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Re: Is this Justice for killing some one?

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 23 April 2016 - 9:16am
I too think that justice has been well served here. In particular, the remorse of the driver makes a big difference to how I feel about this. I don't feel that he got away with anything. He has his own private life sentence to live through.

Re: Is this Justice for killing some one?

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 23 April 2016 - 9:05am
Possibly the driving ban is too short... but he will have lost his job, and might find it very difficult to get a driving job again in the future... future employer's insurance liability would be just too great....

I don't get the bit about her having bare legs...... would bare legs have been commented on if the rider had been male and in shorts?????

Re: Appropriate words of advice ?

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 23 April 2016 - 9:00am
Hi,
Typical mick..........I mean that's typical Mick....................I really mean Thats very typical..................Mick.........you know what I mean

Got pulled by a plain Granada........I was supposedly pulling away.................well a bike that will do 130 in less than 1/2 a mile I would do wouldn't I Slab Granada (Ford) uphill stuggling at 55.

Anyways................twenty minutes later on the side of the road after criticising my bike attire, he says "Didn't you know it was a cop car?"
"Its got square headlights" .....................Yeh right........all Capri Granada Escorts had square headlights in the eighties...................

P.S. 70 in second in less than 4 seconds

P.P.S. Anyone else note the copper's pinky ring

Re: Appropriate words of advice ?

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 23 April 2016 - 8:48am
Many many yonks ago, I would "commute" at weekends from Portsmouth to Lancashire. Mrs Mick F wasn't a Mrs then, just a Miss.
250miles each way in a Mini Van.

I would leave on a Sunday evening about 9pm and drive M6/M5 and across along the A roads ........... well before bypasses and dual carriageways. I would drive through the towns, and one night - in the wee small hours of Monday, I was passing through Cirencester. In those days, there were hardly any street lights.

As I turned right onto the road out, I saw a couple of people walking facing in my direction. One of them had a torch and it bobbed up and down as they walked.

I passed by, and as I did, I realised they were coppers and I saw them in my rear view mirror turning round and shining their torch directly at me.

I stopped. The coppers ran up to me and told me off for not stopping!
"Didn't you see me flashing my torch for you to stop?"
"I saw your torch well enough, but it's dark, you're wearing dark clothes, and all I saw was two men walking with a torch. I had no idea you were policemen or even wanted me to pull over."

They had no answer to that!
I was 19years old, and a cheeky confident sod.

Any road up, they checked me out, looked over my car, checked the tax disc, checked my tyres ........ and wanted to know why the tyres were very warm. I explained I'd just come down from Lancashire down the motorways having done over 100miles non-stop.

They made some notes, and then allowed me to go.

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Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 April 2016 - 8:31am
For those that travel with the Porlex mini grinder, I've found this little mod holds the upper burr firmly in place giving a much smoother coffee grind. And subsequently a much smoother tasting and far more consistently tasting coffee.

Re: Appropriate words of advice ?

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 23 April 2016 - 8:18am
Manc33 wrote:I probably slowed to let it do that and it didn't go past me so I carried on. It hard to remember 15 years ago.

In that case I'd assume it's me they'd wish to talk too,even if I hadn't done anything wrong.

Re: What gilet for summer?

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 April 2016 - 5:35am
bikes4two wrote:Thanks for the suggestions so far. My apologies for not making myself clear in the original posting in that I'm considering a padded gilet to go under a waterproof top, not one of those lightweight gilet that are like thin anoraks with the arms cut off
)

Not quite sure what you mean by a padded gilet.

Would a light fleece gilet be of interest?

If so, I may be able to point you in the direction of something.

Re: Appropriate words of advice ?

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 23 April 2016 - 5:03am
I probably slowed to let it do that and it didn't go past me so I carried on. It hard to remember 15 years ago.

Re: Advice / Touring Partner wanted for UK to Scandinavia!

