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Re: Good icebreaker leggings for cycle tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 September 2014 - 11:14pm
I'm a fan of merino wool products and have found Icebreaker to be of good quality. I wear Devold Merino wool leggings when touring (extra warmth and for sleep wear)

Re: Punishment Pass - By a Cyclist

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 September 2014 - 10:58pm
I get this occasionally - I've always assumed that we just have to live with it. It comes to a point that, if I see a bunch of roadies approaching, and I throw a cheery "good morning" or "good evening", and they return the greeting, I'm the one who nearly tumbles out of my saddle in astonishment. Things ought not to have come to this pass.

I can't expect a fully-kitted-up roadie to have a bell, but at least some sort of verbal warning, and a decent amount of room - it doesn't cost anything!

Re: who will ride Vuelta a Espana 2014

CTC Forum - Racing - 16 September 2014 - 10:55pm
NATURAL ANKLING wrote:Mercx is French....no.....figures...
He's Belgian actually (Wikipedia entry).

Rick.

Re: Punishment Pass - By a Cyclist

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 September 2014 - 10:45pm
You're right to be annoyed. That's bad cycling by anyone's standards. Perhaps he's dismissive of anyone not on the same type of bike as him? Muppet.

Punishment Pass - By a Cyclist

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 September 2014 - 10:30pm
I could not believe this…
Last week I dropped my car in for repairs and popped my folding bike in the boot. So at the garage I handed over the keys and pedalled off home. Its a route I know well (A1000 between Hatfield and Potters Bar, Hertfordshire). As I was nearing the end of my journey a roadie, replete in kit from a Finchley cycling club (How do I know...it was plastered all over his backside, white text on a black kit) overtook me. Fine. I don't care as such about that…

His handlebar was less than an inch from mine. One wobble from either of us, we 'd both be all over the road. No warning (he had headphones in). He then brutally cut in front of me causing me to swerve. Why? Its not as if a car was coming…the road was empty for at least 2 minutes either side of the incident.

Why? This is not the TdF, or the ToB. Its poor road craft. Thats all. All I can hope is that this individual self selects themselves out of the evolutionary chain.. cycling recklessly like that he will and it will be his fault and no one else's.

I was tempted to ring the club secretary and have a rant, but having spoken to these sort of clubs in Hertfordshire I doubt they would even care to listen let alone see what the problem is…

If I ran a club ..I'd throw him out for bringing the club into disrepute or at least warn him of this.

Many forum members would do the same for errant drivers..ring the firm concerned. Maybe its time we started to haul these errant cyclists back in too...

Re: Monarch bike regs.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 September 2014 - 10:29pm
chocjohn9 wrote:Don't worry about wheels or tyres.....concentrate on whether you will fly. Monarch are in serious financial trouble. Apparently the Mantegazza family have refused to put more money in.....PwC is standing by to take it into receivership.

Sorry to be mentioning this.
No worries what will be etc...
They are still taking bookings for 2015. I'm flying in the next couple of weeks. Seems they are consoliating though, especially with possibly moving out of LBA.
I can always cycle home.

Re: Pulled Over By The Police

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 September 2014 - 10:19pm
Two points:-

When pulled over like this (or indeed anytime you are stopped by the police), always ask under what piece of legislation you are being stopped or what offence you are being charged with. If they can't name it or can't tell you, you are perfectly within your rights to say 'well, unless there was anything else, I'm off then'. You are a citizen going about your lawful business; (alright the terrorism legislation is different, but I don't think that is in this league)

Complain: in writing to the Police force. Check the website and follow the requirements down to the letter. As much detail as you can, weather, road conditions, what you were wearing (or not).Its really important that this sort of bullying ( and thats what it is) is stopped and the officers concerned given 'words of advice'. Abuse of legal powers is a serious matter.

I wonder is it worth CTC getting some advice from Liberty on this sort of thing? A set of standard advice would be very useful!

Re: Latest speeding excuse..

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 September 2014 - 9:49pm
I never leave home without one of these
http://www.stadiumpal.com/what-works.html

Re: Monarch bike regs.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 September 2014 - 9:34pm
Don't worry about wheels or tyres.....concentrate on whether you will fly. Monarch are in serious financial trouble. Apparently the Mantegazza family have refused to put more money in.....PwC is standing by to take it into receivership.

Sorry to be mentioning this.

Re: Latest speeding excuse..

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 September 2014 - 9:06pm
iviehoff wrote:In Ireland, apparently until today it sufficed to be/know/bribe a policeman (garda) to get points off your licence.


