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Re: 50 mph for lorries

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 August 2014 - 5:27pm
The perceived saving is even greater in rush hour, when the actual saving is less...

We're rubbish at judging "time saved"

Re: Touring bike alternatives?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 August 2014 - 5:01pm
The bike has been purchased

£60 plus £25 in diesel to go and collect it, its a 97/98 Specialized Rockhopper 17" in what can only be described as superb condition - I pumped up the tyres, gave the chain a spray and have ridden it everywhere since I got it on Tuesday evening

Just ordered rear rack and bottle cages, fitted the saddle off my old bike and will swap the pedals over later when the kids won't overhear me swearing at them to loosen them

Tyres are the next thing, although the current ones are in near perfect condition the noise they generate will ruin long distance riding! Personal Preference because I know the puncture fairy hates them would be Schwalbe Marathon Plus, but open to other suggestions for easy rolling long distance puncture resistant tyres

Re: Specialized Tricross Comp

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 August 2014 - 4:42pm
Thanks for the reply
The Tri cross's lower in the range had triples the comp has a compact

The 30 rear and 30 front would certainly get me the best ration - do you know if it is possible without changing by derailleurs?

Re: More than a little red faced?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 August 2014 - 4:32pm
Si wrote:Various posts removed. By all means please discuss the merits or not of breath testing, etc but please try to steer clear from casting aspersions on other posters' characters.

Oh, buggeration. You go out for five minutes and miss all the action.

Re: Any success reporting a near miss to the Police?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 August 2014 - 4:17pm
Read this case. (This is the last post on it, there were earlier posts for the full details.)

http://thecyclingsilk.blogspot.co.uk/20 ... pdate.html

Essentially he did report a near miss and the driver accepted a caution for careless driving. Porter was livid because he felt it was quite clearly within the criteria for dangerous driving, and the CPS simply fail to acknowledge his arguments for this, rather asserting "there is no evidence for it", when Porter has apparently given a clear demonstration of just why it is.

It helped that the incident was on film and the complainant was a QC who knew how to avoid being fobbed off - avoid being fobbed off entirely that is, he still feels he has been fobbed off on the real point.

Re: Specialized Tricross Comp

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 August 2014 - 4:13pm
Rear....27 to 30 T......that's about 11% change
Front ....34 to 30 T....that's about 12% change
Do both and bottom gear will be around 25% lower, which is noticeable, I don't think you will notice much difference if you just do one or the other.

(doesn't the "Tri" in "Tricross" stand for "triple chainset".....?

Re: Getting to Germany with bikes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 August 2014 - 3:47pm
Having exhausted places we wanted to tour which we could get to by ferry, we flew for the first time this year. We went with British Airways and found them very bike friendly. Yes there's a bit of stress packing up a bike for the flight, but it's not that difficult, probably less stress than you get cumulatively with multiple changes by other methods, and your holiday starts sooner.

You're also in First Great Western territory who I've found very bike friendly, so I'd suggest train to Slough (you might need to change at Reading) then it's a short easy ride to Heathrow Terminal 5 which is very bike friendly.

Specialized Tricross Comp

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 August 2014 - 3:43pm
Hello
I have a Specialized Tricross Comp (2008 I think). I would like to do some light touring and could do with changing some of my gearing for lugging up hill.

Currently it has:-
Front - FSA Gossamer (175mm) 48/34T with 105 derailleur
Rear - 12-27 Ultegra 10 speed cassette and Ultegra derailleur

What is my best option?

I believe I can put a cassette on up to 30 - so was considering a Ultegra 12-30T but would I be better off trying to change my front small chain ring to a 32 or 30 - is this possible? What about a combination of 32 front and a 11-28T rear?

The 48 front and 12 rear is fine for down hill at the moment as I'm not really a speed merchant

Thanks for any advice
Richard

Any success reporting a near miss to the Police?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 August 2014 - 3:29pm
I currently report near misses via the Road Safe London form: https://secure.met.police.uk/roadsafelondon. However, a recent particularly bad near miss by a taxi driver led me to not only report them using the form but to also make a complaint to the taxi company (http://www.londonblacktaxis.net/complaints.htm).

The reply from the taxi company was very dismissive simply saying they can't do anything and the incident should be reported to the police. The reply back from Road Safe is equally poor with a general message of "A letter has been sent out giving guidance to highway code but without further corroboration, nothing can be done". I'm not sure what that means.

Has anyone gone to a Police station to report near misses? Is there any success? What do people do with near misses?

I think we can all agree near misses bring about a huge range of strong emotions. Most people will ignore it and do nothing about it. I know it's hassle but I prefer to report these incidents and to also upload the video captured incident on YouTube. I'm hoping that may be the driver will come across it and realise the seriousness of what they did but also, if they are a persistent offender then hopefully others will do the same and thus a history of incidents will build up for the same driver/vehicle and hopefully Police or someone else can give it more due attention.

