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Re: Hokkaido

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 July 2014 - 9:57am
I spent 6 weeks cycling on Hokkaido a few years back - we had a brilliant time.

Get the Touring Mapple http://www.japancycling.org/v2/info/map.shtml

Really useful.

Forget about being able to understand road signs...

Strong winds. Some very long tunnels.

Re: CAMS (Cycle Accident Management Service - Help!

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 July 2014 - 9:51am
Sorry for the mistake, it should have read CTC. I have edited the original post to this.

Thanks to Gaz for showing me my mistake . In my defence I was using a horrid tablet thing that changes words as it thinks .

Re: CAMS (Cycle Accident Management Service - Help!

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 July 2014 - 9:49am
Under the current arrangements, so-called no win, no fee provides personal injury solicitors with a big chunk of their business. It doesn't make much difference to them where that business comes from, because they get their £££ from the costs paid by unsuccessful defendants. I don't know anything about this company, but in general, claims handling organisations drum up business which they pass on to solicitors and make their £££ from a rake-off. It's hard to see what added value they provide to the individual customer.

The CTC arrangement, which is similar to that of many trade unions and other bodies is, afaik, called a collective conditional fee agreement. In short, anybody entering into a no win no fee case (AKA conditional fee agreement) has to pay upfront for an insurance policy to protect against losing and having to pay the other side's costs. The CTC pays for that policy on behalf of its members and makes a profit from it.

Re: CAMS (Cycle Accident Management Service - Help!

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 July 2014 - 9:09am
CAMS are part of Direct Accident Management Ltd, clearly stated on their website. I cannot find a connection between them and Slater and Gordon.

Re: Watching TdF and ... open mouths ... bugs!

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 July 2014 - 7:35am
Obviously there are no bugs in France .

Re: Alaska to Argentinia

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 July 2014 - 6:49am
Jeff Kruys went from Alaska to South America and home again to Canada over a few years.

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?doc_id=1419

Re: Four corners and five Bens

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 July 2014 - 6:15am
Hello folks.
Just an update on my tour.
I have completed most of the top half.
Shetland Orkney Lewis Harris and Skye.
I am now on Eigg for a few days before heading South towards Fort William.
If anyone needs any tips or info. please contact me.
Matt

Re: Majorca Road Cycling

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 July 2014 - 5:45am
GlasgowAl wrote:Just managed to log back in after some time away.

Sincere apologies to those who gave advice!

Velosport cycle hire were perfect, great service and great bikes for what we needed. Trip was excellent, will do it again as soon as possible...

Puerto Pollensa was an ideal base and we loved easier routes along the coast and some trips to Cap de Formentor...

Day ride to Sa Calobra and back the best day I've ever had on the bike - truly amazing, great challenge and a fantastic life experience.

Again, apologies for not thanking you for the advice before now.

Mallorca is just the best place to visit for cycling.

Thanks,

Alan

Glad you enjoyed it and glad you well looked after by Velosport....

Re: CAMS (Cycle Accident Management Service - Help!

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 July 2014 - 5:21am
Slater and Gordon took over the solicitors used by the CTC. As they are handling my wife's claim, I hope they are good.

Alaska to Argentinia

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 July 2014 - 1:21am
I read about this trip in a cycling magazine and the thought of it hasn't left my mind since. I do cycle pretty regularly, but don't have the faintest idea about a trip of this sort of length. I thought people in here might have some useful tips and ideas for me. For instance......

1. Essential kit needed. I have an old EG Bates (reynolds 531 tubing) tourer that I'd love to do it on but it's 30 years old and I am not sure the thin tyres would cope with the different road surfaces! But other than the bike what else do you think I need?
2. Amount of money needed.
3. Best time of year to try and do it (At 80 miles a day it would take about 270 days, so probably closer to a year with stops etc)
4. Skills needed - which bits of the bike am I likely to need to learn to fix? It took me roughly 5 years to successfully sort out a puncture, so this one is a biggy.
5. Any tips on routes, or places I can get tips from?
6. Places to definitely try and avoid?

And pretty much anything else you can think of really. I am pretty clueless, but determined when I get my teeth stuck into something. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Re: CAMS (Cycle Accident Management Service - Help!

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 July 2014 - 11:49pm
I must also add; that this is where I found the reviews - not directly related to the Cycle but doesn't scream competence from their main holder company..

http://insurancecompanyreview.co.uk/ins ... anagement/

CAMS (Cycle Accident Management Service - Help!

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 July 2014 - 11:44pm
Hi All,

So I was knocked off my bike early this week. The third party insurance took responsibility and seemed nice enough to try to settle.

I was advised to seek legal advice and stumbled upon this review from London Cyclist: http://www.londoncyclist.co.uk/claim-cycling-accident/
They mentioned using CAMS and I now think it was mentioned ONLY to get their cut of the fee - great, thats the last time I use that website. I got in contact with CAMS and found them to be lovely on the phone and felt much better. They organised for my bike to be taken to be inspected by a repair garage in north london quickly and efficiently.

