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Re: my altercation

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 July 2015 - 10:43am
been into the police station this morning and gave my witness statement. They did state that he'd actually phoned in as well to complaint about me. Not sure what though, but the police officer who took my statement sat and watched the video of our conversation and seemed to think that there was nothing there. There was no public order offence (probably because he didn't f and blind at me). When I asked about the traffic incident she was not hopeful that the CCTV would have captured it. There's still the witness, but I think driver may just get a bit of a talking to and that's it. Bike camera bought. I will not commute without it now...

Re: car hire v train prices

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 July 2015 - 10:38am
simonhill wrote:Maybe you now realise why many choose to fly.
And airline baggage systems are sooooo good if you're worried about tiny dings to your bike!

Kelvingrove Park drop-in sessions

Play on Pedals blog - 16 July 2015 - 10:34am

Play on Pedals carried out a taster session at the Kelvingrove tennis courts yesterday. The sun was shining and lots of people were out in the park so it was a perfect day for learning to ride a bike.

We had over 30 children from 21 months up to 6 years old out on balance and pedal bikes.

Five of these children managed to ride a pedal bike independently for the first time in less than an hour!

And one mum “had some sand in her eye” while watching her daughter zoom around.

Fantastic fun and we can’t wait for more :) Regular spots are to be held at the tennis courts every Wednesday over the summer holidays, from 12.30 – 3pm at the Kelvingrove tennis courts…. come join us!

Thanks to Glasgow Sport for the venue and People’s Postcode Lottery for funding our Play on Pedals project.

Re: ITV4 Tour Coverage.

CTC Forum - Racing - 16 July 2015 - 10:22am
Richard Fairhurst wrote:Meanwhile, back in 2015, it would be nice if ITV would actually put the highlights on catch-up before midnight. Sigh.
Yeah, I mean, how long can it take to reprocess 2Gb of broadcast show down to something like 700Mb and mirror it across a network of download servers while they're doing everything else? (Hint: it's simpler, faster and higher quality to timeshift the digital video broadcast stream if you can... but not cheaper if you don't already pay the TV tax.)

Re: ITV4 Tour Coverage.

CTC Forum - Racing - 16 July 2015 - 10:01am
jochta wrote:"Putting the hammer down" - has re-appeared.

To be fair to Phil and Paul, the man with the hammer has a long pedigree in the TdeF eg he often figured in Pellos cartoons such as this:

pellos pyr pic.jpg
Here's another:
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Re: Bike packing versus conventional touring.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 July 2015 - 9:50am
The nomad is a brilliant bike for expedition touring ie carting 60kg of kit and water across continents. The weight but more importantly the geometry make it a very stable bike that can be pedalled for long days according to friends. My personal experience is of a raven tour and a raven sports tour, the 'lightweight' siblings of the nomad weighing in at 16kg and 15kg respectively. These are likely to be a very similar ride to the nomad. An absolute pleasure to ride with perfect handling, complete comfort, totally reliable and excellent load shifting: or very boring depending on your perspective. Both Raven's feel almost exactly the same unladen as with up to 15kg on them, above 20kg you begin to notice a bit. The sports tour is a bit quicker (1mph) unladen and my preferred all rounder. So I think geometry has a big role here, plus the weight of the rohloff on the back wheel. It is not much heavier overall than an XT set up but the distribution is different. If I were the OP I'd be looking for an audax bike to complement the nomad that could take a bar bag and large saddlebag, although 'audax' covers a multitude of bikes and not all are as good with kit.

Re: Anyone Use Taptalk?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 July 2015 - 9:34am
I think some people like it, others don't. I tried it and did not like it. But getting the company to delete your account once it is created is impossible. So don't create an account unless you really want one because once created it cannot be deleted - at least I followed their procedures many times and got nowhere (you have to e-mail them and ask them to manually delete the account - which they repeatedly completely ignore). I don't think they are a particularly good company in this regard so my own recommendation would be to avoid them.


NCN4 Bristol - London. Anyone done this lately?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 July 2015 - 9:28am
Hi all, was wondering whether anyone had used the sustrans ncn4 between bristol and london recently? I ask as the posts i can find are a few years old and i'd like to know more on the current state of the surfaces.

From what i can see some is tarmac but some is loose. I'm planning on taking the route soon with a fully loaded tourer so i can't really deal with long sections of pot holes etc

Any info appreciated


Re: car hire v train prices

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 July 2015 - 8:15am
Firstly congratulations on getting to Santandaner. With your apparent lack of planning you did well. Likewise, congratulations on your epic trip home. In a few days it will be a good anecdote to amuse your friends.

Maybe you now realise why many choose to fly. I checked yesterday eve for a flight Bilbao to Stanstead and it was about €70, plus £35 for bike for today, much cheaper if booked earlier. Other airports are available, but Stanstead to Leicester is a day or two cycling, shortened by local trains that you maybe more comfortable with.

My advice would be to embrace the web. Get a decent credit card that you are happy to use with online providers. You can regularly check your account to make sure you are not robbed. I fly in and around Asia and regularly use card to book flights, with absolutely no problems. Believe it or not they are not all out to get you!

Anyone Use Taptalk?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 July 2015 - 8:01am
I know this isn't exactly touring, but presumably it is an app that will help me access this forum while touring, so post justified??!!

I keep getting prompted on my my Google tablet to use Taptalk. Is it worth it, will it improve my CTC forum 'experience' ?

Re: ITV4 Tour Coverage.

CTC Forum - Racing - 16 July 2015 - 7:30am
You might like this then: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3RDKJ3fGxc

Meanwhile, back in 2015, it would be nice if ITV would actually put the highlights on catch-up before midnight. Sigh.

