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Re: Bike suitability for a particular interior road in Icela

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 January 2015 - 2:51pm
Yeah I need to learn how to replace broken spokes.

Do you think upgrading just the back wheel will be alright then, there wouldn't be some sort of imbalance between the wider heavier stronger rim on the back, and the narrow, lighter, weaker rim on the front?

That's the thing, I wouldn't lose most of my holiday as I'm sure I would still have a good time even without my bike, it's about expectations. But I guess the primary purpose I set myself for this trip is to learn more about longer distance bike touring in a more challenging environment as the max I've done up to now is one week in quite easy places and I have plans for a much longer trip. So in that sense yes I think should take the bike side of it seriously .

Re: Bike suitability for a particular interior road in Icela

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 January 2015 - 2:34pm
Yes, that sounds like good advice. Having the kit and the knowledge to repair wheels in the field will cost you little and give you a feeling of independence. You need to be able to get the cassette off (tiny portable tool from Spa) and you need spare spokes (mainly cassette side rear) and a spoke key.

Re: Bike suitability for a particular interior road in Icela

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 January 2015 - 2:25pm
22camels wrote:Yeah ok I will probably go with the new wheel set, but I'm still a bit skeptical as I'm on a bit of a budget and to invest another 250 into a bike I won't be keeping for that much longer seems a bit rash. 40mm tyres on new wheels, or 35mm tyres on current stock wheels, that I've had no trouble with, never a broken spoke. Actually I have done, on 28mm tyres, a bit of forestry roads here and even beaches where the sand was dense enough and it was fine. There is a lot of variation in off-road surfaces, even within Iceland, so, lacking experience, it's difficult for me to say now how it will be on the specific road I'm thinking of taking. Also whilst yes sure it's true that strong wheels are essential, and Iceland demands an extra high level of preparedness, I suspect it's tempting to over prepare / over insure - yes if you want the trip to be perfect, or if it's a long trip, yes, but for a short trip of three weeks, if there is a 50% chance I'll be fine with my current setup, if a bit slow on the gravel, and the other 50% of the time, my wheels break in the first week, I have to catch a ride to the next town, and spend the rest of the trip larking around on foot, do I mind that much? Not sure..

Turn it around and look at it another way. You only have a short trip, a breakage could mean losing most of your holiday. To keep costs down you could just upgrade the back wheel. These at £86 for rear wheel

http://www.spacycles.co.uk/products.php ... b0s176p349

will do the job perfectly. For the front take do not put a lot of weight up front, take a few spare spokes and learn how to repair them. Most spoke breakagages are on the rear anyway. When you get rid of the bike, sell the rear wheel on here ( or transfer to the new one, it will almost always be better than what is supplied on a new one if the rear wheel is machine built), you'll get a decent price.

Re: It makes me want to tour there again .....

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 January 2015 - 2:08pm
foxyrider wrote:mercalia wrote: No more charabangs ( wow thats the first time in probably 50 years or so I have used that term, I had to confirm its spelling ).

and you still got it wrong, its actually charabanc as any bus enthusiast will tell you!

Now if you're being pedantic it's actually char-à-banc

Re: Bike suitability for a particular interior road in Icela

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 January 2015 - 1:35pm
Yeah ok I will probably go with the new wheel set, but I'm still a bit skeptical as I'm on a bit of a budget and to invest another 250 into a bike I won't be keeping for that much longer seems a bit rash. 40mm tyres on new wheels, or 35mm tyres on current stock wheels, that I've had no trouble with, never a broken spoke. Actually I have done, on 28mm tyres, a bit of forestry roads here and even beaches where the sand was dense enough and it was fine. There is a lot of variation in off-road surfaces, even within Iceland, so, lacking experience, it's difficult for me to say now how it will be on the specific road I'm thinking of taking. Also whilst yes sure it's true that strong wheels are essential, and Iceland demands an extra high level of preparedness, I suspect it's tempting to over prepare / over insure - yes if you want the trip to be perfect, or if it's a long trip, yes, but for a short trip of three weeks, if there is a 50% chance I'll be fine with my current setup, if a bit slow on the gravel, and the other 50% of the time, my wheels break in the first week, I have to catch a ride to the next town, and spend the rest of the trip larking around on foot, do I mind that much? Not sure..

