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Re: Jens gets Hour record

CTC Forum - Racing - 24 September 2014 - 11:58am
"It was encouraging Jens went so fast. It set a marker, and it was good for the sport," added Wiggins.
"Someone had to do it first and now it's a realistic aim... not like the record Chris Boardman set 14 years ago!"

Does that rather imply that he thinks Boardman and Merckx were at the limit of human performance on that style of bike?

Re: tablet for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 September 2014 - 11:34am
http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/p ... 827487.htmbikes4two wrote:Pandaz wrote:A second hand Asus 7 is the way to go: 11hr battery life!

So is that 11hr battery life as quoted for a new Asus 7 (hence new battery), or is that your observation of the battery life on a second hand one?

What would bother me about a 2nd hand device like this, is how many charge/discharge cycles are there left in the battery and can a new battery be fitted if required (hopefully so, otherwise this is just another example of built-in redundancy).

The Asus 7 inch memopad looks good for the money and is super light. However, some reviews have said you can't charge via the micro usb, needs a special adaptor, which would be quite a big drawback.

Re: It's not just cyclists then...

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 September 2014 - 11:10am
TonyR wrote:Yes, the most unlikely characters can get involved...


If the van had pulled in behind the mini bus I wouldn't be laughing so hard.

Re: Police Thugs

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 September 2014 - 10:17am
I've been stopped in a car - because I overtook a pair of very slow moving lorries (well, pretty slow) by putting one set of wheels onto a chevroned area as two roads merged into a slip road (to complete the manoeuvre before the slip road started to merge with the dual carriageway).
I could see that the road approaching from the right was clear apart from a distant car - which I was easily well ahead of.

They then pulled me for crossing solid white lines, which I was pretty sure I hadn't done (not that I bothered arguing the point at the time) and sure enough when I checked on Google maps that evening I was correct - they were broken lines on my side of the hatching (solid on theirs) and I confirmed it again the next day on the road.

Also been pulled for excess speed twice, although one of those was in the US, when my 42mph in a 30 zone is, IMHO, partly mitigated by the following:
Speed limit signs are presented twice - once at the change, once 400 yards later. That suffices for hundreds of miles at a time.
I had stopped late at night in a motel *in* the town, then continued in the morning along the main road:
Houses set back from the footpath, with another 2-3m of grass to the kerb. Then a parking lane (empty) before two lanes for traffic, then the centre line and the whole lot mirrored again.
It was basically twice as wide as many UK dual carriageway A roads with a 70 limit - I hadn't seen a speed limit sign for ~10 hours (8 of which I had been asleep). The officer was very polite and wrote me a ticket for a "lesser" infraction (actually I've no idea if it ever got paid, I think their banking system rejected my cheque)

Re: Police Thugs

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 September 2014 - 10:07am
And these normal peple are paid hansomly by us too by the hard working private sector.
Your story could be me as I have ben stopped on motorcycles for just driving down the road, but never ina car 30 years and never on a cycle 47 years.

So maybe maybe we should recruite officers that are chosen by the public with a track record that meet our expectations of what a police officer should be and have the power to remove the bad apples instead of them receiving protection......................

Re: It's not just cyclists then...

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 September 2014 - 9:54am
Nice bystanders.

Re: touring tyres help

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 September 2014 - 9:44am
As you say Bicycler, there are many factors involved here and I don't disagree with anything you say. We both rode with drops, had virtually identical loads" packed in the same way and deliberately adopted similar riding position by way of experiment. The most significant difference was me at 95kg versus 65kg. The comfort factor of The Big Apples is undeniable but suffice it to say he's gone & bought a pair of Supremes to try.

Re: FillThatHole - Dying ? Come on CTC

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 September 2014 - 9:10am
I've been using the beta iOS app (v3.0 beta 6 now) which has been getting updates every so often. I haven't tried to use it now we're on iOS 8 (and I'll be able to test it on one of the larger iPhones soon).

It would be nice if the beta testing can finish soon so they can update the official app.

The app is very handy to use since it does the photo and geolocation in one go. It takes me a couple of minutes to do when I'm at the pothole, as opposed to having to remember to do it later.

I've always had success with reports being fixed by my local authority, too.

Re: Police Thugs

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 September 2014 - 8:20am
Apart from when I was in the Army, and odd periods off for illness etc, I've ridden daily since aged 4 and never been stopped by the Dibble. Been driving a car for 27 years and never been stopped.

Was stopped once on my motorbike when is a in my early 20s, but then I had been spotted popping a wheelie on my Gixxer, but with the perspective of time and age I must confess I earned a finger wagging advice session that day. I was lucky not to earn a court appearance, but mumbling sorry repeatedly while starting at my feet made me appear sufficiently contrite to be let off.

As an aside, the Feds represent a slice of society between the ages of 18.5 and 65 years old. The behaviour of these people simply reflects the society from which they are drawn. Society between those ages is a mix of the lazy, the hard working, the bright, the stupid, the honest, the sneaky, so why does anyone think a group of people recruited from that pool be any different to the society from which they were recruited?

