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Re: Hit and Run - Cyclist Wanted !

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 September 2014 - 5:54pm
No sympathy for the cabbie. The number of times that my motor bike(s) have been knocked over when parked by cars trying to park in too small spaces ( in London ) One time the fall was so violent that petrol was left gushing from the tank & the bike just left there. What is this cabbies number, I ll look out for him to get a pic of his mug.

Re: First Audax

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 September 2014 - 5:34pm
Hi,
If the typed sheet is divided up into colums And does not read across the whole page but there are two colums across the page then cut it up so you have several say 4 cards, and laminate them even putting them back to back too (double sided). Carry a copy with you incase you lose the working one.
This is what I used to do and elastic band them on to my cycle torch mounted on my bars.

Re: Advice on accident involving a dog

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 September 2014 - 5:30pm
pompeyreece wrote:Bicycler wrote:If the dog is in some way insured then there's no argument. If it isn't then I guess it is a personal thing and I can only say how I would feel. Obviously the cyclist has the right to ask for full compensation. However, If my own insurance would cover that kind of incident then I would rather claim on it than demand my rightful entitlement from somebody who had made an innocent mistake for whom I thought the loss of £3.5k might bring misery. I don't think we can say one approach is right and the other wrong. Whilst responsibility for your actions is a good lesson for a child, showing magnanimity isn't a bad one either.

A sensible response. Claiming off my own insurance is one thing but there are some other considerations:

- I would lose my no claim bonus and therefore future premiums will increase through no fault of my own
- The equivalent 2014 bike is unavailable now as the 2015 stock is being released. Speaking with suppliers the equivalent 2015 model won't be available until Feb/Mar 2015 (higher spec models are released later than the lower spec ones) so unless I spend my own money and buy another bike (which I don't want to do), choose an alternative (which I don't want) or a less model (again... have a guess!), I'll be without a bike for 4-5 months through no fault of my own.

Ideal situation would be no loss of NCB, the same premium and new bike but that's no possible!
Just a thought (and I have no idea of the legality of it all and it must all depend on the dog owners insurance cover, if any), but if the dog owner has no insurance cover and you feel they are already financially stretched then maybe work out your increased premium through loss of NCD, claim on your own policy and ask them to pay your premium increase due to loss of NCD (remembering it might affect your premiums in subsequent years as you re-build-up an NCD). However, some policies have NCD protection built-in so a single claim might not affect your premiums. I'm unsure about this route as it's a bit like you deciding who will pay for damages when it is really up to the insurance company to make such decisions.

With regard to the bike, it is unfortunate but availability is a separate issue from who pays for the bike. I guess you could be in the same situation has somebody stolen the bike, or many other potential 100% write-off possibilities. Difficult situation but try to avoid confusing the two issues (who pays and availability) as payment is designed to cover losses. Can you hire such a bike (or something similar) and will whichever insurance company cover hire costs until the comparable model is available ?

Ian

Re: First Audax

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 September 2014 - 5:19pm
Good luck with it. I was going to do my 1st Audax a few weeks ago (an 50k) and was a bit worried about my knees. In the end my toothache stopped me doing it - I've never had pain like it before (could not sleep, could not eat) and I ended-up having 3 visits to the emergency dentist over the Bank Holiday weekend ...

Do report back on how it went.

Ian

Re: Hit and Run - Cyclist Wanted !

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 September 2014 - 5:16pm
MikeF wrote:So TaxiWarrior has posted his own video on this forum?!That's quite in order, he hasn't broken any forum rules (besides, anyone's first post is pre-moderated, I believe, to keep out spam).

Also the taxi driver wasn't in the wrong to be stopped in the cycle lane: it has a dashed dividing line hence making it advisory only.

But what happened is indeed unclear: my best guess was that the cyclist, singularly inattentive, ploughed into the side of the taxi. But the most significant feature is that the cyclist then abandoned 'his' bike and did a runner. I think anyone who's had a bike stolen in London recently, should take a long hard look at the image that the OP has thoughtfully provided at the end of his video...

Re: Another A38 Accident

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 September 2014 - 4:47pm
Mick F wrote:We must differentiate the A38 generally from the Devon Expressway between Exeter and Marsh Mills Plymouth.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A38_road
and
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A38_road#Devon

I've cycled vast lengths of the A38, here in Cornwall and up to Glouscester, plus in the Midlands.
Also, I've ridden the length of Plymouth Parkway.

Good point. The sections north of Exeter, where it runs parallel to the M5, are very quiet.

