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Re: Do I get 10/10 for keeping my cool?

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 January 2016 - 5:01pm
8/10 for keeping your cool, but lose two for starting to flare up over a relatively common if mistaken point said without any malice?

al_yrpal wrote:On RLJing, a chestnut to beat us with for a lot of motorists. You often see motorists go through reds just as the lights change but I dont think I have ever seen a motorist stopped at a light, then when its clear but still red blatantly drive off through the red light.
I rarely see cyclists do it (around here, they're far more likely to ride off-road for a bit and completely ignore the junction!) but I've seen so many motorists do it that I've even see one do it when the car behind him/her and in front of me was a police car who immediately blue-lit and stopped them! I don't know if the motorist didn't look in the mirrors or couldn't see the police car because of it's hi-viz urban camo.

661-Pete wrote:That video that appeared recently, where a motorist overtook a cyclist (reasonably considerately, in my view), then turned into a supermarket car park, and the cyclist went after her like a pack of hounds and tore a strip off her - well I found that excruciatingly embarrassing to watch. That kind of publicity for cycling is what we could do without!
Ah, then, I'm sorry. Two days ago, a motorist overtook me and then I chased them down... and thanked them for the good overtake and told them their left brake light had failed

Re: Do I get 10/10 for keeping my cool?

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 January 2016 - 4:47pm
hondated wrote:Pete also be warned living in Eastbourne I am not too far away from you so it could be me approaching you one day.
Ah yes - but you'd use a different line of conversation. So I'd know.

Re: Longest UK off-road surfaced cycle route?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 January 2016 - 4:41pm
Mistik-ka wrote:An enthusiastic +1 for the Cambridge - St. Ives busway path — the most enjoyable section of a thousand-mile circuit of England we did by tandem bike last spring.
And it's getting longer too! The extension east of Milton Road is under construction (might be finished since I last heard), then there'll be some faffing around through Ditton Meadows to avoid the short-sighted Cambridge Retail Park development and a path by the railway will connect to the southern busway cycle track out to Trumpington, with a fork for Addenbrooke's and the DNA path.

Now, if only they'd remove the grey stealth bollards...

Re: Booby Trap Warning: Tiptree, Essex

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 January 2016 - 4:00pm
[XAP]Bob wrote:One of those occasions where it looks like everyone did the right thing?

Going back in time (one advantage of video) the tree looks angled but static for a while before it falls (quite rapidly, it didn't appear to have much of a 'gentle start')

The oncoming car brakes hard, but stays in lane, the POV car also brakes and stays in lane.

The car that hit the tree didn't stand a chance,in fact he was lucky it didn't hit the bonnet or worse still the w/screen.
Camera car did the right ES and so did the car behind it.
I suspect no one was injured,thankfully.

Re: Longest UK off-road surfaced cycle route?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 January 2016 - 3:46pm
An enthusiastic +1 for the Cambridge - St. Ives busway path — the most enjoyable section of a thousand-mile circuit of England we did by tandem bike last spring. As for the Trans-Pennine Trail, while it has much to recommend it if you're not in a hurry, the numerous "access points" (read: "barriers") render sections of the route very unpleasant if you have panniers on your bike , and downright maddening if you're on a tandem . And if you're on a tandem with panniers … well, don't say I didn't warn you!

Touring Uruguay

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 January 2016 - 3:43pm
Hi fellows,
we are touring Uruguay on Bike friday´s
http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/17214
Enjoy it!!!

Re: Do I get 10/10 for keeping my cool?

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 January 2016 - 3:39pm
Yes in my opinion you were wrong to think that. That guy could have been me as I too would of approached you to talk "bikes " as I find it can lead to some interesting conversations.
Now you have got me going so ....
I remember coming out of Bromley Bikes and seeing a very old lady resting on her shopping trolley looking at my bike which I had left leaning on the window.
Striking up a conversation she told me how her and her deceased husband before the war use to tour all over Europe. We must have chatted for nearly an hour and during that hour I learnt so much from her and hopefully she walked away at lease thinking " Cor that was good talking about my days of cycling ".

Pete also be warned living in Eastbourne I am not too far away from you so it could be me approaching you one day.

Re: Touring Japan from Tokyo to Fukuoka in October

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 January 2016 - 3:24pm
Mnichols, you may be interested in the post on cycle touring in Japan. viewtopic.php?f=16&t=92289&p=842412&hilit=Japan#p842412

Here is what I wrote about knowing the language:

I don't speak Japanese and got by OK. I was surprised to find how little English there was. I think this is a result of poor (spoken) English teaching and a reluctance to try - the Japanese are a very reserved people.

Annoyingly, there is lots of written English, but it is just for show, eg shop names, the name of a cake on a packet although the rest of the writing is in Japanese and my favourite, a folder in the hotel labelled "Information" in English, but all the stuff insde was in Japanese!

