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Re: touring and flying with hydraulic disc brakes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 February 2016 - 4:54pm
molzor wrote:I have decided to go for shimano's fully mechanical BR-R317 brakes.

Go on, tell me I've made the wrong choice.

Not at all. You've asked the question, you've heard the responses and made an informed decision. Why should we contest it?

Re: First European cycle tour suggestions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 February 2016 - 4:44pm
We have a rule which says no alcohol until within 5 miles of destination and/or your accommodation is sorted. Saves a lot of trouble!!

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 February 2016 - 4:40pm
Vantage wrote:I can see your point, but that isn't a dual carriageway, it's a single lane. The traffic had indeed stopped. Even the big white van at 0.08sec in had stopped before the left sideroad and that in itself should be enough of a giveaway that he/she is letting someone through.
It's one thing to take the view that filtering up the inside is entirely legal but bloody stupid to assume its ok to go blazing up the inside or between vehicles like a eejit and across every junction without a care in the world.
Right of way is of no use in a wooden box.
No, it's two lanes. As I said I have sympathy for the driver because it's not a dual carriageway in any traditional sense that they may recognise but the man has seen fit to squeeze a narrow lane in and therefore there are now two lanes and crossing them requires care and attention from the driver.
(The white van is a red herring. I always stop short so as not to block junctions whether or not there was anything coming).

As for the rest, I agree that a bit more care wouldn't go amiss. Right but dead etc etc.

Re: My puncture phobia

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 February 2016 - 4:33pm
In a similar vein to the drawing pin, if you are not too far from home and you have a thorn stuck in your tyre that you think has already made a hole in the tube, the best policy is probably to note the position carefully (so that you can find it later), then break (or cut) the thorn off flush, and carry on, topping up the tyre as necessary so that it never gets too soft. This should at least get you home OK.

If the tyre gets too soft one or two things tend to happen;

- a long thorn will puncture the opposite side of the tube... and/or

- the tube will move around so that the thorn makes several holes in the tube instead of just one... .

cheers

Re: F1 hotels

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 February 2016 - 4:30pm
whoof wrote: travail-worth.
Lol. Thanks for the info, sounds like I shouldn't have a problem. You can reserve one by credit card and can cancel right up until the day of booking I think. I've got pretty good at sneaking bikes into hotel rooms

Re: My puncture phobia

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 February 2016 - 3:56pm
Hello
Like the OP I dread the idea of punctures, particularly at this time of year.
What I do is carry a can of puncture fix stuff .
If I were to get a puncture (particularly a rear tyre)
I would use the stuff to fix it (assuming it stil works I have had and carried it with me for years)
I also carry a pump as well .(funnily enough I've only used the pump once ,and that was to help out another cyclist )
So if necessary I can pump and ride as an option too.

PS I have used Continental touring plus tyres for years and have had only one puncture ,and that was a drawing pin.
So there good although pricey.( I also ride on tracks ,pavements (not in town or anti socially )any place if it gets me of particularly nasty roads ,and these are probably more likely to be strewn with punturey things, but these tires still take everything i throw at them ,with no punctures yet (touch wood)
PS if you get a drawing pin stuck in your tyre ,LEAVE IT there, I got home with no discernable loss of tyre pressure, just an annoying tick with tyre rotation, you can repair at leaisure when home.
In the Winter months my rides are fairly short ,twenty miles or less so if the worst comes the worst I can walk home .
Must admit I don't really fancy that though.
In the areas I cycle iam not that far away from local cycle shops that I have noted on my travels (maybe not open Sundays) so a visit to one of them for a fix could be an option too.
Another thing I do regularly ,especially if considering a decent length summer (ahh Summer)ride or any length winter ride is to inspect my tyres for anything pointed ,prickly or generally nasty sticking in them before I venture out.

Anyways some thoughts ,
But I agree with OP ,puncture neuroticism ailment is horrid thing.
Maybe need some CB therapy.


Cheers Andy

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 February 2016 - 3:49pm
The cyclist could have slowed down a bit more and been a bit more cautious at the junction but from an insurance liability point of view I would think it would be entirely the drivers fault, they should have been going a lot slower, pausing before entering the cycle lane.

Re: My puncture phobia

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 February 2016 - 3:38pm
Where I live about 90 per cent of punctures are from hawthorns, invariably between October and March. I've yet to use properly 'puncture-proof' tyres, but are there any tyres that are puncture-proof against hawthorns? I've always assumed Marathon Plus or Armadillo (maybe even Gatorskins, for the road bike) would be, but reading some of the posts here I'm starting to wonder. I was intending to try Marathon Greenguards, going on Samual D's thread last year, but would they even resist hawthorns?

Getting a phobia about HAWTHORNS!!!

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 February 2016 - 3:38pm
The driver should have stopped regardless of who hit who but that clearly is entirely the cyclists own fault.

Re: oldies riding in the cold

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 February 2016 - 3:38pm
well I assume you have a 60+ card or Freedom Pass to use the tansport in london for free - take a train to Carshalton ( Beeches.) I very rarely ride in London A to B , use trains for that.

