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Re: New overtaking video

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 August 2015 - 9:12pm
Call me a cynic ("Lance, you're a cynic!") but shouldn't car drivers know how to do this already? Any driver dense or ignorant enough not to know now to overtake safely is unlikely to invest time improving their knowledge by watching a video.

Re: Cycling to Skye from Troon

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 August 2015 - 8:40pm
if I may jump on this thread - what are the A83 + A816 like between Kennacraig and Oban? Are they busy / big trucks / unpleasant or ok?

This option might be the missing link in my bike-powered visit to Arran & Mull...

Re: Solar charger or dynamo

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 August 2015 - 8:34pm
I think people are averse to solar as they have been conned by tiny solar phone chargers. The Goalzero7 panel is probably at least 10 times the output of any panel most people have encountered.

Cycle across the Himalayas - tell me what I need to know

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 August 2015 - 8:32pm
Next month I'm cycling across America. It's been a year in the planning and from experience I'm going to need something to look forward to when I get back...usually something bigger and different to what I've just finished

The word 'Himalayas' pops into my head whenever I think about this

I know very little about the Himalayas, so where do I start? Geographically and in every other sense?

I usually do self supported, but is a tour company more practical for this?

I've done lots of touring, but only credit card never camping - is that possible?

What are the best times of year?

What don't I know that I don't know?

Re: Solar charger or dynamo

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 August 2015 - 8:10pm
The problem with solar, it's finicky, whereas the big battery is a good option providing you can find a power point, but make sure it charges at 2 amp rather than the common 1 amp, which takes all night and some more. The dyno is trickle feeding power into the battery, all the time, and the occasional short power charge gives it a boost, that would be my preference in areas where charging is difficult, or you don't want the hassle of finding a power point every so often.

Talking about solar arrays while cycle touring.
http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page ... id=2404144

Re: No longer fashionable to say Hello?

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 August 2015 - 8:06pm
I've got a flat bar bike that I recently converted from drops - no difference as far as I can see.

But my 'other' bike is electric and it's just replaced an older ebike. The older one had a front hub motor, so it was obviously electric. Barely any acknowledgement from anyone.

The new one is a crank drive, pretty subtle, and at a glance looks just like any other flat-bar / mudguard / pannier bike - and I get friendly greetings all the time.

I feel like a fraud.

Re: Solar charger or dynamo

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 August 2015 - 7:47pm
In France I use a Goalzero Nomad 7 solar panel charging a 10,000mA lithium pack ideal. Opened out and attached over rear rack when cycling, then more efficiently angled at the sun when campsite reached. This kept a Garmin + Nexus 7 tablet charged on St. Malo to Narbone trip last year. The Goalzero comes with a battery pack holding 4AA batteries, but this is too small, just get a larger pack from Maplins or off the internet.

Re: VSF Fahrradmanufaktur

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 August 2015 - 7:46pm
I did the Pamir Highway in July on my Thorn Raven but my pal from Spain did it on one of these. With a Rohloff hub.
He carried more than me and was going on the China Pakistan India and Nepal
Both bikes did well
He was hyper critical of all his gear and praised his bike no end.

My Raven was great but his was equal or better.

Re: Calais Battlefield Tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 August 2015 - 7:46pm
Bizarrely, after I wrote my last post above, I wondered downstairs and there on the table was a map of Ypres with the war stuff all marked out. Would you like me to write some notes for you? ...and give you the name of the map (!!??) I'm away for a few days now, but can do it on my return. Let me know.

Re: St ives, Cornwall

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 August 2015 - 6:42pm
Mick F wrote:There is nothing I can add to what has been said except that the coast road from St Ives to St Just is fantastic and worth the ride bothe ways!

And the Tinners Arms at Zennor is a great pub, about a third of the way from St Ives to St Just.

Re: Solar charger or dynamo

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 August 2015 - 6:32pm
Quilkin has it right but I'd grab a cheaper battery pack so I could leave it charging in the toilet block without toooo much fear. Can recommend the Anker ones.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mobile-Phone-Ba ... =329078031

Re: Pride comes before a fall

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 August 2015 - 5:19pm
This article was just featured on ITV meridian news, www.itv.com/meridian
So now the whole of the Meridian area has seen this man's ugly mug and what a fool he has made of himself. He lives in Henley.

Play on Pedals at Commonwealth Games Anniversary event

Play on Pedals blog - 5 August 2015 - 4:12pm

Last weekend Play on Pedals Instructors delivered two days of drop-in sessions in George Square, as part of the 2014 Commonwealth Games anniversary celebrations with Glasgow Life.

Children flocked to the Play on Pedals area and over the weekend our Instructors signed in over 90 children, many of whom left being able to ride pedal bikes. Our Instructors, on the other hand left exhausted and in bed by 7pm!

Anne, one of our Instructors was also interviewed by the on-site radio about Play on Pedals, which was broadcast across the Square.

What a fantastic event, celebrating the legacy of the games and demonstrating the enthusiasm of young Glasgow to get cycling!

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