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CTC Forum - On the road - 55 min 36 sec ago
In Redruth for the next week. Cycling most mornings between 07.00hrs and 11.00hrs. Apart from the excellent Cycle route 3 I'm looking for circular routes of between 20 and 35 miles. Suggestions or recommend guide books please.

Re: Does anyone like........ chipseal?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 hour 12 min ago
I don't like chip 'n sealed tarmac as much as the next cyclist,especially when done badly or it becomes patchy,or when first applied isn't swept after a short period of settling and is left with two wheeler skid traps on junctions and bends.
All that said when it's bedded in and the loose chippings swept,I don't find it a problem at all on the tyres I ride these days(37/40mm Hypers),however on narrow 23/25mm HP tyres it's diabolical for anything but short stretches and is the worst cause of high frequency vibration for cyclist's who ride such tyres.
Without mudguards loose chips also get picked up by the tyre and can chip paint or possibly CF frames and forks.
It's a road dressing we're stuck with(sorry)so better just learn to live with it.
One thing that I find really irritating is how it camouflages bad road deformations and potholes,but what's to be done?
Given that it's purpose is to prolong the service life of the road surface,with the state of even major roads beginning to deteriorate alarmingly and repairs by some LA's from a cyclists POV being almost as bad as the road surface prior to repair it's a bit of a rough ride(sorry again) for the cyclist.
Society seems more interested in paying less taxes whilst at the same time buying ever bigger cars(causing more and more pollution)to counter those bad roads thereby speeding up the deterioration those bigger vehicles cause
IMHO there's something going seriously wrong with our outlook on personal transportation and taxation

Re: Does anyone like........ chipseal?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 hour 13 min ago
old_windbag wrote:Like so many things, schools , hospitals etc it must differ county by county as to what you get. Some authorities may want to do a job properly whereas others are happy to do it half cocked to save a bob. One thought I had about it was does it save them gritting the roads i.e on smooth asphalt its essential but perhaps on the rougher surface they may forego gritting it.
Most of the surfaces I've seen done tend not to last much more than 3yrs before the become patchy.... perhaps thats when it hasn't been done properly in the first place.

At the end of the day smooth tarmac ( billiard table flat ) is heaven to ride on, just makes your effort feel fully utilised like good tyres.
Here it's (or was) usually referred as "surface dressing". Apparently it's supposed to extend the "life" of the road surface, and it's cheaper so that's why it's done. However I agree that for cyclists it provides a potential "slippery" surface when it's first laid, and quite frequently after a time it lifts in patches from the road base causing more hazards. A smooth surface is definitely easier to cycle on. Recently Surrey CC has re-laid a few roads with nice smooth black top and some of these roads are minor.

There isn't any effect as regards "gritting" the roads on the surface. As far as I know all "gritting" is salt and there now isn't any grit. No-one seems to worry about pollution caused vast amounts of salt being deposited, and if it's referred to as grit there isn't a problem!

Edit to add http://www.highwaysmaintenance.com/SDtext.htm, but I still don't like it! The author is clearly not a cyclist!

Re: Caen to La Rochelle to Santander.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 hour 17 min ago
I just got back from riding London to Malaga. After the ride to Portsmouth I took the ferry to St Malo - not your planned start in Caen but near enough. Made my way down Western France, past La Rochelle and to Bayonne. I then diverged from your planned tour and crossed the Border between St Jean Pied de Port and Roncesvalles heading to Pamplona and onwards through the middle of Spain. This was early May and I was bothered most of the way through France by westerly and southwesterly crosswinds which were very annoying but manageable.

Re: Police Had Pulled Over a Driver

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 hour 17 min ago
Valbrona wrote:Couldn't believe my eyes ... the Police had actually pulled over a driver on my ride into Derbyshire today. The last time I saw a driver that had been stopped by the Plod was about two decades ago.

Just goes to show how good our drivers are.

