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Re: Abuse

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 hours 21 min ago
I gently wave onwards, often thanked for idt.

I'l not t=stop as a eesult of this...

Re: Abuse

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 hours 20 min ago
I do that now and again: stay in primary in a narrow lane until I've found a safe spot to draw in and let the following motorist overtake. I try to avoid arm-waving (something that the Highway Code discourages anyway) but the brief nod that I give is usually understood. Can't say I've ever had any aggro about this: on the contrary, I'm usually thanked.

Re: Abuse

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 hours 27 min ago
Can't say I have any sympathy for her aggression. The cyclist was just being polite in signing her round. If she didn't want to go round (sometimes I don't) for any reason, nobody was forcing her. In her place if I'd said anything later it would have been 'thanks for the wave, but I didn't feel I could get round because.....'

Re: Undertaken - on the pavement...

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 hours 36 min ago
Motorists love traffic jams, but they're best when they are stationary...

Re: Abuse

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 hours 38 min ago
[XAP]Bob wrote:Mouthful of abuse from a young "lady" today...
"don't you ${expletive}ing well tell me when it's safe to overtake".

I'd merely signalled a safe pass after cresting a hill at the end of a stream of oncoming traffic...
TBH I feel some sympathy towards her (apart from the expletive, which some just can't help adding whatever they are saying). It is really quite irritating to be frantically waved past as some cyclists (and horse riders) do, when they are in the position to see around the hazard - and I (driving) am not. My driving safely is my responsibility, not theirs and I'll wait until I can see it is clear (as for when they actually stop right in the place where they can see through the hazard and then start to direct my movements ).

Re: Wet weather gear

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 hours 48 min ago
eileithyia wrote:How long is your shift? Is there no heating facilities / boiler room? Towels? I get wet sometimes and while i have some old cheap cycling kit in my locker i can usually get most stuff dry during in my shift.
We moved up the west of Scotland in October '82 and I cycle-commuted the eight miles to work and back.

We'd left Plymouth with sunny dry weather. The girls were in summer dresses and sandals, and I was cycle-commuting seven miles to work and back in shorts and light tops.

Within a week after moving north, the girls had to have wellies and winter clothing, and I suddenly was faced with being soaked wet through by the time I got to work. I had a locker at work, so I had a change of clothes, and my cycling gear was put over a nearby radiator to dry - including the shoes and socks! I'd drive in on a weekend with fresh shirts and socks etc to get me through the week.

By the time I finished work, I put on my (now bone dry) cycling gear and got soaking wet through going home. Stripping off, my gear went on the storage heater in the hall ready for the "cycle" to be repeated - seemingly endlessly.

This went on until mid December - constant rain and drizzle - to replaced by snow.

Happy days.

Re: Undertaken - on the pavement...

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 hours 6 min ago
andy65 wrote:There appears to be a problem with perception. Drivers often see cyclists as something that must be overtaken immediately. It's not just fast or aggressive drivers. I have been passed very dangerously by people driving very slowly, the classic being little old ladies passing on the wrong side of a solid white line on a blind bend on a narrow road. They are clearly not in a hurry and they are not being aggressive, but it doesn't occur to them that if they wait a short amount of time they can pass more safely.

I don't know what causes it and I don't know what can be done to change it. Perhaps there needs to be research into the psychology of road users, to understand how we can overcome things like this. I include cyclists in this because I know that we can also be affected.
I agree the mad/psychotic/lunatic driving manoeuvres I've witnessed,because a driver had to slow down for what amounts to a few seconds,is is truly bizarre and bewildering,the blind overtake being be just one of many.
Just to be rooted to the spot at the next TL .

Re: Undertaken - on the pavement...

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 hours 15 min ago
There appears to be a problem with perception. Drivers often see cyclists as something that must be overtaken immediately. It's not just fast or aggressive drivers. I have been passed very dangerously by people driving very slowly, the classic being little old ladies passing on the wrong side of a solid white line on a blind bend on a narrow road. They are clearly not in a hurry and they are not being aggressive, but it doesn't occur to them that if they wait a short amount of time they can pass more safely.

I don't know what causes it and I don't know what can be done to change it. Perhaps there needs to be research into the psychology of road users, to understand how we can overcome things like this. I include cyclists in this because I know that we can also be affected.

Re: What is the best dynamo hub for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 hours 22 min ago
That clarifies things. In remote areas I would indeed also like some backup and even produce my own electricity. Solar is getting better, but heavily dependent on where you are. In your area it may be quite viable. As for the rest, I think you need to distinguish between gps and phone. As I said, the right kind of gps can last a long time if it does not need to work hard (can you design and load tracks in advance?). Phones consume rather a lot. On the other hand, you can buy these external battery packs that will give you a couple of extra charges for your phone (buy serious quality). If you take a e.g. netbook (I don't, but many do), its battery can serve the same function. The other advantage of an external battery pack is that it does not matter that much if it gets stolen. My Etrex 30 cannot be charged from usb power, however.

Re: What is the best dynamo hub for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 hours 36 min ago
My primary requirement is as a backup source of power for my garmin and phone. I'm cycling from Canada to Mexico next year and whilst I am planning to stay in motels I thought that having backup power would be a good idea as I'm using an inland route which can be remote.

Im planning to cycle during the day so battery powered lights will be fine

My phone is also my backup GPS, map, hotel paper work, camera, video, email, etc,etc so is equally important

The hub option is starting to look expensive for my requirements

I do have a small battery that will provide one charge to either and can then be recharged when I have power - maybe this is enough?

What about solar?

