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Re: Touring bike choice for people with long legs

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 April 2015 - 9:18pm
Are modern bikes suffering from the fashion for a long drop to the handlebars? I struggle with modern frames to get comfortable. I'm 6'2" with very long legs. Bikes from older era tended to have the handlebars a lot closer to saddle height. This, IMO, to facilitate riding on the drops a lot more. Hence those simple single sidepull brakes that people believe are not very powerful. But operate them from the drops and they are just as good stoppers as the modern stuff.
I try to buy older, mint, if possible 25" horizontal toptube frames. I don't have to have too much stem or seatpost showing and can comfortably ride in the drops.
I do have smaller frames but once aboard the big ones I notice such a difference in comfort. I tour on a big 25" 90s frame and can ride comfortably all day.

Re: What is gr8 about motorcycling?

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 April 2015 - 7:50pm
Harley Davidson.Best way to turn petrol into noise

Re: Is insurance for a tour in Europe a worthwhile purchase?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 April 2015 - 7:47pm
I used to use sports cover direct a lot, avery useful company- I found it a bit pricey when I looked a couple of years ago, so I might be revisiting them. All our holidays used to be active (cycle/ski/sail) so it really helped to get an annual cover with people who understood sports activities. I tend to switch off though if insurers require cycle helmet wearing when touring as I know there's a high probability of me preferring the wind in my hair some days.

I've tested the medical facilities twice in Spain when cycle touring and my e111 /EHIC card did me very well, even so I still have extra cover in case of repatriation.

Re: What is gr8 about motorcycling?

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 April 2015 - 7:29pm
tatanab wrote:Some motorcycles are deliberately noisy with trade mark sounds such as Hardly Able To (that's English for Harley Davidson ) and some are foreign imports.
Reminds me of our trip to the USA last year. We were staying some of the time north of Baltimore and not far from York, Pennsylvania, which is home, I believe, to the biggest Harley plant in the USA. Indeed you saw long lines of motorbikes parked up in the local towns, and every one a Harley Davidson - and never a Japanese marque in sight! They must worship them like gods over there. I reckon it'd be best not to speak those words too loudly while in the area!

Re: London to Paris

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 April 2015 - 7:17pm
Definitely Newhaven Dieppe, the riding is good and the entry into paris on Mr Hirsch's route is terrific. In theory its possible to do the whole thing in a couple of days but don't. Its a nice ride and surprising rural in places. Even traditional looking stone villages. There are GPS routes to help with routefinding.

YHA London thameside is not far from the start of the london exit route and good value. YHA Telscombe and YHA South Downs are in easy striking distance of Newhaven.

The return is a bit of a conundrum. Eurostar is direct so it cuts out faffing with french train connections, ferries and uk train connections, and lands you in london in 3 hours.
However the return leg of a ferry and train ticket is relatively cheap.

Re: What is gr8 about motorcycling?

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 April 2015 - 6:31pm
Chiz wrote:I've had a few motorbikes, I now own a BMW R1200GS. For me it's not about ringing the bikes neck everywhere, that's not the point of my bike, the raw acceleration my bike offers is quite a thrill when it's utilised at the right time but that's also not what riding a motorbike is about for me. I travel at speeds safe for the road conditions and sometimes a lot slower as I'm one for taking in the scenery and I often have my girlfriend on the back who's not keen on tearing about. My bike sounds like a tractor but that's actually what it's supposed to sound like, no tampered with silencers for me, not now anyway, I have had race cans on previous bikes but it just seems silly to me now. My bike is very practical as I run with large panniers and a topbox most of the time meaning I can carry a modest load of shopping or other bits and pieces. It also revs quite low for a motorbike, topping out at 8000rpm compared to up to 19000rpm you get with 1000cc sports bikes, this makes my bike quite economical compared to a lot of bikes.

It's hard to describe what the appeal is as motorbikes mean different things to different people, much the same as bicycles in my opinion.
Chiz you saved me a lot of work as I am a GS rider also and apart from having a wife rather than a girl friend I concur with everything you have said.

Several years ago I went to the TT with my bicycle and needless to say it wasn't the same but this year I will be going over on the GS. However that wont stop me looking at any push bike I see and having a chat with the owner if I get a chance to. I think its a two wheel vehicle thing that gets me as controlling them definitely takes more skill than driving one with four wheels.

Re: Riding in a group

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 April 2015 - 4:55pm
Philip Benstead wrote:What do we think of this?


I don't see any skills there at all! It looks like they are doing their damndest to use all the road and there is no organised rotation in evidence - BC really should look at that again and do it properly, I for one would not want to be riding in that group! Its no wonder all the UK sportives I ride are like a battlefield if this is how coaches are teaching people.

Re: Riding in a group

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 April 2015 - 4:26pm
That's one messy looking group! Looks exactly like most Sportive groups actually!

Re: Hotel or camping during a cycling tour?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 April 2015 - 3:00pm
I've done both and often combine the two. You don't have to stay inside the bricks and mortar and I find that several nights from a trip not under canvass is relaxing and also offers an opportunity to wash and dry stuff if the weather is a bit dodgy. In some areas its easier to find a roof than a campsite (I'm on holiday, I do not want to 'rough it' in the woods, creature comforts like a shower and safe water are a must for me.)

An option that seems to be coming popular are camping sheds - essentially a garden shed with a couple of bunks - cheaper than hotels but a little more comfort than a tent but you still take your own bedding and cooking kit (for the most part). Used them several times in Denmark and they have been an option on camp sites across Germany/Austria/Switzerland.

