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

2 hours 8 min ago
You're right - there is a TER-TER-TER option. Sorry if I was alarmist but I knew that a lot of the trains out of Roscoff aren't actually trains.

I've always found SNCF train people very reasonable, and I think it's unlikely you'd be thrown off a train simply because there were too many people with bikes - I suspect they would do what British train people would do and make the best of it. I'm sure the SNCF train people don't like having to deal with unhappy customers any more than anyone else.

But assuming the worst, and taking one step at a time...

There are plenty or TER trains between Rennes and Redon so if the worst happens and you can't get on one, there should be another along soon after.

The most critical link seems to be between Morlaix and Rennes because most of the trains are TGVs. Your idea of splitting up and seeing if you can get two sets of two tickets on TGV services would be worth a try. Rail Europe have a call centre - you can just ring them: 0844 848 5848. OK it's an 0844 number but I don't think it's that expensive - and it's open until 7pm on weekday evenings.

As far as Roscoff to Morlaix is concerned, I'd also be tempted just ride it (there's a decent Voie Verte along the country lanes - definitely stay off the main road), rather than wait for the train, which might be a problem if there are a load of other cycle tourists arriving at Roscoff with the idea of catching a train onward.

Re: Anyone done the Trans Am - West to East?

2 hours 36 min ago
Yep, I cycled west to east Florence Oregon to Yorktown Virginia in 2002. Happy to answer any questions. Wind good, never far from civilisation! I didn't bother with taking a cooking stove. 50% camped / cheap hostels etc. rate the trip probably the best all round cycling experience I've had ( I've been on many rides in different parts of the world).

Re: Shipping the bike by plane

9 hours 8 min ago
I agree, why did you remove the front wheel?

I reckon box it or leave it as much like a bike as possible. Remember that the baggage handlers will not be taking lots of time to put it 'the right way up'. Will it be OK laying on the front wheel? Throw it round your lounge a couple of times and see what you think.

Also agree about safeguarding your helmet. Even dropping a helmet may mean it should be replaced, using it to protect against baggage handler damage seems a bit daft. How would you know if it received a heavy knock.

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

10 hours 8 min ago
I think you'd be fine taking the TER option. If you can change your plans slightly, an alternative to the taxi from Roscoff to Morlaix would be to cycle, it's less than 30km.

Re: Anker Cache Battery Broken USB Connector

16 hours 26 min ago
nickpaton wrote:However, Andrew those adapters look like they could fit like this, so long as they are held in place with an elastic band. But again you'll need to come up with a way of keeping the full size USB lead in too without over straining that connector! One idea might be to glue the large USB lead into the adapter, with a bit of packing between it and the battery body.

Poking around I found some other right-angle connectors which look like they would mount flush to the side of the battery better which may help.

Re the higher capacity E5, I deliberately didn't chose it as there are reports that the built in flash light switch is easily knocked on in transit. In any case I've found the smaller capacity Anker without the light is more than sufficient capacity, especially if you have a couple.

Thanks for the heads-up. I wasn't aware of that concern.

Not sure about the 2nd gen device. First, charging via the E-Werk will take a very long time as the higher the set voltage the lower the current output.
These aren't accurate figures, but most hub dynamos output 3W / 0.5A 6V AC maximum. When converting it to 5V DC, the maximum current will be again roughly 0.5A (assuming no conversion losses, which there are).

It was an early option which I have since discarded in preference for USB charging pretty much for the reasons you give plus one less power point plug to take as well.

Thanks
Andrew

Gijon to Poole Ferry

17 hours 46 min ago
I'm planing a trip around Northern Spain in September and looking for transport options to and from Spain. It looks like LD Lines are starting a new ferry service from Gijón to Poole which would be a great departure point after Leon. The website is very vague, does anyone know more?
http://ldlines.co.uk/timetables/poole-gijon

Re: Anker Cache Battery Broken USB Connector

28 July 2014 - 11:57pm
nickpaton wrote:Not sure about the 2nd gen device. First, charging via the E-Werk will take a very long time as the higher the set voltage the lower the current output.
These aren't accurate figures, but most hub dynamos output 3W / 0.5A 6V AC maximum. When converting it to 5V DC, the maximum current will be again roughly 0.5A (assuming no conversion losses, which there are).
With the E-Werk voltage set to 12V DC, the output current will drop by a corresponding amount, ie to less than 0.2A. The E-Werk circuit doesn't somehow create charging current out of thin air, and can only work with what it's provided with from the dynamo.



