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Re: British Transport Films: Cyclists Special with CTC

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 July 2015 - 10:33pm
pedalsheep wrote:That looks brilliant! Thanks for the link, its definitely going on my Xmas list - if I can wait that long!
I couldn't. Was afraid it wouldn't stay on sale, or all copies would all be bought after I posted it here, so I got in quick

Re: British Transport Films: Cyclists Special with CTC

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 July 2015 - 10:32pm
maxcherry wrote:Is this the same CTC that exists today? Thank you

Very much the same CTC, for lots of member groups many of the things highlighted in that film still hold true today.
Not only that, I think a few are still wearing the same shorts!
Have a browse of some member group ride reports and you'll see that although the world is a different place the pleasure of touring cycling really hasn't changed much at all
http://www.derbyctc.org.uk/bikeridearticles/

Re: British Transport Films: Cyclists Special with CTC

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 July 2015 - 9:56pm
Gets posted from time to time, see e.g. here.

Yes, it's the same CTC, and it's a good watch.

I'm not sure copyright has expired, and assuming not then it shouldn't have been posted on YouTube. You can buy copies here in a boxed set. I think another in the series has Cyclists Abroad, the follow-up film.

Or get both and others in this boxed set, which I found as a result of a search inspired by this thread, so thanks

Re: Pateley Bridge fatality

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 July 2015 - 9:25pm
Very sad occurrence. I can't help but be reminded of Fabio Casartelli. And I myself, many years ago, had a close call coming down Holme Moss at speed - at night. I came within a foot or two, of running into a drystone wall. Going downhill fast is always going to imply some danger.

Re: Bike packing versus conventional touring.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 July 2015 - 9:20pm
al_yrpal wrote:For the OPs info my bog standard Salsa Vaya 3 complete with rack, bottle cages and odd things like computer, pump strap and bar bag attachment weighs in at 14.6kg, 4kg lighter than the Thorn.

A sensible thing to try would be to calculate what your total bikepacking load might be. Borrow a light bike and load up a single pannier to equal that load and go for a 50 mile day ride over some decent hills to see how you get on. If you are near an Evans store I think you can borrow any bike for a day as a tryout.

Or, calculate the bikepacking load and ride your Thorn with a bikepacking load reduced by 10kg, representing the weight difference between a light road bike and the Thorn. This would tell you what you need to know and save you making a costly mistake.

Al

I might be talking non sense here but I thought it was not just about overall weight. Something about heavy wheels and rotational mass. Anyone know what I'm talking about? Putting some light weight folding tyres might make the nomad a hit more spritely. Marathon mondial will really slow you down compared to some light pasela tour guards.

Re: ITV4 Tour Coverage.

CTC Forum - Racing - 14 July 2015 - 9:17pm
Its a brilliant track.... but they've made so much good music I'm glad I've lived in their era. Computer world as the theme for BBC's computer programme was top dollar ( the late Ian Macnaught-Davies and Chris Searle ). It was 6th form common room music along with joy division, yes and genesis. I've got a lot of their albums in tape form but should invest in some CD's as they're not too pricey nowadays.

Re: Bike packing versus conventional touring.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 July 2015 - 8:38pm
For the OPs info my bog standard Salsa Vaya 3 complete with rack, bottle cages and odd things like computer, pump strap and bar bag attachment weighs in at 14.6kg, 4kg lighter than the Thorn.

A sensible thing to try would be to calculate what your total bikepacking load might be. Borrow a light bike and load up a single pannier to equal that load and go for a 50 mile day ride over some decent hills to see how you get on. If you are near an Evans store I think you can borrow any bike for a day as a tryout.

Or, calculate the bikepacking load and ride your Thorn with a bikepacking load reduced by 10kg, representing the weight difference between a light road bike and the Thorn. This would tell you what you need to know and save you making a costly mistake.

Al

Re: ITV4 Tour Coverage.

CTC Forum - Racing - 14 July 2015 - 8:33pm
old_windbag wrote:Could we have Kraftwerks "tour de france" please. The 1983 version if possible, it never made it far in the UK charts but I used to sit finger on record button of my ferguson tape deck waiting for it to play in the radio chart show. Musics so easy to acquire nowadays...
Hmmmm one should never post race results or events for those who have not yet seen the race......

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTZyXlLhvxs

Re: ITV4 Tour Coverage.

CTC Forum - Racing - 14 July 2015 - 8:09pm
Could we have Kraftwerks "tour de france" please. The 1983 version if possible, it never made it far in the UK charts but I used to sit finger on record button of my ferguson tape deck waiting for it to play in the radio chart show. Musics so easy to acquire nowadays... it was quite entertaining back then. Also Kraftwerk enjoyed some good off time to go cycling so music by enthusiasts.

Hmmmm one should never post race results or events for those who have not yet seen the race......

Re: ITV4 Tour Coverage...Spoilers.!!!!!

CTC Forum - Racing - 14 July 2015 - 8:05pm
Hi,
Well we got GT the "Big Diesel" and "*&^%$£'s Cracked.............*&£"^&* Gone..........*^£"!(*'s Cracked......Froomey's "Untidy Style"...

