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Re: Is insurance for a tour in Europe a worthwhile purchase?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 March 2015 - 11:47am
I'd recommend the insurance and its not expensive - about £25 for an annual European policy from American Express (with whom I've had very good experiences). The Health Card only covers your medical costs and doesn't cover things like getting you to the hospital, repatriation of you and your belongings (e.g. if you break a leg and can't cycle) and people coming out to sort things out for you. I go for an annual cover policy but read the small print. Some insurance companies treat cycle touring as an extreme sport and either won't cover it or want an expensive extreme sport supplement.

Re: Is insurance for a tour in Europe a worthwhile purchase?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 March 2015 - 11:40am
bikepacker wrote:ANTONISH wrote:Obviously third party liability is something to consider ( although there is some cover from CTC membership. )

Does the CTC liability cover claims in Europe? It hadn't use to.
Coverage is worldwide except USA and Canada http://www.ctc.org.uk/sites/default/fil ... idance.pdf

Budget Tourer Advice

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 March 2015 - 11:38am
Hi all! I've been stalking CTC forums for months and I'm getting progressively more and more excited about the prospect of getting a touring bike and getting out riding. I'll be wanting to use it for commuting, weekends and longer tours of up to a week or two. I'm based in Durham and have a few ideas of what bike I'm wanting to get but was hoping for any tips and advice you guys might have about the ones I'm looking at. As a bit of background, I'm a reasonably fit 25 year-old, I've only ever previously ridden cheap hybrid bikes so I don't really have much experience and my budget is £400-£700:
Dawes Galaxy Al 2014[1] http://www.evanscycles.com/products/daw ... e-ec050874
Revolution Country Traveller 2015[2] http://www.edinburghbicycle.com/product ... aveller-15
Fuji Touring 2015[3] http://www.evanscycles.com/products/fuj ... e-ec072794
Dawes Vantage 2012[4] http://www.spacycles.co.uk/products.php ... b1s21p2414
Ridgeback Tour[5] http://www.spacycles.co.uk/products.php ... b0s21p3199
Raleigh Royal[6] http://www.spacycles.co.uk/products.php ... b0s21p3177
Viking Coniston[7] http://www.spacycles.co.uk/products.php ... b0s21p3193

I'm finding it hard to tell the difference between all of these, except the difference between a steel and aluminium frame (Aluminium more rigid but lighter, steel more robust and forgiving?) What should I be thinking about considering that I'm completely new to this? I'm off up to Edinburgh this weekend to see the gf and was going to pop into the Edinburgh bicycle cooperative to have a chat and potentially try out the Revolution Traveller.

Re: Touring possibly the South of France along the coast

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 March 2015 - 11:37am
Commiserations on the chemo. I had it just over 10 years ago. While I continued to cycle up to 20 miles throughout it took me until 6 months later to ride 60 miles unladen.

So do keep your plans light!

Re: Is insurance for a tour in Europe a worthwhile purchase?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 March 2015 - 11:36am
I think it's worthwhile. Where are you buying your policies? I used holidaysafe.co.uk mainly for medical top-up insurance because my home policy covers the bike as long as immobilised (not even locked to something else AFAICT - but it usually is!) and third party liability (check that it covers your destination, though) as long as I'm not racing (as if!).

Re: Touring bike choice for people with long legs

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 March 2015 - 10:16am
22camels wrote:I recently learnt that I have exceptionally long legs (88cm bare-foot standover) for my height (180cm)....... .......My formula is this. I need my seat to be 780mm vertically above the BB. Max bar height above BB = Stack + (Uncut steerer length - Head Tube Length) * SINE (head tube angle). I know I'm making a couple of assumptions and it might be out by a cm or two but it gives a meaningful comparison between bikes.

Another problem is that shops love to cut the steerers (to make them look pretty?) and even for bikes that would suit me, it's hard to find a test ride with the bars set up level, so I have to guess how it would feel if it were set up for me..