Re: My puncture phobia

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 February 2016 - 3:24pm
Annoying Twit wrote:
I choose tyres I can get on and off easily in preference to their reputed puncture-resistant properties

me too, where possible, but this requires prior experience of that combination of rim and tyre (which might vary with the batch anyway) or some degree of clairvoyance....

I have encountered rim batches that were 'tight with any tyre' and tyre batches that were 'tight on any rim', both in contrast to prior experience; with the latter you have useless tyres and with the former there are no tyres that will work nicely.

cheers

Re: Careless of inconsiderate driving?

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 February 2016 - 3:24pm
Me too: I very rarely wear shorts, let alone lycra or other cycle-specific kit (apart from the shoes, which people won't notice anyway). Yes I certainly believe there's something in it. And not just the 'lycra lout' trope beloved of the tabloids...

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 February 2016 - 3:21pm
Paulatic wrote:Here's another case just come to light of driver failing to nominate.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cBm93E7HU ... e=youtu.be
Don't like to play devil's advocate but a highly dubious bit of filtering there, before the accident. I think if the driver had stopped and cooperated, it would have been 'knock for knock' at best.

Re: oldies riding in the cold

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 February 2016 - 3:16pm
mercalia wrote:HoratioWondersocks wrote:Hello
I am 62 .
I cycle regularly in the cold. Can't say I always enjoy it ,but I try to do it regularly.(I just feel the excersise is good , I get restless and agitated if I feel iam stuck in all day)
My rides are not long (even in the summer my max distance rarely goes above 35 miles) but iam always out if I nothing else on ,very regular peddle pusher.
Now I know that a lot of cyclists are for cycling the whole cycling and nothing but the cycling.
But (and I aplogise to purists ) I also like to walk (I just feel it gives another set of muscle groups a work out as well) I will ride out five ten miles and then dismount and dissappear into various country lanes footpaths etc ,maybe a couple of miles and then back on bike for the ride home (unfortunately at this time of year it can involve a sort of slow motion cyclocross as some footpaths become quag and I have to resort to carrying my bike)
Anyways one particular plus point of a few miles of footpathing /walking is that it does warm you up nicely if you have been frozen on your bike ( its particularly good for iced dead feet as the circulation is restored.)
In these Winter months my favourite and very regular route is from my home town ( the earthly paradise of Sutton) to a Epsom downs in Surrey I will get of my bike at the downs and do one of my three or four circuits (they are all of slightly different lengths)walking and pushing bike .The downs serve another function for me as well, the earthly paradise of Sutton is mostly horribly polluted by car fumes ,most of this stink seems to end up in my flat, Epsom downs is fairly elevated (with terrific and daily changing views of London and the surrounding countryside ) and invariably there are strong and sometimes galeforce strong winds and I just open my lungs and breathe fresh cold air.(well fresh as any air can be in the south east of England ,it certainly tastes and smells better than Sutton air to me at least)
Anyways I enjoy my combo of cycling/walking.
The walk bit is good for warming you up if peddling has become a bit of a Winter chore so worth baring in mind even if you are an out and out cyclist.


Cheers
Andy

since you live in South London. The Wandle trail think it is called starting from Carshalton is a rather nice ride not on the road but on tarmaced paths, following the river Wandle

Hello and thanks for your suggestion.
I may give it a try, but I am a little reluctant as I will be heading towards urban sprawl even though the walk itself is probably very nice.
I know the Carshalton area and Wandle very well.
When I go out for leisure rides I tend to head south or southwest towards the greener parts of Surrey and even the occasional Surrey hill. I can find plenty of good walking here as well.

Cheers Andrew

Re: touring and flying with hydraulic disc brakes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 February 2016 - 3:15pm
Full details:

Shimano BR-R317 disc brake caliper
SM-MAF160PS brake adapters
Shimano SLX 160mm rotor

I will post an update and let you know how it goes!

Re: F1 hotels

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 February 2016 - 3:14pm
I've stayed in about half a dozen F1 hotels and all accepted bikes. There is a lift if you don't want to carry your bike.

I've also stayed in the Premier Class in Nice which is similar and they also didn't have a problem. But when I used Premier Class at Geneva Airport the person on reception said they would need to think about it. We checked in went for a meal and when we got back in was self-service check in so we took the bikes to our room. In the morning the (different) person on reception didn't say a thing as we wheeled the bikes out. So I suppose it depend if you find a travail-worth.

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 February 2016 - 3:09pm
Paulatic wrote:Here's another case just come to light of driver failing to nominate.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cBm93E7HU ... e=youtu.be

It's all just too easy isn't it?

Re: F1 hotels

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 February 2016 - 3:05pm
I just took my bike into the room in the F1 I used. IIRC it was an auto-check-in with no evening staff. I haven't used the Bayonne one.

Re: F1 hotels

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 February 2016 - 3:03pm
All the F1 hotels I've stayed at have had minimal (or no obvious) staffing - check in has been automated at several. You will not get a choice of room location.

F1 hotels

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 February 2016 - 2:11pm
Do all F1 hotels accept bikes? In particular the F1 in Bayonne. Ideally I would like a ground floor one but when you book it doesn't seem to give you any options.
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