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 April 2016 - 12:11am
And thanks I was a bit confused why the cycle route had a missing part between Arna to Dale. So that helps knowing you can't cycle on it. I went on google streetview before and noticed there was a tunnel, just assumed that you were still allowed through it (just not advised).

Even if they were I still wouldn't go down them because the one legal tunnel on a cycle route I passed through with some traffic was frankly terrifying! (I passed through so many tunnels on my trip and I was the only one in the tunnel on all but 2 occasions - part luck part the cycle routes are generally good at keeping you away from traffic) I felt so vulnerable in it, the noise from any passing traffic is unreal. It sounds a bit extreme and I thought so before when other people mentioned it but now I understand. (Some of the motor vehicle only ones are 5km+ long).

Another tunnel problem I had was when my front light failed and I got stuck because I was on a smaller road with a fairly long unlit tunnel. Long enough to be pitch black and I tried and failed a couple of times to go through because I simply couldn't see a thing lol. I'd would have had to walk, feeling my way along the rock and was worried it could be dangerous in the event of an oncoming truck or something as there was a bend in it and it was skinny (tunnel just outside Skjolden on route 6). In the end I waited about 40 mins and flagged down a car, the driver of which was kind enough to drive behind me with his main beam on so I could cycle through. (He was then even kinder to be waiting for me to help me through the next tunnel further up the road!)

Also didn't expect the Rallarvegen to be closed in July. Would you recommend going later in August instead? Although I've heard the summer season ends earlier there... so not sure if that would be worth it.

As another has said last year was an unusually bad summer (typical for me!) so I'd take my chance with this because it's a nice traffic free ride.

I'll ask (if you don't mind) at this point: http://www.opencyclemap.org/?zoom=14&la ... yers=B0000 between Mydral and Upsete at the west side of the Rallarvegen there is another gap. My research has shown you need to go by train for this section, although I see a small path route on that map (probably a stupid idea to attempt lol). You seem to have went north from Mydral to Flam (which I would quite like to check out also), so not sure if you would know about the Mydral to Upsette line. Just worried that I might have to book said train in advance or wait 5 hours or something as it seems like a very remote station.

You are correct. I met other cyclists who had taken this small seemingly mysterious train that stops at Upsette but you you're right it is a small station where a stopping train is not super regular so you'd probably want to know the timetable in advance for that one and plan your day accordingly. Myrdral on the other hand is also a stop for the Oslo-Bergen main line and hoards of tourists change here to take the tourist train down to Flam. I don't know about those tracks you see. I met some pretty determined cyclists last year when the Rallarvegen was snowed under and yet I didn't meet any that even discussed that as a possible route for what it's worth but I honestly don't know.

You are also correct with my route - I went down to Flam (nice ride) where I got the ferry to Balestand. The ferries are useful (they stop at a lot of places, you can even do Bergen-Flam) and add all sorts of options but not that cheap hence I took one of the shortest possible routes but it was still fun and cool to see the fjords from the water.

Also did you bring any hard maps with you (if yes, do you might me asking which ones)? I have a Garmin which I will load the cycle routes on. But I don't particularly want to be too reliant on it considering there probably will be a limited number of places that I could buy Double A batteries from.

Just took my phone (android) and used an app called viewranger where you can use opencyclemap maps so couldn't really go wrong (although I still managed it once or twice, doh!). Phone was charged with front hub but not a cheap solution unfortunately. In the past (before I had the hub) I have just taken a load of spare batteries for my phone. Much cheaper but you'll need power every now and then to charge them all! I recorded all my routes so have all the GPX files if you are interested (from that you can figure out where I camped etc if you are bothered).

Do you mind if I send you any more questions closer to the date if I can think of any burning ones ?

No probs

Have you got any pictures / videos of you journey? Would be interested in looking at them if you had, but don't feel you have to go out of you way to share them.

I PM'd a link to all my pics. here's a few anyway (I do have a few vids somewhere as well):

tracktoflam.jpg
Track down to Flam.

