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Re: Long cycle tourers - you feel like you just want to go h

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2015 - 1:06pm
I have bad days when touring. No energy or enthusiasm. I try to do a short day when I feel like this. Sometimes it passes, sometimes not. Give it a couple more days perhaps, and if you feel the same way, then go home and get a full time job where you do the same thing day in day out. The more tedious the better. You'll soon be in the mood for touring again

Re: Pannier question

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 April 2015 - 1:03pm
Isn't it logical that if you put more weight on the bike it will take more effort to get it going from standstill? Yes I know that the same weight is there if you had the weight on your back instead, but for the initial push off it does seem to make sense that an unladen bike will feel and behave in a more lively manner than a laden one.

Despite this I'm a firm fan of letting the bike bear the weight of course - tis just so much more comfortable apart from anything else.

I'm no physicist... Someone should do a proper experiment (they probably already have).

Re: Long cycle tourers - you feel like you just want to go h

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2015 - 12:58pm
Solo touring, like any solo holiday, doesn't necessarily suit everyone.

Re: Long cycle tourers - you feel like you just want to go h

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2015 - 12:57pm
Do make sure you are eating properly, and particularly at the end of the day. If you are not it will affect your mood as well as your energy levels, and you will get into a cycle of 'depression'. Also, I believe it is quite common for the third or fourth day of a long tour to be bad - lots of the End-to-Enders report this, presumably because the first excitement has worn off and they realise how far they still have to go.

But food=fuel so look hard at how you are managing this. What did you do on your last tour?

The bottom line though is that there is no shame or blame in deciding that you have had enough for the moment, and catching the nearest train home.

Good luck!

Re: Wild camping in England ???

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2015 - 12:40pm
I posted a blog, Wildcamping, a guide for first timers.

http://www.farawayvisions.com/wildcamping-a-first-timers-guide/

Were going around the world!!!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2015 - 12:31pm
Hey guys,

Next Monday on 4th May my girlfriend and I are going to begin our round the world cycle ride. We can't believe it has come around so quickly and were still buying bits to take with us!!

This is going to be our first long term cycle adventure, our longest trip prior to this was a 7 day trip from Munich to Vienna down the Danube. This will be very different. We plan to cycle from England to Istanbul, then on wards to Azerbaijan then over the Himalayas into China and then down through SE Asia and into Australia. From Australia we will cycle from Darwin to Adelaide then into New Zealand before flying into Chile and work our way back from Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Columbia, Central America, Mexico and finally the US. We will end our ride in Reading, Pennsylvania.

What a ride. If you want to follow our adventures we have made a blog and it would be great to get some feedback/comments/sponsorship from some like minded cyclists.

Our blog address is www.reading2reading.com

Thanks
Tim & Fin

Re: Pannier question

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 April 2015 - 12:19pm
Is it to do with you and the bike not being "at one" as you move off? If you start to accelerate the bike before your body moves, a light bike - i.e. no luggage, will accelerate faster until your body starts to move as well.

The cycling tuition I received when I was young was that you should never carry anything on your back when riding - to minimise strains. I think that holds true for cycling long distances. More recently I've also been sharing the weight on the bike - putting the weight up front on low rider panniers.

Re: Pannier question

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 April 2015 - 12:12pm
I have the panniers positioned right at the back of the pannier rack so they're quite a way from the brakes so can't see it being that. Once the bike's up to speed, it takes the same amount of effort to keep moving.

I'm wondering whether when my laptop is on the rack it is a dead weight whilst when it's on my back then it's moving with me - if you see what I mean.

Re: Touring France with a child's trailer

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2015 - 12:03pm
Yes, I looked at that after reading an old 2007 thread about alternative hitches. They also do trailers IIRC and some look like little car ones too.

Re: Long cycle tourers - you feel like you just want to go h

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2015 - 11:43am
It's not uncommon to feel like that after about 3 months, but after a week is a bit unusual. On the other hand you apparently have a home with a partner, and extended separation is perhaps not great for that.

