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Re: Surly Long Haul Trucker or Thorn Sherpa

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 July 2014 - 4:51pm
Ginevrastar wrote:...custom adjustments, such as re-mounting the bar-end shifters further up the drop handlebars (which I'd swapped for Salsa Cowbells for ergonomic reasons) by means of some Paul Thumbies... but that's another story.

Kinda like this?



I like like this very much.

p.s. Yes, I know the brake release button's pushed in, and the gear cables are too short, but, well...

Re: A-hole in a van.

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 July 2014 - 4:13pm
make a comlaint of assault rather than rta. the knocking you off was deliberate and could be classed as assault (but probably won't be) but grabbing you and the push afterwards is clearly and unarguably assault - proof and conviction is another matter - but wants writing down as assault

Re: A-hole in a van.

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 July 2014 - 4:03pm
I am sorry to hear about this, sounds an absolutely disgusting incident.

Make sure the police follow up on this, you were ok this time, but what about the person he does it to next.

It is likely you will have legal cover through the CTC or your home insurance.

Re: A-hole in a van.

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 July 2014 - 3:52pm
It's assault, and should be treated as such, you might be lucky - when I was assaulted other people had phoned it in from their cars...

Re: A-hole in a van.

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 July 2014 - 3:37pm
BSRU wrote:Typical, hasn't got time to pass safely but suddenly has lots of time to get out and assault someone.

I hope to police do something about it but I wouldn't hold my breath as it may end up one persons word against another.
Quite. The guy was very obviously your 'large fat angry man' with very obvious anger management issues. He was so aggressive and dangerous it seriously bothers me that he's on the road at all, hence wondering if trying to contact his insurers would at least put something on his record even if nothing came of it.

The problem is getting hold of his details, I don't have them, I don't have his address and given the meagre rewards I doubt a 'specialist' claim company would be interested in doing it for me.

Re: A-hole in a van.

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 July 2014 - 3:32pm
Hope you're ok and not too shaken up. If you have any kind of legal cover a solicitor would be able to contact the MIB to find out his insurance details, that's if you got a reg? MIB being the Motor Insurers Bureau sadly, not the Men In Black. The collision is a road traffic collision, which should be dealt with by his insurance if he has any, the assault is just that and he should be prosecuted.

Also can't believe no-one stopped to help/volunteer to be a witness, actually I can but it's a sorry state of affairs.

Re: The Road vs Cycle lane

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 July 2014 - 3:23pm
I'm not sure about the necessity to drop adjacent to the pubs comment either, regardless of road markings or traffic regulations, this would suggest that parking in a cycle lane is necessary, giving the cycle lane constrained cyclists nowhere to go.

Re: A-hole in a van.

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 July 2014 - 3:20pm
Typical, hasn't got time to pass safely but suddenly has lots of time to get out and assault someone.

I hope to police do something about it but I wouldn't hold my breath as it may end up one persons word against another.

Re: Surly Long Haul Trucker or Thorn Sherpa

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 July 2014 - 3:12pm
You can get Surly LHTs in the UK - I got mine at Cycle Heaven in York. They did a free bike fitting to make sure I was getting the right size and made some very nice custom adjustments, such as re-mounting the bar-end shifters further up the drop handlebars (which I'd swapped for Salsa Cowbells for ergonomic reasons) by means of some Paul Thumbies... but that's another story.

I've never ridden a Thorn, so I'm not much use on your original question, but I think the LHT's a much prettier, classic-looking frame and it hauls weight as if it weren't there. I read in a lot of places that the bike 'comes into its own' when its fully loaded, and didn't know what they meant til I tried it: it's almost like it springs into life, as if by loading up the panniers you've given the bike a reason for its existence. I'm planning to ride to Indonesia on mine and I'm very confident I have the right bike for the job.

Re: EV9 The Amber Route

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 July 2014 - 3:11pm
Indeed, "Amber, Fur and Cockleshells". An excellent book, 3 for the price of 1 really as she also writes about the Way of St James and a fur trappers route in the USA.

Re: A-hole in a van.

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 July 2014 - 3:09pm
Yes but the Police may not supply you with his details and I guess that he didnt.

Too many insurance companies to write to them all asking if they cover him.

If you ask the Police to get his insurance details then you would be helping to get this classed as a "road traffic event" which the Police so prefer to drop as quickly as possible.
The Police are more likely to do something concrete if you can keep it classed as a deliberate attack with intent, which may mean less luck with getting the insurance details on road regulation grounds.

It doesnt matter how much you get paid, the insurance companies will probably decide he isnt a good risk with that sort of behaviour and raise his premiums accordingly.

Re: Cruelty to bikes

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 July 2014 - 3:08pm
That reminds me of a bloke I was following last month. There was a peculiar twitch from his right leg which made me think he was disabled, but as I got closer I noticed the problem. The right crank was so loose that the periphery of the chainring was slopping from side to side by about half an inch.

