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Re: Dogs on cycle paths - how many where you live?

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 4 April 2016 - 5:58pm
Well carry on with your heads up your backsides!
It really beggars belief the state of mind of some people that rant on about dogs and ped's.
I'm beyond all this strife.
Roads and cycle tracks are not places where Automatons prevail.
Thank God!!!

Re: Holiday in France St malo La Rochelle

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 April 2016 - 5:55pm
On the LR day(s), one day can be spent on a leisurely cycle around the Ile de Ré - it's excellent, laid back, refreshing.

Nice beaches on the south side if that's your thing. Lots of other things to see and do - the lighthouse at the East end, pretty villages and loads of nice restaurants. A fair amount of traffic, but cycle paths are everywhere.

Re: Dogs on cycle paths - how many where you live?

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 4 April 2016 - 5:18pm
Bicycler wrote:mjr wrote:Most dogs are off the lead but then why shouldn't they be? It is, after all, a well known dog walking area.
Because it's a highway and http://highwaycode.info/rule/56 says they should be kept on a short lead.
I take it that you wear a helmet and hi-vis as the HC says you should?
Hey, I only said it was a reason they should, not that they must, nor that it was a great reason

More seriously, I agree with you that cycle facilities ought to be useable at cycle speeds. The problem is that a lot of places we are allowed to cycle aren't really 'cycle paths' per se. They are existing pedestrian routes or public spaces which cyclists have (often begrudgingly) been permitted to use. We're probably more likely to get cycling banned from parks and towpaths than get other users to facilitate our cycling at whatever speeds we might be capable of cycling.
If park routes and towpaths aren't upgraded soon to be useful cycling routes, then it might be better that cycling is banned from them, or at least restricted in some way. That would make it clear that there still needs to be a decent cycle route network developed.

As for "existing pedestrian routes" - wasn't everything? Even the A5 Watling Street was originally for walking Romans...

I know I'm spoiled in that some of our local cycle tracks were built/rebuilt as cycle tracks, but even there, some ignorant dog owners still meander about and let their pets be dangers to themselves and others, so I don't think this has much to do with quality of the track. It's more of a problem of a few dog owners who seem to act as if everyone should love their slobbering/snarling/defecating beasts as much as they do, rather than keep them out of our way and we'll do our best to keep out of theirs.

Re: Holiday in France St malo La Rochelle

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 April 2016 - 4:25pm
The Puy du Fou is a must. Its practically unknown in the UK but its the most fantastic Son et Lumiere in Europe. Starts at 10pm after dark

http://www.puydufou.com/en/shows/night- ... son=summer

Read the comments. Puy du Fou

https://goo.gl/maps/K633SBc8Xq42

But… it has to fit with your dates.

Also call in at Guerande, a wonderful small medieval town.

https://goo.gl/maps/TTXBVkDdiX22

Al

Holiday in France St malo La Rochelle

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 April 2016 - 4:15pm
My wife and I are taking bikes on car,ferry to St Malo then onto La Rochelle.
We are staying in Logis Hotels (five in total).Staying near Plouhinec, Port St Pere, La Rochelle, Fontenay le Comte,Hede.

Any suggestions as for places to visit / things to see etc welcome.
We are not looking to cycle too far from hotel base ( 50 miles round trip perday)

Re: Hand-Built Wheels - Expectations

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 April 2016 - 1:59pm
andymiller wrote:I've had wheels built by both Spa and Harry Rowland and I would happily go back, or recommend them.
+ 1 for Harry

Re: new(ish) Ortliebs

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 April 2016 - 12:59pm
jacksonz wrote:If I ever loose an insert, I'll replace it. Big deal.

I've got plenty spare now [emoji6]

Re: new(ish) Ortliebs

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 April 2016 - 12:57pm
If I ever loose an insert, I'll replace it. Big deal.

Re: new(ish) Ortliebs

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 April 2016 - 12:50pm
jacksonz wrote:If the product is used to specification there is no problem.

Yeah right.

Re: Which bit of the North Coast 500 in 5-7 Days?

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 April 2016 - 12:40pm
Thanks for the advice. Since my original post, I've decided to do the Scottish Borders loop - thanks to a suggestion on this forum.

Re: new(ish) Ortliebs

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 April 2016 - 12:15pm
If the product is used to specification there is no problem.

Re: new(ish) Ortliebs

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 April 2016 - 12:08pm
jacksonz wrote:Sweep wrote:Just put some new inserts into my old style ones (i had them hanging around) and sure enough one of the inserts in particular stays on the rack whenever I pull up on the pannier.
Still bemused by how a german company could design a critical insert which pushes up into a holder which is itself pulled up.

