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Re: commute distance, folder or road bike?

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 September 2014 - 10:03pm
Keep going, you'll get fitter and fitter, especially if it's a mild winter and you don't get too many days off. Months down the line you'll still be realising that some hill or other is a little bit easier. Whichever bike you stick with/buy! (Having more than one will start to seem sensible, if you have the space )

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 September 2014 - 9:57pm
Cunobelin wrote:Does the business card have the company details?
Approach his managers

He is one of the company's directors.

Mark1978 wrote:Do you have any legal cover eg British Cycling or CTC? I assume you have his reg no?

No. To be honest, I even didn't know they existed.

beardy wrote:Did you keep a record of his number plate?

Not really. I was in a state of shock, and then the police and paramedics arrived, and they took me into the ambulance to check BP, HR etc. But the police must have recorded his number plate. Will they give me his insurance details if I call them? I thought they wouldn't.

beardy wrote:Have you been able to check that it was his business card and that the details on it do lead to him?

Oh yes, I checked the website of the company, and there was his photo with a minister (I do not remember what minister it was). He gave me his own business card, no doubt. I expected people who carry out responsibilities as company executives be more responsible when it comes to legal matters. Why did he give me his card at all if he did not want to provide me with his insurer details is beyond my understanding.

beardy wrote:He may be hoping that you will "just go away" he needs something like a solicitor's letter, a call from the Police or a demand from you for a specific amount to be paid (which you will have to follow with a letter stating that you will take it to the court).

I think you are right, he is hoping for this. It's not even polite, let alone decent...

Re: "End of the line for Europe's iconic night trains?"

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 September 2014 - 9:27pm
I use the England - Scotland trains at least a couple of times a year and they're generally brilliant. I have no problem sleeping on them (although I understand why some people struggle). The lounge is brilliant although it's usually only to passengers in sleeper berths with surprisingly good, affordable food.

They're always full so the operators must be doing something right. I think that most European operators just can't be a***d to make go of them.

I think it's a great pity the UK - mainland Europe ones never ran. The trains were built but the govt then decided they would be 'uneconomic' and we sold them to Canada. Having said that, they'd probably have made everyone get off a Lille at 2am to be strip-searched or something!

Re: accident claims

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 September 2014 - 9:07pm
You guys have just beautifully illustrated the difference between a cyclist, and an idiot who just happens to ride a bike. It's pedantry, but I feel a worthy one.

Re: commute distance, folder or road bike?

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 September 2014 - 8:16pm
In London, cycling can often be quicker. I recently met my son in central London and I caught the tube to his house while he cycled. Chancery Lane to Leytonstone. He lives 5 mins walk from the tube station. He beat me by a good 10 mins. It's about 8 miles and he did it in 25 mins, took me 35. OK, he's pretty fit, cycles at 18 mph even in London traffic, but he knows the best route and all the good short cuts.

Plus, consider how much money you'd save if you got rid of your Travel Card. My son's wife has a Zone 3 card and it costs a staggering 1600 pounds a year. This to ride on a tube train where you can't even get a seat in rush hour. That saving will fund a decent road bike/tourer/commuter which will pay for itself over and over again. I save £20 a week by commuting by bike compared to bus or car.

Re: Lewes Road Brighton- new facility any good?

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 September 2014 - 8:12pm
Actually I think I like gyratories... but only if traffic speeds are cycle speeds... 10 mph or so

Re: Cafe & coffee

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 September 2014 - 7:53pm
I do like a nice cup of coffee. Out on my bike I like one to keep me going. The hype of the Yank companies & their sugar foam & flavour laden beverages makes me laugh, but not as much as this little clip: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00h4sny
Please spend 3.08 mins to watch!

