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Re: Cafe & coffee

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 October 2014 - 1:22pm
I think it's a decent price, but I prefer taking my own thermos

Re: 1st Proper Euro Tour Santander-Granada plus tecchy Q's

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 October 2014 - 1:20pm
Hi all. Sorry to reopen such an old post, but....

Dan Te - did this trip ever happen, and what did you decide to do?

I'm on the verge of buying a Fratello, and would be walking in to Condor with exactly the same set of requirements that you originally laid out - commuting, with some weekend / holiday touring when I can.

From a lot of googling, I still can't find much advice from anyone who has actually gone touring on a Fratello - would be great to hear some more from you.


Which bike Galaxy Cross 2014 or Reynolds 525 double butted

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 October 2014 - 1:11pm
Hi all

Would like to buy a touring bike and like these.............. but wonder given the choice of these 2 bikes which one would people go for ???

http://www.fishfacecycles.com/ourshop/p ... -Bike.html

http://www.oxfordbikeworks.co.uk/Oxford ... del_1.html

Really would appreaciate any comments...

Thanks you for your time



Re: 24 spoke wheels

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 October 2014 - 12:16pm
I'm new to touring,
but through advice on here and other site's , I just ordered hand built wheels from local wheel builder,
32 hole front & 36 on the back both mavic rim's coupled with deore hubs and aci spoke's(was going for dt's but the builder advised to use the aci spoke),
total build £150

Re: Cafe & coffee

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 October 2014 - 12:12pm
I've found the Co-op on Armley Town Street an excellent place for cheap meat. Their "Totally irresistible" range is way beyond the reach of most of the customers in this now poor area. Although they are a bit hit-and-miss with the timing of the reductions, they are 25%, then 50% and finally 75% although the SP on which the discounts are calculated isn't cheap. Part of the strategy is to buy only straightforward meat, avoiding anything with sauce or other exras. I've rarely managed anything with a 75% reduction but 50% around mid-day is frequent. While I was regularly in Armley looking after my mother, the only limit on the amount I bought was the size of our freezer.

I can't understand why the likes of the Co-op who own their own farms (or perhaps they've now sold them?) don't make a lot more mileage other being able to prove the antecedents of what they sell.

Re: Help with choosing bike type and/or commute through Lond

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 October 2014 - 12:02pm
I'd add that a mirror is an excellent tool - it doesn't replace the shoulder check, but it does give you an easier "continuous glancing" option.

Re: Cafe & coffee

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 October 2014 - 11:58am
the big 4 still have their uses - only way I can get reduced price ( some times 1/4 of original price ) meat still in fine condition. Lidl only do I think 30% off and not much any way at my local. Some times my Sainsburys have loads of meat that hasnt sold

Re: Help with choosing bike type and/or commute through Lond

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 October 2014 - 11:38am
Good advice above. Enfield is one of my least favourite places to cycle. One thing I'd add is to make regular eye contact with drivers behind you when approaching traffic islands as this often gets a favourable response.

For narrow roads with parked cars and pinch points, you are definitely safer in the centre of the lane. It may feel intimidating at first but in built up areas you're likely to be riding at the same speed, or only marginally slower, than motor traffic. Most drivers don't wish anyone harm – they simply don't consider what's in front of a cyclist so best to remove the opportunity for an unsafe overtake. Although a minority of people can get cross, I find the majority respectful of this. I also find waving thanks to a driver for waiting gets a good overtake that is then copied by the cars behind. On the rare occasions I've felt threatened, I've held up my hand in a 'stop' sign which is generally heeded.

For roads without parked cars where traffic is light but fast, I'll take a different tack and stay in a strong secondary position (left but well out the gutter) to allow overtakes. When approaching a traffic island I'll do a shoulder check well in advance and move into primary (centre) when safe. Sometimes I have to slow down and remain in secondary because someone is trying to race me to the traffic island, so regular shoulder checks are essential. Where feasible, I avoid certain A and B roads like this as I find them unpleasant. There's no shame in taking a detour so you can still enjoy your cycling .

Re: BT Openreach cyclists stay back

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 October 2014 - 10:36am
The biggest and best one yet on the back of a Sainsbury's LGV. Seriously?

I think it said something like, 'Alert today, alive tomorrow!' WTF?

Come on CTC, get this sorted!

Berlin to Copenhagen

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 October 2014 - 10:32am
Has anyone cycled the Berlin to Copenhagen route recently, either independently or as a guided trip?

Re: Remote Regions and Disc Brakes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 October 2014 - 9:52am
gplhl wrote:Avid BB7's are well tested and mechanical. I'm carrying 4 sets of pads to replace to ne able to replace both front and back twice. I've now done over 7,000 miles on the bike and only needed to change the rear pads in Mali!


