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Re: Cycle touring coincidences

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 July 2014 - 11:52am
I rode the Great Divide going North to South in 2003, it is quite remote with lots of lumpy bits and you very rarely see other cyclists.

Quite a way into the ride when the group had diminished from 14 to 7 of us we were all riding within a mile or so of each other as we had decided to stop at the highest point on the ride at something like 12,500 ft for photos (as you do).

Within 10 minutes of us all arriving several more cyclist turned up and within about half an hour there were 17 of us. Some we knew as they were leapfrogging us but the rest of them were in two groups going South to North.

Needless to say we had a bit of a party with our new found friends. We swapped route details, emails and took photos of people we didn't know. It has always stuck in my mind as one of those experiences. How on earth did we all make it to the highest point on the same day at the same time, very surreal.

Rhine cycle path

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 July 2014 - 11:49am
I’m thinking about a ride up the Rhine, and looking at the map, it seems that:
On the lower part, up as far perhaps as Bonn, the route mostly follows minor roads at a certain distance from the river;
Above there it’s mostly on dedicated cycle tracks adjacent to the river.
Is that correct?
Any views on the relative merits/demerits of the two styles?
I assume that where it’s on cycle tracks, navigation will be a doddle. Are the other parts well signposted?

Re: Help with choosing bike type and/or commute through Lond

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 July 2014 - 11:47am
burnsie wrote:my 2d worth.....agree most bikes should be ok; from what people say, you might be better using the roads-while you say you've sussed out the tow path, have you done so during your actual travel hours (apols if this is insulting!)..and getting hold of a copy of city cycling by Richard Balantine might be useful-plenty of good advice in there as well.

Go for it and enjoy!

Dave

I've done it at around 5pm - this is earlier than I would do it ordinarly if a typical day at university ends 4:30 - 5:00. I'm not sure how much more busy it gets but it was quite clear at that time.

Thank you for your recommendation. I'll check it out.

Re: Accidental Death of a Cyclist

CTC Forum - Racing - 14 July 2014 - 10:56am
I haven't seen the film but Rendell's book about Pantani tells a story of an insecure person being exploited and sucked dry by those around him.
A sad tale indeed of a man with so much talent in an age where drug in sport is a constant problem.

Tony Martin

CTC Forum - Racing - 14 July 2014 - 10:48am
well!

Re: Help with choosing bike type and/or commute through Lond

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 July 2014 - 10:32am
A couple things about commuting, even on main roads....

Try all of the routes. Try them different days, or ride each for a week at a time. Get to know them well. It will provide you with variety in what may otherwise become repetitive. It will also give you alternatives in case of closures or problems.

I think what may seem intimidating now, will seem less so as you gain confidence. Agressive driving does occur, and more frequently in London than other places. However, it's not so common as all those videos on YouTube would have you think.

That said, there is quite a bit that an individual cyclist can do to prevent and avoid bad experiences on the road. Get a book called Cyclecraft by John Franklin http://www.cyclecraft.co.uk/

As for bikes... have a look at what's available at http://www.stationbicycles.co.uk/ They carry practical second hand bikes that have been serviced and checked over.

A full sized bike will probably be more comfortable and faster, though I know people ride folding bikes for long distances. A folding bike does have the advantage that it will go on the train.

If it were me, I would make a list of purchase criteria, then go ride some bikes. Probably at more than one shop. I think that LCC have a list bike shops on their site.

Some criteria for purchase that you may want to include are:
*size - it's got to be the right size for you or it won't be comfortable to commute on; a fitting is best, or help from a knowledgeable professional
*takes mudguards - this is important for bad weather riding; otherwise you'll end up with slurry of road gunge up your back
*luggage carrying capacity - will you need to carry books? laptop or tablet? clothes? You will probably want a rack if you need to regularly carry more than just puncture repair equipment
*takes winter tyres - if you plan to commute year round, you may want to put winter tyres on the bike; if so, it will need extra clearance for those tyres
*gearing - this might not be so important if you have a flat commute and only light luggage, but if you also want to do the shopping on it, or have some hills to consider (I don't know the route), you may want low gears.

Other than that, you may have your own criteria, such as type of handlebars,

Re: progressing through a group of cyclists

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 July 2014 - 10:20am
drossall wrote:There's no protocol for this, because one rider isn't supposed to be able to overtake 20 in normal circumstances. The only known method is to slip up the side to a few riders back from the front, then launch a devastating attack and keep it going for the next 100 miles with Phil Liggett describing your every move.

Re: Cycling to Nordkapp: searching for suggestions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 July 2014 - 10:16am
Vorpal wrote:yes

thanks a lot. travelling is always problematic for the electricity, we are in EU but there is still no standard.

