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Re: 50 mph for lorries

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 July 2014 - 7:10pm
Ellieb wrote:^ so you appear to be saying that on a 20 mile rural journey, it is just like being stopped by traffic lights 20 times. That isn't really selling the idea to me of not overtaking even when it is safe and appropriate
Not stopped by, passing.

And given that you will rarely have a 20 mile stretch of road to follow them down as your entire journey it is rarely a significant proportion of the time spent on a journey.

Remember the limit is not a target.

Re: 50 mph for lorries

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 July 2014 - 7:04pm
^ so you appear to be saying that on a 20 mile rural journey, it is just like being stopped by traffic lights 20 times. That isn't really selling the idea to me of not overtaking even when it is safe and appropriate

Re: Bonnet surfing

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 July 2014 - 6:53pm
reohn2 wrote:Well at least he admits to it .
eventually ....

Re: Getting to Germany with bikes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 July 2014 - 6:39pm
The driving approach is very doable and less complicated but you may find you don't cycle as much, it's a less full on, relying on your bike, sort of experience. Horses for courses, my first check in your position would be flights from Bristol and then local trains in Germany but if you don't mind the drive not having to deal with loading bikes onto planes and trains has some advantages.

A couple of times when I was too busy at work to get my brain round complicated tours we drove down to south/ south west France and left our car at a campsite, toured for a few days in a circular route with the camping gear and them moved on to do somewhere else. Upside: I finally got to do a decent climb (Ventoux) without all my luggage and camping gear, so nice not to stop on the way up because you're actually doing a decent pace.

Of course driving from Mosel could have one huge advantage that you will no doubt want to take advantage of: filling thé boot of the car up with décent wine and that may make the drive worthwhile. If German wine isn't to your taste you can probably come back via Alsace or Burgundy/ eastern end of the Loire, eg Sancerre).

Re: Getting to Germany with bikes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 July 2014 - 6:22pm
You don't say if you are prepared to drive or fly, which may help.

As mentioned above, driving could be the easiest and cheapest option. Flying may also be a fairly cheap option. I imagine that are lots of suitable flights from Bristol.

I know its a bit further, but I recently went to visit a friend in Macedonia. I thought it would be good to take the train, but a rough estimate (using maninseat61 website) was about £400 return with many changes. I flew for £70. OK no bike that time, but that would only have been another £60 on the plane. Sad but true

If you want to take the train the website maninseat61 may be useful for route planning.

Re: Dissertation Birmingham Commuters

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 July 2014 - 6:16pm
Birmingham cycle commuters zip-clip razorblades under the peaks of their helmets.
Don't mess.

Re: Luxembourg to Brussels

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 July 2014 - 5:37pm
I don't know about downloadable routes, but this website has a good overview of the 'RV' routes in that area: http://www.randovelo.org/fr/veitin.php

Re: Ten Miles a Day

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 July 2014 - 5:32pm
Hi,
Think it would be a good idea to start another thread or resurect the old one on energy expenditure

Miles a day...........its probably how you do it and that would depend on what you are aiming for / just pleasure................

Re: Ten Miles a Day

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 July 2014 - 5:26pm
Having just bought a powermeter (from a forum member, thanks!) apparently I can pretty accurately measure my calorie burn using data from that. Haven't delved into that yet as the number of calories I'm burning while riding isn't high on my list of things to know. Would be interesting, but I don't want it to tell me to eat less cake...

Re: Getting to Germany with bikes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 July 2014 - 5:14pm
DeutscheBahn do excellent sleeper services from Paris to Berlin, Munich and Hamburg. My knowledge of the geography of Germany is fairly hopeless but I would have thought that one of these would get you to within striking distance of a suitable starting point. I've uploaded the CityNightLine network map. carte_cnl_de_grand.png

Getting there is fairly easy: cycle from Glastonbury to Castle Cary for the train to Paddington, a short hop across London to Saint Pancras. When you get to Paris you need to go from the Gare du Nord to the Gare de l'Est - basically about 300 hundred yards. So not really a massive amount of faff.

I'd be the first to admit that train companies seem to make the process of booking and researching international train travel harder than it needs to be and there's some hassle involved in the changes, but once you're on the trains you can relax and put your feet up. No driving, no worrying about where to park/leave your car (or worrying about whether it will still be there when you get back) etc etc.

I can see the attraction of using the car to get you from one place to another, and then doing day-rides, but I'm not really sure that the convenience outweighs the hassle of the long initial drive and the long drive back.

The DB 1st class sleepers are very cushy and if you book early the ticket prices are surprisingly reasonable. Once you get there you just take off.

For general information on the City Night Line service (and pictures of the beds etc) I'd go to seat61.com.

The DeutscheBahn site is pretty helpful, but if you want to book bike spaces you need to ring their call centre 08718 80 80 66 (in Croydon South London) so if you don't want to go through the hassle of using the website you could just ring them and get them to sort things out for you. IIRC they charge something like 6p/min but that might be money well spent if it avoids an exploding head.

