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Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 6 February 2016 - 7:02pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-no ... e-35472617
the cyclist explains that there were two in the vehicle.
case may be listed http://www.thelawpages.com/court-hearin ... esults.php
Cyclist and drivers names?

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 6 February 2016 - 6:59pm
I'm just trying to find a get-out clause for this 'accident'.

Person/company hires hire vehicle. Vehicle driven to workplace wherein a number of employees all have access to said vehicle. At times vehicle is unattended. As workplace employees work in independent sections of work location,no employee knows where t'other is(or doesn't want to say). Man/woman takes car,goes driving,knocks over cyclist,returns car,quietly goes back to work and lies low. How do we find him/her?

And if this works for 'this accident',could same work for a pre-planned murder? Planed and found out guilty of murder nowadays: 10 years? But if planned and unluckily caught killing cyclist by car,reason 'accident',fined £250. Job done. Collect £10kor more!

Re: Brompton touring in Belgium

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 February 2016 - 6:54pm
A couple of years ago we based ourselves in the northern part of Luxembourg in a town adjacent to the Belgian border by the name of Clervaux, with a view to touring round 'Battle of the Bulge' country on our Bromptons. The idea was take the train from Clervaux up to Liege in Belgium, then over to Aachen, and cycle back to Clervaux down the Vennbahn cycle way. As it panned out, we actually started from a place in Belgium called Eupen, then cycled to the Vennbahn to join it just east of the border at Raeren. The route then headed south, snaking in and out of Belgium and Germany, before reaching Troisvierges in Luxembourg. We took great care to be absolutely minimalist with luggage (basically one dry bag each, fastened to our carriers with bungees), and more importantly, we made sure that we didn't overstretch ourselves mileage-wise. As it happened, we only spent one night out on the bikes, and we probably did a total of about 130 kms in those two days. For the remaining time available, we cycled locally around Clervaux on day trips, sometimes using the trains to 'kill' the stem mileage. It's an extremely hilly area, but our six-speeders coped fine with all the hills.

So, in a nutshell, the Belgium we've cycled in was very enjoyable (I appreciate it's not Brussels or Gent, but eastern Belgium is an equally viable alternative!), I'm not convinced that Bromptons are the easiest option for cycle touring, but they are good fun and always prompt interest from our European cycling brethren, almost a two-wheeled confirmation of British eccentricity! As I said earlier, I think it's very important to be aware of your own limitations, within the context of the further limitations imposed by a loaded small-wheeled folder. To give you an idea of our fitness levels, we did the Way of the Roses east to west (ie against the wind) on fully loaded Bromptons a couple of years ago in four and a half days, neither myself nor my wife managed the climb on the alternative route out of Pately Bridge, but that was the only time we had to get off and push!

If you have questions either about our experiences with Brompton touring or perhaps about the Vennbahn and Luxembourg, just post them on here and I'll try to assist

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 6 February 2016 - 6:52pm
Who was the judge and what other cyclist/motorist cases have they been involved with?.

Edburton Road, Henfield closed for 5 days from 15 Feb. 2016

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 6 February 2016 - 6:48pm
As shown in the attached, this popular cycling route will be closed to all traffic for a maximum of 5 days from 15 Feb.

Re: Air France no to CTC bag

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 February 2016 - 6:28pm
I see from the above link that the prohibited item list also includes;
...electric unicycles (even with batteries removed)
That's my plans scuppered.

Brighton Rock 110km Audax: Pinkie Brown Returns May 22

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 6 February 2016 - 6:20pm
In a nod to cycling tradition, Brighton and Hove CTC brings you our Audax event "Brighton Rock Pinkie Brown Returns" for 2016. It’s a challenging 110km spin on an early summer’s day but makes an ideal first Audax event if you've never tried one before, as you're never far away from the HQ. Based in the title city of the 1947 film "Brighton Rock" which starred the late Sir Richard Attenborough as Pinkie Brown, the ride passes many of the film's famous locations including the race course, the pier, the station, the coast and The Laines, where many of the locations remain largely unchanged by the passage of the last 60 years. There are a couple of lumpy bits, including Devil’s Dyke and Ditchling Beacon giving spectacular views across the South Downs , but you can go hard or you can take it steady and enjoy the views where the aim is that your speed overall must be above 15km/h, and no more than 30km/h. Entry is £9:50 or £7:50 for CTC/Audax members.

Enter on line at https://goo.gl/tXw2ur
For more information please check our web site http://goo.gl/kc8BVs
For last years event photo’s https://goo.gl/vMo0qT

It’s got to be worth it for the tea and cake

Re: F1 hotels

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 February 2016 - 6:16pm
bikepacker wrote:F1 hotels do allow bikes in the room. Remember however these hotels because of their cheapness are generally of very poor standard. We have only ever stayed in two and both have been a nightmare experience. If you are looking for low cost hotels, Ibis Budget are good value and usually exceptionally clean. Premier Classe slightly more expensive than F1 are much better and rooms are ensuite.
They don't all allow bikes in a room - and I refer to all the three you mention.
We stayed in a F1 near Moulins a couple of years ago. However they did allow us to put the bikes in a lock up - which was better. I think you are being a bit unfair about the standard of F1. They are not my favourite accommodation but generally I've found them acceptable as an overnight stop and I've used them a number of times over the years -of course you need to pay attention to the word "BUDGET".
Ibis budget are better ( used to be Etap). Campanile IMO are ok but the restaurants are not so good. Premier Classe have pretty small rooms - not good if there are two of you with bikes.
In fact some areas of France like the Pyrenees don't have many budget chain hotels available - but I've found with all the online booking agencies that there are a number of B&B type places that are very reasonable.

