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Re: panniers panniers panniers???

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 November 2014 - 10:14am
bogmyrtle wrote:foxyrider wrote:bogmyrtle wrote:If I was looking for panniers again I would look for something with pockets. I curse the pocketless Ortliebs I have every time I use them.
well fit some pockets to them then - Ortlieb do two sizes which are fully waterproof and removable for when you don't need them.

The next most irritating thing about Ortliebs are the roll tops. The add on pockets have roll tops. I won't be using them.
Ortliebs have their fans. I doubt I will ever be one of them.

Not sure why you should be so hateful of the roll tops, if it was a UK company i'm sure you'd have no issue but Johnny foreigner came up with it (after a very wet tour in southern England!) so all the flaps, buckles and drawstrings are clearly better.

To satisfy such persons Ortlieb make their traditionally designed Bike Packer range, waterproof but not water tight complete with outside pockets (if you pack properly you shouldn't be in and out of your bags anyhow but for those less organised...)

Of course there's always Vaude who offer an extensive range of both traditional and rolltop bags - oh i forgot, they are German too - erm Lidl bags are cheap and work okay, damn, Johnny foreigner again.

Personally i don't care where the stuff is made as long as its the best, so my German bike has Italian running gear, British wheels, Taiwanese brakes, German luggage systems and I camp with an assortment of German, Irish, Australian, Japanese, American and British kit. When the UK companies start making better kit i might consider them.

Re: eurovelo 1

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 November 2014 - 9:59am
I doubt very much that the Eurovelo routes would take you along busy roads. Have done some of Eurovelo 6 and most of it was on dedicated cycle ways plus some quiet roads.

Re: New Geoff Apps prototype

CTC Forum - MTB - 11 November 2014 - 9:53am
Really enjoyed this article by an MTBer riding a Clelend with Geoff... http://crosscountrycycle.wordpress.com/ ... lses-view/

I'd buy a Landseer.

Re: panniers panniers panniers???

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 November 2014 - 9:25am
I never even considered altura's. my tours going to be mostly U.K and Europe, possibly Morrocco one day. .
Carradice I like the outer pockets so I not goin in and out my panniers allday. .with this kind of touring I shouldn't be hittin monsoon..just the good old English rain fall.
I'm in the process of fixing my hybrid up so shall be ready for touring early next year.
Thank you all for helpful words.

Re: Visibility: why are do so many riders in black

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 November 2014 - 9:23am
Yesterday I was wearing Hi Viz and black(Hi Viz top with a Hi Viz gilet over it,the gilet had a black mesh back to it)due to riding into a lowish sun I also had a bright rear light on.
Later in the ride when I was't riding into the sun I had three close overtakes,two at about -1m,one at about 0.5m,the closest one was on a clear straight stretch of wide road with no oncoming traffic definitely,IMO deliberate.
I sometimes wear a mid blue top with a gilet over,again with a black mesh back.
The results are the same.
I also have a gilet/tabard with POLITE pass slow and wide on the back and blue and white checkered strips on it.The difference is amazing,it's like a reverse polarity magnet.

It's not that the motorists can't see me it's that a significant minority couldn't give a monkeys whether they cause me harm or not.
Unless I'm some kind of threat to them.
The issue is bad driving,not,not been seen.

Re: Ten Miles a Day

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 November 2014 - 9:13am
Impressive?
Ya!

Re: I Hate Virgin Trains

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 November 2014 - 8:25am
I'll stick to "history and privatisation" if you prefer

I don't mind the current system but it doesn't lend itself easily to simple pricing.

Walk on fares generally offer passengers a reasonable amount of flexibility in routing, journey timing and ability to break their journeys. Each of the many thousands of walk on fares is set by one of the many Train Operating Companies (TOCs) but generally valid on any TOC's trains. The combination of these two factors makes simple and consistent train pricing impossible. We could simplify ticket prices by removing the flexibility passengers have always enjoyed in the UK and by setting prices at a national level, thus taking control of pricing away from TOCs . I am not sure whether this is desirable for either.

Advance tickets avoid such problems by being set by the TOC which runs the service and being valid only on a booked train over a set route. People complain about there being a range of prices of these tickets available for different operators but isn't this what was wanted by privatising? This is the only bit of the rail network where TOCs are actually competing on price over the same routes offering comparable services. Arguably it is one of the few instances where the passenger sees any benefit from privatisation. It would be bizarre to remove these popular tickets in the name of simplification.

Re: Reivers coast to coast on skinny tires?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 November 2014 - 6:00am
Dean wrote:Have fun!And close the gates!



Re: CTC Council member critically ill after accident

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 November 2014 - 5:32am
RIP. I hope justice is done.

Re: Visibility: why are do so many riders in black

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 November 2014 - 12:14am
drossall wrote:On the other side, large numbers assume that each must work - it's common sense, isn't it?

Large numbers of people believed the earth was flat, the sun went round the earth and that carrying herbs protected you from the plague. Which shows the evidential value of large numbers of people believing something.

