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Re: Spain North to South

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 August 2014 - 10:46pm
Helpful reading. The Picos sound as if they can get pretty cold even in summer and since i am crossing them from Santander to join up with the via de Plata further south, I think I'll take a lightweight tent and more than a summer weight sleeping bag.

Re: Getting to Germany with bikes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 August 2014 - 9:20pm
tim_f wrote:Re But I may try train to Dover, old-fashioned cross-channel to Calais, then take pot luck with local trains. Avoids the hassle of packing bikes for flying.

If you are taking train to London then best to take train to Harwich and boat to Hook of Holand and then train on to Amsterdam and then Germany.

see http://www.seat61.com/index.html for advise.
Thanks, that was my original thought but it means a more expensive overnight ferry which also means paying for a cabin (or an overnight stay in Harwich), and then a longish train journey.
Current thought is train to Dover, ferry to Dunkirk, cycle to De Panne (10 miles, just inside Belgium), train to Welkenraedt (other end of Belgium) then a 60m ride (much of it through a national park) to Bonn which is where I was wanting to start from, for the Rhine cycle path. The Belgium train service website tells me it will cost 21 euro plus 5 or so for the bike, and take 4 hours. Although in writing this down I realise there'll still need to be an overnight somewhere, before getting to Bonn.

A bit off-topic, but I now need to decide to take a tent etc. or go lighter and stay in youth hostels (will be going late Aug / early Sep).

Re: 50 mph for lorries

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 August 2014 - 9:02pm
Ellieb wrote:Put it this way: if cycling on the road took 20 minutes but going by cyclepath took 30 minutes for the same distance, there would be plenty on here who would decry the path as being not fit for purpose and complain that segregationists didn't understand why people should always stay on the road....

I don't think this is really comparable to the cycle path versus road argument. For one thing, cycle paths that slow us by that much are also often unsafe. For another thing, the sort of journeys that is being discussed on this thread, tend to be a bit longer than a few miles.

Re: Anyone use a trailer ?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 August 2014 - 8:42pm
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http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Waterproof-Foldable-Bicycle-Bike-Cycle-Transport-One-wheel-Cargo-Trailer-w-Bag-/281306921386?hash=item417f32f9aa&pt=UK_SportGoods_CyclAcces_RL&quantity=1&autorefresh=true

what about a bit of fun? i see they are open to offers? maybe make a silly one of eg £0.99 to fill the sellers inbox with lots of offers that need to be answered? lol

Re: Touring the Isle of Mull

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 August 2014 - 8:12pm
Wild camping is easy on Mull, plenty of superb locations and finding water is not difficult.
On Iona the western coast has a great beach where you can wild camp between the golf course and the beach, water a bit trickier to find but there are a couple of small burns nearby if you can find them, or you can carry water over from the toilets at the ferry terminal.

Re: 50 mph for lorries

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 August 2014 - 7:56pm
[XAP]Bob wrote:The perceived saving is even greater in rush hour, when the actual saving is less...

We're rubbish at judging "time saved"
Agreed. I used to do a regular commuter-time journey (driving) and would often be overtaken when I was doing the speed limit. It was a very rare occasion indeed when I didn't catch up with the offender later in the journey- sometimes I was still behind them, or maybe one or two cars behind them, ten or more miles later. They might have got through the odd traffic light before it went red when I had to stop, but in the end, I'd still nearly always catch up with them at either lights or a roundabout. So for all that risk (often the overtake was completely blind, and they were breaking the speed limit anyway) they gained what- two seconds?

I was once 'holding up' a chap behind me (i.e., I was doing the speed limit on straight bits and somewhat less on bends, but getting harassment) when I drove round a bend in the road and had to brake as there was a fire engine stationary on my side of the road and traffic coming the other way. If I'd been speeding, or hadn't slowed for the bend, I couldn't have stopped in time, and the bloke behind couldn't have stopped in time - he was lucky to be able to stop as it was. Ironically, the reason the fire engine was there was a car upside down just off the road on the bend - it could have been a mechanical failure, but given that the road was notorious for stupid driving in both directions in the rush hour, I'd not like to bet on it.

Re: Ten Miles a Day

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 August 2014 - 7:49pm


Only 14miles today.
Mind you, I had 1,900ft of ascent.
Is that hilly enough?

Re: Touring the Isle of Mull

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 August 2014 - 7:35pm
You can wild camp on Calgary beach. Lovely spot and there are publuc loos, no showers. There's also a campsite right by Craignure ferry, quite busy though.

Re: Getting to Germany with bikes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 August 2014 - 7:23pm
quilkin wrote:A timely thread; I am thinking of something very similar and live in Cornwall.
The Eurostar option sounds very complex (and costly); Ryanair to Hahn sounded good but it is only from Stansted (a long way from Cornwall) and then £50 extra for a bike each way.
My best option seems to be fly Bristol to Amsterdam (Easyjet, only £35 extra for bikes) and then investigate trains from there.
But I may try train to Dover, old-fashioned cross-channel to Calais, then take pot luck with local trains. Avoids the hassle of packing bikes for flying.

