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Re: Is a cadence sensor worth it?

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 May 2015 - 4:23pm
My cycling has got much more efficient and as a result I've got faster by keeping an eye on my cadence while riding. Previously on hills I'd tried to keep it in the big rig and grind up which wasn't really helping so I've concentrated on keeping a constant cadence instead at as big an effort as I can manage.

I don't actually have a cadence sensor* but I've learned to know what cadence range I'm in without one.

* I actually do have a sensor but I don't have a head unit to show it while riding. I can see the results on my phone after the ride.

Re: Is a cadence sensor worth it?

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 May 2015 - 4:19pm
You can (ab)use a normal cheap speedo by configuring a specific wheel diameter (aim for 10rpm=1mph)

Re: Roadcycling fimed whit pro drone in 4k definition

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 May 2015 - 3:38pm
Hey! Isn't that the music from the Eurovision contest?

Re: on a budget - New bike or secondhand quandry

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 May 2015 - 3:01pm
IF you happen to find a bike in the right size and IF you are sure of your ability to assess its mechanical condition then second hand is the budget choice.

I'd certainly second the advice of avoiding anything with old style 27" wheels and/or freewheel blocks rather than cassettes. Whilst not insurmountable problems for those with such machines, they make less practical sense long term for new purchasers.

Then again, even later 80s/early 90s bikes can bring some annoyances. The cantilever bosses may be too narrow to accept modern replacement canti/v-brakes. 126mm (6/7spd) hubs are not widely available. A 130mm rear end limits you to 7spd, an overly dished road rear wheel, or springing a 135mm wheel in and out. 7spd is making less sense as parts become scarcer. 1" threaded headsets and quill stems...

For me, if buying a bike today, the sweet spot would be a bike from the last 20 years: 700C; 1 1/8" Ahead, 135mm rear end so any modern wheel will just drop in; 8spd (parts widely available on tour and can be upgraded in the future); will fit modern canti/v-brakes (maybe even discs).

Re: Handlebar bag as security risk

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 May 2015 - 2:25pm
If I were travelling on foot, I would have a rucksack/backpack along with clothes pockets and a (hidden) pouch or waist belt. It wouldn't be very obvious where my valuables were (unless I carried a big camera in its own bag). The bar bag by itself seems to scream out "this is where my valuables are" - and it is really tempting to put most of them in there. Especially as, on the bike, I wouldn't want to have much, if anything, hanging on my body because it may constrict movement and get annoying in hot weather.

I know the majority of my time will be spent in rural areas where there is nothing to worry about, but, especially on a longer tour, one has to go through lots of towns and cities some of which can be dodgy.

Re: Handlebar bag as security risk

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 May 2015 - 2:06pm
I've used cycling bar bags to store all sorts of things over the years - even off bicycle. Like as a photo bag before I had a proper one to carry my equipment. I think the issue isn't really about the handlebar bag [I carry a lot of expensive filming equipment and the like frequently - in bags designed for that, which stand out, too] but about being aware of your surroundings. People that steal things are opportunistic, most of the time, and it matters less what type of bag you carry, but how you carry it (and how you carry yourself). Always have it slung over the opposite shoulder from the side it's hanging in areas that are unsafe. Leave your arm over and on top of the bag. [I.e. bag between your body and your arm.]. It'll make it harder to just snatch it.

And learn to trust people, a little. The large majority are not thieves .

Re: Crane River Parks Hounslow & other London rides

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 May 2015 - 1:44pm
A few pictures.

To get to the river Crane path proper, you have to go under the so called cavalry tunnel under the railway as once Hounslow heath had a cavalry regiment there


thru Cavalry Tunnel.JPG


Cavalry tunnel exit onto rive crane pathway.JPG


River crane path.JPG


Crane path have to ride with care.JPG


thru paths covered with tree arches.JPG

Re: on a budget - New bike or secondhand quandry

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 May 2015 - 12:50pm
Will pm you later to avoid boring others with adventure fandom

Re: This week i am mostly eating ... pasties!

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 May 2015 - 12:38pm
Probably a bit far for you, but the coast road from St Ives to St Just is wonderful.

