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Re: Can I have a moan?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2014 - 4:45pm
beardy wrote:You dont take them to court for damages, you take them for breach of contract.

They have accepted the contract offered in the big prominently displayed sign to park on your property for the fee of £85 by the act of parking there, if they dont pay after taking the service offered then they are in breach of contract.

Except that its subject to the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations 1999: any parking charges have to be reasonable for the services provided and that would be judged by what the local market price was for equivalent service level parking. If I got such a notice I would ignore it. They would then have to take me to Court where it would be assigned to the Small Claims track. Worst case I end up paying the parking fee and they end up having to swallow their costs of taking me to Court. Likely case they might get a fiver and still have to swallow their costs. What they are relying on is people not knowing that and paying up.

Re: Carrying a defibrillator

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2014 - 4:43pm
[XAP]Bob wrote:
Holywood CPR is great though - Take a 3 week decayed corpse, 3 chest compressions and they'll spit out a mouthful of seawater (despite this being in the middle of the desert) and run a marathon...

I did read that the success rate for CPR so something like 5% - not sure how that's defined.

Re: Carrying a defibrillator

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2014 - 4:39pm
beardy wrote:It isnt just the initial purchase price of the AED units. They need servicing and spare or replacement batteries, I suspect they may be over a hundred pounds per year for its upkeep.

You can buy one with lithium batteries that last 5 years. After that time it must me returned for refurbishment @ £350 + VAT or you can get one with a 3.5 year battery life tha is user replaceable that cost £125 + VAT.

IF I were serious about buying one, I'd probably plump for the 5 year one and bet on unit prices falling.

Tim

Re: Must've been Changeover Day?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2014 - 4:25pm
Mountain bikes? Pretty much necessary to drive them somewhere if you want to get a decent ride in the environment they were intended for.

Re: Booking bikes on TGVs in France - now easier

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 September 2014 - 4:06pm
excellent, many thanks

Booking bikes on TGVs in France - now easier

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 September 2014 - 3:36pm
I just discovered a website for buying train tickets and booking bikes on TGVs in France - it's now possible to do so online. The 'official' SNCF website doesn't allow you to reserve a bike space, you have to phone them or visit one of their travel agencies. This website is independent of the SNCF but apparently the ticket prices are identical and they don't charge any commission: http://www.capitainetrain.com

(NB. Bikes are not accepted on all TGV trains)

Re: Touring with family - Bike advice needed

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 September 2014 - 3:33pm
The Circe Helios is a versatile machine as it will transform between a normal tandem (plus optional child seat) & a cargo bike that will take 2 child seats or 1 plus luggage. The small frame means that a c 4 1/2 year old can pedal as stoker with no adaptation beyond fitting crank shorteners.

An example - last Tuesday I did "Ride the Lights" at Blackpool with the eldest 2 grandchildren - 6 year old pedalling, 3 year old in seat. Home about 11pm. Probably no more than 10 minutes work & it was ready to be off out for a 2 grown ups ride first thing the next morning.

I've found that because it is shorter than a normal tandem, mainly because of the small wheels, I have no problem taking it on trains (it goes on a return train trip most weeks at the moment via a combination of some or all of Northern Rail, Arriva Wales, Merseyrail & Virgin).

I've not (yet) toured with ours but, if you look at the website, they have travelled far and wide.

Rick.

Re: Carrying a defibrillator

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2014 - 3:28pm
Psamathe wrote:On the CPR and doing it properly; it's many years since I was taught (on several courses) and I've never had to do it for real, but often when you see it being done on TV it's feeble and misleading. From my memory, it's meant to be done fairly hard (one course mentioned you might break a rib on your patient but better that and they live). And of course you can't do it on a person who does not need it. So when people keep seeing dainty little gentle presses (the "patient" would probably not even be aware of), I wonder if this is mis-directing the general public.

That said, it was years ago I was taught so maybe things have changed or my memory worsened (and I'm wrong).

Ian
Apparently it's pretty much inevitable that a rib will break - and that you will feel it.

Only time my instructor had *not* broken a rib was when the patient was concious (he'd been sent into vfib by a mains shock)

Re: Carrying a defibrillator

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2014 - 3:26pm
gaz wrote:I hope the rider makes a full and swift recovery.

Has anyone completed an incident report form?

If I were on a club run I'd like to think the leader may have a First Aid kit, I don't think I'd go so far as to say I'd expect them to have one or be trained to use it. As to carrying a defibrillator...

