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Re: Remote Regions and Disc Brakes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 October 2014 - 6:31am
Psamathe wrote:gplhl wrote:I've now done over 7,000 miles on the bike and only needed to change the rear pads in Mali!
Is that on organic, semi-metallic or sintered ?

Ian

Hi Ian, Sintered, the pads the Abid BB7 brakes came with.

Yo be fair, the west coast of Africa's quite flat. Now I'm on the East and bits much hillier. I don't think the pads will last as long this side of the continent!

Gary
www.longbikeride.co.uk

Re: Ouistreham ferry disembarkation hazard.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 October 2014 - 6:26am
Odd, I've used the same ferry several times and not noticed this hazard. You have to walk off the ferry and as with cycling in general always look out for hazards. It tends to only be cyclists who see or care about these problems. Thanks to the OP for pointing out though.

Gary
www.longbikeride.co.uk

Re: Berlin to Copenhagen

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 October 2014 - 5:48am
I too did it (independently) a few years ago, and would be happy to answer questions. It's a good ride: not very demanding, but nice scenery and interesting things along the way. The Bikeline guidebook is worth having, even if you don't read German.

Re: Berlin to Copenhagen

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 October 2014 - 1:43am
June 2014, independently. You have a question?

Re: Show your touring bikes !!!!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 October 2014 - 10:17pm
Two tricross sports in France

Re: Sick people

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 October 2014 - 9:12pm
tallgirl wrote:reohn2 wrote:[XAP]Bob wrote:

As for sportive's don't get me going,they seem to be ridden by more than their far share of wannabie idiots who've no idea of the damage they're doing to cycling.


Help me out here, why/ how are they doing damage?

Every time I've had the misfortune to inadvertently get mixed up with one of these sportive's there's gel wrappers strewn about the road and tubes hanging from the hedges.
The riding is atrocious by people who seemingly don't know how to ride in a group,the last time myself and Mrs R2 experienced one when on the tandem,were nearly brought down by two seriously close overtakes by participants and felt it safer to take the first turn off their route.
I've also witnessed paricipants,deliberately and needlessly being obstructive to other road users in cars.
Those kind of tricks give cycling a bad name IMHO and is the pack mentality at it's worst!

Spain trip

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 October 2014 - 8:58pm
I'm just in the very first stage of planning my next adventure. I haven't done anything since going coast to Coast over the
Pyreneese in 2010 after which I had my bike nicked. Anyway I'm feeling the itch to go on another journey.
For the last couple of years I've parked my motorhome up on a motorhome site quite close to Benidorm for around 3 months from early February to the middle of May. For 2015 I was thinking of instead of training on my racing bike around Benidorm I would have a bike tour of 3/4 weeks from Benidorm to follow the coast through Spain and Portugal to Compostela de Santiago and back through Madrid.
Does anyone have any tips, information as to wild camping, camping sites in fact any info at all. I intend/hope to wildcamp2 days and then campsite or b&b for 1 night to freshen up, and so on, I intend to begin in early May.

Re: Sick people

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 October 2014 - 8:42pm
reohn2 wrote:[XAP]Bob wrote:

As for sportive's don't get me going,they seem to be ridden by more than their far share of wannabie idiots who've no idea of the damage they're doing to cycling.


Help me out here, why/ how are they doing damage?

Re: Sick people

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 October 2014 - 7:14pm
[XAP]Bob wrote:
Why pay £10?
Why not just ride for the cost in tax which we all bear.

Did you say tax or tacks?

Whoever did it is a sad excuse for a human being IMHO .

As for sportive's don't get me going,they seem to be ridden by more than their far share of wannabie idiots who've no idea of the damage they're doing to cycling.

Re: Which bike Galaxy Cross 2014 or Reynolds 525 double butt

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 October 2014 - 6:58pm
I don't know anything about the Oxford but I do have a Galaxy Cross. I love it, very comfy but quite heavy. Due to illness I haven't ridden it far yet. Depends what type of touring you are planning, the Galaxy has disk brakes so if you are going anywhere at all remote, that maybe a consideration. Also, the the Galaxy is about half the price, list price £600 but I haggled my way down to £450 at my LBS

Re: Halfords on redit

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 October 2014 - 6:43pm
I was talking to one of the guys in the local Halfords and he said that they have to receive extra training if they are putting together a Boardman bike, presumably because Chris doesn't want Spanner Monkeys assembling his bikes!

