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Re: Anker Cache Battery Broken USB Connector

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 hours 42 min ago
nickpaton wrote:However, Andrew those adapters look like they could fit like this, so long as they are held in place with an elastic band. But again you'll need to come up with a way of keeping the full size USB lead in too without over straining that connector! One idea might be to glue the large USB lead into the adapter, with a bit of packing between it and the battery body.

Poking around I found some other right-angle connectors which look like they would mount flush to the side of the battery better which may help.

Re the higher capacity E5, I deliberately didn't chose it as there are reports that the built in flash light switch is easily knocked on in transit. In any case I've found the smaller capacity Anker without the light is more than sufficient capacity, especially if you have a couple.

Thanks for the heads-up. I wasn't aware of that concern.

Not sure about the 2nd gen device. First, charging via the E-Werk will take a very long time as the higher the set voltage the lower the current output.
These aren't accurate figures, but most hub dynamos output 3W / 0.5A 6V AC maximum. When converting it to 5V DC, the maximum current will be again roughly 0.5A (assuming no conversion losses, which there are).

It was an early option which I have since discarded in preference for USB charging pretty much for the reasons you give plus one less power point plug to take as well.

Thanks
Andrew

Re: 50 mph for lorries

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 hours 31 min ago
While a nominal default limit of 50kph is indeed slightly higher than 30mph - most European countries (certainly those with a good road safety record) make extensive use of 30 kph limits throughout urban areas - while in the UK it is common to see higher limits of 40-50 mph on suburban residential streets.

Re: Alarming ride in downpour today – braking advice

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 hours 39 min ago
Vantage wrote:Generally speaking, it is safer to keep up with the flow of traffic as usually, (among other reasons that I can't think of right now coz it's midnight and I'm falling asleep but which are covered in Richard Ballantines bike book) following drivers won't feel the need to overtake and a faster moving bike is usually more stable than a slower one.

For stability any speed above 6 mph will be stable.
Depending on the town, size of road and time of day, it's perfectly easy to keep up with and even exceed the traffic.

In typical urban traffic conditions a bike will make progress faster than cars - however at any particular part of the journey you are likely to be moving either faster or slower than traffic at that time which will tend to have spurts of speed and time spent in queues. If you happen to be keeping up with traffic at some point that will be entirely coincidental - either the traffic at that point may happen to be matching your desired speed (whatever that is) or you need to slow down due to congestion and there isn't space to overtake.

If a driver has a choice of speed (ie thery are not in a traffic jam) then they will pretty much always want to be going faster than any cyclist they encounter. You can control inappropriate overtaking by riding assertively, but you are not going to outrun motor vehicles (even if your name is Tony Martin) unless you are going down a steepish hill with gravity on your side.

Gijon to Poole Ferry

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 hours 2 min ago
I'm planing a trip around Northern Spain in September and looking for transport options to and from Spain. It looks like LD Lines are starting a new ferry service from Gijón to Poole which would be a great departure point after Leon. The website is very vague, does anyone know more?
http://ldlines.co.uk/timetables/poole-gijon

Re: Anker Cache Battery Broken USB Connector

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 July 2014 - 11:57pm
nickpaton wrote:Not sure about the 2nd gen device. First, charging via the E-Werk will take a very long time as the higher the set voltage the lower the current output.
These aren't accurate figures, but most hub dynamos output 3W / 0.5A 6V AC maximum. When converting it to 5V DC, the maximum current will be again roughly 0.5A (assuming no conversion losses, which there are).
With the E-Werk voltage set to 12V DC, the output current will drop by a corresponding amount, ie to less than 0.2A. The E-Werk circuit doesn't somehow create charging current out of thin air, and can only work with what it's provided with from the dynamo.



Looking at http://www.forumslader.de/typo3temp/pics/590d4cd9bb.png

...my understanding is that at 20km/h the 12V and 5V settings of the E-Werk cross over at 3W, but at higher speeds, both can give more power, with the 12V setting giving over 5W at 32km/h. That would equate to 0.42A. This is because the E-Werk is presenting a load that is different from that required to clamp the dynamo at 6V.

Re: Alarming ride in downpour today – braking advice

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2014 - 11:53pm
Generally speaking, it is safer to keep up with the flow of traffic as usually, (among other reasons that I can't think of right now coz it's midnight and I'm falling asleep but which are covered in Richard Ballantines bike book) following drivers won't feel the need to overtake and a faster moving bike is usually more stable than a slower one.
Depending on the town, size of road and time of day, it's perfectly easy to keep up with and even exceed the traffic.
I'd agree that speed and the ability to stop in a safe manner are to be judged carefully, but it's difficult to know the limits of a new-ish bike until those limits have been exceeded.

Re: 50 mph for lorries

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2014 - 11:45pm
Pete Owens wrote:pete75 wrote:Other than Germany and Austria all European countries have lower non motorway limits than Britain. Almost all have higher road death rates.

I'd bet the differences in road deaths in different European nations are largely due to factors other than speed limits.

Actually if you break it down by road type then speed does feature stronlgy.

The UK performs comparitavely well in terms of road safety for car users. Since a large proportion of car mileage is on motorways then this is strongly influenced by our reletavely low motorway speed limits, making our motorways some of the safest in the Worrld.

The UK performs extremely poorly with respect to the safety of vulnerable road users - who are to be found on the non-motorway roads. Here our reletavely high speed limits lead these roads to be relatively dangerous by European standards.

