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Re: Advice on route in Bristol

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 September 2014 - 10:38pm
cycle.travel suggests:
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I can't see any cycle lanes between the A4018 on the west and the A38 on the east...
Howz about choosing somewhere else to park... try scrutinising nearby roads with Streetview, or else try the roads alongside The Downs which is about 3 miles away - that's all I can think of after most of a nice bottle of Picpoul de Pinet wiv me tea!

Re: Ditching my Hybrid for a full Spec Tourer

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 September 2014 - 10:06pm
I can take some time off in the winter without too much hardship, unless you are touring with a tent!
The correct term isn't "hardship" it is "character building"

Re: Fell off on a sort of tramline - advice please?

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 September 2014 - 9:52pm
Thanks Colin, shoulder is still quite painful but very slowly improving. I can just manage an hour and a half on the bike now . Determined to maintain fitness for a mini tour later this month hopefully .

Al

Re: Mam Tor, shivering mountain

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 September 2014 - 9:05pm
I've never ridden it, but I walked up when it was covered in black ice at Xmas 1994.

Re: Do I need front panniers for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 September 2014 - 9:05pm
daddig wrote:I regularly camp tour with my Camper Longflap (my error) 24ltrs, with a frame bag and bar bag.


But why?
What is the advantage over a pair of 30ltrs panniers? I understand if your touring involves a lot of off road, where the narrower bike could be an advantage, but for anything else I'd have though the lower weight of the panniers would be better.

Re: Best Ortlieb Rear Panniers for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 September 2014 - 8:55pm
I, um, bought bright green ones. Think they are the back roller classics. Maybe I was not at my most analytic once I'd seen the colour.

They are ok the the rolling the top closed is a bit of a PITA ( and someone in here warned me about that in advance too).
The other thing that I don't particularly like is that the bottom section seems to be quite narrow compared to previous bags to I end up with quite a tall bag when packed whereas I would prefer a lower, wider load. It would be an advantage for those who've had problems with their heels clipping the panniers on different designs- not a problem on this one.

The other thing I didn't like was my family giving me all their stuff to carry, even the bigger tent would only fit MY bike, but that's another story.

Re: Inverness to Kilmarnock 5 day tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 September 2014 - 8:50pm
I stayed in the Backpackers Lodge in Mallaig in 2012, very basic but okay for one night - bunk beds, lockers and a communal kitchen area. Although if you're not on too tight a budget, there must be nicer places nearby!

Re: Mud and Biryani - 2 nights on the SDW

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 September 2014 - 8:31pm
I don't read many blogs (not long one's anyway) but yours are nice and short and fun, and it's good to see people just getting away for a couple of days at a time and having a mini-adventure. Enjoyed it!

Re: Must've been Changeover Day?

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 September 2014 - 8:31pm
In NUKe's defence here, he wasn't suggesting that he was transporting bikes from Suffolk to Ireland for the fun of it, he was transporting them there to actually use them.

I'm suggesting that people take their bikes on holiday and not use them much at all, then take them home again ............. and possibly store them in the garages ready to take them on holiday again. I'm sure the bikes enjoy the rest.

Re: Inverness to Kilmarnock 5 day tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 September 2014 - 8:24pm
I've done all of the roads you will be cycling on at some stage or other, but I was cycle-camping, however I know Skye fairly well. You won't be able to circumnavigate Skye as it will be much longer than 80 miles, so you route will be fairly restricted. There is a nice pub with a bunk house in Carbost, I think there is also some kind of 'bunk' at the Slighachan as well, it would be worth checking. Plenty of accommodation in Portree,of course.

I stayed at the campsite at Lochranza, but there is other accommodation as well as the Youth Hostel, but if you can get booked in there, it looks very nice!

There is a forumite based on Skye who might be able to advise better than me!

Edit: looking at your schedule you would be better off completing a simple loop on Skye and getting the ferry to Mallaig and getting some accommodation there. Again, I spent the night in a campsite near Mallaig, so can't advise where to stay, but there are plenty of B&B's.

Re: Mam Tor, shivering mountain

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 September 2014 - 8:17pm
Winnats Pass makes a very scenic round trip.

Re: Four 4x4's/SUV'S on a forty mile ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 September 2014 - 8:08pm
reohn2 wrote:Bonefishblues wrote:If one scrolls 180 degrees on the streetview a 50mph repeater sign is visible right in front, so it's not a NSL stretch.

Well spotted,I'd moved the cursor up and down that road but didn't see it
Elementary dear boy, elementary

Re: who will ride Vuelta a Espana 2014

CTC Forum - Racing - 2 September 2014 - 8:07pm
!TT can be dull TV viewing but not this one!

Re: Must've been Changeover Day?

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 September 2014 - 8:05pm
NUKe wrote:What wrong with transporting your Bike somewhere to ride?


