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Re: Deliveroo

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 February 2016 - 2:21pm
Heltor Chasca wrote:I've only come across cycling Deliveroos. I met and chatted to a Greek rider up at the top of Lansdown in Bath. He had cycled up from the centre to deliver food to the boarders at the school. RESPECT to him for getting up that hill with a massive box on his back!


I've seen the same guy in Bath. It was blowing a gale which was difficult in cross winds just riding a bike, I don't think that I would like to try in with a huge square sail on my back.

The were also plenty of these delivery cyclists in Manchester when I was there a couple of weeks ago.

Re: Deliveroo

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 February 2016 - 1:44pm
I've only come across cycling Deliveroos. I met and chatted to a Greek rider up at the top of Lansdown in Bath. He had cycled up from the centre to deliver food to the boarders at the school. RESPECT to him for getting up that hill with a massive box on his back!

Deliveroo

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 February 2016 - 1:35pm
I have recently notices a scourge of boys on motor scooters bombing about the streets of Bristol, all with enormous Deliveroo boxes on the back.
Yesterday I was forces to avoid collision with three of them riding side by side and shouting at each other. One then ran a red light while the other two stopped on an ASL - clearly oblivious to the meaning of the picture of a bicycle on the ground.
Given that in Nottingham, you can have high quality video of attempted murder going unpunished, I decided not to waste my time reporting the incident. My next thought was insurance - motor policies do not normally cover a vehicle for business purposes and a quick Google revealed that fast food delivery does indeed require the vehicle owner to inform the insurance company of the intended use - premiums are then adjusted. I find it hard to believe that the little tikes I encountered last night had gone to this trouble but I was told by Deliveroo in London that they used a 3rd party company to carry out background checks on all of their drivers before contracting them, these checks included verifying the employee had the correct insurance cover.
The up-shot of all of this is that I was advised that If I wanted to make a complaint about the behaviour of any of the Deliveroo employees I should email
driverops@deliveroo.co.uk
As this company runs operations in many cities across the country I would encourage anyone who encounters Deliveroo people riding dangerously or breaking the law to email the company - to complain that is, not to order a pizza

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 February 2016 - 1:35pm
irc wrote:reohn2 wrote:And the criminals walk free unaffected by any laws they've broken.
The Great British justice system once again shown up for the farce it is..........

What is the alternative? Either we require a high standard of proof or more innocent people are convicted.


We need a higher(much higher) standard of policing investigation.And harsher penalties to make people such as these two think twice before committing such crimes.
I've already pointed out one possible step forward,that to leave the scene of an incident should cost the criminal(s) dearly.
But what seems to be the one thing that stands out(if my facts are correct) is that the car was rented to an individual with a second driver both of whom would be registered with the hire company,unless the vehicle was stolen,there doesn't seem to be a claim of that,then those two individuals are responsible for the vehicle.
That said IMHO it's reasonable(beyond doubt)to think one or the other were driving on that day,so summons the pair of them.Unless they can prove that neither were driving then both are guilty and should be jointly charged.
If the paperwork by the hire company is false or incomplete then whoever within the company is responsible,and the company itself should also be fined heavily for their involvement.

That's my unqualified assessment of it,but no doubt there'll be enough wriggle room for all parties to escape the justice they deserve.
And you'll most likely inform me of chapter and verse as to why it's so unreasonable to think the way I do.

Re: My last City Nightline trip

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 February 2016 - 1:19pm
Have you got a link? (I'd like to know whether the CNL Amsterdam-München service will be affected).

EDIT: sadly, I found one:

http://www.railjournal.com/index.php/ma ... hannel=524

You might want to check out the TGV Lyria services from Paris.

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 February 2016 - 1:14pm
beardy wrote:It will have blown over in a week or two. The Police and CPS will still continue to exercise an "its only a cyclist policy" and just roll with the blow when occasional things like this happen.
Ain't that the truth.

The UK authorities prove yet again it isn't worth the time,money and effort to catch criminals.The cyclists claims off the insurance and gets paid out,seems to be the only justice worth persuing,meanwhile the guilty carry on as before.

Re: Too many vehicles!!!

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 February 2016 - 1:13pm
Anyone who's recently climbed up the celebrated Ditchling Beacon in daytime: the key feature of the London to Brighton run, will know that that road has sadly turned into a rat run too. Even if you're a good grimpeur, I don't advise that road for inexperienced cyclists. Which is a great shame - when I was a lot younger I used to go up it quite often as an alternative commute, it was quiet back in those days.

