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by AndyHenderson
30 Aug 2020, 9:52am
Forum: Cycling UK Topics and Discussions
Topic: Should local groups break away?
Replies: 27
Views: 2525

Re: Should local groups break away?

gaz wrote:Well done for getting bums on saddles and showing that there are things MGs can do to encourage and support new riders.


We also run an easy ride programme (which is how I got into cycling) and we support 'elevenses rides that allow people to participate in main rides - and the socialising at elevenses - without having to worry about pace and without the main ride leader(s) having to accommodate slower riders.

We were planning to run another of our Cathedral Ride series this year (https://portsmouthctc.org.uk/cc) - they are a great way to introduce people to cycling. Sadly the rides couldn't happen but, hopefully next year...

So, we have no difficulty recruiting new members and several routes into cycling for newbies.

Andy
by AndyHenderson
30 Aug 2020, 9:42am
Forum: Cycling UK Topics and Discussions
Topic: Should local groups break away?
Replies: 27
Views: 2525

Re: Should local groups break away?

PH wrote:That looks an excellent project Andy, though like Gaz I thought the requirement to join CUK didn't apply to Community Cycle Clubs.


It may not, but it does apply to informal member groups which have to abide by Cycling UK and our local guidelines.

Andy
by AndyHenderson
29 Aug 2020, 5:21pm
Forum: Cycling UK Topics and Discussions
Topic: Should local groups break away?
Replies: 27
Views: 2525

Re: Should local groups break away?

CCC's and Member Groups are not mutually exclusive.

We set one up as an informal member group (as defined in the member group guidelines) run by our volunteers. Riders still need to sign up to Cycling UK but the CCC has its own, local identity. More here: https://www.portsmouthctc.org.uk/wccc/

This has been very successful and continues to do well (albeit via 'pop-up' rides during the epidemic) after two years. Several members have gone on to join our main rides and two have become main ride leaders.

That's in stark contrast to all the local ones set up by Cycling UK without reference to us. They all foundered as soon as the National Lottery money dried up.

Andy
by AndyHenderson
24 Apr 2020, 5:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Does carbon fibre creak?
Replies: 7
Views: 404

Re: Does carbon fibre creak?

Thanks for the replies. Not sure whether to be reassured, or not.

Re: quick release - first thing I checked. I know where to look for creaks, I'm just worried the frame might be damaged.

Andy
by AndyHenderson
24 Apr 2020, 11:21am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Does carbon fibre creak?
Replies: 7
Views: 404

Does carbon fibre creak?

I went over a nasty pothole recently - double puncture and a torn tyre. Somehow managed to stay upright.

Ever since I've had a continuous creak when pedalling. I can reproduce the creak by pressing down alternately on the left and right pedals. The creak seems to be coming from the down tube.

Now, I know there are plenty of reasons why a crankset can creak. I have a SRAM Force 1, and they're apparently notorious for creaking. I also know that sound can 'travel'. My concern, however, is there might be damage to the down tube and that the pedals are exerting a twisting action on it which results in the creak and might eventually cause it to fail. There's no cracks that I can see. Is it possible for carbon fibre to creak in this way?

Andy
by AndyHenderson
24 May 2018, 11:40am
Forum: Cycling UK Member Groups and Affiliates
Topic: Is it just us, or do other groups find it difficult to get responses?
Replies: 13
Views: 9469

Re: Is it just us, or do other groups find it difficult to get responses?

I had no problems getting responses to emails until everything went quiet. It turned out that Cycling UK's email system had decided I was a spammer and was (silently) binning my emails. Once that was fixed, normal service resumed.

Andy
by AndyHenderson
11 Nov 2016, 2:42pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Thank you Havant CTC group
Replies: 7
Views: 2412

Re: Thank you Havant CTC group

Sorry it's taken a while, but I've managed to identify the two people involved and I've passed on your thanks.

Andy Henderson
Secretary, Portsmouth CTC
by AndyHenderson
19 Jul 2016, 10:36am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Phone Holder \ GPS Computer
Replies: 9
Views: 669

Re: Phone Holder \ GPS Computer

The elastic band is not phone specific but, if it helps, I use a Motorola G third generation.

