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Re: Poole(UK) to Santander(Spain) Blog update

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 min 58 sec ago
Brilliant read. Looked an amazing trip.

Dave

Re: Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 44 min 43 sec ago
Thanks for posting the pics of the front fork fittings..I haven't tried to fit a front rack to the Vaya so i probably should have kept my gob shut regarding fitting the rack ...I'll give it a go sometime.My DT is my choice for loaded touring and i mainly use the Vaya for day rides..Horses for courses..Both good bikes though...

Contador...

CTC Forum - Racing - 1 hour 15 sec ago
We all remember the crash...

This was published recently...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/30507188

So it was 47mph crash, just hit something on the road (which had looked clear) whilst reaching for something to eat...
At that moment, I relaxed, I looked ahead, saw the road was clear and reached back into my pocket to get something to eat. That's when I hit something in the road, my bike jumped and I lost control.
The problem wasn't the pain from my tibia, it was the thought that I was in great form but couldn't carry on.

When I think I was going 77kmph at the time and I only broke my tibia, well, on balance, that's good. Maybe I lost the Tour, but I didn't lose my life.


My takeaway would be that at that kind of speed you just can't see far enough ahead to let go of the controls.

Re: Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 hour 18 min ago
Will the Tubus rack not articulate on the joint bolt and bolt to the fixing eyelet in front of the wheel axle?
It could also negate the need for spacers on the top fixing.
I'd prefer the Tubus rack with the stabilising loop.

Re: proviz victim blaming advert

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 hour 24 min ago
GrumpyGit wrote:redfacedbaldfatman wrote:How about this video from Wowow... "sorry I didn't see you". They claim in the video description that "You will be seen with the 3M Spoke Reflectors!"
I found it quite distasteful.

I've actually got those spoke reflectors on my hybrid just because I like the way the whole wheel disc lights up when it's spinning!

I prefer them to those little reflectors that clip between two spokes.


I've got them because they were all I saw of a child cyclist some point last year. I had just pulled out of my drive and I was starting to turn off my road when I saw these reflectors as my lights swept across the road I was entering.
They were bright, clear, unmistakable. The kid had no lights, and no other reflectors that I saw at any point. The corner is often taken by PIC's (Prats In Cars) at full speed due to the radiused corner and generally low traffic flow (resulting in a couple of fairly spectacular collisions).
The pattern from the spoke reflectors was just *so* clear that I got a couple of sets the next time they showed up in ALDI. I have one set split between by front wheels on the trike (no point in doing the "inside" spokes, nor the rear wheel, which is covered with panniers etc)

Re: Feeling a bit lonely......

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 hour 47 min ago
I tend to greet most people - dog walkers, pedestrians, those waiting for the bus, sweeping the streets, cycling... whatever...

Re: Feeling a bit lonely......

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 December 2014 - 11:58pm
We should be celebrating the fact that they paid attention to what they were taught when they were young.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92HCKfYakLU

Re: Feeling a bit lonely......

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 December 2014 - 11:27pm
I'm afraid I'm very much reminded of the bunch of roadies, who, coming up behind me on a narrow lane, delivered a series of "Good Mornings" - but this was not a friendly gesture, so it seemed, instead it was a subtle hint to me to "Get out of the way!". You've got to accept, if people are like that, that it's their problem, not yours.

It can't do any harm to keep up the greetings. You'll get a few friendly responses, especially if you get out of town a bit. A few is better than none.

Re: Feeling a bit lonely......

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 December 2014 - 11:24pm
PH
No, I can't get over it! I'll just keep on waving and smiling like an idiot....
What a poor, miserable world this is turning into if we can't nod to or acknowledge some else's existence.
Rod x

Re: Feeling a bit lonely......

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 December 2014 - 10:38pm
Get a recumbent. Every other bent rider you come across will want to talk (ok so there are not many).

More seriously though, I quite agree with your point. I think it is easier to get talking to other cyclists if there is some sort or catalist for the conversation, perhaps an Audax or ctc mudguard sticker. Come to think of it mudguards and a carradice bag is probably a good indicator of someone who might be approachable

Re: Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 December 2014 - 9:56pm
I should add that I fitted a Tubus Tara to Mme's Straggler the same day and that was no problem, with the fork dropout being recessed far less. I'd guess the DT fork more like the Straggler than Vaya. Certainly looks the same, unlike the Vaya ones. Vaya the better bike though...

