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Re: Isle of Mull or Isle of Skye over five days?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 July 2015 - 11:34pm
Thank you all for the recommendations and Paul the fantastic photograph of Iona. Indeed you're wisdom regarding wanting to return and going back over old ground, is sound advice. I have five days and not precious about route/time other than needing be in Inverness on the fifth day.
I did consider the infamous Applecross Pass, but if I was not ladened with my full camping kit, I might give it an attempt... though the single carriageway looks tight.

Re: "How many times must a rider fall off...?

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 July 2015 - 11:23pm
Last time I actually 'fell' off and it be my own fault was about 2-3 year ago, going to the supermarket late night after it had snowed heavily. The back road was somewhat compacted, exposed and it was about -3 and a 6% downhill gradient. Had one foot on pedal other foot down, managed to get onto a really slippery bit (& was probably getting up too much speed) and come a cropper fortunately landing mostly in the soft stuff.
Time before that was the first time I started out with SPDs about 13 years ago, came up to one of those stupid taere barriers across a cycle path and I tried to get through without disnounting and I forgot I was clipped in and didn't know which side to put my foot down
I have being knocked off though a fair few times due to micturate poor driving

Re: Scotland in 2 weeks

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 July 2015 - 11:20pm
hi Janus,

wow, well done on a brilliant tour! This was exactly what I needed to see to help convince me to get up and go on the tour I have been looking forward to! Your tent near the beach in Durness really looks ideal - was it too cold for a quick swim?!

Cheers!

Re: Skye to Oban Route

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 July 2015 - 11:09pm
Irc
PM sent.

Re: ITV4 Tour Coverage.

CTC Forum - Racing - 17 July 2015 - 10:53pm
Flinders wrote:
I wish someone would stop whoever-it-is saying X 'years of age' rather than 'years old'. Once is a novelty, twice is just odd, but all the time and it sets my teeth on edge.

(I see I'm not the only one who this darned phrase winds up, having read more posts.)
It's pandemic, really annoying.
Yesterday all PS was repeating (ad nauseum) was regarding tyre pressures, kept 'telling' PL constantly, then he gets it in his head he has to constantly repeat which town Qintana is from in that dodgy inflection he has to put on almost every 'foreign' word.
Today's PS theme was how sticky the tarmac is and the supposed huge impact it was having on the peloton

He's getting bloody annoying and is spoiling it, we have a similar type on the rugby league commentary, an ex pro who just runs out the same old crud every game, it's absolutely dire!

Re: All work and no play...

CTC Forum - MTB - 17 July 2015 - 10:40pm
Hi,
WOW................looks like heaven to me, yep hard on the hands rear and feet.

Re: What's your top weight saving tip for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 July 2015 - 10:30pm
I can easily do a CC tour with @ 10 litres of stuff so 20 is luxury! Don't take any toiletries - any decent overnight will have stuff available. I take a rechargeable electric razor - lasts the trip, can be used anywhere, takes little space. Don't overload with clothing 3 sets of bike stuff and 1 for off the bike. Lightweight rain jacket and a light fleece covers a wide range of on off bike warmth scenarios. Washing will generally dry overnight but with 3 sets you can afford to go 2 night's but remember to keep damp stuff separate from dry. I usually wear socks for 2/3 days on tour, they can be rinsed for extra use or dumped and replaced at low cost almost anywhere.

Take lightweight waterproof shoe covers - extra warmth but most important keeps riding footwear dry(er). Lightweight shoes/ sandals for off bike - your feet will appreciate the change.

Zip off trousers, walking t shirts - avoid cotton and nylon. I always split my kit by upper or lower body to make it easier to find stuff.

Always take some toilet paper/wipes - been caught out with a bad stomach once or twice and nothing worse than not getting clean down there and needing to keep riding

All work and no play...

CTC Forum - MTB - 17 July 2015 - 10:29pm
Even a work trip can be an opportunity to get out on the bike. Cortina d'Ampezzo is a delightful place for a ride.
http://www.farawayvisions.com/solo-in-the-dolomites/

Isle of Mull or Isle of Skye over five days?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 July 2015 - 10:18pm
I did a CTC tour of the Western isles including Arran, Kintyre, Islay, Jura, Mull and Ardnamurchan. We spent a night on Iona but it was rather spoilt by being double booked at the youth hostel and having to scrabble round for accommodation after the last ferry back to Mull had gone! My wife and I were lucky, being the only couple, we got a double bed in a B&B. Everyone else had to camp. The North Coast of the Ross of Mull is especially beautiful and quite remote.

Re: Longitude to date

CTC Forum - MTB - 17 July 2015 - 10:17pm
Can't comment on the complete bike but I bought a frameset a few months back. I wanted a practical bike that would take a hub gear, large tyres with mudguards and racks, I was going to buy a surly ogre but the genesis was cheaper and didn't have such a stupid name. I fitted a pair of trekking wheels with 47mm Schwalbe Landcruiser tyres which I already had and so far haven't felt the need to upgrade to anything wider, much of my riding is on narrow Devon lanes with often very poor surfaces and just a little off road stuff.
I would second what reohn2 said about how stable and predicable it feels. My main impression is that it is a really long bike, in fact the front wheel is so far ahead of the bottom bracket that Coco the Clown would have no toe overlap issues.
Sadly the latest Longitude is no longer cheaper than the Surly, however if you work in a circus?
Mike

Re: What's your top weight saving tip for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 July 2015 - 10:02pm
Eat all the cakes before you leave one thing less to carry

That tip is free

Re: What's your top weight saving tip for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 July 2015 - 9:57pm
al_yrpal wrote:Grow stubble, look cool and save weight

Al

How much does the stubble weigh?