Re: Does anyone like........ chipseal?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 hour 46 min ago
I've always used the term since I first encountered it on the road. Perhaps I picked it up from investigating the method after not liking that much..... anyway even wikipaedia has an entry for it. I associate it with america but again that could be influenced by what I've read and the many people who dislike it, even motorcycle and car drivers.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chipseal

When I came in fuming the other day ( well when you get to mid life it's expected ) I found an interesting blog site where the writer was complaining about similar road resurfacing, the blog turned out to be an interesting read by a chap who seems pretty chilled out and switched on to life. He's an ultra long distance bike rider it seems. See below:-

http://kentsbike.blogspot.co.uk/

It's good to know that across all continents there are people who think similarly and want to enjoy the same aspects of life and be creative..... not simply invade, destroy, steal( rant over ). All that from my dislike of chipseal.

Re: Problems I never knew needed solving

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 hours 25 min ago
kwackers wrote:Tonyf33 wrote:very heavyweight tyres,the carcass is too stiff for a comfortable ride and for cornering IMO, rolling resistance is shocking, really only benficial if puncture protection is your ultimate goal.
There are far better tyres out there to my mind
I'm currently using a pair of marathons which I bought since they seemed to be highly recommended. I can't wait until they're finally relegated to the bin. Worst tyres I've ever ridden on.
Not even sure why I bought them - I never get punctures anyway!
You Might Now LOL

Re: Problems I never knew needed solving

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 hours 34 min ago
Tonyf33 wrote:very heavyweight tyres,the carcass is too stiff for a comfortable ride and for cornering IMO, rolling resistance is shocking, really only benficial if puncture protection is your ultimate goal.
There are far better tyres out there to my mind
I'm currently using a pair of marathons which I bought since they seemed to be highly recommended. I can't wait until they're finally relegated to the bin. Worst tyres I've ever ridden on.
Not even sure why I bought them - I never get punctures anyway!

Re: Problems I never knew needed solving

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 hours 36 min ago
I had a lightweight carbon framed bike for a while and whilst it was a revelation in what it meant to ride a bike that weighed nothing it did demonstrate comfort was a relative thing.

I simply rode it less and less until one day I brushed the cobwebs off and sold it.

Nothing beats a steel framed tourer (imo).

Re: Problems I never knew needed solving

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 hours 51 min ago
I use folding four seasons a comfortable puncture resistant tyre, easily fitted. though a tad expensive

Re: Does anyone like........ chipseal?

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 hours 8 min ago
There have been numerous threads on this subject in the past, but this is the first time I've come across the term 'chipseal' applied to this all-too-familar process. Is this a very recent neologism?

Re: on a budget - New bike or secondhand quandry

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 hours 20 min ago
Sweep wrote:Can i ask which model it is and double check wheel size?

Mine is a 520sx, 700 wheels, bought new in around 97 for £220 reduced from about £280. Most bits apart from frame, stem, bars and seatpost have been replaced over the years.

This very weekend am upgrading it from 7/21 speed to the dizzy heights of 8/24

700c. It is a Ridgeback Adventure 525SX, I don't know the difference between it and a 520SX, I also have a Ridgeback Bullit in my cellar which appears identical apart from a double, not triple chain ring, that bike belongs to my cousin.

Re: Which commuter?

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 hours 33 min ago
jqdsffjdsoge wrote:The fat commuter wrote:What is your budget?

A bike that I'm considering is the Planet X London Road. Gets very good reviews.

https://www.planetx.co.uk/c/q/bikes/roa ... ondon-road

Unfortunately the online customer service doesn't though so. For me this is no problem as the Sheffield shop is about a half hour cycle ride away.

Maybe looking to get this once I sell my tourer bike that I bought for commuting but don't like (Dawes Super Galaxy). Will have to go over there again and have a few test rides as I can't make my mind up over the flat bars against dropped and whether to pay the extra for the upgraded brakes.

