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JOGLE support vehicle HELP!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 hours 3 min ago
[b]Hi, I am new to this forum so excuse me if this isnt the correct way to put this out there....

Me and 5 of my friends are planning on doing the JOGLE ride somewhere between the last 2 weeks of june and the first 2 weeks of july next year. The plan is to do it in 9 days cycling, starting on the saturday and finishing the following sunday. The plan would be to have a camper van as a support vehicle and accommodation for the time we are away but we are stumped when it comes to a support driver.... i have tried a few companies who can offer such services but these seem to be a little (a lot) on the expansive side.....

I dont know if this is a bit rude but is there anyone out there who might be interested in coming along for the ride?? We plan on taking a total of 7 days off work.... friday - monday to friday - monday. ( days either side to allow for traveling to and from the start and end.

if someone would be kind enough to offer their services we would ensure that there expanses are all taken care of (food and drink etc..).. if we are really stuck payment can also be arranged.....

Does this sound like a problem people have had in the past or does anyone have any suggestions of what we can do?

Re: Avoid the Spanish Gota Fria!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 hours 33 min ago
Beekeeper, looks like you were very unlucky with the weather. The link refers to eastern and not southern Spain. I've toured southern Spain many times in Sept & Oct and not had any issues with poor weather and certainly not enough to put me off. The extreme weather and average climate data do not support avoiding the area either.

We had a couple of wet days in Lozere, southern France, in sept when it rained non-stop for 36hours and at its peak dropped 228mm in a two hour period. Apparently not an uncommon event but no one would advise avoiding the area.

Bad weather happens.

Re: Favourite country?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 hours 33 min ago
Different countries for different reasons I think. France for safe riding and croissants, Spain for the landscape, Holland for cycling infrastructure, Morocco for the desert, Italy for the people. If I had to stay within national borders for a long tour, I'd probably choose France. The alps, the med and plenty of beautiful landscape, all under one flag. That said, there are so many countries I haven't visited.

Favourite country?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 hours 12 min ago
We have just finished a 2 month tour through the length of Japan. It is an amazing country definitely our favourite so far. http://www.cycling-nomads.com/japan-is-number-one/ We didn't meet any other long distance cycle tourists whilst we were there. We would recommend it highly for that slightly longer tour. What is your favourite country and why?

Re: What to do with your bike if you need to get back in a h

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 October 2014 - 10:02pm
Buy a ticket for you and the bike, buy parcel tape amd bin liners, make a large plastic bag with them and cover the bike. This is the easiest, simplest way. Folk go to ridiculous efforts when all you need ks a few quid spent in a supermarket. I am told clingfilm works, but never tried it.

Re: Show your touring bikes !!!!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 October 2014 - 9:29pm
Surly Long Haul Trucker 26" in Tuva Republic, Russia this summer.

2014-10-30_09-04-09_1_40p.jpg

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

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 October 2014 - 7:45pm
I have done twice North to South and three times South to North by different routes. Can't really help you with a preference because I enjoyed every ride. Must agree though the west coast is the least interesting and Aquitaine is very boring. If you do go through there avoid the cycle paths as they are teaming with very slow leisure riders

Re: A new tourer (for a song)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 October 2014 - 7:42pm
It was a Tortek disc rack and Tortek reflector mudguards. That bike was an excellent tourer, but I have moved on now because the Mrs bought me a Salsa Vaya for my 70th birthday. I still have the rack on the Vaya though.
http://www.wiggle.co.uk/topeak-super-to ... rear-rack/



Al

Re: A new tourer (for a song)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 October 2014 - 6:51pm
al_yrpal wrote:Hi Matt,

If its a Carrera Subway 2. That's the same bike I have. The only must haves are mudguards and a 'disc' rack and you are in business. The mudguards are easy to fit, you need to make a little plastic spacer on the forks, and use the brazed ons inside the rear stays at the back. I have done several 500 mile tours on mine so far, its been excellent.

Good luck
Al

I really like this idea!!!!

What kind of mudguards and racks are you using with your bike. I cannot seem to find the same mudguards.

Re: Pushing a bike on a footpath.

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 October 2014 - 6:00pm
PRL wrote:The surface is gravel and lasted for many years with no obvious maintenance. The gates have led to a decrease in traffic so that , with nettles closing in, it is now hardly passable on foot - perhaps the aim is to extinguish any ROW.
Rest assured that once they exist they can only be extinguished by a legal mechanism.

It is generally the council's duty to cut back vegetation to stop it interfering with the highway. They don't tend to do much of this over the winter but if reported now it'll get sorted when they are next doing similar work in the area.

By the way, the landowner needs permission (from the council) for any new gates (rather than just replacing old ones) across any right of way. Unless there is a need to control livestock such permission is unlikely to have been granted. If no permission was granted the council have a legal obligation to order their removal.

