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Re: Car Width over the ages

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 July 2015 - 10:07pm
No indication of the 40mph that the car is doing...

Re: ITV4 Tour Coverage.

CTC Forum - Racing - 22 July 2015 - 10:05pm
Ray wrote:Or am I missing something?
A lot of the adverts, especially during the live show, are the sorts of adverts that block-buy advertising space on itv4 and can be seen in any old programme on there. It says more about itv's ad sales tactics than it does about whether cycling itself is big business.

Halfodds seem absent this year. I think even the wiggle advert was more common during the Tour of Yorkshire and Dauphiné than it has been during TdF coverage - but I'm not 100% sure because I also mute the adverts, although for me it's because they're something like 30% louder than the show. Broadcasters and advertisers still haven't realised that screaming at viewers is a good way to get the adverts muted and something else looked at for three minutes.

Re: ITV4 Tour Coverage.

CTC Forum - Racing - 22 July 2015 - 10:01pm
I've missed them all usually at a X12 speed.
I think the only thing I've noticed is Alpecin and wonder why anyone needs caffeine in their shampoo.

Re: yet another touring bike

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 July 2015 - 9:47pm
Haven't you read the blurb?
The 17mm adjustment on the alternator dropouts is to "tune the wheelbase and ride characteristics".
....I wonder where the 50mm or so difference in wheelbase between the flat bar and drop bar versions fits into that?

Re: Tour rules

CTC Forum - Racing - 22 July 2015 - 9:47pm
I understand that he would need to take his old bike with him and hand it to the mechanic in exchange for the new bike.

I have a friend who was riding a time trial, punctured 200 yards from the finish and ran to the line but didn't get a time because he didn't take his bike with him. Different rules (CTT) but I think the principal is the same.

Re: Is the entire field of view blocked for an HGV?

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 July 2015 - 9:45pm
beardy wrote:LollyKat wrote:It's difficult to see into the cab because of the reflections, but if you look at 6-7 secs you can see the driver's silhouette. He could and should have looked into the side road to check if it was clear. As it was he got his line totally wrong and came round the corner too fast - if you are going to drive on the wrong side of the road at least do it slowly enough for any 'obstacles' to get out of the way! I presume motorcycles don't have horns.

They do have horns (but motorists seldom seem able to hear them, even when you replace the standard one with a couple of Fiamm air horns (and a horn relay)).


The rider didn't sound the horn in the video. I'm not sure I would have had the presence of mind to either, he couldn't have believed the truck would keep coming up until the deed happened.

As it happens, as a Ducati owner, I can tell you their horns are pathetically feeble; he would have been better shouting. Or, as I read on one bike forum: blipping the throttle if he had a pair of Termis on.

Re: Car Width over the ages

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 July 2015 - 9:40pm
This probably sums it up.

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Re: yet another touring bike

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 July 2015 - 9:38pm
mrjemm wrote:Alternators. Oh gawd, they are the no 1 thing that I don't love about my bike. I really really dislike them..

Had to look them up. Ugly aren't they! Why not just decide this is a geared bike and use normal dropouts. Or design it as a hub geared bike. For someone who is going to run gears it is just added weight and complexity. And ugly.

http://salsacycles.com/culture/reasons_ ... or_dropout

Re: Car Width over the ages

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 July 2015 - 9:37pm
661-Pete wrote: But with the old car it was easy to have a bike or two leaning up against the wall on one side. Not a prayer of that, now. So the garage is for the bikes and the car stays outside.

In our old family home our dad had a Renault 12 - mid range family car. With it parked in the car port, us kids could comfortably cycle past it.

My brother lives in the same house a generation later. He drives a Skoda Octavia which is probably a similar family-sized saloon car. To squeeze it into the car port he has to park the near side within a couple of millimetres of one wall and he can just manage to crack open the driver's enough to Houdini out of the car holding the edge of the door so it doesn't whack off the other wall.

This growth does really account for much of our current congestion. Where I live is Victorian terraced housing. When built it allowed sufficient room for carriages parked on both sides and carriages using the road. This worked okay until around the '80s, cars could pass each other. Now with bloat they can't.

Summer tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 July 2015 - 9:37pm
I'm having an anxiety attack as I plan this year's trip. I'm changing this year's start and end points more often than a pair of under crackers, for lots of reasons, which sums me up at the moment.

Anyway, the plan is, currently, Bike Express from UK to Thionville in France, and a return route of Eurostar from Brussels to UK.

I will have just under three weeks. Touring alone. 75km a day would be my aim, with a couple of rest days.

Here's my back of a fag packet idea;

Thionville to Koblenz.
Koblenz to Dusseldorf.
Dusseldorf to Brussels.

My anxiety stems from never having cycled in Germany or Belgium - I'm out of my 'always cycle in France' comfort zone - is it cheap? Is it as bike friendly as France? Will it be easy to just turn up and camp, as is the case in France?

.....anxiety attack!

Could anyone share their wisdom?

Thanks in advance.

Re: Is the entire field of view blocked for an HGV?

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 July 2015 - 9:17pm
Well. You could argue that it was the presence of the woman & pushchair which may have attracted his attentiojn when he turned... (as indeed they do in the BBC article.)

