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Re: Are unclassified roads getting much muddier

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 January 2016 - 4:39pm
Psamathe wrote:And what is almost worse is that once the road has been "widened" by this process, the added width taken from the verge has no hard surface so vehicles quickly turn this into a deep trench. So cycle into that and ...

you suddenly find yourself sat on the road facing its centre while your bike has cartwheeled into the verge It happened to someone on a KLWNBUG day trip a year or two ago. There was no damage to bike or rider (and no cars anywhere in sight, as usual) and it was a very graphic reminder to keep an eye on where the edge of the tarmac is, rather than the edge of the verge.

There are at least two consequential problems of this overrunning:
  • Councils tarmacking the overrun, thereby widening the road, reducing the available verge, sometimes leaving the drains well inside the road edge as they struggle to cope with the extra run-off, leading to large puddles and ice and ...
  • Landowners putting boulders on the verge to discourage further overrunning that seem like a serious hazard for cycles and riders if you do cycle into such a deep trench...

Re: Muck on Tracks

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 January 2016 - 4:24pm
Partly that it's not always obvious when said actions are taken, but also they are far less unpleasant in general.

http://bunbag.com/

The solution isn't hard...

Re: Recommend (or sell!) me a touring frame (disc 700c)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 January 2016 - 3:39pm
Thanks everyone for the helpful advice - and the not so helpful

Stewartpratt wrote:If you happen to be tall, drop me a PM.

Stewart - thanks very much for the message - I'm still considering it. I'm concerned that my skinny fork might look silly on it. I'm going to be in London a bit over the next couple of months - I'll message you either way.

JaccoW wrote:How about a Specialized Awol expert frame?

Super cool, but a bit expensive.

rmurphy195 wrote:I have one of these http://www.condorcycles.com/collections ... c-frameset

Super cool, but a bit expensive...

Chiz wrote:Any use? £399 is their SRP

TEH SEX. I loooooooove Genesis. Still a bit expensive, but after the Disc Trucker that's a great option.

Heltor Chasca wrote:Similarly, red canoes are quicker than green ones.

Re: Cycle Touring Festival Clitheroe

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 January 2016 - 2:44pm
Ha, you probably got the same mail as me.

I won't be going either.

I'm not so much objecting to the price but the fact that you can't unbundle the camping.

My reasons for wanting to do this are perfectly genuine (for many won't be an issue) - I come from very close to there - it would be somewhat barmy for me to schlep a load of camping gear there and pay for the privilege.

By all accounts last year's was a great success.

I wish it well.

Re: Cycle Touring Festival Clitheroe

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 January 2016 - 2:29pm
Well folks, it's on again this May and again it's £75 plus another £4 if you wanna camp.
And again I'm not going due to the price.

Re: Northamptonshire/Bedfordshire/Cambridgeshire tour advice

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 January 2016 - 1:41pm
Some rides in the opposite direction. I live in Earls Barton which is 5 miles from you and am looking at some short tours up to the Norfolk Coast from here. As yet I have not worked out a route but it seems the best option for a longer tour and there are sure to be a site or two open . Good back roads from here to Leicester area around Rutland where there are a number of Camping Club sites. This makes a nice 3 day tour to include Oakham. I use OS 1-50 maps and work out a route. I generally find the minor roads quiet between 10 and 3 and cycle around Harrold, Turvey and Olney 3 times a week on my day rides. lovely part of the world even in winter

Peter

Muck on Tracks

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 January 2016 - 1:24pm
Is it just me or does anybody else get sick of the piles of Horse muck left all over the shared Pedestrian Horse and Cycle paths.
At times it's impossible to avoid, at least most Dog owners are being encouraged to clean up after their Dogs or at least make them use the grass verges.
What gives Horse Riders the right to leave their animals huge droppings where they land making them often impossible to walk or cycle around?

Re: Marylebone-Oxford Bike on Train

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 January 2016 - 12:23pm
Whilst in theory only season ticket holders who have registered their bikes can use the on-platform cycle parking at Marylebone, in practice you will get away with it if you don't leave your bike longer than a few days there. The worst that will happen within a few days is that they stick a "please register your bike" notice on the bike. Removal does occur eventually, but generally takes a long time. There is also public bicycle parking outside the station.

