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Re: Cycling Tips 1936

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 August 2015 - 10:04pm
ha ha clearly Nibali has been watching....

Re: Motorcycle...YES...Lorry Driver ...NO

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 August 2015 - 9:56pm
In England one would consider whether or not he committed the offence of fraud (Section 1 Fraud Act 2006) which includes fraud by failing to disclose information. The Fraud Act repealed the specific offence of obtaining a pecuniary advantage by deception (Section 16 Theft Act 1968). i.e. getting a job with payment that he would not have done if he had not deceived the employer by misrepresenting his health status.

However in Scotland prosecutions are under Common Law as a common "catch all " for most fraudulent actions - which would seem to include the above. The methodology of such prosecutions in Scotland e.g. what threshold needs to be crossed and the level of importance of such matter taken by the Procurator Fiscal are totally unknown to me. So whether or not it would be considered by the powers that be that there was a sufficient prospect of a conviction to undertake a prosecution is open to speculation.

Re: Bought the bike!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 August 2015 - 9:50pm
You can't ride that bike!

You have to build a marble fireplace and mount the bike on top with spot lights pointed at it to show off it's true beauty
If you get rid of the tv you will be able to put a row of seats in the room so passing CTC members can pop over and gaze at it as well.

Cycling Tips 1936

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 August 2015 - 9:47pm
Handy tips from the 30's





Remember. Don't give hedgehogs balloons

Re: Bought the bike!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 August 2015 - 9:44pm
I am of the generation that started out on this type of bike (but at the time never could afford such a nice one). So I know such bikes were once considered full blown touring bikes, but conditions and technology have changed, now that main roads are no longer an option, and we have to tour on very minor orads and forest trails instead. So we need wider tyres, lower gears, better brakes etc. We now also have more oversized tubing options for a better handling bike when loaded. Without at least mildly oversized tubing the frame will handle much better with lighter loads. The narrow tyres are another drawback with a heavy load. You would need to inflate them pretty hard, and grip on gravel would not be great either. Enjoy it for what it is best at: fast and light touring.

Re: Parked cars blocking shared use path

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 August 2015 - 9:11pm
pete75 wrote:Cunobelin wrote:No such thing as a compulsory path.....

Isn't there? Tell that to the Gendarme when you don't use a compulsory path in France,


Look at the forum domain - uk

Re: Bought the bike!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 August 2015 - 9:05pm
willem jongman wrote: only for light touring. It is perfect for day rides to get you back into shape, or for hostel tours.

What makes you think that? It looks like the touring model, 531ST and built to carry four panniers.
And lovely it looks too

Re: Netherlands Tour - Rig Statistics

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 August 2015 - 9:02pm
Shane,is that your m-gineering bike, but with nice fast tyres and elegant French style mudguards?

Re: Romania

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 August 2015 - 9:00pm
norfolkboy1 wrote:This is my first topic on here. I'm toying with the idea of doing a cycle tour in Romania, Is it a good place to go i.e. cycle friendly, nice scenery, plenty of places to stay, expensive or cheap. Any comments would be greatly received. Bruce

I toured there last year (and was there years ago not by bicycle), went from north to south and through Bucharest. roads are as good as they are here, I used 28mm tyres no problem. always found somewhere to stay, and places to eat. it was pretty cheap. Transfagarashan is ok, but the Transalpina is better; less traffic. Scenery was very good. I only had a couple of traffic incidents, the worst was a British registered 4x4. Locals very friendly all round.

I think it depends on your motive for travelling. Maybe you want to see the world, understand your place in it, understand politics and culture on a more global scale than just western Europe. Maybe you want to expand your horizons and have a bit of an adventure. Then Romania is a great place to go cycling, it's challenging at times but the rewards are there. If you want to tour in a consistently nice and agreeable environment, then maybe it's not a great place for you to go.

I met a few people who'd followed the Danube (skirting the south of Romania) and they had a completely different experience of the country.

cheers,

Re: Bought the bike!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 August 2015 - 8:50pm
Hey, good to see you back here. That Mercian is a steal, but only for light touring. It is perfect for day rides to get you back into shape, or for hostel tours. With camping gear, you need to have a close look at discussions about the lightest and most compact gear there is. Also, look carefully what the widest tyre size would be that fits.

Re: Romania

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 August 2015 - 8:47pm
greyingbeard wrote:much of the transport is horse drawn with "roads" to match. Substantial tyres might be a good idea.
Remember the tesco etc horse meat scandal ? The glut of horse meat was created when the Romanian government banned horses from the motorways.
Its not so much "third world" as going back in time 90 years. Cant wait to go. A friend did and hasnt come back, never been happier.

erm, you're talking garbage. absolute garbage. you've never been. clearly...!

