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Re: Abus Frame Lock

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 January 2016 - 11:51am
...but imagine how easy it was before someone invented t'internet....

Re: 2016 ride plans

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 January 2016 - 11:37am
I've just sent my entry off for a little ride from Beilstein (in Germany) to Prague in September. This is the 16th edition of 'L'Européenne', organised by a group of enthusiast volunteers in the French ’Euraudax’ style, led by a ‘capitaine de route’ and run off at c. 22.5 kmh moving average. I've been with them on previous occasions, and found it a very convivial, and less hard-core, alternative to the more usual multi-day Audax randonneur events I used to subject myself to when I was a bit younger; proper sit-down meals, glass of wine, soft bed at night, baggage van etc.** It does involve about 100 miles a day for five days, though, so I'll need to be in reasonable physical nick.

Preparation starts with a much more modest and conventional AUK ride of 100kms starting from Birdwell, just south of Barnsley, on March 6 - anyone else coming?




** info here - they're always looking for English riders - http://www.europn-ffct.org/edition-2016/project-2016/ - pick-up and drop-off is in Paris

Re: 2016 ride plans

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 January 2016 - 11:21am
I'm from near Bridlington originally but now in Manchester, his problem is it doesn't seem to be a very direct route, so at the end of the day you'd be tempted to take short cuts, which would kind of be cheating. I don't think I'm currently quick enough to keep pace with him, he's a farmer so busy over summer which means he would want to do it at the beginning of summer, whereas I'd want to do it at the end, more time to prepare. He doesn't really want to plan it though, just wait for the right weather, drive across and do it and worry about how to get his car back later.

Re: Horrifying hit-and-run in Brighton

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 January 2016 - 11:03am
I've towed caravans and trailers extensively for over 30years.All heavier trailers(over 900kg I think?) are braked so when the brakes are applied on the towing vehicle the trailer brakes on the overrun.Most caravans have a stabiliser fitted as standard these days.
UK law states the trailer mustn't be heavier than the towing vehicle,though the recommended ratio for occasional towing and the inexperienced,the trailer to be no more than 85% of the towing vehicle which gives a safer margin for error.
Towing vehicle power is of importance and can get you out of trouble but huge powerful 4x4's aren't needed for general towing duties.I've never towed with anything bigger than a 1.8l petrol and most of our caravans have been 1100 to 1350kg MGW,other than for work duties where I've had 2l petrol and 2.5l diesel Transits towing similar weights.
What I have noticed more in recent years are more bigger heavier twin axle caravans being towed with big 4x4's and surprisingly they tend to mostly be older retired couples with two berth fixed bed vans that seems a bit silly IMO as a fixed bed van means at least a 2m longer caravan,which obviously means a lot heavier van and thereby needs an extra axle.Therefore needs a much bigger towing vehicle and so they arrive at a big 4x4,which has to be driven without the the trailer attached for 90% of the time .
It takes me 5 minutes to convert the living space to a 1.8x2m bed(which is equally as comfy as our bed at home) in our caravan.

Re: Russia

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 January 2016 - 10:42am
dondelion wrote:To get a visa I've both used agencies and done it all myself. The agencies are preferable as their markup isn't too great. I'd recommend Real Russia for a hassle free experience.
Regarding politics, Russians are some of the most cynical and sceptical people I've met and most are inclined to disbelieve anything the government tells them or look for an ulterior motive. State monopoly on the media definitely has an impact but Russians would also query the relationship between the BBC and the state. I loved that most didn't do small talk and you'd chat with a railway guard or taxi driver and immediately dive into a meaty conversation about world affairs. Russian politics is a whole other world though. If you're interested, a couple of modern films I thought were a bit representative of Russia were Leviathan (society) and Ostrov (the Russian soul).
I did keep a blog during my travels...http://onanddon.co.uk/?tag=russia

Interesting. Putin is popular, though. As is his annexation of Crimea. But your general point about Russians being sceptical makes me wonder if Russians will fit into the modern world in my lifetime. Europe would be so much better if Russia were simply another part of the European family of nations, all trying to move forward together without ruffling each other's feathers. But Russians seem to mistrust the West too much for that to happen. It's a pity. And the idea that the BBC's coverage of world events is dictated by the UK government is laughable, but you can understand that view seeming reasonable in a country where the media is genuinely under the thumb of the state.

