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Re: What bike would you suggest as a tourer and every day us

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 May 2015 - 9:48am
I've used a Surly Long Haul Trucker as my only bike for years, for town and touring trips. It's one of the few bikes that's powder coated, so has a muted/dull-ish colour once it's been ridden a bit. It's a perfect finish for a touring bike, as it doesn't look special at all. It's also, thankfully, a fantastic bike.

I'm racing a Surly Disc Trucker in this years Transcontinental Race (Flanders -> Istanbul). This is the great thing about some frames, they can be reconfigured into whatever you're doing. The Surly can be built-up with four panniers and strong wheels for some off the beaten path touring, all the way to lighter compenents and a saddle pack and you can go racing. When you live with one bike versatility is valuable.

cheers,

Re: What bike would you suggest as a tourer and every day us

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 May 2015 - 9:36am
Vorpal wrote:Can you have a small shed?

possibly. The "garden" is 7' x 3'.

Luckily not in London, moving to a small town in Lincolnshire where crime is relatively low but still exists.

I'd be happy to make a nicer bike look ugly if it deterred thieves.

What bike would you suggest as a tourer and every day use

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 May 2015 - 9:35am
The thing I like about Surly LHT and DT is that they don't particularly stand out and even somewhere like Afrika they haven't got the same trendy allure.

That said bike thieves in the UK are an educated bunch and I wonder if the LHT & DT are on their hit list. Haven't got down to Brick Lane to see what's on offer [emoji61]

Edit: When I used to commute in London 10+ years ago some couriers wrapped their bikes in inner tubes. Heavy but good visual and scratch protection...b

Re: What bike would you suggest as a tourer and every day us

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 May 2015 - 9:31am
I know that people don't like to store their bikes outside, but the only real disadvantage is exposure to the elements. A cover will deal with most of that.

Find a reasonable place to lock you bikes up outside and put covers on them. Or keep one nice bike indoors, and keep the others outside under covers.

Can you have a small shed?

Re: Islabikes Bienn 29 - tourer for a titch?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 May 2015 - 9:28am
Several years ago my son and daughter got Islabikes Luaths (700c bikes in 2 sizes, the largest for kids up to about 14) for Christmas, and they were a great success. My son eventually outgrew the largest, and my daughter transferred to that from the smaller one. That left the smaller one unused. But my daughter had overtaken my wife in height, so with a change of stem and a different chainset (from Spa Cycles) I made the small bike into a really neat little tourer for my wife. Only two chainrings (40 and 28) and a largest sprocket of 32, so not the lowest gears in the world, but still a very useful little bike.

Re: What bike would you suggest as a tourer and every day us

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 May 2015 - 9:28am
Any bike can be made to look like a piece of junk with a can of matt black spray paint.

Re: What bike would you suggest as a tourer and every day us

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 May 2015 - 9:21am
I built myself a very nice tourer on an LHT frame a couple of years ago, then realised that I really prefer Audaxing.

Re: What bike would you suggest as a tourer and every day us

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 May 2015 - 9:15am
Tourers are very practical bikes, and do most things quite well. My own tourer (a Thorn Club Tour, much modified) is great for commuting, riding a few miles to the shops, and just enjoying long rides on the lanes. It is a tad slower than a light road bike, but (with lower tyre pressure) is a bit more comfortable.

For a faster ride, but with mudguards and a rack for the shopping, an audax style "light tourer" combines some of the practicality and comfort of a tourer with some of the zip of a road race bike. If your touring is to be lightly loaded, that could be perfect for you.

For either of the 2 types, tourer or audax, there are plenty of models online. My own first port of call would be Spa Cycles, whose range of own brand tourers and audax bikes are very highly rated but not too expensive. But there are other good brands out there, so look around for something that appeals to you.

Re: What bike would you suggest as a tourer and every day us

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 May 2015 - 9:10am
Just to add to the advice above:

As already mentioned, you could keep the shopper and replace the road bike with a good tourer. If you're able to bide your time, a second hand one in good condition will often be better value for money. If the shopper is tatty enough, can it be kept on the ground floor in a communal hallway or storage area? Perhaps with a wall/floor ring to chain it to? Otherwise, there are all sorts of ways to store bikes in small flats – wall hung racks or ceiling mounts etc, if your landlord is agreeable (assuming you're renting).

For one bike, you could look for a second hand rigid mountain bike (i.e no suspension) as these can make very good tourers providing the frame has mounts for full mudguards and a rack, and you change the knobbly tyres to slicks. This may be less attractive to thieves.

Folders, as also mentioned, are a good space-saving solution. You haven't mentioned your budget and they can be expensive but you could find a good deal second hand. I use a Dahon Helios P8 20" wheel as my runaround and it's great. Depending on what type of touring you want to do, it would also make a very practical tourer with light loads.

