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Re: Large Volume 700c slick tyre

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 August 2015 - 8:26pm
Does your bike have sufficient clearance for the type of tyre you'd like to fit? Why not try your mate's wheel in your bike?

Re: Should I buy this bike? King of Mercia

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 August 2015 - 8:24pm
thank you! I also have a carry freedom trailer so maybe it would bo ok. Good enough to get back in to it I guess, then I could sell it once I felt the need for something sturdier?

Will it handle tow path kind of stuff?

Re: Specialized Awol

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 August 2015 - 8:22pm
My friend bought the 2015 bike in April and is very pleased with it. It is a long frame so check the sizing. It is about 14kg.

Re: Should I buy this bike? King of Mercia

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 August 2015 - 8:18pm
King of Mercia is more of a light tourer/audax bike, so you are not comparing like with like. It will only take calliper brakes which limit the size of tyre to around 28mm, so if you are wanting to do full blown touring with heavy panniers then it's not the bike you need, but a KoM would make a perfectly good bike for day rides and light, credit card touring. I broke the frame on mine but then I'm a big, heavy, powerful rider. Mick F of this parish has had his for 30 years and tours with a Carry Freedon trailer attached to his Mercian.

I would not buy a new one because the frame alone costs around £800, but if it's in decent nick and suits the type of riding that you want to do, then go for it.

Re: St ives, Cornwall

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 August 2015 - 8:12pm
Jeremy Bond wrote:St Ives is an excellent place for cycling and relaxing. I have three routes for you to consider
1. The coastal road from St Ives to St Just on the B3306 is widely regarded as the most scenic road in the South West. As the road winds through the heath and moorland you will see the patchwork of iron-age fields, unchanged for centuries. Views from the road are spectacular looking over the cliffs to the ocean beyond.......
Have a great time in Cornwall.
Jeremy, as I've said before you should really consider setting up as a travel business

Re: St ives, Cornwall

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 August 2015 - 7:18pm
Jeremy Bond wrote:St Ives is an excellent place for cycling and relaxing. I have three routes for you to consider

1. The coastal road from St Ives to St Just on the B3306 is widely regarded as the most scenic road in the South West. As the road winds through the heath and moorland you will see the patchwork of iron-age fields, unchanged for centuries. Views from the road are spectacular looking over the cliffs to the ocean beyond.

2. Hayle is fine for cycling. After the climb out of St Ives on the A3074 it’s a fast ride into Lelant and then onto the Hayle Causeway which takes you in Hayle. If you follow the national cycle network 3 signs you will be taken on King George V Memorial Walk which runs beside the estuary. The B3301 will take you to Gwithan Towans or Godrevy where you can get up and close to the lighthouse you can see from St Ives.

3. St Michaels Mount is not far from St Ives, you can cycle on the country lanes through Towednack, Nancledra, Crowlas (straight over the A30) and at Gwallon just follow the national cycle network 3 signs to the Mount.

Hope this has given you some food for thought

Have a great time in Cornwall.

That's great thanks for that, that's just what ive been looking for !

Re: Doored cyclist almost run over - good driving?

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 August 2015 - 6:14pm
If you ride in primary, in hi viz, with flashing lights, bells and whistles, sooner or later you're going to get run over.

Re: Doored cyclist almost run over - good driving?

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 August 2015 - 6:04pm
robing wrote:People seem obsessed with apportioning blame on this forum. But it's no good lying in the hospital bed saying it was the parked car's fault, or relying on the quick reflexes of a taxi driver to avoid being run over. I repeat, if you ride so close to a line of parked cars, sooner or later you are going to get doored.
That doesn't make it a cyclists fault in any way shape or form.

The secondary blame is with the engineers who design suicide lanes all over our road network, with the police and judiciary who fail to deal with poor driving.

Re: Doored cyclist almost run over - good driving?

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 August 2015 - 6:00pm
People seem obsessed with apportioning blame on this forum. But it's no good lying in the hospital bed saying it was the parked car's fault, or relying on the quick reflexes of a taxi driver to avoid being run over. I repeat, if you ride so close to a line of parked cars, sooner or later you are going to get doored.

