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A late morning Commute along NCR 2

30 July 2014 - 6:09pm
I work from home most days. Sometimes it gets a bit lonely, so I love it when I’m off doing something else, like working wherever my job takes me, especially if I can go by bike. Yesterday, I had an appointment to see a man about a boat.

Here's some things I had time to enjoy along the way

http://www.farawayvisions.com/royal-victoria-country-park-to-gosport-a-ride-along-ncn-2/

Re: Help with choosing bike type and/or commute through Lond

30 July 2014 - 5:18pm
mjr wrote:Yes. I think pitlock is one make of unusual headed bolts and so on.


Thanks.

Re: Ring, ring?

30 July 2014 - 5:12pm
Norfolk county council has solved this by letting some cycleways deteriorate so far that your bell almost always rings if you ride fast enough.

Re: Help with choosing bike type and/or commute through Lond

30 July 2014 - 5:09pm
Yes. I think pitlock is one make of unusual headed bolts and so on.

Re: Camera question - what do you use

30 July 2014 - 5:05pm
JamesE wrote:Vladimir wrote:how come?
Couldn't afford it at the time, have actually been finding drivers much more polite over the last couple of months. Maybe it's the weather...

yes - to be honest the "burning desire" for a helmet cam does come and go for me every 4-6 months and it is connected with close passes, verbal abuse from drivers, or other negative experience.

In reality, so far, things on the road for me have been fine - i.e. I've only crashed once* in 4 years. Based on that track record (no pun intended) things are going to continue to be fine... until they're not! I am definitely getting one this time. Might start with me recording my rides with my phone, and move on from there.


* (I got off with only a bruise and a £75 repair bill to replace the front wheel)

Re: Help with choosing bike type and/or commute through Lond

30 July 2014 - 5:01pm
Vorpal wrote:Why don't you have a shop do a service on your Raleigh? Even if it hasn't been well maintained, it may not take much to put it back into a rideable condition.

If nothing else, maybe the Raleigh can be your bad weather /winter bike? I think it will take winter tyres? If you have it serviced you can ask the shop.

When commuting daily, it's good to have a second bike for lots of reasons. The biggest is that if one bike needs some maintenance, you have an alternative while you work on it/find parts, etc.

Make some bike-savvy friends at school and learn to do your own maintenance. It will save you money

As for security... yes, having a rubbish looking bike will help. If nothing else, you can do a custom paint job with some Hammerite

For locking it, the best thing to do is to carry two locks of different types. One to lock the frame and back wheel to something substantial, and the other to lock the front wheel to the frame, or to something else, depending what is available. Any lock can be broken, but if yours is much more trouble than the others around, it will probably be left alone. That's my bike security philosophy. If your seat post has a quick release, replace it with a bolt that requires tools, or take the saddle with you and put it in a locker, or something. Same with any detachable lights or other equipment.

A few reasons. I'm not the only one who uses it so it would be useful to have another. My mum can commute by bike to work, for example. It is also a bit heavy ( 16.5 kg ) and slower than other bikes. I would prefer a bike is more suited to the roads as I said. I do intend to do my own maintenance as far as possible, especially as it will be much more necessary. I have been reading the book on bike maintenance by Lennard Zinn.

I do already use that locking technique. I see so many other bikes locked badly so mine isn't as easy pickings. Is it possible to replace bots and screws with ones that have a less common head type to prevent simple unscrewing with a hex key or Phillips head screwdriver?

Re: Camera question - what do you use

30 July 2014 - 4:46pm
Vladimir wrote:how come?
Couldn't afford it at the time, have actually been finding drivers much more polite over the last couple of months. Maybe it's the weather...

Re: Ribble Winter Audax bike

30 July 2014 - 4:44pm
I run my Ribble 7005 Audax with 23/24/25mm tyres without having to do any fettling at all. Tyres are all Vittoria (Rubino Pro-tech, Open Pave, Open Pro CG Tech), the mudguards are (I think) SKS square as opposed to the smooother rounder ones. in the narrower size, and brakes are Campag centaur normal drop.

I have however discovered water ingress down the seat tube, leading to creaky BB as there was a layer of oxidation between the BB and the frame. Cleaned it all out and now searching for ingress point to block it

Re: Help with choosing bike type and/or commute through Lond

30 July 2014 - 4:06pm
Why don't you have a shop do a service on your Raleigh? Even if it hasn't been well maintained, it may not take much to put it back into a rideable condition.

If nothing else, maybe the Raleigh can be your bad weather /winter bike? I think it will take winter tyres? If you have it serviced you can ask the shop.

When commuting daily, it's good to have a second bike for lots of reasons. The biggest is that if one bike needs some maintenance, you have an alternative while you work on it/find parts, etc.

