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Re: It's a miracle

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 March 2015 - 8:03am
maxcherry wrote:Must be one of the signs, the Apocalypse is coming
And lo! I have seen a goat with two heads, two tails and eight legs. It's a sign! It's a sign!

Re: It's a miracle

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 March 2015 - 2:48am
Must be one of the signs, the Apocalypse is coming

Re: Looking for cycling companions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 March 2015 - 2:46am
Hey Ruta, It might be a good idea to tell everyone a wee bit more about yourself if you are inviting them to join you on the road for a while? Details such as age, likes, dislikes, fitness levels, nationality, lanuages spoken, interests etc. You might find you get a better response ?

Cheers
Jim

Re: It's a miracle

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 March 2015 - 1:10am
Someone needs to have a word with the weather bureau. Your supposed to get headwinds bothways

Re: Bike lubing/cleaning on tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 March 2015 - 12:21am
If my bike gets very dirty due to rain/red slime on the road or riding off road in dust, I take it into my shower and give it a good clean.

Admittedly I am talking about cheaper hotels in Asia with walk-in shower bathrooms. I always make sure I clean up thoroughly and usually leave the bathroom cleaner than when I started.

For normal use, an old flannel wetted can wipe off most muck.

The main reason I worry about the bile looking clean is so I can take it into hotels, etc overnight.

Re: cycling to Italy

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 March 2015 - 12:04am
Tell us more about Liguria? I’ve avoided it in the past because I’d imagined it – the minor roads at least – to be very hilly. And horribly touristy around the Cinque Terre. Is it not? (Might suit me to head there this year…).

Re: It's a miracle

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 March 2015 - 11:39pm
I once set a personal best in a '10' when the tailwind that had blown me to the turn promptly dropped for the return.

Re: It's a miracle

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 March 2015 - 11:35pm
That's because a peleton of bikes were doing the same journey in the opposite direction.

Re: ASL fixed penalty

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 March 2015 - 11:32pm
So many whingeing drivers over there, when will they understand a simple rule?

IF YOU'RE NOT ON A BICYCLE, STAY OUT OF THE BICYCLE BOX!

It's a miracle

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 March 2015 - 11:11pm
Today I had a tail wind on the way out and the way back.

Re: London: Covent Garden Bike Thieves About!

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 March 2015 - 10:46pm
It's not all doom and gloom. I've been locking bikes in and around Covent Garden since the mid-'80s, nothing has been touched.

But I must admit I feel more comfortable using the Brompton these days, I never lock it, when I'm not riding it I keep it in my right hand.

Re: Bike lubing/cleaning on tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 March 2015 - 9:58pm
I take a small bottle of oil and a rag stuffed under the saddle. I'll clean the chain when it gets noisey. It might be a once every few days, or a couple of times aday. Riding thru sand, wet mud, clay, etc will soon strip oil and/or trash the drivetrain.

I don't really bother cleaning otherwise. The exception would be keeping brake calipers clear and any other moving parts. The less I look like robbing the better imo !

Re: Handlebar bag views and costs

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 March 2015 - 9:56pm
I tend to use small Topeak wedge bag as a bar bag. Keep it for camera, phone, other small bits, tools, passport, etc. These photos show how it attaches. Very stable, light and easy to take on and off and can fit light. I quite often take photos while on the move and fine for this, easy to access, although sometimes accidentally photograph the bars while trying to switch camera off, like in the second photo (I was struggling up Ventoux at the time!). Not waterproof, but easy to use plastic bag. Otherwise, use a Carradice bag, altho' heavier holds a lot more.

Topeak 2.jpg

Topeak picture.jpg

Re: London: Covent Garden Bike Thieves About!

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 March 2015 - 8:52pm
Anyone willing and able to break a D-lock in a public place will break the cable in a moment. Matt's thief didn't break his D-lock, he took advantage of the fact that he mis-attached it, ie, not through the frame.

Looking for cycling companions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 March 2015 - 8:48pm
Starting in May I want to ride a bicycle through Europe.

For this tour I am looking for a travel companion.

I am flexible in route planning and haven't decided on the route yet for Europe, but possible options would be:

1. The Rhine cycle route

2. The Danube cycleway

3. UK to Istanbul

The route and everything around it would be discussed and planned together.

Overnight mainly in the tent , couchsurfing, or cheap accommodation.

I have no experience in bike touring yet.

Let me know whether you would like to join in.

Re: Bike lubing/cleaning on tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 March 2015 - 8:42pm
Some people say cleaning a chain only makes it worse, unless you actually take the chain off the bike and soak it for a few days. The reasoning is that cleaning/relubing just pushes the dirt further in. Others say you should clean it regularly.

I've no idea what the truth is. I've never noticed cleaning making any difference to the life of chains so I never bother. I just lube them when they starts to squeak or rust. I never clean the rest of the bike either. What good does it do?

Re: Hit and Run - Sheffield

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 March 2015 - 8:19pm
I was knocked off about a month ago, ended up waking up face down in a ditch. Don't remember much other than a car was behind me on a tight s bend went to overtake me and then realised there was a car coming towards him. Kept going and his mirror clipped my handlebars and instantly turned them towards the ditch.

He/she didn't stop reported to the police but not much point as what's the chance of them identifying them.

Re: Hit and Run - Sheffield

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 March 2015 - 7:24pm
Tonyf33 wrote:
Unless you're badly injured the police don't seem to give a flying fig quite frankly.
My experience too(though I haven't been knock off)the attitude of the police IME is diabolical.

To drive off and leave someone laying in the road like that is atrocious behaviour,what an example to her children.
I sincerely hope this dangerous moron is caught,but TBH even if they are the penalties aren't anywhere near harsh enough.

Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 March 2015 - 7:06pm
khain wrote:What are you going to do for fuel and water?

I'm looking into fuel at the moment. Water can be from fountains or cemeteries (in France) but it is the one thing we are allowed to knock on doors and ask for since it is (almost) free.

khain wrote:Wild camping in a group could be interesting. It's fairly easy for one or two people to be discreet but a group less so.

If it's an issue, there's no reason why the group has to wild camp together. We can spread out and meet up again in the morning.

Cycling from Finland to Estonia

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 March 2015 - 7:00pm
We two (wife and husband) are proposing to do this in April/May this year. It entails going through Russia, via St Petersburg. The enquiry here is really about cycling in Russia, or tyhis part of Russia. we are not strangers to cycling in different parts of Europe, having tacked the whole of the North Sea Cycle Route and cycled the length of Finland from the North. But is there anything special here, particularly in the way of potential problems and difficulties? We note (from booking.com) that accommodation, usually in hotels, is not expensive, and that there seem to be few campsites, but is rough camping an option or to be avoided? We would avaoid main roads, but what are minor roads like? One can think of many more questions - but - awaiting responses please! Tom and Katherine
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