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Rallarvagen

finse.jpg
Rallervagen approaching Finse

patharoundtunnel.jpg
Old road around a tunnel. Often as a cyclist you are guided around tunnels on the original pre-tunnel roads which are way more interesting.

legburner.jpg
Climb on route 3 not far from Balestrand

Re: Is this Justice for killing some one?

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 23 April 2016 - 12:08am
Yes, I think this is justice, if they both cried together and the grieving husband spoke up for the careless offender. A beautiful story.

But I also agree that driving bans are too short. Our culture seems to think that a driving ban is like being sent to Botany Bay, exclusion from society. Cyclists know that you can have a good life without a driving licence. The short bans reflect society's addiction to the car.

Re: Channel Isles

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 April 2016 - 11:59pm
coinneach wrote:Any tips about cycletouring camping on the channel isles?
We are wondering about going there for a day or two as past of a longer trip down south.
Information about bikes on ferries, need to book, or can just turn up especially welcome, as seems to be missing from Condor website.
Recommended campsite?
Thanks!

The islands are well worth visiting. But do bear in mind they are relatively heavily populated with a lot of traffic that can make cycling in certain areas at peak times really unpleasant. Basically avoid St. Peter Port (aka Town) in Guernsey during rush hours, similarly the same applies to St. Helier in Jersey. But there are a real wealth of lovely lanes to explore and get lost in, lots of lovely beaches and nice cliff scenery. Guernsey also has the bonus of easy days trips to the nearby islands of Herm and Sark (without your bikes). Jersey has noticeably more countryside than Guernsey, but Guernsey probably a nicer coastline and far nicer Town. Lots to see, potter around on bikes, appreciate the scenery, stop for a swim etc.

You must book the ferry beforehand. Condor Ferries have had a rough time the last year. The new fast ferry, the Liberation, has proved very unreliable mechanically and also quite prone to weather delays when wave heights exceed their licenced height (3.5m). The slower conventional Clipper vessel that does a triangular route between Portsmouth - Guernsey - Jersey goes in virtually anything and is rarely disrupted, but takes all day but in my view a pleasant way to travel if you have the time.

Neither vessel has good facilities for tying up bikes on the car deck. I have given them feedback and given up as nothing changes, basically they have rather bigger issues! Bikes are free but I would prefer a small charge and safe areas/tying points for them. When you book online as a foot passanger there is an option to indicate you have a bike, this section comes after you have choosen the dates and seating options, but you check in with the vehicles when you actually travel.

In Guernsey the Fauxquets Valley campsite is situated in a really nice rural part of the island. Would be happy to show you around if I have the time or suggest a few places to see, depending when you visit as I can get a bit overrun with work in the summer months.

Can't recommend a campsite in Jersey, last time we stayed at one all the group got sick, think it was the water! Was a long time ago though.

Re: Appropriate words of advice ?

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 22 April 2016 - 11:29pm
Manc33 wrote:They expect you to know, out of dozens of people, that it is you and you only they are trying to get the attention of.

When you're innocent - this is actually quite amusing and I have to wonder what the cop is doing or thinks is happening.

One pulled me over once, an unmarked car with blue lights in the grill, he said "Why didn't you pull over sooner?" and I said "I thought you were trying to get past me". I hadn't done anything wrong, is the reason I had no idea it was me being pulled.

Strange rules.
What alternative do you suggest?

When I see a car behind me with blue lights flashing an two tones,I normally pull over to the side ASAP, and let it get past.
It's the normal thing to do.

Re: Route Advice Bath to Warwick and Lincoln to Warwick

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 April 2016 - 11:28pm
Cheltenham, Winchcombe, Broadway, Mickleton, Alderminster, Loxley, wellesbourne, Hampton Lucy, there is a bridge over the M40/A46 junction to take you into Warwick.
or
Tredington, Tewkesbury, Elmley Castle, Evesham, Bidford on Avon, Pick up the stratford greenway into Stratford, Hampton Lucy and as above.

