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10 year ban for killing cyclist

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 August 2014 - 4:29pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-sout ... s-28968229

At least this seems to be sending a sterner message to drivers than we've seen in some previous cases. A tragic waste of a life. The sooner the mobile phone menace is sorted out the better.

Re: Best Ortlieb Rear Panniers for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 August 2014 - 4:27pm
I've got both rollers and packer types. I suspect it's a bit of a 'marmite' question which you prefer. I can get on with either, but I think I prefer the packers for some reason I can't place. However with rollers you don't need to adjust any straps depending how full they are tho, so they are easier if your load is tidal - i.e. with food and beer.

The plus material is lighter than the classic, but maybe not as durable - after 6-7 years, I have a small split in mind where they've been contantly stretched in the same place. It was easy enuff to repare with a innertube patch tho. I'm happy with them otherwise, the classic material seems a bit OTT on the durability.

Re: Safety - not mine

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 August 2014 - 4:20pm
Flinders wrote:Where do you get those?
Vavert and Oxford both make ding-dong clones, so they should be available (might need to order in, though) through loads of Local Bike Shops. Here they are at the famous SJS: http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/vavert-ding- ... prod30591/ http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/oxford-oxfor ... prod23711/

Or import a genuine one from Mr Hembrow in the Netherlands at http://www.dutchbikebits.com/index.php? ... uct_id=114

Re: Safety - not mine

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 August 2014 - 4:12pm
If you had a really long handlebar....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMyfN5D0s2k

Re: Safety - not mine

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 August 2014 - 4:09pm
Flinders wrote:Where do you get those?

A quick Google reveals:- http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Traditional-D ... 0617385618

Re: Forgive me, for I have sinned, it's been 2 months + a da

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 August 2014 - 4:04pm
I used mine for the family trip to France this month but before that it hadn't moved since May. It lives plugged into a battery conditioner because it gets so little use.

I am seriously thinking of going car-free. My only fear is that would make my views on car usage even more polarised and would turn me into a right anti-car bore.

Re: You Are A Bunch of Frauds

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 August 2014 - 4:03pm
A faster/lighter bike, with better tyres, will require less energy to travel the same distance at the same speed. I don't know what the difference in efficiency is between a BSO supermarket special mountain bike and a cheap, good value and quality hybrid or roadbike but it could be enough to put people off or encourage people to cycle more. There is a problem that people perceive cycling to be hard work, which isn't helped by people trying cycling on cheap mountain bikes, that aren't best suited to riding around on the road. The faster you can go, the further the journey you can make before thinking that a car is the only option.

Re: Bike recommendations to replace my full susser

CTC Forum - MTB - 28 August 2014 - 3:50pm
Ask on the bikeradar forums, many more MTBers there than here.

Al

Bike recommendations to replace my full susser

CTC Forum - MTB - 28 August 2014 - 3:19pm
I've had my Specialized Stumpjumper XC Pro now for thirteen years! Testament to it's build quality perhaps.
I mainly do road/bridleway/footpath riding with the occasional forest trail, so I need something light.
My current bike is full suspension with a lock-out, I don't often have to switch it on, so effectively my bike is mostly a hard-tail but it is nice to know it is there for when I hit the tough stuff.
I like Specialized but I am not partial to it so I wish to consider other makes of bike, my budget is £3000 which probably won't get me a carbon fibre?
I have always liked Trek and Marin but will consider all makes as I am now out of touch, my local shop is a Giant dealer but living so close to Cambridge, I can open this up but am willing to travel further for the right bike/service (most bike shop people I find pretentious and arrogant - so recommendation for friendly shop would be great!)

I'd prefer to get recommendations from people who do similar riding to me - so that's dirt trails, forest, bridleway - mostly flat stuff.

Many thanks in advance!

Blue Hornet.

Forgive me, for I have sinned, it's been 2 months + a day

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 August 2014 - 3:14pm
since I last drove a motorvehicle. I broke that today as I collected a pair of wheels for a bike I've built up for my son (that he is deffo going to use..) so a not unreasonable excuse as it will save a lot more motor miles than I burned today .yay
I normally declare mine off road for a month during the summer, this year it's been two so far and with no.1 son off to the US I might even get away with September too but need a car next week
It's certainly encouraged me to cycle more than I have, though with my illness it's being so bloody hard at times..pedalling squares just to get to the supermarket makes you feel like quitting
Luckily only one more puncture on average and the general feeling throughout the summer months is that more and more drivers are taking a bit more care (especially the executive level car) and giving one a bit more space. There's been days when it's just gone wrong, bright sunshine then downpours and then idiots doing their level best to take a DNA swab from your person..

But even with that I feel a bit more renewed about trying to cycle more, trying not to cave in and use the car when I feel like crud and the bodies saying no..even then it's still possible..just a lot bloody harder..

