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Re: Commuting - best pannier?

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 February 2016 - 12:49pm
Tangled Metal wrote:Iron?
It's what bikes that aren't even gas pipe steel are made from

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 February 2016 - 12:35pm
kwackers wrote:Postboxer wrote:Yes but it was a courtesy car, so their usual car could be anything.
Probably an insurance replacement whilst their old car is at the garage having the previous cyclist removed.
Good one

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 February 2016 - 12:34pm
Postboxer wrote:Yes but it was a courtesy car, so their usual car could be anything.

Every courtesy car I've used or seen has been a smallish HB of some kind,I've never been offered or heard of anyone being offered an SUV Volvo

There's a lot going on in this case that doesn't add up,and it's not on Mr Scot's side of things.
The police,CPS,charges,Magistates,etc.
All odd, and smacks of organised crime IMHO.

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 February 2016 - 12:21pm
Postboxer wrote:Yes but it was a courtesy car, so their usual car could be anything.
Probably an insurance replacement whilst their old car is at the garage having the previous cyclist removed.

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 February 2016 - 12:12pm
Yes but it was a courtesy car, so their usual car could be anything.

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 February 2016 - 11:50am
It is a vicious circle with one leading to another. You can step on to it either from crime leading to poverty or poverty leading to crime.
I was surprised, I had imagined the driver to be an exec (or lawyer) with a sense of power and privilege rather than a benefits claimant. I was possibly swayed by the fact they were driving a big new Volvo. Not what you normally see parked outside the doors of the council estates in Nottingham.

Play on Pedals on CTC website

Play on Pedals blog - 10 February 2016 - 11:17am

A lovely new article about Play on Pedals up on the CTC website, including photos from the 3D Drumchapel and Wheel Fix It sessions in Drumchapel and stories from Instructors Anne Glass and Senga Laurie.

Read all about it here: http://www.ctc.org.uk/news/20160205-play-pedals-best-smiles


Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 February 2016 - 10:59am
So the crook looked like crook. Had multiple previous convictions. Was living on benefits. Had no respect for the court. Had a lawyer paid for by us. And got off with a slap on the wrist.

Go and sit in any court and you will see the same thing happening every day. 9 out of 10 (if not more) are regular offenders and treat it as a bit of a game. So when people complain that the UK puts too many people in jail I see people that haven't had to talk to the victims first hand.

Re: Navigation - Garmin

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 February 2016 - 10:45am
Yeah, I've read several reviews on DCRainmaker and other cycle websites too. The Cycling weekly website had a decent roundup of all the Garmin range on a single page with an easy to decipher "Choose this one if..." header. I was torn between the 810 and the 520, but ended up opting for the 810 cause the bundle sounded like a bit of a better deal. It even comes with an out front mount too!

What does the Sony Xperia offer? I have an old iPhone 4s at the minute and regularly use Strava and Google/Apple maps. But I'm getting fed up with my battery draining away and running out while I was out and about. I figured a stand alone navigation tool might be a bit better.

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 February 2016 - 10:45am
Vantage wrote:The words just do not exist how I feel about this....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enlYjxfR5Ic
That makes depressing viewing.

What a shambles of a prosecution. I have had few dealings with the justice system, but as an outsider I always imagined the people there to do their job conscientiously and in line with its social importance. Instead it seems they’re just as generally incompetent, work-shy, and morally bankrupt as the riff-raff that populates the bulk of private enterprise.

Re: Trains in Ireland

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 February 2016 - 10:30am
Thanks for all the advice. After a bit of digging it seems that travel by bus with Dublin Coach may be the best bet. They are cheapest, run quite regularly, don't charge for bikes which are allowed if they fit in the below floor luggage compartment.
I will post more info for reference when I book travel and actually do the travelling.

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 February 2016 - 10:23am
The words just do not exist how I feel about this....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enlYjxfR5Ic

Re: The Poplar High St collision

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 February 2016 - 9:52am
iviehoff wrote:If you wish to remain alive as an urban cyclist, you have to be aware of the risk of this happening. You have to be prepared to stop, especially if you are unsighted. Yes, you have priority, but the reality is that a sufficiently large minority of vehicles won't give it to you, so you have to take precautions, whatever the law is. I'd like to see a successful prosecution for a strike in such a case, then maybe drivers will begin to learn it is true. But ultimately until we have roads populated by saints, then caveat cyclista in such circumstances.

