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Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 December 2014 - 10:47pm
mnichols wrote:
At the moment the worse we could do is through jam sandwiches at one another

Im not sure that the muzzle velocity of a jam sandwich is high enough for a throw and through

Re: Cycling to Axbridge from Bristol

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 December 2014 - 10:41pm
Bristol has two train stations. Cycling out of either of them may not be great initially. Have you considered Bath, Bradford on Avon, Castle Cary or maybe Weymouth?

Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 December 2014 - 10:25pm
mercalia wrote: I still think learn to fire a pistol and pack one preferably "make my day" type?

After our last trip together which was only 1 week and we had our own rooms, I'm not sure with us living in each others pockets for a month it's a good idea if any of us are armed!

At the moment the worse we could do is through jam sandwiches at one another

Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 December 2014 - 9:38pm
Worth a read is Leo Woodlands blog of this route.

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/cautionarytales

Quality writing. He is a published author on cycling going back decades pre internet.

Re: Bike lift...

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 December 2014 - 9:36pm
There is no "Health and Safety Brigade" - they're an invention of the Daily Mail.

Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 December 2014 - 9:25pm
Sounds fabulous. Still much thinking but e to west say may, June, July might work well. If I get the timing right Mrhj could bring the kids out for a fortnight at the end ( by which time hopefully we'd be done) which would coincide with the start of the school hols. Thank you for the information. Lots of route reviewing to do in the next couple of years!

Re: proviz victim blaming advert

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 December 2014 - 9:09pm
I'm always surprised as a passenger by some of the comments I hear from who ever is driving. My favourite being, "Look at that pillock riding with no lights!"
Lights or not, said pillock was seen or he wouldn't have been mentioned.

Re: proviz victim blaming advert

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 December 2014 - 8:53pm
The local fell runners use the roads near us for winter evening training & one of them has a similar jacket - you can definitely see where he (I think it is a he but they are a mixed group) is when out in the car but I don't find it excessively bright as the level of reflectivity doen't seem to be quite as bright as some reflectives, there's just a lot of it.

Rick.

Re: proviz victim blaming advert

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 December 2014 - 8:49pm
The level of victim blaming (in the description, I'm not blessing their video with a view) is atrocious. The fact is that motorists are already literally let off murder without a trial...

viewtopic.php?f=6&t=92725

You don't need to be a lighthouse, you just need motorists to look where they are going. This is the problem we need to overcome, and no amount of clothing will change the inattention we have bred on our roads.

Re: Tesco unicycle stands

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 December 2014 - 7:55pm
cotswolds wrote:My local Tesco has them, been cursing them for years each time the bike fell over as I was loading the panniers... until I discovered they work much better if you reverse in when they work fine. Only works if the rack is reasonably empty otherwise access to panniers is difficult.
The ones around here are so close to the wall that reversing in would leave the front wheel unsecured unless you have a realllllllly loooooooong cable.

Re: Tesco unicycle stands

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 December 2014 - 7:27pm
cotswolds wrote:Psamathe wrote:Yes, too short (my local Tesco has them as well). Would work better if installed the other way round (higher end away from the wall) and further out from the wall.

Ian

My local Tesco has them, been cursing them for years each time the bike fell over as I was loading the panniers... until I discovered they work much better if you reverse in when they work fine. Only works if the rack is reasonably empty otherwise access to panniers is difficult.
I would say that for any bike that is intended to carry any kind of load a propstand is essential - preferably a twin legged one or a single leg mounted at the rear axle.

Re: proviz victim blaming advert

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 December 2014 - 7:11pm
Wouldn't surprise if the first time someone gets knocked off their bike when wearing one these jackets the driver claims they dazzled by it and could not see properly. I have bright and high vis clothing, lights on the bike and on my helmet but if someone is not looking in the right direction none of this will matter one jot. And there seem to be plenty of drivers who don't care about your presence on the road whatever your visibility is - they seem compelled to try and squeeze past you rather than wait for a safe space to do so. So I won't be buying a 'radioactive gorilla' suit myself, I am happy that I make myself visible enough to counter any contributory negligence claims should I be unfortunate enough o be shunted off the road by Mr Magoo.

Re: proviz victim blaming advert

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 December 2014 - 7:09pm
It's amazing how much that jacket glows, even when cycling through unlit areas.

Cycling to Axbridge from Bristol

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 December 2014 - 6:59pm
I may have a weekend in Loxton near Axbridge in Somerset in the New Year.

I usually get the train to somewhere up to half a day away and cycle the last 10 to 30 miles.