Re: Safety - not mine

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 August 2014 - 3:14pm
I have two pingers (one on each handlebar). They give different tones, so pinging left then right gives a nice 'ding-dong'

Re: Solo night ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 August 2014 - 2:21pm
I probably ride very late at night on an unlit country road an average of once a week throughout the whole year (less during summer, more during winter). Two roads, both 60mph limit, both undulating/dips, both a bit twisty and with a 3-4% gradient on them in places. Both approx 1.5-2miles long. I do one more than the other but not by much.

There have been a few incidents including a few big ones (usual people blaming the road nonsense) on the one I do more frequently at night. However not once have I had any vehicles overtake too close, oncoming vehicles 99% of the time dip their lights, I feel relatively 'safer' than in many daytime situations.
Contrast that with daytime riding and I'd hazard at least one close pass that I'd acknowledge (for me I'd class that as 18" or less, the rest aren't worth the steam off your whatnot) or divvy driving 90 times out of 100 journeys.
I just think the probabilities of being struck at night or being overtaken too close are much much less than during the day.

That earlier this year a forum member described how a police car stopped her for having the temerity to ride up the A10 in the early hours and tell her it's be 'safer' to ride on the back roads (to no-where and not where they were going) just beggars belief! viewtopic.php?f=7&t=84143&hilit=+A10+night

Re: Best Ortlieb Rear Panniers for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 August 2014 - 1:47pm
I am not a fan of the roll top. My preferred choice and the one I have used for the last 12 years is the Bikepacker Plus. You can see them in use on most of the pictures on my website.

Re: Best Ortlieb Rear Panniers for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 August 2014 - 1:08pm
[quote="PsamatheI purchased my Backroller Classics late last/early this year and inside they have a full width pocket and a zippered pocket (on the outside bit of the full width pocket). But these are internal and you may be talking about external pockets (sorry if I picked up the wrong aspect).

Ian[/quote]


Thanks, I didn't know this.

Re: Best Ortlieb Rear Panniers for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 August 2014 - 12:47pm
I have/use both Classic and Plus. The Plus are quite tough, the Classic are very tough. If you're using daily then I think the extra is worth it. If it's not quite so much thrashing the Plus are lighter and have a nicer (IMO) feel.

Next choice is roll-top or flip top. I use rear rollers but for lowriders/front/small I use the 'Packers. They both work, one thing about the roll-tops is they overload relatively gracefully which can be handy on tour, or if the shopping trip found something bulky on special offer. Obviously the waterproofing is somewhat compromised if you leave the top gaping open, but it does substantially increase what you can carry. OTOH the flip-tops are naturally more-or-less closed by default.

Pete.

NCN Route 1

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 August 2014 - 12:02pm
Planning a touring holiday in North Scotland from Inverness & on my way would like to use NCN 1. Looking @ OS maps part of the route uses old railway track towards Cullen. Is this route OK for laden touring bike using 700/28 wheels/tyres. Or am I better sticking to the lanes ? Dave

Re: Four 4x4's on a forty mile ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 August 2014 - 11:59am
al_yrpal wrote:Well, if you are going to be consistent you will have to make everyone who wants to occasionally drive a Transit take another test, and us oldies who can drive minibuses carrying up to 14 people, and motorhome drivers and so called people carriers. Why not?

Al
Not a bad idea. How it works that you can pass your test in a Fiesta and then drive vehicles that are much larger and heavier, carry more people etc is nonsense.

Bit of extra training doesn't hurt anyone.
(Don't worry, we'll be protected by 'grandfather' rights )

Re: Best Ortlieb Rear Panniers for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 August 2014 - 11:54am
Currently going through the same decision process for Mrs Hufty's rear end.

A previous thread on the difference between Classic and Plus materials: http://forum.ctc.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=46822

Also try googling "Ortlieb Classic or Plus". Compared to the Plus, the Classic is thicker, more plastic looking, more wipe clean, and weighs more. Also it's made of PVC if you are concerned about the enviromental impact of PVC. Not getting the impression that people think the lighter material is less robust though.

Then I guess it depends whether you want a lid or a roller top. Mrs H doesn't like the lid of her front Ortliebs because when you're trying to cram stuff in and tighten it all down hard the straps pull at their anchor points and I guess there is more risk of pulling a hole in the material than with a roll top.

Re: Four 4x4's on a forty mile ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 August 2014 - 11:50am
Well, if you are going to be consistent you will have to make everyone who wants to occasionally drive a Transit take another test, and us oldies who can drive minibuses carrying up to 14 people, and motorhome drivers and so called people carriers. Why not?

Al

Re: Safety - not mine

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 August 2014 - 11:39am
ArMoRothair wrote:John Holiday wrote:What you really need is a sturdy Dutch type 'ding/dong' which I have found effective at 50m. & penetrates even those walkers with headphones on!
Most of my bikes have this type & have found them very effective, & frequently elicit favourable comment from people one is passing.
So much more civilised than a shout!

I ride regularly with a chap who uses one of these. I must get one because you are right, it frequently elicits favourable comments and smiles. Something about its happy dual-tone is unthreatening.

Where do you get those?
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