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Re: Cafe & coffee

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 September 2014 - 5:05pm
Quite O.T, so apologies but if I want a quick brew I take a flask instead. I really don't like the "cafe legs" effect.

Re: 700c wheels in India?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 September 2014 - 4:57pm
I'm 5"10" and rode the GT for about 10 years. It might have done for you, but I am off to Japan in a couple of days so a bit late now. I live on the Fenchurch St line and may have a bit of time if you want to look over the weekend. PM me.

You are right, no campsites in India. The biggest problem is finding space not used by anyone and also privacy. You are almost constantly being watched and putting up a tent would attract a permanent crowd. A hotel room offers a bit of a respite. Safety is not normally a concern, but there was a recent problem of 2 Swiss being killed while camping. Constant attention and possible pilfering are much bigger problems.

I have cycled from Katmandu to Goa; Goa to the bottom and back; 2 other trips round the South. Roads vary widely. Some are very good, a few are terrible, most are OK. I often seems to be a State thing with some much worse than others. I tried to ride on the State Highways and avoid the much busier National Highways. Many of the smaller roads may be unpaved.

I never broke a wheel and had few punctures, but I am light, ride fairly carefully and don't carry lots of luggage. A few few spare tubes, maybe a spare folding tyre and a few of each spokes should do.

India is a fascinating place, I am sure you will love it. If you don't want the expense and aggro of getting to E Africa, Nepal and Sri Lanka are local and both worth a visit.

Enjoy.

Re: Cafe & coffee

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 September 2014 - 4:20pm
I was spoiled a bit by going to holiday to Italy for a number of years to stay with family and having proper cappuccinos. The ones over here are far too strong, and either far too bubbly or basically a latte with spit on.

Re: Cafe & coffee

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 September 2014 - 4:05pm
Don't get me started on cappuccino. I was taught one third espresso, one part hot milk, one part foam. Not these milky coffees with spit on that go under the name.

Re: Knocked off bicycle. Driver won't give insurance details

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 September 2014 - 3:52pm
Did you keep a record of his number plate?

Have you been able to check that it was his business card and that the details on it do lead to him?

He may be hoping that you will "just go away" he needs something like a solicitor's letter, a call from the Police or a demand from you for a specific amount to be paid (which you will have to follow with a letter stating that you will take it to the court).

Re: 700c wheels in India?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 September 2014 - 3:50pm
Sorry for the delay in getting back to your q's.

here is London but I'm currently scoping out options which seem to be span the whole country. It's hard work getting a complete setup from scratch! I'm 5'11" so think your GT outpost might be a bit too small for me - what do you think? Hoping to get my hands on a Dawes Sardar but they seem to be a little out of my price range. Would be happy with a decent stell MTB tbh but lots of cheaper Dawes Galaxys keep popping up with 700c wheels.

We toyed with the idea of camping initially but soon realised that it's not recommended. Is it just unsafe to camp? I can't imagine there being many camp sites in India. We're just taking a stove for boiling water and may camp in East Africa if we get there.

Where have you been in India? What are the roads liek on the whole?

An impossible question really but if I end up getting a 700c bike how many spare inner tubes/tyres/spokes etc would you suggest I take?

Thanks,
Jude

Re: Knocked off bicycle. Driver won't give insurance details

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 September 2014 - 3:48pm
Do you have any legal cover eg British Cycling or CTC? I assume you have his reg no?

Re: A good idea for this country?

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 September 2014 - 3:27pm
whoof wrote:I once was driven from Dubai to Abu Dhabi and back in a terrifying journey. I asked a few times if we could slow down and stop swerving violently around corners as I didn't want to crash. The response was that the persons driving had nothing to do with whether we might crash it was all down to the will of God.


In Dubai I found the Lexus drivers of a much better standard than their Toyota cousins.

Re: Cafe & coffee

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 September 2014 - 3:25pm
reohn2 wrote:honesty wrote:Ah, you need to practice the art of turning up just as a new jug comes out
I've never quite mastered it so stick with espresso with added hot water(Americano).
Pollution in the form of milk(yuck! )can be added,but I'd rather not

As long as its not the travesty that coffee chains push as a cappuccino.... double shot does not make a cappuccino better, even it you are serving it in buckets.

