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Re: 10,000 miles in a year finally

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 December 2014 - 10:31pm
Just under 100 to go.
My ex was not amused when i spent £800 on a pair of carbon wheels when the bathroom needed work; tbh it needed a lick of paint or a complete makeover, either way would not cover it (and he spent approx £100 a month on booze) no wonder he soon became Ex.....

Shifts sometimes enhance what i am doing.... as i can cycle at odd times, fit the cycling around my shifts and with a 17 mile commute i can clock up a few miles there.....

Re: Grab Theft - handle bar kit

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 December 2014 - 9:53pm
NUKe wrote:Sorry, Somebodsy told somebody else that a foreigner ?

What is this a UKIP party political broadcast ?

You may have a point. The OP has recently joined the forum, made 10 posts of which 6 are on this topic. Why?

Re: Front racks

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 December 2014 - 8:53pm
+1 to the tortec expedition.

Re: titanium rack - anyone used one?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 December 2014 - 8:43pm
Ok must check facts before posting! But Arkle Drylights (not superlights) are 450 grams, but still 1 kilo less than a set of front rollers. Fit any rack and in particular the narrow topmof the airey. Definitely favourite panniers when compared to any normal pannier sets.

Re: titanium rack - anyone used one?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 December 2014 - 5:54pm
Very tempted by the Arkel panniers

Re: titanium rack - anyone used one?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 December 2014 - 5:18pm
For audax I gave up on Tubus because their skimpy racks, including the Airy titanium, are too narrow to securely take my preferred Carradice rack top bag. This bag is much neater and catches less wind than a pannier, but needs a wide rack top. Surprisingly the ideal rack turned out to be one of the cheapest: the Tortec Ultralite (about £24) which is lighter than the steel Tubus racks, but not as light as a titanium rack. It is well made with good welds and excellent stainless fixings and is strong enough for the light loads I give it. And it has a plate for a light. The one flaw is that it is a bit tall and leaves more of a gap between rack and wheel than is necessary.

Re: Front racks

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 December 2014 - 5:18pm
http://www.spacycles.co.uk/products.php ... 2b0s79p980 might get this, blackburn racks are pretty good right?

Re: titanium rack - anyone used one?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 December 2014 - 4:51pm
Been using a Tubus Carry for 5 years, mine is from the first batch made - what's not to like

Takes full size Ortlieb's without issue although it does 'stain the bags'.

Re: North Wales Coast

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 December 2014 - 4:33pm
neil ry wrote:I've just came across your post,
I live on the wirral but new to touring and going further beyond my comfort zone (the wirral way cycle route),
but up until recently I have been pointed to a new route from Burton/Neston on the wirral, this cut's out the madness of Queensferry to Deeside,
It is a propose built wooden broadwalk,for both cyclist and walkers alike (there is a link but not sure how to add to this also on youtube)
once I have serviced my bike back to bein road worthy this is a route I am looking forward to trying out and opening my world to touring starting with short tours into wales.
Hope this helps in some manner,good luck and good cycling
+1 for the "boardwalk" it is a good path (& the boards have grip strips so it shouldn't get slippery), decent tarmac for the most part at either end too - although the northern end (where the path joins the road out of Burton) can get quite muddy due to the frequent movement of sheep. It is, I think, a diversion of the previously mentioned farm track to avoid closures due to the range being in action.

Rick.

Re: North Wales Coast

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 December 2014 - 2:49pm
I've just came across your post,
I live on the wirral but new to touring and going further beyond my comfort zone (the wirral way cycle route),
but up until recently I have been pointed to a new route from Burton/Neston on the wirral, this cut's out the madness of Queensferry to Deeside,
It is a propose built wooden broadwalk,for both cyclist and walkers alike (there is a link but not sure how to add to this also on youtube)
once I have serviced my bike back to bein road worthy this is a route I am looking forward to trying out and opening my world to touring starting with short tours into wales.
Hope this helps in some manner,good luck and good cycling

Re: titanium rack - anyone used one?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 December 2014 - 2:49pm
Hi
I have an airy on my ti audax bike. Used it with Arkle superlight drybag panniers for raid alpine last summer. Also good with single drybag on top for longer audax rides. Strong, looks great on a ti bike, top platform a bit narrow for use with a rack top bag, also had the same problem with panniers mentioned upthread. But works well with Arkle drybag panniers at 200 grams they are great as a pair of ortlieb front rollers is 1.4 kilos!

