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Re: Ewenny rail bridge closed until June

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 February 2015 - 12:52pm
I will check for a pedestrian access later this week, but the local paper said no. I don't think many pedestrians use this bridge, but it is popular with cyclists.

Webcam reporting driver behaviour

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 February 2015 - 12:10pm

The cyclist is also a professional driver, presumably this demands more respect from the authorities.

Re: Ten Miles a Day

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 February 2015 - 12:07pm
Done 470 miles and its day 33, so still ahead of the game.

Re: Ewenny rail bridge closed until June

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 February 2015 - 12:01pm
Sometimes these road closures still leave provision for pedestrians and cyclists to cross, but the closure notice fails to mention it. Maybe worth checking?

Closed Bridges..

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 February 2015 - 11:57am
..on the subject of...

Horwich to Blackrod by Blackrod station, Rawlinson Lane Adlington, and Chorley Road Adlington just near to where it joins A6 by Frederick's are all closed for bridge replacement to allow electrification of the railway line. Up to 6 months. They have been putting in replacement pedestrian/cycle bridges.

Re: Ewenny rail bridge closed until June

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 February 2015 - 11:54am
Ahhh memories, my Aunt lived in Ogmore and often went down for a visit with the bike.....

Re: Anyone not get frozen fingers today

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 February 2015 - 11:24am
Wore my regular roomy leather gloves with thinsulate instead of my cycling gloves and it was excellent. I did wear alot on my body with several layers and a buff.

All in all a slow 45 minutes in -6C but never really got cold.

Re: Anyone not get frozen fingers today

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 February 2015 - 11:22am
Trespass were selling off salt-based reusable handwarmers for £4/2 a week or two ago. I activate them and drop them into my sealskinz mittens. They don't stay hot long enough to work for the full trip (unlike the single-use 8 hour ones), so I leave the mittens on the radiator for a while before leaving home and use the handwarmers for the return, after I've had to mess about with keys and cold bike locks!

Re: Anyone not get frozen fingers today

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 February 2015 - 11:15am
Core temperature as well can affect hand temps, make sure the body is warm and don't overwork in this weather.

Re: Ten Miles a Day

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 February 2015 - 11:10am
So January is over and I managed to squeeze in 296.25 miles - so 9.56 a day. Having to do a large desk move for work meant that I couldn't get out on Saturday and top it up annoyingly.Hopefully February will be better with a few longer Saturday rides planned.

Ewenny rail bridge closed until June

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 February 2015 - 10:27am
The B4265 (Bridgend to St. Brides Major) is closed until June at the point where it goes over the railway. The bridge is being replaced. Alternative routes include the road through Ogmore by Sea, and the lane between Wick and Ewenny ( have a look at a good map).

Re: Name the landmark

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 February 2015 - 10:10am
gaz wrote:Beamsley Almshouses, at least that's what pops up on the screen when I hover the cursor over the picture .

I forgot it does that

Still, it's a beautiful building, a couple of miles south-west of Bolton Abbey

Anyone not get frozen fingers today

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 February 2015 - 10:02am
It was -5 today. For my 30 minute commute into work I wore a pair of Gore Tex winter gloves with a secondary generic woolly pair of mitts on the inside but still my fingers felt like they were going to drop off.

Anyone got some gloves combo that keeps your fingers warm for over 30 minutes in temperatures like today?


Re: Maps for cycling in Italy ? - North to South

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 February 2015 - 9:37am
For all my of my touring over the years across Europe and here, there and everywhere in Italy, I have relied wholly on Michelin Regional Maps at a scale of around 1/400.000. Four paper folding maps, with generous overlap, cover the whole of Italy and take up little room in one's touring kit, particularly relevant if you're a mile-eater. Swiftly pocketable for the innumerable times in the day when dithering as to which way to go within that wonderful country, and upon their super modern to very historic road system. They provide context and contain as much info' as I could possibly have wanted and have guided me to places I could not have dreamed of (here's a thought: do not be afraid to use roads with barred or fenced entrances and marked 'Chiuso' and/or 'Pericoloso' for, in my experience, solitude and adventure awaits..)

I think these days the Michelin regionals come with a card stiffener cover for gloss and saleability but the stiffener is easily dispensed with to make them more pliable.

Re: Burly blokes on the pavement - why?

CTC Forum - MTB - 2 February 2015 - 9:30am
As a "burly" chap myself it's not just mtb's on the pavement that i notice around South Yorks, its the sheer amount of kit they seem to need.
They seem to be dressed for an ascent of Everest while riding around the cycle paths in the local area.
Camelbak's, rucksacks full of stuff, body armour.
Their cycling the same canal tow paths and surfaced ex train lines as i am.
Me, middle aged MAMIL on a self built hybrid with a couple of bananas and a flapjack in my back pocket and some juice in my drink bottle.
I'm on nodding terms with two 30 something MTB riders on my estate that drive their bikes to Kiverton Park, cycle the canal towpath to Worksop and back then drive home. It's my regular saturday trip, without the driving.
It's only 6 miles of quiet back roads to Kiverton but when i suggested they cycle there and back the response was scary.
"Too dangerous to ride on the roads around here, my missus wouldn't let me out" .
However at least their cycling.......

