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Re: Advice on accident involving a dog

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 September 2014 - 10:46pm
pompeyreece wrote: I wouldn't want to press charges, was a genuine mistake but if the bike shop says the bike is a right off, then that's a £3.5k bike ruined and I'd want to investigate if it's possible to claim it back from the perpetrator.
Or, perhaps, from their house insurance (would that cover this kind of thing)? Hopefully the CTC will advise. Whatever the route, good luck with your claim.

Re: Another A38 Accident

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 September 2014 - 10:16pm
The websites linked below are worth a look, especially the maps so you can see where accidents in your area have occurred. Looking at the A38 near Lee Mill I can see two cyclist fatalities and a cyclist seriously injured between 2000-2010.

Every death on every road in Great Britain 1999 - 2010

Road casualties Map 2000-2010: killed, seriously injured and slightly injured

Re: Advice on accident involving a dog

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 September 2014 - 9:23pm
661-Pete wrote:You might as well be aware of the relevant section of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 (for England and Wales):
3 Keeping dogs under proper control.
(1)If a dog is dangerously out of control in a public place—
(a)the owner; and
(b)if different, the person for the time being in charge of the dog,
is guilty of an offence, or, if the dog while so out of control injures any person, an aggravated offence, under this subsection.
A dog which runs out into the street endangering a road user is 'dangerously out of control': no argument. It doesn't have to be a pitbull: the breed is irrelevant in this case.
Having said that, it might be a bit harsh to press charges against an owner who evidently made a genuine mistake. But keep it in mind.

Thanks. I wouldn't want to press charges, was a genuine mistake but if the bike shop says the bike is a right off, then that's a £3.5k bike ruined and I'd want to investigate if it's possible to claim it back from the perpetrator.

Re: Biker's death filmed - horrific.

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 September 2014 - 9:21pm
Bonefishblues wrote:I don't flash bikers - no point in two people being dazzled.

You might notice me dip my rvm if you were following me with either main beam on or a flickering dip. Means I might not see your overtake beginning though, but it does mean I can better focus on where I'm going.
I should point out it's also a lot worse with a pillion. Very few bikes have self levelling lights and very few motorcyclists set the level when they're carrying a pillion particularly for daytime riding.

Re: Advice on accident involving a dog

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 September 2014 - 9:18pm
You might as well be aware of the relevant section of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 (for England and Wales):
3 Keeping dogs under proper control.
(1)If a dog is dangerously out of control in a public place—
(a)the owner; and
(b)if different, the person for the time being in charge of the dog,
is guilty of an offence, or, if the dog while so out of control injures any person, an aggravated offence, under this subsection.
A dog which runs out into the street endangering a road user is 'dangerously out of control': no argument. It doesn't have to be a pitbull: the breed is irrelevant in this case.
Having said that, it might be a bit harsh to press charges against an owner who evidently made a genuine mistake. But keep it in mind.

700c wheels in India?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 September 2014 - 9:17pm
Hello
We're off to India and potentially East Africa (Ethiopia/Uganda/Rwanda/Tanzania) for 9 months from early Nov.
Does anyone have any experience of riding with 700c wheels in any of these parts of the world?
Advice seems to generally point towards 26 inch wheels because of availability but it's limiting my choice of second hand bikes to buy here!
Any advice much appreciated.

Re: Ten Miles a Day

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 September 2014 - 9:15pm
Hi,
I am hovering at 12.8 a day and this late in year upping that will be difficult.
Averaging 111 miles a week but still averaging 80% of max heart rate (max 185) for the whole year, and this keeps me fit enough at the moment, so I will not worry at actual milage.

Re: Advice on accident involving a dog

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 September 2014 - 9:12pm
Cheers Gaz. I've been a member for over 2 years, never had an accident until the weekend though hence the amazingly high (not) post count.

Appreciate your advice and anyone else who has experience of a similar situation.

Thanks again.

Re: Biker's death filmed - horrific.

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 September 2014 - 9:11pm
I don't flash bikers - no point in two people being dazzled.

You might notice me dip my rvm if you were following me with either main beam on or a flickering dip. Means I might not see your overtake beginning though, but it does mean I can better focus on where I'm going.

Re: Biker's death filmed - horrific.

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 September 2014 - 8:53pm
Bonefishblues wrote:I ride a huge bright green motorcycle whose twin headlights sit on full beam on bright sunny days



Apropos of nothing is there a debate in motorcycle circles about this practice? I try not to get wound up as a driver but there are few MORE distracting things than a motorcycle approaching from front or rear with flickering full beam.

I understand it's to be seen (I assume) but its very much on the increase it seems to me, and there's a part of me which wonders if it's becoming counterproductive.
I only use it in bright sunlight where imo it's really not that bright.

If the beam is flickering I'd suggest it's actually on dipped, the flickering you see is because the cut off for the dipped beam is roughly in line with your eyes (particularly when when accelerating). Full beam doesn't flicker because it doesn't have a cut off. One of the problems is that motorcycle headlights are physically set quite high.

(You wouldn't be the first motorist I've had flashing me and then switching to full beam to make a point when I'm on dipped lights - something that bizarrely I've never had on full beam! - If I did I'd switch back to dipped).

Re: Advice on accident involving a dog

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 September 2014 - 8:38pm
Welcome to the forum, sorry to hear of the incident.

You'll find some general advice on all accidents here. The best way to proceed is with proper legal advice. If you are a CTC member contact the accident help line.

If not see if you have any free legal advice through household insurance, union membership, etc. Personal injury solicitors may also be able to help.

