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Re: Lon Las Cymru Holyhead to Chepstow just completed

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 September 2014 - 8:48pm
Mostly plotted a route starting in Chester.

Is it worth going to Holyhead from Bangor? It would be an out-and-back trip (two nights in Bangor) before heading south on the LLC. Or should I skip Holyhead and go from the NCN 5 in Bangor to the NCN 8?

Re: is bikehike working?

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 September 2014 - 8:43pm
I connect my Garmins to the USB port on my computer. They show up as Mass Storage Devices.

Mine is an old Etrex which doesn't use USB and doesn't show as a mass storage device - it has to, I believe, connect via Garmin Communicator.

Anyone else getting the 'loading garmin libraries' problem?

LLC and Wales Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 September 2014 - 8:15pm
Hello!

This years plans fell through, so I am planning (and committing) to a tour next summer, 2015.

Overall plan is to ride the LLC from Holyhead to Cardiff, starting from Chester (taking the NCN 5 to Holyhead). I'm overseas, but a childhood friend who will hopefully accompany me on this trip is based in London, and its generally much easier for me to fly to London. So we'll take a 2-hr train up to Chester and start our tour from there.

I was/am planning to do this during the last 2-Weeks of July. Researching campsites right now and have come across an interesting dilemma - The Royal Welsh Show. It seems like all the campsites in Mid Wales require multi-night bookings for that time period.

Should I go the first two weeks of July instead? How crazy is this Royal Welsh Show thing in mid-wales? I would direct my question to a Welsh cycling forum, but such a place does not exist! (Unlike the helpful Irish Cycling Forum i found for my tour last summer to the Emerald Isle).

Re: A good idea for this country?

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 September 2014 - 7:18pm
When I was in Dubai the January sales were on.

They do January sales like no one else - including 50% off all speeding fines...

Re: A good idea for this country?

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 September 2014 - 7:03pm
whoof wrote:I once was driven from Dubai to Abu Dhabi and back in a terrifying journey. I asked a few times if we could slow down and stop swerving violently around corners as I didn't want to crash. The response was that the persons driving had nothing to do with whether we might crash it was all down to the will of God.
There's something seriously wrong with a society that has that kind of outlook on safety

Re: French Alps - recommended places...?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 September 2014 - 6:47pm
I went on a CTC holiday where the campsite was right at the bottom of Alpe de Huez, that was nice and Boug de Oisons was nice as well. If you have the car why not try Col de Bonnet? get the T shirt.

Re: Poncho

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 September 2014 - 6:17pm
Bike-components have yellow and mango ones on sale for 20 euros.

http://www.bike-discount.de/en/praesenz ... ude+poncho

Re: A good idea for this country?

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 September 2014 - 5:25pm
whoof wrote:I once was driven from Dubai to Abu Dhabi and back in a terrifying journey. I asked a few times if we could slow down and stop swerving violently around corners as I didn't want to crash. The response was that the persons driving had nothing to do with whether we might crash it was all down to the will of God.

I've done much travel in the Gulf and even more terrifying was the time my boss successfully complained to our associated company, who had provided our driver, that he was driving too fast and it was making her nervous. This was more terrifying because all subsequent journeys with that driver were done at 30 kph - he had obviously had a talking to - but doing a glacial speed on roads where everyone else is going as fast as their cars physically can scared the living daylights out of me.

A colleague in Riyadh taught me not to look at their indicators, nor anything else, but to watch the direction of their fronts wheels - good advice which comes in handy elsewhere too - but such advice was unable to save him when he was t-boned on the Riyadh Dammam highway, may he rest in peace.

Re: Cafe & coffee

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 September 2014 - 5:21pm
Taylors loose leaf earl grey, teapot (warm), fresh hot water, no milk. A slice of fruit cake - not difficult, but not trendy and you can't get a machine to do it - so not so popular with businesses.

Re: Knocked off bicycle. Driver won't give insurance details

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 September 2014 - 5:15pm
If you were injured he is required to either give you his details AND insurance details or to report the accident to the police. Report the accident and even if there is no charges the police should attempt to trace the driver and verify that he had insurance. You can then get insurance details from them, possibly for a fee though.

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1988/52/section/170

If you are injured it may be worth getting a lawyer to act for you on a no win no fee basis. For damage to the bike only the value of a claim may be too low for a lawyer to take on.

Re: Cafe & coffee

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 September 2014 - 5:05pm
Quite O.T, so apologies but if I want a quick brew I take a flask instead. I really don't like the "cafe legs" effect.

