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Re: What bike would you suggest as a tourer and every day us

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 May 2015 - 9:15am
Tourers are very practical bikes, and do most things quite well. My own tourer (a Thorn Club Tour, much modified) is great for commuting, riding a few miles to the shops, and just enjoying long rides on the lanes. It is a tad slower than a light road bike, but (with lower tyre pressure) is a bit more comfortable.

For a faster ride, but with mudguards and a rack for the shopping, an audax style "light tourer" combines some of the practicality and comfort of a tourer with some of the zip of a road race bike. If your touring is to be lightly loaded, that could be perfect for you.

For either of the 2 types, tourer or audax, there are plenty of models online. My own first port of call would be Spa Cycles, whose range of own brand tourers and audax bikes are very highly rated but not too expensive. But there are other good brands out there, so look around for something that appeals to you.

Re: What bike would you suggest as a tourer and every day us

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 May 2015 - 9:10am
Just to add to the advice above:

As already mentioned, you could keep the shopper and replace the road bike with a good tourer. If you're able to bide your time, a second hand one in good condition will often be better value for money. If the shopper is tatty enough, can it be kept on the ground floor in a communal hallway or storage area? Perhaps with a wall/floor ring to chain it to? Otherwise, there are all sorts of ways to store bikes in small flats – wall hung racks or ceiling mounts etc, if your landlord is agreeable (assuming you're renting).

For one bike, you could look for a second hand rigid mountain bike (i.e no suspension) as these can make very good tourers providing the frame has mounts for full mudguards and a rack, and you change the knobbly tyres to slicks. This may be less attractive to thieves.

Folders, as also mentioned, are a good space-saving solution. You haven't mentioned your budget and they can be expensive but you could find a good deal second hand. I use a Dahon Helios P8 20" wheel as my runaround and it's great. Depending on what type of touring you want to do, it would also make a very practical tourer with light loads.

Edit: just seen your post. You might want to investigate the 2nd hand mountain bike idea for a tight budget. Good luck!

Re: Bikes on Trains in Spain

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 May 2015 - 7:45am
I've used the FEVE narrow gauge train along the north coast but I am not sure how farweest the line extends. It is a delightful little railway but as mentioned not for anyone in a hurry.

There are no dedicated cycle facilities on them in my experience, you just wait on the platform where there is a disabled symbol and board there. Take some bits of cord with you to lash the bikes to the rails in the carriage. You might consider breaking the journey for an overnight stop somewhere.

Re: Share the space drop your pace

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 May 2015 - 7:38am
MikeF wrote:According to the sign pedestrians don't have to be courteous as they have priority. In my very limited experience tow paths seem too narrow for shared use.
There are some excellent tow paths for modern travel (as opposed for two horses towing barges)

Re: Islabikes Bienn 29 - tourer for a titch?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 May 2015 - 6:58am
I've toured my kids on their islabikes and they were fine with panniers etc. I'd go and see islabike if you possibly can. They're not very helpful by email IMO. Check the gearing will be up to what you want to do too.

Re: Waterfalls

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 May 2015 - 6:43am
Slowroad wrote:It's interesting that most suggestions are in Scotland. I wonder if this is because of 'isostatic readjustment' - Scotland is rising whilst the South of England is sinking.

[emoji38]Very good! Sinking without trace...b

Re: What bike would you suggest as a tourer and every day us

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 May 2015 - 6:38am
The Jamis Aurora might fit the bill and looks suitably toned down to possibly avoid catching the interest of the local magpies. If the risk of theft is that high I'd go for a skip find or second-hand tourer.

Re: Panniers don't fit my new rack!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 May 2015 - 12:24am
I suspect that my own Carradice Super Cs are older than yours as I know not of these anti-sway catches of which you speak. I've looked them up though to understand the problem .

Over the years Carradice have made many styles of hook and a different variety might raise or lower things enough to resolve the issue.

Sourcing some could be more problematic.

Re: Enjoying mtb'ing

CTC Forum - MTB - 17 May 2015 - 11:40pm
NATURAL ANKLING wrote:Hi,
Looks like a nice bike, I did most of my MTB'ing on a rigid bike and unless you are doing some stunts or downhill racing a rigid frame will suffice.
Secondly aggressive tyres are not needed either.



You need 'aggressive tyres' like Panaracer Trailrakers on my bike to ride through deep mud, otherwise the real wheel will spin and you will go nowhere.

Suspension, particularly rear suspension helps you get up steep hills covered by large loose stones or fallen branches. If you ride a hardtail bike you will just bounce, loose grip and stop.

I like the challenge of riding on difficult surfaces which you find in wet winter conditions. Most MTBers disappear in the winter.

Dont know what sort of terrain you are riding on but a suspensionless bike with shallow pattern tyres wont go anywhere around here.

Al

Re: Caution Cyclists Signs

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 May 2015 - 10:50pm
I suspect it's more to do with the organiser ticking a box on their insurance policy with regard to their risk assessment.

