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Re: New Route Planner

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 August 2015 - 5:27pm
That would be great, thanks Richard. Enjoy the hols

Re: New Route Planner

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 August 2015 - 5:17pm
On holiday at the moment but will tackle TCX when I'm back shortly!

Re: St ives, Cornwall

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 August 2015 - 4:22pm
St Ives is an excellent place for cycling and relaxing. I have three routes for you to consider

1. The coastal road from St Ives to St Just on the B3306 is widely regarded as the most scenic road in the South West. As the road winds through the heath and moorland you will see the patchwork of iron-age fields, unchanged for centuries. Views from the road are spectacular looking over the cliffs to the ocean beyond.

2. Hayle is fine for cycling. After the climb out of St Ives on the A3074 it’s a fast ride into Lelant and then onto the Hayle Causeway which takes you in Hayle. If you follow the national cycle network 3 signs you will be taken on King George V Memorial Walk which runs beside the estuary. The B3301 will take you to Gwithan Towans or Godrevy where you can get up and close to the lighthouse you can see from St Ives.

3. St Michaels Mount is not far from St Ives, you can cycle on the country lanes through Towednack, Nancledra, Crowlas (straight over the A30) and at Gwallon just follow the national cycle network 3 signs to the Mount.

Hope this has given you some food for thought

Have a great time in Cornwall.

Re: Scottish weather has me freaked out!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 August 2015 - 3:12pm
eileithyia wrote:Clegs never worried me, but midges!!!!! Ugh!!! They were bad last time i was up there due to a mild winter.....

But agree, forecast is often gloomier than weather turns out, i tend to adopt a wait and see policy if at home, or just do it anyway....

They are normally just an occasional problem but I got 4 bites from the 1 fanged vampires this time and no midge.

Re: New Bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 August 2015 - 3:02pm
Back in the late 1960s a clubmate of mine had those colours. I thought it looked elegant and understated. These days I suppose people would say retro. Still looks good to me.

Re: Lightweight pannier suggestions for Tubus Airey rack

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 August 2015 - 2:35pm
I have an earlier version of that rack in stainless steel (Luna or Fly ) and I use Ortlieb roll top panniers.

I've no idea what they weigh in £-s-d but subjectively they don't seem heavy. Mine are the smaller ones which can be used front or rear. They are as near as bombproof as you might hope for in bike luggage. Above all, they are very adjustable - which accounts for a bit of any weight. Being able to fit them on your rack seems to be the main criterion.

Re: New Bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 August 2015 - 2:25pm
Do like that colour scheme. I've been playing ion the Mercian Bike Builder to configure my next bike (saving in progress), but hadn't tried that combination. Was looking at plum with cream highlights, but that looks at least as nice!

Lightweight pannier suggestions for Tubus Airey rack

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 August 2015 - 2:21pm
I have had a Tubus Airey rack since Xmas time, but have struggled to pair it with some lightweight AND rubust panniers for a month long tour. The challenge is that the top of the rack is very small and most panniers that I have tried don't fit.

The lightweight panniers that I have tried (Arkel, Altura, etc) simply don't seem like they would last

I'm looking for a pair of panniers with robust fittings that weigh less than a kilo for the pair, otherwise I'm better off with my existing rack and panniers

Any suggestions?

Re: A night on the South Downs - Once in a Blue Moon

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 August 2015 - 2:00pm
One of my favourite circuits! Did you go up Sailors Lane to Beacon Hill?

Re: Scottish weather has me freaked out!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 August 2015 - 1:43pm
For the last 18 years or so I've been heading up to North West Scotland in May to either walk or in recent years cycle. This year was not good! My planned trip was Skye, the West coast and the Hebrides. I gave up after 4 days, had to change plans due to cancelled ferries, got totally battered by the wind and the forecast was showing worse to come! Oh and it was cold, made touring no fun at all, couldn't even stop for any length of time due to the cold wind. I was camping and the prospect of having to sit out bad weather in my small tent did not appeal at all.

We returned (to Islay) in July for a week. This time we had a holiday cottage as a base, and although it was still pretty windy (most days) and wet (for three days), we managed to get out on the bikes every day. Being able to retreat back to the cottage (and watch the progress of the TdF every night) made a huge difference.

