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Re: Bikes on Belgian trains

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 February 2015 - 8:48am
Does anyone know what time specifically the rush hour restrictions apply to?

Re: Flying with German Wings

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 February 2015 - 1:27am
When they say box, they almost certainly mean a bespoke cardboard box for carrying a bike. The sort you get for free at your LBS or occasionally supplied by the airline.

Bag is more open to interpretation. You could argue the CTC poly thing is a bag they may agree or disagree.

I always use a box to save any arguments.

One airline included bag wrap as an option, I used domestic clingfilm and got away with it. Not recommended, but very portable!!

Re: Telford Town Centre Revamp

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 February 2015 - 12:09am
bikersalive wrote:Telford is still an awful place to get about by cycle. Cycle-ways that are not continuous mean lots of road use and criss-crossing to complete a route. Very poor surfaces are common and many of the Town Park paths are a mess, literally, considering the amount spent on supposed improvements. Negotiating some of the paths through housing areas is hazardous too, with rubbish (boxes, old furniture and syringes etc.) common place. Don't try cycling to any of the supermarkets either, the routes are so torturous it's quicker to walk.

Fortunately, the Newport to Stafford cycle-way (former railway line) is now complete and the surface throughout the 15 miles is easy for most types of bike.

Thanks for all the info, all of you.

The Newport-Stafford route is not great in some places. Between Derrington and Stafford is like riding on ballast, unpleasant on the hands if you have a road bike as I do, though do-able. There's a bad cattle crossing (often muddy) between Gnosall and Haughton. None of the route is tarmac, which I think it ought all to be if they seriously want people to commute on it (as they claim they do). Around Gnosall inconsiderate horse riders have damaged the clay-like surface in places (this occurred almost as soon as that section was laid).
The drainage is poor in some of the older parts, i.e. mostly closer to the Stafford end, though I've never yet found it to be impassable on a road bike. Access at Gnosall is steep and awkward where you have to come off the path, drop to road level, cross the road (at lights, which is good) and then get back up to track level again. There aren't maps showing where you are at access points, so you have to count bridges if you're not local and are navigating to interim roads or locations; it's easy to count wrong and end up on the wrong minor side road; be warned, signposts on rural roads here are often non-existent.
The new bit at the Newport end I hope to try next week, will report then if I do; not sure how it crosses the A41, which is a nasty road; hopefully it goes under it.

There is a good route the other side of Stafford, clay across Doxey Marshes, which is a nature reserve so that's fair enough, otherwise tarmac, going out to the ring road towards the Sandon road, but it floods under the Eccleshall Road Bridge in very wet weather and can be impassable there.

Re: Flying with German Wings

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 February 2015 - 11:59pm
Regarding cycle paths from the airport, have a look at http://www.ridewithgps.com. Select the "plan" tab and choose the OSM Cycle map (top right corner of the map) and I think you'll find what you need.

Re: Another cyclist death: left-turning lorry

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 February 2015 - 10:57pm
Rely on other road users to be perfect or try to anticipate and avoid as many hazards as possible before they become accidents?

Yes, roads and vehicle design can be improved. As can driver training and law enforcement. In the meantime road users need to help themselves as much as they can.

Re: Advice sought on choosing a touring bike

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 February 2015 - 10:55pm
I have just bought a Dawes Galaxy Classic from Winstanley's..superb value for money..almost half price.The saving has allowed me to purchase some top of the range rear panniers (ARKEL)and a Brooks B17 Select saddle..also Brooks leather handlebar tape.If you contact Winstanleys and tell them which models you are interested in they will offer you a chance to try them out.They have a number of cycles on display but not their complete range.I notice you live in the Lake District so it would be a short sprint down the M6 to visit them....Best wishes.

Re: North Germany to Berlin

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 February 2015 - 10:55pm
Keep off the main road to Rostock - heavy traffic (lots of lorries) and a scary lip from tbe road surface to the dirt on the side.

Re: Another cyclist death: left-turning lorry

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 February 2015 - 10:36pm
Ellieb wrote:Not fair, but possibly avoidable.

I do agree this time. But although the poor woman could have and should have avoided her fate, it still rests IMV on the lorry to avoid killing people who make fairly common and simple mistakes around them. That shifting of responsibility is IMV a moral question and if we (and others) disagree on it then we will probably have to agree to differ. If, as others have suggested, the avoidance of that responsibility is based on financial rather than moral concerns then we are in very different territory indeed.

