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Re: Car in bike lane gets moved by cyclist

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 July 2015 - 10:23am
kwackers wrote:Cycling near Trafford Park this evening I spotted a lorry parked up on a shared bike/ped path completely blocking it (and by lorry I mean an artic with trailer!).

I see that sort of thing every day. There's a cycle lane marked on the road I can see from my office window, and because there are no buildings directly adjacent to it there everyone and their granny seems to think it's OK to park there while they check their map/phone/lunchbox/whatever.

Re: Boris' backie

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 July 2015 - 10:18am
iviehoff wrote:There is at least one case on what it means for a bicycle to be "adapted" for carrying passengers. A few years ago someone was prosecuted for carrying a child on a saddle they had stuck onto the top tube with sticky tape. The case was not contested, so it doesn't set legal precedent. But it tends to suggest "adapted" is interpreted as meaning "properly adapted", some ad hoc solution like putting a cushion on the back-rack doesn't count.
I *think* that it was one of the normal kid saddles, but had tape around the mount as well

Re: Brest to Presqu'ile de Crozon ferry, Brittany

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2015 - 10:09am
Thanks, Bernard, that was very kind of you. I'll be sure to reserve in advance.

If anyone's actually used this ferry I'd still be interested in their experience.

Re: Boris' backie

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 July 2015 - 10:08am
mjr wrote:As my back rack is specifically advertised for giving lifts...Then surely it is... "...adapted for the carriage of more than one person"
How do the police decide what is and what isn't?

Re: Boris' backie

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 July 2015 - 9:56am
As my back rack is specifically advertised for giving lifts, I'd be willing to give it a go. I'm pretty sure the police will stop the surprising number around here who give lifts on their handlebars before they argue the toss with me... but it's generally simpler if the other person rides their own bike so they can go off independently if needed. If they're somewhere without a bike and want one, I can put the folding bike on the rack or in the trailer.

Re: Free cycle touring kindle books

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2015 - 9:56am
Safely downloaded - thanks! Second url could do with a tweak.
Just the job for my impending tour. Look forward to reading them...

Re: Loose stones on the road

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 July 2015 - 9:21am
CREPELLO wrote:Here in Shropshire, the roads are being kept in what I would describe as a 'just about acceptable' state. Any worse and it will be unacceptable.
Here in Buckinghamshire we dream of having our roads in as good a condition as Shropshire's.

Re: Loose stones on the road

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 July 2015 - 9:19am
I remember even 15-20 years ago coming across enormous piles of stones, up to potato size, sometimes filling most of the width of a single-track lane, generally following recent heavy rain. I think one has to appreciate this is a hazard one is likely to encounter, especially on minor lanes, especially following recent heavy rain. Councils cannot realistically inspect minor roads very often, and are unlikely to sweep them more than once or twice a year.

Re: My first touring 'fail'

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2015 - 9:19am
I am pleased that you have found yourself to be human Nareloc. If you had completed those mileages I would have found myself even more wanting than I do now! I now do more modest mileages than I want to cos I have to! On my trips I am often meeting others whose health,fitness,experience is much better than my own...and is then very annoying!!
Example: 2 Kiwis in eastern Europe. Both riding under £150 Decathlon bikes,one with builders boots on one day,the next flip-flops: 60mpd. Of course they always had tailwinds whereas we had headwinds. Both were some 10 years older than myself(or they looked it) They could bivvy on tennis courts and get up next morning with not an ache in the world. What was very wearing was that as they cycled and as their back spokes broke...a bike shop was always within their reach,even a blacksmith! I know cherries ripened and branches bent down to give them offerings as they cycled along. Entering villages by chance they would be invited to be wedding guests wherein oxen would be slayed in their honour. I am 'pleased' to hear of someone who could be myself.

Re: Car in bike lane gets moved by cyclist

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 July 2015 - 9:17am
If it was a stunt I would expect a more profession film. The other explanation could be that the cyclist had already moved the car off the road and this was the final lift, hence the number of spectators.

Re: Boris' backie

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 July 2015 - 9:08am
There is at least one case on what it means for a bicycle to be "adapted" for carrying passengers. A few years ago someone was prosecuted for carrying a child on a saddle they had stuck onto the top tube with sticky tape. The case was not contested, so it doesn't set legal precedent. But it tends to suggest "adapted" is interpreted as meaning "properly adapted", some ad hoc solution like putting a cushion on the back-rack doesn't count.

