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Re: Helmet Cams Are Inflaming Road rage

CTC Forum - On the road - 40 min 50 sec ago
Ellieb wrote:I drive a car. I don't carry a camera.
I walk. I don't carry a carry a camera.
I cycle. I do carry a camera.
Are people suggesting that my personality changes when I get on a bike and I suddenly end up spoiling for a fight? Or is it perhaps something to do with the way people behave towards me when I am Cycling
No, no-one on here is suggesting that.

What the problem is is that in the same way that drivers of a certain German car make have got a bad name because a few of their drivers are discourteous to others. Or the fact that the occasional white van driver who drives badly has given white van drivers a bad name. Or the fact that some cyclists jump red lights so the general perception amongst Joe Public is that all cyclists jump red lights.

Not all camera carrying cyclists are people who go out of their way to draw attention to bad motoring skills - some use the camera as a 'just in case' type of tool. For some that tool has worked - there are people who have been knocked off their bikes in roadworks where a sign states single file. There have been assaults where unfortunately the police haven't done anything so the video has ended up on YouTube and the jury has been the public. But there are other videos out there where a motorist makes a mistake and the cyclist pounces on it, races after the motorist with the goal of having a go. Sometimes they even put themselves at danger by doing so. These are the videos that are seen by the public that are meaning that before long a generalisation is going to start that cyclists with cameras are spoiling for a fight.

Re: The folder revelation and results so far

CTC Forum - On the road - 49 min 38 sec ago
horizon wrote:PH wrote:When I bought an Airnimal Joey secondhand from here about 7 years ago i though i'd get a lot more use out of it than I did and sold it last year (For more than I paid for it ) Then I missed it

If I hadn't had any bikes but had known how many trains I was going to catch over the past ten years and had Airnimal Joeys been invented then, I would have bought one (with drops) and made it my only bike. The 24" wheel takes it over the train limit but I would have chanced that. Now it's different - I would miss my full size bikes so the folder has to stay as a train only bike.

I bought it when I knew I was going to be using the train more than previously. But then having taken it on about thirty train journeys and never having folded it I went back to using a full sized bike.

Re: Nutrition during P-B-P

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. Carry something for between controls, and an emergency reserve (i.e. something you don't think you will ened, but carry just in case). My usuall emergency reserve is a couple of bananas and some powdered energy drink mix (to add to water). I don't usually use energy drink, but it can be a useful boost if I start to feel in danger of the bonk.

Good luck

Re: Nutrition during P-B-P

My typical meal at controls:



The chicken was usually dry & inedible, the fish was OK, the bolognese at Villaines was excellent. The free roadside crèpes were grand, mainly for the atmosphere and the goodwill, and the coffee was a medical necessity.

On the bike I had crystallized ginger (favourite peccadillo) & mini-salami in the HB bag - delicious together. I also took a load of bars with me and ate about three.

I started with two bottles, rear one plain water, front one with Isostar in, but when I took on water I just topped this up and didn't add anything. From around Villaines I rode on plain water, emptying the back bidon to save weight.

Main principles I stuck to were not eating lots of fast carbs without adding something full of protein & maybe fat (e.g. the salami) to keep the glycaemic index down and avoid insulin reactions / gut problems. A lot of folk complained about getting gastric problems & blamed the toilets (which weren't great, but that's what you get when you put 6000 people through the average school's toilet facilities), but you can give yourself an explosive gut simply through over-consumption of energy products. My guts remained stable the whole time, and I filled my bottles wherever tapwater was available. I also avoided Coke - that's coffee in the picture.

Re: Helmet Cams Are Inflaming Road rage

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 hour 15 min ago
[XAP]Bob wrote:So why do smoke alarms come with circa 10 year expiry dates?You are the Marketing Director of a medium-sized Smoke Alarm company. Your brief is to promote more and more sales of your Company's products. You have ten seconds to come up with an idea.....

