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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.

Re: Cycling from Suffolk to Paris

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 April 2015 - 10:13am
Calais to Paris is going to be about 180 miles - depending on the route. Which is a good deal more than Dieppe to Paris.
OTOH Dover - Calais is a shorter crossing with a much more frequent service.
Have you actually worked out how many miles you can manage in the time you have to ride ?
Taking the ferry you have to factor in time taken to get through controls and onto the ferry. Then the crossing time and disembarkation - getting out of the port etc.
Crossing time to Calais from Dover is advertised as 1.5hrs - but I use this crossing frequently and IMO three hours from coming into Dover Port and leaving Calais port would be reasonable provided there were no other delays.

Re: Don't forget you know who - Sunday

CTC Forum - Racing - 13 April 2015 - 10:11am
Absolutely right. The coverage is weak, but it's what we have. Can I recommend an iPad. I Watch yoorosport while I'm in the shed fettling, in the kitchen baking bread etc etc. We were in the Arenberg this w/e. Fantastic atmosphere, crowd bigger than we'd seen before, brilliant sunshine. It was one of those days to put in the bank for when you're miserable. I found myself listening to an Aussie and a county Frenchman at the same time - linguistically challenging but I wonder if there is any single day event which brings so many nationalities together.

Re: Dawes Super Galaxy price shock

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 April 2015 - 9:50am
This years super galaxy is basically last years ultra galaxy. They have reserved the ultra galaxy moniker this year for the titanium model.

That being said, the RRP for Dawes are very high, but you don't generally pay RRP, you can generally get at least 20% off.

Re: Tram takes bikes but only uphill!

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 April 2015 - 9:47am
I can remember in the 50's paying half fare to take a bike on the train. There was of course a goods van in those days.
I wonder how much train companies would expect to charge nowadays to make it an economic option to carry bikes.
I know many do allow bikes on for free - some with limited numbers of bikes allowed. I am fortunate that I can use South eastern trains which have a very accepting policy towards bikes. At the guards discretion of course although I've never had a problem in that regard.

Re: Train carriage - how are bikes secured?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 April 2015 - 9:20am
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 think hauled Norwich-London services (train numbers 90xxx) have a bike store somewhere that you have to ask the station staff where to stand to access it and the train staff to open it. I've not seen inside one since the last "cascade" of trains, when the Norwich-London line got the second-generation Glasgow-London trains (which had been replaced by the Pendolinos).

Otherwise, remember the platforms are usually on the left of the train (looking in the direction of travel) and put it across the right-hand doorways. I prefer to stand between my bike and the door in such situations, to hold it and prevent it falling.

Re: Dawes Super Galaxy price shock

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 April 2015 - 9:12am
LondonBikeCommuter wrote:..... of shock when I noticed that the 2015 Dawes Super Galaxy had an RRP of £2000.

It's probably one of those no-one-sells-it-at-this-price kind of RRP, so that genuine dealers can quote large discounts.

Spa Cycles, who specialise in selling slightly out-of-date Super Galaxies at large discounts, will currently sell you a Super Galaxy 2012 model for £890.

Re: Train carriage - how are bikes secured?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 April 2015 - 9:07am
chris_suffolk wrote:Looking to take my bike down to Dover by train in the summer. Will need the services of Greater Anglia and South Eastern trains.

Can anybody advise on the storage facilities aboard each company?
It rather depends which specific routes and hence what specific train types.

Whenever I've used Greater Anglia to transport a bike, it's always been lean it up in a shared disabled/pushchair/bike area, and be prepared to move it during the journey in case you are in the way. Some people just prop them up in the vestibule if they get on at the wrong door, or the other area is already occupied, in which case they have to be particularly active about getting out of the way. But that's been travelling on commuter lines such as to Bishops Stortford and Ipswich/Colchester. This is the norm on commuter lines in the SE. If you are on the Norwich train, which is loco-hauled intercity stock, it is likely to be quite different.

On the Dover line you are most likely to have Cl 375 Electrostars, though Cl 465/466 Networkers is also possible. I have travelled on a Cl 375, but not with a bike. I don't recall seeing any specific cycle carriage area, so probably it is rather like commuter trains above.

Re: Train carriage - how are bikes secured?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 April 2015 - 8:55am
Richard Fairhurst wrote:I've never seen a train where bikes are held by the top tube (though I might have missed something!)
I went on some East Coast trains at Easter, and they were so secured.

