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Re: VSF Fahrradmanufaktur

i've had my VSF T400 XTR for 5 years. It's an all day long comfortable bike with great load carrying ability. I've ridden it on various surfaces in Britain and Europe and it has coped with everything. It is similar to the Thorn Nomad I had but with a much better paint job and finish.

I live near a VSF bike shop and I am impressed with the whole range partiularly the Randonneur but the newest rohloffs look magnificent and are quite keenly priced too

Re: People who have cycled the Pamir Highway...

Stephen Fabes has recently cycled the Pamirs. Here's a link to his latest blog. He's been on the road quite some time.

http://www.cyclingthe6.com/2015/07/blood-sweat-and-pamirs.html

Victoria Bridge, Glasgow this morning 3 Aug

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 hours 17 min ago
Just being curious, as I was cycling up to this junction today I saw a cyclist having a heated debate with police in a traffic car, whilst gesticulating to another car and driver who was obviously the "other side" that had wronged the cyclist.

The other car pulled away when lights turned to green and disappeared whilst the police and cyclist then pulled in through the junction to carry on the discussion.

Found it strange that the police let the other guy just go but just being curious as to what the rammy was about if anyone saw it?

Re: @MickF - Just showing off...

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 hours 52 min ago
I have no wish to decry this fella's efforts but when I saw him featured on tv my first thoughts were of MickF and then that his bike is not an actual Chopper as many of us think of them but in fact was the later version ie no central gear change.
Was I wrong to think this because to me just like many BSO this to me is a CSO.

Re: Land's End to Stonehenge

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 hours 6 min ago
phil parker wrote:khain wrote:The road in to Stonehenge is a busy dual carriageway. Not a great end to a cycle trip.

That's the A303 - there's no need to go anywhere near that on a bike!

...and with the recent alterations you can no longer access Stonehenge from the A 303.

Tho it has been closed to traffic you can still cycle the old road up from the A303 to Stonehenge. It's grassed over and a bit lumpy, but it's doable.

I agree 100% about riding the A303 tho. I've only ridden it for a few hundred yards to connect up another route, but it's the single worst road I've cycled on in the UK.

Re: Pride comes before a fall

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 hours 26 min ago
Tacascarow wrote:TonyR wrote:Tried a little experiment this morning cycling down a busy single carriageway wide A road. Plenty of room to leave room overtaking even with oncoming traffic but after several close passes at speed I started to just wobble a little between secondary and a foot in from secondary. Tried to keep it random and unpredicatable. Every single car for the next mile gave me a very wide berth. I'll try it some more over the next few days and see if the results are continued. Graham Obree said exactly that to counter close passes when he was interviewed a few years ago.
Used to use it for years. Slightly safer and indistinguishable from a driver's point of view (IMO) is to sway the bars from side to side - not as in TdF hill climbing, but unpredictably (like the wobble) with a tendency to sway towards the traffic. This allows you to keep the wheel track wherever you want it but appears to passing motorists like you are "all over the place" (so they worry about their paintwork).

Of course for the numpty in a battered old whatever who gives not a @@@ about paintwork or other road users, neither tip works .

Re: Pride comes before a fall

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 hours 26 min ago
TonyR wrote:Tried a little experiment this morning cycling down a busy single carriageway wide A road. Plenty of room to leave room overtaking even with oncoming traffic but after several close passes at speed I started to just wobble a little between secondary and a foot in from secondary. Tried to keep it random and unpredicatable. Every single car for the next mile gave me a very wide berth. I'll try it some more over the next few days and see if the results are continued. Graham Obree said exactly that to counter close passes when he was interviewed a few years ago.

Re: Loose stones on the road

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 hours 55 min ago
It is currently "gravel season" on Hertfordshire's lanes. A couple of my favourites - a large pile of gravel around a blind left bend on a slight descent. Not only won't you see it but you won't be moving in a straight line when you hit it, so more likely to come off.

A pile of gravel stretching the entire width of the road at the bottom of a short steep descent, here: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.84621 ... 56!6m1!1e1

This spot was always dodgy anyway but now is really quite dangerous.

Re: Pride comes before a fall

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 hours 3 min ago
mjr wrote:bikerwaser wrote:or this ( maybe we could all put them on the rear window of our cars like some other people do to say that their child is more valuable than an adult ) :
The typical British "give cyclists space" message is just too vague - motorists are already giving us the space they think they should and it's often dangerously little. We should use either the Irish "Staying alive at 1.5 metres" or the American "Gimme Five (foot)".

I agree !
While cycling through Spain I saw adverts on the TV reminding drivers of the law to give cyclists 1.5m
Also on quite a few roads i saw big signs up saying the same.
Bizarre how i felt safer on Spanish roads than i do here.
Tengo ganas a volver.

Re: Pride comes before a fall

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 hours 17 sec ago
Tried a little experiment this morning cycling down a busy single carriageway wide A road. Plenty of room to leave room overtaking even with oncoming traffic but after several close passes at speed I started to just wobble a little between secondary and a foot in from secondary. Tried to keep it random and unpredicatable. Every single car for the next mile gave me a very wide berth. I'll try it some more over the next few days and see if the results are continued.

Re: Safer on a recumbent?

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 hours 37 min ago
Er, the Captain Cook's ships thing is controversial . . .

