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CTC Forum - MTB - 30 August 2014 - 11:51pm
As per the title - should have just put a full stop after it!

Just got back from a weeks family holiday in North Wales, made even better by my youngest (5yo) shedding her stabilisers three weeks ago

We all did the Yr Afon trail (nearly 8 miles of traffic free forestry track), then later in the week I did the Minotaur trail with my lad (5.5 miles of whoop and holler, loads of berms, jumps and switchback climbs/descents) and to finish the week off I hired my lad a 24" wheeled bike as an upgrade to his 20" and this morning we did the Fox trail - 8 miles of mean, mean mixed terrain narrow single track

Even the practice/skills section and free ride area is worth going for

Can't recommend the place enough - can now happily take the knobblies off my my bike and put commuter tyres on it ready for my JOGLE trip next year having given it the chance to see what an MTB is capable of it it now being modified into a tourer (did get a few funny looks going round with pannier frames on and bags on the back, the guy in the hire shop was eyeing it up as a classic, and looked thoroughly disgusted when I told him what I'd paid for it!)

Anyhoo - might be my first and last post in the MTB section, but if anyone is planning a trip to Coed Y Brenin and wants to save themselves the £5 a day parking I'll happily point out on a road map where you can park for free and get straight on to the trails

Re: 10 year ban for killing cyclist

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 August 2014 - 10:02pm
IMHO the authorities should begin by taking a much harder stance with road ragers.

A motor vehicle is a lethal weapon in the wrong hands. Any person applying for a firearms certificate who displayed an aggressive attitude, anger management issues etc. would rightfully be told to "jog on", so why should someone of a similar personality be allowed on the road with an object weighing over 2 tons?

Drivers seen tailgating, intimidating other road users, driving aggressively etc. should loose their licence.

Clamping down on bad drivers early would reduce the death toll by removing these drivers from the road long before they kill anyone. A driving licence is a privilege, not a right!

Re: Four 4x4's/SUV'S on a forty mile ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 August 2014 - 9:56pm
Edwards wrote:I was only trying to inject some humour, just pick any car you do not like.
Your comment made me laugh - so it worked!

I like most cars tbh. Bizarrely I even like big 4x4's in that I appreciate them for what they are, I simply don't think there's a place for them on our roads.
I generally find Audi's a bit boring (I used to have one), I think their interiors (and BMW's) are a bit unimaginative. And BMW exteriors are very unimaginative! However if there were a way to justify it I'd buy an R8 and live with the Audi tag...

My favourite at the moment is the Renault Twizy. One came past me the other day and I thought it looked great, just a shame about the cost of batteries.

Re: 3rd time unlucky

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 August 2014 - 9:47pm
Tonyf33 wrote:I've just had two punctures in quick sucession..loads of tread on the tyre but the carcass had split in a couple of places near the cosmetic channels..not impressed.
What tyre model?

Re: Ditching my Hybrid for a full Spec Tourer

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 August 2014 - 9:37pm
The choice pf which bike to buy is very easy.
European tarmac? Dawes Galaxy with Marathon tyres or Panaracer Pasela Tourguard tyres. Perhaps a Thorn Sherpa.
Cross Africa, Patagonia, crap roads? Perhaps a Thorn Raven. Nomad, 26 inch wheels so you can buy tyres anywhere. Surly also good. Strong frame.
Or maybe go for a lighter frame, handmade specially for you? Roberts of Croydon.
Short of money? Go to halfords.
In China? Buy a £25 bike.
Which only goes to show that you can ride almost anything to almost amywhere. If you have a decent local bike shop, ask them or ring Thorn, which is what I did.
YMMV

Re: Four 4x4's/SUV'S on a forty mile ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 August 2014 - 9:33pm
I was only trying to inject some humour, just pick any car you do not like.

Re: Four 4x4's/SUV'S on a forty mile ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 August 2014 - 9:07pm
reohn2 wrote:Edwards wrote:What has happened to the Audi drivers?

Have they had a mention yet?
Quite bit actually,I mentioned them in the first post
You've ruined it for him! He thought he was having a dig at me...
kwackers wrote:TBH I can't say I have much issue with 4x4's over (say) Audi's which I do seem to have issues with.

