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Re: Signs - Minutes or Mileage

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 May 2015 - 8:00pm
foxyrider wrote:There are some cycleroute signs in Handsworth, Sheffield that use time rather than distance - I'd post a pic but Streetview isn't new enough! Anyhow, the signage suggests Rotherham is 40 minutes and Meadowhall a mere 30 minutes.
Is that accurate or not?
Google maps gives a just over 4 mile distance to Meadowhall by road (a fair few minor roads not the car route) and a generous 10mph speed considering it's downhill all the way, is the signposted route suggested the one that goes all the way around the golf course?

Re: Any point in reporting a v v close pass?

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 May 2015 - 7:59pm
Bigjim - I did wonder if the close pass 4x4 was a hybrid. I didn't hear it behind me which I normally do.

Hook of Holland - Europort ferry

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 May 2015 - 7:51pm
Has anyone got experience of arriving at Rotterdam Europort and using the fast ferry to reach Hook of Holland? Is it easy to get to? which stop did you use?

Re: Glad They Got a Bike Lane

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 May 2015 - 7:22pm
Cyclists and walkers can still use the pedestrian path and cycletrack on the M2 bridge.

The s106 agreement extended the pedestrian/cycletrack from the bridge on the north side of the A228 to the gate, where it is intended to join the cycletrack into the new estate. From the estate you can still walk or cycle via the A228. There's a pavement for pedestrians but it's a horrible road to cycle.

Re: Glad They Got a Bike Lane

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 May 2015 - 7:03pm
gaz wrote:Philip Benstead wrote:Please explain what is going on here
A shared pedestrian and cycle path has been constructed as part of a housing development. The route is clearly in place as can be seen from the google satellite image.

There are various legal wranglings going on between the landowner, the developer and the council and until they are resolved the gate will remain locked.

It supposedly doubles up as an emergency access route to the Medway Gate site.

2004 planning approval can be found here, application MC2004/0063 (Cuxton Pit no 3, Cuxton Road, Strood).

Can cyclist and walkers still gain access to the bridge?

Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 May 2015 - 6:59pm
Only a pleasure! Credit where credit is due. It's a great book...b

Re: Bus plus a bike?

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 May 2015 - 6:19pm
Go North East used to carry bikes along part of the Consett to Sunderland cycle way. You could put them in the wheel chair bay.

Re: Glad They Got a Bike Lane

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 May 2015 - 6:14pm
Philip Benstead wrote:Please explain what is going on here
A shared pedestrian and cycle path has been constructed as part of a housing development. The route is clearly in place as can be seen from the google satellite image.

There are various legal wranglings going on between the landowner, the developer and the council and until they are resolved the gate will remain locked.

It supposedly doubles up as an emergency access route to the Medway Gate site.

2004 planning approval can be found here, application MC2004/0063 (Cuxton Pit no 3, Cuxton Road, Strood).

Re: cyclocross for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 May 2015 - 6:11pm
I have a Croix de Fer 2014 (between CX and general purpose ?) which I day ride round flatlandia. And I think about going touring on it (probably for an entire spring/summer round Europe). And I think I would need different gearing. And I then wonder about the costs for changes vs the cost of a decent touring bike and whilst there is a difference, I wonder about how worthwhile changing it into a tourer (for me) would be. It's great around the rural lanes for my current use and have no regrets buying it. But I wonder if I'd take it touring without some significant expenditure. I am not experienced and have not taken it touring, so I am basing my thoughts on my own touring needs on the fact that even here in East Anglia with a single 5Kg load single pannier I do sometimes use the lowest gear and I think that given more luggage with hillier terrain the bike's lowest gear might not be enough (and it would be a get off and push ...)

ps. I's size 9 footwear and with a standard Tubus rack and Ortileb back roller panniers I have no issues with clearance.

But I'm not experienced enough to provide advice on this, just my limited thoughts/limited experiences.

Ian

Re: Glad They Got a Bike Lane

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 May 2015 - 5:53pm
If it is taking more than 7 years to open it, maybe it will take 7 years to close it.

Get the bolt cutters out.

Re: Glad They Got a Bike Lane

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 May 2015 - 5:50pm
gaz wrote:October 2008, promising signs of development of the pedestrian and cycle route linking the cycle track across the M2 bridge to the new Medway Gate housing development .
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.38277 ... 0?hl=en-GB
Presumably the cycle and pedestrian access was part of the permissions for the new development.

