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Re: The People you Meet

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 July 2015 - 8:54am
I met http://www.cellojoe.com/p/videos_22.html who was cycling with a bunch of other musicians from Harwich to join various festivals in the UK. Their first stop, IIRC was Camden Green Fair.

I also met a lovely older gent in my area who I used to stop and chat with. The first time, we met near the bike stands at the supermarket in town. I think he he asked about my trailer. After that, I saw him from time to time, cycling on the road into town, or at one or another of the bike stands in town. He was a wheel builder. I gathered 40ish years ago he'd had a bit of a reputation that way in the area, but he had only done things for himself and friends for some years, and the club he had ridden with had disbanded. He was a lovely gent and absolutely full of British bicycle trivia. He also knew all of the bikes around town and had some funny commentary about them and their riders.

I met two couples tandeming together to Norfolk once. Their grandparents had come from the same village in Norfolk, but these couples ended up neighbors somewhere south of us (I think it was Sussex, but I don't recall for certain), so they were off on their tandems to the village where their grandparents came from, to see the church, and see if they could find the houses where they lived and things.

In another part of the country (some miles removed from home territory) I was stopped by another cyclist once because I was in club kit. The cyclist wanted to ask about a club mate and said they been good mates some years before, but had fallen out of touch, and would say I hello for him?

Re: The People you Meet

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 July 2015 - 8:47am

From Poole, able to run his business from anywhere, with his notebook. He took a notion to cycling E2E do he bought a bike and did it. I think his usual fitness haunt was a Squash court but had also canoed and walked big distances throughout Europe.

Re: The People you Meet

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 July 2015 - 8:26am
No returns for Mr. Spreadsheet? I like the story about the couple going to Skye to get married, thats lovely.

Re: Ortlieb bag colour and cleaning

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 July 2015 - 8:00am
My black plus material rear bikepackers still look new after 15 years of use for all sorts including lots of heavy shopping with tins. I have sometimes wondered about visibility with them being black but hope my lights will be fine.

I do have some front classics. Only been used once. Very nice but the material does make them a bit tricky to manipulate. Been toying with the idea of plus material ones for the front but a casual search didn't turn any up. I trust they are still made/available?

Re: Cornish Adventure Scuppered?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 July 2015 - 7:44am
Am dying to know if the "lady wife" has sanctioned this adventure.

Any update, new concerns raised, addressed?

Re: Another death and inadequate sentence

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 July 2015 - 7:13am
irc wrote:AlaninWales wrote: So far I suspect that (a) it is not and (b) the figures are (probably) roughly of the same order of magnitude.

Agreed. In a ped/cyclist collision it will come down to luck and the age and fitness of the participants as to who comes off worse I think.
Age and fitness are likely (in his country) to favour the cyclist. Although I suspect the cyclist is also disadvantaged due to the initial energy distribution.

Re: Who's got the worst bike, and how far have you ridden it

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 July 2015 - 12:57am
In my teens, a distant friend joined me and my pal for a cycle-camping trip, assuring us of his experience and equipment. His bike turned out to be a bog standard five speed affair that was very common in those days. Nothing wrong with that per se, but with poor maintenance, the condition left a lot to be desired.

There were alloy wing nuts on both wheels - with wings snapped off and most of the thread stripped. The rear carrier was one of those with a spring clamp for a bag on top and not really designed to take panniers. The carrier clamped to the seat stays and attached via large holes over the rear axle, held 'secure' by the next to useless wing nuts. The panniers were tartan vinyl with a couple of straps and buckles and the wheel kept shifting in the dropouts causing the tyre to rub against the chainstays. Very worn tyres and about three punctures on the first day.

Our progress was so slow that we could not make our intended campsite and had to change our itinerary drastically. We still managed over a week of 'base camping' with day trips within a 20 mile radius, so not a complete disaster. His bike was a lot more fit for purpose at the end of the trip than it was at the beginning but our wallets and collection of spares took a serious beating.

Re: New Route Planner

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 July 2015 - 12:10am
It's a great web site. Only one problem for me is how to export the gpx file. In safari on an ipad it's a text file.
Any ideas?
Sorry if it's been done I haven't read all 8 pages.

Re: Long tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 July 2015 - 11:06pm
I only go away for about 3 months at a time, but it is twice a year. I've been doing it so long now that within a day or two of being home I am (frighteningly) back in the swing. Likewise when I go away, after a couple of days it feels normal to be staying in a hotel, eating local food and pedalling my bike.

Most of my friends are equally blasé about me coming home. A quick ' had a good trip' and back to normal chat. Most of my neighbours don't realise I have been away at all.

It used to phase me a lot more when I was younger and more wide eyed. I would come home from somewhere completely different and mind boggling like India and people at home would be telling me about the big problems they had had with work/social life/washing machine/etc. It always seemed so trivial, but it was normality and I soon dropped back into it.

I always wanted a major shock by being home, but never had one.

Re: New Route Planner

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 July 2015 - 10:52pm
I have enjoyed all the routes it has suggested so far, thanks for a great bit of software


Re: Another death and inadequate sentence

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 July 2015 - 9:43pm
AlaninWales wrote: So far I suspect that (a) it is not and (b) the figures are (probably) roughly of the same order of magnitude.