Re: Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 December 2014 - 9:47pm
cnb wrote:With regards to the Disc Trucker..I didn't have a problem fitting a Tubus front rack..I haven't tried it on the Vaya yet , can't see it being a problem though..



The bosses are my adaptation. The oem mounts would require more than a standard spacer, which is too much twisting potential for my liking. Posted other pics a few times in past re this when building original Vaya, couldn't say where though, on tablet at mo, so not so easy to do such stuff. As shown though, the higher mounting results in poor angle of lowriders.



The fixing should go on the far dropout mount, the rack pushes aginst the fork which sticks out relative to dropout.



Tubus and Salsa racks on 2x Vaya forks for comparison, and show better funny alignment of tubus on my adaptation.

Re: Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 December 2014 - 9:29pm
no Galaxys here? how things have changed? Me my trusty Dawes 1-Down. Now 15 years old and still looks good apart from the mudguards that have gone the alloy mould so to be replaced.

Re: proviz victim blaming advert

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 December 2014 - 9:14pm
redfacedbaldfatman wrote:GrumpyGit wrote:redfacedbaldfatman wrote:How about this video from Wowow... "sorry I didn't see you". They claim in the video description that "You will be seen with the 3M Spoke Reflectors!"
I found it quite distasteful.

I've actually got those spoke reflectors on my hybrid just because I like the way the whole wheel disc lights up when it's spinning!

I prefer them to those little reflectors that clip between two spokes.

I have them too and I think they're brilliant! (but I didn't like the promotional video with the bent wheel and careless driver)
I've jutst bought another set because the ones on the rear are quite dirty and it's not coming off easily. Might swap them over and pop the dirty ones in the dishwasher.

Don't be too hard on the video, it appears to be a German attempt at humour. I'm well versed in that subject having 50% of my genes from that country But at least I am very punctual!

Pamir Highway

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 December 2014 - 8:38pm
Looks like after x years of planning, I am off in June to Bishkek and then along the Pamir Highway.
Still lots to arrange but most importantly, my wife has allowed me 2 months off the leash.

Anyone here been that way, please contact me.

Matt

London Dynamo

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 December 2014 - 7:57pm
RodWatts wrote:Today a group of 10-12 London Dynamo riders glided (?) past me , eyes straight ahead, not a word. How sad is that.


Don't take it personally.

London Dynamo don't exactly have a reputation for being the friendliest riders or well versed in cycling etiquette....

Were they ragging it around Richmond Park by any chance?

Re: Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 December 2014 - 7:40pm
Interested to see the trucker. Must do a few audaxes in the spring and see what the tail end group are riding ( no point in trying to catch the super fast crew at the front).

I've got a list of things for the next bike (like most of us), rohlof is a strong contender, really good frame fitting etc. the main thing for,me is for it to be non flashy. The current model is navy blue with black trim and butterfly bars. Everyone assumes it's a heavy weight dutch plodder at a quick glance instead of a very nice kona. Makes it a lot less nickable. Now I just need to worry about the kids islabikes.

Edit: yep, no toe overlap would be nice. I'm not entirely sure what the fix will be but I'm guessing that for a shortie like me moving to 26in wheels instead of 700c would help. I've long legs ( long femurs) so good for cycling but the short body messes with the frame dimensions.

Re: Feeling a bit lonely......

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 December 2014 - 7:09pm
I acknowledge all other cyclists when I'm out on a leisurely ride. I don't bother when commuting though as I would be a nodding dog as well.

I find large groups are the worst for acknowledging you.

Re: Feeling a bit lonely......

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 December 2014 - 6:49pm
I always acknowledge other cyclists outside of towns - people think you are weird if you do so in town.

Re: Feeling a bit lonely......

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 December 2014 - 6:46pm
It's human nature, get over it. We acknowledge those we see as being similar. Maybe you see everyone in the universe as being similar, though if you go round waving at them all you will at best get some odd looks. Maybe you just see cyclists as being similar, maybe the road club just see other road groups as being similar, people will decide for themselves. On my 30 min morning commute I often cross paths with a couple of dozen cyclists, I'd look like a nodding dog to greet them all. Out on a leisurely Sunday run, I'll probably give a greeting to all other cyclists I come across, out enjoying the same thing as me, it's up to them if they respond.
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