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Re: LLC and Wales Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 July 2015 - 9:30am
This is Wales - the unexpected is part of our daily routine, weather included!
The mysterious happens too!
Surely that is all part of the fun of cycle touring. If nothing unexpected occurs, it would be a boring trip. The secret is to go with the flow. Have a great trip!
We are a friendly and helpful folk (for the most part!).

Re: Touring - worst fear?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 July 2015 - 9:19am
In about 25 years I think the 'worst' thing that has happened to me whilst touring is arriving somewhere and there was no campsites and all the hotels full for miles around. After searching all afternoon and into the evening I just put up the in a bit of woodland and went to sleep. Probably why I don't have any fears about touring.

Re: Research Survey (University dissertation)

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 July 2015 - 9:12am
Miko

If you haven't already seen it you might like to check out the Dutch Cycle Balance audit system for cycling provision in Dutch cities which looks at a number of measures and is correlated with the levels of cycling. It might be a useful benchmark comparison. Cycle parking is one of the measures but segregated cycling isn't.

http://media.fietsersbond.nl/Engels/Inf ... alance.pdf

Re: Have I lost my bottle???

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 July 2015 - 9:07am
Carrying a seat post mounted bag (Carradice SQR) that was too heavy seemed to cause speed wobbles for me. 40mph+ should be possible, so I wouldn't blame the speed itself.

Re: Research Survey (University dissertation)

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 July 2015 - 8:55am
Hi TonyR,

Thanks for completing the survey and the point you raised. I will take note of that.

Regards
Miko

Re: T.D.F

CTC Forum - Racing - 21 July 2015 - 8:37am
[XAP]Bob wrote:Baguio did also get knocked off course mere seconds before the corner - but he apologised.

His line was compromised because there were more people than fit on the racing line. The consequences were fairly predictable at that point.

The are brakes on those bikes
And as G said there was no gain for anyone in that group,Barguil couldn't have jumped them,he'd shot his bolt earlier on the descent and couldn't make it stick.
Average legs,no head.


BTW let's not forget Steve Cummings' win the other day,went through the two Frenchmen like a dose of salts when they were both looking at one another,no catching Cummings with that kind of a jump,a great win for MTN Qubeka

Re: Brielle ferry - anyone used it?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 July 2015 - 8:32am
Thanks Peter.

I'll be using the Fast Ferry at the start of the trip and the Maasluis ferry to get to Brielle.

Re: What's your top weight saving tip for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 July 2015 - 7:51am
Pete Jack wrote:Lucky for me I've never needed chamois cream; the long distance mountain bike racers swear by Preparation H (the stuff in a tube. I don't suppose the suppositories would be much use) any drug store will have it .

I've heard of it being used on saddle sores do they use it as a preventative?

Re: Brielle ferry - anyone used it?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 July 2015 - 7:36am
If googeled in Dutch (keywords "Brielle" and "veer") you get this.
In April and Septembre only on saturday and sunday (10.00 - 18.00).
May till August every day (10.00 - 18.00).

Another ferry accross the Nieuwe Waterweg is this:



On OpenStreetmap.

Timetable for this fastferry is here.

Re: Touring - worst fear?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 July 2015 - 7:23am
Riding the Icefields Parkway in Jasper National Park I asked the warden of the hostel I was leaving if I should carry bear spray. He assured me that if there were bears around the road there would be cars stopped looking at them. What he didn't tell me was what to do if a bear walked in front of you and there were no cars around. I had to brake to avoid hitting this one, a huge grizzly walked across the road right in front of me, in the middle of the traffic lane he or she stopped, looked at me and then carried on ambling across the road. It's amazing how much they look like teddy bears only this teddy bear had a head the size of a cow's. I was terrified. I didn't take any pictures because I didn't want to get its attention any more than I had already. After what seemed like ages but was probably ten/fifteen seconds Cars started pulling up and the bear disappeared into the bushes.

Re: T.D.F

CTC Forum - Racing - 21 July 2015 - 7:18am
Baguio did also get knocked off course mere seconds before the corner - but he apologised.

His line was compromised because there were more people than fit on the racing line. The consequences were fairly predictable at that point.

