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Re: It me or do SUVs alway drive to close

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 March 2015 - 9:04pm
Risk compensation?

There was also research out this week that the more expensive the car the less considerate the driver (well duh).

Re: Reducing pannier weight

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 March 2015 - 8:50pm
matt2matt2002 wrote:Great tips here. Many thanks to everyone.
I am flying to Turkey in June so thought I would have the added twist of a luggage limit.

Amazingly it is 40 Kilo. ( bike separate weight allowance ). So its not weight that will be limiting my packing but size.
If its not the weight that gets you, its the volume!

Buy one of those large laundry bags - you can get 4 panniers and a few other bits in one - you'll look like a migrant but what the heck! cost is a couple of quid and it folds down small enough to sit in the bottom of a bag for the trip.

It me or do SUVs alway drive to close

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 March 2015 - 8:48pm
It me or do SUVs always seem to drive to close. More then half of the cars that do so are 4x4.
I don't seem to have the same problem with minivans, which is strange I consider them more
or less the same type of car.

Re: Chainstays too short?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 March 2015 - 8:33pm
RickH wrote:BeeKeeper wrote:What do you want panniers for?
or the road equivalent...


Because they keep the weight lower for better handling. Stuff can pretty much get flung in rather than carefully packed. They are quicker to put on and take off the bike. There is plenty spare capacity for stocking up with bulky beer and food near the end of the day. They don't take up space in the main triangle which I use for my 1.5L water bottle. There is space above the rear rack for my bulky but light tent and closed cell foam mat.

I don't need to strap anything to my handlebars. I like to be able to see the front wheel. But that's just a personal preference as most tourers seem to use bar bags.

Downsides for on road use? Panniers and racks are a bit heavier.

Re: Reducing pannier weight

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 March 2015 - 8:28pm
al_yrpal wrote:Weigh your clothes one by one and choose the lightest stuff its surprising with things like tee shirts and trousers what a massive overall saving can be made. Your shoe plan is spot on.

Al

I am not sure that taking massive overalls are going to help

(he..he....sorry al )

Re: Sustrans Routes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 March 2015 - 8:25pm
Thanks Guys! It seems my suspicions may have some substance. Reminds me of the saying, 'if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!' Sustrans, as you say is a nice idea. Looks like a little more research is needed with a good bit of flexibility built into the trip!

Re: Cleats and Crashes

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 March 2015 - 8:06pm
Tacascarow wrote:foxyrider wrote:Unfortunately i've had experience of coming off the bike with both step in pedals and toe clips. As others have mentioned with step in pedals i've never consciously taken my foot out in such circumstances but have been released safely whilst in flight - unlike with tc's where i was once dragged a considerable distance along an icy road resulting in nasty friction burns all down my side.

Step in pedals - possibly the biggest advance in safety since the invention of the wheel!
I very much doubt that a bike weighing around 10kg is likely to drag a human weighing 60 or 70kg very far at all, regardless of what foot attachment device he/she uses.
Physics doesn't work that way.

Try adding in 20mph, a corner, some downhill and sheet black ice - I can assure you it does work that way! It isn't the bike dragging, its momentum doing its stuff. I never measured the distance exactly but we are talking about 20-25m.

Re: Chainstays too short?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 March 2015 - 8:04pm
BeeKeeper wrote:What do you want panniers for?
or the road equivalent...

(from this topic)

Rick.

Re: Reducing pannier weight

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 March 2015 - 8:00pm
Great tips here. Many thanks to everyone.
I am flying to Turkey in June so thought I would have the added twist of a luggage limit.

Amazingly it is 40 Kilo. ( bike separate weight allowance ). So its not weight that will be limiting my packing but size.
If its not the weight that gets you, its the volume!

Re: Chainstays too short?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 March 2015 - 7:55pm
What do you want panniers for?

From http://www.whileoutriding.com/

Re: Chainstays too short?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 March 2015 - 7:45pm
My Kinsesis Racelight also has 42cm chainstays & I can fit Ortlieb Back Rollers (40 l - on a Super Tourist DX Topeak rack) to clear my size 10 feet if I set the clips right so they hang beyond the back of the rack slightly, but do make the steering a little light depending on the weight in them. Front rollers (25 l) fit on the back with no problems.

Alternatively you can get an extensions to move panniers back (designed primarily for use with a child seat).

Rick.

Re: New bike rides blog

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 March 2015 - 7:42pm
There's not even a section for East Anglia

Re: First two weeks tour in Europe in June: where?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 March 2015 - 7:33pm
You can use a ferry to cross the river from Lisbon and then a short ride to the Parque Natural da Arrabida, which is one of Portugal's loveliest parks. It only rises to 500m so not too hilly and the coast has lots of little coves or bays. There is also a ferry from Setubal which takes you into Northern Alentejo which has wall to wall beaches.
You may have to reverse your steps to return, though with careful planning you should be able to do a circular ride back to Lisbon, getting the ferry from Montis perhaps, but there are a lot of motorways and busy roads to stay clear of.

I will be in Northern Portugal in May - will let you know what the weather is like!

Re: Cleats and Crashes

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 March 2015 - 7:19pm
horizon wrote: I think you need to be a bit more precise in your posting.
oops

Re: Chainstays too short?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 March 2015 - 6:57pm
I think it depends on how much money you’ve got, and your priorities for spending it. A few years ago I did UK to Palermo – which is also majorly hilly – quite happily on a bog-standard 21-speed Raleigh hybrid, camping, so it’s quite doable. OTOH, if you want and can afford something fancier, go for it.

Re: Best saddle for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 March 2015 - 6:29pm
Everyone always talks about how long it takes to break in a leather saddle, but that hasn't been my experience. I've now done about 7000km on my B17 and it was comfortable from day 1, but it hasn't really got any softer than when I bought it. I am quite careful about protecting it from the rain and I've put some Proofide on it a couple of times.

Re: Reducing pannier weight

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 March 2015 - 6:15pm
Ferial wrote:I Follow the rule of 1 on, 1 for spare and 1 in the wash. Light weight, quick-dry clothes + a tangier stove to save on meals. I survived 6 weeks through France & Spain like this.

Best tip so far [emoji471] Similar system I used when a backpacker. The only time it didn't work was one area on the Moçambican border where you had to carry your own firewood in! [emoji31]

New bike rides blog

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 March 2015 - 5:47pm
I've just finished uploading 69 features with pics about UK day rides to my new blog (link below). About half of the routes are in Yorkshire and there are 11 from Scotland. NB I wrote some of the features several years ago so some of the minor details may be out of date. Hope the site is of interest.

http://greatbritishbikerides.net/

Paul.

Re: Berwick-upon-Tweed to Hawick - best route and how hard?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 March 2015 - 5:26pm
Just a quick look at BikeHikeUK shows me that I would pick the A698 for Coldstream then Kelso, then keep on it through Denholm to Hawick.

44miles and only 1,800ft of total ascent ............... seems like a nice ride. 3hrs or so?
Both Berwick and Hawick are nice towns.
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