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Re: Advice on accident involving a dog

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 September 2014 - 4:12pm
Flinders wrote:But the dog owner should pay for any damage. If you keep a dog, you have to accept that part of the deal is you're responsible for its actions. The cyclist certainly ought not to have to pay for the damage.
Yes. I don't think anyone is arguing the civil liability but I don't think a criminal prosecution is necessary.

Re: A loophole?

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 September 2014 - 4:08pm
What is the loophole?

Crash happens. Some poor soul get hurt. Police decide there isn't enough evidence. No prosecution occurs. - That all sounds like a fairly standard reaction to a collision involving a cyclist.

What is notable is that the Evening Standard have felt the need to draw attention to this particular incident involving a second cyclist. Now you need to ask yourself whether a cyclist injured after a collision involving a car and alleging poor driving (but with no prosecution forthcoming) would get the same number of column inches.

Re: Do you ride out of the saddle?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 September 2014 - 3:59pm
Only if I have to...which as I ride a 22F/34R bottom gear is not often. Okay, maybe a jaunty honk over railway bridges and such if feeling lively.

Re: Bealach na Ba - Applecross

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 September 2014 - 3:30pm
Bogalvator wrote:I'm thinking of attempting "The Bealach" next week. The lowest gear on my road bike is 40 - 32, do you think I'll manage? It'll be hard.

I did it with a 30f 29r and I stopped a few times to take photographs.
I reckon I could do it non-stop these days because I'm half a stone lighter than I was in 2008 and I also have a 30/30 bottom gear now.

40 32 will be difficult, but hey! why not stop every now and again, admire the view and get your breath back.
The hill is long, very long. It's not the steepness that is the problem, it's the fact that it goes on and on and on and on.

Re: 700c wheels in India?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 September 2014 - 3:26pm
I've cycled in India 4 times, approx 12 months in all. Last time was about 7 years ago.

I used 26", however on one trip my partner used 700. It was a new wheel and she started to shred inner tubes due to a rough valve hole. Once she realised we started to look for new tubes. We couldn't find any, including an extensive search of Calcutta (as it was then). Fortunately the remaining tube held out.

I imagine by now that you will be able to find 700 tyres and tubes in specialist shops in big more westernised cities eg Bangalore but they will be limited. I don't suppose you will get good touring tyres. Do a web search and you will probably find some info.

The bottom line is will you need to buy spares for tyres, tubes or wheels? If you are confident with your stuff or think you have sufficient spares, then 700 will work fine. If you think you will need replacements then you will struggle. If not pushed for time you could consider mail order from home, but India used be have tough import rules, not sure now.

I imagine that it will be worse in East Africa.

Another experience was on a trip to Cambodia my mate split his 700 rim (Dawes Galaxy) and the easiest option was to go to Bangkok to get replaced. An expensive hassle, but not tour ending (I chilled in Battambang waiting for him, so no worries for me).

Re: Do you ride out of the saddle?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 September 2014 - 3:19pm
mjr wrote:EDIT: ARRRRRRRRRRGH it reset the poll. Sorry everyone. It didn't do that on my previous poll
It looks okay now

Re: Do you ride out of the saddle?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 September 2014 - 3:12pm
Since discovering the delights of wide range triples, all I have to do is change to granny and pedal normally.
I have tried "honking" in a higher gear and depending on my fitness level depends on how surprisingly easy it is.
If I'm tired or feeling lazy, I don't have a hope of "honking" as it too hard and not worth the effort.

Re: knee pain and touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 September 2014 - 2:46pm
Since I raised my saddle my knee has been fine. I know have tried that. It seems to me that maybe something simple will cure your problem. I hope so as I was worried about my coast to coast when I had my knee issue. Good luck.

Re: Biker's death filmed - horrific.

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 September 2014 - 2:18pm
kwackers wrote:Obviously I'd like to think I would, I certainly have never pulled into the path of anyone in several decades of driving - probably helps using most modes of transport instead of simply being a cager. Who knows...
Blooming heck, you must wait for ages to pull out from side roads... and actually, is that even possible because it'll still be the path of someone you can't yet see, won't it?

I often pull into the path of other vehicles, even on my bike, but I try to do it in a way that won't cause them to crash into me or take any further action, which is what I was taught and what the driver in this video seems not to have done.

