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Re: Richard 111 "Not wearing helmet"

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 September 2014 - 10:47am
clearly a victim of road rage by our cabby friend

Re: Punishment Pass - By a Cyclist

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 September 2014 - 10:45am
Contact the club, just to let them know as it may be something they are already aware of.

Our club has a strict "cheery wave/nod, friendly greeting and plenty of space" policy when out, even on the fast paced ride.
But then again, coffee and cake stops are mandatory too!

Re: Latest speeding excuse..

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 September 2014 - 10:33am
Flinders wrote:I read the actual report.
According to that, he already had six points on his licence. Given how unlikely it is that any speeding driver is caught, if those points were for speeding, he would have to be a serial offender, and I would not have taken the excuse given.
Either it's a legitimate excuse or it isn't. The number of points already on the licence has no bearing on that, nor does any speculation that he's a "serial speeder". He might be the unluckiest man in the World or he might be an out and out nut-job, who knows?

Re: Pulled Over By The Police

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 September 2014 - 10:31am

If it's frequent, then we are in the bizarre situation that against a background of a collapse in traffic enforcement, time is being found to devote to something which is hardly a policing priority.


Happens a lot in failing organisations- things start to fall apart, the powers that be can't sort out the big problems, so they focus on the small ones, and/or the easiest people to bully rather than the real offenders. Schools where the kids run amock and big kids are violent but where the staff ignore the big problems and pick on little, quiet, well-behaved kids for wearing the wrong colour socks is the prime example.

Re: Pulled Over By The Police

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 September 2014 - 10:27am
Sorry, made a multiple post for some reason....not sure how I managed it.

Re: Monarch bike regs.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 September 2014 - 10:01am
Also noted this in their blurb:-
"Passenger should take out additional insurance for the item(s) as Monarch Airlines does not accept responsibility for loss or damage."

Richard 111 "Not wearing helmet"

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 September 2014 - 8:50am
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-le ... e-29222775

He obviously had it coming to him. He probably wasn't wearing a fluorescent jacket either.

Re: Monarch bike regs.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 September 2014 - 8:18am
Never had a problem with Monarch when flew... we used a set of 'bike covers' from Decathlon, set them up on the floor, wheeled bike on top (instead of dropping over the top of the bike), pulled bag up around the bike and taped it up..... Do not try to take the gaffer tape on to plane in your hand luggage, leave a gap, take a piece of tape off the roll, drop roll in thru gap, and tape up...

Re: Monarch bike regs.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 September 2014 - 7:55am
To answer your question, no I have never come across this, I suspect that it is probably an error.

If you read the first part of the rules, it says tyres deflated.

The second bit with the * says tyres removed. I suspect this is a typing error.

Re: Coed Y Brenin

CTC Forum - MTB - 17 September 2014 - 12:09am

Ignore him, he obviously doesnt get Wales. this isnt the sort of place where we are after your money.
Or why these cycle tracks are there.

You can come and ride on the Brechfa Forest tracks around here (better than the Coed-Y-Brenin ) any day, any time and because we dont have as many cars to deal with we dont even charge for car parking. It was considered but it will only happen if the number of cars requires us to build car parking space.

Turn up on your bike to the other sites and enjoy yourselves, no need to dig into your pockets.

Croeso i Gymru (am ddim)

PS: Could you post where the car parking is, for anybody who is interested.

http://www.forestry.gov.uk/website/recr ... PicnicSite

There is also a FREE children's playground if they dont want to ride with you as well as the special Child/beginners bike trail at Byrgwm. Did I mention that you are NOT expected to pay to come here or to park, it isnt that kind of money obsessed place. For that sort of holiday try London.

Re: Coed Y Brenin

CTC Forum - MTB - 16 September 2014 - 11:47pm
To summarise, you had an amazing day's fun for you and all the family but couldn't bring yourself pay for parking.

That's £5 less for Natural Resources Wales to reinvest in the facilities.

Cheers. Well done you.

