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Re: What's your top weight saving tip for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 July 2015 - 7:21am
I'm not sure about top tips, but I wouldn't bother with washing powder, unless you have skin allergies, or something. Small boxes of it are usually available in hotels and laundrettes in the US. If you are ataying in chain hotels, many of them have toothpaaste available, too. I might rely on that. You can always go to a chemist and get a sample size thing of toothpaste, if that isn't working for you.

Re: Indicators, the lost art?

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 July 2015 - 6:38am
oneten wrote:Once heard a frustrated road user's shouted response to someone not indicating: "Sorry mate - I'm not very good at guessing games!"

I use, "Yeah, don't bother indicating mate... I'm psychic!"

Re: "How many times must a rider fall off...?

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 July 2015 - 6:24am
I seem to manage one heavy fall per year.

Got away with the first two, but this year's heavy fall (front wheel went over a manhole cover while going downhill, on a bend, in the wet) smashed my femur.

As a result, I'll not be on the bike for the rest of 2015, and don't know how much riding I'll do in 2016. Which will hopefully skew the odds a bit more in my favour.

Re: What's your top weight saving tip for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 July 2015 - 5:33am
Take a merino wool t-shirt and wear it all the time you are off the bike without worry about it smelling. The same thing for cycling jerseys. You can wear one day after day without it smelling.

Re: Isle of Mull or Isle of Skye over five days?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 July 2015 - 5:18am
I remember Mull having smooth roads.
Skye, mixed and hillier.
Just an impression I came away with.
Certainly less busy on Mull.
Known for retired army majors living there.
And cheese.
And Tombermory.

Re: Reading to Paris

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 July 2015 - 3:33am
Stu1102, indeed my longest route is 17 miles due to my arm, but I have until April/May to get in many more miles. I'm hoping that my arm will be sorted in the not too distant future without surgery. It is only that which is currently holding me back due to vibration and pressure on my elbow. I gave every intention to be +120 miles pw with cycling to work on some shifts as it is a 30 mile round trip.
On top of this would then be longer rides on my days off.
I've been to Rouen before in my kit car on the way to Le Mans and we camped overnight. Yes it is a beautiful town. I will look at your link, so thank you for taking time to post back to me.

Hi Vmlopes.
I've just joined the Nth Hampshire Road Club as I am actually near to Basingstoke, but my colleagues are in and around Reading. The chances are we will set out from there somewhere [emoji4]
Depending on the NHRC routes, I may just take you up on your Sunday morning offer!

Re: "How many times must a rider fall off...?

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 July 2015 - 2:41am
Not your fault. Some folk have more of a gravitational pull than others and you seem to be one of those that have it

Re: Indicators, the lost art?

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 July 2015 - 1:43am
jezer wrote:Why have so many motorists forgotten how to use these? As both a cyclist and a driver I find myself hesitating at junctions and roundabouts to see what drivers will do. In my car I make a point of indicating, but it's rare to see the following driver doing the same.

Annoying innit?
Idiots aren't they?

When I'm driving,tailgating is another,with young women being the vast majority of offenders IME,particularly in wet weather .

Re: "How many times must a rider fall off...?

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 July 2015 - 1:38am
Some questions:-
How old are you?
How long have you been cycling?
When did you last have your eyes tested?
Is your coordination OK when not cycling?
Do you drive,if so how often do you crash your car?

Wet weather conditions seem to feature in you tumbles.
What kind of bike do you ride?
What size tyres?
What psi do have in them?
What make and model of tyre?

Re: What's your top weight saving tip for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 July 2015 - 12:11am
Might sound daft but weigh trousers and tee shirts and choose accordingly. Peter Storm trousers from Millets are very light, running tees from Sports Direct too. I have abandoned padded shorts and now cycle in ordinary light shorts with M&S light Autograph underpants because the edges of the pad made me sore. Dove make a very small light roller ball deodorant. Grow stubble, look cool and save weight

Al

Re: "How many times must a rider fall off...?

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 July 2015 - 12:00am
30 years of cycling, only come off once on a greasy wet corner three years ago with Schwalbe Kojak tyres.
Its not normal to come off regularly.

Re: Skye to Oban Route

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 July 2015 - 11:58pm
Thanks all. Completed the Oban loop. Day one to Barra on the ferry. Day two via a ferry to S Uist and on to Benbeccula to a great hostel at Nunton House. 40 fabulous miles. Day three on to N Uist and over to Skye, stayed in Portree. Day four over Skye to the Glenelg ferry, stayed in Glenelg. Day four Glenelg to Fort William a long day incl a boat along Loch Hourn courtesy of Peter the new boatman. Day five, Fort William back to Oban, mostly on off road cycle tracks.
A great ride. Six ferries, 250 miles, plus a ride in a small boat.