I'm trying to ride all the roads in Cornwall, and a couple of years ago I took the train to Redruth with my bike in the stowage. I did the coast road and down to Helston, and called in a nice cafe in Praze-an-Beeble village, so maybe worth aiming at?

St Mawes is nice and you can cross the King Harry Ferry.

Re: Does anyone like........ chipseal?

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 May 2015 - 12:13pm
Very good points by all. On the taxation front I've beefed on for years that we need to pay more tax if we want to have the best infrastructure, hospitals, educational institutes etc. Unfortunately the political parties seem to have always gone for votes in a bidding war of reducing tax..... we all don't like having to pay it but it's essential if we want the best when we come to need it. We should be the envy of the world with people wanting to copy us. I think moving the lower paid out of taxation is correct but increasing it for all ( and there are many ) who really do have comfortable lives would not hurt. There is extreme poverty in the UK but for most I think they don't know how well off they are, particularly in the cars, houses they purchase but TV, magazines etc push it home you're a failure without the new SUV etc. Programmes like escape to the country with smug individuals make me explode, "ooh we need rooms for daphne to do her embroidery and at least 10 acres of land for johns greenhouse" . One taxation I feel is very unjust is council tax. I was made redundant but even without salary I had to pay £100 a month council tax. For me to charge a tax for all who work( in again a fair manner with lower limits and upper cap ) and hence therefore have access and use of leisure centres, libraries, local amenities would distribute the load more fairly and evenly with ( treating everyone as an individual not an item ) lower bills. I was told by a knight of the realm MP that this was not popular with voters? It does not stack up that the value of your property reflects your demands on services, its just a cheap illogical method of billing.

I'd also like to see student grants brought back and loans abolished..... and no tax subsidised final salary pensions with early retirement..... the UK is quite financially polarised I feel more so than yesteryear but extending to much more of the population.

Aarrrgggh all that angst from chipseal .

Re: Newbie friendly MTB trail

CTC Forum - MTB - 24 May 2015 - 12:11pm
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6-9z0D8_yk

That Clayton trail looks nice sorry I am not from your area, but I am sure some folk here know
of something me good off road trails. Maybe the National Cycle Routes in your area can offer you something.

I don't think your bike could do extreme downhill redbull wall of death riding, but for burning up trails and waving at college cows it should be great. Post some pics of your ride when you get a chance

This week i am mostly eating ... pasties!

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 May 2015 - 11:55am
In Redruth for the next week. Cycling most mornings between 07.00hrs and 11.00hrs. Apart from the excellent Cycle route 3 I'm looking for circular routes of between 20 and 35 miles. Suggestions or recommend guide books please.

Re: Does anyone like........ chipseal?

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 May 2015 - 11:38am
I don't like chip 'n sealed tarmac as much as the next cyclist,especially when done badly or it becomes patchy,or when first applied isn't swept after a short period of settling and is left with two wheeler skid traps on junctions and bends.
All that said when it's bedded in and the loose chippings swept,I don't find it a problem at all on the tyres I ride these days(37/40mm Hypers),however on narrow 23/25mm HP tyres it's diabolical for anything but short stretches and is the worst cause of high frequency vibration for cyclist's who ride such tyres.
Without mudguards loose chips also get picked up by the tyre and can chip paint or possibly CF frames and forks.
It's a road dressing we're stuck with(sorry)so better just learn to live with it.
One thing that I find really irritating is how it camouflages bad road deformations and potholes,but what's to be done?
Given that it's purpose is to prolong the service life of the road surface,with the state of even major roads beginning to deteriorate alarmingly and repairs by some LA's from a cyclists POV being almost as bad as the road surface prior to repair it's a bit of a rough ride(sorry again) for the cyclist.
Society seems more interested in paying less taxes whilst at the same time buying ever bigger cars(causing more and more pollution)to counter those bad roads thereby speeding up the deterioration those bigger vehicles cause
IMHO there's something going seriously wrong with our outlook on personal transportation and taxation

Re: Does anyone like........ chipseal?

