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Re: Commonwealth Games: Commercial sponsors and national tea

CTC Forum - Racing - 4 August 2014 - 2:45pm
By all means cut out advertising and let's go back to being a Cinderella sport along with swimming as we both were many years ago. I'm afraid. As in the words of the song: "Money Makes The World go Round" it is a sign of the times.
My understanding of advertising is that you get paid by a company for increasing its brand's exposure. Regardless of the good or evil of commercially sponsored cycling teams in professional cycling, the riders are not competing for them in the Commonwealth Games. They are competing on behalf of their nations who presumably aren't seeing a penny of revenue from this advertising.

Now, call me an idealist, but I don't think that national colours should be sullied by sponsorship. However, if others think that it is acceptable for sportspeople to be walking billboards at these competitions then surely the sponsorship revenue from those billboards should belong to the nations. If finances are truly as dire as Thirdcrank suggests then maybe the extra money would be very useful.

Re: Ten Miles a Day

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 August 2014 - 2:39pm
I transcribed it off a folded out packet which previously contained Gitanes cigarettes which was shown to me in 1992 by a chap at Peugeot Citroen SA who knew a bloke who’s brother-in-law had a friend who worked at the Peugeot museum in Sochaux.

If I let you see it, I will have to kill you.

Re: Any success reporting a near miss to the Police?

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 August 2014 - 2:29pm
pliptrot wrote:Having been knocked off and then reporting the incident -complete with registration and witness (who was prepared to testify that it was a deliberate act, as I maintained) - to the police, I now know better. Having spent 10 minutes bleeding on their counter whilst they looked for a pen that worked, my only thought (admittedly I was in shock at the time) was that "these clowns care less about me than the pillock who just tried to kill me." They did nothing, of course, despite many follow-ups. I told the dangerously stupid officer "in charge" that I had discovered the name and address of the registered keeper of the vehicle. He told me that if I took any action - including knocking on the door of said keeper- the police would take action - against me.
I think if you have evidence of actual damage occurring and a witness, and they take no action, the next stage is the Police Complaints Authority.

Re: Any success reporting a near miss to the Police?

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 August 2014 - 2:27pm
I report it via there website (Northumbria police) wright out a statement in word first copy and paste it into there web form mention i have video. I generally then get a phone call back they ring arrange an appointment and come to look at the video and take matters from there. If i am going to the trouble to report it i put the original video on a DVD,printout the word version and show them the relevant section on a tablet when they visit. On one occasion they videoed the video on a phone to show the driver.

Be prepared for a little negotiation along the lines we have checked them out, there not a bad person, no history etc, Ive always answered this with Ive been over a car bonnet i am sure they weren't a "bad" person but it wasn't a pleasant for me or them and not bad people have caused deaths before.

Re: Any success reporting a near miss to the Police?

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 August 2014 - 2:26pm
You are entitled to write and request compensation for injuries...

Re: Commonwealth Games: Commercial sponsors and national tea

CTC Forum - Racing - 4 August 2014 - 2:21pm
By all means cut out advertising and let's go back to being a Cinderella sport along with swimming as we both were many years ago. I'm afraid. As in the words of the song: "Money Makes The World go Round" it is a sign of the times.
It was very noticeable that Thomas had miraculously [unseen on my TV at least] managed to pull up his warmers fully from around his wrists to show off his sponsors name the correct way up when he bent his arms in victory. It would appear that Sky's the limit when it comes to advertising revenue. At least Chris Boardman never kept name dropping like the other commentator did when he referred to "a Garmin Sharp Rider" several times. I was beginning to think no other national teams were competing.
PS. And viewing the closing ceremony it's obvious that the Gold Coast has been told that the "Thighs the Limit" for their budget if they want to use Kylie again.

Re: Any success reporting a near miss to the Police?

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 August 2014 - 2:18pm
Having been knocked off and then reporting the incident -complete with registration and witness (who was prepared to testify that it was a deliberate act, as I maintained) - to the police, I now know better. Having spent 10 minutes bleeding on their counter whilst they looked for a pen that worked, my only thought (admittedly I was in shock at the time) was that "these clowns care less about me than the pillock who just tried to kill me." They did nothing, of course, despite many follow-ups. I told the dangerously stupid officer "in charge" that I had discovered the name and address of the registered keeper of the vehicle. He told me that if I took any action - including knocking on the door of said keeper- the police would take action - against me.

Re: Italy cycle resources?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 August 2014 - 2:17pm
Beautiful pictures indeed in Mr Miller's flickr stream.

It is though notable that the vast vast majority of them are in the north.

Pretty far north in some/many cases

And some of those places almost consider themselves a place apart from some of their "countrymen"

Have always been somewhat interested in whether Mr Miller has any Italian blood in view of some of his responses.

Have asked but never had an answer.

I have a certain sympathy for iviehoff's view but won't go there as it may send things away from the OP's request for help.

Folk wanting to explore Italian society can find much online.

Or if in London, ask an Italian - lots of them around.

I would commend GPS and openstreetmaps to the OP.

And of course Mr Miller's web page guide.

Am not the greatest fan of the TCI 200,000 maps but they are the best you will get in many areas.

Re: Help with choosing bike type and/or commute through Lond

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 August 2014 - 1:58pm
It is pretty effective I think. Anything distinctive makes it more difficult for the pros to fence or for the opportunists to use. They would rather take that plain Spesh Allez nearby. It is an unpleasant truth that you do not need to run faster than the bear. Just faster than someone else.

Re: More than a little red faced?

