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Re: French End to End

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 July 2015 - 5:57am
chocjohn9 wrote:Just to the south of the city centre there is a Decathlon. They have always been very good to me when it comes to box giving.
Watch out, though, there is also a Decathlon there which specialises in fishing (nature) and golf only.....
Box in French is "boite" (b-w-at)

What are my chances of contacting them beforehand and reserving one? I don't fancy going there on spec. I'd hate to end up boxless and bagless.....

Re: All work and no play...

CTC Forum - MTB - 18 July 2015 - 1:31am
That's not fair at least put a desk and a computer on your bike

You lucky pup

Re: Route London to Southend on Sea

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 July 2015 - 12:26am
StellaLdn. wrote: I actually plan to go swimming, mainly, and walking along the intertidal mudflats (and hopefully not get lost!)

Stella, I strongly urge that you do not go out on the mudflats alone, especially if your reference to Shoeburyness means you are thinking of the Maplin Sands. All tidal mudflats are potentially dangerous and the Maplin Sands have killed several people. I have been out on the Maplin Sands with a guided group and having seen it would not go back there alone. Despite our guide's care, one of the party, a fairly light teenage lad, wandered into a quicksand and sank in over his knees. It took two hefty men several minutes to heave him out again, and he lost one of his boots to the mud.

Hazards are:
- the mud or sand can vary from being perfectly firm to very soft in a few steps (as the lad above found), with no visible clues.
- there can be crusts of apparently firm sand over softer mud, creating the risk of suddenly breaking through the crust.
- there are places where there is firm surface further out from the shore but very soft mud closer in, so after walking parallel to the shore for a while a walker may find they are cut off from shore by a band of quicksand.
- some large areas are literally flat, not with a slight slope like a normal beach, so when the tide comes in it does so very fast over those areas: a spot which was a mile from the water's edge at one moment can be underwater within ten minutes.
- sea mist or haze can occur suddenly and seriously reduce visibility.

These people offer guided walks and tractor tours of the Maplin Sands: http://www.wildlifetrips.org.uk/index.p ... Itemid=169

Re: Indicators, the lost art?

CTC Forum - On the road - 18 July 2015 - 12:12am
jezer wrote:Why have so many motorists forgotten how to use these? As both a cyclist and a driver I find myself hesitating at junctions and roundabouts to see what drivers will do. In my car I make a point of indicating, but it's rare to see the following driver doing the same.

It might not be what you think - I've noticed that on many newer cars the front indicators simply don't show very well, sometimes not at all, if viewed from an angle. This is particularly the case where rows of LED's are used.

Re: Collision with another bicycle

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 July 2015 - 11:55pm
Vorpal wrote:[XAP]Bob wrote:Vorpal wrote:Being on the wrong side of the path may have some bearing. However, he should not have been going too fast to stop within the distance he could se to be clear. My opinion is the same as beardy's; take it on a knock for knock (equal liability) basis and leave it at that.
There is no wrong side of a narrow unmarked path.
Maybe. If it is a right of way, there is. http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/Wil ... section/78 applies to any 'highway', including footpaths and bridleways. If it is a private road, that may be another matter. A paved route through a park is likely to be highway, though it is impossible to say for certain without knowing the legal status of the path in question.

Even if the route is not a highway (e.g.if the park is closed at night) it is still a place open (at the time, at least) to the public in general to ride bicycles, and I believe there is a presumption that the usual rules which would apply to a highway also apply to private roads, etc, to which the public have access.

I seems to me that the OP was riding on the wrong side of the route, which may well have contributed to the accident. However, it also looks to me as if a pedestrian could perfectly legitimately have been on the same spot as the OP, and given that possibility the downhill-bound rider should have been taking more care to avoid a foreseeable collision at the location. That seems to suggest that while both were in the wrong, the downhill rider's action was the primary cause of the accident.