Flying with German Wings

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 February 2015 - 9:59pm
I've got a flight booked to Cologne with germanwings.com. Their policy states that the bike must be in a cycle bag or box. Will the CTC poly bike bag or a cardboard box from the lbs be enough or are they expecting the more 'formal' (expensive & bulky) ones? Has anyone had any experience of this airline?

As an additional point, has anyone cycled from the airport to the centre of Cologne? Are there suitabele bike paths?
Cheers

Re: Shane goes lightweight :)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 February 2015 - 9:52pm
shane wrote:http://www.shanecycles.com/packing-list-3-weeks-bikepacking-in-spain/ thanks

Re: Advice sought on choosing a touring bike

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 February 2015 - 9:37pm
Tangled Metal - this Jamis Bosa Nova is a great looking bike:

http://www.evanscycles.com/products/jamis/bosa-nova-2015-touring-bike-ec072111

Mechanical disk brakes, decent frame but no pannier racks. £765.

You might even be able to find it cheaper elsewhere. Just thought I'd post it for you (not wanting to add to your confusion!).

Re: Marathon Dureme tyres

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 February 2015 - 8:55pm
I wasn't really questioning the qualities of the Dureme, just wondering if the one in that link which seems like a good deal, is the genuine version, or some lesser version, because I know Schwalbe's naming system for tyres is quite complex.

I'd be looking at the 26x2.00 ideally folding, but not really sure if I want it for more than the Iceland trip yet..

Re: Another cyclist death: left-turning lorry

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 February 2015 - 8:24pm
Ellieb wrote:Not fair, but possibly avoidable.

Summed up in one sentence.

And as I posted earlier in the thread,whilst a driver should be checking her/his mirrors s/he can't look everywhere at once.
It's also upto the cyclist not to trust that s/he can or will look after them.

Turkey april2015

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 February 2015 - 8:19pm
We are biking APRIL/ AUGUST from ANCHORA TO CAPPADOCIA THEN EAST TO KONYA ISPARTA PAMUKKALE EPHESUS AND THEN ACROSS TO GREECE / ALBANIA / ITALY /fRANCE . WE SEEK FACTUAL ADVICE ABOUT THE ROAD FROM ANCHORA OUT TO GORMEME PLEASE are there placeses to access water and food as I am told its a total wilderness this particular route? any other advice is appreciated we cant access decent topographical map of turkey! BREIGE

Turkey april2015

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 February 2015 - 8:19pm
We are biking APRIL/ AUGUST from ANCHORA TO CAPPADOCIA THEN EAST TO KONYA ISPARTA PAMUKKALE EPHESUS AND THEN ACROSS TO GREECE / ALBANIA / ITALY /fRANCE . WE SEEK FACTUAL ADVICE ABOUT THE ROAD FROM ANCHORA OUT TO GORMEME PLEASE are there placeses to access water and food as I am told its a total wilderness this particular route? any other advice is appreciated we cant access decent topographical map of turkey! BREIGE

Re: Cycling into the sun

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 February 2015 - 8:05pm
Baseball caps are great on a 'bent

Re: Another cyclist death: left-turning lorry

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 February 2015 - 7:56pm
Not fair, but possibly avoidable.

Re: Marathon Dureme tyres

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 February 2015 - 7:44pm
I bought a pair of Duremes (wire beaded version) which were so slow and harsh riding I removed them after 20 miles and never used them again.

They felt so slow I was prompted to do a roll down test comparing them to the Vittorias I replaced them with. The Duremes were indeed 10% slower. And that was on a hill steep enough to have end speeds at 25mph where air resistance would be mattering as much as rolling resistance.


That said for a tough tyre for on/off road use the Duremes will fit the bill. Your not anywhere near Glasgow - I've a pair going free to a good home.

Edit - probably a goood choice for Iceland actually.

Re: Telford Town Centre Revamp

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 February 2015 - 7:31pm
Try Shifnal and Priorslee end if you think Telfords bad. The M54 roundabout is apalling.

Lots of road crossing but at the town centre is better to get around.

I usually cycle to Aldi or Asda round here. Not too bad.

Re: Is there a Round Britain route info thread?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 February 2015 - 7:30pm
Hi Jaydeepee

Have you looked at Josie Dew's book "Slow Coast Home". She cycled round Britain and Wales (not Scotland). There are pen drawings of the route with Towns marked. She also cycle camps so might be useful to you.
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