Free cycle touring kindle books

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2015 - 9:00am
Part 1 of my two kindle books about bike tours I've completed are free for the next five days on Amazon. Please feel free to download them if you're interested.

Round the world by bike: "Every Inch of the Way" (Part 1- the European (UK) leg)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Every-Inch-Bike-Around-World-ebook/dp/B00CLUGALK/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Touring in the Himalayas: "Biking to the Roof of the World" (Part 1 - Chandigahr to Manali)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Biking-Roof-World-PART-adventures-ebook/dp/B012NMLR4U/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1438156791&sr=1-1&keywords=biking+to+the+roof+of+the+world

Thanks! Lots more about these trips and others on http://www.tombrucecycling.com

Re: Question about bike shipping by plane

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2015 - 8:48am
dondelion wrote:I flew with Pegasus and had the same problem with the website so I rang their call centre and they added a bike to my booking. I then paid at the airport. I don't think there was a limit for the bike size but I checked my panniers in separately to be on the safe side.They do have an English option so ask them about this and stopovers when you call them.

HTH

Thanks for your reply. And what about the checked baggage size limits?

Re: Car in bike lane gets moved by cyclist

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 July 2015 - 8:05am
I suspect that this stunt may have been staged - seeing as the (Portuguese) caption translates as "the strongest man in the world". To my mind, I wouldn't make much fuss about a vehicle parked in a cycle lane: chances are I'd not be using it anyway!

Re: Loose stones on the road

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 July 2015 - 12:41am
chris_suffolk wrote:After heavy rain, round about the time of the DD as I recall, lots of sand is washed out of the surrounding land.
Aha! Thanks. Yes, it had been raining heavily for a week or so beforehand – I’d been eyeing the forecast nervously. Any idea if the councils clear the roads or if motor traffic eventually pushes the sand aside?

Re: North Coast 500 in Scotland

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2015 - 12:22am
I've ridden it, even in a 1000 words I could not describe how fantastic it is, it truly is like going to another planet, when I did it during the olympics I did not even know the olympics was on after leaving inverness, that shows how it is a different beautiful, stunning varied route.

Re: Loose stones on the road

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2015 - 11:32pm
sirmy wrote:Tony f33 "The contractor was employed by the highways agency and the debris/stones are not detritus, ergo it is definitely the CC that is duty bound by law within 28 days to fix it."

If the work was carried ouy for the Highways Agency (or highways England as it is now) then that suggests the road is a trunk road, as they are responsible for maintenance of motorways and trunk roads, and wouldn't be the responsibility of the highway authority (unless you mistyped). In areas with a unitary authority or in area formerly covered by the artifical counties thought up in the 70's it may be the city or district council rather than the county who are the highway authority. It could also be that the contractor could be held responsible for debris lkeft in the carriageway, depending on how lng th ework has been completed. that would be for the highway authority to follow up on.
I used 'agency' latterly which is a generic term but obviously since I had already mentioned the stones were from a footpath and between that and a pedestrian refuge and I was reporting the problem/complaint to the county council it was obvious what dept I was talking about...

Re: Car in bike lane gets moved by cyclist

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2015 - 9:57pm
Cycling near Trafford Park this evening I spotted a lorry parked up on a shared bike/ped path completely blocking it (and by lorry I mean an artic with trailer!).

Re: Loose stones on the road

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2015 - 9:50pm
After heavy rain, round about the time of the DD as I recall, lots of sand is washed out of the surrounding land. Much of the area is very sandy in Suffolk - just look in many of the fields to see. So it's not come more than a few yards. Not sure why the land is so sandy whilst the coast itself is shingle, can only assume that the sea currents move all the sand whilst leaving the stones

Another thing as I think about it..

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 July 2015 - 9:46pm
IN 1990 on one of my earliest tours, one night in France, myself and three companions were awake all night in this hotel having had dinner and coffee there. We had pounding pulses all night, not irregular that I remember. In the morning we were fine and it did not recur. We felt sure it had to the coffee. God knows what was in it.
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