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Re: Cycling in groups

18 March 2016 - 8:22pm
The group may split naturally during the ride . I think 12 is fine as long as your ride double file on B roads and single out if traffic builds up or road is narrow . You can even call traffic past on narrow raods if the head of the group has a good view. I avoid A roads

Re: of visitations and brittle plastics

18 March 2016 - 8:16pm
Allen key added to the notch, thumbs did not work...

Re: Cycling in groups

18 March 2016 - 7:59pm
I'd say a tight group of 12 doubled up ie;two abreast,six twos,is about the same size as a slow moving tractor and small trailer,which IMO is better than two sixes.
Singling out into a line of 12 riders is asking for close overtakes and vehicles cutting in due to mistimed overtakes with oncoming traffic,I'd only single out when it's safe for the whole group and not because of vehicular pressure.Of course if the group is causing major tailbacks I'd stop and let it clear.
That said,a Bank Holiday w/end is possibly one of the worse times to be riding,I understand your group's possible constraints of work ,etc,but the roads are usually packed,so whatever you do you'll more than likely get some abuse from some motorists.
I try not to ride on B/holiday w/ends because the roads have more than their fair share of idiots driving cars at that time,especially if the weather's good.

Re: of visitations and brittle plastics

18 March 2016 - 7:59pm
I hate being cold, haven't you any of the following?
Screwdriver?
Thin Allen key?
Thin spanner?
Strong thumbs?

of visitations and brittle plastics

18 March 2016 - 7:53pm
I am sitting on a bench in Cullompton high street. I am cold, my bike has a flat tyre. I have a spare new inner tube, I have a puncture repair kit, but I am waiting for my wife to turn up. I have many small pieces of tyre levers in my hand and I cannot take the tyre off. I've even tried removing the tyre using my fork from lunchtime. We did it as kids, surely this would work. I had forgotten I don't have steel rims though, so now I have a notch in my front rim. The tyre is still on. I am cold, waiting for my wife to turn up on Cullompton high street and cursing the fact that I did not pack spare tyre levers!

Re: Cycling in groups

18 March 2016 - 7:31pm
Definitely two groups of six I would say and smaller if traffic dictates. Enjoy your ride.

Cycling in groups

18 March 2016 - 7:12pm
Hi All,

I will be undertaking a charity ride over the May B/H weekend, and as we are riding in a group of 12 on a mixture of roads over three days and 300 miles. How should we ride?

Should we ride as a group of 12, singleing up or doubling up as the road condicitons allow, or should we ride in say two groups of 6 doing the same thing?

would the latter giving a gap allow for safer overtaking? so cars can overtake a smaller group and not be tempted to take a risky overtake on a larger group.

Anyway any advice welcomed.

Thanks
Martin

Re: Spoilt day.

18 March 2016 - 5:58pm
A bit disillusioned with the cold at the moment, current temperatures have drained my enthusiasm.

Spoilt day.

18 March 2016 - 5:33pm
I went out withthe CTC club on Sunday. Plenty of sunshine promised. Destination Hebden Bridge. A decent ride through Bury, Rochdale, Littleborough. Then we dropped down into Todmorden and fought heavy traffic into Hebden. After lunch we headed back down the road towards Littleborough and Hollingworth lake, across into Milnrow, Rochdale, Heywood and home. It was a nightmare! From leaving Hebden the traffic never stopped! It was stood still at Hollingworth lake and all the way into Milnrow. We were forced to ride on the outside of the standing traffic, as a few times cars deliberately moved into the gutter to stop us passing on the inside. Drivers were aggressive and frustrated. Traffic fimes were choking. You could not relax or get into a rhythm. The sun certainly shined but this was the first club ride that I did not enjoy and was glad to get home for some peace. I wonder if others are getting a bit disullusioned as I am? Offroad biking is looking attractive at the moment.

Re: Losing My Sense of Humour

18 March 2016 - 5:30pm
bigjim wrote:I had ten or more punctures last year. Different bikes, wheels, tyres. Odd thorn but usually glass. In the end I bought some of the slime filled innertubes. I fitted the tubes to the rear wheels of my bikes. It's usually the rears that puncture and more hassle to remove. For a fiver each I thought they were worth a go. Not had a puncture since.

Ah! but that might be because the slime frightened away the fairy's pointy things

Re: Losing My Sense of Humour

18 March 2016 - 5:20pm
My last puncture was 10th Sept 2015.
Never did find why the tube had a hole. Nowt in the tyre, so whatever it was went in, and then came straight back out again.

