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Re: Cycle tour insurance

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 July 2014 - 7:14am
BeeKeeper wrote:+1 for AXA for medical insurance. The company I was with before didn't cover cycle touring, which I didn't know until I asked them the question after being prompted by discussion here. .

*2 for AXA medical insurance

Thanks for your post, as I was struggling to find medical insurance for several days in France. I couldn't see any exclusions for non "helmet" wearers

Why Are You Not Wearling a Helmet?

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 July 2014 - 1:31am
Cycling into Glasgow on a lovely, sunny day. Me and the bike. Wonderful. 3 guys from the local CC club caught up like extras from Robocop. You know the sort of thing: helmets, glasses, gloves. cameras, gps computers, protective clothing and stuff. Adverts on bikes. Talked to one of them briefly who was disappointed I wasn't wearing a helmet. Told me 'they' were in talks with the police and that the police would soon be introducing a £30 fine for cyclists not wearing a helmet. Why do these people think they can speak for other cyclists because they are in a CC? I'm 50 this year and have never wore a helmet. What is it with this country that so called experts need to tell you how to behave. Precisely the reason why I don't belong to a CC.

Eyeing Up Other Bikes

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 July 2014 - 12:59am
Got a row off the wife. 'FFS' she exclaims. 'Can you not at least pretend to eye up the cyclists?'
Do I need help?

Mid Life Crisis

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 July 2014 - 12:52am
I was hoping my next mid life crisis (there's been a few) was going to involve a Harley Davidson but it turns out to be a Vanmoof. Are these bikes as good as they look? Is it just a posing machine or would I be able to commute 15 miles there and back. Whose got one of these lovely creations?

Bullitt Cargo Bikes in Glasgow

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 July 2014 - 12:43am
So pleased to see these Bullitt cargo bikes in Glasgow delivering stuff. They really look the business and hope they are successful. What a pleasant alternative to white van drivers. More please.

Nextbike Glasgow

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 July 2014 - 12:31am
Really impressed with the quality of these bikes. An excellent alternative to taking my own bike on the train which is not popular during rush hour. The best thing, methinks the bus and taxi drivers have been warned to give PLENTY of space for these bikes. Not had one incident in the past week or. They don't want the bad press to be the first to run over a Weegie Wheeler! Is this the same elsewhere? Bath, London etc, I'm just loving this honeymoon period.

Re: knee pain and touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 July 2014 - 9:57pm
Hi,
Although you can cycle without any pedal retension for feet ,cycling 35 miles might be better done with a minimum of strapless pedal clips £5.
The problem with cycling with no device for feet is that your feet will creep around on the pedals and if they twist a little and you then continue to cycle this can then lead to knee pain.
If you are cycling on the midfoot heel on edge of pedal, then moving to ball on pedal will initially give you foot arch cramps which will pass very soon and your cycling will take on a new life.

Although cycling mid foot is a suggested way to relieve knee pain, you have cycled for years with no pain ? so did you change your shoes ?
It started on hilly terrain IIRC seat height would not affect standing and pedaling, in the seat the normal sensation is subtle sorness above knee cap in the thigh.
Both knees

Re: Dealing with mosquitos

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 July 2014 - 9:09pm
+1 for Jungle Formula.

When in Asia we used mosquito coils when sitting around indoors and outside.-

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/like/19096619 ... 108&ff19=0

Geckos are your friend as well(They eat mossies)

I`ve just got over my annual unpleasant insect bite episode which resulted in me having to take a heavy dose of antibiotics for a week.

Re: Oh lordy, what have I let myself in for?

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 July 2014 - 7:30pm
GrumpyGit wrote:I did pedal up Highgate Hill once (a few years ago), it's not something I'd like to do regularly and I had to use my lowest available gear but the biggest problem was the road being blocked by stationary tin boxes.
I'm sorry to break it to you, but Highgate Hill doesn't really compare with Ditchling Beacon - though it is probably closer to Turners Hill in scale of effort required. The Beacon reaches about 16% (between 1-in-6 and 1-in-7 in old money). But unless you're very lucky, you won't be able to ride up the Beacon on the day anyway - it won't be tin boxes blocking your route but sweating human bodies all wheeling their bikes...

If you do fancy sounding out the area some time, drop me a PM because I live quite close. Burgess Hill and Hassocks are the nearest train stations. But don't expect me to accompany you up the Beacon itself! Those days are over for yours truly...

Re: Oh lordy, what have I let myself in for?

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 July 2014 - 7:09pm
Slow Loris wrote:In case you spot me – I'll be the one standing at the top holding out a large doughnut on a stick

Hmm doughnuts, so yummy!

I did pedal up Highgate Hill once (a few years ago), it's not something I'd like to do regularly and I had to use my lowest available gear but the biggest problem was the road being blocked by stationary tin boxes.

A nice coffee at Caffe Nero will revive me for the gravity assisted journey back home to Highbury!
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