Re: accident claims

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 September 2014 - 7:23pm
Guess I'm just getting cranky in me old age...or more nervous, There was a head-on(bike v bike)near where I live. One o the cyclists went into ICU. Never followed up the result. Am also in the habit of asking 'ridiculous' questions. Given there's car accident fraud wherein I purposefully make another motorist collide with my colleague to claim whiplash or whatever,I wonder why this isn't being tried with cyclists. In this age of litigation and tight finances,wonder why the inducement to make ££ is not being taken up by creative criminals. Just a thought.

Re: Good icebreaker leggings for cycle tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 September 2014 - 7:01pm
OP - might be worth checking out the Aldi thread

Re: accident claims

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 September 2014 - 6:54pm
I'm also very wary of other cyclists. To some I think, cycle paths are just an extension of pavement riding.
There don't appear to be any rules about what side to take - if there is room for that.
I always ride on the left but I've come close to being injured on occasion by fast moving cyclists riding on "my side".
These paths rely on people riding at a safe speed with consideration for others - quite a few don't.
And of course there are the dog walkers often with a poorly controlled dog on a long lead.

Re: accident claims

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 September 2014 - 6:11pm
My problem with cycle paths (the completely away from roads sort) is mostly dogs not under control. I've never had a problem with other bikes. But then I don't use them in the rush hour.
Cycle paths/shared paths next to roads I regard as, with a few specific exceptions, so dangerous at junctions from vehicular traffic that the road is preferable.

I can't recall a problem with other cyclists on roads either, but that may be, again, due to me cycling outside of rush hour/in a part of the UK where there aren't lots of bikes.

Re: is bikehike working?

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 September 2014 - 5:29pm
Dunno if it's any help but I used "EasyGPS" with my old garmin that connected via serial port to usb linky thing.

Thanks very much Si - that did the job.

I laugh at how dependant on their phones some pathetic souls are, but for the past few days I've been thinking 'oh no, I can't go for a proper bike ride until I can load my gps'

Re: Good icebreaker leggings for cycle tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 September 2014 - 4:53pm
elioelio wrote:Hi there,

Wasn't sure where to ask this question but assumed there would be people out there who use Icebreaker clothing.
Basically, I bought some Icebreaker everyday leggings 2 weeks ago and they already have a rip in the side seam and a hole in the knee. I'm working from home at the moment and all I've been doing is sitting at a desk all day in them. It seems stupid that my primark leggings cost 5 times less but have lasted 20 times as long.

Was I just unlucky with a shoddy pair or are the 'everyday' leggings just bad quality?

Anyway, I'll get to my point. I'm off on a 6 month cycle tour and really want some decent leggings. To wear while sleeping, when cold, but also as everyday wear to wear under a skirt on rest days/evenings. Icebreaker do lots of variations of leggings. Are the others much better quality than the 'everyday' leggings? I realise there are some thicker ones, but I don't really need thicker.
I basically don't want to spend a whole load of money again on some leggings that end up ripping straightaway.
Any thoughts?

mine got ripped the second time I used it.

Re: tablet for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 September 2014 - 4:15pm
Found another couple of contenders from Argos. The Acer Iconia One at 90 quid including £10 Google Play voucher. And Argos own tablet made by Bush at only £70. Only 280g in weight, but seems to have a lot of negative reviews including a Which dont buy!

Re: Norfolk: B1077 Attleborough, road kind to cyclists?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 September 2014 - 2:35pm
. .. or try the cycle.travel website, which has a heavy bias against busy/hostile roads . . . . .

Re: Norfolk: B1077 Attleborough, road kind to cyclists?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 September 2014 - 2:15pm
No direct on-the-ground knowledge as I have only cycled to the North of Dereham in that part of the world.

