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Re: Cycle Tour U.S.A

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 January 2015 - 2:13pm
Cycle down to Williamsburg, nearby is Jamestown and Yorktown. Plenty of American history to immerse yourself in. http://www.colonialwilliamsburg.com Fantastic area.

Al

Re: Cycling is anti-ageing

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 January 2015 - 2:13pm
sounds good dont it 100k in 6.5 hours. in my money thats 63 miles in 6.5 hours? ( unless 100k means 100,000 ). Why any one wants to cycle for 6.5 hours I dont know. There was the other bit of research wasnt there that hard exercise for just a few minutes was as good?

Cycle Tour U.S.A

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 January 2015 - 1:57pm
Planning to visit a friend in Washington (Bethesda), Maryland for a cycling trip; does anybody have suggestions for that area. Looking to do about a weeks cycling maybe more, camping or lodges etc; I will be taking my own bike with a couple of panniers. Thanks

Re: Cycling lesson please

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 January 2015 - 1:53pm
fluffybunnyuk wrote:ummm...im sure i mentioned the cycle path route above... I did!

As for the cycle path...well yes there is one on the other side of the road...to reach it i have to stop before the roundabout...get off my bike cross at the lights..walk 3 mins cross again at lights...walk back 3 mins...cycle down cycle path filled with pedestrians for 3mins...get off bike at toucan....cross road ...walk 3 mins...get on bike... instead of just a quick 60 second cycle though the section...

Its a prime example of a cycle path that is pretty useless. It doesnt even run to the roundabout(about 200 metres long and 100metres short). I live at the roundabout end and where im going is the other end...so there isnt an alternate route...unless you count leaving the bike at home and walking (5mins bike vs 30 mins walk)

Im happy wobbling on some routes but not where cars want to tank it at 50 and if ur in the way blare horn till u move or they run u over.
To be fair 80% of the time motorists are happyish to wait ,its just the odd idiot who thinks my cars missing 2 wheels and wants to beep his horn to point it out...

That's when I stop and ask what's wrong, occasionally I'll ask if they need help to fix their horn.

Re: Some ferry good news...

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 January 2015 - 1:46pm
I understand the they are still looking for investors. It could actually be useful to them if some of us emailed them expressing interest in services for cyclists.

Re: Some ferry good news...

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 January 2015 - 1:42pm
Thanks for the post op.

Will follow with interest.

Re: Cycling is anti-ageing

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 January 2015 - 1:34pm
Hmm. Sounds like research from the department of the bleedin' obvious: fit old people who don't drink, smoke, have high blood pressure or other health conditions are just as fit as younger people who don't etc.

But the essential message is true, and important:
Inevitably, our bodies will experience some decline with age, but staying physically active can buy you extra years of function compared to sedentary people.

Re: Cycling is anti-ageing

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 January 2015 - 1:28pm
I may as well point out ... viewtopic.php?f=49&t=93180

Cycling is anti-ageing

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 January 2015 - 1:08pm
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science ... tists.html

Interesting findings. I certainly fall within the age parameters, unfortunately my cycle rides are the type that usually terminate in a pub.

Edit: they defined "fit" as able to do 100k in 6.5 hrs - even I can do that, maybe I'm super-fit after all!

Re: titanium rack - anyone used one?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 January 2015 - 12:54pm
I bought an Airy a few years ago when I was rather flusher (or stupider) than I am now. I have it on a Roadrat built up in CX mode but wanted some carrying capacity as required without much extra weight. Just to echo what others have said:

- it's nice and stiff;
- it *can* take full sized panniers if required, although the rails *are* a little short. I've had full size Ortliebs on it containing 20kg of junk, no probs;
- if you want to lash stuff to the top, it's pretty narrow.
- no paint to scratch, but it does rub and polish at the contact points (looks good imo)
- it's a great (looking) rack, but there's probably better ways to spend you're money.

I'm glad I bought one when I could and have been very happy with it, but it would not pay the extra cost nowadays for the sake of a few hundred grams vs a steel rack.

Re: Feeling guilty whilst not cycling & car use thru illness

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 January 2015 - 12:51pm
Merry_Wanderer wrote:I had the same experience with sciatica. Intense pain whilst standing and walking, no pain whilst sitting or cycling. As Vorpal, my GP was useless and suggested after looking at me lying down on the couch that one leg was longer than the other and recommended an orthotic in my left shoe. The GP had one made specially for me which just transferred the sciatica from my pelvis and leg to my pelvis, leg and back.

The sciatica only went away with treatment from a wonderful physio. After getting me to lie down on her treatment couch she noted that one leg seemed longer than the other. However, she then noted after rotating my pelvis that the pelvis was out of alignment. After some gentle manipulation and rotation she put my pelvis back in alignment and gave me some exercises to do at home every day to strengthen the muscles which support the movement in the pelvis. After 3 days the sciatica was much reduced and after 2 weeks all pain had gone. I had a follow up session with the physio to make sure all was well. End of problem after 2 sessions which cost me £70. I would cheerfully have paid many times that to be pain free, such was its intensity and debilitating effect on my life.

Chiropractors work for some people (they work for me, and I have sciatic nerve damage from a long-term negelcted medical condition, but no longer get pain from it). I've also had friends have good results from osteopaths. But get a recommendation to a specific one from someone you know, they can vary a lot.