Good luck to anyone touring up there at the moment (especially if you are camping). I'll be keeping an eye on the weather in September and may try and dash back up for a short tour then!

Re: New Route Planner

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 August 2015 - 12:42pm
geocycle, yeah, I can use gpx fine just not tcx. Its not the end of the world, but I started using tcx because it also gave me a little write up on the bottom of the screen, which I liked. Like I said, I can use tcx on ridewithgps, but not on this planner. Which is a shame because I much prefer the routes this one uses.

Re: Proper use of an A Gate

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 August 2015 - 12:34pm
Rather than relying on some of your friends are disabled, it seems better to measure the barriers against the maximum permitted sizes for mobility scooters.

Another bike was damaged by barriers on yesterday's ride. New route to us, barrier much tighter than it should be. I'll report it but there's no good reason for a barrier on an unfenced path over green space between two roads. Any half decent motorcyclist can ride over smooth grass! They're mainly a trap for law abiding cyclists who try to stay on the tarmac so as not to damage the grass

Re: New Route Planner

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 August 2015 - 11:56am
houndlegs wrote:Evening all
Is anyone having trouble using tcx files?
I'm using a Garmin Edge Touring, all up to date, but it wont work with tcx.
When I've downloaded route to garmin(in tcx) and then open it on my device it shows this: In summary, everything shows as zero. In map, I just get half a blue screen and half white. In elevation, nothing, just a grid. I've copied the route to ridewithgps and it works fine on that, just not here for some reason.
Any ideas anyone?

I have the same problem with TCX files on the edge touring. I use gpx format which works fine, except it doesn't send the altitude. You also have to rename it on the device as the file defaults to ACTIVE.

Re: Doored cyclist almost run over - good driving?

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 August 2015 - 10:44am
[XAP]Bob wrote:What the ${expletive} is wrong with people on here.

The cyclist was doing exactly what they are always told.
The taxi driver left about an inch too little space (better than a bus a couple of years ago).
The driver of the parked car was entirely at fault.

+1
And all three weren't expecting the unexpected,though the taxi driver did manage to respond to the unexpected situation rather well IMHO.

Re: Scottish weather has me freaked out!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 August 2015 - 10:08am
Clegs never worried me, but midges!!!!! Ugh!!! They were bad last time i was up there due to a mild winter.....

But agree, forecast is often gloomier than weather turns out, i tend to adopt a wait and see policy if at home, or just do it anyway....

Re: St ives, Cornwall

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 August 2015 - 10:05am
Eyebrox wrote:Big hills abound. St Ives is, of course, built on a hill. Try a ride out to Clodgy Point via Burthallan Lane and Ayr Road. Incredible views and the road struggles to accommodate the width of a car in some places. Enjoy.

Thanks, been looking at riding there as we have walked there on the coast path before.
So looking forward to getting out on the lane's and seeing the lovely coast Cornwall has to offer.

I was thinking of riding off towards Hayle one day but unsure if its suitable for riding being a popular holiday town.

Re: Proper use of an A Gate

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 August 2015 - 9:32am
TimP wrote:pwa wrote:I think the catalogue term for the A-frame things is something like "motorcycle inhibitor", if we are being picky.
Sadly they are also wheelchair inhibitors.
In the case shown in the photo the wheelchair is the only thing blocked (hard to manage curbs). everything else will clearly go round in the roadway thus putting themselves in danger and maybe causing accidents. It is a case of being worse than useless.

I have installed a few A-frames, and having installed them I enlisted the help of a wheelchair using colleague to test them. We also tested them with fairly large mobility scooters.

Re: Proper use of an A Gate

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 August 2015 - 9:29am
Paulatic wrote:Spotted this barrier posted on Twitter it's in South Lanarkshire

To judge that barrier fairly you would need to know the context. That could, for instance, be a permissive path where the landowner is keen on letting horses pass unhindered but wants to deter motor vehicles (including motorcycles). That step through gate could have replaced a simple full gate with a lock on it. It could be that the track, later on, is rough and unsuited to cyclists who are not ready and able to dismount and push. Context is important when judging access point infrastructure.

Re: New Route Planner

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 August 2015 - 9:06am
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