Re: Best Ortlieb Rear Panniers for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 August 2014 - 9:06pm
+1 For Classics. I use mine to transport chicken food, cider, you name it...hc

Re: New Route Planner

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 August 2014 - 9:03pm
A fantastic site that I have used to plan a pannier full of short, local training (alright pub) routes. Thanks Richard...hc

Re: Four 4x4's/SUV'S on a forty mile ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 August 2014 - 8:49pm
Edwards wrote:What has happened to the Audi drivers?

Have they had a mention yet?
Quite bit actually,I mentioned them in the first post

Re: Four 4x4's/SUV'S on a forty mile ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 August 2014 - 8:48pm
MikeF
I too get grief from other vehicles but single out 4x4/SUV's as proportionally worse, which obviously is down to the drivers, one has to ask why that is?

Ditching my Hybrid for a full Spec Tourer

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 August 2014 - 8:35pm
At 40 I am being accused by those nearest and dearest to me of having a mid-life crisis. I call it just knowing how to have fun. I am ditching my hybrid (Specialized Globe City 3.1) for a full spec tourer (I'm soft on a Surly Disc Trucker) The sale of my hybrid will help me a little towards this goal I hope! It's on eBay which is new territory for me. Yikes.

I'm learning loads on here so thank you all for the knowledge although I am lurking and avoiding adding my 10 cents or bombarding the wise with inane questions. A bit about me as an intro: I am a gardener in Somerset and I lean towards organic methods as I have a very strong affinity with Britain's flora and fauna. At the moment I own a decent hybrid which handles light touring without complaint but as I said I'm on the hunt for a proper tourer to match my beard and long hair. I also have 2 sheds, 2 greenhouses, a spaniel, 2 daughters, some chickens and a tortoise. All of which are about as useful as a chocolate tea pot.............hc

Re: 3rd time unlucky

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 August 2014 - 7:01pm
old inner tubes...free and ALWAYS work, rub down with sandpaper and jobs a good un.
Being doing this for years and they've never failed, it's how you affix/glue that has more bearing.

I've just had two punctures in quick sucession..loads of tread on the tyre but the carcass had split in a couple of places near the cosmetic channels..not impressed.

Re: 3rd time unlucky

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 August 2014 - 6:26pm
You could also check the route of your commute for debris. Next to where I used to work was a scrap yard, there was a lot of debris along that road, occasionally there'd be pick-ups and vans parked with people stripping things down before going in to the scrap yard, along with lots of small bits that may have just fallen off trucks going into the scrap yard. Perhaps somewhere on your new commute has a similar problem, or even a higher concentration of thorns. Or just a coincidence?

Re: 10 year ban for killing cyclist

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 August 2014 - 6:09pm
It looks like a big part of the big sentence in the Welsh case is the judge took offence to the dress of the solicitor representing the driver. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-28979459

Re: 10 year ban for killing cyclist

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 August 2014 - 6:06pm
I doubt we'll see an increase in drivers on 9 points doing charity work, but it would be one of the only possible positives, pre-emptive community service.

Re: Four 4x4's/SUV'S on a forty mile ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 August 2014 - 5:10pm
What has happened to the Audi drivers?

Have they had a mention yet?

Re: First EVER Tour! (and I'm going RTW)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 August 2014 - 3:46pm
freerider wrote:Jamesjohnson wrote:Now I jut need to work out what's causing the twinges in my knees :/

Hey buddy - I suffer from twinges in my knee - I was touring with a friend who did sports science and he told me to get some bandages to wrap around my knee keeping it open on the patella itself - this did the job - I went from being in agony on each pedal stroke to fluid and painless. (apparently the bandages stop the patella from moving around which stops the tendon flaring up).

Hope this works for you and good luck for the rest of your tour!!!

Craig

Thanks Freerider,

I'm happy to say that after a few weeks on the road and a few adjustments to my cycling style and cleat position, the knee pain had stopped. My brother uses bandages as he has more severe knee problems, sometimes the knee cap moves a few inches to one side.

Today I have publised the second of a two part post about being rejected by Iran and changing course and going to Georgia. This led me to cycle The 'Road'. A mountain road with a surprise 2025m pass and a road surface that better resembled an elongated pile of rocks.

Part 1 is here - http://jamesvsworld.com/2014/08/25/the-road-part-1/

Part 2 is here - http://jamesvsworld.com/2014/08/30/the-road-part-2/

Thanks for reading, please comment and share
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