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Re: Anyone use a trailer ?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 July 2014 - 6:29am
notlobgp14 wrote:We have a problem. I own a Thorn Discovery Tandem with a 160mm rear drop out. Due to a friend having his Cannondale Tandem stolen last week we now have to use both of my Tandems for our Atlantic to Med tour in August. Both bikes were going to tow Adventure C1 Trailers but the standard 'long' quick release is not long enough for the Thorn 160mm OLN.

Does anyone know if this item could be stripped down to provide a donor Skewer to fit the Adventure 'Cam End'?

http://www.extrawheel.co.uk/spares-and- ... kewer.html

I hadn't seen this... I would just call SJS and get a longer QR. They aren't very expensive.

Re: Camera question - what do you use

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 July 2014 - 1:34am
I asked this question a few months back and got lots of good answers. None of which I’ve followed up on…

Camera question - what do you use

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 July 2014 - 12:14am
Hey folks.

I was wondering who uses a camera on their commute, for the purposes of having evidence should something happen?

If so, what camera do you use? Ideally I'd like one that doesn't break the bank, a GoPro seems excessive for this relatively simple task.

Cheers

Vlad

Re: Hello & Help!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 July 2014 - 12:14am
shane wrote:JonFountain wrote: However with a new bike about to be delivered and the tickets booked it's certainly possible. What I need to consider is alternatives in this country..

Though I hate to give a certain sport company the credit for words I live by "Just do it", you already have a plan, just go for it.

Have fun, a solo adventure is also awesome, and you have another year to plan the next adventure together.....

In the mean time be sure to have a blog to make your brother sick with envy


Another vote for sticking to the plan. It will probably be warmer than the uk,the food is nice, the roads are quieter, the density of camp sites is high, it will feel more like being in holiday and in case of crisis you have a credit card and a phone. I cycle camped a fair bit in Spain and France by myself in my twenties and thirties and it was a very good experience. The Loire is also very nice, gentle cycling country compared to places like Cornwall or devon!

Good luck whatever you decide on.

Re: Gijon to Poole Ferry

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2014 - 11:36pm
When we went last feb
So I guess this in a not a new service then?

Could the CTC lobby them to accept cyclists?
Good idea, it frustrates me when they don't take bikes.

It's a lovely area to cycle though as I'm sure you know. I've done several trips using the Santander ferry.
Good to hear, I'm quite excited.

I'll give them a call and see what the latest news is.

Re: Hello & Help!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2014 - 11:27pm
JonFountain wrote: However with a new bike about to be delivered and the tickets booked it's certainly possible. What I need to consider is alternatives in this country..

Though I hate to give a certain sport company the credit for words I live by "Just do it", you already have a plan, just go for it.

Have fun, a solo adventure is also awesome, and you have another year to plan the next adventure together.....

In the mean time be sure to have a blog to make your brother sick with envy

Re: Hello & Help!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2014 - 11:21pm
We can do flattish and gently hilly here in the east. http://keepPushingThosePedals.blogspot.co.UK has some examples that could probably be strung together fairly easily.

Re: Anyone use a trailer ?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2014 - 11:08pm
Well think I have ordered one of everything mentioned on this thread, so have spares and more spares.

How is everyone finding the little springy screws that lock the trailer to the skewer ?

My trailer has never fallen off but they don't feel great.

Dave

Long distance MTB routes in the UK?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2014 - 10:55pm
Hi,

Though very early in the dreaming and maybe planning stage, it would make sense to try something closer to home first.

Anyone got tips for long distance mountain bike routes in the UK, say 500km/up to 3 weeks challenging/singletrack though not too technical. Thinking bikepacking style with 3-4 days between food resupply. I have zero bike-packing experience but have done a couple of adventurous tours travelling heavy (very heavy) on bad roads.

Ooh and preferably not snowed in oct-nov..... I assume these routes exist, though the first page of google wasn't really doing it.

Thanks...

Re: Alarming ride in downpour today – braking advice

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 July 2014 - 10:33pm
I don't think I'm being harsh at all, it's meant not just for the OP but others whom seem to think that following a set criterian for cycling works for all conditions and don't understand or think enough about hazards/conditions & their own + their bikes limitations. That's why a lot of cyclist have incidents, this happens a lot in pro cycling too.

For the OP they said "I didn't have much confidence I'd be able to stop safely at any of the crossings if needed", that to me says everything, basically going too fast for the conditions.
So long as cyclists are able to modify the way they think about these type of scenarios and make sure they are in a position where they feel confident enough to stop in time for a given situation (though obviously sometimes those are out of our control) then that's all one can ask..that makes them safer but also those around them too.

