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Re: University Project (Charging Rucksack Concept)

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 April 2015 - 5:51pm
Most cyclists hate ruck sacks unless they are for very short journeys, or you are off road where putting stuff in panniers would compromise handling. Ruck sacks can give you a sweaty back and make your shoulders ache. If you are just thinking about short journeys, where ruck sacks make more sense, then your idea of charging it as you ride doesn't work so well.

Sorry, but it's not an idea that appeals to me, thus I wouldn't buy such a product.

Re: First Sportive in June

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 April 2015 - 5:45pm
An account from a cycletourist on his second sportive (with link to the first one) may be of some interest to the OP:

http://eastyorkshirectc.org.uk/big-g-cy ... 2013-100km

Drumchapel Instructor Training day

Play on Pedals blog - 24 April 2015 - 5:39pm

Today we were up at the Drumchapel Sports Centre delivering training to the remaining Drumchapel Nurseries.

Anne from Healthy Tots, Happy Tots had once again done a fantastic job to support us to coordinate the day and we had a full turn out with 8 participants including from Cloan Nursery, Drumchapel Family Learning Centre, Chesters Nursery, Fasque Nursery and Healthy Tots, Happy Tots.

We were also joined by John from the Urban Fox Programme who was shadowing the Instructor Trainer’s delivery as part of his training to become an Instructor Trainer himself.

Our day was fun and informative – particularly the afternoon session, which was really special because we were joined by children from Drumchapel Early Years Centre and staff member Lorna, who has previously trained with Play on Pedals.

These four children were 3 weeks into their programme with Lorna and it was amazing to see the difference that 3 weeks can make. All the children were gliding, lifting their feet in the air, confident and smiling; they were using their two feet at once to push off and remembering to brake to stop. They were so fast the camera couldn’t keep up!

Being able to observe and show the new trainee Instructors what can be achieved in just 3 weeks was fantastic and hearing from Lorna about what she’s developed for her children, how things have worked for her and how much she’s enjoying the course really inspired the participants.

What made the day even more constructive was being joined by three boys from Cloan Nursery for a second practical session. Cloan Nursery are new to the project, with one of their staff on the training today, and therefore their children had not had a chance to use the balance bikes before. We were able to clearly see the difference between children just starting out and those who had progressed by 3 weeks. While they started off a little wobbly and uncertain, within the hour all three boys from Cloan had developed the skills to use two feet at once and lift their feet off the ground! Really fast progress!

Drumchapel has become a real hub for Play on Pedals – with 12 Instructors trained in 8 different nurseries, we are having a real impact. We also have three committed Hero Organisations – Healthy Tots, Happy Tots in partnership with Drumchapel LIFE, and Wheel Fix It – who between them are offering support with maintenance, second hand bike refurbishment and coordination of venues and resources. With the commitment of volunteers like Anne and groups like Wheel Fix It, Play on Pedals has really taken off and we can’t wait to visit the children as they progress through their training programme; it won’t be long before all of Drumchapel’s children are scooting around on bikes!


University Project (Charging Rucksack Concept)

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 April 2015 - 5:14pm
Hello,
I am currently studying mechanical engineering at university and for one of our group projects we have to design a biking accessory. Our group has come up with the idea of a rucksack with compartments for laptops and smartphones and other electronic devices. The bag would be attached to a dynamo on the bike so that it is able to charge electronic devices as you cycle to work or when on a road trip etc.

We need to do some market research and any feed back on this idea would be very much appreciated. Does this product appeal to you? Can you see a place for it in the marketplace? How much would you be willing to pay for it?
Thank you!

Re: Touring France with a child's trailer

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2015 - 5:12pm
Have a look around this site, might be some good info -

http://travellingtwo.com/start-here

Dave

Re: Were going around the world!!!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2015 - 5:09pm
Subscribed via RSS, good luck.

Dave

Re: You either have or you don't.

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 April 2015 - 4:55pm
Always watch out for the old guy on a steel bike. Cos much of the time he can drop you in a second if he so desires.

Re: You either have or you don't.

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 April 2015 - 4:51pm
There are people who ride faster than me, there are people who ride slower than me. Thus it ever was and thus I hope it ever will be.

Re: You either have or you don't.

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 April 2015 - 4:10pm
When I used to commute near 40 miles a day I was able to have lots of fun with roadies even when on my MTB.
Can't do that these days, my weekly mileage is probably only 40 miles.

IMO it's all to do with time in the saddle.
(Similarly last year I upped the mileage I run and got my 10k time down to 38 mins and half marathon to 1:25. One of the guys at the club said "for an old, fat bloke you're bloody quick!" (I'm 54 and 13 stone)).

You either have or you don't.

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 April 2015 - 3:45pm
I went out for a ride this morning over the South Downs and in my usual manner struggled up the hills. But on one of those hills I suddenly become aware of another cyclist about to overtake me. As I spotted him I noticed that he looked a bit older than me, he was not wearing cycling clothing but rather jogging bottoms and top and was riding a really old mountain bike. I only mention any of that to give you an image of the event and my real point is what a great cyclist he was.
As he overtook me on the hill at some speed I was standing up on my pedals and he was sat just twiddling away on his.
With a cheery " morning " as he passed me he disappeared up the road and at one point I thought I had caught up with him but on the next hill he just twiddled away and was gone again.

