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Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 December 2014 - 8:32pm
lisap wrote:Are you planning an epic trip MrsHJ?

Yes, have to wait until the kids a a little older and I can abandon them for 3 months as their Dad works evenings so they need to be teenage as otherwise the babysitting would bankrupt us! It's fun thinking about it though and thinking through the options like an extra long planning session. Luckily work lets people take extended leave every so often.

It will be trans- something. One of my girlfriends emailed today to say she is definitely up for a trans America and I've cycled with her a lot on long trips and introduced her to cycle touring in Portugal so whilst I'm happy to travel solo it could be a good combination.

Re: 1980s Raleigh Esprit for tour of Italy?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 December 2014 - 8:31pm
since almost all the braking in a quick stop is on the front wheel it may be he could just get an aluminium front wheel , which need not break the bank.

Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 December 2014 - 8:28pm
Are you planning an epic trip MrsHJ?

Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 December 2014 - 8:01pm
lisap wrote:The Southern Tier has to be my least favourite for exactly the same reasons as IRC has mentioned. I also got knocked off the bike in Florida by a stationary car no less. Stupid woman flung open the door of her giant truck thing and backed out bottom first hitting me in the process. It wasn't a pretty sight.

I quite fancy doing the TransAm but linking up with the Western Express so I end up in San Francisco as it's easy to get to the airport by bike. I would also love to do the Underground Railroad because of the history involved rather than the ride itself. My family were Quakers who emigrated to the US in the 1870's up until the 1920's and I want to meet up with their relatives who live in Ohio.

I had forgotten about goatheads

Yes, sorry to continue off topic but interesting stuff. Thank you both for your comments irp and lisap. The Great Allegheny Passage combined with the C & O canal would be a nice easterly section and picking up the Lincoln Highway for small town America sounds very nice . No one seems to enjoy the rolling hills in the east as much as I thought they would! I've also fancied the western express ( partly because I've already travelled most of the route of the Pueblo to Washington coast section) and because it sounds incredible. I do find the desert cycling a bit thought provoking though. Have you doen a blog or got a map,of your trip irp?

From memory there were some sections of 100 miles on the western express without services - maybe it does fit into this thread then. I'd be interested to know what the optimal timing is for this route. It sounds maybe April- June heading out of San Francisco on 1 April, I think you might have to do it as an autumn ride if heading West. Depends on snow on the mountain crossings though.

Re: TOURING 2015

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 December 2014 - 7:56pm
Mrs. M-k and I will be cycling somewhere exotic this spring: BEESTON! Which one? — All five of them, we hope.

Wouldn't bother with the Beeston in Leeds, exotic is not an adjective that sits well in the same sentence as it.

Re: Bike lift...

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 December 2014 - 7:44pm
Just imagine the health & safety brigade in UK. Could never happen here because cars would be parked on it

Re: Bike lift...

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 December 2014 - 7:43pm
Surely one for 1st of April

Re: Motorcycles using cycle designated parking

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 December 2014 - 7:41pm
Flinders wrote:I've seen motorbikes locked to/parked alongside the Sheffield stands round here, and its never even occurred to me that it was a problem. I've never seen one locked in such a way as it took up more 'locking space' than a bike would, as the stands are well spaced, and the motorbikes have been considerately parked, so I'm happy to share the space with them.

If there aren't enough stands, then there needs to be more stands; that's a different issue. I wouldn't want motorbikes excluded, though, I'd just want more stands.
The real problem where I had trouble with motor bikes (mostly scooters) using the pedal cycle parking was probably that the riders didn't feel that the motorbike parking was secure. But rather than taking up the pedal cycle parking, they should have said something to the zoo customer services, or parking property owners.

Re: Established touring routes?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 December 2014 - 7:36pm
Very strong recommend for franceenvelo it's a book. Stanfords have it. The route starts at St Malo where the overnight ferry arrives at 8am.

Re: Feeling guilty whilst not cycling & car use thru illness

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 December 2014 - 6:57pm
I've been told that's quite common with sciatica. I had sciatica during pregnancy, and the only time my back didn't hurt was riding my bike.

It can have numerous causes, but I got help from a physio therapist. The GP was useless. She told me to 'take gentle walks' and said it would get better. When it didn't, she said it was due to pregnancy and gave me a little flyer about dealing with back pain that had advice like 'don't bend over'.

I've had twinges now and again since. Usually massage is enough to sort it. But if I had real problems with it again, I'd go to a physio.

Re: bbc i player,scottish audax

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 December 2014 - 3:37pm
If you want a further, video, insight into Audax I can recommend Damon Peacock. Check out his channel on YouTube.
Don't know how far back in time they go as I've not sat through them all. I did feature in one of his early productions, which included "ower the edge", which was released on DVD.

Re: Multi Function Watches

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 December 2014 - 2:35pm
That would go quite comfortably next to a Doro mobile ! (I have a similar one too in a drawer somewhere )

Al

Re: Accident at London Bridge Station

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 December 2014 - 1:34pm
It appears its only broken bones and involved crossing the road rather than bike. Not nice but could have been worse.

Re: Multi Function Watches

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 December 2014 - 1:28pm
Sooper8 wrote:MickF- out of interest what is your Seiko auto from the 70's? I have a number of Seiko autos from that era.Here it is.
Seiko DX 25 jewels
Cost me 93 Singapore Dollars in May(?) 1971 bought from the NAAFI.
93 bucks at 7 to the £ is £13 ish. Dirt cheap.
They did them with a white face as well, but at the time I preferred this one.
It's on its third strap, but I haven't worn it for years. It'll still wind and tick and no doubt keep time. It had a visit to the jeweler in the mid 80s for a clean and a bit of TLC. He told me that the only thing that will sign its death knell will be the mainspring bearing as it's a big job to make a new bush. It's the only bearing that isn't jewelled.


Seiko.jpg

Re: Motorcycles using cycle designated parking

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 December 2014 - 1:02pm
I left my car in Cambridge a few times, they had white lines painted along the pavements which invited you to park half on the pavement, half on the road. I parked such that my mirror was overhanging the white line. When I got back the mirror was hanging from the car.

I saw then that my parking was probably inconsiderate and thought "fair enough". I did repair the mirror before driving off and I will not park in a way to invite such a retaliation again.
I think that such lessons are not always wasted on motorists even if it not a moral recognition of wrong doing, so much as a wish to avoid damage to their "Precious".

Re: Motorcycles using cycle designated parking

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 December 2014 - 12:53pm
I recall a MB parked on the corner of the entrance to a hospital where I was going, on foot, for a blood test. Shortly after I pushed the nearside mirror closed, I heard a roar from within and a raging, elderly man emerged. I just said, after he had gone through his repertoire, words to the effect : next time you'll remember not to block the pavement. And walked off. Deferred the test as I might have hit a new score for adrenalin:)

Re: Motorcycles using cycle designated parking

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 December 2014 - 12:51pm
You could fold both mirrors and lift the front and rear wipers into their raised positions, which will increase the chances of it all being noticed before driving off as well as further inconveniencing the inconsiderate driver without doing any actual damage to their vehicle.

Accident at London Bridge Station

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 December 2014 - 12:38pm
Woman is under a bus at above station don't know if cycle is involved but victim is alive.

Re: Established touring routes?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 December 2014 - 11:50am
Ron wrote:Might be something here to whet your appetite.
http://www.esterbauer.co.uk/international.html

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