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Re: Accident claims, does anyone else feel like this?

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 April 2015 - 9:58am
RogerThat wrote:You're opinion of people is low sir. By near miss of course I mean a near miss which forces him off the road.

Very, very disingenuous of you. My opinion of you has diminished somewhat. Perhaps if it was you had been involved in a hit and a run and only just survived it after many months in hospital, you'd have a bit of a kink in your psyche when it comes to dangerous drivers. Very low.
The way you wrote it, it sounded like fraud. If you want to hear that, maybe next time you should provide a little more description up front.

Re: Train carriage - how are bikes secured?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 April 2015 - 9:47am
Vorpal wrote:There are several different methods for holding bikes (or not) on trains. On Abellio Greater Anglia, most trains do not have any special place for bikes. You just need to find a wheelchair spot, or use the entry area for the carriage and stay with your bike. It is possible on some trains to stick the front wheel between a vertical hand rail and glass divider such that you don't have to hold it. But you may still need to move it out of the way for people entering and exiting the train.


except the older 125 trains on the Norwich to London line, which use the old mail storage area, just behind the drivers cab as bike storage. This is at the Norwich end of the train.

Re: Accident claims, does anyone else feel like this?

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 April 2015 - 9:39am
irc wrote:RogerThat wrote:y. To call someone a 'criminal' is very disengenuos, to say the least.

Someone who falls off without having been hit? Then claims damages If the cap fits. had a very near miss, he'll just roll over anyway

IRC you are correct this would appear to be "Crash for Cash" plus the witnesses who do not inform the emergency services are also in a bad position.

What a waste of an emergency ambulance.

Re: Text Only UK Weather Forecasts

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 April 2015 - 9:23am
Could just post whatever they give you, as long as it's not epoch seconds or something awful. Humans are fairly good parsers.

Re: Train carriage - how are bikes secured?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 April 2015 - 8:22am
Vmlopes wrote:Hanging front wheel hooks on Network South East on the ones I have been on
I thought network south east was history or never really existed outside the railcard. They are all separate companies.

OP - on southeastern services there is a lean space with room for i think 2 bikes secured by a strap which from memory secures with a sort of seatbelt clamp fastener. You would want your carbon dream on the outside i suppose. There will be 1 or 2 of these compartments per train - they are marked on the door. Southeastern is quite liberal on bike carriage OUTSIDE PEAK hours and will let you stand in the central bits of each carriage sith your bike. Pipe lagging seems a bit extreme for a train trip (oh the wonders of carbon) but a couple of bungees might be handy.

Re: Accident claims, does anyone else feel like this?

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 April 2015 - 8:00am
You're opinion of people is low sir. By near miss of course I mean a near miss which forces him off the road.

Very, very disingenuous of you. My opinion of you has diminished somewhat. Perhaps if it was you had been involved in a hit and a run and only just survived it after many months in hospital, you'd have a bit of a kink in your psyche when it comes to dangerous drivers. Very low.

Re: Accident claims, does anyone else feel like this?

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 April 2015 - 5:44am
RogerThat wrote:y. To call someone a 'criminal' is very disengenuos, to say the least.

Someone who falls off without having been hit? Then claims damages If the cap fits. had a very near miss, he'll just roll over anyway

Re: Accident Tue 7 Apr 18:00 Uddingston

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 April 2015 - 1:08am
It is also devoid of road markings for some reason. And there is considerable shrubbery growing up in the inner perimeters which prohibits any half-decent sight lines. Safety-wise it doesn't have much going for it. I'm going to nominate it as one of Scotland's most bicycle hostile entities.

Re: Mosquitos/Midges be afraid be very afraid Armageddon

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 April 2015 - 12:00am
I got bitten by mosquitoes badly in south-east England last year. Have never had any problems with them in Scotland though.

But the midges, cleggs and ticks more than make up for it. Overall, ticks are the worst.

Re: Train carriage - how are bikes secured?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 April 2015 - 11:50pm
And even then there are non-island stations where each line is bidirectional, i.e. trains can (and do) arrive from either direction. Worcester Foregate Street is one.

mjr - good spot, I'd forgotten about the Turbostar prongs!

