion.

It was the description, so made by the video uploader. Now it's possible that someone else has reuploaded the video, but it'd more likely that the person posting is the camera man, and therefore has the following minute as well as seeing the guy cycle off... And he has clearly had interest in cycling videos before.

So it's a little more than a simple opinion from the video - the person making it is likely to have had access to much more information than we do.

Re: The Struggle in lake district

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 October 2014 - 8:19pm
Just had a look at Google earth and the road I am thinkin of is indeed north rd, which goes past the unicorn pub and then past kirkstone foot I think, it seemed to go on for quite a while and I only joined it bout half way down walking it I think, not quite sure where it ends up at though

Re: The Struggle in lake district

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 October 2014 - 8:10pm
It's a long time since I walked up that road but I don't know how long it stays tarmac - obviously it is a bit of a dead end for vehicles. Looking at the map I can easily believe that it may be as steep as the struggle, but not as long.

Re: The Struggle in lake district

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 October 2014 - 7:45pm
Yep Bicycler, defo went up the struggle via the small roundabout out of Ambleside and eventually up to the hairpins near the top of the Kirkstone inn. I seem to remember a road called Sweden bridge on the right as I walked down what I think is the kirkstone rd to the bottom where the gem or stone shop is, so by the sounds of it our wires have got crossed between me and the guys in the shop. Looked pretty steep to me walking down it and a climb I have not done before on my bike, it seemed to go on fir quite a way, but definitely not the "struggle"........although it would be!

St Malo to Narbonne

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 October 2014 - 7:30pm
Hi Linda,

It's a beautiful route. I rode it earlier this year and may ride back to Olargue again next summer.

Mazamet to Narbonne, there's a cycle track that uses an old railway line takes you through Olargues (really pretty town), then you can go:

Roquebrun, Cessenon sur-orb, Puisserguier, Capestrang, Montels and Narbonne.


Below are my actual tracks:
Route from Castelnaudery to Olargues.
http://cyclemeter.com/9fb89c614db84b86/ ... 40524-0939

Route from Olargue to Narbonne
http://cyclemeter.com/9fb89c614db84b86/ ... 40601-1208

If you'd like to see my earlier route which takes in La Rochelle, give me a shout. You can ride canal Du Garonne and midi for a large part. Excellent flat cycling in shade with good paths.

Most of the ex railway line cycle paths are also excellent and not too hilly (trains can't do steep hills).

Gary
http://www.longbikeride.co.uk

Re: Lighting a bike/high vis on tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 October 2014 - 7:06pm
jamesgilbert wrote:someone who came very close to being deliberately run over

I had a car in Kenya hit me. I was riding on the pull off part that bikes and pedestrians use, so not even on the main road. A cyclist coming the other way said that car tried to kill you!

My bags are high contrasting colours in purpose and the incident happened during daylight. There's no accounting for these situations.

I'd go high contrast, cateye rear light and a good front light. Which is what I have equipped at the moment.

Gary
www.longbikeride.co.uk

Re: The Struggle in lake district

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 October 2014 - 6:57pm
The Struggle really refers to the whole climb and there's only one road up to Kirkstone pass once you leave Ambleside. There are a couple of ways of getting onto that road in Ambleside (either Smithy Brow or North Road) but they don't make much of a difference. What I think you have done is come down from Scandale down Sweden Bridge Lane which was the old packhorse route up to High Sweden Bridge and (probably) Scandale Pass. In which case you were misinformed by the shop staff. they probably misunderstood what you were saying. The road up to Kirkstone is definitely "The Struggle" http://goo.gl/maps/Awb76

A silly question here but when you cycled up the Struggle you did actually go all the way to the top at Kirkstone Pass right? That's about 3 miles of constant steep climbing! Either you didn't go all the way to the top or your memory is fading if you think any of the other roads around Ambleside is tougher.

Re: A ride too far

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 October 2014 - 6:52pm
mercalia wrote:well unexprected rides are the spice of life. just be lucky u didnt have to sleep rough for a night just an extra 15 miles.

I was very glad Mercalia. Have you ended up having to sleep rough?

Re: 2 LeJog deaths: Death by dangerous driving charge

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 October 2014 - 6:26pm
Sentencing in this case on this thread

viewtopic.php?f=22&t=91288

Re: The Struggle in lake district

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 October 2014 - 6:20pm
Sounds like you "branched" off the Struggle before reaching the smalI island at the bottom..

Re: The Struggle in lake district

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 October 2014 - 6:16pm
The road I know as The Struggle tops out just opposite the Kirkstone Pass Inn. It has a signpost on it - 'The Struggle'.

Re: Lighting a bike/high vis on tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 October 2014 - 6:15pm
elioelio wrote:Hi there,

Just wondering what other tourers do? Any tips?


I have a rule - I do not ride at night - however, life is not always perfect

I carry lights - red light leds to attach to panniers - front lights in the form of battery powered leds for front - plus head torch for map reading and signposts - plus a heavily reflective cycle specific waistcoat - all in all I end up looking like some sort of large stroboscopic bee - do i care - not a jot

C2c tom woodcock cycle route

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 October 2014 - 5:42pm
I'm going on the c2c in June and look forward to it.I would love to hear from anyone with information on good b&b hostils the mileage dun between stops

Re: Lighting a bike/high vis on tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 October 2014 - 5:19pm
Going slightly off topic, I remember seeing a tour report on Crazyguyonabike by someone who came very close to being deliberately run over in New Zealand! So in some situations camouflage gear would be appropriate

Re: Lighting a bike/high vis on tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 October 2014 - 5:05pm
Cateye Rapid 3 front and rear, seem to run forever on one AA battery available everywhere, clips can be got so that they can be put on clothing (I have a few knocking about for the price of postage), add them to a headband and you have a very capable head torch, so thats one item instead of two to carry

Personally would never go out without Hi Viz waistcoat, but there is a lot of merit to the contrast/stand out posts that have been put on this thread, as is wearing something 'unusual' - I wore an Altura Night Vision jacket in red when it was an unpopular choice and it stood out from miles away on the road, the new post office jackets are almost pink in certain light

80's shell suit jacket? Pink (on a bloke)? Afro party wig on helmet? Saw an excellent lycra top once that made the rider look like a crash test dummy - anything that is going to catch a drivers eye and trigger them to look again is worth it

I spend all day on the road looking at other peoples driving whilst having to gauge how they react to whats going on and its the unusual that rings alarm bells, not whats brightest and boldest
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