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Non standard fitment!

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 April 2015 - 7:16pm
How do you mean inline with the bars. You mean there wasn't as much seat post showing?

What do you mean about longer and shorter stems as in what mm? Stems should usually be about 90-110mm, not that saying outside this range is bad I run 70mm but then my frame is a little too big.

Re: Non standard fitment!

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 April 2015 - 6:21pm
Another thing that was said was that the seat post on the 58 was almost inline with the bars. On the 56 it was lots higher.

Re: Non standard fitment!

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 April 2015 - 6:15pm
Which is what the guy said to me. He said ideally you need a larger stem on the 56 and a smaller stem on the 58. Still at a loss as what to do?

Re: First Sportive in June

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 April 2015 - 6:02pm
Thanks for the info.

I have emailed the event organisers, to see what the start of the event is like, they have informed me that they tend to let cyclists off in batches of 20 - so thats put my mind at ease.

I will be doing the sportive with my brother, and we will probably stick to ourselves, taking turns on the front.

Non standard fitment!

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 April 2015 - 5:27pm
So, decided to go for a road bike and decided that I would like a specialized allez sport. Had a ride on a 56 and a 58. After which both the LBS and myself agreed that a 56cm would be best.

Sounds pretty normal until you realise that I'm 6ft 1 with a 33" inseam. Obviously everywhere 'guide wise' illustrates a 58 would be ideal for me. However, i feel like I can't get onto the hoods correctly on the 58.

Has anyone else got a history of riding bikes smaller than the wise Internet, or indeed manufacturers recommend?

Got to wait until the bike arrives, but I do feel a bit nervous about how I look on the bike. I don't want it to look like a clown bike.

I almost feel like cancelling the order and going for a 58 simply down to so many recommendations that a 56 would be too small.

What to do... What to do...

Re: People who have cycled the Pamir Highway...

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 April 2015 - 5:13pm
Those photos are stunning Kieran!

Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 April 2015 - 4:58pm
Hey Steven. I'm still doing a sad clown's face [emoji17]that I can't join you this time and your merry caterpillar of bikes. I know I would have a gas and offer useful input. I'm sorry I'm not in a different '5 minute space' in life, but as you know we all end up stepping in dog poo when you take a short cut down an alley way. I'm liking the new cover on your book! I've got it for my little mission on the IOW to find an early Glanville Fritillary. Keep an eye out for interesting bugs on your travels.…b

Re: Recommend me a book and a route!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 April 2015 - 4:30pm
How long have you got?

A couple of years back we did the Hebrides from Barra to Butt of Lewis and then crossed to the mainland and returned to Oban from Ullapool using the coastal route:- Gairloch, Torridon, Applecross, Skye, Malaig and Ardnamurchan. We didn't include Raasay but it was a pretty relaxed 15 days. The longest day (about 75miles) was Ullapool to Gairloch.

With regards to reading material, when I returned a friend leant me a copy of “A School in S Uist” (F.G. Rea) A fascinating insight into the history of island life.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/School-South-Uist-Reminiscences-Schoolmaster/dp/1874744874

I only wished I'd had it with me when we were on Uist.

Re: Shane goes lightweight :)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 April 2015 - 3:26pm
........and finally started writing this trip up......

http://www.shanecycles.com/transandaluc ... lle-cadiz/

Re: People who have cycled the Pamir Highway...

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 April 2015 - 2:53pm
Cheers K, much appreciated.

Back on the bike pre tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 April 2015 - 2:46pm
It has been a very long time since I cycled, October 2012 was the last time my white legs were on view to the world, except for nipping to the post box that is, but that doesn't really count. I had swapped leg power for horse power, the equine variety and had been very content breaking my youngster in and hacking him about the countryside but these past few months I've suffered from itchy feet.

