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Re: Old Trafford to Wembley Stadium

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 May 2015 - 2:59pm
On the Audax UK website calendar is the Windsor - Chester - Windsor 600km event, complete with a downloadable routesheet. Some of that route may be of use to you. I know Chester is not Old Trafford, and Windsor is not Wembley, but it could still be a useful starting point for your own route.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 May 2015 - 2:38pm
pwa wrote:The Cardiff to Chester train journey takes you through some beautiful landscapes, and in good weather it is a bit of a treat. Booking a seat is a good idea, but you may need advice on the correct British etiquette should you find someone occupying your seat. You point out their mistake, nicely at first, then you become loud and insistent. I have seen people move the seat reservation tickets, so be prepared for a minor dispute. Look for the guard (or whatever they call them now) if necessary.
Or can just sit right next to them and glare until they move...

Re: travel insurance?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 May 2015 - 2:15pm
forestboy60 wrote:I am going on my 1st cycle camping holiday next month to France, and was thinking about insurance cover. What policies or companies do people use and recommend ?
I gave up on travel insurance many years ago, too much small print and having to pay for covering issues which don't concern me like missing a ferry connection.
I take an EHIC and the usual precautions I'd follow at home in the UK.

Re: Ideas for first tour - taking a toddler with us.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 May 2015 - 2:14pm
Tangled Metal wrote:but I am guessing there is one long train trip up to Glasgow then change to get into the highlands. I think you can get to the west coast of Scotland with just one change (taken from Oxenholme or Lancaster station - probably the latter one).

You have to change from Glasgow Central to Glasgow Queen St which is about half a mile.

Old Trafford to Wembley Stadium

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 May 2015 - 2:12pm
Today I purchased tickets to see my team (non-league Bristol Rovers) play in the play off final next Sunday and I am considering making the trip from Manchester to London by bike.

My Dad was a huge Rovers fan and missed the last final we played as he had booked a holiday months earlier on the same day, it was during that holiday that he had a stroke from which he never recovered (he lost speech and movement). For several years I have toyed with the idea of cycling from Manchester to Bristol to raise funds for the Stroke association The need to get to London for an occasion so linked with him has made me seriously contemplate if this is the time to stop putting this off and to finally itch this particular scratch.

There is a lot to think about and not much time to organise. However I first need to know what the practicalities are. I figure that I will use Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning to complete the 200mile trip, staying at B and B's for the 2 nights.

Where is the best place to go for information to plan the route and to be aware of any issues (cramping / fatigue, fuelling, safety, boredom) I assume that using a rucksack is ill-advised and the small amount of stuff would be better off in a pannier. Is there an idiots guide to this sort of cycling trip?

This will be a challenge – I am relatively fit, I cycle daily (about an hour in total) but never really such long distances. It could be put off for another occasion but I am not sure it will ever be such a strong motivation.

Re: What's wrong with the Schwalbe Marathon Plus MTB?

CTC Forum - MTB - 7 May 2015 - 1:15pm
Riding them on tarmac or any solid surface would be lethal as the metal studs will slide. They will also wear out very quickly.

I've found that in the four years that I've been using studded tyres I've not noticed them sliding on tarmac, let a lone being lethal. Yes, the studs will wear but not stupidly fast.

Re: What's wrong with the Schwalbe Marathon Plus MTB?

CTC Forum - MTB - 7 May 2015 - 1:13pm
Mattyfez wrote:Spike tyres are designed for riding on ice for extra bite.

Riding them on tarmac or any solid surface would be lethal as the metal studs will slide.

It isn't and they don't. Or, at least, there isn't any tarmac in Leeds which is even close to smooth enough that the studs slide on it. Noisy and slow, yes, but not lethal in my experience of a regular short journey through two winters.

Re: lycra cycling shorts on tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 May 2015 - 1:10pm
The padding on shorts generally tends to be quite thin and usually made from leather chamois or some sort of micro-fleece material which when having pressure on it, doesn't bunch up.
On a saddle, it's commonly a layer of foam or gel under the saddle surface and can move around when there's pressure on it. Think of when you sit on a cushion, it squishes in the middle and the material gets moved to the sides of where you're sitting. When that happens on a saddle, it can cause chaffing which causes blisters and sores and other horrible stuff.
There's probably other reasons too, but I think that's the main one.

Re: lycra cycling shorts on tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 May 2015 - 12:59pm
It has always struck me as funny (& I speak from a point of ignorance so please forgive me) why it's better to have a firm saddle & wear padding, rather than 'tother way round?

Re: What's wrong with the Schwalbe Marathon Plus MTB?

CTC Forum - MTB - 7 May 2015 - 12:15pm
Spike tyres are designed for riding on ice for extra bite.

Riding them on tarmac or any solid surface would be lethal as the metal studs will slide. They will also wear out very quickly.

With schwalbe, you have 'big block' tyres like the hans damph and magic Mary which are more mud tyres, intermediate tyres like rocket ron and racing ralph for less weight, more cross country general purpose, which have smaller blocks and then slicks like the marathon etc.

