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Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 March 2015 - 7:32pm
Sounds very interesting. Will your blog have an RSS feed? I don't use Twitter or Facebook but would like to follow this. What technology will you be using to record the trip and how will you power it?

What sort of daily mileage are you planning? Getting enough calories will be tough. Catching fish takes time and eating seaweed and nettles will soon get really tiresome. I've tried fishing/foraging on tour and at the end of the day you really want stodge. Still, if you've prepared mentally for a while it should be easier. Have you much foraging/fishing experience?

Re: Stop!

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 March 2015 - 7:09pm
blackbike wrote:Every one of these posters telling cyclists to obey red lights is a missed opportunity for an extra safety related poster aimed at the people who cause very nearly all the death, injury and destruction on our roads - drivers of motor vehicles.

This makes them a poor use of public money.
Even worse: that poster is simple but wrong. Cyclists do not have to stop at red bike/man symbol lights (which are basically a give-way), only at red dots like cars.

I also think motorists jumping lights are a far bigger problem around here than cycles, such as the King's Lynn Decor small white van that blasted through the pedestrian crossing by our post office I used this lunchtime, a good few seconds after his light went red I feel that if you use a pushbutton crossing when you look adult and reasonably sane, some motorists will assume you've seen them and just drive through regardless. Never mind "everybody be nice" posters: there should be more number-plate-reading red light cameras issuing fines, with US-style warning signs.

Re: Stop!

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 March 2015 - 6:48pm
Every one of these posters telling cyclists to obey red lights is a missed opportunity for an extra safety related poster aimed at the people who cause very nearly all the death, injury and destruction on our roads - drivers of motor vehicles.

This makes them a poor use of public money.

February update

Play on Pedals blog - 11 March 2015 - 5:46pm

Lots has been happening with Play on Pedals over the last month (apologies for the lack of blogposts), here’s an update from February:

Play on Pedals on TV!

Play on Pedals was featured on the Community Channel’s Brilliant Scotland programme at the beginning of February. The Media Trust came to film our training session at Castlemilk Community Centre back in November and produced this fun piece about our project.

You can watch the video here (at 16 mins in).

Training events

Play on Pedals sessions in Royston Nursery

Over February, we have delivered four Instructor training days for new nurseries. Royston Nursery hosted a great training day at the start of February and Thirstlane Nursery provided us with shelter from thunder and lightening later in the month.

Shaw Mhor nursery hosted a session with support from staff from South West Community Cycles, a new Hero Organisation; while another Play on Pedals ‘Hero Organisation’ FARE, in Easterhouse, provided us with indoor space for training with local groups.

Training with children from St Clare’s Nursery at FARE, Easterhouse

 

New Hero Organisations

Play on Pedals has been busy working with new and potential Hero Organisations, including South West Community Cycles; Dumbarton Road Corridor Environment Trust; Wheel Fix It; Drumchapel LIFE and Healthy Tots, Happy Tots; and Reidvale Adventure Playground Association.

Individual case studies and information about each Hero Organisation will be going up on the website, so watch this space.

Evaluation

Play on Pedals’ qualitative evaluator Jenny has come on board to start piloting some evaluation with groups in Castlemilk and in the east end. She has met with nursery staff delivering the project and who are helping to shape appropriate surveys and focus groups to gather information about the impact Play on Pedals is having on children, instructors and parents alike.

We are very excited to be gathering great case studies and stories from those delivering Play on Pedals.

 

 


Re: Tour of Brittany

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 March 2015 - 4:59pm
Great place to cycle tour. I'm doing week long circuit with group of friends from St Malo in July. This will be a very leisurely trip, taking in some of the old green ways, ie canal towpaths, old railway lines, etc. This website shows the lot.

http://cycling.brittanytourism.com/

If you like the idea of the greenways there is a publishing company that has good range of books, great to set the scene -

http://www.reddogbooks.com/

And if you go here - http://cycle.travel/map - really good mapping site. The route we've mapped out is called 'Breton revision 3' - not sure whether you can access or not.

Brittany does have some hard hills and can be windy but lovely place. Our route takes in Mur de Bretagne same day as the tour finishes there, so will manage to catch some of the excitement!

Have a good trip.

Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 March 2015 - 4:04pm
Heltor Chasca wrote:Here's a good read: http://www.theecologist.org/reviews/boo ... empel.html

I didn't fall out any trees today BTW, I ended up planting more instead. Where does that leave me on my book challenge?

I think I'll buy it anyway! [emoji1]

Thank you. I'm glad you survived. And yes, that's a very good book, the one that actually inspired this trip. Happy planting!

Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 March 2015 - 3:59pm
Here's a good read: http://www.theecologist.org/reviews/boo ... empel.html

I didn't fall out any trees today BTW, I ended up planting more instead. Where does that leave me on my book challenge?

