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Re: Brompton touring in Belgium

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 February 2016 - 4:59pm
Not Brompton.

Many main roads had a cycle path alongside and provision was quite good. Brussels was a bit tricky to get out of / onto the correct road. Its that bit beyond the centre but still built up, where your trying to find a specific road that's tricky.

If you need gas there's a Decathlon at Evere. There is a mountaineering shop nearer the centre that sells it too but I can't remember where.

Lots of big canals in Belguim.

Re: Deliveroo

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 6 February 2016 - 4:56pm
Tempted to apply for a job, then I'd be a pro cyclist!

Re: Slow riders?

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 6 February 2016 - 4:54pm
With my username you can perhaps predict my answer!
I've not got speedos on any of my bikes so don't know how slow I go. Slow enough to not want to join in CTC group rides, but I've found another couple of cycling groups which take a different attitude to riding. It takes me all day to do 55 miles on tour (camping, so well laden) but I also stop a lot to look round places and visit cafes... I must agree that it is nice that over the last couple of years I've got a fair bit fitter so get up more hills, faster. But I'm just not interested in audaxes, etc.
Horses for courses!

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 6 February 2016 - 4:48pm
Will be interesting to see the next update videos. Can't believe people were just driving around him lying in the road.

Re: The Poplar High St collision

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 6 February 2016 - 4:20pm
Christ. The bit that really made my heart stop was him squeezing through that gap between the bus and the parked car. The car may not actually have been aware that they had hit anyone. By the time of the collision they would have been looking ahead down the side road into which they were turning.

I think the combination of cycle lanes and stationary traffic is a recipe for disaster. They would have been safer cycling on the pavement.

Re: Air France no to CTC bag

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 February 2016 - 4:12pm
So what happened? Did they put you on another flight?

Re: Brompton touring in Belgium

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 February 2016 - 4:12pm
Not with a Brompton, but Belgium is a good place to Tour and you will find lots of general advice on this forum if you play around with the search function.

Once you get a general idea and have more specific questions there are many on here who will be happy to help

Air France no to CTC bag

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 February 2016 - 4:08pm
Just a quick warning to anyone flying with Air France that they would not accept my bike in a CTC bike bag recently when flying to Cuba. Worse still i had taken a cardboard box as well just in case but they did not make a decision until it was too late to re pack. I had been waiting with the bike for over hours since initial check in. I shall write to Air France to get a final rule from them and then post the result hear. Meanwhile someone we met flew with Air Berlin and he was able to ride to the airport and just give them the bike with the usual handlebars and pedal alterations.
Good luck all - Richard

Re: KNOCKED OFF AGAIN!

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 6 February 2016 - 3:38pm
Heltor Chasca wrote:I'm sorry Steve. I see bad stuff regardless of whether I'm on the bike or not. My Big Dummy has been wearing wideloaders this week and I'm pleasantly surprised how the 48cm extra width makes drivers pass carefully. In 'slim-mode' It doesn't seem to make a difference whether my daughter is on board or not.

I hope you get over the shock pronto and you heal quick. I'm glad you have found some traffic free routes. Hang in there...b

I used to take a carpenter's toolbox on the back of my bike, sometimes crossways. Didn't stick out any further than me, but drivers gave me a wider berth. Basically, some drivers out there are more worried about scratching their paintwork than knocking you off your bike and killing you. Bear that in mind and you won't go far wrong.

Re: SE Asia routes advice

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 February 2016 - 3:33pm
I can probably help. I've cycled quit a few times in Vn and also know other parts of SE Asia pretty well. I am on tour at the moment and may find time to answer some specific questions. I'll be happy to speak (phone) when I return to the UK in April. Message me then if you want.

In the meantime you need to decide some basics.
How long are you going for.
When, climate is important.
Do you like hills, do you really like hills.
What do you want to see eg culture, food, history. Reading a good guidebook can be the start of a route.

If you like big hills the NW circuit is unbeatable. Plus great scenery, a bit of history (Dien Bien Phu) and plenty of hill tribe colour.

The Ho Chi Minh Highway running from Hanoi to Saigon is a good way of doing an end to end and can include historic, cultural, war, etc in Hue, Hoi An and the DMZ.

Delta area completely different. Also worth a good look.

..................and I haven't even mentioned Thailand yet, one of the best all round places to cycle in the world.

As I said, I'm happy to answer specific questions.

Re: Wheel recommendations for credit card touring

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 February 2016 - 2:41pm
Rabbit wrote:I had a set of Harry Rowland wheels made up last year for a tour - and he was excellent to deal with and the wheels have been superb. Harry seems happy to chat on the phone for ages about what you need and answers emails quickly. He's a pretty well known name and has been making wheels for years. I think he charged me about £220 for some Mavic A719 rims with LX hubs and 36 DT swiss spokes. Been using them for 6 months and still absolutely true despite a few bangs and pot holes. You will probably want something lighter I guess...
+1

Re: Wheel recommendations for credit card touring

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 February 2016 - 2:35pm
beardy wrote:Then I would pay much more attention to the choice of tyres, which tend to make more of a difference than rims do.

I think that's right, unless your current handbuilts are cheap and nasty I suspect any gains are going to be marginal. I notice Steve Abraham converted to tubeless on his mileage attempt, seems to have liked them, so there's a bit to be gained there (If there is a problem you can still stick a tube in) Slightly wider rims that give a different profile are becoming popular, I haven't looked that closely so don't know if it's fashion or the theory holds up. If you stick with tubes you could go for really light ones and a quality pump and accurate pressure gauge, always having that right is going to make a difference.
Then the tyres, high mileage on good tyres gets expensive, but if money were no object I'l like to try these
https://www.compasscycle.com/shop/compo ... yuse-pass/

After that, just talk to a decent wheelbuilder and if they're not asking about your weight and usage, don't use them.

