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Re: Cycling lesson please

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 January 2015 - 4:09pm
i'm just scared if i did that i'd end up as roadkill....

Re: Veloscenic France

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 January 2015 - 4:08pm
Thanks Jon - only just picked up your reply. Gravel surfaces not a problem, though I was under the impression that the majority was tarmac.

I notice you did it west to east, most of the write ups I have seen refer to the east west direction. Eased along my tailwinds, were you??! It looks an interesting ride in the sort of terrain my wife and I like.

Did you camp, or use hotels / B and Bs?

Thanks.

Re: Experience of La Vélodyssée/ Eurovelo 1

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 January 2015 - 3:52pm
convert wrote:Hi,

I am after some real world experience of the La Vélodyssée cycle route in France if possible.

My plan is to use it, or a road route equivalent next summer. I plan on getting the ferry to Bilbo, riding (solo) into France then riding back to one of the northern French ports to get back to the UK - either Roscoff, St Malo, Cherbourg or Le Havre depending on the chosen route - not too fussed at the moment. I'll be camping. My early resesrch has brought up the Eurovelo routes and number 1 in particular which uses the french La Vélodyssée route. It really appeals but I am wondering about how suitable it will be for me. I plan for it to be a tour of big days, circa 160kms a day, and I am concerned that it might be slow going in this context in comparison to the alternative quiet road routes I might be able to put together. Are there lots of frustrating gates and fiddly sections or are there areas with many walkers to navigate around? I have read some reports of sections being a little tedious and also it being unnecessarily winding to avoid small sections of roads. I don't feel a huge desire to avoid roads at all costs but this route still appeals if it is genuinely workable for fast touring.

Any

Already did San Sebastian to Lacanau Ocean and now planning to do it again but this time covering the entire stretch from San Sebastian to Roscoff.
In April it was fantastic, just a few gates, no walkers at all, frequently impressively scenic, reasonably winding-up dunes and the forest.
Plenty of camp sites, hotels generally expansive (mostly closed till May).
160km/day seems to me a bit too much.

Re: Cycle Tour U.S.A

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 January 2015 - 3:43pm
Maybe the http://www.blueridgeparkway.org/v.php?pg=15 Not sure how busy it is with traffic though. Apparently its quite pretty.

Re: Cycling is anti-ageing

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 January 2015 - 2:52pm
mercalia wrote:sounds good dont it 100k in 6.5 hours. in my money thats 63 miles in 6.5 hours? ( unless 100k means 100,000 ). Why any one wants to cycle for 6.5 hours I dont know. There was the other bit of research wasnt there that hard exercise for just a few minutes was as good?

Normally that would involve a few decent stops for drinks and food (even on occasions beer), I mean proper stops with chairs and tables indoors.

Re: Cycling is anti-ageing

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 January 2015 - 2:25pm
Depends how far you want to go. If I cycle to the in laws it's about 85 miles, that takes a few hours...

Re: Cycle Tour U.S.A

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 January 2015 - 2:13pm
Cycle down to Williamsburg, nearby is Jamestown and Yorktown. Plenty of American history to immerse yourself in. http://www.colonialwilliamsburg.com Fantastic area.

Al

Re: Cycling is anti-ageing

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 January 2015 - 2:13pm
sounds good dont it 100k in 6.5 hours. in my money thats 63 miles in 6.5 hours? ( unless 100k means 100,000 ). Why any one wants to cycle for 6.5 hours I dont know. There was the other bit of research wasnt there that hard exercise for just a few minutes was as good?

Cycle Tour U.S.A

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 January 2015 - 1:57pm
Planning to visit a friend in Washington (Bethesda), Maryland for a cycling trip; does anybody have suggestions for that area. Looking to do about a weeks cycling maybe more, camping or lodges etc; I will be taking my own bike with a couple of panniers. Thanks

Re: Cycling lesson please

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 January 2015 - 1:53pm
fluffybunnyuk wrote:ummm...im sure i mentioned the cycle path route above... I did!

As for the cycle path...well yes there is one on the other side of the road...to reach it i have to stop before the roundabout...get off my bike cross at the lights..walk 3 mins cross again at lights...walk back 3 mins...cycle down cycle path filled with pedestrians for 3mins...get off bike at toucan....cross road ...walk 3 mins...get on bike... instead of just a quick 60 second cycle though the section...

