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Re: tyre difference

CTC Forum - MTB - 20 December 2014 - 8:05pm
Bikefayre wrote:Feel the wire bead is better at surviving rough roads as the Kevlar ones are usually the ones with lighter sidewalls and can puncture more. Have a wee look at the Schwalbe Marathon Plus MTB a good all-round tyre and tough as old boots and is cheap to buy.

It's not a proper MTB tyre though.

The answer to everything appears to be Ardents this year, though I am still on my BC Mountain Kings and am happy with these.

Re: Feeling guilty whilst not cycling & car use thru illness

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 December 2014 - 8:01pm
Cripes mate, it's bad enough you having to struggle with a chronic condition like Crohn's without you piling on the extra hassle of feeling guilty - if you don't feel up to cycling, hop in the car and don't give it a second thought, till you you feel well enough again to get back on the bike. That's what I say!

Re: A good demonstration of why not to blind side a lorry

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 December 2014 - 7:48pm
I'm so glad that Sweden and France (or Volvo and Renault most likely) didn't succeed in delaying safer lorry cab visibility from 2019 to 2025.

Re: Feeling a bit lonely......

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 December 2014 - 7:38pm
SteveHunter wrote:I acknowledge all other cyclists when I'm out on a leisurely ride. I don't bother when commuting though as I would be a nodding dog as well.

I find large groups are the worst for acknowledging you.


If you are about number 26 in a stream of forty Audax riders you tend to feel a bit sorry for the poor person cycling towards you getting hoarse from replying to all of our "Good Mornings", especially when they have hardly even woken up yet.

Re: A good demonstration of why not to blind side a lorry

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 December 2014 - 7:35pm
Drifter wrote:First clip - I can't believe that the truck is completely oblivious that he's just made contact with something.

I have a lorry driver friend who had a feeling that something wasn't just right.
When he stopped and got out to check he found a small car sideways that he had been pushing along.
He had no idea where she had come but the woman driver had just turned right in front of him, assuming he had seen her.
So if a car can't be felt, or seen, then a cyclist doesn't stand a chance.
We have to be very aware of the lack of vision that lorry drivers have and treat them accordingly.

I have a great respect for lorry drivers but I do agree there are places where the larger lorries shouldn't be allowed.

Re: Feeling a bit lonely......

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 December 2014 - 7:24pm
Mark1978 wrote:Oh it's the waving thread again. Nice.
Agreed. It doesn't help.

Is it just me who can't read this thread title without thinking of Team America: World Police

Re: Cycling to Axbridge from Bristol

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 December 2014 - 7:21pm
I heard about the chocolate path long before Strava started in 2009. Knowing Bristolian humour, I suspect it got that name soon after it was built in the early 1900s, what with Dairy Milk first going on sale around the same time.

Bristol City Council call it by that name AFAIK

Re: Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 December 2014 - 7:16pm
reohn2 wrote:PH wrote: You're right that you don't hear much bad about them. But you can't fail to notice how often they come up for sale second hand. I don't think many people undertake the purchase of a £1,000+ bike lightly and if they're selling it after a short period of time my theory is it must have disappointed them in some way. Maybe not the bikes fault, maybe they didn't realise what they were getting, maybe it didn't turn out to be what they thought. Of course it's only a theory, and there are of course many reasons for selling a bike.
Yes you do see a few for sale,and no doubt there's different reasons for that.But it doesn't mean the bike's a bad one.
There's a lot of people with touring stars in their eyes that are never reached for due to real life realisations.
There are a lot of Galaxy's up for sale too,and whilst the Gal' is an old 'un,you see quite a few newish ones for sale.
I think the innocent explanation is that they are popular. More bought new means more later sold second hand. Same thing with the Galaxies. In fact I'd challenge the earlier statement that Galaxies are no longer the default tourer. Whilst I hardly see lots of tourers I bet I still see more Dawes tourers out and about than LHTs. They may no longer be the enthusiasts' choice but the name still seems to count for something (or maybe there's just enough old ones still hanging around).

Re: A good demonstration of why not to blind side a lorry

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 December 2014 - 7:14pm
Both clips - cyclist - what were they thinking!

First clip - I can't believe that the truck is completely oblivious that he's just made contact with something.

