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Re: Vaude or carradice cape?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 October 2014 - 9:51am
I've got a £10 cape from Wilkinsons. Kept me perfectly warm and dry in Germany in torrential rain. A very useful item. Use as a groundsheet under tent and somewhere to sit for a brew on wet grass, bike cover etc.

Re: Airport transfers in Majorca

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 October 2014 - 9:44am
Is it not possible to ride them if you have an early flight? It's not a tough ride.

Re: Has anyone ever toured in the winter?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 October 2014 - 9:30am
Vorpal wrote:ukdodger wrote:What pedals do you use in the summer?
Flats with strapless toe clips.

What flats?

I ask because I ride with Rubber block flats but not the MK type. You cant get to the bearings on those and those old Phillips I have are worn out. A suitable modern replacement would be great. Shimano used to make a metal flat that stayed flat side up when you took your foot off. But wouldnt you know it. Not any more.

Re: A (sort of familiar) tale

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 October 2014 - 9:01am
Moron of the Day - red thing, didn't get the model because self preservation dictated concentrating on brakes, left hook into Aldi. Good job I was going slightly uphill or there'd have been no chance. Thing about left hooks is they can't even claim SMIDSY; if they'd not seen you they'd have rear ended you.

Re: A (sort of familiar) tale

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 October 2014 - 8:58am
Eammno wrote:..............................................Problem is half the population is below average intelligence.

.....................and the other half don't understand averages!

Re: A (sort of familiar) tale

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 October 2014 - 8:34am
Have had similar experience, a couple of times on cycle and motorcycle... typically approaching a TL on red, so I usually filter past.
Problem is half the population is below average intelligence.

Re: How to carry a guitar on your bicycle

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 October 2014 - 8:32am
Dunno if it's from the bike or simply crabbed age, but my fingers are too stiff to play now. Nice idea, though. Never tried carrying one in/on anything but a car.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 October 2014 - 8:23am
raybo wrote:I didn't like the diversion after Porthmadog. You won't either.

There is a train that spans the river where the closed vehicle bridge goes. That train is currently running over a completed bridge. I arrived at the station minutes after it left (I wasn't even aware of it until I got to the diversion). I have no idea where it goes or stops, but if it stops on the other side of the river, I'd try to arrange my exit from Porthmadog to meet the train and take it over the river instead of riding the A roads that make up the diversion.

It runs every 2 hours and is something like £1.20 across the bridge to the station on the other side.

Re: Accomodation in Polenca, Majorca

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 October 2014 - 7:48am
You might have more luck finding stuff if you spell it right. Pollença. The c-cedilla is probably optional in the internet world, but a double l is necessary. It's pronounced po-yen-suh.

Re: Cycling Eutopia ?

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 October 2014 - 7:41am
Evidence on what encourages/discourages cycling, including evidence of the effect of hilliness and poor weather, is covered in these two papers. Mark Wardman is Britain's national academic guru on transport demand factors.

Estimation of the determinants of bicycle mode share for the journey to work using census data,
John Parkin, Mark Wardman & Matthew Page
available at eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/4043/2/Parkin_paper_with_cover_secure.pdf

Factors influencing the propensity to cycle to work
Mark Wardman, Miles Tight & Matthew Page
available at http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/2448/

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 October 2014 - 7:19am
I didn't like the diversion after Porthmadog. You won't either.

There is a train that spans the river where the closed vehicle bridge goes. That train is currently running over a completed bridge. I arrived at the station minutes after it left (I wasn't even aware of it until I got to the diversion). I have no idea where it goes or stops, but if it stops on the other side of the river, I'd try to arrange my exit from Porthmadog to meet the train and take it over the river instead of riding the A roads that make up the diversion.

Re: Airport transfers in Majorca

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 October 2014 - 6:58am
No hurry. We don't go until next spring. I'm trying to improve on the £30 per bike plus per person charge with a tour of the Island on route offered by Resort Hoppa

Re: First tour in France after 50yrs together:o)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 October 2014 - 6:10am
Pete Jack wrote:I believe the TGV can be a rigmarole, you have to book in advance or some such.

You do have to book bike spaces on TGVs in advance, it costs 10 euros per bike whatever the route. It used to be difficult to book, but it's now possible online (and even in English!) using this website: https://www.capitainetrain.com

Re: First tour in France after 50yrs together:o)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 October 2014 - 5:35am
We may have better luck with trains, we'll have a bike each. I believe the TGV can be a rigmarole, you have to book in advance or some such.

Re: First tour in France after 50yrs together:o)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 October 2014 - 4:47am
Pete Jack wrote: The car hiring is an interesting idea I hadn't thought of. We were thinking trains for getting back because we'd like to spend a couple of days in Paris.

In Germany (and the UK) I've used Hertz for one-way car rental for our tandem to get back to a channel port. Not all car rental companies offer one-way hire across borders, but Hertz were happy for me to hire in Baden Baden and leave in Calais.

I've also used the Bike Express for internal transfers within France.

I've yet to 'brave' train travel in Europe with the tandem - the booking office clerk in Baden Baden laughed (in a nice way) when I enquired about bike travel and showed her a picture of the tandem!

Re: First tour in France after 50yrs together:o)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 October 2014 - 1:15am
Congratulations Dave. The Mrs and I are planning on doing something very similar next September; St Malo to Nice or as far as we can get (after a mere 30 years). We'll be flying in from the US. Any tips on getting to St Malo from the Paris airports? I haven't booked flights yet so I'm not sure where we'll be flying into. Many years ago I spent a week in Agen. Glorious time. (I wonder if Monique is still around. She's a granny now I suppose.) The car hiring is an interesting idea I hadn't thought of. We were thinking trains for getting back because we'd like to spend a couple of days in Paris.

Re: How to carry a guitar on your bicycle

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 October 2014 - 11:23pm
I had my first proper crash on a bike in 1959 while I was carrying a tennis racket in a clamp on my fork. I don't know to this day what happened, but I ended up with severe road rash and a wrecked bike. It put me off sport for life, except for cycling of course BTW I've tried to play like Jimi Hendrix ever since, but I'm sure my apparent lack of talent stems from that incident

Re: tablet for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 October 2014 - 11:03pm
Our tablet choice was set by the size of my handle bar bag where we wanted to keep it safe and handy. So we got a Samsung Note 8" which fits nicely (with a robust cover) in to a Ortlieb Ultimate 6. Never missed a beat in 4000 km / 4 months on and off road touring.

Re: How to carry a guitar on your bicycle

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 October 2014 - 11:02pm
I guess for short trips is not really worth it. But for a long one, I really like carrying mine

Re: Has anyone ever toured in the winter?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 October 2014 - 10:25pm
ukdodger wrote:What pedals do you use in the summer?
Flats with strapless toe clips.
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