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Spa Cycles steel Audax - any reason not to?

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 June 2015 - 11:45am
Think I'm going to get the steel version of the Spa Cycles Audax.
The plan is to then throw on most of a 105 groupset and then sort some wheels out (that's a question for another day)

I briefly looked at other "audax" bikes.......

....Singular Osprey - 1" steerer
Hewitt Chiltern - out of stock

So it seams I'm kinda stuck, in a good way, with the Spa option.

Any I've overlooked?
Total bike build budget can strech to £1200.

Re: How to make a cyclist sandwich - video content -

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 June 2015 - 11:02am

My Braun doesn't even shave that close!
Get that reported asap!

Re: Map reading - can anyone do this now?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 June 2015 - 10:28am
gottogetfit wrote:...they are my favourite bed time read.When I tell people that, they look at me as if I'm strange and tell me I need to get out more - which is ironic...

Re: Map reading - can anyone do this now?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 June 2015 - 10:17am
Mark1978 wrote:OS recently have announced that if you buy a paper map, you'll get the electronic version for free. Which is a decent idea.

You can get 1:50000 for the whole of GB on Viewranger for £90, it was about £250 when I first got it back in about 2008.

Re: How to make a cyclist sandwich - video content -

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 June 2015 - 9:12am
I couldn't judge from the video how far out the cyclist had been before the overtake started. TBH, I doubt it would have made any difference, that van had a 'coming ready or not' approach to driving.

Re: Please help!

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 June 2015 - 9:10am
It's certainly the case that cycling uses some muscles a lot that running doesn't use to the same extent, or in the same way....same as walking uphill is different to walking on the flat. If you can walk 20 miles on the flat, it doesn't mean you won't struggle with 6 miles in the Lakes if you're going up the mountains. I think joint angles for each activity may have a lot to do with it.

Good luck with your ride (and the pedals cycleruk mentions with a flat side and a clip side sound like a great idea).

Re: another cyclist killed by a lorry in London

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 June 2015 - 9:07am
I have heard that a lot of HGV drivers are currently on low wages and have to work long hours to pay the bills.

I don't think anyone on this thread has suggested that female cyclists are more "suicidal" than male cyclists. It has been suggested that they may be less experienced or skilled, but even that was just expressed as speculation, not as statement of fact. The gender bias is a legitimate area for investigation. There may be something there that helps inform a properly thought out package of solutions.

Re: USA Coast to Coast

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 June 2015 - 8:26am
irc wrote:Psamathe wrote:DGG1941 wrote:nyc bus tour... There were a couple of stretches where you are directed onto Interstates as these are the only passable roads over the mountains. ...
What is riding on the interstates like? Sounds rather "unpleasant", but that is a guess.

Ian

In the west many freeways carry very little traffic. Often less traffic on a 4 lane + 2 shoulder freeway than the two lane A82 Loch Lomond Rd. I'd take a quiet freeway any day.

Not all freeways allow cyclist but the ones in the rural west usually do. This one is in Texas close to a El Paso - a decent sized city. Still pleasant to ride on and little traffic. This pic was around mid-day. Even has the shoulder marked as a bike lane.

bikelane.jpg

Another west Texas freeway

k-freewayquiet.jpg
seems to be a very clean , but is this a all story ? yah i agree with other member who is saying to use apps , better way to find the less busy roads

Re: another cyclist killed by a lorry in London

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 June 2015 - 8:17am
thirdcrank wrote: rewarded by piece-rate rather than the hour.
Is there a professional driver out here that can confirm the "piece rate " basis of tipper or any other drivers remuneration ?

Re: another cyclist killed by a lorry in London

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 June 2015 - 8:09am
I'm no statistician but even I can see that if there are countless unrecorded "damage only" accidents which would be "KSI" if they involved a pedestrian or a cyclist, then the tragically high number of dead cyclists represents only a tiny part of a much wider issue. On that basis, I suspect that the numbers of women killed as compared with men is statistically and only statistically, insignificant.

We have huge trucks on busy, often narrow streets, driven by often young, inexperienced people - largely men, I suspect - rewarded by piece-rate rather than the hour. They are physically safe, with no worries about their own bodywork or that of the vehicle they are driving, and practically immune from prosecution in the present dismal state of traffic policing. I'll speculate for many of them, being in the cab of a truck is the only time they experience any sort of power. Against that, there's a search for some sort of suicidal tendency among female cyclists.

Re: How to make a cyclist sandwich - video content -

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 June 2015 - 8:05am
Bloody scary, but, got to agree, ride further out. A perfect example of how you prevent a moron like that risking your life

Re: First tour, how much time would I need for this...

