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Re: 50 mph for lorries

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 July 2014 - 9:06pm
Or maybe that car driver intends to overtake when they consider it safe, but when they do, some gambler in a van has already started to overtake them and the lorry? That's happened to me more than once and my usual Alfa's loud pedal is not lacking in oomph, but so many people will start to overtake when they can't possibly see that it's clear, due to blind bends, dips and other obstructions. They're just assuming that oncoming traffic will take avoiding action which is partly why there are so many crashes and deaths

Re: coming back from germany by train

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 July 2014 - 6:54pm
yes, it was De Bahn who said it couldnt be done. Maybe I got someone new on the phone, or someone who was leaving their job, as they didn't offer any alternative options. Hopefully soon booking bikes will be easy on the web, or De Bahn will enable raileurope to make bike bookings. Luckily Im sorted now and by going via rotterdam I'll have a chance to cycle in Holland for a day so alls well etc.
thanks for the goeuro link, it looks like it will prove useful in the future.

Re: Hello & Help!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 July 2014 - 6:53pm
Audax67 wrote: Supermarkets too, but then there's the bike-theft problem.



I see your'e in France . Whats the bike theft problem ? In my experience fully laden tourers arent exactly an attractive proposition to thieves in the bike theft capital of the world ( UK) . Ive always done supermarkets in France and have never even seen anyone look at my bike. Obviously I always lock it but it would take some balls to even approach, let alone attempt to nick something laden down with crap in front of a supermarket.

Re: 50 mph for lorries

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 July 2014 - 6:42pm
Re overtaking. In my experience it's not lorries moving at 40mph that cause slow-moving tail-backs, but the car drivers with no intention of overtaking that hang on to the back end of the lorries, effectively making the lorries even longer, and therefore a bigger overtaking challenge for car drivers that really do intend to overtake.

A late morning Commute along NCR 2

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 July 2014 - 6:09pm
I work from home most days. Sometimes it gets a bit lonely, so I love it when I’m off doing something else, like working wherever my job takes me, especially if I can go by bike. Yesterday, I had an appointment to see a man about a boat.

Here's some things I had time to enjoy along the way

http://www.farawayvisions.com/royal-victoria-country-park-to-gosport-a-ride-along-ncn-2/

Re: coming back from germany by train

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 July 2014 - 5:46pm
are you using the DB site? If not try that for connections. Here is what DB say:

Dear customer,

Unfortunately, it is not possible to book a bicycle ticket for this trip on the Internet

Please visit a Deutsche Bahn ticket counter or call our service number
Tel.: +49 (0) 1806 99 66 33 (20 ct/call from a German landline, max. 60 ct/call for German mobile phones).
You can request information on bicycle transport, purchase bicycle tickets and make reservations on this number every day from 8 am to 8 pm.

You can book bicycle tickets on the Internet under the following conditions:

Your selected trip:

- only includes trains that allow bicycles,
- doesn't include any night trains,
- only includes domestic routes,
- begins at least one day after the day of the booking.

Go to http://www.bahn.de/i/view/GBR/en/index.shtml for more details.

You can certainly book a route to the coast that will take a bike. You might find ringing will get you further than using the web - people do manage to get bikes on DB Ice, Thalys and Eurostar services! Koblenz to Koln is easy - I wouldn't try booking as part of the rest as you can probably get a regional ticket price (remember to book your bike!) Currently everything changes at Brussels so you could get either Thalys or the slower stopping service from Koln for that leg and then use Eurostar from there.

You could potentially use the new intercity bus services for part of your journey ADAC Postbus and MeinFernbus both take bikes and the fares are low! Checkout here for details http://www.goeuro.co.uk/search/NTNkOTIw ... kxNTU0OA==

Hope this helps

Re: Hello & Help!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 July 2014 - 5:43pm
JonFountain wrote:However with a new bike about to be delivered and the tickets booked it's certainly possible. What I need to consider is alternatives in this country.


Get on your bike and pedal. You'll be grand and the adventure will have twice the value. You'll meet people if you want to and sure you can learn a few words in french before you go. 'No time like the present,' my mum always says.

Re: coming back from germany by train

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 July 2014 - 5:21pm
after a bit of head scratching I realised it might be possible to get the ferry from Hook of Holland rather than eurostar. And I've now booked it. Wish the bloke on the phone had told me that was an option when I asked for a ticket to london rather than just saying it can't be done with a bike.
And while Im ranting is there really a reason why a bike can't be booked on a train online instead of having to sit on hold on a very expensive phone line!!

Re: Help with choosing bike type and/or commute through Lond

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 July 2014 - 5:18pm
mjr wrote:Yes. I think pitlock is one make of unusual headed bolts and so on.


Thanks.

Re: Ring, ring?

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 July 2014 - 5:12pm
Norfolk county council has solved this by letting some cycleways deteriorate so far that your bell almost always rings if you ride fast enough.

Re: Help with choosing bike type and/or commute through Lond

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 July 2014 - 5:09pm
Yes. I think pitlock is one make of unusual headed bolts and so on.

Re: Camera question - what do you use

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 July 2014 - 5:05pm
JamesE wrote:Vladimir wrote:how come?
Couldn't afford it at the time, have actually been finding drivers much more polite over the last couple of months. Maybe it's the weather...

yes - to be honest the "burning desire" for a helmet cam does come and go for me every 4-6 months and it is connected with close passes, verbal abuse from drivers, or other negative experience.

In reality, so far, things on the road for me have been fine - i.e. I've only crashed once* in 4 years. Based on that track record (no pun intended) things are going to continue to be fine... until they're not! I am definitely getting one this time. Might start with me recording my rides with my phone, and move on from there.