I was really hoping that he was going to stop at the same café as me as I was going to buy him a drink but sadly he didn't. If he had I was going to of cause probe him as to how he makes it look so easy and hopefully get some tips on how I can do the same.

Its probably the only time I ever wished I had been wearing a helmet cam because I could then have posted video of the event.

Anyone passing me when I am out on my bike is not an unusual event but its usually those younger wearing all the gear and on an expensive bike so its great to know that you don't need all of that because you've either got it or you haven't.

Re: What's wrong with the Schwalbe Marathon Plus MTB?

CTC Forum - MTB - 24 April 2015 - 3:39pm
The Ice Spiker is a studded tyre for sheet ice or (?) packed snow. Perhaps it is OK for frozen single track too.

That is, for absolutely minimal use in most of the UK.

Personally I used Top CONTACT IIs this winter, which are more like the normal winter tyres for cars that the industry is shouting about , as opposed to studded tyres for ice.

Ferdinand

Re: Long cycle tourers - you feel like you just want to go h

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2015 - 3:34pm
Can't persuade your partner to come and meet you for a weekend can you?
I'm usually fine on the bike when solo myself, but come the evening, I'd rather be at home in my shed, with the wife watching TV indoors .

Campsites near Nevers

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2015 - 3:13pm
Can anybody help me and recommend a campsite, possibly with contact details near Nevers.
This is my 1st tour and I arrive in Nevers by train at 8pm so would like somewhere near.
Then I am cycling along the Eurovelo 6 to Nantes and then the Eurovelo 1 to Roscoff, the end of June and the start of July.

Hope for some help
Ian

Re: Long cycle tourers - you feel like you just want to go h

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2015 - 3:00pm
elioelio wrote:I'm currently in my first week of cycling the east coast UK, and am 5 miles into my day and have no energy whatsoever! I was thinking I must not be eating properly, then I thought it might just be psychological. Although I have spent two weeks prior to this at home, before that I was away for 4 months (two months cycling before breaking my collarbone falling off my bike). I'm torn between really wanting to do this tour, and wanting to be at home with my partner. I feel silly as I'm in a beautiful part of the country, on holiday, completely free but I just feel like I want to go home, back to a 'normal' life and find a job.
Anyone else feel like this? Do you get over it? Maybe I'm just having a couple of bad days, or maybe it really is my bad diet!
Sorry to read you are feeling depressed elioelio having never done it I would be a bit of a charlatan to try and offer you advice so all I can say is just take it easy and chat with your partner as often as you can.
And also take some comfort from knowing that even if you do give up at least you have tried unlike myself and possibly a few others.

Re: Were going around the world!!!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2015 - 1:29pm
Good luck. Sounds like fun.

And, to get in there before everybody else does, have a good Star Wars Day (as in "May the Force Be With You" -> "May the 4th Be With You").

Ian

Re: Pannier question

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 April 2015 - 1:20pm
This discussion is as old as the hills. For what it's worth I think the weight is best carried by the bike, not slung on your shoulders making your back sweaty. Your legs push the same weight along, whichever way you do it. If you stand on the pedals, yes, with a bag on your back you can bring down more weight on the down stroke. But you also have to lift up the extra weight in the first place. But perhaps a slightly different cycling action might be required, though, relying less on a powerful out of the saddle push to get you going.

Re: Were going around the world!!!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2015 - 1:19pm
Sounds ace. Envious. Don't forget to pack some apostrophes.

Re: Long cycle tourers - you feel like you just want to go h

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2015 - 1:13pm
elioelio wrote:I'm currently in my first week of cycling the east coast UK, and am 5 miles into my day and have no energy whatsoever! I was thinking I must not be eating properly, then I thought it might just be psychological. Although I have spent two weeks prior to this at home, before that I was away for 4 months (two months cycling before breaking my collarbone falling off my bike). I'm torn between really wanting to do this tour, and wanting to be at home with my partner. I feel silly as I'm in a beautiful part of the country, on holiday, completely free but I just feel like I want to go home, back to a 'normal' life and find a job.
Anyone else feel like this? Do you get over it? Maybe I'm just having a couple of bad days, or maybe it really is my bad diet!

Try haveing a lazy day or 2 where you are? I am of an age when I dont want to be in the saddle all the time, dont have the will or energy any way and it is really nice to feel free to do nothing. It is easy if u have a tent - just have an extended lie in listening to the radio..

Re: Long cycle tourers - you feel like you just want to go h

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2015 - 1:06pm
I have bad days when touring. No energy or enthusiasm. I try to do a short day when I feel like this. Sometimes it passes, sometimes not. Give it a couple more days perhaps, and if you feel the same way, then go home and get a full time job where you do the same thing day in day out. The more tedious the better. You'll soon be in the mood for touring again

Re: Pannier question

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 April 2015 - 1:03pm
Isn't it logical that if you put more weight on the bike it will take more effort to get it going from standstill? Yes I know that the same weight is there if you had the weight on your back instead, but for the initial push off it does seem to make sense that an unladen bike will feel and behave in a more lively manner than a laden one.

Despite this I'm a firm fan of letting the bike bear the weight of course - tis just so much more comfortable apart from anything else.

I'm no physicist... Someone should do a proper experiment (they probably already have).
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