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Re: Extra stuff inside bike bag with Easyjet

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 June 2015 - 2:06pm
Never had a problem with a helmet. It's a hat! They will not allow a tool kit past security. Took 3 tiny allen keys off me once.

Re: another cyclist killed by a lorry in London

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 June 2015 - 1:54pm
landsurfer wrote:I think the point I'm making , possibly badly, is that why do tipper trucks appear to be the problem. .

As suggested above, aren't many (all?) of them getting paid a set amount for each loaded trip? Thus encouraging a general haste in their journeys. I think this was discussed a few years ago with regards to a spate of cement mixer incidents.

Re: another cyclist killed by a lorry in London

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 June 2015 - 1:43pm
Tipper truck drivers do not get up in the morning, kiss the wife and kids goodbye and set off to kill female cyclists.

It appears that they dont also get up in the morning and then set off to give cyclists as much respect and room as possible whilst driving a big dangerous machine amongst them.
How do I know that is true? I think we all know how.

Re: another cyclist killed by a lorry in London

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 June 2015 - 1:36pm
I think the point I'm making , possibly badly, is that why do tipper trucks appear to be the problem.
Tipper truck drivers do not get up in the morning, kiss the wife and kids goodbye and set off to kill female cyclists.
How many of the fatalities this year have led to the conviction of a tipper truck driver ?
How many of these fatalities where caused by the vehicle turning left ?
How many of the cyclists where between the vehicle and kerb when the accident occurred.
All questions that need to be addressed before the blame game starts.

Re: Not even an 'are' you OK!

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 June 2015 - 1:28pm
Had three in the past few days. First was seeing a young woman on a cycle path hit by a post office van pulling out of a drive. She said she was OK and didn't need a witness so I carried on. Then there was the taxi driver that waved at me as he pulled out of a side road across me and the old lady who carried on pulling out across me looking at me with a look of absolute surprise on her face throughout.

Mad drivers and Englishmen me thinks.

Re: another cyclist killed by a lorry in London

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 June 2015 - 1:15pm
There must be a common thread

There is, that it is tipper/skip trucks doing it.

I think that these vehicles are being driven on piece rate contracts and the pressure is on the driver (directly or indirectly) to cut corners.
I also think that rather like the self employed courier trade, there is little direct employment going on with investigation of the drivers' past record or conduct. So drivers' ejected by the other fleets running different types of employment will take their bad habits with them.

Also they may have vehicle issues like lack of mirrors and sidebars.

Re: Map reading - can anyone do this now?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 June 2015 - 1:09pm
I still teach my Scouts mapping. One of our favourites is a "parachute drop" hike - you've just landed by parachute, so you know where you are within a few miles, now work out how to get home. In reality, of course, you've been blind-folded and driven to the start in a parent's car. No GPS phones allowed!

I use a GPS to do Audaxes and planned routes, because you don't have to keep stopping. However, it's an old one with low-definition mapping, because the route planning is done on a larger PC-based OS map, and when riding I normally just want to know where the turns are.

Re: Rhine-Moselle short tour, advice needed

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 June 2015 - 12:53pm
annido wrote:In case it's useful, this is a cycle tour going south towards Metz and Nancy.

http://alpregio.outdooractive.com/ar-moselland/en/alpregio.jsp?i=3373556&tab=TourTab#i=3373556&tab=TourTab


http://alpregio.outdooractive.com/ar-mo ... ab=TourTab





Very helpful,thanks

Re: Rhine-Moselle short tour, advice needed

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 June 2015 - 12:46pm
In case it's useful, this is a cycle tour going south towards Metz and Nancy.

http://alpregio.outdooractive.com/ar-moselland/en/alpregio.jsp?i=3373556&tab=TourTab#i=3373556&tab=TourTab


http://alpregio.outdooractive.com/ar-mo ... ab=TourTab

Re: Rhine-Moselle short tour, advice needed

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 June 2015 - 12:36pm
I've cycled in and around Luxembourg City before, the cycle paths and planned and signed routes are absolutely excellent. We went north rather than south though.

I'm basically doing a lot of online searching and prepared to be flexible.

Re: Map reading - can anyone do this now?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 June 2015 - 12:34pm
and using the powerful organ that is my brain... I recall where I saw said interview!
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/activ ... month.html

Re: Map reading - can anyone do this now?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 June 2015 - 12:31pm
I read recently an interview with a big cheese at the OS that there is an commitment to continue to make paper maps available. Interestingly the cheese was of the female persuasion... and why not?!

Re: Rhine-Moselle short tour, advice needed

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 June 2015 - 12:23pm
Ben@Forest wrote:Have done Trier - Koblenz myself, mainly good cycle routes through vineyards and pretty flat though of course they don't lend themselves to speed, partly because of other slowish cyclists. This is no bad thing but if your six days includes the days flying to Bonn, train and flight back you may have the prospect of four longish days in the saddle. There are scores of places to stay in the small towns or bigger villages, whether hotels or B&Bs, but I couldn't name one of them now.



I'm heading over to that area next weekend and planning long days as I'll be on my own.

Day 1 Train from Frankfurt to Mainz then cycle to Koblenz

Day 2 Koblenz to Zell or do you recommend anywhere better in the area?

Day 3 Zell to Trier or is there anywhere better in the area ?

Day 4 Trier to Luxembourg City for lunch then Metz or there abouts

Day 5 Metz to South of Strasbourg

Day 6 South of Strasbourg to Basle

Day 7,8 then a half Day to get to Frankfurt airport might need the train if I run out of time


Would love any tips on this route,would rather be on quiet roads than cycle paths as I'll be running 28 tyres on my touring bike..

