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Re: Why are cycle paths so bumpy? And narrow?

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2016 - 11:50pm
Because they are designed and built by people who are primarily drivers, in the hopes that we will get out of the way.

Re: Touring Cyclist .... a new resource

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 February 2016 - 11:47pm
This is what I tried to do with http://www.biketouringtips.com . I started with the idea that bike tourists would enter useful information they knew or found out as they went on tours.

The site got its start when I pulled into a park that used to have a hiker/biker site that had closed the previous year. I wanted a place to put this (it was still in the guide books) where it wouldn't simply scroll off the front page and be lost. So, I created the above site with every entry indexed by topic and, if appropriate, by location. I also decided to make it a free site without advertising. It was up and running in 2007.

But, no one entered anything. So, after a few months, I started searching the web myself for interesting tidbits and entered them. I've probably entered 95% of the (more than 2400) entries. The other 5% point back to the website of the person who entered the information, which is Ok if it is something valuable to other bike tourists.

In the intervening 9 years, I've added my own journals, written articles, and created a way for bike tourists to organize their touring plans so they can be shared with others. Last year, over 50,000 entries were downloaded from the site.

Good luck with your endeavor. I hope you are successful and create a truly valuable site that helps people interested in bicycle touring get useful information and new ideas. But, be aware that creating a new site further fragments the location of information, making it harder to find.
I hope that you'll take the time to put an entry about it on my site. If not, I will, eventually.

Re: Touring Cyclist .... a new resource

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 February 2016 - 11:16pm
One comment on the forum implementation: allow it to take the full window. Having it embedded in the page ends-up reducing the size and you (or I) end-up with two vertical scroll bars, one on the full page and another on the forum "window". Nightmare and seriously limits it (and will not encourage people to join). I appreciate it is early days but I'd put this near the top of your priority list. (I appreciate that you have link through to get it full page using new tab/window, but not ideal and something some wont appreciate.

Ian

Re: Why are cycle paths so bumpy? And narrow?

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2016 - 11:12pm
There's a road I ride often that has a wide path on one side that's mixed use. I never use it these days because it weaves in and out a lot because it follows the river whereas the road is straight. When I stopped using it I learnt that it's a slower surface. It's smooth enough but compared to the newly surfaced road surface it just feels harder to ride on.

Re: Navigation - Garmin

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 February 2016 - 11:08pm
As I said above. I have my custom audax screen in locus maps which displays 12 fields. All readable. Plus a nice large section of map.

Re: the Janapar Grant - for adventurous young cyclists

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 February 2016 - 10:34pm
This is the kind of fund I would set up if I came into a large sum of money. Great stuff.

I'm just a little too old to apply though....

Re: Why are cycle paths so bumpy? And narrow?

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2016 - 10:18pm
If you watch workers laying tarmac for cycle or footpaths, they tend to unload it from the tarmac lorry a pile at a time, then rake it flat and roller it.
This means that the point where the pile first falls is a bit denser than the rest of the raked-out part and after a little while the less dense areas subside a bit, leaving a lumpy rippled effect.
What they need is a mini version of the road tarmac machines that deposit it evenly!
I find I often end up riding on the road, even when there is a cycle path because of this. Then, of course, the 4 wheeled numpties shout that I should be on the cycle path!!

Re: Navigation - Garmin

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 February 2016 - 10:02pm
cycleruk wrote:One of the things with the 810 is the "pages" can be configured to show what you want. So, obviously, it shows speed and distance + perhaps heart rate and cadence on one page. Then another page can have time of day, run time, average speed, elevation and total ascent. You can configure the number of "boxes" on each page and what is in each box. I'm still working these out

You can if you can see them [emoji1]
With the Edge 500 I have set at two fields and rotate between the pages.
I plumped for the Oregon recently, looking for mapping capability, I've set its pages to 2 huge fields but interestingly I have the other portion of screen to 4 small fields which I, surprisingly, can read.

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2016 - 10:01pm
+1
There's no place in the world anymore (if there ever was) for Neanderthals, myself included.
Better to walk away with a bit of dignity than to throw a tantrum and be stared at.

Re: Too many vehicles!!!

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2016 - 9:39pm
But Simons point is relevant and not really political as it affects anyone of any political view. But returning to bikes, surely if we give everyone, in poor/undeveloped nations, bikes then one day they'll want motorbikes/scooters then cars..... they're all human and will follow the same progression as the western nations where the car is impinging on quality of life for many. So the bike could be its own worst enemy. I think china is sort of going that way, quite worrying. But the fewer people then the fewer cars so population needs to be kept in check..... from Hans Roeslings stats it looks to peak at 11 billion and plateau but we're at 7 billion now another 4 billion is crazy. Not good.

Re: The French are just as stupid?

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2016 - 9:29pm


One of the many who rode through this during a 100k Audax a few years ago.

Re: Too many vehicles!!!

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2016 - 9:18pm
simonineaston wrote:Too many humans, full stop. This morning, I was listening to Bill Gates, on DID - nice bloke, don't get me wrong, but he was banging on about ending malaria and saving lives and I thought, "Weird - for a bright bloke, you just don't get it... we don't need more people on this earth, we need LESS, so spend all that money thinking of ways we could get rid of them some of them!"

