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CTC Forum - On the road - 14 April 2015 - 4:02pm
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Costing the EarthCycle City

Tom Heap saddles up to find out if Britain is really about to become a nation of cyclists.


I don't view cycle as a 'middle class white male' experience. Wish they would stop using that term. I do agree that Birmingham
is blooming dangerous although i wouldn't class it as more dangerous than London.

Re: Travel Insurance North America

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 April 2015 - 3:41pm
I always use Snowcard for bike touring in the US although I didn't use them when I did the Divide as I didn't know about them.

Have a look at their website and work out how many days, what level of activity, how much excess and kit you want to insure and it works it out for you. It won't be cheap but worth every penny.

I got knocked off in Florida and was scooped off the road by the Paramedics who looked after my bike for me, saline drips, cat scan, private doctor and all I did was give them my plastic Snowcard card and my passport. The insurers did the rest and even contacted me on my return to make sure I was ok and was there anything I needed. The following year I re insured with them and there was no increase in premium.

I will be using them this year for my extended Southern Tier trip.

Enjoy the GD it is a fantastic trip but do take heed of bear and wild animal warnings.

Re: Accident Tue 7 Apr 18:00 Uddingston

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 April 2015 - 3:18pm
Nope, that's the Keir roundabout! I hate it in a car, there's nothing like coming up the old A9 from Bridge of Allan and going around the Keir roundabout to the Dunblane turn off the B8033, which is dual carriageway , you come around the roundabout and spot the traffic heading south on the A9 towards the roundabout down a hill, you have to pass straight in front if it and does it brake, does it ever! And that's the lorries. For those of you who don't know, it is at the end of the A9 and start of the M9.

Re: European Tour Advice?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 April 2015 - 1:35pm
The main long-distance cycling routes in Germany are on this website: http://www.radnetz-deutschland.de/en/ra ... hland.html But there are lots (and lots) of regional routes, to the point where the signposts can get very confusing. The ADFC maps are generally very useful. I haven't been to that part of Germany, but campsites are fairly cheap - just search for "campingplatz" on google maps.

If you're looking to reduce costs then definitely think about joining WarmShowers. Travelling in a group of 3 can make it a bit harder to find places to stay, but it's still possible. If you have time to host some people before leaving, the positive feedback may increase your chances of finding places.

One country where you should probably try to avoid campsites is Slovenia; maybe I was unlucky but all the campsites I saw were extremely expensive. In rural areas I think wild camping would be quite easy, although it's not officially allowed, and it's best to avoid wild camping in the national parks. Czech campsites can be very basic (and very cheap), but also good fun - lots of people with open campfires drinking beer all night. I helped a neighbour chop some wood and we got invited for hot dogs, beer and cake later in the evening!

Re: Travel Insurance North America

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 April 2015 - 1:22pm
Thanks all. It turns out that Citybond won't cover the Great Divide if there are only two of you travelling!

It certainly pays to check but I was very disappointed by this.

Regards,

Paul.

Re: Dawes Super Galaxy price shock

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 April 2015 - 1:13pm
It works with sofas.
£899 now down to 123 including the cost of the tv advert.
What is the real cost/worth of anything ?

Re: Train carriage - how are bikes secured?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 April 2015 - 10:54am
mjr wrote:I'm not sure I've ever seen a 125 on the Norwich line. It wouldn't make much sense to put a 125mph diesel on a 100mph electric line (although that wouldn't always stop them!)
mark 3 DVT s but they look like the old intercity 125

Re: Train carriage - how are bikes secured?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 April 2015 - 10:10am
NUKe wrote:Vorpal wrote:There are several different methods for holding bikes (or not) on trains. On Abellio Greater Anglia, most trains do not have any special place for bikes. You just need to find a wheelchair spot, or use the entry area for the carriage and stay with your bike. It is possible on some trains to stick the front wheel between a vertical hand rail and glass divider such that you don't have to hold it. But you may still need to move it out of the way for people entering and exiting the train.


except the older 125 trains on the Norwich to London line, which use the old mail storage area, just behind the drivers cab as bike storage. This is at the Norwich end of the train.
I've never seen one of those. When I first starting using the trains with my bike, intercity trains on East Anglia still had a guards carriage. In theory, you were supposed to book a bike in advance to use it, but I quickly found out that no one did. They just turned people away when it was full, whether you had booked a bike or not. I only went Witham - Stratford, or vice versa, so I had never had any problems.

