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Re: Accident on bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 October 2014 - 10:36pm
Apologies...and this is why I've got issues, by not focusing on what I was meant to say..... I am on sick leave now, forced by my GP and ED Dr yesterday, for a week. I'm quite happy to be open and honest with my employer, but I feel rubbish that this will effect my sick record.

I don't even know where to start with compensation nor if I'm even entitled to anything, I alive with nothing broken, except my head......

Re: Accident on bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 October 2014 - 10:16pm
I work in the NHS and so like you get full pay for up to 6 months while off sick, however if there is an accident where compensation is being claimed for, it is expected that monies will also be recovered to cover their expenses. Solicitor will write to finance dept to obtain a figure, this is over and above the compensation paid to you, if you do not include employer costs and they find out later that you received compensation, they could come to you for a slice of the monies paid. And I do hear what you say that you have not taken time off, but it does sound like you could legitimately have some time off with concussion if it is affecting your work.

Car parking costs; this is why I said you need to keep a tally of all costs that you would not normally incur that you now have to pay out as a result of this accident, this can legitimately include car parking costs. Keep tickets / receipts where possible.

Re: Plym valley and the rest

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 October 2014 - 9:28pm
Hi,
You can buy them but I made mine.
All you need is a pillow case made of fleece material, to stuff your clothes in.
But it only needs to be half the size of a real pillow case, fleece is good on your skin not sweaty like a tent bag etc.
Mine weighs just 80 grams.

Re: Ten Miles a Day

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 October 2014 - 8:29pm
I have looked at spreadsheets and not sure which one would be best for the 10 mile a day.Suggestions would be helpful..

Thanks in advance
Rich

Re: Plym valley and the rest

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 October 2014 - 8:25pm
Yeh the lights in both of them just highlight the darkness if that makes sense. I was lucky to have dynamo lights this time round, and having a button on the handlebars to turn them on quickly was very nice.

Re: Plym valley and the rest

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 October 2014 - 8:12pm
Dynamo lights!
Excellent!

The tunnel on the Plym trail is as bad as the one on Drake's Trail. Yes, there are lights in them, but they are wholly inadequate ............. unless you have decent lights.

First time I went though Genofen Tunnel, it was sunny and bright and as I entered the tunnel I was fine ......... for about 50yds, then it was pitch black. I could see the far end in bright light and it blinded me to the darkness, and I rode though absolutely not knowing if there was a walker or cyclist in front of me or what the road surface was like.

I slowed to a snail's pace, and very gingerly made my way through into the light. Unscathed thank goodness.

Re: Navdy

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 October 2014 - 7:47pm
There's an article here about it.. http://www.informationweek.com/mobile/m ... id/1297802
These need to be illegal in this country..another disgusting implement that will make driving stds worse and cause more incidents..

Re: Plym valley and the rest

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 October 2014 - 7:47pm
Put my clothes in the sleeping bag stuff case, still not great though!

Mickf one thing I forgot to mention, this was also a trial run for my dynamo light system which were great in those tunnels (usb charging worked well as well!)

Tiverton canal runs from Tiverton almost all the way to Cothey manor, about 10 miles I think. There's one or two diversions through villages if you follow the marked route though.

Re: Plym valley and the rest

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 October 2014 - 7:41pm
Hi,
I understand Mick F's about fast and clean roads, but when touring your time is you own to wander at lesiure.
I decided to do a double coast to coast(Torquay - Plymouth-Ilfracombe-Minehead- Exeter-Dawlish-Torquay) but used as cycle paths as well and was well and trully cream crackered hitting barstaple in 30 degrees C

I like exploring and the paths and break up the boring road where you just put your head down.
Though attempting the double in one day zonked me out, 1st time cut short 200 miles, 2nd time 250 miles and missed out dawlish but went over the 24 hrs
South Hams and N-Devon has good hills.....................
Vowed I would do it a gain and stuff the gravel tracks of Plym and Tarka, whatever you do dont go up from Plymouth on the tracks do it downhill from Barnstaple.