Re: Good icebreaker leggings for cycle tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 September 2014 - 11:14pm
I'm a fan of merino wool products and have found Icebreaker to be of good quality. I wear Devold Merino wool leggings when touring (extra warmth and for sleep wear)

Re: Punishment Pass - By a Cyclist

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 September 2014 - 10:58pm
I get this occasionally - I've always assumed that we just have to live with it. It comes to a point that, if I see a bunch of roadies approaching, and I throw a cheery "good morning" or "good evening", and they return the greeting, I'm the one who nearly tumbles out of my saddle in astonishment. Things ought not to have come to this pass.

I can't expect a fully-kitted-up roadie to have a bell, but at least some sort of verbal warning, and a decent amount of room - it doesn't cost anything!

Re: who will ride Vuelta a Espana 2014

CTC Forum - Racing - 16 September 2014 - 10:55pm
NATURAL ANKLING wrote:Mercx is French....no.....figures...
He's Belgian actually (Wikipedia entry).


Re: Punishment Pass - By a Cyclist

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 September 2014 - 10:45pm
You're right to be annoyed. That's bad cycling by anyone's standards. Perhaps he's dismissive of anyone not on the same type of bike as him? Muppet.

Punishment Pass - By a Cyclist

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 September 2014 - 10:30pm
I could not believe this…
Last week I dropped my car in for repairs and popped my folding bike in the boot. So at the garage I handed over the keys and pedalled off home. Its a route I know well (A1000 between Hatfield and Potters Bar, Hertfordshire). As I was nearing the end of my journey a roadie, replete in kit from a Finchley cycling club (How do I know...it was plastered all over his backside, white text on a black kit) overtook me. Fine. I don't care as such about that…

His handlebar was less than an inch from mine. One wobble from either of us, we 'd both be all over the road. No warning (he had headphones in). He then brutally cut in front of me causing me to swerve. Why? Its not as if a car was coming…the road was empty for at least 2 minutes either side of the incident.

Why? This is not the TdF, or the ToB. Its poor road craft. Thats all. All I can hope is that this individual self selects themselves out of the evolutionary chain.. cycling recklessly like that he will and it will be his fault and no one else's.

I was tempted to ring the club secretary and have a rant, but having spoken to these sort of clubs in Hertfordshire I doubt they would even care to listen let alone see what the problem is…

If I ran a club ..I'd throw him out for bringing the club into disrepute or at least warn him of this.

Many forum members would do the same for errant drivers..ring the firm concerned. Maybe its time we started to haul these errant cyclists back in too...

Re: Monarch bike regs.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 September 2014 - 10:29pm
chocjohn9 wrote:Don't worry about wheels or tyres.....concentrate on whether you will fly. Monarch are in serious financial trouble. Apparently the Mantegazza family have refused to put more money in.....PwC is standing by to take it into receivership.

Sorry to be mentioning this.
No worries what will be etc...
They are still taking bookings for 2015. I'm flying in the next couple of weeks. Seems they are consoliating though, especially with possibly moving out of LBA.
I can always cycle home.

Re: Pulled Over By The Police

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 September 2014 - 10:19pm
Two points:-

When pulled over like this (or indeed anytime you are stopped by the police), always ask under what piece of legislation you are being stopped or what offence you are being charged with. If they can't name it or can't tell you, you are perfectly within your rights to say 'well, unless there was anything else, I'm off then'. You are a citizen going about your lawful business; (alright the terrorism legislation is different, but I don't think that is in this league)

Complain: in writing to the Police force. Check the website and follow the requirements down to the letter. As much detail as you can, weather, road conditions, what you were wearing (or not).Its really important that this sort of bullying ( and thats what it is) is stopped and the officers concerned given 'words of advice'. Abuse of legal powers is a serious matter.

I wonder is it worth CTC getting some advice from Liberty on this sort of thing? A set of standard advice would be very useful!

Re: Latest speeding excuse..

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 September 2014 - 9:49pm
I never leave home without one of these
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