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Re: Marylebone-Oxford Bike on Train

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 January 2016 - 5:17pm
I've seen literally, oh, a couple of dozen people getting off these services at Bicester North previous to Bicester Village (as renamed, and opened by the PM to local indignation on both counts) station's reopening, so I still suspect you'll be fine.

PS
No Primark at Bicester Village, how very dare you

Re: morocco suggestions please

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 January 2016 - 4:39pm
I just got back from 5 weeks there (cycled down from Edinburgh). Much nicer cycling in the east, nice roads and pretty good traffic manners (better than here). Beer you'll struggle finding, unless you stay in the main cities which are rubbish for cycling.

'Decent' overnight accommodation I assume means Western style (hence the beer)? There's lots of tourist locations, just get a Lonely Planet guide and plan your route according to the places they list? But, in my experience/opinion, you'll miss out on the really great local food/culture/people. I was paying between €5 and €10 for places (often on booking/hostalworld), and all were pretty reasonable but mostly without hot showers. There were most often more expensive options in the larger towns though.

The roads (and small side roads) round/through the High Atlas are excellent. Down to Erfoud/Merzouga and the Dra valley are all pretty good cycling. It's quite desolate north east of Midelt (the road up to Nador) but really good cycling roads, hotels are easy to find but may not be up to your expectations sometimes (though with a little planning should be fine).

wifi is everywhere so you'll have no trouble booking ahead I think.

my routes here : https://www.strava.com/athletes/791857
some photos: https://www.instagram.com/far_oeuf/

EDIT: I cycled back up from Marrekech to Tangier, and it was ok but not as nice/quiet as Nador down to Erfoud.
EDIT2: of the few cyclists I met, most flew into/out of Marrakech

cheers,

For Sale: 2013 Salsa Fargo medium

CTC Forums - Bikes For Sale - 23 January 2016 - 4:31pm


I am selling my Salsa Fargo as I need a new bike and I am only allowed to keep so many in the house

Its a 2013 frame in Root Beer size medium.

Hope hubs with rear stans rim and front bontrager rim. The bike gearing is 2 X 10

Xt Rear shadow mech, cassette is 11-34

SLX front mech and cranks. Chainring size is 28/40,

Dura Ace bar end shifters.

The brakes are avid bb7 with cane creek drop V levers (The levers are brand new).

Handle bars are salsa woodchipper 2 in 46cm

stem and seatpost are bontrager race lite

All bearings and cables serviced in the last few months.

The chain and cassette are in very good condition with loads of life left in them.

I have several sets of tyres for this bike

Schwalbe big apple 29 x 2.35

Panaracer fire xc 29er 29 x 2.3.

Aslo a pair for Geax but cant remember which ones.

The bike is in brilliant condition. If you want any more pics then please ask.

Looking for around £1200

I'm in Birmingham/Sutton Coldfield so if you want a look and a ride then please let me know.

https://picasaweb.google.com/113176812049024176602/SalsaForgo?authkey=Gv1sRgCPf4o4nio_TujwE
Categories: Go Cycling

Re: Marylebone-Oxford Bike on Train

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 January 2016 - 4:18pm
I was edging towards giving it a go, and then Tony came along with his story of shoppers and tourists. Now I'm imagining nothing but Primark bags snagging on my pedals, and the resultant dirty looks. Horror!

The thing is, my usual method would be to cycle for another 5 minutes, on to Paddington, where I know there'll be somewhere to lock up the bike, and in an hour I'll be in Oxford - 10 minutes walk from where I want to be. Going via Marylebone requires me to take the bike on the train, for two reasons: there's no cycle parking at Marylebone, and the train leaves me at the edge of Oxford - far from where I need to be. Yes, there's the bus, but that's an extra 20+ minutes.

It would be nice to try out an alternative route to my usual one, but perhaps I'll leave it for a day when I can afford to be late.

Thanks to all, for the encouragement and the discouragement.

Islabike Beinn 24

CTC Forums - Bikes For Sale - 23 January 2016 - 4:12pm
For sale an Islabike Beinn 24 for a child aged 7+ approx mininum height 127cm

This bike has been used by our 2 boys for commuting to school as well as other longer rides. It is therefore in a used condition but still has plenty of years of riding in it. Includes mudguards and rear bike rack which were bought separately from Islabikes when we bought the bike.

Islabike Beinn 24 (13).JPG

The derailleur was replaced last year. There are some scratches on the frame and mudguards where it was held on a bike rack, and also the usual wear and tear that you would expect for a bike that is about 5 years old that has been used. Handgrips probably need replacing at some point.

Great bike for riding - Islabikes have a really good reputation and they have enjoyed riding it.

£175 Poole, Dorset Would prefer collection but if you want us to send we can do so if buyer arranges and pays for courier.
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Re: America: the bizarre

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 January 2016 - 3:45pm
Having lived in a couple of places in the US and visited several more, some very unpleasant, I can say that there are obvious areas such as the stereotypical inner city tenement blocks and areas where every property is surrounded by razor wire. But there are other areas as well that look perfectly innocent but are not. Riding with a club in Southern California, not far from LA, I wanted to stop but was told quite firmly " we do not stop around here". Near where I worked, an apparently respectable neighbourhood, the local McD had bullet proof glass and I was told it was decidedly unsafe after dark. Walking around suburbs in the Carolinas I became aware that it was probably not wise, and staying in an inner city hotel in Winston Salem the barman told me not to even think about taking a walk in the evening.

So, I agree that not all nasty places are obvious to our European sensitivities, but I managed to survive 3 years as a resident and probably another year or more total as a visitor. It is handy being a cyclist because everywhere I went I could meet up with local clubs and hence go places a tourist or casual visitor might not go.

