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Re: touring tool kit

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 June 2015 - 1:33pm
Tubes x 2 or 3
tyre levers (unbreakable steel)
Tip-top puncture kit, plus box of Park instant patches
proper pump
bits of old tyre for boots
spare folding tyre sometimes, depending on bike weight and state of wear of existing tyres

Victorinox Bit Wrench and a set of bits - 2,3,4,5,6,8 allen, T25, 8 & 10 mm socket, screwdriver
1/4 inch combination spanner (for when the bit wrench is too big to give access - i.e. inward facing upper rack bolt)
Park mini chain tool
Spokey
NBT2 cassette remover
Leatherman Juice CS4 (sometimes)
pair cone spanners (sometimes)
Swiss Army Knife (not in tool kit)

film tub with spare bolts (rack/bottle, SPD, crank self-extractor, mudguard stay etc), chain powerlinks (2 pair), bits that don't fit in the holder, spoke nipple.
Small bottle of chain oil
zip ties
gaffer tape
electrical tape
pair brake pads
spokes (half a dozen or so, taped to the saddlebag dowel)
rear brake & gear cables (sometimes)

Re: touring tool kit

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 June 2015 - 1:22pm
Mudguard nuts I have replaced Allen bolts and large washers saving the need for a spanner. Likewise a few Shimano mechs take a spanner on the cable clamp and I'd switch to an Allen head. Pedals which take an Allen key are available too.
I'd go for a small adjustable spanner over a fixed one if I needed to carry it, simply because it is more versatile.

I would always take a couple of chain links and two fast links on multi-day tours and I like a Leatherman tool as it has several screwdriver bits, knife and pliers in a compact package.

Re: Map reading - can anyone do this now?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 June 2015 - 1:19pm
Well it is great that you can read a map, but try using your OS map to get you through the cycle networks of an unfamiliar town or city. Like other Sat Navs I think they have their uses but over-reliance upon them can be a problem. To me they are not a replacement for route planning or map reading skills, but they are a useful tool, even if it is just to check your position.

Re: Map reading - can anyone do this now?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 June 2015 - 1:17pm
One of the under-appreciated benefits of using a map is the things you can see when route planning, like detours to something interesting nearby or bail-out routes if you are tired or if the weather turns. Personally I dislike things with batteries in them and prefer paper maps.

Re: Follow up to accident with London bus 7 months ago

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 June 2015 - 1:13pm
Psamathe wrote:One warning about "No Win, No Fee" based on such a scheme I was offered. When I had to take somebody to court my solicitors offered me a No Win, No Fee scheme but on reading the small-print I found that if we won the case, I would be liable for the (significantly higher) legal fees which they would then recover from the other party. This is all straightforward if the other party is an insurance company or has plenty of assets. In my case, the other party might easily not have had adequate resources to pay the increased legal bill and were her assets inadequate, I would be liable for any shortfall.

Ian

Yes.

But it important to remember that any solicitor only takes on your case to make money for himself, not primarily to provide a service to the customer. That applies to all people who sell their labour in any circumstances. I'm not running down solicitors.

Having your case accepted by a 'no win, no fee' is a very good indication that money is coming your way, and also that you won't have to pay anything yourself even if things don't go as expected.

Re: Why do Daily Wail Readers Hate Cyclists?

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 June 2015 - 1:03pm
Most motorists don't hate cyclists or treat them badly.

But with tens of millions of drivers in the country, most of them hating nearly all their time behind the wheel on our crowded roads, there are bound to be tens of thousand of motorists who combine anger, bitterness, the low intelligence required to think that cyclists are a major cause of motoring misery and the desire to comment on newspaper websites.

In the Mail and other newspapers comment sections what we see is the demented ranting of the worst type of motorist, not the reasonable views of the majority of them.

Re: Map reading - can anyone do this now?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 June 2015 - 12:55pm
Always happy to discuss maps and reading them...
I learnt with cub scouts and then school cadet force, but never got very good until I started, quite recently to go for regular walks with a chum and doggins. We do a country walk every fortnight and cover between 8 and 10 miles and as I'm the planner-in-chief I get to do all the navigating, so I'm getting better at it these days. It's definitely a skill that grows on me, I learn the nuances slowly...
For walking, used to prefer 1:25k but am now getting more used to using 1:50k.

Re: Tar on my tyres

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 June 2015 - 12:46pm
Just be grateful Devon CC have still got some money to spend on road maintenance!

Map reading - can anyone do this now?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 June 2015 - 12:37pm
One of the most useful skills i learnt at school/scouts was map reading. To this day i often pull out a map and peruse the contours and symbols - online mapping can be useful too - if you can read a map and understand what it tells you.

There are regular questions on here about GPS units/apps - today someone even asked for a talking version so i'm curious, do people genuinely not have map reading skills or is it just laziness? If your GPS malfunctions are you lost?

Discuss

(i can offer a distance learning course of basic map reading for those who don't know what a map is and how to interpret one! )

Re: Follow up to accident with London bus 7 months ago

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 June 2015 - 12:13pm
PH wrote:thirdcrank wrote:I'm intrigued by how few responses this thread has attracted: it's the sort of thing which can be on page 13 before sundown on the first day. The original thread about this, linked in the OP attracted even less interest.

Does that silence say something?

