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Re: Pumping up 29er 2.4inch tyres

CTC Forum - MTB - 7 April 2015 - 10:54am
I bought one of these as new(thanks Ali ) from a forum member:- http://www.topeak.com/products/Pumps/TurboMorphG
It does a brilliant job,well pleased

Re: Hotel or camping during a cycling tour?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 April 2015 - 10:52am
Depends. I like camping, but I also like B&Bing. Almost all of my cycling trips have been B&B ones though so I didn't have to carry the camping stuff and could get away with using my lighter audax bike. These were all solo trips though. I would think if I were to going with someone else and we could split the camping load that would be more likely the choice.

Re: Wild camping in England ???

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 April 2015 - 10:46am
Hi RR, not illegal in Scotland sorry, just England with the possibility of permission wild camping in English national parks. Geographical slip!

Re: Wild camping in England ???

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 April 2015 - 10:40am
Weimarunner wrote:That sounds great RR, I'll get myself up there one day.
Wild camping means different things depending where you're touring. In the UK where it's illegal other than at a few national parks a stealthy approach is necessary. I occasionally stay at a camp ground that allows open fires and then I take full advantage of a fire, I don't feel bad about scorching the grass when I'm paying for that privilege.


Hi Bud, Your post is a wee bit misleading. I would hate to think people reading this could be discouraged from touring Scotland because of that so worth setting the record straight. Wild camping is NOT ILLEGAL in Scotland nor is it restricted to national parks. In fact the national parks may be the very areas where you will find restrictions on camping! You are generally quite within your rights to wild camp and light a fire anywhere in Scotland as long as you comply with the few rules which are based on common sense. I would never burn a new fire mark into grass. Like I said earlier, if you approach it with the mind set of 'consider the needs and rights of others and leave no trace' It is quite possible to have a small fire and comply with that view.
Stealth is not required in Scotland. Just enjoy responsibly. I don't know how anyone could be bothered with touring freely all day then resort to hiding in a bush of an evening to get a sleep. I can't see the fun in that at all.

Re: Hotel or camping during a cycling tour?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 April 2015 - 10:35am
chris_suffolk wrote:Doing Dover - Cape Wrath over the summer, using my road bike, so having kit transported and sleeping in B&B's will suit me fine. Can see the allure of camping, and doing as I please, but then the prospect of cycling all day in poor weather, setting up camp in the rain, and trying to cook etc before repeating the next day puts me off. At least with a B&B I can dry out and get warm each night if the day hasn't been briilliant. Of course touring outside the UK could reduce the chances somewhat.

Don't bet on it! i generally reckon on having 3/4 wet days on each trip - sometimes its more, sometimes its less - worst up till now was a Zurich to Salzburg and return trip all under canvas, 8 wet days/nights out of 18, yes it was miserable at times but the dry 30 degree days just about made it all bearable! I was strapped for cash (due to a faulty cash card!) so i didn't have the option of hotel/b+b, was i glad that european campsites are better equipped than UK ones with campers lounges etc!

Please ignore!

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 April 2015 - 10:29am


Re: Dilema - mud-guards or wider tyres

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 April 2015 - 10:17am
you could go to 25 tyres and fit some Raceblades or similar which would give you more comfort (possibly) and keep you fairly dry
I'd look at Conti Gatorskins which have great puncture protection and wear characteristics - you might even squeeze in the 28mm tyres

Re: Carrying currency on a tour in Europe

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 April 2015 - 10:13am
BeeKeeper wrote:Sweep wrote::D bigjim wrote:My expereince in Germany and Austria is that the small hotels, Zimmer, etc, is they will not accept a card. They have a heart attack when you show a credit card. France or Portugal no problem.
Wny their extreme aversion to cards?

I do know there is a certain preference for cash in italy - you don't have to think too hard to figure out why.
It's a cultural thing in Germany, traditionally cheques were only used for big purchases like a car or house, everything else was cash. It was an attitude which made the country much less susceptible to the credit crunch when it happened.

Over the last few years i've seen this change dramatically - yes some places only take cash (or bank transfer) but many more shops take cards although one or two have issues if its not from a German bank! I try to make sure i have enough cash to cover one nights accomodation just in case.

OTOH in Switzerland you often have to use a card - even for stuff like tram/bus tickets as the machines don't take cash. If they do take cash they will however often accept Euros/Dollars as well as CHF

Re: Dilema - mud-guards or wider tyres

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 April 2015 - 10:00am
If you decide to stick with 23mm try to find a supple variety to give the plushest ride that a 23mm can manage. I'm no expert in 23mm (only go down to 25mm) but in 25 mm I find GP 4 Seasons very supple and fast, and they wear okay.

Re: Practical GPS 101

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 April 2015 - 9:59am
Do you have a late model smartphone, if so, create a route in Garmin Connect with your phone, then download the route into your phone via the Garmin Connect app. If you can create a route with your phone, then you can plan your route on the fly, because phones will transfer routes to the 510, 810 and 1000. I have an iPhone 4s and can't create a route in Garmin connect but the later phones might, or it could be my browser that's struggling.

