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Re: Getting your bike to Harwich for the ferry

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 May 2015 - 10:29pm
If you go via Manningtree be aware that there are steep steps down to the tunnel and up again to change platforms.
If you can get an earlier train it's nice to go into Harwich itself which is a pleasant place and has an excellent fish & chip shop. I was worried about connections so left hours more than I needed!

Re: Does anyone like........ chipseal?

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 May 2015 - 10:24pm
My personal gripe is that Shropshire council seem to have a habit of relaying with a nice silky smooth bed of tarmac. Then 6 months or so later they go and blast it all with chip n seal . My local main road was like this and now has a surface the consistency of lumpy porridge...which is coming away in places. Why, Shropshire council???

I've noticed that wider main roads covered thus or far worse to ride than treated back lanes. They use the largest diameter chip to allow for heavy vehicles that compact it. A wide road might have substantial side sections that receive hardly any traffic, and so remain unworn with chips remaining proud. Cycling these sections when they are uphill is particularly tedious, to say the least (the smooth sections being somewhere out in primary road position).

Chip sealed back lanes often have smaller diameter chips laid and after a month or so they are fine to ride on.

Re: Five Pits Trail, Derbyshire

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 May 2015 - 10:23pm
Useful info - I'm planning to be doing this route on Friday as part of a short tour circumnavigating the Peak District.

Re: route finding in France- maps or new tech

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 May 2015 - 10:17pm
I use GPS for following Audax routes etc. and I use one to record where I've been, or even to plots a quick route from A to B, but for casting about a neighbourhood a paper map gives you a better overview.

Something I've done in the past is to photograph the map, or sections of it. The screen quality and zoom/scroll speed of the camera are better than on the GPS.

Re: on a budget - New bike or secondhand quandry

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 May 2015 - 10:10pm
Yes - it looked good. I put in a bid factoring in the cost of getting there and back - but not enough!

The surley frame was tempting to - but went way higher than I bid for it (500) - it went for nearly the same as other complete LHTs had sold. It went more than I can buy a new frame and for! I thought to build it up would be at least another 300.

I am sure something will come up one day!

Re: Crane River Parks Hounslow & other London rides

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 May 2015 - 10:03pm
PRL wrote:To be pedantic the tarmac path is in LB Richmond and has been open for ?20 years. The Gravel one is in Hounslow and is fairly recent but does make a nice circuit.

I think it is the other way around? The tarmac part, north side is Hounslow, the south gravel part ( very nice ) is Richmond ( used to be Twickenham)? I wasnt saying these were new, just new to me & a lovely surprise. The parts beyond this circuit that I updated this thread with are clearly very old as I mentioned the neglected boards with information on. The underpass at The Causeway rd has steps up with a rusty cycle channel that hasnt been used in how long. But is a devil to find your way to these paths for any one who doesnt live there. There is also a route to a starting point from the circuit above, past the Royal Mail depot in Godfrey Way further up the road, but this is used by the local kids with their "motor bikes" to gain access to the heath & has a gate with obstacles to deter them & I wonder if it will be locked soon

at end of Godfrey way by side of Royal Mail depot, access to Crane river path.JPG

at end of narrow tarmac path side of Royal Mail depot end of Goedfrey Way.JPG

Re: Newbie friendly MTB trail

CTC Forum - MTB - 24 May 2015 - 10:03pm
Hi, mtb trails are colour coded in order of difficulty: http://imba.org.uk/where-to-ride/trail-grading/

Re: on a budget - New bike or secondhand quandry

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 May 2015 - 9:40pm
BeardyWeirdy wrote:bigjim wrote:This would be worth travelling for if it came in at the right price.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Dawes-Super-Galaxy-Mens-Tourer-Bike-25-Frame-21-Shimano-Deore-LX-gears-/261891007698?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item3cf9eba4d2


I tried, but missed out on this - oh well, I am not good at winning things on ebay! - I will keep trying - thanks for the heads up
Shame. Somebody got a bargain. Newish Brooks saddle as well by the look of it. I was tempted.

Re: National Parks in the Netherlands

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 May 2015 - 9:33pm
Heltor Chasca wrote:Slowroad wrote:Hoge Veluwe is amazing, inland sand dunes and hills!

Thank you. Sand dunes do it for me. And living in Somerset, I can't be without hills for too long...b

Just looked it up: Wow! That could be a highlight. Thanks...b

Re: National Parks in the Netherlands

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 May 2015 - 9:27pm
Slowroad wrote:Hoge Veluwe is amazing, inland sand dunes and hills!

Thank you. Sand dunes do it for me. And living in Somerset, I can't be without hills for too long...b

Re: on a budget - New bike or secondhand quandry

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 May 2015 - 9:26pm
foxyrider wrote:Still looks like a commuting bike!

Why would that matter to me? It'll just have to "commute" all the way from Bilbao to Malaga. I've done that trip on a Dawes 501 and a bog standard Sirrus Sport, both were fine all day long but I expect this to be comfier.
foxyrider wrote:I would be looking for a better rack at least - that is just nasty and do you really ride with the saddle at that angle? Its either too high or needs levelling - you must be sliding forward off of that all the time.

Rubbish, it's a decent Tourtech rack that has been across the UK, France and Spain, it's a rack, 2 panniers attach to it, that's all I need from a rack. However, my Dawes 501 does have a Topeak Super Tourist DX rack, I'd fit it, you'd be happier, but it's black and I like the silver one on the Ridgeback.................The bike now has a Charge saddle set up for me.

foxyrider wrote:What is comfortable for a thirty minute commute will not be comfortable for a day in the saddle.

