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Re: Motorcycle...YES...Lorry Driver ...NO

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 hour 16 min ago
A related question about bin trucks. Here in Germany it is apparently legal for binmen to hop onto the steps on the back of the truck and take a ride. One often sees this.

Seems to me it is so dangerous, common sense forbids it even if it is not forbidden by law. Is it allowed in Britain?

In Germany cycling while leading a dog is allowed. Seems to me, common sense forbids that too.

Mind, leading a pig or a horse while cycling is not allowed.

Re: A place to avoid?

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 hours 24 min ago
This could happen anywhere. Certainly in any large town centre and usually late at night.

Re: Andalucia and Pico Veleta

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 hours 4 min ago
I motorcycled up the Veleta northern approach road back in 1993. You can still get onto the road on a bicycle, just dodge around the barriers. As you say, it is pretty potholed and rough further up, it was back in '93. Probably just about do-able on your tyres.

I walked up Mulhacen (3580m, not far from Veleta) in June a few years ago. It was 14C at midday and windy on top. In October it is going to be not much above zero even at the warmest time of day. At night it will be below freezing. There was also a bit of snow right at the top even in June, so depending on when the snow starts the road may be blocked at the top in October. The air is also pretty thin up there: I skied up on Veleta a few years back and walked (with my skis) from the top of the highest drag lift up to the peak. It only looked like a few hundred metres, I thought "that'll take me 10 minutes". 45 minutes later I struggled to the top, absolutely knackered.

But if you get a clear day, the views alone are worth it. Good luck!

A place to avoid?

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 hours 14 min ago
Walthamstow Central fight: Up to 200 teenagers present

well I will be avoiding that part of the world?


need a mobile app to show all the fight zones?

Re: Trip report - Faro to Porto

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 hours 24 min ago
iviehoff wrote:No cycling is an obvious red sign, not a blue one. That blue one, which I've never seen, sounds similar to one they have in in Czech Rep which, I finally worked out by a process of elimination, means "this cycle route is no longer traffic free".
Thanks. That meaning also wouldn't make sense in that location, part way along an all-traffic road. Oh well, a holiday puzzle

Re: Belgium rail strike 9 oct (affects UK & France)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 hours 38 min ago
Eurostar is informing of no modification to London-Paris timetable. I'm due to travel to Paris on Eurostar, for the first time, on that day and am somewhat relieved.
http://www.eurostar.com/uk-en/travel-in ... ice-update

Re: Trip report - Faro to Porto

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 hours 45 min ago
Boris gives good recommendations, though he fails to mention a particular highlight of Monsanto which is on his route. It is difficult avoiding having to go through and stay in CB, which is not a wonderful place, because of the shape of the road network and lack of alternatives within a reasonable distance. I've been over the top of S Estrela twice, it's sufficiently good, and Belmonte is a lovely place one the way. But it is also nice keeping east further north, through Sabugal, Almeida, Torre de Moncorvo (a friend once used this is a base for a multi-night stay), and then many places to explore in the NE and N more generally, it's hard to go wrong there. (Sadly Sortelha which used to be a really primitive little mediaval village has been bought up and converted to an upmarket resort or something.) Up in the NE, you can collect places with really odd names, like Figueira do Castelo Rodrigo (Roderick Castle's Figtree), Freixa da Espada a Cinta (Freixa of the Belted Sword), Alfandega da Fe (the Customs House of Faith), etc.

No cycling is an obvious red sign, not a blue one. That blue one, which I've never seen, sounds similar to one they have in in Czech Rep which, I finally worked out by a process of elimination, means "this cycle route is no longer traffic free".

Belgium rail strike 9 oct (affects UK & France)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 hours 50 min ago
I received the following today in email:
Belgium, France, UK: Expect disruption to rail services due to strike on 9 October
Members should expect significant disruption to rail services between France, Belgium and the UK due to a planned 24-hour strike from 22.00 (local time) on 8 October by workers of Belgian national rail operator SNCB affiliated to the CGSP-Cheminots union. Further strikes are tentatively planned for 19 and 20 October.
The work stoppage is expected to severely disrupt Belgium's national rail operations on 9 October, as well as services of the international Thalys trains, which will be almost entirely suspended. Eurostar services on the Brussels route will only be able to operate to and from the Lille Europe station (France), while services between Lille Europe and London St Pancras (UK) will run to a modified schedule.
Travel Advice
• If intending to undertake rail travel between Brussels or Lille Europe and London via Eurostar, check the status of trains prior to travel and readjust itineraries if required. We do not hold information on train schedules.
• Contact Eurostar directly to amend or cancel your bookings should you make alternative travel arrangements.
• If scheduled to travel on Thalys services on 9 October, make alternative arrangements. Those with bookings on 8 or 10 October should enquire about the status of the relevant service.

I guess most people who are travelling in this period will have received noification.

Re: Collision After Close Pass

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 hours 51 min ago
Whata relief:) I never seen a bicyclist rear ended on video.

Re: Being rear ended

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 hours 55 min ago
Which list are you looking at?

I think the top five collision types on a couple of lists has been left-hook, right-cross, sideswipe, T-bone (all need enforcement against other vehicles IMO - people cycling can often take evasive action but it's a PITA), and dooring (trivially cyclist-avoidable). Example: http://pic.twitter.com/cEhtfnUGl0

Being rear ended

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 hours 9 min ago
One of my biggest fears in cycling is being rear ended. Junctions and rounderabouts do not bother me so much. But apparently, being rear ended accounts fo 3%-4% of all accidents on the road. I guess it is comforting to know this. The other issue that issues that I may have are similar to a car, so I am used to them. Cars pulling out at junction , on comming cars etc.

