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CTC Forum - Racing - 9 April 2015 - 10:28pm
Don't forget Bradley Wiggins rides Paris-Roubaix on Sunday and he wants to win (apparently) . Get your ride in early then its gotta be worth sitting in front of the TV for a few hours whatever he does.

Re: Accident Tue 7 Apr 18:00 Uddingston

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 April 2015 - 10:07pm
This is my area too and I haven't heard anything about it either so hopefully not as bad as it might seem. Talking of the nearby A725 roundabout this really is Russian Roulette on a bike. I cross it in the mornings just before 7am and in the afternoon just before 4pm. Cars, HGVs, busses and vans tend to accelerate to dual-carriage way speeds on the roundabout before hitting the slip roads onto the A725 beneath. I have almost been hit from behind on at least 4 occasions in recent months by vehicles cutting me up at speed. Problem is there is no alternative route for cyclists.

Re: Another truck / cyclist incident in the capital

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 April 2015 - 10:04pm
This is another one on front page of Evening Standard today

"Banned Truck driver admits killing cyclist"
"A lorry driver with a cavalier lack of respect for the law is facing jail for killing a cyclist after jumping a red light...Trucker barry Meyer had been banned 5 times and was not licensed to be driving the tipper lorry that crushed Alan Neve to death at Holborn in 2013... He yesterday admitted to causing death by careless driving - after 2 years of denial"

if u want to read about this monster -

http://i.imgur.com/tcYu1WZ.jpg

About time the law was changed to make this equivalent to murder and life in prison so they can only be let out under licence and sent back if if they so much as cross a double white line? Also this should apply to who ever employs them - no excuses allowed.

A friend of mine IN A CAR was smashed up a few yearsago as a lorry driver smashed into the passenger seat turning from a side road without looking - she had broken every thing & lucky to be alive and it took a very long time to recover - the lorry driver was also put into prison.

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 April 2015 - 9:41pm
So she was stopping at a T junction and got rear ended? I think you'll struggle to put any of the blame on her.

Re: How do I get to St Malo from US?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 April 2015 - 9:12pm
I add my recommendation to fly BA. I've flown them several times with my bike, and they've been absolutely brilliant. One time when I was packing up my bike, I even had a desk agent, completely unasked, go out of her way to bring me tape (tape gun!) and scissors, and ask if I needed any assistance.

Re: Mosquitos/Midges be afraid be very afraid Armageddon

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 April 2015 - 9:12pm
Vorpal wrote:DarkNewt wrote:
So far I am working on:

a midge hat & jacket combo
Deet
avoiding watery/wet places to camp (difficult on the coast I reckon)
a whole tent cover mosquito net treated.

I am also going to see my doctor for advice about anti hystamines as a preventative measure in case I get bitten.

I also agree with the following if bitten:

topical cream of choice + heat up a warm spoon and massage the area, this helps break down the toxins and provides some relief.

Your doctor may be willing ot rpescribe a cortisone cream for just in case, which may be rather more helpful than most things available without prescription.

cheers vorpal!

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 April 2015 - 9:11pm
I believe she stopped violently at a T junction to avoid a farm vehicle which she didn't notice to the last second. The farmer was unaware my nephew had run into the rear of the car, as I said there were no witnesses and the police did not attend. My cousin drove him to the nearest A+E.

Re: Mosquitos/Midges be afraid be very afraid Armageddon

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 April 2015 - 9:08pm
DarkNewt wrote:
So far I am working on:

a midge hat & jacket combo
Deet
avoiding watery/wet places to camp (difficult on the coast I reckon)
a whole tent cover mosquito net treated.

I am also going to see my doctor for advice about anti hystamines as a preventative measure in case I get bitten.

I also agree with the following if bitten:

topical cream of choice + heat up a warm spoon and massage the area, this helps break down the toxins and provides some relief.

Your doctor may be willing ot prescribe a cortisone cream for just in case, which may be rather more helpful than most things available without prescription.

Re: Another truck / cyclist incident in the capital

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 April 2015 - 9:05pm
Let's not do grammar Bob. It's too serious and we don't want her relations stumbling over it. Best

Re: Another truck / cyclist incident in the capital

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 April 2015 - 9:03pm
Mick F wrote:Vantage wrote:Condolences to her family Yes, condolences.
FIFTH this year!


