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Re: Best Farcility of the Year?? £210,000 Wasted?? Chicheste

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 March 2015 - 9:43pm
It doesn't seem to have occurred to them that the injury rate for cyclists is due to a crap design.

Or that signs don't do anything to prevent the conflicts.

Re: Best Farcility of the Year?? £210,000 Wasted?? Chicheste

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 March 2015 - 9:40pm
Oh dear oh dear. Techno-gadgetry to inform drivers that there are cyclists about. And when the techno-gadgetry fails, the driver has the perfect excuse for driving into a cyclist. This is an amazingly stupid idea.

From the video, it seems a very car-friendly gyratory. Very large radii for the motorists enable them to speed around. Cyclists are expected to always give way to the important people, who are in cars.

The order could be inverted. Most space would be given over to cyclists who always got a clear run, with motorists always having to give way to them. The roadworks could leave the junction open for cyclists, and motorists given helpful information on finding alternative routes.

Re: Touring frame differences

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 March 2015 - 9:29pm
Not everything is what it seems.
Why the long trail on bike "X"? well, if you want to use an existing manufactured fork, it will usually have 45mm offset. With straight bars, you can have an acceptable reach and toe clearance. Fit drop bars, and you can get some rather stark choices.....what do you want, of a choice between too long reach, or toe overlap?....or shall we partner the fork with a shallow head angle that will give excess trail, but a bearable reach with toe clearance?
The numbers hide more than they reveal.....you have to ride the things.
Elsewhere, you tell us you are tall. Most manufacturers use the same size tubes for the big frames as for the small frames, so the big frames will be more flexible than the small (the tubes are longer) when really the big frames should be stiffer, because the rider is likely to be heavier, and his weight will certainly be higher up, and his luggage may well be further back (although maybe not if the chainstays are the same length on all sizes)
I'm 5' 10" and weigh 11 stone....the current fashion for oversize steel tubes means that fashionable bikes are all over-engineered for me, and stiffer than comfortable.
If you are 6' 4", twenty stone and carry survival gear, you should look for a stiff bike.
Ditch the spreadsheet, get out and ride some test bikes.

Re: Geraint Thomas E3 Harelbeke win

CTC Forum - Racing - 29 March 2015 - 9:24pm
Gent-Wevelgem. What a race.
Geraint showed his tenacity catching up the group after being blown into the ditch.
Not only that but chasing down every break for a deserved podium finish.

Re: Best Farcility of the Year?? £210,000 Wasted??

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 March 2015 - 9:19pm
tatanab wrote:... If I lived there today I still would not use it. It is not compulsory to do so.
I'd likely join the flow of traffic as I'd feel safer and I'd be able to get on rather than wait and give way. The scheme is going to encourage some drivers to believe that they have - not only at this giratory but on the roads in general - priority over cyclists.

Re: Touring bike choice for people with long legs

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 March 2015 - 9:18pm
"The usual advice applies that slightly too small is much better than slightly too big." - I take it you meant the other way round?

Don't think I'm quite yet ready for recumbents, give me a few years though

Re: Best Farcility of the Year?? £210,000 Wasted??

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 March 2015 - 9:12pm
Graham wrote:At each exit, to proceed around, the surface-coloured cyclepath is ended with a Give Way broken line. When clear of exiting motor traffic the cyclist may proceed to the next section.

I never use that cyclepath - just stay in the normal carriageway and progress as normal.
Use of the cyclepath absolutely demands obedience to the road markings. To disobey them would be foolhardy - bringing the cyclist into direct conflict with the motorists' reasonable assumptions of priority on exit as designated.The markings, without coloured lane, were put in something like 30 years ago and more. I recall it well. In those days traffic was lighter and I never used the cycle lane because it puts me in danger having to wait at each exit and hope that Mr Motorist can put his finger out to flick his indicator switch. If I lived there today I still would not use it. It is not compulsory to do so.

Re: Touring bike choice for people with long legs

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 March 2015 - 8:44pm
Neck pain... ever tried a recumbent? Mine has a boom that extends to adjust for different leg lengths, the rest of the frame isn't relevant to rider size. There is no weight on the arms and for a relaxed, heads-up view of where you're going you just sit there in the comfy chair and enjoy the better aero. Carries luggage better than an upwrong too. http://www.personal.dundee.ac.uk/~pjclinch/tourdiaries.htm has some of what my wife and I have got up to on ours.

Pete.

Would this bike be a suitable entry level tourer

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 March 2015 - 8:42pm
Can anyone tell me if a city bike is suitable for use as a tourer? I am looking for a budget entry level bike and saw the B'twin Hoprider 520 City Hybrid for £320. Are city bikes heavier than tourers?
http://www.decathlon.co.uk/hoprider-520 ... 07666.html

Re: Best Farcility of the Year?? £210,000 Wasted??