Tiverton canal how far does it run, sounds good fun

Edited - how was the path south of clearbrook ? it was due for repair.

Re: Show your touring bikes !!!!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 October 2014 - 7:35pm
IMAG2551 (640x383).jpgMy Marin Point Ryes

Re: Clipping and running

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 October 2014 - 7:31pm
Riding round wales last month I didn't take a corner because I coyld see that the people following wouldn't have been able to deal with it. We all made the corner (mostly safely - quite a few locked wheels) but I was basically parked at the outside until the group had overshot, since any other action would have resulted in multiple pile up.


It's not that hard to work out what is around you.... is it?

Re: Plym valley and the rest

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 October 2014 - 7:15pm
Yes, I've done it, and I agree about the steep hill. Stupid design.
The route through Saltram I would agree too. Tree roots and rough bare soil if I remember correctly.
Best part was going under Marshmills Roundabout past all the graffiti on the concrete walls of the flyover listening to the thundering traffic above on the A38.

Another segment to consider, is Drake's Trail from Yelverton to Tavistock over Gem Bridge and through the Brunel Tunnel under Grenofen. Two comments from me:
The tunnel is fun but pitch dark. You need lights!
Gem Bridge cost 3m quid to build. Total and complete waste of money.

Re: Plym valley and the rest

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 October 2014 - 7:12pm
Put your clothes into the tent bag, it will make a good pillow. Just putting clothes under your head as you have found is useless. Cheers John

Re: Plym valley and the rest

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 October 2014 - 7:05pm
If my goal was to get through as quickly as possible then I would do that, but that wasn't my goal. I enjoyed cycling the plym valley trail which was the idea.

Re: Plym valley and the rest

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 October 2014 - 6:29pm
A good way from Plympton to Okehampton is up Borringdon Hill out of Colebrook, over Cadover Bridge, to Yeleverton.
Then from Yeleverton, head through Walkhampton to Tavistock via Whitchurch.
From Tavy, go out via Brentor to Lydford, then the Granite Way to Sourton where you get off onto the A386 and drop down to Okehampton along the Old A30.

Personally, I'd leave Plympton for Plymouth city centre, head all the way to Tavistock and to Okehampton on the main A386. Fast, simple, basic.

Re: Navdy

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 October 2014 - 6:28pm
Another amazing opportunity for even more distracted drivers, the navigation HUD is one thing, adding functions opens the floodgates.

Re: Plym valley and the rest

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 October 2014 - 5:32pm
Heavy weight tent definitely helped with rain and temperature.

Yeh every other cycling tour has been B&Bing. Done a lot of walking camping but never on the bike.

Re: Plym valley and the rest

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 October 2014 - 5:16pm
honesty wrote:Camping is fun, even in the rain, but a 5kg tent is probably a bit heavy.

The two might be connected, especially at this time of year. Great report - really your first cycle camping trip?

Re: Accident on bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 October 2014 - 4:08pm
Thank you all for the replies so far and well wishes. I probably wasn't clear, but I was released the same day, obviously had that day off work, followed by the weekend. Returned to work in the Monday and clearly overdid it,and just tried to do what I could for the rear of the week, which was too much still. The hospital (employer) park and ride bus goes from outside my house, I'm not allowed to use it under normal circumstances, but I'm using it without their knowledge because I would have to drive and pay to park daily at considerable expense, I was forced onto the bike by my employer due to not being allowed a parking permit as I live 4miles from work, yet ìt goes from my house ....i digress, but you understand.

So I'm not being supported by anyone, my employer provides sick cover, but this affects my records,I'm still able to do things, I'm just not able to work.

My helmet was dented and fractured in the process.

Re: Navdy

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 October 2014 - 3:59pm
I might as well sell my bikes lights for all the good they're gonna do.
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