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Re: Trailer Loading

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2016 - 10:25am
As earlier advice, put the heaviest stuff at the bottom and as close to the centreline as possible - definitely not all to one side - for very obvious reasons. Put it as far back as possible to reduce the weight on the hitch point. And live with it - there's nothing else to try apart from paying attention to the total load weight.
I currently have both types of trailer and I do find the Yak to be harder work. I'm often conscious of having extra weight to balance, particularly when dis/mounting or pushing. Not so aware when riding, but obviously the bike frame is still seeing these loads.
The yak is obviously better when width might be an issue, and although I haven't tried it I would expect it to be better on really rough ground.
I was surprised to read about your front wheel tending to lift. Yaks mount directly on the axle so shouldn't have this effect,
Unless you mean that it tended to lift if the bike was leant over a bit while pushing... I seem to remember something of the sort happening - the whole rig started to pivot around the rear wheel contact point and the handlebars with the result that the front came off the ground, but sideways. Does that sound about right?

Re: 20th March 2016 ride to Beacon Fell

Cycling UK Forum - MTB - 24 April 2016 - 9:44am
Simeon wrote:Old petrol Station on Church Lane in White chapel by Simeon Orme, on Flickr

You can see rest photos of the 20th March 2016 ride to Beacon Fell at this link http://www.southlakesgroup.org/march-2016/20th.html

I love this one.
That could actually make a great picture for the house.

Re: Poor maintenance

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 9:24am
It's the modern way, innit?
A while back I was in one of my LBS's when a burly young chap in his twenties wandered in with what looked like a fairly up market mtb wheel in his hand. It transpired that he wanted the puncture fixed, in time for the weekend...
The shop in question has what seems to be a profitable side line in bike cleaning...
Many bicycles aren't the trusty " get you to work and out with your mates at the weekend" steeds of former days. They are more like pampered pets, bought for lotsacash and spending most of their time away from home being chauffeured to choice venues at the other end of the country.

Pack extra patches and start collecting brownie points?

Re: Appropriate words of advice ?

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 9:16am
Funny old world! How easy to misunderstand someone's intentions. Had an incident years ago with a local copper, in my hang gliding days. Rushing off to go flying, with said kit on the roof rack, said copper in front of me flicked his lights on, put his hand up, and pulled into the lay-by we were just passing. So, like a good boy I pulled in, only to be shouted at that, as I was one of those mad bar stewards, and, was obviously desperate to go flying, he was just letting me past, as he wasn't in a hurry!!!!! Oh how the world has changed

Re: A ride in the Rockies

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2016 - 9:14am
Do make sure you have the latest addenda to your ACA maps. The info in them is very useful but does get out of date: I ended up doing an extra 20 miles to a campsite one day because a B & B on the ACA map had closed. For grizzly reasons wild camping is not advised.

Re: A ride in the Rockies

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2016 - 8:51am
That sounds (and looks!) ace. I've got the ACA maps for the Great Parks North route: will start day-dreaming over them again... Thanks!

Re: Bike friendly hotel Tours

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2016 - 8:38am
There are several cheap & cheerful right by the drop off point. Prebooked access is with your credit card.

http://www.martin07.demonweb.co.uk/EBE_ ... _Tours.PDF

Re: Is this Justice for killing some one?

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 8:34am
eileithyia wrote:In which case i would not have moved off and waited for the lorry to do whatever he was doing once the lights changed...... especially as a witness said there was insufficient room for a bike and a lorry to be side by side at the lights.... no point being in the right and dead..... sometimes you have to concede your road space to survive... or I'd have been dead several times over by now.

The trouble is, if he had done the same thing to a car in the left hand lane and killed someone, the legal result would have been different.

Re: Poor maintenance

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 8:31am
I wonder how much is due to all the zero maintenance kit we now possess. I remember a BBC programme that picked a newbie cyclist to train for an Etape. He broke a chain at one point and complained "I have a big complex car that only goes to the garage once a year - yet I have to service this (racing) bike every two weeks!"

I also had a 20-ish year old stop outside my garage as I was 'maintaining' a bike yesterday and ask I'd look at his bike as something had broken. He brought his bike round and basically it had been trashed purely from zero maintenance. The un-oiled chain had snarled the derailleur and broken the gear hanger and the derailleur arm, and the front brake was non functional simply because the cable had dropped out of the lever. No attempt at maintenance had even been contemplated.

Fortuantely I had an old MTB going spare which I swapped for his wreck - I wonder how long the replacement will last

Re: Bike friendly hotel Tours

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2016 - 8:23am
If you don't get a specific recommendation then try a site like booking.com.

I often use them when touring. You can sort on price, then look at each one for location on a map. You also get a reasonable description and photos so you can usually suss out if it will be bike possible.

Once you book you can then contact and confirm bike friendliness. You can usually cancel for no charge if you need to.

