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Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 hours 1 min ago
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: Why are cycle paths so bumpy? And narrow?

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 hours 8 min ago
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.

2014/5 Boardman Road Sport Ltd Edition 53cm Low miles

CTC Forums - Bikes For Sale - 2 hours 25 min ago
For Sale 2014/5 Boardman Road Sport Ltd Edition

53cm size frame and has only covered 38 miles since supply date 04/07/15 so very lightly used indeed .
Finished in nice shiny black with contrasting yellow trim and decals , only 1 mark on RHS Fork blade as shown in pictures otherwise just dusty through lack of use .

Frame is 7005 alloy with carbon bladed forks , Shimano Claris 16 speed gearing as per std spec with FSA Chainset , Mavic rims on unbranded hubs with Vittorio Zaffiro " yellow tyres" has mounting points for guards fr & rr , 2 sets of bottle cage mounts . An ideal beginners or commuting bike .

Full spec can be seen on Halfords website under Boardman end of season and are on there for £374.25 at the moment .http://www.halfords.com/cycling/bik...o ... 2014-black .

Set for me at 5ft 10" in Pictures .

Asking only £275 for a sub 40 mile bike !!! collected from NN8 Wellingborough Post code or could ship to most uk post codes for an extra £25

Please note Garmin and light set shown in Pictures are not included in sale .

I have a copy of original sale sheet from supplying Halfords

Loads more pics just ask or see my Racing Bikes Biggs682 facebook page


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Re: Touring Cyclist .... a new resource

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 hours 33 min ago
Can I be the first to be an ignoramus? I haven't heard/seen the FB issue so please excuse me. I understand there are objections towards ideas about the future of the CTC as a charity/club but these are largely beyond my comprehension.

My question is: What's wrong with this forum as a resource for Touring Cyclists? Thank you...b

Re: Touring Cyclist .... a new resource

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 hours 49 min ago
To answer the two immediately preceding posts - the "back story" is obvious and well-aired here and on Facebook - and I assume the affiliation question was in jest? The vision is perhaps the antidote.


Re: The French are just as stupid?

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 hours 49 min ago
661-Pete wrote:mercalia wrote:The French are just as stupid?

there was a story about a guy here on his bike had to be rescued from floods after he tried to cycle thru it, remember it any one?

Re: Touring Cyclist .... a new resource

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 hours 52 min ago
Is there a likelihood or possibility of it becoming a CTC affiliated club?

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 hours 53 min ago
cause they are cheaply made, not up to the standard of the main road. Last summer the powers were surfacing a bit of the NCR 1 I think it is, from Dartford to Graves end. Only a small section; and they had a mini roller yet still after all the work it wasnt flat, ripples every so many yards, yes very low level but still bad enough to irritate on your bike. Dont know what they were doing wrong as there were enough workers there ( doing nothing )

Re: Touring Cyclist .... a new resource

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 hours 1 min ago
So what's the back story here?

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 hours 5 min ago
Coz anyone who hasn't, doesn't or wont ride a bike and hasn't figured out what a joy they are hate cyclists, bikes and everything to do with it. Which pretty much means all the eejits running this country and the rest of the UK/world.
We are the wise few. We're special

Why are cycle paths so bumpy? And narrow?

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 hours 16 min ago
Why are cycle tracks so bumpy?

Compared to our Birmingham roads (potholes excepted) the cyclepaths are very bumpy - do the local authorities simply lay them as if they were footpaths? (Quite apart, that is, from the tree roots etc!)

Why so narrow?- anyone who uses the cycleways around the QE hospital in Birmingham will know what I mean, not very wide and supposedly 2-way! And bounded by some nice wide white lines that don't seem to be non-slip - exactly the sort of thing I used to avoid in wet weather on 2 wheels (with or without an engine)

And why do they end - well, nowhere? e.g. you have a cycle lane laid along a footway (shared space) - and suddenly you get a sign saying "End of Cycle Path" - with nowhere to go, not even a ramp onto the roadway! Are you simply viewed as a pedestrian who rides a bike along some of your journey?

