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Re: The French are just as stupid?

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2016 - 5:24pm
mercalia wrote:The French are just as stupid?

The French are just as stupid?

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2016 - 5:08pm
Bordeaux floods after heavy rain in south west.

The French are just as stupid?

http://www.thelocal.fr/20160212/in-images-bordeaux-under-water-as-river-breaks-bank

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

Islabikes Beinn 24

CTC Forums - Bikes For Sale - 12 February 2016 - 4:28pm
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 - 12 February 2016 - 3:26pm
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 - 12 February 2016 - 3:20pm
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 - 12 February 2016 - 2:49pm
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?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPd7H0912Us

Re: Lonley Planet or Bradt?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 February 2016 - 2:20pm
Lonely Planet are not what they used to be under the original owners, they have definitely gone upmarket to some degree and the layout is not as useful, but for many places they are still the best traditional guidebooks.
I don't know about the Sri Lanka edition though.

Re: Too many vehicles!!!

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2016 - 2:19pm
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

Re: Too many vehicles!!!

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2016 - 1:40pm
On the lanes of Wilts, Glos and Somerset I see more cars (and agricultural vehicles) than delivery vans. One thing's for sure though, the number of delivery vehicles is only going to rise with the growth in internet shopping and particularly supermarket deliveries. I don't know whether the cars I see are mostly locals or long-distance traffic avoiding main road congestion spots. I expect they're mostly locals using the lanes they know as short cuts, and that is the problem. For instance, on this map you can see a lane paralleling the B4040 heading southwest from Malmesbury:
http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?X=38 ... &ay=185953

That's the kind of lane where traffic heading for, say, Alderton from Malmesbury, should be taking the B road rather than the lanes.

Re: Sold secure gold D lock

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 February 2016 - 1:35pm
TonyR wrote:bainbridge wrote:1.38kg is an increase on my 900 gram kryptonite evolution d lock but at least this one can't be opened with a bic pen!

Did you miss out on their recall programme? They replaced my bic-pen special years ago with a brand new key operated lock free of charge.

Yes I missed out and was quite startled to learn that my £45 lock was rubbish, not to mention disappointed that kryptonite didn't inform me even though I'd registered the lock with them.

I raised a query via their website asking if they could do something for me but they replied saying the replacement scheme had ended and they'll rekey it for 20 bucks if it is mailed to the USA.

This new squire one looks ok, it's has a good review here:


http://www.cyclist.co.uk/reviews/690/ch ... -bike-lock

Re: Too many vehicles!!!

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2016 - 1:30pm
pwa wrote:The Tesco driver travelling between small villages will quite reasonably want to use a route that is efficient. When you are doing door to door deliveries in rural communities you are not using lanes as rat runs. The lanes are your network.

I'm sure their routing software will learn to cope. It may take a bit longer but so what? Most of our problems with lanes is drivers in too much of a rush.

Re: Sold secure gold D lock

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 February 2016 - 1:26pm
Sweep wrote:Says 21.98 now

£5 discount if you sign up for the newsletter and free delivery so £16.98

Re: Too many vehicles!!!

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2016 - 12:49pm
reohn2 wrote:I don't think anyone is thinking of blocking necessary rural lanes where tens of miles are needed to circumnavigate them.
Network Rail has few qualms about blocking rural lanes and requiring five mile diversions by closing level crossings... but heaven help that we should gate roads to help residents, cyclists and walkers rather than rail passengers thundering through!

Delivery firms use smart software that adapts routes to deal with closures. They would cope.

Re: Too many vehicles!!!

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2016 - 12:37pm
Bmblbzzz wrote:Saying the lanes are the network is simply accepting the status quo of allowing motor vehicles access everywhere without asking whether it's reasonable. But all this talk of deliveries is a bit of a red herring, IMO, most of the traffic on such lanes is cars.

