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Re: Joda Driver

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 June 2015 - 1:57pm
I could make an error of judgement and strangle the judge with my bare hands....

Re: Gas Cartridge Availability

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 June 2015 - 1:41pm
2 years ago we spent rather a lot of time in Carcasonne looking for a threaded gas cartridge without success. Lots of the Camping Gaz CV Plus click-on cartridges though. Can't remember seeing any of the dimple top pierceable ones - but we weren't exactly trying.

We did find some threaded resealable ones at a builders merchants but they were narrow & more suitable for blowtorches. As we had an MSR Pocket Rocket we needed one with a wider & more stable base. So we bought a new stove, Comping Gaz twister burner (23Euros?) with the EasyClic Plus click-on fitting & a CV Plus cartridge from the next door hypermarket.

From our experience you may be better off going for the Camping Gaz clip-on type.

Re: which pump and outline spares?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 June 2015 - 12:54pm
Get one of these.
I guarantee you won't be disappointed.

http://www.ctcshop.org.uk/lezyne-micro- ... ith-gauge/
Mine will get my tyres to 120psi.

You can get the high volume version if you don't want the high pressure version.

Re: can't you read? .. 4 seconds well used

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 June 2015 - 12:31pm
I love the fact that the Alliance of Bad Drivers bleats continuously about being victimised every time someone actually gets caught breaking the law

The "Police" deciding on prosecution was always their mantra as this allowed "discretion" (otherwise known as getting off with it) yet as soon as the Police use their dscretion and decide to prosecute they become the baddies again

The point (as above) that there are those who feel any censure of their right to drive like muppets is unacceptable

Re: can't you read? .. 4 seconds well used

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 June 2015 - 12:26pm
Paulatic wrote:I imagine they aren't keen to do this as it won't tick any "target" boxes.


I have a brilliant idea, that enables the public to foil these targets..........Don't drive in the bus lanes, don't speed, don't park stupidly and illegally

Problem sorted

Re: Transport to South France

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 June 2015 - 12:02pm
Is the bike being taken as a bike, or packed into a bag smaller than 90cm x 120cm?

Re: Gas Cartridge Availability

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 June 2015 - 11:58am
There are basically 3 types of cartridge:

- Threaded connector with valve (Coleman type - screw-on)
- Smooth connector with valve (Camping Gaz type - clip-on)
- No valve, but a dimple that is pierced by the stove connector (dangerous and being phased out in most places - you can't remove the stove until the gas has all been used)

All three are available in France, although the third is becoming less common in my experience.

For photos, scroll down to "cartridge gas products": http://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/expert-advi ... el-and-gas

Transport to South France

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 June 2015 - 11:53am
Assuming a ferry from Portsmouth to Cherbourg/Le Havre, what's the easiest way down to Narbonne (ish) with the bike as luggage?

1. Train to Paris then change for a train south.
2. Coach.
3. Ferry to Bilbao (same price as Bike Express 'Med route' one way) then 120k to border.

Re: can't you read? .. 4 seconds well used

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 June 2015 - 11:35am
Paulatic wrote:I imagine they aren't keen to do this as it won't tick any "target" boxes.
If the targets were the number of people committing an offence then that could be used as a target - rather than the number of tickets issued, or whatever.

I've been pulled over in the car in the middle of the night for driving way to fast on a through road in a city before. The policeman that pulled me over couldn't do me as it would be difficult to prove things. Once I'd passed the breath test he just explained why, even on what appears to be a deserted road, the speed limits still apply. Slowed me down a lot more than my previous two SP30s over nine years - never been done in the twenty years I've been driving since.

Re: eurovelo 1

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 June 2015 - 11:10am
You need to check out the cyclingeuro.org website that Andrew Sykes runs - he has info on EV1, plus if you read through his recent blog posts he has details of the route he has used across Spain:

http://cyclingeurope.org/latestnews/

Re: can't you read? .. 4 seconds well used

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 June 2015 - 10:51am
I imagine they aren't keen to do this as it won't tick any "target" boxes.

Re: can't you read? .. 4 seconds well used

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 June 2015 - 10:45am
It has its place but there are a hardcore of motorists (and cyclists) who see anything short of an actual penalty as "getting away with it" and carry on just as before.