A known problem. It was so bad in France that they introduced on-the-spot fines, as long ago as the '80s, to overcome it. The chances of you being stopped by your brother/father/cousin/uncle are fairly remote.

Re: Short Survey - Do you use service stations?

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 September 2014 - 9:05pm
At 1.00am, 346k into a 600k ride (Daylight 600 audax) coffee and sandwiches at the all night garage in Fort William made a very welcome break.

Re: Monarch bike regs.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 September 2014 - 8:46pm
Surely they're confusing wheels for tyres?

Re: How to train for long distance cycle touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 September 2014 - 8:43pm
Pandaz wrote:...there's no substitute for miles!
Kilometers?

Monarch bike regs.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 September 2014 - 8:38pm
Booked a flight with Moanrch with the bike.
Just noticed in their regs. They ask for tyres removed! Never seen that before. Anybody come across this or had it enforced?

http://www.monarch.co.uk/faq/flights/baggage/sports-equipment-charter

Re: Latest speeding excuse..

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 September 2014 - 8:34pm
In Ireland, apparently until today it sufficed to be/know/bribe a policeman (garda) to get points off your licence.

http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/ga ... 86382.html

Though apparently it will be someone in the points office in future.

http://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/top- ... 33687.html

Re: Car with cameras

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 September 2014 - 8:19pm
It occurs to me, if Mr Honker does decide to post his footage on Youtube, how would you ever find it or even know it exists? Unless you noted his reg. number and he stupidly uses that as the title of his video... after all, many cyclists posting footage of an incident with a vehicle, will include the offender's number plate in the title.

Aha. I've got it! He was signalling to you to "put some ****ing number plates on yer bike" - just so he could add a title to his video....

Re: Latest speeding excuse..

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 September 2014 - 8:13pm
Vorpal wrote:Err.... so pull over & pee?

Other than that... had his medical condition been reported to DVLA? Perhaps his privilege to drive should be reconsidered based on the medical condition? :twisted:
I agree. If you have a medical condition that can mean you cannot (always) drive within the law, then I would have thought you should not be driving; not being let off speeding offences. Because it means that the driver will undoubtedly end-up in a similar situation again and will be speeding again, etc. until such time as this medical condition is resolved.

Ian

Re: Latest speeding excuse..

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 September 2014 - 8:12pm
Same problem in this camp. I can find myself in some 'difficulty' especially if I'm stuck in a traffic jam in lane 3 of the motorway, with no way of pulling across to the hard shoulder...

I usually try to get behind a bush or tree. But if you just stand on the hard shoulder, could you be arrested for indecent behaviour or whatever?

The same problem happens when cycling, of course, and can be an embarrassment in a built-up area. Luckily most of my cycling is in the countryside.

Re: Latest speeding excuse..

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 September 2014 - 8:06pm
Err.... so pull over & pee?

Other than that... had his medical condition been reported to DVLA? Perhaps his privilege to drive should be reconsidered based on the medical condition?

Re: who will ride Vuelta a Espana 2014

CTC Forum - Racing - 16 September 2014 - 7:53pm
Hi,
Well if they took a design from the past and said that is it then you would know what to aim for.
Just like FIFA, UCI seem aloof and self appointing. Putin etc,

Vuelta's ended so talk about what you like

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_Cycl ... rnationale

"History[edit]UCI was founded in 1900 in Paris by the national cycling sports organisations of Belgium, the United States, France, Italy, and Switzerland. It replaced the International Cycling Association by setting up in opposition in a row over whether Great Britain should be allowed just one team at world championships or separate teams representing England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Britain found itself outflanked and it was not able to join the UCI - under the conditions the UCI had imposed - until 1903.[1]"

"There were originally 30 countries affiliated to the union. They did not have equal voting power and some had no vote at all. Votes were distributed by the number of tracks, or velodromes, that each nation claimed. France had 18 votes, the highest number, and Germany and Italy 14 each. Britain had eight, a number the writer Bill Mills said was acquired "by including many rather doubtful grass tracks."[1]"

Mercx is French....no.....figures...

"Records[edit]The original records were on the track: unpaced, human-paced and mechanically paced. They were promoted for three classes of bicycle: solos, tandems and unusual machines such as what are now known as recumbents, on which the rider lies horizontal. Distances were imperial and metric, from 440 yards and 500 metres to 24 hours.[1] The UCI banned recumbents in competitions and in record attempts on 1 April 1934. Later changes included restrictions on riding positions of the sort that affected Graeme Obree in the 1990s and the banning in 2000 of all frames that did not have a seat tube."

Controversies in abundance through the link above........
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