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Re: Cycle - You must be banned or poor

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 May 2014 - 7:47pm
What's the difference between "not"and "never"?
Quite a lot.

If I'd smoked for 40years and stopped completely, then I was asked a year later if I was a smoker or not, what would I answer?

There's a great deal of difference between not and never.

Re: Cycling snobbery!

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 May 2014 - 7:42pm
macd69 wrote:I am really happy with the Subway Mark, it is really sturdy, and copes better than my Triban 3 with the rough road between Bo'ness and Falkirk, although it is a lot heavier, and takes me a bit longer.

Thanks! It's a cheap bike but looks good value for it.

Re: Travel Insurance

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 May 2014 - 7:33pm
hufty wrote:I use Insure & Go, cycle touring is covered but no Personal Liability whilst touring for some reason. What sort of cover are you after? If it's just medical you're worried about, surely just an EHIC card would do, and I think insurers would expect you to use one whilst in Europe anyway.

I'd like the bike - value 1k and my belongings to be covered for theft. I have the EHIC. ETA do annual cycle insurance ie covers your bike for theft and also includes cycle touring up to 60 days worldwide or 90 days Europe. Plus includes breakdown cover in the UK.

Re: The Tour De Manche

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 May 2014 - 7:30pm
I'm doing a version of this in July. Poole to Cherbourg, then a week to roscoff for Plymouth ferry. Anyone done the route recently or have B and B tips? Shame there isn't a paper map.

Re: Cycling snobbery!

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 May 2014 - 7:20pm
macd69 wrote:...anyone else experienced this?
Yes, I often experience unknown cyclists waving, smiling and saying hello as I try to maintain my stonefaced straight ahead stare whilst riding in the opposite direction .

Re: Travel Insurance

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 May 2014 - 6:59pm
I use Insure & Go, cycle touring is covered but no Personal Liability whilst touring for some reason. What sort of cover are you after? If it's just medical you're worried about, surely just an EHIC card would do, and I think insurers would expect you to use one whilst in Europe anyway.

Re: Travel Insurance

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 May 2014 - 5:44pm
We used Hiscox, both for our trip to Cuba and a recent trip to Fuerteventura. Not the cheapest but they do cover Cycle touring and provide a decent level of cover.

Re: Secure touring seat bag recommendation.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 May 2014 - 5:38pm
Never come across a lockable cycle bag. If you have a rack, you may be able to attach a small motorcycle top box to it. These are made of plastic or fibre glass and would be both waterproof and lockable, but I would say overkill for a pedal cycle. I simply detach and take my saddle pack with me.

Re: Cycle - You must be banned or poor

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 May 2014 - 5:36pm
mrjemm wrote:I tried one cigarette in 1987 I think; does that me a smoker? Or perhaps 'merely' a non-smoker?
Apply the Clinton test. Did you inhale?

Re: Cycling snobbery!

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 May 2014 - 5:23pm
I think this 'problem' came up once or twice before.
I think as more people start to cycle, we're no longer in a minority group and so lots if folk aren't giving each other the nod as we once did.
Before long we'll be at each other's throats just like the motorists.

Re: Cycle routes s. Wales to isle of wight

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 May 2014 - 5:15pm
Sorry Trev, I forgot to thank you for this.

Re: Cycling snobbery!

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 May 2014 - 4:59pm
I am really happy with the Subway Mark, it is really sturdy, and copes better than my Triban 3 with the rough road between Bo'ness and Falkirk, although it is a lot heavier, and takes me a bit longer.

Re: London to Sheffield Route

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 May 2014 - 4:59pm
I wouldn't follow the A6 unless you like riding on main roads! It might be more of a navigational challenge, but there are a network of lanes to the east of the A6. I would go east of Leicester up to Melton Mowbray, then across the Vale of Belvoir. You need to cross the Trent somewhere. I would avoid Nottingham and again cut to the east, crossing the Trent at either Gunthorpe (A6097) or Newark. There's main road from Newark to Sheffield, which isn't too bad to ride on, but there's an even better route slightly to the east of that via Norwell and Laxton, to Ollerton, then cut across Sherwood Forest and the Dukeries to Worksop and come into Sheffield from the south east.

