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Re: Touring bike choice for people with long legs

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 hours 25 min ago
531colin wrote:You might have been better paying a physio. to sort your shoulder out than having a bike fit.....but how do you know until you do it?

I agree about the physio,and I'd go and see a good Yoga teacher to help with flexibility too perhaps mentioning it to the Physio first.

Re: I rode off-road - fun, finding routes and how do you dre

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 hours 25 min ago
As well as all the suggestions already made, most nationally owned forestry (I used to say Forestry Commission, but maybe the name has changed) has extensive cycling rights. You just have to respect the signs that warn of tracks being closed for felling.

Re: I rode off-road - fun, finding routes and how do you dre

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 hours 32 min ago
Ouutside of local knowledge, nothing beats trial and error. Use the OS maps as others have said and then go exploring. Some will be unrideable and some will be great fun, some are just for good weather and some for when its wet. But over time you'll build up a collection of tracks you can string together to make up your rides. I take the good bits and mark them on my OS map with a highlighter and still try to explore new bits whenever I go out. And no magic hat. A cycle cap does the sun, rain, sweat and flies duty if necessary, but normally not even that. Enjoy.

Re: I rode off-road - fun, finding routes and how do you dre

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 hours 46 min ago
Don't overlook Google Earth. Not knocking maps in any way, but with G E you can get an overview of an area from a great height then sometimes, as you zoom in, you start to see lines going in promising directions...
Just one way of generating ideas to check out - using maps!

Re: Fat bike and camp up Tal-y-fan

CTC Forum - MTB - 11 hours 55 min ago
Great fun! Lovely shots - like the 'pass by skull' best You can lose the captions, though... not needed.

Re: Fat bike and camp up Tal-y-fan

CTC Forum - MTB - 12 hours 38 min ago
Great! Looks like you had a good time. What's the bike and the music? Brilliant photography btw...b

Re: Touring bike choice for people with long legs

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 hours 43 min ago
You might have been better paying a physio. to sort your shoulder out than having a bike fit.....but how do you know until you do it?

Re: I rode off-road - fun, finding routes and how do you dre

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 April 2015 - 11:46pm
No helmet for me but my off roading is very leisurely not a high adrenaline activity. I don't go pushing limits seeing how fast I can go.

The 2 1/2 inch maps Colin refers to are OS's Explorer (1:25000 scale) maps. The less detailed but covering a larger area OS Landranger (1:50000) also show all classes of rights of way. Unfortunately being legally permitted to cycle somewhere doesn't mean that the surface is suitable for cycling - Finding and exploring routes from a map can be great fun but it really is trial and error.

The other option, as Colin says, is local knowledge. Chances are some local cyclists know all the local routes inside out. I see that there is a Home Counties section of the Rough Stuff Fellowship which doesn't look too active from the website (http://www.rsf.org.uk/local-groups/home-counties.html) but may be worth contacting them for information on routes or even to join.

Re: I rode off-road - fun, finding routes and how do you dre

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 April 2015 - 11:29pm
Hi,
I will echo what others have said, that is an OS map "Explorer" 2 & 1/2 " to a mile series which show very good detail.
Then go explore.

As for helmet forgetting any safety claims, if it has a peak keeps the sun out of your eyes and deflects the flies too, will keep your head pretty dry when raining.

Edit for grammar

Re: Front Rack for Boardman Hybrid Team

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 April 2015 - 11:10pm
Unless you expect night riding would not worry too much about lights... a headtorch around the drybag or barbag is more than good enough. And if it is on path or track away from other users pop it on your head....

Re: I rode off-road - fun, finding routes and how do you dre

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 April 2015 - 10:54pm
samsbike wrote:Last weekend I went on my very first sportive and I guess I was attracted more by the off road bits, not having done any before.

I must say I enjoyed it. Usually I hate the stuff, we have woods near us and although I have taken the mtb there I just don't enjoy the mud, getting dirty etc. But this was different, some bits were technical, some bits were better to walk, and there was gravel. And with all the dry weather there was very little mud. I was also riding my pseudo cross bike, so relatively fat tires, discs and mudguards.

I can see the benefit of riding a bit of road, turning off somewhere for some bridlepath or into the woods for light off roading and riding home. I realise that a few of you do it anyway, Colin and John spring to mind but I guess my question is do how do you find these routes and work out what will work and what will not?

Also I did this helmet less, do you wear a helmet or not (not a debate but yes or no).

thanks

Ahhh good ole OS maps, and hours spent pouring over them discovering bridleways that would link up a route / make a logical route on a through route to somewhere..... and hearing of such classics as The Ridgeway (but beware if you do not like mud, spent a weekend up to my bottom bracket in it one wet spring).

