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Re: You Are A Bunch of Frauds

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 August 2014 - 9:33pm
I've not ridden my Pinarello aluminium monviso bike hardly at all since I bought a Thorn Sherpa.....which is just so comfortable.
But this week I've taken them both out -enjoyed both but the Sherpa more.
As for speed the Pinarello gives me an average speed normally around 16-17mph and the Sherpa 12-14mph......I 'went for it' down a local hill on separate occasions this week - pedalled like a mad man to see how fast I could go - Pinarello 38mph / Sherpa 41mph (the sherpa was also a lot less frightening).

Re: Notes from a third tour (Wales)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 August 2014 - 9:31pm
Great write-up!

The Coed-y-Brenin route is doable on a loaded hybrid (I did it on my Ridgeback Velocity) as long as you're not scared of gravel and a bit of mud. If possible, take a GPS loaded with the route as currently marked on Sustrans/OSM-based maps. There was an earlier version of the route that followed Sarn Helen which was seriously uncyclable in parts - very scenic, true, but full of rocks! Hopefully the signage has been fixed to point along the proper route, but when I did it a few years back, it was frequently ambiguous/wrong - I actually ended up modifying one sign which was too confusing.

Agreed that the Llyn is worth it. If I were to do the route again I'd probably start from Abersoch rather than Holyhead, though public transport isn't great on the Llyn.

Oh, and if you like Lon Las Cymru, you'll love the Pennine Cycleway.

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 August 2014 - 9:27pm
From my own experiences 4x4 drivers are OK, certainly better than drivers of MPVs (minvans) who often border on the incompetent.

Re: 10 year ban for killing cyclist

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 August 2014 - 9:11pm
Oh I see - I thought that there was some connection with a cycle-related incident in Flintoff's past I didn't know about rather than speeding convictions. So no connection per se?

Re: 10 year ban for killing cyclist

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 August 2014 - 9:07pm
Bonefishblues wrote:TonyR wrote:One step forward with this (pity the driver the other day didn't get the same instead of community service).

But then one step back again with http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-28972176
I'm not quite getting the connection, am I missing something?

Two dead cyclists from p*** poor driving is one connection. And the other is a driver who gets away with a ban on his fourth speeding conviction because it will cause him hardship - you'd have thought he would have thought of that after his third conviction. How about he sells the Bentley and pays a chauffeur with the proceeds to avoid the hardship?

Re: 10 year ban for killing cyclist

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 August 2014 - 8:58pm
TonyR wrote:One step forward with this (pity the driver the other day didn't get the same instead of community service).

But then one step back again with http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-28972176
I'm not quite getting the connection, am I missing something?

Re: Notes from a third tour (Wales)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 August 2014 - 8:58pm
Thanks for this write-up. We could do with more of this type of personal feedback on the forum, it's full of useful information and can encourage others to take the plunge and go touring. (BTW, you really do need lower gears for that terrain, I use 22 to 34 = 17.5inches and I'm not ashamed of it )

Re: Garmin Edge GPS

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 August 2014 - 8:25pm
Missing bit I remember was Navidale north of Helmsdale on the A9.
I raised this some years ago, but a search doesn't find the thread because it's prior to the "new" forum.

The thread went on a bit, and other folk found more bits missing. No doubt Garmin have sorted all this by now, but I wouldn't hold my breath.

Re: Garmin Edge GPS

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 August 2014 - 8:18pm
I got some comedy directions (continue right) when there wasn't a junction or other road for miles, but nothing missing, or wrong...

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 August 2014 - 8:18pm
Yes it can, some just can not reverse.

Whilst we're at it, the standard test should be harder too. People will have to accept that not everyone can be a competent driver and no matter how many attempts they make, they will not pass the test.

Then we'll need better public transport and better cycling facilities.

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 August 2014 - 8:03pm
Postboxer wrote:Separate 4x4 test, including driving one off-road, unless you have a tractor licence. This should sort the farmers from the Chelsea Tractor driving wannabes.
There should also be a towing/caravan test, my mum has a small caravan site and the standard of some of their driving, even when not towing a big white box behind them leaves a lot to be desired.

Watching other caravaner's trying to get on a pitch can be quite entertaining at times

Re: who will ride Vuelta a Espana 2014

CTC Forum - Racing - 28 August 2014 - 8:01pm
Yes a stage to watch thats agreed; see who the contenders might be ....

