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Re: Touring with prescription glasses

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 January 2015 - 11:05pm
I've also had a pair of sunglasses with inserts. I found that they tend to steam up more than the prescription glasses, in the gap between the insert and the sunglasses lens. I also found that my eyelashes used to catch on them. Still got on OK with them most of the time, but prefer the photochromatics.

My latest pair of glasses from Optilabs were delivered in 4 days and cost £160. They did have a £20 off offer over Christmas, but that may have finished now ( I paid full price as I got mine in November).

Re: cycling video collection of ascents:Alps, Pyrenées,Canar

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 January 2015 - 10:51pm
In the winter holiday I edited another video : a french paved climb finishing above 2000 m: La Bergerie du Bois Noir (2010 m).
This is a hardly known ascent in France.
The ascent's light section started at Guillestre. I started to cycle the same road that goes to Col d'Izoard, but after the canyon I had to turn right to Ceillac and the ascent's last section was a very calm valley with a stream and with a strange part when ca 30 m long the water came out of the ground and fell down to the stream ....
The paved road finished at 2010 m. I loved this climb ! It's worth visiting !

Have pleasure with it !
Best regards, Gábor

Re: Touring with prescription glasses

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 January 2015 - 10:33pm
I gave up on the Transitions lenses. Although Transitions are supposed to be the fastest reacting lenses I found they didnt react fast enough for me and if I had to look at my phone or GPS screen they were a nuisance so I have gone back to clear untinted varifocals. I got them from 39 Dollar Glasses in the US ordered on the internet. Cheaper than any other place and excellent quality. Went into several high street Opticians to get an eye test and quote and they all said that I had the best quality most expensive lenses. They cost about £100 including import vat and handling charge whereas the Opticians wanted £300+


Maps for cycling in Italy ? - North to South

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 January 2015 - 9:54pm
We're off on another European long distance ride again in March and need to sort out which maps to take.
Our route takes us from Genoa to Sicily and we plan to take 4 weeks to do it.
We always take the minor roads.
Any suggestions greatly appreciated.

Re: Touring with prescription glasses

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 January 2015 - 9:54pm
I've had Optilabs glasses with photochromic prescription lenses for several years (not quite the same model as you mentioned above, but close enough). They're perfect for touring - I've never felt the need to take them on and off when entering shops, cafés and suchlike, perhaps partly because they don't turn completely pitch-black and so don't totally obscure your eyes. The lenses also adjust very quickly to changes in natural light.

Canal towpath closures

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 January 2015 - 9:44pm
In the past I've grumbled because I didn't know where to find out if towpaths are closed - well here is the webpage! Includes an option for towpath issues as well as navigation etc.

Re: Bike friendly hotels in Northern France?i

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 January 2015 - 9:24pm
chocjohn9 wrote:* If there is a cycle path, you HAVE TO use it. Car drivers will be very unkind to you if you don't. But if you have right of way, they are very nice Disagree. I was last in Belgium in 2006 and looked careful into this and found that you have to use the path unless it is "unsuitable". I found one alongside a main road which was sub standard even by UK standards. I did not use it and had no problems whatsoever. Other paths were fine. Agree that the drivers are excellent at watching for you.
* Make sure you have good maps/GPS. The signposts are terrible. The road surfaces aren't great either.Agree entirely. I used IGN 1:100,000 maps because that is what I use in France. The Belgian ones were poor. Signposts in the lanes barely exist, but on the other hand the road might have a name like Rue de Next Town which helps. Road surfaces often seemed to be concrete slabs so you hit a join every 10 yards of so.

It's a different experience.

Re: Touring with prescription glasses

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 January 2015 - 9:03pm
Thanks Simon, yes that's an idea.. though assuming these safety over-glasses are clear, I would still need some sort of prescription sunglasses under them for the really bright days. Though there might be some photochromic safety glasses out there - something like this - http://www.ebay.com/itm/Spits-Outfitter ... 3a94698d5f - which might work great, though it does look a bit heavy and could get hot.

But I think the problem with any sort of over-glasses is that my regular glasses don't have 180 degree coverage, so I would have blurry vision at wide angles, thus I'd still need to get a new pair of prescription glasses with a more wrap-around fit..

