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Re: Speeding cyclists on LBC now

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 November 2014 - 11:19pm
kwackers wrote:When I took my motorcycle test one of the things was to ride it at the side of the instructor as he slowly walked along. Then you had to do a U turn without putting a foot down.
I seem to think they were both quite hard. I reckon the fat tyres on the motorbike actually made balancing at slow speeds harder due to the rather sedate steering.

Not sure what the optimal tyre width would be. Motorbike tyres are quite curvy in profile, aren't they? To allow for leaning, perhaps? If I'm being daft, sorry, but it's because I'm not a biker, only been on one once (though I enjoyed it). I'd imagine that would make it harder to stay upright than if they had a flat surface in contact with the road like a car does.


(As I learned to ride a bike late in life, I've never had one with wide tyres like a kids' bike, and have only ever had road bikes, & not mountain bikes. Would aylone with experience of narrow and wide bike tyres like to say which is easiest at low speeds?)

Re: Front lights with a bar bag

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 November 2014 - 11:17pm
DaleFTW wrote:http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/busch-and-muller-light-bracket-for-fork-crown-254mm-mount-prod22455/

Running a couple of them for a year or so. Why pay more...


I believe this is the same or very very similar item cheaper...http://www.windwave.co.uk/Products.aspx ... D=14455189 Windwave are the UK distributor; there's not many retailers listing this part online but over 1,000 local bike shops buy from Windwave.

Re: The Great British Cyling quiz

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 November 2014 - 10:43pm
75% first time, 100% second time.
I thought the last question could have been worded better.

Re: Anyone use a trailer ?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 November 2014 - 10:15pm
AdyJapp wrote:mercalia wrote:Unlike you I didnt have any trouble going fast downhill with my copy, but then I didnt have much choice as the hill in question caught me unawares.

I think you have given us the product name for these tailers - "Yakkalike" ?


I think the main issue is that of the steering obviously being very, very light with everything hanging off the back, and the shear momentum of the weight shoving you downhill, made me keep dabbing the brakes on anything too steep!!

maybe its differnt with a 26" wheel small frame bike like the Dawes 1-Down as I cant say I felt any thing unusual. But then I am also heavy. By the way I have added this thread as a suggestion under "the too good to lose" section as it contains lots of ideas and experiences of these yakalikes and is easier to find then

Re: Front lights with a bar bag

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 November 2014 - 10:03pm
http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/busch-and-mu ... prod22455/

Running a couple of them for a year or so. Why pay more...

Re: Speeding cyclists on LBC now

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 November 2014 - 9:54pm
When I took my motorcycle test one of the things was to ride it at the side of the instructor as he slowly walked along. Then you had to do a U turn without putting a foot down.
I seem to think they were both quite hard. I reckon the fat tyres on the motorbike actually made balancing at slow speeds harder due to the rather sedate steering.

Re: Speeding cyclists on LBC now

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 November 2014 - 9:51pm
I remember them races at the school sports day. It was the one race I had a chance of winning. I think I had my Raleigh Grifter then

Re: Speeding cyclists on LBC now

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 November 2014 - 9:49pm
I have a vague memory that junior school sports days included a "slow bike race". The idea was that we had to cycle forwards without putting a foot on the ground, and the last across the line was the winner.

These days, my minimum speed is 10 kmph (6.25 mph). True, this might be because I have a poor sense of balance (the inner ear balance thingies send false signals to the brain) and most cyclists can probably ride more slowly than me. But a speed limit of 5mph would effectively prohibit me. As well as joggers etc.

Re: And all she got was a penalty charge notice

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 November 2014 - 9:34pm
MikeF wrote: I can't see the video link, but you can bounce a car to move it even if it is in gear and the handbrake on, and with that number of people it should have been very easy with that small car.
Might be small but it weighs about 1250kg and has hard, well damped suspension so doesn't bounce well at all.
Not like the old days where a couple of guys could easily bounce your average 900kg Ford Escort down the street...

Re: Speeding cyclists on LBC now

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 November 2014 - 9:30pm
Flinders wrote:At 5mph I can just about stay upright on my narrow tyres on a decent surface for a short time.
Really? I can balance on mine moderately easily at 2-3 mph (certainly at the sedate walking pace of an 'old dear') with nothing more than a bit of mild wobbling. 5mph is a doddle.

I agree though that it gets easier with speed and noobs definitely need a bit of speed to help them.

Re: And all she got was a penalty charge notice

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 November 2014 - 9:12pm
Mick F wrote:Part of the wording says the car was lifted, but if you watch the video, they rolled it backwards.

Was the handbrake not on?
Was it not left in gear?
Did someone break in and release the handbrake and put it in neutral? I can't see the video link, but you can bounce a car to move it even if it is in gear and the handbrake on, and with that number of people it should have been very easy with that small car.

Re: Butser Hill - proposed cyclepath for the missing link

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 November 2014 - 9:00pm
Maybe you should have tried high-quality ranting instead?

Sorry. I know what you mean. I have a lovely mile of washboard tarmac but it is still better than a rural A road. I hope they listen and machine lay AC10 or better.

