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Re: Name the landmark

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 January 2015 - 6:57pm
That looks to me like the obelisk on the Holkham Hall Estate in Norfolk.

Yep, that's what I thought. But then I wondered if the drive looks too steep. Although, come to think about it we did get upto 30mph pretty easily on the tandem.

Re: Cycling Mexico

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 January 2015 - 6:42pm
Amazing, there are some very no-go areas in Mexico but the small area I know in the Yucatan was very friendly when I was there - but that was 30 years ago. It was also amazingly cheap then but I guess that has changed.

I look forward to reading your journal in slow time. Congratulations!

Re: UKIP - get off road, cycle on pavement

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 January 2015 - 6:41pm
Psamathe wrote:I see they [UKIP] have now released their 100 reasons to vote UKIP (cleaver doing it when there are 100 days until the election!).

(I've not read it, just the article about it), but seems to include slashing foreign aid (£11.4bn to be reduced by £9bn to £2.4bn), bringing back smoking in pubs. No migrants to enter the country unless they have confirmed jobs and accommodation, etc.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/ukip-election-policies-slash-foreign-aid-bring-back-smoking-in-pubs-ditch-human-rights-act-10008202.html

Ian

I've just read it,it's a typical politrickal party's promises that pander to the non thinking electorate.
These people are a menace.
But then again most politrickal parties are.
Liars.
We simply have to pick the best of the evils offered
I won't be choosing UKIP
One thing's for sure though,it'll be a very different election this time.

Re: Seeking advice on routes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 January 2015 - 6:35pm
It might help if you could say where you live, assuming this is your start point. I live near Plymouth and with your time scale I would take the ferry to Roscoff and do a loop around Brittany.

If you don't live near a channel port consider flying, this is the best way to find sunshine! As already mentioned the fast trains are not bike friendly.

Re: Lance is trying to get the ban lifted

CTC Forum - Racing - 28 January 2015 - 6:34pm
Armstong's “confession” and humiliating exit from the sport (at the hands of the USADA, lets not forget) presented the UCI with yet another in a long line of opportunities to clean up the sport.
When Brian Cookson replaced Pat McQuaid as head of the UCI hopes were high that this heralded a new era. Sadly the recent decision not to revoke Astana's World Tour Licence proves that it's business as usual. We now have the ultimate irony of Armstong criticising Cookson for that decision.

Re: USA Tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 January 2015 - 6:19pm
Thanks for advice. Climate seems more of an issue than wildlife.

Re: Name the landmark

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 January 2015 - 6:18pm
mjr wrote:I wonder if anyone has ridden past this one...



That looks to me like the obelisk on the Holkham Hall Estate in Norfolk. I rode past it in August 2012. The weather that day was at least as pleasant as depicted in your photo.

Not like the weather about a year before that:

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Can anyone guess where that is?

Re: Seeking advice on routes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 January 2015 - 6:09pm
mbamford wrote: 1. Take the TGV from Paris to Strasbourg, follow the Rhein
south to Geneva, and take TGV back to Paris

The Rhein doesn't go even close to Geneva! from Basel you head south through the Jura to Geneva - very nice and not too mountainous!

mbamford wrote:
3. Take the TGV from Paris to Strasbourg, France, go north to Stuttgart, and
then east to Munich.



Erm - From Strasbourg you'd actually go mostly east to Stuttgart and Stuttgart to Munich is actually a lot more south than east and is quite a long way! You could follow the Neckar and Donau to keep things a bit more level at least as far as Ulm.

There are thousands of places you could go but where do you want to go?

Re: UKIP - get off road, cycle on pavement

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 January 2015 - 5:33pm
I see they [UKIP] have now released their 100 reasons to vote UKIP (cleaver doing it when there are 100 days until the election!).

