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Re: Ring, ring?

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2014 - 4:15pm
No idea, I've yet to use it in those circumstances and tbh, I'd rather not.
The one time I have used it against a ped was a dumb mistake on my part, I hit the airzound instead of the bell and the poor chap near jumped out of his skin. I apologised like he was mother Theresa and he laughed it off, luckily.

Re: Ring, ring?

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2014 - 3:52pm
Doesn't sounding an airhorn provoke similar responses?

Re: Ring, ring?

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2014 - 3:51pm
[XAP]Bob wrote:Air Zound


Funnily enough, my AirZound was indeed bought as a result of some eejit wearing earphones and blocking the path who didn't hear the bell and proceeded to call me a not very nice name when his mate alerted him to my presence.

Re: Train options for the Loire

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 July 2014 - 2:48pm
On most days there seem to be two Intercités and one TER train, direct from Caen to Tours. They all accept bikes free of charge.

You can check times on http://www.voyages-sncf.com (use the French version as otherwise you don't get the bike symbols showing whether or not bikes are allowed).

Or use http://www.bahn.de/i/view/GBR/en/index.shtml - Further search options - Only show connections that allow carriage of bicycles

Re: Alarming ride in downpour today – braking advice

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2014 - 2:39pm
Appreciate the comments regarding brake pads and tyres – I remember seeing Kool Stop salmons recommended here before. My rims are Mavic X517. Not sure what pads are already fitted but I can find out.

I normally bomb down here in the dry, taking care when approaching the crossings.
I can see this could have been phrased better and misrepresents my riding style, so to clarify: I fully agree that one should cycle according to conditions and visibility, and take care to do so. I know this road well and keep my speed under control, slowing well in advance of all the crossings. I've mentioned elsewhere in a different thread that motorists often accelerate to overtake me at such points. Aggressive driving is commonplace and outside of approaching crossings, it is necessary to keep up with the traffic and stay in primary. The rear skid happened on another road earlier on, and at slow speed, while I was preparing to stop at a junction. I understand now that there could be a number of causes for this. On the described downhill stretch in heavy rain, I was on the brakes all the way but was still concerned about the rear wheel locking up and throwing me off – hence my request for advice in the original post.

All replies taken on board - thanks again.

Re: Ten Miles a Day

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2014 - 2:24pm
Show off!

I'm managing just a tad under 14 at the moment. Hoping to reach 5,000 for the year .....

Re: Ring, ring?

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2014 - 2:23pm
I have some bikes with bells and others without bells.

The response to my cycling generally depends on the pedestian.

I've been told to use my bell by someone who stepped off the pavement and walked into me whilst I was in a queue of traffic at traffic lights (I'd been stationary for about 10 seconds and was about 1 metre to the left of the centre of the road).
I've been told to slow down by someone who walked into me whilst reading a text and I was stationary.
I've rung my bell at some pigeons on a cycle path, they took no notice and I stopped. A youth got off an adjacent bench and told me if I rung that thing at him again he would "punch my ***** lights out".
I've rung my bell to warn a pedestrian who was reading a text and about to step off the pavement into the road in front of me. The response, "ring-a-*****-ding" and he stepped out anyway.

In any case when approaching a pedestrian on a shared path or on a road I slow down give them as much room as I can and assume that they have not heard either my bell or 'good morning'.

Re: Ten Miles a Day

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2014 - 2:19pm
Starting to struggle to keep the average above 24. Got to 24.29, but its dropped to 24.07

Re: Ring, ring?

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2014 - 2:13pm
Air Zound
Hornit

Most of the time I just whistle and/or talk

Re: Ribble Winter Audax bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2014 - 2:10pm
Yes ithe ribble is a good all year round bike. If you want bikes of similar ilke to compare try searching on Audax

Re: Shipping the bike by plane

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 July 2014 - 2:04pm
serbring wrote:I was thinking to connect the two rear panniers with cable ties and wrap them together at the airport. Is it a good idea?
I've zip-tied a pair of Ortlieb back-rollers together, back to back, a few times with no problems and no extra wrapping.

Mine (fairly old, pre-dating hook inserts) have a suitable hole in each end of the reinforcement along the bottom, and it's possible to thread a tie in through the end of the hook slot and out between hook rail and pannier. I used 4 ties, probably 8 or 10 inches long, put the shoulder straps inside, and clipped the rolled ends together over the top and snugged down with the over-the-top strap. It makes quite a handy package as the two lifting loops can just be grabbed in one hand.
Make sure you've an adequate supply of zip ties for the return journey, and something to cut them with at the other end packed at the top where you can find it easily.
When I've also taken front panniers, I've repacked so that one empty front pannier goes into one of the rears, and the other is used as hand luggage. I generally take either 2 front panniers or a bar bag, not both.

Re: Burgundy, Holland or Germany?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 July 2014 - 1:59pm
How about fly to Frankfurt then follow the Main to Wertheim then along the Taubertal to Rothenburg. You can then get the bus back to Frankfurt Hbf and local s bahn to the airport. If you fancy downhill all the way do this in reverse - it really is downhill for the full distance!

