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Any ideas of good 3 day (mainly off road tour)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 June 2014 - 3:33pm
Hi all

Any ideas for a good 3 day off road (mainly sustans routes) tour.

Would be travelling by myself with loaded bike and fancy some where by the coast.

Would aim to do about 140 miles (40/60/40)....

Any ideas or recommendation would be great.

Many thanks for your time

Regards

Mike

Re: Vote UKIP...

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 June 2014 - 3:30pm
I'd have more sympathy for the whole immigration thing if I saw any evidence of population control amongst the existing natives.

Re: BT Openreach cyclists stay back

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 June 2014 - 2:50pm
ArMoRothair wrote:TfL have now responded to the Road Danger Reduction Forum's complaint on these things.

http://rdrf.org.uk/2014/05/30/transport ... d-cycling/

Shameful reply.
+1

Ian

Re: Vote UKIP...

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 June 2014 - 2:33pm
I am interested and educated by all the comments above.

I do not consider myself racist,but worry about the increasing population coming about over here...particularly in the last few years.

Cycling about I do see the market towns,the smaller city centres,more crowded than ever ++. I guess I must be racist because of all the foreign faces and toungues I see and hear... I also see one hell of a lot of inbuilding going on and around...and people calling for more houses to be built++(John Prescott: There's plenty o green (belt)land...and we're gonna build right on o'er it')

I guess I was happy to have 55,000,000 people in the country,but now it's what?...70,000,000,going onto 75,000,000. That means even more houses and roads,and supermarkets and street lighting and cars and... I just see the place filling up and what good country we have...disappearing. I guess some of us have still good access to the country cycling via a Tacx machine and the computer placed in front of our bikes with computerized graphics. I guess all the fresh air we need can be accessed via our lounge doors being made open. I suppose I just prefer trees and open fields,and birds and greenery...to lottsa 'concrete' and infrastructure. I know some young man who has never had a proper job will put me right in my non-thinking. I think Nicky Clegg,'call-me-Dave' Cameron,Neil Kinnock,all have offspring...and will tell me how selfish/nasty/bigoted I am. Except... I'm just a bottom-feeder, and haven't had the private education and good networking system they've had to feed at the top table. And,er,I just like...well,fields,and trees and stuff. Cows...that sort o thing

Route check - comments invited

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 June 2014 - 2:31pm
I'm planning a route from near Cambridge down to where I used to live in Alham (near Dover/Folkstone). It will be a single day ride as I'm working up to doing 300 k Audaxes. I'll be using the Tilbury/Gravesend ferry and the route is fairly straightforward to there. From Gravesend I'm planning on following Cycle route No 1 on and off to Whitstable to pick up cycle route No 15 to follow the coast around to Folkstone before heading inland to Alkham.

I'd appreciate comments from anyone who has cycled these routes recently, particularly cycle route 1 leaving Gravesend, through Rochester, and anything to note for cycle route no 15.

Re: Roundabout Close Call

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 June 2014 - 2:21pm
It's not specifically a bike thing, drivers just don't expect people to be u-turning on a roundabout.

Re: opening of Col d'Aubisque 2014

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 June 2014 - 2:10pm
If it's the road between the Aubisque and Soulor, with both cols accessible, it will probably be that one of the built up sections along the cliffs in the Cirque du Litor has gone off down the hillside. If that's the case, it's unlikely that you would get through on a bike if the road is still officially closed. If you go up without confirmation, make sure you give yourself enough time to retreat and go round the long way.

Re: Roundabout Close Call

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 June 2014 - 1:59pm
Yep, okay. I'd always thought of it as 90 Left turn, 180 straight on, 270 right turn, 360 U-turn but I see why that makes more sense. So we're definitely talking about a U-turn?
Interestingly the HC actually tells you not to do so on a mini-roundabout (not saying that the OP was on a mini-roundabout):
188: Avoid making U-turns at mini-roundabouts. Beware of others doing this.

Re: Roundabout Close Call

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 June 2014 - 1:50pm
Bicycler wrote:I've always understood that 180 is straight on and 360 is all the way round, effectively a U-turn... If I'm doing the latter and it is an unusual manoeuver for the roundabout in question then I am always conscious that others may not be expecting me to be continuing round. This is particularly the case on smaller and (especially) mini-roundabouts. It doesn't change the responsibility of the driver to give way, but it's best to be wary that they might not.