Re: I Hate Virgin Trains

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 November 2014 - 12:05am
Bicycler wrote:MikeF wrote:And we have an absolutely crazy system of fare pricing - why?
History and shoddy privatisation and it really isn't as easy as you might think to sort it all out.

The much criticised privatisation of the UK railways copied the much acclaimed privatisation of the Japanese railways. Go figure.

Re: I Hate Virgin Trains

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 November 2014 - 11:32pm
MikeF wrote:And we have an absolutely crazy system of fare pricing - why?
History and shoddy privatisation and it really isn't as easy as you might think to sort it all out.

Re: Re, Idiots on bikes

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 November 2014 - 11:11pm
kwackers wrote:These days 'likes' are a form of currency and for some folk finding like minded folk to be outraged with is a decent substitute for a real friend.
....and I'm really glad we don't have them on this forum. I hope things stay that way - for ever and ever....

Re: M324 Pedals - You couldn't make it up

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 November 2014 - 11:09pm
groberts wrote:£20.99?? Do you mean £24.99? Of course I did, it's an age thing - it was my birthday this week!
I know what you mean!

Re: I Hate Virgin Trains

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 November 2014 - 10:52pm
iviehoff wrote:MikeF wrote:Steam trains didn't have much problem with slipping on leaves because the the linesides were kept clear of trees and they had sanding boxes if the wheels slipped.
In steam era, they had to keep the vegetation clear because of fire risk. Since then trees have grown up and the neighbours like the trees for the screening. They've done a huge vegetation clear-out around us recently in combination with a program of embankment and cutting stabilisation, and some places where the train was previously well hidden it is now prominently visible, and people are not always very happy about it.

Some modern trains have sand-boxes, more particularly trams and light rail as they are more prone to slipping.
Yes, unfortunately we are now too obsessed with trees to the detriment of other plants. For example this year the Bluebell Railway banks were a mass of thousands possibly hundreds of thousands of primroses. But of course there's a lot of manual work involved, and Network Rail use a broad spectrum herbicide to kill everything.

I don't like travelling on Pendelino trains even without a bike.
And we have an absolutely crazy system of fare pricing - why?

Re: Re, Idiots on bikes

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 November 2014 - 10:08pm
661-Pete wrote:or it may have been a story fabricated by someone with a grudge against cyclists (there are a few about!! ).
I doubt it's a grudge.
The similar stories I found were just too similar to be coincidence. I've definitely come away with a feeling that a few words have been swapped and the story reposted.
Some people just like creating a bit of drama - they get lots of 'likes' on their story along with people agreeing with them and being outraged. These days 'likes' are a form of currency and for some folk finding like minded folk to be outraged with is a decent substitute for a real friend.

Re: Reivers coast to coast on skinny tires?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 November 2014 - 9:37pm
Have fun!

There's a decent tea room in Falstone. And if you're going west-east, don't forget to look back on the climb up towards Bewcastle, as there are cracking views back over the Lakes and the Solway Firth.

And watch out for the coos

Re: Planning My First Tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 November 2014 - 9:36pm
Something will go wrong at some point. I used to cycle a lot by myself in my twenties and as a group of 4 girls, and got caught out a few times both in planned and non planned situations. We've also had some bizarre experiences in recent years.

The best option if time is moving on is to ask at a local bar, they will usually know a local farmer where you can camp. If you are in the middle of nowhere and haven't found anyone to ask then wait till late and find a quiet patch of trees to camp behind.

Ideally though if you find the campsite is closed and got there by by mid afternoon then head to the nearest small town instead and spring for a hotel or B&B. That's a low stress solution and don't forget about warm showers ( make sure you register before travelling). It is the unexpected situations that generally make this sort of travelling more fun but you could book the first few nights until you get into the swing of things as a pratical solution. If you find you prefer booking ahead then every few nights make a plan for the next few days and book those nights ahead.

Re: Visibility: why are do so many riders in black

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 November 2014 - 9:33pm
The similarity is the issue of whether people depend on their beliefs of what is effective, or on statistical evidence. Both have issues. There is significant statistical evidence to question whether each works - which is not to say that all, or even necessarily most of, the evidence is that way, but enough to cause questions to be asked.

On the other side, large numbers assume that each must work - it's common sense, isn't it?

Discarding common sense in all cases is not really, well, common sense. However, we all know of cases where common sense is indeed not reliable - for example, riding out of the way of traffic in the gutter is dangerous, and smooth tyres have more grip than treaded.

So the question is whether common sense is reliable in these cases.

Re: panniers panniers panniers???

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 November 2014 - 9:26pm
foxyrider wrote:bogmyrtle wrote:If I was looking for panniers again I would look for something with pockets. I curse the pocketless Ortliebs I have every time I use them.
well fit some pockets to them then - Ortlieb do two sizes which are fully waterproof and removable for when you don't need them.

The next most irritating thing about Ortliebs are the roll tops. The add on pockets have roll tops. I won't be using them.
Ortliebs have their fans. I doubt I will ever be one of them.
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