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Re: Advice on accident involving a dog

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 September 2014 - 4:52pm
I see no reason why you ought to have to claim on your own insurance.
Of course, if the owner of the dog doesn't pay up, you may have to. But I hope not. Best of luck with it all.

Re: Hit and Run - Cyclist Wanted !

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 September 2014 - 4:50pm
Vehicle hit seemed to be in the bike lane.

Pavement parkers

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 September 2014 - 4:39pm
Grr. Pavement parkers. Grr.

At my GP surgery/pharmacy today, a parker had blocked not only the gate that leads to the official bike parking, but also the wheelchair ramp to the surgery/pharmacy.

Fortunately the offending vehicle was another bike (though with a trailing child's half-bike), so I could shift it out of the way.

I've been going to that surgery/pharmacy every month for nearly four years, and it's the first time I've seen another bike there. It made a nice change from the usual jam of parked cars. Cycling to the doctor's is obviously a good thing, for those who can.

But blocking wheelchair ramps is seriously anti-social.

Grr. </rant>

Re: Why do we do it?

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 September 2014 - 4:27pm
Keep in mind the 2 over-arching 'principles' used by the human brain to govern all behaviour - optimism and opportunism...

Re: Ditching my Hybrid for a full Spec Tourer

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 September 2014 - 4:23pm
I think pneumatic's comment illustrates just how personal this is. Sometimes a bike just feels right and sometimes one which ticks all the boxes on paper just ends up unloved

Re: Why do we do it?

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 September 2014 - 4:20pm
Phil Fouracre wrote:I'm with the Welshman oops, almost forgot, think my tag line might apply!

Looks good from my side of the fence

Re: Do you ride out of the saddle?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 September 2014 - 4:16pm
Never really thought about it, but saw this post yesterday and stood up today. Unfortunately not one of your examples.

Riding in town, came to 5 way junction. Approached slowly and double looked all ways. By this time I had slowed down a lot (not stationary) and was in too high a gear for the 'quick' pull away so had to stand to get the bike going.

Showed lack of anticipation and over caution, must try harder!!

Re: 700c wheels in India?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 September 2014 - 4:05pm
You are right about 32 hole being harder to find (certainly in Asia). 32s are more associated with higher end (MTB) bikes. The norm on the local cheapies is 36.

This is the opposite to here where we normally get 32s on our stock bikes and 36s are a bit more specialised for touring.

Re: Ditching my Hybrid for a full Spec Tourer

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 September 2014 - 4:02pm
I gave up my Marin hybrid for a Dawes Super Galaxy 12 years ago. Together, we have had unimaginable fun. I like riding a bike with a timeless shape; it just feels right. I have other bikes, but when I hang the panniers over the rack on Friday and bungee on the tent for a weekend up North, it'll be like putting on my favourite adventure boots.

Having said that, I wouldn't mind fitting a Rohloff and disc brakes.

Re: Show your touring bikes !!!!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 September 2014 - 3:56pm


Not loaded up but you get the idea

Re: New Route Planner

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 September 2014 - 3:08pm
Richard, I looked at your App months ago when you first mentioned it. Tried it again this morning with OSM and I must say I was well impressed. So easy to generate a great route and pass it through and then let OSM give you directions as you ride. Pretty seamless compared with other things I have tried. I loved the local ride suggestions to local pubs, tea shops and fine houses too. I shall have a go at some of them. Keep up the good work...

Al

Re: Another 'Cyclists Dismount'

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 September 2014 - 2:13pm
A triangle with a diagram of a junction warns of a junction.
A triangle with a diagram of a bend warns of a bend.
A triangle with a diagram of a low bridge warns of a low bridge.
A triangle with a diagram of a bumpy road warns of a bumpy road.
A triangle with a diagram of a bicycle with the text 'cyclists dismount' clearly is
kwackers wrote:It's obviously warning people that cyclists may dismount and they should be cautious of such dismounts.
kwackers know his road signs

Re: Why do we do it?

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 September 2014 - 2:02pm
binsted wrote:AlaninWales wrote:binsted wrote:Driving through our local town yesterday and watched a cyclist in road gear just ride through the red lights, didn't even look round to see who was watching and just weaved through the traffic.

I was tempted to wind down my window and let him know my feelings but !!.

Why do we do it, we are giving the anti-cycling brigade all the ammunition they need, never a policeman about when you need one!!

I somehow felt embarrassed, can you believe that!! Would love to know his logic.
We? Who the h3ll's WE?

OK its obviously a bit too deep for a few on this forum, I,m off for a ride
No, it's not too deep at all. We understand perfectly that you are participating in the categorisation a group of road users as an out-group in order to extend blame to all of that group, for what you percieve as bad behaviour by some of the group (whose membership you have defined).
As Robert Davis said in 'Death on the Streets' "Isolating particular minority groups is an absolutely classic way of maintaining the status quo by refusing to identify problems as being closer to home - it is always easier to criticise small groups than to generate and support the much more necessary self-criticism".
As a motorist you are used to seeing cyclists made an out-group in this way and buy into the group-think which (by some strange contagious magic) attributes blame to all members of this artificially created set. As (presumably) a cyclist you are uncritical of that group-think and attempt to apply it in a place where many of us reject being placed in such an outgroup (for the reasons RD outlines and others).
But perhaps that's all a bit too deep for you...

Re: Commonwealth Games: Commercial sponsors and national tea

CTC Forum - Racing - 10 September 2014 - 1:50pm
Found it interesting that during the triathlon all the bike manufacturers names were taped over but during the cycling events the brands were clearly on show. this doesn't happen during the world series triathlon events so not sure why it did during the commonwealth games tri

Re: Show your touring bikes !!!!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 September 2014 - 1:42pm
Dave Yates steel tourer

Re: Another 'Cyclists Dismount'

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 September 2014 - 1:41pm
It's obviously warning people that cyclists may dismount and they should be cautious of such dismounts.

Re: Another 'Cyclists Dismount'

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 September 2014 - 1:38pm
Surely it's advising pedestrians to get off their feet because there are cyclists around?

Re: Another 'Cyclists Dismount'

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 September 2014 - 1:36pm
And it's a non-standard sign. They've taken the usual red triangle sign that warns other road users that there are cyclists, and added the words "cyclists dismount".

This is double or treble stupidity.

Re: New Route Planner

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 September 2014 - 1:03pm
sore thumb wrote:Just did a route with the planner. For a commute of around 17 miles into birmingham.

I was looking at roads that are not too busy with traffic but provide a reasonable fast route for a cyclist as I average around 18 mph.

However the planner comes up with cycle paths and canal paths and my route has gone up from 17 miles to 20 miles. And a time from 2hrs 30mins when I could really do it in around an hour I think.

Is there anyway to put in my average speed so the planner removes slow routes but keep me off the 'main busy road sections' ?

Thoughts?
Have you tried Cyclestreets? It gives you a choice of three routes - fast, medium and slow. Not that I want to detract from Richard's work, which I find very useful, but sometimes it is good to have alternatives.

Re: Why do we do it?

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 September 2014 - 12:45pm
AlaninWales wrote:binsted wrote:Driving through our local town yesterday and watched a cyclist in road gear just ride through the red lights, didn't even look round to see who was watching and just weaved through the traffic.

I was tempted to wind down my window and let him know my feelings but !!.

Why do we do it, we are giving the anti-cycling brigade all the ammunition they need, never a policeman about when you need one!!

I somehow felt embarrassed, can you believe that!! Would love to know his logic.
We? Who the h3ll's WE?

OK its obviously a bit too deep for a few on this forum, I,m off for a ride
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