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Re: Ditching my Hybrid for a full Spec Tourer

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 August 2014 - 8:06pm
phil parker wrote:I'm fortunate enough to own a few bikes, all to my specification, without being unsensibly restricted by budget. These include a Thorn Exp (expedition standard bike); a Genesis Croix de Fer, in touring spec for medium weight touring, and a Roberts Compact Sportive that I have over-abused for cycle-camping, and it has coped admirably, but is not really robust enough for the state of the roads today when loaded with 15 kgs of tent & luggage.

They all have their strengths and weaknesses for touring, but if you plan to go touring, which I assume you do, then you are right to specify a touring bike for your very needs. The Surley Long a Haul Trucker would, of course, be an excellent choice (for any tourer) -so perhaps you could narrow down or specify your question for a touring bike? What type of touring are you planning to do? How long, how often etc.?

Otherwise, if you are looking for support - then you've come to the right place - I would certainly agree with your decision. I would disagree that it is a mid-life crisis at 40, you've got another 10 or 15 years to go for a real mid-life crisis!

Cheers Phil. No questions yet, but you'll regret giving me a comfy chair coz they will come! Listen out because what I have realised is that some of the bike tech has changed so much since I was really serious about biking that I am really feeling old. Thankfully with age comes a tiny bit more disposable cash that I didn't have when I was commuting to my £45.00 a day landscaoing job in my 20s.........hc

Re: Ditching my Hybrid for a full Spec Tourer

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 August 2014 - 8:00pm
MartinBrice wrote:The choice pf which bike to buy is very easy.
European tarmac? Dawes Galaxy with Marathon tyres or Panaracer Pasela Tourguard tyres. Perhaps a Thorn Sherpa.
Cross Africa, Patagonia, crap roads? Perhaps a Thorn Raven. Nomad, 26 inch wheels so you can buy tyres anywhere. Surly also good. Strong frame.
Or maybe go for a lighter frame, handmade specially for you? Roberts of Croydon.
Short of money? Go to halfords.
In China? Buy a £25 bike.
Which only goes to show that you can ride almost anything to almost amywhere. If you have a decent local bike shop, ask them or ring Thorn, which is what I did.
YMMV

Thanks Martin. I have a friend who has made blood brothers with his Thorn and rode round Oz so obviously tried to sell me down this route. I just don't have the budget. Surly is an option so far.......hc

Re: Best Ortlieb Rear Panniers for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 August 2014 - 7:44pm
I've done maybe 50 tours with my 18 years old Backroller Classics. Have yet to replace a part. Still watertight.

Re: Best Ortlieb Rear Panniers for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 August 2014 - 7:31pm
Sweep wrote:Interesting thread as I'm thinking of getting some Back Rollers - already have Bike Packers - very neat but the lack of flexibility in stuffing in that bit extra at the top can be a problem.....

I would be the opposite here...had the Classics for around 15 well used years (now relegated to occasional use around town) and back-packer pluses [BPP] for over a year with around 2000 odd miles on tour comfort camping so far.

Despite Ortlieb specs there is considerably much room inside the BPP than the rollers if you choose to use it and IMO BPP are a lot more flexible in that you have the choice of using the considerable space under the lid but not actually inside the bag if the top drawstrings are pulled.

I use the lid space to pop in daily purchases, coats etc and keep them separate from the main compartments. If its looking showery at the start of a day I load my waterproofs under one lid for quick withdrawal and return. Perfect for when they may be damp when put away....

In my view Rollers for simplicity and BPP's for versatility - either way both are superb in strength and design.

Re: Energy, Fuel, 2nd Wind, Motivation

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 August 2014 - 6:58pm
wirral_cyclist wrote:... I've done 25m - that's when I refuel and apart from 'cafe legs' in first few hundred yards of restart I'm then good for another 25miles (repeat at 50 for a 75 too!).
jezer wrote:Refuelling the body is often overlooked, especially by newer riders. We have a cycling friendly cafe we visit sometimes on our club rides. On leaving they offer us free gels and electrolyte drink sachets. We fly back from there :lol:
Appart from caffeine (which I imagine has a pretty fast effect on the body, I would have thought with "cakes" (and similar) there must be a significant delay between eating and energy being available to muscle. Body needs to go through several processes to break it down (physically and chemically, convert "raw" materials into different forms, etc. before the muscle can use the ingested fuel. This must take some time?

Ian

Re: Solo night ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 August 2014 - 6:31pm
BE1 wrote:Did you make it in the end?

I didn't no. Brother in law got involved in a car accident late Saturday night. Didn't quite know at the time what had happened only info was from rather dramatic sister in law from hospital. Turned out to be a 'low speed' shunt but being Saturday night....

Have re-planned for this Thursday..... fingers crossed. The bad thing is that a train ticket back to London Friday morning as opposed to Sunday costs an arm and a leg. The advice about going via Gatwick is a blinder.

Re: Energy, Fuel, 2nd Wind, Motivation

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 August 2014 - 6:07pm
Refuelling the body is often overlooked, especially by newer riders. We have a cycling friendly cafe we visit sometimes on our club rides. On leaving they offer us free gels and electrolyte drink sachets. We fly back from there

Re: Energy, Fuel, 2nd Wind, Motivation

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 August 2014 - 5:53pm
My legs often feel like they'll never 'spin up to speed' at around the 6-8mile mark - then all of a sudden I've done 25m - that's when I refuel and apart from 'cafe legs' in first few hundred yards of restart I'm then good for another 25miles (repeat at 50 for a 75 too!). Being able to do it and enjoy it (all) are two different things as well

Re: Solo night ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 August 2014 - 5:24pm
Did you make it in the end?

