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Re: Nightmare drive

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 June 2014 - 12:16pm
I don't think that I would stop on a hill like that, especially if I was hauling luggage. It's too hard to get going again.

Re: Nightmare drive

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 June 2014 - 11:54am
Of course you could have stopped. The cyclists are not to blame for your decision to abuse the clutch.

You could have stopped in one of the many passing places.

It is earnestly to be hoped that you learn from your "expensive" mistake.

No-one is to blame but you.

Chwarae teg!

Re: Nightmare drive

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 June 2014 - 11:25am
R Trahearn wrote:I wrote the following to the CTC magazine editor but have not had a reply. The clutch cost £404. Wear on the back - unlimited.

The clutch on mine, parts only, is £1,700. Normally around £3,000 fitted at an independent; more at a main dealer. £404 was a result.

Re: collecting my new bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 June 2014 - 10:53am
Go through the housing estate - the hills will increase your fitness and seem less hard work the more your ride them.(who knows, you might even start to like riding up hills )

Dual carriage way will be hideous. A roads are bad enough IMO

Re: Had a chat with the Google Streetview man

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 June 2014 - 9:45am
We passed a google car in Stirling a few days ago - alas in our car, not on bikes. Must remember to take a look once it gets published - I know they blur number plates but we might recognise ourselves. How long does it take to go online, anyone know?

Re: Dealing with mosquitos

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 June 2014 - 9:29am
Tigger wrote:MarkF, have you tried Autan against Scottish midges? I'm going up next week and only have Skin So Soft packed so far...

No, I would like to but I am too scared to go to Scotland, with it's midge reputation, I don't have the time to risk a tour being ruined.

Re: Fly 6 rear light and camera

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 June 2014 - 9:09am
And sample videos yet?

Re: Middle-Aged Men in Lycra flock to Mallorca

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 June 2014 - 8:57am
MAMIL has traditionally been a derogatory term. Looks like there's an attempt to reclaim it which is good!

Mio/Magellan Cyclo 505 mapping...

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 June 2014 - 8:31am
Has anyone got a Cyclo 505 with UK/Euro mapping? Would you be interested in an exchange of map files?

I plan to zip up the the map file directory on my Australia/New Zealand unit and upload it to Google drive.

I'm guessing that to change maps, all I need to do is back up my Cyclo and replace the map files directory. Be warned though, I'm not yet certain about this, until I get a set of map files to try.

The Cyclo has gone on sale in the US now so I'll be trying to get a copy of North American maps too.

Re: Middle-Aged Men in Lycra flock to Mallorca

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 June 2014 - 8:30am
Had to smile really, all sorts of riders have Ben going to Mallorca since the early 80's that I know of, so hardly flocking on the heels of sir brad but possibly t'other way around lol

Nightmare drive

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 June 2014 - 7:20am
I wrote the following to the CTC magazine editor but have not had a reply. The clutch cost £404. Wear on the back - unlimited.

I used to be a member of the CTC until a knee problem made me stop cycling so in my long life I have come to know a lot about bikes and cycling and I do hope that you will print this letter in full.
I am now a driver of a small black car. I would like to tell the uninitiated some facts about a car. They are very heavy to move. Movement is made possible by the energy produced by a relatively small engine, working at high revolutions, being passed though a gearbox to either the front or rear wheels. Rather like a bike. Between the engine and gearbox is the clutch. These are there to ensure a smooth transition of power from the engine to the gearbox and to enable the driver to change gear. Clutches are not cooled. Normally this presents no problem because they are only used for a short time. The problem comes if the driver has to 'slip' the clutch for any length of time. The clutch contains a friction disc that can become hot or even 'burn out'.
That over, I now come to the subject of my letter. On Wednesday 11th June at about 10.30 I drove up the notorious BEALACH NA BA in NorthWest Scotland from the Strathcarron direction. About 1km from the summit at the steepest section I came up to a group of cyclists who were grinding along in their lowest gears. They were barely moving and were wobbling dangerously. I fully expected them to pull into one of the many passing places to permit overtaking. This they did not do for many passing places. I could not stop because there was a Council vehicle directly behind me. Eventually they had to stop due to the gradient and I was able to continue with a now smoking clutch. At the top I stopped to let the car cool unable to engage any gear. When the car had cooled I was able to coast down to Applecross where we stopped at the pub. After about three quarters of an hour two of the cyclists, a male and a female arrived. He had a coffee and she had a hot chocolate. My wife, fearing that I might say something, dragged me out and suggested that we went for lunch at Badachro. We never made it because the clutch gave out on the hill above Shieldaig. We were relayed to Aultbea with no drive on a car that is only two years old and has covered only 23,000 miles. We waited, without lunch , for several hours and when the truck arrived we saw the cyclists sail into Shieldaig. No doubt they had had a good day - mine was a nightmare! The car cannot be repaired here and we will be relayed home to Lincoln - a distance of some 513 miles. This is all because some inconsiderate cyclists would not stop in a designated passing place. I hope that they have many punctures, many broken cycle parts and saddles that produce boils.
So, cyclists, by all means enjoy the ride but be prepared to allow other road users to pass.

For the many good cyclists I give every good wish.

Thank you from an ex-member from Lincoln.

Re: Dealing with mosquitos

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 June 2014 - 7:12am
randomblue wrote:Hey all!