Re: I rode off-road - fun, finding routes and how do you dre

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 April 2015 - 10:17pm
For routes, you just can't beat "local knowledge".....that means if you can't find a "local" who knows, you just gotta go look for yourself.....and the tracks change with the season, and with the years.
magic hats?...not for me, thanks.
OS map? absolutely.....I prefer 2 1/2" these days.....even shows you which side of the wall/hedge the path is. You can cycle on bridlepaths, byways, restricted byways, "white" roads....and I go on the ones (with green blobs on 2 1/2") which are "right of way, but we haven't decided exactly which right of way just now".
.....Al is your Chilterns man.....local knowledge.....?

Re: Coast & Castles - Recommended sights & tea shops?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 April 2015 - 9:38pm
LIndisfarne is worth an overnight stop if you can plan it

The Busy coach infested tourist attraction becomes a place of peace and serenity in the evenings

One of my highlights was a couple of hours on the rampart above the ruins just sat there watching the tide and seabirds

Re: I rode off-road - fun, finding routes and how do you dre

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 April 2015 - 9:22pm
Vorpal wrote:I find routes just by exploring, and riding with other cyclists. Sometimes, after work, I take a little extra time and go someplace I've never gone before. Some of these places are roads or bridleways that I've seen and thought, 'that looks nice. I'll have to try it sometime'. Some are ones that I've found on a map, and thought I should try to explore.

The best routes, though, I've learned from other cyclists.

Unfortunately my commute home is through London which is no fun and I despise the canal path.

I just need to find something around NWLondon and Bucks that has a reasonable loop.

Re: best audax/light touring disc wheelset ?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 April 2015 - 9:19pm
Depends on how much they are and how much you want to spend.

There was a really nice set for sale a few weeks back on here.

However, back to the point, if they are around £300 I would speak to a decent wheelbuilder, Wheelcraft in Scotland are highly recommended and there are others.

I like the H+ Son rims (well they look pretty) with novatech hubs, which can be rebuilt. If that is too much, xt disc hubs with a nice rim - by RoseBikes will be around £250 I think.

Also hope are doing fully built up, rebuildable wheels as well.

Re: What is gr8 about motorcycling?

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 April 2015 - 9:07pm
Personally if you have to ask the question, you will not understand the answer

Fat bike and camp up Tal-y-fan

CTC Forum - MTB - 18 April 2015 - 9:04pm
so decided to get the bike packed and head up for a solo night out on the mountains...cold and very windy but a great little adventure

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EM3B84s7t_Y

Re: Touring bike choice for people with long legs

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 April 2015 - 9:03pm
22camels wrote:I've actually been wondering whether, after I get the new bike, whether it's worth paying for a bike fit. Let's assume I go for the Thorn, yes they will set me up though I have to tell them how relaxed or sporty I want the position, and then I can fine tune the position myself. But is it worth getting one of these bells and whistles bike fits as well perhaps? It seems to me a lot of them are focused on racing fits (I spoke to one Retul fitter recently who said as much and that they'd basically have to ignore most of what the system tells them making it pointless)? Or do you think I may still learn something from the experience that would be useful to me in the future? If so, does anyone know a good fitter in South Wales or South-West England?

This thread has been very helpful, thanks for all your input.

TBH I would have the bike fit done first.

I would also say that after 3 years of fiddling I got myself fitted as I lost faith in my own ability. Oddly enough he set up seat height to where I had it 3 years ago and bang in line with what Colin recommended for me. My setback went forward 1cm, everything else was about spot on.

Now I only had this done about 2 weeks ago and am still dialing in. However, my shoulder ache, which the fitter said had nothing to do with cycling, has gone down enough for me to do a 100km sportive. It still gets tight but I have terrible posture. I am hoping it decreases. I think what has helped more to alleviate it, is that I move around a lot more on the bike - hoods, tops, drops etc. I am also careful to push them back more.

A good bike fit is not cheap and I still wonder whether I could have done without it, and I think not as its given me a toolkit where I know what good should feel like.

Re: I rode off-road - fun, finding routes and how do you dre

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 April 2015 - 8:49pm
OS maps show all the bridleways, work it out from there. Often take copies of map sections and my smartphone for spot gps location. Loose tee shirt with long sleeves, mountain tights essential to prevent bramble injuries, mtb clip in shoes. Having fallen off many times and twice right over the bars my helmet has saved me from injury again and again.

Al

Re: I rode off-road - fun, finding routes and how do you dre

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 April 2015 - 8:45pm
I find routes just by exploring, and riding with other cyclists. Sometimes, after work, I take a little extra time and go someplace I've never gone before. Some of these places are roads or bridleways that I've seen and thought, 'that looks nice. I'll have to try it sometime'. Some are ones that I've found on a map, and thought I should try to explore.

The best routes, though, I've learned from other cyclists.
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