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Re: hardtail or full sus

CTC Forum - MTB - 10 January 2016 - 10:17pm
How many Cyclo - Cross riders use suspension .... ..

Re: hardtail or full sus

CTC Forum - MTB - 10 January 2016 - 10:04pm
A hardtails rear wheel will bounce over loose stones and sticks. On a climb you will loose grip and momentum in this situation. A really good full susser will handle that better. They are well worth it.

Al

Re: Longest UK off-road surfaced cycle route?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 January 2016 - 9:42pm
This is a great thread, worth pinning down somewhere? I really want to try that busway, sounds fascinating...

Re: Cycling opportunity Keswick -Kendal

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 January 2016 - 9:33pm
TonyR wrote:EDIT: Had a look at the map and its totally incomprehensible. Its got X's to mark bridge closures but then some roads are in blue which no explanation of what it means - the whole of Ambleside is blue for example - and there is nothing obvious on the Thirlmere section of the A519, just either ends of it. Also why do people have to use rubbish like Microsoft's Silverlight? What is wrong with a good old standard Google maps mash up instead of something that is so painfully slow and clunky I gave up plus it doesn't work on mobile devices at all? Even Microsoft recommend against using it.
Red lines are closed sections of road & blue are the corresponding diversions - you may need to switch an item off & on, by clicking on the list, to see which is the diversion relating to the closure. For a cyclist the red bits are the important ones.

Rick.

Re: Sleightholme Moor Road

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 January 2016 - 8:57pm
I was a shepherd on the next door moor but that was 40yrs ago. Last rode it about 25 yrs ago on a mtb. From memory I don't recall it being suitable for a tourer.
I follow this guy on Twitter I'm sure he knows
http://northernbike.com/?attachment_id=1827

Re: Longest UK off-road surfaced cycle route?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 January 2016 - 8:53pm
I'm nominating the Brampton Valley Way - 22 miles from Market Harborough to the outskirts of Northampton although it's 'hard packed rock dust' for most of its length but it's perfectly rideable in most weathers, though the surface in the two tunnels (yes - tunnels! Both unlit) are getting to be in need of TLC. Rarely busy, very rural, and a great alternative to the busy, hilly road.

Sleightholme Moor Road

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 January 2016 - 8:49pm
Has anyone ridden Sleightholme Moor Road from Tan Hill Inn to Bowes recently? Is it suitable for a touring bike with fairly robust wheels and tires?

Thanks in advance

Andrea

Re: Someone nearly killed me today

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 January 2016 - 8:46pm
Flinders wrote:mjr wrote:Yes, Flinders, I chose "rampant" for a reason . Was it October when you were there? That's usually a low point in behaviour...

Indeed, I think it was.....
I was a student in London, that sort of thing there would leave you as a smear on the road.
Yes, lots of new students, there long enough to buy bikes but not yet familiar with their bikes or the roads, some unfamiliar with UK traffic entirely. It is sort of beautiful that somewhere exists where such behaviour doesn't carry a death penalty, though.

Re: hardtail or full sus

CTC Forum - MTB - 10 January 2016 - 8:26pm
Better on technical climbs and descents. Much more grip on climbs which saves your legs. More comfortable, more controlled and look better. More expensive and heavier.
Overall, it depends on your terrain. I have a 29er hardtail for fast tracks and a full suss for more twisty and technical trails. If I had to have one bike, it would be a lightweight 120mm full suss.

Re: Someone nearly killed me today

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 January 2016 - 8:23pm
robing wrote: I could predict what was going to happen next. I knew the lead driver hadn't seen me so I prepared myself. And sure enough as I approached he pulled out in front of me on to the main road and went the opposite way. Now because I had read the situation, I was able to brake safely. If I hadn't I would have gone over his bonnet

Do any advanced or defensive driving course and a great proportion of it is all about anticipation and planning for the "unexpected". One thing I learnt is that it is also a good a way of avoiding red mist, whether in a car or on a bike. Instead of ranting (and probably blaring a horn in a car) and chasing culprits down at the next junction to give them a piece of your mind (whilst presumably hoping the fool isn't twice your size and/or got a knife and/or is likely to ram you later), you can in contrast give yourself a metophorical pat on the back that you saw the risk developing, dealt with it and can now carry on peddaling or driving (reasonably) happily - at least after a few seconds.

Sounds like you anticipated this pretty well.

Hard to be a saint all the time of course, but if you can be one in 8/10 situations instead of 2/10, one can keep safer - and probably happier. Pity we have to do it more often than we would like though - I agree.

Happy cycling.

Re: hardtail or full sus

CTC Forum - MTB - 10 January 2016 - 8:16pm
I have a hardtail resting in the shed.
Personally my thoughts are that a full-sus' will be heavier and need more maintenance attention.
Having never ridden a full-sus I would expect it to be better over rough ground when climbing and certainly when descending.
But for me I will stick with the hardtail.

Re: Old A roads

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 January 2016 - 8:10pm
Mick F wrote:How about the Old A7?
Please bear with this old Supercar episode, but the A7 is there. Look at the maps.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzlRveC9sFA
Looked like the B 709 highlighted unless the A7 was further along into the video. I didn't get very far through it.

