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Re: VSF Fahrradmanufaktur

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 September 2015 - 2:27pm
pete75 wrote:My TX400 arrived today. Four working days to get here from Germany. Well finished, well equipped with expensive high level components and seems well put together. One stupid peice of design spoils the whole thing - it's built with 32 spoke wheels.
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As others have mentioned this is the standard number of spokes for a Rohloff. Now available with 36 holes too. The bikes are not spoiled by having 32 spoke wheels. Mrs Syklist and I have a pair of VSF T400s Rohloffs bought in 2008. We have not broken a spoke on them as yet. This includes two tours over 2000km in Norway and a tour from Gol to Lofoten, all with some gravel tracks, laden with four panniers plus this summer's tour when I towed our son in a trailer (+-35kg) on lots of gravel tracks. The bikes are currently running sub 17" first gears and the Rohloffs and wheels coped fine.

Re: Helmet Cams Are Inflaming Road rage

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2015 - 2:26pm
The fat commuter wrote:But it doesn't! It makes some cyclists into aggressive maniacs - not all of them. The problem being is that as more and more videos make their way into the public domain where a motorist has made a mistake and a cyclist goes out of their way to belittle them then the public will start t think that all helmet cam cyclists act that way, and then that all cyclists act that way.

But cameras don't make anyone, anything. I'm not sure why a few individuals feel the need to publish recordings of them reprimanding drivers, etc. I've said something to drivers a couple of times when I felt they had endangered me & I saw a chance to *politely* have a word, but I generally avoid it.

I have, on the other hand been harrassed, verbally abused, run off the road, deliberately 'buzzed', and had overtakes close enough to make me ward the vehicle off with my hand out to the side. They aren't things that have happened often, but an accumulation of incidents amongst thousands of largely safe and happy miles.

Riding with a camera is relatively easy and might make the difference someday. I haven't yet gotten one, but every time I have a close call or scary incident, I consider it. IMO, if all motorists behaved the way the best do, there would be no need of cameras. Maybe the aggressive maniacs would be playing rugby or something.

Re: Helmet Cams Are Inflaming Road rage

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2015 - 2:19pm
I'm not surprised a motoring group dislikes helmet cams.

They are not too keen on speed cameras or any cameras which record the bad behaviour of motorists.

Rather than whining about cameras why don't such groups concentrate their efforts on telling motorists to obey the law, to drive in a considerate fashion and not to explode into paroxysms of hilarious temper when they get annoyed?

Then the cameras would have nothing noteworthy to catch on film.

London Safer Cycle Scheme starts today

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2015 - 2:03pm
London Safer Cycle Scheme starts today Tues 2nd 2015

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-34111067

Hopefully will be extended to the whole country? A start to make roads safer for us?

But I think the side guards need to be closer to the ground? and angled in such away as to push a cyclist away?

Re: VSF Fahrradmanufaktur

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 September 2015 - 1:40pm
coffeedrinkerUK wrote:pete75 wrote:Well would the weight be that different to any other loaded touring bike? For example the Spa steel tourer weighs 12.8 kg compared to 17.1 for the VSF TX400. Add a front rack, dynohub and lights to the Spa and it would be getting on for 16kg so not much over 1kg in it. With 30kg of luggage the TX400 would weigh 47kg - little over 7 stone and not overly difficult to carry up a few stairs.

Ok yes that's a good point, but there are 24 to 30 derailleur geared touring bikes that weigh in at 30 pounds with rack and guards. Steel framed as well. I guess after loading up a bike and touring I see 30 pounds as a level I'm realistically happy to start adding bags and luggage and pump and lights and water bottle/s and lock/s .

I still think they are pretty amazing though.

Mmmm yes but are they serious so called expedition bikes ? Many wouldn't regard something with 30 derailleur gears ie 10 speed at the back as designed for long distance touring. Weight with rack - is that with steel front and rear racks rated at 40 and 15kg respectively? Then there's the dynohub and lights......

