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Re: Latest speeding excuse..

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 September 2014 - 4:55pm
This is so familiar, I am sure there was another VIP who got off an offence, like speeding or driving up the hard shoulder out of a traffic jam, by claiming he needed a pee.

Me, I just get out of my car and have it if I am stuck or somehow can not make it from one junction to the next. Though it may be one of those places without a hard shoulder to stop on when this man was speeding.

Magistrates are just so gullible, I bet there will be a few laughs about this one at the clubhouse.

Re: Latest speeding excuse..

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 September 2014 - 4:48pm
I've never heard of a medical problem that causes you to speed. And that there are injections to solve this speeding disease ...

And if you have this disease, and it has been diagnosed, should the doctor not tell you to stop driving as it clearly impacts your ability to drive legally.

Is it infections ? Me thinks magistrate fell for that one "hook, line and sinker".

Ian

Re: Short Survey - Do you use service stations?

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 September 2014 - 4:43pm
No. Expensive and if I'm going to eat whilst out riding I want it to taste good. e.g. today, stopped off at Tesco and all their cakes were really unappealing so left without getting anything. So stopped-off at Morrisons (as I was really hungry) and same there - real dreadful quality so left again with nothing (other than hunger) and waited until I got home. Petrol station stuff is the real ultra-long-life mass produced junk (normally).

Ian

Re: 700c wheels in India?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 September 2014 - 4:39pm
Thanks for all you posts. After reading them all I'm definitely leaning heavily towards the 26" option which seems much harder to get my hands on here but there's still a bit of time and we can always go 700c and get decent spares. My girlfriend picked up a really nice 26" Edison from someone through this site so it would be good for spares to get the same.

Pretty excited about heading out now - only 7 weeks to go! Does anyone have any India-specific touring advice to give?

Thanks again, your wise words are appreciated and well received.

Re: Short Survey - Do you use service stations?

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 September 2014 - 4:30pm
I use them regularly when on tour but don't require them to stock cycle specific items.

Re: Latest speeding excuse..

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 September 2014 - 4:30pm
Ah yes, any excuse seems to be accepted these days. How could he remain in control of a match of some duration (I've no idea how long these things last), without a comfort break

Re: Short Survey - Do you use service stations?

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 September 2014 - 2:56pm
If they start serving a proper full cream tea, then possibly......

Re: Touring Bike For Tall Person...

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 September 2014 - 2:34pm
webber wrote:how about one of these http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEU-VSF-Fahrr ... ahrrad_Anhänger&hash=item58b4b25df9 if you dont want to buy direct from germany (i got my tx400 from these and they where very good )then chrisbikes do them but not sure of the prices
simon153 wrote:I have just checked the VSF catalogue and they still make the T-XXL with the very large frame and extra bracing.
Cheers for the replies will look them up

Re: Short Survey - Do you use service stations?

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 September 2014 - 1:55pm
I've used them in the past when I neglected to take food with me on long rides....I've since learnt better!
They are money holes though.
I never had problems locking the bike as there's usually a post of some sort and the nice big windows they have allow me to keep an eye on my pride and joy.
The first one I visited when the bike was only a few weeks old had a slope on the forecourt and as I watched in horror, the bike which was locked against a concrete post rolled down the slope. Leaving a lovely big scratch on the top tube. I wasn't a happy bunny going home.

Re: Cycling on single-track roads

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 September 2014 - 1:41pm
Here in the western Isles many of our roads are single track and we have no option in many place to use the single track road as our daily commute. In some cases the single track road can cut up to 10 miles of a journey that you would travel if you followed the dual track roads. As a result it doesn't matter if you drive single or dual track here people are just desperate to get past anything that slows them even for a 10 secs.

Re: Short Survey - Do you use service stations?

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 September 2014 - 1:07pm
Yes, they are good pit stops but can be pricey. When I was an MTB'er for some reason our local service station didn't like me and my wife using the jet wash to clean our bikes, inventing some story about complaints about paint flaking off...

Re: Short Survey - Do you use service stations?

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 September 2014 - 1:06pm
I use them, and am happy to do so.
Personally, I lean my bike in full view of me and the staff. Open clear windows are ideal to lean a bike on ..... just like Mark1978 says.

I don't want any cycle facilities thank you. Usually they are bike racks or Sheffield stands, and they are usually too far away, so you can stuff any cycle facilities. I don't want 'em at all.

Re: Short Survey - Do you use service stations?

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 September 2014 - 12:45pm
Often, they are good pit stops.

Having some bike facilities and a small repair display would be encouraging - possibly improving sales of drinks/snacks.

Re: Short Survey - Do you use service stations?

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 September 2014 - 12:26pm
Can't remember ever having used one on my bike. I tend to avoid fast roads where they are located so never come across them. I frequent cafes, bakers and pubs.

Al

Re: Short Survey - Do you use service stations?

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 September 2014 - 12:21pm
Yes, I use them, provided they're on the route. Often no alternative if you need something riding through the night. I wish more would have coffee, though

Re: Short Survey - Do you use service stations?

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 September 2014 - 12:19pm
I can't see the survey/poll question, so here's a written answer: I rarely use service stations because most are sited on large roads and even when the roads have cycleways alongside or nearby (West Lynn and Swaffham are two that come to my mind), it seems the builders often don't bother to provide good access between the cycleway and the service station. That's a killer problem (possibly literally), much more than poor parking or product selection.

Supermarket filling stations are slightly better for access, but the toilets and coffee are usually in the main store. I tend to use small convenience stores (preferably the various co-ops, including Nisa/Todays) instead so I don't have to walk so far. They've usually got bike parking, many are open as long as many service stations and some have toilets and so on. Some used to sell simple bike repair bits (some East of England Co-op shops in Norwich had puncture repair kits and basic cables hanging on a rack) but it's been a while since I've noticed any doing that.

Re: who will ride Vuelta a Espana 2014

CTC Forum - Racing - 16 September 2014 - 12:10pm
Hi,
Boardman did have one hour records, but apart from Mercx has any other pro come close to holding it

I remember one of (real bike not lotus) of Boardmans record attempts he was still tinkering with the wheels, as UCI said they had to be the same as Mercx, days before the attempt, and he only just took it.

Re: Car with cameras

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 September 2014 - 11:49am
I forgot to mention I was inthe ASL at the start of this. I was hoping for a You tube post.

Re: Short Survey - Do you use service stations?

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 September 2014 - 11:47am
I haven't myself but you can imagine they are a better solution than most shops as many are glass fronted so offering good visibility of your bike.
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