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Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 September 2014 - 5:42pm
Not a fan then...?

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 September 2014 - 5:27pm
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.
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It's mourning. Advance planning for one's own funeral. Sorry, officer, couldn't see him.

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 September 2014 - 5:13pm
Much better. It looks more complete with mudguards which will keep melted tar from being thrown onto your frame.

Re: Pennine Cycleway

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 September 2014 - 5:05pm
[quote="Richard Fairhurst"]A little mapping website that shall remain nameless tells me it's 1300m, so 4200-ish feet. That's assuming you stick on the A road for a short way past the Woodhead summit, which you'll want to unless you have a full-sus MTB.

quote]
Why the mountain bike? maybe we're tougher round here but its quite possible to take a reasonably robust road bike over the TPT Woodhead summit, we were certainly doing it on early rigid atb's 25 years ago!

Re: Bus Stop Wireless interference?

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 September 2014 - 4:51pm
I've recently returned (for refund) my cycle computer.

I found that after a ride it was sitting on my kitchen table recording occasional speed (e.g. 0.0, 0.0, 18.5, 5.5, 0.0, 16.2, 0.0, etc.). It could go on doing that for hours. However, it stopped the unit from recording "stationary" so whilst it would not accumulate too much distance, it would extend the ride timer which meant the av. speed dropped significantly.

And then I noticed that walking round Waitrose the computer would be doing the same - resulting in very significant average speed drops. With my bike stationary and locked up outside, cycle computer in my pocket and the two contacts that detect "on bike" un-shorted, I could enter waitrose with an av. speed of e.g. 13.8 and after a brief shop for a few items my av. speed would be down to e.g. 12.6.

So they replaced and replacement did the same, so returned for full refund.

And the cycle computer I've got now does not suffer the same problem (though I fooled it by accidentally stopping at a junction with the magnet right beside the sensor and slight movements sent the speed a bit OTT briefly!!).

IAn

Re: "End of the line for Europe's iconic night trains?"

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 September 2014 - 4:39pm
The Amsterdam to Warsaw night train was not bad at all. We had use of the quiet lounge in Amsterdam with free beer etc. Two beds in our cabin with our own wc + shower. First time I've had a shower on a train! We had a picnic with bottle of wine etc as we knew there would not be any food available. "Breakfast" consisted of tea/coffee and a croissant. Thankfully we had brought breakfast with us too.
Total was 400 euros, OK for the length of the journey, boarded at 7pm and got into warsaw at 12.15pm yesterday afternoon.

Short Duration Norfolk Trip - Baggage Courier

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 September 2014 - 2:44pm
Yes, alright, I'm a lightweight, no backbone etc. etc....

I'm planning a long weekend in North Norfolk and would like the convenience of riding between locations without carrying much more than my waterproofs, drinks and the necessary tools/spares in case of puncture/breakdown.

I would like the luxury of having a couple of changes of clothing and my washing gear transported between overnight stopovers. I'm sure I could pay a taxi company to move my bits around, but taxis can be a bit expensive. I've found a few baggage couriers that cover parts of the country, but nothing in North Norfolk. This cannot be a unique requirement; has anyone here experience of this type of service - and can anyone recommend a courier in those parts?

Thanks.

Bus Stop Wireless interference?

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 September 2014 - 2:44pm
Leisurely rode past a bus stop earlier, on Paddock Lane in Warburton, near Lymm, noticed my Aldi wireless computer showed my speed going up and up to about 38 then back to normal, lots of the bus stops around Cheshire seem to have electronic display boards on them, with information of ETAs of the next bus etc, I didn't notice if the bus stop I passed had one of these, streetview doesn't show one but it's from 2009. Didn't see anything else obvious that could have caused it, has anyone else noticed interference when passing bus stops?
It may explain why the max speed recorded was 48mph the other week.

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 September 2014 - 2:38pm
Merry_Wanderer wrote:Mick F wrote:This one's quite nice.
(but it needs pedals)
Note the silver rims and components.
img1.jpg

Where's the bottle cages? And it has black tyres.....
Is this one better?Bike.jpg

Re: Pennine Cycleway

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 September 2014 - 2:34pm
A little mapping website that shall remain nameless tells me it's 1300m, so 4200-ish feet. That's assuming you stick on the A road for a short way past the Woodhead summit, which you'll want to unless you have a full-sus MTB.

