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Re: Utility Pannier Bags

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 March 2015 - 10:34pm
Just a quick update. I received the two Cordo Single Valda panniers (large) http://www.cordo.com/tas-pakaf-cordo-va ... od-grijs-2
At only £6 each, they should be a bargain, but only if they are well designed, as I have learnt from my previous purchases.

Like the previous panniers I'd bought, the materials and quality of construction seem to be of a high standard. The overall design seems better to me though - for a start each bag has got 6 pockets - as well as a shoulder strap and rain cover. A single pannier will take two carrier bags of shopping Carrying said bags of shopping, the pannier is comfortable to wear with the shoulder strap without the rack hooks digging in.

The only real downside is that they don't have any anti sway devices.

I 'll probably pop a review on the Cycle Goods and Services board when I've used them a bit, but so far I like them.

Re: Trangia in USA

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 March 2015 - 10:09pm
It's a while ago since I went to the USA with my Trangia, before I was on the internet and so not so easy to do research. It took a bit of work to find some suitable alcohol there, but we did manage. No-one had heard of meths.

One thing I remember is that for the flight back security called us to examine our baggage and I had to repeatedly wash out the fuel bottle and burner unit with water and soap in the restrooms until there was absolutely not a sniff of fuel before they were happy. This was on hold bags.

Re: North Sea Route - Norway (Kristiansand - Bergen)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 March 2015 - 9:11pm
F70100 wrote:I asked at the Tourist Office in central Stavanger about ferries and was directed to norled.no. It doesn't seem to be the easiest site to navigate but this map appears to indicate that there is still a route from Merjarvik to Skudeneshamn via the island of Kvitsoy. There doesn't appear to be a timetable for it though. Maybe an email to post@norled.no will give a definitive answer.

The road (E39) from Merjarvik to the island of Rennesoy for the Mortavika - Arsvagen ferry is actually a tunnel most of the way so doesn't sound like too much fun.

I have to say that the lady in the tourist office didn't seem to know much; but she did give me a small booklet/cycling map dated 2011 which you're welcome to have if you'd care to PM an address to me.

F70100: Thanks so much for doing that! If a ferry still exists that's great, even if the timetable is a mystery. I will email post@norled.no to check up on it. About the cycling booklet, thanks for the offer, but I'll probably just stop in at the tourist office when I'm there. Thanks so much for your help though! I really appreciate it!

Re: Police stop 4yo pavement cyclist

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 March 2015 - 9:05pm
It was reported in the daily fail and yes it was suggested as indeed your post did that a 10 year old was tasered when in fact that wasn't the case. So can we stick to facts with regard to the generally accepted use of the word 'use'. Not that an officer drawing a taser has anythng to do with the subject of a child being stopped, well I can't see the connection.

Re: so when do the shorts come out?

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 March 2015 - 8:59pm
I've ridden in shorts only twice so far this year, prefer my 3/4 bib shorts even above 10C (as they offer some protection from the cold around the knees & tum), today I'm on undershorts and longs which has being the case much of this year.
With windchill still being a factor for me I'd rather have those areas covered as well as my upper arms. it's barely being above 14-15C more than a couple of days so far and almost equally to the shorts I've being wearing full fingered gloves for the most part though on a longer ride I will take a pair of std gloves in case it warms up.
ATEOTD you wear whatever feels best for you, on any given day that varies even for oneself with how we feel, the actual question itself of "when do the shorts come out" is irrelevent IF it was to find out 'when' is the right time.

Re: Trangia in USA

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 March 2015 - 8:52pm
Good stuff Andrew, many thanks for that.

Re: Trangia in USA

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 March 2015 - 7:32pm
I used my Trangia for Seattle to San Francisco & for Arizona & Utah.

Denatured alcohol is available from places such as Home Depot (same as B&Q) in large towns.

Heet (methanol) is widely available from garages.

I used mainly Heet on my tours with no ill effects.

More info here http://adventuresinstoving.blogspot.co. ... -fuel.html

Re: so when do the shorts come out?

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 March 2015 - 7:24pm
We may begin to notice that the worst of the winter has passed, but it is surely far too cold to start stripping off. How on earth are all these off-season flesh-flashers going to cope when it gets warm, or even hot? Never mind acclimatising to the cold, I'm already preparing to be able to deal with the problem of overheating in summer.

