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Re: Scottish weather has me freaked out!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 August 2015 - 4:54pm
rualexander wrote:July and August are rarely very good months to cycle or camp in Scotland (especially the west), the last two summers were exceptions, much better to go in May, June, or September, although this year even they were pretty poor, April was quite good though.
If I were you, I'd wait until September if possible, less midgies then too.
yip may , or june my best bet , but you will never know here

Re: The bicycle: good enough?

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 August 2015 - 4:04pm
Yes. The bicycle is good enough - because it is so adaptable, and in each of its forms can suit a multitude of individuals.
That's why the perfect bike by definition, will never be a mass produced item. Unlike a Micro PC the bike suffers from life in the Macro physical world and so simply can not become all things to everyone all the time; but the Mac or the Google Device or the I-Whatever can be, and so be mass-produced, with part of its bloat-ware simply disabled.

With the Google Bike you'd get everything but only choose to use use a small part. Choosing to ride 26" wheels and 18" frame, but carrying around some other 28" wheels and several other frame sizes, with some derailleurs and fixed forks and a few hub gears and hydraulic tubes too. Oooh and a couple of bells with different tones just in case.

The bike is a good enough genre, pleasingly immune to mass production, unhappily prone to mass-compromise. Like the perfect love, impossible to define.

Re: Scottish weather has me freaked out!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 August 2015 - 3:44pm
Jimstar79 wrote: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!

Thanks Jim. Do you have a blog or photos of your tour? I'd love to see them. I agree re music, I always listen to it when I'm cycling. I have done some pretty wet cycling in Ireland and LEJOG. So long as it's not day after day. But praying that September will bring some better weather. Driving to Oban then Outer Hebrides first, Skye-Ardnamurchan-Mull. I know the Inner Hebrides and Mull in particular very well, but never been to the Outer Hebrides. Really looking forward to it, should be quieter at least now the schools gone back (actually they go back earlier in Scotland anyway), and should be quite relaxed in terms of mileage, aiming for about average of 35 miles a day.

Re: Home made electrolyte solution

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 August 2015 - 3:42pm
Almost all the commercial products have either artificial sweeteners or preservatives - both upset my stomach
For rides over about 2 hours,I use this electrolyte powder.
http://www.myprotein.com/sports-nutriti ... 29892.html
Its just 4 mineral salts, sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium
Looks expensive, but lasts ages - you buy a teeny weeny measuring scoop for it. And it doesn't go off in storage.
For every scoop of minerals, I add 3 scoops of caster sugar (could use honey for flavour). Works out really cheap.
It doesn't dissolve all that well, but I just give it a good shake before drinking...
I don't need to drink as much as when using plain water, and I retain it better - so I don't need as many pit stops, and don't get cramp as often as I used to.
Ordinary table salt is not quite as effective in my experience
I like it plain - you can add pure fruit juice instead of the sugar, but I wouldn't personally use squash because of the additives
On long rides, I take first bottle ready mixed, second bottle with just the powder so I can add water, or as o-w says, make up a concentrated solution to dilute.
I see they now offer a tablet form, but I haven't tried them
I like this firm's website because they list all the ingredients, so you can spot the ones you need to avoid

Re: Scottish weather has me freaked out!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 August 2015 - 3:39pm
tyreon wrote:Pray you get good weather...And I mean it!!

If you don't...picture of yous drenched and miserable by your tent,please. When I'm trapped in my house and it's rainin...I know I'm better off than yourself!!

Ha ha! I can't say I enjoy getting drenched, but fingers crossed for some better weather in September.

Re: garmin map for France

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 August 2015 - 2:55pm
I used Velomaps which I also loaded onto the computer, so they can be put a microSD card via Basemap to the GPS or in a card reader directly.

https://www.velomap.org/download/odbl/

They were particularly good for showing the cyclepaths which were frequently good enough to use and even on occasions preferable to the roads!

Probably the same mapping as the openfietsmap anyway.

