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Re: How much does luggage slow you down?

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 August 2015 - 10:47pm
Not a lot really. On my road bike unloaded I average about 15-17 mph. On my loaded tourer it's anywhere from 11-14 mph depending on terrain and particularly wind. With such a lot more drag the wind really makes a difference. But I'm usually enjoying the adventure of touring too much to worry about the extra weight

Re: camp site recommendations for Derbyshire

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 August 2015 - 10:46pm
Waterloo Arms at Biggin. Close to the Tissington Trail and to Hartington. Good basic site, and nice friendly pub.
Callow Top just outside Ashbourne. On the Tissington Trail, walking distance to Ashbourne. Maybe a bit rule-driven and elaborate, but does have on on-site pub which brews its own beer.
And I think there's a basic farm site at Wetton, close to the Manifold trail and Thor's cave. The pub (Royal Oak) is good, but not as good as when it was more basic and had its own campsite.

Re: New Route Planner

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 August 2015 - 10:45pm
Richard Fairhurst wrote:I've done a bunch of work today on the GPS downloads:

[*]TCX should now work properly on Garmins - I've tested it on BaseCamp and Training Center and it works fine, though I don't have a new Garmin unit to test with;

Oh, amazing. I'll have to try it out. In the past I've done the route finding on your site then (I can't remember if the reasons are from bad experience or just stupidity on my part) I've had to manually recreate the route in Garmin Connect, since I've never had success with GPX or TCX files. Fingers crossed that TCX works nicely.

Re: Insect attack on the move!

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 August 2015 - 10:42pm
I too find insects seem drawn in to the helmet vents, it must be due to air currents? I had an insect incident in Spain recently. It was extremely hot, and felt something hit me in the chest, then a split second later had a searing pain on my left side. Fearing a wasp or hornet had gone down my top I stopped sharply and removed my top, but could see no sign of my attacker. But I'd definitely been stung and it hurt like hell!

Re: Home made electrolyte solution

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 August 2015 - 10:27pm
The fat commuter wrote:Hmm, will have a look at putting some salt into some fruit juice. I usually eat a banana a day which is meant to contain magnesium and potassium. Coconut milk is also meant to have magnesium and potassium in it - can get that from ALDI.

Sounds like a fairly disgusting drink mind, water, coconut milk, orange juice and salt. Will maybe give it a go - can't wait.
Pineapple and coconut, maybe? Or mango?

Re: Pedestrian pushes cyclist off bike and into traffic

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 August 2015 - 10:25pm
My take on the video (without assuming she did this, he did that - just based on what we can see/hear) is that questions like should she have stopped, did she give him the finger, etc. are not relevant. None of the possible things she might have done (but are not evident from the video) justify the behaviour of the hooligan.

Bottom line (from my opinion) is that she did not hit him, yet he felt he felt it acceptable that he hit her. He was wrong.

If we do want to question what she might have done and assume she did e.g. give him the finger, why did he have to run after her some distance to assault her ? But for me that is not a big issue as whatever the answer, I can see no justification for his attack.


Re: Pedestrian pushes cyclist off bike and into traffic

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 August 2015 - 10:08pm
I know that a pedestrian has no obligation to stop for a red man. Although conventions like that are what makes things easier for everyone, he certainly has the right to walk out into traffic, and that's exactly what he does.

However... He did pause when a car crossed his path, and I think expecting him to wait there for a gap in the traffic is an easy mistake to make. I've made similar mistakes on several occasions, though nothing has ever come of it. All that seems to happen initially is two road users failed to communicate well. No attitude. Just... failure to communicate.

And I didn't say that she could *see* something that can't be seen on the video. I said she may have *noticed* something that wasn't obvious on the video. Body language or expression, perhaps. Soemthing made her fear him. 'Please don't try to knock me off' are not the words of someone expecting a collision, but someone fearing an attack.

Re: Bike provision on Beeston tram route and a question

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 August 2015 - 9:50pm
Sorry I have no advice, I'm just glad that's not my commute, the only place I'd feel safe on that road is straight down the middle and and that would probably attract plenty of abuse.

Re: Pre-ride (or pre-drive) checks.

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 August 2015 - 9:50pm
I realised that I was getting slack with the car when I went to drive it away and didn't notice that one of the tyres was completely flat until I'd actually started to drive it. Admittedly I did notice inside the first six feet of driving and the tyre's flatness was disguised by the adjacent kerb but even so, I'd walked right past it.