I've never failed to get a bike on a train at Marylebone when I have wanted to and it is permitted. Once in a while you do get some very heavily loaded trains outside the peak hour, usually due to disruption, where it would be antisocial/difficult to try and travel with a bike, but that is rare/unusual. If its turbo stock, then its wise to get to the train as soon as it is announced to bag the fold up seat space, passengers who have grabbed this hate giving it up. Bike travel restrictions are directional, ie, into Marylebone in the morning peak, and out of Marylebone in the evening peak. There are also peak restrictions at Birmingham, but you aren't going there, though maybe it will happen at proper Oxford when the service starts to proper Oxford in a few months time.

Re: Northamptonshire/Bedfordshire/Cambridgeshire tour advice

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 January 2016 - 12:06pm
If you look at the Audax UK website's calendar of events and find the Heart of England 300 (starts in Cirencester) you will find a printable route sheet. The easternmost part of the ride might be of interest to you. It travels from the Bosworth area down to Daventry, and it mostly follows quiet rural roads. Definitely worth a look if you need a few pointers in that area.

Re: Northamptonshire/Bedfordshire/Cambridgeshire tour advice

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 January 2016 - 11:59am
keithlackie wrote:Hello,

I would appreciate the Forum's advice on possible bike tour routes around the above three counties. I currently reside in Wollaston (nr. Wellingborough, Northamptonshire), which is pretty close to all three counties, and would like to ride out of my home and go four a two/three/four day tour. I'm quite new to the area.


I am not sure on the campsite front, but there might be a few around the Towcester and Silverstone ( South Northants area ), the small roads around there are fairly easy going and there are some nice routes around Stoke Bruerne ( nice for a visit and has a nice pub / cafe on the canal ), Paulerspury etc.. If not there are B&Bs about to cater for visitors to the race track near Silverstone.

Between Market Harborough and Northampton is a nice railway track ride ( Sustrans Cycle Route 6 ) which goes through a couple of long tunnels and other than a couple of times it crosses roads its car free. Its a nice easy ride on a good track but remember to take a light!

I hope the above helps and please let us know which route you plan to take !

Re: America: the bizarre

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 January 2016 - 10:31am
pwa wrote:As I said before, risk of physical harm is not everything. Nobody would climb Everest or even go skiing if we let physical danger dictate our actions all the time. And life is always fatal.


Yes, but most people climbing Everest are well prepared for what they are about to face and even then about one in twenty five of them don't come back down. And as an amateur skier you don't jump straight into the nearest chute and expect to survive. If you are familiar with the high risk areas in the USA and well prepared it can be fine but just jumping on a bike and riding through without that preparation and local knowledge would be a bit like jumping into a couloir on your first day on skis. Stick to the green runs though and you should be fine.

Lleida

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 January 2016 - 10:20am
I'll be passing through this inland city in Catalonia this summer. It's quite large but I know very little about it. Has anyone been and is there much to see/do?

Re: Week-long tour in the W/N-W of Ireland. Top tips please!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 January 2016 - 9:53am
The “West/North West” of Ireland is a big ask for a six day tour. I think I would concentrate on a smaller area. Especially if you have to allow for travelling from your entry point.

The Burren is certainly a highlight and could form the basis of a good six day tour. Especially if you flew into Shannon. There are many other attractions in Co Clare. The Cliffs of Moher are rightly famous, a bit of a tourist trap but nonetheless impressive. Especially if you visit early morning before the coaches arrive. The same might be said of the Aran Islands but still worth visiting. Whilst in the area you should also take a day to explore the Loop head peninsular. Most tourists doing the coastal route tend to bypass this area but its one of Ireland's best kept secrets.

If you want to go further afield there are various options; You could take the ferry across the Shannon to Tarbert and head south into Co Kerry or you could continue north from the Burren into Galway.

My experience of B&B's in Ireland is that all of the Tourist Board recommended ones will be excellent but I tend to mostly use hostels in Ireland when touring by bike.

https://anoige.ie/

http://www.independenthostelsireland.com/

You will receive a warm welcome wherever you go.

