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Re: One year ban for aggressive use of car

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 July 2014 - 4:55pm
I saw a driver overtake a horse and rider far too close and too fast on my commute home the other day. The horse was clearly unnerved, and was skittish, but the rider managed to get it under control. Don't usually see horses on the roads where I live, but I hope most people would have more sense than to blow past a horse at speed. A fast, close overtake on a bike is no fun, but at least my bike doesn't get spooked (the rider is another matter).

Re: Dealing with mosquitos

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 July 2014 - 4:53pm
I've heard that taking Garlic Capsules for a couple of weeks before a trip helps - anyone tried it?

Also, heard that these help

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Zap-It-Insect-R ... ite+zapper

I haven't tried it but for a couple of pound worth a go, and the reviews are good.

I bought a device in a french supermarket about the size of a large pen which sucks the sting/infection out of bite. It creates a small vacuum on the skin and sucks anything out of a hole in the skin. Only cost a few pounds and I haven't seen them since but I have used it a few times when a bite becomes infected - very good if you can find them

Anyone know what the strongest deet available in the uk is?

Re: Shipping the bike by plane

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 July 2014 - 4:49pm
There have been a few threads about these and related issues previously.

This one about Norwegian airlines... viewtopic.php?f=16&t=53378

The CTC website has this information about transporting by plane...
http://www.ctc.org.uk/cyclists-library/ ... /bikes-air

I've taken my bike in a CTC polythene bag (which you may not be able to do; see the thread about Norwegian linked above). I removed the pedals, unscrewed the hanger for the rear derraileur & cable tied it to the frame, loosened & turned the handlebars (hooked one drop around the top tube, with the front wheel still straight), put some bubble wrap round the shifters, then wheeled it into the bag & taped it up. I got tape at Wickes that was for greenhouses and polythene, and it worked really well. The polythene bag is small enough to carry in a pannier, if necessary, as well.

Another option is to use cardboard boxes from bike shops. You can use one that they have received a new bike in. Or you can scavenge some boxes from skips and build your own box around your bike. This should satisfy the requirement for a hard case or box. Then you can stick it in recycling when you get to your destination, and not have anything to carry. If you need another, you can get one at a local bike shop wherever you are.

There is also some advice on the 'to good to lose' thread about bikes on planes... viewtopic.php?f=16&t=67410

Shipping the bike by plane

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 July 2014 - 4:30pm
Hi all,

I'm gonna go to Norway and I'm gonna ship my bike by plane. I'm not experienced at all, so I'm searching for some suggestions. Since I'm travelling by bus, by train and by plane because the airport is not close where I live I would prefer to not carry the bike through a box but I'd prefer using a bag like the CTC one. My concern is about mudguard protection. The flight company writes in its website about bike shipping:
Limited capacity per flight.

We recommend for all bikes to be packed in protective packaging suitable for the transport of bicycles. Flights departing from London-Gatwick (LGW) and Bangkok (BKK) require that all bicycles are packed in a hard case/box, a bag is not acceptable. Bicycles that are not packaged in a hard case will be rejected. Norwegian does not have hard cases/boxes available for purchase at the airport.

For bikes not packed in a hardshell bike suitcase, the handles must be turned around, pedals must be taken off, other additional parts must be removed or covered and the tyres must be deflated.

NOTE: You must book your bike at least 25 hours before departure. We recommend for you to book your ticket and bike at the same time to ensure available space.


I don't flight through London or Bangkok, so it seems possibile to keep the tyres connected with the bike. Unfortunately I cannot disassemble the mudguards because they're mounted through cable ties. What do you think? Any suggestion is appreciated.

Re: I shot this about 12 years ago near Lough Ness..

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 July 2014 - 3:26pm
Scotland was named "Alba" by the Romans.

The land of the white people.
They painted themselves blue in honour of a god called Lugh, who had a spear that never missed its aim. Lugh is also responsible for the 'Vitrified forts'.

Re: I shot this about 12 years ago near Lough Ness..

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 July 2014 - 3:20pm
Its German for 'Hole'.

It came with the Jutes from northern Germany and Jutland ( Denmark ).

Re: I shot this about 12 years ago near Lough Ness..

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 July 2014 - 3:17pm
Loughborough is pronounced “Luff-burra”, not “Loch-borrock”.