Re: The folder revelation and results so far

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 hour 25 min ago
PH wrote:When I bought an Airnimal Joey secondhand from here about 7 years ago i though i'd get a lot more use out of it than I did and sold it last year (For more than I paid for it ) Then I missed it


If I hadn't had any bikes but had known how many trains I was going to catch over the past ten years and had Airnimal Joeys been invented then, I would have bought one (with drops) and made it my only bike. The 24" wheel takes it over the train limit but I would have chanced that. Now it's different - I would miss my full size bikes so the folder has to stay as a train only bike.

The main tipping point for me was the "No bikes without reservations" signs during the summer on my regular line and local station, heavily policed by station staff. I look forward to the winter for that reason but the folder has opened up a new chapter in my cycling.

Re: garmin map for France

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 hour 26 min ago
bohrsatom wrote:Openfietsmap - http://www.openfietsmap.nl/

It's free, just download and put on an SD card, and much better than the Garmin maps for cycling.
Another vote for the above

Re: garmin map for France

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 hour 28 min ago
Openfietsmap - http://www.openfietsmap.nl/

It's free, just download and put on an SD card, and much better than the Garmin maps for cycling.

Re: 29 incher - all hype?

CTC Forum - MTB - 1 hour 55 min ago
The thing is 26" wasn't a design decision based on extensive research. It was due to that size being available from paperboy bikes in the US and BMX cruiser alloy rims. If they had designed a mountain bike from the ground up at the start I'd wager the wheels would be bigger than 26".

Re: The folder revelation and results so far

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 hours 7 min ago
When I bought an Airnimal Joey secondhand from here about 7 years ago i though i'd get a lot more use out of it than I did and sold it last year (For more than I paid for it ) Then I missed it
Now I've bought secondhand form here for £135 an as new Dahon speed 6. This suites me better than the Airnimal, takes up less space and is easier to fold, plus I don't feel guilty about only using it once or twice a month. For some of those journeys where it does get used there is no easy alternative. I'm unlikely to ever ride it more than 10 miles or carry much luggage, certainly not without change of saddle and bar ends, but that doesn't matter because that's not what I got it for.

Re: Scottish weather has me freaked out!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 hours 23 min ago
robing wrote:I'm heading up to the Hebrides on Thursday. Outer first, then inner. Hoping for some better weather and I'll be camping all the way!

Hey Robin,

Great stuff! I hope you get some good weather - if you get the same as me then you'll have a brilliant time. And, if it does rain, try your best to not let it spoil your time. As long as you are warm then being wet isn't or shouldn't be detrimental to having a good time. Being warm and wet makes all the difference! Make sure you keep dry clothes in dry bags <obviously>! I also found listening to music whilst cycling in the rain made a massive difference. You have to keep telling yourself, this is my adventure and I am going to enjoy it - I'm cycling in Scotland, which is far better than being at work or sitting in a house!!

Another word of advice, if you do find yourself in grim weather keep an eye on your rims and chain and try to keep them clean!

Enjoy it, mate!

Re: Bought the bike!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 hours 45 min ago
Hi Thistle

I'm mostly a road rider, and my Mercian had an expensive repaint (at Mercian) a few years back, so I tend to keep that bike to roads for fear of stone chips. However, I'd ride other, similar bikes on tracks without worrying about it. The frame construction is as strong as anything available, and wheels with 32 or (preferably) 36 spokes are going to stand up to most things.

Where suspension really comes in is in bouncing over boulders and the like, that can knock steering off track or stop you dead. You certainly couldn't do some of the down-hill racing that now goes on using a rigid frame. On the other hand, look at cyclo-cross for an example of racing off road on various terrains - the classic example being the Three Peaks. That branch of the sport does now allow MTBs, but pre-dates them by decades, and serious competitors still choose cyclo-cross designs, which are modified conventional bikes.

Or Paris Roubaix, the classic event in which road bikes are ridden flat out over cobbles that hammer man and machine to pieces. I don't think any photo can do justice to the battering that (most) bikes survive - and these really are lightweight road bikes, with minimal concessions to the surface (wider tyres than normal, and so on). And it's not just professionals, who can get issued with new bikes afterwards - there's an event for amateur riders too.

