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Re: Sri Lanka

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 May 2016 - 10:02am
I was there Jan/Feb for a month. I then went back a week later, but had to abandon due to death of a friend. It was my 4th trip since 1980.

The Jan/Feb trip was to North and East.

Happy to answer any questions.

Re: Before Pulling In For Car - Indicate or Not ?

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 16 May 2016 - 9:56am
I realized out in the lanes yesterday that the time between my signal (which is usually a waving forward with the right hand rather than a left turn signal) and my pulling in/slowing down is more like half a second than two seconds. Really it functions as confirmation that what I am doing is deliberate rather than an indication of intention.

Re: Driverless cars in UK this year

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 16 May 2016 - 9:28am
A few weeks back there was a report of a driverless car in America colliding with a bus. The report said that the driverless car was coming out of a junction at 2mph and the bus (which had right of way) was travelling at 15mph - obviously the driverless car hadn't detected the bus.
Substitute a cyclist for the bus and you would have a familiar scenario.

Sri Lanka

I'm off for a month touring around the north and east of the island.

Anyone going to be there during July?
Anyone been there? Tips?
Any contacts on the island?

I've doing plenty of planning and blog reading.
B&B/ hostels. No camping!

Fly out June 26. Back July 23.

Thanks folks

Re: New Route Planner

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 May 2016 - 12:26am
gloomyandy wrote:with cycle.travel my routes all have the same name "cycle.travel" when I download them to a Garmin 520 using .tcx format. Is there a way to set the name of a route? Do I need to be logged in to do this? I really like what I've seen so far and will be testing the actual routes generated on the bike over the next few days.
If you save the route in Cycle.travel (you'll need to be registered) - go into "my [bicycle symbol]" > Journeys & make it private if you don't want the world to see it (it would be nice to have that as a save option ) - then the GPX/TCX you download will have that name.

Rick.

Re: New Route Planner

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 May 2016 - 12:09am
with cycle.travel my routes all have the same name "cycle.travel" when I download them to a Garmin 520 using .tcx format. Is there a way to set the name of a route? Do I need to be logged in to do this? I really like what I've seen so far and will be testing the actual routes generated on the bike over the next few days.

Kermess Races

Cycling UK Forum - Racing - 15 May 2016 - 10:07pm
My Summer Holiday this year will be in Zeeland and I was hoping to find some Kermess races to watch. Does anyone know of a website where they are posted?

Re: First cycle tour - kit advice

Do you know I never really thought of comparing things to rucksack sizes. We both have a pair of ortlieb panniers which IIRC make up 40 litres. Add in perhaps 7 litre bar bag and drg sacks on top of the rack in my case and you could easily end up with up to 120 litres between the two of us. Now In backpacking I got down to 20 litres on my own, 32 litres for about 3 or 4 days or 50 litres with 15 litre overload but only if I was doing over 7 days in Scotland in didgy weather without coming down from the hills at all. More often than not those 7 day plus trips never even filled the 5 litre sack.

So this makes me think even using a big tent (3 man with extended porch) instead of a micro tarp and bivvy we can easily ce with the load in terms of packing it in. I was talking with my partner about this and she told me to not be so silly, panniers and the top of the rack will be good enough and I'll have no problem with handling. She only ever used panniers, top of rack and bar bag. I just need a bar bag now but the ortleib ones are too expensive. I was wondering whether to get an Alpkit Stingray or possum frame bag and possible one of their bar bag bikepacking thingies instead of a bar bag. I could stash the sleeping bag and other stuff in that but would it affect handling much? My quilt is 690g but I could stash my sleeping bag in there as well which weights about 1kg. My bag and quilt combined are lighter than our other sleeping bags plus pack a lot smaller too.

I wanted to try a loaded ride today but coudn't get out. Only a 17 mile ride over local roads but some hills so a good test. WIll try another weekend. It'll be July when we go away I think so enough time for a trial.

Trailer is probably sensible but since we intend to take trains at some point I think it would be easier to leave the trailer at home if at all possible

Re: South Downs Way on a touring bike ??

I've done SDW several times on a MTB. On a dry day I would say it could be done on a tourer, although I wouldn't fancy it.
In the wet I would suggest it would be dangerous. I came off several times with knobbly tyres and lacked grip in some of the hills, even with those.


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Re: One bike for climbing, one for descending?

Cycling UK Forum - Racing - 15 May 2016 - 6:57pm
I thought Chris Froome did it in 2013, there was debate as to whether the mechanic should have been allowed to give him a push start, as he had elected to swap bikes but had no mechanical problems. Here's an article-

http://velonews.competitor.com/2013/07/ ... ial_295701

I've often wondered whether any bottles and clothing handed to riders at the tops of climbs are really just weights, to give them an advantage descending.

Re: Long touring without front panniers

FarOeuf wrote:, if you want to ride faster they're more aerodynamic, etc, etc....


Now, there is a lot which I agree with in your post, particularly in regard to having a choice being a good thing, and it's just a case of going with whatever is your preference. But I have to object to unsubstantiated claims to scientific fact.

I take it that your are assuming that, because the frame bag presents a slightly narrower front profile (sans rider, at least), that means it is more aerodynamic, but aerodynamics is not that simple. I could equally argue that, since an equivalent volume of panniers would be mounted further back (and crucially, behind the rider) and lower to the ground, then panniers would be more aerodynamic - there is a reason that fighter jets and fast cars tend to be wedge shaped.