August 2009, the gates haven't been opened yet . https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.38277 ... 0?hl=en-GB

May 2012, still locked . https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.38277 ... 0?hl=en-GB

May 2015, no change . You'll have to take my word for it until the streetview car goes past again.


Please explain what is going on here

Re: North Sea Cycle Route

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 May 2015 - 5:48pm
I'm doing Rotterdam to Esbjerg this summer - I've got maps and guides that take me to the top of Denmark and can't imagine why anyone would need GPS, its well signposted and pretty obvious. GPS can be useful but in this case its pretty pointless! Bikeline actually do the Danish book in English so there's really no excuse to get lost.

Re: Glad They Got a Bike Lane

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 May 2015 - 5:48pm
If the law is more lapse for parking over a cycle lane than it would be if it was just a normal bit of road then they are winding up cyclists on purpose because you then have a road that was deemed dangerous enough to need a cycle lane, with cars parked in it that cyclists now have to ride around, that wouldn't be parked there if there was a double yellow line there which would be there were it not for the cycle path being there. Sir Humphrey Appleby eat your heart out.

Re: Cycling out of Marco Polo Airport Venice (Mestre)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 May 2015 - 5:44pm
I did this last year. After exiting the airport I cycled 10km along the SS14 and exited at Portegrandi to take the smaller road to Jesolo. It was ok. It may be just me but I've found some italian SS roads very civilised, and even pleasant, compared to the UK. It would have probably been nicer to take the water bus to Punta Sabbioni and start from there, but I've no idea whether they take bikes. The roads from Jesolo onwards are pretty quiet country lanes. I had to take the SS14 again between Latisana and Cervignano del Friuli - I don't think there is another way. The best bit of that coastal road is the last 20km or so into Trieste, which again is the SS14, popular with cyclists. Though the SP1 road that goes parallel to it higher up is also nice and possibly quieter - it passes the village of Prosecco (I took this road on the way back).

Re: Bus plus a bike?

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 May 2015 - 5:43pm
News of buses carrying bikes...it just cheers me right up. How good to see. I mean,what does it take? Some bicycle carrying contraption on the front or rear of the bus. An easy design. Then simple carriage anywhere in UK no probs. Surely if there was a cycle carrier at rear of bus the additional weight would be negligible. And design? I mean,to conform to H+S and Insurance...it can't be that difficult to design some simple secure way of carrying a bike,two bikes.

2014:out in France all hotels full,hammering with rain,no nearby train station,myself and wife had to escape from homelessness and pneumonia last year. Only way to get-outta-town,the bus. But no local knew whether the bus would take the bikes or not. It did. But we had to load them 'downstairs' in the luggage carrying hold. Stress+++ especially cos it looked like the bus driver was not going to help us load 'em.

Re: What panniers are you using?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 May 2015 - 5:39pm
SastusBulbas wrote:I never updated this, but ended up with Ortlieb Back Roller Plus QL2 and front Roller Plus.

They have been fine, not as stiff and secure feeling as the old Vaude clip felt, but the lower hook is fine and nothing has fell off, they look better and seem a bit lighter, pockets inside too. Though I am sure my Vaude was larger.
Must be your imagination! The Vaude bags actually are smaller (rear 20l), not having as much 'extra' as the Ortliebs (rear 20l + 5l extra) at the top due to their closure method.

Re: cyclocross for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 May 2015 - 5:35pm
I bought a Focus Mares AX as a touring bike (Its their aluminium CX frame) - it came with discs, mudguards and a dyno hub so I'm guessing the good ole Germans intended it as a tourer/commuter rather than a CX specific bike.

As an aside, Tricross and Crossrip bikes are intended as touring steeds and are definitely not CX machines, both Trek and Specialized have other models for that use.

Re: Signs - Minutes or Mileage

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 May 2015 - 5:31pm
There are some cycleroute signs in Handsworth, Sheffield that use time rather than distance - I'd post a pic but Streetview isn't new enough! Anyhow, the signage suggests Rotherham is 40 minutes and Meadowhall a mere 30 minutes.

Re: Glad They Got a Bike Lane

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 May 2015 - 5:21pm
Was in Felixstowe today - quite impressed by the quantity of cycle lanes - no parking restrictions in any of them so perfect lined parking for all the cars - pathetic!!

Re: Bus plus a bike?

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 May 2015 - 4:46pm
mrjemm wrote:All the buses around there had racks on the front for 2, and often, like this time, would take some inside also.
Reminds me of a visit to Toronto a few years back - virtually all of the city's buses had a bike rack on the front.

Rick.
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