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Re: Give way to pavement cyclist when turning into side road

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 November 2014 - 8:44am
beardy wrote:So where do Dutch dog owners take their dogs for a toilet stop then?

Belgium?

Undertaken - on the pavement...

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 November 2014 - 8:27am
This morning I was undertaken by a car which took to the pavement to pass (just) me before a junction where our ways easily part, and less than a couple of hundred yards before it all turns dual carriageway anyway...

Stupid cagebound idiot

Re: What is the best dynamo hub for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 November 2014 - 8:03am
Since you asked about the best, I think the answer is the Schmidt hubs. Others have improved, but the SON hubs are still the best. Personally, I would consider dropping the idea of charging gadgets. This summer, I used a Garmin Etrex 30 gps for the first time. I had chosen this model because it is the smallest and lightest model, and lasts longest on a set of batteries (and it is the cheapest). I had been led to believe that that would be about two days, and that indeed was what I achieved with a set of older batteries. However, one set of new quality Eneloop types (Ansmann 2500) lasted five full days. This was riding preloaded tracks rather than making the gps do the hard work of calculating a route. Other models, and particularly the touch screen models, use far more battery power, however. I have a SON 28 hub, but I have now decided that I don't need the extra expense and extra weight and hassle of an E-werk or the like. Keep it simple, and just take enough rechargeables for your trip. If your luck runs out, you can always buy a few AA's. Take a little wall charger for a long trip. I only switch on my phone for a few minutes each day, to keep in touch with the family, so that will last for ages as well. If you decide to take this route, the SONdelux hub will be enough for your lights. I have the older model SON for 28 inch wheels, and my wife the model for 20 inch wheels (both on 26 inch wheels). The difference in light output with Edelux lights is invisible, other than at very low speeds. With lights on, I can clearly notice the difference in drag and vibration level, however. Not with lights off.

Re: First EVER Tour! (and I'm going RTW)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 November 2014 - 7:24am
Samurray wrote:"So I've decided to fly to Nepal and begin the Indian and South East Asia Legs of my journey."

Hey James
I am approaching Georgia and considering the same thing - i.e. flying to India. Just wandering how you are finding it logistically getting bike on the plane etc and whether any bike shops in Tbilisi have boxes etc?
Cheers
Murray

Hey Murray,

I hope I'm not too late with this reply. I made the mistake of not getting extra baggage in time. I flew with FlyDubai (the cheapest airline for this trip) and thought I could get extra baggage sorted at the airport. That wasn't the case and I had to hand over $160 in charges, and this was reduced from $260 as I was almost in tears when I was told how much I had to pay. If you get extra baggage online or over the phone this wouldnt be a problem.

FlyDubai require bikes to be boxed and I was able to get a box easily and for free at a nice little bike shop in Tbilisi. If you ask for directions to Wendy's/Smart (a fast food chain attached to a supermarket) located in Vake, on Chavchavadze Avenue, then you'll find Velo+/Cube Bike shop right behind it.

Hope that helps, message if you have any problems as I have friends in Tbilisi who may be able to help you out.

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If you have some time please check out the newest JamesVsWorld Blog. This time it's not so much about cycling, but the trek in Nepal that recently featured in the international news after a snowstorm caused a number of deaths.

On the 14th October 2014 a snowstorm and series of avalanches occurred on and around Annapurna and the surrounding areas of the Himalayan range in Nepal. Rescue efforts saved the lives of over 400 people from the popular ‘Annapurna Circuit Trek’ and other treks in the area, however, despite these efforts, more than 40 people were killed and many are missing. This post takes place and was written before these events.

http://jamesvsworld.com/2014/11/17/into ... na-part-1/

Re: Oban to Stonehaven

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 November 2014 - 9:50pm
If you have a bike that can tackle rough tracks and paths you might consider reversing my Aberdeen-Ft William route ( http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/13830). From Oban the reasonably continuous Sustrans path goes up to Ballachulish; after that it's the busy A82 to Ft William, although you could avoid this by using the pavement to the Corran Ferry, cycle up the west side of Loch Linnhe and catch one of the (unfortunately) rather infrequent Camusnagaul ferries over to the Fort. After that it's as per my route (I used a Surly LHT with 2" tyres and it coped fine) and obviously once you get to lower Deeside you'll be able to find your own way home.

Good luck!

Tony

Re: London - Istanbul. Which route?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 November 2014 - 9:31pm
Barrenfluffit wrote:With a long distance ride finding viable off road routes can be awkward. You need a decently detailed map but will tend to ride across it quite quickly. Also the right scale may not be available when you need it. Spending £10-15 per day on maps is an expensive and bulky exercise.

