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Re: First bike tour with children

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 October 2014 - 4:56pm
The North Wales Coast (NCN 5) is a good choice - plenty of posts about it on this board. Aside from the Bagillt hill section it's mostly flat, lots is traffic-free, and the scenery is suitably impressive - plus plenty of cafes and ice-cream parlours along the way! (And you could skip the hilly bit by taking a train from Prestatyn to Flint.) Should be reasonably easy to get to from Nottingham, especially if you take the little local train from Derby to Crewe then change there for a train to the coast.

I'd second the suggestion of the Kennet & Avon (NCN 4), and you could also try the Cotswold Line (NCN 442) from Worcester to Oxford, though I may be biased.

Re: First bike tour with children

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 October 2014 - 4:43pm
Many thanks for all the superb ideas - I'm very grateful for all the helpful input from so many people, so quickly. I particularly like the idea of the Yorkshire Wolds - we often head up to Scarborough via that way. Am going to look at accomodation options. May also plan a C2C over a week in the summer, though I might source a road bike for my daughter for that.

Re: Show your touring bikes !!!!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 October 2014 - 4:16pm
Here is my Disc Trucker, in the Burren of Ireland (at least, on the coast) on the way to Doolin.



Will be carry a tent etc next summer on my tour of Wales.

Re: France - channel to the Med (or vice-versa)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 October 2014 - 3:59pm
I agree keeping more to the east whichever direction I go will be a good idea. Weather is more likely to be lively in the west of France - but of course no guarantee!

Re: Bikes on a plane - box or bag?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 October 2014 - 3:53pm
I think I am going to get the CTC Bag, myself, for my upcoming trip to Wales next summer.

Airlines are so confusing though. British Airways flys the bike for free, apparently, but the first leg of my flight is on a plane operated by another airline. Does that mean I have to pay their baggage fee? I wish airlines made things far more simpler! Its also not evident whether bikes in a bag are acceptable on the connecting flight - any airline gurus out there?

Avoid the Spanish Gota Fria!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 October 2014 - 3:36pm
I came back at the end of last week after a trip into Spain of nearly 6 weeks in our campervan. We had a great time but we also experienced some very wet and thundery weather, all the way down to the very tip of Spain. This was I must confess a bit unexpected. We had some very warm weather too but the thunderstorms lasting in one case over 3 hours were memorable.

Exchanging e-mails with someone who has lived in Spain for decades it seems this is not a new phenomena and is known to the Spaniards as a gota fria or "cold drop". It occurs in the autumn along the Spanish Mediterranean coast when moisture from the warm seas ascends into the atmosphere and hits cold air in the upper atmosphere. The storms are worst along the coast but the effects stretch far inland.

I raise this because we met a couple of cyclists on the ferry on the trip to Santander who were planning to cycle across Spain to Cadiz. I can only hope they had better weather than we experienced for the first few weeks of our holiday.

The lessons is - avoid southern Spain on September and October up until about the 15th. You may of course be lucky, but statistically, this is the danger period, especially when the summer starts early as it did this year.

http://spain.angloinfo.com/moving/count ... gota-fria/

Re: Lights: flashing, bright: article in Cycle

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 October 2014 - 2:49pm
Also ,on Bromptons, the slightly nearside mounting may mean a lamp can be left fitted when folded, where it would need removed upon folding if fitted on the offside.

Re: Unbelievable

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 October 2014 - 10:34am
Bonefishblues wrote:
Nor me,but if you enter the kitchen in your own Accord you expect heat.
Fixed that for fun


I know, but how it must grind you down...
Only if you let it.
There is also the option of changing occupation if things are that bad.

Re: Unbelievable

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 October 2014 - 10:30am
Theres a driving instructor lives on my street, and when he's not teaching he's often on his bike. I'll try and ask him next time I see him..

Re: Unbelievable

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 October 2014 - 10:25am
reohn2 wrote:Bonefishblues wrote:......It's one of those "not for all the tea in China" jobs for me

Nor me,but if you enter the kitchen in your own Accord you expect heat.
Fixed that for fun

I know, but how it must grind you down...

Re: Unbelievable

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 October 2014 - 10:20am
Bonefishblues wrote:......It's one of those "not for all the tea in China" jobs for me

Nor me,but if you enter the kitchen of your own accord you expect heat.

Re: Cuba.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 October 2014 - 10:10am
the bikes we saw in cuba that had been hired were not that good to be honest, mostly mountain bikes, mostly with full suspension and no rack. You know you can take a bike with Virgin for no extra cost, and if you dont want to do the whole assembly thing twice, just give it or sell it to some lucky cuban- you will get plent of offers wherever you go.

Going rate seems to be 100CUC (100USD) for anythin (4 months wage). Not really an earner on a super galaxy so i just gave it away to a guy who commuted a fair way to the school he teaches at.

Only thing is you will need to find a way back to Havana to get the plane back, unless they can make it to Havana themselves

Or donate to

http://www.bikesforcuba.com/

and they will find someone who wants it.

