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Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 December 2014 - 7:23pm
good point... a snake bite kit is probably a good thing to carry.

Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 December 2014 - 7:17pm
On a very cold day I've been browsing the Fully Loaded website.
Going off the number of photos of Surly LHT's on the site gallery,is it the default touring bike and does it deserve the accolade?

Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 December 2014 - 4:30pm
what about snakes? any one mention them here?

Re: Leicester Area Audax Riders

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 December 2014 - 3:44pm
If you are working, you usually have stuff to do (other than riding your bike) at weekends, so can't afford the time to do 120 mile bike rides which take around 10 hours including stops.

Most club rides are of that pace but are usually only around 80-100km. You could ride with a club but extend the ride afterwards. Certainly Notts CTC groups typically do 80-100 miles on a Sunday in summer, less in winter, but probably at a lower average speed than you are looking for.

Re: What are your essentials to go bicycle touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 December 2014 - 12:22pm
AntonioCM wrote:Hi guys,

I am not a gear geek, but I reckon there are still some material possessions I think I couldn’t go bicycle touring without.

Antonio

Antonio

I get the strong impression that what you really cannot do without is your underwear:

http://www.theadventurejunkies.com/worl ... ra-mexico/

I don't blame you but you did ask.

Re: Feeling guilty whilst not cycling & car use thru illness

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 December 2014 - 11:52am
Moodyman1 wrote:.... no shame

Yeah,no shame in being ill,and no guilt complex for not riding because of that either.
It's bad enough not being well,without feeling guilty for it too

Re: Motorcycles using cycle designated parking when they're

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 December 2014 - 11:07am
meic wrote:I reckon that if you want a law enforced you first have to KNOW that a law has been broken.

As the authorities dont seem so sure, you should find chapter and verse in the regulations CERTAINLY before assaulting a minor just because you think so.

I manage to share the new cycle stands with the motorcyclists which is just as well as I am normally the only cyclist who leaves their bike there amongst many motorcycles. As it is very difficult to get cars prosecuted for parking on the pavement, I see little chance of getting motorcyclists prosecuted. Though my motorbike did get a ticket on the "pavement*" where there were double yellow lines on the road.

*actually the border of the war memorial.
Hmm not in Lambeth. We get the local council tiny cars with cameras on enforcing that - even give you a ticket for parking on your own land next the pavement. So maybe op need to contact the appropriate council dept

Re: Feeling guilty whilst not cycling & car use thru illness

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 December 2014 - 11:06am
Point is that upper respiratory tract infections don't go further down because it's a bit too warm for them down in the lungs: they flourish better in nose, throat & larynx. If you go cycling or running in cold weather you cool down your trachea and maybe bronchi, and at the same time your elevated breathing rate and force sucks the infection down into your lungs, which are now a pleasant environment.

If you don't do this for long and warm up again quickly you can be OK, but 20 miles on the bike would be just about perfect for something nasty to start. Once it's down in the lungs and running nicely then once you warm up again it'll be a bit too warm for it but it'll make the best of a bad job.

A chum of mine gave himself pneumonia this way, and my wife's running forum is full of folk with stories such as "It didn't stop me running. It's gone away now but I've got this chesty cough I can't shift". Him and 3 million other hard cases.

san javier

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 December 2014 - 11:05am
hi all
looking for road bike routes in this area preferably loops starting from the san javier area or there abouts
any help would be appreciated. Not busy roads please. trying also to find tour of murcia route but no luck.
ta

Re: Good road US road sign

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 December 2014 - 10:32am
Elizabethsdad wrote:Audax67 wrote:The bike needs a glove box to keep the .38 in.
I would suggest openly carried in a hip holster would be more effective and dude a .38? seriously? Berretta 92F surely.

I disagree, the .38 and 9mm are almost identical in their ballistics. My choice would be a 1911A1 the .45ACP has much better stopping power!

Re: Motorcycles using cycle designated parking when they're

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 December 2014 - 10:15am
meic wrote:I reckon that if you want a law enforced you first have to KNOW that a law has been broken.

As the authorities dont seem so sure, you should find chapter and verse in the regulations CERTAINLY before assaulting a minor just because you think so.

I manage to share the new cycle stands with the motorcyclists which is just as well as I am normally the only cyclist who leaves their bike there amongst many motorcycles. As it is very difficult to get cars prosecuted for parking on the pavement, I see little chance of getting motorcyclists prosecuted. Though my motorbike did get a ticket on the "pavement*" where there were double yellow lines on the road.

*actually the border of the war memorial.As the pavement is part of the highway double yellows mean there should be no parking on the highway - carriageway, pavement or verge - regardless of where the lines are. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/312242/the-highway-code-road-markings.pdf
However many motorists around here seem to regard parking on the pavement (footway) circumvents the double line restriction.

Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 December 2014 - 10:05am
you're on a bike,you break down,you can't fix it...you're out in the bush...most Americans will stop and ask you if you're okay if they see you in some difficulty. They're most supporting with only the odd nutter whose aim is to kill you. Most(read x10)are very helpful,moreso than our own folk. You could always flag down a car or lorry should you think you'll need it. A lot of Americans(in the bush)have utes: bike KO'd,they'll put your bike in the back and take you and bike to the nearest town,see you're okay.

