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Re: Accommodation on a cycle tour of Brittany

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 August 2014 - 4:51pm
Thanks that's really helpful.

Re: Accommodation on a cycle tour of Brittany

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 August 2014 - 3:06pm
Bess3110 wrote:Has anyone got any idea if there are enough B&Bs for my husband and I to be spontaneous about where we stay in Brittany or do we need to plan and book in advance? We'll be there in May/June.

There are a fair few and at that time they are more than likely to have space - the problem being finding them! There are umpteen 'labels' each with a website that only includes Chambre D'Hote signed (and paid) up - this even includes the tourist office listings.

At the current state of play the best way of finding a Chambre D'Hote is to get to a computer - open google maps and search for 'chambre D'hote' - the snag is that this will bring up a disproportionate number of English owned B&B (as they are more on-the-ball) but more and more French places are getting the point and the situation is improving rapidly.

Standards are generally high and expect to pay 50-75 Euro for a couple including breakfast. This may help - http://www.bretonbikes.com/generalartic ... rance.html

If you need some specific recommendations in Brittany please U2U and I'll see what I can do to help.

Re: France: Cycling on Coast Paths and Wild Camping

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 August 2014 - 2:58pm
As mentioned much of the path is steep and rocky and hard work on foot let alone ona bike. And being narrow it'll cheese off a lot of walkers.

Lots of people wild camp, but why not just ask a local farmer - most are great and often you get asked for dinner;-)

Re: Horse Riders

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 August 2014 - 1:37pm
Compulsory insurance is a bit of a red herring here. Motor vehicles are obliged to have insurance because of the unprecedented levels of carnage they cause. Arguably it has had some very negative consequences in limiting the financial costs of poor driving. Vulnerable road users simply do not cause the same amount of damage.

I do think that riders should be responsible for damage caused by their horses. Whether or not they have insurance for this unlikely scenario should be a matter of personal choice.

Re: Horse Riders

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 August 2014 - 1:29pm
LondonBikeCommuter wrote:Psamathe wrote:I would expect all horse riders to have 3rd party liability insurance (either through their house policy or through membership of some horse organisation (as with e.g. CTC) or through an explicit policy (covering their horse and liability). And if not, they they would be personally liable or injury & damage.

I would expect all cyclist to have 3rd party liability insurance but how many actually do? And while your talking about horses would you say the same about the much larger problem of dogs?Almost all - it's normally part of your home insurance, same as if you were a pedestrian.

Re: Horse Riders

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 August 2014 - 1:26pm
Psamathe wrote:I would expect all horse riders to have 3rd party liability insurance (either through their house policy or through membership of some horse organisation (as with e.g. CTC) or through an explicit policy (covering their horse and liability). And if not, they they would be personally liable or injury & damage.

I would expect all cyclist to have 3rd party liability insurance but how many actually do? And while your talking about horses would you say the same about the much larger problem of dogs?

Garmin Etrex 30 - advice please

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 August 2014 - 11:16am
I'm in the market for a new gps. I've been using a garmin 405 running/cycling watch type unit for more than five years. It has been brilliant for my running and short sessions on the road bike but the limited battery (4-5hrs) make it useless for day after day touring.

In an ideal world I'd like a unit that is powered by aa batteries for constant power on tour; this has lead me to the etrex series. I'm trying to get my head round the unit, they're obviously intended for walking / hiking. Is anyone using one? Are there any downsides in comparison to using a cycle specific gps such as the 'edge touring' unit?

I assume that your route is recorded and can be uploaded, stored and viewed like on garmin connect?

I don't need cadence, heart rate, power meter functions to crunch performance data. I'd just like to view my route and have some mapping to call on if needed rather than run my iPhone battery down. I can't see a cycle specific model that offer these functions as well as being powered by standard aa batteries.

Any advice will be appreciated.

Ta!

Re: Bridge out on Lon Las Cmyru at Portmadog - options?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 10 August 2014 - 10:52am
My wife and I have just completed the Lon Las Cymru route, from Holyhead, and finishing in Chepstow. Before heading out I was concerned about the bridge being closed. We took the diversion, which is on a busier road, but in fairness if you ride with care and make sure you are visible it is perfectly safe. The "convoy" worked very well, we arrived at the back of a long queue, the lights changed and we rode through. One of the guys controlling the traffic lights followed us through in his van, meaning the traffic coming the other way wouldn't be allowed to start until we were through. I thought it worked really well.
Also, I agree with what others have posted, the coastal route, while hilly, is definitely worth it, the views in the hills behind Harlech take your breath away (as do the climbs!). One of my favourite parts of the entire route.

Re: Horse Riders

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 August 2014 - 10:49am
661-Pete wrote:I would have thought, dismounting is a bad idea. The horse may have already recognised you on your bike as a human (and therefore 'safe': horses like humans). If it suddenly sees you split up into a human plus another 'animal' (i.e. your bike on its own), it may take the bike to be some sort of predator, and hence spook.

Never having ridden a 'bent, I wouldn't know at first hand what's the best action to take, but I've heard stories about how horses mistake them for stalking big cats or wolves. Certainly need more care.