Re: Proper use of an A Gate

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 August 2015 - 6:00pm
mjr wrote:Rather than relying on some of your friends are disabled, it seems better to measure the barriers against the maximum permitted sizes for mobility scooters.

Another bike was damaged by barriers on yesterday's ride. New route to us, barrier much tighter than it should be. I'll report it but there's no good reason for a barrier on an unfenced path over green space between two roads. Any half decent motorcyclist can ride over smooth grass! They're mainly a trap for law abiding cyclists who try to stay on the tarmac so as not to damage the grass

What we did was install an A-frame as recommended by the manufacturer who, in turn, had designed it around wheelchairs and mobility scooters, then we tested with a wheelchair and a mobility scooter to make sure. We found that an otherwise okay piece of kit could be made difficult to use if there was insufficient space to line up the bike / wheelchair / mobility scooter.

Re: New Bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 August 2015 - 6:00pm
Tonyf33 wrote:I very much approve of the colour scheme, big thumbs up from me, understated, simple and classy and the colour combination works great

+ 1

Re: New Route Planner

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 August 2015 - 5:27pm
That would be great, thanks Richard. Enjoy the hols

Re: New Route Planner

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 August 2015 - 5:17pm
On holiday at the moment but will tackle TCX when I'm back shortly!

Re: St ives, Cornwall

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 August 2015 - 4:22pm
St Ives is an excellent place for cycling and relaxing. I have three routes for you to consider

1. The coastal road from St Ives to St Just on the B3306 is widely regarded as the most scenic road in the South West. As the road winds through the heath and moorland you will see the patchwork of iron-age fields, unchanged for centuries. Views from the road are spectacular looking over the cliffs to the ocean beyond.

2. Hayle is fine for cycling. After the climb out of St Ives on the A3074 it’s a fast ride into Lelant and then onto the Hayle Causeway which takes you in Hayle. If you follow the national cycle network 3 signs you will be taken on King George V Memorial Walk which runs beside the estuary. The B3301 will take you to Gwithan Towans or Godrevy where you can get up and close to the lighthouse you can see from St Ives.

3. St Michaels Mount is not far from St Ives, you can cycle on the country lanes through Towednack, Nancledra, Crowlas (straight over the A30) and at Gwallon just follow the national cycle network 3 signs to the Mount.

Hope this has given you some food for thought

Have a great time in Cornwall.

Re: Scottish weather has me freaked out!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 August 2015 - 3:12pm
eileithyia wrote:Clegs never worried me, but midges!!!!! Ugh!!! They were bad last time i was up there due to a mild winter.....

But agree, forecast is often gloomier than weather turns out, i tend to adopt a wait and see policy if at home, or just do it anyway....

They are normally just an occasional problem but I got 4 bites from the 1 fanged vampires this time and no midge.

Re: New Bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 August 2015 - 3:02pm
Back in the late 1960s a clubmate of mine had those colours. I thought it looked elegant and understated. These days I suppose people would say retro. Still looks good to me.

Re: Lightweight pannier suggestions for Tubus Airey rack

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 August 2015 - 2:35pm
I have an earlier version of that rack in stainless steel (Luna or Fly ) and I use Ortlieb roll top panniers.

I've no idea what they weigh in £-s-d but subjectively they don't seem heavy. Mine are the smaller ones which can be used front or rear. They are as near as bombproof as you might hope for in bike luggage. Above all, they are very adjustable - which accounts for a bit of any weight. Being able to fit them on your rack seems to be the main criterion.

Re: New Bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 August 2015 - 2:25pm
Do like that colour scheme. I've been playing ion the Mercian Bike Builder to configure my next bike (saving in progress), but hadn't tried that combination. Was looking at plum with cream highlights, but that looks at least as nice!

Lightweight pannier suggestions for Tubus Airey rack

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 August 2015 - 2:21pm
I have had a Tubus Airey rack since Xmas time, but have struggled to pair it with some lightweight AND rubust panniers for a month long tour. The challenge is that the top of the rack is very small and most panniers that I have tried don't fit.

The lightweight panniers that I have tried (Arkel, Altura, etc) simply don't seem like they would last

I'm looking for a pair of panniers with robust fittings that weigh less than a kilo for the pair, otherwise I'm better off with my existing rack and panniers

Any suggestions?
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