Feed aggregator

Re: Another death and inadequate sentence

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 July 2015 - 9:53pm
Well then it makes you wonder how many people a cyclist has to knock down and kill in one go before they get the maximum sentence.

Re: Ten Miles a Day

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 July 2015 - 9:53pm
But marathon time is coming and due for some 12 hr & 3 x 24 hr rides

Re: Crane River Parks Hounslow & other London rides

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 July 2015 - 9:34pm
Seems like the people in Hillingdon North want either to keep some one in or out?

Never seen gates like these? Any one of above average girth would find it a squeeze even to get thru

keep somerthing in or out 1.JPG

keep somerthing in or out2.JPG

keep somerthing in or out 3.JPG


Re: Ten Miles a Day

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 July 2015 - 9:02pm
According to the clock at work, today is day 183 of the year - so we're more that half way through the year.

How are we all doing?

Just an update - I'm on 1,948 miles - so slightly ahead of schedule. Feeling quite pleased with myself.

Re: cycling in Yorkshire dales

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 July 2015 - 8:43pm
If at the Falcon, in Arnecliffe, and looking north - the hill northwest-ish from there is Pen-E-Gent and the road (according to my map) is Brootes Lane. I have ridden that and it takes you over to Malham Tarn.

Well worth the effort and for a 50 mile testing route =
Arncliffe-Stainforth-Horton in Ribbledale-(B6479)-TR at B6255 (Ribblehead Viaduct http://www.visitcumbria.com/carlset/ribblehead-viaduct/) - Hawes.
In Hawes look out for "Gayle Lane" (due south) to Gayle- Hubberholme-Buckden-Starbotton (B6160)- Kettlewell-Arncliffe.

Note.: The climb out of Gayle is know as "Fleet Moss" http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2012/ ... cle-climbs
But worth it due to the downhill (Wharfedale) that follows to Hubberholme http://www.achurchnearyou.com/hubberhol ... ll-angels/

We started at Horeton in Ribblesdale (cafes) Lunched at Hawes (plenty cafes/shops/pubs). Tea rooms at Buckden & Kettlewell.
O.S map 1-50,000 (Landranger 98) shows all.
Low gears needed.

Re: CTC Bike Bag - A word of warning!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 July 2015 - 8:36pm
I've not flown for some years with a bike. When I did, I always slightly loosened the brake lever mounts slightly (so still stiffish on the bars), so if the lever did get a knock, it could get pushed round on the bars a bit, thus reducing the impact on the lever.
At some point might go to NZ again (2 sisters there, who I try to fit in with cycling....), I might freight my bike to them next time - memories of bike on trolly at LA 4 hr stop over, only trolly available meant bike box was broadside on as I walked the mile or so to do US customs etc (yes, customs/immigration for a 4 hr stop over....)

Re: The People you Meet

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 July 2015 - 8:22pm
On the west coast of Ireland last summer I met a Cornish guy who was a travelling musician. He was into the celtic folk scene and went to Brittany regularly as well.

Re: Pollution - another problem

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 July 2015 - 8:20pm
Wow! others are starting to realise that many PSVs are the worst polluters instead of always bashing cars. Oxford Street in London is one of the most polluted roads in the country...and guess what....motor traffic on Oxford Street comprises almost exclusively buses and taxis.

Re: Sabotage and hatred: what have people got against cyclis

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 July 2015 - 8:15pm
I tend to agree with beardy, although some people dislike cyclists and would like to ban them from using roads it is a big step from there to trying to cause serious injury or death. Probably more a case of an unhinged individual who would be better accomodated at Broadmoor.

Re: Traffic Wardens will ticket Just anyone - bikes next?

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 July 2015 - 8:15pm
If they miss you in this world then they get you in the next


Re: CTC Bike Bag - A word of warning!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 July 2015 - 8:13pm
Agreed its not directly BA's fault - totally down to the baggage handlers. I have found BA are just hard work to deal with any issues..

I'm sure the bike bags are fine for most occasions, but the amount of padding i placed around the frame for it to still be dented just goes to show thats its not always enough.

Re: La linea or Gibraltar?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 July 2015 - 7:04pm
Thanks for the tips. Booked a cheap hotel so can leave my stuff there and ride to Gibraltar without any luggage

Re: Long tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 July 2015 - 7:01pm
simonhill wrote:I only go away for about 3 months at a time, but it is twice a year. I've been doing it so long now that within a day or two of being home I am (frighteningly) back in the swing. Likewise when I go away, after a couple of days it feels normal to be staying in a hotel, eating local food and pedalling my bike.

Most of my friends are equally blasé about me coming home. A quick ' had a good trip' and back to normal chat. Most of my neighbours don't realise I have been away at all.

It used to phase me a lot more when I was younger and more wide eyed. I would come home from somewhere completely different and mind boggling like India and people at home would be telling me about the big problems they had had with work/social life/washing machine/etc. It always seemed so trivial, but it was normality and I soon dropped back into it.

