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Re: Touring luxuries

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 November 2015 - 7:19pm
hi Sweep

I bought it from Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sawyer-Products ... ter+filter

There is an extensive review of it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1CKzht ... qyqderycnx

hope this helps

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 November 2015 - 6:47pm
pulling over and letting the scary driver go past would seem sensible, safe even, doesnt always work out that way
shame theres a minority of ^^unprintable^^s out there
http://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/news ... -1-7082525

theres a whole thread obout this on here somewhere.

Re: Is this a record?

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 November 2015 - 6:08pm
do remember that by clicking on these links you are quite literally giving them money ie paying people to put out more cycle-hating propaganda. The term is "click-bait", and if you click, you've been hooked

Re: Truck Driver gets a year inside

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 November 2015 - 5:55pm
Tangled Metal wrote:It said in the article that a cyclist has nowhere to go when confronted by a motorist. Personally I'd hop on my bike and go in the opposite direction to the direction the car is and pedal fast. Of course hard if pushed over causing a broken leg, if elderly, etc. But most cyclists are better off avoiding confrontation by riding off. Although I doubt this victim had the chance. Not condoning the truck driver's actions or criticising the victim on the bike. I'm just criticising a little bit from the judge and article.

I once got told how to defend yourself from attack by a 7th Dan ju-jitsu instructor. Expecting some fancy block and strike I got told just don't be there. Trouble has to find you. He elaborated by saying whatever you do take the first opportunity to run away. That was just before he told us about some effective close quarters techniques everyone should know especially vulnerable people.

I understand what you are saying but this is an article in a newspaper. It isn't the whole story to give context, it's the edited version

Re: Is this a record?

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 November 2015 - 5:03pm
just seen this, tell us more, can't get to buy a copy!

Re: Truck Driver gets a year inside

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 November 2015 - 5:01pm
Yup, good on the judge, just need a few more like him

Re: Is today “Peak Idiot”?

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 November 2015 - 4:57pm
grani wrote:Tom Richardson wrote:Phil Fouracre wrote: There will always be a risk, whatever you do, try and assess and mitigate as much as possible at all times, whatever your mode of transport. -(


Unfortunately most people (about 60% according to a survey I saw recently) feel that the best way to mitigate the risk is to use a car instead of cycling.

Especially since it is apparently their own fault if they are abused or threatened while cycling.

All very depressing, really don't know how you change things. No amount of cycling 'initiatives', govt schemes etc will really change the fact that most people will never cycle, for reasons of safety, laziness, whatever.Thinking about cyclists being an 'out group', had an interesting experience today; pleasant enough ride on local main road, average traffic, sensible overtakes, what could possibly go wrong? Car overtook, a bit close, followed by another, even closer(is it a competition?) then one, seriously close. Gave him an 'energetic' (single finger) wave, interestingly, driver, three cars back reciprocated, in my direction. Did he feel the need to stick up for his potentially offended comrade? Was he showing solidarity against a threatening cyclist? I'll never know, or, for that matter, care

Is this a record?

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 November 2015 - 4:54pm
The Daily Wail is running 3 anti-cycling pieces today! The ignorance of the Highway Code shown by many does not surprise me, but some of the comments scare me both as a cyclist and motorist!

Re: Tour for the spring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 November 2015 - 4:45pm
Thanks for the responses so far. As far as temperature goes, if we start in mid April it will be late May at least before we get high in the Alps. While it can still be cold at night ( and sometimes during the day!) we can easily cope with that. (we have years of experience camping, ski touring, and mountaineering).
Costs-wise we expect Switzerland to be expensive, as long as it is not prohibitively so - we have stopped going skiing there because in big name places prices have got stupid, but it should not be so bad in valleys, and campsites.
Any more info on what it actually like cycling that route through Switzerland would be appreciated. Also the Rhine route - which side is best? There is a choice between France and Germany for a couple of hundred kms.

Re: Truck Driver gets a year inside

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 November 2015 - 4:16pm
If I could give that judge a big, wet, sloppy kiss, I would

Re: Tour for the spring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 November 2015 - 4:15pm
iviehoff wrote: So I think you'll find it a notch more expensive than just 10% for supermarket food, camping and transport than Germany. And if you go into a restaurant, it will be quite astonishingly expensive.

I was basing my numbers on a trip i made to Switzerland in early October, haven't seen any big changes in exchange rates when i've looked but thats always the big if - one wrong word and the pound drops like a brick!

Re: Pyrenees

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 November 2015 - 4:02pm
I rode it in very early June - early spring in the mountains. There was a lot of snow melt and the sound of running water everywhere. At the tops of most climbs I had to put on tights and jacket for the descent because the tops were often in cloud. Thin gloves are recommended for the descents as well. Temperatures were high teens to low 20s but the descents were cold, and I had a slight SW tail wind. There are two Raid Pyreneen routes. They are the same distance (780 km I seem to recall) but the Sportif version has 18 cols versus 28 for the tourist version and 100 hours versus 10 days. It is now 20 years since I rode the whole thing but I've done bits since.

