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CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 January 2015 - 9:58pm
I have just bought a Garmin Edge Touring Plus and am wondering how good are the routings that are supplied on the unit, for the average tourist. Does anyone know what the criteria is for those routes? The device does provide some 'minimising' options including altitude for offered routes but it would be difficult to really judge the Garmin-designed route in its entirety as it is presented on the screen. I ask this because while it might be best if one could spend time custom making a route before starting a tour, that might not be possible. Or something else might mean that after you have set off, perhaps days later, unexpected opportunities or circumstances might require you need to modify things. Advice would be very much appreciated.

Thanks

Re: Bordeaux to Narbonne

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 January 2015 - 9:54pm
Last year we rode a stretch from Bordeaux to the med - although we avoided Narbonne we got as far as Lezignan-Corbieres which is quite close by.

The Canal de Garonne from Bordeaux to Toulouse is easily rideable although the outskirts of Toulouse are a bit confusing. A good map will make it easier but isn't essential.

The Midi from Toulouse to, I believe, Lauragais is rideable (tarmac) but we only went as far as Gardouch maybe 10km before Lauragais. It was suitable for 28c slicks and not at all lumpy. After that things take a turn for the worse. It will be slow going and uncomfortable even with wide tyres, especially with a touring load. You'll make much better progress on the roads IME.

If you're interested we covered it on days 1-11 of our Crazyguyblog: https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o=1&doc_id=14010

The region is great for cycling and you'll have a fantastic time. The camping municipal at Carcassonne is definitely worth a visit!

Re: Over confident cyclist - unbelievable luck!

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 January 2015 - 9:15pm
That would be a happy coincidence.

Re: Over confident cyclist - unbelievable luck!

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 January 2015 - 9:00pm
It's good to have you on the forum, RiderintheMist.

Extraordinary that you should happen along at this moment. Lucky folk, with a sense of humour, are particularly welcome

Over confident cyclist - unbelievable luck!

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 January 2015 - 8:32pm
Been riding years and never had a puncture or a defect to my bike, mainly because I maintain it at the start and end of every ride. I used to have quite a bulky bar bag on with stuff like a pump, tubes and so on... After realising I never used this, I took it off to shed weight as I never needed it. I've been riding for over a year now without the need to carry this equipment. On Tuesday afternoon I was out for what I call my country ride, which goes along quiet country roads with hedges and verges. At some point over the weekend the farmer had been trimming the hawthorn hedges back and I hit a pile of the cutting disabling the front and rear tyres. I was a good 15 miles from home and 8 miles from the nearest town to buy some repairs so a long push was in order. After pushing the bike for about 2 miles nestled neatly on the verge was a cycle bag with inner tubes, a pump and all the tools needed to remove my wheels and tyres. The gods were shining down on me that day and thanks to the mystery cyclist who decided to shed weight on his ride, he saved another rider a long walk.

Holland

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 January 2015 - 7:42pm
Can anybody recommend any good 1 day circular rides near Amsterdam and vicinity ? Thanks.

Re: Name the landmark

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 January 2015 - 7:19pm
661-Pete wrote:This one is not my photo, I'm afraid, and I've only passed this landmark by car, not cycling, but I thought I'd post it out of interest. Clue: it's in France.
Monorail? (or Aérotrain to give it its proper name - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A%C3%A9rotrain says one of the old tracks is now walkable, but I don't think it's that one.)

Re: Name the landmark

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 January 2015 - 6:57pm
This one is not my photo, I'm afraid, and I've only passed this landmark by car, not cycling, but I thought I'd post it out of interest. Clue: it's in France.

Eurovelo 15

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 January 2015 - 6:50pm
Has anybody cycled the section from cologne to Arnhem? What's it like I.e. is it quite rural (apart from the obvious cities like cologne and Düsseldorf). The eurovelo website claims its the 'industrial heartland of Europe' .... Not much of an advert!

Re: Avenue Verte GPX route

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 January 2015 - 6:38pm
Hi Many Bikes,
Yup that's what I'll do. It's a good way to familiarise with the route anyhow. The charity ride will have around 50 riders and about 6 guides, a few of whom may have GPS and the rest the Sustrans guide so it would be good to be following the same route.