Re: Best Ortlieb Rear Panniers for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 August 2014 - 5:00pm
Interesting thread as I'm thinking of getting some Back Rollers - already have Bike Packers - very neat but the lack of flexibility in stuffing in that bit extra at the top can be a problem.

On a sort of related point before I go ahead and buy, what colour would folk suggest for visibility/safety?

Red seems to be the natural choice, but others may have different opinions ....

Re: 3rd time unlucky

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 August 2014 - 3:57pm
Hi Tony,
Do you put the rubber solution on the patch and the tube?
I normally wait until i have a couple of tubes to repair then use a drum sander in a secure drill to get a good clean.

Re: Ditching my Hybrid for a full Spec Tourer

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 August 2014 - 3:49pm
If i had the space and money I would keep both - you dont want to use the "nice" bike for runs to the shops etc

Re: 3rd time unlucky

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 August 2014 - 3:37pm
rjb wrote:I've tried the making patches from old inner tubes but in my experience its been a bit unpredictable. Despite careful preparation the repairs have all failed within 12 months.

How do you prep yours Tony ?
I cut the shape as required making sure to use the 'inside' bit of the donor tube as the contact as it'll have the curve naturally on it so sits much better than a patch and obviously when inflated fully continues to be of further benefit. I use a fairly fine sandpaper to rub the contact which gets rid of that powder that they have. I then scuff up the contact area around the puncture.
Apply the glue in an area slightly bigger than the patch, leave to dry for a few seconds then apply the patch. I always ensure the tube has next to no air at all in it by squeezing beforehand, that way when I put the tube between two heavy books (or the kitchen worktop and a heavy book) I know I'll get the best/flattest compression.

Re: Four 4x4's on a forty mile ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 August 2014 - 2:41pm
Flinders wrote:You seem to have completely missed the smileys in james01's post and the bit about being facetious.

I don't wish to be contentious but the smiley is somewhat passive aggressive (to use an ugly Americanism) and james01 admitted that he was only "being slightly facetious" [My highlight]

Anyway lets move on

Re: Ditching my Hybrid for a full Spec Tourer

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 August 2014 - 1:50pm
It's not a proper mid life crisis until it involves a Rohloff Speedhub....

I agree on the trucker mines a disc trucker the colour is lovely.

Here's mine! (trucker not mid life crisis honest)
http://10mileseachway.blogspot.co.uk/

(somewhere on there anyway)

Energy, Fuel, 2nd Wind, Motivation

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 August 2014 - 1:45pm
I'd generally been riding around 30-35 miles 'ish. I've often noticed I'd start off feeling tired yet after a few miles my energy levels would pick-up (2nd wind ?)

Then I started stopping at my local supermarket (after 10 miles) for a cakes and free coffee and suddenly I am doing 50 mile rides no problems.

Today I started out really tired and was convinced it was to be a 10 out+10 back trip. Coffee and cakes and chose a longer route (total 40 miles). After leaving supermarket, still really tired and rather regretting the choice of longer route. Then after an hour or so, suddenly my energy levels pick-up and I'm working out de-tours in my head to make the ride longer.

So, getting more energy a few miles after starting out - is that 2nd wind ?

After cakes, how long until that fuel would get to muscles to boost your energy ?

Ian

Re: Four 4x4's on a forty mile ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 August 2014 - 1:21pm
LondonBikeCommuter wrote:
There seems to me to be this increasing view that people judge others based on there own circumstances so its " I don't need a 4x4 so why should anyone else?"

Lisap ........ don't apologise and don't let anyone make you feel bad if you need it then you use it!!

You seem to have completely missed the smileys in james01's post and the bit about being facetious.

Re: 3rd time unlucky

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 August 2014 - 12:44pm
I've tried the making patches from old inner tubes but in my experience its been a bit unpredictable. Despite careful preparation the repairs have all failed within 12 months.

How do you prep yours Tony ?

Re: Four 4x4's on a forty mile ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 August 2014 - 12:26pm
james01 wrote:lisap wrote:I live in a very hilly place, my 4x4 is covered in mud from being on the farm every day AND when it snows I wouldn't get off my property without it.



You could try walking . I'm being slightly facetious but the description of a farm or village being cut off is now used in the press simply when motor vehicles can't get through. It used to mean when people on foot couldn't get through - now that's what I call being really cut off .

Your being horribly horribly judgemental. We have friends that live on a 100ish acre barely viable farm (Organic just about keeps it afloat) that's around 4 miles from the nearest shop 6 to the nearest town. Should they walk an 8 mile round trip every time they need the shop? or maybe have a line of pack mules for the monthly shop in town?

There seems to me to be this increasing view that people judge others based on there own circumstances so its " I don't need a 4x4 so why should anyone else?"

Lisap ........ don't apologise and don't let anyone make you feel bad if you need it then you use it!!

Wee McWheelie lives!

Play on Pedals blog - 21 August 2014 - 4:22pm

The guys at the Bike Station have turned Dr Frankenstein and created a (beautiful) monster….Wee McWheelie lives!

As first prize for the mascot competition, Mia Coppin won the opportunity to have her mascot logo transformed into a bike and last week she visited the Bike Station to complete the final touches to her new wheels.

Here are some fantastic photos of her unique, custom made Wee McWheelie….

Watch this space as to whether he will be cloned so you can see him cycling the streets of Glasgow over the coming year……


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