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Re: Four 4x4's/SUV'S on a forty mile ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 September 2014 - 1:30pm
If one scrolls 180 degrees on the streetview a 50mph repeater sign is visible right in front, so it's not a NSL stretch.

Two Together Rail Card

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 September 2014 - 1:21pm
just got my Two Together Rail Card as my wife and I are fed up with driving everywhere with bikes in the car

http://www.twotogether-railcard.co.uk/

According to the site:

'Get a new Two Together Railcard for you and the person you travel with most, and you'll both enjoy 1/3 off rail fares when you get away together.......

It's not just a card for couples either - you can get one with a best friend, or one of the family. Together you can save on practical everyday journeys, fun day trips or exciting weekend breaks - as many times as you like. Here's what you need to know:

•The Railcard costs just £30 - that’s £15 each. So after a couple of trips, the card will have paid for itself.


•Your Two Together Railcard will save you both 1/3 off a wide range of tickets. '


Just booked a couple of journeys

Nottingham-York Saturday-Based on 2 Adults -single journey
Outward Journey: 6th September 2014 at 08:48

Ticket Price without a Railcard

£36.40

Railcard Saving

- £12.40

Ticket Price with a Railcard

£24


Based on 2 Adults
Oxford-Birmingham Friday-single journey

Outward Journey: 5th September 2014 at 12:07

Ticket Price without a Railcard

£34.20

Railcard Saving

- £11.60

Ticket Price with a Railcard

£22.60

Re: Ditching my Hybrid for a full Spec Tourer

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 September 2014 - 1:20pm
Why? If the hybrid's comfy and it hasn't any obvious defects ... unless you're planning a massive trip through somewhere really remote, use the money you would spend to finance a really good tour.

Re: Four 4x4's/SUV'S on a forty mile ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 September 2014 - 1:20pm
Is it just me, but the first line of the news article emphasises the 60 mph road bit.
It is almost blaming the 2 'veteran' cyclists for being on such a fast road?

Mark

Re: channel hopping

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 September 2014 - 12:57pm
Just back from Calais to Dieppe long weekend- heading south from Calais is very hilly and I had a fierce headwind which really slowed me down on the first day.. I'd recommend Witesse as a good place to stop, and the other St Valery (sur Somme) was spectacular- great campsites and the town is incredibly pretty. Le Touquet is worth a visit. You're in for a treat!

Thank you to the forum

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 September 2014 - 12:36pm
Hi guys, I have been lurking on the forum for a few months and I just wanted to say thank you to you all for giving me the inspiration to get of my [rude word removed] and go on a little self-supported jaunt to Northern France. I'm pretty much a complete novice to any form of cycle touring but you all made it seem so straightforward that I realised I was over-researching and should just get going... 4 days and 200 miles later I'm back with a huge grin on my face. This could get very addictive. Thanks again.
Col
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Mud and Biryani - 2 nights on the SDW

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 September 2014 - 11:49am
A short adventure along the South Downs Way with a tent, mud and a biryani.
http://www.farawayvisions.com/mud-and-biryani-netley-to-amberley/

Re: Booking bikes on TGVs in France - now easier

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 September 2014 - 11:22am
I've booked train tickets using the website, but I've not yet needed to book a bike space.

It's becoming quite popular in France simply because the SNCF website is a bit of a nightmare to use and tries to make you buy travel insurance and book hotels and rental cars.

Re: Carrying a defibrillator

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 September 2014 - 11:18am
Having recently done a first aid and defib course, the importance of early defibrillation in survival rates is significant. That being said, like others have mentioned the chances of someone surviving after their heart has stopped is very slim. I don't think carrying a defib when riding is practical, but I do think it's important to increase the number available in towns and cities as well as more remote areas and I also think CPR should be taught in schools.

Re: Can I have a moan?

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 September 2014 - 11:10am
Recognising that many of the posts here are along the lines of 'landowners impinging upon the rights of freeborn Englishmen (or whatever part of the UK you come from) - what do they think they are doing?' there are problems from the other side of the gate - so to speak. Among these are flytipping, travellers gaining entry, theft, game birds being reared, ground nesting birds nesting and the amount of litter left behind by the general public.

As a land manager I have had problems with all the above and the first two in particular can be expensive and time-consuming - I have had to deal with loads of asbestos being dumped and travellers who left more than two lorry loads of rubbish (mainly conifer clippings). I recognise that's not always the reason gates are locked but it does happen. Not everyone out there is a cheery cyclist or happy hiker who would cause no problems.

