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Re: knee pain and touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 September 2014 - 6:04pm
mjr wrote:............. the troublesome time with clips seems to be traffic which I doubt you're making photo galleries about

The tracks I ride can be composed of loose stones the size of your fist, mud with tractor ruts, peat, and steps up to or down from exposed rock, to name just a few. I think I know as much about unplanned stops and dismounts as somebody who rides in traffic.
A bicycle of any sort is not much use at all if you can't ride it, I wonder how many of the people who deny the benefits of cleats have ever taken the time to get to use them properly.
I can understand if you are elderly or badly co-ordinated then the fear of injury from toppling-over during the learning phase could be enough to put you off, I suppose I was about fifty when I started with cleats.

Re: Coast and Castles - Newcastle to Edinburgh

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 September 2014 - 4:27pm
I did it using the coastal route last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. Mainly flat with great coastal scenery, especially in Northumberland. Wild camped on the coastal path near Boulmer, just a bit south of Embleton and woke up to a fabulous sunrise over the North Sea.

Re: Pavement parkers

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 September 2014 - 4:26pm
Maybe they don't expect many people to cycle to the doctor's, hence the lack of provision for them at some surgeries. You seem to be lucky - most of the time. My doctor's has a couple of sheffield stands - fine, room for up to 4 bikes, but not if a swarm of cyclists suddenly descend. My check-ups are every six months, and I almost always cycle.

Reminds me of an amusing experience some years ago. Well, it was amusing in hindsight, didn't seem so at the time. I'd been having some chest pains, so I made an appointment and cycled over to the doctor. He wasn't too impressed, after doing an ECG and some other tests, he called an ambulance and had me carted to hospital. "But what about my bike?" I asked. He said, "You'll have to leave it here, is it locked?" It was, luckily. The hospital gave me the all-clear and discharged me, so I was able to go and collect the bike later that evening - un-vandalised, luckily (I say that because the surgery is in - er - that part of the town).

Re: Hit and Run - Cyclist Wanted !

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 September 2014 - 4:17pm
661-Pete wrote:You might get a bit more of the picture if you watch some of this guy's other videos.
I don't think he's over-fond of cyclists - or any other road users!
Obviously doesn't care for cycle lanes, probably doesn't think much of ADSL's either if my experience is anything to go by.

Re: Hit and Run - Cyclist Wanted !

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 September 2014 - 4:16pm
So the guy has caught the taxi trying to squeeze past - but then what happens? Has he really dumped the bike and walked off?

(Wasn't me anyway, I was 200 miles away!)

Re: Hit and Run - Cyclist Wanted !

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 September 2014 - 4:13pm
You might get a bit more of the picture if you watch some of this guy's other videos.
I don't think he's over-fond of cyclists - or any other road users!

Re: Hit and Run - Cyclist Wanted !

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 September 2014 - 3:59pm
Flinders wrote:Vehicle hit seemed to be in the bike lane.

You don't see anything in the video but if the cyclist did hit the taxi I do not think infringing the bike lane is an excuse. By the way the cyclist walked off would not be surprised if he nicked the bike.

Re: 700c wheels in India?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 September 2014 - 3:56pm
Just to mention re 32H rims, if you start off with a matching pair you can always get a broken-rimmed rear wheel rebuilt with the front rim, then beg or borrow any old wheel for the front. But start your tour with new but run-in kit and avoid all this!

Re: Advice on accident involving a dog

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 September 2014 - 3:52pm
I see no reason why you ought to have to claim on your own insurance.
Of course, if the owner of the dog doesn't pay up, you may have to. But I hope not. Best of luck with it all.

Re: Hit and Run - Cyclist Wanted !

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 September 2014 - 3:50pm
Vehicle hit seemed to be in the bike lane.

Pavement parkers

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 September 2014 - 3:39pm
Grr. Pavement parkers. Grr.

At my GP surgery/pharmacy today, a parker had blocked not only the gate that leads to the official bike parking, but also the wheelchair ramp to the surgery/pharmacy.

Fortunately the offending vehicle was another bike (though with a trailing child's half-bike), so I could shift it out of the way.

I've been going to that surgery/pharmacy every month for nearly four years, and it's the first time I've seen another bike there. It made a nice change from the usual jam of parked cars. Cycling to the doctor's is obviously a good thing, for those who can.

But blocking wheelchair ramps is seriously anti-social.

Grr. </rant>

Re: Why do we do it?

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 September 2014 - 3:27pm
Keep in mind the 2 over-arching 'principles' used by the human brain to govern all behaviour - optimism and opportunism...

Re: Ditching my Hybrid for a full Spec Tourer

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 September 2014 - 3:23pm
I think pneumatic's comment illustrates just how personal this is. Sometimes a bike just feels right and sometimes one which ticks all the boxes on paper just ends up unloved

Re: Why do we do it?

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 September 2014 - 3:20pm
Phil Fouracre wrote:I'm with the Welshman oops, almost forgot, think my tag line might apply!

Looks good from my side of the fence

Re: Do you ride out of the saddle?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 September 2014 - 3:16pm
Never really thought about it, but saw this post yesterday and stood up today. Unfortunately not one of your examples.

Riding in town, came to 5 way junction. Approached slowly and double looked all ways. By this time I had slowed down a lot (not stationary) and was in too high a gear for the 'quick' pull away so had to stand to get the bike going.

Showed lack of anticipation and over caution, must try harder!!

Re: 700c wheels in India?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 September 2014 - 3:05pm
You are right about 32 hole being harder to find (certainly in Asia). 32s are more associated with higher end (MTB) bikes. The norm on the local cheapies is 36.

This is the opposite to here where we normally get 32s on our stock bikes and 36s are a bit more specialised for touring.

Re: Ditching my Hybrid for a full Spec Tourer

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 September 2014 - 3:02pm
I gave up my Marin hybrid for a Dawes Super Galaxy 12 years ago. Together, we have had unimaginable fun. I like riding a bike with a timeless shape; it just feels right. I have other bikes, but when I hang the panniers over the rack on Friday and bungee on the tent for a weekend up North, it'll be like putting on my favourite adventure boots.

Having said that, I wouldn't mind fitting a Rohloff and disc brakes.

Re: Show your touring bikes !!!!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 September 2014 - 2:56pm


Not loaded up but you get the idea

Re: New Route Planner

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 September 2014 - 2:08pm
Richard, I looked at your App months ago when you first mentioned it. Tried it again this morning with OSM and I must say I was well impressed. So easy to generate a great route and pass it through and then let OSM give you directions as you ride. Pretty seamless compared with other things I have tried. I loved the local ride suggestions to local pubs, tea shops and fine houses too. I shall have a go at some of them. Keep up the good work...

Al

Re: Another 'Cyclists Dismount'

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 September 2014 - 1:13pm
A triangle with a diagram of a junction warns of a junction.
A triangle with a diagram of a bend warns of a bend.
A triangle with a diagram of a low bridge warns of a low bridge.
A triangle with a diagram of a bumpy road warns of a bumpy road.
A triangle with a diagram of a bicycle with the text 'cyclists dismount' clearly is
kwackers wrote:It's obviously warning people that cyclists may dismount and they should be cautious of such dismounts.
kwackers know his road signs
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