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Re: mobile charger for iPhone

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 May 2015 - 3:36pm
There are literally hundreds of USB power packs - any of which should work.

The other option (if this would be regular is a dynamo solution - but that's a search the forum job...

Re: Cycling to school for years, but children no longer happ

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 May 2015 - 2:44pm
geocycle wrote:pwa wrote:As walking is a practical option, with lots to be said in its favour, I would choose that if the kids are getting stressed by the cycling. The kids are the priority, not the cycling. I would keep the cycling for journeys that are less prone to conflict, at least for a while. And walking is an excellent habit for a child to have.

I agree. This will also get them used to walking independently which they will want to do at some point soon. You might find they then come back to cycling when older and more confident.

I would agree with this also. While there are many things that can be done, they will take time to give results, if any, so either walking or cycling on the pavement would be better so the kids don't get stressed. Have you got a 20 mph zone outside your school, or is this just Scotland?

Re: Solo Etiquette

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 May 2015 - 2:22pm
I do find that a lot of pubs don't serve evening meals on Sundays (having spent all day serving Sunday roast lunches)
Otherwise, I have often found them happy to take orders at 6.30 - 7.00ish and you get better attention then.
More touristy places have longer hours than deeply rural local pubs.
Staff can be quite chatty (it goes with the job), but I usually take a book or magazine to read if its quiet.
I often just ask for water with a meal - it's much more common than it used to be, so you won't be considered odd for not drinking alcohol.
As a veggie, I get a bit obsessed about finding good food but most pubs I have tried can be flexible about their menu especially at quieter times.

Re: Cycling to school for years, but children no longer happ

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 May 2015 - 12:17pm
Stradageek wrote:...
Track down your local PCSO, play the child victim card and the publicity card and I think/very much hope you'll get a result.
The publicity aspect might be an added bonus. If e.g. local papers, parish magazines, etc. report a story about drivers terrorising young children cycling and how the Police are now involved with maybe a comment from the Police along the lines of "we will be continuing to monitor and making regular checks on drivers ..." it might help quite a lot (and maybe on more routes than your own as well). I would assume most of those close passes are not intended as "punishment" but are just bad driving, lack of consideration, etc. And the risk of a Police Officer being round the next corner or even just having been made aware as to what they are doing might help improve things.

Ian

Re: mobile charger for iPhone

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 May 2015 - 11:43am
There is another thread around on the same subject so you might find some help there (as I doubt people will bother to answer two threads on similar subjects.

Ian

Re: Cycling to school for years, but children no longer happ

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 May 2015 - 11:14am
pwa wrote:As walking is a practical option, with lots to be said in its favour, I would choose that if the kids are getting stressed by the cycling. The kids are the priority, not the cycling. I would keep the cycling for journeys that are less prone to conflict, at least for a while. And walking is an excellent habit for a child to have.

I agree. This will also get them used to walking independently which they will want to do at some point soon. You might find they then come back to cycling when older and more confident.

mobile charger for iPhone

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 May 2015 - 11:12am
Hi
going on another ultra light tour. Anyone recommend an on the move iPhone charger preferably with rechargeable batteries.

Thinking of not using a map just my iPhone satnav.

cheers

Re: Solo Etiquette

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 May 2015 - 10:17am
If the OP has a garmin it would be useful as a back up at least to load the wetherspoons poi file.

Spoons food can be a bit outofabox but the steaks are decent (especially if you pay extra for the aberdeen angus) and the beer is great, varied and cheap. No great etiquette at any time - select a table, note the number, order food at bar, relax.
If you are canny you can also recharge stuff.

Re: where can I buy a bike box in Nice

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 May 2015 - 9:41am
robgul wrote:There is a GoSport shop in the middle of the town - just N of the big square where the trams are ... or it may be a Decathlon? - whatever, pretty good chance of blagging a cardboard bike carrton.

Rob
I also went to this store last year, and they gave me a box free of charge. Really helpful staff.

Re: Cycling to school for years, but children no longer happ

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 May 2015 - 9:39am
My experience suggests that the PCSO on a bike idea is well worth trying. Whenever we have had problems at our Youth Club the local PCSOs have been excellent. They realise that they're presence is often enough to sort out an issue, they rarely have to do anything or say anything to anyone and they are very popular with the kids in general.

Try asking for a PCSO bike escort for the school run every day for a week - your kids would love it and (if experience at the Youth Club is anything to go by) the rest of the kids at school will mob the PCSO when he arrives gaining even greater publicity for your cause.

Track down your local PCSO, play the child victim card and the publicity card and I think/very much hope you'll get a result.

Re: Cycling to school for years, but children no longer happ

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 May 2015 - 8:50am
Perhaps a GoPro?