Its a prime example of a cycle path that is pretty useless. It doesnt even run to the roundabout(about 200 metres long and 100metres short). I live at the roundabout end and where im going is the other end...so there isnt an alternate route...unless you count leaving the bike at home and walking (5mins bike vs 30 mins walk)

Im happy wobbling on some routes but not where cars want to tank it at 50 and if ur in the way blare horn till u move or they run u over.
To be fair 80% of the time motorists are happyish to wait ,its just the odd idiot who thinks my cars missing 2 wheels and wants to beep his horn to point it out...

That's when I stop and ask what's wrong, occasionally I'll ask if they need help to fix their horn.

Re: Some ferry good news...

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 January 2015 - 1:46pm
I understand the they are still looking for investors. It could actually be useful to them if some of us emailed them expressing interest in services for cyclists.

Re: Some ferry good news...

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 January 2015 - 1:42pm
Thanks for the post op.

Will follow with interest.

Re: Cycling is anti-ageing

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 January 2015 - 1:34pm
Hmm. Sounds like research from the department of the bleedin' obvious: fit old people who don't drink, smoke, have high blood pressure or other health conditions are just as fit as younger people who don't etc.

But the essential message is true, and important:
Inevitably, our bodies will experience some decline with age, but staying physically active can buy you extra years of function compared to sedentary people.

Re: Cycling is anti-ageing

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 January 2015 - 1:28pm
I may as well point out ... viewtopic.php?f=49&t=93180

Cycling is anti-ageing

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 January 2015 - 1:08pm
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science ... tists.html

Interesting findings. I certainly fall within the age parameters, unfortunately my cycle rides are the type that usually terminate in a pub.

Edit: they defined "fit" as able to do 100k in 6.5 hrs - even I can do that, maybe I'm super-fit after all!

Re: titanium rack - anyone used one?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 January 2015 - 12:54pm
I bought an Airy a few years ago when I was rather flusher (or stupider) than I am now. I have it on a Roadrat built up in CX mode but wanted some carrying capacity as required without much extra weight. Just to echo what others have said:

- it's nice and stiff;
- it *can* take full sized panniers if required, although the rails *are* a little short. I've had full size Ortliebs on it containing 20kg of junk, no probs;
- if you want to lash stuff to the top, it's pretty narrow.
- no paint to scratch, but it does rub and polish at the contact points (looks good imo)
- it's a great (looking) rack, but there's probably better ways to spend you're money.

I'm glad I bought one when I could and have been very happy with it, but it would not pay the extra cost nowadays for the sake of a few hundred grams vs a steel rack.

Re: Feeling guilty whilst not cycling & car use thru illness

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 January 2015 - 12:51pm
Merry_Wanderer wrote:I had the same experience with sciatica. Intense pain whilst standing and walking, no pain whilst sitting or cycling. As Vorpal, my GP was useless and suggested after looking at me lying down on the couch that one leg was longer than the other and recommended an orthotic in my left shoe. The GP had one made specially for me which just transferred the sciatica from my pelvis and leg to my pelvis, leg and back.

The sciatica only went away with treatment from a wonderful physio. After getting me to lie down on her treatment couch she noted that one leg seemed longer than the other. However, she then noted after rotating my pelvis that the pelvis was out of alignment. After some gentle manipulation and rotation she put my pelvis back in alignment and gave me some exercises to do at home every day to strengthen the muscles which support the movement in the pelvis. After 3 days the sciatica was much reduced and after 2 weeks all pain had gone. I had a follow up session with the physio to make sure all was well. End of problem after 2 sessions which cost me £70. I would cheerfully have paid many times that to be pain free, such was its intensity and debilitating effect on my life.

Chiropractors work for some people (they work for me, and I have sciatic nerve damage from a long-term negelcted medical condition, but no longer get pain from it). I've also had friends have good results from osteopaths. But get a recommendation to a specific one from someone you know, they can vary a lot.

Re: Belgium fixed base recommendations please

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 January 2015 - 12:50pm
Thanks TrevA, much appreciated, I'll start to do some research on these recoommendations. Cheers.

Re: Spain now included on 3

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 January 2015 - 12:48pm
That's good. One of the few benefits of being on the 3 network! I presume it includes the Spanish Islands - Majorca, Tenerife?

Re: Belgium fixed base recommendations please

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 January 2015 - 12:46pm
There's a hostel in Kortrijk that I've stayed at, and also some cheap hotels. You are then in the area of some of the Spring Classic races such as Gent-Wevelgem and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne. Wevelgem and Kuurne are suburbs of Kortrijk. You could do some rides based on the race routes. The Kemmelberg is to the west of Kortrijk. Roubaix is also close - to the south west.
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