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Re: Sweat in eyes solution

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 November 2014 - 5:28pm
Vaseline is the tip i have heard of recently... what i really want is a band that covers the ears and incorporates a sun visor to combat the low sun at this time of year.
But thanks for the link and am considering one so that it will fit under my usual ski band.

Re: panniers panniers panniers???

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 November 2014 - 5:28pm
I've had a pair of Ortlieb Rolltop rear panniers for about 20 years and they've done 50 tours or more and are still waterproof and have had to have nothing replaced. I know of nothing else which would equal this durability.
I think that Carradice stuff is pretty good too. I've three of their saddlebags, some for a long time and one racktop bag which is super durable. Cotton Duck is the stuff though

Re: Acceptable overtake?

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 November 2014 - 5:15pm
redfacedbaldfatman wrote:We had the stupidest of overtakes today as we were catching up with another cyclist, so there were three of us going round a blind left hand bend... X represents a cyclist, and this is where a bint in a Ford Ka decided to overtake, completely on the wrong side of the road around the corner. What would have happened if there had been an on-coming car I do not know.
(My bold and italic). I suspect the car would have pulled back into the left lane and there would have been a major accident involving a car and cyclists. I see these blind corner overtakes frequently and cannot understand why drivers are so stupid. Every time I am just amazed. It must go beyond bad driving and bad judgement as even the worse driver must be able to understand the risk they are taking.

Ian

Re: Ten Miles a Day

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 November 2014 - 5:13pm
Just looked at my Garmin stats for the first time in a while and I'm at 3840 miles for the year!

That's my 10 miles/day sorted already. Tidy!

Re: Traveling by Train.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 November 2014 - 5:04pm
Even better - I had an inkling that one or more of the train companies still offered free ticket postage on all tickets regardless of collection facilities and it seems at least First Transpennine Express and First Great Western do so they are the ones to use if you want 1st class post.

No special tips really. With Advance tickets the key is to travel at less popular times, be flexible with travel times, book early and try out different routes and combinations of split tickets. Things can get more complicated with Off Peak and Anytime tickets because the greater flexibility of route choice and the ability to break your journey (http://www.railforums.co.uk/showpost.ph ... ostcount=9) can allow people to take advantage of the inconsistent pricing of tickets. All very geeky! Most of the time the best option is just to get Advance tickets if available. Those aged 16-25; 60+; mature students; disabled people; families, couples and friends travelling together should consider whether a railcard makes sense. If the ticket(s) for the journey and any others in the next 12 months come to more than £90 you will probably make a saving.

Train companies choose how they price and allocate Advance tickets and they do use these to fill up trains at inconvenient times. Often the best fares can be had for night journeys. As you have discovered these are often still available in the days before travel. There is often a tier of Advance fares for a journey (say £10, £15 and £20) each is limited in number and the cheapest ones get sold first - that explains why you see different Advance fares for the same journey. You'll be pleased to know that £16 is the lowest tier of Advance ticket for that journey to "rural Lancashire".

I'm guessing Clitheroe

Re: French End to End

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 November 2014 - 5:03pm
You could follow one of these routes...

http://cyclo-long-cours.fr/diagonales/

Re: Acceptable overtake?

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 November 2014 - 4:58pm
We had the stupidest of overtakes today as we were catching up with another cyclist, so there were three of us going round a blind left hand bend... X represents a cyclist, and this is where a bint in a Ford Ka decided to overtake, completely on the wrong side of the road around the corner. What would have happened if there had been an on-coming car I do not know.

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To make this overtake even worse, to go from dangerous to pointless, note the 20m scale in the bottom right and note that "???" represents where the driver parked up, on NCN1. Really? Couldn't wait 5 seconds???

Re: UK to Prague via northern Germany

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 November 2014 - 4:23pm
Thanks again Anne for your very comprehensive answer. Time to get some maps and start planning while it rains outside!

Re: panniers panniers panniers???

