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Re: Cycle - You must be banned or poor

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 May 2014 - 3:27pm
pete75 wrote:TonyR wrote:pete75 wrote:Define poor - if Bill Gates is rich then I'm poor. If someone on a school teacher's salary is poor then I'm rich.

Everyone in the UK is within the top 5% of incomes globally.

There are people in the UK with no income whatsoever so that statement is demonstrably false.
I could say that for 354 days a year I have no income (I do, I just only receive it on 12 days of the year).
The UK is set up to ensure that noone here has *no* income (including 'income' from their assets) - Even people living on the streets of the UK get more than that from soup kitchens and other people*.

Almost half the world — over three billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day. (Jan 2013) £1.50
At least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day. (Jan 2013) £6

According to http://www.globalrichlist.com/ you are looking at about £13k to be in the top 5% of the world by income.

* I tend not to give cash, but a few weeks ago had most of a loaf of bread, some cold meat and salad left after a quick picnic with the kids. The guy we gave them to was very grateful - but that's instantly put his income for the day above 50% of the world...

Re: Cycle - You must be banned or poor

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 May 2014 - 2:26pm
TonyR wrote:pete75 wrote:Define poor - if Bill Gates is rich then I'm poor. If someone on a school teacher's salary is poor then I'm rich.

Everyone in the UK is within the top 5% of incomes globally.

There are people in the UK with no income whatsoever so that statement is demonstrably false.

Re: Is there training for bike race drivers ??

CTC Forum - Racing - 15 May 2014 - 2:11pm
I think posts do ramble off topic sometimes, but that's the beauty of the internet

Captured the smallest vehicle with 'stay back cyclist'?

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 May 2014 - 2:07pm


or has someone got one on a motorbike?

Re: Dried ready meals …

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 May 2014 - 2:04pm
Am currently quite interested in travel-food, although mainly from the point-of-view of walking. Have recently experimented with dried falafel mix. Assuming you a) know what a falafel is and b) like them, try a packet of the dried mix. All you need is water to mix the powder into a paste, and then shallow fry and either eat as part of an evening meal or else pop into a pitta pocket as part of next day's lunch.
You are supposed to leave 2 hours between mixing and cooking, but the paste has been stiff enough to fry after 40 minutes or so when I've tried it. Usually falafels are deep-fried but I've shallow-fried flattened patties with success.
Another product that has been successfully trialed by this correspondant is the Ill-Favoured Smash. It makes "mashed potato" very quickly and provided you load it with flavours - salt, pepper, cheese, mustard, milk/cream, horseradish, butter being just some examples, it doesn't taste bad at all. I've added flour and eggs and fried the result, and they make great potato cakes, which again do for part of supper or tomorrow's lunch.
Both are powdered and transfer into plastic bags very readily.
Another product I've been eyeing up are Kabuto pot noodles, which seem to get good press - I quote, "Fast forward a few years, Crispin Busk of Kabuto Noodles has just introduced a range of posh Pot Noodles which is nothing like the Pot Noodles that we had to endure at school. He was inspired by the steaming bowls of noodles that are staples in the East and noodles bars in London. This range was developed with no additives or preservatives, freeze-dried herbs and spices for extrafreshness, and good quality egg noodles wtih low levels of fat.
These noodles are really quick to prepare, ready in 4 minutes and comes in 4 flavours : Chicken Ramen, Beef Pho and Miso Ramen."
I haven't tried them... like most of these noodle-based dishes, though, I think they're a bit light on substance, which might not make them ideal for someone covering a lot of miles.

Re: Trains in Belgium and Netherlands

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 May 2014 - 2:00pm
When I was looking at trains from Amsterdam to Hamburg the website said 10euro for the bike ticket. When phoning the UK number to book they said £10 which is obviously a bit more.

For Belgium I used the train with my bike yesterday from Marbehan to Luxemburg. The ticket for me as a "youth" was 9e40 and the bike ticket was 5e which covered the whole journey the train was a pain to get on with three steep steps up, I only managed because another customer helped push the bike up. As others have said it varies though and there are many different types of trains with different facilities!

Good luck!

Re: Is there training for bike race drivers ??

CTC Forum - Racing - 15 May 2014 - 1:56pm
TonyR wrote:So who changed the thread title and why? My OP now doesn't make sense as a result.
What was the title?

