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Re: Bonnet surfing

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 July 2014 - 4:42pm
Well at least he admits to it .

Re: SNCF RER trains, has anyone ever been kicked off?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 July 2014 - 4:33pm
Glad you're sorted. Putting the kids' bikes into a bag is a good wheeze that I've never heard anyone mention before.

MrsHJ wrote:I'll mull over the voies verte, trying to keep it as simple as possible for the sprogs especially my 8 Year old who struggles with change and unexpected stuff ie I don't want to scare him off, that why I'm heading for the canal section to start from.

I mentioned it mainly as a way to avoid the main road. It's basically a fairly simple route through the country lanes with minimal traffic. There's a nice little map here:


IIRC (I did it a few years ago) it was signposted for most of the way except for the village (SaintPaul de Léon) mid-way. The VV goes right past the ferry terminal (unless they've moved it).

There's not much in the way of unexpected things (good or bad): you could play vegetable ABC but once you've done artichokes, broccoli/brussel sprouts, and cauliflower/cabbage you've pretty much exhausted the possibilities.

Re: Ten Miles a Day

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 July 2014 - 4:12pm
That was exactly my thought about HR.
I don't use it nowadays, and rely on my computer working it out from the GPX track.
As it happens, I have records of all my rides since I went to Garmins.

I have a favourite ride, and have done it exactly 49 times with a Garmin since Feb 2008.
30miles with 2,900ft of ascent.

Calories varied wildly with HR input. Highest 2,473 and lowest 1,634 with all levels in between. 41 rides with HR.
Since doing away with HR, the figure is much more constant. Highest 1,489 and lowest 1,428. 8 rides without HR.

Personally, I believe the "without HR" more than "with HR", as the computer works out the energy required to lift my bulk+bike up and down the hills at the speed I do it. It cannot vary very much.

Re: Bonnet surfing

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 July 2014 - 3:25pm
He's changed plea to guilty... Just have to wait to see what he gets handed down.

Re: Long distance MTB routes in the UK?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 July 2014 - 3:22pm
Thanks everyone for the great tips , now to pick up a second hand mountain bike and make some frame bags

Spotted the highland trail website yesterday too, that looks lovely.

Now just the small issue of accepting that cycling in the UK in November will be wet

Thanks all,

Re: Ten Miles a Day

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 July 2014 - 2:52pm
We know that with a HR monitor it can be as much as 20 % out.
I was just pointing out that withOUT a HRM in the mix at all it could be far worse, comonly quoted as 40 % out and maybe even more.

I dont doubt for one minute that Ayesha does the miles and the effort.
I use mine as a comparitor from one ride to the next, and its interesting that when you have a bad time the heart rate can go up and hence the supposed energy kcals etc, goes up, but how can that be if you are the same or slower, so take care of reading kcals with minimum inputs.

Re: Long distance MTB routes in the UK?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 July 2014 - 2:45pm
There are always canal towpaths

New European Cycling Website

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 July 2014 - 1:53pm
Between 2011 and 2013, I cycled 22,000 miles (35,500 km) around 53 countries of Europe. I've put together a site (www.UniCycle50.com) about what I learnt in the hope that it is useful for others in future. But, more importantly, I could do with your input. If you have an opinion about a particular country or route, good or bad, or a blog that contains that information, please let me know about it and I will try to absorb your information into what I have written (even, or especially, if it says the opposite of what I've written) so that the site is not just limited to what I think. That'd be wonderful.


Re: Hello & Help!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 July 2014 - 1:41pm
See if you can find a copy of the AA French language holiday guide book. I got mine from Waterstones some years ago. It has sections on camping, hotels and even on bikes!

My recommendation would be the Loire. En avant!

Re: Long distance MTB routes in the UK?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 July 2014 - 1:41pm
Have a look at the route used by the Highland Trail 550.

Can be done in 4 days (without sleep!) but a couple of weeks would make a decent holiday.

Alternatively, the Cape Wrath trail (Fort Bill to Cape Wrath) could keep you occupied for a while.

Over three-four days, the Tour of the Cairngorms is another option.
Could be easily linked into the above routes - or done as a wee warmup.

Re: Getting to Germany with bikes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 July 2014 - 1:35pm
For several years now I've used my car to tour. Like you, I found it quite difficult to get where I wanted to go without massive amounts of faff! What I do now is drive to my selected area, camp or hostel and spend 4 or 5 days exploring the area and then move on to somewhere new. In this way I get to see and explore new areas in more depth than I would otherwise have done and also extend the scope of my holiday with minimum fuss. The other advantage is that it becomes easier to carry some home comforts as you're not limited to the capacity of your panniers.

I highly recommend the Mosel. I have stayed in the hostel in Bernkastel Kues on two occasions, it's a great base to explore the region. There are also other hostels up and down stream as well as plenty of campsites and B&Bs. Umm, better warn you though, the hostel in BK is at the top of a very big hill. Great views but a killer hill at the end of the day! If you wanted to extend your exploration of the area there is an excellent hostel in Prum, in the Eifel/Ardennes with a very good network of local cycle paths. It is also not too far to somewhere like St Goar or Bingen which you can use to explore some of the prettier parts of the Rhine cycle route.

Getting to Germany with bikes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 July 2014 - 1:13pm
After a great 2 week cycle tour of Brittany we want to do another and, being well into our 50s, thought an east tour along the Mosel sounds good.

