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Re: What I forgot to put in my saddlebag

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 January 2015 - 11:55pm
Of course, that's not such a good idea if you are in the habit of carrying your house keys in your saddlebag.....

Re: Name the landmark

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 January 2015 - 11:51pm
Landmark #2 rings a bell somewhere. Windsor Great Park? (at first I thought Sherwood Forest, but no, not Robin-Hoodery enough....)

And I think Landmark #3 is the Xmas tree in Trafalgar Square, the annual gift from the Norwegians to apologise for getting to the South Pole first (or was it some other reason?)

Re: North sea Route Holland/Germany

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 January 2015 - 11:24pm
Cycling South to North is generally considered best to take advantage of the prevailing winds.
Between Ostend and Den Helder the route runs closer to the sea leaving the cyclists most at the mercy of the wind. Once across the Afsluitdijk the wind is unlikely to have a major influence.
On a lighthearted note, some of these crazy Dutch people have a challenge race against the wind on the Oosterscheldekering, part of the The North Sea Cycle Route http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dutch_Head ... mpionships

Re: Lance is trying to get the ban lifted

CTC Forum - Racing - 28 January 2015 - 11:08pm
Perhaps he will go away if we don't talk about him?

Re: Lance is trying to get the ban lifted

CTC Forum - Racing - 28 January 2015 - 10:56pm
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?

Not I, at least the others from that time did not actively have a vendetta towards clean riders (not that I am aware off).
I know that there must be some involved in the shady drug thing and they are still involved in cycling. Including the bloke now in charge at Sky.

But Armstrong was the low point in professional cycling for me.

Re: What I forgot to put in my saddlebag

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 January 2015 - 10:50pm
report to local cop shop? maybe some one will hand in?

Re: Touring Asia

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 January 2015 - 10:49pm
Yeah thanks for that. Your right there are quite a few blogs re other parts of Asia but not so much about China.
We are taking a tandem on an extended tour and are leaving Scotland at the end of March.
We feel that we are organised to a degree with the part of the trip from Hanoi to Bangkok as we are following two established routes, one from Hanoi to Chiang Ria (travel and bike Loas) and the other from Chiang Ria to Bangkok (spice road tours) albeit that we are doing it independently. We are less well organised for the China section and would be grateful for any advice re a route from Beijing to Hanoi. Would be great to organise a chat with you re the Vietnam, Loas and Thailand section though.
Thanks Jimmie.

What I forgot to put in my saddlebag

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 January 2015 - 10:37pm
Over the past few years I've built up quite a competent collection of bits in my saddlebag. However on Tuesday afternoon I discovered that I'd missed a fundamentally important piece of kit.





The piece of paper with my name and address.



Because on MOnday afternoon I stopped to adjust my saddle pitch, had to remove saddle pack to make the adjustment, put my multitool in my back pocket for quick access, next adjustment, Then calmly cycled off leaving my saddlebag lying in on the verge. Went back when I realised on Tuesday afternoon but of course it had disappeared. It's surprising how much it takes to replace the missing saddlebag, mini tool, mini pump, inner tubes, tyre levers, CO2 cylinders, rain jacket, chain quickling and other assorted bits and bobs.

Re: Name the landmark

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 January 2015 - 10:36pm
TrevA wrote:The top one is Trafalgar Square

Postboxer wrote:Is 1. the 'empty' or fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square?


yep 3 to go to win a Mars bar

Re: Name the landmark

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 January 2015 - 10:29pm
Is 1. the 'empty' or fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square?

Re: Name the landmark

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 January 2015 - 10:24pm
The top one is Trafalgar Square

Re: Sky Ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 January 2015 - 10:15pm
No big Sky Ride in Birmingham again this year

Which is the councils fault

Re: Sky Ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 January 2015 - 10:09pm
2015 will, I think, be the 7th year it has been running.

The big "City" rides on closed roads in places like the centre of Manchester are probably the most widely known part of Sky Ride but the local rides have been a growing part of things. According to a ride leader's news email there were "2,120 rides in over 90 locations throughout the UK, which is just shy of 200 rides per month!  [This] has seen over 23,000 participants get out on a bike in 2014."

Rick.

Re: Sky Ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 January 2015 - 10:06pm
I've done a few.

On the whole they're pretty good and the only real option for social rides other than club ones

Re: Lance is trying to get the ban lifted

CTC Forum - Racing - 28 January 2015 - 10:05pm
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.

Re: Sky Ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 January 2015 - 9:53pm
RickH wrote:mercalia wrote:Has any one used this site and facilities?

http://www.goskyride.com/
Yes - I'm a ride leader but I've also been rides a a participant.

Was there anything specific you wanted to know?

Rick

no. Just was chatting to another cyclist in Lidl who mentioned the website. Just thought might be worth mentioning here and see what people say, never heard of it before.

Re: Sky Ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 January 2015 - 9:48pm
mercalia wrote:Has any one used this site and facilities?

http://www.goskyride.com/
Yes - I'm a ride leader but I've also been rides a a participant.

Was there anything specific you wanted to know?

Rick

Re: Paris and Bike Security

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 January 2015 - 9:41pm
tim_f wrote:If you are travelling back to London by Eurostar I understand you can check your bikes in advance and they will keep them in London at the collection counter until you return.

I recall it is cheaper this way as well.

Tim.

I can confirm this is correct as we did the same at the end of our London to Paris ride a couple of years ago, saving finding somewhere to store our bikes in Paris. The bikes waited in London whilst we stayed two nights - I think there's a limit to the amount of time they will hold them in London so it's worth giving Euro Dispatch a call before booking your trip.

Re: Seeking advice on routes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 January 2015 - 9:36pm
I can't really comment on the routes but wanted to offer an alternative opinion on taking bikes on the TGV.

Last year I took my bike on the train from Paris to Bordeaux with no problems whatsoever. Well... one problem. Getting a fully loaded touring bike up a flight of stairs at Gare Montparnasse was a challenge but all plain sailing after that. We booked the tickets over the phone using rail-europe.

Re: USA Tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 January 2015 - 9:08pm
Nigel Laverick wrote:Thanks for advice. Climate seems more of an issue than wildlife.

Going S-N or N-S you need to choose your starting times carefully. For example most people doing the Great Divide which goes through mountains in the norh and low deserts in the south typically start in July. Late enough the passes are clear of snow. Not hitting the deserts until September.

Don't forget though that crossing the deserts is only a few days. If you use a motel or two o get out the heat and ride very early you can avoid the worst conditions. This article on crazyguyonabike gives a good overview of riding east from the coast in the southwest USA.

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?doc_id=4968
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