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 June 2015 - 7:33am
https://www.calmac.co.uk/kennacraig-por ... -timetable

You might have to look and plan around your ferries, this in turn may affect time taken.
I know we used the Kennacraig Ferry on a Weds so we could take in Colonsay (for 6 hours) while the ferry went to Oban then returned to Colonsay, then we stopped over on Islay for a couple of days.

but all the timetables are on the ferry link

Re: another cyclist killed by a lorry in London

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 June 2015 - 7:14am
Valbrona, your suggestions about why females are over represented in casualty figures are worth investigating. They are just speculation at the moment, but you have to start somewhere. Another possibility is that this bias is just a weird statistical blip. Not likely, but possible.

Re: How to make a cyclist sandwich - video content -

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 June 2015 - 7:02am
I'm going to make a comment - not a criticism...

I would suggest riding a bit further out - particularly approaching the bend. That driver should be stripped of their license, it is certainly worth reporting, but I'd not be all that surprised if nothing came of it.

Re: another cyclist killed by a lorry in London

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 June 2015 - 2:34am
pwa wrote:And secondly, identifying female cyclists as the most vulnerable, on the face of it, makes no sense. Any cyclist (or pedestrian) crushed by the wheels of a lorry is equally vulnerable. I don't understand why females would be more at risk of this sort of accident.

Six of the cyclists killed so far this year in London were women, and lorries have been involved in seven out of the eight fatal incidents. from here: http://road.cc/content/news/154989-prot ... on-hgv-ban

If women are disproportionately more highly represented amongst the casualty figures I think it is a reasonable analysis to say that they are more vulnerable.

Women are perhaps at greater risk because they have less awareness of dangers on the road and are also less able to perceive these dangers. And also your average female cyclist might just be less experienced on the roads than your average male cyclist that might have been riding longer and that might clock up more miles in any given period.

Re: How to make a cyclist sandwich - video content -

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 June 2015 - 2:20am
A lesson in how to kill someone.

Re: Pennine cycleway starting 27.6.15

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 June 2015 - 11:14pm
Can't help you with the camping other than recommended this site http://www.ukcampsite.co.uk

Also make sure you are going on the correct route, the Pennine way, the Pennine cycleway and the Pennine bridleway are all different.

Re: Armistead Down And Out................

CTC Forum - Racing - 25 June 2015 - 10:45pm
Flinders wrote:Bonefishblues wrote:OTOH they didn't just jump out and risk avoidance is a two-way street.

Six of one etc
I don't honestly think so, at least in this particular case. As far as I remember, I think the people in the road were still creeping out sideways even as the riders were finishing, just as I've seen similar things happen in other sorts of racing- they get excited and try to see round each other - with no barriers, there's no limit to where they can end up.
The thing is, photographers with long lenses can't see sideways, they're like horses wearing blinkers. So they don't see any hazard that isn't directly in their lens, and the field of view of those long lenses is very narrow. That type of lens also affects the perception of depth and, therefore, speed. I photograph horse racing with similar kit, and in amateur racing where there are no barriers, I keep far, far further back from the racing line (never mind stand in it) and have with me a 'minder' who isn't taking photos, and who has a complete field of vision and watches for hazards for me, like loose horses careering way off the track.

That finish could easily have had even more riders across the line side by side, and no way could they have all funelled down safely to less than half that road.
We always say about riding in the gutter 'never ride close to the edge in case there is a surface problem on the road etc.'. So why on earth squeeze riders so close just after a finish, leaving them with next to nowhere to go?
Yes you're right in part I think, I understand the point about the photographers.

Trouble is, the person with the best view of events seemed to be unaware of the danger until the very last moment when she veered left, as seen from a head-on camera angle in other footage, sadly unable to steer or brake having had her hands aloft fist pumping for 50 metres or so.

First tour, how much time would I need for this...

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 June 2015 - 10:38pm
I've had the seed for doing a short tour planted for quite some time now. The Scottish islands always appealed and a friend moved to Mull today so now I have even more reason to go. Trouble is I have to balance time away with also having a young family, so can't disappear for long.

Using the Cicerone guide I've hatched a very rough plan along the lines of train to Ardrossan (have another friend who lives nearby), crossing to Arran, then Islay for a day and some distilleries, then up to Mull for a couple of days before train back from Oban.

I love cycling / being on the bike so the stopping for leisurely sightseeing bit I can forego on this occasion, just being up there on the bike is enough.

Does this itinerary sound do-able in less than a week? Is there a direct ferry from Islay to Mull or do I have to go via Oban?

Re: USA Coast to Coast

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 June 2015 - 10:35pm
The only nervous-making moments were on a stretch of road that had two way traffic due to repair work on the other carriageway. But the rest of the time the hard shoulder was wide enough to feel safe. In fact I only had one occasion when a vehicle was a little too close for comfort. Even the young man who gave me "the bird" out of his car window gave me a wide birth.
And as an aside, the 1000 miles through Texas provided some of the most interesting conversations and hospitality of the whole trip.
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