Re: Touring with prescription glasses

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 January 2015 - 8:18pm
I wear protective/safety glasses over my normal ones (ie ordinary or sun glasses). They are the sort you see people on TV wearing when they visit factories.

I get them from Wickes and they cost £1.99.

OK a cheap skate option, but they do work well. They shield my eyes from wind and dust etc and best of all is they have transparent sides I retain peripheral vision.

As soon as I get off the bike I take them off and look 'normal'.

Maybe worth a try??

Re: Touring with prescription glasses

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 January 2015 - 8:11pm
Thanks for the replies.

The insert option where you change the outer lens according to conditions doesn't sound nearly as convenient as the photochromic lens which changes automatically, am I missing something? I suppose if my prescription changed this would work better as then I could just get a new insert, but my prescription has been constant for twenty years.

My main concern is still that I'll have to take them off whenever I am interacting with people to swap to my regular glasses.

Re: Jura, France via Belgium & Luxembourg

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 January 2015 - 8:05pm
For Belgium / Lux, there is a long distance cycle route guide here -


Re: Belgium fixed base recommendations please

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 January 2015 - 8:03pm
If you look at a map of Belgium, draw an imaginary line horizontally which runs just under Brussels. To the north, it is boring and flat but to the south it is interesting and good fun (French speaking). Bearing this in mind, and it is a lovely town, Namur is great. it also happens to be 70kms from Brussels, which could be your first day, post Eurostar arrival!

Other towns that are worth seeing in this region are - Liege, Spa and Maastrict - avoid Charleroi.

Re: Touring with prescription glasses

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 January 2015 - 8:02pm
There are two basic options, both are fine, both work well and it is down to personal choice

The first is to buy glasses with an optical lens, tuned to your prescription

The second is to buy glasses with an insert that is made to your prescription

My personal preference is the latter

I have a pair of Rudy Project with an RX insert

The adaptability is the reason.

I can change the outer lens according to light and conditions

As a bonus I can then also change the insert as my prescription changes

Re: Experience of La Vélodyssée/ Eurovelo 1

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 January 2015 - 8:00pm
Last year I rode from the Med to the Atlantic (just S of Bordeaux) where I picked up La Velodyssee up to Roscoff. I was camping and using a full sus mountain bike for comfort. Suspension not essential but fatish tyres useful. Lots of different surfaces from muddy slippery canal side paths, wide gravel tracks and quiet tarmac roads.
I averaged 50 miles per day (80km) and sometimes could easily have extended that on occasions but for the location of campsites and having a desire to enjoy the countryside.
For me, a reasonably experienced cycle tourist, 160km would be too much and be just a painful slog.

Re: Experience of La Vélodyssée/ Eurovelo 1

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 January 2015 - 7:56pm
Hi Conrad. You couldn't have revealed yourself at a better time for me!
I too would like to use some or all of this part of Eurovelo 1 this summer. I would appreciate any comments you may have about the quality of the track. I don't mind rough going - but I want to use a tandem with a two wheel trailer. I have found reports from people who found no need to comment on the track - but I have also seen photos of a very narrow strip of concrete with a serious ditch on both sides.
Any advice about sections to avoid would be most useful.

Re: Touring with prescription glasses

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 January 2015 - 7:54pm
I just bought my second pair of Optilab photochromatics. The others broke after 6 years. They're fine for cycling. I tend to take them off in cafes, etc but there's no reason why you can't wear them all the time. They only go really dark in bright sun and have a grey tint in lower light conditions. They go completely clear indoors or at night. The only potential issue is slight distortion of vision due to the curvature of the lenses, but you soon adjust to this. I now find it weird to cycle in my normal specs. I don't take my normal specs when I'm out on my bike.

PS I'm an ex contact lense wearer. Had to give up after a serious bout of conjunctivitis.

Re: Cycling lesson please

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 January 2015 - 7:00pm
Thanks bob when ive got my current bike service done i'll give it another try.

Re: Cycle Tour U.S.A

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 January 2015 - 6:46pm
If you can get to Pittsburgh there is a railtrail and former towpath all the way back to central Washington Dc.




Ive just knocked over a cyclist, cant stop as late for work

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 January 2015 - 6:42pm
A man who tweeted that he had knocked over a cyclist but could not stop because he was "late for work" has been sacked from his job at a stockbrokers.


sounds similar to that woman a few months ago. some people never learn.
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