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Re: get off your phone!!

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 July 2014 - 7:57pm
Its bloody tractors around here now and I am getting fed up with it. Wish the police would target them.

Re: Cruelty to bikes

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 July 2014 - 7:56pm
Easily acquired skill? I ended up in a field the first front shift!

I do love friction shifting and recently converted another bike to it, though. First one for 5 years. We'll see if the love lasts.

Re: Cruelty to bikes

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 July 2014 - 7:41pm
What's wrong with downtube shifters? I use them all the time. They are inexpensive. They never go wrong. They rarely need adjusting. They seem to last for ever. The short cable runs reduce friction. They make stem/handlebar changes and adjustments easier. They need a little practice to make slick changes without looking down, but it's an easily acquired skill.

I believe they initially went out of fashion because racers wanted to change up prior to launching an attack without alerting competitors. Nowadays manufacturers prefer gearing which is complex, expensive, wears out fast and requires every system component to be part of a groupset -all of which maximise profits.

Re: Brian Robinson injured

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 July 2014 - 6:33pm
Just how many people could train on a velodrome at one time? How many are there? Maybe the argument is that they shouldn't be driving to work, they should be cycling!

Re: Clothing layers for Touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 July 2014 - 6:26pm
+1 for merino wool layers and buffs. I use Icebreaker layers which aren't cheap, but they've lasted me for years in hot and cold climates. Gilets are also very versatile. Consider layers that can all be worn at once if it's really cold. In case it's helpful, this was my clothes list for a two week camping trip in late April with cold evenings. Regular handwashing and, yes, I was Billy no-mates :

2x vests – 1x merino.
2x merino briefs. 1x padded shorts.
1x sports bra, 1x regular bra.
1x pair of merino hiking socks. 2x pairs of quick drying thinner socks.
2x longsleeve merino tops – 1x thin, 1x slightly thicker.
2x quick drying shirts – 1x used as a towel.
1x quick drying walking trousers.
1x lycra running leggings.
1x lightweight cycling jacket, converts into a light gilet.
1x insulated gilet, can be worn over jacket.
1x pair arm warmers. 1x pair knee warmers.
3x buffs – 1x for my head, 1x as a flannel, 1x for any manner of things.
1x pair cycling mitts. 1x pair wooly gloves.
1x pair Lidl cycling shoes.
1x mac in a sack (not very) waterproof – won't be packed again.

I should have packed:
A wooly hat.
Another pair of light shoes – my feet were permanently wet .

I've since bought:
A Paramo Velez Adventure Light smock – warm, waterproof and worth the money .

Re: Brian Robinson injured

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 July 2014 - 6:21pm
At 83, I can't see anybody suggesting that Brian Robinson was training.

Re: A-hole in a van.

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 July 2014 - 5:33pm
Merely touching a person, deliberately, without their consent, comprises Common Assault: that's what I've been told. So pushing you into the verge surely qualifies. From my experience, the Police will take such a case more seriously than they will for mere road rage or bad driving. And - even without a sexual element - Yewtree may well have made the cops much more alert to this sort of thing. Good luck!

Re: Brian Robinson injured

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 July 2014 - 5:33pm
Mark1978 wrote:When Wiggo was knocked over there were endless people saying "he shouldn't be training on the roads" ... "That's what velodromes are for". Beggars belief.
I've had the same whilst out jogging ("You should be on the track"). Also get it when we do local races as a martial from irate drivers who are held up for a few seconds whilst buying the Mail on Sunday.

Re: Help with choosing bike type and/or commute through Lond

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 July 2014 - 5:32pm
They're not particularly speedy. I ordered some updated maps a while ago and, if I remember, they took about 10 days.

Re: Brian Robinson injured

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 July 2014 - 5:27pm
When Wiggo was knocked over there were endless people saying "he shouldn't be training on the roads" ... "That's what velodromes are for". Beggars belief.

Re: Tony Martin

CTC Forum - Racing - 17 July 2014 - 5:21pm
Is there somewhere we can do that or is it all kept secret? It would be interesting.