Re: Get off the road horn blast from passing artic driver!

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 April 2015 - 8:53am
A friend of mine reckons she suffered permanent ear damage in one ear as a result of a lorry driver blasting the horn just as he passed. Bit difficult to sue, as apparently this particular form of ear damage takes several years to take effect, and thus difficult to associate it with any specific loud noise event. But she reckons this was the loudest/most painful single event, and the damage can be from such a single event, and it is the correct side.

Re: Train carriage - how are bikes secured?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 April 2015 - 8:50am
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.

I'm not sure about South East. I think I was only on them with my bike once, and then they had a little compartment behind the driver with space for two or three bikes. There were hooks for straps, but no straps. I think I used my own bungie cord to hold my bike. This was some years ago, so it may have changed, or I may be remembering another train service and confusing it with South East.

Mark Beaumont is off again

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 April 2015 - 8:18am
I see that Beaumont fella is off again. Cairo to Cape Town, 10,000KM at 240KM a day.

Rather him than me....


Re: Don't forget you know who - Sunday

CTC Forum - Racing - 13 April 2015 - 8:00am
elPedro666 wrote: ... - guessing Eurosport are pretty hot on blocking out any competition [emoji19]

The ads certainly block out a lot of the cycling.

I used to be Eurosport addict when it was on Freeview and the shift to Sky meant I had a lot more time for other things.

I've been house-sitting for the last couple of weeks with Sky available. I watched the Tour of Flanders all day last Sunday with increasing frustration at all the ad breaks. Yesterday, I decided to waste less time so I just watched the evening programme. There seemed to be even more ads, inserted without any consideration for the racing action. (Do advertisers believe that paying to irritate viewers is the way to go?)

Eurosport also seem to find it impossible to get a commentator who (a) can work out what's going on and (b) can get the best out of Sean Kelly who has huge knowledge but which needs drawing out.

One example from yesterday: after part of the race was held up by the level crossing, a commissaire (the pillion passenger dressed in red) could clearly be seen instructing the front part of the bunch to wait for the second part which had been held up. That was described by the commentator (sorry - I don't know his name) as some sort of sporting gesture by the riders. Come back Duffers. All is forgiven.

Re: Train carriage - how are bikes secured?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 April 2015 - 7:59am
I've never seen a train where bikes are held by the top tube (though I might have missed something!). Most either have a (generally feeble) front wheel holder, or as wirral_cyclist says, just 'leaning space'; wheel hooks on the ceiling are also increasingly common. If you're anxious about the bike then I'd very definitely suggest you go with your padded pipes idea.

I nearly died....

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 April 2015 - 7:04am
..... of shock when I noticed that the 2015 Dawes Super Galaxy had an RRP of £2000.

To say I'm dumbfounded would be an understatement.... I've mentioned this before but its worth mentioning again. Going through the spec you find a mass of super cheap components that might very well do the job but apart from giving Dawes a stratospherically stellar profit margin should buyers have the word MUG branded on their foreheads?

Mavic A119 Rims = £15.99
Shimano RD-M771 Deore XT rear mech = £36.99
Shimano ST-4603 = £124.99
Shimano BR-CX50 brakes = £19.99

All of the above prices are retail INC VAT that google has thrown up for an average buyer NOT the EX VAT volume Trade prices that Dawes is paying.

It appears that Dawes is trying to hide behind the Reynolds 853 frame but accepting that a low volume independent frame builder is going to charge a good chunk of hard earned for such a frame a manufacturer of Dawes size is going to charging around the £500 mark.

So again I ask WHERE does the £2,000 Dawes is charging for a 2015 Super Galaxy actually going?

anyone care to explain Dawes corporate suicide logic ?

Re: Off touring tomorrow! (well later today)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 April 2015 - 4:15am
Sounds a great trip!
Similar to a route I've been thinking of later this year - please keep us posted of all the details

Re: Mosquitos/Midges be afraid be very afraid Armageddon

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 April 2015 - 1:54am
As I said already, there is no escape. You can take certain measures to minimise the effect of the ravenous hordes but whatever you do, you should accept that the price you will pay for cycling in 'God's country' is measured in blood!
Seriously though, all kidding aside........... They're going to get you. I've seen very tough, very hard, grown men being demented by these relentless, all consuming hordes, throwing themselves into lochs in futile attempts to rid themselves of these ariel piranhas
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