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Re: New Geoff Apps prototype

CTC Forum - MTB - 10 November 2014 - 9:03am
LWaB wrote:Mudplugging isn't really my choice when off-roading.

Perhaps it would be if you had a Cleland!

Re: Reporting some horrible driving

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 November 2014 - 9:00am
Please report it to M&S!

Re: Re, Idiots on bikes

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 November 2014 - 8:52am
NATURAL ANKLING wrote:Hi,
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.
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If you are approaching horses it's best to call out. Ringing a bell is not a good idea - it may startle the horse and that can create a dangerous situation.
I often encounter horse riders and generally don't have a problem. Make presence known to the rider, allow them to settle the horse if necessary, pass slowly giving as much room as possible.

Re: ROSE BIKE'S UK . .

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 November 2014 - 8:50am
pete75 wrote: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

How helps you then.

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
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