Re: 2 LeJog deaths: Death by dangerous driving charge

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 September 2014 - 10:59am
kwackers wrote:Actually you could be right.
I'd rather assumed 'death by dangerous driving' points would hang around for a while but apparently they only last 4 years (yet bizarrely "Causing death through driving carelessly when unfit" lasts 11!).
http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/when-endorsements-and-penalty-points-can-be-removed-from-a-driving-licence

OTOH, isn't there usually a clause in insurance documents that require you to tell them of any significant bans etc (Plus in these days of computerised records they'll be well aware of your past history).
Possibly

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/11018855.Crook_delivery_driver_who_killed_Cleadon_cyclist_on_A66_near_Stockton_walks_free_from_court/
Appalling
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Re: 2 LeJog deaths: Death by dangerous driving charge

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 September 2014 - 10:37am
honesty wrote:.... whether they should be applying discounts to sentencing for guilty pleas is another discussion!

I think it's central to a case like this, which took so long to come to trial through the congestion in the courts. A defendant has a right to contest a charge and they cannot be penalised for doing so. The only alternative is to reward them for a guilty plea, especially an early one. The difference is only one of language, of course, but that's the way it works. One of the things that's needed is a way of getting cases weighed off pronto, especially when they are admitted.

Re: Can I have a moan?

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 September 2014 - 10:33am
[XAP]Bob wrote:You know scrap metal men...


Would they take a whole car?
I know a guy would drop me a skip off, foc for as long as I needed it. Could take years to fill with grass cuttings!

Re: Can I have a moan?

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 September 2014 - 10:31am
You know scrap metal men...


Would they take a whole car?

Re: 2 LeJog deaths: Death by dangerous driving charge

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 September 2014 - 10:28am
Also, he got a 25% off his sentence for pleading guilty, therefore he actually got sentenced 10 years for each charge.... whether they should be applying discounts to sentencing for guilty pleas is another discussion!

Re: Can I have a moan?

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 September 2014 - 10:26am
I suspect that if somebody parks a car without permission on somebody else's private drive while they go on holiday, then it must be a trespass. Although trespassers cannot be prosecuted (except in specific cases where trespassing has been made an offence) that wouldn't prevent somebody taking civil action. Probably a bit academic in most cases, but not if the occupier of the land suffered a substantial loss. eg If a builder was due to start work and couldn't do so because their access was blocked. If the occupier was unable to park on their own land and in consequence incurred extra expenses themselves (eg presumably no other convenient free car parking nearby or the trespasser would have used it) then those expenses would be recoverable from the trespasser. If the trespasser found it too inconvenient or expensive to park-and-ride at the start and end of their hols, then they would have to recognise that inflicting that on the occupier every day on the duration of their trespass was considerably more inconvenient and expensive.

Resorting to the law like this is expensive and complicated and not everybody is comfortable with it. A civil claim for compo is only cost effective if the other party has the means to pay. Somebody (kwackers?) mentioned that in the case they had seen reported, the police advice had been along the lines that nothing could be done. The fact is that the police get little training on the civil law, other than to understand that civil action is largely a private matter. They are rightly anxious to avoid being quoted as the authority for something being done - or they should be. The only advice can be to get decent legal advice. (Which is why I began this post with "I suspect.")

Re: 2 LeJog deaths: Death by dangerous driving charge

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 September 2014 - 10:25am
reohn2 wrote:10years down the line will anyone ask about previous convictions so old?
Actually you could be right.
I'd rather assumed 'death by dangerous driving' points would hang around for a while but apparently they only last 4 years (yet bizarrely "Causing death through driving carelessly when unfit" lasts 11!).
http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/when-endorsements-and-penalty-points-can-be-removed-from-a-driving-licence

OTOH, isn't there usually a clause in insurance documents that require you to tell them of any significant bans etc (Plus in these days of computerised records they'll be well aware of your past history).
reohn2 wrote:I'm unaware of the case in question.
http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/11018855.Crook_delivery_driver_who_killed_Cleadon_cyclist_on_A66_near_Stockton_walks_free_from_court/

Re: 2 LeJog deaths: Death by dangerous driving charge

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 September 2014 - 10:17am
kwackers wrote:reohn2 wrote:Doesn't it just stink to high heaven,he kills two,carries on driving only to commit the same offence whilst on bail,then gets 81/2 years(out in less than four) and a driving ban for 10 years after which he'll pick up his licence and carry on driving without needing to prove he's capable after such an absence.
You couldn't make it up.

TBH It's a lot better than I expected. Plus I doubt he'll just carry on driving, would you insure him? Could he afford insurance? What company would hire him as a driver?
10years down the line will anyone ask about previous convictions so old?


Contrast this to the case a few months ago where the guy simply drove over a cyclist because he didn't think it was safe to stop and got let off with a slapped wrist. That case imo was criminal whilst this one was just stupid.
I'm unaware of the case in question.

Re: Booking bikes on TGVs in France - now easier

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 September 2014 - 9:50am
A cautious thumbs-up - they sure go fast!

Re: Booking bikes on TGVs in France - now easier

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 September 2014 - 9:33am
Have you actually made a booking using this site ?
At first glance it certainly seems o.k - certainly a site like this would be useful for cyclists if it works.
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