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

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 August 2014 - 7:14am
NATURAL ANKLING wrote:Hi,
Niether of my 4X4's are on the list

I dont neccesarily think 4 X 4's are the worst drivers its just that they are big and bold and can easily be more intimidating
And you remember them, sounds good too even more dramatic "Big 4 X 4 with a *!^%$ driving it" or "a Golf" which sounds more dangerous..............
You cant argue with a close pass by an artic, when the trailer starts to close you out and you have to brake not to be crushed.

On my current training course it has a very steep lane, (barely enough room for a car and a cycle at the same time) and I have had at least three or more 4 X 4's pass me head on - they pulled right in to the hedge brushing the bank with their wheels and I had to brush the hedge with my arm and handlebars too.
But we pass slowly and I give a nod and a thumb and all is well.

That’s the list from Which? Car magazine’s owner’s survey.

If yours isn’t on the list, there weren’t enough respondents to make a reliable statistical calculation.

All owners of those cars must have been doing better things with their time.

Re: Bike Security Locked At Supermarket Bike Rack

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 August 2014 - 3:29am
Pic below of the overkill locking solution I used to use on my commuter bike , disc alarm on chainring and Kryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit Mini Lock (weighs 2.09kg).

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 August 2014 - 12:26am
NATURAL ANKLING wrote:Hi,
Niether of my 4X4's are on the list

I dont neccesarily think 4 X 4's are the worst drivers its just that they are big and bold and can easily be more intimidating
And you remember them, sounds good too even more dramatic "Big 4 X 4 with a *!^%$ driving it" or "a Golf" which sounds more dangerous..............
No it's not that at all,it's the proportion of 4x4's(SUV's) for their total number that's the problem.
You cant argue with a close pass by an artic, when the trailer starts to close you out and you have to brake not to be crushed.
That is such a rare occasion I can't remember the last time it happened,in fact I find HGV drivers,and particularly artics to be very courteous when I'm cycling.

On my current training course it has a very steep lane, (barely enough room for a car and a cycle at the same time) and I have had at least three or more 4 X 4's pass me head on - they pulled right in to the hedge brushing the bank with their wheels and I had to brush the hedge with my arm and handlebars too.
But we pass slowly and I give a nod and a thumb and all is well.
Without doubt I've had some extremely courteous 4x4(SUV)drivers when cycling,but I've been slated elsewhere on here for saying what I have,even accused of being jealous of 4x4(SUV) owners.Those peoples accusations couldn't be further from the truth.
The fact remains proportionally 4x4(SUV) drivers are worse than others when I'm cycling.

Re: Bike Security Locked At Supermarket Bike Rack

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 August 2014 - 12:08am
Not sure why people are quite so coy about naming the shops where they have such difficulty locking their bikes safely and securely.

I also have similar difficulties here in Bangor. At Tesco's the bike racks are situated next to the ATM's out of sight of the doors, and according to their security staff not on CTV in an ideal place to be tampered with. Accordingly I lock the bike to the rails of the trolley park right outside the window. I prevent it being bashed by trolleys by locking a trolley to it as well if neccessary. The Curry's computer shop has a massive car park outside and even a sports gym next door with absolutely nothing to lock a bike to. Here I wheel the bike right in and lock it to a convenient computer display right round their own computer security wire if I can. The staff so far don't know what to do about this (they don't seem to have thought of having a cycle stand outside) . Morrisons has a similar problem to Tesco, so I lock the bike to the railings outside the door where the security can see it. At the Morrisons in Rhyl, I wheel the bike in and lock it to their flower stand opposite the tobacco counter - the staff could'nt care less, which seems to say it all really.

However Asda have a number of good cycle racks right outside the door.

Re: Do I need front panniers for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 August 2014 - 11:38pm
It may be but you still have to compare like with like. If cooking is your thing, then you will have to carry more than people who don't cook. Travelling light on a bicycle is unarguably a good thing: what is arguable is whether the same degree of comfort and utillity can be achieved with less stuff.

We also assume that cycle campers are moving on and wish to obtain high mileages (in which case lightness is crucial). But some people may be happy with lower mileages and appreciate the greater comfort - I know I do.

Re: Touring bike alternatives?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 August 2014 - 11:16pm
Great stuff. Couldn't resist buying the 'Janapar' DVD.

Re: Advice on full touring frame build please..

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 August 2014 - 11:13pm
If you are having bar-end (gear) levers, then full-size Vee brakes (and compatible drop bar brake levers) is a no-brainer.