Having got one I think they're well designed, well equipped and well put together but amazing - no

Re: la vuelta 2015 Kicks Off On Sat 22nd Aug ITV4

CTC Forum - Racing - 1 September 2015 - 1:33pm
Hi,
In the past even Tony Martin can single handily win a stage.

Defending your position is where it gets tough, especially the day after exertion.

Altitude training takes several weeks? and tails off after three weeks so I wonder if you do a tour soon after another how you fare,
have UCI banned atmospheric tents during competition?

Dumoulin admits to loosing weight and keeping power, wiggo & froomey have done that, not sure froomey has done it in such a dramatic way?

Re: North Sea route Germany

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 September 2015 - 1:30pm
Just got back from my trip - campsites were on average @ €9 a night although Alkmaar was twice that and more! Most Dutch sites charge for showers extra either €0.50 or €1.

If you want to cross the Elbe, the new Cuxhaven/Brunsbuttel ferry is now running and cost under €9 for the hour plus trip with the bonus of a campsite less than 1km from the north side landing!

Re: Netherlands Tour - Rig Statistics

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 September 2015 - 1:22pm
willem jongman wrote: German cycle routes are great, but partly because so much of them is forest trails and gravel (and in the Czech Republic the gravel was even coarser).
Have to say that it amuses me no end all this scaremongering about using 'narrow' tyres on these routes. If it really is a problem how come my 28c Conti Gatorskins coped with gravel roads, sand, grass and anything else sent their way on my recent Fresian tour (Rotterdam to Ribe)? No damage to the tyres (cuts etc), hardly any wear and i had a bit of slip once on a steel plate ferry deck! I hired a Dutch roadster for a day with 45c tyres and found no difference in grip over similar terrain (the bike was horrible to ride, no brakes to speak of, 0-10kph three weeks and cornering like the Queen Mary!)
Usually in Germany etc the bike i use has 25c tyres which may lose a little on comfort but have never been found wanting on the trails - i reckon 50% of most of my trips follow cycle routes on all manner of surfaces so i'm not being protective of the tyres.

Re: The bicycle: good enough?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2015 - 1:06pm
mig wrote:why..er....have you been inside a dustbin whilst others whack it?

Did you never have any fun when you were growing up?

Sliding and rolling down pit slag heaps on old bits of tin,including old dustbins,even the bonnet of an old car were great fun wen a wer uh lad
We once found the bonnet off one of these:-
Turned downside up,half a dozen ragged arrised kids could fit on one no problem

Re: The bicycle: good enough?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2015 - 1:04pm
Brucey wrote:reohn2 wrote: But at least it's got disc brakes ....

er, shouldn't that read

reohn2 wrote: But at least it's got discs ....

call me a cynical get but I reckon there are no calipers....

cheers

You could just be right,I assumed(never a good thing)they were hidden somewhere in all that CF

Re: Helmet Cams Are Inflaming Road rage

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2015 - 12:44pm
Psamathe wrote:In the past I've considered getting a video recorder/camera thingy and I've considered getting a vi-vis waistcoat with "Video Recording" on the back (even with no camera) - yet to date I've done neither and the decision is still in-limbo.

Ian
I've often wondered whether simply having a waistcoast with the camera sign on it would have a positive (or negative) effect on drivers' behaviour?

Re: The bicycle: good enough?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2015 - 12:41pm
Brucey wrote:the dream of a fully enclosed bike is wonderful, but the reality is that every machine with a hard fairing I have ever seen or tried has been really noisy; a bit like being inside a dustbin whilst people are hitting it with something.

TBH I'm not quite sure I could stick that noise level all the time; to me it is just as intrusive as (say) the noise of riding on the rollers, which I hate. I quite like peace and quiet when I go out on my bike and I'm not sure I'd have it in any fully faired machine; maybe one with a fabric fairing would get 90% of the benefit without the noise?

