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Re: YHA Discount.

I tried Bath and then as a check Manorbier in Wales.

I also tried rooms instead of dorms and it still keeps refusing on the ground of dates.

The codes are VISIT-001 from the email offer and CTC15-001 from the CTC website.

The latter code is only available to CTC members so I guess I shouldnt post it publically but they have annoyed me now, I dont even care about the 15% just about being suckered in with offers that dont actually exist.

How many bikes on Easyjet flights?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 min 32 sec ago
a group i ride with are planning a tour of Northern ireland, flying from Gatwick. there will be 15/17 bikes.

Easyjet take bikes, but do they have a limit on the number of bikes they will allow on a single flight?

Re: YHA Discount.

You may find that the hostel you are booking is an independent under the YHA franchise, for which there appears a significant number these days as the YHA sells off their rural hostels. Any discounts are only available at wholly owned YHA hostels.

Re: Cornish way / west country way

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 47 min 50 sec ago
I thought I'd covered my bases and looked at the path on google maps and street view, and it looked really decent. What it didn't show was the middle bit. If I did do it again on a road bike I'd definitely stick to the road!

Re: Cornish way / west country way

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 hour 27 min ago
Nice write up.
I don't know anyone who rides the path from Penzance Station to Marazion on the cycle path. Everyone rides past the old Heliport (either on the dual carriage way in front or past the Tesco garage behind) and then around the A30 roundabout (which can be interesting) and through Long Rock.
The Philps' pasties are worth the wait, Hansons the butcher also in Hayle do a very good pasty.

Cornish way / west country way

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 hours 59 min ago
Reading the Captain Offensive's blog on his Avenue Verte trip has kicked me into action and I've finally written up the first day of my short tour I did in July. Here's a link to the blog post -
http://www.onesti.co.uk/?p=52

Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 hours 12 min ago
Penfolds11 wrote:Sweep wrote:Just read the freebie bit (see above) of Tom Bruce's book.

Enjoyed it so I suppose I should buy the rest.

Me too.

However, Tom waves goodbye to his girlfriend of 6 years, Laura, at her house. Then he goes for a pub-lunch with his Mum, Dad, Nan, Uncle and Cousin. He rides off to Dover, on the way staying a night with his other Nan, popped into another Aunt and Uncle's for lunch, then out for a big night with six Uni mates and then celebrated Uncle Dave's birthday with a huge Sunday roast; all of this fun and jollity without Laura.

This is no comment on Tom's current status: just that had I tried that, the current Mrs P wouldn't be the current Mrs P and my guts would now be the proverbial garters!

Well done, Tom - I am, of course, green with envy.


Hi,

Laura and I are now married and the now Mrs B has forgiven me for abandoning her for 9 months. Actually she's let me do a couple of other trips - you can read about them on my website (www.tombrucecycling.com) but I think my days of many month long bike tours are now in the past. Not sure which edition you read of every inch... but the newest does have a bit more about Laura and says that we are now married.

I'm going to be publishing a photo book about my recent trip to the Indian Himalayas soon so keep a look out if you're interested.

Cheers,
Tom

Re: Avenue Verte Blog

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 hours 9 min ago
Thanks for the kind words. Day three is almost ready!

I can't really speak for audax bikes but actually the English side was mostly OK with only a few short stretches of unmade path: The first section by Eridge station could be avoided easily by taking the main road that the track runs parallel with - it wouldn't be much fun as its a sharp uphill with a short section of dual carriageway but is only about a half mile. The second section leads up the hill to Heathfield and that is a section where I stayed on the road which was perfectly fine - you are on a climb with traffic but it doesn't really add any distance and I'm sure is much easier going and I didn't face too much traffic. The final section is the stretch from the bottom of the cuckoo trail between Polegate and Berwick. This section can get quite muddy after heavy rain - not helped by frequent horse use (there is a stables halfway along this section) but actually there are only a couple of short pieces on this mile long stretch that actually get bad. I cycle this particular section throughout the year when riding between Lewes and Hastings so know it pretty well now - over the winter I am going to look for some alternative routes - there are a couple of fairly simple options but each add a mile or more.

It is interesting that you highlighted issues on the English side though. My reading of the Sustrans guide book led me to think that conditions would be much worse in places on the French side (not to ruin the suspense but I took the western route and most of the off road sections were after the split - I might try the eastern route in another year or two but don't know about the track on that side).

Actually the sections around Eridge and Polegate were worse than all bar one section in France. The guidebook hinted at a couple of problem areas but (maybe helped by dry conditions) these actually seemed to be well made paths or farm tracks and were all surprisingly pleasant (I say surprisingly on account of the description in the guide book). However one part which the book didn't seem so concerned with was actually the worst section of the route; around Longuesse area. I actually missed some of this as the track diverts around one village which I went into in a search for a shop but I picked the off road section back up coming out of the village. The section is more farm track than path but is very very uneven and I had to go pretty slow - if I'd know I would have diverted and stayed on the road - but generally the surfaces were fine - I was on a ridgeback tourer but their basic model

Cheers

Rich

Re: Baggage allowance- max dimensions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 hours 19 min ago
Maybe you do, but....

