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Re: Taking a bike on a train

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 February 2015 - 12:09pm
Only last year I had my first experience of bikes on trains. I'm based in scotland so can't comment on your exact train company. But what I can say is... I had to get two trains and gee they were a totally different experience. The first train... Fabulous... A designated bike bit so I could secure my bike and sit close by. Easy. The second train was a total nightmare and in hindsight Id have rather just cycled the 20odd miles. No designated bike bit. Had to stand wi bike in the doors section. Buggies. Prams. Ignorant people. Panicking people. Constantly having to move the bike to accommodate all of the above. Not a pleasant experience at all.

Re: Taking a bike on a train

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 February 2015 - 11:06am
http://www.atob.org.uk/bike-rail/uk-bik ... vel-guide/ for general principles; http://www.atob.org.uk/bike-rail/uk-bik ... trictions/ for specific companies. Try http://www.traintimes.org.uk/live/ or wikipedia to see who serves a station.

Re: Panniers as airline baggage

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 February 2015 - 11:02am
I put them in a cardboard box.

Re: Taking a bike on a train

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 February 2015 - 11:02am
If it's a TP then the bike bit is under the pantograph.
I think that's what it's called (the bit that connects it to the overheads) [emoji3]
I've only ever used TP and Virgin but never had a problem. Very important to be at the right end with Virgin as its behind the drivers cab depending on direction of travel.

Re: Taking a bike on a train

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 February 2015 - 10:50am
Yeah, I did have a read of the websites and they all say roughly the same - best to book in advance and there should be two bike spaces on a train. That's the theory - I was just wanting to know how it compares with practice.

That's a good tip about finding out where the bike carriage is in advance. Will give the train company a bell to see what they say - there's a change at Manchester but it's the same train company (Trans Pennine Express) for both trains.

Re: Filthy Drivers: Roadside Rubbish

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 February 2015 - 10:45am
When I see a gel wrapper on the road I think it must have been some scum of a cyclist and when I see a banana skin I suspect that is also a possibility, even a probability if it is the right sort of place.

However I find it hard to believe that the car tyres, TV sets, mattresses, MacDonalds, Coke bottles, feed sacks and the other 99.99% of roadside rubbish was dropped by cyclists.

So even as a cyclist I find the minuscule amounts of rubbish dropped by cyclists to be possibly a million times (by weight) as offensive as that dropped by others.

Some litter louts are aware of the fact that it isnt illegal to dump on private land and drop their rubbish accordingly.

Re: Filthy Drivers: Roadside Rubbish

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 February 2015 - 10:09am
661-Pete wrote:Perhaps we ought to all get out with a camera and post the worst examples.

Could be flytipping, could be art, it's hard to tell sometimes .

661-Pete wrote:The biggest single item?
A car, well, most of one. It has no wheels, no engine, nor any other identifying features. The top's been chopped off and it's filling up with other rubbish.

When I first reported it as fly-tipping the internal rubbish included a fridge. It was "parked" on a road in an industrial estate. The fridge was taken but the car was left. Eventually the car was moved but not far, it's still on the adjacent pavement .

Re: Cycling into the sun

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 February 2015 - 9:07am
In a cycle shop £70+. In a safety clothing shop . . £8.

Are you sure they're the same specification? If so that's pretty outrageous.

Re: Taking a bike on a train

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 February 2015 - 1:11am
As drossall says, it depends on the rail company, and it also depend on the type of train.

The company will probably have a cycle policy on their website, you may or may not be expected (or indeed able) to book, and there may or may not be bans on non-folding cycles at peak times.

Also, with some trains (usually the larger intercity ones) you put your cycle in a dedicated compartment (what would once have been called the guard's van); sometimes you put it in designated space in the train (there's usually a cycle symbol on the approprate door/s); sometimes you just put it in the door area of any carriage. If unsure, arrive at the station a few minutes early and ask platform staff where you should stand to be ready for quick loading. If it's a long train with only one place to put cycles you do not want to be at the wrong end of the platform and have to run to the other end with bike, dodging the other passengers, while the staff are trying to get the train away a.s.a.p.

FWIW I quite often use First GW (not relevant for the OP I know) and have never had any problems with taking a bike.

Re: Taking a bike on a train

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 February 2015 - 12:44am
Depends on the railway company. Check their site or ask at the station. For example, Northern Rail. Looks as though it's generally OK, but you could get caught out if other cyclists turned up too.

As a generalisation across companies, you can often just put the bike on, generally in the door area. In peak hours and with some companies, only folders are allowed.

Taking a bike on a train

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 February 2015 - 12:37am
How easy is it to take a pushbike onto a train?

