Play on Pedals delivers training to Onslow Drive children and Reidvale Adventure Playground playworkers
We had a fantastic time working with play workers from Reidvale Adventure Playground Association in Bridgeton and staff and children from the nearby Onslow Drive nursery yesterday.
Over two mornings this week, we trained Instructors to deliver fun and games on bikes. We learnt a lot from each other, including new ideas for warm up games and how to integrate colour play into sessions.
RAPA is a play facility with wonderful spaces, resources and committed staff. We are looking forward to working with them as a new Hero Organisation, enabling children who visit the centre to access the bikes with specialist play staff to facilitate a great learning opportunity for the young people of Glasgow.
On the Italian side as said the north in flat and the Apennines can be very steep. Lucca though should be reachable by heading across Piedmonte and hugging the coast from Genova all the way round to Lucca. This gives the added benefit of going past or through the Portofino peninsula and Cinque Terre
Wetwipes also clean self after mechanical or puncture. In the old days I didn't seem to mind but these days I hate having oil on hands. Also find that wetwipes excellent at getting grease, oil, etc off carpets or clothes, sometimes with additional help of Pedros degreaser. Would hate to think what this does to babies' bottoms but an essential item on any trip.
Sorry to hear that Matt's bike was damaged but at least this one wasn't stolen.
Years ago, I complained about lorries driving on the twisty windy A390 between Gunnislake and Tavistock. Not the lorries particularly, but that they crossed and straddled the double white lines for much of the journey. This is illegal despite their size. If they went very slowly and carefully, they could avoid breaking the law.
When I complained, I got the same reply as you. If the lorries had to NOT cross or straddle the double white lines, it would cause more congestion.
You cannot win.
You might also consider a more westerly route through France (e.g. Dieppe – Paris (through or around!) – Dijon – Rhone valley – Grenoble) then the Frejus as Honesty suggests. Or go over the Lautaret to Briancon, then the pretty, quiet, low col de l’Echelle to Turin. The Agnel is a big beast at over 2700m, highest international road in Europe.
Another possibility – which I’m hoping to do next month – is to go all the way up the Rhine, then into Italy over the St Gotthard, or the Spluga pass (I did that one a couple of years ago, ride of a lifetime!). Still quite a straight line to Lucca.
Once you’re over the Alps, northern Italy’s flat as a pancake. But don’t underestimate the Apennines; They’re not so high, but you’re starting from lower down, so the passes can be just as big as in the Alps. The Cisa pass is a nice ride, if you avoid weekends, when it’s a popular run for motorbikes. The Abetone from Modena is a good bit higher, a reasonably gentle climb IIRC (I did it the other way), and brings you straight down into Lucca. Where you can get a very nice breakfast.
I wonder if Ayrshire to a ferry port will be the hardest bit to find a pleasant route?
Sometimes I will give the chain a proper clean if staying at a YHA or other access to hot water and dishwashing liquid and somewhere to dry the chain.
*For example Pro-gold Prolink but I am dubious as to whether it does much cleaning and the chain wear rate was higher than at home with a vigorous chain cleaning routine.
Cheap 3 in 1 would probably have been as good!
Sad thing is the police couldn't have being less interested if they tried, there were loads of CCTV in the area from businesses and even a council one in the vicinity of his escape route (I know because I checked), however the police couldn't be bothered to do so and failed to even ring me back as promised, didn't send me a letter to state the outcome (or rather they did but couldn't even get my address right!)
Luckily for me I wasn't badly hurt but rear wheel was a write off which was an expensive ceramic Open pro too
Unless you're badly injured the police don't seem to give a flying fig quite frankly.
With regards to cleaning, I cleaned my bike once in 8 weeks on the last trip I did. Mainly becuase I had been through a particularly 'sandy' area and I was worried about the long terms effects of the sand that was plastered to the bike.
If you are camping it depends a bit on access to water/bucket/sponge etc. so sometimes it's a case of if you get the chance to clean your bike don't turn it down!
Finally, yes. Now I'm back I'll be giving the bike a good clean, degrease and service before I set off again.
