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Re: panniers panniers panniers???

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 November 2014 - 6:24pm
Keep your eye on Ebay. There's a seller there , bakedbeanman , who often advertises Carradice factory seconds with small imperfections which don't affect the function or overall appearance. Got a pair of Carradry rear for 40 quid including postage in the summer.

Re: Visibility: why are do so many riders in black

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 November 2014 - 6:11pm
If you are happy that is great. Like helmets, no-one objects to you or anyone else wearing hi-vis. The problem is that some people who view these items as valuable will not extend the rest of us the same courtesy.

Re: Visibility: why are do so many riders in black

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 November 2014 - 5:39pm
This all sounds like a version of the helmet debate. Entrenched views all round! I think everyone should decide for themselves what they feel suits them. Just as with helmets, you can read all the reports/statistics you want, but, you as an individual have to make 'that' decision. Personally, I will never wear a helmet, and am not keen on fluorescent, but, having ridden, walked and driven for decades, I have to admit to noticing hi-vis more easily (obviously why it is named so) I know some will argue that it is not perfect, but, against my local cycling backgrounds, brown fields, hedges and trees it does make a moving object stand out. So I have bowed to my wife's request to wear it, incorporating reflective for night riding.

Re: Ten Miles a Day

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 November 2014 - 5:26pm
9,100 so far this year so hopefully I'm on course for 10,000+ again. Obsessive? Moi?

Re: Acceptable overtake?

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 November 2014 - 5:03pm
More like the sun has fried what little brain they have/had!! Keep being reminded of some figures I saw that made me think a while ago. 13% of the population have an IQ of less than 70! That actually means then that one in eight drivers actually is genuinely stupid!!

Re: Map(s) of Wales

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 November 2014 - 4:59pm
Will do a bit more research on my trip this week. I suppose I really won't know until the spring, when I fully load up my bike and do some training rides. Will figure out where to cut weight etc once I do that.

Re: Acceptable overtake?

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 November 2014 - 4:58pm
Maybe the sun is in their eyes so they can't see the oncoming car.

Re: Re, Idiots on bikes

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 November 2014 - 4:58pm
Is it me? Just a little suspicious, as others appear to be, that this might not be quite as described.

Re: panniers panniers panniers???

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 November 2014 - 4:55pm
bogmyrtle wrote:If I was looking for panniers again I would look for something with pockets. I curse the pocketless Ortliebs I have every time I use them.
Ortliebs do pockets. I have fitted these to my Ortliebs and they have worked a treat. Detachable too. I like that I can mix bottle cages with pockets on the same fitting.

Re: I Hate Virgin Trains

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 November 2014 - 4:51pm
All this stuff about different web sites and prices for the same train. Splitting journeys and going at set times.
Makes me wonder if it would be quicker to drive than the time taken just to get a ticket at
a reasonable cost.
Makes me glad I can not get on a train.

Re: panniers panniers panniers???

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 November 2014 - 4:37pm
+1 for Altura. Last year I did a fifty-mile-plus day in a downpour. End of the day, despite wearing “waterproofs”, there was a small dry patch at the small of my back – otherwise I might as well have been swimming. The contents of my Orkney panniers were, at worst, very slightly damp. They are a bit heavy though.

Re: I Hate Virgin Trains

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 November 2014 - 4:36pm
I've just been trying to book trains for a trip to London from Stafford (not with bikes).
As Virgin are too expensive, as well as uncomfortable for me (tilting trains make me throw up unless I stand up all the way) I go by London Midland.

Do not disregard Chiltern Trains from Birmingham Moor Street to London, especially their loco-hauled 'silver service' trains.

They are a bit slower than Virgin but much more comfortable, and I recently got advance singles for £6.

Re: Acceptable overtake?

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 November 2014 - 4:31pm
Reading this, I've decided it must be the weather, or, just insanity. Cycling yesterday afternoon, on main road, not very bright conditions, we had a driver (in a black golf) overtake. Gave us the whole lane, great, but, was close to hedge on other side on sharp right hander. We actually stopped, so gobsmacked to watch it.

Re: Acceptable overtake?

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 November 2014 - 4:04pm
Is there something in the air at the moment? Not on corners but on straight roads with clear visibility I have had cars coming the other way sounding their horns at cars overtaking me on three occasions in the past couple of weeks. Quite disconcerting when it happens until you have established who is sounding their horn and why.

Re: Acceptable overtake?

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 November 2014 - 3:59pm
[XAP]Bob wrote:Maybe saying thank you?

I did not get that impression.

Re: Re, Idiots on bikes

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 November 2014 - 3:55pm
Unlikely it was roadies - they all wear black!

Re: panniers panniers panniers???

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 November 2014 - 3:53pm
mercalia wrote:

I agree
The tough ones here forgot to mention that you still need a lead lined inner bag incase you stray into hazardous terrain.

? lost me there i'm afraid

Re: panniers panniers panniers???

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 November 2014 - 3:33pm
tyreon wrote:I'm not sure who is doing all this 'riding in the rain'. Yes,for an hour. Yes,for two hours. Longer,and I shelter. All day and I give up and stay in shelter or accommodation until it passes. I don't think there's a need for these Ortlieb jobs: its overkill. A Carradura type pannier will keep out most downfall,unless you're in Burma in the wet season,I guess. I don't like the plasticated look of the Ortliebs,nor 'em having no pockets. Having then said enough to hang myself,4 days forcaste of heavy, consistent rain: I move on by train,or return home! I refuse to cycle thru 4 days of torrential rain... and the alternative of spending 4 days trapped in a hostel,tent or hotel room is just a killer.No longer made o the hard stuff. Don't think I ever was! Come to think of it....am beginning to wonder where 'real men' have gone


I agree
The tough ones here forgot to mention that you still need a lead lined inner bag incase you stray into hazardous terrain.

Re: New Geoff Apps prototype

CTC Forum - MTB - 10 November 2014 - 3:31pm
Thanks for the link, I like how he writes and that he's not afraid to question the status quo.

Re: Planning My First Tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 November 2014 - 3:09pm
progressive wrote: One large reservation I do have though, due to my nature, is the uncertainty of where I'll be laying my head each night........Particularly as I'll be travelling alone.
Any supporting words or experiences?

I felt the same for my first two tours and planned all accommodation meticulously. The third was more free-spirited and mostly left to chance. It's my best one so far .

Truly, you will be surprised how helpful and generous people can be when you're solo. I've only toured for up to two weeks at a time, all alone and in the UK, but I've been offered a sofa to sleep on when I've been stuck, a shower when my campsite didn't have one, and free pitches in pub gardens when I've stopped for a drink. My advice would be: Talk to people. Be friendly without angling for anything. Ask if they know a campsite nearby and if there isn't one, they may suggest an alternative. And, speaking from experience, never be too proud to accept an offer of help as you could find yourself regretting it later!
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