Re: Wet weather gear

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 hours 24 min ago
How long is your shift? Is there no heating facilities / boiler room? Towels? I get wet sometimes and while i have some old cheap cycling kit in my locker i can usually get most stuff dry during in my shift.
I always keep some spare socks and undies at work.
Any wet clothing gets rolled up in a towel, this helps absorb excess water then they get hung up and the ambient temperature does the rest....
Shoes get stuffed with newspaper / hand towels and changed at some point of the shift (if possible) this again absorbs most of the moisture and fresh dry socks to ride home in does the rest.
It is rare that i have a wet commute both ways or for the whole journey. Indeed i prefer almost to know i am setting out in rain that will continue for the whole journey then i can wear less layers under the waterproof and not arrive too sweated up, if starts raining on the way in i always remove the outer windproof style top and gilet that i am wearing.. to reduce sweating...

If dry i rarely set off in a waterproof as get far too hot.

Possibly you need to consider another set of cheap cycle clothes, a pair of longs and a couple of undervests should suffice?

Re: Diabetic Feet on Tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 hours 27 min ago
Well, I'm T1 too, but don't cycle that much. I have longed to tour, but just don't think I could manage the condition in that environment. However I was watching the thread with interest. Have you looked over on runsweet.com or the diabetes.co.UK forum?

Cheers
Barry

Re: Diabetic Feet on Tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 hours 5 min ago
Interesting that no one seems to have felt able to comment on this one, or perhaps no Type Is cycle!

I found an outdoor shop selling waterproof Sealskinz socks (£30 - ouch), and went for the lightest weight version.

After a careful plastering of embryonic rubs and a potential blister I have done 60 miles in the 2 days since and it is fine, even though shoes have been continually damp.

Sealskins next time methinks as the main socks, and drying the inside every night.

Fortunately my cycloshoes are slightly generous esp when they have worn in and are wet, which may have been a part of the original issue.

Ferdinand

Re: Diabetic Feet on Tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 hours 5 min ago
Interesting that no one seems to have felt able to comment on this one, or perhaps no Type Is cycle!

I found an outdoor shop selling waterproof Sealskinz socks (£30 - ouch), and went for the lightest weight version.

After a careful plastering of embryonic rubs and a potential blister I have done 60 miles in the 2 days since and it is fine, even though shoes have been continually damp.

Sealskins next time methinks as the main socks, and drying the inside every night.

Fortunately my cycloshoes are slightly generous esp when they have worn in and are wet, which may have been a part of the original issue.

Ferdinand

Re: Wet weather gear

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 hours 31 min ago
Dave Mania wrote:I've been doing ok with my hundred mile a week cycle commute, but that was in the summer. Now its the autumn and wet as you like. Trouble being I'm getting drenched to the bone in the morning and again on the way home... I can take a change of gear with me to work, but I'm stuffed for the next day, I can't get anything dry in time, then I'm out getting drenched the very next morning.
I've tried waterproofs, but they don't let sweat out so I'm arriving at work just as soaked as if I'd worn nothing waterproof and, frankly, minging. I need to find gear that keeps the rain out completely, but also wicks moisture away from the inside.
Does such stuff exist? Any suggestions?

Paramo Quito
http://www.paramo.co.uk/cmsdata/Downloa ... y-11-1.pdf
http://www.mudandroutes.com/archives/26120
http://www.paramo.co.uk/en-gb/garments/ ... UITOUNISEX
http://www.outdoorsmagic.com/reviews/ja ... 36510.html

I got mine second hand for £65, at the time would not have paid £200 but having used it now I would not hesitate. people are right about this brand.

Re: M324 Pedals - You couldn't make it up

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 hours 38 min ago
NUKe wrote:my Current M540 have done 33000 miles, over the past 4 years and have never been apart, I keep thinking I should but they still run smooth. All Shimano pedals are fairly easy to take apart. Search You tube for how to and they will usually show how to without the special tools unless they really are required

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkH7gClG8NM

shows you the two types of SPD. most shimano pedals are a variation of these

That video is basically the same way I lube my SPD pedals except I don't have the luxury of a workbench.

Re: BT Openreach cyclists stay back

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 November 2014 - 11:24pm
Did it have a cycle rack on it? Or did the driver have some other way of getting into and out of the van? That's a truly despicable sticker.

Re: Police Thugs

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 November 2014 - 9:26pm
Lance Dopestrong wrote:The less than worthy police officers are worthy of scrutiny, and where necessary action, but there are also hard working, honest and even brave officers who are worthy of our support.

And how do we tell the two groups apart? They don't wear badges and until they do then given the effect they can have on your life it seems logical to treat them all with upmost suspicion.

Re: Klunkerz film

CTC Forum - MTB - 19 November 2014 - 8:37pm
KlunkerBill wrote:I'm glad some folks 'out there' enjoyed it. If you want an actual copy, and some other Klunkerz goodies, just hit me up on the Klunkerz website.
Ride on,
Billy Savage
writer/producer/director
KLUNKERZ

Hey Billy!

'Liked it'?.... I loved it

As I said in the original post- I'm not a mountain biker but was totally into it.
It really captures a mood, a culture, the fun, and that 'do it yourself' attitude.

Great stuff!

It would be great film to get to a wider audience. It is quite hard to get hold of here in the UK, and I think your site is the only way to get a copy? Could you get a deal to distribute via Amazon or some such?


Best wishes

Re: Fatbike weekend in Newbrough

CTC Forum - MTB - 19 November 2014 - 7:56pm
Heltor Chasca wrote:I don't think you are alone.

The owner of one of the local bike shops I use says he has had more interest in his fat bikes than any of his road stock for a while now. I could do with one in our muddy fields...hc


Yeah they are addicting I think its the fun factor of being able to go over pretty much anything...Should def get one for your fields lol
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