Edit - I see that your proposed route goes to Gunthorpe but then heads up to Sutton in Ashfield. It's quite urban around Sutton, so I would stay further east, going via Southwell to Ollerton and through Clumber Park to Worksop. South of the Trent your route looks OK, but my knowledge only goes as far south as Market Harborough.

My son attempted to ride from London to Nottingham up the A6 last year, but weather and daylight beat him and he had to catch the train from Bedford.

Re: Cycling snobbery!

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 May 2014 - 4:51pm
Mark1978 wrote:Ah the old greeting thing. I wave at and greet everyone.... get over it...
I am like you and the OP and I also ride a motorcycle and experience the same thing. I used to ride a Triumph Tiger 1050 and BMW GS riders would ignore my greetings but now having recently brought one I will be joining the Elite it seems. But I am damned if I am ever going to stop waving to fellow cyclists or motorcyclists that are riding less expensive less powerful machines than me.
I think worse than that there have been occasions when on either machine I have broken down and really would have liked some assistance and fellow vehicle users have just ridden past me.
Mark I really would like to as you say" get over it" but I just can't.

Its a wonder I am still alive as when I do get ignored I have to shout some sort of sarcastic remark in the wake.

Re: Downhill biking for wheelchair users

CTC Forum - MTB - 1 May 2014 - 4:42pm
Hi,

There is an outfit in the States that specialises in offroad adapted bikes, google Lasher. A group of injured US Servicemen, Ridetorecovery.com use bikes that have been produced by these guys.
I've seen these in action and they look fantastic, three independent wheels with Hydraulic brakes. The adaption’s include hand power and multiple gears. There is some good footage on youtube.


http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/wound ... ied-cycles

I rode with these boys and girls earlier in the year.

Regards,

Secure touring seat bag recommendation.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 May 2014 - 4:28pm
Hi. Can anyone point me in the right direction for a secure touring seat/saddle bag?

I'm looking for a bag to permanently i.e. not quick-release — too easy to nick — attache under the saddle. It needs to be waterproof and lockable. I want somewhere to store my front and rear lamps and maybe a few tools.

Anyone know of such a bag?

Re: Are you a middle ring or big ring person?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 May 2014 - 4:24pm
I get a lot of amusement watching people on my commute determined to stay in the big ring and a small spocket. Some of them look as if they are trying to propel the bike like a hand operated railway cart. There is one guy who rides up the huge climb of Bitton Steam Railway car park (approximately 100 metres max 7 % gradient) in such a large gear he has to traverse from side to side weaving across the car-park, if he rode in a straight line he would come to a halt and fall over. He's been doing it for at least three years but has still not found the gear lever.

Re: Cycling snobbery!

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 May 2014 - 4:15pm
oh the same old thorny crown When I started as a 'CTC style' tourist, the road lads ignored us, or teased us cos they thought we were only going as far as Wellesbourne Café for the day.
Then I started racing, and if out on a stripped down bike the tourist lot ignored me!
Then I got more involved in the local scene the more I raced and toured and everyone just knew me for who I was...
Then the MTB fraternity came on the scene.....

Then I moved and had start from square one all over again.. for the record I usually nod to every type of cyclist..... but do get some odd looks from those who are clearly fairly newbie types esp on the Guild Wheel etc.

Re: First 300k?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 May 2014 - 4:08pm
One thing I must do is train myself to back off a bit, when I'm feeling good I ride far too fast too early and suffer for it on the the way back.

I'm a bit more positive about it since my 85 mile trip on Monday and I think that was the spur on I needed, I thought that sort of distance (even fairly flat-ish) was way beyond my current level of fitness so to do it and complete it in a reasonable amount of time was encouraging.

Re: Recommended Las vegas hotel/motel/accom??

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 May 2014 - 4:01pm
I now usually stay at the Excalibur often they do some great deals. Before that was built I stayed downtown at the 4 Queens which can be a better if you don't have a car.
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