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Re: Why are cycle paths so bumpy? And narrow?

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 February 2016 - 6:08pm
I suspect it's because the councils in bumpy-cycle-track areas don't contain enough cyclists, so the officers don't specify it properly (basically, machine-laid Hot Rolled Asphalt 55/10) and the councillors don't hold them to account because they're not riding the junk their council built.

In King's Lynn, we have cycle tracks like the attached photo - 9 metres wide and nearly smooth enough for marbles - but 3m and smooth is the usual. We generally only end up with lumpy stuff where it's a Highways England road (who also seem to use 1.2m width as standard!), it decays too far (one track is 20+ years old, has some tree root damage and has patches on patches) or where a developer builds a cycle track with their development and then the worst of the utilities (usually Anglian Water, but BT and UKPN both occasionally seem to subcontract to nutters) dug it up to provide services to the development but most of the cycle tracks are rideable at a fair old speed.

If you want to elect more cycling councillors, I think many English highways councils (mostly county?) have elections this May. Get in touch with your local cycling campaign and help ask questions of candidates.

Re: Lonley Planet or Bradt?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 February 2016 - 5:50pm
I think we have the rough guide but I'm another fan of Bradt. Lonely planet seems to lack the small town detail that bike tourers need.

Airnimal Rhino for sale (one size fits all)

CTC Forums - Bikes For Sale - 13 February 2016 - 5:38pm
1-Rhino on tour.JPGBlack Rhino with Rolhoff 14 speed hub gears. Full DEMARK front suspension with front lockout, Rock Shox Monarch rear suspension. 20inch wheels, Schwalbe Marathon tyres.
Shimano Deore disc brakes. Mudguards

This bike is a folder, designed to pack into a suitcase for airline travel. Case included.

The bike is in perfect running order, there are some cosmetic scratches. New price is £3200.00 without suitcase worth which is over £250.

£2200.00 including case.

There is also a second Rhino, only difference is a Shimano 8 speed Nexus hub instead of Rholoff and V-brake on front instead of Disc. Price £1500.00
Categories: Go Cycling

Islabike Luath 700 Small (18" frame) PRICE REDUCTION

CTC Forums - Bikes For Sale - 13 February 2016 - 5:32pm
I am selling my son's Islabike Luath 700 Small which we bought brand new August 2012 from Islabikes. He has now outgrown it and is moving onto a small adult bike.
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Spec for bike is very similar to current bike sold by Islabikes.

We are selling with the bike:
Islabike fitted Schwalbe Marathon Road tyres
Set of Islabike Mudguards
Islabike Luggage Rack with rear light
2 Stems (Islabike standard fit and extra long one). This fitting has given the bike extra life as our son grew. Bought the bike when he was 11 and now selling it with him aged 14 yrs 5 months. Much longer than we expected.

Bike is in very good condition (regularly serviced) but has a a few minor scratches/marks.
I have now reduced the price to £295 ono. The bike is located Portsmouth.

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Categories: Go Cycling

Re: Review of Ridgeback Expedition 26"

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 February 2016 - 5:29pm
I was looking here breton which shows the flatbar version.


http://www.ridgeback.co.uk/bike/expedition


You are right, they are V's - have checked elsewhere - must be a mistake by Ridgeback's publicity folk.

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 February 2016 - 4:57pm
661-Pete wrote:tyreon wrote:Its why the Italians go to the Ndraghetta to sort stuff out. Sad but salient
I have this vision of our beleaguered motorist waking up one morning and finding the sawn-off steering wheel of his beloved Beemer at the foot of his bed.....

I've far better visions than that for him,though they'll remain 'visions' until the system is fixed, I'm not holding my breath on that though.

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 February 2016 - 4:54pm
Flinders wrote:If he had done as you suggested, he'd have been done for contempt of court if he'd done it in court during the trial, or he would have compromised the trial if he'd said it anywhere else before the trial.
He has done the only thing he could have done.
And he has certainly not 'failed'.

Agreed.
This chap done everything right IMO,and shown the justice system up for what it is,a failure,an absolute abysmal failure .

Re: Navigation - Garmin

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 February 2016 - 4:41pm
freeflow wrote:I'll think you'll find that a phone like a Sony Xperia Z3 compact gives a garmin a run for its money in terms of battery life.
The Garmin can be charged in just the same way as a phone.
On its own the 810 is guided at 15 hours typical usage (what ever that is ) and "plus" 20 hours with official external battery pack.
I have not had long enough rides yet to check out its battery life.