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 August 2014 - 11:00pm
Hi,
Niether of my 4X4's are on the list

I dont neccesarily think 4 X 4's are the worst drivers its just that they are big and bold and can easily be more intimidating
And you remember them, sounds good too even more dramatic "Big 4 X 4 with a *!^%$ driving it" or "a Golf" which sounds more dangerous..............
You cant argue with a close pass by an artic, when the trailer starts to close you out and you have to brake not to be crushed.

On my current training course it has a very steep lane, (barely enough room for a car and a cycle at the same time) and I have had at least three or more 4 X 4's pass me head on - they pulled right in to the hedge brushing the bank with their wheels and I had to brush the hedge with my arm and handlebars too.
But we pass slowly and I give a nod and a thumb and all is well.

Re: Do I need front panniers for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 August 2014 - 10:59pm
Me neither, such a wasteful exercise.

Re: Garmin Edge GPS

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 August 2014 - 10:51pm
I have the Edge with the OS Maps and a course is very hard to read as its colour is close to that of the A Roads,

Re: Do I need front panniers for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 August 2014 - 10:49pm
bikes4two wrote:This chap is often quoted in taking ultra-light cycle camping to the extreme, but for new readers have a look here

He says he doesn't use cooking equipment.

Re: Do I need front panniers for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 August 2014 - 10:23pm
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Answer, no, not in my opinion (for all the reasons already mentioned) unless (ha ha) you're touring on a tandem or going around the world/very long trip where you might need a lot of kit.

This chap is often quoted in taking ultra-light cycle camping to the extreme, but for new readers have a look here

Re: Garmin Edge GPS

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 August 2014 - 10:11pm
pneumatic wrote:I got one this year. Great for seeing where you've been but I'm still struggling with some features.

1. You have to remember to turn it on! (My old cateye had a motion sensor to start it up). It's ok when you set out from home but I have twice lost data by forgetting after a meal break.

2. I tried to follow a route that I had put in. It was a circular route and it started trying to send me home after only a few miles.

3. The altimeter bewilders me. I keep setting it correctly but most of my ride data is below sea level. Need a snorkel.

I assume most of this is fixable in the settings, but I cannot find a simple practical guide to them.

It is great, but it should be easier to use.

1: Totally agree, it's soo annoying when your on a decent ride and realise you forget to hit start after you stopped. Have got another thread going about joining rides together!!

2: I normally have issues with it telling me I'm not on the route when I'm on the road it wants me to be!!

3: Have also had this problem with the altimeter. I think I reset mine and then it seemed a lot more stable. I also find if I turn it on a few minutes before riding, it "settles" down to the correct level. (Or what I perceive to be the correct level!!).

Not sure if the newer versions are easier to use, haven't had the chance to have a look at one!

Re: Burgundy, Holland or Germany?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 August 2014 - 10:08pm
In May I followed Edward Enfield's book a little over halfway to the Med (made it to Cluny). I would recommend you get a train from Paris as near to Tonerre as possible. The canal path is excellent from there. I followed it to Pont d'Ouche and from there took direct (very hilly) route to Beaune. Next time I will continue along canal towards Dijon.
Some good photos on here:
http://experiencefrancebybike.com/bicyc ... uro-a-day/

Re: Touring bike alternatives?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 August 2014 - 9:43pm
Did you read about his tour with it? http://tomsbiketrip.com/how-far-can-you ... ring-bike/

I like his philosophy. We get too obsessed with gear sometimes.

Re: Budapest to Black Sea...EV6

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 August 2014 - 9:16pm
albal1 wrote:St Nazaire - Mulhouse was 643 miles. Wien - 1335 miles. And to Budapest - 1550 miles. Hope that helps.

Thank you, spot on.

Re: Holes in carbon forks

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 August 2014 - 9:06pm
If the two holes are in similar positions then possibly they were part of manufacture.
If you can, go back to shop and check against other Cube bikes.

Re: Holes in carbon forks

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 August 2014 - 8:55pm
forks2.jpg Right hand side
forks1.jpg Left hand side

It's a cube bike which I believe is a good make.

Re: Touring bike alternatives?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 August 2014 - 8:40pm
peckham wrote:This person got together his touring bike very cheaply!
http://tomsbiketrip.com/how-to-go-cycle ... ks-part-1/

I enjoyed reading that!

Re: Descent bike shop in Taunton?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 August 2014 - 8:40pm
AND... Touring specialists SJS cycles up the road in Bridgwater ( closed @ weekends ) but a pleasant cycle from Taunton up the Bridgwater Canal.
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