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Re: Chainstays too short?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 March 2015 - 9:20am
Thanks all for the suggestions.

I have a Pletscher rack which is lightweight, strong, and in steel. Excellent quality fittings too, I recommend them. I'll attempt to move it aft to improve heel clearance. Here's the bike if you're interested:

http://www.decathlon.co.uk/rockrider-30 ... 84495.html

BTW, would the gearing on this thing be ok for hills/passes? It's never seen a hill as I live in the flat country.

*Freewheel Shimano MF-TZ21
* 7 Speed
* 3 Chainrings (24x34x42)
* V-brakes (bit rubbish)

Re: Didn't know cyclists could be fined for speeding!

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 March 2015 - 9:18am
[quote="[XAP]Bob]I'd assert that a sprint finish on the TdF is rather different to a road through a park.
41 mph? I'd assert that the outcome would be remarkably similar.

Re: Didn't know cyclists could be fined for speeding!

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 March 2015 - 8:53am
I don't think courts have the power to endorse driving licences beyond the schedule 2 of the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988.

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1988/53/schedule/2

Section 146 of the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000 created a power to disqualify a defendant convicted of any offence, the main restriction being that the court in question had to have been authorised to use the power

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000/6/section/146

I've no idea what the present situation is with that.

Cycling furiously has been discussed at some length before.

Re: Has technology changed touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 March 2015 - 8:51am
mercalia wrote:if any of you follow tech , Microsoft I think it is will some time or other market a VR glasses or goggles that dont replace the real world like games do but project onto the world we live and move in like a Terminator view. Think of the possibilities this has for touring? What would people here want in their viewer finder?A big and easy to locate OFF control for the 99% of the time I do not want VR. I'm serious. Some years ago I picked up a rental car with inbuilt satnav. It kept shouting at me to turn around. When I found somewhere to stop, it took me the best part of 10 minutes (even with the car handbook) to find the OFF control that was hidden deep in sub menus.

Re: Didn't know cyclists could be fined for speeding!

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 March 2015 - 8:38am
It has always been possible for cyclists to be prosecuted (like motorists) for riding too fast. It is rare, but it does happen. On normal highways the prosecution would be for *riding furiously", the cycling equivalent of "driving without due care and attention". And I have heard that if caught, you can have points put on your driving licence!. Anyone know if that is correct?

Re: Has technology changed touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 March 2015 - 8:25am
mercalia wrote:if any of you follow tech , Microsoft I think it is will some time or other market a VR glasses or goggles that dont replace the real world like games do but project onto the world we live and move in like a Terminator view. Think of the possibilities this has for touring? What would people here want in their viewer finder?
Nothing.

Re: Didn't know cyclists could be fined for speeding!

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 March 2015 - 8:09am
The point is that you know if you are going well over 20mph (certainly if you are doing 40+). You don't need electronics....

Re: The Isle of Wight - One night on the Tennyson Trail

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 March 2015 - 8:07am
Fabulous! I'm off round the IOW in May. Great blog as usual. Only downside is that you've made the waiting harder [emoji6]

Re: Red Blob to Blue Blob

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 March 2015 - 6:25am
As I couldn't find anything online, I bought a foldable AtoZ map of Cornwall and used a highlighter pen. It wasn't many months and the paper map started to become a bit tattered and torn.

I found a free download of OS GB road atlas. I don't know where I got it, and I've looked since and can't work out where.
I still have the whole thing, but only use the Cornwall sections.

I downloaded a free painting program and open up the sections of map and "ink" in the roads as I do them. There's no way that I can do every single road/lane/street, but I can manage to do every decent road to cover the county in a cobweb of black ink.

This is a section of SE Cornwall (where we live). This is the standard of coverage I want to do all over the county.SE Cornwall.png

Re: Bike security for camping tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 March 2015 - 3:39am
If you pick the right places to wild camp nobody should know you were even there.

Leave all the bags on. It's harder for someone to steal unless they are used to riding a fully loaded cumbersome tourer.

Gary
www.longbikeride.co.uk

Re: The Isle of Wight - One night on the Tennyson Trail

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 March 2015 - 3:39am
Nice post and quite inspirational in a world that often challenges our ability to mix domestic happiness with worthwhile micro adventures. Liked it. Thanks.

Re: Mains USB charger for a 3 week tour?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 March 2015 - 12:57am
bainbridge wrote:Must keep the weight down!
Why? Do you really think you'd notice an extra 300g?

Re: Taking a bike on a train

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 March 2015 - 12:19am
karlt wrote:I've had no problems either - Northern trains, Virgin, East Midlands. The latter has the bikes in a compartment marked "private" but apart from that logical fail I have no problems on peak time trains between Chesterfield and Sheffield.

No problems for me either. I generally find the process quite stressful, but never had a problem, including travelling to the start and from the end of a LEJoG. I often use the Stevenage/Peterborough/Kings Lynn bit of the network for Sunday jaunts, and find it very user friendly.

Re: Mains USB charger for a 3 week tour?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 March 2015 - 11:55pm
Thanks everyone for your replies. With weight being an important factor I've ordered a 2amp mains plug with 2 usb sockets on it. There were lots out there but most of them wouldn't spread the 2amps across both ports, but apparently this one does.

Plus it weighs very little

Must keep the weight down!

Re: Are these locks overkill for a tour?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 March 2015 - 11:49pm
Thanks for your replies everyone, raybo I read your article with interest.

The wire whip is 530g and the D lock is 970g, a whopping 1.5kg for the 2!

After considering the pros and cons I've decided to just take the whip. I've ordered one of those new Abus Titalium padlocks which is 30% lighter than a normal brass padlock and only weighs 85g. I figured there's no point in buying a super strong padlock when a set of bolt crops would cut the whip in seconds anyway.

Hopefully no determined thief will decide to target the bike, I'll just have to be very particular about where is is left locked up.

Re: Bike security for camping tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 March 2015 - 11:33pm
nmnm wrote:HexP1.jpgI don't know about camping in those places but with the Hex Peak 2014 tent, the bike fits inside.
Interested in this tent - does it come with a pole or do you have to have a walking pole?

Re: Are these locks overkill for a tour?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 March 2015 - 11:31pm
I don't always lock my bike when I'm camping but only because there isn't anything to lock it to! Townie worries... If you're staying in cities or going to use the bike to sight-see then a decent lock is essential of course.

Re: GPS or maps

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 March 2015 - 11:02pm
PH wrote:Map for planning, paper or digital on a large screen. GPS (Mines an Etrex 20) for on road navigation usually from a downloaded track.
This works for me far better than using just a map or route sheets.

+1

I would still take a paper map (cut up, perhaps, to save space) as backup, or to get a wider view, but for on-the-go navigation I love my Etrex 20. The Etrexes use 2 AA batteries, available anywhere.

Re: GPS or maps

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 March 2015 - 10:48pm
Map for planning, paper or digital on a large screen. GPS (Mines an Etrex 20) for on road navigation usually from a downloaded track.
This works for me far better than using just a map or route sheets.
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