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Re: North Coast 500 - Scotland???

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 hours 9 min ago
rualexander wrote:Autumn touring in the highlands? No problem, but be prepared for anything in terms of weather.
The north coast itself is often noted by cyclists to be very windy, and October is often a rather windy time of year. Keep an eye on the forecast, but in general clockwise is often going to be a much better idea on this route.

Re: North Coast 500 - Scotland???

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 hours 17 min ago
Nothing 'opened', this is just a collection of existing roads that have been cobbled together by the tourist industry to try and promote driving holidays in the region.
Camping on this route should be a piece of cake, just find a nice spot and put your tent up.
Highlights? Loads of them.
Autumn touring in the highlands? No problem, but be prepared for anything in terms of weather.

Re: Bike provision on Beeston tram route and a question

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 hours 28 min ago
boliston wrote:Even though I cycle I would much rather see trams than busses in cities as a lot of people regard buses as an "inferior" form of transport so stick with their cars, but trams don't seem to have the same sort of poor image that busses have and they are much more pleasant to use than busses.

I notice in many continental towns there are a lot of trams AND a lot of cyclists so it shows that the two can happily co-exist.


Maybe they're better are sorting out how the two live together rather better than we are......

Re: Bike provision on Beeston tram route and a question

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 hours 29 min ago
That cycle route looks like about the worst I've seen - slow, very dangerous for bikes, dangerous for pedestrians and passengers.
If they had sat down and worked at it for a year solid they couldn't have come up with anything much worse.

Re: Pedestrian pushes cyclist off bike and into traffic

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 hours 10 min ago
reohn2 wrote:Flinders.
Has it taken so long for curiosity to get the better of you

Yep, I'm a bit behind with things this week.

Re: Scenic route to/from Cork

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 hours 12 min ago
Limerick is in the same visitor category as Waterford, and is somewhat to the north of a straight line from Dublin to Killarney - I think OP, if not detouring south to Cork in one or both directions, would find rather more in way of nice or reasonably pleasant small towns to stay in, such as #1 mentions, if he stays to the south of Limerick - though Portlaoise (pron port leesh), noted for its prison, and a junction of many busy roads, isn't one of those nice small towns.

Re: Cars Point Of View: Close pass.

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 hours 25 min ago
I am sure that on average, drivers give parked cars less space then a moving cyclist. I am also sure that they give less space to oncoming traffice even bigger vehicles such as HGVs.

Well, I certainly do. Today most of my passes were like that as they normally are, however you get at least one idiot per day. Today it was a Mercedes that passed me at about 60mph while keeping on my side of the white lines, despite us being the only vehicles on the road in sight. I doubt he would have done that to a parked car or HGV. He didnt even have to slow down or deviate by more than 5 degrees from a straight course in order to have done a safe overtake.

Cars Point Of View: Close pass.

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 hours 47 min ago
I have always wanted to know what a close pass looks like from a drivers point of view. I am sure that on average, drivers give parked cars less space then a moving cyclist. I am also sure that they give less space to oncoming traffice even bigger vehicles such as HGVs.

Re: Scenic route to/from Cork

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 hours 53 min ago
Have you a particular reason for travelling via Cork? I would have thought Killarney or Limerick would be more direct. I would be tempted to use public transport, at least for part of the way. I don't know what the current situation is with Irish trains but buses will take bikes in the luggage hold, subject to space being available.

I would echo what others have said about the Ring of Kerry. Lots of traffic including coaches, although by the end of the month it might be a bit less busy.

There is a much nicer road that passes right through the middle which you can access from Molls Gap. Go through The Gap of Dunloe and just head west when you get to the other end. The G-o-D is a bit of a tourist trap but if you stay overnight at the Black Valley Hostel at the southern end, you can set off early morning when it's much quieter. When you get to the west coast, say around Waterville, head off around Ballinskelligs and Valencia Island.

Re: Pedestrian pushes cyclist off bike and into traffic

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 hours 2 min ago
Flinders wrote:Phil Fouracre wrote:...........................................
Self preservation has to be the default, in every situation. I'm not saying that you have to defer to anyone, or, as cyclists, 'give in' to drivers etc, but look at every situation individually. We have a family friend, who, incidentally, doesn't cycle, who has had numerous 'road rage' incidents. I was always intrigued by her latest 'story', until I drove with her - I then fully understood
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What was she doing?

Probably obeying the speed limit, stopping for amber lights, to let pedestrians cross the road, not entering yellow boxes until the exit was clear and all those other similar things that get drivers very angry.

