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Wild camping in England ???

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 February 2015 - 8:38am
It's generally a no go in England without the landowner's permission. I believe you can wild camp at 600 feet ASL but that means the top of Scafell Pike which is pretty bleak.

Some on here (myself included) do wild camp although officially 'we don't'. Arrive late and leave early. Clear up after yourself, extinguish your fire pit properly and use a 'poop shovel' to make decent cat scrapes. I never take a tent, preferring a hammock or in fine weather? The open sky. The trouble with wild camping and part of the reason land owners get so miffed is that a minority (as usual) leave their empty cider bottles and litter for him/her to deal with. I've come across a family tent, sleeping bags and gallons of vomitus. Unpleasant.

Enjoy: A great experience.

On the Bushcraft UK forum, wild camping in England is a banned subject because it IS illegal....b

Re: Turkey april2015

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 February 2015 - 8:17am
If you haven't already looked try www.crazyguyonabike.com and enter places you plan to visit in the search facility. For example Cappadocia will lead you here: https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/pag ... 60886&v=Mp

Re: Chromebook for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 February 2015 - 7:40am
Yes the latest versions of photoshop & lightroom are available online for a monthly subscription.
Whether that's cost effective for the non professional user is debatable IMHO.

Re: Bar end shifters or STI

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 February 2015 - 7:38am
I've used STI since they exist (early nineties,is it?) And travelled everywhere with them .
last year i bought a tourer with bar end shifters and just have traveled 5000 km in south east asia. Well,it's perfect!
Definitely more fun with STI but less problem with the bar ends....
Conclusion : I have two bicycles .in europe i use STI and in developing countries i prefer bar ends shifters.
if i had to keep only one bike i would stay with STI...

Re: Chromebook for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 February 2015 - 6:43am
I've been a fan for sometime. Well done for committing to the 'cloud'. Liberating isn't it? Its a big step to take but once made you wonder why you worried.

As for Photoshop, didn't they recently announce it as an online service?


Edit: Good review BTW

Wild camping in England ???

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 February 2015 - 2:40am
Hi Folks, I'm not at all familiar with the laws in respect of wild camping in England. I'm not really into 'sneaking' onto land as I'm a bit big and like to stand up by my fire occasionally. I'm thinking about an early crack at the coast and castle route and fancy doing it self supported and camping. I know I won't be in England too long but I'd be grateful if someone could put me right on what I can and can't do in terms of tent camping whilst in that savage land of the 'unenlightened' ?

Re: Telford Town Centre Revamp

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 February 2015 - 2:11am
Does this revamp mean that Telford has got rid of all those subways that stink of urine?

Re: Brakes work, shame brain doesn't

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 February 2015 - 12:09am
Should lights change straight from red to green without the amber? Would that stop vehicles starting on amber? Red means stop, but green means go if it is safe to do so. Clearly it wasn't, but the other two cyclists may have obscured his view.

Re: Not all bad..

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 February 2015 - 11:48pm
I think just about every driver today gave me enough room when they were passing, for around 30 miles on the road. For a few hundred yards I did hold up one van driver on a narrow road, but there was nowhere I could let him pass. In one case a car gave me a wide berth although in my view he took a risk as it was on a bend. I wasn't cycling at peak time though, and I think that makes a difference to people's motoring behaviour.

Re: Another cyclist death: left-turning lorry

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 February 2015 - 11:32pm
Ellieb wrote:When it comes to filtering on the left, I would say it is perfectly safe as long as you do it properly. It may well be a grey area legally, but from my perspective you just have to bear in mind that people may not expect you to be there and not 'see' you and so act accordingly. Since this is how I cycle anyway I don't see how filtering changes the way I approach road safety. It is certainly 'safer' than some of the undeniably legal things which I do, like turning 'right' on large trunk road roundabouts, and much safer than undeniably legal things which I don't, like cycling along busy Dual Carriageways with sliproads. The choice is mine. If you are personally uncomfortable with left hand filtering then don't do it. If you feel that you are aware on the potential hazards and can deal with them accordingly, then go right ahead. There is absolutely no need to ban filtering on the left. Like any cycling activity there is risk, if you are unaware of the risks then it is probably unacceptably hazardous, but let's not try and ban a manoevre which is realtively easy to perform safely.
I agree with most of the above.