Re: Text Only UK Weather Forecasts

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 April 2015 - 11:41pm
Psamathe wrote:Just some (small) text at the bottom of the page e.g. "Issued by UK Met Office at 11:07".

Ian

Nice one, thanks. I think I left the time out as it was given in a weird format that was hard to parse but I'll have another look at it.

Re: Touring in Sweden

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 April 2015 - 11:30pm
Make sure you bring a headnet and plenty of repellent to keep off the mosquitoes. They really are very bad in northern Scandinavia during summer. I'm not sure about further south. They won't be so bad near the coast and higher up in the mountains.

Food (and pretty much everything else) costs roughly double what it does in the UK, possibly a bit more in remote areas, though I think the exchange rate might be quite favourable at the moment.

Re: Text Only UK Weather Forecasts

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 April 2015 - 11:07pm
Just some (small) text at the bottom of the page e.g. "Issued by UK Met Office at 11:07".

Ian

Re: Text Only UK Weather Forecasts

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 April 2015 - 10:56pm
Thanks for the feedback. The forecasts come from the Met Office and are updated daily. Showing the last-update date/time is a good idea and I think that info is supplied but not in a very friendly format.

The text forecasts warn of strong winds but unfortunately the direction is often missing. I would need to load in a different dataset for that which would add a fair amount of complexity but would certainly be worthwhile.

Re: Text Only UK Weather Forecasts

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 April 2015 - 10:31pm
Thanks for posting, I have bookmarked your site

Re: Text Only UK Weather Forecasts

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 April 2015 - 10:03pm
You don't say where you are getting your forecasts from (e.g. Met Office, GFS, etc.).

Your forecast pages don't say when the forecast was issued (so if things stopped working as expected you could be using a somewhat out of date forecast).

Ian

Re: Accident claims, does anyone else feel like this?

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 April 2015 - 9:42pm
Yes, I had a colleague who was silly enough to walk away from what he thought a minor injury to the head after being struck by a car from the side throwing him 20ft up the road from his bike. Never went to A+E and next day started epileptic seizures. He had a mini stroke before he was able to be treated properly for a fractured skull.

If I came off and it was serious enough I was temporary immobile on the ground I would certainly wait for an ambulance and be taken to hospital for the relevant tests and an X ray. To call someone a 'criminal' is very disengenuos, to say the least.

Re: Touring in Sweden

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 April 2015 - 9:36pm
albal1 wrote:Departing Nordkapp Jun 22. Heading through Sweden. looks like wild camping is the answer there. Any gas available from Nordkapp? anyone?
There is a G-sport in Honningsvåg https://www.gsport.no/butikker If you contact them in advance, you should be able to order and collect in store, to ensure that you can get what you need.

Otherwise, you could try contacting tourist information http://www.nordkapp.no/en/services/serv ... nformasjon

Re: Text Only UK Weather Forecasts

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 April 2015 - 9:23pm
That's very useful. Does the data you're getting include predicted wind directions/speeds? That's the main thing missing compared to my usual graphics-heavy www.timeanddate.com forecasts.

Re: Touring in Sweden

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 April 2015 - 9:09pm
smith4188 wrote:In 2013 I found Sweden to be the second most expensive country in mainland Europe (after Norway). Despite wild-camping nearly the whole time, I still spent £20 per day on food, and that was only the most basic supermarket grub (no meals or takeaways and no alcohol). If your budget can stretch to alcohol then supermarkets only sell lager up to 3.5%. If you want something worth drinking then you have to go to a special shop (sometimes attached to the supermarket) but they close at 6pm.

If you decide you want a shower and head to a campsite, they were all around £20 for one man/one tent and many of them insisted that you bought a £10 membership card to gain permission to pay to sleep in their fields (when the surrounding forests are free). The card gives you no other benefits by the way.

Sweden was one of the few countries (along with Finland, Norway and, to some extent, Switzerland) in which I found that the expense of being there negatively impacted my ride.

But, whatever, have a great trip!

Ah, sweden and alcohol.

Last time i was in sweden was about 96 and i don't think uk prices have yet caught up with what they were charging then.

Good luck with your uber spartan trip.

But knowing your proclivities i tend to think you might be yearning for a beer cycling trip afterwards. I'm sure with your writing credentials it wouldn't fall into the twin traps of either being wine writer poncy or uber laddish.
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