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Re: accident claims

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 September 2014 - 6:11pm
My problem with cycle paths (the completely away from roads sort) is mostly dogs not under control. I've never had a problem with other bikes. But then I don't use them in the rush hour.
Cycle paths/shared paths next to roads I regard as, with a few specific exceptions, so dangerous at junctions from vehicular traffic that the road is preferable.

I can't recall a problem with other cyclists on roads either, but that may be, again, due to me cycling outside of rush hour/in a part of the UK where there aren't lots of bikes.

Re: is bikehike working?

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 September 2014 - 5:29pm
Dunno if it's any help but I used "EasyGPS" with my old garmin that connected via serial port to usb linky thing.

Thanks very much Si - that did the job.

I laugh at how dependant on their phones some pathetic souls are, but for the past few days I've been thinking 'oh no, I can't go for a proper bike ride until I can load my gps'

Re: Good icebreaker leggings for cycle tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 September 2014 - 4:53pm
elioelio wrote:Hi there,

Wasn't sure where to ask this question but assumed there would be people out there who use Icebreaker clothing.
Basically, I bought some Icebreaker everyday leggings 2 weeks ago and they already have a rip in the side seam and a hole in the knee. I'm working from home at the moment and all I've been doing is sitting at a desk all day in them. It seems stupid that my primark leggings cost 5 times less but have lasted 20 times as long.

Was I just unlucky with a shoddy pair or are the 'everyday' leggings just bad quality?

Anyway, I'll get to my point. I'm off on a 6 month cycle tour and really want some decent leggings. To wear while sleeping, when cold, but also as everyday wear to wear under a skirt on rest days/evenings. Icebreaker do lots of variations of leggings. Are the others much better quality than the 'everyday' leggings? I realise there are some thicker ones, but I don't really need thicker.
I basically don't want to spend a whole load of money again on some leggings that end up ripping straightaway.
Any thoughts?

mine got ripped the second time I used it.

Re: tablet for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 September 2014 - 4:15pm
Found another couple of contenders from Argos. The Acer Iconia One at 90 quid including £10 Google Play voucher. And Argos own tablet made by Bush at only £70. Only 280g in weight, but seems to have a lot of negative reviews including a Which dont buy!

Re: Norfolk: B1077 Attleborough, road kind to cyclists?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 September 2014 - 2:35pm
. .. or try the cycle.travel website, which has a heavy bias against busy/hostile roads . . . . .

Re: Norfolk: B1077 Attleborough, road kind to cyclists?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 September 2014 - 2:15pm
No direct on-the-ground knowledge as I have only cycled to the North of Dereham in that part of the world.

Google's cycle directions gives some generally, on the face of it at least, sensible routing (apart from a bit of silliness on the stretch near the end by Shipdham Airfield which seem to try to overcome lack of north south routes at that point by taking via a way with no rights of way - although the 1:25k OS does suggest there are tracks - out of the back end of a small industrial estate There's also a bit near the beginning on Bridleways but that is easily moved to the nearby lanes) The westernmost suggested route is both the shortest (by a mere 1/2 mile) and avoids the B1077 entirely, in fact I don't think it uses a numbered road at all (apart from getting into Dereham & that's only assuming the end is right in the town). It doesn't seem unduly convoluted or to have too many "bonus" miles (31 vs a point to point distance of 25). Cycle.travel's route planner suggests almost exactly the same route avoiding the B1077, although it goes off on a more easterly route through Diss near the start where Google leaves Mellis heading west then north. Virtually all of Google's route has been "StreetViewed" so you can see the roads for yourself.

If I was planning it it would be roughly the route I would most likely end up doing (with the slight variations to avoid the bits mentioned above).


Re: French Alps - recommended places...?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 September 2014 - 12:44pm
Thanks chaps, keep ‘em coming.

I stayed for a few days just up the road in La Giettaz last Autumn, pneumatic - did the col des Aravis both ways, Colombière, la Croix Fry... There’s a wonderful view of Mont Blanc from the top of Aravis. And a horrible dark, but thankfully short, tunnel after La Giettaz when you climb from the south (as well as two others down in the gorges).

Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, round the other side of the lumpy bits from Le Bourg-d’Oisans, is a great alternative to base yourself for the cols most of you chaps mention. I rented a place that turned out to be right at the foot of la Croix de Fer, but walking distance from the town centre. It’s nice to have a choice of places to eat in the evening, if you don’t fancy cooking.

Both rental places offered independent apartments in the proprietors’ homes, and the second one gave me one of the best breakfasts I’ve ever had in a B&B. Enough carbs to at least help you stagger out the door in the morning (or provoke the stagger in the first place): a whole baguette, croissants (plural), brioche or pain au lait, biscottes, cereal bars, fruit, yoghurt, jam, cheese... Bear in mind I was there alone...