Anyone else have this issue?

By comparison my bare foot inside leg is 865mm so 15mm shorter than yours
I also like to ride fairly upright ie;nose of saddle to centre of compact drop bars 540mm,h/bars 40mm higher than the saddle.
On my Salsa Vaya's there's 35mm of spacers under 6deg 110mm stem flipped upward.
The problem I'm having is that if I measure my saddle height vertical above the BB(an unusual way to do it IMHO) I get 700mm for mine.
From BB to saddle inline with the seatube it's 730mm and from pedal axle at BDC inline with seatube 890mm(with 175mm cranks).
Your saddle would be,if I'm reading your post correctly,80mm higher than mine even though your inside leg is only 15mm longer than mine ,I'm aware I ride pretty flat footed and some people ride on their toes ie; feet point to the ground,but still 80mm is a lot of difference.

My Vaya's are both 57cm frames the stem is 110mm,the saddle is 90mm behind the BB(to achieve KOPS) and the h'bars are 40mm higher than the saddle.I don't have any toe overlap with 40mm tyres,generous m/guard clearances,175mm cranks and size 47 shoes.I could ride a 58cm Vaya with 100or105mm stem and less spacers under it.
To get a clear picture or your requirements IMO the best way to measure your riding position is
a)saddle height to pedal axle with the cranks @ BDC inline with the seatube(Mine is 890mm).
b)saddle set back measured vertically behind the BB(mine is 90mm).
c)nose of saddle to either centre of the h/bar tops(mine is 540mm).
d)h/bar tops height in relation to the saddle(mine are 40mm higher than the saddle)

Going off your measurements I suspect a 57or58cm Surly LHT or DT,or a 57or58cmSalsa Vaya will be big enough but I like to see you measurements a to d, first.

Re: Bill Cunningham

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 March 2015 - 10:08am
Hope I have put the correct link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYqiLJBXbss

Re: The Gaurdian: Cycling near misses

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 March 2015 - 10:04am
Reading stories like this make me more fearful of cycling than actual cycling does. I just don't seem to experience incidences like this at anywhere near the frequency implied.

Re: Is insurance for a tour in Europe a worthwhile purchase?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 March 2015 - 9:53am
For Europe I have an annual E111 top up policy. Like you I'm not too concerned about loss of baggage etc - although there is some cover for that.
If my bike is stolen that's a problem but I could probably replace my touring bike with something secondhand if necessary.
Obviously third party liability is something to consider ( although there is some cover from CTC membership. )

Re: so when do the shorts come out?

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 March 2015 - 9:51am
I've often been known to suggest that riding with minimal clothing when the temperature is less than balmy is, well, barmy, and likely to cause joint or tendon problems either now or in the future. However, I don't know that there is any firm evidence to support this. Perhaps others know better?

What is equally likely is that I've been trotting out this old saw to counter taunts from the 'ard geezers** that I'm a wimp. Let them taunt; it's water off a duck's back, or wintry showers off a gore-tex.

R.

** I see Guy has just posted - obviously one of the 'ard geezers! Tad breezy indeed - it's blowing a hooly! I'm staying indoors.

Re: Would this bike be a suitable entry level tourer

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 March 2015 - 9:44am
My reason for buying a bike with suspension is that I have problems with my neck. I had to stop using a road bike as my neck was too painful riding it. I thought that the extra benefit of front suspension may have made things easier going over bumps and jar my neck a bit less.



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I think ipswitchcycler has hit the nail on the head. If you have a more upright position and larger section tyres you will probably solve that particular difficulty.

Bill Cunningham

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 March 2015 - 9:37am
Has anyone seen the film about the man? Extraordinary guy. NY photographer. Shoots people he likes in style. Guess he must be 86 now...or thereabouts. Self effacing bloke,very agreeable,generous...all the good things I'm not seeing in feted others! No one knows much about the man,but the film gives some insight. He appears to live for his photography,and his photos are...something+++.

