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Re: How Heavy is too Heavy?

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 February 2015 - 9:13am
From my experience and from all the reports I've read on the net ......

About 20 lb extra weight slows you down by around 1 mph.

So dropping from a 50 lb bike to a 30 lb bike will not make that much of a difference.
Unless you are riding right on the edge of what you can do .......

Re: How Heavy is too Heavy?

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 February 2015 - 9:13am
fluffybunnyuk wrote:I'd pay good money to time wiggo climbing boxhill on a fully loaded tourer would put to bed alot of weight questions
He'd still beat me, even if I was on a motorbike...

Re: Lance is trying to get the ban lifted

CTC Forum - Racing - 4 February 2015 - 8:57am
If you hadn't quite made up your mind about whether he is a cheating lying *** this might help you decide - he`s been charged with hit & run & got his girlfriend to take the blame ...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/31125348

Re: Taking bikes on trains in France

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 February 2015 - 8:53am
slowpeddler wrote:In reality, you can book a TGV up to an hour before the train departs.(Their IT systems are so good) I usualy book the night before at the station. I might be lucky but I've always wheeled the bike straight onto a TGV. You pay about 10 euro a trip on the TGV for the bike but it might be more now.

That could be quite an expensive way of doing things, TGV tickets are substantially cheaper if booked well in advance. Also, as mentioned above, some TGVs do not have any room for bikes. On TGVs that do accept bikes, there are usually only 6 spaces which can get booked up early on busy routes. I'd recommend the Capitaine Train website, the prices are the same as the SNCF website and it's very easy to use.

The "tarif bleu" reductions only apply to the slower trains (called TER and Intercités), here are the current off-peak times: http://aide.voyages-sncf.com/files/aide ... y_2015.pdf For these trains I agree that it's easiest to just turn up at the station and buy the ticket on the day, although there are also slower trains that don't accept bikes!

Re: How Heavy is too Heavy?

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 February 2015 - 8:31am
Weight is definitely an issue with this bike. As said, 31lb off the shelf isn't a good start. Add lights, dynamo hub, front rack, heavier rear rack, suspension post and heavy leather saddle, computer, garmin, airzound, kickstand, big mudflaps and bottles and cages and that's before all the stuff in the saddlebag and gravity isn't exactly on my side.
When I decided to get back into cycling I had two choices, road bike or tourer. Mountain bikes didn't even enter into my thoughts at that time and as I was in no hurry to get anywhere, the tourer won. I couldn't give a monkeys about training, I'm no time trialist. And therein lies a problem...finding a club for cyclists rather than racers. There's nothing round these parts.
I did start getting fitter the last time I was with the club and at one point I was able to keep up with the slower group but then the issues with my legs raised their ugly heads and I left. I think I'll probably get fitter again, but no way will I ever be in the other members class.
Anyhoo, off out on another club run now. I might mention my concerns to the club president......more than likely though I'll just keep quiet and suck it up like usual.

Re: 13 deaths in January, heading for worst in over 10 yrs

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 February 2015 - 7:26am
Cycling among adults is booming where I live, 20 miles west of Cardiff. On Saturday and Sunday mornings our busiest road (B4265) has cyclist after cyclist going past, at a much higher rate than ten or twenty years ago. Commuting on that road is still a minority activity, but it has increased a bit. If there is a group I do not see cycling as much it is children.

With regard to safety, in this mainly rural / small town area I feel safer than ten years ago, with drivers passing me with more care and less aggression. I rarely cycle in large, built-up areas, and I last cycled in London about 20 years ago, so I can only listen to the experiences of others.

Re: How Heavy is too Heavy?

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 February 2015 - 7:06am
I'd pay good money to time wiggo climbing boxhill on a fully loaded tourer would put to bed alot of weight questions

Re: How Heavy is too Heavy?

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 February 2015 - 6:59am
Audax67 wrote:I wouldn't worry about heavy until you reach this level:




From Joe Kochanowski's Road Warrior Recumbents page.

I want one! I love it. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder...hc

Re: How Heavy is too Heavy?

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 February 2015 - 6:16am
Well, if you are really pushing it, as on a training ride, wieght will make more difference than at an easy pace.

Maybe it's pace that needs adjusting.

