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Re: Boris' backie

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 July 2015 - 1:42pm
Boris was very polite with his 'night night'.

Motorists and pedestrians are often very keen to let cyclists know when they are breaking the letter of the law.

It's odd that many people expect cyclists to be totally and utterly law abiding while they seem to tolerate other road users, especially motorists, breaking rules whenever they choose.

Perhaps Boris had decided he was entitled to break the law as he is an experienced cyclists who can decide how to ride better than our lawmakers.

This type of argument is often put forward by motorists who choose to break speed limits or parking rules.

Re: My first touring 'fail'

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2015 - 1:36pm
Hello everybody. I'm 37 and a relaxed tourer. Its been 1 year and 2 months since I've been over 60mpd... Etc. (lets start the help group here )

Re: Loved Spain, hated France

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2015 - 1:34pm
tatanab wrote:... On a Sunday, admittedly early, you can ride the big main roads to make up time if necessary and be amazed at how little traffic there is. ....
Used to be law (maybe still is) that lorries (can't remember the size constraints) are severly restricted on when they can use the roads over a weekend. These restrictions become even stricter for July and August (i.e. banned from roads 7:00 to 19:00 Sat and Sat 22:00 to Sun 22:00). There are a few exceptions e.g. animal feed lorries. Can't remember the normal non-July/aug hours, but still pretty restricted.

At least it used to be like that, maybe changed now.

Ian

Re: Free cycle touring kindle books

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2015 - 1:32pm
Can only really tell you why I like mine, which I've had for some years. It may have been superseded by now.
I have the 'paperwhite' which has a very print-like screen, which I find entirely natural and untiring to read - it's just like reading a paperback, in fact. It is gently back-lit in a very different way to a LED-backlit screen you will find on a notebook or a tablet.
I opted for the 3G version so I can download books anywhere, but in practice I've never needed to - I have always been happy either to read the books already on board or else, to wait till I'm at home or work, and can join the wifi network. I don't like reading text on glossy, colour screens, especially strongly backlit screens (he says, typing this on his MBP... ) so I deliberately chose the Kindle Paperwhite for this reason, spin-off plus for a device using an "e-ink" screen is whopping battery life - weeks, in fact Love it.
Wide wide choice of books available, have also learnt how to make my own, so take with me my own touring guides, when I go to northern France, although this highlights one of the few drawbacks of the Kindle, which is it doesn't handle pdf images very well. I have experimented with including town plans or maps of particular places of interest (campsites, mainly) in my home-made e-books without a great deal of success and since I've started using a Satmap Active for mapping, this idea has become redundant anyway.
As a keen book reader and a solo traveller, the Kindle is one of the first things I pack.
Must also tell you about the key factor to this arrangement, that is Calibre - a really good e-book management application (open source, free, although donations welcome, I'm sure!). It makes managing a large-ish library (hundreds of books, both purchased and DRM-free, in my case) fairly hassle-free.
And lastly, buying a book from Amazon is really straightfarward and most of the one's I've wanted have been at attractive prices - along the same sort of lines I'd expect to pay for a book in a charity shop, back in the days when that was how I did most of my book buying!
One last thing I don't think the Kindle - or any other ebook reader for that matter - does very well is allow you to browse a book - you can't just flip through the pages in a fairly casual way, as one would a "coffee-table" book or a glossy magazine. At least, you can do it, but it doesn't have the same feel to it - others may disagree.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amazon_Ki ... eration.29
http://calibre-ebook.com

Re: Specialized Awol

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2015 - 1:23pm
Ooooo I shall be ordering one of them right now!!! Was hoping the Comp would've been a considerably better spec, but the major things are the Sram gearing and brakes, which I don't think is worth the extra £500!

Re: Loved Spain, hated France

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2015 - 12:59pm
tatanab wrote:robing wrote:I was going to cycle back through France, but it was a bit of a culture shock! I'd come in their peak holiday time and everywhere was full even campsites. Hotels were 80 to 100 € plus, in spain they were only 20 to 30€ mostly. French campsites were over €30 with wifi and electricity extra. The roads were worse than Spain and very busy.I spend about 4 weeks a year in France, usually in June or July but sometimes into August. Like any country you pick your roads. On those I use I can ride for 20 minutes at a time without seeing a moving motor vehicle. On a Sunday, admittedly early, you can ride the big main roads to make up time if necessary and be amazed at how little traffic there is. Campsites, staying on municipal sites the cost is typically 7 to 10 Euros. The big commercial sites are more expensive. It also depends where you are. I guess you might well have been coming up through the Landes south of Bordeaux. This is a holiday area and very expensive. So go back another time - take a bit more time to use the minor roads and the municipal sites.


