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Re: Interail pass

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 June 2014 - 5:56pm
I met a girl doing this. She was doing a eurovelo route but only riding the interesting bits. Seemed pretty smart to me as when in towns she had wheels to get about.

The limitation of Interrail is that because of the cost you tend to end up doing big journeys to make it worthwhile. Big journeys tends to become a tour of major cities so its quite different to a typical bike tour.

Re: Tower to Tower

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 June 2014 - 5:48pm
I did it two weeks ago!
Also the eurostar lands you in St Pancras so its a nice short ride to Euston for the onward journey. its e29 each way per bike and your other bags must be 2 and less than a certain dimension. The bike is sortof shipped separately on the same train.

There's a couple of different options for going London Paris depending on how you get across the water.
1, London, Newhaven, Dieppe, Paris. The difference here is that you basically go due south, get on a boat and go south again for 4 hours. So its fairly direct in terms of how the crow flies. Also a nice ride. Donald Hirsch's route is particularly good on its entry to paris and approach to the eiffel tower.
2, London, Folkstone/Cheriton, Calais-eurotunnel terminal (sangatte), Paris. http://www.eurotunnel.com/uk/traveller- ... ycles-one/
3, London, Dover, Calais, Paris. Again no idea but routes have been worked out.

The london routes generally exit central london via greenwich. if your heading for dover you could skirt north and head for a thames ferry crossing. If your going into central london then the canals and riverside trails may offer helpful routes.

Re: Has any one cycled in Ireland?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 June 2014 - 5:07pm
Great place for cycling! Have done to lengthy trips to South & West, & to North West/North coast.
Mostly stayed in hostels which are pretty good.
If the weather is half decent,sure you will enjoy.

Re: New to biking in the UK

CTC Forum - MTB - 23 June 2014 - 4:42pm
The problem with mountain bikes and uk commuting is the inability to fit full mudguards (fenders). Wet weather and road salt can lead to corrosion problems. The solution unfortunately involves regular cleaning of your bike and components, especially the drivetrain. If you can find one then a single speed or Alfine/nexus hub geared mountain bike might be a better idea than having an exposed derailleur drivetrain.

Re: CTC Insurance

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 June 2014 - 4:41pm
Well, the co-op policy mentioned above says "Home means the private dwelling and its domestic garages, greenhouses and outbuildings forming part of the Buildings" and "Buildings means the private dwelling and its domestic garages, greenhouses and outbuildings, landlord's fixtures and fittings, swimming pools, terraces, drives, footpaths, walls, fences, hedges and gates, all at the Address of the Property Insured specified in the Policy Details". It sounds like you'd need to name higher-than-standard limits and put any expensive bike as a Specified Personal Possession, but I think they would be covered as expected. Check the wording they offer you, nevertheless: new policies may differ and I wouldn't know.

There is a £500 limit on contents in the garden (such as bikes kept under a cover?), but no mention of a different limit to stuff kept inside garages and outbuildings. If they'll insure expensive untagged gardening kit clearly visible in a greenhouse, surely a distinctive frame-numbered bike in a shed or garage is lower risk? The limit of Sheila's Wheels (part of Esure) sounds a bit nasty IMO.

Re: To tent or not to tent that is the question

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 June 2014 - 4:28pm
The Cicerone guide isn't great for campsites. However having cycled the middle section last year they are pretty plentiful . one thing you need to watch is that a few have closed in the last few years and asking the locals may not help

Mainz - Campsite has a specific area for cyclists, akin to USA hiker biker site. It's on the other side of the river from the main city. Bear right and go over a pedestrian bridge, it's by the river

Laubenheim campsite in this area is shut

Rideshein. The campsite is pricey but very good and has a great swimming pool and washrooms. It's near the ruined bridge destroyed in WW2

Loreley, campsite by the river near the gorge. Very basic shop, long and thin site

Koblenz Get there early, the big sites will be booked quickly. They do have biker sites but you are crammed close together near the toilets at the back, get there early to get a good site. If goinf downstream you can cross the Mosel using the blue bridge about 500 metres upstream. You'll need to carry your bike up the steps but it's a good way to the campsite.

Bad Breisig has a delightful campsite. It's 700 metres from the river up a gorge going left (if going downstream) Has a biker site, best one we stayed in, worth searching it out

Remagen 700 metres before the bridge, big site with a swimming pool

Hope that helps
Neil

Re: Tower to Tower

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 June 2014 - 4:22pm
Did I mention I was a foreign novice, I didn't realise I could do that. Do you know if we can take bikes ??

Re: Touring Destination Trivia

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 June 2014 - 3:13pm
edwin wrote:jamesgilbert wrote:foxyrider wrote:German Ostseekuste

+25°C in September?

I was a couple of times in September for "beach holiday" in the area (Darss / Usedom). I would expect 25° in the first half of September. Anyway, if you are not lucky, you can have a week of rain with 18°.

Thanks for confirming that Edwin!

Re: Touring Destination Trivia

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 June 2014 - 3:03pm
jamesgilbert wrote:foxyrider wrote:German Ostseekuste

+25°C in September?

I was a couple of times in September for "beach holiday" in the area (Darss / Usedom). I would expect 25° in the first half of September. Anyway, if you are not lucky, you can have a week of rain with 18°.

Re: Anybody Got A Cargo Bike?

