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Re: Shared paths road works and red cyclist dismount signs

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 hours 29 min ago
It's saying "Yes we know it's in a cycle lane but we aren't going to do anything about it"

Re: Paris and Bike Security

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 hours 43 min ago
You'd have to check with each place individually. Quite a few apartment blocks in Paris will also have bike storage areas.

Re: Seeking advice on routes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 hours 30 min ago
Have you looked at European Bike Express?

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 hours 54 min ago
If you are not really keen on going to Holyhead, then don't. It has a long breakwater, Irish ferries and not much else, plus a direct line to there doesn't take in the best of Angelsey. South Stack cliffs are about the best feature in the area.
For a nice 40 mile ride, how about http://bikeroutetoaster.com/BRTWebUI/Course/759994 . This takes in Beaumaris plus the quiet backroads, a great traffic free lane across the Malltraeth marshes (great wildlife plus a cafe near the end), great views of Snowdonia and then back along the Menai Straits to Bangor.

Just a suggestion.

Re: Touring Asia

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 hours 9 min ago
I've cycled extensively in the SE Asia countries and a bit in China.

Your question is too big to answer in a simple post, as every country is different. I'd be happy to have a chat about it but I am in Chiang Mai at the moment. When are you leaving?

Also your route is a bit vague, how do you plan getting from Hanoi to Chiang Rai? What are you doing for bikes?

In the meantime there are plenty of entries in Crazyguy from people who have cycled the area.

Seeking advice on routes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 hours 5 min ago
Hi,

My 17 year old son and I are planning a bike trip this coming summer. I'm looking for some advice on routes.

We'll be going in June. We like some hills but not true mountains. We plan to be on the bikes for about 7-9 days.
So at 80 km/day, we can go 560-720 kilometers in total.

We're thinking about the following routes:

1. Take the TGV from Paris to Strasbourg, follow the Rhein
south to Geneva, and take TGV back to Paris

2. Take the TGV from Paris to Strasbourg, follow the Rhein
south to Basel, head west to Dijon, and take TGV back to Paris

3. Take the TGV from Paris to Strasbourg, France, go north to Stuttgart, and
then east to Munich.

Any thoughts on any of these routes? I'm open to other routes as well.

Thanks.

Re: Loampit Vale Roundabout, Lewisham

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 hours 23 min ago
I used to walk that way to school. Things have certainly moved on since the 60s!

Re: Bicycle tour in Andaludia, Pico Veleta + other ascents

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 hours 28 min ago
Hello !

THis shows 95% the route I cycled. THis was the plan and the actual route was only a little bit different.

http://www.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip ... e=embedmap

The map shows the 2nd part of my tour, that can be seen in my 2nd best of Andalucia video

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to write

Best regards,
Gabor

Re: Paris and Bike Security

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 January 2015 - 10:17pm
jamesgilbert wrote: AirBNB style rental where you can check beforehand if there's room for the bikes inside.

That's a top tip thanks as is the bike hire, is there an easy way to check space for bikes inside or do we message each individually?

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 January 2015 - 9:38pm
Good to know. Perhaps I will shoot them an email and see if that is the case.

EDIT:

Anglesey - this is the big question mark for me right now. I really don't fancy riding 60 miles as an out-and-back - so what are the 'areas' to see?

I want to start off by going to Beaumaris Castle...but thats basically 6 miles in the wrong direction sort of thing. http://ridewithgps.com/routes/6881027 Thats the plotted route also going to Holyhead, but I am not really looking forward to that part.

I can live with out going to Holyhead - Chester to Bangor more than makes up for the 25 miles from Bangor to Holyhead I would be missing.

I suppose I could make a beeline to Holyhead and back - and see if I have time to go to Beaumaris Castle. Might not have time to go in, but can at least get some pictures of it.

So - looking for route suggestions or should I just do the beeline to Holyhead and back?

