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Re: Cycle Touring Festival - May 2015 - Lancashire

20 May 2015 - 10:50pm
well im glad to hear is was a great event, on the run up to this everyone was moaning about the price and by all accounts it was going to be a complete disaster.
it would have cost me a lot to travel over from ireland but readng all the comments it was well worth the cost .
ah well maybe next year

Re: Rack Pack for Tubus Airey

20 May 2015 - 10:46pm
Interesting point about the panniers lying on the rackv rather than hanging. Hadn't considered that

Re: Campsite near Sedburgh or Kirby Lonsdale

20 May 2015 - 10:37pm
Many thanks, Dent it is - campsite booked cheers, Si

Re: Campsite near Sedburgh or Kirby Lonsdale

20 May 2015 - 10:22pm
Check out camping and caravanning club because they have a searchable map showing campsites. Type Sedburgh, unit type (tent, caravan, etc) and how close to location to get the campsites flagged up. I know there are at least 2 near Sedburgh and more near Kirby Lonsdale. We've been looking at sites in the Dales but these are too close to home to make them worth it for us.

Re: My first Sportive ... helmet standards.

20 May 2015 - 10:21pm
Snell is applicable but hard to find.

They probably won't check beyond it looking like a helmet unless you crash and try to claim it's their fault: after all, why would they exclude the most common helmet standard?

Edin - London. Accoms Needed!!!

20 May 2015 - 10:17pm
Can any of you beautiful CTC people accommodate four weary cyclists/eco-warriors en route to London to attend the "Speak Up For The Love Of... Climate Rally" between June 11th and June 17th???

The dates and rough locations we need somewhere to stay are as follows - we'd consider offers within 10 miles of these:
11th June - North Berwick area
13th June - Whitby area
14th June - Hull/Humber Bridge area
15th June - Wisbeach/Peterborough area

We're cycling from Edinburgh to London to raise political awareness of the impacts of climate change on nature and raising some cash along the way for RSPBs work on climate change.

Re: Campsite near Sedburgh or Kirby Lonsdale

20 May 2015 - 9:53pm
I'd go to Dent.
1 largish site in the village, and a couple on farms (cheaper and more basic) 5 - 10 minutes walk outside the village. See ukcampsite for details.
There are 2 pubs in the village - the Sun and the George and Dragon (probably the better, being the Dent brewery tap).

Re: Short cycle tour to get my reluctant partner into cyclin

20 May 2015 - 9:26pm
Vorpal wrote:What about NCN 11 and 51? Certainly the bit from Ely to Wicken is nice. And I haven't done the whole route to Cambridge, but there are some lovely lanes in that area.
I did it all from Cambridge to Ely (and then back home) last Bank Holiday and it's pretty good as long as you don't mind the odd gravel section. Switch between the two at Burwell because there's a missing bridge before you get to the Upware-Reach road.

Re: Short cycle tour to get my reluctant partner into cyclin

20 May 2015 - 9:22pm
If you are on Twitter then very relevant to this thread you could follow @backonmybike she has just done a tour with her partner and 2 yo in a trailer. You'll see she's blogged it too.

Re: Campsite near Sedburgh or Kirby Lonsdale

20 May 2015 - 9:15pm
Not used any of these but UKcampsite map may help:-

http://www.ukcampsite.co.uk/sites/calcd ... =-2.589392

Re: Islabikes Bienn 29 - tourer for a titch?

20 May 2015 - 9:03pm
Cheers Keith - that'd be great.

Campsite near Sedburgh or Kirby Lonsdale

20 May 2015 - 8:52pm
Hi,

Can anyone recommend a campsite near Sedburgh or Kirby Lonsdale. Just need a 1 night stay, pub nearby would be essential,

Cheers, Si

Re: Brittany - Voies Vertes

20 May 2015 - 7:28pm
al_yrpal wrote:Voies Vertes are all marked on the Michelin Local 1-200000 maps which to me are the best maps to navigate with in France. Personally I found the Voies Vertes often surrounded by trees rather boring as is the canal after a bit. The best bits of Brittany are mostly in small villages.Al
+ 1 for the above. I'm fast coming to the conclusion that their best use is as part of a mixNmatch approach to touring in Brittany, forming a minor variation on a theme rather than the bulk of your itinerary.

