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Re: Cyclist Knocked Over by Van Door

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 hour 11 min ago
It's not a quick process, though sometimes the solicitors can help with that. If you are still being treated, not much can happen, anyway, except the wheels of bureaucracy grinding away. However, the solicitor probably won't take the time to call if there are no new or significant developments. If you are worried about not receiving enough information, call them and ask.

Re: 50 mph for lorries

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 hour 29 min ago
So retest all drivers every 10-15 years and those who won't make progress will fail the test.

I suspect rather more gamblers who overtake without visibility will lose their licence, though.

Re: 50 mph for lorries

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 July 2014 - 11:48pm
A lot of people are reluctant to overtake even with plenty of time/space, they just don't have the confidence to do so and are overly cautious, some people can't overtake because they get too close to the vehicle in front and can't see anything nor would be able to stop in time if the vehicle had to stop suddenly.
I've experienced many times over the years drivers whom do 35-40mph behind an HGV on a national limit carriageway but have ample space & opportunity to overtake quite leisurely but just won't.
So actually it IS these types that often create problems through not overtaking, not only do they create a hazard all of their own doing (driving too close to the vehicle in front) but hinder others who legimately and safely can make progress when wanting to overtake much slower vehicles..

Re: Cyclist Knocked Over by Van Door

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 July 2014 - 11:44pm
Thanks for those points. They are both valid. Currently I am still dealing with the claim. My arm was incredibly sore for days after and I couldn't move it for a long time without discomfort. There also seems to be some longer term issues but I am having a medical examination soon to assess the severity. Nothing life changing but it causes pain where I had none previously - which was raised by the above comment with regards to long term injuries.

My employer is very good at allowing sick leave. I cant see that being an issue - although I take your point, and its an interesting point to raise to others in a similar position.


I will update in the future with my experience of C-AMS accident management who are meant to deal specifically to cyclists. So far, OK, but not enough contact. I've been called once in three weeks with little to no discussion about what I can expect to happen in the future.

Re: coming back from germany by train

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 July 2014 - 11:17pm
seehttp://www.bahn.com/i/view/GBR/en/home/contact/contact-in-the-uk.shtml

which gives phone number for DB in UK, they will happily sell you a bike ticket over phone.

Best to look up train you want on line.

http://www.bahn.de/i/view/GBR/en/index.shtml

chose "further search options" and tick bicycle and it will only show you trains that carry bikes.

This websitehttp://www.seat61.com/ has all the info about which trains take bikes in each country including Eurostar from Brussells or Paris.

Re: Ten Miles a Day

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 July 2014 - 11:11pm
Hi,

http://home.trainingpeaks.com/blog/arti ... ie-reading

"Calories Calculated with Heart Rate
Measuring energy expenditure based on heart rate has come a long way over the years along with technological improvements, and more are still popping up as we speak. There are several generations of algorithms that are derived from scientific metabolic testing, so trust that the companies aren’t just throwing numbers at you. Most of the HR based calculations are within 10-20% accurate. That’s not as close as within 5% with power, but not everyone wants to or can invest in that technology.

Most all HR devices use the basic user input metrics including gender, height, weight, and activity level combined with the heart data recorded. So the main thing with HR devices is to make sure you input as much accurate information as possible. In some devices actually inputting your tested VO2max over the device-estimated value can improve the accuracy from 20% to more like 12%. Some of the more advanced methods evolving now evaluate the time between heartbeats, called beat to beat, to estimate MET (Metabolic Equivalent), which finally is used to determine actual work expenditure. And some devices also have a “learn” function that with continued use tracks your changes in fitness and adjusts the energy algorithm. So sharing a device with a family member or friend once you may not notice different results, but frequently, then you probably would.

Calories Calculated with Time and Distance
Here is where the measure of energy expenditure really is tough to blame on the device. When there is no data reported from your body, the device is left to calculate energy expenditure based on the raw metrics including time, distance (if available), age, weight, and activity level (if device has this setting). That’s why this method can range from being 20-60% off. So, really you can’t depend on calorie estimates from a device with just these metrics. For example, a ride that may actually be 600 kcals total (500 kcals to summit a climb but a minimal 100 kcals to soft-pedal back down hill) would actually report as potentially a 960 kcal activity if the 60% inaccuracy is true. That’s substantial enough in a single workout to throw off the common -500 kcal/day deficit that often person aim for to lose 1 lb/week safely.

