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Re: Sold secure gold D lock

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 min 41 sec ago
I think it was the gold rated squire d lock that got opened in just over a minute. Then they upgraded it and it lasted 3 minutes. Not sure about it personally. I'm really wary when there's something that offers a certain level of performance but is about half the price of most of the competitor's products.

If I recall it right you can use bolt cutters on one side to partially cut it then a simple lever attack breaks one side allowing you to twist it open. It's not a lock that locks both sides of the U bar in the cross piece which is probably a weakness. IIRC it's also lighter than most gold rated d locks, even the highly regarded and more expensive Abus granit range. Perhaps the material used isn't as strong as needed.

Re: Lonley Planet or Bradt?

Thanks folks.
Yes I have tried out the local libraries but unable to locate a Lone Planet one.

Re the Bradt...
The chap who has written it for that past few years is now standing down.
He is 70+ and despite living on the island, thinks someone younger should take over.
He has posted this himself on this blog.
Nice guy. He's writen quite a few other books.

Yes, good points about what a book can / should do for a cyclist.

I'll be doing a northern half loop of the island.
30 days Max. Hopefully sheltering from the worse of the monsoon rains.


New brand, new adventure bike - views?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 hour 37 min ago
I'm quite tempted by this adventure bike to replace my Hardtail for offroad touring. Seems like a bargain


Not sure about the geometry though, looks like a downhill bike

54cm Calfee Design bamboo road bike, beautiful!

CTC Forums - Bikes For Sale - 3 hours 24 min ago
So, these don't come up very often because there's not many of them about!
The previous owner operated a tour company in the Alps and this bike has had only occasional use there so is in really good condition.
More info about Calfee and their bamboo frames is here: http://calfeedesign.com
Original US price on these is $3000 frame only, but imported they go at roughly the $ to £ so you'd pay £3k here if you could get one.
The frame measures up as 53cm centre to centre on the top tube and 50cm centre to centre on the seat tube (55cm to top). It's slightly too short for me at 5'10" so prob best up to about 5'9".
It has Titanium dropouts and an amazing look to it - the joints and detailing, such as the carbon studs for the bottle cages and the tiny bamboo cable guides are amazing.
It rides absolutely beautifully, as you can imagine. It's not race sharp because it's not super stiff, but it soaks up bumps and road buzz like nothing else - it's a really comfy ride but wouldn't suit a brutish sprinter type! Pretty light, as built it comes in around 8kg.
I thought it was a keeper but the sizing just isn't quite right for me, sadly.
There are a couple of areas where the clear coat has been patched up but no damage at all to either the bamboo or the hemp lugs. It looks amazing!!
Spec is:
FSA headset
Easton EC70 full carbon forks
Fulcrum 7 wheels - super condition, virtually no wear to rims indicating how much use this has had since new!
Ultegra triple 10 spd 6600 groupset (except nearly new 105 rear mech and Dura Ace triple front mech) all in excellent condition - just a small amount of the usual "crazing" you get on this model of STI lever and heel rub to the cranks
Continental GP4000 tyres in excellent condition
USE inline seat post
Giant Performance saddle (I've moved over to these when I realised how comfortable they are for very few £'s!!)
Airborne branded bars and stem
Zipp CX bar tape
Garmin mount not inc
A very special bike for someone looking for something a bit unusual!
Can inc a set of spd's or spd sl's if needed for an extra £10.

£850 - I'm in Cheshire and happy to post it

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Re: Sold secure gold D lock

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 hours 25 min ago
The Abus granit 54 is pretty good and the eazy kf mount is very nice (there are a few mount variants). Gold secured.

I often think it's OTT for touring but if peace of mind is important to you (as it is to me!) it can be added to the frame quite easily. It's relatively light for the protection it provides. The mechanism is nice and smooth and I like that it has a feature where the key can only be removed when it's locked (saves forgetting to turn it all the way). Both ends of the shackle are locked so both bars need to be cut to get the thing off.

Re: Touring Cyclist Club .... a new resource

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 hours 2 min ago
There have been a few attempts by interested parties to set up similar clubs or groups, with little success. Hopefully this will succeed.

Re: Lonley Planet or Bradt?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 hours 40 min ago
If you can't get it from your library you could buy the previous edition secondhand on Amazon and then if you like it spring for the current edition.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sri-Lanka-Bradt ... 841620211/

It's worth reading the reviews on Amazon: it looks like the Bradt guide maybe the one to go for if you're interested in the history and culture, but it's not going to be much help if you want recommendations for good-value places to stay (but I'm not sure guide books are much use for that any more). As one reviewer puts it:

this is the guide for those who hire a car and stay in 5* hotels

Re: Another sad accident.

