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Re: Carrying a defibrillator

CTC Forum - On the road - 48 min 47 sec ago
Defribillator only of any use in an arrest and then only for certain heart arythmias, the device talks through whether it is shockable or unshockable rhythm.

Better to know how to do effective CPR, 30:2ratio always more effective to do chest compressions adequate than ineffective breathing.. there is always some O2 in the blood and it is better to keep it circulating.

When I saw someone collapse at a cycle event, it was a cylinder of 02 I needed not a debrillator and would have been far more effective than a defribillator... I seriously do not think anyone would allow me to carry 02 around with me.. nor would I want the weight.

Best to be aware that most shopping centres / town centre have a debrillator and hope you not too much in the middle of nowhere... but there is only so much you can do.

Re: Touring bike alternatives?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 50 min 40 sec ago
Pete Jack wrote:I find 'dillos overrated; they are heavy, have a harsh ride and the last one I used got a flat in under 200 miles
I've opined before that I think 'dillos changed some time 2010-2012, becoming stickier and so picking up debris long enough to get hammered into the tyre.

Re: Touring Iceland

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 56 min 52 sec ago
heatonrider wrote:Hi - 4 of us toured Iceland last year and can offer some pretty comprehensive and up to date info:

Photos - if you want to see the slide show of our trip here is the link - there are some maps of where we went included (I did it for my cycling club)
https://picasaweb.google.com/1171190117 ... 6_LS7bzXAQ



Brilliant! Thanks for the link.

Re: Touring bike alternatives?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 hours 16 min ago
Neil C wrote:I was too tight to pay the extra for the Armadillos but not regretting it yet!
I find 'dillos overrated; they are heavy, have a harsh ride and the last one I used got a flat in under 200 miles. I've been using Panasonic Ribmos lately and like 'em; they are light, stick to the road and wear well my back one has about 6000 on it, with 2 flats since new (one I think was a bad tube)

If you're still thinking of bikes, there's a disc version of the Trek 520 out now, looks sweet,I've got 45,000 on mine and love it. The original Vee brakes were crap and I replaced the front one with a Single Digit Ultimate which is much better (and much more expensive), the original SD-5 is adequate for the back.

I once met a man in Virginia who had rode a Schwinn that he had found in a ditch from Los Angeles a distance of about 2500 miles, his bike was utter rubbish but it goes to show you can tour on about anything.

Re: Solo night ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 hours 57 min ago
Some roads that have streetlights might not have streetlights once the clock strikes twelve. Several local councils turn the streetlights after midnight to save money. I found out the hard way a road on my short commute home was under this rule when finishing work one night last Christmas at midnight, rode the 1.5 miles of country lane with lights on full power and was expecting to turn them down when I got to the main road but still needed full power for another mile.

Re: Best Ortlieb Rear Panniers for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 hours 54 sec ago
OnYourRight wrote:PH: you say 30 litres, but the Ortlieb website says the Front-Roller Classic panniers have a capacity of 25 litres per pair. Are yours a little bigger?

What saddlebag do you use? I’m interested in this idea – small front panniers at the back combined (only when needed) with my Carradice Lowsaddle Longflap saddlebag – but I wonder how they’d work together. I’d probably favour the Front-Roller City panniers, since they’re cheaper and simpler, but I’m wondering if 25 litres is really enough. It seems to me like it would be, but nearly everyone uses something bigger.

25 - 30 litres, you could be right, though it varies depending how tight you roll down the top.
I use the panniers
Nelson Longflap, only needing the extra flap if I've overdone the shopping
8L Vaude barbag
Tent is outside the bags

That's plenty for me, though I don't do much cooking and wear clothes on the bike that I'm also comfy in off. I'm a 3 season camper, I'd want a lot of extra kit for winters.

Re: Solo night ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 hours 5 min ago
Mick F wrote: Also, in pitch dark, you can't keep an eye on which gear you are in!
And that is one way that any lever shifter is better than indexed trigger shifters or brifters

From some shorter night rides, my top tips would be get dynamo lights, take spare good AA or AAA battery lights as backup or to spotlight repairs and use red reflective tape to make most of the mudguard and seat post backs into extra reflectors.

Re: Lon Las Cymru on starting on Sat 6.9.14, campsite sugges

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 hours 7 min ago
Just got back from Carmarthen to Holyhead ride. We followed Lon Las a bit but were BCQing so did a lot of meandering. This did however mean we saw some great sights you'll miss, such as Parys Mountain which was astonishing.

We didn't camp every night but in Barmouth we stayed at http://www.hendremynach.co.uk/ which had good facilities and is right by the sea. Very windy at Barmouth but the field is set back enough. Min Y Mor hotel is alright for food and beer halfway to town.

