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Re: Safer on a recumbent?

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 hours 8 min ago
Cunobelin wrote:because recumbents are low, sleek and moving, which reads as "predator" this spooking the horses

Sleek? Me on a recumbent, sleek?

Re: Help settle an argument

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 hours 36 sec ago
For the umpteenth time on this thread I'll repeat that the horn is not a device for instructing others how to behave. It is solely a defensive device to warn others of your presence.

Re: Boris' backie

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 hours 3 min ago
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. ...

Anyone wishing to re-examine this will find the related thread here.

Re: Safer on a recumbent?

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 hours 22 min ago
I spooked two horses yesterday came round a fast right hander I was doing 25mph + didn't see them until the last moment, I braked hard but it was too late both horses reared up, all I could do was the say sorry, but one of the riders said it was my flag, flashing front light and I shouldn't be on the road, I just left, what else could I do.

What a coincidence in the CTC magazine Aug/Sept there is a bit on horse sence page 61

Re: Scotland in 2 weeks

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 hours 27 min ago
LollyKat wrote:I'm sorry the sun didn't shine more for you but you have some wonderfully atmospheric photos. Hope you'll come back again one day.
I definitely will! Actually I thought the weather was quite good! I had some days without rain, which I didn't expect, it never rained for the whole day (though often it did rain for the whole night). Plus I hate cycling when it's hot, so the temperature (usually below 15 degrees) was perfect. I only used my jacket when it was raining (or not even then).

Jimstar79 wrote:Your tent near the beach in Durness really looks ideal - was it too cold for a quick swim?!
It was, because the moment I took the picture, the sun disappeared behind the clouds... So I actually never used my swimsuit I also never used a much heavier windstopper, but in Iceland I learned it's better to have too many warm clothes than too little

Re: Scotland in 2 weeks

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 hours 31 min ago
robing wrote:Therealsouthstander wrote:In my opinion The Outer Hebrides off Scotland's West coast is among the best cycling you'll find anywhere...

Get the Ferry from Oban to the Isle of Barra , cycle around the island then get another ferry to Eriskay,then cycle South Uist,Benbecula,North Uist then the magical Bernaray.. Ferry from Bernaray to the best bit ,the Isle of Harris and Isle of Lewis.. Then ferry from Stornoway to Ullapool.. All ferries will cost about £30 in total and these islands are a cyclists dream,really quiet roads with a great surface - Did you mention nature ? You'll be in heaven


Do not miss The Outer Hebrides..

I'm going to do this next month. But I will get the ferry from Harris to Uig, cycle across Skye, ferry to Mallaig, cycle across Ardnamurchan and then via Mull back to Oban.


Your route is perfect ,once You pass Harris and go into Lewis it's not as good,so heading over to Skye ,Mallaig !Ardanmurchan and Mull your going to constantly be in superb cycling areas..

Not sure if it fits in but there's a really good bunkhouse on Mull beside the ferry back to Oban...

Hopefully the weather is good for you. It's been really cold and wet this summer...

Re: Where to stay with bikes in Rutland?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 hours 41 min ago
If you don't want to pay a fortune what about South Witham Travelodge on the A1. https://www.travelodge.co.uk/hotels/129 ... tham-hotel It's under 10 miles from the Whitwell car park. Every travelodge I've stayed in let you keep bikes in your room. Less than a mile from South WItham village which has a couple of pubs for evening meals. One of them, the Blue Cow, brews it's own beer on site. If you'd like something a bit better than basic pub food the Jackson Stops "gastro pub" at Stretton about 2 miles away is well thought of by the pretentious though personally I'd recommend the Tollemache Arms at Buckminster 6 miles away - high quality food, decent beer, good service , pleasant surroundings and no fancy prices....http://www.tollemache-arms.co.uk/

For breakfast in the morning the diner at Colsterworth(take the A151 towards Bourne from the A1 it's about 1/4 mile on the left just after the little roundabout) serves the locally famous Beltbuster breakfast for about a fiver.

If you fancied spending a couple of days in the area this wouldn't be a bad day ride. On the route is Woolsthorpe Manor the home of SIr Isaac Newton which is worth a visit as is the much more grandiose Belvoir Castle. http://ridewithgps.com/routes/9576126

Re: Scotland in 2 weeks

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 hours 43 min ago
Therealsouthstander wrote:In my opinion The Outer Hebrides off Scotland's West coast is among the best cycling you'll find anywhere...

Get the Ferry from Oban to the Isle of Barra , cycle around the island then get another ferry to Eriskay,then cycle South Uist,Benbecula,North Uist then the magical Bernaray.. Ferry from Bernaray to the best bit ,the Isle of Harris and Isle of Lewis.. Then ferry from Stornoway to Ullapool.. All ferries will cost about £30 in total and these islands are a cyclists dream,really quiet roads with a great surface - Did you mention nature ? You'll be in heaven


Do not miss The Outer Hebrides..

I'm going to do this next month. But I will get the ferry from Harris to Uig, cycle across Skye, ferry to Mallaig, cycle across Ardnamurchan and then via Mull back to Oban.

Re: Safer on a recumbent?

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 hours 49 min ago
661-Pete wrote:I'd say, no. But you hardly ever see a 'bent around these parts - neither in town nor in the countryside. Not even in Brighton. So where do they congregate?

To my mind, they are simply something that the average motorist doesn't expect to encounter. Those who would respond, the same applies to conventional bikes, I'd say, not true, the majority of motorists are reasonable drivers and do see and behave responsibly about cyclists. So don't perplex them by placing yourself far closer to the ground than they are expecting!

And they're definitely a known hazard wherever there are horses around.