Re: Wheel recommendations for credit card touring

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 February 2016 - 2:17pm
Rabbit wrote:I had a set of Harry Rowland wheels made up last year for a tour - and he was excellent to deal with and the wheels have been superb. Harry seems happy to chat on the phone for ages about what you need and answers emails quickly.
He is like that, until there's a problem, then he really doesn't want to know, tells you it was a poor choice of components though didn't mention it when he took the money.

Brompton touring in Belgium

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 February 2016 - 2:06pm
My wife and I are thinking of a 4 or 5 day tour of Belgium using our Bromptons starting from either Brussels or Ghent. Does anybody have any experience of similar touring with Bromptons?

Re: Sardinia

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 February 2016 - 1:55pm
Not totally sure about what you're looking for, however I've been cycling Sardinia in the between 30SEP and 09OCT 2015 (HERE THE LINK), I've been relying exclusively on B&B's, very low season, prices in the between 30 and 40 Euros/night-1person, generally all of them definitely excellent. Good weather, superb climbing ... unrevalled scenarios. That's just to give you an idea of what you might expect, let me know whether you need gpx tracks, good luck !!

Re: Wheel recommendations for credit card touring

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 February 2016 - 1:24pm
mnichols wrote:- To be able to repair a spoke by the roadside should the need arise - let's not get into the whys and wherefores of that one and just say that I do.
- So availability of single spokes is also required - not a full set
- Take between 23mm and 28mm tyres, but mostly 25mm
- Cost less than £500
- Parts available around the world if I get stuck on tour


If you want to be able to replace spokes at the roadside then you need to carry the tools and be able to use them (although possibly you could use your chain as a chain whip). There's nothing particular to specific makes of rim — they all come apart in more or less the same way with the major issue being getting the rear sprocket off. I'm sure there will be plenty of helpful how-tos on the internet - try youtube.

I don't know how heavy your wheels are but I suspect that you're not going to make significant weight savings without sacrificing durability.

Spokes are basically pretty standard. If you're worried about availability of spokes then the best thing is to carry a couple of spares with you. Some people keep them inside the seat tube. If the hub or rim fails you'll need to get a new wheel built with whatever is available locally. Sealed bearings are very difficult to change without a bearing press (although you'd probably be extremely unlucky to ever need to change them on the road). The loose bearings used by Shimano are a lot easier to replace - should you ever need to.

Somewhere on the Sheldon Brown website there used to be a table of ideal rim sizes for particular widths of tyres. Unfortunately I can't find it. IIRC you need a 13mm internal width for the sizes you're interested in.

Re: Wheel recommendations for credit card touring

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 February 2016 - 1:14pm
Referring to being able to replace a spoke at the side of the road, then that knocks out any fancy lightweight wheel.
Spokes for special wheels will not be available at a normal bike shop. Although, I suppose, you could buy a few in advance if you wanted.
I personally go for Open Pro's but there are other rims available. Spa won't (or didn't) recommend the Open Pro's as they say that they can deform at the spoke holes. I've not had that problem on my rims but I have had them wear out. Having said that I have a pair of similar Mavics that are now 20 years old.
One of my Open Pro front wheel is 4 ozs (~100 gms) heavier than a front lightweight Ksyrium. So back + front will be 8 ozs heavier in comparison. The Open Pro front including lightweight tyre ~ 2lb.8ozs and the Ksyrium ~ 2lb.4ozs.
I found that a good weight saving was in the selection of tyres. Especially if you get a "folding" tyre but then the cost will also go up. I use Continentals which also have good puncture protection. (Some web-shops quote tyre weight for comparison.)
At my current weight (78kgs) I have no problems with either 36 or 32 spoke wheels and I have a selection of both.
As an aside, my Kysrium wheels are a joy to ride as they are light and stiff. Being stiff helps to put through the power but you do notice the ride is also stiffer. Another draw back is that they have bladed spokes and are easily affected by side winds so I only use them for best.

Re: Wheel recommendations for credit card touring

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 February 2016 - 12:52pm
I had a set of Harry Rowland wheels made up last year for a tour - and he was excellent to deal with and the wheels have been superb. Harry seems happy to chat on the phone for ages about what you need and answers emails quickly. He's a pretty well known name and has been making wheels for years. I think he charged me about £220 for some Mavic A719 rims with LX hubs and 36 DT swiss spokes. Been using them for 6 months and still absolutely true despite a few bangs and pot holes. You will probably want something lighter I guess...

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 6 February 2016 - 12:18pm
Steady rider wrote:Redrafting
In the event of road traffic accident, any drivers, passenger, registered keeper or person hiring a vehicle and failing to disclose or provide full information regarding who was driving or occupling a vehicle may be charged with obstructing the law and be imprisoned for up to 10 years if found guilty.

This may cover nearly any case from someone being killed to minor injuries. a court would decide the term/penalty depending on circumstances. There would be a strong incentive to disclose who was driving.

And a similar sentence for leaving the scene of an incident without going to the assistance of injured parties.

Re: Santander- Storing a bike box for a week

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 February 2016 - 11:43am
I'd be looking for a dependable hotel chain (Ibis budget, etc) with a bike store cage. If you book a room for either end of your trip you are unlikely to be refused if you ask if you can leave something there. Make a small hole in the box to allow you to lock it to something.
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