Front lights with a bar bag

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 November 2014 - 8:45pm
I use a bar bag and 'almost' had the same problem. EXCEPT I found my front rack to be a perfect mounting bracket for a headlight. Bar bags and panniers enough for me. Never had the need to load up the top of the front rack. Only thing I've carried on top of up front was a flagon of cider and that was in daylight. Erm...it fell off anyway [emoji31]

Re: Cycling Caen to Nice

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 November 2014 - 8:37pm
Tatanab. U may be right. When I went into Budgets/Avis office the manager there said there was a one way extra of £45. Howsoever,he said he was then and there prepared to dismiss this charge as was his right 'at his discretion'. So,had I wanted to travel from the south of the UK to the top,£30 plus petrol,whereas train journey for that day on demand...£300/400+. And this is without the medication you would need to take to alleviate the stress of booking and taking the train given all the rules and regs that are at the discretion of the rail company,guard etc

I have no idea what a single one-way charge for van hire from Nice would be to northern France. Howsoever,it maybe cheaper than the train fare,and simpler(with less stress?)
An alternative might be to fly home with bike/tandem.

Re: Why do so many people die shovelling snow?

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 November 2014 - 8:32pm
al_yrpal wrote:We have quite a few short 20% hills around here. I shall approach them more carefully after reading this!
My son, 34 at the time, had an episode returning from a skiing holiday in Canada. Changing flights at Toronto he had a sort of heart attack affecting his left arm etc. It was thought it related to skiing, the cold and the fact that he had a cold virus. He had cardioversion and spent 3 weeks in hospital there (good old Direct Line!).
The combination of physical effort, extreme cold and a virus is a thing to be avoided.

Al

That's alarming....hope your son made a full recovery.

They are always careful not to run a racehorse if it has any kind of 'gunk' in its nose/sinuses/windpipe - not so much for the heart, I gather, but because if you run one hard with a 'snotty nose' -usually due to a virus- you can damage its breathing permanently. They actually 'scope' them (put a tube down to check) if they're in doubt. A horse doesn't know when it shouldn't run, and would be quite happy to gallop around and harm itself if left to itself. That's made me careful not to overdo it when I've got a chesty cold, it may not affect humans the same way, but I like to be on the safe side.

Re: Cycling Caen to Nice

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 November 2014 - 8:24pm
Thanks for all your help. It gives us a few leads to look into. Looks like a one way hire may be the best and cheaper option, if we can get a van that will take our tandem. When we sort out the return journey we will put any information on the blog.

Re: What is the best dynamo hub for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 November 2014 - 8:15pm
I will be planning and downloading my routes in advance onto a garmin 800. I'll keep my phone on...so that I can take quick snaps, but power hungry functions like GPS, wifi and Bluetooth will be switched off when not in use so should last a day, maybe longer in airplane mode.

My friend will also have a garmin so we could keep one switched off rather than having both switched on, maybe same with the phone.

So backup battery maybe enough?

Re: Speeding cyclists on LBC now

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 November 2014 - 8:13pm
Postboxer wrote:What speed does a beginner ride at, when they've just learnt to ride i.e. fast enough for balancing to become easier?

One of the problems I had when learning (at the advanced age of 19) was that to be at all stable you have to go at a reasonable speed, which takes courage when you're wobbly.
To be stable at low speeds takes much more skill in balancing, and more strength in the wrists. That makes learning awkward, as you have to get through the low speeds as fast as you can to faster speeds to get your 'sea legs', and have to pass back through the lower speeds on the way down to stop.

More than 30 years of cycling later, I have a speedometer. At 5mph I can just about stay upright on my narrow tyres on a decent surface for a short time. Anyone who thinks that a road bike is stable at that sort of speed needs their head examining, and needs to be made to try it for, say, a couple of miles on a rough, potholed and greasy surface.
I think the 'police' who said 5mph was the limit should be the first candidates. I'd almost pay a train fare to London to watch that.
Oh, and they ought to have to clip in too.

Re: And all she got was a penalty charge notice

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 November 2014 - 8:06pm
Last car that got dumped (untaxed battered pile of rust) down our cul de sac right outside our house where my son parks up I towed/dragged it into the middle of the street still with its handbrake still on. This was about 11:45pm, by 1am the police had a transporter shifting it as it was blocking the street.
No way was I going to wait months and months for the council to shift it..

Re: Anyone use a trailer ?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 November 2014 - 8:01pm
mercalia wrote:Good to know your mods work well.

AdyJapp " 10 hours on the bike and 90 miles"
I was wondering where you had got to as one of the people with these things who had done some mods
wow.90 miles all in one go? with a trailer? surely not? The very thought is a nightmare.

Given that it was a challenge that I set myself, I was quite pleased with the journey overall. Yes, I pushed myself, and yes, under other circumstances I may have made a shorter day journey. Definitely good with a trailer though, and comparing to being fully loaded with panniers, I 'think' that I prefer this option.
mercalia wrote:Unlike you I didnt have any trouble going fast downhill with my copy, but then I didnt have much choice as the hill in question caught me unawares.

I think you have given us the product name for these tailers - "Yakkalike" ?


I think the main issue is that of the steering obviously being very, very light with everything hanging off the back, and the shear momentum of the weight shoving you downhill, made me keep dabbing the brakes on anything too steep!!
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