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Re: Lightweight packable trousers - recommendations please

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 May 2015 - 9:15pm
TrevA wrote:You can get Craghoppers for £15-£20 a pair in TKMax. The RRP is £40. Other places like Yeomans do them for £20-£25 and sometimes cheaper if you buy 2 pairs.
+1

I live in the Craghopper Stretch Pro when touring

They have enough stretch and comfort to be worn with a padded cycle "insert" and also wear in the evening... and if you want there is both a full and 3/4 length in green or black

... ans (sacrilegious though this may be) are far more suitable to cycling then Rohan

Re: Lightweight packable trousers - recommendations please

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 May 2015 - 9:01pm
thirdcrank wrote:If you do make it to TKmaxx, keep your mind firmly on what you went in for. You may otherwise come out with all sorts you didn't know you needed till you saw it in there at a bargain price. (I have a pair of Ventile trousers original price £300, to me £10.)

Wow, that's a real bargain. Seems more like a treasure hunt than a jumble sale at those prices

Re: Ian Austin MP - Couldn't make it up

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 May 2015 - 9:01pm
Wouldn't the council or whomever have been forewarned that there was going to be a protest taking place. Surly he would of checked his journey before hand ?

Bike protest and the likes get publicized so i am sure the taxi one would have as well

Re: Crossing the river Rance St Malo

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 May 2015 - 8:52pm
When I used it a few years ago they seemed very used to loaded bikes. I wasn't the only one and it was very little hassle.

Re: London to Paris - Dieppe camping

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 May 2015 - 8:49pm
I camped in Dieppe a couple of years ago. The town is in a big dip so the site I stayed at felt like a bit of a hard fought treck (it was a lovely small site, but I can't remember the name) and I wouldn't fancy it at that time. I'd go with the hostel/hotel option and start afresh the next day. There are plenty of places for a good breakfast.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 May 2015 - 8:40pm
mcallaghan wrote:Also - trying to figure out when to book a taxi to the Manchester Airport. Everything I am reading suggests getting there 3-hours before your flight for an international flight? That seems an awful long time to me, especially given how in the US with our security they only request 2-hours before your flight. So should I am to get their for 8AM for an 11AM departure?
Where are you reading 3 hours? I would have said that 2 hours is probably enough. Manchester isn't a huge airport, but I also haven't flown through there in some years. What does the information from you airline suggest? Check in time is 2 hours ahead?

Security can be slow at British airports. They make frequent changes to the requirements and equipment, and if a couple of people call in sick or something it can mean long queues (lines).

When I fly out of airports that I'm not familiar with, I tend to be rather cautious. I'd rather sit around an airport needlessly than miss a plane because I was stood in a queue.

Re: Ian Austin MP - Couldn't make it up

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 May 2015 - 8:33pm
His Twitter strap line or whatever it's called reads ' MP for Dudley, the greatest place in the world. Cyclist and Villa fan.
At work or on my bike'

There's a couple things wrong there, description of Dudley and the at work. Is a job where all you really have to do is turn up when the whips tell you and vote how they say really work as it's generally understood. Oh and I guess most true Dudley folk will support the Baggies.

Re: London to Paris - Dieppe camping

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 May 2015 - 8:18pm
Late arrival in france is not a problem i have arrived at campsites at two in the morning , There is always a way in for cyclists , Receptions are closed and you can pay the the next morning . I have arrived in Le Havre at four in the morning . once your out on the road and in the fresh air tiredness is of no concern . You could aim to spend the first night on the somme see some history on your trip .

Re: Police Had Pulled Over a Driver

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 May 2015 - 8:17pm
I now have this recollection, back when I was a kid (early 1960s I think it was) of us being pulled over by the cops whilst on a camping holiday in Italy. They had staked out a position just past a bend, with a solid white centre line, pulled us over, and accused my father of having crossed the line. Now, it's quite normal to let a couple of wheels stray over the line on a left-hand bend (in drive-on-the-right countries that is), so as to take the curve more smoothly. But the policeman kept on shouting "tutta la macchina" implying that the whole car was over the line. My father vehemently denied this (in his broken Italian) and challenged them to prove it. They were demanding an on-the-spot fine of something like 6,000 lire (about £3 back then - but that would be £60-£70 in today's money). My father stood his ground (he was quite an argumentative sort of bloke) and at length they backed off and let him go. Afterwards my father, recalling the incident, used to say he was sure they were running a scam*, picking on cars with foreign number plates and pocketing the fines.

I think I'd have caved in and paid the money, if it was me....

*I don't think my father would have used the word "scam" though - did it exist back in the 1960s?

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 May 2015 - 7:49pm
Also - trying to figure out when to book a taxi to the Manchester Airport. Everything I am reading suggests getting there 3-hours before your flight for an international flight? That seems an awful long time to me, especially given how in the US with our security they only request 2-hours before your flight. So should I am to get their for 8AM for an 11AM departure?

Michael Smiley: Something to Ride Home About

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 May 2015 - 7:46pm
Series 2: Episode 1

Michael Smiley takes a cycle tour of Northern Ireland. He reminisces about a Motorhead concert, speaks to artist Deepa Mann-Kler and does a time trial with Michael Hutchinson.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0 ... -episode-1


Sorry if it is the wrong section

Re: Lon Las Cymru - 4 or 5 days

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 May 2015 - 7:30pm
The bridge was very much closed to all vehicles, pedestrians and bicycles when I was there two weeks ago . I don't know about the trains.

I went around the estuary along the busy trunk road. It added about an extra 8 miles. I'm not aware of any alternative route across.

On the other side of the estuary there's some very strange car convoy system in place along a 3-mile stretch of road. The section of road is open only to one direction of traffic at a time. A works van follows as an escort at the back of the convoy of vehicles. When the van reaches the end of the 3 mile stretch its then the turn of the convoy of vehicles going in the other direction. So on and so forth.