You'll notice that the one modification that isn't mentioned in that cyclo-cross article is making the bike stronger, because that's simply not necessary. OK, you probably shouldn't take your lightest racing wheels or ultra-light road frame off road, but carbon frames are certainly used now, and we're talking about 531 steel, which will have no problem (boulders and stupidly steep drops excepted).

Remember, when riding on tracks, to use your arms as part of the suspension system. Relax your arms, do not lock them, and let the bike find the way. The top half of your body will then behave as though you're riding the latest hi-tech MTB forks.

Re: The folder revelation and results so far

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 hours 21 min ago
horizon wrote:My 10 mile test on the open road was all it had to do (to get me home) and it passed the test with flying colours. But a tour? Forty or fifty miles? I still see the folder as a niche use for me but who knows?

I wondered about this. All my bikes have dropped bars, except my Dahon Vitesse folder. Most are classic steel designs, it has to be said, but I do have a more modern aluminium and carbon road bike. I bought the folder because I got a job in London, so it's the only option. I'd only ever ridden it about five miles, and had always promised myself that I'd commute both ways one day, on a "proper" bike.

One evening, I decided to explore the London end of the possible route, from Islington up to Potters Bar, which is the limit of the roads that I already know in that direction. This was on the folder, in normal clothes, because I hadn't planned it in advance and I couldn't have taken a different bike in by train anyway.

I got to Potters Bar and decided to keep going, as it was a nice evening. 37 miles in all, in normal office clothes. No real problem. A week or two later, I did ride a proper bike (a fixed-wheel commuter that I'd used for my previous job), and wore cycling gear, and it wasn't even any faster

Re: The folder revelation and results so far

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 hours 24 min ago
Horizon - thanks for this update.

Cycling has taken a back seat in my life after the accident, but now need to get on with it - which means finally sorting out a folder to purchase. Your feedback is helpful. TYVM

Re: The folder revelation and results so far

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 hours 28 min ago
This might seem like a strange question but what are your usual bike/s?

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

CTC Forum - Racing - 3 hours 52 min ago
Hi,
Not sure what you could do about the crashes.
But I am surprised that the riders don't dictate where the support vehicles can go and when, a support vehicle for each rider
I think after the latest incident the riders are starting to discuss it.

I don't watch for the crashes as its always disappointing.

Re: Pedestrian pushes cyclist off bike and into traffic

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 hours 14 min ago
Some interesting and very honest comments. I still believe that all these conflict situations are purely down to people, not anything to do with pedestrian, cyclists, van, car or lorry drivers. You really don't know anything about the 'other person', they could be the most placid, friendly person you could hope to meet, or, just released from prison! Alright, perhaps a bit extreme.
Self preservation has to be the default, in every situation. I'm not saying that you have to defer to anyone, or, as cyclists, 'give in' to drivers etc, but look at every situation individually. We have a family friend, who, incidentally, doesn't cycle, who has had numerous 'road rage' incidents. I was always intrigued by her latest 'story', until I drove with her - I then fully understood
Another good friend, nicest bloke you could wish to meet, one day proudly told us about an incident when the 'red mist' descended, and he lost it. Quite an eye opener!
What I'mtrying to say is that you can never know what you are dealing with so try and treat everything with a degree of equanimity, no matter how irritating it might be. You never know, the driver may have just been sacked, or, found his wife in bed with the milkman

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

CTC Forum - Racing - 4 hours 22 min ago
Saturday's crash has made me question the morality of watching this sport. I don't like a game where people end up in a coma...
But then players die in footy just as often.

Re: Nutrition during P-B-P

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 hours 25 min ago
Paulatic wrote:Its a wee ride happens every four years. Paris-Brest-Paris

http://www.paris-brest-paris.org/index2 ... page=edito

Thank you!

Re: Bought the bike!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 hours 27 min ago
Thanks Drossall! Did you stick to roads or did you go on paths as well?
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