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 hours 52 min ago
There is little control of parking in that stretch of road - despite some of it having yellow lines.
It has a 30mph limit which is probably too high for the conditions.
If I'm going to or from Faversham etc I use the less trafficked parallel road.
The problem with delivery drivers is the time pressure - a quick glance and very rapidly away - I suppose that could be said about a lot of drivers though.

Re: Another sad accident.

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 hours 14 min ago
Another hit-and-run, so it seems (according to the report the driver was stopped by police ten miles away). Another lorry. Another female cyclist (this last - I still can't comprehend). Another deterrent likely to have the effect of putting off cyclists. And another family shattered.

These tragedies are still few, measured against the number of cycling trips made overall. But each death is one too many.

Re: The French are just as stupid?

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 hours 14 min ago
deliquium wrote:mercalia wrote:Bordeaux floods after heavy rain in south west.

The French are just as stupid?


WEATHER LATEST: Much of western France on alert for high winds and coastal flooding on Friday.

A whole nation tarred (albeit questionably) with the same stupid brush

Aye well, when you are prejudiced against something any fodder will do.

Re: Why are cycle paths so bumpy? And narrow?

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 hours 23 min ago
East Worthing sea front(NCN2). Was smooth-ish 3m wide tarmac when laid, but local council insisted on green surface for segregated cycling bit. Green surface laid by shovel - about 1 gear slower than the pedestrian side

Re: Downslink works: Bramber to Shoreham-by-Sea

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 hours 44 min ago
squeaker wrote:. . .
Very many thanks for the update.

Another sad accident.

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 February 2016 - 11:10pm

My impression from this report is that the cyclist was passing a parked delivery lorry when it pulled out and drove away, probably without realising he had hit her.

Re: A steam powered E-Bike?

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 February 2016 - 10:59pm
Word not wood. I blame the keyboard

Re: A steam powered E-Bike?

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 February 2016 - 10:58pm
Bécane being a slightly archaic wood for bike!

Re: A steam powered E-Bike?

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 February 2016 - 10:58pm
The French would be a motobecane

ICE Trike Q - Adjustable to suit most leg lengths

CTC Forums - Bikes For Sale - 13 February 2016 - 9:53pm
Rigid ICE Tricycle - no rear suspension. De-mountable for transport. Adult Recumbent tricycle - in excellent condit

Red - only one mark on paintwork - see photo.

Shimano Deore 3x9 gears with Campagnolo Veloce cranks.

Separate front hub brakes for differential braking, so no rear brake needed.

Complete with unused mudguards and alloy carrier. Twin side bags. Skinny high-pressure front tyres, bigger section rear tyre.

I'm selling for a friend who adds the comment:

"Used for just one trip of about 200 miles. Bought as a matching pair of the top of the range model(at the time) - but she left with hers and I've not used mine since..."

I'm asking for offers of around £1,400

This trike can be viewed at Guarlford near Malvern. Pick up only (can take to Strensham on M5 if that helps.
Categories: Go Cycling

Re: A steam powered E-Bike?

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 February 2016 - 9:51pm
Ah, the French one I used to race daily, caught me on the hills but lost on the flat, and I would win overall over 3 miles with ease.
No idea what they or the other is called. 40 years ago.

Re: Wrecking a bike in floodwater ( France )

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 February 2016 - 9:50pm
mercalia wrote:Bordeaux floods after heavy rain in south west.

The French are just as stupid?


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betteridg ... _headlines

Re: Too many vehicles!!!

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 February 2016 - 9:46pm
TonyR wrote:pwa wrote:The Tesco driver travelling between small villages will quite reasonably want to use a route that is efficient. When you are doing door to door deliveries in rural communities you are not using lanes as rat runs. The lanes are your network.

I'm sure their routing software will learn to cope. It may take a bit longer but so what? Most of our problems with lanes is drivers in too much of a rush.

I have friends who live in places accessible only down partly single track lane. No main road option. Obviously you cannot prohibit delivery vehicles in such locations. Tesco, the Royal Mail, BT and all the rest serve customers living alongside narrow lanes. Farmers use the lanes to get from field to field. The lanes are not just there for us cyclists, or drivers who don't really need to use them. They are there for the local residents who use them for practical purposes and who get their goods and services via them. Of course there are a small number of lanes that have such a rat run problem that some sort of bollard answer might suit the locals.
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