However I wonder what, if any, evasive action either rider took. The usual response to a threat of a head-on collision is surely that both steer to their left (and, of course, brake). However on occasions when I have encountered other cyclists riding on the wrong side, they have sometimes done the opposite, putting themselves back onto a collision course with me again, sometimes coming close to being broadside on across my new direction and thus making a collision even more likely as they become a wider obstacle. If the situation was that the downhill-bound rider veered to their left and collision would have been avoided had the OP done the same, but the OP veered to his right and so the collision occurred after all, then in that case more of the responsibility would lie with the OP.

Re: Armistead Down And Out................

CTC Forum - Racing - 17 July 2015 - 11:37pm
Flinders wrote:I think the sun may have been right in the riders' eyes. In which case, it may have been difficult to separate the photographers from people behind them who were behind the barriers.
I see no point in there being barriers if anyone is allowed the 'wrong' side of them.

I agree,the gaggle of photo journo's after the line always have looked like an accident waiting to happen to me.Why it's allowed to continue after this crash would be mind boggling.

Re: Isle of Mull or Isle of Skye over five days?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 July 2015 - 11:34pm
Thank you all for the recommendations and Paul the fantastic photograph of Iona. Indeed you're wisdom regarding wanting to return and going back over old ground, is sound advice. I have five days and not precious about route/time other than needing be in Inverness on the fifth day.
I did consider the infamous Applecross Pass, but if I was not ladened with my full camping kit, I might give it an attempt... though the single carriageway looks tight.

Re: "How many times must a rider fall off...?

CTC Forum - On the road - 17 July 2015 - 11:23pm
Last time I actually 'fell' off and it be my own fault was about 2-3 year ago, going to the supermarket late night after it had snowed heavily. The back road was somewhat compacted, exposed and it was about -3 and a 6% downhill gradient. Had one foot on pedal other foot down, managed to get onto a really slippery bit (& was probably getting up too much speed) and come a cropper fortunately landing mostly in the soft stuff.
Time before that was the first time I started out with SPDs about 13 years ago, came up to one of those stupid taere barriers across a cycle path and I tried to get through without disnounting and I forgot I was clipped in and didn't know which side to put my foot down
I have being knocked off though a fair few times due to micturate poor driving

Re: Scotland in 2 weeks

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 July 2015 - 11:20pm
hi Janus,

wow, well done on a brilliant tour! This was exactly what I needed to see to help convince me to get up and go on the tour I have been looking forward to! Your tent near the beach in Durness really looks ideal - was it too cold for a quick swim?!


Re: Skye to Oban Route

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 July 2015 - 11:09pm
PM sent.

Re: ITV4 Tour Coverage.

CTC Forum - Racing - 17 July 2015 - 10:53pm
Flinders wrote:
I wish someone would stop whoever-it-is saying X 'years of age' rather than 'years old'. Once is a novelty, twice is just odd, but all the time and it sets my teeth on edge.

(I see I'm not the only one who this darned phrase winds up, having read more posts.)
It's pandemic, really annoying.
Yesterday all PS was repeating (ad nauseum) was regarding tyre pressures, kept 'telling' PL constantly, then he gets it in his head he has to constantly repeat which town Qintana is from in that dodgy inflection he has to put on almost every 'foreign' word.
Today's PS theme was how sticky the tarmac is and the supposed huge impact it was having on the peloton

He's getting bloody annoying and is spoiling it, we have a similar type on the rugby league commentary, an ex pro who just runs out the same old crud every game, it's absolutely dire!

Re: All work and no play...

CTC Forum - MTB - 17 July 2015 - 10:40pm
WOW................looks like heaven to me, yep hard on the hands rear and feet.

Re: What's your top weight saving tip for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 July 2015 - 10:30pm
I can easily do a CC tour with @ 10 litres of stuff so 20 is luxury! Don't take any toiletries - any decent overnight will have stuff available. I take a rechargeable electric razor - lasts the trip, can be used anywhere, takes little space. Don't overload with clothing 3 sets of bike stuff and 1 for off the bike. Lightweight rain jacket and a light fleece covers a wide range of on off bike warmth scenarios. Washing will generally dry overnight but with 3 sets you can afford to go 2 night's but remember to keep damp stuff separate from dry. I usually wear socks for 2/3 days on tour, they can be rinsed for extra use or dumped and replaced at low cost almost anywhere.

