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Re: national route 1

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 August 2014 - 5:01pm
gaz you clearly love this route so I wont try and fence anylonger with you

Re: Current 2" tyre too wide - what should I get?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 August 2014 - 4:35pm
Thank you guys Marathon hs 368 looks like a good choice.

DaleFTW wrote:By too big, what do you mean?

I have/had XRs in 2.0 flavour and will be putting them on my Disc Trucker when the current Contis wear out.

Too big meaning for the smooth/semi-rough surfaces I mainly do, my current 2.0 are overkill. I love my LHT but it's a hefty bike that I want to 'slim-down' as much as possible as it's a beast in its current form

Re: Road bike with mudguards

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 August 2014 - 4:20pm
Something like a Tifosi CK7 with a Sora groupset can be found within your budget:

http://www.fatbirds.co.uk/5777/products ... -bike.aspx

There's a review of the bike here:

http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/reviews/ ... ck7c-audax

Another option is the Ribble Wnter audax bike:

http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/bbd/road- ... BRW&bike=1

If you can stretch your budget a bit to £870, then you can have the Carbon Ribble wnter/audax bike:

http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/bbd/road- ... BRC&bike=1

The downside of the Ribbles is that the clearance is a bit tight so you may only be able to fit 23mm tyres with mudguards.

Re: national route 1

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 August 2014 - 3:39pm
Oh well, in that case you missed it's twin .

Re: national route 1

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 August 2014 - 3:31pm
re the rough surface warning sign - I did see one - but I was going the other way TO Gravesend from Lower Higham, the sign I saw was for me at the end of the bad patch lol - thanks for telling me it was bad lol. By then I was just glad to be off the track so didnt notice much there after.

Re: national route 1

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 August 2014 - 2:56pm
mercalia wrote:from Gravesend Kent east to Lower Higham - onesection to avoid.
Avoid? Hardly, it's my commute.

mercalia wrote:Sections are strewn with glass debris and potholes as it goes between delapitdated commercial premises.

You're right about the glass and potholes but I think you'll find the correct terminology to apply to the area is industrial heritage, did you miss the informal memorial to E E Williams?

Just past the fridge freezer the way you came .

Birds Eye View of the Last Combat Flight of Flight Sargeant Eric E Williams

I first saw a Hurricane over Rosherville station circling round about 12,000 feet. He was obviously in trouble. I watched him struggling, twisting and turning. The plane seemed to have no visible damage. Realising his legs may be wounded, as all the manoevres made were by column control only, rudder not working. He headed towards Gravesend Aerodrome using elevators and ailerons but found himself at Windmill Hill (he must have known he could not reach the aerodrome). He then proceeded towards the river, seeing open spaces below he circled twice then turned to the river west of Milton Church and gasometers, also electric works chimney. By then he was approximately 300 feet. He made a sharp turn right over the factories at the Oast House with the river in front. He banked hard right and dived straight down. The Albion Shades causeway was dead ahead. This landmark was the only one that gave his position of entry. I believe at that point he collapsed having used the last of his energy. He now lays at rest contented he killed no-one. He was a very brave pilot who gave his life to save others. He could have rolled over any time when he was at height and baled out.

15 October 1940.


mercalia wrote:then onto a terrible concrete "road" that gives terrible bumps at the section joins
Before you get there you have to pass through the narrow alleyway with the blind corner, how could you forget that?

mercalia wrote:then onto a long flat but very rough stoned track only fit for mt bikes
Rough Surface.jpgDid you not see the official warning .

Please forward your complaints to Network Rail who are the landowner.

mercalia wrote:( very pretty ride but hard to enjoy it while your teeth are chattering).

The canal, particularly the bit through the SSSI is very nice indeed.

Glad to hear you found some hospitality in Upnor.

Re: Italy cycle resources?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 August 2014 - 2:50pm
Probably didn't make that clear. What's tedious is not route-planning for a GPS but trying to plan a long-distance route linking up strade bianche. It can be done, and maybe someone has already done it, but it would be a tedious job because the strade bianche is a dense network of relatively short stretches of unpaved roads, most of which is not joined up. Take, again, the route of the Eroica for example. More than half of the long route is on paved roads. The strade bianche sections are relatively short and discontinuous.

Re: Italy cycle resources?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 August 2014 - 1:57pm
I can see why you would think that the route planning for a GPS might be tedious, it's not everyone's cup of tea, but I treat it as part of the adventure. It's probably not that dissimilar to the prep that others do with maps

I'm planning a Canada to Mexico trip at the moment, and I enjoy the whole process: buying the books, reading articles, chatting on forums, drawing my route on the computer, researching the accommodation and finding out about the places that I will be travelling through. I tend to do my planning on the long winters evenings and use the summer for cycling. It keeps me happy and entertained in the winter month, and it gives me something positive to look forward to.

I love cycling through towns and villages that I've seen months before as picture on my computer, or as an article in a magazine and watching them come to life.

We have maps as well, and will sometimes abandon the pre-planned route if someone recommends a better one on the way, or we just see an interesting turning or hill.

The important thing to remember is that the GPS is just a map on a different media - electronic rather than paper and you can use them in the same way

Play on Pedals in Glasgow Now

Play on Pedals blog - 7 August 2014 - 6:42pm

We’re in this week’s Glasgow Now – check it out on page 5 here: http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/Launch.aspx?PBID=077cec83-ca64-4c5b-a353-b58e262d6c53

Or see below…

Play on Pedals in Glasgow Now 6th August

Bikes arrive and receive new home

Play on Pedals blog - 7 August 2014 - 6:36pm

Our Play on Pedals bikes have now arrived and been assembled by volunteers and staff at the Glasgow Bike Station. 

This week we happily moved all of our new fleet into a fantastic free storage space at 100 Borron Street, thanks to the generosity of Scottish Canals. They now stand proudly upright in our genius recycled ‘Play on Pedals Palette Racks’.

Play on Pedals bike fleet line up in 100 Borron Street, with thanks to Scottish Canals

Once we have labelled each of them individually, the coming months will see these bikes head out on loan to our first pilot Hero Organisation North Glasgow Homes through their Sport Legacy Programme and will also be off to south Glasgow for use within some of the groups who have been involved in the pilot training programme that took place this summer.

These bikes will visit thousands of children across the city over the next fifteen months, before eventually being handed over to Hero Organisations to keep for use within their local communities, by nurseries and other pre-school establishments, once the Play on Pedals project comes to an end.

If you have already expressed interest in the Play on Pedals project then expect to hear from us soon about the next steps for your group. If you have not yet been in touch with Play on Pedals but would like to find out more about our People’s Postcode Lottery funded project, please get in touch with polly.jarman@ctc.org.uk.


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