Re: Parked cars blocking shared use path

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 August 2015 - 8:46pm
Cunobelin wrote:No such thing as a compulsory path.....

Isn't there? Tell that to the Gendarme when you don't use a compulsory path in France,

Thinking of going on a long tour?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 August 2015 - 8:41pm
I dithered for years before I went on a big trip. Sailing was my dream back then. Now I cycle and dream of travelling the world by bike. Here's what I learned from my dirty laundry.

http://www.farawayvisions.com/ive-got-dirty-laundry/

Re: £1 a day tour completed

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 August 2015 - 8:12pm
Ben@Forest wrote:horizon wrote:And Tom Allen did his whole trip starting with nothing:

http://tomsbiketrip.com/how-to-go-cycle ... ks-part-1/


And really, having just looked at some of the story, that's what I mean. He is personable and unusual enough to have traded some small services for food or accommodation on his LEJOG. And people will offer such once or twice because it's unusual. They wouldn't be keen if it was happening three times a week. That is not to denigrate what he has done or the way he is doing it - simply that it wouldn't work on a larger scale.

As a for instance I live pretty much on the route of the (walking) Coast to Coast. A couple of years ago I met a couple who were having problems and I offered not only to run them into a local town by car but also to use our lawn to camp on if they wanted it (eventually they turned down both). I was happy to try and help but I wouldn't do it three times a week. That's my point.There are some people who take delight in hosting travellers & hearing their stories on sites like Warm Showers & Couchsurfing. Some have hosted hundreds of guests from all over the world.
I take your point about 'three times a week' but in some parts of the world it's custom to show hospitality to strangers.
When I travelled in India we where asked many times a day into peoples homes for chai, food, cool drinks or just shade.
If we had accepted a fraction of them we would have got nowhere fast.

Re: Parked cars blocking shared use path

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 August 2015 - 7:26pm
Cunobelin wrote:No such thing as a compulsory path.....
The original mention of a compulsory path in this thread was from Audax67 who declares himself to be a resident of France.

I have no idea if there are any compulsory paths in France or not. In the UK I can think of a few cycletracks that run parallel to roads on which cycling is prohibited.

Re: Motorcycle...YES...Lorry Driver ...NO

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 August 2015 - 7:10pm
Lance Dopestrong wrote:Clearly the driver of that dustcart is a high ranking freemason.

According to a Glaswegian I know none of the deceased or injured were from the sort of family background which would cause the driver to be severely punished for his actions. I get the impression it wouldn't have been through the courts.

As for the comment above saying the man's law breaking slightly increased the risk to others - tosh. He knew he was prone to passing out yet lies to get a job driving a large and heavy vehicle through crowded city streets on a daily basis - not exactly a slight risk.
Another comment above says he broke a "bureaucratic law" but one designed to keep people whose health presents a risk to others from driving, It's no more or less a "bureaucratic law" than drink drive legislation designed to keep people from driving whose condition, albeit temporary, presents a risk to others.

Re: Romania

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 August 2015 - 6:34pm
And don't forget the Transfagarasan pass

A couple of years ago I did a 2 week Romania tour in preparation for my big trip. Stunning rural scenery, lots of back roads, friendly people everywhere, lots of little homestays, good, cheap food, what's not to like? I even got rescued by gypsies.

Re: £1 a day tour completed

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 August 2015 - 6:25pm
Thank you very much. When someone tells me they're enjoying what I'm writing, that is all the incentive I need. Hopefully I'll be back home in 3 weeks. Until then I'll enjoy the Spanish sunshine, the French clouds and the English drizzle. Thanks again.

Cheers
Steven

Re: Bought the bike!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 August 2015 - 6:17pm
Handsome bike. Hope you get thousands of miles out of it. Get the smallest small chain ring that will work with your derailer. Trust me, you might not need it that often but when you have to use it you'll be glad you have it once you start loaded touring.

The Golden Book for riding in BC is Cycling British Columbia by Paul Wood ISBN 978-0-9684826-2-9. There's lots of stuff in it that's near the border. I suppose if you are going to visit your mum you'll be flying into Vancouver or even Calgary but if you decide to fly into Seattle send me a PM and we'll get you sorted. I live 10 minutes from SeaTac airport (SEA) Here's my write up of a ride I did from the Canadian border to San Diego that was a blast.

Buying a bike here and taking it back at first glance looks a great idea because they can be a lot cheaper over here but it can be a PITA getting them back into the UK. Search this forum for stuff on this topic.
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