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Re: Glued locks

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 June 2014 - 2:03pm
geocycle wrote:yakdiver wrote:Tonyf33 wrote:Nobody accidentally locks their bike to someone elses
Sorry but I did once, I was glad I got back before they did

Yep, happens regularly where I work, always not malicious but very annoying when it happens to you!

It's happened to me several times amongst the tangle of bikes at the railway station- last time it cost me £18 for the taxi ride home

Re: Thirst Whilst Cycling

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 June 2014 - 1:10pm
Here's my results:
37.09miles
4,449ft total ascent.
Sunny intervals and light breezes.
15 to 19degC and quite humid.

I took water, but never drank any, though would have done had I not been carrying out an experiment.
I rode non-stop except for junctions and traffic lights, and never stopped for a "comfort break".

Stark naked on the bathroom scales immediately before getting my kit on and riding - 76.4Kg
Came home, stripped off again and climbed on the scales - 75.3Kg

I "lost" 1.1Kg during the ride ................ but put it all back on again after a drink and something to eat, and now weigh 76.3Kg.

Basically, I agree that I lost a little weight during the ride, but as my weight varies throughout the day, it's completely pointless to try to quantify it.

Re: Accomodation Ypres, Bergues, Dunkirk

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 June 2014 - 12:45pm
Bergues: Chambres d'hôtes Les Capucins - excellent!

Re: Glued locks

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 June 2014 - 11:04am
yakdiver wrote:Tonyf33 wrote:Nobody accidentally locks their bike to someone elses
Sorry but I did once, I was glad I got back before they did

Yep, happens regularly where I work, always not malicious but very annoying when it happens to you!

Re: In the market for a Titanium road/touring/audax bike

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 June 2014 - 10:16am
TheRedEyeJedi wrote:Paul Smith SRCC wrote:TheRedEyeJedi wrote:.....The choice currently is this....
......Van Nicholas Yukon.......

Thanks!

To be fair two of the others are not Yukon's either, the top picture is a Amazon and the lower a Chinook


Saddleworth Audaxes

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 June 2014 - 9:31am
Bit of a heads up Saddleworth Clarion have changed their web address to www.saddleworthclarion.co.uk

So all info about this years Audax rides is here: http://www.saddleworthclarion.co.uk/sad ... udaxes.htm

Three distances (100, 170 and 200k) all hilly and all lovely

Hope to see you on them

Anyone toured on a Kinesis Frame?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 June 2014 - 7:33am
I have been doing plenty of research into steel and Ti frames in a view to building a nice looking summer bike that can also be used for long one day rides and also for light touring.

However, everywhere I look the Kinesis lightweight range of Alu bikes are coming up with recommendations and great reviews. For less than £1500 I can get the shimano triple groupset I am after plus really nice spec on all the other components. They have proper mudguards fitting and room for them, and crucially have rear rack mounts.

The Vn Yukon was my alternative but spending a grand less seems very appealing- plus I think they look really nice and are less common than things like the equilibrium and Yukon

Anyone got one of the new 4s models and would care to post a review and pics would be very much appreciated.

http://roadcyclinguk.com/gear/core-bike ... es-4s.html

Re: A bit of a death wish?

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 June 2014 - 1:19am
My apologies; I mis-read redfacedbaldfatman. Ignore me. I'm having one of those days. Sorry.

Re: A bit of a death wish?

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 June 2014 - 12:14am
snibgo wrote:redfacedbaldfatman wrote:Point of info: dual carriageways don't always have two lanes in either direction. The "dual" comes from having a physical divider between opposing directions.

E.g., this is a 70MPH zone in law.
I don't think it is.

Speed limits are given in RTRA 1984 schedule 6:
“dual-carriageway road” means a road part of which consists of a central reservation to separate a carriageway to be used by vehicles proceeding in one direction from a carriageway to be used by vehicles proceeding in the opposite direction;
[pedantic-mode=off]

Not sure what you're getting at. The road pictured is a dual carriageway, either by the definition you quote or as stated by the sign in the photo. The national speed limit for cars on a dual carriageway is 70 mph. Am I missing something?