It is worth regularly checking the prices as they often change almost daily. Last time I flew to NZ with Emirates, I saw fares go from 900ish to 1100ish and thought I had missed the cheapies. A few days later they were back to 9 and I booked. Same thing happened to Taiwan last year.

Probably true of other carriers as well.

If going via US make sure everybody is eligible to enter visa free. Even though in transit, people have been refused boarding in UK because of this. As said above US transit rules change frequently. Personally I avoid flying that way.

I haven't used Trailfinders for quite a while (since direct booking online), but I used to use regularly and thought them very good. Make sure they put any bike info from the airline in writing on your invoice.

Re: Avenue Verte Blog

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 hours 51 min ago
Most of the Avenue Verte in England is fine on a road bike - there's just a few sections you have to watch for, and by definition if you have an audax bike you're probably comfortable on the short lengths of main road that these sections bypass.

Whether or not you actually want to do the bits through suburban London and past Gatwick, of course, is another matter!

Re: Avenue Verte Blog

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 hours 1 min ago
Enjoyable read. Avenue Verte is a route I'd really like to ride some day but you hear such bad things about the conditions of the path in England that I'm put off a bit trying it on my audax bike.

Re: Avenue Verte Blog

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 hours 21 min ago
A lovely read Rich, looking forward to the remaining chapters.

Re: Cycling the Portuguese coastline

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 hours 6 min ago
As you can see below I deliberately avoided as much as possible the coastline, IMO portuguese mainland is by far much better.
The use of velomap digital maps was essential in reaching Porto through minor roads, entering Lisbon following the Rio Tejo coming from Sintra-Estoril was fantastic. If you want to have a look to the entire trip please have a look here below, it's in Italian sorry ... if you need I should still have all the gpx tracks ...

CYCLING PORTUGAL - OCT 2013

Re: Have you been knocked OFF in a collision while cycling?

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 hours 22 min ago
All my lucky escapes were as a commuter in London:

Pedestrian jumping out of the back of a moving Roadster bus on Oxford Street and I ran into her. Shock all round.
Elderly pedestrian walked out into the road in front of me by Lords. Slammed on brakes and flew over handlebars and bit the Tarmac at her feet. Everyone ok. Her husband was giving her an earful from the other side of the road. Poor, long suffering lady.
In the City I got rammed up the backside and ended up on the bonnet of an old man's car whose foot had slipped off the clutch.
I got hit on the roundabout outside Lords (what is it about the place?) by a car who claimed not to have seen me. It was winter so my clothes afforded me loads of protection although shredded. Sore elbow for ages but mainly shocked at how intense the impact of the vehicle was.
Whacked in the back of the arm by a white van's wing mirror in East London. Cricket bat smack likeness. Didn't stop.

Over 5 years in London I guess I'm lucky. Since living in the West Country I've fallen over several times from the effects of cider.

Re: YHA Discount.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 hours 44 min ago
If the YHA discount is something like the one this time last year (Winter Warmer it might have been called?), then it only applies to certain hostels.
I had the same reaction as you and couldn't understand what was going on.

If it isn't this same deal then ignore my reply.

Maybe phone direct to the hostel you want and they could do it manually and apply discount?

Re: Road Cycle Touring in the Scottish Highlands

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 hours 31 min ago
Ha! I did, I forgot the ferry!
You are right. Perhaps I should have added it, however because its the most likely way to get across to the outer Isles I sort of assumed, but thinking about it these days people fly. I suppose folks taking the ferry from Europe will either have a car, cycle or have taken the train. Def right though should have included:)
Thanks for filling it in greatly appreciated

Re: A ride too far

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 hours 20 min ago
no. was for uni. i went somewhere else..

YHA Discount.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 hours 8 min ago
I received an email from YHA offering me 15% off bookings between 29/9 and 21/12.

I tried to make a booking for this Saturday night and it refused the discount saying it was invalid for the booking.

So I thought I would try the CTC discount, I have never bothered doing so before.

This time it refused saying "invalid for the desired stay dates". I had copied it direct from the CTC website just minutes before hand.

Re: Road Cycle Touring in the Scottish Highlands

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 October 2014 - 10:27pm
Filled in the survey. But Q8 - where's the ferry gone?! [emoji102]

Re: Cafe & coffee

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 October 2014 - 7:40pm
Shouldn't this post be in "The Tea Shop"?? Or do we need "The Coffee Shop" as well?
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