Sometimes filtering on the left is perfectly safe. I'd even go as far as saying that on a straight wide road with no junctions where the filtering is taking place, it's a helluva lot safer than filtering between lanes of walking pace traffic on a dual carriageway (in my view) - as mentioned here: http://www.cyclescheme.co.uk/community/how-to/filtering . I can see more danger from going between cars than passing a walking pace lorry on the left on a straight road with plenty of space.

Chromebook for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 February 2015 - 11:26pm
My PC is getting a bit long in the tooth so for a long time I have been looking at replacing it with a laptop. For the past few months I have been looking at laptops, and a week ago I saw a Which report recommending an ACER Chromebook. I didn't know anything about Chromebooks but read up on them, looked at some YouTube reviews and that prompted me to really think what my wife and I actually use our PC for:-

Sometimes emails although our tablets usually take care of that,
Writing the odd long document or preparing or amending an occasional spreadsheet.
Planning journeys on Google Maps
Planning cycle rides and generating .gpx files for smartphone navigation
Storing and retrieving photographs
Scanning and editing photographs using Photoshop and Lightroom
Web surfing, looking at a few forums
Web shopping

Of course many of these things can be done on our Android smartphones or tablets and they often are. But most if not all of these things can be done in a Chrome browser which we also have on the PC, phones and tablets. But sometimes you do need that bigger screen to see what you are doing and get a good sized overview.

The things that were attractive about the ACER Aspire CB5 311 Chromebook that Which highlighted, was that it is compact, light, quick and inexpensive and it comes with a huge free (for 2 years) online file cloud storage of 1Tb via Google Drive. That would enable us to sort out all our documents, scans and photographs and properly organise them to be continuously synchronised and available anywhere on any any of our devices. The ACER got a particular Which thumbs up for battery life - genuine all day working of 13 hours plus and the Chromebook is completely silent. It has a local solid state disk storage of 16Gb. There are 2 USB ports, an HDMI socket an SD card slot and a headphone socket.

So, I bought one, and so far I am not disappointed. Lift the lid and its up and working in 7 seconds, or less if you left it switched on. It runs all day and will run several days without a charge under our modest use. Google Docs ad Sheets take care of documents or spreadsheets which can be saved in Word and Excel format as well as being able to read Microsoft files. No need to save anything, its save into Drive automatically. If you don't have Wifi it stores them and uploads them to the Google Drive cloud next time you do. It tethers by WiFi to my phone, so even if no local Wifi is available you can easily go online anywhere. Although there is no Photoshop or Lightroom available for Chrome but there is the free Pixlr and Polarr programs which seem to be pretty good substitutes. Our photos were easily transferred with a memory stick, they are now safely stored in the Google Drive cloud. Printing is a breeze with Google Cloud Print to my HP wifi printer. I can print from literally anywhere if the printer is switched on. No antivirus software needed, Google takes care of that. Every piece of software I have downloaded has been free although I do subscribe to Spotify. I can cast Youtube, Spotify and Now TV to my TV via a Chromecast. Scanning was a bit more complicated. But I am lucky, I have an HP Wifi all in one printer/scanner. After putting the printers IP address into the Chrome browser the printers control panel popped up on the screen. Using this I am able to scan straight from the Chromebook wirelessly.

So far I have found nothing that I want to do that I cannot do from the Chromebook.

For a laptop to take cycle touring I think the Chromebook would be a good choice. Its very light, 1.5Kg, its inexpensive £189, so if it got damaged or stolen its not such a disaster and all your data will always remain safe because its always saved in the Google Drive Cloud. If you have no Wifi you can tether it to your phones data service and still get online. The ACER is well made, the only thing thats not absolutely top class is the screen. Its a 13.3” 1366x768 HD screen, but the trade off is its low power consumption and eye popping battery life. Chromebooks are definitely worth a look for straightforward tasks.


Re: Bar end shifters or STI

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 February 2015 - 11:01pm
Don't change the shifters.....change the brakes/levers for Vee brakes.....

