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Re: DIY European hols w'out extras but WITH a good hired bik

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 July 2015 - 3:36pm
The best bet is to look for places that are cycling destinations - like Majorca. In Italy for example there's the Dolomites or the Lago di Garda - for example. If you have a particular place in mind then use Google Maps and search for "bike hire" plus the name of the place you're interested in - even better if you know the term in the language of the country you're interested in. Good hire shops will have a website with all of the information you need.

Re: Motorists' visibility mark II

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 July 2015 - 3:32pm
The idea probably came from this:

I remember a guy who worked on the Bluebell Railway telling me some years ago, they would love to install one of these, but they didn't have the space or the planning permission. A lot of their locos had to run back-to-front half the time, because there was nowhere to turn them round. I don't know if this is still the case.

Re: 10 days in August. Where should I go?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 July 2015 - 3:32pm
Thank you Chat Noir - I've just bought 'Brittany's Green Ways' and it looks very helpful.

I intend to rely on hotels and B&Bs rather than camping, so any recommendations would be welcome. I'm having a little difficulty finding places that aren't already booked up.


Question about bike shipping by plane

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 July 2015 - 3:29pm
Hi all,

I'm gonna cycle all the Pamir Highway. I'm landing at Dushanbe and I'm flying with Pegasus airlines and Pegasus Asia. I have few questions:

1- In the website it is not possible to add a bike in the list of special equipment so I cannot to pay for the service in advance. Is it possible to go the airport and pay there for the bike?
2- I want to try to carry the bike as checked baggage, but I did not found any information about the baggage size limit. Where may I find it?
3- Two stopovers I have to do, is there any way to know in advance if a checkin is necessary for each stopovers?

I have already contacted the plane company, but I haven't got any answer, so far.


Re: Touring - worst fear?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 July 2015 - 1:34pm
The unknown.
My last attempt was an overnighter near Hebden Bridge. Only 30 or so miles from home but having taken a wrong turn which had me climb a hill so steep that it wore me out and 5 ish miles in the opposite direction, a feeling of overwhelming loneliness took over and I couldn't wait to get home.
I do sometimes wonder if I have the brass knobs to accomplish this touring thing.

Re: Pedestrians' view of bells ?

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 July 2015 - 1:28pm
Bicycler wrote:On roads which see any significant traffic though we segregate the pedestrian traffic from the vehicular traffic and we would think it ridiculous for it to be any other way. It is a nuisance for a cyclist to be slowing and ringing a bell all the time. Likewise it is tiresome whilst walking to be constantly looking round, having one's peace disturbed by bells and having to move to the side.
We rarely segregate pedestrians. We build protected space for walking but hey are still allowed on the carriageway if needed or wanted.

I don't mind keeping to one side or watching out behind. It seemed to work well in Bavaria years ago. It's disappointing we seem to have such a problem with it here

Or it would be if people had and used bells! Last night I took a walk on a well used local shared use path. Mindful of this thread I counted 36 cyclists who passed me from behind. The number of bells sounded: 0
And just to check: it was narrow enough that they couldn't pass safely without? Would you have said before doing a count that belling was normal among cyclists in your area?

Re: Touring - worst fear?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 July 2015 - 1:17pm
I woke up in the woods in france about 15kms from the nearest town with the left side of my face swollen and my eye swollen shut,i looked like the elephant man ,turns out a lovely abcess in my gum had decided to make its presence know(always try and fix your teeth before you go folks!!).So I cycled to the nearest town ,went to the tourist info and said 'can you help me find a dentist'(well kind of slurred it anyway),turns out finding an emergency dentist in a small French town is not so easy.Luckily they managed to find an appointment in the next town(20kms away.)
And to cap it all off the powder stuff I had to take to draw the posion out also gave me the squirts .Kind of glad it happened in a strange way,adversity makes you able to deal with things in a calmer way next time I think,well smallish things like this anyway,hopefully don't have to deal with anything really serious on tour(touch wood.)

Re: Best airline for bike travel - Lufthansa ?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 July 2015 - 12:48pm
Baggage handling is independent of the airline and depends on the airport, the same firms that load Lufthansa will also load all the other airlines..

Re: CTC Bike Bag on Ryanair

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 July 2015 - 12:41pm
Here is a tip... only found out as Wiggle unusually failed to deliver when I ordered a CTC bike bag..

Single Mattress cover bag from http://www.safestore.co.uk/ sure the other storage places sell similar and best bit was only £4.49 plus they sell 'fragile' tape..

Few bits of pipe lagging, pedals and rear mech off, front wheel off (my bike is very big so this helps with pack size with wheel on it would be too big to go into the oversize luggage scanner at T2) and then bars turned and tweaked

Pic of bike as arrived in Iceland via Heathrow

https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=1 ... hoto%2cjpg

All fine and no issues at Heathrow or coming back at Keflavik.

Kept the bag with me on tour (rolled up on rack), though binned the lagging and bought more for return trip, fragile take stayed with me on my water bottle.

Repacking not quite so neat on way back, but it is on the pavement outside the departure terminal.

https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=1 ... hoto%2cjpg

Another tip, put 2x pannier in one of those tartan laundry bags to make a single bag. Again no issues. Left bottles in cages and sleeping mat bungled to rack.

Also Trangia kettle and d lock/chain lock is fine as hand luggage it seems.

Also make sure they stick the barcode tag on the side of the bag with the gear train as that way it is more likely to be kept that way up.


