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Re: Trains in Ireland

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 hours 8 min ago
Thanks for all the advice. After a bit of digging it seems that travel by bus with Dublin Coach may be the best bet. They are cheapest, run quite regularly, don't charge for bikes which are allowed if they fit in the below floor luggage compartment.
I will post more info for reference when I book travel and actually do the travelling.

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 hours 15 min ago
The words just do not exist how I feel about this....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enlYjxfR5Ic

Re: The Poplar High St collision

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 hours 46 min ago
iviehoff wrote:If you wish to remain alive as an urban cyclist, you have to be aware of the risk of this happening. You have to be prepared to stop, especially if you are unsighted. Yes, you have priority, but the reality is that a sufficiently large minority of vehicles won't give it to you, so you have to take precautions, whatever the law is. I'd like to see a successful prosecution for a strike in such a case, then maybe drivers will begin to learn it is true. But ultimately until we have roads populated by saints, then caveat cyclista in such circumstances.

That's my outlook too,I don't care if I have priority or not what matters is staying upright and in one piece,preferably without a mark on me or my bike

Relisted Surly Troll - 18" Medium

CTC Forums - Bikes For Sale - 10 hours 46 min ago
RELISTED - as I really can't justify keeping it on the off-chance that I'll go 'bike-packing' through South America one day when the reality is that I have 29 years left on my mortgage and for 90% of my riding (commuting/touring/sustrans routes) my Long Haul Trucker does just fine - there I've said it!!

Trying to thin the heard down to two bikes from three and eventually cutting down on my box of spares. Unfortunately the Troll is the bike that I use the least. I've had it for ten months and have covered 216 miles on it - always when dry as I never got around to putting mudguards on. One tiny chip on forks, a few on chain-stay (now covered up with an old tube).

It was built from the frame up using a mixture of new and spares box parts.

Cane creek 40 headset (new)
Handbuilt XT hubs on XC717 rims (new)
Deore Hydraulic Brakes (new)
Surly 38 t ring (new) on Truvatic sqaure taper cranks(used)
8 speed cassette, alivio mech (both new)
On one OG bars
Panaracer Gracia XC tyres
DMR V8 pedals (seen better days..)
Ergon Grips (new)
Wireless Computer (cheap thing off eBay that doesn't work anymore, maybe just needs new batteries)

I'm 5ft8 and the fit is perfect and the ride is fantastic. The colour looks even better in the flesh.










Looking for a quick sale so - £500 collected from Stoke-on-Trent
Categories: Go Cycling

Re: The Poplar High St collision

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 hours 56 min ago
pwa wrote:Cycle lanes on roads open to other traffic do create hazards of their own. This video illustrates one. The driver clearly made a mistake and merits criticism, but if I had been the cyclist I would have half expected to see a vehicle emerging from that gap. The driver could only see the cyclist at the last moment, and the view might be obscured by the window pillar. That is a very crowded environment and small errors of judgement can lead to someone being hurt.
I have to agree,I'm extremely wary in such situations and as it was wet I'd be even more wary as the driver's vision can be obscured through rainy side windows and unwiped triangle of windscreen on the nearside.
Watching the video again the cyclist doesn't appear to make any attempt to check his/her speed at the side road,something I find surprising if they use the route regularly.Also s/he hit the side of the car which indicates both are travelling too fast for the situation IMHO.
All that said it doesn't excuse the driver not stopping.

Personally, I would not cycle regularly on streets like that. I would find another way of getting to work.

Unfortunately some folk don't have that luxury.

EDIT:- I've watched the video again a few times and the cyclist does check their speed,though not enough to stop if needs be,as is apparent.The driver has assumed too much but s/he's well protected in the 'cage' so is removed from danger 'invulnerable'(?).To repeat myself,the cyclist is 'chancing' it IMHO.

Lonley Planet or Bradt?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 hours 1 min ago
I am thinking of buying a guide to Sri Lanka
Anyone any comments on the best one?
Lonely Planet or Bradt.
Or others?
Thanks folks

Re: Slow riders?

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 hours 9 min ago
A long time ago I used to care about speeds and distances. Now I just like going out for a spin on any bike and get as much pleasure from a short trip to the shops on a folding bike as a day ride on a road bike. The unique experience of being able to cruise along while being part of the surroundings (rather than detached from them as you are in a car) and being able to stop anywhere on a whim is what makes cycling special for me. I do have a simple cycle computer on my touring bike, but if it fails it won't be replaced. What other riders do in terms of speed and distance has no relevance at all unless we're on a trip together. I think it is the difference between viewing cycling as a sport or as a versatile and enjoyable means of transport and a leisure pastime.

Re: Loire a velo. Logistics.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 hours 37 min ago
MartinBrice wrote:we did eurostar to paris then train to orleans to start the trip. then to get back from the end took the TGV at 6am from nantes to lille for a ridiculously small price. then euorstar to UK. But bikes are extra money and hassle on eurostar now.

You always have had to pay extra - and £30 is steep, but the amount of hassle is pretty minimal. For many people it will be the quickest and easiest option - although the ferries from Portsmouth and Plymouth may also be a good option.

Re: Commuting - best pannier?

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 hours 52 min ago
brooksby wrote:Smiles wrote:... ferrying work clothes (shirt, pants, socks neatly folded and double wrapped in plastic bags to prevent creasing), ...

Why are you worried about creasing your socks?

You mean you don't
iron yours????

