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Re: Hi Viz plod gets space

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 July 2015 - 7:18pm
It seems that some drivers will only take notice if they think they are abusing police officers. Is that because they believe no action will be taken if other road users are put at risk? That sounds about right to me.

Re: Best airline for bike travel - Lufthansa ?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 July 2015 - 6:54pm
greyhead wrote:Interested to read of the OP's experience with Lufthansa as I have been sorely tempted to use them to get from Brum to Frankfurt or Munich. I tend to use the various ferries to start and finish my annual continental tours but flying directly to Frankfurt (for say a Mosel or Romantica Road tour) would save a significant chunk of time and add extra possibilities regarding the trip. The faff of bagging or boxing the bike has put me off flying so the idea of wheeling the bike fully assembled up to the check-in appeals greatly. I have phoned Lufthansa and they coinfirm that this is their policy and they claim to have a special place in the hold for bikes. But, but, but ............. I still can't bring myself to trust the baggage handlers. Damage on the outbound flight could really spoil the trip although maybe worth taking the risk on the return leg.



This is some of the route I took and throughly recommend it.

Frankfurt airport - Mainz - Koblenz

Koblenz along the Mossel to Zell

Zell along the Mossel to Trier

Trier - Luxembourg City - Metz

Metz - Sarvene

Sarvene - Strasbourg - Colmar

Colmar -Basel

Train from Basel to Baden Baden

Baden Baden through part of the Black Forest to Heidelberg

Heidelberg - Frankfurt Airport

652.7 miles

Slept in my tent every night and the first 2 days it was 42 Deg C in the shade..The locals on the Mossel were saying it's the hottest its ever been in the region...Was drinking 15 litres of water per day.


Was a brilliant tour

Re: Best airline for bike travel - Lufthansa ?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 July 2015 - 6:46pm
foxyrider wrote:I found Lufthansa very good last year, Swissair are very good too.

As has been pointed out though, it's the baggage handlers that are the potential problem on any airline - i've been sat on the plane and watched as my bike case dropped 2m from a conveyer to the ground - I think that was at Berlin. Frankfurt is Lufthansa's main hub so they have more control there so there may be fewer issues there.



This is why I've said I rate Lufthansa. - No bag or box required ,can't see them dropping a bike that's not boxed !!

Re: Hi Viz plod gets space

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 July 2015 - 6:16pm
http://www.raleigh.co.uk/ProductType/Pr ... 9&pg=11186

you can see on "related items" the POLITE tabard. My brother has one of those and even when walking through town people do a double take.
I stand corrected but i heard the POLITE tabard idea was thought up by a chief inspector.

Re: Newbie to Road

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 July 2015 - 5:33pm
I'd worry more about your first experience on a road bike being a 100 miles on a bike that's new to you, to be honest.

Re: Hi Viz plod gets space

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 July 2015 - 5:07pm
No impersonation there...

Re: Hi Viz plod gets space

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 July 2015 - 5:03pm
Where did you buy that from? I'm semi considering one.

Are they legal - as in, you won't get 'done' for impersonating a police officer?

Re: Pedestrians' view of bells ?

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 July 2015 - 4:59pm
I use a section of route 4 of the NCN on a regular basis here in south Wales (Bedwas to Machen). I fitted a little 'ping' type bell that I had in the spare parts box because of the large number of pedestrians on the path. I used to clack my brake levers before I fitted the bell (Shimano XT flat bar levers from 1992).

I mostly have had a positive response to the bell, with people usually thanking me for alerting them to my presence. However when the weather is warm and sunny, the path can be full of families from the local estate. They seem to follow the same format - man and woman, man with top off, both with lots of tattoos. At least two kids, one in a push chair and the other(s) running around chasing the dog that is off the lead. Dog is usually a terrier of some kind.

When approaching these people from behind, the woman upon hearing the bell usually turns around first, then seeing it's a bike turns back around and they all continue to block the path! Luckily there is a flat grass area either side of the path so I just pass them on that.

