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Re: Solar charger or dynamo

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 August 2015 - 7:32pm
Quilkin has it right but I'd grab a cheaper battery pack so I could leave it charging in the toilet block without toooo much fear. Can recommend the Anker ones.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mobile-Phone-Ba ... =329078031

Re: Lightweight pannier suggestions for Tubus Airey rack

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 August 2015 - 7:24pm
Not sure about OP's weight calculations but that rack would work fine with the attachment of a nice beechwood topboard. Or lightweight plastic.

The $250 porcelain rocket panniers have same volume and weight as one backroller or a pair of old-skool Karrimor front panniers.

Re: Tour video of London (Outskirts) to Scotland

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 August 2015 - 6:27pm
mercalia wrote:Heltor Chasca wrote:Glad you enjoyed yourself. Sadly the link doesn't work on my device.
works for me
And me.
I recognised the Milton Keynes bit. I often go running by the Grand Union canal.

Re: Pride comes before a fall

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 August 2015 - 6:19pm
This article was just featured on ITV meridian news, www.itv.com/meridian
So now the whole of the Meridian area has seen this man's ugly mug and what a fool he has made of himself. He lives in Henley.

Re: Hook of Holland - Europort ferry

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 August 2015 - 6:12pm
Hi
We sail on Sunday night and it will be our first time cycling in Holland.
according to Eric van der Horst's guide book the ferry between Maasvlakte and Hook is operated by RET http://www.ret.nl it runs daily Mon-Fri every 30 mins until 8pm and weekends every hour until 7pm. The guide suggests it will take an hour to pedal there from the Hull ferry.

Edit --
just looked on ret and the ferry goes at 25 past the hour on a Sunday.
http://www.ret.nl/en/travel-with-ret/travel-planner/details/POI_239_Veerhaven-Maasvlakte/POI_237_Veerhaven-Hoek-van-Holland-Berghaven/vertrek/16082015T0900.html

-- end edit

We thought about taking that route but in the end have decided to cycle via Brielle, Rozenburg and Schiedam to get to Rotterdam.

Enjoy your trip.

Neil

Re: Solar charger or dynamo

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 August 2015 - 6:11pm
I have one of thesehttp://www.allmacshop.co.uk/proddetail/96840/Just-Mobile-Gum-Max-Duo-Universal-Charger-11200mAh/ (although I didn't pay that much for it).
It will need charging once a week, probably. I don't think there's a solar solution good enough for a bike, unless perhaps you're guaranteed full sun every day. A dynamo with the necessary voltage controller to charge your devices will cost more than this battery pack.

Re: St ives, Cornwall

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 August 2015 - 5:55pm
Philps

Re: Tour video of London (Outskirts) to Scotland

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 August 2015 - 5:29pm
Heltor Chasca wrote:Glad you enjoyed yourself. Sadly the link doesn't work on my device.
works for me

Re: Lightweight pannier suggestions for Tubus Airey rack

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 August 2015 - 5:29pm
tomawheels wrote:here's a spendier lightweight option:http://www.porcelainrocket.com/product/micro-panniers/
at 800 grams for the pair. I wonder if there are other companies doing similar designs this side of the pond?

I can't get this link to work

Solar charger or dynamo

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 August 2015 - 5:23pm
Hello everyone,
Some advice please. I'm planning a solo camping tour next year in France and need to address the issue of charging a phone and GPS. I've looked at various Shimano hub Dynamo systems but wonder if a solar charger would be a better option. I have no experience of either equipment. Any help would be appreciated....

Re: Calais Battlefield Tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 August 2015 - 4:55pm
Funnily enough, I visited Agincourt earlier this month! I stayed with the family in Le Touquet, took the bike and had a few shortish rides. To be honest, cycling is the best way to get about in that part of France in early August.
Rode to Agincourt one day, then up to Boulogne via the war cemetary at Etaples, the next. Busy road, but there is a good cycle path

Re: No longer fashionable to say Hello?

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 August 2015 - 3:44pm
I've always acknowledged other people on country lanes and rural tracks, whether they are cycling or not. I sometimes say "hello", and sometimes just nod and smile in their direction. I do the same with motorists who slow down to let me pass. And (though I can't see why it bothers some people) I tend to wear lycra on the bike. I think lycra clad cyclists are no more or less likely to be friendly that those wearing civvies.

Re: Calais Battlefield Tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 August 2015 - 3:13pm
On the way to Cambrai I would go via Vimy. Some very well preserved landscapes from WW1.

Also if you are cycling there from Calais, why not tick off Agincourt? 600th anniversary in October!

Re: No longer fashionable to say Hello?

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 August 2015 - 3:02pm
Still new to cycling but when out on my first 'decent length' ride a couple of weekends ago I met a half dozen or so other cyclists, roughly 50/50 spilt between roadies and hybrids. Every one took the time to say hi even if in one case it was just a raising of his hand off his hoods as he passed. And he was a lycra lout too. So maybe there's hope yet

Re: No longer fashionable to say Hello?

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 August 2015 - 2:51pm
I've had occasion to be ignored, even after offering a greeting, by groups of middle aged lycra-clad trendies riding cool expensive road bikes, while passing them on their patrols.

Re: I'm amazed!

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 August 2015 - 2:04pm
There's one going through the middle of Farnworth towards Bolton. Although it does change. Last week it was "THINK That text can wait"

Re: Tour video of London (Outskirts) to Scotland

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 11 August 2015 - 1:30pm
brilliant thanks for posting.
did you camp or BnB ,what camera did u use to film that.

anyway enough questions i enjoyed that even tho the music was a bit much for me im a bob dylan fan lol sorry.pity u didn't get to my part of the world Ireland great place for cycling but weather is mostly hit and miss just like the UK.

jags.

Re: I'm amazed!

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 August 2015 - 12:57pm
I've just seen a 'SHARE THE ROAD' info sign on the A579 Atherleigh Way near Leigh Lancs.

Re: New overtaking video

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 August 2015 - 12:34pm
squeaker wrote:mjr wrote:What do you think?Take a good look at 1m26s - overtaking at a junction and towards the brow of a hill And earlier on it misses the point about overtaking a vehicle doing more than 10 mph where there are double white lines.
7/10, and I still prefer the Scottish horsey one


Whilst valid points, it's best to keep the message simple. This is about giving enough space whilst overtaking.
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