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Re: When its OK to drop a cycling buddy

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 August 2014 - 8:17pm
If I plan a ride with someone or a group, it's a shared experience, set off together ride together finish/or not together, that's it, that's the plan and it's understood.
it's different on an Audax, where I've teamed up with people on the road, even where it's the same people as above, we're all on our own ride even though it's the same ride we're on. This also seems to be well understood as well.

Re: My first tour (I didn't make it)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 August 2014 - 7:33pm
I do quite like the added flavour but am happy to get my calories from food, I've never been a fan of empty calories so to speak.

Re: My first tour (I didn't make it)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 August 2014 - 7:25pm
Aikon wrote:I've got 20 of the SiS version of these hydration tablets for my ride across France, enough for 3-4 bottles a day, I used them on JoGLE and coped fine with them & occasional bottles of water.
Done heavily laden Lejog and several long traverses of France and other countries without ever feeling the need for these supplements. Water is fine (and free everywhere if you ask nicely so you only need to carry 2 half litre bottles to refill) , plus a varied normal diet (with extra salt sprinkled on if you feel the need, and as much tea, coffee, beer, as you feel like). We do tend to have packet soups as back-up and these tend to be very salty.
OK so if you were a super fit competitive racing cyclist working at the extreme of your ability then some careful nutrition science might make a difference, but for ordinary tourers like me it's unnecessary and probably a rip off.

Re: London - Dunkirk - Bruges - Rozenburg - Amsterdam

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 August 2014 - 7:18pm
Or after Rotterdam you can continue to follow the coastal LF route and not turn inland until you are in the general vicinity of IJmuiden, to get to Amsterdam.

en-route you can ride in the dunes (on proper cycle paths) around the Hague, Scheveningen and Zandvoort.

Last time I rode in Utrecht was in the late 80s. At afternoon rush hour, about a billion bicycles all appeared at once, and it all worked smoothly. What a sight.

Re: Touring bike alternatives?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 August 2014 - 7:10pm
I strongly recommend a set of narrower, smoother tread tyres if you are primarily road touring. You probably already figured that out.

Schwalbe Marathons seem to be available in all kinds of sizes.

Beyond that, you can certainly tour on this bike, and indeed loads of people tour on MTBs.

Re: coming back from germany by train

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 August 2014 - 7:07pm
http://www.seat61.com/bike-by-train.htm

Note that it is pretty easy to buy tickets on the day, at German stations, plus bike reservation, if you travel by trains other than the ICE ultra-high-speed type (that means IC or RE varieties).

Re: My first tour (I didn't make it)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 August 2014 - 7:07pm
When I were a young lad (many,many moons ago) a friend & i used to tour on a tandem. We had little money, and the tandem was built from bits (3 speed hub on the back!). We didn't take water at all, bottle cages were far too fancy for us..... but we became experts at extracting clean water from mains-fed cattle troughs near wherever we were camping, usually a wide & quiet road verge. (Once on a roundabout, and once on a nice flat grassy space which we discovered in the morning was a cricket pitch).

Ah, the simple life....

Re: Burgundy, Holland or Germany?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 August 2014 - 7:05pm
The Netherlands are a cycling environment that you have to ride to believe. It's SO easy. The superbly worked out bike routes, almost always on segregated paths unless the road is super-quiet… paradise.

Take the Harwich to Hoek ferry, and then ride around anywhere you fancy. I recommend either the coast route or inland towards the Hoge Veluwe.

Re: Rhine cycle path

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 August 2014 - 7:01pm
nirakaro wrote:I assume that where it’s on cycle tracks, navigation will be a doddle. Are the other parts well signposted?

It's all pretty well signposted, but rest assured of one thing; navigation is a doddle the whole way.

