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Re: Canada to Mexico

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 October 2014 - 6:46am
mnichols wrote:Would starting at the end of September and finishing mid/late October be too late for this tour (Vancouver to San Diego inland through the national parks) judging by previous comments it would seem not but would like to check.
It's feasible, but if you don't like cold & rain, it's probably not a good idea. Also, as Pete Jack says, at high altitudes, one can already find snow & sleet that time of year. Expect autumnal weather from Vancouver to the San Fransisco Bay area. South of there, you will probably still get nice weather.

That is just early enough that you can still get lucky with the weather, so it might be okay, but it's more likely to be cool and wet. Look at both average rain fall and temperatures for the places you will go, and the ranges.

Re: Canada to Mexico

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 October 2014 - 1:25am
I rode across the North Cascades, the start of the Sierra Cascades route, in October and it was grim. Would definitely not recommend it. Further south you may run into snow and /or sleet at higher elevations at that time of year. The coast route is eminently doable but rain is always a possiblity at that time of year just like home. Can't help with Death Valley I'm afraid.

Re: My second tour (I made it)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 October 2014 - 11:39pm
on another matter how did the trailer perform? think thats the way to go in future?

Re: Surly Disc Trucker

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 October 2014 - 10:52pm
The Brooks saddle just makes the bike look classy..And its comfortable..

Re: My second tour (I made it)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 October 2014 - 10:48pm
neil ry wrote:from my house I can get to wales via the wirral way up towards 2 mills,
where then I can join another cycle route along the coast,avoiding all hills , 1st time and all want be nxt year now though.

There is no cycle route on the coast road but get a road atlas (or even better OS maps) and you will 3 places where you can come off the coast road and ride on a road that travels alongside. First one is at Bagilt, you can then jump on a footpath at the end of this one and go directly onto the next one. Think the second one finished just before Greenfield, then your on the road for a bit and you can jump off again when it goes to dual carriageway again. After that it's back on again for the last stint to Presthaven Sands.

Dave

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 October 2014 - 10:35pm
Mick F wrote:This one's quite nice.
(but it needs pedals)
Note the silver rims and components.
img1.jpg

Has Shand ever made an ugly bike? They've always looked gorgeous to me. The Stoater Rohloff looks, at a quick glance, like a perfect bike for me.

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 October 2014 - 10:30pm
Tonyf33 wrote:puffin wrote:This might sound too good to be true... but if you have his car index number (registration) I reckon your problems might be over.....

Go to this link (its a link from the DVLA site to the Motor Insurance Bureau site) and you can get all that you need

http://www.askmid.com/askmidenquiry.aspx
All well and good until it turns out to be a cloned number plate which are on the rise and will be even more difficult to spot once we no longer have VED discs come the end of this month..

If they have a cloned number plate, they probably haven't bothered with insurance!

Out of interest, from earlier in the thread it was stated that the following is an either/or: if there is a personal injury at an accident to another person, then the driver must either notify the police or produce his insurance certificate to a person with reasonable interest. The production of the insurance certificate is only necessary if it is actually requested by the other party. This does mean that if the driver stops at the scene and is there for a reasonable period then if he/she is not asked to produce his/her insurance certificate then it is not an offence not to report it to the police subsequently.

As a driver, I personally would always report an accident other than the very minor (and event then, perhaps) to prevent the situation where the other party makes up an injury subsequently leaving one potentially being questioned about a possible offence of non-reporting.

Trail A Bike For Tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 October 2014 - 10:19pm
Result! (I think) I have sat on this for a while and a few ideas have been bandied around, questions asked and answered by both Burley and Surly. A Moose rack may not work on a Surly DT so neither camp want to offer any rock solid guarantees such is the legal climate these days. Hurumpf. However by grinding down the size of the Piccolo tow hitch by 8 mm, lengthening the Surly rack stays and fitting a small steel plate to the quick release mechanism on the Piccolo I think I'm in business!