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 June 2014 - 3:01pm
I've got a "Thing" about a Hase Pino or Circe Morpheus. Both are Tandems with front recumbent position (Stoker or Princess Seat) but convert to cargo carriers. The Hase costs both arms and both legs. The Circe is a lot less but lower quality. I also have a thing about this being a very shiny Burgundy paint finish, always wanted a bike in Burgundy (might be my last bike)! The Hase Pino is available in almost any colour, so no problem but the Morpheus is now only available in white. No problem, they are polyester powder coated and it would be easy for me to strip off all the parts and have it cover coated in burgundy! For those of you who say you have to remove all the previous coating . . . WRONG! I have a lot of experience in this area. I spent 25 years making specialist lighting equipment and hired it out for outside events. When the gear was 6-7 years old, I would sell it off and build new. All my own gear was finished in white. When I sold them, I always disassembled, cleaned and had them over powder coated, normally in blue or the colour of the customers choice. Even previous scratches just melted into the new coating. The white never showed through!

I've almost finished "Electrifying" my little Brompton folding bike . . . . . . . This might be my new project! Anyway, I go into hospital tomorrow for a heart bypass op. so it'll have to wait for a bit before I'm back on the road!

Steve
http://www.calvertonweather.co.uk

Re: The cost of a pothole

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 June 2014 - 2:56pm
Psamathe wrote:Weird behaviour by my local Highways when I report potholes. sometimes they just send a lorry along and it fixes everything it finds (including the reported holes as well as everything else). Other times they send somebody along with a paint can who then marks everything (including reported potholes) and the hazards seem to remain unfixed for months. So why send somebody along with a paint can ? How many potholes can be fixed with just paint ? Surely cheaper to send somebody along with tarmac ... requiring only a single visit.

Ian

ah but that's the hole fillers job you see, probably a totally different grade to the paintman

Re: Touring Destination Trivia

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 June 2014 - 2:43pm
Puglia & Sardinia so far seem the most adequate suggestions so far.
Thanks for everyones suggestions.

Re: Advice on 2 man tent please...

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 June 2014 - 2:03pm
Vango Banshee 200

Re: Advice on 2 man tent please...

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 June 2014 - 2:00pm
I'd recommend the vango banshee 300 for you and your wife, if it's just you, go for the 200 ( 2 man but only big enough for 1).
Inexpensive and good quality

Re: Advice on 2 man tent please...

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 June 2014 - 1:48pm
If bringing the missus, you might be better with a 3 man tent as the two man tents (usually) are optimistic in their sizing, unless you are both small.
I've camped with my 7 year old daughter in my two man Coleman Avior X2 and "roomy" it wasn't.
It's a darn good tent in my opinion but I do wish I'd gone for the X3 instead. The Coleman Cobra X3 sells for under £100 and from what I hear, is just as good as the Avior.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Coleman-Cobra-T ... leman+tent

Re: Nice lady,

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 June 2014 - 1:40pm
According to GOV.UK you need to have held a full driving license for at least 3 years in order to apply to become an ADI (Approved Driving Instructor).
3 years in which you might have been sat on your backside playing Gran Turismo or Grand Theft Auto on the PS3. No mention of how many miles you might have driven as long as they have been conviction free.
Then if you pass the (probably very easy and not much different to the standard test) instructor test, you are free to instruct other eejits on how to manhandle 1-3 tons of steel capable of speeds of over 100mph.
Lovely.

Re: CTC Insurance

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 June 2014 - 1:39pm
I've got 4 bikes on our 'Sheila's Wheels' Home Insurance policy. They have to be listed separately as they all have a value > £500. They are covered away from the home as long as I have them locked to an 'immovable object'.

There is a £2,000 contents limit for items contained in a locked garage or shed (as I found out yesterday when I looked at the renewal invitation).

Bearing in mind the limitations of the insurance on contents of the shed I will be keeping 3 of the bikes in the house from now on. Does anyone have a home insurance policy that has a higher limit on items in a shed / garage?

Re: Any chronic whiplash sufferers here?

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 June 2014 - 1:26pm
I had a neck injury (whiplash or whatever you want to call it) caused when a car drove into the driver's side of my car at around 30mph when going round a roundabout. My car didn't have side airbags and I was thrown sideways by the impact. As well as soft tissue damage, being thrown sideways compressed two of the vertabrae in my neck and I had a trapped nerve for several months. Thankfully this was sorted out after several trips to my usual physio and regular neck exercises that the physio advised me to do.

If you have the money I would find a physio (by recommendation if you can) and pay for treatment privately. If you haven't got the money I would keep pestering your GP until they give in or get sick of the sight of you. Don't settle for a prescription for anti-inflammatory pills.

All the best and hope you get sorted soon

Re: a week on the Romantishe Strasse

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 June 2014 - 1:22pm
The whole point of doing the Romantic Road is (IMHO) spending time admiring and enjoying the wonderfully scenic historic towns that the route passes through. Therefore doing it in a week, whilst entirely possible, would allow little time to explore. I found the northern half contained most of the best bits so a trip from Wurzburg to Donauworth would seem ideal if time were limited. Don't miss the castles at Harburg and Weikersheim and walking the city walls of Nordlingen and Dinkelsbuhl - apologies for the lack of 'umlauts' - whilst the best place of all is Rothenburg: try to visit on the first weekend of September when the whole town goes all medieval - it's amazing!

Anyone reading this who wants to do the trip (including Rothenburg on 'that weekend'!) might like to consider joining the CTC tour doing the whole route starting on 27 August. Four spaces remaining. More info here: http://www.cyclingholidays.org/tours/solo.php?Tour=1450

For a feast of photos of what you'll see, check out https://www.flickr.com/photos/markw48/sets/72157622442030220/

Mark

Re: Advice on 2 man tent please...

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 June 2014 - 1:04pm
bit pricier but i like the Vaude stuff, my Power Lizard is @ 1kg and packs tiny but is still spacious for one and comfortable for 2! Its predecessor, a Taurus UL has more headroom and weighs about twice as miuch but still comes into the bike camping arena packed size.
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