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Re: not safe even in bus lanes

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 June 2015 - 4:14pm
mercalia wrote:
Makes me wonder how some of these drivers ever pass the test and are allowed on the road.



Why?

They pass their tests because they are on their best behaviour for the examiner.

Once passed they resort to their normal, selfish behaviour which probably extends into all areas of their lives, not just their driving.

When so many people have driving licences it is only to be expected that most selfish and anti-social people have them too.

Re: cyclocross for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 June 2015 - 3:55pm
This is the latest bike from Cannondale, not released yet, might be good for lightweight touring.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ev-iuSKRNk8

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Re: cyclocross for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 June 2015 - 3:14pm
Many stores like Halfords are marketing BIkes as cross bikes, don't think many people would buy them for cross . Its just you have to have an angle to make a cheap bike sound sexy , so they call them cross bikes, they are probably OK as cheap bikes go . Decathlon have some very cheap bikes marketed this way

Re: Scotland in 2 weeks

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 June 2015 - 2:48pm
I think you'd be better cutting down your mileage, and concentrate on the West Highlands and Islands, which I think are the best part of Scotland. Why not do some island hopping? I'd get the train from Glasgow to Ardrossan, ferry to Arran, cycle across Arran then ferry to Argyll. Up the coast to Oban, ferry to Mull, spend some time on Mull, ferry to Lochaline, cycle up to Mallaig, ferry to Skye, cross back on the bridge to Kyle of Lochalsh. Then you can either continue up all the way to Durness or return via Inverness.

Re: Best Big Wheeled Folding Bike?

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 June 2015 - 2:46pm
al_yrpal wrote:Trouble with big wheeled folding bikes. They are really big, and heavy. Persist wth the Brompton… She will get used to it in a few days.

Not necessarily true, but likely to cost a lot of money. The Tern Eclipse X20 has 24" wheels and weighs only 10.7kg. It has no rack or mudguards, which are essential for commuting, unless you don't mind getting a wet bottom, but that's still light for a bike bare of those, and they can be added. But it is eye-wateringly expensive. Other specs in the Eclipse 24" series are generally substantially heavier - more typical specs from about £13kg.

The other method of getting a relatively light large wheel "folding" bike is S&S couplings. Though your bike dismantles into 2 pieces rather than folds, thus saving the weight of the hinges and folding mechanisms. And those add several hundred pounds to the cost of a high quality tourer.

Re: not safe even in bus lanes

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 June 2015 - 2:10pm
I knocked my wing mirror off first time reversing into the driveway

Re: Help settle an argument

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 June 2015 - 2:08pm
The truck car analogy doesn't really work, even if you put them on a dual carriageway. We can't really see on the video but maybe the car driver was timing their overtake to take place after the pinch point, had slowed before it, then accelerated so that they would catch up with the cyclists just after the pinch point, then had to slam their brakes on when one of the cyclists moves out in front of them, without checking or signalling. Maybe the car driver had also witnessed the cyclist overtake the camera cyclist and so assumed that the camera cyclist would have no need to then overtake the first cyclist. The first cyclist does slow down, perhaps because the truck is going past. If the car driver doesn't beep, the cyclist may be entirely oblivious to the peril they put themselves in by changing lanes without checking it is safe to do so, maybe next time they do the same manoeuvre, they will check it is clear before moving out, perhaps without the motorists helpful bleep, they would have pulled out and caused an accident.

Re: cyclocross for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 June 2015 - 2:01pm
jags wrote:i had a look at the spa tourer ,the 48 is 600 wheels rather have 700 to be honest but the top tibe on the 51 seems very long to me 54.5 if im reading is correct .i suffer with back problems so i reckon i would be way over stretched on that bike
im 5.6inx inside leg 29ins am i loking at the wrong size frame .
i was hoping to get a frame obviously one thats fits perfect, but enough room to fit a thudbuster st seatpost .
going by my size and inside leg measurements what do u guys reckon i should go for..


You will struggle to get a frame that is small, short AND 700c simply because of the wheel diameter. That's why Spa do the smallest one with 26" wheels.

Re: Google Maps Navigating Imported Route

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 June 2015 - 1:24pm
You just get your GPS to display it in an easy to see distinctive colour than you ride along keeping your position arrow on that line. You can leave a track on the screen in a different distinctive colour to make it more obvious.

