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Re: He kept on riding

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 August 2015 - 7:30am
Notice the truck driver keeps on going afterwards as if nothing has happened.

Re: Insect attack on the move!

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 August 2015 - 12:59am
TrevA wrote:They used to make hlemets with netting in the front vents but I've not seen any recently.

There is a local market and one stall sells material, eachtime I pass I always look in their off cuts basket for a small piece of black mesh to go in my helmet.

TrevA wrote:You don't get nearly so many flying insects in towns, but loads out in the countryside.

The commute home is along an unlit lane and the moths are attracted to the helmet light and I've had to ride with my mouth shut cause of flying ant swarms, hard at 20mph, to stop having an early supper

Re: He kept on riding

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 August 2015 - 12:39am


his luck was in that day?

Re: North Sea route Germany

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 August 2015 - 11:40pm
Thanks Ron and Smiffy. I'll be having a more thorough look at your touring adventures Smiffy on the link you posted.
This will be my first tour abroad and by far the longest. I reckoned on taking about 8 - 10 days from the Hook to Copenhagen - do you think that's a realistic estimate?
Did you have medical & repatriation insurance? I'm looking at policies but with a couple of pre-existing medical conditions, I'll either have to pay a hefty premium or have those conditions exempted.

I'm going to be doing the trip on a bit of a shoestring budget as I'm currently un-waged . Going to camp along the way. Looking online, average prices seem to be about 20Euros. Are there any schemes (similar to the one in Denmark) where you can camp in someone's garden for a nominal amount? My brother, who lives in Copenhagen,is sending me a copy of the book that lists of people who provide cheap accommodation.

One other question - maps. I don't have GPS- just a tablet and paper-map user. Can you recommend any useful maps / publishers for the journey? If I go along the North Sea Cycle route i presume it'll be easier to follow but then longer as it meanders around the coast.

Thanks in advance for your help !

Re: Is insurance for a tour in Europe a worthwhile purchase?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 August 2015 - 11:22pm
bainbridge wrote:Sports cover direct. Cycle touring is selectable from their drop down list of sporting activities.

I just took the bronze package:

[...]
Total £26

Hope your tour went well and was enjoyable and incident free, bainbridge.
I've just been given a very reasonable quote by said insurance company but when looking at the small print they will not cover certain medical conditions that must be declared. Presumably they send a separate form / questionnaire for this?
And does that mean that they will still provide the same cover but just without that for pre-existing medical conditions?

I'd be grateful for any advice on this because other companies who do cover liabilities arising from the medical conditions load the policy accordingly, in my case with the CTC insurance, almost £200 extra!

Re: Maps for Hebrides tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 August 2015 - 10:39pm
Oh and just a thought, but surprisingly I've often found that the maps that you get for free in TIC can be very useful. They often have places of interest, shops, cafes and other stuff marked that isn't on any road map. If you have a tablet/PC or whatever then you can easily purchase OS maps a relatively small "tile" at a time (which avoids having big chunks of sea!). I tend to purchase them for the islands I'm visiting and turn them into a pdf file that I store on my kindle (as I don't carry a tablet/PC). These are mainly used for planning where to visit next when stopped for the night or for lunch. The road atlas is fine for actual on the road navigation (I sometimes draw extra stuff on them if I'm going down a road that is not marked).

Re: Coast to Coast and back again

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 August 2015 - 10:21pm
Pete. I'm liking the decision to put cafes at the top of the climbs.



Bicycler I think the G&D seems to be open but no food by the looks of it. I'm booked in to the Cumberland so reckon I'll survive.



Geocycle. How rough is that track? Tempted if its open but will my 32s be enough for that track?



Cheers

Re: Does the public detest cyclists?

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 August 2015 - 10:07pm
I think the public detest cyclists is because cyclist do things on their bikes you can't do in a car. It's nothing personal, it's not anti cyclist, it's just that they have been waiting patiently (or otherwise) in the queue and you've jumped it. And then just to compound it, after they've overtaken you some fifteen seconds later and they're feel all smug and self righteous you only go and do it again at the next set of lights.

Motorcyclists get tarred with the same brush when they filter between lanes or ride down the outside to the head of queue or because they're exempt from the need to pay & display at the local car park. I dare say G-Wiz owners get it when they take up a parking spot that a 'proper' car could have used. And as for those electric charging points right next to the entrances to the shops, why should they get priority over me (rant, rant, rant).

Re: Maps for Hebrides tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 August 2015 - 9:50pm
Thanks everybody
thats given me plenty of leads to get started
much appreciated
Dave

Re: Roadside benches - where have they gone?

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 August 2015 - 9:40pm
I was on the Isle of Skye earlier in the year and local wooden road side bench salesman must have got himself a nice bit of commission recently. New benches at seemingly every good viewpoint or picnic site!

Re: european bike express

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 August 2015 - 9:40pm
Its many years back now, but we took four children one of whom was just a few months old.
She went in a car seat which on arrival in southern France was strapped into the Burley trailer and pulled behind one of the tandems.

Both tandems had kiddiecranks and one was a tandem trike.

Re: He kept on riding

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 August 2015 - 9:31pm
Hi,
You could'nt pay a stunt rider to do that.

Re: He kept on riding

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 August 2015 - 9:25pm
Hope he bought a lottery ticket.

Re: Maps for Hebrides tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 August 2015 - 9:24pm
I agree it's annoying buying a map which 2/3rds is sea, but I look at it that the cost of buying a few maps is tiny in comparison to the overall cost of the holiday. If it helps with the overall experience, and when I tour I'm a slow down and smell the roses sort of guy, then having detailed OS maps allows me to get more from the tour.

However if all your concern is how can I do the whole of the Hebrides in three days, the rip the pages out of a 1:250,000 road atlas and it'll tell you all you need.

Re: Roadside benches - where have they gone?

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 August 2015 - 9:10pm
and fewer phone boxes to kip in.




No chance here.

Re: european bike express

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 August 2015 - 8:52pm
Anyone take a young child on it? FAQs say you need your own child car seat. Just wondered what are you expected to do with it at your destination and how to get it back for your return journey assuming you're doing a linear trip.

Re: Roadside benches - where have they gone?

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 August 2015 - 8:04pm
Shorter benches or benches with intermediate arm rests, to thwart would-be snoozers.

A shopping centre manager interviewed on Radio4 several years ago said that they only install single seat benches, set apart from eachother "because research showed that people felt uncomfortable seeing old people sitting chatting to eachother". What sort of monsters did they invite to that focus group?
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