I might be out of date and Google maps \ technology may have caught up.

Likewise rural roads beyond Hungary may have improved hugely. But if they haven't on road conditions can be worse than a UK off road trail. It's part of the experience and travelling down through the balkans was terrific.

Choice of route starts with how you feel about hills; the flatter ways are following the rhine to pick up eurovelo6. Then follow the danube, cut across bulgaria and pick uo 100 towards Istanbul.
The fastest way is to head south over the alps, down italy to Ancona and catch the ferry to greece but the long ferry ride is kinda missing the point.

The balkans are a terrific touring experience but very hot in high summer.

The route should reflects what you want to get out of the trip. Also a search on eurovelo6 on here should throw up some hits.

I will be navigating with Open Cycle Map on my phone charged via a dynamo so having to buy extra maps won't be a problem.

The eurovelo 6 does sound appealing once it joins the danube but I'm not sure whether to head due(ish) South to meet it in Bavaria or meet it later and see more of Germany, the Czech Republic and perhaps the Tara mountains in Slovakia. It would mean cheaper prices (more lavish eating), less densely populated areas (more wilderness, I think) and I would join the route as the Balkan states begin. I'll have a search of the EV6 and try to get a feel of it's sections in Bavaria, Austria and Hungary, thanks.

Re: Using a toucan to turn right: banned?

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 November 2014 - 9:13pm
beardy wrote:I frequently used the crossing as "cover" while turning right as it holds the motors back long enough for me to angle across the road and onto the pavement without entering the crossing before they are released.

Or possibly entering the crossing near to the other side just to use its dropped kerb.
I sometimes do this on a crossing near home - it's right outside the police station

Re: The Calm Before The Storm

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 November 2014 - 8:02pm
I got home about an hour ago after taking a night ride. All well and pleasant until about ten minutes from home.
Some chavvy scrote in his dads Avensis revved the living daylights out of it before lurching at me as I crossed his path. He stopped about 2 feet from me. All his mates sat on the wall erupted in fits of laughter as did he, probably as a result of the look of terror on my face. I looked at him, shook my head and cycled off.
It was a good half hour till I stopped shaking.
I can understand that some folk here may think the motorcyclists language was maybe a bit over the top and maybe it was, but as already stated by others, we don't know how his week was up until that incident.
Had it not been for the fact that I'm only 5'3" and fairly wussy and that his mates were there, I'd have dragged him from his car and hospitalized him. Literally. I still feel that way about it. I may have calmed down a bit by tomorrow.

Re: Bike fit for French canals

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 November 2014 - 7:52pm
I did most of the Burgundy canal in May on my Ti tourer with 32 Marathons. No punctures and comfortable ride.

Re: The Calm Before The Storm

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 November 2014 - 7:21pm
RJS wrote:...P.S. I've shouted and gesticulated may times in the past older now and have found I enjoy my ride far more if I don't get upset, and remember the times when I've been at fault

I'm going with this. I drive a pickup and trailer for work purposes; I've commuted for 5 years by bike in London and I used to ride a Suzuki 350DR. With all that aside nothing floats my endorphins like my 'push bike' so with my long hair, beard and life experiences as strings to my 'bow of life' I prefer to let stuff like this wash over me while I get on and enjoy what cycling gives me. One massive grin! [emoji12]

Re: Klunkerz film

CTC Forum - MTB - 16 November 2014 - 7:14pm
I'm glad some folks 'out there' enjoyed it. If you want an actual copy, and some other Klunkerz goodies, just hit me up on the Klunkerz website.
Ride on,
Billy Savage
writer/producer/director
KLUNKERZ

Re: The Calm Before The Storm

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 November 2014 - 7:07pm
mike_dowler wrote:I am interested in the assertion that motorcyclists have the right to filter. Does this have any basis in eg the HC? I appreciate the argument that it makes a (small) reduction in the length of the queue, but cannot see why it should be necessary. After all motorbikes are perfectly able to keep up with the traffic flow when it is moving; why should they not also wait there turn when the traffic is stopped?
Why should other road users block anyone filtering if it's safe to do so,especially if the vehicle needn't be held up other than the fact that they chose the right mode of transport when others didn't?