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 November 2014 - 4:22pm
The two good things about Karrimor panniers are that a) they a re light in weight b) they are made of a woven artificial fabric so wear well and easy to repair. I ve had mine now for going on 15 years

Re: I Hate Virgin Trains

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 November 2014 - 4:01pm
As I have said previously most of my experiences with Virgin Trains and other train companies have been very good.

Re: Traveling by Train.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 November 2014 - 3:43pm
Thanks.

Since you are cleary an expert on all this I wondered if you had any top tips (maybe small number of bullet points) bicycler for getting cheap tickets?

Apart from split ticketing of course or just booking three months ahead.

Any truth in something you hear sometimes, that particular days of the week are cheaper?

I remain puzzled by my £16 relatively-late-booked Christmas Eve ticket London to rural Lancashire.

Re: Traveling by Train.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 November 2014 - 3:36pm
It is automatic. The booking system knows where tickets can be collected. If the departure station has not got a machine where you can collect tickets then it will offer the post option for free
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If it has a collection machine the post option will show a £1 fee:
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Re: New Geoff Apps prototype

CTC Forum - MTB - 9 November 2014 - 3:27pm
mark a. wrote:Obviously not that interesting!
Oh yes it was!
(Just took a while to read through all of the blog)

Rick.

Re: I Hate Virgin Trains

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 November 2014 - 3:15pm
bikepacker wrote:You have to pay to take your bike on a train in the Netherlands but do not have to book in advance. For those who think train fare there are cheaper, they are not.

You also have to pay to take a bike (I think it's almost like paying for another person) that isn't folded in Italy.

Even in Sardinia where the trains have a very low number of passengers.

Sheer stupidity/stubborness.

And then once a year, on a special day, they make a great show of letting you take your bike for free. Pathetic.

If travelling on more than one train in a day with your beloved bike, you can buy a 24 hour pass for the thing. Which is cheaper than simple tickets for it but it's still p poor.

There have been real advances in bikes on trains in the UK - credit where credit's due.

Outside peak hours around London it is very good - no payment and in practice you can take large numbers of bikes. The companies tend to be very understanding.

I have had good experiences with Virgin recently.

Re: Traveling by Train.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 November 2014 - 3:08pm
Yes, I knew that there was an option.

If I click that with no machine near me, that is when presumably it offers the miser option

Re: I Hate Virgin Trains

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 November 2014 - 2:52pm
MikeF wrote:Steam trains didn't have much problem with slipping on leaves because the the linesides were kept clear of trees and they had sanding boxes if the wheels slipped.
In steam era, they had to keep the vegetation clear because of fire risk. Since then trees have grown up and the neighbours like the trees for the screening. They've done a huge vegetation clear-out around us recently in combination with a program of embankment and cutting stabilisation, and some places where the train was previously well hidden it is now prominently visible, and people are not always very happy about it.

Some modern trains have sand-boxes, more particularly trams and light rail as they are more prone to slipping.

Re: Traveling by Train.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 November 2014 - 2:30pm
It's a tick box on the delivery options page below the option to collect from a machine. They will only offer the post option if you are booking several days in advance: http://www.eastcoast.co.uk/rail-travel/ ... y-options/

Re: panniers panniers panniers???

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 November 2014 - 1:50pm
I have a set of Altura Orkney panniers front and rear and they have provided very good service over several thousand miles and are still in very good condition. My own preference, supporting British companies, would be for either Carradice or Altura.

I would recommend, however, regardless of brand, that you go for a sturdy build. The lightweight panniers will always need additional waterproofing and are more susceptible to damage. I have met several people in the past whose (expensive) lightweight panniers were surviving only through the extensive use of duct tape!

Re: I Hate Virgin Trains

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 November 2014 - 1:37pm
You have to pay to take your bike on a train in the Netherlands but do not have to book in advance. For those who think train fare there are cheaper, they are not.

Re: Sweat in eyes solution

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 November 2014 - 1:21pm
Vaseline in the eyebrows works a treat but I always forget until the stinging starts
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