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Re: Pennine Cycleway

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 hours 13 min ago
honesty wrote:There is also the possibility that Richard Fairhurst is talking about the Pennine Bridleway national trail, for which from the their website a mountain bike is recommended.
No, there isn't. I am talking about the Pennine Cycleway. If I wanted to talk about the Pennine Bridleway I would use the word "Bridleway"!

Re: Pennine Cycleway

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 hours 15 min ago
Thanks all for the information.
I have done the TPT a couple of times. First time on a hard tail MTB and second on a hybrid with MudGuards fitted.
The Woodhead section was fine on both although walked a few yards on the rocky bit with the loaded hybrid.

For some strange reason I get towards the end of the year and realise I haven't done much then decide to get my finger out. November isn't the best time of year for Pennine routes but on the other hand it does give an extra dimension with the shorter days and possible poorer weather.

I intend doing it over 3 separate weekends. Derby to Hebden Brdidge, Hebden Bridge to Appleby (both 2 day weekends) then Appleby to Berwick, 3 days. I am trying to balance getting some distance done but also being able to stop and see things and enjoy rather than some of the head down days I have had in the past where it was just about getting to the end point.

If all goes well the intention would be to do it with other people maybe next spring...
I don't have a problem deviating from 'official' routes where it makes sense at the time.

Thanks again..

ps what mapping web site?

Re: Short Duration Norfolk Trip - Baggage Courier

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 hours 19 min ago
Cheers Ian. My experience of zig-zagging along my local roads tells me that, before long, the only thing suitable for even commuting will be a full suspension MTB.

Re: Short Duration Norfolk Trip - Baggage Courier

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 hours 45 min ago
MickH wrote:I'm planning a long weekend in North Norfolk ...
If North Norfolk is anything like South Norfolk, make sure all the bolts are done up tight on your bike ... ready to be shaken like a mad thing by potholes and badly repaired roads. Same authority so may easily be as bad as South Norfolk. I find I'm avoiding the repaired potholes as well as the many un-repaired ones.

Ian

Re: Pennine Cycleway

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 hours 53 min ago
There is also the possibility that Richard Fairhurst is talking about the Pennine Bridleway national trail, for which from the their website a mountain bike is recommended.

Re: My second tour (I made it)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 hours 26 min ago
from my house I can get to wales via the wirral way up towards 2 mills,
where then I can join another cycle route along the coast,avoiding all hills , 1st time and all want be nxt year now though.

Re: Modern bikes is ugly, innit

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 hours 11 min ago
Also black stuff can just have shorts and a shirt added and looks OK - whereas glimpses of primary colours (peeking out or just showing through) doesn't...

Re: Getting to Scandinavia

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 hours 11 min ago
Mm

So environmental rules were the problem.

Rather makes you wonder if air transport is subjected to similar/equivelent obligations.

I was very sorry to see the Hamburg Cuxhaven route disappear rather a lot of years ago - referred to in that article.

Re: Short Duration Norfolk Trip - Baggage Courier

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 hours 24 min ago
RickH wrote:If you've not already sorted dates & route there's an organised Tour de East Anglia, early May bank Holiday weekend next year (1st-4th May).

Rick.


Heh £370 the people from Suffolk/Norfolk not that silly then. I would only want to spend £100 tops, but then I live in London now and know the value of money when u dont have it.

Re: Short Duration Norfolk Trip - Baggage Courier

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 September 2014 - 10:51pm
If you've not already sorted dates & route there's an organised Tour de East Anglia, early May bank Holiday weekend next year (1st-4th May).

Rick.

Re: Short Duration Norfolk Trip - Baggage Courier

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 September 2014 - 10:44pm
Baggage courier in North Norfolk... That might be some sort of new fangled foreign type of invention that those suffolk folk use down south. Someone told me that they have only recently refitted the road signs around Walsingham that were removed during ww2 in case of a German invasion!

