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Re: Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 December 2014 - 8:43am
RonK wrote:reohn2 wrote:So following on from all this speculation,has anyone had an LHT or DT,thought they weren't good bikes and why?
Yes, I had an LHT which was replaced after one tour. Apart from the appalling finish which had rust appearing after only a few months, I found it a dull, unresponsive, unrewarding ride - a real slug.

What did you replace it with?

Re: Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 December 2014 - 3:55am
reohn2 wrote:So following on from all this speculation,has anyone had an LHT or DT,thought they weren't good bikes and why?
Yes, I had an LHT which was replaced after one tour. Apart from the appalling finish which had rust appearing after only a few months, I found it a dull, unresponsive, unrewarding ride - a real slug.

Re: Feeling a bit lonely......

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 December 2014 - 2:19am
beardy wrote:We should be celebrating the fact that they paid attention to what they were taught when they were young.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92HCKfYakLU
That is the problem, I think, having that sort of propaganda drummed into you from an early age and apparently not realising that things change with adulthood. It's a bit like the school cycle training, ok for children but should not be considered appropriate for adults.

Re: Accident waiting to happen.

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 December 2014 - 1:08am
Bicycler wrote:Yes, but you said zebra crossings. It is quite common for shared use paths either side of roads to be joined by zebra crossings. Cyclists are expected to cede priority or to wheel their bikes as pedestrians.
The 2015 TSRGD (Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions) has, among other things for cyclists, introduced a combined crossing. I've included links to, I hope, relevant documents in the Bedford topic (here).

Rick.

Re: Accident waiting to happen.

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 December 2014 - 1:02am
MrD wrote:gaz wrote:MrD wrote:The idea of combined Zebra crossings and cycle paths was done away with years ago.
What makes you think that?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zebra_cro ... r_crossing

Tiger crossings were tried out about a decade ago, and replaced with Toucans in Aylesbury.
Yes, but you said zebra crossings. It is quite common for shared use paths either side of roads to be joined by zebra crossings. Cyclists are expected to cede priority or to wheel their bikes as pedestrians.

Re: A good demonstration of why not to blind side a lorry

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 December 2014 - 12:13am
I'm interested that people are blaming the cyclist. We don't see much of the run-up to the incident. However, traffic does not appear to be that heavy. Therefore, since lorries are faster than bikes on the open road, it is prima facie more likely that we are seeing the late stages of a lorry partly overtaking and then turning into a bike, than that we are seeing a bike coming up the near side of a lorry.

This applies in general to side swipes. In heavy traffic, it's likely that the bike went up the side of the lorry. In light traffic, the reverse will typically apply.

And either way, at least under UK road practice, the lorry should be signalling well before it turns.

Re: Accident waiting to happen.

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 December 2014 - 11:52pm
gaz wrote:MrD wrote:The idea of combined Zebra crossings and cycle paths was done away with years ago.
What makes you think that?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zebra_cro ... r_crossing

Tiger crossings were tried out about a decade ago, and replaced with Toucans in Aylesbury
gaz wrote:MrD wrote:Bristol has implemented a new separate cycle path, which incorporates this travesty.

URL for google Earth of old junction.
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.4532794,-2.5933302,130m/data=!3m1!1e3
Streetview. As I don't know the levels of motor/cycle/pedestrian traffic through the junction I can't rate it. I also don't know Bristol. It certainly looks better for pedestrians.

It is quite busy all day, both for pedestrians and road traffic. I agree it is better for pedestrians.

Re: Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 December 2014 - 11:50pm
So following on from all this speculation,has anyone had an LHT or DT,thought they weren't good bikes and why?

Re: Feeling guilty whilst not cycling & car use thru illness

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 December 2014 - 11:02pm
Went out just to the shops again, seem to be recovered from the chest thing but being off the bike so much and generally feeling cream crackered anyway it was like cycling through treacle
There's a section of main road off my estate that's absolutely level and I push along it so I can keep the traffic off until a sharp bend, then it turns downhill ever so slightly, I can generally do 20 & 25mph respectively as I'm fresh out the door and warms the muscles up rapidly, today it was 13 & 16ish, god it was hard work!
Going to have a trundle out tomorrow, need to get my legs back to some sort of 'normality', whatever the hell that is!

Re: Feeling a bit lonely......

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 December 2014 - 10:37pm
mercalia wrote:what are "tubs"? Oh now you lot know I am not a roadie
Sorry! It's not so much being a roadie, as being an oldie, I think: at any rate, never a roadie myself (although I ride a road bike)....

"Tub" is slang for tubular tyre, the sort where the inner tube is sewn into the outer and you glue the thing to your rim. Tedious in the extreme when you get a 'visit'. And expensive! But very light and fast.

For my sins, I used to ride on tubs myself, way back in the 1970s - until I was afflicted with a double 'visit' through riding over some low-life pub-goer's discarded bottle one dark and drizzly night in Croydon - with only one spare.

They're not so popular now, except in actual racing, seeing as 'clinchers' or ordinary tyres have much improved and got lighter over the years.

