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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]

Re: pressing for assault and dangerous driving

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 February 2016 - 4:59pm
Bonefishblues wrote:I'm assuming that your interview wasn't recorded?
I told the person at the time to listen back to how they spoke to me, he said the call isn't recorded, how convenient.
I wrote down what I remembered straight after because I was and still am extremely angry.

The inspector rang today "how can i help" was his opening gambit, that was it... Okay so i can see how this is going to play out already and being so concerned he offered for me to come over to the station at 10pm as he was on night shifts.
I declined and said I would wait until the 29th and come over at a normal time.
Frankly this has blow me off written all over it.

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

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 February 2016 - 4:44pm
Stop using commuting lights? It will be a long while before its light for my commute, but since I run Dynamo lights, I just leave 'em on at all times...

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

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 February 2016 - 4:36pm
Thanks Vorpal,

BTW, I've got the cyclecraft now, thinking about it!
Will investigate what the book says

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

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 February 2016 - 4:07pm
RideToWorky wrote:Norman H wrote:Is this a technical issue?



Admin, any chance of moving this post into "on the road" at some point? No rush

sorted

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

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 February 2016 - 3:38pm
Norman H wrote:Is this a technical issue?



Good point Norman,

My bad, I simply posted to wrong area.

Admin, any chance of moving this post into "on the road" at some point? No rush

Regards
Martin

Re: Pannier recommendations

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 February 2016 - 3:21pm
In fact, they're now being distributed by a uk based company on eBay for £51.99 with free postage.

Re: Sold secure gold D lock

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 February 2016 - 3:04pm
Tangled Metal wrote:I don't have the link but it was a quick Google search. I'm too lazy to go beyond page 2 and most often page 1 so it should be easy to find. IIRC it's London cyclist or one of the magazine/commercial forum reviews where they use a retired, unnamed bike thief to test the locks. If it helps the site boasted that they've never failed to break a lock. Something about having the expertise of professional bike thieves.
Maybe http://www.lfgss.com/conversations/144109/ - they don't rate the Eiger because it's only 13mm.

Sold secure IMHO is not to be relied on. Look to the foreign standards and rely on them, not sold secure which is really an insurance scheme. I think the German or Dutch standards carry out more severe tests than sold secure.
I've seen German manufacturers (Trelock for sure) using SoldSecure recently. Is it because it's easier to get? I don't trust SoldSecure which seems outdated to me now. I look for reviews and if it really matters, buy two locks and video yourself attacking one with bolt croppers and electric cutters and so on. If it fails too easily, return the other as not fit for purpose, linking to the video if challenged, or more simply within the Distance Selling Regs time limit.

Re: Pannier recommendations

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 February 2016 - 2:50pm
Ive been using Crosso Dry panniers for the past few years. Not so well known as some other brands but they've served me very well on several trips to the continent. These are the cheapest ones they do but they've been 100% waterproof and 60litres per pair is ideal for me. Don't be put off by ordering them from Poland, their customer service seems excellent. I think mine cost around £60 including postage.
http://crosso.pl/en/produkt/dry-60-3/

Benidorm ....Cycle hire.....

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 February 2016 - 2:30pm
Me and the lads are doing our annual trip to Benidorm next week.......Note, three of 'the lads' are Grandads and one is 68....

We hired some bikes last year....very last minute, no research into it, hence we ended up with some badly maintained heaps.

Has anyone here got any first hand knowledge of a decent bike hire outlet in Benidorm ? I've had a quick Google and 'Marco Polo' springs up as a likely place, but it would be nice to hear from someone with a recommendation.

We hit 'The Triangle' Karaoke club in Benidorm next Thursday....and should be on stage for 9:00PM......

How could you possibly miss it ??.......

Re: Most Annoying and Potentially Dangerous Motoring Manoeuv

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 February 2016 - 1:52pm
nosmarbaj wrote:Both when driving and cycling, it seems to me it is generally safer to stick to the legal priorities as defined by signage and road markings - this causes less confusion. There are exceptions of course, especially in heavy slow-moving traffic, but generally I don't cede my priority, and don't expect others to do so for me.
What I feel causes more confusion is where the signage and road markings are contrary to normality and good sense for no obvious reason, except perhaps highway authority foolishness, such as a side road's give way jutting into a cycleway continuing straight across its mouth. I'll gladly take priority in those cases when offered - and it usually is, as most motorists and cyclists here are kind to each other, else traffic in our medieval town would never work.

If you don't want priority (such as the person giving way blocking your view of another lane potentially continuing), then signal "no, after you" rather than abusing someone trying to be helpful!
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