Google's cycle directions gives some generally, on the face of it at least, sensible routing (apart from a bit of silliness on the stretch near the end by Shipdham Airfield which seem to try to overcome lack of north south routes at that point by taking via a way with no rights of way - although the 1:25k OS does suggest there are tracks - out of the back end of a small industrial estate There's also a bit near the beginning on Bridleways but that is easily moved to the nearby lanes) The westernmost suggested route is both the shortest (by a mere 1/2 mile) and avoids the B1077 entirely, in fact I don't think it uses a numbered road at all (apart from getting into Dereham & that's only assuming the end is right in the town). It doesn't seem unduly convoluted or to have too many "bonus" miles (31 vs a point to point distance of 25). Cycle.travel's route planner suggests almost exactly the same route avoiding the B1077, although it goes off on a more easterly route through Diss near the start where Google leaves Mellis heading west then north. Virtually all of Google's route has been "StreetViewed" so you can see the roads for yourself.

If I was planning it it would be roughly the route I would most likely end up doing (with the slight variations to avoid the bits mentioned above).


Re: French Alps - recommended places...?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 September 2014 - 12:44pm
Thanks chaps, keep ‘em coming.

I stayed for a few days just up the road in La Giettaz last Autumn, pneumatic - did the col des Aravis both ways, Colombière, la Croix Fry... There’s a wonderful view of Mont Blanc from the top of Aravis. And a horrible dark, but thankfully short, tunnel after La Giettaz when you climb from the south (as well as two others down in the gorges).

Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, round the other side of the lumpy bits from Le Bourg-d’Oisans, is a great alternative to base yourself for the cols most of you chaps mention. I rented a place that turned out to be right at the foot of la Croix de Fer, but walking distance from the town centre. It’s nice to have a choice of places to eat in the evening, if you don’t fancy cooking.

Both rental places offered independent apartments in the proprietors’ homes, and the second one gave me one of the best breakfasts I’ve ever had in a B&B. Enough carbs to at least help you stagger out the door in the morning (or provoke the stagger in the first place): a whole baguette, croissants (plural), brioche or pain au lait, biscottes, cereal bars, fruit, yoghurt, jam, cheese... Bear in mind I was there alone...

I hesitate to name either of the places I stay, for selfish reasons - (I want to be able to go back and not find them permanently booked!) - but if anyone wants to have them, I’ll send links via PM.

Oh, I also found a decent hotel right in the heart of Barcelonette, handy for the col de la Bonnette, if anyone's interested: Hotel de la Placette. They have a lock-up garage nearby where you can store your bikes, but I saw at least two guys take theirs into their rooms and nobody seemed bothered.

Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 September 2014 - 11:54am
Sweep wrote:Just read the freebie bit (see above) of Tom Bruce's book.

Enjoyed it so I suppose I should buy the rest.

Me too.

However, Tom waves goodbye to his girlfriend of 6 years, Laura, at her house. Then he goes for a pub-lunch with his Mum, Dad, Nan, Uncle and Cousin. He rides off to Dover, on the way staying a night with his other Nan, popped into another Aunt and Uncle's for lunch, then out for a big night with six Uni mates and then celebrated Uncle Dave's birthday with a huge Sunday roast; all of this fun and jollity without Laura.

This is no comment on Tom's current status: just that had I tried that, the current Mrs P wouldn't be the current Mrs P and my guts would now be the proverbial garters!

Well done, Tom - I am, of course, green with envy.

Re: Can I buy a bike box at Heathrow Airport

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 September 2014 - 11:09am
The airport website confirms that the tunnel is closed to cyclists. However, you can still get to terminals 1,2 and 3 via terminals 4 or 5 and using the train.
Taking your bike on public transport

Heathrow Express/Heathrow Connect

Some space is available on trains for cycles being taken on to a flight, but space is limited at peak times. Bicycles can also be taken free of charge between Heathrow terminals, even if you are not taking your cycle on a flight. Cycles are carried provided it is safe to do so at peak periods you may need to arrive on the platform earlier. For more information contact Heathrow Express on 0845 600 1515 or Heathrow Connect on 0845 678 6975.

Re: commute distance, folder or road bike?

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 September 2014 - 11:03am
Thanks for all the reply, very helpful. I think I am sticking to my folder for a while.. until the next impulsive buying
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