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Re: Bike lubing/cleaning on tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 March 2015 - 1:51pm
On tour I use a thinner oil or one that claims* to have a cleaning action as well as a lubricating action.

Sometimes I will give the chain a proper clean if staying at a YHA or other access to hot water and dishwashing liquid and somewhere to dry the chain.


*For example Pro-gold Prolink but I am dubious as to whether it does much cleaning and the chain wear rate was higher than at home with a vigorous chain cleaning routine.
Cheap 3 in 1 would probably have been as good!

Re: Hit and Run - Sheffield

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 March 2015 - 1:49pm
This same thing happened to me a couple of years ago, the guy got out of his car after wiping me out at a roundabout, saw that I was on the floor, women kneeling over me said don't move you might have hurt your back and he was on his toes. Jumped back in his car swerved around myself and the bike (but ran over my night time goggles ) and was off. Despite there being half a dozen vehicles stopped no-one got his reg (except the first few characters which plod couldn't trace)
Sad thing is the police couldn't have being less interested if they tried, there were loads of CCTV in the area from businesses and even a council one in the vicinity of his escape route (I know because I checked), however the police couldn't be bothered to do so and failed to even ring me back as promised, didn't send me a letter to state the outcome (or rather they did but couldn't even get my address right!)
Luckily for me I wasn't badly hurt but rear wheel was a write off which was an expensive ceramic Open pro too

Unless you're badly injured the police don't seem to give a flying fig quite frankly.

Re: Bike lubing/cleaning on tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 March 2015 - 1:44pm
As above I carry a bottle of chain lube and apply when appropriate. Tom Allen suggests wiping/lubing the chain everyday but I've never been that diligent!

With regards to cleaning, I cleaned my bike once in 8 weeks on the last trip I did. Mainly becuase I had been through a particularly 'sandy' area and I was worried about the long terms effects of the sand that was plastered to the bike.

If you are camping it depends a bit on access to water/bucket/sponge etc. so sometimes it's a case of if you get the chance to clean your bike don't turn it down!

Finally, yes. Now I'm back I'll be giving the bike a good clean, degrease and service before I set off again.

I think you have to get used to the fact that your bike is going to take some abuse because you can't clean it as often as perhaps you would at home.

Re: cycling to Italy

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 March 2015 - 1:31pm
Dont know how helpful this will be as its information obtained from driving to Italy for 30 odd years but it could give you a bit of guidance.

There are a number of passes through the Alps. We've personally always driven over the Alps rather than using the tunnels as its nicer (and my parents were cheapskates). We've used the Mont Cenis (Frejus) pass, Grand St. Bernard, Simplon, Gotthard, and Brenner pass (and maybe one or 2 in between, but these are the main ones). Of these I'd say everything but the St Bernard and Frejus are probably too far east for getting to Lucca. Theres a few further west and south in France that I have not experienced, of which the Col Agnel looks nice. My favourite though is the Frejus one, really lovely and generally quite road as most of the traffic is going through the tunnel. saying that the Simplon and Grand St. Bernard are good for the same reason, but the roads of all these passes can be busy leading up to them.

My parents developed a route through France that missed out on most of the toll roads and stuck to good quiet A roads. We'd go from Calais to Reims on the motorway then A roads following the river Marne to Chalons, St Dizier, Joinville, Chaumont, Langres, then across country to Grey, Besancon, Pontarlier, and across Switzerland to the St. Bernard pass. The coincidentally follows the route of Via Francigena pilgrimige route (ish) and there is now a cycle route the length of the Marne.

Re: Bike lubing/cleaning on tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 March 2015 - 1:24pm
Don't usually bother to clean it, but I take a small bottle of Finish Line wet lube or similar. If you get caught in day long rain, you can find that your chain starts to rust. A pack of disposable Wet wipes can give the frame/components a quick clean if you feel it's necessary.

Bike lubing/cleaning on tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 March 2015 - 1:18pm
Hi. I'm new to multi-day touring; my touring so far has just been single nights away.

