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Re: Getting to Germany with bikes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 August 2014 - 6:01pm
Re But I may try train to Dover, old-fashioned cross-channel to Calais, then take pot luck with local trains. Avoids the hassle of packing bikes for flying.

If you are taking train to London then best to take train to Harwich and boat to Hook of Holand and then train on to Amsterdam and then Germany.

see http://www.seat61.com/index.html for advise.

Re: Ten Miles a Day

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 August 2014 - 5:37pm
Mick F wrote:By the way, I've just started a new spreadsheet including feet per mile per day.
I'm aiming for 1,300 feet per day for 2014.

1,263ft so far.
I need even more hills.
Try moving away from the flat lands of Cornwall to a hilly area such as Lake District!!!!!

Re: Getting to Germany with bikes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 August 2014 - 5:15pm
A timely thread; I am thinking of something very similar and live in Cornwall.
The Eurostar option sounds very complex (and costly); Ryanair to Hahn sounded good but it is only from Stansted (a long way from Cornwall) and then £50 extra for a bike each way.
My best option seems to be fly Bristol to Amsterdam (Easyjet, only £35 extra for bikes) and then investigate trains from there.
But I may try train to Dover, old-fashioned cross-channel to Calais, then take pot luck with local trains. Avoids the hassle of packing bikes for flying.

Re: Caught on camera

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 August 2014 - 4:55pm
i once had a ambulance overtake me on a blind bend;siren on,and thank god nothing coming in the opposite direction.

Re: Touring the Isle of Mull

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 August 2014 - 4:49pm
The hostel on Iona is very good. It's best to get a late afternoon ferry over, that way you avoid the coachloads that swamp the place during the day and you can appreciate the true tranquility of the island.

Touring the Isle of Mull

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 August 2014 - 4:29pm
The wife and I are going to Mull in a couple of weeks. We only plan to do approximately 30 miles per day and plan to camp alternating between camp sites and wild camping. Anyone got any hints, tips, advice?

Re: BT Openreach cyclists stay back

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 August 2014 - 4:13pm
[XAP]Bob wrote:Flinders wrote:Postboxer wrote:I saw a National Express coach the other day that had a sticker with a picture of a bike and a message something like, 'Caution, this vehicle has blind spots' - seemed fairish.
That seems reasonable, as it warns of a genuine problem rather than being aggressive and unhelpful as the 'stay back' one does.
Yes - although a non articulated vehicle shouldn't have blind spots, how hard can it be to have the required mirrors?

A bus would need more than mirrors to eliminate all blind spots, it would also need a reversing camera, probably one mounted high up looking downwards. The camera also really needs to have some sort of lens washing mechanism as well as they can get obscured by road muck. Do buses all have suitable reversing cameras?

There is the other sticker you see on the back of trucks; If you can't see my mirrors I can't see you". This is very true and always worth bearing in mind. I think I mentioned this earlier about being tail-gated by a cyclist down a Devon lane in my campervan.

Re: Anyone use a trailer ?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 August 2014 - 1:25pm
graymee wrote:I bought a cheapo Bob Yak lookalike several years ago from Edinburgh Bike Coop. I think it was £125 reduced to £99. Good value for money but they discontinued them a couple of years ago. The two shown in the links to Ebay look very similar with the exception of the addition of the red suspension units(?) near the rear wheel. The £250 one is expensive but £901 for the other is really taking the mickey!

even £99 was £40 too much. Until recently they were going for £50+. Mine like the suspension jobby should have cost me £55 incl postage, but I got it for free as the company werent going to get any more, the special QR skewer broke ( could have been very dangerous ), got a complete refund and it wasnt worth their while reclaiming it. The quality of welding on these is totally rubbish - functional but not pretty, I probably could do better, & the paint is very poor? I suspect they are shipped over here as ballast......
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