Re: Train carriage - how are bikes secured?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 April 2015 - 10:04am
mjr wrote:Possible pic of a Southeastern bike space at https://www.flickr.com/photos/smsm1/10046338153 from someone who works with cycleipswich.
That's on a Javelin high speed train out of St Pancras. This is clearly an option for OP, but likely more expensive. The SE trains out of Charing Cross/Victoria will not have such generous provision.

Re: Train carriage - how are bikes secured?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 April 2015 - 10:01am
I'm not sure I've ever seen a 125 on the Norwich line. It wouldn't make much sense to put a 125mph diesel on a 100mph electric line (although that wouldn't always stop them!)

Re: Accident claims, does anyone else feel like this?

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 April 2015 - 9:58am
RogerThat wrote:You're opinion of people is low sir. By near miss of course I mean a near miss which forces him off the road.

Very, very disingenuous of you. My opinion of you has diminished somewhat. Perhaps if it was you had been involved in a hit and a run and only just survived it after many months in hospital, you'd have a bit of a kink in your psyche when it comes to dangerous drivers. Very low.
The way you wrote it, it sounded like fraud. If you want to hear that, maybe next time you should provide a little more description up front.

Re: Train carriage - how are bikes secured?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 April 2015 - 9:47am
Vorpal wrote:There are several different methods for holding bikes (or not) on trains. On Abellio Greater Anglia, most trains do not have any special place for bikes. You just need to find a wheelchair spot, or use the entry area for the carriage and stay with your bike. It is possible on some trains to stick the front wheel between a vertical hand rail and glass divider such that you don't have to hold it. But you may still need to move it out of the way for people entering and exiting the train.


except the older 125 trains on the Norwich to London line, which use the old mail storage area, just behind the drivers cab as bike storage. This is at the Norwich end of the train.

Re: Accident claims, does anyone else feel like this?

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 April 2015 - 9:39am
irc wrote:RogerThat wrote:y. To call someone a 'criminal' is very disengenuos, to say the least.

Someone who falls off without having been hit? Then claims damages If the cap fits. had a very near miss, he'll just roll over anyway

IRC you are correct this would appear to be "Crash for Cash" plus the witnesses who do not inform the emergency services are also in a bad position.

What a waste of an emergency ambulance.

Re: Text Only UK Weather Forecasts

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 April 2015 - 9:23am
Could just post whatever they give you, as long as it's not epoch seconds or something awful. Humans are fairly good parsers.

Re: Train carriage - how are bikes secured?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 April 2015 - 8:22am
Vmlopes wrote:Hanging front wheel hooks on Network South East on the ones I have been on
I thought network south east was history or never really existed outside the railcard. They are all separate companies.

OP - on southeastern services there is a lean space with room for i think 2 bikes secured by a strap which from memory secures with a sort of seatbelt clamp fastener. You would want your carbon dream on the outside i suppose. There will be 1 or 2 of these compartments per train - they are marked on the door. Southeastern is quite liberal on bike carriage OUTSIDE PEAK hours and will let you stand in the central bits of each carriage sith your bike. Pipe lagging seems a bit extreme for a train trip (oh the wonders of carbon) but a couple of bungees might be handy.

Re: Accident claims, does anyone else feel like this?

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 April 2015 - 8:00am
You're opinion of people is low sir. By near miss of course I mean a near miss which forces him off the road.

Very, very disingenuous of you. My opinion of you has diminished somewhat. Perhaps if it was you had been involved in a hit and a run and only just survived it after many months in hospital, you'd have a bit of a kink in your psyche when it comes to dangerous drivers. Very low.

Re: Accident claims, does anyone else feel like this?

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 April 2015 - 5:44am
RogerThat wrote:y. To call someone a 'criminal' is very disengenuos, to say the least.

Someone who falls off without having been hit? Then claims damages If the cap fits. had a very near miss, he'll just roll over anyway

Re: Accident Tue 7 Apr 18:00 Uddingston

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 April 2015 - 1:08am
It is also devoid of road markings for some reason. And there is considerable shrubbery growing up in the inner perimeters which prohibits any half-decent sight lines. Safety-wise it doesn't have much going for it. I'm going to nominate it as one of Scotland's most bicycle hostile entities.

Re: Mosquitos/Midges be afraid be very afraid Armageddon

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 April 2015 - 12:00am
I got bitten by mosquitoes badly in south-east England last year. Have never had any problems with them in Scotland though.

But the midges, cleggs and ticks more than make up for it. Overall, ticks are the worst.
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