In Caernarfon try James01 recommendation as we meant to stay there but ended up at Coed Helen up on the hill which was awful and ridiculously priced.

The campsite at Pencelli is a bit steep, we prefer http://www.talybontfarmcamping.co.uk/ as it's a)cheaper and b) smaller and c) 2 minutes walk from tent to bar at http://www.starinntalybont.co.uk/ which is one of the best pubs in Wales.

In Cardiff there is a council run campsite 10 minutes walk from the city centre. Haven't stayed there but it's on my way into town, reviews on ukcampsite don't look great but looks alright from what I've seen, and you can't beat the location. http://www.ukcampsite.co.uk/sites/revie ... revid=4154.

I can post you our stop off points if you like and see if the stop overs tie up. We did it over 12 nights so did a lot more stops than you're doing.


Oh and James01, where was the good curry in Llanidloes? Ours was rubbish....

Re: Touring Iceland

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 hours 11 min ago
We have done three tours in Iceland, an absolutely amazing place to tour. Can concur with heatonrider that the ring road is best avoided particularly in the south and south west as it is very busy in the summer.
The cycling in the interior is amazing for the scenery but can be hard work on some of the gravel roads due to the washboard surface that can be created by the 4x4's.

To help you here is perhaps our top places that we enjoyed and worth visiting in no particular order.

Myvatn - lovely lake in the north with hot springs, the Krafla eruption lava fields, Dimmuborqir, psuedocraters at Skútusaðir and the Hverfjall volcanic crater.

Jökulsárion - Glacial lake with icebergs floating in it.

Látraburg - sea cliff with Puffins & Kittiwakes.

þingvellir - a rift valley and Iceland's parliament.

Geysir and Gulfoss

Western fjords

Langmannalaugar - hot spring area and wonderful scenery

Kerlingarfjöll - hot spring area and wonderful mountain scenery.

Snaefellnes peninsular - south side beautiful and serene area with wonderful bird life.

Some of these are in the interior and would require going on the gravel roads. You can see more details and information on Iceland here and from our travelogues.

Remember you can use buses to get you to places as they will all take bikes. There is even a bus that goes up and down the 35 on the Kjölur route and in to Langmannalaugar.

There are some routes that you can take to avoid parts of the ring road. To avoid the Keflavik to Reykjavik and Hveragerði you can go via Grunavik. It was gravel road when we did it 2008 but it is now tarmac.

The Reykjavik to Baula bit can be busy and you can't go under the tunnel at the Hvalfjordur fjord so you have to go all the way around the fjord so you could instead go up to þingvellir and then take the 550 over the Kaldidalur route to Husafell and then on to Baula. It is a rough gravel road but there are no rivers to fjord and it is very scenic.

Hope that helps.

Re: Carrying a defibrillator

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 August 2014 - 11:30pm
I think you'd be better ensuring everyone knew how to do CPR and was aware of the first signs of an impending heart attack than carrying a defibrillator.

Re: Best Ortlieb Rear Panniers for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 August 2014 - 11:26pm
PH: you say 30 litres, but the Ortlieb website says the Front-Roller Classic panniers have a capacity of 25 litres per pair. Are yours a little bigger?

What saddlebag do you use? I’m interested in this idea – small front panniers at the back combined (only when needed) with my Carradice Lowsaddle Longflap saddlebag – but I wonder how they’d work together. I’d probably favour the Front-Roller City panniers, since they’re cheaper and simpler, but I’m wondering if 25 litres is really enough. It seems to me like it would be, but nearly everyone uses something bigger.

Re: New European Cycling Website

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 August 2014 - 11:23pm
Btw, Steven's book on his bike travels round Europe - No Place Like Home Thank God! Is brilliant. The link is on the website.

Re: Carrying a defibrillator

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 August 2014 - 11:03pm
timdownieuk wrote:One of our local group members was unlucky enough to have a heart attack on our group ride today. Fortunately he didn't arrest and everything seems to be going okay for him (clot removed and old stent stretched) but afterwards it was semi-jokingly suggested that I should carry a defibrillator on our group rides. (They're desperate to slow me down on the hills).

Anyhow, it's not entirely a silly suggestion and smart defibrillators that do all the diagnosing and talk you through resuscitation can be had for under a £1000 pounds these days. They can weigh as little as 2kg so it wouldn't be impossible for one to be carried by the back marker on most rides.

Do any CTC groups already do this? Anyone wish that they had had a defibrillator with them out on a club ride? CTC rides do tend to attract more "mature" cyclists, particularly mid-week when the youngsters are at work.

Tim

Might be worth carrying a map with local defibrillators marked on it, if there are any in the area........but I'm not sure that they're much use if they aren't used PDQ.

