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Re: France - channel to the Med (or vice-versa)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 hours 45 min ago
+1 South to North in May . I've done South to North in September from Nice and i think that North to South might be a better choice at that time of the year. There's not a lot in it, I've dine North to South in September too. massif Central is likely to be the worst of the weather whichever direction you go in. Ps check the climate when deciding routes as I've remember a very damp may holiday in the Dordogne. You may be better off heading more up the east side of France or it could have just been that we had bad luck.

Re: Short Survey - Do you use service stations?

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 October 2014 - 11:32pm
Use them on Audaxes , late night rides , Majorca. When other places are shut , when I want a quick stop and not the faffing around that goes on in most tea shops unlike transport cafes) Etc = would sir like a latte , Americano etc. No just a mug of instant white coffee thanks with milk all ready in it . Not 10 mins faffing and then I still have to assemble it myself

Re: I Hate Virgin Trains

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 October 2014 - 10:56pm
tyreon wrote:Can I make complaint?

I want to know why a return journey is but a few pence more than a single journey by train. I would often like to cycle out some 60 miles from where I live to catch a train back...but paying just a few pence less for a single ticket than a return ticket would cost seems somewhat unfair. Of course,I could buy a return ticket,then put up the ticket on some 'gratis' board for some passenger returning to the station I had left earlier. That would be a 'giveaway' ...but one I fear our train operators would not endorse. From memory,the underground staff used 'to go spare' when I used to giveaway(gratis) my all-day purchased ticket when I had finished my journey(s)

FWIW I'm always frightened taking my bike by train. You have rules and regs to deal with. Then the inadequate storage for bikes. Dunno how any disabled people in a wheelchair get on trains in wheelchairs!!

I was talking to someone today who had just found that the cheapest return air fare to the USA later this week was cheaper than the cheapest single (a single is what she wanted). That's really insane, as a passenger on an airline must have a higher marginal cost than one on a train.

Re: Insurance

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 October 2014 - 9:55pm
In fairness to insureandgo its not really in the small print. They have a couple of pages of activities laid out in a table. There are a number of columns for things like third party cover, excess, extra cost. You just find your activity and read off the conditions. Clear and simple.

PS I have no connection with insureandgo, but they do sponsor Southend United so obviously a charitable organisation!

Re: France - channel to the Med (or vice-versa)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 October 2014 - 9:28pm
I'm beginning to think north to south would be a better option. As regards the weather, one just has to accept that it may be bad. No such thing as bad weather, just unsuitable clothing. As far as the problems of getting home again, I will probably not use the bike bus but either fly back or return by train via Paris. Train looks a good option. http://www.seat61 is a mine of helpful information.

Thanks again for all your advice and information. The input from all of you has been a great help.

Re: Parked cars - what do they *expect* I'm going to do.

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 October 2014 - 9:19pm
In my Highway Code it says it is the overtaking vehicles responsibility to make sure it is clear. Having said that you should be defensive and check over your shoulder

Re: Interpersonal communication

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 October 2014 - 9:14pm
I have to confess, I burst out with foul language now and again - we are all weak in some way. Usually in exasperation rather than abusive. If I call another road user names, it'll usually be when they're out of earshot. I'm a coward when it comes to road rage.

Which reminds me of a little incident during our recent USA trip. Driving along a single carriageway at night, I was aggressively tailgated by another motorist who then overtook me quite dangerously in the face of oncoming traffic, forcing me to brake (to give him room to pull in). I gave an admonitory flash of my headlights, but owing to my unfamiliarity with the hire-car's controls, I inadvertantly put the lights on full beam for a few seconds instead of just a flash.

The car that had overtaken me came to a sudden stop in front of me for no apparent reason. That was scary. Was I about to get involved in a bit of road rage, USA-style? For all I knew, the driver might have had a gun . As I said, I was scared: I stopped and waited. Luckily he thought better of it and drove on.

My B-i-L (who lives in the States, and who we were visiting) later told me that I was profoundly stupid to flash the other car. In the USA people take such things seriously. Lesson learnt!

Re: Cuba.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 October 2014 - 9:13pm
We toured with Cycle Active in 2013 and hired Specialized Hardrock MTB's. They were well maintained and none of us had any problems apart from a few punctures and one snapped chain that was easily fixed. Worth taking your own spare tubes and a few essential bits (chain link, spare brake and gear cable) with you, as spare parts are unobtainable in Cuba.

Re: Fountains in Italy

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 October 2014 - 8:41pm
This is great, thanks Sweep.

Re: accident claims

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 October 2014 - 8:25pm
You get a lot of cyclist on cyclist accidents in racing and road clubs due mainly to the close riding . I can recall many in my cycling club in the last few years including broken neck , broken hip , and many very bad ones. Cant recall anyone claiming against the other rider though despite if they were cases with cars they would be in the many thousand bracket.

Unless you get bad injuries you would not get much anyhow and no win no fee has gone and was always dodgey

Re: Interpersonal communication

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 October 2014 - 8:24pm
beardy wrote:That was a bit forward of him, whatever happened to romance?
Another windup

Large company's van and a "middle finger salute"

Sent video to Company thanking the driver for offering to compensate for his appalling driving with an act of sexual activity

However I would have to decline as having seen how inconsiderate his driving was, I was unconvinced he would be a considerate lover and as a result the experience would probably not be worthwhile

The reply from the company was very apologetic and their trying to explain that their employee was not offering sexual favours without admitting that they had behaved improperly was very funny

Re: Pushing a bike on a footpath.

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 October 2014 - 8:19pm
Cant you just deliver some junk mail to qualify
Perhaps a leaflet on cycling

Re: Jens gets Hour record

CTC Forum - Racing - 29 October 2014 - 8:12pm
Matthias Brändle trying to beat it tomorrow, http://www.scott-sports.com/us/en/page/hour-record

Re: Berlin Bike Hire

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 October 2014 - 7:54pm
We hired from the hotel , many hotels have cycle hire , dutch style , ideal for site seeing. A bit heavy for more than 20 miles a day

Re: Insurance

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 October 2014 - 7:41pm
Check the small print for Insure and GO, it specifically mention no cover for personal accidents when cycle touring, although it does cover you for cycling.!!

Re: Interpersonal communication

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 October 2014 - 7:36pm
Once had a guy call me a "copulating onanist"

Caught up in traffic and asked if he could count as far as two, or whether English was his problem?

?

Bemused look and asked what I was on about

Pointed out that Copulation requires two (or more) whereas onanism is a solitary activity

Then pointed out that it was pointless squealing profanities if your illiteracy was merely going to make you look stupid

Re: Interpersonal communication

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 October 2014 - 7:18pm
Pompey Monkey wrote:is an odd thing, isn't it?

Only this morning I asked a lorry driver, who seemed to want to get to know me and my bike very well indeed, if there was anything I could help him with.

The answer, consisting of a single sentence, managed to included a reference to both fornication and male genitalia!

Ain't life grand!



beardy wrote:That was a bit forward of him, whatever happened to romance?

Did not even wait for the first date meal. What a cheapskate.

Re: Cuba.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 October 2014 - 7:12pm
I hired one on an exodus trip as part of the trip , it was OK , but generally the quality of bikes over there is terrible and they also don't seem to know how to maintain them and I don't think its easy to get spare parts

Re: Interpersonal communication

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 October 2014 - 6:44pm
You're lucky. In my most recent altercation with another road user, I only got a directive to fornicate (repeated numerous times).

Re: Cuba.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 October 2014 - 6:27pm
No, but this previous discussion may help viewtopic.php?f=16&t=85121
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