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Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 September 2014 - 5:59pm
Its the same with cars..... matt black becoming popular AND it costs a lot more. Dont get it myself.

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 September 2014 - 5:53pm
It the fashion for black that gets up my nose. Even cycle clothing is fashionable black.
Components are black, and frames are often black, or coloured to compensate for the black.

I prefer shiny bling components and brightly coloured frames.

Why is CF black?
Why isn't Ti painted?

Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 September 2014 - 5:48pm
Is what I thought after wandering around the Bike Show today. Especially hard tail MTBs......the big wheels and bulbous carbon tubes just make them look so heavy and cumbersome.

There were a few steel road bikes, and indeed, one or two tourers with chromed bits too, and these just looked so 'right' in comparison. Not saying that steel is a better functioning material - just talking about the look.

Yeah, I know, eye of the beholder, etc. But you know I'm right

December in Alicante

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 September 2014 - 5:13pm
I'm thinking of getting a cheap flight to Alicante at the beginning of December for a long weekend of cycling. I've never been there before.

Is it a good base for cycling? What weather should I expect?

Re: FillThatHole - Dying ? Come on CTC

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 September 2014 - 4:03pm
They are interested - just been talking to them about it at the Cycle Show. Problem is that they were running around like headless chickens getting everything ready for the show last week and so that was their priority. Hopefully they will get around to FTH once they are home, unpacked and recovered!

Re: Hit and Run

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 September 2014 - 3:39pm
Not good. Hope the cyclist mends well and quickly.

Re: FillThatHole - Dying ? Come on CTC

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 September 2014 - 2:38pm
Si wrote:Returning to the original question - I've asked someone at National Office if they would like to comment on the thread. Hopefully they should be along in the next few days to do so.

Well it seems they are not interested.

They don't reply to my e-mails, don't contribute here. It really makes one wonder what on earth is going on with the CTC. I actually spend some time discussing the system with somebody from the CTC earlier in the year (at their request, they called me). I must be a major user (I've reported over 250 hazards this year), offered to participate in beta trials, and actually spent a large part of my career designing/implementing software for hand held devices (but for industrial applications).

So I guess the only thing left to do is to put in a Freedom of Information request to Dept of Transport, explaining that I have tried to find out via the CTC and expressing my concerns about the organisation as well as the project.

CTC should be answerable to it's members - and that means NOT ignoring e-mails.

Ian

Re: Norfolk: B1077 Attleborough, road kind to cyclists?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 September 2014 - 10:04am
One crossing on the edge of Wisbech was closed a year or two ago, leaving a three mile diversion. The line to Wisbech closed to passengers in 1968, to freight in 2000 and was tarmacked in 2005! There is a dogmatic programme of crossing closures by Network Rail because people won't accept that those who walk out in front of trains will always find a way to do so.

Re: Norfolk: B1077 Attleborough, road kind to cyclists?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 September 2014 - 9:56am
Psamathe wrote:Richard Fairhurst wrote:That said... are you 100% sure it isn't there any more? Google's Street View car last went along the A11 in July 2014 and clearly photographed a crossing then.
Off-topic:
I have no idea about that crossing, but have heard that RailTrack have been trying to close a lot of gated crossings (for safety reasons). There have been objections about some and I've no idea about how many have actually been closed. But such crossings are easily closed with a chain and padlock.

Ian
That said, I think the particular crossing is open (I've never used it but) because http://www.networkrail.co.uk/Transparency/LevelCrossingItemDetail.aspx?lcid=8836&name=Hargham%20No.%202&View=onList&postcode=NR17&radius=

IAn

Re: Norfolk: B1077 Attleborough, road kind to cyclists?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 September 2014 - 9:27am
Richard Fairhurst wrote:That said... are you 100% sure it isn't there any more? Google's Street View car last went along the A11 in July 2014 and clearly photographed a crossing then.
Off-topic:
I have no idea about that crossing, but have heard that RailTrack have been trying to close a lot of gated crossings (for safety reasons). There have been objections about some and I've no idea about how many have actually been closed. But such crossings are easily closed with a chain and padlock.

Ian

Re: Norfolk: B1077 Attleborough, road kind to cyclists?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 September 2014 - 9:13am
cycle.travel takes its data from OpenStreetMap which has the Fen Street crossing marked - so if it's no longer in existence, deleting it from OSM will remove it from cycle.travel in a week or two.

