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Re: Budget Commuting Bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 July 2014 - 1:08am
Tonyf33 wrote:[XAP]Bob wrote:Drag? about a 1:1500 hill would be more draggy!

I'll concede that on a high quality dynamo hub that indeed it may be equivalent to riding 1:1500 all the time..'switched off', however add in the huge weight of the hub, the not insubstantial rims that are oft needed for such. requiring more energy to just get the wheels up to speed and that DOES make a difference. But again, that's for a top quality hub/wheel and NOT a budget bike..


The first reply had a link to a budget bike with a fitted decent quality hub dynamo and light. It might have been better if the thread had stopped there, rather than turn into another dynamo Vs battery debate, haven't we done this before? Of course there are choices to be made, I wouldn't consider a dynamo on my summer fun bike, the fact remains that in countries where a bike is considered a normal mode of transport, permanently fitted dynamo powered lights are part of that normality, just like they are for nearly all other road vehicles.

Re: <Spoilers> Rain.... [SPOILERS]

CTC Forum - Racing - 9 July 2014 - 11:52pm
conspiracy theorists will doubtless mutter that this stage was included specifically to eliminate Froomy. It is literally the case that he'd have won twice as many races in the past if he could have stayed on the bike. Yesterday's initial crash was, I think, initiated by an astana rider. Coincidence? You decide.

I'm not saying that Froomy's crashes in the last two days were avoidable (who knows) or that he was in any way to fault, but today's was a brutal stage and it was no coincidence that a former world CX champion won it. Deservedly so, too; he displayed some impeccable bike handling skills; at one point the camber on a slippy section took him into the gutter; he very calmly let his front wheel go with it (where others might have tried to steer and gone down instantly) and once in the gutter, he simply bunny-hopped out of it and back onto the pave.

It'll be interesting to see who in this (now fractured) race grasps the nettle and attacks; no one team will be able to keep a lid on it every day so we are practically guaranteed some exciting racing.

cheers

Re: Budget Commuting Bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 July 2014 - 11:11pm
[XAP]Bob wrote:Drag? about a 1:1500 hill would be more draggy!
Lights off when you stop? Not likely, they pretty much all have standby capacitors, my rear light (the important one) does about 7-10 minutes after I stop.
Cost? My lights cost me less than £25 imported. I started with a few quid bottle dynamo, although I do now have a hub, they can be ~£50 imported, and that buys you a spare wheel as well!

Catch up with modern dynamos before you put up fight, it's doesn't feel fair otherwise
okay, whatever, now you're into the realms of ordering parts & having wheels built up specifically, firstly the OP has stated the person requiring the bike can't remember to charge a battery so ordering parts and getting a wheel built up is obviously not going to be possible. The title specifically states 'BUDGET' bike, a dynamo system is not only flawed but expensive your £75 in parts plus a wheel build is now around £150+ just for starters, then paying someone to fit the system (remember this person isn't capable of plugging in a battery!)
On top of that if you damage your wheel replacement wheels are not available readily from bike shops nor are cheap.
Yes some systems have capacitors but NOT on budget bikes.
I'll concede that on a high quality dynamo hub that indeed it may be equivalent to riding 1:1500 all the time..'switched off', however add in the huge weight of the hub, the not insubstantial rims that are oft needed for such. requiring more energy to just get the wheels up to speed and that DOES make a difference. But again, that's for a top quality hub/wheel and NOT a budget bike..
come back with a better all round inexpensive simple to use system that doesn't require complicated parts before you put up a fight as it definitely isn't fair..

Re: Dried ready meals …

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 July 2014 - 10:36pm
How about Vesta Curry - if its still produced?

Stu

Re: BT Openreach cyclists stay back

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 July 2014 - 9:55pm
BeeKeeper wrote:So I need a sign which says "Unlike you I don't have X-Ray vision, so stay back"

Reversing cameras are dirt cheap these days and would probably be a whole lot more useful to you for both its normal purpose and seeing cyclists/walkers/dogs in these particular circumstances.

Re: Hit by a car

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 July 2014 - 9:53pm
Report to police, did you get her details, did she report it to the police... it is actually her responsibility to do so esp where someone may be injured.... and she could be pursued for not having done so.
See your GP with your injuries.
Get your bike fully checked out.... is it really only about £23 worth of damage... you have a damaged wheel, what about the forks, headset? I would get the bike properly checked over by a bike shop if you haven't already.

Whether you decide it is worth a claim is down to you and what you agree is adequate repayment for damaged bike and / or clothing.

Re: TdF SPOILERS WARNING 09 JUL. Attention all sports fans

CTC Forum - Racing - 9 July 2014 - 9:05pm
The top contenders will be clawing form the best spot. It won't be for the faint hearted, only those with a hard exterior.

Re: Hit by a car

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 July 2014 - 9:05pm
If you haven't been to a GP to be checked over, it may be best to do so, even if you feel it is just bruises/grazes. Further injury could also become evident later.

Did you report it to police? Do you have an incident number.

Quite a lot of viewtopic.php?f=7&t=69901 is applicable.

Good luck.

Re: Budget Commuting Bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 July 2014 - 7:39pm
I can't detect any drag from my hub dynamos even though there must be some.
The convenience of fixed permanent lights, in my view, is a plus point, but possible the wiring could be taken as a negative one. Also, as has been pointed out before, you can't use them as a torch.

Re: TdF SPOILERS WARNING 09 JUL. Attention all sports fans

CTC Forum - Racing - 9 July 2014 - 6:36pm
iandriver wrote:Now Froome is out as well as Cav, Murray did squat at Wimbledon and the England football team didn't show up in Brazil, can I draw your attention to the Cromer World Crab Fishing Champoinships: http://www.crabandlobsterfestival.co.uk/ I wait with baited breath. As a spectacle I'm hooked..........

