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Re: Coast & Castles - Recommended sights & tea shops?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 April 2015 - 5:20pm
The barn at Beal is a great place for at least four reasons.
1] Good food
2] great coffee
3] you can camp here and have supper and a cooked breakfast
4] Soon there will be an evening bar and you can have a nightcap if you are that way inclined.

It is a mile or so down the Lindisfarne road from the A1.

Will revisit this summer for sure

1st tour advice

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 April 2015 - 5:13pm
I am planning my first tour and would appreciate thoughts on my plans.

Overnight ferry from Plymouth to Roscoff, 2 days to cycle to Quimper, train to Bordeaux, leaving 12 days to cycle back to Roscoff.
The plan is to follow the Eurovelo 1, but not to be rigid in the plan. Camping and B+B when wanted as well.
I would be interested in any other ideas for 2 weeks in France as well.

Re: Route from Bala to Dolgellau advice.

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 April 2015 - 5:12pm
Super. Thats me sorted. The photos look perfect.

Thanks very much :>)

Re: Route from Bala to Dolgellau advice.

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 April 2015 - 4:39pm
My suggestion - from Bala along the south side of the lake to Llanuwchllyn, then you just cross the A-road and go over the hills, up to 1743 feet towards Trawsfynydd, (turn left before T) through Coed-y-Brenin, south towards Llanelltyd, after Dolgellau you can cycle on the old railway track on the south side of the estuary, then across Barmouth bridge. Or if you have a lot of energy you can leave Dolgellau by Cader Road, up to the perfect double lakes above Arthog, steep down to A and over the bridge. Almost all on "yellow" roads as shown on the OS maps.

Re: Route from Bala to Dolgellau advice.

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 April 2015 - 4:25pm
There's some lovely surfaced minor roads to the east of Coed y Brenin. Hilly but you'd expect that! Head south down the east shore of Bala Lake. Route: http://cycle.travel/map/journey/11540 - click on the roads, then 'View photos', to see what they look like.

Part of it is signposted as a regional cycle route. But don't follow NCN 82 through Coed y Brenin unless you're on a pretty burly bike (hybrid at least) - that one is a bit rough!

Route from Bala to Dolgellau advice.

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 April 2015 - 4:07pm
Hi all,

Im looking to do a few days riding and one of the legs is Llangollen to Barmouth. Most of the route is fine apart from the section between Bala and Dolgellau. As far as i can see there is only one way and thats across the A4212 and down the A470. Im viewing google maps and it is showing tracks across from Bala to Coed y Brenin but could anybody tell me if these are tarmac or bridleways as i want to stay off busy roads.

Thanks for any help :>)

Re: Round the Coast

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 April 2015 - 3:52pm
PM sent regarding possible Vale of Glamorgan location. Enjoy your ride.

Re: Round the Coast

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 April 2015 - 3:40pm
Warm showers.

Many of us are coastal and are members.


Re: I Got Nudged

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 April 2015 - 3:38pm
Glad you survived unscathed. I've "made contact" with 2 motor vehicles in the past, both low speed nudges similar to yours. It's probably down to a dopey driver spending too long glancing right and forgetting to look forward too. Was it a young driver? That sort of basic error is more understandable from someone less fluent with driving.

Round the Coast

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 April 2015 - 3:34pm
I'll be setting off on Saturday 25th April to ride around the coast of Great Britain, starting from Worcester, going down to the Seven Estuary then round in an anti clockwise direction to arrive back in Worcester around three months later. I appreciate this is not unique but it's the first and probably only time for me!

I will be raising money for Alzheimer's Disease along the way so contributions to my fund would be most welcome and can be made here: https://www.justgiving.com/Round-the-Coast/

To help keep costs down I would be grateful for any offers of accommodation, somewhere to pitch my tent, or just a cup of tea and a piece of cake, also anybody who would ride with me for part of the route will be welcome.

A few more details and updates will appear here: http://www.round-the-coast.com/

I Got Nudged

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 April 2015 - 3:24pm
3 and a bit years after climbing back in the saddle and after I dunno how many close passes and near misses, I've finally been hit. Nothing serious luckily for me.
The rest of the group had already entered the roundabout https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@53.72039 ... ,19z?hl=en from the north side but I decided to wait for a safer opportunity as the guy in front of me just about made it. I sat in primary and as usual with any junction, I had my front brake on.
As I waited, I could the engine from the car behind me getting closer and all of a sudden, the bike and I were being shoved forward. I looked around to find the driver not looking forward, but watching the traffic approaching from the right while crawling forward. I shouted "Oi!" and moved forward a bit more to distance myself from the plonker. As I looked right again to check for a safe gap, he hit and pushed me again which resulted in my front wheel being over the white line. This time I leant on the AirZound a couple times while pointing at his bonnet which finally caught his attention and he stopped. Asking him "What the hell are you playing at?" resulted in one of those blank "What's your problem?" faces. Unbelievable.
No damage to me or the bike, so I just got round the roundabout and caught the rest of the group.
I'm thinking it's time to maybe save the pennies for a couple new cameras front and rear.

Re: What is gr8 about motorcycling?

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 April 2015 - 2:52pm
Just like cyclists should not nip onto the pavement to get past a car in a jam that is too near the kerb to allow you past. Or the cyclist that edges across the pedestrian crossing when the lights for traffic are on red. You have to stop as well as other road users. Or how about those adults who ride on pavements. Or those cyclists who get angry over some minor infringement that they perceive so race off after the perpetrator in their vehicle and see fit to kick the vehicle to show their displeasure.