- You get to film the ride for interest (and for evidence if you get another punishment pass)
- GoPros are boxy and obvious when stuck to the top of a helmet, so hopefully drivers will know they're being filmed.

It's expensive, though, so might not be worth doing unless you fancy using it beyond the commute. Also, there might be legal issues if you're still filming when you get to the school gates.

Re: Solo Etiquette

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 May 2015 - 8:47am
If you have a bit of time in Cardiff dont miss the Welsh Folk Museum at St Fagans http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/stfagans/, a remarkable institution, particularly the many buildings. Worth a whole day or more. Pontypridd Market on a Wednesday or Saturday morning will give you a real feeling of the valleys. Have fun, but avoid lavabread.

Al

Re: Beware of Wildlife!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 May 2015 - 1:29am
There was a pair, then family, of swans I encountered several times a week on my commute until recently. My first encounter saw one sat at the side of the path and the other in the middle of the path so a 5 minute stalemate happened. Other encounters delayed me but a work colleague on foot met them and had to be 'rescued' by another cyclist who diverted the swans' attention.







With a selfie stick.

Re: How limiting is a rigid bike?

CTC Forum - MTB - 3 May 2015 - 1:01am
deliquium wrote:I didn't realise one could do an off road track from Joe Brown's to Llyn Ogwen - MUST investigate, cos the A5 trunk road is OFNADWY!
Yep,just follow the road 'till you run out of tarmac

I know and love the lanes from Bethesda to Llanberis - but prefer to avoid the traffic strewn Llanberis Pass and take the longer minor lanes via Ceunant and Waun Fawr back home
Agreed!
I just love the that road from Waun Fawr

You'll have to come over, be kind, and show me how to ride off tarmac John?
We'll definitely have to get together for a ride when I'm over your way,hopefully in the not too distant,not so sure I can teach you anything though,you looked pretty capable to me last time we met

NO I am NOT ever going to have disc brakes or suspension forks - BY THE WAY
I don't blame you about the suspension forks,but the discs are really good off road 'apparatus'

Re: Beware of Wildlife!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 May 2015 - 12:01am
Hi,
Yeh, Jack my 38 kilo pointer even backed off when they hiss

Your example was dozy in comparison......that's the swan........

Re: Beware of Wildlife!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 May 2015 - 11:46pm
The whole 'swans can break a man's arm with a flap of their wings' thing was certainly at the forefront of my mind.

Of course, the swan encounter pales in comparison to the rutting Scottish stag of Glencoe: http://sabrutat.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/deery-me_20.html

Re: Solo Etiquette

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 May 2015 - 10:25pm
I usually ask around for a decent pub. You could also get a copy of the Good Pub Guide, use their site or app. As for etiquette, I often take a book or kindle along to my evening meal, if I'm alone. I don't worry too much about other people being around. I tend to go a bit early (7:00 pm, or shortly thereafter), as the food and service both will usually be better than in the middle of peak time. Many pubs and rural restaurants don't serve food between 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm, so if you need a snack or meal in that period, either carry something with you, or buy your food in a shop/store, instead. That has caught me out a number of times.

Early meals can be family time in some places, especially rural pubs, so it's worth asking around before going.

Re: Beware of Wildlife!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 May 2015 - 9:46pm
All part of the rich tapestry...
I also think you handled the situation well!

Re: How limiting is a rigid bike?

CTC Forum - MTB - 2 May 2015 - 9:19pm
Bicycler wrote:People went mountain biking before suspension.

People went down bridleways and canal paths on road bikes, before mountain bikes came along.

How far back do you wanna go with this?

If you put a 32/36h wheelset on and something like 25c Marathon Plus (that have an all purpose tread) I can't see why going down trails would be that bad, you'd just have to learn how to handle skinny tyres on a trail. Handling will be harder but damaging the bike or being bumped around, I wouldn't be too worried about.

My only concern would be the wheels not having enough spokes, mine are only 20/24h, but why are the potholes along canal paths and trails any worse than English roads anyway - they aren't! There's potholes not even 100M from my house that will just bend the rear wheel if you went over it too fast. On my street there's a grid running parallel to the kerb as well. I have never in my life seen anything that dangerous on a canal path or bridleway! Yet there it is right on my street.

Some parts of the UK's roads are just ridiculous. Like riding over a load of 1cm cubes or something, except the cubes are stuck there... they call it "tarmac" lol. All peeling away in layers.

Re: hour record.

CTC Forum - Racing - 2 May 2015 - 8:19pm
Hi,
By Wiggo's own admission he has never won a one day race
He is good at TT's but how is he on the day over 60 mins
I fear that a disappointment here will play heavy for 2016 as he says I will attempt once..................

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/tony-ma ... rd-in-2015
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