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Re: Panniers etc on Ferries & how to have safe panniers

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 August 2014 - 6:49pm
If you feel you have to lock you bike up, please do not lock your bike with mine under it! I like to get off the ferry promptly and have in the past had to wait for people who have locked their bike up with mine behind it. Cheers John

Re: Weight of total gear for a 4 week tour in France

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 August 2014 - 6:09pm
davetb wrote:Jet boil stove, 1 spoon each, sharp knife with tools, 1 cup & use cup on bottom of jet boil
Dave

What, that little plasitc bit?
I love my Jetboil, but that would be a step too far for me, go on, treat yourself to a proper cup
The rest of the kit list looks good, as you say a sensible compromise between weight and comfort. Have a good trip.

Re: Weight of total gear for a 4 week tour in France

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 August 2014 - 6:03pm
davetb wrote:emergency food of Muesli, honey etcMy emergency rations are covered by a packet of dried soup. It weighs a couple of grams and takes almost no space. Being in France I would probably have some bread or other left over boulangerie goodies to add a bit of bulk to the meal. I've only had to resort to this twice over the years. Food for breakfast does not really matter, I will pick up something along the way.

Re: When its OK to drop a cycling buddy

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 August 2014 - 5:51pm
But you are certainly right that when you're riding with someone you feel obligated to keep up and not take as many breaks as you otherwise would.

Re: When its OK to drop a cycling buddy

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 August 2014 - 5:02pm
freeflow wrote:I may not have phrased the original question as well as I should.For the record, I thought your OP was perfectly clear. And I think you did the right thing in giving your companion the option. That he chose not to exercise it, was his decision.

The point I made in my earlier post was that, unlike you and your companion, and I'm sure the majority of posters on this forum, there are I'm afraid some incredibly selfish cyclists about. And social networks thereof. I'm not about to name any specific forum because I don't need to!

Re: When its OK to drop a cycling buddy

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 August 2014 - 4:51pm
I may not have phrased the original question as well as I should. The difficulty here is that it is not a rider just disappearing off. That's pretty unacceptable. But instead a competent but struggling rider encouraging a buddy to ride on.

On saturday there was no question that I would not finish, but I whilst my buddy was willing to ride slower it still put pressure on me to ride faster than I wanted and to do so with fewer stops. If my buddy had followed my advice and ridden on then I could have slowed my pace for a while to get my energy levels back up, and I could have stopped for short period more frequently to rest my knee and eat/drink.

Of course there is always the ego thing in that I didn't want to be continually saying, can we go slower please.

If I am accompanying a struggling rider, I will, if I can, ride besides or behind the rider. I'll only go in front if there is a strong headwind or if I'm specifically requested to do so.

Re: When its OK to drop a cycling buddy

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 August 2014 - 4:39pm
If there is a rider in physical difficulty, never, never, NEVER leave them.

Your friendship will be rewarded many times more than a stupid little medal.

Re: Advice on full touring frame build please..

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 August 2014 - 4:29pm
Rabbit wrote:On the gear ratios do you think those are a bit extreme? I just wanted something to get me up the steepest pass...No, I was just jesting because we all have our own experiences and gearing is a commonly the point where people's ideas diverge.

Re: Help with choosing bike type and/or commute through Lond

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 August 2014 - 4:22pm
So I rid up to the point of leaving the towpath on my commute route and was completely drenched. I'd say the biggest problem were the puddles which occupied the entire width of the path. Mudguards helped, but not enough. Making the commute practical will be difficult in those conditions.

Ayrshire Touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 August 2014 - 4:09pm
I am looking for a B and b in the Dalrymple , Kirkmicheal, Straiton area for my son during a cycling trip. I can ask the Ayr Tourist Board but should value a personal recommendation from a cyclist if possible. I recall how useful the old CTC Handbook used to be for this kind of information.
Thanks

Re: Advice on full touring frame build please..

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 August 2014 - 4:02pm
Thanks Tatanab - very useful advice, hadn't thought to get the forks drilled as well! On the gear ratios do you think those are a bit extreme? I just wanted something to get me up the steepest pass...

Re: Advice on full touring frame build please..

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 August 2014 - 2:37pm
Something to consider by way of brazed fittings. Fit conventional downtube lever bosses. These can then be used with bar end levers or Ergo/STI, but if everything breaks then a simple downtube lever can be fitted. You mention possible compatibility problems of cantilever with STI/Ergo. There are none I am aware of. Even if you do go with cantilever mountings, then still have the fork crown and rear brake bridge drilled for a brake - added flexibility if something goes terribly wrong. If you are having 3 bottle cages then I'd suggest that the location for a pump is on the left seat stay. Gets it out of the way and many frame builders understand what is needed, i.e. a pump peg at the top and a simple stop at the bottom.

