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Re: Shane goes lightweight :)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 April 2015 - 3:26pm
........and finally started writing this trip up......

http://www.shanecycles.com/transandaluc ... lle-cadiz/

Re: People who have cycled the Pamir Highway...

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 April 2015 - 2:53pm
Cheers K, much appreciated.

Back on the bike pre tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 April 2015 - 2:46pm
It has been a very long time since I cycled, October 2012 was the last time my white legs were on view to the world, except for nipping to the post box that is, but that doesn't really count. I had swapped leg power for horse power, the equine variety and had been very content breaking my youngster in and hacking him about the countryside but these past few months I've suffered from itchy feet.

Not only did I have itchy feet but I also had the desire to sit on my bicycle so I hatched a plan to put an end to the nonsense and go on tour. I have spent the past few weeks with maps spread out on the floor working out my daily mileage so as to be able to calculate flight dates, re ordered my replacement RoadID tags as I have moved since the last ones were made, put together my kit list and made sure everything is serviceable and today I got on my bike.

I rode to the yard, not far about 9 miles in total and was amazed at how fit I was. My legs managed all the hills albeit slower than I used to do them and my lungs managed to keep up. I have told myself if I keep it up for a month and train properly I can book the flights at the end of May.

The plan is to fly to San Diego on September 10th and ride the Southern Tier to St Augustine, turn right at the Atlantic and end up in Miami flying back on December 1st. I am very excited (for excited read unbearable and hyper) and can't wait to go because as much as I love my horse there's nothing like being on tour.

Re: Off road cycling from Dublin to Galway

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 April 2015 - 1:47pm
I cycled this stretch May 2014 as part of an 11-day coastal tour from Rosslare. I based the route
on Route 7 in Cicerone Guide "Cycle Touring in Ireland" by Tom Cooper. Once you navigate your
way out of busy Dublin, the Grand Canal towpaths are very good but are not always tour bike friendly
with frequent gates (sometimes locked) and busy roads to traverse. I stopped overnight at Edenderry and
Athenry, B&B easy to find and very cheap (approx. 30 euro) at this time of year. The grass towpath sections
were a bit boggy in places but easy for MTB, hybrid or tour bike. Depending on your chosen route, you will pass
through Shannonbridge and probably follow the minor R roads to Galway. I don't know if the route has been
improved since my trip but there is nothing major to put you off.

Re: Recommend me a book and a route!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 April 2015 - 12:48pm
You could go from Lochcarron through Glenshiel to Invergarry, then Fortwilliam - Oban (you could do the last bit via the west side of Loch Linnhe and Ardnamuchan). When are you going? The main roads aren't too busy in June.

I too am hoping to do the Bealach this summer, also with camping gear - I expect to do a lot of pushing! I'm using trains so don't need to get back to my starting point.

Re: Recommend me a book and a route!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 April 2015 - 12:37pm
The Black House by Peter May

Al

Re: Recommend me a book and a route!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 April 2015 - 12:29pm
I'm not doing this route (although I am doing another wee route in Scotland soon) but regarding your car.... There is a long stay car park next to the leisure centre in Oban. Not at the leisure as such but next to it.
Hope you both enjoy your trips guys!

Re: Recommend me a book and a route!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 April 2015 - 11:52am
I can't help you with a book, but I am doing a similar tour this summer probably July. Where are you going to leave your car in Oban?

Re: You either have or you don't.

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 April 2015 - 11:46am
Tonyf33 wrote:Quite, fair weather cyclists, it does make me chortle, not that I'm judging or anything..
I don't mind fair weather cyclists. I just wish they'd find their own spot in the bike racks at the station - a spot I use all year round...

Re: University Project (Charging Rucksack Concept)

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 April 2015 - 11:23am
gaz wrote:I'm also not willing to use a rucksack to carry items whilst cycling.

You've suggested attaching the bag to a dynamo whilst you're riding to charge gadgets in the bag, I can't begin to imagine the amount of faffing about that will involve every time I get on and off the bike.

As the dragons would say - "I'm out."


... and the damage you did to the system the first time you put your leg over the saddle and ripped out all the wires

Re: University Project (Charging Rucksack Concept)

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 April 2015 - 11:18am
Having had a cowboy overtake / stop accident where I did severe damage to myself hitting said cowboy, I no longer use a rucksack at all if I can avoid it. That night I'd left my laptop at work, first time in months. The soft luggage (+ phone/ wallet / book) did enough damage to the back of my neck. A laptop added to the impact would highly likely have ended me. Now I use a rack / pannier to commute, and have equipped a bike specifically for that purpose.