Well, if the inserts are stuck on the rack tubing then the inserts are too small, you need a bigger size insert. I think there are 3-4 different sizes available. Even so, the inserts are stuck in quite well if they are round the right way. There are tabs on the inserts on one side only. These tabs have to go into a groove on the outer inside part of the hook. If the tabs are not seated correctly they will always fall out! You can push them in from the side, from the bottom whatever.....

I never have had one problem with Ortlieb panniers or inserts. Personally I think the design is fantastic!

The inserts that don't stay inserted is a common, and well-known issue. In defence of German companies, both Vaude and Rixen Kaul have engineered inserts that stay where they should.

The Ortlieb design is probably the neatest solution if you need to use the panniers with more than one rack and need to adjust the spacing between clips quickly and without tools, but if you don't need that then personally I'd simply take them off and replace with Rixen Kaul - either the type used by Altura or the VarioFix (an elegant solution to the clips problem).

Re: Dogs on cycle paths - how many where you live?

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 4 April 2016 - 12:07pm
mjr wrote:Most dogs are off the lead but then why shouldn't they be? It is, after all, a well known dog walking area.
Because it's a highway and http://highwaycode.info/rule/56 says they should be kept on a short lead.
I take it that you wear a helmet and hi-vis as the HC says you should?

More seriously, I agree with you that cycle facilities ought to be useable at cycle speeds. The problem is that a lot of places we are allowed to cycle aren't really 'cycle paths' per se. They are existing pedestrian routes or public spaces which cyclists have (often begrudgingly) been permitted to use. We're probably more likely to get cycling banned from parks and towpaths than get other users to facilitate our cycling at whatever speeds we might be capable of cycling.

Re: Barbed Wire Trap set on trail in Kent

Cycling UK Forum - MTB - 4 April 2016 - 12:03pm
Bonefishblues wrote:Lance Dopestrong wrote:As a user group we often have a hard enough time being taken seriously, and making ridiculous claims does nothing to make an ambivalent society pay us any more attention. It's a stupid, dangerous criminal act, nothing more, and that's bad enough without seeking to put it on the same legal footing as the activities of ISIS.
This.

I didn't address that point.
we're on a cycling forum,and TBH I thought I was safe to mention the 'T' word,in the same way if cyclists are being frightened off the road by motorists dangerous driving attitude toward them,it's an act of terrorism.
It seems that unless you seek to murder X hundred people by bomb,gun or poison you not terrorising anyone!

Re: Barbed Wire Trap set on trail in Kent

Cycling UK Forum - MTB - 4 April 2016 - 12:03pm
Bonefishblues wrote:Lance Dopestrong wrote:As a user group we often have a hard enough time being taken seriously, and making ridiculous claims does nothing to make an ambivalent society pay us any more attention. It's a stupid, dangerous criminal act, nothing more, and that's bad enough without seeking to put it on the same legal footing as the activities of ISIS.
This.

I didn't address that point.
we're on a cycling forum,and TBH I thought I was safe to mention the 'T' word,in the same way if cyclists are being frightened off the road by motorists dangerous driving attitude toward them,it's an act of terrorism.
It seems that unless you seek to murder X hundred people by bomb,gun or poison you not terrorising anyone!

Re: new(ish) Ortliebs

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 April 2016 - 12:01pm
Heltor Chasca wrote:Fair comment jacksonz. I never had a problem with the inserts falling out/getting stuck. My problem was they were too hard and ate away at my racks.

Yes, that's right. My Blackburn alloy racks were worn away! Tubus steel seems to be the answer. Maybe also getting the bags positioned exactly right on the rack.

Re: Hand-Built Wheels - Expectations

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 April 2016 - 11:58am
I've had wheels built by both Spa and Harry Rowland and I would happily go back, or recommend them.

Re: new(ish) Ortliebs

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 April 2016 - 11:55am
Fair comment jacksonz. I never had a problem with the inserts falling out/getting stuck. My problem was they were too hard and ate away at my racks.

Re: Barbed Wire Trap set on trail in Kent

Cycling UK Forum - MTB - 4 April 2016 - 11:41am
Lance Dopestrong wrote:As a user group we often have a hard enough time being taken seriously, and making ridiculous claims does nothing to make an ambivalent society pay us any more attention. It's a stupid, dangerous criminal act, nothing more, and that's bad enough without seeking to put it on the same legal footing as the activities of ISIS.
This.

Re: Barbed Wire Trap set on trail in Kent

Cycling UK Forum - MTB - 4 April 2016 - 11:41am
Lance Dopestrong wrote:As a user group we often have a hard enough time being taken seriously, and making ridiculous claims does nothing to make an ambivalent society pay us any more attention. It's a stupid, dangerous criminal act, nothing more, and that's bad enough without seeking to put it on the same legal footing as the activities of ISIS.
This.
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