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Re: France en Velo

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 May 2015 - 9:45pm
Linda13 wrote:I will be cycling from St. Malo to Nice through May/June following the route in the book 'France en Velo' by Walsh and Reynolds. Has anyone in the forum done this alone unsupported, and what homeward transport to the UK did they use from Nice ?
Any advice on simple/gite d'etape accomodation or camping welcome or helpful websites.....Linda13
I did it last year, I also cut out a few parts where I'd cycled before. I used municipal sites along the way, using their recommendations or what was available, it was in August so I didn't book anything. Only one night when I was almost homeless. I stayed in a hotel for one night the evening before I cycled Mt Ventoux.

I didn't plan in advance so thought I could get a train home from Nice but it was ridiculously expensive. I got a flight with easyJet for a third of the price and a free bike box from a 'Sports Direct' type shop along rue Nationale (memory could be letting me down).

Great trip though a heavy book and not easy to refer to for directions without stopping/opening panniers, for what it's worth.

Tent recommendation.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 May 2015 - 9:39pm
My Vaude TerraTrio is no more. Looking for lightweight, above anything else. Mainly summer use. Absolute maximum of £250. A Hubba Hubba is on my radar. All comments warmly welcomed. Thanks.

Re: travel insurance?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 May 2015 - 9:29pm
Maybe. Don't know.
Don't get your currency from the post office though.

Re: hour record.

CTC Forum - Racing - 6 May 2015 - 9:28pm
Postboxer wrote:Fighting talk!!


"I've got 55km in my head and I believe that's realistic," said the seven-time Olympic medallist. "And I think if I do that it will stand for 20 years." .........................

Sure Is Fighting.....................

Re: travel insurance?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 May 2015 - 9:20pm
Post Office Travel Insurance is very good and and reasonably priced and will cover you for cycling but not racing

Re: Solo Etiquette

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 May 2015 - 9:19pm
Look for the Eagle in Rhayader. Good meat or ether pub on the street between the cross and that pub. Brecon has several pubs in the town centre.

Re: travel insurance?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 May 2015 - 9:07pm
Is insurance really needed for france?

Wouldn't an ehic card be fine?

Just a question.

Insurance policies - fine print always needs to be checked.

Re: 5 days tour in Scotland

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 May 2015 - 8:49pm
Another route to look at would be NCR1 from Inverness as far as Portsoy or Macduff, swing a left toward Keith-Dufftown and then swing over to Aberlour and follow the Spey road back to Grantown via Cromdale. From there you could head back to Inverness or take the back road to Aviemore via Nethy Bridge, Coylumbridge. The Inv-Glas train goes through Aviemore so easy to pick it up there rather than necessarily going back to Inverness. Lots of small roads that out way so you can vary the route as you see fit, day by day even, should you wish.
Just did a similar trip starting/finishing in Aviemore. Great bakery in Findhorn if you fancy the short detour, proper Cullen Skink in Cullen(obviously!) and the ice cream shop in Portsoy is worth the ride alone That said I am heading out to the west coast on Sat for 10 days so it's all good to be honest. Have a great trip whichever way you travel.

Re: University Project (Charging Rucksack Concept)

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 May 2015 - 8:41pm
trull wrote:It would be good if they could design a good quality bike box suitable for air travel that cost less than 200quid.
Even better, design an plane that you can wheel your bike onto without having to partially dismantle the bike before stuffing it into a 100 quid box.

Failing that, design a pedal crank that comes off easily when you want it to but one that never works loose in normal use.

Failing that, design a system for loading luggage into planes that makes it impossible to damage anything.

I appear to be digressing...

Re: An answer to potholes

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 May 2015 - 8:41pm
mjr wrote:Manc33 wrote:They want it so when it gets repaired it all comes up again.

In their boardroom they will just call this "repeat sales".

"But its the Government, they don't do that"
Actually, pothole-filling is put out to contract in most places, so it's not the government... the highways officers have been cut back so far that councils seem unable to manage the contractors properly.
I had assumed a reasonable amount of the repairs were contracted out, but over the last year+ I've seen quite a few repairs being carried out and it's always been council vehicles and no private companies.

