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Re: Leeds Liverpool Canal - Shipley to Gargrave

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 July 2015 - 10:26pm
thanks for that. So would you stay off the towpath after Silsden until nearer Skipton? Which road route would you recommend from Riddlesden to Silsden? I know the B6265 pretty well, but is there a better way? Going north to pick up Silsden Rd and Howden Rd looks possible, but hilly!

Re: Boris' backie

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 July 2015 - 10:24pm
If I've read the linked BBC article correctly, the suitability or otherwise of the rack isn't an issue

It shows Ms Wheeler sitting on the saddle, without a helmet, holding her handbag as her husband stands on the pedals.

You couldn't make it up. He's claiming ignorance of the law about cycling while giving a saddle to a barrister called "Wheeler."

It's the silly season.

Re: Canal du Midi towpath

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 July 2015 - 10:12pm
There was another enquiry about the canal a few months ago. If you use the search you should get more information. I have cycled from Carcassone to Narbonne. As with other posts the towpath is narrow with tree-roots, it is best to follow the canal by the adjacent quiet roads and to cycle along the canal when possible. The branch to Narbonne is rideable as it is wider with no trees. When I rode it the path was being repaired on the outskirts of Narbonne so I had to detour.

Re: Pedestrians' view of bells ?

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 July 2015 - 9:53pm
Haven't found a place to put one on my new bike, but for the last 1000k no-one I've met on cycle paths has taken a friendly hello badly.

For the sake of passing the PBP bike check I'll maybe mount one under the saddle.

Re: My first touring 'fail'

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 July 2015 - 9:40pm
I was given good cycling advice once, ride your own ride. Everyone is different and you'll be back, but you started which is half the battle.

Re: Leeds Liverpool Canel - Shipley to Gargrave

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 July 2015 - 9:30pm
Good metalled towpath from Shipley past the locks at Bingley ( nice cafe at top of second set of locks ),smooth going for a good bit after that. It gets bit rutted bumpy and grassy ( and muddy when wet ) from near to Silsden it smooths out near Skipton, loaded up I would probably come off at Riddlesden (left down hill ), then turn right and go up the road. You could come

off near Silsden just past (Golf Club on your left ) a bit further on up the tow path signposted Route 69:( the path becomes rutted immediately after the next bridge ) through a farmyard this

takes you into Silsden through a small housing estate,bear to the left and under a bridge, turn left brings you to a T junction which is Silsden main drag.Unfortunately if you chose this diversion there is an awkward drop

down a wall from the towpath on stone steps to get into the farmyard .If you were going to come off the tow path, Riddlesden is the better option. I should think the rutted section is 6 or seven

miles at a guess.I went that way in the dry the other day, perfectly do-able but bumpy, it takes a bit too much concentration if it's wet tree roots etc, especially if loaded.

The only gate I can think of is just before Shipley and I think that's either been taken down or is open due to tow path repairs towards Leeds there are a couple more back towards Leeds but if you're getting on at Shipley they won't concern you.

Don't know what it's like beyond Skipton.

Re: My first touring 'fail'

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 July 2015 - 9:18pm
Such a shame to come home early, but I think you did the right thing and you did come home as opposed to not!

Some things if they dont feel right need to be checked over.

And now you have had a bit of a kit shakedown so next time you will drink more, eat better and ride the whole route!

Good luck

Re: Antwerp to Amsterdam

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 July 2015 - 9:13pm
iainb wrote:Hi folks

Not exactly on topic, but I'm planning a trip form Harwich to the Hook, cycling down the coast and coming back from Dunkirk to Dover. The Dutch and Belgian map posted on here were very useful The one thing I'm a bit concerned about knowing how big a city and port Rotterdam is, how easy is it to get from the Hook to the southern side of Rotterdam to continue down the coast.

Thanks and regards


Very easy. We came back in the other direction from Breda, skirting the southern suburbs of rotterdam then on to the Hook to the ferry. Route couldn't be simpler, though the section between the port and rotterdam is rather boring.

Re: My first touring 'fail'

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 July 2015 - 9:10pm
That's not a fail it just didn't quite go to plan. life would be boring if it always did...