OK, tongue ever so slightly in cheek here, but my point is essentially a serious one. Adding extra clothing is easy enough, removing it once you are down to bare skin is more of a problem. I love the feeling of freedom with a warm breeze on bare arms and legs, but now is definitely not the time.

Re: Police stop 4yo pavement cyclist

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 March 2015 - 7:15pm
Tonyf33 wrote:pete75 wrote:Psamathe wrote:And whilst the officers were busy threatening and reprimanding the poor child, I wonder how many drivers passed speeding and/or texting ...

Ian

This is the Lincolnshire force we're talking about. They've used tasers against children as young as 10 as well as a 78 year old Thank god we don't give them guns.
Well for one the word 'used' with regard to 10 year olds I know for a fact is not actually 'used' in the true sense, you mean a taser was drawn. The youngest person a taser was actually used on was I think 14 and as we all know some 14 year olds are almost men these days.
In any case, if a situation would decree that others are in danger and to cause the least amount of harm a taser is the best solution why is that a problem? Or are you suggesting that being coshed with a truncheon or 3 officers driving you to the ground whilst you're holding a knife or other weapon with all the potential dangers that posesses (for both officers & other person) is the best alternate?
Whilst my respect for the police is waning can we at least have accuracy with regard to how tasers etc are 'used' and not garbage that crops up in the headline of the daily fail only for the actual real 'facts' to appear right at the bottom of said article

No idea if they've been reported in the daily fail but they come from stats released by the Home Office and were widely reported in the local press here in the county. They did actually fire at a 78 year old.
I've lived in Lincs for over 50 years and know the local police will usually either drastically over react to incidents or (more usually) take no action at all. Just look at this https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/363771/police-use-of-taser-janjun-2014-tabs.ods Why the high number of taser incidents in Lincolnshire, a fairly peaceful rural county with a population of just 720,000, no large cities and one of the lowest population densities in the country. Compare it to neighbouring counties like Nottinghamshire with much higher population density and a large, notoriously boisterous city as it's capital. Lincs police use tasers between 2 and 3 times as often as Notts police. Even in South Yorkshire, densely populated with large towns and cities, taser use is under half that of Lincs. It all smacks of over reaction.

Not only that by almost all measures the Lincs force is one of the worst performing in the country generally appearing well down the bottom half of any police performance league tables. Seven years ago in 2008 they tried to increase their council tax precept by 79%. That was the year after they were ranked as the second worst performing force in the country. If they reduced it by 79% they might come closer to providing value for money for the service they provide to the people who pay for them.

Trangia in USA

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 March 2015 - 6:06pm
Planning to do U.S. Pacific Coast from the end of July. Would prefer to take the trusty Trangia, so is meths widely available over there?

Re: so when do the shorts come out?

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 March 2015 - 4:26pm
I went a few miles yesterday during mid afternoon wearing mitts and no wooly hat for a change. Still using my overshoes for now.
My legs still get very cold even through to around 12C so it'll be some time before the shorts are used on their own.
I saw a big burly bloke in t shirt and baggy shorts on the canal though......

Re: It me or do SUVs alway drive to close

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 March 2015 - 4:15pm
karlt wrote:Mark1978 wrote:The Mechanic wrote:I find it strange that cyclists are so biased towards certain makes and types of car..

Everyone is, not just cyclists. You'll find that people saying Audi and BMW drivers are bad is pretty universal.

I don't know what proportion of vehicles on the road are Audis, but they make up 50-80% of cars overtaking too close on my commute.

It is reflected in the cost of car insurance for those cars.

Re: It me or do SUVs alway drive to close

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 March 2015 - 3:24pm
Mark1978 wrote:The Mechanic wrote:I find it strange that cyclists are so biased towards certain makes and types of car..

Everyone is, not just cyclists. You'll find that people saying Audi and BMW drivers are bad is pretty universal.

I don't know what proportion of vehicles on the road are Audis, but they make up 50-80% of cars overtaking too close on my commute.

Re: Police stop 4yo pavement cyclist

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 March 2015 - 3:15pm
pete75 wrote:Psamathe wrote:And whilst the officers were busy threatening and reprimanding the poor child, I wonder how many drivers passed speeding and/or texting ...

