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Re: Cycle Touring Festival - May 2015 - Lancashire

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 May 2015 - 5:01pm
Would confirm the earlier comments,great weekend!
Lots of interest & good to meet so many others with simliar ideas & enthusiasm.
Would certainly stand a repeat sometime.

Re: Islabikes Bienn 29 - tourer for a titch?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 May 2015 - 4:46pm
Slowroad sorry for the delay. I am 5ft4" and it is just too small for me. The bars and brakes are smaller for the size of bike.

I you want I will pm my mobile number.

Re: Short cycle tour to get my reluctant partner into cyclin

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 May 2015 - 3:54pm
hamster wrote:From Norfolk I would do a loop of combinations of Kings Lynn, Wisbech, Ely, Cambridge.
Don;t cycle camp for a first tour, enjoy the cycling and a comfortable B&B if possible.
Much as I love our area, I wouldn't recommend combining Wisbech and Ely to try to encourage a new rider. The Welney-Pymoor section is a mix of sometimes-busy roads and bad surfaces at the moment, whereas avoiding them turns a 26 mile ride into a 37 - the centre of March can be lovely, though.

Re: Question about this video

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 May 2015 - 3:41pm
Vorpal wrote:Tonyf33 wrote: we can see EVERYTHING that we need to see to know there was only one person at fault here and that wasn't the cyclist.
I was not trying to imply otherwise. I certainly wasn't trying to blame the cyclists.
I was responding to you saying this "but we don't know the road, what happened before the incident, or anything else"
Do you not think in hindsight that that sentence is pretty wide of the mark? You effectively said we don't know what happened at all, the thing is we do know what happened and why.
I never tried to imply that you did blame the cyclist/s, just that when you say we don't know what happened that simply isn't accurate.

Re: Heathrow Terminals 1, 2 and 3: Cycling out of?

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 May 2015 - 3:25pm
Thanks, Iviehoff. And with our Freedom passes, pay zilch from Hayes and Harlington!

Re: Short cycle tour to get my reluctant partner into cyclin

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 May 2015 - 3:15pm
From Norfolk I would do a loop of combinations of Kings Lynn, Wisbech, Ely, Cambridge.
Don;t cycle camp for a first tour, enjoy the cycling and a comfortable B&B if possible.

Algarve cycle hire

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 May 2015 - 2:57pm
Would anyone recommend a particular cycle hire company for a stay in the Algarve near Vilamoura? I expect we'll use the urban bikes for short trips if we can but a couple of day trips might be fun. Pretty open about bike type/shape as long as it's practical. Thanks.

Re: Short cycle tour to get my reluctant partner into cyclin

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 May 2015 - 2:14pm
I can recommend the Devon Coast to Coast much of it traffic free the rest quiet lanes.
We did it starting in Barnstaple which made it about 80 miles so 3-4 days at 20-30miles/day.
You can get the train to Barnstaple then stay overnight (we got a deal at the Royal and Fortesque) and then return from Plymouth.
There is a back-packers hostel (can't remember name) after about 20- 30 miles right on the route and a YHA in Okehampton.
Plenty to see in terms of differing country side. Starts with Estuary, then wooded valleys, skirts past Dartmoor over some viaducts finally through a country park and a quiet industrial docks part of Plymouth and onto the Hoe. Also plenty of pubs along the way.
http://www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map/rout ... t-to-coast

Re: Rack Pack for Tubus Airey

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 May 2015 - 2:12pm
pretty much any 'front' panniers - my choice would be Ortliebs. You might get away with some of the smaller rear bags but bear in mind that there isn't the same degree of support - particularly important as the bags lay on the rack rather than hang from.

I have a Ti Carry which takes full size bags but that has the extra rear support bars.

Re: Short cycle tour to get my reluctant partner into cyclin

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 May 2015 - 2:09pm
Well this is an interesting thread with ideas for routes. 30 miles a day is what my partner is considering for our first tour. I am a keen cyclist and fitter than she is but never toured. She is a slower cyclist but has done a lot of touring in out of the way places that don't get many Western Europeans cycling through. The limit of about 30 miles a day is based on the fact we have a 2 year old child and he is unlikely to go much longer than 1-2 hours in one sitting even in the trailer when asleep. That means a cycle then a walk then a cycle then a walk throughout the day. Plus add in the sometimes 8mph average speed we do we do not get far. This is why I too am looking for something similar to the OP only not in the same area. I've posted for ideas but got none just general advise so I will listen to advise on here.

For my part I wondered about the coast and castles route (or part of it). This is up the east coast through Northumberland ultimately reaching Edinburgh IIRC. A bit far north for the OP's needs perhaps but I heard it is a good route. Perhaps an east coast train journey away from Norfolk?? Perhaps cheaper than a ferry to Europe.

We were considering part of the Danube Way in Austria. That is fairly flat and is tarmac traffic free cycleway the whole section. Loads of people do it each year with it being the most cycled cyclepath in Europe. Nice scenery too. The area is set up for it with cycle hire at towns at each end of the section people tend to do in a week or two with collection of bikes possible too. Plenty of cheap accommodation too.

Re: Question about this video

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 May 2015 - 1:56pm
Tonyf33 wrote: we can see EVERYTHING that we need to see to know there was only one person at fault here and that wasn't the cyclist.
I was not trying to imply otherwise. I certainly wasn't trying to blame the cyclists.

