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Re: Who's got the worst bike, and how far have you ridden it

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 July 2015 - 1:03pm
In my late teens many years ago a pal and myself toured around most of Scotland. I had an old bike with dropped handlebars and single speed. His bike however was an ex police bike with a double crossbar and 28 inch wheels with wide tyres. When he got a puncture it took both of us to turn it over to get the tyre off. Weight unknown but it was not light for sure. We mostly lived "rough" with some hostels. Had a great time

Re: Pollution - another problem

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 July 2015 - 12:53pm
beardy wrote:I dont suppose it is quite as old as the number plate suggests (around 1960 ish) but it may be old enough to still have very relaxed emission requirements in the MOT test.

AFAIK smoke will still cause a failure.

Re: Pollution - another problem

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 July 2015 - 12:13pm
I dont suppose it is quite as old as the number plate suggests (around 1960 ish) but it may be old enough to still have very relaxed emission requirements in the MOT test.

Re: Pollution - another problem

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 July 2015 - 11:56am
That bus looks older than me!
Guess that's the beauty of private 'public' transport. Buy cheap buses and run them until the die...

They'll rag the engine, put it on the emissions tester and it'll pass no problem. Few miles down the road and it'll be as bad as ever.

Re: Pollution - another problem

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 July 2015 - 11:54am
One of my 'out of the box' ideas is that exhaust from cars etc should be vented into the drivers compartment first.

Re: Mudguards for Off-road Touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 July 2015 - 11:39am
whatever you get you need to allow lots of clearage between them and the tyres as mud build up will seize the wheel up

Pollution - another problem

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 July 2015 - 11:37am
Not an 'incident' per se, but still an annoyance.

Should I make a complaint to the bus company? Both my wife and I have suffered from mild asthma in the past. Why should anyone put up with it?

Re: The People you Meet

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 July 2015 - 10:40am
I once cycled a way with a man claiming to be Harry Allenwho carried out the last hanging at Armley Jail.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Allen_(executioner)

whether he was or not I'll neither know nor care.

Re: The People you Meet

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 July 2015 - 10:24am
I meet a lot of interesting people on their bikes coming through my area. Most I think enjoy a chat. Others show signs of discomfort by a) having to talk to someone and b) having someone ride along side them.
Some I get to follow their progress with #LEJOG or JOGLE others I never hear of again. Top of my memory include the following:

Mr Spreadsheet ( google him) carrying loads of stuff including a very heavy road atlas with ALL pages intact.

A young couple from London cycling, I think to Skye, to get married.

A chap from Kings Lynn cycling to Glencoe for a holiday. With a Jack Russel in a wooden crate on the handlebars.

Along with many others I'm so glad I met them "on the road".

Re: Another death and inadequate sentence

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 July 2015 - 10:21am
Lance Dopestrong wrote:irc wrote:How many people are killed by cyclists each year?

Approximately 0.25 per year.

Pedestrians kill more cyclists than cyclists kill pedestrians.
Not disbelieving, but do you have a source for that comparison?

Re: The People you Meet

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 July 2015 - 9:42am
Some nice stories here guys, I’d love to read about them in more detail. After i finished my degree, back in 2009 myself and a good friend cycled from Argentina through Bolivia and into Peru, it took us 3 months. We met some great people along the way....and some not so great. While there's hours worth of stories i could tell, i can remember one evening, we were sleeping in our tent in a forest near a town called Salta, on the Argentine/Bolivian border when we heard a tribal like chanting not to far off. Gripped by fear as the chanting got louder and louder, I creeped out my tent, only to be confronted by about 40 people from the local town who had come to the forest to commemorate....the death of Michael Jackson who had just died. Funny times!
I was thinking of making a blog for people to share their cycling stories on. I've not too great with computers though, and I’ve been recommended the site below for cheap domain names, if any one has any advice it'd be very welcome
http://www.1and1.co.uk/cheap-domain-names

Re: Route from Oxford Road to Media City?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 July 2015 - 9:30am
Don't think the trams take bikes unless they've changed. Could try going along the Rochdale and Bridgewater Canals but not sure what it's like in the city centre.

Re: National Grid driver +18

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 July 2015 - 9:16am
Can anyone get the numberplate off that?

Nearly my patch - happy to report it. Or is this old?

A skilful cyclist. And not particularly strong language imo for the circumstances.

Ferdinand

Re: La linea or Gibraltar?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 July 2015 - 8:04am
Unfortunately I didn't have my bike when I went. Nonetheless I would recommend one day on your bile exploring town and round the back of the Rock, to make a circular route.

Second day walking on the top. Get cable car up then walk along the top and drop down back side on the steep path/steps (can't remember name). Better sightseeing this way. You can get bus back to centre or border.

Re: Route from Oxford Road to Media City?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 July 2015 - 7:56am
That's not on the route, is it?

Re: Mudguards for Off-road Touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 July 2015 - 7:40am
I've got a pair of Gilles Berthoud stainless steel mudguards. They are pretty strong and light. I bought them directly from them in France but I think there are UK suppliers now.

Re: La linea or Gibraltar?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 July 2015 - 7:20am
Get on your bike and tour the rock.
Lovely VERY steep hills!

First time I rode up to the summit, I was on a Raleigh 3sp, and I still managed it. Since then, I've ridden it on my Mercian a few times. I've even run up there a few times.

Go south out of the town and up past the foot of the cable car and up the long hill past the casino and Rock Hotel. Keep going and turn left and right up the zig zags past the entrance to St Michael's Caves. Very steep, maybe 1in3.

Coming down hurts! Holding ............. or should I say holding on for dear life ............... on the brakes.

Re: Mudguards for Off-road Touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 July 2015 - 1:31am
Blevins wrote:Thanks, they look good - still pretty cheap with postage so am considering ordering.

Try your local Wilkinsons for very similar at £4.99

http://www.wilko.com/bike-parts+accesso ... vt/0343864

Re: Another death and inadequate sentence

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 June 2015 - 11:57pm
irc wrote:How many people are killed by cyclists each year?

Approximately 0.25 per year.

Pedestrians kill more cyclists than cyclists kill pedestrians.
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