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Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 September 2014 - 11:12pm
I actually like fat frames but I don't like the whole grey and dark thing. I like a bike to be colourful.
I bought my road bike largely because I couldn't choose between a few and this one looked best to me, as it was colourful.



However when it came to my Hybrid which I wanted colourful as I will be riding it a lot at night I couldn't get one, had to settle for grey. I've added lots of reflective bits though. Including reflective walled marathon tyres as well now.

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 September 2014 - 10:28pm
Nimitta wrote:Cunobelin wrote:Does the business card have the company details?
Approach his managers

He is one of the company's directors.


What type of company?

Write a polite letter copied to ALL the directors explaining the facts and asking if this is the standard of honesty, and integrity that the Company endorses, especially if it is a market where these are key to its operation

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 September 2014 - 10:27pm


Not such a pretty sight when seen on a lycra jersey. Cafe proprietors are not usually very impressed!

Re: Lesser known hazards for off-road cyclists

CTC Forum - MTB - 29 September 2014 - 10:25pm
Idiots shooting a shotgun in the general direction of the Fife Coastal path. Even spent shot raining down through a tree stings.

Re: Getting to Scandinavia 2

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 September 2014 - 10:18pm
Vorpal wrote:http://forum.ctc.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=86403&p=781581#p781581

But there's still the one from Immingham.
Although you may have difficulty getting on it - see this PDF (linked from the main Asbjerg-Immingham page)

DSDS Ferries letter wrote:Unfortunately it will not be possible to accept passengers or any private related bookings with a driver on our route between Esbjerg and Immingham as from 29th September 2014.

The route is served by two freight vessels which each have limited passenger capacity of 12 persons.
You might be able to book your bike on but not travel with it!

Rick

Re: Getting to Scandinavia 2

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 September 2014 - 9:35pm
There isn't, I'm afraid. A note on the DFDS website says that they are no longer taking non-HGV passengers on Immingham-Esbjerg.

Re: Getting to Scandinavia 2

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 September 2014 - 9:02pm
viewtopic.php?f=16&t=86403&p=781581#p781581

But there's still the one from Immingham.

Getting to Scandinavia 2

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 September 2014 - 8:49pm
BBC TV for eastern counties reported this evening (6.30pm 29 Sept) that a ferry company proposes to start a service Harwich-Esbjerg at Easter 2015. I did a quick search but couldn't find confirmation.
Let's hope that this does happen.

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 September 2014 - 8:45pm
Well, don't ride it in the rain then!

My 'guards aren't on yet, but when this wonderful weather changes next week(?) and we leave this dry autumnal weather and enter the pre-winter wetness, my 'guards will go on.

The thing is, some folk never use mudguards, so how do they get on?

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 September 2014 - 8:35pm
Give it a year or so, and then send the boys round.

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 September 2014 - 8:23pm
(but it needs pedals)

and mudguards

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 September 2014 - 6:06pm
This one's quite nice.
(but it needs pedals)
Note the silver rims and components.
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Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 September 2014 - 5:55pm
My MTB is steel, with thin (ish) tubes, so I think it looks ace, even though it's black. My wife's MTB is also steel but that's even better because it's yellow.

The Genesis bikes in this month's Cycle magazine looked decent, even in 29er version, whereas the alternatives (in the sidebox - a Whyte and Trek, IIRC) were ugly with thicker and bendier tubes.

I don't mind some of the aero carbon road bikes. They can look pretty swish. I'd still buy a slim-tube version, though.

I prefer slimmer tubes because they look clean, the same reason why I prefer the look of singlespeed/fixed or hub gears over derailleur.

Re: Show your touring bikes !!!!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 September 2014 - 5:06pm
Aushiker wrote:slogfester wrote:Not sure yet. A bit late, but just starting to plan for 6 week trip mid-Dec to end of Jan. Gut feeling says just stick to the South Island at that time of year. We like to get off the beaten track and off-road as long as its not too tough.

You might want to touch base with RonK at the Australian Cycling Forums. His blog can be found at http://wheelswhisper.blogspot.com.au/ I believe he has or has in mind a similar style of tour of the South Island.

Andrew

Thanks Andrew. Yes, I'll be contacting Ron.

Re: Surly Disc Trucker

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 September 2014 - 4:46pm
I have a Disc Trucker (green)..Lovely bike..one of the first things i did was to change the saddle to a Brooks B17. I also added SKS mudguards, Schwalbe marathon tyres 1.75 and front and rear Tubus racks...I've owned and sold a few bikes over the years, This one i'm Keeping..I do like to have a couple of bikes on the go and at the minute i have a Surly C/C frame waiting to be turned into a bike..Good luck with the Truck...

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 September 2014 - 4:26pm
when I got my road frame built I asked a well known West Midlands bike shop owner to do it in yellow and chrome.....he nearly had a fit...went on about how you just can't sell yellow or white bikes and that they should be banned....bikes should be proper colours like deep red, dark green, black, brown, etc.

How times change.

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 September 2014 - 3:52pm
foxyrider wrote:Best way to stop the crap colours is not to buy them, complain to the Man's otherwise they just claim its 'customer demand' init!

The tyre issue is, i'm told, due to the black being affected less by UV than white/skinwall (it'll be cheaper too no doubt!)

When I got my bike, it was either that one or a custom-built frame. Most frame makers don't make frames with grown-up size wheels that are small enough for me; even Ridley don't make that one any more. My choice was grey or grey.

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 September 2014 - 2:32pm
I don't mind what colour they are. Different people like different colours, and that's fine with me. I don't mind carbon, either. Some of the fancy road bikes that populate international races look very nice to me. But I have to admit that I don't like newer suspension frames. I might change my mind when they been around for a while, but for now, I think they're ugly.

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 September 2014 - 1:50pm
I like black bikes.

Ian

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 September 2014 - 12:56pm
It's threadless stems that stick in my craw, they make Heath Robinsons handiwork look like craftsmanship. Suspension frames are ugly too, but as I don't ride an MTB I don't much care.
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