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Panniers as airline baggage

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 February 2015 - 7:24pm
I am flying from Edinburgh to Bishkek with Turkish Airways.
I have sorted my bike and discovered I have 40 Kg baggage allowance as well.
I hope to tour with 4 panniers.
I might not take all 4 filled but wonder about the best way to ' pack' the panniers.
The allowance is for one piece of luggage.

Tape two together?

Any advice appreciated.

Matt

Guide: Cycling the Baja California Peninsula (Mexico)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 February 2015 - 7:16pm
Hey guys!

If you are planning a trip to the Baja California on your bike, I recommend you to check out his guide about it. It contains all the information you need to know to plan your trip as routes, seasons, gear to bring, etc as well as other interesting detours you can take off highway 1.

http://www.theadventurejunkies.com/guide-cycling-baja-california-peninsula-mexico/



I hope you like it!

Antonio

Re: Filthy Drivers: Roadside Rubbish

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2015 - 6:10pm
thirdcrank wrote:The only real difference in this context is that it's possible to shift a lot more stuff in a car than in a saddlebag or jersey pockets. ... Riding a bike does not necessarily turn someone into a paragon of virtue.
But it does limit the scale of their sin?

Re: On the way home from shopping

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2015 - 5:37pm
deliquium wrote:Where did you get yours Tigerbitten? Any photos?
Third photo there -> http://www.cycle4cynthia.co.uk/gallery.php?catid=11 has probably the best shot of my trike-trailer rig.

Re: Filthy Drivers: Roadside Rubbish

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2015 - 5:10pm
Mattyfez wrote:It's not just drivers, ...

The only real difference in this context is that it's possible to shift a lot more stuff in a car than in a saddlebag or jersey pockets. And by the same token, a tranny van carries even more. To spell it out, whether somebody leaves their litter for others to clear up depends on their own character eg selfish, bone idle or otherwise. The extent to which somebody who is disposed to dumping litter does so is then largely governed by what transport they have available.

Riding a bike does not necessarily turn someone into a paragon of virtue.

Re: Good places to cycle to in Cardiff

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2015 - 5:04pm
Get a bell and ring it gently a certain distance before you reach the people. Sometims I think, one should assume all walkers are drunk or deaf or listening to loud music so they hear nothing. When the ground is clearly marked with "walker" and "cyclist" there is really no excuse.

Re: Cycling into the sun

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2015 - 4:46pm
Probably not a definitive list of who would not expect it https://beyondthekerb.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/at-the-going-down-of-the-sun/

Apparently the 'watchdogs' for the CPS don't think that being able to see what is in front of you is a requirement for normal driving either http://thecyclingsilk.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/criminal-prosecutions-arising-from-road.html

Re: Getting too cold.

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2015 - 3:56pm
Hi,
Good.....as I am fed up with sweaty thighs (3/4 longs) sweaty hands and sweaty head, roll on + 5 C

Re: Getting too cold.

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2015 - 3:53pm
10 deg c, and little wind predicted for sunday. toasty

Re: Getting too cold.

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2015 - 3:42pm
Hi,
Shorts and fleece top today (must be all of £9 for both, all my kit doesn't even come to £60, then there,s the £5 skip bike which owes me £ 80 all in.
Summers coming.

Re: Filthy Drivers: Roadside Rubbish

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2015 - 3:21pm
It's not just drivers, I do a lot of tow path riding and it's very hilly where I am, sometimes I'm quite shocked to see avalanches of debris on steep embankments that's obviously been thrown over the back fences of gardens, you see it on train embankments too.

It's society in general, just a general lack of care.

I must admit I did laugh the other day when I saw a big pile of de-potted root balls, wondering what plants they came from!
But at least that's bio degradable!

Re: Filthy Drivers: Roadside Rubbish

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2015 - 2:49pm
Valbrona wrote:And while I am at it, I have found Derbyshire roads to be amongst the most poorly maintained roads in the country.
When I recently went cycling in the Peak District, my reaction was "my, I wish our local roads here on the Bucks/Herts border were remotely as well maintained as those in Derbyshire." I didn't notice any particular litter issue. Of course there is the Peak District and there is the rest of Derbyshire and these things can be different. But in a kind of comparison, I live within in the Chiltern AONB. Even in central London, it's getting important to learn where all the really terrible pot-holes on my daily commuting route are.

Re: Lance Armstrong on the BBC News

CTC Forum - Racing - 12 February 2015 - 2:45pm
rmurphy195 wrote:I have worked very hard, putting in extra hours where needed to get the job done.This way of life suddenly became wrong with a change of management and was criticised (after 30-odd years of doing it). And no, this wasn't by Union reps or similar trying to maintain working practices and prevent other people looking bad, it was management deliberately marking down at review time to save money (and in one case to save them looking bad since I was "setting a precedent" and if I "carried on doing it then where would we be" I was told). That's a form of workplace bullying.

