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Re: Solo night ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 hours 18 min ago
I do south london to Brighton, and back night rides quite a bit to keep my cycling legs in. If id have known sooner Id have offered to tag along. It wouldnt be quite so solo then I guess.
Good luck with it. Theres nothing like that crisp air smell and feel, and the silence as your pedalling along to your own imagination

Re: Advice on route in Bristol

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 hours 4 min ago
There isn't an easy direct route from CC to Southmead Hospital. If you were trying it in the past you could have ridden through Charlton village. A flatter route would be from CC to A38 via Hayes Way then up A38 to Southmead hospital via Filton Hill, the other route suggested has more climbing.
If your appointment is in the new Brunel Building then the cycleracks outside are in short supply, I had a 09:15 appointment and only managed to get a 'parking space' cause somebody left as I was looking for alternative places to lock my bike up.

Re: Mam Tor, shivering mountain

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 hours 29 min ago
I started riding as a teenager in south-east Cheshire, in the late 1970s. The Mam Tor road was in the process of falling off the hill then. I'm pretty sure I did some trips while it was still usable.

Then I've memories of one of our group getting blown over some railway sleepers that were laid at the side of the road, to be used in an attempt to shore it up. I also remember (not sure if it was the same ride) going off a drop like the one shown by the OP and nearly taking off our chain sets. We had probably gone through a road closed sign, as cyclists do, can't remember, so I don't think it was a matter of how cars got through.

I think it was probably a case of road closed, repair, re-open, close again, till the realisation dawned that this wasn't going to be fixable.

My kids both went on school field trips (from North Herts) to the area, that included studying the (ex-)road, allowing me to bore them with the above stories.

Re: Four 4x4's/SUV'S on a forty mile ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 September 2014 - 11:44pm
reohn2 wrote:Bonefishblues wrote:If one scrolls 180 degrees on the streetview a 50mph repeater sign is visible right in front, so it's not a NSL stretch.

Well spotted,I'd moved the cursor up and down that road but didn't see it Yes it is 50mph, (paper wrong) which is still a bit fast in my view, but it's a limit not a target which many motorists seem to assume. The small side at the junction roads have NSL

Re: Inverness to Kilmarnock 5 day tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 September 2014 - 11:41pm
Thanks for the replies - i have booked into broadfoot youth hostel on skye and a b&b in Mallaig - still need to decide on what loop to do on skye

Have also booked b&b's for oban and lochranza - will be nicer for not much more money

Have got all my stuff organised into saddlebag and drybag for rack so quite pleased to have kept the luggage weight down to make the miles easier

And sleepers all booked - starting to get excited by it all now!

Re: Advice on route in Bristol

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 September 2014 - 11:38pm
cycle.travel suggests:
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I can't see any cycle lanes between the A4018 on the west and the A38 on the east...
Howz about choosing somewhere else to park... try scrutinising nearby roads with Streetview, or else try the roads alongside The Downs which is about 3 miles away - that's all I can think of after most of a nice bottle of Picpoul de Pinet wiv me tea!

Re: Ditching my Hybrid for a full Spec Tourer

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 September 2014 - 11:06pm
I can take some time off in the winter without too much hardship, unless you are touring with a tent!
The correct term isn't "hardship" it is "character building"

Re: Fell off on a sort of tramline - advice please?

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 September 2014 - 10:52pm
Thanks Colin, shoulder is still quite painful but very slowly improving. I can just manage an hour and a half on the bike now . Determined to maintain fitness for a mini tour later this month hopefully .

Al

Re: Mam Tor, shivering mountain

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 September 2014 - 10:05pm
I've never ridden it, but I walked up when it was covered in black ice at Xmas 1994.

Re: Do I need front panniers for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 September 2014 - 10:05pm
daddig wrote:I regularly camp tour with my Camper Longflap (my error) 24ltrs, with a frame bag and bar bag.


But why?
What is the advantage over a pair of 30ltrs panniers? I understand if your touring involves a lot of off road, where the narrower bike could be an advantage, but for anything else I'd have though the lower weight of the panniers would be better.

Re: Best Ortlieb Rear Panniers for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 September 2014 - 9:55pm
I, um, bought bright green ones. Think they are the back roller classics. Maybe I was not at my most analytic once I'd seen the colour.

