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Re: I Hate Virgin Trains

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 November 2014 - 8:49am
I also tend to pay through the East Coast or First sites (TransPennine Express and Great Western, both of whom use the East Coast engine). I found out yesterday that the First sites still offer free delivery on all tickets.

NRE is quite good in allowing you to play a bit with connection times. It's not particularly user friendly but http://www.takethetrain.co.uk shows overtaken trains which may not be shown by others.

Re: Traveling by Train.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 November 2014 - 8:46am
Money saving expert recently rolled out this tool.

http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/split- ... n-tickets/

Note that it works with trainline, which has a poor record from what I remember on cheap tickets, despite what it says.

I did try using it a week ago and found it recommended trains significantly more expensive than my efforts with the East Coast site.

Others may have more joy.

Re: I Hate Virgin Trains

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 November 2014 - 8:42am
What are the "worse" East Coast improvements?

Re: panniers panniers panniers???

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 November 2014 - 8:41am
Agree about Rixen and Kaul - I have them on a nice small set of Alturas.

If Ortleib used Rixen and Kaul they'd be perfect in my opinion.

Re: Re, Idiots on bikes

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 November 2014 - 8:28am
And in other news idiots in cars killed tens of people today...

Re: ROSE BIKE'S UK . .

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 November 2014 - 7:33am
twodogs wrote:Terrible website but I haven't found a German website yet that didn't suck. It's a bit like the whole world domination thing, they get 3/4 of the way there and fall over


Yes German websites do seem to expect a modicum of intellect on the part of the user

Re: Planning My First Tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 November 2014 - 7:15am
Once again, thanks all for your input. I certainly don't want to get too caught up in the planning to the finest detail, after all the point of the tour (for me) is a break from the normal scheduled and directed living. Getting out there and living day-to-day. I will most likely select a rough route of places of interest, as recommended.

One large reservation I do have though, due to my nature, is the uncertainty of where I'll be laying my head each night. Complete condradiction of my previous sentence I know, but turning up to a planned campsite / hotel after a hard day in the saddle only to find it's closed with not many alternatives, does worry me. Particularly as I'll be travelling alone.

Any supporting words or experiences? I've never wild camped alone before (I will before commencing the tour) but I'm a 'heart pounding at the sound of a few sticks breaking' type of person I must admit. A touring friend of mine thinks nothing of heading into the darkest woods in the hills and pitching his tent on his own. The thought of that does concern me a little.

That said, the attraction of saving the large expenses of campsites a few nights here and there (where possible) is appealling.

Amongst other things, this 'anxious thinking' is something I would like to straighten out by taking a trip away from the norm and out of my comfort zone.

Re: Re, Idiots on bikes

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 November 2014 - 7:04am
HA 1835 s78 says, if I read it correctly, that people have to keep their horses to the left side of the road and not "prevent, hinder, or interrupt the free passage" of anyone.

Of course, keeping left matters only when there is someone to keep left of. People don't get prosecuted for merely being on the wrong side of the road.

Re: I Hate Virgin Trains

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 November 2014 - 6:33am
Bicycler wrote:TonyR wrote:or on London Midlands for £7.00. The latter do take longer though.
I think that last bit may be the answer to the anomaly. NRE doesn't routinely show trains which get overtaken. There used to be a tick box option for showing overtaken trains but it seems to have gone in the last redesign

I use the East Coast website. It has its own engine which is much better where most just clone the NRE engine. And it did bike bookings online when the NRE one didn't Having said that they have recently made it much worse with "improvements"

Re: Klunkerz film

CTC Forum - MTB - 10 November 2014 - 4:38am
Google "klunkerz streaming" and some watch-able links show up.

Re: Re, Idiots on bikes

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 November 2014 - 12:12am
Hi,
Well I cycled through a road closed sign today, lots of people milling around and the cop in car had just left.

Then I was confronted with about twenty people most of the way across the road and felt obliged to ding my bell which had the desired result in removing a few out of my way.

