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Re: Carrying a defibrillator

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 September 2014 - 3:30pm
I was told step 1 in CPR was always to ensure the safety of the patient and the first aider(s). For cycling, it's quite likely that the patient will be collapsed in the road, so start by considering the risk of being hit by a car, and what you can do about it. It's easy to overlook the obvious when faced with an unexpected situation.

Then, 2: call 999.
3: start CPR.
4: send someone to look for an AED.

My local tiny village shop has an AED, so they may be more available in rural areas than you might think. (But the shop's only open a few hours a day, so it's not that available.)

I tried looking for a map of AED locations and found http://www.aedlocator.org/AEDLocations.php and http://www.defibfinder.co.uk/ but they both look very incomplete to me.

Re: New European Cycling Website

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 September 2014 - 3:22pm
Hi John,

I've got your comments, thanks. I prefer to add them manually (it guards against spam) and I had family staying for the last few days. Sorry for the delay.

It wasn't that I didn't like Poland. After all, I didn't see that much of it. I think it just felt a bit tame after Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus. And I loved the food too. One of my best meals of 2013 was in Poland. One thing I didn't like was that the roads reminded me of the worst aspects of the UK. But maybe we like different things. I found Hungary a bit tedious. I prefer hills (and their views) to flats. That said, the north east of Poland was pretty. But this is the reason I wanted to open the comments up to everyone and absorb them into each country page. It's not much use if it's just my opinion. So thanks for taking the time to add them.

Cheers,
Steven

Re: Touring Iceland

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 September 2014 - 3:22pm
Tigerbiten clearly did not cycle in the NW fijords - we spent best part of the day going up and down over the hill in some grim conditions .. would not have missed it for the world!

Re: Must've been Changeover Day?

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 September 2014 - 3:22pm
I don't own a MTB because I like cycling from my front door most of all. There's some excellent MTB riding near where I live, but MTBs are not designed to do miles of road riding at either end, if I had a MTB I'd be wanting to use it on MTB surfaces, which means whacking it in the car.

Re: Must've been Changeover Day?

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 September 2014 - 3:14pm
Mark1978 wrote:Mountain bikes? Pretty much necessary to drive them somewhere if you want to get a decent ride in the environment they were intended for.

Depends on either where you live, how lazy you are or both.
Round the corner from Horwich is the West Pennine Moors and all the knarly mountain biking tracks you could ever wish for. 7-8 miles from my home.
Bolton Mountain Bikes club in the late 90's once held a downhill race there from Rivington Pike which was covered by iirc, Mountain Bike International and they compared it to Cap D'Ail in Monaco, a world class downhill venue back then.
A 20 mile ride to Littleborough opens up more rough tracks.
I never owned a car. If I wanted somewhere new to ride, I rode there and then rode those tracks.

Re: who will ride Vuelta a Espana 2014

CTC Forum - Racing - 2 September 2014 - 3:08pm
time trial day..... a Froome day?

Re: Ditching my Hybrid for a full Spec Tourer

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 September 2014 - 2:54pm
Just read a whole pile of responses telling you this isn't a mid-life crisis, by a whole pile of fully rohlhoffed-mid-life-crisised guys. It's not the bike ... it's where you go on it.

Re: New European Cycling Website

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 September 2014 - 2:32pm
Hi Steven,
I noticed on your site that you were not too enamoured about Poland.
I tried to reply on your website but I'm not sure if it actually posted. In a nutshell though ...
Me and my wife toured in Poland (NE from Lithuania to SW into Czech Rep) in 2012. We've toured pretty extensively in Europe and would put Poland 'right up there' with Hungary, Serbia and Turkey, for a variety of reasons. We stuck to back roads in the main (using Michelin 1:300,000 maps) without any real problems; the scenery (especially in Biebrza National Park) was lovely, the terrain generally flat and easy to make good progress, Poland has a rich history, culture and a simple, but very tasty cuisine; but the most memorable aspect of Poland was it's people. We were welcomed with genuine warmth, and shown wonderful hospitality. If we couldn't find a campsite (often), I would ask (we can't speak a word of Polish) at a house or village shop if there was 'somewhere nearby to put our tent for one night' ... and always we were shown somewhere. On several occasions this was an invitation to camp in the person's garden, share a meal, or even to stay in their house. Language barriers apart, we had some wonderful evenings!
Personally I think this is the entire basis of touring.
Cheers John

Re: Thank you to the forum

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 September 2014 - 2:05pm
It's the Somme canal running from Abbeville to St Valery sur Somme- just fantastic riding

Re: Fell off on a sort of tramline - advice please?