Re: Ouistreham ferry disembarkation hazard.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 October 2014 - 6:18pm
I recognise the situation described by greyhead.

My partner and I crossed on the ferry to Ouistreham in mid Sept.
As we left the ferry itself there were half a dozen or so cyclists about 20 yards in front of us. They responded to the marshals' pointing hands by walking along the road/ramp which was empty of traffic. My partner and I decided they wanted us to go along the narrow path on the left, separated from the road by a railing. When we arrived at the landward end the path ended in a drop which seemed like a couple of broken steps. It was necessary to half lift/half wheel the bikes. I was surprised that this was the route offered to cyclists because it was quite unsuitable.

Unlike the OP we had good visibility because it was just after sunrise.

Re: Halfords on redit

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 October 2014 - 6:03pm
Halfords specialise in incompetents , I ended up rushed to A and E in an ambulance after a cross threaded crank on a bike less than 24 hours out of the shop , and they wont even inspect the bike DONT USE HALFORDS

Re: Show your touring bikes !!!!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 October 2014 - 5:40pm
Here's mine, in a vineyard in the Pyrenees, before some low life scumbag nicked it....arrrgh don't get me started.


Re: Halfords on redit

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 October 2014 - 5:38pm
Sorry posted in the wrong place. Supposed to be the 'Tea Shop'

Re: Punishment Pass - By a Cyclist

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 October 2014 - 5:28pm
BearOnWheels wrote:Apologies for the delay! Work…..

I spoke to the 'Directeur Sportif' and he was partially surprised, bemused and annoyed both with me and the suspect. He said he had a fair idea of who it was but asked me to email him with details. He would then respond to me. I duly did so and he has not replied…

I feel satisfied - it would have been nice to hear back but I'm too busy to chase him. His verbal reaction was enough - it wasn't acceptable and he would speak to the rider…
:)
I had a chat with a PCSO (who was on a Police cycle) a few months ago asking about whether it was really worthwhile reporting dangerous drivng against a cyclist. She said how it depends on what you are after and that, provided you gave them adequate details, they act somewhere between recording the details through to going and give the driver a talking to; much depending on the nature of the poor driving and the evidence. But she did comment that even recording the details helps as chances are that if the driver has done it before and as reports against a driver "accumulate" so they will take stronger action.

I have no idea as to how prepared Police are to take action (e.g. give the driver a "good talking too" (i.e. scare them a bit)), just reporting what the PCSO said.

Ian

Re: Punishment Pass - By a Cyclist

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 October 2014 - 5:27pm
BearOnWheels wrote:...and annoyed both with me and the suspect.



Why would he be annoyed with you?

Anyway, glad you're satisfied.

Re: Cafe & coffee

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 October 2014 - 5:20pm
Continuing to depart from the original topic and continuing my thoughts about supermarkets, I find it really amusing when you shop a Tesco and after paying they give you a voucher for e.g. £2.65 as in effect they charged you more for your shopping than whoever they are "price matching" with that week. Whilst they till people have been trained to make it look like they are giving you money off for free, it actually means they have been totally uncompetitive and over charged you (compared to a competitor).

Ian

Halfords on redit

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 October 2014 - 5:06pm



http://www.reddit.com/r/funny/comments/ ... the_irony/


From talking about a lorry getting stuck under a bridge, to a full on rants about Halfords mechanics.

I never knew that some staff were trained to only fix/fit certain things and not trained to be full on mechanics!
So one person may be able to put a bike together but if it involves fixing something mechanical with the bike, then it's
up to the customer to tell them they have a problem! and not the other way round.

I don't know if the people who say they are ex Halfords staff are real but it seems very odd. What if they miss a fault
that could cause injury, or damage the bike.
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