We have a really nice tea house in Taunton now, Miles Tea Rooms, that serves really nice tea, properly. I refuse to pay for tea from coffee chains as they all seem to make awful cups.

Re: Knocked off bicycle. Driver won't give insurance details

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 September 2014 - 3:24pm
Contact the police and report the accident. This is very important and the first step for anything.

This topic may be useful in doing so... How to complain about bad driving

This topic may also be of interest... Instructing a lawyer

Knocked off bicycle. Driver won't give insurance details

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 September 2014 - 3:14pm
Hello everybody!

I have been living (and cycling) in many countries, but I have never had such experience before. I was cycling along the main road, and the car approached the crossing and stopped by the double line. Then when I was just in front of its bonnet it started moving right onto me. The driver did not see me as he said, and it was his fault. He gave me his business card so I could call him. Paramedics also gave me some papers after examining me. Now the driver does not want to give me his insurance details. He does not answer emails and does not return phone calls. I don't know what to do now. As far as I know providing with insurer details is a legal obligation. Does anyone know what to do in this case?

French Alps - recommended places...?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 September 2014 - 3:13pm
I’m about to set off down to the Alps with the bike in the back of the car to ride about a bit and stay in various places - a mix of hotels and B&B’s, maybe camping, depending on the weather. I’ve no itinerary planned as yet, and enjoy just heading where the fancy takes me. (No, "the fancy" isn't my nickname for the bike).

Does anyone want to recommend favourite places to stay or restaurants to eat in?

Obviously, if the places you know and love are so good you don’t want to broadcast them for fear of them being overrun forever afterwards, you can just PM me. I promise not to reveal your secrets.

Re: Santander hotel

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 September 2014 - 3:07pm
thanks, i have emailed the san marco.

Re: Ditching my Hybrid for a full Spec Tourer

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 September 2014 - 2:52pm
Heltor Chasca wrote:Thanks Martin. I have a friend who has made blood brothers with his Thorn and rode round Oz so obviously tried to sell me down this route. I just don't have the budget. Surly is an option so far.......hc
My 585L Sherpa, 18 months old, will be on Ebay in a few weeks when i return from spain - where I'm going on my Rohloff equipped Raven......

Re: is bikehike working?

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 September 2014 - 2:49pm
johnmac wrote:....... because I'm using a serial GPS, connected to a COM port.Sorry, I don't know what you mean. I ain't got a clue about a serial GPS or a COM port.

I connect my Garmins to the USB port on my computer. They show up as Mass Storage Devices.

Re: Cafe & coffee

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 September 2014 - 2:45pm
Sod the coffee, drink tea instead.

Nice tea, brewed in a bone china teapot with real loose tea, none of the teabag rubbish, real tealeaves brewed properly.

Re: Cafe & coffee

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 September 2014 - 2:00pm
It does amaze me how long it takes them to make a cup of coffee, when that's all they're making. Part of me is suspicious that slow on purpose so that you feel they've been doing something magical and special, not something fast and easy, so somehow the coffee must be better.

Re: Cafe & coffee

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 September 2014 - 1:57pm
Interestingly on my recent trip around Germany the only place with a choice bigger than coffee and milk coffee was at the airport. That's okay with me, theres nothing more infuriating than having to wait for the designer coffees someone has ordered before i can get served with my hot water and leaves!

Cake on the other hand - yum, loads of choice unlike the dry 'muffin', carrot, choc or sponge on offer in UK outlets.

Re: Poncho

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 September 2014 - 1:27pm
There is a little Army surplus shop near Warterloo Station, go past the Old Vic and Down the Cut, it's past Evans Cycles on the same side olmost oposite the Young Vic

Re: A good idea for this country?

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 September 2014 - 1:26pm
I once was driven from Dubai to Abu Dhabi and back in a terrifying journey. I asked a few times if we could slow down and stop swerving violently around corners as I didn't want to crash. The response was that the persons driving had nothing to do with whether we might crash it was all down to the will of God.
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