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Result! (I think) I have sat on this for a while and a few ideas have been bandied around, questions asked and answered by both Burley and Surly. A Moose rack may not work on a Surly DT so neither camp want to offer any rock solid guarantees such is the legal climate these days. Hurumpf. However by grinding down the size of the Piccolo tow hitch by 8 mm, lengthening the Surly rack stays and fitting a small steel plate to the quick release mechanism on the Piccolo I think I'm in business!

A rack would cost £50 and it could be hopeless. Some longer stays including postage will cost £12. All the other bits will be recycled from bits I have lying about.

I'll keep you posted. All I have to do now is wait for my daughter to grow 3 inches. Job done. Maybe...hc

Re: Surly Disc Trucker

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 hour 23 min ago
Good advice on saddles. I'm not suffering by any standard, but such a great bike is worthy of little upgrades. The guys who sold me the bike have just had a staff do at the Brooks factory so I'm sure they'll have some good advice. Gawd help me! Liking the imperial for something different. Wether or not I'll fall down the slit I don't know...hc

Re: Canada to Mexico

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 hours 2 min ago
I've finished my tours for 2014 and starting to plan 2015 now

Would starting at the end of September and finishing mid/late October be too late for this tour (Vancouver to San Diego inland through the national parks) judging by previous comments it would seem not but would like to check.

Also, does anyone know what the road surfaces are like in Death Valley (traveling North to South)?

Re: Graduating from "feet forward" to "Off the peg"

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 hours 43 min ago
We had a tandem with a 3 speed SA hub and I added a 5 speed derailleur to it. I don't know whether the necessary sprockets that fit the hub gear are still obtainable, probably not new but perhaps e-bay or even made to order.

Re: Show your touring bikes !!!!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 hours 52 min ago

My Surly 26" disc trucker with Rohloff. Photo is it being cleaned in a river in Mali during my tour of Africa. I'm now in Kenya with it still heading South.


Re: Relish Running Event in Bath 2 Tunnels

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 hours 3 min ago
That's quite surprising and very interesting.

Having stumbled across some pictures of the event yesterday I'd assumed that the tunnels were only open to the runners. Excellent news that all users were welcome throughout.

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 hours 27 min ago
moulton_speed.jpgThere you go - that'll make you feel better...

Re: Short Duration Norfolk Trip - Baggage Courier

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 hours 10 min ago
@Pioneer - Ta. As I won't be in a rush to get anywhere I could drag my stuff around with me - after all it's unlikely to slow me down too much - but it's not my favoured option.

@TrevA - Call me thick, but that's something I didn't even consider! Not only that but you seem to have covered much of the ground I'm thinking of. My base would probably be Wells-N-T-S if I take that option. Simples.

Re: Short Duration Norfolk Trip - Baggage Courier

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 hours 5 min ago
One way would be to do day rides from a fixed base. My sis in law has a caravan at Hunstanton so we do this quite a bit. You can do out and back routes in different directions. We've done rides to Wells, the Walsinghams, Castle Acre, Fakenham and Downham Market as day rides. Some nice rural lanes but stay off the main roads and the coast road if you can.

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 hours 5 min ago
You lot are suffering from fashion or maybe a lack of it .
I quite like the look of black components,quite like the look of some carbon weave on frames(I'd never buy one though).
I also like the look of some 'bulbous' tubing.
Dislike lugs,dislike ornate lugs even more,but can appreciate the workmanship needed to make a frame with them.
What's right is in the mind and nowhere else......
BTW,I like the look of Jays and Crows(especially the way the light shines off their wings) and the iridescend green of a Magpie's plumage.
Look a little deeper,there's something in everything..... ......even a Brompton .......maybe

PS,I'd never wear all black whilst riding

Graduating from "feet forward" to "Off the peg"

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 hours 15 min ago
In previous posts of mine, I have bemoaned the fact that because of my short, fat, hairy femurs made worse by age related wear and tear, I had been forced to import from Holland, what is known as a "feet forward" bike. A Sunny Comfort to be precise. It has been totally successful in enabling me to get riding again, to get the physical workout and cardiovascular exercise I was so urgently in need of. The downside to riding the Dutch bike was the weight (built like a tank), and the greater muscle power, because of the forward position of the pedals, needed to reach stability speed. For comfort, I had fitted a Brooks B33 saddle, and replaced the three speed Shimano hub with an eight speed hub. These two improvements (and they were improvements) increased the weight even more, so much so, that I couldn't lift the bike onto my Thule towbar carrier without considerable exertion, but then, I am pushing 80. Anyway, as a result of these "difficulties", I resolved to get my leg muscles and knee joints sufficiently rejuvenated that I could, maybe, contemplate investing in an "off the peg" bike once again. My problem was, what to go for. 700cc wheels (what were once called 28", I think) were out, they were too large, and I had read somewhere that people with short legs, like mine, shouldn't think about any wheels larger than 26". As for frame size, my 26+ inch inside leg seems to sit right on the border between a 16" and a 17" frame. I decided to look for a bike that had a frame size of 16 inches, and 26" wheels. This proved to more difficult than I had expected, but, eventually, not wishing to overstay my welcome at Halford's by trying out endless bikes but not buying any, I decided to take a chance and gamble £260 on a Raleigh Caprice. It has a lightweight alloy 16" frame and 26" wheels, with a 3 speed Sturmey Archer hub gears. All I have done, by way of modification so far, is to fit my Brooks B33 saddle using a swan neck seat post to gain a little extra leg stretch. It was a little painful on the knees to start with but, like they say, "no gain without pain". Because the bike is so much lighter than the FF, it much easier to pedal. The only slight problem is - the 3 speed gears, compared to the Shimano with its eight gears, I find even the top gear on the SA a bit too low, especially when there is a slight decline in the road, that's when my feet are spinning as if I were still in first gear. I'm not quite sure what to do about the Dutch bike, whether to see if there is someone out there with the same problem I originally had, or keep it garaged up in case I start to further deteriorate. If any CTC forumers do know of an organisation or some other outfit which might be interested in doing a deal with, what is still, an excellent machine in pristine condition, maybe they will let me know. Thanks. D.