In this case I'm looking at getting the train to Bristol, and the appropriate route too Axbridge seems to be NCN 26 and 33, or along the coastal route.

Does anyone have any advice on this area?

I will be riding a hybrid with panniers etc, so trails are fine but not too much single track.

Thanks

Ferdinand

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 December 2014 - 6:01pm
The link works fine. Thats a nice little climb right there.

So - right now planning for worst case scenario for my trip (which is probably what will happen). AKA my mate in Esher isn't around to join me on the tour.

I am hoping to use a CTC-Bag for the bike so that when I arrive in Heathrow, I can literally assemble the bike and load the panniers on straight in the airport. Now the question is how to get to Chester...whats the policy with fully loaded bikes on the underground etc?

Alternatively, I am looking at flying into Manchester instead and probably riding from the Airport down to Chester and spending the night in Chester. I would take a train from Cardiff to Manchester Airport. That seems like the much easier way to do it.

Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 December 2014 - 5:15pm
MrsHJ wrote: The Great Allegheny Passage combined with the C & O canal would be a nice easterly section and picking up the Lincoln Highway for small town America sounds very nice . No one seems to enjoy the rolling hills in the east as much as I thought they would! I've also fancied the western express ( partly because I've already travelled most of the route of the Pueblo to Washington coast section) and because it sounds incredible. I do find the desert cycling a bit thought provoking though. Have you doen a blog or got a map,of your trip irp? ....From memory there were some sections of 100 miles on the western express without services - maybe it does fit into this thread then. I'd be interested to know what the optimal timing is for this route.

I'd suggest April to June west to east is too early. Three or four days east of San Francisco the Carson Pass over the Sierras is around 8'500 feet. It sometimes closes for short periods in April due to snow. Adventure Cycling suggest mid May to October for the Western Express which sounds about right. Looking at the weather at Ely Nevada the end of May looks fine. Average highs around 23C which is pleasant in the dry heat there.

https://weatherspark.com/averages/30175 ... ted-States

Of course starting in Mid May gets you to the east coast in mid July. You will get hot and humid conditions. But I think bad weather is easier to cope with in the east because facilities are more frequent so heat can be coped with by early starts and getting off the road for a few hours mid day if you need to. You can get water several times a day if you need to.

https://weatherspark.com/averages/31267 ... ted-States

Further west he longest dry stretch in Utah with no water or anything else was 81 miles from Blanding to Lake Powell. The shop at lake Powell has limited opening hours. Other than that it's 125 miles from Blanding to Hanksville with no water other than Lake Powell. The water in it is slightly orange in colour from sediment. Usable if treated but not ideal.

I did my DC -San Francisco mid July - mid Sept. I got a heat wave with 100f temps in the first 2 weeks or so. Thereafter perfect shorts and T shirt weather almost every day. Going E-W has the advantage that other than rolling hills across Missouri it's flat until the Rockies so your tour fit doing the mountains. E-W your climbing to 8500 feet on day 3 or 4. Going E-W saves the most dramatic scenery for the 2nd half as well.

A mid May to mid July E-W would work as well. If Nevada was uncomfortably hot then riding early would avoid the worst of it. And late May is probably better than July in the east.

Re: Tesco unicycle stands

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 December 2014 - 4:35pm
Psamathe wrote:Yes, too short (my local Tesco has them as well). Would work better if installed the other way round (higher end away from the wall) and further out from the wall.

Ian

My local Tesco has them, been cursing them for years each time the bike fell over as I was loading the panniers... until I discovered they work much better if you reverse in when they work fine. Only works if the rack is reasonably empty otherwise access to panniers is difficult.

Re: TOURING 2015

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 December 2014 - 3:01pm
Last June we (me and Mrs Whoof) rode from Toulouse to Nice taking in Taracon, Avignon and Mount Ventoux. We camped and the weather was brillant no rain, hot and sunny every day.
In August rode from Bristol to Holyhead and stayed in B and Bs. There was a headwind all the way including the tail end of a hurricane. Still loved every minute of it.

This year we are riding Strasbourg to Geneva again camping. The straight line distance is not very far but we are taking two weeks are going a winding route taking in some nice climbs.

Haven't decided on a week in August yet.

Re: First EVER Tour! (and I'm going RTW)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 December 2014 - 1:55pm
My Annapurna Part 2 blog has just been posted.

This one takes place from the day the snowstorm, which killed over 40 people, hit the mountains of Nepal.

I hope you enjoy reading it.

Into Annapurna - Part 2 - https://wordpress.com/post/41247589/994/
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