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Re: Funny thing this morning

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 hours 36 min ago
blackbike wrote:I live in Manchester and in my experience the police don't bother cyclists that much if at all.
I think that it was this set of traffic lights on Princess Street:
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@53.47874 ... 312!8i6656

By the time the cyclist had got to what I think is Portland Street, the police had stopped chasing.

Re: Funny thing this morning

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 hours 12 min ago
The Police do chase them.

Re: Trip report - Faro to Porto

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 hours 41 min ago
Loved Porto, went to the Primavera Sound music festival there last year and stayed for a few days taking the train up the Douro. The city is full of character, magic. Great place for a budget weekend away.


Re: Trip report - Faro to Porto

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 October 2015 - 10:59pm
> Ah, Portugal - two of us cycled Santiago de Compostela to Lisbon in Sep'14 - a lovely country to tour through
> I'm enjoying reading your blog, but in the name of fairness I wonder if there's a correction you might think of making?
> It's this - you mention entrusting your bikes to Easyjet baggage handlers - that's not the case: you entrust your bikes to the baggage handlers employed by the airport, not the airlines that use them. If you were to leave this blog entry uncorrected you are casting dispersion on Easyjet where they are not deserved
> And my links to Easyjet? None other than I've flown with them and with my bikes in poly bags maybe 5 times and all without incident which is in any case down to the care of the airport baggage handlers, not Easyjet.

Trip report - Faro to Porto

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 October 2015 - 10:03pm
My girlfriend and I just got back from a 350-mile ride in Portugal, from Faro to Porto. We wrote a crazyguy blog that you might find interesting: https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o= ... 16745&v=6v

Riding in Portugal was great and I recommend it wholeheartedly. With only a couple of exceptions the roads were quiet and of a good quality. The scenery was fantastic, especially the rolling plains of the Alentejo where cork trees lined the roads. Food was good and every town has somewhere to stop for a coffee/beer/ice cream if the heat gets too much. Below are some of my favourite photos

Re: 10,000 miles in a year finally

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 October 2015 - 10:00pm
I am not so worried about milage.

When I can hold top gear on the flat on my training course (18 - 22 mph) I am happy, which is now and taken all year to get there 3k so far.

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 October 2015 - 9:55pm
There are cases where well.....................prison awaits.

http://graduatefog.co.uk/2010/1071/lyin ... uate-jobs/

Re: Blasting cyclists

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 October 2015 - 9:54pm
Roma Nimbus2000 wrote:I get that very often I don't know, is it because I'm a woman? No it happens to men as well. And usually you've heard and know there's a vehicle behind.

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 October 2015 - 9:46pm
bikes4two wrote:Elizabeth_S wrote:It is illegal to lie on a job application form, ..........................

This is not a criticism, but I'm genuinely interested to know what the legality involved is in what you say? What is the offence? (Just wondering if I put the correct 'O' level grades down in my last job app?).Depends on the job. The offence might be something like "attempt to deceive". I'm sure TC would know.

Re: 10,000 miles in a year finally

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 October 2015 - 9:04pm
I've recently stopped counting miles at all.

It's kind of nice actually, just follow the legs.

Re: Blasting cyclists

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 October 2015 - 8:43pm
I had the horn blast last week on my 40 miler

On an approach to a roundabout with me in primary, Mr Mazda 6 did the usual 'there's a bike I must get in front no matter what' routine so roared up overtook and pulled in to prevent me getting up his inside..he was about 5 in the queue...and he almost took me out in the process.

I rarely filter up the inside of traffic but he was an exception, he had his window down and as I wormed my towards his car he let rip with his horn at the mere prospect of me getting ahead of him.

My strongly worded tirade through his open window resulted in him attempting to run me off the road..... he missed by inches.

Re: North Coast 500 - Scotland???

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 October 2015 - 8:39pm
LollyKat wrote:Day 3 is quite strenuous. We all know about the Bealach but the coast road between Applecross and Sheilaig has lots of short sharp climbs that can get a bit wearing...Absolutely!

Some years ago, I rode from Lochcarron over to Applecross and up the coast via Fearnmore and Shieldaig and Kishorn back to Lochcarron.

It was hard enough over to Applecross but the coast road and back round was even harder.Screen Shot 2015-10-05 at 20.38.08.pngScreen Shot 2015-10-05 at 20.38.35.png

Re: Funny thing this morning

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 October 2015 - 8:20pm
I live in Manchester and in my experience the police don't bother cyclists that much if at all.

I suppose their work experiences tell them that cyclists are not really a problem however they behave.

They did have a half-hearted clampdown on pavement cycling for a week once, but I think that was to ingratiate themselves with car drivers.

Re: North Coast 500 - Scotland???

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 October 2015 - 8:15pm
Sounds great ! and good for camping this time of year ( no midges !!! ) if ever you've camped when they are about you'll appreciate what I mean !! As mentioned elsewhere the north can be a tad windy . but as long as you've got the right gear , September here in Scotland has being the best month of the summer that never was !! by far , good luck !! have a great time.