Re: New Route Planner

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 July 2014 - 5:09pm
Thanks!

Adding Europe's been more challenging than I thought it would be - the huge amount of data involved has been a bit of a stress on the server. But it's giving me all sorts of ideas for cycling trips...

Re: Brian Robinson injured

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 July 2014 - 4:58pm
The current pro's they'll probably blame for 'furious cycling'.

Re: Clothing layers for Touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 July 2014 - 4:31pm
arm and leg warmers from you local 99p shop. I find them useful in winter time & cheap/disposable

Re: Clothing layers for Touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 July 2014 - 4:10pm
It's easier to carry multiple light layers that can all be put on at once, if necessary. I would add a thermal base layer (merino, if you can afford it or find a bargain) and a wool jersay or thin wool jumper to the list. And similar layers for the bottom.

What I would take:
two short sleeved tops
arm warmers
thermal base layer top
fleece
wool jersey
waterproof top/jacket
three pairs of shorts
1 pair thermal tights
leg warmers
1 pair golf / athletic trousers
1 pair waterproof trousers
at least 3 pairs wool socks
1 buff

In general, I operate by the principle that I should always carry one more layer than I think I need. I might get stuck someplace on a cold, wet day with a mechanical, or I just might want something warm and dry after a cold, wet day.

If you select carefully, it should be possible to take double purpose items. A thin wool jumper and a pair of shower proof golf trousers can be nice enough to go out for a meal in the evening, and warm enough to serve as a spare layer in extreme conditions.

Lots of people only take two pairs of shorts touring, but I prefer to take 3. It's best to have clean ones every day & they don't always dry overnight.

A buff is a useful piece of kit because it can be used to keep warm anything form the neck, up.

Re: Clothing layers for Touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 July 2014 - 4:04pm
Layers are Your Friend: add for warmth, remove for cooling. Two thin ones more flexible than one thick one.

Windproofing is good on a bike, on a JoGLE you'll generate plenty of heat so insulation is less important than fending off simple wind-chill a lot of the time. While a waterproof is windproof they're also a bit sweaty as tie goes on. A simple windproof is more breathable, and most will see off a shower before you have to get the Battle Armour out.

Make sure everything you have is long enough in the back (I'm assuming a conventional bike, if you're taking it properly comfortably on a 'bent this isn't an issue, and nor are contrived padded trousers).

Never bothered with arm-warmers, I wear long sleeves I can roll up...

Merino wool is a good base layer. Aside from working very well they go a lot further than synthetics before they really honk, which is nice for you and very nice for anyone you're chatting with!

Pete.

Re: The Road vs Cycle lane

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 July 2014 - 4:01pm
Mark1978 wrote:Thing is if that cycle track did have dropped curbs, was wide and had a better surface than the road and took you around the junction without having to stop then you would use it.
If the junction meant that I did have to stop then I probably would - but I only know of one such facility - and to be honest unless the queue is very short it isn't possible to take without stopping anyway.

Re: Clothing layers for Touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 July 2014 - 3:46pm
Definitely a light fleece cycle jacket is worth adding - the long zip at th efront allows finer control of temperature. If you wash it in Nikwax you can also make it water-repellent, which is handy on drizzly days.
Personally I would be wearing 3/4 length bibs at that time of the year, with a short sleeve jersey plus arm warmers if necessary. A windproof gilet could make a good alternative to the fleece.

Re: Gothenburg - Malmo - Copenhagen - Berlin

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 July 2014 - 2:57pm
Plenty of campsites in northern Germany - i use ACSI eurocamping website to find them although they don't exactly hide along the coast! There is a good site in Lubeck which town is worth a look. Not sure what the fixation with wildcamping on here is all about, many sites offer very low prices for cycle campers. Same in Denmark really but you will need a compulsory camping carnet in Scandinavia - you can buy in advance or at the first campsite you use - its about a fiver (well it was last time i went in 2011).

whether you travel Gedser - Rostock or not will be as much to do with your plans for Denmark - if its a quickish look go Rostock, if you have more time go west and take a look at Hamburg - which has plenty to see and do.
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