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Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 September 2014 - 4:26pm
when I got my road frame built I asked a well known West Midlands bike shop owner to do it in yellow and chrome.....he nearly had a fit...went on about how you just can't sell yellow or white bikes and that they should be banned....bikes should be proper colours like deep red, dark green, black, brown, etc.

How times change.

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 September 2014 - 3:52pm
foxyrider wrote:Best way to stop the crap colours is not to buy them, complain to the Man's otherwise they just claim its 'customer demand' init!

The tyre issue is, i'm told, due to the black being affected less by UV than white/skinwall (it'll be cheaper too no doubt!)

When I got my bike, it was either that one or a custom-built frame. Most frame makers don't make frames with grown-up size wheels that are small enough for me; even Ridley don't make that one any more. My choice was grey or grey.

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 September 2014 - 2:32pm
I don't mind what colour they are. Different people like different colours, and that's fine with me. I don't mind carbon, either. Some of the fancy road bikes that populate international races look very nice to me. But I have to admit that I don't like newer suspension frames. I might change my mind when they been around for a while, but for now, I think they're ugly.

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 September 2014 - 1:50pm
I like black bikes.

Ian

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 September 2014 - 12:56pm
It's threadless stems that stick in my craw, they make Heath Robinsons handiwork look like craftsmanship. Suspension frames are ugly too, but as I don't ride an MTB I don't much care.

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 September 2014 - 12:43pm
The photons reflecting off a bright coloured bicycling jacket from an oncoming car's headlamps provide a small amount of detrimental thrust.

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 September 2014 - 12:36pm
Mick F wrote:It the fashion for black that gets up my nose. Even cycle clothing is fashionable black.
Components are black, and frames are often black, or coloured to compensate for the black.

I prefer shiny bling components and brightly coloured frames.

Why is CF black?
Why isn't Ti painted?

The conspiracy theory here is black is promoted as ‘The colour’ for cyclists by motoring organisation infiltrators, so when a cyclist is killed, it’s the cyclist’s fault for not wearing a bright colour.

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 September 2014 - 12:13pm
I have a new Croix de fer. It is steel, so has slim tubes. The components are black. I like it.
It is "Rosso Red" what is all that about then? Rosso means red in Italian, so is it double red. Don't get me started on house paint names.

Neil

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 September 2014 - 11:43am
Best way to stop the crap colours is not to buy them, complain to the Man's otherwise they just claim its 'customer demand' init!

The tyre issue is, i'm told, due to the black being affected less by UV than white/skinwall (it'll be cheaper too no doubt!)

Re: My second tour (I made it)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 September 2014 - 11:41am
neil ry wrote:well done.
how was the tour overall? I thinking of doin something similar for my 1st tour. I'm on the wirral
so wales virtually on my door step

Really enjoyed it, I wanted to go somewhere not to far from home and somewhere I was fairly familiar with.

From our house to the Power Station in Flint is around 30 miles and most of that is cycle path. Then after Flint the coast road bit starts but again check maps as loads of times (esp when it runs to dual carriageway) you can hop onto a road that runs by the side through a village. Once you get to Prestatyn you hop onto the cycle path, near the entrance to Presthaven Sands. The route from here to Rhos on Sea is fantastic, from their it is hilly.

Dave

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 September 2014 - 11:38am
Bonefishblues wrote:It's the paint and decal schemes that I find remarkably ugly, by and large.
Yep, I agree. Having bought a Croix de Fer the other year, pretty much the first thing I did was take those horrid Alexrims decals off the wheels. I have no idea who Alex is or why he thinks he has the right to plaster his bad typography over my bike, but he doesn't.

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 September 2014 - 11:29am
When I bought my current bike, the choice was grey or grey. I called it Saltash, partly after the frigate in The Cruel Sea not known for being bright in colour, partly because it was winter and the roads were salty at the time.

I'd have preferred red, or if not maybe blue, or possibly silver. But on the plus side it doesn't attract thieves, as in bad light against a Sheffield rack you can hardly see it.

