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Re: Pump Recommendations

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 February 2016 - 5:54pm
Looks like the Lezyne wins. I've seen complaints that the Topeak foot bracket is flimsy, it's not actually but I have had the bolt that holds it on fall out and the bracket detach. I ended up putting Locktite Red on it and it hasn't come loose since. I've also had the Topeak quit pumping altogether; the piston ring came adrift - easy to fix but it shouldn't happen. And it doesn't come with a bracket that fits under a bottle cage so you lose a cage (I believe the Lezyne has that issue)

Re: Aeropress Coffee Maker

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 February 2016 - 5:09pm
Mine's genuine, years old and still works AFAIK, but the plastic has crazed. It's OK but I'm not sure it was worth the price. Anything's better than bad coffee, but I think the old filter cones are good enough for me!

Re: Too many vehicles!!!

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 February 2016 - 5:06pm
brooksby wrote:Does anyone else remember these low tech sat-nav alternatives. They had a very good zoomed-out overview interface, and they folded up into a handy pocket-sized package. What were they called?... "Maps", that's it - maps. Bl**dy reliable, too - I never had one spontaneously reboot on me.
But they never showed more detail when you zoomed in, unless you forked out for a series of expensive upgrades

Re: Trains in Ireland

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 February 2016 - 5:01pm
Information available here.

It seems that there are rush hour restrictions for services out of Dublin Heuston. Outside of these times there appears to be some typically Irish wiggle room:-

“These routes are restricted to two bicycles per service”

“Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail reserve the right to refuse to carry more than two bicycles if there are only two bike spaces available on a service “

It might be worth a phone call or two before booking but you definitely need to book in advance and on line.

An alternative would be to look at buses. Most will carry bicycles in the luggage compartment subject to space being available and at the discretion of the driver. Boarding the bus at the terminus and travelling at off peak times is the best strategy.

Re: The Poplar High St collision

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 February 2016 - 5:00pm
freiston wrote:If I've got this right, the cyclist wasn't in a cycle lane per se, but one of those blue marked junction priority strips that appear at the junctions on cycle superhighways. I had never come across a cycle superhighway before and so was unfamiliar with the ins and outs of one. It seems to me that the blue priority marking would be nigh on impossible for the driver to see until already committed to turning and that as things stand, prior knowledge of the road and the priorities given to cyclists would be required for the 'scheme' to be safe.
It is "a cycle lane per se" because the superhighway just gives up and vanishes at many junctions, becoming a bad old blue paint lane. I think the junctions on cycle superhighways have been bodged into that form for two main reasons:
So I don't agree that motorists need to understand the particular scheme. They just need to understand that cycle lanes always have priority, like bus lanes, but I've seen enough motorists crash with buses to know many don't.

That's why continuing the cycle track across the junction with appropriate hard measures like corner posts is preferable to dumping cyclists back onto the road for short stretches IMO.

Re: Too many vehicles!!!

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 February 2016 - 4:56pm
I agree with the comments about unreliability of gradient chevrons on OS maps.
MikeF wrote:Bmblbzzz wrote:Don't forget that vehicles going up hill have priority over those descending! I was going uphill - the same direction as them. Surprisingly nothing came down the hill. Seemed like a pointless route for a rat run.

Ah, that's different. My original comment was fairly tongue in cheek anyway; not sure whether I thought you or the drivers were going uphill, but I had assumed you were going in opposite directions. So now it becomes clear you were first squeezing into the side then getting off and walking to allow cars to overtake you. That seems very... generous of you! It's difficult to judge the situation without being there but I would probably have made them crawl along behind me if there was no room to overtake, until the point at which I could no longer ride it.

Re: Too many vehicles!!!

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 February 2016 - 4:47pm
TonyR wrote:brooksby wrote:Does anyone else remember these low tech sat-nav alternatives. They had a very good zoomed-out overview interface, and they folded up into a handy pocket-sized package. What were they called?... "Maps", that's it - maps. Bl**dy reliable, too - I never had one spontaneously reboot on me.

They had lots of display problems on a windy day though. Sometimes it proved impossible to scroll the display on a windy day without risking wrecking the whole thing

Did you never use the scroll-lock feature? You would put a heavy object on each corner.

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham2

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 February 2016 - 4:43pm
brooksby wrote: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.

I think the problem here is that far too many motorists, when someone has stopped 'to let them across', think that means its safe to actually do so and that they don't need to think about anything else.