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 August 2014 - 8:00pm
al_yrpal wrote:Well, if you are going to be consistent you will have to make everyone who wants to occasionally drive a Transit take another test, and us oldies who can drive minibuses carrying up to 14 people, and motorhome drivers and so called people carriers. Why not?

Al
Why not indeed what's there to be afraid of!
TBH at least a number of lessons followed by an assessment by a driving examiner for bigger vehicles and without doubt a type of PSV license for vehicles capable of carrying more than six passengers.
Extra lessons/assessment should compulsory for towing trailers heavier than 1 tonne gross,or wider than a standard car ie caravans and camper vans.

Whilst we're at it drivers over seventy years old should be assessed for physical and mental ability on 5 year basis,with over 80's every two years,over 90's annually.
Drivers who've been banned for 6 months or more or who continually collect points over a 10 year period should have to resit their driving test.Drink/drugged drivers a retest to a higher standard and proof of rehab course completed.
Strict?
Harsh?
You bet

Re: Garmin Edge GPS

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 August 2014 - 7:58pm
Yes, my 705 would do similarly and faithfully plus or minus the mapping. Sometimes the map was wrong.
I did have a thread on here some years ago about "missing bits" on Garmin routing even though the internal map was appearing ok.

My Montana does what it wants.

Re: Notes from a third tour (Wales)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 August 2014 - 7:49pm
Thanks for the info, this is a route I'm interested in doing at some point.

Re: who will ride Vuelta a Espana 2014

CTC Forum - Racing - 28 August 2014 - 7:33pm
Not spoiling it but todays stage 6 had a good finale.
But boy is it hot out there.
44 Deg' C yesterday.

Re: You Are A Bunch of Frauds

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 August 2014 - 6:31pm
Bicycler wrote:661-Pete wrote:Bicycler wrote:I'm currently riding the Schwalbe Marathon Racer tyres which again are a fast touring tyre but a bit heavier with more puncture protection. Either should be much nicer to ride than the M+ and a fair bit easier to fit and remove.I've not come across "Marathon Racer" but I have tried Durano+ which is the road-bike counterpart of the M+, comes in 700x23c. I have to say I was a bit disappointed with those, so I went back to my preferred option which is Specialized Armadillo. But, I suppose, each to his own...
The "Racer" is very poorly named as it is more of a slick road touring tyre and only available in bigger widths. It's not armour plated like the M+, so is a much more supple ride. It's not a tyre for a full on road bike.....

I'd agree with the above. I've been running Marathon Racer's in 700x30mm on my old Nigel Dean World Tour for a year or so, much nicer ride than the 28mm tyres I used to use. Seem to run very well, comfortable and quick. I seem to remember that they came from one of the German online retailers, and they didn't seem to be common in UK shops. I'll be buying again when I need some new tyres.

I have another quicker/lighter bike which uses thinner tyres.

- Nigel

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 August 2014 - 6:30pm
Quite agree, particularly for young drivers, would also be a good way to deal with persistent speeders, limit what car they're allowed to drive.

Re: Fell off on a sort of tramline - advice please?

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 August 2014 - 5:42pm
[youtube][/youtube]Just a postscript. The bike has been repaired with s/h 9 speed Ergos and Bellini bars which were in a parts box, having been swapped when someone went from drops to straight bars. Wheels got trued up ok. New cables and bar tape. Total cost £135 which gets it back on the road. After 4 weeks my upper arm is still very painful, but I can ride for short distances. Thanks to Reading CTCs Bob Bristowe! And thanks for your kind wishes
Red letter day today because for the first time in more than 30 years my BMI was under 25.

Al

Re: You Are A Bunch of Frauds

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 August 2014 - 5:27pm
OnYourRight wrote:There are many ways to have fun messing around with bikes, but one way is certainly to go fast. The glee of moving faster than you can on your own two feet is a big part of the appeal of cycling to young children – or was to me, at any rate.

Many people use bikes as practical transport, for which the benefit of speed is obvious.

Some people traverse the country by bike, and high efficiency is needed just to cover the vast distances in the available daylight/holiday time/allocated timespan.

A few even race and claim to enjoy it!

No harm in any of this, just as there’s no harm in enjoying a leisurely ride at a civilised pace.

Agreed
I've never been what I'd call a fast rider,moderate yes and when I was younger perhaps quick would be nearer the mark,but distance I can cover in a day is and always has been a source of constant joy and amazement
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