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Re: Any restrictions on Holme Moss?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 July 2014 - 11:56am
The worst bits of Holme Moss aren't at the top but the couple of bits between Holmfirth and Holme village - they ramp up unexpectedly sapping your energy before you hit the climb 'proper' which for the most part is a long drag.

I used 34 x 25/27 on it the other week without any problem other than the gale blowing down!

Re: Nightmare drive

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 July 2014 - 11:30am
If you're going up a sustained, steep hill on a bike, you're at less than walking pace.

If you don't then let faster vehicles pass wherever possible, you're rude and ignorant.

If you think this is a 'cars versus bikes' issue, you're paranoid. (It's a 'slower vehicles versus faster vehicles' issue.)

Re: Nightmare drive

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 July 2014 - 10:59am
It is easy to see it that way.

I like to think that I get the balance right between assertion and courtesy but sometimes after a stupidly close pass, I angrily get much more defensively assertive on the road stopping a repeat of the occurrence by not leaving space to pass.

I have seen (increasingly) a few cyclists who do show little awareness or concern about holding up other traffic (no doubt they learn this while driving their cars ). Personally any car behind me gives me a burning feeling and I do want it past me as soon as safely possible.

I remember a tortuous climb, where to stop would mean not being able to start again, a car waited patiently at the top of the climb while we crawled up at 2mph, he also prevented any other cars coming down towards us. When we eventually arrived some minutes later we got a round of applause.

I would add that we could be described as wobbling dangerously and would have had to stop cycling if any car had passed us either way as we were not able to keep in a nice straight line and always at the point of stalling.

Re: Nightmare drive

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 July 2014 - 10:42am
Mark1978 wrote:All this is, is the same old "cyclists held me up" complaint.......................................

I think you're selling the OP short. It was the finest rendition of the 'whinging pom' I've seen in a long time. It contained all the vital ingredients - the contrived victimhood, the terrible injustice of the world not realising how important they were, the pathos of all the other tribulations they endured, a wealth of irrelevant trivia - all based on the fact that an out group may have done something slightly inconsiderate. A remarkable parody of immense entertainment value!

Re: Leh-Manali-Chandigarh

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 July 2014 - 9:52am
Neil Wheadon wrote:How are you acclimatising to the altitude?
Leh - 18875 Foot
Menali - 13050 foot
Chandigarh - 1066foot

Yes it's downhill on this trip, but most tours go the other way
Neil
It's a fair point but the altitudes you cite are not of those places. I normally cite altitudes in metres, but here goes.

13,051 ft is the height of the Rohtang Pass, which Manali lies at the foot of. Manali itself is about 6,000 ft.

18,379 ft is the incorrect height shown on a sign on the Khardung La, whose actual height is 17,582. The Khardung La is not on the Leh-Manali highway, rather it lies to the north of Leh on the way to the Nubra Valley, and therefore is distinctly optional, though probably worthwhile if you actually go over to Nubra and are acclimatised to get over it.

Leh itself is at about 11,500 ft, and the highest pass on the Leh-Manali is the Tanglang La at 17,480 (again there is an incorrect claim of, maybe not coincidentally, 17,582 on a sign on the pass). They do like exaggerating the height of their passes. There's a website somewhere that documents falsely claimed mountain and pass heights.

Nevertheless, there is a requirement for acclimatisation and as OP is planning to go for 6 weeks I rather presume he must have some additional plans to facilitate that. I've always wanted to go to Zanskar.

Re: Any restrictions on Holme Moss?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 July 2014 - 9:51am
This is my current route

http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/458562970

The bit from Hadfield into Manchester is in case Mrs F get distracted doing photographs of hills and I hve to get back to the hotel on my own.

Re: Cycle Touring in the Outer Hebrides - Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 July 2014 - 9:46am
That's amazing! I couldn't zoom out to see where it is, but I think I've found it by looking at the satellite view.

Re: Any restrictions on Holme Moss?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 July 2014 - 9:40am
Thanks mig. I'll check out wessenden. My gearing is a customised shimano 6603 triple (52/39/24) with 12-28 cassette. But I do have to get 100kg + up the hills. Last year this gearing got me up Wrynose and Harnott passes (but only just) going west to east. I rode this route in the opposite direction january of last year which convinced me about the 24 tooth chainring. We'd gone up to watch the revolution cycling in the velodrome and the weather indicated a window of opportunity.

Re: Nightmare drive

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 July 2014 - 9:36am
All this is, is the same old "cyclists held me up" complaint you hear from motorists all the time. Did the cyclists break the OP's clutch? No, he did that himself with poor driving. Not saying there's no issue with the cyclists here but they aren't at fault for a burned out clutch.

Re: collecting my new bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 July 2014 - 9:35am
So in 30 years of riding you've never had to replace an inner tube by the roadside?
I think that's believable. In 30 years of riding, I've never had to. The few times that the fairy has visited and beaten the Kevlar of modern tyres, I could either limp home, wiggler the tube out and patch, or use a foam canister. Sometimes I've chosen to replace the tube because it seemed quicker and a group was waiting on me, but I didn't have to.

Re: Any restrictions on Holme Moss?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 July 2014 - 9:29am
I'd agree that there should be no problem on Thursday which is a good three days before the race will pass, but for anybody else reading this thread in connection with what will happen on the day, I think it's important to be aware that the trend seems to be towards closures taking effect earlier than anticipated. I'm largely getting this from some media hype emphasising all the trouble it's going to cause but, for example, there was an item on the Harold Bird Show (AKA BBC Look North ) where somebody who had been organising some sort of do involving spectators being bussed in to a community hall had been told that the relevant road would now be closed at 0500, effectively scuppering their plans, which had been based on a published later time. I've also seen something - probably from Leeds City Council - urging spectators to pick their spot early and then stay there because they won't be able to move.

Re: Any restrictions on Holme Moss?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 July 2014 - 9:04am
if you are going through meltham then try the climb up wessenden head out of there. you'll love that one!

ps. what gear ratios are on your bike?

pps. many of the climbs between saddleworth and yorkshire are badly potholed (i know everywhere else is too) but it makes for dangerous descents on t'other side (especially the top of the A635 near meltham.)

Re: collecting my new bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 July 2014 - 8:51am
Flinders wrote:I assume you're joking?

Only half joking actually. The point was he has never ridden a road bike - ever - no idea how to work the brakes or gears, has no cycle maintenance knowledge and has to ride home burdened with a load of accessories either down a 70mph dual carriageway or through a hilly estate with heavy traffic. Probably best put it in the car and then practice somewhere quietly.


Flinders wrote:I've been cycling for over 30 years, commuted every day in Central London for 6 of them, and I've never once had to take wheel off when out. Not once.
Twice I have had to push the bike home- one was an unmendable puncture that wrote of the tyre as well, and the other was a catastrophic derailleur failure that bent the back forks and wrecked the back wheel.

So in 30 years of riding you've never had to replace an inner tube by the roadside?

Re: Cycle Touring in the Outer Hebrides - Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 July 2014 - 7:34am
patpalloon wrote:Is there anywhere to stay on Vatersay or is it just wild camping?

You can camp here:

https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?ll=56.92 ... 21,,0,9.43

There is a toilet in the community hall that can be accessed from the outside (they leave the door unlocked). They also open up a café in the community hall, so you can grab some breakfast before you leave.

Will

Re: Wiggins not riding TdF.

CTC Forum - Racing - 1 July 2014 - 7:30am
And a very sad omission of David Millar
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