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Re: Bus passes

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 June 2015 - 4:11pm
I've got a few years to go yet. But when I do get one I've been wondering whether it might be interesting to try touring by local bus services. Not instead of by bike, you understand, but as well as. Might even be able to get my wife to come.

Re: Bus passes

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 June 2015 - 4:05pm
They very kindly gave us bus passes, problem is they haven't given us any buses. Nearest bus stop is 1.5 miles walk and then only a limited service into Worcester. If for any reason the return bus is missed it is a long wait for the next. Forget um, just use the bike instead.

Re: Touring in Europe in late October

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 June 2015 - 3:32pm
quilkin wrote:Is that really all the luggage you had for a 2000+ mile autumn tour? Amazing!


I need almost as much for a long weekend as i do for a longer tour. The basics are the same for any distance; only addition might be an extra set of cycling clothes so i can keep some fresh clothes circulating..

Re: Touring in Europe in late October

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 June 2015 - 3:30pm
Have often toured the Med countries in October.... better temperatures for touring, still come home with a suntan; Greece, Northern Spain / Southern France, there is also Corsica / Sardinia as options. Denmark was wet. We had some lovely autumn sunshine in Black Forest/Rhine valley (as well as some rain). Depends what sort of temperatures you want to ride in.
Last October Mallorca had some of it's hottest temperatures in 60yrs.
Issues might be accommodation and campsites being open, but have camped in both Italy and France using campsites that were not officially open and no one batted an eyelid or collected money.

Re: Airline ticket / passport not matching

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 June 2015 - 3:18pm
I recently flew to Spain, my ticket did not match my passport. I was told it should so I phoned the airline, Flybe and was told it was fine as it was as long as the christian names were the same, ie in my case Robert not Bob or Bobby

Bus passes

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 June 2015 - 3:00pm
This is a thread for the older members of the forum like myself.

I got my bus pass last November (when I was 62 years and 4 months old precisely ), so have had it for over half a year now. My partner, who is younger than me so does not have a bus pass yet, thinks it has stopped me cycling. She is wrong, it hasn't (though I have had some health concerns in the last 2 years which have limited my cycling quite a bit).

However, she does have a point, in that I've found that the temptation to jump on a bus (we live on a bus route with a bus stop very close by) to do short journeys into town is sometimes too much to resist, so that I certainly cycle these less than I used to when I didn't have the option of a free bus ride.

So wondered whether others here have found the same?

Re: Single room B&B Hay-on -Wye / Builth

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 June 2015 - 2:49pm
Trericket is run by good friends of mine, so do give Nicky and Alistair my regards when you stay there.

Incidentally, they have been looking at selling the property for some time, so if anyone is interested in running a b&b, bunkhouse, eco-cabins and camping business in a lovely setting, do contact them.

Re: Inclusion of African Based Team in TdF

CTC Forum - Racing - 13 June 2015 - 2:36pm
Not really, the drones just need to know who to follow.

A small beacon on the handlebars of the riders and bingo...
Something tracks their location and automatically gets a drone on the head of each group and the tail of the peloton.

Maybe a pilot or two for peloton crashes?

Might want a couple of people to ensure that the forests and/or mountains don't get in the way.

The relay power isn't too bad - although it might take a few drones flying relays for a whole stage...

Re: Touring in Europe in late October

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 June 2015 - 2:08pm
Toured Portugal last October. 30.C most days.

Re: Invisible wearing Blue & Green!!

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 June 2015 - 2:08pm
Fairly dark blues and greens are the colours I wear most of the time, including when walking or cycling (I don't normally wear any different clothes when doing these than I would for anything else). Sometimes (not that often) I've had people commenting negatively on this. I often get drivers passing too close, but that is their appalling driving behaviour, not my visibility. Most drivers obviously have no problem seeing me and will wait to pass if that is necessary.

I do worry when cycling on fast single track main roads, but my main worry is the speed of the traffic, not my visibility.

I'm not a driver, so it was interesting watching the video Tony linked. I've always been aware that there is low contrast between my clothing and much of the background, but have felt that the shape and size of a cyclist, and the other reflective materials on bikes and the wheels themselves, should be sufficient, and indeed that is what the video shows.

It would be interesting to see a video of drivers passing pedestrians on similar roads. I have very occasionally had to walk on single track rural roads, and have felt much more vulnerable, as I knew my smaller size (compared to someone on a bike) and being right on the road's edge, would make my visibility much worse. However, of course, sadly appalling driving has meant that the numbers of people who do walk on these sorts of roads is now minute.

Re: Invisible wearing Blue & Green!!

