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Re: Abus Frame Lock

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 January 2016 - 9:09am
Keep in mind though that the Axa ones have keys which cannot be removed once unlocked while the Abus ones come in a KR and NKR version. The latter has keys which can be removed once unlocked.

I guess the main reason why you don't see them much outside of The Netherlands is because they are also close to 800 grams.
Outside of Holland (where they are a necessity) the lower weight of just a single chain or U-lock can be a blessing.

That being said, my next bike is getting a ringlock, probably the Axa Victory.

Re: Commuting - best lock for awkward fixing points?

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 January 2016 - 8:59am
Oxford Heavy Duty Chain and Padlock 1m by Oxford http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B000R593CE/r ... QwbQ8HN6ST

Gold rated. 5.5lb/2.5kg.
Mines 3 years old and hasn't jammed once despite being used in all sorts of weather.
I can't give any evidence of how much of a deterrent the lock is but every other bike I ever had was pinched within a year of owning them and my current vantage has just passed being 4 years old
I barely notice the weight any more.
Think whether you'd rather a heavy lock or a heavy heart from losing your bike.

Re: Horrifying hit-and-run in Brighton

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 January 2016 - 8:58am
661-Pete wrote:One car that my father had, when I was a small kid, proudly displayed this delightful bit of embellishment, sticking out of the bonnet:

...lovingly crafted, and solidly and rigidly enough mounted, to slice right through any unwary pedestrian or cyclist who happens to come into contact.

Happily such things are mostly a matter of history now. Although don't some jags still sport something similar.......


I think bonnet thingies like that now have to have mounts that fold up on impact or something....unless I imagined that?

Re: Horrifying hit-and-run in Brighton

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 January 2016 - 8:47am
Tangled Metal wrote:Vantage wrote:Cars etc aren't dangerous. People are.
Guns don't kill people, rabbits do!

Who sang or rapped that? Which song or track is it from?

Goldie Lookin Chain - a rap group from Wales.

Re: touring on a trad touring bike?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 January 2016 - 8:36am
I think it very much depends on personal taste of course, but taste is also something we develop (I didn't use to like olives or red wine;-) - something that looks odd at first soon becomes the norm is we see it enough. Our fleet is 26" throughout and they, and other 26" bikes look normal to me now, and in the case of some absolutely gorgeous. The Ridgeback Expedition is a handsome bike for example. But yes tyres of 1.5" look better than anything skinny (but again - that's what I'm used to;-) But there's something very purposeful about the look of a 26" tourer all ready to set off.

Re: Useless police

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 January 2016 - 8:19am
Bigdummysteve wrote:Update!

First I must apologise to Thames valley police, I received a phone call today and they had traced the previous owner but could not trace the new registered owner. So full marks for effort they did try and said they would have take it further if they could trace the vehicles whereabouts. Moral of the story? Report those incidents, the people on the desk might give the impression that they don't care but in the background real effort might be going on. The long sentence handed down to the joker who swerved at cyclists recently shows its worth reporting these things.

It's a bit odd that they can't trace the new owner. That suggests that the vehicle isn't taxed/insured, which they could be done for if caught..........I hope the police have that van in their sights.

Re: Commuting - best lock for awkward fixing points?

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 January 2016 - 8:07am
It'll be my main lock for commuting use but also for any other time I need to lock my bike up.

This means I'll be carrying it. Weight is going to be in issue with big chains I think. Chains are going to be the best if I can get one that's light and strong. That might be impossible.

Re: Commuting - best pannier?

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 January 2016 - 7:14am
http://bike24.de is also worth a look. They can be a fair bit cheaper than Rose. Their website search system is not as good though.

Re: Commuting - best lock for awkward fixing points?

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 January 2016 - 12:54am
greyingbeard wrote:heavy chain with heavy padlock, often sold for motorbikes.
Or make your own if you can find a few feet of very heavy chain, large hosepipe to cover it, massive lock. ....

Second this, there's a lot of reasonably good ones within your £65 budget, various lengths available too.

That said, you mention the weight of various grades of lock, will you have to carry said lock often? Is leaving it at work not an option?

Re: touring on a trad touring bike?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 January 2016 - 12:43am
kylecycler wrote:[
I'll take back everything I meant about the aesthetics of 26-inch wheels - notwithstanding the practicalities, if someone doesn't like this, visually at least, there's something wrong with them, IMHO - I've never seen a bicycle that looks so 'right'...