A rack would cost £50 and it could be hopeless. Some longer stays including postage will cost £12. All the other bits will be recycled from bits I have lying about.

I'll keep you posted. All I have to do now is wait for my daughter to grow 3 inches. Job done. Maybe...hc

Re: Graduating from "feet forward" to "Off the peg"

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 October 2014 - 10:13pm
Grandad wrote:We had a tandem with a 3 speed SA hub and I added a 5 speed derailleur to it. I don't know whether the necessary sprockets that fit the hub gear are still obtainable, probably not new but perhaps e-bay or even made to order.
http://www.sturmey-archer.com/products/ ... id/58.html In production and compatible with standard cassettes.

Other options are a 5 or 8 speed hub gear or simply a larger chainring if the OP could cope with a higher lowest gear.

Re: Surly Disc Trucker

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 October 2014 - 10:05pm
Good advice on saddles. I'm not suffering by any standard, but such a great bike is worthy of little upgrades. The guys who sold me the bike have just had a staff do at the Brooks factory so I'm sure they'll have some good advice. Gawd help me! Liking the imperial for something different. Wether or not I'll fall down the slit I don't know...hc

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 October 2014 - 10:02pm
The thing I dislike about modern bikes is not the colour, though it is rather drab seeing so many black bikes, but the pig ugliness of modern chainrings. I'm a fine one to talk as I have a Shimano XT triple on my Mercian. It's wonderful to use and I won't replace it with anything more beautiful until it dies of natural causes, but it's as ugly as sin.

Re: Relish Running Event in Bath 2 Tunnels

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 October 2014 - 9:59pm
Hi Gaz. That's right: really good example of how tolerance and generosity of spirit breeds good attitudes all round....b

Re: Ten Miles a Day

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 October 2014 - 9:57pm
The commute has reduced. New workplace.

19 miles per day from 26 miles per day.

Daily average now 23.86

Will need to put in some 100km weekends.

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 October 2014 - 9:55pm
Ben@Forest wrote: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 think part of the reason people like black clothing is that it doesn't show up the inevitable dabs of grease, chain oil or mud stains/road dirt that never quite comes out if you're wearing yellow, white, pastel blue whatever..

But I'm not a fan either - I prefer the bright stuff. I've got some bright green bibshorts (not Cannondale but similar colour) - love 'em!

Black Shorts with colour/reflective detailing, but Jerseys have to be bright, Got a Lime Green, Yellow and Pik and a Red and White

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 October 2014 - 9:52pm
Psamathe wrote:I like black bikes.

Ian
What he said

Black is the new Black

Re: Canada to Mexico

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 October 2014 - 9:26pm
I've finished my tours for 2014 and starting to plan 2015 now

Would starting at the end of September and finishing mid/late October be too late for this tour (Vancouver to San Diego inland through the national parks) judging by previous comments it would seem not but would like to check.

Also, does anyone know what the road surfaces are like in Death Valley (traveling North to South)?

Re: Graduating from "feet forward" to "Off the peg"

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 October 2014 - 8:45pm
We had a tandem with a 3 speed SA hub and I added a 5 speed derailleur to it. I don't know whether the necessary sprockets that fit the hub gear are still obtainable, probably not new but perhaps e-bay or even made to order.

Re: Show your touring bikes !!!!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 October 2014 - 6:36pm


My Surly 26" disc trucker with Rohloff. Photo is it being cleaned in a river in Mali during my tour of Africa. I'm now in Kenya with it still heading South.

Gary
www.longbikeride.co.uk

Re: Relish Running Event in Bath 2 Tunnels

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 October 2014 - 6:25pm
That's quite surprising and very interesting.

Having stumbled across some pictures of the event yesterday I'd assumed that the tunnels were only open to the runners. Excellent news that all users were welcome throughout.

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 October 2014 - 6:01pm
moulton_speed.jpgThere you go - that'll make you feel better...
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