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Most useful bit of touring kit

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 April 2015 - 9:15pm
Hello, there was a really good thread a few weeks ago asking for people's favorite/most useful bit of touring kit, I can't for the life of me find it again, does anyone have a link?
Mine anyway are an Ortlieb rack pack m size - it's basically like a heavy duty waterproof duffel bag - much more useful than a waterproof stuff sack cos of the way it opens, can store tent, camping mat etc in it, and keep it in the awning or next to your head if you're bivying, easy to get stuff out in the night.rack pack.jpg

Also Arno securing straps - arno.jpgimages.jpg
They are way more secure than bungees, stronger, the buckle is really secure and tightens very effectively and easily, also very quick and easy to release. Very useful for tying bike on trains ferries etc, as a belt, normal bungee tasks etc.
Also thread for strong repairs on road, dental floss is really good - incredibly strong and minty fresh too. I've repaired rucksacks and sandals with it before. I have heard the Inuit people use it for sewing too - dunno whether that's true or not.
I would really like to find the original thread again (no pun intended), it was a really good one.

Re: Is insurance for a tour in Europe a worthwhile purchase?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 April 2015 - 9:12pm
+1 on the repatriation costs.
An ambulance aircraft just for you will be an awful lot of £.......
It may be that you can fly on a normal flight, but need a medic with you, also not cheap...

I have known insurance pay for patient, sister + partner + medic flying back from (as well as getting there) Costa Rica, even got put in business class. Insurance also paid for 3 weeks of hotels (+ 3 weeks of private hospital for patient) until the airline deemed the patient fit enough to fly. Once here, a mini bus to get from the airport to the front door.

Saw someone else on the flight in economy, she had been in the same hospital (pensioner, broken hip, 1st day of cruise), insurance had paid for 3 seats, one behind the other, her stretcher was mounted across the 3 head rests.....it was a long flight.....
While Europe is closer, the flights like the above would still be expensive on your pocket.
I doubt a long ambulance (road) journey would be cheap, use of vehicle, plus 2 or 3 or more staff.

My household policy has all year travel cover for an extra amount which I now forget.

Re: Ramming cyclist at only 10mph is OK

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 April 2015 - 9:03pm
Road rage is bad for human health. It really isn't the answer and should be avoided. I know this because I have forcibly removed the wing mirror of a car in reprisal for something a driver said to me, and whilst I "won" that battle it did not make me feel better, and it did not make me feel good about myself. It took me several weeks to begin feeling okay about myself again. I now know the capacity I have for "losing it", and I hope I am now wise enough to avoid that mistake in the future.

Re: Has technology changed touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 April 2015 - 8:26pm
We have no chance do we - the other lot stole my pension pot and had me destitute while in work!

Anyone for the Greens?

Re: Is insurance for a tour in Europe a worthwhile purchase?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 April 2015 - 8:20pm
You should get free medical treatment but an E111 card will not get you repatriated if you need to be. Repatriation will be very expensive if you need specialist transport - £1000s for a friend of mine that was diagnosed with bowel cancer whilst on holiday in France and needed her own plane to get back to the UK.

I broke my ankle in Denmark last summer and was flown home - could have travelled in our motorhome but would have been problematical and uncomfortable. Insurers arranged for repatriation of the van as well.

Re: First time this year camera on bike - and an incident!

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 April 2015 - 8:17pm
Sadly I agree as this is the most common incident I encounter. I've had drivers crash into the keep left bollard next to me, brake so late that I've been able to rest a hand on the car bonnet and more amusingly I've seen at least two drivers left stranded having come to a dead stop facing the bollard whilst following motorists undertake them!

My most effective solution is to move to primary and wobble a bit well before the pinch point

Re: First time this year camera on bike - and an incident!

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 April 2015 - 8:07pm
Phil Fouracre wrote:Too common! Had it happen to me a few weeks ago, so bad that the car had to stop to avoid hitting the islandSame thing happened to me just before a roundabout. Speed of the car was fairly slow 20-25mph? as it was in a 20mph zone. However the driver gave a loud blast on the horn, just to prove he/she wasn't in the wrong and it was my fault for cycling on the road even though he/she should have seen me 100yds or more beforehand.