Re: Has anyone ever won green and yellow in the TDF

CTC Forum - Racing - 22 July 2015 - 8:53pm
thirdcrank wrote:I was posting in reply to a suggestion that Merckx's domination of the TdeF implied doping.

Beyond that, it's generally likely to be futile comparing success at sport between generations because of changing conditions. (There's an argument that they are all softies compared with Eugene Christophe.) Naming a few other prominent strong riders tends to support what I said about the rank-and-file and I suspect that evidence to describe any of Merckx's contemporaries as strong would include their success in beating him - a bit circular. This took place in my golden youth and Merckx is just a few months younger than I am but I've dumped the rose-tinted specs.

I can't think of a better argument that a rider was strong than to say he'd beaten Merckx. I named more than a few strong riders of that era and there were a lot more. To say that riders in the past did not face strong competition is nonsense .

Re: yet another touring bike

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 July 2015 - 8:34pm
Was looking at this a couple of days ago and almost posted about it.

Such an ugly bike.

And being a lover of my 2nd Vaya, that's a real shame. And then they go and make another big nasty mistake.

Alternators. Oh gawd, they are the no 1 thing that I don't love about my bike. I really really dislike them. Why? What is the point? How more ridiculous an idea could a designer have? And that is why it is using that Wanderlust rack. Because fitting a rack is a pain in the bum, and uses the same bolt that is also the alternator pivot bolt, and has to use a lump of spacer both sides to get past the 'shroud' affair covering the bolt. Not big, not clever. (I got over that by getting proper mounts brazed on top ).

I really dislike the upside down looking headtube, which I am guessing is compensating for the less sloping toptube. Is this a concession to folk who don't like those? And gusset that makes it look like an ally bike, ewww. Or is it just an odd shaped downtube? Can't tell, can't look too closely, it makes me feel queasy.

Actually, is that an oversized headtube? Looks odd too.

Interesting the frames are different for the different bar types. Have they been reading threads by Horizon? I am sure he's referred well about these lately.

Notice they've got the new Cowchipper. Another to contemplate in the handlebar thread going on, but of course, only in 31.8mm, boo.

All in all. I also will not be moving from Vaya to Marrakesh. No way Jose.

Re: Is the entire field of view blocked for an HGV?

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 July 2015 - 8:27pm
Postboxer wrote:I did warn you! It's the line saying there's no suggestion of negligence by the driver that got me, I'm suggesting it.


So angry i dropped my Batternburg on the cat! I bet if it was someone pushing a pram or a MP the house of commons and the media would be working overtime to change the leaner driver course and ban these types of lorry's withing 24hrs

Re: ITV4 Tour Coverage.

CTC Forum - Racing - 22 July 2015 - 8:16pm
Although I share many of the above criticisms of the presentation (and presenters), by far my my least favourite part of the broadcast is the adverts, which I am quick to mute as soon as they appear.

Even without the sound, however, I have to wonder about the kind of stuff that is advertised. Presumably the target audience for the ads is those people who tune in to watch the TdF, people whom you might assume to have at least a passing interest in riding a bike for themselves. What seems remarkable is how few ads there are for bikes and bike kit. Now I can hardly claim to have done a thorough statistical analysis but, apart from noticing a "Wiggle" advert the other day, I can't really remember seeing any cycling stuff being advertised. Loans, insurance, cars, films - and other forgettable things - but very few, if any bikes, cycling clothing etc. We are led to believe that 'cycling is big business' these days, and we certainly see a lot more well-equipped riders on the road, but this apparent lack of interest on the part of cycling manufacturers is rather baffling.

I've always tended to assume that a fair proportion of my fellow-viewers would have approximately similar interests and lifestyles to my own, but I now wonder whether most of them, far from making a deliberate choice to watch cycle racing, are there because they'd be sitting in front of the box anyway, and would probably watch pretty well anything that is put out. It would seem that the marketers regard them as no more likely than anyone else to buy bike stuff.

Or am I missing something?

Re: Anyone Use Taptalk?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 July 2015 - 8:13pm
OldBloke wrote:I use Tapatalk all the time. I can access all the cycling forums I want from the one app. So its convenient for me.

Yup me too. BUT I thought there was only one cycling forum in the whole World! Do recommend OB...b

Re: yet another touring bike

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 July 2015 - 8:03pm
irc wrote:Heltor Chasca wrote:Wonder if this is Salsa'a attempt to chase the Surly DT? My daughter likes the blue and green though!

Both brands are owned by the same company. I guess it's just populating another perceived niche in the market. For a world tour bike the rack looks a bit light. 15kg max load.

Thank irc. Fascinating. There seems something ok with dominating the World with bikes [emoji48]

Re: Is the entire field of view blocked for an HGV?

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 July 2015 - 7:57pm
I did warn you! It's the line saying there's no suggestion of negligence by the driver that got me, I'm suggesting it.

Re: nordkapp-tarifa

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 July 2015 - 7:51pm
Resting in Prague, wondeful city and the final capital of the tour, about half way to Tarifa. Interesting reading about weight saving. From +3c in Lapland, to 19c here in Prague (night temps) I think I can dispose of some of the gear. Can't see temps that low beyond Swiss, the only concern is do I have a suitable change of clothing when it rains for a long periods.
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