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Re: More Dawes bashing?

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 September 2014 - 6:02pm
I once read somewhere (probably here) that tourers in general were pricy as they aren't a particularly well selling market so the prices are up'd to make up some difference. My own Dawes which retailed for £599 was equipped with an Acera rear mech, 2203 sti shifters and front mech, Truvative 5D chainset, no-name stem, bars, seatpost, rims, hubs (quando) bottom bracket, headset and rack. Orxy brakes were the highlight I think. Even the forks are hi-tensile steel.
Most of those parts served their purpose quite well and the headset, front mech, shifters, chainset and brakes are all that remain of the original parts. Everything else (except the forks) has been replaced over time for either getting the fit right or they just wore out.
Guessing, I'd say that level of componentry wouldn't be out of place on a £300 mountain bike.
Despite all this, I can honestly say I wouldn't swap it for the world as it's been an absolutely brilliant bike.
I looked at some other bikes before deciding on this and they all seemed to have roughly the same spec so I don't think Dawes is the only one ripping off their customers.

Re: Trail A Bike For Tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 September 2014 - 5:43pm
Fantastic way to do the school run, check that your daughter agrees before you invest.

The best trail-a-bikes are ones that fix to a dedicated rear rack. These were once made by Islabikes, a few other independents and continue to be made by Burley (Kazoo / Piccolo). Placing the articulation point above the rear axle of the towing bike improves general handling and minimises the tail-wags-the-dog effect. Second hand models crop up on the forum from time to time.

Trail-a-bikes that attach to the seatpost may make top bags problematic, traditional Caradice style saddlebags aren't going to work. You do need a minimum amount of seat post showing to fit the clamp and might need a little more height for the saddle rails to clear the arm. I suppose that a very small frame might lead to conflict with a pannier rack but it's difficult to imagine it.

Any trail-a-bike should allow you to use panniers on both sides of the rear rack.

Trail-a-bikes aren't as stable as a childback tandem. If you have room to store one it will be a better experience for both of you.

Re: Biker's death filmed - horrific.

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 September 2014 - 5:36pm
I'm afraid I'm a bit paranoid about other drivers doing silly things (not claiming mine's perfect by any means) but, have seen so much erratic driving over the years. Something you read a lot about on here is drivers pulling out in front of cyclists, SMIDSYs, then the typical responses are that car drivers are out to 'get cyclists'. I'm afraid that this isn't the case, it is just rubbish driving. Perfect example a few days ago, driving my van conversion, Renault master, so not a small vehicle, and woman looked straight at us and pulled out of junction literally feet in front of me. Had half anticipated it, so not a problem, but, much smaller object travelling at 150 ft sec!! Not a chance

Re: Trail A Bike For Tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 September 2014 - 5:36pm
I've just had a natter with a friend who's a dad and uses one of these with his son. His opinion was that you'll have no trouble. The towing arm attaches to the seat post and has enough clearance for a pannier rack and that panniers are no trouble either. So it should be fine and dandy.

Re: Bad driving Monday to Friday?

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 September 2014 - 5:32pm
I have become increasingly horrified by the standard of driving and attitude of drivers towards cyclists.

I tend to ride single track lanes with passing places. And I am forever pulling in to let cars past. But 99% of the time a vehicle will never stop at a passing place for me on a bike. They will invariably ignore the passing place and drive like the bike just isn't there and takes no space. Most of the rods have sand and small stones along their edges (washed off the fields) and get onto that and you have no control. Can't steer, can't stop. A few weeks ago a car decided the passing place was "not for him" and continued at normal speed, meaning I was forced onto the sand/stones where I fortunately fell into the hawthorn hedge 'cos it was 50:50 the hedge or under the car wheels. And he didn't even slow down.

A few days ago I rode to my local Waitrose for the 1st time and riding once round the car park looking for the bike racks I was nearly run down twice by Range Rovers who did not think they should have to stop at a "Give Way" sign (with dotted lines across the road), particularly just for a bike. And I was wearing my invisibility waistcoat (the bright yellow one with reflective white bands). Others in the car park were watching and shaking their heads in disbelief at these two Range Rovers.

Most rides I having several close shaves and probably every 2 or 3 rides I'm close to being knocked-off the bike.

It really is getting very bad out there - to the point where today I started seriously considering giving-up cycling. I love it but not more than life itself. And it is coming to that. I think cycling will never become more popular until something can be done about the standard and attitude of drivers.

(And for me it's 7 days a week, not just Mon to Fri).

Ian

Bad driving Monday to Friday?

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 September 2014 - 5:20pm
When I retired in 2007 I thought it was a wonderful opportunity to ride more during the week. Well I certainly tried, but I found the attitude of many motorists put me off. I still do it, but I have mainly reverted to club rides at weekends. Why do so many drivers seem to object to other road users sharing the same space as them? On our club ride to watch the TOB on Friday a driver passed us, wound down his window and told us it was illegal to ride two abreast. This was on a wide road with no traffic. He had just cut up the rider at the back of the group on a mini roundabout.

