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Re: Best Ortlieb Rear Panniers for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 hour 17 min ago
Bike-packer classics for me (actually I think my front panniers are sport packer classics, but pretty much the same thing just smaller). I often tuck a top/waterproof under the lid of my rear panniers, easy to get to in a hurry and no need to open up the main body of the pack.

Re: High-vis top with zero insulation

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 hour 26 min ago
I just purchased some cheapo bright orange t-shirts. Not technically "hi-vis" but hopefully a decent contrast to the countryside background. http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00749RU7Q - the bright orange one. Cost little over £2 each.

I switched to them from a hi-vis waistcoat for the summer and because of all the bright yellow oil rape seed.

Ian

Re: High-vis top with zero insulation

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 hour 59 min ago
Hi-vis waistcoats are available from Wickes, Screwfix, Toolstation and probably other similar industrial park builders shops. Best price found just now £2.98 http://www.toolstation.com/shop/Workwea ... 188/p43997 - I've worn a mesh waistcoat in the past and there's only very slight insulating effect, especially if you leave it flapping, which only annoyed me when it got over 30 degrees or so.

But now I don't think hi-vis is proven and carrying and using special clothes annoys me: I'm slow enough to park/unpark the bike already. I think reflectives are good and put lots on my bikes because I always have a bike with me when I ride. I tend to wear large blocks of solid colour (most often blue, and that works well because most of the time I'm riding past green countryside, red brick or sandstone buildings) in daylight. At night/twilight, I tend to wear black/white or blue/white jackets with reflective detailing.

Re: Caught on camera

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 hours 32 min ago
Alan D wrote:So if anyone knows how to attach a 70 odd-Mbyte file.... do tell?
You can't.
Upload it to YouTube or a YouTube-alike (there are some decent ones that don't do adverts) and link to it.

(As an aside - what do the vimeo and youtube buttons above the editor window do on here? I played with them the other day and they did absolutely nothing)

Re: Garmin Edge GPS

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 hours 35 min ago
Mick F wrote:Missing bit I remember was Navidale north of Helmsdale on the A9.
I raised this some years ago, but a search doesn't find the thread because it's prior to the "new" forum.

The thread went on a bit, and other folk found more bits missing. No doubt Garmin have sorted all this by now, but I wouldn't hold my breath.
Ah - I use OSM, so missing things can get filled in pretty quickly.

Of course that doesn't help the first person to use them, but it does help the next person...

Re: Garmin Edge GPS

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 hours 3 min ago
I almost bought a Garming Touring Plus. Then found out about an App for my Samsung Note 3 - Viewranger. Can creat routes on the phone or website and sync them - with options for lot's of different maps OS 1:25000, 1:50000, etc.

Have it in a £5 waterproof holder on bars and powered from an extra battery - get about 8 hours with screen on all the time. The bigger screen 5.7" suits my 59yr old eyes better too.

Re: High-vis top with zero insulation

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 hours 10 min ago
I bought a Karrimor 'Run' top (about 6 months ago) which I find useful for cycling. It has a long 'half' zip a windproof lining on the front. The rest of the top is slightly thicker than a tee shirt, but made of a material that dries quickly - £5 (70% off) from a well known high street 'Sports Directing chain' shops.

It is super bright yellow. One of those rare genuine bargains - work on it's own in, or as a base/mid layer in winter.

Re: Best Ortlieb Rear Panniers for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 hours 5 min ago


I am a Bike-Packer Plus user, actually have four of them, having started out on Rollers. I wouldn't go back now.

The full set in use ....



Andrew

Re: 10 year ban for killing cyclist

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 hours 22 min ago
Connection is the courts, and their MPD around motorised violence.

Re: High-vis top with zero insulation

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 hours 24 min ago
Depends what it behind ypu doesn't it.


Passing fields of rape seed oul - yellow = camo, black = high vis.

You ate presumably the size of a person - and are therefore large enough to be visible without dressing like a highlighter.

Yellow is also overused, and no longer draws the eye of most motorists, orange/pink are more unusual at the moment...