Re: car hire v train prices

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 July 2015 - 7:29am
tyreon wrote:I made it back! Thanks for those who gave advice and guidance.

Don't want to savage the ticket meister at my first contact station but it went something like this: Yeah. Dunks kitakat into mug o T. Turns to page 3 o Sun. How can I elp u? I explain my situation. Nuthin doin. There's no reductions anywhere today. Youll have to wait ere til tomoro if you want anything. Turns page of paper,leans head onto palmed hand,a slow blink,gazes at page 3 DDs. I query,I remonstrate,big O. Well,it wasn't quite like that,but the guy was very indifferent,almost hostile(In his defense I think he'd just had a rush of 4/5 other cyclists just off the ferry...probably all wanting trains,just missing trains,all wanting travel,cheap tickets etc) I go away, exhausted by ferry journey.

Ouch. Interesting journey. I think you had most of the learning experiences in one go. He's doing well if he was looking at a topless page 3 since they stopped publishing it in January.

I did my first cross-London station run last year, and apart from a "learning cleats" slow collapsing bicyclist disaster, and everything being dug up everywhere, it was fine but I needed the extra half hour. On the way back I managed to get locked in the secure storage airlock entrance at St Pancras, because the button is hidden to anyone over 5'6" or so under a shelf.

I don't think you will ever get reductions on the day, as they work on a Low Cost Airline type pricing model, so aiui our ticket prices are more responsive to supply and demand than elsewhere. With planning I can get to London for the cost other places might charge for the bike. I find the walk-up costs a bit eyewatering, so I always plan train travel to the nth degree.

One tip I don't think was covered was perhaps to take a mini camping stool (Aldi, about £3.00) or similar if possible for bike watching. If travelling it can be adandoned in a local charity shop for the price of a coffee. That and a bungie strap for holding it in place on the train.

I also have a habit of sitting in the wrong seat if I have a bike as I'd prefer to be within sight, especially if I leave things on the bike - I look for one which is booked by somebody on a different journey segment to mine. If you are in the togs or have a helmet people can find you.

Pre-booked bike should have a bike ticket stuck on the frame on eg East Midlands Trains, so you can tell where they are getting off and rearrange bikes in the right order.

My 2 golden rules having done a few trains now are 1 - *Always* allow extra time. 2 - Never travel at an expected busy time.

I now have less anxiety about booking since I have had no problems with walk-up trains where that is the system. But I don't know how to avoid the bike developing patina.


Re: my altercation

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 July 2015 - 1:08am
honesty wrote:Well really long rides it's going to get plugged into the dynamo, or it does have a user replaceable battery.

Replaceable battery, twistlock releases the bottom and a fingernail flips the battery out. I've got a 64Gb card in mine and the quoted time onscreen is based on memory capacity not battery life.

Re: Bike packing versus conventional touring.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 July 2015 - 12:11am
A road bike might not be that much easier on hills due to the higher gearing. I would try stripping as much weight as possible from the Thorn first before buying a new bike. Lose absolutely everything that isn't essential. I find having less stuff in itself makes touring more enjoyable. Get some narrow, high-pressure road tyres and see if that makes a difference. But as others have said, if you're cycling only on good roads there isn't much need for an expedition bike. If you're heading somewhere remote there is.

Re: ITV4 Tour Coverage.

CTC Forum - Racing - 15 July 2015 - 11:33pm
landsurfer wrote:Could we please return to the lifting theme of the 1983 coverage. The bloody awful squeeze box, false France tune is annoying in the extreme!!!

I have the original Channel 4 Tour theme as my mobile ring tone. I downloaded it from YouTube some years ago (it's no longer there). It was part of a clip sequence with snips of commentary which I edited out. It's a great tune and I look forward to someone ringing me!

Re: Reading to Paris

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 July 2015 - 11:24pm
Thanks guys. The route I've planned so far is 125 miles from LH to Paris, so 60 miles a day should be doable. Reading to PM is 47 miles, again very much doable. We will (3 of us) need to do much more planning between now and then and no doubt the route will change. We also have a support driver offering his help, albeit he'll be using my estate car, so we'll have loads of room for kit. This way we can also take a 6 man done tent and basic camping gear for total self sufficiency. Water and food will be carried onboard. We can then come back by car as I have roof bars for the bikes.
If anyone has a tried and tested route from LH that would be a big bonus.
Kind regards

Re: my altercation

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 July 2015 - 11:17pm
This is what I'm using Ion Air with wi-fi transmission so you can send the video footage straight to your phone/laptop without any direct connection.
Run time is approx 3 hours

Re: Bike packing versus conventional touring.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 July 2015 - 10:32pm
you really need to read this
Then this
i try to tour as light as possible. I'm not particularly overweight but I am heavy. I'm happy with that as Cycling is not all of me. I enjoy weight training a lot, which means carrying upper muscle that is useless on the bike, but I want to keep it. Light road bikes are fun to ride and I've toured on one with panniers and camping gear. I can't remember thinking that I was uncomfortable though I stuck a Brooks saddle on it and bigger tyres. It had a stiff aluminium frame but it was fine. And fun. If I had to stick with one bike it would probably be a light road bike.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 July 2015 - 9:25pm
I would love to think so, but my financial situation isn't going to improve anytime soon and then before you know it, I'll be 40! Certainly much harder for me to get fit. Ideally I need to lose 20 or so pounds (get down to around 160) in which case I'd consider myself fit and not lugging around an extra tire or two. A may do a local Rockie Moutain tour next summer...but the climbing involved in the dry heat and carrying camping gear makes me wonder if its feasible.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 July 2015 - 8:43pm
At the age of 30, I would have said that you have many more years of touring left in you.
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