Re: Air France no to CTC bag

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 February 2016 - 6:15pm
Bummer. Seems you need to get approval at least 48 hours in advance but there's nothing about a CTC type bag not being sufficienct packaging.

http://www.airfrance.co.uk/GB/en/common ... france.htm

Re: 2016 ride plans

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 6 February 2016 - 6:01pm
Hoping to do the second part of my trip down the Rhine, at Whitsun half-term. Ferry Harwich-Hook of Holland, train to Nijmegen, then down the riverside route to Duisburg, maybe Cologne, then back via Aachen and Maastricht to Hook. Using my old Brommie and staying at Youth Hostels. One is at Duisberg-Nord Landscape Park https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Landschaf ... sburg-Nord which I've wanted to re-visit for years.
Haven't decided what to do yet for my August holiday!

Re: Brompton touring in Belgium

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 February 2016 - 5:59pm
Not Brompton.

Many main roads had a cycle path alongside and provision was quite good. Brussels was a bit tricky to get out of / onto the correct road. Its that bit beyond the centre but still built up, where your trying to find a specific road that's tricky.

If you need gas there's a Decathlon at Evere. There is a mountaineering shop nearer the centre that sells it too but I can't remember where.

Lots of big canals in Belguim.

Re: Deliveroo

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 6 February 2016 - 5:56pm
Tempted to apply for a job, then I'd be a pro cyclist!

Re: Slow riders?

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 6 February 2016 - 5:54pm
With my username you can perhaps predict my answer!
I've not got speedos on any of my bikes so don't know how slow I go. Slow enough to not want to join in CTC group rides, but I've found another couple of cycling groups which take a different attitude to riding. It takes me all day to do 55 miles on tour (camping, so well laden) but I also stop a lot to look round places and visit cafes... I must agree that it is nice that over the last couple of years I've got a fair bit fitter so get up more hills, faster. But I'm just not interested in audaxes, etc.
Horses for courses!

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 6 February 2016 - 5:48pm
Will be interesting to see the next update videos. Can't believe people were just driving around him lying in the road.

Re: The Poplar High St collision

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 6 February 2016 - 5:20pm
Christ. The bit that really made my heart stop was him squeezing through that gap between the bus and the parked car. The car may not actually have been aware that they had hit anyone. By the time of the collision they would have been looking ahead down the side road into which they were turning.

I think the combination of cycle lanes and stationary traffic is a recipe for disaster. They would have been safer cycling on the pavement.

Re: Air France no to CTC bag

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 February 2016 - 5:12pm
So what happened? Did they put you on another flight?

Re: Brompton touring in Belgium

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 February 2016 - 5:12pm
Not with a Brompton, but Belgium is a good place to Tour and you will find lots of general advice on this forum if you play around with the search function.

Once you get a general idea and have more specific questions there are many on here who will be happy to help

Air France no to CTC bag

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 February 2016 - 5:08pm
Just a quick warning to anyone flying with Air France that they would not accept my bike in a CTC bike bag recently when flying to Cuba. Worse still i had taken a cardboard box as well just in case but they did not make a decision until it was too late to re pack. I had been waiting with the bike for over hours since initial check in. I shall write to Air France to get a final rule from them and then post the result hear. Meanwhile someone we met flew with Air Berlin and he was able to ride to the airport and just give them the bike with the usual handlebars and pedal alterations.
Good luck all - Richard

Re: KNOCKED OFF AGAIN!

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 6 February 2016 - 4:38pm
Heltor Chasca wrote:I'm sorry Steve. I see bad stuff regardless of whether I'm on the bike or not. My Big Dummy has been wearing wideloaders this week and I'm pleasantly surprised how the 48cm extra width makes drivers pass carefully. In 'slim-mode' It doesn't seem to make a difference whether my daughter is on board or not.

I hope you get over the shock pronto and you heal quick. I'm glad you have found some traffic free routes. Hang in there...b

I used to take a carpenter's toolbox on the back of my bike, sometimes crossways. Didn't stick out any further than me, but drivers gave me a wider berth. Basically, some drivers out there are more worried about scratching their paintwork than knocking you off your bike and killing you. Bear that in mind and you won't go far wrong.

Re: SE Asia routes advice

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 February 2016 - 4:33pm
I can probably help. I've cycled quit a few times in Vn and also know other parts of SE Asia pretty well. I am on tour at the moment and may find time to answer some specific questions. I'll be happy to speak (phone) when I return to the UK in April. Message me then if you want.

In the meantime you need to decide some basics.
How long are you going for.
When, climate is important.
Do you like hills, do you really like hills.
What do you want to see eg culture, food, history. Reading a good guidebook can be the start of a route.

If you like big hills the NW circuit is unbeatable. Plus great scenery, a bit of history (Dien Bien Phu) and plenty of hill tribe colour.

The Ho Chi Minh Highway running from Hanoi to Saigon is a good way of doing an end to end and can include historic, cultural, war, etc in Hue, Hoi An and the DMZ.

Delta area completely different. Also worth a good look.

..................and I haven't even mentioned Thailand yet, one of the best all round places to cycle in the world.

As I said, I'm happy to answer specific questions.
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