And I would equally be making an unsubstantiated claim based on opinion, not fact. At the end of the day, any differences are going to be trivial, and dependant on the exact setup - and even the materials used.

I am not trying to be argumentative, I just think that spurious claims of 'fact' on a matter that is almost entirely subjective, does nothing to help matters.

Re: Agressive close pass Bath area

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 15 May 2016 - 5:07pm
As nice as the area of Bath and it's surrounds are, I've had more run ins with with anti-social idiots than much rougher parts of the country I've lived in. I'm sorry it happened to you and I hope it was just sunny, high jinx mischievousness rather than genuine maliciousness.

I'll swap a spin on your bent for being your security wingman [emoji6]

Agressive close pass Bath area

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 15 May 2016 - 4:55pm
As there are one or two locals here I thought it meet to post this. Was travelling along Monkton Combe village high street in a westbound direction at about 5pm this afternoon (Sunday May 15). No other vehicles or cycles in sight. I became aware of engine noise to the rear, glanced in my mirror to see a dark blue saloon car approaching rapidly from behind. Before I could react, the vehicle passed at speed with the passenger's left arm fully extended out of the window, either to steal my admittedly very cool hat, or to make a crude gesture. As the street bends and obscured my line of sight, I did not have time to note make or registration other than that the final letters were WPU.

Not really what you'd expect in the urban badlands of Monkton Combe (Harry Potter would find it very nostalgic) but that's cars for you I suppose, they go places.

I hope this was just a one off, but in case it's a serial offender I am recording it here.

Re: Janet Street Porter

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 15 May 2016 - 3:13pm
Bicycler wrote:Of course there are inconsiderate cyclists. Where did either of us imply otherwise? For that matter there are inconsiderate pedestrians. Inconsiderate cyclists and the infinitely greater danger of motor vehicles haven't yet made walking the streets anywhere near as unfeasible to the average person as cycling.

Covered in the Wiki article:

Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung considered indeed that "there must be some people who behave in the wrong way; they act as scapegoats and objects of interest for the normal ones

Re: Janet Street Porter

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 15 May 2016 - 2:38pm
reohn2 wrote:Bicycler wrote:ANTONISH wrote:IMO pedestrians often get the worse of things- being herded to inconvenient crossings and always having to be aware that the pavement may not always be exclusively used by pedestrians.
Nah, I don't buy that. Pedestrians are also victims of the tyranny of the motocracy but cyclists have it worse...
Absolutely spot on!
And it's a disgrace that it continues as it does,with cycling organisations(no names mentioned)folding meekly to the motoring bullies.
ANTONISH wrote:And there are no cycling bullies riding through red lights on pedestrian crossings and riding too fast on shared use paths or cycling on dedicated pedestrian paths ?
Of course there are inconsiderate cyclists. Where did either of us imply otherwise? For that matter there are inconsiderate pedestrians. Inconsiderate cyclists and the infinitely greater danger of motor vehicles haven't yet made walking the streets anywhere near as unfeasible to the average person as cycling.

Re: Before Pulling In For Car - Indicate or Not ?

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 15 May 2016 - 11:26am
Mainly I indicate before a left hand turn when being followed by a fellow cyclist. I will do the same with a car on a narrow road, mainly as a warning that I could be slowing. On single track roads, I will tend to pull in and stop without signalling to allow a following vehicle to pass. Sometimes I will wave a hesitant motorist to overtake when I can see the road ahead is clear, and I feel there is sufficient room for them to do so safely.

Re: First cycle tour - kit advice

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 May 2016 - 11:15am
bohrsatom wrote: I cycled up a very short 14% hill just fine but honestly the kinds of hills which could cause your front wheel to come off the ground will be too steep to ride up anyway!
Try cycling around Devon/Somerset! I just managed the toll road up from Porlock; the hill from Lynmouth to Lynton defeated me due to front wheel lift. But I agree such hills (>20%) are not common, and can of course be walked.

Re: First cycle tour - kit advice

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 May 2016 - 11:00am
We have a couple of kit threads in the 'too good to lose' section

This one is very detailed viewtopic.php?f=42&t=85590

This one is about minimising kit viewtopic.php?f=16&t=48438

Both threads have some disucssion and opinions about whether certain items are needed, benefits of some items, etc.

Of course, you also have bring stuff for the little one. My advice, for having done this with kids: bring something that will entertain the little one, despite extra weight. His favorite toys, an electronic gizmo (ipad?), whatever works best for him. Not too much; just a couple of things because sometimes, one parent needs to go use the loo, while the other one is cooking or setting up a tent or something.

Re: First cycle tour - kit advice

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 May 2016 - 10:52am
With two of you, you can share the load of tents/sleeping equipment/cookware etc which makes getting everything into rear panniers more achievable. When I go touring with my GF I have a 20L Alpkit dry bag on my rack containing the camping equipment and she has the 13L version with stove, cookware, etc. We don't take front panniers because I have a carbon fork, so no lugs, but even if I did the extra weight of a rack + bags is at least 2kg and that's without putting anything in then.



We don't have kids so if you did go rear-pannier-only I'm not sure you could find space for their stuff too. It might be a struggle but you can always try it and see. A trailer may give you the extra space you need.

In terms of weight distribution issues you will be fine. We rode 4 months using the setup described above with no real problems. I cycled up a very short 14% hill just fine but honestly the kinds of hills which could cause your front wheel to come off the ground will be too steep to ride up anyway!
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