Ps. I know I've not been any help so I hope someone sensible comes along to answer you soon

Re: French Alps - recommended places...?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 September 2014 - 10:10pm
The nicest town with access to lots of great and famous climbs is St Jean de Maurienne. It's at the foot of the Croix de Fer which you can climb directly and also via the Col du Mollard nearby. The Col du Glandon is just up the road as is the Col de la Madeleine too. Don't miss les lacets de Montvernier
http://www.maurienne-tourisme.com/fr/il ... rnier.aspx. It's not long but you can continue to the Col du Chaussy although it's a bit dull after the first part. The col de l'Iseran is also doable but it is a very long day, but there is a local train to Modane (no need to book) which makes it a comfortable day. Col du Mont Cenis is a longish day direct from S J de Maurienne but again is easy from Modane. Not only all these , for the Col du Galibier is not far either and you get to climb it from the north side via the Col du Telegraphe which is the tough way (the south from col du lauteret is not the hard man's way
Hotel d'Europe is a nice hotel, the owner is a cycle nut and does the round of Iseran, Roseland and return via the north side of the Madeleine. You could do that too. I also stayed in the Hotel Bernard about 5 years which was cheap and simple and good value.
The town of S J deMaurienne is a much nicer town than Bourg d'Oisans which I think is a bit a dump and touristy, whereas S J de M is a little working town (aluminium industry) and has a tiny Cathedral with lovely wooden carvings on the miserichords. Add in a visit to the local digestif maker "Le Mont Corbier" and take a bottle home too.

Re: Bus Stop Wireless interference?

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 September 2014 - 9:39pm
I'm never convinced by these gadgets. I've just got (second hand) a 'smartphone' with all bells and whistles including a GPS and an app called 'Map my ride'. According to said gizmo I rode 52 miles on Friday and climbed to a maximum altitude of 633 metres. The distance was, I suspect pretty accurate. My ride was from King's Lynn to the Norfolk coast and back! It also told me I'd reached a maximum speed of 118kph!

Re: Romania

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 September 2014 - 9:31pm
I cycled in Romania this summer.
First along the Danube, then due north to the Ukrainian border.
I liked it.
Main roads are busy but back roads are empty.
The tarmac was mostly good but there was the odd stretch that was bad.
All villages have wells/springs/taps so water isn't a problem.
Wild camping was dead easy when I didn't use a hotel, which were just under ~£20 per night if I remember correctly.
The language is a latin based so if you know some french/spanish/italian you can probably read a bit and get by.

Re: Getting to Scandinavia

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 September 2014 - 8:48pm
Not necessarily the end:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-29353171

Sirena Seaways hope to restore the route at Easter 2015.

Re: Short Duration Norfolk Trip - Baggage Courier

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 September 2014 - 8:44pm
AFAIK one way is to post your change of clothes ahead. For a weekend I would have thought that to be enough.

Re: Poncho

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 September 2014 - 8:37pm
Ah the old selling-up scam - tempt them in for a £3 poncho then hit them with the £10 pants

All the best nevertheless.

Re: ITV4 20.00 today Greg Lemond ; Slaying The Badger

CTC Forum - Racing - 30 September 2014 - 8:33pm
Hi,
I think we could do with a Must not miss section.................

Moving up from 32 tires to 38/42 - how much of a difference?

CTC Forum - MTB - 30 September 2014 - 8:28pm
Hallo,

Firstly let me say I'm new to both the forum and cycling, so apologies if this question doesn't make any sense, is on the wrong sub-forum (it's not a mountain biking question but it is related to going off-road, so I though this would be the best place) or what have you.

I recently bought a hybrid bike (Ridgeback Velocity 2015) for commuting, and am very happy with it so far as a commuting/road bike. I've also increasingly started using it for leisure rides on the weekends as well and have found a route that I like a lot; however some of the route is on a couple of miles of very badly maintained towpath (theoretically paved, but in practice just a mess), and I find cycling on this section quite bumpy and jarring. Another part of the route is a dirt and gravel track through a park; while riding the bike on this is comfortable enough, I've noticed my bike skidding a bit on the track (this may be more my riding skills than anything else). A friend suggested putting thicker tires on my bike in order to both make it a more comfortable ride on rough surfaces as well as hold better to dirt tracks and the like. The bike came with 32 tires; however I think I can go up to 38 or possible even 42. My question is, how much of a difference do you guys think putting on thicker tires would make? In particular, how much more comfortable would it make riding on the rough path? Is it worth it or is the difference not going to be particularly noticeable? Is there anything else I can do other than changing tires to address these issues?

Also, if you think it would improve my ride in these respects, are there any particular tires you'd recommend?

Many thanks.
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