When walking down the path myself a lot of bikes pass me at speed without any warning, no bell, no shout, no clacking of the brake levers, nothing - very annoying to say the least and makes me jump out of my skin every time. I think some kind of alert is essential and above all courteous.

Re: Is the entire field of view blocked for an HGV?

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 July 2015 - 4:50pm
maxcherry wrote:WTH




Is he telling me that the driver was supposed to crush the bike!? Is that part of the driving course?

MUPPETS

I can only say I'm glad he is a 'former logistics safety director' I'd hate to think anyone like that was a safety director anywhere, and I'm sure the HSE would be interested in the logical outcome of his opinions - that flattening the motorcyclist and killing him would have been perfectly in order if he hadn't got out of the way in time.

Re: Is the entire field of view blocked for an HGV?

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 July 2015 - 4:45pm
Mark1978 wrote:Is this the new "the sun was in my eyes so it's not my fault". "I couldn't see because of the blind spot so it's not my fault"

It's like not being able to see where you're going but plowing on regardless is acceptable now?

Not to me.
It's like having your eyes closed and firing a gun and then saying it wasn't your fault you shot someone because you 'didn't see them'.

Re: Is the entire field of view blocked for an HGV?

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 July 2015 - 4:43pm
I repeat:
You should only complete a move if you can see that it is clear. That's quite different to not being able to see that there is someone there.

If your van/lorry/car construction means you can't see the full picture of where you are going, then you have to get someone to help you, or go very slowly and change your position repeatedly so you darn well can see it is clear.

Re: Newbie to Road

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 July 2015 - 4:37pm
Try reading Cyclecraft by John Franklin if you aren't used to cycling on roads. That's the classic on how to do it safely.
All the best.

Re: Best airline for bike travel - Lufthansa ?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 July 2015 - 4:31pm
Interested to read of the OP's experience with Lufthansa as I have been sorely tempted to use them to get from Brum to Frankfurt or Munich. I tend to use the various ferries to start and finish my annual continental tours but flying directly to Frankfurt (for say a Mosel or Romantica Road tour) would save a significant chunk of time and add extra possibilities regarding the trip. The faff of bagging or boxing the bike has put me off flying so the idea of wheeling the bike fully assembled up to the check-in appeals greatly. I have phoned Lufthansa and they coinfirm that this is their policy and they claim to have a special place in the hold for bikes. But, but, but ............. I still can't bring myself to trust the baggage handlers. Damage on the outbound flight could really spoil the trip although maybe worth taking the risk on the return leg.

Hi Viz plod gets space

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 July 2015 - 3:57pm
So it's the first time I've worn my nerdy Hi-Viz Copper look-a-like tabard and Errrmm, strangely it's the first time I've got space on the road. 15 miles of bike riding today in the grey and wet and not one car shaved past me which is the first time ever. (normally I'd have one or 2 near death experiences within that distance)
Coincidence ? I think not !


I know i look like a nerd but at least this nerd lives to fight another day ! Lol !

Re: Caen Normandy cycle tour route?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 July 2015 - 2:52pm
Yes, its just the cycle track on the bridge which is horrid. We cycled on the bridge footpath which is also horrid, badly maintained but safer, and the route into Le Havre heavily populated by Poids Lourds on narrow roads to the port.

Al

Re: Newbie to Road

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 July 2015 - 2:13pm
Do you feel safe when walking on the pavement?

You're slightly safer cycling on the road... (comparison per mile)

Newbie to Road

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 July 2015 - 2:12pm
I've been MTB riding for 10 years but fancied trying a Road Sportive Event & a bit of Touring, Cycle Routes etc. I bought a Giant Revolt this is a good allrounder for what I'm interested in doing,entered my first event yesterday 100mile Sportive, felt fairly safe as there are plenty of other riders, but the question is how safe am i on the roads or should i just stick to MTB ?

Re: Pedestrians' view of bells ?

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 July 2015 - 1:37pm
mjr wrote:brynpoeth wrote:The German cycling club has a solution for such conflicts, that cyclists should use the roads instead so that we have conflicts with truckers (terrorists) instead of walkers (people).
Is that on the ADFC website?*

But FWIW I think there's no shortage of CTC members who will happily tell you that as soon as he wants to exceed walking pace, little Johnny should ride on the A1 instead of the adjacent cycleway.


