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Re: rough camping in Germany

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 July 2014 - 11:07pm
Germany loves rules and regulations.... I know several who have 'stealth sleeped' successfully without hassle but of course using plenty of common sense ... here's a handy link which may clarify things a little http://www.donfeidner.de/html/wilderness_camping.html if indeed this may be your intention.

Re: Ribble Winter Audax bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2014 - 10:21pm
Anything comparable to Ribble winter audax but can take 25mm with guards? Prefer to be in similarly priced.

Re: 50 mph for lorries

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2014 - 10:19pm
pete75 wrote: I'd bet the differences in road deaths in different European nations are largely due to factors other than speed limits.
That's a fair comment. While I'm not sure about the 'largely', it's certain that reduce speed limits only help because they are enforced. And other factors will contribute as well. How much each factor influences it, is impossible for me to say.

Re: rough camping in Germany

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 July 2014 - 10:16pm
Adds to the adventure then! Get a Basha tarp and find some invulnerable spaces to bed down.

When I was doing it in NZ (one of the easiest to I imagine) it was cold, so I was desperate for shelter (before upgrading my gear) going a bit far by bunking down in derelict barns, not so derelict barns, unused holiday home sheds and even a section of an assault course of a school. With the barns, a kiwi told me they would have gone crazy if they found me, yet if I just asked they'd say "no worries". Always best to get locals advice..

Re: Shipping the bike by plane

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 July 2014 - 10:15pm
serbring wrote:Yes it's my helmet. I supposed to use it as front mudguard protection.
At the risk of starting another helmet debate I really don't think you should leave it there. You won't know what impact or stresses it may suffer, especially if the damage is not visible.

Re: Ribble Winter Audax bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2014 - 10:13pm
My old one was a decent enough frame, but very tight with 25mm tyres and guards.

Re: Shared/Cycle path . . . . I'm too slow.

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2014 - 10:04pm
Flinders wrote:I just wish drivers would appreciate that a cyclist wanting to do 20mph is perfectly reasonable, but does also mean they need to be on the road, as that sort of speed isn't suitable for shared use paths. Nor is 20mph achievable on a lot of off-road tracks even if there was nobody else on the track, given the surfaces that are often used -clay and packed gravel, for example.
We don't need to be on the road. We just need to be on a decent cycleway that isn't shared with walkers or built from porridge. You know, like our cousins across the water in the other Holland have.

Re: who will ride Vuelta a Espana 2014

CTC Forum - Racing - 28 July 2014 - 10:03pm
Just finished his biography which ends with Delhi 2010. Hope he does well in the Commonwealth Games.

Re: Commonwealth games

CTC Forum - Racing - 28 July 2014 - 9:44pm
IndividualTT on Thursday 31st and Road Race following on the Sunday

Re: 50 mph for lorries

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2014 - 9:40pm
Pete Owens wrote:irc wrote:Vorpal wrote:And countries with better road safety statistics consistently have lower non-motorway speed limits than the UK.

The UK has a fatality rate of 4.3 per billion km. The only countries with lower rates are Denmark (3.4), Iceland (3., Ireland (3.4), Sweden (3.7), Norway (3.3),

Their motorway speed limits are - Denmark 110-130kph, Iceland 90kph, Ireland 120kph, Sweden 110-120kph, Norway 100kph. So 3 of the 5 countries with better safety records have higher motorway speed limits than the UK (70mph is 112kph).


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_co ... death_rate

I have highlited a small word that you seem to have missed in the post you are replying to. Particularly as this is a cycle forum, where conditions on motorways are not particularly relevant to our safety.

Thanks for that Pete. I had indeed missed it A dancing bear moment.

Re: Shipping the bike by plane

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 July 2014 - 9:06pm
BeeKeeper wrote:I would have left the front wheel on. I know why you took it off, which you explained earlier but the spokes look a bit vulnerable where it is. But of course if your experience is this is fine, then go for it! But is that your helmet strapped to the front? If it is I think that is very unwise. Just put it on your head - you are allowed a hat!

Yes it's my helmet. I supposed to use it as front mudguard protection.

Re: Shipping the bike by plane

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 July 2014 - 9:05pm
Vorpal wrote:I think it looks pretty good. And more trouble than I've ever gone through to ship my bike!

Two questions...
What has been done with the rear derailleur? It looks like there's a bottle or something in front of it.


I have broken linked the rear derailleur to the chain stayes through zip ties and then I have covered it with a plastic bottle stuffed with boubble wrap.

Is there a spacer or false axle in the forks to protect them?

I have used this thing:
https://www.serfas.com/uploads/ProductL ... d18b79.jpg

I don't know its name

Re: who will ride Vuelta a Espana 2014

CTC Forum - Racing - 28 July 2014 - 9:03pm
yes it was disappointing Millar was not selected for TdF; has been training in Girona recently. Commonwealth TT and/or Road race first ?

Re: Ribble Winter Audax bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2014 - 8:56pm
Good all year round bike it what my son uses.

