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Re: 11 degree or 11%?

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 May 2014 - 10:33pm
when people refer to K in cycling terms, for instance I did 100k, I still think they mean a 100 miles..K referring to a thousand (in pseudo metric) and a thousand paces (from Roman times) is a millia or a mile.
I hate that we've adapted km so readily in cycling terms, it isn't representitive in this country at all and is awkward given our mile based distance indicators.

Re: Chipping ******

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 May 2014 - 10:12pm
Much damage to roads is caused by utility services digging up the road and not properly reinstating the damage. Councils often get the blame not repairing this damage. There needs to be more onus on utility companies for ensuring a lasting repair.
Surrey CC has relaid some roads, at least in the south east corner of the county, with an excellent surface, and some very minor ones too. However they still have to repair some roads they designate as "Surrey Cycleways"

Re: Road Legal Grass Cutters

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 May 2014 - 9:55pm
So why was he shouting abuse??

Re: Best/favourite snacks for on the bike

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 May 2014 - 9:47pm
Simply pitted dates. Loaded with sugar and energy. Just a couple every fifteen minutes will keep the wolf from the door.
Enjoy!

Re: Pinarello/Jaguar "Best bike in world"- Brailsford

CTC Forum - Racing - 30 May 2014 - 9:36pm
Not much clearance for mudguards and where do you fit your panniers?

Re: BT Openreach cyclists stay back

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 May 2014 - 9:20pm
Roger Geffen wrote:CTC has linked up with the London Cycling Campaign, Road Danger Reduction Forum and others to object to these stickers.
See https://www.ctc.org.uk/news/cycling-and ... -and-buses.

Roger Geffen
Campaigns & Policy Director
Excellent. Campaign has my full support.

Suggest: e-mail campaign to companies using the stickers (i.e. "disrespecting cyclists is not good business so I will not be using your services in future" (or phrased much better)

Suggest: online website "hall of shame" (photos and list of companies displaying such sitckers.

Ian

Re: Best/favourite snacks for on the bike

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 May 2014 - 9:17pm
My ordinary food, I dont see cycling as a reason for eating an unbalanced diet.

I have been known to buy a Marathon (may have said something else on the label) bar, a couple of times a year when flagging seriously on an Audax.

In my bag I will have a few of the small 50g packets of Nairn Oatcakes (ginger, mixed berries or chocolate).

When stopping at Spa shops I am quite partial to a tin of cold baked beans at the roadside.

I am more inclined to eat sweets at home due to boredom, than out on the bike when I have cycling to distract me. I give away the free sample Gel packs that I sometimes I receive.

Re: Best/favourite snacks for on the bike

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 May 2014 - 9:05pm
Banana malt loaf, sliced and put in a sandwich bag is a must for me, don't bother with the individually wrapped ones, their dry and expensive!

A really great source of quick energy is the Powerbar ride, these have literally got me up hills and home when I'm all out of energy. They taste better than snickers but without the fat content. I find them better than cliff bars for a big smack of energy. Not cheap but great to have in your bag

Re: Good multi-tool model

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 May 2014 - 8:55pm
I'm not that familiar with leather man multi tools (other than known to be good, Chris Juden now carries one I think after he reviewed one in Cycle the other year). If you want a 1 tool does (almost) everything, check your bike for all allen/bolt sizes/awkward access - different brakes have different sized centring screws (variously 2.4/3/4mm) for example, or if you need 2 sizes of the same tool (eg seat clamp bolts, some chainring bolts have allen keys both sides, and if you have any hard to reach bolts that at home require a cut down allen bolt). My alien multi tool has its own pouch, in which I squeeze a further 4 or so allen keys and a Brookes nose bolt spanner. Bike specific ones will lack in the scissor/knife department.
If you bike is new enough, if may well have torx fittings as well (some Shimano chainring bolts now use these).

Re: Recommended cycle tour companies?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 May 2014 - 8:44pm
Thanks for that John. I have toured solo though, (64 year old female) but find it a bit lonely!

Re: Get out of my way.

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 May 2014 - 8:03pm
MikeF wrote:So even amongst cyclists it seems that the adage that "I'm the only good driver and everyone else is incompetent" pervades! Tolerance seems to be totally disregarded by most sitting behind a steering wheel even on this forum. Just look at some above posts criticising other drivers and saying they shouldn't be on the road! Exactly the same response from many motorists regarding cyclists - holding up traffic, causing tailbacks etc!

