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Re: Nigg/Cromarty ferry

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 May 2015 - 11:06am
http://www.cromarty-ferry.co.uk/ wrote:
We regret to advise that the Cromarty Ferry Company is unable to operate the Cromarty to Nigg ferry service this season.
We have recently been advised that the ferry berth in Cromarty harbour has been condemned and is now closed.

As there is no other suitable berth in the harbour, or in the rest of the firth, we very much regret that we are unable to continue operating.

Thank you all for your help and support over the years.

Tom Henderson

Re: What constitutes light touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 May 2015 - 11:04am
Light touring means whatever you want it to mean, and luggage habits vary. Some people do cycle-camping with less luggage than others manage for B&B touring. Google Igor Kovse for some great travelogues of extreme light touring. A friend of mine once went cycle camping in the Alps with sufficiently little luggage she held on to the peloton of an amateur race she met while they ascended a pass.

It does seem logical that the increased stiffness of a very small frame should enable you to carry larger loads than larger frames with that tubing gauge would usually permit. Ultimately its up to you to find out what works. I realised I was overloading my light tourer when my chain rubbed against my derailleur cage intermittently when cycling up hills, because of the flexing of the rear frame triangle.

best iphone satnav for spain

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 May 2015 - 10:37am
Off on another spanish trip but want to dispense with map. Is there an free app that i could download routes and navigate my way easily with the iPhone either using earphones in my back pocket or simply mounted on handlebars?

Re: What constitutes light touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 May 2015 - 10:32am
Define tourer and audax bikes. It is a real problem.

I've been cycle touring 50 years and I use normal clubman's club run type bikes. Probably what are Audax bikes these days but with 28mm tyres. A tourer these days can mean anything including the clubman's hack right up to a something suitable for crossing deserts - not that it ever stopped Ian Hibell.

Lightweight touring to me is hostel/B&B/Hotel touring where I can get all I need for a month in a large saddlebag quite easily, probably weighing 15lbs. When camping my load is about 30lbs - this too is done on club riding machines. This includes tools, waterproofs etc.

A smaller frame will help you use an audax style machine because you do not need the thicker walled tubing of a very tall or large person. So you would not need a 531ST frame but would be fine with 531C - talking old tubing types here. My ex was 4' 11" and certainly had no issues with a 531C frame.

Re: What constitutes light touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 May 2015 - 10:26am
My luggage for light camping touring is 9Kg .

So around 10Kg to give a ball park figure. It is nearer 5Kg if not camping.

Though I would not feel the need for a tourer until around 20Kg.

Re: Nigg/Cromarty ferry

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 May 2015 - 10:20am
This came from Radio Highland and only said the operator had not produced a suitable tender. They were trying to find another operator but a bit late for this season. Highland Council already run Corran ferry which causes them a lot of grief so they would not be keen to take on this. Bikes and passengers are free but a car is now over £8.00 I think and locals complain that it as very expensive. Since my OH has a Blue Badge we travel free anyway.

What constitutes light touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 May 2015 - 10:19am
What weight of cycle touring kit means I should buy a tourer rather than an audax bike?
Should my own weight be taken into account?
Also does being "vertically challenged" and having a smaller, less flexy frame make a difference?

Re: Short cycle tour to get my reluctant partner into cyclin

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 May 2015 - 9:52am
My wife was a reluctant touring biker.I love it.if we b And b I just about get away with it.I carry the camping gear which is rarely used.and her gear.(love ).we have now cycled Holland.Eire.Hebrides.uists Skye etc.Danube from passau to Vienna.to be honest she is still reluctant.and I'm knackered! Not sure what the motto is from that!

Re: Is a cadence sensor worth it?

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 May 2015 - 8:28am
I had one for many years with my Edge 305 and then Edge 705, and I found it very interesting as I like info and stats.

I did find that I was keeping an eye on my cadence, and having heard on here numerous times that cadence should be higher and such-and-such, or we had CJ stating that an experienced cyclist can keep up 80rpm all day.

I ended up feeling rather intimidated by the cadence info. I was continually trying to aim for higher cadence, whereas if I relaxed and rode as I wanted to, by cadence went lower.

It seems my long term cadence average was 67rpm. No doubt since I've got rid of the device, my cadence has gone even lower. At a guess - 62rpm.

Don't let me put you off, it's always good to know facts. Go for it, and see how you get on. You can always take it off again.

Is a cadence sensor worth it?

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 May 2015 - 7:49am
For an extra £12 I would recommend giving it a try. I've got one and while it hasn't changed my life it has given me an insight into more efficient cycling.
On a 20-30ml ride my avg cadence was reported as 76. On similar distance rides now I work at increasing my cadence. I only get smaller increases, concentration probably drops after a while, and now it is usually 80 or slightly above. On longer rides I ride without trying to raise my cadence but I am noticing a more natural spinning especially early on in the rude.
Has there been any real benefit? Well for me yes there has. My avg speeds have risen and especially my Strava times on hill segments. I ride with rpm and %age HR showing. 90rpm I change to harder gear 80rpm I change to easier gear and keep my %age HR around 65%.

