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Re: Lon Las Cymru to Taunton

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 August 2014 - 3:44pm
If you skip Anglesey then you would not have ridden the Lon Las just a section of it.
You can skip Cardiff or Chepstow as there is a choice there.

Anglesey is the nice easy flat bit to warm up ready for the hills.

Lon Las Cymru to Taunton

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 August 2014 - 3:31pm
At the start of planning a trip for next year, I'm hoping to do the Lon Las Cymru route through Chepstow and then on to home in Taunton. I have a few questions about route, but my first is - is Anglesey worth it? Or would I be better served by my time by hopping out the train early at Llanfairpwll railway station and save myself a bit of time/cycling distance?

Re: Bike recommendations to replace my full susser

CTC Forum - MTB - 29 August 2014 - 3:26pm
Frankly for that kind of riding I'd consider a cyclocross bike. If you want light then a rigid singlespeed should be around the 9kg / 20lb mark - and with no hills up or down in Cambs could be about ideal...

Re: Best Ortlieb Rear Panniers for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 August 2014 - 3:24pm
andrew_s wrote:Ortlieb reckon that the Plus material is tougher than the Classic - similar tear resistance (in between the two different Classic fabrics), and does quite a lot better on the abrasion resistance test.
This article on crazyguyonabike gives a good rundown on the differences by a fabric technologist, and Plus comes out best there too.

Either are plenty durable enough, and it's easy to permanantly repair minor damage with Ortleib's kits, generic products like TearAid or Tenacious Tape, or glueless puncture patches such as Park.

Interesting. I guess I just assumed as they're more rigid, they're tougher. And yes to the Park patches, that's what I've used to repair mine.

Re: Best Ortlieb Rear Panniers for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 August 2014 - 3:20pm
You might also consider the Back Roller City. I know it has “City” in the name, but nothing’s preventing you taking it out of the city. And in fact, it seems to have some advantages, depending on your viewpoint: cheaper, lighter, no unnecessary pockets or straps, but with the usual Ortlieb quality and waterproofness.

Re: High-vis top with zero insulation

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 August 2014 - 2:55pm
The Halfords tabard I got were kept to gether by velcro straps. so were very open at the sides

Re: High-vis top with zero insulation

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 August 2014 - 2:54pm
If you want to try before you buy, seek out your nearest specialist running shop and pop into it. Runners generate a lot more heat than cyclists do and they're obsessive about keeping cool.

Something like this would do the trick - a decent price for an mesh tabard from a reputable running clothing manufacturer. Zoom in on the picture and you'll see how open the mesh is compared with non-running hi-vis jackets.
http://www.sportsshoes.com/product/tho1 ... oduct-tabs

Re: Best Ortlieb Rear Panniers for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 August 2014 - 2:54pm
Folks, thanks very much for your insights and suggestions and pointing out the pros and cons for each type.

Not quite decided but I think I'll probably go for the Bike Packer Classic.
Interestingly, Evans have a sale on so the price difference between the options is not always high.

http://www.evanscycles.com/categories/a ... f/ortlieb#!

Thanks again, everyone.
Doug

Re: Four 4x4's/SUV'S on a forty mile ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 August 2014 - 2:54pm
80 percent of incidents and aggression I experience towards me as a cyclist are 4 by 4

In practical terms my personal experience and understanding is that if you truly need better grip etc get good tyres , chains in snow and or lower your tyre pressure , far more effective than a 4 by 4

I drove the whole West Falklands on muddy dirt roads using a 4 by 4 that you have to get out and manually engage , never got near to engaging it and they are not good roads, also saw plenty of 4 by 4 s get stuck in the bogs there

Re: High-vis top with zero insulation

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 August 2014 - 2:49pm
Pretty well any running/sports shop should have something suitable, eg http://www.sportsdirect.com/hind-hi-vis-running-bib-764112?colcode=76411213

I have seen them in pink as well. Most of them are more meshy than that one appears to be. I think I've seen them in a pound shop.

Re: Best Ortlieb Rear Panniers for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 August 2014 - 2:47pm
Dudley Manlove wrote:The plus material is lighter than the classic, but maybe not as durable.
Ortlieb reckon that the Plus material is tougher than the Classic - similar tear resistance (in between the two different Classic fabrics), and does quite a lot better on the abrasion resistance test.
This article on crazyguyonabike gives a good rundown on the differences by a fabric technologist, and Plus comes out best there too.

