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Re: Accident claims, does anyone else feel like this?

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 April 2015 - 11:36am
RogerThat, sounds like one of those cases where the overriding factor is both parties desire/reluctance to get involved in litigation rather than the legalities of the issue. It would be interesting to know whether the car was actually insured at the time of the accident or whether there are other aspects that don't bear any scrutiny.. The driver also has to weigh up the chance of their insurer deciding to roll over, avoid the hassle of defending the claim and recouping their loss through removal of NCB or rating future premiums. Sounds like your nephew luckily picked the right person to hit and the advice to accept the offer is good.

Re: Train carriage - how are bikes secured?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 April 2015 - 11:31am
"the platforms are usually on the left of the train (looking in the direction of travel) "

This is very much a station by station thing. Island platforms (between the lines) mean the side varies according to which line your on; this might reflect historic circumstances. Even two line railways may have island platforms.

You can look up the train types on wiki.

Re: Accident claims, does anyone else feel like this?

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 April 2015 - 11:23am
Steve922 wrote:Agreed. If you run into the back of a car, its your fault. 100%
Not so. The classic induced accident insurance fraud is based upon the fraudster forcing the mark to hit him in the rear, it is easily achieved. See http://www.theaa.com/motoring_advice/le ... fraud.html

On a bicycle, I have twice unavoidably gone into the back of a car when it overtook me, then pulled in hard in front of me while stopping suddenly - one of them was on a steep downhill: miss that one if you can.

Re: Train carriage - how are bikes secured?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 April 2015 - 11:19am
mjr wrote:Some of Greater Anglia's Turbostars (at least Peterborough-Ipswich and Norwich-Cambridge routes, train numbers 170xxx) have a bike stand next to the easy-access toilet where you can hang some bikes by their top tube on two rubber-coated prongs and secure any sort of bike with the "luggage straps" provided so it won't fall off/over into the aisle in the curves (especially each side of Thetford!). I've seen six bikes safely in such an area, but people had to use their own luggage straps to secure some. EDIT: there's a picture on http://keeppushingthosepedals.blogspot. ... rs_23.html although the bike isn't on the rack.
I forgot about those. I haven't used the trains with those carriages much, they are somewhat in use between Norwich and London, too.

ANTONISH wrote: I use a toe strap or a strong elastic band to apply the front brake while on the train - this prevents a lot of movement.

Yes, I have a velcro strap or two on each my bikes that I use for this purpose (not just on trains).

Re: Don't forget you know who - Sunday

CTC Forum - Racing - 13 April 2015 - 11:09am
Country not county. Was writing on my iPad!

Re: Off touring tomorrow! (well later today)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 April 2015 - 11:09am
bainbridge wrote:Hi tourers

then over to Germany and down the Rhine as far as Bonn then we'll go west to Frankfurt.

Geography pedant mode: You'll be going the long way round if you go to Frankfurt that way - not sure if 3 weeks will be enough!

Either way, it sounds like a great trip. I'm very envious. Have a great time.

Re: Accident claims, does anyone else feel like this?

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 April 2015 - 10:47am
Well, it's actually been ongoing since early January. He had a lawyer previously but he was awful, I put him onto our family lawyer instead who has wide experience of RTA claims as its a busy town for traffic. And So four months and it seems the threat of a counter sue has paid off. Just as well, my nephew was up to hi-doh with worry as he's not the best with money! Had it went to court we'd probably still be here in a year's time. It's quite a small town we live in and our lawyer knows the woman who was sueing socially. She's a well known character on the back of a tow truck It's not the first or fifth time she's been involved in an RTA.

Re: Dawes Super Galaxy price shock

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 April 2015 - 10:41am
I think the high price is a status thing - they dont want the brand to be seen as a cutprice/cheap name? These days there are quite a few up market touring bikes and Dawes wants to be seen among them?

Re: Train carriage - how are bikes secured?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 April 2015 - 10:23am
On South East trains there is some limited dedicated space but this is also a wheelchair space. You can however generally use any carriage and keep your bike in the door space - (opposite side to passengers getting on of course). I use a toe strap or a strong elastic band to apply the front brake while on the train - this prevents a lot of movement.
You don't have to pre-book.
You can't take bikes on commuter services to and from London in the rush hour - apart from that you should have no problem.
I've never seen a hanging hook on network South East.

