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Re: Tour of Britain

CTC Forum - Racing - 1 hour 46 min ago
Hi Rick
Many thanks - appreciate the information.

Re: What bad luck

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 hour 54 min ago
We've had discussions before about judge's comments when passing sentence and I've explained that these comments are made with an eye firmly on sentencing guidelines to reduce the likelihood of a successful appeal against sentence. In that context I was pleased to read this from the judge:

“In my judgement, there is no true remorse here and no real insight. You are, and remain, a danger to cyclists.”

There seem to have been cases where a sentence discount for remorse was there for the asking.

Re: Shimano SPD Sandals - size question

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 hours 16 min ago
Great feedback 22camels! And a good laugh too (I'm not polite like your other on-lookers )

Re: Ross on Wye from Severn Bridge

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 hours 39 min ago
mattsccm wrote: cycle hire/shop and café's at Parkend and Cannop. Good food at Parkend. The Fountain inn is home to the local cycle club

Is there a cafe at Cannop Ponds? I might meet the wife and kids there

Re: Lazy drivers

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 hours 56 min ago
I don't think it has increased. It is just as bad as it has always been.

For many years I have been playing the "game" whilst touring in France of guessing the nationality of the driver approaching from behind.

As a sweeping generalisation, if the driver approaches with caution ready to stay back and then pass when the road is clear they are likely to be French, if however they approach with no apparent slowing whether or not anything is coming in the opposite direction they are more than likely to be a Brit.

I don't expect to see any difference when I am in France in June.

Re: Shimano SPD Sandals - size question

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 hours 7 min ago
I can happily report that after 2 weeks field testing the Shimano sandals cycling as well as lots of walking about doing 'normal' things that they are great. The issue I was concerned about didn't bother me at all. Glad I stuck with this size, the next one up may well have been too loose.

The whole clipless thing is awesome too, was really quick to get the hang of (once I'd figured out I have to twist the back of my foot outwards not the front!) and although I think the power on the upstroke is negligible, it's all about the greater control which translates into more efficient pedalling. Though using Shimano sandals with the flat side of dual sided pedals like the A530's, which I very rarely felt the need to do, gives a bit of a misleading impression of this advantage as I am sure there are more grippy flat pedal+shoe combinations out there.

I was so comfortable with the setup that I swore I wasn't going to have a 'beginner clipless moment', but come it did, and twice.. not the classic forgetting to clip out at the traffic lights, but just plain indecision - I was cruising along the pavement having had breakfast in a park in the Italian town of Monfalcone early on a Sunday morning, thinking which way to rejoin the traffic at a roundabout and was unsure whether to go left or right or to follow the pedestrian crossing, and was going so slowly that I lost balance and ended up looking like a right *** (insert favourite word). Fortunately the only witness was an elderly gentleman who was too polite to laugh. The second time was on quite a busy and fast road up in the mountains where I tried to stop in the shoulder to adjust something, but thought I could do it by unclipping only one foot, somehow this didn't work and I ended up toppling over - fortunately the bulk of me and the bike stayed the right side of the shoulder white line. It took a good ten seconds to disentangle my other foot, by this time a van had stopped in front of me to ask if I was ok, and again they were too polite to laugh. So two good lessons there negotiated in the safest possible way.

Re: Whats the most unusual item you have found in the road?

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 hours 22 min ago
gaz wrote:Bit of a thread resurrection but today's item, admittedly on the towpath rather than the road, was a horse's afterbirth.

I should have seen it yesterday but my attention was on avoiding collision with the newborn foal.

Yeah......I get this all the time.

Nylon and Spruce

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 hours 31 min ago
"The materials of tomorrow...today!"

I think that bits of this were shown in the recent Guy Martin program on the same subject (but with Carbon and Ti)...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKxN9I_ ... iEZCZj3oH2

Re: RTA - Insurance details

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 hours 41 min ago
There are two parts to a civil claim: the first is deciding liability and the second is "How much to settle the matter?" The first may be clear, but contributory negligence can cloud the issue, and a layman is unlikely to have much clue on how to deal with this.