Ian

This is the Lincolnshire force we're talking about. They've used tasers against children as young as 10 as well as a 78 year old Thank god we don't give them guns.
Well for one the word 'used' with regard to 10 year olds I know for a fact is not actually 'used' in the true sense, you mean a taser was drawn. The youngest person a taser was actually used on was I think 14 and as we all know some 14 year olds are almost men these days.
In any case, if a situation would decree that others are in danger and to cause the least amount of harm a taser is the best solution why is that a problem? Or are you suggesting that being coshed with a truncheon or 3 officers driving you to the ground whilst you're holding a knife or other weapon with all the potential dangers that posesses (for both officers & other person) is the best alternate?
Whilst my respect for the police is waning can we at least have accuracy with regard to how tasers etc are 'used' and not garbage that crops up in the headline of the daily fail only for the actual real 'facts' to appear right at the bottom of said article

Re: SUV/Lorry/BMW/Insert/delete as appropriate Driving Too C

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 March 2015 - 2:27pm
Do you think sticking out my knees as I am riding. Do you think old fashion leather helmets are good.

Re: getting your priorities right

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 March 2015 - 2:26pm
The moment when in frustration at the gears not running as smooth as they can be you hit the saddle and then check to see if you damaged it

Re: Anyone not been hit by a car

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 March 2015 - 2:24pm
pwa wrote:Tacascarow

I hope the bruises heal quickly. Violence, or even the threat of violence, leaves a nasty feeling for a long time. Fortunately, most people out there, whatever their mode of transport, are as repelled by violence as we are.

My half jokey comment about my size deterring the less caring drivers from colliding with me is applicable where I take up a position away from the gutter, giving a driver the choice of waiting or hitting me with the front of the car. My size is obviously less of a deterrent where a driver thinks he / she can just squeeze around the side.
No bruises, just a glancing blow. Reported to the police but I don't expect any results. They have more to do than chase a handbag swinging Neanderthal.
My road position was his problem. He couldn't understand why I wasn't hugging the parked cars.
& I was going with the flow of traffic anyway so not hindering his speed in anyway, just denting the idiots ego I suppose.
I do need to keep my mouth shut though.
He had followed me for someway & there was lots of engine revving intimidation before he finally passed. When he did & hurled a load of abuse I'm afraid I did tell him to fornicate off.
Better to just ignore & keep smiling.

Re: Does your bike leave your side?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 March 2015 - 2:21pm
From reading the first post, I took it that he was talking about wild camping in far away lands, rather than a French campsite.

I often travel in faraway lands, but I don't camp. Partly for security reasons (ie having a hotel to store all my stuff in) and partly because hotels are often so cheap that camping is an unnecessary hassle. Nonetheless, I would imagine that when wild camping most people wouldn't leave their tent unattended for more than a few minutes. A modern tent with all its goodies, not to mention a bike would be a very tempting target for many people. Even if theft wasn't an issue, then touching and investigating your stuff probably would be.

When I first cycled in India nearly 20 years ago my bike was like a space craft compared to the local machines as such, attracted all sort of interest. Not malicious, but the twiddlers as I called them would touch and fiddle with everything that moved. For this reason I always tried to keep it in my hotel room with me.

I haven't been to India for a while, but find that in other parts of Asia I am much less paranoid now. Partly due to complacency, but also local bikes have changed so much that compared to their multigeared disc brake, full suspension (cheap rubbish) bikes, mine doesnt look much. Straight bars also help to make it look less exotic. Hence it is currently locked to the fire escape ladder in the hotel garage/bikepark downstairs at the time of writing. I just hope it is still there tomorrow morning!!

Re: SUV/Lorry/BMW/Insert/delete as appropriate Driving Too C

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 March 2015 - 2:18pm
I need to ditch the road bike. But I can keep the hi-vis, they probably think I am a manual worker. A leather helmet might be a good idea.

Re: Police stop 4yo pavement cyclist

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 March 2015 - 2:11pm
Psamathe wrote:And whilst the officers were busy threatening and reprimanding the poor child, I wonder how many drivers passed speeding and/or texting ...

Ian

This is the Lincolnshire force we're talking about. They've used tasers against children as young as 10 as well as a 78 year old. Thank god we don't give them guns.
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