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Re: Confusingly signed cycle routes

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 May 2015 - 6:27pm
There is no guarantee that a signed route is your best choice for a particular journey. There is no guarantee that a signed route will be signed well.

If you have chosen to follow a signed cycle route it is helpful to have it signed well.

Re: route finding in France- maps or new tech

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 May 2015 - 6:23pm
You can pickup a garmin legend for less than £50 S/H these days. Runs on 2 AA batteries and lasts a long time on a charge. Spare batts no problem. It will track you and tell you where you are and you can follow a preplanned route if you wish. I use mine with paper maps and would not be without it. Its old tech now, but works fine even in the rain.

National Parks in the Netherlands

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 May 2015 - 6:23pm
This summer I'm touring the Netherlands for 2 weeks. I've finally decided to theme it on National Parks. Birds and insects being my interest, but landscapes being important. I'll only be camping.

This is the plan so far: start at Hoek van Holland and head north up the coast to NP Zuid-Kennemerland and then head off in a South Westerly direction, avoiding Amsterdam, possibly via Utrecht. I need to get back to HvH.

The rest depends on my nose, the lap of the Gods/Godesses or any inspiring suggestions from the wise and experienced on here...

...Thanks in advance.

Caen to La Rochelle to Santander.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 May 2015 - 6:21pm
Or Santander to La Rochelle to Caen. In July. Thoughts on North to South vs South to North. Many thanks.

Tour of Switzerland

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 May 2015 - 6:20pm
For next summer we are planning a tour around Switzerland , from Chiasso, through Vaduz, Costanza Lake, Zurich, Bern, Geneve, Martigny, Lugano....There is someone already did it?
any suggestions? safe cycling routes?

Confusingly signed cycle routes

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 May 2015 - 6:15pm
I've rarely managed to follow a signed cycle route successfully, they always seem to take weird loops round housing estates, and missing crucial signposts.

I followed one today which was in completely the wrong direction, but having checked Google Maps, I now think that was because someone had twisted it round to face the wrong direction.

Does anyone find these blue-signed cycle routes to be useful and reliable guides?

Re: Probably the best cycle touring video I've seen...

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 May 2015 - 5:23pm
Many thanks for the link, I've really enjoyed watching this series of films.

touring around france

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 May 2015 - 5:22pm
hi all

i am touring around france from the 13th june for 3 weeks from st malo over to lyon and was wondering if anyone else was in france at that time to meet up or can offer me any advice on all things touring as this is my first time touring.

many thanks

Re: 24 miles: car slower than cycling?

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 May 2015 - 4:49pm
horizon wrote:I wish we had some proper figures for this (and the participation of your friend!). My guess is that for low-income families, a car is disastrous financially. But living without a car would require a complete reappraisal of their life style and It's not my job to suggest that for them...

I think that for some low-income families not having a car would be financially disastrous. Outside cities and big towns there is no meaningful public transport for working people because the buses are not regular enough. I live about 25 miles from work but if I tried to use the buses to get there there would be two changes and, using the earliest service I would arrive at 12.15pm. I'd have to leave at 1.00.pm. And I'd have to walk two miles to the bus stop in the first place (and back again at the end). I can cycle to work quite easily but what about the other commitments of food shopping, picking up or just looking after children, needing to get to the doctor's surgery within hours? Less-well off people do often live in out-of-the-way areas. Their £1,000 Fiesta is a lifeline.

Re: Is a cadence sensor worth it?

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 May 2015 - 4:39pm
Well, those answers surprised me. I was expecting some negativity towards cycling computers.

Anyhow, I've gone ahead and ordered one - got one of these with the sensor:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sigma-Sport-061 ... =rox+cycle

They were quite a bit more expensive last week so when I saw that they'd gone down in price I ordered one.

Whether I'll use the cadence setting is another thing - but it is there if I want it.

On a slightly separate note - beat my cycling in to work time this morning. Must be doing something right.


Many thanks for the answers - much appreciated.

Re: best iphone satnav for spain

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 May 2015 - 4:30pm
garibeet wrote:...also using airplane mode during the day etc....
If doing this, make sure you have upgraded to iOS 8.3. (important if this is what you need to do).

Ian

Re: Roadcycling fimed whit pro drone in 4k definition

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 May 2015 - 4:22pm
hexhome wrote:Don't worry, the vast majority will not survive the first week!

Re: Share the space drop your pace

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 May 2015 - 4:20pm
Bmblbzzz wrote:....... Generally, treating others as more important than yourself.Politeness and consideration.
That sums it up IMHO,consideration and being polite costs nothing,unfortunately for some you'd think it costs the earth

Re: What constitutes light touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 May 2015 - 4:17pm
Light touring = not camping in my book. When i camp i have @ 12kg all up on the bike, for CC/light its @ 5kg of mostly clothing.

Re: best iphone satnav for spain

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 May 2015 - 3:38pm
Not sure about a turn by turn vocal description but something like orux could be used as a bar mounted satnav/gps. Battery usage can be an issue, though having the screen pretty low can help quite a bit, also using airplane mode during the day etc. Given the speed one would travel on a bike I am not sure how useful the vocal element would be, except maybe in towns etc for directing into streets? I would guess that a mapping app and a little time spent making a few cue-cards would be more use IMO.

Re: What constitutes light touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 May 2015 - 3:26pm
My set up is 2 front panniers, on the rear, of about 15L, my list Iis a bit shorter than al_yrpal's. 2 dry bags 8L and 5L with sleeping bag and camp mat on top of the rack and my 2kg tent strapped to the handlebars. Or I can throw the whole lot in 2 Super C rears.
The frames I was looking at are the Spa Audax or Tourer.

Re: Share the space drop your pace

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 May 2015 - 3:06pm
Slowroad wrote:I'm never quite sure how to 'give way' to pedestrians - if they are going your way you tinkle your bell cheerfully and say hello, and they move over so you can overtake saying 'thanks!' If they are going the opposite way they see you and stand or walk to one side so you can cycle past. I've sometimes stopped to let pedestrians walk past but have been beckoned to cycle on as they stand to one side. That's if it all goes well! I do stop and let people walk past if I'm on a path where I'm not sure I'm supposed to be cycling though!
I think by saying 'give way to pedestrians' they have not used quite the right phrase. Probably giving them priority is closer to what the people behind the leaflet intended. This is pretty much what you are doing — slowing down, taking care, letting them know you are there in a courteous and non-demanding way, being prepared to stop in order that they can continue walking. Generally, treating others as more important than yourself. Politeness and consideration.

Re: What constitutes light touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 22 May 2015 - 2:52pm
Heres my list about 8kg for light B&B or CC touring and an additional 6.5kg when camping. I like to have a change of clothing to wash and something decent to go down the pub.

Weight ist by Al, on Flickr

Al

Re: 24 miles: car slower than cycling?

CTC Forum - On the road - 22 May 2015 - 2:49pm
horizon wrote:Vorpal: I wish we had some proper figures for this (and the participation of your friend!). My guess is that for low-income families, a car is disastrous financially.


I believe the government had a part to play. Back in old day when cars was expensive and unreliable. Many car owners became cabbies then the government regulated the hell out the market forcing folk to own their own cars opposed to taking a cab.
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