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Re: 10 days in August. Where should I go?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 July 2015 - 12:56pm
Train to Dover, ferry to Dunkirk then a tour of Flanders. Cross into Belgium for wonderful mussels and great beers. Visit Bruges, Westvleteren abbey for the Trappist beers and Ypres for the last post at the Menin gate.

The terrain is flat and there are some great cycle routes!

Re: Collision with another bicycle

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 July 2015 - 12:18pm
Roll on presumed liability!

Re: Come again?

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 July 2015 - 11:51am
squeaker wrote:Unbelievable:roll:
Amazing report mainly at the end. Having described the event and reported the story, for some unknown reason the piece ends
http://www.westerndailypress.co.uk/Woman-driver-smashes-van-pleasuring-sex-toy/story-26890895-detail/story.html#p73QtxhA5JUYZ7Cf.01 wrote:Celebrities who have lived near the town - famous for its antiques shops - include Liz Hurley, pictured below, Kate Moss and Kate Winslet.
Just any excuse for a picture of Liz Hurley or just that the paper is obsessed with the cult of celebrity ...

Ian

Re: 10 days in August. Where should I go?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 July 2015 - 11:43am
I'm hideously biased, but for a first tour Brittany can't be beaten - hugely varied and you'll fall in love with the place. Easy ferry from Plymouth and Roscoff - there's a simple route here you can follow - http://www.bretonbikes.com/generalartic ... route.html - and some other general advice here - http://www.bretonbikes.com/generalartic ... rance.html

I've obviously lots of routes on file so if you want help just email and I'll help out - the more people who cycle over here the better;-)

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 July 2015 - 11:25am
alan99 wrote:Gwynedd Council have delivered the new road and rail bridge,

But very overdue and very over budget. And without so much as a passing thought for cyclists and pedestrians.
They had the police down there at the opening yesterday. Two cars on either side of the bridge with 3 or 4 officers, perhaps they were expecting heckling.

Come again?

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 July 2015 - 11:03am
Unbelievable:roll:

Re: Pateley Bridge fatality

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 July 2015 - 10:12am
I never go too fast on descents when a blowout on thin 23mm tyres could make me lose control.

I came off a motorbike doing about 50 mph many years ago and my leathers wore right through and one of my gloves was shredded by the road.

Coming off a pushbike at that speed with only thin clothing and a fragile helmet on would not be nice.

Re: Cornish Adventure Scuppered?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 July 2015 - 8:54am
Perfectcircles wrote:For those interested, we ended up spending our three day window of opportunity on a mini tour to Brighton: stage 1 Nottingham (home) to Cambridge (104 miles); stage 2 Cambridge to London (70 miles); stage 3 London to Brighton (70 miles). Train back to Notts. Thoroughly enjoyable!
Thanks for the update. Sounds good. Trust the mother in law had a good time as well.

Re: Pateley Bridge fatality

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 July 2015 - 8:08am
It's a very long, steep hill with bends. It is the sort of descent that reminds you why good brakes are important. Any loss of control, due to gravel or whatever, could prove disastrous. Poor bloke.

Pamir Highway

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 July 2015 - 3:25am
Just finished the Pamir Highway.
Still in Kyrgyzstan.
If anyone wants any information, please contact me.

Re: Avon & Somerset introduce near miss reporting

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 July 2015 - 2:40am
Postboxer wrote:Isn't a near miss a result of dangerous driving?

Perhaps the Police could construe a near miss as dangerous driving if they have evidence indicating that the manoeuvre was a deliberate act to threaten or intimidate or scare another road user. Otherwise, I would think careless driving.

Re: ITV4 Tour Coverage.

CTC Forum - Racing - 13 July 2015 - 11:28pm
Yes PaulB I agree with your view of mellow voices. I like also, with phil and paul, that the conversation doesn't just mention the race all of the time, in golf ( I'm not a golfer or fan but I watch the US masters for some reason? ) Peter Alliss drifts the conversation gently around onto other topics. Also never excessive raucous excitement. There can be too much focus on certain riders, at one time it was Cavendish, in a way its Froome now but his personality I find hard to warm to. F1 on BBC still has a fixation with Lewis Hamilton and all the psycho-babble Eddie, David and Suzy go into of will he win or won't he.
ITV4 covers many sports well and I praised them in a BBC trust survey putting them and the Beeb as my favourite sports channels. The TT is good and I now enjoy the vuelta and tour of britain.. to have live stage coverage has been a bonus. The downside of all this sporting coverage is there's no time to fit in a holiday until winter!

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 July 2015 - 11:24pm
from Sustrans Cymru Facebook page today:

Pont Briwet, near Penrhyndeudraeth in Gwynedd opens today and NCN8/Lon Las Cymru is back on line. Gwynedd Council have delivered the new road and rail bridge, further details at:
https://m.facebook.com/datblygiadpontbriwetdevelopment

Some work is still on going so please take care when using the route.

Re: Cornish Adventure Scuppered?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 July 2015 - 11:20pm
This word "leave" seems to be bandied around a lot on cycling forums. Sometimes it even seems that husbands are bandying it around as a badgebof honour. I find it very odd. I imagine most modern women would laugh in the face of any partner suggesting that they were subject to "leave" restrictions, however lightly presented.