Re: 700c wheels in India?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 September 2014 - 4:57pm
I'm 5"10" and rode the GT for about 10 years. It might have done for you, but I am off to Japan in a couple of days so a bit late now. I live on the Fenchurch St line and may have a bit of time if you want to look over the weekend. PM me.

You are right, no campsites in India. The biggest problem is finding space not used by anyone and also privacy. You are almost constantly being watched and putting up a tent would attract a permanent crowd. A hotel room offers a bit of a respite. Safety is not normally a concern, but there was a recent problem of 2 Swiss being killed while camping. Constant attention and possible pilfering are much bigger problems.

I have cycled from Katmandu to Goa; Goa to the bottom and back; 2 other trips round the South. Roads vary widely. Some are very good, a few are terrible, most are OK. I often seems to be a State thing with some much worse than others. I tried to ride on the State Highways and avoid the much busier National Highways. Many of the smaller roads may be unpaved.

I never broke a wheel and had few punctures, but I am light, ride fairly carefully and don't carry lots of luggage. A few few spare tubes, maybe a spare folding tyre and a few of each spokes should do.

India is a fascinating place, I am sure you will love it. If you don't want the expense and aggro of getting to E Africa, Nepal and Sri Lanka are local and both worth a visit.

Enjoy.

Re: Cafe & coffee

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 September 2014 - 4:20pm
I was spoiled a bit by going to holiday to Italy for a number of years to stay with family and having proper cappuccinos. The ones over here are far too strong, and either far too bubbly or basically a latte with spit on.

Re: Cafe & coffee

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 September 2014 - 4:05pm
Don't get me started on cappuccino. I was taught one third espresso, one part hot milk, one part foam. Not these milky coffees with spit on that go under the name.

Re: Knocked off bicycle. Driver won't give insurance details

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 September 2014 - 3:52pm
Did you keep a record of his number plate?

Have you been able to check that it was his business card and that the details on it do lead to him?

He may be hoping that you will "just go away" he needs something like a solicitor's letter, a call from the Police or a demand from you for a specific amount to be paid (which you will have to follow with a letter stating that you will take it to the court).

Re: 700c wheels in India?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 September 2014 - 3:50pm
Sorry for the delay in getting back to your q's.

here is London but I'm currently scoping out options which seem to be span the whole country. It's hard work getting a complete setup from scratch! I'm 5'11" so think your GT outpost might be a bit too small for me - what do you think? Hoping to get my hands on a Dawes Sardar but they seem to be a little out of my price range. Would be happy with a decent stell MTB tbh but lots of cheaper Dawes Galaxys keep popping up with 700c wheels.

We toyed with the idea of camping initially but soon realised that it's not recommended. Is it just unsafe to camp? I can't imagine there being many camp sites in India. We're just taking a stove for boiling water and may camp in East Africa if we get there.

Where have you been in India? What are the roads liek on the whole?

An impossible question really but if I end up getting a 700c bike how many spare inner tubes/tyres/spokes etc would you suggest I take?

Thanks,
Jude

Re: Knocked off bicycle. Driver won't give insurance details

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 September 2014 - 3:48pm
Do you have any legal cover eg British Cycling or CTC? I assume you have his reg no?

Re: A good idea for this country?

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 September 2014 - 3:27pm
whoof wrote:I once was driven from Dubai to Abu Dhabi and back in a terrifying journey. I asked a few times if we could slow down and stop swerving violently around corners as I didn't want to crash. The response was that the persons driving had nothing to do with whether we might crash it was all down to the will of God.


In Dubai I found the Lexus drivers of a much better standard than their Toyota cousins.

Re: Cafe & coffee

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 September 2014 - 3:25pm
reohn2 wrote:honesty wrote:Ah, you need to practice the art of turning up just as a new jug comes out
I've never quite mastered it so stick with espresso with added hot water(Americano).
Pollution in the form of milk(yuck! )can be added,but I'd rather not

As long as its not the travesty that coffee chains push as a cappuccino.... double shot does not make a cappuccino better, even it you are serving it in buckets.

We have a really nice tea house in Taunton now, Miles Tea Rooms, that serves really nice tea, properly. I refuse to pay for tea from coffee chains as they all seem to make awful cups.

Re: Knocked off bicycle. Driver won't give insurance details

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 September 2014 - 3:24pm
Contact the police and report the accident. This is very important and the first step for anything.

This topic may be useful in doing so... How to complain about bad driving

This topic may also be of interest... Instructing a lawyer
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