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Re: Taking a bike on a train

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 February 2015 - 1:11am
As drossall says, it depends on the rail company, and it also depend on the type of train.

The company will probably have a cycle policy on their website, you may or may not be expected (or indeed able) to book, and there may or may not be bans on non-folding cycles at peak times.

Also, with some trains (usually the larger intercity ones) you put your cycle in a dedicated compartment (what would once have been called the guard's van); sometimes you put it in designated space in the train (there's usually a cycle symbol on the approprate door/s); sometimes you just put it in the door area of any carriage. If unsure, arrive at the station a few minutes early and ask platform staff where you should stand to be ready for quick loading. If it's a long train with only one place to put cycles you do not want to be at the wrong end of the platform and have to run to the other end with bike, dodging the other passengers, while the staff are trying to get the train away a.s.a.p.

FWIW I quite often use First GW (not relevant for the OP I know) and have never had any problems with taking a bike.

Re: Taking a bike on a train

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 February 2015 - 12:44am
Depends on the railway company. Check their site or ask at the station. For example, Northern Rail. Looks as though it's generally OK, but you could get caught out if other cyclists turned up too.

As a generalisation across companies, you can often just put the bike on, generally in the door area. In peak hours and with some companies, only folders are allowed.

Taking a bike on a train

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 February 2015 - 12:37am
How easy is it to take a pushbike onto a train?

Having read through another thread on here, I'd like to visit a bike shop in Wigan (Winstanley's). I could drive over but sitting on a train reading or simply looking out of the window is preferable to driving over The Snake Pass and then travelling around the M60.

The train station is about two and a half miles away on the Sheffield side, similar on the Wigan side. It would be much easier if I could just get on my bike and do the short journeys either side on bike.

So, is it simple? I've never taken a bike on the train before and can't say I've seen many other people do it. Is your bike kept safe or is it recommended that one stays with it? I'd likely be travelling outside peak hours during the week.

Re: Bicycle tour in Andaludia, Pico Veleta + other ascents

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 February 2015 - 11:03pm
Hello !

At last, now I'm pleased to present the 2nd part of the best of video about our bicycle tour in Andalusia (2012).
The video shows this route:
Granada - Pico Veleta (3394 m) - Granada - Guadix - Qu?ntar - La Calahorra - Puerto Ragua (2000 m) - Fondon - Abla - Puerto Padilla / Esc?llar (2036 m) - Fondon - Tabernasi (f?l)sivatag - Tabernas - Velefique - Tetica de Bacares (2080 m) - Almeria (and from here cycling the Costal de Sol ) - Castell de Ferro - Nerja - Malaga

This part is not only about mountains, but desert, sea and mountain lake can be seen too
Have pleasure with the video !



PS: The following video in my collection will be the brutally hard ascent to Grosse Oscheniksee (2394 m)

My site:
http://www.facebook.com/cycling.high
( adventures, bicycle tours, videos, photos based on experiences of cycling 271 times above 2000 m )

Re: Veloscenic France

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 February 2015 - 10:58pm
Thanks Jon, we are likely to go ahead with this - we may choose a different route if my wife comes with me, as she is on a hybrid type bike with narrower tyres, less comfortable on gravel / unmade surfaces.

That's an interesting website, cycle.travel, not come across it before you mentioned it.

Best wishes

Lewis

Re: Veloscenic France

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 February 2015 - 10:57pm
Thanks Jon, we are likely to go ahead with this - we may choose a different route if my wife comes with me, as she is on a hybrid type bike with narrower tyres, less comfortable on gravel / unmade surfaces.

That's an interesting website, cycle.travel, not come across it before you mentioned it.

Best wishes

Lewis

Re: Panniers as airline baggage

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 February 2015 - 10:05pm
We use an Exped 90 litre duffel easily holds four panniers. Best place to get them is here http://www.tamarackoutdoors.co.uk/PBSCC ... ?PBMInit=1 they don't list them on this website but I believe they still have some.

Here is a picture of ours with the panniers inside at Palma airport:

Re: Eurovelo paper maps,where to buy from?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 February 2015 - 10:04pm
Thanks john had a look on there,lots of good maps,cheers

Re: Filthy Drivers: Roadside Rubbish

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2015 - 9:28pm
I've been on a volunteer 'litter pick' before now, several times. Can be quite an entertaining way of spending a morning. You never know what you're going to turn up (though - sorry to disappoint - the chances of a hoard of Roman coins are pretty slim ). I did find a perfectly serviceable sledgehammer once - an odd thing to cast away (one of my fellow volunteers took it off me, he said he had a use for it - I didn't ask what?!). And many years ago, on a different occasion, I turned up a glass mug - dirty but quite intact - emblazoned with the insignia of King George VI's coronation. If it was an original, might have been worth a bob or two. Alas! As I was admiring my find, another volunteer on the slope above me let go of a big stone, it rolled down, struck my hand, and the mug was smashed.