Say what? The only question in the OP is "Has anyone had experience of facing the defendant in court" and I doubt many of us do.
I'm sure all of us sympathise with pedgepuk and wish them the best of luck.
Interest is judged by the number of viewings not comments.
I know nothing about the legal system so have said nothing but I've read with interest & am now wiser.

Re: Follow up to accident with London bus 7 months ago

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 June 2015 - 11:55am
One warning about "No Win, No Fee" based on such a scheme I was offered. When I had to take somebody to court my solicitors offered me a No Win, No Fee scheme but on reading the small-print I found that if we won the case, I would be liable for the (significantly higher) legal fees which they would then recover from the other party. This is all straightforward if the other party is an insurance company or has plenty of assets. In my case, the other party might easily not have had adequate resources to pay the increased legal bill and were her assets inadequate, I would be liable for any shortfall.

Ian

Re: another cyclist killed by a lorry in London

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 June 2015 - 11:41am
xjs wrote:Regarding the handlebars point, it would be interesting to know if there's a pattern in the style of bike ridden by the unfortunate people who get killed - if you're taken by surprise, is it also easier to stop quickly and not lose your balance on a light road bike than on a heavier "classic" ladies' bike or something like a Boris bike?
Your assumption being these bikes are more likely to be involved in accidents? Yet Boris bikes have much better safety records don't they? If weight was an issue then it suggests that light bikes are more dangerous...

IME it's harder to 'lose' a Boris bike, you're also not going to be clipped in so may find it easier to leave the bike in a hurry. Perhaps maintenance is better? Perhaps other drivers give them a wider berth? Perhaps it's because they're slower? Perhaps the upright riding position makes the rider more visible (and poke out above other vehicles).
Could be a whole multitude of reasons...

Re: help...sat nav

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 June 2015 - 11:36am
I have no experience of this app. Never tried it (never even loaded it) but noted it as part of a related app search https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/navfree-gps-uk-roi-+-street/id391334793?mt=8

Ian

Re: Tar on my tyres

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 June 2015 - 11:27am
I tried white spirit, but it was very slow, so I went to the shed with the petrol for the garden stuff, and poured a little into a tub and used a cloth dipped into it.
Petrol did the job in a jiffy. Doesn't seem any problem with the rubber on the tyres.

I reckoned that petrol pipes in cars are rubber, so it should be ok.
reohn2 wrote:Mick
You could always buy some black ones Not only did the tar spoil the look of my tyres, the tar lumps were noisy and annoying. There were tiny bits of gravel stuck on there too.

Re: touring tool kit

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 June 2015 - 11:03am
I've been refining things for many years both toolwise and bike to make things simple so here's the parts/tools i take on tour:-

2 tubes
Park self adhesive patches
Tyre boot
SKS Micro tool - 2 tyre levers and spoke keys
Emergency spoke - no need to remove cassette to use
Multitool with chain tool - all the hex bolts on the bike are covered - my pedals included
Spare computer magnet - lost several over the years!
1 spare nipple - have had one break
1 pair brake pads
1 each gear/brake cables
Leatherman Micro - pliers, blade, screwdriver, bottle opener, file, saw blade
2oz bottle of lube
pair of latex gloves
'j' cloth for cleaning

Bike has self extracting crank bolts so if needed i can remove the cranks. Sealed BB unit, Campag hubs that don't need cone spanners if they needed attention.

If my tool kit can't do the job its a workshop thing ie replacing BB/headset/cassette

All fits into an Ortlieb Micro seat pack - total weight 495g

Re: Why do Daily Wail Readers Hate Cyclists?

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 June 2015 - 10:26am
reohn2 wrote:I've never found there to be a continual line of traffic or one that didn't clear within seconds.
It really depends where you ride. Around here, I'll pull over on a narrow road when there is space to safely do so (I won't dive into the hedge to allow an overtake); last week around Winchester, despite very slow, long hills, I did not pull over. Had I done so then by the time the first queue had passed there would have been another line of overtakers and I would never have got to my destinations.

Re: Carrera Crixus impressed

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 June 2015 - 10:16am
mercalia wrote:well £225 for a bike with Claris sti very good value - you look at the prices for those bits in SJS - even in Rose de the gears system would set you back about £120? or so. Must be some kind of loss leader? or they have so many of them need to shift them?

It's the same thing everywhere. Each spare part or component has a sales margin - and needs to as it has to be ordered, handled, stored etc. On a complete bike you buy in bulk and the manufacturer and retailer takes a bigger cash margin (but lower %) overall. Try buying a car simply by ordering the spares...I bet a Ford Fiesta would cost you £100,000 or more...

Re: Is it a, see how close we can get the HGV to the cyclist

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 June 2015 - 10:14am
pwa: I'm glad you said that (and better than I did). To be fair to Forth Tom, no-one is suggesting you ditch your common sense in these situations.

Re: Finding new touring friends!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 June 2015 - 9:39am
Ben,

If you live in S.W. Wiltshire presumably you are fairly close to Warminster. They had their 7th annual Warminster Wobble cycle festival a week ago, which I hear was very successful. Have a look at their website warminsterwobble.org.uk

Re: (not) road rage in Belfast

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 June 2015 - 9:30am
Being friendly to people who do things you disagree with is a wise approach. You are more likely to make people think about your point of view if you have not put them in a defensive mode. Well done.
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