They are ok the the rolling the top closed is a bit of a PITA ( and someone in here warned me about that in advance too).
The other thing that I don't particularly like is that the bottom section seems to be quite narrow compared to previous bags to I end up with quite a tall bag when packed whereas I would prefer a lower, wider load. It would be an advantage for those who've had problems with their heels clipping the panniers on different designs- not a problem on this one.

The other thing I didn't like was my family giving me all their stuff to carry, even the bigger tent would only fit MY bike, but that's another story.

Re: Inverness to Kilmarnock 5 day tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 September 2014 - 9:50pm
I stayed in the Backpackers Lodge in Mallaig in 2012, very basic but okay for one night - bunk beds, lockers and a communal kitchen area. Although if you're not on too tight a budget, there must be nicer places nearby!

Re: Mud and Biryani - 2 nights on the SDW

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 September 2014 - 9:31pm
I don't read many blogs (not long one's anyway) but yours are nice and short and fun, and it's good to see people just getting away for a couple of days at a time and having a mini-adventure. Enjoyed it!

Re: Must've been Changeover Day?

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 September 2014 - 9:31pm
In NUKe's defence here, he wasn't suggesting that he was transporting bikes from Suffolk to Ireland for the fun of it, he was transporting them there to actually use them.

I'm suggesting that people take their bikes on holiday and not use them much at all, then take them home again ............. and possibly store them in the garages ready to take them on holiday again. I'm sure the bikes enjoy the rest.

Re: Inverness to Kilmarnock 5 day tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 September 2014 - 9:24pm
I've done all of the roads you will be cycling on at some stage or other, but I was cycle-camping, however I know Skye fairly well. You won't be able to circumnavigate Skye as it will be much longer than 80 miles, so you route will be fairly restricted. There is a nice pub with a bunk house in Carbost, I think there is also some kind of 'bunk' at the Slighachan as well, it would be worth checking. Plenty of accommodation in Portree,of course.

I stayed at the campsite at Lochranza, but there is other accommodation as well as the Youth Hostel, but if you can get booked in there, it looks very nice!

There is a forumite based on Skye who might be able to advise better than me!

Edit: looking at your schedule you would be better off completing a simple loop on Skye and getting the ferry to Mallaig and getting some accommodation there. Again, I spent the night in a campsite near Mallaig, so can't advise where to stay, but there are plenty of B&B's.

Re: Mam Tor, shivering mountain

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 September 2014 - 9:17pm
Winnats Pass makes a very scenic round trip.

Re: Four 4x4's/SUV'S on a forty mile ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 September 2014 - 9:08pm
reohn2 wrote:Bonefishblues wrote:If one scrolls 180 degrees on the streetview a 50mph repeater sign is visible right in front, so it's not a NSL stretch.

Well spotted,I'd moved the cursor up and down that road but didn't see it
Elementary dear boy, elementary

Re: who will ride Vuelta a Espana 2014

CTC Forum - Racing - 2 September 2014 - 9:07pm
!TT can be dull TV viewing but not this one!

Re: Must've been Changeover Day?

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 September 2014 - 9:05pm
NUKe wrote:What wrong with transporting your Bike somewhere to ride?


Nothing.
What I disagree with is that it is pretty much necessary to transport a mountain bike to an environment in which it was intended for to be enjoyed. Which isnt the case. I never needed to transport my MTB to the wilderness to ride it, I rode to the wilderness, rode that and then rode home again.
Mountain bikes are also known as all terrain bikes, which sums up their uses. I used mine for travelling to work 15 miles both ways 5 days a week in every weather you could get in the UK and then at the weekend it (and the others) was used for training rides, rides with the bike club and even raced. All on the same knobbly tyres.
To suggest that an MTB cant be used on tarmaced roads is like saying a touring bike cant be used for daily rides or pootling about because it isnt touring.
Apologies to the op for taking the subject off topic.

SPOILER! Re: who will ride Vuelta a Espana 2014

CTC Forum - Racing - 2 September 2014 - 9:00pm
Hi,
Red jersey crashed and saddle was off before the rider hit the ground, very spectacular

Saddle stem looks very thin and fragile.................

See the spare bikes being carried by M/cycle pasengers on their shoulders
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