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Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 December 2014 - 4:22pm
mnichols wrote:But other than the bears, pumas, wolves, coyotes, racoon's, skunks, snakes, scorpions, tarantulas, psychopaths, water born parasites, hypothermia, desert heat, altitude, lack of food, water, motels and phone signal...its quite a nice place?
You missed out mosquitoes, which are large and numerous in the Canadian forests.

Re: Andorra, Port de Cabus

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 December 2014 - 4:21pm
I've no direct knowledge but Google StreetView got up there in August 2011 and the tarmac on the Andorra side stopped at the Spanish border then. On the Spanish side it was a stony track. From my looking at the satellite view in Google Maps (which are of unknown vintage) I would expect a stony track dropping down to the hamlet of Tor after about 4 1/2 miles, then probably a gravel surface to Norris, after about 9 miles from the border & finally about 3 miles of tarmac down to Alins (but that is all purely from my interpretation of the photographic data).

Looking at the elevation profile of the route down (plotting on Bikehike) you are looking at a quite steep descent, particularly on the rougher, upper part from the border - it looks like over 500ft per mile (10%+) for the first 3 miles.

If you want a tarmac road for road bikes I would give the CG4 a miss unless you get definitive information that anything has changed for the better since Summer 2011.

Rick.

Re: TOURING 2015

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 December 2014 - 4:14pm
Nothing very ambitious planned as yet, but riding a 1970s racing bike in a vintage event in Spain in April, and a south coast trip (in August) from Surrey to Lyme Regis via Portland (Dorset) to commemorate a ride my late Father did in August 1945 (he was 16) to celebrate the end of WW2.

I was going to ride the Anjou Velo (in the Loire) again, but it is not taking place in 2O15, might do the Isle of Wight Randonee.

Jon.

Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 December 2014 - 3:52pm
mnichols wrote:But other than the bears, pumas, wolves, coyotes, racoon's, skunks, snakes, scorpions, tarantulas, psychopaths, water born parasites, hypothermia, desert heat, altitude, lack of food, water, motels and phone signal...its quite a nice place?

but worst of all - no McDonalds big macs? I still think learn to fire a pistol and pack one preferably "make my day" type?

Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 December 2014 - 3:46pm
mnichols wrote:But other than the bears, pumas, wolves, coyotes, racoon's, skunks, snakes, scorpions, tarantulas, psychopaths, water born parasites, hypothermia, desert heat, altitude, lack of food, water, motels and phone signal...its quite a nice place?

This made me giggle.

Just don't go looking for any of the above mentioned and if by chance you do stumble across something, run the other way.

Re: TOURING 2015

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 December 2014 - 3:11pm
The plan is to set off early April for the Harwich ferry.
Then up the Rhine and down the Loire to the coast.
Turn left for the Canal du Midi for the Med.
Turn left again to go up the Rhone.
Not sure after that but I'll be aiming for either Finland or Sweden across the Baltic.
Then back home some time in September via Denmark and the Netherlands.

Re: TOURING 2015

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 December 2014 - 2:09pm
North Sea route from Rotterdam to Esbjerg - will make a change from the Alps!

Re: TOURING 2015

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 December 2014 - 2:09pm
Mrs. M-k and I will be cycling somewhere exotic this spring: BEESTON! Which one? — All five of them, we hope.

In April we'll fly over from Canada with our tandem bike and set off from Oxford, where I have relatives. Over five or six weeks we'll meander as far north as Leeds and as far south as Bedfordshire, crossing some of the paths we rambled in younger days, meeting some friends we've only known by email, and travelling through parts of England that we've not seen before. Why visits the Beestons? — Why not?

For years we've travelled with a small mascot teddy bear named Beeston (after Beeston Castle, where we acquired him while walking from London to Edinburgh). Visiting all the Beestons (and maybe Beeston Regis if time permits) is an arbitrary framework on which to hang a journey of exploration.

Re: Established touring routes?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 December 2014 - 1:49pm
I know nothing about this book but this is a classic route that the Eurovelo system doesn't cover. I must have done variants of this route and the parallel route down the west coast of France several times.

http://franceenvelo.cc

Re: Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 December 2014 - 1:31pm
if you are tall 6 foot + unless you want a farmers gate frame then lots of spacers needed? My 1-Down on the smaller sizes has a sloping top tube but not really on the 57cm largest frame. if loads of spaces works then fine by me

Re: Tesco unicycle stands

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 December 2014 - 1:19pm
mjr wrote:Tesco do seem to be a repeat offender. The new fancy-looking bike racks at Hardwick, King's Lynn, are |\-shaped and too short to support bikes, but would be good for unicycles.
Same shape racks at Tesco Extra in Pool, Cornwall, backed tight against the building. What is good though is that they are right up against the floor to ceiling window of the cafe so your bike is in clear view of all the cafe patrons.

