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Re: Wicken Fen to Ely (NCR 11)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 February 2015 - 4:00pm
Although that also misses Wicken Fen, I think that meander would take you past/near the Museum of Fenland Drainage at Prickwillow (opens April 25th to October 4th, Saturday to Tuesday 12:00 to 16:00).

How about a bit more of a meander to take a look at Newmarket (seems a shame to pass that close and not see it), or go more direct along the B road from Burwell to Fordham? Similarly, why add distance to visit Lode but miss out Anglesey Abbey (House open most days in April, Gardens every day)?

(FX: sits back and awaits angry messages from the Exning Tourism Partnership for suggesting using the B road instead )

Re: Sustrans routes GPS

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 February 2015 - 3:32pm
Tip: Mr Coulouris notes that they are tagged (right word?) thus on OSM:
"...how to download GPX files for almost all the Sustrans National Cycle Network routes (i.e. those mapped as 'NCN xx') from OpenStreetMap."
see here: http://www.coulouris.net/biking/Garmin605.html

Re: Sustrans routes GPS

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 February 2015 - 3:30pm
It would be great if their routes were available digitally on their website... p'raps they are - I'll take a look!

Re: Sustrans routes GPS

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 February 2015 - 3:24pm
Thanks for the advice

Bob

Re: Kingston upon Thames to Redhill route?

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 February 2015 - 3:13pm
Thank you all, this is a real help and extremely appreciated.

Re: Kingston upon Thames to Redhill route?

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 February 2015 - 2:43pm
jgurney wrote:The A217 has no cycle path S. of Tadworth and is busy and noisy, but did not feel dangerous.

I was brought up in Banstead, and have lived there for various stretches. Many years ago I did cycle on the A217 from time to time if I was in a hurry. But it felt increasingly less safe as time went on and eventually I decided to avoid it as a matter of routine. If you are the kind of person who cycles A-road dual carriageways, I suppose the best that can be said for it is that it has a speed limit, it isn't a 70mph dual carriageway. I also increasingly sought to avoid the B2219 Holly Lane between Banstead centre and Outwood Lane - just too narrow for such quantities of fast traffic - using Park Road as suggested above instead.

Once you get to Chipstead there are 2 sensible routes to Redhill and not much to choose between them.

Re: Wicken Fen to Ely (NCR 11)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 February 2015 - 1:58pm
mjr wrote:There's a shorter Cambridge-Ely route via NCN51 and Cottenham that you could use if it seems muddy, but part of that is on a busy B road.

Thanks mjr. Yes, I looked at that alternative — probably the best bet if the rain's coming down in buckets and the ride is not going to be much fun in any case.

I suppose if it's been wet and we're not in a hurry and we really want to see England (which is the purpose of the tour) we could always take this meandering route: http://cycle.travel/map/journey/10360?lat=52.3015&lon=0.194&zoom=12 and stay on tarmac.

Re: USA Tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 February 2015 - 1:22pm
In northern Wisconsin, I used to see bears regularly (once or twice per year), though I seldom came close to them. I have encountered bears twice in my life, close enough to touch, and survived to tell about it

Bears aren't a problem when people behave sensibly and follow advice.

Re: new cycling paths

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 February 2015 - 1:17pm
A27 between Lancing and Shoreham Airport, I've noted this is work in progress for a while. I have no problems doing the short trip along the dualed A27 as far as Shoreham to turn off to the side roads, but others I have been with do not like it. The alternative is twice the distance along the seafront and through the airport, not only the distance is annoying (when you are so near) but it's pretty flat and windy too. The only down side is you have to rejoin the road for the roundabout, even though there was room to keep the cycle path going into Lancing and avoid the roundabout all together (which out of the straight dual-carriageway is the only real 'danger' point)

Re: Touring in Sweden

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 February 2015 - 1:17pm
The scenery isn't impressive, but it is pretty. I guess if they were expecting snow-capped mountains and majestic panoramas, they were likely to be disappointed, but that's like riding through Suffolk and expecting the Peak District. There is a bit of sameness to it after a while. It's rolling hils, forest and farms, some some big hils and high moorland, lots of lakes; nothing majestic, occasionally bleak, but with it's own beauty.
It's true that later in the year, the mozzies are fierce; almost as soon as it warms up to be nice. All of the central part of Norway/Sweden (east of the Norwegian mountains) is hills interspersed with lakes, and so lots of mosquitos.

It might be a reason to go earlier in the year and put up with the cold. But I don't think it is a reason to miss out Sweden altogether.

Re: How Heavy is too Heavy?

