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Re: Bike recommendations to replace my full susser

CTC Forum - MTB - 2 September 2014 - 8:53pm
If you like the Marins then you'll probably like the Whyte bikes too. Quite pleased with my T129 - rarely switch the rear shock off as it works so well anyway when not needed. Quite often I'll lock the front when climbing on tarmac.

Re: Ditching my Hybrid for a full Spec Tourer

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 September 2014 - 8:32pm
johnonhisbike wrote:Just read a whole pile of responses telling you this isn't a mid-life crisis, by a whole pile of fully rohlhoffed-mid-life-crisised guys. It's not the bike ... it's where you go on it.

Heh heh. My hybrid has got an 8 speed Nexus internal hub gear system, so I completely understand the "Rohloff- Affect". If I won the lottery then yes indeed. For now I'll stick to saving up for a cracking tourer and like you say, some tours. Which indecently are more expensive for me as a self-employed gardener. When you aren't at work, nobody is paying you! That said, I can take some time off in the winter without too much hardship, unless you are touring with a tent!

Re: Carrying a defibrillator

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 September 2014 - 8:27pm
Something just jogged my memory.
When I was in my teens, I recall going out for a walk with my father, just the two of us, in a lonely stretch of the Surrey Hills. My father suddenly asked me "what would you do if I suddenly collapsed?". I was pretty taken aback, I can tell you, I think I just mumbled something like "I don't know..." I assumed it was a hypothetical question. But I was scared. I knew my father did suffer bouts of angina.

Two or three years later, my father did collapse with a cardiac arrest. I wasn't with him at the time: he was at the wheel of his car with his brother as passenger. No-one on the scene, certainly not my uncle, knew how to administer resuscitation, let alone CPR. The ambulance service in those days merely did a 'scoop-and-run', leaving the hospital to try to revive him. My father was dead on arrival. Possibly the proximity of a defibrillator might have saved him, if such things had been known in those days (early 1970s). But even today, where would one have been found? It happened on a residential street, no shops nearby.

One's life story is full of "what if?"s. It doesn't do to dwell on them.

Re: Mam Tor, shivering mountain

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 September 2014 - 8:22pm
Late 90s (99?) was the last time I road up and down Mam Tor.
As you say, very deceptive.
I'm glad we rode up it first and saw the hazards.
I like the Derbyshire hills and there is some great offroad riding around this area. Not as severe as the Lakes but some testing riding never the less.

Re: Ditching my Hybrid for a full Spec Tourer

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 September 2014 - 8:19pm
cnb wrote:If your looking for a new Disc Trucker you will struggle to find a green one (2013 colour) i could be wrong on that one..I managed to hunt one down after a long search..great bike though and i'm happy with it...

Yikes! But everything I own is green. ...hc

Re: Ditching my Hybrid for a full Spec Tourer

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 September 2014 - 8:18pm
johnonhisbike wrote:Why? If the hybrid's comfy and it hasn't any obvious defects ... unless you're planning a massive trip through somewhere really remote, use the money you would spend to finance a really good tour.

Valid point. My hybrid is very capable of light touring and fits me well and is in remarkable nick. I am victim to that inexplicable urge to make a well-researched purchase. I also want to do some of the build on my next bike to make it "mine". Simple stuff, but stuff I've used and liked on other bikes I've owned in the past.

Am I a sucker? Oh yes, but it's rare I do anything for myself so I'm on a mission

Advice on route in Bristol

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 September 2014 - 8:09pm
Can anyone help? With route to Southmead Hospital from Cribbs Causeway. Have an appointment and we were planning to park at CC and cycle in, as not been before and told parking is rubbish. Doesn't look like there is any sort of reasonable route, so any ideas welcome. Looks like main roads only, doesn't bother me, but, Mrs is not happy!

Re: Four 4x4's/SUV'S on a forty mile ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 September 2014 - 8:03pm
Bonefishblues wrote:If one scrolls 180 degrees on the streetview a 50mph repeater sign is visible right in front, so it's not a NSL stretch.

Well spotted,I'd moved the cursor up and down that road but didn't see it

Re: Mam Tor, shivering mountain

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 September 2014 - 7:50pm
Looks amazing! Nothing in this world stays still.

