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by gordy
14 Jan 2014, 10:19am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Not enough women on the forum
Replies: 344
Views: 22143

Re: Not enough women on the forum

I'm with Claireysmurf.

Why? because of all those innocent, dismissive... "What's the problem?" and "What's your problem?" posts in this thread.

Too many clueless dinosaurs on here.

Goodbye CTC forum; hello 21st century cycling communities.
by gordy
10 Jan 2014, 3:30pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Not enough women on the forum
Replies: 344
Views: 22143

Re: Not enough women on the forum

The tone of this forum, IMHO, is unrelentingly pessimistic and negative, and I think that it puts people off, especially women. If you browse American fora such as the Adventure Cycling Association or Bike Journal you'll see a difference. There are very few people banging their drums. If you have a ...
by gordy
22 Dec 2013, 11:27am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Northern Ireland cycling on the rise
Replies: 5
Views: 10302

Re: Northern Ireland cycling on the rise

Good news! Brilliant work by many, I expect.
by gordy
20 Dec 2013, 7:26pm
Forum: Cycling UK Topics and Discussions
Topic: Ten thousand new members in 2013 - congratulations!
Replies: 22
Views: 119676

Ten thousand new members in 2013 - congratulations!

Well done to the CTC team.
Keep up the good work.

Here's to an even better 2014.
by gordy
20 Dec 2013, 7:25pm
Forum: Cycling UK Topics and Discussions
Topic: Grand Draw 2013
Replies: 8
Views: 121625

Re: Grand Draw 2013

Fifty six thousand tickets sold! That's amazing.
Well done to the team.

I bought my tickets and wish the lucky winners well. :D
by gordy
7 Dec 2013, 8:35pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Living in the past?
Replies: 61
Views: 3056

Re: Living in the past?

Hmm. I recall endemic racism and sexism. The fifties and early sixties were ok if you were a white bloke in a job, but grim for many other people. Remember all those smart, smart women destined to be secretaries or nurses? The world (and specifically the UK) is a much better place than it was then. ...
by gordy
4 Dec 2013, 5:22am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Ryanair Cycle Carriage fees
Replies: 4
Views: 3338

Re: Ryanair Cycle Carriage fees

Ryanair are very good with bikes, IME. You book a bike at the same time as you choose luggage options and it's easy. They take 20 or more on some flights.
by gordy
2 Dec 2013, 10:22pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Next cycling fatality / serious injury
Replies: 24
Views: 7376

Re: Next cycling fatality / serious injury

I'm not really fussed about what other cyclists wear or whether they have lights. It's none of my business.
by gordy
1 Dec 2013, 1:08pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Crossing europe - need some tips
Replies: 35
Views: 60950

Re: Crossing europe - need some tips

Internet access is everywhere. I was touring in Poland/Ukraine/Kaliningrad earlier this year and the easiest access was in McDonalds restaurants.
by gordy
19 Nov 2013, 8:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Magura Hydraulic Rim Brakes
Replies: 48
Views: 6751

Re: Magura Hydraulic Rim Brakes

I have toured with Magura hydraulic rim brakes for several years. Compared to my previous V brakes, I'd describe the stopping power as sensational. They are OK to set up, IMHO, but you need to refit a wheel whilst the tyre is deflated and pump it up afterwards. The are not complicated and can be adj...
by gordy
11 Nov 2013, 8:56pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Pannier questions
Replies: 44
Views: 30522

Re: Pannier questions

In my first few years as a long-distance tourer, I wasted money on Vaude, Karrimore and Altura panniers.... and mucked about with leaks, raincovers and broken clips.

Then I bought Ortlieb.
by gordy
11 Nov 2013, 7:26pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Commuter – Bicycle Light - University survey
Replies: 12
Views: 2667

Re: Commuter – Bicycle Light - University survey

Two things; As above, I am not convinced that safety is either a problem or a huge concern. However, peddling "safety" to the cycling community is a good way to sell accessories and new products. Ho hum. As with your other surveys, could I suggest you have a quick look at the cities and co...
by gordy
4 Nov 2013, 9:20pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Who has the right of way?
Replies: 38
Views: 3391

Re: Who has the right of way?

andymiller wrote:
geomannie wrote: and I am genuinely unclear about how to use it, other than to do the sensible thing and give way to pedestrians.


You knew the answer all along.


Agreed! But some cyclists would reach for the Airzound, unfortunately. :oops:
by gordy
4 Nov 2013, 5:48pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Who has the right of way?
Replies: 38
Views: 3391

Re: Who has the right of way?

There's a sentence in the current Highway Code (P34 IIRC) that states clearly "you do not have right of way in any circumstance." That applies to drivers, cyclists and horseriders. Pedestrians already on the carriageway do have right of way, as I understand it. But it is all ignored due to...
by gordy
2 Nov 2013, 12:31pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: An average day in the life of a touring biker?
Replies: 32
Views: 72421

Re: An average day in the life of a touring biker?

My preferred day on the road is from dawn 'til dusk. Or from dawn 'til I'm too tired to go further. A thousand miles in ten days is satisfying, although more recently my speed has dropped to a thousand miles in twelve or thirteen days. :( By riding alone, it is easier to go further, IMHO. I hate the...