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Re: Pennine Cycleway

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 September 2014 - 9:59am
Thanks.
I was thinking of Derby to New Mills then day 2 New Mills to Hebden Bridge.

Does anybody know the aproximate climbing involved on day 2 to the nearest 1000 feet.

Thanks

Re: Knocked off bicycle. Driver won't give insurance details

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 September 2014 - 9:53am
karlt wrote:Send him a letter detailing your claim and requesting either his proposals for paying compensation or his insurance details. Give him 28 days to respond in a satisfactory manner. ...
A few years ago I had to take legal action against somebody (not vehicle nor accident related). My solicitor always gave the other party 7 days to respond. Initially I said I felt this a bit short but he said it was fine. So my comment, 28 days is a long time to give somebody to respond. Long enough for them to put it to one side and forget about it.

I'd say send correspondence signed for delivery and then give a shorter time from receipt of letter; basically short enough that they have to get on and do it rather than leave and forget.

I never used them but you used to be able to have a chat/appointment with a solicitor through the Citizens Advice Bureau. You have to call for an appointment and I suspect they are busy and have constraints. And the solicitor will not act for you (for free), just give advice. That is if they still offer the service.

Ian

Re: Knocked off bicycle. Driver won't give insurance details

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 September 2014 - 9:45am
Send him a letter detailing your claim and requesting either his proposals for paying compensation or his insurance details. Give him 28 days to respond in a satisfactory manner. If he doesn't, go to the small claims court. It's not his insurers you're claiming against, it's him, and if he doesn't want to involve them he'll have to pay up himself.

Dream about this..

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 September 2014 - 9:29am
A dynamo on your front wheel and your smartphone being trickle charged as you cycle along. http://www.extremetech.com/electronics/ ... -like-wifi

Al

Re: new to touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 September 2014 - 9:01am
Thanks Andrew,
they are higher up that's why couldn't figure out what the where for,as the one I had on my trek was held on with straps.

Re: new to touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 September 2014 - 8:17am
neil ry wrote:Thanks for the responce's.
my bike has eyelets for all including the forks for panniers(it was the postion, of the one's on the downtube which threw me,but don't think I need the extra bottle)
If the eyelets are near the bottom bracket, they will be for a bottle cage, if they are higher up, they will be for a crudcatcher type mudguards

Re: new to touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 September 2014 - 7:34am
It will be fine. Ps I've cycled camped quite a few thousand miles (summer) with a hybrid and never needed front panniers.

Re: Getting to Scandinavia

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 September 2014 - 7:22am
I attempted to do the North Sea Cycle Route (if that's the right name) by flying to Amsterdam then to Bergen and riding south after finding out the Bergen Orkney ferry was no more. It was misery; cold, wet, expensive, howling headwinds all the way. I skipped a big chunk by getting the ferry from Kristiansand to Denmark. Wouldn't recommend it to anyone. For much of the NSCR in Norway you need a mountain bike, it's single track. In England those howling headwinds were howling tailwinds (nice). If you can get the maps which are like rare first editions the NSCR in England is delightful.

Touring Costa Rica on 6 USD per day

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 September 2014 - 2:45am
Hey guys!

Many people used to tell me how expensive touring in Costa Rica was, that I should cross the country fast if I didn't want to break the bank cycling around this country. While I agree with that Costa Rica is probably one of the most expensive destinations to travel on a bicycle in the Americas, I also think it's very possible to do it on the cheap. My girlfriend and I just spent about 3 weeks in the country and our expenses were 6 USD per day, per person.

Find out how we did it and what we spent on here:

http://www.cyclingelmundo.com/travel-budget-bicycle-touring-costa-rica/

Safe travels!
Antonio

Re: new to touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 September 2014 - 11:16pm
just dont over do it dont get too ambitious. allow lots of time and assume you will ride slowly.

Re: Surly Disc Trucker

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 September 2014 - 11:12pm
The first thing I said when I got the bike was that I'm chucking out the saddle. A year later, turns out it's probably the best saddle I've ever owned.

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 September 2014 - 11:12pm
I actually like fat frames but I don't like the whole grey and dark thing. I like a bike to be colourful.
I bought my road bike largely because I couldn't choose between a few and this one looked best to me, as it was colourful.



However when it came to my Hybrid which I wanted colourful as I will be riding it a lot at night I couldn't get one, had to settle for grey. I've added lots of reflective bits though. Including reflective walled marathon tyres as well now.

Re: Knocked off bicycle. Driver won't give insurance details

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 September 2014 - 10:28pm
Nimitta wrote:Cunobelin wrote:Does the business card have the company details?
Approach his managers

He is one of the company's directors.


What type of company?

Write a polite letter copied to ALL the directors explaining the facts and asking if this is the standard of honesty, and integrity that the Company endorses, especially if it is a market where these are key to its operation

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 September 2014 - 10:27pm


Not such a pretty sight when seen on a lycra jersey. Cafe proprietors are not usually very impressed!

Re: Lesser known hazards for off-road cyclists

CTC Forum - MTB - 29 September 2014 - 10:25pm
Idiots shooting a shotgun in the general direction of the Fife Coastal path. Even spent shot raining down through a tree stings.

Re: Getting to Scandinavia 2

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 September 2014 - 10:18pm
Vorpal wrote:http://forum.ctc.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=86403&p=781581#p781581

But there's still the one from Immingham.
Although you may have difficulty getting on it - see this PDF (linked from the main Asbjerg-Immingham page)

DSDS Ferries letter wrote:Unfortunately it will not be possible to accept passengers or any private related bookings with a driver on our route between Esbjerg and Immingham as from 29th September 2014.

The route is served by two freight vessels which each have limited passenger capacity of 12 persons.
You might be able to book your bike on but not travel with it!

Rick

Re: Getting to Scandinavia 2

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 September 2014 - 9:35pm
There isn't, I'm afraid. A note on the DFDS website says that they are no longer taking non-HGV passengers on Immingham-Esbjerg.

Re: Getting to Scandinavia 2

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 September 2014 - 9:02pm
viewtopic.php?f=16&t=86403&p=781581#p781581

But there's still the one from Immingham.

Getting to Scandinavia 2

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 September 2014 - 8:49pm
BBC TV for eastern counties reported this evening (6.30pm 29 Sept) that a ferry company proposes to start a service Harwich-Esbjerg at Easter 2015. I did a quick search but couldn't find confirmation.
Let's hope that this does happen.

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 September 2014 - 8:45pm
Well, don't ride it in the rain then!

My 'guards aren't on yet, but when this wonderful weather changes next week(?) and we leave this dry autumnal weather and enter the pre-winter wetness, my 'guards will go on.

The thing is, some folk never use mudguards, so how do they get on?
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