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Re: Pennine Cycleway

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 September 2014 - 7:50pm
I thought this was about the PCW and not the TPT..Two different routes (I think)..I rode the former a few years back on a Marin Muirwoods..Fully loaded..And the only section that i remember having to walk was a cobbled hill in Hebden Bridge..Took one look and climbed off the bike..One of the best official routes in England imo...Well i enjoyed it

Re: Short Duration Norfolk Trip - Baggage Courier

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 September 2014 - 7:45pm
I'd have word with Cameron.

I believe he had a similar arrangement.

Sorry - couldn't help it.

You will doubtless get a more useful reply soon.

Forgive me.

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 September 2014 - 7:20pm
Mick F wrote:It the fashion for black that gets up my nose. Even cycle clothing is fashionable black.
Components are black, and frames are often black, or coloured to compensate for the black.


I think part of the reason people like black clothing is that it doesn't show up the inevitable dabs of grease, chain oil or mud stains/road dirt that never quite comes out if you're wearing yellow, white, pastel blue whatever..

But I'm not a fan either - I prefer the bright stuff. I've got some bright green bibshorts (not Cannondale but similar colour) - love 'em!

Re: Pennine Cycleway

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 September 2014 - 6:51pm
I did it on a Ridgeback hybrid and it's not an experience I'd repeat! The ascent to the summit from the west, in particular, was uncyclable IMO. But different people have different tolerance levels, I guess.

Here's a pic I found on Geograph: http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/3230612

Re: ITV4 20.00 today Greg Lemond ; Slaying The Badger

CTC Forum - Racing - 30 September 2014 - 6:20pm
NATURAL ANKLING wrote:Hi,
Might be worth a gander........
Thanks for posting as I have just watched it and I thought it was brilliant. If you hadn't posted I would have not even known it was on.

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 September 2014 - 5:50pm
easyroller wrote:Not a fan then...?No.
It's got Shimano on it.

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 September 2014 - 5:42pm
Not a fan then...?

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 September 2014 - 5:27pm
Mick F wrote:It the fashion for black that gets up my nose. Even cycle clothing is fashionable black.
Components are black, and frames are often black, or coloured to compensate for the black.
...


It's mourning. Advance planning for one's own funeral. Sorry, officer, couldn't see him.

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 September 2014 - 5:13pm
Much better. It looks more complete with mudguards which will keep melted tar from being thrown onto your frame.

Re: Pennine Cycleway

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 September 2014 - 5:05pm
[quote="Richard Fairhurst"]A little mapping website that shall remain nameless tells me it's 1300m, so 4200-ish feet. That's assuming you stick on the A road for a short way past the Woodhead summit, which you'll want to unless you have a full-sus MTB.

quote]
Why the mountain bike? maybe we're tougher round here but its quite possible to take a reasonably robust road bike over the TPT Woodhead summit, we were certainly doing it on early rigid atb's 25 years ago!

Re: Bus Stop Wireless interference?

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 September 2014 - 4:51pm
I've recently returned (for refund) my cycle computer.

I found that after a ride it was sitting on my kitchen table recording occasional speed (e.g. 0.0, 0.0, 18.5, 5.5, 0.0, 16.2, 0.0, etc.). It could go on doing that for hours. However, it stopped the unit from recording "stationary" so whilst it would not accumulate too much distance, it would extend the ride timer which meant the av. speed dropped significantly.

And then I noticed that walking round Waitrose the computer would be doing the same - resulting in very significant average speed drops. With my bike stationary and locked up outside, cycle computer in my pocket and the two contacts that detect "on bike" un-shorted, I could enter waitrose with an av. speed of e.g. 13.8 and after a brief shop for a few items my av. speed would be down to e.g. 12.6.

So they replaced and replacement did the same, so returned for full refund.

And the cycle computer I've got now does not suffer the same problem (though I fooled it by accidentally stopping at a junction with the magnet right beside the sensor and slight movements sent the speed a bit OTT briefly!!).

