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Re: Norfolk: B1077 Attleborough, road kind to cyclists?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 September 2014 - 8:29pm
Cycling Cat wrote:Richard Fairhurst wrote:cycle.travel takes its data from OpenStreetMap which has the Fen Street crossing marked - so if it's no longer in existence, deleting it from OSM will remove it from cycle.travel in a week or two.

That said... are you 100% sure it isn't there any more? Google's Street View car last went along the A11 in July 2014 and clearly photographed a crossing then. But I'm not a local so won't claim any knowledge of it myself!

I stand corrected! Where I thought the fen St crossing should be all I could see was a wooden fence so clearly I was looking in the wrong place. I'll most probably use that though the bridge over the A11 just before Attleborough is a contender.
I did the London Rd Roundabout a few weeks ago, on a Sun late afternoon, after a glorious sunny day. It was busy and I had to wait some time. Got across, found the "road" the other-side was not what I thought (the SW one) so went back across. Not too bad if you wait for the right time. But maybe everybody was behaving better (on the way back anyway) as there was a Police car sitting on the NW side!!

Ian

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 September 2014 - 8:18pm


Wouldn't that be nice.
NOT.

Surly Disc Trucker

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 September 2014 - 8:06pm
I've had this bike for about 24 hours and I could write reams on my initial thoughts.

I've got a 50cm "Wolf's Blood Red" Disc Trucker that I got expertly fitted by the guys at Cadence Bikes in Bath. Well worth sitting on a jig and getting the right size. From previous bikes I would have chosen the next size up, but the specific geometry and Cadence's clever fitting sent me one size lower. Surprising, but 100% correct after today's spin.

I took my new rig from where I live in Somerset up the Radstock Greenway through the Bath 2 Tunnels, into town and home again. A decent 30 miler with some small but steep climbs. I loaded the rear panniers unnecessarily to test it out and even on the steepest I didn't get out of the saddle once. Gear ratio perfect. Incidentally I have a front and rear Surly rack which are probably my favourite bits of the bike so far. What's not to like about practical truck accessories? I've also got a decent set of SKS mudguards. Practical.

I'm going to hurt a little as you would expect from a new bike, but I had that genuine, "How did I get here?" experience when I got into Bath. It wasn't particularly speedy but it just seemed relatively effortless. Very comfy and the work:result ratio was brilliant. I'm having a front wheel with a Shimano XT dyno-hub built when it's back in stock and that's going to power B&M lights and a USB port. Handy. For the time being I'm using my Fenix flashlights mounted with some old rifle scope fittings. Temporary but a really good bodge. The rear flashlight has a red filter which I used for ratting, tucking the chickens in at night and owl spotting. Never thought I would use it on my bike but there you go. I'm really glad I had lights: The Bath 2 Tunnels is very dark and today there were thousands (or so someone said) of fun-runners and marathon runners coming the other way. I was pleased not to impale someone on my new Surly. I've got to say everyone was very tolerant of each other today. See: We can share.

I'm going to chuck the seat the bike came with and see what Father Xmas brings. I'm also keen on front panniers when I need to load up or when I'm on the school run. But that's for another day while I sort out a spate of skintness. I'm going to get some black irrigation pipe to protect the racks as it looks like the powder-coating will wear through on the pannier "hot spots" and where my daughter's child seat rubs. I saw a review on YouTube where a guy had developed minimal rust and suggested insulation tape or touching up with paint. I'm a gardener so I like to use gardening kit. Heh heh.

I'm in the traffic all next week on the school run so I'm sure to carry on with the bonding process with this iconic bike. I feel like the only "weak link" in the whole set-up. Am I worthy? I sure hope so because I think I'm going to have this bike a long time..................hc

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 September 2014 - 7:59pm
Yes that would be great, even the titanium bikes could be black then.

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 September 2014 - 7:57pm
[XAP]Bob wrote:Why paint Ti? It's not needed from a corrosion perspective, and it saves weight - and you have to show off the material as well...My glasses frames are Ti and are a dark copper brown.
Mrs Mick F's glasses are Ti and are green and turquoise.

Why not Ti bike frames?

Re: commute distance, folder or road bike?

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 September 2014 - 7:53pm
For me, unless there's a problem storing the bike at the destination, or it needs to fold to get it on a train etc. I would use a "Road" bike. I use quotes 'cos there's a question of what you mean by "Road" bike - I used to commute (occasionally) into Birmingham city centre on my Galaxy which is a "Road" bike in this context. (My employer found me somewhere to store it, though I had to carry it through part of the office off the ground so I didn't get the carpet dirty, and up high at one point to avoid damaging £3,000 worth of reception desk!) Co-incidentally they installed a shower in the loo about this time, not sure if it was a bit of quiet hinting by my colleagues re. a sweaty person sitting next to them all day

Re: Knocked off bicycle. Driver won't give insurance details

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 September 2014 - 7:47pm
Whenever I've been involved in a accident (and over the years I've been involved in no less than 8 of them resulting in a claim from me against the other party, being the "victim" of someone else's accident in each case) I've made sure I have the number plate of the other car involved. If the driver does not give me his/her details I always say something like "Look, I've got your number, either you can give me your details or I'll let the police sort it out". This does the trick _ I even do it if there's obviously no damage, just in case. I'm happy to let him/her sweat until they realise I'm not going to take any action.