Some call it “Looga-baroooogah”.

Re: Tesco delivery van driver

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 July 2014 - 2:33pm
I've even experienced good 4x4 drivers before now
Now we are getting into the realms of fantasy

Re: Air or sprung suspension?

CTC Forum - MTB - 8 July 2014 - 1:37pm
graymee wrote:Air forks and rear suspension units seem to be the way ahead... what else?
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Re: I shot this about 12 years ago near Lough Ness..

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 July 2014 - 1:35pm
I think Loch Aillse is generally taken to mean the winged loch. The sound ao in Gaelic is a diphthong with no real equivalent in English but is a bit like the vowel sound in Coeur (French for 'heart'?). Except in words of more than one syllable when it then reverts to an 'a' sound as in Aonach Mor (ah-nuch).

Re: Tesco delivery van driver

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 July 2014 - 1:09pm
bigjim wrote:I find HGV drivers pretty good, except on this day
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtF4CtuZLoM&feature=youtu.be

There's always one(at least),but generally HGV drivers tend to be good around cyclists.I've even experienced good 4x4 drivers before now

Re: Rock'n'hill in Croatia

CTC Forum - MTB - 8 July 2014 - 11:12am
Nice, but a little bit scary for my taste.

Re: Air or sprung suspension?

CTC Forum - MTB - 8 July 2014 - 11:09am
graymee wrote:Air forks and rear suspension units seem to be the way ahead but what are the advantages? If you had forks and rear sus units with the correct spring rating would they perform as well as air units? Ok, you can adjust the air spring rating to adjust for changes in the weight of you and/or your kit but what are the advantages/disadvantages?

I imaging springs are heavier but air will be costlier, what else?

But can you find good quality XC coil spring forks and rear shocks any more?

Re: France: La Manche to Le Med -advice?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 July 2014 - 11:02am
Places to see. Try Rocamadour at it's best either early in the morning or in the evening when the crowds have gone. We looked around the churches set into the hill at about 7 pm in late June and pretty much had the place to our selves. Also looked even better than in the mid day with the colours of the setting sun.
If you want somewhere cheap and clean to stay on route take a look at the formule 1 hotel chain. About £20 per person inc buffet breakfast and you can put your bikes in your room.

Regarding riding in the heat of the day. Make the most of it, before you know it you will riding in the cold damp British winter again.

Re: Dealing with mosquitos

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 July 2014 - 9:59am
Bitten by something on Sunday. I had a little pain on my elbow on Sunday night, didn't even realise I'd been bitten, thought nothing of it.
Woke up yesterday morning, very swolen arm around the joint, really red and hot to touch. Now on anti biotics for a week, and told to rest it, so not to spread the infection. I'm going on a 4 day tour on my bike next Monday, hopefully all will be well again by then. Reminded me to put my head net and spray in my panniers and to pray for a little bit of wind.

Neil

Re: Tesco delivery van driver

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 July 2014 - 9:58am
I find HGV drivers pretty good, except on this day
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtF4CtuZLoM&feature=youtu.be

Re: I shot this about 12 years ago near Lough Ness..

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 July 2014 - 9:46am
Thanks for this. As a self confessed word-nerd I always enjoy "useless" information. And I agree about and.

Re: Tesco delivery van driver

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 July 2014 - 9:36am
It has to be said,the vast majority of drivers give space and treat me well when I'm cycling,unfortunately it's the small but significant minority that cause the stress and upset.
I come across some extremely thoughtful and courteous drivers,particularly drivers of HGV's

Re: BT Openreach cyclists stay back

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 July 2014 - 9:22am
It's just common sense - although sometimes the skill/confidence of the driver comes into play as well.

I have been driving along a single track lane towing a horsebox, and come face to face with a driver who looked terrified at the prospect of reversing. I just reversed the hundred yards or so to the previous passing place, because I'm fairly happy to reverse even with a trailer.

Re: One year ban for aggressive use of car

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 July 2014 - 9:20am
There's seems to be a bit of inverted snobbery on this thread .The perpetrator got her comeuppance and rightly so IMO,the damage that could have been caused by her should the horse have reacted negatively to her dangerous driving,could have been catastrophic to horse,rider,pedestrian and unborn child.
I agree with Flinders,horseriders,pedestrians and cyclists need to work together against bad and dangerous driving.
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