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Re: Which commuter?

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 May 2015 - 11:35pm
The fat commuter wrote:What is your budget?

A bike that I'm considering is the Planet X London Road. Gets very good reviews.

https://www.planetx.co.uk/c/q/bikes/roa ... ondon-road

Unfortunately the online customer service doesn't though so. For me this is no problem as the Sheffield shop is about a half hour cycle ride away.

Maybe looking to get this once I sell my tourer bike that I bought for commuting but don't like (Dawes Super Galaxy). Will have to go over there again and have a few test rides as I can't make my mind up over the flat bars against dropped and whether to pay the extra for the upgraded brakes.

Bloody 'ell, that's sexy. I've just ordered a Giant Defy 3, but if I'd seen that first....

Re: Which commuter?

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 May 2015 - 11:33pm
Remaerd wrote:Looking for a commuter bike.
The commute is 16 to 20 miles to work and 12 miles home.
I want 28mm tyres and full mudguards, it will end up with flat bars.
And comfort is slightly more important than speed but only just.

Any suggestions?

Genesis Flyer?

Re: What constitutes light touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 May 2015 - 11:29pm
I 'light' toured (no camping) last year for 2-3 weeks on an 'audax' bike (titanium frame; 25mm tyres). About 10kg spread two small panniers and a bar bag. Generally got by OK but I could only ride on the hoods, using the drops or the tops led to too much shimmy a lot of the time. For my next tour I've reconditioned my old Galaxy tourer instead.

Re: A new type of bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 May 2015 - 11:22pm
I've tried one at a York Rally a few years ago, made by 'Wobbly John' I think from memory. As they say nothing is new in cycling.

Police Had Pulled Over a Driver

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 May 2015 - 11:16pm
Couldn't believe my eyes ... the Police had actually pulled over a driver on my ride into Derbyshire today. The last time I saw a driver that had been stopped by the Plod was about two decades ago. Blimey, he must have been wanted for something serious to have been stopped. I mean, the only time they bother stopping road users for 'minor' transgressions is when they are filming that documentary, Police in Action, or whatever it is called.

Not like my rides in Italy. There I might see the Police on the side of the road with a driver they have stopped every other ride. And the Polizia are the business - not a wooly jumper, a fleece jacket or a fluorescent bib in sight. Not to mention the Caribinieri in their Alfa Romeo Giullietta's ... unlike the UK Police in their Vauxhall Zafira's.

Re: Caen to La Rochelle to Santander.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 May 2015 - 11:14pm
biscaystorm wrote:There are prevailing South Easterly winds in Northern France which make north-bound cycling tough going
at times.
Did you mean NE winds? A SE wind would help north-bound riding, surely?
Otherwise I would agree that going North to South makes more sense, to get acclimatized to hills. Many have said (here and elsewhere) that the French coastal strip is boring, but you could go inland more (across some of the prettier parts of Dordogne and Lot valleys) as we did, if you have time. More hills though!

Re: Does anyone like........ chipseal?

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 May 2015 - 8:41pm
Like so many things, schools , hospitals etc it must differ county by county as to what you get. Some authorities may want to do a job properly whereas others are happy to do it half cocked to save a bob. One thought I had about it was does it save them gritting the roads i.e on smooth asphalt its essential but perhaps on the rougher surface they may forego gritting it.
Most of the surfaces I've seen done tend not to last much more than 3yrs before the become patchy.... perhaps thats when it hasn't been done properly in the first place.

At the end of the day smooth tarmac ( billiard table flat ) is heaven to ride on, just makes your effort feel fully utilised like good tyres.

Newbie friendly MTB trail

CTC Forum - MTB - 23 May 2015 - 8:38pm
I'm trying to get into MTB. I have tried out the blue trail @ clayton ville MTB trails.

I have two questions

1) is my my bike suitable for whatever type of trail clayton is?

2) are there any novice trails you can recommend that commutable from Manchester

Re: Caen to La Rochelle to Santander.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 May 2015 - 8:19pm
I agree with biscaystorm in one way that from North to South you get warmed up before the hills start in Spain. Doing it the other way would mean you hit the Basque hills from the off. It's beautiful there but you need to be bike fit ready. coming North to South is better i'd say.

here's my blog of North to South ( St Malo to Santander )


Re: A new type of bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 May 2015 - 8:13pm
There is video that I saw posted on facebook about it - the guy in the video said it took him eight months - and a lot of falling off - before he could ride it. He then tried going back to a normal bike and had to re-learn to ride that. His small son managed to ride it in about two weeks. On a related note - I have been riding a bakfiets long john for the last six months - the other week I rode my normal bike and the steering felt twitchy and I had the constant sensation that I was about to go over the front of the handlebars.

Re: Ten Miles a Day

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 May 2015 - 8:07pm
After a pretty poor start to the year for various reasons, I'm actually pretty close to averaging 10 miles/day this year. Today is day 142 and I've recorded 1399 miles. A nice cafe ride with the club tomorrow should see me over for the first time in 2015.

Re: Princetown Railway Line

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 May 2015 - 7:54pm
Well I was up on Dartmoor today and I have forgotten how hard it is
Route anticlockwise.

Speedo says 40.5 miles (map through bellever wood not accurate) in 4 H 15 min 9.7 MPH.
Not that hilly but the off road has plenty boulders and I underestimated how rough the princetown to burrator railway track was
Bridge NOT open yet
And you have to lug bike over a style So you've been warned.
25 kilo bike with not so speedy tyres was a hard task.
Saw some coming down the lower leg to burrator via nun cross farm but they were stopping for a rest with their hyper machines..........I went up and had to get off several times, this track is one of the worst on Dartmoor.
A number of chain gangs training for The Dartmoor Classic Sportive.
Good scenery though.

