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Re: Anyone use a trailer ?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2014 - 11:08pm
Well think I have ordered one of everything mentioned on this thread, so have spares and more spares.

How is everyone finding the little springy screws that lock the trailer to the skewer ?

My trailer has never fallen off but they don't feel great.


Long distance MTB routes in the UK?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2014 - 10:55pm

Though very early in the dreaming and maybe planning stage, it would make sense to try something closer to home first.

Anyone got tips for long distance mountain bike routes in the UK, say 500km/up to 3 weeks challenging/singletrack though not too technical. Thinking bikepacking style with 3-4 days between food resupply. I have zero bike-packing experience but have done a couple of adventurous tours travelling heavy (very heavy) on bad roads.

Ooh and preferably not snowed in oct-nov..... I assume these routes exist, though the first page of google wasn't really doing it.


Re: Alarming ride in downpour today – braking advice

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 July 2014 - 10:33pm
I don't think I'm being harsh at all, it's meant not just for the OP but others whom seem to think that following a set criterian for cycling works for all conditions and don't understand or think enough about hazards/conditions & their own + their bikes limitations. That's why a lot of cyclist have incidents, this happens a lot in pro cycling too.

For the OP they said "I didn't have much confidence I'd be able to stop safely at any of the crossings if needed", that to me says everything, basically going too fast for the conditions.
So long as cyclists are able to modify the way they think about these type of scenarios and make sure they are in a position where they feel confident enough to stop in time for a given situation (though obviously sometimes those are out of our control) then that's all one can ask..that makes them safer but also those around them too.

Hello & Help!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2014 - 10:23pm
Hi All,

Sorry to introduce myself with a plea for some advice in my first post but then I wasn't expecting my brother to snap his Achilles tendon the week before we're due to set off for two weeks cycling up Eurovelo 6 in the Loire

Therein lies my dilema. Neither of us have cycled much for years and as a pair of very middle aged men thought it would be a great way to get into it, see some of France and no doubt sample a few wines on the way. Frankly the idea of heading off alone after all our planning doesn't seem as attractive. However with a new bike about to be delivered and the tickets booked it's certainly possible. What I need to consider is alternatives in this country. Afterall it may not be a bad idea to put it off a year and in the meantime to do some trips in the more familiar environs of the UK, where at least I speak the language.... he was the linguist, and get a feel for cycle touring.

So can anyone help with a few ideas for a week or twos riding here? Preferably a circular route to keep transport costs down a bit. I'll be camping and being new to it all and laden up would hope for either a flattish route or one that at least builds in intensity. Any thoughts on that or general advice would be hugely appreciated.

Thanks for reading.

Re: Gijon to Poole Ferry

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2014 - 9:53pm
Could the CTC lobby them to accept cyclists?

Re: Vehicle as a murder weapon

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 July 2014 - 9:53pm
Vehicle as a weapon GBH charge reported here: http://www.kentonline.co.uk/malling/new ... urt-20965/

Re: Vehicle as a murder weapon

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 July 2014 - 9:48pm
I wasn't asking a question. The general issue of why killing and injuring people with motor vehicles does not generally result in a conviction for murder or wounding has been raised before on here. Even causing death by dangerous driving is replaced by the lesser careless charge.

The decision to charge murder and the successful prosecution must have been based on strong evidence of the intention needed to prove murder. I'd be interested to read a more detailed account. Perhaps it will be in tomorrow's papers.

PS I've just found this:

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/ ... er-7529228

It shows that a lot of evidence was allowed about the defendant's propensity for anger at the wheel.

Re: Gijon to Poole Ferry

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2014 - 9:39pm
When we went last feb they didn't take foot passengers or bikes they may have changed


CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2014 - 9:37pm
HI! We are 2 cyclists from Germany, and as a part of our Indian Journey staring October we like to cycle from Mumbai to Goa (and then further on down south all the way to Kanyakumari).
Can anybody recommend some cyclable backroads on this part to avoid the mainroad 17?
There are a lot of small roads, but most of them end on a river or a bay. Can we expect a ferry ?
Will we find accomodation in reasonable distances, cause we don't want to carry a tent?
Any more info?


Re: Burgundy, Holland or Germany?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2014 - 9:29pm
Slightly prejudiced here, since France is always my favorite place to ride! We (4 of us, unsagged, staying in hotels) did a loop trip in 2002 in Burgundy, beginning and ending in Dijon. It was fabulous! I got much of the routing from Lonely Planet Cycling France (2001 edition) and a book called Cycling in France.

Our overnights were Dijon, Ste Sabine, Montbard, Tonnerre, Cours, Vezelay, Les Settons, Chateau Chinon (2 nights with a loop day), Autun, Beaune, Nuit St. George, Dijon. Thirteen riding days and 671 kilometers, with lots of great sites to see. Castles, Abbeys, wineries, vineyards, Roman ruins. Stumbling on the huge collection of airplanes, bicycles etc in Sauvigny-les-Beaune housed at a gorgeous chateau was a real treat.

