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Re: New to mountain bikes but willing to learn

CTC Forum - MTB - 22 January 2015 - 6:46pm
I used to live in Hertfordshire and my main experience MTBing there for 2 years was that mud clearance was everything. If you are going to ride the Chilterns then front suspension will be advantageous. I'm still not sold on Full Sus for much outside the Peaks / Pennines etc, or unless you ride lots of trail centres. There's a huge weight or cost penalty and they require more maintenance. I gave up on full sus and went back to a rigid singlespeed and a hardtail. However, I don't ride the monster stuff, more like 40 mile bridleway days out.

Re: Group rides - maximum numbers...

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 January 2015 - 6:40pm
I read about that. As a large club we sometimes get around 40 riders on our Sunday runs, although we do split into smaller groups to ease congestion on the road and at the cafe stop. I assume motorists in the New Forest will also be resticted to 1,000 at any one time

Re: Dublin to Dingle Route

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 January 2015 - 6:39pm
try looking at this for routes, particularly good for Navigating Dublins streets
http://cycle.travel/map

this should help with cycle paths and cycle friendly streets
Personally I wouldn't worry about Dublin. If you avoid Rush hour and cycle sensibly you will be oK. you need to head south toward Tallaght and then onto Rathcoole from there I am lost and depends what you want to see.

The problem with Dublin is you will want to stay, there is plenty to see, so you have to be bit blinkered and head out of the City otherwise you'll spend 5 days sampling "da guinness". It's my favorite city, haven't visited for a while, but it has a lot of fond memories. Some great pubs, fantastic people and its own sound, every pub seems to have live music

Re: Group rides - maximum numbers...

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 January 2015 - 6:19pm
On the local news down here it has just been announced that cycling events in the New Forest are going to be capped to 1000 riders

Re: Female Cyclist Death In North London

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 January 2015 - 6:05pm
Thank you Kwackers I appreciate that and yes we are singing from the same hymn. Also apologies for any distress my comments may have caused you Ted

Re: My first ride on a 29er.

CTC Forum - MTB - 22 January 2015 - 5:51pm
It's a bike called a Saracen Kili Pro and it has a Suntour XCR fork which is a pretty basic affair, but it does spring and you can lock it out. It plus the tyres are fine for me. I ain't going to be doing any jumping on this steed!
I've never ridden a Brompton, but I have two bikes with 20inch 406 wheels, a Moulton APB which is ancient and a Tern p24h. You don't really seek out rough roads with the Tern, at least not diligently... A Brompton would be a burst blister ahead of that...

Isle of Wight - Beginning of May 2015

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 January 2015 - 5:42pm
I had booked off a long weekend from Friday 1st of May after school drop off to Monday evening the 4th of May to go up to Clitheroe for a festival, but for a number of reasons I've moved the goal-posts and I'm now going to spend it on The Isle of Wight touring with my bike and tent. I'm not a fan of B&Bs if the weather is good so I'll be camping.

I plan to park my pick-up somewhere in the New Forest and cycle into Lymington to get a ferry across to Yarmouth and then cycle round in a clockwise direction. I'll stay 3 nights and cycle and see the sights during the day.

Has anyone got any suggestions? I'm after advice on leaving my vehicle in the New Forest, campsites, points of interest, routes, beer and cider.

Many thanks in advance........hc

Re: Cycle Touring Festival Clitheroe

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 January 2015 - 5:39pm
Sweep wrote:By the way, since it was referred go above, do the girl guides still own waddow hall? They did when i was a kid and in fact years later i worked with someone from the south coast who had been there. But i had the impression, the world being what it is, that they had sold it years ago to something a bit posher than mucky guides. Or did they sublet it?
Their website is very much Guide branded: http://www.waddow.org.uk/about_us.aspx

As a long term member of both the Scout Association and YHA (though not the Guides for obvious reasons), I think the strength of a lot of these organisations lies in some of the wonderful places they own. Many of which were donated in the last century or sold at a discounted rate. It would be a shame to lose that.

Re: locating a school bus driver

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 January 2015 - 5:28pm
By all means offer to show the footage to the police, although they are very unlikely to do anything about it. Have you approached the school concerned? If all else fails there's always uTube. Bad driving vids get lots of hits, and if the bus has the operator's name and/or the reg number showing, then maybe the bad publicity will achieve something.

Re: UKIP - get off road, cycle on pavement

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 January 2015 - 5:15pm
Audax67 wrote:This seems appropriate:

http://youtu.be/i9yGi5fOt6Q
Ah, the great Spode. He would be standing for UKIP today I hope I get a visit from a UKIP canvasser in the run up to May. We'll have an interesting conversation

Re: accommodation

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 January 2015 - 5:01pm
Another advantage of booking online is that often there are cashback discounts in addition to the lower prices available in advance. - Sites like TopCashback can offer generous terms, and hotel sites like booking.com, hotels.com and expedia seem to be particularly good for this, regularly paying 10-12%. I've earned over £1000 in the last 3-4 years, which you can just 'cash in' to your bank account when it becomes payable. You go to the TCB website, click the link to the merchant, it forwards you to the site, something magic happens with cookies and bingo, you get a credit for what you've spent.

If you want to try it, cheekily, do it via this link and if you register it will pay me an introduction kickback as well as anything you earn!

Re: UKIP - get off road, cycle on pavement

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 January 2015 - 4:58pm
See also:
viewtopic.php?p=859598#p859598

On reflection, I wonder whether this guy is American. Because, in USA-speak, 'pavement' means the carriageway, i.e. the bit cars go on...

Or - perhaps not. I wouldn't attribute this sort of lunacy even to the Tea Party.

Re: locating a school bus driver

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 January 2015 - 4:54pm
If it is a local school bus then it will probably come through the same bit of road at approximately the same time each weekday.

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

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 January 2015 - 4:45pm
I was cycling across Italy a couple of months ago. Like every country, petrol stations sell good fold-out road maps. I cycled across the top (Venice to Turin) and found a single map covering the north. I think it was €4 or something, and had every road marked and main tourist sites.

cheers,

Re: bikes on Europe trains

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 January 2015 - 4:40pm
Taking a train is probably going to be quite a bit more expensive than flying, I am going to Pisa soon for 90 return with BA, that includes bike.

Re: 13 deaths in January, heading for worst in over 10 yrs

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 January 2015 - 4:37pm
Yes, poor light conditions with the sun low in the sky, but mild weather leading to people riding in large numbers. That might help to produce a spike in the figures.

Re: 13 deaths in January, heading for worst in over 10 yrs

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 January 2015 - 4:30pm
AndyBSG wrote:There have already been a few vague murmerings that the spike of cycling deaths in recent weeks is becasue of the very mild january so more people are cycling and the spate of deaths last year also took place in unseasonably mild weather.
More people cycling combined with poor road conditions and darkness?
(Just guessing here).

Re: 13 deaths in January, heading for worst in over 10 yrs

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 January 2015 - 4:26pm
pwa wrote:Weather could be playing a big part.

This is something that confuses me in general.

There have already been a few vague murmerings that the spike of cycling deaths in recent weeks is becasue of the very mild january so more people are cycling and the spate of deaths last year also took place in unseasonably mild weather.

So, with that in mind why don't we see a comparable number of deaths during summer months?

Re: UKIP - get off road, cycle on pavement

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 January 2015 - 4:01pm
Mark1978 wrote:Like the way he said "Cyclists should go back to the pavements".

Perhaps we should club together to buy him a copy of Carlton Reid's book Roads were not built for cars. http://www.roadswerenotbuiltforcars.com/
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