Sorry to mods and others but I feel that Tonyf33's opinion of the biker is fair comment, although we should note that it's based on evidence about only one tiny part of his life. I'm sorry if it upsets family and friends but it's not going to be the first or last time that they see that opinion. Actually, it sounds like his mother realises he was doing a silly thing, commenting "I’ve done silly things sometimes and I’ve been lucky to get away with them, David wasn’t lucky, the driver wasn’t lucky" in the original story http://www.norfolk.police.uk/newsandeve ... nched.aspx - Death seems a rather harsh penalty for it, but that's what often happens on our roads at the moment.

Re: Ten Miles a Day

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 September 2014 - 2:09pm
Hi
Ayesha wrote:A few days off and it down to 23.53.
So you will make up the lost miles during the week
Dont want you fading towards the end of year, you have a reputation to protect 24 M a day till 2015...........................

Re: 700c wheels in India?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 September 2014 - 2:02pm
a colleague cycled to India on a Dawes Galaxy which I believe.is 700c wheels. He got there OK but had to detour round Pakistan as they wouldn't let him in

cyclingforhumanity.org.uk

Re: Do you ride out of the saddle?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 September 2014 - 1:58pm
fluffybunnyuk wrote:umm wheres the option "Yes, when I feel like being a showoff"?

Actually on a serious note I never used to ride out of the saddle because I didnt have the strength. After a few times of cycling 100 miles, I suddenly understand the point of a minute or 2 out of the saddle every 5miles in relieving my derriere. So i dont have to, but I do it because I know my rear end will thank me for it on the last 10 miles of the day.
That reminds me: I do stand up slightly every few miles, because my backside will thank me at the end of the day, but I still count that as almost never.

I'll now add that option for you
EDIT: ARRRRRRRRRRGH it reset the poll. Sorry everyone. It didn't do that on my previous poll

Re: Biker's death filmed - horrific.

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 September 2014 - 1:54pm
Tonyf33, what people are getting at you for, is using these words, and I quote:
"one less selfish idiot on the road as far as I'm concerned."
Nobody is questioning the veracity of what you're saying, nor your right to post as you have done. It's just that, this video was released by the victim's parents. It isn't a case of a mad driver arrogantly posting up his own video of his lawbreaking, and then getting himself killed. The parents didn't contribute to his lawbreaking. It must have been hard for them. To see a post like the above could have just made it even harder.

That's all I wanted to say. I leave the rest to you.

Anothe Day In The Life Of cyclist

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 September 2014 - 1:51pm
Hi,
Out training yesterday, two hundred yards down the road and come across someone with a toddler (child 3 -5) with their back to me in middle of road, I ding my bell as they are blocking the single track road, they ignore me and carry on despite my attempts to get their attention
The child is left to wander in the road eventually turning round and just standing there as the parent does nothing.
Another ten yards and a parent carrying child and a toddler in the road with their back to me, I ding my bell and the parent walks between two parked cars leaving the toddler in middle of road I mumble somthing as I pass parent.

Another three hundred yards and I meet a Subaru with Exhuast on the wrong side of lane (single track) I am already far left on bend as a precuation and we meet blind on the corner, I had to swerve almost into hedge as he blindly speed into bend, on seeing me he swerved to avoid me, lucky for him I was not a car.
Last ride a van did the same thing on same bend................

Into diversions down lanes and meet a car on wrong side of road, I look at driver and they indicate that they are turning left with hand across chest, they have time to either get round or space to slow and let me pass but continue to drive at me , I pass between hedge and car and driver slows up but does not move to their left (there is more than enough time for the car to do manuvere but they move at a snails pace) (they are attempting a left turn on a hair pin bend into a junction, which I believe is an easy turn and they could have just turned into junction and slowly then move to otherside if nothing is comming ?)
It ends by me going close to car and shouting at the sluggish driver intent on blocking my path rather than stop, move over or do the manouver correctly
As I pass the car it continues to turn and My handle bar hits rear of car, I am not hurt and I did not intend there to be a collision, the car stops as there was a load bang I carry on as my rubber grip would not of damaged car and I was ok, we were both moving at the time.