Re: America: the bizarre

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 January 2016 - 3:18pm
rualexander wrote:I've cycled through rural and small town USA for three months, mostly mid-west Rockies etc.
Having also cycled in many other parts of the world, I would say the US was one of the friendliest and equally safest countries I have cycled in.

+1. Rural locations can be exceptionally low crime - some places just across the Hudson from New York are so low crime that they have talked of disbanding the police force who have nothing to do.

Re: America: the bizarre

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 January 2016 - 2:25pm
I've cycled through rural and small town USA for three months, mostly mid-west Rockies etc.
Having also cycled in many other parts of the world, I would say the US was one of the friendliest and equally safest countries I have cycled in.

morocco suggestions please

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 January 2016 - 2:10pm
Happy new year to all !

I feel the need for some sun and hope to tour Morocco for 2/3 wks in late Feb

My template for a good trip is as follows
- circa 50 miles a day
- total mileage between 500 - 800 miles
- little traffic
- decent road surfaces
- decent overnight accommodation using booking.com which I like to book daily (30 euros ave spend)
- access to good food and a beer
- I plan to arrive and depart from same town so ideally a round trip if not a rail link between start and end points (e.g. Marrakech - Tangier)

A recommended route would be great if not regions which are recommended would help a lot

Thanks in anticipation of your ideas.

Re: America: the bizarre

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 January 2016 - 1:42pm
PWA my wife never wanted to go to America but I persuaded her. On the first morning in Los Angeles she was smitten. Since then we have visited America nine times on holiday. In NYC there tend to be cops on every corner, if you stare at a map someone black or white will appear at your shoulder offering help. You get used to never eating alone when people spot your accent. We have three main groups of friends in various areas and have enjoyed staying with them as they enjoy coming here. America is a great country with lots of genuinely nice people. I too dislike the gun laws and culture, but you cannot damn a whole country for that or for their politics. Go!

Al

Re: America: the bizarre

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 January 2016 - 12:38pm
I lived for a year in America. I was not murdered.

Re: America: the bizarre

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 January 2016 - 12:29pm
One thing I found strange was that sometimes it can be difficult to tell if an area is safe or not. Was doing a conference one in Hartford and decided one morning to go for a wander and explore a bit - looked a respectable area, expensive hotel, etc. and doorman stopped me and asked where I was going and warned me that "you don't walk around here".

Ian

Re: America: the bizarre

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 January 2016 - 12:10pm
al_yrpal wrote:Murder rate has nothing to do with street safety except in the relatively tiny 'sink' areas. Murders are mostly family stuff and gang violence. How much time have you actually spent in America and where was it? Its not bizzare generally but like here bizzare in small areas. Small town America is the norm and its quite dull.

Al

A murder rate of 32 times UK levels (per person) is hard to ignore. And gun crime has affected small town USA. But, yes, all nations have hot spots for crime and quieter places.

As you suspect, I have never chosen to visit the USA and probably never will. But I believe I am right to think there is something wrong with a country whose president weeps on TV as he expresses his frustration at not being able to stop its citizens shooting each other. Don't get me wrong: I am not anti-USA and I recognise a lot of good things and good people that have come from that nation. I just do not think it is, from a crime standpoint, safe.

Re: America: the bizarre

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 January 2016 - 11:54am
Murder rate has nothing to do with street safety except in the relatively tiny 'sink' areas. Murders are mostly family stuff and gang violence. How much time have you actually spent in America and where was it? Its not bizzare generally but like here bizzare in small areas. Small town America is the norm and its quite dull.

Al

Re: America: the bizarre

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 January 2016 - 11:47am
al_yrpal wrote:pwa wrote:
I think you can widen that and say being on a US street is not a great idea if you value your safety.

You havent travelled much in America then, what a ridiculous statement! Yes, there are threatening places but they are the exception and tiny, exactly the same as here, France, or other European countries.

Al

32 times the murder rate of the UK!

Re: America: the bizarre

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 January 2016 - 11:00am
pwa wrote:
I think you can widen that and say being on a US street is not a great idea if you value your safety.

You havent travelled much in America then, what a ridiculous statement! Yes, there are threatening places but they are the exception and tiny, exactly the same as here, France, or other European countries.

Al

Re: America: the bizarre

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 January 2016 - 10:53am
TonyR wrote:tyreon wrote:I was wondering what sights might confuse and befuddle curious cyclists should they travel. I thought I would be interested in cycling through post industrial Detroit then on into poisoned Flint,America. You've seen the pictures of devastation,something like from another planet,a post apocalyptic Amrageddon. You then go on to cycle around well-heeled SanFransisco or Seattle. Would you make sense of it? Interesting?

Generally those places of industrial devastation in the USA are not good places to be cycling around if you value your safety.

I think you can widen that and say being on a US street is not a great idea if you value your safety.

Re: America: the bizarre

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 January 2016 - 10:10am
tyreon wrote:I was wondering what sights might confuse and befuddle curious cyclists should they travel. I thought I would be interested in cycling through post industrial Detroit then on into poisoned Flint,America. You've seen the pictures of devastation,something like from another planet,a post apocalyptic Amrageddon. You then go on to cycle around well-heeled SanFransisco or Seattle. Would you make sense of it? Interesting?

Generally those places of industrial devastation in the USA are not good places to be cycling around if you value your safety.

Re: Marylebone-Oxford Bike on Train

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 January 2016 - 9:51am
...but you'll be on first coming back so as long as you store the bike on the the rhs you'll be good

Re: Marylebone-Oxford Bike on Train

CTC Forum - On the road - 23 January 2016 - 9:43am
The thing to beware of is it stops at Bicester Village Outlet Mall so the trains can be full of shoppers and tourists with shopping especially mid morning outbound from London and late afternoon/early evening inbound.
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