I ride occasionally with someone who has to get leave, and if his wife says no, it's no go; she actually tries to stop all weekend excursions. Utterly astonishing as well as depressing, and he's big, beefy and no shrimp.

Re: Cycle camping tour to Burgundy or Jura?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 July 2015 - 10:40pm
Madeleine wrote:no Jura in France - near Burgundy!
Jura is an island in Scotland, the Jura is a mountain range in France.
You don't talk about going to Alp for a holiday do you?

(by way of explaining Al's post - spot the smiley)

Re: car hire v train prices

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 July 2015 - 10:29pm
RJS wrote:Taking the bike on a train is an appealing idea, and I see quite a few people on the forum do it, but like Mick F I worry , am I right that it's only 2 bikes per train? what happens if 3 or 4 people want to take a bike on the same train, has that not happened to any of you regular users? Someone also suggested to me that if a wheel chair user needs the space you can be made to leave the train, just an old wives tale?
Cheers, Rob.
Virgin West Coast need a reservation (unless you arrive after the ticket office has closed). There's one guy at Warrington who's sometimes a bit of a stickler for the booking rules but the others are more accommodating and will try to get you on an earlier train if you've otherwise got a long wait (there are some - 10 coach Voyagers, basically 2 trains joined together - where only half of the actual spaces are actually bookable. In over 12 months of weekly trips I've only had to wait a significant amount of time to get on a Virgin train on 2 or 3 occasions.

Arriva Wales, Northern & Merseyrail are other operators I use regulalry and all seem pretty laid back. I've had 3 bikes along with my tandem in the 2 spaces plus several other bikes elsewhere on the North Wales train & none of the staff seemed particularly bothered. The most bother, if you can call it that, I get with the tandem is the continual questions about the beast!

The bike spaces are usually separate from the wheelchair spaces, often in a different carriage in all but the shortest trains.

Rick.

Re: ITV4 Tour Coverage.

CTC Forum - Racing - 13 July 2015 - 10:17pm
I like Phil and Paul as their voices are generally mellow in tone. You must remember that they are providing commentary to several different TV stations at the same time. These channels take commercial breaks out of time with each other so the commentators have to keep an eye on that and match their comments accordingly. You may often hear one of them sound as though a commercial break is coming up (by the inflection in his voice) but nothing happens and the race continues. This is because another station, in another country has gone to a break. Then they may repeat something they have just said to us when that channel returns.

We often hear more of Paul than Phil as, at times, they are giving coverage to separate channels at the same time and when they rejoin each other they may repeat what the other one has already said! They do this from a small booth with a monitor and computer screens in front of them, while listening to race radio in French!

I have watched some Eurosport coverage of cycle races via a live 'on-line' feed and cannot stand any of their commentators. One regular insists on putting on a stupid "foreign" accent when pronouncing riders' names or place names. He sounds like the policeman from 'Allo, 'Allo. Eurosport commentators are often hysterical and I just have to turn the sound down. I watched one race using an Italian feed and despite not understanding a word of it, enjoyed it much more.

I also do not want my commentators to be biased to 'home' riders. The fixation with "Team Sky" and Froome gets very annoying as does the obsession with Hamilton in Formula 1. Incidentally, I used to be a keen watcher of Formula 1, but I now just watch the qualifying as that is more exciting and unpredictable than the race. I record the Tour's live coverage every afternoon and then watch it later so I can fast forward through the adverts which are really irritating; if I see that smug bloke eating something (I have no idea what) with chop-sticks again I'll snap them in two!

Overall I like the ITV4 coverage of the Tour and of the Isle of Man TT races. If they would also turn their attention to world skiing in the winter it would be perfect!

Re: car hire v train prices

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 July 2015 - 10:04pm
Taking the bike on a train is an appealing idea, and I see quite a few people on the forum do it, but like Mick F I worry , am I right that it's only 2 bikes per train? what happens if 3 or 4 people want to take a bike on the same train, has that not happened to any of you regular users? Someone also suggested to me that if a wheel chair user needs the space you can be made to leave the train, just an old wives tale?
Cheers, Rob.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 July 2015 - 9:57pm
At about 168km on the Machynlleth - Llanidloes road (just before the summit) is a viewing platform on the right, constructed out of local stone to commemorate Wynford Vaughan Thomas, a well known BBC broadcaster from the 1940s -1970s. This spot was his favourite viewpoint in the whole of his homeland. The climb itself is majestic and hard, with unfairly steep bits. One of the best bits of cycling in the UK. Well chosen!

Re: car hire v train prices

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 July 2015 - 9:47pm
Mick F wrote:Just imagine trying to get you AND your bike onto a packed train. It is sometimes hard enough to get YOU on, but it's just possible that the bike stowage is jammed packed and it's impossible - even though you've pre-booked your bike - to get your bike on board.

Possible?
Pessimistic?
Realistic?

or never happens?

Personally, I wouldn't take the risk again.

Imagine avoiding the packed train, is isn't hard to do...
No one said the train was always going to be suitable for every journey, but the idea that it's therefore never suitable for any I find absurd. I don't need to imagine anything, I like thousands of others use the train with a bike every week. Some people do it every day, imagine that!
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