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Re: Cycle touring coincidences

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 July 2014 - 11:03pm
At the start of my very first cycle tour, I was loitering nervously at London Euston, waiting for the Sleeper to start boarding. I spotted another cycle tourist and plucked up the courage to go and talk to him. Turned out he was from Tiptree, about 10 miles from where I live! Ok, not a major coincidence, but most fortuitous, since he was a seasoned traveller, going to Oban too, and very happy to show me the ropes!

Simonhill: loved the internet cafe story!

Re: Rhine cycle path

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 July 2014 - 10:52pm
geocycle wrote:Yes there are some long stretches on dedicated paths. Surfaces are good. usually tarmac or compact gravel and they are well signposted. They can be a bit dull so you might want to pass through a few villages.

+1 for being a bit dull in places having cycled from Basel towards the North Sea for a few days. At one point we got so bored we crossed into France and up the Alsace canal and through villages to break the monotony. We finished our trip a few days later but I understand that things get better scenery-wise a bit further north.

Re: Cyclist Knocked Over by Van Door

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 July 2014 - 10:45pm
I would be cautious about taking only sick leave for the days off. There are two reasons for this...

If your employer pays sick leave, they deserve recompense for your days off. I have known a company that submitted a claim when an employee was involved in a crash that wasn't his fault. Ask your employer and/or solicitor.

Secondly, what kind of sick leave do you have at work? Is it limited? Is pay reduced after a certain number of days off? At what point does it become another type of leave? What if your injury has complications? Or you become ill later in the year? Will your sick leave days have been used up?

Lastly, don't let them push you to accept a payoff. Tell them that you need to assess the full extent of your injuries. Discuss recovery time with your GP. Suggest to the insurance company that you may need physio therapy.

If your injuries are serious enough that you could not work, there may be more to it than you realise now. A big disadvantage of a quick payout is that it will be impossible for you to know of any longer term aspects of the injury. Maybe there aren't any. I hope not, but even a simple injury can have lingering effects for months afterward.

Re: Cycle touring coincidences

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 July 2014 - 10:42pm
Hi,
you have to call it chance or there will be a probability of such a meeting, but probabilities mean you might have to live to several hundred thousand years to meet that person again, at all, the same place again well thats another story.

Re: Transport of bikes post cycle to Rome

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 July 2014 - 10:03pm
Thanks Simon

We are flying the bikes out with us to the start point in Geneva but were hoping to avoid the inevitable grief of locating suitable boxes and a means of getting them to the airport when filled with the bikes.

When we arrived in Santiago on another mission last year there were a number of companies who would box and deliver the bikes back to Scotand. I was hopong someone had had a sililar experience in Rome.

Desmcg

Gothenburg - Malmo - Copenhagen - Berlin

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 July 2014 - 10:02pm
Hi folks,

We've booked our trip to fly to Gothenburg and return from Berlin, we've got plenty of time to spend some nights in Gothenburg on arrival (2), Copenhagen, possibly Hamburg (opinions welcome) and Berlin at the end. Plan to use LBS cardboard boxes for the bikes, trust BA on weight allowance and getting them there and home, and camping as/when we want to. Hotels booked for Gothenburg and Berlin.

Looking for some advice and tips on:

(1) Route considerations or advice;
(2) Campsites in Germany (I understand no wild camping permitted?);
(3) Cheap accommodation in Copenhagen if not camping;
(4) Ferry choice from Denmark if not going to Rostock - worth going via Lubeck to Hamburg?; and
(5) Getting a cardboard box from a LBS in Berlin (have used the CTC bag before but thought we would be limited due to kit etc).

Any advice or shared experiences would be much appreciated.

Many thanks.

Re: BT Openreach cyclists stay back

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 July 2014 - 8:03pm
Flinders wrote:Postboxer wrote:I saw a National Express coach the other day that had a sticker with a picture of a bike and a message something like, 'Caution, this vehicle has blind spots' - seemed fairish.
That seems reasonable, as it warns of a genuine problem rather than being aggressive and unhelpful as the 'stay back' one does.
Yes - although a non articulated vehicle shouldn't have blind spots, how hard can it be to have the required mirrors?

Re: The Road vs Cycle lane

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 July 2014 - 8:01pm
TrevA wrote:binsted wrote:Roads = traffic and potholes, get cleaned occasionally by road sweeper

Cycle Lanes/Path = pedestrians, dogs, rubbish, broken glass, ironwork obstacles, never cleaned from day1




Most roads are not swept by a road sweeper. However, car tyres are actually very good at "sweeping" the road, as bits of glass/gravel get trapped in the tread and transported away. Of course, this doesn't happen on cycle paths and sine they are never swept, glass and gravel can stay around for months.

Yep. Road sweepers do relatively little cleaning leaf litter from gutters etc

The sweeping effect of car tyres is part of the reason that riding in the left wheel track is the place to be.

Re: Cyclist Knocked Over by Van Door

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 July 2014 - 7:53pm
IIRC you can do the "material" claim and settle that without prejudice to the "injury" claim (i.e. mention that this is purely for the material damage, and injuries are being assessed)

Re: BT Openreach cyclists stay back

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 July 2014 - 7:43pm
Postboxer wrote:I saw a National Express coach the other day that had a sticker with a picture of a bike and a message something like, 'Caution, this vehicle has blind spots' - seemed fairish.
That seems reasonable, as it warns of a genuine problem rather than being aggressive and unhelpful as the 'stay back' one does.

Re: The Road vs Cycle lane

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 July 2014 - 7:38pm
I've seen glass that looks like it has been smashed on a special cycle crossing on a main road quite deliberately. I'm very wary of detritus on cycle lanes, on the very few occasions I use a section of one.