Re: What's your top weight saving tip for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 July 2015 - 11:52pm
I think at 20L you've got it pretty well covered.

Toiletries. Well I find with a decent razor shampoo or soap works to prep the face. No need for separate shaving foam. Same for washing powder. Shampoo and rinse clothes in the shower then wrap tightly in a towel to get most of the water out.

Deodorant? Even if you spray your underarms you are sweating everywhere else when cycling anyway. As long as you shower you aren't going to smell. Do without. That said I usually carry a mini spray. Weighs very little and for me it's weight that is the issue not volume, within reason.

Re: Indicators, the lost art?

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 July 2015 - 11:41pm
Once heard a frustrated road user's shouted response to someone not indicating: "Sorry mate - I'm not very good at guessing games!"

"How many times must a rider fall off...?

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 July 2015 - 11:38pm
....before you can call him/her a cyclist?" Sorry to have to adapt the old Bob Dylan song title here but are falls something that are inevitable for all cyclists? It's just that my wife is worried at the frequency with which I have come off my bike in the past 9 months or so. I rationalize and assure her that I am careful and that all cyclists come off now and again and I suppose I am also justifying it in my own mind.

I recognize incidents where the cause has been my misjudgment (too fast and braking too late in the wet approaching a junction), low speed overbalancing (coat caught over back of seat and didn't get out of toe-clips in time; as well as trying to turn in too tight a circle at hardly any speed and simply overbalancing resulting in badly bruised ribs).

While still recovering from the last one though, I came off on a longish journey in the rain when the bike just inexplicably went from under me at speed on a wet road and I slid on my left side into the verge. I just couldn't understand how quickly it happened - no warning at all, bang, just like that. It was only when looking back I could see the slight ridge in the tar running parallel to the roadside which must have been concealed by rainwater. No doubt the road surface was pretty slick too after a prolonged dry spell of hot weather. A couple of motorists kindly pulled over and helped me up and after straightening the bars, I carried on, only really feeling the pain later on with a massive bit of 'road burn' on my knee and elbow and a bruised shoulder.

So is it just me? Has my wife got a point? I still say the health benefits outweigh the risks but it's making me become over cautious. Is it all some kind of secret initiation ceremony I am unaware of before entering the ranks of 'proper cyclists' ?

Re: Isle of Mull or Isle of Skye over five days?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 July 2015 - 11:33pm
Thank you for those very useful suggestions.

Now tweaked my route to Mull instead of Skye based on less tourists and hopefully less midges (I will be taking two cans of Smidge and ASSS to keep the pests at bay) with a ride back up to Inverness via a small part of Skye instead.

Part 1
Fort William to Mull and back up to Mallaig
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/9314504

Part 2
Armadale to Inverness
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/9314660

I haven't included the road onto Iona and will play it my ear depending on time, I like the idea of a night on the island after day trippers.

Thanks again.

Re: Scotland in 2 weeks

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 July 2015 - 11:24pm
What a great trip - and some excellent photos!

I love Scotland and the cycling is fantastic - it is a gamble with the weather...and the midges; I've not explored every corner yet (despite half a dozen trips) and I have a propensity to complete every region ahead of more exotic European trips. Just viewing those photographs makes me want to be there now!

What's your top weight saving tip for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 July 2015 - 11:01pm
Preparing for a 1 month credit card tour of America with friends and looking for your top tips on saving pack weight

In our our test runs we've been pretty minimal ranging from 10 to 20 litres of space each

The area that most frustrates me is toiletries: chamois cream, sun cream, tooth paste, washing powder, shaving stuff and deodorant

The weather will be variable rain in the north, possibility of snow on the mountains and lots and lots of deserts

Re: my altercation

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 July 2015 - 10:47pm
Commiserations. I'd not had trouble like that on East Reach before but it was rubbish like that in Somerset that motivated me to buy a camera. A cheap £25 one - not great but good enough to read a number plate. Its battery is not holding much charge now and it's not replaceable, so I guess I'll get one of those muvi clones before long.

Re: woman eating cereal while driving

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 July 2015 - 10:42pm
To me it sounds like sour grapes because some folk can't afford a large 4x4 themselves.
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