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Re: How do I get to St Malo from US?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 April 2015 - 8:43pm
There is a ferry from Portsmouth to St Malo.
My copy of European Rail (and ferry) Timetable (formerly produced by Thomas Cook) doesn't show any ferries from Weymouth now.

There is a small airport at Dinard which is very near to St Malo. You would need to research how to fly there from UK. There might not be flights from Heathrow. Your suggestion of going via Paris seems more likely.

Re: Dilema - mud-guards or wider tyres

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 April 2015 - 8:40pm
I may be unusual but i couldn't tell the difference between 23mm and 25mm gatorskins. I would stick with the mudguards as doing without them will make a very noticeable difference if the weather is at all wet

Re: What is gr8 about motorcycling?

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 April 2015 - 8:22pm
bigjim wrote:Would we see the same recklessness if all bikes were 250cc or less?
Would not solve the problem. There were 250cc, 100mph bikes on sale to the public in the 1960s The manufacturers would just up the game. Speed sells unfortunately.

Not if it's illegal.
TBH restricting anything to 70 is too slow IMHO,perhaps 90mph would be more realistic as sometimes the extra speed help get you out of trouble.
The problems begin when starry eyed numpties believe they have the same ability to ride and drive as their racing heroes,99.99999% clearly don't.
Add to that a vehicle capable of similar speeds of their heroes or at least very rapid acceleration,and you have a recipe for disaster,some people can't help themselves.
As I mentioned above if any restrictor to engine power is capable of being removed in minutes,then the whole thing becomes a joke,which is the state of affairs ATM.

Just to be clear I'm no way anti motorcycle,but I am anti very fast vehicles,there's simply no need for them,end of.
Vehicles that can achieve crazy 3 second 0 to 60 speeds or 160+mph top speeds are useless to sane people and dangerous to all in the hands of people on roads with two way traffic.

If some one wants to go fast there's race circuits all over the country they can use.

When the crazy powered machines,however many wheels they have, are removed from the roads,the remainder of this kind of behaviour can be kept to a bare minimum,(it'll never be completely stamped out)by better policing and stiffer penalties.

Re: How do I get to St Malo from US?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 April 2015 - 8:20pm
Hi Pete. If My memory serves me right: In the past I have caught a ferry from Weymouth to St Malo in the Summer. Weymouth isn't a million miles from LHR. I would imagine you can train it via various stops. OR If you fancy driving 'with a stick' hire a small van and do a one way hire from LHR to Weymouth. I don't think any of the coaches take bikes.

I am about 2 hours inland of Weymouth, near Bath. I could pick you guys up from the train station. You are welcome to camp in my garden. Bell tent and wood burner?

Re: Funny what goes through your mind...

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 April 2015 - 7:47pm
in my car...I am often amazed when in a restricted mph zone,the car behind me wants to overtake...and on the inside! I am now 2' away from the kerb,beyond the kerb is the pavement and,coming up,are several concrete bollards and an iron lampost. I can see in the rear view mirror the guy behind me,now 2' from my rear,wanting to overtake on the inside!!!! It is really hard to describe,just amzin'. I put it down to him(and it usually is a him)watching JC on TG 'last night'. Strangely,I want em to have a go at the overtaking! Would better fireworks night!!

How do I get to St Malo from US?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 April 2015 - 7:36pm
We would like to do the France En Velo route later in the year, September, say. Here's my challenge: what's the best way to get to St Malo from the US? Fly to LHR or Orly or De Gaulle? Then take trains or what? Is there an airport anywhere near St Malo? There is a ferry from Plymouth to St Malo. I've taken a bike to LHR before and it was a pain getting anywhere from there. Anybody tell me how to get two of us with bikes and paniers from LHR to Plymouth please? We could return from Paris perhaps. Trouble is I'll be with the Mrs and it all HAS to go relatively smoothly.

Re: Has technology changed touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 April 2015 - 7:09pm
The interweb is a mixed blessing. Sometimes the planning gets in the way of the doing.

