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Re: commute distance, folder or road bike?

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 September 2014 - 3:32pm
Thanks for all the replies. I currently cycle 3 minutes to a tram station and take a tram (8 minutes) to a train station (I can also cycle 15 minutes to the train station but I already got a travel card (London zone 3,4) which covers the tram), then ride a train for 15 minutes, after that it's a 40 minute (6.6 mile) cycling to work. Yes, I know I still should try it out the whole route myself. Thinking getting a Decathlon rode bike, cheap compared with big brands but reviewed very well. At least I can use it for weekend.

Re: You Are A Bunch of Frauds

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 September 2014 - 2:48pm
I started riding Touring bikes for years and have moved into the road racing and TT world. Now outside racing I mainly do day rides on my racing bike a Giant TCR. When I first rode it I found it very strange , but now find it quite comfortable and am happy to do a 200 k Audax on it . I find it strange getting back on my Audax and touring bikes with the very upright position. I think most of the speed difference is tyres , a little is extra drag due to the upright position and some speed is lost with less stiff setup , Weight is probably not a major factor unless doing lots of hills and starting and stopping

Re: commute distance, folder or road bike?

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 September 2014 - 2:46pm
NATURAL ANKLING wrote:Hi,
15 miles each way will take about 3 hours a day out of your time,
That's somewhat a matter of perspective. Thotwielder has to get to work somehow. When s/he gets used to the commute, it may not take much longer than what s/he currently does, or than taking bus and train, or something.

Including time solely for the purpose of exercise (i.e. commuting by bicycle replaces some time that would be spent in the gym) riding a bike looks even better.

Thinking of it as taking time out of one's day, makes it all too easy to also think it would be better spent doing something else. IMO, that kind of thinking is one reason that so many people drive everywhere. They think of cycling as 'extra time' to get somewhere.

I'll second the notion of something with mudguards. And if you plan to commute in winter, maybe somethign that will take winter tyres, as well.

Thotwielder, do you have any alternatives? Can you take the bus to the train if it's icy?

Get used to what you are doing before you extend your commute. Personally, I would prefer a full sized bike. 15 miles is a lot to do every day, twice a day. It takes a lot of dedication to do. People do it, and it's entirely feasible, but it can also get to be a slog, even if you're really keen. So, my advice: give a few weeks on the folder, then decide what you want to do. Can you borrow a bike or from someone to try or even a couple of different bikes?

Re: commute distance, folder or road bike?

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 September 2014 - 2:31pm
Riding the folder isn't going to be 2 and a bit times a hard per mile as a road bike so the longer commute will be a bit more effort. Though, as Tony says, it may be quicker than faffing around catching the train.

Nobody can tell whether you will enjoy your commute. I am sure that a 15 mile commute is some people's idea of heaven and others' idea of purgatory. Some things you have to try before you know if you'll like them.

I agree with Tony that you don't want to be carrying stuff on your back. Bear in mind that the things that make an ideal road racing bike are not necessarily the same things that make a great commuting bike. I would want something that you could fit a rack and mudguards to.

Bear in mind if you have only been cycle commuting for a week that it does get easier as your fitness improves and you get used to spending time in the saddle. You shouldn't be as tired by the same commute in a month's time

Re: is bikehike working?

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 September 2014 - 2:18pm
Dunno if it's any help but I used "EasyGPS" with my old garmin that connected via serial port to usb linky thing.

Re: commute distance, folder or road bike?

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 September 2014 - 12:55pm
Hi,
15 miles each way will take about 3 hours a day out of your time, alowing for clothes changing cooling down (20 mins in summer) and the maintanance will be on top.
You will get fit and if you were to keep that up for a year this would be all the training you would need for an End To End attempt

The road bike will be better by vertue of the fact that higher speeds will be obtained by better bike fit and a sleeker body pose.

I would try a few days a week and you can always drop back on your old system.
You dont need a pure road bike, a MTB which already has all the gears and capability for mudgaurds and a rack for pannier/s could be a wise choice with slicks / semi slicks, just make sure any bike you buy either has IGH (internal geared hub e.g. brompton) Or Cassette hub dont go the 5 -6 - 7 speed old design free wheel new, unless a second hand bike is free to tryout.
A second hand cassette MTB will do for a cheap tryout but ditch the knobbly tires for some cheap slicks.
The worlds your oyster

Re: French Alps - recommended places...?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 September 2014 - 12:37pm
I've stayed here in Bourg d'Oisans a couple of times
http://www.camping-colporteur.com/index_gb.htm
very nice and handy for a lot of climbs.

