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Play on Pedals blog - 4 hours 6 min ago

Play on Pedals has now completed its busy summer drop-in sessions and is returning back to training sessions with nurseries across the city.

The summer has been a huge success in many ways. Between June and the end of August we have engaged just over 480 children in community events and drop in sessions.

Here are some highlights:

During the first weekend of August, Glasgow Life invited us to celebrate the Anniversary of the Commonwealth Games in George Square, along with lots of different sporting activities. Our Play on Pedals instructors were overrun with children wanting a shot on the bikes and over the two days, registered over 80 children!

Glasgow Life has also supported us to run drop-in sessions at their Kelvingrove Tennis Courts over July and August. These sessions have seen 84 children attend with their parents for tips and support to get going on pedal bikes. We helped lots of kids get pedalling, including Calvin here who is only 3!

And has some lovely feedback from parents:

Thank you Play On Pedals! My daughter learned to ride a pedal bike with you today and has not stopped smiling since! All the instructors were friendly and supportive, demonstrating great patience and encouragement. We are so glad we came along today

Our Riverside Museum Family Fun Day held with the Glasgow Bike Station in June was such a success that we returned for regular weekend sessions during August. Running over three weekends, we helped 141 children with their skills on balance and pedal bikes and gave advice to parents about taking off stabilizers and using balance bikes.

Erin managed to start cycling on her own after a visit to us at the Riverside :)

It’s been a fantastic summer for Play on Pedals and we are really pleased to have been able to meet lots of families, parents and children at our events. It’s been lovely to see many repeat visits and familiar faces over these months too.

Our Instructors have also learnt a lot – many of them are nursery staff who previously had only delivered within their nursery but now have experience with children from across the city!


Re: Helmet Cams Are Inflaming Road rage

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 hours 52 min ago
karlt wrote:irc wrote:[XAP]Bob wrote:You just have to hope the battery doesn't fail prematurely - which could leave it without the power to beep.

Also check the date on the alpha source...

I rely on burning toast once or twice a year to ensure it still works.

Sausages. It's almost impossible to grill sausages without setting off what we now refer to as the sausage alarm.
Maybe I should burn more stuff cooking...

Actually, I go around and replace all the batteries in the smoke alarms once per year, then use those batteries in less critical stuff, like toys. I also test them (using the little 'test' button) after I've installed the new batteries.

As for helmet cams.... Like everything else drivers with dash cams are 'just protecting themselves' agaisnt claims, etc. but the same camera somehow transforms a cyclist into an aggressive maniac?

Re: New Route Planner

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 hours 54 min ago
Thanks for the message I'll see if I can get the local OSM data updated so it is a more accurate representation of reality.

Rick.

Re: Helmet Cams Are Inflaming Road rage

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 hours 58 min ago
Lance Dopestrong wrote:
At best a camera is good for a bit of legal retribution after the event. It does nothing whatsoever to actually make you any safer.

The law doesn't allow retribution - only that you should be at least no worse off as consequence of someone else's negligence. So if the law is on your side it's useful to have evidence to back it up in the face of the inevitable denial.

And as motorists become aware that they can't run in to you with impunity they're likely to take more care, which in turn does make you safer.

4 months in South East Asia

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 hours 16 min ago
Hi Folks,

I have a 4 month trip coming up to South East Asia. The plan is to head north from Bangkok towards Chiang Ria and then cross into Laos. I’m not bothered about going to Luang Prabang as I’ve been there before, but have a keen interest on exploring the area around Phonsavan.
There seems to be two options in Laos, the route 2 from Muang Ngeun or the route 3 from Huay Xai. I’d like to ask if anybody has experience of either of the routes and what I should expect. Is one route more hilly than the other? (I fully appreciate this is a very mountainous area.) What’s the distance’s between accommodation like? 80km a day is my ideal but I can do 160km if needs be. I’d be grateful for any info.
Also, is there anything on route north in Thailand that I should make an effort to see. I enjoy the country side and the feel of the jungle, temples and parks of lesser visited areas. Not overly keen on very touristy areas.