I would agree about the municipal campsites. The one in Bergerac in very the touristy Dordogne was 7 euros for two people in late June the last time I went.

I rode from Toulouse, along the Pyrenees to the coast and then down to Barcelona a couple of years ago. The price of a campsite pretty much doubled as soon as I crossed into Spain. This could be because I was on the coast rather than any difference between Spain/France.

Re: Free cycle touring kindle books

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2015 - 12:53pm
Damn! I need to get in to this Kindle malarky.

Anyone able to help out with a concise description of the various models available to help me choose which is right for me?

Re: My first touring 'fail'

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2015 - 12:15pm
Perhaps more should be made of easy days touring. Too often we read of the hard(ship) cyclists. Then the people who want a road bike so they can do their 100 mpd at speed. Super light, etc, etc.

I tour a lot as in months every year, but sometimes feel a bit embarrassed about my average speed of 15 kph and some of my daily distances of 60 - 80 kpd.

When needs must, I can crack a 140 kpd, as I had to do for a few days in Cambodia last year due to lack of accommodation, but its not fun and not what I would want to consider the norm.

Let's hear it for the easy paced, relaxed tours.

PS sometimes hiatus hernias can give a feeling a bit like heart palpitations. I know, I've been there.

Re: Car in bike lane gets moved by cyclist

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 July 2015 - 11:25am
Of course, this little chap had no problems...

Re: Car in bike lane gets moved by cyclist

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 July 2015 - 10:37am
Picking up and moving small cars where the handbrake only held the rear wheels was a favourite sixth-form prank, but it used to take more than one person.

Re: Hi Viz plod gets space

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 July 2015 - 10:25am
tatanab wrote:[XAP]Bob wrote:No impersonation there...It beats the Men in Black impersonation.

I guess that black suit / black tie / white shirt / dark glasses and shiny black shoes probably isn't the best cycling outfit...

On the other hand, you do get to wipe the memories of other road users!

Re: Free cycle touring kindle books

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2015 - 10:23am
Thanks, have corrected the URL. Hope you enjoy them

Re: Car in bike lane gets moved by cyclist

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 July 2015 - 10:23am
kwackers wrote:Cycling near Trafford Park this evening I spotted a lorry parked up on a shared bike/ped path completely blocking it (and by lorry I mean an artic with trailer!).

I see that sort of thing every day. There's a cycle lane marked on the road I can see from my office window, and because there are no buildings directly adjacent to it there everyone and their granny seems to think it's OK to park there while they check their map/phone/lunchbox/whatever.

Re: Boris' backie

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 July 2015 - 10:18am
iviehoff wrote:There is at least one case on what it means for a bicycle to be "adapted" for carrying passengers. A few years ago someone was prosecuted for carrying a child on a saddle they had stuck onto the top tube with sticky tape. The case was not contested, so it doesn't set legal precedent. But it tends to suggest "adapted" is interpreted as meaning "properly adapted", some ad hoc solution like putting a cushion on the back-rack doesn't count.
I *think* that it was one of the normal kid saddles, but had tape around the mount as well

Re: Brest to Presqu'ile de Crozon ferry, Brittany

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2015 - 10:09am
Thanks, Bernard, that was very kind of you. I'll be sure to reserve in advance.

If anyone's actually used this ferry I'd still be interested in their experience.

Re: Boris' backie

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 July 2015 - 10:08am
mjr wrote:As my back rack is specifically advertised for giving lifts...Then surely it is... "...adapted for the carriage of more than one person"
How do the police decide what is and what isn't?

Re: Boris' backie

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 July 2015 - 9:56am
As my back rack is specifically advertised for giving lifts, I'd be willing to give it a go. I'm pretty sure the police will stop the surprising number around here who give lifts on their handlebars before they argue the toss with me... but it's generally simpler if the other person rides their own bike so they can go off independently if needed. If they're somewhere without a bike and want one, I can put the folding bike on the rack or in the trailer.

Re: Free cycle touring kindle books

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2015 - 9:56am
Safely downloaded - thanks! Second url could do with a tweak.
Just the job for my impending tour. Look forward to reading them...

Re: Loose stones on the road

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 July 2015 - 9:21am
CREPELLO wrote:Here in Shropshire, the roads are being kept in what I would describe as a 'just about acceptable' state. Any worse and it will be unacceptable.
Here in Buckinghamshire we dream of having our roads in as good a condition as Shropshire's.
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