Not as bad as one guy I know though. He went to drive off and immediately there was a loud clunk and the car dropped by 6". It turned out that the wheels on the other side of the car had been nicked, and the car fell off its small stack of bricks as soon as it started to move....


Re: Bike provision on Beeston tram route and a question

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 August 2015 - 9:43pm
I recently posted about a new cycle path in north Nottingham and got lots of advice on here. I also emailed the city council and they are going to get back to me, I'm not the only one who has pointed out that it's a bit rubbish!
Lots of us have concerns about the new tram routes, I've been on the route you describe in excellent detail and agree that it's unclear what cyclists re supposed to do, and it puts us into potential conflict with pedestrians. It's definitely worth contacting the county council and the tram people - it'll take them a while to get back to you but the more people who point out problems, the more likely things might be done.
What can be done at this stage is something else! We all know the whole thing was rushed through and the design could have been way more cycle-friendly...

Re: Pre-ride (or pre-drive) checks.

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 August 2015 - 9:34pm
Squish the tyres, grab the brakes as I settle...

There's more to do?

The car just has the doors checked..

Re: Pedestrian pushes cyclist off bike and into traffic

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 August 2015 - 8:59pm
reohn2 wrote:Vorpal's post above about sums it up,the cyclist was no threat IMO the aggressor is the pedestrian,end of.
I don't deny he was the aggressor but when I watch the video I see the usual might is right approach except this time by a cyclist. (And an approach I witness with more and more frequency as time goes by and cyclist numbers increase.)

Vorpals post imo is wrong on a number of points.
Firstly the 'red man' is a 'red herring'. Pedestrians are under no obligation to wait for the red man, might be advisable and in this case he most certainly should have waited - but he didn't.
"Please dont try to knock me off" can only be one of two things; she thought a collision was possible, in which case why not stop? (As Vorpal pointed out she wasn't going very fast and a quick 'frame by frame' shows she made no attempt to slow down at all.)
Of course perhaps she actually thought for some reason he might knock her off in which case there's even more reason to stop and avoid it! You can see the pedestrian on the video for a fair while, there's absolutely no reason to assume she can see something the camera can't - they both have the same viewpoint after all and if he'd shouted a warning he'd have been facing her and we'd have heard it.

He said she gave him the finger - well something tipped him over the edge so I think it's a fair bet she did. The shaking of her head is simply icing on the cake.

So the scenerio is pretty straightforward.
A ped ill advisedly starts to cross, a bicycle is heading towards him. He continues (no obvious indication he's seen the cyclist) the cyclist realises he's not for stopping and talking to herself comments on the impending 'crash', she passes him closely and gives him the finger whilst shaking her head.
From his pov, he's crossing the road when a cyclist passes v.close and a combination of shock and anger particularly when he sees the cyclist give him the finger causes him to lose it.

It's a bit like the woman that knocked me off, could she have braked? Of course, she didn't though because she believed she had right of way and thinking you have "right of way" somehow makes braking the last thing a person would want to do.

Re: Bought the bike!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 August 2015 - 8:22pm
And the same for the Dalesman: fit the widest posible tyres for maximum effect. I have just come back from a tour through the Czech Republic and Germany, and while admiring the quality of the German cycle routes, pretty large chunks were forest trails and gravel. That was part of what I like about them, but my 42 mm tyres were on the narrow side: next time I will use something wider.

Re: Bought the bike!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 August 2015 - 8:18pm
Enjoy the ride.

Re: Pre-ride (or pre-drive) checks.

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 August 2015 - 8:18pm
The car tyres,oil and other levels get a check fortnightly,and definitely before a long 200mile+ run.

The bike gets a tyre pressure check before every ride,unless I'm riding consecutive days,and a check for foreign bodies etc,about every third or fourth ride,unless I've ridden some particularly suspect roads or tracks.
Brake levers get a flick for adjustment as I set off.
I tend to check bolts and other safety checks,etc when I lube the chain,(usually at about 300miles) or when I clean the bike whichever comes first.