What I would take with you,buy over there,is that pepper spray. Not for bears,but for the dogs that are out on remote farms and hear/smell you coming. With no owners around,or gone out shopping,they can beat a path down to the road to savage you(?)should they catch you. The dogs seem to bark up the valleys to alert other farm dogs,then they're all on the look out foryou. I always lived/cycled in fear,but then I'm no commando. Yeah,they increased my cadence,but I never forgave them(or my fear?)for inhibiting carefree cycling. I'd rather face the bears and the pumas.

Re: Pennsylvania

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 December 2014 - 9:38am
The most important thing you need to know about PA is that they have funny booze laws. After a long day in the saddle its quiet a pain to walk endlessly around the supermarket looking for the beer section......

They only sell beer at bars(obvious) and off licenses/bottle shops (often not conveniently next to the supermarket!!!). Not the end of the world if you already know this, but quite a pain the first time you get caught out

Its a pretty part of the world, sadly I was in a bit of a hurry when I passed through, luckily you're also towards the top of the Appalachians so the hills aren't too bad. Have a good look at google maps and you'll see that a lot of the roads run NE-SW, theres a reason for that

Have fun.

Re: What are your essentials to go bicycle touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 December 2014 - 9:36am
Nobody seems to have mentioned CTC membership. Once upon a time, the CTC Handbook would have been tucked away in a side pocket on the Camper Longflap.

Re: Leicester Area Audax Riders

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 December 2014 - 8:59am
Have checked but as far as I understand they only go out during the week. Unfortunately I work. As I am only 45 young still have a way to go. The feeling I get it seems the whole audax thing is more for the older generation as I am unable to find people of my age within my area. Never thought it would be so difficult to find a few people who would like to get on a bike and ride for 150/200 km on a Saturday or Sunday using GPS or map work enjoying the scenery stopping at coffee shops at around average 15 or so mph.

Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 December 2014 - 8:59am
I agree with most of the previous posts.

The one thing I would carry, though, having been stuck out overnight in remote areas once or twice, is a basic 'survival kit'
-small container of waterproof matches
-water purification tablets (or filter)
-emergency blanket/bivvy bag &/or bin bag (the large, heavy duty sort)
-a days worth of emergency rations or spare food
-an extra layer of warm clothes

If you are going across mountains, be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness, and carry extra water, plus electrolyte tablets or drops.

A survival course is probably unnecessary, even if you get stuck out somewhere. However, if you have never been camping, and haven't built a fire with found wood, or improvised a shelter, a survival course might not be a bad idea. The chances that you will ever need it are slim, but if you do, basic knowledge and skills can make the difference between life and death.

It's not common, but it happens that someone gets a puncture, or has a mechanical, or gets lost and cannot get to the destination for the night. If it happens in a remote area, you need to be able to look after yourselves.

If you are going to truly remote areas, and you are worried about this, you can also get an emergency beacon (PLB).

Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 December 2014 - 1:45am
Pepper Spray can't be brought from the US into Canada. You can carry bear spray, but not pepper spray. Note that bear spray is less powerful than pepper spray as a bear's nose is much more sensitive than a human's.

If you are going into some remote territory, you won't be finding motels. I've ridden through lots of towns with bold names on the map that don't have motels or any useful services.

Can you post some idea of the route you are considering? It might provide some ideas of things to be aware of that are specific to the places you'll be traveling though. Also, you are aware of the Adventure Cycling Association, right? They provide maps of bike routes all over the US and a couple into Canada. Their website is http://www.adventurecycling.org

Do you know about warmshowers.org? They have a lot of members in the US and I've often emailed members for valuable local knowledge.

Don't miss riding on the Icefields Parkway between Jasper and Lake Louise, Alberta. Possibly the most stunning area I've ever ridden through.

Re: Pennsylvania

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 December 2014 - 1:34am
As a place to start, be aware that Pennsylvania has State Bike Routes: http://www.bikepa.com/routes/index.htm

This page has 14 links to information about bike touring in Pennsylvania: http://www.biketouringtips.com/searchTi ... &subtopic=

One of them is the above link and others are journals of tours I've taken that have crossed into Pennsylvania.

It is a pretty place but very hilly, so be prepared.

Is touring up to Bormio possible in April?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 December 2014 - 1:17am
I am planning a tour for next April that will start and end in Milan and tour the lakes region and lower mountains. I plan to ride east to Verona skirting the southern parts of the lakes and the foothills and then head north into the mountains, heading west back toward Milan.

Since I will be there in early April, I figured it was best to keep the route elevation under 1000 meters as much as possible. Though, I like the idea of riding up to Bormio just to do it. It would likely be an up and back as no train services Bormio. I see that the high temperature in April in Bormio is around 40F (10C), so it would be cold.

I've roughed out a route (http://mycycletour.com/displayroute.php?RouteNumber=317), though mostly this was clicking waypoints and letting the mapping software draw the route. It isn't the actual route I'll follow but gives an idea of what I have in mind.

Has anyone ridden up to Bormio or thereabouts in April? Is this even a good idea?

I'd also be interested in any and all thoughts on my route idea or other suggestions. Note that I don't want to ride the Cinque Terre or down into Tuscany for other reasons.

Re: Leicester Area Audax Riders

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 December 2014 - 12:21am
I'm based in North Leics and have just started on Audaxes. I would probably be a bit slow for you though. I average 12 mph and a 200 would be 40 miles further than I have ever ridden. As a suggestion how about contacting one of the Leics CTC groups
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