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Re: 24 miles: car slower than cycling?

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 May 2015 - 2:54pm
The saving only makes sense of course if you are on a low income. But you could look at it the other way round: ditch the car and you could live on a low income and have a lot more free time (and save even more money by doing some jobs yourself - like bike repairs). So that would be a lifestyle choice, not one forced on you by necessity.

Re: lycra cycling shorts on tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 May 2015 - 2:28pm
I use padded shorts for most of my cycling and feel less comfortable without. The question about why the padding (thin as it is) is in the shorts and not on the saddle is interesting, and I suspect the answer has something to do with padding in the shorts moving with you, so (hopefully) eliminating chafing. The padding in shorts is a spongy, fabric thing, these days, with the chamois leather consigned to history. Personally, I would take one pair of shorts. I would wash them ASAP after the day's ride, wring them out, neatly roll them in a towel then kneel on it to get most of the water to migrate into the towel, then make use of any other drying facilities. And if the pad is still a bit damp in the morning I would grit my teeth and put them on anyway.

Re: 24 miles: car slower than cycling?

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 May 2015 - 2:28pm
Yup, sounds like you do!

Re: 24 miles: car slower than cycling?

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 May 2015 - 2:20pm
horizon wrote:Cyclist:
Time to earn £10.80 @ £8.00 per hour = 1 hr 20 mins.


Nice,... They haven't included the extra commuting time needed to earn £10.80 and the cost of the time needed to earn the petrol to pay for the petrol. Ever decreasing amounts. I am sure there is a mathematical term for this.

If you know what I mean, then you know the damage taxes can do to an economy. Extra car journeys pay for tax equals extra car journeys to pay for petrol to pay for extra car journeys. I need a vacation

Re: lycra cycling shorts on tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 May 2015 - 1:59pm
I use padded shorts way less than i used to.

Hava taken to wearing aldi's synthetic underpants.

They cost £4 or £5 for two pairs i think.

Dry in no time.

Re: A Sad Day for Google Maps

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 May 2015 - 1:45pm
syklist wrote:ConRAD wrote:... if you right click with the mouse directly on the route you get exactly what you were used to with gmaps.
The options are: starting point, destination point, intermediate point. Gpx file export is then immediate.
GREAT !!!
So it #?ؤ%" well does. I hadn't thought to right click FANTASTIC! A (virtual) pint/rohloff/peanut butter sandwich made with jam* to that ConRAD!!!When I had a play, the only real problem I found was that the "clear route" option didn't allow you to then put in another route properly - you'd put in the start point OK, but the end point then replaced the start point. It's OK if you delete the points from the previous route one by one.

Re: lycra cycling shorts on tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 May 2015 - 1:39pm
andrewjoseph wrote:take two pair of shorts, wash the pair you've ridden in every night, clean pair next day. you should always the have a clean dry pair to put on.

Clean pair to put on yes, but dry?
I've toured many times when a pair of padded shorts can't be dried in a day. for less volume/weight I can carry an extra pair of non padded shorts and know they dry much quicker.

Re: Travelling with a bike on the TGV

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 May 2015 - 1:33pm
.... and if you are booking French railway tickets take a look at www.capitainetrain.com - brilliant service and online bike bookings (where you can) on TGV trains.

... more and more of the TGVs are taking bikes wheeled on - may be worth having a look at the online timetables (not all trains on the same route take bikes - have a look at services either side of your preferred time)

Rob

Re: People who have cycled the Pamir Highway...

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 May 2015 - 1:22pm
Hi Serbring,

The "chai money" was paid by the driver, but was of very small demonination of Somani to the officer on the take, when you are in country you will see this happening to drivers on a frequent basis, as mentioned we were personal never asked for a bribe and never had any negative dealings with the police.

We rang Shargaf at Pamir Silk whilst in Dushanbe and meet him personal, I believe he splits his time between Dushanbe and Khorog (where this is limited internet access)so that may explain the delay. Have you tried ringing?

If you have the time when you get to Dushanbe you could apply for the permit yourself, it cost $4 USD and is available from the OVIR office on Mirzo Tursunzoda Street, Dushanbe. Go first to the Amonat Bank on the corner of Bukhoro Street and Mirzo Tursunzoda street, pay the clerk $4 for GBAO permit fee and get receipt , then take this to the OVIR office and present receipt, passport copies and photo to officials at the first desk on the left as you walk in. They will sort out the rest for you and show you what to do. If they are issuing permits it doesn't take all that long to get it processed, but if you have a time limit then this option is less attractive. Take a pen and some patience.

We purchased a Beeline SIM card in Dushnabe for emergencies and only send a few texts and made a few calls whilst there, it was cheap but fairly useless in the Pamir as mobile phone connection is poor to non existent.

Cheers
K

Re: Bus plus a bike?

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 May 2015 - 11:27am
mrjemm wrote:North America of Lancaster? Ha, I wish that Lancaster was in North America! I guess predictive is getting feisty there TM. Carnforth to Warton though, what, 1 mile? Having not read right through my own link though, the buses I listed could go that way. Nice riding round there though, and getting on train not usually troublesome.
I think it was a link bus running through the villages around there and going back to the train station. IIRC back then there were a few routes including one that went towards the River Lune from Carnforth or was that Lancaster that had a rack on the back for bikes. Up to 4 bikes was a good service too but I think it was stopped way back in the early 2000s.