BTW new materials might in the future reduce the weight of a robust bicycle significantly. However if a town bike went from (say) 15kg down to 10kg, this isn't that big a deal, not when you figure that bike plus rider plus luggage is liable to be 80-110kg for most adults on a commute.

cheers

why..er....have you been inside a dustbin whilst others whack it?

Re: Helmet Cams Are Inflaming Road rage

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2015 - 12:35pm
One important aspect I've wondered about this issue is that of CCTV and "Data Protection". There may be a case that helmet/bike cam video recording is effectively the same as CCTV (i.e. video surveillance); arguably you are not taking a photograph of something but carrying out general surveillance and outside your property.

And if it is the case that helmet/bike cams constitute CCTV, then recorded images come under the Data Protection Act which gives those recorded a number of rights e.g. that you have to let people know they are being recorded, that they can request copies of the "information" (video) you are holding on them. And I would suspect that publishing personal details about them on the internet might be questionable becaus eof privacy cnsiderations.

https://ico.org.uk/for-the-public/cctv/

In the past I've considered getting a video recorder/camera thingy and I've considered getting a vi-vis waistcoat with "Video Recording" on the back (even with no camera) - yet to date I've done neither and the decision is still in-limbo.

Ian

Re: The bicycle: good enough?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2015 - 12:34pm
Brucey wrote:call me a cynical get but I reckon there are no calipers....
A small concession to aerodynamics.

The whole concept is of course daft. In addition to the many problems Brucey pointed out, the faring is too rearward to get behind. Instead, it would dump large quantities of air at your chest, likely increasing your drag.

Re: Helmet Cams Are Inflaming Road rage

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2015 - 12:16pm
I believe that cameras should be inconspicuous. Not to go so far as the hidden 'spy' camera so beloved of James Bond and the like, but at the very least, something not likely to be noticed before the other road user actually comes to a halt and engages in aggro. That's one of the two reasons why I go for a handlebar mounting (the other being, I don't have a helmet to fit a camera to.... ). There's often a lot of stuff on the handlebar already, you can easily 'bury' your camera amongst it.

If I wanted a second, rear-facing, camera, I'd stick it on the seat post, I think.

The fat commuter wrote:Why are we talking about smoke alarms in a debate about helmet cams?
Mea culpa, I'm afraid. I was putting across the point about 'fit and forget' as being equally applicable to the camera - until you need it. But by all means, could people try to stay on the original topic of this thread from now on, please?

Re: The bicycle: good enough?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2015 - 12:09pm
reohn2 wrote: But at least it's got disc brakes ....

er, shouldn't that read

reohn2 wrote: But at least it's got discs ....

call me a cynical get but I reckon there are no calipers....

cheers

Re: Helmet Cams Are Inflaming Road rage

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2015 - 12:06pm
Why are we talking about smoke alarms in a debate about helmet cams?

Vorpal wrote:As for helmet cams.... Like everything else drivers with dash cams are 'just protecting themselves' agaisnt claims, etc. but the same camera somehow transforms a cyclist into an aggressive maniac?
But it doesn't! It makes some cyclists into aggressive maniacs - not all of them. The problem being is that as more and more videos make their way into the public domain where a motorist has made a mistake and a cyclist goes out of their way to belittle them then the public will start t think that all helmet cam cyclists act that way, and then that all cyclists act that way.

Cameras have their use. Someone does something dangerous and the evidence can be supplied to the police and some form of education can be given and maybe some punishment. Whether this happens, we are not to know - I've heard some people say that it has happened and some say it hasn't.

