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Re: Cycling to Nordkapp: searching for suggestions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 July 2014 - 3:23pm
which electricity plugin is there in norway?

It's the same as the rest of continental Europe (two pin sockets).

Re: Cycle touring coincidences

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 July 2014 - 3:14pm
The thing about coincidences is that there are so many potential coincidences, it would be surprising if they didn't from time to time occur. The ones OP cites don't seem particularly strong.

These seem rather stronger.

I went into a hostel in New Zealand. There was only one other person staying there. He knew my sister, (who has never been to New Zealand).

I went into another hostel in New Zealand and bumped into a woman who I had seen in Manali in the Indian Himalayas about 18 months previously. She had no recollection of me, but had to agree she had been there, moreover in specific location a few miles from town.

Cycling in Switzerland, I bumped into the French cyclist who had written the route notes that another cyclist had given me while I was cycling in South America a year or two previously.

Cycling in London, I stopped at some lights and came up alongside someone who had been my boss at a job I'd done in Birmingham a few years previously.

In two consecutive cycling holidays to Iceland, I randomly bumped into the same geologist from Lancaster University. On each occasion we were thrown together for an extended period, sitting next to each other on a bus, sharing a room in a guesthouse.

A cycling friend recently introduced me to a friend of his from Wales, whose brother who lives next door to one of my aunts in Dorset.

I cycled to the top of the Honister Pass to find one of my colleagues from work in London there in his car.

We need to be careful. Some things are just likely. If I bump into acquaintances at Marylebone station, this is not surprising because I am frequently there - if they go there only once, it is nevertheless not so very unlikely that they will be there at the same time as me because I am there so often. I have friends and work colleagues who also regularly commute to Marylebone like me, including one who frequently uses the same train. What I find more remarkable is how I can go for several years and not bump into some of the people I know who also regularly use the station. This latter fact makes it more remarkable when you do bump into someone you know in London, when neither of you was in fact engaged in any common purpose or regular trip.

With that in mind, I will be forever struck with an incident which occurred one day when I decided not to board a tube train as it was too crowded. Only one other passenger on the busy platform made that same decision, and it was someone I knew. Neither of us was on a regular journey.

Re: Cycle tour insurance

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 July 2014 - 2:50pm
Following an accident I was lying unconscious in an Italian hospital for a week before I was shipped home. In that time I lost my £180 watch. Axa refused to pay as I didn't report it to the police.
This went on for weeks. They put every possible excuse & block (I even had to send them a copy of the instruction book) and it became a personal mission to get paid out. Finally they did pay but the cheque came with a letter which in so many words said whilst they didn't accept the claim they were paying out of the goodness of their hearts. What hearts!

From that lesson I learnt to keep every possible receipt of anything major that I could lose outside the house. This was of use when my wife was burgled in a Dublin hotel. I made sure she got every possible piece of paper she could, itemised police report, photos of the room, receipt for new suitcase. etc. Everything.

Fortis insurance were ok BUT they wanted to see the old suitcase that had be forced open & rendered unusable so was chucked by the hotel. So I got a letter from the hotel saying just that. I left them no wiggle room at all & they paid up.

Never trust them.

Oh & the british embassies aren't interested whatsoever. In Italy & Dublin they couldn't have cared less, even about the lost passport in Dublin. In Italy they actually hung up on my wife when she asked for a translator claiming they didn't know of any & the local consulate, who was away that week, could sort it out. Too busy with their G & T's I expect.
Its truly shocking

where to join the Rhine?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 July 2014 - 2:48pm
Im planning a weeks tour down the Rhine. Im debating whether to start in Strasbourg and have a fair few industrial miles or start lower down at Karlsruhe. and then either finish at Koblenz or Koln....Anyone have any thoughts?
cheers

Re: Cycle touring coincidences

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 July 2014 - 2:39pm
Whilst cycle touring in Cornwall / Devon, I stopped off in a pub for lunch to find the landlord of my local in there!

Re: Cycle touring coincidences

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 July 2014 - 2:37pm
My mother is scary with this


We were in a shopping mall and she was going up the escalator....

When we met her at the top she turned and said:

"You see that woman over there going down, she lived in Ayr and went to school with my sister... we are going to meet up for coffee in about half an hour"

How do you transfer all that information whilst passing on an escalator!!!!