All going on today

Sorry Mates

Re: Bike packing versus conventional touring.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 July 2015 - 8:02pm
hamster wrote:PH wrote:hamster wrote:How much weight difference do you think there will be between a Nomad frame and a steel MTB one?
The Nomad frame weighs I think 2.8kg, so any saving is going to be counted in grams rather than kilograms.
If it is a sus fork model, then you could swap it for a rigid and save a bit of weight and effort.

I swapped my Raven frameset for a custom Ti one, it's now a bike that I like a lot better in many ways, but the weight saving on the frame was 230g.

If your Thorn is 2.8kg for the frame only (no fork) then it's a tank! My midrange Kona is 1.8kg, plus a 750g Kona P2 fork.
I don't quite see how it gets to 19kg though, especially as a Rohloff is the same as a high-end gear set.

My 590l nomad is also 19kg.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 July 2015 - 7:38pm
Much better than the alternative, I would imagine.

So, I posted my 'Full Route' the other day. I will also post the day segments (also on my CGOAB blog).

Here is my tentative gear list - which will be officialized this weekend when I pack:
2 x Short Sleeve Jersey
1 x Long Sleeve Jersey
2 x Bike Shorts
1 x Tights
2 x Short Gloves
1 x Long Gloves
1 x Rain Jacket
1 x Rain Pants
1 x Booties
1 x Wind Breaker
1 x Helmet
1 x Glasses + Lenses
2 x Bike Socks
1 x Bike Hat
(1 x Neoprene Gloves)

3 x T-Shirt
1 x Pants
1 x Shorts (Quick Dry)
3 x Boxers
3 x Socks
1 x Sneakers
1 x Toiletries (in a case)
1 x XC Ski Jacket (warm + light, not waterproof)
1 x Jeans (to be left with luggage)

1 x iPhone (for emergencies)
1 x iPod (for music/sleeping)
1 x Tablet (Laptop, Map Routing, Blog Updates, Kindle)
1 x GPS (route navigation)
1 x GPS AA Batteries + Charger
1 x Digital Camera (Pictures)
2 x Camera Spare Battery + Charger
1 x Sony 'GoPro' Camera (small, lightweight, for video recording)
2 x Sony Spare Batteries + Charger
1 x Small Power Strip
1 x UK Plug Converter
1 x USB Portable Charger

1 x Allen Key Tool
1 x Spare Tube
2 x Bike Lever
1 x Hand Pump
2 x Tail Light
1 x Headlamp
2 x Waterbottle
Assorted Pills (daily multivitamin, Enduralytes, Tums, Sportlegs)
1 x Small Med-kit

Re: Bike packing versus conventional touring.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 July 2015 - 7:38pm
I love these sort of posts and all the replies. Loads of considered opinions without actually knowing what the OP wants.

Where are you touring, what is extended, etc,etc? Ride somewhere like SE Asia and you can go very light as hotels and food are plentiful and cheap. Ride in Iceland and it is a different story.

I also question the bickepacking thing as being intrinsically different. For many years some people called normal touring "bikepacking" as per backpacking (I think originally a US term). Now the gear salesmen have introduced it as a way of buying lots of strange shaped bags to wedge into your frame.

There were a couple of bikepackiing set ups in a recent Cycle Mag and I thought they looked odd, if not downright funny. How much extra nylon, Velcro, zippers, straps, etc make up al those tiny bags.

If you want to go light I believe there is something called a saddlebag, although a bit too traditional for me - I would favour a pair of small (front) panniers on a lightweight rear rack. Oh and I would call it cycle touring.

Re: ITV4 Tour Coverage.

CTC Forum - Racing - 14 July 2015 - 7:28pm
Could we please return to the lifting theme of the 1983 coverage. The bloody awful squeeze box, false France tune is annoying in the extreme!!!

Re: Pateley Bridge fatality

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 July 2015 - 7:19pm
The road surface looks horrible

British Transport Films: Cyclists Special with CTC

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 July 2015 - 7:00pm
British Transport Films: Cyclists Special

The classic British Transport Films production about a cycle excursion to the Midlands, from 1955. A very different way to transport
your cycle by train, than we have today.





https://youtu.be/QPkT0paGEnQ


Is this the same CTC that exists today? Thank you

Re: Bike packing versus conventional touring.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 July 2015 - 6:29pm
PH wrote:hamster wrote:How much weight difference do you think there will be between a Nomad frame and a steel MTB one?
The Nomad frame weighs I think 2.8kg, so any saving is going to be counted in grams rather than kilograms.
If it is a sus fork model, then you could swap it for a rigid and save a bit of weight and effort.

I swapped my Raven frameset for a custom Ti one, it's now a bike that I like a lot better in many ways, but the weight saving on the frame was 230g.

If your Thorn is 2.8kg for the frame only (no fork) then it's a tank! My midrange Kona is 1.8kg, plus a 750g Kona P2 fork.
I don't quite see how it gets to 19kg though, especially as a Rohloff is the same as a high-end gear set.

Re: ITV4 Tour Coverage.

CTC Forum - Racing - 14 July 2015 - 6:06pm
Yes it does, after the initial excitement of hearing it again.

Re: woman eating cereal while driving

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 July 2015 - 6:02pm
Can't believe anyone would put something that big blocking their windscreen, if it was a windscreen defect that big, in the middle of the windscreen, it would be an MOT fail. It's one of my bugbears, people who put sat navs, or apparently in this case, TVs, right in the middle of their windscreen. Along with people sat so low as I find it incredible they can see where they're going.
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