I think I'll buy it anyway! [emoji1]

Re: Tour of Brittany

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 March 2015 - 3:40pm
Another plus for the plan suggested above! May'll be a lovely time to go, once you've got your heads round the fact that either you will need to cycle through lots of rain, or else if not, you have been very lucky! As usual, when I read of such exploits, I am Green with envy! Might even go myself!!

Going on a Crazy Adventure

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 March 2015 - 3:30pm
Hello Everyone

I put a limited bio here for those interested, but if you really want to learn about me you should [url][url]visit my website[/url][/url] (that’s what I built it for) as to type it all out would take away from what I am looking for.
My name is jay of course, I was supposed to buy a boat and sail around the world but I got scammed out of a lot of money on that deal. Then I was going to backpack Central America but then my friend wasn’t ready to go. Well now I sit here in Florida with my brand new passport and I am ready to go. I am going to outline my plan of my jump point and then some ideas for my trip. Obviously some of these (if not all) will be outrageously impossible, but then again what is fun if we can’t live in life!
Right now my plan (which is in its infant stages) includes the following. I want to fly to Cancun from Florida, there I will take my bike (or backpack if I don’t go the bike route) and ride to town. After staying two days in Cancun I plan on heading west towards the Yucatan jungle. After exploring some really interesting places there I plan on diving south east towards Belize. Once I reach Belize I plan on crossing into Guatemala where hopefully my friend will finally have arrived. He owns a house (several houses) on Lake Atitlan and I want to stay with him before continuing south.
My ultimate goal is to bike to panama and I am in no rush at all. I do not want to follow the “normal” touring routes and I will plan my trip to avoid the touristy spots purposely. I am a travel blogger but the difference between my blog and others is I don’t use the blog to make income. I own a few private companies and I just want to do this. I have no issue reporting my experiences to help others. I plan on doing something I like to call “immersion adventure travel”. What this is is basically not just traveling someplace, snapping a few pics then leaving. That’s for the tourists. I plan on meeting the local people, staying with them if invited and learning about whom they are and their cultures. I of course will do interviews and blog about it as well so others can enjoy the knowledge as well.
My requirements for this trip are not many. I know I’ll need an international cell phone (I own an unlocked IPhone 4s with sim card capability) somewhat decent wifi access, as well as a way to power my devices. I am thinking a solar panel pack for the bike. Bike lights for safety, helmet? (mine is pretty banged up) a tent and sleeping bag, some cookware in case I have to stay in the woods ( I was told central America wild camping will get you killed, I would be curious on peoples thoughts of this). I am trained in survival aid; first aid CPR, rescue deep woods and ocean deployment, as well as several forms of martial arts. I am also trained in backwoods survival as well as being highly logical.
Right now I own a bike, it’s a mongoose XR 75 21 speed mountain bike, I bought it in California for 50 bucks from a guy who didn’t like it. It’s a full suspension model with twist shifters and good brakes. I just replaced both shifters (the right one broke after use in phoenix) and the handle bar grips also just got redone. The front shock barely moves anymore and the seat has slipped off the metal so I can feel it now. The gears skip a bit so the cog may be wearing down as well. Obviously I do not think this bike would be appropriate for my trip without some work, and it’s HEAVY.
I know this is going to sound weird but instead of spending thousands of bucks on equipment and bikes and gear I want to try to do this cheap. It’s not that I do not have the money it’s that I know I can do it at a good price.
I have no issues buying a “decent” bike, I’m thinking amazon and no more than 300 bucks tops, add some panniers to hold some of my gear and a backpack and lights and I should be good to go.
I noticed in lots of blogs that flat tires seem to be an issue but I’m wondering if buying slime tubes wouldn’t negate that altogether.
I should point out I worked at a bike shop when I was younger and do not have any issue tearing a bike apart or getting my hands dirty. I have respoked (retrued) rims, installed cogs and derailleurs, redone brakes and shocks, and of course fixed flats.
I don’t have a gear list or anything but my friend matt karsten (the world knows him as the expert vagabond) once took a trip to Mexico and has been traveling over four years.
I have talked with JetBlue (nonstop flight) and Aero Mexico (3 hour layover in Mexico City, chance my luggage could get lost) about bringing a bike. Right now it comes down to cost of ticket, layover, and arrival times. I heard I had to box my bike but then I was told it could go in a plastic bag as long as handlebars and pedals were taken care of. I will have to reassemble the bike curbside as my hotel is 14 miles into Cancun; I have no issue with this at all
I am in the field of information tech and know this heavy 17” dell laptop will not be going with me, what do you all use when communicating from the road. If it was just the blog I would use a netbook and tablet, but I have to have video editing for one of my other business (it pays so I can keep traveling)
Like I said this is all scattered, I am trying to form a plan, I book my ticket today. But if I’m not taking a bike there is no sense in buying panniers. I have a prime membership with amazon so once I start with my list I can get everything shipped in.
I carry about 70 pounds of gear with my when I travel domestically, lots of clothes, electronics, and misc. stuff. I plan on thinning all this out big time for my trip. I considered a hammock for my shelter but honestly I don’t like them, but wonder if animals will make me lunch if I’m on the ground.
I appreciate any advice to help me out, I’ll probably post this a few places to get maximum exposure. If you have biked Central America I would love some real world info about the people, camping, surviving in general. Also greatly appreciated would be where to find others who may be doing the same thing.I would love to ride with a group!
Thanks in advance!