Just watch out for a classic pincer movement by the winner.

Re: TdF SPOILERS WARNING 09 JUL. Attention all sports fans

CTC Forum - Racing - 9 July 2014 - 6:02pm
best not watch the BBC 6 o'clock news headlines btw, spoils everything

Re: Hit by a car

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 July 2014 - 5:59pm
People have been badly injured and killed in all sorts of blatant pulling out of a side-road/driveway incidents without any prosecution. Based upon precedent, for a "driving without due care and attention" prosecution, the defence "I was looking and the cyclist was difficult to spot" works unless there is very powerful third party evidence that the cyclist was impossible to miss, or clear evidence that the driver was doing something other than looking. Until someone changes the law to say you must see what is there to be seen, unless you can demonstrate why it was unreasonable to be able to see it in that case, this will continue.

Your only practical defence in real life is to assume that cars will pull out until you have seem them stop and acknowledge you.

Re: <Spoilers> Rain.... [SPOILERS]

CTC Forum - Racing - 9 July 2014 - 5:38pm
This is my fantasy team, on another website.

Now Nibali subbed in, Thomas there already, Tony Martin, Kittel, Sagan - So some of them doing ok, Simon Clarke, Elia Viviani, Tom Dumoulin, Svein Tuft. Some of them there to make up the numbers with the limited budget, currently 1853/3065 but I missed out on some points because I did it wrong so didn't get any points for the first two stages as I was rushing out of the house, ironically to go and watch something...

Re: Hit by a car

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 July 2014 - 5:36pm
Ouch! The fact that you suffered bruises and grazes, however minor, makes it an injury-accident and ought to be reported to the Police. However, there are Police and there are Police - I've no idea what their attitude might be in your area. What I was told by a (fairly pro-cyclist) officer once, was that a third-party witness is a real boon - but I'm guessing, seeing as you don't mention it, that you don't have one. And I assume you don't have video cam evidence, either.

All I can say is, best of luck, but prepare to be disappointed!

Re: <Spoilers> Rain.... [SPOILERS]

CTC Forum - Racing - 9 July 2014 - 5:31pm
Personally I am inclined to think it is a positive addition to the tour. Obviously today the weather played a greater part than it may have done on another day in July. It has had an immediate and significant impact on the GC in the same way a TT or mountain stage does but a flat stage generally doesn't and is like the spring classics, requiring different skills and aptitudes. Great bike handling skills a must!!

Re: Budget Commuting Bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 July 2014 - 5:29pm
Yep, I have no idea if my light is on in the day time unless I look - the feel in the legs is exactly the same (it is meant to be virtually dragless when disengaged so if drag were a problem them I'd expect to feel it). And my light stays on for several minutes after I stop. Plus, the fact that it's all integral means that I don't have to take everything off every time I lock the bike up somewhere!

Re: <Spoilers> Rain.... [SPOILERS]

CTC Forum - Racing - 9 July 2014 - 5:27pm
Postboxer wrote:As will Wiggo, hopefully Geraint Thomas can do well, although I might have to take him out of my fantasy tour team, as have already had to replace 3 riders! Think it might be all my fault.
whats your team, who else you put the spooks on? Nibali today was stunning, Thomas rode exceptionally well, Wiggo would have loved it, Cav would have hated it!

Re: <Spoilers> Rain.... [SPOILERS]

CTC Forum - Racing - 9 July 2014 - 5:24pm
I'm still not convinced about cobbled stages in a big stage race - too much random chance. Yes, I know that he went down before they got to the cobbles, but I am fairly sure that the knowledge of there being cobbles right from the early part of the stage meant that a lot of teams were fighting really hard to keep leaders up front and so the wheel clipping and gap diving will have started real early unlike in the latter stages on a normal rolling or flat stage.

Re: Tour de Manche Mapping (St Malo-Roscoff)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 July 2014 - 5:23pm
Without wishing to get too nerdy about maps & scales... here's 2 small samples of a road I know well in Brittany. Note that several minor lanes clearly visible on the IGN sample are missing from the Michelin. However as I say a bit of common sense works wonders - the missing minor roads are fairly self-evident when you came across them. Fairly, but not always
M.JPG IGN.JPG
I would be happy to take the Michelins, though, in spite of my reservations - it's largely a question of awareness - so long as you know that the dustiest small lanes may not be marked, you can make a judgement, 'specially if you've got a compass with you, to double-check the direction of your intended travel. Have Fun!!

Hit by a car

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 July 2014 - 5:22pm
Was cycling along a straight flat main road last night (6pm) when a car came across the road (out of a side road on the opposite side and continued straight on) and hit me. I am not seriously injured (bruises/grazes) and there is only minor bike damage (buckled wheel and damaged rear brake - estimate for repair £23!).

However I feel that the driver should not get away with it, as the accident could have been a lot worse had I not seen her and swerved, meaning it was more of a glancing blow than a full on collision. The front left corner of the car hit me at about 30 degrees and I went over the handlebars.

I can't understand why I was not seen - not much traffic around, I was only going at about 12 mph well out from the kerb and wearing bright clothing. The road is 4 lanes wide so there should have been plenty of time to spot me as she came across. It is a city centre road with a 30 mph speed limit.

For anyone who knows Liverpool, it was at the junction of Catharine St and Huskisson St, not what I would consider to be a dangerous place at all. I've been cycling around Liverpool for 12 years without incident, and am normally pretty aware of the potential for people not to spot me at junctions - but this just seemed so odd - the driver can't have been paying attention at all and clearly is not safe to be out on the roads.

Does anyone have any idea what (if any) action can be expected from the police?
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