Take lightweight waterproof shoe covers - extra warmth but most important keeps riding footwear dry(er). Lightweight shoes/ sandals for off bike - your feet will appreciate the change.

Zip off trousers, walking t shirts - avoid cotton and nylon. I always split my kit by upper or lower body to make it easier to find stuff.

Always take some toilet paper/wipes - been caught out with a bad stomach once or twice and nothing worse than not getting clean down there and needing to keep riding

All work and no play...

CTC Forum - MTB - 17 July 2015 - 10:29pm
Even a work trip can be an opportunity to get out on the bike. Cortina d'Ampezzo is a delightful place for a ride.

Isle of Mull or Isle of Skye over five days?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 July 2015 - 10:18pm
I did a CTC tour of the Western isles including Arran, Kintyre, Islay, Jura, Mull and Ardnamurchan. We spent a night on Iona but it was rather spoilt by being double booked at the youth hostel and having to scrabble round for accommodation after the last ferry back to Mull had gone! My wife and I were lucky, being the only couple, we got a double bed in a B&B. Everyone else had to camp. The North Coast of the Ross of Mull is especially beautiful and quite remote.

Re: Longitude to date

CTC Forum - MTB - 17 July 2015 - 10:17pm
Can't comment on the complete bike but I bought a frameset a few months back. I wanted a practical bike that would take a hub gear, large tyres with mudguards and racks, I was going to buy a surly ogre but the genesis was cheaper and didn't have such a stupid name. I fitted a pair of trekking wheels with 47mm Schwalbe Landcruiser tyres which I already had and so far haven't felt the need to upgrade to anything wider, much of my riding is on narrow Devon lanes with often very poor surfaces and just a little off road stuff.
I would second what reohn2 said about how stable and predicable it feels. My main impression is that it is a really long bike, in fact the front wheel is so far ahead of the bottom bracket that Coco the Clown would have no toe overlap issues.
Sadly the latest Longitude is no longer cheaper than the Surly, however if you work in a circus?

Re: What's your top weight saving tip for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 July 2015 - 10:02pm
Eat all the cakes before you leave one thing less to carry

That tip is free

Re: What's your top weight saving tip for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 July 2015 - 9:57pm
al_yrpal wrote:Grow stubble, look cool and save weight


How much does the stubble weigh?

Re: santander to cherbourg

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 July 2015 - 9:38pm
robing wrote:mullinsm wrote:I did the Santander to St Malo run

I'm in Burgos and am heading to San Sebastián and then St Malo. Do you have a link of your route? I had a provisional plan as far as La Rochelle but originally I was going to Calais.

I didn't plot it or plan it. I headed north east from Biarritz through Bordeaux towards Poitiers, then to Tours, Angers and Rennes before St Malo. To be honest, the terrain is pretty much flat whichever way you choose and the roads are so quiet it really doesn't matter which route you take. Just make sure you've got food as it can be very hard to find any out in the wilds.

Re: santander to cherbourg

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 17 July 2015 - 9:01pm
bikepacker wrote:mullinsm wrote:I had been told that the section across the border from San Sebastian was a nightmare with busy roads an tunnels to contend with. I did it on a Sunday morning And just set my Garmin to take me from one village on the route to the next and before I knew it I was in France having seen no traffic, no tunnels and no border. Once you're in France you can pick your route and you're pretty much guaranteed quiet roads.

I am glad someone has had the same experience I have had with my now 4 rides on this section. As I have stated in previous postings; if you pick the correct costal route as stated, from village to village you will have a good ride on fairly quiet roads. Once over the border at Irun you will find almost traffic free coastal roads past Hendaye and onto Biarittz.

Do you have a link to this route? I will be going from San Sebastian to Irun and then crossing the border in the next few days.
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