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Re: Tour de Manche Mapping (St Malo-Roscoff)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 July 2014 - 9:32am
Cor, that looks like fun!!
(I'll be able to try out my GPS with newly aquired maps-of-Brittany & Normandy )
Claud, you could use one of the on-line route planners to plan the route - Open Cycle Maps has probably got the TdM marked on it, or at least its consituent parts... then print out map sections.
In the past, I've used Geoportail to map French trips - especially for navigating through towns - and printed screenshots - I think they have recently added a print feature anyway. http://www.geoportail.gouv.fr/accueil
The paper stock I've used with both my own inkjet and the work colour printer ( ) is pretty flimsy and won't stand up to wind or rain, of course, but you could either go to the trouble of laminating them, depending on how many you need to cover the trip, or else put them all into one of the very effective waterproof pouches you can get on ebay these days for about £3.
Stop Press: It is marked on OCM, just not very explicitly!
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Re: Shipping the bike by plane

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 July 2014 - 9:26am
It's possible to protect mudguards by jamming a piece of folded cardboard (or anything else handy that is the right size) between the mudguard & tyre, then using a cable tie through the spokes and over the mudguard to hold it in place.

Of course, then you can't wheel the bike, but maybe just place the cable tie(s) as you pack, and cut them as you unpack? Do you need to protect anything except the back of the rear mudguard? That one is probably the most vulnerable.

Re: One year ban for aggressive use of car

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 July 2014 - 9:17am
Postboxer wrote:You'd think they'd be far more careful passing horses as a horse will do a lot of damage to a car.
And the driver would have to pay for their own repairs(own money or own insurance).

Re: Where are highlights available?

CTC Forum - Racing - 9 July 2014 - 8:30am
Lots of articles, video and photos on http://www.steephill.tv/tour-de-france/

Re: Where are highlights available?

CTC Forum - Racing - 9 July 2014 - 8:23am
Just don't go to the ITV Tour site - that gets spoilers, then a 3 minute highlight show.

Go to itvPlayer and get the 45 minute highlights without the spoilers.

Re: One year ban for aggressive use of car

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 July 2014 - 8:13am
You'd think they'd be far more careful passing horses as a horse will do a lot of damage to a car.

Re: Budget Commuting Bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 July 2014 - 7:55am
Drag? about a 1:1500 hill would be more draggy!
Lights off when you stop? Not likely, they pretty much all have standby capacitors, my rear light (the important one) does about 7-10 minutes after I stop.
Cost? My lights cost me less than £25 imported. I started with a few quid bottle dynamo, although I do now have a hub, they can be ~£50 imported, and that buys you a spare wheel as well!

Catch up with modern dynamos before you put up fight, it's doesn't feel fair otherwise

Re: Shipping the bike by plane

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 July 2014 - 7:52am
If you are using the CTC plastic bag method then it's best to keep everything still attached to the bike (eg the mudguards you are worried about). Hopefully the bike will be treated with a bit of care and you should have no damage. A bit of bubble wrap here and there may help.

Re panniers, it will depend on your weight limit. If bike is part of your limit, then you will probably only be able to check one in, the other will have to go as hand luggage. Remember nothing 'danderous' eg tools, knife in the carry on one.

Re: Budget Commuting Bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 July 2014 - 4:15am
MikeF wrote:Tonyf33 wrote:Each to their own re dynamos but for their relatively expensive up front cost against a set that runs for several hours with enough light to ride at a decent lick in complete darkness for £17 and not require any special wheel or other set up and can be removed for use on any other bike or handle bar in seconds I can't see why one would want to bother.
I sometimes switch lights on in the daytime if it's raining hard for example, and recently when a lot of traffic was using what is normally a quiet country road because of an accident. Easy to do with dynamo lights. Can't do that for battery lights if you don't have the lights with you.