Edit: just seen your post. You might want to investigate the 2nd hand mountain bike idea for a tight budget. Good luck!

Re: Bikes on Trains in Spain

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 May 2015 - 7:45am
I've used the FEVE narrow gauge train along the north coast but I am not sure how farweest the line extends. It is a delightful little railway but as mentioned not for anyone in a hurry.

There are no dedicated cycle facilities on them in my experience, you just wait on the platform where there is a disabled symbol and board there. Take some bits of cord with you to lash the bikes to the rails in the carriage. You might consider breaking the journey for an overnight stop somewhere.

Re: Share the space drop your pace

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 May 2015 - 7:38am
MikeF wrote:According to the sign pedestrians don't have to be courteous as they have priority. In my very limited experience tow paths seem too narrow for shared use.
There are some excellent tow paths for modern travel (as opposed for two horses towing barges)

Re: Islabikes Bienn 29 - tourer for a titch?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 May 2015 - 6:58am
I've toured my kids on their islabikes and they were fine with panniers etc. I'd go and see islabike if you possibly can. They're not very helpful by email IMO. Check the gearing will be up to what you want to do too.

Re: Waterfalls

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 May 2015 - 6:43am
Slowroad wrote:It's interesting that most suggestions are in Scotland. I wonder if this is because of 'isostatic readjustment' - Scotland is rising whilst the South of England is sinking.

[emoji38]Very good! Sinking without trace...b

Re: What bike would you suggest as a tourer and every day us

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 May 2015 - 6:38am
The Jamis Aurora might fit the bill and looks suitably toned down to possibly avoid catching the interest of the local magpies. If the risk of theft is that high I'd go for a skip find or second-hand tourer.

Re: Panniers don't fit my new rack!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 May 2015 - 12:24am
I suspect that my own Carradice Super Cs are older than yours as I know not of these anti-sway catches of which you speak. I've looked them up though to understand the problem .

Over the years Carradice have made many styles of hook and a different variety might raise or lower things enough to resolve the issue.

Sourcing some could be more problematic.

Re: Enjoying mtb'ing

CTC Forum - MTB - 17 May 2015 - 11:40pm
NATURAL ANKLING wrote:Hi,
Looks like a nice bike, I did most of my MTB'ing on a rigid bike and unless you are doing some stunts or downhill racing a rigid frame will suffice.
Secondly aggressive tyres are not needed either.



You need 'aggressive tyres' like Panaracer Trailrakers on my bike to ride through deep mud, otherwise the real wheel will spin and you will go nowhere.

Suspension, particularly rear suspension helps you get up steep hills covered by large loose stones or fallen branches. If you ride a hardtail bike you will just bounce, loose grip and stop.

I like the challenge of riding on difficult surfaces which you find in wet winter conditions. Most MTBers disappear in the winter.

Dont know what sort of terrain you are riding on but a suspensionless bike with shallow pattern tyres wont go anywhere around here.

Al

Re: Caution Cyclists Signs

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 May 2015 - 10:50pm
I suspect it's more to do with the organiser ticking a box on their insurance policy with regard to their risk assessment.

Re: Waterfalls

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 May 2015 - 10:40pm
Naah, it's just all the rain we get here keeping the waterfalls well topped up.

Re: Enjoying mtb'ing

CTC Forum - MTB - 17 May 2015 - 10:30pm
Hi,
Looks like a nice bike, I did most of my MTB'ing on a rigid bike and unless you are doing some stunts or downhill racing a rigid frame will suffice.
Secondly aggressive tyres are not needed either.

Roadies will run a mile rather than mount one.

When I was young 16 say all I could think of was getting most speed which normally meant looking fast

But now it just about getting fitter, on and any way that achieves that.

You must get into the same stance as a road bike and not fall into the trap of a different fit.

With one position bars climbing will be very hard and don't forget the nobbly tyres Add the extra weight and sit up and beg and no wonder its hard work.

Quite common to see flagging souls with arms folded under the chest gasping for air as they are now confused what MTBing is all about, novelty wears off and plenty excuses not to ride again.................its a bit heavy and those tyres drag...............

Its definitely a different riding style, forget the speed before hills aiding the climb and sprinting is comicable, you'le even be passed by a tweed wearing gent on a three speed

Fit some bar ends and change the tyres (narrows not needed either) and soon you will not suffer the back ache and the nodding head leading to using it for the road too.

Good luck.

Re: What bike would you suggest as a tourer and every day us

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 May 2015 - 9:55pm
well anything that is nice is also nice to thieves? I would try hard to keep the shopper and get rid of the road bike and think of a tourer to replace it. I live in a block of flats 4 floors up and have to carry my 1-Down up 3 flight of narrow steps, if there is a will there is a way. My flat is small also. I am sure you could find some where to keep both bikes if u really had to.
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