It depends on the horse. You're right - horses do recognise, and usually like people but it's very hard to know what's going on in a horses mind.
My other half's horse is fine with people up to the point they sit down. Then she gets all nervous as though she doesn't recognise them as people any more. I'm also aware of a horse which is fine with women but gets very jittery when men are around. Talking calmly to the horse/rider is probably a good idea when on a bike as that at least reminds the animal that there is a human in there somewhere.

Specific noises seem to worry them as well, so avoiding bells/horns etc. is a good idea. OH's horse probably gets overtaken by dozens of vehicles every time she's out on the road, and never a problem. Unless it's a Volkswagen camper van. How she can recognise one of those coming up behind her, heaven only knows.

Re: Bike Security Locked At Supermarket Bike Rack

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 August 2014 - 10:37am
Must admit i lock my bike right near the doors in full view of the cameras, assuming they work, of my local shop. Mainly because there artistically designed heavy duty bike rack is around the side out of sight. A thief could happily take a cutting torch to it and no one would notice.

Re: Horse Riders

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 August 2014 - 10:33am
661-Pete wrote:I would have thought, dismounting is a bad idea. The horse may have already recognised you on your bike as a human (and therefore 'safe': horses like humans). If it suddenly sees you split up into a human plus another 'animal' (i.e. your bike on its own), it may take the bike to be some sort of predator, and hence spook.

Never having ridden a 'bent, I wouldn't know at first hand what's the best action to take, but I've heard stories about how horses mistake them for stalking big cats or wolves. Certainly need more care.

Talking is the thing I've found most helpful - talk to the horse, they're used to that, oh and take down anything that looks like a whip...

Slow, wide and chatty

Re: Horse Riders

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 August 2014 - 9:44am
I would have thought, dismounting is a bad idea. The horse may have already recognised you on your bike as a human (and therefore 'safe': horses like humans). If it suddenly sees you split up into a human plus another 'animal' (i.e. your bike on its own), it may take the bike to be some sort of predator, and hence spook.

Never having ridden a 'bent, I wouldn't know at first hand what's the best action to take, but I've heard stories about how horses mistake them for stalking big cats or wolves. Certainly need more care.

Re: Horse Riders

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 August 2014 - 9:28am
Mick F wrote:I never have much a problem with horses and riders, but on occasion I do, and it annoys me.

One time, I was speeding down a hill so I could climb the other side more easily, but a horse and rider coming the other way TOLD me to slow down. I didn't (much) and got a mouthful for my trouble.

Horses are dangerous animals - some more dangerous than others. They should be licenced and insured BY LAW and not allowed in public and on roads unless the rider AND horse have passed a test.

If I ruled the world, I'd do away with them all except for racing/sport. They are no use to us any more for anything else. They cost a fortune to keep and are a waste of land and energy.

I don't mind horses. It's the riders that are the problem. If the horse can not be controlled in public then it should not be allowed in public. That said, horses, much like cyclists, were around before the cars, and if we take the car 'side' trying to eradicate the rights of horse riders then it doesn't bode well for us.

Re: Horse Riders

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 August 2014 - 9:23am
Horses are dangerous animals - some more dangerous than others. They should be licenced and insured BY LAW and not allowed in public and on roads unless the rider AND horse have passed a test.

Many would say the same about cyclists!

Re: Horse Riders

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 August 2014 - 9:18am
I never have much a problem with horses and riders, but on occasion I do, and it annoys me.

One time, I was speeding down a hill so I could climb the other side more easily, but a horse and rider coming the other way TOLD me to slow down. I didn't (much) and got a mouthful for my trouble.

Horses are dangerous animals - some more dangerous than others. They should be licenced and insured BY LAW and not allowed in public and on roads unless the rider AND horse have passed a test.

If I ruled the world, I'd do away with them all except for racing/sport. They are no use to us any more for anything else. They cost a fortune to keep and are a waste of land and energy.

Re: Private 'toll road' - cyclists not welcome.

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 August 2014 - 9:01am
You would think that since he's struggling to break even then charging cyclists too would help him with that issue

Re: Horse Riders

CTC Forum - On the road - 10 August 2014 - 8:49am
Mark1978 wrote:I've never heard of any requirement to dismount. Although I generally slow right down such that I can immediately stop if required. Usually this is well received by the riders.

Some riders wear jackets that state "Horses - Pass wide and slow". That's what I do, slow down, call out and pass in the right hand gutter if they are on the left. Nine times out of 10, I don't have a problem. If you watch the horse, they will have spotted you long before the rider does.

Re: Private 'toll road' - cyclists not welcome.

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 August 2014 - 11:53pm
Anyone noticed the "no cyclists" and "no pedestrians" signage is incorrect? No need to comply - except it is private land.

Velobleu in Nice

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 August 2014 - 10:32pm
Has anyone used the Velobleu cycle hire scheme in Nice? I'm heading there for a week in September and fancy using it, any pointers Or experiences?

Re: Whats wrong with Portugal?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 August 2014 - 10:12pm
Had a similar problem with another country on route planning software forget which one but I think it was Switzerland. Would be interested to know why also
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