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Re: Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 December 2014 - 5:59pm
mrjemm wrote:
As for the 2nd hand preponderance, I wonder if that's lots of folk having fantasies of quitting the rat race, or even just taking 6 months and going off for an adventure, and then having to face reality.


cycle away into the sunset until they see the storm clouds in the distance...

Re: Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 December 2014 - 5:52pm
I do think if I had no bikes already and wanted something for a prolonged bike trip, a 26" trucker would be likely my 1st investigation. As it stands my Vaya is No1 bike, while my Orange P7 (not much P7 left, but...) is my 26" toy, and very close in nature to a 26" LHT/DT (has both brake mounts, ).

As for the 2nd hand preponderance, I wonder if that's lots of folk having fantasies of quitting the rat race, or even just taking 6 months and going off for an adventure, and then having to face reality.

R2... Wax on my tache? Not a hope! Cheeky feller.

And I don't think a backwards Tara would work- nothing to stop the panniers flapping about. If you look further into the photobucket you linked to, he shows going between the 2 directions, so perhaps realised his mistake, or was experimenting.

Re: Feeling a bit lonely......

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 December 2014 - 5:49pm
Oh it's the waving thread again. Nice.

Re: Feeling a bit lonely......

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 December 2014 - 5:47pm
what are "tubs"? Oh now you lot know I am not a roadie

Re: A good demonstration of why not to blind side a lorry

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 December 2014 - 5:18pm
A good demonstration of why not to allow multiple trailer lorries to drive in towns and cities.

Re: TOURING 2015

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 December 2014 - 4:55pm
Wow, some exotic routes and loads of ideas.
That's the problem; plenty of time after Easter next year to travel and loads of possibilities to look at.
Mrs Dodger wants a long trip in the camper, so maybe there's scope for a bit of cycling in between campsites.
I think Northumberland is on the list after Iron Bridge and Skipton, so good scenery.
Back to planning.

Re: Contador...

CTC Forum - Racing - 20 December 2014 - 4:33pm
[XAP]Bob wrote:My point was that 'saw the road was clear' and 'hit something on the road' are clearly contradictory... Mostly because 45mph is fast, so the human eye can't see all three hazards on that long a strip of tarmac.

Of course he'll make similar manoeuvres again, he is an excellent bike handler but none can analyse that much road when it is covered by other cyclists...


Very true, but you don't win many Grand Tours riding at sensible speeds.

Re: Contador...

CTC Forum - Racing - 20 December 2014 - 4:04pm
But they are in a race!
They are not going to slow down every time they want a drink or to eat.
Usually if there is something in the road then the rider in front will point out the problem.

Re: Accident waiting to happen.

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 December 2014 - 3:26pm
Si wrote:They are still building them around here.
And, it seems, that virtually no one knows the rules about cycling across them.

I think you just have to muddle through.

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Edit to add. This prompted me to try to do some research and I've been back to the Bedford Turbo Roundabout thread and posted this:

viewtopic.php?p=849937#p849937

It seems that the highway authority there has designed the new pedestrian crossings so that if and when the regs are changed, cyclists will have precedence over traffic.

Unless the regs have changed recently - and there's nothing obvious on the internet - then the crossing which prompted this thread may have been installed in anticipation of those regs. It's hard to see any other explanation. If so, we could be in a situation where there are couple of serious casualties to discredit the arrangement even before it becomes lawful.

Re: Accident waiting to happen.

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 December 2014 - 3:21pm
They are still building them around here.
And, it seems, that virtually no one knows the rules about cycling across them.

Re: Pennsylvania

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 December 2014 - 2:03pm
Dont miss Lancaster County. Intercourse is the name of the main town. No booze at all there… . Stayed in an Amish B and B once, charming people. Pretty flat around there.

Al

Re: Pennsylvania

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 December 2014 - 1:44pm
Saw this today and thought of you.

http://www.trailsfromrails.com/pennsylvania.htm

I was reading a CGOAB blog about a couple who cycled with their 6 year old on triplet ( or whatever you call a tandem for 3) from Their old home in Florida to their new home near Seattle and they did a few of the rail to ride routes and put this link up. Someone here also kindly mentioned the Allagheny route and the C&O canal route in that area.mim looking forward to,riding in the US one day but haven't done anything yet except ride to the shops when on holiday there.

Re: Circuit of the Luberon

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 December 2014 - 1:19pm
Very nice. I've done bits of Provence a couple of times. Really liked the Var (a little South of your target area), gorges de verdon are nice ( but they are a bit busy for cycling in tourist season) . The Ventoux and the Col de la Lure are worth doing just to tick the experience. Not saying you have to do em but they aren't that tough (assuming you're not planning on doing Tour de France pace) and are good experiences if it's not super hot. The col de la Lure is shaded going up whereas Ventoux is shadeless after Chalet Reynard if I remember correctly.i think we camped happily in somewhat stony ground for a few days at Forqualquier but it's too long ago to be a reliable camping reference.

Re: Really taking the sandwich

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 December 2014 - 1:10pm
squeaker wrote:... a sandwich (in one hand) whist holding the sandwich box in the other ...

Shocking . The council have installed a litter bin for cycletrack users and he hasn't used it .

squeaker wrote:The only positive point being that they were not driving motor vehicles

Whilst a fairly big positive point it is not the only one. Whilst he hadn't put his litter in the bin that the council had so thoughtfully provided at least he hadn't thrown it on the ground .

Re: Poole(UK) to Santander(Spain) Blog update

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 December 2014 - 12:14pm
Thanks for sharing. Years ago I worked for 4 months near Pyla/Arcachon/Mimizan. Memories. I'd like to cycle that way.........hc

Re: Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 December 2014 - 11:56am
Am I still in the right thread?
reohn2 wrote:Takes some beating,when you never hear or read a bad word about them.....

You're right that you don't hear much bad about them. But you can't fail to notice how often they come up for sale second hand. I don't think many people undertake the purchase of a £1,000+ bike lightly and if they're selling it after a short period of time my theory is it must have disappointed them in some way. Maybe not the bikes fault, maybe they didn't realise what they were getting, maybe it didn't turn out to be what they thought. Of course it's only a theory, and there are of course many reasons for selling a bike. Including my own, I sold because I had the chance to upgrade and the compromises with running it with Rohloff led me to a custom frame that isn't a lot different to the LHT.
If I was in the market for a full on tourer, the LHT would definitely be on the short list, but it wouldn't be there on it's own, I can think of a few other bikes that equally deserve a place.

OK... back to the Salsas now...

Really taking the sandwich

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 December 2014 - 11:54am
Some years back, Worthing prom was again opened up for cycling (this permission had been withdrawn a decade or so ago after an elderly lady was knocked down). However it seems that, as has been said elsewhere, there are idiots using all forms of transport, so I guess I shouldn't have been surprised whilst walking past the municipal loos here (note the strategically placed litter bin - this is a narrow section with lots of crossing foot traffic for the loos and bus stop shelters etc.) to see an oncoming cyclist going 8 to 10mph sitting up and eating a sandwich (in one hand) whist holding the sandwich box in the other (ie both hand no where near the bars) Presumably if he'd had a 3rd hand that would be holding his mobile....

And while I'm at it, the above happened about 30s after seeing a lad in hoodie on a shopper (!) of some description (yes, shopper, not chopper) 'force' his way across the main road traffic on a pelican crossing (no waiting for lights to change) - but at least he had one hand on the bars (mobile in the other).

The only positive point being that they were not driving motor vehicles
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