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Re: Short cycle tour to get my reluctant partner into cyclin

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 May 2015 - 2:14pm
I can recommend the Devon Coast to Coast much of it traffic free the rest quiet lanes.
We did it starting in Barnstaple which made it about 80 miles so 3-4 days at 20-30miles/day.
You can get the train to Barnstaple then stay overnight (we got a deal at the Royal and Fortesque) and then return from Plymouth.
There is a back-packers hostel (can't remember name) after about 20- 30 miles right on the route and a YHA in Okehampton.
Plenty to see in terms of differing country side. Starts with Estuary, then wooded valleys, skirts past Dartmoor over some viaducts finally through a country park and a quiet industrial docks part of Plymouth and onto the Hoe. Also plenty of pubs along the way.
http://www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map/rout ... t-to-coast

Re: Rack Pack for Tubus Airey

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 May 2015 - 2:12pm
pretty much any 'front' panniers - my choice would be Ortliebs. You might get away with some of the smaller rear bags but bear in mind that there isn't the same degree of support - particularly important as the bags lay on the rack rather than hang from.

I have a Ti Carry which takes full size bags but that has the extra rear support bars.

Re: Short cycle tour to get my reluctant partner into cyclin

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 May 2015 - 2:09pm
Well this is an interesting thread with ideas for routes. 30 miles a day is what my partner is considering for our first tour. I am a keen cyclist and fitter than she is but never toured. She is a slower cyclist but has done a lot of touring in out of the way places that don't get many Western Europeans cycling through. The limit of about 30 miles a day is based on the fact we have a 2 year old child and he is unlikely to go much longer than 1-2 hours in one sitting even in the trailer when asleep. That means a cycle then a walk then a cycle then a walk throughout the day. Plus add in the sometimes 8mph average speed we do we do not get far. This is why I too am looking for something similar to the OP only not in the same area. I've posted for ideas but got none just general advise so I will listen to advise on here.

For my part I wondered about the coast and castles route (or part of it). This is up the east coast through Northumberland ultimately reaching Edinburgh IIRC. A bit far north for the OP's needs perhaps but I heard it is a good route. Perhaps an east coast train journey away from Norfolk?? Perhaps cheaper than a ferry to Europe.

We were considering part of the Danube Way in Austria. That is fairly flat and is tarmac traffic free cycleway the whole section. Loads of people do it each year with it being the most cycled cyclepath in Europe. Nice scenery too. The area is set up for it with cycle hire at towns at each end of the section people tend to do in a week or two with collection of bikes possible too. Plenty of cheap accommodation too.

Re: Question about this video

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 May 2015 - 1:56pm
Tonyf33 wrote: we can see EVERYTHING that we need to see to know there was only one person at fault here and that wasn't the cyclist.
I was not trying to imply otherwise. I certainly wasn't trying to blame the cyclists.

Re: Myanmar

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 May 2015 - 1:36pm
Myanmar has been in the news for all the wrong reasons over the past week. Muslim refugees have been fleeing the country after sectarian conflict, and the military government, still very much in charge, has been criticised for being above the law. This is a very troubled country with serious human rights abuses happening daily. To some this may seem an unspoilt and interesting part of the world, but I am not sure I would want my holiday funds to contribute to the economy of this country until it is run by a more enlightened government.

Re: Question about this video

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 May 2015 - 1:00pm
Vorpal wrote:Tonyf33 wrote:so hang on, it sounds like most of you are blaming the cyclist here..WHAT THE HELL IS THE MATTER WITH YOU!!!
The HGV comes thundering past UNDERTAKING whilst driving over the chevrons with not enough space to get past at a ridiculous speed, basically couldn't be arsed to overtake or made a late decision not come off the off ramp.
The cyclist wants to move over into the inside lane which IF he had actually moved over he'd be dead

For those of you saying he probably shouldn't be there, how do you know what is acceptable in that country, do you say that a cyclist in this country on a d/c shouldn't be there because of fast moving motorvehicles?
I don't think anyone is blaming the cyclists. Maybe suggesting some things that could have been done to avoid the incident, but that's not blame. Frankly, the video is shocking, but we don't know the road, what happened before the incident, or anything else.

Well actually we do, we can see everything I've described,
we can see that a mirror would have made no difference, we can see that the HGV crosses the chevrons illegally, we can see that the HGV undertakes at a ridiculous speed, we can see that the HGV passes far too close to a vulnerable road user at a point of the road where there is no space nor suitable by any stretch of the imagination, we can see that the cyclists hold their line, we can see that the HGV collides with the cyclists and injures one of them, we can see that the HGV doesn't stop, we can see EVERYTHING that we need to see to know there was only one person at fault here and that wasn't the cyclist.

