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Re: Tips for touring the Alps

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 September 2014 - 7:22am
Pictures look fantastic, looks like a brilliant tour to me.

Dave

Re: Off The bike for a while

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 September 2014 - 4:38am
Ouch! shame about the holiday, but speedy recovery.

Re: Pulled Over By The Police

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 September 2014 - 11:34pm
Hi,
I would have probably already have been arrested.

Is that upholding the law..............
Its bending the law to their whim..............

I do believe the police of today are well instructed what not to get involved with and when no crime appears they start to wonder.

It must be remembered that police are recruited from the general public and thus you will get what we have today in the police too.

If a member of police can receive so many complaints they are forced to leave / sacked ? then they get to work for police as a civilian, eventualy being re-employed by police, then they are responsible for actions that lead to the death of a member of public, they are taken to court but get off......what does that say to you about the integrity of our police force today

Re: Pulled Over By The Police

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 September 2014 - 10:59pm
I'm sure they have the power to direct traffic which (amongst other things) can include directing traffic contraflow down one way streets and I'm sure it would also include instructing cycles to use the pavement.

Jughead, I believe that this is serious enough to make a complaint about. I'm sure that it would be found that the officers hadn't broken any rules by advising you to wear helmets and hi-vis because that is also the Highway Code advice but it might result in instructions being passed down not to pull over any more perfectly road legal cyclists

Re: Advice on accident involving a dog

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 September 2014 - 10:09pm
Is it a new for old policy though? If there is a liability insurance policy covering the dog, they'll only be willing to pay a market value for your used bike.

Re: Off The bike for a while

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 September 2014 - 10:03pm
Hi,
Sorry to hear about your tumble.

I dislocated my collar bone twenty years ago, and nothing was done so I live with it, not a big problem unless I do over head decorations.
Bike riding is ok but I have a stabbing pain in shoulder now and a gain which lasts about a second or two just the once in a ride.
Get it fixed, hope it goes well.

Re: Pulled Over By The Police

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 September 2014 - 9:19pm
So how exactly were you a danger to other road users?

And are the police allowed to instruct you to break the law?

Re: Off The bike for a while

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 September 2014 - 8:45pm
Sorry to hear of your off, wish you a speedy recovery.

Beautiful part of Ireland, holidayed near Skibereen last summer (sans bike).

Off The bike for a while

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 September 2014 - 8:42pm
I've just returned from Ireland, a little earlier than intended. The original plan was for two of us to spend a week staying with a friend near Skibereen doing day rides and then to set of for a six or seven day tour of the Beara Peninsular. Unfortunately on a day ride to Mizzen Head we were returning along the Dunmanus shore when I had an off and dislocated my collar bone. The planned tour of the Beara had to be cancelled which was a great shame as the weather in Ireland was fantastic and looked set to continue that way.

A&E at Bantry Hospital were very efficient and I was advised by the doctor on duty to see an orthopaedic specialist when I returned to the UK. I've spent the last couple of days sitting in hospital waiting rooms and the outcome is that they will probably perform a minor operation to correct it next Thursday.

Re: Biker's death filmed - horrific.

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 September 2014 - 8:36pm
Phil Fouracre wrote:Personally I've got to agree that the excessive speed was really the main problem.
How can that possibly be true?

Suppose he was travelling at the speed limit, would he have survived?
Suppose the driver actually looked and thus didn't pull out, would he have survived?

The "main" problem was simply that the driver didn't look.

Re: Pulled Over By The Police

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 September 2014 - 8:26pm
You were lucky not to get a £30 fine : viewtopic.php?f=41&t=88351

Advice from the police to wear a helmet is covered here: viewtopic.php?f=41&t=76886 & viewtopic.php?f=41&t=81622

Re: Pulled Over By The Police

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 September 2014 - 8:25pm
It seems to me, the only thing you were a danger to, was their quotas. Or to be more accurate, there was a danger to their quotas in not stopping you...

See also this thread on the same topic.

Re: Pulled Over By The Police

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 September 2014 - 8:22pm
Hi,
Nearly 40 years ago I was cycling home at dusk, I probably should of had lights but because I had on a Bright orange rainsuit down to my feet I thought I was seeable.

A jam sandwich came along side and told me to get of and walk, which I did.
200 yards down the road I considered getting back on, I did not but as I passed a junction I spyed the couple of jam sandwich ocupants in the dark, I passed they drove off.

It appears it runs in the family as your guys are their offspring

The emphasis appears to be by the media to make cyclist more safe they must be trained.

No amount of training will keep you safe from drivers today.

Will be interesting to see if you cycled on pavement and round the corner you were stopped by bobby on the beat and wanted to fine you
What defence would you offer...............

SPOILERS !!!!!!!!!! Re: Off the see The Tour .....

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 September 2014 - 8:11pm
Hi,
What a shambles.
Dowset is in yellow.
Kwiatkoski is in the Wiggo group ahead of Dowset.
So Dowset Yellow
Kwiatkoski 34 seconds down
Wiggo is 1 m 3 secs down from Dowset.

Race finishes Vermot wins stage, and comentators say that Kwiatkoski will be in yellow and Wiggo is 30 secs down, Dowset finishes well down is a seperate group.
Then the GC board comes up with wiggo 49 seconds down from yellow, dowset is just 12 seconds back from wiggo.
Kwiatkoski is 19 seconds off YELLOW

Van Daarle is in yellow

WHO

He was in the leading group and picked up bonuses by coming in third but amounted bonuses earlier in the stage (IIRC)

There were long pauses in the comentry not the usual fast talking rundown of the top GC riders..........long pauses................
Ned and Hales tried to recover the embarissment.....ha ha ha............

Some poor B%^%^$ head buted the railing on the final bend which was in full view but was not mentioned at all, he limped home one foot off the pedal.

In the Highlights all is corrected by the final comentry finishes with Ned and Hayles just joking around..............

If they did not have the info then all they had to do is admit it
If they were caught napping just say so.

But no never admit any oversights or balls ups...........

Pulled Over By The Police

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 September 2014 - 8:07pm
Just after nine so had a front light, rear light and flashing lights on my rucksack. They told me that with oncoming traffic headlights I was a danger. They asked why I wasn't wearing a hi-viz vest and a helmet. Told them I have cycled for some 40+ years without either and wasnt going to start now. They told me to get off the road and cycle on the pavement as I was a danger to other road users.
I did as they instructed. Just as well as they had pulled into a side street a couple of hundred yards ahead to spy on me. Must have been a slow night for them. So helmets and hi-viz are not legal requirements. Can the police force you wear them if they deem you are a danger.

Re: How to train for long distance cycle touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 September 2014 - 8:03pm
Sign up for warmshowers.org. Disconnect the internet. Turn out the lights. Disconnect the electricity and sell your home? That'll confuse anyone that turns up for a room.

Re: How to train for long distance cycle touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 September 2014 - 7:03pm
Nice article, not sure I'd want to turn my house into a hostel though!

Re: Biker's death filmed - horrific.

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 September 2014 - 6:43pm
Interesting perspective from some posters, I commented earlier in the thread that it could be seen as both parties contributing to the 'accident' Personally I've got to agree that the excessive speed was really the main problem. If the vid is posted to 'educate' then surely you would expect a wide range of responses, and know that you might not like them all, niceties probably wouldn't come into it. Watching the vid, I would have thought, riding a bike, approaching a junction/built up area, that you would have been slowing down, irrespective of any speed limit. Whatever you are riding/driving, surely anticipation is one of the most important skills you have to exercise.
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