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Re: ITV TdeF coverage; any good?

CTC Forum - Racing - 23 July 2014 - 8:42pm
I'm pretty sure there are occasions where P is taking to the "world feed" while P is talking to a specific channel, possibly to take them out of adverts or punditry. When both are occupied and ITV comes back, that's when we get Gary recapping, so I'm also sure that ITV isn't running things. Didn't there used to be a production company end cap? Maybe VTV? Then it'll be whoever owns that now, probably it looks like it might be ASO http://www.aso.fr/us/television.html

Re: Sri Lanka Commonwealth Cyclists On M74

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 July 2014 - 8:38pm
The hard shoulder can easily be mistaken for a cycle lane.

Re: Sri Lanka Commonwealth Cyclists On M74

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 July 2014 - 8:29pm
When I was cycling in Spain I found myself on the autopista on more than one occasion. Sometimes it didn't seem to give you any other option!

Re: Sri Lanka Commonwealth Cyclists On M74

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 July 2014 - 8:24pm
Motorways don't have the big signs any more.
The ones that stated what was forbidden .... agricultural vehicles, mopeds under 50cc, learner drivers, cyclists, animals, pedestrians, etc etc etc.

If you don't know the UK Highway Code, there's nothing to tell you anything on the entrance to a motorway. The police would have difficulty in prosecuting.

Re: Asshat In A Car

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 July 2014 - 8:22pm
It's the biggest reason why they should be done properly or not at all.

Re: Asshat In A Car

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 July 2014 - 8:19pm
This type of incident is not at all unusual and is a consequence of the quality of most cycle-specific facilities.
( How many times have you found a cycle facility that you actually prefer to cycle on ?? )

The bloke in the car thinks that you should use the facility provided to get you out of his way and has decided on motorist-vigilante-type action.
So long as his actions don't get dangerous, just ignore them.
Even the Highway Code does not mandate their use ( although it does get perilously close to creating a contributory negligence opportunity should the worst happen ).

Re: Triumph of HiViz over common sense?

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 July 2014 - 8:14pm
I have to wear a hi-viz vest in work, so I just wear it to work on the bike as well. Got a mesh one so it's not really any hotter.

Not sure about the benefits in the sunshine, main reason is so I don't forget it on the way in Have to wear it to the clock machine on the way out so it just stays on.

Definitely helps in the dark nights though.

Re: Looking for inspiration/ideas for a tour in Germany.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 July 2014 - 8:02pm
The Rhine route appeals from an ease of navigation point of view, but I just worry it might be a bit industrial scenery??

Plus I'd have to cycle one way and then back rather than a loop.

Re: Sri Lanka Commonwealth Cyclists On M74

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 July 2014 - 7:58pm
They were probably just following the special signs for games traffic and the lane on the M74 was probably for athletes and games officials only.

Obviously athletes are not expected to cycle to events.

Re: ITV TdeF coverage; any good?

CTC Forum - Racing - 23 July 2014 - 7:43pm
It may be that they do work for ITV now...it was some time ago that I remember Liggett saying that his commentaries were for americans.

Re: Right Hand Turns

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 July 2014 - 7:41pm
The best way to imagine it is in the photo take the silver car and imagine it tight to the left hand kerb, im about 3/4 of the way across the outer lane stationary to turn right. Coach im guessing has pulled out of bus lane to avoid car, and squeeze thru the gap, making me swear furiously when i suddenly look left and see this coach trying to roll thru the gap. Good thing he wasnt going at speed, or he'd have pushed me over into the oncoming lane.

Sometimes I think cycling in london is like russian roulette.

p.s. I gave up complaining. been there tried it. noone cares. You have to lookout for yourself, and constantly learn from experiences to survive.

Re: ITV TdeF coverage; any good?

CTC Forum - Racing - 23 July 2014 - 6:56pm
I have always supposed that ITV pay PL and PS's wages but that their commentary is distributed all over the English speaking world, and is therefore adjusted to suit accordingly, because that is where most of the money actually comes from.

Regarding a previous 'pro-lance-bias' they should surely operate on an 'innocent until proven guilty' basis, if for no other reason than that they might be sued otherwise. IIRC they often did discuss various allegations made against him and others, e.g. the 'on another planet' headline etc . Again IIRC even this went down rather badly with the bulk of the overseas audience at the time; as messengers they couldn't afford to be shot, and you have to take that into account when judging their stance on things.

Often if you read between the lines, they do say what they mean, e,g. when they describe a performance as 'incredible' rather than 'superb' you may find a different meaning in there.


Re: Right Hand Turns

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 July 2014 - 6:24pm
Sorry you had such a fright .I would definitely contact National Express as the driver's judgement is woefully inadequate and put you at risk. You could try posting a comment on their facebook page – some cyclists find companies respond promptly to negative publicity.

+1 for Si's comment about eye-contact, although this can be tricky to achieve with a driver sitting in a high cab. From the sound of it, you were in the right position but the situation was unavoidable since the driver wouldn't wait. I'd be interested to see a streetmap link, if you're able – were you in a right filter lane? I normally find drivers show consideration (albeit still impatient) when I'm stopped in the centre of a single lane to turn right. If the lane is slightly wider, they can try to undertake so eye contact often works and I still have some room to move to the central white line if necessary. If I'm on the outside of a two lane carriageway, I'm extra vigilant looking at the drivers directly behind and to my left, but it's still a vulnerable position reliant on good drivers, not selfish ones .