I would not use cantilevers. I think they are vulnerable to damage especially when flying (I have seen one wiped off). They were THE option to have until decent spec dual pivots came on the scene. I would say to use mini V brakes (as I do) but then you'd have to watch carefully for rim clearance which may be a concern when away for such time. So go with dual pivots. Quill stem I would forget as well and use a modern 1 1/8" A stem. Easier to work with when packing for a flight. Front loading quill stems are available, but they are like hen's teeth to find. This is from somebody who prefers the elegance of a quill stem but still has A stems on 2 machines for just the reasons given.

Everything else sounds pretty much the way I would do it other than arguing about gear ratios.

bicycle train transportation without the bike ticket

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 August 2014 - 2:19pm
Hi all,

My trip is almost over and I've to go back to Italy from Germany.i have aleady bought a ticket for the train but the bicycle reservations were already full when I made the reservation.at that time I tought to Pack the Pack in order to be considered as a normal luggage, but i didn't find any precise information from the german train company. Has anyone had any experience about it? Moreover I have just discovered that it is possible to ship the bike with some transportation company and it is not that expensive, around 40€.has anyone tried any of these?

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 August 2014 - 1:54pm
Give women drivers, SUVs, 4X4s etc. a break, the real culprits for close passes (here in London) are buses, taxis and minicabs.

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 August 2014 - 1:52pm
lisap wrote:Thank goodness I'm not a farmer then.

Phew that was close!

Re: My first tour (I didn't make it)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 August 2014 - 1:46pm
OnYourRight wrote:theDaveB wrote:Going to keep trying water while doing day rides this week and see how it goes. It's not a recent thing me feeling sick, remember walking up Snowdon years ago and only having water and every time I drank it I felt sick.
Perhaps you could try drinking less but more frequently, just taking a sip here and there.


Beat me to it! Little and often is usually the key.

If you're touring and are running low on energy/salts (lost through sweat) you can stop, rest and have a bite to eat: no need to get it all out of a bottle, but if you do want to drink it then a powder is a much more bulk/weight effective way to cart it about. One of the things about a sports drink designed to replace salts is they tend to taste pretty dire unless you need salt (in which case they're great!), and of course when you're trying them out for taste the first time you typically don't need the salt because you haven't done anything yet...

Good quality sports drinks are reasonably expensive, and while they will help you replenish energy and salts more effectively than plain water, unless you're going at it pretty hard then it's not that much of a win.

Pete.

Re: My first tour (I didn't make it)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 August 2014 - 1:23pm
theDaveB wrote:Going to keep trying water while doing day rides this week and see how it goes. It's not a recent thing me feeling sick, remember walking up Snowdon years ago and only having water and every time I drank it I felt sick.
Perhaps you could try drinking less but more frequently, just taking a sip here and there.

Lucozade probably doesn’t do much harm in small quantities (though aspartame gives me an instant headache), but it’s not healthy in the long run as a substitute for water. And just as importantly, it weighs a lot!

Advice on full touring frame build please..

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 August 2014 - 1:13pm
I am planning an extended tour lasting several months and I'm in the fortunate position of having a frame built up for me but it's posing all sorts of questions which I hope you might help answer. As it's the first time I've had a bike built for me I'd like to know that I'm not making any horrendous mistakes! So roughly here is what I was planning - the tour I'm planning is all on roads, mountainous in parts, carrying front and rear panniers with camping gear. I'd also like to be able to use the bike for shorter weekend trips and day rides when I get home.

So - At the moment the spec I was thinking of is a Reynolds 725 frame, with vertical drop outs, cantilever brakes, front and rear rack eyes, and fittings for 3 bottles. I think the frame will have clearance for tyres up to 32 mm. It'll have a traditional style top tube (ie not sloping) and a quill stem. I was going to use it with 9 speed bar end shifters, a triple chainset of 22-32-44 or something like that and rear cassette of 11-32. I was going to have some Harry Rowland rigida sputnik or Mavic wheels on LX or XT hubs - and have XT front and rear mechs. From looking at other posts that all sounds fairly standard but I'm no expert. The main thing I was worried about was whether cantilevers were the best thing to have for loaded touring - and if that limits me in the future to only running bar ends or down tube gears - ie no STIs. Anyway, your thoughts would be welcome - Thanks,

Re: Is an Ewerk type device required for Dynamo

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 August 2014 - 1:10pm
A quick virtual chat with BeeKeeper earlier this week-end prompted me to look for this topic on the subject of powering lights and charging USB devices at the same time, and I thought I would take the liberty of bumping it on account of it being a Jolly Good Read!

Re: My first tour (I didn't make it)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 August 2014 - 12:58pm
RickH wrote:If you don't like drinking plain water (or can't train yourself to at least tolerate it neat) then a powdered energy drink (my personal preference is Torq Energy Drink if I want more than plain water for a hard &/or hot ride)

How much drink does one of them make ?

Seems expensive, I only buy Locozade Sport when it's on offer and stock pile it.

Going to keep trying water while doing day rides this week and see how it goes. It's not a recent thing me feeling sick, remember walking up Snowdon years ago and only having water and every time I drank it I felt sick.

Dave
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