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 March 2015 - 8:40pm
Pyranha wrote:Isn't that pretty poor - bikes are expected to give way at each exit in case a driver wants to use 'their' road? Obviously that's one way to avoid left hooks - make them the cyclists' fault. At the same time make the gyratory inconvenient so that cyclists avoid it if possible - so many problems solved in one go. I think I would be tempted to keep out of the bike lane and expect to be treated like traffic, rather than an encumbrance.
The current cyclepath is around the outer perimeter of the roundabout.

At each exit, to proceed around, the surface-coloured cyclepath is ended with a Give Way broken line. When clear of exiting motor traffic the cyclist may proceed to the next section.

I never use that cyclepath - just stay in the normal carriageway and progress as normal.
Use of the cyclepath absolutely demands obedience to the road markings. To disobey them would be foolhardy - bringing the cyclist into direct conflict with the motorists' reasonable assumptions of priority on exit as designated.

I'm wondering here if West Sussex County Council's intention here is to run the coloured cycle lane across the exits and give priority to cyclists crossing the exit. That would account for the sensors and flashing warning signs.

If it is not WSCC's intention to give priority at the exits to cyclists then it sounds a formalisation of the subordination of cyclists - at great additional cost.

Whichever way it is, give me Presumed Liability any day. Change the driving culture, rather than engineer around it.

Petit Depart Ride

CTC Forum - Racing - 29 March 2015 - 8:35pm
Saw this today for anyone still infected with l'esprit de Tour.

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Re: Touring bike choice for people with long legs

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 March 2015 - 8:28pm
Nothing much other than expense and the very slightly increased chance of steerer (or extender), headtube, seatpost or ST failure I guess. That's IF you can get the bar height correct. As you have discovered, with the modern trend for short cut steerers, many people have enough problems getting their touring bike bars to the required height even with their saddles set quite low. But why go smaller if you fit the bigger size? Bigger sizes increase the chance of being able to get the bar height right and generally have a longer HT, whilst in many cases not adding much to the reach. As an example the difference between the smallest and largest 700c Surly LHTs is 8cm of seat tube but only 5cm of ETT, which corresponds to a difference in reach of less than 2cms.

The usual advice applies that slightly too small is much better than slightly too big. Don't be afraid of using a shorter or angled stem to change the reach but never buy a bike on which you cannot get the reach correct and never fall for the salesman's "you can just move your saddle forward" line. Your saddle is set relative to the pedals not the bars.

Re: Best Farcility of the Year?? £210,000 Wasted??

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 March 2015 - 8:26pm
It would be easier to make the road narrower and paint the cycle lane right down the middle.

Re: Touring frame differences

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 March 2015 - 8:20pm
Thanks, yeah, I'm sure they'll be fine too,I'm just trying to get a better understanding of the differences between frames and where my money would be going, and how the market works. I've read tonnes of stuff comparing this bike to that over the past eighteen months but coming from a scientific background a lot of it seems pretty woolly.

Two panniers or four?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 March 2015 - 8:14pm
I'll be cycling LEJOG solo in June/July and have been pondering the issue of how many panniers. I know that I could fit all of my gear into two smallish (and lightweight) rear panniers and a bar bag. I've done shorter tours like this in the past. But I'm wondering if the bike (a Dawes Galaxy) will actually ride better with the same luggage split between four panniers. I do have front racks and panniers as I've used these in the past - several years ago. Of course, one disadvantage of this setup is that there is then the additional weight of the front pannier racks and two small panniers.

Opininions and advice appreciated (but please don't tell me to just take a saddlebag )

Re: getting your priorities right

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 March 2015 - 8:11pm
Over time your average access cover wears smooth and becomes more and more dangerous to certain types of road user on account of lack of grip. However, if the Gypsies can make a decent living nicking them it is perhaps within the realms of cost effectiveness for Councils to replace them with newer/safer versions. I am not suggesting Councils should replace every worn one - the worn ones known to have caused an accident might be a good starting point.

Re: Best Farcility of the Year?? £210,000 Wasted??

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 March 2015 - 8:08pm
Phil Fouracre wrote:Sad and depressing, what is the point?

The point is to keep cyclists out of the way of real traffic,after all they're only bikes

Re: Best Farcility of the Year?? £210,000 Wasted??

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 March 2015 - 7:52pm
Sad and depressing, what is the point?

Re: Bordeaux to Narbonne

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 March 2015 - 7:48pm
BigH wrote: After the col at 634m south of St Pons there was a 30 km downhill via Aigues-Vives which was a highlight of the trip.

Good Grief! We did this road in the opposite direction - if I'd realised that it was a 30km climb - I'd never have made it
Actually the ascent was quite manageable, and we enjoyed watching the vegetation change from something featuring very large cacti near Sallelles to something more familiar as we climbed.
The next morning though, St Pons to Lacaune - 6km push for the tandem as soon as we reached open countryside....
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