Re: Boris' backie

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 July 2015 - 9:09pm
I'd have thought the manufacturer's claim of suitability should be good enough. Maybe you should go the whole hog and get a seat http://www.cyclechicrepublic.com/27-bac ... t-cushions

The RTA says "constructed or adapted". I'd say that's adapted

Re: Boris' backie

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 July 2015 - 8:55pm
My Dutch bike's rack is rated to carry the weight of a person as long as they're not too heavy and doing so is mentioned in the maker's advertising ("Perfect for pannier bags, shopping and most importantly: the Dutch way of giving your mates a lift!"). Anyone know if that would count as constructed to carry two people in the sense of the RTA?

London hire bikes are even heavier than my Dutchie, so it seems like they could easily double the system's user capacity if they put a sturdy rear rack on them!

My first touring 'fail'

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 July 2015 - 8:38pm
After much planning (and looking forward to) I flew off with my bike to Carcassonne to begin a 1000 mile solo route north to Zeebruge for the ferry home. First couple of days went great - good weather riding the Canal du Midi (where it was rideable) and through Toulouse up to Moissac. Two idyllic days riding about 60 miles per day with good campsites. Third day was from Moissac to Bergerac, just over 90 miles. It turned into a difficult day, hot, heavy rain showers, and a strong headwind most of the way. Oh, and lots of hills. Not big hills but regular slogs, one after the other. I reached Bergerac about 5pm feeling tired but OK. As planned, every third night would be in a hotel so found a nice hotel near the centre of Bergerac (Hotel Europe), and after a refreshing shower headed off into town for some food. After a good three course meal, with a glass or two of wine, I was soon back in the hotel and in bed by 11-30pm. Then the palpitations started! Bump, bump. bump. miss a beat, bump, bump, miss a beat, bump, bump, etc. etc. This went on most of the night, keeping me awake wondering what to do the following morning (if I lasted that long!). Talking to the hotel manager over breakfast, I mentioned my problem and he advised me to see a doctor (there just happened to be one a few doors away who spoke English). The doc listened to my chest, took my blood pressure, found nothing but advised me to have a thorough check before carrying on. After an hour or two of soul searching I decided to play it safe and get back home by the next flight. So, after numerous tests and a scan, nothing has been found wrong with my ticker and I have not had any further problems since that night (now two months ago). According to my doctor exhaustion, dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, rich meal - these could have all contributed to what happened. Maybe I will never know but I think I made the right decision to cut the tour short on this occasion. France will still be there next year. I've been touring since I was in my twenties, I'm 65 now and hope to have many more cycling tours ahead of me.

Re: Boris' backie

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 July 2015 - 8:01pm
I really have gone off the BBC. I'm no politician or conservative supporter but I've always liked Boris. He knows how to have fun and I guess so does his wife! Good on him for being so restrained with all those interfering, controlling numpties...b

Re: Boris' backie

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 July 2015 - 7:35pm
P-poor journalism as per usual. Still searching for the "1998 Road and Traffic Act"

But, yeah, I totally agree it's another of those things which is not dangerous https://aseasyasridingabike.wordpress.c ... dangerous/

Boris' backie

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 July 2015 - 7:25pm
Illegal here but is it that heinous a crime? Its very common to see them in the Netherlands but I don't recall an excess of backie induced deaths and injuries


Re: Horses: modern ones selected from what stock?

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 July 2015 - 6:07pm
ferdinand wrote:Prey items especially in France.... And in Tesco's

Re: Britain's greatest....

CTC Forum - Racing - 27 July 2015 - 5:58pm
no mention of quite a few...in fact anyone from MTBing, BMXing, etc etc where we have had many world class cyclists who have won multiple world champs. IF it was only for roadies then fair enough but they manage to get track riders in there.

Leeds Liverpool Canal - Shipley to Gargrave

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 July 2015 - 5:48pm
Has anyone ridden the Leeds Liverpool canal between Shipley and Gargrave recently? Thinking of going that way to get up to the Dales. Will be on a touring bike with panniers, tyres are pretty wide so happy with gravel surfaces. Are there lots of gates etc. to fight your way through? What about narrow bits under bridges etc?



Re: Pedestrians' view of bells ?

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 July 2015 - 5:45pm
Several posts by David Hembrow on the deficiencies of shared use paths: http://www.aviewfromthecyclepath.com/se ... se%20paths

Re: Way of the Roses..an accident waiting to happen?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 July 2015 - 5:41pm
While i totally agree that the hill down is very steep , i dont see an issue if your a reasonable cyclist with common sense and ride it at a suitable speed, i rode it in march with snow on the ground and i never died !
just use your brain and your brakes properly
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