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

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 September 2014 - 9:08pm
reohn2 wrote: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
Elementary dear boy, elementary

Re: who will ride Vuelta a Espana 2014

CTC Forum - Racing - 2 September 2014 - 9:07pm
!TT can be dull TV viewing but not this one!

Re: Must've been Changeover Day?

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 September 2014 - 9:05pm
NUKe wrote:What wrong with transporting your Bike somewhere to ride?


Nothing.
What I disagree with is that it is pretty much necessary to transport a mountain bike to an environment in which it was intended for to be enjoyed. Which isnt the case. I never needed to transport my MTB to the wilderness to ride it, I rode to the wilderness, rode that and then rode home again.
Mountain bikes are also known as all terrain bikes, which sums up their uses. I used mine for travelling to work 15 miles both ways 5 days a week in every weather you could get in the UK and then at the weekend it (and the others) was used for training rides, rides with the bike club and even raced. All on the same knobbly tyres.
To suggest that an MTB cant be used on tarmaced roads is like saying a touring bike cant be used for daily rides or pootling about because it isnt touring.
Apologies to the op for taking the subject off topic.

SPOILER! Re: who will ride Vuelta a Espana 2014

CTC Forum - Racing - 2 September 2014 - 9:00pm
Hi,
Red jersey crashed and saddle was off before the rider hit the ground, very spectacular

Saddle stem looks very thin and fragile.................

See the spare bikes being carried by M/cycle pasengers on their shoulders

Re: Must've been Changeover Day?

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 September 2014 - 8:59pm
NUKe wrote:What wrong with transporting your Bike somewhere to ride? Nothing at all.
The point I was making, was there were more bikes being transported, than seemed to be being ridden. This included many many road bikes and hybrids rather than exclusively MTBs.

I was suggesting that people were taking their bikes on holiday with them, then taking them home again. Meanwhile, I've not seen many holidaymakers riding their bikes anywhere at all.

Hopefully, I've not been looking in the right places, and they've actually been riding them and I've missed them.
(benefit of the doubt)

Re: Fell off on a sort of tramline - advice please?

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 September 2014 - 8:55pm
Very late seeing this. Sorry for your pain, Al, I hope you get back to fitness soon.
This spring I was with an experienced cyclist who was brought off by a carbon copy of your road repair. Riding a (hired) hybrid with big tyres (in Slovenia, as it happens).
Last summer I was with another experienced cyclist who was brought off on York Racecourse.....they had laid sand over the hard surface (for the horses) then laid plastic matting over the sand (for vehicles), my friend caught the edge and that was that.
Both riders had hard falls.....you know what happens, you try to go up an edge at a shallow angle, the wheel follows the edge, its no longer underneath you and down you go.
As an aside, I thought "tar overbanding" of road repairs has been stopped after pressure from the motorcycle lobby....just googled it, and I now wonder...https://www.google.co.uk/search?sourceid=ie7&q=tar+overbanding&rls=com.microsoft:en-GB:IE-Address&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&rlz=1I7SUNC_enGB402&gfe_rd=cr&ei=8BsGVMz6OI2MOq6OgMAJ&gws_rd=ssl

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.
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