Re: 2nd pair of shoes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 January 2015 - 1:07pm
Birkenstock sandals. Quite often cycle in them too

Re: Cyclist Assaulted By Taylor Landscaping Worker

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 January 2015 - 12:29pm
661-Pete wrote:Bonefishblues wrote:I must admit it did make me smile when I saw the suggestion yesterday - a thread like this could prejudice legal process? \
Errr.... that was me, for my sins. But I only repeated the warning that I've often seen posted in the past, regarding other but similar cases.

As regards 'Trial by Youtube' which is what this amounts to, I suppose: yes it does appear that we have come to this pass. Perhaps all those of us who use cameras on the bike, myself included, have become amateur detectives of a sort. Having said that, I should point out that since I acquired my camera, I have recorded dozens of hours of cycling footage. Number of 'interesting' incidents recorded to date: nil. Unless you count a borderline left-hook - by a police car.
I wasn't having a pop at you, I was making a slightly wider point, perhaps inelegantly. I think the law has a particular challenge to overcome v-a-v the "modern" age where information and comment is so ubiquitous. Soon it will be really hard if not impossible to find a single Jurer who hasn't seen something previously regarding a high-profile event. It's hard to unknow what you know, as it was put to me.

Re: Are mtb tyres changing?

CTC Forum - MTB - 20 January 2015 - 12:13pm
I think it's largely because they were overkill for most things except sand and thick mud. Even thick mud just clogged them up. Smaller knobs seem to work just as well.

Re: Cyclist Assaulted By Taylor Landscaping Worker

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 January 2015 - 12:12pm
reohn2 wrote:What I find surprising about this case is that the driver was only ''interviewed and subsequently charged with a public order offence'' after the video went 'viral'.
Are we to conclude that if the general public isn't fully aware of the crime there's no need to prosecute? :?
What has policing come to in this country?
Also who's decision should it be to charge offenders in such cases?
I would agree, except a lot must depend on the detail. For example, did the cyclist present the Police with the video when he reported the incident ? (Maybe he called in at the station on his way home and only downloaded the video later). Many possible reasons and I would not be expecting the Police to be trawling Video Sharing social web sites.

I can appreciate how the Police would need somebody to "complain". After all, with just a viral video, who is to say it is not a drama student project to illustrate what is maybe too common in the UK. I assume they need somebody to submit the evidence and to declare its validity. (Remember "War of the Worlds" in the US, 1938?).

Ian

Re: Cyclist Assaulted By Taylor Landscaping Worker

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 January 2015 - 12:11pm
Bonefishblues wrote:I must admit it did make me smile when I saw the suggestion yesterday - a thread like this could prejudice legal process? \
Errr.... that was me, for my sins. But I only repeated the warning that I've often seen posted in the past, regarding other but similar cases.

As regards 'Trial by Youtube' which is what this amounts to, I suppose: yes it does appear that we have come to this pass. Perhaps all those of us who use cameras on the bike, myself included, have become amateur detectives of a sort. Having said that, I should point out that since I acquired my camera, I have recorded dozens of hours of cycling footage. Number of 'interesting' incidents recorded to date: nil. Unless you count a borderline left-hook - by a police car.

Re: Cyclist Assaulted By Taylor Landscaping Worker

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 January 2015 - 12:01pm
I'm not clear how the original incident came to be reported - possibly a third party who witnessed all or part of it.
In spite of some speculation earlier in the thread, it's not clear what caused the rider not to complain. It might have been a reluctance to become involved or a "nothing we can do about it" fob off. Or something in between. Intimidation is always a possibility whenever there's violence.
This leads to the headcam footage in that it will not have been viewed at the time of the original report.
Let's suppose for the sake of argument that the rider/cameraman genuinely did not want to complain to the police. Also supposing that the camera was visible, so it was obvious that there might be footage of the incident, then since this was in a public place, AFAIK the officer who attended would have had the power to seize the camera or at least the memory card, even against the wishes of the rider. Bearing in mind that that would probably have been the only way this footage would have come to light, bearing in mind that my understanding of what's already been posted is that it wasn't the rider involved who put this up on youtube. Seizing the evidence would be in accord with what I've posted about prosecutions being undertaken on behalf of us all. Do people think that the police should have seized this evidence from the outset, irrespective of the views of its owner?