My mums partner asked me to mend a puncture once, and that bike was much the same. It had been ridden with a loose cotter pin for so long that the crank would rotate to and fro by about 30 deg. He'd attempted to tighten it, but not until the cotter was already mangled, so the nut was just bottomed against the shoulder on the pin.

A-hole in a van.

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 July 2014 - 2:56pm
So last night I'm coming up to a small roundabout (with straight on and right turn option) to turn right. It's a single lane roundabout and I've moved into primary behind a car and the van is behind me (this being the first time we've 'met').
I go around the island pacing the car (about 5m behind) at about 15 mph in the centre of the lane and just as I'm beginning to turn off the van appears on my inside in a typically aggressive foot to the floor manner.

At this point I'm committed to turning off and he hits my elbow quite hard (hard enough to cause abrasions) and just for a second I think I'm going to end up colliding with the pedestrian refuge, I shout, he brakes and I end up back in front of the van having avoided anything too catastrophic.
He then nails it, starts to overtake and swings hard into the kerb breaking my mirror and almost sending me into the verge.

At this point he jumps out grabs me and pushes me into the undergrowth (no pavement on this side) screaming about me 'hitting' his van. (We then get all the usual verbal diarrhoea that follow these events.)

So I've reported it and hopefully a police person should be round tonight to take a statement. Obviously I'm not expecting much but at least it'll be reported.

So I guess the question is; is it worth pursuing? I've minor damage to the bike (mirror), abrasions to my elbow where he originally hit it, minor abrasions to my neck where he grabbed me to push me into the bushes and minor abrasions to my knee and leg where I ended up getting caught in the bike.
None of this is worth anything in a monetary sense but I'm more thinking about it being on his insurance record.

It did occur to me that it's still an 'accident' in the legal sense, he's unlikely to have reported it and I could justifiably make a claim against his insurance - although presuming that nobody in the queue of traffic behind made a report then there are no witnesses.

Is there any point? Or should I just leave it as a police report and move on?

Re: Cruelty to bikes

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 July 2014 - 2:25pm
Whether the infrastructure is better depends which bit of Cambridge but... at least in Cambridge they don't run on dead flat tyres as often as Norfolk

Oh and I'm sure someone will be along in a moment to explain you want wax/Teflon/silicone/rocking horse manure not oil

Re: Has any one cycled in Ireland?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 July 2014 - 2:23pm
I'm half way through cycling round Ireland! started in Rosslare, went to Mizen Head. now heading to Westport, Mayo. then Malin Head and to Ballycastle NI to cross to Argyll. It's been great. weather variable, drivers more careful than uk. Lots of bnbs, campsites generally good but not enough of them.

Cruelty to bikes

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 July 2014 - 2:20pm
I have the joy(?) of commuting into Cambridge every day and by and large its good. Infrastructure isn't much better than the rest of the country but there are lots of people cycling. Not cyclists, in the same way I don't describe myself as a pedestrian because I walk to the shops, just people who happen to use a bike.
But there is one problem that is really getting to me-
HAVE THESE PEOPLE NEVER HEARD OF OIL?
Can they not hear their bike screaming at them? The abuse of brake pads is just as bad, I cringe when I hear that grinding of metal on metal when someone tries to stop.
I do get this image of the old peasant farmer and his malnourished and overladen donkey, the one you often see in the Sunday papers asking for help to stop the abuse.

Is there no way we can take their bikes off them, maybe take them to a sanctuary where teams of volunteers will help them to get well again, ban the owners from ever owning a bike again?

Re: The Road vs Cycle lane

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 July 2014 - 2:15pm
mjr wrote:And here comes another idiot saying bikes should be constrained to inadequate cycle lanes, but they should still be allowed to park lorries in them! http://www.commercialmotor.com/latest-n ... -mandatory

Well, this individual clearly works for a company which delivers alcohol for consumption. It might be pointed out, that there are some five times as many deaths in the UK due to alcohol intake, as there are of all transport-related deaths put together. I doubt if he would accept that as an argument against his credentials as a 'safety' campaigner, but worth a try...

Re: Jailed for messing a Merc

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 July 2014 - 11:24am
Postboxer wrote:What did they do with the car owner who'd parked causing an obstruction, clearly they have video evidence of this too.
Nothing - parking is a human right, as important as access to clean water/food (let's just ignore Africa shall we), education (ignoring swathes of the world).

Re: Jailed for messing a Merc

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 July 2014 - 11:22am
What did they do with the car owner who'd parked causing an obstruction, clearly they have video evidence of this too.

Re: The Road vs Cycle lane

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 July 2014 - 10:15am
In West Norfolk, the borough council actively sweeps cycle tracks. I think in general it's not their responsibility but county and highways agency never sweep, so good on the borough for stepping up, even if it means double taxation. Sadly, cars soon jealously refill the cycleways with debris.

I suspect Cambridge city sweep but I've not met one of their sweepers. I've seen photos of their cycleway gritters, which is something we don't get in Norfolk.
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