Thanks in advance.

Phil.

Re: Rear lights are driving me mad

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 hours 17 min ago
I prefer the barrel shaped Cateye things with 2 x AA batteries (good rechargeables) that can be renewed each year. I use a pannier rack so the light is always securely fitted in the best position. I try to have 2 rear lights in case something goes wrong with one. A light with a built in battery will only last as long as the battery.

Re: looking for a companion: BURMA/LAOS or BUENOS AIRES/USHU

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 hours 52 min ago
Hi Helgaz,

I fly out to Bangkok on the 1 November for 4 months. Plan is to cycle north and then enter Laos and do a loop around to Phonsavan, then down to Vientiane to get a visa for Vietnam. I think I have up to 30 days in Thailand on a "visa on arrival" so will be staying in Thailand no longer than that, then I get a month in Laos.
If you think that might fit with what you have planned drop me a line, although I think I'll be 2 or 3 weeks in front of you. A shame as your style of travel, distances a day and approach to budget are much the same as mine.

All the best with your trip,

Phil.

Re: Helmet Cams Are Inflaming Road rage

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 hours 4 min ago
irc wrote:[XAP]Bob wrote:irc wrote:
Don't need to. It goes from silent to giving single beeps when the battery gets low.

You just have to hope the battery doesn't fail prematurely - which could leave it without the power to beep.

Also check the date on the alpha source...

I rely on burning toast once or twice a year to ensure it still works.

Sausages. It's almost impossible to grill sausages without setting off what we now refer to as the sausage alarm.

Re: Nutrition during P-B-P

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 hours 26 min ago
Vorpal wrote:I've never done PBP nor LEL. I don't honestly think I would enjoy something like that. That said, I have done some long distance rides. My advice: eat everything you can. If someone puts food in front of you, eat it. If you see food, eat it. )

Quite.

I call it a seefood diet.

Re: garmin map for France

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 hours 57 min ago
+1 for openfietsmap

Re: The folder revelation and results so far

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 hours 51 min ago
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I use a folder for most of my riding. I live a ten minute walk from work so my bike is ridden purely for pleasure. I got a folder because my work pattern is unpredictable and I found that I was riding over the same routes. Putting the folder in the car and driving to distant start points enabled me to explore new roads.

The bike (Xootr Swift) only has 8 gears but I find that to be more than enough. I fitted a smaller chainwheel to lower the gearing and 'bar ends that change the flat 'bars into drops. The 20" wheels roll well and I have no problem riding 35 to 40 miles at a time (hills permitting!).

When I remember the old single speed bikes I had as a boy and the distances I covered on them I am sometimes ashamed at how fewer miles I ride on better bikes!

Folders are great and can be used for most types of leisure riding. My Xootr is my first choice when planning a ride.

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As you can see from the photos, I like to change things on it. The Xootr takes standard parts (except the seat post and stem riser) so I can customise it 'till my heart's content.

Re: la vuelta 2015 Kicks Off On Sat 22nd Aug ITV4

CTC Forum - Racing - 16 hours 3 min ago
Expect to see the race live on weds, and will see if Dumoulin is the real deal. Going for a froome/quintana battle.

Re: The bicycle: good enough?

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 August 2015 - 11:38pm
The DF bicycle developed quickly from the Hobby horse and hasn't changed fundamentally other than (significant) incremental tweaks and ongoing refinements,but the basic bicycle is still there.
It's ability to instil freedom in the individual for the their energy input is unsurpassed.

Beautiful it is,and most definitely 'good enough' .

Re: The bicycle: good enough?

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 August 2015 - 11:23pm
Brucey wrote:mill4six wrote:This might be quite speedy.

https://www.facebook.com/43033336703362 ... =1&theater



blimey....

More style than substance IMHO.... a tail fairing would net at least as much gain without knackering the steering so much(think of the windage torque on the bars!!!!)...