It's a superb route: I did it all in six days a few years back and would love to do it again.

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 September 2014 - 2:08pm
SteveHunter wrote:



There's a nice bike struggling to get out from under there. If only we knew what make and model it was

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 September 2014 - 1:54pm
Mick F wrote:This one's quite nice.
(but it needs pedals)
Note the silver rims and components.
img1.jpg

Where's the bottle cages? And it has black tyres.....

Re: commute distance, folder or road bike?

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 September 2014 - 1:50pm
I'd suggest sticking with your folder for now until you have considered what 'full-size' bike you want to buy.

I cycle commute 4.5 miles on a 6 speed Brompton folding bike then catch a train and cycle 0.5 miles to work in Nottingham. My incentives are that the journey by car is at 'normal' commuting times, horrendous and would take me longer than it does by bike. That and I am much fitter than I was even 2 months ago when I started commuting 3-4 times per week, instead of the 1-2 times a week previously. I have also noticed that without trying my times for the commute have fallen by 3 or 4 minutes on average.

I will be doing the commute on my 'big' bike for part of the winter (just to see what difference it will make) but I do love the Brompton for the ease of storing under my desk, getting on the train and occasionally using to visit other offices.

Enjoy your commute and keep us updated

Romania

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 September 2014 - 1:44pm
Can anyone advise on cycling in Romania? Specifically, I intend approaching from the Danube Cycleway south of Budapest, heading east to along the Mures river to a village south of Sibiu. This is part of a sponsored ride next spring (2015) from Dieppe to raise money for a children's home. Anyone interested in joining me?

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 September 2014 - 10:22am
I'd say never threaten anything you don't intend to go through with. The only realistic and lawful threat you have here is to proceed with a claim, going to court if necessary. Don't huff and puff because it's unlikely to frighten anybody who is being evasive. Either walk away and move on, or get on with it.

There's info here on the govt www

https://www.gov.uk/make-court-claim-for-money/overview

Note that item 4 says allow 14 days for a response to your claim.

There's also this from Citizens Advice:

http://www.adviceguide.org.uk/wales/law ... claims.htm

Re: Surly Disc Trucker

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 September 2014 - 10:16am
I have a 26 inch wheel DT in green, built up from frame and forks. I've got a Brooks Imperial saddle and dynamo lighting. I love riding it on tours and have just done my first Audax on it

Re: Pennine Cycleway

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 September 2014 - 9:59am
Thanks.
I was thinking of Derby to New Mills then day 2 New Mills to Hebden Bridge.

Does anybody know the aproximate climbing involved on day 2 to the nearest 1000 feet.

Thanks

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 September 2014 - 9:53am
karlt wrote:Send him a letter detailing your claim and requesting either his proposals for paying compensation or his insurance details. Give him 28 days to respond in a satisfactory manner. ...
A few years ago I had to take legal action against somebody (not vehicle nor accident related). My solicitor always gave the other party 7 days to respond. Initially I said I felt this a bit short but he said it was fine. So my comment, 28 days is a long time to give somebody to respond. Long enough for them to put it to one side and forget about it.

I'd say send correspondence signed for delivery and then give a shorter time from receipt of letter; basically short enough that they have to get on and do it rather than leave and forget.

I never used them but you used to be able to have a chat/appointment with a solicitor through the Citizens Advice Bureau. You have to call for an appointment and I suspect they are busy and have constraints. And the solicitor will not act for you (for free), just give advice. That is if they still offer the service.

Ian

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 September 2014 - 9:45am
Send him a letter detailing your claim and requesting either his proposals for paying compensation or his insurance details. Give him 28 days to respond in a satisfactory manner. If he doesn't, go to the small claims court. It's not his insurers you're claiming against, it's him, and if he doesn't want to involve them he'll have to pay up himself.

Dream about this..

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 September 2014 - 9:29am
A dynamo on your front wheel and your smartphone being trickle charged as you cycle along. http://www.extremetech.com/electronics/ ... -like-wifi

Al
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