Re: Why are cycle paths so bumpy? And narrow?

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 February 2016 - 4:34pm
From Barcaldine ( near Oban) northwards there is a newish cycle path. There are some of the usual issues in that it diverts where you do not necessarily want to go but that apart motorists complain bitterly that it has a beautiful surface much better than any of the roads around. Why do these cyclists get preferential treatment?

For Sale: Titanium "Van Nicholas Frame" (48cm)

CTC Forums - Bikes For Sale - 13 February 2016 - 4:16pm
Van Nicholas "Amazon" Cyclo-Cross Frame with Carbon Touring Forks.
Oversized bottom bracket shell to take Bushnell eccentric bottom bracket thus able to fit hub gears, ie Rolhoff or Shimano etc. Will take Gates Carbon Belt drive or standard dérailleur gears.
700c wheels. Bike suitable for rider of 5' 4" to 5' 7" tall. Tyres up to 37 mm width.
FSA Headset. Full braze-ons for mudguards/panniers etc
Little used, In as new condition.
see also "Fat Birds" of Hunstanton site for more details of frame.
£750 ONO.
Categories: Go Cycling

Re: Why are cycle paths so bumpy? And narrow?

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 February 2016 - 1:48pm
Si wrote:Tbh, I've not noticed that the paths around the QE are especially bumpy. I ride a tourer with 1.5 tyres and have no problems. I've not really noticed many coming to sudden stops and not going anywhere. They link the uni, hospital, canal (access to be improved), paths along side the busy A38, the nee Bournebrook path out to Woodgate country park, and the Mosley route to cannon hill park and the city centre.
I agree that the width can be questionable in places...this is sometimes due to having to fit them onto pavements where it was never originally even considered that bike paths may one day be required. In other places there had to be a compromise with Parks, etc.
There are some elements of very bad design..such as running through bus stops, and the spray'n'chip in places.
Overall they fall short of the N.Euro ideal but make the arts much nicer to cycle in than 20 yrs ago when I used to commute through there.
There are some in Essex that are ridiculous. There's one on the A132 near Wickford that was so bumpy (for years; I doubt it's different now, though I haven't been there for a few years), I couldn't ride my hybrid with 700 X 42 faster than about 8 mph without shaking my teeth out. I used the road, instead, even though it is a busy, narrow A road.

ebay: Bobbin Birdie Matte Blue 21 (2004 model)

CTC Forums - Bikes For Sale - 13 February 2016 - 1:10pm
A girl's best friend! Second hand beautiful vintage style city bike in matte blue (£400 new). Selling with Bobbin Straw Pannier (RRP £55) and vintage front light and mounted back light (RRP £50). Selling complete for £200 o.n.o

Three speed, elegant upright riding position with step-through frame. I've really enjoyed this bike as a city bike, great for short daily commute or weekend rides with a picnic. I have the original owner's guide. Some signs of wear and tear (a few small rust spots and worn handles) but otherwise in great condition and cycles really nicely. Would love to keep this bike but sadly need to make space in the bike shed for some new additions to our bike family!

Test rides welcome, please call or text me (07961 735 064). I'm in the Fishergate area of York and I'm available evenings and weekends. Cash on collection.
For photo see ebay listing: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/252279858555? ... 1555.l2649
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Re: Touring Cyclist .... a new resource

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 February 2016 - 12:50pm
robgul wrote:...the Forum then displays at full screen width (that, of course, retains the Forum within the main site, q.v. my earlier comment) - and the option is still there to go to the Forum in full screen.

Rob
Improvement but you've still got the double vertical scroll bars which is "just horrible". Have confidence and set the forum to be full page (like the CTC do). If the site is interesting enough, people will return. It is the 1st time I've seen people use a "windowed" forum as the main use of the forum (with small text to "Full Screen" once you've arrived at the windowed one).

Needs to be a very slick site. As people often comment Crazy Guy on a Bike is a fantastic resource but were t to start-up today with it's current User Interface and design it would probably not get enough activity to work.

Ian

Re: morocco - sticks and stones...