Re: Show your touring bikes !!!!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 October 2014 - 5:19pm
My Thorn Raven Tour

Re: Pushing a bike on a footpath.

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 October 2014 - 5:17pm
Tonyf33 wrote:Having had a look at the the sattelite picture there seems to be a bridlepath running alongside the river that meets up with the road near the underpass. Not ideal when it's wet but avoids any issues with the local turnip
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Mud ... 68857d4fb3

That is also (according to OS) a footpath. It is much narrower especially with nettle growth in late summer but yes we have been that way to avoid confrontation. You still have to pass one of LT's gates but not his lair.

Re: Pushing a bike on a footpath.

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 October 2014 - 5:13pm
Psamathe wrote:meic wrote:I am afraid that "the little Hitler" is obliged by our country's stupid laws to kick up a fuss about this.
If he just lets it happen like a nice friendly person may feel like doing then after 20 years people can apply for a right from usage and forbid him from ever doing anything to his land that interferes with that right!
I have been following this thread and was forming the "unpleasant owner" opinion. But you raise a good point regarding acquired rights. Whilst I don't know the surface, I also wonder if bikes might damage the surface more and place a greater maintenance cost burden on the owner (assuming the owner has to pay for maintenance; assuming it is the responsibility of the owner to maintain a public right of way).

Ian

The surface is gravel and lasted for many years with no obvious maintenance. The gates have led to a decrease in traffic so that , with nettles closing in, it is now hardly passable on foot - perhaps the aim is to extinguish any ROW.

Re: First bike tour with children

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 October 2014 - 4:56pm
The North Wales Coast (NCN 5) is a good choice - plenty of posts about it on this board. Aside from the Bagillt hill section it's mostly flat, lots is traffic-free, and the scenery is suitably impressive - plus plenty of cafes and ice-cream parlours along the way! (And you could skip the hilly bit by taking a train from Prestatyn to Flint.) Should be reasonably easy to get to from Nottingham, especially if you take the little local train from Derby to Crewe then change there for a train to the coast.

I'd second the suggestion of the Kennet & Avon (NCN 4), and you could also try the Cotswold Line (NCN 442) from Worcester to Oxford, though I may be biased.

Re: First bike tour with children

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 October 2014 - 4:43pm
Many thanks for all the superb ideas - I'm very grateful for all the helpful input from so many people, so quickly. I particularly like the idea of the Yorkshire Wolds - we often head up to Scarborough via that way. Am going to look at accomodation options. May also plan a C2C over a week in the summer, though I might source a road bike for my daughter for that.

Re: Show your touring bikes !!!!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 October 2014 - 4:16pm
Here is my Disc Trucker, in the Burren of Ireland (at least, on the coast) on the way to Doolin.



Will be carry a tent etc next summer on my tour of Wales.

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

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 October 2014 - 3:59pm
I agree keeping more to the east whichever direction I go will be a good idea. Weather is more likely to be lively in the west of France - but of course no guarantee!

Re: Bikes on a plane - box or bag?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 October 2014 - 3:53pm
I think I am going to get the CTC Bag, myself, for my upcoming trip to Wales next summer.

Airlines are so confusing though. British Airways flys the bike for free, apparently, but the first leg of my flight is on a plane operated by another airline. Does that mean I have to pay their baggage fee? I wish airlines made things far more simpler! Its also not evident whether bikes in a bag are acceptable on the connecting flight - any airline gurus out there?

Avoid the Spanish Gota Fria!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 October 2014 - 3:36pm
I came back at the end of last week after a trip into Spain of nearly 6 weeks in our campervan. We had a great time but we also experienced some very wet and thundery weather, all the way down to the very tip of Spain. This was I must confess a bit unexpected. We had some very warm weather too but the thunderstorms lasting in one case over 3 hours were memorable.

Exchanging e-mails with someone who has lived in Spain for decades it seems this is not a new phenomena and is known to the Spaniards as a gota fria or "cold drop". It occurs in the autumn along the Spanish Mediterranean coast when moisture from the warm seas ascends into the atmosphere and hits cold air in the upper atmosphere. The storms are worst along the coast but the effects stretch far inland.

I raise this because we met a couple of cyclists on the ferry on the trip to Santander who were planning to cycle across Spain to Cadiz. I can only hope they had better weather than we experienced for the first few weeks of our holiday.

The lessons is - avoid southern Spain on September and October up until about the 15th. You may of course be lucky, but statistically, this is the danger period, especially when the summer starts early as it did this year.

http://spain.angloinfo.com/moving/count ... gota-fria/

Re: Lights: flashing, bright: article in Cycle

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 October 2014 - 2:49pm
Also ,on Bromptons, the slightly nearside mounting may mean a lamp can be left fitted when folded, where it would need removed upon folding if fitted on the offside.
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