North Coast 500 - Scotland???

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 hours 11 min ago
Hi All,

I hope this finds you all well. I've just booked tickets up to inverness at the start of October to tour the new 500 mile north coast route in the highlands (http://www.northcoast500.com/home.aspx. Has any of the community cycled it since it opened? I'd be really interested to hear how people got on camping on route and any particular highlights to look out for.

Also, I toured the outer hebrides last summer (beautiful) and know the Scottish weather to be rather unpredictable. Has anyone any stories of touring in the highlands in early October/Autumn weather?

Look forward to hearing your stories and thanks in advance.

M

Re: Giant tough road

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 hours 14 min ago
Lovely looking bike, but I share your reservations about carbon forks on a bike that is clearly aimed at taking you over rough terrain. The double chainset should be fine. It has the low gears you need, and that is what matters most. I like triples, but many prefer the simplicity of a double. It's down to personal preference. The same applies to the bars.

Re: Red light jumper arrested fined and point on licence

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 hours 14 min ago
I have known my German friend for years. Presently he is dying from stomach cancer that has spread to his liver. Why on earth would he tell me this if it wasnt true? As well as his health he has two teenage boys to bring up. Keep your stupid insinuations to yourself!

Al

Re: What do you do when the going gets tough?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 hours 21 min ago
The motivation to do something like training for an event, or even just to improve fitness may be somewhat different than the motiviation to do LEJoG, or even just a week's tour somewhere.


Training for fitness may be harder because the goal is harder to define and the results less obvious.

Personally, I'd rather be out on my bike in crappy weather than sitting at a desk warm and dry. And sometimes, I just need to remind myself of that.

Giant tough road

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 hours 23 min ago
Has anyone ridden one of these or seen one in the flesh?
I've been considering a new tourer for a while but there is always something that I don't like about a certain model.
These seem to be like 29er mountain bikes with disk brakes. Personally I prefer drop bars and not sure about carbon forks with a low rider rack. Also the SLR1 (£900) has a double chainset albeit with a wide/low gear range of 42/28 and 11-36 cassette.

http://www.rutlandcycling.com/318668/pr ... k-red.aspx

The cheaper (£700) has a triple chainset.

http://www.rutlandcycling.com/318669/pr ... green.aspx

Re: What do you do when the going gets tough?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 hours 26 min ago
I must be the odd one out: if I ever feel like stopping, I stop.

Re: Red light jumper arrested fined and point on licence

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 hours 44 min ago
Most junctions in Germany where there are separate traffic lights for cyclists (and there are very many) then the cyclists do get a few seconds to get underway before the main lights turn green. As for being arrested for red-light jumping; I doubt it. The police may well stop cyclists for red-light jumping in Germany (if they are bored) but to get arrested means something more went on. If you have spent any time in Germany, you'll know that cyclists who stop at red lights are in the tiny minority. The Germans may well be disciplined in some ways, but their use of bicycles leaves much to be desired.

Re: What do you do when the going gets tough?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 hours 32 min ago
freeflow wrote:Sometimes the correct answer is to give up, particularly if you are likely to put yourself in jeopardy or seriously inconvenience others if you continue.
Sometimes 'giving up' takes the pressure off a bit and gives you a bit more energy (Confucius say!). The trouble is, you can't trick yourself by pretending that you are about to give up. It only happens when you have faced genuine despair.

It has happened to me after deciding that I've had enough and I'll get a train from the nearest station. By the time I reached the station I had somehow got my energy back. And when the knee was hurting so much that I stopped to hitch a lift from a passing van. No vans stopped, but in that 5 minutes I had reassessed my situation and decided to continue by bike.

Walking for a few minutes is good as well - for body and mind. It stretches different muscles and tendons, and can sometimes break the negative thought patterns. Best do it going up a hill, and don't worry what people think.

Re: Pedestrian pushes cyclist off bike and into traffic

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 hours 40 min ago
Flinders.
Has it taken so long for curiosity to get the better of you

Re: Pedestrian pushes cyclist off bike and into traffic

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 hours 46 min ago
Phil Fouracre wrote:...........................................
Self preservation has to be the default, in every situation. I'm not saying that you have to defer to anyone, or, as cyclists, 'give in' to drivers etc, but look at every situation individually. We have a family friend, who, incidentally, doesn't cycle, who has had numerous 'road rage' incidents. I was always intrigued by her latest 'story', until I drove with her - I then fully understood
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What was she doing?
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