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

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 December 2014 - 6:01pm
It weren't windy here yesterday, that was the thing..today however, going up hill was almost as fast as downhill in places..lol

Re: Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 December 2014 - 5:44pm
simonhill wrote:I have been following this thread because I have an LHT. My comments are half way down page 2.

I find it all rather amusing with people doing all the comparisons. Unfortunately this is a luxury that many (most) of us can't do. I don't have a stock of bikes in my shed, so can't say how they compare to an LHT. I think the majority of people are in my situation. I chose this bike based on recommendations and now ride it. Maybe if I trawled the bike shops and got them to lend me different bikes for short tours I would find my bike is rubbish and would change it.

As far as I am concerned it seems OK to me. As I said I have toured on it a lot, I tour for about 5 months a year, then use the bike for local stuff.

If you're happy with it, you're happy with it, there isn't anything to take away from that. Equally if other people are not so happy with it why wouldn't they make comparisons with other bikes they'd owned or tried, I don't see what's amusing about that!
So much of it's subjective anyway, I had a Thorn Raven, a bike that has lots of happy owners and although the bike was comfy and never let me down in any way, I never really liked it. I'm interested to hear of others experience, but it is what it is and I have no expectation that mine will necessarily be the same.

Re: Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 December 2014 - 5:30pm
reohn2 wrote:Yes you do see a few for sale,and no doubt there's different reasons for that.But it doesn't mean the bike's a bad one.
There's a lot of people with touring stars in their eyes that are never reached for due to real life realisations.
There are a lot of Galaxy's up for sale too,and whilst the Gal' is an old 'un,you see quite a few newish ones for sale.

I didn't say it was a bad 'un. There's presently 3 bikes and 1 frame for sale on this forum, bikes described as "As new", "Nearly new" "used one tour", not a scientific sample, but I'd still suggest the proportion of people who are buying and not keeping is quite high compared to other bikes. In contrast, there's currently only 1 Galaxy for sale on the forum and that's a Ti version. I don't know the figures, but I'd be surprised if the LHT outsold the Galaxy, if for no other reason than the Dawes availability.
If I was in the market for a full on tourer, the LHT would definitely be on the short list, but it wouldn't be there on it's own, I can think of a few other bikes that equally deserve a place.
Care to name a few?

Without too much research these would be on the shortlist, I'm not looking for another bike...
Hewitt Cheviot (My current steel tourer and I have no intention of changing it)
VO Campeur
SOMA Saga
Ridgeback Panorama
Spa Tourer
Some of the Jamis bikes sold by Evans
Genesis Tour de Fer
And lastly, the Surly Crosscheck, I know a couple of people who tour on them and rate them.

Re: TOURING 2015

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 December 2014 - 4:56pm
Molzor, sounds like you followed the Velodyssey route to some extent, as I did. Didn't quite reach Spain but have cycled there before from Santander into the Picos and agree it's fairly hilly. Makes it more interesting though! I found the route along the Nante-Brest canal a bit boring at times, so it was good to deviate and look around a bit.

Re: Accident waiting to happen.

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 December 2014 - 4:22pm
The plans for the scheme are intriguing.

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Road traffic heading south on Queen Charlotte Street meets a "Give Way" marking before the cycle section of the Zebra Crossing .

There is no such marking for road traffic heading northbound .

In any case the finished item on the ground might not match the plans.

Re: Good road US road sign

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 December 2014 - 4:21pm
GrumpyGit wrote:Elizabethsdad wrote:Audax67 wrote:The bike needs a glove box to keep the .38 in.
I would suggest openly carried in a hip holster would be more effective and dude a .38? seriously? Berretta 92F surely.

I disagree, the .38 and 9mm are almost identical in their ballistics. My choice would be a 1911A1 the .45ACP has much better stopping power!

EDITED TO ADD:

What? Is nobody going to up the ante and suggest a Desert Eagle .50 AE ??

Doesn't matter if you use hollowpoint.

Re the French 1.5-metre sign, they're most often found just behind overhanging foliage.

The one to beware of next year is this:



Some of the compulsory cycle paths are terrible but the police throughout France have been instructed to fine cyclists not taking them. I've seen compulsory paths over lumpy pavement, covered in debris, parked cars, and dustbins, and leading you under tree branches a metre off the ground.

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 December 2014 - 4:12pm
It is fairly horribly cold in that wind today. Everything seems to take more effort and I've not got a cold. I expect I'd be slower than usual on the bike too:

Re: Another death

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 December 2014 - 4:04pm
thirdcrank wrote:661-Pete wrote: ... But I probably shouldn't be speculating - not on this thread at this time. ...

It all depends on the evidence gathered during the investigation, of course, but if this were to result in a contested trial, I'd expect that the defence would emphasise the length of time the deceased had been riding apparently without sleep, and the implication of poor mental health.

Before anybody jumps on me, I'm only predicting a couple of lines the defence might explore, without expressing an opinion on the merit of their doing so.
But could only be of any value if the defendant claimed the cyclist had wobbled/veered/swerved in front the car she was driving.But at twice the legal limit and 15+mph over the speed limit,with four month driving experience,how reliable would her account of events be?
Not very is my estimation .

brynpoeth wrote: .. riding without sleep ... What about P-B-P, it takes place in 2015. Should it be banned or restricted? Open question!
It's something that troubles me about long distance Audax events.
But then again any driver of a vehicle not needing a tachograph to measure time driving,could be behind the wheel of such a vehicle at considerably higher speeds for as long as they saw fit,which is a worrying thought.
The difference of course is that a sleep deprived cyclist would more than likely only put their own life at risk.
Whereas someone driving a motor with the same level of sleep deprivation has the potential for far more devastation.