Agreed. In a ped/cyclist collision it will come down to luck and the age and fitness of the participants as to who comes off worse I think.

Re: New Route Planner

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 July 2015 - 9:33pm
The data's now fresh again (UK up now, Europe churning away on my server-that-sounds-like-Concorde-taking-off as I speak). It would have been a little earlier had I not discovered an issue with the routing profile and had to rerun the whole process!

BeardyWeirdy - I'm working on a 'reverse route' option and should have it live before long. Getting elevation in the PDF will be a little trickier but a great idea - will see what I can do.

Re: Route from Oxford Road to Media City?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 July 2015 - 8:46pm
mjr wrote:That's not on the route, is it?

It is certainly on A route:

You can download Manchester Cycle maps from here:

Re: Oh eck...its another one of those "What bike" questions.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 July 2015 - 8:31pm
Phil66 wrote:and for those of you who get updates from your replies or posts...........

Took delivery of a Surly Disc Trucker yesterday. Excellent!!

Thanks for all your replies,


Nice one! I'm delighted with mine...b

Re: Another death and inadequate sentence

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 July 2015 - 8:12pm
AlaninWales wrote:although whether 'caused by' the pedestrian can be inferred from 'involving a pedestrian I am unsure.
The same is true of incidents where pedestrians died in collisions with cyclists. Blame is not shown in statistics. All we know from stats is that a certain number of pedestrians died in collision with cyclists. But the number of incidents is fairly small, so we can probably list them and find out what happened in any subsequent court proceedings - at least when it was the pedestrian that was killed.

It is actually impossible to count cyclists killed in accidents with pedestrians in the national statistical database. The statistics do not record the participation of a pedestrian in a road traffic accident (RTA) except where the pedestrian was sufficiently injured to be recordable. We can thus count incidents where a pedestrian is KSA (killed or seriously injured) in a RTA with a cyclist, and also incidents where both were KSA. But a ped/cyclist collision where only the cyclist was KSA appears in the statistics as a one-participant accident.

I downloaded the national RTA database to try and count these things once, which is why I know it can't be done. A trickle of news reports coming in at 1 per year of cyclists killed by the fault of pedestrians is about the best we can do to estimate the rate.

Re: Another death and inadequate sentence

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 July 2015 - 8:02pm
The 133 is just those collisions of sufficient seriousness that they came to the attention of the authorities. I would suspect that there are many others. I seem to have collisions with pedestrians - specifically in Westminster - at about the rate of one every other year but the authorities know nothing about them. But even in the case that caused quite significant damage to my bicycle, there was not much point bring it to anyone's attention.

Re: Bus passes

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 July 2015 - 7:52pm
John Holiday wrote:...Have contributed to the Exchequer for nearly 50 years,so quite happy to be using any of the 'free' facilities available!

Ditto - couldn't wait for my turn to come up. Shame my wife(5 years younger than me) has to wait another 7 years (almost) for hers, means we'll still use the car more than I would like for some journeys.

By another 7 years I expect the "free" pass (That I've been paying for for years before I got one) will no longer be available under the "pensioners must bear some of the pain" slogan. But don't get me started on that one ...

Re: Long tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 July 2015 - 7:37pm
A small exert

" Coming home

Walking through the front door of a house I left a year ago planning never to return was a little weird. By the time I was in the living room it felt as if I’d just left a week ago. It was nice after a year to walk into a place and recognize things, things that I’d bought years previously, furniture, my favorite painting on the wall. I felt like I was home.

The next morning I found myself hunting for my stove, planning to head into the garden to cook up some water for a cup of tea. “[inappropriate word removed] I don’t have any fuel.” Then I remembered there is a kettle in the kitchen, time to learn to live the “civilized” life again.

The first week went by in a blur, enjoying the luxuries of home, wasting gallons of drink water under the steaming hot power shower, enjoying the cool damp autumn air, walks in the woods and catching up with friends. Mr Hyde also enjoyed being pampered in a workshop with proper tools rather than at the roadside or in a field. Good food and an overdose of good coffee gave me lots of energy and my sickness and tiredness of the last months felt like a distant memory.

For almost the first 10 days my mind felt less fit than my body. It felt empty and numb almost as if I was sedated. It was unexplainable and almost scary especially in combination with all the flashbacks but I just accepted it as part of the process. This is now happily also a distant memory and I’m now feeling rested and able to start looking forward again. The regular flashbacks of the last months are now almost non existent so I guess my mind is finally catching up and getting its filing system sorted out."

I've been home for 2.5 years now and only in the last 6 month started finding my feet and balance in my life. The first 2 where a yoyo between working for money and getting away on shorter trips.

Now I'm slowly getting sucked back into the rat race( I even have a car again now...grrrr), though will never quite fit in with this crazy modern (Western) world of hours, but I'm also done with long trips abroad. The main things that have changed are a greater tolerance and respect for other, more patience and appreciation of the things I have.....Health, clean running water, good coffee, access to good food and healthcare. More than anything I think Africa humbled me......

Who knows what the future will bring as I'll always have itchy feet....

Re: Expected 'lifetime' of a 7005 alum frame??

CTC Forum - MTB - 1 July 2015 - 7:27pm
Does 7005 need heat treatment after welding?
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