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Re: Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 December 2014 - 11:50pm
So following on from all this speculation,has anyone had an LHT or DT,thought they weren't good bikes and why?

Re: Feeling guilty whilst not cycling & car use thru illness

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 December 2014 - 11:02pm
Went out just to the shops again, seem to be recovered from the chest thing but being off the bike so much and generally feeling cream crackered anyway it was like cycling through treacle
There's a section of main road off my estate that's absolutely level and I push along it so I can keep the traffic off until a sharp bend, then it turns downhill ever so slightly, I can generally do 20 & 25mph respectively as I'm fresh out the door and warms the muscles up rapidly, today it was 13 & 16ish, god it was hard work!
Going to have a trundle out tomorrow, need to get my legs back to some sort of 'normality', whatever the hell that is!

Re: Feeling a bit lonely......

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 December 2014 - 10:37pm
mercalia wrote:what are "tubs"? Oh now you lot know I am not a roadie
Sorry! It's not so much being a roadie, as being an oldie, I think: at any rate, never a roadie myself (although I ride a road bike)....

"Tub" is slang for tubular tyre, the sort where the inner tube is sewn into the outer and you glue the thing to your rim. Tedious in the extreme when you get a 'visit'. And expensive! But very light and fast.

For my sins, I used to ride on tubs myself, way back in the 1970s - until I was afflicted with a double 'visit' through riding over some low-life pub-goer's discarded bottle one dark and drizzly night in Croydon - with only one spare.

They're not so popular now, except in actual racing, seeing as 'clinchers' or ordinary tyres have much improved and got lighter over the years.

Re: Feeling a bit lonely......

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 December 2014 - 10:24pm
Which is why on busy summer weekends I avoid travelling west from home along the C2C.
50 cheery hellos in 4 miles gets a bit wearing, but I try to always acknowledge a fellow cyclist/human being.

Actually, in the winter it gets a bit lonely around here, then I speak to the cattle, sheep, black grouse, red grouse.......

Geneva to Nice July / Aug 2015

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 December 2014 - 8:28pm
Wanted – companions – July / August : Fly Geneva, visit Cern, lakes, mountains, gorges and Cols in the Alps and onto to the Monaco, return from Nice. Approximate route https://goo.gl/maps/JPfuz

Camping, 50 to 60 miles per day. Approx 2 weeks and 3 days – late July to early August, approx 800 miles. Covering parts of the Route Napoléon and the Route Des Grandes Alpes
Two to three nights in Geneva, Chamonix Annecy, La Grave, Castellane, Nice.

Geneva, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geneva
Chamonix http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aiguille_du_Midi
Morzine http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morzine
Annecy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annecy
Vizelle http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vizille
Alpe D’Huez http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpe_d%27Huez
Col Du Galibier http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col_du_Galibier
Braincon http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian%C3%A7on
Castellane http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castellane
Gordes Du Verdon http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verdon_Gorge
Gorges Du Duluis http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gorges_de_Daluis
Èze http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eze
Monaco http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monaco

Cern https://openlab-mu-internal.web.cern.ch ... RN_Access/

Route Napoléon http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Route_Napol%C3%A9on
Route Des Grandes Alpes http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Route_des_Grandes_Alpes


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Re: Should I just stick with 26" wheels?

CTC Forum - MTB - 20 December 2014 - 8:08pm
Bikefayre wrote:Personally like my Halo Combat wheels on my Land Rover mountain bike. According to the Cycle mag bike shops are now selling 650B, 27.5 and 29 ins so the 26ins size will eventually be phased out so tyre choice could become limited.

Not honestly sure this will be a real issue in the short/medium term as there are so many 26" bikes about.

And 27.5/650B are the same thing; 27.5" is a misnomer as it implies it's 1.5" bigger than 26", when it's actually more like 1" (& 29ers are 2.5")

Re: tyre difference

CTC Forum - MTB - 20 December 2014 - 8:05pm
Bikefayre wrote:Feel the wire bead is better at surviving rough roads as the Kevlar ones are usually the ones with lighter sidewalls and can puncture more. Have a wee look at the Schwalbe Marathon Plus MTB a good all-round tyre and tough as old boots and is cheap to buy.

It's not a proper MTB tyre though.

The answer to everything appears to be Ardents this year, though I am still on my BC Mountain Kings and am happy with these.

Re: Feeling guilty whilst not cycling & car use thru illness

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 December 2014 - 8:01pm
Cripes mate, it's bad enough you having to struggle with a chronic condition like Crohn's without you piling on the extra hassle of feeling guilty - if you don't feel up to cycling, hop in the car and don't give it a second thought, till you you feel well enough again to get back on the bike. That's what I say!

Re: A good demonstration of why not to blind side a lorry

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 December 2014 - 7:48pm
I'm so glad that Sweden and France (or Volvo and Renault most likely) didn't succeed in delaying safer lorry cab visibility from 2019 to 2025.

Re: Feeling a bit lonely......

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 December 2014 - 7:38pm
SteveHunter wrote:I acknowledge all other cyclists when I'm out on a leisurely ride. I don't bother when commuting though as I would be a nodding dog as well.

I find large groups are the worst for acknowledging you.


If you are about number 26 in a stream of forty Audax riders you tend to feel a bit sorry for the poor person cycling towards you getting hoarse from replying to all of our "Good Mornings", especially when they have hardly even woken up yet.

Re: A good demonstration of why not to blind side a lorry

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 December 2014 - 7:35pm
Drifter wrote:First clip - I can't believe that the truck is completely oblivious that he's just made contact with something.