My days of cycling up the Beacon are long done, but we walk up a nearby footpath quite often, from which you can see the road. We still watch plenty of cyclists piling it on, and having to let cars squeeze past every few seconds. A sad development.

pwa wrote:Sat Nav. That's the reason.Aha! Don't get me started on Sat Navs. Once when I was passenger on a business trip, I was charged with manipulating the satnav to try and navigate us to some obscure destination somewhere in Glasgow (the Satnav was installed on my colleague's smartphone, not a built-in unit). Anyway after several instructions to plough through roadworks, I threw the wretched thing down in disgust, and announced "from now on, if you want me to navigate, let's look at road signs." We arrived at our destination, an hour or two late. I shudder to think what would have become of us if we'd stuck to the satnav....

And there was the couple who hailed me from their car: the passenger was frantically poking at the satnav and the driver leaned out of the window: "Can you direct me to Hurstpierpoint College please?" Thing is, the encounter happened exactly here......

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 February 2016 - 1:06pm
It will have blown over in a week or two. The Police and CPS will still continue to exercise an "its only a cyclist policy" and just roll with the blow when occasional things like this happen.

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 February 2016 - 1:02pm
Samuel D wrote:The police or CPS or both presumably thought it wasn’t worth the effort, but the public outrage has at least shown them that they misjudged that.

+ 1 And not to forget that this is all down to a dramatic, well produced, double angle video. Without that I don't think any of us would be talking about it. The bad news is that the time-poor/cash-poor media are obsessed with content like this; the good news is that cyclists are capable are producing and distributing plenty of it. It could be the cyclist's secret weapon.

Re: F1 hotels

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 February 2016 - 12:47pm
Interesting - sorry to hear about what must have been a fairly depressing experience at the time. It's been a while since I stayed in an F1 and I always used to find them - at least the individual rooms - clean enough and quiet enough to get the job done, but I guess they've become hostels now, more or less and also they're nearly always situated in less than select areas of town, for fairly obvious reasons. I might be a little more selective next time!

Re: Too many vehicles!!!

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 February 2016 - 12:38pm
Too many humans, full stop. This morning, I was listening to Bill Gates, on DID - nice bloke, don't get me wrong, but he was banging on about ending malaria and saving lives and I thought, "Weird - for a bright bloke, you just don't get it... we don't need more people on this earth, we need LESS, so spend all that money thinking of ways we could get rid of them some of them!"

Re: Too many vehicles!!!

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 February 2016 - 12:32pm
Used for the classic Catford Hill Climb.

To quote the Catford CC 707 yard climb with an average gradient of 12.5%, with two stretches of 25% which requires an all-out lung bursting effort to get up the climb. The current record of 1 minute 47.6 seconds was set by Phil Mason (San Fairy Ann CC) in 1983 and despite the inducement of various special prizes has not been broken for 31 years!

It wasn't broken in 2015 either.

Re: F1 hotels

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 February 2016 - 12:09pm
Flee ridden room in one causing my wife to have a serious amount of bites on her legs. The other had a group of very rowdy migrants camping next to the car-park and making an all night din.

Re: Eurovelo 6 Accommodation

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 February 2016 - 12:04pm
bristolboyz wrote:Thanks bikepacker.
Have used Booking.com for a couple of nights at the beginning to get us started. Only concern is they keep saying only 1 or 2 rooms left even this far out. Could just be a way to drum up business of course. Can't believe we won't be able to book just a day or two ahead though the footie tourney may get in the way. Had hoped to stay in smaller places but that may prove tricky - we'll see.

On any recognised walking trail you'd expect an accommodation guide - odd that cycle routes don't have them, unless anyone knows different???!

My experience is that there is always accommodation to be found online the day before it is required. Sometimes it is even cheaper as they try to sell last minute rooms.

Re: My last City Nightline trip

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 February 2016 - 11:46am
I think the difficulties are more political - so many national rail networks are privatised now, and scheduling a journey through several countries necessitates a level of co-operation that they are not willing to offer. Also borders are becoming less open.

The UK sleepers survive because of government support, perhaps not unrelated to the number of Scottish MPs whose work pattern depends on the sleeper. I've read that Sweden also has good services still.

Openfietsmap - NEW

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 February 2016 - 11:45am
Discovered this while sorting my Garmin Etrex 20 after its fall.

The wunderkind has very recently updated it:

http://www.openfietsmap.nl/downloads/europe

Thoroughly recommended.

Re: touring and flying with hydraulic disc brakes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 February 2016 - 11:31am
molzor wrote:Hello,
I am currently in the process of building up a tourer using a croix de fer frame. The man in the bike shop couldnt understand why I wanted canti brakes, and they dont fit on the frame anyway. I guess i can go with cable disc brakes...But do any of you have any thoughts on using hydraulic disc breaks on a tourer.