Later on wide shared cycle path (offroad) meet a parent with child walking hand in hand with two slow moving dogs back to me, I ding my bell and the parent ignores me and continues on their way, I ding bell again and nothing..........I almost stop behind the child who is not protected and one dog walks in front of me , leaves a gap which I slowly try to move through then dog pulls across my path, I eventually get by , the whole time the parent takes no notice and does not move child to a safer place

On the road again and spot some tyres leaning against hedge by a drive to house, I pass then decide to do a u turn to have a look, Free to good home
Motorcycle tyres two rear and a front , profesional pirreli mt43's These are the road trial riders tyre of choice.
How to carry all three tyres on my bike
Road is country lane with fields hedges and a drianage ditch or three, concrete culvert under road and its dry, so pick up three tyres throw them over fence and hide them under the road out of view
Continue on my way and up first steep road climb, at top a very steep 20 yrds and need to downshift or pull on bars hard.
Back is sore from garden work and woke with sore back, do my exercises, then off on bike which has some extra low bars for greater speed So no surprise that my back got twice as bad on top of climb

Continued on and kept my back straight even when standing and pain eased off
Came back along shared cycle path and meet cyclist with head down not looking forward
Next cyclist I meet is on blind bend and I am far left but they are at me on their right They swerve to avoid me..........Then the other half with child trailer is soon there on their far right stuffed up against the hedge my left with nowhere for me to go...they swerve to avoid collision

Usual drop into the recycling centre and spied my next steed, nothing but tots bikes, oh well.

See an office chair or five and this one looks almost new, not ripped or damaged or stained
Adjustable height, back height, arms up and down as well as rotate, seat base tilt, back tilt, seat base front and back slide, sprung back tension Fiver...weighs a ton.
On my way home back has eased up, great.

Have me lunch and get in car to retreive tyres and chair, my office chair cost a ton ten years ago and is not as good as this one, metal base for castors which are damped for no slide too, mines looking poor but functional so missus get the chair meanwhile
I have a new rear M/cycle tye and two rear ones (free) are 80 - 60 % good so will sell the new one and the free ones will give me several years use
Shame I did'nt add another steed to the stable but my last one was a 100% complete "Al Carter Nashville" complete with STX cranks with serviceable chain rings A tenner............Ho Hum.........

Re: Do you ride out of the saddle?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 September 2014 - 1:43pm
umm wheres the option "Yes, when I feel like being a showoff"?

Actually on a serious note I never used to ride out of the saddle because I didnt have the strength. After a few times of cycling 100 miles, I suddenly understand the point of a minute or 2 out of the saddle every 5miles in relieving my derriere. So i dont have to, but I do it because I know my rear end will thank me for it on the last 10 miles of the day.

If its less than 60 miles I never bother since its not worth the energy it takes to stand up

Re: Santander to Calais - info required

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 September 2014 - 1:39pm
peter236uk wrote:Hi I thinking of doing a tour next spring i would like to ferry to santandar then cycle back to uk via calais
I would camp on route has anyone done this if so any route info etc would be fantastic
pete

There have be a couple of previous threads on this or similar routes, as someone who knows well the route from Santander into France I have posted details in these threads. Do a search you may find lots of info. If you need anything specific post here and I will answer.

My quick top tips for the Northern Spain part: Take the harbour ferry across from Santander to Samo and start your ride from there.

Cross the river at Bilbao by the Transporter Bridge, maps and details are on line. Also after coastal campsite at Sopelana there is not another until after Lekeito so have at least 40 miles and a tough climb in your legs before leaving Bilbao area.

If using campsite at Deba get supplies before you leave the town as the campsite has no supplies and is quite a way out.

Campsite at San Sebastian is way out of town up a tough hill so only use if intending to stay in the area.

After San Sebastian don't follow signs to Irun as they will take you through very dangerous and long tunnels.

Re: Do you ride out of the saddle?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 September 2014 - 1:38pm
On a long ride, or a long day, I sometimes stand up to rest my backside or stretch my legs. I also sometimes stand, or at least take my weight off the saddle for going over a bumpy surface. I'm more likely to do so for bumps than climbing. I learned not 'honk' up a hill with a child on the back of the bike.

Re: Do you ride out of the saddle?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 September 2014 - 1:27pm
I was never fit enough, except to relieve a numb bum for a few seconds.

Re: Coast and Castles - Newcastle to Edinburgh

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 September 2014 - 1:27pm
its a great trip. I did the inland variant via Innerleithen, a fabulous way of arriving at Edinburgh with a great climb through the hills (not too steep but a spectacular contrast). Check the tides for Lindisfarne. You'll be fine on a ridgeback panorama, I did it on a Thorn tourer.
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