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Re: Singlewheel trailers - experiences and modifications

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 May 2015 - 3:04pm
Had this new trailer for a couple of days now (got it on ebay for 85 quid), and have to say it is far better made than our yakkalikes. The QR skewer, which I admittedly haven't used yet (I'm staying with the current modified yakkalike set up because I know it works), looks like a far more solid piece of kit: the cam seems to work fine, there's no crappy joints etc. I'll certainly keep it as a spare.

The main difference, apart from obviously the longer cargo bed (65cm ish as opposed to 48cm IIRC) and much superior bag (which I'm not using anyway) is the trailer arm pin is very slightly longer on the Qeridoo, so the replacements I've made for the yakkalike will fit, but only just: the ends of the threaded bar are a hair less than flush with the tops of the nuts. Literally a mill or two less and I'd have to make new ones: not a big deal, but nice nonetheless. This is always the thing that breaks on the yakkalikes: I've broken two in 3,000 miles, but thankfully had a spare the second time.


Re: Cycling to school for years, but children no longer happ

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 May 2015 - 2:37pm
In my view any parent who thinks their children will one day cycle on the roads has a duty to make sure they know how to do it. To leave them to find out for themselves how to do it is negligent. It is putting our children at risk. And a child, these days, stops being a child long before 18, so that is leaving it too late. My children have been riding on our local (fairly quiet) roads since they were about 7.

But busy urban roads, at peak times, are not a great venue for cycle training. Quiet roads are the right place to get kids up and going. They need to meet traffic to learn how to deal with it, but not in the frenzy of a busy road at school run time.

Re: An answer to potholes

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 May 2015 - 2:20pm
This is brilliant!

Re: Bikes on Luton Airport Shuttle

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 May 2015 - 1:43pm
The station buses are operated by the train company, which I think is therefore not the same as the car park buses. Making sure you get on first is tricky in the car park because there is a tour around a sequence of stops. I think people can be getting off as well as well as on it goes around, so it may never be entirely empty except at the terminal building. For all the extensive luggage space, I did not think it easy to put a bike in it.

Re: Cycling to school for years, but children no longer happ

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 May 2015 - 1:30pm
Bicycler wrote:Is it possible that your risk aversion is influencing your children's perceptions of the dangers of cycling?

Its not just cycling. Many parents seem to be quite happy to see their children cooped up inside dying from inactivity and obesity.

Re: bike storage Belgian hotels

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 May 2015 - 1:25pm
Always send an email regardless of where they are, when I ask A-Do you have a room (Inspector Clouseau voice please) and B- Do have somewhere for my bike to stay.


Re: Bikes on Luton Airport Shuttle

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 May 2015 - 1:19pm
I've been on the bus from Parkway station to the airport and unless it was heaving I would see an issue. I'd have thought the bus will be similar with open space for wheelchairs and large cases.

Solve the problem and get on first! Go with the "I'm alright Jack" attitude like others do.

Re: lycra cycling shorts on tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 May 2015 - 1:01pm
Not done a camping moving on tour but staying at B&B s it's not a problem. Wash your Lycra shorts in the evening, wrap them in a towel and roll it up tight to get the water out, then hang them up to dry and they are usually bone dry by next morning. I have a pair of MTB shorts that I can wear over the top for sightseeing.

Re: lycra cycling shorts on tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 May 2015 - 11:46am
I guess it's manageable if you are staying at campsites/hotels/hostels. I've been having a go at wild camping for a while, and thinking of doing more, it's more of a challenge then.

Re: lycra cycling shorts on tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 May 2015 - 11:33am
I sometimes get chafing even with padded shorts so going without is a definate no-no! On tour i generally take bib shorts for long day comfort, lycra shorts for hot days and baggies with a seperate padded liner for more casual days and sightseeing.

Personal hygiene is a key element after a sweaty day riding - first thing i do at any overnight (after putting up the tent!) is head to the showers where clothing can be rinsed out too. I generally find kit will dry overnight but if not there are nearly always facilities at the campsites i use although in a decade of serious touring i've never had to resort to driers.

Re: Ten Miles a Day

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 May 2015 - 11:30am
Mmmm interesting to see its not just me that suffers with this.

I always enjoy the ride when I get out, but its so much easier to sit at home and do nothing much

I have however just ordered a new bike, am hoping this will give me a bit of incentive.

Mind you if its raining or the road is still wet I will not want to get the new shiny toy grubby........ perhaps this wasn't such a good idea.

Re: travel insurance?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 May 2015 - 11:27am
As per recent thread. I got bronze cover from sports direct UK. £40 for the year and covers long trips up to 3 months I think.

Re: 24 miles: car slower than cycling?

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 May 2015 - 10:05am
horizon wrote:mercalia wrote:bad comparison, try a motor bike or even a moped.....

The point about the 24 miles and the car on mixed roads (not London rush hour) was that even under these favourable conditions a car requires more time if you factor in costs. A moped or motor bike wouldn't be any better. And a car could of course carry more people, thus cutting the costs. In heavy urban traffic it's well known that a bike (motorized or not) will be quicker. Quite why anyone drives in urban conditions I don't know - I presume that there is another leg to their journey which is quicker and they are wearing smart clothes.
This has been an interesting thread. When I was traveling to work in the Netherlands I used the train in combination with a folding bike. In the train I did my own stuff such as writing travelogues for my website. Thus my time spent traveling was either personally productive (45 mins writing in the train) and/or good for my health (4 x 10 mins cycling per day).

