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Re: Taking a bike on a train

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 February 2015 - 10:43am
Grungy Anglia trains are offering two free bike and go hires if you payy the £10 registration fee before the end of March. Details http://www.abelliogreateranglia.co.uk/a ... cycle-hire

I don't know if it applies to Northern and Mersey bike and go too.

Re: Female Cyclist Death In North London

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 February 2015 - 10:30am
reohn2 wrote:Vorpal
I wasn't suggesting it was his fault in any way,only that I was unaware the age for HGV drivers had been reduced.
I wasn't trying to imply that you were apportioning blame. Sorry if you took it that way.

Re: Taking a bike on a train

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 February 2015 - 10:26am
The fat commuter wrote:How easy is it to take a pushbike onto a train?
Usually it's very straightforward although there are regional variations with different operating companies having different rules regarding cycle carriage. Check in advance with the company providing the service you wish to use, in particular ask about the days/times you wish to travel.

Re: Panniers as airline baggage

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 February 2015 - 10:08am
I had a problem with plastic bags in the past, as they rip fairly easily, and you may lose bits in transport. Especially if you factor in transit between flights. It would have to be one hell of a bin liner not to rip with 40 kg in it!

Not sure if you clicked on the eBay link above but a zipped bag that will hold it all and serve you a lifetime is £1.99 there, well worth the money. Or try Pundland, I got mine there. And once you land in Bishkek with it, you'll look like a local!

Re: Female Cyclist Death In North London

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 February 2015 - 10:05am
Vorpal
I wasn't suggesting it was his fault in any way,only that I was unaware the age for HGV drivers had been reduced.

Re: Panniers as airline baggage

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 February 2015 - 9:56am
jim_wks wrote:I've just a black bin liner with lots of sticky tape in the past

Sounds the best idea.
Thanks

Re: Panniers as airline baggage

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 February 2015 - 9:50am
I've just a black bin liner with lots of sticky tape in the past

Re: help with a route

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 February 2015 - 9:30am
Heltor Chasca wrote:How brilliant. You have my support and blessing.

How about for the bottom, horizontal part of the 'Z' you go from Bristol, Bath, Reading, London along the Bristol-Bath cycle route then along the Kennet & Avon all the way (or there abouts) to London?

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+1 for K&A but be aware
1) It stops at Reading, you'd need to plan an onward route to London (bits of the Thames Path are cycle-able, but not all)
2) There are a few stretches which are not very comfortable - you can't cycle (or indeed walk) through the Bruce Tunnel near Burbage; the stretch from east of Bedwyn into Hungerford can be very muddy; you should follow the signposted cycle route, not the canal, for the short stretch from just east of the M4 bridge near Theale as far as Burghfield Bridge; further east into Reading there is an irritating pair of barriers where you will have to dismount and possibly remove panniers etc. but it's no big deal on conventional bicycles. Alternative routes are easy to find.
3) Also I wouldn't really recommend the K&A until the winter mud has dried a bit - depending on the weather this is likely to be sometime in March.

I'm happy to give more detail if you're interested.

Re: Female Cyclist Death In North London

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 February 2015 - 9:15am
661-Pete wrote:It now transpires that the driver of the Bath tipper truck was only 19 years old, and had passed his HGV only a few days before.
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015 ... lip-potter
Sorry, but words fail me...

We don't know what happened, and police are still investigating. His age and expereience may have nothing to do with what happened.

According to the BBC* He had been licensed to drive the truck for months but recently passed a more advanced test to drive other heavy goods vehicles....There has been no public comment from Mr Potter but postings on Facebook suggest he passed his HGV test the day after his 19th birthday. Legally, the test can be taken from the age of 18.

However, it is understood he passed his LGV licence - required to operate the eight-wheeled tipper truck - some months earlier, and he has long-term experience with heavy farm vehicles.

Witnesses said that he seemed to be trying to avert an accident, despite what they thought was brake failure. Perhaps he did what any responsible person would, and did his best. Perhaps he averted a greater tragedy that would have killed more people.

We don't know what happened, and we don't have enough information to take make any judgements.

p.s. he's old enough to die for his country, or fly a fighter jet

* http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-somerset-31454693

Re: Female Cyclist Death In North London

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 February 2015 - 8:57am
661-Pete wrote:It now transpires that the driver of the Bath tipper truck was only 19 years old, and had passed his HGV only a few days before.
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015 ... lip-potter
Sorry, but words fail me...

I was under the impression you had to be 21 to drive an HGV over 7.5 tonnes,has the law changed?

Re: Walking bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 February 2015 - 8:16am
Elizabethsdad wrote:https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10204275787147754

Brilliant! Not sure about the noise. It just shows there's no bounds with imagination and ingenuity.

I've got a canoe and a bike. Now what shall I make this weekend?...hc

Re: First Tour (Norway)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 February 2015 - 8:11am
I have a feeling that they've abolished even that (certainly there's no mention of it on their website any more) -- and when it did exist it applied only to small set of routes. Frustrating!

Re: Head On Crash Avoidance........Two Bikes!

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 February 2015 - 7:04am
my favourite is the pedestrian on the cycle path trying to be helpful by stepping forwards, and backwards so no matter how much you swerve they still seem to be in the way forcing you to a dead stop.
I had my revenge though later on the road, took primary through a zebra crossing, only to have a smart car try to pass me... i wasnt the problem, i reckon it was the cement raised platform in the middle of the road that he saw at the last minute

Re: help with a route

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 February 2015 - 1:56am
pwa wrote:There must be a few bits of canal that you could cycle alongside. Anyone know anything about the Oxford Canal?

The bit I rode in September looked like this:


We got off it as soon as we could.

Re: Walking bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 February 2015 - 12:07am
I've always thought about how a rowing machine bike would work, someone must have done it.

Re: Female Cyclist Death In North London

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 February 2015 - 11:41pm
It now transpires that the driver of the Bath tipper truck was only 19 years old, and had passed his HGV only a few days before.
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015 ... lip-potter
Sorry, but words fail me...

Re: Head On Crash Avoidance........Two Bikes!

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 February 2015 - 11:35pm
Weirdly, I too find on bike tracks that other bikes do sometimes try to cross me on the wrong side.
And when it's just me meandering along and nobody else is in sight, I do sometimes find I drift to the right, and have to pull over if I see anyone coming.
I have no idea why this is.

Trains Sweden

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 February 2015 - 10:54pm
Are Swedish rail not doing that midsummer thing that they throw their normal bicycle rules out - Im sure there was a thread on here a while back

Re: Lance Armstrong on the BBC News

CTC Forum - Racing - 13 February 2015 - 9:39pm
If you read all the reports about the teams Armstrong rode for you will see that they were already doping before he joined them. Strange too that some of his former team members were caught after they left Armstrong's team and while riding for competitors. Who was bullying them to carry on doping once out of Armstrong's influence?

Armstrong deserved his 7 wins and would probably have won multiple Tours if the whole peloton had been clean - perhaps not all 7 but possibly 5. He stayed healthy and upright - unlike Froome - and trained specifically for the TdF with a team schooled to support him. His former team members who told their tales, escaped without any sanctions and kept their money are very disappointing - as are the sponsors who made millions on Armstrong's back and are now distancing themselves from him.

At the end of the day it's only a bike race and much as I enjoy watching the road racing, it is not that important. Sport, in general, seems to have been elevated to a position in society that it does not deserve. It is only entertainment. The Olympic Games are called that because that is all they are - games. Every sport has its share of cheats; just look at what goes on during a football match. Sit back and enjoy the spectacle. If you question every victory or outstanding performance you may as well stop watching sport altogether.
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