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Re: What do you do when the going gets tough?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 September 2015 - 11:39pm
I stare at my front wheel and comfort myself by remembering that so long as it is turning, I'll get there.

This really helps on steep hills when the front wheel is practically under your nose and the speedo drops to a single figure, then a low single figure.

When this happens I used to fall into a trap of my own design; I'd see I was maintaining 6mph or whatever going up a big hill and start extrapolating, thinking that at this rate it's going to take me 7 hours to cover the remaining 40 miles, but of course this is nonsense because the whole journey will average out much faster.

So when I start feeling demoralised I just focus on keeping the front wheel turning and just so long as it is going round everything will turn out ok.

Re: Touring Southern Spain in January

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 September 2015 - 10:52pm
Have a look at shane cycles website. He did the trans Andalucia one last winter and posted on this forum about it.

Re: How do I justify a new bike?

CTC Forum - MTB - 3 September 2015 - 10:17pm
wearwell wrote:It was Einstein or somebody proved it: the ideal number of bicycles (and guitars for that matter) is N+1 where N = the number you have currently. Something similar with pints of beer.

Can the same theory be used for Trifle

Re: Red light jumper arrested fined and point on licence

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 September 2015 - 10:13pm
ArMoRothair wrote:jezer wrote:I assume they take the same stance with motorists?

Absolutely.

I know someone who had the cops call to his office in the afternoon because a pedestrian claimed he, while driving, had not given way at a pedestrian crossing. My friend swears it was a very marginal call; the pedestrian hadn't quite reached the crossing when my friend drove over it.

He was offered a multi-hundred Euros fine or a driving course. As he was finishing his contract and returning to the UK he choose neither and simply left the country.

Years later, while transferring flights at Frankfurt, the passport control officer beckoned him into an interview room and he was relieved of several hundred Euros.

They don't mess about.
Whilst that example is OTT,which would we rather have,law enforcement or as it is in the UK,practically non at all?

Re: How do I justify a new bike?

CTC Forum - MTB - 3 September 2015 - 10:09pm
It was Einstein or somebody proved it: the ideal number of bicycles (and guitars for that matter) is N+1 where N = the number you have currently. Something similar with pints of beer.

Driver gave me plenty of room this morning...

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 September 2015 - 9:59pm
... by driving up onto the pavement to get by while I was passing parked cars. I might have got his number at the give way that s/he came to 3 seconds later but they slowed up for maybe a second before shooting off. so sadly can't report it. Just glad no one was on the pavement or they would have been squished.

Re: Red light jumper arrested fined and point on licence

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 September 2015 - 9:44pm
Different in Sweden. My old boss in my old job caught speeding several times over a few trips to Sweden. He got the letter from the Swedish police/system and filled in the details including his home address then they let him off because he's not from Sweden.

Re: How do I justify a new bike?

CTC Forum - MTB - 3 September 2015 - 9:42pm
"2012 is so so old" lol, I was in two minds about swapping from my 2010 frame back to one from the 1960s (a Pennine 531 like this: http://i.imgur.com/wKtdJV4.jpg) but I can't be bothered messing about bending the rear dropout to 130mm and messing about converting the head tube that expects a quill stem and whatever else needs doing. It was a bit of a bone shaker that Pennine as I remember, but I loved that bike, I went faster on it on the same energy somehow, or it seemed that way, but for some reason my newer aluminium one isn't as bumpy. That steel 531 frame is the best bike I have ever ridden, there''s "something" about it.

Re: Red light jumper arrested fined and point on licence

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 September 2015 - 9:24pm
jezer wrote:I assume they take the same stance with motorists?

Absolutely.

I know someone who had the cops call to his office in the afternoon because a pedestrian claimed he, while driving, had not given way at a pedestrian crossing. My friend swears it was a very marginal call; the pedestrian hadn't quite reached the crossing when my friend drove over it.

He was offered a multi-hundred Euros fine or a driving course. As he was finishing his contract and returning to the UK he choose neither and simply left the country.

Years later, while transferring flights at Frankfurt, the passport control officer beckoned him into an interview room and he was relieved of several hundred Euros.

They don't mess about.

Re: Biking round a castle and hills

CTC Forum - MTB - 3 September 2015 - 8:13pm
Good dragon shirt! Thanks for sharing. What's the music?

Re: French trains

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 September 2015 - 7:35pm
TGV's will accept bikes packed into CTC plastic travel bags. In May, I travelled by TGV from Montpellier to Paris with my bike disassembled and packed into a CTC plastic bag to within the required limits and I experienced no problems. From Paris I went by TER (regional train) to Caen. My bike was put back together and it went on the train. There was space for 20 bikes! Each carriage had space for 2 bikes and there were 10 carriages. Again no problems.

Re: How do I justify a new bike?

CTC Forum - MTB - 3 September 2015 - 7:33pm
Get a new bike. 2012 is soooo old, the bike is already dropping in value every second as well as the components suffering from the aging process.....plus it has lost that new bike smell

Re: Touring Southern Spain in January

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 September 2015 - 7:23pm
Thank you! I'll take a look at that link!

Re: Red light jumper arrested fined and point on licence

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 September 2015 - 6:50pm
How daft is that? If it IS the law that cyclists get 5 seconds of grace, getting bikes away first IS fine, but its not.

Al

Re: Red light jumper arrested fined and point on licence

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 September 2015 - 6:18pm
al_yrpal wrote:Actually, this was the fourteen year old son of my friend in Augsburg. He jumped the red light by three seconds on his bike and was arrested by the cops who stopped all the traffic. He was fined 100 Euros and now has one penalty point on his driving licence which he hasnt got yet because he is too young to drive. Just shows how seriously this sort of behavior is taken in Germany.

Al

very strange. You can imagine the scenario - boy keeps on doing this or other and then later applies for his driving license and immediately gets a ban very silly German logic. Its about time that the lights allowed cyclists to be on their way before motor vehicles? 5 seconds enough to turn right?

Re: And the Bus driver said....

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 September 2015 - 5:51pm
jezer wrote:Dreadful conduct from a so called professional driver. At the very least he should face retraining, and perhaps he should reconsider his future career.
But he won't and he won't most likely.Because victim blaming on UK roads is down to a fine art,if you're a cyclist it's you fault,because you're a cyclist.
That is the status quo.

Re: Red light jumper arrested fined and point on licence

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 September 2015 - 5:43pm
Maybe they awarded the points in expectation of his driving in the future .......................... so if the cyclist had been a one legged one eyed severely crippled person incapable of driving a car but still guilty of cycling through a red light, he'd have received an even larger fine?

Re: Red light jumper arrested fined and point on licence

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 September 2015 - 5:20pm
Good oh on the fine - it is a great pity that our traffic cops (where they still exists) and magistrates aren't more strict for all traffic offences who ever commits them.

Re: How do I justify a new bike?

CTC Forum - MTB - 3 September 2015 - 5:19pm
Simple, do you want a new bike? End of, it's never stopped me, lol

Re: And the Bus driver said....

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 September 2015 - 5:16pm
Dreadful conduct from a so called professional driver. At the very least he should face retraining, and perhaps he should reconsider his future career.
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