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Re: Santander- Storing a bike box for a week

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 February 2016 - 11:43am
I'd be looking for a dependable hotel chain (Ibis budget, etc) with a bike store cage. If you book a room for either end of your trip you are unlikely to be refused if you ask if you can leave something there. Make a small hole in the box to allow you to lock it to something.

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 February 2016 - 11:40am
Redrafting
In the event of road traffic accident, any drivers, passenger, registered keeper or person hiring a vehicle and failing to disclose or provide full information regarding who was driving or occupling a vehicle may be charged with obstructing the law and be imprisoned for up to 10 years if found guilty.

This may cover nearly any case from someone being killed to minor injuries. a court would decide the term/penalty depending on circumstances. There would be a strong incentive to disclose who was driving.

Santander- Storing a bike box for a week

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 February 2016 - 11:37am
Can anyone suggest a solution for storing my bike box whilst I tour the Picos for a week. Maybe a cycle friendly hotel, b&b or hostel within reasonable distance from Santander airport for first and last night stay? Or if I went with a disposable box then a bike shop that would supply me with a new cardboard box for the return journey.

Re: Wheel recommendations for credit card touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 February 2016 - 11:32am
I'd recommend the Kinesis CX wheels - light, not too expensive and pretty bullet proof. I've been running a pair of the V3 28 spoke jobs for commuting, shopping and fully loaded touring across all surfaces for 18 months - they haven't seen a spoke key in that time and are still straight as a die. My mate has had his V2's for 4 years - same story.

Re: Too many vehicles!!!

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 February 2016 - 11:26am
TonyR wrote:cycleruk wrote:It could be a local "rat run"?
The normal main road way could have hold ups so those in the know take the lane.


Those in the know are unlikely to take a lane so narrow that a cyclist and a car can't pass each other. The first time they meet another car is going to create an impasse with somebody having to reverse up.

On Thursday night I was driving home from work and my main road (B road) route was blocked by a crash between a lorry and a bus. Nobody hurt but diesel all over the road. I did a quick left and made my way home on the maze of narrow lanes covered in farm mud and muck. I accept that I will meet other traffic and will have to reverse to a passing place. I'm used to it.

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 February 2016 - 11:22am
Steady rider wrote:trying to draft something,
In the event of road traffic accident, any drivers, passenger or person hiring a vehicle and failing to disclose or provide full information regarding who was driving or occupling a vehicle may be charged with obstructing the law.

We already have that. Someone got 6pts and £150 fine for it here. I agree punishment should be more though.

Re: Wheel recommendations for credit card touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 February 2016 - 11:20am
I too would be starting with 105 and Open Pro assuming you want to keep spending on the same level as the Etape.
Though Tiagra with Chrinas would not make a lot of difference.

I would also have a think about fitting an SP dynamohub on the front instead of a normal hub.

Then I would pay much more attention to the choice of tyres, which tend to make more of a difference than rims do.

The Open Pro are a bit costly and short lived. The CD versions are longer lived but even more costly.
As you already have a heavier set of wheels for general use, you can "afford" to have a pair of such luxury rims saved for best.

Re: Too many vehicles!!!

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 February 2016 - 11:20am
TonyR's question about what we can do about population increase without resorting to draconian policies (one child per family, etc) is a good one. And you can add to it the fact that the increase in the number of old people makes an increase in the number of younger people (to support them) essential. But there must be a limit. Unless the whole world is going to look like Hong Kong!

I'd limit Child Benefit to, say, two or three children, and take a similar approach with other benefits related to family size. I'd also want a public campaign to encourage sustainable family size.

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 February 2016 - 11:16am
trying to draft something,
In the event of road traffic accident, any drivers, passenger or person hiring a vehicle and failing to disclose or provide full information regarding who was driving or occupling a vehicle may be charged with obstructing the law.

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 February 2016 - 11:08am
Update recently posted by Reginald Scott https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTkscGs ... e=youtu.be It's about 20 mins.

Re: Too many vehicles!!!

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 February 2016 - 11:07am
TonyR wrote:cycleruk wrote:It could be a local "rat run"?
The normal main road way could have hold ups so those in the know take the lane.


Those in the know are unlikely to take a lane so narrow that a cyclist and a car can't pass each other. The first time they meet another car is going to create an impasse with somebody having to reverse up.

Dunno about that.
From what I've seen, many seem to think they're the only road user on the planet and as such are happy to overtake on a blind corner or crest with the belief that nothing could possibly be coming from the opposite direction.

Re: Wheel recommendations for credit card touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 February 2016 - 11:06am
To be honest I would suggest more or less what you have got already. I'd avoid superlight rims for any cycling on potentially imperfect country lane surfaces. I'd avoid wheels with too few spokes. I'd stick with 105 / Ultegra hubs. Maybe you could save weight by having lighter spokes. Paul Hewitt will make you something for not much over £300, and he will probably be happy to chat about your requirements over the phone. I've long preferred Open Pro rims, but next time I'll look for something a bit stronger and probably heavier. Bent rims are the slowest.

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 February 2016 - 11:05am
Hi,
I was once in a situation which shook me where I was fiddling with something in a car
That's enough to make me never do that again....................
I did not know there was a cyclist there in the dark till after I past them and saw them in my rear view mirror , might of been compounded by the rear light on bike flashing at a bad rate, one reason why I have several lights on my rear of bike with one very good one constant always.