cycling to Italy

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 March 2015 - 3:20pm
Hi,
Am hoping to do a long distance cycle from Ayrshire Scotland to Lucca in the north of Italy for charity. Any advice/help as to what would be the best route to take would be greatly appreciated.
Many thanks
Linda

Re: Tour of Brittany

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 March 2015 - 3:11pm
BeeKeeper wrote: Main issue in May I think is be prepared for wet weather!And some campsites will not be open yet. I'd also second the take a train and ride back suggestion.

Re: Tour of Brittany

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 March 2015 - 2:49pm
With just a week I think the above suggestion is a good one. My experience of Brittany is all from Roscoff, cycling down to Concarneau one year, using the old railway track from Morlaix for part of the trip - which is passable in more or less any bike. The rest of the roads are fine, any bike which can carry your luggage will do. My most recent trip was to the far west http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/Brittany2012
Fifty miles a day is a sensible distance in my experience if you want to have time to see things. The are no real hills of the Alpine sort but there are hilly bits but even I didn't find them very strenuous. Main issue in May I think is be prepared for wet weather!

Re: Tour of Brittany

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 March 2015 - 2:39pm
Cycle to St Malo station, get a train as far west as you can go via Rennes and cycle back. You will see far more of Brittany that way. Did a similar tour last year doing between 40 and 70 miles per day but took the train back to SM. I think train out is a better bet. You can book the trains on the SNCF website making sure that the ones you choose take bikes.

Al

Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 March 2015 - 2:00pm
jamesgilbert wrote:I'm not sure how lucky you'll be finding mushrooms in the summer, but in France you can take wild mushrooms to any pharmacy and they'll tell you whether they are safe to eat (it's a public service thing, so free of charge as well). As there are so many pharmacies in France this may be useful!

That's useful. I didn't know that. Thanks.

Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 March 2015 - 1:55pm
I'm not sure how lucky you'll be finding mushrooms in the summer, but in France you can take wild mushrooms to any pharmacy and they'll tell you whether they are safe to eat (it's a public service thing, so free of charge as well).

As there are so many pharmacies in France this may be useful!

Re: Police stop 4yo pavement cyclist

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 March 2015 - 1:50pm
Thirdcrank, my uncle was a village bobby way back in the 1960s, and I know what you mean, things are very different these days.

However, as a teacher in my past, I was told 'never threaten what you don't know for sure you can carry out'. If the person really did threaten to confiscate the bike, they were out on that particular wobbly pier a very long way......

Re: Are mtb tyres changing?

CTC Forum - MTB - 11 March 2015 - 1:17pm
It wasn't a snow specific tyre - meant for claggy mud more than anything, and very good at it it was.

Re: Safe routes in to central Lugano & Milan

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 March 2015 - 12:47pm
I've ridden in the other direction; Annecy, Albertville, Bourg St Maurice over the Col de Petit St Bernard to Aosta then to Milan (Malpensa airport). This was in mid-June and various guide books had said that the Petit St Bernard would be busy with traffic. It wasn't I only saw a handful of cars for the whole ascent/descent. I haven't ridden in Milan but have in other Italian cities and it's 'interesting'.

Italian maps are not great. We somehow got trapped in a village which the map said had a road into and out of but in reality the out road just went to a cemetery and stopped. Luckily it was a Sunday and the local club run showed us the way to a cycle path besides a river.

In French hotels bikes are very welcome and they will find a garage, cellar to put them in many will let you put your bike in your room. This is not always the case in Italy best check first. Many routes are also used by motorcyclists and hotels put out signs saying Motard these will usually have some form of garage and also be happy to accommodate cyclists.
http://relais-motards.com/fr/moto-prepa ... lac-majeur

Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 March 2015 - 12:04pm
When I was a teenager, my brother and I called this 'going fishing for a few days'.

We never went for so long as 100 days, though. It sounds like fun & I wish you the best with it.

p.s. one lesson I learned then was that violets and dandelions go with anything, and wild chicory goes with nothing
p.p.s. make sure that you have knowledge specific to the area in which you are travelling. it's quite possible that a plant or mushroom which is safe to eat in England has an unsafe lookalike in France.

Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 March 2015 - 12:01pm
pwa wrote:My father, Irish and proud of it, has always been keen on foraging. His version consists of walking into a field and picking carrots, swede or whatever, in an open and obvious way, even walking over to the farmer for a bit of conversation. As a boy he was brought up to see this as a socially acceptable perk of living in the countryside, and he refuses to modify his views (he's now 82). I'm not recommending this approach, and I don't do it myself.

PS this may get you shot!

hehe do that in East Anglia end up like the rabbits.
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