Re: Myanmar

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 May 2015 - 1:36pm
Myanmar has been in the news for all the wrong reasons over the past week. Muslim refugees have been fleeing the country after sectarian conflict, and the military government, still very much in charge, has been criticised for being above the law. This is a very troubled country with serious human rights abuses happening daily. To some this may seem an unspoilt and interesting part of the world, but I am not sure I would want my holiday funds to contribute to the economy of this country until it is run by a more enlightened government.

Re: Question about this video

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 May 2015 - 1:00pm
Vorpal wrote:Tonyf33 wrote:so hang on, it sounds like most of you are blaming the cyclist here..WHAT THE HELL IS THE MATTER WITH YOU!!!
The HGV comes thundering past UNDERTAKING whilst driving over the chevrons with not enough space to get past at a ridiculous speed, basically couldn't be arsed to overtake or made a late decision not come off the off ramp.
The cyclist wants to move over into the inside lane which IF he had actually moved over he'd be dead

For those of you saying he probably shouldn't be there, how do you know what is acceptable in that country, do you say that a cyclist in this country on a d/c shouldn't be there because of fast moving motorvehicles?
I don't think anyone is blaming the cyclists. Maybe suggesting some things that could have been done to avoid the incident, but that's not blame. Frankly, the video is shocking, but we don't know the road, what happened before the incident, or anything else.

Well actually we do, we can see everything I've described,
we can see that a mirror would have made no difference, we can see that the HGV crosses the chevrons illegally, we can see that the HGV undertakes at a ridiculous speed, we can see that the HGV passes far too close to a vulnerable road user at a point of the road where there is no space nor suitable by any stretch of the imagination, we can see that the cyclists hold their line, we can see that the HGV collides with the cyclists and injures one of them, we can see that the HGV doesn't stop, we can see EVERYTHING that we need to see to know there was only one person at fault here and that wasn't the cyclist.

Re: Enjoying mtb'ing

CTC Forum - MTB - 20 May 2015 - 12:41pm
al_yrpal wrote:samsbike wrote:al_yrpal wrote:Cheapo MTB forks bounce. With that Lefty I never have to lock it out, its beautifully damped and there is no bobbing uphill. You just float over 'stoppers'. So, it depends on your fork. Same goes for the rear, well adjusted that branch that would shoot from your rear tyre is just ridden over smoothly and you dont find you are suddenly stopped when it gets scudded away and you land with a bump after loosing traction. When I got the Cannondale it transformed my off road riding.

Al

Al you are the same height as me, or near enough, we really have to trade bikes sometime

No probs, after my arm heals up come down here and we'll hit the trail.
As Si says it depends on the terrain. Around here a lot is natural bridleways in forest, lots of deep mud churned up by hooves, covered in dried leaves, narrow slimy chalk tracks strewn with big flints, fallen branches, some of them very steep. You have to sit and lean far forward to stop the front wheel lifting. Some weave through trees with lots of technical obstacles, crazy roots and ditches. Quite challenging to stay on and just keep moving. We do have constructed MTB tracks and fire roads at Swinley Forest near here and Thames paths and canal paths but they are childs play in comparison. You would just keep stopping on a rigid bike or a cheapo hardtail MTB. Nothing like natural paths for a challenge. Its possible to ride 40 miles and see hardly another soul.

Al
Sounds exactly like my neck of the woods, literally

Re: Heathrow Terminals 1, 2 and 3: Cycling out of?

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 May 2015 - 12:00pm
Also, if you are tight, like me, you might notice that Heathrow Connect charges a rather fancy price for the one stop from Heathrow to Hayes and Harlington, which is deliberately kept high to protect HExpress's even fancier fares. So you could use the free bus service through the tunnel, ride the approx. 2 miles from there to Hayes and Harlington Stn, (northern perimeter road, turn left onto A437, v easy) and use local railway services without the one-bike restriction from there and at normal prices instead of fancy HConnect price.

Re: Heathrow Terminals 1, 2 and 3: Cycling out of?

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 May 2015 - 11:48am
I don't know if it is of any significance, or just a glitch, but the TfL route planner (for me at least) will only give a cycling result if you select Heathrow Terminal 5 (not Terminla 1,2,3 or T4).

You've probably already seen but the Heathrow website says
Bicycles can also be taken free of charge between Heathrow terminals, even if you are not taking your cycle on a flight. (link)
Rick.

Re: Brittany - Voies Vertes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 May 2015 - 11:44am
No doubt mentioned elsewhere, but I found it difficult to find printed VV maps available to order online - just too many "almost right" choices.

I did find a UK supplier of French topo (OS-style) maps at reasonable prices though

http://www.mapsworldwide.com/

Re: Short cycle tour to get my reluctant partner into cyclin

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 May 2015 - 11:20am
I come from Essex, so the other end of East Anglia. I would recommend that you just head south!

East Anglia has some great cycling. Varying from heathlands and Broads in Norfolk through some beautiful undulating country in Suffolk and even N Essex is pretty good. Lots of great scenery and plenty of historic buildings eg Lavenham for a start. There is also the coast, varied and beautiful.

If you get the few OS 150,000 maps that cover the area (borrow from library) you can construct a great route. I think I would aim for a bit more than 20 miles as the days are long and that could be over in a couple of hours. A 20 mile morning run followed by the same in the afternoon would be about right.

One advantage is that you will be close to home if you need to bail out for any reason.

Re: Heathrow Terminals 1, 2 and 3: Cycling out of?

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 May 2015 - 11:18am
That sounds like excellent advice. Many thanks, Iviehoff.
I await answers from Heathrow Connect, which might be helpful, too. Whatever the result, I will pass it on to this forum.
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