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Re: London - Dunkirk - Bruges - Rozenburg - Amsterdam

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 August 2014 - 8:05pm
Dunkirk has terrible (no) road signage particularly at the port so make sure you have a good map. I suggest that if you do see a sign to a village, take it and then pick up the route from the smaller place. I went around in circles for more than an hour once.

The tram line - the longest in the World - runs from here, all along the coast to very close by to Bruges and I recommend you take that route. The scenery is magnificent and the cycle path excellent and flat. Not to be missed, despite it slightly elongating your journey.

Re: Anker Cache Battery Broken USB Connector

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 August 2014 - 7:40pm
edocaster wrote:
Looking at http://www.forumslader.de/typo3temp/pics/590d4cd9bb.png

...my understanding is that at 20km/h the 12V and 5V settings of the E-Werk cross over at 3W, but at higher speeds, both can give more power, with the 12V setting giving over 5W at 32km/h. That would equate to 0.42A. This is because the E-Werk is presenting a load that is different from that required to clamp the dynamo at 6V.
Apologies for not replying earlier - I missed it!

You can't argue against the graphs, which make enlightening reading. I guess it's a combination of the dynamo giving out more than its rated output, and the load presented by the E-Werk.

However the E-Werk switch mode circuit will not give out more power (ie voltage x current) than that provided from the source (dynamo).

Re: Touring the Isle of Mull

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 August 2014 - 7:23pm
bogmyrtle wrote: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.

+1 exactly that

Re: Biased?

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 August 2014 - 7:22pm
Spinners wrote:The Mail on Sunday understands that the cyclist was not wearing a helmet.


Unserstands? I doubt it...

Re: Biased?

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 August 2014 - 6:52pm
"cyclist who was travelling downhill at a significant speed"

That sounds like more blame placed on the cyclist too.

Re: Biased?

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 August 2014 - 6:47pm
Bicycler wrote:It could have been worse. At least it's clear to everyone who must take the majority of the responsibility for hitting another vehicle on the other side of the road whilst u-turning.

It sure is and in case you still don't get it the Daily Wail spells it out for you:

"But there were also calls last night for cyclists to take greater responsibility for their actions and to ensure they wear helmets."

Re: Biased?

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 August 2014 - 6:40pm
The Mail on Sunday understands that the cyclist was not wearing a helmet.

Re: Biased?

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 August 2014 - 6:27pm
It could have been worse. At least it's clear to everyone who must take the majority of the responsibility for hitting another vehicle on the other side of the road whilst u-turning. I am at a loss as to how helmets are relevant.

Re: Biased?

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 August 2014 - 6:03pm
NUKe wrote:Why are you disgusted Jim ?
It seems a pretty straight forward account. Hopefully the cyclists makes a full recovery. It neither seeks to exonerate or damn ms Piper
If you can't see it I can't be bothered explaining.

Re: Getting to Germany with bikes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 August 2014 - 4:55pm
I'm planning on doing this next year and after some consideration I'm going to take my car on the ferry and drive to Germany. Find somewhere to park the car for a fortnight and cycle a circular tour. I may possibly cycle a linear tour and train back to the car.

It means I'll be less stressed about having to meet up with a train/coach on a certain day.

I'm not helped by the fact I have a trike, albeit a folding one. I don't see how I can fold the trike with panniers and seat off and get it all on and off trains on my own. Yes it would be cheaper to cycle onto the ferry but I reckon the extra cost will be outweighed by the reduction in stress.

Re: Getting to Germany with bikes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 August 2014 - 4:47pm
In 2010 I crossed Belguim to De Panne by train and then onwards via camping in Dunkirque to the ferry. Very easy and inexpensive journey.
Trains were of the hook the front wheel variety.

There are some interesting rail trail routes in the Ardennes / Eifel to link the Leige area with the Mosel. Spotted from a car, not tried them. Lovely scenery.

Re: Cark (cumbria) to Chipping norton

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 August 2014 - 4:37pm
50 mile days from Cark would give approximately
= Preston, Stoke on Trent, Lichfield, Chipping Norton.
Sustrans Route-6 would get you down past Manchester.

Re: Ten Miles a Day

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 August 2014 - 3:59pm

No riding today, but I went for a walk.
Just checking on my route ...... to the mini mart way up the hill (to buy cooking apples) and then down to the boozer (for beer!) then back home ..... back up the hill a bit.

Tracing my walk via bikehike.co.uk
500ft total ascent.
1.75miles

This gives 286ft per mile.
Good job I wasn't cycling.

Re: Commonwealth games

CTC Forum - Racing - 3 August 2014 - 3:33pm
Oh aye, G done good all right

Re: Commonwealth games

CTC Forum - Racing - 3 August 2014 - 3:27pm
Armistead and Thomas both absolute class acts!

Re: Danube cycle path

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 August 2014 - 2:24pm
We did a bike and boat from Passau to Vienna and it is indeed pan flat, our tour had us doing 25-35 miles a day and we thought it was going to be too short and easy - until we got there and the 35C temperature made us glad for the easy riding! Lots to see along the river but I believe it is a bit 'samey' once you've done our stretch, well until you get over the border for a culture change. Being in a valley means there are valley sides to climb in places that should provide variation. Lots of riverside accommodation and certainly in Austria you'll have no trouble booking somewhere and all in English if you need it. We did train from Munich Airport to Pasau and lots of bikes on the regional services but I've no idea about the fast long distance trains - has to be better than UK though!
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