I was wondering if anyone has any tips for keeping away the mozzies? I have mega problems in that I seem to be some kind of alergic to the bites but they love me for example sometimes instead of a bite being spot sized I end up with a big enough red, raised area that I can't cover it with one hand...
Sorry to hear you are suffering, randomblue (and MarkF) - I get this too, a few times a year, and its miserable [emoji23]

It's not an allergic reaction which is why antihistamines don't work.

What you are describing is cellulitis - infection of the skin and subcutaneous layers. A large, swollen area out of proportion to the 'normal' bite reaction + painful + hot + red = cellulitis. It's likely due to bacteria introduced by the biting insect.

Obviously the best thing is to avoid getting bitten (but I get these at home, and never see the blighters!). Cellulitis can be treated with antibiotics, though if you are young and healthy then your body should be able to cope.

BUT you must be careful as cellulitis can turn nasty, eg it can develop into septicaemia (commonly known as blood poisoning). Here's what to watch out for, any two or more of the following and seek medical help URGENTLY (so, in the UK, either 999 or get yourself to A&E somehow): body temperature above 38C, resting heart rate over 90, resting breathing rate over 19, any confusion or drowsiness. (Also, if you have the gadgets, blood oxygen saturation less than 95%, blood glucose more than 8.0). Intra-venous antibiotics, job done.

I'm not scaremongering, this is a condition to keep an eye on. But I really hope you find the right stuff to keep them away, so you can carry on and enjoy your trip, randomblue!

MarkF, have you tried Autan against Scottish midges? I'm going up next week and only have Skin So Soft packed so far...

collecting my new bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 June 2014 - 7:05am
Hi, new to the forum and to road bikes.

Apologies if this is in the wrong section. I couldn't find a newbie section with Tapatalk.

We've got a cycle to work scheme going on at work so I signed up and went to Halfords on Friday to pick my stuff.

I opted for a Boardman Road Sport Limited Edition and got a load of accessories.

I've never ridden (is that even a word) a road bike before and the Halfords I am getting mine from is right on a dual carriageway exit. I either have the option of riding it home on a 70mph dual carriageway or going via a housing estate which includes some pretty steep hills.

Pretty concerned about that. That and Halfords kept all my accessories as we need to sign off on everything together so I have luggage to carry back as well, lol.

Well I guess if I don't get killed at around 1210hrs on Tuesday, ten minutes after pickup, I'll be around here for lots of advice

Cheers
Jim

Re: Recommend me a rear rack for small frame

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 June 2014 - 6:32am
I don't think that frame size is the main factor here because wheelsize is the main factor. Unless your bike has unusually small wheels, the legs on the rack will have to be the standard length to clear the wheel and mudguards. You will need to ensure that the arms (or arm) connecting the top of the rack to the seatstays are long enough to ensure the rack is level when fitted. AFAIK, most modern racks are adjustable for this reason.

(You can delete your other post yourself by clicking on the little square with an x in it, at the top of the post next to the quote, edit and report post buttons- so long as you do so before anybody else adds a post.)

Re: Glued locks

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 June 2014 - 6:29am
[XAP]Bob wrote:Postboxer wrote:When my brother was at school he had his lock stolen but they left his rustbucket bike, I'll never understand why they wanted a lock that they were able to steal.
To lock up a nice looking bike, then come back in the middle of the night...

Re: Four corners and five Bens

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 June 2014 - 12:11am
khain wrote:Hi Matt

I cycled the four corners earlier this year. You can read about it on my blog at http://www.khain.net.

There was some discussion on this forum as to what the 4 corners actually are though. I did the most southerly, northerly, easterly etc. points on the mainland (some of the true corners will be on islands), but others seemed to think different points were 'corners' e.g. Cape Wrath. What points are you heading for?

If you do the same points as I did be aware that there is nothing to mark the most easterly corner at Keith Inch (or the south-east point if you do that instead) and it is quite hard to find and a bit dismal too. Also, there are no munros near any of the corners.

The toughest thing I found was the headwinds. Doing 4 corners you will have to tackle them at some point but hopefully they won't be as bad as in March.

Have a good time

Many thanks.
May I ask how long it took you?

Matt

Recommend me a rear rack for small frame

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 June 2014 - 12:07am
Im about to get a rear rack for my small framed tourer. Its a 50cm horizontal TT Longstaff and im wondering is some racks are more suitable than others for frames this small.

Its only for camp / touring in this country and Im not sure if i can stretch to a Tubus .

Re: Oh lordy, what have I let myself in for?

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 June 2014 - 9:26pm
I've always been tempted to try out this London to Brighton run sometime - less crowded

http://fnrttc.blogspot.co.uk/

Re: Oh lordy, what have I let myself in for?

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 June 2014 - 9:17pm
It might be a nice hill if all you have is an empty road to deal with. But the road is narrow, and with hundreds of inexperienced cyclists trying (and some failing) to pedal up it, it is difficult at best for anyone to pedal up it. Both times that I've done London - Brighton, I walked up Ditchling Beacon, not because I couldn't get up it, but because the road was congested with other cyclists who couldn't get up it.

Re: Fly 6 rear light and camera

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 June 2014 - 8:35pm
I've found a slight issue. When you turn the light on it goes to medium brightness. You have to go to low settings first to then get to the highest setting.

When you are on brightest setting and then turn off and back on, it goes back to medium setting.

It won't go to your last setting you used or stay on your favourite setting, it goes back to default.

A bit of a faff.
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