Andy
by AndyHenderson
18 Jul 2016, 5:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Apps that can update tracking online
Replies: 1
Views: 328

Apps that can update tracking online

At Portsmouth CTC we've developed a simple tracking service that allows members to record their position online and see the position of others. You can read more about it at: http://www.portsmouthctc.org.uk/how-to- ... -tracking/

I'm aware there are other services that do the same job, but it wasn't hard to develop our own and we've been able to implement some features specific to our kind of riding, manage access control, and provide the service at no cost to our members.

We've been using the service on Android phones running OsmAnd. This works very well. In particular the trip recording plugin provides a service to update our web site with the rider's current position while they are still riding. It does that by allowing us to provide a URL with placeholders for information including: time, latitude and longitude.

Although there's a version of OsmAnd that runs on Apple devices, the IOS version of the trip recording plugin doesn't provide the same facility for online tracking.

Do you know of an IOS app that does provide that capability? We are aware of built-in and third party apps that will work with their own web sites, but we're looking for one that can integrate using a customer-provided URL. We've done our own research online, but the web sites seem reluctant to provide details about how their apps work.

Andy
by AndyHenderson
18 Jul 2016, 5:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Phone Holder \ GPS Computer
Replies: 9
Views: 669

Re: Phone Holder \ GPS Computer

FWIW I use one of these: http://getfinn.com/en/.

It's a lot more stable than it looks.

Not as easy to mount your phone as the one you linked to but considerably lighter and cheaper.

The first time I used it, I was dead worried about over-stretching it but after quite a few rides it no longer bothers me.

Andy
by AndyHenderson
19 Oct 2015, 11:11pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Comment piece in Telegraoh on behaviour of cyclists
Replies: 21
Views: 1516

Re: Comment piece in Telegraoh on behaviour of cyclists

I think the author might have read this...

https://aseasyasridingabike.wordpress.c ... -bicycles/

She's certainly keeping to the script.

https://aseasyasridingabike.wordpress.com is a very thought-provoking blog, BTW.

Andy
by AndyHenderson
14 Sep 2015, 11:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Question aimed specifically at male cyclists!
Replies: 34
Views: 2222

Re: Question aimed specifically at male cyclists!

FWIW I use unpadded bib tights over padded shorts in colder weather. Works well for me.

Andy
by AndyHenderson
7 Aug 2015, 2:38pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Full Mudguards for Disc braked Bike
Replies: 16
Views: 2481

Re: Full Mudguards for Disk braked Bike

My solution was to create my own stand-off for the mudguard stay on the disk brake side. I threaded a long bolt through the mudguard mount from the inside out. This resulted in a screw thread sticking out past the disk brake. I then threaded several nuts onto the screw thread until the last nut was protruding beyond the disk brake. I then secured the mudguard with washers and another nut and adjusted the mudguard position to fit around the tyre.

Filing the bolt to length and wrapping with insulating tape finished the job.

Meant I could use standard mudguards with only a small amount of bending required.

Andy
by AndyHenderson
28 Jun 2015, 8:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Grippy tape for handlebar accessories
Replies: 11
Views: 881

Re: Grippy tape for handlebar accessories

I use handlebar tape off-cuts where I can (it's a lot thicker than insulating tape!). Nice and grippy.
by AndyHenderson
8 Jun 2015, 12:23am
Forum: Cycling UK Topics and Discussions
Topic: What's happened to the 'CTC' shop
Replies: 25
Views: 4791

Re: What's happened to the 'CTC' shop

The CTC shop has disappeared from the national web site. Although the shop site appears to be active - it isn't. When I asked, I was told by someone at National that the CTC shop is not coming back again and that, instead, National is negotiating a discount for CTC members in the Wiggle shop.

I've asked a couple of times that members/member groups be told what's happening (since we, for one, were embarrassed to be over-selling the benefit of CTC membership) but nothing's happened so far.