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Re: Dublin - Larne

13 July 2014 - 10:33am
I don't know much of the route - and it has certainly changed a lot since I lived there - but be very careful when leaving Dublin Port; it is very easy to be 'sucked' into the Port Tunnel (and you don't want that) because the slip-road you need is unhelpfully labelled "City Centre". It should more correctly be labelled "All other routes".


I still have family in Dublin and visit regularly. Even knowing this, it is counter-intuitive to turn towards the "City Centre" when I know I'm looking to go the other direction towards north Dublin. Even my sister-in-law, who has lived there her entire life, has been accidentally 'sucked' into the tunnel at this point.

Re: Dublin - Larne

12 July 2014 - 9:04pm
When one of the fellclub lads stayed with me few years back he done the Newgrange tour he thought it was fantastic its one of my cycling routes, but you cant get into it without paying for the tour no idea what that costs.google newgange. thers a campsite in the famous rock venue Slane home of lord mountcharles he has a nice castle right beside the campsite
when are you thinking of doing this tour.

Re: Dublin - Larne

12 July 2014 - 8:43pm
Definitely doing some sightseeing - its part of a very leisurely LEJOG so ought to be on that thread but it is slightly off the usual route. Any other good saints you would recommend?

Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

12 July 2014 - 8:36pm
French Revolutions by Tim Moore - bloke testing himself against the TdF route - very funny - very true - my husband giggled himself to sleep every night!

Re: Dublin - Larne

12 July 2014 - 6:42pm
the coast route from rush/lusc/skerries is very nice so 3 villages to pass through but very busy roads actually i was there today with the group .
Drogheda to Blackrock 20 miles or so is a lovely route, im from drogheda.you could always take in the sights around Droghea like Newgrange /Dowth and Knoth and Monasterboice graveyard if your into stuff like that,why we even have the Head of a Saint in the local church St oliver plunkett

if the sun is shineing you'll have a blast.


Re: Dublin - Larne

12 July 2014 - 5:21pm
janetpl wrote:Anyone cycled this -
I have. Did this a few years ago as a circuit of the Irish Sea. The best bits were from Dundalk through Newcastle in NI following the coast to Strangford/Portaferry and a nice scenic rural coastal route to Bangor. Delightful cycling.
I'm afraid I didn't find the Dublin to Dundalk section very interesting but perhaps I just failed to find an interesting route. I just couldn't find a decent coastal road on this section and found it a little dull and lacking quaint villages or decent caffs.
The route out of Dublin was quite "urban" but doable and I pretty much made it up as I went along.
But the northern section was good.

Re: Dublin - Larne

12 July 2014 - 4:35pm
ok i'll give this a bash,if your coming into dublin port you might as well head for the city and see the sights ,after that head north to Swords/balbriggan/drogheda then head on the coast road all the way to castlebelligham from there blackrock to dundalk to newry after that your on your own


depending on when you arrieve i'll ride with you from drogheda to dundalk nice route along the coast and back roads,i'll even buy you a coffee.

Re: Lift wanted back from SE france

12 July 2014 - 4:18pm
I thought this said "life" wanted back from south west France. Seemed quite existential for the CTC forum.

Re: Dried ready meals …

12 July 2014 - 3:10pm
s2vmx wrote:How about Vesta Curry - if its still produced?

I think they're called "Pot Noodles" now.

Re: Tyre pressure.

12 July 2014 - 1:20pm
If it goes BANG!, it's because the tube has escaped from inside the tyre, either through a cut, or underneath the bead.
It's usually because a section of the tube was trapped between the tyre bead and the rim when the tyre was fitted. BANG! can happen either during pumping, or a short time afterwards. Sometimes you can see the bubble of tube start to form and get to the valve in time to prevent BANG!, but it's unusual.
You get delayed BANG! because the pressure of the tyre bead against the rim is enough to mostly seal off the bit of tube that's on the outside, but flex whilst riding allows small puffs of air through until there's enough pressure outside to start to lift the bead away from the rim, giving a rapid run-away to BANG!

You ought to stop pumping at about 5spi, and go round the tyre on both sides pushing the bead back from the rim to check that the tube isn't trapped, but even if you know you should, this step is often skipped.

Incorrectly sized tubes don't give a problem in themselves, but it is easier to trap the tube if it's not the right size.
The trapped bit of tube is usually close to where you finished fitting the tyre

Re: Cycle touring coincidences

12 July 2014 - 12:21pm
A few years ago I was cycling the Nante Brest canal when I met a Frenchman coming the other way on a recumbent trike. He saw the CTC badge on my bar bag so stopped for a chat, he was in his 80s, stick thin and brown as a berry. He asked where I was from, I said Falmouth in Cornwall, and he said he had once been there to pick up a Moulton.

Re: Air Travel, Boxes and Warm Showers...