The fact was that the parade had finished some minutes before and the people were dispersing in usual fashion down a road which had not been closed but as it was a quite village they probably thought that it was ok to block the whole highway.

A few minutes later on another single track public highway (road but now gravel track) three people leading a horse by the reins blocking the whole highway, I dinged my bell as the horse was far right to the hedge and the three people were to the left of horse, they ignored me so I rode up behind the far left person and coughed loudly, that individual did turn round and move over so I could pass but the others carried on.
At top of track I approached road at T junction and in front of me were two horse riders who I had seen at least three times before they were passing the junction and riding single file on the right hand side of highway (Is this OK in law ?)
These horse riders I have met at least twice before and twice they were either on my side of highway of blocking the whole highway, I stayed my ground and they slowly moved over................

Re: I Hate Virgin Trains

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 November 2014 - 11:19pm
TonyR wrote:or on London Midlands for £7.00. The latter do take longer though.
I think that last bit may be the answer to the anomaly. NRE doesn't routinely show trains which get overtaken. There used to be a tick box option for showing overtaken trains but it seems to have gone in the last redesign

Re: I Hate Virgin Trains

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 November 2014 - 11:12pm
Flinders wrote:If anyone is thinking of avoiding Virgin and saving their money (as well as getting into London earlier without having to take out a mortgage on the fare) I suggest they go to London Midland's own site to avoid being ripped off and getting stuck with Virgin.

I don't know when you are looking and what you think needs a mortgage but there are plenty of Advance Standard Single fares available on Virgin from Stafford to London for around £16.50 or on London Midlands for £7.00. The latter do take longer though.

Re: I Hate Virgin Trains

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 November 2014 - 10:55pm
bikepacker wrote:As I have said previously most of my experiences with Virgin Trains and other train companies have been very good.

I've just been trying to book trains for a trip to London from Stafford (not with bikes).
As Virgin are too expensive, as well as uncomfortable for me (tilting trains make me throw up unless I stand up all the way) I go by London Midland.
Except no matter how you add in your data, or what boxes you check, the National Rail Enquiries site doesn't display a lot of the London Midland trains.
How curious.
If I hadn't known better, I'd have assumed that I could only get one of two LM trains back in the evening. In the same time three-hours period there are at least three other LM trains that NRE don't list.
It's almost as if NRI don't want you to use London Midland trains................

If anyone is thinking of avoiding Virgin and saving their money (as well as getting into London earlier without having to take out a mortgage on the fare) I suggest they go to London Midland's own site to avoid being ripped off and getting stuck with Virgin.

Re: Reporting some horrible driving

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 November 2014 - 9:59pm
Thanks for the replies, all.
I have reported it to M&S and provided them with full details, including registration number, location and time.

Bob suggested that the police might have CCTV of the area, and given how central it is (wellington arch), I'm sure there's footage of the incident.

The question is, should I get in touch with the police and try to get this? Is the suggestion that I also report this to police?

Cheers

Vlad

Re: Re, Idiots on bikes

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 November 2014 - 9:56pm
Sounds implausible to me. Are you sure it was an official and not just someone with a grudge against cyclists making it up or exaggerating. I can't see the official response to such an incident being to approach random cyclists to complain and ask them to "put the word out". BICBW

Re: The financial cost/loss of UK Road incidents £15Billion

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 November 2014 - 9:56pm
toomsie wrote:Ebay is a fine example of trade that doesn't need government interference. The trader has an incentive to provide a good service or get bad feedback. Almost all disputes get handled Ebay. If a trader is selling counterfeit or broken goods and does not pay restitution then there Ebay account is closed. No police, no courts, lawyers. Ebay has an incentive to protect customers interest. If it does not then customers will take their custom elsewhere. Amazon is generally more trusted then Ebay but Ebay is cheaper. Your free to choose what you want.
LMAO!
So you've replaced government regulation with big corp regulation (and make no mistake eBay and Amazon are big corporations), how exactly is that better? You don't really have any rights (other than those provided by the government anyway).