However, what I see on the majority of these videos is a cyclist going out of their way to say that they are better than someone else. Yes, the driver made a mistake but is there a need to chase them down, wind them up to a state that they start making fools of themselves and then put that online? The 'Clown takes a pratfall' video comes to mind a lot in this mindset of winding up motorists. Yes, that fella in the Peugeot was a first class idiot but the cyclist knew after he had his first verbal encounter with him that the motorist was not going to back down. Why not be a bigger man and just forget about it there and then - you've made your point but it hasn't sunk in. Is there a need to goad the man so that he makes a fool of himself and then let the whole world see? What if that man had some past that the press got hold of that they turned against the holder of the video camera? Suppose the press make out he was a war hero from the first Iraq war who had suffered from psychological issues and anger problems - but had got over these through therapy and then this cyclist comes along and winds him up. It doesn't even have to be that true - once the press get hold of a tiny smell of a better story that will sell their papers then they will and mud will stick.

I get some close passes occasionally. I get motorists cutting in on me - usually I make a type of gesture of "wtf was that all about?" Not any aggression towards the other driver. Sometimes after doing this the next driver that passes me will make a gesture at me in the tone of "Blummin' heck, that was close". In my mind, whilst the first motorist got away with it - but maybe he saw my gesture, the second motorist thought about things and he/she will give just that little bit extra thought around cyclists. Cloud cuckoo land - maybe. But going out of one's way to humiliate people or have heated arguments is bad for cyclists in general.

Summer successes

Play on Pedals blog - 1 September 2015 - 12:00pm

Play on Pedals has now completed its busy summer drop-in sessions and is returning back to training sessions with nurseries across the city.

The summer has been a huge success in many ways. Between June and the end of August we have engaged just over 480 children in community events and drop in sessions.

Here are some highlights:

During the first weekend of August, Glasgow Life invited us to celebrate the Anniversary of the Commonwealth Games in George Square, along with lots of different sporting activities. Our Play on Pedals instructors were overrun with children wanting a shot on the bikes and over the two days, registered over 80 children!

Glasgow Life has also supported us to run drop-in sessions at their Kelvingrove Tennis Courts over July and August. These sessions have seen 84 children attend with their parents for tips and support to get going on pedal bikes. We helped lots of kids get pedalling, including Calvin here who is only 3!

And has some lovely feedback from parents:

Thank you Play On Pedals! My daughter learned to ride a pedal bike with you today and has not stopped smiling since! All the instructors were friendly and supportive, demonstrating great patience and encouragement. We are so glad we came along today

Our Riverside Museum Family Fun Day held with the Glasgow Bike Station in June was such a success that we returned for regular weekend sessions during August. Running over three weekends, we helped 141 children with their skills on balance and pedal bikes and gave advice to parents about taking off stabilizers and using balance bikes.

Erin managed to start cycling on her own after a visit to us at the Riverside :)

It’s been a fantastic summer for Play on Pedals and we are really pleased to have been able to meet lots of families, parents and children at our events. It’s been lovely to see many repeat visits and familiar faces over these months too.

Our Instructors have also learnt a lot – many of them are nursery staff who previously had only delivered within their nursery but now have experience with children from across the city!


Re: Helmet Cams Are Inflaming Road rage

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 September 2015 - 11:15am
karlt wrote:irc wrote:[XAP]Bob wrote:You just have to hope the battery doesn't fail prematurely - which could leave it without the power to beep.

Also check the date on the alpha source...

I rely on burning toast once or twice a year to ensure it still works.

Sausages. It's almost impossible to grill sausages without setting off what we now refer to as the sausage alarm.
Maybe I should burn more stuff cooking...

Actually, I go around and replace all the batteries in the smoke alarms once per year, then use those batteries in less critical stuff, like toys. I also test them (using the little 'test' button) after I've installed the new batteries.

As for helmet cams.... Like everything else drivers with dash cams are 'just protecting themselves' agaisnt claims, etc. but the same camera somehow transforms a cyclist into an aggressive maniac?

Re: New Route Planner

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 September 2015 - 11:12am
Thanks for the message I'll see if I can get the local OSM data updated so it is a more accurate representation of reality.

Rick.
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