(I've not read it, just the article about it), but seems to include slashing foreign aid (£11.4bn to be reduced by £9bn to £2.4bn), bringing back smoking in pubs. No migrants to enter the country unless they have confirmed jobs and accommodation, etc.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/ukip-election-policies-slash-foreign-aid-bring-back-smoking-in-pubs-ditch-human-rights-act-10008202.html

Ian

Re: Blaze light - genius or damp squib?

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 January 2015 - 5:31pm


If that left-hand line was in the direct line of the centre of the bicycle and the right-hand line MUCH BRIGHTER and FURTHER OVER then there might be some merit.

Imagine trying to keep it correctly aligned though !!!

Re: Blaze light - genius or damp squib?

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 January 2015 - 5:22pm
I think I get what the aim of these gadgets is, but what we need is for the cyclist, and his/her bike, to be more visible, not a projected hologram, or whatever, some yards away. So I have to say I'm still a bit perplexed. No-one's going to get killed if a lorry runs over a hologram...

Re: UKIP - get off road, cycle on pavement

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 January 2015 - 4:57pm
Postboxer wrote:Part of me thinks all prospective candidates should have to sit an extensive exam, including all sorts of general knowledge, subjects, puzzles etc. then all the results published in full, so we can see how smart they really are and compare them against each other.Yes. As they would if they had to apply for any other job.

Re: Dublin to Dingle Route

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 January 2015 - 4:35pm
Thanks for all the advice and tips

Re: Lance is trying to get the ban lifted

CTC Forum - Racing - 28 January 2015 - 4:00pm
The real nasty thing for me about him is that he does not admit that he destroyed the lives of clean riders.

If he were to ride in Europe again. I would consider attending the event, just to push him off the bike or at least throw dog mess at him.

Re: Seeking advice on routes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 January 2015 - 3:38pm
Must you start and finish in Paris? Perhaps you live there?

Re: Flying back to UK from Cape Town

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 January 2015 - 3:18pm
simonhill wrote:I don't understand. I fly regularly with Emirates and bikes are free as part of your standard 30kgs allowance. Anything over the 30 is subjest to excess (high charges by all account).

As you are coming home, can't you post or otherwise freight your excess. Can't imagine you'll be needing your tent in the UK for a while.

Yes that's an option to look into, would rather everything went together with me.

Bike box with bits packed there are 23kg, then another 30kg of luggage.

At the moment SAA look to be cheapest. Sports equipment is free.

Gary
www.longbikeride.co.uk

Flying back to UK from Cape Town

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 January 2015 - 2:19pm
simonhill wrote:I don't understand. I fly regularly with Emirates and bikes are free as part of your standard 30kgs allowance. Anything over the 30 is subjest to excess (high charges by all account).

As you are coming home, can't you post or otherwise freight your excess. Can't imagine you'll be needing your tent in the UK for a while.

Policies are different depending on routes. I used to work in Tourism in a past life and airline protocol is a minefield. Luggage allowances etc differ inexplicably much to the frustration of agents and pax.

I also thought of VS (Virgin) Gary. Thinking out the box: Capetonians are a metro-lot, keen on sport and fairly wealthy. Could you flog your beloved bike? [emoji174]

Re: Blaze light - genius or damp squib?

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 January 2015 - 2:15pm
Wouldn't a white solid beam on the ground in front of the bike (just like from motor vehicle dipped beam) be just as effective without requiring a laser or giving away that you are a cyclist rather than a heavier motorcycle?

Re: Signage concerns at a junction in Oxford.

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 January 2015 - 2:04pm
I drove through this junction a week or two ago. Clear as mud, especially as the barriers have been removed. Terribly confusing for those that know it like me, so it must be even worse for the many thousands of tourists who hack into Oxford that way. I wonder if there are any vulnerable road users who need to be particularly cautious there...

Re: Signage concerns at a junction in Oxford.

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 January 2015 - 1:44pm
There should not be a green signal from two directions at once, there. The users going straight and turning left from the same road should have their own signal phase.

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