We live in Glastonbury, Somerset and after spending what seemed like hours trying to figure a reasonable way to get us and our bikes to Germany (or Luxembourg) in the vicinity of the Mosel my head exploded.
How complicated can it be ? I've just given up trying to knit together where to cross the channel, find out which trains in France / Germany will take bikes without having to dismantle them (one Audax tourer and one hybrid) and get us where we want to go. There are just so many variations, cycle bans or permitted routes etc.

Have you managed to get to the Mosel with your bike ? If so, how did you do it ?
I'm almost thinking of stashing the bikes in the car and driving over (and then having to park up for 10 days or so) but that's counter to our wish to cycle rather than drive.


Re: Ten Miles a Day

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 July 2014 - 12:41pm
There’s another great big long thread on this forum which flogs kCals to death, so I’m not going to continue that subject on this thread.
25 kCals per km + 25 kCals for every 100m climbing, has got me through Audax for nineteen years.
However, Its NOT correct.
If it was diabolically wrong, I’d be dead. If it was moderately wrong, I would either gain or lose fat %.
Reality is it is slightly wrong and I maintain fat % without feeling depleted after 200 km.

Re: Ten Miles a Day

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 July 2014 - 12:29pm
I measured my 'Baseline' calorific expenditure on a chassis dynamometer in a controlled laboratory with my exhaled breath going into O2 and CO2 analysers.
Using the Carbohydrate / Oxygen formula, I could estimate the amount of CHO used during the exercise, and my Air/Fuel Ratio. ( I didn't need to shove a UEGO sensor up my jacksee ).
It came to between 45 and 50 kCals per mile along a flat road through still air ( simulated with a speed tracking fan ).
The equipment used cost more than a commercial HR monitor with kCals ‘hotch-potch’ calculation.

Re: First EVER Tour! (and I'm going RTW)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 July 2014 - 11:32am
Woah dude, pony news on the Iran Visa.

So you gotta go round then. To the north is the way that I've seen most people do it, Kazakhstan & China. Can you even go round to the south? Greece, Crete, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE & a ferry to Pakistan, is that even doable?

All the best finding another route!

Re: Help with choosing bike type and/or commute through Lond

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 July 2014 - 11:02am
aspiringcyclist wrote:One more thing, when buying a bike can you exchange a saddle for a more comfortable one for you before buying? Or do you have to pay for the bike with the existing saddle and then buy a new saddle?

Assuming you're buying new – yes you can, and if it's done at the point of sale you might get a discount . I bought through the bike to work scheme a few years ago and, on my request, the shop very kindly swapped the saddle for a Brooks, the tyres for Marathon Plus and the quick release skewers for security skewers (requiring a specific key) for the wheels. These were all at additional cost, but they gave me a discount on the tyres.

Regarding lights – there are also USB rechargeable ones that can plug into your laptop during the day. This is the one I have, although I don't use tow tow paths/unlit roads at night. If I were, I'd be inclined to invest in a more suitable front light.

http://www.rutlandcycling.com/153500/pr ... light.aspx

Vorpal wrote:If your seat post has a quick release, replace it with a bolt that requires tools, or take the saddle with you and put it in a locker, or something. Same with any detachable lights or other equipment.

+1. I always take a quick release seat post with me if I'm in central London for the day - there's generally somewhere to store it, and I can be sure of a comfortable ride home

Re: Bridge out on Lon Las Cmyru at Portmadog - options?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 July 2014 - 10:04am
I agree, the lost bridge is a tragedy but I'd still stick to the coast route, perhaps timing it to avoid rush-hour.
I also agree the above comment about the hill route above Harlech. The views really are stunning enough to help you forget about the pain in your legs from all that climbing

Re: 50 mph for lorries

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 July 2014 - 9:59am
Vorpal wrote: it's only a few minutes difference in travel time.
But I am Mr Toad and must exploit the 155 mph limit of my car on all roads.

Going at 40 rather than 60 for 10 miles is a total time loss of just 5 minutes - but it *feels* like a 15 minute delay, because that's ho long the delay takes, not how long the delay is.

Traffic lights have a maximum cycle time of 120s in the UK (http://www.traffic-signal-design.com/te ... y_main.htm), although this is often reduced to 90s.
Let us assume an average of 100s and that 40% of the time they are on green.
40% of the time there is no delay on the road
60% of the time there is a delay between 60 and 0 seconds - i.e. an average of 30s.
That means the average delay from a traffic light is ~20 seconds - so passing through 3 traffic lights will delay you by ~a minute (on average)

The delay from each mile of following a vehicle at 40mph on an otherwise clear NSL road is approximately equivalent to passing *one* traffic light.

Re: Gijon to Poole Ferry

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 July 2014 - 9:26am
So I called LD Lines, got through after being on hold for 20 minutes a very unhelpful lady who couldn't get me off the phone fast enough informined me they don't accept bicycles because of 'licensing'. I wonder if a CTC campaign might be able to change these license rules?

Re: Cyclist Knocked Over by Van Door

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 July 2014 - 8:34am
If your employer is good about allowing sick leave, that's good- but it would be nice for your employer to get compensation for their financial losses, just as you should for your injuries and losses, as it wasn't their fault either.
I didn't know myself that employers could have a claim against the person responsible for an accident, but now I do know, if I had a good employer I'd want them to be compensated as well as me, if that were possible. It's a rough time for a lot of employers at the moment, and rougher for the best ones who support their staff, as that makes their costs higher.
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