I shall be doing some of this myself in a few weeks, a reprise of some previous travels. There are some great towns to see, stuff to do and loads of accomodation options!

Ribble Winter Audax bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2014 - 1:34pm
Hi, thinking about buying this bike - would it be fine for summer weekend rides as well as winter training commmuting ?

The other bike I was thinking of is Specialized Roubaix 2014 - but just a summer bike i think. I have a tourer I could use for winter(though reluctant to use as it is heavy).
Be grateful for your advice.

Thank you

Re: Train options for the Loire

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 July 2014 - 1:32pm
As a way of getting about, why not hire a van from Avis in Dieppe and drop it off in Blois. I did this in reverse some years ago and it's a pretty cheap way to move several people and bikes. I would imagine othe ports are equally well served.

Re: Burgundy, Holland or Germany?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 July 2014 - 1:29pm
I'm a big fan of cycling in Germany, they have an excellent network of cycle paths and the major routes are generally well served with good hotels, B&Bs and hostels. The Romantische Strasse is beautiful, I hiked it many years ago and more recently have cycled parts of it. It can be a bit undulating in parts. I would recommend pre-booking accommodation if you go in peak season as parts of it, particularly Rothenburg-o-d-Tauber is both beautiful and popular. There is a very good cycle route - the Main-Tauber-Altmuhl, which follows part of it and is very pleasant bu again, undulating.

The Netherlands is also well worth a visit. The North Sea Coastal route is pleasant and there's lots of quiet rural, if not dramatic, countryside to be enjoyed.

Burgundy, Holland or Germany?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 July 2014 - 1:13pm
Each year from my Birmingham base I try to fit in a one week (or longer, SWMBO permitting) overseas tour based on the various ferry crossings from the UK e.g. Portsmouth/Caen to Cherbourg, St Malo round trip, Fishguard/Rosslare round trip, Harwich - Esbjerg with train back from Copenhagen and last year the Donald Hirsch route from Dieppe to Paris with train back to Dieppe. This autumn, inspired by Edward Enfield's book "Downhill all the Way" I thought I might try the Burgundy part of his route taking Eurostar to Paris, then a local train to somewhere south of Paris say Fontainebleau, and then cycling to Dijon. From there I would return by train to Paris and then Eurostar to London. Being a decade older than Edward when he wrote the book I take things rather leisurely doing about 40 miles a day and staying B&B/small hotels.
Does anyone have experience of this area which I understand takes in part of the Burgundy canal? Although I take the title of the book with a pinch of salt, I'm assuming that it it is not particularly hilly (well, at least mountainous) but hopefully fairly scenic with the usual charming French towns and villages.
I've also considered round trips based on Hoek of Holland or Amsterdam but am rather put off by some of the long straight (albeit flat and perhaps windy) Dutch roads - however I'm sure that some areas are very scenic.
Another thought was the Romantische Strasse flying Lufthansa from Birmingham to Frankfurt then train to Wurtzburg - a fairly straightforward journey If I could just convince myself that my bike would survive the flights! Lufthansa claim the bike needs no packing/dismantling - just wheel it up to the check-in although they do charge €50 each way for the bike.
So any thoughts or advice on these, or indeed, any other options would be much appreciated.

Re: Shipping the bike by plane

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 July 2014 - 1:09pm
Many airports have a service where they will wrap stuff in plastic for you. You could consider something like that?

Re: Shipping the bike by plane

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 July 2014 - 1:08pm
BeeKeeper wrote:serbring wrote:I was thinking to connect the two rear panniers with cable ties and wrap them together at the airport. Is it a good idea?

I considered doing that but felt the result was likely to be damaged as it went through the baggage handling system. You could tape up loose straps I suppose but it would be better to wrap it in something, thick polythene or a Bergan liner in my case.

you're on right. I'll try in this way and I connect the handles together with a cable tie.

Re: Ring, ring?

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2014 - 12:05pm
If you have a pinger then ring it two or three times quickly. Bizarrely this seems to annoy people less. Maybe it is becuase it repeats the pattern of hello or good morning rather than an oi or hey.

I like the dutchish pingpong bells but they are not as well known here as the rotary brrring.

Re: Ring, ring?

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2014 - 12:01pm
freeflow wrote:I find that the most positive reception to voice is if you say good morning etc followed by a short pause then your request. If folks don't respond to the good morning then you know they haven't heard you. If they do hear then they usually turn to look at you and that makes the next request more engaging. This works particularly well for horse riders who generally appreciate the advnaced warning and the opportunity to prepare thier horse for your passing.

Wouldn't work where I am. The roads are clogged with crowds of tourists all chattering amongst themselves or concentrating on each other or the photo they're trying to take while completely blocking the road. A "Good Morning" would not even get heard. A proper bike bell continuously rung gets through after about 5 seconds or so and then you have to wait while they reorganise themselves to not completely block the road or path. But I admit that's not typical of most of the country.
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