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

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 October 2014 - 8:57am
gaz wrote:As he is the Director of a Limited Company his home address is a matter of public record.

Go to Companies House website and sign up to WebCHeck. You'll need to ask for a "current appointments report" which is free.


Not quite so. It is common for Directors to give the Company address on their registration. I am a Director if 5 companies and most of my co-Directors use the Company address.

Re: Short Duration Norfolk Trip - Baggage Courier

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 October 2014 - 8:48am
The sad thing about East Anglia - Norfolk & Suffolk - that that tour company is exploiting is that most of the YHA hostels are gone now - Kings Lynn, Gt Yarmouth, Norwich, Nedging Tye, Castle Hedingham, Colchester & one nameless one west of Ipswich I cant remember name of.

Cambridge, Hunstanton,Wells and Sheringham still there & Blaxhall? thats the lot?

Re: Short Duration Norfolk Trip - Baggage Courier

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 October 2014 - 7:27am
@ eileithyia - I've no doubt that I could carry soap, flannel, towel and a few necessaries to get by but I'm a late middle aged chap who likes to have a change of clothes at the end of the day. I've grown used to certain creature comforts so if I could get a bag of stuff reliably moved 20-30 ish miles along the road at a reasonable cost I'd like to do that. I do like the idea of cycling longs double as evening wear - I may adopt that when not cycling

@ Pioneer - I had a look at the Wells N-T-S Youth Hostel - it looks really good - private rooms too! My, how things have changed. Like I posted previously, the idea of out and back trips from a single point had not even occurred to me. If I add the cost of a YH to the possible cost of kit transport (£10?) I could probably get half decent B&B.

Sorted.

Thanks to all who have replied.

Re: Round The Coast Of Britain

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 October 2014 - 6:55am
We have just returned from our tour around the coast of Britain. The story is here if anyone is interested: http://www.gillandtony.co.uk

Re: Short Duration Norfolk Trip - Baggage Courier

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 October 2014 - 6:44am
Well I had three full days away, including ofcourse tea stops and evening pub meals, and even with the hostel cost (£42.00 for two nights) I had change from £150.00. Still felt a bit guilty though as it's still a lot if on a low wage. (Most of us I fear).

Re: Short Duration Norfolk Trip - Baggage Courier

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 October 2014 - 6:15am
mercalia wrote:RickH wrote:mercalia wrote:Heh £370 the people from Suffolk/Norfolk not that silly then. I would only want to spend £100 tops, but then I live in London now and know the value of money when u dont have it.
If you can organise & sell a trip with 3 nights B&B plus luggage transport plus a pre-organised route (so you've already found the quiet roads for folk) & sell it for £100 you could be onto a winner (or have deep pockets). Could you get 3 nights B&B (in separate locations) for £100? Of course you can always camp &/or organise your own route &/or carry your stuff to keep costs down - the choices are entirely yours, subject to what is actually available.

Rick.

I wouldnt pay any one to show me around and wouldnt use B&B. The £370 quoted dont include meals so more like 450!!! I must be cheapskate. I can never see any point in that type of package holiday. Spend £450 on a 3 day cycle ride? Ha! Clearly I dont live in that world.

Me neither, I can have a self guided holiday for a week in Mallorca for that money, but then Chapeau to those who spotted a possibility and exploit it.

To the OP do you really need a few items of kit carried for a weekend, I think back to my YH weekends with CTC and how little I managed to carry, small soap and towel, small bottles of the necessary; shampoo, face cream and armpit deodoriser, change of shorts (cycling longs double as evening wear) change of Helly Hanson vest/T=shirt for evening wear then worn as base layer for next day's ride.... simples.

Graduating from "feet forward" to "Off the peg"

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 October 2014 - 6:01am
D I am impressed you are 'pushing' 80 and still keen on keeping fit. You deserve respect and put people half your age to shame. Well done. If you need to move your older bikes along you could consider eBay. I'm no techno kid but I've managed to sell a couple of bikes and canoes quite easily. You could put a minim asking price down or just go for the 99p option and see where the auctioning madness takes you. You can choose 'pick up only' so you don't have to worry about boxing up your bike. Best of luck...hc

Re: Surly Disc Trucker

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 October 2014 - 10:34pm
Cavemud wrote:If they did the disc trucker with as couplings that would be even better.

Disc trucker deluxe. Nice idea. Go more rough'n ready and you can have the 'World Troller' though.

http://surlybikes.com/bikes/world_troller



Looks good.

Or just get them fitted... Seems to me that having them pre-fitted on a semi production bike like this doesn't save much if any money, going by prices I've seen in the past.

Re: Jens gets Hour record

CTC Forum - Racing - 2 October 2014 - 9:02pm
I'm not going to shame myself by checking what records they set.