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 August 2014 - 1:49pm
I'd assume 'stopping at the scene of an accident' meant stopping to help/make sure everyone was ok, not just being stuck in traffic as the road was closed, after all, he had reason to be talking to a police officer, although admittedly this may be just being told information by the police officer.

Re: Stir in soups

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 August 2014 - 1:48pm
I tried both the Heinz tomato and vegetable flavours of these soups and I gotta honest, they were 'orrible.
For one, the cooking instructions are wrong, the first one turned out like particularly nasty flavoured water and the second attempt had me adding water a little at a time to get it 'just right'. Sludge was at the bottom of the mug.
I also worried that they might burst and cover the cooking gear and pannier in that treacle like stuff in the packet.
The answer came via my girlfriend who introduced me to these http://m.groceries.asda.com/#item/910001159171.
They're smaller in size to the Heinz attempts and come in powder form. Lighter too, 35g vs 72g for the heinz. Cooking instructions are dead accurate and if followed, leave you with a delicious creamy soup, just as if you got it from a tin......nicer even.
I've only tried the chicken so far and it was gorgeous. Trying the tomato tomorrow.

Re: More than a little red faced?

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 August 2014 - 1:44pm
661-Pete wrote:reohn2 wrote:Bonefishblues wrote:But by way of balance, the guy, presumably knowing he was over the limit, did stop to help a motorcyclist who had crashed.

One suspects many would have driven by in that scenario.

Nowhere in either report does it say he stopped at the scene of the crash to offer assistance,only that he stopped.Isn't it plausible that he stopped because he had to - because the road had been temporarily closed by the police? As often happens when paramedics are working on a serious accident victim by the roadside?

Anyway, I note that he is described as a Conservative councillor. Does the party want this sort of idiot in their ranks? Time for a letter to Mr Cameron perhaps...
Yes that's plausible too, as is my first take, as indeed is someone who suggested he might have stopped out of his own self-importance. I can't see another more detailed account anywhere, sadly.

Re: Any success reporting a near miss to the Police?

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 August 2014 - 1:42pm
Vorpal wrote:There is loads of good advice on this thread viewtopic.php?f=7&t=69901

This is great info. I will definitely do that from now on. I fear I've missed the boat on this most recent incident as it's already been 6 days and I haven't reported it to the Police. I will make sure I make the effort going forward though, yes it seems a lot of hassle but my actions could help save lives in future and similar action from someone else may help save my life (i.e. what goes around comes around).

Re: Any success reporting a near miss to the Police?

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 August 2014 - 1:33pm
We had a bit of a discussion recently about priorities and in any sort of wider picture, that's where the future lies. Dealing with bad driving isn't much of a police priority and the trend is for it to become even less of one. I fear things have gone too far to make much significant difference any time soon but nothing else will affect this. It means everybody who is concerned about this to take every possible opportunity to lobby, especially their local police and crime commissioner. I don't mean a single letter, which will just receive the brush-off, but a situation where they can see that a lot of people take this seriously. It's now a good 30 years since local consultation procedures were set up in response to the Scarman Report on the Brixton riots and the police have tried all sorts to drum up interest ever since.

Re: Ten Miles a Day

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 August 2014 - 1:29pm
At least on t'Tour there is also a "does it come at the end of a stage" variable, and the "is it between two other massive lumps" or "after a rest stage" variance.

They probably don't shift by more than 1 cat in either direction though.

Do you have a link of this lookup table?

Re: Gijon to Poole Ferry

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 August 2014 - 12:50pm
'Licensing'. I think she made that bit up. LD Lines are not with it in my opinion, and I live in Poole. I'd ride to Pompey instead using Brittany.

Re: Danube cycle path

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 August 2014 - 12:46pm
Rode the EV6 earlier this summer, yes it is flat, tho around Austria many high peaks surround the river, Very busy with boat trip day riders. I was camping, but i did see many guesthouses along the route. Enjoy your journey.

Re: Any success reporting a near miss to the Police?

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 August 2014 - 11:55am
Highkicker79 wrote:xbnm wrote:Ive reported 5 Incidents to the police and the results have been mixed. I only report the really bad ones !

1) Car pulled out in front went over bonnet minor injuries only no action taken didn't have video and the witness were contradictory.
2) Very close overtake on a blind bend narrowly missing (1-2cm) both me and an oncoming car they couldnt see. (driver ended up on a awareness course) was a branded company car so may have been some employer involvement.
3) Less close overtake on blind bend with a stationary car in the opposite lane on the apex of the bend lots of theories by police (one officer in particular) about why the driving was fine and he could tell using esp what gear the stationary car was in.
4) Close left look on a empty road with a mile in front and behind with me as the only traffic driver got a visit and warning about future driving
5) A failed to see and pulled out in front on at a roundabout that i still don't know how there wasn't contact got a visit and warning about future driving.

Overall i am fairly happy with the above outcomes except for the first one which as clear a case of careless driving as you can get.

How do you go about reporting these to the Police? Do you just go to the nearest Police station and fill in an inch thick form?

Only about 8 pages IIRC

Re: Help with choosing bike type and/or commute through Lond

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 August 2014 - 11:54am
aspiringcyclist wrote:Thank you. You've been very helpful.

Now I'm considering the beater bike as I don't see any safe place to lock the bike in the university with the little information available online and I can't exactly visit it as if I find a location it means it isn't secure from the public. I was wondering what good places there are to buy mechanically sound bikes and ones suitable for the journey without looking conspicuously expensive.

You can try at http://www.stationbicycles.co.uk/

There are also some community organisations & Cycle hubs that are non-profits, set up to help people get cycling. I donæt know the best ones in London, but maybe someone else on here does. There's a good one in Harlow, which isn't so far away by train.
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