Aldi in Truro have their racks miles away from the entrance as do Sainsbury but at least those are plentiful and covered.

Re: Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 December 2014 - 1:10pm
mrjemm wrote:So many headset spacers being needed to raise the bars to a useable level. Everything starts to look silly after a while, whereas a sloping toptube design could've been so much neater.

Except that in many cases a sloping top tube doesn't mean a longer headtube. Thorn bikes are a good example of both the slope and the use of spacers.
Anyway, who's to say what looks silly? Many people don't like the look of sloping top tubes.

Re: Motorcycles using cycle designated parking

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 December 2014 - 1:07pm
niggle wrote:Another time I parked a motorcycle in the right place at a college where there were both cycle and motorcycle parking areas under cover- on return I found that there were cars parked in the yellow hatching in front of the shelter blocking my exit. Reception was shut so I had no way of finding the owners and I needed to be at another workplace shortly- I managed with some effort to manouevre the bike between the cars, including removing then replacing the panniers and taking care to fold and reposition both cars' wing mirrors, but I almost regretted managing to avoid scratching either vehicle with my bar ends or footpegs....
My regular rebellious act is to fold the (foldable) wing mirrors of cars obstructing the pavement so I (or a hypothetical normal pram or wheelchair) can get past without going round on the road. I hope that finding the mirror folded and having to reposition it makes the driver consider why somebody might have had cause to move it and they may choose to be more considerate in future.

Re: Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 December 2014 - 12:54pm
Another +1 for the Disc Trucker...Great bike imo..But i do agree it can look a bit gappy esp with the larger frame and smaller wheel size..I swapped the stock tyres for something a little fatter and with the SKS guards think it looks how a touring bike should...Handles great loaded too.006.JPG

Re: Motorcycles using cycle designated parking

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 December 2014 - 12:50pm
Reminds me of many times going to park my motorcycle at Asda in Penryn- and finding the (layby shaped) motorcycle parking blocked up with cars. My response was to park dead centre in a car parking space. I once commented to customer sevices but I did think there was much they could do other than totally redesign the motorcycle parking, and reality it was a bit of a non issue.

Another time I parked a motorcycle in the right place at a college where there were both cycle and motorcycle parking areas under cover- on return I found that there were cars parked in the yellow hatching in front of the shelter blocking my exit. Reception was shut so I had no way of finding the owners and I needed to be at another workplace shortly- I managed with some effort to manouevre the bike between the cars, including removing then replacing the panniers and taking care to fold and reposition both cars' wing mirrors, but I almost regretted managing to avoid scratching either vehicle with my bar ends or footpegs....

Generally these issues are easier to overcome with a bicycle IME...

Re: Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 December 2014 - 11:13am
mrjemm wrote:So many headset spacers being needed to raise the bars to a useable level. Everything starts to look silly after a while, whereas a sloping toptube design could've been so much neater.

Oh aye, cos a 3 foot long headtube would look so much better...

Having a shorter headtube and more spacers = more flexibility to get a bike that fits. I have 10mm under my stem and I've left 30mm on top. With a longer headtube, I couldn't get that fit.

Re: Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 December 2014 - 10:42am
So many headset spacers being needed to raise the bars to a useable level. Everything starts to look silly after a while, whereas a sloping toptube design could've been so much neater.

Re: Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 December 2014 - 10:24am
and maybe also the traditional horizontal toptube design, which tends to result in mucho spacerism when a comfy set-up is arrived at.

I'm afraid I haven't a clue what you mean here (spacerism?) - could you please explain?


Thought for today:
"You can lead a horticulture, but you can't make her think"

Re: Established touring routes?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 December 2014 - 10:16am
Brilliant Folks ! Just what I was after. I'll give them all a look.

Many thanks
Jim

Re: What is the best dynamo hub for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 December 2014 - 10:14am
Yes you would need to buy spokes because the flanges on the dynamo hub are larger and you need shorter spokes.

At this point the only part of your old wheel that you would be using is your rim. You can buy decent quality rims for £18. So for just £18 of new rim you save dismantling the old wheel and have your old wheel as a spare or possibly sell it for £20 to recoup the money.

I would not rebuild the old wheel if it was my bike, I would keep it and use it for those times of the year when the dynamo was mostly redundant.
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