They have sent over the contract paperwork to complete my claim and when I started researching deeper into the solicitors I found a few bad reviews about the companies sister company.

I am now worried that I could be getting myself into more trouble than its worth. I want my bike fixed, I want them to cover my expenses whilst I cant cycle - getting into work and I would, ideally like some sort of pain and suffering compensation BUT I dont want to get stuck with a rouge company who will make my life hell!

I'm also considering leaving this weird arrangement of injury scouts paying solicitors and solicitors paying scouts and just go to a law firm like Slater and Gordon who seem to get great reviews.

Any experience would be great as I have an opt out form but would need to do this ASAP.

Thanks.

Re: Help with choosing bike type and/or commute through Lond

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 July 2014 - 10:54pm
aspiringcyclist wrote:As I said I have a route if I can take the lea river. What I don't have is route that doesn't involve the towpath. I enter the towpath near Seven Sisters tube station so would need to be able to get from there to Waltham Cross ( or perhaps from somewhere else) and the A1010 seems like the only way.

If you head up towards Tottenham Hale, there is a segregated cycle path alongside the A1055 Meridien Way from just north of Tottenham Hale to at least as far as Brimsdown I believe. Maybe further although if you do have to go onto the road, it's not too far onto Waltham Cross from there. I've cycled it as far as Ponders End many times and it's pretty well lit at night. The main downside is that there's a fair bit of road debris, so decent tyres recommended!

Re: A-hole in a van.

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 July 2014 - 8:31pm
Get a handlebar fixing for the camera then

Re: The Road vs Cycle lane

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 July 2014 - 8:11pm
Mark1978 wrote:Don't know about extreme it's normal for cycle routes here. It's perfectly possible for property access to have to give way to the cycle path especially when the cycle path traffic will be higher than the farm access. But it's never done.
Not only possible but it is what the guidance says to do. But it is only guidance and almost every local seems to ignore it.

This is another reason why the MPs on the Transport Committee should be punished for their pathetic report this week that says "it is for local government"and refuses to intervene to make space4cycling.

Re: Dublin - Larne

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 July 2014 - 8:06pm
Huge thanks to everyone
PS - I am really a long distance walker but I must say that this forum is way way more friendly and helpful than the Long Distance Walkers one

Re: Oxford to Pembroke

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 July 2014 - 7:51pm
I am a "regular" on that route west of Newent and Richard (or his computer) have come up with something that that agrees with local knowledge, I am quite impressed if software worked that out.

There are some minor tweeks that I would/do make to that route.

Firstly I would go through Newent because it is always a good place to get supplies and visit a toilet.
The small B road west of Hereford is so flat and fast (to me from Wales) that I stay on it the whole way to Hay, very few motors to share it with and you fly along. I havent actually tried the minor road that his route uses as the B road is so enjoyable.
At Trecastle I would enter it on the A 40 which is a few unpleasant miles but it does avoid a sod of a hill with a rather infamously aggressive dog on it.
Just before reaching Carmarhen on the B4300, the B4300 isnt! It went swimming in the River Towy. Sustrans has signed up a detour which is quite hilly but preferable to taking the A40 at most times of the day. A bit of the A40 that I normally refuse to use.
I would however leave Carmarthen on the A40 to St Clears as it is mostly cycle path and parallel minor roads, though the much, much slower and harder Sustrans route is probably worth riding once in your life.
I would just skip going through Tenby and go to Lamphrey from Saundersfoot through St Florence.

Those are just minor tweeks and not ones that all others would agree with, apart from that it has picked a route which is pleasingly flat (as flat as you can get in the area, if you follow my tweeks) without sharing the A40 with motors the whole way.

Re: Majorca Road Cycling

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 July 2014 - 7:51pm
Just managed to log back in after some time away.

Sincere apologies to those who gave advice!

Velosport cycle hire were perfect, great service and great bikes for what we needed. Trip was excellent, will do it again as soon as possible...

Puerto Pollensa was an ideal base and we loved easier routes along the coast and some trips to Cap de Formentor...

Day ride to Sa Calobra and back the best day I've ever had on the bike - truly amazing, great challenge and a fantastic life experience.

Again, apologies for not thanking you for the advice before now.

Mallorca is just the best place to visit for cycling.

Thanks,

Alan

Re: get off your phone!!

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 July 2014 - 7:11pm
SoloRider wrote:
Texting? More like tweeting etc. I often look in my mirror to see people slowing down to take photos on their phones, presumably to tweet. I am convinced that all the queues caused by rubber-necking at accidents on the other carriageway of motorways is largely a result of people taking pics to tweet/fb. Sad or what?

Something needs to be done as I reckon this is the major cause of all the shunts and smidsys we see today; I doubt anything will/can be done though, sadly.

Rubbernecking was, sadly, common well before mobile phones. But I'm willing to believe they may have made it worse.

Re: Attention London cyclists only! Red light running survey

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 July 2014 - 7:02pm
Alex has sent me proof that he is indeed a student at Imperial.
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