I wasn't there and don't know the details but on the face of it there is a different interpretation I could put on it. It used to be that people were expected to put in the extra hours to get the job done but these days there is much more focus on a good work life balance and making sure people are not working excessively on other than an occasional basis, even voluntarily and the Working Time Directive back it up in law.

If someone is regularly working extra hours then I will want to know why and do something about it. Are they being asked to do too much? Do they need help/training in managing their work? Are there ways we can change things to reduce the need for extra hours? Its not good for the individual or their family to be working excessive hours all the time and it should be discouraged. Which is what it seems your new management (perhaps more enlightened management) might have been trying to encourage.

Of course in some jobs there is the small matter of overtime which encourages people to want to work longer hours out of necessity or desire for more money and can create an extra hours dependency.

Re: Filthy Drivers: Roadside Rubbish

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2015 - 2:33pm
Just South of Petersfield, Kiln Lane a few months ago, what looked like a whole asbestos roof. At least one lorry load deposited in several piles along the side of the lane.

Re: Touring in Norway

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 February 2015 - 2:32pm
syklist wrote:iviehoff wrote:syklist wrote:3) If you want to avoid planes then probably the easiest is to take Harwich Esbjerg
Harwich-Esbjerg has now ceased, so you can't do that any more.
It looks like another operator is going to run a similar service. Has anyone else heard about this?
http://www.reginaline.dk/index-uk.htm
There is the story about Norwegian Seaways starting up a Newcastle - Bergen service. They are still trying to raise capital to get going. One of the main sources of capital was the Offshore Oil industry particularly in Stavanger which is now cutting back a lot due to the low oil prices.
Here is the story in Norgleeze courtesy of our favourite auto translation service.
No. But I have seen many examples of people setting up websites saying "we're planning to run this ferry service you'd like to use, look at all these detailed plans we've got, it's right on the edge of running, all we need is a big fat public subsidy so help us lobby for it". Of course they don't use exactly the words "big fat public subsidy" but it's what they mean. Setting up a website is a cheap way of begging for a big fat public subsidy. Sometimes politicians fall for it.

Re: Cycling into the sun

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2015 - 2:26pm
Mark1978 wrote:Agreed, there have been far too many cases where a driver has used 'low sun' as a defence and it's been accepted!

They have a point. After all who would expect the sun to be at that position in the sky at that time of the day?

Re: Rotterdam > Istanbul - knackered old MTB vs Brand new to

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 February 2015 - 1:49pm
He'd be going some to wear that lot out in a few weeks IMO!
But your right. I think I'd start with a new chain on and a spare (cut to length) on board. Brake blocks - less of an issue 'cos they're small and light, tyres - well for my money if they are visibly worn in that amount of time then they are the wrong tyres for the job.

ndxcc
Here's a thought about used bikes: You could certainly find a good'un at that price level. But you might have to wait quite a while for the right one. When you get it, it would most likely need some cash spent on it. Cables? Brake pads? Chain? and if so, Cassette?
You can see how you could lose control of your budget.
New bike: Buy, Use as much as possible. Consider having it serviced - (should be a cheap one) and while you are there, acquire necessary spares. Although, to be honest, there's a lot to be said for servicing it yourself, just so you get to see how things are supposed to be.
I'm hoping you will come back here and ask about what you ought to take with you...
That's important too.

Re: Lance Armstrong on the BBC News

CTC Forum - Racing - 12 February 2015 - 1:04pm
Flinders wrote:
It's his bullying other people to do wrong when without that bullying some at least of them would not have done wrong which to me, makes him easily the worst offender, and the one who should be punished the most.

Nail hit on head. Upshot is that LA has made himself untrustworthy to work either with or for.

Re: Lesson learned - again

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2015 - 12:23pm
the main point this happens is here: https://goo.gl/maps/sbLeM so going on the outside is not generally acceptable as well as the traffic island is there. You an see the gutter stones in the road as well. My only thought is people are lining up for the 2 lanes after the traffic island oblivious to the fact that the narrowing by the island forces them back into single file anyway.

Re: Lance Armstrong on the BBC News

CTC Forum - Racing - 12 February 2015 - 12:13pm
Mick F wrote:Oh heck, I'm not getting at you, I'm just commenting on the bullying technique and how it can happen without knowing.
Your apol is accepted of course and I'm not labouring the point.
Sorry if I offended.

I was trying to say that LA may have bullied, but maybe no-one complained at the time because no-one realised they were being bullied.

I think at least some of them seemed to have realised it at the time. But having seen what he had done to other people, they knuckled under.

It's his bullying other people to do wrong when without that bullying some at least of them would not have done wrong which to me, makes him easily the worst offender, and the one who should be punished the most.
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