Re: A good demonstration of why not to blind side a lorry

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 December 2014 - 6:30pm
axel_knutt wrote:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCcqZs_3UHA

entirely the womans fault - see how she deliberatley swerves into front of the lorry; she was luck to get out of it a live? Why on earth did she do it? stupid woman?

Re: Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 December 2014 - 6:16pm
mrjemm wrote:I do think if I had no bikes already and wanted something for a prolonged bike trip, a 26" trucker would be likely my 1st investigation. As it stands my Vaya is No1 bike, while my Orange P7 (not much P7 left, but...) is my 26" toy, and very close in nature to a 26" LHT/DT (has both brake mounts, ).
I can fully understand that reasoning and also understand the reasoning that the 26" DT in anything but small sizes just don't look right,nooo not at all


R2... Wax on my tache? Not a hope! Cheeky feller.
Apparently it's a mark of a true hipster HIPSTER ALERT :-
http://www.firehousemoustachewax.com/Wa ... od__KS.jpg

And I don't think a backwards Tara would work- nothing to stop the panniers flapping about. If you look further into the photobucket you linked to, he shows going between the 2 directions, so perhaps realised his mistake, or was experimenting.
Yes I did see that.

Re: Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 December 2014 - 6:05pm
PH wrote:Am I still in the right thread?
Thread drift happens from time to time
You're right that you don't hear much bad about them. But you can't fail to notice how often they come up for sale second hand. I don't think many people undertake the purchase of a £1,000+ bike lightly and if they're selling it after a short period of time my theory is it must have disappointed them in some way. Maybe not the bikes fault, maybe they didn't realise what they were getting, maybe it didn't turn out to be what they thought. Of course it's only a theory, and there are of course many reasons for selling a bike.
Yes you do see a few for sale,and no doubt there's different reasons for that.But it doesn't mean the bike's a bad one.
There's a lot of people with touring stars in their eyes that are never reached for due to real life realisations.
There are a lot of Galaxy's up for sale too,and whilst the Gal' is an old 'un,you see quite a few newish ones for sale.

If I was in the market for a full on tourer, the LHT would definitely be on the short list, but it wouldn't be there on it's own, I can think of a few other bikes that equally deserve a place.
Care to name a few?

OK... back to the Salsas now...
Well if you must

Re: Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 December 2014 - 5:59pm
mrjemm wrote:
As for the 2nd hand preponderance, I wonder if that's lots of folk having fantasies of quitting the rat race, or even just taking 6 months and going off for an adventure, and then having to face reality.


cycle away into the sunset until they see the storm clouds in the distance...

Re: Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 December 2014 - 5:52pm
I do think if I had no bikes already and wanted something for a prolonged bike trip, a 26" trucker would be likely my 1st investigation. As it stands my Vaya is No1 bike, while my Orange P7 (not much P7 left, but...) is my 26" toy, and very close in nature to a 26" LHT/DT (has both brake mounts, ).

As for the 2nd hand preponderance, I wonder if that's lots of folk having fantasies of quitting the rat race, or even just taking 6 months and going off for an adventure, and then having to face reality.

R2... Wax on my tache? Not a hope! Cheeky feller.

And I don't think a backwards Tara would work- nothing to stop the panniers flapping about. If you look further into the photobucket you linked to, he shows going between the 2 directions, so perhaps realised his mistake, or was experimenting.

Re: Feeling a bit lonely......

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 December 2014 - 5:49pm
Oh it's the waving thread again. Nice.

Re: Feeling a bit lonely......

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 December 2014 - 5:47pm
what are "tubs"? Oh now you lot know I am not a roadie

Re: A good demonstration of why not to blind side a lorry

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 December 2014 - 5:18pm
A good demonstration of why not to allow multiple trailer lorries to drive in towns and cities.

Re: TOURING 2015

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 December 2014 - 4:55pm
Wow, some exotic routes and loads of ideas.
That's the problem; plenty of time after Easter next year to travel and loads of possibilities to look at.
Mrs Dodger wants a long trip in the camper, so maybe there's scope for a bit of cycling in between campsites.
I think Northumberland is on the list after Iron Bridge and Skipton, so good scenery.
Back to planning.
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