Anyone ridden from Locarno to Domodossola?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 February 2015 - 10:27pm
I am trying to create a route from Locarno on Lago Maggiore to Domodossola. There is only one road with a couple of long, dark tunnels, as far as I can tell. The route goes through Santa Maria Maggiore on SS 337. On the way down to Domodossola, there are some long tunnels. Specifically, one that bypasses Paiesco, for which there appears to a bypass road. But, the photos on Google show lots of construction and I can't tell if the bypass actually meets up with the road past the tunnel or not.

Has anyone ridden this route?

Re: faroe islands anyone toured there, how did you get there

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 February 2015 - 10:24pm
BeeKeeper wrote:The time to be in the Faroes is on the 20th March this year for the total eclipse.

Quite right, and we couldn't miss the opportunity to take the Danish-chartered ferry that calls in at Newcastle in a fortnight's time! We're looking forward to spending four days in the Faroes with our bikes.

BeeKeeper wrote: Of course the chances of it being clear are remote I suspect!

That's the risk that eclipse chasers have to face. Even if the skies aren't clear, the experience of travelling to see total solar eclipses is still well worth the effort, and particularly when travelling by bike in remote, less visited parts of the world. People travel from all round the globe to be in just the right place to see probably the most spectacular event in nature. Strongly recommended - but I suspect it's too late for anyone wanting to book now to get to the Faroes for the 20th March.

Re: Cyclists are treated as if they are staionary.

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 February 2015 - 10:13pm
OK, I know I learned to drive a very long time ago (my provisional licence was in Latin) but I was taught that when passing another vehicle you only pull back into the nearside lane when you can see the passed vehicle in your rear view mirror. How hard can it be?

Much of the behaviour I witness on a daily basis makes me question the way drivers are trained these days. If I was running the country our roads would be less crowded because it would be much harder to get a driving license in the first place (I'd include a test of candidates mental attitude, any sign of short temper / road-rage = no licence) and I'd revoke licences for offences such as mobile phone use, tailgating, applying makeup, shaving, reading the newspaper and many many more things. I could easily take 20% of drivers (and their vehicles) off the road thereby curing congestion.

I always was a liberal softie

Re: Weight distribution.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 February 2015 - 9:49pm
jamesgilbert wrote:I'm not sure when it changed, but I haven't seen any people loaded like this: http://site.cty.free.fr/images/historiq ... ique12.jpg I have only been touring for a few years though!

I got my bike from a touring bike shop in Paris, the only frame options were Surly or Fahrradmanufaktur...

That's exactly what I remember seeing, but we're going back 20 to 30 years. It does seem to have changed since then.

Re: Weight distribution.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 February 2015 - 9:41pm
jamesgilbert wrote:I'm not sure when it changed, but I haven't seen any people loaded like this: http://site.cty.free.fr/images/historiq ... ique12.jpg .

He has to have those big bags on the front as his wife sits on the rear carrier.

I prefer to avoid having panniers both front and rear as I often use trains. It's bad enough fitting the bike in with rear panniers and bar bag, which have to be removed, without adding front ones as well.

Re: Weight distribution.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 February 2015 - 9:32pm
I'm not sure when it changed, but I haven't seen any people loaded like this: http://site.cty.free.fr/images/historiq ... ique12.jpg I have only been touring for a few years though!

I got my bike from a touring bike shop in Paris, the only frame options were Surly or Fahrradmanufaktur...

Re: Weight distribution.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 February 2015 - 9:18pm
That surprises me. Doing Semaine Federal we used to have fun spotting the nationalities of cyclists. One of the ways to tell the French from the others is that they had barbags and/or front panniers with nothing on the rear.
A Carradice saddlebag was an easily spotted Brit.
Other Europeans would have rear panniers rather like the British who didnt have saddlebags.

I did really like those French bar bags which were set up with all sorts of goodies to occupy yourself with while riding.

Re: Warmshowers "membership" charges.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 February 2015 - 9:16pm
I really like Warmshowers, and I think I'm breaking even in terms of nights stayed with a host and nights hosting other cyclists.

I'm fairly happy paying something to use this service, although I agree that it's good that there is a loophole. I would also like to point out that as far as I know there is zero advertising on the website, and also it is a not for profit organisation.

Although it's on a very different scale, there are some parallels with what happened to Couchsurfing; there's a good article here if anyone's interested: http://bollier.org/blog/lessons-corpora ... uchsurfing
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