Re: Biking in France (Perpignan - Luxembourg)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 February 2015 - 8:15am
Of course if you're going north up the Rhône valley there's a detail called the Mistral. Two hardened long-distance chums of mine set out to do the Perp-Strasbourg diagonale last summer and had to jack it in at Montélimar because of it.

Re: Holland

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 February 2015 - 7:24am
Can't fully remember exactly what we did and what routes we took, but we went up to Alkamaar on one day trip, http://www.holland.com/global/tourism/a ... lkmaar.htm

And headed southwards toward the first of the bulb fields that was in cycle-able distance from Amsterdam. Possibly the Keukenhof Gardens. Depends on time of year you are going, we went last weekend in March and it was just a tiny bit early for the bulb fields to be at their best but there was still stuff to see.
And it was before the Cheese Markets started for the season but nevertheless gave us a destination to head to with lots of pretty villages en route.

Apologies as well, I cannot remember exactly where we stayed (it was arranged by someone else as a surprise) but we were about 20mins out of central Amsterdam by train, in a hotel right near a train station and bike shop that had bike parking / storage (which we used for the duration of our stay). The trains were frequent, efficient and ran all night (we could not hear them from hotel) so were an excellent way of popping into the centre for the sights on the days / evenings we did not cycle.

Re: Garmin Tour mapping

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 February 2015 - 11:23pm
I'm grateful for all the advice regarding Garmin Touring-supplied routes. HC kindly suggested using cycle.travel as a mapping site and then downloading directly into the Garmin. I had a look at that site, and it seemed to be remarkably easy to use both for route planning and established routes.

Many thanks

Re: Biking in France (Perpignan - Luxembourg)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 February 2015 - 10:43pm
For the Cluny-to-Beaune stretch, presumably you know about the voie verte that starts down in Macon and runs through Cluny, up as far as Chalon-sur-Saone?

It’s one of the oldest and best-maintained in France — smooth rolling tarmac all the way — and it’s well worth taking it: this part of Burgundy is big on rolling hills, and crap road surfaces, which can get a bit taxing after a while.

The voie verte is very easy to find in Cluny, but stops in Saint-Rémy, on the western edge of Chalon, and can be a bit of a nightmare to pick up again on the other side of the town without a map. The tourist office in the town centre are aware of this, and will give you a free map showing exactly where to find it - it’s actually a voie bleue (canal and river path), that runs around to Santenay, from where you’ll head back north on quiet roads up into Beaune.

Another, less zig-zaggy, option is to turn turn off the voie verte at Givry, and go up through Fontaines to Chagny. At Chagny I’d strongly advise avoiding the small route nationale into Beaune - work your way through the villages to the west, instead (or pick up the canal path and go to Santenay after all, but you're slightly going back on yourself). The village route will take you through the vineyads of many of the big names in Burgundy wine (Montrachet, Puligny, Meursault, etc) - it’s a beautiful route and you won’t risk being crushed by an impatient HGV on the nationale.

Camping wise, there’s a popular municipal camping in Cluny, right off the voie verte, but there's one further up the voie verte in Saint-Boil which is a lot nicer, and recently won a “camping de charme” award. It has a lake you can swim in, too...


Just up the road in from them in Buxy you also have one of the bigger “cave co-operatives” for the area. I’m a big fan of the Montagny Premier Cru (made in the village) and the local crémant. Pick yourself up a couple of bottles for the evening to ease away those aches and pains... and add different ones the following morning.

Or, if you feel like treating yourself and having a night off from camping, try Etape Robinson in Saint-Gengoux-le-National. Run by an English couple who are members of a local cycling club, they even have a workshop if you need to do any running repairs to your bikes.


But basically there are camping grounds, gites and chambres-d'hôtes all the way up. Look on the tourist office websites for any of the villages along the route and you'll see what I mean.

Priority to the right is getting so rare that I suppose they need to put up the warnings

Er... that’s not true. Priority on the right is the default rule in all villages, unless the person coming from the right has a sign or road markings saying otherwise. You’ll often see a black X on a red triangle as you enter the village, which means it applies from that point unless otherwise stated. Any time there’s a road coming from the right with no road markings or signs telling them to stop or give away, that road has the priority.

But really, it’s nothing to stress about. At cycling speeds in villages you’re never going to be in a situation where you can’t see or hear someone coming. I've had people stop and let me by even though they had priority (but then I've also had people go straight through a Stop sign, ignoring my presence completely — which is extremely rare in France; usually it's the one rule everyone obeys, because they're all convinced the one time they don't stop, there'll be a "flic" hiding behind the hedge over the road).

But seriously, just don't worry about it. It's no biggie on a bike. (It’s only a problem when you’re barrelling along a départmentale at 90kph, and someone comes out of a side track in a tractor pulling a trailer piled to the skies with bales of hay, at 15kph, without looking, secure in the knowledge that if there’s a fatal road accident they’ll be in the right, that things get a bit tense...)

Anyway, I won’t start listing bars and restaurants, but if you need any recommendations for this stretch and up into Beaune, just ask. I know the area pretty well.

Re: Garmin Tour mapping

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 February 2015 - 10:40pm
I checked on the Garmin Site, it lists the edge touring/plus as compatible (it never used too) as above I think this has now been enabled since last firmware update.
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