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Re: Cycling opportunity Keswick -Kendal

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 14 May 2016 - 2:02pm
Tangled Metal wrote:the road has been opened.

An e-mail headed 'Cumbria is Open!' from Independent Hostels Guide turned out to be about this - no-one would gather from reading it that cyclists and bus travelers have in fact been passing that way for months.

Cyclist killed in three-rider collision in Lancashire

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 14 May 2016 - 1:14pm
From BBC news online:

"A cyclist has died after colliding with another rider on a country road.
The man, 50, suffered major head injuries after falling from his bike at about 22:00 BST on Thursday.
A woman cycling in front of him came off her bike on Hill Lane in Colne‎, Lancashire, causing him to collide with another male cyclist, police said.
He was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital and later transferred to Royal Preston Hospital where he died the next day.
The other male rider, 40, was uninjured while the 19-year-old woman suffered bruising to her leg.
Sgt David Hurst, of Lancashire Police, appealed for witnesses to come forward and said his "thoughts are with his family" after these "tragic circumstances"."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-la ... e-36293065

Re: or in the air - speed trap gets its man?

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 14 May 2016 - 1:11pm
Not me.
Our parrot was in her cage.Parrot.jpgButter wouldn't melt.
Looks cuddly eh?
You try putting your hand in there!

She likes me though.

One bike for climbing, one for descending?

Cycling UK Forum - Racing - 14 May 2016 - 12:34pm
Is there a case for eg Tour riders switching bikes at the top of a climb for the descent? There must be design tweaks that could make a bike better for going down than going up, and vice versa. I'm guessing they would have done it if it were possible. But maybe people have some ideas!

or in the air - speed trap gets its man?

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 14 May 2016 - 12:17pm
Police snap parrot going at 1.5 times speed limit

http://www.thelocal.de/20160513/police-snap-parrot-going-at-15-times-speed-limit


but who is going to pay the speeding fine?

Re: Before Pulling In For Car - Indicate or Not ?

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 14 May 2016 - 12:11pm
I pull in / over and give the thumbs up with an outstretched right arm when Im happy for them to pass..(ie safe for both us ). It seems to work, plenty of drivers acknowledge it with a thanks of sorts - happy days

Re: South Downs Way on a touring bike ??

matt_twam_asi wrote:mercalia wrote:The Downs Link at that time was not very well surfaced, I hope it is better now?

Nope.


(OK, I know that the southern part is better now according to Squeaker. Everything else is still hit and miss.)

That's 'better' in a 'fat tyred' bike sort of way: still not all bikes / weather

Re: First cycle tour

I'd go east or west from Bristol as you're unlikely to see that on an end to end. South Wales seems attractive but heading to Wiltshire will be a gentler introduction to touring.

I've recently done my first tour and was doing 50-60 miles a day but I think 40-45 would be a better number for planning. It may well end up as 50+ after a few wrong turns and unexpected road closures anyway.

NCN routes are mostly well signposted but it does vary depending on how much volunteer time and council support Sustrans has in an area. They do also often go the long way round, which I think is in order to pass close to more houses, to meet their "within x miles of y% of the population" aim, but that may be less annoying for touring than transport.

Re: First cycle tour

Since it will only be a short test-tour, not very far from home, I'm not too worried about things going tits up.

But really, barring injuries, the worst that is likely to happen is that it takes me an hour or two longer to reach my destination than expected and I get a sore backside. I'm more concerned about route-finding delays than getting physically tired.

As they say, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

Anyway, the Devon C2C does look interesting (if a little boringly flat). I actually did the walking version in 2012 across Dartmoor and Exmoor between Wembury and Lynemouth (6 1/2 days with ankle tendonitis and other ailments for the last 4 days so I'm used to pushing on regardless ).

Are the NCN routes well signposted generally? I'll be taking GPS gadgets and maps with me but I prefer it when I can progress smoothly without spending much time orienteering.

