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Re: Cleats and Crashes

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 March 2015 - 11:30pm
I took up cycling again only last summer and was encouraged by friends to fit SPDs and cleats. Got on pretty well with them but had two or three incidents, mostly when stationary and poised on one leg, but forgetting the other was still clipped in, and toppling over.

Also had to perform a crash landing when I was riding up a steep-ish hill and ran out of steam, picked a soft bank to cushion the fall. Quiet road, quiet Sunday afternoon. so no harm done.

However, must admit I do have concerns about something like this happening again -- any advice, please, on what to do if you suffer a drastic loss of momentum on a hill and can't unclip in time?

Re: Sharing Garmin Maps between devices or using OSM

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 March 2015 - 11:27pm
Thanks. I've created the maps that I need using the instructions on the dcrainmaker site. Downloaded the route and it all looks fine although a bit light on POI's,so will also have a look at Mick's link

Re: Didn't know cyclists could be fined for speeding!

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 March 2015 - 11:27pm
Does a bicycle "bolt" downhill?

Re: Stuttgart and Bratislava Airports with bikes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 March 2015 - 11:17pm
It's been a few years since I was there, but IIRC Stuttgart Airport wasn't too bad to get out of by bicycle. If I remember correctly, I asked at information, and they sent me out the south side of the airport buildings (maybe it was southwest), where there was employee parking and cycle racks, and a nice path going off to the west. It soon joined one that was sign posted to Stuttgart city centre. I don't remember other details, but you could try

http://www.radweit.de/index/entrance.html for routes?

Re: Didn't know cyclists could be fined for speeding!

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 March 2015 - 10:59pm
gaz wrote:Well I know you've emphasised the need to issue a NIP within 14 days of an alleged driving offence and also added that failure to issue a NIP can be used by the defence as a tactic to get a charge dismissed. So I expect a court would be quite likely to see a charge for wanton and furious driving as an abuse of process, if it were directed at the driver of a mechanically propelled vehicle.
Right area, but not what I was getting at.

This charge could never be used to get round the need for an NIP since it can only apply when there has been an "accident" within the meaning of that part of the Road Traffic Offenders Act which creates the requirement to serve an NIP, and provides an exception when there has been one.

Mistik-Ka

Whatever the grammar, in English law a mechanically propelled vehicle is what used to be termed a "motor vehicle" before the term was dropped because it had acquired too much baggage in the form of case law, restricting its meaning. Prior to that "mechanically propelled vehicle" was used in the vehicle licensing regulations. A pedal cycle is both a vehicle and a carriage. That bit of the advice is prompted by the fact that although there are offences of careless, inconsiderate and dangerous cycling which are equivalent to the motoring versions, there is no offence of causing death/ serious injury by cycling.

The main thing here about furious driving was that it was intended to deal with people who intentionally whipped-up their horses to go at speed, rather than people whose horse bolted.

Re: Reducing pannier weight

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 March 2015 - 10:53pm
rannochraider wrote:If you are going to replace the contents of your panniers with similar in Titanium you will save the weight of what was in your wallet for sure! Cycling and camping Light generally means expensive. Having said that I'll be watching this thread as I'm not at all experienced either. I'd love to see an inventory of what the experienced guys call a list of ' essentials' (items and brands)for a 2 week plus tour ?

The padlock I was on about is called "Titalium". Rather than being made out of titanium it's made from some sort of aircraft alloy: http://www.abus.com/uk/Security-at-Home ... s/TITALIUM

They're £8 for a pair (one for the bike and one for hostel lockers). Granted, this won't provide the level of security as the D-lock but there's no point in using an ultra secure lock on a wire whip because the thief would destroy the weakest link: The wire whip.


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


You're right about that Al; I bought what I thought was a light pair of slim stretch jeans for evening wear but they weigh in at a whopping 534g! Now looking for some lightweight "slacks"


Thanks for posting the lightweight touring link nmnm it's very interesting.


Whoof you're spot on about cotton; it's heavy and desn;t perform well (I took loads of cotton last time). Man made fibres this time such as coolmax etc.

Tangled Metal thanks for sharing your practical experiences around carrying weight.

PH wrote:I think your idea with the shoes and whoof's suggestion that you go for clothes suitable on and off the bike is probably the biggest saving you'll make without compromising comfort too much. Though I like a change of footwear and take a 350g pair of sandals.

