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Re: Is today “Peak Idiot”?

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 November 2015 - 9:49am
NUKe wrote:You just get days and people like that, fortunately if you are of the right temperament they are few and far between,

Are you saying if the cyclist is of the 'wrong' temperament s/he attracts idiot drivers?

Re: Is today “Peak Idiot”?

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 November 2015 - 9:47am
I think you may find 'peak idiot' to be a 'sawtooth' affair shown as a graph,but with an ever upward trend.
At least that's been my experience in recent years,the worst thing being that the idiots tend to now somehow feel justified in scaring the living daylights out of any others they happen across,even to the point with some motorists being a game they play to bolster their own sick existence.
It has to be said it's mainly cyclists they pick on as they:-
a)don't think they'll be caught either by the cyclist(too slow)or the police(just deny everything as it's one persons word against another)
b)they justify their actions by seeing cyclists through their own twisted logic as non people,who don't pay their way on the roads
c)they're the sort of people who just don't give a monkeys for anyone else anyway and are now given free rein due to a complete lack of policing.

Thankfully they're in the minority,though one misjudgement on either the cyclist or the idiot's part and we know who'll be the one wrapped in bandages or even an oak veneered overcoat.

Re: Is today “Peak Idiot”?

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 November 2015 - 9:46am
You just get days and people like that, fortunately if you are of the right temperament they are few and far between,

Re: Route planning app?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 November 2015 - 9:24am
MrsHJ wrote:.....How do I get the route from saved on my lap top to open in something like my iPhone on a suitable app (and which apps do you use?).

I'm not an iPad/iPhone user so I can't help you on specifics, but in general terms you could email the gpx file on your laptop to yourself and then download it from your iPhone email app couldn't you?

Is Bluetooth file transfer possible between the iPad/iPhone?

Re: advice wanted re:Danube - Passau to Vienna/wild camping

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 November 2015 - 9:18am
I'm wondering if the flow of migrants in and through the EU will make the authorities even more sensitive to wild campers?

I've just started a thread on this topic here - it will be interesting to see what others think.

Is today “Peak Idiot”?

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 November 2015 - 8:39am
There’s something about darkening mornings which worsens behaviour.

Today I had
- First emergency stop. A motorist (with a defective light) clearly saw me but decided to turn right across me regardless
- Second emergency stop. Presented by a milk float on the wrong side of the road coming straight at me having cut the corner
- First close overtake (motorist with defective rear light)
- Second, this time *very* close overtake. I caught up with this one and had a full and frank exchange of views. I was presented with the following excuses: You were too far out; I’m a cyclist too; I was over the white light so it was OK.

Normally the ride is a stress reliever. Not today.

Let's hope it was "peak idiot".

Re: Touring luxuries

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 November 2015 - 8:03am
Our favourite 'luxuiries are the SAWYER MINI WATER FILTER and a very small Vango Stove

1) “A lifetime of water at hand.”

blurb..

'Our most popular filter just got smaller and lighter. The Sawyer MINI Water Filter is rated to 0.1 micron absolute, weighs only 2 ounces, and filters up to 100,000 gallons! This award winning system is reliable and easy to use.

The MINI can be attached to the included collapsible drinking pouch, inline on a hydration pack, on a standard soda bottle, or simply use the included drinking straw to drink directly from the water source. How is that for versatility?



http://sawyereurope.com/water-filtratio ... ter-filter

We have drunk from Lochs, Rivers, Puddles, you name it we have drunk from it using this and were still alive...


2) A very small vango stove fits in the palm of my hand in its little box a great little stove. It only weighs about a 100g and folds up very small

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Vango-ACXSTOVE- ... ango+stove




you really cant beat taking water from a loch and serving up dinner:

Re: How daft is this?!!

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 November 2015 - 8:01am
deryck wrote:Anyone considered using a mountain bike and riding over the vehicles - sticking to the cycle lane of course?
Using studded tyres of course.

Better channel Danny Macaskill (sp?)

Re: How daft is this?!!

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 November 2015 - 7:43am
Anyone considered using a mountain bike and riding over the vehicles - sticking to the cycle lane of course?

Re: Cycling holidays

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 November 2015 - 10:22pm
thelawnet wrote:Well I found an existing itinerary, albeit one that is no longer run

http://www.veloasia.com/country/sumatra/

Ah, happy memories of Lake Toba circa 1987! Love the idea of cycling round Samosir.
Hope they've updated the ferry - The huge old truck engine they used frequently stalled, and only way to restart it was using us passengers in tug of war mode on the end of a long rope wrapped around the flywheel! It mostly worked......

