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

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 December 2014 - 10:49am
RodWatts wrote:PH
No, I can't get over it! I'll just keep on waving and smiling like an idiot....
What a poor, miserable world this is turning into if we can't nod to or acknowledge some else's existence.
Rod x

I wouldn't for a moment discourage you from greeting whoever you like, if it's me I will of course greet you back.
What you need to get over is the idea that it's a new thing, it isn't, it's ever changing but it's always been there. If you can't accept that you're going to in for a lot of disappointments.
In the Outer Hebrides, I was taken aback that many drivers would give me a friendly wave, the population density increases the circle.

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 December 2014 - 10:44am
mercalia wrote:speed freak automotons with dark glasses and no sense of humour?

"First, a "health warning". We are a serious club committed to performance based cycling and cycle racing." lol

So which is worse, not returning a greeting, or openly mocking someone?
Goes back to my point thet we only have an affinity with those we see as similar.
I was wrong when I said that was human nature, it goes byond that into the wider animal kingdom, that's what the ugly duckling story is about.

Re: Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 December 2014 - 10:32am
That is odd... notice the rack is backwards to normal- the curving loops pointing rearwards.

Anyway, decided to sack off looking at bikes and go ride my VT instead! See you all later...

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 December 2014 - 10:31am
Within their "what kit do I need" section
It goes without saying that you should wear a helmet.

I guess, it goes without saying, I will not be joining them.

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 December 2014 - 10:18am
Look at their webpage frontpage for the answer why?

http://www.londondynamo.co.uk/


speed freak automotons with dark glasses and no sense of humour?

"First, a "health warning". We are a serious club committed to performance based cycling and cycle racing." lol

Re: Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 December 2014 - 10:18am
mrjemm wrote:reohn2 wrote:Will the Tubus rack not articulate on the joint bolt and bolt to the fixing eyelet in front of the wheel axle?
It could also negate the need for spacers on the top fixing.
I'd prefer the Tubus rack with the stabilising loop.

Not quite sure what you're saying here R2... unless you really are suggesting putting the rack where it would stop you removing the wheel?



Ah! ,forgot about the forward facing Vaya dropouts.
But if you needed to remove the front wheel would it be such a bad thing if you had to remove the skewer before dropping the wheel out?
You'd need spacer for the bottom fitting but I'd imagine it would be the same case for the DT fork(which I'm sure the Straggler and DT share looking at the Surly site)

Here's a Fargo(similar fork) with a Tubus rack fitted:- http://s11.photobucket.com/user/midlife ... 6.jpg.html


I know you're sorted with the extra brazeons up the fork legs,which TBH are ideally placed and look do a great job

Re: Contador...

CTC Forum - Racing - 19 December 2014 - 9:34am
I expect he was wearing a helmet though

Re: Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 December 2014 - 9:33am
reohn2 wrote:Will the Tubus rack not articulate on the joint bolt and bolt to the fixing eyelet in front of the wheel axle?
It could also negate the need for spacers on the top fixing.
I'd prefer the Tubus rack with the stabilising loop.

Not quite sure what you're saying here R2... unless you really are suggesting putting the rack where it would stop you removing the wheel?

The Salsa racks are really quite rigid, they are mounted both sides of the fork legs, but the loop is certainly the way to go. There are mounting points on the top of the downunders to join it up with the Salsa Minimalist rack, effectively making a loop, but that would all be a tad 'bodgy', and not super stiff I suspect. Also the min is expensive for what it is. I think ideally I'd be better having another braze on mount a little lower on the rearside of the fork, but the disc mount would be in the way... Otherwise go Thorn style and have another braze on higher up the mid fork, maybe on the rear face, dunno. Otherwise accept the need for spacers...

Just be glad the normal Vayas don't have the silly Alternator dropouts at the rear end, which had me getting more mounts brazed on. Now Ihave though, it all works really well at the back for me. Hmmm, think I may go down the batcave and look at these again, maybe snap some snaps...

Re: Poole(UK) to Santander(Spain) Blog update

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 December 2014 - 9:04am
Brilliant read. Looked an amazing trip.

Dave

Re: Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 December 2014 - 8:45am
Thanks for posting the pics of the front fork fittings..I haven't tried to fit a front rack to the Vaya so i probably should have kept my gob shut regarding fitting the rack ...I'll give it a go sometime.My DT is my choice for loaded touring and i mainly use the Vaya for day rides..Horses for courses..Both good bikes though...

Contador...