Re: Grab Theft - handle bar kit

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 December 2014 - 2:15pm
These may be genuine incidents (when told directly by a victim) but the power of the internet is such that a single incident, or a short-term spate of incidents in a single locality, can get repeated into a seemingly widespread, ongoing problem. There are many instances of this happening with non-cycling stuff.

By all means stay aware, keep an eye on your stuff & take additional precautions to make stuff more grab-proof if you think it is justified where you are cycling - just don't get paranoid at every junction.

Rick.

Re: Grab Theft - handle bar kit

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 December 2014 - 1:48pm
Simple but will protect against an attempted grab http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item.vi ... 1721507493

Re: 10,000 miles in a year finally

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 December 2014 - 1:04pm
eileithyia wrote:Mick F wrote:eileithyia wrote:............... cycling always come first, other commitments such as housework and decorating second.

Yes, that's the way I've done it these past ten years or more, to the detriment of other things.

My plan for 2015 is to not cycle so often, but paint the outside of the house, get on top of the gardening, and do a bit more housework. Instead of cycling four or five times a week, I'm going to cut down to twice a week and probably do more miles per ride.

Nooooo don't do it, life's too short... No one has on their headstone, 'he had a perfect garden and well painted house'
eileithya that reminds me of the time a mate of mine had the choice of renewing his gutters and suffit boards or rekindle his love of motorcycling and buy another motorcycle. Sadly he chose the former of the two.
Have you reached the magic number yet.
To achieve it is brilliant but to also do it when you do shift work like you do is even more remarkable.

Re: Front racks

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 December 2014 - 1:01pm
Tortec Expedition - comes with everything you need!
http://www.jejamescycles.co.uk/tortec-e ... 29612.html
not the prettiest but they work!

Re: 10,000 miles in a year finally

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 December 2014 - 11:49am
Hi,
And some still live with their parents

Re: 10,000 miles in a year finally

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 December 2014 - 9:11am
Eileithiya wrote
............... cycling always come first, other commitments such as housework and decorating second.

life's too short... No one has on their headstone, 'he had a perfect garden and well painted house'

Couldn't agree more. I've never known anyone look back on their life and say 'I wish I'd spent more time doing housework'.

Kyrgyzstan blog-post

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 December 2014 - 6:34am
"Within seconds a snow storm had blown in, a strong gusty wind buffeting the tent and every so often ‘whoosh’ as a build up of hail / snow slides down the tent, this continues on and off through the night whilst I lay awake, worrying about how deep the snow would get, few people new where we were, and only the ‘Lada lads’ had seen us on the trail, would it be too deep to even take the bike back down?"

A snippet from my latest blog-post "Kyrgyzstan", enjoy!

http://www.wallisonwheels.net

Re: Cycling to Axbridge from Bristol

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 December 2014 - 12:34am
The ride from Axbridge to Weston is approx 10 miles and fairly flat until you hit Bleadon, though you can stay on the flatter bits through Bleadon but this is on the main road IIRC. If you do go up the steep bits have a look for the field with llamas in.

Re: Front racks

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 December 2014 - 12:11am
It may be in your best interests to keep all the weight on the back rack until you can spend serious money on a good front rack. As was pointed out to me earlier this year after I bought and rated highly a cheap rack on Amazon, the bracing plate across the top prevents any of the common modern fixing mechanisms on panniers engaging properly and safely. Do you really want your panniers to jump off the rack at speed and potentially fall under your wheels? The thin tubing on these racks allows the whole thing to flop about under weight even with a wheel hoop. You'll not want the rack bending into your front wheel at even slow speeds.
These at the mid section of the forks http://www.spacycles.co.uk/products.php ... b0s79p2031 and these at the bottom http://www.spacycles.co.uk/products.php ... b0s79p2032 should cover most racks on the market safely.
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