Re: Russia

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 January 2016 - 10:34am
dondelion wrote:I'd recommend Real Russia for a hassle free experience.


I can recommend them too. Entry at major places like Moscow airport is relatively easy but some of the remote or eastern border crossings like into Mongolia can be very intimidating and unforgiving. People are very friendly but especially as you go east it has a wild west character about it. And don't expect anything not locked down outside to be there when you get back. Someone stole the petrol cap off a bus we'd just boarded as we watched! ATMs are available in most reasonably sized towns although be prepared to have to Skype your card company if they block you - transactions in remote areas of Russia seem to trigger their fraud prevention systems.

Re: Increased fines for mobile users

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 January 2016 - 10:31am
Grandad wrote:......... I just about refrained from suggesting on the spot 12 months disqualification

I didn't,although I must be going soft as I only gave them 3months

Re: Horrifying hit-and-run in Brighton

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 January 2016 - 10:31am
freeflow wrote:Towing capacity? What you need is the engine power, not so much the shape of the vehicle.

No. What you need is the ability to stop safely.

Yes, one of the ways I judge whether someone is driving a large 4x4 for frivolous reasons is by looking at the back to see whether they have a tow hitch. If you are towing a heavy trailer (horse box / large caravan) you need a car that is heavy enough to be able to control the trailer under sudden braking on a descent. A lighter car would simply be pushed along by the trailer. The 4x4 part of it is almost irrelevant. It is the mass of the car and the capacity of the brakes.

Re: 2016 ride plans

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 January 2016 - 10:27am
I've wanted to do the way of the Roses since hearing about it. Just too awkward to get to the start and finish from Somerset without someone driving to either end...

Re: Russia

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 January 2016 - 10:19am
To get a visa I've both used agencies and done it all myself. The agencies are preferable as their markup isn't too great. I'd recommend Real Russia for a hassle free experience.
Regarding politics, Russians are some of the most cynical and sceptical people I've met and most are inclined to disbelieve anything the government tells them or look for an ulterior motive. State monopoly on the media definitely has an impact but Russians would also query the relationship between the BBC and the state. I loved that most didn't do small talk and you'd chat with a railway guard or taxi driver and immediately dive into a meaty conversation about world affairs. Russian politics is a whole other world though. If you're interested, a couple of modern films I thought were a bit representative of Russia were Leviathan (society) and Ostrov (the Russian soul).
I did keep a blog during my travels...http://onanddon.co.uk/?tag=russia

Re: touring on a trad touring bike?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 January 2016 - 10:15am
FarOeuf wrote:...........that's not a touring bike. But it is a bike perfectly suitable for ultra light long distance European (or anywhere) riding.

cheers,

I'd agree,and would be suited to gravelly roads fire roads and bridleways due to the big clearances and big rubber.
With a spare pair of wheels fitted with say a pair of Conti Speed Kings would go anyway,though the riding position would need to be less extreme to be a real capable off-road machine,though that's a personal preference.

Re: Increased fines for mobile users

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 January 2016 - 10:09am
14. What else would you recommend should be done regarding mobile phone offences whilst driving?

1st offence, crush phone, do not allow offender to recover any data from it first.
2nd offence, crush phone, crush car, do no allow offender to recover any data from phone, nor any personal effects from car, apart from children.

Re: 2016 ride plans

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 January 2016 - 10:02am
Postboxer wrote:My brother's always planning on doing the Way of the Roses, Morecambe to Bridlington, in a day, not sure I'll be joining him though.

You could ride part way with him, to Ripon, say, then do a B and B and join him in Brid 24 hours later having taken 2 days instead of one. The last bit is mainly flat.