Lets keep politics out of this forum; it's surely meant to be about bikes.

Re: Lonley Planet or Bradt?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 February 2016 - 9:03pm
Your local library may do free eBook rentals. Mine does and it includes a wide range of Lonely Planet guide books. Well worth a try, then if it's any good you can buy it.

Re: Touring Cyclist .... a new resource

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 February 2016 - 8:55pm
Bmblbzzz wrote:Potentially interesting. I'm not tempted to sign up yet, but will look back in a week or so to see if anything's happening there; being the only voice in a forum doesn't appeal! But I'd ask who you are trying to attract: touring cyclists, of course, but who do you think they might be? I ask because the lower picture on the home page, the 1950s style illustration, I find off-putting. I'd hope this resource is not intended to become a nostalgia fest!

No not anostalgia-fest - but traditional values in the modern world ... Dennis and I both have Titanium tourers (although I have to own up to having a 1975 Galaxy as well !)

Rob

Re: Touring Cyclist .... a new resource

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 February 2016 - 8:46pm
Potentially interesting. I'm not tempted to sign up yet, but will look back in a week or so to see if anything's happening there; being the only voice in a forum doesn't appeal! But I'd ask who you are trying to attract: touring cyclists, of course, but who do you think they might be? I ask because the lower picture on the home page, the 1950s style illustration, I find off-putting. I'd hope this resource is not intended to become a nostalgia fest!

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2016 - 8:28pm
If he had done as you suggested, he'd have been done for contempt of court if he'd done it in court during the trial, or he would have compromised the trial if he'd said it anywhere else before the trial.
He has done the only thing he could have done.
And he has certainly not 'failed'.

Re: Navigation - Garmin

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 February 2016 - 8:27pm
One of the things with the 810 is the "pages" can be configured to show what you want. So, obviously, it shows speed and distance + perhaps heart rate and cadence on one page. Then another page can have time of day, run time, average speed, elevation and total ascent. You can configure the number of "boxes" on each page and what is in each box. I'm still working these out

Re: Why are cycle paths so bumpy? And narrow?

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2016 - 8:21pm
Ripples and bumps? Wish I only had those problems on my commuting route. Apart from the usual bumpy road surface there's bodged utility repairs ranging from depressions through wheel sized grooves where they meet the original surface to whole chunks just disappeared so they're now potholes. Then there's whole stretches where there's so many potholes you can't safely weave around them. Plus later on in my ride home a whole new set of potholes appeared overnight. These are on the most narrow section of main road where it bends consistently for almost a mile. With heavy vehicles going both ways, double white lines and you have to pull out last.minute or ride through 2" deep potholes.

Rant over but I've hit two potholes in the last month each gave a loud bang that I'm not completely sure didn't cause damage. I'm sure I'm not alone with.this experience but if you've got ripples and rough cycle paths apart from roads then it's at least something. My commute only has a canal as the alternative route that's off road for part of my journey. It goes all around the houses taking me half as long again as my road route, double if I try to catch it earlier in my ride home.

AFAIK councils probably have a requirement to provide at least a certain distance of cycle paths. They do not have any regulations as to the minimum standards they have to be to pass planning process. At least not the way most types of highways have standards. There's even regulations over the signage and cones needed for roadworks apparently let alone junction design, etc. To not have something similar for cycle paths is short sighted and results in poor surfaces/narrow paths, very short runs directing cyclists towards dangerous places to rejoin a carriageway and paths that's not even in a useful place. However each of these will still count as cycle paths good enough to be included in any measure of a council's performance in cycle infrastructure.

We're a nation of motorists not cyclists. Unless cycling becomes a normal part of the nation's life you will never get a critical mass to drive infrastructure spend for cycling to improve and create more.

We need the Danish or Dutch attitude to using bikes in day to day life. Until then I'm happy doing my bit 3 to 5 days per week commuting plus weekend leisure rides. We're also giving cycling experience to our young son, with the intention to make it normal to cycle places for him. Think global act local is a good phrase. I prefer think national by supporting CTC or cycle campaigns but act local or personal by getting out on my bike as part of my normal life. Lancaster, IMHO, is not a bad city to cycle in overall, it's just the road isn't maintained which is the LCC's responsibility.

Re: Touring Cyclist .... a new resource

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 February 2016 - 8:12pm
and I assume the affiliation question was in jest? The vision is perhaps the antidote.

No it wasnt.

I was wondering about something akin to the Fridays, so members can get their CTC affiliate membership at a cheaper price than full membership and have the third party insurance.
Also the club then may be able to have permission to resurrect the and use "The Winged Wheel".
It could save the historic tradition of "The Cycle Touring Club" and let the CTC (or CyclingUK) get on with all the other stuff that are they are now so keen on.

However, it was just a question from somebody who is rather isolated from all the politics and I am happy to see and support any vision and direction that is being offered. I am sure you have given it all much more thought than I have.
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