But maybe I'm prejudiced, seeing as I've never owned nor ridden a 'bent. They're far too expensive, for what you get....

That is the problem.... it is those who have no experience that assume that they are dangerous

Horses are definitely an issue though... mainly because recumbents are low, sleek and moving, which reads as "predator" this spooking the hores

Re: Safer on a recumbent?

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 hours 2 sec ago
I reckon cars give my recumbent trike more room than a bike. Another bloke here who rides a recumbent bike as well as his trike reckons he gets more respect from cars when he is on his recumbent trike.


OB

Re: Pride comes before a fall

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 hours 4 min ago
Tacascarow wrote:mercalia wrote:I think the explanation is that both had just tried to install Windows 10 and it didnt work and their pcs all messed up

maybe the cyclist should have been further out in the road so that the driver couldnt pass? when this happens to me and I know a car behind me I cycle into a gap of the parked cars - I see there was one coming up? the car driver should have considered this first and given time for this to happen?

Any way scarey all around, atleast the car driver had a fall and grazed his hands. One of these days a cyclist will pull out a taser, and taser the driver can u get them on Ebay?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Batman-Returns-CATWOMAN-With-Whipping-Arm-Action-Taser-Gun-Kenner-1992-MOC-/161778248009?hash=item25aabc2949

not good enough I was in a discussion a few weeks back with a cyclist from the States who was amazed when I said it's illegal to carry pepper spray in the UK.
Actually made them think twice about coming here to tour.

The cyclist in this instance handled it badly but that's no excuse for the drivers ignorance of the highway code or his subsequent attempt to harm property & physical.
If you are trying to prove a point with a camera the best thing you can do is shut up & let the camera & the offender do the talking.


this does seem to be legal according to the web site?
http://www.ukpreppersguide.co.uk/legal-pepper-spray-for-self-defence

Re: Pride comes before a fall

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 hours 4 min ago
mercalia wrote:Spinners wrote:Looks like the clown has made a privacy complaint.


which and how do u know and where?
The originator of the video posted on YouTube, saying he's had a message from YouTube moderators.

Re: Safer on a recumbent?

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 hours 10 min ago
I'd say, no. But you hardly ever see a 'bent around these parts - neither in town nor in the countryside. Not even in Brighton. So where do they congregate?

To my mind, they are simply something that the average motorist doesn't expect to encounter. Those who would respond, the same applies to conventional bikes, I'd say, not true, the majority of motorists are reasonable drivers and do see and behave responsibly about cyclists. So don't perplex them by placing yourself far closer to the ground than they are expecting!

And they're definitely a known hazard wherever there are horses around.

But maybe I'm prejudiced, seeing as I've never owned nor ridden a 'bent. They're far too expensive, for what you get....

Re: Pride comes before a fall

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 hours 13 min ago
Spinners wrote:Looks like the clown has made a privacy complaint.


which and how do u know and where?

Re: Safer on a recumbent?

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 hours 36 min ago
Far safer.

Re: Pride comes before a fall

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 hours 41 min ago
mjr wrote:honesty wrote:Specifically recommended against doing this in the various cycling training manuals isn't it? I know in cars they say not to hop between parked cars, but take the lane and stay there as its less dangerous.
I would also say that people cycling have a right to reach their destination in a timely manner without being held up by motorists behind them as well as in front, but in this video, he/she seems to have plenty of time to chase and argue with the motorist.

Either way this could have been completely avoided if the driver hadn't driven like a prat. The victim was a bit silly chasing him down, but having done the same myself in the heat of the moment it's understandable. Also remember that the camera will make this look further away than it was as the lens angle will distort the image.
Yes, based on my own handlebar camera, that looked scarily close... but you've chased people down? When someone passes me as badly as that (happily rare), I check all my extremities are intact, thank my lucky stars and hope I don't share a road with that incompetent/evil motorist again. I have once told a motorist I found their overtake scary when they had parked (illegally) in the cycle parking I used (some minutes later - they said sorry) and I once suffered an attempted road-rage attack because I said something ("whoa!" IIRC) when someone overtook so close I felt the air displaced by their wing mirror... but deliberately chase them down? Why do that?

Not chased really, more they were stuck in traffic 100 feet ahead so I went up to them to ask what they were playing at. Should have left it in hindsight.

Safer on a recumbent?

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 hours 48 min ago
No sure which way to call this one:

I'm approaching and signalling to turn right across a 4x4 waiting at a T junction. The lady in dark glasses looks straight at me for a good 2-3 seconds then checks the other direction.

My instinct says people don't just look at a recumbent, they always do a double take, I always get a 'what the ****** is that look'. This time I didn't, so I covered the brakes and sure enough she started to pull straight out straight at me.

Fortunately she heard my VERY LOUD shout and stopped.

Only the third time in 10 years (50,000 miles) that a motorist has failed to see me (second time at this junction) and I was on my lowest recumbent.

You could argue that my past experience at the same junction, or the 'look away' to check the other direction were the vital factors and an upright bike would have been spotted more easily but I still feel much safer on a recumbent.

Re: Boris' backie

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 hours 3 min ago
I think all the above is another days discussion and £300 claimed at the House of Fraud.

More subsidised grub and wine m'Laud? And for you,Lord Coke(not Cola darhlin)?

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 hours 33 min ago
Looks like its a Cardiff Castle day today. Maybe go see a movie this evening too. St Fagans is only partially operating today (checked the website) so may save it for tomorrow. What else should I think about doing while in Cardiff? Specifically things open on a sunday.

Re: Anyone Use Taptalk?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 hours 40 min ago
I use tapatalk on my iphone and ipad to follow 5 forums and it works well - no issues at all
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