The camera on my mobile phone helps too, 'cos I can take piccies of the car, it's driver, and any damage on the spot. Oh, and don't write the details down yourself, get the other person to do it and hand it to you, that way it cannot be claimed that you made a mistake.

But I've never asked for insurance details, nor have I given them. Your claim is against the driver, and it is his/her details you give to your insurance company. He/she then passes any letters from you or your insurer to his/her insurer.

Quite often these days you don't actually get a paper certificate from the insurer of your car, you get an online confirmation where you can download and print them. I don't bother with a printout unlessI'm traveling abroad, if I need the policy number it's with my documents at home, and if there is a legal requirement to disclose then this will happen later.

So what I'm saying is - don't worry about not seeing insurance details, if need be the DVLA can link the car reg and the insurance (at least as far as knowing the car is insured) - this is how car taxing now works.

If the car driver is not insured that's his/her hard luck, it comes out of thier own pocket instead of an insurance companies pocket. And you can have him/her done for driving while not insured. And if you are insured and your insurer pays you, then the insurer will claim off the offending driver. Which is a good reason to carry your own insurance!

Re: Norfolk: B1077 Attleborough, road kind to cyclists?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 September 2014 - 7:44pm
Richard Fairhurst wrote:cycle.travel takes its data from OpenStreetMap which has the Fen Street crossing marked - so if it's no longer in existence, deleting it from OSM will remove it from cycle.travel in a week or two.

That said... are you 100% sure it isn't there any more? Google's Street View car last went along the A11 in July 2014 and clearly photographed a crossing then. But I'm not a local so won't claim any knowledge of it myself!

I stand corrected! Where I thought the fen St crossing should be all I could see was a wooden fence so clearly I was looking in the wrong place. I'll most probably use that though the bridge over the A11 just before Attleborough is a contender.

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 September 2014 - 7:37pm
Mick F wrote:It the fashion for black that gets up my nose. Even cycle clothing is fashionable black.
Components are black, and frames are often black, or coloured to compensate for the black.

I prefer shiny bling components and brightly coloured frames.

Why is CF black?
Why isn't Ti painted?

Carbon is black, so CF is black. You could colour the resin I suppose.

Why paint Ti? It's not needed from a corrosion perspective, and it saves weight - and you have to show off the material as well...

Re: Getting to Scandinavia

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 September 2014 - 6:28pm
I flew to Copenhagen when I went due to ferry issues at the time of the year I was planning to tour.

Getting to Scandinavia

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 September 2014 - 6:10pm
With the demise of the Harwich - Esjberg ferry route from today, DFDS are no longer taking non freight bookings on the Immingham freight route so where there were two options now there are none! This effectively means there are no direct surface routes for anything but freight between the UK and Scandinavia - anyone fancy doing the full North Sea Route? better start learning to swim!

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 September 2014 - 6:03pm
It's the paint and decal schemes that I find remarkably ugly, by and large.

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 September 2014 - 6:01pm
Look at the understated elegance of slim steel tubes from the late 80s before everything went fat. But as we all know, fat is stiffer and stiffer is good innit!

Agree about black. It seems odd to me that I consider skin wall tyres as being good looking whereas a modern generation thinks anything other than black for a sidewall is ugly.

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 September 2014 - 5:59pm
Its the same with cars..... matt black becoming popular AND it costs a lot more. Dont get it myself.

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 September 2014 - 5:53pm
It the fashion for black that gets up my nose. Even cycle clothing is fashionable black.
Components are black, and frames are often black, or coloured to compensate for the black.

I prefer shiny bling components and brightly coloured frames.

Why is CF black?
Why isn't Ti painted?

Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 September 2014 - 5:48pm
Is what I thought after wandering around the Bike Show today. Especially hard tail MTBs......the big wheels and bulbous carbon tubes just make them look so heavy and cumbersome.

There were a few steel road bikes, and indeed, one or two tourers with chromed bits too, and these just looked so 'right' in comparison. Not saying that steel is a better functioning material - just talking about the look.

Yeah, I know, eye of the beholder, etc. But you know I'm right

December in Alicante

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 September 2014 - 5:13pm
I'm thinking of getting a cheap flight to Alicante at the beginning of December for a long weekend of cycling. I've never been there before.

Is it a good base for cycling? What weather should I expect?

Re: FillThatHole - Dying ? Come on CTC

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 September 2014 - 4:03pm
They are interested - just been talking to them about it at the Cycle Show. Problem is that they were running around like headless chickens getting everything ready for the show last week and so that was their priority. Hopefully they will get around to FTH once they are home, unpacked and recovered!

Re: Hit and Run

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 September 2014 - 3:39pm
Not good. Hope the cyclist mends well and quickly.
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