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Re: Help with choosing bike type and/or commute through Lond

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 hour 7 min ago
I have read 'Cyclecraft' and I think it is very helpful; definitely worth a re read. I will most likely do a Bikeability course a well. Looking at the Tfl bike maps, I've devised 3 routes possible routes I could take. One goes along and follows Hertforshire Road. The other two have one along the West of Great Cambridge Road and one on the east. They are both quite sinuous and are about 15.5 miles each, although the latter has to travel though the North Circular or you must dismount. I think I prefer the former. I guess it will come down to experience and confidence.

I don't think my current bike is suitable for this journey, however. It is not a well maintained Raleigh Pioneer 140. I would prefer something more suitable for the roads but with that comes the worry of theft. Apart from this 'bike vault' (http://www.camdennewjournal.com/news/2014/jul/bike-vault-be-rolled-out-bloomsbury-square-racks-lockers-and-showers) which I will have to check out first, there is no opportunity for indoor parking. Besides the essential deterrent of correct locking with good quality locks, I was thinking I could take the front wheel with me, replace the screws and bolts with more uncommon heads if possible, and painting the bike a more unappealing colour with 'not for sale' written on it. How effective is registering your bike and insurance?

One more thing, when buying a bike can you exchange a saddle for a more comfortable one for you before buying? Or do you have to pay for the bike with the existing saddle and then buy a new saddle?

Re: Ten Miles a Day

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 hour 58 min ago
Hi all, fairly new here but this is a good thread to see what people are doing! I've put off getting a road bike for around 8yrs on the fear I'd always be the one on the path changing punctures. However in April I got my first bike (Specialized Allez) and although I didn't start using until mid May (Marathons and holiday's took over), I've been getting out 5-6 times a week and averaging 27.3 miles each ride.

I have to say I can't get enough and though I'm normally a fan of Autumn and Winter season, I don't want this dry nice weather to end and my daily biking to get cut down

Re: Hello & Help!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 hours 47 min ago
I would stick to your original plan.
I started doing long touring rides in France in my fifties after hardly cycling for many years.
I'm still doing them at 73 (I'm sure there are others older than me doing the same).
The Loire valley is very nice for cycling.
Setting off can be daunting but I'm sure you will find that your fears are unfounded.
Edward Enfield (the comedian Harry Enfield's father) took a couple of similar trips to that you had planned. He wrote a book about his experiences (Downhill all the way) which is amusing and informative. It's a worthwhile read for someone planning a first tour.

Re: Dog walkers or horseriders?

CTC Forum - MTB - 2 hours 59 min ago
MichVanNic wrote:[
If you are approaching walkers etc why can't you slow down?

Why do you assume that I do not? The encounters I was referring to happened at walking pace. And I'm not a mountain biker!

Re: Camera question - what do you use

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 hours 8 min ago
JamesE wrote:I asked this question a few months back and got lots of good answers. None of which I’ve followed up on…
how come?

Re: Anyone use a trailer ?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 hours 8 min ago
theDaveB wrote:Well think I have ordered one of everything mentioned on this thread, so have spares and more spares.

How is everyone finding the little springy screws that lock the trailer to the skewer ?

My trailer has never fallen off but they don't feel great.

Dave

if u mean this

trailer 003.jpg

I used locktite to to stop it unwinding from its holder. The spring not convincing

Re: Long distance MTB routes in the UK?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 hours 11 min ago
A quick recce of the routes online show that the Peddlars Way is good for cycling. The Ridgeway is mostly Bridleway. the Icknield Way has an official route for cyclists and horses, called the Ickield Way trail. The Wessex Ridgeway has a really detailed guide here which is showing a full cycling route as well. So the full route should be cycle-able, with the majority off road.

Re: Camera question - what do you use

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 hours 15 min ago
I don't have one, but this was taken with a chilli tech action camera 120hd and was good enough to get the registration.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2stHmGD7SHA[/youtube]

Re: Dog walkers or horseriders?

CTC Forum - MTB - 3 hours 18 min ago
Psamathe wrote:MDC wrote:Who gets your vote for the most irritating?
Abstain ... because our countryside should be for everybody to enjoy and we need to be considerate to all users.

So often on this forum there are "anti-motor vehicles" posts blaming drivers for anything and everything. Now we are "blaming" dog walkers and "blaming" horse riders. It is sounding like cyclists want everybody else to just get off everything and everywhere and have everything turned over for the exclusive use of cyclists.

A disappointing question.

Ian
+1
I couldn't agree more with this sentiment.