Cheers

Martin

Re: Signage concerns at a junction in Oxford.

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 January 2015 - 6:16pm
I believe OCC are going to paint a little 'turning island' for cyclists on the road, complete with give way marker. It's a bit "putting lipstick on a pig", though.

(My personal opinion is that Oxford would be much better served by demolishing the Student Union building at the northern edge of the bus station, so that buses could enter and leave by the northern half of Worcester Street and Gloucester Lane. That would open up a whole raft of opportunities to remove motor traffic entirely from city centre roads - at the least George Street and Magdalen Street. But it'll never happen.)

Re: Avenue Verte GPX route

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 January 2015 - 6:14pm
The definitive one is the one you make up at home at leisure from the maps in the booklet. That is what I had to do.

Re: Burly blokes on the pavement - why?

CTC Forum - MTB - 30 January 2015 - 5:46pm
I ride both disciplines.

I ride on the road when doing MTB on my own but when leading a group ride I go up empty pavement sections whenever possible. MTB riders are generally used to riding in single file on group rides unlike roadie groups who quite often seem to double up to take up the space of a car (no objection it's safer).

There's also (generally) a greater speed differential between MTB's and cars compared to roadies and cars. Plus quite often road parts of MTB routes tend to be on more remote twisty country lanes. These mean cars are often very close far more quickly than they thought they would be, and through no actions of the riders. This can lead to some scary moments.

Another reason is that, rightly or wrongly, it can be frustrating for cars to have to wait behind a single row of 6 or 7 much slower moving vehicles so being on the pavement avoids that which can lead to conflict.

Don't forget aswell, on an MTB ride the roads are really just a an annoying distraction from the real fun. They serve 3 purposes: getting to the trails; connecting the trails; and getting home from the trails. There's no technical challenge riding along a road on an MTB (unless you count potholes!) Road sections are usually a chance to take a breather, have a catch up, rehydrate, etc.

It's totally different for me on the roadie I feel much more visible to other road users & part of the traffic flow, which is a lot more comfortable.

Re: What I forgot to put in my saddlebag

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 January 2015 - 5:44pm
If you report the loss on the police web site, you may be lucky. Reporting in person at the local police station, if you can find one nearby (and open), is long-winded and, possibly a waste of valuable police time as they painfully record all the information. If you were considering an insurance claim, a police report would be required.

Re: What I forgot to put in my saddlebag

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 January 2015 - 5:28pm
Many years ago - at least 35 - I took to the police something I had found. Can't even remember what it was but the response was " we will record it but you keep it and if the owner contacts us we will give them your address. If nothing happens for 3 months then it's yours"

Re: Name the landmark

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 January 2015 - 5:18pm
iviehoff wrote:matlockmark wrote:IMG_0540.jpg
There's a well-known landmark there behind the fog and the scafolding...honest. I thought it would be too easy if it wasn't hiding slightly.
A couple of clues:
- at the time I took the photograph (August 2011) the landmark had been under repair and closed to the public for about 2 years
- The presence of my mountain bike indicates that it is close to one of my favourite bridleway routes
Hardy Monument in Dorset
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hardy-monument/

Correct!

There's a lovely view from it - but not on the day I visited.

Re: What I forgot to put in my saddlebag

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 January 2015 - 4:51pm
Last autumn we lost my wife's digital camera in the USA. You may well argue, the USA's rather a big area to search, true, but we're pretty certain it's lying on a rock somewhere overlooking the Shenandoah River near Harpers Ferry in West Virginia. Anyone who's by the merest chance passing that way, look out for it (though I suspect that if it's still there, it'll be rather the worse for wear in the winter weather...)

It wasn't a very good camera anyway, and I bought her a replacement for Xmas. We were miffed chiefly at losing all the piccies on it...

Re: What I forgot to put in my saddlebag

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 January 2015 - 4:47pm
You'd be right not to put your house address in the bag, but an email address or mobile phone number would allow an honest finder to contact you.
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