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by karlt
21 Jul 2011, 10:42am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: YHA CLOSURES
Replies: 55
Views: 14153

Re: YHA CLOSURES

The downhill slide probably started with school groups taking over hostels and then people had concerns. The enjoyment of staying at nice hostels with similar fellow travellers, walkers, cyclists, was in part overshadowed by bigger groups making noise. if some hostels catered for school groups, gro...
by karlt
21 Jul 2011, 9:53am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Insuring friends to ride your bike
Replies: 4
Views: 588

Re: Insuring friends to ride your bike

It means that if someone else is riding it, the insurance company will not pay for loss or damage, or any third party liabilities incurred. Exactly the same as with motor insurance, except that it doesn't give rise to a situation where someone is breaking the law.
by karlt
20 Jul 2011, 7:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain Length
Replies: 33
Views: 2060

Re: Chain Length

I would expect it to work good. As long as you can get the 50/28 combination without over-stretching the rear derailleur then fine. Thanks for that. I'm not one for using extreme ring/cog combinations, so hopefully I'll be OK. You need to make it possible though, for those accidental shifts I'm sur...
by karlt
20 Jul 2011, 7:20pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Bike accident Advice
Replies: 14
Views: 1896

Re: Bike accident Advice

From the facts that you provide, you have a strong claim. There is no need for the police or CPS to take action for your (civil) personal injury claim to suceed, although a conviction is always helpful. Before any decision is taken on liability, the police report (and any photographs) needs to be o...
by karlt
20 Jul 2011, 12:57pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: YHA CLOSURES
Replies: 55
Views: 14153

Re: YHA CLOSURES

Heh. I cut my teeth youth hostelling back in the 80s when you still booked by arriving before 5, stuck your membership card in the appropriate coloured envelope (blue for boys, white for girls) and posted it through the door. And in the morning didn't get your card back until you'd done your little ...
by karlt
20 Jul 2011, 9:46am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Hit & run yesterday - likely driver's penalty ?
Replies: 13
Views: 1730

Re: Hit & run yesterday - likely driver's penalty ?

the other was the farrier assault If it's the one with the video evidence of him punching the cyclist, I thought that he was being done for this? :shock: The cars owner said to the police they didn't know who had the car. It's moved on since then. The assailant has been identified - he handed himse...
by karlt
19 Jul 2011, 9:21am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Route Maidstone-Sheffield by 12 year old
Replies: 19
Views: 1897

Re: Route Maidstone-Sheffield by 12 year old

A lot of very easterly routes being suggested; personally - and I stress personally - I'd find that a bit dull, albeit the flatness would make it easier. My personal preference would be to take somewhat more westerly route via Beds. and Northants. But that may just reflect my better knowledge of the...
by karlt
18 Jul 2011, 10:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rucksack or not...
Replies: 10
Views: 733

Re: Rucksack or not...

Thanks. It's fine at the bottom of the stays - it's the top that has the problem.
by karlt
18 Jul 2011, 9:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rucksack or not...
Replies: 10
Views: 733

Rucksack or not...

I commute to work twice a week (it's 14.5 miles each way, and this is NE Derbyshire into Sheffield; I don't think there's a flat 100 yards in the whole run). I carry a few things in a rucksack - lunch, work shoes, shirt - but although it weighs very little I've noticed that I go noticeably faster on...
by karlt
18 Jul 2011, 9:42pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Car Crash - police
Replies: 18
Views: 2593

Re: Car Crash - police

Don't forget that the civil law works on balance of probabilities, whilst criminal law works on proof beyond reasonable doubt. Therefore the lack of a prosecution doesn't mean you can't take the bugger to the cleaners in the civil courts. Or, more accurately, his insurers.
by karlt
18 Jul 2011, 9:40pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Route Maidstone-Sheffield by 12 year old
Replies: 19
Views: 1897

Re: Route Maidstone-Sheffield by 12 year old

Can I suggest looking for places of interest on the way? You've (quite sensibly) given yourself a generous schedule so you'll have lots of time to stop and visit places on the way.
by karlt
15 Jul 2011, 2:14pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Route Maidstone-Sheffield by 12 year old
Replies: 19
Views: 1897

Re: Route Maidstone-Sheffield by 12 year old

I can help with some ideas for the northern part, being Chesterfield based and commuting to Sheffield by bike (not every day, mind, I'm not that mad yet) 12 days for 210 miles is a very generous allowance, but then I'm not familiar with the capabilities of 12 year olds. I'd suggest that they attempt...