Re: Appropriate words of advice ?

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 22 April 2016 - 11:24pm
They expect you to know, out of dozens of people, that it is you and you only they are trying to get the attention of.

When you're innocent - this is actually quite amusing and I have to wonder what the cop is doing or thinks is happening.

One pulled me over once, an unmarked car with blue lights in the grill, he said "Why didn't you pull over sooner?" and I said "I thought you were trying to get past me". I hadn't done anything wrong, is the reason I had no idea it was me being pulled.

Strange rules.

Re: Advice / Touring Partner wanted for UK to Scandinavia!

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 April 2016 - 10:52pm
RobCyclist wrote:I would likely fly back (with the bike) from Gothenburg. I'm hoping that a local bike shop would sell a large bag and the airline would allow it, I've read sometimes they can be fussy though so hope that would work.

You can get a bag from a furniture shop that sells sofa & beds & things. Bags for mattresses work best. Some tape from a building supply place, and you are set. Leave a little hole so that you can put the airline baggage tag on your rear rack. Don't forget to put your name and address on the bike, in case the bag comes off.

I've flown Norwegian, BA, and SAS to & from Norway with my bike in a clear plastic bag, and never had any problems.

There are a few threads about flying with bikes on here, too. viewtopic.php?f=16&t=67410&p=576547#p576547 is one. The informaiton about airlines is probably dated, but there's some good advice & experience on there.

Cycletourer usually pops onto these Norwegian thereads, too. But here's his advice about bikes on planes. http://www.cycletourer.co.uk/cycletouring/planes.shtml

Route Advice Bath to Warwick and Lincoln to Warwick

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 April 2016 - 8:57pm
I'm planning my first 200 mile ride, and I was think of a loop from Bath to Warwick

I'm fairly familiar with the roads around the Cotswolds up as far as Stroud and Gloucester, but can anyone help with route advice to Warwick

I don't want to add hills unnecessarily

I'll be joining a friend who is cycling back to Bath from Lincoln. I think we will meet around Warwick, so if anyone can help with a route from Lincoln to Warwick that would be very helpful as neither of us know this area

I'm presuming there are plenty of cafes where I could meet him warwick?

Trailer Loading

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 April 2016 - 8:50pm
Thought I'd give this a go in here before going for a technical answer!

I've got a BOB Yak, have had it out for two outings now, first was a barely loaded family ride, heavier on the way home as it was loaded with pot plants, second was with a full weeks grocery shopping

Did a quick tot up of weight when I got home and to be fair it was just over 35kg, stood next to the bike wheeling it was heavy, and front wheel would lift with very little provocation, and in anything put a constant speed straight line it was wobbly (a slight understatement)

Long term plans for it don't involve carrying that much weight, I plan to use it to do the shopping but will make it twice weekly, but is there a 'clever' way of distributing weight in the trailer? Have tried to think out the physics behind it and I'm leaning towards heavy stuff lower (obvious) and as far back as possible to limit weaves and wobbles around the hinge

Any thoughts?

Re: Channel Isles

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 April 2016 - 8:36pm
Condor are massively effected by the weather so beware of cancellations...also subject to numerous breakdowns ...our nickname in Poole is the Vomit comet

That aside I stopped on Guernsey on the way back from a tour (due to another breakdown), the tourist information centre is a 2 minute ride from the terminal and worth a visit....I didnt use the bike much, I walked or bussed everywhere...the roads are manic in St Peters Port...many very frustrated motorists .

Re: Hiring bikes abroad - poss. Majorca

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 April 2016 - 8:31pm
I didn't know about that! And I've ridden past there too!

Re: What gilet for summer?

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 April 2016 - 8:28pm
I bought a really nice Vaude jacket with zip-off sleeves. Sorry there's nothing in the jacket that gives the model name.

I have a slightly contrary view on gilets which is that they are most useful when you are climbing. Going downhill I can't see the advantage over a jacket.
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