Having read through another thread on here, I'd like to visit a bike shop in Wigan (Winstanley's). I could drive over but sitting on a train reading or simply looking out of the window is preferable to driving over The Snake Pass and then travelling around the M60.

The train station is about two and a half miles away on the Sheffield side, similar on the Wigan side. It would be much easier if I could just get on my bike and do the short journeys either side on bike.

So, is it simple? I've never taken a bike on the train before and can't say I've seen many other people do it. Is your bike kept safe or is it recommended that one stays with it? I'd likely be travelling outside peak hours during the week.

Re: Bicycle tour in Andaludia, Pico Veleta + other ascents

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 February 2015 - 11:03pm
Hello !

At last, now I'm pleased to present the 2nd part of the best of video about our bicycle tour in Andalusia (2012).
The video shows this route:
Granada - Pico Veleta (3394 m) - Granada - Guadix - Qu?ntar - La Calahorra - Puerto Ragua (2000 m) - Fondon - Abla - Puerto Padilla / Esc?llar (2036 m) - Fondon - Tabernasi (f?l)sivatag - Tabernas - Velefique - Tetica de Bacares (2080 m) - Almeria (and from here cycling the Costal de Sol ) - Castell de Ferro - Nerja - Malaga

This part is not only about mountains, but desert, sea and mountain lake can be seen too
Have pleasure with the video !



PS: The following video in my collection will be the brutally hard ascent to Grosse Oscheniksee (2394 m)

My site:
http://www.facebook.com/cycling.high
( adventures, bicycle tours, videos, photos based on experiences of cycling 271 times above 2000 m )

Re: Veloscenic France

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 February 2015 - 10:58pm
Thanks Jon, we are likely to go ahead with this - we may choose a different route if my wife comes with me, as she is on a hybrid type bike with narrower tyres, less comfortable on gravel / unmade surfaces.

That's an interesting website, cycle.travel, not come across it before you mentioned it.

Best wishes

Lewis

Re: Veloscenic France

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 February 2015 - 10:57pm
Thanks Jon, we are likely to go ahead with this - we may choose a different route if my wife comes with me, as she is on a hybrid type bike with narrower tyres, less comfortable on gravel / unmade surfaces.

That's an interesting website, cycle.travel, not come across it before you mentioned it.

Best wishes

Lewis

Re: Panniers as airline baggage

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 February 2015 - 10:05pm
We use an Exped 90 litre duffel easily holds four panniers. Best place to get them is here http://www.tamarackoutdoors.co.uk/PBSCC ... ?PBMInit=1 they don't list them on this website but I believe they still have some.

Here is a picture of ours with the panniers inside at Palma airport:

Re: Eurovelo paper maps,where to buy from?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 February 2015 - 10:04pm
Thanks john had a look on there,lots of good maps,cheers

Re: Filthy Drivers: Roadside Rubbish

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2015 - 9:28pm
I've been on a volunteer 'litter pick' before now, several times. Can be quite an entertaining way of spending a morning. You never know what you're going to turn up (though - sorry to disappoint - the chances of a hoard of Roman coins are pretty slim ). I did find a perfectly serviceable sledgehammer once - an odd thing to cast away (one of my fellow volunteers took it off me, he said he had a use for it - I didn't ask what?!). And many years ago, on a different occasion, I turned up a glass mug - dirty but quite intact - emblazoned with the insignia of King George VI's coronation. If it was an original, might have been worth a bob or two. Alas! As I was admiring my find, another volunteer on the slope above me let go of a big stone, it rolled down, struck my hand, and the mug was smashed.

But there can be an ironic twist to these litter-pick enterprises. On a more recent occasion, we'd spent a morning on a litter-pick organised by the Town Council, and piled all the rubbish into a skip. We later learnt that the County Council had deemed that the contents of the skip were commercial waste, and they wanted to charge the Town Council at the going rate for taking it away. The skip remained by the roadside, uncollected, for several days of wrangling. We might as well not have bothered, it seemed. Eventually it disappeared. I don't know who coughed up what.

Re: Panniers as airline baggage

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 February 2015 - 9:27pm
I use Ikea bags with a bungee, they weigh practically nothing, are very strong and on arrival fold flat into the bottom of a pannier. £1/£2.

Re: Good Pannier or Rear Rack for Dawes Discovery?

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2015 - 9:23pm
OP, I have a Discovery 501, I've had a 201, 301 and a 401 too, they have taken me across countries and do the weekly food shopping too! I have had umpteen racks but the best, by far, is suggested by "foxyrider", the Tourtec.


foxyrider wrote:I would suggest a Tortec Expedition rack http://www.jejamescycles.co.uk/tortec-e ... 16200.html

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