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A steam powered E-Bike?

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 February 2016 - 9:09pm
I was looking up details for petrol based e-bikes like the cyclemaster and came across this oddity?


atleast you could have a cuppa at any time?

Re: morocco - sticks and stones...

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 February 2016 - 8:15pm
I've travelled Morocco quite a few times. The whole stylo/begging thing is partly down to the tourists who visit. Some of the guide books even recommend taking pens to give out to kids. So some tourists take a box of pens and happily throw them out the car window, and then some cyclists comes along to hear, "stylo, stylo..". You're just another rich tourist to these kids, so try and remember it's not 100% their fault. And they are just kids, they don't yet understand geo-politics. Humour pretty much always works in the stylo situation, a little French goes a long way too.

Aggresive kids chucking stones? Never experienced it. Overwhelmingly the kids have been very funny and friendly. Lots of them ride bikes to and from school, so plenty of opportunity for you to be a kid again and have races. I would expect some kids in Morocco to be aggressive, but just like I'd expect that everywhere and expect it to be an absolute minority.

Hotels overcharging. Maybe, maybe not. Any different to anywhere else? You can easily book online in most places, even smaller towns. You can get the price up front, and then walk away if you don't like the price. If you walk into a place holding your credit card, then maybe you'll be charged maximum rate. But that happens in the UK too (I used to work in the industry), and all across Europe. Decide the price you would like to pay for a night, and then walk/cycle around looking for places and asking for that price. Often they'll try and throw in the price of dinner, which may or may not be a good deal. But if you look at the average UK hotel which throws in breakfast, is breakfast really worth an extra £5-10?

Definitely go, it's great for cycling and culture. The coast is where you'll have more hassle (and traffic), in the same way any tourist heavy location is a hassle. But even then it's trivial unless you're of a very sensitive disposition.


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

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 February 2016 - 8:10pm
Being a devotee of CTC, Cyclechat and CGOAB this site is definitely going on my list whatever the politics involved if any.

Re: morocco - sticks and stones...

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 February 2016 - 7:52pm
Cycled that area last year, mainly in the high Atlas. Never had a single problem with kids - they were usually very friendly and even helpful. I think it sometimes depends on your mind-set - if you go expecting the worst then you may find it. Dogs can usually be out-stared and shouted at.

We booked all our accommodation online in advance. That avoids all the bartering hassle that you really don't want at the end of a long, hot day in the saddle.

It was a fantastic place to cycle - I'm sure you'll enjoy it!

Tour of southern Turkey - suggestions?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 February 2016 - 7:47pm
A friend and I will be flying to Antalya in May for a 2-week cycle tour, staying in accommodation which we'd like to book beforehand if at all possible.

I've come up with a very rough idea of a route, starting NE to Konya, across to Izmir via the lakes and Pamukkale, and then back to Antalya mainly via the coast roads, going inland for any sights worth seeing.

We particularly like hill climbs, the higher the better!

Does anyone have any experience of this part of Turkey, cycling or otherwise? Any general advice about cycling/touring in Turkey (i.e. food, accommodation, customs) would also be greatly appreciated! Thanks.

Re: Wrecking a bike in floodwater ( France )

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 February 2016 - 6:35pm
Ah, mercalia and his good old question marks?

Re: Deliveroo

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 February 2016 - 6:27pm
I thought most of these pizza boys had largely disappeared from our streets - but apparently not! Today I happened to glance at one of our local - big-chain - pizza outlets as I cycled past, and sure enough, there were a couple of these scooters parked outside, carrying the livery of the chain (not "deliveroo"), big box at the rear and adorned with 'L' plates. Do they still have to deliver to a time limit? Can't anything be done about this gratuitous danger to everyone?

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 February 2016 - 6:21pm
reohn2 wrote:I've far better visions than that for him,though they'll remain 'visions' until the system is fixed, I'm not holding my breath on that though.
Aha! Maybe this is what's on your mind.

Re: The French are just as stupid?

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 February 2016 - 6:17pm
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

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 February 2016 - 6:08pm
I suspect it's because the councils in bumpy-cycle-track areas don't contain enough cyclists, so the officers don't specify it properly (basically, machine-laid Hot Rolled Asphalt 55/10) and the councillors don't hold them to account because they're not riding the junk their council built.

In King's Lynn, we have cycle tracks like the attached photo - 9 metres wide and nearly smooth enough for marbles - but 3m and smooth is the usual. We generally only end up with lumpy stuff where it's a Highways England road (who also seem to use 1.2m width as standard!), it decays too far (one track is 20+ years old, has some tree root damage and has patches on patches) or where a developer builds a cycle track with their development and then the worst of the utilities (usually Anglian Water, but BT and UKPN both occasionally seem to subcontract to nutters) dug it up to provide services to the development but most of the cycle tracks are rideable at a fair old speed.

If you want to elect more cycling councillors, I think many English highways councils (mostly county?) have elections this May. Get in touch with your local cycling campaign and help ask questions of candidates.

Re: Lonley Planet or Bradt?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 February 2016 - 5:50pm
I think we have the rough guide but I'm another fan of Bradt. Lonely planet seems to lack the small town detail that bike tourers need.

