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Re: A good idea for this country?

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 September 2014 - 3:27pm
whoof wrote:I once was driven from Dubai to Abu Dhabi and back in a terrifying journey. I asked a few times if we could slow down and stop swerving violently around corners as I didn't want to crash. The response was that the persons driving had nothing to do with whether we might crash it was all down to the will of God.


In Dubai I found the Lexus drivers of a much better standard than their Toyota cousins.

Re: Cafe & coffee

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 September 2014 - 3:25pm
reohn2 wrote:honesty wrote:Ah, you need to practice the art of turning up just as a new jug comes out
I've never quite mastered it so stick with espresso with added hot water(Americano).
Pollution in the form of milk(yuck! )can be added,but I'd rather not

As long as its not the travesty that coffee chains push as a cappuccino.... double shot does not make a cappuccino better, even it you are serving it in buckets.

We have a really nice tea house in Taunton now, Miles Tea Rooms, that serves really nice tea, properly. I refuse to pay for tea from coffee chains as they all seem to make awful cups.

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 September 2014 - 3:24pm
Contact the police and report the accident. This is very important and the first step for anything.

This topic may be useful in doing so... How to complain about bad driving

This topic may also be of interest... Instructing a lawyer

Knocked off bicycle. Driver won't give insurance details

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 September 2014 - 3:14pm
Hello everybody!

I have been living (and cycling) in many countries, but I have never had such experience before. I was cycling along the main road, and the car approached the crossing and stopped by the double line. Then when I was just in front of its bonnet it started moving right onto me. The driver did not see me as he said, and it was his fault. He gave me his business card so I could call him. Paramedics also gave me some papers after examining me. Now the driver does not want to give me his insurance details. He does not answer emails and does not return phone calls. I don't know what to do now. As far as I know providing with insurer details is a legal obligation. Does anyone know what to do in this case?

French Alps - recommended places...?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 September 2014 - 3:13pm
I’m about to set off down to the Alps with the bike in the back of the car to ride about a bit and stay in various places - a mix of hotels and B&B’s, maybe camping, depending on the weather. I’ve no itinerary planned as yet, and enjoy just heading where the fancy takes me. (No, "the fancy" isn't my nickname for the bike).

Does anyone want to recommend favourite places to stay or restaurants to eat in?

Obviously, if the places you know and love are so good you don’t want to broadcast them for fear of them being overrun forever afterwards, you can just PM me. I promise not to reveal your secrets.

Re: Santander hotel

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 September 2014 - 3:07pm
thanks, i have emailed the san marco.

Re: Ditching my Hybrid for a full Spec Tourer

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 September 2014 - 2:52pm
Heltor Chasca wrote:Thanks Martin. I have a friend who has made blood brothers with his Thorn and rode round Oz so obviously tried to sell me down this route. I just don't have the budget. Surly is an option so far.......hc
My 585L Sherpa, 18 months old, will be on Ebay in a few weeks when i return from spain - where I'm going on my Rohloff equipped Raven......

Re: is bikehike working?

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 September 2014 - 2:49pm
johnmac wrote:....... because I'm using a serial GPS, connected to a COM port.Sorry, I don't know what you mean. I ain't got a clue about a serial GPS or a COM port.

I connect my Garmins to the USB port on my computer. They show up as Mass Storage Devices.

Re: Cafe & coffee

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 September 2014 - 2:45pm
Sod the coffee, drink tea instead.

Nice tea, brewed in a bone china teapot with real loose tea, none of the teabag rubbish, real tealeaves brewed properly.

Re: Cafe & coffee

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 September 2014 - 2:00pm
It does amaze me how long it takes them to make a cup of coffee, when that's all they're making. Part of me is suspicious that slow on purpose so that you feel they've been doing something magical and special, not something fast and easy, so somehow the coffee must be better.

Re: Cafe & coffee

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 September 2014 - 1:57pm
Interestingly on my recent trip around Germany the only place with a choice bigger than coffee and milk coffee was at the airport. That's okay with me, theres nothing more infuriating than having to wait for the designer coffees someone has ordered before i can get served with my hot water and leaves!

