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Re: An answer to potholes

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 May 2015 - 8:53pm
I wouldn't have drawn them that way, but whatever.

As Freud once said "Not every cigar is a *****".

Re: An answer to potholes

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 May 2015 - 8:47pm
Flinders wrote:Must be a local thing. Round here, those involved with road maintenance will tell you that they are basically just doing cheap patching, which isn't economic, as it falls to bits in no time.
They recently did some remedial work round here (Dropped gratings with inches-deep missing bits of tarmac round them) and the remedial work has left a terrible surface, so they are now arguing with the contractors about it. If the have to redo it, we'll have all the disruption all over again. And the gratings on the other side of the road still need doing, and are getting worse.
Some smaller rural roads local to me haven't been swept or cleaned for years, and the buildup of mud in the centres is growing grass. There are big cracks and potholes which you can't see when they are covered by the large puddles we also have as a result of drainage problems being left for years. Standing water is causing cracks in the tarmac when it freezes, and pneumatic damage when it isn't.

It's the same where I live and within a 60 mile radius,the sheer stupidity of it would be hilarious if it weren't so tragic

Re: Touring in Sweden

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 May 2015 - 8:40pm
Andrew , Yes may well see you. Thanks for the info Have emailed the store in Honningsvag, awaiting reply. Pretty much kitted out except for the mozzie net. Like Andrew I'll skip on the back up fuel stove. Getting ever closer to departure, exited.

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 May 2015 - 8:29pm
It did help our village school to have the PCSOs hanging about now and again at school start and home time. It especially helped the dire parking that was going on. It's worth asking about. But I'd be very surprised if admin can get any PCSOs to ride with them to school.

Re: An answer to potholes

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 May 2015 - 7:27pm
Must be a local thing. Round here, those involved with road maintenance will tell you that they are basically just doing cheap patching, which isn't economic, as it falls to bits in no time.
They recently did some remedial work round here (Dropped gratings with inches-deep missing bits of tarmac round them) and the remedial work has left a terrible surface, so they are now arguing with the contractors about it. If the have to redo it, we'll have all the disruption all over again. And the gratings on the other side of the road still need doing, and are getting worse.
Some smaller rural roads local to me haven't been swept or cleaned for years, and the buildup of mud in the centres is growing grass. There are big cracks and potholes which you can't see when they are covered by the large puddles we also have as a result of drainage problems being left for years. Standing water is causing cracks in the tarmac when it freezes, and pneumatic damage when it isn't.

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 May 2015 - 7:20pm
I'd also agree that it might be an idea to contact the police about it.

If I simply gave up without even reporting the problem and then (the gods forbid) a child/parent was injured, or worse, I'd feel bad I hadn't at least tried to do something.

Also, local papers are often short of copy and desperate for 'parent slams XXX' articles complete with pic of disconsolate kid and bike, they might be worth a go, especially if the kids might find it fun to be in the paper.....

Re: Maps tips

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 May 2015 - 5:38pm
I normally use the free 1:250 000 OS maps, these work well in rural areas like most of Scotland but in more built up areas can miss out quite a lot of roads and make navigating a bit harder. https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/openda ... ducts.html

Re: Locking bikes & panniers during the day in Europe

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 May 2015 - 4:53pm
Ok awesome! All your suggestions make sense. Awesome tip about locking panniers in a locker if we're in a city.

Thanks everyone!

Re: Maps tips

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 May 2015 - 3:55pm
I would have thought OS tour map of Scotland should do your job. I have a very dog eared earlier version which always did my job. I no longer use since it I've GB 250K on my phone.
I wouldn't put too much reliance on TI as there are very few left now.

Maps tips

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 May 2015 - 3:41pm
Hi guys

Just wondering for those people who still use paper maps what scales you generally aim for? I've read ideally 1:100000 - 200000/obviously showing b roads and ideally cycling routes, along with the standard fare of camp sites etc etc.

I'm touring the western isles (inc Hebrides) and then cycling down into galloway forest park and I'm thinking I might just buy a philips navigator scotland atlas and rip out the pages I need as the scale seemed okay. For the Hebrides there is that philips hebrides which seems useful, I'm assuming tourist information centres along the way will be of use as well. In general, the ordnance landranger series seem to be too small and the 'tour' series for scotland isn't really ideal for touring.

The tour for the Lake District and Cumbria seems pretty good though as I'll also be cycling through there.

So yeah essentially, what does one look for in a map?

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.
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