I've written some articles on my website about getting to Italy by train

http://italy-cycling-guide.info/travell ... -by-train/

which are about getting to Italy by train (well duh, I hear you say), but have some information that might be useful (eg using the DB website and taking your bike on eurostar).

Luxembourg to Brussels

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 July 2014 - 5:12pm
I am looking into cycling from Luxembourg back to Brussels, preferably going via Spa and Namur. The whole system of LF routes does not go that far south as far as I can see, but I would like to find a source of downloadable routes. I have searched "voie vert" but come up with nothing. Can anyone point me in the direction of a website or websites with some downloadable long distance routes for that area? Thanks.

Dissertation Birmingham Commuters

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 July 2014 - 4:47pm
Dear CTC Members

I am an undergraduate Human Geography Student at University of Leicester.

For my dissertation I am conducting research into the cause and effect of the conflict between cyclists and motorists in the context of commuter cyclists in Birmingham. To complete this I need 15-20 volunteers who regularly cycle a particular route, such as commuting to work. This research aims to study those of all abilities, levels of experience, and distances travelled.

Research participants would need to:
-be willing to be contacted by email
-fill out a report of their commute which would answer some specific questions about their experience.
-give me the directions of the route that they take (excluding the exact locations of home and work)

My study needs to be completed by 26/09/14. I have chosen to avoid face to face contact, as email contact gives the participant greater flexibility as to when they complete the above tasks.

I will guarantee that any personal information is kept confidential (safe on a password protected computer), and the research participant will be anonymous in the write up of the work.

My email address is jp334@student.le.ac.uk

I hope to hear from some of you soon.

Yours sincerely
Jack

Re: Bonnet surfing

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 July 2014 - 4:42pm
Well at least he admits to it .

Re: SNCF RER trains, has anyone ever been kicked off?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 July 2014 - 4:33pm
Glad you're sorted. Putting the kids' bikes into a bag is a good wheeze that I've never heard anyone mention before.

MrsHJ wrote:I'll mull over the voies verte, trying to keep it as simple as possible for the sprogs especially my 8 Year old who struggles with change and unexpected stuff ie I don't want to scare him off, that why I'm heading for the canal section to start from.

I mentioned it mainly as a way to avoid the main road. It's basically a fairly simple route through the country lanes with minimal traffic. There's a nice little map here:

http://www.lavelodyssee.com/troncons/roscoff-carhaix

IIRC (I did it a few years ago) it was signposted for most of the way except for the village (SaintPaul de Léon) mid-way. The VV goes right past the ferry terminal (unless they've moved it).

There's not much in the way of unexpected things (good or bad): you could play vegetable ABC but once you've done artichokes, broccoli/brussel sprouts, and cauliflower/cabbage you've pretty much exhausted the possibilities.

Re: Ten Miles a Day

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 July 2014 - 4:12pm
That was exactly my thought about HR.
I don't use it nowadays, and rely on my computer working it out from the GPX track.
As it happens, I have records of all my rides since I went to Garmins.

I have a favourite ride, and have done it exactly 49 times with a Garmin since Feb 2008.
30miles with 2,900ft of ascent.

Calories varied wildly with HR input. Highest 2,473 and lowest 1,634 with all levels in between. 41 rides with HR.
Since doing away with HR, the figure is much more constant. Highest 1,489 and lowest 1,428. 8 rides without HR.

Personally, I believe the "without HR" more than "with HR", as the computer works out the energy required to lift my bulk+bike up and down the hills at the speed I do it. It cannot vary very much.

Re: Bonnet surfing

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 July 2014 - 3:25pm
He's changed plea to guilty... Just have to wait to see what he gets handed down.

Re: Long distance MTB routes in the UK?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 July 2014 - 3:22pm
Thanks everyone for the great tips , now to pick up a second hand mountain bike and make some frame bags

Spotted the highland trail website yesterday too, that looks lovely.

Now just the small issue of accepting that cycling in the UK in November will be wet

Thanks all,

Re: Ten Miles a Day

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 July 2014 - 2:52pm
Hi,
We know that with a HR monitor it can be as much as 20 % out.
I was just pointing out that withOUT a HRM in the mix at all it could be far worse, comonly quoted as 40 % out and maybe even more.

I dont doubt for one minute that Ayesha does the miles and the effort.
I use mine as a comparitor from one ride to the next, and its interesting that when you have a bad time the heart rate can go up and hence the supposed energy kcals etc, goes up, but how can that be if you are the same or slower, so take care of reading kcals with minimum inputs.

Re: Long distance MTB routes in the UK?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 July 2014 - 2:45pm
There are always canal towpaths

New European Cycling Website

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 July 2014 - 1:53pm
Between 2011 and 2013, I cycled 22,000 miles (35,500 km) around 53 countries of Europe. I've put together a site (www.UniCycle50.com) about what I learnt in the hope that it is useful for others in future. But, more importantly, I could do with your input. If you have an opinion about a particular country or route, good or bad, or a blog that contains that information, please let me know about it and I will try to absorb your information into what I have written (even, or especially, if it says the opposite of what I've written) so that the site is not just limited to what I think. That'd be wonderful.

Cheers,
Steven
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