Re: Waterfalls

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 May 2015 - 10:40pm
Naah, it's just all the rain we get here keeping the waterfalls well topped up.

Re: Enjoying mtb'ing

CTC Forum - MTB - 17 May 2015 - 10:30pm
Hi,
Looks like a nice bike, I did most of my MTB'ing on a rigid bike and unless you are doing some stunts or downhill racing a rigid frame will suffice.
Secondly aggressive tyres are not needed either.

Roadies will run a mile rather than mount one.

When I was young 16 say all I could think of was getting most speed which normally meant looking fast

But now it just about getting fitter, on and any way that achieves that.

You must get into the same stance as a road bike and not fall into the trap of a different fit.

With one position bars climbing will be very hard and don't forget the nobbly tyres Add the extra weight and sit up and beg and no wonder its hard work.

Quite common to see flagging souls with arms folded under the chest gasping for air as they are now confused what MTBing is all about, novelty wears off and plenty excuses not to ride again.................its a bit heavy and those tyres drag...............

Its definitely a different riding style, forget the speed before hills aiding the climb and sprinting is comicable, you'le even be passed by a tweed wearing gent on a three speed

Fit some bar ends and change the tyres (narrows not needed either) and soon you will not suffer the back ache and the nodding head leading to using it for the road too.

Good luck.

Re: What bike would you suggest as a tourer and every day us

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 May 2015 - 9:55pm
well anything that is nice is also nice to thieves? I would try hard to keep the shopper and get rid of the road bike and think of a tourer to replace it. I live in a block of flats 4 floors up and have to carry my 1-Down up 3 flight of narrow steps, if there is a will there is a way. My flat is small also. I am sure you could find some where to keep both bikes if u really had to.

Re: Share the space drop your pace

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 May 2015 - 9:49pm
According to the sign pedestrians don't have to be courteous as they have priority. In my very limited experience tow paths seem too narrow for shared use.

Re: Question about this video

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 May 2015 - 9:35pm
maxcherry wrote:The bikes not that visible, besides the concrete things that the bike was placed against is away from the traffic. IMHO the guy looked over his bike first then stood it up carefully out the way before giving the injured man a second thought.
Ok - I'll put my hand up for having gotten confused. I was thinking about a different bike - but where I had thought I'd seen someone using the bike as a bit of a warning - he was actually just putting it down after lifting it off the guy who was hit by the truck.

As for the guy with the camera - don't be too hard on him. Its surprising what you do get up to after a shock like that. When my lad was about 13 he fell off and landed right in front of me. I actually rode over his back wheel before managing to stop myself. Then I dismounted, and then I leant my bike against a handy garden wall. I suppose it might have looked a bit cold hearted to some observers, but I was just conscious of the need to get us all off the road, so dropping my bike in the road seemed silly. TBH, if the car behind hadn't stopped I don't think it would have mattered what priorities I had...

Re: With double give ways who gives way?

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 May 2015 - 9:22pm
Maybe there is a local CTC Right to Representative who is familiar with the junction?

http://www.ctc.org.uk/local-campaigners/map

What bike would you suggest as a tourer and every day use

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 May 2015 - 9:03pm
I need to go down to just one bike and am not sure where to start.

I currently have a road bike, an old shopper and was looking at getting a dedicated tourer. An upcoming house move means I realistically need to own just one bike. I need something I can ride to the shops etc. but doesn't look so fancy that it will be a target for thieves. I will also use it for long day rides and shortish tours.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Re: Waterfalls

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 May 2015 - 8:46pm
It's interesting that most suggestions are in Scotland. I wonder if this is because of 'isostatic readjustment' - Scotland is rising whilst the South of England is sinking.

on a budget - New bike or secondhand quandry

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 May 2015 - 8:31pm
BeardyWeirdy wrote:Hi All

I am hunting for a bike to tour on - I have got a nice road bike (carbon) and a mountain bike, that has on occasions been used for touring, but it is not ideal.

What I want it for: I am looking to mainly do a week of so road touring, with the occasional path, field or track, so I don't need to be able to ride through jungle or over mountain sides, but I do want to leave the black stuff on occasion. I would like the ability to add front panniers, although I do travel quiet light most of the time. I am 6ft 2 and not a whippet, either in physique or inclination.

So the question is with a budget of about £300-500 all in, am I better off going new, where at least the first few trips are likely to be ok, for example I can get Dawes Galaxy AL for £420 or say Revolution Country Traveller '15 For £499 - where I can probably get a deal on other bit and pieces I want, and the right size!

or go second hand - where I know nothing of the bikes history but can find some nice looking bikes. But the sizing is less easy and there is the problem of all the bikes I like being the other end of the country.

Does anyone have any thoughts?

I've got a nice Dawes Galaxy for sale, it's in Hove. [emoji3]

Re: Enjoying mtb'ing

CTC Forum - MTB - 17 May 2015 - 8:12pm
Al - cheers, its great looking and its orange!
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