I do wonder about the reporting of these tragic incidents.The woman collided with the HGVShould they not have said that she was run over by an HGV?

"Collided" seems (to me at least) that the bicycle and the HGV inadvertently crashed into one another ........ or at least the bicycle hit the HGV.


Sue for libel? You can say they "were in a collision", but to say that "a collided with b" is an active voice, and is therefore a sentence with a subject and an object.

Re: How do I get to St Malo from US?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 April 2015 - 8:56pm
I really would recommend going BA. Its no problem. Arrive Heathrow Terminal 5 and transfer to the Paris flight leaving from Terminal 5. The only hassle is clearing immigration, collecting your luggage, clearing customs and checking it back in at the transfer desk. But you're going to need to do that anyway in either Heathrow or Paris. Much better airline and save you $600 on bike charges.

Re: Another truck / cyclist incident in the capital

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 April 2015 - 8:48pm
Mick F wrote:Vantage wrote:Condolences to her family Yes, condolences.
FIFTH this year!


I do wonder about the reporting of these tragic incidents.The woman collided with the HGVShould they not have said that she was run over by an HGV?

"Collided" seems (to me at least) that the bicycle and the HGV inadvertently crashed into one another ........ or at least the bicycle hit the HGV.

And another woman, such a sad thing to read

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 April 2015 - 8:47pm
I don't think it matters why or if she 'braked too hard.' If you run into the back of someone you are at fault. You were following too close for your speed/reaction time.
The only exception I can think of to this is someone moving in front of you too closely (say, after overtaking) and then braking hard and that could be considered assault.

Re: Front rack Advice

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 April 2015 - 8:26pm
RobinS wrote:Thanks for responses, the Tortec looks like the sort of thing we are after. The Surly looks more like a "cycling round the world" rack rather than two weeks in France!

Nah. The Surly's just for show while cruising the hood [emoji6]

Re: Front rack Advice

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 April 2015 - 8:25pm
I've always put my faith in Tubus racks and Rose bikes are selling them at very good prices at the moment.

£37 for a front rack....it's black though.....but I think they sell silver ones from time to time.
Tubus certainly make them. You can pay £68 for a silver one at Evans

Re: Mosquitos/Midges be afraid be very afraid Armageddon

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 April 2015 - 8:17pm
If you go on to Bushcraftuk web site, one of the members makes repellent from natural ingredients. It smells quite strong but I've used it for 2 years in Scotland and it's been brilliant.

It's called something like stupidly simple

Andy

Re: Dilema - mud-guards or wider tyres

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 April 2015 - 8:14pm
Norman H wrote:Crud Roadracers http://www.crudproducts.com/roadracer-mk2/

They reckon if you've got 4mm of clearance above the tyre, they will fit.

I used the original Crudracers on my road bike with 23mm tyres for my LEJOG.

I've got a set of crud catcher II's, which are good when set up right. Consensus seems to be guards over 25mm - thanks

Re: Get off the road horn blast from passing artic driver!

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 April 2015 - 8:09pm
gaz wrote:I can't see any justification for the artic' driver's actions.

In case you are unaware the cycle provision starts about 100 yards past your streetview location. At the end of the lay-by cycles can continue on a shared use path emerging here. I have no knowledge of the current state of repair of the path nor it's desirability as an alternative to the A road for that short stretch.
Thanks Gaz. That's where I was heading for. It's a usable path and cuts out a very short stretch of that horrible road. Anything's better than nothing! However for a relatively newly constructed A26 there could have been a cycle link at least from Eridge Stn to Sandhill Lane for NCN 21 to follow to Rotherfield, which is where I'd been. The existing NCN 21 from Eridge is unrideable on a mountain bike as well as leading in the wrong direction to start with.

Re: Cycling from Suffolk to Paris

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 April 2015 - 7:52pm
If you intend crossing the channel from Kent or from one of the south coast ports such as Newhaven, it's worth considering crossing the Thames at Tilbury via the passenger ferry to Gravesend. Unless you particulalrly wanted to visit London as part of your trip.

Re: Dilema - mud-guards or wider tyres

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 April 2015 - 7:51pm
Crud Roadracers http://www.crudproducts.com/roadracer-mk2/

They reckon if you've got 4mm of clearance above the tyre, they will fit.

I used the original Crudracers on my road bike with 23mm tyres for my LEJOG.
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