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Re: The Road vs Cycle lane

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 July 2014 - 9:33am
Vorpal wrote:TrevA wrote:Most roads are not swept by a road sweeper. However, car tyres are actually very good at "sweeping" the road, as bits of glass/gravel get trapped in the tread and transported away. Of course, this doesn't happen on cycle paths and sine they are never swept, glass and gravel can stay around for months.

Actually, this does happen on heavily used cycle paths. Bike tyres also 'sweep' the paths. But it takes more then a few cyclists, or even a few dozen, per day or to do it.

And bike tyres are far less effective, due to their lighter weight construction, than car tyres. Leaving aside the fact that the strip cleared iby each tyre is obviously MUCH narrower

In Holland they actively sweep cycle lanes.

Re: Rhine cycle path

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 July 2014 - 9:33am
I have done various bits of it, as part another tour or other... usually tagged on to trips to the Black Forest. In some places it was dedicated river side paths and in others small quiet roads through villages ..... occasionally I was disappointed, that due to banking, you could not actually see the river and the river craft on it....

Re: Cyclist Knocked Over by Van Door

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 July 2014 - 9:29am
I concur with what has been said above, if there is a sniff of a claim then your employer (and quite rightly so) will want to be included to repay any monies they have paid to you while you were off, through no fault of your own. My 2 recent claims have included employers compensation and the solicitor contacted the finance dept to ascertain the figure involved. This was over and above the injury / expenses claim paid personally to myself. If you do not claim it at the time and your employer becomes aware that you made a claim they may try to claim it back from yourself... thus diminishing the amount you receive. ( Hope that makes sense). For what it is worth I am fortunate that I get full for pay for 6 months of sick leave, and recently have had almost 6 months and 4 months off work respectively due to no fault accidents. ..... a fair expense to my employer.

It is a point worth remembering for anyone who has an odd couple of days off work due to an accident but then decides they 'only want compensation for the bike to be fixed'.... it is not always so simple. It might not be high on your contract small print but somewhere in there might be the requirement that employers expenses are reclaimed in no fault accidents.....

Re: EV9 The Amber Route

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 July 2014 - 9:25am
Ann Mustoe wrote a book about doing it.

Re: The Road vs Cycle lane

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 July 2014 - 8:58am
TrevA wrote:Most roads are not swept by a road sweeper. However, car tyres are actually very good at "sweeping" the road, as bits of glass/gravel get trapped in the tread and transported away. Of course, this doesn't happen on cycle paths and sine they are never swept, glass and gravel can stay around for months.

Actually, this does happen on heavily used cycle paths. Bike tyres also 'sweep' the paths. But it takes more then a few cyclists, or even a few dozen, per day or to do it.

Re: Jailed for messing a Merc

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 July 2014 - 8:52am
I can only surmise that the defendant had 'previous' - if not, it seems an extraordinarily severe penalty. And what exactly is 'criminal damage'? Tipping acid, or paint stripper, on a car, such as to leave permanent damage, yes I can understand the terminology there. But flour? Surely it can be cleaned off, with a bit of elbow-grease...

As for this being an act of malice or spite - well, these things do happen. I get fits of rage myself - sometimes. An anger management course might be the way to go.

Re: Jailed for messing a Merc

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 July 2014 - 8:49am
Running over someone doesn't count as a 'spteful and vengeful attack'-

Jailed for messing a Merc

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 July 2014 - 8:29am
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales ... ur-7429625

This (non-cycling) incident involved no physical danger to either party. Strange that we hear of many incidents of cars colliding with cycles, either through driver incompetence or aggression, where physical injury is caused but the penalty imposed by the court is lower. It seems that the courts value car bodies more highly than human bodies !

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 July 2014 - 7:44am
Slow Loris wrote:TFL have changed their website since I last looked. It took some searching, but here's a link to those maps:
https://tfl.gov.uk/forms/12419.aspx

Don't underestimate what you can do on a bike - it's often easy enough to match the speed of motorists in rush hour, and you are just as much traffic as they are. A bus will feel unbearably slow in comparison .

I ordered some maps a few days ago. Do you know how long it takes them to deliver them?

Re: Rhine cycle path

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 July 2014 - 7:32am
I've done, on various tours, all of it from Mannheim to Koln. It's not bad and some is interesting. The Mosel, which is shorter, is better. The Lahn which is fairly short is also very good with nice towns, like Limburg, Nassau, Wetzlar, Marburg..

A terrific tour would be first the Mosel to Koblenz, then the Lahn, then train back to Koblenz, Koblenz to Bingen, then Nahe etc.

Re: The Road vs Cycle lane

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 July 2014 - 11:17pm
Flinders wrote:Paths on footpaths are rarely other than dangerous for everyone, at least round here, not least because they make cyclists give way at all junctions, often where a cyclist simply cannot get into any position where they can see all the traffic that could hit them if they crossed.
Actually that is getting cause and effect mixed up. They make cyclists give way because cycle paths are dangerous - not vice-versa. The problem you describe re. inter-visability of conflicting traffic applies every bit as much to drivers approaching a junction where cyclists have priority. In either case the cyclist or driver is put in a position where they have to stop for vehicles coming from behind. The logic of making cyclists rather than drivers perform this difficult task is that cyclists, being more vulnerable, are more likely to take greater care and that we have better all round visibility and awareness of our surroundings.