Make some bike-savvy friends at school and learn to do your own maintenance. It will save you money

As for security... yes, having a rubbish looking bike will help. If nothing else, you can do a custom paint job with some Hammerite

For locking it, the best thing to do is to carry two locks of different types. One to lock the frame and back wheel to something substantial, and the other to lock the front wheel to the frame, or to something else, depending what is available. Any lock can be broken, but if yours is much more trouble than the others around, it will probably be left alone. That's my bike security philosophy. If your seat post has a quick release, replace it with a bolt that requires tools, or take the saddle with you and put it in a locker, or something. Same with any detachable lights or other equipment.

Re: Ribble Winter Audax bike

30 July 2014 - 2:10pm
Don't think I want to be limited to 23mm tyres. Any answers to the questions I posed earlier (105 golden, top 3 brands ...) ?

Re: Ten Miles a Day

30 July 2014 - 1:57pm
Vorpal wrote:Lego-Ads wrote: I don't want this dry nice weather to end and my daily biking to get cut down
Welcome! Put some race blades (mudguards) on your bike and keep riding Thank you! It'll carry on, but be kept to weekends with the light change

Re: Ten Miles a Day

30 July 2014 - 1:50pm
Hi,
With a HRM based device, long runs are 30 kcal / m, shorter training is 50 kcals / mile, up to 57 seldom . but all at an average of over 80 % max heart rate this year.

Re: Ring, ring?

30 July 2014 - 1:36pm
On busy paths I wonder if an automatic ting tinging would be convenient (a bit like when Raleigh Grifter users folded the rear mudguard to make it go bzzzzz).

Re: Ribble Winter Audax bike

30 July 2014 - 1:26pm
The Dolan and the Ribble are the same frame, rumour has it. They look identical and seem to come out of the same factory.

Re: Help with choosing bike type and/or commute through Lond

30 July 2014 - 1:10pm
That is a long ride to do every day, unless you want to be doing a LOT of maintainence particularly over the winter you need a reliable bike.

Think marathon plus tyres, hub gears, full chain case, mud guards and dynamo lights.

Also it is likely you are going to be carrying a laptop and books - get this weight off your back and get a rack and pannier.

IMO it is too far to do every day, maybe cycle a couple of days a week.

Re: Ten Miles a Day

30 July 2014 - 12:56pm
Mick F wrote:139,000cals so far this year.
That's averaging 661.5 per day, or 47cals per mile.

That is a very acceptable cals per mile value.
Mine's about the same.

Re: Ring, ring?

30 July 2014 - 12:40pm
The 'pingers' fitted to most bikes are useless.
I have the Dutch type 'Ding/Dong' bells fitted to all my bikes & they frequently get favourable comment.They are very effective at 50 metres range & are much preferable to a shouted 'coming through' or similar.
I always acknowledge someone moving with a wave & 'thank you'.

Re: Ten Miles a Day

30 July 2014 - 12:32pm
Lego-Ads wrote: I don't want this dry nice weather to end and my daily biking to get cut down
Welcome! Put some race blades (mudguards) on your bike and keep riding

Re: Help with choosing bike type and/or commute through Lond

30 July 2014 - 11:26am
I have read 'Cyclecraft' and I think it is very helpful; definitely worth a re read. I will most likely do a Bikeability course a well. Looking at the Tfl bike maps, I've devised 3 routes possible routes I could take. One goes along and follows Hertforshire Road. The other two have one along the West of Great Cambridge Road and one on the east. They are both quite sinuous and are about 15.5 miles each, although the latter has to travel though the North Circular or you must dismount. I think I prefer the former. I guess it will come down to experience and confidence.

I don't think my current bike is suitable for this journey, however. It is not a well maintained Raleigh Pioneer 140. I would prefer something more suitable for the roads but with that comes the worry of theft. Apart from this 'bike vault' (http://www.camdennewjournal.com/news/2014/jul/bike-vault-be-rolled-out-bloomsbury-square-racks-lockers-and-showers) which I will have to check out first, there is no opportunity for indoor parking. Besides the essential deterrent of correct locking with good quality locks, I was thinking I could take the front wheel with me, replace the screws and bolts with more uncommon heads if possible, and painting the bike a more unappealing colour with 'not for sale' written on it. How effective is registering your bike and insurance?

One more thing, when buying a bike can you exchange a saddle for a more comfortable one for you before buying? Or do you have to pay for the bike with the existing saddle and then buy a new saddle?

Re: Ten Miles a Day

30 July 2014 - 10:36am
Hi all, fairly new here but this is a good thread to see what people are doing! I've put off getting a road bike for around 8yrs on the fear I'd always be the one on the path changing punctures. However in April I got my first bike (Specialized Allez) and although I didn't start using until mid May (Marathons and holiday's took over), I've been getting out 5-6 times a week and averaging 27.3 miles each ride.

I have to say I can't get enough and though I'm normally a fan of Autumn and Winter season, I don't want this dry nice weather to end and my daily biking to get cut down

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