Re: Cycle touring coincidences

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 July 2014 - 1:15pm
Sweep wrote:Sleep well folks - they aren't necessarily out to get you/following you .....

But remember, just because you're paranoid it doesn't mean they're not out to get you.

Re: Help with choosing bike type and/or commute through Lond

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 July 2014 - 12:46pm
I would be tempted to get a portable bike for the days it raining down hard then take it on the bus or train. 13 miles 2 ways in the rain/cold not nice, but tolerable if u bike/train

Re: Cycle touring coincidences

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 July 2014 - 12:36pm
Good thread bikepacker - life can be so spooky at times it's enough to make you paranoid.

Have had a few spooky/odd things happen a few times but not on a bike so will spare folks them.

Sleep well folks - they aren't necessarily out to get you/following you .....

Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 July 2014 - 12:32pm
+ 1 to the Tim Moore book.

(though gave up on his Donkey powered Camino book - I found the jokes too forced - that's what comes of leaving the bike behind)

Another

I can recommend this.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Touring-Surviva ... ival+guide

Not a travelogue but you will learn more from it than reading several travelogues about the practicalities.

Answers lots of sensible questions (even stupid ones - stupid questions are often the best) you will have thought of, some you will have thought of but were too embarrassed to ask and some you maybe haven't thought of but should have done.

But no worries they will ask and answer them for you.

With this on a Kindle you could prepare for a trip in no time and if you take it with you will have a ready reference for comfort and advice along the way.

Re: Dublin - Larne

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 July 2014 - 12:23pm
your right on that score but remember from the port to say swords is not reall that far 8 to 10 miles at the most then its plain sailing all the way to rush coastal route.
but yes bit of a pain trying to get through all that city stuff .

Re: Cycling to Nordkapp: searching for suggestions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 July 2014 - 12:19pm
Folk,

which electricity plugin is there in norway?

Re: Dublin - Larne

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 July 2014 - 11:48am
keithg wrote:I'm afraid I didn't find the Dublin to Dundalk section very interesting but perhaps I just failed to find an interesting route. I just couldn't find a decent coastal road

I don't think any of the roads out of Dublin will be interesting. The old airport road, the R132, is horrible: fast traffic, shopping centres and industrial estates. The Malahide Road, R107, is equally grim. The motorway is out of the question. So I would actually turn right, off the East Wall Road at this junction http://goo.gl/2QnlkX and make a long detour around Clontarf, Dollymount, Sutton (new good cycle lane on the coast road), Baldoyle, Portmarnock, Malahide (nice cafes and restaurants). Unfortunately at this point you have to head inland to go around Malahide estuary, turn back out and go through Rush, rejoin the coast road up to Skerries, then Balbriggan.

keithg wrote: lacking quaint villages or decent caffs.

Quaint villages are probably long steam-rollered by the suburban progress of Dublin but at least by Portrane and Rush you are surrounded by countryside.

Don't bother with cafés, pubs are where it's at; most pubs will do lunches and all will do tea and coffee (as well as Guinness).

Re: Dublin - Larne

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 July 2014 - 11:33am
I don't know much of the route - and it has certainly changed a lot since I lived there - but be very careful when leaving Dublin Port; it is very easy to be 'sucked' into the Port Tunnel (and you don't want that) because the slip-road you need is unhelpfully labelled "City Centre". It should more correctly be labelled "All other routes".

http://goo.gl/f3R3vf

I still have family in Dublin and visit regularly. Even knowing this, it is counter-intuitive to turn towards the "City Centre" when I know I'm looking to go the other direction towards north Dublin. Even my sister-in-law, who has lived there her entire life, has been accidentally 'sucked' into the tunnel at this point.

Re: Oh lordy, what have I let myself in for?

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 July 2014 - 10:27am
Glad the Brooks is working out - I love mine. Never tried it (yet), but replacing the saddle cover with a pair of unwashed underpants could be a very effective thief deterrent . Best of luck with the training .

Re: BT Openreach cyclists stay back

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 July 2014 - 12:24am
Flinders wrote:Steve922 wrote:Is this a new development?
My daughter said yesterday that whilst waiting for a lorry to turn left at a junction, she heard a strange beeping noise and a recorded voice which appeared to be saying "Warning, this vehicle is about to turn left." Similar to the reversing warning which has been around for so long.

