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Re: Ross on Wye from Severn Bridge

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 hour 24 min ago
mattsccm wrote:The café is at the cycle hire place.
Or there is a poncy café at Beechenhurst, .

Would never have thought of it as poncy.......

...but they wouldn't serve me a glass of water for my grand-daughter.
Not because it was poncy Evian or anything; no, they were adamant the water wasn't safe to drink from the tap.

By the way, there's an even better café that's only recently opened in Parkend.
it's in the Post Office / Shop and they're lovely people that run it.

Re: Pity Me & Annfield Plain

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 hour 28 min ago
Now there's a dilemma......
ride on to Consett or tackle Peth Bank.

Re: Good B and B for cycling Norfolk Broads?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 hour 39 min ago
The GoldenEye cycling map of Norfolk is worth buying. It highlights all the quiet lanes and circular routes in the area. Although we've not toured the Broads, we've used it extensively in North and West Norfolk and done many day rides from Hunstanton using the map.

Re: Editing GPX routes (Solved)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 hours 24 min ago
You can also do this in the revised BikeRouteToaster.com

It is supposed to be possible to insert new Start and Finish points directly onto a route in BRT by just clicking where you want them to be according to the Help menu, but I couldn't get it to work so had to use this more long-winded procedure:

In "Edit Type" select "Section"

Then click where you want the new start point (say) to be then click again on the current start point.

Then select "Delete" This deletes the route between these two points but it still leaves a straight line route between them. To remove this you then need to manually drag the old start point to where the new start point is.

Select "Reroute"

Ditto to chop the end off a route.

Re: Does anyone want to cycle to Poland and Russia?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 hours 46 min ago
Ranger Darren wrote:I know this is a million to one shot but thought I would ask anyway:
I'm planning on cycling from the Forest of Dean to Kaliningrad which is the closest part of Russia at the end of May. My cycling partner that I was planning this with has unfortunately had to drop out. Therefore I'm looking for a fit cyclist capable of cycling unsupported for 100 miles a day for 12 days. I've cycled solo from Lands end to John o Groats in 10 days before so reasonably confident that I can do the 1200 miles in this time.

I'm currently training like mad and planning the route which should be reasonably flat from Calais onwards. The route goes through North France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Poland and a small part of Russia.

I wont bore you with any more details at this point but if anyone is interested or wants to know more then please let me know.

Thanks

Darren

Hi man, thinking of doing the same route this summer! (well I will be starting from London not the forest of dean) But I plan to cycle 80 miles on average per day. Rather than 100, as I believe 100 maybe a bit too optimistic for myself.

I'm only 18, and haven't toured any more than 205 miles before. However with that being said I regularly do lots of around 100 mile day rides and I feel confident in my cycling. In may / early June after my uni course I plan to do lots of training as well for the ride by doing long day rides around my area. I also have a London - Paris ride planned before I do London - Kaliningrad, as a test ride to try out all my touring gear (i.e. my new tent).

Because I've planned to cycle around 80 miles a day, this will likely rule the possibility of us cycling together out. However if you're interested though we can still share research and info for the ride. As it seems like we will be doing pretty much the same route around the same time. To briefly sum it up though I plan to cycle along side various National cycle networks in the UK going through the towns "Watford - Hertford - Harlow - Chemlsford - Colchester - Harwich" . Once in Harwich I will get a ferry over to the hook of Holland (to skip out the extra miles from France and Belgium)

From the Netherlands I plan to do: "Rotterdam, Utrecht, Arnhem" - (this is where I will follow the Europaradweg all the way to Kaliningrad)

I plan to set off at around late June maybe. I have already planned it and done some quite a bit of research, just need to get some maps for my GPS and buy a relevant map / book to help me get there. As well as booking my flight and applying for that 72 hour visa for Kaliningrad.

I don't think there's any way I can do in 12 days though man, I have already planned my days and I think expected to be in Berlin in 9 / 10 days not sure. And I may want to have a days break in Berlin. So that seems to be a lot slower than you plan.

when you planning on ridding it out of curiosity? and if you're not interested in slowing the pace down, would you wanna share some info on the ride if you have any? As I haven't had much experience with cycling in Europe so would appreciate it !

edit: i also plan to cycle it on a mountain bike

Re: Name the landmark

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 hours 56 min ago
Bicycler wrote:If you can see it in the mist.

You've been there …

Re: Pity Me & Annfield Plain

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 hours 17 min ago
If you are planning to use the old Lanchester valley line you could continue on till it meets the C2C just outside Consett..There's a good farm cafe near the Hounds gill viaduct and the ride from there to Anfield plain isn't too bad..Its a route that i ride now and again..Leaving Sunderland on the W2W as far as Stone Bridge just outside Durham,joining the Lanchester valley line to Consett, then C2C home..Mostly good paths...

Re: Name the landmark

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 hours 56 min ago
Mistik-ka wrote:Here's the legendary pub with a series of legendary — and sometimes a bit, um, earthy — female publicans:
Legendary Pub-1.jpg
It's a beautiful sight to see when the weather is foul.
If you can see it in the mist.