IIRC there are many Lancasters in USA and Canada. Of course wasn't it Washington himself who's origins are Warton , Lancashire? Well that is their claim and one of their pubs is named after him. It is a nice cycling area indeed but some of the motorists can drive close in or go round blind bends under the high hedges a little too fast for the road. Scared the whatnots out of my lass when we're towing our lad in his trailer round there. Total lack of care from people in cars. Then there are the idiots going to campsites with huge caravans and motorhomes using satnav to get there. End up taking the shortest roads to the A6 which really are not able to take them and opposing traffic (not even a bike with trailer can pass a motorhome on those roads easily. One of the caravan sites out there IMHO should be closed down because of these satnav idiots.

Re: Bus plus a bike?

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 May 2015 - 10:51am
I have put my bike & panniers on a normal service bus in the Black Forest back in 2007 (is it really that long ago?), just put arm out, pay fare, park bike in standee area, take seat - no fuss, the driver didn't even blink at the request.

Re: Hebrides tour? Or other Scottish Island tours with young

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 May 2015 - 10:31am
You are being a bit too ambitious I think. Go to Oban leave car at Hazelbank or Stoddart. Ferry to Castlebay then do Vatersay and Barra. Over to Eriskay and up through S.Uist to Lochmaddy.Ferry to Uig and down through Skye to Mallaig and then to Mull and so back to Oban.At Lochmaddy you could go up to Berneray for a visit. Could easily take a day doing this.
There are side roads on S. Uist worth exploring, As others have said you have to consider the possibility of strong headwinds. I took a week doing this at a mostly easy pace.

Re: mobile charger for iPhone

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 May 2015 - 10:00am
Not too sure about packs with rechargeable batteries but I use this one when i'm on the move.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00FZVYHOO

It's fairly chunky but when fully charged up it will provide 3 or 4 full charges on my LG G3. Charges using a mini USB connection from the mains but the lead for this isn't provided(I'd imagine everyone has plenty of these laying around the house in this day and age!)

Re: Bikes on Luton Airport Shuttle

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 May 2015 - 9:15am
Fortunately there's two of us so seems easy for one of us to get out at the drop-off point (£2.50 - sheesh!) with the two bikes, while the other parks the car

Re: Girona to Barcelona

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 May 2015 - 8:55am
It's not a service road, it just looks like that. I cycled it in the opposite direction a month ago. it is pretty confusing though. A better alternative is off to the right (maybe a further mile inland), there's a route that takes you along the foot of the hills via Sant Celoni.

Re: Girona to Barcelona

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 May 2015 - 8:21am
Tried that, but these service roads or via servici are a bit unreliable. They seem to run out. Last year there was only about a mile of Autovia but they've completed the road and it's now a 10 mile stretch. I chanced it, it was a Sunday afternoon and luckily the Guardia Civil were having a siesta!

Re: Travelling with a bike on the TGV

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 May 2015 - 7:31am
The TGV you will be taking from Montpellier to Paris doesn't have any bike spaces, so you are right, you will need a bike bag. The maximum dimensions are 120cm by 90cm, and it will just be considered like normal luggage. The train will probably be a double-decker, and if you can I'd recommend trying to get the bike upstairs as the luggage racks are huge.

If the bag is larger than these dimensions then you may have problems. The instructions on the SNCF website are quite clear: http://www.bikes.sncf.com/your-bike-on- ... in-france/

The Paris to Caen train takes bikes free of charge, so no need to worry about that part of the journey.

Re: A Sad Day for Google Maps

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 May 2015 - 7:14am
Malaconotus wrote:Nooooooo!

The new maps don't work on any machine I own. Streetviewing is a big part of ride planning for me and I can't do it now. had been going back to classic maps each time. What do I do now?
Does this? http://gokml.net/maps

I don't know how long this will be up but it works as expected. Plus Street View works too.

Street View on New Google Maps is now so utterly annoying (apart from things popping up and down all the time, the map is reduced to a tiny thumbnail at the bottom left making it almost entirely useless) that I hope that this alternative exists for a bit longer - for the odd occasions I wish to use Street View.

Re: A Sad Day for Google Maps

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 May 2015 - 7:12am
ConRAD wrote:syklist wrote:... the main difference with Google maps is that you have to enter way points in the left hand menu manually and place them in the right order, rather than simply clicking on the route to add a way point with Google maps...
... if you right click with the mouse directly on the route you get exactly what you were used to with gmaps.
The options are: starting point, destination point, intermediate point. Gpx file export is then immediate.
GREAT !!!
So it #?ؤ%" well does. I hadn't thought to right click FANTASTIC! A (virtual) pint/rohloff/peanut butter sandwich made with jam* to that ConRAD!!!

*select as appropriate.

Re: A Sad Day for Google Maps

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 May 2015 - 6:06am
Psamathe wrote:Stick to OpenStreet Map. It contains reference information (like supermarkets and what brand) though probably not as many and not as highlighted ("in your face") as the commercial operators.


I would like to use OpenStreetMap, but I can't find a way to make it display campsites until I've zoomed very far in. Is there any way to do this? At the moment I can only find campsites if I already know where they are, which kind of defeats the purpose...
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