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Re: Re, Idiots on bikes

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 November 2014 - 8:48pm
What can one say? Utterly shameful. I've met the odd 'rude roadie' but this takes the biscuit.

Re: panniers panniers panniers???

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 November 2014 - 8:46pm
I've had a pair of Altura Arran 36l in daily use for four years now and can't fault them - not waterproof, but bin bags and carrier bags are cheap

The Rixen Kaul fittings offer a decent range of movement and fitment (standard across Altura Arran range)

Re: panniers panniers panniers???

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 November 2014 - 8:25pm
bogmyrtle wrote:If I was looking for panniers again I would look for something with pockets. I curse the pocketless Ortliebs I have every time I use them.

Yes, but then I use a saddlebag as well, everything I need on the road is in the saddlebag and the panniers don't get opened from one end of the day to the next.

Re: panniers panniers panniers???

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 November 2014 - 8:22pm
DaveP wrote:Or you could buy some budget panniers to start with, such as Altura. They are cheap but certainly not nasty. They won't suddenly disintegrate mid ride, and you can obtain very high levels of water proofing by lining them with - a bin liner. Replaced every trip.
Buy the expensive stuff when you have a clearer idea of what you need.

I'd suggest there's not enough of a price difference between the mid rage ones like the Altura and the top of the range like the Ortlieb/Vaude/Carradice to warrant buying with the intention of upgrading in the future. When I last looked it was about £65 Vs £90. Better IMO to either buy really cheap or the best. If you're on a budget and in no hurry keep an eye on the classifieds, good value panniers come up quite regularly, I just bought a decent pair of front vaudes for £15.
Of the makes you list, The PVC Carradice Carradry are not as well made as the PVC Ortlieb/Vaude, nor do they have the same quality as the Carradice Cotton Duck range. The manufacturing of the PVC ones has been outsourced rather than made in the UK, IMO if they didn't have the name Carradice on them they wouldn't sell.
Panniers really are something where quality lasts, my Ortliebs are 9 years old and function as well now as when new, at least one of them is used nearly every day.

Re: French End to End

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 November 2014 - 8:14pm
At present am planning doing this end of May 2015 and back.

Re, Idiots on bikes

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 November 2014 - 8:00pm
This is a post ive copied from the Bolsover and District CC facebook page. Makes me feel proud to be a cyclist. "Rode through Bakewell today, stopped off to use the facilities and was approached by an official looking person and asked to put the word out. It appears a group of road cyclists in hi vis stuff rode through the closed roads. The roads were closed for the armistice parade. Apparently the cyclists shouted at the marching band to get out of the way. Obviously the people of Bakewell were none to impressed with this behaviour."

Re: panniers panniers panniers???

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 November 2014 - 7:56pm
If I was looking for panniers again I would look for something with pockets. I curse the pocketless Ortliebs I have every time I use them.

Re: French End to End

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 November 2014 - 7:50pm
I plotted this as a route a while ago on http://ridewithgps.com - which is a pretty powerful planner and will give you a route profile and total ascent. Probably worth dividing it into at least two/four sections for easier planning and editing, but a virtually straight line of about 1300km looked pretty viable, skirting just east of Paris. Bray-Dunes and Lamanère lie at almost exactly the same longitude, and sticking as close as possible to that for the whole way down appealed to my sense of whimsy Virtually flat for the first half, then gets unsurprisingly lumpy for the second, but you could probably tweak a fair amount of that out if you wanted to meander via river valleys.

I seem to recall failing to spot any obvious accommodation in Lamanère itself from a cursory Google; the nearest was in Prats-de-Mollo. Would be interested to hear if you find any.

Re: Ten Miles a Day

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 November 2014 - 7:31pm
Hi,
3877 so far thats 12.4 / day so far, cant see me bettering that now.

Long tours are the answer but I am sticking with my training and a good ride today average HR of 152 over 2 h 34 min, I have only bettered that on the turbo, 168 for 1 h, or a handfull of times on the road 155 over 2h 15 mins.

Finishing the end of the year fitter than I have been for a few years will set me up for next year and hopefully achieve some of my goals

Re: Acceptable overtake?

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 November 2014 - 7:08pm
You can discourage it, but there's almost nothing a cycle can do to prevent a car movement. They can drive over you, although most won't. Take care of yourself and keep the hand signals polite.

I don't know what Edward's of Downham Market does, but after today's overtake, I won't trade with them.

Re: Ten Miles a Day

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 November 2014 - 6:55pm
I'm over 20 per day for the year, around 7,500 so far.

Actually I'm over 20 per day for the last 5 years, I've done around 38,500 miles in the five years I've had a bent trike.
It helps doing over 1,000 miles a month for the 4-5 months I'm on tour every summer.

Re: Traveling by Train.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 November 2014 - 6:24pm
Using several tickets to make up your journey is the "split ticketing" which sweep and I were on about upthread. Actually you don't have to split them where you change trains, it's perfectly valid to travel on a train going from A to B to C using a ticket from A to B and another from B to C (as long as the train actually stops at B). That gives you a few more options for splitting.

