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Re: Traffic Kommisarr Bans Freight Managers

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 June 2015 - 6:33pm
kwackers wrote:It's all very nice and gives you a warm fuzzy feeling but if these guys aren't already running another freight company I'd be more than a little surprised.
It won't have their name on it but it'll be theirs.

From the article and comments, that's exactly what is happening. In their wives names, it appears.

Re: Rhine - Strasbourg to Basel

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 June 2015 - 6:02pm
Many thanks for the reply


What kind of surface was the Alsace Wine route and was it hilly at all ?

Heading of on Saturday and the forecast is saying it's going to be extremely hot

Re: Mudguards for Off-road Touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 June 2015 - 5:41pm
http://www.rosebikes.co.uk/article/mudg ... /aid:50735

These from Germany are dirt cheap and well made, although you really need to make up the order with something else to mitigate postage costs. They detach easily once the fittings are permanently in place. The lack of strengthening stays seems to be a positive advantage over traditional guards when the going gets really rough.

Re: Touring in Norway

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 June 2015 - 5:11pm
Vorpal wrote:I doubt that it will be closed much longer. We had a cold spring, and even a couple of weeks ago, there were still day time temperatures barely above freezing, but it has been relatively warm for several days, now, and Rallarvegen is open at least far as Hallingsheid (according to Finse 1222). I would expect it to be fully open by the time you are here. They're taking bike hire booking from Finse for the 5th July, so they are expecting it to be fully open, as well.

That is good to know. I can't believe it is under a week until i'm leaving now!

Thank you everyone for all the help!

Re: Traffic Kommisarr Bans Freight Managers

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 June 2015 - 4:27pm
It's all very nice and gives you a warm fuzzy feeling but if these guys aren't already running another freight company I'd be more than a little surprised.
It won't have their name on it but it'll be theirs.

Re: Traffic Kommisarr Bans Freight Managers

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 June 2015 - 4:07pm
I hadn't been fully aware of the role of traffic commissioners, but I looked up their publications on the .gov website, and it seems they've been doing a fair amount of this sort of thing. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/s ... 012-13.pdf

Pages 43 and 53 include public inquiries held, and things like licences suspended, licence holders disqualified, sanctions imposed, etc.

I think this is a very positive development, and interestingly, it seems to be a route that the CTC is using this to pursue at least one other transport operator. http://www.ctc.org.uk/news/20150608-rei ... -operators

Re: Traffic Kommisarr Bans Freight Managers

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 June 2015 - 3:44pm
From the comments in the linked article:-
...and when do we get to see the corporate manslaughter charges?
Where indeed?
No doubt someone will correct me with the news that,that isn't allowed under UK law.
To which I'd reply.
Why not?
The laws and penalties for killing people even as deliberate as this sad and sick pair is a disgrace and the chances of any change practically nil,as profit comes well before people in this green and unpleasant land.
Sickening in the extreme.
Then we are informed that these two sicko's are to start up all over again under a relative's name.
Could it get any worse?

Mudguards for Off-road Touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 June 2015 - 3:39pm
Any recommendations for a robust mudguard that can withstand offroad touring, fitted on a cross bike?

Doing the Via de Plata in Spain last summer I ended up ripping off my SKS mudguards - all the bumps on the offroad sections just kept knocking them into the tyres.

But this summer I'm set to do camino del norte on the northern coast, and with the greater possibility of rain, thought that maybe some kind of protection is a good thing.

Mountain guard clip on style?

Thanks

Re: Rhine - Strasbourg to Basel

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 June 2015 - 3:33pm
Just return from a tour from Munich to Strasbourg via Basel but didn't use the Rhine path on that last stage, used the Alsace Wine Route from Basel to Strasbourg passing through nice old towns like Colmar and Obernai. Well signposted, quiet and very pleasant.
There's a nice easy exit from Strasbourg via the disused "Canal du Bruche".

Re: Traffic Kommisarr Bans Freight Managers

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 June 2015 - 3:32pm
It seems that the HSE don;t investigate road incidents...unless I understood the article and comments wrongly.
For a haulage company, I'd say the public roads were part of the operators' place of work, and so the HSE should be able to investigate. And fine or otherwise prosecute companies, if necessary involving custodial sentences- and the HSE can fine very heavily, BTW. Can't they do this?

Re: Route from Oxford Road to Media City?