Re: Have I Planned a *good* Route in Belgium?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 September 2014 - 3:26pm
Welcome to the Forum.
Day 1 - there are two schools of thought here. Some like the canal route whilst others prefer to follow the sea and the wonderful tram line (the longest in the World) up to Oostende, before cutting in to Brugge. I like the latter because I hardly ever get to follow the sea, so it's a change. The cycle path is excellent quality and obviously the route is flat

The roads, north and south of the main N49 between Brugge and Antwerpen are quiet, if you choose to go either side of it. I think the southern route is slightly shorter but less rural. BTW, the sign posts in this part are terrible but the people tend to speak English. It's not such a good idea to try French out on them....!!

Antwerpen to Brussels doesn't have a direct route as such. The roads to the west of the A1 are more direct than to the East BUT the eastern side is more interesting and it will also mean that you enter Bruxelles from the north east or east. The northern part of Bruxelles is far from charming. If I were you, I would swing around to the east of the airport (Zaventem) and then enter via Kraainem. Avoid Michelen at all costs.

One final bit of good news and that is that bike shops here tend to be found even in medium sized villages....

PM me for me info. Hope you have a good ride.

Re: Hit and Run - Cyclist Wanted !

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 September 2014 - 2:58pm
Can't concluded anything from either of those videos. It's what you see that can count for any conclusion, not what you didn't see. We didn't see the cyclist scratch the taxi so how do we know he did it? The videos rely on suggestion. Could the whole episode be a fake?? The odd thing is the taxi seems to be stopped in the cycle lane when there wasn't any reason to do that.

So TaxiWarrior has posted his own video on this forum?!

Re: Pavement parkers

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 September 2014 - 2:58pm
661-Pete wrote:Maybe they don't expect many people to cycle to the doctor's, hence the lack of provision for them at some surgeries. You seem to be lucky - most of the time. My doctor's has a couple of sheffield stands - fine, room for up to 4 bikes, but not if a swarm of cyclists suddenly descend. My check-ups are every six months, and I almost always cycle.All we have in Gunnislake is a wooden post near the door.
https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=gunnis ... 52,,2,4.24

I use it regularly, and personally I prefer a wooden post to a Sheffield stand as it's kinder on the bike and frame. I think I'm the only cyclist who regularly uses the health centre. I'm not "the only cyclist in the village" but probably the only one who cycles regularly.

Re: Tips for touring the Alps

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 September 2014 - 2:45pm
Thanks for all the responses to this, a lot of useful info.

I've now finished the tour. You can see photos at my blog: http://www.khain.net

I took a four season bag but a 1 season bag would have done fine. It was very warm everywhere I camped, except on a 2km+ pass but even that wasn't too cold. Most of the campsites had charge points for shaving so I had no problems keeping my phone charged.

Although the scenery is spectacular I wouldn't really recommend the Alps for cycle touring. It was very busy, motorbikes were a real nuisance on the passes, campsites were very large and of poor quality, and there were thunderstorms every other day. I enjoyed Slovenia and Bavaria the most as they were quieter and less commercialised.

Re: Need an aerodynamic lightweight baby seat

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 September 2014 - 2:40pm
I fail to find a decent one. Reminds me of the time I wanted a heated cushion that have a timer then turns after time so it doesn't rain the batteries.

Re: Pavement parkers

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 September 2014 - 2:31pm
The other day a on local road vehicles were parked on one side and the pavement on the other side was completely blocked by vehicles. The only place for all traffic (including pedestrians) was along the carriageway. An elderly man, not too steady on his 'pins', was walking along the carriageway at a slow pace. A relatively young woman in a car then arrived behind him and was forced to drive at his very slow pace. Obvious response - blast on the horn. The elderly man just continued without turning his head! Just what did this driver expect the man to do? Vaporise?? There wasn't anywhere for him to go anyway, and it was obvious (but that takes a genius ) that he was far from agile.

Clearly we need more space for cars as we're running out of tarmac to put them on. Every bit around here seems to have a vehicle on it. Whatever happened to 'predict and provide'??

Yes, pavement parking should be illegal everywhere - it is in the GLC for example.

Re: Advice on accident involving a dog

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 September 2014 - 1:39pm
Psamathe wrote:Flinders wrote:If you choose to own a dog, you have to take responsibility for it, and that includes insuring it, either on your house, or on a separate policy.
I have a specific separate policy for my own dog. But where people are having to watch their outgoings (well I do, but some have more "limited budgets than others) it is actually very cheap to get 3rd party insurance cover for a dog. Just join the Dogs Trust at £25 per year and you get £1m 3rd party cover (with an excess as every insurance policy has). Not much compared to e.g. the cost of food/vaccination/etc.

