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Re: Summer Tour to the Netherlands

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 July 2015 - 8:50pm
We left most of our panniers on the bike on the Harwich-Hoek ferry, as did quite a few other people, and no one seemed to mind and nothing happened.

You have to go past a security guard and barrier to get into the car park next to Harwich International Station, since he's also controlling access to the secure area. Whether he cares if you kip in your car, I don't know. The car park has about an £8 daily charge. I'm not sure why you'd want to overnight there rather than where you are going to park up for the rest of your trip.

We were there during a (Dutch) holiday weekend when some campsites had signs up saying full, but by asking nicely we found they still had room for some cyclists with small tents. Along the coast campsites are larger and less frequent than well inland. We found the smaller campsites were not shown on the ANWB 1:100 000 cycling map, though someone else showed me another brand of 1:100 000 cycling map that showed more campsites. A 1:50 000 cycling map I have shows about 5 campsites in the close vicinity of Hoek, and another on the edge of Monster, though we didn't get close enough to have a look at any of them. Some of them are very close together so it isn't too hard to go and scout them out, but you will need that 1:50 000 map, or equivalent, as we found it all a bit confusing with the maze of cycle paths in the dunes near Hoek. You might want to buy at least your first cycling map before arriving, as Hoek is a rather small town with only rather basic stuff on sale.

Re: GPS location sender on Android

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 July 2015 - 8:16pm
Viewranger is perfect. Thanks

Re: Avon & Somerset introduce near miss reporting

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 July 2015 - 8:10pm
Surely they'll have to act if the same car/driver get reported numerous times?

Re: Collision with another bicycle

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 July 2015 - 7:41pm
drossall wrote:Does depend rather on the precise sequence of events though. As you may know, if they have started to cross, pedestrians crossing a side road have priority over vehicles (including bikes) turning left. Highway code rule 170.

Yep, but in my case the pedestrian strode out as I was cornering, forcing me to change line to avoid him. He had a duty to look and wait (did that bit at school when I was about five). I did my bit, which is why we did not collide.

Re: car hire v train prices

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 July 2015 - 7:37pm
I think ive followed the discussion and appreciate the help

Am probably talking nonsense but from recall recall some trains accepting bikes are still at the discretion of the guard, todays train manager.

Most guards are fine, but I accept they have to follow rules and regs or get disciplined. I try to defer to authority but sometimes fail. As Mr Awkard meeting Mr Rules and Reg guard and being denied access to a train, when is a bike not a bike? I mean if i dissembled a bike its 2 wheels and a frame, no? I dont fancy a night sitting out at St Pancras station.

For the record, I feel very paranoid hiring any car these days. Invisible costs, then full fuel tanks. I would also have to video the whole car to sight any damage. L8st me trust in this world, sorry to say

Re: Collision with another bicycle

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 July 2015 - 7:35pm
Does depend rather on the precise sequence of events though. As you may know, if they have started to cross, pedestrians crossing a side road have priority over vehicles (including bikes) turning left. Highway code rule 170.

Re: Collision with another bicycle

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 July 2015 - 7:22pm
I once had a near miss with a pedestrian as I turned left from a main road into a side street. The pedestrian was walking along the pavement in the same direction as myself and stepped off the curb and across my path as I turned left. I had been indicating, but he had not looked. Of course I had half anticipated his absent mindedness, so there was no real chance of a collision, but I let out a "whoa!" to let him know I was there as I changed my line around him. He said "Where's your bell?", to which I instantly snapped back "Where's your f*****n eyes?" I kept riding, so that was the end of it. It pays to assume the other person is an idiot, because sometimes he is.

Overtaking another bike, there does come a point where you are committed, and a sudden move to the right by the other rider will spell disaster. You can and should be cautious, but an idiot can still catch you out.

Re: car hire v train prices

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 July 2015 - 7:02pm
TonyR wrote:
If that's too complicated you can take your ticket booking reference number to a ticket office and they'll issue it for you.

I didn't know that.

Re: Collision with another bicycle

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 July 2015 - 6:56pm
iviehoff wrote:I had a similar situation once, though on the other side. I had a wheel wrecked due to collision with pedestrian who ran out (literally) into the road. I was not going fast. The wheel was far from new - it was probably a £70 wheel originally but a court would take off depreciation, probably at rather a high rate. For example, a bike thief was apprehended (rare case) and my friend was awarded by the court only a third of the value of the new bike in compensation for the stolen bike, reckoning that was the secondhand value of a bike a few years old. I decided it was just a waste of time trying to enforce payment of a small amount of money, on someone who had probably provided me a false contact anyway. The fact he was exceedingly uncooperative and unwilling to accept responsibility at the scene suggested it just wasn't worth it. .

If I had had the courage would have taken his picture and plasted it on YouTube?

Re: Way of the Roses..an accident waiting to happen?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 July 2015 - 6:54pm
It's a classic fast hill requiring caution. When I went down with my family (wife on back of tandem, kids on Islabike Luaths, all with panniers) I bellowed instructions to keep speed low and make sure everything was under control before each bend. The kids looked nervous, but that's how I wanted it. We all arrived at the bottom safely. Hills like this are part of the Pennine experience, and I think it would be unreasonable to blame the route for accidents. Any adult cyclist undertaking a ride should take responsibility for the condition of their own brakes and their competence to use them. I was glad that the route took us down this hill rather than up it!

