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Re: Devon Coast to coast

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 hour 24 min ago
Thank you so much everyone. Really useful info, loved the maps and the travelogue. Just got an email from islabike to say the new bike arrives on Thursday so junior will have a week to get used to it.

Outline plan is now:
Day one: train to Barnstaple
Cycle Barnstaple to East Yarde Barn approx 16 miles.
Day. 2 cycle East Yarde to Okehampton approx 24 miles.
Day 3 cycle Okehampton to Tavistock approx 22 miles.
Day 4 cycle Tavistock to Plym bridge approx 11 miles and get him indoors to come and collect us.

This should be doable for the 8 year old without too much whinging on his new (to him) Beinn 26 small and for the 11 year old on the brand new Beinn 26 large who could easily take on much more.

I got the Devon coast to coast book in Stanfords this evening.

Re: Cycling the Portuguese coastline

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 hour 26 min ago
Your poorly written blog only appears to offer up 2 days of your trip and fails to establish why the OP should not do it.

Re: Cycling the Portuguese coastline

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 hours 10 min ago
I cycled down the coast south from Porto two weeks ago. Don't do it! Story is on my blog.

Re: Help with choosing bike type and/or commute through Lond

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 hours 33 min ago
Sorry if my reply was unclear – it's tricky without seeing the road but it sounds like filtering would be unwise in this situation. I was originally suggesting filtering to the right of the bus between the stationery traffic you described – but only if there's enough space and vehicles are unlikely to be moving for a while. I rarely find that opportunity. Being stuck behind a bus is frustrating and I would probably merge with outside lane while it's stationery. At slow speeds I wouldn't be holding anyone up, and I wouldn't get held up by the buses.

Edit: Vorpal's post beat me to it

Road Cycle Touring in the Scottish Highlands

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 hours 8 min ago
I am a student currently studying Road Cycle Touring in the Scottish Highlands as part of my studies in Sustainable Development with the University of the Highlands & Islands. I am researching ways of improving cycle services in the region and It would be great to discuss different aspects of my project in relation to any memorable tours you may have had there, especially if these were in Wester Ross where I live. Of course it would be fantastic too if you didn’t mind completing my survey of road cyclist’s views
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/P379XQL

Re: Advice for tyre size for touring - 32c OK for off-road?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 hours 27 min ago
Sweep wrote: It's my understanding thst it is a myth that wider tyres are slower on the road.

Some authoritative sounding industry research made this clear I think. Possibly from scwalbe?

Interesting. Never thought about this.

I'm just doing bike trails in NZ, so not extreme off road. I've got 2 back panniers and a handlebar bag. Nothing up front, but I didn't find this a problem handling the bike before.

Ok, well I think a compromise of 35c sounds like a good idea.

Thanks!

Re: Help with choosing bike type and/or commute through Lond

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 hours 28 min ago
Vorpal wrote:It's probably okay to go between a bus and a queue of stationary cars, if there is room for you (more than just a couple of feet!). You need to be certain that the bus won't move off whilst you are overtaking it. So if you can't see that the bus has just stopped and there are plenty of people to go off and on, it's best to wait behind the bus or for safe filtering on the outside.

Each situation has to be taken on it's own. It's impossible for one of us to say, 'yes, it's safe to filter between a bus and a stationary queue of traffic' without being there. Use your judgement, and if it doesn't feel safe, don't do it

Thanks again.

Re: Baggage allowance- max dimensions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 hours 33 min ago
Might it not be cheaper to take a train to London and fly ANZ direct? It might even be sensible, taking into account time, to take a taxi. I did that when I went to NZ from Worcester in 2006 and the fare was £100 each way which is pretty close to your 100 euros to fly the bike. I know prices will be higher now but it might be worth thinking about bearing in mind the door to door service.

Re: Help with choosing bike type and/or commute through Lond

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 hours 35 min ago
It's probably okay to go between a bus and a queue of stationary cars, if there is room for you (more than just a couple of feet!). You need to be certain that the bus won't move off whilst you are overtaking it. So if you can't see that the bus has just stopped and there are plenty of people to go off and on, it's best to wait behind the bus or for safe filtering on the outside.

Each situation has to be taken on it's own. It's impossible for one of us to say, 'yes, it's safe to filter between a bus and a stationary queue of traffic' without being there. Use your judgement, and if it doesn't feel safe, don't do it

Re: Baggage allowance- max dimensions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 hours 44 min ago
Finally managed to get through to Lufthansa on the phone and they told me that there bicycle box charge is EUR100 each way but is not taken out of included 23 kg baggage allowance. So for EUR200 you get 1 x 23 kg/158 cm + a bike box with 'just a bike inside' but unspecified max weight/dimensions (telephone operator unable to specify). I have emailed them to ask for details in writing.
Prefer to fly out of Birmingham so airline choice is restricted. Lufthansa+AirNZ is currently about £300 cheaper than Emirates, even with additional charge for bike box.
Cheaper still is Southern China Airlines, but I can't make sense of their baggage allowances

Re: What to do with your bike if you need to get back in a h

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 hours 13 min ago
doesn't take any longer to fly with the bike than without it, i don't see a problem Of course if i knew i was gonna be able to go back the suggestions above seem quite reasonable.