Re: Have I lost my bottle???

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 July 2015 - 7:13am
The curious aspect, if I've understood it correctly, is that the shimmy has appeared on two different bikes both of which have been fine in the past. That points towards something you are doing rather than a sudden simultaneous change in two bikes. Its difficult also to think of what you might be doing to make it happen other than being more sensitive to it after the first episode but one that come to mind is are you gripping the bars harder and trying to stop them moving? That may be making the situation worse so try relaxing your grip and allow the bike sort itself out. The other thing you could try to try and stop it is to rest one leg gently against the side of the top tube. That seems to damp shimmy out in many cases.

Re: how do u tell a mad cyclist from a sane one?

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 July 2015 - 7:13am
My mum toured with a fixie... indeed on a trip to the west country the club riders advised she 'had' to have gears for the trip, bike was fitted with said gears... mum was terrified as she was so used to the control fixed gave her on the descents....needless to say the fixed gear went straight back on....

Everyone (I believe) used to change from gears to fixed for winter club riding. What you have to remember is you get an assistance from the fixed as the wheel automatically comes around and helps push...
If fixed was so ill-advised for hills why do the end of season hill climbing specialists use fixed for the events?

I also believe fixed taught people how to pedal smoothly.....


And Pleeeeeezzzeeeeee not so young at mid to late 30's............ you have a lot to learn............

Re: What's your top weight saving tip for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 July 2015 - 6:52am
Lucky for me I've never needed chamois cream; the long distance mountain bike racers swear by Preparation H (the stuff in a tube. I don't suppose the suppositories would be much use) any drug store will have it so don't bother packing it.

Most motel laundromats have a machine that sells soap powder. If they don't, toss a bar of motel soap in with your wash, I've done it, it works. Once you get to the US accumulate quarters for laundry. it's most annoying to load up a machine and then find you don't have enough of them to do your washing. Typically the washer and dryer use 8 each and powder is another 4. They do have change dispensing machines that take 1 and 5 dollar bills in most places but sometimes they don't and sometimes they don't work.(Voice of experience from my tour last month)

If it's still hot when you get over here make sure you drink plenty. A symptom of dehydration can be constipation. This can be no joke, again voice of experience. So bring a laxative just in case. Eventually I learned to drink a large orange juice with my breakfast and that seemed to prevent it recurring.

Re: Have I lost my bottle???

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 July 2015 - 6:45am
I have done 45mph many times downhill quite comfortably. But, I have had speed wobble on a flimsy racer type bike when it was heavily loaded with panniers on the back and a heavy bar bag on the front. Some bikes become unstable like this, I think rider weight is also a factor. I have also heard that a loose headset can make things worse. Do any of these things apply to you?

Al

Re: how do u tell a mad cyclist from a sane one?

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 July 2015 - 6:29am
I used to live not far from the South Downs. Sometimes a club mate and I would ride about 50% off road and 50% on road for a Sunday ride. In about 1992 I recall meeting a group from London equipped with mountain bikes who were following circular routes from a book. At first they were surprised that we were riding "road" bikes (in fact pretty ordinary CTC club riding machines with saddlebags and mudguards etc), then they were staggered to see that we were riding fixed. Apparently this is impossible. Them - a bunch of modern trendies. Us - a pair of wrinkled old CTC riders. Experienced, not mad, and long before trendies discovered what they call "fixie".

Re: santander to cherbourg

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 July 2015 - 5:10am
I did Santander to St Malo in 12 days and I didn't kill myself.

What was your daily milage?

Re: Have I lost my bottle???

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 July 2015 - 1:36am
mercalia wrote:40 mph on a push bike hmm mad I think.
thanks for the advice/in depth thoughts

Re: Beware around London Routemaster Buses

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 July 2015 - 1:01am
Strap a few 9v Ever Ready square batteries together and you'll have the perfect replacement for one of these



200 batteries being replaced under warranty

Re: how do u tell a mad cyclist from a sane one?

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 July 2015 - 12:49am
I didnt look at the bike closely but at a distance seemed very slim - in fact a road bike all silver
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