IAn

Re: "End of the line for Europe's iconic night trains?"

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 September 2014 - 4:39pm
The Amsterdam to Warsaw night train was not bad at all. We had use of the quiet lounge in Amsterdam with free beer etc. Two beds in our cabin with our own wc + shower. First time I've had a shower on a train! We had a picnic with bottle of wine etc as we knew there would not be any food available. "Breakfast" consisted of tea/coffee and a croissant. Thankfully we had brought breakfast with us too.
Total was 400 euros, OK for the length of the journey, boarded at 7pm and got into warsaw at 12.15pm yesterday afternoon.

Short Duration Norfolk Trip - Baggage Courier

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 September 2014 - 2:44pm
Yes, alright, I'm a lightweight, no backbone etc. etc....

I'm planning a long weekend in North Norfolk and would like the convenience of riding between locations without carrying much more than my waterproofs, drinks and the necessary tools/spares in case of puncture/breakdown.

I would like the luxury of having a couple of changes of clothing and my washing gear transported between overnight stopovers. I'm sure I could pay a taxi company to move my bits around, but taxis can be a bit expensive. I've found a few baggage couriers that cover parts of the country, but nothing in North Norfolk. This cannot be a unique requirement; has anyone here experience of this type of service - and can anyone recommend a courier in those parts?

Thanks.

Bus Stop Wireless interference?

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 September 2014 - 2:44pm
Leisurely rode past a bus stop earlier, on Paddock Lane in Warburton, near Lymm, noticed my Aldi wireless computer showed my speed going up and up to about 38 then back to normal, lots of the bus stops around Cheshire seem to have electronic display boards on them, with information of ETAs of the next bus etc, I didn't notice if the bus stop I passed had one of these, streetview doesn't show one but it's from 2009. Didn't see anything else obvious that could have caused it, has anyone else noticed interference when passing bus stops?
It may explain why the max speed recorded was 48mph the other week.

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 September 2014 - 2:38pm
Merry_Wanderer wrote:Mick F wrote:This one's quite nice.
(but it needs pedals)
Note the silver rims and components.
img1.jpg

Where's the bottle cages? And it has black tyres.....
Is this one better?Bike.jpg

Re: Pennine Cycleway

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 September 2014 - 2:34pm
A little mapping website that shall remain nameless tells me it's 1300m, so 4200-ish feet. That's assuming you stick on the A road for a short way past the Woodhead summit, which you'll want to unless you have a full-sus MTB.

It's a superb route: I did it all in six days a few years back and would love to do it again.

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 September 2014 - 2:08pm
SteveHunter wrote:



There's a nice bike struggling to get out from under there. If only we knew what make and model it was

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 September 2014 - 1:54pm
Mick F wrote:This one's quite nice.
(but it needs pedals)
Note the silver rims and components.
img1.jpg

Where's the bottle cages? And it has black tyres.....

Re: commute distance, folder or road bike?

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 September 2014 - 1:50pm
I'd suggest sticking with your folder for now until you have considered what 'full-size' bike you want to buy.

I cycle commute 4.5 miles on a 6 speed Brompton folding bike then catch a train and cycle 0.5 miles to work in Nottingham. My incentives are that the journey by car is at 'normal' commuting times, horrendous and would take me longer than it does by bike. That and I am much fitter than I was even 2 months ago when I started commuting 3-4 times per week, instead of the 1-2 times a week previously. I have also noticed that without trying my times for the commute have fallen by 3 or 4 minutes on average.

I will be doing the commute on my 'big' bike for part of the winter (just to see what difference it will make) but I do love the Brompton for the ease of storing under my desk, getting on the train and occasionally using to visit other offices.

Enjoy your commute and keep us updated

Romania

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 September 2014 - 1:44pm
Can anyone advise on cycling in Romania? Specifically, I intend approaching from the Danube Cycleway south of Budapest, heading east to along the Mures river to a village south of Sibiu. This is part of a sponsored ride next spring (2015) from Dieppe to raise money for a children's home. Anyone interested in joining me?
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