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Re: Finding and using a "rat bike" for commuting

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 November 2015 - 11:56pm
Define a 'rat bike'?
To me it's one that is cosmetically challenged (the worse the better I would think) yet is good enough to get you from A-B reliably, in reasonble comfort and not be really hard to cycle any distance so unless you want to put a lot of work in (& you mentioned not being keen on the technical aspect of fixing) you want something that functions pretty much off the bat.
£40 gets you something like this Raleigh, made by the hundreds of thousands so no real value in it http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Raleigh-Flyer ... SweuxWRyO7
bit of gaffa tape around the tubes to make it really ugly, take that clean Maillard freewheel and the nice quill pedals off too and get some rusty/gnarly bits on there.
jobs a good un.
Or something that is quite a decent spec that would need a bit of a tidy normally http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Elswick-Super ... SwlV9WS3Ur
A motobecane... http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Motobecane-St ... SwcdBWSO45
There's absolutely shed loads of bikes out there for the purpose of leaving behind locked up for ages, think ladies hybrid in pink/purple with some slick tyres

Re: Touring luxuries

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 November 2015 - 10:56pm
I would go for a lightweight travel tripod - preferably carbon fibre - makes photography so much more interesting

Re: School Run Near Miss

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 November 2015 - 10:29pm
I think you did the right thing and admire you for it.
It'll probably good in deep because of the way it was delivered,good on you

Re: Finding and using a "rat bike" for commuting

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 November 2015 - 10:18pm
There also used to be a green cooperative somewhere near de vere street I think it's called that used to do up donated and recovered bikes to sell on. They also ran maintenance training courses and sold a few bits too. Can't remember the name now and I think they folded a few years back.

Our nearest waste centre often has bikes. The people working there seem to pull out anything interesting from the skips, bikes are top of the list to keep.

Re: South of Naples, 4 day tour,300miles in total..Ideas?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 November 2015 - 8:39pm
Only been to Naples once.
I was in the RN and we called in there for a few days - spring 1989 - and as usual, I took my bike.

I tried cycling on the Saturday afternoon but it was impossible through the traffic. They clogged the roads, drove on the pavements, paid no attention to any highway codes, and I gave up.

Following day - Sunday - the roads were deserted, and I set off round the city and found my way south to the foothills of Vesuvius.
I rode up the zig zag lanes and through the quiet housing areas, and worked my way up and up and up and up ................

Highly recommended!

Re: Finding and using a "rat bike" for commuting

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 November 2015 - 7:51pm
'Furniture Matters', a local charity is selling more and more bikes lately, usually a few on ebay. They're just near White Lund, knowing you're local to this neck of the woods. I suspect they get what gets extracted from the Salt Ayre 'recycling centre', but if all is fine, not an issue.

Ebay certainly comes up trumps still- got a good deal for Mme this week, and seen a few options about for me, but none as good as her's.

The boxes at L station look a bit ratty and I can't believe they get used well- never seen one accessed yet. Mme who uses the train more often has seen 1 person use them.

Re: Touring luxuries

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 November 2015 - 7:20pm
Luxury items – something unnecessary, desirable and expensive. Hmm – quite a lot of bike ownership involves unnecessary purchases of desirable and expensive items!

What once was luxury is now easily carried - books, photos, music, radio, all on a smart phone. Communication now so much easier, although there always was a certain joy arriving in a new foreign city and going to collect (hopefully) poste restant letters. Gear is so much better these days - lighter, more compact, effective (although my neo air thermarest is necessary to me as well as desirable and expensive so sort of a luxury). Navigation, route-planning and recording journeys is also more easily done but I still prefer using actual maps, so maybe they are a luxury. Merino wool clothing still feels luxurious to me, doesn't smell, keeps you warm - in fact, it works so well hard to classify as a luxury item any longer.

I think I take 2 items which aren't really necessary: one is a Bluetooth keyboard which allows me to type detailed accounts of journeys (using the same smart phone), and the other is a tiny inflatable pillow which makes camping much more comfortable - wish I'd used this years ago. I like the idea of being able to make good coffee but there are so many places selling good coffee these days that I'm happy to stop in a café.