I understand some of the pro points for using hydraulic brakes but are they really suitable for touring? and furthermore, has anyone had issues flying with them?

Never had any problems with hydraulic disc brakes, they are as, far as I'm concerned. more reliable than any other type of braking system.

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 February 2016 - 11:20am
reohn2 wrote:Tom Richardson wrote:And the criminals walk free unaffected by any laws they've broken.
The Great British justice system once again shown up for the farce it is..........

What is the alternative? Either we require a high standard of proof or more innocent people are convicted.

Guilty people escape justice every day. It's good when new evidence or scientific progress catches up with them but the reality is you can't convict everyone. Even murder and manslaughter where time and resources are almost unlimited have a "get away with it" percentage of around a third in England and Wales.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20910859

Caught by DNA advances.

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/ ... e-10826515

Re: My last City Nightline trip

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 February 2016 - 11:19am
monxton wrote:Just booked the City Nightline train from Amsterdam to Zurich for a tour in June. This will be the last time I use it, because Deutsche Bahn are withdrawing the remaining services in December 2016. This was such a good way to get round Europe with a bicycle without having to take it apart and bag it.
I checked the availability of the Copenhagen - Amsterdam night train last year only to find it had gone. We used a few times before we moved to Norway to get to or from our Scandinavian cycle tours. We used the Amsterdam - Munich one as well on a trip to Croatia. I guess they cannot compete with air travel. What a shame.

The easiest options I have found to get to Scandinavia without flying are to use night boats. If you can afford the Kiel - Oslo boat then you can get to Kiel from Amsterdam with only one change in Osnabrück. The same for the return journey.

Specialized Sirrus Comp Disc...Large...

CTC Forums - Bikes For Sale - 5 February 2016 - 11:11am
2013 Specialized Sirrus Comp Disc for sale….

One careful owner (Hello) Bought new in December 2013, which makes it just over two years old. Size ‘Large’ (whatever that means) Approx 21”/ 54cms centre of bottom bracket to top of seat tube….I am a touch under 5ft 11ins….Fits me fine.

I have always been a sucker for a pretty face and this bike is a real looker. White with red bits here and there (just like Bonnie Langford) 700c wheels, hydraulic disc brakes, flat bars….I still think it looks great….DESPITE the Bonnie Langford connection…

I bought it just after I got into cycling. I had no idea what I was buying, I just liked the look of it. As time moved on I got a better idea of what I REALLY wanted ( touring bike ) and so the Sirrus got used less and less. I reckon that it has done less than 500 miles. Everything is as I bought it…including all the junk that you usually throw away day one; reflectors. bell and rear spoke protector. Original bill of sale, handbook etc is here for you to burn. The only things that I have added are the SKS mudguards. I think that they look crap, but looking crap is better than getting wet. Here and now it is safe, legal and practical….I wouldn’t sell it any other way, what you do to it is up to you

Full spec here…..http://www.evanscycles.com/products/spe ... e-ec042537

I have maintained it personally since I bought it…..This will NOT help the sale one bit if you are of the opinion that I am a complete dick head...

I haven’t ridden it for a year or so, so I stripped it last week for a ‘Look/See’ I have included some pictures of it stripped without wheels. This is NOT just to show it’s lovely, well maintained condition, I have spent time taking these pics to pad out my day and to APPEAR ‘busy’. As a retired bloke I need to APPEAR busy. APPEARING busy indicates to my three grown up children that I HAVE got better things to do than to spend my time decorating their houses !!!

Everything on the bike works as it should…the gears/brakes etc all tickedy boo. The paintwork is ALMOST unblemished. A small bit of paint has lifted from the lower part of the right hand fork leg. I had a piece of helicopter tape stuck there to PROTECT THE PAINTWORK where the cycle computer transmitter fitted. I was assured that the tape would not lift the paintwork when I removed it. Well it did. I guess that confirms that I AM a complete dick head and that you should NOT bother buying this bike…(can’t say that I blame you)...

Located in Scarborough North Yorkshire, please PM for contact details. I will happily give you a landline contact number. The landline will be answered by a human being….or possibly the wife. I don’t want to post this bike, I would prefer that you pop around for a look/ride before buying. My ‘good condition’ could well be your ’skip fodder’ I will make sure that the wife is out. We can do ‘bloke stuff’ like drinking tea, eating biscuits and discussing Kylie’s rear….Sounds good eh ??

Price ??….There are just two of this EXACT model on ebay. One at £499 with the other at £600…I think they are both overpriced.
So, how about £375…..on second thoughts make that £370 (I hate those scabby fivers)…..
Please feel free to tell me that you would 'not be seen dead on such a worthless pile of junk’.. etc…etc….In fact, I will be offended if you don’t !!


Cheers…
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