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Re: Touring Cyclist Club .... a new resource

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 hour 43 min ago
There have been a few attempts by interested parties to set up similar clubs or groups, with little success. Hopefully this will succeed.

Re: Lonley Planet or Bradt?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 hours 21 min ago
If you can't get it from your library you could buy the previous edition secondhand on Amazon and then if you like it spring for the current edition.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sri-Lanka-Bradt ... 841620211/

It's worth reading the reviews on Amazon: it looks like the Bradt guide maybe the one to go for if you're interested in the history and culture, but it's not going to be much help if you want recommendations for good-value places to stay (but I'm not sure guide books are much use for that any more). As one reviewer puts it:

this is the guide for those who hire a car and stay in 5* hotels

Re: Another sad accident.

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 hours 33 min ago
There is little control of parking in that stretch of road - despite some of it having yellow lines.
It has a 30mph limit which is probably too high for the conditions.
If I'm going to or from Faversham etc I use the less trafficked parallel road.
The problem with delivery drivers is the time pressure - a quick glance and very rapidly away - I suppose that could be said about a lot of drivers though.

Re: Another sad accident.

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 hours 55 min ago
Another hit-and-run, so it seems (according to the report the driver was stopped by police ten miles away). Another lorry. Another female cyclist (this last - I still can't comprehend). Another deterrent likely to have the effect of putting off cyclists. And another family shattered.

These tragedies are still few, measured against the number of cycling trips made overall. But each death is one too many.

Re: The French are just as stupid?

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 hours 55 min ago
deliquium wrote:mercalia wrote:Bordeaux floods after heavy rain in south west.

The French are just as stupid?

http://www.thelocal.fr/20160212/in-images-bordeaux-under-water-as-river-breaks-bank

WEATHER LATEST: Much of western France on alert for high winds and coastal flooding on Friday.

A whole nation tarred (albeit questionably) with the same stupid brush

Aye well, when you are prejudiced against something any fodder will do.

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 hours 5 min ago
East Worthing sea front(NCN2). Was smooth-ish 3m wide tarmac when laid, but local council insisted on green surface for segregated cycling bit. Green surface laid by shovel - about 1 gear slower than the pedestrian side

Re: Downslink works: Bramber to Shoreham-by-Sea

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 hours 26 min ago
squeaker wrote:Drake wrote:Does anybody know if the re-surfacing on the Bramber to Shoreham part of the Downs Link has been completed yet. Could find any info on the website.
See my post above. The current work was only intended to go as far north as the South Downs Way bridge. With the caveats I posted in a later post, the section from the A27 to the Cement Works site is 'complete' although whether the 'Footpath Closed' barriers and heavy plant have yet been removed I can't say, but will update once I get time.
HTH (not a lot, I suspect - but probably more informative than WSCC's site )

UPDATE: Route is open again, with only a short (30m) section (easily by-passed), just north of the A283 lay-by, where the new surface has not dried out yet.
SoftSurface.jpg
Very manythanks for the update.

Another sad accident.

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 February 2016 - 11:10pm
http://www.kentonline.co.uk/sittingbourne/news/breaking-serious-accident-closes-a2-90921/

My impression from this report is that the cyclist was passing a parked delivery lorry when it pulled out and drove away, probably without realising he had hit her.

Re: A steam powered E-Bike?

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 February 2016 - 10:59pm
Word not wood. I blame the keyboard

Re: A steam powered E-Bike?

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 February 2016 - 10:58pm
Bécane being a slightly archaic wood for bike!

Re: A steam powered E-Bike?

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 February 2016 - 10:58pm
The French would be a motobecane

ICE Trike Q - Adjustable to suit most leg lengths

CTC Forums - Bikes For Sale - 13 February 2016 - 9:53pm
Rigid ICE Tricycle - no rear suspension. De-mountable for transport. Adult Recumbent tricycle - in excellent condit

Red - only one mark on paintwork - see photo.

Shimano Deore 3x9 gears with Campagnolo Veloce cranks.

Separate front hub brakes for differential braking, so no rear brake needed.

Complete with unused mudguards and alloy carrier. Twin side bags. Skinny high-pressure front tyres, bigger section rear tyre.