* (I got off with only a bruise and a £75 repair bill to replace the front wheel)

Re: Help with choosing bike type and/or commute through Lond

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 July 2014 - 5:01pm
Vorpal wrote:Why don't you have a shop do a service on your Raleigh? Even if it hasn't been well maintained, it may not take much to put it back into a rideable condition.

If nothing else, maybe the Raleigh can be your bad weather /winter bike? I think it will take winter tyres? If you have it serviced you can ask the shop.

When commuting daily, it's good to have a second bike for lots of reasons. The biggest is that if one bike needs some maintenance, you have an alternative while you work on it/find parts, etc.

Make some bike-savvy friends at school and learn to do your own maintenance. It will save you money

As for security... yes, having a rubbish looking bike will help. If nothing else, you can do a custom paint job with some Hammerite

For locking it, the best thing to do is to carry two locks of different types. One to lock the frame and back wheel to something substantial, and the other to lock the front wheel to the frame, or to something else, depending what is available. Any lock can be broken, but if yours is much more trouble than the others around, it will probably be left alone. That's my bike security philosophy. If your seat post has a quick release, replace it with a bolt that requires tools, or take the saddle with you and put it in a locker, or something. Same with any detachable lights or other equipment.

A few reasons. I'm not the only one who uses it so it would be useful to have another. My mum can commute by bike to work, for example. It is also a bit heavy ( 16.5 kg ) and slower than other bikes. I would prefer a bike is more suited to the roads as I said. I do intend to do my own maintenance as far as possible, especially as it will be much more necessary. I have been reading the book on bike maintenance by Lennard Zinn.

I do already use that locking technique. I see so many other bikes locked badly so mine isn't as easy pickings. Is it possible to replace bots and screws with ones that have a less common head type to prevent simple unscrewing with a hex key or Phillips head screwdriver?

Re: Camera question - what do you use

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 July 2014 - 4:46pm
Vladimir wrote:how come?
Couldn't afford it at the time, have actually been finding drivers much more polite over the last couple of months. Maybe it's the weather...

Re: Ribble Winter Audax bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 July 2014 - 4:44pm
I run my Ribble 7005 Audax with 23/24/25mm tyres without having to do any fettling at all. Tyres are all Vittoria (Rubino Pro-tech, Open Pave, Open Pro CG Tech), the mudguards are (I think) SKS square as opposed to the smooother rounder ones. in the narrower size, and brakes are Campag centaur normal drop.

I have however discovered water ingress down the seat tube, leading to creaky BB as there was a layer of oxidation between the BB and the frame. Cleaned it all out and now searching for ingress point to block it

Re: Help with choosing bike type and/or commute through Lond

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 July 2014 - 4:06pm
Why don't you have a shop do a service on your Raleigh? Even if it hasn't been well maintained, it may not take much to put it back into a rideable condition.

If nothing else, maybe the Raleigh can be your bad weather /winter bike? I think it will take winter tyres? If you have it serviced you can ask the shop.

When commuting daily, it's good to have a second bike for lots of reasons. The biggest is that if one bike needs some maintenance, you have an alternative while you work on it/find parts, etc.

Make some bike-savvy friends at school and learn to do your own maintenance. It will save you money

As for security... yes, having a rubbish looking bike will help. If nothing else, you can do a custom paint job with some Hammerite

For locking it, the best thing to do is to carry two locks of different types. One to lock the frame and back wheel to something substantial, and the other to lock the front wheel to the frame, or to something else, depending what is available. Any lock can be broken, but if yours is much more trouble than the others around, it will probably be left alone. That's my bike security philosophy. If your seat post has a quick release, replace it with a bolt that requires tools, or take the saddle with you and put it in a locker, or something. Same with any detachable lights or other equipment.

Re: Long distance MTB routes in the UK?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 July 2014 - 3:56pm
shane wrote:up to 3 weeks challenging/singletrack though not too technical...

For challenging a route could be put together in the highlands. But it's always going to involved a mix of landrover/forestry tracks, some singletrack, a bit of pushing, linked by short road sections.

Re: Long distance MTB routes in the UK?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 July 2014 - 2:37pm
I've done a few of the Southern ones (South Downs, Ridgeway, Peddlars). They make an enjoyable weekend, but don't quite sound what you're looking for in terms of wilderness (although there's the odd section of the SDW that if you squint you could be in the Highlands). And to drag them out into something longer - +1 to what Simonhill says - you'll have to get the OS maps out and be creative. Canals are okay for a while, but can old pretty quick.

There's an off-road transpennie coast to coast that's supposed to be damn tough, I forget what it's called now. ofc you could probably work something out in the Highlands.

Re: Long distance MTB routes in the UK?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 July 2014 - 2:26pm
in south england U have the Downslink path from Guildford to the south coast and also a canal path that goes from Weybridge to Guildford ( Wey navigation ). There is of course the South Downs ( path )

Re: Anyone use a trailer ?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 July 2014 - 2:11pm
theDaveB wrote:Yes that is exactly what I mean, thanks will order some locktite.

Can't believe my ukfixing 5M bar arrived this morning. Ordered late yesterday, £1.80 no charge for p&p and it arrived about a hour ago, overnight delivery and was packaged brilliantly.

Waiting for my skewer now but did order the one from Germany so might take a bit longer.

Dave

You may notice the long bolt nearby. Originaly I changed the bolt as the original was too short, didnt lock into the nut well. Since I was going to replace that bolt I went for a longer one I thought might protect the sprung release bolt a bit as not the kind of thing that can be easily replaced. I have been thinking of tieing a short piece of wire or something over the sprung bolt and secure to the trailer body in case it gets lose and falls off.

By the way the standard skewers u get with these cheapo trailers are a death trap I think - read the whole thread. A few solns have been suggested in this thread.
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