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Re: Brooks saddle protection

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 November 2014 - 6:46pm
On my recent JOGLE, I rode for 10 hours in pouring rain and my Brooks saddle was absolutely fine as your rear end covers the saddle (at least mine does!!) When parked up at the campsite overnight, I used a shower cap to protect the saddle and this worked well. It was no hassle at all when stopping and parking the bike during the day to take the shower cap out of the bar bag and slip it over the saddle as it is elasticated so no tying involved. The saddle is not as comfortable with a cover on because it is the 'shiny' feel to the leather that means no friction and therefore no saddle sores.

Re: French End to End

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 November 2014 - 6:45pm
Give me a nice french mountain any day compared to Devon and Cornwall. The Montagne Noir and around that area is very nice, a bit steep but long steady climbs. The Cevennes have some really interesting elevated limestone plateaus with flattish tops. There's also an argument for heading a smidge further east first and hopping over Ventoux. Conversely if you have a big issue with mountains head down the west coast and figure out a river route towards Perpignan.

Re: Help with choosing bike type and/or commute through Lond

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 November 2014 - 6:07pm
Looking at the footage again it appears this taxi driver pulled out of a junction without stopping and looking when there were clearly many pedestrians blocking his view. It looked like dangerous driving in my opinion and it was only fortunate that there were no other road users.

If I uploaded the video on youtube as unlisted, would someone be interested in viewing it so I can have another opinion? I will message the person a link.

Re: police ask for help identifying cyclist, Denbigh/Trefnan

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 November 2014 - 6:07pm
That is so sad, my heart goes out to the relatives.

Re: Brooks saddle protection

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 November 2014 - 5:48pm
Supermarket bags need replacing far too often.

Re: Brooks saddle protection

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 November 2014 - 5:20pm
22camels wrote:To answer my own question, looking at the Brooks rain cover page http://www.brooksengland.com/catalogue- ... ain+Cover/ and reading the reviews and staff comments, Brooks do not recommend riding on the cover:

"use the cover when the bike is parked or when you absolutely must ride in a downpour, a little rain is no worry at all."…

What if I really love riding in downpours for hours at a time?

A plastic supermarket bag works perfectly. stuff it under the saddle when not needed. Attracts less attention as well.

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 November 2014 - 4:33pm
So where do Dutch dog owners take their dogs for a toilet stop then?

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 November 2014 - 4:28pm
I've watched quite a few videos about NL bike paths and apart from the obvious of width and maintenance but the complete lack of the legions of dog walkers you get on every path here.

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 November 2014 - 4:07pm
Those going straight on have priority over those turning. That's always the basic principle of UK priority rules. And yes that includes a pedestrian crossing a junction. Just because most drivers don't respect that right or are even aware of it doesn't make it ok.

Re: Brooks saddle protection

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 November 2014 - 3:26pm
To answer my own question, looking at the Brooks rain cover page http://www.brooksengland.com/catalogue- ... ain+Cover/ and reading the reviews and staff comments, Brooks do not recommend riding on the cover:

"use the cover when the bike is parked or when you absolutely must ride in a downpour, a little rain is no worry at all."…

What if I really love riding in downpours for hours at a time?

Brooks saddle protection

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 November 2014 - 3:11pm
I got a nice new Brooks saddle about nine months ago for touring and I also use the bike for getting around town every day. It rains a lot and therefore I've been buying saddle covers to stop it getting wet because I heard that leather saddles irreversibly lose their shape if you let them get wet.

The trouble is they all wear out.

I got a Brooks rain cover which is solid and is meant to be waterproof, but because I wasn't 100% sure about the latter, I got one of these http://shop.onyerbikeseat.com just in case to put over the top (i.e. two covers). Of course the latter disintegrated rapidly. But I thought the Brooks cover would last. Now I see it is also developing a small hole in the front.

I keep the cover on all the time, whether I am riding or not. Is this not what these saddle covers are designed for? Am I meant to be removing the cover every time I get on the bike? That sounds like a hassle.. And me sitting on it will keep all the rain off it even in heavy downpours? OK if it gets wet I wait for it to dry and apply proof hide, but I don't want to be doing this all the time.

Also, has anyone felt their saddle is less comfortable when covered up, than bare, or is it just my imagination?

Re: Favourite country?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 November 2014 - 2:38pm
France - It has an excellent network of quiet secondary roads with little traffic. The landscape varies enormously across the country. Cyclists are respected. The food is wonderful.

Re: police ask for help identifying cyclist, Denbigh/Trefnan

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 November 2014 - 2:30pm
I see that the rider has now died, although she has been identified.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-nort ... s-30067011

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 November 2014 - 2:25pm
Bicycler

You are right of course: it's only by people generally sticking to accepted norms of conduct that we don't have to start learning from scratch with every encounter. There are some on this forum - and here cunobelin comes to mind - who don't share your benevolent view of driving instructors, especially when they are driving and not instructing.

Bicycler wrote: ... . I think the driving instructor's mantra is "priority is always given, never taken" or words to that effect...

Re: Waterproof gloves that are NOT waterproof.

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 November 2014 - 2:25pm
NUKe wrote:Are you sure this not just your hands sweating. I have a similar pair of gloves, but find them too warm at this time of year

No not sweating, the rain was that hard I could feel the water leaking in by the fingers.

I had my jacket cuffs over the top of the gloves, so now water got in that way.

Re: The Calm Before The Storm

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 November 2014 - 1:55pm
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 .

Re: Waterproof gloves that are NOT waterproof.

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 November 2014 - 1:27pm
Are you sure this not just your hands sweating. I have a similar pair of gloves, but find them too warm at this time of year

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 November 2014 - 1:13pm
thirdcrank wrote:It seems to me that a road user, be they driving a 40 tonne juggernaut or on foot, has above all, a duty to try to prevent collisions. Relying on some imagined right rather than taking avoiding action surely cannot be justified in any moral sense. Avoiding collisions has the benefit that benefit that nobody gets hurt and beyond that, the lawyers make no money.
Agreed, but it helps all road users if there is clarity about which party has priority even though that doesn't convey a right to proceed. There is, of course, a big difference between having priority and being entitled to abuse, intimidate or collide with other road users*. I think the driving instructor's mantra is "priority is always given, never taken" or words to that effect.

*The sense of entitlement which allows some drivers (and for that matter some cyclists) to honk horns, accelerate towards and shout abuse at pedestrians they feel to be in the wrong is truly abhorrent.

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 November 2014 - 1:10pm
thirdcrank wrote:It seems to me that a road user, be they driving a 40 tonne juggernaut or on foot, has above all, a duty to try to prevent collisions. Relying on some imagined right rather than taking avoiding action surely cannot be justified in any moral sense.

This seems to be the whole point to me, right of way is not the same as the right to deliberately cause an accident.

I used to drive to camera club with my cousin along a route that crossed a narrow bridge with a sign giving priority to one direction over the other. When it was my cousins turn to drive, if someone coming in the opposite direction didn't give way she would put her foot down and accelerate at him. Right of way = right to cause an accident?

On the opposite side of the same coin, my driving instructor once asked me when does a pedestrian have right of way? His answer: Always, "because you wouldn't run him over". No right to cause an accident = no right of way?
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