Re: Touring bike choice for people with long legs

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 April 2015 - 7:34pm
...to no avail.

evidently you didn't google enough

"When Julius Caesar defeated the Numidian king Juba in 46 BCE, among the spoils he took were 22 camels."
"The Emperor apparently had a much friendlier relationship with the Sultan's successor, for according to the medieval historian al-Maqrizi, Dawit sent 22 camels laden with gifts to Berkuk, the first Sultan of the Burji dynasty."
"Dressed as a Bedouin she took with her a caravan of 22 camels to carry her baggage. "

Re: Proper Tour of Scotland

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 April 2015 - 7:22pm
+1 for the Ardrossan/Cambeltown boat and go clockwise from there. The prevailing wind is south westerly, but in my experience, you'll never go if you wait for a month with favourable winds. Our weather is what it is, and ye just need to bite the bullet and set a date. I went for a weeks pedal round the small islands near Oban at the start of June in 2013.....the first few days were like February!!! What can ye do? Interesting tour though

Re: YHA Hindhead gone!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 April 2015 - 7:19pm
My first hostel was Tanners Hatch (as for many people I expect). My second was Holmbury, my third Ewhurst Green, my fourth Hindhead and yes, you've guessed, my fifth was Milford. This was the old Surrey circuit (almost) walkable with a little hitch-hiking. I did it when I was sixteen. The walking circuits still exist in the Lakes and so forth but it's the cycling links elsewhere that have disappeared.

Re: Touring bike choice for people with long legs

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 April 2015 - 7:19pm
reohn2 wrote:22 camels(great handle BTW)
What does it mean? I Googled it a few days ago to no avail.

Re: Touring bike choice for people with long legs

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 April 2015 - 7:17pm
531colin wrote:OK, I edited my post for clarity....

No worries Colin

Re: Ramming cyclist at only 10mph is OK

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 April 2015 - 7:12pm
danhopgood wrote:Kwackers,

Well done for contributing to the CDF and Michael Mason case - making me feel I ought to do the same. However, sorry, but I just can't agree that cyclists breaking the law themselves will do anything get drivers to behave better. That route is a race to the bottom and a very dark and scary place it'd be - in my view.
I don't really follow why you'd think that to be true.
People avoid punishment. If you got close enough to a cyclist to get a kick most folk would give them a wide berth, why would that not be the case?

Fundamentally though whilst I agree with your statement in principle I'm also beginning to think that without some form of direct action nothing will change, particularly having read all the bumf on the Daniel Squire case.

The basic problem is the system is broken, isn't going to get fixed and turning the other cheek won't help. So until someone comes up with a 'proper' (i.e. workable) solution then simply saying "don't do it, it's wrong" isn't enough.

Re: YHA Hindhead gone!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 April 2015 - 6:55pm
I recall trying to get into Tanner's Hatch several times in the early 70s. Only once was I able to stay, being turned away on other occasions because it was packed with a London crowd who had "discovered" the hostel and filled it every weekend. From the one time I stayed there I have vague memories of a charming little hostel with 3 tier bunks. Having been turned away I went to Milford (closed in the early 70s) which was a pain since I'd always have ridden at least 60 miles to get to Tanner's Hatch. But I suppose that as a young chap the extra miles did me good. I always preferred the simple hostels. I stopped hostelling in 1986 when the demise of rules and the growth in motor borne visitors put me off.

Re: YHA Hindhead gone!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 April 2015 - 6:38pm
horizon wrote:I stayed at Hindhead when I was 16 and I last stayed there a couple of years ago, a span of over 40 years. It was magic the first time, still delightful the last time. I thought it was one of the YHA's iconic pin-up hostels that they would keep whatever it cost just to show that they still cared. Obviously not.

Well I suppose Tanners Hatch nr Dorking is very similar - an old workers cottage in the back of beyond. Hindhead closed just a day or 2 ago. I suppose not many people went there any more - that means the car brigade. This, the increasing prices and the loss of hostels where you can camp is quite depressing. I use the yha less and less. I think the yha should lose its charity status, too many people turn up there with cars that cost a pretty penny, who are looking for a bargain?

Re: Has technology changed touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 April 2015 - 6:10pm
Vantage wrote:DarkNewt wrote:
When they can get robots to do every job what will happen to the workforce then.... probably cycle touring till they are 1000

They'll starve to death because they'll be out of work, there'll be no benefits system as the tories will have wiped it out and food banks will be out of stock. If they don't starve to death, they'll freeze to death as bedroom tax will have forced them from their homes. Those who had bikes will have sold them to buy food along with whatever camp/tour gear they had and Cameron, Smith and Osbourn will be sitting by the fire eating steak and laughing their ***** off at the mass suicides from depression and hopelessness.

Hi Bill, i hadn't quite thought of it that way somehow cheer up doesn't cover it!

Re: YHA Hindhead gone!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 April 2015 - 6:10pm
Sad day, parking at Hindhead; wasn't an issue if you arrived by bike Lovely hostel.

Re: Touring bike choice for people with long legs

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 April 2015 - 6:09pm
OK, I edited my post for clarity....

Re: Ramming cyclist at only 10mph is OK

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 April 2015 - 6:06pm
danhopgood wrote:Kwackers,

Well done for contributing to the CDF and Michael Mason case - making me feel I ought to do the same. However, sorry, but I just can't agree that cyclists breaking the law themselves will do anything get drivers to behave better. That route is a race to the bottom and a very dark and scary place it'd be - in my view.
Well said.
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