Re: Short Duration Norfolk Trip - Baggage Courier

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 October 2014 - 8:16pm
RickH wrote:mercalia wrote:Heh £370 the people from Suffolk/Norfolk not that silly then. I would only want to spend £100 tops, but then I live in London now and know the value of money when u dont have it.
If you can organise & sell a trip with 3 nights B&B plus luggage transport plus a pre-organised route (so you've already found the quiet roads for folk) & sell it for £100 you could be onto a winner (or have deep pockets). Could you get 3 nights B&B (in separate locations) for £100? Of course you can always camp &/or organise your own route &/or carry your stuff to keep costs down - the choices are entirely yours, subject to what is actually available.

Rick.

I wouldnt pay any one to show me around and wouldnt use B&B. The £370 quoted dont include meals so more like 450!!! I must be cheapskate. I can never see any point in that type of package holiday. Spend £450 on a 3 day cycle ride? Ha! Clearly I dont live in that world.

Re: My second tour (I made it)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 October 2014 - 7:37pm
sabrutat wrote:As for two wheeled trailers: I've just completed 3,500 miles in the UK, and the amount of single track I went down would seriously hamper two wheels. Of course, if you only ever ride on roads, you should be okay, but significant stretches of NCN routes are single track.

well thats a good advert for our cheapo trailers if there ever was one!

Re: My second tour (I made it)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 October 2014 - 4:51pm
For my bike & trailer rig I use a folding walking stick with one of those T shaped handles. I keep it bungeed to the top of my tent on the pannier rack behind my seat, so I can whip it out one-handed and prop under the seat. I do need to tie the front brake on to stop the front wheel turning and rolling away, but after significant trial and error, it works great, and you can get them on Amazon for a fiver.

As for two wheeled trailers: I've just completed 3,500 miles in the UK, and the amount of single track I went down would seriously hamper two wheels. Of course, if you only ever ride on roads, you should be okay, but significant stretches of NCN routes are single track.

Re: Switzerland cycle route 5 & Eurovelo route 5

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 October 2014 - 4:45pm
My blog ramblings on this tour for anyone that fancies a read: http://rodewarrior.wordpress.com/2014/1 ... september/

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 October 2014 - 4:39pm
I'd also include in any correspondence to the driver something along the lines of: Should it become necessary for me to involve solicitors to resolve this issue, then I will be looking to recover my legal expenses in addition to other damage and compensation payments.

People know how expensive solicitors are so indicating that you will use them and then the bill increases might prompt the driver to move to sorting things out.

Ian

Re: My second tour (I made it)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 October 2014 - 4:25pm
theDaveB wrote:mercalia wrote:Oh be carefull about adding a stand to bike - I seem to remeber there was a thread about that and damaging bike frames. Last summer I met a european guy with the original Bob Yak in London and he had added a stand to the trailer than the bike - it seemed to work as I stood and chatted with him

This could be the solution - http://www.click-stand.com/click-stand-home-page.html

Dave


thats a good idea to try out but not to buy at those prices. Just need a stick with a hook at the end? tent pole?

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 October 2014 - 4:16pm
I think what prompted the OP was the new diamondback hardtail MTBs.

My first MTB was a diamondback Ascent in, I think, 1991. It had True Temper cromo tubing and a 1.1/8 steerer.

The new DBs don't look too back in pics (actually they look quite normal) but in the flesh the tubes really are bulbous, and the massively oversized headtube with its (comparatively) spindly steerer sticking up out of it just looks like it was designed by a machine (and not a very inspired one at that).

The new DBs that I saw were black but with brightly coloured patterns overlaid.

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 October 2014 - 3:53pm
simonineaston wrote:moulton_speed.jpgThere you go - that'll make you feel better...


You really pyle it on

Re: Moving up from 32 tires to 38/42 - how much of a differe

CTC Forum - MTB - 2 October 2014 - 3:41pm
As far as wheels are concerned, for comfort you want the lowest tyre pressure at which you don't get pinch punctures (aka snakebites) when you hit a rock or pothole. Bigger tyres allow lower pressure, and hence more comfort.
Better quality tyres with lighter, more flexible sidewalls will help a little too. Vittoria Voyager Hyper are good (37 or 40), but they are slicks and not too good on muddy sections or loose gravel.

You can also gain comfort by "riding light" for the worst bits - freewheel, hover just off the saddle by an inch or two, and a light/loose grip on the handlebars. It's too tiring to try it pedalling for very far, but can make quite a difference for short sections.

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 October 2014 - 3:40pm
Presuming the OP is a CTC member, then surely a call to the Accident Claims Line on 0844 736 8452 is the first port of call.

"The CTC Legal Advice Scheme is totally free to CTC members. If you are not a CTC member, CTC may still be able to help you in certain circumstances. Call our Accident Claims Line on 0844 736 8452 for advice if you have been involved in an incident while riding your bike."
https://www.ctc.org.uk/insurance

They will presumably advise on what steps can and should be taken next.

Re: My second tour (I made it)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 October 2014 - 1:59pm
mercalia wrote:Oh be carefull about adding a stand to bike - I seem to remeber there was a thread about that and damaging bike frames. Last summer I met a european guy with the original Bob Yak in London and he had added a stand to the trailer than the bike - it seemed to work as I stood and chatted with him

This could be the solution - http://www.click-stand.com/click-stand-home-page.html

Dave
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