That's my outlook too,I don't care if I have priority or not what matters is staying upright and in one piece,preferably without a mark on me or my bike

Relisted Surly Troll - 18" Medium

CTC Forums - Bikes For Sale - 10 February 2016 - 9:52am
RELISTED - as I really can't justify keeping it on the off-chance that I'll go 'bike-packing' through South America one day when the reality is that I have 29 years left on my mortgage and for 90% of my riding (commuting/touring/sustrans routes) my Long Haul Trucker does just fine - there I've said it!!

Trying to thin the heard down to two bikes from three and eventually cutting down on my box of spares. Unfortunately the Troll is the bike that I use the least. I've had it for ten months and have covered 216 miles on it - always when dry as I never got around to putting mudguards on. One tiny chip on forks, a few on chain-stay (now covered up with an old tube).

It was built from the frame up using a mixture of new and spares box parts.

Cane creek 40 headset (new)
Handbuilt XT hubs on XC717 rims (new)
Deore Hydraulic Brakes (new)
Surly 38 t ring (new) on Truvatic sqaure taper cranks(used)
8 speed cassette, alivio mech (both new)
On one OG bars
Panaracer Gracia XC tyres
DMR V8 pedals (seen better days..)
Ergon Grips (new)
Wireless Computer (cheap thing off eBay that doesn't work anymore, maybe just needs new batteries)

I'm 5ft8 and the fit is perfect and the ride is fantastic. The colour looks even better in the flesh.










Looking for a quick sale so - £500 collected from Stoke-on-Trent
Categories: Go Cycling

Re: The Poplar High St collision

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 February 2016 - 9:42am
pwa wrote:Cycle lanes on roads open to other traffic do create hazards of their own. This video illustrates one. The driver clearly made a mistake and merits criticism, but if I had been the cyclist I would have half expected to see a vehicle emerging from that gap. The driver could only see the cyclist at the last moment, and the view might be obscured by the window pillar. That is a very crowded environment and small errors of judgement can lead to someone being hurt.
I have to agree,I'm extremely wary in such situations and as it was wet I'd be even more wary as the driver's vision can be obscured through rainy side windows and unwiped triangle of windscreen on the nearside.
Watching the video again the cyclist doesn't appear to make any attempt to check his/her speed at the side road,something I find surprising if they use the route regularly.Also s/he hit the side of the car which indicates both are travelling too fast for the situation IMHO.
All that said it doesn't excuse the driver not stopping.

Personally, I would not cycle regularly on streets like that. I would find another way of getting to work.

Unfortunately some folk don't have that luxury.

EDIT:- I've watched the video again a few times and the cyclist does check their speed,though not enough to stop if needs be,as is apparent.The driver has assumed too much but s/he's well protected in the 'cage' so is removed from danger 'invulnerable'(?).To repeat myself,the cyclist is 'chancing' it IMHO.

Lonley Planet or Bradt?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 February 2016 - 9:37am
I am thinking of buying a guide to Sri Lanka
Anyone any comments on the best one?
Lonely Planet or Bradt.
Or others?
Thanks folks

Re: Slow riders?

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 February 2016 - 9:29am
A long time ago I used to care about speeds and distances. Now I just like going out for a spin on any bike and get as much pleasure from a short trip to the shops on a folding bike as a day ride on a road bike. The unique experience of being able to cruise along while being part of the surroundings (rather than detached from them as you are in a car) and being able to stop anywhere on a whim is what makes cycling special for me. I do have a simple cycle computer on my touring bike, but if it fails it won't be replaced. What other riders do in terms of speed and distance has no relevance at all unless we're on a trip together. I think it is the difference between viewing cycling as a sport or as a versatile and enjoyable means of transport and a leisure pastime.

Re: Commuting - best pannier?

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 February 2016 - 9:02am
Iron?

Re: Loire a velo. Logistics.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 February 2016 - 9:00am
MartinBrice wrote:we did eurostar to paris then train to orleans to start the trip. then to get back from the end took the TGV at 6am from nantes to lille for a ridiculously small price. then euorstar to UK. But bikes are extra money and hassle on eurostar now.

You always have had to pay extra - and £30 is steep, but the amount of hassle is pretty minimal. For many people it will be the quickest and easiest option - although the ferries from Portsmouth and Plymouth may also be a good option.

Re: Commuting - best pannier?

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 February 2016 - 8:45am
brooksby wrote:Smiles wrote:... ferrying work clothes (shirt, pants, socks neatly folded and double wrapped in plastic bags to prevent creasing), ...

Why are you worried about creasing your socks?

You mean you don't
iron yours????
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