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Re: It's not just cyclists then...

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 September 2014 - 5:34pm
Bloomin cyclists, they're all the same, driving around in cars with their bikes on the back obscuring their number-plates, shooting at people, writing illegal prescriptions for painkillers....

Re: Cafe & coffee

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 September 2014 - 5:18pm
Postboxer wrote:But are they ripping you off, compared to the 50p cup? I don't drink coffee but my wife does, at huge cost. The 50p could cover the milk and hot water and surroundings of the first cup, so what extras are there for the £1.30? I'll accept that the sofas are probably nicer, and some of it probably pays for an accountant and a lawyer.
Friendly efficient staff,taxes(if you drink coffee at Costa),premises,newpapers,ambience,etc,etc.
BTW on a cold day you can take as long as you like to sup it too.
I was in business for nearly 30 years,I'd give a customer a price and they'de take it or leave it.
In all that time I only ever had someone insult me once,on meeting him he opened the conversation with ''hello,now I don't want to be ripped off by you''.I told him we couldn't do business,not because of the fact I would rip him off but because he thought I would.
Displayed behind every counter there's a price list,the customer has a choice,they can take it or leave it!

Re: Show your touring bikes !!!!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 September 2014 - 5:15pm
Here is my Decathlon Original 5 Night and Day + cheap Bob Yak ripoff trailer.

Re: Show your touring bikes !!!!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 September 2014 - 5:08pm

Looking north over Mid Wales
My 20 year old Saracen Terratrax MTB. Only original component left is the seat post and bottle bolts.

Neil

Re: Cafe & coffee

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 September 2014 - 5:06pm
al_yrpal wrote:My wife and I have a very effective answer to the great £2+ coffee rip off........

We carry one of those pack flat silicone cups around when we are likely to have to reluctantly go in a Starbucks, Costa or any other 'rip off' coffee merchants. We just buy the smallest Americano and delight in pouring half of it into our cup which we produce at the milk adding place. It gets used for tea in pots if that's outrageously expensive too. The huge American style strong coffees these places serve are more than enough for the two of us.

The silicone cup came in a nice little plastic case that fits easily into my wife's handbag. We have been known to pop into Gregs or any decent British baker to equip ourselves with reasonably priced buns too.

Most Starbucks and Costas do have very comfy seats to enjoy a half sized coffee and imported bun though. Its a great way to get back at these unwelcome tax avoiding scars on our high streets and railway stations.

Al
It must be a bit of a begger when you have to take your wife with you for a cup of coffee,then you don't feel you've been ripped off

Re: touring tyres help

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 September 2014 - 4:59pm
On my 26" surly disc trucker I've done long-weekend touring (2x full back rollers plus bar bag) involving road and some gravel with:

1.75" conti travel contact
1.75" marathon plus
1.5" pasela tour guard (folding)

The contis were nicely balanced, good on gravel and rolled well. Did pick up a couple of punctures, however.
The marathon+ felt quite leaden and I once lost the back wheel on some fairly innocuous gravel which somewhat dented my confidence in them. No punctures at all though.
Just done my first long weekend on the pasela TGs and they feel wonderful. Relatively easy to fit, no punctures, rolled nicely and were pretty adept on the loose stuff, so I'm potentially a convert, although only time will tell re punctures. Not cheap though!

Christiian

Re: Show your touring bikes !!!!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 September 2014 - 4:13pm
Crossing the Danube 31st August 2014. The orange front bags are my home made lightweight set. This was about mid distance of the 1100km tour and my 'wet' day

Keppoch nursery training session with North Glasgow Homes

Play on Pedals blog - 24 September 2014 - 3:45pm

Play on Pedals delivered a training session with nursery staff, volunteers and parents from around Possil Park area of Glasgow last week, through our new pilot Hero Organisation North Glasgow Homes.

There was a fantastic engagement from local parents who are keen to train as Instructors and be able to support North Glasgow Homes to deliver the Play on Pedals programme to children.

We had fun getting parents back on bikes after years out of the saddle in order for them to practice the games they will be instructing children to play. We were also lucky enough to have a trained mechanic join us as one of the participants, which gave him the opportunity to deliver some of the technical parts of the training, including the safety ‘M’ check.

In the afternoon, participants divided into pairs and delivered a session to groups of different children, practising putting on helmets and adjusting seat posts.