Re: Enjoying mtb'ing

CTC Forum - MTB - 20 May 2015 - 12:41pm
al_yrpal wrote:samsbike wrote:al_yrpal wrote:Cheapo MTB forks bounce. With that Lefty I never have to lock it out, its beautifully damped and there is no bobbing uphill. You just float over 'stoppers'. So, it depends on your fork. Same goes for the rear, well adjusted that branch that would shoot from your rear tyre is just ridden over smoothly and you dont find you are suddenly stopped when it gets scudded away and you land with a bump after loosing traction. When I got the Cannondale it transformed my off road riding.

Al

Al you are the same height as me, or near enough, we really have to trade bikes sometime

No probs, after my arm heals up come down here and we'll hit the trail.
As Si says it depends on the terrain. Around here a lot is natural bridleways in forest, lots of deep mud churned up by hooves, covered in dried leaves, narrow slimy chalk tracks strewn with big flints, fallen branches, some of them very steep. You have to sit and lean far forward to stop the front wheel lifting. Some weave through trees with lots of technical obstacles, crazy roots and ditches. Quite challenging to stay on and just keep moving. We do have constructed MTB tracks and fire roads at Swinley Forest near here and Thames paths and canal paths but they are childs play in comparison. You would just keep stopping on a rigid bike or a cheapo hardtail MTB. Nothing like natural paths for a challenge. Its possible to ride 40 miles and see hardly another soul.

Al
Sounds exactly like my neck of the woods, literally

Re: Heathrow Terminals 1, 2 and 3: Cycling out of?

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 May 2015 - 12:00pm
Also, if you are tight, like me, you might notice that Heathrow Connect charges a rather fancy price for the one stop from Heathrow to Hayes and Harlington, which is deliberately kept high to protect HExpress's even fancier fares. So you could use the free bus service through the tunnel, ride the approx. 2 miles from there to Hayes and Harlington Stn, (northern perimeter road, turn left onto A437, v easy) and use local railway services without the one-bike restriction from there and at normal prices instead of fancy HConnect price.

Re: Heathrow Terminals 1, 2 and 3: Cycling out of?

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 May 2015 - 11:48am
I don't know if it is of any significance, or just a glitch, but the TfL route planner (for me at least) will only give a cycling result if you select Heathrow Terminal 5 (not Terminla 1,2,3 or T4).

You've probably already seen but the Heathrow website says
Bicycles can also be taken free of charge between Heathrow terminals, even if you are not taking your cycle on a flight. (link)
Rick.

Re: Brittany - Voies Vertes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 May 2015 - 11:44am
No doubt mentioned elsewhere, but I found it difficult to find printed VV maps available to order online - just too many "almost right" choices.

I did find a UK supplier of French topo (OS-style) maps at reasonable prices though

http://www.mapsworldwide.com/

Re: Short cycle tour to get my reluctant partner into cyclin

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 May 2015 - 11:20am
I come from Essex, so the other end of East Anglia. I would recommend that you just head south!

East Anglia has some great cycling. Varying from heathlands and Broads in Norfolk through some beautiful undulating country in Suffolk and even N Essex is pretty good. Lots of great scenery and plenty of historic buildings eg Lavenham for a start. There is also the coast, varied and beautiful.

If you get the few OS 150,000 maps that cover the area (borrow from library) you can construct a great route. I think I would aim for a bit more than 20 miles as the days are long and that could be over in a couple of hours. A 20 mile morning run followed by the same in the afternoon would be about right.

One advantage is that you will be close to home if you need to bail out for any reason.

Re: Heathrow Terminals 1, 2 and 3: Cycling out of?

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 May 2015 - 11:18am
That sounds like excellent advice. Many thanks, Iviehoff.
I await answers from Heathrow Connect, which might be helpful, too. Whatever the result, I will pass it on to this forum.

Re: Short cycle tour to get my reluctant partner into cyclin

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 May 2015 - 11:15am
I had a similar issue once, many years ago. I took my reluctant partner on a winter tour in the Yorkshire Dales, it rained nearly all the time, was freezing cold, and a disaster. But we calmed down and tried again. We went on a week's cycle tour in the Scottish highlands (which, perhaps surprisingly, is not very hilly) and conversion occurred.

Re: Getting your bike to Harwich for the ferry

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 May 2015 - 11:11am
axel_knutt wrote:iviehoff wrote:off-peak fares are not valid before 1930 on Abellio trains

Are you sure?