Re: Map reading - can anyone do this now?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 June 2015 - 12:18pm
There may well (probably, more like) come a day when you can no longer get hold of the paper maps as they have been totally superseded and exist only as oddities kept for amusement and out of historical interest.
Any up to date ones will be home printed sheets after downloading from the internet.

Rather like my slide rule (I may even have a set of tables somewhere in a box or at the back of a drawer).

Radical designs cyclone trailer..

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 June 2015 - 12:06pm
I'm selling the above trailer..Its advertised in the Bits of bikes section...015.JPG

Re: Map reading - can anyone do this now?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 June 2015 - 12:05pm
The ability to read a map is a valuable skill, as others have pointed out, but it's important not to be a Luddite with new technology. There was probably a time when the people who could get around by watching which way the rabbits were hopping etc were scornful of the new-fangled maps and charts.

English Channel to the Med' 2016

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 June 2015 - 12:00pm
Hi there, I have posted this request on several forums now btw.

I have been planning to cycle the length of France next year with friends for about eight months now. Unfortunately a couple have had to drop out due to a wedding next year now! Groan, (plus there are a couple of flakey ones who I am sure will back out). So, there are a 4 places, possibly 6 at a push available.

This is not a business but a private jaunt, a non money making trip. I would rather have kept it just friends and people I know, but to keep the shared costs low, I feel I have to open it up now. Here the basics.

Van supported, so all bags, tents etc are taken to the end of that days stage.
3 weeks starting Friday 1st of July with the ferry crossing to Caen, finishing in Cassis on Saturday 23rd July, flying home on the Sunday while the van drives back with the bikes and bags in
2 rest days
A mixture of camping and hotels, the majority I have made contact with, some i can book shortly, but most next year.
Still fine tuning the last weeks route and accommodation

Rough Costs pp:
£1932 for train to ferry, ferry with cabin, day to day food and evening dinner, accommodation, flight home.
THEN
the driver has the same costs plus the hire of the van, petrol etc. this will then be divided up between the riders, this is all comes to £4518 and is divided between the amount of cyclists in the group. Say 7 riders, that is £645 each rider, so that plus your £1932 = £2577. Then spending money for tourist tat. The very maximum should be £3000 but I am thinking around £2500 It does look a lot when it is in print. All the info is on my webpage.
(cheaper for couples because of booked rooms, ferry cabins etc) If I get more riders, then that shared cost comes down!!

I have done loads of research, we get to see Le tour during the first 3days, produced garmin/google earth maps in detail, with lots of info on them. Basically everything is done for you, all you have to do is to enjoy each days ride. I know a lot of people like the challenge of cycling with all their own kit, so this trip is defo not for you. But if you want to enjoy the feel of your bike each day while cycling though some amazing countryside, through vineyards, chateaus in the Loire and up Ventoux, then this is perfect for you.

Day 01 - 66.9miles - Camp
Day 02 - 55.1miles - Camp
Day 03 - 53.8miles - Camp
Day 04 - 39.3miles - Camp
Day 05 - 55.7miles - Camp
Day 06 - 47.4miles - Camp
Day 07 - 79.8miles - Hotel
Day 08 - DAY OFF - Hotel
Day 09 - 33.9miles - Camp
Day 10 - 28.3miles - Camp
Day 11 - 47.2miles - Hotel
Day 12 - 59.6miles - Hotel
Day 13 - 72.9miles - Camp
Day 14 - 37.1miles - Camp or Hotel
DAY 15 - DAY OFF - Camp or Hotel
Day 16 - 60.0miles - Camp
Day 17 - 52.6miles - Hotel - (route to be fine tuned as is accommodation)
Day 18 - 75miles - Camp - (route to be fine tuned as is accommodation)
Day 19 - 40miles - Camp - (route to be fine tuned as is accommodation)
Day 20 - 52.4miles - Camp - (route to be fine tuned as is accommodation)
Day 21 - 44.3miles - Camp - (route to be fine tuned as is accommodation)
Day 22 - 45.8miles - Camp - (route to be fine tuned as is accommodation)

Re: Bicycles from Britain to Continent

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 June 2015 - 10:18am
I've booked Bike Express for me, my wife and my teenage daughter to get to Provence this summer, and it was not as expensive as I had feared. Yes, a cheap flight to Nice would have been cheaper, but I don't fly. I gave up flying when the damage done by aircraft emissions became apparent. And the Bike Express option seems simpler, with less hassle. You turn up at one of their collection points, turn your handlebars sideways and let someone load your bike carefully into a covered trailer. Then you get onto the comfortable bus with lots of leg room and semi-reclining seats and read your newspaper.

Re: Bicycles from Britain to Continent

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 June 2015 - 10:08am
chris_suffolk wrote:When I looked, the Eurostar restrictions are quite hard to comply with (max of 85cm bike box if I recall), or book ahead and place in goods part of train, but may not arrive on same train as you. I gave up with Eurostar, and decided, if I went abroad, I would use the ferry option.

Eurostar is very easy. You only need to box the bike if you want to carry it onto the passenger train (the one you ride on) with you. Otherwise you take the bike to the freight depot (in the Eurostar stations) and all you need to do is take off any loose bits like water bottles and bags. That's it. Pick it up at the other end (from the freight depot) and ride away.

Booking the bike space is required, especially so in summer. There's no online booking for bikes, so you need to call the EuroDispatch number and reserve a bike space (they'll tell you when it'll arrive at the destination) and then/simultaneously book your own seat. The bike goes on a freight service, so not really important that it's a different train. Normally you drop the bike off a couple of hours before it/you leave, but you can drop it off the day before (handy if you have to overnight in a hotel before your train).

cheers,

Re: Bicycles from Britain to Continent

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 June 2015 - 9:54am
The thing about Bike Express and the Bike Bus is that they are so incredibly expensive. Some of us are on budgets!!
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