I am not having a go at cyclists so much as the potential for them and us attitudes from both sides over perceived rule breaking from the other side. Quite frankly I admit i am human and break rules when cycling and driving, but being on both sides I accept that we do wrong and others do too. Singling out specific actions of the other side is not a positive action in some cases but can foster opposing views and a "but your lot do this," response. Look to your own actions and make them right. If that is all the change we can affect it is still a start.

Re: hour record.

CTC Forum - Racing - 15 April 2015 - 1:46pm

Dowsett attempt in Manchester on May 2nd.

Wiggins attempt in London on June 7th.

Re: What is gr8 about motorcycling?

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 April 2015 - 1:38pm
bigjim wrote:The examiner is with you all the time now on the part 2. He indeed follows you on his bike and issues instructions. You also have to do the turn around in the road in front of the examiner controlling clutch and revs. This after the theory test and of course initial exam where you have to weave between cones and do an observed road circuit frun by an authorised learner school.
I think they are now trying to make it even harder.

I hope that part of the motorbike test addresses some behaviour that often annoys me:

1. DO NOT deliberately filter into the ASL on red, especially cutting up cyclists.
2. DO NOT cut into any cycle lane at the last moment when faced with congestion ahead.
3. DO NOT use off-road cycle paths as a short cut between roads.

Whilst I'm sure that many bikers adhere to the regulations, there's always that minority.....

Re: Mark Beaumont is off again

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 April 2015 - 11:07am
geocycle wrote: I really liked his round the world trip which was inspiring and focussed on the journey as much as the record. Since then he has become increasingly professional as travel has become his occupation, his activities have become more contrived and focussed on the end point, and as a result less accessible. When reading these accounts I like to be able to suspend belief and imagine I could be doing the journey whereas these record attempts with fixers and military guards just leave me cold.

Yes I agree with this (though I think on his original trip he had to have a police escort all the way through Pakistan). These TV-series trips are not a genuine reflection of an individual or two-up effort. I think (hazy memory) that on Ewan MacGregor'/Charlie Boorman's motorcycle trip down Africa they bumped into a solo touring cyclist somewhere in central Africa doing the same thing. And I thought that the story of his trip would be more interesting than two blokes on high powered motorbikes, a support vehicle, probably a spare bike if they needed it, camera crew, local fixers etc, etc...

Re: Train carriage - how are bikes secured?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 April 2015 - 9:56am
chris_suffolk wrote:Thanks for the replies.

To claify my journey, it will be

Ipswich to Stratford, then Stratford to Dover. I know I will need to switch stations at Stratford. Not sure if this means it will be an intercity type or a local train from Ipswich to Stratford.

Seems the Stratford to Dover leg will have a good cycle space, with reasonable fastening, but not so sure about the Ipswich to Stratford part.
Chris don't worry about the Ipswich to Straford part of the journey. If you can, avoid the morning rush hour. All the trains Ipswich to Straford have space one way or another. If you have to be on a specific train they are very helpful with bikes in the booking office at Ipswich. I usually ride up there, a week or so before, just check your cheapest fares first onthe net , but I've never had a problem with them.

The other thing to watch for is weekends they keep closing large part of the line for track upgrades and maintenance , putting on replacement bus services which you will not be allowed on with a bicycle.

Re: Disappointing For Cyclists in Radstock

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 April 2015 - 9:22am
Thanks Vorpal. I'll do my best. It's worth him cycling with me to see how bloodthirsty this part of town is. I commuted in London for 5 years so I hate to make a comparison, but this is gladiatorial...b

Re: Text Only UK Weather Forecasts

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 April 2015 - 9:21am
I think because, looking at my own area, it is so general covering such a large area it becomes useless. As I write this it is raining where I am. It is dry and cloudy 30mls away and what it's like 90mls to the east I haven't a clue. But wouldn't surprise me it was dry and sunny.

Disappointing For Cyclists in Radstock

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 April 2015 - 9:20am
Elizabethsdad wrote:why do you have to 'pedestrianise' when your child is on board? Why does carrying the extra load mean you cannot use the roads as you normally do at other times?

Because of the zero provision for cyclists, motorists cannot fairly predict where I am going to be on the road. About 32 000 vehicles go through this junction every day I was told over 5 years ago. I drive a truck and trailer through it to work and the number of 'retina contacts' you have to process is staggeringly high. The risk is too high for me to pretend I am in the Netherlands for the morning just because I am a cyclist and I know my rights. I also have a responsibility to my daughter. The motorists are not at fault. I am not at fault. The fault is the planners'....b

EDIT: My 'load' is precious goods! [emoji108]

EDIT 2: exact figure I remember.

Re: Accident Tue 7 Apr 18:00 Uddingston

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 April 2015 - 8:39am
Yeah this Bellshill roundabout is the one I go through on my commute - I cycle from Holytown to the centre of Glasgow.
The two main areas that concern me are
1. this roundabout (more so on return leg when I am going 3/4 of the way round it past the on and off slip to the A725
2. The section at the bottom of Uddingston between there and the old zoo where its 70mph dual carriageway, vehicles fighting for access to the onslips to the M73 / M74 and with an overhead bridge above a bend that can make you disappear as a cyclist if not wearing hi-vis etc.

Ironically, yesterday when I was cycling in, at this stretch I thought I would try going along the "pavement". Big mistake - nearly came off the bike as the surface has been pretty much lost in a pile of road silt, mud, salt etc. Was actually very dangerous on a hybrid bike so it will be back to the road for me!
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