The Ellesmere Port ticket you mentioned is a good example of what I was referring to above about how you can take advantage of the flexibility of Off Peak and Anytime tickets. It is nigh on impossible to offer customers a choice of routes on a single price ticket without creating inconsistencies with other ticket prices. Alighting at a station prior to the destination on the ticket is commonly known as "stopping short" and is permitted on these tickets (unless the ticket specifically excludes a "break of journey").

People should be aware that you are never allowed to do this with Advance tickets . With those you must board and alight at the stations you booked and travel only on the exact train and route you booked. Thinking it's okay to buy a cheaper ticket for a longer journey and just hop off a few stations early is a common (and costly) error people make with Advance tickets

Re: Traveling by Train.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 November 2014 - 5:59pm
If you have a change of train on your journey, I've found it is often worth checking what the fares for the individual legs booked separately would be (for the same trains if it is cheaper ticket). For instance - I've found that not having the leg from Bolton to Manchester, which is £3.80, as part of a single ticket can often reduce the fare for the main journey substantially, often by £10 or more.

Another oddity I've found in recent months is that a return from Wigan to Ellesmere Port is £5 cheaper than a return from Wigan to Chester - even though going via Chester is a legitimate way of getting to Ellesmere Port (the alternative is via Liverpool). As my usual destination is between Chester & Ellesmere Port, I usually get the ticket to EP but only get the train as far as Chester and ride from there (going to EP is 2 extra trains taking an additional 1/2 hour leaving me no closer to my final destination).

Rick.

Re: Acceptable overtake?

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 November 2014 - 5:40pm
Psamathe wrote:I suspect the car would have pulled back into the left lane and there would have been a major accident involving a car and cyclists.
Ian

Exactly. I've certainly learned from this experience and will move to prevent it in future with road positioning and a suitable hand signal.

Re: Sweat in eyes solution

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 November 2014 - 5:28pm
Vaseline is the tip i have heard of recently... what i really want is a band that covers the ears and incorporates a sun visor to combat the low sun at this time of year.
But thanks for the link and am considering one so that it will fit under my usual ski band.

Re: panniers panniers panniers???

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 November 2014 - 5:28pm
I've had a pair of Ortlieb Rolltop rear panniers for about 20 years and they've done 50 tours or more and are still waterproof and have had to have nothing replaced. I know of nothing else which would equal this durability.
I think that Carradice stuff is pretty good too. I've three of their saddlebags, some for a long time and one racktop bag which is super durable. Cotton Duck is the stuff though

Re: Acceptable overtake?

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 November 2014 - 5:15pm
redfacedbaldfatman wrote:We had the stupidest of overtakes today as we were catching up with another cyclist, so there were three of us going round a blind left hand bend... X represents a cyclist, and this is where a bint in a Ford Ka decided to overtake, completely on the wrong side of the road around the corner. What would have happened if there had been an on-coming car I do not know.
(My bold and italic). I suspect the car would have pulled back into the left lane and there would have been a major accident involving a car and cyclists. I see these blind corner overtakes frequently and cannot understand why drivers are so stupid. Every time I am just amazed. It must go beyond bad driving and bad judgement as even the worse driver must be able to understand the risk they are taking.

Ian

Re: Ten Miles a Day

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 November 2014 - 5:13pm
Just looked at my Garmin stats for the first time in a while and I'm at 3840 miles for the year!

That's my 10 miles/day sorted already. Tidy!

Re: Traveling by Train.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 November 2014 - 5:04pm
Even better - I had an inkling that one or more of the train companies still offered free ticket postage on all tickets regardless of collection facilities and it seems at least First Transpennine Express and First Great Western do so they are the ones to use if you want 1st class post.

No special tips really. With Advance tickets the key is to travel at less popular times, be flexible with travel times, book early and try out different routes and combinations of split tickets. Things can get more complicated with Off Peak and Anytime tickets because the greater flexibility of route choice and the ability to break your journey (http://www.railforums.co.uk/showpost.ph ... ostcount=9) can allow people to take advantage of the inconsistent pricing of tickets. All very geeky! Most of the time the best option is just to get Advance tickets if available. Those aged 16-25; 60+; mature students; disabled people; families, couples and friends travelling together should consider whether a railcard makes sense. If the ticket(s) for the journey and any others in the next 12 months come to more than £90 you will probably make a saving.

Train companies choose how they price and allocate Advance tickets and they do use these to fill up trains at inconvenient times. Often the best fares can be had for night journeys. As you have discovered these are often still available in the days before travel. There is often a tier of Advance fares for a journey (say £10, £15 and £20) each is limited in number and the cheapest ones get sold first - that explains why you see different Advance fares for the same journey. You'll be pleased to know that £16 is the lowest tier of Advance ticket for that journey to "rural Lancashire".

I'm guessing Clitheroe

Re: French End to End

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 November 2014 - 5:03pm
You could follow one of these routes...

http://cyclo-long-cours.fr/diagonales/
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