What do you all do?

Re: Lesser known hazards for off-road cyclists

CTC Forum - MTB - 1 August 2014 - 3:04pm
Bat. One once flew into me, hit me on the chest. Perhaps it was hard of hearing.
Princess Anne. A friend once encountered one of those on a highland track. Despite the firearms and scary-looking companions, it proved harmless and no impediment to proceeding.
Highland cattle. Rather scary coming across those.
Wash-out. Came across a bad wash-out on a track in NZ. A curious feature is that they tend to create their own raised banks. So as well as climbing over those, there was a very muddy trudge of a couple of hundred yards carrying the bike and luggage separately from one end to another.

Re: Long distance MTB routes in the UK?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 August 2014 - 2:58pm
We still have some good hostels and bunkhouses dotted around the country (though admittedly many of the more rural ones close during the winter).

Re: More than a little red faced?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 August 2014 - 1:49pm
reohn2 wrote:Bonefishblues wrote:But by way of balance, the guy, presumably knowing he was over the limit, did stop to help a motorcyclist who had crashed.

One suspects many would have driven by in that scenario.

Nowhere in either report does it say he stopped at the scene of the crash to offer assistance,only that he stopped.
That's a fair challenge, it was my inference from the report. We don't know the facts in any degree of detail, who was first on scene and so on.

Re: Long distance MTB routes in the UK?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 August 2014 - 1:40pm
Bothy's good idea, hadn't thought of that, I'm more than happy to get a hotel from time to time when I hit town too

Thx

Re: Getting to Germany with bikes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 August 2014 - 1:34pm
Ned Ludd wrote:See your self as a cycling pioneer/activist making life easier for those who come after!

And see the journey as part of the travel experience/adventure. Personally I enjoy the train as a chance to get decompress.

Ned Ludd wrote:Maybe getting the ferry from Harwich, and then booking via DeBahn to Mosel? You will need to phone though as you can't do it online...

The best combination is the ferry plus sleeper train. But, unfortunately, the ferries either leave pretty early in the morning or in the evening, so unless you live locally to the port you're looking at either an overnight stay in Harwich, or an overnight ferry (and then you may still need to wait until the evening for the sleeper). If your destination is in the Netherlands/Benelux then it could be the most convenient option, but otherwise I'm not so sure.

Taking your bike on eurostar really is pretty straightforward (although train companies being train companies they don't make it as easy as it should be) - just one phone call and the job is done. Even if you take into account the mild inconvenience in having to pick up and drop-off your bike, the alternatives are a lot more hassle (for most people).

For a step-by-step guide to taking your bike on eurostar (complete with how to get to the pickup or drop-off points) see my article here:

http://italy-cycling-guide.info/travell ... -eurostar/

Re: Long distance MTB routes in the UK?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 August 2014 - 12:50pm
shane wrote:irc wrote:And that by mid November in the northern highlands there will be only 8 hours daylight.

8 hours would be a luxury compared to my last 2 trips , long hours of dark also mean easy wild camping and 12 hours hibernation to restore my superpowers

Forgot your masochistic tendencies Shane. I'm too much of a softie to wild camp for 3 weeks in November. Though I guess you could use bothies for at least half the time, if not more which would make things easier.

Re: Long distance MTB routes in the UK?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 August 2014 - 12:39pm
irc wrote:And that by mid November in the northern highlands there will be only 8 hours daylight.

8 hours would be a luxury compared to my last 2 trips , long hours of dark also mean easy wild camping and 12 hours hibernation to restore my superpowers

Re: More than a little red faced?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 August 2014 - 12:18pm
Various posts removed. By all means please discuss the merits or not of breath testing, etc but please try to steer clear from casting aspersions on other posters' characters.

Re: 50 mph for lorries

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 August 2014 - 12:11pm
I don't understand the point of tailgating lorries for miles on end without being able to see the road ahead either. No idea why people do that.
Postboxer wrote:What if being stuck behind an HGV leads to you being stopped by 20 traffic lights you otherwise would have sailed through? Does anything like this ever happen? It certainly annoys me when someone speeds up to a traffic light and gets through, or runs on amber, I always wonder if they end up making the same journey minutes quicker.
People driving faster and running lights do tend to get to their destinations quicker, though they tend to overestimate the time saving.

There's no reason why travelling more slowly or following a lorry would make you more likely to be stopped at a traffic light than at a higher speed. Unless, as you say, you were the kind of driver who accelerates approaching the junction in order to beat the lights.

Re: Caught on camera

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 August 2014 - 12:10pm
The best witness is the independent witness. Best to save the gloating till later.

Re: Long distance MTB routes in the UK?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 August 2014 - 12:06pm
shane wrote:Now just the small issue of accepting that cycling in the UK in November will be wet

Thanks all,

And that by mid November in the northern highlands there will be only 8 hours daylight.
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