Re: Floating Rotors

CTC Forum - MTB - 31 August 2015 - 2:55pm
They are supposedly more tolerant of the calliper being slightly "off centre" and some people say they are less prone to warping.
Equally some people say they are noisy because slight sideways play can develop in them.
If I had to err on one side... Hype.

Re: garmin map for France

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 August 2015 - 2:48pm
You can scroll down to the worldwide page and select the tiles which you wish for a more specific map of a country or region but that has extra steps involved.

Re: losing the stabilisers

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 August 2015 - 2:36pm
[quote="Vantage"]One month until her 9th birthday and my youngest has finally taken to two wheels!

Her mum hasn't been too helpful in this challenge as telling Erin the reason she couldn't stay upright was because of her talpies condition. Way to knock a little girls confidence. Pfft!
I removed and binned those stupid troublesome training wheels over a month ago as I had come to the conclusion that they were just a hindrance. Several attempts in the past at getting her to balance with them on but bent up had been marred as the wheels inevitably hit the ground and sent the bike in all sorts of directions. Needless to say, removing them had the effect that she wouldn't go near the bike as she feared falling off. Erin decided to give it another go last week after discovering that her younger cousin had lost his stabilisers and that if he could do it, so could she.
The two girls and I met my sister and her two boys at Queens Park at 11am and after she watched Sam racing off she was raring to go. I have to say, pushing my little girl and letting go of her was one of the scariest things I've ever done. Watching in horror as she sped away toward the bushes. Yep, she crashed into them. But up until that point, she was on two wheels. The return trip was halted by boggy grass and that had her off again. Third time she only hit the grass when she stopped via the brakes.
Now it was time to get her to take off on her own. I had difficulty explaining this one so it was left to her 5 yr old cousin to explain and demonstrate that procedure. This was only his second day of riding since losing those wretched stabilisers.
By 1pm the pair of them were riding all over the park with the biggest smiles you could imagine. Ice creams all round was the topping to the cake. Brilliant day. Proud daddy

https://youtu.be/paNyZN9dsME

https://youtu.be/qWmK8mgmlNs

Erin is now planning on touring with me next year with the condition that her panniers are pink and that her buildabear How To Train Your Dragon Toothless dragon does the navigating from her pink princess bar bag. Seems reasonable to me



Ps. If anyone knows of any bikability type ccourses in the Bolton or Darwen areas I'd love to hear about them. The local councils of these areas Web pages are completely useless in this search.[/quote
Great story that reminds me of how quickly my three grandsons shed their stabilisers. Its also great to know that there will be another two youngsters continuing on what we all love doing to hopefully well into the future.

Re: Helmet Cams Are Inflaming Road rage

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 August 2015 - 2:34pm
It's that the majority of poor drivers gravitate towards premium German cars...

From my experience driving a white van it's actually quite hard to cut anyone up - they just stop as they see you approaching...

Re: The folder revelation and results so far

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 August 2015 - 2:34pm
PH wrote: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.

Every time I see the empty bike spaces I think hmmm....

But then I think of the arguments with train staff. People often write on here how they've had no problem getting their bike on a train (usually, with others, having booked up all the bike spaces on my local line on the way to Land's End). I cannot book trains due to a combination of fairly last minute work trips and having no local station booking office to pick up tickets. But then it's Sod's Law - there's bound to be spaces if you've got a folder .

Re: garmin map for France

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 August 2015 - 2:30pm
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.And another vote. Note that the map is for western Europe so you can venture into the other countries too.

Re: Helmet Cams Are Inflaming Road rage

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 August 2015 - 2:19pm
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 - 31 August 2015 - 2:11pm
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

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 August 2015 - 2:03pm
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

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 August 2015 - 1:50pm
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 - 31 August 2015 - 1:45pm
[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 - 31 August 2015 - 1:35pm
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 - 31 August 2015 - 1:33pm
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 - 31 August 2015 - 1:32pm
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.
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