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Re: A-hole in a van.

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 July 2014 - 7:50am
The police and courts need to start taking aggressive driving seriously otherwise not only will things not change they will get worse.

Re: A-hole in a van.

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 July 2014 - 7:12am
Sorry about the encounter Kwackers.
Last week I had two 'Police reportable incidents' in quick succession. Think I'll ask for a season ticket next time
Riding into work on the Friday, White Transit Van Man overtakes at high speed on a blind bend with high hedges. Car driver coming the other way has to take avoiding action, up the verge, loses control of the car and spins it. Ends up with trashed front trim. Police arrive, I'm late for work and spend the following morning editing the juicy bits from two cameras together, to be burned onto CD's, two copies as requested, then drop into Police Station. All the while Mrs D is justifiably annoyed because it was a nice day. She agreed that it was potentially serious and looking at the recording added, "if they had collided, you would have been killed".
Then would you believe it, I cannot even get home without some idiot in a Range Rover pulling out from a side turning to my right as I am passing, then uses his car to force me against the kerb while he dishes out some verbal aggro. So that means some of the afternoon is spent doing yet more downloading/editing, followed by yet another visit to the Police Station! Phone call from very nice PC; he has been spoken to and given advice about his driving. Am trying to ignore the lesser incidents, but it seems to be getting worse. Is it me? No, it's all of us!

Re: Triumph of HiViz over common sense?

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 July 2014 - 7:07am
Perhaps its a consequence of Gove's drive to return to Victorian teaching values. Children should be seen and not heard.

Univega Alpina

CTC Forum - MTB - 20 July 2014 - 6:26am
Hi all,

Not even sure this is classed as a mtb or if it's a hybrid? (if it matters)

Anyway, just rescued it from the oblivion of the scrap metal collector.

Just wondering what original components would have been on this ? (and is it approx 1994/5?)
Any info appreciated.

I'm not a mtb guy really so might make it more of a 'go anywhere' tourer. Anyone done a similar thing?


Univega skip find by Sooper 8, on Flickr

Re: A-hole in a van.

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 July 2014 - 1:29am
I got knocked off my bike a couple of weeks ago. Had it all in glorious HD on my cam. Taxi driver handed himself in. Police decided there was no criminal intent so no further action. Didnt even look at my video. What's the point.?

Re: The Fairy has the last laugh

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 July 2014 - 1:23am
What you boys drinking/smoking? I need to get meself some.

Re: The Fairy has the last laugh

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 July 2014 - 12:02am
I think all cyclists should stand up, or maybe sit on our saddles, and demand the fairy is banished forever. Oh yes...are you with me brothers and sisters

Re: Bullitt Cargo Bikes in Glasgow

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 July 2014 - 11:48pm
Apols for replying to my own post but also seen a couple of bakfiets withs kids strapped in. So proud. Offered to take my two but they weren't keen. They are in their mid twenties I suppose.

Re: Triumph of HiViz over common sense?

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 July 2014 - 11:45pm
I do voluntary work at our local hospice, and recently children from the nearby primary school were invited to visit in order to learn about our work. They all wore hi viz tabards inside the building, well I suppose those speeding wheelchairs do pose a serious risk....

Re: The Fairy has the last laugh

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 July 2014 - 11:41pm
I use Schwalbe CX Pros on my steel Genesis Croix de Fer. Never had a puncture and deliberately ride over fairies and nails. Come ahead.

Re: Wild camping - helicopter surveillance!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 July 2014 - 11:36pm
If just using infra red they may have spotted what appeared to be a human body on the ground, and wanted to make sure it wasn't someone injured.

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 July 2014 - 11:32pm
mercalia wrote:if u can find some where to park at college get a small motor bike


mjr wrote:That costs money to fuel and the lack of exercise can make you fat.
Vorpal wrote:When I was at university, I found I needed some daily exercise (or several times a week) to balance studying.
+1. The OP came to a cycling forum for advice. The distance is perfectly doable with the right build up and preparation, as many others who enjoy their commute to work or college will testify . I thought push bikes were motor bikes that had broken down .

Re: Nextbike Glasgow

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 July 2014 - 11:30pm
Good point about the trains. I think that's what the want us to do. Leave your bike at your local them get a hire bike at the other end. Absolutely no problem with this. It works so far because it's all new so there's plenty of rentals available on the other side.

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 July 2014 - 11:25pm
When I was at university, I found I needed some daily exercise (or several times a week) to balance studying. When I couldn't ride my bike (winters in Midwest USA), I learned to use the gym or do winter sports. It helped me clear my brain and relieve stress.

Re: Techno-ride today

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 July 2014 - 11:24pm
Are metcheck any more reliable these days?

I couldn't resist doing a screengrab of this forecast of theirs a few years back

weather forecast.jpg


Rick

Re: Wild camping - helicopter surveillance!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 July 2014 - 11:10pm
Don't forget police helicopters (if that is what it was) have Infra red cameras that will pick out people by their body heat so they could probably see you even without a search light. They may have been looking for someone (but not you) and wanted to double check on you for whatever reason.

Rick.

Re: Wild camping - helicopter surveillance!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 July 2014 - 11:04pm
Brilliant. You should have come equipped with your own remote controlled drone to gather counterintelligence.

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 July 2014 - 10:39pm
mercalia wrote:if u can find some where to park at college get a small motor bike ( if u have the license ) much better than a push bike any day and u will save your precious time & energy for more important things.
That costs money to fuel and the lack of exercise can make you fat.

Re: Triumph of HiViz over common sense?

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 July 2014 - 9:57pm
I sometimes wear a dayglow yellow Adidas coolmax T-shirt I found in Sports Direct, the main reason I bought it was the price (about a fiver I recall).

Most of the time though it'll be whatever I'm wearing anyway, apart from my work suit!

Re: Wild camping - helicopter surveillance!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 July 2014 - 9:22pm
I'll have to rethink my nighttime/early morning skinny dips in lakes now
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