I hesitate to name either of the places I stay, for selfish reasons - (I want to be able to go back and not find them permanently booked!) - but if anyone wants to have them, I’ll send links via PM.

Oh, I also found a decent hotel right in the heart of Barcelonette, handy for the col de la Bonnette, if anyone's interested: Hotel de la Placette. They have a lock-up garage nearby where you can store your bikes, but I saw at least two guys take theirs into their rooms and nobody seemed bothered.

Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 September 2014 - 11:54am
Sweep wrote:Just read the freebie bit (see above) of Tom Bruce's book.

Enjoyed it so I suppose I should buy the rest.

Me too.

However, Tom waves goodbye to his girlfriend of 6 years, Laura, at her house. Then he goes for a pub-lunch with his Mum, Dad, Nan, Uncle and Cousin. He rides off to Dover, on the way staying a night with his other Nan, popped into another Aunt and Uncle's for lunch, then out for a big night with six Uni mates and then celebrated Uncle Dave's birthday with a huge Sunday roast; all of this fun and jollity without Laura.

This is no comment on Tom's current status: just that had I tried that, the current Mrs P wouldn't be the current Mrs P and my guts would now be the proverbial garters!

Well done, Tom - I am, of course, green with envy.

Re: Can I buy a bike box at Heathrow Airport

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 September 2014 - 11:09am
The airport website confirms that the tunnel is closed to cyclists. However, you can still get to terminals 1,2 and 3 via terminals 4 or 5 and using the train.
Taking your bike on public transport

Heathrow Express/Heathrow Connect

Some space is available on trains for cycles being taken on to a flight, but space is limited at peak times. Bicycles can also be taken free of charge between Heathrow terminals, even if you are not taking your cycle on a flight. Cycles are carried provided it is safe to do so at peak periods you may need to arrive on the platform earlier. For more information contact Heathrow Express on 0845 600 1515 or Heathrow Connect on 0845 678 6975.

Re: commute distance, folder or road bike?

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 September 2014 - 11:03am
Thanks for all the reply, very helpful. I think I am sticking to my folder for a while.. until the next impulsive buying

Re: Can I buy a bike box at Heathrow Airport

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 September 2014 - 10:37am
You can no longer cycle into heathrow airport. U can only get as far as the a4 as side tunnel closed for repairs. Possible business opportunity for a bright spark to offer bikebox and transport to airports.

Re: Cafe & coffee

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 September 2014 - 10:28am
Weatherspoons seems to thrive on providing reasonable pub food, beverages and drinks at much better prices than can be found in the rip off coffee chains. The question is, why isn't there lots of other places doing the same sort of thing? I make no apologies for being careful with money. Saving pence here and there brings the reward of being able to afford some luxuries that you really like.


Re: Norfolk: B1077 Attleborough, road kind to cyclists?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 September 2014 - 10:18am
In town, I would say it is typical of such roads. It's not too bad for an assertive rider, but expect some silly overtakes. Peak times are worse than the middle of the day. Summer weekends, there tend to be too many badly driven caravans.

You don't say what the rest of the route is, but a possible alternative...

from Banham, take Greyhound Lane to Grove Road to Hargham Road, then you can take Leys Lane to Attleborough, or if you want to miss Attleborough altogether, carry on to a farm track on the right, here. It says it's a dead end, but that's because of a level crossing that is closed to motor traffic. A cyclist can go through (unless someone local knows it's been closed in the last couple of years?).
After the level crossing, take the left fork, then across the other part of Hargham Road. Carry on to London Road, where you should turn left. This bit isn't as nice, but it's short section. Go straight across the A11 at the roundabout (this roundabout is a bit intimidating and some drivers take it too fast), then take a right on the other side.

From there, the quickest way to Dereham is to carry on that road to the B1077, then a little left-right jog, and you'll be on the Hingham Road. Cross the B1108 on it at Hingham, and it becomes the Dereham Road, which will join the B1135. That road isn't too bad, though drivers do go fast on the straighter sections. But I think most of the traffic use the A roads in the area.

There are back lane alternatives, but they get longer and longer.

I *think* that a cyclist can go through the airfield industrial estate from Mile Road (Shipdham). Then, from the north end of the airfield, you can get onto Church Road. I'm not 100% certain about that, so if you can't confirm it, it probably best to use another route.