Speaking from experience.

Re: Gas Cartridge Availability

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 June 2015 - 10:43am
Is the Coleman type thread the screw in one that pierces the hole? I just asked the same question over on cyclechat

can't you read? .. 4 seconds well used

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 June 2015 - 10:18am
Many many years ago I was driving in a bus lane in London, not sure why, maybe I thought it was allowed.

A motorcycle policeman pulled me over and shouted: "Can't you read? That is a bus lane, can't [sic] drive there mate! Get aaht of it!"

It took four seconds and I think he did just the right thing, he did not treat me with unnecessary "respect" or try to give me therapy.

This was a formative experience for me, h elped to make me a fan of traffic law enforcement.

Seems to me this sort of action should be used much more, but I fear I responded in an untypical way. Would many drivers answer back or complain to the chief constable?

The police whine about lack of time and resources. If they acted like this they could deal with hundreds of drivers in an hour.

Re: Day rides around Florence

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 June 2015 - 10:04am
TBH I wouldn't base myself in Florence,it's a honey pot tourist mad house in the summer months.But if you've already booked there's not a lot you can do.
If you haven't Siena is more relaxed,I can't offer any routes but a map of the smaller roads will give all the information you need,if you're on road bikes with narrow tyres stick to tarmac but touring bikes with 32mm+ tyres will handle the strada bianche(white gravel roads)easily enough,these back roads take you into some lovely scenery away from the more used roads though TBH away from the city roads are usually quite and drivers are courteous and mindful of cyclists IME.

Re: which pump and outline spares?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 June 2015 - 9:51am
I have recently been using a cheapish Halfords version of one of those portable pumps that mimic a track pump, with the pump pointed down on the ground and a hose connected to the valve. It is a revelation. Compared to a pump that you hold off the ground it is much lower on effort, with you pushing against the ground rather than against your other arm. It gets a tyre up to 100psi with the normal number of strokes, but the strokes are easier. It would go higher if I wanted. My version is by Halfords and is not built to last, but I am sold on the concept and will be looking at Topeak and Lezyne for better made versions. Probably Topeak because they don't have Lezyne's annoying screw on ends. If you want to avoid spending ages by the roadside with sweat dripping off the tip of your nose and midges gathering above your head, this sort of pump is the way.

Re: Joda Driver

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 June 2015 - 9:50am
TonyR wrote:And cyclists have died from bus tailgating. But the penalty is £500 plus 8 points (so the driver didn't lose their job) because, as the Judge said

"Mr Willis committed a serious error of judgement but unfortunately one that any one of us could be guilty of when we go out on the road."

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/a ... 949383.ece

This,unfortunately is the way things work with regard to motoring law in this sick and sad society we live in.
The bus driver was guilty of careless and dangerous driving,that's the fact of the matter.
The judge should be stopped from ever sitting in judgement of the law of the land ever again.
This is a diabolical injustice and makes human life cheap.It's disgusting,there's no will for justice in this awful country when people can be mown down on the street and it be claimed to be an 'error of judgement' utterly disgraceful!

Re: Gas Cartridge Availability

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 June 2015 - 9:37am
Yes, both types are readily available.

Re: Joda Driver

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 June 2015 - 9:33am
GrumpyGit wrote:London Bus drivers frequently tailgate cyclists. They have no thought of leaving a safe stopping distance should the cyclist be unseated by a pothole etc.

If I ran the country tailgating would result in immediate revocation of the drivers licence. This penalty would also apply to phone users and road ragers. I'd soon reduce the traffic levels on our streets!!

And cyclists have died from bus tailgating. But the penalty is £500 plus 8 points (so the driver didn't lose their job) because, as the Judge said

"Mr Willis committed a serious error of judgement but unfortunately one that any one of us could be guilty of when we go out on the road."

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/a ... 949383.ece

Re: Worth Making A complaint

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 June 2015 - 9:25am
^^ was a man in a Japanese store according to Clive James back when he had a show - ruse was rumbled when a customer complained twice and same bloke was wheeled in 2nd time to be sacked.
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