The guy cycles around NY wearing a cap(no sign of a helmet on the documentary). I couldn't see him cycling with lights on the film! He recorded(in an aside)he's had 20 bikes stolen whilst in NY. Just recently he's been awarded the Legion d'Honneur in France. Think he was in WW2,and no backroom bunny. Bright,vibrant,enthused,generous. Think he cycles around NY in a stylish Parisian dustman's jacket. Lives in a 'modest' rent managed job

Re: Touring possibly the South of France along the coast

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 March 2015 - 9:35am
The area around Toulouse is fairly flat. From there you can head along the Canal du Midi for some distance (or roads parallel to as the surface isn't always very good). You could probably find a flat(tish) route to Perpignan or Narbonne. There are some flat coast roads but somewhere like Argeles - sur - Mer can get very busy and further south towards the Spanish border is quite lumpy.
As others have said the Cote d'Azur area can be quite busy.
You could of course try the Atlantic coast which offers other possibilities.

Re: so when do the shorts come out?

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 March 2015 - 9:30am
I could've done with long trousers this morning. My legs are covered in scratches from being attacked by airborne sticks (It's a tad breezy out there)

Re: Touring possibly the South of France along the coast

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 March 2015 - 9:25am
The coast is a bit too busy for my tastes but a little inland is some of the most pleasant cycling in the world. But to prevent it being too lumpy you would have to study the maps carefully to keep to valley bottoms as much as possible. And of course, make sure you have the lowest gears possible.

Re: Best Farcility of the Year?? £210,000 Wasted?? Chicheste

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 March 2015 - 9:24am
I'd love to say I'm surprised but West Sussex County Council are desperate to show that they are splashing as much cash as possible on transport infrastructure at the moment. Well thought out schemes need not apply - as seen in this week's Chichester Observer: http://www.chichester.co.uk/news/local/ ... -1-6660027

As for Northgate, the Council's own employees lobbied senior management hard in 2010 to improve pedestrian access to the Council & Fire Service buildings on the gyratory after someone was struck whilst crossing the road (this happens way too frequently). The response back then was along the lines of "we'll look into it", so I don't hold out much hope for anything sensible happening in that area any time soon.

Re: so when do the shorts come out?

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 March 2015 - 9:18am
Psamathe wrote:(Not scanned the entire thread but ...)

I only have shorts and never want for anything else - sometimes baggy, sometimes lycra. Some rides can start off a bit chilly but within a few minutes I've warmed-up. Top is an old baddy sweatshirt (plenty of breeze around the un-elasticates waits/sleeves/neck), maybe a cotton t-shirt underneath and when it's really cold an old Helly-Hensen thermal top (the old blue nylon'y things).

Ian
And how do your knees feel about that Ian ? - or more apposite - how do you think they will feel in future years?

Re: Touring possibly the South of France along the coast

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 March 2015 - 9:17am
I rode from Toulouse to Nice last June great weather in the 30s every day. As I expected that hugging the coast would be busy I stayed in land and there were great roads and plenty to see. We went via Tarascon (great Castle with camping next door), Avignon, as we were ahead on schedule over the Ventoux (which obviously can be missed). We were planning to camp in Vence (just West of Nice) but this was busy so we headed inland again and stayed somewhere else and then came into Nice from the North.

Re: Would this bike be a suitable entry level tourer

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 March 2015 - 9:03am
Do you think it could be the more sporty position of a road bike that might have aggravated your neck?

Re: Gluten Free

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 March 2015 - 7:52am
No help at all, but I have been gluten (++) free for nearly 15 years now.

Most places will do a jacket potato, or chips etc. so there will be more places than you think. A decent fish and chip shop can steam the fish without batter (depending on the level of allergy/intolerance you might be able to use the batter as a bowl....)

In terms of normal meals look to the Far East, where much of the stuff you expect to be flour based is actually gramm flour or rice flour.
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