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Re: Touring bike choice for people with long legs

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 March 2015 - 3:25pm
and the bars are still 2 inches below the saddle,

Only 2 inches?

Mine are nearly 8 inches below - "Why is that guy riding his hybrid like a road bike.."

Re: Touring bike choice for people with long legs

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 March 2015 - 3:24pm
22camels wrote:re recumbents, my main objection is it seems it would make me the centre of attention in some places.. I don't want to stand out. And how does it handle off-road?

If you don't want to stand out, fair enough. You will, and then some.
(off road depends on what level of "off-road", on a typical track they're fine, close veg around singletrack tends to bite a bit more, if you need to bunny hop stuff then not much good (but then not is a loaded tourer if you're jumoing rocks and roots!))

Re: Touring bike choice for people with long legs

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 March 2015 - 3:24pm
I don't see the problem with the Spa bike. Bars level with the saddle with plenty of seatpost showing. If necessary they could easily be raised further by using a high rise stem. As mentioned above the standard riding position on a drop barred bike is on the brake hoods, not the drops themselves.

Re: Best Farcility of the Year?? £210,000 Wasted?? Chicheste

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 March 2015 - 3:23pm
TonyR wrote:VanDriver wrote:I'd likely join the flow of traffic as I'd feel safer and I'd be able to get on rather than wait and give way. The scheme is going to encourage some drivers to believe that they have - not only at this giratory but on the roads in general - priority over cyclists.

To be fair to them the Council's website on the changes does say:

Motorists should also be aware that cyclists are not required by law to use the cycle lane and that they have an equal right to use the main carriageway, should they choose to do so. This road position is often preferred by more confident cyclists.
Not much use just saying it on the website, it needs to be on a billboard in the middle of the roundabout.

Re: Would this bike be a suitable entry level tourer

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 March 2015 - 3:18pm
I was perusing Decathalon with the same idea.

I considered the Hoprider 520 but they didn't have one in the shop. Looked at the Riverside 500 which was comfortable, but disliked the front suspension, therefore probably ditto for the Hoprider 520.

Better for touring might be the Hoprider 300 and Hoprider 500, both without suspension and looking fairly robust. B'twin have chunky downtubes on many of their hybrids.

The Hop 500 with 24 gears might win out over the Hop 300's 21 gears, but a downside, depending on your POV, is both have 700c wheels instead of 26".

Re: maps for the west of USA

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 March 2015 - 3:16pm
Here's what someone on theACA site said

"I have found that National Forest maps are ideal for cycling - the scale is 1inch = 2 miles.
Many have topo contours now and most are now available in plastic.
Crossing the Cascades might entail two or three maps - same for the Rockies.
They have campground, backroad, trail and facilities information.
Plus, land ownership status for those who wish to do dispersed camping."

There's an outfit in Seattle, Metsker Maps, http://www.metskers.com/ that sells maps for the world over. You can even get OS maps from them. They may be able to help with Forest Service maps (much touring terrain is in National Forests)

Re: The Gaurdian: Cycling near misses

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 March 2015 - 3:15pm
Vantage wrote:Lately I'm finding that despite being all for stopping at red lights in the past, I am now more likely to jump them just so I don't have a dozen maniacs behind me waiting to race past at millimetre tolerances before cutting me up as they turn left.
Turns out that if there's one thing that annoys motorists more than seeing a cyclist jump a red light - it's being stuck behind a cyclist when the lights go green...

Drives them daft and thus entertains me no end.

Re: The Gaurdian: Cycling near misses

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 March 2015 - 3:12pm
horizon wrote: There are more stopping points like traffic lights giving you the opportunity to place yourself in front of a motor vehicle. You have so much more influence over traffic.

Lately I'm finding that despite being all for stopping at red lights in the past, I am now more likely to jump them just so I don't have a dozen maniacs behind me waiting to race past at millimetre tolerances before cutting me up as they turn left.

Re: The Gaurdian: Cycling near misses

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 March 2015 - 2:20pm
I feel so much safer in the town. Traffic is slower. There are more bikes. There are more stopping points like traffic lights giving you the opportunity to place yourself in front of a motor vehicle. You have so much more influence over traffic. On the fast, open road around here it's the opposite and much more challenging.

(This is just my quick response and I accept that a bit more discussion is required.)

Re: The Gaurdian: Cycling near misses

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 March 2015 - 2:19pm
brynpoeth wrote:The Guardian asks: Why, when the real risk is so small, are people so reluctant to cycle?

Even when one takes all possible precautions and tries to be prepared for anything, the risk feels enormous. I have been a very keen cyclist since 1973. Now I often ask myself whether I should give up cycling in the town (Lübeck, population 217 000, Germany) altogether. Outside, cycling is still fun by the canal or on separate cycle ways. In the town, it is something for bungee-jumpers and kamikazes.

Lubeck compared to the UK is like heaven! Yes i've been there several times by bike and whilst the city centre is fairly busy its nothing like Sheffield on a Sunday afternoon even at busy times! I'll swap your busy roads for my quiet ones anytime! please.

