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Re: knee pain and touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 July 2014 - 6:51pm
Bike was in for a service and think he didn't put height back as was. I'm no bike expert, I don't have toe clips either. I wear walking shoes to cycle. Anyhow the advice here has been excellent and feeling great after my cycle.

Re: Dealing with mosquitos

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 July 2014 - 6:20pm
On the aerosol DEET spray from S.C. Johnston the instructions said "Do not reapply". Anybody know why?

Re: Spain North to South

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 July 2014 - 6:07pm
The N-630 enables really good progress and is very (surprisingly) quiet.

+1 for the N630. We cycled Santander to Tarifa last October en route to The Gambia. They've built a motorway south of Zamora that runs alongside it and hence the N630 is largely empty. Perfect for the fully loaded tandem we were on. The Via de la Plate tracks were waterlogged where we joined it.

Re: Dealing with mosquitos

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 July 2014 - 6:02pm
If anybody reading this thread is thinking of heading to Africa and concerned about mosquitos, I'd say don't bother with Doxycycline anti-malarials. I took them regularly while cycling to The Gambia and still got malaria. Regarding Marmite (mentioned elsewhere in this thread), I had a phenomenal appetite for the stuff while I was sick. Not sure if the B vitamins help fight malaria or if the malaria depletes the body of them, but there's definitely a connection. Indeed part of the local treatment I got involved B vitamin supplements.

Re: online hostel reviews - what do you think?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 July 2014 - 5:43pm
Diane

One issue is that outside of big cities you don't really have a choice of hostel. OK if you're backpacking by train say, location isn't such a factor, but if you are cycle touring then the choice may come down to stay at the hostel or stay at somewhere more expensive.

Vorpal wrote: Similarly, it's hard to say how many negative or positive reviews will influence my decisions. I picked '2', but if there are 2 negative reviews and and 100 positive, or there other way around, I'm not inclined to pay so much attention to those that are in small numbers. If there are only two reviews, and they are both negative, well, that means a bit more. But the survey only asks about numbers, not proportions, ratios, etc.

I apply the rule of 'there's always one'.

20spd

CTC Forum - MTB - 5 July 2014 - 5:27pm
I've always used either a single chain ring (with single sprocket) or a triple (with a load of sprockets) on MTBs. Looking at getting a new MTB....but it only comes in 2x10. Any thoughts on how much of a compromise this is - have you used a double on an MTB...how did you get on with it? Do you find that you are faffing around having to change the front all the time rather than making quicker changes to the rear?

SPOILERS!!!!!!!!!!

CTC Forum - Racing - 5 July 2014 - 4:55pm
Please remember to put "spoilers" into the title of any new threads so that you don't give away the TdF results to anyone who may be watching the replay later. Likewise, please don't add results into other threads where people may not be expecting to encounter them.
Thanks.

Re: knee pain and touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 July 2014 - 4:35pm
Hi,
andy_scot_uk wrote:Raised saddle 1.5 inches. Used low gears. Did 35 miles and fine. Reckon my saddle was the issue.
How on earth do you have the saddle so low if you have been cycling so many years
If you dont use cleats ? then you are not using toe clips either ?
Trainers are to soft if your ball of foot is on the pedal or are you using the mid foot on pedal like BMX'ers?

Re: Oh lordy, what have I let myself in for?

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 July 2014 - 2:19pm
GrumpyGit wrote:Once I've built up my strength a bit I do have a local substitute which should provide suitable training for Ditchling Beacon,
Highgate Hill is steep enough for most folks

In case you spot me – I'll be the one standing at the top holding out a large doughnut on a stick

Re: knee pain and touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 July 2014 - 2:14pm
Raised saddle 1.5 inches. Used low gears. Did 35 miles and fine. Reckon my saddle was the issue.

Re: One year ban for aggressive use of car

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 July 2014 - 1:18pm
I suspect that, in this case, the earlier action on the green could be taken as evidence of premeditation.

Even so, the judge's comments were pretty negative as regards the conviction.

Re: One year ban for aggressive use of car

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 July 2014 - 12:32pm
Maybe were suppose to be more thick skinned

Re: One year ban for aggressive use of car

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 July 2014 - 12:30pm
james01 wrote:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/10946708/Parish-council-chairman-drove-car-towards-two-women-and-a-horse.html

What I find interesting about this case is that the level of aggression involved seems a fairly regular experience for cyclists - I've certainly been at the receiving end of this type of behaviour and I know that it would be laughably futile to report it to the police. But it happens to horse riders and they get a result.

Probably because the authorities view horse riders as upper class (toffs if you like) i.e. their type of people and cyclists as unwashed peasants who can't afford a car and should just sod off out of their way.

One year ban for aggressive use of car

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 July 2014 - 11:45am
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/ ... horse.html

What I find interesting about this case is that the level of aggression involved seems a fairly regular experience for cyclists - I've certainly been at the receiving end of this type of behaviour and I know that it would be laughably futile to report it to the police. But it happens to horse riders and they get a result.

Re: Oh lordy, what have I let myself in for?

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 July 2014 - 9:27am
Slow Loris wrote:The OP mentioned upthread that he was in North Central London and was thinking of taking trains out, so I'd recommend the Central London CTC - http://www.centrallondonctc.org.uk

Thanks for the lead, I'll be following that up in a week or two.

The Brooks is on and even though it's new doesn't feel too bad. Being a big lad I should break it in a bit quicker than smaller people. I've ordered some fancy bolts for the seatpost and saddle clamp to (hopefully) reduce the danger of it being stolen.

As the Brooks will probably outlast my bike I plan to transfer it to the next one (whenever that occurs).

Once I've built up my strength a bit I do have a local substitute which should provide suitable training for Ditchling Beacon,
Highgate Hill is steep enough for most folks

Re: Travel Insurance

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 July 2014 - 9:26am
Barrenfluffit wrote:TBH I'm giving up on insure and go. Its no good making special exclusions for the kind of things that I need cover for. personal accident cover and third party liability isn't a huge ask given the other activities that are covered. There's also a pre-existing medical condition to cover. Citybond is out. Who else are people using this year?

Has anyone else found travel / medical insurance for short trips abroad? I'll be in continental Europe for 7 days, prior to cycling back North through England (I'm purely concerned about medical insurance, in the event that one of those motorists get me while I'm in France).

Insure and Go state they cover cycle touring. Aside from the fact that every policy I checked in detail in respect to Insure and Go, specifically excluded cycle touring

I may just go. If the motorists kill me while I'm cycling it's not of a huge concern (Last time a consultant stated I'd "died" during the accident, I'd been oblivious ). I'm purely concerned about surviving and being handed a huge medical bill on my return from holiday

Re: Bristol to Reading - on road bikes?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 July 2014 - 12:22am
I know you want to do the canal path but why not divert through bath along the Two Tunnels route? You'll have to do a bit of road riding to get from the path to the Limpey Stoke viaduct but only 2 miles.

Re: Cycling on single-track roads

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 July 2014 - 8:21pm
Are the single track roads in Cornwall just lanes or are they A roads?
Where I live most A roads are single track and sometimes carry a fair volume of traffic in summer. One ferry load can be at least 80 cars in one lump. In summer many of them are totally terrified and have no idea which planet they are on far less pay attention to cyclists.

Re: Bristol to Reading - on road bikes?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 July 2014 - 7:45pm
Thanks very much - be interested to know how you get on, and if you think it's suitable for inexperienced cyclists (Mrs Rabbit and junior!). Good luck...
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