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Re: Police Thugs

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 January 2015 - 10:50am
I should have added it the path i referred to is a dual use path! You were absolutely right to pick up on that element of my account.

Re: Pumping up 29er 2.4inch tyres

CTC Forum - MTB - 11 January 2015 - 10:32am
Thanks everyone for you suggestions so far.

I'll write a 'first impressions' post of the bike with some detailed photos when I've had another couple of rides on it.

MrJemm
The ETT is long @ 611mm (medium,17.5in model)because it's designed for straight 'bars,the seatpost in the photo is a non standard Easton EA50 with a bit more layback to get the saddle a little further back (without being at full rearward adjustment)with my favourite 1990's TurboMatic 2 saddle on top .
With the saddle in it's optimum position (for me nose of saddle 90mm behind BB and 89cm from pedal at BDC to top of saddle centre)from saddle nose to centre of stem h/bar clamp is 56cm with the standard 80mm stem.
Same measurement on the Vaya(s) is 54cm,but that's with compact drop bars so it's another 75mm forward to hoods.
The upshot is that the GL is in fact quite upright which isn't so bad off road though could perhaps stand another 20mm on the stem without it being a stretch or maybe turn the stem over in the -7deg position and see how things are with the 'bars a little lower.
I've sawn 25mm of each side of the extremely wide 720mm Alt h/bars and am considering Space Bugel bars for their backsweep,though I've not explored the stem length yet and or if the Alt's need more sawing off .
It's early days yet for me on a new bike and new h/bar type so I'm not sure other than the 'bars were waayy tooo w-i-d-e.

Re: Hero pilot was LEJOGger

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 January 2015 - 10:32am
IIRC correctly there was a pilot during WW2 who brought back an aircraft despite severe damage to the aircraft ad multiple wounds

He was nominated for the Victoria Cross for his actions.......


However it was refused because there was an "element of self-preservation"

Hero pilot was LEJOGger

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 January 2015 - 10:00am
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/aviatio ... fails.html

...although I find the "hero" tag ridiculous in these situations, as I'm sure the pilot would agree.

Re: Cycle Touring Festival Clitheroe

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 January 2015 - 8:15am
I trust there are no furtive yorkshire plans to reclaim territory.

It's my understanding that until relatively recently the lancs/yorks border was at brungerley bridge over the ribble.

Re: Whats your love story with your bike?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 January 2015 - 7:47am
Neilo wrote:Saracen Terratrax Steel MTB, bought new 20+ years ago.
It was the first bike I bought with my own money.
Started as a commuter with slicks. I stopped commuting on it and it got parked. My other MTB got nicked 6 or 7 years ago, and I couldn't afford another bike, so it got dusted off. Retro mountain biking, Steel, fully rigid, canti brakes.
When I got a new MTB, it got parked I used it for pootling around. I decided to dip my toe in to touring, and it got converted and up graded to v-brakes, 9 spd and bull horn bars.
It has never let me down, but I have never been happy with the stem and handle bar height, and have adjusted it numerous times.
The geometry is probably all wrong as you can seen from the extra long steerer and extension, but I don't care.
I've had numerous saddles, until I found the B17 imperial.
The only original components left are the seat post and the bottle cage bolts.
I might get it repainted one day.
I bought a Croix de Fer recently, but I'll be touring on my trusty Saracen again later in the year.
It has been my fall back, my default, I'll never get rid of it.
My baby


Neil

I got bullhorn bars fairly late (due to a bad hand injury which is now fine). Everybody should get them for touring. They are far better than anything else. I like your bike. My setup is similar, though I've got it on a converted MTB and a Thorn
Raven Tour which is MY favourite ever bike.

Re: Police Thugs

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 January 2015 - 7:26am
I am suffering from a muscular upper arm issue caused (2 months ago) when I was forced by pedestrians on a narrow footpath who blocked my way too close to a brick wall. They didn't see my high viz or my helmet! If you were grabbed and held you should report it. Nick bass cyclist.

Re: carrying luggage on a carbon road bike

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 January 2015 - 11:16pm
It says for disc brake bikes because the disc brakes prevent you using standard racks with normally positioned eyelets. These brackets enable the rack to be fitted to the eyelets in the bracket which avoids the calliper getting in the way.
So they are being sold to avoid the particular problem of disc brake callipers interfering with standard racks, they were pointing that out by saying "for disc brake bikes", rather than excluding their use with other bikes.

The tubus racks and those rack fittings have two holes in, so you connect them with two bolts on each side to stop them rotating at the bottom, one bolt very tightly clamped could also stop it rotating but not totally reliable. This is additional to having the rack fixed at the top in some way.

