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Re: Touring on a commuter bike?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 May 2015 - 10:07am
Ah! I see. People who are new to cycling don't always know that wheels can be damaged, so I suppose warning about curbs makes sense.

Re: An answer to potholes

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 May 2015 - 10:03am
Several very quiet lanes around here have been resurfaced to a high standard in the last year or so. Lovely to ride on!

Re: Touring on a commuter bike?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 May 2015 - 10:01am
Thank you for all your replies - gives me food for thought, a lot of food but great to have so much advice to work with

I am purchasing it on the Bike to Work scheme so £1000 is my limit, no loans are provided from my employer therefore I am stuck to the BTW scheme.
I am going to have a play on both the sirrus and a tourer and see how I both feel when cycling through the city.

Once again - Thank you for your advice, highly appreciated and very helpful.

P.S. pwa, I don't actually ride on pavements, it was the shop assistant using that as a metaphor to advise me on how fragile the wheels could be.

Re: An answer to potholes

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 May 2015 - 9:37am
Just to balance out the posts on potholes, I have to say that in my area some of the lanes that have been badly surfaced over the 20 years I have been using them have been completely resurfaced over the last year, and it has been done to a good standard. Fifty metres from my home is NCN88 (Wick, Vale of Glamorgan), which is a minor road and has a lovely, smooth surface all the way down to the next village of Broughton, about 600 metres away. There are other lanes with poor surfaces nearby, but its good to celebrate the good things that happen.

The cloud on the horizon may be the prospect of high speed broadband coming to our area in the next year, which may mean bits of new tarmac being dug up for new cabling.

Re: Touring on a commuter bike?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 May 2015 - 9:22am
The ideal commuter (unless you need a folder for taking on a train) is a tourer. I commuted for 18 years on tourers, passing bikes like the one you are looking at. A tourer is good at lots of things. As for riding up and down curbs, only an MTB can cope with that, and they are slow. And you should get off when you are on the pavement anyway.

Re: An answer to potholes

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 May 2015 - 9:16am
I'm reasonably sure that some of the residents on the road I cycle every day to the station fix some of the potholes in the road themselves, in particular those that they would otherwise hit when going in/out of their drive, because they get fed up of waiting for the council to fix them. This particular road gets very badly potholed every winter. This road can't be fixed by a standard resurfacing, because the problem is in the underlying structure, which is concrete. The concrete sub-base would have to be all dug out and the road relaid to fix it.

Loire for me everytime.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 May 2015 - 8:44am
JayZed wrote:If you had eight or nine days in May, would you cycle along the Loire from Digoin to St Nazaire, or along the Danube from Regensburg or Passau to Budapest? I am in the happy position of being able to do what I want, but I'm finding it difficult to choose. Loire would be easier (and cheaper) logistically, in terms of getting myself and my bike there, because I can do it all by train without boxing up the bike. But is the Danube going to be more interesting and/or spectacular? I've read a few reports of both routes and I'm leaning towards the latter despite the additional hassle and cost, but I'd welcome your informed opinions.

I've ridden the Loire valley many times, and never tire of the pleasant countryside and the history (and the climate). Part of the pleasure of the Loire is it's proximity to the UK and therefore I'm not spending precious holiday time travelling long distances (departure lounges - yuk, etc) to where I want to ride.

I've often travelled to the Loire via ferry to Cherbourg, this adds an extra dimension to my tour as a ride down the Cotentin Peninsula is also very pleasant: you can also easily take in the Normandy beaches in this, as May 4th is the 70th anniversary of the end of WW2 in Europe.

Jon.

Re: where can I buy a bike box in Nice

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 May 2015 - 8:18am
To find bike shops, put it into the search on google maps and it will show them. I've used this to locate nearby shops.

I haven't been to Nice airport in years, but doubt if there is a bike packing service.

Re: Any point in reporting a v v close pass?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 May 2015 - 8:17am
Merry_Wanderer wrote:Not a bad thought. I was thinking a few minutes ago about attaching something to the back of the pannier rack like an old fashioned indicator of the type found on a 1950's Moggy Minor. Something to make the bike look wider
A lollipop? I don't think they work, sadly.

Re: Singlewheel trailers - experiences and modifications

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 May 2015 - 8:03am
Seem to get mixed up in the PM system so in case I got it wrong thanks DaveP the info you sent is what I was looking for.

Re: where can I buy a bike box in Nice

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 May 2015 - 7:58am
Visit a couple of bike shops and ask nicely?
Does it have to be a box, what about a big plastic bag, we bought big cycle covers from Decathlon (intended to drop over the bike as a cover if stored out of doors) we put it on the floor, wheeled the bike on and pulled up around the bike and taped it up.....

Re: Signs - Minutes or Mileage

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 May 2015 - 7:54am
I noticed recently we have some Cycle signs with minutes on it, totally useless as it will either cause people to try to race it so they beat the time... or be very disillusioned if they cannot ride at that pace....
Signage with only local names is why i often tell people of my routes i use to get around Preston, it is not at all obvious how the various routes link up in order to avoid the A6, multiple lane changes and traffic lights, when travelling from one side to the other...

where can I buy a bike box in Nice

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 May 2015 - 7:43am
Does anyone know where I can buy a bike box in Nice to transport my bike home on the plane. Does anyone know if there is a bike boxing service in the airport at Nice?...Linda13

Re: Pannier question

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 May 2015 - 7:22am
It is very likely

Re: Any point in reporting a v v close pass?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 May 2015 - 7:21am
There are commercial rear lights that do this already - to my mind they are all too narrow, and I can't imagine them competing with street and headlights, certainly not with the sun...

Re: 24 miles: car slower than cycling?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 May 2015 - 7:19am
mercalia wrote:bad comparison, try a motor bike or even a moped.....
Depending on the route they may or may not help. Cycle paths and other cut through a may not be available

Re: Signs - Minutes or Mileage

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 May 2015 - 7:16am
Possibly - but the signage needs to do more than talk about distance or time.

Much more important is the quality of the surface, or lots of people will never try.
Also important is the ascent...

And they also need to aid navigation, there was a revolution in road signs last century and we need the same for cycle path signage.

There is no point in putting the next housing estate in each direction but nothing further, there is also arguably no point in only putting a destination 100 miles away...

Re: Signs - Minutes or Mileage

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 May 2015 - 6:57am
First up, road signs in the UK have to give distances in miles (even though those distances will have been worked outo a map based on 1km grid!). Oddly on road signs The North only refers to the area west of the Pennines, places to the East are listed by name(and there's a limited number of them that can be used)!

The use of time on a sign rather than distances isn't aimed at people who would post on forums like this. To many people a ride of 10 minutes is a lot less intimidating than one of 1.5 miles, even though at about 10mph they are roughly the same (about 6 minutes a mile). Obvioulsy for this to work there would have to a natioanlly agreed figure, 10mph would probably work well for routes over flattish ground

There doesn't appear to be any research into the effect of time versus distance on signage, although the cycling demostration towns, at least Darlington, were allowed to use time on signs. I'd be interested if any one else can find any research to show if time or distance is most likely to encourage people to use their bikes for short journeys. Peresonally I think it might (even though I have no grounds for believing so)

Re: 24 miles: car slower than cycling?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 May 2015 - 5:37am
You can't just lock it outside the building and walk in like a bike.

Re: 24 miles: car slower than cycling?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 May 2015 - 4:45am
bad comparison, try a motor bike or even a moped.....
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