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Re: Bicycling Around The World free photo eBook

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 January 2015 - 1:49pm
Thanks, I will down load when I get home this evening - I know the quality will be first class and the photographs, from the previous magazine articles!

Re: new cycling paths

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 January 2015 - 1:42pm
You mean Creeting St Peter, NUKe? Or is St Mary, which is closer to Needham Mkt built up to as well now? As much as I am glad to have escaped Suffolk, it'd be sad to imagine a continuous (sub)urban sprawl from skIpswich to Bury (us all soon) St Edmunds.

Re: new cycling paths

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 January 2015 - 1:38pm
There was a report on Bbc Breakfast East Mids about a campaign to have riverside cyclepath between Derby and Matlock. I don't know if it will come to anything but it would be quite a useful route, avoiding the busy A6 and will also link up with the other riverside paths in Derby and could also link up with the High Peak Trail at Cromford.

Whats your love story with your bike?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 January 2015 - 1:21pm
After my recent creative outburst about my new bike, I thought I'd turn it into a blog post.

We spend many hours and months on our bikes and many of us end up talking to our bikes or talking about " us" when you're actually travelling alone.

So Im sure many folks have a story about how they fell in love with there bike, whether it grew with time after buying new or second hand, or maybe it was love at first sight on eBay or at a market in a far off land?

Whats your love story?

Re: Handlebar bag views and costs

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 January 2015 - 1:16pm
bigjim wrote:£10 barbag that fastens with velcro straps. The trouble is that it droops so much I use the same sort of thing, something like 150g. Mine sits well, leaning on the gear cables as they come out from under the handlebar tape. You could fashion a support bracket from aluminium or use one of those carradice seatbag support brackets intended for saddlebags maybe, though that might be heavier.

Re: new cycling paths

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 January 2015 - 1:10pm
Not near us but on the edge of Stowmarket in Suffolk as they have built up an old village, the Creeting's into effectively a Suburb of the town the cycle routes have been well thought out and planned to be usable.

It is very difficult to plan new cycle infrastructure through existing infrastructure which is why you end up with painted lines down the gutter that aren't wide enough cycles expected to share narrow pavements and the list goes on. But the work at creeting's is an excellent example of what can be done with a little thought on new build sites

Greetings from aus video

CTC Forum - MTB - 9 January 2015 - 12:58pm
Hey guys just thought if show u what ur missing out on haha but seriously would love to come and ride in the UK one day!



Re: Ten Miles a Day

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 January 2015 - 12:52pm
I'm aiming to do more than my brother, but not telling him, he did 1766 miles last year according to mapmyride, so I'll try to hit 5 miles a day. He often commutes and often goes the scenic route, but when he's really busy on the farm he'll not cycle or just do the direct route. So he does lots of 20mileish rides, I'll try to do longer rides, hopefully I can get doing 35 mile or longer rides at least once a week and see how it goes. I've also set lots of distance targets of varying length on mapmyride to give me lots of goals to aim for.

Re: new cycling paths

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 January 2015 - 12:28pm
I know of plans for a few new urban paths in my neck of the woods but I don't know the timescales for implementation. A bit of a mixed bag, largely improving existing routes but by a little rather than a lot and even then only if pavement parking can be prevented.

One new rural route has been due to go ahead "this summer" for the past three years . I've learnt not to get too excited about it by now.

Re: new cycling paths

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 January 2015 - 12:26pm
I am not sure that car drivers really like going through chicanes made by cycle paths crossing roads, I see lots of frustrations, but they been traffic calming for decades narrowing the road before and after quaint villages...........................

I see they have finally finished my bridge over a road on a disused railway bed north of Bovey Tracy
A two hundred grand tarmacking over of a bridle path north of the A38 (Trago) was a short lived thing as I appear to be the only one using it as it looks just like It did when I first discovered it, covered with vegetation. Only the dog walkers are out if force , which I did not have when it was nine inches of mud The roadies who did use it are obviously fair weather riders................................

Re: Ten Miles a Day

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 January 2015 - 12:12pm
Your getting old.................like the rest of us, I'm only on 70 too.
In the last twenty days I have only slept for three hours continuously any night (except one), 18 days off the bike and BP is still up.
Funny thing is that when I ride the bike I feel no pain at all in the arm that's keeping me awake, meds aren't working any more so I grin and bare it.

Even Steve Abraham is only doing 160 a day and plans to ramp up to 280? a day in the summer, those will be long days on his 14 mph average

Re: Los Angeles

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 January 2015 - 12:11pm
Pete Jack wrote:Go south young man, you'll appreciate the tailwind. The stretch from LA to San Diego is one of the few in the US with a reasonable number of hostels, see the ACA maps. The Sierra Cascades route has 2 in 2800 miles and one of them was booked up by a school party when I needed it.

'Young man' - I haven't been called that for a while!

thanks for the advice

re camping - as I don't intend to carry cooking gear, are there plenty of overnight 'opportunities' on the SF - LA route? Cost is an issue, but not overly so - so occasional motel/hotel interspersed with camping is fine, as long as the camping has food close by!

lastly - should I plan and book in advance (Sept/Oct) or just turn up?


Re: Handlebar bag views and costs

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 January 2015 - 12:03pm
Overboard still have a few of their fully waterproof handlebar bags available. If you want to access the bag on the fly it's not for you but possibly the most waterproof unless you're into MTB bog snorkelling

Re: Ten Miles a Day

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 January 2015 - 11:50am
Looking at doing the ten miles a day challenge but it seems that everything is against me. Didn't manage to cycle to work on Thursday/Friday last week for some reason - can't remember why. Saturday and Sunday I was on-call so couldn't get out. Monday I managed to have a ride and then commute to and from work. Tuesday I woke up and couldn't move my thumb - extremely sore too so no cycling then. Wednesday managed to do a commute but could only change gear up - had to use the back of my hand to change down gear which wasn't ideal. Had a decent ride before work yesterday but now don't feel that I can go out today as it is just a tad windy. That said, used the time today to give the drivetrain a clean.

Anyhow, 70 miles in nine days so a bit behind schedule. On nights next week so getting a ride in then is often difficult - that said, I still commute and it's just over ten miles - just need to catch up on the shortfall.

new cycling paths

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 January 2015 - 11:34am
Theres a notice at work showing a new cycle path to be built along the main road.
this is great news as the main reason I don't commute is the factor of 6 miles mainly bad road on one route or this route of 8 mile is mainly cycle path but the main road near work is quite daunting.

Any useful paths near you being built ?
Or totally useless ones for that matter like the 10 foot long one near me

Re: Marrakech to the High Atlas - December

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 January 2015 - 10:37am
That was a good read, have subscribed ready for the next parts.


Marrakech to the High Atlas - December

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 January 2015 - 9:35am
Last month, my partner and I flew to Marrakech for an 18 day bikepacking trip to the High Atlas and beyond. First we had to find food, fuel and a tool to fix one bike. It was the beginning of a great adventure...

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 January 2015 - 8:35am
Sorry, forget my earlier post. I can no longer find a list of farmers willing to take tents on a casual basis. But you might consider just turning up at a farm in a quiet location and asking. Farmers in mid Wales are generally friendly and helpful people.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 January 2015 - 11:32pm
The farmer's field at Llanthony Priory is nice. Don't know how busy it gets in the summer, but 3 quid/person. Stayed there ten days ago. It's next to two great pubs and some ancient ruins, very scenic.
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