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Re: VSF Fahrradmanufaktur

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 September 2015 - 11:59pm
PH wrote:pete75 wrote:Having got one I think they're well designed, well equipped and well put together but amazing - no

That's pretty much how I felt about my Thorn Raven, untill I loaded it up and used it for it's designed purpose, in the end though it wasn't worth keeping for the little use it got like that.

What you mean it wasn't much good when you loaded it up??

Re: What do you do when the going gets tough?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 September 2015 - 11:58pm
>your brain is saying "please stop doing this" and you need to keep going

If your brain is telling you that consistently for days and does not go away, then something would need to change, as you are then just punishing yourself.

Re: The folder revelation and results so far

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2015 - 11:06pm
Still got my Pacific Reach. which I am supposed to be selling but am dragging my heels for some reason. A couple of years ago I tried a drop bar conversion using Ergos which I had bought for a planned tourer build in the future. It was awesome and I do keep thinking about going back and doing the conversion over again, like this but black and white frame:

Re: What do you do when the going gets tough?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 September 2015 - 10:49pm
The absence of any "get out" tends to work quite well for me. No choice but to carry on going.

On the other hand I do have low gears and I can just settle down to winching my way on at a very low power setting.

Re: What do you do when the going gets tough?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 September 2015 - 10:34pm
When the going gets tough......get a bus (especially if you're sat at the end of your bed rocking back and forth after 4 days of shits for the 3rd time in 3 weeks )

http://www.shanecycles.com/africa/2012/ ... ear-later/

Re: Helmet Cams Are Inflaming Road rage

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2015 - 10:29pm
reohn2 wrote:Brucey wrote:
that is terrible. It is the kind of thing that makes some people want to give up cycling. I think that is why these morons behave that way; other road users are just an inconvenience to them that they would like to 'get rid of' by any means possible.
I'm sure your right,in fact I'm positive.



So my hypothesis is that if every motorist thinks that you have, (or might have) a camera on your helmet, their behaviour is modified, and most often, not in a bad way.

cheers[/quote]
I've been thinking along those lines since the incident with Mr White Merc Sprinter.What I didn't mention in my previous post was that at the mention of a camera,pointing to my helmet,the driver clammed up and shot off,so the threat of exposure obviously had an impact.[/quote]



I have the opinion that cameras do save accidents

This evening at a pinch point and in Primary

Car still determined to overtake and force the way through


Smile, point at camera and for some reason he aborted the manoeuvre and meekly pulled in behind

Re: And the Bus driver said....

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2015 - 10:11pm
I've had partial success.

Definitely worth reporting fast, they should have cctv to check

Re: Helmet Cams Are Inflaming Road rage

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2015 - 10:10pm
Brucey wrote:
that is terrible. It is the kind of thing that makes some people want to give up cycling. I think that is why these morons behave that way; other road users are just an inconvenience to them that they would like to 'get rid of' by any means possible.
I'm sure your right,in fact I'm positive.



So my hypothesis is that if every motorist thinks that you have, (or might have) a camera on your helmet, their behaviour is modified, and most often, not in a bad way.

cheers
I've been thinking along those lines since the incident with Mr White Merc Sprinter.What I didn't mention in my previous post was that at the mention of a camera,pointing to my helmet,the driver clammed up and shot off,so the threat of exposure obviously had an impact.

What do you do when the going gets tough?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 September 2015 - 9:25pm
Tough is different for all of us, but we all know what it is

I've been looking for a book for a long time about mental strategies to help when you're on the bike and the going's getting tough

Can't find any cycling books about the mental strategies for keeping the pedals turning, so I've been reading books about Scott, Shackleton, by Mountainers and about mindfullness

I'm not talking about setting goals or having the drive to do something in the first place, I'm talking about when you're on the bike, your brain is saying "please stop doing this" and you need to keep going.

What do you tell yourself? What techniques do you use?

I'm not going to say what I am training for, as that might inhibit people from responding, and for the same reason I would ask people to do the same.

Tough is different for all of us, but we all know what it is - so what do you do when the going get's tough?

- happy to receive book recommendations as well

And the Bus driver said....

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2015 - 9:08pm
Commuting home on the bike tonight on an a narrow twisting rural 'A' road in a 30mph zone I was overtaken by a bus near a bend as a car came in the opposite direction. The bus driver had time NOT to make the overtaking manouvre, but overtook me anyway ( in a careful manner ) but without leaving me much room. Fortunately a few minutes later I was able to catch up with the driver at a bus stop & I pointed out ( in a polite manner I should add ! ) that I would appreciate a little more room when being overtaken. The driver's response was that I should have pulled onto the pavement to allow him past as I was holding him up & being an inconvenience to his passengers ! I'm looking to complain to the bus company, but feel I may be wasting my time. I'd be interested to hear if anyone else has had any favourable outcomes from similar incidents.

Re: Pre-ride (or pre-drive) checks.

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2015 - 8:47pm
check tyre pressures once a week . My bike don't get enough use to really require much frequent attention

Re: Helmet Cams Are Inflaming Road rage

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2015 - 8:42pm
reohn2 wrote: .....*Story alert*

.....I still don't know what I did to provoke these incidents but I do know camera footage would've been irrefutable evidence of drivers deliberately using their vehicles as weapons and in the second incident verbal abuse that was very frightening at the time however hollow it's intent.