The wheel fairing panel gaps are too tight at the front of the machine; on a bumpy road the steering will bind.

The gearing isn't going to be any good for going fast with, not with that size chainring.

You can't go up hills either, because there is no small ring, and you can't fit a small ring because the frame was designed by a twit, so that the chain will foul the chainstay....

As if further evidence of the muddled thought involved were needed, you can see that they thought that the handlebar had to be 'aero' even behind the windscreen, for some reason....

cheers

But at least it's got disc brakes

It's a MAMIL's machine if ever I saw one,now where's the engine?

Re: The bicycle: good enough?

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 August 2015 - 9:57pm
mill4six wrote:This might be quite speedy.

https://www.facebook.com/43033336703362 ... =1&theater



blimey....

More style than substance IMHO.... a tail fairing would net at least as much gain without knackering the steering so much(think of the windage torque on the bars!!!!)...

The wheel fairing panel gaps are too tight at the front of the machine; on a bumpy road the steering will bind.

The gearing isn't going to be any good for going fast with, not with that size chainring.

You can't go up hills either, because there is no small ring, and you can't fit a small ring because the frame was designed by a twit, so that the chain will foul the chainstay....

As if further evidence of the muddled thought involved were needed, you can see that they thought that the handlebar had to be 'aero' even behind the windscreen, for some reason....

cheers

Re: Pre-ride (or pre-drive) checks.

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 August 2015 - 8:37pm
other kinds of settling can cause the bulk of 'apparent stretch' but in fact, all cables do stretch;

1) elastically (reversibly) when under load, and
2) permanently (not reversibly) typically the first time they see a high load, due to settling of the strands in the structure of the cable.

To combat 2), cables usually come 'pre-stretched'. This doesn't make them immune to settling stretch but it does greatly reduce it, down to perhaps 1% or so settling once installed. However bicycle cables are also fitted in curves, and cables that see a high load in a curve will settle (stretch) a little when they see the high load for the first time. [You can tell that this is happening because the cable will be a different shape when removed, once it has seen a little service. If it is removed without seeing a high load. it'll be just the same shape as when it went in.]

cheers

Re: Pre-ride (or pre-drive) checks.

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 August 2015 - 8:24pm
At risk of starting that debate all over again, brake cables do not and never have stretched. Pads wear, outers can compress fractionally and settle into the stops, but they do not stretch.

Re: Helmet Cams Are Inflaming Road rage

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 August 2015 - 8:20pm
The helmet cam footage is usually interesting. Of the head mounted cams, see how many cyclists actually don't bother looking left or right or even behind them how many turn or pull from the gutter to primary without shoulder checking. A lot of even the conscientious and otherwise sensible riders exhibit quite poor road craft

Then there are the camera vigilantes, the small but massively high profile minority who give every one else bad name.

I don't use a camera, and rely on riding safely, anticipating the world around me, and actually looking around me now and again and don't seem to get into the scrapes that these camera boys do.

At best a camera is good for a bit of legal retribution after the event. It does nothing whatsoever to actually make you any safer.

Re: The bicycle: good enough?

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 August 2015 - 8:11pm
the dream of a fully enclosed bike is wonderful, but the reality is that every machine with a hard fairing I have ever seen or tried has been really noisy; a bit like being inside a dustbin whilst people are hitting it with something.

TBH I'm not quite sure I could stick that noise level all the time; to me it is just as intrusive as (say) the noise of riding on the rollers, which I hate. I quite like peace and quiet when I go out on my bike and I'm not sure I'd have it in any fully faired machine; maybe one with a fabric fairing would get 90% of the benefit without the noise?

BTW new materials might in the future reduce the weight of a robust bicycle significantly. However if a town bike went from (say) 15kg down to 10kg, this isn't that big a deal, not when you figure that bike plus rider plus luggage is liable to be 80-110kg for most adults on a commute.

cheers
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