CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition

Syndicate content
Discussion boards hosted by CTC, the national cycling charity
Updated: 1 hour 41 min ago

Re: trans am for novice advice needed

6 February 2016 - 9:24am
how do i get access to a pm?

Re: trans am for novice advice needed

6 February 2016 - 9:19am
Hi David I have sent you a PM about those maps and a chat about your route!

Re: trans am for novice advice needed

6 February 2016 - 9:13am
DavidWC wrote:
Hi, we did the transam with adventure cycling last year, the central route, started May finished early August, you will struggle to cross Rockies before June so East-West is best, Yorktown to Florence Oregan.
But Astoria is a better finish but the wind going north from Florence could spoil that bit.
If you want a full set of maps let me know - no charge
Good luck
David

Re: trans am for novice advice needed

6 February 2016 - 9:06am
I am doing the trans am next year East to West so may see you out there!

Re: Bristol to Reading - on road bikes?

6 February 2016 - 8:47am
san0 wrote:Bedwyn to Newbury (Following the NCN route 4 on road, I chose these points incase others want to return earlier by train)
http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/970406337

Unless you specially want to follow the canal, I think you'd be better bearing right out of Kintbury via Hampstead Marshall, Skinner's Green Lane and the Enborne Road into Newbury. These are pleasant country lanes, undulating but no killer hills; the towpath is rough in places and can be busy with dog walkers etc as you get close to Newbury.

Newbury to Reading (Avoiding the rough Kennet and Avon path, so going a back route)
http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/970414931
Your route looks fine if you want to get to Tilehurst rather than central Reading. For central Reading, I would turn right in Theale, and cross the canal at Sheffield Bottom, then follow the road (bearing left where there's a choice) then left onto the Burghfield Road towards Reading, then right onto marked on-road cycle route through Southcote into the centre.

If you find yourselves short of time, the A4 is faster and not very horrible between Hungerford and Theale.

Re: trans am for novice advice needed

6 February 2016 - 8:03am
Wow, that's super generous David, would have snapped them up if I hadn't just ordered my set, ahhh well, good to support the guys who made it. I'm going the transam-western express route, East to west starting late June I reckon. I'll probably have to carry as much suncream as I do water
Is it worth bringing cooking gear? Im only using rear panniers and a handlebar bag. While I enjoy cooking at home, not sure I'll fancy it on the road.

Re: trans am for novice advice needed

6 February 2016 - 7:48am
Hi, we did the transam with adventure cycling last year, the central route, started May finished early August, you will struggle to cross Rockies before June so East-West is best, Yorktown to Florence Oregan.
But Astoria is a better finish but the wind going north from Florence could spoil that bit.
If you want a full set of maps let me know - no charge
Good luck
David

Re: Critiques of routes for touring

6 February 2016 - 12:04am
Annoying Twit wrote:Could someone (e.g. 'honesty') please advise about the suitability of leaving Oxford (heading towards Leicester) on the B4150, over the A40 and north towards Woodeaton and Islip?

The B4150 proper - i.e. Marston Road - is an averagely busy city road. It's not my idea of a good time but it's perfectly cycleable - I do it every month or two and haven't died yet!

From the A40 to Bletchingdon is rat-run central. It's really, really lousy at rush-hour - a constant stream of traffic on a busy road. At other times of day I'd personally be ok with the road through Woodeaton, but uncomfortable on the B4027... but I have a lower tolerance for traffic than many.

As far as the canal towpath goes, you take it from the start of the canal as far as Aristotle Lane in North Oxford, then divert onto NCN 5 which will take you on back streets and a roadside path until returning to the towpath. Eventually you come back onto the A44 cyclepath after having avoided the unpleasant trunk road roundabouts.

My personal suggestion would be that you faithfully follow NCN 5 from Oxford through Woodstock. Then when it turns due west, go east towards the Cherwell valley and Upper Heyford. You can then rejoin your planned itinerary. There's a muddy bit out of Woodstock but otherwise it's a good route.

I'd also recommend that you use a proper bike-friendly route-planning site rather than Google but I may be biased.

Re: trans am for novice advice needed

5 February 2016 - 9:51pm
thanks for the advice everyone.

SE Asia routes advice

5 February 2016 - 8:37pm
After finishing a 3 month tour in october I'm itching to get back on the bike.
The idea of cycling Vietnam/Thailand sounds amazing.
Skimming crazy guy and this forum I have a few ideas but would love anybodies thoughts on good routes/roads and things to see.
Cheers!

Re: Critiques of routes for touring

5 February 2016 - 7:49pm
Unfortunately I've only ever driven around Oxford so can't comment on the smaller roads out.

Re: Critiques of routes for touring

5 February 2016 - 7:33pm
Could someone (e.g. 'honesty') please advise about the suitability of leaving Oxford (heading towards Leicester) on the B4150, over the A40 and north towards Woodeaton and Islip?

