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Re: 3rd time unlucky

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 August 2014 - 4:57pm
Hi Tony,
Do you put the rubber solution on the patch and the tube?
I normally wait until i have a couple of tubes to repair then use a drum sander in a secure drill to get a good clean.

Re: Ditching my Hybrid for a full Spec Tourer

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 August 2014 - 4:49pm
If i had the space and money I would keep both - you dont want to use the "nice" bike for runs to the shops etc

Re: 3rd time unlucky

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 August 2014 - 4:37pm
rjb wrote:I've tried the making patches from old inner tubes but in my experience its been a bit unpredictable. Despite careful preparation the repairs have all failed within 12 months.

How do you prep yours Tony ?
I cut the shape as required making sure to use the 'inside' bit of the donor tube as the contact as it'll have the curve naturally on it so sits much better than a patch and obviously when inflated fully continues to be of further benefit. I use a fairly fine sandpaper to rub the contact which gets rid of that powder that they have. I then scuff up the contact area around the puncture.
Apply the glue in an area slightly bigger than the patch, leave to dry for a few seconds then apply the patch. I always ensure the tube has next to no air at all in it by squeezing beforehand, that way when I put the tube between two heavy books (or the kitchen worktop and a heavy book) I know I'll get the best/flattest compression.

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 August 2014 - 3:41pm
Flinders wrote:You seem to have completely missed the smileys in james01's post and the bit about being facetious.

I don't wish to be contentious but the smiley is somewhat passive aggressive (to use an ugly Americanism) and james01 admitted that he was only "being slightly facetious" [My highlight]

Anyway lets move on

Re: Ditching my Hybrid for a full Spec Tourer

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 August 2014 - 2:50pm
It's not a proper mid life crisis until it involves a Rohloff Speedhub....

I agree on the trucker mines a disc trucker the colour is lovely.

Here's mine! (trucker not mid life crisis honest)
http://10mileseachway.blogspot.co.uk/

(somewhere on there anyway)

Energy, Fuel, 2nd Wind, Motivation

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 August 2014 - 2:45pm
I'd generally been riding around 30-35 miles 'ish. I've often noticed I'd start off feeling tired yet after a few miles my energy levels would pick-up (2nd wind ?)

Then I started stopping at my local supermarket (after 10 miles) for a cakes and free coffee and suddenly I am doing 50 mile rides no problems.

Today I started out really tired and was convinced it was to be a 10 out+10 back trip. Coffee and cakes and chose a longer route (total 40 miles). After leaving supermarket, still really tired and rather regretting the choice of longer route. Then after an hour or so, suddenly my energy levels pick-up and I'm working out de-tours in my head to make the ride longer.

So, getting more energy a few miles after starting out - is that 2nd wind ?

After cakes, how long until that fuel would get to muscles to boost your energy ?

Ian

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 August 2014 - 2:21pm
LondonBikeCommuter wrote:
There seems to me to be this increasing view that people judge others based on there own circumstances so its " I don't need a 4x4 so why should anyone else?"

Lisap ........ don't apologise and don't let anyone make you feel bad if you need it then you use it!!

You seem to have completely missed the smileys in james01's post and the bit about being facetious.

Re: 3rd time unlucky

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 August 2014 - 1:44pm
I've tried the making patches from old inner tubes but in my experience its been a bit unpredictable. Despite careful preparation the repairs have all failed within 12 months.

How do you prep yours Tony ?

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 August 2014 - 1:26pm
james01 wrote:lisap wrote:I live in a very hilly place, my 4x4 is covered in mud from being on the farm every day AND when it snows I wouldn't get off my property without it.



You could try walking . I'm being slightly facetious but the description of a farm or village being cut off is now used in the press simply when motor vehicles can't get through. It used to mean when people on foot couldn't get through - now that's what I call being really cut off .

Your being horribly horribly judgemental. We have friends that live on a 100ish acre barely viable farm (Organic just about keeps it afloat) that's around 4 miles from the nearest shop 6 to the nearest town. Should they walk an 8 mile round trip every time they need the shop? or maybe have a line of pack mules for the monthly shop in town?

There seems to me to be this increasing view that people judge others based on there own circumstances so its " I don't need a 4x4 so why should anyone else?"

Lisap ........ don't apologise and don't let anyone make you feel bad if you need it then you use it!!

Re: Thames path

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 August 2014 - 10:15am
makes u wonder how on earth the Thames comes from that!

Re: Satmap Protective Case anyone?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 August 2014 - 9:53am
I use one has been water tight so far, got it for the extra protection .does make using the buttons a bit of a fiddle On satmap 10 taking off the protective lens to add the cover generally means
if you us the waterproof cover you have to leave the other protector home

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 August 2014 - 9:22am
kwackers wrote:reohn2 wrote:And I hate Renault Twizzy's
Gerrof! The Twizy is almost the perfect city car!
I agree,they look great,I was only winding you up

Satmap Protective Case anyone?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 August 2014 - 8:59am
I have just bought one of these
https://satmap.com/accessories/proshiel ... black.html

This thing is for use with the bike mount
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The bike mount back for the Active 10/12 is still employed with this case
So the attachment sticks through a large slit in the back of the case

Waterproof? - I think not
However The rubber of the case does seem to press against the back of the device when on the mount so it may be a bit more waterproof than it looks.