Re: Do I need front panniers for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 September 2014 - 7:44pm
I regularly camp tour with my Camper Longflap (my error) 24ltrs, with a frame bag and bar bag.
Tent Saunders strapped to outside of bag
Pan and coke can cooker
Folding plate and cup
Spork
Change of clothes
socks etc spare bike shorts.
Wash kit and towel in bar bag
Tools spare tube etc in frame bag 1.5 Ltr
Sleep mat and sleeping bag
Flip flops
Weight about 13kg
My error saddlebag is Camper Longflap. 24ltrs
Tour lengths from 1 to 24 weeks !

Re: 1903 Tour route

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 September 2014 - 7:12pm
Before anybody asks

Mais chaque participant doit impérativement être équipé : - d’un casque cycliste homologué

Helmet compulsory

Re: 1903 Tour route

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 September 2014 - 6:50pm
This thread might be useful: viewtopic.php?f=16&t=83362&p=746902

The following website has GPS downloads for all the stages: http://www.surlaroutedupremiertour.com/#parcours

1903 Tour route

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 September 2014 - 6:37pm
Hi all. I meet once a year with 7 friends and we cycle for a long weekend on folding bikes. We met in 2009 doing London to Paris on folders with 30 others (fundraiser) and after that did C2C and then in four stages LEJOG which we finished this year. In 10 days time we will be cycling the first stage of this year's Tour through Yorkshire (at this stage you may say 'nutters' ...).

Next September we want to ride the first ever Tour (stage 1) from Paris to Lyon and somewhere, someone has written down the route ... but I can't find it. Does anyone know?

thanks

Martin (btw - most of us have grown up bikes, obviously determining how many bikes you need using the formula N+1 (N= the number of bikes you have + 1 )

Re: Can I have a moan?

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 September 2014 - 6:15pm
Who's going to spot them? This isn't continuously worked land we're talking about, else its worker would be intervening with the flytippers and so on.

Re: Can I have a moan?

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 September 2014 - 6:14pm
It is ironic that the problems associated with public access can often be reduced or at least diluted by allowing greater public access.

Re: Can I have a moan?

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 September 2014 - 6:08pm
It makes them easier to spot if no one else should be there.

Re: Can I have a moan?

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 September 2014 - 5:39pm
But it's not like locking the gates has stopped flytipping and so on, is it? The bad people are still doing it, while there are no good people to witness it and maybe intervene. I really don't see the logic in stopping everyone except the lawbreakers entering.

Re: Credible Witness Statements.

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 September 2014 - 5:29pm
I once watched the bus in front of me stove in the side of a parked car, I don't think he was aware that he had done it. I memorised the bus registration and then dashed into the adjacent Post Office and asked for a pen to write it down along with the car number. After I rang the police with the numbers I sat and wrote an account of the incident before I forgot the details, and then took it up to the cop shop for the car owner.

Re: Touring bike alternatives?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 September 2014 - 4:51pm
If you've a good local bike shop that you can trust and that does second hand as well as new, just go and have a chat, and see what they have to offer. For a trip like that which you are planning (allegedly!) I'm pretty sure that you'll have lots of choices at a range of prices, that will fit the bill. Another possibility is that, in our town certainly, and I'm sure others too, you'll find a 'Community Bicycle Shop' that sells cheap reconditioned bikes; lots of bargains if you look out.
Whatever you finish up riding, hope you enjoy your trip.

Re: Credible Witness Statements.

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 September 2014 - 4:46pm
In case of the very very unlikely event that this would actually lead to anything, I slightly altered the scenario so it wouldnt be recognised by any body doing a Google search when the Police knocked on the door.

It was me that they threw the eggs at rather than somebody else.

I have had the final phonecall from the Police Officer looking into the event, saying that it is over.
The driver didnt admit it and was able to use the delay to say he couldnt remember who was in the car way back then when it happened. Denies any knowledge of the incident, my word against his, no further action.

On the positive side, he had failed to attend the requested Police interviews and been leaned on a bit.
He is now aware that even if he doesnt get prosecuted he does get hassled and hopefully he might think it will be hard to get away with it twice.

On the negative side, it shows that if you are willing to tell the Police bare faced lies, they will generally give up and go away nowadays. As mentioned up thread it is possible that many of them know that all too well.
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