The GPS will not tell you what to do but you can see where you should be going and if you leave your intended course. In which case you get yourself back on it.

Re: Inclusion of African Based Team in TdF

CTC Forum - Racing - 12 June 2015 - 1:23pm
Hope you are not too traumatized

Google Maps Navigating Imported Route

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 June 2015 - 1:17pm
Hi all

I have finally managed to import a route (kml) file into google maps I can see it there as a blue line

Really stuck on then navigating it from start to finish in terms of voice prompts

Any ideas on this as I just don't get it.

Thanks for your time

Regards

Miek

Re: What panniers are you using?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 June 2015 - 12:46pm
I'm still using the Karimor panniers I bought second hand as a teenager 35 years ago. Saddle bag too.

Re: not safe even in bus lanes

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 June 2015 - 12:13pm
Tailed by my parents, external observation tests...

Re: cyclocross for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 June 2015 - 12:06pm
If it is a bike you are very comfortable using and fits you very well then by all means, use it. Consider tyres and maybe some tweaking on gear ratios and all should be good.
CX bikes are typically quite strong to survive the rough riding conditions they are normally ridden in. If you are going to be carrying very heavy loads then check wheel loads (how many spokes do your wheels have and how many cross is the lacing pattern?)
Almost any bike can be used for touring with some prep work but even a purpose built touring bike is useless for touring is you are not comfortable on the bike for hours at a time.
Touring is not about performance but an enjoyable riding experience.

Re: not safe even in bus lanes

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 June 2015 - 12:02pm
Hi,
[XAP]Bob wrote:No-one is a good enough driver when they pass their test.

I know that I wasn't (and continued with parental lessons, progressing to "being tailed", for months afterwards.)

We ever got tailed my mate would put his hand over the number plate, the "L" plate was too far down...............

Re: Some ferry good news...

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 June 2015 - 11:59am
Ned Ludd wrote:it seems their will be sailings to Denmark from easter...from Harwich, fares look reasonable and bikes go free
hooray!!
http://www.reginaline.dk/timetable-uk.html
Unfortunately that is unlikely and this is a common scam. It is unfortunately common for people to make it look like they are about to set up or resurrect an apparently popular ferry service like this. All that needs to happen is for some naïve public authority or a foolish investor to dob them a heap of money and it will be up and running quick as they can. If someone does dob them a pile of money, the MD will pay himself a very handsome salary and keep it, or the hope of it, going as as long as he can while he laughs all the way to the bank. But ultimately it isn't a commercial prospect and it is unusual for international transport services to be subsidised because of the state aids provisions of EU law. If you think that sounds just like De Lorean and the Phoenix Four, you aren't wrong. Setting up a ferry service, running a car manufacturing company, these are businesses that have a political tug to them which means that the politicians do sometimes fall for it. Setting up a website is very cheap way of trying to get people to throw money at you, and this one is actually the least professional I have seen.

Regina is not even a limited company, and has no ship. I'd be surprised if they have anything at all, and setting up such a large business from nothing takes time and considerable skill, competence and experience. They doubtless chose the name because the DFDS ship was called the Regina Baltica, but they have no rights to this ship.

Re: not safe even in bus lanes

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 June 2015 - 11:56am
Its the dismissal of anything they pass - 'i've passed it so i can concentrate on something else now'! Its a complete lack of spatial awareness, something that isn't tested for on a motor vehicle test.

Re: not safe even in bus lanes

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 June 2015 - 11:42am
No-one is a good enough driver when they pass their test.

I know that I wasn't (and continued with parental lessons, progressing to "being tailed", for months afterwards.)

Re: not safe even in bus lanes

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 June 2015 - 11:21am
They may have been a good enough driver several decades ago but have "improved" their driving with experience.

more ferry good news...

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 June 2015 - 11:08am
Slated to start operation this summer is the missing link in the German North Sea Coast route - a ferry between Cuxhaven and Brunsbuttel.
https://www.ndr.de/nachrichten/niedersa ... re638.html
Article is in German but we are looking at 24 crossings a day and for cyclists a distance saving of @ 70km from the Gluckstadt crossing further upstream.
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