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Re: Clocks go Fwd end march-Do you stop using commuting ligh

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 20 February 2016 - 3:02am
Lights are used year round on my commute. Doing 1400-2200 shifts mean a light ride and dark ride regardless of the time of year. Think I've had 10 minutes on the way home one night one summer where I didn't have my lights on, as soon as I got to the main road I stopped and turned them on.

Re: Making self seen, to oncoming traffic-in low bright sunl

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 20 February 2016 - 12:49am
RideToWorky wrote:What's the best way to Making self seen, to oncoming traffic-in low bright sunlight?
Wear black. There isn't a light bright enough to compete with the sun (and they're visual pollution anyway) so you might as well go for contrast.

Re: Pannier recommendations

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 February 2016 - 12:00am
Hello.
Last November I bought a pair of Red WP100 from fahrrad.de . Paid about 60 euros and used for 5 days under a strong rain without any problem. I am very happy of them.
ww.fahrrad.de/rcp-wp100-gepaecktraegertaschen-221087.html

Tommaso

Re: Making self seen, to oncoming traffic-in low bright sunl

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 February 2016 - 11:31pm
Apologies, I may have misunderstood your original question. I was assuming it was you who was riding into the sun. I guess it makes more sense if it's the oncoming motorists who have the sun in their eyes. In which case tatanab's suggestion might be the best.

Can you post a google streetview link of the particular junction.

Re: Clocks go Fwd end march-Do you stop using commuting ligh

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 February 2016 - 10:46pm
RideToWorky wrote:Hi All,

1st year I've gone through winter commuting by bicycle

Well done!

Re: Pannier recommendations

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 February 2016 - 10:10pm
Wiggle has some decent discounts on Altura panniers at the mo.

Poor display of product though - no pics of rear of panniers and I think Altura uses two different types of hook - I prefer the better R & K ones - so research on Altura web site needed.

Re: Battery recommendations (dynamo charging)

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 February 2016 - 9:53pm
I'm planning to use a Sinewave charger (although I haven't bought it yet) rather than an E Werk. I was seriously considering the E Werk but decided I probably wouldn't make use of the different settings as most gadgets (including cache batteries) seem to readily charge from a USB socket. Am I missing a trick.....would the E Werk be more efficient due to being able to alter the settings. Or would I need to maintain an unmanageably high average speed to make it viable?

With regards to a 6000mAh battery charging quicker than a 10000mAh one-do you just mean it will charge quicker because it's smaller......or are you suggesting that the smaller battery has different charging capabilities making it more suited to charging from a hub dynamo?

Re: Brooks Saddle Help!

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 February 2016 - 9:45pm
AaronR wrote:Thanks - they look good 'on paper' but was a bit worried about how the outer surface would wear as from their website pictures it looks like fabric moulded onto the saddle

I have a Cambium on one of my bikes - so far so good in terms of wear (none!) and comfort is fine - no problem if it gets wet. The bike it's on is a new one - all my other bikes except a Dahon folder have B17 saddles ... I "saw the light" about 4 years ago and converted

Rob

Re: Brooks Saddle Help!

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 February 2016 - 9:38pm
Thanks - they look good 'on paper' but was a bit worried about how the outer surface would wear as from their website pictures it looks like fabric moulded onto the saddle

Re: Clocks go Fwd end march-Do you stop using commuting ligh

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 February 2016 - 9:01pm
Well, I'm out of the door at 7:20am so it's a day by day decision (on how many to light up) these mornings based on how cloudy. I've got three sets of lights front and back - two used, third comes in if the batteries in one of the first fails mid ride in the dark.
"Be seen" rather than "Can I see" is my rule, so yes, keep them on.

Clock change will mean more dark AM and more light PM.

Re: Brooks Saddle Help!

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 February 2016 - 8:46pm
Hi Aaron. I've got a C17 on each bike. I'm a convert. Easy to clean. Happy to get wet and zero maintenance. I had an issue with loosening seat bolts which Brooks resolved with a fist full of bolts and advice on locktite. Well over 1K on both and still going well. Comfy and no run in time.

