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Re: Has anyone ever toured in the winter?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 October 2014 - 6:53pm
The winter trip to the north of Scotland took 5 days, 1 day was lost to bad weather. We spent it in the tent. With a bottle of scotch. We had planned to visit Cape Wrath but time and the weather was against us.

Re: Lights: flashing, bright: article in Cycle

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 October 2014 - 6:24pm
De Sisti wrote:Lance Dopestrong wrote:You will care that you dazzle others when they can't judge your speed and have you off.

Where's the evidence? Has it happened to you?

As a driver - yes, very nearly.

How to carry a guitar on your bicycle

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 October 2014 - 6:19pm
Hey guys!

I was wondering if there are many cycle-tourers out there who carry a guitar or another musical instrument on your bicycle.

I carry a full size guitar with this home-made system:
http://www.cyclingelmundo.com/carry-guitar-bicycle-touring/

If you carry an instrument, I would like to know how you carry it on your bike and if you are happy with it.

Thanks!

Antonio

Re: Has anyone ever toured in the winter?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 October 2014 - 5:47pm
horizon wrote:I did a few days in early March (Welsh borders) a couple of years ago and will be repeating it this winter. I was caught in light snow blizzards but no lying snow. I YHA'd and Travelodge'd. On my next trip I will have my snow studs on top of my panniers ready for anything (last time I found out the day before that 1.9 snow studs don't fit Sardar forks). If you regularly cycle through the winter, touring in youth hostels and B and Bs will present no problems.

But if you mean cycle camping, that's a slightly different kettle of fish. I'm making plans though ...

No, I'm too old now for camping. Small hotels and maybe unless I can avoid them a hostel (with the exception of Stirling Hostel which is almost a hotel and very pleasant).

Re: Has anyone ever toured in the winter?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 October 2014 - 5:44pm
landsurfer wrote:Last November 2 friends and i cycled from Inverness up the west coast of Scotland, along the north coast and across altnahara moor to the black isle and back to Inverness. We cycled across altnahara in a blizzard with herds of deer as company. Winter touring is a real adventure, don't miss it...

My hat is well and truly off. How many miles per day?

Re: Has anyone ever toured in the winter?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 October 2014 - 5:43pm
Si wrote:"Wayfarer", over Wayfarer's Pass in the snow, on a fixed, back before hi-tech clothing, GPS, etc.

(mind you he did walk most of it )

The issue for me with winter touring is that if you are a scenery watcher and historic house visitor, like what I am, one disappears into the dark and the other shuts!

On the other hand, B&Bs, if open, tend to be cheaper and have more vacancies (apart from at Christmas).

'one disappears into the dark and the other shuts' True

Re: Lights: flashing, bright: article in Cycle

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 October 2014 - 5:31pm
Lance Dopestrong wrote:You will care that you dazzle others when they can't judge your speed and have you off.

Where's the evidence? Has it happened to you?

Re: New Route Planner

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 October 2014 - 4:57pm
Richard my wife and I have just completed a ride from Shropshire down to Lazio in central Italy using your software. Your planning system took us along some great routes in France, most notably a fabulous cycle path into Grenoble.

In certain parts of NW Italy there was less choice of roads due to the nature of the terrain, as a result we had no choice but to use busy roads for short distances. However, a memorable moment in this part was using a quiet but hilly road in Liguria, at the summit we were greeted by a sign saying this was a route used by Fausto Coppi and his brother Serse in the 1950's. Wow!!

Thanks for the great software, which really made our tour interesting and highly memorable.

Miles Back

Re: Have you been knocked OFF in a collision while cycling?

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 October 2014 - 4:55pm
Is the total mileage covered relevent to any statistical exercise like this? I have only been knocked off by a car once in 66 years / 350,000+ miles, which includes 43 years of commuting

Re: Has anyone ever toured in the winter?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 October 2014 - 4:44pm
I did a few days in early March (Welsh borders) a couple of years ago and will be repeating it this winter. I was caught in light snow blizzards but no lying snow. I YHA'd and Travelodge'd. On my next trip I will have my snow studs on top of my panniers ready for anything (last time I found out the day before that 1.9 snow studs don't fit Sardar forks). If you regularly cycle through the winter, touring in youth hostels and B and Bs will present no problems.

But if you mean cycle camping, that's a slightly different kettle of fish. I'm making plans though ...

Re: Have you been knocked OFF in a collision while cycling?

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 October 2014 - 4:27pm
Cycling in an experienced group. Cyclist to my right turns sharp left with out any warning at junction. He brought 5 of us down. I was first hit. I passed out with concussion 2 hours later, woke up in hospital.