Participants enjoyed the course and gave some great feedback at the end of the session, here are some of the responses when asked to give a high from the day:

‘The enjoyment of the kids faces when they have learned something new’

‘Learning different techniques for teaching the kids’

‘Seeing how many different kids are at different levels’

And one low:

‘Seeing a kid’s frustration when they want to go a bike and they can’t’

Check out loads of photos taken on the day, at the ng2 facebook page


Re: Cafe & coffee

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 September 2014 - 3:45pm
But are they ripping you off, compared to the 50p cup? I don't drink coffee but my wife does, at huge cost. The 50p could cover the milk and hot water and surroundings of the first cup, so what extras are there for the £1.30? I'll accept that the sofas are probably nicer, and some of it probably pays for an accountant and a lawyer.

Re: Cafe & coffee

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 September 2014 - 3:27pm
You won't get a decent cup of coffee wherever for less than £1.80 it's that simple.
If you wish to drink instant that's your business,personally I'd rather not.

Re: It's not just cyclists then...

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 September 2014 - 3:10pm
axel_knutt wrote:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYm9vCPLoG4

And after all that, the sentence,

http://www.todaytonightadelaide.com.au/ ... e-sentence

6 Months disqualification!

Re: Jens gets Hour record

CTC Forum - Racing - 24 September 2014 - 2:58pm
Hi,
How much do you think that a standard Eddy bike would cost today, plenty of old bikes knocking around even NOS / new stuff to build up one, you wouldnt have to train on it just set the parts up saddle etc, to the same as the real thing to train.

It does give a level playing field so you can compare and the difference can just be theorised on as better nutrition / training etc,
Age of previous record holders

Re: Jens gets Hour record

CTC Forum - Racing - 24 September 2014 - 2:56pm
Postboxer wrote:It seems silly having it set by whatever the current rules allow, their should be the standard bike, then the whatever is technologically possible record. How do they find the standard bike, do they have to use the same bearings and lubricants etc.? ....

The gap between Mercx's record and Boardman's covers the period when Obree invented his "tuck" position riding a home-made bike, which they disqualified so he invented the "superman" position which was copied by Boardman and then, in turn disallowed. There was a strong feeling at the time, at least in the UK, that they simply wanted to give the record back to Mercx. (I remember a cartoon in the comic showing Boardman tackling the hour on a penny-farthing in wellington boots. )Towards the end of his career and not in the best of health IIRC, Boardman drummed up the determination to get the record back.

World Time Trial chamionship (spoiler alert!)

CTC Forum - Racing - 24 September 2014 - 2:46pm
In sunny (today, not like yesterday!) Ponfrerrada, the only chap who managed over 31mph on a rolling course was.....
(drum roll....)

Sir Bradley Wiggins!

He whomped Tony Martin into second place by over 26 seconds, and is the second ever British gold medallist (in the twenty years it has been run) at this championship.

Mission achieved!

He says it is his last one ever but who knows.

When interviewed he was asked how he felt; "I don't know what to say...." he said. Then he was asked what the first thing that went through his mind was this morning when he woke up.

In typical casual form he replied;

" the first thing that went through my mind this morning was that... I needed a wee..."

good ol' WIggo.....

cheers

Road World Cycling Championships SPOILER ALERT

CTC Forum - Racing - 24 September 2014 - 2:42pm
Congratulations to Tony Martin, for your silver medal in the time trial.


Massive congratulations to Bradley Wiggins, for somehow managing to beat Tony Martin to the World Championship!!

Re: Jens gets Hour record

CTC Forum - Racing - 24 September 2014 - 2:39pm
It seems silly having it set by whatever the current rules allow, their should be the standard bike, then the whatever is technologically possible record. How do they find the standard bike, do they have to use the same bearings and lubricants etc.?

Edit- As the rules for track bikes change, it makes it impossible to compare different records.

Re: Poncho

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 September 2014 - 2:38pm
I use this one -

http://www.decathlon.co.uk/forclaz-100- ... 84715.html

Although it says entry level, I was in a massive downpour and it kept me dry on my bike.

Dave

Re: Cafe & coffee

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 September 2014 - 2:03pm
My wife and I have a very effective answer to the great £2+ coffee rip off........

We carry one of those pack flat silicone cups around when we are likely to have to reluctantly go in a Starbucks, Costa or any other 'rip off' coffee merchants. We just buy the smallest Americano and delight in pouring half of it into our cup which we produce at the milk adding place. It gets used for tea in pots if that's outrageously expensive too. The huge American style strong coffees these places serve are more than enough for the two of us.

The silicone cup came in a nice little plastic case that fits easily into my wife's handbag. We have been known to pop into Gregs or any decent British baker to equip ourselves with reasonably priced buns too.

Most Starbucks and Costas do have very comfy seats to enjoy a half sized coffee and imported bun though. Its a great way to get back at these unwelcome tax avoiding scars on our high streets and railway stations.

Al

Re: Cafe & coffee

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 September 2014 - 1:16pm
Misread that as adnams ale. For a brief moment..........
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