Good luck choosing your touring location! If you are interested, I have a Word document with the routes we took - no gps then!

LindaB (June 2014 LEJOG blog at crazyguyonabike.com/doc/2014LEJOG )

Re: Tajikistan write-up

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2014 - 9:19pm
Hi "PM".
"If you want to do the route, pm me and I'll tell you more".
Yes, thats what I want.
Pls. tell me more, we wanna do this road in Oct.


Re: Vehicle as a murder weapon

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 July 2014 - 9:06pm
I am not sure what question you are asking here.
But I have already said in another post that some one who intentionally aims their car at a individual not in a car should face serious penalties.
I have had it happen to me.

Sounds like he did do this, and with obvious knowledge that a vehicle driven at a person standing in the road would very well kill him, he cant say he did not see the dayglo jacket as this would mean that he was blind to the individual he had just had an argee with Even a cyclist wearing dayglo.

How was his previous history of road rage treated, was it reported (thats the question ? ) If yes there has to be some action done with these individuals who have a propensity to do this, And When they get behind a wheel again if they are even suitable they a dash cam would remain even for life

Re: Burgundy, Holland or Germany?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2014 - 8:59pm
Of course the other reason to vote for Burgundy is the food ( and of course the wine!).

Re: Vehicle as a murder weapon

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 July 2014 - 8:58pm
thirdcrank wrote:Interesting that the jury heard evidence of the driver's propensity to act like this, including footage from a dashboard camera. I do wonder how that was treated when it was first reported.
On the plus side, it does prove that some good can come out of reporting incidents even if nothing is done at the time

Re: Ribble Winter Audax bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 July 2014 - 8:53pm
Dolan Priffosso: i'm sorry, but I can't keep up with the choice available. I need to cut it down to 2 or 3 of the better brands available (whatever they are ).
I know Ribble have been around for a while and I have seen there bikes being ridden in my area, just liked the 365 because it has a carbon frame (tell me if I'm wrong) and it can take mudguards for all year round cycling.
I'm thinking of the Specialized Roubaix SL4 (carbon yes , but no mudguards so summer only).

Re: Burgundy, Holland or Germany?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2014 - 8:46pm
MrsHJ wrote:it was quite difficult sometimes to get into any sort of rhythm because you were constantly being organised around complicated cycle routes!

And you are either heavily discouraged or even banned from cycling on the roads where cycle paths are in place so not much you can do to speed things up.

Which way east from Istanbul to China? Iran or Azerbaijan?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2014 - 8:38pm
I'm researching what route to take to Kashgar China starting in Istanbul. Iran or cross the Caspian from Baku? There are a few reports of 'unwelcoming' individuals in Iran but I am interested to experience this amazing country. Azerbaijan? Don't know much about the country... Either way I will end up in Turkmenistan and the Pamir Highway. Has anyone got any views? Stantours for visas.. Departing Istanbul in May 2015. Thanks for any guidance/advice.

Vehicle as a murder weapon

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 July 2014 - 8:26pm
I don't think anybody has mentioned this report yet: a lorry driver convicted of murder by driving over somebody in a road-rage motivated attack.


I'm not aware of what the evidence was to prove murder rather than manslaughter or causing death by dangerous driving: perhaps there will be more detailed reports elsewhere.

Interesting that the jury heard evidence of the driver's propensity to act like this, including footage from a dashboard camera. I do wonder how that was treated when it was first reported.

Bridge out on Lon Las Cmyru at Portmadog - options?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2014 - 8:24pm
I am planning on riding Lon Las Cmyru from Holyhead down to Chepstow.

I see that an important bridge is out at Penrhyndeudraeth and that it won't be fixed by September, when I'll be riding.

Someone suggested taking route 82 (inland instead of the coast), instead of 8.


Is the bridge still out and are there any other options for crossing?

Is skipping the coastal route from, say, Portmadog to Dolgellau and taking NCN 82 a reasonable option?

Is there a better route to take from Holyhead south given that this bridge is out?

Re: Shrewsbury to London cycle...any advice please?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2014 - 8:18pm
I can't comment on the first bit, but your route from Oxford to Windsor looks fine.
B480 is nice and quiet once you get out of the industrial outskirts of Oxford (Cowley).

The B480 climb up the Chilterns scarp out of Watlington is a bit of a killer: for an alternative (longer but not quite so steep) head out of Watlington on the B4009, go under the M40 and take the first right (not the sliproad!). This is Aston Hill, and a pleasant spin up to the top.

From here, if you're still aiming at Henley you can cut across via Christmas Common, or if you just want to get into London via the most direct route then follow the A40 to Denham then the A4020 through from Uxbridge. The A40 route is fine, nothing unfriendly or anything, but your Henley to Windsor route is much more pleasant!
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