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Re: Warmshowers "membership" charges.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 March 2015 - 8:53am
I have hosted 4 groups in the last 6 weeks, provided clean bedding, hot water, (and often the the first hot shower for weeks), laundry facilities, food and drink at my cost, why would I wish to pay for providing this service??


Just to make it clear, if you are a "host only" member that is entirely free, they are not expecting people who only host to pay anything.
On reflection I may join as a host member for now and just upgrade to free if I ever want to be a guest.

We have been lucky to have been provided with a free admin service for our hobby and it does seem ungrateful to begrudge something now because we had it for free for so long.
On the other hand, those of us who host have done so also for free and are willing to continue to do so. So some people starting to expect payment for their participation doesnt quite fit the ethos, yet we only host occasionally, not as a full time commitment.

So even though I dont like it much, it doesnt seem unreasonable and if those who are the more obvious beneficiaries (the guests) are happy enough to pay a small fee and it covers the cost, then we could reach a compromise. The existence of guest and temporary free memberships implies they may have thought the same.

Re: New Peak District routes?

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 March 2015 - 8:35am
I've only done short bits of the Tissington and high peak trails (railway lines) and IMHO the peak district seems relatively well set up for riding. The bits I have done are in the white peaks to the south and even the small roads are great for cycling. Anything to add to that is very positive and welcoming since we like to spend early spring visiting the area. We have a young child and always take our bikes so we can get as much cycling in as we can. Anything that is added to the excellent cycling facilities is to be supported. I just wish more could be spent near where I live such as the Lakes. There are very fewer family friendly routes through the Lakes unless you are a mountain biker of course. I'm not trying to cast national parks against each other but I just wish the LDNP could get a Tissington or Dark Peak trail sometime.

Can anyone comment on these proposals or is it only locals? I live in north Lancs but try to visit each year to the Peak District to get a cycle in and will no doubt benefit from any extra facilities added to those excellent ones already in the PDNP. If it is relevent for visitors to comment I reckon I will try to get time to review the applications via those links and give my comments too.

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

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 March 2015 - 8:26am
I am planning to cycle the same/similar route a few weeks later during the months of July and August. When are you planning your trip?

Re: Cycle Touring Festival - May 2015 - Lancashire

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 March 2015 - 8:22am
Fretz54 wrote:I was very keen on going to this event untill I saw the cost of the tickets. Then thought it was rather expensive. I can camp for arounf £10 per night so £75 seemed a lot of money to me.
The event is now sold out, so I guess the price was not a factor for others.

Re: Cycle Touring Festival - May 2015 - Lancashire

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 March 2015 - 8:18am
Fretz54 wrote:I was very keen on going to this event untill I saw the cost of the tickets. Then thought it was rather expensive. I can camp for arounf £10 per night so £75 seemed a lot of money to me.

it's not cheap but theres food, they have to pay guest speakers and I don't imagine there's thousands of attendees so economies of scale don't kick in! I took the view that it's a fairly rare occurrence and I would really like to see more of this type of event so felt it was worthwhile supporting it and encouraging he organisers. So really a small chance for me to influence getting this type of event up and running, I think it will be informative and fun so worth a go. There's not a lot of people local to me into touring so it would be nice to hear the views of others as well.

Re: Eastern European cyclist escorted off motorway

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 March 2015 - 8:11am
I toured Andalusia last year. I had to use a couple of motorways as there was no alternative. Getting to Malaga airport was a case in point. I just couldn't find a way of getting there without using one.

Re: Warmshowers "membership" charges.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 March 2015 - 8:11am
Having hosted numerous long distance tourers over the last 15 years whilst living in various locations in Africa (due to work), and although a regular tourer in the UK and Europe when work permits have never used the Warmshowers as a guest. I believe it is a little unacceptable to expect to be forced to pay a subscription.
I have hosted 4 groups in the last 6 weeks, provided clean bedding, hot water, (and often the the first hot shower for weeks), laundry facilities, food and drink at my cost, why would I wish to pay for providing this service??

I also note from the Warmshowers website, donations run into the 10's of thousands, surely this can cover costs/expenses for volunteers instead of paying full-time salaries greater than the average UK salary

Re: Police appeal - attack on cyclists in Islington

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 March 2015 - 6:59am
Valbrona wrote:The well established trend now, particularly in parts of the capital, is one of using amounts of violence far in excess of what is needed to actually secure a street robbery-type crime.

Strange way to get street cred'

Re: Cycle Touring Festival - May 2015 - Lancashire

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 March 2015 - 6:57am
I was very keen on going to this event untill I saw the cost of the tickets. Then thought it was rather expensive. I can camp for arounf £10 per night so £75 seemed a lot of money to me.

Re: Islington cyclist stab murder inquiry begins

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 March 2015 - 5:29am
Valbrona wrote:The thread that people are scared to contribute to.

RIP Alan Cartwright. Poor kid.



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Re: New Peak District routes?

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 March 2015 - 2:29am
But cycling is all wrong in the Peak District. You get zillions of drivers with bikes strapped to their cars bombing into the Peak District to ride designated cycle trails when greater use of roads should be encouraged, of which there are lots of quiet ones which could be developed as designated cycle routes.