As for eating badly, well if you fix that you'll quickly find out if that was anything to do with it, probably by about tomorrow.

Re: Touring France with a child's trailer

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2015 - 10:37am
If it is the small axle based alloy hitch with the universal joint in the trailer arm (think all Burleys since about 2010 have them but could be wrong about the year) then it is indeed a good hitch. There is complete freedom of movement at the joint and the hitch link to the bike is strong and sturdy. I think the newer Weber links are similar to the Burley hitch in that they attach to the axle. The older one was similar to the older Classic burley hitch which clamps to the corner formed by the seat and chainstays.

Which Burley trailer? We have the excellent D-lite one.

Re: Touring France with a child's trailer

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2015 - 10:29am
British Eagle wrote:Thanks for that. Norway and Denmark would be an awesome trip. I've just upgraded the trailer to a secondhand Burley, arriving soon, as I'm hoping we'll be doing a lot of touring over the next few years. I guess it'll be best using trains just for the big planned journeys where we can book ahead - no hopping on and off the locals! I know about 'disguising' the trailer as a pram (on airlines too) but have never tried it; it's just so huge I don't know how we'd get away with it.
The Burleys I have looked at have good hitches.

I have found Denmark to be the best place to take trains ad-hoc with bikes. We haven't tried it with the trailer as yet though as we didn't need to last summer. I can recommend Denmark in general and West and North Jutland (NSCR) in particular as a good place for a family cycle tour. The NSCR is relatively flat and the scenery changes enough to keep it interesting. A lot of campsites have family rooms with a shower, toilet and washbasins in the same space. The family rooms vary in size considerably but make life easier when travelling with a child. Some of the campsites are on the expensive side but you also have the option of a network of free/almost free camping areas which are only open to cyclists, walkers and horse riders. These have minimal facilities.

Re: Off road cycling from Dublin to Galway

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2015 - 9:29am
Heard nothing about this either. I live in Dublin.
Any links to this?

Re: fewer motorists fined for mobile use

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 April 2015 - 9:05am
kwackers wrote:I saw that. Good on them! I'm fed up with folk who think they can park wherever they like with impunity and then whine like a girl when they get a ticket.
The reality is that whilst not long ago parking companies were extracting the urine it's gone too far the other way now.
I take your point but is the sexist comparison necessary?

Re: Singlewheel trailers - experiences and modifications

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2015 - 7:59am
The pics I refer to are the ones in the adverts for bob nutz. Nothing looks like it would work with a hub gear like the SA .

Re: Off road cycling from Dublin to Galway

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2015 - 7:42am
I haven't heard of this route, but I imagine that it is likely to make use of the tow paths on the Grand Canal, which connects Dublin to the Shannon.

Re: Singlewheel trailers - experiences and modifications

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2015 - 7:34am
Sabrutat, how are your mods going- break any skewers?

Modifications working perfectly. Only thing of slight concern is the skewer nuts are rusty where I ground flat surfaces on the barrel to take a spanner. Not really an issue, but I'd prefer no rust, obviously.

I think I'm going to buy one of these black ones because it is a better fit for my bag, and obviously my premade spare parts, inner tubes and tyre will fit, too. Plus it's black, which matches the rest of my rig and lends me a dynamic bad boy quality that's certain to impress the ladies.

Cheers

Stef

Re: Pannier question

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 April 2015 - 7:17am
Check panniers are not affecting the rear brake, either by pushing the cable run out of shape or actually pressing on the brake arms themselves (if it's a v- brake).

Re: Pannier question

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 April 2015 - 7:15am
Possibly that your standing on the pedals, and so when you had the weight on you it was 'helping' in the down phase, but not too noticeable in the 'lift'?

Re: Pannier question

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 April 2015 - 7:07am
Not that I can recall from my experience. I take it nothing is rubbing anywhere and that your tyres are pumped up and your bearings are in good condition?
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