I have a lorry driver friend who had a feeling that something wasn't just right.
When he stopped and got out to check he found a small car sideways that he had been pushing along.
He had no idea where she had come but the woman driver had just turned right in front of him, assuming he had seen her.
So if a car can't be felt, or seen, then a cyclist doesn't stand a chance.
We have to be very aware of the lack of vision that lorry drivers have and treat them accordingly.

I have a great respect for lorry drivers but I do agree there are places where the larger lorries shouldn't be allowed.

Re: Feeling a bit lonely......

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 December 2014 - 7:24pm
Mark1978 wrote:Oh it's the waving thread again. Nice.
Agreed. It doesn't help.

Is it just me who can't read this thread title without thinking of Team America: World Police

Re: Cycling to Axbridge from Bristol

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 December 2014 - 7:21pm
I heard about the chocolate path long before Strava started in 2009. Knowing Bristolian humour, I suspect it got that name soon after it was built in the early 1900s, what with Dairy Milk first going on sale around the same time.

Bristol City Council call it by that name AFAIK

Re: Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 December 2014 - 7:16pm
reohn2 wrote:PH wrote: You're right that you don't hear much bad about them. But you can't fail to notice how often they come up for sale second hand. I don't think many people undertake the purchase of a £1,000+ bike lightly and if they're selling it after a short period of time my theory is it must have disappointed them in some way. Maybe not the bikes fault, maybe they didn't realise what they were getting, maybe it didn't turn out to be what they thought. Of course it's only a theory, and there are of course many reasons for selling a bike.
Yes you do see a few for sale,and no doubt there's different reasons for that.But it doesn't mean the bike's a bad one.
There's a lot of people with touring stars in their eyes that are never reached for due to real life realisations.
There are a lot of Galaxy's up for sale too,and whilst the Gal' is an old 'un,you see quite a few newish ones for sale.
I think the innocent explanation is that they are popular. More bought new means more later sold second hand. Same thing with the Galaxies. In fact I'd challenge the earlier statement that Galaxies are no longer the default tourer. Whilst I hardly see lots of tourers I bet I still see more Dawes tourers out and about than LHTs. They may no longer be the enthusiasts' choice but the name still seems to count for something (or maybe there's just enough old ones still hanging around).

Re: A good demonstration of why not to blind side a lorry

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 December 2014 - 7:14pm
Both clips - cyclist - what were they thinking!

First clip - I can't believe that the truck is completely oblivious that he's just made contact with something.

Re: A good demonstration of why not to blind side a lorry

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 December 2014 - 6:30pm
axel_knutt wrote:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCcqZs_3UHA

entirely the womans fault - see how she deliberatley swerves into front of the lorry; she was luck to get out of it a live? Why on earth did she do it? stupid woman?

Re: Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 December 2014 - 6:16pm
mrjemm wrote:I do think if I had no bikes already and wanted something for a prolonged bike trip, a 26" trucker would be likely my 1st investigation. As it stands my Vaya is No1 bike, while my Orange P7 (not much P7 left, but...) is my 26" toy, and very close in nature to a 26" LHT/DT (has both brake mounts, ).
I can fully understand that reasoning and also understand the reasoning that the 26" DT in anything but small sizes just don't look right,nooo not at all


R2... Wax on my tache? Not a hope! Cheeky feller.
Apparently it's a mark of a true hipster HIPSTER ALERT :-
http://www.firehousemoustachewax.com/Wa ... od__KS.jpg

And I don't think a backwards Tara would work- nothing to stop the panniers flapping about. If you look further into the photobucket you linked to, he shows going between the 2 directions, so perhaps realised his mistake, or was experimenting.
Yes I did see that.

Re: Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 December 2014 - 6:05pm
PH wrote:Am I still in the right thread?
Thread drift happens from time to time
You're right that you don't hear much bad about them. But you can't fail to notice how often they come up for sale second hand. I don't think many people undertake the purchase of a £1,000+ bike lightly and if they're selling it after a short period of time my theory is it must have disappointed them in some way. Maybe not the bikes fault, maybe they didn't realise what they were getting, maybe it didn't turn out to be what they thought. Of course it's only a theory, and there are of course many reasons for selling a bike.
Yes you do see a few for sale,and no doubt there's different reasons for that.But it doesn't mean the bike's a bad one.
There's a lot of people with touring stars in their eyes that are never reached for due to real life realisations.
There are a lot of Galaxy's up for sale too,and whilst the Gal' is an old 'un,you see quite a few newish ones for sale.

If I was in the market for a full on tourer, the LHT would definitely be on the short list, but it wouldn't be there on it's own, I can think of a few other bikes that equally deserve a place.
Care to name a few?

OK... back to the Salsas now...
Well if you must

Re: Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 December 2014 - 5:59pm
mrjemm wrote:
As for the 2nd hand preponderance, I wonder if that's lots of folk having fantasies of quitting the rat race, or even just taking 6 months and going off for an adventure, and then having to face reality.


cycle away into the sunset until they see the storm clouds in the distance...

Re: Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 December 2014 - 5:52pm
I do think if I had no bikes already and wanted something for a prolonged bike trip, a 26" trucker would be likely my 1st investigation. As it stands my Vaya is No1 bike, while my Orange P7 (not much P7 left, but...) is my 26" toy, and very close in nature to a 26" LHT/DT (has both brake mounts, ).

As for the 2nd hand preponderance, I wonder if that's lots of folk having fantasies of quitting the rat race, or even just taking 6 months and going off for an adventure, and then having to face reality.

R2... Wax on my tache? Not a hope! Cheeky feller.

And I don't think a backwards Tara would work- nothing to stop the panniers flapping about. If you look further into the photobucket you linked to, he shows going between the 2 directions, so perhaps realised his mistake, or was experimenting.
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