Re: Truck Driver gets a year inside

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 November 2015 - 2:51pm
These are the sentencing guidelines. From the judge's comments, it sounds like he was not prosecuted for GBH with intent, but for inflicting GBH, a lesser offence. The relevant guideline starts on p7 of this.
http://www.sentencingcouncil.org.uk/wp- ... _Court.pdf
Whilst the maximum sentence for this offence is 4 years, judges have to follow the sentencing guidelines. Probably the offence was determined to be in category 2 - greater harm (broken leg) and lower culpability (one push). The starting point for that is 18 months, and there would be an automatic discount for the guilty plea, sounds like it was an early guilty plea too. Also isolated incident would be a relevant mitigation. So probably the judge is right that a year is about the max he can give.

Of course the same actions can lead to different outcomes in terms of injuries received etc due to random factors outside the offender's control. If we sentenced people in relation to what they did rather than the outcome, sentences would be very different. But we sentence people in this country taking large account of the outcome of actions. Logically this may be irrational, from a theoretical perspective. But it would be politically very difficult to do anything else ("but he killed him...."/"but no one was hurt...").

Re: Truck Driver gets a year inside

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 November 2015 - 2:38pm
Tangled Metal wrote:
I once got told how to defend yourself from attack by a 7th Dan ju-jitsu instructor. Expecting some fancy block and strike I got told just don't be there. Trouble has to find you. He elaborated by saying whatever you do take the first opportunity to run away. That was just before he told us about some effective close quarters techniques everyone should know especially vulnerable people.

We were taught something much the same in self-defence classes for women students in the 80s. Best option [i]if it is possible[/i] is always 'run away'.
Then some 'effective options' if that isn't possible. The group's general squeamishness when the effective options were pointed out was, the instructor suggested, what might get us killed. Run, fight, or submit (in that order I suppose, well that would be my order) but whichever you do, you have to do it 100% or you're in serious trouble.

Re: Tour for the spring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 November 2015 - 2:34pm
I think you could be surprised how cold it is. I've been surprised how cold it is in April in the Mediterranean - and quite far south like Sardinia and southern Greece - let alone north of the Alps. Up in the Alps, like Andermatt, it still snows quite a lot in April - climate chart here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andermatt

The Swiss Franc was managed to a close band against the Euro until recently. But they stopped that and it appreciated by about a quarter in a few days. So Switzerland will be about 25% more expensive than it was before that happened... It is now the most expensive country (putting aside small tax havens) in Europe, because the weakness of oil has hit the Norwegian krona somewhat. So I think you'll find it a notch more expensive than just 10% for supermarket food, camping and transport than Germany. And if you go into a restaurant, it will be quite astonishingly expensive.

Re: Is today “Peak Idiot”?

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 November 2015 - 2:31pm
Tom Richardson wrote:Phil Fouracre wrote: There will always be a risk, whatever you do, try and assess and mitigate as much as possible at all times, whatever your mode of transport. -(


Unfortunately most people (about 60% according to a survey I saw recently) feel that the best way to mitigate the risk is to use a car instead of cycling.



Especially since it is apparently their own fault if they are abused or threatened while cycling.

Re: Is today “Peak Idiot”?

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 November 2015 - 2:25pm
Phil Fouracre wrote: There will always be a risk, whatever you do, try and assess and mitigate as much as possible at all times, whatever your mode of transport. -(


Unfortunately most people (about 60% according to a survey I saw recently) feel that the best way to mitigate the risk is to use a car instead of cycling.

Re: Truck Driver gets a year inside

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 November 2015 - 2:10pm
It said in the article that a cyclist has nowhere to go when confronted by a motorist. Personally I'd hop on my bike and go in the opposite direction to the direction the car is and pedal fast. Of course hard if pushed over causing a broken leg, if elderly, etc. But most cyclists are better off avoiding confrontation by riding off. Although I doubt this victim had the chance. Not condoning the truck driver's actions or criticising the victim on the bike. I'm just criticising a little bit from the judge and article.

I once got told how to defend yourself from attack by a 7th Dan ju-jitsu instructor. Expecting some fancy block and strike I got told just don't be there. Trouble has to find you. He elaborated by saying whatever you do take the first opportunity to run away. That was just before he told us about some effective close quarters techniques everyone should know especially vulnerable people.

Re: Is today “Peak Idiot”?

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 November 2015 - 2:08pm
Agree with a lot of points made here. There will always be a risk, whatever you do, try and assess and mitigate as much as possible at all times, whatever your mode of transport. SMIDSY are a classic example, loads of cyclists complaining about this, yet I've had a couple recently driving my van, 2.5 m high, 2 wide and 6 long, so what the hell was the excuse?. More worryingly, if they didn't see me, they would definitely never notice a bike
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