I always wanted a major shock by being home, but never had one.

Do you have a blog or website? Where do you go - Europe or further afield?

Re: CTC Bike Bag - A word of warning!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 July 2015 - 6:55pm
Another thing to remember, if you have derailleur gears, to change down to the lowest gear, to get your derailleurs as far out of harm's way as possible. Also helps to disconnect to loosen the brake cables, if there is something you can lift out, like a brake hanger or V-brake noodle.

Re: CTC Bike Bag - A word of warning!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 July 2015 - 6:39pm
I'm a big fan of the CTC bag method for the convenience it offers. I fully agree with previous advice regarding protection for the bike in transit, mine is a Thorn Raven Nomad so pretty tough. After sealing the bike (with fork brace and Rohloff ex-box protector fitted) into the bag I try to make handling of the bag as easy as possible by fitting a webbing strap around the balance point of the frame. This provides a grab handle for the baggage handlers and also a loop for the attaching of the transit label.

Route from Dunkirk to WHPV Championships at Maasmechelen

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 July 2015 - 6:28pm
Hi Folks, First post ...
I'm trying to plan a route from Dunkirk to Maasmechelen where the World Human Powered Vehicle Championships are being held 21-23rd August 2015. http://www.hpv.be/wk/?q=en Hoping (if I can get there) to be a volunteer and help run it.

I've already searched this forum for "Belgium Canals" and found lots of useful info and links to other sites such as fietsroute.org/Long-Distanceroutes-LF. Many thanks for all the info I've already found.

I've played with ridewithgps, cycle.travel, google maps on line and also planned routes using Garmin Mapsource. The good news is there seems to be plenty of good cycle routes running east-west including some that use canal towpaths and another which runs parallel to the E34 for a few miles (but going in the right direction!).

The ridewithgps route is http://ridewithgps.com/routes/7863718
It picks up LF1 about 20 miles east of Dunkirk; after Bruges it cuts across country to the Leopoldsvaart canal (wonder what Leopold had for breakfast) for a few miles. Runs parallel to E34 Expressweg, picks up LF38 for a while. East of Antwerp it follows LF51 along the Albertkanaal, staying with the canal after the LF51 branches off. Takes north canal branch "Bosholt Herentals"? until it picks up LF51 again (maybe should stay on LF51 the whole of this section). There's a total of about 63 miles of canal towpath on the section east of Antwerp (53 + 10) with the canal running almost to the destination.

The thing is I'm going to be riding an unsuspended recumbent trike (actually a rotovelo velomobile) and my experience in the UK is that cycle paths aimed at two wheeled regular bikes are best avoided if I don't want my dental fillings shaken loose.

So the question is ... has anyone experience of these canal towpaths and how good is the surface. I'm planning on 3 days to cover 187 or so miles with wild camping if at all possible - looks pretty built up along most of the route. Also, any experience of the E34 dual highway - the satellite view on ridewithgps shows the cyclepath well separated from the road - maybe the width of the dual carriageway separation. Any help gratefully received. One last thought - isn't the internet just amazing that you check out satellite pictures of where you might be riding - never ceases to amaze me.
Thanks for reading, John.

Re: Traffic Wardens will ticket Just anyone - bikes next?

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 July 2015 - 6:28pm
Assuming this is true, which is pretty unlikely, the tickets can just be ignored as the vehicles are not registered. The system will not know how to proceed, even if it was legitimate to issue the tickets.

Traffic Wardens will ticket Just anyone - bikes next?

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 July 2015 - 6:21pm
Traffic Wardens will ticket Just anyone - bikes next?

From the Evening Standard -

traffic warden.jpg

Re: The People you Meet

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 July 2015 - 5:29pm
I was cycling on the Lutudurum Audax in the Peak District last Saturday and got talking to an interesting chap on a flat-barred Mercian tourer with Rohloff gearing. He was impressively fit and when we got talking as we rode alongside each other he told me a bit about his cycling trip around the world. I must admit I have met some very interesting and friendly folk on the 4 Audax rides that I have done so far.

Re: cycling in Yorkshire dales

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 July 2015 - 5:14pm
think the road you are talking about goes from Hartlington near Burnsall and comes out on the B6265 between Hebden and Dibbles Bridge. It's a tarmac road.

As a point of local info, Dibbles Bridge was the scene of a terrible coach 40 years ago

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dibbles_B ... oach_crash
Syndicate content


Audio files of cycle magazine are available, please log in to access the audio files.

  • Patron: Her Majesty The Queen
  • President: Jon Snow
  • Chief Executive: Paul Tuohy
  • Cyclists' Touring Club (CTC): A company limited by guarantee, registered in England no.25185. Registered as a charity in England and Wales No 1147607 and in Scotland No SC042541

Copyright © CTC 2015

Terms and Conditions