* the statement that cyclists should use the road "to avoid confilcts with pedestrians" was made by with Frau Cibulski of the ADFC in an interview published in the Luebecker Nachrichten.

Cheap and Cheerful 1-2 Week Getaway - Ideas?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 July 2015 - 12:36pm
Hi All,

I hope this finds you all well. As i have done quite a few times previously (and always got a great response) - has anyone got any ideas on tour destinations for this time of year? I have just been made redundant and think a couple of weeks on the bicycle is in order to get my mind right. To give a bit of background:- I have toured the Trans Am in the US, toured the Outer Hebrides, toured across Morocco earlier this year - so consider myself fairly competent doing around 60-100 miles a day. I like to travel with my tent, stove and amenities, so prefer OPEN country with as cheap (£10 a day ) a lifestyle as possible. Also, I am riding a King of Mercia Mercian road touring bike, so half decent standard of roads is ideal.

My initial thoughts are:

- To ride down to Dover (from my home in Greater London), jump on the ferry, and try and make it as far as I can south (cheapest suggested route preferred). Ideally making it down to a port in the southern regions of Europe to ferry my way back?

- Staying local and touring the UK (I thought touring the Outer Hebrides was just stunning), so potentially jumping on a ferry to tour Ireland, Northern Ireland and Wales?

- Getting a cheap flight (like I did for Morocco in January) to a 'CTC hidden gem' destination and gathering advice on here about a potential route? Has anyone done Romania, Bulgaria, Lithuania region?

As always, all your help and advice is gratefully received!!! I'd love to get on the road in the next few days (which I realise isn't ideal for the cheap flight option), so prompt responses would be amazing.

Thanks for your time, as always...and HAPPY TOURING!!!

Cheers,
Max

Re: Caen Normandy cycle tour route?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 July 2015 - 12:28pm
Hi Terry Macca

I used the BF Caen cycle route as the basis/inspiration for my tour last September but modified as follows:
Ouistreham (n), Pegasus Bridge, Beuvron en Auge, Trouville(n), Honfleur, Pont Audemer(n), Conches en Ouche(n), Rugles, St Evroult Notre Dame du Bois(n), Vimoutiers, Livarot, Le Mesnil-Durand(n), Ouistreham(n). Overnight stays denoted (n).
Unfortunately I can't give advice on campsites as I use B&Bs, wherever possible finding interesting Chambres d'Hôte (to practice my French) or small provincial hotels. Also, as you may guess from my username, I take a more leisurly approach - 7 nights - with plenty of sightseeing and pottering around - total mileage 230.

I used the late ferry to Ouistreham and so spent the first night there and similarly the last night, taking the early morning ferry back to Pompey. I took the coast road between Trouville and Honfleur (rather than BF's inland route) which I found a bit of an undulating slog (and not many views of the sea). From Honfleur (which I knew from my sailing days - very picturesque and touristy) I took the riverside cycle path along the Seine which runs under the Pont de Normandie. A very dramatic bridge which I would hardly call horrid (maybe this refered to cycling over it?) although the actual cycle path to Berville-sur-Mer I found a bit rough for my tourer bike. I enjoyed the cycle route which broadly follows the River Risle on quiet country roads and was well sign posted. The rest of the route was mainly improvised to fit in with my B&Bs and mainly through quiet rural back lanes where possible. I also followed an off-road cycle path from Vimoutiers to Livarot which was not paved (rather grassy I seem to recall) but OK for my bike.

I'm sure you and your son are younger and fitter than me but I feel that attempting this for a first tour, especially camping and with mountain bikes, is very ambitious.
Previously I have also done Ouistreham, Pegasus, Arromanches, Bayeux, Carentan, St Mere Eglise, St Vaast and Cherbourg and I agree with al-yrpal that this would make an interesting trip if your can alter your return ferry booking.

I've also done a modified version of BF's St Malo round trip which you may wish to consider next time!!
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