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Re: Consent from the Missus

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 October 2014 - 9:27am
Mick F wrote:We don't need "permission" to do anything. Neither of us! We need agreement, not permission.

Marriage - or any other partnership - needs agreement for both/all partners to do anything. What's the problem?

Shhh, don't spoil the illusion. That's meant to be a secret.

'Speshly to the young folks who like to blog/tweet/poke* about their problems publicly rather than talk about them.





*Obv, forums are completely different...

Re: A warm dry winter?

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 October 2014 - 9:21am
Lance Dopestrong wrote:Most of the main models are showing intermittent Northern blocking December into January.
In winter, colder weather.

Ian

Accident on bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 October 2014 - 9:19am
Hi, I've been advised to come here for help.

Two weeks ago a car pulled out in front of me, on my right of way, came across a junction not looking and not aware I was there.

I slammed on my brakes, and the next thing I know is I am waking up on the road with a lot of people around me. I was unable to move due to the pain in my head (I am thankful for my helmet because I doubt I would be writing this today) and knee. Police, first responder and ambulance were all at the scene eventually. I was collared and taking to ED for CT scan

Eventually sent home with concussion, lots of bruising to my legs and a swollen right knee. A week later the knee was still swollen so had a xray, that was normal. Two weeks on, its still swollen (not as much) and still have bruises to my legs.

Since the accident I have suffered with headaches, lack of concentration and just want to chat, which a gp has said is post concussive syndrome, so another trip back to the hospital yesterday, CT scan(normal) and consultation, confirmed PCS. I've now been signed off work for a week, with a phased return to work.

Police witness statement is in. I'm unsure if I hit the car, police think I did, and I'm also sure, but not definite, that the driver drive off and then came back.

Bike although it appeared to have cosmetic damage, seems to have issues according to the bike shop, they have swopped all components and now giant are sending a new frame for diagnostics. It was only five weeks old at the time of the accident.

Im after advice What do I do and where do I stand.???

Thanks

Re: Clipping and running

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 October 2014 - 8:57am
Bicycler wrote:Agreed, if blame has to be attributed then that is where it lies. Though it is one of those cases where the person behind could have anticipated the movement after seeing the signal. A bit like a car indicator - once it is on expect the vehicle to start drifting

They did, and they started to leave room - but then the bloke just swiped across pretty suddenly and without a second check.

Re: A warm dry winter?

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 October 2014 - 8:55am
Lance Dopestrong wrote:Most of the main models are showing intermittent Northern blocking December into January.

Unfortunately, I haven't a clue what that means!

Northern blocking either means that we'll have a blocking system in the north, dragging down arctic winds, or that the jet stream will block the north meaning we get lots of wet atlantic weather...

Hmm - no idea...

Re: Berlin to Copenhagen

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 October 2014 - 7:43am
I also went in 2008, in July (and spent 7 days cycling). I stayed in B&Bs/hotels, which I'd booked in advance, though I think I could have got away without doing so (except in the big cities): places were generally fairly quiet, esp. in the German section. I agree with the previous poster about the surfaces: they're generally good, but there are some rough sections, esp. on the forest tracks. I was on 28mm tyres, and just about managed (but one of my rims did collapse just before CPH -- perhaps a coincidence, but...).

(I stayed at this place south of CPH: recommended, if you want to give yourself an almost-at-the-end treat: http://www.roedvigkro.dk/)

Re: A warm dry winter?

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 October 2014 - 6:29am
karlt wrote:Psamathe wrote:GrumpyGit wrote:Working on the principle that it never rains when you're carrying an umbrella I'm expecting a very mild winter this year!
Didn't the Met Office give-up doing long range forecasts - as they always turned out so wrong and they were "suffering criticism".

Ian

No. They stopped because the accuracy, although published, wasn't taken into account by people when using the long range forecasts. They weren't "always wrong"; they were as accurate as they were claimed to be, which is not particularly.



Any prediction which is not very accurate will mostly be wrong.

Re: Berlin to Copenhagen

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 October 2014 - 6:13am
2008, in the Autumn. Stayed in B and Bs and hotels. There were some unpaved sections and some very sandy in Germany. Also some lage concrete slab areas. Bromptons a bad idea for some of the German bit.