Re: Best airline for bike travel - Lufthansa ?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 July 2015 - 10:22am
I found Lufthansa very good last year, Swissair are very good too.

As has been pointed out though, it's the baggage handlers that are the potential problem on any airline - i've been sat on the plane and watched as my bike case dropped 2m from a conveyer to the ground - I think that was at Berlin. Frankfurt is Lufthansa's main hub so they have more control there so there may be fewer issues there.

Re: Car Width over the ages

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 July 2015 - 10:19am
Tonyf33 wrote:BigFoz wrote:Here's an example: Mk1 next to latest version (mk 6?) VW Golf - newer one is significantly bigger.
http://www.newspress.co.uk/downloads/me ... 207_01.JPG
still only 15.8cm wider (1628-1786mm)...measure that between your hands, that makes jack all difference in the real world on any road.
It does if you get clattered by a wing mirror of a Mk7 just after a Mk1 has passed you, presumably.

Re: Motorists' visibility mark II

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 July 2015 - 10:18am
If there is an issue reversing, fit a turntable

Re: Motorists' visibility mark II

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 July 2015 - 10:17am
Funny, not really given it much thought, I've always done it wherever I park, just because it makes sense, and much easier to get out in traffic. Upside was always, easier to get the shopping out of the boot! Best parking I see on a regular basis is at the local tip, where they have a herringbone setup. Seen people manoeuvre 135 degrees, with difficulty, to park, then unload rubbish from boot and carry it around the car, then repeat in reverse. Apparently it provides endless entertainment for the staff!

Re: Motorists' visibility mark II

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 July 2015 - 9:18am
I don't think anyone is suggesting that it's always wrong to reverse out of a driveway. Certainly, ours, which opens onto a cul-de-sac, presents no problems. And our drive is very short - I only have to reverse a yard or two and I'm straddling the pavement. Walking pace, no more, is the obvious rule.

Re: Speed awareness courses (instructors' knowledge)

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 July 2015 - 9:14am
There's an awful lot of traffic law and to make things worse, they keep changing it. I think the main teaching / learning point should be that individual road users should concentrate on complying with their own responsibilities, rather than relying on others complying with theirs, real or imagined.

Re: Canal du Midi towpath

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 July 2015 - 7:47am
Yes, the bike was fine but the baguette she had on her rack didn't look good. I waded in to help her out but then the rest of her group turned up so my chivalrous act was quickly over!

Re: Motorists' visibility mark II

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 July 2015 - 7:37am
Thanks for all the replies. Very interested to see the line in the Highway Code. I was out and about in the area last night so I had a look at how the cars were parked. I estimate around 95% were parked facing the house so would have to reverse out. On my own street of 10 houses only 1 household always reverses into the driveway, and they are keen motorcyclists. I wonder if being motorcyclists make them more aware?

Re: Car Width over the ages

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 July 2015 - 7:19am
cars are getting bigger enough that it makes a difference in narrow streets; also because of the shape of modern cars, many drivers are less well aware of where the corners of the car are, which can be over or under-compensated for by the driver. Both are potentially dangerous.


Re: Pedestrians' view of bells ?

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 July 2015 - 7:14am
in recent years I've been doing more utility type journeys on shared use paths, and I have found it desirable to have a bell fitted, and to use it. Not everyone associates the sound of a 'ping' bell with a bicycle as swiftly as they might a 'drrring' bell, and the latter sounds friendlier if it is rung slowly, so that is what I fit to a roadster. However it seems like overkill on a lightweight, so they get pingers instead.

You can buy a reasonable pinger in wilkinsons for £1. Unfortunately it will only easily fit 22.2mm bars... but fortunately if you have a traditional quill stem (GB, Cinelli, etc) it'll go round that instead. They all become somewhat muffled when wet, it seems. I think that there is a gap in the market; if a pinger bell were available that sat under a handlebar, it might be less easily damaged, get (or stay) wet less easily, and not clutter the handlebar so badly.

I am surprised that in this discussion, no-one has yet given an honourable mention to 'clacking'. Probably this is because so many modern brake levers and STIs have been designed so that they don't make enough of a clacking noise. For years my training bike had weinmann brake levers and these made a healthy 'clack' which is by far the best kind of sound to make when approaching a horse from behind; when the horse pricks its ears, it has heard you, and when it has turned its head slightly, it has seen you. The rider of the horse should see both these things (as well as hear the clack) and react accordingly. Be wary of horses with blinkers on; if the horse isn't used to them yet, it may become extremely unsettled by any noise it doesn't recognise coming from behind. I have always supposed that they are often fitted to flightly horses anyway. I have also surmised that the clacking noise might sound a lot like horse's hooves, so is perhaps less intrinsically threatening to them.

Pedestrians can be a bit like horses when it comes to clacking, too...


Re: Speed awareness courses (instructors' knowledge)

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 July 2015 - 6:09am
I had a driving instructor allow his pupil to draw up alongside at lights and then tell me that I wasn't allowed on the road because there was a cycle path!

Headcams are brilliant!

So as I sent the video to all the local driving schools asking why the instructor was so ignorant of the law and why he was teaching the pupils wrongly.

All very keen to deny that it was them and several forwarded the video to the School concerned

I got a full apology, the instructor was informed of his error and plaed under review. Finally I was reassured hat the pupil had been given a lesson by another instructor who had corrected the original misconceptions.

Next few times I saw him he simply scowled!
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