Re: First EVER Tour! (and I'm going RTW)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 May 2014 - 1:45pm
It's a great idea, you're young enough (as in no job and no dependants) to just do it. So jump on and start cranking out the miles.

Re: First EVER Tour! (and I'm going RTW)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 May 2014 - 1:43pm
Jamesjohnson wrote:My name is James Johnson and I am not a cyclist.
Go for it. There are plenty of non-cyclists that have already done this, many of whom survived. Keep a diary and write a book about it when you get back and you might even cover the costs.

Plenty of similar books out there already though. The names Thomas Stevens and Dervla Murphy come to mind.

Re: 11 degree or 11%?

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 May 2014 - 1:41pm
horizon wrote:How about:

The driver wrestled with the wheel before it turned onto its side, throwing the occupants around, and all the windows apparently blew out, witnesses said. Seven more passengers were seriously injured

As it did so it turned on its side and all the windows blew out and it lost all the glass. The passengers from the other side of the coach were deeply shocked by it all.’

And witness Tracy Chudleigh told BBC Spotlight: 'From what the passengers were saying, the coach actually ended up almost turning over, but the driver managed to get it back on all its wheels.

'If it had tipped over it would have come down the hill on its side, which would have probably resulted in a lot more loss of life.'


LOL - Just need a touch more Michael Bay to make it the perfect media story!

Re: Cycle - You must be banned or poor

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 May 2014 - 1:32pm
TonyR wrote:pete75 wrote:Define poor - if Bill Gates is rich then I'm poor. If someone on a school teacher's salary is poor then I'm rich.

Everyone in the UK is within the top 5% of incomes globally.

This is only useful if prices and conditions are the same globally. I would rather be poor somewhere warm and cheap than say, Aberdeen in winter.

Re: First EVER Tour! (and I'm going RTW)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 May 2014 - 1:27pm
beardy wrote:
I know there are plenty of cheap countries and ways to avoid expense but my bike costs me 5p per mile on all the consumables, brakes, tyres, chains etc not including the initial price of the bike.
So at 50 miles a day that would be half the budget blown!.

That's definitely true. My on the road budget is £5 a day. If you factor in everything, including flights, visas and equippment plus the fact that I had to buy a bike, my budget is probably £12-£15 a day.

Re: Cycle - You must be banned or poor

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 May 2014 - 1:20pm
pete75 wrote:Define poor - if Bill Gates is rich then I'm poor. If someone on a school teacher's salary is poor then I'm rich.

Everyone in the UK is within the top 5% of incomes globally.

Re: Is there training for bike race drivers ??

CTC Forum - Racing - 15 May 2014 - 1:18pm
So who changed the thread title and why? My OP now doesn't make sense as a result.

Re: Left over route signs

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 May 2014 - 1:08pm
mjr wrote:It's not complicated, but it's an unnecessary expense for the profit-making events. Unless councils start getting serious and ASBOing them like they did a couple of flyposters, or charging them for cleanup, then what profit's in it for them?
Ah, that may be the issue. When I was involved races and other events were organised by clubs. There were no commercial organisations or charities cashing in then.

Re: Is there training for bike race drivers ??

CTC Forum - Racing - 15 May 2014 - 1:05pm
Isn't that the lead car (it's before the race started). If so they should of been behind it.

Re: Is there training for bike race drivers ??

CTC Forum - Racing - 15 May 2014 - 1:03pm
I have driven vehicles in many road races and other cycling events. In the 90's I was a BCF commissaire, and as I recall we didn't have any special training. We were all experienced cyclists and therefore I believe we knew what we were doing. I think in professional races most of the team cars are driven by ex-pros, but perhaps some of the press vehicles and the like are not.

Re: Left over route signs

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 May 2014 - 1:03pm
It's not complicated, but it's an unnecessary expense for the profit-making events. Unless councils start getting serious and ASBOing them like they did a couple of flyposters, or charging them for cleanup, then what profit's in it for them?

Re: To Europe and back with bike on a budget

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 May 2014 - 12:59pm
From Edinburgh, BA works out cheap for S.France as they throw in the Edinburgh-London leg for free, and the bike is free of course. With avios, it's £35 + 9000 avios, all in, return. Even paying cash (via Avios it's £180ish, less via the BA site for many flights probably), I'd be surprised if the bike express coach bus is cheaper, though it offers a different experience of course.
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