Re: Solar charger or dynamo

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 August 2015 - 8:17pm
I like simplicity. So I keep my phone switched off during most of the day, and only turn it on for a few minutes at the end of the ride to text my wife t5hat I have arrived safely at the next campsite. That way I only have to charge it, say, once a week. For that I have a litle charger. I also have a small and light battery pack that is good for one charge of the phone. That way, I recharge the phone, and can recharge the battery pack when and where it is convenient and safe without risk of the telephone getting stolen. As a gps I have a Garmin Etrex 30. It is the cheapest range, and also the lightest. The final and perhaps most important advantage is that is also lasts longest on a set of batteries. If you buy really good rechargeables like the Ansmann Eneloop type, one set is good for five days of cycling if you switch it off when you have a break, and only follow tracks. So on a 2-3 week tour I don't need a charger, but only a few sets of spare rechargeable batteries. For the record, I have a Schmidt hub generator on my bike for the lights, but I really do not want to have to deal with stuff like an Ewerk and all those cables. For a trip in outer Mongolia the choices will be diferent, of course.

Bike provision on Beeston tram route and a question

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 August 2015 - 8:12pm
I live near Beeston, Notts, where a new tram route has just opened. I cycle regularly down part of the tram route, Chilwell High Road. This is a narrow road that is busy during the day. I am not really happy with the idea of being overtaken by a tram on this road as there is so little space between tram and kerb, here is a pic:

Still, I'm also interested in what happens at stations where the tram is right up against the platform. Clearly if you cycle through a station the tram will have to follow you. The planners decided it would be better if bikes left the road at this point and mount the pavement. Here is the beginning of the bike route going east:

The problem here is that the cycle route takes you in front of shops, the one time I went up there someone came out of a shop not looking (why should she?) and I nearly hit her.
Here is the exit point, as you can see you are meant to give way.

and here is the same point looking west:

Now let's look at the same journey going east to west. This is where you are meant to mount the pavement. No path marked this time other than the blue sign indicating that pedestrians and bikes travel in harmony here:

The road can get quite congested here (this is a quiet evening, not rush hour):

OK, so having mounted the pavement you cross a side road, then there is a shaded area for bikes (I presume) just where those people are walking:

Then you cross another side road

before arriving at the give way point to get back on the road:

My problem here is that I turn right shortly after this point, for which manoeuvre I need to be in the centre of the road, the only safe place is on the white hatchings. This is where I turn right:

It is not easy to get to the right point on the road if there is traffic. It is not so bad if you stay on the road as you can clearly signal and move across at an appropriate moment.

My questions: first, I would be interested to know what you experts think of this particular scheme.

Second, am I entitled to simply ride along the road like a car? I feel that at 15mph or more it is not really holding anybody up if the tram or a car has to follow you for a short distance.

To be honest, I am not sure that it is safe either on the bike lanes or on the road. Unfortunately there isn't a sensible alternative route.

Re: Bought the bike!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 August 2015 - 8:07pm
Thanks all. I am borrowing (um stealing) the bike we bought for my son as it will be fantastic as a heavy duty off main roads tourer. I'll do as Willem suggested and use the KoM with wider tyres, tour with both and see what works for me.

Thank you again!!!

Re: Bought the bike!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 August 2015 - 8:02pm
I much prefer road bars, and I think the Mercian is a great bike. I would fit the widest tyres that you can squeeze in (but remember, the nice Panaracer Pasela's run pretty wide, i.e. more or less true to nominal size, unlike many other tyres). Wider tyres are much more comfortable, and greatly extend where you can still ride. My preferred tyre for a bike like this would be the Panaracer Pasela. Personally I would go for the version without puncture protection, as it rides just that bit nicer. If you are worried about punctures, use the puncture protected version at the rear (where most punctures occur), and the more flexible and more comfortable unprotected version at the front. I have been riding without puncture protection for a few years now, and only recently had my first puncture.
As for luggage weight, I would still maintain that a bike like this rides better with a lighter load. You should be fine with two rear panniers and the tent on top, totalling some 12 kg. With light camping gear, that is perfectly doable, and the ride will be that much more enjoyable. Of course, if you really need to take more (but do you, in the UK?), the trailer will be fine, as weight in the trailer does not affect the frame and handling as much as weight on the bike. But it will be a slog in the hills.
Once again, congratulations on a beautiful bike.

Re: Pre-ride (or pre-drive) checks.

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 August 2015 - 7:53pm
I tend to give the brakes a good squeeze before starting off. Just once I felt a cable give way on me. Better that when stopped than on a steep hill.
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