My mate had the 800, got rid of that when the 810 came out, but that gave trouble so now he's got the 1000 and doesn't think it's much better, screen wise than the 810, even though it's bigger, the resolution aint that great, the smartphones rock in the mapping department, that's why I bought the 510. I regularly turn my 510 off when recording a route, I'll commute to work, turn it off and resume the recording when I ride home. The unit turned it'self off when in my pocket the other day and saved the data, so I had two logs for that day. Charging wise, I take a big battery with me when touring and hiking, but didn't use it on my last tour because I was staying in accommodation along the way, but have used the battery over a five day hike and that charged the Gps which was used day in day out plus the phone which was used for photo's. I just bought a Shimano dyno and AXA lights, that should charge both the GPS and phone, but we'll see.

Re: Wild camping in England ???

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 April 2015 - 9:39am
That sounds great RR, I'll get myself up there one day.
Wild camping means different things depending where you're touring. In the UK where it's illegal other than at a few national parks a stealthy approach is necessary. I occasionally stay at a camp ground that allows open fires and then I take full advantage of a fire, I don't feel bad about scorching the grass when I'm paying for that privilege.

Re: Butser Hill - proposed cyclepath for the missing link

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 April 2015 - 9:17am
Route plan with pictures now available on the Hampshire County Council website. ( 3Mbytes )
http://www3.hants.gov.uk/transport-sche ... scheme.htm

Re: Dilema - mud-guards or wider tyres

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 April 2015 - 9:11am
Stick with mudguards. If it rains for a few consecutive days you will be very uncomfortable, more so than a bit of vibration etc from the narrow tyre.

If you want look at a wider tyre then remember that not all manufacturer's sizes are the same. A 25 in Michelin Pro 4 is very tall when compared to a 25 Continental 4 Seasons. I have cycle camped with both these tyres with no comfort problem due to tyres, so carrying nothing I would not expect you to have any issues.

Dilema - mud-guards or wider tyres

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 April 2015 - 8:52am
I'm cycling Dover to Cape Wrath in the summer on my road bike (supported tour). Currently run 23mm tyres, but it's been suggested 25mm may be more comfortable over that distance (1000 miles in 2 weeks).

Problem is I can't go 25mm and fit my mud-guards as there isn't enough clearance on the frame / brakes. Do I go with existing 23mm and keep the guards, or ditch the guards in favour of 25mm? Going in August, but can't guarentee dry weather / roads even at that time of year

Thoughts, and reasoning, appreciated, thanks

Chris

Re: Wild camping in England ???

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 April 2015 - 8:51am
Someone who did it a lot wrote an article on wildcamping in England in my club magazine a few years ago. She said be aware that farmers may (1) drive tractors around their fields in the dark with the lights off, and (2) transfer livestock from one field to another in the wee hours.

A German cycle tourist I met said wild camping is really easy in England, presumably in comparison to Germany.

Re: Carrying currency on a tour in Europe

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 April 2015 - 7:44am
Sweep wrote::D bigjim wrote:My expereince in Germany and Austria is that the small hotels, Zimmer, etc, is they will not accept a card. They have a heart attack when you show a credit card. France or Portugal no problem.
Wny their extreme aversion to cards?

I do know there is a certain preference for cash in italy - you don't have to think too hard to figure out why.
It's a cultural thing in Germany, traditionally cheques were only used for big purchases like a car or house, everything else was cash. It was an attitude which made the country much less susceptible to the credit crunch when it happened.

Re: Wild camping in England ???

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 April 2015 - 12:39am
sabrutat wrote:I rode the Coast and Castles route recently, and wild camped pretty much the entire time. Here's my blog entry about a portion of it: possibly NSFW if your boss doesn't like swearing.

http://bit.ly/1d9ipnE

Cheers

Stef


Liked it Stef. I like your warts an all style.

Re: Wild camping in England ???

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 April 2015 - 12:37am
Weimarunner wrote:Personally wouldn't dream of lighting a fire whilst wild camping, there's plenty of camp sites that allow open fires.
Here's a 'how to' wild camping guide. - http://www.cycletourstore.co.uk/wild-ca ... -to-guide/


I can see that there are instances when a fire would be totally inappropriate but if you never have a fire while wild camping you are missing out on a real big pleasure and a major part of the experience.
There is no problem lighting small fires while wild camping in Scotland. It is allowed. I think the blog you have attached is more about what I'd call stealth camping rather than wild camping. The essence of wild camping in Scotland has nothing to do with hiding so you actually can do it with a bright orange four man frame tent if you want. It is all about being considerate of others who share the land and leaving no trace when you go. That about sums it up. Get yourself up to Scotland and dance round your campfire howling at the moon, you will want to stay here !

Re: What is gr8 about motorcycling?

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 April 2015 - 11:44pm
bigjim wrote:Lawrence had a regular run for sausages, bacon and pie, a run he did on his
Brough Superior SS100....
And he died in a motorcycling accident.
Wikipedia wrote:At the age of 46, two months after leaving military service, Lawrence was fatally injured in an accident on his Brough Superior SS100 motorcycle in Dorset, close to his cottage, Clouds Hill, near Wareham. A dip in the road obstructed his view of two boys on their bicycles; he swerved to avoid them, lost control, and was thrown over the handlebars.He died six days later on 19 May 1935.

Re: so when do the shorts come out?

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 April 2015 - 11:33pm
Wore shorts for the first time this year yesterday afternoon. I put on a long-sleeved jersey but could really have done with short sleeves. This morning it was a bit foggy and I started off in longs and a fleece jacket over the jersey, but the sun gradually came out and I was able to strip off again. Summer is a-coming in!
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