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Re: Bristol-Bath Cycle Path

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 March 2015 - 11:27pm
I used the path about 2 weeks ago. The diversion is quite clearly sign posted - so you should be fine either way.

Re: Has technology changed touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 March 2015 - 11:17pm
Technology frees us and puts information at our fingertips. However it now means we've got to find an electric socket every other day! Unless you've got a large solar panel or perhaps a dynamo hub and usb charger. I only found out you can get a bit of kit to charge phones, etc while riding your bike recently when checking out a touring specialist LBS. Amazing really, I only thought you'd need a larger solar panel to keep phones charged.

Re: Tour of Brittany

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 March 2015 - 10:51pm
You could visit lac de Guerledan.. It's a hydro-electric lake that will be drained during the period April-September 2015 for maintenance work on the dam. This will uncover the canals and villages that were drowned when the lake was created back in the 1930s. If you like that kind of thing of course..

Re: Didn't know cyclists could be fined for speeding!

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 March 2015 - 10:49pm
gaz wrote:By a similar logic "I put it to you m'lud that my client cannot be guilty of drink driving, as his car is not fitted with any device for measuring the alcohol content of his body" .

Spot-on.

It is called self-responsibility.

If you are cycling somewhere it is your job to find if a speed limit does apply and your responsibility to stay below it.

Re: Has technology changed touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 March 2015 - 10:48pm
I'm a bit past middle age. By a long way. Collect my state pension next year and I love technology - with the exception of Facebook and Twitter. The former I simply don't 'get' at all. Twitter much the same.

Re: Cycle Touring Festival - May 2015 - Lancashire

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 March 2015 - 10:34pm
I was too slow off the mark. I was hoping to attend this. Shame they're fully booked. Hopefully it'll be a success and there will be more in the future.
I guess now I'm able to see the Tour de Yorkshire locally, and watch the Mayweather/Pacquiao boxing on the Saturday.

Re: Cycle Touring Festival - May 2015 - Lancashire

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 March 2015 - 10:01pm
yeah if there is one thing about cycle touing it's cyclists tend to be a great bunch to be around. I was more venting about my mate lol, I am really looking forward to it and it will be an outing for the new bike I have built. Hoping to bump into someone else who is cycling round the coast this year or who has already done it.

Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 March 2015 - 9:51pm
These Kindle things. Hmmm. I've got your paperback book coming my way. I'm struggling to imagine a Kindle in my panniers instead of books. Never say never though.

Just bought a tiny, wooden Bluetooth speaker for listening to podcasts so pleased I'm not a complete technophobe. Just over a tenner. Might even chuck it in my bar bag for company. Audio book? Heh heh...bImageUploadedByTapatalk1426366290.134913.jpg

Re: Bristol-Bath Cycle Path

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 March 2015 - 9:28pm
rjb wrote:Thanks, guys. I will be coming from the south so Midford sounds good and thanks for the tip about lights - i had entirely overlooked this one. I know some tunnels are lit but if its like the strawberry line then they leave a lot to be desired.

Enjoy! I'm going through tomorrow on the way via Bath to Warmley for a cuppa. Although the tunnel is probably light enough there are the usual minority numpties. Ramblers and runners are great but there are some dumb cyclists and dog walkers who think it's fine to take their hounds off the lead. I do lots of whistling and bell ringing. Sounds great with the piped music. (For months I thought there were underground recording studios!)

Re: Bristol-Bath Cycle Path

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 March 2015 - 8:59pm
Thanks, guys. I will be coming from the south so Midford sounds good and thanks for the tip about lights - i had entirely overlooked this one. I know some tunnels are lit but if its like the strawberry line then they leave a lot to be desired.

Re: Cycle Touring Festival - May 2015 - Lancashire

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 March 2015 - 8:26pm
DarkNewt wrote:Gutted big time, my friend who was supposed to be going with me said he was buying a ticket decided to wait to see if they went cheaper....... now I am going on my own Billy bloody no mates! hopefully I will meet someone there! wonder if they allow dogs lol

Loads of other stuff on DN, but as it's an event where most of the attendees will have common ground with you, you don't need to take a mate. They'll all be there waiting for you and I'm sure you'll make some new friends. Chin up. Go and enjoy yourself. It'll be great.............b

Re: Has technology changed touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 March 2015 - 8:23pm
Yes, technology has made it much harder to "get away from it all".
Some technology has made life easier but most of us are total slaves to it and not better off for it, just different because of it. The demands that it puts on most of us are incredible.
I'm "early middle aged" and supposed to be "into" technology but I try to keep as far from it as I can. Am I any worse off? Well, of course, I don't think so.

Re: Bristol-Bath Cycle Path

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 March 2015 - 8:09pm
Thank you both. It was the Staple Hill section. Cheers.

I fancy a bimble off to Warmley or Bitton tomorrow. A 40 mile round trip. That'll clear the cobwebs........b

Re: Didn't know cyclists could be fined for speeding!

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 March 2015 - 7:58pm
Mick F wrote:mercalia wrote:i thought u could be done for cycling furiously or some such on public roadsCycling furiously is just that, cycling furiously.

Cycling fast isn't a crime, but breaking the speed limit in a royal park is against the rules. No doubt you could have a very low gear ratio and be cycling very furiously indeed but still within the speed limit.


I think someone also got fined/ told off by an officer for wobbling too much while going up hill

I'm also thinking the guy in the article was overtaking cars, who have speedos and should be doing 20mph. So if he is overtaking then he's asking for trouble.



For future rides; I'm going to stop overtaking cars and instead sit behind them to rest my legs

Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 March 2015 - 7:43pm
congratulations, this has to be one of the most interesting and unique ideas i have heard! The spirit of adventure lives . . .

Re: Bristol-Bath Cycle Path

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 March 2015 - 6:46pm
I can't find anything on the Bristol end but Staplehill tunnel is closed until end of March: http://www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map/rout ... -bath-path

French Alps Summer 2015

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 March 2015 - 5:58pm
Wanted – companions – July / August : Fly Geneva, visit Cern, lakes, mountains, gorges and Cols in the Alps and onto to the Monaco, return from Nice. Approximate route https://goo.gl/maps/JPfuz

Camping, 50 to 60 miles per day. Approx 2 weeks and 3 days – late July to early August, approx 800 miles. Covering parts of the Route Napoléon and the Route Des Grandes Alpes
Two to three nights in Geneva, Chamonix Annecy, La Grave, Castellane, Nice.

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Bristol-Bath Cycle Path

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 March 2015 - 5:55pm
No probs. I'm the guiltiest sinner when it comes to thread hijack. I would park outside the Hope & Anchor in Midford for the shortest route to the 2 Tunnels. A little bit further? Park near Wellow Trekking Centre. They do teas etc. I'm not sure where you'll be travelling from but this is about the right distance for my daughters. When I'm riding solo I go right from home. The 2 tunnels is one of my favourite rides. Stop and cast your eyes over Lyncombe Vale...b

EDIT: Forgot to add that the Wellow-Midford section is open every day until the shoot season opens in October when they publicise the alternative route days. Usually alternate Saturday's, Boxing Day etc.

EDIT II: Take lights for the tunnel.

Re: Are these locks overkill for a tour?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 March 2015 - 5:47pm
When camping I stand the bike up right next to the tent, literally touching the fabric, than just stick a cable round it that's long enough to go under the fly and be attached to the inner tent. It's totally insecure but there is no way anyone could take the bike without making a lot of noise, opening the tent zips, knocking over cooking pots, etc.
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