Poor maintenance

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 8:06am
I did a Sportive yesterday, the Tour of Pembrokeshire. Lovely day, nice ride, everything is stiff today.
But the overwhelming thing that I noticed yesterday was that a large amount of the people I saw, are either unable are can't be bothered to do even simple maintenance on their bikes.
So many people came past me, I'm not that fast, with rattles, creaks, strange noises and my pet hate, when it happens to me I have to sort it straight away, ticking derailleurs.
Just an observation, not having a rant, didn't spoil my day. No noise coming from my bike, apart from the huffing and puffing of the rider.

Re: What gilet for summer?

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2016 - 8:00am
Sweep wrote:Yes mountain warehouse do some good stuff.

I have a set of aldi synthetic thermals for nightime use, though won't be as warm as your woolnof course.
Wool isn't magically warmer than synthetics, it'll depend in large part how thick as warmth tends to be about air trapping, in turn about how much and how structured.

Pete.

Any such thing as an easyish N Portugal cycle camping tour?

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2016 - 7:59am
I would really appreciate some advice on a route and starting point for a not-too-demanding trip.
We will have about 12 days and we have to end up at Tui in Galicia just north of the Portuguese border. Average daily distance are likely to be pretty low! While we are experienced cycle campers we do seek out easy routes, we like mountains but have tended to take trains to high starting points so we are mainly downhill. We have kids with us but youngest now 12 so they're probably not the limiting factor any more... Bit worried about heat and hills...
We are planning to hire bikes so could have them delivered to a convenient starting point.
We like quiet routes, beautiful scenery and somewhere to camp.
Lots of useful info in this forum but any more advice would be greatly appreciated!

Re: Is this Justice for killing some one?

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 7:47am
In which case i would not have moved off and waited for the lorry to do whatever he was doing once the lights changed...... especially as a witness said there was insufficient room for a bike and a lorry to be side by side at the lights.... no point being in the right and dead..... sometimes you have to concede your road space to survive... or I'd have been dead several times over by now.

Re: What gilet for summer?

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2016 - 5:50am
Yes mountain warehouse do some good stuff.

I have a set of aldi synthetic thermals for nightime use, though won't be as warm as your woolnof course.

Re: A ride in the Rockies

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2016 - 1:00am
pal wrote:Thanks for posting this: very interesting!

I've been thinking of a ride round there, but was a bit put off by the Cycle article's comments about the amount of (motorised) traffic on the Icefields Parkway: could I ask how you found it?

I'd also be v. interested to hear about the route you took from Banff to Portland -- that's something I've been thinking about too!

I didn't find the traffic too bad though it was there all the time. Ironically I asked the warden of the hostel just before Bow Summit if I needed bear spray. He said "If there's bears around you'll see plenty of cars stopped looking at them" There were no cars around when that bear walked out. There's never traffic when you want it!

There's a couple of ACA ways of going south from Banff. The longer, harder and more scenic one goes through Glacier NP in the US from Castle Junction to Whitefish MT the other goes pretty much due S from Castle Junction via Radium to Whitefish; a bit less strenuous and marginally shorter. I went the more direct route last year because I rode through Glacier the year before when doing the Northern Tier. If it's your first time I strongly recommend the route via Glacier, the whizz down the Going To The Sun road is not to be missed. From Whitefish it was down to MIssoula then E to Clarkston ID and down the Columbia to Portland.The ACA maps I used were Great Parks North and Lewis and Clark Maps 6 & 7. I'm sure there's plenty of routes other than ACA but don't forget there's nothing remotely close to OS maps over here, distances are relatively huge and phone service can be iffy at best so you can go a long way out of your way. Some of the GPS stuff might work I wouldn't know.

This in Glacier NP on the way down from the Continental Divide in August.

Re: Advice / Touring Partner wanted for UK to Scandinavia!

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 April 2016 - 11:37pm
Hello,
well this is useful. i am cycling bergen to oslo at the end of june/start of july

Re: Is this Justice for killing some one?

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 23 April 2016 - 11:00pm
But we don't know that she filtered up the inside after he had stopped - she may have been at the light first. He wasn't indicating, and not looking properly (admits to tidying his cab), so not exactly paying attention. There have been several cases where lorry drivers have run over cyclists that have been in front of them. Not just lorry drivers, either.

Re: A ride in the Rockies

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 April 2016 - 10:56pm
Thanks for posting this: very interesting!

I've been thinking of a ride round there, but was a bit put off by the Cycle article's comments about the amount of (motorised) traffic on the Icefields Parkway: could I ask how you found it?

I'd also be v. interested to hear about the route you took from Banff to Portland -- that's something I've been thinking about too!

Re: Advice / Touring Partner wanted for UK to Scandinavia!

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 April 2016 - 10:05pm
I recorded all my routes so have all the GPX files if you are interested (from that you can figure out where I camped etc if you are bothered).

and to answer this, I would be interested in viewing the gpx files. Although, as you have already spent probably a lot of time replying to me (which i appreciate) don't feel like you have to.
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