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Re: Multi Function Watches

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 December 2014 - 6:26pm
Interesting article, but the bar chart only goes back to 2007 and they're only discussing smart watches etc.
Maybe wrist "watches" sales are on the rise now, but what happened in the past 200 years with respect to consumerism?

OP is asking about Multifunction Watches.
I'm suggesting that that a wristwatch is fine, but any "multifunction" can be found on many many other items depending on your activity.

Tell the time?
Yes, good on your wrist, but better to have a clock in full view in your office/on your desk/in your workplace/anywhere where people can see it.

Multifunction?
Cycling? have a computer on your handlebars. You can see the time too.

Re: Feeling guilty whilst not cycling & car use thru illness

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 December 2014 - 5:56pm
I'm off out now, shops and then a pootle around. Still feel crap but maybe the cold air will help drag the crud out my lungs quicker..lolz At least I ate yesterday without dire consequnces

Re: Feeling guilty whilst not cycling & car use thru illness

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 December 2014 - 5:49pm
Be kind to yourself,Tony. There's no medals in it. No tv deadline. No book to write. You wont live longer for thrashing yourself. Play the long game. That Crohns can be evil. Make sure of your well-being. Take what meds you need. Seek help if you need it. Early interventions and all that. Get better soon.

Re: Motorcycles using cycle designated parking

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 December 2014 - 5:17pm
Hi Ryan

Welcome to the forum. Please could you change your thread title with regard to forum conventions to avoid causing offence.
Many thanks.

Re: Motorcycles using cycle designated parking wtf!

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 December 2014 - 5:10pm
It's not like cyclists don't 'park' badly, randomly chained to street furniture and railings and often getting in the way.

I'll be honest and say on occasion I've parked outside work with my motorcycle stuffed into the sheffield stand but then I've never seen a bicycle in there! (If it were used by bikes and space was tight then I'd park elsewhere.)

Re: Motorcycles using cycle designated parking wtf!

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 December 2014 - 5:03pm
I reckon that if you want a law enforced you first have to KNOW that a law has been broken.

As the authorities dont seem so sure, you should find chapter and verse in the regulations CERTAINLY before assaulting a minor just because you think so.

I manage to share the new cycle stands with the motorcyclists which is just as well as I am normally the only cyclist who leaves their bike there amongst many motorcycles. As it is very difficult to get cars prosecuted for parking on the pavement, I see little chance of getting motorcyclists prosecuted. Though my motorbike did get a ticket on the "pavement*" where there were double yellow lines on the road.

*actually the border of the war memorial.

Re: Motorcycles using cycle designated parking wtf!

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 December 2014 - 5:02pm
Ryan wrote:Am i really the only one that thinks this is off?
Is if "off"? Yes. Is it illegal? That depends.

If the land was part of the highway, and there were no parking restrictions, then motorists can park where they want provided they don't cause an "unnecessary obstruction".

Motorcycles using cycle designated parking

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 December 2014 - 4:28pm
Am i really the only one that thinks this is off?
Apparently so, noticed scooter wedged in next to my bike on what i had PRESUMED to be designated cycle parking, queried traffic warden who told me that those spaces are for "cycles" unicycles, exercise cycles, motorcycles any sort of cycle you care to mention, went around the corner to where the police just happened to be congregating to celebrate the "community" and the Police. Asked for a traffic cop, none present, the pc said "try me", answer was-"We don't/wont enforce that". I don't know but i think the police might want to think that one through, because if i cant get my bike out because some spotty teenager has decided that is where his scooter is going to go i can see some potential for a pretty violent break down of law and order, if that is what it is deemed to be.

Anyone know the law on this, i recall that as a motorcyclist, i would of not only thought that to park suchlike was a ***** game but i would have expected a ticket and or chastisement from law enforcement persons, that was London though, this is Boondocks. As a London motorcyclist in the 90s i am pretty certain i was obliged to park on the road, not on the pavement, end of story, never mind having a hard on for the cycle posts.

Re: Lewes Road Brighton- new facility any good?

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 December 2014 - 3:18pm
mjr wrote:Although King's Lynn might soon have some neighbouring stretches of A-road with and without a narrow advisory cycle lane, against KLWNBUG advice so if we're unsuccessful in getting that changed, we might be able to collect some data next year.

If you get your act together soon enough, that gives you the opportunity to do a before and after comparisson on the same stretch of road. That way there can be no room to dispute that any effeccts you observe are due to the cycle lane itself, rather than any supposed differences between your comparison site.

Re: Best way / courier to get 1x bike to the USA?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 December 2014 - 3:03pm
Tremendous stuff, thank you.

Re: Best way / courier to get 1x bike to the USA?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 December 2014 - 2:49pm
Magnum wrote:Thanks.

Good idea about LAX.
Not au fait with the US trains, so I have more research to do!

If you require a stay beyond the 90 days, you require a visa for the USA.

Its about 45 mins (15 miles) on the FlyAway shuttle bus from LAX to Union Station and about $8. Buses run every half hour. From there take the Amtrak to San Diego or Disneyland or anywhere else on the route that takes your fancy. The Pacific Surfliner takes a leisurely 6 hrs and has bike racks on board. 12 trains a day. $37 each way. Book your tickets and bike online on the Amtrak website.

Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 December 2014 - 2:34pm
I think irc has pretty much covered it. The hard shoulder, where you're expected to ride, can be pretty grotty, lots of broken glass, old truck tyres, wire, gravel and expansion joints can be encountered at times. I heard about some lads who were doing the Southern Tier on road bikes with the comment that they were getting a lot of punctures. Good puncture proof tyres are essential.

To your spares, I'd add some zip ties and some duct tape.

Re: Dear Santa -for Christmas I would like ..........

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 December 2014 - 2:19pm
dEer sanTa

I bin gud this yeer, i wood like four chrizmus plis

a pear of winter booties
a new helmet
sum new shorts

fank you

Re: Good road US road sign

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 December 2014 - 2:08pm
gaz wrote:
Allegedly the above can be found somewhere in Hastings.
I'm surprised some Imperial Vigilante hasn't had it taken down on the grounds that it doesn't precisely constitute one of the kinds of signs where dual imperial/metric measurements are specifically permitted. http://www.ukma.org.uk/road-signage/det ... l-analysis (My guess is that it would not be strictly speaking a width etc limit, which can be shown in dual imperial/metric.)

But less jocularly, that's quite amazing. More, more, please.

Re: Dear Santa -for Christmas I would like ..........

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 December 2014 - 12:23pm
Pair of handbuilt wheels with a decent hub gear, plus a tubus logo rack so i can get my Raleigh Stowaway setup as a reasonable tourer/commuter. Maybe I will get a Christmas bonus, here's hoping.

Re: Dear Santa -for Christmas I would like ..........

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 December 2014 - 12:18pm
it to be over as soon as possible.

Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 December 2014 - 10:43am
hamster wrote:Water is the biggest issue. Most water in the wilds in the US has a substantial chance of Giardia infection. A Katadyn type water purifier is a must in remote areas. However almost every National Forest campsite has a clean water source.

I would not use pepper spray on bears, things are likely to go from bad to worse. I have had a few bear encounters and the best thing is to leave the bears to their business. As said, food storage is the most important precaution - including any other fragrant items like toothpaste, soap etc. You will need a bear bag and cord to ensure you can hang it up a tree.
You can get bear spray (stronger). But most people walking in bear country don't bother. You only use it as a last resort when a bear is attacking and close. I think there are fewer attacks these days because practice has changed; historically visitors to parks used to put out food (e.g. from the safety of their cars/coaches) so they could see the bears and bears quickly came to associate humans with food which caused obvious problems. These days rangers are very strict about food and have pretty well broken the bears' association between humans and food (hence their being so strict about bear boxes/canisters).

Some national park areas require to you use bear canisters if camping (where there are no bear boxes provided). There are certain approved canisters and when last checked bear sacks (e.g. Ursack) were not "on the list". But it depends where you are going and you mentioned not camping anyway.

If you are concerned about bears, you can improve your chances a lot but learning about them in advance (e.g. learn to distinguish black and grizzly bears and your reaction to an attack may differ depending on which bear it is, type of attack, etc.). But if it were me, with your planned travel I would not worry.

Ian

Re: Best way / courier to get 1x bike to the USA?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 December 2014 - 10:33am
My advice is make sure about the bike BEFORE you book. A cheap flight can become very expensive with what some airline charge for bikes or extra luggage. Seen too many people wingeing about charges after thinkng they got a good cheap deal on the ticket.

Other forms of transporting bike eg courier are usually much more expensive. Do some searches on this forum using a few meaningful words or phrases, lots written about it.

BA and Virgin are good options.

Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 December 2014 - 10:11am
Water is the biggest issue. Most water in the wilds in the US has a substantial chance of Giardia infection. A Katadyn type water purifier is a must in remote areas. However almost every National Forest campsite has a clean water source.

I would not use pepper spray on bears, things are likely to go from bad to worse. I have had a few bear encounters and the best thing is to leave the bears to their business. As said, food storage is the most important precaution - including any other fragrant items like toothpaste, soap etc. You will need a bear bag and cord to ensure you can hang it up a tree.

Re: Multi Function Watches

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 December 2014 - 10:04am
Mick F wrote:MarkF wrote:Mick F wrote:This day and age, wristwatches aren't needed so much and sales have slumped.

Nonsense. I think the sales of wristwatches are at an all time high, if I am wrong then they have still increased year on year since 2007.Not what I read, and I remember an article on Radio4 about it.

Maybe they were referring to proper wristwatches rather than hi-tech things that the timepiece is secondary to the whole use. They also referred to the throwaway society and how watches are fashion rather than useful.



I think the demise of the wristwatch industry has been predicted 3 times, in my lifetime alone, this time will be no different. Plenty of figures for recent wristwatch sales are easily found, they are on the rise and in their most successful period. A quick look at at any High St will confirm this unexpected trend as the high end watches get ever more expensive (with rising sales!), traditional middle range watches like Oris moving upwards in cost and desirability and forgotten names like Hamilton & Certina returning to move into and fill that gap.

Interesting, old v new article.
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-watchs-time-isnt-up-2013-07-01
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