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Re: CTC Council member critically ill after accident

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 November 2014 - 8:08pm
Condolences to family and friends RIP

Re: The financial cost/loss of UK Road incidents £15Billion

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 November 2014 - 7:22pm
kwackers wrote:Which brings us back to the safety equipment being forced on lorry drivers in London (as an obvious example of what I'm saying) and something I notice you didn't address.
Such equipment would never happen if there wasn't an interventionist policy by government. It wouldn't even have been thought of let alone built and tested.


Perhaps, I do not have an answer. But there are answers and solutions. We will never get a chance to find out because government crowds out any kind of innovation. Innovation isn't only about making flying machines that are heavier then most peoples houses, or network of computers that can give you almost any information you ask , its about innovation in management approaches and styles.

Perhaps, in a free market the road owners would attempt to please cyclist as well as truck drivers or less either customer. They can impose rule that any cars using their roads needs safety equipment that protects the interest of the cyclist. This will vary from different road owners.

Anyway, got a lot of hussling to do. Feel free to ask more questions
here is a video about about the wonders of the state. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXNRzI64L9Q
I always get detracted by hill decent youtube vidoes.

Re: panniers panniers panniers???

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 November 2014 - 6:42pm
I don't know what size you are after but I bought a set of these for commuting with as they are 100% waterproof. The waterproof bit was important to me as I carry laptops and tablet etc.. to work.

RCP WP100 carrier bags Colour black 2015 bike panniers https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B002RLGWHA/ ... xub1HMMANV

You can also get some smaller pockets that attach to the front for keys and phone etc.. Red Cycling Products Outer Bag bike panniers black 2015 bike panniers waterproof https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00F40XYTK/ ... xub09V1GHA

Re: The financial cost/loss of UK Road incidents £15Billion

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 November 2014 - 6:37pm
kwackers wrote:toomsie wrote:As I said earlier a monopoly is not possible in free market capitalism unless the customers are happy. If all the road bike companies colluded and decided to fix prices (high) and as a result created a gap in the market for cheap road bikes. That gap would fill by entrepreneur who is good at spotting gap in the market.
That's a very naive view.
Businessmen don't play nicely (there's a reason a large percentage show psychopathic tendencies)

So as far as your new entrepreneur goes they could just buy them out, or they could undercut until they went out of business. More likely they'd put pressure on distribution chains not to stock your entrepreneurs bikes they'd probably also put pressure on their suppliers to prevent the supply of raw materials.
Then they could put pressure on employees, perhaps poach a few key ones and then of course there's always threats - or worse.


I am sure some smaller companies get bought up but more will take their place to fill the gap. Buying away competition is a bit like buying all the bikes in a shop in the intention of getting rid of the competition. The quicker you buy those bikes the more turn up in the same shop next week, (where does the shop get all the money to replenish it stock so quickly).
You can fix prices and sell at a loss to kill the competition(= paying to remove competition) .but you can’t do it indefinitely. You will have to rise your prices even more to cover the loses due attempting to kill competition resulting in a bigger gap in the market. That will soon be filled with new companies.
If a company undercuts too much they could have their inventory bought up by savey traders .

I it did not occur to me that businesses can put pressure of supplies not to supply to a competitor out of fear of losing their custom. I guess a bike company could put pressure on shimano not to supply gears and shifters to specific competition then that will only create demand for a bike parts company that has a policy to sell to anyone.
Corporation behave the worst when they use the power of the state to change the market to their favour by lobbying.


kwackers wrote:Historically it's never worked so I fail to see why it would work today. As I said above there are reasons governments felt the need to step in and control businesses and corporations.


Historically America became the richest most successful country because it broke free from European bureaucracy and started of with the smallest government. The founding fathers put into the constitution laws that limit powers of state. Migrants traveled from around the world to make their fortunes in America. Even here in the UK, back in the 50,60.70 it was easier to get because government did not meddle so much in free trade. An average household could afford to have a stay at home mother because the man did not have to pay so much tax.

Re: panniers panniers panniers???

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 November 2014 - 6:24pm
Or you could buy some budget panniers to start with, such as Altura. They are cheap but certainly not nasty. They won't suddenly disintegrate mid ride, and you can obtain very high levels of water proofing by lining them with - a bin liner. Replaced every trip.
Buy the expensive stuff when you have a clearer idea of what you need.

panniers panniers panniers???

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 November 2014 - 5:01pm
Hope you don't all get sick of seeing my name crop up all the time haha. . .new to all this mallarky .
I searching all the site's reading all reviews. . but it's a mine field out there. .
WHAT PANNIERS ARRRRRRRRRR. . . . Carradice . . Vaude. . Ortlileb . . all great panniers by all account's , but which one's to go for?
I'm swaying towards Carradice,whether it be Carradry's or Super C's but just seen Karrimor on ebay . . don't no what to do.
Don't mine paying out for quality,cause if I do end up and become a veteran tourer, they be worth the money and if I don't i'll reclaim a lump of my outlay back. .
What to do ?

Re: ROSE BIKE'S UK . .