12 July 2014 - 11:43am
You have to look at bikes on flights from the airlines point of view. They are difficult to handle, heavy and the automated conveyer belt system just isn't designed to move them from A to B easily,(Automation keeps flight costs down) As a result they have to be physically lifted onto trollies and airplanes. The options therefore are to either try to protect them as best we can or make them easier to move about and many years ago a baggage handler thanked me for basically throwing a bag over the tandem, leaving the wheels on and it could be wheeled about. However at some point you may get a scratch or ding and this should be accepted. On tours I lead I try hard to make the airlines life as easy as possible. At the end of the day everything is repairable and you get to go touring in fascinating places. My Mercian after 14 years of extensive touring has just gone for a respray and carries the scars of many flights, lamposts, railings etc but we've been to some lovely places.

Re: Cycle touring coincidences

12 July 2014 - 11:30am
Not in cycling but I was on holiday in north devon and met a guy I used to work with, the same guy that I bumped into on Dartmoor whilst walking in the mist albeit on a old railway track.

Cycle touring coincidences

12 July 2014 - 11:16am
Those of us who do a lot of cycle touring probably have experienced coincidences whilst on tour. A couple of recent ones come to mind:

Two weeks ago while on a round the coast tour of Scotland I stayed in a remote walker’s bunkhouse. Among the other occupants was a guy who obviously hailed from the Black Country where I was born. He like me had long since moved away. Exploring our younger days there we both realised that we grew up within a few miles of each other and about 56 years ago I dated his sister for a few weeks. Unfortunately she is no longer with us.

The other was when I was doing an East to West. After leaving Lowestoft I cycled through the town of Beccles, even taking a photo by the yacht station there. 10 days later I got to Glencoe and camped on the site by the Loch. While having a stroll around I got in conversation with a lady walking her dog. She said her home was in Beccles, I happened to say that I passed through there. She asked if it was the Saturday night about 5pm because her husband returning from the shopping, had remarked about a cyclists with a loaded bike passing by their house. Needless to say it was.

What coincidences have others of you had while on a cycle tour or cycle holiday?

Lift wanted back from SE france

12 July 2014 - 10:04am
Anybody driving empty back from SE France mid to late August? We want lift for selves and bikes from Die (Drome). Happy to pay - the alternatives are not cheap!

Re: Air Travel, Boxes and Warm Showers...

12 July 2014 - 9:28am
Thanks for the advice and links, guys. I confess I'm somewhat concerned about the treatment which will be doled out to our precious bikes. We came back into the UK through Heathrow recently on a non-bicycle trip, and I had to go over to the 'Outsize Luggage' carousel at Terminal 1. As I waited for my rucksack, I noticed a bicycle in a soft bag, which had basically been tossed onto the floor next to the conveyor.

Maybe the bag protected it - I hope so, for the sake of its owner - but I'd hate to think of that happening to ours.

Dublin - Larne

12 July 2014 - 7:58am
Anyone cycled this - have found the "maracycle route" - any advice on whether this is the one to take - and how do I get away from the Ferry without ending up on a 3 lane highway?

Re: Has any one cycled in Ireland?

12 July 2014 - 7:56am
MrsHJ wrote:Yes, very nice, we did a week or ten days on the west coast, from Shannon to. KNock a couple of years ago in September. We went as far as The Isle of Achill. Memorable bits included the peat bogs ( really) and the lovely Irish hospitality and food. Weather was the only compromise, England had a heat wave whilst we were there, but it didn't get to the West coast of Ireland! Ps scenery was a 10/10

Some where there's a links to our photos, https://www.flickr.com/photos/7745330@N ... 542048528/
I was chief photographer on this trip as I'm no mechanic and we stayed at b&bs so no cooking was required and one of my friends likes the map reader role. I always get nagged for holding things up because I dart off for photos but they appreciate it when we get home and have a record of our travels. Well, that's my theory anyway.

Thanks for these great pics. They brought back memories of a brief west coast tour last year with non-cycling friends in a minibus . I still remember my pangs of regret at being stuck inside a vehicle while "touring", it's just not the same experience.

Re: Air Travel, Boxes and Warm Showers...

12 July 2014 - 7:29am
The Tardis also folds down to an A4 pad - similar size (well a bit smaller) to an old yellow pages or something.

So can be taken on your trip with you.

Or you could even (if flying back from the same place) bury it somewhere.

It's a struggle getting the bike in (that vid says the new one is bigger) but all very neat. And very easy to carry over your shoulder - I've been by bus/train to the airport with it while also carrying two other bags.

Re: Air Travel, Boxes and Warm Showers...

12 July 2014 - 7:15am
Like Sweep I use a Ground Effect bag but I use the Body Bag which folds down to the size of an A4 parcel. Small enough to carry on a point to point trip.

You don't remove the rear wheel and there is no need to remove the derailleur. I change gears so it is close to the rear wheel, pack close foam between it and the spokes and then cable tie it to the spokes. Rear wheel is then bungied to the frame so it can't move.

You don't even have to loosen the handlebars as the front wheel comes off and you just turn the bars sideways. Wheel is packed in cardboard and placed next to the frame. The bag comes with a front spacer to protect the forks without the wheel and I always use foam and duct tape to cushion it. Pipe lagging can be carried and cardboard ditched one end and replaced at the other.

It's a perfect system for someone like me who has very little technical know how other than how to mend a puncture.

Have a good trip.


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