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Re: Cyclist causes rail chaos

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 August 2014 - 3:24pm
Just remember it was you that brought roundabouts into it

Re: Panniers vs Courier Bag (Commuting)

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 August 2014 - 3:18pm
Personally, all things being equal, I'd go for a big saddle bag with a QR rather than a (single ) pannier or courier bag, esp if using cycle paths where it's less likely to catch on stuff (foilage, tight gates, etc). And, of course, a cotton duck saddle bag, being retro) is kewler than either pannier or courier bag (so 1990s).....fraudax is where it is at, not fakenger.

Re: Cyclist causes rail chaos

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 August 2014 - 3:12pm
Swings and roundabouts - on the plus side the miscreant was identified as being a "rogue" cyclists, i.e. a cyclist who wasn't acting like a normal cyclist, thus it wasn't tarring us all with the same brush (even if some readers will). But on the other hand, he was neither cycling nor playing golf despite having the kit for both, yet he was identified as a cyclist not a golfer.

Re: New Route Planner

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 August 2014 - 2:24pm
Added to the list! Clickable POIs on the maps aren't trivial (the code that used to do that in Mapnik has been excised and isn't showing any signs of returning any time soon) but I have a half-formed idea for a really nasty hack to do it...

Re: First EVER Tour! (and I'm going RTW)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 August 2014 - 2:17pm
smuggers wrote:Hello James... Just in awe with your planned trip. I love your attitude and outlook on life & I'm sure the trip will be life changing. Just had a lovely read here of your blog and will be following you on twitter also. Best of luck & take good care..

Thanks Smuggers,

If you've seen the blog recently you will have seen my newest post on Albania. It was certainly a change from Croatia and Montenegro. Right now I'm in Georgia, staying in The Travel House, a Serbian run open house project for travellers. I'm going to be here for a bit longer than I expected after discovering that I lost my bank card and need to get a new one sent out to me here. Thankfully, my bank (Natwest) is amazing and they arranged for a private courier to bring it to me here in Tbilisi.

This was one of my favourite posts to write so I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Albania (Of Wolves and Wild Camping) - http://jamesvsworld.com/2014/08/20/alba ... d-camping/

Re: My first tour (I didn't make it)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 August 2014 - 1:56pm
For me, it depends on perspective. I actually like the challenge of getting off and pushing my loaded trailer rig up a mountain too steep to pedal, sometimes I even break into a near-jog now I've been on tour for two months and am fit as hell. It's a workout, and is one of the reasons I decided to travel like this.

This is in the mornings, of course. In the afternoons I want Norfolk with a pub at the end.

Re: Stefan Abrutat's Tour Travel Blog

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 August 2014 - 1:45pm
If we've got enough converts to start a group, I don't see why not.

Big news this morning: the trailer arm connecting pin sheered as I rode over a log leaving the forest I camped in: it broke in exactly the same spot as the last one did in Scotland. Difference is, this time I replaced it with one of the four spares I've made instead of jerry-rigging it with a couple of tent pegs and duct tape.

One in the eye for Loki!

Re: Cyclist causes rail chaos

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 August 2014 - 12:50pm
Don't have to go far back to find a motoring equivalent:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/4837388/Driver-took-wrong-turn-onto-rail-tracks.html
The 40-year-old woman travelled hundreds of yards along the Metro line before her vehicle broke down as a train approached

Re: Panniers vs Courier Bag (Commuting)

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 August 2014 - 12:47pm
brooksby wrote:
I've clearly been spoilt by using a pannier - is it just me? Does using panniers instead of a backpack go with "maturing" as a cyclist?

I discovered this truth back in the '70s when I graduated from using a school satchel tied to the back carrier to making my own set of panniers. Ever since I wouldn't even cycle to shops without a pannier, always containing at least a puncture kit and pump and waterproof jacket.

How people cycle with rucksacks or courier bags is beyond me.

Re: Surely not a 'cyclist'?

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 August 2014 - 12:32pm
post by Bicycler » Thu Aug 21, 2014 1:00 pm
Long discussion on what makes a cyclist: viewtopic.php?f=15&t=65657

Thread about this incident: viewtopic.php?f=7&t=89702


Ah...thanks for that Bicycler, I'm afraid I didn't see the original posting.

Re: Do I need front panniers for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 August 2014 - 12:15pm
I only have rear panniers and a small saddlebag. I put small things in the saddlebag, eg sunglasses, gloves, etc.

I always keep my passport and main cash/debit card on me in a neck pouch. I wear a conventional shirt so easy to conceal. Bumbag for things I need to hand eg small cash and notebook. Tablet and credit card and extra cash in panniers

I've never heard of a barbag being stolen, but tourists are always warned about putting valuables in the basket on front of hire bike/mbike. I imagine the theives are aware that valuable are likely to be held in barbag.

Re: Cycling around Japan

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 August 2014 - 12:05pm
My route will start in Osaka then either a circular (or zigzag down and ferry back) in Western Honshu, Kyushu and Shikoku. I reckon on cycling about 2000 kms in 6 weeks.