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 February 2016 - 12:34pm
Children will chase you, sometimes on foot and sometimes on their bikes, but no malice is intended. Ignore the constant cry for stylos. Be prepared for stones if you try and take photographs of women without permission. Being chased by dogs is the scariest, though 'chased' is what happened. I wasn't mauled.
I've spent months in Morocco, High Atlas, Anti Atlas and the coast. Loved every time. Locals are fantastic, warm and welcoming. Usually paid 100 - 200 dirham for hotels per couple ( basic accommodation) or wild camped.

Re: Why are cycle paths so bumpy? And narrow?

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 February 2016 - 12:18pm
Tbh, I've not noticed that the paths around the QE are especially bumpy. I ride a tourer with 1.5 tyres and have no problems. I've not really noticed many coming to sudden stops and not going anywhere. They link the uni, hospital, canal (access to be improved), paths along side the busy A38, the nee Bournebrook path out to Woodgate country park, and the Mosley route to cannon hill park and the city centre.
I agree that the width can be questionable in places...this is sometimes due to having to fit them onto pavements where it was never originally even considered that bike paths may one day be required. In other places there had to be a compromise with Parks, etc.
There are some elements of very bad design..such as running through bus stops, and the spray'n'chip in places.
Overall they fall short of the N.Euro ideal but make the arts much nicer to cycle in than 20 yrs ago when I used to commute through there.

Re: Why are cycle paths so bumpy? And narrow?

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 February 2016 - 12:01pm
rmurphy195 wrote:And why do they end - well, nowhere? e.g. you have a cycle lane laid along a footway (shared space) - and suddenly you get a sign saying "End of Cycle Path" - with nowhere to go, not even a ramp onto the roadway! Are you simply viewed as a pedestrian who rides a bike along some of your journey?
Like this in Tonbridge High Street it just ends . Surface is fine though.
And part is two way. Words fail me!

Re: The French are just as stupid?

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 February 2016 - 11:40am
Grandad wrote:

One of the many who rode through this during a 100k Audax a few years ago.

Thoughts of having to re-grease the hubs would have had me walking with the bike on my shoulder. Does that make me a bit sad? Probably.

Re: Why are cycle paths so bumpy? And narrow?

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 February 2016 - 11:33am
Having worked for a charity /company that organised the creation of Community Routes (we avoided the divisive tag of "cycle track" because we saw pedestrians as part of our user group) I agree with the comments of the OP. The short answer to question of why the tracks are often inadequate is MONEY, and the need to get X kilometres done for a certain level of available funds.

On a technical point, wider tracks are easier to lay smoothly than narrow tracks because on the wider tracks (typically former rail tracks) you can use the large tarmac laying machines used to lay roads. You hire the services of a road laying company for a week or so and a lovely, wide, smooth track appears out of nowhere. The narrower and more fiddly the track, the less you can use the sort of machinery that produces an even surface.

Re: Best camera for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 February 2016 - 10:02am
eileithyia wrote: Oh so different to the days of carrying my big slr around strapped to the back of the saddle, so had to stop, get it unstrapped and off the bike... out of case, point, focus, shoot by which time the particular lighting effect / cloud etc had changed and the scene had changed......
I used to feel the same, but a bar bag changed the way I use the camera on a bike. It's in the padded bag ready to use, lens down with a UV filter, set to automatic and on standby. With the exception of those who take photos while riding, I doubt there's a quicker sequence between spotting a shot and being on the move again, while still keeping all the other options open. The only delay is when I decide I'd like to use another lens, but currently saving for a 14-140 (28 - 280 equivalent) which I'm hoping will cover all my requirements.

Re: Best camera for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 February 2016 - 9:44am
hamster wrote:The limitation is the lens, you cannot get the sharpness and light gathering through a phone camera. Nor any controllable depth of field, focus point, etc etc etc.
I was once told that one of the most important aspects of photography is knowing your camera, working to it's strengths rather than fighting it's weaknesses. This was way before the time of digital, let alone phone cameras, but I think it's even more true today. In any given situation there's a choice of shots, getting the best one for whatever camera you have with you is an art. Not one I claim to have mastered, but the more I use the same camera the more selective I become over pressing the shutter.
Guardian photojournalist Dan Chung, covered the London Olympics with an iPhone and a pair of binoculars, demonstrates the point rather well. He makes no claim that it's as good as camera as a DSLR, but the shots speak for themselves.
http://www.wired.com/2012/08/covering-t ... inoculars/
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