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

CTC Forum - MTB - 7 hours 21 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 4 min 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.

Rick.

Re: Short Duration Norfolk Trip - Baggage Courier

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 hours 4 min 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 39 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 38 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.....
Mark

Re: Ten Miles a Day

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 hours 45 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)

Mark

Re: Getting to Scandinavia

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 hours 42 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 52 min ago
Good for you. Quite a few people confuse them though, so it's not an unreasonable assumption.

Re: Pennine Cycleway

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 hours 38 min ago
honesty wrote:There is also the possibility that Richard Fairhurst is talking about the Pennine Bridleway national trail, for which from the their website a mountain bike is recommended.
No, there isn't. I am talking about the Pennine Cycleway. If I wanted to talk about the Pennine Bridleway I would use the word "Bridleway"!

Re: Pennine Cycleway

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 hours 40 min ago
Thanks all for the information.
I have done the TPT a couple of times. First time on a hard tail MTB and second on a hybrid with MudGuards fitted.
The Woodhead section was fine on both although walked a few yards on the rocky bit with the loaded hybrid.

For some strange reason I get towards the end of the year and realise I haven't done much then decide to get my finger out. November isn't the best time of year for Pennine routes but on the other hand it does give an extra dimension with the shorter days and possible poorer weather.

I intend doing it over 3 separate weekends. Derby to Hebden Brdidge, Hebden Bridge to Appleby (both 2 day weekends) then Appleby to Berwick, 3 days. I am trying to balance getting some distance done but also being able to stop and see things and enjoy rather than some of the head down days I have had in the past where it was just about getting to the end point.

If all goes well the intention would be to do it with other people maybe next spring...
I don't have a problem deviating from 'official' routes where it makes sense at the time.

Thanks again..

ps what mapping web site?

Re: Short Duration Norfolk Trip - Baggage Courier

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 hours 45 min ago
Cheers Ian. My experience of zig-zagging along my local roads tells me that, before long, the only thing suitable for even commuting will be a full suspension MTB.

Re: Short Duration Norfolk Trip - Baggage Courier

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 hours 10 min ago
MickH wrote:I'm planning a long weekend in North Norfolk ...
If North Norfolk is anything like South Norfolk, make sure all the bolts are done up tight on your bike ... ready to be shaken like a mad thing by potholes and badly repaired roads. Same authority so may easily be as bad as South Norfolk. I find I'm avoiding the repaired potholes as well as the many un-repaired ones.

Ian

Re: Pennine Cycleway

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 hours 18 min ago
There is also the possibility that Richard Fairhurst is talking about the Pennine Bridleway national trail, for which from the their website a mountain bike is recommended.

Re: My second tour (I made it)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 hours 51 min ago
from my house I can get to wales via the wirral way up towards 2 mills,
where then I can join another cycle route along the coast,avoiding all hills , 1st time and all want be nxt year now though.

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 hours 36 min ago
Also black stuff can just have shorts and a shirt added and looks OK - whereas glimpses of primary colours (peeking out or just showing through) doesn't...

Re: Getting to Scandinavia

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 hours 36 min ago
Mm

So environmental rules were the problem.

Rather makes you wonder if air transport is subjected to similar/equivelent obligations.

I was very sorry to see the Hamburg Cuxhaven route disappear rather a lot of years ago - referred to in that article.

Re: Short Duration Norfolk Trip - Baggage Courier

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 hours 49 min ago
RickH wrote:If you've not already sorted dates & route there's an organised Tour de East Anglia, early May bank Holiday weekend next year (1st-4th May).

Rick.


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.

Re: Short Duration Norfolk Trip - Baggage Courier

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 September 2014 - 10:51pm
If you've not already sorted dates & route there's an organised Tour de East Anglia, early May bank Holiday weekend next year (1st-4th May).

Rick.

Re: Short Duration Norfolk Trip - Baggage Courier

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 September 2014 - 10:44pm
Baggage courier in North Norfolk... That might be some sort of new fangled foreign type of invention that those suffolk folk use down south. Someone told me that they have only recently refitted the road signs around Walsingham that were removed during ww2 in case of a German invasion!

Ps. I know I've not been any help so I hope someone sensible comes along to answer you soon
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