Hello & Help!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2014 - 10:23pm
Hi All,

Sorry to introduce myself with a plea for some advice in my first post but then I wasn't expecting my brother to snap his Achilles tendon the week before we're due to set off for two weeks cycling up Eurovelo 6 in the Loire

Therein lies my dilema. Neither of us have cycled much for years and as a pair of very middle aged men thought it would be a great way to get into it, see some of France and no doubt sample a few wines on the way. Frankly the idea of heading off alone after all our planning doesn't seem as attractive. However with a new bike about to be delivered and the tickets booked it's certainly possible. What I need to consider is alternatives in this country. Afterall it may not be a bad idea to put it off a year and in the meantime to do some trips in the more familiar environs of the UK, where at least I speak the language.... he was the linguist, and get a feel for cycle touring.

So can anyone help with a few ideas for a week or twos riding here? Preferably a circular route to keep transport costs down a bit. I'll be camping and being new to it all and laden up would hope for either a flattish route or one that at least builds in intensity. Any thoughts on that or general advice would be hugely appreciated.

Thanks for reading.

Re: Gijon to Poole Ferry

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2014 - 9:53pm
Could the CTC lobby them to accept cyclists?

Re: Vehicle as a murder weapon

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 July 2014 - 9:53pm
Vehicle as a weapon GBH charge reported here: http://www.kentonline.co.uk/malling/new ... urt-20965/

Re: Vehicle as a murder weapon

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 July 2014 - 9:48pm
I wasn't asking a question. The general issue of why killing and injuring people with motor vehicles does not generally result in a conviction for murder or wounding has been raised before on here. Even causing death by dangerous driving is replaced by the lesser careless charge.

The decision to charge murder and the successful prosecution must have been based on strong evidence of the intention needed to prove murder. I'd be interested to read a more detailed account. Perhaps it will be in tomorrow's papers.

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PS I've just found this:

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/ ... er-7529228

It shows that a lot of evidence was allowed about the defendant's propensity for anger at the wheel.

Re: Gijon to Poole Ferry

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2014 - 9:39pm
When we went last feb they didn't take foot passengers or bikes they may have changed

MUMBAI to GOA

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2014 - 9:37pm
HI! We are 2 cyclists from Germany, and as a part of our Indian Journey staring October we like to cycle from Mumbai to Goa (and then further on down south all the way to Kanyakumari).
Can anybody recommend some cyclable backroads on this part to avoid the mainroad 17?
There are a lot of small roads, but most of them end on a river or a bay. Can we expect a ferry ?
Will we find accomodation in reasonable distances, cause we don't want to carry a tent?
Any more info?

THANKS A LOT FOR YOUR HELP!!

Re: Burgundy, Holland or Germany?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2014 - 9:29pm
Slightly prejudiced here, since France is always my favorite place to ride! We (4 of us, unsagged, staying in hotels) did a loop trip in 2002 in Burgundy, beginning and ending in Dijon. It was fabulous! I got much of the routing from Lonely Planet Cycling France (2001 edition) and a book called Cycling in France.

Our overnights were Dijon, Ste Sabine, Montbard, Tonnerre, Cours, Vezelay, Les Settons, Chateau Chinon (2 nights with a loop day), Autun, Beaune, Nuit St. George, Dijon. Thirteen riding days and 671 kilometers, with lots of great sites to see. Castles, Abbeys, wineries, vineyards, Roman ruins. Stumbling on the huge collection of airplanes, bicycles etc in Sauvigny-les-Beaune housed at a gorgeous chateau was a real treat.

Good luck choosing your touring location! If you are interested, I have a Word document with the routes we took - no gps then!

LindaB (June 2014 LEJOG blog at crazyguyonabike.com/doc/2014LEJOG )

Re: Tajikistan write-up

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2014 - 9:19pm
Hi "PM".
"If you want to do the route, pm me and I'll tell you more".
Yes, thats what I want.
Pls. tell me more, we wanna do this road in Oct.

Peter

Re: Vehicle as a murder weapon

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 July 2014 - 9:06pm
Hi,
I am not sure what question you are asking here.
But I have already said in another post that some one who intentionally aims their car at a individual not in a car should face serious penalties.
I have had it happen to me.

Sounds like he did do this, and with obvious knowledge that a vehicle driven at a person standing in the road would very well kill him, he cant say he did not see the dayglo jacket as this would mean that he was blind to the individual he had just had an argee with Even a cyclist wearing dayglo.

How was his previous history of road rage treated, was it reported (thats the question ? ) If yes there has to be some action done with these individuals who have a propensity to do this, And When they get behind a wheel again if they are even suitable they a dash cam would remain even for life

Re: Burgundy, Holland or Germany?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2014 - 8:59pm
Of course the other reason to vote for Burgundy is the food ( and of course the wine!).
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