I had wondered why they bother to paint round some of the potholes. I reported a about 5 on one stretch of road all requiring moderately urgent repair. Then all but one got painted round and all but one then all the painted ones got repaired - leaving the unpainted one (quite dangerous) un-repaired. Still un-repaired. I wondered if painted holes are for contracted out repairs and the contractor will only do what is in the contract and whereas council will just repair the road. Though I have no idea how it works - just my guesswork there.


Re: Tour de Yorkshire

CTC Forum - Racing - 6 May 2015 - 8:32pm
I think John-D is right. There have been various contentious applications to install turbines in the area but I think the one at Haworth Brow is the only one in place. It's been there a while and dominates the town. There is a complete wind farm of a couple of dozen turbines at Ovenden but no risk of confusion with a single one.

I'd not rely too much on the commentary - some of it confused me. At one point the caption (and there weren't many) was saying Sutton-in-Craven when the riders were climbing Priest Bank Road at Kildwick. That's not a criticism, BTW.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 May 2015 - 8:18pm
Have to admit I'm half expecting Virgin to change the East Coast booking system over to the Trainline one of these days!

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 May 2015 - 8:18pm
Thanks for the speedy response.

I was looking at the TheTrainline.com and had just jumped onto the Arrivia Trains Wales website. According to Arrivia Trains Wales, I would need to call them in order to book my bicycle (which is obviously a bit tricky, as I am 7 hours behind GMT). I may use Skype and do that tomorrow though - at least I imagine being able to talk to a person might enable me to book a seat as close to the bicycle-carriage as possible (with a Window seat...its not often you get to travel the Welsh Border by train). Looks like a solid 3 Hour train ride too, I am now debating if I want to get up and going on the 9:21 AM train or the 11:21 AM Train. Decisions decisions!

The Freewheel Pub

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 May 2015 - 8:13pm
Just came across this post on Facebook. A new cycle-friendly pub in Kent! How lovely.
https://www.facebook.com/MadCatBrewery/ ... 1861212909

Re: Tour de Yorkshire

CTC Forum - Racing - 6 May 2015 - 8:11pm
squeaker wrote:Anyone know where the attached wind turbine is? From the commentary it's somewhere near the Cote de Goose Eye (Oakworth / Laycock ?)...

It looks like the one on the hillside overlooking Haworth. The peleton is on Hebden Road.

OS Map.jpg

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 May 2015 - 8:00pm
Most of the Train Companies do not allow you to book a bike using their website, but you can do this on the Virgin East Coast Website (don't know if this is possible from US).
You need to buy your ticket & book your seat at the same time as making a bike reservation (Cost is same as all other sites)
The Web address is http://tickets.virgintrainseastcoast.co ... ?WT.z_dr=1


Edit: Richard got there first - I would go with his advice!

Re: travel insurance?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 May 2015 - 7:54pm
On a recommendation from somebody on here, I bought a policy from Sports Cover Direct for a UK tour I'm doing later in the year - not sure if they do Europe, but I would expect so. Have different levels of cover, and very reasonable prices

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 May 2015 - 7:52pm
Only some train booking websites have the bike booking option.

All those powered by 'WebTIS' have the option, which includes any FirstGroup site (e.g. First Great Western), any Govia site (e.g. London Midland), and Chiltern Railways.

Those powered by thetrainline don't, which includes Virgin as well as thetrainline.com itself.

They can all book you on any operator, even if you're not travelling with the company you book with, and the prices are the same (except for thetrainline who have the effrontery to charge a booking fee). I would very strongly recommend that you do indeed make a bike reservation on the Cardiff-Chester train - the bike space is limited and often full.

Re: Solo Etiquette

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 May 2015 - 6:48pm
Sweep wrote:Spoons food can be a bit outofabox but the steaks are decent (especially if you pay extra for the aberdeen angus) and the beer is great, varied and cheap. No great etiquette at any time - select a table, note the number, order food at bar, relax.

Agree - as long as you stick to steaks, burgers, etc., you can't go far wrong. For the price tbh, you can't go far wrong with otherstuff, but the steaks do have the potential to be nice 'price disregarded' and not just good value.

Point about rural wales tho - often there's no pub and the hotel is the local watering/feeding hole? It's the impression I've got particularly up in the north and west anyhow.
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