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Re: Anyone done the Trans Am - West to East?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2014 - 3:13pm
Yep, I cycled west to east Florence Oregon to Yorktown Virginia in 2002. Happy to answer any questions. Wind good, never far from civilisation! I didn't bother with taking a cooking stove. 50% camped / cheap hostels etc. rate the trip probably the best all round cycling experience I've had ( I've been on many rides in different parts of the world).

Re: Ten Miles a Day

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 July 2014 - 2:45pm
This is me making a bit of fun. Sorry.

Living where I do, hills are a fact of life. Living in a steep-sided valley doesn't help at all, but even when I climb out of it, the ups and downs never stop. My average speeds suffer of course, and I rarely get above 13mph average on a ride, despite 40mph+ descents being commonplace ....................... just like sub 5mph climbs.

Re: Ten Miles a Day

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 July 2014 - 2:38pm
Mick F wrote:... and climbed 261,000ft of climbing.
Today is Day 210 of the year, so I've climbed 1,243ft per day.



Just calculated my ft/day of climbing. It's much, much less than that............

Re: Dog walkers or horseriders?

CTC Forum - MTB - 29 July 2014 - 2:26pm
Mountain bike is a marketing term. There's nothing that makes it unsuitable for use elsewhere. I preferred the old term ATB All Terrain Bicycle. They can be very versatile bikes and I bet most never see action in the mountains

Re: Ten Miles a Day

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 July 2014 - 1:12pm
139,000cals so far this year.
That's averaging 661.5 per day, or 47cals per mile.

Re: Ring, ring?

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 July 2014 - 1:01pm
I do own a whistle – usually taken on hiking trips for emergencies. I've a perfect opportunity to test in central London shortly .

Re: Ribble Winter Audax bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 July 2014 - 12:54pm
The Tifosi hhas an aluminium frame , but the Ribble Sportive 365 Campagnolo has a carbon one.
Carbon would be my choice for comfort of ride.

Re: Ribble Winter Audax bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 July 2014 - 12:45pm
The ribble Audax also has aenough clearance for 25mm tyres and guards.If that's the winter audax , I'm pretty sure Ribble said to me in email that it will only take up to 23mm tyres with guards ?

Re: Ribble Winter Audax bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 July 2014 - 12:36pm
Now I've got a bike with disk brakes, full mudguards and 28mm tyres, the rim brake bikes don't come out in winter.

Re: Ten Miles a Day

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 July 2014 - 12:31pm
Mick F wrote:Yes, it's a good thread and it makes me think about riding more. The mileage idea has got me thinking ..............

I found last year, that I was finding easy miles just to keep the averages up. It led me to go out five or six times a week, but generally not many miles at a time. This year, I'm going out less, but going further.

Also, I wonder what the difference is between easy miles and hard miles, and how to differentiate.

This year so far, for instance, I've done 2,950miles and climbed 261,000ft of climbing.
Today is Day 210 of the year, so I've climbed 1,243ft per day. I wonder if I can manage an average of 1,300ft per day? This may make me find more hills.

Mick.
The difference between an 'Easy mile' and a 'Hard mile' is about 100 Calories...

Re: Ring, ring?

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 July 2014 - 12:17pm
And a whistle can be easily worn round the neck until entering a "risk" zone.

Re: Ribble Winter Audax bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 July 2014 - 12:12pm
I own and run everyday a Tifosi CK7, I use 25mm tyres normally but have put 28mm tyres on in the past. The ribble Audax also has aenough clearance for 25mm tyres and guards.

Re: Ring, ring?

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 July 2014 - 11:51am
God you are so polite! I was walking in New York and was made aware as I was about to cross the road, that a cyclist / courier was heading to that part of the road at some velocity. His chosen method of announcing his approach, was loud whistle blast using the whistle type I was familiar with when reffing football or rugby. Simple and very effective on the milling crowds of the city. Try it here where things are less hectic, it does work wonders.

Re: Ribble Winter Audax bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 July 2014 - 11:08am
reply from Spa; it won't take mudguards. Will take upto a 25mm tyre and weighs for 54cm, 8.5kg.

Re: Ten Miles a Day

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 July 2014 - 10:12am
Hi,
Just over 13 M / Day
Despite most recent 168, 215 & 196 Mile day rides.
The more into the year it gets the more miles you have to put in to make any difference.
So next year I will do some silly rides in the first month and watch you all catch up

Re: Ribble Winter Audax bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 July 2014 - 9:57am
The Tifosi CK7 is a 28mm with guards choice. See a few about on the Audax scene.

Re: Alarming ride in downpour today – braking advice

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 July 2014 - 9:38am
20mph is reasonable (if challenging for many of us, except downhill). However, 20mph in the wet on a crowded shopping street when going downhill may not be.

Re: Alarming ride in downpour today – braking advice

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 July 2014 - 9:29am
Pete Owens wrote:Go at the speed you judge to be safe - and if this is slower than the driver behind would choose then so be it.

Vantage wrote:Generally speaking, it is safer to keep up with the flow of traffic as usually, (among other reasons that I can't think of right now coz it's midnight and I'm falling asleep but which are covered in Richard Ballantines bike book) following drivers won't feel the need to overtake and a faster moving bike is usually more stable than a slower one.

I agree with both. I have no wish to outrun motor vehicles – my priority is to be safe on the road. There are occasions, however, when I do feel it necessary to keep pace with traffic on the described road. At busy times, cars can still be travelling in excess of 10mph in both directions, with little space between. In choosing not to keep up, I would be inviting regular close passes and cutting in front, compromising my safety. Parked cars line the sides so primary is a must. I don't do more than 20mph max, and only then if the road is completely clear. I'd normally be flattered to be equated with a race snake, but it's simply not the case – hence my username

Slightly off topic but, having read the recent thread on shared paths, there's a different take on cycling speed here:
I just wish drivers would appreciate that a cyclist wanting to do 20mph is perfectly reasonable, but does also mean they need to be on the road, as that sort of speed isn't suitable for shared use paths.

Re: Ribble Winter Audax bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 July 2014 - 9:29am
Thanks Honesty, I've sent an email to Spa re mudguards though I think I would prefer a double chainset.

Re: Dog walkers or horseriders?

CTC Forum - MTB - 29 July 2014 - 9:25am
I was under the impression that mountain bikes are for mountains, not the local tow path. Perhaps that's the best place for them
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