My 'luxury' item is a tiny LED lantern that hangs in the tent because it offers a lovely comforting light which is really appreciated when a long way from home.

Re: School Run Near Miss

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 November 2015 - 7:03pm
he probably learnt more from your chat with him than he ever would from you ringing his empoyer, getting a bored clerk with attitude, and nothing being done about it.

Re: Profile Of A Cycle Tourist by Pierre Roques from 1965

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 November 2015 - 6:34pm
But, yes, back to the article - it's a corker! Thank you so much for digging it out

I'm afraid I see far too much of my slightly younger self in it

Re: School Run Near Miss

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 November 2015 - 6:33pm
AlaninWales wrote:Well I for one, forgive you......




And Well Done !


Some (many) years ago having had one of the usual overtakes, I pulled alongside the middle-aged (younger than I now am) male driver and simply said "One of these days you will overtake like that and misjudge it. When you look at the cyclist lying in the road you will realise that it is a friend of your child. How will you explain it to your child and the parents of her friend?".... Lights changed and I cycled off. A few seconds later heard horns behind and looked around - to see him still sitting there, I'd obviously got through to someone.

I tried the same a couple of times afterwards and got the usual "@@@@ off" replies

That's quite a deep statement Alan. No wonder he couldn't drive off. I don't expect to repeat my behaviour again with such good effect. I was fully expecting the @@@@ off retort. If that had happened I would have been onto his employer, DMd their Twitter account etc. I would not have let him off. But his reaction (and his Mum's) was enough to confirm he knew what he had done was wrong.

Re: Profile Of A Cycle Tourist by Pierre Roques from 1965

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 November 2015 - 6:28pm
Well, on that point we have to bear in mind that it is a humorous caricature of a typical cycle tourist. So it is a description of an individual which appears to typify a group rather than an inclusive description of all people in that group. Its humour arises from the fact it is a recognisable stereotype. Those stereotypes are still with us. A CTC member might still be caricatured as bearded and sandal-wearing, which is not the same as implying that there are no female, clean shaven or shoe-wearing members Indeed, the stereotype needn't even be true of the majority as long as it is recognisable.

The other thing to note that in the 1960s 'he', 'him' and 'his' were used in English when referring to individuals of unspecified gender. This is still the case in French, though it is now more common in English to use singular 'they', 'them' and 'their'. A contemporary audience would have read a sentence like "a good cyclist always cares for his bike" without assuming that the sentence only applied to men.

Re: South of Naples, 4 day tour,300miles in total..Ideas?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 November 2015 - 6:26pm
Can't help with south of Naples but may I suggest the eastern coast (Puglia) which we did in April/May last. A loop around Bari, flying from Gatwick. Perfect time of year with lots of springtime new growth particularly through the Alta Murgia National Park, very few tourists (or other cyclists for that matter) and empty roads. Very impressed with the standard of B&Bs and hotels and good value for money, it being off the major tourist trail. Extremely friendly locals and lots to see, especially Matera and Ostuni.
Rob

Re: Downslink works: Bramber to Shoreham-by-Sea

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 November 2015 - 6:18pm
And 3m from the 90 degree bend by the cement works down to the A27 cloverleaf.
(Note that point D has moved compared with the graphic in the OP.)

Re: Downslink works: Bramber to Shoreham-by-Sea

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 November 2015 - 6:16pm
Added detail - see attached, also next post.
2.5m "where feasible" between the South Downs Way bridge and the 90 degree bend by the cement works site.
(Note that point D has moved compared with the graphic in the OP.)
Pity the surface to be used by the railway tracks north of the cement works (2144SD154) is not being used on the rest of it

Re: Touring luxuries

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 November 2015 - 6:08pm
My main luxury for the last few tours has been my Exped Downmat 9LW - for a better night's sleep (along with quality sleeping bag, liner and tent). It is heavier and takes up more space than previous sleeping systems, but worth it for the comfort. (of course, taking a good, quality bike is also a luxury I enjoy!)

The luxury item I always take, but could get by without is my iPad.

