CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition

Syndicate content
Discussion boards hosted by CTC, the national cycling charity
Updated: 2 hours 25 min ago

Re: Cuba.

3 hours 15 min ago
the bikes we saw in cuba that had been hired were not that good to be honest, mostly mountain bikes, mostly with full suspension and no rack. You know you can take a bike with Virgin for no extra cost, and if you dont want to do the whole assembly thing twice, just give it or sell it to some lucky cuban- you will get plent of offers wherever you go.

Going rate seems to be 100CUC (100USD) for anythin (4 months wage). Not really an earner on a super galaxy so i just gave it away to a guy who commuted a fair way to the school he teaches at.

Only thing is you will need to find a way back to Havana to get the plane back, unless they can make it to Havana themselves

Or donate to

http://www.bikesforcuba.com/

and they will find someone who wants it.

It means you can take any bike you want and you will know what you are riding, and that it has been given a good going over before you set off. And you will have the opportunity to pack the spares you might need.

Just saying.


.

Re: France - channel to the Med (or vice-versa)

3 hours 36 min ago
The only disadvantage is the slight risk of damaging your bike in transit.

I get two cardboard boxes from the shop and put one inside the other and pad well

If your not cycling out of your front door then google the name and address of a few bike shops near where you will be putting the bike together. If you have an unusual setup look for ones that are most likely to have parts you might need like spokes, or a rear much hanger. Alternatively consider taking the most fragile parts that may not be stocked with you. I keep spokes inside my seat tube, and a rear mech hanger is cheap and light.

Also note their opening hours. Most are shut on Sunday, a lot are shut on Monday and some shut Saturday pm!

All this is just a precaution and more apt if there is a group going. The bigger the group the more likely one of you is to have a problem

Re: France - channel to the Med (or vice-versa)

4 hours 28 min ago
+1 for North to South. Just close the front door behind you and you are immediately on holiday, just bimble down to the Channel ports and then enjoy the whole of France unfolding in front of you as you make your way down to the Med.
Cor....., I'm getting itchy wheels now....!

Re: France - channel to the Med (or vice-versa)

13 hours 15 min ago
+1 South to North in May. I've done South to North in September and i think that North to South might be a better choice at that time of the year. Ps check the climate when deciding routes as I've remember a very damp may holiday in the Dordogne. You may be better off heading more up the east side of France or it could have just been that we had bad luck.

Re: Insurance

29 October 2014 - 9:55pm
In fairness to insureandgo its not really in the small print. They have a couple of pages of activities laid out in a table. There are a number of columns for things like third party cover, excess, extra cost. You just find your activity and read off the conditions. Clear and simple.

PS I have no connection with insureandgo, but they do sponsor Southend United so obviously a charitable organisation!

Re: France - channel to the Med (or vice-versa)

29 October 2014 - 9:28pm
I'm beginning to think north to south would be a better option. As regards the weather, one just has to accept that it may be bad. No such thing as bad weather, just unsuitable clothing. As far as the problems of getting home again, I will probably not use the bike bus but either fly back or return by train via Paris. Train looks a good option. http://www.seat61 is a mine of helpful information.

Thanks again for all your advice and information. The input from all of you has been a great help.

Re: Cuba.

29 October 2014 - 9:13pm
We toured with Cycle Active in 2013 and hired Specialized Hardrock MTB's. They were well maintained and none of us had any problems apart from a few punctures and one snapped chain that was easily fixed. Worth taking your own spare tubes and a few essential bits (chain link, spare brake and gear cable) with you, as spare parts are unobtainable in Cuba.

Re: Fountains in Italy

29 October 2014 - 8:41pm
This is great, thanks Sweep.

Re: Berlin Bike Hire

29 October 2014 - 7:54pm
We hired from the hotel , many hotels have cycle hire , dutch style , ideal for site seeing. A bit heavy for more than 20 miles a day

Re: Insurance

29 October 2014 - 7:41pm
Check the small print for Insure and GO, it specifically mention no cover for personal accidents when cycle touring, although it does cover you for cycling.!!

Re: Cuba.

29 October 2014 - 7:12pm
I hired one on an exodus trip as part of the trip , it was OK , but generally the quality of bikes over there is terrible and they also don't seem to know how to maintain them and I don't think its easy to get spare parts

Re: Cuba.

29 October 2014 - 6:27pm
No, but this previous discussion may help viewtopic.php?f=16&t=85121

Re: Fountains in Italy

29 October 2014 - 6:21pm
Sweep wrote:I know some fountains show up on the OSM variant on my garmin though there don't seem to be that many of them and they aren't easy to search for.
Might be a problem with the garmin. Can you see them at http://www.watersupply.at or on the nisoft or wetap.org apps if you can use them?

Although please add to www.openstreetmap.org rather than watersupply - I'm not sure if watersupply updates appear on the main map.

Cuba.

29 October 2014 - 6:12pm
Anyone have any experience of cycle hire in Cuba?

Re: France - channel to the Med (or vice-versa)

29 October 2014 - 5:24pm
I did exactly this a couple of years ago - flew to Montpellier, dumped the free bike box and cycled up to Ouistreham (Caen).
It was my 1st tour outside the UK and was absolutely brilliant. I started off heading east towards Arles, up to Ventoux before turning north west across the Massif Central bit towards Limoge. Headed north from there.

Re: Fountains in Italy

29 October 2014 - 5:09pm
mjr wrote:Wouldn't it be better to add the fountains to http://www.openstreetmap.org so everyone can see them and not only users of one app? Which reminds me that I need to remember where the ones I used this summer are and check they're listed.
Nothing to stop folk adding them.

I know some fountains show up on the OSM variant on my garmin though there don't seem to be that many of them and they aren't easy to search for.

Re: Fosse way Bath Cirencester

29 October 2014 - 4:48pm
I cycled the Fosse Way from Kemble to Bath in August 2014 with my 10 year old son on mountain bikes. I would not like to cycle the reverse route (the hill out of Batheaston is formidable). Kemble is easy to get to from where we live (Wokingham) by train to Reading-Swindon-Kemble. It would be better if access to the Fosse Way did not involve using the A429 (clear the old Kemble-Tetbury railway?). The surface of the track was generally good, though there were some rough stretches where SW Water were working near Easton Grey. The road sections were also quiet except on the approach to Bath. The Salutation pub, at the Gibb, is the only pub directly on the route and the kitchen closes at 14:00! While we were in Bath, we took the opportunity to use the newly opened Two Tunnels Way, along the old Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway route.

Re: Fountains in Italy

29 October 2014 - 4:17pm
Wouldn't it be better to add the fountains to www.openstreetmap.org so everyone can see them and not only users of one app? Which reminds me that I need to remember where the ones I used this summer are and check they're listed.

Re: Fountains in Italy

29 October 2014 - 3:24pm
What a great app!!

Re: Long Term Tour & Saddle Sore

29 October 2014 - 2:03pm
if you want to tour in comfort then why do it properly?



Obviously saddle sores are rather less likely, but I actually find the biggest comfort gains are in my wrists and arms (no weight on them) and my neck (no need to look up from a crouch to see where I'm going, and while you can avoid that by a bolt-upright position you'll catch a lot of wind that way).

Pete.

Archive

  • Patron: Her Majesty The Queen
  • President: Jon Snow
  • Chief Executive: Paul Tuohy
  • Cyclists' Touring Club (CTC): A company limited by guarantee, registered in England no.25185. Registered as a charity in England and Wales No 1147607 and in Scotland No SC042541

 

Terms and Conditions