That sounds sensible. But presumably it will only operate when the vehicle is signalling left. I suspect most of the trouble comes when the vehicle goes left without signalling. The sound warning would help where a vehicle starts to signal when you've already come alongside- but there may be nothing you could do at the point.
All the same, I think it's a good idea.
I think it's a good idea too,but it won't protect the cyclist who rides up the inside of a vehicle who's driver has forgotten to signal left,so all the more reason not to trust other drivers.

IME there's an increasing number of drivers not using indicators and particularly when turning left either at TL's,junctions or exiting r/abouts.I know they should do,but the fact is they don't.
Driving standards IME are plummeting and in the absence of any kind of effective policing,which in my neck of the woods is woefully inadequate,it's better not to leave anything to chance.

Re: BT Openreach cyclists stay back

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 July 2014 - 12:14am
Flinders wrote:
It's the vehicle's driver's job to check before turning left that no cyclist is on their inside, it's as simple as that.
If driving an articulated vehicle the nearside beyond the tractor unit is unable to be seen when the trailer isn't inline ie;during a left turn.

Cycles are allowed to filter on the left, indeed, they have to, to get to advance start boxes.
Cyclists don't have to filter at all if it isn't safe to do so,it's that simple.Trusting someone not to turn left when cycling up the nearside/inside of any vehicle unless you're absolutely sure it's either turning right or that it isn't going to move at all is folly and an unnecessary risk IMO.

We have to watch out for bad drivers, granted, and sometimes anticipate bad driving, I certainly do, but the legal situation seems pretty clear to me. It's the driver's job to check before moving left, just as it is their job to check before moving right.
The legal situation is useless when in the morgue,whether it be the driver's fault or not.
I practice self preservation first and foremost,I trust no other road user and treat every one as potential lunatics,that way there's no surprises or at least very few.

Re: Air or sprung suspension?

CTC Forum - MTB - 13 July 2014 - 12:01am
Coil/oil shocks are better at dealing with little bumps, air is better for big hits.
You need tighter seals with air units so the air doesn't leak out but this can lead to 'sticky' travel.
If a leak develops with an air unit, you can be left without suspension. If a coil/oil unit leaks, you still have suspension but might not have any damping and you'll be pogo sticking all over the place.
This is what I remember from my days as a mountain biker anyway, a while ago.

Re: BT Openreach cyclists stay back

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 July 2014 - 11:41pm
Steve922 wrote:Is this a new development?
My daughter said yesterday that whilst waiting for a lorry to turn left at a junction, she heard a strange beeping noise and a recorded voice which appeared to be saying "Warning, this vehicle is about to turn left." Similar to the reversing warning which has been around for so long.

That sounds sensible. But presumably it will only operate when the vehicle is signalling left. I suspect most of the trouble comes when the vehicle goes left without signalling. The sound warning would help where a vehicle starts to signal when you've already come alongside- but there may be nothing you could do at the point.
All the same, I think it's a good idea.

Re: BT Openreach cyclists stay back

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 July 2014 - 11:39pm
661-Pete wrote:What it boils down to, forgive me for stating the obvious, it is dangerous to overtake a large vehicle on the left if you have any reason to suppose it is about to turn left, or if you can't determine the driver's intentions and it is near the front of the queue, or if there is only a narrow gap left between the vehicle and railings/wall etc., or if there are passengers boarding or alighting from the vehicle. Maybe there are other 'if's to consider but these are the main ones I can think of.

All cyclists, in an ideal world, should know these rules off by heart and abide by them, but we all know there are some who don't. The question is, how to represent these rules in a succinct and unambiguous manner, in the form of a notice on the back of the vehicle? Attempts to fulfil this need, as we have seen from this thread, don't really get the right message across. Any ideas?

It's the vehicle's driver's job to check before turning left that no cyclist is on their inside, it's as simple as that.
Cycles are allowed to filter on the left, indeed, they have to, to get to advance start boxes.

We have to watch out for bad drivers, granted, and sometimes anticipate bad driving, I certainly do, but the legal situation seems pretty clear to me. It's the driver's job to check before moving left, just as it is their job to check before moving right.
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