Re: Cycling from Suffolk to Paris

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 April 2015 - 10:13am
Calais to Paris is going to be about 180 miles - depending on the route. Which is a good deal more than Dieppe to Paris.
OTOH Dover - Calais is a shorter crossing with a much more frequent service.
Have you actually worked out how many miles you can manage in the time you have to ride ?
Taking the ferry you have to factor in time taken to get through controls and onto the ferry. Then the crossing time and disembarkation - getting out of the port etc.
Crossing time to Calais from Dover is advertised as 1.5hrs - but I use this crossing frequently and IMO three hours from coming into Dover Port and leaving Calais port would be reasonable provided there were no other delays.

Re: Don't forget you know who - Sunday

CTC Forum - Racing - 13 April 2015 - 10:11am
Absolutely right. The coverage is weak, but it's what we have. Can I recommend an iPad. I Watch yoorosport while I'm in the shed fettling, in the kitchen baking bread etc etc. We were in the Arenberg this w/e. Fantastic atmosphere, crowd bigger than we'd seen before, brilliant sunshine. It was one of those days to put in the bank for when you're miserable. I found myself listening to an Aussie and a county Frenchman at the same time - linguistically challenging but I wonder if there is any single day event which brings so many nationalities together.

Re: Dawes Super Galaxy price shock

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 April 2015 - 9:50am
This years super galaxy is basically last years ultra galaxy. They have reserved the ultra galaxy moniker this year for the titanium model.

That being said, the RRP for Dawes are very high, but you don't generally pay RRP, you can generally get at least 20% off.

Re: Tram takes bikes but only uphill!

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 April 2015 - 9:47am
I can remember in the 50's paying half fare to take a bike on the train. There was of course a goods van in those days.
I wonder how much train companies would expect to charge nowadays to make it an economic option to carry bikes.
I know many do allow bikes on for free - some with limited numbers of bikes allowed. I am fortunate that I can use South eastern trains which have a very accepting policy towards bikes. At the guards discretion of course although I've never had a problem in that regard.

Re: Train carriage - how are bikes secured?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 April 2015 - 9:20am
Some of Greater Anglia's Turbostars (at least Peterborough-Ipswich and Norwich-Cambridge routes, train numbers 170xxx) have a bike stand next to the easy-access toilet where you can hang some bikes by their top tube on two rubber-coated prongs and secure any sort of bike with the "luggage straps" provided so it won't fall off/over into the aisle in the curves (especially each side of Thetford!). I've seen six bikes safely in such an area, but people had to use their own luggage straps to secure some. EDIT: there's a picture on http://keeppushingthosepedals.blogspot. ... rs_23.html although the bike isn't on the rack.

I think hauled Norwich-London services (train numbers 90xxx) have a bike store somewhere that you have to ask the station staff where to stand to access it and the train staff to open it. I've not seen inside one since the last "cascade" of trains, when the Norwich-London line got the second-generation Glasgow-London trains (which had been replaced by the Pendolinos).

Otherwise, remember the platforms are usually on the left of the train (looking in the direction of travel) and put it across the right-hand doorways. I prefer to stand between my bike and the door in such situations, to hold it and prevent it falling.

Re: Dawes Super Galaxy price shock

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 April 2015 - 9:12am
LondonBikeCommuter wrote:..... of shock when I noticed that the 2015 Dawes Super Galaxy had an RRP of £2000.

It's probably one of those no-one-sells-it-at-this-price kind of RRP, so that genuine dealers can quote large discounts.

Spa Cycles, who specialise in selling slightly out-of-date Super Galaxies at large discounts, will currently sell you a Super Galaxy 2012 model for £890.

Re: Train carriage - how are bikes secured?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 April 2015 - 9:07am
chris_suffolk wrote:Looking to take my bike down to Dover by train in the summer. Will need the services of Greater Anglia and South Eastern trains.

Can anybody advise on the storage facilities aboard each company?
It rather depends which specific routes and hence what specific train types.

Whenever I've used Greater Anglia to transport a bike, it's always been lean it up in a shared disabled/pushchair/bike area, and be prepared to move it during the journey in case you are in the way. Some people just prop them up in the vestibule if they get on at the wrong door, or the other area is already occupied, in which case they have to be particularly active about getting out of the way. But that's been travelling on commuter lines such as to Bishops Stortford and Ipswich/Colchester. This is the norm on commuter lines in the SE. If you are on the Norwich train, which is loco-hauled intercity stock, it is likely to be quite different.

On the Dover line you are most likely to have Cl 375 Electrostars, though Cl 465/466 Networkers is also possible. I have travelled on a Cl 375, but not with a bike. I don't recall seeing any specific cycle carriage area, so probably it is rather like commuter trains above.

Re: Train carriage - how are bikes secured?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 April 2015 - 8:55am
Richard Fairhurst wrote:I've never seen a train where bikes are held by the top tube (though I might have missed something!)
I went on some East Coast trains at Easter, and they were so secured.
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