Re: Feeling a bit lonely......

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 December 2014 - 10:24pm
Which is why on busy summer weekends I avoid travelling west from home along the C2C.
50 cheery hellos in 4 miles gets a bit wearing, but I try to always acknowledge a fellow cyclist/human being.

Actually, in the winter it gets a bit lonely around here, then I speak to the cattle, sheep, black grouse, red grouse.......

Geneva to Nice July / Aug 2015

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 December 2014 - 8:28pm
Wanted – companions – July / August : Fly Geneva, visit Cern, lakes, mountains, gorges and Cols in the Alps and onto to the Monaco, return from Nice. Approximate route https://goo.gl/maps/JPfuz

Camping, 50 to 60 miles per day. Approx 2 weeks and 3 days – late July to early August, approx 800 miles. Covering parts of the Route Napoléon and the Route Des Grandes Alpes
Two to three nights in Geneva, Chamonix Annecy, La Grave, Castellane, Nice.

Geneva, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geneva
Chamonix http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aiguille_du_Midi
Morzine http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morzine
Annecy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annecy
Vizelle http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vizille
Alpe D’Huez http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpe_d%27Huez
Col Du Galibier http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col_du_Galibier
Braincon http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian%C3%A7on
Castellane http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castellane
Gordes Du Verdon http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verdon_Gorge
Gorges Du Duluis http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gorges_de_Daluis
Èze http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eze
Monaco http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monaco

Cern https://openlab-mu-internal.web.cern.ch ... RN_Access/

Route Napoléon http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Route_Napol%C3%A9on
Route Des Grandes Alpes http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Route_des_Grandes_Alpes


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Re: Should I just stick with 26" wheels?

CTC Forum - MTB - 20 December 2014 - 8:08pm
Bikefayre wrote:Personally like my Halo Combat wheels on my Land Rover mountain bike. According to the Cycle mag bike shops are now selling 650B, 27.5 and 29 ins so the 26ins size will eventually be phased out so tyre choice could become limited.

Not honestly sure this will be a real issue in the short/medium term as there are so many 26" bikes about.

And 27.5/650B are the same thing; 27.5" is a misnomer as it implies it's 1.5" bigger than 26", when it's actually more like 1" (& 29ers are 2.5")

Re: tyre difference

CTC Forum - MTB - 20 December 2014 - 8:05pm
Bikefayre wrote:Feel the wire bead is better at surviving rough roads as the Kevlar ones are usually the ones with lighter sidewalls and can puncture more. Have a wee look at the Schwalbe Marathon Plus MTB a good all-round tyre and tough as old boots and is cheap to buy.

It's not a proper MTB tyre though.

The answer to everything appears to be Ardents this year, though I am still on my BC Mountain Kings and am happy with these.

Re: Feeling guilty whilst not cycling & car use thru illness

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 December 2014 - 8:01pm
Cripes mate, it's bad enough you having to struggle with a chronic condition like Crohn's without you piling on the extra hassle of feeling guilty - if you don't feel up to cycling, hop in the car and don't give it a second thought, till you you feel well enough again to get back on the bike. That's what I say!

Re: A good demonstration of why not to blind side a lorry

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 December 2014 - 7:48pm
I'm so glad that Sweden and France (or Volvo and Renault most likely) didn't succeed in delaying safer lorry cab visibility from 2019 to 2025.

Re: Feeling a bit lonely......

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 December 2014 - 7:38pm
SteveHunter wrote:I acknowledge all other cyclists when I'm out on a leisurely ride. I don't bother when commuting though as I would be a nodding dog as well.

I find large groups are the worst for acknowledging you.


If you are about number 26 in a stream of forty Audax riders you tend to feel a bit sorry for the poor person cycling towards you getting hoarse from replying to all of our "Good Mornings", especially when they have hardly even woken up yet.

Re: A good demonstration of why not to blind side a lorry

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 December 2014 - 7:35pm
Drifter wrote:First clip - I can't believe that the truck is completely oblivious that he's just made contact with something.

I have a lorry driver friend who had a feeling that something wasn't just right.
When he stopped and got out to check he found a small car sideways that he had been pushing along.
He had no idea where she had come but the woman driver had just turned right in front of him, assuming he had seen her.
So if a car can't be felt, or seen, then a cyclist doesn't stand a chance.
We have to be very aware of the lack of vision that lorry drivers have and treat them accordingly.

I have a great respect for lorry drivers but I do agree there are places where the larger lorries shouldn't be allowed.

Re: Feeling a bit lonely......

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 December 2014 - 7:24pm
Mark1978 wrote:Oh it's the waving thread again. Nice.
Agreed. It doesn't help.

Is it just me who can't read this thread title without thinking of Team America: World Police

Re: Cycling to Axbridge from Bristol

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 December 2014 - 7:21pm
I heard about the chocolate path long before Strava started in 2009. Knowing Bristolian humour, I suspect it got that name soon after it was built in the early 1900s, what with Dairy Milk first going on sale around the same time.

Bristol City Council call it by that name AFAIK
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