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Re: Bought the bike!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 August 2015 - 11:31pm
Thistle wrote:is it better suited than the Mercian for paths etc? :


I think both are well suited to paths, which is better might depend on who's riding it.
I have a preference for flat bars for most touring and all off road, I also like Ergon grips and Thumb shifters so it'd be a simple choice for me (Though I'd look into replacing the cantis for V brakes on the Dalesman) Others may prefer the Mercian for their own reasons.

Re: Bought the bike!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 August 2015 - 11:29pm
Thistle wrote:32s will definitely fit, and possibly 35s. There is a whole lot of clearance. If the main weight is on a carry freedom trailer, will it not be good for the long hauls?
People tour on anything. I started my touring as a teen on a (much less suitable) Raleigh Super Grand Prix. You bike was made for it. Load it up, take it anywhere you are comfortbale riding and enjoy!

Re: Bought the bike!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 August 2015 - 10:53pm
Thanks PH.

We did just buy this converted Dalesman for my son with the following specs (and no child carrier), is it better suited than the Mercian for paths etc? :

Claud Butler Dalesman 59cm frame Reynolds 631 steel
Thorn club tour forks
Orbit XL2 headset
Crank brothers flat bar
Shimano r550 levers
Deore M590 thumb shifters (right one currently seized)
Ergon gp4 grips
Brooks B17 saddle
mudguards
Shimano BR R550 cantilever brakes
Front wheel - Mavic A719 rim, 36 spoke, Shimano XT T780 dynamo hub, vittoria randonneur pro tyre
Rear wheel - Mavic A719 rim, 36 spoke, Shimano XT hub, vittoria Voyager Hyper tyre
Deore trekking triple (48/36/26) chainset with 175mm cranks, touring pedals, 11-32 9 speed cassette, deore rear shifter, Alivio front shifter.
Rear rack
Tubus Tara front rack
Busch and Muller Lumotec IQ2 Luxos U front light
Trelock Duo Flat Signal LS 820 rear brake light

Re: Bought the bike!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 August 2015 - 10:45pm
Thistle wrote:32s will definitely fit, and possibly 35s. There is a whole lot of clearance. If the main weight is on a carry freedom trailer, will it not be good for the long hauls?

Despite willem's opinion, that's what it was designed for. On another forum drossall has a photo of his loaded up with more stuff that most people will ever carry, maybe he'll post it here. If you're going to use a trailer, your bike is probably sturdier than it needs to be, MickF goes up and down the country with a more lightweight Mercian and a CF trailer. Enjoy your bike.

Re: Pedestrian pushes cyclist off bike and into traffic

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 August 2015 - 10:41pm
maxcherry wrote:He's handed himself into the police

Let's hope they deal with the scum to the full extent of the law and in doing so demonstrate that cyclists are not second (third, fourth, fifth...) class citizens.

I'll be amazed if they do though.

Re: Bought the bike!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 August 2015 - 10:36pm
32s will definitely fit, and possibly 35s. There is a whole lot of clearance. If the main weight is on a carry freedom trailer, will it not be good for the long hauls?

Re: Thinking of going on a long tour?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 August 2015 - 10:34pm
I think you've got enough material there for a book

Re: Cycling Tips 1936

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 August 2015 - 10:17pm


incidentally the lady in the film had a left side front brake, (her only brake). I've not seen that too often, I wonder how common it was? I wonder if the idea was that if you have only one brake you should have it on the left, so that you can still use it whilst signalling?

cheers

Re: Parked cars blocking shared use path

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 August 2015 - 10:13pm
[XAP]Bob wrote:pete75 wrote:Cunobelin wrote:No such thing as a compulsory path.....

Isn't there? Tell that to the Gendarme when you don't use a compulsory path in France,


Look at the forum domain - uk

The person who posted mentioning a compulsory path lives in France.

If the domain was CTC.com I take it you'd think it ok to mention things from outside the UK????

Re: Cycling Tips 1936

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 August 2015 - 10:04pm
ha ha clearly Nibali has been watching....