Airnimal Rhino for sale (one size fits all)

CTC Forums - Bikes For Sale - 13 February 2016 - 5:38pm
1-Rhino on tour.JPGBlack Rhino with Rolhoff 14 speed hub gears. Full DEMARK front suspension with front lockout, Rock Shox Monarch rear suspension. 20inch wheels, Schwalbe Marathon tyres.
Shimano Deore disc brakes. Mudguards

This bike is a folder, designed to pack into a suitcase for airline travel. Case included.

The bike is in perfect running order, there are some cosmetic scratches. New price is £3200.00 without suitcase worth which is over £250.

£2200.00 including case.

There is also a second Rhino, only difference is a Shimano 8 speed Nexus hub instead of Rholoff and V-brake on front instead of Disc. Price £1500.00
Categories: Go Cycling

Islabike Luath 700 Small (18" frame) PRICE REDUCTION

CTC Forums - Bikes For Sale - 13 February 2016 - 5:32pm
I am selling my son's Islabike Luath 700 Small which we bought brand new August 2012 from Islabikes. He has now outgrown it and is moving onto a small adult bike.
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Spec for bike is very similar to current bike sold by Islabikes.

We are selling with the bike:
Islabike fitted Schwalbe Marathon Road tyres
Set of Islabike Mudguards
Islabike Luggage Rack with rear light
2 Stems (Islabike standard fit and extra long one). This fitting has given the bike extra life as our son grew. Bought the bike when he was 11 and now selling it with him aged 14 yrs 5 months. Much longer than we expected.

Bike is in very good condition (regularly serviced) but has a a few minor scratches/marks.
I have now reduced the price to £295 ono. The bike is located Portsmouth.

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Categories: Go Cycling

Re: Review of Ridgeback Expedition 26"

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 February 2016 - 5:29pm
I was looking here breton which shows the flatbar version.


You are right, they are V's - have checked elsewhere - must be a mistake by Ridgeback's publicity folk.

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 February 2016 - 4:57pm
661-Pete wrote:tyreon wrote:Its why the Italians go to the Ndraghetta to sort stuff out. Sad but salient
I have this vision of our beleaguered motorist waking up one morning and finding the sawn-off steering wheel of his beloved Beemer at the foot of his bed.....

I've far better visions than that for him,though they'll remain 'visions' until the system is fixed, I'm not holding my breath on that though.

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 February 2016 - 4:54pm
Flinders wrote:If he had done as you suggested, he'd have been done for contempt of court if he'd done it in court during the trial, or he would have compromised the trial if he'd said it anywhere else before the trial.
He has done the only thing he could have done.
And he has certainly not 'failed'.

This chap done everything right IMO,and shown the justice system up for what it is,a failure,an absolute abysmal failure .

Re: Navigation - Garmin

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 February 2016 - 4:41pm
freeflow wrote:I'll think you'll find that a phone like a Sony Xperia Z3 compact gives a garmin a run for its money in terms of battery life.
The Garmin can be charged in just the same way as a phone.
On its own the 810 is guided at 15 hours typical usage (what ever that is ) and "plus" 20 hours with official external battery pack.
I have not had long enough rides yet to check out its battery life.

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 February 2016 - 4:34pm
From Barcaldine ( near Oban) northwards there is a newish cycle path. There are some of the usual issues in that it diverts where you do not necessarily want to go but that apart motorists complain bitterly that it has a beautiful surface much better than any of the roads around. Why do these cyclists get preferential treatment?

For Sale: Titanium "Van Nicholas Frame" (48cm)

CTC Forums - Bikes For Sale - 13 February 2016 - 4:16pm
Van Nicholas "Amazon" Cyclo-Cross Frame with Carbon Touring Forks.
Oversized bottom bracket shell to take Bushnell eccentric bottom bracket thus able to fit hub gears, ie Rolhoff or Shimano etc. Will take Gates Carbon Belt drive or standard dérailleur gears.
700c wheels. Bike suitable for rider of 5' 4" to 5' 7" tall. Tyres up to 37 mm width.
FSA Headset. Full braze-ons for mudguards/panniers etc
Little used, In as new condition.
see also "Fat Birds" of Hunstanton site for more details of frame.
£750 ONO.
Categories: Go Cycling

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 February 2016 - 1:48pm
Si wrote:Tbh, I've not noticed that the paths around the QE are especially bumpy. I ride a tourer with 1.5 tyres and have no problems. I've not really noticed many coming to sudden stops and not going anywhere. They link the uni, hospital, canal (access to be improved), paths along side the busy A38, the nee Bournebrook path out to Woodgate country park, and the Mosley route to cannon hill park and the city centre.
I agree that the width can be questionable in places...this is sometimes due to having to fit them onto pavements where it was never originally even considered that bike paths may one day be required. In other places there had to be a compromise with Parks, etc.
There are some elements of very bad design..such as running through bus stops, and the spray'n'chip in places.
Overall they fall short of the N.Euro ideal but make the arts much nicer to cycle in than 20 yrs ago when I used to commute through there.
There are some in Essex that are ridiculous. There's one on the A132 near Wickford that was so bumpy (for years; I doubt it's different now, though I haven't been there for a few years), I couldn't ride my hybrid with 700 X 42 faster than about 8 mph without shaking my teeth out. I used the road, instead, even though it is a busy, narrow A road.
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