Looking at http://www.forumslader.de/typo3temp/pics/590d4cd9bb.png

...my understanding is that at 20km/h the 12V and 5V settings of the E-Werk cross over at 3W, but at higher speeds, both can give more power, with the 12V setting giving over 5W at 32km/h. That would equate to 0.42A. This is because the E-Werk is presenting a load that is different from that required to clamp the dynamo at 6V.

Re: rough camping in Germany

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: rough camping in Germany

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

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: Shipping the bike by plane

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

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

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.

rough camping in Germany

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: Shipping the bike by plane

28 July 2014 - 7:29pm
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!

Re: Shipping the bike by plane

28 July 2014 - 6:48pm
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.
Is there a spacer or false axle in the forks to protect them?

Re: Anker Cache Battery Broken USB Connector

28 July 2014 - 6:40pm
Rick, Andrew, the problem with any right angle micro/mini USB connector is that unless the body sits firmly against the side of the battery pack, the battery USB socket is likely to fail due to strain from the lead.
However, Andrew those adapters look like they could fit like this, so long as they are held in place with an elastic band. But again you'll need to come up with a way of keeping the full size USB lead in too without over straining that connector! One idea might be to glue the large USB lead into the adapter, with a bit of packing between it and the battery body.

Re the higher capacity E5, I deliberately didn't chose it as there are reports that the built in flash light switch is easily knocked on in transit. In any case I've found the smaller capacity Anker without the light is more than sufficient capacity, especially if you have a couple.

Not sure about the 2nd gen device. First, charging via the E-Werk will take a very long time as the higher the set voltage the lower the current output.
These aren't accurate figures, but most hub dynamos output 3W / 0.5A 6V AC maximum. When converting it to 5V DC, the maximum current will be again roughly 0.5A (assuming no conversion losses, which there are).
With the E-Werk voltage set to 12V DC, the output current will drop by a corresponding amount, ie to less than 0.2A. The E-Werk circuit doesn't somehow create charging current out of thin air, and can only work with what it's provided with from the dynamo.

I'm just back from another trip and using one of my Ankers to keep mine and a friend's phone charged for a couple of days, and have recharged it back to 100% over a day's ride.

My E-Werk settings are 4.9V and 0.7A as the dynamo won't be giving out any more current than that, so the E-Werk is set to work at its most efficient.

Re: Shipping the bike by plane

28 July 2014 - 5:04pm
here my bike ready to be shipped. What do you think?


Re: Train options for the Loire

28 July 2014 - 2:48pm
On most days there seem to be two Intercités and one TER train, direct from Caen to Tours. They all accept bikes free of charge.

You can check times on http://www.voyages-sncf.com (use the French version as otherwise you don't get the bike symbols showing whether or not bikes are allowed).

Or use http://www.bahn.de/i/view/GBR/en/index.shtml - Further search options - Only show connections that allow carriage of bicycles

Re: Shipping the bike by plane

28 July 2014 - 2:04pm
serbring wrote:I was thinking to connect the two rear panniers with cable ties and wrap them together at the airport. Is it a good idea?
I've zip-tied a pair of Ortlieb back-rollers together, back to back, a few times with no problems and no extra wrapping.

Mine (fairly old, pre-dating hook inserts) have a suitable hole in each end of the reinforcement along the bottom, and it's possible to thread a tie in through the end of the hook slot and out between hook rail and pannier. I used 4 ties, probably 8 or 10 inches long, put the shoulder straps inside, and clipped the rolled ends together over the top and snugged down with the over-the-top strap. It makes quite a handy package as the two lifting loops can just be grabbed in one hand.
Make sure you've an adequate supply of zip ties for the return journey, and something to cut them with at the other end packed at the top where you can find it easily.
When I've also taken front panniers, I've repacked so that one empty front pannier goes into one of the rears, and the other is used as hand luggage. I generally take either 2 front panniers or a bar bag, not both.

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