Tread pattern really is a matter of what terrain you mainly ride.

Re: lycra cycling shorts on tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 May 2015 - 10:50am
I am trying to decide on a saddle for touring, and have come across a school of thought that you need to wear padded lycra cycling shorts for comfort for long distance cycling

Hmm I wonder what qualifies as long distance? I just did a thousand miles in France with ordinary underwear and that was on my worst saddle (a Brooks instrument of torture). There were the odd moments when I felt discomfort but I notice no improvement on the other rare occasions that I wear the pair of tights with padding.

I dont normally wear padding and I do like to think of myself as a long distance rider (though I know many ride much further and most of them wear padding).

Re: lycra cycling shorts on tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 May 2015 - 10:35am
I see, thanks, should have done a search first. That thread has some good points. (for anyone's reference it's here viewtopic.php?f=15&t=96164&hilit=lycra)

Re: Solo Etiquette

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 May 2015 - 10:31am
mcallaghan wrote:
Chester (9AM Arrival - free day)
Rhyl
Bangor
Bangor (riding a loop on Anglesey)
Harlech
Machynlleth
Rhayader
Brecon
Cardiff (x3 or 4 nights - end of riding with a full weekend and then some to explore cardiff)
Chester (x 2 nights - train back to Chester midday, then one more full day in Chester before an early AM departure)


Hope I'm not repeating what others have said, but not enough time to read every response.

Most pubs/restaurants will be open from 6 at the latest and many offer food all day till 9/10pm. Chester has some great places to eat and a couple of good Italian restaurants (Sergios near the Cathedral is excellent). Rhyl, mostly tacky, greasy spoon places, but there must be some reasonable places; I'll see if I can find any. Bangor should be okay, but a high student population will mean fast food dominates the high street. Harlech, Machynlleth and Rhayader I have no experience of, but there will be "gourmet" cafes open during the day in these and other villages. Great food can be had in them, but they tend to close at 5. Brecon is a bit of a cultural place and has good food outlets and Cardiff has everything. You shouldn't have any problems with finding an evening meal.

If I'm available, I can easily cycle into Chester on your first day and show you around.

HTH

Re: lycra cycling shorts on tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 May 2015 - 10:13am
The saddle you choose should be comfortable no matter what you wear.
I could ride my former saddle for x miles in comfort wearing either Lycra or cotton or denim or anything else really.
Colin531 has an interesting thread in the Tearoom section regarding this same topic.
There are days when I swear I'd be lost without my new bib shorts and others when I wonder why I even bother. One upside I guess is that when Lycra gets soaked in the rain, it doesn't flap around in the wind like my cotton shorts and does dry quicker.

Bikes on Luton Airport Shuttle

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 May 2015 - 10:10am
Does anyone know if the shuttle bus from the mid-term car park at Luton Airport will carry bikes packed down in a CTC clear pastic flight bag?

Re: Ipswich to Southwold advise

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 May 2015 - 10:01am
I would be wary of the B roads. They are effectively the main roads of the area and can be busy with fast moving traffic depending on day and time.

My advice would be to get the OS map, Sheet 156, maybe buy or get from library and try to construct a route using the quieter yellow roads.

You can also do the cut off through the heathland at the end via Westwood lodge. You can get ferry from Walberswick or ride upstream to cross at footbridge. Some of the other off road/bridleway routes can be very sandy and almost uncyclable so you have to be careful if incorporating these.

Good pubs at Blaxhall - The Ship and Middleton - The Bell.

Re: Ideas for first tour - taking a toddler with us.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 May 2015 - 9:51am
Just done way of the roses a couple of weeks ago. Vast majority of route on quiet roads and cycle paths but a couple of very very short section on busy roads. I have never rode with a trailer before - there are a few very steep uphill sections and one particular very steep and long downhill that would need caution into Pateley Bridge (greenhow hill). Some of the cycle paths are narrow and might be difficult to negotiate with a trailer?

Re: Ipswich to Southwold advise

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 May 2015 - 9:48am
He's the pilot for the deben entrance too. You can get his mob no online.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 May 2015 - 9:48am
The Cardiff to Chester train journey takes you through some beautiful landscapes, and in good weather it is a bit of a treat. Booking a seat is a good idea, but you may need advice on the correct British etiquette should you find someone occupying your seat. You point out their mistake, nicely at first, then you become loud and insistent. I have seen people move the seat reservation tickets, so be prepared for a minor dispute. Look for the guard (or whatever they call them now) if necessary.

Re: travel insurance?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 May 2015 - 9:09am
Nationwide Flexaccount. Annual European travel insurance is free. Flexplus account for worldwide cover. Take your card. Halifax Clarity CC delivers fee free Euros from any cash machine. 3 321 simm with a £10 add on gives you 3p a minute calls, 2p texts and 1p a megabyte data in France.

Al
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