Not only did I have itchy feet but I also had the desire to sit on my bicycle so I hatched a plan to put an end to the nonsense and go on tour. I have spent the past few weeks with maps spread out on the floor working out my daily mileage so as to be able to calculate flight dates, re ordered my replacement RoadID tags as I have moved since the last ones were made, put together my kit list and made sure everything is serviceable and today I got on my bike.

I rode to the yard, not far about 9 miles in total and was amazed at how fit I was. My legs managed all the hills albeit slower than I used to do them and my lungs managed to keep up. I have told myself if I keep it up for a month and train properly I can book the flights at the end of May.

The plan is to fly to San Diego on September 10th and ride the Southern Tier to St Augustine, turn right at the Atlantic and end up in Miami flying back on December 1st. I am very excited (for excited read unbearable and hyper) and can't wait to go because as much as I love my horse there's nothing like being on tour.

Re: Off road cycling from Dublin to Galway

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 April 2015 - 1:47pm
I cycled this stretch May 2014 as part of an 11-day coastal tour from Rosslare. I based the route
on Route 7 in Cicerone Guide "Cycle Touring in Ireland" by Tom Cooper. Once you navigate your
way out of busy Dublin, the Grand Canal towpaths are very good but are not always tour bike friendly
with frequent gates (sometimes locked) and busy roads to traverse. I stopped overnight at Edenderry and
Athenry, B&B easy to find and very cheap (approx. 30 euro) at this time of year. The grass towpath sections
were a bit boggy in places but easy for MTB, hybrid or tour bike. Depending on your chosen route, you will pass
through Shannonbridge and probably follow the minor R roads to Galway. I don't know if the route has been
improved since my trip but there is nothing major to put you off.

Re: Recommend me a book and a route!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 April 2015 - 12:48pm
You could go from Lochcarron through Glenshiel to Invergarry, then Fortwilliam - Oban (you could do the last bit via the west side of Loch Linnhe and Ardnamuchan). When are you going? The main roads aren't too busy in June.

I too am hoping to do the Bealach this summer, also with camping gear - I expect to do a lot of pushing! I'm using trains so don't need to get back to my starting point.

Re: Recommend me a book and a route!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 April 2015 - 12:37pm
The Black House by Peter May

Al

Re: Recommend me a book and a route!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 April 2015 - 12:29pm
I'm not doing this route (although I am doing another wee route in Scotland soon) but regarding your car.... There is a long stay car park next to the leisure centre in Oban. Not at the leisure as such but next to it.
Hope you both enjoy your trips guys!

Re: Recommend me a book and a route!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 April 2015 - 11:52am
I can't help you with a book, but I am doing a similar tour this summer probably July. Where are you going to leave your car in Oban?

Re: You either have or you don't.

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 April 2015 - 11:46am
Tonyf33 wrote:Quite, fair weather cyclists, it does make me chortle, not that I'm judging or anything..
I don't mind fair weather cyclists. I just wish they'd find their own spot in the bike racks at the station - a spot I use all year round...

Re: University Project (Charging Rucksack Concept)

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 April 2015 - 11:23am
gaz wrote:I'm also not willing to use a rucksack to carry items whilst cycling.

You've suggested attaching the bag to a dynamo whilst you're riding to charge gadgets in the bag, I can't begin to imagine the amount of faffing about that will involve every time I get on and off the bike.

As the dragons would say - "I'm out."


... and the damage you did to the system the first time you put your leg over the saddle and ripped out all the wires

Re: University Project (Charging Rucksack Concept)

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 April 2015 - 11:18am
Having had a cowboy overtake / stop accident where I did severe damage to myself hitting said cowboy, I no longer use a rucksack at all if I can avoid it. That night I'd left my laptop at work, first time in months. The soft luggage (+ phone/ wallet / book) did enough damage to the back of my neck. A laptop added to the impact would highly likely have ended me. Now I use a rack / pannier to commute, and have equipped a bike specifically for that purpose.

Re: University Project (Charging Rucksack Concept)

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 April 2015 - 11:16am
It would be good if they could design a good quality bike box suitable for air travel that cost less than 200quid.
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