Re: Motorcycle...YES...Lorry Driver ...NO

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 August 2015 - 9:56pm
In England one would consider whether or not he committed the offence of fraud (Section 1 Fraud Act 2006) which includes fraud by failing to disclose information. The Fraud Act repealed the specific offence of obtaining a pecuniary advantage by deception (Section 16 Theft Act 1968). i.e. getting a job with payment that he would not have done if he had not deceived the employer by misrepresenting his health status.

However in Scotland prosecutions are under Common Law as a common "catch all " for most fraudulent actions - which would seem to include the above. The methodology of such prosecutions in Scotland e.g. what threshold needs to be crossed and the level of importance of such matter taken by the Procurator Fiscal are totally unknown to me. So whether or not it would be considered by the powers that be that there was a sufficient prospect of a conviction to undertake a prosecution is open to speculation.

Re: Bought the bike!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 August 2015 - 9:50pm
You can't ride that bike!

You have to build a marble fireplace and mount the bike on top with spot lights pointed at it to show off it's true beauty
If you get rid of the tv you will be able to put a row of seats in the room so passing CTC members can pop over and gaze at it as well.

Cycling Tips 1936

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 August 2015 - 9:47pm
Handy tips from the 30's





Remember. Don't give hedgehogs balloons

Re: Bought the bike!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 August 2015 - 9:44pm
I am of the generation that started out on this type of bike (but at the time never could afford such a nice one). So I know such bikes were once considered full blown touring bikes, but conditions and technology have changed, now that main roads are no longer an option, and we have to tour on very minor orads and forest trails instead. So we need wider tyres, lower gears, better brakes etc. We now also have more oversized tubing options for a better handling bike when loaded. Without at least mildly oversized tubing the frame will handle much better with lighter loads. The narrow tyres are another drawback with a heavy load. You would need to inflate them pretty hard, and grip on gravel would not be great either. Enjoy it for what it is best at: fast and light touring.

Re: Parked cars blocking shared use path

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 August 2015 - 9:11pm
pete75 wrote:Cunobelin wrote:No such thing as a compulsory path.....

Isn't there? Tell that to the Gendarme when you don't use a compulsory path in France,


Look at the forum domain - uk

Re: Bought the bike!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 August 2015 - 9:05pm
willem jongman wrote: only for light touring. It is perfect for day rides to get you back into shape, or for hostel tours.

What makes you think that? It looks like the touring model, 531ST and built to carry four panniers.
And lovely it looks too

Re: Netherlands Tour - Rig Statistics

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 August 2015 - 9:02pm
Shane,is that your m-gineering bike, but with nice fast tyres and elegant French style mudguards?

Re: Romania

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 August 2015 - 9:00pm
norfolkboy1 wrote:This is my first topic on here. I'm toying with the idea of doing a cycle tour in Romania, Is it a good place to go i.e. cycle friendly, nice scenery, plenty of places to stay, expensive or cheap. Any comments would be greatly received. Bruce

I toured there last year (and was there years ago not by bicycle), went from north to south and through Bucharest. roads are as good as they are here, I used 28mm tyres no problem. always found somewhere to stay, and places to eat. it was pretty cheap. Transfagarashan is ok, but the Transalpina is better; less traffic. Scenery was very good. I only had a couple of traffic incidents, the worst was a British registered 4x4. Locals very friendly all round.

I think it depends on your motive for travelling. Maybe you want to see the world, understand your place in it, understand politics and culture on a more global scale than just western Europe. Maybe you want to expand your horizons and have a bit of an adventure. Then Romania is a great place to go cycling, it's challenging at times but the rewards are there. If you want to tour in a consistently nice and agreeable environment, then maybe it's not a great place for you to go.

I met a few people who'd followed the Danube (skirting the south of Romania) and they had a completely different experience of the country.

cheers,

Re: Bought the bike!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 August 2015 - 8:50pm
Hey, good to see you back here. That Mercian is a steal, but only for light touring. It is perfect for day rides to get you back into shape, or for hostel tours. With camping gear, you need to have a close look at discussions about the lightest and most compact gear there is. Also, look carefully what the widest tyre size would be that fits.
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