I don't think travelling is rocket science and I find it easy to get by in most places. When I walk into a hotel, they don't think I have come to pick up the laundry or fix the lift, but realise I want a room. In the convenience style food shops all items are priced and you just hand them over and they ring them up on the till using the same numbers we use. The restaurants either had a menu showing the food or plastic models outside. All very easy.

I should have said before, but almost every road direction sign was also in English.

The main thing I miss by not having the language is conversations, but you need a pretty good level to make it more than a collection of inane questions and answers.

My advice is if you want to go, go. Don't worry about the language.

Re: Touring Japan from Tokyo to Fukuoka in October

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 January 2016 - 3:21pm
I have not toured , but did a days cycling there and have returned from a very recent 2 week trip. Its not that difficult without speaking the language , most signs are in English, most younger Japanese speak a little english , Smart phones with maps and language translators are a big benefit

Re: Vanmoof Boncho - reinventing the cape

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 January 2016 - 3:18pm
I suspect that any moderate or gusty wind might reveal the same old cape problems.

Re: London - Finsbury Park to Blackfriars

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 January 2016 - 1:52pm
drossall wrote:I got this puncture soon after setting out from the old place

Wow. That's a proper puncture.

Vanmoof Boncho - reinventing the cape

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 January 2016 - 1:52pm


Still at the kickstarter stage.

I'd give it space in my pannier.

Re: Do I get 10/10 for keeping my cool?

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 January 2016 - 1:45pm
What does worry me are the number of motorists who seem to think that we 661-Pete wrote: "must be very brave, cycling on those roads, I wouldn't dream of it, far too dangerous".. but do not seem to reflect that the cause of that alleged danger is their fellow drivers incompetence or malice, and the solution is in their collective hands.

Re: Do I get 10/10 for keeping my cool?

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 January 2016 - 1:43pm
I'm always concerned about the bad press cyclists are getting and the image we need to project to counter this. That video that appeared recently, where a motorist overtook a cyclist (reasonably considerately, in my view), then turned into a supermarket car park, and the cyclist went after her like a pack of hounds and tore a strip off her - well I found that excruciatingly embarrassing to watch. That kind of publicity for cycling is what we could do without!

But I kept wondering, could that have been me? I often fall into the trap of swearing quietly, when I'm annoyed at another road user. It does bother me that I may 'lose it' one day in public view. The person to whom I refer in the OP, meant nothing wrong, as several people have pointed out, he was just being friendly - but I nearly snapped at him for no good reason. I feel thankful, with hindsight now, that I didn't.

I just feel, I'm not the only one.

Re: Do I get 10/10 for keeping my cool?

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 January 2016 - 1:40pm
I'd agree
When I rode a Claud Butler there was forever a stream of OAPs with a twinkle in their eye saying "I used to ride a CB"

Re: Do I get 10/10 for keeping my cool?

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 January 2016 - 1:34pm
mercalia wrote:you get 0/10 for understandingOh I understood well enough. I'm trying to explain my point: I nearly snapped out of irritation at the same old canard coming up, but I didn't. Isn't that worth a plus?

you will get old one of these daysI already am.

Re: Do I get 10/10 for keeping my cool?

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 January 2016 - 1:19pm
My experience of being approached by former cyclists is that they are very keen to tell me that they used to ride a bike - and about 50% of them used to have a Claud Butler

Re: La Rochelle to Barcelona

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 January 2016 - 12:47pm
Thank you, really helpful info. I'll be quite tight on time so following the canal route might be a good option.

Re: La Rochelle to Barcelona

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 January 2016 - 11:31am
Due to the time of year going over the high passes in the Pyrenees probably not an option. You therefore need to decide if you want to ride down the coast and cross at the western side or across France and cross at the Med. If it's the first you could follow the Atlantic Coast route to the border, problem with this may be accommodation in Spain outside large towns/cities at this time of year.
http://www.velodyssey.com/

You could come down the coast to Bordeaux and then follow the Canal de Garonne to Toulouse
http://www.freewheelingfrance.com/where ... louse.html

Then follow the Canal de Midi toward the coast, someone has done it here, I would go a bit further to visit Carcassonne. The canal can be bumpy in sections but there are quite roads running parallel to it.
http://cycletouring-toulousebarcelona.blogspot.co.uk/

I have ridden the section of this route from the border to Barcelona. There were campsites but I went in June and you would need to check if they were open in March! There should also be plenty of cheap rooms in tourist areas. I found the coast road got busier and not that pleasant the closer I got to Barcelona. If it all gets too much there is a railway running along the coast on which you can take bikes outside commuting times which would take you right in to the centre of Barcelona.
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