The situation is rather different for cyclists since (a) most of us cannot keep up with freely flowing traffic, (b) the HC encourages cats to overtake (or at least assumes that they will), and (c) facilities are usually directed at providing a specific route for filtering. I starting thinking about this in the recent discussion about ASLs, which I am often forced to share with motorbikes.
It's all about safe movement of traffic,if it's safe to filter then what's the problem,whatever the vehicle?
Motorcycles and can filter safely through standing and slow moving traffic,so why should they needlessly wait in a line of traffic
The whole problem in the video in question is the car driver who can't get anywhere but decides to impede the motorcyclist's progress unnecessarily out of nothing other than stupid and deliberate nastiness.
The motorcyclist's response is arguably OTT but there is no need for him to be held up if there's room to filter safely.
I really don't understand attitude of,I'm stopped so everyone else should be too!

Edited to clarify

Re: The Calm Before The Storm

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 November 2014 - 6:59pm
mike_dowler wrote:I am interested in the assertion that motorcyclists have the right to filter.
Any road user has the general right to overtake any other road user. The HC and the inderlying Acts don't normally give rights, but prohibitions.

mike_dowler wrote:... the HC encourages cats to overtake ...
I often have problems with dogs overtaking me then trying to bite my wheels. Never any problem with cats.

Re: The Calm Before The Storm

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 November 2014 - 6:51pm
661-Pete wrote:Bonefishblues wrote:I agree, but would comment that hindsight must surely have had time to take effect before one posts (consistently, having viewed a number of his clips) on a Youtube Channel?
That's my point. I may lapse into bad language, but I'm not proud of the fact...

My point was that we aren't all alike and that some people view a bad deed worse than 'bad' language.
Though I do agree that using bad language in response to a bad deed can be counter productive,sometimes the red mist descends.

Re: The Calm Before The Storm

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 November 2014 - 6:46pm
I am interested in the assertion that motorcyclists have the right to filter. Does this have any basis in eg the HC? I appreciate the argument that it makes a (small) reduction in the length of the queue, but cannot see why it should be necessary. After all motorbikes are perfectly able to keep up with the traffic flow when it is moving; why should they not also wait there turn when the traffic is stopped?

The situation is rather different for cyclists since (a) most of us cannot keep up with freely flowing traffic, (b) the HC encourages cats to overtake (or at least assumes that they will), and (c) facilities are usually directed at providing a specific route for filtering. I starting thinking about this in the recent discussion about ASLs, which I am often forced to share with motorbikes.

Re: emergency waterproof poncho

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 November 2014 - 6:42pm
To be fair this one is typically German in its construction - I doubt it would last too long in daily use, but even the little bag it's supplied in is well made!

Re: 11 degree or 11%?

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 November 2014 - 6:37pm
thirdcrank wrote:OS chevrons don't seem to provide much consistency either: I've noted the number of chevrons on a hill increasing between editions

It's most unkind of you to point that out just when I was taking solace in the thought I was successfully keeping the years at bay

Since I am not driving a heavily-laden lorry on a tight schedule I find the question of grades to be largely academic. In practical terms when I (or we on the tandem) are in the lowest gear and can no longer maintain a speed faster than walking pace (about 3.5 mph for Mrs. M-k and me) it's time to get off and push.

Heading downhill, when my eyes begin to water so heavily from the wind that my vision blurs … then it's time to apply the brakes

Re: The Calm Before The Storm

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 November 2014 - 6:22pm
Bonefishblues wrote:I agree, but would comment that hindsight must surely have had time to take effect before one posts (consistently, having viewed a number of his clips) on a Youtube Channel?
That's my point. I may lapse into bad language, but I'm not proud of the fact...

Re: M324 Pedals - You couldn't make it up

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 November 2014 - 5:41pm
Before you buy 'em, bear in mind that they are a pain to maintain as they need a special tool (which costs about £40 or something) to adjust the bearings, or a great deal of faffing with improvised tools. I have a pair of which the axle in one pedal worked loose within a year - so I changed them for some other pedals which have more accessible lock nuts. You can probably find more details by a search on the forum.........

Re: The Calm Before The Storm

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 November 2014 - 5:40pm
reohn2 wrote:Pete
If my life was on camera I'd be extremely embarrassed by some of my behaviour,and so would the vast majority of other people IMHO.
Anyone who puts their lives on Youtube stands naked for all to see,sometimes they're right sometimes wrong.
In this particular case(the OP video) SeikenBiker is guilty of venting(wrongly IMO) but 20/20 hindsight's an incredible view!
I hope we can all learn something .
I agree, but would comment that hindsight must surely have had time to take effect before one posts (consistently, having viewed a number of his clips) on a Youtube Channel?
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