Re: Eastern European cyclist escorted off motorway

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 March 2015 - 2:19am
John Holiday wrote:A couple of years ago,was cycling along the SS113 (?) along north coast of Scicily. It was not a Motorway, but appeared to have been 'improved' in recent times compared with my map. Was suprised to find the local 'Gendarmarie' alongside waving me over. After some discussion (my Italian/their English not brilliant), they indicated to follow them. Mad dogs & Englishmen perhaps? Think they were just a bit concerned at lone cyclist on road with occasional large trucks.
We then proceeded to next junction with me sweating profusely with them behind, & headed up the slip road with several more vehicles trailing behind! At the roundabout, they pointed to the road to take. As I rounded the next corner, was confronted by a 'No Cyclist' sign!
Thoroughly enjoyed my tour of north & east Scicily!

The Italians have the 'Autostrada' designation: roads where slow moving vehicles like cycles and mopeds are banned. And lots of Italian roads are designated as Autostrada - not just their motorways.

I like Italy lots as it's the closest thing to a Fascist state in Europe. What this means, is that when Italians think-up new laws they actually tend to give some consideration as to how these laws might be enforced. The State Police or Caribinieri might ignore a cyclist riding on Autostrada - more a job for the Polizia Regionale (County Council wardens in uniform) or Polizia Stradale (state road traffic police).

Re: Police appeal - attack on cyclists in Islington

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 March 2015 - 2:04am
The well established trend now, particularly in parts of the capital, is one of using amounts of violence far in excess of what is needed to actually secure a street robbery-type crime.

Re: Weight distribution.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 March 2015 - 12:41am
Mick F wrote:My first foray with four panniers.
My bike felt like a tank, so the next time I went off touring, I bought a trailer.


I would prefer not to use a trailer as it adds maybe 6-7 kg extra weight? But as I am heavy I dont have much choice until I lose some weight

Re: Weight distribution.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 March 2015 - 12:36am
jamesgilbert wrote:I'm not sure when it changed, but I haven't seen any people loaded like this: http://site.cty.free.fr/images/historiq ... ique12.jpg I have only been touring for a few years though!

I got my bike from a touring bike shop in Paris, the only frame options were Surly or Fahrradmanufaktur...

I suppose she sits on the rack at the back? thats why no panniers there?

Re: Weight distribution.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 March 2015 - 12:33am
what hamster said.

It depends so much on your bikes, your relative weight/fitness, routes and what type of touring you are doing. If you are camping AND cooking, its hard to avoid front panniers. Not that you would want to on most touring bikes because they are designed to be front loaded. On my old 'touring bike' (basically a mtb with solid forks) I loaded 60:40 front/back and it still handled like a blancmange!, but with my new dedicated touring bike that has a rear-heavy Rohloff hub, I now load more like 55:45 or probably 50:50 with bar bag and it handles beautifully. Ms Slogfester has just 2 rear panniers on her 'touring' bike (a hybrid with derailleur) and is OK, but she is erring towards having front panniers for better handling. Weight distribution between us is dictated by our relative strength and terrain. I carry all the heavy camping/cooking/food stuff. If its steep/long and I'm pulling away, I grab some of her inner bags. On the flat it makes little or no difference.

Front low rider racks are brilliant for handling, but -yes- can lack clearance off-road, so either use smaller bags and/or high-rider racks.

Re: Cable lock in hand baggage?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 March 2015 - 12:01am
Some feedback to share and as thanks for everyones contributions:

Pedals in hand luggage were fine. Thermos was queried in one airport but allowed. Tent (Ti) pegs spotted and (understandably) threatened with expulsion. It was my mistake, having forgot that they were wrapped in the tent inner (desperate last minute attempt to shed checked-in luggage), but I pleaded with security and they let me through. One security guy got upset by inner tubes!

In short, its a frustrating lottery! Dependent upon geo-politics, date/time of travel (busy/empty, staffing etc), airport, staff training/experience/mood, plane (cargo capacity), passenger/cargo payload, route, destination, airline, luck, etc

Re: Is there a Round Britain route info thread?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 March 2015 - 11:20pm
Possibly this year. I'm not good at organising a definite date but before the children break up for school and I want to do the south coast-LE-Bristol-London leg first. Then I'll start the London- Bristol-Cardiff and Wales leg later. That is as far as my planning has got.No date to start as it depends on a couple of things I need to complete to free up time.

Re: panniers panniers panniers???

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 March 2015 - 11:16pm
Ortleib rollers for me. Bought a new set two years ago after my previous were taken from the garage. I wouldn't be without them. I also use nautical dry bags inside which come in various litre sizes and are completely dry on the top of the rack.http://www.over-board.co.uk/dry-bags.html

Re: Bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 March 2015 - 10:01pm
bogmyrtle wrote:Nearly taken off the bike by a roll of insulation when it fell out the van in front. Was trying to figure out how to fit it on the bike but was beaten to it by the van driver behind.

That reminds me,as I was once waiting to join a r/about a van passed by on the r/about,I noticed that his side door was open and four fire extinguishers flew out of it,missing me by about 6ft
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