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Re: Giant Defy or TCR Composite range

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 hours 50 min ago
Only the Defy Advanced has a carbon frame, not the std 'defy which is aluminium', the TCR again comes in a std 'TCR' frame and the higher specced/better frame (if you will) 'Advanced' model,
just have a look on the Giant website for the differences.
There are loads of models within the ranges to suit most pockets.

Re: Vintage steel frame bicycle for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 hours 16 min ago
Aubergine wrote:survived me very well in Kyrgyzstan, the Himalayas, Morocco etcNot sure what your boyfriend's experience qualifications are but you yourself are surely one of the most experienced world tourers hereabouts and I'd trust your own views on this!

Re: My first tour (I didn't make it)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 hours 34 min ago
well these trailers cost about £50 or so, in my case it was free. I did have a look at get a super strong wheel made but the parts are not easy to find and it would have cost in my case £140+. Further more you have to think about the limits the frames can take.

Re: Do I need front panniers for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 hours 46 min ago
No-one knows what people carry inside their car boots so I think it a bit unfair if cyclists get singled out for carrying a tiny fraction of what a motorist might do on a camping holiday. I'm not sure why cyclists take such a moral stance on carrying extra bags or walking up a hill: have we not already earned our place in heaven simply by being on a bike at all?

I love the fact that a bike can carry all this stuff and I'm happy to take a rackpack and bar bag in addition to rear and front panniers. As long as I can still push the bike uphill the only thing I leave behind at home is the hair shirt.

Re: Tour to the Continent during Aug Bank Hols wknd- thought

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 August 2014 - 11:35pm
Thanks both for the help. Looking at the maps and ferry times in more detail, you're right the hook of holland destination is a bit far - too many miles and I won't be able to enjoy the trip.

I've therefore decided to change the route to: London->Calais->Roubaix->Bruges->Calais->London

What do you think? also, what is the best site online that will give me a map of bike paths and the best route to take? ridewithgps.com? mapmyride.com?

Re: My first tour (I didn't make it)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 August 2014 - 11:07pm
believe me pushing a bike fully loaded with those cheapo trailers uphill no fun.
One more reason not to use a trailer. maybe you need to look at your rear wheel. For a lot less than the price of a trailer you can have a 40 spoke rear wheel built with a good Marathon tyre that should solve any spoke problem.
I toured once with a big guy your weight. He had four bulging panniers on, barbag etc. Standard Halfords Hybrid. I rode it for a while. It was like a tank. But he had no problems.
This was his outfit.

Re: Do I need front panniers for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 August 2014 - 11:04pm
The minimal essentials – passport and wallet – are never off my body (except when I’m in the shower). If I feel I’m passing through a dodgy area, they’re in my underwear! Second tier stuff – phone, gps, camera, other small high-value things - in the barbag, never left on the bike. Everything else, I could manage without, or replace if necessary, so I can relax and leave the panniers unattended for a while.

Re: Help!

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 August 2014 - 10:58pm
Way back in the 1960s, I remember, my father picked up a handful of educational booklets published by the AA. One of them was titled Mr Cloghead On The Highway. On similar lines to the Goofy cartoon, lots of humorous illustrations of the eponymous motorist's antics. Anyone else remember (or better still: anyone still got a copy)?

Re: New Route Planner

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 August 2014 - 10:26pm
I'm bringing up an older thread in case Richard is listening:

cycle.travel often struggles to generate a circular route. I thought I was just unlucky with a particular start/end point but for me it seems to be more often than not I get a "Sorry - couldn't find a circular route. Try a different destination or a longer route." message.

Let's say Woking to Dorking (anywhere in those towns) - no luck. Or to Ashtead (so I can try out Bike Beans café).

Is it me, a bug or just the massive difficulties to get an algorithm to find something good?

Re: My first tour (I didn't make it)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 August 2014 - 10:25pm
To answer some questions (can't remember who posted what) -

Am not against panniers but against all that weight on my back wheel as well as me being 17 stone. I thought a trailer would be less strain on the bike. Kept reading about people with broken spokes and replacing back wheels on tour.

Am sure my wife is keen to get rid of me

I didn't take much clothing, what I had on, spare socks, 2 pairs of undies and trainers (I wore sandals).

In the camping shop they told me a sleeping mat is for insulation not comfort. This is sorted now, got a blow up single airbed.