Re: Is a cadence sensor worth it?

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 May 2015 - 7:26am
There's nothing new with cadence sensors. I fitted a Cateye with cadence sensor to my wife's bike in 1994, but she never showed any interest in that feature. I would not be interested in cadence readings as I like to vary my cadence, not try to stick to a target. Very often as I crest the top of a hill and start descending I engage a high gear and use a very low cadence with slight pressure on the pedals for a few moments as a way of taking it easy while I have a sip of water. But we all enjoy different things, and if performance interests you it could be worth a go.

Re: Is a cadence sensor worth it?

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 May 2015 - 6:57am
Cadence sensors were included with my latest couple of counters but I didn't bother fitting them. My cadence adjusts itself automatically so why should I start second-guessing it?

Re: Is a cadence sensor worth it?

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 May 2015 - 6:09am
If you are interested in the stats, and you clearly are, then why not? A friend of mine has just started following a Lance Armstrong training programme(enter your own jokes here), where you ride for a given period an a target cadence, then a period at a target heart rate. He seems to have fun!

My targets are just reaching my destination without falling off:-)

Edit: typo

Is a cadence sensor worth it?

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 May 2015 - 5:33am
I'm upgrading my cycle computer. Nothing too fancy - speed, average, distance, etc. However, it does have a built in altimeter, heart rate monitor plus strap, calorie counter (with pinches of salt supplied for free). It also has a cadence reading - but to get that to work a sensor is needed. The monitor was sensor is an extra £12.

I know that there is more to cycling than figures. I do like to see if I'm getting faster over certain routes though. The main setting that I use on my current computer is the average trip speed, distance and time (obviously, all related).

Now the main thing that I want with a new computer is an altimeter to show roughly my ascent over a ride. The HR monitor will be a little toy for a while and the calorie counter I may or may not use - I can't see it being reliable. I've never really thought of measuring how fast I pedal and still don't think I will. However, anyone ever bought a computer with cadence and thought that it's changed their life?

Thanks in advance.

PS - I mainly use my bike for commuting and then riding over the weekends and rest days. I used to race many years ago - but now only race myself.

Re: Roadcycling fimed whit pro drone in 4k definition

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 May 2015 - 11:19pm
Nice. It really conveys that sense of freedom that one gets on a bicycle.

Spinners wrote:Impressive. Eurosport chopper pilots should be concerned...
. . . and those guys who sit backwards on a motorbike holding a camera as they accelerate to 40mph between the peleton and the tete de la course

Re: Would you have said something?

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 May 2015 - 10:49pm
Hi,
Its getting much worse

Today for the second time in a week a car is driving straight at me in the middle of a narrow road.........then the car swerves to the right abruptly (my right) ......pretty obvious that they are not looking forward at all..................

Re: route finding in France- maps or new tech

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 May 2015 - 9:22pm
Beware, though, of the well-documented issues concerning usb charging from dynamos, for certain smart phones, notably iPhones...

Really? how come? do you have a link?

Electricity is electricity doesn't really matter how its produced just how its converted in to a useable supply, so if you have a good usb device i can't really see a problem…I'm no expert however!

The only thing I can think of is that on a usb port the iPhone needs to detect power at the communication pins via the charging lead on the usb or it won't charge..thats why cheap car chargers don't always work with iPhones, so I would imagine the same with usb dynamo chargers.

Re: Short cycle tour to get my reluctant partner into cyclin

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 May 2015 - 9:06pm
syklist wrote:Occasionally, when I read a post like this, I wonder if our plan to cycle from Gol to Trondheim (and then some more) this summer, toddler in tow in a trailer, is a tadge ambitious. So I go through the proposed route in my head once again and wonder, briefly, if gravel tracks, 800m climbs and 50km days really are that much worse with a trailer behind your bike than on a solo bike.

It is probably best to not think about it until we get there
Think instead on all the families who will do long road trips with a toddler sat in a car seat for hours every day. And be grateful for fresh air and mountain roads, and your ability to pull the trailer up there.

Your son will have a much better experience than the ones stuck in cars to drive halfway across Europe for their summer holidays

Re: Short cycle tour to get my reluctant partner into cyclin

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 May 2015 - 8:45pm
elioelio although I can't offer any route advice I can offer you all my respect for being so thoughtful towards your partner. I hope you have a wonderful time...b

Re: Brittany - Voies Vertes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 May 2015 - 8:11pm
Agreed, but they can be great for the less confident rider. My wife loved the route from Roscoff to Redon, avoiding all busy roads.
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