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Re: First Sportive in June

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 April 2015 - 7:12pm
Can't answer your specific questions re the sportive as do not ride them, however have ridden plenty of audax. Don't chase off too hard at the start, settle into a comfortable pace and you will probably find others riding at your pace.
Most important is to learn the language and signs....
Left arm moved so it is pointing to the right from behind the back = moving out / obstruction on left.
Ditto if it is right arm due something on the right..
'On the right' or 'On the left' again indicates there is a pothole or other problem to be wary of on the appropriate side.
'Gravel', 'Glass' etc similar is a warning to others.
Remember if people are calling these problems to you it is expected you will similarly reciprocate to those behind you.
'Car down' is car approaching from the head of the line ie from in front.
'Car back' or 'Car up' is car coming up the line from the rear.
Other obvious messages are the 'turning left', 'turning right', 'stopping', ''clear' =for a clear junctions that you can pull out into....
Always remember to indicate that you are slowing down / stopping if doing so otherwise someone will ride into the back of you and will not be popular...

C2C serendipity

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 April 2015 - 6:35pm
Out for a ride from home today, I picked up the C2C route from Kirkland (West Cumbria). Now I'm well used to this bit of the C2C route, and quite commonly cycle or drive along the roads in West Cumbria that form part of the C2C route.
....so I'm an hour or so out from home and just thinking "its been a head wind all the way" and "gosh, that's a cold wind" and " I really should have brought a sarnie and a flask of tea" when, out of nowhere, like a mirage, appears "The Log Cabin".
Amazement.
I'd never seen it before. Right at the place above Kirkland with the best views of Ennerdale Lake, is a tea-and-burger van parked in a field.
Of course I stopped.
Only me there ( and the owner behind the counter).
A truly excellent cup of tea.
Bacon sarnie made from thick cut rashers cooked just right. Brown wholemeal roll. Proper ketchup.
I parked my bike next to the van's track pump. Puncture repair kits are stocked.
There are picnic tables and chairs.
Its at the top of the hill, and every way out is downhill.
.....was I dreaming?
(I'm going to have to go back for another look....and another bacon sarnie)

Re: Fat bike and camp up Tal-y-fan

CTC Forum - MTB - 19 April 2015 - 3:44pm
Thanks I liked the skull bit as well could not resist a camera set up there lol...Yeah I know but thought I would put them in just in case lol. The bike is a On-one Fat bike and the music is electric pow wow drum by a tribe called red
Glad u enjoyed it

Re: What is gr8 about motorcycling?

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 April 2015 - 1:23pm
brynpoeth wrote:For what questions is this statement good? I ask a question because I do not understand and want to learn.
Probably for any question that involves subjective experience when the only sensible answer is to tell you to experience it yourself after which you won't need to ask...

Re: I rode off-road - fun, finding routes and how do you dre

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 April 2015 - 1:18pm
al_yrpal wrote:samsbike wrote:Cheers North Reading is a bit far out. The LBS does mtb rides but that is not really what I want, will get the OS maps.

This may be a bit far out too...http://www.rideastonhill.co.uk/ Personally I dont like places like this because they are not natural, but it might be an option?

I use a yellow highlighter pen on a copy of the OS map to highlight the bridleways, then routes seem to spring out at you. Of course there will be some road sections too to make up a loop.

Guess this is the sort of thing you are looking for...

Salsa Vaya by Alyrpal, on Flickr

Al

Yep and gravel. Just not too technical.

Re: I rode off-road - fun, finding routes and how do you dre

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 April 2015 - 12:23pm
samsbike wrote:Cheers North Reading is a bit far out. The LBS does mtb rides but that is not really what I want, will get the OS maps.

This may be a bit far out too...http://www.rideastonhill.co.uk/ Personally I dont like places like this because they are not natural, but it might be an option?

I use a yellow highlighter pen on a copy of the OS map to highlight the bridleways, then routes seem to spring out at you. Of course there will be some road sections too to make up a loop.

Guess this is the sort of thing you are looking for...

Salsa Vaya by Alyrpal, on Flickr

Al

Re: Don't forget you know who - Sunday

CTC Forum - Racing - 19 April 2015 - 12:12pm
have you watched it yet?? Amstel Gold race today! I cant complain that it costs me 3.99 a month for Eurosport; less than a couple of bottles of Amstel!

Touring France with a child's trailer

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 April 2015 - 11:18am
Has anyone experience of this? I'm wondering if you can take a trailer on the French trains and how easy (difficult!) it is with two bikes, panniers and an infant (who has trailered since he was 8 weeks old and is now 8 months). We would be camping too.

