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Re: Cable lock in hand baggage?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 March 2015 - 12:33am
A posh Alessi i corkscrew was taken from someone i know recently. Worth a fair bit.

But the corkscrew bit of it is totally recessed within the body, not exposed at all.

In fact it is so clever clever stylish italian design that after using it you sometimes have to struggle to retrieve the cork from its innards.

I appreciate the dilemma the authorities face but can't help but think that the SAS/mossad etc, and the islam extremist nutjobs that follow them, could fashion a deadly weapon from almost anything, and could buy it in the consumer heaven airport once they have passed through security.

Re: You'll Never Guess What Passed Me Today!

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 March 2015 - 12:01am
fluffybunnyuk wrote:your sure it wasnt a giant banana?
There was a banana in our Christmas TT.

Re: Police appeal - attack on cyclists in Islington

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 March 2015 - 11:08pm
AndyBSG wrote:
Really makes you wonder about society when someone can just walk out on a busy street and stab a complete stranger in the chest just to steal a bike.

Do we know that the victim was a complete stranger?

AndyBSG wrote:That whole area is rife with street crime of this sort, I personally had a mobile stolen by a cycle past thief just a week before.......
Were you stab as well? I presume so based on your last statement?

AndyBSG wrote: it was pretty apparent that street robberies of that sort are a daily occurrence
Really?

It is this sort of exageration that breads fear - not based on facts but what, fear I suppose.

I'm happy to be proved wrong of course and then we can all be properly prepared to be stabbed and mugged when we go cycling in such areas!

Re: You'll Never Guess What Passed Me Today!

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 March 2015 - 10:42pm
Chap passed me today coming back from Aldi and said hello as he went by.

Its got velomobile.nl on the side so I think it must have been the quest.

Re: Eastern European cyclist escorted off motorway

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 March 2015 - 10:17pm
There was that African national team that got chucked off the M54(?) when they were out for a training ride while competing in the UK at some or other Games.

Re: My first car incident

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 March 2015 - 10:11pm
mark a. wrote:It was a classic SMIDSY: car pulling out of a side road didn't stop.

That happens when they are playing Candy Crush on their mobile phone.

Re: New Peak District routes?

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 March 2015 - 10:09pm
I have found cycling facilities in the Peak District to be very much in the mould of those types of facilities you get when non-cycling/car driving types create them... 'Here's your special cycling trail. Only don't stray off it because it's a dangerous world out there for cyclists and we are not much interested in making the Peak District's roads any safer for cyclists. And most of all don't buy your ice creams and Kit-Kats from anywhere else other than those strategically placed retail outlets situated along our cycle trail'.

Re: Airline ticket / passport not matching

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 March 2015 - 9:37pm
On another note be careful in changing any details on your passport as it is an identity document these days. Thats the only reason I have mine, so many situations I have needed it as a photo id.

Re: Airline ticket / passport not matching

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 March 2015 - 9:08pm
My full name is Mark Paul Hewitt it's on my passport. I don't recall ever using my full name on any flights ever. It's never even crossed my mind.

Re: Airline ticket / passport not matching

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 March 2015 - 8:27pm
millikino wrote:I work as a travel agent so should be able to advise here!!

You do not need your middle name on the booking, as long as it is a middle name and not a double barred surname you will be fine.
I sell about put through about 20 tickets a week actively ask my clients not for the middle name since airline systems can only carry a certain amount of characters-so it is easier/safer to leave it as first name/surname.

Turkish airlines are very good and rated as one of the best scheduled carriers in Europe, so I would be very surprised if they even asked you about it at check in

Have a great trip,i'm planning a round the world trip so will be cycling through Kyrgyzstan in November so you'll have to let me know how it goes

+1 for this. In a 'past life' I was a travel consultant too. Great fun, but indoors is bad for me! Middle name scenario is cool so long as initials and surname is EXACT. Happy holidays...b

Re: Cyclists are treated as if they are staionary.

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 March 2015 - 8:11pm
Vorpal wrote:danhopgood wrote:I think part of the problem is motorists aren't always good at assessing the speed of cyclists and do it partly based on what they look like, rather than how fast they're actually going.

+1 Also, it often seems to me that drivers just assume that cyclists go 6 - 8 mph, independent of circumstances. And then there's the must. pass. cyclist I have sometimes been going at or near the speed limit, and still had drivers over take.

I've been doing 40 in a 30, and had people overtake. Their car didn't like the speedbump...

Re: Airline ticket / passport not matching

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 March 2015 - 7:46pm
millikino wrote:Turkish airlines are very good and rated as one of the best scheduled carriers in Europe...

Admittedly this incident this week wasn't in Europe, but...

Re: North Sea Route - Norway (Kristiansand - Bergen)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 March 2015 - 7:41pm
I'm in Stavanger just now. I'll nip in to the Tourist Information Office in the morning and ask about the ferry to Skudeneshavn, and the suitability of the E39 for cycling if you need to reach the Mortavika - Arsvagen ferry.