I think you're blinded by the bling. no rear rack, no mudguards, bars to low for touring, no triple and tyres that aren't going to last. Horses for courses, for my touring that'd be a nag

Re: touring on a trad touring bike?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 January 2016 - 12:37am
To my eye the chain stays look short. Do we think the rack is on the front because the riders heels would catch?
ifso its a bit eccentric as a touring bike.

Sorry I had to edit as I posted before I meant to

Re: touring on a trad touring bike?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 January 2016 - 12:36am
Bicycler wrote:Oh well, you've just confirmed what I've always known; there's something wrong with me!

Each to his own.
Yeah, well, it's a personal thing - I suppose it depends how you define 'right' and 'wrong'! Each to his own, right enough.

Re: touring on a trad touring bike?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 January 2016 - 12:28am
Oh well, you've just confirmed what I've always known; there's something wrong with me!

Each to his own.

Re: touring on a trad touring bike?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 January 2016 - 12:25am
mercalia wrote:kylecycler wrote:khain wrote:Thorn cycles also recommend 26" wheels for loaded touring. You need pretty heavy 700c wheels for off-road cycle camping, unless you're a very light rider.
....
This blog post by 'bretonbikes', a member of this forum, tends to confirm that
....
http://www.bretonbikes.com/homepage/cyc ... 700c-vs-26

That blog post really was an eye-opener. Downside is, a large frame with 26-inch wheels looks awful, although you can't see a bike from the saddle.....

depends on what you are used to - but these days most frames are compact ones ( even my 1999 Dawes 1-Down ).
Putting large tyres on ( 1.75 and above ) also helps. Skinny tyres another matter
I'll take back everything I meant about the aesthetics of 26-inch wheels - notwithstanding the practicalities, if someone doesn't like this, visually at least, there's something wrong with them, IMHO - I've never seen a bicycle that looks so 'right'...

ff-496-studio-1_24600611286_o (Large).jpg
http://theradavist.com/2016/01/firefly-for-jan-heine/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fireflybi ... 3986789435

Re: America: the bizarre

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 January 2016 - 11:52pm
al_yrpal wrote:Agree, we do it to confuse any foreigners.

Al
Shades of Dad's Army...

Back to America, this always makes me smile (from Crazy Guy on a Bike)...



Bell - *check*; Mirrors - *check*; Computer - *check*; Satnav - *check*; Map - *check*; Pepper spray - *check*...

Presumably for dogs and wildlife, not humans (not if you want to get yourself shot, that is...).

Re: Week-long tour in the W/N-W of Ireland. Top tips please!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 January 2016 - 11:15pm
Good waterproofs
Local village shops VERY expensive, its no wonder people in the sticks do a monthly trip to supermarket

Re: Commuting - best lock for awkward fixing points?

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 January 2016 - 11:08pm
heavy chain with heavy padlock, often sold for motorbikes.
Or make your own if you can find a few feet of very heavy chain, large hosepipe to cover it, massive lock.
Oh I wish I could get away with leaving it unlocked but wired to the mains through a big coil.

Re: Increased fines for mobile users

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 January 2016 - 10:53pm
Nice to have the options to make comments. I just about refrained from suggesting on the spot 12 moths disqualification

Re: Commuting - best lock for awkward fixing points?

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 January 2016 - 10:44pm
It's one of those bike racks with a slot made up of two vertical.strips of metal the wheel goes into. Alternate bikes go on a stand to lift the bars of one bike above the other. However put the rear wheel in it to lock the rear triangle into the stand. The wheel goes into the frame a bit but not really enough to U lock into the rear triangle.

My solution was to put the bike wheel in between two bike slots so I can move the wheel against the step up that lifts a bike wheel up. This allows me to.just D lock it through the horizontal part of this step through the rear triangle at the chainstay. It's a tight squeeze with my Squire D lock (230mm I think?.

The stand I lock to is inside a security fenced yard with two entrances at either end of a yard. Offices overlook one entrance and the other is used for loading and has people going across it a lot. It's on an industrial estate where there's a lot going on. There was a spell of bike thefts last year and late on 2014. My bike included but there's not been any thefts since a bike fencing gang from Bulgaria were caught with £80k of bikes and parts. Also before this crime spree no thefts had happened. People I work with live in the area we work so they'd know of any bike theft. When our bikes got nicked it really surprised these locals.

Low risk now but I need to make my bike a bit more difficult to steal than any other bikes. Everyone is locking up with simple £5 cable locks but my bike is probably twice as expensive as anything else even at the rrp of £650. I just need a bit better security I think.

Re: America: the bizarre

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 January 2016 - 10:37pm
Agree, we do it to confuse any foreigners.

Al
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