Re: Old A roads

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 January 2016 - 7:55pm
Great North Road, through Micklefield & at Hook Moor

Hope they're open-able???

Let me know if not


https://www.facebook.com/richard.a.thac ... 436&type=3

hardtail or full sus

CTC Forum - MTB - 10 January 2016 - 7:50pm
Hello,
Probably an age old Q but please what are the benefits of the full sus.
I am new to the mountain biking and am of a certain age.
I'm looking to do some serious off road riding in my forthcoming retirement.
I have a hard tail not used much but fancy a quality full sus.
I have seen some in the sales.
But wonder if it's worth my while as this could be a big outlay money wise..
Am I being seduced by style and the good looks of the bikes I am looking at.
Also please are there any decent trails in the East Riding /North York Moors area which warrant a full suspension bike.
Thank you,
Steve

Re: touring on a trad touring bike?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 January 2016 - 7:45pm
With a fairly similar setup, I fitted an Ortlieb bar bag on an extension bracket, though you do then have to be a bit more careful of overloading it, which is a good idea anyway.
http://www.rosebikes.co.uk/article/ortl ... AtIu8P8HAQ

Re: touring on a trad touring bike?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 January 2016 - 7:39pm
khain wrote:@reohn2
Can you fit a bar bag with those shifters?

Yes but it depends on the barbag,I can fit one of these with that set up:- http://www.topeak.com/products/bags/Com ... dlebar_Bag

Re: Someone nearly killed me today

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 January 2016 - 7:36pm
Like them or loathe them.....

This is the reason the AirZound was invented!

The number of times I have been in a similar situation and the AirZound has woken the muppet as to what is happening is countless

Re: Cycling opportunity Keswick -Kendal

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 January 2016 - 7:04pm
gaz wrote:TonyR wrote:... more generally does anyone know of a map with all the closed roads in the Lakes for route planning purposes. ...
List here with a linked map towards the top of the page. Map requires MS Silverlight, I haven't viewed it myself.

I'll have a look at the map later - Silverlight won't run on mobile devices other than Windows ones AFAIK. Which is a bit shortsighted of Cumbria County Council given that these days mobile devices dominate web access.

EDIT: Had a look at the map and its totally incomprehensible. Its got X's to mark bridge closures but then some roads are in blue which no explanation of what it means - the whole of Ambleside is blue for example - and there is nothing obvious on the Thirlmere section of the A519, just either ends of it. Also why do people have to use rubbish like Microsoft's Silverlight? What is wrong with a good old standard Google maps mash up instead of something that is so painfully slow and clunky I gave up plus it doesn't work on mobile devices at all? Even Microsoft recommend against using it.

Re: Someone nearly killed me today

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 January 2016 - 6:54pm
mjr wrote:Yes, Flinders, I chose "rampant" for a reason . Was it October when you were there? That's usually a low point in behaviour...

Indeed, I think it was.....
I was a student in London, that sort of thing there would leave you as a smear on the road.

Re: Someone nearly killed me today

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 January 2016 - 6:52pm
sapperadam wrote:Flinders wrote:mjr, having had the misfortune to drive in Cambridge last year for the first time in years, I've never in my life seen so many mad, suicidal, inconsiderate, and downright incompetent cyclists- often in packs- some of them would be dead in a week round here. (A local cyclist Mr Ortho was on a course with down there said the same, she was very frustrated by it; she put it down to people going there to study and riding a bike in the city when the last time they rode one was when they were about 8 and in a local park.)

I suspect that sot of behavior would have an impact on drivers, in that they would assume the worst and give all cyclists a lot of space and time. It gave me the serious willies, and I'm a very careful driver.

I learnt to drive in Cambridge many years ago. The only way to get around Cambridge is really by bike though, the roads are so narrow. However, as you said, the standard of cycling is not great, a vast majority of the bikes probably don't cost much more than a few quid, and the main reason they ride in packs is because there are so many of them. How many other places have upwards of a couple of thousand bikes parked outside the train station?

The main problem there is there is no space for proper infrastructure but once you get used to driving round there, it is actually one of the best, yet worst, places to be a cyclist because drivers are always aware of them but there is nowhere more evident of the "war" with cyclists than there.

Having said that though, I was on a coach last week which went through London during the rush hour and I couldn't believe the standard of some cyclists there, so much worse than I ever saw in Cambridge. In the space of about half an hour, I saw more near misses, many of which were actually the fault of cyclists, than I see in the space of a couple of months here. Is it any wonder that drivers can be so militant when they are greeted with such bad behaviours from some cyclists?

One pack of cyclists at a junction where I was waiting went across first through green lights, and then continued to flow across through the red lights whilst we (on green) waited. Precisely one car got out of the queue I was in on that sequence. Many cyclists didn't appear able to control their machines at all, and their braking distances were appalling even when they bothered to brake. I've also never heard so many squeaks and grinding noises from bikes either. It just shows that you can be good at passing exams and yet completely stupid, all at the same time.
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