Anyone know for sure if the slit in the back lets in water while employed

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 August 2014 - 8:24am
reohn2 wrote:And I hate Renault Twizzy's
Gerrof! The Twizy is almost the perfect city car!

Re: Thames path

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 August 2014 - 7:05am
Here is a photo of the stone marking the source of the River Thames. It's in a a remote Gloucestershire meadow full of grazing dairy cows.rsz_img_1352.jpg

Re: 3rd time unlucky

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 August 2014 - 3:50am
OnYourRight wrote:Tonyf33 wrote:I've just had two punctures in quick sucession..loads of tread on the tyre but the carcass had split in a couple of places near the cosmetic channels..not impressed.
What tyre model?
they don't make them anymore
32mm Specialized Borough CX Pro folder, and tbh, I think I'm being stupid/unrealistic.
These are amazing tyres, they're supple, comfy, very fast rolling & offer very decent levels of puncture protection. I have done a few thousand fairly heavy duty miles on it (I'm over a 100kg and load up regularly) and with it being on the rear more so, closer inspection shows the area to be a bit thinner/worn more than the rest, probably caused by a back wheel skid as I've had a few here and there (sometimes because I could..lol). The first opuncture looks to have been caused by a large sharp thing right in the centre of the tread away from the affected area, I'll have to check the puncture area on the replacement tube to see if the thinned area is at fault. My immediate thought looking at it was that it was..however now I'm not 100% sure. In any case though it has some meat left it is beginning to wear a bit now so I've swapped it.
it's a fairly lightweight tyre for its type at 365g so I've had my monies worth, guess you just always want to get more, I've got 3 on the shelf anyway and I use a 25mm on the front so I'm good for a while yet..just annoying when you get a a couple of punctures in quick succession.

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 August 2014 - 12:35am
Edwards wrote:I was only trying to inject some humour, just pick any car you do not like.

I did

And I hate Renault Twizzy's

Re: Ditching my Hybrid for a full Spec Tourer

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 August 2014 - 12:15am
I'm fortunate enough to own a few bikes, all to my specification, without being unsensibly restricted by budget. These include a Thorn Exp (expedition standard bike); a Genesis Croix de Fer, in touring spec for medium weight touring, and a Roberts Compact Sportive that I have over-abused for cycle-camping, and it has coped admirably, but is not really robust enough for the state of the roads today when loaded with 15 kgs of tent & luggage.

They all have their strengths and weaknesses for touring, but if you plan to go touring, which I assume you do, then you are right to specify a touring bike for your very needs. The Surley Long a Haul Trucker would, of course, be an excellent choice (for any tourer) -so perhaps you could narrow down or specify your question for a touring bike? What type of touring are you planning to do? How long, how often etc.?

Otherwise, if you are looking for support - then you've come to the right place - I would certainly agree with your decision. I would disagree that it is a mid-life crisis at 40, you've got another 10 or 15 years to go for a real mid-life crisis!

Coed Y Brenin

CTC Forum - MTB - 30 August 2014 - 11:51pm
As per the title - should have just put a full stop after it!

Just got back from a weeks family holiday in North Wales, made even better by my youngest (5yo) shedding her stabilisers three weeks ago

We all did the Yr Afon trail (nearly 8 miles of traffic free forestry track), then later in the week I did the Minotaur trail with my lad (5.5 miles of whoop and holler, loads of berms, jumps and switchback climbs/descents) and to finish the week off I hired my lad a 24" wheeled bike as an upgrade to his 20" and this morning we did the Fox trail - 8 miles of mean, mean mixed terrain narrow single track

Even the practice/skills section and free ride area is worth going for

Can't recommend the place enough - can now happily take the knobblies off my my bike and put commuter tyres on it ready for my JOGLE trip next year having given it the chance to see what an MTB is capable of it it now being modified into a tourer (did get a few funny looks going round with pannier frames on and bags on the back, the guy in the hire shop was eyeing it up as a classic, and looked thoroughly disgusted when I told him what I'd paid for it!)

Anyhoo - might be my first and last post in the MTB section, but if anyone is planning a trip to Coed Y Brenin and wants to save themselves the £5 a day parking I'll happily point out on a road map where you can park for free and get straight on to the trails

Re: 10 year ban for killing cyclist

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 August 2014 - 10:02pm
IMHO the authorities should begin by taking a much harder stance with road ragers.

A motor vehicle is a lethal weapon in the wrong hands. Any person applying for a firearms certificate who displayed an aggressive attitude, anger management issues etc. would rightfully be told to "jog on", so why should someone of a similar personality be allowed on the road with an object weighing over 2 tons?

Drivers seen tailgating, intimidating other road users, driving aggressively etc. should loose their licence.

Clamping down on bad drivers early would reduce the death toll by removing these drivers from the road long before they kill anyone. A driving licence is a privilege, not a right!
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