Cake on the other hand - yum, loads of choice unlike the dry 'muffin', carrot, choc or sponge on offer in UK outlets.

Re: Poncho

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 September 2014 - 1:27pm
There is a little Army surplus shop near Warterloo Station, go past the Old Vic and Down the Cut, it's past Evans Cycles on the same side olmost oposite the Young Vic

Re: A good idea for this country?

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 September 2014 - 1:26pm
I once was driven from Dubai to Abu Dhabi and back in a terrifying journey. I asked a few times if we could slow down and stop swerving violently around corners as I didn't want to crash. The response was that the persons driving had nothing to do with whether we might crash it was all down to the will of God.

Re: Cafe & coffee

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 September 2014 - 1:05pm
honesty wrote:Ah, you need to practice the art of turning up just as a new jug comes out
I've never quite mastered it so stick with espresso with added hot water(Americano).
Pollution in the form of milk(yuck! )can be added,but I'd rather not

Re: Cafe & coffee

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 September 2014 - 12:17pm
al_yrpal wrote:I read an economics book in which coffee shops were used as an example. Main railway stations and motorway service station coffee shops are very expensive largely because of high rent. If there is an alternative like an ordinary cafe or a greasy spoon we'll use that. But, companies like Starbucks charge whatever they think they can get away with. ...

The most basic fact about any business is that if they don't make a profit, they'll go bust. There are all sorts of reasons why they may not make a profit and not covering overheads is only one. Frightening away customers by charging too much is another and that's not simple because high prices can increase demand by giving a sense of exclusiveness.

When a chain of outlets is involved, it tends to be useless complaining because the customer facing colleagues (AKA counter staff) have no way of recording customer feedback. Voting with the feet is the only effective option but you need a lot of other people to feel the same way. It does happen - the current case being the traditional pub trade - but the coffee shop trade seems secure at the mo.

Re: Cafe & coffee

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 September 2014 - 12:17pm
Problem with coffee in Britain is there are still plenty of people who woudn't know good coffee if it jumped up in front of them singing the "I'm good coffee" dance wearing a "Good Coffee" T-shirt on National Good Coffee Day in a benefit gig for Good Coffee. There's a place around my way that does a "milky coffee" which consists of one part filter coffee (not espresso, filter coffee) and three parts hot milk. The old dears lap it up. This is a country where some 75% of coffee sales are instant, and Camp and Mellow Tu-, I mean Birds still has a market

Re: new to touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 September 2014 - 12:09pm
Depends on what sort of touring you want to do. If a moving-on tour staying at hostels or B&B's then you don't need to carry too much stuff, so a couple of panniers will suffice. If camping, you need to take more stuff, so you may need the ability to add front panniers and a front rack. i have the fittings for an extra bottle cage under the downtube but don't use it. If camping, it can be a useful place to keep a fuel bottle or extra water bottle.

Re: Cafe & coffee

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 September 2014 - 12:08pm
honesty wrote:Ask for filter coffee, its cheaper than even an Americano, and you get more.

I do, but you just get a puzzled look from the server. They don't seem to know what a filter coffee is! Many of them are foreigners and don't understand English and British habits and culture. If I visit a decent greasy spoon I always put a review on Tripadvisor.

Al

Re: Police Thugs

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 September 2014 - 12:05pm
I've already said that I know my other thread is hardly scientific, but I think the context of this incident is important. At that time, after a well-publicised series of deaths of cyclists the police were under some pressure to do something. The result was a road safety campaign, where the authorities were keen to show that they were being somehow even-handed between the HGV's and the cyclists. I presumed - as I've posted - that this incident was one of many, aggravated by the rider being floored to stop them. In fact, one of the few other recent "road safety advice" incidents I've been unable to track down has involved the same rider.

If there's going to be some policy to tackle something, it's handy to know what's happening and how frequently it's happening. The slogan in the common knuckle tattoo, ACAB may well be true but let's be a bit more specific.
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