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Getting to Scandinavia 2

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 September 2014 - 8:49pm
BBC TV for eastern counties reported this evening (6.30pm 29 Sept) that a ferry company proposes to start a service Harwich-Esbjerg at Easter 2015. I did a quick search but couldn't find confirmation.
Let's hope that this does happen.

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 September 2014 - 8:45pm
Well, don't ride it in the rain then!

My 'guards aren't on yet, but when this wonderful weather changes next week(?) and we leave this dry autumnal weather and enter the pre-winter wetness, my 'guards will go on.

The thing is, some folk never use mudguards, so how do they get on?

Re: Knocked off bicycle. Driver won't give insurance details

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 September 2014 - 8:35pm
Give it a year or so, and then send the boys round.

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 September 2014 - 8:23pm
(but it needs pedals)

and mudguards

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 September 2014 - 6:06pm
This one's quite nice.
(but it needs pedals)
Note the silver rims and components.
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Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 September 2014 - 5:55pm
My MTB is steel, with thin (ish) tubes, so I think it looks ace, even though it's black. My wife's MTB is also steel but that's even better because it's yellow.

The Genesis bikes in this month's Cycle magazine looked decent, even in 29er version, whereas the alternatives (in the sidebox - a Whyte and Trek, IIRC) were ugly with thicker and bendier tubes.

I don't mind some of the aero carbon road bikes. They can look pretty swish. I'd still buy a slim-tube version, though.

I prefer slimmer tubes because they look clean, the same reason why I prefer the look of singlespeed/fixed or hub gears over derailleur.

Re: Show your touring bikes !!!!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 September 2014 - 5:06pm
Aushiker wrote:slogfester wrote:Not sure yet. A bit late, but just starting to plan for 6 week trip mid-Dec to end of Jan. Gut feeling says just stick to the South Island at that time of year. We like to get off the beaten track and off-road as long as its not too tough.

You might want to touch base with RonK at the Australian Cycling Forums. His blog can be found at http://wheelswhisper.blogspot.com.au/ I believe he has or has in mind a similar style of tour of the South Island.

Andrew

Thanks Andrew. Yes, I'll be contacting Ron.

Re: Surly Disc Trucker

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 September 2014 - 4:46pm
I have a Disc Trucker (green)..Lovely bike..one of the first things i did was to change the saddle to a Brooks B17. I also added SKS mudguards, Schwalbe marathon tyres 1.75 and front and rear Tubus racks...I've owned and sold a few bikes over the years, This one i'm Keeping..I do like to have a couple of bikes on the go and at the minute i have a Surly C/C frame waiting to be turned into a bike..Good luck with the Truck...

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 September 2014 - 4:26pm
when I got my road frame built I asked a well known West Midlands bike shop owner to do it in yellow and chrome.....he nearly had a fit...went on about how you just can't sell yellow or white bikes and that they should be banned....bikes should be proper colours like deep red, dark green, black, brown, etc.

How times change.

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 September 2014 - 3:52pm
foxyrider wrote:Best way to stop the crap colours is not to buy them, complain to the Man's otherwise they just claim its 'customer demand' init!

The tyre issue is, i'm told, due to the black being affected less by UV than white/skinwall (it'll be cheaper too no doubt!)

When I got my bike, it was either that one or a custom-built frame. Most frame makers don't make frames with grown-up size wheels that are small enough for me; even Ridley don't make that one any more. My choice was grey or grey.

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 September 2014 - 2:32pm
I don't mind what colour they are. Different people like different colours, and that's fine with me. I don't mind carbon, either. Some of the fancy road bikes that populate international races look very nice to me. But I have to admit that I don't like newer suspension frames. I might change my mind when they been around for a while, but for now, I think they're ugly.

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 September 2014 - 1:50pm
I like black bikes.

Ian

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 September 2014 - 12:56pm
It's threadless stems that stick in my craw, they make Heath Robinsons handiwork look like craftsmanship. Suspension frames are ugly too, but as I don't ride an MTB I don't much care.

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 September 2014 - 12:43pm
The photons reflecting off a bright coloured bicycling jacket from an oncoming car's headlamps provide a small amount of detrimental thrust.

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 September 2014 - 12:36pm
Mick F wrote:It the fashion for black that gets up my nose. Even cycle clothing is fashionable black.
Components are black, and frames are often black, or coloured to compensate for the black.

I prefer shiny bling components and brightly coloured frames.

Why is CF black?
Why isn't Ti painted?

The conspiracy theory here is black is promoted as ‘The colour’ for cyclists by motoring organisation infiltrators, so when a cyclist is killed, it’s the cyclist’s fault for not wearing a bright colour.

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 September 2014 - 12:13pm
I have a new Croix de fer. It is steel, so has slim tubes. The components are black. I like it.
It is "Rosso Red" what is all that about then? Rosso means red in Italian, so is it double red. Don't get me started on house paint names.

Neil

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 September 2014 - 11:43am
Best way to stop the crap colours is not to buy them, complain to the Man's otherwise they just claim its 'customer demand' init!

The tyre issue is, i'm told, due to the black being affected less by UV than white/skinwall (it'll be cheaper too no doubt!)

Re: My second tour (I made it)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 September 2014 - 11:41am
neil ry wrote:well done.
how was the tour overall? I thinking of doin something similar for my 1st tour. I'm on the wirral
so wales virtually on my door step

Really enjoyed it, I wanted to go somewhere not to far from home and somewhere I was fairly familiar with.

From our house to the Power Station in Flint is around 30 miles and most of that is cycle path. Then after Flint the coast road bit starts but again check maps as loads of times (esp when it runs to dual carriageway) you can hop onto a road that runs by the side through a village. Once you get to Prestatyn you hop onto the cycle path, near the entrance to Presthaven Sands. The route from here to Rhos on Sea is fantastic, from their it is hilly.

Dave

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 September 2014 - 11:38am
Bonefishblues wrote:It's the paint and decal schemes that I find remarkably ugly, by and large.
Yep, I agree. Having bought a Croix de Fer the other year, pretty much the first thing I did was take those horrid Alexrims decals off the wheels. I have no idea who Alex is or why he thinks he has the right to plaster his bad typography over my bike, but he doesn't.

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 September 2014 - 11:29am
When I bought my current bike, the choice was grey or grey. I called it Saltash, partly after the frigate in The Cruel Sea not known for being bright in colour, partly because it was winter and the roads were salty at the time.

I'd have preferred red, or if not maybe blue, or possibly silver. But on the plus side it doesn't attract thieves, as in bad light against a Sheffield rack you can hardly see it.
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