Re: Show your touring bikes !!!!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 hours 15 min ago
shane wrote:More photo's when " Red" is finished.
Quite unusual, a M-gineering on this forum.

Tell more about this guy in Kiel-Windeweer (this is a village )

Re: Moving up from 32 tires to 38/42 - how much of a differe

CTC Forum - MTB - 7 hours 18 min ago
The cheapest thing to do is to experiment a bit with tyre pressures. If you generally just pump tyres up to the maximum pressure on the sidewall then one or both tyres are probably overinflated. If tyres are overinflated then the ride will be harsher and the tyres will grip less effectively. This document explains the science and recommends pressures for general road use: http://www.bikequarterly.com/images/TireDrop.pdf Mountain bikers or those riding rough surfaces often go for even lower pressures but for a mix of on and off road you have to find a happy medium between on and off road performance.

There is quite a bit of extra air in a 37-42mm tyre so otherwise identical wider tyres should be noticeably more comfortable (again, at the right pressure which will be lower for the wider tyre). I tend to go for the biggest tyres that will fit my 700c bikes whilst still leaving some gap between the tyre and mudguard.

Tyres are the main thing which can be changed to suit terrain. Some people find that suspension seat posts provide a worthwhile increase in comfort over bumpy terrain and some of those can be bought relatively cheaply.

Re: Short Duration Norfolk Trip - Baggage Courier

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 hours 42 sec ago
mercalia wrote:Heh £370 the people from Suffolk/Norfolk not that silly then. I would only want to spend £100 tops, but then I live in London now and know the value of money when u dont have it.
If you can organise & sell a trip with 3 nights B&B plus luggage transport plus a pre-organised route (so you've already found the quiet roads for folk) & sell it for £100 you could be onto a winner (or have deep pockets). Could you get 3 nights B&B (in separate locations) for £100? Of course you can always camp &/or organise your own route &/or carry your stuff to keep costs down - the choices are entirely yours, subject to what is actually available.


Re: Short Duration Norfolk Trip - Baggage Courier

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 hours 35 sec ago
We had our autumn weekend club tour up there two weekends ago. Didn't think the roads were any worse than rural Suffolk. Much less traffic though, brilliant! But if you are only going for a long weekend, is it really worth the logistics of planning baggage transfer and costs involved? Surely can't a small single pannier (there's them on here that worship the cult of the single pannier...) or a saddlebag suffice?

Re: Ten Miles a Day

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 hours 35 min ago
Hey, don't get sad!
I've been keeping accurate records for (only) the last ten years ..... since Oct 2004.

2004 Oct/Nov/Dec - 259miles
2005 - 1,060miles
2006 - 4,506miles ........ but I did "LEJOG and Back" that year of 1,800miles.
2007 - 2,075miles
2008 - 3,680miles
2009 - 2,400miles
2010 - 2,930miles
2011 - 3,380miles
2012 - 2,440miles
2013 - 4,200miles ................... this was the year I wanted to average 10miles a day.
2014 so far - 3,880miles

That's 30,800miles in ten years (October to October) = 8.44miles per day.

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 hours 35 min ago
I don't like black bikes either.
Last October I treated myself to a new carbon bike (sorry if this offends anyone, but tuff, it's my sunny day bike)
My choice was influenced by colour- I got a nice red Trek Madone 3.5
I could have got last years model instead at a discounted price, but it wasn't red
and everyone knows red bikes are faster.....

Re: Ten Miles a Day

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 hours 41 min ago
I set myself the 10mile/day target as a motivator at the beginning of the year
And some of your posted miles makes me sad
Currently I have just about passed 2500 miles, but it leaves me with 12.5 miles/day to go
It ain't going to happen this year....
My commute is about 7 miles each way, so it only requires a little bit of extra work
However, I lost lots of miles over Easter and Summer (can you tell I work at a College?)
I will be happy to get close to 3500 miles this year but this is still higher than last year- so happy days (& there is still next year)


Re: Getting to Scandinavia

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 hours 39 min ago
There were rumors of a new Bergen/Stavanger ferry earlier this year from Newcastle in my Norwegian class (yep, I'm learning Norwegian) and it still seems to be on-going
http://driveeuropenews.com/2014/07/30/n ... good-news/
I used the old Newcastle to Kristiansand ferry and it was packed out so cannot see why this route does not have a viable ferry.

Re: Pennine Cycleway

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 hours 48 min ago
Good for you. Quite a few people confuse them though, so it's not an unreasonable assumption.
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