Re: Tour of Switzerland

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 May 2015 - 7:42pm
Switzerland has a network of cycle routes. I have used a few of them and found the signing very reliable.
Look at

Re: Caen to La Rochelle to Santander.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 May 2015 - 7:21pm
biscaystorm wrote:At Irun (just over the Spanish border)...west-bound traffic for the first 50kms or so can be very heavy with a lot of trucks. (However, there is a bike accepting train service (EuskoTren) from Hendaye or Irun which can help you avoid this. Apart from that, the Basque country is great to cycle in.

The are quieter alternatives without too much of a detour.

Having done it both ways starting at Santander seemed easier as the worst terrain was over first. Also with 3 ferries a day from Caen timing the end of the ride is not so critical.

There are many posts regarding this ride on the forum, do a search on Santander and they should come up.

Re: Is a cadence sensor worth it?

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 May 2015 - 7:05pm
Earlier in this thread I was going to post that I would not have spent the extra.

But out today I was wondering and think it depends on you. I started cycling around 18 months ago and I suspect my cadence has gradually increased as I got more used to riding (my muscles adapted a bit). I don't have a cadence monitor but do tend to record a lot (most rides: distance, av speed, altitude gain/loss (except that seems to depend a lot on your sensors/software/mapping), weather conditions, track, etc.).

When I started I was a "grinder" and really could not "spin" even if I tried (think/hope I got the terms right). And thinking, it would be interesting to see if my suspicions about my cadence slight increase were correct and I would spend £12 to have that data. However, in my case my cycle computer is a decent basic model so to get cadence I suspect it would be somewhat more than £12 extra as I would have to move-up to a higher end model (and I've found wireless models all useless and I've tried a few !!). So it would cost me a bit more than £12.

So, for me and if you are a recording data type of person, the earlier you start recording your data, the more interesting and more useful it can be.

And I'm somebody who has cycling knee issues (and ankle issues now as well, though I wonder if that might not be cycling caused).


Re: A new type of bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 May 2015 - 7:05pm
I tried riding one at our village fete! It's impossible! But given time and practice.........! Trouble is, once you master it, what happens when you go back to an ordinary bike?

Re: Crane River Parks Hounslow & other London rides

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 May 2015 - 7:02pm
elPedro666 wrote:This thread needs justifying just as much as a pleasant bimble through an attractive park alongside a river needs justifying... [emoji6]

well here is some added justification. The park mentioned above is only a small part of the so called LONDON LOOP. The river Crane wanders thru London and eventually joins the Grand Union Canal. it is possible to extend the park ride considerably. The "new" parts represent a more or less neglected section of ride by the river Crane kept alive by walkers with their dogs and others rather than the action of the local councils - various signs show faded neglect. The extended ride crosses many main roads, the Great West Rd dual carriage way in particular requires a detour down one side on the path to Dick Turpin Way and then back up again the other to just oppsite and onto a bit of Heathrow Airport road ( Eastern Perimeter Rd ) and by the side of a electronic barrier gate on Earhart Way ( a dead end road ) The route could be further extended by the so called Hillindgon Trail, a 20 mile trail from Cranford to Harefield.

I have had great fun exploring these paths. Most are narrow flat dirt track, some are a bit stoney, I did it on my Dawes 1-Down with 1.75" Marathon tyres but a mt bike would clearly be better. Some bits I walked or went very slow due to the rough stoney surface.

To access this "new" part you need to get onto the west edge of Hounslow Heath where the river Crane runs ( not so easy unless u have local knowledge) So turn left at the west exit of the looked after section of Crane Park at Hounslow/Hanworth Rd, cross the road at the zerbra crossing a short distance down and go thru the gate directly ahead onto a nice gravel path. Follow this until u ascend a mini hill where there is on the right side a seat with 2 owls on it, follow the narrow track on the right thru close vegetation to a metal gate/fence then at the dirt T junction turn right and thru the gap in the metal fence a little way along and turn left follow this past the rusty car shell and u are on your way

The rougher part of the river Crane kept open only by use, neglected by councils.JPG

turn right onto track follow thru metal gate then at T junction turn right & thru metal fence, bear left.JPG

I will add some pictures I took when I have uploaded them. My camera decided to do a "back to the future" with the date stamps :

Re: National Parks in the Netherlands

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 May 2015 - 6:57pm
m-gineering wrote:not an expert on birds, but a possible route could be:
continue north for Giethoorn
If you need to see a couple of hundred storks turn west for de Schiphorst
Keep going for Fochteloerveen
Continue north for the Lauwersmeer
Head back south along the German border
cut across de hoge Veluwe

Thank you very much and welcome to the forum...b

Re: Touring in Sweden

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 May 2015 - 6:49pm
There don't seem to be any readily available GPS tracks for the area where you are. Only the southernmost bit, and the one I linked above.

However http://www.biroto.eu/en/cycle-route/eur ... rt00000410 has done the map gap in open street map, and if you join the site, you can download them.

Re: on a budget - New bike or secondhand quandry

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 May 2015 - 6:49pm
mercalia wrote:if u go for a classic style Galaxy then u need a 25"/65cms frame for your height - these dont come up very often. I used to have one and am your height so I know even then I had to have the seat pin etc up quite high

I'm 6 ft 2 in and ride a 58 cm with no more than 6 inches of seat post. I would imagine that 60 cm would be big enough.
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