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 June 2015 - 2:06pm
It's all of us, not just drivers, who have trouble seeing stuff at times. I once cycled into the side of a jet black bullock on a lane at night. I saw it very late and, going down a steep hill, had trouble stopping. The poor animal was more scared than me. None of us are perfect, and none of us judge things perfectly 100% of the time. A good driver will be on the lookout for other road users and will enter bends with the expectation that braking or stopping may be required at any moment, but even good drivers will occasionally misjudge things. That's in the nature of human beings.

Re: Single room B&B Hay-on -Wye / Builth

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 June 2015 - 1:20pm
Trericket booked, thanks.

Re: Help settle an argument

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 June 2015 - 12:11pm
TonyR wrote:Of course none of this would be a problem if there wasn't the usual too narrow cycle lane painted there. The cyclist would then have been within the same lane as the car and the onus on the driver to overtake safely, not the cyclist to leave the lane safely.

On my commute I have a long stretch through a village with about ten road narrowings from central islands. Fortunately there is no cycle lane on the road which means I don't have to leave the lane to assert a primary position through the narrowings. If you don't lots of drivers will try to squeeze through alongside you. If you do the numbers are much reduced but there are still the rushed overtakes and pull ins, the car horns and on occassions overtakes on the other side of the island or, if traffic is coming the other way, an embarrassing stop in the middle of the road against the island.
The lane disappeared under the cyclist before he moved out iirc.

Nope, just after.

Re: Invisible wearing Blue & Green!!

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 June 2015 - 11:52am
And the sun was in her eyes....

Re: Single room B&B Hay-on -Wye / Builth

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 June 2015 - 11:43am
Trericket is good, a few miles south of Builth - http://www.trericket.co.uk/

Re: Touring wheels

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 June 2015 - 11:36am
If they worked and are not too worn I'd keep them a while.
If you do decide to upgrade think about just doing the rear, your current 32 spoke front wheel is still probably stronger than a new 36 rear. The rear not only carries more weight it'll also wear faster.
My rim of choice for a 28-32 tyre would be the Exal 17 and my choice of wheelbuilder would be Paul Hewitt. Whoever you use make sure they use different spokes on either side of the wheel as advised by CJ on this forum. (Paul Hewitt and Spa Cycles and IMO every decent wheelbuilder would do this anyway)
I'd also learn how to change a spoke, you don't have to be a master craftsman to be able to get a wheel usable again and it's easy enough to carry spares on tour. It can happen on any wheel, the only spoke I've broke was from catching it against a hidden rock.

Single room B&B Hay-on -Wye / Builth

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 June 2015 - 11:34am
Hi
Any recommendations for B&B / Bunkhouse / Pub in vicinity of Hay on Wye, Builth Wells or west thereof ? Thanks

Re: Help settle an argument

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 June 2015 - 11:01am
Of course none of this would be a problem if there wasn't the usual too narrow cycle lane painted there. The cyclist would then have been within the same lane as the car and the onus on the driver to overtake safely, not the cyclist to leave the lane safely.

On my commute I have a long stretch through a village with about ten road narrowings from central islands. Fortunately there is no cycle lane on the road which means I don't have to leave the lane to assert a primary position through the narrowings. If you don't lots of drivers will try to squeeze through alongside you. If you do the numbers are much reduced but there are still the rushed overtakes and pull ins, the car horns and on occassions overtakes on the other side of the island or, if traffic is coming the other way, an embarrassing stop in the middle of the road against the island.

Re: Touring in Europe in late October

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 June 2015 - 10:54am
If you can get your bike on eurostar as carry-on then Avignon direct becomes possible as a start point. I'd be tempted to head south generally as autumn Mediterranean climates can be wonderful.

Re: Touring wheels

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 June 2015 - 10:47am
I built my own wheels for club riding when I was 15 years old using a pair of old hubs (nicely run in and cheap since I already had them), Mavic E2 700C rims (very narrow - 24 mm I think) and 'rustless' double butted spokes laced 3 cross. I subsequently used them for every type of riding including heavy touring on rough roads, even off road at times, with some serious gearing (SR Custom triple 32-40-52 on the front and 5 speed Suntour 14 - 34 on the rear (I changed some sprockets on the block for touring, changing back to 14-24 when not touring). To cope with the long chain needed I used a Shimano 500 rear mech with a lower cage assembly I made myself to take up more chain, later I changed to a Suntour touring mech. Now I have a Suntour 7 speed block 13-27 but in those days 5 speed blocks were the standard.

I still use the wheels today some 36 years on so I feel that some of the hype over having the right kit is simply a way of conning people into buying stuff they don't need. (I am about to re-spoke them since 'rustless' was really a bad name for the spokes and some of them are getting extremely close to snapping due to rust. At the moment all the spokes are still the ones I put in all those years ago.)

If you have had no issues with the existing wheels and you like them, then use them! Old and trusted is the way to go.
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