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Re: America: the bizarre

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 January 2016 - 10:37pm
Agree, we do it to confuse any foreigners.

Al

Re: Commuting - best lock for awkward fixing points?

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 January 2016 - 10:26pm
well you dont say where the bike will be locked up? if you are using one of those hoops then a D lock needs to be just big enough to go around the hoop and wheel/frame and no more so a lever cant be inserted. U dont say how long the bike will be left. The best lock is to store the bike inside some where secure. I wouldnt ever leave a decent bike at a commute stop, it WILL be stolen eventually. Not the answer you wanted I know. I use a yellow Kryptonite New York which is a Gold Lock, I only ever use the hoops and and for a short time while shopping. Locking to railing not a good idea as they are usually only soft mild steel, could be cut thru very quickly. Get a Brompton and take it with you inside?

Commuting - best lock for awkward fixing points?

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 January 2016 - 10:18pm
So D or U locks are probably the most secure locks but not always good for locking the bike to available secure objects. These are heavy but the likes of Abus do gold rated ones between 1.5 & 2kg - a bit lighter than some other brands.

Chains are next best but very heavy for the same security levels. Hiplock is a nice idea, taking the principle used by cycle couriers and putting a nicer spin on it. The bronze rated is light enough but get to silver and gold even the Hiplock ones are heavy.

Cables? I'm using a simple one since my U lock doesn't fit the bike rack at work (a poor design of wheel bender). This cable is not even the armoured kind. Snips would cut it but something's better than nothing. My old bike got nicked from work but it wasn't locked up. Never again trusting colleagues to spot and stop thieves in even a secure yard like ours.

Folding locks like Abus Bordo look decent but even the top one that's gold rated has problems. I've read a review where it lasted over 5 minutes but unlocking it after they gave up sent the whole lock mechanism springing out in pieces. It survived the attacks but was useless afterwards. Don't trust them.

What lock would you recommend to fit easily around awkward objects. Example wheel bender rack which has the nearest locking structure almost half the wheel or more away from the frame part you'd lock to it. Or I lean the bike against the side of the rack and fix it to the part that normally lifts the wheel up. This either needs to a very long U lock or a chain to lock around the frame triangle.

It's not impossible to use a standard sized U lock but it needs a lot of fiddling around in the dark at times when you're rushing to get into.work on time.

I'd like a chain I think but I'm flexible about things. I'll look at U locks if there's a good one you can recommend. Weight is an issue as I'll be carrying it everywhere. I'd like a gold rated even though it's overkill since my bike is only £650+ cost of extras fitted and I don't leave it in a risky area. Seriously, would a silver or even bronze rated lock be such a risk to take?

Price is an issue, I don't want to spend too much If I can help it, but will spend if something is worth it. Up to say £65 or so.

Re: Useful police

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 January 2016 - 9:56pm
Good news. Time to edit the thread title?

Basso Fior di Loto 56cm

CTC Forums - Bikes For Sale - 28 January 2016 - 9:46pm
Completely rebuilt by me so brand new cables and outers. All working well!

It breaks my heart to let this go, but moving house to a smaller one means I'm having to thin out the collection. n-1 at the moment...

56x56cm Basso Fior di Loto made from 'superlight' tubing. This was the top of the range racing frame around 1989, it really is awesome. Lots of nice details which show quality (seat cluster, panto).

Ultegra 6600 shifters (10 speed),
105 mechs,
Ultegra rear wheel, 105 front,
Ultegra brake callipers,
105/cx50 crankset 50/34 rings,
Carbon seat post,
Colnago titanium railed saddle,
Deda bars, Colnago stem.
Schwalbe Blizzard puncture proof tyres.

The best thing about this bike is that despite being a racing frame, it will comfortably take mudguards with 25c or even 28c tyres. It's basically the perfect bike for crap roads. This is what's made it so hard to decide to sell it, but needs must

The frame has some marks but is absolutely sound.

Weighs 10kg as built.

I'm after £300 posted for this, which I think is a good price all parts considered. Could also arrange collection in York/Leeds.













