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Re: Feeling a bit lonely......

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 December 2014 - 10:58pm
Vantage wrote: I find myself saying a little prayer to the PF that they hit a series of really really big thorn filled pot holes to claim both wheels. I get a little joy from that vision
Especially if they're on tubs! Q: do roadies still use tubs on club rides?

Re: Another death

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 December 2014 - 10:50pm
Well, the follow-up:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-30553947
I suppose the question has to be asked: is five years an adequate sentence? And what's with the five-year driving ban? If it runs concurrent with the sentence, it amounts to no ban at all (although she'll probably get out half way through on parole).

My feeling is, there has to be a serious re-think about teenage and low-twenties driving. Only a couple of days ago, two teenage boys were killed in a crash at Handcross, not far from where I live, in a car driven by a 20-year old (no cyclists were involved in that one). If we can't raise the driving age, at least make it far more difficult for these youngsters to get behind the wheel where they can cause such havoc and heartbreak.

Incidentally, I don't understand the reference to the "black box device fitted by Mackie's insurance firm" in the article. Can anyone elucidate?

Re: Cycling to Axbridge from Bristol

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 December 2014 - 9:10pm
I think it's Chocolate Path (great name, but sadly it's because the surface is small slippery black tiles that look like a bar of chocolate) and Festival Way.

The names around here like Sandringham Railway Path and Swaffham Belt Path are far too literal. Even the Cock Up Bridge is...

Re: Jens gets Hour record

CTC Forum - Racing - 19 December 2014 - 8:50pm
Alex Dowsetts hour record attempt bike

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Re: Cycling to Axbridge from Bristol

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 December 2014 - 8:45pm
Strawberry line and chocolate way sound very exotic. Love the names!

Re: Contador...

CTC Forum - Racing - 19 December 2014 - 7:44pm
Descending at over 45mph I wouldn't be taking my hands off the bars, but they are racing on closed roads at the very peak of the cycling performance ladder so it's a totally different ball game. There's also no oncoming traffic to contend with. They hit speeds much faster than that on some of the descents and it doesn't always go according to plan. When it doesn't it's nasty!

Luckily that Contador fellow has access to some very talented doctors......

Re: Contador...

CTC Forum - Racing - 19 December 2014 - 7:24pm
There were a few riders in the vway, and very few people can analyse that much road vat that distance...

Dijon to turin route or gpx

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 December 2014 - 5:39pm
Don't suppose anyone has such a thing.

After a cretinous failure to backup, have had a laptop crash and lost a gpx route i had sorted with mega detail, including a torturous traffic avoiding route around Lyon suburbs.

Could have been worse - I could have lost calais to turin but luckily had emailed the first bit to someone on here so could retrieve that.

Let this be a warning - basecamp backups, which i fairly often did, are of course to the same hard disc. Only takes a mo to backup to a pen drive (now very cheap) or to the cloud.

Re: Feeling a bit lonely......

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 December 2014 - 5:14pm
RodWatts wrote:PH
No, I can't get over it! I'll just keep on waving and smiling like an idiot....
What a poor, miserable world this is turning into if we can't nod to or acknowledge some else's existence.
Rod x
Rod if its any comfort most motorcyclists I encounter are the same. I am like you I nod on both forms of transport and it rattles me too.

Re: Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 December 2014 - 4:52pm
Mr Jemm
That's how it should fit(your last photos),and the rack's extra eyelet is for the m/g stays.
I'd envisaged bolted to the front d/out eyelet hence the 'remove skewer' comment.

As an aside I'm not keen on those hooks facing forward,taylor made for grabbing vegetation/plastic bags/bits of wire,etc when riding in the wilds.Could cause a nasty faceplant

Re: Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 December 2014 - 4:08pm
cnb wrote:I'm pleased you did that..I thought that i might have to look into getting a new rack...

Ha! I'd been considering selling the Tara, so you almost coulda got a bargain...

Oh, hang on... I'm being daft. You mean rather than a Tubus. (again ).

Re: Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 December 2014 - 4:04pm
I'm pleased you did that..I thought that i might have to look into getting a new rack...

Re: Feeling a bit lonely......

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 December 2014 - 3:38pm
Vantage wrote:This may be stereotyping, but it's the roadie racing types that I find to be the rudest non-acknowledging-a-fellow-cyclist sods.
And every time they don't acknowledge my nod, I find myself saying a little prayer to the PF that they hit a series of really really big thorn filled pot holes to claim both wheels. I get a little joy from that vision

Round here it's Yoof on MTBs. Mind, they're 90% of the time on the pavement where no-one gets acknowledgement from me lest they think I approve.

Re: Jens gets Hour record

CTC Forum - Racing - 19 December 2014 - 2:09pm
And Alex Dowsett trying the day before her, on the 27th February

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/30546209

Re: Contador...

CTC Forum - Racing - 19 December 2014 - 1:56pm
But these guys are professionals and are used to riding at these speeds.
They are not like us (or we aren't like them).
47 mph and I wouldn't be taking my hands of the bars at all.
But they have to eat and drink all the time when in a race so they will take any opportunity.
Seeing far enough ahead well surely that will depend on the road.
Remember there is no oncoming traffic so all the road is generally theirs.

Serious word eating time

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 December 2014 - 1:04pm
ForkTarasm.jpg

After my quick ride (had to be back for an errand ), I got distracted while cleaning up after... That's my newer forks that I'd not tried on (having built newer VT with original forks), though may well work with both sets. This is with the spacer and a washer, and it works. Unsure if I'd previously not used a washer with the spacer, but thought I had, hmmm. Most embarrassing. Haven't tried fitting a wheel yet, but can't see why it wouldn't work. At 1st I thought the disc caliper (or bolt) would get in way, but that'd be on the inside.

Sorry for leading you all up the garden path with my screw up.

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Another view.

I wish they still made these forks with the other type of caliper mount (post?), but I guess this type allows use of different size discs by using alternate adaptors.

Re: Feeling a bit lonely......

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 December 2014 - 12:15pm
This may be stereotyping, but it's the roadie racing types that I find to be the rudest non-acknowledging-a-fellow-cyclist sods.
And every time they don't acknowledge my nod, I find myself saying a little prayer to the PF that they hit a series of really really big thorn filled pot holes to claim both wheels. I get a little joy from that vision

Re: proviz victim blaming advert

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 December 2014 - 11:17am
redfacedbaldfatman wrote:GrumpyGit wrote:I've jutst bought another set because the ones on the rear are quite dirty and it's not coming off easily. Might swap them over and pop the dirty ones in the dishwasher.

I got mine in a Lidl Sale!

Re: Feeling a bit lonely......

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 December 2014 - 11:05am
mercalia wrote:Look at their webpage frontpage for the answer why?

http://www.londondynamo.co.uk/


speed freak automotons with dark glasses and no sense of humour?

"First, a "health warning". We are a serious club committed to performance based cycling and cycle racing." lol

They're sportsmen; you're a leisure/utility cyclist? Different approach, different aims, different outlook. We have all types in our club; some are more narrowly focused. I can't imagine that in That London there's too much difficulty finding a club that's less sport-oriented if you want one. Let them be.

Re: Feeling a bit lonely......

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 December 2014 - 10:57am
SteveHunter wrote:I acknowledge all other cyclists when I'm out on a leisurely ride. I don't bother when commuting though as I would be a nodding dog as well.

I find large groups are the worst for acknowledging you.

Heh. My commute usually only sees two or three other cyclists over the 14 miles so no problems acknowledging.
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