The OS Ireland 1:50K maps are excellent for cycling and their 1:200K road atlas is also very useful for planning. The 50K mapping is also available in digital form From Mapyx

Edit to fix link

Re: How to inflate tyres on the road?

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 January 2016 - 9:24am
Topeak Mountain Morph for me, having tried several pumps I've found one that actually works.

Comes with mounting kit and it has a fold out gauge and a fold out foot which means it works like a track pump, forgot to say the top folds over as well, which makes it easier and more comfortable to use. pumps up tyres in seconds without sweat and aching arms

Disadvantage is that it's big and if you have it on the top tube like me , it's very noticeable which means anyone with a puncture within half a mile will want to borrow it

Re: How to inflate tyres on the road?

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 January 2016 - 8:49am
Vantage wrote:2 tubes and a puncture kit for me regardless of where I'm going.
On a warm sunny day I don't mind patching a tube by the side of a country lane out in the moors. But when it's pi****g hail in mid winter with an arctic gale blowing, having that second spare tube because I missed that little bugger of a glass shard hiding in the tread is a godsend.
I learnt the hard way

+1

2 tubes, repair kit just in case, tiny pump (cheapo Halfords take on Mick F's nice pump, good for 95psi without breaking into a sweat) and levers. And my multi-tool has to include something to prize out bits of glass from the tyre tread. All this is kept in the bag, all the time. And the bike never moves without the bag being on it.

Re: How to inflate tyres on the road?

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 January 2016 - 8:38am
syklist wrote:Mick F wrote:I carry two CO2 canisters and two tubes, unless I'm going further afield, and then I carry maybe four tubes, plus a puncture outfit and a Lezyne pump.
That sounds like a lot. When I go away, I take my trailer and weight/volume isn't an issue. I've taken a spare (foldable) tyre with me before.

Also, I've said before that I use narrow tyres and tubes and they can be a pig to repair if the hole is big. Spare tubes are essential, and they don't weigh much compared to the "kitchen sink" that I always take!

Re: How to inflate tyres on the road?

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 January 2016 - 8:34am
I have a Lezyne Road Drive in the Large size (283 mm, 110 g). It works well and with some effort will reach about 100 PSI, which is unusual for a mini pump (but of course it’s not actually very mini). It comes with a mount that attaches beneath a water bottle cage.

But does anyone know of a much smaller pump that will get close to 100 PSI? On my faster rides I’d prefer something super-small to fit in a jersey pocket or tiny saddlebag.

Re: America: the bizarre

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 January 2016 - 8:05am
Yep, please look at my edited comment.

Re: America: the bizarre

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 January 2016 - 8:02am
pwa wrote:Vorpal wrote:pwa wrote: a murder rate 32 times that of the UK the USA scores badly when it comes to personal safety.
Where do you get this number? As far as I know, the murder rate in the USA is about 3.8 times that in the UK. Do you have data or statistics form somewhere? It doesn't sound even vaguely realistic to me.

It is about 2 years old and came (to me, at least) from a BBC Panorama programme. Canada was also pretty bad, at 16 times UK murder levels.

Your memory must be playing up, Canada's rate is 1.4 times the UK rate, USA is 3.8 times UK, according to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_c ... icide_rate

Re: America: the bizarre

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 January 2016 - 7:38am
Vorpal wrote:pwa wrote: a murder rate 32 times that of the UK the USA scores badly when it comes to personal safety.
Where do you get this number? As far as I know, the murder rate in the USA is about 3.8 times that in the UK. Do you have data or statistics form somewhere? It doesn't sound even vaguely realistic to me.

It is about 2 years old and came (to me, at least) from a BBC Panorama programme. Canada was also pretty bad, at 16 times UK levels. But looking at figures from the World Bank, I must have got this wrong. Apologies. The figures must be for gun crime fatalities alone, not homicides generally. For homicides, the World Bank puts the USA at 4 times UK levels, and Canada at about UK levels.

Certain US cities seem to be real hot spots. Baltimore and Chicago seem to have real issues.

As I said before, risk of physical harm is not everything. Nobody would climb Everest or even go skiing if we let physical danger dictate our actions all the time. And life is always fatal.

Apologies again for misinformation.
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