Nallo vs. Anjan

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 April 2015 - 11:17am
The Nallo's been the bench-mark 2 pole tunnel tent for a while and Hilleberg have made the lightweight vs. available in a timely fashion. One of the attractive features of the Anjan, when using it in warmer conditions is the ability to roll the rear section of the tent right up and over the rear pole. Has anyone tried doing this on a Nallo?Hilleberg-AnjanRed-Italy-182IT3501oH-StefanRosenboom.jpg

First Sportive in June

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 April 2015 - 10:59am
I have recently started road riding, and have signed up for the Tri Store Sportive in Eastbourne in June.

I have ridden the route, and am happy with my abilities to get round in a decent time.

My concern is that I have only ridden in with one other, and never in a group.

Has anyone ridden the Tri Store Sportive before and know how quickly the main group tends to thin out?

Re: I rode off-road - fun, finding routes and how do you dre

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 April 2015 - 10:29am
Hi,
Like some others here although I do off road stuff as well as including it in my training courses.
I am not finding any need to go out purely MTBing on a particular course or with anyone else either.
I am not criticising any comment here but you can enjoy very much just going off on your own with a map or device and explore.

Of course you need to get out of the concrete jungle first.
Take a day off and get some transport to another area, studying maps / net stuff for info first and go and explore, the worst I get at the end of a long day in failing light is lumping my camp laden hack over a tall wooden gate downhill on a public right of way

Re: What is gr8 about motorcycling?

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 April 2015 - 10:14am
samsbike wrote:Personally if you have to ask the question, you will not understand the answer

For what questions is this statement good? I ask a question because I do not understand and want to learn.

Re: I rode off-road - fun, finding routes and how do you dre

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 April 2015 - 9:47am
Cheers North Reading is a bit far out. The LBS does mtb rides but that is not really what I want, will get the OS maps.

Re: I rode off-road - fun, finding routes and how do you dre

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 April 2015 - 9:36am
531colin wrote:For routes, you just can't beat "local knowledge".....that means if you can't find a "local" who knows, you just gotta go look for yourself.....and the tracks change with the season, and with the years.
magic hats?...not for me, thanks.
OS map? absolutely.....I prefer 2 1/2" these days.....even shows you which side of the wall/hedge the path is. You can cycle on bridlepaths, byways, restricted byways, "white" roads....and I go on the ones (with green blobs on 2 1/2") which are "right of way, but we haven't decided exactly which right of way just now".
.....Al is your Chilterns man.....local knowledge.....?

I am just North of Reading, too far out from Sam I think. There are several MTB rides a week organised by Reading CTC which are very good, mostly to the North in the Chilterns. There are CTC groups in NW London and they doubtless also have off road rides. Its just a matter of giving the Hon Sec a ring to explore possibilities. And, choose your preferred area and buy a £7 OS Explorer map of it. It will show all the bridleways.

Al

Re: Touring bike choice for people with long legs

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 April 2015 - 9:18am
531colin wrote:You might have been better paying a physio. to sort your shoulder out than having a bike fit.....but how do you know until you do it?

I agree about the physio,and I'd go and see a good Yoga teacher to help with flexibility too perhaps mentioning it to the Physio first.

Re: I rode off-road - fun, finding routes and how do you dre

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 April 2015 - 9:18am
As well as all the suggestions already made, most nationally owned forestry (I used to say Forestry Commission, but maybe the name has changed) has extensive cycling rights. You just have to respect the signs that warn of tracks being closed for felling.

Re: I rode off-road - fun, finding routes and how do you dre

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 April 2015 - 9:11am
Ouutside of local knowledge, nothing beats trial and error. Use the OS maps as others have said and then go exploring. Some will be unrideable and some will be great fun, some are just for good weather and some for when its wet. But over time you'll build up a collection of tracks you can string together to make up your rides. I take the good bits and mark them on my OS map with a highlighter and still try to explore new bits whenever I go out. And no magic hat. A cycle cap does the sun, rain, sweat and flies duty if necessary, but normally not even that. Enjoy.

Re: I rode off-road - fun, finding routes and how do you dre

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 April 2015 - 8:57am
Don't overlook Google Earth. Not knocking maps in any way, but with G E you can get an overview of an area from a great height then sometimes, as you zoom in, you start to see lines going in promising directions...
Just one way of generating ideas to check out - using maps!

Re: Fat bike and camp up Tal-y-fan

CTC Forum - MTB - 19 April 2015 - 8:48am
Great fun! Lovely shots - like the 'pass by skull' best You can lose the captions, though... not needed.
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