My tourer was stolen June 2012, I simply bought a Specialized Sirrus and immediately rode it 1200 miles, the same trip, my cousin rode a similar Ridgeback bike (a Bullit) that was totally new to him, after seat and bar adjustments, we were both comfy all day long....................

Re: Crane River Parks Hounslow & other London rides

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 May 2015 - 9:24pm
mercalia wrote:For any one living in London ( who has a freedom pass to get there free by train ) I have found a very nice short ride along both sides of the river crane in Crane Parks, Hounslow.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crane_Park

It is only a short ride but can be lenghtened adding Hanworth Park near by or Hounslow Heath ( more walking than riding )

Train stations either Twickenham or Whitton ( the closest )

http://live.data.wt.precedenthost.co.uk/sites/live.data.wt.precedenthost.co.uk/files/Crane%20Park%20map.pdf

It is a really lovely ride one side is tarmaced but with dirt track off shoots that go closer to the river, the other side ( newer I think ) is graveled winding around under avenues of trees. A real bit of wilderness. There is a nature reserve and whats left of the Gunpowder industry ( tower for making musket balls) There is a refreshment kiosk open during the winter in the east end in Kneller Gardens.

I really love this area. Great at any time of the year or day ( never closes ) Great night rides!

To be pedantic the tarmac path is in LB Richmond and has been open for ?20 years. The Gravel one is in Hounslow and is fairly recent but does make a nice circuit.

Re: National Parks in the Netherlands

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 May 2015 - 9:06pm
Hoge Veluwe is amazing, inland sand dunes and hills!

Re: Newbie friendly MTB trail

CTC Forum - MTB - 24 May 2015 - 8:07pm
There are all types of trails in the Peak District.

Easier ones could be the Monsal trail:-
http://www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/visiting ... onsaltrail

Tissington trail:-
http://www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/visiting ... gton-trail

or round Derwent Reservoir :-
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dark-p ... 403399966/

As an option - Do you have a "Rough Stuff Fellowship" in your area. They will have a wealth of offroad rides and most are not severe and good for beginners.
http://www.rsf.org.uk/

Re: on a budget - New bike or secondhand quandry

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 May 2015 - 8:04pm
Sweep wrote:Bicycler wrote:Then again, even later 80s/early 90s bikes can bring some annoyances.........
1" threaded headsets and quill stems...
Can you elaborate? What are the problems of these on a tourer?
No big ones. Just declining availability and the need to carry specific tools to adjust the headset.

Re: on a budget - New bike or secondhand quandry

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 May 2015 - 7:45pm
Sweep wrote:foxyrider wrote:
Still looks like a commuting bike!



Care to elaborate/explain?

What is comfortable for a thirty minute commute will not be comfortable for a day in the saddle. As far as I can see, apart from a clean you've added a poorly designed rack and are calling it a tourer. Lots of elements make a bike fit for purpose and far be it for me to say what you have there isn't a potential tourer but I'd be looking at a better designed / more suitable rack (that model sits far too high - was it sold as a 29er rack?) and a different handlebar set up (butterfly bars most likely) to improve bike balance and day ride comfort.

Just observations, I am a velocipede salesperson of some experience and would be advising any of my customers the same

Re: on a budget - New bike or secondhand quandry

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 May 2015 - 7:08pm
bigjim wrote:This would be worth travelling for if it came in at the right price.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Dawes-Super-Galaxy-Mens-Tourer-Bike-25-Frame-21-Shimano-Deore-LX-gears-/261891007698?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item3cf9eba4d2


I tried, but missed out on this - oh well, I am not good at winning things on ebay! - I will keep trying - thanks for the heads up

Re: route finding in France- maps or new tech

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 May 2015 - 6:46pm
letelemarker wrote:Beware, though, of the well-documented issues concerning usb charging from dynamos, for certain smart phones, notably iPhones...

Really? how come? do you have a link?

Electricity is electricity doesn't really matter how its produced just how its converted in to a useable supply, so if you have a good usb device i can't really see a problem…I'm no expert however!



From what I understand the I phone requires the current to be a fairly steady 1A, less than this and the phone won't necessarily charge

Re: Lon Las Cymru - 4 or 5 days

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 May 2015 - 6:40pm
Well, I managed to complete my Lon Las Cymru tour a couple of weeks ago. Stuck faithfully to NCN 8 for most of the route with a slight diversion off the Taff Trail just north of Cardiff to visit some friends in the Rhymney Valley.

I took the route over a leisurely 6 days camping each night, except for my last Caerphilly overnight stop.

Weather was mixed with a strong south-westerly headwind most of the way.

I saw only two other tourists along the entire route. One chap going the same direction as me who broke his chain neat Llanidloes (I offered my spare link), and a tandem going northwards that I passed near Builth Wells.

Scenery was fantastic. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will definitely do it again, soon hopefully, and perhaps South to North next time.

My overnight stops were:

- Llanllyfni (south of Caernarfon)
- Dolgellau
- Rhayader
- Talybont-on-Usk
- Caerphilly

I've posted some video of my journey on youtube if anyone is interested - https://youtu.be/F81xftVeV7Q

Re: on a budget - New bike or secondhand quandry

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 May 2015 - 5:52pm
Bicycler wrote:
Then again, even later 80s/early 90s bikes can bring some annoyances.........

1" threaded headsets and quill stems...



Can you elaborate? What are the problems of these on a tourer?
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