I can only speak with authority about the lanes around here in the Vale of Glamorgan. The motor traffic on most of the lanes (almost all) is either locals going about their business, or deliveries such as the Postie and Yodel / Tesco, etc, all of whom probably have a good reason to be there. Getting to and from villages, schools, etc. I can think of two lanes that are used (not that heavily) by drivers wanting to cut out a major road junction. I'd still feel okay cycling along those lanes, though I rarely do so because they link to the busy and unattractive A48 trunk road. The other lanes are lightly used because it is quicker to stick to the A and B roads for most journeys.

Re: Too many vehicles!!!

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2016 - 12:12pm
Saying the lanes are the network is simply accepting the status quo of allowing motor vehicles access everywhere without asking whether it's reasonable. But all this talk of deliveries is a bit of a red herring, IMO, most of the traffic on such lanes is cars.

Re: Trains in Ireland

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 February 2016 - 11:07am
You need to be careful when using Irish trains. I went on one which had hangers that held the bike front wheel upwards and the rear wheel in a steel channel, much like you see sometimes in France. When I was boarding the train, a railway employee, trying very hard to be helpful as I was dealing with my panniers, picked up the bike, hooked the front wheel in the hanger and then dropped the rear wheel into the channel destroying my brand new Honjo mudguard. The secret is to position the rear wheel alongside the channel, not inside it. You can then use your panniers to steady the bike so it doesn't swing about.

Cheers

Re: Too many vehicles!!!

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2016 - 11:00am
TonyR wrote:pwa wrote:Maybe restricting access might work in a small number of urban fringe situations, but not in the wider countryside. The narrow lanes are the great mass of the road network there, and the main roads are the minority. When I drive from my home I use the main roads where appropriate, but there are journeys where it would take me twice as long if I avoided every bit of narrow road. So I pick-and-mix, making sensible decisions. Only one of our local lanes is a bit of a rat run, so it is almost a non-issue here.

Any restrictions on access will only work if Sat Nav systems can take them on board. All delivery drivers are only able to do their jobs with the aid of Sat Nav. They punch in the postcode and follow the instructions. If the software could accommodate an "access only" factor it might work, but that is a technical issue that I'm not qualified to comment on. Sticking bollards halfway down a lane (with the provision of a turn-around for vehicles) already happens, but can only be appropriate in a small minority of cases.

Hackney in London has done a very good job of blocking side roads to through traffic while allowing local traffic access so that they become pleasant places to cycle. And the results are there. Basically they block a road at key point so that you can get in from one end or the other for access but you cannot drive end to end to transit.

Satnavs are quite capable of dealing with current no-through roads so I don't see why they should be a problem. They have already developed in the haulage sector to avoid the old problem of HGVs getting stuck down narrow lanes thanks to inappropriate short cut routing. Market pressure will do the same if side roads are closed to through traffic because any satnav that persistently causes drivers to have to turn round and backtrack their route will quickly go in the bin.

Yes, closing off through routes works well in some urban situations. In practice it is less appropriate in most rural situations. The Tesco driver travelling between small villages will quite reasonably want to use a route that is efficient. When you are doing door to door deliveries in rural communities you are not using lanes as rat runs. The lanes are your network.

Re: Sold secure gold D lock

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 February 2016 - 10:32am
yes it's an old old story, though maybe lives on on youtube.

Re: Sold secure gold D lock

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 February 2016 - 10:30am
It looks like they Krptonite did the recall programme, and stopped making that type of lock, in 2005 (Wikipedia).

The Kryptonite New York Standard is probably the best d-lock on the market (don't confuse it with the Fahgedabboutit which is probably too big and too heavy for most people).

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2016 - 10:16am
Mark R wrote:So Volvo man turns out the be claiming long term disability benefit and with his wife being his carer. Well well, I honestly wasn't expecting that.

What are the chances that his original vehicle, which was in for repair, was provided by the state - in which case he probably doesn't even have to pay his own insurance premium.

It is likely to be a Motability car he drives when it isn't being repaired after other crashes. Motability also provide the insurance which can be withdrawn after serious RTA convictions. Is 6 pts for failing to name a driver serious enough? Will he declare his conviction to them?
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