We're unusual here in that we walk our 18 month old to his creche and bring him home by bike. We benefit from the light exercise each day as does our child, there is no need for us to go to the gym. Everyone else seems to use their car - one couple walk home from work to pick up the car and then get their child from the creche by car (a ten minute walk away).

One day when there is no more oil our great/grand/children will ask us why we wasted so many of the earth's resources.

Re: Cycle Touring Festival - May 2015 - Lancashire

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 May 2015 - 10:04am
thayer19 wrote:Just wondering how the festival went? Didn't get a ticket myself but was tempted to, be interesting to hear people's views on it.....

It was a great event, friendly and informative. There was no "hard sell" as some detractors claimed would be, it was really all about the cycling and meeting other/prospective tourers. A wide variety of bikes, tandem, recumbant etc.. All ages, seriously from the young to the "wish I was as fit as you now let alone in your 70+" some people had travelled from abroad, one lady cycled from Ireland to get there. The talks were great, I didn't go to a lot of the talks as I picked out the ones I was interested in but feedback from everyone else that they really enjoyed it!

The surroundings were great, even the cement factory chimney in the distance seemed kind of right, beautiful river/weir with it's resident heron. Plenty of facilities and the staff at the Hall were really helpful and welcoming!

Thanks to Laura, her husband and the rest of the volunteers for a great weekend, their effort was really apreciated!

I have had a busy week at work, but I will be putting a full write up of the event on my blog at the weekend.

Re: A Sad Day for Google Maps

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 May 2015 - 9:43am
yeah, I've been clicking 'revert to classic google maps' for some time now, and feared this day. Guess will have to get used to it. I'm not an IT expert so not sure but the new google maps looks like one of those higher bandwidth modern sites which are always slower than classic websites.. On the other hand, it's good to see terrain view is back in the new google maps as this was my main reason for reverting to classic in the first place. The other thing the new google maps has is an elevation profile when you do cycling directions, that was not there in the classic version as far as I could tell. Then again, I would not use google for serious cycle route planning.

Re: University Project (Charging Rucksack Concept)

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 May 2015 - 9:35am
khain wrote:I'd be interested to see if a wind-powered battery charger would be any use on a bike. It would obviously be low output but the advantage over a dynamo is that the drag would decrease to negligible levels when climbing. The problem is obviously that you would need very small rotors but it might be possible to use several on the down tube. I don't know, just an idea.

But with a hub dynamo the drag is reduced the slower you go too. The wind-powered generator would not be as effective in a tailwind, whereas the hub dynamo would work at the same rate as with a headwind. In addition the hub dynamo has electrical drag when in use and slight magnetic drag when not in use but otherwise the bearings create as much drag as any front hub would. The wind generator would add aerodynamic drag plus drag from another set of bearings plus the weight of the generator, a suitably robust mounting and rotor protection.

On the plus side, the wind generator would also work whilst you slept. But then again you could turn your bike over, fit a couple of stiff sheets of plastic to the spokes on your front wheel and turn it into a windmill generating power as you sleep.

Re: Cycling to school for years, but children no longer happ

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 May 2015 - 9:34am
On a vaguely related note I wonder how much children's perception of the dangers of cycling are informed by the impression they get from adults, including (but not limited to) the adults they ride with. Aren't their opinions often merely our own or others' repeated back to us?

Admin, I remembered a post of yours from another thread (viewtopic.php?f=45&t=33250&p=789511&hilit=children#p789511) that surprised me a little at the time for the suggestion that children wouldn't be permitted to cycle along lanes until they reached adulthood:
admin wrote:Part of the problem with taking children on road bike rides (we have 8-year-old twins who are accomplished cyclists) is the lack of places to take them. Note that I'm talking about "road" cycling, not MTB riding.

I'm reasonably happy riding amongst motor vehicles on my own, I have experience of the things that can go wrong and trust my instinct to get myself out of danger, but I don't trust motor vehicles around my children. I know that statistically it's safe, but that doesn't diminish the strong fear of seeing my own child being run over. So we only go cycling with trailer bikes, or riding on the pavements illegally and inefficiently to one of the few motor-traffic-free cycleways. No chance of taking them on their own bikes to see the lovely lanes of West Sussex, sadly. Perhaps when they're 18 we'll feel more comfortable riding with them there?
Is it possible that your risk aversion is influencing your children's perceptions of the dangers of cycling?

Re: A Sad Day for Google Maps

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 May 2015 - 9:30am
I have always found the new Google Maps very slow to load (and it still is for me). Even 3rd party sites that use Google are slow loading.


Re: Burly blokes on the pavement - why?

CTC Forum - MTB - 8 May 2015 - 9:14am
tempsperdu wrote:She seemed oblivious to the fact the she was walking on a cycle path and took umbridge that I was there almost stationary so tried to shove me off as she walked past.
She shouldn't do that (I'd be tempted to report the assault to help get split cycleway/footways) but did you ring a bell or say hello? And I'm increasingly of the opinion that hi-viz helps dehumanise us so people feel they can hit us like they might a vehicle that mounted a path
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