Bloody 'ell, that's sexy. I've just ordered a Giant Defy 3, but if I'd seen that first....
Funnily enough I looked at that when deciding on a new or s/h bike for Mrs BFB, it's cracking vfm isn't it.

Here's a slightly leftfield option which looks to be very good vfm to me:

http://www.evanscycles.com/products/nor ... e-ec075293

Re: Handlebar bag as security risk

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 hours 33 min ago
Topeak Compact is the one I have. Love it and it comes with belt clip so you can wear around your middle. I know what you mean about standing out a bit. If I was checked in to a hotel, I would leave it in the room safe and just have my wallet in my pocket as I would at home.

Re: Handlebar bag as security risk

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 hours 28 min ago
There is no one solution to the problem, some like bar bags, others don't. Not long back I saw a swiss guy who had a bag draped over his handlebars and thought, that's the way to go, but I'm not sure of the brand. https://goo.gl/mVr3qz The Topeak Compact is a good little unit because you can attach it to your waist and use it like any other barbag, plus you can squish it down to fit into your panniers if need be, http://www.topeak.com/products/bags/Com ... dlebar_Bag I use the Packsafe Venturesafe 100 and find it ok for up to six weeks so far, but might use the Topeak option for longer trips http://www.pacsafe.com/venturesafe-100- ... ack-3.html

My barbag days started to come to an end because of my forgetfulness, while half way into the long queue at customs, I realized I was missing something, I left the bag at the security scanner, it had all the important stuff in it. I read a story where a guy did the same thing but he wasn't allowed to get his bag because he'd crossed the line of no return, that caused all sorts of strife. I left my barbag in a few other places as well.

Re: 10,000 miles in a year finally

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 hours 46 min ago
NUKe wrote:I have been trying to do 10,000 miles in year for the last 4, And have been twarted by weather, injury and work but this year I have managed it. Finally passed the 10,000 mile mark for the year this morning


That is pretty damned impressive. Respect!

Handlebar bag as security risk

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 hours 8 min ago
I recently toured with a handlebar bag for the first time. A small one (ortlieb compact) cos I cannot bring myself to getting a full size one, they look so clunky.

I had all my valuables (passport, wallet, keys, mobile, camera) in there as I was in a safe area. But it got me thinking.

It is common knowledge that fanny packs are theft magnets (you can google it) and a bar bag is not so different. It makes it really obvious where all your valuables are.

I know in general I would not put all my valuables in the bar bag, e.g. I'd use e.g. a pouch of some sort on my body for the passport, perhaps put something in a pannier (but then you can't leave the pannier on without taking it out), and distribute money amongst various hidden places on the bike and person. However, I would still use the bar bag for some valuables, like camera, mobile, keys, otherwise what's the point.

I am not really concerned with theft whilst you're on the bike either (love the gimmicky ortlieb locks), I think it's more likely to happen when you are off the bike and carrying the bar bag. It feels so amateur.

Is there basically no other choice? The main advantages of bar bags are a) you have things you access frequently at hand, b) you can take it off the bike easily when you dismount. (Also handling but let's assume I have front panniers for that.)
Now for a) I think there are other solutions such as a pocket on your front pannier, but for b) it certainly seems convenient to have all the important things in one place. But it seems to be inviting trouble.

Am I the only one who thinks this?

Re: Problems I never knew needed solving

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 hours 45 min ago
Wasn't there a rolling resistance test which showed Marathons are pretty good? Don't confuse them with M+

Re: Problems I never knew needed solving

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 hours 51 min ago
landsurfer wrote:Schwalbe 28mm Marathons ... Total comfort on any frame ..and no punctures. On and off road grip. Top kit.
very heavyweight tyres,the carcass is too stiff for a comfortable ride and for cornering IMO, rolling resistance is shocking, really only benficial if puncture protection is your ultimate goal.
There are far better tyres out there to my mind
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