Being faster going downhill, and slower going up indactes that weight was a factor, but fitness can make up for that. I'm sure that Bradley Wiggens would still go faster up the hills even if he was riding that thing above, and I was on a super light weight carbon butterfly.

Re: Anyone not get frozen fingers today

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 February 2015 - 12:20am
barbelfisher wrote:I purchased a really nice pair of lobster gloves from Aldi recently
I was poised to write a review of these lobster mitts because I am a bit disappointed with mine. In principle they should be warmer than gloves, but I found that they are very damp at the end of a ride, and require turning inside out (quite a dangerous operation with some multi-layer gloves) to dry. I've experienced this dampness before with other Aldi clothing: it is marked as breathable, but isn't very. I give it the benefit of the doubt each time because I reason that Gore-Tex has been around for +40 years, so the rival technologies should now be at least as good. I should learn my lesson.

Re: USA Bikes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 February 2015 - 11:52pm
hondated wrote:Tony I brought a saddle from the USA naively and ended up having to pay the extra charges, but could LBC buy it and get them to post it to him as a gift which I understand prevents you being charged the extra costs.

Maybe but its a bit of a lottery. First the LBC has to want to falsely claim its a gift when it isn't. Some will, many won't - why should they risk their business for a saddle sale to someone who will probably never buy from them again?

Then there is the lottery of Customs. Parcels sometimes just come through in the post and others get picked on by Customs and charges applied. Its not exactly the oldest trick in the book but pretty near so its naive to think they're not clued up.

Re: Anyone not get frozen fingers today

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 February 2015 - 11:43pm
Last week in freezing temperatures, my fingers halfway through the commute froze up, it was extremely painful for the rest of the 10-mile ride.

This week, on the same ride (I only work 1 day a week now) in equally low temperatures, I had the idea of wearing an extra shirt. I can't put on a woollen jersey because it's too tight then under my yellow jacket, but I tried the effect of a separate (cotton, long-sleeved) shirt over the one I was already wearing - i.e. two shirts and a yellow altura jacket. I also put on my 'arctic' cap which is heavily padded with ear flaps and a chin strap (necessary in the wind). And the same leather gloves as last week. This time the ride went fine, hardly any problems with the fingers at all.

Having said that, it was only about -1C when I set out, not the -5 mentioned in the OP.

Re: How Heavy is too Heavy?

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 February 2015 - 11:40pm
We seriously need a "Like" button for comments like that^ hehehehe

Re: How Heavy is too Heavy?

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 February 2015 - 11:32pm
well he saves 5lbs on a bike lock? no one wants to steal that?

Re: Wicken Fen to Ely (NCR 11)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 February 2015 - 11:28pm
I've only done it once, in the dry. I think that could be muddy in places after rain, especially in winter, but I think it's mainly the slope south of a gate that's likely to be problematic.

There's a shorter Cambridge-Ely route via NCN51 and Cottenham that you could use if it seems muddy, but part of that is on a busy B road.

Re: How Heavy is too Heavy?

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 February 2015 - 10:59pm
It's got a fairing on the front and a disc wheel. I bet it's uber fast.

Re: How Heavy is too Heavy?

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 February 2015 - 10:46pm
Audax67 wrote:I wouldn't worry about heavy until you reach this level:




From Joe Kochanowski's Road Warrior Recumbents page.

what a piece of junk

Re: Avenue Verte GPX route

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 February 2015 - 10:24pm
Does anyone have an opinion or a comment as to the differences between the Hirsch http://www.donaldhirsch.com/dieppeparis.html London - Paris route and the one on cycle.travel one?

Cheers

Re: Kingston upon Thames to Redhill route?

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 February 2015 - 10:13pm
I tried CycleStreets:
http://www.cyclestreets.net/journey/43351428/
Their Quiet Route is definitely off-road exploration
Their Fastest Route is probably as hostile as suggested
The Balanced Route is much as you suggested.

An alternative is to go via Leatherhead, then Mole Gap to Dorking (there is a good cycle path here and it is nearly flat ) and East along the A25 (not awful)

Re: How Heavy is too Heavy?

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 February 2015 - 10:03pm
I wouldn't worry about heavy until you reach this level:




From Joe Kochanowski's Road Warrior Recumbents page.
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