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 November 2014 - 4:53pm
wasn't goin to get wheels built yet due to budget,
been quoted by local wheel builder 700c mavic rims, deore hubs, aci spokes,32 hole's £150 seems reasonable

Re: CTC Council member critically ill after accident

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 November 2014 - 4:21pm
thirdcrank wrote:(NB Although it's not clear from the rest of the thread, John Radford has died.)

My deepest and sincere condolences to his family. My thoughts and prayers are with them.

Re: Traveling by Train.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 November 2014 - 3:37pm
Now that I didn't know bicycler.

Is there something to click/tick or does it default to that?

I usually use East Coast booking.

All the best from a fellow miser

Re: CTC Council member critically ill after accident

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 November 2014 - 3:37pm
An update:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-29955074

(NB Although it's not clear from the rest of the thread, John Radford has died.)

Re: ROSE BIKE'S UK . .

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 November 2014 - 3:33pm
Cheapest and best selection of DT Swiss spokes I've found for wheel building. Shipping is as quick as most UK site.

Re: Sweat in eyes solution

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 November 2014 - 3:29pm
I bought on a few years ago, but found it became saturated and made my head even hotter than normal. There's another product called a seatgutr which I might try out. I'm fed up with insects in my eyes because my glasses are covered in perspiration.

Re: Sweat in eyes solution

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 November 2014 - 3:28pm
Sounds like a good idea.
Personally, I don't sweat much even with a helmet, but I can see what this Halo thingy is for.

Yes, a good idea.

Re: Sweat in eyes solution

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 November 2014 - 3:16pm
Edwards wrote:You could always wear a helmet with built in front sweat band, with the vents helping to move the air and sweat to the back of the head. Then you are sorted.

Never worked in the days when I did wear a helmet so no reason it would work now. All the front sweat band did was load up with sweat and then release it.

Re: Sweat in eyes solution

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 November 2014 - 3:13pm
Edwards wrote:You could always wear a helmet with built in front sweat band, with the vents helping to move the air and sweat to the back of the head. Then you are sorted.

I generally don't get a sweaty head - except when i wear a helmet!

Re: ROSE BIKE'S UK . .

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 November 2014 - 2:45pm
I building my ridgeback hybrid up for touring. . most things fishing for on ebay, panniers, crank & rear mech. .
but as for new things the saddle cant be over looked(but thinking of perserverving with my velo saddle for the moment), the rack's also new as the haven't had a hard life.
Thanks once again for you replys

Re: UK to Prague via northern Germany

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 November 2014 - 2:21pm
Anne Sels wrote:Also - if you don't mind investing in route maps, publicpress.de has a series of maps of existing German routes without all the blah blah like the booklet ones...might just check here to see what routes could be possible options for your tour...



The only problem with the PP route booklets is the lack of detail on the maps - i've got several and providing you don't need to move off the route they are fine but any deviation can leave you without a clue!

Re: Traveling by Train.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 November 2014 - 2:14pm
You shouldn't need to bring anything along. Ticket office staff are required to be impartial and sell you the cheapest appropriate ticket for your journey. If there happens to be an Advance ticket available for the train(s) you wish to take then this should be offered to you automatically.

The advantage of looking at prices online is that you know in advance which trains to ask for and the price of the ticket. You can also take time to research savings through things like split tickets which a booking clerk at a station understandably does not have the time to do. They can, however, sell you whichever tickets you have decided on.

I've had very few problems doing this but there are some potential problems:

The complexity of the system means that booking engines occasionally don't agree; some will offer tickets which aren't strictly valid (though once issued they will be honoured) and others won't recognise a valid ticket. You sometimes even get differences between different online booking engines. Anyway, there's a small chance of the system used at the booking office not recognising a ticket which was showing as available online. If you had a printout of the itinerary shown on the online booking site this may convince a clerk to look harder to see if they had made a mistake or oversight, but it won't help in a case of "computer says no".

A tiny number of operator-specific tickets and occasional promotional offers are only available through that operator's website so not available at booking offices. Conversely some good value local tickets are not available online, for example the Greater Manchester Rail Ranger offers £5 unlimited off-peak travel throughout the GM area (it can be a good split ticket).

Lastly, there's always the chance that somebody may book the last Advance ticket between the time of you searching online and you getting to the station.

You know you can get tickets posted to you? (I know it costs £1 but the convenience might be worth it)
If you are starting from a station without collection facilities some websites will send tickets by 1st Class post for free. East Coast is one which springs to mind. I have a miserly objection to paying fees to book or receive tickets

Re: Traveling by Train.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 November 2014 - 1:29pm
Yes I do - in fact I used that system before a lot.

Since the networked ticket machines came in though I have developed a preference for getting the things in my mitts (well in advance of travel).

Tickets through the post always made me feel a bit worried even though I never had a problem.

Re: M324 Pedals - You couldn't make it up

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 November 2014 - 1:21pm
groberts wrote:I already have a pair of M324s and am happy but if they're 'heavy' are there any other similar alternatives - similar price, packaging or not.

I and a few others use the A529 single sided SPD. :-
http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/sp/road-t ... 0000000000

I also have the A530s which have a "flat" side. I don't see them being any better in use than the 324s but obviously lighter in weight and not for MTB use. :-
http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/sp/road-t ... himpeda732
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