Re: Shocking Dawes build quality.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 June 2014 - 10:20pm
It would be interesting to know who does what. AFAIK the bikes are assembled and finished in the UK. So you might be paying for a good frame, a well-thought-out design and of course good quality components. You may be being let down by the bike shop that hasn't quite got the showroom finish and final assembly right. So it's the bike shop.

We never really know who's doing what in a big company. That's why buying from say Thorn or Hewitt is a completely different experience. And you have to compare like with like. How did the Dawes compare with other bikes in the same shop from large firms?

Re: Motorcycle Noise

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 June 2014 - 9:42pm
Although not the reason why they are noisy, but there can be a benefit for the rider of a noisy bike - people (drivers, cyclists and pedestrians) notice them so in some circumstances it has a safety benefit. It is the opposite of the problem of the silent electric car.

Re: Glued locks

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 June 2014 - 9:25pm
Tonyf33 wrote:Nobody accidentally locks their bike to someone elses
Sorry but I did once, I was glad I got back before they did

Re: A bit of a death wish?

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 June 2014 - 9:25pm
redfacedbaldfatman wrote:Point of info: dual carriageways don't always have two lanes in either direction. The "dual" comes from having a physical divider between opposing directions.

E.g., this is a 70MPH zone in law.
I don't think it is.

Speed limits are given in RTRA 1984 schedule 6:
“dual-carriageway road” means a road part of which consists of a central reservation to separate a carriageway to be used by vehicles proceeding in one direction from a carriageway to be used by vehicles proceeding in the opposite direction;
[pedantic-mode=off]

Re: Glued locks

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 June 2014 - 8:52pm
... and of course if someone does ask the thief what they are up to - they can provide absolute proof that someone superglued their bike, the key broke and they are now trying to free it!

Re: Eurostar - luggage allowances

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 June 2014 - 8:20pm
Thanks Spicerack - that's what I wanted to hear! I know luggage space is a bit limited on those trains but haven't been on one for a while so was worried they might have really tightened up. But sounds as thought they'll probably be reasonable so that's good! I did do a search for a previous thread but was obviously asking the wrong question - I'll have another try

Re: Shocking Dawes build quality.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 June 2014 - 8:10pm
well I have had no trouble at all in the 14 years I have had it from new. got it from YHA Adventure shops long time ago at 20% off new price of £649. And all the stickers are in attached condition after that time!

Re: Glued locks

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 June 2014 - 8:10pm
Call the police if someone has glued your lock as it is criminal damage for one thing and if another bike has being 'accidentally' locked to yours same as, it's attempted theft. Nobody accidentally locks their bike to someone elses, the only reason to do so is for something illegitimate.

Re: A bit of a death wish?

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 June 2014 - 8:05pm
beardy wrote:There are two differences that make a lot of difference.

Even the flimsiest car offers considerably more protection to its occupants than does a Velomobile.
Even the slowest car (normally mine) will be much nearer to the speed of the "Audi on autopilot" than it is to the speed of the Velomobile.

Add to that most Juries will think it more reasonable (as in something they themselves are likely to do) to tail end a bicycle than a car whilst driving on a DC.


Given that velomobiles offer more protection than an ordinary "upright" bike... where does that put the average cyclist?

On my commute, I am faster than most of the cars!

My colleague in the next street has a commute that is 15 minutes longer than mine!

Re: A bit of a death wish?

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 June 2014 - 8:02pm
Apparently I now have a real problem, after twenty five years of riding recumbents, twenty years of riding recumbent trikes.

I have a Street Machine, Hurricane, Catrike Expedition, and two HPVelotechnik Gekkos and shortly a Hase Kettwiesel... all of which (along with my 18 other bikes)I seem to be unable to ride more than a hundred yards from my house!

My ride around the English border is also unachievable as well!

If only I had known how unlikely I was to survive these 150,000 miles, I would have stayed at home!

Re: A bit of a death wish?

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 June 2014 - 7:58pm
There are two differences that make a lot of difference.

Even the flimsiest car offers considerably more protection to its occupants than does a Velomobile.
Even the slowest car (normally mine) will be much nearer to the speed of the "Audi on autopilot" than it is to the speed of the Velomobile.

Add to that most Juries will think it more reasonable (as in something they themselves are likely to do) to tail end a bicycle than a car whilst driving on a DC.
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