Re: First cycle tour

Can you plan a route that leaves you some alternatives? I don't know that part of the country, but in most places, it's possible to plan for at least a couple of alternatives. If you are going to stay in B&Bs, you could pick one that is 50ish miles away, then plan a route with a scenic loop, perhpas with a tourist destination or a secondary goal? At or near the end is best. Then you can decide on the day if you feel up to the longer route.

I often do that sort of thing (at shorter distances) travelling with kids, because they make the day unpredictable

Re: First cycle tour

You could be right about the mileage since I'm only used to short commutes and I may try a loaded day ride beforehand.

However, I would rate my fitness as very good and I'm used to walking for 7+ hours carrying 15+kg on multiple days on e.g. coastal paths which can be rather undulating. So I'm sure I'm capable but that doesn't mean I won't find it unexpectedly challenging.

Re: First cycle tour

I don't know how long or fast your commute is, but I really wouldn't underestimate how tough and hilly Devon and South Somerset can be. Going over Exmoor was tougher than anything I've ridden in the Alps.

Unless you are regularly doing day rides of 60 to 70 miles I would cut your target mileage. Or do some day rides to test what you can feasibly manage. Also bear in mind that it's not so much what you can do on day one that counts, but whether you can get up and do it again on day two and day three. Planning your route so that you have some bail-out options would be a good idea.

Re: Lightweight touring - How much can you pack in the bags?

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 May 2016 - 11:10pm
You are right on two counts, Natural Ankling; someone needs to lose weight (thanks for the reminder) and yes, on closer inspection, it is an optical illusion.

Re: South Downs Way on a touring bike ??

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 May 2016 - 10:42pm
mercalia wrote:The Downs Link at that time was not very well surfaced, I hope it is better now?

Nope.


(OK, I know that the southern part is better now according to Squeaker. Everything else is still hit and miss.)

Re: Close passes BY cyclists

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 13 May 2016 - 10:33pm
In Dublin at a set of lights one of my colleagues was waiting to cross when a car jumped a red light.

First reaction of the others around her was to hold hands out to stop people stepping off the kerb. Then the stepped forward as one and stopped the car (hands raised) and gave them a mouthful.
The driver then had to wait for everyone to cross before they could continue.

My South African colleague was astounded, particularly that they'd stopped the driver, but I pointed out that by stopping the driver they'd reduced the incentive for anyone else...

Not sure I could do that in the UK - though I do similar with side roads and other crossings.

Re: Close passes BY cyclists

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 13 May 2016 - 10:28pm
It seems Julie Rand on her LEJOG also had a close pass by a cyclist.Descending the road, however, 3 things happen simultaneously which show how quickly things can change from exhilaration to excruciating while you're cycling: first of all a Polish coach overtakes us at tad too close for comfort just before the road bottoms out. Then a roadie skims silently passed my right shoulder as I'm about to move out for the bend. Seconds later a large sheep to my left decides it's time to see if the grass really is greener on the other side of the road.

Re: Close passes BY cyclists

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 13 May 2016 - 10:16pm
Si wrote:Ah, but were the morris men wearing hiviz, and were they morrissing more than 2 abreast? And I'm not even going to ask if they were wearing morris helmets.Good one!

Re: Lyon to Ljubljana across the Alps: route advice

Wow, thanks everyone for a tonne of useful tips, I'll post my own impressions after the ride! Thanks loads!!!!!!!!!!!!

Re: Close passes BY cyclists

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 13 May 2016 - 9:50pm
Si wrote:Ah, but were the morris men wearing hiviz, and were they morrissing more than 2 abreast? And I'm not even going to ask if they were wearing morris helmets.

I'm with you. I got 'morrised out' at a folk festival a few years back. I can't do the bells or stick clacking without going into a spasm now. THEN at a nearby wassailing I was invited to join a local group recently 'coz I looked like I could'! Whatever that meant.
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