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Re: What constitutes light touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 June 2015 - 10:28am
al_yrpal wrote:Heres my list about 8kg for light B&B or CC touring and an additional 6.5kg when camping. I like to have a change of clothing to wash and something decent to go down the pub.

Weight ist by Al, on Flickr

Al

"Painting stuff" ? !

Love it. You came back home and the bike was suddenly a different.colour...

Mine includes "dancing stuff" usually.

Ferdinand

Re: Inclusion of African Team in TdF

CTC Forum - Racing - 12 June 2015 - 10:07am
Tacascarow wrote:It's an expensive sport to televise compared to stadium based sports, in equipment & manpower. & IMHO other than the occasional spills (which the cameras are nearly always late for) rather boring to watch, (other than the scenery).
It's going to get cheaper, as small drones replace the manned helicopter/plane cameras/relays. They're being used for amateur races (recorded online coverage only AFAIK) so I guess the extra power demand of the relay task might still be a problem.

Is it really expensive? Or is it just that the costs of wiring a stadium up for pictures is a pay-one/use-many deal, whereas cycling set-up costs has to be paid each event/series?

Plus you also need to address the matter of doping, which whether true or false is a stigma still firmly attached to the sport & very much to the tour?
I'm not sure that's unique to cycling. I feel there's a growing disquiet that it's not being talked about in coverage of many other sports... I hope that the recent Panorama might encourage more questions, but there's so many ex-pros involved in sports coverage that omerta will probably prevail again.

Re: Help settle an argument

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 June 2015 - 10:03am
wahoofish wrote:beardy wrote:Using it as an example of why cyclists are stupid / shouldn't be on the road etc because he moved 'out of the lane'

An example of what? Apart from the cyclist hitting the kerb and coming off, this was a non-incident.
No close call, no emergency braking, nothing of note. No injury, no damage, no death.

A few days ago my neighbour pulled onto the road from her drive just as another car came around the corner. She was not on the road at that point but she was unable to stop from entering it. She got a beep even though no collision was on the cards, just a bit of having to lift the foot off the accelerator.

Does this make all my neighbours stupid, all Vauxhall drivers stupid, all silver car drivers stupid?
Or was it just a non-event with a driver beeping his horn because he didnt have a clear road all to himself.

Meanwhile the car drivers killed how many people on that same day?

Writing as the owner of an automatic silver Vauxhall, I have no comment to make, except to repeat that this video is an excellent discussion starter for instruction.

F

Re: Some ferry good news...

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 June 2015 - 9:43am
Apparently its going to be Saturday 12th March 2016. A definite date rather than a vague "spring" but a lot can happen between now and then!

Re: What constitutes light touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 June 2015 - 9:25am
pwa wrote:I have a tourer and an audax bike (Spa titanium) and when I go touring in Provence this summer (including Ventoux) I will be taking the slower but more stable tourer because I think the load I will be carrying will make the audax too twitchy. But I will be camping, so I will probably take 4 panniers (not possible with the audax). I think the audax would be the nicer bike to ride with loads of up to about 10kg, but much more than that would steer me towards the tourer.

As above, Spa's tourer and audax are more similar than different. If you had bought the steel forks to go with the Spa Audax, then you could take front panniers as there are fittings for low-riders. ,,,,,and the steering geometry of Spa's Audax is 72 deg head, 45mm offset, which is exactly the same as Surly's "famously stable" Long Haul trucker. .....it may even be the same as your tourer?
Where most "Audax" bikes are limited is tyre size; there isn't room under dual pivot sidepulls for more than a 28mm tyre with mudguard clearance, and this is to me a big disadvantage unless you want to restrict yourself to good tarmac, and be constantly vigilant for stones, etc. Chainstays are shorter on the Audax, but many of the (Spa) bikes share the same diameter frame tubes.
But again, where is the point in having a Tourer, and an Audax bike with front pannier mountings? They are almost the same thing, apart from tyre size.....

Re: Joda Driver

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 June 2015 - 9:08am
The companies E-mail address is info@jodafreight.co.uk for anyone that wants to draw their attention to this quite frankly disgusting driving as I have.

Re: Joda Driver

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 June 2015 - 9:07am
That IMHO is a clear case of intimidation.

Re: Inclusion of African Team in TdF

CTC Forum - Racing - 12 June 2015 - 9:02am
Valbrona wrote:Yes, it is great that a team based on the African continent has been included in the Tour. But over the years I look for reasons why cycling has made little appearance on terrestrial TV and I think one of the reasons is that it doesn't fit the media idea of an 'inclusive sport'.
It's an expensive sport to televise compared to stadium based sports, in equipment & manpower. & IMHO other than the occasional spills (which the cameras are nearly always late for) rather boring to watch, (other than the scenery).
Plus you also need to address the matter of doping, which whether true or false is a stigma still firmly attached to the sport & very much to the tour?

Re: Ausies in the TdF?

CTC Forum - Racing - 12 June 2015 - 8:54am
GrumpyGit wrote:I've heard that there are plans to enter an Australian team in the TdF as soon as they can work out how to fit cleats to their flip-flops!
http://blog.centurycycles.com/2012/04/n ... -flip.html



Re: Joda Driver

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 June 2015 - 8:48am
It's absolutely clear that he does, else he'd have run over the top of the cyclist...