Re: accommodation

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 January 2015 - 11:46am
foxyrider wrote:whoof wrote:Guess its always worth asking if there are facilities when you book.


I always check before I book it's just that there is no need in France I just turn up. Last year I was going to book with a hostel in Wales which advertised secure bike parking but when I asked on the phone this turned out to be their back yard. I had to contact three places in the Isle of White before finding somewhere for this February.

Re: Traffic signals stuck at red:how long till"legally defec

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 January 2015 - 11:14am
I can categorically say that the lights at the bottom of my road do not sense me when I ride down to the lights with no cars present. I have often sat there for several minutes waiting for the lights to change only for them to change instantly a car arrives behind me. This is the case whether I am on my steel bike, alloy bike or my carbon bike. I usually inch out in a gap in the traffic if possible or I could be there for days!..

Re: Fog lights

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 January 2015 - 11:05am
[XAP]Bob wrote:Because they look cool.
Because we have no road traffic police any more.

And because the drivers of such cars are generally idiots.
Don't get me started on motor vehicle light infringements they seem at epidemic proportions around these parts

Re: Bike delivery service - Virgin BikeMagic

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 January 2015 - 11:05am
Doesn't sound like £50 is the insurance limit, just what you get included as standard - imagine that you can pay for more...

Re: accommodation

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 January 2015 - 10:56am
whoof wrote:The main problem I have is what to do with my bike. In France I I turn up at a hotel and ask if they have somewhere safe to park my bike the answer is always 'of course the garage, cellar, office, your room....'
In the UK it's as if I just asked where I can keep my ox for the night. 'There might be some racks in the street around the corner, perhaps in the garden or could I not put it in my car?'. I know there are lists of cycle friendly B and Bs but the point is in France I don't need a list as they are all cycle friendly.
Guess what, this summer another two weeks cycle touring in France.

Have to say that in my experience most accomodation have been helpful in providing secure bike parking, i think only once have i had to park the bike on the street and that was in Celle in northern Germany. Otherwise its lived in cleaning cupboards, cellars, garages, my room, conference rooms, back corridors.............Guess its always worth asking if there are facilities when you book.

Re: Cyclist Assaulted By Taylor Landscaping Worker

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 January 2015 - 10:55am
reohn2 wrote:What I find surprising about this case is that the driver was only ''interviewed and subsequently charged with a public order offence'' after the video went 'viral'.
Are we to conclude that if the general public isn't fully aware of the crime there's no need to prosecute?
What has policing come to in this country?
Also who's decision should it be to charge offenders in such cases?

That's pretty common really that when there is publicity the police decide to take action. Whereas from reading here and elsewhere without that they really aren't bothered to the extent of telling you to just go away.

Re: Cyclist Assaulted By Taylor Landscaping Worker

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 January 2015 - 10:50am
What I find surprising about this case is that the driver was only ''interviewed and subsequently charged with a public order offence'' after the video went 'viral'.
Are we to conclude that if the general public isn't fully aware of the crime there's no need to prosecute?
What has policing come to in this country?
Also who's decision should it be to charge offenders in such cases?

Re: It makes me want to tour there again .....

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 January 2015 - 10:48am
mercalia wrote: No more charabangs ( wow thats the first time in probably 50 years or so I have used that term, I had to confirm its spelling ).

and you still got it wrong, its actually charabanc as any bus enthusiast will tell you!

Re: 2nd pair of shoes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 January 2015 - 10:45am
Lightweight sandals or deck shoes, they take hardly any space in the bag. The moulded foam type are great - light, waterproof and cheap!

After a day riding i'm glad to have an alternative to my cycling shoes for the off bike activities although i might go shoeless on nice grassy/sandy campsites!
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