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Re: Ribble Winter Training Audax Frame Problem

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 November 2015 - 12:27pm
I was looking for a new winter frame earlier this year and discounted the Ribble due to this problem. As above not slagging them off, Mrs Whoof has a carbon Ribble that was excellent value and she's very pleased with it, it's just their winter frame didn't meet my requirements It's not the first time I've seen mudguard eyes on a frame or fork but not the clearances for the tyres I use. I ended up with a Kinesis T2 this takes long drop 47-57 mm calipers, I'm running it with mudguards and 25 mm Durano plus tyres and I'm very pleased with it.

Re: Zebra Crossings

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 November 2015 - 12:00pm
No need for anything so elaborate! A simple red flag should see you across safely, 'cos it cancels out your invisibility cloak: http://www.nbcchicago.com/traffic/transit/chicago-flag-pedestrian-safety-35344543.html

Re: North Sea Route Holland/Germany

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 November 2015 - 11:58am
Hi Foxyrider
How did you get on with the N S C R recently.? I've completed the Wesern half and hope to do the East side next year
Brian

Re: Zebra Crossings

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 November 2015 - 11:42am
What about a zebra flag?

Pedestrian wants to cross road, so stops and stands perpendicular to road, unfolds/ untelescopes and unfurls a zebra flag (vertical black and white* stripes of course) and waits for traffic to stop (just like a zebra), once they have stepped onto the road parading the flag, the law would view it the same as stepping onto a zebra crossing...

*could be reflective, flag pole could also be striped reflectively.

I wonder it could be made illegal for the nth+ vehicles (since pedestrian started waiting at zebra) to fail to stop for a waiting zebra user....but that would require some enforcement I suppose.

Re: Ignoring the banksman

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 November 2015 - 10:40am
Dunno about crossing your hands above your head, don't think I've seen that as a stop signal. I have seen a woman stop her car in the middle lane of the M4, get out and give an 'arms wide' stop signal. Impressive cool from her and amazing obedience from the rest of the traffic. The reason she did this, which wasn't initially clear, was a motorbike on fire.

Re: Ribble Winter Training Audax Frame Problem

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 November 2015 - 10:01am
Brucey wrote:that sounds kind of annoying. If the clearance is really too tight then often cutting the rear mudguard into two sections and using a bracket that goes over the rear brake caliper is an acceptable solution. Very far from perfect I grant you but sometimes there is no option.

For a cheap training frameset other choices include

- Aeron TR (eg from slane cycles) presently £239 for frame and fork
- Dolan preffisio (£199 for frame and fork)
- Hewitt Aravis (£350)

but at that price you may as well buy a complete bike, eg

-Triban 500 (presently from £280) -although the mudguard clearance isn't great; some other Triban models are better.

cheers

And if you don't necessarily want a race bike feel, Spa's steel Audax frameset is £305.

Re: Ribble Winter Training Audax Frame Problem

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 November 2015 - 9:46am
It does seem a bit stupid to have a 'winter' bike without clearance for mudguards in case they should be needed. It's bad enough getting spray from other vehicles without getting your own spray up your own back (and presumably all over any 'luggage' and to some extent also in the face of any companion behind you).

My audax-type Ridley has clearance for them and AFAIK the brakes aren't anything special. Sadly my frame is also no longer made. I'm hoping to buy an identical frame for a spare from someone who is upgrading because it is so difficult to find a decent lightweight frame these days for a small person, especially with the proper clearance for mudguards.

Re: Ignoring the banksman

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 November 2015 - 7:28am
Is that why HGV drivers are always so grateful when I wait far enough away to give them space, or on the occasion that they get sent to the low bridge by their sat nav when I ask the drivers behind to stop and give them room...

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to spot that an HGV driver needs a bit of help at times. Mind you I also stop to give blue light services extra space, crossing my hands above my head seems to confuse motorists enough that they don't then try to pass...

Re: Ribble Winter Training Audax Frame Problem

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 November 2015 - 7:02am
Thanks Brucey

I've picked up a cheap secondhand Genesis Equilibrium frame now with lots of clearance. One of the advantages of the old steel frames iof course is the clearance particularly if you're dropping to 700s from 27 1/4 but Riible are misselling this bike in my opinion. Particularly for young and new riders who just don't have the experience of mucking about with guards. I keep everything and I've got a young lad from our club coming round on Thursday night who's struggling to get some guards put on his bike.

Re: Ignoring the banksman

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 November 2015 - 6:39am
When reversing HGVs in congested areas, company rules insist on a banksman. It would be impractical to have a uniformed officer available for each occasion so it is often a colleague or occasionally a security operative. The universal experience is that both the banksman and reversing horn are ignored. Nobody will wait 30 seconds today.

Re: Ignoring the banksman

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 November 2015 - 12:21am
With regard to authorisation to stop traffic and a legal obligation to obey, it's my understanding that a member of the public, such as a banskman, tree surgeon or even an amubulance crew member, has no legal power to force traffic to stop, but once traffic has stopped that traffic is legally obliged not to move until signalled to do so by the banksman etc.

As the cyclist had stopped and had a few words with the banksman in this case, he was breaking the law by then continuing onwards. That's if we want to be legalistic about it. In practice I'd note Vorpal's comment on the difference between legal obligation and sensible.

