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Re: French Alps - recommended places...?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 September 2014 - 12:37pm
I've stayed here in Bourg d'Oisans a couple of times
http://www.camping-colporteur.com/index_gb.htm
very nice and handy for a lot of climbs.

Re: French Alps - recommended places...?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 September 2014 - 12:32pm
Another vote for Bourg D'Oisans here. The place is a mecca for cyclists with iconic Tour de France climbs all around. We went 2 years ago and camped near Allemond, just down the valley from Bourg. We did Lauteret/Galibier, Alpe d'Huez, Col d'Ornon, Croix de Fer/ Glandon. There's plenty of others too.

Re: commute distance, folder or road bike?

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 September 2014 - 12:15pm
A lot depends on the roads. if it's main roads, then the constant buzz of traffic can be annoying, but if you can find a less trafficked route then the commute can be very pleasant. I used to commute 21 miles each way to work, from just south of Nottingham to the centre of Leicester. I had to do about 5 miles on the A46 dual carriageway but the first 8 miles were on country lanes, which made up for it. Winter brings the problems of icy roads and darkness which can be overcome, but can make the commute less pleasant. I used to cycle 10 miles to a station in the winter and catch a train to work.

Developing the fitness to do a long commute takes time, so you may need to build up to it, perhaps start off doing it one or 2 days a week and build up from there.

A road bike will probably be quicker, but you need to think how you are going to carry your kit. I wouldn't recommend a rucksack for that distance. I've always used a saddlebag or panniers. But can a road bike take panniers? Depends on the bike.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 September 2014 - 11:39am
I cycled llc north to south a few years ago whilst the royal welsh was on. Couldn't get anywhere to sleep until I was almost in brecon. Felt like Joseph and Mary. No room anywhere. There's always wild camping?

Re: Lon Las Cymru Holyhead to Chepstow just completed

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 September 2014 - 11:27am
mcallaghan wrote:Is it worth going to Holyhead from Bangor? It would be an out-and-back trip (two nights in Bangor) before heading south on the LLC. Or should I skip Holyhead and go from the NCN 5 in Bangor to the NCN 8?

My memory of the ride across Anglesey from Holyhead to Bangor is of pleasant but unremarkable countryside, especially when compared with the stunning terrain and views after reaching the mainland. So my advice (with apologies to any Anglesey enthusiasts) would be to skip this part if time is short.

commute distance, folder or road bike?

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 September 2014 - 10:42am
I am now using a folder to do 6.6 miles one way from train station to work. It takes about 40 minutes. After one week I felt a little bit tired. If I do the whole route from home to work it would be 15 miles (one way). I haven't got a decent road bike so haven't tired whole route yet. The route is mostly flat. So what's your opinion on this, should I continue on my folder or should I get a decent road bike? Will 15 miles on a good road bike more enjoyable than 6.6 miles on a folder (on a daily base)?

Re: Cafe & coffee

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 September 2014 - 10:06am
I think that this is in the wrong place?

Should it be in The Tea Shop.
Only because we do not have The Coffee Shop.

Re: Cafe & coffee

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 September 2014 - 9:08am
Id much prefer to go to Bird's Confectioners, but they havent spread out of the Midlands yet. I miss their caramel doughnut.

Re: Cafe & coffee

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 September 2014 - 8:58am
LondonBikeCommuter wrote:al_yrpal wrote:Its a great way to get back at these unwelcome tax avoiding scars on our high streets and railway stations

The way that these companies are able to avoid Tax is by posting a loss or much much reduced profits. Seems to me that your antics are helping them.

BTW Even the thought of Gregs makes me feel ill.

There's only so much you can do on hiding profits, but many businesses do it. Our high streets now look like a replica of American crossroads in the deep south. MacDonalds, Subway, Starbucks, etc. That turns my stomach. You only have to look around to spot the obese consequences. Dennies are next... Greg's are saints compared with that lot.

Al

Re: Cafe & coffee

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 September 2014 - 8:55am


My point is that cow's milk is consumed by wild animals. The mere fact that the milk may be in a bowl or other container is besides the point.

Birds often tip over milk bottles on the doorstep to get at it. People put out milk for hedgehogs and badgers, and maybe foxes for all I know. No doubt the wild animals and birds couldn't care less which animal the milk is from, but drink it they will.

Re: You Are A Bunch of Frauds

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 September 2014 - 8:44am
I can only manage one at a time.

Re: Cafe & coffee

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 September 2014 - 8:34am
Mick F wrote:Oh yes they would!

Milk is full of goodness, and no animal would refuse it if hungry and/or thirsty.
Which dog or cat would persuade a cow to let them suckle?
Much less a parrot

I know of dogs that like tea,but I've never known one to put the kettle on and brew its own

Re: Cafe & coffee

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 September 2014 - 8:25am
Oh yes they would!

Milk is full of goodness, and no animal would refuse it if hungry and/or thirsty.

Re: Knocked off bicycle. Driver won't give insurance details

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 September 2014 - 8:22am
Does the business card have the company details?

Approach his managers

Re: Cafe & coffee

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 September 2014 - 8:22am
Mick F wrote:reohn2 wrote:We're the only animals on the planet that drink another animal's milk! Tell this to our dogs and cats ................. and parrot.

But that's been introduced to them by humans as a consequence of our habits,they'd never do it naturally in the wild

Re: Cafe & coffee

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 September 2014 - 8:19am
reohn2 wrote:We're the only animals on the planet that drink another animal's milk! Tell this to our dogs and cats ................. and parrot.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 September 2014 - 11:53pm
The dates for the Royal Welsh Agricutural Show are July 20 - 23, 2015. Campsites in Rhayader and Builth Wells will be hopelessly full during that time. However, if you start your trip in Chester that week, surely you will not arrive in the area of the RWAS until the following week. By then there should be no problem.

Re: Knocked off bicycle. Driver won't give insurance details

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 September 2014 - 11:07pm
I had a similar incident. I got his insurance details from the police (Tesco), and then claimed directly from them.

Re: French Alps - recommended places...?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 September 2014 - 11:02pm
My favourite places are:

Le Grand Bornand (great wee village/town) with Tour de France pedigree and half a dozen cols of varying challenge as day rides)

La Grave (settlement half way between Bourne D'Oisans and the Lauteret, at the foot of La Meije, iconic alp). 8 years ago I stayed at a bike hotel there that was really hospitable, multilingual and great food. Can't remember the name; Edelweiss??, but it is a small place.

I'd love to go to Velo Vercors. The mountains of the Vercors range are full of gorges and precipices that cry out to be explored.

Re: Poncho

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 September 2014 - 11:01pm
Yes i know it.

Little is the word.

Oiled up my top squeezing myself and the brommie through the semi blocked door.

Nice chap runs it - well worth checking it out.

Army surplus shops were common when i was a kid - pretty rare these days.
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