Brooks Saddle Help!

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 February 2016 - 8:42pm
Hi,

Had a long break from here after completing half my JOGLE trip last May, bike has been used for daily commuting and off road since, but soon to be replaced with a shiny Specialized AWOL

The stock saddle is the same (and fortunately) correct size for me, but as that was not quite comfortable enough for 100+ mile days last year I'm looking at alternatives

Is there anyone out there who has a standard Brooks B17 I could borrow for a week or so? I know they 'break in' to a certain degree, so one thats been used and broken in would be better than a shiny new one.. just want to see if they live up to their claims before shelling out for one!

My bike lives in the house, and behind my desk at work so unless it gets wet while riding will be well looked after, local to Southampton would be perfect, and more than happy to leave the cost of a new saddle as a deposit for its safe return

Anyone out there with one of the new Cambium C17 synthetic touring saddles I'd be interested in your views on their finish, ease of cleaning, and comfort compared to the originals - I know that well looked after Brooks saddles seem to live forever but as bike is used daily in all conditions wonder whether the C17 might be a wiser purchase

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

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 February 2016 - 6:37pm
UPDATE

7 days on from the first announcement about the Touring Cyclist Club and response, interest and feedback has been huge.

We have today created a new section on the website "Updates" that does just that - with more about the background and initial plan, together with all the comments received to date. Just go to http://www.touringcyclistclub.org.uk and click UPDATES in the top line menu.

If you've not been to the site yet - please do, and use the "I'm interested" and/or "MY ideas" forms to have your say - we also have a discussion Forum.

Rob & Dennis

Re: Video - Yet another cyclist a victim

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 February 2016 - 6:23pm
AlaninWales wrote:661-Pete wrote:May I take this opportunity to confess that I have run into the back of a parked car.

I think it was when I was in my teens. I wasn't looking where I was going.

In nearly 60 years of cycling, that's not too bad a record!
So have I. I was 13 / 14 and was adjusting my front brakes at the time!

So have I (and not as a child ), it's probably not that uncommon. I was cycling through Windsor Great Park, having never been there before, and just enjoying the scenery, turned a corner and cycled straight into the back of a parked car.

The front forks were a bit bent and the handlebars bent inwards, but I went on to join the London to Brighton bike ride and then ride back to Bristol, so the bike couldn't have been that badly damaged.

Re: Navigation - Garmin

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 February 2016 - 5:58pm
I've been using a Garmin 800 now for 2 years and its just about the best bit of tech-kit I have bought. I only really use it for navigation, and have set it up so its just the map which is displayed on the map page. I like the auto-zoom, and the ability to turn the topography off in the mountains (so you can see the route from the rocks!). The only real frustration I have had is with .gpx routes. When I send these to the unit's 'new files', they sometimes failed to go to 'courses' when the 800 was disconnected from my PC. I use BikeHike which I like, and now save the routes in .tcx format. The problem has now gone away.

Re: Clocks go Fwd end march-Do you stop using commuting ligh

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 February 2016 - 5:52pm
Mine are on no matter what.
DRL's on motor vehicles are here to stay so might as well join'em. Sure can't beat'em.

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

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 February 2016 - 5:29pm
robgul wrote:On the site you will be able to add your thoughts on the site's direction through the discussion Forum and I'm interested form links.
No I can't. It says I'm not human because I don't pass eye-tests! Please reconsider that. It's insulting.

Re: Clocks go back end march-Do you stop using commuting lig

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 February 2016 - 5:29pm
Paulatic wrote:I usually put my clock forward in the spring [emoji4]


grumble grumble.... details....
Have edited OP

Cheers
Martin

Re: Clocks go back end march-Do you stop using commuting lig

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 February 2016 - 5:24pm
I usually put my clock forward in the spring [emoji4]
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