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The cost of a pothole

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 June 2014 - 9:11pm
The government is giving councils in England £168M for pothole repairs, to be shared between 148 local authorities.
Ministers say that should allow up to three million potholes to be fixed by March 2015.That means each council gets just under £1.2M and all the potholes cost £56 each to fix.

Ha Ha Ha.

Re: Interail pass

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 June 2014 - 8:07pm
Brings back wondrous memories of student euro bumming and doubtless for many others on here.

Personally having discovered the wonders of cycling later in life I would pedal all the way.

But happy memories none the less.

Re: Touring Destination Trivia

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 June 2014 - 8:02pm
Fly into Cagliari sardinia.

The campidano plain is virtually flat and if you head that way I can recommend a nice bar with a limping dog.

Also some nice up and downs towards Villasimius.

Trains available towards Iglesias where there are some nice rides - if you head that way i can tell you a nice wondrous tree picnic spot. But by PM only - don't want to make it too public.

You can also take bikes on the small "complementary" railway - heading towards Mandas of DH Lawrence fame/infamy.

Re: Thirst Whilst Cycling

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 June 2014 - 7:51pm
First four days heading north from Varna, the weather was hot and sunnywith temperatures of +30C.
I was drinking 4-5 litres while cycling and needed to drink another couple of litres after I'd finished.

The next three days where cool, damp and overcast with temperatures hovering around 20C.
I only needed to drink a couple of litres while on the move and around one when I'd finished.

The next day was hot and again a seven litre day and today was cool and only four litres where needed.
Plus the last couple of days, the terrain has been rolling in the Ukraine, so I've been working harder than on the flat land of Romania.

Re: Learning to ride on the road with a mountain bike?

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 June 2014 - 6:07pm
amenahmw wrote: What tyres would you recommend for road riding? I'm thinking of Schwalbe City Jets as they seem affordable. Thanks for all of the help .

Hello amenahmw

I started road cycling some years back by putting Scwalbe City Jets on my mountain bike – they made a big difference; faster than knobblies, stable and reliable with, so far, only two punctures (one was from a rogue drawing pin outside Morrisons so unavoidable). I've used the bike for everything I need - commuting, shopping, group rides and camping holidays. It's also done London to Cambridge with full camping gear (because I was en route for a two week trip round Norfolk and not because I take that sort of kit on a day's sportive – thankyou Mr Sarcastic Roadie ). Excuse my digression . There are lighter and faster tyres to be had but for starting out, I'd opt for puncture resistance and durability over speed. I still use the mountain bike as my runaround and, interestingly, it's no slower than my 'road' bike for getting across town due to all the traffic lights (yes, I do stop), hold ups and poorly surfaced roads. A big advantage to using a heavy mountain bike for a while is the increased fitness – when you finally get a lighter bike you'll fly !

Regarding basic maintenance, how about looking for courses in your area? Depending on where you are, there can be a variety of inexpensive ways to learn ranging from council funded courses to local community workshops. There are also lots of very helpful 'how to' videos on You Tube.

Good luck - and enjoy it!

Re: Quick ride out...

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 June 2014 - 5:58pm
A trike with stabilisers ???

That would be a belt and braces job!

Tower to Tower

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 June 2014 - 4:40pm
Hi I am contemplating riding tower to tower ( Blackpool to Paris ) in august and am looking for information on the trip such as how do we get from Paris to the tunnel? We are short on time available so can't ride back. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Re: Touring Destination Trivia

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 June 2014 - 4:04pm
Hamburg is not on the Ostsee - the baltic coast area has its own micro climate, tides rarely exceed a few inches for example and whilst there can be some strong winds its rare to have extremes of weather. Been several times at different times of year - i'll be there this coming October again and expect to have a paddle!

Re: Quick ride out...

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 June 2014 - 4:03pm
Or a Quinq...?

Re: Learning to ride on the road with a mountain bike?

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 June 2014 - 3:37pm
pyruse wrote:I still use 3 in 1 on my chain (and indeed on other moving stuff on the bike); it works fine. Does that make me a bad person?
Not at all.
I just didn't know anyone who still did, and with a younger person in question, thought I ought to explain! I used it for years myself. My mate with her unoiled bike had a hub gears, so stuck to 3 in 1, whereas I've always had a derailleur, so I have more bits and pieces to lubricate and attract dust, I just find it easier to use a modern lube.

Tubes- well, I use Panaracer RibMos and have only had one p****** in four years, and that was a big piece of quartz that I think came from Snowdonia via my walking boots, not the road. It wrote off the tyre as well as the tube. Despite the thorns on the country roads round here, I never had any other p*****s.
Not sure they'd do them in your size, though, amenahmw.


Keep us up to date with your exploits, it would be nice to know how you get on.

Re: Quick ride out...

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 June 2014 - 3:34pm
At first sight it looked like you'd turned your trike into some weird quad...

Re: Learning to ride on the road with a mountain bike?

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 June 2014 - 3:32pm
grani wrote:pyruse wrote:I still use 3 in 1 on my chain (and indeed on other moving stuff on the bike); it works fine. Does that make me a bad person?+1
Doesn't make you a bad person - but there are better lubricants to use; 3in1 is thin enough to get squeezed out the chain at the points it is most needed.

Re: Learning to ride on the road with a mountain bike?

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 June 2014 - 3:18pm
pyruse wrote:I still use 3 in 1 on my chain (and indeed on other moving stuff on the bike); it works fine. Does that make me a bad person?+1

Re: Swiss: Short steep descent or not

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 June 2014 - 3:14pm
Thanks everybody. Looks like I'll probably be OK.

Re: Wandsworth Bridge, London

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 June 2014 - 2:40pm
Should TROs be made online by default - and have to have reference numbers on signs?

Re: Learning to ride on the road with a mountain bike?

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 June 2014 - 2:31pm
I still use 3 in 1 on my chain (and indeed on other moving stuff on the bike); it works fine. Does that make me a bad person?

Re: Swiss: Short steep descent or not

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 June 2014 - 2:27pm
Now going up that....

Re: Wandsworth Bridge, London

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 June 2014 - 2:27pm
Traffic Regulation Order. The bit of paper that said that they could make the cycle path, and specified exactly how it should work.

Re: Swiss: Short steep descent or not

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 June 2014 - 2:22pm
That’s quite a major road, and Swiss roads tend to be very well-engineered. There may be the odd bit at 9%, but most of it will likely be more like 5-6%. I don’t think you’ll have any problem at all.
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