CTC Forum - Racing - 19 December 2014 - 8:30am
We all remember the crash...

This was published recently...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/30507188

So it was 47mph crash, just hit something on the road (which had looked clear) whilst reaching for something to eat...
At that moment, I relaxed, I looked ahead, saw the road was clear and reached back into my pocket to get something to eat. That's when I hit something in the road, my bike jumped and I lost control.
The problem wasn't the pain from my tibia, it was the thought that I was in great form but couldn't carry on.

When I think I was going 77kmph at the time and I only broke my tibia, well, on balance, that's good. Maybe I lost the Tour, but I didn't lose my life.


My takeaway would be that at that kind of speed you just can't see far enough ahead to let go of the controls.

Re: Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 December 2014 - 8:12am
Will the Tubus rack not articulate on the joint bolt and bolt to the fixing eyelet in front of the wheel axle?
It could also negate the need for spacers on the top fixing.
I'd prefer the Tubus rack with the stabilising loop.

Re: proviz victim blaming advert

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 December 2014 - 8:06am
GrumpyGit wrote:redfacedbaldfatman wrote:How about this video from Wowow... "sorry I didn't see you". They claim in the video description that "You will be seen with the 3M Spoke Reflectors!"
I found it quite distasteful.

I've actually got those spoke reflectors on my hybrid just because I like the way the whole wheel disc lights up when it's spinning!

I prefer them to those little reflectors that clip between two spokes.


I've got them because they were all I saw of a child cyclist some point last year. I had just pulled out of my drive and I was starting to turn off my road when I saw these reflectors as my lights swept across the road I was entering.
They were bright, clear, unmistakable. The kid had no lights, and no other reflectors that I saw at any point. The corner is often taken by PIC's (Prats In Cars) at full speed due to the radiused corner and generally low traffic flow (resulting in a couple of fairly spectacular collisions).
The pattern from the spoke reflectors was just *so* clear that I got a couple of sets the next time they showed up in ALDI. I have one set split between by front wheels on the trike (no point in doing the "inside" spokes, nor the rear wheel, which is covered with panniers etc)

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 December 2014 - 7:42am
I tend to greet most people - dog walkers, pedestrians, those waiting for the bus, sweeping the streets, cycling... whatever...

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 December 2014 - 11:58pm
We should be celebrating the fact that they paid attention to what they were taught when they were young.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92HCKfYakLU

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 December 2014 - 11:27pm
I'm afraid I'm very much reminded of the bunch of roadies, who, coming up behind me on a narrow lane, delivered a series of "Good Mornings" - but this was not a friendly gesture, so it seemed, instead it was a subtle hint to me to "Get out of the way!". You've got to accept, if people are like that, that it's their problem, not yours.

It can't do any harm to keep up the greetings. You'll get a few friendly responses, especially if you get out of town a bit. A few is better than none.

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 December 2014 - 11:24pm
PH
No, I can't get over it! I'll just keep on waving and smiling like an idiot....
What a poor, miserable world this is turning into if we can't nod to or acknowledge some else's existence.
Rod x

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 December 2014 - 10:38pm
Get a recumbent. Every other bent rider you come across will want to talk (ok so there are not many).

More seriously though, I quite agree with your point. I think it is easier to get talking to other cyclists if there is some sort or catalist for the conversation, perhaps an Audax or ctc mudguard sticker. Come to think of it mudguards and a carradice bag is probably a good indicator of someone who might be approachable

Re: Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 December 2014 - 9:56pm
I should add that I fitted a Tubus Tara to Mme's Straggler the same day and that was no problem, with the fork dropout being recessed far less. I'd guess the DT fork more like the Straggler than Vaya. Certainly looks the same, unlike the Vaya ones. Vaya the better bike though...

Re: Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 December 2014 - 9:47pm
cnb wrote:With regards to the Disc Trucker..I didn't have a problem fitting a Tubus front rack..I haven't tried it on the Vaya yet , can't see it being a problem though..



The bosses are my adaptation. The oem mounts would require more than a standard spacer, which is too much twisting potential for my liking. Posted other pics a few times in past re this when building original Vaya, couldn't say where though, on tablet at mo, so not so easy to do such stuff. As shown though, the higher mounting results in poor angle of lowriders.



The fixing should go on the far dropout mount, the rack pushes aginst the fork which sticks out relative to dropout.



Tubus and Salsa racks on 2x Vaya forks for comparison, and show better funny alignment of tubus on my adaptation.
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