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Avenue Verte GPX route

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 January 2015 - 8:13pm
Hi All,

I'm helping to guide a charity ride this summer from London to Paris following the Avenue Verte. I've got a copy of the Sustrans Official Guide and I'm surprised that I can't find any reference to a definitive GPX route guide in the publication. Does anyone know of a GPX route which exactly mirrors the Sustrans Guide?

Cheers

Martin

Re: Are mtb tyres changing?

CTC Forum - MTB - 29 January 2015 - 3:58pm
Would say the Schwalbe Ice Spiker Pro is probably the closest you would get to the old Panaracer.

Re: Schwalbe Now Do A 29 Inch Plus Tyre!!!

CTC Forum - MTB - 29 January 2015 - 3:55pm
The Smart Sam has been out for a year and they do other excellent 29 inch tyres both Spike and Trekking slicks. You could arguably fit wider 700c tyres to a 29 inch though think it would be a wee bit on the narrow side if you went less than a 35C! schwalbe.com will show their full range.

Re: What I forgot to put in my saddlebag

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 January 2015 - 3:31pm
Grandad wrote:I could only get the car inside the tandem by removing the front wheel ......

Was it a very small car or a very big tandem?

Re: What I forgot to put in my saddlebag

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 January 2015 - 3:06pm
I could only get the car inside the tandem by removing the front wheel ............yes, drove home from a ride leaving the wheel still in the car park. Not there when I returned after unloading at home.

Re: Tour de Isle of Wight - 1-4 May 2015

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 January 2015 - 2:36pm
[emoji14]I'll take your advice. Thank you. It's the same here in the South West save for the rain!

Re: CTC challenge rides

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 January 2015 - 2:30pm
Vorpal wrote:There are only 3 scheduled so far. The first two are

http://www.ctc.org.uk/event/ctc-two-mil ... lenge-ride

http://www.ctc.org.uk/event/ride/mersey ... -challenge (local challenge ride)

The way to find them is from the CTC home page, select 'Ride', then 'UK Cycling Events'
http://www.ctc.org.uk/uk-cycling-events

Then you can use a keyword to search. I used 'challenge' in the search box to find the events already scheduled.
Thanks for those links - the Two Mills ride at the end of March is now booked!

Rick.

Re: What I forgot to put in my saddlebag

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 January 2015 - 2:13pm
A few years ago I stopped near Ashford in the Water to mend a p*ncture, removing my cycle computer from the handlebars.

A couple of days later I was getting ready to go out for a ride and couldn't find the computer anywhere. I searched the house with no success, so went out without it.

A couple of days after that, replaying events in my mind, I remembered taking it off my bike in Ashford; so I rode past the same place (avoiding the thorny hedge cuttings that time), and there it was, still on the wall where I had left it 4 days earlier.

Re: Bike delivery service - Virgin BikeMagic

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 January 2015 - 2:02pm
mr riff raff wrote:My employer (a FTSE 100 company with 1000+ outlets) used to have a deal until recently with Yodel that would do any thing up to 25kg for under £4+ VAT so I wouldn't bet on it!Very interesting. I wonder if maybe they do some big multi-parcel / single address pick-ups or deliveries, which'd bring the price down, whereas this new service will be all bitty at both ends - one parcel per location at pick-up and same at delivery.

Bordeaux to Narbonne

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 January 2015 - 1:56pm
Has anyone toured this route recently? All the stuff I can find online is a few years out of date. I am aware that the French are improving their routes and I wondered if this was one of them.

Updates on the state of the towpath along the Canal du Midi would be useful.

Also anyone got any favourite campsite to look out for?

Thanks,
Tina.

Re: What I forgot to put in my saddlebag

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 January 2015 - 1:31pm
Easily done.
My friend played a gig & stopped to repack his car as his kit was rattling. Left his prized Fender guitar on the pavement.
Unfortunately in bandit country.

Re: What I forgot to put in my saddlebag

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 January 2015 - 1:21pm
freeflow wrote:House keys and money always go in my back pocket. Stop was ate was quite rural. Probably at least 10 miles from nearest police station. The turn I stopped at is a favoured route for cyclists so it's very likely just found a new home

well if a fav route then may empathise with your loss and take the trouble to hand in

What I forgot to put in my saddlebag....

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 January 2015 - 1:19pm
at different times i've forgotten my spare tube, tyre levers, pump, lock key, chain tool and even the whole bag! Luckily i've got away with it every time except the lock key (had to walk three miles home to get the key which was safely on the kitchen table!)

Re: Sky Ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 January 2015 - 12:54pm
One notable highlight for me on one of the Manchester city rides was watching a very small girl on a bike with stabilisers happily wobbling her way along Deansgate, which is usually nose-to-tail motor traffic.

Rick.

Re: New Forest Tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 January 2015 - 12:49pm
We used to also holiday at Cadnam. The Roman road through the woods there is very nice as well.

Re: New Forest Tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 January 2015 - 11:53am
tatanab wrote:Do not forget the area in the north of the forest - NE of Ringwood. Geographically very different to the south.
I have never really been into the North of the Forest. Nearest i went was the Rufus Stone on a History trip years ago . Will definitely look into that area.

Re: Sky Ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 January 2015 - 10:46am
I did the Bolton event in 2013 along with my club. 6 year old kids on single speed 'bso's' were overtaking us like we weren't even moving. Great fun
And smiling at a few peeved motorists as we cycled 4 abreast on their road tax funded lanes was a high point in particular

Re: Name the landmark

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 January 2015 - 10:25am
mjr wrote:Si wrote:That looks to me like the obelisk on the Holkham Hall Estate in Norfolk.

Yep, that's what I thought. But then I wondered if the drive looks too steep. Although, come to think about it we did get upto 30mph pretty easily on the tandem.
That's it.
Yay!

mjr wrote:Not sure fog counts as a landmark...

IMG_0540.jpg

There's a well-known landmark there behind the fog and the scafolding...honest. I thought it would be too easy if it wasn't hiding slightly.

A couple of clues:
- at the time I took the photograph (August 2011) the landmark had been under repair and closed to the public for about 2 years
- The presence of my mountain bike indicates that it is close to one of my favourite bridleway routes

Re: Name the landmark

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 January 2015 - 10:00am
mjr wrote:Not sure fog counts as a landmark ...
I expect the legendary Fog on the Tyne does .
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