Re: santander to cherbourg

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 July 2015 - 9:38pm
robing wrote:mullinsm wrote:I did the Santander to St Malo run

I'm in Burgos and am heading to San Sebastián and then St Malo. Do you have a link of your route? I had a provisional plan as far as La Rochelle but originally I was going to Calais.

I didn't plot it or plan it. I headed north east from Biarritz through Bordeaux towards Poitiers, then to Tours, Angers and Rennes before St Malo. To be honest, the terrain is pretty much flat whichever way you choose and the roads are so quiet it really doesn't matter which route you take. Just make sure you've got food as it can be very hard to find any out in the wilds.

Re: santander to cherbourg

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 July 2015 - 9:01pm
bikepacker wrote:mullinsm wrote:I had been told that the section across the border from San Sebastian was a nightmare with busy roads an tunnels to contend with. I did it on a Sunday morning And just set my Garmin to take me from one village on the route to the next and before I knew it I was in France having seen no traffic, no tunnels and no border. Once you're in France you can pick your route and you're pretty much guaranteed quiet roads.



I am glad someone has had the same experience I have had with my now 4 rides on this section. As I have stated in previous postings; if you pick the correct costal route as stated, from village to village you will have a good ride on fairly quiet roads. Once over the border at Irun you will find almost traffic free coastal roads past Hendaye and onto Biarittz.

Do you have a link to this route? I will be going from San Sebastian to Irun and then crossing the border in the next few days.

Re: santander to cherbourg

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 July 2015 - 8:59pm
mullinsm wrote:I did the Santander to St Malo run

I'm in Burgos and am heading to San Sebastián and then St Malo. Do you have a link of your route? I had a provisional plan as far as La Rochelle but originally I was going to Calais.

Re:

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 July 2015 - 8:54pm
TonyR wrote:It all depends on what cycling you are doing

Learning to ride - fall a lot
Learning to use clipless pedals - fall a few times always in front of a crowd
Mountain biking - if you're not falling off you're not trying hard enough
Road biking - shouldn't be falling off
Unicycling - if you haven't fallen off I don't believe you.
Racing - comes with the territory.
Cycling back from the pub - we won't mention that.


I once had a boss who confessed to me a shameful story that involved her and her ex-husband getting rather well refreshed in a country pub then leaving in the dark on a tandem without lights. Not surprisingly they crashed, but that was because they ran over some poor bloke walking home on a dark lane. They did a runner, leaving the poor man to pick himself up. A week or so later they read an account in the local paper of a hit and run incident where a cyclist had run a man down leaving him with a broken arm! He had not noticed that it was a tandem that had hit him. Lots of morals to that story. One is don't cycle when under the influence.

I would recommend the OP gets a GP to at least discount a medical cause of the falls. Just to be on the safe side. Apart from that I would put it down to a belated learning process. I did most of my learning on a bike when I was young, so I instinctively know when to put a foot down and so on.

Re: Isle of Mull or Isle of Skye over five days?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 July 2015 - 8:46pm
NoodleJam wrote:Thank you for those very useful suggestions.

Now tweaked my route to Mull instead of Skye based on less tourists and hopefully less midges (I will be taking two cans of Smidge and ASSS to keep the pests at bay) with a ride back up to Inverness via a small part of Skye instead.

Part 1
Fort William to Mull and back up to Mallaig
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/9314504

Part 2
Armadale to Inverness
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/9314660

I haven't included the road onto Iona and will play it my ear depending on time, I like the idea of a night on the island after day trippers.

Thanks again.


Hey NoodleJam,

Just want to say a big thanks for the routes you posted. The Fort William to Mull route is especially helpful. I'm planning on cycling from south Lakes to Androssan, across to Campbeltown and wriggling all the way up to Durness/Cape Wrath and across to JoG but would love to try and travel to Mull and Iona if I get the chance along the way (have no idea about the return route as of yet - via Norway, Sweden etc?!). Getting excited and very nervous about setting off! Some of the storms up in the west and north west of Scotland have me a bit worried - wild camping when there is a thunder and lightening storm for example!

Have a great trip btw!

Re: "How many times must a rider fall off...?

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 July 2015 - 8:31pm
Vorpal wrote:oneten wrote:tourer with 25mm Marathon Plus tyres. I was loaded with two heavy panniers and had inflated them to 80 psi the day before the most recent crash in the rain - too hard for the wet conditions perhaps?
The last pair of marathon pluses I had were horrible in the wet. There have been a few discussions about them on the forum over the years. I think the consensus is that they are good for puncture protection, but not the best riding or gripping tyres. Do a search on 'marathon plus' and you'll see what I mean.

Here are couple of threads:

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=56271
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=81413

And are a horrible riding experience from a comfort POV

Re: Doping culture still exists.

CTC Forum - Racing - 17 July 2015 - 8:27pm
Flinders wrote:It must be soul-destroying to be clean and face the fact that your competitors are doping and beating you as a result, with the insult added to injury being that you yourself will be suspected of it and/or even accused of it, either behind your back, or even to your face in interviews.

I agree,and when you beat the opposition roundly as Froome(assuming he's clean)did the other day only to be met by the French press pointing the finger the morning after must be either soul destroying or make you more determined to stamp doping out and condemn it at every opportunity.

The worst of it is that we're surrounded by so much lying and cheating,especially by the worst example,Lance Armstrong.Not to mention other public figures such as politrickians with far great powers than atheletes,I become very cynical.
My old Dad used to say 'money sorts the men out from the boys',how right he was.

Re: French End to End

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 July 2015 - 8:08pm
Just to the south of the city centre there is a Decathlon. They have always been very good to me when it comes to box giving.
Watch out, though, there is also a Decathlon there which specialises in fishing (nature) and golf only.....
Box in French is "boite" (b-w-at)
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