I don't think 40 miles is too much for a trailer but I do agree the hill killed me. After pushing up that hill on every other hill I had to get off and push, I couldn't cycle up without pain.

Will go through my kit tomorrow and list exactly what I had with me.

Dave

Re: Fell off on a sort of tramline - advice please?

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 August 2014 - 10:21pm
Nice of him to respond so promptly. Can't be too many QCs doling out free legal advice.

Hope you get the Mercian back on the road soon.

Re: My first tour (I didn't make it)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 August 2014 - 10:17pm
bigjim wrote:Back,back in the day. When I were a lad and out on club runs. It was nothing unusual to dismount and push up steep hills Nobody thought anything of it and it never did any of us any harm. To this day on tour, I'll get off and push if it is too much for either me or the bike. This obsession today about never getting off the bike no matter what the cost amazes me.
Get off and push. Big deal.

believe me pushing a bike fully loaded with those cheapo trailers uphill no fun. I was only able to do a short distance at a time then stop for a time. This poor man had a few hours of it, my heart goes out to him. No wonder he was so down.

Re: who will ride Vuelta a Espana 2014

CTC Forum - Racing - 20 August 2014 - 10:13pm
.... and riding Tour du Poitou Charentes (!?) prior to that. Adam Yates is up for Orica Green edge though

Re: Fell off on a sort of tramline - advice please?

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 August 2014 - 10:10pm
Rode it again today on my tourer. Within tbe long pothole there is another repair its like a mini ski jump. When I hit it on my tourer at speed it almost twisted the bars out of my hands. On the Mercian with its rock hard 23mm front tyre perhaps this is what threw me off. Of course I do look at the road ahead, around here you would be in trouble every 100 metres if you didnt. But, on a sunny day with trees overhead and a dappled road surface with light and dark patches its not so easy to see everything. I do ride around all sizeable defects.

Martin advised that CTCs solicitors were correct, a judge wouldnt uphold my complaint. Looking at pursuing the claim myself its quite involved requiring medical reports and all sorts. I think I will just try to chill, repair the bike myself and put it down to experience. Thanks to all.

Al

Re: Fell off on a sort of tramline - advice please?

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 August 2014 - 10:05pm
Al - Sorry to hear about the incident, wish you a speedy recovery.

A whole raft of information on pothole related incidents here, including many court cases if you follow links therein.

Not so many years back one of Kent's Highwaymen advised me that 85% of pothole related compensation claims fail, glad you had insurance.

Re: My first tour (I didn't make it)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 August 2014 - 9:54pm
Back,back in the day. When I were a lad and out on club runs. It was nothing unusual to dismount and push up steep hills Nobody thought anything of it and it never did any of us any harm. To this day on tour, I'll get off and push if it is too much for either me or the bike. This obsession today about never getting off the bike no matter what the cost amazes me.
Get off and push. Big deal.

Re: My first tour (I didn't make it)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 August 2014 - 9:41pm
I reckon getting off and pushing is not a good idea and it could even have been the cause of your problems. It twists your upper body for a start, then you apply a load which can cause all sorts of muscular strains and aches.It can get your legs as well; these have adapted to the cycling motion and not the climbing motion. I've a history of talking a lot of nonsense on this forum , but I guess cycling is still more efficient than walking, even if it means twiddling away in bottom gear?

Re: My first tour (I didn't make it)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 August 2014 - 9:23pm
I think it is his own personal weight that worries him - together with a load of stuff on the rear wheel. I am about his weight and that was my worry also in getting a cheap trailer. Not that he is against panniers.

Giant Defy or TCR Composite range

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 August 2014 - 9:16pm
Do these bikes have a carbon frame ?

Re: My first tour (I didn't make it)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 August 2014 - 9:08pm
Looking at your hesitancy to carry luggage on the bike and the comments about the weight of trailers, is it worth trying to find someone local who will lend you a set of panniers for a weekend so you can try it out that way too and see if you find it noticably easier? I'm currently on my first tour, 3 months in with 1 left to go and have used 2 rear panniers plus tent nested between them on the top of the rear rack and have found it to work really well. I have a cargo net (few £) from amazon which means if I do go a bit nuts on food shopping I can just strap it on top, and I can wash clothes each evening and strap them across the back of the bike to dry on the way. It's a really versatile option as you have extra space if necessary. For example I'm currently carrying 2 cheap foam roll mats that I found in a campsite hedge because my self inflating mat has a hole and I don't have access to a bath to find the hole and fix it!
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