There are some general guidelines that exist for these calculations, but as you can see by the chart they don’t take into consideration your effort level to achieve the speed. This is a large factor because quickly you can conceptualize the difference of effort that is required to pedal at these rates; into a headwind or crosswind versus a tailwind, up a steep climb versus on the flats or descending, or even on a technical mountain bike trial versus a leisurely regional gravel path."

Re: Getting home (Plymouth) from Genoa or the Alps (Geneva)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 July 2014 - 10:34pm
GoLiteGuru wrote:Great info/ideas, thanks. loved hills ever since NZ. Became content to go slow and enjoy the surroundings. Like the dozen passes idea (with bailout options). Could drive some of them with the lads and cycle others.

Ferry home is flexible. As you say -- possibilities endless -- sometimes you need a goal or someone to visit to give a tour a bit more structure.

Isn't there a river route home? ( look on the eurovelo website) but I think there are some east west routes across France that you could up hook up to. The Loire is the obvious one but I'm sure there are some other choices, just keep going until you hit Roscoff. Sometimes though I just draw a straight line on the map and then figure out an interesting route around that.

You could head to the south west, over the Pyrenees and back from Santander if that works time and distance wise. There is some amazing scenery if you take that route, look at options through the Massif Central, Cevennes, mont Ventoux, drome, and then the choice of Pyrenean climbs and then say the national park de ordesa into Spain.

Tbh if you are doing 100m days Europe is your oyster if you have a month.

Re: Hello & Help!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 July 2014 - 10:21pm
ossie wrote:Audax67 wrote: Supermarkets too, but then there's the bike-theft problem.



I see your'e in France . Whats the bike theft problem ? In my experience fully laden tourers arent exactly an attractive proposition to thieves in the bike theft capital of the world ( UK) . Ive always done supermarkets in France and have never even seen anyone look at my bike. Obviously I always lock it but it would take some balls to even approach, let alone attempt to nick something laden down with crap in front of a supermarket.

I had the same thought actually. I've never had any concerns about leaving my bike outside the supermarket, locked up when travelling by myself. I admit I tend to stick to smaller towns as that where I prefer cycling so it tends to be those town centre casino shops or the small town intermarche and of course the boulangerie for brekker after I've done 40 km from an early start ( I used to be so keen which was lucky given my pain au chocolat consumption).

Only place I got something nicked was my cycle pack with some tools that I left on the bike overnight in a campsite in Northern Spain in the Picos de Europa. I assume that was pesky teens but I'm still peeved.

Re: Bridge out on Lon Las Cmyru at Portmadog - options?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 July 2014 - 10:00pm
I agree, go the coastal road, to get back onto it is only a bit more given the bridge is closed. The contra flow system in place is very safe for cyclists. I would also recommend the hills behind Harlech, it was one of the highlights of the trip both times I've done it.

Re: coming back from germany by train

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 July 2014 - 9:12pm
Rail Europe are awful tricksters, happily selling you impossible tickets, far worse than their parent SNCF, so I wouldn't hold out hope of using them.

Maybe SNCF, SNCB, NS or dB will get it right soon.

Re: 50 mph for lorries

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 July 2014 - 9:06pm
Or maybe that car driver intends to overtake when they consider it safe, but when they do, some gambler in a van has already started to overtake them and the lorry? That's happened to me more than once and my usual Alfa's loud pedal is not lacking in oomph, but so many people will start to overtake when they can't possibly see that it's clear, due to blind bends, dips and other obstructions. They're just assuming that oncoming traffic will take avoiding action which is partly why there are so many crashes and deaths

Re: coming back from germany by train

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 July 2014 - 6:54pm
yes, it was De Bahn who said it couldnt be done. Maybe I got someone new on the phone, or someone who was leaving their job, as they didn't offer any alternative options. Hopefully soon booking bikes will be easy on the web, or De Bahn will enable raileurope to make bike bookings. Luckily Im sorted now and by going via rotterdam I'll have a chance to cycle in Holland for a day so alls well etc.
thanks for the goeuro link, it looks like it will prove useful in the future.