I'm selling for a friend who adds the comment:

"Used for just one trip of about 200 miles. Bought as a matching pair of the top of the range model(at the time) - but she left with hers and I've not used mine since..."

I'm asking for offers of around £1,400

This trike can be viewed at Guarlford near Malvern. Pick up only (can take to Strensham on M5 if that helps.
Categories: Go Cycling

Re: A steam powered E-Bike?

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 February 2016 - 9:51pm
Hi,
Ah, the French one I used to race daily, caught me on the hills but lost on the flat, and I would win overall over 3 miles with ease.
No idea what they or the other is called. 40 years ago.

Re: Wrecking a bike in floodwater ( France )

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 February 2016 - 9:50pm
mercalia wrote:Bordeaux floods after heavy rain in south west.

The French are just as stupid?

No

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betteridg ... _headlines

Re: Too many vehicles!!!

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 February 2016 - 9:46pm
TonyR wrote:pwa wrote:The Tesco driver travelling between small villages will quite reasonably want to use a route that is efficient. When you are doing door to door deliveries in rural communities you are not using lanes as rat runs. The lanes are your network.

I'm sure their routing software will learn to cope. It may take a bit longer but so what? Most of our problems with lanes is drivers in too much of a rush.

I have friends who live in places accessible only down partly single track lane. No main road option. Obviously you cannot prohibit delivery vehicles in such locations. Tesco, the Royal Mail, BT and all the rest serve customers living alongside narrow lanes. Farmers use the lanes to get from field to field. The lanes are not just there for us cyclists, or drivers who don't really need to use them. They are there for the local residents who use them for practical purposes and who get their goods and services via them. Of course there are a small number of lanes that have such a rat run problem that some sort of bollard answer might suit the locals.

Re: A steam powered E-Bike?

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 February 2016 - 9:25pm
PhilWhitehurst wrote:They are called mopeds if you can't find them.

I was trying to remember the name of the ones you can still get in Belgium/Netherlands - NOT the French ones with engine over front wheel. Any ideas?

Re: A steam powered E-Bike?

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 February 2016 - 9:12pm
An S-Bike, surely?

Re: A steam powered E-Bike?

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 February 2016 - 9:11pm
They are called mopeds if you can't find them.

A steam powered E-Bike?

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 February 2016 - 9:09pm
I was looking up details for petrol based e-bikes like the cyclemaster and came across this oddity?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Dampf-Fahrrad_2.jpg


atleast you could have a cuppa at any time?

Re: morocco - sticks and stones...

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 February 2016 - 8:15pm
I've travelled Morocco quite a few times. The whole stylo/begging thing is partly down to the tourists who visit. Some of the guide books even recommend taking pens to give out to kids. So some tourists take a box of pens and happily throw them out the car window, and then some cyclists comes along to hear, "stylo, stylo..". You're just another rich tourist to these kids, so try and remember it's not 100% their fault. And they are just kids, they don't yet understand geo-politics. Humour pretty much always works in the stylo situation, a little French goes a long way too.

Aggresive kids chucking stones? Never experienced it. Overwhelmingly the kids have been very funny and friendly. Lots of them ride bikes to and from school, so plenty of opportunity for you to be a kid again and have races. I would expect some kids in Morocco to be aggressive, but just like I'd expect that everywhere and expect it to be an absolute minority.

Hotels overcharging. Maybe, maybe not. Any different to anywhere else? You can easily book online in most places, even smaller towns. You can get the price up front, and then walk away if you don't like the price. If you walk into a place holding your credit card, then maybe you'll be charged maximum rate. But that happens in the UK too (I used to work in the industry), and all across Europe. Decide the price you would like to pay for a night, and then walk/cycle around looking for places and asking for that price. Often they'll try and throw in the price of dinner, which may or may not be a good deal. But if you look at the average UK hotel which throws in breakfast, is breakfast really worth an extra £5-10?

Definitely go, it's great for cycling and culture. The coast is where you'll have more hassle (and traffic), in the same way any tourist heavy location is a hassle. But even then it's trivial unless you're of a very sensitive disposition.

cheers,
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