Re: Panniers etc on Ferries & how to have safe panniers

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 August 2014 - 6:49pm
If you feel you have to lock you bike up, please do not lock your bike with mine under it! I like to get off the ferry promptly and have in the past had to wait for people who have locked their bike up with mine behind it. Cheers John

Re: Weight of total gear for a 4 week tour in France

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 August 2014 - 6:09pm
davetb wrote:Jet boil stove, 1 spoon each, sharp knife with tools, 1 cup & use cup on bottom of jet boil
Dave

What, that little plasitc bit?
I love my Jetboil, but that would be a step too far for me, go on, treat yourself to a proper cup
The rest of the kit list looks good, as you say a sensible compromise between weight and comfort. Have a good trip.

Re: Weight of total gear for a 4 week tour in France

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 August 2014 - 6:03pm
davetb wrote:emergency food of Muesli, honey etcMy emergency rations are covered by a packet of dried soup. It weighs a couple of grams and takes almost no space. Being in France I would probably have some bread or other left over boulangerie goodies to add a bit of bulk to the meal. I've only had to resort to this twice over the years. Food for breakfast does not really matter, I will pick up something along the way.

Re: When its OK to drop a cycling buddy

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 August 2014 - 5:51pm
But you are certainly right that when you're riding with someone you feel obligated to keep up and not take as many breaks as you otherwise would.

Re: When its OK to drop a cycling buddy

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 August 2014 - 5:02pm
freeflow wrote:I may not have phrased the original question as well as I should.For the record, I thought your OP was perfectly clear. And I think you did the right thing in giving your companion the option. That he chose not to exercise it, was his decision.

The point I made in my earlier post was that, unlike you and your companion, and I'm sure the majority of posters on this forum, there are I'm afraid some incredibly selfish cyclists about. And social networks thereof. I'm not about to name any specific forum because I don't need to!

Re: When its OK to drop a cycling buddy

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 August 2014 - 4:51pm
I may not have phrased the original question as well as I should. The difficulty here is that it is not a rider just disappearing off. That's pretty unacceptable. But instead a competent but struggling rider encouraging a buddy to ride on.

On saturday there was no question that I would not finish, but I whilst my buddy was willing to ride slower it still put pressure on me to ride faster than I wanted and to do so with fewer stops. If my buddy had followed my advice and ridden on then I could have slowed my pace for a while to get my energy levels back up, and I could have stopped for short period more frequently to rest my knee and eat/drink.

Of course there is always the ego thing in that I didn't want to be continually saying, can we go slower please.

If I am accompanying a struggling rider, I will, if I can, ride besides or behind the rider. I'll only go in front if there is a strong headwind or if I'm specifically requested to do so.

Re: When its OK to drop a cycling buddy

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 August 2014 - 4:39pm
If there is a rider in physical difficulty, never, never, NEVER leave them.

Your friendship will be rewarded many times more than a stupid little medal.

Re: Advice on full touring frame build please..

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 August 2014 - 4:29pm
Rabbit wrote:On the gear ratios do you think those are a bit extreme? I just wanted something to get me up the steepest pass...No, I was just jesting because we all have our own experiences and gearing is a commonly the point where people's ideas diverge.

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

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 August 2014 - 4:22pm
So I rid up to the point of leaving the towpath on my commute route and was completely drenched. I'd say the biggest problem were the puddles which occupied the entire width of the path. Mudguards helped, but not enough. Making the commute practical will be difficult in those conditions.

Ayrshire Touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 August 2014 - 4:09pm
I am looking for a B and b in the Dalrymple , Kirkmicheal, Straiton area for my son during a cycling trip. I can ask the Ayr Tourist Board but should value a personal recommendation from a cyclist if possible. I recall how useful the old CTC Handbook used to be for this kind of information.
Thanks

Re: Advice on full touring frame build please..

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 August 2014 - 4:02pm
Thanks Tatanab - very useful advice, hadn't thought to get the forks drilled as well! On the gear ratios do you think those are a bit extreme? I just wanted something to get me up the steepest pass...
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