But there can be an ironic twist to these litter-pick enterprises. On a more recent occasion, we'd spent a morning on a litter-pick organised by the Town Council, and piled all the rubbish into a skip. We later learnt that the County Council had deemed that the contents of the skip were commercial waste, and they wanted to charge the Town Council at the going rate for taking it away. The skip remained by the roadside, uncollected, for several days of wrangling. We might as well not have bothered, it seemed. Eventually it disappeared. I don't know who coughed up what.

Re: Panniers as airline baggage

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 February 2015 - 9:27pm
I use Ikea bags with a bungee, they weigh practically nothing, are very strong and on arrival fold flat into the bottom of a pannier. £1/£2.

Re: Good Pannier or Rear Rack for Dawes Discovery?

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2015 - 9:23pm
OP, I have a Discovery 501, I've had a 201, 301 and a 401 too, they have taken me across countries and do the weekly food shopping too! I have had umpteen racks but the best, by far, is suggested by "foxyrider", the Tourtec.


foxyrider wrote:I would suggest a Tortec Expedition rack http://www.jejamescycles.co.uk/tortec-e ... 16200.html

Re: Filthy Drivers: Roadside Rubbish

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2015 - 8:52pm
I'm noticing an increase in fly tipping round here - probably at least in part due to the fact that the council closed the "Recycling Centre" on this side of town. It used to be about 3 miles away (& I could manage a bag of garden waste on my bike trailer) but now the 2 remaining are both about 8 miles away so anything that doesn't qualify for the supplied recycling bins now goes in our general waste bin...

...Anyway, back to the matter of fly tipping - I was quite pleased last Friday to see a council truck & associated workmen had cleared the stuff dumped at the roadside near us (I saw the truck leaving). By Sunday morning there were fresh bags/boxes of stuff dumped at the roadside!

Rick.

Re: Eurovelo paper maps,where to buy from?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 February 2015 - 8:37pm
Try Stanford's, Long Acre, London. They should have a website. If you can visit the shop it is a brilliant travellers resource. John

Re: Panniers as airline baggage

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 February 2015 - 8:30pm
I wrapped mine in a Bergen liner. Very light and counted as one bit of luggage. But I suspect 4 panniers in one shell outer might be too big. Worth checking the dimension limits first before turning up with a lump they won't accept on size grounds.

Re: Cycling into the sun

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2015 - 8:21pm
X Loop sunglasses from Ebay. Top kit. UV 400 filters. £10 a pair. I also wear Bolle sunglasses, totaly cool. In a cycle shop £70+. In a safety clothing shop . . £8. You have been warned. Clear version also available for Squash players.

Re: Filthy Drivers: Roadside Rubbish

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 February 2015 - 8:08pm
Always the worst spot is the end of the slip road off a motorway! But one of my regular rest spots is a picnic area beside the Severn - and over the last few years I've taken numerous photos of fly-tipping which I've sent off to the local council who dutifully clean it up - pretty quickly too! Trouble is all the litter clogs up the drains and culverts - and then the roads flood! And don't start me on dog owners who refuse to pickup their dogs faeces!

Re: Panniers as airline baggage

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 February 2015 - 7:57pm
Use this, packs small and weights next to nothing: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Big-Shopping- ... 4177e530db

P.S. I have a similar bag and it holds exactly two rear and one front pannier with a bit of room to spare, and the other front pannier is my cabin luggage.

Eurovelo paper maps,where to buy from?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 February 2015 - 7:37pm
Are there paper maps available for eurovelo routes 1 and 3 ? if so does anyone know where to go to purchase these,thanks for any info you can give me(I know these are easily downloaded but I haven't got a garmin or smartphone etc).

Panniers as airline baggage

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 February 2015 - 7:24pm
I am flying from Edinburgh to Bishkek with Turkish Airways.
I have sorted my bike and discovered I have 40 Kg baggage allowance as well.
I hope to tour with 4 panniers.
I might not take all 4 filled but wonder about the best way to ' pack' the panniers.
The allowance is for one piece of luggage.

Tape two together?

Any advice appreciated.

Matt

Guide: Cycling the Baja California Peninsula (Mexico)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 February 2015 - 7:16pm
Hey guys!

If you are planning a trip to the Baja California on your bike, I recommend you to check out his guide about it. It contains all the information you need to know to plan your trip as routes, seasons, gear to bring, etc as well as other interesting detours you can take off highway 1.

http://www.theadventurejunkies.com/guide-cycling-baja-california-peninsula-mexico/



I hope you like it!

Antonio
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