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Re: Off touring tomorrow! (well later today)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 April 2015 - 2:54pm
Great! Enjoy it and keep us posted. It's less than a month til I start my own tour. I'm starting in Roses,Spain. Going to Gibraltar and then all the way home again! Planning on around 2 months. And well done for travelling so light. I presume you are not camping.

Re: Off touring tomorrow! (well later today)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 April 2015 - 2:14pm
Have a great tour and enjoy the journey.

European Tour Advice?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 April 2015 - 2:12pm
Hey all!

I was planning to take a solo tour to Norway this year as a small holiday, but two friends have got involved and we're now cycling 2000 miles through Europe for a Male Cancer Charity (Orchid) We're looking for advice on camping in Germany, around the Bremen/Hamburg/Fehmarn area as we are coming through Holland to Bremen then up into Denmark and are aware that wildcamping is illegal in Germany.

Any advice for routes and camping from Holland to Bremen/Hamburg/Fehmarn and the stops in between there that would be very appreciated! We're also going to be going through Denmark, Sweden, Czech Republic (Via Rostock and Berlin in Germany), Slovenia, Austria and Croatia before the end of the tour in Trieste, Italy. So any information anyone has about good routes/wildcamp spots that would be great!

You can check our charity page out at Facebook.com/tyredtest15 too, if anyone is interested!

Thanks,

Jordan!

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 April 2015 - 1:57pm
Oh, I'm a rank amateur!! There's a guy we ride with on Wednesday evenings who, every time a driver tips him off the bike or had a very near miss, he'll just roll over anyway and play dead at the side of the road till the ambulance/police arrives and then miraculously regain consciousness and demand to be taken to A+E. Its not an activity I could condone, but it doesn't half scare the living daylights out of the offending motorists! I suppose it's his own personal version of 'presumed liability'. He's had at least four bikes out of it the last five years, and a fair bit of out of court compensation.

I guess it's a sort of cycling vigilantism. Though I would frame the behavior in the fact he was the subject of a very bad hit and run ten years ago, from which he's never really recovered physically, or emotionally. I was with him at the time and it was a truly horrifying thing to witness: like someone just came up behind us and shot him with a gun.

Luckily I was able to scratch nearly all the number plate into the road with a stone before the car got out of sight. The result of this attempted murder: £1200 fine, six months ban. Absolutely disgusting sentence for a potential murderer. And apparently the driver (a local radio DJ) was just milligrams under the limit. If I was in charge of sentencing I'd have banned him from driving for life.

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 April 2015 - 1:20pm
RogerThat - next time I fall off I'll get you to do the negotiating!

Re: Train carriage - how are bikes secured?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 April 2015 - 12:22pm
Barrenfluffit wrote:"the platforms are usually on the left of the train (looking in the direction of travel) "

This is very much a station by station thing. Island platforms (between the lines) mean the side varies according to which line your on; this might reflect historic circumstances. Even two line railways may have island platforms.
True. It varies line-by-line and sometimes area-to-area. East Anglia has mostly outside platforms and even some with islands are operated so that the doors generally are on the left, whereas I think both the Southeastern routes to Dover (the old LCDR and HS1) have islands near London, plus Rochester and Faversham, with outside platforms elsewhere - rather annoying if you don't get the bike into a bike space.

Possible pic of a Southeastern bike space at https://www.flickr.com/photos/smsm1/10046338153 from someone who works with cycleipswich.

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 April 2015 - 12:19pm
I think it's becoming more and more common for bad drivers to settle out of court, as the threat to their NCB or their livelihood is so great, especially with councils and local agencies coming down so hard on their 'professional drivers'.

I had a chap came out at a junction straight towards me forcing me into the ditch on the other side of the road and a low speed unseat from the bike. The result was my pride and a brand new front wheel buckled beyond repair. He got out and I just shook my head and pointed to the wheel. He got his wallet out and offered me £30 on the spot. I pointed out to him that bikes, like cars were a lot more expensive than they were in 1970! So we went to the nearest cash point and he somewhat sheepishly agreed on £100, which stopped me reporting to the police, and likely him losing his job with the council. A win-win!

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 April 2015 - 11:57am
iviehoff wrote:Steve922 wrote:Agreed. If you run into the back of a car, its your fault. 100%
Not so. The classic induced accident insurance fraud is based upon the fraudster forcing the mark to hit him in the rear, it is easily achieved. See http://www.theaa.com/motoring_advice/le ... fraud.html

On a bicycle, I have twice unavoidably gone into the back of a car when it overtook me, then pulled in hard in front of me while stopping suddenly - one of them was on a steep downhill: miss that one if you can.
I came scarily close to hitting a car in that sort of circumstance. The driver overtook me, then slammed on the brakes (s/he was turning right at a junction just past the over take). I was going pretty fast (I'm sure the driver misjudged my speed). I braked as much as could, then went onto the shoulder. Even though the surface was poor, and my legs were slapped by grass, nettles, thistles and things, I maintained control of the bike, and overtook on the inside, and came out of it with only a few scratches and some nettle stings. There was a very real possibility of me ending up in the ditch because I was going too fast to control the bike on the rough surface of the shoulder, but I managed okay, and the worst harm was done to my nerves

