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Re: First Tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 August 2014 - 11:33pm
Regarding the Altura Arran panniers, I have a similar one (a 16) which works fine at the back, as the hook butts against a horizontal transverse rack strut (and the lower hook prevents movement in the other direction).

But for front racks, they seldom have struts in that (horizontal transverse) direction, nor vertically above the rail which the pannier hangs from. Nope, they tend to have struts pointing downwards. That's bad news for most panniers, as it's the part under the hook which is weak as it's either a moving piece (Ortlieb, Vaude) an elastic/spring fit (Altura 16/36 using the Rixon & Kaul Vario-Hooks) or non-existent (Alturas using the Rixen & Kaul red button system).

The rack pictured above compounds this by having curved corners - which will ease the Vario-Hooks open.

To prevent movement in the direction the lower hook is not facing, it might be worth adding hose clamps/jubilee clips wrapped around some layers of inner tube, to arrest the whole of one of the top hooks.

Re: Three Peaks by Brompton

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 August 2014 - 10:27pm
I take my hat off to you, the longest ride I have done on my Brompton was a (hilly for Leicestershire) 51 miles

Re: France: La Manche to Le Med -advice?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 August 2014 - 10:17pm
Pete Jack wrote:France En Velo by Walsh and Reynolds: detailed description in English of St Malo to Nice.

Just got this, it's a terrific coffee table type book. Great photos. Now looking for a gpx route of this if anyone has it so I can ogle it on memory map in the dim winter evenings. Could be next years tour.

Re: Ten Bike Touring Convoy!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 August 2014 - 10:12pm
Fantastic !

I wish you all a great time and safe journey !

Re: Cycle Challenges

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 August 2014 - 8:49pm
To try to average 30 miles/day, ie approx. 10,000 miles per year.
For 1 one significant birthday year, to complete the Audax 2000km in y2k ie 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6oo km event totalling 2000kms.
1/2 way significant birthday, complete London Edinburgh London.
Update some of my time trial pb's inc update my club's 12 hour record, were this years specific goals.

Re: lake district route advice please

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 August 2014 - 8:06pm
hgtvelo, maybe the rail journey planner is trying to send you the long way round to windermere via Carlisle? If it's 2 hours to Lancaster there are trains from Lancaster to Windermere every hour or so (sometimes involving a quick change of trains at Oxenholme) and the journey time is under an hour.

If you are getting the direct train from Leeds to Lancaster via Skipton, they stop at Carnforth before Lancaster and that is closer to the Lake District.

Also, if you can get to Oxenholme (next main station from Lancaster down the main line), that has lots of trains and it's basically Kendal station in all but name. You could do a ride into the lakes from there without having to wait for the extra train to windermere.

Re: Cycle Challenges

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 August 2014 - 7:44pm
Hi,
My challenge remains what it was two years ago, to cycle 500 K (311 M) unsupported inside 24 hrs.
I might just get a couple more goes in before autumn, boring I know.

Re: lake district route advice please

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 August 2014 - 7:39pm
Thanks for all replys

Was going to get train from leeds but might get it to Lancaster now as believe good route to Kendal from there, and looks like a 5hour trip to Windermere on train, only 2 to Lancaster

Re: Ten Bike Touring Convoy!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 August 2014 - 7:39pm
Brilliant happy and safe travels to all of you.

Re: Cycle Challenges

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 August 2014 - 7:32pm
My challenge is to ride my bike again. Due to two chronic illnesses I've not ridden for 18 months. I have psoriatic arthritis but with the help of medication it is pretty much under control to such a degree that two years ago I set my self the goal of completing the Dartmoor Classic two years ago. I did this but it's been down hill ever since.I ave finally been diagnosed with spinal stenosis, which many say can be helped by cycling but I have a complete weakness in my legs. Seeing a spinal surgeon on Wednesday so hope to get some help there. I'm hoping to be fit enough to ride our Club 100km Audax in April

Re: Overtaking cyclists - as seen from a motoring forum

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 August 2014 - 6:57pm
Seems to be an increase in this strange behaviour. As you say great majority of drivers perfectly ok, in fact some of these, giving me loads of space are then on the opposite side of the road and at risk.. Almost as though they can do only one thing at a time! Scare the hell out of me on their behalf; worst recently, woman and two kids, overtaking, loads of space, smiling and kids waving at me, as we crested an incline on blind bend. She barely managed to avoid vehicle coming the other way, luckily I'd dropped back assuming this would happen!!

