24 January 2017 - 4:12pm
Travellers' Tales: CTC's Veteran Triennial
The Veteran Triennial
In June 2016, Julie Rand took part in South West London CTC’s Triennial Veterans’ ride
24 January 2017 - 2:54pm
Travellers' Tales: Cycling Across the USA
Cycling coast to coast across the USA
Sandy D Franklin and husband Tim cycled coast to coast across America
23 January 2017 - 1:40pm
Cycling UK announces its new Chair and Vice Chair
Dan Howard
Cycling UK's Board of 12 Trustees elected Dan Howard as Chair of Cycling UK and Jaki Lowe as Vice Chair, at the Cycling UK Board meeting on Saturday 21 January 2016.
23 January 2017 - 12:17pm
Restoration problem
Mechanic adjusting the gears
I have a 1982 Mercian, which had a Regina 5-speed freewheel and double chainwheel until 2010, when the block fell to bits. The rear dropouts were 122mm or thereabouts. I had the stays opened out by a frame builder to 130mm to take a modern wheel, which it did perfectly. However, the chainwheels will no longer line up satisfactorily with an 8-speed cassette. On the outer rear sprockets, the chain line is so far out that it eventually pulled a side plate off the chain.
23 January 2017 - 11:38am
Saddlebag support
Mechanic adjusting the gears
I’ve bought an anatomical saddle after years riding on Brooks leather ones. It is comfortable but lacks eyes under the seat to support a saddlebag. I want these bag loops.
23 January 2017 - 11:32am
Double-leg cycle kick stand
Mechanic adjusting the gears
I am looking for a strong, stable but lightweight double-leg cycle stand. Can you recommend one?
23 January 2017 - 10:46am
Adjusting gears
Mechanic adjusting the gears
Is there a technique for setting the Shimano derailleur gears found on mountain bikes? With constant use, these gears often start to miss a cog or will not go in at all. I’m struggling to adjust them as I do not know which screw is which. Could they not be different colours?
20 January 2017 - 3:51pm
Better braking
Mechanic adjusting the gears
I have a Batribike 20 tricycle but am struggling to apply the rear brake effectively due to tenosynovitis in my left hand. This rarely causes trouble, except that I now live halfway up a steep hill and need to brake my trike fairly forcibly. In the last month, I have ridden the trike a lot in Holland where I had no trouble at all. Have you any helpful ideas?
20 January 2017 - 3:47pm
Shaft drive
Mechanic adjusting the gears
Are there any shaft-drive bicycles on the market today? I know several types were developed and sold in the 1890s and 1900s.
20 January 2017 - 3:45pm
Narrow-wide chainring
Mechanic adjusting the gears
On page 20 of the Oct/Nov issue of Cycle magazine, reference is made to mountain bike gearing ‘with a narrow-wide chainring’. I have not come across this phrase before. Can you explain?
20 January 2017 - 3:42pm
Diabetes and energy drinks
A doctor with a stethoscope
I’ve just had my annual blood tests done. The result was a slight impairment of glucose regulation. This did not show diabetes but could increase the risk in the future. This got me thinking about the energy drink I use (SIS Go Energy). Is this okay or should I consider changing? I don’t go hard and fast on my rides, generally a steady 50 miles at around 12.5mph.
20 January 2017 - 2:57pm
Slippery cycle path
judge's gavel and documents
I’m a member of Cycling UK and came off my bike while commuting to work. The bike slipped on moss-covered paving on a bike path as I moved aside for a jogger. I broke my left hip and did £400 worth of damage to the bike. Can I claim against the council?
20 January 2017 - 2:51pm
Friction shifting
Mechanic adjusting the gears
After the failure of a hub gear on a tour left me stranded, I’ve decided to go back to derailleurs. I want to keep things simple so I’d like friction shifters. But I have no idea what derailleurs, chain and shifters I need to work together. I have a 68mm BB shell and 135mm spacing at the rear dropouts. I’d like the gearing range to be roughly the same as a Rohloff Speedhub (which isn’t what failed).