Re: Cycling holidays

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 October 2015 - 7:24pm
Wow! While others will be along to offer some brilliant technical advice, I would like to offer you my best wishes. I have a background in tourism before I set up a business for something I really love. Horticulture. Now I run a gardening business. I love my work and I equally love the holistic approach I have to take. Sales, marketing, accounts, security, mechanics, dogs body work, etc etc.

It's very exciting even after 10 years so I'm excited for you. THE MOST IMPORTANT piece of advice I can give you is:


Re: In an heavy raining day

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 October 2015 - 7:22pm
mjr wrote:Both military boots with rain channels and wellies(!) work quite well for avoiding wet feet,

I'm well-versed in the virtues of wellies —they were standard wear for springtime when I were a lad. But what are "military boots with rain channels"?

Cycling holidays

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 October 2015 - 6:10pm
I operate tours in Sumatra, Indonesia.

I was thinking about starting some cycling holidays.

I wonder if anyone has any advice?

The starting point is around 120km from the airport, through the city, which is sprawling and hostile. So I would anticipate providing a taxi to the start point, rather than getting people to cycle there.

Main roads often have stretches like this:

And in minor roads, more like this:

What sort of bikes should I provide?

And what kind of logistical support? I had a couple of trips in mind, something like A-B-A, around 40km each way (takes 2 hours by car), one-way non-stop, and the other way stopping at a point of interest on the way, from my base, around three days, and a second trip something like:

Day 1 A - 20km
Day 2 B - 40km
Day 3 C - 50km (through the mountains)
Day 4 D - 40km
Day 5 E - 60km
Day 6 F - 60km
Day 7 G - 60km

I guess people are probably going to be carrying a lot of luggage, so you need a van to go from point to point with their luggage. A spare bike as well?

What kind of bike spec would you look for? I need to buy the bikes, not spend too much money, and have something that will be reasonably durable and suitable for conditions as well as tourists of different sizes.

One (?) guide on bike, per four people, equipped with spares. Plus a driver + van with the baggage.

I was thinking I would run the trip(s) on set dates, with a minimum of two people.

What sort of balance would you make between cycling and other activities? A lot of the local tourist attractions involve fairly strenuous hikes (scrambling up and down hills), which by themselves exhaust the average traveller. But I would assume that people would still want to do these things as well as cycling. Where is the balance?

And what sort of itinerary length would you look for? Is a week about right?

Also what do you do about rain? Generally it rains torrentially sometime between 4 and 6pm, though it's not guaranteed. In the morning/mid-day rain is much less common. This is 12 months a year, but at some times of the year it is wetter, and morning/lunch-time rain is possible. You could obviously seek to avoid those hours (sunset is 6:30pm), but it cuts down the time available.

Re: Blasting cyclists

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 October 2015 - 4:07pm
Has horn-blasting been advocated somewhere recently? Is Jeremy Clarkson broadcasting again?

I had it happen last week - the second time this year and probably the second time ever in this way. I was on a 30mph road heading out of a village. As I passed one driveway, a 4x4 was just emerging. I looked at them - it wasn't anyone I recognised. I'd say an over-60 fairly large gentleman driving. I forget what the passenger looked like. A few hundred metres later, they caught me up and leant on their horn. It's not like I could do anything to let them past sooner, as the next opportunity to do so was the turning on the left just after the bend that I was going to take anyway... and besides, the road's then straight enough that they could probably overtake anyway.

I have no idea what the purpose of the horn blast was. If I had stopped (or fallen), they would simply have to stop behind me.

I get the occasional short honk when riding around town, but most of the roads I use are wide enough that any horn user has usually overtaken almost before I can react (usually to wave in case it's someone I know, as it often is) and those roads are noisy enough that the noise of a car horn isn't enough to make me jump. The long blast on small roads seems like a recent development, though.

Some motorists are very odd, aren't they?

Re: La velodyssey first timer.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 October 2015 - 3:57pm
Might be some help with the start

Re: 31% increase in cycling Road casualties 2007 to 2014

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 October 2015 - 3:38pm
Pete Owens wrote:It is likely that the supposed safety features (aka cycle paths) that have been appearing all over the place in the last few years have directly increased the crash statistics.
And yet, when I drill down to local crashes, the worst ones tend to be in places without any cycling infrastructure. For example, the four cyclist fatalities in those seven years in our borough were two on crossroads with no cycle facilities, one on a rural dual-carriageway A road and one on a narrow edge-of-town 30mph A road. All four involved motor vehicles too.

Pete Owens wrote:These are known to vastly increase the collision risk at junctions yet the enthusiasm to build more and more of them seems undiminished.
Known? So have you got new evidence that I've not already reviewed and spotted the flaws in? And what about the bits between the junctions (as in the two A-road fatalities above)?

It is not surprising that a junction on one of Gilligan's new cycle-super-highways topped the list of cycle crash locations recently published in the Times.
Stratford High Street and Warton Road? A junction where, as the Times pointed out in http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/public/cy ... 532280.ece, CS2 decides to take the junction off and dump cyclists in the worst possible place to get left-hooked: https://goo.gl/maps/zs8ynJML9682 If anything, this shows the importance of more cycling infrastructure, continuing it across junctions instead of the all-too-common English approach of only providing it on the easy non-junction stretches.
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