When I wanted to catch a train home using an off-peak ticket I asked the staff on Liverpool Street station how long I had to wait for the end of the peak time, and I was told that I could use any train as peak time only applies in the morning, not the evening. The trains don't have bike spaces, you just bung them in by the door.
The use of evening peak restrictions is a relatively modern innovation, and there are some curiosities due to the inconsistencies of different companies policies.

But it is clear that their conditions do not allow use of off peak tickets in the evening peak.
http://www.abelliogreateranglia.co.uk/t ... conditions
Actually turns out the precise end of off-peak restrictions at Liverpool St is 1834, though the national rail ticket price quoting machine seemed to suggest I couldn't use a 1900 train, possibly because the end-of-peak is 1900 on their trains from Kings Cross, and maybe the ticket offer coding isn't clever enough to distinguish the difference according to departure terminus.

Anyway I've got the bike reservations for 1930, will try to use the 1932 and if it looks bad take the 1930 instead, hopefully there will be enough time for that. It is particularly the fact that it is a Friday before a bank holiday that worries me because I think some trains will be unusually heavily loaded.

Re: Short cycle tour to get my reluctant partner into cyclin

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 May 2015 - 11:03am
Norfolk's beautiful. Could you try some day trips?

Re: route finding in France- maps or new tech

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 May 2015 - 10:49am
Just to add, depending on what type of usb charging device you buy, you don't need to have a battery involved.

When you hub is spinning it creates electricity, the usb device just converts, regulates and smooths it out so that it's useable and won't blow your phone up when you are going down a steep hill!

obviously, you need to be moving for it to work. GPS on a phone is pretty power hungry so i doubt you would be able to charge up a battery at the same time.

You can always just buy a usb rechargeable power pack like

http://www.amazon.co.uk/RAVPower-16000m ... r+bank#Ask

and plug it in to the usb charger when you go not need the GPS or a phone charging, then you can save any electricity that you make pedalling.

Re: Heathrow Terminals 1, 2 and 3: Cycling out of?

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 May 2015 - 10:45am
You can use Heathrow Express to travel at no charge between from T123 to T4. Then you can just cycle off site. I have several times cycled from Heathrow T4 to Feltham Railway Station, a distance of around a mile, to use local rail services.

Alternatively you can use the free bus service to get through the tunnel out of T123. I have successfully done this on a previous occasion when the tunnel was closed to cyclists. On that occasion it took me to a car park just off the northern perimeter road, which is a good road to use to cycle off the airport.

London Underground will definitely not let you put a bicycle on an underground train even in a plastic bag or box. Their concern is the size of the object causing an obstruction if the train has to be evacuated in the tunnel between Heathrow and Hounslow.

Re: Getting your bike to Harwich for the ferry

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 May 2015 - 10:27am
iviehoff wrote:off-peak fares are not valid before 1930 on Abellio trains

Are you sure?

When I wanted to catch a train home using an off-peak ticket I asked the staff on Liverpool Street station how long I had to wait for the end of the peak time, and I was told that I could use any train as peak time only applies in the morning, not the evening. The trains don't have bike spaces, you just bung them in by the door.

Re: route finding in France- maps or new tech

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 May 2015 - 10:24am
Hi,

I have just fitted a usb charging device to my bike cost me £120 all in. I got the Shimano DH 3N72B Dynamo Front Hub and this:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/800mA-BICYCLE ... 0935357198

usb charger of ebay. I did build the wheel myself so I saved a few quid there.

Once you have got that little lot and a smart phone of some sort, you can download co pilot or some sort of mapping app which has the maps stored on the device its self (google maps is internet based so you use data loading them up)

depending on the app you can select bike or walking when putting in destinations (like google) it will then in theory keep you on the smaller roads.

I have only just done this..the charging setup works great, i haven't toured with it yet so i don't know how good it will be, but i will be able to tell you in a few weeks when i cycle to spain.

As with all tech in my opinion should be just used as an aid..still need to plan a good route with maps, and you can always buy a paper map on route

Dirt road touring / bike-packing in Crete - info

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 May 2015 - 10:20am
I just came back from a quick trip to Crete for a spot of dirt road touring / bike-packing. It was ace, so thought a quick blog post with stuff on maps, water and other practicalities might be handy for a few folk.. or not, who knows. Great place to ride a bike and just brilliant for off-road touring

https://mikesimagination.wordpress.com/2015/05/20/dirt-road-touring-bike-packing-on-crete/



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