20 January 2017 - 2:48pm
Wear's the problem?
Mechanic adjusting the gears
A new cassette and chain were fitted to my bike recently. After less than 300 miles, the 11-tooth sprocket is skipping, particularly under heavy load. My local shop said that it is worn and that I need another new cassette. I expected to get a lot more wear than that! They said that I should spin more in a lower gear but I want to use the highest gears. They have agreed to replace it free of charge, but is such early replacement reasonable?
20 January 2017 - 2:46pm
Rash decision
A doctor with a stethoscope
I am a 56-year-old touring cyclist. Although I weigh 17 stone and have type 2 diabetes, I was cycling 40 miles each weekend. I have stopped riding due to worsening intertrigo. It was diagnosed years ago by a skin consultant who prescribed Timodine cream. My current GP has stopped prescribing this. Apparently, the long-term use of steroids damages the skin. I wasn’t aware and have been applying Timodine liberally for years, as it is the only substance that relieves intertrigo.
20 January 2017 - 2:42pm
Five-speed turbo training
Mechanic adjusting the gears
Can a five-speed hub be mounted in a turbo trainer? The attachment of the gear cable on this bike enters the hub parallel to the chainstay, not axially as in some three-speeds. Also, I want to repaint the frame of my Nigel Dean as some rust is now appearing after 30 years. Do you know of an affordable way of copying the Nigel Dean decals?
20 January 2017 - 2:39pm
650B conversion
Mechanic adjusting the gears
I’m considering fitting 650B wheels to my disc-brake equipped Planet X Kaffenback, as its 41cm chainstays mean that there isn’t room to fit a mudguard over anything other than a very narrow 700C tyre. All the 650B rims and tyres I have seen seem to be more suitable for trekking or mountain bikes. Are there 650B rims and tyres more appropriate to a road bike, accommodating tyres up to 32mm and withstanding 100psi?
20 January 2017 - 1:50pm
Di2 destruction
Mechanic adjusting the gears
While out riding my Ultegra 10-speed Di2-equipped road bike, the rear derailleur sheared itself from the frame dropout and lodged itself in the rear wheel. On inspecting it, Madison (the UK distributor for Shimano) declared that this was not due to defective manufacture. As Shimano have stopped making Di2 10-speed derailleurs, I have had to spend £525 on an 11-speed drivetrain (rear derailleur, front derailleur, chain and cassette).
20 January 2017 - 1:45pm
Compensation denied
judge's gavel and documents
I was thrown from my cycle by a pothole and suffered a fractured cheekbone and a damaged shoulder. I attempted to get compensation via the Cycling UK Incident Line but West Sussex Council were able to deny any responsibility as they could prove they satisfied ‘statutory requirements’. This was that the road was inspected every month and that the defect was noted and repaired within a month. One of the questions asked was: is the pothole deeper than three inches?
20 January 2017 - 1:41pm
Tread on Armadillos
Mechanic adjusting the gears
I have Specialized Armadillo tyres on my own and my wife’s road bikes, and our Claud Butler tandem. I can boast of puncture-free riding over many miles. However, I’ve had four Armadillos that have shed their tread. I have not recorded the actual mileage but there appears to be plenty of tread left and I ride with correct pressures. My complaints to the retailer have been met with blank faces.
  • Patron: Her Majesty The Queen
  • President: Jon Snow
  • Chief Executive: Paul Tuohy
  • Cycling UK is a trading name of Cyclists’ Touring Club (CTC) a company limited by guarantee, registered in England no: 25185. Registered as a charity in England and Wales charity no: 1147607 and in Scotland charity no: SC042541. Registered office: Parklands, Railton Road, Guildford, Surrey GU2 9JX.

Copyright © CTC 2016

Terms and Conditions