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 June 2015 - 3:22pm
I've not ridden to Salford but the area around Oxford Road is a bit hairy at times. From www.traintimes.org.uk and http://cycle.travel/map/ it looks like Trafford Park station is on the same line and nearby Moss Road is connected by cycleways to Media City. From cyclestreets, it looks like parts are good http://manchester.cyclestreets.net/location/31881/

Re: CTC Poly Bike Bag and Easyjet Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 June 2015 - 3:15pm
[quote="bigjim"]They tried this nonsense with me at Biarritz airport.

I've used the CTC method on Easyjet several times now, most recently into Munich and home from Strasbourg and with no problems. Before each trip I get a confirmation email from their Customer Care regarding acceptability of using "large see-through heavy-duty polythene bag" and also there being no need to deflate tyres. I've needed to use my trump card only once and that was at the miserable place laughingly known as "Bournemouth International".

Re: La linea or Gibraltar?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 June 2015 - 2:00pm
La linea it is then! Not sure whether to leave the bike at hotel or use it to get around gib. Haven't been there since 1994! Been staying at some very cheap but adequate hotels using trivago, booking etc. Tonight's is only 20 euros!

Re: Who's got the worst bike, and how far have you ridden it

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 June 2015 - 12:43pm
Legendary Swedish cycle tourist Janne Corax lists some interesting records on his website http://www3.utsidan.se/corax-e/ including

◾Most desperate for legend status: Norwegian biker one a one-gear post bicycle from Venezuela, dressed in the Venezuelan postal workers uniform, with post panniers for his gear.

I once met a Uruguayan cyclist in northern Chile, who had cycled there all the way from Uruguay on a tandem he had modified into a kind of recumbent - he was pedalling the front pedals while sitting somewhere below where the stoker would normally sit. He had welded on shelves onto the sides of the bike he could put ordinary travel luggage on, and the bicycle also had a sound system. It was all very heavy and mechanically poor, and comparison of his rate of progress as against mine in relation to some similar route segments we had ridden suggested he was going at about 60% of my speed.

Re: Who's got the worst bike, and how far have you ridden it

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 June 2015 - 12:08pm
I had an apollo hybrid 5 years ago that cost around £180 IIRC. I broke the bottom bracket in less than a week, cassette, chain and tyres all worn out within 2/3 weeks. Gears never stayed indexed, brakes and the wheel was back every few days to get trued by there "mechanics". I got my money back as it was not fit for purpose (riding).

Route from Oxford Road to Media City?

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 June 2015 - 11:30am
Looks like I'll be doing some work at Media City in Manchester, probably get a train from Warrington to Oxford Rd (assume that's the closest) and then potentially cycle to Media City.

Is there a pleasant route or is it the usual thick skin and a grimace that one associates with city cycling?

Re: Who's got the worst bike, and how far have you ridden it

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 June 2015 - 10:02am
In 1987 I did LEJOG on a cheap Raleigh tourer style thing with crap everything. The heavy frame, rubbish gears and lacklustre brakes I could live with, but the cheap, nasty wheels with galv spokes and chrome plated steel rims were bad news. Every second day I broke a spoke in the rear wheel, and as I was a mechanical numptie at the time I had to find cycle shops and beg them to do an on the spot repair. When I got home I bought some better wheels and I learned how to change spokes.

Re: La linea or Gibraltar?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 June 2015 - 9:50am
La Linea, we found a nice hotel by turning left out of customs and just off to the right in a back street.... Don't be put off by external appearances, we often found ones that looked a bit dingy outside were perfectly acceptable often with interesting features, courtyards or gardens that you would never have guessed at from the outside....., when we toured Andalucia.
Personally we found the Gibraltarians just a little bit too English for our liking...... with awful and expensive food, it was certianly an interesting experience to visit the Rock and take the tour.

Re: Another death and inadequate sentence

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 June 2015 - 9:44am
Edwards wrote:Making statements about cars would appear to me to be trying to shift the blame for the death of this Lady.
The topic concerns the "inadequate sentence". We need to understand comparable situations and the sentences that might apply. It has nothing to do with blame-shifting.

Re: Expected 'lifetime' of a 7005 alum frame??

CTC Forum - MTB - 30 June 2015 - 8:34am
Too open a question. 7005 is the raw material but there are quite literally thousands of combinations of butting, tube manipulation, heat treatment, methods of bonding or welding etc to give a sensible answer.
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