Re: Cyclists are treated as if they are staionary.

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 March 2015 - 7:39pm
reohn2 wrote:The problem IMHO is that a good percentage of drivers don't think end of.
Further more they don't like being told how they've almost caused a incident,when I catch them up in the inevitable traffic jam at the next TL!
It's all so much man mind thyself that's the issue,a complete lack of courtesy for no gain,or at most a few seconds.

Today climbing slowly toward a 20+ vehicle TL jam about 25m further on,when Mr Sillybu@@erinnisssanjuke* decides with oncoming traffic and no room,he'll overtake me with inches to spare,he got a slapped passenger door and a mouthful of clean abuse through his closed window(as he wouldn't open it) when I rode up along side him.
The jam is caused by two sets of road works and a closed bridge on the only other route through the village,everyone locally is aware of it,and if they're not it was obvious he couldn't get through on at least the next two TL changes.
The stupidity of it just completely beggered belief

*biggest small car I've ever seen,not to mention ugly with it

Re: My first car incident

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 March 2015 - 7:32pm
Glad that you're OK - that's the main thing.

Regarding when drivers make mistakes - and it does happen, it is good when they acknowledge their error and apologize.

I remember one incident where I could see a car at a junction and I had that second sense that the driver hadn't seen (despite two front lights and a luminous top). I slowed a bit and braced for a hard brake - and he did start to pull out. I had nearly stopped when he saw me with a look of fear on his face - gave me a wave and mouthed sorry. Waved back and was on my way.

Re: Cycle Touring Festival - May 2015 - Lancashire

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 March 2015 - 7:21pm
Heltor Chasca wrote:simonhill wrote:...I won't be there as I will be Mumming at a Beltane festival!

At the frack-free festival I went to last year, there were a few Beltane events set up which was great. As I'm taking my bike and tent for a 4 day spin around the IOW I'll be on the look out for any events. Any one know where I can gate-crash a celebration? That's one mission. The other mission is to try and spot a Glanville Fritilary. Hopefully I'm not too early but I could be lucky. And if I fail; I'll just have to go back again

(Off topic Simon, but I've found that red lentils, although harder to clarify, make lovely "cheat Dhall".)

Good luck on the IOW trip I did a trip round the coast with a friend on the 20th of December for two days, Gale force 8 winds! If you see a small teddy bear lying around near the needles please let me know, he was my mascott, the wind blew me clean off my bike and he got blown away too he answers to the name of A70 which is where I rescued him in Scotland (he had been run over several times). I am now missing our conversations on the bike, but just haven't been able to find a mascot to replace him.... real mascots can only be found through chance or coincidence!!

I haven't come across Beltane before looked it up sounds interesting!

Have Fun!

Re: Bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 March 2015 - 7:18pm
foxyrider wrote:I nearly had venison on Tuesday night, got to within 10m before i saw them and they saw me - the stag was as frightened as i tried not to be confronted by a pretty impressive rack!

I'm reminded(again)of riding a small lane just north of Kirkby Lonsdale on the tandem when two Red Deer bounded over a wall on the nearside of the road,about 20m in front of us.
We were climbing slowly at the time,and on seeing us they bounded over the wall on right,which they seemed to do in one movement .
I don't know who was more startled them or us! but we both agreed we were glad we weren't 20m further up the road or they'd have been on top of us

Re: panniers panniers panniers???

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 March 2015 - 7:08pm
Ortlieb here too
I have one that can be worn as a backpack, but it mostly a pannnier
works well, but spendy

Re: Sharing Garmin Maps between devices or using OSM

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 March 2015 - 6:53pm
I haven't used Garmin-format OSM maps of the States but I have a bit of (ok, too much) experience of OSM generally in the US.

In urban areas it's pretty good.

In many rural areas, there's a systemic problem whereby dirt tracks, gravel roads, and tarmaced minor roads often aren't differentiated. (In OSM terms, they're all marked as 'highway=residential'.) That means auto-routing is unlikely to be reliable, and you won't be able to reliably find your way through a backwoods area using the map alone.

The situation is better (but still not perfect) for roads big enough to have a painted centreline. State Routes and upwards are usually ok, though it varies by state.

In other words, don't rely on OSM data as your only or even main navigational tool in the rural US.

Re: Airline ticket / passport not matching

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 March 2015 - 6:14pm
I work as a travel agent so should be able to advise here!!

You do not need your middle name on the booking, as long as it is a middle name and not a double barred surname you will be fine.
I sell about put through about 20 tickets a week actively ask my clients not for the middle name since airline systems can only carry a certain amount of characters-so it is easier/safer to leave it as first name/surname.

Turkish airlines are very good and rated as one of the best scheduled carriers in Europe, so I would be very surprised if they even asked you about it at check in

Have a great trip,i'm planning a round the world trip so will be cycling through Kyrgyzstan in November so you'll have to let me know how it goes
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