Re: Hello & Help!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 July 2014 - 6:53pm
Audax67 wrote: Supermarkets too, but then there's the bike-theft problem.



I see your'e in France . Whats the bike theft problem ? In my experience fully laden tourers arent exactly an attractive proposition to thieves in the bike theft capital of the world ( UK) . Ive always done supermarkets in France and have never even seen anyone look at my bike. Obviously I always lock it but it would take some balls to even approach, let alone attempt to nick something laden down with crap in front of a supermarket.

Re: 50 mph for lorries

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 July 2014 - 6:42pm
Re overtaking. In my experience it's not lorries moving at 40mph that cause slow-moving tail-backs, but the car drivers with no intention of overtaking that hang on to the back end of the lorries, effectively making the lorries even longer, and therefore a bigger overtaking challenge for car drivers that really do intend to overtake.

A late morning Commute along NCR 2

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 July 2014 - 6:09pm
I work from home most days. Sometimes it gets a bit lonely, so I love it when I’m off doing something else, like working wherever my job takes me, especially if I can go by bike. Yesterday, I had an appointment to see a man about a boat.

Here's some things I had time to enjoy along the way

http://www.farawayvisions.com/royal-victoria-country-park-to-gosport-a-ride-along-ncn-2/

Re: coming back from germany by train

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 July 2014 - 5:46pm
are you using the DB site? If not try that for connections. Here is what DB say:

Dear customer,

Unfortunately, it is not possible to book a bicycle ticket for this trip on the Internet

Please visit a Deutsche Bahn ticket counter or call our service number
Tel.: +49 (0) 1806 99 66 33 (20 ct/call from a German landline, max. 60 ct/call for German mobile phones).
You can request information on bicycle transport, purchase bicycle tickets and make reservations on this number every day from 8 am to 8 pm.

You can book bicycle tickets on the Internet under the following conditions:

Your selected trip:

- only includes trains that allow bicycles,
- doesn't include any night trains,
- only includes domestic routes,
- begins at least one day after the day of the booking.

Go to http://www.bahn.de/i/view/GBR/en/index.shtml for more details.

You can certainly book a route to the coast that will take a bike. You might find ringing will get you further than using the web - people do manage to get bikes on DB Ice, Thalys and Eurostar services! Koblenz to Koln is easy - I wouldn't try booking as part of the rest as you can probably get a regional ticket price (remember to book your bike!) Currently everything changes at Brussels so you could get either Thalys or the slower stopping service from Koln for that leg and then use Eurostar from there.

You could potentially use the new intercity bus services for part of your journey ADAC Postbus and MeinFernbus both take bikes and the fares are low! Checkout here for details http://www.goeuro.co.uk/search/NTNkOTIw ... kxNTU0OA==

Hope this helps

Re: Hello & Help!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 July 2014 - 5:43pm
JonFountain wrote:However with a new bike about to be delivered and the tickets booked it's certainly possible. What I need to consider is alternatives in this country.


Get on your bike and pedal. You'll be grand and the adventure will have twice the value. You'll meet people if you want to and sure you can learn a few words in french before you go. 'No time like the present,' my mum always says.

Re: coming back from germany by train

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 July 2014 - 5:21pm
after a bit of head scratching I realised it might be possible to get the ferry from Hook of Holland rather than eurostar. And I've now booked it. Wish the bloke on the phone had told me that was an option when I asked for a ticket to london rather than just saying it can't be done with a bike.
And while Im ranting is there really a reason why a bike can't be booked on a train online instead of having to sit on hold on a very expensive phone line!!

Re: Help with choosing bike type and/or commute through Lond

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 July 2014 - 5:18pm
mjr wrote:Yes. I think pitlock is one make of unusual headed bolts and so on.


Thanks.

Re: Ring, ring?

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 July 2014 - 5:12pm
Norfolk county council has solved this by letting some cycleways deteriorate so far that your bell almost always rings if you ride fast enough.
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