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 February 2015 - 12:47pm
50lb sounds a lot to me. I have a touring tandem that weighs about the same!

Just because your set-up is a bit heavy doesn't mean that you should worry too much about it. Carry as much stuff as you like. But if you want to keep up with others on anything other than flat roads you will find losing 10lbs would allow you to crest hills with a bit less effort.

Lighter tyres would have more effect then weight loss elsewhere because weight on the outside of a wheel has to be pushed around by your legs, as well as adding to the mass to be pushed uphill.

As for the lock, I carry a flimsy cable jobby on day rides as a deterrent against casual theft, but I don't go far from the bike and I leave it where it can be seen by lots of people. Typically I leave it outside a café I am visiting. It is a compromise.

Re: Dawes Sardar Sizing Question

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 February 2015 - 12:12pm
Thank you kindly - I think I was looking at that one, it's a 48cm? So I should be looking at 50cm?

Re: Dawes Sardar Sizing Question

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 February 2015 - 12:09pm
For your height there are a couple of sizes (the two middle sizes measured from the BB centre to the top of the seat tube at the bolt). ) that will fit you. The Sardar has a sloping top tube so there's plenty of room for height adjustment. The bike comes normally with drop bars. However, the Sardar Ahead steerer tube was IMV cut too short but if you are used to a road bike this will present no problem.

PS There's an excellent Sardar on ebay at the moment but I reckon it's one size too small for you.

Re: How Heavy is too Heavy?

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 February 2015 - 12:00pm
to the OP. you seem like the sort of person i'd like to go riding with. Shame im nowhere near you. Not sure I have any solutions either. Best of luck sorting things out.

Re: new cycling paths

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 February 2015 - 11:56am
My local council (Richmond-upon-Thames) came up with a plan for cycle paths alongside the local railway lines. It looked to me like an expensive way of getting points for doing a big project while keeping away from anything which might inconvenience any drivers. It also had the drawbacks that it would damage overgrown rail-side land currently visited only by occasional rail workers, which acts as valuable urban wildlife corridors, and would expose lots of gardens backing onto the lines to burglars gaining access from the new paths.

Re: Taking bikes on trains in France

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 February 2015 - 11:51am
It might be worth noting that Calais has two stations and they're not that close to each other. could be the difference between catching the ferry or eurostar or missing it.....
I mention this because when we booked a ticket to strasbourg over the phone last year they didnt tell us the station we needed wasn't the obvious one near the ferry port and it took us a while to realise we weren't at the right station. luckily we'd factored in lots of time for this sort of problem, but we could easily have missed our train!

Re: How Heavy is too Heavy?

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 February 2015 - 11:49am
Hi,
Tigerbiten wrote:From my experience and from all the reports I've read on the net ......

About 20 lb extra weight slows you down by around 1 mph.

So dropping from a 50 lb bike to a 30 lb bike will not make that much of a difference.
Unless you are riding right on the edge of what you can do .......
Except for the hills.

Re: Kingston upon Thames to Redhill route?

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 February 2015 - 11:46am
I recently rode through Kingston and on to explore the lanes in the downs just north of Redhill. I got there by riding via Tolworth, the B284 to Epsom, Epsom Downs, Tadworth, then a short section of the A217 before cutting off left into the lanes.

The A217 has no cycle path S. of Tadworth and is busy and noisy, but did not feel dangerous.

I did not go down the hill into Redhill but the map suggests that by going into the back lanes, it would be possible to use Chipstead Lane, Markedge Lane, Gatton Bottom and Rocky Lane to get through to there. If you do go via Chipstead Lane, (left off the A217 just south of Tadworth), I can recommend the Well House pub there for real ales or cider.

Re: Lance is trying to get the ban lifted

CTC Forum - Racing - 4 February 2015 - 11:44am
julianm wrote:If you hadn't quite made up your mind about whether he is a cheating lying *** this might help you decide - he`s been charged with hit & run & got his girlfriend to take the blame ...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/31125348
Does anyone who knows the local laws there expect this to result in a driving ban for Lance, in addition to possible fine and jail?

Re: Lance is trying to get the ban lifted

CTC Forum - Racing - 4 February 2015 - 11:08am
andy65 wrote:Are we in danger of nominating Armstrong as the fall guy so that we don't have worry too much about who else is guilty? There are lots of rumours about other riders from the same era. I'm not going to risk a letter from the libel lawyers by repeating the names, but think about some of the riders who's suddenly pull off extraordinary performances that didn't match previous form. Some of these guys are still involved in the sport and in influential roles.

I find it curious how Tommy Simpson is considered a cycling icon and Armstrong the devil incarnate.
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