I think you have to get used to the fact that your bike is going to take some abuse because you can't clean it as often as perhaps you would at home.
There are a number of passes through the Alps. We've personally always driven over the Alps rather than using the tunnels as its nicer (and my parents were cheapskates). We've used the Mont Cenis (Frejus) pass, Grand St. Bernard, Simplon, Gotthard, and Brenner pass (and maybe one or 2 in between, but these are the main ones). Of these I'd say everything but the St Bernard and Frejus are probably too far east for getting to Lucca. Theres a few further west and south in France that I have not experienced, of which the Col Agnel looks nice. My favourite though is the Frejus one, really lovely and generally quite road as most of the traffic is going through the tunnel. saying that the Simplon and Grand St. Bernard are good for the same reason, but the roads of all these passes can be busy leading up to them.
My parents developed a route through France that missed out on most of the toll roads and stuck to good quiet A roads. We'd go from Calais to Reims on the motorway then A roads following the river Marne to Chalons, St Dizier, Joinville, Chaumont, Langres, then across country to Grey, Besancon, Pontarlier, and across Switzerland to the St. Bernard pass. The coincidentally follows the route of Via Francigena pilgrimige route (ish) and there is now a cycle route the length of the Marne.
If you're camping for example, what do you guys do with regards to cleaning and lubing for longer tours ?
Do you just take a rag and lube, and then give the bike a proper clean and degrease when back home ?
I'm not sure that grabbing the occasional legal fruit is enough justification to advocate the adoption of Sharia law throughout western Europe. I'd rather run the risk of getting nabbed for picking the odd lemon overhanging the road than live in a world where women get stoned to death for adultery. I suspect I'd fall foul of blasphemy laws too. But, thanks, I'll use what you said in my defence if any of the field workers or police are Algerian or Moroccan.
OK accept I was making a generalisation and that there are parents for whom driving the kids to school is best option and that they do so safely and considerately. Round here I see a lot of parents drive their kids to school out of laziness and just shove their cars wherever they feel like parking them - including on the pavement that other children are walking on, in the bus stops so that the buses can't get in, on both sides of the road forcing traffic into a crawling single file as well as making crossing the road more hazardous and even right in front of the school gates. I can't help feeling that in lot of these cases if they only got out of bed five minutes earlier they would have the time to drive and park in a civilised and considerate manner or even walk the kids to school.
I just wanted to make a post about an incident last night.
I caught a reprobate on attempting to steal my bike last night at the bike rack .
I would be extra diligent and ensure your locks are attached in the best way. I stupidly had my D lock on badly. Don't rush these things!
Having regularly used bike racks in the Covent Garden area for 15 years, I can only say this is par for the course. Around there, anything worth stealing that can be stolen will be stolen pretty quickly, if it can be done with the usual bolt clippers, and that has long been true.
I have frequently returned to the bike racks and found evidence of a bike having been stolen there, such as a newly snipped cable on the ground, (once accompanied by a crying ex-owner of a nice new bike), or only a front wheel D-locked to the rack. Once I found the front wheel alone D-locked, and adjacent another bike without its front wheel - I arrived at about the same time as the owner of the latter. He was teed off because he had used an extension cable to secure his front wheel according to the recommendations, and didn't think anyone would be bothered snipping that just to steal a front wheel. But he had the misfortune that someone came along and stupidly parked a bike securing only the front wheel next to his. But abandoned bicycles weakly locked have been left undisturbed by thieves, so they do have a quality threshold. And some very nice bikes have turned day after day for several years, if adequately locked. I once had a saddle and seat pillar of very poor quality and ancient age stolen from an old bike of very modest quality. It was a precisely 1 inch seat pillar and in trying to get a replacement I understood why someone was bothered to steal it, it was difficult to replace.
The best/easiest way to attach a D-lock is where the rear stays cross the top part of the rear wheel. If you routinely do it that way, you can't really get it wrong. It is not necessary for both ends of the extension cable to be attached to the D-lock, you can loop one end of the cable through the eye at the other end, after passing through the wheel, this is less fuss than trying to get both eyes attached to the D-lock. Though many people prefer a separate cable lock with a key, which is an equally good solution.