I ignored this and went on my merry way along the stretch of road getting strange looks from vehicles coming the other way. I couldn't see any roadworks in progress or any reason for this bizarre system to be in place. Perhaps I missed it!

Re: Problems I never knew needed solving

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 May 2015 - 7:15pm
Funnily enough I went out last night for a quick blast on my newly rebuilt Raleigh titanium, 23mm Schwalbe Stelvio light tyres, I'm 105kg, had them at 115/100 which was just a bit of guesswork and lo and behold no problems comfort wise.
I was able to hold a much higher gear ratio up the hills (compared to my day bike with 32mm lightweight folder/25mm gator) including big ringing' it up a short 2.5-3% incline at 20mph...seated! The vital thing was no discomfort comparatively.
I've just fitted some 28mm conti 4 seasons and disappointingly they measure 26mm fitted to my DT Swiss R1.1s
Will see how they go.

Re: Problems I never knew needed solving

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 May 2015 - 6:52pm
I can't ride on drops and have been on and off them several times before leaving it flat bar. Always feels like I am hunched over and can't get the same power on drops, then trying to curl my fingers around on the drops to shift down, I can't grasp it and need everything at my fingertips.

OP you went from one extreme to the other. Mine was a bit harsh on 700x23's so I got Marathon Plus in their thinnest one, only one up from a 23 @ a 25 but those tyres in particular have a 5mm layer in them, it makes them one of the heaviest tyres and grip isn't as good as slick 23's but I am sure just that alone would take a lot of your problems away, front and rear. Just have the M+ tyres set on about 80 psi. Best tyres I have ever used, my only criticism is they don't grip well because they have a tread on them and they don't have a smooth line down the middle of the tyre.

Thing is those tyres mean I can go down canal paths and stuff, with slick 23's you'd have no chance in the wet although thats more down to the rider's own skills.

Sitting upright and sorting out slightly comfier wider tyres was all I needed to do. Its always going to be real harsh if you just switched.

In fact I was using a carbon frame that soaked up all the vibration and hated how flexy it was, so went back to my cheapo cheapo aluminium frame, that does have a carbon fork. The foam grips on my bars are a lot thicker than Cinelli bar tape, I have a semi-padded saddle, it all adds up.

Re: Police Had Pulled Over a Driver

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 May 2015 - 6:35pm
Every single time I had to take my documents to the police station the next day, or whenever I could get there.

You would think that sooner or later you would decide it was easier to carry your documents in the car, to avoid all this hassle.

Re: Police Had Pulled Over a Driver

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 May 2015 - 6:09pm
When I was 17 with my mates in the car I got pulled every night. Every single time I had to take my documents to the police station the next day, or whenever I could get there. No explanation, no reason, no paying my petrol costs or compensating me for the time it took to drive to the station, nothing. I think there should be some sort of counter claim form for this so you can claim back some money for the inconvenience. What it all hinges on is that there wasn't a lawful reason to stop someone and demand that they produce their documents and that person should be compensated.

I almost got fired one morning because of it. What would I be able to do if me being held up getting pulled over (without a reason, as it was every time) had caused me to get fired? Absolutely nothing and that is my point. Cops need to be held accountable for their actions, cops of all people, especially when they are barking up the wrong tree. When they pull you they say stuff like "You seem nervous" lol. Nice mind trick you've got there, what else have you got up your sleeve, come on, impress me. I should have said "I am pretending to be nervous".

What I was nervous about, was being held up for work and potentially losing my job because some asshat thought it right to pull me over without any reason. They even ask stuff like "Where are you going at this time" lol. Well here's a clue - I was driving there quite happily and was going to get there on time until you came along, HURRY UP.

Re: Lon Las Cymru - 4 or 5 days

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 May 2015 - 5:40pm
Oh - is that Pont Briwet bridge open to cyclists or did you take the detour (or train?). Nothing I can find online has any recent updates on the status of the bridge.

Re: Problems I never knew needed solving

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 May 2015 - 5:31pm
I don't understand the whole lightweight tyre thing. When I rode TT weight mattered. I was at my lifetime lightest and those 20 years of racing where wonderful. But for a training or touring ride tough tyres where the thing to have. "Modern Cyclists" don't seem to get the fact that however lightweight your plastic fantastic bike is the roads are still covered in glass particles, dead hedgehogs and thorns. The weight you save being at your lightest body weight with your super carbon bike gives you the space for some "heavy" puncture proof tyres.
After all no one would be stupid enough to buy a super lightweight bike if they were carrying excess fat
. Would they . . . . ????
Steel frame bikes for me for ever!

Re: Police Had Pulled Over a Driver

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 May 2015 - 5:13pm
I think you'll find gendarmes almost invariably respectful. When They answer the phone they say blah di blah 'a votre service' as a salutation. Now crs, that's another matter.

Re: Police Had Pulled Over a Driver

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 May 2015 - 4:59pm
I have been in a car 3 times that has been pulled over. All times have been in a foreign country.

Twice in Italy. One I was small enough to not remember why, but the other time we got stopped by the Carabinieri. One of them was lounging against their Alfa smoking, and looking impeccable in his shades and uniform, the other was gesturing at us with a sub-machine gun. Unsurprisingly dad stopped rather sharpish. It turned out that they wanted to chat to us because we were English and were rather disappointed when dad answered them in Italian.

The other time was on the motorway in France with me, 2 other lads, and about 70 bottles of wine from Italy. We got stopped because we were 3 young men in a very loaded car. One of the policemen took a very detailed interest in an open jar of viscous fluid on the back seat. We got waved over rather quickly when the other copper cottoned on that it was honey and started taking the pee.
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