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Re: Carrera Crixus impressed

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 June 2015 - 4:20pm
Is it all too easy to get bogged down in bike snobbery?

That depends on whether it is snobbery or appreciation.

Claris is I would assume a perfectly functional gearing system. So if you just want a bike to ride from A-B then it would be a waste of money to spend more. If you enjoy looking at your bike and appreciate some gorgeous quality machinery (even though my personal ability doesnt match that of the bike ) or you believe that it is more durable or reliable. Then you have spent your money in a way that I can agree with and do so myself.
If the bike snobbery is based on creating an impression on others and the owner feels that riding such a bike makes themselves look better, then I dont quite agree with that but if that is what they like in life then they have benefited from the expense in a different way.

As an example a lot of people on this forum are all excited by a fantastic tyre the Vittoria Hyper, they are buying this for between eight and fifteen pounds, the low price tag hasnt stopped the appreciation or delight for a good bit of gear which anybody can have. Is that snobbery?
Apologies to people who have a forty pounds tyre because they think it is a worthwhile tyre but a bike snob could not have the Vittoria Hyper purely because it doesnt cost forty quid.

Re: Carrera Crixus impressed

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 June 2015 - 4:06pm
I understand that the frame is a Merida one. It will take mudguards and a rack.
The groupset is Claris 8 speed. A bit clunky after Ultegra and 105 but good enough. Stable at 60kmh downhill yesterday with a pannier and a bar bag and the 38mm tyres handled the ridiculously gravelly bit of NCN 4 closecto Severn Tunnel Junction station.
The 54cm.frame fits me well but the bars are too wide and the stem too long. I am an Amazon and man fit bikes normally do me fine.
I had a Kona Dew hybrid a couple of years ago that I bought for £300ish that underwhelmed me but I bought back after selling it.
Is it all too easy to get bogged down in bike snobbery?

Re: another cyclist killed by a lorry in London

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 June 2015 - 3:52pm
661-Pete wrote:Valbrona wrote:661-Pete wrote:... and the lorry involved was a tipper truck.

When is this statistical imbalance going to be properly explained by experts? So far all we have had is waffle.

It amuses me no end how the wet liberals explain the figures by claiming that it is the 'design' of tipper trucks that contribute to the high numbers of casualties ....I made no such claim.

I will make such a claim. It is very difficult for a cyclist to sneak up the inside and get crushed by me on a motorcycle. I would really have to left hook them close when they were going fast.
On a skip truck with its poor acceleration, poor visibility and wide size combined with lethal exposed wheels and body work to the side. The vehicle also has to be far enough from the kerb for a cyclist to get through in order to make a turn. So yes the design of the vehicle does make things dangerous.

As does the working culture of the companies that operate them.

Carrera Crixus impressed

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 June 2015 - 2:07pm
My other half lives in Bristol and so I bought a new Carrera Crixus (a Halfords cyclo-cross bike that cost me £225) to keep there. As a spur of the moment thing we cycled to Cardiff yesterday. A 64 mile trip including getting lost. It was definitely a different experience to using my Croix de Fer or road bike but it did the job really well.
Have I been too much of a bike snob regarding it as a town bike only?

Re: Bikepacking the Wessex Ridgeway -It's a date to remember

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 June 2015 - 1:55pm
lovely write up and great photos, thanks.

Tar on my tyres

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 June 2015 - 1:46pm
Devon Country Council ................ in their wisdom ............... are in the process of "surface dressing" many of my favourite cycling roads. The other day, I find I'm creeping along in thick gravel and wet tar. Consequently, my nice white-wall tyres are covered in tar lumps.

I've just spent a little while cleaning it off both wheels with a petrol-soaked rag. I had hoped it would wear off, but it didn't so I had to resort to manual methods.

I'm not best pleased.

Re: Why do Daily Wail Readers Hate Cyclists?

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 June 2015 - 1:38pm
reohn2 wrote:There are few times when I hold up traffic long enough to stop and let it clear,but sometimes it helps both them and me.
If there's a line of traffic behind me and I know there won't be a chance for them to pass for a while,I don't see any problem with pulling over to let it clear.When I do drivers generally show their appreciation.

That's what I find. On narrow country lanes I pull over to let faster traffic past where there is space, especially milk tankers, and they do appreciate it. I find the Muller drivers round here (and the refuse lorries I encounter if I'm near the landfill site) very considerate, they wait and stay well back, not harassing me at all (unlike those drivers do who can't bear a delay of a microsecond and are hassling from the moment you come into view).

Bikepacking the Wessex Ridgeway -It's a date to remember

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 June 2015 - 1:34pm
Bikepacking plans should be made to guide, however distractions can be part of the adventure. Find out what happened when my partner and I went on a bikepacking microadventure along the Wessex Ridgeway.
http://www.farawayvisions.com/bikepacking-wessex-ridgeway/

Hartlepool Stopover help and Nearly Off

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 June 2015 - 12:51pm
Hi All,

I leave for my tour around the UK & Irish coast in a little over a week, I have been let down for my stopover in Hartlepool, if anyone knows of a good place to stay with my bike I would be very grateful or a good camping spot!

you can follow my progress at www.thedarknewt.blogspot.co.uk

Thankyou to all on the CTC forum who have helped with my bike questions etc.. I can't wait to head out!

Newt!

Re: Finding new touring friends!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 June 2015 - 12:48pm
BenGarner wrote:I'm posting this as I've just come back from a three week tour in France which was amazing but it could of been better if I had someone to share the fun and struggles with.
Unfortunately for me none of my friends are interested in cycling, especially touring long miles in the rain or shine with the added bonus of wild camping or finding a dodgy campsite!
I live in the South-West of Wiltshire, 34 years old and looking for anyone who is interested in short tours around the UK or longer tours in Europe.
If anyone is interested please reply and maybe we can start a Wiltshire based touring club for like minded people!