I would certainly recommend spare pads! - apart from my mention of pads falling out earlier in the thread (which I found, but might not have). I lost some pads after getting caked in clay on a bridlepath - clay got everywhere, including on the disc rotors and calipers, and after a few hundred yards of extremely hard going it had completely scoured out the pads. Tyres were so heavy with crud that rim brakes probably wouldn't have fared any better or maybe worst, but it's scary that out the blue you're suddenly looking at having no brakes.

Re: Ouistreham ferry disembarkation hazard.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 October 2014 - 9:03am
Nor me - as I was on a tandem I am sure I would have noticed a step. Puzzling.

Re: A warm dry winter?

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 October 2014 - 9:02am
Psamathe wrote:GrumpyGit wrote:Working on the principle that it never rains when you're carrying an umbrella I'm expecting a very mild winter this year!
Didn't the Met Office give-up doing long range forecasts - as they always turned out so wrong and they were "suffering criticism".


No. They stopped because the accuracy, although published, wasn't taken into account by people when using the long range forecasts. They weren't "always wrong"; they were as accurate as they were claimed to be, which is not particularly.

This is an area where tabloids annoy me, especially the Express. It gets long range weather predictions from cranks and flakes like Vantage Weather Solutions, claims they're from "experts", lets the public think that means the Met. office, and then everyone blames the Met. when the crank, not surprisingly, turns out to have been talking out of his backside. About this time last year the Express was running a "coldest winter for a century" story - and we had no snow. They got this prediction from the above mentioned crank, not the Met.

Re: Consent from the Missus

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 October 2014 - 8:39am
I find being amorous works well. Within minutes she suggests that it is time I go away on another trip with the other old fools.

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 October 2014 - 8:10am
mrjemm wrote:reohn2 wrote:What does spoil the look for me are the polished chainrings,black with polished ''hi-lights''(look at the rims)would look much nicer to me and when I feel suitably indulgent I'll put things right .

Silver BB7 too, R2. You want some nice black ones...

TBH the silver BB7's don't bother me as they tend to blend in,the red dials well,that's another matter.
If they were black.........

Re: Scottish Coast to Coast Annan to South Queensferry

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 October 2014 - 7:59am
Yes we saw the sign but to be fair the map is clear and we were expecting it to be there.The route planners have done an excellent job in keeping off main roads and
the ride into Moffat was great.
The route could easily be done in two days but we enjoy frequent stops to admire areas we would'nt normally get to.
As you know it is a wonderful part of the country for cycling and the route deserves to succeed

Re: Scottish Coast to Coast Annan to South Queensferry

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 October 2014 - 7:42am
Good to read someone has done the ride. As it comes through my village, Wamphray, I'm hoping to see many cyclists as the years roll on.
Can I ask did you spot the sign to turn left at the crossroads as you cam into Wamphray? It must have been up three weeks before I spotted it and I was looking for it!

Re: Consent from the Missus

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 October 2014 - 6:42am
Yep, we both need permission for away trips. You can hardly just abandon your partner with the kids for a fortnight and not expect divorce papers on your return if you don't do some advance prep. Having said that we both believe the other is happier and easier to live with if they go away ( he goes sailing). My tip would be to make sure the childcare support is planned and scheduled out ( school pick up help and baby sitters for relevant evenings) as opposed to just assuming your partner will cope.

I'm building up for my trans America plans! I'm mostly going to wait until the kids are a little older (teens) so my absence for three months will be less inconvenient.

The worst thing is what hubby and I call the lowest common denominator option . That's where people compromise on what they both can agree on and only that and find that the only option that works for them to do together is watching crappy telly on the sofa on a Saturday night. My kids can be quite bad at this too, insist on staying in and restrict the parents from going out and getting some exercise! Obviously it would be easier if everyone would be more adventurous and try their partners and parents hobbies but being realistic that isn't always going to happen so I like to let my partner spread his wings a bit and do his thing. We do low key stuff together as a family eg going out cycling for the day but if they aren't interested in doing some serious mileage and plodding over some big mountains I get to go and do that occasionally. I was a bit teary when himself went off to do the sailing race from Falmouth to the Azores and I was left with a 3 year old and a baby, but it was brownie points in the bank for me and the girls to go on various cycle trips.

It can be more complicated if your partner doesn't want to go away and do stuff so there's no quid pro quo. Hopefully some treat they like to do though that you can support that can make up for your absence.

Re: Strava Art

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 October 2014 - 5:49am
Kudos given!

Re: Consent from the Missus

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 October 2014 - 5:46am
Psamathe wrote:Farawayvisions wrote:Here's what you need to know to ensure you get the 'permission slip' signed.
Does anybody really still live like that in the real world these days ? Horrifically sexist the idea of needing "a permission slip from the missus".


Maybe Farawayvisions is being slightly tongue in cheek here and is a touch playful with this post?

Either way, it would seem that the other option is to go together wouldn't it?
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