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Re: Lon Las Cymru Holyhead to Chepstow just completed

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 September 2014 - 7:31pm
I did it south-to-north and arrived at Holyhead just in time for the train out (having started in Criccieth that morning). Of course, if you wanted a warm-up for a north-to-south ride, another option would be to cycle from Chester to Holyhead along the coast on NCN 5, then pick up NCN 8 from there.

Re: Lon Las Cymru Holyhead to Chepstow just completed

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 September 2014 - 7:25pm
I'm planning this trip for July 2015. Would have gone this year but financials didn't work out (having to fly in from the US and all).

However, I was planning on going counter to the guidebooks and do it South to North - my initial plan is to do the Celtic Trail starting in the West as a warmup, then tranisition over to the LLC once I hit Cardiff. Stupid idea given train times etc in Holyhead?

Re: Non driving cyclists

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 September 2014 - 7:00pm
Daylight Running Lights. They are front lights on cars which are on all the time the headlights are not on. They are commonly extremely bright white LEDs. You cannot turn them off. They are not a problem on bright days but also serve no purpose, on dull days or in low light conditions they glare very brightly and can be dazzling as they are non directional and very bright.

Re: Non driving cyclists

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 September 2014 - 6:58pm
Day Light Running lights.

All road users should be aware of such things as the Highway Code - is that not the case. Removing the fact that the cyclist had no reason to know about motor vehicle regs, he thus had no reason to comment. Even less riding through a red light - now that he should be aware of.

Ride or drive on the road, the read the Highway Code and stick to the rules and laws when using the road - simples. The roads would be a lot better if everyone did.

Re: Non driving cyclists

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 September 2014 - 6:50pm
So what are DRL's?

Re: Rear rack safe on Fixie axle?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 September 2014 - 6:02pm
Yeah I've seen those adapters for qr skewers but a fixed axle is wider and held in place by nuts.
What I need to know is if anyone had adapted on to fit a Fixie or if it would be safe (if it would affect the track nuts)?

Re: Punishment Pass - By a Cyclist

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 September 2014 - 5:58pm
Psamathe wrote:Personally I would contact the club concerned.
Do it if you like, but I hope it goes better for you than it did me. I let a club know about a guy pavement-cycling in their full club kit and the reply was rude enough that I was tempted to sprinkle roofing tacks down because it was a regular habit. I never did because it would probably end up hurting some walker or a dog instead, knowing my luck.

Some cyclists are nasty, just like some of any group are nasty. But most are nice

Re: Rear rack safe on Fixie axle?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 September 2014 - 5:52pm
Stressing the seat stays? How much weight are you planning to take?

P-clips should be fine, or the Axiom Journey Uni-Fit http://www.winstanleysbikes.co.uk/produ ... _Rear_Rack comes with loads of fittings and claims to carry 50kg (also available in much-dearer cro-mo steel).

If you really don't fancy it, some seat post racks like http://www.winstanleysbikes.co.uk/produ ... p_DLX_Rack claim to go up to 15kg, rather than the typical 10. Still much less than 50, though.

Re: Rear rack safe on Fixie axle?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 September 2014 - 5:41pm
I've seen them but it doesn't seem as strong. And I'b be worried about stressing my seatstays.

Re: Rear rack safe on Fixie axle?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 September 2014 - 5:31pm
don't even think of trying to adapt to fit on your axle, just buy a pair of P clips, about £3, job done

Re: Non driving cyclists

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 September 2014 - 5:28pm
I wouldn't know which cars are equipped with DRLs and which are not - as far as I know it's compulsory to have them switched on in daytime, only in the Scandinavian countries and Poland. Personally I deplore the trend because, obviously, I want motorists to stay in the habit of keeping an eye open for everything on the road, not just lit up objects...

Re: Non driving cyclists

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 September 2014 - 5:08pm
Don't really see what this has to do with "non driving cyclists". Plenty of drivers aren't up to speed with vehicle construction regulations. My mother wouldn't have a clue what a DRL was despite driving for years. I wouldn't call it ignorance, it's not something you need to know about unless you are (un)fortunate enough to have them on your vehicle. It's only like those people who insist upon telling you that you have left your bike lights on because they don't know about dynamo standlights. I appreciate the considerate thought even if the action was unnecessary.

As for the cyclist and the red lights, I'm not sure that having a driving license makes you any more likely to obey traffic signals on a bike.

I recounted this tale on a recent thread

Bicycler wrote:BTW, I had a brew sat outside a café the other day with a clear view of one part of a traffic light controlled junction. In twenty or thirty minutes there I saw two cyclists who jumped the red or amber lights...


...and 53 drivers.

We see what we want to see

Re: Punishment Pass - By a Cyclist

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 September 2014 - 5:07pm
I know that our El Capitano would read the riot act to the club if he got a report like that.

Non driving cyclists

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 September 2014 - 5:04pm
I was in Glasgow with two bikes on my roof. A cyclist pulled in front of me at the lights and gestured that I had my headlights on. They are of course DRL's. Now a requirement on new cars and I explained this to him.

He then took off with lights still on red and almost got wiped out by a van.

The ignorance and stupidity of some people is scary.

Rear rack safe on Fixie axle?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 September 2014 - 5:00pm
I just need some help with a few things, I'll try to keep it short.

I'm riding to France on my own in about a week, for a week or two or three if I like it.
Never done any touring before. I used to work as a courier though which explains my first problem.

My only bike is a Fixie (Condor Pista) with horizontal dropouts, no eyelets, but it is drilled for a rear brake. It's got two part track nuts, not a quick release. Will it be safe to attach a rack to the rear axle? It seems like strongest/best place to take the weight. My concern is the rear wheel getting loose and killing me.
And if it can be done, is installation similar to qr skewers? Just widen the hole to fit bigger axle?
Also recomendations for racks would be good, I think I'm taking panniers, Tubus Fly is pretty sexy.

I'm going to start a new thread for my really stupid questions.

Re: Carpets, camels, goats and rocks - Morocco

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 September 2014 - 4:53pm
Very sore, but it healed up quickly despite the dirt.

Re: Punishment Pass - By a Cyclist

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 September 2014 - 4:13pm
Psamathe wrote:Psamathe wrote:Personally I would contact the club concerned.
I suggested because, even if the individual cannot be identified, it might prompt the club to remind all members about road manners, etc. and point everybody that they have received complaints about "riding style" nd that they may be starting to get a bad reputation.

Ian
Agreed. I normally resist the temptation to lump all cyclists together as a group, but if someone is a member of a club (and more so if they are advertising that) then this is an invitation to be treated as a member of that grouping; they are making that positive choice (and their behaviour will reflect on that group).

Re: Punishment Pass - By a Cyclist

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 September 2014 - 3:27pm
Psamathe wrote:Personally I would contact the club concerned.
I suggested because, even if the individual cannot be identified, it might prompt the club to remind all members about road manners, etc. and point everybody that they have received complaints about "riding style" nd that they may be starting to get a bad reputation.

Ian

Re: Latest speeding excuse..

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 September 2014 - 3:20pm
It's one of the popular legal myths, along with the ones about bikes with wheels less than 20" being classed as toys so being allowed to be used on pavements, and that other one about how you can be done for speeding on a bike if you have a speedometer.

Re: Latest speeding excuse..

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 September 2014 - 2:36pm
Bicycler wrote:I think you are reading it wrong:Maybe, but I would so like it to have been law in bygone years....
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