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Re: Filthy Drivers: Roadside Rubbish

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2015 - 10:52am
eileithyia wrote:So often rubbish arrives from another place, while unable to cycle in Mallorca a couple of years back, i went for a walk in the Bequer Valley, the path eventually leads down to a secluded beach, sadly according to various reviews utterly ruined by litter which presumably gets washed in.....

Another culprit are various lorries, only today i have followed a local builders merchants lorry that was shedding plastic wrapping, and how often does a recycling wagon have faulty covering and is going merrily on its way while shedding all sorts of detritus...

Try Camasunary beach on Skye( a beautiful beach, BTW). I've never seen so much rubbish on a beach.
From the hills above I could see funny-coloured stuff by the waterline, but not what it was. Once we got down there, we saw masses of bits of rubbish, mostly plastic, stuff like an old welly, fishing nets, all sorts of stuff.

I'm told the locals go there to have a clean up if the rubbish from time to time, but as the place is only accessible over passes on foot or by small boats by sea it isn't easy to remove it. Had there been bins there and a notice, we'd have done our bit and filled a bin or two when we were there.......................

Re: Lesson learned - again

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2015 - 10:46am
Pete Owens wrote:honesty wrote:Theres usually one queue of traffic on me commute home that the only way to get past is to go along the gutter stones as even though the road is relatively wide the cars seem to hug the edge there.

If the road is wide and cars are hugging the edge then overtake on the correct side. And if there isn't enough space to overtake safely then join the queue and wait till there is - just as we expect drivers not to squeeze past us if there isn't enough space.

And the 'correct' side is?
I for one will not cross lines of traffic to overtake.

Re: Rotterdam > Istanbul - knackered old MTB vs Brand new to

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 February 2015 - 10:35am
I toured for years on an MTB, but I bought it (cheap) new and kept upgrading it. The sort of work I would want to do to your bike makes going for the Edinburgh a no brainer.

Other things on your MTB that I would be concerned about are bottom bracket, headset, wheel bearings, wheels themselves, etc, etc.

As said, get the new bike asap and ride it as much as poss. Although be aware that this may well mean you might want to replace a few part worn things before you go eg chain, tyres, brake blocks, etc. (can keep as spares).

Don't go with cheap panniers! Most people overload their panniers and they take an amazing amount of stress and strain (dead weight being bounced about all day). The last thing you need is trying to fix failing panniers.

I know there is a certain thrill in thinking of the final destination, but this can also make the trip seem rather daunting. Just think about by he first week or two and let the rest just follow on.

Ride and enjoy.

Re: Rotterdam > Istanbul - knackered old MTB vs Brand new to

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 February 2015 - 9:42am
Either option could be made to work, as others have pointed out. I suppose you should consider what you want your collection of bikes to look like when you return. Are you more likely to make use of that mtb if you have put some road tyres, better pedals, rack etc on it? If so, money spent on the bike you already have could be money well spent.

If you have any serious mechanical problems on your trip it is most likely to be to do with the wheels. Make sure your wheels are problem free before you set off.

Re: Filthy Drivers: Roadside Rubbish

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2015 - 9:27am
My most litter-strewn road locally is a straight bit of tarmac that was part of a WWII airfield, now a trading estate at LLandow, Vale of Glamorgan. The verge has been planted with a hawthorn hedge and it collects an impressive amount of wind-blown plastic. There is little traffic on that particular strip, so I don't think the rubbish is from cars. But there is a recycling company nearby, and I suspect that the plastic may be coming off passing recycling lorries. A lot of litter these days is connected with recycling. Ripped bags, etc. It's better than the old "system" of chucking everything in a hole in the ground, but it brings its own problems.

Re: Filthy Drivers: Roadside Rubbish

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2015 - 9:13am
So often rubbish arrives from another place, while unable to cycle in Mallorca a couple of years back, i went for a walk in the Bequer Valley, the path eventually leads down to a secluded beach, sadly according to various reviews utterly ruined by litter which presumably gets washed in.....

Another culprit are various lorries, only today i have followed a local builders merchants lorry that was shedding plastic wrapping, and how often does a recycling wagon have faulty covering and is going merrily on its way while shedding all sorts of detritus...

Re: Getting too cold.

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2015 - 8:37am

Re: Rotterdam > Istanbul - knackered old MTB vs Brand new to

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 February 2015 - 8:33am
Whatever bike you get, the most important thing will be to get some miles in between now and your tour, as DaveP mentioned. If you've never toured before, it can be helpful to have a couple of weekend 'dress rehearsal' trips, fully loaded, to a campsite a day's ride from where you live.

Re: Cycling into the sun

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2015 - 8:05am
661-Pete wrote:landsurfer wrote:WEAR SUNGLASSES IF IT'S BRIGHT.