That said... are you 100% sure it isn't there any more? Google's Street View car last went along the A11 in July 2014 and clearly photographed a crossing then. But I'm not a local so won't claim any knowledge of it myself!

Re: accident claims

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 September 2014 - 8:18am
Compris,Gaz. Best opportunities in making ££ and get away with it...still in banking and the City!!

Re: Had a chat with the Google Streetview man

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 September 2014 - 10:38pm
gaz wrote:Crossed paths with a google car yesterday. I must remember to take a look in a few months time to see if he got me.
661-Pete wrote:How long does it take to go online, anyone know?
About three months in these parts.

https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=dartfo ... 77.78,,0,0

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 September 2014 - 10:33pm
irc wrote: ... If you are injured it may be worth getting a lawyer to act for you on a no win no fee basis. For damage to the bike only the value of a claim may be too low for a lawyer to take on.

+1

I've read at least on instance on here where the CTC Accident Helpline couldn't take on a case because the value of the claim was too low, but they did give advice on the Small Claims procedure. One of the biggest drawbacks with a legal case of that type is that you might get a favourable decision but extracting the £££ would be difficult, often because the other party has nothing with which to pay. You seem to know who the other party is and he sounds as though he may have the means to pay. There may be nothing gained by getting his insurance details because the insurance company may not be quick to pay an unrepresented claimant. As somebody else has posted, your claim is against the driver, not his insurance company anyway. There's almost certainly a clause in his policy which says he has to report any accidents to his insurer, even if he doesn't make a claim.

The small claims procedure is intended to be easy but a claimant needs the bottle to persist with it, going to the court hearing if necessary. Not everybody's cuppa. There are also fees to be paid which mean it's not viable for trivial amounts. All the stages are explained on the Court Service website. There's a thread somewhere from forum member stoobs - doesn't seem to have been on here recently, but he did just this and was accused of being a lawyer incognito and memorably replied "Even a monkey could do it."

Re: accident claims

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 September 2014 - 10:30pm
tyreon wrote:In this age of litigation and tight finances,wonder why the inducement to make ££ is not being taken up by creative criminals. Just a thought.
Drivers are most often insured and I'd expect the criminals target certain groups for their "collisions" to further stack the odds in their favour. After a crash drivers are obliged to stop and exchange insurance details or report the matter to the police. Cars are highly protective of their occupants offering the opportunity to present "evidence" of "fake" injuries rather than real ones.

Compare that to a bike crash. Is the target insured? Will they stop? How does the criminal protect themselves from a real injury?

The creative criminals are after money, not injuries.

Re: Norfolk: B1077 Attleborough, road kind to cyclists?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 September 2014 - 10:26pm
Thanks Graham
However the suggested Bike map route is extremely dangerous at the A11 crossing. It does not realise that the Fen St crossing no longer exists, so my only option here is the London Road roundabout. Frightening!

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 September 2014 - 10:13pm
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.

Re: commute distance, folder or road bike?

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 September 2014 - 10:03pm
Keep going, you'll get fitter and fitter, especially if it's a mild winter and you don't get too many days off. Months down the line you'll still be realising that some hill or other is a little bit easier. Whichever bike you stick with/buy! (Having more than one will start to seem sensible, if you have the space )

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 September 2014 - 9:57pm
Cunobelin wrote:Does the business card have the company details?
Approach his managers

He is one of the company's directors.

Mark1978 wrote:Do you have any legal cover eg British Cycling or CTC? I assume you have his reg no?

No. To be honest, I even didn't know they existed.

beardy wrote:Did you keep a record of his number plate?

Not really. I was in a state of shock, and then the police and paramedics arrived, and they took me into the ambulance to check BP, HR etc. But the police must have recorded his number plate. Will they give me his insurance details if I call them? I thought they wouldn't.

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

Oh yes, I checked the website of the company, and there was his photo with a minister (I do not remember what minister it was). He gave me his own business card, no doubt. I expected people who carry out responsibilities as company executives be more responsible when it comes to legal matters. Why did he give me his card at all if he did not want to provide me with his insurer details is beyond my understanding.

beardy wrote: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).

I think you are right, he is hoping for this. It's not even polite, let alone decent...
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