I've flown exeter to Amsterdam before with flybe, they don't guarantee the bike though but we were fine despite a fair number of golfer with golfing bags who appeared to have priority. Tiny plane, could see our bikes in the hold as we got on by the rear door.

Re: Getting to Germany with bikes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 August 2014 - 7:01pm
Re But I may try train to Dover, old-fashioned cross-channel to Calais, then take pot luck with local trains. Avoids the hassle of packing bikes for flying.

If you are taking train to London then best to take train to Harwich and boat to Hook of Holand and then train on to Amsterdam and then Germany.

see http://www.seat61.com/index.html for advise.

Re: Ten Miles a Day

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 August 2014 - 6:37pm
Mick F wrote:By the way, I've just started a new spreadsheet including feet per mile per day.
I'm aiming for 1,300 feet per day for 2014.

1,263ft so far.
I need even more hills.
Try moving away from the flat lands of Cornwall to a hilly area such as Lake District!!!!!

Re: Getting to Germany with bikes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 August 2014 - 6:15pm
A timely thread; I am thinking of something very similar and live in Cornwall.
The Eurostar option sounds very complex (and costly); Ryanair to Hahn sounded good but it is only from Stansted (a long way from Cornwall) and then £50 extra for a bike each way.
My best option seems to be fly Bristol to Amsterdam (Easyjet, only £35 extra for bikes) and then investigate trains from there.
But I may try train to Dover, old-fashioned cross-channel to Calais, then take pot luck with local trains. Avoids the hassle of packing bikes for flying.

Re: Caught on camera

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 August 2014 - 5:55pm
i once had a ambulance overtake me on a blind bend;siren on,and thank god nothing coming in the opposite direction.

Re: Touring the Isle of Mull

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 August 2014 - 5:49pm
The hostel on Iona is very good. It's best to get a late afternoon ferry over, that way you avoid the coachloads that swamp the place during the day and you can appreciate the true tranquility of the island.

Touring the Isle of Mull

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 August 2014 - 5:29pm
The wife and I are going to Mull in a couple of weeks. We only plan to do approximately 30 miles per day and plan to camp alternating between camp sites and wild camping. Anyone got any hints, tips, advice?

Re: BT Openreach cyclists stay back

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 August 2014 - 5:13pm
[XAP]Bob wrote:Flinders wrote:Postboxer wrote:I saw a National Express coach the other day that had a sticker with a picture of a bike and a message something like, 'Caution, this vehicle has blind spots' - seemed fairish.
That seems reasonable, as it warns of a genuine problem rather than being aggressive and unhelpful as the 'stay back' one does.
Yes - although a non articulated vehicle shouldn't have blind spots, how hard can it be to have the required mirrors?

A bus would need more than mirrors to eliminate all blind spots, it would also need a reversing camera, probably one mounted high up looking downwards. The camera also really needs to have some sort of lens washing mechanism as well as they can get obscured by road muck. Do buses all have suitable reversing cameras?

There is the other sticker you see on the back of trucks; If you can't see my mirrors I can't see you". This is very true and always worth bearing in mind. I think I mentioned this earlier about being tail-gated by a cyclist down a Devon lane in my campervan.

Re: Anyone use a trailer ?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 August 2014 - 2:25pm
graymee wrote:I bought a cheapo Bob Yak lookalike several years ago from Edinburgh Bike Coop. I think it was £125 reduced to £99. Good value for money but they discontinued them a couple of years ago. The two shown in the links to Ebay look very similar with the exception of the addition of the red suspension units(?) near the rear wheel. The £250 one is expensive but £901 for the other is really taking the mickey!

even £99 was £40 too much. Until recently they were going for £50+. Mine like the suspension jobby should have cost me £55 incl postage, but I got it for free as the company werent going to get any more, the special QR skewer broke ( could have been very dangerous ), got a complete refund and it wasnt worth their while reclaiming it. The quality of welding on these is totally rubbish - functional but not pretty, I probably could do better, & the paint is very poor? I suspect they are shipped over here as ballast......

Re: BT Openreach cyclists stay back

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 August 2014 - 1:35pm
The top one is from road.cc, they did have a few different sizes at first but most have sold out, they had a few size A5 left at last check. Actually A5 isn't too far from the size of the 'stay back' ones that have appeared on trucks and buses round these parts.

The bottom one is from a limited batch that appeared on eBay a few weeks ago. I've had a quick look and there's no sign of any more.

Re: BT Openreach cyclists stay back

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 August 2014 - 1:11pm
Chiz wrote:Sorry to revive an old topic, the last of these stickers arrived this morning.

Here's my contribution.
Hmm - These are a little small, but awesome all the same - Presume available from road.cc?
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