And most of those vulnerable road user deaths are in built up areas where Britain has slightly lower speed limits than most European countries. 43% of pedestrians killed are over the alcohol limit for driving with 34% at least double the limit. I wonder how that compares with other nations. Only 13% for cyclists though.
Anyhow I'd like to see comparative statistics if you have any. For example are vulnerable road users safer in Albania or Serbia with their 50mph limit than here with a 60 limit.

Re: 50 mph for lorries

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2014 - 11:10pm
pete75 wrote:Other than Germany and Austria all European countries have lower non motorway limits than Britain. Almost all have higher road death rates.

I'd bet the differences in road deaths in different European nations are largely due to factors other than speed limits.

Actually if you break it down by road type then speed does feature stronlgy.

The UK performs comparitavely well in terms of road safety for car users. Since a large proportion of car mileage is on motorways then this is strongly influenced by our reletavely low motorway speed limits, making our motorways some of the safest in the Worrld.

The UK performs extremely poorly with respect to the safety of vulnerable road users - who are to be found on the non-motorway roads. Here our reletavely high speed limits lead these roads to be relatively dangerous by European standards.

Re: rough camping in Germany

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 July 2014 - 11:07pm
Germany loves rules and regulations.... I know several who have 'stealth sleeped' successfully without hassle but of course using plenty of common sense ... here's a handy link which may clarify things a little http://www.donfeidner.de/html/wilderness_camping.html if indeed this may be your intention.

Re: Ribble Winter Audax bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2014 - 10:51pm
Of interest to you may be this: http://spacycles.co.uk/products.php?plid=m1b0s21p3106 - £950 for a spa cycles 3k carbon framed bike with full shimano 105 (and a triple!) is a bargain. It doesn't say in the description whether the frame takes guards, but i would guess it does because the specced brakes are deep drop.

Re: Ribble Winter Audax bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2014 - 10:37pm
JUst noticed Ribble Sportive 365 Campagnolo http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/sed/road-%20...%20=conf_SERW can take 25mm ryres and mudguards so suitable all year round ?
Don't know it's weight. I was thinking of a Specialized Roubaix, but is this better ? Realise it costs more than the Winter Audax at £1000.

Re: Ribble Winter Audax bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2014 - 10:21pm
Anything comparable to Ribble winter audax but can take 25mm with guards? Prefer to be in similarly priced.

Re: 50 mph for lorries

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2014 - 10:19pm
pete75 wrote: I'd bet the differences in road deaths in different European nations are largely due to factors other than speed limits.
That's a fair comment. While I'm not sure about the 'largely', it's certain that reduce speed limits only help because they are enforced. And other factors will contribute as well. How much each factor influences it, is impossible for me to say.

Re: rough camping in Germany

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 July 2014 - 10:16pm
Adds to the adventure then! Get a Basha tarp and find some invulnerable spaces to bed down.

When I was doing it in NZ (one of the easiest to I imagine) it was cold, so I was desperate for shelter (before upgrading my gear) going a bit far by bunking down in derelict barns, not so derelict barns, unused holiday home sheds and even a section of an assault course of a school. With the barns, a kiwi told me they would have gone crazy if they found me, yet if I just asked they'd say "no worries". Always best to get locals advice..

Re: Shipping the bike by plane

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 July 2014 - 10:15pm
serbring wrote:Yes it's my helmet. I supposed to use it as front mudguard protection.
At the risk of starting another helmet debate I really don't think you should leave it there. You won't know what impact or stresses it may suffer, especially if the damage is not visible.

Re: Ribble Winter Audax bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2014 - 10:13pm
My old one was a decent enough frame, but very tight with 25mm tyres and guards.

Re: Shared/Cycle path . . . . I'm too slow.

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2014 - 10:04pm
Flinders wrote:I just wish drivers would appreciate that a cyclist wanting to do 20mph is perfectly reasonable, but does also mean they need to be on the road, as that sort of speed isn't suitable for shared use paths. Nor is 20mph achievable on a lot of off-road tracks even if there was nobody else on the track, given the surfaces that are often used -clay and packed gravel, for example.
We don't need to be on the road. We just need to be on a decent cycleway that isn't shared with walkers or built from porridge. You know, like our cousins across the water in the other Holland have.

Re: who will ride Vuelta a Espana 2014

CTC Forum - Racing - 28 July 2014 - 10:03pm
Just finished his biography which ends with Delhi 2010. Hope he does well in the Commonwealth Games.

Re: Commonwealth games

CTC Forum - Racing - 28 July 2014 - 9:44pm
IndividualTT on Thursday 31st and Road Race following on the Sunday

Re: 50 mph for lorries

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2014 - 9:40pm
Pete Owens wrote:irc wrote:Vorpal wrote:And countries with better road safety statistics consistently have lower non-motorway speed limits than the UK.

The UK has a fatality rate of 4.3 per billion km. The only countries with lower rates are Denmark (3.4), Iceland (3., Ireland (3.4), Sweden (3.7), Norway (3.3),

Their motorway speed limits are - Denmark 110-130kph, Iceland 90kph, Ireland 120kph, Sweden 110-120kph, Norway 100kph. So 3 of the 5 countries with better safety records have higher motorway speed limits than the UK (70mph is 112kph).


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_co ... death_rate

I have highlited a small word that you seem to have missed in the post you are replying to. Particularly as this is a cycle forum, where conditions on motorways are not particularly relevant to our safety.

Thanks for that Pete. I had indeed missed it A dancing bear moment.
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