There's a *lot* of counterfeit stuff on both eBay and Amazon. Some of it is very good - at least to look at. And most folk buy it and assume they've got the real deal. A few spot the issue and in all fairness the seller often refunds the money promptly - but the reality is they make a killing selling crap whilst refunding very little.
There are a number of other scams too, selling lots of low value items and occasionally losing high value ones so that the feedback is mostly positive. Counterfeit 'proof of postage' labels (amazing how hard it is to get Paypal to give you your money back if the seller conjures one up) and of course the old classic 'brick-in-a-box'. Faced with refunding a high value item or believing the seller that you're trying to pull a fast one claiming they've sent you a brick, who do they believe?

It's worth pointing out that the reason eBay, Amazon and other such companies offer such 'great' service is a lot less to do with their altruism and more to do with keeping within the law regarding remote sales. eBay has for the longest time tried to escape distance selling regs and their partner company Paypal has been trying to escape being classed as a 'payment' system claiming instead they're simply transferring money around. Turns out the consumer side of 'the man' has never been that impressed by either claim and as a result they've changed their working practices whilst suckering in the punters making them think they're the good guys.

It's a bit like buying a car.
People buy cars these days and are impressed by the long warranties on offer. They think the car companies offer these warranties out of the goodness of their hearts.
What they fail to realise is that consumer laws say that any item that you buy must last a "reasonable length of time" and must be "fit for purpose". Turns out that regardless of what car manufactures would have you believe, no sane person thinks a car should only last a year and in fact even if it only came with a 1 year warranty you'd have no problem getting them to fix problems several years down the line.
Faced with such legislation the manufacturers simply extended the warranties to give folk what they already were entitled to anyway and then sold themselves as the good guys.
In the meantime in the 'good old U.S of A, good old capitalism means most items come with a 90 day warranty and if it breaks then it's tough titty.

As for the internet providing feedback on the quality of goods. I've never found that to be true - at least not in any useful way.
You can pick pretty much anything and find a whole raft of conflicting reports. In some cases fanboys will big up one product whilst denouncing a competitors product often having never owned either. And then you've the issue of how to evaluate feedback. What value 1000 complaints? If the company has only sold 1000 items then obviously that's pretty grim, but if they've sole 100 million???
Finally in order for there to be feedback someone somewhere has to take the plunge and buy the product first and without consumer law and no reliable reviews that's a bit of a risk, particularly with high value items.

Anyway, consumer laws are just a tiny bit of what governments do for you. You're molly coddled and protected pretty well from cradle to grave...

Re: Re, Idiots on bikes

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 November 2014 - 9:53pm
This information is now, what 4th hand?
Some anonymous cyclists may have somehow upset someone in Bakewell today. That's what we actually know.
I frequently ride through closed roads, did they know why they were closed? Shouted at a marching band, really? Do you think they thought the band would get out the way? "The people of Bakewell are..." just who's speaking for the people of Bakewell?

Re: I Hate Virgin Trains

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 November 2014 - 9:52pm
Jughead wrote:I commute most days from Glasgow to Motherwell using the Virgin train from Glasgow to London. One stop instead of the umpteen with the local service which has no cycle space except for the doorwells where you have to maneouvre to let folks on and off. Absolute murder at peak times.
I've used Scotrai which is the local service a lot and no problem with a bike. You can take your bike into any doorway and it is not hard to learn which side the platforms will be at each stop. No specific bike spaces but there seems to be no limit to the number of bikes they let on each train.

Re: Acceptable overtake?

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 November 2014 - 9:32pm
In the village where I live there is a blind corner round the Wheatsheaf. I was approaching it one day and heard a car behind which sounded as if we would reach the bend simultaneously. I automatically took the road in case a vehicle came the other way, because there would not have been room for the three of us abreast, and I did not want to be the loser. A car did appear at the crucial moment, but I had forced the driver behind to brake and wait, so all was well. Nevertheless she hooted at me as she overtook a moment later!
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