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Re: Sweat in eyes solution

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 November 2014 - 3:28pm
Sounds like a good idea.
Personally, I don't sweat much even with a helmet, but I can see what this Halo thingy is for.

Yes, a good idea.

Re: Sweat in eyes solution

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 November 2014 - 3:16pm
Edwards wrote:You could always wear a helmet with built in front sweat band, with the vents helping to move the air and sweat to the back of the head. Then you are sorted.

Never worked in the days when I did wear a helmet so no reason it would work now. All the front sweat band did was load up with sweat and then release it.

Re: Sweat in eyes solution

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 November 2014 - 3:13pm
Edwards wrote:You could always wear a helmet with built in front sweat band, with the vents helping to move the air and sweat to the back of the head. Then you are sorted.

I generally don't get a sweaty head - except when i wear a helmet!

Re: ROSE BIKE'S UK . .

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 November 2014 - 2:45pm
I building my ridgeback hybrid up for touring. . most things fishing for on ebay, panniers, crank & rear mech. .
but as for new things the saddle cant be over looked(but thinking of perserverving with my velo saddle for the moment), the rack's also new as the haven't had a hard life.
Thanks once again for you replys

Re: UK to Prague via northern Germany

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 November 2014 - 2:21pm
Anne Sels wrote:Also - if you don't mind investing in route maps, publicpress.de has a series of maps of existing German routes without all the blah blah like the booklet ones...might just check here to see what routes could be possible options for your tour...



The only problem with the PP route booklets is the lack of detail on the maps - i've got several and providing you don't need to move off the route they are fine but any deviation can leave you without a clue!

Re: Traveling by Train.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 November 2014 - 2:14pm
You shouldn't need to bring anything along. Ticket office staff are required to be impartial and sell you the cheapest appropriate ticket for your journey. If there happens to be an Advance ticket available for the train(s) you wish to take then this should be offered to you automatically.

The advantage of looking at prices online is that you know in advance which trains to ask for and the price of the ticket. You can also take time to research savings through things like split tickets which a booking clerk at a station understandably does not have the time to do. They can, however, sell you whichever tickets you have decided on.

I've had very few problems doing this but there are some potential problems:

The complexity of the system means that booking engines occasionally don't agree; some will offer tickets which aren't strictly valid (though once issued they will be honoured) and others won't recognise a valid ticket. You sometimes even get differences between different online booking engines. Anyway, there's a small chance of the system used at the booking office not recognising a ticket which was showing as available online. If you had a printout of the itinerary shown on the online booking site this may convince a clerk to look harder to see if they had made a mistake or oversight, but it won't help in a case of "computer says no".

A tiny number of operator-specific tickets and occasional promotional offers are only available through that operator's website so not available at booking offices. Conversely some good value local tickets are not available online, for example the Greater Manchester Rail Ranger offers £5 unlimited off-peak travel throughout the GM area (it can be a good split ticket).

Lastly, there's always the chance that somebody may book the last Advance ticket between the time of you searching online and you getting to the station.

You know you can get tickets posted to you? (I know it costs £1 but the convenience might be worth it)
If you are starting from a station without collection facilities some websites will send tickets by 1st Class post for free. East Coast is one which springs to mind. I have a miserly objection to paying fees to book or receive tickets

Re: Traveling by Train.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 November 2014 - 1:29pm
Yes I do - in fact I used that system before a lot.

Since the networked ticket machines came in though I have developed a preference for getting the things in my mitts (well in advance of travel).

Tickets through the post always made me feel a bit worried even though I never had a problem.

Re: M324 Pedals - You couldn't make it up

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 November 2014 - 1:21pm
groberts wrote:I already have a pair of M324s and am happy but if they're 'heavy' are there any other similar alternatives - similar price, packaging or not.

I and a few others use the A529 single sided SPD. :-
http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/sp/road-t ... 0000000000

I also have the A530s which have a "flat" side. I don't see them being any better in use than the 324s but obviously lighter in weight and not for MTB use. :-
http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/sp/road-t ... himpeda732

Re: Traveling by Train.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 November 2014 - 1:20pm
Sweep wrote: - in the past I have had to book a ticket online and then pedal 20 miles to Preston to pick them up from the machine there - even though I would be departing from said very local small station - manned but no computer networked ticket machine for spewing out online booked tickets.


You know you can get tickets posted to you? (I know it costs £1 but the convenience might be worth it)

Re: Traveling by Train.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 November 2014 - 12:34pm
Thanks for that bicycler.

I had some sort of dim idea that that might be the case.

If doing this what info do you quote to the ticket office to get the price you have found on line?