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 September 2014 - 2:00pm
Hmm, I'm sorry to hear of your accident Al and glad you weren't more seriously injured BUT, from looking at the photos I wouldn't say that that road surface is any worse than many I ride on. If we expect pristine billiard table smooth roads we must all be prepared to pay for them. Suing a council for not producing such roads will just end up costing everyone more money. The only winners would be the lawyers.

As you've hinted yourself, having blown up your front tyre rock hard may have been a factor. A hard tyre is good for rolling resistance, not for grip. A softer tyre might have flexed over that ridge where a hard one would bounce.

I don't mean to be unsympathetic but I think if you fall off your bike on a surface like that you probably have to recognise that you may have been partially responsible.

If it had happened to me I think I would just write it off to experience.

Tim

Re: Ditching my Hybrid for a full Spec Tourer

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 September 2014 - 1:59pm
Have done well in excess of 20,000 miles on my Thorn Raven with Rohloff and have been well pleased with it.
For those who are reluctant to invest in the Rohloff, the Edinburgh Bike Coop have some excellent and reasonably priced cycles.

Re: Ditching my Hybrid for a full Spec Tourer

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 September 2014 - 1:54pm
If your looking for a new Disc Trucker you will struggle to find a green one (2013 colour) i could be wrong on that one..I managed to hunt one down after a long search..great bike though and i'm happy with it...

Re: Carrying a defibrillator

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 September 2014 - 1:47pm
MiniCoop wrote:Having recently done a first aid and defib course, the importance of early defibrillation in survival rates is significant. That being said, like others have mentioned the chances of someone surviving after their heart has stopped is very slim. I don't think carrying a defib when riding is practical, but I do think it's important to increase the number available in towns and cities as well as more remote areas and I also think CPR should be taught in schools.

I think folk are being a bit contradictory. I thing we'd all agree that early defibrillation is important and that success of CPR out in the sticks is very low. If there's *one* occasion when a portable defib would be really useful it when you have a group of , ahem, athletes exercising together in a moving group.

As for being impractical, depends on your definition. 2kg isn't that much. Unaffordable for many probably (at the moment) but definitely doable.

Tim

Re: Must've been Changeover Day?

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 September 2014 - 1:39pm
So many people see cycling as a leisure activity. Transport is by car. One of the major challenges in cycle campaigning is getting authorities to see the difference. They so often think that rambling the long way round on an unsuitable surface is cycle provision. Great for a Sunday saunter maybe, but as a serious commuter link, just about useless.

This sign near my work is typical. http://www.hembrow.eu/cambridgecycling/ ... etsign.jpg
Check out the distances to Newmarket on the two signs. And this is a 10 minute cycle from the supposed cycling capital of the UK.

Re: Thank you to the forum

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 September 2014 - 1:35pm
that photo looks great Col, where in France was it taken?

Re: New Route Planner

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 September 2014 - 1:34pm
Thanks ... looks like a really good site.

Re: Four 4x4's/SUV'S on a forty mile ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 September 2014 - 1:30pm
If one scrolls 180 degrees on the streetview a 50mph repeater sign is visible right in front, so it's not a NSL stretch.

Two Together Rail Card

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 September 2014 - 1:21pm
just got my Two Together Rail Card as my wife and I are fed up with driving everywhere with bikes in the car

http://www.twotogether-railcard.co.uk/

According to the site:

'Get a new Two Together Railcard for you and the person you travel with most, and you'll both enjoy 1/3 off rail fares when you get away together.......

It's not just a card for couples either - you can get one with a best friend, or one of the family. Together you can save on practical everyday journeys, fun day trips or exciting weekend breaks - as many times as you like. Here's what you need to know:

•The Railcard costs just £30 - that’s £15 each. So after a couple of trips, the card will have paid for itself.


•Your Two Together Railcard will save you both 1/3 off a wide range of tickets. '


Just booked a couple of journeys

Nottingham-York Saturday-Based on 2 Adults -single journey
Outward Journey: 6th September 2014 at 08:48

Ticket Price without a Railcard

£36.40

Railcard Saving

- £12.40

Ticket Price with a Railcard

£24


Based on 2 Adults
Oxford-Birmingham Friday-single journey

Outward Journey: 5th September 2014 at 12:07

Ticket Price without a Railcard

£34.20

Railcard Saving

- £11.60

Ticket Price with a Railcard

£22.60

Re: Ditching my Hybrid for a full Spec Tourer

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 September 2014 - 1:20pm
Why? If the hybrid's comfy and it hasn't any obvious defects ... unless you're planning a massive trip through somewhere really remote, use the money you would spend to finance a really good tour.

Re: Four 4x4's/SUV'S on a forty mile ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 September 2014 - 1:20pm
Is it just me, but the first line of the news article emphasises the 60 mph road bit.
It is almost blaming the 2 'veteran' cyclists for being on such a fast road?

Mark
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