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Re: Taking Cycling Too Seriously

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 June 2015 - 8:38pm
We used Virgin Trains to take our bikes to Carlisle from Kings Cross and remember hubby being very stressed over the odd contraption they used to hang the bikes almost upside down. He sat and muttered the whole journey! Bikes were fine but it was a bit of an odd affair - a fair few years ago so maybe they've rethought things.

I have to admit being a bit suspicious if those who value lumps of metal over people. Jeremy Clarkson and his ilk get lambasted about their worship of cars, but over excessive love of a bicycle isn't much better. Ok, if you've saved up to get a nice bike you want to take care of it but to put avoiding a small scratch in front of people is IMHO faintly ridiculous.

Jan

Re: Taking Cycling Too Seriously

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 June 2015 - 8:23pm
foxyrider wrote:You just don't like the name do you, i bet you'd be singing the praises of a Warrington stand
Cuz I'm all over Warrington bike lanes like a tramp on chips...

Re: Not even an 'are' you OK!

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 June 2015 - 6:25pm
[XAP]Bob wrote:Jughead wrote:Hit by a car again. Lots of people there to help me off the road making sure I was fine. Driver came over to say he has 2 witnesses that will testify that didn't hit me. Someone took his reg plate but you know something, no point, the police dont protect citizens who cycle.
Yes it *IS* worth reporting.

Particularly if you have other witnesses...
Actually not. Last time I got hit the police didn't even want to see my video. I was told to seek compensation through insurance. I was told they did not think it was deliberate so no criminal offense

Re: Extra stuff inside bike bag with Easyjet

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 June 2015 - 6:20pm
I always pad my bike bag/box out. I leave tent and sleeping bag in there plus tools and cooking gear. I've never had it checked or asked about. E/jet included. I've never known an airline ask to look inside a sealed bag/box. Most of the time they do not even weigh it. Though Ryanair always does. Some just ask. How much does it weigh? Once past check-in security don't seem to be interested as long as there is nothing dodgy in there. The only problem I have ever had is at Porto when the bag would not go in flat through the machine. They said I would have to undo it so they could look inside. Evidently they tried putting it through at an angle and it worked.

Re: Armistead Down And Out................

CTC Forum - Racing - 20 June 2015 - 5:53pm
OTOH they didn't just jump out and risk avoidance is a two-way street.

Six of one etc

Re: Canal du Midi?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 June 2015 - 5:41pm
May be something of use in the comments here:

http://cycleseven.org/cycling-canal-du-midi

Re: Follow up to accident with London bus 7 months ago

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 June 2015 - 5:40pm
I used Slater and Gordon a few years ago when someone opened a car door on me.

It took a 14 months for the money to come through, and my case was a lot more straightforward than yours sounds although it did involve a denial of all liability at first.

'No win no fee' firms only take on cases where 'victory' is almost guaranteed as they get nothing for all their work if they don't win.

Just follow all the solicitor's instructions and your money will arrive later rather than sooner.

Re: Armistead Down And Out................

CTC Forum - Racing - 20 June 2015 - 5:19pm
Paulatic wrote:Don't think the sun was a problem. Her line was avoiding people until I thought it was a cross wind which blew her over?
Maybe it was a crosswind but reading some criticism of her on other forums basically saying don't take both hands off your bars if you can't control your bike are extremely unfair. No bods in the way = no crash whether she was blown off course or just lost a little control.
Whomever risk assessed that finish & decreed that positioning the paps where they were wants shooting second in line to the race director, who was a complete idiot.

Re: Armistead Down And Out................

CTC Forum - Racing - 20 June 2015 - 4:35pm
Don't think the sun was a problem. Her line was avoiding people until I thought it was a cross wind which blew her over?

Re: Another shocking case of road rage: bus driver.

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 June 2015 - 4:20pm
NATURAL ANKLING wrote:After that who would employ them at all.

Some would:

Dennis Putz, 51, was over the legal drink-drive limit when he hit City public relations director Catriona Patel as he accelerated away from traffic lights outside Oval tube station in south London in June last year.

Putz has a series of criminal convictions for offences including drink-driving and has been caught 20 times driving an HGV while disqualified. He said the night before the accident he had drunk almost a gallon of Guinness.


http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2010/nov/ ... t-hangover

Barry Meyer, aged 53 and of Aubrey Road, E17, pleaded guilty in April to causing the death of cyclist Alan Neve in July 2013 by careless driving and driving while uninsured and unlicensed.

Last month, Blackfriars Crown Court heard that Meyer, who had been banned from driving five times and had two previous convictions for drunk driving, had jumped a red light as he tried to keep up with a colleague driving another truck in front of him.


http://road.cc/content/news/151692-tipp ... half-years

Re: Armistead Down And Out................

CTC Forum - Racing - 20 June 2015 - 4:07pm
It also looked to me like the riders were finshing into the sun, which would have made it very difficult for them to see the idiots in the road. In horseracing, special precautions are taken to avoid tricky situations where the sun is in jockeys' and horses' eyes- they'd never allow hazards and the drastic narrowing of a course at such a point.