Re: University Project (Charging Rucksack Concept)

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 April 2015 - 11:16am
It would be good if they could design a good quality bike box suitable for air travel that cost less than 200quid.

Recommend me a book and a route!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 April 2015 - 10:52am
When touring I like to take a book (usually on my kindle) that has some sort of connection with the area I'm visiting. This year I plan to start in Oban and visit the Outer Hebrides (Barra, Usits and Harris), Skye, Raasay and Applecross returning via Ardnamurchan and Morar. Books on my list so far include Death and Fish, Calum's Road and Island Wife. I'd like to find something to inspire me for the Applecross part of the trip, either fiction or non fiction is good, tales of cycling in the area always good!

Oh and does anyone have any suggestions for the return part of my trip. After Applecross my current plan is to continue North along the coast road then loop back to Lochcarron, then return via Skye/Mallaig/Morar/Mull to Oban. But I've ridden a lot of that route before and would be happy to go an alternate way if anyone has any good routes. I will be camping and have a fairly heavily loaded bike. I had originally planned to go further North and get the ferry from Ullapool and return via Lewis, but I don't think I will have the time. An alternative I've been considering is to start in Uig (Skye), out to N. Uist and Harris for a few days then back from Tarbert to Uig and on to Raasay, Applecross, then up to Ullapool and return via Lewis. Any thoughts?

Re: Long cycle tourers - you feel like you just want to go h

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 April 2015 - 10:11am
I think I know just how you feel when I have toured alone as I have had similar feelings at that stage of a tour. I have returned home only later to regret it. I suggest you read 'The Chimp Paradox' by Steve Peters about mind management. I have found this really useful. I think that psychological part of a tour is as important as the physical but we only tend to train for the physical!

Thinking of you.

University Project (Charging Rucksack Concept)

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 April 2015 - 9:36am
Si wrote:Heltor Chasca wrote:Isn't this one of those posts where the OP disappears as quickly as they arrive?

If they don't log in to read the topic we've no way of knowing how often they come back to see what people have said.

And I guess if they don't log in they have no way of thanking those who help with their uni assignments. [emoji53]

Re: University Project (Charging Rucksack Concept)

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 April 2015 - 9:32am
Heltor Chasca wrote:Isn't this one of those posts where the OP disappears as quickly as they arrive?

If they don't log in to read the topic we've no way of knowing how often they come back to see what people have said.

Re: University Project (Charging Rucksack Concept)

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 April 2015 - 8:27am
Isn't this one of those posts where the OP disappears as quickly as they arrive?

Re: Were going around the world!!!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 April 2015 - 8:26am
And as you are starting your adventure on a full moon, you will have the luck of La Luna [emoji286]...b

Re: Stafford > Newport (Shrops) cycleway

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 April 2015 - 8:17am
I did the Haughton to the Derrington section last week and they have done some "improvements" just before the now closed Red Lion pub in Derrington. However, the improvements mean simply widening the path to around 3m but not putting down a new top surface making it quite nasty to cycle on using 28mm tyres. The rest of the path into Stafford was really nasty for road bikes last time I used it so I tend to avoid it going around via the back road from Doxey.

As a path its really a rather useful way of getting between Stafford and Newport as it avoids the nasty A518 and the small hills between Gnosall and Newport which some "family" riders might find a bit difficult. At approximately 13 miles each way, its also quite a nice day out for families: there are pubs and a chip shop in Gnosall and a "burger bar" in the car park at the Newport end.

My two grumbles about the path are that "they" tend not to do much in the way of cutting back the vegetation meaning in places the path is only a metre wide and secondly, there are too many Strava segments on the route. Given that its used my walkers, dog walkers and families out for a simple Sunday cycle, its not suitable for setting a fastest time on!

Finally.... if you are interested in riding the path and like raising money for a good cause... Katherine House Hospice are using the path next Sunday for a 20 mile fund raising event. There are also rides of 45 miles and 60 miles available. If my leg heals in time I'll be doing the 45 miler.

Re: A few photos from China

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 April 2015 - 8:17am
Nice photos. I loved touring in China, a wonderful place to ride.

A few labels on where the photos are would be useful, China is a large country.
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