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Re: New Bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 August 2015 - 8:32am
I've seen a Mercian tandem unpainted just clear coated,with the brazing standing out like brass lug lining.
Not everyone's choice,but it looked quite stunning in an very understated way,a bit like a very dull grey Ti frame .

Re: New Bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 August 2015 - 8:31am
This discussion on sizing inspired me to do a quick check, seeing as it's some years since I bought myself a new bike and I'd forgotten what 'my' size was.

Well, I'm 1.73m tall (about 5'8") and my steel road bike, with drop bars and horizontal top tube, measures 57cm - at least, that's the measurement from centre of B/B spindle to top of seat tube (point where seat post emerges). Is that the correct way to state a frame size, these days? And what does one do with a frame with sloping top tube (as most road frames are these days)?

I have to say, I feel perfectly comfortable with my current set-up, and there's certainly plenty of seat post showing above the seat tube! I can't remember what formula I used to set the distance from saddle top to pedal at lowest point (which is what really counts) but I think I copied it from my previous bike. And if I have need to take off the saddle or seat post, I make a note of the height so I can set it exactly the same on re-assembly.

But my preferred frame size seems unduly large for my height, here, as compared with the choices of others on this thread. Am I doing something wrong?

Re: Doored cyclist almost run over - good driving?

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 August 2015 - 8:16am
As a cyclist, self preservation is the name of the game. So although the motorist opening the door is to blame, the cyclist cyling so close the parked cars is asking for trouble. There's not much you can do to anticipate someone taking you out from behind, but you should be able to anticipate and avoid any potential hazards ahead of you.

Re: Calais Battlefield Tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 August 2015 - 8:01am
It looks just about do-able in 5 days, although to cut the distance down a bit I would probably do it like this:
D1 Eurostar to Lille, then Lille - Cambrai
D2 Cambrai - Mons/Le Cateau
D3 Mons - Waterloo
D4 Waterloo - Ypres
D5 tour Ypres then Ypres - Lille, Eurostar back that night
Of course this misses out Dunkirk but takes in Mons. Arnhem is a bridge too far unless you are travelling very light & fast...

Re: Ideas for week long continental tour?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 August 2015 - 7:59am
I can recommend this route I did a few weeks back during a heatwave.

Train from Frankfurt to Mainz

Mainz - Koblenz

Koblenz - Zell

Zell - Trier

Trier - Luxembourg City - Metz

Metz - Saverne

Saverne - Strasbourg - Colmar

Colmar - Basel

Train from Basel - Baden Baden

Baden Baden through the Black forest to Heidleburg

Heidleburg - Frankfurt Airport

Epic trip and I much preferred the Mossel river to the Rhine, much better cycle paths and scenery..

Re: Specialized Awol

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 August 2015 - 7:38am
Discounted bikes this time of year reflect availability - if they are still in shops now they clearly aren't very popular for any number of reasons - not just the awful AWOL but pretty much any quality machine. So beware, the shops want shot, the makers want shot so don't look too enthusiastic in the shop. AWOL sizing is. Weird so make sure you try before you buy.

Re: Japan tour: Southern Islands

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 August 2015 - 7:31am
wideeyedwandering wrote:Looking to pick brains of someone who has experience of touring Rykuku Islands of Japan, specifically.

Just to point out they are the Ryukyu Islands or Nansei Islands. The main island is Okinawa which has a massive American military presence so English will be understood but it may not be the best choice otherwise. Elsewhere you will find the vast majority do not have any practical English.

The main challenge you will have is navigation - rural road signs are often only in kanji and unless you can read/pattern recognise, they can be difficult to pick out from adverts. Be prepared for even quite major roads being unsurfaced in rural areas. Drivers are very good towards cyclists and Japan is very safe. Be prepared though for it to be very hot and very humid (and very wet!) especially as you get towards June/July.

If you've not read it get Josie Dew's book A Ride in the Neon Sun for an excellent account of cycle touring in Japan.

Re: Japan tour: Southern Islands

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 August 2015 - 6:36am
Not cycling related as such , though there is some cycling related content, but the first part of an excellent documentary about travelling in Japan on foot for a year .


Buy DVD or download here :-



Re: Specialized Awol

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 August 2015 - 5:30am
They're also reduced a quite healthy amount!

Re: New Bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 August 2015 - 3:36am
If I feel like I am reaching out to the handlebars, its a bad sign. I think I would rather be on a bike too small than too big. If a bike is really big you risk having to have the seatpost all the way in.

I am about 5'9" and a 57cm with drop bars is too much reach to the hoods, with flat bars on though, it is about right.

On a 48cm I was setup about right on drop bars, but on flat bars I was hunched up.

I still have no clue what size frame I "should" be lol, probably about a 52cm if on drops, or a 56cm if on flat bars.

You can't know unless you sit on the bike in the shop, guessing at how big a bike will be from an online size is futile IMO but if you know the brand well or a friend has one you might know how it will fit.

Re: Ideas for week long continental tour?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 August 2015 - 11:05pm
Thanks. Think I will stick with my idea of heading along the Rhine towards Düsseldorf then.

Play on Pedals at Commonwealth Games Anniversary event

Play on Pedals blog - 5 August 2015 - 4:12pm

Last weekend Play on Pedals Instructors delivered two days of drop-in sessions in George Square, as part of the 2014 Commonwealth Games anniversary celebrations with Glasgow Life.

Children flocked to the Play on Pedals area and over the weekend our Instructors signed in over 90 children, many of whom left being able to ride pedal bikes. Our Instructors, on the other hand left exhausted and in bed by 7pm!

Anne, one of our Instructors was also interviewed by the on-site radio about Play on Pedals, which was broadcast across the Square.

What a fantastic event, celebrating the legacy of the games and demonstrating the enthusiasm of young Glasgow to get cycling!

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