Re: Armistead Down And Out................

CTC Forum - Racing - 20 June 2015 - 4:03pm
When I saw the footage of that, I thought that none of the people on the race side of the barrier should have been allowed there.

IMHO, the one who was getting on for half way across the road should have been publicly horsewhipped.

If they wanted photographers to be able to get head-on shots, or a judge to get a head-on view, the barrier ought to have been slightly curved there for that purpose, which would have given the riders more warning, the photographers protection, and would have limited how far out they would get, and stopped the morons just going further and further across the road to get round each other. Between them they must have taken up nearly half the road width- with a group sprint finish where bikes could easily have been more than four abreast. It was idiotic.

I photograph other types of racing, and not cycling; in the amateur sector, unlike the pro where there are always barriers, if there aren't barriers, some damned fools will always creep further and further out to try to see round each other - and even if there are ropes, they push them forward or, in extreme cases, cross them. Just two or three people doing that ruins the view for many more others, as well as being potentially lethal to competitors. I have noticed that the people who go as far as to cross them are usually people who are involved with those in the race- who of all people should never be excused such stupid and dangerous behavior, but they seem to think the rules don't apply to them (in the case of the racing I do, those rules do apply to everyone).

In my kind of racing, where difficult shots are needed remote cameras are used - safer for everyone.

Re: Another shocking case of road rage: bus driver.

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 June 2015 - 3:12pm
Ironically she attacked someone, while being filmed, because she wanted them to delete footage of the bus she was driving running a red light. No doubt the former will go viral while the latter would go unnoticed.

Re: Another shocking case of road rage: bus driver.

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 June 2015 - 2:00pm
Hi,
Valbrona wrote:Someone who does something like that usually has some kind of 'past form' making her unsuitable for such a responsible position of employment in the first place.
+1
Yes so they will never work in that environment again..........we hope...............

After that who would employ them at all.

Re: Travelling to Sylt

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 June 2015 - 1:51pm
Cycling Cat wrote:Please would anyone like to explain the attraction of Sylt?

There are much more attractive islands connected by ferries who are willing to take bikes.

My memories of Sylt include grumpy hostel staff, having to hitch hike and being able to swim in my birthday costume and no one batting an eye.

Have a good tour! Lucky people!
i'm actually doing about 10 islands up the Friesian coast. The attraction to Sylt for me is some archaeology i want to visit and also to visit the northernmost point of Germany!

Re: Taking Cycling Too Seriously

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 June 2015 - 1:44pm
kwackers wrote:661-Pete wrote:Well, this has got to be a 'first' - the first time I've seen anyone on a forum dissing the beloved sheffield stand! Compared to some of the **** we're expected to lock our bikes to (wheel-bending 'butterflies' and suchlike) they're a godsend. At least, my battered old steel-framed faithful doesn't complain. Bring 'em on!
I've dissed them in the past. I think they're crap, fine for chaining an old nail to that you don't mind falling over and getting scratched.
There are better designs, just need something that holds the bike so it won't fall over without having to resort to bizarre lock combinations and techniques.
You just don't like the name do you, i bet you'd be singing the praises of a Warrington stand

Re: Another shocking case of road rage: bus driver.

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 June 2015 - 1:26pm
Someone who does something like that usually has some kind of 'past form' making her unsuitable for such a responsible position of employment in the first place.

Re: Not even an 'are' you OK!

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 June 2015 - 1:07pm
Unless you are injured you have no right to request police attendance at the scene. But of course they only have your word to go on. If the Police turn up it means they can take down details of independent witnesses, and it means they might breathalize the driver.

Re: Touring in Norway

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 June 2015 - 12:05pm
I managed to cycle north out of Oslo to Hoenefoss using private roads through the forest. You don't have to pay on a bike. It wasn't too rough but very difficult to navigate. If you have detailed maps on your phone and GPS it shouldn't be too bad. It wasn't the most scenic route mind you.

Re: Follow up to accident with London bus 7 months ago

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 June 2015 - 11:28am
thirdcrank wrote:I think it's important to identify your objectives and then consider how best to achieve them....
I can't comment on court procedures, but I would agree with thirdcrank. Several years ago I has to take somebody to court over a rather large sum of money (neither cycling, nor transport related). Procedures, lawyers, etc. took a couple of years and during that time I did find myself getting angry with the other party (they were always 100% wrong so there was never any real doubt about the outcome). But as you get angry and frustrated, so you can begin to focus more on punishing the other party rather than achieving the best outcome for yourself - and they are often not the same thing.

As thirdcrank says, identify your objectives and pursue them.

In my case it was £10k (so County Court in those days, not Small Claims) and whilst we never actually got to court, we did end-up sitting in front of a judge in their chambers and I managed to keep silent most of the time despite wanting to contest the rubbish the other party was spouting - and it turns out it was the best thing to have done (in my case, in my circumstances).

Ian
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