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Re: Useless police

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 January 2016 - 9:46pm
Update!

First I must apologise to Thames valley police, I received a phone call today and they had traced the previous owner but could not trace the new registered owner. So full marks for effort they did try and said they would have take it further if they could trace the vehicles whereabouts. Moral of the story? Report those incidents, the people on the desk might give the impression that they don't care but in the background real effort might be going on. The long sentence handed down to the joker who swerved at cyclists recently shows its worth reporting these things.

Re: America: the bizarre

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 January 2016 - 9:25pm
This is a whole nother thread, but yes, sign posting in the UK is really poor. And it's not because they get nicked. It probably isn't a deliberate policy, etiher. But it's bad enough that people joke about it being deliberate policy. And, It's just as bad in places that use wood or plastic.

There are two problems with sign posting in the UK. The first is that not every junction has a signpost. There are thousands of tiny junctions where ancient lanes meet that have no signpost. And it's these little lanes that are nicest for cyclist because motor vehicles seldom use them.

The other problem is that even when there are signposts, how routes are marked is inconsistent. The Highways Agency (now Highways England) were worse about this than most county councils. How is it *not* going to confuse someone who is driving east-northeast on the A12 toward Ipswich, when they see a sign for the Midlands (yes, I know why it's like that)? There are some places near Colchester, where upon joining the A120, the signs says 'Harwich' for one direction and 'Puckeridge' for the other. At other junctures, the signs say 'Braintree' and 'Marks Tey', or 'Colchester'. It's just luck whether you can tell which direction to go without consulting a map, if you aren't familiar with the area. 'Where is Puckeridge, anyway?' is a joke amongst people who live along that section of the A120, because it is almost meaningless on a sign post. It should say 'Braintree', or 'Stansted' or "Bishop Stortford' or 'M11', or even 'A10' which is where the A120 ends in that direction. It is near Puckeridge, but the A120 doesn't actually go to Puckeridge at all.

With a few exceptions, the country lanes are sign posted with names of little villages and greens; some are not always obvious on the OS map (though, happily, many can be figured out because perry green farm *is* on the map, and just happens to be on perry green which is sign-posted, but I digress). They aren't sign-posted with anything clever like a cycle symbol and 'Colchester'. Someone who wants to cycle to to Colchester cannot follow the signs that say 'Colchester', anyway. They'll end up on the A12 or A120.

Re: Week-long tour in the W/N-W of Ireland. Top tips please!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 January 2016 - 8:34pm
We did Shannon to knock along the coast. Highly recommended.

Liked this place that we stayed at on the isle of Achill. My friends didn't want to camp on this trip so we mostly stayed in B&B's and a couple of hostels. http://www.bervieachill.com

This might be the link to our Ireland photos (I've posted this before I think but it must have been in a different thread). https://www.flickr.com/photos/7745330@N ... 204456075/

Re: Commuting - best pannier?

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 January 2016 - 8:33pm
foxyrider wrote:Try looking on Rose Bikes.
Thanks, just spent a load of time on their site and still not finished. A good site that's full of very interesting products. Glad I didn't win that 33 million quid as I'd have ended up with a big order from them.

Re: Week-long tour in the W/N-W of Ireland. Top tips please!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 January 2016 - 8:17pm
Having been all up the west coast (on various trips) I can highly recommend all of it, thankfully i saw the Cliffs before they became a major tourist destination and was massively disappointed when I went back a few years later to find tourism had arrived.... they are still worth a visit.

You will go for 6 days, wish you had longer and go back, that's for sure. Don't underestimate distances some roads are quite twisty with short sharp hills that can test you, am particulary thinking of the road we used up to Malin Head.

Re: Sri Lanka

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 January 2016 - 7:41pm
I've been to Sri Lanka a couple of times to visit as my brother was based over there for 3 years and married a Sri Lankan. I didn't cycle and went once before and once during the civil war. Somewhat scary experience with a bomb blast and huge amounts of security but my main concerns now would be climate and other road users.