I'd be mindful to check the weather for any ride other than down the road for 10 minutes to the shops (as you can just stick your head out the door) so anyone 'needing' lights during the day, if it becomes very overcast or might be foggy for example you should be taking some lights with you in any case. for regular commuting including unlit roads I'd be taking a back up commuter light as well whether you have a dynamo or not, not to do so is just asking for trouble.

My rear light never comes off the bike and the bracket for my casual/lit roads light is there all the time so takes all of 3 seconds to fit and remove. for the unlit road light that takes 30 seconds as I personally don't need it to have a permanent attachment, that's 30 seconds for strapping the battery to the underside of the stem and clamping the light to the bars.

For the flexibility of fitting & removal and the ease of such plus not having any extra drag, nor requiring any special wheels that cost much more not to mention the light itself being very expensive by comparison I'll always shy away from dynamo's thanks..clearly for some people they like all the additional expense, weight/drag, no light when you stop (unless you buy a higher spec model) etc..oh yes I forgot..you do get 'free' lighting, but not so free when 'better' lights cost you easily a hundred quid less including the expense of charging a battery which is pennies per week even with a 5 day a week night time commuter.



As for the reason given above that the person won't remember to charge up a battery pack/seperate batteries..well

Re: Tour de Manche Mapping (St Malo-Roscoff)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 July 2014 - 10:33pm
We are going the other way, St Malo to Caen. The Michelin 1:150000 we purchased has bicycle routes marked on it that appear to match up with the http://en.tourdemanche.com/ website.

The map was Michelin Local 303 Manche, Calvados

Re: Shipping the bike by plane

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 July 2014 - 9:41pm
Most airlines require the panniers to be separate from the bike, though I know some people on this forum have left them on the bike.

I have sometimes checked one pannier & used the other as carry on. I have also put both panniers into a large duffel bag, or strapped them together and checked them in as one piece of luggage.

Re: Budget Commuting Bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 July 2014 - 9:23pm
You might get some bobby dodgers or illegal dazzlers for £17 but not decent lights for country lanes, possibly excepting German supermarket specials and even then you'll need to be disciplined about battery charging. For all else, dynamos win.

Re: Oh lordy, what have I let myself in for?

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 July 2014 - 9:07pm
GrumpyGit wrote:Once I've built up my strength a bit I do have a local substitute which should provide suitable training for Ditchling Beacon,
Highgate Hill is steep enough for most folks I've not done L2B but I know the route. You might need to ride up Highgate Hill more than once on one ride if you really want training . For example the North Downs are higher than Highgate Hill.
The problem with Ditchling Beacon is that it is situated very near the end of the run when you (and everybody else) will be feeling most tired. That's why so many people walk. However many people who are not super fit cycle L2B.

Re: Photo's (Possible spoilers)

CTC Forum - Racing - 8 July 2014 - 8:52pm
We were at the start of the Buttertubs climb.
We watched the race go by then waited an hour and a half for all the spectators to walk and ride down off Buttertubs before we headed up the climb to cycle back to Kirkby Stephen where the car was parked, and there were still people coming down.

Jens Voigt on his solo breakaway
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Alberto Contador, Tinkoff Saxo, with Mark Cavendish just entering the frame
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Chris Froome, Sky
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Thomas Voeckler, Europcar
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Rui Costa in world champions jersey
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Re: Oh lordy, what have I let myself in for?

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 July 2014 - 8:34pm
+1 for the 5:2 diet. All Hail Michael Moseley ! It works, it really does.

But as to the OP and his doubts about L2B, you’ve got until next year, sir ! Loadsatime. So you can have a good snigger at myself who has until .. umm, this coming Saturday to ‘train’ for L2B. Saturday ? Well, that is because I am entered for the L2B Night Ride. Similar route and effort but without the suntan. Full moon though . And the longest ride I have done this year, what with one thing and another, is a mere 31 miles; last night (in the dark) in fact. I admit I have left it a bit late. Oh yes. So I am probably not the best advisor for training; I fully recognise that.