Re: Biker's death filmed - horrific.

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 September 2014 - 8:26pm
Tonyf33 :
On this public forum, at this time, I think that your derisory descriptions of the deceased are inappropriate. The tone is wrong and socially unacceptable.

Your comments about risk-taking, putting others at risk and poor judgement are all reasonable.

New York is the best cycling city in the US ....

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 September 2014 - 8:05pm
...... apparently, doubt Dulcie Canton agrees! http://vimeo.com/105250259 (seen on Bike Snob)

To see how good the NYPD are read the description for the vid.

Re: Santander to Calais - info required

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 September 2014 - 7:38pm
I have done Roscoff to Santander. It's a fun route, highly recommended, I loved Aquitaine (which is also really fast away from the coast and spectacular on the coast). I've got Nothing for you north of Brittany though and you have the question of which angle you cross France on ie west coast or diagonal up the middle. The most direct route though looks too only divert from the west coast at the bottom of Brittany.

I'd try to avoid Paris.

Re: Two Together Rail Card

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 September 2014 - 7:15pm
mjr wrote:Car travel is half the price with two people going to the same place. Knocking a third off the rail price keeps it competitive.

A single person is more able to find the last advance discount fares and find rail travel faster (no need for driving breaks) and more productive (can read/write/type/spod while not driving) but it's a shame there aren't more things like the network card for other areas.


I also like trains for touring.

With a car you either have to find a parking space for a week, (and a circular tour) or catch a train to the start point

With a train you have flexibility to start and finish where you like.

Re: Two Together Rail Card

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 September 2014 - 7:08pm
simonhill wrote:Congrats on your Two Together.

What about single people. As far as I can see, unless you are under 26 or over 60 you can't get a discount card for the train. Its about time single people were recognised as a persecuted minority and given equal rights!

What is so special about two?

Network cards

Limited, but better than nothing

Re: Biker's death filmed - horrific.

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 September 2014 - 6:48pm
You make the point exactly, some people don't like saying what they think, you've said that about yourself right here...I said what I think and I have no qualms about that, I don't need to wait and say something insipid and weak and meaningless at X point after the event.
IMO forummers need to get over the fact the motorcyclist died and look at the fact that he was a part and parcel of the incident happening through his own wrongdoing, not just a tippy toe over the line but a huge step over that line that could and often does have huge ramifications to other road users/innocent parties.
Blindly ignoring that does a diservice to the rest of us whom want to be safe and stick to the rules

As for EllieB, It's okay for people to disagree, I don't care what others think, it won't stop me from posting what I think, what I object to is a poster making out that I said I was glad that they died..that's bang out of order.
As for Vorpal accusing me of name calling, well I've seen plenty of angry posts on this forum that never get even a sniff of derision when 'name calling' is going on aplenty..motorvehicle drivers, judges, other cyclists all being called out yet I'm the one being told off/berated for speaking my mind about a person prepared to ride his motorbike in a way that was reckless and dangerous..
Because that's fair isn't it

Re: Do I need front panniers for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 September 2014 - 6:46pm
Swallow wrote:I agree with the above but would suggest a bar bag if you don't already use one, not for balance but to keep valuables to hand. Quickly detached so that you can take it with you
+1

Re: Santander to Calais - info required

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 September 2014 - 6:41pm
My family luckily dropped me off in San Sebastian so I did not have to catch the train from Santandar. It was easy catching the train from San Sebastian - I just stood on a platform until I saw a train to Hendaye - bought a ticket ($3). At Hendaye I was easily able to catch a train to Bordeau as the Aquitane region looked a bit boring. The route from Bordeaux to Le Havre was a delight. I then was able to catch a train to Newport where I live. I used an online routing website which I uploaded onton my garmin edge 800 and have a lovely 5 day ride, camping and hotelling. Happy to share my route.

Re: channel hopping

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 September 2014 - 6:33pm
I'd second the advice about the climbs out of Folkestone, in fact much of the south coast route is hilly, although the NCN2 along the cliffs are spectacular from Capel le Ferne, I live in Gosport and have done the circuit you're thinking about many times over the years although I tend to take the train to Dover these days. Don't forget the french coast you're talking about is a continuation of the South Downs so you can expect some pretty stiff climbs there as well. It does make a nice short break if you live near Portsmouth, another is Newhaven - Dieppe - Neufchatel - Rouen - Le Havre.
This year I came back through Calais for the first time for some while and found it quite scary. Approaching the port there are gangs of people trying to get on vehicles and we had to wait while the CRS tried to control a huge fight between some of the groups, one person had been killed earlier. A group of Belgian scouts I met were expecting to stay at the campsite near the port but that wasn't available to them because the campsite is now a refugee camp. While waiting in the lanes in the port area all hell broke loose behind me with dogs and security as they'd found a person hiding in the engine/wheel area of a coach which necessitated the dismantling of the engine compartment to get him out. Then a large group of people got into the port area and tried to get on to a ferry with me and a number of other cyclists legging it in the opposite direction. For several years there has been a surreal feel to the approach to the Port at Calais especially if you come around the Rue des Garennes though I never really found it threatening, but now I'm personally avoiding it preferring Dunkirk instead, I tend to use Dover to get to/from Belgium or Holland anyway so for me Dunkirk is the port of choice. One other option could be the Eurotunnel from Ashford but that's only available to cyclists twice a day I think.
If you're going soon the weather looks like it could be good and the forests will just be getting a golden autumnal feel to them with fresh mornings, good for cycling. I hope all goes well and that my recent experiences don't put you off.
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