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Re: Cycling in the Bordeaux region

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 January 2016 - 11:32pm
Don't know if you've already booked your accommodation for the Bordeaux area, but you might want to check out the hotels/B&Bs mentioned in the blog of our 2012 trip around the Aquitaine region. http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/circleaquitaine2012 We booked all ahead, no worries the day-of, and you get your pick of places, rather than settling for whatever still has a vacancy.

It's a beautiful region - hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Re: Downside to cheaper petrol.

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 January 2016 - 10:14pm
You know I think I agree. It's been great for the last couple of years watching gas guzzling Range Rovers pootle along in the inside lane at 50-60mph to save petrol, but I too think it's changed recently. Just today, my car pool compatriots were remarking that the 85mph 'fast laners' were back with a vengeance - roll on another fuel price rise and quieter roads!

Re: Marylebone-Oxford Bike on Train

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 January 2016 - 10:09pm
mjr wrote:If I recall correctly the Clubman trains (earlier than the Turbostar 170s)
I think the trains used on the Oxford Parkway service are actually Turbostars that Chiltern nabbed from Transpennine and have slightly retrofitted into Clubmans. But don't quote me on that!

Re: Marylebone-Oxford Bike on Train

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 January 2016 - 9:35pm
on6702, who uses the service regularly, says that some of the rolling stock is being repaired at the moment, so trains are shorter than usual. As I have another reasonably easy way to get to Oxford, I think I'll keep with that. When things settle down, and when time isn't an issue, I'll have a go via Marylebone.

Thanks again to all.

Re: New website(to me anyway)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 January 2016 - 9:13pm
Nice site , cheers for sharing .

Re: British driver wipes out Pro riders

CTC Forum - Racing - 25 January 2016 - 9:11pm
Awful... Book. Throw it at her.

John Degenkolb would have been in coming into top form too in the approach to his Spring Classics campaign.

Re: Northamptonshire/Bedfordshire/Cambridgeshire tour advice

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 January 2016 - 7:54pm
Thanks for the links will spend some time on this site tonight cheers

Re: Commuting lights

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 January 2016 - 7:30pm
SA_SA_SA wrote:mjr wrote:.....I carry small get-me-home lights in my tool bag but that's mainly because I've needed them several times while using battery lights and I don't often add/remove things from the tool bag as it moves between bikes. They're not sufficient to be legal, but you're allowed to complete your journey if a legal light fails (RVLR section 23(3)(c) ) so it's only to give me a rear light or help me see through the totally-unlit bits, albeit at reduced speed.

Doesn't that bit say sunrise to sunset (i.e. daytimeie not lighting up time) (only motor vehicles need lamps fitted in daytime)? Is there provision elsewhere to 'limp' home with defective or an emergency substitute lamp during sunset to sunrise (lighting up time)?
You're quite right - at least now AFAICT. So is the police issuing stripey-edged slips (or whatever they are now) to vehicles driving with blown bulbs telling them to get them fixed before being seen on road again enshrined in law or just something police have done?

Re: British driver wipes out Pro riders

CTC Forum - Racing - 25 January 2016 - 7:14pm
Hopefully Spanish justice isnt as soppy as hed get back home.

Re: Grand Union and Leicester branch Canals

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 January 2016 - 7:06pm
It seems that a lot of camping grounds are without any kind of website or contact details. I'm toying with the idea of B&Bs but prefer the idea of camping. Of course the vital ingredient in a camping location is a pub with food as I won't be carrying food or cooking pots. I'm guessing you're never more than a few miles from a pub along the canal or route 6.

Re: New website(to me anyway)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 January 2016 - 6:53pm
Great share, thank you. Love the write ups and the photography. Inspiring.

Re: Grand Union and Leicester branch Canals

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 January 2016 - 6:46pm
There's also Proctors Leisure Park next to the river at Barrow Upon Soar - you'd almost certainly be able to camp there, but contacting them in advance - I gather - might be a challenge

Re: Grand Union and Leicester branch Canals

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 January 2016 - 6:43pm
No promises, but it might be worth contacting Waterloo Farm Leisure who have an entrance directly onto Sustrans Rt 6 near Great Oxenden south of Market Harborough - they are very cycle freindly so may be accommodating

Re: Muck on Tracks

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 January 2016 - 6:42pm
Grandad wrote:when she was a child in the Black Country horse droppings in urban streets were so prized by keen gardeners that most were scooped up almost immediately

Also in suburban Surrey - many a time I cleaned up behind the baker and milkman's horses.
I wish somebody - like, the local council - would clean up after the farmer who cuts the hawthorn hedge most of the way up the side of the new cycle track between the village where I live and the local town. To make matters worse he did it in dribs and drabs, one field at a time, over the last three months or so. And if you ride on the road, a busy 60 mph single carriageway, to avoid the carpet of thorns, you get the horns sounded at you.

Can't blame the farmer, it's not his fault, but you would think he and the council would talk to each other.

Small consolation: picked up a dead hare on the cycle track on Saturday evening - poor thing, but roadkill doesn't last long around here either...

Re: How to inflate tyres on the road?

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 January 2016 - 6:36pm
I would recommend the Lezyne as well.
Very well made, robust,light and effective.

Re: Touring New Zealand

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 January 2016 - 6:17pm
I've just returned from a fabulous month cycle touring in the South Island. New Zealand is a great place to tour with many campsites and backpackers hostels. The roads are great and the traffic slight compared to Europe. Many Kiwis will bring up bad traffic and poor driving, but compared to Europe it is paradise! Probably busier than historically but still great for cycling, even the bug dairy lorises gave me plenty of room and a warning toot if required. Only bad drivers seemed to be in rental city 4x4 vehicles.

My route was Picton-Nelson-Motueka-Murchison-Punukiki-Haast-Wanaka-Queenstown which took about 3 weeks with plenty of days off to indulge in the various activities on offer. Longest day 140km. Hottest day 31. Coolest day around 20. One rain day but warm.

Flight via Singapore with a day layover in Singapore, bike checked right through.

Hope that helps

Re: Muck on Tracks

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 January 2016 - 6:10pm
when she was a child in the Black Country horse droppings in urban streets were so prized by keen gardeners that most were scooped up almost immediately

Also in suburban Surrey - many a time I cleaned up behind the baker and milkman's horses.

Re: Commuting lights

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 January 2016 - 5:44pm
mjr wrote:.....I carry small get-me-home lights in my tool bag but that's mainly because I've needed them several times while using battery lights and I don't often add/remove things from the tool bag as it moves between bikes. They're not sufficient to be legal, but you're allowed to complete your journey if a legal light fails (RVLR section 23(3)(c) ) so it's only to give me a rear light or help me see through the totally-unlit bits, albeit at reduced speed.

Doesn't that bit say sunrise to sunset (i.e. daytimeie not lighting up time) (only motor vehicles need lamps fitted in daytime)? Is there provision elsewhere to 'limp' home with defective or an emergency substitute lamp during sunset to sunrise (lighting up time)?
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