Then, there are differences to be drawn between personal injury and damage, especially to a pedal cycle. If a top-end Team Sky bike were to be written off, and were the rider's Rapha togs to be totally shredded, the compo would probably be less that a personal injury to a lesser mortal involving permanent disability. Damage is also relatively more easy to quantify (eg by looking a a price list) than personal injury, although lawyers do use a form of price list based on precedent.

Various things have led to personal injury claims and even personal injury lawyers being discredited such as ambulance chasers on daytime telly and people making duff claims, but if you suffer through a crash caused by somebody else you are entitled to have things put right, to the extent that £££ can make up for pain and permanent disability. A decent lawyer will sort this out for you and if your claim is too small for them to be able to represent you under the no win, no fee scheme and you have to go unrepresented to the small claims system, then they should be able to give you some pointers. Finally, if you are mistaken about the merits of your claim, a decent lawyer should also disabuse you there.

Re: Cycle routes in Germany: Radweit

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 hours 44 min ago
Not used that i have to say - i use the ADFC maps myself combined with specific route guides if appropriate.

I'll use larger scale stuff very occasionally for forest roads and such but going the wrong way occasionally can be fun - i've seen some great stuff by taking a wrong turn!

You could quite easily do that ride without anything more than a 1/500 000 map of Germany - most routes are well posted and easy to use, or just follow the rivers!

Re: Swiss Mittelland (R5) route

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 hours 1 min ago
you can download + print maps for free from the Veloland website - zoom in and out, move around, find stuff and routes you were unaware of - its in English as well as German/French/Italian if only we had something like this in the UK!

Re: eurovelot in spain

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 hours 31 min ago
I attempted st malo to cadiz last year, though i skipped quite a lot of the middle of Spain when i ran out of time.

France was awesome, at times could be fooled that the motocar even existed.
to avoid traffic in Spain it was often preferable to take the 'via servicos' (the lorry roads) much less traffic volume.
be careful choosing routes, you can quite easily find yourself without a quite road option.

Re: Two cyclists killed, driver arrested

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 hours 38 min ago
If there's any involvement of a police vehicle in a serious collision, not necessarily an active pursuit, it's automatically referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) for investigation. Although that reference is automatic, it can be interpreted in a "no smoke without fire" manner, as happened in this thread. I've looked on the IPCC website and I can find no reference to this case, although that may be my poor IT skills. . Perhaps the IPCC decided a full investigation was unwarranted, based on the evidence available from the early stages. If so, I think it's a pity that even that limited information seems not to be readily available.

Re: Name the landmark

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 hours 30 min ago
simonineaston wrote:The first of your pictures looks like Robert Stephenson's roadNrail bridge over the Menai Strait; the second looks like the Second Severn Crossing... were you on the old bridge when you took this?
Gold star. The light on the Severn estuary is astonishing in clear weather.

Re: Tour of Britain

CTC Forum - Racing - 6 hours 58 sec ago
The usually publish the race handbook (that you can download as a PDF) with all the timings for the stages nearer to the event.

Looking at last year's, all the stages were due to be done & dusted by just after 4pm at the latest. On the road that can vary a bit but I wouldn't have thought they would finish more than an hour late even if they ride very slowly or unless there is a delay. So, unless they throw in something very different with timings, I would think you'll be OK.


Re: Two cyclists killed, driver arrested

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 hours 13 min ago
Thinking about it, he should have got that long for the offences without killing anyone.

Re: Two cyclists killed, driver arrested

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 hours 17 min ago
Postboxer wrote:... don't get the point of concurrent sentencing.

Two similar charges arising from one episode of offending.

Re: Two cyclists killed, driver arrested

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 hours 18 min ago
Walters was sentenced to 10 years and three months for dangerous driving and aggravated vehicle taking.
So not sentenced for causing death?
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