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Re: Experience of La Vélodyssée/ Eurovelo 1

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 January 2015 - 10:57pm
Thanks for the link Beekeeper. I enjoyed going through your account. How did you get so many blue sky pictures? I was going South on the route (Or parts of it) and there was plenty of cold wind, cloud and rain from around 11/5 onward, culminating in torrential rain and thunderstorms on 17th and 18th. Not much sunshine. Definitely a relief to finish!

Re: Over confident cyclist - unbelievable luck!

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 January 2015 - 10:55pm
so this saddle bag is not freeflows?

Re: Over confident cyclist - unbelievable luck!

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 January 2015 - 10:49pm
Your not going to take it to a police station

Re: Garmin Tour mapping

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 January 2015 - 10:45pm
Did you buy one with or without maps?

Re: Burly blokes on the pavement - why?

CTC Forum - MTB - 30 January 2015 - 10:43pm
MTBers that I have met at Cannock Chase never ride road out of fear and stick to driving there even though the place is on there doorstep!
Weekends I often see riders Walk and Cycle on the narrowest bit of pavement ever created I cycle to Birmingham town centre catch a train up then Cycle to the Chase. The roads are country narrow type roads and drivers think it's race track! Even the ones with bikes on top of the cars!

Re: Over confident cyclist - unbelievable luck!

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 January 2015 - 10:27pm
Vorpal wrote:http://forum.ctc.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=93791 ??
Ha! Just read that, but I think it's just a strange coincedence. I was on my country route on the way to Kirtling village and back around. It's a very scenic ride, especially along Hall road which is where I came across the cycle bag. You get a lot of cyclists down that way, so who ever it was, I'm very grateful for the freebies.

Re: Experience of La Vélodyssée/ Eurovelo 1

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 January 2015 - 10:13pm
This is our account of our trip two years ago. We went in June and there was a lot to see, Avocets and other waders with young, orchids in bloom, lots to see but some might find it boring! http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/France2013

Garmin Tour mapping

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 January 2015 - 9:58pm
I have just bought a Garmin Edge Touring Plus and am wondering how good are the routings that are supplied on the unit, for the average tourist. Does anyone know what the criteria is for those routes? The device does provide some 'minimising' options including altitude for offered routes but it would be difficult to really judge the Garmin-designed route in its entirety as it is presented on the screen. I ask this because while it might be best if one could spend time custom making a route before starting a tour, that might not be possible. Or something else might mean that after you have set off, perhaps days later, unexpected opportunities or circumstances might require you need to modify things. Advice would be very much appreciated.

Thanks

Re: Bordeaux to Narbonne

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 January 2015 - 9:54pm
Last year we rode a stretch from Bordeaux to the med - although we avoided Narbonne we got as far as Lezignan-Corbieres which is quite close by.

The Canal de Garonne from Bordeaux to Toulouse is easily rideable although the outskirts of Toulouse are a bit confusing. A good map will make it easier but isn't essential.

The Midi from Toulouse to, I believe, Lauragais is rideable (tarmac) but we only went as far as Gardouch maybe 10km before Lauragais. It was suitable for 28c slicks and not at all lumpy. After that things take a turn for the worse. It will be slow going and uncomfortable even with wide tyres, especially with a touring load. You'll make much better progress on the roads IME.

If you're interested we covered it on days 1-11 of our Crazyguyblog: https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o=1&doc_id=14010

The region is great for cycling and you'll have a fantastic time. The camping municipal at Carcassonne is definitely worth a visit!

Re: Over confident cyclist - unbelievable luck!

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 January 2015 - 9:15pm
That would be a happy coincidence.

Re: Over confident cyclist - unbelievable luck!

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 January 2015 - 9:00pm
It's good to have you on the forum, RiderintheMist.

Extraordinary that you should happen along at this moment. Lucky folk, with a sense of humour, are particularly welcome

Over confident cyclist - unbelievable luck!

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 January 2015 - 8:32pm
Been riding years and never had a puncture or a defect to my bike, mainly because I maintain it at the start and end of every ride. I used to have quite a bulky bar bag on with stuff like a pump, tubes and so on... After realising I never used this, I took it off to shed weight as I never needed it. I've been riding for over a year now without the need to carry this equipment. On Tuesday afternoon I was out for what I call my country ride, which goes along quiet country roads with hedges and verges. At some point over the weekend the farmer had been trimming the hawthorn hedges back and I hit a pile of the cutting disabling the front and rear tyres. I was a good 15 miles from home and 8 miles from the nearest town to buy some repairs so a long push was in order. After pushing the bike for about 2 miles nestled neatly on the verge was a cycle bag with inner tubes, a pump and all the tools needed to remove my wheels and tyres. The gods were shining down on me that day and thanks to the mystery cyclist who decided to shed weight on his ride, he saved another rider a long walk.

Holland

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 January 2015 - 7:42pm
Can anybody recommend any good 1 day circular rides near Amsterdam and vicinity ? Thanks.

Re: Name the landmark

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 January 2015 - 7:19pm
661-Pete wrote:This one is not my photo, I'm afraid, and I've only passed this landmark by car, not cycling, but I thought I'd post it out of interest. Clue: it's in France.
Monorail? (or Aérotrain to give it its proper name - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A%C3%A9rotrain says one of the old tracks is now walkable, but I don't think it's that one.)

Re: Name the landmark

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 January 2015 - 6:57pm
This one is not my photo, I'm afraid, and I've only passed this landmark by car, not cycling, but I thought I'd post it out of interest. Clue: it's in France.

Eurovelo 15

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 January 2015 - 6:50pm
Has anybody cycled the section from cologne to Arnhem? What's it like I.e. is it quite rural (apart from the obvious cities like cologne and Düsseldorf). The eurovelo website claims its the 'industrial heartland of Europe' .... Not much of an advert!

Re: Avenue Verte GPX route

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 January 2015 - 6:38pm
Hi Many Bikes,
Yup that's what I'll do. It's a good way to familiarise with the route anyhow. The charity ride will have around 50 riders and about 6 guides, a few of whom may have GPS and the rest the Sustrans guide so it would be good to be following the same route.

Cheers

Martin

Re: Signage concerns at a junction in Oxford.

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 January 2015 - 6:16pm
I believe OCC are going to paint a little 'turning island' for cyclists on the road, complete with give way marker. It's a bit "putting lipstick on a pig", though.

(My personal opinion is that Oxford would be much better served by demolishing the Student Union building at the northern edge of the bus station, so that buses could enter and leave by the northern half of Worcester Street and Gloucester Lane. That would open up a whole raft of opportunities to remove motor traffic entirely from city centre roads - at the least George Street and Magdalen Street. But it'll never happen.)
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