Ian

I was just going to say the Dog's Trust also, many dog owners have pet health insurance and included with that is liability insurance (when my premiums shot up to £500 year, I started banking the £500 each year and joined the Dog's Trust)

Re: Do I need front panniers for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 September 2014 - 1:37pm
horizon wrote:I think it would really help if the OP clarified what he/she was really asking. Is it, "Do you really need to take so much stuff for camping?" or is it, "Do you need front panniers or can you pile everything on the back?" I think we've all assumed it's the former but if that's the case, the answer is easy - no you don't need front panniers if you don't take much stuff and yes you do if you do. This thread really has got nothing to do with front panniers.

Yep you're right I really was just wondering if there was a weight/stability issue with having lal the weight at the back of the bike instead of evenly distributed. But it's still interesting to hear about the pros and cons of front panniers. I'm not going to bother as if I feel I need the extra room I can always buy some on my travels.

But does seem a bit fiddly to have 4 bags. My plan is to have two back panniers and a big laundry bag (thats I'll use to put my bags in for the flights). The I can have the bag on the back for my tent, food, and anything else. Then if I need to take my panniers off the bike (if I don't want to leave them on the bike while in a museum/coffee shop etc) then I can just stick them in the bag and take it all with me.

Thanks for all your comments by the way

Re: Pavement parkers

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 September 2014 - 1:19pm
There's a Living Streets campaign asking people to write to their MP to support a Private Members Bill tomorrow that would address pavement parking http://e-activist.com/ea-action/action? ... =ctcforums - probably won't get through but hopefully will raise it with more MPs and might eventually result in the current crazy legal situation (parking on the pavement is not illegal, obstruction of and driving on the pavement are illegal but enforcement is pass-the-bucked between police and councils) being sorted out.

Re: First Audax

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 September 2014 - 12:59pm
My own thing is following the blue line and listening to the friendly voice

Re: Advice on accident involving a dog

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 September 2014 - 12:54pm
Bicycler wrote:If the dog is in some way insured then there's no argument. If it isn't then I guess it is a personal thing and I can only say how I would feel. Obviously the cyclist has the right to ask for full compensation. However, If my own insurance would cover that kind of incident then I would rather claim on it than demand my rightful entitlement from somebody who had made an innocent mistake for whom I thought the loss of £3.5k might bring misery. I don't think we can say one approach is right and the other wrong. Whilst responsibility for your actions is a good lesson for a child, showing magnanimity isn't a bad one either.

A sensible response. Claiming off my own insurance is one thing but there are some other considerations:

- I would lose my no claim bonus and therefore future premiums will increase through no fault of my own
- The equivalent 2014 bike is unavailable now as the 2015 stock is being released. Speaking with suppliers the equivalent 2015 model won't be available until Feb/Mar 2015 (higher spec models are released later than the lower spec ones) so unless I spend my own money and by another bike (which I don't want to do), choose an alternative (which I don't want) or a less model (again... have a guess!), I'll be without a bike for 4-5 months through no fault of my own.

Ideal situation would be no loss of NCB, the same premium and new bike but that's no possible!

Re: Hit and Run - Cyclist Wanted !

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 September 2014 - 12:44pm
Lots of editted out sound...

Re: Why do (some of us) do it?

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 September 2014 - 12:37pm
binsted wrote:[XAP]Bob wrote:Yes I would, I spend a lot of time trying to defend cyclists actions, and when you see "one of your own" giving ammunition to the opposition it makes the job that much harder.How well do the people you are defending from manage to defend the actions of other motorists? You know, those who kill thousands of people a yearm let alone the maiming and injuring that they do, the threatening and bulling, the wanton destruction they wreak on our cities and roads...

What are you rambling on about, I am not in the least interested in how motorists defend themselves. I am concerned with the image that we as cyclists project and when cyclists are killed and I read that somehow they bring it upon themselves because they jump red lights I get annoyed.

Defence is pointless. The people to whom you are talking are part of another "group" which kills thousands of people a year - Motorists.

It is the motorists who should be defending their actions, not the cyclists.

Note I'm not advocating RLJ or other law breaking, but to let that become the debate is silly - the debate is why we let motorists kill thousands each year, not why a minority of cyclists do the same as a majority of motorists (RLJ)

Re: First Audax

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 September 2014 - 12:36pm
Thanks all. I will let you after the event how I got on
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