Either are plenty durable enough, and it's easy to permanantly repair minor damage with Ortleib's kits, generic products like TearAid or Tenacious Tape, or glueless puncture patches such as Park.

User of Front Rollers with riveted rails and fittings and non-insert hooks, currently failing to get around to getting some Plus replacements.

Re: 10 year ban for killing cyclist

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 August 2014 - 1:48pm
[XAP]Bob wrote:Bonefishblues wrote:[XAP]Bob wrote:Connection is the courts, and their MPD around motorised violence.
I'm sure it's me, being new on the Forum and not perhaps understanding the debate fully, but how do the two instances sit together other than they both involved a car and were in a Court?
No further connection needed. Motorists acting in a dangerous fashion are usually just let through the courts with barely a slapped wrist. Then they go on to do exactly the same for several years and then kill someone, at which point they are given another slap on the wrist.

For some reason society values lawbreaking above human life.
Where can I go to better understand this and the statistics involved in the debate - has anyone studied this?

If Flintoff's 12 points for speeding is an exemplar of a serial offender being let off with a slap on the wrist and who therefore has a higher propensity to kill someone on the road then I'd like to to look beyond this rather than shoot from the hip, as it were.

Re: 10 year ban for killing cyclist

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 August 2014 - 1:16pm
Bonefishblues wrote:[XAP]Bob wrote:Connection is the courts, and their MPD around motorised violence.
I'm sure it's me, being new on the Forum and not perhaps understanding the debate fully, but how do the two instances sit together other than they both involved a car and were in a Court?
No further connection needed. Motorists acting in a dangerous fashion are usually just let through the courts with barely a slapped wrist. Then they go on to do exactly the same for several years and then kill someone, at which point they are given another slap on the wrist.

For some reason society values lawbreaking above human life.

Re: 10 year ban for killing cyclist

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 August 2014 - 1:05pm
[XAP]Bob wrote:Connection is the courts, and their MPD around motorised violence.
I'm sure it's me, being new on the Forum and not perhaps understanding the debate fully, but how do the two instances sit together other than they both involved a car and were in a Court?

Re: 10 year ban for killing cyclist

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 August 2014 - 12:44pm
james01 wrote:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-28968229

At least this seems to be sending a sterner message to drivers than we've seen in some previous cases. A tragic waste of a life. The sooner the mobile phone menace is sorted out the better.

The message needs to be harder, automatic life bans, get these idiots off the road for good. A driving licence should be a privilege not a human right.

Re: High-vis top with zero insulation

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 August 2014 - 12:19pm
I got a tabard from Mountain Warehouse which has a much more open mesh than the ebay one, and I don't seem to get any hotter in it than without it. Not that I wear it very often but it packs up so small that I keep it in a pannier just in case.

I can't find it on the MW site at the moment but I've seen similar ones elsewhere sold for runners.

Re: Shocking behaviour from a Range Rover Vogue

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 August 2014 - 12:16pm
Apart from what I call "Road Owners" (the RangeRovers, and the cab things like Obliterator, Devastator, Penetrator, Destroyer, etc., big SHV'y things) I've recently noticed Mini's are quite bad. General observation rather than any specific incidents.

Ian

Re: High-vis top with zero insulation

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 August 2014 - 11:46am
if you want the minimum a TABARD type is the best bet. they just cover the front and back with the sides open. I was wearing just this with no tee shirt this summer and got lots of nice cooling ventilation but wind protection at the front, worked a treat. Halfords were selling their off at £2 but I think all gone now. So remember that word and search hiviz TABARD. You need to be careful to get a good size incase you want to wear a jumber/coat underneath, bigger is better. They pack up small - just roll up.

but here look here -

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/like/141065641242?limghlpsr=true&hlpv=2&ops=true&viphx=1&hlpht=true&lpid=108&device=c&adtype=pla&crdt=0&ff3=1&ff11=ICEP3.0.0&ff12=67&ff13=80&ff14=108

Re: Shocking behaviour from a Range Rover Vogue

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 August 2014 - 11:09am
The only time I tend to really notice well executed overtakes is when it's a taxi - and strangely the numbers of these have slowly been going up for some time!
(I've even spotted taxi's stopped behind the first stop line at an ASL!)

Re: Shocking behaviour from a Range Rover Vogue

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 August 2014 - 11:05am
Dont blame Vogue drivers for this conduct, it was probably just some "boy racer" borrowing his mum's car.
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