Re: Pulled Over By The Police

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 September 2014 - 5:11pm
Sad really, makes one a little cynical!

Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 September 2014 - 4:58pm
Tim Moore's written another cycling book 'Gironimo'. This time he's riding a home-made vintage bike along the route of an early Giro d'Italia. As funny as the first book.

Another great cycle touring book (not really as it's about a round-the-world motorcycle ride, but the mentality is the same and I think it deserves an honorary mention) is 'Jupiter's Travels' by Ted Simon.

Trail A Bike For Tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 September 2014 - 3:58pm
My 4 year old is getting close to outgrowing her child seat so I am after some words of wisdom and advice please.

At the moment I have a hybrid bike with a rear rack and in the near future I'm planning on buying a tourer that will have a rear rack. Similar set up really.

I do the school run by bike with my daughter and it is a 10 mile round trip which is further than her little legs can cope with at the moment. I was thinking a Trail A Bike or similar would be ideal. Have you got any advice? Will the tow-bar clear the rear rack? Can I have my panniers on too?

Many thanks in advance................hc

Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 September 2014 - 3:17pm
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0224 ... UTF8&psc=1

On the road bike.
The search for a nation's cycling soul.

By Ned Boulting that cycling commentator guy off the telly.

Just finished it, jolly good read and laugh out loud funny in parts.

Re: Pulled Over By The Police

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 September 2014 - 3:14pm
I think the OP's exprience justifies a formal complaint.
I'm sufficiently wary of the police these days, that if one stopped me I'd get my camera out and record everything. I think that's rather sad, as I'm practically a pathological law-obeyer.

Re: Pulled Over By The Police

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 September 2014 - 2:35pm
I can only surmise that a few (and I hope it's only a few) of our loyal coppers have undergone their training in North Korea...

Re: Biker's death filmed - horrific.

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 September 2014 - 2:25pm
I can't believe that the car driver didn't see the car that the biker overtook, unless it was so far up the road that it didn't need looking at, maybe the car driver looked up the road, saw that x hundred yards were clear, knowing the speed limit, assumed he had therefore a clear gap in which to turn, not anticipating the motorbike coming from behind the car and at excessive speed.

In terms of settling insurance claims, speeding doesn't mean you are liable for the accident, in this case the car driver should have seen the approaching biker.

Re: Pulled Over By The Police

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 September 2014 - 1:52pm
NATURAL ANKLING wrote:Hi,
Nice story TonyR.
But you are in a (well trained in the right questions to ask and answer) position to be able to do that we the public are not


Me? No! I'm just a member of the public too reposting a story originally told by a police officer on uk.rec.cycling as you would have seen if you'd read what I posted.

Re: Cotswold Line

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 September 2014 - 1:17pm
That's brilliant to know about. I'll be living in Long Hanborough soon and having a route which passes through the village will be a great way to start exploring a new area.

Re: South Downs Way on a touring bike ??

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 September 2014 - 1:02pm
Further to my 2009 post above - I did most of it on my Galaxy (a 1987 model) which I'd brought up to a more 'roadie' style with 9 speed Tiagra, 105 hubs, OpenPro rims.
Just slapped some CX tyres on it and went for it. Didn't quite do it all because of time constraints, but most of the distance is perfectly feasible on this sort of rig.
Go with the expectation that you'll be walking some of it whatever bike you take. Maybe slightly more on foot with a Galaxy than on an MTB, but equally there are plenty of smooth bits where you'll be faster.

Re: How to train for long distance cycle touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 September 2014 - 12:36pm
a far greater cyclist than I once said there are only three things you need to do
1) ride your bike
2)ride your bike
3) ride your bike

Re: Pulled Over By The Police

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 September 2014 - 11:56am
Vorpal wrote:Well... maybe. But the police power to direct traffic should not be used to remove a road user who is there legally. Directing a cyclist to use the footpath should only be done to avoid another hazard, such as a road blockage or something. Under normal circumstances it is illegal to ride on the pavement, and I think that it is significant that the OP was actually directed to do something illegal.
I was merely stating that the police probably have the power to direct and authorise cyclists to use a pavement in a particular place. I don't doubt that this was a misuse of that power and that the OP really should complain. The normal illegality of pavement riding might be significant to that complaint.

Re: Pulled Over By The Police

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 September 2014 - 11:41am
Hi,
Vorpal wrote:Well... maybe. But the police power to direct traffic should not be used to remove a road user who is there legally. Directing a cyclist to use the footpath should only be done to avoid another hazard, such as a road blockage or something. Under normal circumstances it is illegal to ride on the pavement, and I think that it is significant that the OP was actually directed to do something illegal.
But the OP was told that they " I was a danger to other road users" so whats to do

Complaint is the only option.
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