Re: The Gaurdian: Cycling near misses

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 March 2015 - 2:08pm
The Guardian asks: Why, when the real risk is so small, are people so reluctant to cycle?

Even when one takes all possible precautions and tries to be prepared for anything, the risk feels enormous. I have been a very keen cyclist since 1973. Now I often ask myself whether I should give up cycling in the town (Lübeck, population 217 000, Germany) altogether. Outside, cycling is still fun by the canal or on separate cycle ways. In the town, it is something for bungee-jumpers and kamikazes.

Re: Would this bike be a suitable entry level tourer

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 March 2015 - 2:07pm
tm2383: this bike weighs 18 kg. A better (more expensive) touring bike will weigh around 14 kg, possibly less. Even trekking bikes come in at that price and weigh only 14 kg. E.g. http://dawescycles.com/product/mojave-gents/.

So you have to decide whether that extra 4 kg matters - for many people it's the weight of their tent and sleeping bag combined and more.

But I think more important is how far you want to travel in a day. If you are planning on tow paths and camping and keping to say 30 - 40 miles per day then this bike is OK but higher mileages may need a lighter bike (and no suspension).

That rack by the way will take 25 kg but that might not be over rough ground day after day. If you need a front rack then suspension causes complications.

Re: Anyone not been hit by a car

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 March 2015 - 1:56pm
I have only been hit by a car once, or rather my bike has: aged about 12-13 at night I made a right turn into a side road across the path of a driver of a Rover P6. I honestly thought the car was much further away, fooled by the inboard, i.e. close together, pair of the four headlights being lit. At the last instant I realised my mistake and that my only option was to pedal harder: the car just took off my mudguard mounted rear dynamo light with 'snick' noise. I remember the driver was a bit cross and a lot shook up. At about the same time, again at night, I rode into the back a parked dark green Thames van on my own street (lit with those yellow sodium lights) and was knocked out by the contact with the back window. A helmet might have avoided the KO that night, Dad hammered the forks of my Hercules Hustler straight the next day and it carried on for a year or two more without problem.

No more contact with a vehicle when cycling since those own fault incidents in the mid 1970s, though I have had two minor low speed filtering nudges when motorcycling, both times partly to blame, and two minor prangs when driving, both definitely down to the other driver.

Re: Would this bike be a suitable entry level tourer

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 March 2015 - 1:49pm
I've seen people touring on all manner of bikes from carbon road bikes (with rucksack) to heavily laden Dutch roadsters.
If the bike is reliable and your itinerary isn't too ambitious I'm sure a "city bike" would be ok.
I've not used a bike with suspension but I'm sure that Sweep is right in this regard.

Touring possibly the South of France along the coast

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 March 2015 - 1:25pm
I am looking to do a two week cycling holiday with a friend at the begining of May. Last year we did some of the veloldysee and really enjoyed it so this year we wanted to try somewhere else in France. We both want to be by the sea and somewhere warm so the obvious choice at this time of year is the South of France but we cant see any obvious cycle routes. Does anyone know of any that they have enjoyed? We need somewhere quite flat as I am just recovering from chemo and not up for huge hills. We are also planning on using camp sites.If not the South of France, does anybody have any other suggestions? Any other destinations that might fit the bill? We want to go by train as we want to use our own bikes and dont want to fly. Thanks

Re: It me or do SUVs alway drive to close

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 March 2015 - 1:06pm
Advance news report dated 1. April 2015. The police blitzed motorists today and found that every single one obeyed the law, all obeyed stop signs, none went faster than allowed.

Re: so when do the shorts come out?

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 March 2015 - 12:33pm
I'm a May 1st man myself, having seen club members with wonky knees I'm all too aware of early season shenanigans!

Re: Reducing pannier weight

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 March 2015 - 10:44am
Vantage wrote:I've yet to put my theory into practice, but I've a spare pair of walking shoes in the pannier so that when I reach the campsite after a wet rainy ride, I have something dry to put on while the spd shoes dry out (hopefully).
I take some Goretex spats to keep the worst wet off the cycling shoes which works surprisingly well. The 'camp' shoes are easily dried so its no problem if i end up puddle hopping off the bike!

Re: It me or do SUVs alway drive to close

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 March 2015 - 10:35am
On the road I don't find SUVs any worse than any other vehicle's In fact I have encountered no problems with them and hope it stays that way. Buses can be very courteous here in this city, Taxis can be a bit sharp and women are incredibly considerate in the main. The only real run ins iv had is with builders wagons and old people.

Re: Touring frame differences

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 March 2015 - 10:20am
531colin is clearly right to say that you need to find a good set-up on your existing bike so that you have something to duplicate with a new one. That is how I measure up on the rare occasion that I go buying.

My touring bike has been much mucked about to get it right. It now has a very short upward angled stem to get the reach right and the bars at the right height. It now feels perfect, and when I built up a new bike a couple of years ago I carefully reproduced the same position, to within a few mm, and it felt right as soon as I sat on it.

Even a good bike will feel wrong of you are too stretched out or the saddle is not quite in the right position.
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