Re: Cycle Challenges

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 August 2014 - 6:08pm
My challenge is to ride or walk to as many golden postboxes from London 2012 as I can, but still not done many, I live in Manchester so there's a good spread of them around me. My rules are I have to start at home and can only tick off one per ride.

I also think I'll work on my E number too, but probably start off aiming for 100 , so I'll go back over any rides I have logged/can remember, to try to work out what it is already, then try to increase it only by riding 100 miles at a time, that way I have the rest of my life to work on it and the E number will increase by 1 each 100 mile ride I do. As I understand it I don't have to do 99 rides of 99 miles before starting on 100 rides of 100 miles.

Re: I want a carbon-framed bike ( a Focus ?? )

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 August 2014 - 6:08pm
Boardman team carbon. So good I bought a boardman team pro SLR, check them out in Halfords website; you can pick up some second hand Boardman teams too.

Ten Bike Touring Convoy!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 August 2014 - 6:05pm
Georgia’s Batumi was most definitely the place to meet other tourers!

Cycling along the beachfront from where I free-camped I’m whistled at by Holy + David, they’re cycling from England to Oz, whom in Turkey ‘picked up’ Tom, a Lithuanian cyclist on a two-year five continent tour, later we’re joined by Jose’, a Spanish who had previously met Tom - he's heading for Malaysia, then a few days later at the hostel we meet three Manchester lads, also cycling to Oz. Heading the same way we decide to ride out together, and on the second day out we met Marcal + Ingris, a Dutch couple presently in the third year of their tour, travelling in whichever direction they choose each day.

Here's the ten of us on a bridge making our way up the (extremely rough) Goderdzi 2025 metre pass.

Re: Cycle Challenges

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 August 2014 - 5:58pm
Thank you

Re: First Tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 August 2014 - 5:56pm
GPS, paper maps, compass, wrist watch are all tools in the tool box of navigation. Refusing to use one of them because it is old fashioned, or what ever is denying your self a tool to aid you finding your location.
GPS and paper have their pros and cons.
GPS, Pros, small, instant location, lots of storage space (depending on the model) Cons, needs batteries
Paper, Pros, Doesn't need batteries, more area visible. Cons, bulky.

I don't use a GPS cycling, I have one in my bag, in case of emergencies. I use paper, Just what I prefer.
Same when I am in the mountains, but I have a GPS in my rucksack, but I am not adverse to using it if the situation dictates, for example, when I was in a white out in Scotland, and there was a distinct possibility of walking over a cliff edge.
Each to there own though.

Neil

Re: First Tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 August 2014 - 5:21pm
Paper is just a media.

Electronic maps are fine and have extra benefits - size, zoom in/out, navigation, search, compass, direction orientation, 3d view, street views, contact details, points of interest, links, booking facilities, etc

I can take multiple maps for the whole world in something the size of a pack of cards

I doubt my children will ever use a paper map. They will choose the media (currently paper v electronic) based on the pros and cons at the time

Re: lake district route advice please

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 August 2014 - 5:16pm
Round Windermere, I think I'd be looking at the road past Gummer's How. Fabulous views back over the lake.

Re: Three Peaks by Brompton

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 August 2014 - 4:04pm
The longest Brompton day ride I have done is the Swansea Trivets 100 mile in 2013: door to door this came out at 113 miles. It takes a bit more energy than on the touring bicycle, but is equally comfortable.
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