Using hotels/b&b's does feel a bit like cheating - you don't need to cart so much with you so it feels more like a series of day rides! I've only ever done it once for a complete tour and on balance probably spent @ twice on accommodation what I would have on camp sites but that was balanced to some degree by inclusive breakfasts! I book in advance which for me isn't an issue as I adjust my programme to suit. I try to do a 3:1 ratio of campsites to hotel nights but that doesn't always mean every fourth night is a hotel.

Re: Touring in Sweden

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 April 2015 - 2:43pm
Threaded cartridges I've found to be most common in shops in Scandinavia - outdoor shops obviously - but gun/fishing shops are a good bet

Practical GPS 101

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 April 2015 - 1:45pm
Any long distance trekking Garmin users care to share the practical aspects of being on the road for several weeks running a device and recording their ride details. Interested in Touring, 810 and 1000 devices.
I am specifically interested in managing recharging strategies and non mains charging as to what works and what doesn’t and any dodges and work a rounds that you have found. I am aware that certain later Garmin devices had a glitch that had been cured in earlier devices such as turning itself on when recharging and becoming self draining. Is this cured now?
One thing I am specifically interested in is the ability to navigate on the fly if using a loaded .gpx route. Can you re route yourself or does it always try to steer you back to loaded route? I want to include a Cairngorm Loop on a visit to Scotland. Target time is 56hrs and I need to submit my ride/route data to be considered for completion listing. Can this data be continually recorded to SD card or do I have to do this manually each day and if I lose power at any time will this data be lost or stored until I can get the battery back up.
I am also thinking about a hike a bike into Inverie on the Knoydart. Will a device give me a route A-B when there are no recognisable or recorded paths?
The more I think about the more I want to revert to maps but with so many events only publishing their routes as .gpx there must be a good knowledge base available now based on experiences with these devices. Not really interested in reviews of devices or opinions but the actual practical user experience (can’t believe I actually said that) of using a device over an extended period without access to mains charging or map editor.

Re: Touring in Sweden

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 April 2015 - 1:26pm
Sweden http://www.pricerunner.se/sp/primus-gas.html

Norway https://www.gsport.no/friluft/kokeutstyr-mat/gassbokser

Gas can be purchased at most sporting goods shops and outfitters. I wouldn't depend on buying it at campgrounds and things, though you might find that petrol stations in popular camping areas carry it. Camping sites with facilities often have kitchens, so cooking gas isn't needed.

Re: What is gr8 about motorcycling?

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 April 2015 - 1:13pm
So your not put off cars when one is directed at you with revving engine when you are on a cycle

Re: What is gr8 about motorcycling?

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 April 2015 - 1:09pm
brynpoeth wrote:Like most of us I love cycling, but I drive a vehicle occasionally too (as little as possible). Cycling is always great and I find driving on the motorway often quite relaxing (engage highest gear, lean left or right occasionally, move my right toes now and then).Diolch

Driving on the motorway - if your lucky and don't get held up by umpteen road works or congestion or unfortunately an accident then fine. Nowadays I can't get off the motorways quick enough and much prefer normal roads, even in the car..

brynpoeth wrote:I can not understand the attraction of motorcycling. Modern motorbikes are as expensive and as thirsty as cars. One has the impression that all motorbikers just want to break the law and go as fast as possible. Diolch

Drive down the motorways at 70 mph and see how many cars pass you.
Drive at the speed limit on any road and it won't be long before there is a some vehicle up behind you.

brynpoeth wrote:Anybody here cycles and rides a motorbike and can explain it? Truly an open question.Diolch

One of the main things I like about the motorbike is it is easy to get pass cars etc' if I'm going somewhere. (Same as when a car comes up on bunch of cyclists. )
I'm not speeding but, even in a car, you always come up on somebody who is going slower than you.

The congestion on todays roads makes the riding of a motorbike more attractive.
P.S. I generally do more miles on the push bikes than in the car and motorbike combined.

Re: What is gr8 about motorcycling?

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 April 2015 - 12:52pm
I've a lot of time for classic/retro motorbikes. Lots of crossover with modern pedal cycles in styling and parts thanks to many people and companies (Apps, Cleland, Puch, ...). One of the bicycles I maintain has motorcycle switches on the handlebars controlling the dynamo lights.

I don't understand superbikes, but then I don't understand riding racing bikes if you're not racing or training to race either. Each to their own!

Re: Riding in a group

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 April 2015 - 12:24pm
those tips are completely relevant for "Sportive Riding" which appears to be the target audience.

Exactly. At the start it says that they are tips for riding in a group in a sportive, it does not claim that they are tips for riding in group generally.

Hotel or camping during a cycling tour?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 April 2015 - 12:19pm
I am flying from Liverpool to Carcassonne in two weeks time and cycling back home over two weeks. Taking my tent but not averse to staying in hotels some nights, depending on weather, location, how I feel etc. it's good to have the freedom of choice.

Re: What is gr8 about motorcycling?

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 April 2015 - 12:09pm
brynpoeth wrote:One has the impression that all motorbikers just want to break the law and go as fast as possible.

Can anyone produce evidence for or against my impression?

Somewhere on another internet forum:-
One has the impression that all cyclists just want to break the law,go as fast as they can and RLJ!

Can anyone produce evidence for or against my impression?

Re: Reducing pannier weight

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 April 2015 - 11:22am
DarkNewt wrote:im gonna fill anything hollow with helium

I think motorists have been doing that with their heads for years.

Re: What is gr8 about motorcycling?

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 April 2015 - 11:19am
FarOeuf wrote:Mick F wrote:I can understand why people ride them, but what I fail to understand is why they have to be so noisy?
WHY? for goodness sake?

maybe for a similar reason that (seemingly) the more expensive the roadie bicycle the louder the clicking from the rear hub when you freewheel. I don't understand that either, I'm embarrassed if my bike is making mechanical noises.

surely there is a law on noise. But no will to do anything about it.
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