I'm always a bit sceptical on "carrying a.first aid kit". If it's bad enough that you can't do without or improvise -will anything realistically feasible for a first aid kit help? eg defibrillator - spinal splint, leg splint, real drugs like morphine etc. If a sticky plaster or even triangular bandage is gonna help, I suggest you can do without. And if cycling in a group (give there'a "leader" who's expected to have a first aid kit) can't someone cycle off to the nearest house assuming no mobile phone coverage. Knowing a bit of first aid -fair enough - and if I'm hillwalking I tend to carry rather more - but things like electrical tape, folding "sam splint" to cover fractures, and anyway have walking sticks & bivi bag. But just for a bike ride, no

Re: 2 LeJog deaths: Death by dangerous driving charge

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2014 - 3:06pm
It's just a sign of how the system is creaking at the seams. For all sorts of reasons, cases are taking longer to come to trial in the Crown Court and that's in no-one's interest. In spite of bail being given in cases where it would once have been considered unthinkable, the number of prisoners waiting months (ie in custody) for their case to be heard is leading to overcrowding and all the problems that creates. OTOH, long bail periods give the opportunity for further offending and witnesses can be intimidated or get cold feet.

Too many vested interests to do much about it, I fear, but the current Lord High Whatisname (Grayling?) seems to be intent on starving out the lawyers, rather than tackling them head on.

Re: 3rd time unlucky

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2014 - 3:04pm
just use puncture proof tyres and tubes;i havent had a puncture for years using these.

channel hopping

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 September 2014 - 2:51pm
We are cycling from Warsash (Southampton) to Dover where we catch ferry to Calais, where we travel west along channel to Le Havre for Portsmouth return ferry.
we plan to use minor roads where possible. We have provisional daily stops at Day 1 Newhaven, Day 2 Folkstone for Dover Ferry at start of day 3, Day 3 Berck (France), Day 4 St. Valery-en-Caux, Day 5 Le Havre to Portsmouth and home…..any good places to stay, avoid? Any suggestions on routes?

Re: 2 LeJog deaths: Death by dangerous driving charge

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2014 - 2:40pm
thirdcrank wrote:A year to get to court and in the meantime, a further serious offence has been committed, but nobody in authority seems to find this unacceptable or even worthy of comment.

Well his solicitor even exploited it by saying in his client's mitigation "that he had no previous convictions."

Re: 2 LeJog deaths: Death by dangerous driving charge

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2014 - 2:25pm
Interesting point of British law there, but he was actually found guilty and sentenced to 7.5 years for each of the deaths, but British law has these running concurrently.

Re: Carrying a defibrillator

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2014 - 2:25pm
On the CPR and doing it properly; it's many years since I was taught (on several courses) and I've never had to do it for real, but often when you see it being done on TV it's feeble and misleading. From my memory, it's meant to be done fairly hard (one course mentioned you might break a rib on your patient but better that and they live). And of course you can't do it on a person who does not need it. So when people keep seeing dainty little gentle presses (the "patient" would probably not even be aware of), I wonder if this is mis-directing the general public.

That said, it was years ago I was taught so maybe things have changed or my memory worsened (and I'm wrong).

Ian

Re: Any ideas?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2014 - 2:24pm
Phil,

I find that signalling with my right upper arm out horizontally and the forearm & hand vertically downwards generally conveys the clear message "Pass me at a safe distance."

It is obviously not a turn right signal.

Most motorists respond well : a few clowns shout or otherwise (deliberately) misunderstand. You will never stop the punishment passes, alas.

I suspect that a mechanical device for space-marking will be impractical.

If I had an ongoing problem, like yours, I would be getting one or more cameras and fluro waistcoat reading "On Video".

Re: Do I need front panniers for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 September 2014 - 2:23pm
daddig wrote:Another thought if your only carrying 13kg would that fit into a Nelson Longflap + BarBag for travel documents etc ?Not unless the 13kg is in lead weights. Everything is just too bulky. One summer weekend I went camping with just a Campers Longflap (bigger than your suggested Nelson Longflap). I had a light and small camping mat, a low bulk sleeping bag, a change of cycling clothes and that was about all inside the bag - tent on top of the bag. So not even close to my 13kg normal touring load. I tend to select my equipment for low bulk rather than saving a couple of ounces, so my touring set up tends to be compact - but not that compact. Hotel touring might entail a bit more clothing, and removes the bulky camping gear, but of course a hotel camping load is not going to be even half the weight of a camping load.

Re: Bike Security Locked At Supermarket Bike Rack

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2014 - 2:19pm
I've seen people carting their Brompton round the shop in one of the large trolleys....

Re: Do I need front panniers for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 September 2014 - 1:42pm
Another thought if your only carrying 13kg would that fit into a Nelson Longflap + BarBag for travel documents etc ?
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