Nothing.
What I disagree with is that it is pretty much necessary to transport a mountain bike to an environment in which it was intended for to be enjoyed. Which isnt the case. I never needed to transport my MTB to the wilderness to ride it, I rode to the wilderness, rode that and then rode home again.
Mountain bikes are also known as all terrain bikes, which sums up their uses. I used mine for travelling to work 15 miles both ways 5 days a week in every weather you could get in the UK and then at the weekend it (and the others) was used for training rides, rides with the bike club and even raced. All on the same knobbly tyres.
To suggest that an MTB cant be used on tarmaced roads is like saying a touring bike cant be used for daily rides or pootling about because it isnt touring.
Apologies to the op for taking the subject off topic.

SPOILER! Re: who will ride Vuelta a Espana 2014

CTC Forum - Racing - 2 September 2014 - 8:00pm
Hi,
Red jersey crashed and saddle was off before the rider hit the ground, very spectacular

Saddle stem looks very thin and fragile.................

See the spare bikes being carried by M/cycle pasengers on their shoulders

Re: Must've been Changeover Day?

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 September 2014 - 7:59pm
NUKe wrote:What wrong with transporting your Bike somewhere to ride? Nothing at all.
The point I was making, was there were more bikes being transported, than seemed to be being ridden. This included many many road bikes and hybrids rather than exclusively MTBs.

I was suggesting that people were taking their bikes on holiday with them, then taking them home again. Meanwhile, I've not seen many holidaymakers riding their bikes anywhere at all.

Hopefully, I've not been looking in the right places, and they've actually been riding them and I've missed them.
(benefit of the doubt)

Re: Fell off on a sort of tramline - advice please?

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 September 2014 - 7:55pm
Very late seeing this. Sorry for your pain, Al, I hope you get back to fitness soon.
This spring I was with an experienced cyclist who was brought off by a carbon copy of your road repair. Riding a (hired) hybrid with big tyres (in Slovenia, as it happens).
Last summer I was with another experienced cyclist who was brought off on York Racecourse.....they had laid sand over the hard surface (for the horses) then laid plastic matting over the sand (for vehicles), my friend caught the edge and that was that.
Both riders had hard falls.....you know what happens, you try to go up an edge at a shallow angle, the wheel follows the edge, its no longer underneath you and down you go.
As an aside, I thought "tar overbanding" of road repairs has been stopped after pressure from the motorcycle lobby....just googled it, and I now wonder...https://www.google.co.uk/search?sourceid=ie7&q=tar+overbanding&rls=com.microsoft:en-GB:IE-Address&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&rlz=1I7SUNC_enGB402&gfe_rd=cr&ei=8BsGVMz6OI2MOq6OgMAJ&gws_rd=ssl

Re: Bike recommendations to replace my full susser

CTC Forum - MTB - 2 September 2014 - 7:53pm
If you like the Marins then you'll probably like the Whyte bikes too. Quite pleased with my T129 - rarely switch the rear shock off as it works so well anyway when not needed. Quite often I'll lock the front when climbing on tarmac.

Re: Ditching my Hybrid for a full Spec Tourer

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 September 2014 - 7:32pm
johnonhisbike wrote:Just read a whole pile of responses telling you this isn't a mid-life crisis, by a whole pile of fully rohlhoffed-mid-life-crisised guys. It's not the bike ... it's where you go on it.

Heh heh. My hybrid has got an 8 speed Nexus internal hub gear system, so I completely understand the "Rohloff- Affect". If I won the lottery then yes indeed. For now I'll stick to saving up for a cracking tourer and like you say, some tours. Which indecently are more expensive for me as a self-employed gardener. When you aren't at work, nobody is paying you! That said, I can take some time off in the winter without too much hardship, unless you are touring with a tent!

Re: Carrying a defibrillator

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 September 2014 - 7:27pm
Something just jogged my memory.
When I was in my teens, I recall going out for a walk with my father, just the two of us, in a lonely stretch of the Surrey Hills. My father suddenly asked me "what would you do if I suddenly collapsed?". I was pretty taken aback, I can tell you, I think I just mumbled something like "I don't know..." I assumed it was a hypothetical question. But I was scared. I knew my father did suffer bouts of angina.

Two or three years later, my father did collapse with a cardiac arrest. I wasn't with him at the time: he was at the wheel of his car with his brother as passenger. No-one on the scene, certainly not my uncle, knew how to administer resuscitation, let alone CPR. The ambulance service in those days merely did a 'scoop-and-run', leaving the hospital to try to revive him. My father was dead on arrival. Possibly the proximity of a defibrillator might have saved him, if such things had been known in those days (early 1970s). But even today, where would one have been found? It happened on a residential street, no shops nearby.

One's life story is full of "what if?"s. It doesn't do to dwell on them.
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