The B4150 looks a bit big and busy (streetmap), but I'm having trouble finding a route out of Oxford without using the axis of evil (A34-A40-A44) at the north end of Oxford.

While I'm told I could take the canal to Kidington, I found a picture on google streetmap which seemed to indicate that the towpath is unpaved. I'm not sure about riding that.

Any opinions on the A4095 north of Kirklington would also be useful. While it's an A-road, it doesn't look too bad on streetmap. I'd be on it for about 3km.

I had to give up on my first route to Oxford as it was getting longer and longer. I have found a shorter 125km route, which doesn't seem too bad. And I'd only be on it for a kilometre or so. In terms of a planned build from 100km to 200km rides, 125km seems a useful step forward without being too much of a jump.

I don't want to waste anyone's time as this route will likely be refined further. But, this is what I have at present: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/dir/Oxfor ... 484838!3e1 It is very different from the first draft I posted.

List of villages passed through:

Oxford
Woodeaton
Islip
Bletchingdon
Kirtlington
Upper Heyford
Somerton
Charlton
Farthinghoe
Moreton Pinkney
Canons Ashby
Preston Capes
Newnham
Watford
Crick
Yelvertoft
Clay Coton
Stanford on Avon
Swinford
Walcote
Gilmorton
Ashby Magna
Willoughby Waterleys
Countesthorpe
Blaby
Leicester

PS: Thanks for the Gloucester tips. I'll be working more on that route as well. But Oxford will come first.

Re: Bristol to Reading - on road bikes?

5 February 2016 - 7:06pm
I'm hoping to ride this with ReadingCTc this summer, but I want to know if these on-road routes are similar to what you all have ridden?
My objective is to use a sportive bike with 25c tyres, roll comfortable enough on the mixed terrain as plotted. If anyone can share their GPX file that will also be handy to compare. Thanks.

Bristol Templemeads to Bath Spa (Using the railway path)
http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/970377615

Bath to Devizes (On road avoiding as much of the rough K&A canal as possible but reach the locks)
http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/970395715

Devizes to Bedwyn (I think this is NCNR4?)
http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/970402073

Bedwyn to Newbury (Following the NCN route 4 on road, I chose these points incase others want to return earlier by train)
http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/970406337

Newbury to Reading (Avoiding the rough Kennet and Avon path, so going a back route)
http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/970414931

Re: WESTERN ISLES

5 February 2016 - 3:16pm
Several earlier mentions for Gatliffe Hostels.
They are very similar to the old style Youth Hostels,fairly basic,but in wonderful locations,& you'll no doubt meet some interesting people.
Highly recommended as part of tour of Outer Hebrides.

Re: My last City Nightline trip

5 February 2016 - 1:19pm
Have you got a link? (I'd like to know whether the CNL Amsterdam-München service will be affected).

EDIT: sadly, I found one:

http://www.railjournal.com/index.php/ma ... hannel=524

You might want to check out the TGV Lyria services from Paris.

Re: F1 hotels

5 February 2016 - 12:47pm
Interesting - sorry to hear about what must have been a fairly depressing experience at the time. It's been a while since I stayed in an F1 and I always used to find them - at least the individual rooms - clean enough and quiet enough to get the job done, but I guess they've become hostels now, more or less and also they're nearly always situated in less than select areas of town, for fairly obvious reasons. I might be a little more selective next time!

Re: F1 hotels

5 February 2016 - 12:09pm
Flee ridden room in one causing my wife to have a serious amount of bites on her legs. The other had a group of very rowdy migrants camping next to the car-park and making an all night din.

Re: Eurovelo 6 Accommodation

5 February 2016 - 12:04pm
bristolboyz wrote:Thanks bikepacker.
Have used Booking.com for a couple of nights at the beginning to get us started. Only concern is they keep saying only 1 or 2 rooms left even this far out. Could just be a way to drum up business of course. Can't believe we won't be able to book just a day or two ahead though the footie tourney may get in the way. Had hoped to stay in smaller places but that may prove tricky - we'll see.

On any recognised walking trail you'd expect an accommodation guide - odd that cycle routes don't have them, unless anyone knows different???!

My experience is that there is always accommodation to be found online the day before it is required. Sometimes it is even cheaper as they try to sell last minute rooms.

Re: My last City Nightline trip

5 February 2016 - 11:46am
I think the difficulties are more political - so many national rail networks are privatised now, and scheduling a journey through several countries necessitates a level of co-operation that they are not willing to offer. Also borders are becoming less open.

The UK sleepers survive because of government support, perhaps not unrelated to the number of Scottish MPs whose work pattern depends on the sleeper. I've read that Sweden also has good services still.

Openfietsmap - NEW

5 February 2016 - 11:45am
Discovered this while sorting my Garmin Etrex 20 after its fall.

The wunderkind has very recently updated it:

http://www.openfietsmap.nl/downloads/europe

Thoroughly recommended.

About

CTC

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

Copyright © CTC 2015

Terms and Conditions