Re: Name the landmark

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 hours 58 min ago
Sorry Si I haven't got one in Crimson Lake
but here's a nice one in lined Black, must keep an eye out for her this summer ten I'll oblige the railway chaps with a nice pic


Much better in the black than the green, but still not CL!

I still dream of an 'O' scale brass kit of it.....one day, when I win the lottery.

Re: Bikes free on Italian trains Easter Monday

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 hours 8 min ago
Thanks for the info Helen if a bit specialist

Are you there now?

Or off on one of your interesting sounding trips?

It's all a bit pathetic to be honest though isn't it?

Especially when you consider that in the crowded London and South East you can take bikes for free outside peak hours.

And I've been on and led rides with 15 riders where we were all let on free even though the technical limit is less - they are generally very easy going.

Northern Rail also pretty good I think.

I can't remember the exact details but I think generally in Italy you have to either pay for your bike as virtually a separate person on a trip by trip basis or you have the option of buying a day pass for the thing.

In the bit of Italy I tend to cycle in the trains are very empty the majority of the time which makes the policy even more barmy.

Sorry - rant over - a beautiful country but my oh my.

I tend to think that the policy will change in time though when folk move on from car worship for several reasons.

Re: Name the landmark

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 hours 12 min ago
Here's the legendary pub with a series of legendary — and sometimes a bit, um, earthy — female publicans:
Legendary Pub-1.jpg
It's a beautiful sight to see when the weather is foul.

Re: Lazy drivers

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 hours 54 min ago
[/quote]Kinda like this perhaps?

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/forum/bo ... sted=0&v=y

Surprised nobody else has linked to it before. Maybe I missed the thread somewhere.[/quote]


Just like that except I was the bike (in my Volvo) and the van was the bike - if that makes sense?

Jon.

Re: Ortilieb Map Case fit the 5 series Bar Bag?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 hours 35 min ago
If you have press stud attachments you need this http://www.jejamescycles.co.uk/ortlieb- ... 39189.html
The newer bags ie Ultimate 6 use a lacing system for attachment so you need this instead http://www.ortlieb.com/_prod.php?lang=e ... adzubehoer

Re: Ross on Wye from Severn Bridge

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 hours 5 min ago
The café is at the cycle hire place.
Pedalabikeaway. 1/2 mile towards Ross from the Cannop cross roads. Nasty tea van at the ponds. Or there is a poncy café at Beechenhurst, the FC site about the same distance from the X roads towards Cinderford.

Re: Editing GPX routes (Solved)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 hours 10 min ago
Thanks for the extra suggestions!

Editing it like that sounds not so easy soton!!

Have updated first post to show the problem is solved and to add the solution for anyone finding this thread in future!

Re: Lazy drivers

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 hours 28 min ago
Hobbs1951 wrote:I agree with most of the sentiments on this thread, and would just like to relate this whilst I was driving recently (incidentally on my way to a ride some 25 miles away - bike in car).

Driving sensibly in my 28 year old bike hauler (a Volvo estate), I was on main road leaving a small town when I approached a side road and noticed three cyclists, the lead cyclist did not stop and rode out in front of me, I had to swerve to avoid, upon then driving past him I then became victim to a torrent of abuse (verbal and hand).

I stopped the car in a safe spot and confronted the"cyclist"; asking him if the situations were reversed - him driving, me riding - would he have driven out in front of me? He had nothing to say - actually I believe if you are one these"chancers", you're likely to have little respect for any road user - pedestrian, cyclist, motorcyclist...

Just a thought - and take care.

Jon.

Kinda like this perhaps?

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/forum/bo ... sted=0&v=y

Surprised nobody else has linked to it before. Maybe I missed the thread somewhere.

Re: Editing GPX routes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 hours 1 min ago
I've done what you want to do, but not without pain.
You open the gpx file with a text editor; on a Mac that would be TextEdit. Then you just delete the characters for the track section(s) you want removed, which characters will look a bit like this: <trkpt lat="34.36034000" lon="134.8384200">
<ele>382.00000</ele>
<time>2010-01-01T00:00:58Z</time>
</trkpt>
One of the requirements to do this successfully is, I think, to delete from the file complete 'quanta' or units of those lat/long/elevation etc bits of data. If you remove more or less than a complete unit the file will probably not display the track at all.
You might need a bit of trial and error to remove exactly the section(s) of the track you want removed, unless you know the lat/long/elevation etc of the start and end of the bit you want removed.
May the force be with you.

Re: Leyburn to Reeth

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 hours 45 min ago
Thanks Ben.
Reassuring to know that the road will almost certainly be open.

Re: Name the landmark

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 hours 45 min ago
Mick F wrote:Yep,
Spot on. Smeaton's Tower on Plymouth Hoe.

This is only the top bit as the rest of it is still on Eddystone Rocks, but I ain't taking my bike out there! Eddystone Light.jpg

Why not...

Re: Lazy drivers

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 hours 47 min ago
There is a system called the "Fleet Driver Risk Index"
It is a psychometric test for drivers that identifies traits such as impatience, risk taking etc and then educates the driver before allowing them on the road.

Arriva the bus company halved its accident rate using this system.
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