Re: Jens gets Hour record

CTC Forum - Racing - 27 September 2014 - 9:34am
And don't forget to limit your athlete to pre-clipless shoes, a hairnet, whatever training and nutrition regimes etc., always use the same velodrome with comparable temperature and pressure etc.
The record became moribund by trying to compare everyone to EM, much better IMHO to have something current athletes are interested in, and if any of them wishes to don't "heritage" clothes and use a "heritage" bike, who's stopping them?
In the meantime I see a 70 year old chap has got another age-bracket Hour Record with the new rules. We've had 4 (100+, 80+, 70-74 & Jens) in the last year, after nothing for ages. I can't see that as a problem.


accident claims

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 September 2014 - 9:25am
In the city where I live there is a definite increase in the number of cyclists on paths and roads. Most would think this good news...but on my journeys out it can sometimes be terrifying. Blind corners,brows of hills,others overtaking with oncoming traffic...I find(some)cyclists as much a danger as cyclists on this forum report motorists on roads. This got me thinking,wotsabout crashes,injury...are cyclist v cyclist claims on the increase and investigated as much as our motorist brethren? Further,how is 'fault' established should bike or cyclist be damaged?

On another note,have claims been made for medical injuries in addition to cycle write-offs,as is the case with motorist claims and professional damage claimants. And...if all parties have insurance with the CTC,who wins,who loses with costs?(Am thinking of purposefully causing an accident but claiming the fault is the other cyclist to claim injury and new bicycle!)

By the way, what cyclist is the equivalent of white-van man? For me it's the fixie who seems to hammer round blind bends at immoderate speed,or the new father in his 30s who has just renewed his interest in cycling again and wants to lose a few pounds.

It can be frightening out there. Sometimes its better safe on roads than on cycle paths. In fact,and on thinking about matters,am I the only cyclist on here that's beginning to feel safer travelling on roads with cars and lorries than on/in cycle lanes...often cycle paths ill designed and too narrow and dangerous for reasonable cycling.

Re: Cafe & coffee

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 September 2014 - 9:06am
mrjemm wrote:Back to coffee...
Monsooned Malabar:- http://www.whittard.co.uk/coffee/type/c ... oCAUTw_wcB

Sainsbury's used to sell it but stopped abruptly ,I complained bitterly(sorry)but to no avail

I've just bought some Indes Malabar in Saumur in a nice little coffee specialist shop where you can try it first.
We also bought some 'Old Mans' tea(which was apt)that has a lovely licorice suggestion of taste to it

Costa's double shot Americano sans milk(of course) is strong enough,and tastes good to me

And just to insult good coffee, I actually prefer to use whitener to milk. Yup, I really did admit that.
How could you!

Re: commute distance, folder or road bike?

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 September 2014 - 8:54am
Good on you. I used to commute 11 miles each way when I lived in London. That was when mountain bikes were 'in' any everyone had one including me. The wear and tear on my bike was staggering, I was as fit as a flea and I could have been more comfortable. When I swept away my need to be trendy and bought a commuter/hybrid my life improved tremendously. I was quick, comfortable, stable and the bike was quiet and the wear and time doing maintenance dropped off massively. I still ask myself, "How did I end up riding the wrong bike for so long?"

Hopefully I've learnt my lesson: I've just sold that commuter to fund a touring bike....b

Re: commute distance, folder or road bike?

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 September 2014 - 8:31am
+1 Carry on with your current commute, perhaps try the 15 mile ride at a weekend to see how you get on with it. Do you particularly want a road bike? Consider other types such as a utility bike that can be used for shopping as well, a pedelec if you want to make life a bit easier or a recumbent if you are up for something a bit different that it is a lot fun and will turn heads.

Re: commute distance, folder or road bike?

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 September 2014 - 8:05am
I used to commute 18 miles each way by bike; 5 miles to station, 13 miles to work and then reverse. At the time I was the fittest I've ever been. Mostly I enjoyed it but some dark, windy, cold, wet mornings it was hard. This was on a road bike.

As you have only been cycling a week my advice would be to continue with this until you are sure cycle commuting is for you. Currently you have the best of both worlds as you can mix and match depending on mood and weather.

Based on your posted speed a 15 mile commute whether on road bike or folder is going to take 90 minutes or so. 15mph is a good average speed and regardless of the bike it takes time to reach this level. The cycling part of my 18 mile commute used to take 70-75 minutes on quiet country roads. Fighting London traffic will add to the difficulty of the commute.

Given your experience to date is stick with the folder until the riding is easy and you're convinced this is for you. Make a decision in January after a winter of riding.

Re: Can I buy a bike box at Heathrow Airport

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 September 2014 - 5:22am
You cannot count on getting a bicycle box at all airports,check first. We recently flew out of Vienna airport and luckily I rode out to airport a day b4 flight and definitely no boxes so had to get one free from bike shop, box it in Vienna city, and then paid 80 euros for a maxicab to airport. Probably could have carried them to train station but too much hassle
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