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 May 2015 - 11:37am
old_windbag wrote:Like so many things, schools , hospitals etc it must differ county by county as to what you get. Some authorities may want to do a job properly whereas others are happy to do it half cocked to save a bob. One thought I had about it was does it save them gritting the roads i.e on smooth asphalt its essential but perhaps on the rougher surface they may forego gritting it.
Most of the surfaces I've seen done tend not to last much more than 3yrs before the become patchy.... perhaps thats when it hasn't been done properly in the first place.

At the end of the day smooth tarmac ( billiard table flat ) is heaven to ride on, just makes your effort feel fully utilised like good tyres.
Here it's (or was) usually referred as "surface dressing". Apparently it's supposed to extend the "life" of the road surface, and it's cheaper so that's why it's done. However I agree that for cyclists it provides a potential "slippery" surface when it's first laid, and quite frequently after a time it lifts in patches from the road base causing more hazards. A smooth surface is definitely easier to cycle on. Recently Surrey CC has re-laid a few roads with nice smooth black top and some of these roads are minor.

There isn't any effect as regards "gritting" the roads on the surface. As far as I know all "gritting" is salt and there now isn't any grit. No-one seems to worry about pollution caused vast amounts of salt being deposited, and if it's referred to as grit there isn't a problem!

Edit to add http://www.highwaysmaintenance.com/SDtext.htm, but I still don't like it! The author is clearly not a cyclist!

Re: Caen to La Rochelle to Santander.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 May 2015 - 11:33am
I just got back from riding London to Malaga. After the ride to Portsmouth I took the ferry to St Malo - not your planned start in Caen but near enough. Made my way down Western France, past La Rochelle and to Bayonne. I then diverged from your planned tour and crossed the Border between St Jean Pied de Port and Roncesvalles heading to Pamplona and onwards through the middle of Spain. This was early May and I was bothered most of the way through France by westerly and southwesterly crosswinds which were very annoying but manageable.

Re: Police Had Pulled Over a Driver

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 May 2015 - 11:32am
Valbrona wrote:Couldn't believe my eyes ... the Police had actually pulled over a driver on my ride into Derbyshire today. The last time I saw a driver that had been stopped by the Plod was about two decades ago.

Just goes to show how good our drivers are.

Re: Does anyone like........ chipseal?

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 May 2015 - 11:04am
I've always used the term since I first encountered it on the road. Perhaps I picked it up from investigating the method after not liking that much..... anyway even wikipaedia has an entry for it. I associate it with america but again that could be influenced by what I've read and the many people who dislike it, even motorcycle and car drivers.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chipseal

When I came in fuming the other day ( well when you get to mid life it's expected ) I found an interesting blog site where the writer was complaining about similar road resurfacing, the blog turned out to be an interesting read by a chap who seems pretty chilled out and switched on to life. He's an ultra long distance bike rider it seems. See below:-

http://kentsbike.blogspot.co.uk/

It's good to know that across all continents there are people who think similarly and want to enjoy the same aspects of life and be creative..... not simply invade, destroy, steal( rant over ). All that from my dislike of chipseal.

Re: Problems I never knew needed solving

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 May 2015 - 10:25am
kwackers wrote:Tonyf33 wrote:very heavyweight tyres,the carcass is too stiff for a comfortable ride and for cornering IMO, rolling resistance is shocking, really only benficial if puncture protection is your ultimate goal.
There are far better tyres out there to my mind
I'm currently using a pair of marathons which I bought since they seemed to be highly recommended. I can't wait until they're finally relegated to the bin. Worst tyres I've ever ridden on.
Not even sure why I bought them - I never get punctures anyway!
You Might Now LOL

Re: Problems I never knew needed solving

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 May 2015 - 10:15am
Tonyf33 wrote:very heavyweight tyres,the carcass is too stiff for a comfortable ride and for cornering IMO, rolling resistance is shocking, really only benficial if puncture protection is your ultimate goal.
There are far better tyres out there to my mind
I'm currently using a pair of marathons which I bought since they seemed to be highly recommended. I can't wait until they're finally relegated to the bin. Worst tyres I've ever ridden on.
Not even sure why I bought them - I never get punctures anyway!
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