Re: Best Ortlieb Rear Panniers for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 August 2014 - 11:02pm
I like the classic rollers, though nobody could say which was best, only best for them.
I use a front pair on the back, I prefer the narrower 30L size, I also use a saddlebag and barbag for everything that I might need between one campsite and the next, because of this I don't miss the panniers having no outer pockets.

Re: Carrying a defibrillator

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 August 2014 - 11:01pm
I hope the rider makes a full and swift recovery.

Has anyone completed an incident report form?

If I were on a club run I'd like to think the leader may have a First Aid kit, I don't think I'd go so far as to say I'd expect them to have one or be trained to use it. As to carrying a defibrillator...

Carrying a defibrillator

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 August 2014 - 10:28pm
One of our local group members was unlucky enough to have a heart attack on our group ride today. Fortunately he didn't arrest and everything seems to be going okay for him (clot removed and old stent stretched) but afterwards it was semi-jokingly suggested that I should carry a defibrillator on our group rides. (They're desperate to slow me down on the hills).

Anyhow, it's not entirely a silly suggestion and smart defibrillators that do all the diagnosing and talk you through resuscitation can be had for under a £1000 pounds these days. They can weigh as little as 2kg so it wouldn't be impossible for one to be carried by the back marker on most rides.

Do any CTC groups already do this? Anyone wish that they had had a defibrillator with them out on a club ride? CTC rides do tend to attract more "mature" cyclists, particularly mid-week when the youngsters are at work.

Tim

Inverness to Kilmarnock 5 day tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 August 2014 - 9:38pm
Hi

Have some free time and have a hankering for a short Scottish tour travelling light. My plan is to take the sleeper up to Inverness on the Sunday night and go back down from Glasgow the Friday after. Initial thoughts are

Day 1 Inverness -> Kyle of Lochalsh 80 miles
Day 2 A loop round Skye - 80 miles
Armadale -> Mallaig ferry
Day 3 Mallaig -> Oban 86 miles (YHS or B&B)
Day 4 = Oban -> Tarbert -> Claonaig -> (ferry) Lochranza (stay in YHS) 65 miles
Day 5 - Lochranza -> Brodick -> (ferry) Ardrossan -> Kilmarnock 50 miles (visit my Mum before heading up to Glasgow for the sleeper)

Definitely want to stay in Oban and Lochranza but unsure about overnights around Skye? Would appreciate advice on good places to stay and a good loop around Skye.

Planning to travel light with Carradice Barley saddlebag on the back and Carradice zipped roll up front on lightweight road bike, am thinking

# wearing
Bib Shorts
Vest
s/s jersey
socks
gloves
helmet
shoes

# front zipped roll bag
arm warmers
leg warmers
Overshoes
cap
iphone,
garmin,
charger,
wallet,
glasses

# barley saddlebag - this will be a squeeze
underwear
spare socks
lightweight trousers (unzip to shorts)
long sleeve thin thermal vest
lightweight fleece jacket
waterproof jacket
waterproof trousers

Suggestions welcomed

Many thanks

Simon

Re: Ditching my Hybrid for a full Spec Tourer

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 August 2014 - 9:20pm
mercalia wrote:If i had the space and money I would keep both - you dont want to use the "nice" bike for runs to the shops etc

Spanners in my spokes Mercalia! I wish, but I can't have everything. I've got to say I did an 11 mile "coffee and cake" run to another village in the Sun today and I softened towards keeping my Specialized Globe City 3.1 as a "spare". I was looking at the hub gears and dynamo lighting while cleaning it this evening and marveling at the build quality and usefulness. It's on eBay and that is that. I am driven. I am tight. I don't have the space. I would birch myself for having two bikes. AND I might just need another shed!........hhc

Re: Solo night ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 August 2014 - 9:15pm
Bear in mind that bikes (except folders) are not allowed on trains from Brighton to London timed to arrive between 07:00 and 10:00, Mon-Fri.

Re: Ditching my Hybrid for a full Spec Tourer

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 August 2014 - 9:13pm
HowardW wrote:It's not a proper mid life crisis until it involves a Rohloff Speedhub....

I agree on the trucker mines a disc trucker the colour is lovely.

Here's mine! (trucker not mid life crisis honest)
http://10mileseachway.blogspot.co.uk/

(somewhere on there anyway)

Cracking blog Howard! I pleased to see long hair and a beard. I am with brethren. Heh heh. My 12 year old daughter has stopped coming out on rides with me but my 4 year old happily perches on the back for fair distances but isn't quite up to 10 miles yet. Good on your daughter. That's hard on little legs. The sailing looks good. I used to coach Level 5 RYA in a past life.

As for the colour? I'm keen on the green Disc Trucker being a gardener. Almost everything I own is green including my pick-up truck. Sad I am................hc
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