Re: Caught on camera

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 hours 35 min ago
By way of follow-up to this thread. I have just heard from the investigating officer, the driver responsible is to be offered the opportunity to go on a driver improvement course.
I tried to attach the video to this thread, but every time I try, it wont let me. So if anyone knows how to attach a 70 odd-Mbyte file.... do tell?

Re: High-vis top with zero insulation

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 hours 3 min ago
I don't think the high vis Sam Browne covers enough of the body to make much of a difference in daylight. Probably needs to be at least a waistcoat - with a very open front as that side is not important.

The Salzmann/Ultimate performance ones look more like it, but I worry a bit that even that is going to insulate a bit.. guess I could get a very loose fitting one.. should be worth a try at that price.

I also came across this: http://www.rei.com/product/870953/natha ... ctive-vest which in that picture looks like it's almost transparent and hence useless in daylight.

It seems the high-vis industry is focused on night-time and low light high-vis. I do most riding in daylight and in OK light, and I want to maximise my visibility in these conditions.. not sure if yellow is the best colour but it has to be better than camouflage green .

Re: High-vis top with zero insulation

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 hours 19 min ago
Would a Sam Browne Belt be an idea instead of a whole separate hi-vis garment?

High-vis top with zero insulation

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 hours 25 min ago
Does anybody know of a top/waistcoat/gilet/jacket/vest/other clothing item that fits the top half of your torso that

a) is high-vis, or at least yellow. Mostly for daylight visibility.

b) has minimal insulation/protection/waterproofing. I already have a waterproof high-vis jacket but I often want to take it off when it gets too hot, then I'll just be wearing whatever colour t-shirt/base layer/jersey underneath but this is not high vis and I feel less safe.

c) is affordable (preferably not cycling-specific as this always inflates the price).

I just want to put this thing over my t-shirt/shirt and not feel like it's an extra layer, just need the high-vis element, for daylight riding (night-time high-vis is different as then reflective panels come into play).
Seen some "mesh" tops but not convinced they don't insulate. It probably needs to be something that covers as little of the upper body as possible i.e. a short-sleeved waistcoat of some sort, but more than just a strip..

I know I can get a yellow cycling jersey but I'd need a few of those and I like the idea of wearing whatever I want as I mostly wear non-cycling clothes.

Thanks in advance.

Re: Notes from a third tour (Wales)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 August 2014 - 11:45pm
Thanks, yeah I would have done the Coed-y-Brenin route just I had some friends to meet that day and left myself too little time.

Thanks for the tip about the Pennine Cycleway.. I might actually do some of that in December as I'll be up that end of the country anyway.

Re: Dieppe to Paris camping

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 August 2014 - 10:56pm
Recently completed this too. Last section into paris is excellent. Overall i surprised at how varied it was.

Re: First EVER Tour! (and I'm going RTW)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 August 2014 - 10:24pm
Jamesjohnson wrote:Now I jut need to work out what's causing the twinges in my knees :/

Hey buddy - I suffer from twinges in my knee - I was touring with a friend who did sports science and he told me to get some bandages to wrap around my knee keeping it open on the patella itself - this did the job - I went from being in agony on each pedal stroke to fluid and painless. (apparently the bandages stop the patella from moving around which stops the tendon flaring up).

Hope this works for you and good luck for the rest of your tour!!!

Craig

Re: Dieppe to Paris camping

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 August 2014 - 10:13pm
so three years after starting this topic I finally got around to cycling to Paris. many thanks again to Donald for the guide - we found it very easy to follow! I am now hooked on cycling tours and am dreaming up the next one! (suggestions welcome)

Re: NCN Route 1

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 August 2014 - 9:39pm
dplant45 wrote:Planning a touring holiday in North Scotland from Inverness & on my way would like to use NCN 1. Looking @ OS maps part of the route uses old railway track towards Cullen. Is this route OK for laden touring bike using 700/28 wheels/tyres. Or am I better sticking to the lanes ? Dave
Yes, very suitable for a loaded tourer on 28mm tyres, a nice coastal route with good views. A fair bit of on-road back roads too if I remember.
Have you seen the Sustrans zoomable online map? http://www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map
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