This might be handy if ever need a ticket in said NW small town - in the past I have had to book a ticket online and then pedal 20 miles to Preston to pick them up from the machine there - even though I would be departing from said very local small station - manned but no computer networked ticket machine for spewing out online booked tickets.

all the best - your knowledge on these matters is invaluable and I was kind of expecting you to be along.

Re: Traveling by Train.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 November 2014 - 12:22pm
Main drawback is that the refund comes in rail vouchers which are tricky to use for later online discounted tickets.
Contrary to what The Trainline and their ilk would have us believe, tickets that are available online are (with very few exceptions) also available to purchase at any railway station (not London Underground) with a booking office. You can find a ticket online and purchase it at your local station with your vouchers.

Re: Sweat in eyes solution

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 November 2014 - 12:08pm
You could always wear a helmet with built in front sweat band, with the vents helping to move the air and sweat to the back of the head. Then you are sorted.

Re: Traveling by Train.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 November 2014 - 12:08pm
Ron wrote:The sheer volume of tips and advice on this thread proves, I think, that rail travel in the UK is just too complex an issue for mere mortals. Particularly if these mortals don't want or can't afford to pay the maximum fare!

I agree totally.

Now and again the oddities pay off.

Last year I booked a ticket from London to a small Lancashire town via Manchester - beyond Manchester.

Christmas Eve which I would have thought was super super peak.

For some reason it was only £16, even though to travel less distance ie: just to Manchester, or Preston taking the other route, would have been more.

Figure that out.

As it was the Virgin train to Manchester was late, meaning I arrived in said NW town an hour late.

Got a refund form and got the entire amount back - so the trip cost nowt.

Do check the delay compensation schemes - I think it's 50 per cent back if 30 mins late, 100 per cent if an hour.

I get the feeling that this scheme isn't as well known as it might be and the Virgin rep at Manchester Picadilly looked rather peeved when I asked for one.

Main drawback is that the refund comes in rail vouchers which are tricky to use for later online discounted tickets.

Luckily I discovered that they can be used to put credit on a London Oyster card.

Sweat in eyes solution

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 November 2014 - 10:42am
I, and I know a few others here do too, suffer from sweat running off my forehead into my eyes when cycling. A cycle cap holds it back for a while but eventually becomes saturated and fails. At this years Cycle Show I came across a stand selling anti-sweat headbands and caps with a silicon strip inside to divert the sweat away to the sides and although not cheap, I bought one to try. And I have to say it seems to work so much so that I've just ordered a second one with ear coverage for my winter commutes. If anyone else has the same problem and wants to try one their website is http://www.haloheadbanduk.com. I have absolutely no connection with the company other than as a paying very satisfied customer.

Re: UK to Prague via northern Germany

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 November 2014 - 9:45am
Some great information Anne + you've touched on my next question: what is camping like in Holland and Germany + sources of information?

I am planing to cycle from either the Hook of Holland or Amsterdam to Berlin - any natural / good routes I should consider?

New Geoff Apps prototype

CTC Forum - MTB - 8 November 2014 - 9:30am
I've just noticed that Geoff Apps is building a new Cleland prototype, called the Landseer:

DSCF5780 by gmacleland, on Flickr

He's writing a blog about it here.

It's a fascinating project, and I'd love a go on one (or an Aventura). As the blog points out, the philosophy is very different to the usual mountain bike manufacturers. Here, the geometry is very short, very steep, very rearward-biased, high BB, high centre of gravity, hub brakes, hub gears, mudguards. Very unfashionable, but I reckon it would be brilliant for cross-country fun.

Does anyone here have a Cleland? Who'd like to build a Landseer when the plans are finalised?

Re: M324 Pedals - You couldn't make it up

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 November 2014 - 9:25am
£20.99?? Do you mean £24.99? Of course I did, it's an age thing - it was my birthday this week!

It's not really clear from their answer what 'packaging' meant but a box obviously qualifies.

I already have a pair of M324s and am happy but if they're 'heavy' are there any other similar alternatives - similar price, packaging or not.

Re: The financial cost/loss of UK Road incidents £15Billion

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 November 2014 - 9:25am
I will get back to you folks later today.

Re: Friday Morning Parking Giggle

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 November 2014 - 9:23am
Paulatic wrote:It is in Moffat. I have been in contact with them via Twitter and they assured me,six weeks ago, after the refurb,which starts this week, there will be new cycle racks. I'm watching and lo betide if they don't appear [emoji2]

My co-op does exactly the same, so much so that at first I thought they were actually for trolleys, but in my case I've always found enough space to use at least one of them, and if there wasn't, I'd move the trolleys. Better hope that the new racks are Sheffield ones, not the ones that only lock the front wheel, which to my mind, ought not to be allowed to be sold, never mind installed.

Re: Acceptable overtake?

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 November 2014 - 8:35am
Inconvenience to motor vehicles is the only factor worthy of consideration clearly.
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