Re: SNCF TER trains, has anyone ever been kicked off?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 July 2014 - 8:52pm
Thank you so much for all your comments everyone. I was hoping no news was good news, but at least none of you seem to have been kicked off! And the general sentiment seems to be it's ok. sorry, I don't seem to be able to change the typo in the title.

The SNCF site doesn't show all the TER trains but there is a separate TER site that does ( plus SNCF Picadilly gave me the times) or the German railways site does. The only two TER trains go from Morlaix to Rennes at about 3pm and at about 6pm. I CAN get a taxi to Morlaix, I've been given a price of €60 for the 4 of us inc bikes which would be ok if we had to rush to get the connection. Looks like we have the other problem though with dawdling around being the issue, as the RER from Roscoff is at 11am. Plenty of TER trains from Rennes to Redon, it's Morlaix to Rennes that is sensitive.

I'm just listing for my own reference my options so I can get it down on paper and stop thinking and take action.

1. TER Roscoff to Redon. Slow, cheap, risk of being kicked off.
2. Pop into SNCF (I work and stay in Central London 3 days a week) and see if they can split our journey with 2 bikes on each train. Medium cost and speed. Reserved bike spaces reassuring! But I think if this would have worked last time I visited they'd have said so?
3. Taxi from Roscoff to Redon. Quote is €460. Quick,painless, certainty but eye wateringly expensive.
4. See if I can get a cheaper quote for 4!
5. One way car hire ( difficult to assess but for a mid sized car IF I could get a bike rack it's not much cheaper than by taxi and insurance and bike rack would probably put it to the same). Expensive, quick, bit fiddly, certainty if I can sort out the bike rack.
6. Take the damn car.- about £420 return to change our ferry tickets, might be handy to have access to it but we'd have to leave it somewhere safe and come back for it which would be a faff. Expensive, could cost big chunk of time at the end, possibly convenient if we want to break the trip up a bit. We've done this before (just the adults) and find we don't cycle as far or as much as when we just take the no bikes but that might not be a big deal with the kids.
7. Cycle, duh (we don't have time or it changes our route to there and back again which isn't ideal psychologically).
8. My hubby suggested the bike bag route too but I'm not sure I can carry a bike and my stuff plus a kids bike and some of stuff, plus we are going to take up half a carriage of luggage space! Something to mull over further.

I'm thinking (1) is the least hassle, small risk of not making it but if we need to split up we can.

Re: who will ride Vuelta a Espana 2014

CTC Forum - Racing - 28 July 2014 - 8:47pm
Yes, something to look forward to especially as ITV4 are giving it some coverage.

Edit: Hope Dave Millar gets a ride.

Re: 50 mph for lorries

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2014 - 8:41pm
Vorpal wrote: And countries with better road safety statistics consistently have lower non-motorway speed limits than the UK.

On the other hand Serbia, non motorway limit 50, deaths per 100,000 vehicles 32.9 (UK is 6.2), Albania limit 50, deaths 97.2, Bulgaria limit 56 deaths 23.6,Hungary limit 56 deaths 21.3. You can prove anything with statistics providing you choose only those which support your argument.
If you look at speed limits and road deaths throughout Europe there is no trend whatsoever to show that having lower speed limits than here leads to fewer road deaths. Other than Germany and Austria all European countries have lower non motorway limits than Britain. Almost all have higher road death rates.

I'd bet the differences in road deaths in different European nations are largely due to factors other than speed limits.

Re: Alarming ride in downpour today – braking advice

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2014 - 8:21pm
[quote="Slow Loris"]it is necessary to keep up with the traffic/quote]

No it isn't. You have no obligation to keep up with traffic (and it wouldn't even be an option were it not on a downhill stretch). Go at the speed you judge to be safe - and if this is slower than the driver behind would choose then so be it.

rough camping in Germany

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 July 2014 - 8:17pm
rough camping in Germany

it seems like - dont

I met a young German lady this weekend over here following the route she found in romantic honeymoon real life account of a tour dating back to the late C19. When I asked about rough camping in Germany, she advised not to as its illegal. When I asked how they punish you she said the police confiscate all your gear bike and all ...

Re: 50 mph for lorries

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2014 - 8:16pm
irc wrote:Vorpal wrote:And countries with better road safety statistics consistently have lower non-motorway speed limits than the UK.

The UK has a fatality rate of 4.3 per billion km. The only countries with lower rates are Denmark (3.4), Iceland (3., Ireland (3.4), Sweden (3.7), Norway (3.3),

Their motorway speed limits are - Denmark 110-130kph, Iceland 90kph, Ireland 120kph, Sweden 110-120kph, Norway 100kph. So 3 of the 5 countries with better safety records have higher motorway speed limits than the UK (70mph is 112kph).


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_co ... death_rate

I have highlited a small word that you seem to have missed in the post you are replying to. Particularly as this is a cycle forum, where conditions on motorways are not particularly relevant to our safety.
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