As to congestion, check out some of the YouTube videos on L2B. A revelation. At least the Night Ride is limited to 5,000 participants. The daytime one is 30,000 IIRC .

Re: Tesco delivery van driver

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 July 2014 - 8:21pm
I have been impressed by all the supermarket home delivery drivers they seem to have more patience, does it reflect the age group driving these vehicles?

Re: Budget Commuting Bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 July 2014 - 8:20pm
Tonyf33 wrote:Each to their own re dynamos but for their relatively expensive up front cost against a set that runs for several hours with enough light to ride at a decent lick in complete darkness for £17 and not require any special wheel or other set up and can be removed for use on any other bike or handle bar in seconds I can't see why one would want to bother.
I sometimes switch lights on in the daytime if it's raining hard for example, and recently when a lot of traffic was using what is normally a quiet country road because of an accident. Easy to do with dynamo lights. Can't do that for battery lights if you don't have the lights with you.

Re: Photo's (Possible spoilers)

CTC Forum - Racing - 8 July 2014 - 7:48pm
^^

The thing being is that people want to take home with them a souvenir of the day. They want to remind themselves a few weeks or even a few years down the line just how close they were to the action. They also want to show (off) to others their photos to show just where they were on the historic day when The TDF came to Britain. I've shown mine off to friends and colleagues and the majority of them are jealous as we had such a good position by the side of the road.

I'll often take my camera to various events. I've got pictures from concerts that I went to in the eighties, like Pink Floyd at Maine Road. The pictures aren't that good - the ones in the programme are far, far superior, but it is good to look back on them just to say, "I was there".

Back to The TDF, I have no idea how the competitors manage. I'm not talking about people taking photos as such, although there will always be some numpties - just the sheer volume of people on the route. The density of the crowds on the actual roads on some of the sections must have really hindered the cyclists. I imagine that it makes the race more like a procession in places as passing must be near impossible.

Re: Shipping the bike by plane

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 July 2014 - 5:19pm
Vorpal wrote:There have been a few threads about these and related issues previously.

This one about Norwegian airlines... viewtopic.php?f=16&t=53378

The CTC website has this information about transporting by plane...
http://www.ctc.org.uk/cyclists-library/ ... /bikes-air

I've taken my bike in a CTC polythene bag (which you may not be able to do; see the thread about Norwegian linked above). I removed the pedals, unscrewed the hanger for the rear derraileur & cable tied it to the frame, loosened & turned the handlebars (hooked one drop around the top tube, with the front wheel still straight), put some bubble wrap round the shifters, then wheeled it into the bag & taped it up. I got tape at Wickes that was for greenhouses and polythene, and it worked really well. The polythene bag is small enough to carry in a pannier, if necessary, as well.

Another option is to use cardboard boxes from bike shops. You can use one that they have received a new bike in. Or you can scavenge some boxes from skips and build your own box around your bike. This should satisfy the requirement for a hard case or box. Then you can stick it in recycling when you get to your destination, and not have anything to carry. If you need another, you can get one at a local bike shop wherever you are.

There is also some advice on the 'to good to lose' thread about bikes on planes... viewtopic.php?f=16&t=67410

Hi Vorpal,
thanks for your reply.
You gave some interesting tips. I'll use the bag and I'm gonna make an hole so I'll be able to carry the packed bike like a bag. Where do you put the panniers? Do you pack them with the bike?

Re: Oh lordy, what have I let myself in for?

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 July 2014 - 4:58pm
I've not done this ride so can't comment on the training.....but for weight loss I'd recommend the 5-2 diet...it really works and you could lose 1-2lb every week......rather than be on a continuous restrictive diet you only have to control yourself at 600 calls on any two days of the week....after each day of that you rely enjoy food and you won't want to undo the benefits of the diet days on none diet days....it worked for me and my wife.
Weight reduction obviously makes cycling so much easier----especially over Ditchling Beacon!
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