Re: Losing My Sense of Humour

18 March 2016 - 5:16pm
I had ten or more punctures last year. Different bikes, wheels, tyres. Odd thorn but usually glass. In the end I bought some of the slime filled innertubes. I fitted the tubes to the rear wheels of my bikes. It's usually the rears that puncture and more hassle to remove. For a fiver each I thought they were worth a go. Not had a puncture since.

Re: First audax this weekend - Exeter

18 March 2016 - 2:12pm
200's are very competitive
Only if you make it so. Some riders like to get round as quickly as possible but plenty don't.

I reckon I could have nearly halved the distance if all I'd done was visit the controls.]
That sounds like there was something very wrong with the route. The controls should be placed so that it is not possible to visit each of them in less than the specified distance. Where this shortest distance involves busy main roads the organiser's official route often adds extra distance to make use of quieter more scenic roads and lanes.

Once upon a time it was compulsory to follow the organisers routes and there were secret controls to ensure this. From this year this option is available if an organiser chooses to make the route compulsory but I suspect that very few will do so.

Re: First audax this weekend - Exeter

18 March 2016 - 1:54pm
PH wrote:Mick F wrote:Some folk don't do the route properly, and take short cuts. Maybe their Garmins threw their toys out of the pram.
Do you realise there's no obligation to follow the route, just the controls? Oh yes, of course. There's no law against it.
It's just that if all you did was go to the controls, you wouldn't have completed the audax. I did a 101.9mile* one, and I reckon I could have nearly halved the distance if all I'd done was visit the controls.



* It was listed as a 160Km ride, but my brain and my Garmin are calibrated in yards and miles.

Re: First audax this weekend - Exeter

18 March 2016 - 1:42pm
Well I may as well do that one as well!

Re: First audax this weekend - Exeter

18 March 2016 - 1:40pm
honesty wrote:
Ive stopped at the Canal cafe a few times as it's local to me and it is very nice, bit hidden away though if you dont know it's there so I can see why there was confusion.

That's because no one expects it to be up the hill when the river is much lower down.

Is this one training before the Dunkery Dash Audax

Re: First audax this weekend - Exeter

18 March 2016 - 1:16pm
whoof wrote:I did this one a few years ago and it was very nice. I think it was the first year they used the canal café at Tiverton and there was some confusion as to where is was. The organiser had issued a route sheet but the directions to the café were not correct, they had then issued an amendment which was also not correct. There were groups of cyclist going back and forth in Tiverton looking for a cafe, in the end I gave up and went on to the next section.

I'm sure this will have been sorted out now and you will have a great ride on some lovely roads.

Ive stopped at the Canal cafe a few times as it's local to me and it is very nice, bit hidden away though if you dont know it's there so I can see why there was confusion.

Re: First audax this weekend - Exeter

18 March 2016 - 1:10pm
Mick F wrote:Some folk don't do the route properly, and take short cuts. Maybe their Garmins threw their toys out of the pram.


Do you realise there's no obligation to follow the route, just the controls? I sometimes modify a route to visit somewhere, or collect a BCQ point, though usually the organisers local knowledge means the routsheet has the best options. It's all permitted and although it's sometimes possible to take a short cut it shouldn't be possible for that to reduce the distance below the nominal one.
I’ve done a few and really enjoy them, some more than others, I’m a tourist at heart and it’s a way to see some parts of the country I wouldn’t otherwise. I’ll sometimes ride with people I know, other times with those I meet on route and quite a lot of the time on my own. I’m glad of GPX, I’ll check any supplied file against the routsheet and use a track rather than a route, never had a problem. I see no principle in not using it, don’t understand that one? It was never meant to be a navigational challenge.
Have fun honesty, but be aware that they are all a bit different and it’s worth doing a few to get a feel for them. I think they have become more competitive in the last few years and that's OK, you don't have to get into it if it's not your thing. If I'm competing at all it's with myself, but usually the distance rather than the time is the challenge for me.

Re: First audax this weekend - Exeter

18 March 2016 - 12:23pm
I did this one a few years ago and it was very nice. I think it was the first year they used the canal café at Tiverton and there was some confusion as to where is was. The organiser had issued a route sheet but the directions to the café were not correct, they had then issued an amendment which was also not correct. There were groups of cyclist going back and forth in Tiverton looking for a cafe, in the end I gave up and went on to the next section.

I'm sure this will have been sorted out now and you will have a great ride on some lovely roads.

Re: Is it my road position?

18 March 2016 - 12:07pm
Reading all the comments suggests that more driver education is the answer, and probably for cyclists too!
As an Instructor ,we teach the children to take 'Primary' position where there are 'pinch points' and turns,although accept that young children, who have for years been told to beware of cars,may find this difficult.
Adults too, need to be aware of the guidelines for 'safe' cycling.
Compulsory re-tests for drivers every five years would help raise driving standards.
 
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