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 April 2015 - 11:43am
iviehoff wrote:..................The classic induced accident insurance fraud is based upon the fraudster forcing the mark to hit him in the rear, it is easily achieved. See http://www.theaa.com/motoring_advice/le ... fraud.html

Interestingly the advice the AA give about avoiding this is starts with "Look well ahead trying to anticipate possible hazards at all times" and "Allow plenty of space to the car in front at all times but particularly at junctions and pedestrian crossings"

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 April 2015 - 11:36am
RogerThat, sounds like one of those cases where the overriding factor is both parties desire/reluctance to get involved in litigation rather than the legalities of the issue. It would be interesting to know whether the car was actually insured at the time of the accident or whether there are other aspects that don't bear any scrutiny.. The driver also has to weigh up the chance of their insurer deciding to roll over, avoid the hassle of defending the claim and recouping their loss through removal of NCB or rating future premiums. Sounds like your nephew luckily picked the right person to hit and the advice to accept the offer is good.

Re: Train carriage - how are bikes secured?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 April 2015 - 11:31am
"the platforms are usually on the left of the train (looking in the direction of travel) "

This is very much a station by station thing. Island platforms (between the lines) mean the side varies according to which line your on; this might reflect historic circumstances. Even two line railways may have island platforms.

You can look up the train types on wiki.

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 April 2015 - 11:23am
Steve922 wrote:Agreed. If you run into the back of a car, its your fault. 100%
Not so. The classic induced accident insurance fraud is based upon the fraudster forcing the mark to hit him in the rear, it is easily achieved. See http://www.theaa.com/motoring_advice/le ... fraud.html

On a bicycle, I have twice unavoidably gone into the back of a car when it overtook me, then pulled in hard in front of me while stopping suddenly - one of them was on a steep downhill: miss that one if you can.

Re: Train carriage - how are bikes secured?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 April 2015 - 11:19am
mjr wrote:Some of Greater Anglia's Turbostars (at least Peterborough-Ipswich and Norwich-Cambridge routes, train numbers 170xxx) have a bike stand next to the easy-access toilet where you can hang some bikes by their top tube on two rubber-coated prongs and secure any sort of bike with the "luggage straps" provided so it won't fall off/over into the aisle in the curves (especially each side of Thetford!). I've seen six bikes safely in such an area, but people had to use their own luggage straps to secure some. EDIT: there's a picture on http://keeppushingthosepedals.blogspot. ... rs_23.html although the bike isn't on the rack.
I forgot about those. I haven't used the trains with those carriages much, they are somewhat in use between Norwich and London, too.

ANTONISH wrote: I use a toe strap or a strong elastic band to apply the front brake while on the train - this prevents a lot of movement.

Yes, I have a velcro strap or two on each my bikes that I use for this purpose (not just on trains).

Re: Don't forget you know who - Sunday

CTC Forum - Racing - 13 April 2015 - 11:09am
Country not county. Was writing on my iPad!

Re: Off touring tomorrow! (well later today)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 April 2015 - 11:09am
bainbridge wrote:Hi tourers

then over to Germany and down the Rhine as far as Bonn then we'll go west to Frankfurt.

Geography pedant mode: You'll be going the long way round if you go to Frankfurt that way - not sure if 3 weeks will be enough!

Either way, it sounds like a great trip. I'm very envious. Have a great time.

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 April 2015 - 10:47am
Well, it's actually been ongoing since early January. He had a lawyer previously but he was awful, I put him onto our family lawyer instead who has wide experience of RTA claims as its a busy town for traffic. And So four months and it seems the threat of a counter sue has paid off. Just as well, my nephew was up to hi-doh with worry as he's not the best with money! Had it went to court we'd probably still be here in a year's time. It's quite a small town we live in and our lawyer knows the woman who was sueing socially. She's a well known character on the back of a tow truck It's not the first or fifth time she's been involved in an RTA.

Re: Dawes Super Galaxy price shock

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 April 2015 - 10:41am
I think the high price is a status thing - they dont want the brand to be seen as a cutprice/cheap name? These days there are quite a few up market touring bikes and Dawes wants to be seen among them?

Re: Train carriage - how are bikes secured?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 April 2015 - 10:23am
On South East trains there is some limited dedicated space but this is also a wheelchair space. You can however generally use any carriage and keep your bike in the door space - (opposite side to passengers getting on of course). I use a toe strap or a strong elastic band to apply the front brake while on the train - this prevents a lot of movement.
You don't have to pre-book.
You can't take bikes on commuter services to and from London in the rush hour - apart from that you should have no problem.
I've never seen a hanging hook on network South East.
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