Re: Old A roads

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 November 2015 - 11:58pm
Dean wrote:Richard A Thackeray wrote:There's a brilliant book (good to read in conjunction with the 'A1' link I gave
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00S ... HXD6W10THM

Aye, I've been reading it on google books:

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=zY9 ... ge&f=false


I've seen the one you've read, quite a few years ago, surprisingly the main Library in Wakefield had it in the stacks!!

Try to find the one I linked, it's written very much in the 'Wainwright' style

Re: Dieppe

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 November 2015 - 11:34pm
I second the avenue verte recommendation, it's an amazing route that links to paris. Probably the most obvious choice from Dieppe. I completed it a few months back ( my vid of the tour: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bps1dUt3EaI ). The Avenue verte route is fine for road bikes. If you're only cycling for one day then you might as well just cycle to forges les eaux and back [65 miles] (which is a nice town at the end of the old railway line (part of the AV route). Plus that old railway line part is all tarmac which is nice.

L'Ardechoise - the best cycling festival in the world?

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 November 2015 - 10:14pm
I was privileged to have the opportunity to do the Ardechoise this year. Just got the invite for next year's event which I can't do.

So this is just to encourage anyone with some time and money- if you want to do a cycling event, I can't imagine a better one. To my surprise, the invite says only 59 British took part this year.

15,000 people
1-4 days ( you choose)
80-650km (you choose)
Impeccable logistics
Utterly barmy French party atmosphere.

We did the "velo marathon" over 2 days, flying to Geneva then driving.

What would you recommend as the best cycling event in the world?

http://ardechoise.com/en

Re: Ribble Winter Training Audax Frame Problem

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 November 2015 - 10:01pm
that sounds kind of annoying. If the clearance is really too tight then often cutting the rear mudguard into two sections and using a bracket that goes over the rear brake caliper is an acceptable solution. Very far from perfect I grant you but sometimes there is no option.

For a cheap training frameset other choices include

- Aeron TR (eg from slane cycles) presently £239 for frame and fork
- Dolan preffisio (£199 for frame and fork)
- Hewitt Aravis (£350)

but at that price you may as well buy a complete bike, eg

-Triban 500 (presently from £280) -although the mudguard clearance isn't great; some other Triban models are better.

cheers

Re: Old A roads

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 November 2015 - 9:59pm
Charles Harper is the unsung hero of British roads. What's more, his writing captures that amazing time just before and after the First World War when the bicycle existed and roads were at the high state of development they reached by 1840 but not yet subject to ruination by widening and improvement. Cars were few and far between.

I've got works of his on the bookshelf but the more you read the more you realise what we've lost to the King Midas touch of the roads lobby. Yes, you can widen, concrete, tarmac, level and dual carriageway your way across Britain but what you are left with is the sorrowful tears for a torn up landscape - and a traffic jam.

We've been picking out the good bits on this thread but there are plenty of others that disappeared under the jackboot of the yellow bulldozer.

Re: New Eurostar Bike Policy

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 November 2015 - 9:46pm
Although the Eurostar might be convenient (or might have been) if I was starting a tour on the continent I would just take the ferry. Years ago I escaped in an old opal camper van with my brother for an extended tour windsurfing around Europe. Part of the experience was standing at the back of a boat watching the Kent coast disappear not knowing when I would see it again, when we returned the excitement of seeing lights on the English coast still remains.
Sadly until we see a re-nationalised railway system we not see a return of the guards van which featured heavily in my youthful bicycle adventures. Our railways are run for profit not convenience of foot or bicycle passengers.

I say wheel it onto a ferry, wheel it off the other end and see where you end up. I'm planning my first euro tour next year and will plan it around ferry ports.

Re: Altmuhl cycle path

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 November 2015 - 9:33pm
I think I preferred the Tauber.

http://aroundtheworldbyaccident.blogspo ... el/Germany

I rode from Frankfurt, along the Main, down the Tauber and then the Altmühl to Landshut and across to the Danube. It was mainly for an easy route, rather than for the scenery, though Bavaria's a decent place to ride your bike anyhow.

I got the impression the Altmühl is of most interest to paleontologists (that spelling doesn't look right) and geologists, as it's the home of archaeopteryx, and it was the original source of the Danube, way back when.

Ribble Winter Training Audax Frame Problem

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 November 2015 - 9:24pm
I've been been forced due to a back injury to get a larger frame that offered less saddle to bar difference The frame was a Ribble Winter Audax frame so nothing state of the art but with mudguards, rack capabilities being Alu it's good enough for me. it seemed easy enough go a size up and swap the parts over. However Ribble have moved the bridge down so there is really no clearance to get a mudguard on! I still ride 23mm tyres so they are not 'fat'. I'm guessing that Ribble have done this to avoid using a deep drop calliper but it's a bad idea. I'm gutted because I'd recommended this frame to a number of the young lads at my club as a good starter to build up. I'd done a search online and seen that a few people had been using cable ties etc to overcome the problem but I can't see the point of that. Anyway I'm not want to run down Ribble but just let fellow riders know that their winter frame will likely cause problems when you fit mudguards.

It's a pity as I think there is a need for a modern budget frame set. Old steel frames can be easier to find and I've got quite a few kids going on those but the adaptation, cold setting and general parts replacement just gets harder.
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