Cardiff to Chester - route advice

20 May 2015 - 7:25pm
My tandem stoker wants a challenge to raise funds for Guide Dogs (she's waiting to get one). As she lives in Chester, I suggested Cardiff to Chester and have devised a route - approx 167 miles which we intend to do in 2 days in the Summer.

You should be able to see it on Cycle.Travel here.

We are familiar with the parts up near Chester and I've "pinched" part of the route from my LEJOG GPS track, that I did in 2009 with Bike Adventures (& thank you to the guys there who have kindly confirmed that they are still using the same route and made some suggestions for an overnight stop). I did suggest just keeping going but Clare thought that a challenge too far!

The exact start & finish locations within Cardiff and Chester aren't set in stone but I don't expect they will move too far.

The bit I don't know is the first 45 miles out of Cardiff as far as Skenfrith, NW of Monmouth where we join my LEJOG route, and would value any comments.

I've looked at as much of it as I can on Google StreetView and varied the suggested route where I thought an alternative might be better. We don't mind using cycle paths/ shared paths a bit if they have a reasonable surface and avoid busy stretches or reduce the hills (there's a stretch around mile 3 contra-flow on a shared path alongside the A4161, a stretch at St Mellons & a fair bit getting through Newport), we don't mind using somewhat busier stretches of road (the road between Caerleon & Usk looks quite busy on Streetview, even though it isn't a classified road, but it seems to be flatter &/or shorter than alternatives). I did consider going across the Transporter Bridge, partly just because it was there, & going up the other side of the River Usk to Usk mainly on the minor roads that do a dance with the A449.

As I say, any pearls of wisdom form those that know the roads, particularly in the first part, would be much appreciated.

Thanks

Rick.

Re: Cycle Touring Festival - May 2015 - Lancashire

20 May 2015 - 6:46pm
I was getting off the train at Blackburn on the Sunday afternoon, coming back from Hebden Bridge where I'd been to see the Tour de Yorkshire go through, and there was a couple getting on the train with a loaded tandem there. I wondered if they had been to this.

Rick.

Re: My first Sportive ... helmet standards.

20 May 2015 - 6:42pm
The officials won't bother you with checking for standards as long as you're actually wearing a cycle helmet.

Re: Short cycle tour to get my reluctant partner into cyclin

20 May 2015 - 6:36pm
mjr wrote:hamster wrote:From Norfolk I would do a loop of combinations of Kings Lynn, Wisbech, Ely, Cambridge.
Don;t cycle camp for a first tour, enjoy the cycling and a comfortable B&B if possible.
Much as I love our area, I wouldn't recommend combining Wisbech and Ely to try to encourage a new rider. The Welney-Pymoor section is a mix of sometimes-busy roads and bad surfaces at the moment, whereas avoiding them turns a 26 mile ride into a 37 - the centre of March can be lovely, though.
What about NCN 11 and 51? Certainly the bit from Ely to Wicken is nice. And I haven't done the whole route to Cambridge, but there are some lovely lanes in that area.

My first Sportive ... helmet standards.

20 May 2015 - 6:08pm
I have my first sportive on the 31st May, the Arrow ....Helmet standards are SNELL ( to which SNELL standard ? there's hundreds ) or ANSI Z90/4 ... As previously posted on the CTC forum the American Snell standard is not applicable in the UK and the ANSI standard has been superseded. ... What do others use if they ride Sportive's ? Mines EN 1078...

Re: Short cycle tour to get my reluctant partner into cyclin

20 May 2015 - 5:52pm
I would try France - warm weather really helps - although you will have to travel south. Quiet roads, cheap accom and good food/wine - travel on bikes, rather than a big tour. My wife and I did Bordeaux/Barcelona - as our first trip, and it was wonderful. There are plenty of flatter options, that might be a better start.
But for me nothing beats the feeling of achievement of getting across some big mountains...

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