Surely 0 would be straight on, whereas 180 would mean facing the opposite way, therefore a 360 would mean you'd end up facing the way you were originally facing.

Re: Pack-away rain coat and trousers

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 June 2014 - 1:42pm
jamesgilbert wrote:
The only difficulty is deciding when to stop to put them on!

Solved many years ago...

Step 1, it's started to rain, bah!
Step 2, it's not Proper Rain and/or it won't last more than a few minutes, I'll not bother breaking out the waterproofs
Step 3, well, I was wrong about that, better put them on after all...
Step 4, but I'm already soaked through, so what's the point?

Summary, you carry them, but never use them. (Corollary, doesn't matter what they are!)

Pete.

Re: Singlespeed for a happy life on the hills

CTC Forum - MTB - 2 June 2014 - 1:40pm
Sooper8 wrote:Wonderful pictures and great blog!

I now acknowledge that you do indeed have 2 cameras



And you may have noticed that all feedback is noted.

Re: Tyres for Road/Off Road

CTC Forum - MTB - 2 June 2014 - 1:22pm
I've used Sire Vittoria Easy Riders from Decathlon for some years now. They work very well in dry conditions on a wide variety of tracks and trails and roll well on tarmac. At £9.99 each they're excellent value.

Re: Singlespeed for a happy life on the hills

CTC Forum - MTB - 2 June 2014 - 1:07pm
Wonderful pictures and great blog!

I now acknowledge that you do indeed have 2 cameras

EDIT- I had previously stated that after reading your Morocco blog and looking at the photos, I thought I could spot Dan's derrière at 40 yards, but might not recognise his face

Re: Pack-away rain coat and trousers

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 June 2014 - 12:50pm
I've had a pair of very basic (and therefore lightweight) waterproof overshoes for the last few years. They look like they're about to fall apart but do a surprisingly good job of keeping my shoes dry, even in prolonged heavy rain. Combined with some not too expensive Vaude waterproof trousers, they work well.

The only difficulty is deciding when to stop to put them on!

Re: Roundabout Close Call

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 June 2014 - 12:30pm
I've always understood that 180 is straight on and 360 is all the way round, effectively a U-turn... If I'm doing the latter and it is an unusual manoeuver for the roundabout in question then I am always conscious that others may not be expecting me to be continuing round. This is particularly the case on smaller and (especially) mini-roundabouts. It doesn't change the responsibility of the driver to give way, but it's best to be wary that they might not.

Re: Roundabout Close Call

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 June 2014 - 12:24pm
I was taken out on a roundabout (the Beehive in Horwich for anyone local) about 12 years ago.
They still scare the living daylights out of me.

Re: Cycle touring (camping) with a BBQ - anyone got experien

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 June 2014 - 12:19pm
I've carried the metal grid piece from the top of a disposable BBQ with me which I have used over the embers of a fire. At many campsites in France there are BBQ pits and people often leave a bit of spare charcoal behind for others to use. I have also used pine cone instead of charcoal and they work quite well.

Re: Close call for mother and child

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 June 2014 - 12:11pm
She may have looked just before the video, she might not have done.
I have a tendency to be quite assertive when crossing a sideroad or at a zebra, although less so where a cyclist is approaching - and a tendency as a motorist, more than I do as a cyclist, towards letting people cross.

As a parent I don't recall crossing the road with a buggy without checking multiple times. I do recall how irritating it is that in order to "be starting to cross" you have to effectively put the buggy in the road, and even with controlled crossings you tend to have to put the buggy n the road to get to the controls...

She *may* have looked and decided that she could go across in front of the cyclist and that as there was nothing coming the other way the car could simply stay right if it didn't want to stop...

Roundabout Close Call

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 June 2014 - 12:10pm
Nearly got taken out on a roundabout in Kirkintilloch on Sunday. I was doing a 180 around the roundabout and a guy in a Freelander just came storming onto the roundabout. He screeched to a halt about 6 inches from my back wheel and proceeded to give me a right mouthful. I am not sure what version of the highway code he had but I a fairly sure it must be different from mine. Naturally I made a few helpful comments on how he might improve his driving skills.
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