Re: USA Tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 January 2015 - 9:13pm
Just an estimate of the mileage is 4000. I drove it 15 years ago, Mexico border to Canadian Border. I went along the coast to Orange County (south of LA) where I went over the mountains via Big Bear and out to Barstow, Vegas and on to Monument Valley on the way to Grand Canyon. Here I differed wildly from you (driving remember) in that I headed west through Zion National Park and out into Death Valley (only 110F in early April). The passes to Yosemite were still closed with snow so I looped around to San Francisco. From there I rejoined your plan by going up through the Redwood National Park and out to Crater Lake. From there, over the border to Washington State, up Mount St Helens and then northwards through Seattle and up to Canada. So this is just a heads up that it was about 4000 miles and in late March/early April there was plenty of snow over Big Bear, Yosemite and Mount St Helens. Grand Canyon is high enough that it was pretty chilly there as well.

Widlife should not be a problem. I lived in Seattle for a couple of years and near LA for one year. Down south I was told off by local riders because when we stopped I went to sit on a rock at the side of the road - they said not to do that because of danger from rattlers. Up north, even riding off road in the mountains the only bear I saw was a dead one in a ditch. I camped in places, but not wild camping so had no issues with needing to keep food etc away from the tent. Coyotes - I saw plenty, mainly roaming industrial estates just like foxes over here, they were not a problem.

The big problem I had down south was that I moved there in June from the UK. Midday temperatures made club rides very hard for me until I acclimatised. That sudden change from riding in 18C to riding in 40C was tough. North, around Seattle, the climate is similar to south coast UK except that we have a storm system push through whereas up there it can drizzle steadily for a couple of weeks.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 January 2015 - 8:50pm
I haven't been to Conwy Castle, but often at places like that, it's okay to leave panniers with reception.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 January 2015 - 8:15pm
Will take a look at both and see if I can schedule them in.


Now, my next question is a tricky one.

How safe is my bicycle if I chain it up near Conwy castle and go for a walk around? It'll have two Panniers on the back and I'll take the handelbar bag with me (with my camera/valuables) but is it safe/smart to find somewhere public to lock up the bike and go off for an hour or two into the Castle? I am thinking I will do this sort of thing a few times over my trip. But I am a little concerned over coming back to my bike and finding my bags missing.

I am not worried about my front wheel - you need an allen key to take it off (its not a quick release) but more concerned about the bags on the back. I have no idea if there is a bike rack (or something similar) near the Castle.

Any help or insight would be appreciated!

Re: New rail franchises for Scotland

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 January 2015 - 7:54pm
Well, they say there will be new rolling stock in 2018, which may or may not take fish ... or bicycles.

Re: Loampit Vale Roundabout, Lewisham

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 January 2015 - 7:46pm
nope...and the ped paths are closed. In fact if i want to cross the road to the shops I have to walk 200-300 metres east...cross then walk back.

Re: USA Tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 January 2015 - 7:38pm
I'd suggest starting late April/early May. To get to the Grand Canyon from San Diego you need to cross either the Sonoran or Mojave desets. Riding east from San Diego in mid March I was hitting temps in the high 90sf. On the other hand if you go earlier then it's too cold further north or higher up - like the Grand Canyon rim..

Desert temps. (top) and Grand Canyon temps (bottom).

https://weatherspark.com/averages/29776 ... ted-States



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https://weatherspark.com/averages/30349 ... ted-States

Re: Loampit Vale Roundabout, Lewisham

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 January 2015 - 7:31pm
Is there no way of totally avoiding the roundabout?

On my driving route into work I have to cross a roundabout where the A57 crosses the A61 - with a side road thrown in for good measure. That has three lanes going around it but it doesn't have blind corners on it. I have seen cyclists on it but I think of them as being mad. When I ride into work I can change my route slightly to avoid it quite easily.

Re: Loampit Vale Roundabout, Lewisham

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 January 2015 - 7:09pm
yes it opened on monday as part of an attempt to remove the old roundabout.The inside 2 lanes are left hand turns with only the outside lane(3) being straight on...
So for example yes cyclist (10mph) cuts across traffic moving at 40mph to go straight on... rounds blind bend in primary....yes i think you know whats coming....speeding car in 3rd lane comes round blind bend and takes out cyclist...
Red paint might help just to let cars know where the kill zone is if they put there foot down...
I'll try it again tonight (when its empty at 2am) and lit up like a supernova to recheck.

Re: Female Cyclist Death In North London

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 January 2015 - 7:07pm
I passed the scene a few minutes after the emergency services had got there. I'm not going to give my view or apportion blame or comment on what did or didn't happen until the coroners report has been published BUT would like to say that that corner is a particularly nasty one.
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