Re: Clipping and running

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 October 2014 - 6:08am
Chap in front is totally at fault.

Re: First tour in France after 50yrs together:o)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 October 2014 - 9:23pm
Sounds like a great trip. Did you find accommodation expensive ?

Re: Spain trip

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 October 2014 - 9:15pm
> Start with looking at http://www.PedalPortugal.com for campsites in Portugal
> In September 2014 two of us cycle-camped Santiago de Compostela to Lisbon well away from the coast- finding campsites was not straight forward. Camping fees were modest indeed and site quality varied from acceptable to very good. As mentioned earlier, campsites are not signed very well, or even not at all.
> I hope you like hills?
> and good luck with navigation - there are roads not shown on maps or GPS and in some cases roads on maps that have yet to be built

Re: Consent from the Missus

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 October 2014 - 8:08pm
Married people are odd!

My folks would stock the fridge for a couple of weeks, leave money on the side and then jet off abroad.
Mind you, it was the 70s. The rule was Don't answer the door, go to school and don't kill each others

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 October 2014 - 7:36pm
I suppose we could go wild camping.

It looks like we'd start our tour around July 18 or 19th. 8 Days of riding would put us in the Bullith Wells area (where the Fair takes place) around the 24th? Does have me a little worried at this stage, so may move things to the middle two weeks instead to play it safe?

Also - anyone ridden the NCN 4? Thinking of riding it from Cardiff to London (3 days) or the vicinity -wherever my mate is living these days. Was wondering if its worth it or if we should just take a train back.

Laureen's ride - Cheshire

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 October 2014 - 7:16pm
Just stumbled upon this way marked route - I live in W Wales but visiting my rels who still live here.
It's a bridleway of ~ 56km about half off road I'd guess.
I'm after a .gpx file if there's one out there - can't see anyone's uploaded it to mapmyride or view ranger,
nor on a googhly search.

http://northcheshireriders.webs.com/laureensride.htm

Amusingly the horsey types include a photo of cyclists struggling with p*nctures...

Re: Consent from the Missus

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 October 2014 - 6:49pm
I am very fortunate

We have always had a leave difference, where I have a week more

Our "bargain" is that if we need things doing then this is done, but otherwise I have a week to tour.

Trouble is that this is in March which has seen two tours abandoned by blizzards, and others in shorts and a t shirt!


PS I have never ever, and would not dream of bribing the Mother in law to babysit the double glazing / builders whilst I go off on the bike!

Re: Clipping and running

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 October 2014 - 6:46pm
Agreed, if blame has to be attributed then that is where it lies. Though it is one of those cases where the person behind could have anticipated the movement after seeing the signal. A bit like a car indicator - once it is on expect the vehicle to start drifting

Re: Sick people

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 October 2014 - 6:45pm
ChrisButch wrote:flatout wrote:....... To dismiss it with the implied contempt often expressed when the subject crops up here risks, once again, the narrow sectarianism which has so often held back cycling in this country, and that I find disappointing.

I've no problem whatsoever with anyone who wishes to pay for a route sheet,and feed stations,if it strums their strings all well and good.But I can only relay my experiences when I/we've encountered such rides which hasn't been positive.
I'm sorry if I implied it was all sportive participants,my post wasn't meant like that,just mine and Mrs R2's experience when encountering four separate sportives.
I've no kind of sectarian agenda and will acknowledge and or offer help to any cyclist I happen upon on the road,though I wish I could say the same for some other cyclists which tend to be,though not exclusively, the black 'n red attired,minimum spoke,stripped down race bike,anorexic,variety.
Just my observations.

Re: Clipping and running

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 October 2014 - 6:42pm
The guy in front is at fault.

Re: Clipping and running

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 October 2014 - 6:22pm
Guy in front at fault - I was waiting for the camera bike to clip a wheel.

Although he indicated there simply wasn't enough room, despite the guy behind (who had been drafting OK for a while) falling back for him.

Very sudden motion

Re: Berlin to Copenhagen

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 October 2014 - 6:12pm
Thanks for replies. My questions are

- what time of year did you make the trip?
- what accommodation did you use?
- did you book accommodation in advance or were you able to find some on the day?
- how long did you take over the trip?
- how rough were the unpaved sections (we are planning to make the trip on Bromptons)?

I have the German guide book but my German is not good!
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