Re: Replace my worn out Ribble

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 November 2015 - 9:19pm
It is most infuriating! If I ever work it out I'll share.

Re: advice wanted re:Danube - Passau to Vienna/wild camping

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 November 2015 - 9:15pm
As well as campsites (kampingplatz?), in Germany you sometimes see a 'zeltplatz' (tent-place?). The one I used was basically a field where you could put a tent up free for one night, with a bar adjacent where you could use a tap and a toilet. Nice halfway house between campsite and wild camping. I think there's one at Passau, and one at Linz.

Re: Replace my worn out Ribble

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 November 2015 - 9:12pm
I'd normally guess that there is an interface somewhere that didn't get taken apart or is making the noise in a weird way; I'm thinking

- bars to stem
- headset
- saddle to seat pin
- chainrings to cranks
- BB bearings to their seatings
- BB cups to frame
- pedals into cranks
- cleat to shoe
- cleat to pedal
- saddle to seat pin
- saddle rails to saddle hull
- gear hanger to frame

however there are some more obscure/worrying things that can cause creaks, e.g.
- bottle bosses in the frame
- something in the rear hub
- spokes in the hub flange
- spokes in the rim
- rim eyelets
- bonded joints in a carbon fork
- cracks in carbon or aluminium parts

If it takes you long enough to find the creak, it might well be cheaper/easier to buy a new bike!

cheers

Re: Carry ID

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 November 2015 - 9:08pm
As I said, my card has my name, address, home phone number, blood group, NI number, NOK name, and mobile number.
Home made, typed and laminated.

Re: Touring luxuries

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 November 2015 - 8:53pm
MONEY!!!!

Re: Carry ID

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 November 2015 - 8:46pm
Mick F wrote:Just a card with info on it is fine I reckon. If you pop your clogs, the powers that be will go through your pockets in the hope of identifying you, and it wouldn't take The Artful Dodger to find my card.
They do indeed

Paramedics, Police (if first at scene), & occasionally ED staff will perform wallet/purse/pocket/handbag surgery to try & find any ID
Photo ID is best, if you just carry a card, as for various reasons, you (the unknown) might be carrying a relatives bank cards

The British Cycling membership card has space for a photograph, can't answer for CTC

I won't bother carrying my old English Athletics (or Fell Runners Association) card, as there's no address/photo space

Re: Touring luxuries

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 November 2015 - 7:28pm
My slippers, I know it sounds silly but as a credit card tourer it's a piece of home in the hotel or B and B.
Last thing in the pannier and the first out.

Re: Carry ID

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 November 2015 - 6:12pm
Great idea, I always carry my bank card, but like the idea it quick and easy to find and will use this for my rides as well in future

Richard A Thackeray wrote:We had this discussion a while ago at work (local Hospital)

An ED Nurse, a couple of Paramedics & myself

The opinions were

1. the USB/memory-stick types aren't viable, as many Ambulance Services & NHS Trusts are loathe to upload unknown/unverified date (even with the security they have anyway)

2. The bracelets can be overlooked, particularly the rubberised/nylon one, as it can be dismissed as a charity band


My suggestion gained approval (& it's what I already use anyway) these; http://www.armydogtags.co.uk/classic-military-2

They're properly stamped, not engraved (as per pet-tags)
Mine have my
Name
3 x phone numbers (wife, home, parents)
NHS Number (different to a Hospital number, & country wide)
'Organ Donor' (ie; keep me 'alive', until I'm 'harvested')
NKA (No Known Allergies)

Cost?, £6.99




I also have one of the SOS Talisman necklaces, but that may be awkward to open If someone had slippery (my blood?, which will mar the information) hands (Dog-tags will wipe)





TrevA wrote:I can an old British Cycling membership card. They send you a new one every year. It has your Name and address on it. I once lost mine and someoine found it, who rang British Cycling who then contacted me. I explained that it was last year's so I didn't need it back, but it got sent back to me anyway.



There's also an old one (or copied) in my jersey pockets, if only to assuage anyone who may need information in the event of a RTC

Re: What should I do if a car keep on driving up my ***

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 November 2015 - 5:49pm
I'm normally quite happy to have drivers 'sat on my tail' as this normally means that they are travelling at the same speed as me, and have seen me. Also, protecting me from other traffic! not bothered about any abuse or horn use, just smile and wave

Re: Drugged drivers

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 November 2015 - 5:45pm
What about when you cycle?
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