Re: Bridge out on Lon Las Cmyru at Portmadog - options?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 hours 32 min ago
I don't know route 82 (inland)
However, we had an absolutely stunning day between Machynlleth and Porthmadog....its just a few miles of main road to get round the bridge that's down, and when we were there we had traffic lights that made the narrow bit of road one way at a time.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/52358536@N06/collections/72157645498977067/...our day 3

Re: Long distance MTB routes in the UK?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 hours 50 min ago
the first one that jumps to my mind is the national trail- the Pennine Bridleway (NOT the Pennine cycleway). Its only 200 miles long though (and I dont think the top bit is fully sign posted yet)

Other than that you may want to look at something like the Greater Ridgeway - 360ish miles from Lime Regis to Hunstanton. It's made up of 4 signposted walking paths - The Wessex Ridgeway, The Ridgeway National Trail, the Icknield Way and the Peddars Way National Trail. At least some of these paths allow mountain biking (being bridleways), some are footpaths and I don't know the specifics of each.

Re: Vehicle as a murder weapon

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 hours 7 min ago
'Raging bull'
Earlier in the trial, the jury was told of two previous road rage incidents involving Slater.

One motorist described him as a "raging bull" on the M62 in January last year and told how the lorry driver had threatened to kill him.

An incident in Oldham on December 17 was recorded on a "dash cam" and showed Slater leaving his lorry cab on two occasions, running at a car and kicking and punching the vehicle while trying to force the driver's door open.

Those are when the action should have been taken, not now.

Re: Long distance MTB routes in the UK?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 hours 21 min ago
There is an off road version of LEJOG. It used bridle paths and similar rights of way and I'm sure it was ridden and published by 2 girls a few years ago.

I will do some digging around in my route library and see if I can find a copy but I think it was published in the CTC route library.

If you then venture further afield there is a Spanish route which takes in some 7 southern areas and is 2000 km long. Also published online with very good route planning help, GPS points, accommodation etc. it's called the TransAndalusia.org or similar.

Re: Anyone use a trailer ?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 hours 5 min ago
notlobgp14 wrote:We have a problem. I own a Thorn Discovery Tandem with a 160mm rear drop out. Due to a friend having his Cannondale Tandem stolen last week we now have to use both of my Tandems for our Atlantic to Med tour in August. Both bikes were going to tow Adventure C1 Trailers but the standard 'long' quick release is not long enough for the Thorn 160mm OLN.

Does anyone know if this item could be stripped down to provide a donor Skewer to fit the Adventure 'Cam End'?

http://www.extrawheel.co.uk/spares-and- ... kewer.html

I hadn't seen this... I would just call SJS and get a longer QR. They aren't very expensive.

Re: Camera question - what do you use

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 hours 59 min ago
I asked this question a few months back and got lots of good answers. None of which I’ve followed up on…

Camera question - what do you use

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 hours 20 min ago
Hey folks.

I was wondering who uses a camera on their commute, for the purposes of having evidence should something happen?

If so, what camera do you use? Ideally I'd like one that doesn't break the bank, a GoPro seems excessive for this relatively simple task.

Cheers

Vlad

Re: Hello & Help!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 hours 20 min ago
shane wrote:JonFountain wrote: However with a new bike about to be delivered and the tickets booked it's certainly possible. What I need to consider is alternatives in this country..

Though I hate to give a certain sport company the credit for words I live by "Just do it", you already have a plan, just go for it.

Have fun, a solo adventure is also awesome, and you have another year to plan the next adventure together.....

In the mean time be sure to have a blog to make your brother sick with envy


Another vote for sticking to the plan. It will probably be warmer than the uk,the food is nice, the roads are quieter, the density of camp sites is high, it will feel more like being in holiday and in case of crisis you have a credit card and a phone. I cycle camped a fair bit in Spain and France by myself in my twenties and thirties and it was a very good experience. The Loire is also very nice, gentle cycling country compared to places like Cornwall or devon!

Good luck whatever you decide on.

Re: Gijon to Poole Ferry

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2014 - 11:36pm
When we went last feb
So I guess this in a not a new service then?

Could the CTC lobby them to accept cyclists?
Good idea, it frustrates me when they don't take bikes.

It's a lovely area to cycle though as I'm sure you know. I've done several trips using the Santander ferry.
Good to hear, I'm quite excited.

I'll give them a call and see what the latest news is.

Re: Hello & Help!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2014 - 11:27pm
JonFountain wrote: However with a new bike about to be delivered and the tickets booked it's certainly possible. What I need to consider is alternatives in this country..

Though I hate to give a certain sport company the credit for words I live by "Just do it", you already have a plan, just go for it.

Have fun, a solo adventure is also awesome, and you have another year to plan the next adventure together.....

In the mean time be sure to have a blog to make your brother sick with envy

Re: Hello & Help!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2014 - 11:21pm
We can do flattish and gently hilly here in the east. http://keepPushingThosePedals.blogspot.co.UK has some examples that could probably be strung together fairly easily.
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