A friend gave me a great idea: Hotel slippers! He gave me a pair, advising they're widely available in pound shops (wonder how much they are ) and would be great for mooching around hostels after a long day in the saddle. They don't look like they'll last long but at 65g per pair I'll buy a couple more pairs to make the total 3 and chuck away a pair per week when they're knackered.


foxyrider thanks for your tips, you're spot on about the weight of some luggage being an important factor to consider. My old Agu panniers are very light (but admittedly not completely waterproof) but the Altura Dryline rackpack is considerably heavier (for what it can carry), however it's so easy to unclip it, extend the shoulder strap and carry as a manbag containing valuables that it's worth it's weight. Plus it is waterproof.

axel_knutt wrote:My problem is preventing the panniers getting heavier, because I have kit which is getting tatty and needs throwing out, but can't find replacements. .

I know what you mean, my old panniers are really light, roomy with pockets, easy to get at stuff and easy to quickly do up but most of the ones I see now have sacrificed much of this in the quest to be completely waterproof.

jgurney wrote:If your budget will stand it, look at lightweight clothing from firms like Rohan.

I have some of their t-shirts with weight and volume less than half than of typical cotton ones, and a 'spark' insulated top which weighs very little but is very snug and water-resistant (and reversible between yellow or dark blue).

Thanks I'll look at getting some Rohan stuff, still need a few more bits.

nmnm wrote:Foxy mentioned pool sandals. I made probably my best ever gram per £ saving by replacing a pair of pool sandals with another pair of the same. The old ones were 200g, the new were 120g or something, and £3 at tesco, because the soles were sort of blown foam rather than molded rubber. You can spend a lot to get 80g out of a cassette or a crankset!

That's a great idea. Maybe a pair of foamy flip flops is a viable alternative to hotel slippers? They'll last and weigh very little.

Thanks for your tips, any more will be much appreciated and if I find out any more I'll post them here too.

Re: Stuttgart and Bratislava Airports with bikes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 March 2015 - 10:52pm
danube wrote:Thanks Mick. I'll email them so and try to get confirmation that a bag will be ok. That'd be great to save hassle with boxing on the way home.

One other thing (I'm assuming you haven't flown with bike before). Most airlines including Aer lingus 'suggest' you deflate the tyres, remove the pedals, turn the handlebars in line with the frame. So you'll need the tools with you and the ability to do this. Also I once flew back from Bratislava after cycling trip. Didn't have bike as we hired bikes but I had my tools in my hand luggage and almost had them confiscated.

Re: CPS Bloomer.

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 March 2015 - 10:44pm
thirdcrank wrote:
…when the vehicle used was not a mechanically propelled vehicle (such as a bicycle or horse drawn vehicle);


Well, um, grammatically the quotation indicates that bicycles and horse drawn vehicles are examples of mechanically propelled vehicles.

Ironically (and non-grammatically) I had been scratching my head about this earlier — surely a bicycle (unlike a horse-drawn vehicle) is mechanically driven? The power source is the rider, but propulsion is via the classic machinery of cog-wheels and a chain.

In support of my argument, M'lud, I respectfully submit that my stoker Mrs. M-k agrees, and it is generally accepted among tandemists that The Stoker Is Never Wrong.

Re: Stuttgart and Bratislava Airports with bikes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 March 2015 - 10:41pm
Thanks Mick. I'll email them so and try to get confirmation that a bag will be ok. That'd be great to save hassle with boxing on the way home.

Re: Didn't know cyclists could be fined for speeding!

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 March 2015 - 10:12pm
Well I know you've emphasised the need to issue a NIP within 14 days of an alleged driving offence and also added that failure to issue a NIP can be used by the defence as a tactic to get a charge dismissed. So I expect a court would be quite likely to see a charge for wanton and furious driving as an abuse of process, if it were directed at the driver of a mechanically propelled vehicle.

Re: Didn't know cyclists could be fined for speeding!

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 March 2015 - 10:09pm
gaz

The bit you highlighted was one of my mistakes, not the CPS's. It is something which anybody who had read and absorbed my waffle about prosecuting bad driving should spot by working through the examples given in that link. Another clue: It's something I often emphasise to posters asking about reporting bad driving.

Re: Stuttgart and Bratislava Airports with bikes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 March 2015 - 10:05pm
I've never flown Ryanair with the bike, but a quick search on their website says
'* Bicycles - MUST be contained in a protective box or bag in order to be accepted for travel. Electric bicycles cannot be carried'. I would send them an email to get their confirmation, then you can print and bring with you in case of problems.