Re: touring on a trad touring bike?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 January 2016 - 9:57am
FarOeuf wrote:Bmblbzzz wrote:As far as I'm aware from occasional glances at his blogs, Jan Heine isn't so much into touring as what you might call adventure riding and audax-style stuff, so I'm not sure it's quite appropriate to judge this bike as a tourer.

His thing is related to the original randonneuring in France, back in the 1930s onwards. Frame design, tyre sizing, luggage fixings, etc. His opinion is that the French (back then) got it right, and those style of bikes are perfect for long rides on road and on piste (fire track). One of the 'ideals' of that period was leave work on a Friday, ride 40 hours and straight back into work on the Monday.

You're right in that he's not so much into touring, and that's not a touring bike. But it is a bike perfectly suitable for ultra light long distance European (or anywhere) riding.

cheers,

I'm sure you are right to say that there is an application for which that bike is the right tool. But a traditional tourer with fittings for a rear rack is a very versatile thing, which this bike isn't. If you are like my next door neighbour, with seven expensive bikes in his garage, this bike may be for you. If you are more like me, with two bikes that have to meet all my needs, that bike is too niche. I like the metalwork of the frame, though.

Re: 2016 ride plans

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 January 2016 - 9:56am
My brother's always planning on doing the Way of the Roses, Morecambe to Bridlington, in a day, not sure I'll be joining him though.

Re: (Not so) Useless police

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 January 2016 - 9:30am
Wow! Never heard of someone bumping a cyclist from behind...and you were stationary? Purposely? That seems like madness. Still,out on the road there are some nutters. I no longer commute at commuting times(business hours/school runs),but know it can be chaos out there. Just t'other day had reason to pass by school when it was time for mums/dads to drop off children: absolute chaos and pandemonium,doors opening and closing,cars double parked,queues of cars,buggies everywhere,dogs on leases,double prams being pushed now on road,now on pavement. Add low sun and wet roads...crackers

Re: (Not so) Useless police

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 January 2016 - 9:23am
greyingbeard wrote:This charmer will get caught sooner or later
But it's the problems s/he will cause between now and then.
On another thread I mentioned we have such a 'joker' locally who's been driving his car for around 3 years without insurance,MOT or VED,he's been reported on numerous occasions,it was only because a neghbour had called the police out on another matter,that a PCSO caught said 'joker' when he drove up the avenue whilst the officer was there that he was caught.

The efficiency of the police is extremely poor IMHO,I'm putting it down to severe undermanning and low morale caused by government cuts.

Meanwhile other criminals are on the loose going undetected.

Re: Calais

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 January 2016 - 8:58am
windysmithy wrote:. .
This thread has the makings for descending into a PC v non PC political argument. Your comments make it clear what camp you are in (no pun intended) - there are some who have views diametrically opposed to your own. IMO this is a primarily a cycling forum and the original thread was Calais.
For what it's worth I've cycled and driven through Calais on numerous occasions through the years. Even several years ago one had to be careful about having bikes and equipment stolen - so not linked to recent issues. Other than that I've had no problems recently.
The "Cyclo club Calaisien" has a randonee in early June which I intend to ride as I have on several occasions in the past.

Re: Horrifying hit-and-run in Brighton

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 January 2016 - 1:30am
Towing capacity? What you need is the engine power, not so much the shape of the vehicle.

No. What you need is the ability to stop safely.

Cannondale CAADX Sora Disc 2016 - NEW

CTC Forums - Bikes For Sale - 30 January 2016 - 1:19am
Cannondale CaadX Sora 2016 for sale (size 54cm).
TOTALLY NEW, boxed & unused, just removed from the box. Bought LEGALLY from Wheelies UK store with warranty and I have got all papers on my name.
I've received this bike from an insurance claim, as I was hit by a car. However, I've ordered Tiagra for myself, hence selling this one.

You can collect for free from Edinburgh. I can post it as well, but this would incur extra £25 (cheapest courier).

Price £600





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