These are not isolated incidents in fact similar,though not as frightening,incidents happen quite regularly,I'm bewildered as to why and cannot begin to think how I cause them other than being a convenient whipping boy to bully.

that is terrible. It is the kind of thing that makes some people want to give up cycling. I think that is why these morons behave that way; other road users are just an inconvenience to them that they would like to 'get rid of' by any means possible.

My story; I often ride with a helmet that has two small LED lights on it. I have another one which doesn't have the lights, and when I use that one, I reckon I get far more close passes etc (even if it is the same bike, same clothing otherwise etc the only other difference is that the helmets are different colours, but the lights, small though they are, are clearly visible in profile because they stick up).

The other day, an incident that demonstrated what may be going on; a van driver in a clearly signwritten van narrowly avoided hitting me when trying to overtake in the face of oncoming traffic on a narrow road; he braked at the last minute and was really very close to my rear wheel. This wasn't the worst carve-up I've ever had but he said something to me as he passed and then he stopped up the road in order to apologise to me. I can't remember this ever happening before, so either this chap was different to your usual van driver or (I think more likely) he thought my little lights were actually cameras, and he was maybe gonna lose his job if they were.

So my hypothesis is that if every motorist thinks that you have, (or might have) a camera on your helmet, their behaviour is modified, and most often, not in a bad way.

cheers

Biking round a castle and hills

CTC Forum - MTB - 1 September 2015 - 8:38pm
So my plan was to go biking and wild camp on Drum mountain I was packed and headed off. The day was pretty nice and views where great.... Then disaster struck in form of a nutty sheep who jumped in front of me ( Maybe thinking I fancied it ) bringing me to a sudden halt and crash. Thankfully I was ok but nerves where shot and helmet had taken a beating so returned home. So next day I decided to head to Abergele woods and found some nice trails and had a quick spin in the local castle.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-fJGWvHsns[/youtube]

Re: Nutrition during P-B-P

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 September 2015 - 7:49pm
Thanks for all the replies. I'll eat normally then with the odd bit of sugar. I think I tend to over do the sugar and I often feel dreadful towards the end of a long ride.
One further question, though - now that I know WHAT to eat, HOW MUCH volume should I be eating? Twice, three times what I'd normally eat? Quite often, I stop at controls and I can not face eating. I know I have to "force it in" but it's hard work....!

BTW, Dean, I finally made it to the UK and picked up the frame you sent me last week. Very well packed. Wonderful, thanks.

Re: Helmet Cams Are Inflaming Road rage

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2015 - 7:14pm
I can't see a problem with goading a motorist into outbursts of temper as long as it is done legally and without abuse.

People who drive badly should expect others to let them know what they think of them, and if that involves winding up an idiot so he loses his rag then that's his fault, not the cyclist's.

We should ban people from driving if camera evidence shows they lose their temper and behave in a threatening way when annoyed by another road user, whether the annoyance is justified or not.

Bizarre fits of temper should be regarded as a medical condition which means your driving licence is revoked, just like epilepsy, poor eyesight or blacking out.

Re: The bicycle: good enough?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2015 - 6:08pm
mig wrote:why..er....have you been inside a dustbin whilst others whack it?

not as such, but amongst other things as a kid it seemed like the best idea ever to climb inside a dustbin and then roll down a (fortunately small) hill....

mig wrote: ....none of that for me. mainly "real tennis" & lawn croquet don't you know.

jumpers for croquet hoops...?....

cheers

Re: VSF Fahrradmanufaktur

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 September 2015 - 5:48pm
I suppose it is horses for courses. I love the quiet mountain roads of France, and for that a 700c tourer like mine is spot on. And 20kg of baggage is all you will have to carry, unless you are carrying a bit extra for companions who cannot carry so much. If your scene involves jetting off to more remote parts of the world you may need to carry more. I take that point.

Re: Rear lights are driving me mad

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 September 2015 - 5:30pm
Audax67 I like the look of that Cateye LD650 but it looks to me as though it will hit the spokes if you mount it horizontally on the seat stay. Yes? Or no?

Re: VSF Fahrradmanufaktur

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 September 2015 - 5:23pm
pete75 wrote:Having got one I think they're well designed, well equipped and well put together but amazing - no

That's pretty much how I felt about my Thorn Raven, untill I loaded it up and used it for it's designed purpose, in the end though it wasn't worth keeping for the little use it got like that.

Re: The bicycle: good enough?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2015 - 5:17pm
cicatriz wrote:Like Twitter, Bicycles are more than the sum of their parts, even when the underlying technologies have a wide range of purposes and are advanced in their own right.

One way of looking at this is that for both, the underlying technologies will improve, possibly even significantly: e.g. material technologies for bicycles or semi-conductor technologies for twitter, but neither would have an enormous impact on the end-user. In this case, I think bicycles may have a bit more scope for growth because changes and advancements will, eventually, lead to cost savings that I don't see as being relevant to Twitter (unless you use it that much it actually has an appreciable affect on your electricity bill or data roaming usage).

However, I don't think there will be a change to bicycles that will get more people cycling in any great numbers. I doubt, even if tomorrow, a bike was announced that had been grown in a lab from some self-repairing, frictionless bio metal that cost less than a £100 that you'd see a huge upswing in bicycle use.

There isn't a lot you can do with twitter itself to get more people using it (even if you thought that was a good thing) - but availability of the technology to use it might. There isn't a lot you can do to get more using bicycles - availability of the infrastructure to use them might.

+ 1 I think that was what I was trying to say.

And yet the big bike firms are constantly trumpeting new products as though they had re-invented the wheel. They wish.
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