On completely separate cycle tracks it's a bit the same, as they never get cleared - but there it's mostly dog mess, deep puddles and solid masses of (slippy) leaves.

Re: Cyclist Knocked Over by Van Door

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 July 2014 - 7:12pm
Hi all,

thanks for all the great responses. I wanted to update you all to the situation (as it may help - hopefully not however for your own future precedent).

The driver was responsible for the passengers actions and has taken responsibility (mainly due to the fact I had the whole thing on camera showing that it was in no way my fault).

I also contacted a solicitor (CAMS - Cycling Accident Management Services). They were nice on the phone and I am waiting for them to assess my claim.

After contacting them I was contacted by the other parties insurance to say that as the driver has accepted liability and that I am free to fix my bike, charge any expenses for travel whilst my arm heals and in the future talk about the fee due to my pain and suffering. They also offered to pay for my days of work (although it's likely to come out of my companies sick leave).

They seemed relatively okay - no talk of money at the moment but very pushy to settle as soon as possible. I've tried to hold back until the solicitors get back to me about the claim. I've taken my bike to a shop (literally at the end of my road) to get a quote as to the repairs and to check the safety of my bike - I don't want to just charge for the cosmetic issues, I want to check the frame has no stress marks etc.

I'll post back when I've heard more.

Re: The Road vs Cycle lane

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 July 2014 - 7:09pm
binsted wrote:Roads = traffic and potholes, get cleaned occasionally by road sweeper

Cycle Lanes/Path = pedestrians, dogs, rubbish, broken glass, ironwork obstacles, never cleaned from day1




Most roads are not swept by a road sweeper. However, car tyres are actually very good at "sweeping" the road, as bits of glass/gravel get trapped in the tread and transported away. Of course, this doesn't happen on cycle paths and sine they are never swept, glass and gravel can stay around for months.

Re: Cycling in Ireland?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 July 2014 - 7:01pm
Andy Short wrote:I haven't been there for several years, usually took the families bikes in the minibus and cycled locally.
I would, personally, avoid the tourist routes, most notably, the 'Ring of Kerry', but even then there are some nice rides there, like Killorglin to Waterville up the centreline of the peninsula, then around Bolus Head and Valencia, etc..
My favourite is Dingle, west beyond Dingle and also over the Chonair Pass to Brandon. There is also a lovely little pass over the hills to the west of the waterfall on the Chonair Pass to the South west of Brandon (Saints way?) that is slate and mountain bike territory, but OK for half an hours pushing uphill on a tourer over the top part. You won't see another soul between the road on the west side of Ballysiteragh (that the pass is just north of) and Cloghane.

I always found food expensive, especially in restaurants and 'gastro pubs'. Only disappointment was the average small pub to whom a cheese sandwich was a precut slice of cheddar from a pack on white sliced bread (the 'doorstep' with thick cut cheese seemed unheard of). Ham was usually the processed micron thick variety. Take plenty of money....

I have a friend who regularly cycled around west Ireland after season in September (I always went in school hols), his experience was mainly dry. It seems that July and August you take chances with weather.
The people are very friendly and usually say hello as you cycle past.
The terrain is quite hilly for the most part, but with that comes the views.
Enjoy it, you will probably want to go back too.

Andy Short.

The cheap way to eat while bike touring in Ireland now, is Supermarket or Petrol Station delicatessans which will make sandwiches, salads etc for you. Not expensive.

Re: The Road vs Cycle lane

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 July 2014 - 6:53pm
chrispinnock wrote:Yesterday I was riding on the road in Southend-on-sea. There is a cycle lane on the front but I find that I have to stop and start on it, and pedestrians don't always look where they are going. It can be dangerous. I tend to use the road

I agree, I know that area and I use the road when I am there. The cycle path is fine if you are doing a sedentary pace but quite unsuitable for swift cycling. For this specific cycle path: I'm very glad they have it as I have been there in the afternoon and watched many school children being trained in cycling going up and down the seafront learning to cycle in a large group in a calm and safe environment. It's just perfect for that kind of slow moving and fun event

Unfortunately you will find drivers who will heckle and be disapproving as you are on 'their' road. Best to be polite, keep calm and move on. I would like to stress - It's not an Essex thing, you will be harrassed from time to time by ignorants in any part of the country.

I'm aware of no law that forces bikes onto cycle paths and it would be completely unsuitable for many cycling endeavors because of the disjointed and often plain dangerous cycle lanes that are put in place in many parts.

Re: Air Travel, Boxes and Warm Showers...

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 July 2014 - 6:49pm
Hmmmm, Hanoi to Cambodia, interesting route. Which way are you planning on going?

Re: BT Openreach cyclists stay back

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 July 2014 - 6:05pm
kwackers wrote:reohn2 wrote:On a percentage basis I'll take my chances on the outside rather than the 'blind' side between car and curb.
All I can say is I've never had an issue undertaking but I've had several near misses overtaking.

If the traffic is stationary you simply *can't* have an issue when undertaking since it's got nowhere to go nor has any reason to. With overtaking you're dealing with impatience, U turns and that occasional mad dash to reach a right turn/filter in the gap in oncoming traffic.
As with everything though all IMO and YMMV.
I've had car drivers move their cars in toward the kerb in stationary traffic to (apparently) deliberately block me. On the outside, that is difficult to do, especially if there are motorcycles filtering in traffic, as well.

Re: The Road vs Cycle lane

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 July 2014 - 6:04pm
Postboxer wrote:Maybe cyclists should assert that HGV's should only be allowed on certain routes.
Motorways? The similarities are appropriate.
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