Re: French Alps - recommended places...?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 September 2014 - 12:32pm
Another vote for Bourg D'Oisans here. The place is a mecca for cyclists with iconic Tour de France climbs all around. We went 2 years ago and camped near Allemond, just down the valley from Bourg. We did Lauteret/Galibier, Alpe d'Huez, Col d'Ornon, Croix de Fer/ Glandon. There's plenty of others too.

Re: commute distance, folder or road bike?

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 September 2014 - 12:15pm
A lot depends on the roads. if it's main roads, then the constant buzz of traffic can be annoying, but if you can find a less trafficked route then the commute can be very pleasant. I used to commute 21 miles each way to work, from just south of Nottingham to the centre of Leicester. I had to do about 5 miles on the A46 dual carriageway but the first 8 miles were on country lanes, which made up for it. Winter brings the problems of icy roads and darkness which can be overcome, but can make the commute less pleasant. I used to cycle 10 miles to a station in the winter and catch a train to work.

Developing the fitness to do a long commute takes time, so you may need to build up to it, perhaps start off doing it one or 2 days a week and build up from there.

A road bike will probably be quicker, but you need to think how you are going to carry your kit. I wouldn't recommend a rucksack for that distance. I've always used a saddlebag or panniers. But can a road bike take panniers? Depends on the bike.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 September 2014 - 11:39am
I cycled llc north to south a few years ago whilst the royal welsh was on. Couldn't get anywhere to sleep until I was almost in brecon. Felt like Joseph and Mary. No room anywhere. There's always wild camping?

Re: Lon Las Cymru Holyhead to Chepstow just completed

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 September 2014 - 11:27am
mcallaghan wrote:Is it worth going to Holyhead from Bangor? It would be an out-and-back trip (two nights in Bangor) before heading south on the LLC. Or should I skip Holyhead and go from the NCN 5 in Bangor to the NCN 8?

My memory of the ride across Anglesey from Holyhead to Bangor is of pleasant but unremarkable countryside, especially when compared with the stunning terrain and views after reaching the mainland. So my advice (with apologies to any Anglesey enthusiasts) would be to skip this part if time is short.

commute distance, folder or road bike?

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 September 2014 - 10:42am
I am now using a folder to do 6.6 miles one way from train station to work. It takes about 40 minutes. After one week I felt a little bit tired. If I do the whole route from home to work it would be 15 miles (one way). I haven't got a decent road bike so haven't tired whole route yet. The route is mostly flat. So what's your opinion on this, should I continue on my folder or should I get a decent road bike? Will 15 miles on a good road bike more enjoyable than 6.6 miles on a folder (on a daily base)?

Re: Cafe & coffee

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 September 2014 - 10:06am
I think that this is in the wrong place?

Should it be in The Tea Shop.
Only because we do not have The Coffee Shop.

Re: Cafe & coffee

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 September 2014 - 9:08am
Id much prefer to go to Bird's Confectioners, but they havent spread out of the Midlands yet. I miss their caramel doughnut.

Re: Cafe & coffee

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 September 2014 - 8:58am
LondonBikeCommuter wrote:al_yrpal wrote:Its a great way to get back at these unwelcome tax avoiding scars on our high streets and railway stations

The way that these companies are able to avoid Tax is by posting a loss or much much reduced profits. Seems to me that your antics are helping them.

BTW Even the thought of Gregs makes me feel ill.

There's only so much you can do on hiding profits, but many businesses do it. Our high streets now look like a replica of American crossroads in the deep south. MacDonalds, Subway, Starbucks, etc. That turns my stomach. You only have to look around to spot the obese consequences. Dennies are next... Greg's are saints compared with that lot.

Al

Re: Cafe & coffee

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 September 2014 - 8:55am


My point is that cow's milk is consumed by wild animals. The mere fact that the milk may be in a bowl or other container is besides the point.

Birds often tip over milk bottles on the doorstep to get at it. People put out milk for hedgehogs and badgers, and maybe foxes for all I know. No doubt the wild animals and birds couldn't care less which animal the milk is from, but drink it they will.

Re: You Are A Bunch of Frauds

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 September 2014 - 8:44am
I can only manage one at a time.

Re: Cafe & coffee

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 September 2014 - 8:34am
Mick F wrote:Oh yes they would!

Milk is full of goodness, and no animal would refuse it if hungry and/or thirsty.
Which dog or cat would persuade a cow to let them suckle?
Much less a parrot

I know of dogs that like tea,but I've never known one to put the kettle on and brew its own

Re: Cafe & coffee

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 September 2014 - 8:25am
Oh yes they would!

Milk is full of goodness, and no animal would refuse it if hungry and/or thirsty.

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 September 2014 - 8:22am
Does the business card have the company details?

Approach his managers
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