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Re: Motorcycles using cycle designated parking

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 December 2014 - 10:04pm
I remember trying to warn a motorcyclist with a very nice bike it might not be advisable to park his motorbike locked to the Huntingdon Sainsburys cycle parking area, mostly cos people would be more likely to scratch his bike. He seemed to take it as a threat from me!
It's tricky with motorbikes, you really do need something to anchor it to, my friends CBR was locked and alarmed in Cambridge at a m/c park but was presumably lifted into a van.
In St.Ives, Cambs we mostly have about 1-3 spaces taken up by done in cycles with advertising boards on them for local shops, God that's annoying.

Re: Leicester Area Audax Riders

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 December 2014 - 9:42pm
I agree about riding the distance for training. I began by being happy if I'd rode at least half the distance within two weeks of the event. I ended up being happy if I'd rode a quarter of the distance. Working as a shepherd, due to lambing, I never got any spring miles in and twice started my year with a 400 in May.

Re: Best way / courier to get 1x bike to the USA?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 December 2014 - 9:22pm
If you fly BA bikes just gets treated as a bag. If this means you have two bags it is cheaper to pay for additional bag in advance on line rather than at airport.

Re: What are your essentials to go bicycle touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 December 2014 - 9:21pm
For me I wouldn't want to go touring without a camera.
I wouldn't enjoy a days cycling if I hadn't had a good nights sleep, so my exped mat and down quilt are near the top of the list.
And although I risk getting burnt at the stake, my Garmin has transformed the way I tour, I wouldn't want to be without it.

Re: Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 December 2014 - 9:03pm
Well, it certainly ain't the Galaxy any more!

Although, not that I've really counted, but I think I see more Thorns than Surlys on the road.

Re: Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 December 2014 - 8:20pm
Disc trucker too. All that juvenile surliness on their site is all a marketing smoke screen. They have really sat down and thought things through. Amazing bikes. I have one. And I will die upon my steed...hc

Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 December 2014 - 8:18pm
mercalia wrote:what about snakes? any one mention them here?

Not to mention scorpions in the deserts in the southwest. Shake shoes out in the morning before putting them on. I thought this was a joke when someone told me but it's on the Park Service website. Though in the USA scorpion bites are only life threatening to children, the elderly or hyper-sensitive people.

http://www.nature.nps.gov/biology/ipm/m ... piders.cfm

yuhadesert2.jpg

Re: Pennsylvania

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 December 2014 - 8:10pm
raybo wrote:...
... excellent links, thanks a lot.

shane wrote:... after a long day in the saddle its quiet a pain to walk endlessly around the supermarket looking for the beer section...
... I pretty well understand what you're meaning, fortunately I drink only wine ... and sometimes water as well

Re: Leicester Area Audax Riders

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 December 2014 - 8:03pm
When i started to audax there were plenty of people riding the events who were well under 45....
The trouble with long distance riding, it takes up so much time at weekends when time can be precious. Not many riders do repeated rides most weekends at audax distance (though there are some who audax most weekends in order to score points they need for competitions.
Most people do club rides and only actually ride the distances when they are doing an audax (certainly that is what i do, except when i ride an occasional 100 mile ride).

Re: Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 December 2014 - 7:48pm
Surly certainly hit the jackpot with it, right bike, right time, right price and some great marketing. I suspect many of those on that site are American, where it's a real bargain, I don't think they have the choice we do.

Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 December 2014 - 7:23pm
good point... a snake bite kit is probably a good thing to carry.

Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 December 2014 - 7:17pm
On a very cold day I've been browsing the Fully Loaded website.
Going off the number of photos of Surly LHT's on the site gallery,is it the default touring bike and does it deserve the accolade?

Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 December 2014 - 4:30pm
what about snakes? any one mention them here?

Re: Leicester Area Audax Riders

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 December 2014 - 3:44pm
If you are working, you usually have stuff to do (other than riding your bike) at weekends, so can't afford the time to do 120 mile bike rides which take around 10 hours including stops.

Most club rides are of that pace but are usually only around 80-100km. You could ride with a club but extend the ride afterwards. Certainly Notts CTC groups typically do 80-100 miles on a Sunday in summer, less in winter, but probably at a lower average speed than you are looking for.

Re: What are your essentials to go bicycle touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 December 2014 - 12:22pm
AntonioCM wrote:Hi guys,

I am not a gear geek, but I reckon there are still some material possessions I think I couldn’t go bicycle touring without.

Antonio

Antonio

I get the strong impression that what you really cannot do without is your underwear:

http://www.theadventurejunkies.com/worl ... ra-mexico/

I don't blame you but you did ask.

Re: Feeling guilty whilst not cycling & car use thru illness

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 December 2014 - 11:52am
Moodyman1 wrote:.... no shame

Yeah,no shame in being ill,and no guilt complex for not riding because of that either.
It's bad enough not being well,without feeling guilty for it too

Re: Motorcycles using cycle designated parking when they're

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 December 2014 - 11:07am
meic wrote:I reckon that if you want a law enforced you first have to KNOW that a law has been broken.

As the authorities dont seem so sure, you should find chapter and verse in the regulations CERTAINLY before assaulting a minor just because you think so.

I manage to share the new cycle stands with the motorcyclists which is just as well as I am normally the only cyclist who leaves their bike there amongst many motorcycles. As it is very difficult to get cars prosecuted for parking on the pavement, I see little chance of getting motorcyclists prosecuted. Though my motorbike did get a ticket on the "pavement*" where there were double yellow lines on the road.

*actually the border of the war memorial.
Hmm not in Lambeth. We get the local council tiny cars with cameras on enforcing that - even give you a ticket for parking on your own land next the pavement. So maybe op need to contact the appropriate council dept

Re: Feeling guilty whilst not cycling & car use thru illness

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 December 2014 - 11:06am
Point is that upper respiratory tract infections don't go further down because it's a bit too warm for them down in the lungs: they flourish better in nose, throat & larynx. If you go cycling or running in cold weather you cool down your trachea and maybe bronchi, and at the same time your elevated breathing rate and force sucks the infection down into your lungs, which are now a pleasant environment.

If you don't do this for long and warm up again quickly you can be OK, but 20 miles on the bike would be just about perfect for something nasty to start. Once it's down in the lungs and running nicely then once you warm up again it'll be a bit too warm for it but it'll make the best of a bad job.

A chum of mine gave himself pneumonia this way, and my wife's running forum is full of folk with stories such as "It didn't stop me running. It's gone away now but I've got this chesty cough I can't shift". Him and 3 million other hard cases.

san javier

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 December 2014 - 11:05am
hi all
looking for road bike routes in this area preferably loops starting from the san javier area or there abouts
any help would be appreciated. Not busy roads please. trying also to find tour of murcia route but no luck.
ta

Re: Good road US road sign

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 December 2014 - 10:32am
Elizabethsdad wrote:Audax67 wrote:The bike needs a glove box to keep the .38 in.
I would suggest openly carried in a hip holster would be more effective and dude a .38? seriously? Berretta 92F surely.

I disagree, the .38 and 9mm are almost identical in their ballistics. My choice would be a 1911A1 the .45ACP has much better stopping power!
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