Mind you, it's not just motorists - how many people here have had near misses with pedestrians who think that its safe to cross a road because all the motor traffic is nose to tail and stopped, and don't think that maybe they ought to check for cyclists (or scooters or motorcycles, for that matter) coming down the gap between the lanes?

Good point. Last week a car in a queue of traffic stopped short of my junction to 'let me out' as I was waiting in the car to turn right. I waited, as I could see through the queue in front of him that there was some traffic coming the other way. The unspeakable driver behind me (who had overhauled me in the 30mph zone behind us, breaking the speed limit) blasted on his horn to tell me to pull out. No doubt he would have done - into the path of the oncoming cars which would have had to have stopped or hit him. All he saw was the chap 'letting me out', he took no account of any other traffic.

Re: Commuting - best pannier?

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 February 2016 - 4:42pm
Smiles wrote:... ferrying work clothes (shirt, pants, socks neatly folded and double wrapped in plastic bags to prevent creasing), ...

Why are you worried about creasing your socks?

Re: Pump Recommendations

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 February 2016 - 4:36pm
+1 for being in the Lezyne club. My gauge malfunctioned and I was sent a no quibble replacement. No probs since...b

Re: Trains in Ireland

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 February 2016 - 4:34pm
I think each train actually can take three bikes and you can book on the irish rail website. Make sure to book your train in advance as it is much cheaper.

You would be getting the train to Killarney. From there it's a lovely cycle to kenmare, with a decent climb up molls gap.

Most of the trains going to kilarney change in mallow or cork and the Dublin -Cork train has a mail carriage that can take lots of bikes.

My advice would be to book on as many bikes as you can, travel off peak and you will find a way to get the extra bikes on. They are usually not strict.

Enjoy, it's great cycling down there.

Re: Commuting - best pannier?

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 February 2016 - 4:20pm
I put a conventional black 20 litre rucksack inside one Ortleib roll top pannier All my work stuff - laptop, cables, papers, plus a small washbag for my shower - fits in the rucksack. When I get to work I lift the rucksack out and use it as normal. The ruck sack gives the pannier a reasonable shape.

I use the other roll top for my waterproof cycling gear, ferrying work clothes (shirt, pants, socks neatly folded and double wrapped in plastic bags to prevent creasing), tool kit and lock.

I do need to guard against packing too much in the ruck sack, and I keep my suit, belt, (hand) towel hung on hangers on a coat rack at work. Work shoes go in my draw.

Smiles.

Re: Pump Recommendations

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 February 2016 - 3:46pm
Lezyne for me as well, much better than the Topeak one. Get can really good pressures.

Re: Pump Recommendations

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 February 2016 - 3:41pm
I have the Lezyne one too, the HP version. It does an excellent job. Easy peasy to get to 100 psi on my 28c tyres. My main grumps with it are that its a tad too long to fit easily into my Carradice Racktop bag, and the hose can easily unscrew removable valves if you haven't ensured that the valve is tightened up first.

Re: To the bottom tip of Sicily

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 February 2016 - 3:26pm
Cycled from Palermo, east along northern coast & then south down east coast a couple of years ago,in May.
Great ride!
Then put bike on the bus back to Palermo,& did a short section of west coast before returning home.

Re: Pump Recommendations

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 February 2016 - 3:22pm
I too would recommend Lezyne.
Well made & very effective for compact size.

Re: Too many vehicles!!!

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 February 2016 - 2:13pm
brooksby wrote:Does anyone else remember these low tech sat-nav alternatives. They had a very good zoomed-out overview interface, and they folded up into a handy pocket-sized package. What were they called?... "Maps", that's it - maps. Bl**dy reliable, too - I never had one spontaneously reboot on me.

They had lots of display problems on a windy day though. Sometimes it proved impossible to scroll the display on a windy day without risking wrecking the whole thing

Re: MTB C2C Ravenglass - Ravenscar

CTC Forum - MTB - 8 February 2016 - 2:09pm
Ive started organising Ravenglass to Ravenscar later this year with 4 or 5 others over 5 days, I'm going to have a couple of guys to follow us along the route in a 9 seater combi van as safety and to carry our gear. Has anyone rode this route before, and any areas to avoid?
Is it just me or does the .Gpx file on pedal north not work?
Cheers,
dave

Re: Loire a velo. Logistics.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 February 2016 - 2:08pm
And having thought about it a little more it had occured to me that Eurostar to Paris and then train from Paris to Nevers might be a better option than EBE.

Re: Loire a velo. Logistics.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 February 2016 - 2:06pm
Thanks Andy and Tony. The websites look very useful.

Malcolm
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