Re: SMIDSY? Luminous bike frames

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 November 2015 - 5:39pm
I was looking at volvo's lifepaint that you can spray onto clothing bike frames etc and it is reflective due to micro glass beads. It gets hitty missy reviews for washing off too easily but could be a useful item if caught out at twilight or dark with flat batteries. It's £10 a tin I believe so expensive but on my searches I found many hard paint coats for gate posts, signs or hack bike frames that are transparent in daylight but reflect in headlights as link below:-

http://glowpaints.co.uk/reflective-paint-info.htm

Not super expensive but could be useful.

The worry I have about the volvo stuff( produced by another company ) is having micro glass beads washed into the environment.... I know sand grains are similar but somehow it doesn't feel right. A bit like the stupidity of manufacturers putting micro beads of plastic in hand scrubbing creams that was highlighted on th television.

I think to paint a bike with radium paint would be the ideal for luminescence and environmental friendliness as it is a naturally ocurring element .

Re: Finding and using a "rat bike" for commuting

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 November 2015 - 5:07pm
Those bikes for Africa type charities often sell off bikes to defray their running costs. Our local one has always got a few scruffy but sound bikes available

Re: School Run Near Miss

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 November 2015 - 4:57pm
Well I for one, forgive you......




And Well Done !


Some (many) years ago having had one of the usual overtakes, I pulled alongside the middle-aged (younger than I now am) male driver and simply said "One of these days you will overtake like that and misjudge it. When you look at the cyclist lying in the road you will realise that it is a friend of your child. How will you explain it to your child and the parents of her friend?".... Lights changed and I cycled off. A few seconds later heard horns behind and looked around - to see him still sitting there, I'd obviously got through to someone.

I tried the same a couple of times afterwards and got the usual "@@@@ off" replies

School Run Near Miss

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 November 2015 - 4:54pm
Forgive me for depressurising on this thread. And perhaps forgive me for the the way I confronted the person driving the offending van.

I do the school run on my Surly Big Dummy and my 6 year old daughter perches on the back on a sheepskin seat I made. She holds onto a set of stoker bars in supreme comfort and safety. I have 'see um' type flashing lights on the front and back. 2 of each! She wears a bright pink coat and I wear either a yellow or red coat. I also have a large yellow sticker on the back. I think I am fairly visible.

Today, after school, going up the steep hill to our village I manoeuvred into the centre of the road 1/ because a red and orange tree surgery vehicle was parked up doing work and 2/ this is where we turn right. On being half way across the other side of the road, a long wheelbase van (with sign writing) driven by an engineer for a regional electrical engineering firm manoeuvred to overtake from behind me at at least 30mph (in a 20mph school zone)

Usual story, bike turning right, still OK for vehicles to overtake! [ exclamation modified ]

Driver slams on brakes, but is in wrong gear so vehicle almost stalls! Giving me plenty of time to yell at him. He claimed he 'thought' I was cycling round the tree surgeon. And?

What he didn't know was that I knew where he lived!

So I went round there all of 5 minutes later to have a more 'rational' conversation. His mum answered the door (?!) I asked to see her son outside. All 6'6" of him came out, very red faced. He tried the 'I thought..' excuse again. I said he had given NO THOUGHT to his stupid manoeuvre and assertively asked, "What do you think of this?"...

...My very small, very beautiful and very cute 6 year old daughter was stood on his path looking up at him with big blue eyes. I said to him, with his own mum standing behind him, "Look at my daughter! Look at her now! And next time be careful." They both stood there hanging their heads. He looked like he was 6 years old again. She looked impossibly embarrassed.

A pretty demonstrative way to handle a near miss but that's how I dealt with such a frightening experience. I offered him the 'verbal contract' of drawing a line under what had just happened which he sheepishly accepted. Young people find it hard enough already where we live to find work and it would be a great shame if a report to his large, reputable employer by a member of the public jeopardised that.

I am hopeful today's events have made at least one driver that little bit more careful around vulnerable road users....b

Re: Bedford to Peterborough - route info?

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 November 2015 - 4:54pm
I've not ridden it and I'm not sure which route you're looking at, but if you don't like gravel and prefer to avoid the A15, I think you'll need to enter Peterborough via Chesterton.
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