I am going to this area as the weather will be better - winter draws on.

I've got one of Josie's books out of the library, The Neon Sun one, but it is quite old (1999) and therefore very out of date for touring info.

Re: Surely not a 'cyclist'?

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 August 2014 - 12:00pm
Long discussion on what makes a cyclist: viewtopic.php?f=15&t=65657

Thread about this incident: viewtopic.php?f=7&t=89702

Re: Giant Defy or TCR Composite range

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 August 2014 - 11:56am
Thanks for the tips Tony, I'll keep them in mind.
Current situation : I'll go to my LBS: try a trek, specialized, giant defy and a focus and see how I get on.

Re: Panniers vs Courier Bag (Commuting)

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 August 2014 - 11:53am
Vantage wrote:brooksby wrote:Does using panniers instead of a backpack go with "maturing" as a cyclist?

I think it's less of maturing and more of finally realizing what everyone else already knew. A sweaty back is no fun no matter how light and bling your bike is. Panniers are just brilliant for all sorts of stuff, even my girlfriend has some. My sister finally got a decent bike with a rack pack on it and my young daughters want panniers on their bikes...being able to carry more teddies and sweets was mentioned I think
This..panniers make so much sense, it's far easier to get into them for stuff, you can carry oodles more stuff, unless you are eaving your bike on the street in London youcan just leave them on your bike with all the bits you need in them.
I tried and tried to get my son to use pannier bags for school but he insisted on the around the shoulder bag (lucklily I found an amazing one that cost next to nothing), the amount of times he ended up taking two bags when he got closer to doing his GCSE's and had silly amount of books/PE kit to take in

Re: Giant Defy or TCR Composite range

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 August 2014 - 11:44am
Depends on your budget and what you want the bike to do for you.
I saw a NOS full carbon frame & forks on ebay go for £200, admittedly it was an awful colour (beige!) but I'd just bought a frame fairly recently otherwise I might have gone for it.
You can pick up some crazy second hand/barely used CF bikes and even some bikes that are lovely/rarely used that are very well specced for under £1k

If you're feeling brave you can get something like this.. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Bianchi-928-c ... 27e9a9bc03
light frame, kudos in the colour scheme and how many other people have one..certainly stand out in a club ride
Or a nice Colnago with 300 miles on it http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Colnago-CLX-3 ... 233f62162d

Personally I plumbed for a KTM, unused 2nd rung pro team bikes that had being built up and sold through the UK distributor. Cost me £430 (with warranty for f&f), 1100g/60cm frame.
There are bargains to be had if you look around

Re: 4 peaks - Wales Ireland Scotland England - Cheers!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 August 2014 - 11:37am
Got back last week from the 5 peak tour.
Fantastic weather at first then a bit wet.
I really like the Kintyre express to Campbeltown but didn't enjoy the up-down road on the East coast of the Kintyre peninsula.
10/10 to Oban Cycles who sorted me out after I trashed my rear wheel. If only all bike shops were like them!
1292 miles at 61miles per day ave.

Surely not a 'cyclist'?

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 August 2014 - 11:24am
What a shame the designation 'cyclist' has been used here.Could have just as easily stated 'Golfer riding a bike' (putting it politely) In any event, an inconsiderate and very foolish risk-taker.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/ ... racks.html

Re: My first tour (I didn't make it)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 August 2014 - 11:03am
theDaveB wrote:To answer some questions (can't remember who posted what) -

Am not against panniers but against all that weight on my back wheel as well as me being 17 stone. I thought a trailer would be less strain on the bike. Kept reading about people with broken spokes and replacing back wheels on tour.

I'm 16.5 stone. I've done around 14k miles loaded touring on my Spa Cycles built rear wheel - Rigida Sputnik 36 spokes. A good 36 spoke wheel with a stout rim is all you need. After around 8 or 9k miles I had to correct a slight wobble by tightening a couple of spokes. Other than that and regreasing the hub once or twice it hasn't been touched.

Broken spokes can be a problem. I broke several on standard wheels. Even on a Dawes Galaxy. Buyinb even relatively expensive bikes does not mean good wheels. Spa or another good wheel builder can supply a wheel with standard components which will deal with a 17 stone rider no problem.

Re: Panniers vs Courier Bag (Commuting)

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 August 2014 - 10:49am
brooksby wrote: ... I still think the courier bag looks "cooler" ...

The world of fashion is made round to come round again. When I was a lad, there was a fashion for "bonk bags," inspired by the musettes used in road racing to hand up grub to the riders. In their intended use, the contents are transferred to the rider's pockets and the bag is then rolled up and thrown to eager souvenir hunters. In the UK, they grew bigger and bigger and some even had a waist strap added to prevent the users having to hitch them back around every few hundred yards. Some bike shops sold bonk bags with a large advert on them. That was long before we'd heard of laptops etc.

You'll know you have reached true cycling maturity when you recognise the benefits of the Carradice Camper.
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