Incidentally, since raising the handlebars I'm much more comfortable looking round when riding, so if you find it awkward, it might be worth adjusting the bars and saddle to suit.

Re: Triumph of HiViz over common sense?

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 July 2014 - 6:01pm
I saw another variant today. Someone cycling along in what appeared to be a bright yellow shower cap. No helmet underneath as far as I could tell, just a shower cap and apart from that normal clothes.

Re: ITV TdeF coverage; any good?

CTC Forum - Racing - 23 July 2014 - 5:48pm
Si wrote:Regarding the commentary 'pandering' to Americans, I was under the impression that Liggett and Sherwin were working for an American TV company and that ITV4 bought the feed off them (this is why you never get any chat between the commentators and the pundits/presenters). Which might explain why it is American biased, if it is still the case.
Interesting. It's no secret that they do provide commentary to several English Language broadcasters and I remember Ned saying that the largest cheque came from the Canadian OLN - Outdoor Life Network (which, in what can only be described as a monumental error chose to dub itself the "Only Lance Network" ). I don't know whether that means that they are employed directly or operate freelance but it is probably safe to say that it made a difference to how they dealt with the Armstrong saga.
I'm sure I recall that when Liggett was mentioning Brian Robinson's collision (http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/cycl ... 11074.html) a few days ago he said that all at ITV wished him well. Maybe the other networks were on a commercial break at the time?

Re: Alaska to Argentinia

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 July 2014 - 5:47pm
Hi wannabepunk,
I've been touring in the Americas for 1.5 years now. Although I started in San Francisco, not in Alaska. I'm in Costa rica at the moment. Will try to answer some of you questions, but feel free to message me if you need anything. Happy to help

1. Essential kit needed. I have an old EG Bates (reynolds 531 tubing) tourer that I'd love to do it on but it's 30 years old and I am not sure the thin tyres would cope with the different road surfaces! But other than the bike what else do you think I need?
In general, I would say your mindset is more important than your gear. Things will break, no matter how good they are. So you need to be prepare to be able to solve problems on the road. I've seen people touring with really cheap and old bikes, and every problem becomes a challenge. What I would absolutely recommend is some sort of waterproof bags to keep the important things dry. Most of the tourers use Ortlieb panniers, but I've also seen plastic buckets attached to the racks that work quite well.

2. Amount of money needed.
Well, that depends on your needs. I travel with my girlfriend on 10 USD per day each. This covers everything. I've met people travelling on even less money and others on more. If you want to read about specific touring budgets per country, here you can have an idea: http://www.cyclingelmundo.com/travel-budgets/

3. Best time of year to try and do it (At 80 miles a day it would take about 270 days, so probably closer to a year with stops etc)
Normally, people starts in Alaska in summer, so they hit the fall in the US, the dry season in Central America, clear skies in the Andes and summer again in Patagonia - Tierra del Fuego. But this would take about 1.5 years to complete. It seems you want to go a lot faster than that. So you will hit some not-so-good weather at some point. But hey, that's part of the adventure!

4. Skills needed - which bits of the bike am I likely to need to learn to fix? It took me roughly 5 years to successfully sort out a puncture, so this one is a biggy.
As I said, mindset is the most important. You can always hitch a ride to the next town to get your bike fixed if you can't. But I would recommend to learn how to do the basic stuff, specially the basic maintenance to keep your bike running smoothly.

5. Any tips on routes, or places I can get tips from?
You can check the route i followed here: http://www.cyclingelmundo.com/route/

6. Places to definitely try and avoid?
I would say the caribbean coast of Honduras wasn't my favourite place for bicycle touring. Nothing ever happened to me, but I could feel things weren't just right. I didn't have any problems at any other place

If you need anything else, just ask

Re: Normandy Queries

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 July 2014 - 5:24pm
Have just got back from a week's tour as previously outlined and thought I'd report back + answer my original questions for anyone's interest:

The voises verte were, as usual great. Whilst unsurfaced the fine grit surface most of the time was excellent (I was riding a lightweight tourer with 28 tyres) and, though an old railway track and well graded, they climbed to some good heights in places with wonderful sweeping views, especially the Valle de See south of Sourdeval on the Vois Vertes du Bocage Virois.

Les Pommiers campsite at Ouisteham was fine. A little on the grubby side but it is well used by lots of ferry passengers + many others, so not a surprise. However, the site can be easily accessed by anyone from the Caen canal path, so if possible try and pitch over on the western side of the site, away from the canal just to be on the safe side.

In summary, St Malo to Ouistreham using the above voises verte via Audan sur Odon and Bayeaux and the eastern end of the D-Day beaches is a very nice 1-week trip which I can highly recommend. If anyone's interested in further detail pm me.

Re: Right Hand Turns

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 July 2014 - 5:06pm
Hard to say for your particular case having not witnessed exactly what happened and how you handled it, but speaking more generally, rather than follow a hard a fast rule regarding position I'd suggest that one takes good observation of what is happening behind, and reacts appropriately. Thus if it looks like the vehicle behind is going to try to squeeze down that little gap to your left then either shut the door on them or move right to get a bit more room once one has slowed them down. And, of course, if one can establish eye contact with the driver they are much more likely to back off a bit, but to do this one does need to be able to look behind properly rather than just flick the head......which is an issue we get with a number of experienced cyclists.

Re: Right Hand Turns

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 July 2014 - 5:03pm
You do need to complain to NatEx. Say the bus hit you and you only just maintained control.
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