Only the individual driver concerned could give any real insight onto the reason for the OPs experience, but I would be personally be willing to bet on cycle type having little if anything to do with it. Too often riders of all types of machine on cycle forums have recounted instances of drivers 'looking but not seeing'. It's how the human brain works (or fails to work).

It may also be a problem with that particular driver. Eye-tests don't tend to pick up perceptual deficits. A person of my acquaintance was able to meet the requirements for eyesight to drive, but was found to be unable to detect the presence of parked vehicles until almost on top of them. The eyes were working fine, but in complex moving situations, the brain wasn't processing what they were sending.

Re: Pride comes before a fall

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 hours 41 min ago
bikerwaser wrote:or this ( maybe we could all put them on the rear window of our cars like some other people do to say that their child is more valuable than an adult ) :
The typical British "give cyclists space" message is just too vague - motorists are already giving us the space they think they should and it's often dangerously little. We should use either the Irish "Staying alive at 1.5 metres" or the American "Gimme Five (foot)".

Re: Pride comes before a fall

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 hours 18 min ago
The thing is that for some motorists cyclist are a group to be bullied and abused,other motorists simply do not realise the vulnerability of not having protection around them such as a car provides.
From their position of strength and security some motorists don't like being informed of their carelessness around vulnerable road users.
Such vulnerable roads have the protection of the law in name only due to a lack of resources,some motorists know this and play on it.

IMHO the video shows faults on both sides but the main fault lies with the careless,arrogance and aggressive motorist who was all too willing to assault the cyclist who,it has to be said baited him.
Though in the initial sequence IMHO the cyclist was doing nothing wrong and was closely passed.

Re: Pride comes before a fall

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 hours 41 min ago
or this ( maybe we could all put them on the rear window of our cars like some other people do to say that their child is more valuable than an adult ) :

Re: Help settle an argument

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 hours 44 min ago
andycharlton3460 wrote:Pulling out without looking behind.

To be honest, I'm amazed the cyclist has survived as long as he has, and this incident might make him a safer cyclist and keep him alive longer.

BTW, 90% of the time, I'm on the cyclist's side, but not in this case.

Andy

Lets look at it another way. If he had not been a cyclist but in a car, would you expect the car behind him to try to overtake him as he moved out to overtake the cyclist? And if not, why not?

Re: Help settle an argument

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 hours 49 min ago
Pulling out without looking behind.

To be honest, I'm amazed the cyclist has survived as long as he has, and this incident might make him a safer cyclist and keep him alive longer.

BTW, 90% of the time, I'm on the cyclist's side, but not in this case.

Andy

Re: Camino de Santiago/Way of St James

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 hours 56 min ago
samsbike wrote:My uncle is currently doing this as a walk. Is it as interesting to ride? I thought it was a bit about soul searching etc (I really need to read up on it and borrow the books he has) with no electronic devices allowed.
You can do it like that as a pilgrimage if you want, but many people do it as a leisure route, some on horseback, and many by bicycle. The people I know who have done it by bicycle have enjoyed it. The advantage of it is that it has extended traffic-free sections and other parts on quiet lanes. But as I mentioned in the previous post, it misses quite a lot of the best scenery of northern Spain.

Re: Camino de Santiago/Way of St James

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 hours 3 sec ago
robing wrote:I did some of this route when I cycled around Spain and to be honest I can't see the attraction as most of the areas between Seville, Salamanca and Burgos were largely the flat plains of Spain and pretty boring.
The route sections you are referring to form part of one of the feeder routes, not the main route which is the subject of this discussion. And, yes, riding across the plains of central Spain is going to be largely flat plains. The main route is from the W Pyrenees to Burgos and then westwards from there to Santiago de Compostela. This is a route mostly in the hills, though I would say that there are sometimes (even often) nicer hills further north, for example it by-passes the Ebro gorge and the Picos de Europa to the south. Probably the route stays a little to the south of the nicest hills because it keeps out of much of the north coast weather that way.

Re: People who have cycled the Pamir Highway...

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 hours 5 min ago
I did use my stive but came back thinking I could have got by without it.
A friend I cycled with did not have one.
If I go again, I probably won't take one.
If you like a coffee irvtea early or late when camping then take one.
I ate in restaurants or had tinned food or fruit.
Matt

I spent £16/ day over 65 days.
That included a $75 visa and most days at guesthouses or hostels.
If you camp mostly it will be a lot cheaper.
I took $2,000 USA cash plus a couple of visa cards.
But never used the cards.

Re: Pride comes before a fall

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 hours 47 min ago
Elizabethsdad wrote: ... So true - as someone with a short temper I am embarrassingly familiar with this. I want to stay calm and rational, but when treated badly my natural reaction is to respond in the same way. If someone else comes along and then tells you to calm down when you are losing it - well for me it's a bit like pouring water onto a chip pan fire.

But if you recognise that you have a short temper, you are a good part of the way to dealing with it.

I posted that extract in response to the suggestions for T shirts etc designed to remind other road users of specific bits of the HC. The HC comes as a whole, not pick'n'mix and it's best if people recognise and hopefully deal with their own shortcomings, rather than dwelling on those of others. I don't think anybody would relish white vans with a version of the HC advice to cyclists displayed on the back.
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