Why does the survey not have a "hit by cyclist" choice ?
Bit unfair i think.

Re: New bike for commuting

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 October 2014 - 4:18pm
Thanks treva

Saw its big brother at weekend and was impressed. But that was out price range. This is out of stock at local shop but am sure they could order it in.

Re: Has anyone ever toured in the winter?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 October 2014 - 4:18pm
Last November 2 friends and i cycled from Inverness up the west coast of Scotland, along the north coast and across altnahara moor to the black isle and back to Inverness. We cycled across altnahara in a blizzard with herds of deer as company. Winter touring is a real adventure, don't miss it...

Re: Have you been knocked OFF in a collision while cycling?

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 October 2014 - 4:16pm
RickH wrote:The most recent incident was in the early 90s when a large dog ran out into my path when I was cycling home in the dark & caused me to come off. Would that be an "other road user" incident?
It would be, but that school commute collision is higher on the list. I contemplated my own school run crash but it debatably wasn't a collision (heading into "it's complicated" territory there) and I've a later one (about 10 years ago I think) that is higher on the list.

Fancy a trip to Germany next year?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 October 2014 - 4:05pm
Hi, I'm a sad lonely male cyclist (47 years grey) and am planning a trip to Germany next year- Eurostar to Brussels, then Aachen or Luxembourg to somewhere down Stutgart or Munich way, possibly not that far- maybe 10 days to 2 weeks. Camping and/or cheap hostels. May/June. 50 to 70 miles a day- weather permitting.
Anybody wanna come along? Or anybody know of anywhere grrrreat to visit?- preferably a few nice bierkellers, perhaps....
Cheers Adyludwig.

Re: Has anyone ever toured in the winter?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 October 2014 - 4:01pm
"Wayfarer", over Wayfarer's Pass in the snow, on a fixed, back before hi-tech clothing, GPS, etc.

(mind you he did walk most of it )

The issue for me with winter touring is that if you are a scenery watcher and historic house visitor, like what I am, one disappears into the dark and the other shuts!

On the other hand, B&Bs, if open, tend to be cheaper and have more vacancies (apart from at Christmas).

Re: Has anyone ever toured in the winter?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 October 2014 - 3:59pm
eileithyia wrote:Many a time; from winter weekends, the Christmas New Year hostel trip. What started to restrict such activities was RAH (rent a hostel), open hostels for just a handful (or 1-2 riders) became fewer further between, without renting the whole hostel for the weekend
Yes I've been wet through, coped with snow, wind and glorious crisp sunny days.

Here's a medal! how many days were those rides and out of interest what did you use for leg and feet covering? If any

Re: Has anyone ever toured in the winter?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 October 2014 - 3:57pm
Vorpal wrote:I've done some winter trips in the past, but not recently.

I do ride my bike in the winter, and highly recommend studded tyres for icy or snowy conditions.

I'm afraid that I'm too fond of my luxuries these days to attempt winter cycle camping, though I would happily tour using hostels and hotels.

I quite enjoy going from a long, frosty or snowy bike ride into someplace with a warm fire and a hot meal

The main trick is dressing for the weather. Norwegians say that there is no such things as bad weather, only wrong clothing. There is something to that attitude, and people all over Scandinavia use their bikes through the winter.

Anyplace you can tour in summer, you can tour in winter, except that in mountains, the passes will often close.

That's encouraging. I'm beginning to think I'm a fair weather cyclist (for shame!). Yes the trick is the clothing. I've done many a wet ride through all day hard rain and whatever you do water seems to get through but what I cant tolerate is cold and rain. However it might be worth a try. I left it too late this year for a planned ride Weymouth along the coast to the IOW then around the island before Portsmouth and home. I'd still like to do it.

Re: Have you been knocked OFF in a collision while cycling?

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 October 2014 - 3:54pm
I've put came off motorist's fault as that is the highest on the list but that incident was between 1975 & 1977 as it happened when I was cycling to school. I was also run into from behind in that time frame when I stopped at a red light but the car following didn't in time & reshaped my back wheel.

The most recent incident was in the early 90s when a large dog ran out into my path when I was cycling home in the dark & caused me to come off. Would that be an "other road user" incident?

Rick.

Re: Has anyone ever toured in the winter?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 October 2014 - 3:14pm
Many a time; from winter weekends, the Christmas New Year hostel trip. What started to restrict such activities was RAH (rent a hostel), open hostels for just a handful (or 1-2 riders) became fewer further between, without renting the whole hostel for the weekend
Yes I've been wet through, coped with snow, wind and glorious crisp sunny days.
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