Re: Cycle touring coincidences

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 July 2014 - 11:03pm
At the start of my very first cycle tour, I was loitering nervously at London Euston, waiting for the Sleeper to start boarding. I spotted another cycle tourist and plucked up the courage to go and talk to him. Turned out he was from Tiptree, about 10 miles from where I live! Ok, not a major coincidence, but most fortuitous, since he was a seasoned traveller, going to Oban too, and very happy to show me the ropes!

Simonhill: loved the internet cafe story!

Re: Rhine cycle path

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 July 2014 - 10:52pm
geocycle wrote:Yes there are some long stretches on dedicated paths. Surfaces are good. usually tarmac or compact gravel and they are well signposted. They can be a bit dull so you might want to pass through a few villages.

+1 for being a bit dull in places having cycled from Basel towards the North Sea for a few days. At one point we got so bored we crossed into France and up the Alsace canal and through villages to break the monotony. We finished our trip a few days later but I understand that things get better scenery-wise a bit further north.

Re: Cyclist Knocked Over by Van Door

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 July 2014 - 10:45pm
I would be cautious about taking only sick leave for the days off. There are two reasons for this...

If your employer pays sick leave, they deserve recompense for your days off. I have known a company that submitted a claim when an employee was involved in a crash that wasn't his fault. Ask your employer and/or solicitor.

Secondly, what kind of sick leave do you have at work? Is it limited? Is pay reduced after a certain number of days off? At what point does it become another type of leave? What if your injury has complications? Or you become ill later in the year? Will your sick leave days have been used up?

Lastly, don't let them push you to accept a payoff. Tell them that you need to assess the full extent of your injuries. Discuss recovery time with your GP. Suggest to the insurance company that you may need physio therapy.

If your injuries are serious enough that you could not work, there may be more to it than you realise now. A big disadvantage of a quick payout is that it will be impossible for you to know of any longer term aspects of the injury. Maybe there aren't any. I hope not, but even a simple injury can have lingering effects for months afterward.

Re: Cycle touring coincidences

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 July 2014 - 10:42pm
Hi,
you have to call it chance or there will be a probability of such a meeting, but probabilities mean you might have to live to several hundred thousand years to meet that person again, at all, the same place again well thats another story.

Re: Transport of bikes post cycle to Rome

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 July 2014 - 10:03pm
Thanks Simon

We are flying the bikes out with us to the start point in Geneva but were hoping to avoid the inevitable grief of locating suitable boxes and a means of getting them to the airport when filled with the bikes.

When we arrived in Santiago on another mission last year there were a number of companies who would box and deliver the bikes back to Scotand. I was hopong someone had had a sililar experience in Rome.

Desmcg

Gothenburg - Malmo - Copenhagen - Berlin

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 July 2014 - 10:02pm
Hi folks,

We've booked our trip to fly to Gothenburg and return from Berlin, we've got plenty of time to spend some nights in Gothenburg on arrival (2), Copenhagen, possibly Hamburg (opinions welcome) and Berlin at the end. Plan to use LBS cardboard boxes for the bikes, trust BA on weight allowance and getting them there and home, and camping as/when we want to. Hotels booked for Gothenburg and Berlin.

Looking for some advice and tips on:

(1) Route considerations or advice;
(2) Campsites in Germany (I understand no wild camping permitted?);
(3) Cheap accommodation in Copenhagen if not camping;
(4) Ferry choice from Denmark if not going to Rostock - worth going via Lubeck to Hamburg?; and
(5) Getting a cardboard box from a LBS in Berlin (have used the CTC bag before but thought we would be limited due to kit etc).

Any advice or shared experiences would be much appreciated.

Many thanks.

Re: BT Openreach cyclists stay back

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 July 2014 - 8:03pm
Flinders wrote:Postboxer wrote:I saw a National Express coach the other day that had a sticker with a picture of a bike and a message something like, 'Caution, this vehicle has blind spots' - seemed fairish.
That seems reasonable, as it warns of a genuine problem rather than being aggressive and unhelpful as the 'stay back' one does.
Yes - although a non articulated vehicle shouldn't have blind spots, how hard can it be to have the required mirrors?

Re: The Road vs Cycle lane

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 July 2014 - 8:01pm
TrevA wrote:binsted wrote:Roads = traffic and potholes, get cleaned occasionally by road sweeper

Cycle Lanes/Path = pedestrians, dogs, rubbish, broken glass, ironwork obstacles, never cleaned from day1




Most roads are not swept by a road sweeper. However, car tyres are actually very good at "sweeping" the road, as bits of glass/gravel get trapped in the tread and transported away. Of course, this doesn't happen on cycle paths and sine they are never swept, glass and gravel can stay around for months.

Yep. Road sweepers do relatively little cleaning leaf litter from gutters etc

The sweeping effect of car tyres is part of the reason that riding in the left wheel track is the place to be.
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