May help some, but please please don't assume that you can stare straight at the sun if you are wearing sunglasses. They afford insufficient protection from this and the result could be blindness. Proper solar filters, such as astronomers attach to their telescope objectives for solar viewing and imaging, are incredibly dense: you can see nothing through one except when looking at the sun.

If anyone on this forum is that stupid surely they would not be bright (sic) enough to actually cycle ... just a thought.

Re: Lesson learned - again

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2015 - 7:46am
Down the middle would be ok if I wasn't already filtering down the left only to find one car for some reason stopped in the queue of traffic as far left as possible. At which point in stuck... Either its filter in the gutter, or try and cut out through the cars and then back in.

Re: Lesson learned - again

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2015 - 1:28am
honesty wrote:Theres usually one queue of traffic on me commute home that the only way to get past is to go along the gutter stones as even though the road is relatively wide the cars seem to hug the edge there.

If the road is wide and cars are hugging the edge then overtake on the correct side. And if there isn't enough space to overtake safely then join the queue and wait till there is - just as we expect drivers not to squeeze past us if there isn't enough space.

Re: Ilfracombe to Exmouth - any route suggestions?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 February 2015 - 11:41pm
Big Thank You to everyone that has taken the time to write down the route. I will take note of all the advice.

I'll map these out on ridewithgps at the weekend

Just to clarify, it's a 3 day kit test for a longer tour and a chance for a group of us that will be cycling together for a month to ride together for the first time since September

Day 1: Bath to Ilfracombe
Day 2: Ilfracombe to Exmouth
Day 3: Exmouth to Bath

Thanks

Martin

Re: Cycling into the sun

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 February 2015 - 11:36pm
landsurfer wrote:WEAR SUNGLASSES IF IT'S BRIGHT.

May help some, but please please don't assume that you can stare straight at the sun if you are wearing sunglasses. They afford insufficient protection from this and the result could be blindness. Proper solar filters, such as astronomers attach to their telescope objectives for solar viewing and imaging, are incredibly dense: you can see nothing through one except when looking at the sun.

Re: Lesson learned - again

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 February 2015 - 11:24pm
honesty wrote:Thread derail in 2 replies. Must be a record...
Excuse me! I wrote only one brief comment about English usage (not spelling) and then returned to the topic of the OP. Are we no longer allowed to do even that, please?

And my comment was not about mis-spelling, but about the intrusion of American spelling, something I find irritating at the best of times, seeing as we are so often being forced and coerced into accepting US spelling as standard whenever we turn on a computer. The thing that really makes me fume and rage, is when I'm writing something on someone else's computer on which (a) the spelling-corrector has not been turned off, and (b) the language is set to US English - thus it auto-corrects everything I type. I am British. I do not speak American as a first language (though I can get by with it at need, like if I happen to be in the USA....)

OK, OK, this post is OT, I accept that. But it's a long way down the thread!

Re: Getting too cold.

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 February 2015 - 11:19pm
Maybe you should change the title of this post from getting to cold, to "getting to old".

Re: Good Pannier or Rear Rack for Dawes Discovery?

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 February 2015 - 11:13pm
landsurfer wrote:I've got a lovely alloy rear rack for a discovery you can have for a £5 plus post or just promise to donate the same amount to the British Legion, its fitted to my discovery but is surplus to requirements, light , rigid and in good nick ...... and cheap



I'd love to take you up on that, I will message you.

Re: Filthy Drivers: Roadside Rubbish

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 February 2015 - 11:12pm
Back in the 1980s, in the seaside town of Vodice in what was then Yugoslavia (now Croatia), we decided to forsake the beach one day and take a walk inland, following what we judged from the map would be a pleasant rural lane. We thought wrong. The rubbish dumped by the roadside was unspeakable, it extended in a continuous pile on both verges for miles inland (so it appeared) and we abandoned our walk. Among the items dumped were a dead donkey, plus another one almost dead (nothing we could do for the poor beast ). We speculated at the time that possibly the Yugoslavs had no refuse-collection service (and perhaps no vets either).

Anyway, I assume it's all been cleaned up since then.

Re: Getting too cold.

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 February 2015 - 11:08pm
I wear my 1994-1997 Marks and Spencer thermal underwear, a couple of long sleeve T shirts and a Freestyle Gore Tex jacket from 1993.

I do feel slightly colder at the end of a ride than I did 20 years ago but I put this down to being slower and able to generate less heat.

Re: Rotterdam > Istanbul - knackered old MTB vs Brand new to

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 February 2015 - 11:02pm
There is another option to consider, £550 would be you a very very decent second-hand tourer, especially if bought from someone on this forum.

Re: Rotterdam > Istanbul - knackered old MTB vs Brand new to

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 February 2015 - 10:58pm
For me it's a bit of a no brainier, having toured on all sorts of bikes including Brompton an Mountain bikes. I do not like to be let down by the bike abroad, my old trek was binned in Spain with a cracked frame. Plus the comfort and convenience of a tourer always pays off on a longer trip . A tourer every time.
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