Slagging off The Police as one great homogenous group of nasty idiots is extremely disingenuous. The less than worthy police officers are worthy of scrutiny, and where necessary action, but there are also hard working, honest and even brave officers who are worthy of our support.

Re: It's not just cyclists then...

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 September 2014 - 6:51am
Yes, the most unlikely characters can get involved...


Re: touring tyres help

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 September 2014 - 12:19am
Going downhill is a bit atypical of the ride as a whole; you spend much less time doing it than you do riding on the flat or going uphill. It is normally stated that the better rolling benefits of supple wide tyres are more important than the aero advantages of thinner ones. This situation is reversed when going quickly downhill where losses due to aerodynamic drag will massively exceed those caused by rolling resistance. With touring bikes I would have thought that other factors would play a bigger role in determining how much drag you create going downhill. Chief amongst these might be the way the luggage is carried and rider positioning; one rider in the drops and the other with a flat bar would be so different aerodynamically as to make any tyre comparison meaningless.

I think what your example does highlight is that it doesn't really matter what people choose if they are happy with it. You enjoyed a touring holiday with somebody who had a completely different choice of touring bike and tyres.

The OP is a fairly heavy rider, carrying a fair amount of luggage on a Salsa Fargo which is a stiff MTB-based off-road touring bike with (probably) wide MTB rims. With that combination I can understand why it may be worth experimenting with wider tyres for better comfort. As for the whole Big Apple-type 'balloon' tyres, it really does seem to be a love it or hate it thing but some people swear by them so they may be worth a try.

On that note, I have a 26x 2"/50mm pair on order. I'll post my thoughts on them when I've had chance to test them.

It's not just cyclists then...

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 September 2014 - 11:12pm
Scary woman (nearly wrote 'lady' )

Re: touring tyres help

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 September 2014 - 10:56pm
Just finished a 450 mile fully laden tour. I had 700 x 35 Marathon Supremes & companion had 26" x 2" Big Apples and I rolled down the hills faster every time by a noticeable margin. Read what you want into that.

Re: touring tyres help

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 September 2014 - 10:36pm
I've just done a tour on 700x35 Duremes and they were excellent. 5000 miles with only 1 puncture and they still have plenty of tread. 40c is pretty wide and I'd have thought that was near the limit for 700c wheels. Unless you're carrying an awful lot of gear I'd stick with the Duremes.

Re: Poncho

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 September 2014 - 9:16pm
I got a proper ex-military one. Great, strong, use as emergency tarp, but very heavy. Mine was plain green, not camouflage.


Re: Ditching my Hybrid for a full Spec Tourer

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 September 2014 - 9:12pm
Great comments. Thank you. It has given me loads of food for thought and lots of options.

Last Friday I looked at a Surly Disc Trucker, which is the bike that has tickled my fancy the most, and I wasn't disappointed. I added a few bells and whistles to my wish list and was pleased with the overall deal the supplier came up with. I got that all in writing and had placed a deposit by lunch time today. EXCITING stuff.

Then: My phone rang. A lady had her bike nicked in Bristol and needed a replacement for the school run! She viewed it this evening with her bike expert friend and was very pleased. She paid cash, loaded my bike in her car and as far as I know my bike is going to live a happy life in Bristol towing a happy 4 year old around the place. And I have a few extra spondoolies to pay towards my Surly.

How cool is that?...............hc

Re: touring tyres help

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 September 2014 - 8:33pm
I have 37mm Panaracer Pasela TGs on my Salsa Vaya. Lovely tyres for the road.


Re: touring tyres help

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 September 2014 - 8:32pm
if wanting wide touring tyres, they do a 2 inch (50mm) standard Marathon and Marathon Supreme which is a good road touring tyre. For the full on balloon tyre experience you can get the fast rolling and comfortable Big Apples in 2" (50mm) 2.15 (55mm) and 2.35 (60mm).

If you are heavy and also carrying a lot of extra weight in luggage (as in fully laden with camping gear) then a Marathon Mondial is a tough expedition touring tyre and I might be tempted to use one of those on the rear (they come in 1.75, 2 and 2.15) for the extra reliability. They are a fair bit slower though, so I'd stick with ordinary touring tyres unless I was heavily loaded on tour.

touring tyres help

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 September 2014 - 8:04pm
im after a new pair of touring tyres my frame has clearence for 2.3 inch front and rear,my rims are 30mm wide,i weigh 110kg and i just ride on the road,i have the big ortlieb back roller classic pannier and a pair of smaller ones on the front,i have a pair of marathon dureme in a 700x40c but they seem a bit narrow what do you suggest.matt

Re: Poncho

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 September 2014 - 6:26pm
I don't think so - I was planning on wearing it as evening wear.

On my cycling trips you worried I might get shot by mistake?

All army stuff tends to be stealth coloured al - I think that's the general idea.
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