Re: Belgium fixed base recommendations please

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 January 2015 - 12:50pm
Thanks TrevA, much appreciated, I'll start to do some research on these recoommendations. Cheers.

Re: Spain now included on 3

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 January 2015 - 12:48pm
That's good. One of the few benefits of being on the 3 network! I presume it includes the Spanish Islands - Majorca, Tenerife?

Re: Belgium fixed base recommendations please

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 January 2015 - 12:46pm
There's a hostel in Kortrijk that I've stayed at, and also some cheap hotels. You are then in the area of some of the Spring Classic races such as Gent-Wevelgem and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne. Wevelgem and Kuurne are suburbs of Kortrijk. You could do some rides based on the race routes. The Kemmelberg is to the west of Kortrijk. Roubaix is also close - to the south west.

Spain now included on 3

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 January 2015 - 12:45pm
Mobile provider 3 have just announced that Spain and New Zealand will be included in their feel at home service, which means you can use your phone there for free. Calls, texts and internet just come off your monthly allowances. Great news for me as I am touring Spain and France this summer. France was added a while back.

Re: Three! more cyclists killed

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 January 2015 - 12:43pm
iviehoff wrote:thirdcrank wrote:If somebody really wants your car, they won't be too bothered about waiting until you are getting in or out and then taking it, using whatever personal violence they find necessary to accomplish their purpose. Plenty of cars are easier to steal than that so it's not often "necessary."
This is why when my neighbour suffered a break-in to steal his car-keys while he was in the house, the door being physically broken to enter, he was pleased that the keys were relatively easy for the thieves to find, rather than them entering further into the house and encountering its occupants. He was less impressed by the technicality the insurance company used to avoid paying out, which had nothing to do with any such detail.

How could they avoid paying out when the thief had actually broken into the house?

If I were an opportunist thief, and I could see keys through the letterbox, I might break in, if I couldn't see keys, I might look for another house where I could. I suspect that seriously targeted thefts where thieves might consider violence would be more for high-performance cars than run-of-the mill ones, wouldn't they?

Re: Cycling lesson please

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 January 2015 - 12:42pm
ummm...im sure i mentioned the cycle path route above... I did!

As for the cycle path...well yes there is one on the other side of the road...to reach it i have to stop before the roundabout...get off my bike cross at the lights..walk 3 mins cross again at lights...walk back 3 mins...cycle down cycle path filled with pedestrians for 3mins...get off bike at toucan....cross road ...walk 3 mins...get on bike... instead of just a quick 60 second cycle though the section...

Its a prime example of a cycle path that is pretty useless. It doesnt even run to the roundabout(about 200 metres long and 100metres short). I live at the roundabout end and where im going is the other end...so there isnt an alternate route...unless you count leaving the bike at home and walking (5mins bike vs 30 mins walk)

Im happy wobbling on some routes but not where cars want to tank it at 50 and if ur in the way blare horn till u move or they run u over.
To be fair 80% of the time motorists are happyish to wait ,its just the odd idiot who thinks my cars missing 2 wheels and wants to beep his horn to point it out...

Re: Handlebar bag views and costs

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 January 2015 - 12:40pm
The Mechanic wrote:I have had the Carradice Super C handlebar bag for about six or seven years now. I would highly recommend it. My front light (Dynamo) is fixed to the fork crown and sits well below the bag, even on my small frame. Top piece of kit IMHO

How waterproof is this bag?

Re: Loop of Wales - route advice please

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 January 2015 - 12:38pm
I wonder if I might but in and ask a supplementary question to the Wales experts.
I am planning a more sedate ride down Wales and would appreciate any comments on the route, in terms of traffic, which I want to avoid, and hills, which I know are inevitable but as I am going for pleasure not pain I want to minimise.
Looking at small scale maps and keeping to brown and yellow roads with a few exceptions I propose to pass through the following
Llandudno
Llanrwst
Y Bala
Minllyn
Llanbrynmar
Llanidloes
Rhayader
Builth Wells
Brecon
and on to the Severn Bridge.
Apologies for any spelling mistakes.
Looking at around 60 miles per day.
.

Re: Cycling 'Too Dangerous' for Australian PM

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 January 2015 - 12:31pm
661-Pete wrote:As for Abbott & That Ilk - well I've long thought that Oz and NZ are a 'lost cause' as far as promotion of cycling is concerned - I'm hoping someone will come in and prove me wrong! But it reminds me of an (American) former MD of mine at work, who was bothered (me being apparently 'unreplaceable' or something) about me cycling the meagre 2 miles to the workplace. He dropped hints that he'd prefer me to sport a suit-of-armour or whatnot. Don't get me wrong: he was an excellent manager and I got on well with him. But as far as his attitude to cycling was concerned, he was a total prat.
He does seem one of the Climate Change deniers (or at least one of those who regards it as a side issue and that worries about it should not be allowed to impact Australia's economy, mining interests, etc) e.g. his plans for the Galilee Basin.

And I may be completely wrong but it has struck me that right wing politicians seem less concerned about promoting and encouraging cycling than left wing ones (ignoring who is actually riding a bike and who isn't). And Abbott strikes me as pretty far right ...

Ian
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