Re: Deliveroo

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 hours 53 min ago
Redvee wrote:coffeedrinkerUK wrote:I see Halfords (its no good being snooty ) have opened a super duper bike shop in Union Street and there's a quite flashy cycling shop right in the centre of Broadmead. I cant think of any more but it wouldn't surprise me if there's a "fixie" shop somewhere there. O I think the Halfords allow test rides from that shop.

Cycle Republic are Halfords bike only stores. There's BlackBeard Cycles at the end of All Saint's Street and I'm pretty sure I've seen another bike shop in Broadmead area but can't remember where. The local Fixie shop was Bristol Dropouts which was on Stokes Croft a few doors up from TDP cycles but they've moved up to Church Road recently.

Some pics of Old Broadmead can be found here https://www.flickr.com/photos/brizzlebo ... /lightbox/


In Broadmead itself, there's Halfords (sorry - Cycle Republic) and a Cycle Surgery.

There is an Evans just outside Broadmead (on Lewins Mead, next to the enormous construction site for even more student accommodation). There's Jakes Bikes in the precinct next to the bus station, and Fred Baker Cycles up at the other end of Stokes Croft.

I didn't know the Bristol Dropouts had closed, but I rarely go on that length of the Croft.

Re: The Poplar High St collision

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 hours 55 min ago
Cycle lanes on roads open to other traffic do create hazards of their own. This video illustrates one. The driver clearly made a mistake and merits criticism, but if I had been the cyclist I would have half expected to see a vehicle emerging from that gap. The driver could only see the cyclist at the last moment, and the view might be obscured by the window pillar. That is a very crowded environment and small errors of judgement can lead to someone being hurt.

Personally, I would not cycle regularly on streets like that. I would find another way of getting to work.

Re: Child friendly, car camping and cycling, Northern Europe

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 hours 4 min ago
Vorpal wrote:I would have recommended the Rhine, also. But since that's taken another to consider is Ostfriesland in Germany. You can take the coastal route (I think it's part of the North Sea Cycle route?), which is mostly on (good) cycle paths and not too hilly for a trailer.
+1 for Ostfriesland although the NSCR does not always follow the coast in Ostfriesland. But there is a comprehensive network of cycle tracks though with good signing and you can cycle all of the coast next to a dyke if you really want to.

The tourist office is here http://www.ostfriesland-tourism.com/ they offer cycle tour packages as well as maps and guides

Our trip in 2009 is here

http://mistymornings.net/travel/2009/tr ... index.html

Re: Deliveroo

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 hours 12 min ago
Im sure when I glanced in through the door that the Hafords on Union Street it had more makes than their own. I saw Dropouts had left Stokes Croft, my immediate thought was that they'd gone bust due to the immense number of cycling shops in Bristol, over 60 I thought I read somewhere. I cant think who BlackBeard cycles are but I hope to get by on the current choise.

Re: Navigation - Garmin

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 hours 2 min ago
Send it back and invest in a Sony Xperia smartphone.

Re: The Poplar High St collision

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 hours 4 min ago
Hi mjr,

I don't mean that motorists need to understand the scheme, but I meant that a motorist [making such a right-turn in heavy traffic as in the video] would not see the cycle lane/blue strip on the far side of the carriageway until after they had started their manoeuvre and therefore the scheme cannot be safe without the motorist already having that knowledge of the road layout. That's the way it looks to me in the video/google earth but I dare say the reality could be different.

mjr wrote:That's why continuing the cycle track across the junction with appropriate hard measures like corner posts is preferable to dumping cyclists back onto the road for short stretches IMO. +1 - I agree wholeheartedly.

cheap cycling jackets for cold dry weather

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 hours 47 min ago
I got my ex army softie jacket from Ebay a week ago for £25 in excellent condition, came in its own stuff bag and packs quite small for putting in a saddle bag or pannier. Seems like an ideal cold but dry weather jacket for cycling. is very light, has long arms and cut to the back side and very loose fitting, zips right up to the neck & in no way constrains any movement. Seems quite wind proof also. Any one else here uses these? I didnt know of them until some one posted about them in the camping forum. Best jacket I have bought for a long time

Re: Deliveroo

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 hours 56 min ago
coffeedrinkerUK wrote:I see Halfords (its no good being snooty ) have opened a super duper bike shop in Union Street and there's a quite flashy cycling shop right in the centre of Broadmead. I cant think of any more but it wouldn't surprise me if there's a "fixie" shop somewhere there. O I think the Halfords allow test rides from that shop.

Cycle Republic are Halfords bike only stores. There's BlackBeard Cycles at the end of All Saint's Street and I'm pretty sure I've seen another bike shop in Broadmead area but can't remember where. The local Fixie shop was Bristol Dropouts which was on Stokes Croft a few doors up from TDP cycles but they've moved up to Church Road recently.

Some pics of Old Broadmead can be found here https://www.flickr.com/photos/brizzlebo ... /lightbox/

Re: Navigation - Garmin

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 hours 9 min ago
DC Rainmaker is the site to look at for tips n tricks on things Garmin. I'd recommend an outftont style mount over the stem/bar mount as it puts the computer more in your eyeline, they can be picked up for as little as £10.

Navigation - Garmin

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 February 2016 - 10:42pm
Hi all!

After much much much consideration on the different models and brands of cycle computers for navigation and fitness recording I have just ordered the Garmin Edge 810 performance bundle.

Do any of you out there have any any experience with this model or others and could offer me some pros, cons or recommendations?

I'm keen to receive it, an hoping it will fulfil all my hopes and dreams for some decent cycling days out over this upcoming year!
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