Re: What do you say?

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 December 2014 - 3:37pm
This happened, the driver then drove into the kerb across the cycle path to impede my forward motion

Simply pointed out the GoPro and stated that it was obvious from his attitude and driving that he had no idea of a safe distance and I would be asking the Police to educate him

They did!

Re: Touring wheels

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 December 2014 - 3:29pm
no never broken a spoke, but i dont really fancy it happening! i was using 28mm tyres before but apparently theres room for 32s with no mud guards. i guess this would be fine in the warmer months. do you think this would be a worthwhile swap?

Re: Accident waiting to happen.

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 December 2014 - 3:26pm
Vorpal

A few issues there which have been thrashed out on the turbo roundabout and elsewhere. eg Problems with making farcilities (another unscientific word but well-done! to whoever coined it) safe where they meet a main carriageway is one of the reasons some people are opposed to them. Then, I think the general view is that, subject to proper behaviour by drivers, a well-used pedestrian crossing does not maximise traffic capacity which is why highwaymen like light-controlled crossings (although the official plan on the current "deathtrap" thread refers to crossings being converted to zebras to achieve it.)

All I really was trying to say is that a lack of clarity is unhelpful to the point of being dangerous and that's even more likely when the existing arrangement (zebra crossings for pedestrians) has been in operation for some eighty years and is still widely abused by drivers. IMO, there is value in comparison with other societies and in this context, I'd say the starting point is the attitudes towards vulnerable road users. The infrastructure can only follow.

I didn't write the thread title, but it's only the same as the pseudo-scientific stuff highwaymen trot out to supress suggestions they don't like. Indeed "This would confuse drivers" is one I have often heard. And I think that's a large part of what I've been trying to say here. Attitudes won't change quickly but one thing we don't want is drivers deciding it's their duty to discipline cyclists riding across zebra crossings, especially in locations where they are entitled to do so. Local publicity is of limited value because drivers have a tendency to go all over the place. I can think of several experimental schemes - around here we had X crossings - which were not followed up because of the confusion, which must largely have involved strangers to Leeds, rather than Leeds Loiners being too thick to grasp the concept. In the present economic climate, I think that national publicity is unlikely.

Re: Accident waiting to happen.

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 December 2014 - 3:14pm
Like Bedford, this scheme is part funded from the Cycle Safety Fund, scheme X125.

Plans, etc here: https://bristol.citizenspace.com/city-d ... und-scheme

Re: What do you say?

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 December 2014 - 2:24pm
I'd warn him of the consequences should he try to kill me again but using colourful, descriptive language. I'd probably get very very angry.

Re: Touring wheels

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 December 2014 - 2:04pm
Have you ever broken a spoke?

I have 32 spokes on my hybrid wheels, and they were 20 years old before I broke any spokes on them. At the time, I was often carrying a child on the back, as well as my weight, and sometimes the shopping.

What size tyres do you use & what size will your rims/bike take? You might gain more with wider tyres.

Re: Touring wheels

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 December 2014 - 1:37pm
no im only a light weight, 9stone mark. and i try to keep it reasonably light but obviously a tent sleeping bag clothes stove etc does add up a bit. maybe im being over cautious, i dont know.

Re: What do you say?

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 December 2014 - 1:31pm
Highway code rule 164.

Re: TOURING 2015

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 December 2014 - 1:28pm
Last summer i did a ride down west france and to santander and it was lovely. I was on the pilgrim route for a lot of the way, but word of warning. nowhere, and i mean nowhere in northern spain is flat. its up down up down. beautiful landscapes but the ability to switch off brain and turn on climbing mode can come in useful. i found myself decending really slow because i knew there would only be another climb to come!

What do you say?

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 December 2014 - 1:21pm
Had punishment pass approaching a small quiet roundabout on a housing estate in primary position. I had to brake hard and pull into the kerb to avoid the driver who overtook then cut in on me at the roundabout entrance and braked to block me (the roundabout was clear - there was no need to brake). I shouted a loud 'Oi' and he then wound down his window and yelled 'How much ****** road do you want'

All I could think to say is 'I want a lane!' I was a little shocked as I normally ride recumbent and these things just don't happen

What would you have said?

Re: Touring wheels

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 December 2014 - 1:03pm
32 spokes is a pretty strong wheel. Unless you are very heavy, or carrying an exceptional amount of kit, it should be good enough for touring most places in Europe and North America.

Re: Accident waiting to happen.

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 December 2014 - 1:00pm
That's fair enough, and I agree that comparisons with other driving cultures may have limited value. On the other hand, if people will campaign for segregated infrastructure, this kind of thing is a likely outcome, as there are a limited number of ways that junctions and crossings can be designed. A controlled crossing would probably be better, but that might <gasp> hold up motor traffic.

And, if designers are going to borrow solutions form other countries, a comparison becomes necessary, even if not entirely applicable.

The phrase 'accident waiting to happen' is emotive and imprecise, and doesn't really belong in a logical argument.
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