Re: Sustrans routes GPS

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 hours 29 min ago
simonineaston wrote: but wouldn't it be great if all the Sustrans routes were as easy to find, in gpx form, on the Sustrans website?

yes !!

I am planning to timelapse-video the length of the London Out Orbital Path and the London Inner Ring

It's a bit of a mammoth planning exercise as it is (batteries and distance!). as will be uploading all the vids, tagging etc.

anyone know where I can download SIMPLY all the various legs as I will need to do each one separately.

Re: Trip report - Faro to Porto

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 hours 37 min ago
Assuming you want to head towards Porto, from Evora I would head east through the marble towns of Vila Vicosa and Borba towards Elvas, then north through the Sao Marmede mountains to Marvao, Castelo de Vide. These are wonderful towns. Continue heading north on the lanes that follow the main road through Nisa to Vila Velha de Rodao (don't stay there as its a stinky industrial town). Maybe stay in Castelo Branco. Then continue north towards Fundao and over the Serra de Estrela (2000m) or maybe by-pass it by going through Loriga. Then Seia, Viseu and back to the coast and up to Porto. It will be quite mountainous after you leave CB. The other option from VVR would be to edge towards Oleiros, Pamphilosa da Serra, Gois, Penacova and Luso/Bucaco. Either way you will encounter timeless villages, fab views, friendly locals cheap accom and food. Unless you like and can cope with the heat I'd avoid July and August. April/May is a good time to visit the Alentejo as there are lots of wild flowers, that lay in carpets under the cork oaks. The scenery changes quite dramatically as you cross the Tejo from granite to shist and gets a whole lot more mountainous so plan your daily routes accordingly. The climbs tend to be not alpine in the sense that they are not long and gently sloped but rather short and steep - when I say short I mean up to 10 miles or so in length. The exception is the climb to Torre on Serra de Estrela which is a brute. If you want anymore advice let me know.

Re: Tour de Manche

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 hours 47 min ago
IanCh wrote:OK - I have now plotted a route between St Malo and Cherbourg using the limited information from the Le Tour de Manche website. I would feel a lot happier if a member could confirm that the route is well signposted.

The signage is good. I got slightly lost coming out of Cherbourg but the rest was fine. I downloaded the route from the web site http://en.tourdemanche.com/practical-in ... gps-tracks and plotted it on memory map. I then printed out the sheets as well as using the gps. But if you zoom in to the segments on the website you can get very detailed maps eg. http://en.tourdemanche.com/troncons/cherbourg-carentan even if you don't use gps.

Re: Revolution series in Derby

CTC Forum - Racing - 10 hours 16 min ago
I recently signed up for the Eurosport player, £4.49 per month. I can watch it on my IPad or on my TV via mirroring through my Apple TV box. Quite a bit cheaper than paying £30 a month for Sky.

Re: Cycling holidays

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 hours 28 min ago
110 miles is too far in a day for most cyclists, especially in Sumatran climate. They'd have to be really fit cyclists on light road bikes with a good road surface, and acclimatised.

You do need to think about the climate. If your clientele are coming from places with cool climates, it takes them quite a while to acclimatise to the climate. If they get straight off the plane to riding full days on the bike, they'll get heat exhaustion and you'll soon have a group of rather ill clients expelling material copiously from both ends. You have to warm them up with short rides, at most half a day, for a few days first until they can ride all day in that heat and humidity. Moreover, they need to be careful to take things very easily when off the bike too, those first few days, and drink very copiously.

You describe the tour as travelling between points of interest by bike. Is the ride not very scenic? That may make it difficult to sell, unless the points of interest are frequent. Most cyclists expect scenery on the way too, though frequent interesting villages count as scenery. I found riding in Malaysia quite boring a lot of the time because I couldn't see further than the trees lining the roadsides, and when we went through large oil-palm and rubber plantations that was tedious in the extreme. But I thought Lake Toba etc was supposed to be quite scenic.

Re: Vrienden op de Fiets

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 hours 38 min ago
Ah, that's interesting - and concerning! I'll start contacting people soon. Camping not really an alternative and can't afford ordinary B&B rates. YHA's possible but not enough of them where I want to go!

Re: Spidey Sense.

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 October 2015 - 11:35pm
I've only used mine occasionally - but one of those prevented a head on collision between two cars - the one overtaking me through a junction and onto a zebra crossing and the one blindly pulling out of the junction - expecting "their" side of the road to be empty, since there was nothing coming down the hill...

Re: Had a puncture today

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 October 2015 - 11:08pm
MikeF wrote:Some tractors have blowers which blow the cuttings to the side of the road, but these are usually used by contractors rather than farmers. Hedge flailing can certainly be a problem![/quote]

It's high time that blowers were made compulsory on roads then.

Re: Revolution series in Derby

CTC Forum - Racing - 6 October 2015 - 10:54pm
I notice that the TV coverage has gone to Eurosport

I'll have to find out if my daughter has access as part of their TV package then I can watch it recorded when I babysit. If I want to pay I'd probably go & see the Manchester rounds live.

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