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Re: touring tyres help

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 September 2014 - 10:36pm
I've just done a tour on 700x35 Duremes and they were excellent. 5000 miles with only 1 puncture and they still have plenty of tread. 40c is pretty wide and I'd have thought that was near the limit for 700c wheels. Unless you're carrying an awful lot of gear I'd stick with the Duremes.

Re: Poncho

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 September 2014 - 9:16pm
I got a proper ex-military one. Great, strong, use as emergency tarp, but very heavy. Mine was plain green, not camouflage.

Ian

Re: Ditching my Hybrid for a full Spec Tourer

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 September 2014 - 9:12pm
Great comments. Thank you. It has given me loads of food for thought and lots of options.

Last Friday I looked at a Surly Disc Trucker, which is the bike that has tickled my fancy the most, and I wasn't disappointed. I added a few bells and whistles to my wish list and was pleased with the overall deal the supplier came up with. I got that all in writing and had placed a deposit by lunch time today. EXCITING stuff.

Then: My phone rang. A lady had her bike nicked in Bristol and needed a replacement for the school run! She viewed it this evening with her bike expert friend and was very pleased. She paid cash, loaded my bike in her car and as far as I know my bike is going to live a happy life in Bristol towing a happy 4 year old around the place. And I have a few extra spondoolies to pay towards my Surly.

How cool is that?...............hc

Re: touring tyres help

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 September 2014 - 8:33pm
I have 37mm Panaracer Pasela TGs on my Salsa Vaya. Lovely tyres for the road.

Al

Re: touring tyres help

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 September 2014 - 8:32pm
if wanting wide touring tyres, they do a 2 inch (50mm) standard Marathon and Marathon Supreme which is a good road touring tyre. For the full on balloon tyre experience you can get the fast rolling and comfortable Big Apples in 2" (50mm) 2.15 (55mm) and 2.35 (60mm).

If you are heavy and also carrying a lot of extra weight in luggage (as in fully laden with camping gear) then a Marathon Mondial is a tough expedition touring tyre and I might be tempted to use one of those on the rear (they come in 1.75, 2 and 2.15) for the extra reliability. They are a fair bit slower though, so I'd stick with ordinary touring tyres unless I was heavily loaded on tour.

touring tyres help

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 September 2014 - 8:04pm
im after a new pair of touring tyres my frame has clearence for 2.3 inch front and rear,my rims are 30mm wide,i weigh 110kg and i just ride on the road,i have the big ortlieb back roller classic pannier and a pair of smaller ones on the front,i have a pair of marathon dureme in a 700x40c but they seem a bit narrow what do you suggest.matt

Re: Poncho

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 September 2014 - 6:26pm
I don't think so - I was planning on wearing it as evening wear.

On my cycling trips you worried I might get shot by mistake?

All army stuff tends to be stealth coloured al - I think that's the general idea.

Re: Poncho

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 September 2014 - 5:57pm
Won't this make you invisible?

Al

Re: Show your touring bikes !!!!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 September 2014 - 4:18pm
here below my ktm during an unforgettable cycling along the coast of North Brazil

Re: is bikehike working?

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 September 2014 - 3:16pm
Tried that today. Works

Re: "End of the line for Europe's iconic night trains?"

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 September 2014 - 3:06pm
Sad to read this, I'll be on the Amsterdam to Warsaw next week for the first time and I'm very excited about it. We have a private cabin with WC and shower!

Re: Pennine Cycleway

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 September 2014 - 2:18pm
From Derby going north there is a good Sustrans route which is off main roads. Not very far (Darley Abbey) and you are on the A6 til you turn off left for Wirksworth and up the hill to the High Peak Trail at Middleton (or Steeple Grange) - takes you through to above Buxton. Nice route.

Re: Pennine Cycleway

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 September 2014 - 1:23pm
I cycled part of the PCW from Settle to Derby then to Leicester in 3 days in May 2012. I thoroughly enjoyed the route and would like to return to do the part from Berwick to Settle.

Settle to Buxton was hilly, sometimes very hilly and challenging. The scenery was wonderful. I would thoroughly recommend it.

We were staying in B&B's and a Youth Hostel (Ravenstor) in Derbyshire but if I did the route again I would have aimed to stop at Hartington YH if possible just because it is so nice.

Re: is bikehike working?

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 September 2014 - 1:12pm
Yes, that's the way to do it.
When you connect your Garmin, it should show up as a "mass storage device". If you open it, you will find a folder called Garmin. Inside that, there will be a folder called "TCX" or "GPX".

Put your downloaded BikeHike file into one of them.

Generally, the TCX will create a Course. This will make a route in there with info about the route and distance to go. If you have a Virtual Partner facility, a TCX will give you that. Generally, a GPX will create a Route and your device will re-calculate it and give you turn-by-turn directions.

I say "generally", because my Garmin Montana doesn't work like that in that it only takes GPX, so maybe there are other Garmins like that.

Re: Police Thugs

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 September 2014 - 12:35pm
I haven't come to any conclusions - I really am interested to find out what goes on.

Without wanting to derail this thread - which is why I started the other - I've been trying to find out how often the police give road safety advice to cyclists who are not - on the face of it - breaking the law. That's what triggered the incident which in turn triggered this thread. It seems that the police officer concerned was so intent on offering the advice that they floored the rider.

When this thread first appeared, I was concerned that it might be a bit of a tip of an iceberg and I think I posted as much at the time. For whatever reason, I've not been able to dig out many reports of the police stopping riders to tell them they should be wearing a helmet / hi-viz , so possibly no iceberg. One of the longerst-running current threads about this type of thing involves a rider who was advised by other cyclists. That person has more recently been advised by the police on the subject.

Re: Police Thugs

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 September 2014 - 11:58am
Hi,
Under the spotlight even.

I think that we / you have already come to an conclusion on the question on your other post, whether victims are not here, silent for there own reasons etc,

But I do think that the mistrust that obviously exists in the police needs sorting, our local Cheif Commissioner Devon & Cornwall Tony Hogg, acts like a real politition.........of today.......wont answer questions in a public debate, likes to travel and have free accomodation but does not like to commute....all at our expense.

Publicly admitted that he is not "One of them" but will not say how we got our 12 / 20 commitee members who advise him or who they are...........................or if they are one of them...............smoke and mirrors.

Re: is bikehike working?

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 September 2014 - 10:50am
I don't use any special software with my Edge 605 (although I do use Training Center to download my rides), just use it like a removable drive & open it in Windows Explorer. On the 605 TCX files go in the Courses folder, it may be different with a forerunner but should be obvious as there will be other TCX files in the right folder.

Rick.

Re: is bikehike working?

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 September 2014 - 10:27am
actually I think I have found it now. Garmin Training Center. I need to save as TCX for my GPS, then import into Garmin Training Center then send it to the GPS watch.

Re: Police Thugs

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 September 2014 - 10:26am
The view down any telescope is different, depending on which end you use.

Re: is bikehike working?

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 September 2014 - 10:15am
happy to do that just as well but not sure how. I have the Garmin Forerunner 305 watch I use mounted to my handlebars. Is there software around I can use to transfer the file? be grateful for your guidance.
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