Re: Help with choosing bike type and/or commute through Lond

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 hours 18 min ago
Slow Loris wrote:Were you in a bus lane or a single carriageway? Is your query about filtering on the right or left side of the bus?

I rarely filter on the left unless I'm certain it's safe, and would always avoid the left side of a bus or HGV – in most instances keeping right is much safer, though not hazard-free. If it's gridlock all round and there's sufficient room with no blockages further down, I'd proceed slowly on the right, looking out for space to tuck in if traffic starts moving again. Eye contact with drivers when I need to rejoin the queue generally ensures they give way .

Before filtering, I always ensure I have a decent view ahead, otherwise I'll stay put in primary. Would rather be a slow loris than a flat one . I'd want to keep large vehicles in front unless I can get well past them - leapfrogging buses can be very annoying. In slow moving or stationary traffic I'll keep a good distance behind on the right, so I'm visible in their wing mirror and can see further in front, ready to nip out and filter on the outside if there's room.

Be aware when you're filtering that it's likely another bike or motorbike will be, too. Regular shoulder checks help to avoid nasty surprises.

I pretty much agree with and follow everything you said. In this instance I'm not sure. The bus was stopped at the bus lane and the right lane has stationary traffic. Because of oncoming traffic, you couldn't overtake on the far right. You obviously couldn't overtake on the left either. That leaves the middle. Is it unwise to go between the bus and stationary cars when the bus has only stopped to let passengers on and off?

Re: What to do with your bike if you need to get back in a h

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 hours 34 min ago
You could ask at the nearest bike shop if there is a local bike recycling charity who would take it, saves you the bother of going back for it or arranging repatriation.

Re: Devon Coast to coast

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 hours 58 min ago
I did the Devon Coast to Coast a few years ago with kids and a tandem..,my write-up here!
viewtopic.php?f=16&t=25359&p=200565

Re: Devon - Lynmouth to Exford

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 hours 28 min ago
Thanks to both. I had spotted that Brendon valley trail but it seems to meander a lot without really getting much closer to Exford. I think the Simonsbath route is the one for me.

Re: Devon Coast to coast

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 hours 48 min ago
I did this last May. Travelled by train of Friday evening to Barnstaple and stayed here. It has bike storage in thier garage.
http://www.brend-hotels.co.uk/theroyalfortescue/
Rode to Okehampton and then stayed in the YHA.
Second day rode to Plymouth had a look around the Hoe and got the train back, it was lovely.
The second day was hillier than the first as you cross Dartmoor.

Re: Santander hotel

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 hours 16 min ago
Just for the record, we stayed at
Hostal San Glorio
Calle Ruiz Zorilla , 18,
39009
Santander
http://Www.sanglorio.com
Hostal@sanglorio.com
€46 for twin room, Inc breakfast at the cafe next door.
We put the bikes in a private room next to the manager's office, which involved carrying them up a flight of stairs to the first floor. We didn't bother to lock them as it would be virtually impossible to steal them from there.
On our first visit our was raining hard in the evening so we turned right out of the hotel, turned right on to the main road and at the next junction found somewhere that did a reasonable meal for two for €26, inc beer and wine.
We have finished the trip and returned to santander to take the ferry tomorrow, so we are back in the same place.

Re: What to do with your bike if you need to get back in a h

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 hours 27 min ago
WarmShowers is always worth a try as well.

Re: Clipping and running

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 hours 51 min ago
[XAP]Bob wrote:I don't see anything that would indicate braking by the camera bike at all. There's too much of what we don't see. Therefore nothing is certain and who's to blame (if anyone) is inconclusive.

Re: Advice for tyre size for touring - 32c OK for off-road?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 hours 4 min ago
Generally speaking, you can go more or less anywhere on 32mm tyres. However, the rougher the track and the narrower the tyres, the slower you will be compared to someone with appropriately large tyres. As an example, I was maybe an hour or an hour and a half slower than a companion on the descent from the Pico Veleta towards Capilera (Sierra Nevada, Spain, appox 20km of rough), with me on 700x28 gatorskins and him on 26x1.75. Having said that, unsealed dirt roads can be just as good as tarmac, in the dry at least.

32 or 35 is a normal compromise width
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