Re: Summer Tour to the Netherlands

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 July 2015 - 6:30pm
Sorry. Another one: I don't fancy lugging my kit around the boat. Will my panniers be ok left on the bike? Considering we will be surrounded by water so no one will get far. I don't think anyone's allowed below decks once we are sailing. Thanks...b

Re: car hire v train prices

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 July 2015 - 6:15pm
PH wrote:axel_knutt wrote:So you don't need a printer? Do they give you a PIN number to type into the machine or something? Is there any hassle with machines not working, or not recognising the booking? .
You get a booking reference, put your card in, put the reference in, get tickets. You can nominate the station you collect from, doesn't have to be the departure one. I've just collected tickets at the Derby Station for a train from Penzance next month. If you book more than a few days in advance you can also have them posted, though I think it costs a couple of quid.
I use the train at least once a week and have done for more than a year, always booked on line in advance (And saved a fortune, big savings even on local journeys) not yet had or heard of a problem.

If that's too complicated you can take your ticket booking reference number to a ticket office and they'll issue it for you.

Re: Avon & Somerset introduce near miss reporting

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 July 2015 - 6:06pm
For a fraction of a second I thought Bristol Police were going to say that one of the uses for this data could be to identify problem drivers.

Avon & Somerset introduce near miss reporting

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 July 2015 - 6:03pm
I just saw this on the web site Stolen Bristol Bikes
If you cycle on the roads regularly, chances are you'll have experienced a near miss, such as a very close pass from a driver, someone pulling out from a junction without looking, or even verbal abuse and intimidation.

Now Bristol police have introduced a system for cyclists to report incidents that don't involve a collision or injury. It's hoped that this can contribute to road safety and build up a picture of where incidents are happening most frequently. The information gathered in this was has several uses - for example, it could help identify problems with road design.
https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/advice/vehicles-and-roads/cycling/report-a-cycling-near-miss/

not sure how useful this is going to be as they state at the outset that they will not be investigating motorists but building up "useful" data - like 99% of people who drive a Range Rover Evoque are *******'s

Re: woman eating ceral while driving

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 July 2015 - 5:59pm
Flinders wrote:I see what you mean. I didn't realise you were including other road users as well as those in cars. I take your point: large 4x4s are very dangerous for pedestrians, for two reasons, one is they are badly designed for pedestrian safety to start with, and the other is that they make drivers feel so safe and separate from the plebs that it turns some of them into selfish, dangerous morons who ignore any laws they fell like ignoring.
The answer is in the first case to make people wear seatbelts but also enforce all the other road laws as well, and in the case of 4x4s, force better design standards, and also enforce all other laws.

Enforcement of traffic law is an ideal very far from being realised, and I am not sure that it ever can be done. In any case, I don't think you can make people safer than they want to be.

Re: car hire v train prices

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 July 2015 - 5:56pm
axel_knutt wrote:So you don't need a printer? Do they give you a PIN number to type into the machine or something? Is there any hassle with machines not working, or not recognising the booking? .
You get a booking reference, put your card in, put the reference in, get tickets. You can nominate the station you collect from, doesn't have to be the departure one. I've just collected tickets at the Derby Station for a train from Penzance next month. If you book more than a few days in advance you can also have them posted, though I think it costs a couple of quid.
I use the train at least once a week and have done for more than a year, always booked on line in advance (And saved a fortune, big savings even on local journeys) not yet had or heard of a problem.

Re: woman eating ceral while driving

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 July 2015 - 5:50pm
Flinders wrote:
I see what you mean. I didn't realise you were including other road users as well as those in cars. I take your point: large 4x4s are very dangerous for pedestrians, for two reasons, one is they are badly designed for pedestrian safety to start with, and the other is that they make drivers feel so safe and separate from the plebs that it turns some of them into selfish, dangerous morons who ignore any laws they fell like ignoring.
The answer is in the first case to make people wear seatbelts but also enforce all the other road laws as well, and in the case of 4x4s, force better design standards, and also enforce all other laws.

Not just large 4x4's(and SUV's) but potentially anyone driving a motor vehicle on UK roads who realise they can get away,literally with murder.
When there's no one to enforce or uphold the law or penalties harsh enough to dissuade people from taking the chance of getting away with whatever laws they choose to ignore,the roads become a free for all.
I witness such behaviour on a regular basis and it's getting worse IME.
Policing and the judicial system in the UK has gone to the dogs and is practically non existent .

Re: 10 days in August. Where should I go?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 July 2015 - 5:36pm
Britanny Ferries from Portsmouth or Plymouth to Santander and then along the coast or a nice little detour into the Picos de Europa? The ferry company even have a suggested itinery on the site if I remember correctly. Lots of campsites on the coast and enough to plan a route in the Picos. I've always found that they will squeeze a solo cyclist in somewhere even when they are 'full' Lovely place - you may well have some rain but it is perfectly tolerable as rain goes ie not too cold.
or ferry to Normandy/Brittany?
Have a good time.

Re: Choosing bike for African tour and beyond

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 July 2015 - 5:31pm
nowt to do with m, take a look at this

Specialized Hardrock Sport - 18" Commuter/Tourer

in the for-sale section on here.

steel mtb tourer with lots of good bits and new bits, should do the job. £150
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