SO its highly probable the driver (unknown) of the car was being distracted for sure.

Re: Too many vehicles!!!

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 February 2016 - 11:03am
pwa wrote:TonyR wrote:simonineaston wrote:Too many humans, full stop. This morning, I was listening to Bill Gates, on DID - nice bloke, don't get me wrong, but he was banging on about ending malaria and saving lives and I thought, "Weird - for a bright bloke, you just don't get it... we don't need more people on this earth, we need LESS, so spend all that money thinking of ways we could get rid of them some of them!"

Are you suggesting we need more wars?

And disease, and famine. Too drastic, of course, but I agree that there are too many of us. And absolutely no government policies to steer things in a different direction.

What would those policies be. Chinese one family one child rule to go global? In the past a life expectancy half what it is now together with wars and famines and disease kept the population down but we are rightly focussed on increasing the first and removing the rest. So what other measures can you use? A Logan's Run style termination at 30?

Wheel recommendations for credit card touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 February 2016 - 10:57am
HI, I'm looking for a new set of wheels for my Enigma Etape. They should be for fast and light for credit card touring on good roads. I've already got some handmade 32 spoke, heavy as lead wheels for fully loaded touring, so I'm looking for something that's fast and light for the mountains and long distance and multi-day tours and audaxes

Other that fast and light, other criteria are:

- To be able to repair a spoke by the roadside should the need arise - let's not get into the whys and wherefores of that one and just say that I do.
- So availability of single spokes is also required - not a full set
- Take between 23mm and 28mm tyres, but mostly 25mm
- Cost less than £500
- Parts available around the world if I get stuck on tour

I weigh between 75kg and 80kg depending on who's asking. I do up to 200 miles per day, and tour for multiple weeks. I like quiet walks in the country and cosy nights in by the fire, would like to meet nice set of wheels for touring... maybe more, good sense of humour, no smoker preferred

Whyte Suffolk 56 CM

CTC Forums - Bikes For Sale - 6 February 2016 - 10:39am
2014 Whyte Suffolk for sale. 18 months old excellent condition schwalbe durano + tyres otherwise all original. Ideal year round bike/winter trainer. Selling to finance a new bike. £400 ono Dave 07770978009 Hertfordshire
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Re: Critiques of routes for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 February 2016 - 10:23am
Thanks Richard. I wasn't sure if I could have faith in the 'cycle friendly' lines on google maps. They go through the massive roundabout at the north of Oxford (A34, A44), but on streetview I couldn't see a safe way through for a cycle. The NCR5 route takes me on the A44, but streetview clearly shows me the cyclepath. here is a cyclist using it.

Applying your advice, the route currently looks like this: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/dir/Oxfor ... 484838!3e1

I'm now going to try and make a route using cycle.travel. ... The first try / no modifications route it gave me was similar to the one I worked out to include your NCR5 recommendation, except for the getting out of Oxford bit. It takes me to Kidlington via Oxford Road, and then skirting around the southern outskirts of Kidlington on the Bicester Road. It's certainly an order of magnitude better than google maps for cyclists as google maps magnetically takes me to dangerous A-roads all the time, with modification of the maps frequently snapping safer routes to unsafe ones. Once the automatic cycle.travel route gets to Kirklington, it's then pretty much identical to the route I spent a long time working out. And the Bicester road recommendation looks a good one. If cycle.travel allows a larger number of via points than google maps that would help a LOT. I live in fear of the 'This route cannot be modified any further' message. EDIT: The Bicester Road looks a bit big, but there is a paved cyclepath. The road out of Oxford is the A4165, and there isn't a cyclepath. There is a bus lane. I would be travelling on it a bit before 9am on a Saturday. There may be many buses. NCR5 as you recommend seems better.

I've been looking into the cycle.travel forums to look for things such as export modes, and note that you are a contributor there whose contributions indicate a very important role in that site! As navigation is my biggest issue for long distance cycling, I would like to learn more about maps and options. I'd like to have my phone attached to the handlebars showing a live map, but don't know how to get maps from other formats into google maps and navigate from it. This should be possible, but I need to learn more about the systems to make it work. More googling now ensues. My current strategy for maps not in google maps format (e.g. GPX of the Audax I'm doing next Sunday weather permitting) is to just simply recreate the route in google maps, and then email the weblink to myself which I can then pick up on the phone. There must be an easier way. I don't think I will ever completely ignore google maps as I use streetview a lot when planning.

Re: trans am for novice advice needed

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 February 2016 - 10:03am
Point of order; if you finish in Florence or Astoria, you won't have completed the ACA Bicentennial Trans Am. For the want of approx 40 Miles in the case of Astoria. I'm a bit OCD/purist about this and you'll have ridden over 4000 miles to get to Florence or Astoria. Finish it off properly there's a good chap

Re: Too many vehicles!!!

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 February 2016 - 9:57am
simonineaston wrote:Too many humans, full stop. etc

thats a rather controversial view Simon. I think the idea is that people wouldn't feel the need to have large families if malaria were eliminated because they wouldn't expect so many children to die. Population usually starts to decline when health outcomes are good.

Nothing to do with too many vehicles though. Thats caused by too much wealth in an unregulated market economy.

Re: trans am for novice advice needed

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 February 2016 - 9:41am
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