Thanks for taking your time to read this post,

Ben.

Hi Ben,

I am just about to leave on my tour around the UK and Irish coast over 3 1/2 monts - 3rd of July to Mid October. Happy for anyone to join in just contact me on newt@systems-engineer.info.

Ren

Re: Why do Daily Wail Readers Hate Cyclists?

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 June 2015 - 12:25pm
Which could answer the original question.

Why do daily Wail readers hate cyclists? Because they ride through the traffic jam when you are stuck in your cage.

Re: Why do Daily Wail Readers Hate Cyclists?

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 June 2015 - 12:16pm
CliveyT wrote:I frequently get held up by lines of slow moving cars, strangely I've never had them pull over to let me past
Good point. I've even had the opposite, where they pull over to block a cycle lane while jammed (and I then pass on the other side )

Re: another cyclist killed by a lorry in London

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 June 2015 - 12:12pm
Very sad for this lady and her friends and family. I used this junction for over 2 years and I never questioned lorries sharing it. Now though, I do think there is an issue that needs addressing. How I don't know, but the accidents need to stop...b

Re: Why do Daily Wail Readers Hate Cyclists?

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 June 2015 - 11:31am
Heltor Chasca wrote:What I like about this thread is that someone had to read the DM (or at least the DM online) to find this story. Everyone I speak to denounces the DM, but they have all somehow read it. Including me when I've browsed through a copy in various waiting rooms or cafés[emoji33]And I'm way too hairy and long haired to 'suit' the DM. Mass denial methinks.

As far as I can make out it's a big seller as far as papers go. I just wish I had the disposable time and income to read papers. But which one would I buy?...b
Good points. Just to set the record straight - I wouldn't go out and buy one, nor would I read a paper copy if I see it lying around. I utterly detest the 'little-england' mindset that it promulgates. But if - for instance, on this forum - someone posts a link to a specific news story, rather than copy-and-pasting the text of the article, I will go and click on the link. Also, if a story emerges on which I suspect the DM will take a particularly unpleasant line, I will sometimes hit on their version via google. Call it the internet equivalent of 'rubbernecking' if you like. I can't help it - curiosity wins out each time!

So, I suppose, each time I visit a DM story, a hit counter ramps up, and the DM rakes in its advertising revenue (which is presumably the bread-and-butter of any online media) according to the number of hits. So am I actually helping to 'pay' for this vile rubbish?

What I would like, is for advertisers to distinguish between visits to the DM sites via a direct link to a specific news item from another site (like this one) - and visits to the home page via the 'Favourites' bar or whatever. And to only pay the DM revenue based on the number of the latter, not the former. But I suppose that's dreamland...

Re: another cyclist killed by a lorry in London

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 June 2015 - 11:19am
- R.I.P. And why oh why does it not surprise me in the least, to read that, yet again, the cyclist was a woman, and the lorry involved was a tipper truck.

When is this statistical imbalance going to be properly explained by experts? So far all we have had is waffle.

Re: Finding new touring friends!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 June 2015 - 11:02am
Hi Ben, I live in Salisbury, do a bit of touring, mostly on my own. But I completely understand what you mean about having company on tour. Thinking of 4 or 5 days in Wales or the Wessex circuit ? I'm a bit older than you (51) but can do 50/60 miles a day without too much bother. Let me know if this is of any interest to you
Jon

another cyclist killed by a lorry in London

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 June 2015 - 11:01am
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-33223823

About time that lorrys were excluded from the narrow roads of London during the day time

Re: Follow up to accident with London bus 7 months ago

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 June 2015 - 10:47am
thirdcrank wrote:I'm intrigued by how few responses this thread has attracted: it's the sort of thing which can be on page 13 before sundown on the first day. The original thread about this, linked in the OP attracted even less interest.

Does that silence say something?

Say what? The only question in the OP is "Has anyone had experience of facing the defendant in court" and I doubt many of us do.
I'm sure all of us sympathise with pedgepuk and wish them the best of luck.

Re: Is it a, see how close we can get the HGV to the cyclist

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 June 2015 - 10:43am
In a built-up area with drains, railings, parked cars etc. I can see the reason for cycling well out from the kerb. However on rural roads I can also see a benefit in keeping well into the side of the road - avoiding being hit by drivers who haven't seen you. If you ride in the track of their near-side wheel then a distracted driver may hit you. If you are closer to the side of the road they may well miss. Unless there's a headwind or you have a hearing impairment you can usually hear a car coming from behind and move in a bit so you don't have to ride in that position all the time.

I had a near miss a couple of weeks ago and actually caught up with the driver at some traffic lights. He had a coffee in one hand and a phone in the other. I asked if that was why he had passed me so closely and he admitted that it wasn't but that it was because he hadn't seen me (I'm not inconspicuous). If I'd been a couple of feet further out into the road I doubt I'd be typing this right now.

Re: Why do Daily Wail Readers Hate Cyclists?

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 June 2015 - 10:39am
mjr wrote:reohn2 wrote:If there's a line of traffic behind me and I know there won't be a chance for them to pass for a while,I don't see any problem with pulling over to let it clear.
The problem is that it makes the cyclist's journey slower because few motorists will allow them to pull back out willingly. If we're meant to be encouraging cycling, as a matter of national policy, then surely we shouldn't be making cycling journeys even slower?
I frequently get held up by lines of slow moving cars, strangely I've never had them pull over to let me past
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