NB I've looked at some of these with a "Drivers viewpoint" as well as a cyclists viewpoint - and come to the same conclusion, around here they are mostly useless if well-meaning!

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 hours 35 min ago
Fascinating,telling,and horrifying+++

And this is how the courts and justice system works. Cyclists looks and speaks and educated chap. Sorry,you're too civilised. You accepted what was being put before you without voice++ I don't blame you,I expect I would have done the same,shell-shocked. What you really should have done was speak up and out,a George Galloway type of speech. You deferred to a ineffectual and pathetic excuse of justice,by not speaking up then and there,protesting!,you agreed to the set-up to continue. Again,I can't find it in myself to blame you,but on reflection you will see YOU have failed yourself. on the plus side,you have put your story on this thing(You Tube).

Look on the bright side: everyone gets a cut out of the process: magistrate,prosecutor,police, all get job,£££,kudos,status. You get shafted: well,that's the down side.

I see some judge/adjudicator is now taking legal action against the judicial system for damages,failed clientele taking action against judiciary for wrong-doing,ineptitude. Think she's asking for compo. Guess there might be a little more input into justice for her than that it has gone into injured cyclist. Or better not

Give thanks you didn't end up in the wheelchair of coffin. Its why the Italians go to the Ndraghetta to sort stuff out. Sad but salient

Touring Cyclist .... a new resource

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 hours 58 min ago
A new resource for Touring Cyclists - a new website is being launched today. Early days in the thinking process but the plan is to create an online community for like-minded cycle tourists - not another Facebook but a website full of resources for a wide variety of touring and technical matters.

Have a look at http://www.touringcyclistclub.org.uk - the new Touring Cyclist Club website and help shape the direction it takes and, if you want, offer your assistance to run it. On the site you will be able to add your thoughts on the site's direction through the discussion Forum and I'm interested form links.

Together we can build a new resource and, if people want it, even a new Touring Cyclist Club.


Re: The French are just as stupid?

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 hours 5 min ago
mercalia wrote:The French are just as stupid?

The French are just as stupid?

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 hours 21 min ago
Bordeaux floods after heavy rain in south west.

The French are just as stupid?


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

Islabikes Beinn 24

CTC Forums - Bikes For Sale - 6 hours 1 min ago
Islabikes Beinn 24. Bright metallic purple. 8 spd Sram twist grip. To suit inside leg approx 57-68cm. Kenda "hybrid" tyres. Usual minor scuffs and scratches. Generally good condition. £215 incl delivery/insurance. Or negotiable for collection Ringwood, Hants area. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/8dh7kb471zji ... tvHEa?dl=0
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Re: Best camera for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 hours 3 min ago
robing wrote:Smartphone.

The limitation is the lens, you cannot get the sharpness and light gathering through a phone camera. Nor any controllable depth of field, focus point, etc etc etc. The image is usually heavily processed by the phone CPU to tidy it up. Phones are great for landscapes in sunlight, however in difficult lighting they really suffer. Likewise the lenses don't have the magnification or indeed wide angles. It's amazing what you get for the money, but an entire camera the size of a coat button is not going to perform as well as something purpose-built.

Most compact cameras cannot resolve much above 5-6Mp due to lens limitations, phones are worse.

Re: Navigation - Garmin

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 hours 9 min ago
Yes, my tired old eyes had problems with my 705 ........... similar size to the 800 series.
Now, I have a Montana, and even MY tired old eyes can see it.

Huge screen, and as bright as you want. 100% brilliance and it'll go for five or six hours. It's so bright at 100%, it hurts.
Come down to 70%, and it'll go for 12hrs, a little dimmer and it'll go for 18hrs easily.

Re: Too many vehicles!!!

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 hours 40 min ago
TonyR wrote:Perhaps closing the lanes will encourage Yodel & Tesco to switch to drone delivery. Of course we'd then all have to wear helmets cycling against the drones falling out the sky or bags of Tesco potatoes rupturing at 5,000ft
Yet again, sports innovations coming to utility cycling, eh?

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