You know yourself and whether the climate will suit you for cycling-'it would be too hot and humid for me. As for the roads some get very busy but they have now put a motorway down the coast from Colombo to Galle (or somewhere around there) so in theory that's the worst bit of road sorted out. Personally I'd avoid cycling in Colombo- interesting but might be a bit much if you are jet lagged and dodging tu k tuks, buses, elephants etc.

However the airport is north of the city in a less busy area so maybe heading off north or east might be the way to go. I understand the roads to the north are open again now which they weren't when I last visited so that might be an interesting choice. Roads in the hill country etc would be fine for cycling in terms of busyness levels, presumably you'll have decent width tyres to deal with any imperfections on the surfaces.

Ps two monsoons- different areas and times of the year, figure out the timing and then make your route decisions accordingly.

Pp's agree re the post war commentary. It was post tsunami the first time we visited and that was complex too. Hoping the new government maybe signs of change for the country.

Re: Commuting - best pannier?

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 January 2016 - 6:47pm
Try looking on Rose Bikes.

Re: Daytime red flashing lights

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 January 2016 - 6:45pm
I first saw daytime high intensity rear lights on bikes when I was driving in France a couple of years ago.
The lights were noticeable a long time before the HiVis that the cyclist was wearing, and the flashing light instantly said 'bike', and, made me 'sit up and take notice' in a way that HiVis wouldn't.
I've never been a great fan of HiVis clothing (although I do occasionally wear it, particularly in poor weather) and since that trip to France I've generally ridden day & night with a very bright rear light. I've recently invested in a Bontrager Flare R which is very bright and rechargeable.
It's difficult to measure the effect of the new /very/ bright rear light, but I /think/ I get fewer close passes particularly on long straight roads.

Re: Calais

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 January 2016 - 5:49pm
We've been to and from Calais a couple of times last summer at the height of the media hysteria and Daily Heil xenophobia but had absolutely no issues at all. Went to and from the town and also to and from the East and had no problems either time. Think it is very unlikely that anyone is going to be trying to get across on your bike.

Re: Commuting - best pannier?

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 January 2016 - 5:19pm
Tangled Metal wrote:I think Halfords sell basil panniers online. I think someone wanted one.
They do but http://www.halfords.com/cycling/bike-ac ... e-bike-bag is 50-100% dearer than other shops and it's only listed as "sold and sent" which in my experience means "we'll take your money and then try to order it and discover we can't and be slow to refund". YMMV.

Re: Commuting - best pannier?

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 January 2016 - 5:11pm
LollyKat wrote:I have a Carradice Bike Bureau which I like a lot. 26 litre capacity and big enough for a large laptop.

That was going to be my suggestion as well. Lovely classic looking piece of kit.

Re: Increased fines for mobile users

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 January 2016 - 5:08pm
Thanks for the link.

Re: Commuting - best pannier?

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 January 2016 - 5:05pm
I have a Carradice Bike Bureau which I like a lot. 26 litre capacity and big enough for a large laptop.

Re: Commuting - best pannier?

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 January 2016 - 4:57pm
The only option I have is my running/backpacking sack. It's about 600g and straps limpet-like to my back when cycling. It's 32 litres capacity and long length so the exact width of my laptop when in a neoprene sleeve. It'll take the rest of my clothes/kit easily without filling it up so I can cinch the load in tight and evenly up the sack or have it slumped lower down if that's better.

I prefer an off the back option though so prefer to avoid rucksacks. I've never used a courier bag but have used a shoulder strap laptop case and don't like anything over the shoulder across the body style.

For me I'll possibly go back to a rucksack if I cannot find a pannier that suits my needs.

I think Halfords sell basil panniers online. I think someone wanted one.

Re: America: the bizarre

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 January 2016 - 4:29pm
scottg wrote:My British Bizarre, Would you please put the road signs backup in rural
areas ? The French & Germans are not invading in the foreseeable future.

Thanks
I doubt it is a deliberate policy. I've heard that there is a big problem in some parts with the signs being nicked to sell the metal for scrap. Some councils have been experimenting with using plastic based signs but that will only work if the thieves are aware of the fact before they make off with them. In these cash-strapped times it may take a while to get signs replaced.

Rick.
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