Sorry can't help with the Garmin/recharging. I stay in B&B and recharge everything overnight. I have Garmin etrex 20 for touring and it uses 2 AA batteries so just carry a spare pack of cheap batteries in case.
There are plenty of threads on this forum about options for recharging on tour; use the search function or post a separate thread if you can't find what you need

Re: CPS Bloomer.

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 March 2015 - 9:51pm
thirdcrank wrote:... then I spotted a bloomer in this advice. As a test of how many people bother to read my ramblings, can anybody spot it?
thirdcrank wrote:In the search for greater widom,
Although I'm quite sure that's not what you meant.

I've been reading the CPS link over and over, following the linked legislation, the legislation linked from that legislation and generally going around in circles and I'm fairly sure that I haven't got an inkling.

thirdcrank wrote:Furious cycling was mentioned above and I thought we had flogged it to death before.
I have discovered that the Criminal Justice Act 1948 prevented us from sentencing it to penal servitude, I've yet to track down the legislation that should have stopped us from flogging it to death .

Re: Chainstays too short?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 March 2015 - 9:50pm
Or a Nelson longflap. I'm always amazed what goes in mine

Re: Cleats and Crashes

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 March 2015 - 9:37pm
Mike Sales wrote:Haven't you answered your own question?
It was a rhetorical question.

Re: Cleats and Crashes

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 March 2015 - 9:36pm
661-Pete wrote:(why on earth are they called 'clipless'?)

my preferred option of toe clips and straps.



Haven't you answered your own question?

Re: Cleats and Crashes

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 March 2015 - 9:32pm
Oh dear oh dear the Great Clipless Debate rears its ugly head again!

For the record, I've never used cleats and clip-in pedals (why on earth are they called 'clipless'?) myself, and I don't intend to. I've no intention of dissing the users of this technology, but at the same time I don't expect them to diss me and my preferred option of toe clips and straps.

So can we drop the bar on all this talk of toe-clips being 'dangerous' please? I have been happily using toe-clips these past 45 years and more, and never, repeat never, have I had an 'off' due to being unable to release my foot. I don't ride with tight straps and it is as easy to get my foot off the pedal as if I were riding flat pedals with no clips. But the toe clips have the great advantage of keeping my feet in the right position on the pedals - that's why I use them.

And of course I can cycle short distances in any shoes I like. For longer rides I do wear stiff cycling shoes with flat soles but not cleats. A long long time ago, before clip-ins were invented, I used shoe-plates - but even those I had no trouble releasing.

I'm sure those who are used to the cleat/clip-in combinaton, go great guns on them, and none of you have ever had a 'clipless moment'. Or have you? I have witnessed a few.... Of course once you're used to the things it'll never happen to you. And especially, never in heavy traffic....? At least, I hope not.

Re: Best saddle for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 March 2015 - 9:29pm
Yes I do like the look of that.

And I agree with folks on here who state/imply thay the cheap ones are often the best.

Like al I found my best ever saddle came fitted to a bike - a Cannondale.

Never saw it in a shop.

Eventually saw it on the SJ Street cycles web site for £15. So i bought two more.

I think it was a Selle Royal Look In.

It was so good and such great value that they of course had to discontinue it in case word got around!

For we all know that the arses it was so kind to were profoundly redesigned in about 2005, rendering it obsolete.

Re: Cleats and Crashes

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 March 2015 - 9:24pm
easyroller wrote:On my hybrid I run pedals with SPDs on one side and flat on the other (don't remember the exact model) so if I'm just popping down the shops or to a friend's house I don't have to bother with specific cycling shoes. Trainers will do, but I much prefer riding clipped in as opposed to flat pedals. I spend so much time clipped into my road bike that it feels weird to be riding not attached at the feet!

I had a pair of these pedals for several years but replaced them with full SPDs because I realised I so much prefered the benefits of SPDs that I never once rode the bike with normal shoes/trainers; the minimal effort of putting on my SPD shoes was always preferable to the inconvenience of cycling without SPDs.

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

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 March 2015 - 9:19pm
I was actually intending to spend a few days in Lisbon (obviously I would start away from the city). Not sure yet if I should do a circular tour (seems easier as I can leave some stuff/the bike box somewhere) or an arguably more interesting Lisbon-Faro itinerary...
By the way does anyone know of any nice lakes/rivers in the area? I wouldn't mind skipping the beach if there are some nicer/quieter spots...
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