If you're camping for example, what do you guys do with regards to cleaning and lubing for longer tours ?
Do you just take a rag and lube, and then give the bike a proper clean and degrease when back home ?

Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 March 2015 - 1:07pm
nirakaro wrote:I was told in Pakistan that Islamic law doesn’t consider it theft if you pick what you can eat as you pass through a field. I don’t know if that’s true, but it sounds like a reasonable approach.

I'm not sure that grabbing the occasional legal fruit is enough justification to advocate the adoption of Sharia law throughout western Europe. I'd rather run the risk of getting nabbed for picking the odd lemon overhanging the road than live in a world where women get stoned to death for adultery. I suspect I'd fall foul of blasphemy laws too. But, thanks, I'll use what you said in my defence if any of the field workers or police are Algerian or Moroccan.

Re: cycling to Italy

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 March 2015 - 1:00pm
It's only partially complete, but the EV5 route might give you some inspiration: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EV5_Via_Romea_Francigena

Re: Hit and Run - Sheffield

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 March 2015 - 12:44pm
What an awful thing to do. I hope they find and ban her. I really do. I won't hold out much hope, though.

Re: Hit and Run - Sheffield

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 March 2015 - 12:18pm
pwa wrote:Just got back after running the kids to school (5 miles away, no bus option). Did not hit anyone.
OK accept I was making a generalisation and that there are parents for whom driving the kids to school is best option and that they do so safely and considerately. Round here I see a lot of parents drive their kids to school out of laziness and just shove their cars wherever they feel like parking them - including on the pavement that other children are walking on, in the bus stops so that the buses can't get in, on both sides of the road forcing traffic into a crawling single file as well as making crossing the road more hazardous and even right in front of the school gates. I can't help feeling that in lot of these cases if they only got out of bed five minutes earlier they would have the time to drive and park in a civilised and considerate manner or even walk the kids to school.

Re: London: Covent Garden Bike Thieves About!

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 March 2015 - 12:11pm
mgradidge wrote:Hi All,
I just wanted to make a post about an incident last night.
I caught a reprobate on attempting to steal my bike last night at the bike rack .
...
I would be extra diligent and ensure your locks are attached in the best way. I stupidly had my D lock on badly. Don't rush these things!

Having regularly used bike racks in the Covent Garden area for 15 years, I can only say this is par for the course. Around there, anything worth stealing that can be stolen will be stolen pretty quickly, if it can be done with the usual bolt clippers, and that has long been true.

I have frequently returned to the bike racks and found evidence of a bike having been stolen there, such as a newly snipped cable on the ground, (once accompanied by a crying ex-owner of a nice new bike), or only a front wheel D-locked to the rack. Once I found the front wheel alone D-locked, and adjacent another bike without its front wheel - I arrived at about the same time as the owner of the latter. He was teed off because he had used an extension cable to secure his front wheel according to the recommendations, and didn't think anyone would be bothered snipping that just to steal a front wheel. But he had the misfortune that someone came along and stupidly parked a bike securing only the front wheel next to his. But abandoned bicycles weakly locked have been left undisturbed by thieves, so they do have a quality threshold. And some very nice bikes have turned day after day for several years, if adequately locked. I once had a saddle and seat pillar of very poor quality and ancient age stolen from an old bike of very modest quality. It was a precisely 1 inch seat pillar and in trying to get a replacement I understood why someone was bothered to steal it, it was difficult to replace.

The best/easiest way to attach a D-lock is where the rear stays cross the top part of the rear wheel. If you routinely do it that way, you can't really get it wrong. It is not necessary for both ends of the extension cable to be attached to the D-lock, you can loop one end of the cable through the eye at the other end, after passing through the wheel, this is less fuss than trying to get both eyes attached to the D-lock. Though many people prefer a separate cable lock with a key, which is an equally good solution.

Re: Hit and Run - Sheffield

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 March 2015 - 12:03pm
Probably. Mushroom Lane doesn't really go anywhere. Netherthorpe Primary School is a candidate. Depends which way along Mushroom Lane the driver was going, but I think it was in that direction because that would be a right turn across the cyclist's reported path. Or a left hook from behind.

Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 March 2015 - 12:01pm
I was told in Pakistan that Islamic law doesn’t consider it theft if you pick what you can eat as you pass through a field. I don’t know if that’s true, but it sounds like a reasonable approach.

Re: London: Covent Garden Bike Thieves About!

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 March 2015 - 11:43am
sorry to hear that. atleast he didnt get the whole bike and it wasnt the rear wheel which can cost more to replace. these days I dont use my bike to get to the centre, if i intend to stop off somewhere. For all Boris's "think bike" bike security around there is abysmal - China town is even worse with no where to lock your bike. Some time ago I contacted his office about putting some bike racks there and it took him 6 months to reply!!!! And then the answer was the same inconsequential rubbish. waste of time.

Re: Going on a Crazy Adventure

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 March 2015 - 11:36am
I have done a world trip, not quite an “immersion adventure travel” but certainly the immersion bit.

I think that one thing that liberated me in comparison with some other travellers was my lack of equipment. Especially anything valuable and which made me stand out as European or wealthy.
That can be things that we take for granted like watches and the names on our clothes.
My water bottle was an old lemonade bottle, functionally perfect yet adds to the signal that you are not worth robbing.

I also went armed with a hidden sheaf knife which is the wrong way to go about things, the best way is to carry a smile.

As for an iPhone4 being essential, I had no phone, my essentials were a small plastic handled knife for cooking, water purifier, a roll of industrial ribbon and a small bottle of disinfectant.
Cheap closedcell rollmat and sheetbag.
The countries that you are travelling through already contain the resources needed to live in them.
Too many travellers are a slave to their kit and have to exert too much effort caring for it rather than mixing freely.

Re: Going on a Crazy Adventure

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 March 2015 - 11:31am
The link to your website didn't work, could you post the address as it would be interesting to have a look?

You can get lots of very useful advice on this forum but you'll need to be more specific with your questions - the wall of text is quite hard to read

Re: Going on a Crazy Adventure

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 March 2015 - 11:03am
Have a look on http://www.crazyguyonabike.com where you will find accounts of trips in the region, some completed, some ongoing.

I also suggest you take to heart the motto "less is more" in your writings but best of luck! I lived in Belize for 6 months in 1981/82 and I can only hope the roads have improved since my time, avoid the wet season is all I can suggest and take lots of midge repellent.

Hopefully the border crossing into Guatemala has been improved a bit too - and open, it was closed when I was there as Guatemala was threatening to invade Belize.



And on the way through Mexico make sure you visit Chichen Itza. Belize and Guatemala have great Mayan ruins but Chichen Itza is very special, but I fear you will find it a lot busier these days than when we went:

Montpellier to Mont Ventoux tour place

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 March 2015 - 10:52am
Due to a cancellation, there is a place for a single person on the Montpellier to Mont Ventoux tour CTC Tour from 8th to 17th May. The single supplement need not be paid.

We're a small group, carrying our own luggage, with ages from 50s to 70s but any age welcome. Its a leisurely tour through the Mediterranean hinterland and Cevennes, moving-on every other day with one 1-night stand. Optional rest day rides include the Gorges de l'Herault, Corniche des Cevennes and choice of Ventoux summit or Gorges de la Nesque.

Detailed prospectus at: http://www.cyclingholidays.org/tours/solo.php?Tour=1510 or contact me with any questions.

Sheila Simpson

Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 March 2015 - 10:51am
jamesgilbert wrote:It's a shame that websites like this one aren't more popular: http://www.urbanforager.org.uk/

Interesting site. Pity it's not more used. According to it there's barely a plant to be had on our route.

Re: Tour of Brittany

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 March 2015 - 10:49am
..and, if you have a problem coming back from Breste having taken the train out, you can pick up the train for a ride back. Some parts of the north coast are very hilly but its much more interesting than the canal and Voies Vertes which can get pretty boring.

Al
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