No doubt at all...

doing the jogmog

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 June 2015 - 8:40am
Here is the route including stop overs , we are zig zagging over scotland just incase anyone wants to join us for the day .
Fri 12th june meeting at the weigh inn thurso

day 1 - john o groats to tongue 63 miles approx ---- stopping at Kyle of Tongue Hostel & Holiday Park

day 2 - tongue to tain 66 miles approx -------- stopping off at Dornoch Firth Caravan Park

day 3 - tain to aviemore 63 miles approx ------stopping at High Range Aviemore

day 4 - aviemore to dunkeld 70 miles approx ------- stopping at Inver Mill Farm Camping & Caravan Site

day 5 - dunkeld to livingston 60 miles approx --- stopping at Linwater Caravan Park

day 6 - livingston to dumfries 86 miles approx -----stopping at Mossband Caravan Park.

day 7 - dumfries to rspb mull of galloway 78 miles approx --- end . still to find

To be honest we could have found another route but this is for charity and to try to cover all coast during this which i think we have done .

Re: Mini tour of Ireland

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 June 2015 - 8:34am
The west coast by road is 2,500 km and is worth taking your time. 8 days is too short to cover this route even in by car. I cycled 550km last year and didn't leave the coast of Donegal and took 10 days and this is my home county!

http://www.farawayvisions.com/bikepacking/bikepacking-ireland-wild-atlantic-way/

I was over on a visit last week and drove to Galway from Donegal to meet a friend for lunch. 4 hours to drive and 3.5 hours back. The buses are even slower so make sure you factor this in. Wherever you decide to ride, it'll be lovely. Enjoy it.

Re: What constitutes light touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 June 2015 - 8:22am
I have a tourer and an audax bike (Spa titanium) and when I go touring in Provence this summer (including Ventoux) I will be taking the slower but more stable tourer because I think the load I will be carrying will make the audax too twitchy. But I will be camping, so I will probably take 4 panniers (not possible with the audax). I think the audax would be the nicer bike to ride with loads of up to about 10kg, but much more than that would steer me towards the tourer.

Re: Joda Driver

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 June 2015 - 7:49am
I suppose the cyclist could duck, not sure how much of the cyclist the driver would be able to see, maybe just his head, so ducking would hopefully cause the truck driver to slam on his brakes. Pity none of the car drivers anywhere are beeping at the truck driver. Think the truck driver definitely knows what he's doing.

Re: Help settle an argument

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 June 2015 - 7:33am
beardy wrote:Using it as an example of why cyclists are stupid / shouldn't be on the road etc because he moved 'out of the lane'

An example of what? Apart from the cyclist hitting the kerb and coming off, this was a non-incident.
No close call, no emergency braking, nothing of note. No injury, no damage, no death.

A few days ago my neighbour pulled onto the road from her drive just as another car came around the corner. She was not on the road at that point but she was unable to stop from entering it. She got a beep even though no collision was on the cards, just a bit of having to lift the foot off the accelerator.

Does this make all my neighbours stupid, all Vauxhall drivers stupid, all silver car drivers stupid?
Or was it just a non-event with a driver beeping his horn because he didnt have a clear road all to himself.

Meanwhile the car drivers killed how many people on that same day?

Well, you do have to admit that buying a silver Vauxhall does raise some questions about you. [emoji48]

Re: What constitutes light touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 June 2015 - 7:32am
Agreed, there wouldn't be many threads on this forum if everyone had to just "load up and go" without asking any questions

Re: Inclusion of African Based Team in TdF

CTC Forum - Racing - 12 June 2015 - 7:28am
Good team. Qhubeka do a lot of good work .

Re: Inclusion of African Based Team in TdF

CTC Forum - Racing - 12 June 2015 - 6:38am
There was some controversy over their strip though

They want to wear specific strip on "Mandela day" which is something that was refused

Re: Joda Driver

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 June 2015 - 1:06am
Surely there is a case for Police involvement, even if the cyclist did/does not make any type of complaint. If the truck driver claims that he did not know the cyclist was only a couple of inches off his front bumper, well that is one thing. But if he gives indication that he knew the cyclist was there well then he should be on a charge.

Re: Help settle an argument

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 June 2015 - 11:44pm
Using it as an example of why cyclists are stupid / shouldn't be on the road etc because he moved 'out of the lane'

An example of what? Apart from the cyclist hitting the kerb and coming off, this was a non-incident.
No close call, no emergency braking, nothing of note. No injury, no damage, no death.

A few days ago my neighbour pulled onto the road from her drive just as another car came around the corner. She was not on the road at that point but she was unable to stop from entering it. She got a beep even though no collision was on the cards, just a bit of having to lift the foot off the accelerator.

Does this make all my neighbours stupid, all Vauxhall drivers stupid, all silver car drivers stupid?
Or was it just a non-event with a driver beeping his horn because he didnt have a clear road all to himself.

Meanwhile the car drivers killed how many people on that same day?
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