Re: December in Alicante

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 September 2014 - 10:38am
mnichols wrote:I'm thinking of getting a cheap flight to Alicante at the beginning of December for a long weekend of cycling. I've never been there before.
Is it a good base for cycling? What weather should I expect?
You wouldn't want to stay in Alicante itself, all big roads, too far to the nice countryside. In general, the coastal strip is very densely populated and heavily trafficked and you need to get a short distance inland. Excellent cycling is a short distance north in the Costa Blanca mountains. As well as hilly roads, if you like tracks, there are lots and they are well mapped. Although you are already there at Xixona, the best is a bit further NE of there. For a fixed base, Cocentaina is apparently popular with both mountain bikers and professional racing teams. But there are also small places nearer the coast like Tárbena and Parcent and Sella which give direct access to a good network of roads and tracks, and more immediate access to the mountains, and should hopefully be a little warmer than on the western side of the mountains. A moving on tour, or multi-centre with 2-3 days each in various centres, would be very straightforward to route, try to be as serpentine as possible to see all the best bits, but probably wise to phone ahead as small inns might close down for the winter, and be a long way to the next one. There is a train from Alicante to Benidorm and also to Alcoy and Concentaina.

By the coast, you can expect an av max of 16C in Dec (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benidorm), which means some days will be into the low 20s but some other days it will struggle to get much above 10, because they do have weather, it isn't just a British phenomenon. Inland it will be a several degrees cooler, (eg http://en.climate-data.org/location/56855/ Alcoy is a short distance from Cocentaina) not least because it is mostly rather higher. A bit of snow on the passes (which go up to around 1000m) and in inland towns is possible in a cold snap, but snow is very uncommon by the coast. Overnight frosts are also possible.

Re: My second tour (I made it)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 September 2014 - 8:45am
well done.
how was the tour overall? I thinking of doin something similar for my 1st tour. I'm on the wirral
so wales virtually on my door step

Re: Surly Disc Trucker

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 September 2014 - 8:41am
Awesome.

Might be an idea to wait for father Christmas before chucking the seat, otherwise it might be an uncomfortable autumn!!

I currently have the non disc trucker an am looking for the excuse to upgrade. If they did the disc trucker with as couplings that would be even better.

Re: new to touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 September 2014 - 7:58am
Thanks for the responce's.
my bike has eyelets for all including the forks for panniers(it was the postion, of the one's on the downtube which threw me,but don't think I need the extra bottle)
starting on short uk and European tours,on 700c wheels,i using the one's that came with the bike before upgrading to handbuilt ones .

Relish Running Event in Bath 2 Tunnels

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 September 2014 - 7:13am
I went for a 30 mile spin yesterday including the Bath 2 Tunnels. I was unaware there was a HUGE running event taking place and plunged northbound in the tunnels. Heading southbound were over 1000 runners! Yikes. Lucky I had a bell and lights.

I was seriously impressed with the competition runners' tolerance towards Sunday leisure cyclists and how NORMAL it was for them to share without complaint. I didn't hear any angry exchanges and I don't think there were any collisions.

I for one will be looking out for runners and joggers from now on...hc

Re: Knocked off bicycle. Driver won't give insurance details

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 September 2014 - 11:49pm
puffin wrote:This might sound too good to be true... but if you have his car index number (registration) I reckon your problems might be over.....

Go to this link (its a link from the DVLA site to the Motor Insurance Bureau site) and you can get all that you need

http://www.askmid.com/askmidenquiry.aspx
All well and good until it turns out to be a cloned number plate which are on the rise and will be even more difficult to spot once we no longer have VED discs come the end of this month..

Re: December in Alicante

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 September 2014 - 11:31pm
Hi. My Mrs and I went from faro to alicante in about 11 days over Xmas in 2007. Weather poor at start. The nearer to Alicante we got the better the weather. Ace cycling near there. Our usual mantra is buy Michelin maps, head for smallest roads with the green borders ( they are the scenic ones) - rarely fails to ensure great touring.
Enjoy.
I

Re: Poncho

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 September 2014 - 9:41pm
Sweep wrote:Thanks for the post al but isn't that one if those cheap plastic ones that you can push your fingers through?
£ shop ones are like that, I think this may be a bit better. It sounds like the one I have with the poppers. I am happy with that. I will have look at one tomorrow.

Al
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