Re: Tyre pressure.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 July 2014 - 10:14am
Thanks all for your replies. I had rode 300miles since fitting the tyre and tube, but only a couple of miles since putting a bit more air in it. On closer inspection I can see that there’s wear on a small section of the rim of the tyre. I’m guessing that part of the tyre rim popped out and that led to my problems. Like the previous post says, I’ll need to check for that each time I inflate my tyres, but probably won’t.

Cheers all.

Re: Watching TdF and ... open mouths ... bugs!

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 July 2014 - 10:11am
As a vegetarian I'm grateful for the guilt free source of protein.

Re: Watching TdF and ... open mouths ... bugs!

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 July 2014 - 9:50am
thirdcrank wrote:You'll need a catchy name for your product and I offer "Bugger." That's a word on many lips already.
Maybe adding "Off" after your suggestion might make it clearer about the function of the device ?

Ian

Re: <Spoilers> Rain.... [SPOILERS]

CTC Forum - Racing - 14 July 2014 - 9:27am
Is it me or are some pro bike riders incapable of handling a bike in the wet. The amount of crashes is unreal. Nibali didn't seem to have a problem because he has good bike handling skills, perhaps some of these riders need to get out in difficult conditions or do a bit of mountain biking to improve their bike handling.

Re: Help with choosing bike type and/or commute through Lond

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 July 2014 - 9:19am
If it's the towpath from Enfield Lock down to Springfield park then it's perfectly good for cycling on, i've been down there a few times on my road bike but not cycled the entire length of the section your looking at so proqably worth a dry run one weekend just to check the surface.

As mentioned, it does get pretty busy down there during peak hours though and you'll find your speed limited a fair bit by pedestrians and other cyclists.

Personally, when i'm in that area I prefer to go down the A1010 but i'd avoid the A10 during rush hour like the plague. You can make good speed on it compared to the metal cans on wheels that are stuck in gridlock but every junction is taking your life in your hands.

Re: Cycle touring coincidences

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 July 2014 - 8:59am
The bottom two sections of my D-Day beaches ride post in 2010 tells the story (so I won't spoil it) and all through the medium of the CTC Forum!

viewtopic.php?f=16&t=38629

Re: Help with choosing bike type and/or commute through Lond

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 July 2014 - 8:07am
I've used my folding bike on the roads of Glasgow for just under a year now and the road surface is rubbish. Same with most cycle lanes up here as well. OK the small wheels make a rough surface feel rougher (only 20inch) but works fab to be able to bring my bike into work with me, and fits the flat nicely.

Re: Watching TdF and ... open mouths ... bugs!

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 July 2014 - 7:52am
Don't eat insects. Get buggered[emoji769]

Re: Watching TdF and ... open mouths ... bugs!

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 July 2014 - 6:41am
There's the potential here for a new bit of kit in the form of some sort of net covering a rider's mouth, excluding the insects but allowing normal breathing and talking.

Produce a few hundred and distribute them free to all pro riders, on condition that even when they are not using them, they should be positioned to be prominent in all pics, especially podium ceremonies and interviews. To this end, a bold colour would be an advantage, although pro team colours might also be popular, especially as use spreads to lesser mortals.

Have a larger stock ready when everybody else realises that if all the top riders use them, they must be a vital item for success.

You'll need a catchy name for your product and I offer "Bugger." That's a word on many lips already.

Re: Cycle touring coincidences

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 July 2014 - 6:27am
axel_knutt wrote:"You know, the most amazing thing happened to me tonight. I was coming here, on the way to the lecture, and I came in through the parking lot. And you won't believe what happened. I saw a car with the license plate ARW 357. Can you imagine? Of all the millions of license plates in the state, what was the chance I would see that particular one tonight? Amazing!"

Richard Feynman

Very good. I like this one. This nails it.

Re: Cycle touring coincidences

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 July 2014 - 12:21am
I was doing the Yorkshire Dales Cycle Way alone, and struggling up the very quiet, remote Coverdale. The only place I could find to stop and hope for food was the tiny pub in Horsehouse (bar about the size of a small living room). I opened the door and came to face with my village postman as he was leaving, on a walking holiday. There were no other people there and I stayed for a bowl of soup for half an hour.

Re: A sunday in hell

CTC Forum - Racing - 14 July 2014 - 12:15am
a classic, some great documentary filmmaking from the 1970s with a little whiff of the Nouvelle Vague. Some of the off-race scenes are great too, like the punters in the Valenciennes bar and those showers in the Roubaix velodrome, which look like a concentration camp. pretty weird.
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