Re: Whats your love story with your bike?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 January 2015 - 10:26pm
@Neil, Thats quite interesting, I was looking at a bike in my dads shed last year(he hasn't cycled for 15 years) and thinking it would make an alright tourer, I remember doing a couple of day trips with it and him in the mid nineties. It was a blue Saracen.

I think my little brother(aged 33) is now using it to commute to work

Re: ELF..another way forward utilising electric assist tricy

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 January 2015 - 10:25pm
looks like a grown up Sinclair-mobile?

Re: carrying luggage on a carbon road bike

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 January 2015 - 10:08pm
foxyrider wrote:you need an Ambrosio seat clamp http://www.jejamescycles.co.uk/ambrosio ... 58949.html and the Tubus mount system http://www.jejamescycles.co.uk/tubus-di ... 40585.html then you can fit any rack to the CF bike without loss of carrying capacity. Works on anything that doesn't have mounting points.

It says for bikes with disc brakes...not sure why

Can you get them for bikes without discs?

Re: Pumping up 29er 2.4inch tyres

CTC Forum - MTB - 10 January 2015 - 9:34pm
You were saying the other day how the TT lengths on these bikes are very looong, yet I spy a setback seatpost and fairly long stem. Is that because you went for the smaller size of your options?

I woulda suggested the Lezyne also. But anything to stop someone using those gawdawful cartridges TBH.

Or of course the kinda footpump I have for the dinghy, after all those tyres are about as hefty, hehehe.

Re: Butser Hill - proposed cyclepath for the missing link

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 January 2015 - 9:28pm
Well done! Now let's wait and see if anyone tells the workmen...

Re: Butser Hill - proposed cyclepath for the missing link

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 January 2015 - 9:25pm
Good news. One of the South Downs National Park staff has been notified, by Hampshire County Council, that the tarmac on the new section of the path will be machine-laid.

Re: Pumping up 29er 2.4inch tyres

CTC Forum - MTB - 10 January 2015 - 9:18pm
You need a Lezyne Micro Floor Drive HVG Mini Pump. Easily mounted on the frame and much better quality than the Topeak product.

Re: Holland cycle route info

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 January 2015 - 8:53pm
Thanks for that info. Will have a look at those places. Have spent the evening surfing cycling holidays to Holland. My brain now hurts.......!

ELF..another way forward utilising electric assist tricycles

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 January 2015 - 7:51pm
Just saw this and whilst in the countries not so sunny that it may not work to the extent (green wise) that is required on a daily basis it seems like a very good idea encorporating old & new technologies..they look funky too
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhey6x8CRe8
http://organictransit.com/

Re: Whats your love story with your bike?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 January 2015 - 7:22pm
Saracen Terratrax Steel MTB, bought new 20+ years ago.
It was the first bike I bought with my own money.
Started as a commuter with slicks. I stopped commuting on it and it got parked. My other MTB got nicked 6 or 7 years ago, and I couldn't afford another bike, so it got dusted off. Retro mountain biking, Steel, fully rigid, canti brakes.
When I got a new MTB, it got parked I used it for pootling around. I decided to dip my toe in to touring, and it got converted and up graded to v-brakes, 9 spd and bull horn bars.
It has never let me down, but I have never been happy with the stem and handle bar height, and have adjusted it numerous times.
The geometry is probably all wrong as you can seen from the extra long steerer and extension, but I don't care.
I've had numerous saddles, until I found the B17 imperial.
The only original components left are the seat post and the bottle cage bolts.
I might get it repainted one day.
I bought a Croix de Fer recently, but I'll be touring on my trusty Saracen again later in the year.
It has been my fall back, my default, I'll never get rid of it.
My baby


Neil

Re: Holland cycle route info

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 January 2015 - 7:05pm
A very pleasant circular route could be drawn, take in Zaandam, Zaandijk (museum and fascinating working wind sawmill) , across to the historic villages of Monnickendam, Volendam, Hoorn, Enkhuizen (village museum), then back round via Alkmaar.

Re: Pumping up 29er 2.4inch tyres

CTC Forum - MTB - 10 January 2015 - 7:01pm
There's a problem carrying a big frame fit pump on the bike,It doesn't fit anywhere ATM I'm carrying a small one in the rackpack but wondered if there was something better.I have a Mini Morph which is next to useless with big tyres


The Road morph came with a bracket that i've fitted to the top tube but i think you may be able to fit this to the down tube on the Longitude.

by the way i see your front mudguard is really "full" . my Bluemells are nothing like those and don't have a mudflap. ?????


also i see that your rack isn't level. i ordered a set of extra long bracket arms so that i could make the rack level. a bit of extra expense but nice to get it level:
http://www.evanscycles.com/products/top ... s-ec050394

would like some close-ups of the bike if you can ?

thanks

Bikerwaser
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