Many people will justify all sorts of reasons why they don't want to drive "slowly", ie below the limit, from personal to mechanical (supposedly). These reasons are often trolled out when say 20mph limits are proposed.

Shortly before I retired, possibly 5 years ago, anyone who drove a vehicle in the course of their work had to attend a "Driving Awareness" course which involved a test with giving written answers or drawings and also a drive with an instructor as passenger. I think they were intent on showing us all that we were all poor drivers whatever our driving experience, if only to help us improve!

One point made was always allow enough time for your journey!

A Japanese friend occasionally visits us and he finds our driving far too fast apparently compared with that in Japan. Why is it that in the UK most of regard the speed limit as the speed target? Even exceeding the limit is regarded as a minor offence eg "Have you been convicted of any offence ... except speeding?" is on some forms.

I don't think that anyone said anything like "I'm the only good driver and everyone else is incompetent".

I don't have a problem with slow drivers. I much prefer slow drivers to fast ones. I do have a problem with incompetent drivers. And I was responding specifically to a statement that we should be tolerant of older drivers. That's fine if they are slow, but competent. But I don't like the idea that we should let older drivers continue to drive when they are no longer competent rather than Stop driving and become a burden on others to do their shopping, trips to doctors etc.?.

Back road to Ty'n-y-cornel YHA closed

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 May 2014 - 8:00pm
We arrived at the Llyn Brianne end of the track last weekend to find that it had been fenced off with 4 by 1 and notices saying "Road Closed 16th May for 18 months, for reconstruction"
We took the view (correctly) that nothing other than the notices would have happened yet, so lifted the bikes over the barrier and carried on.
The problem turned out to be water erosion down the steep section of the track about a half mile short of the hostel, with a baby gorge up to 8 feet deep and 2 or 3 feet wide. It looks like the track will be properly shut once they get going with the rebuild.



The normal access from Llanddewi-Brefi is unaffected.

Re: Motor mania

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 May 2014 - 7:48pm
And you like that, how about this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbnjGiGFxG8 ?

Re: Flying with a bike from Heathrow T5

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 May 2014 - 7:31pm
Thanks for that, just the kind of reassurance I needed. First time I've flown with a bike, and T5 wasn't around when I used to pass through LHR regularly. The stuff I read about BA is reassuring.

Trip is to Austria. Originally we were going to just cycle down the Danube but decided that might get boring, so we're starting from Innsbruck, heading for Salzburg, then through the lakes to the Danube and down to Vienna.

Re: How limiting is a rigid bike?

CTC Forum - MTB - 30 May 2014 - 7:15pm
If you're clumsy enough to ride into a deep hollow with a lot of weight on the front, suspension can get you out the other side where a rigid would have you over the handlebars. Very rough descents can be taken a bit quicker too but that might not be a good thing!

Re: BT Openreach cyclists stay back

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 May 2014 - 7:00pm
CTC has linked up with the London Cycling Campaign, Road Danger Reduction Forum and others to object to these stickers.
See https://www.ctc.org.uk/news/cycling-and ... -and-buses.

Roger Geffen
Campaigns & Policy Director

Re: How limiting is a rigid bike?

CTC Forum - MTB - 30 May 2014 - 6:53pm
Had a Rockhopper for ever. When it came to replacing I opted for a CX bike. Shoved some Mavic wheels on along with Schwalbe Pro tyres. It really is fabulous offroad and I often use it to commute 15+ miles every other day. Love it. The bike's a steel Croix De Fer.

Re: Get out of my way.

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 May 2014 - 6:39pm
Neilo wrote:Rather overly agressive response.

Didn't quite get it did you?
He was saying that to make the point that if you have not had any more training since you passed your test, then you are not as experienced as you think, and are liable to make the same mistakes again and again.

Neil

My objection was not the message but the belittling tone in which it was delivered. It serves only to make the speaker seem good at the expense of his audience.

Road Legal Grass Cutters

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 May 2014 - 6:38pm
Heard this calamatous noise behind me and was expecting a huge 24 wheeled monster trying to overtake. It was a flippin' lawn mower with number plates. The guy was actually hunched down for better streamlining. After a hundred yards or so he started shouting abuse. Well I think it was abuse as the noise was deafening. One thing about cycling, its never boring.
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