It means you can take any bike you want and you will know what you are riding, and that it has been given a good going over before you set off. And you will have the opportunity to pack the spares you might need.

Just saying.


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Re: Unbelievable

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 October 2014 - 9:54am
reohn2 wrote:Bonefishblues wrote:Yes, you're right, there are two perspectives.

To be fair the incidents mentioned are the only two I've had in the last ten or so years,most driving school cars give me enough clearance.
However I went on a driving instructors forum and wasn't impressed by their attitude.
Let me take a wild guess - they feel almost as beleaguered and under pressure as urban cyclists?

It's one of those "not for all the tea in China" jobs for me

Re: Unbelievable

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 October 2014 - 9:51am
Thinking, picking up an incident of a bad driver will at best make that one driver "see the light" and behave more sensibly in future. But a driving instructor can have a big influence of a large number of (future) drivers. It would be good if their regulatory body took such reports seriously (maybe they do, interesting to hear from anybody that has tried reporting such behaviour to them).

Ian

Re: France - channel to the Med (or vice-versa)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 October 2014 - 9:48am
The only disadvantage is the slight risk of damaging your bike in transit.

I get two cardboard boxes from the shop and put one inside the other and pad well

If your not cycling out of your front door then google the name and address of a few bike shops near where you will be putting the bike together. If you have an unusual setup look for ones that are most likely to have parts you might need like spokes, or a rear much hanger. Alternatively consider taking the most fragile parts that may not be stocked with you. I keep spokes inside my seat tube, and a rear mech hanger is cheap and light.

Also note their opening hours. Most are shut on Sunday, a lot are shut on Monday and some shut Saturday pm!

All this is just a precaution and more apt if there is a group going. The bigger the group the more likely one of you is to have a problem

Re: Unbelievable

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 October 2014 - 9:41am
Bonefishblues wrote:Yes, you're right, there are two perspectives.

To be fair the incidents mentioned are the only two I've had in the last ten or so years,most driving school cars give me enough clearance.
However I went on a driving instructors forum and wasn't impressed by their attitude.

Re: Unbelievable

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 October 2014 - 9:32am
reohn2 wrote:Bonefishblues wrote:Meanwhile, in another universe...

"You passed that cyclist far too closely. I didn't reach across to the steering wheel on this occasion because I could see you were going to clear him, but please, in future leave a much wider gap. This applies to other road users as well - for instance that line of parked cars up ahead. What would happen if one opened a door whilst you were passing?"

...and so on.

When I learned to drive I made mistakes too, and the Instructor corrected me and gave me feedback. As someone who has done some training in an earlier life, and who still does a lot of coaching it's a difficult but important balance to strike between intervening, or allowing a situation to develop and feeding back after the event.

Just a thought.
Or in this universe:-
I phoned the number on top of the driving school car,and asked if he could advise his pupil to steer a bit wider and give cyclists more room,his reply was along the lines of "stop bleating he didn't hit you did he? I get tired of hearing it from you cyclists"
Not the ideal driving instructor.
I meant to report him but if it's anything like reporting incidents to the police it would be a wasted phone call.
Yes, you're right, there are two perspectives.

Re: Unbelievable

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 October 2014 - 9:30am
Bonefishblues wrote:Meanwhile, in another universe...

"You passed that cyclist far too closely. I didn't reach across to the steering wheel on this occasion because I could see you were going to clear him, but please, in future leave a much wider gap. This applies to other road users as well - for instance that line of parked cars up ahead. What would happen if one opened a door whilst you were passing?"

...and so on.

When I learned to drive I made mistakes too, and the Instructor corrected me and gave me feedback. As someone who has done some training in an earlier life, and who still does a lot of coaching it's a difficult but important balance to strike between intervening, or allowing a situation to develop and feeding back after the event.

Just a thought.
Or in this universe:-
I phoned the number on top of the driving school car,and asked if he could advise his pupil to steer a bit wider and give cyclists more room,his reply was along the lines of "stop bleating he didn't hit you did he? I get tired of hearing it from you cyclists"
Not the ideal driving instructor.
I meant to report him but if it's anything like reporting incidents to the police it would be a wasted phone call.

Re: Unbelievable

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 October 2014 - 9:18am
Meanwhile, in another universe...

"You passed that cyclist far too closely. I didn't reach across to the steering wheel on this occasion because I could see you were going to clear him, but please, in future leave a much wider gap. This applies to other road users as well - for instance that line of parked cars up ahead. What would happen if one opened a door whilst you were passing?"

...and so on.

When I learned to drive I made mistakes too, and the Instructor corrected me and gave me feedback. As someone who has done some training in an earlier life, and who still does a lot of coaching it's a difficult but important balance to strike between intervening, or allowing a situation to develop and feeding back after the event.

Just a thought.

Re: France - channel to the Med (or vice-versa)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 October 2014 - 8:57am
+1 for North to South. Just close the front door behind you and you are immediately on holiday, just bimble down to the Channel ports and then enjoy the whole of France unfolding in front of you as you make your way down to the Med.
Cor....., I'm getting itchy wheels now....!
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