Re: maps for the west of USA

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 April 2015 - 7:03pm
irc wrote:Nigel Laverick wrote:Can anyone suggest good maps for the west of America - Arizona , Utah , Idaho , Oregon and the Pacific coast. I've costed the American adventure cycling maps but these seem very expensive. Thanks

They are not cheap but are great if you are on those routes. Otherwise I've found in the west that state level maps are usable as there are so few roads. Assuming you are sticking to mainly tarmac. For navigating any urban areas google map printouts are OK.

The state maps provide litle detail. A marked settlement can be anything from a few buildings to a small town big enough to have a gas station/store. I always carried a couple of days food when off Adventure Cycling maps in the west and kept my water bottles topped up whenever I could. Sound advice

Re: Accident Tue 7 Apr 18:00 Uddingston

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 April 2015 - 6:40pm
I live in the area and haven't heard anything so hopefully no news is good news.

Re: Funny what goes through your mind...

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 April 2015 - 6:36pm
This morning I was out " exercising" the Motorhome and had just come into a 30 zone with a corner and a slight downhill. Coming towards me 3 bikes - 2 adults and 1 child in single file. A car behind the bikes decided to overtake them despite me coming towards them. Not enough room and some hard braking averted trouble. The woman car driver as she swerved in was clearly mouthing obscenities in my direction. She presumably thought I should have taken wings and removed myself from her path. It' s not only cyclists that get stick

Re: Has technology changed touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 April 2015 - 6:31pm
Personally I think rather than kit (bikes/tents etc) where technology - for me, has changed things is in planning. My first proper tour (as opposed to taking the bike somewhere and doing day rides) was all about guide books, maps, sending faxes to make bookings and so on. Fifteen years later and I have an incredible amount of information at my finger tips, expert advice, booking in just a couple of clicks, expert advice etc, etc. It doesn't mean that I wouldn't have done similar trips without all this IT but I would have been less informed about stuff to see and places to stay.

Bike/equipment technology has affected the kit I/we use for touring, the bikes my parents/grandparents toured on were in their time changing how things were done with new fangled derailleurs instead of hub gears, more cycle specific clothing etc. We have a huge variety of bikes and gear to choose from now, far more than even ten years ago, but we don't need to embrace all the technology to make the trip. What does concern me is the degree that some kit is now considered by a very large percentage of people to be essential - I'm talking GPS devices here, why have we so many people who cannot read road signs, read a map, use basic navigation skills? Its not just cyclists of course. (how many threads on here are about GPS use/routes/charging?) I know people who use their 'satnav' to get to work - along the same route they've used for many years without the damn things. I'm not saying they aren't useful but the reliance on such bits of kit is ridiculous.

Maybe we should start a L'Eroica touring group? We could make up some silly rules about kit to be used and ensure the weather is always horrible (every tale from my parents of touring in the fifties involves some extreme of weather, full hostels, closed b&b's and distances my legs ache from just hearing about!).

the good stuff from my pov;
    wider range gearing
    improved quality of bike parts
    improved quality of camping gear
    better access to the above
    the interweb

These have all improved the touring experience and whilst I can't see much room for weight reduction, I'm sure the performance of materials, indeed new materials will continue to push the boundaries. In another twenty years we could have the same discussion and be lamenting the Goretex, the GPS units etc all of which will have been superceded!

Re: Cycling coast of Wales

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 April 2015 - 6:28pm
mcallaghan wrote:Go to RideWithGPS.com and 'plan' a route. Pull up Wales and view the OSM Cycle map. That highlights all the bike routes.

I am riding Chester to Bangor (the north coast) on NCN 5, which runs along the coast the whole way, so I would suggest that be your route of choice.

NCN5 doesn't run along the whole coast, it climbs a massive hill out of Bagilt up to the top of the Berwyn ridge (I think) then along ridge to Gronant then back to coast, even with the new Talacre extension you'd have about 6 miles of the coast road from Bagilt to Talacre (through Mostyn/Mostyn Dock/Fun ship/Abakhan stretch), this bit doesn't bother me but it freaks lots of people out - mostly the shoddy overtakes by caravanners being the problem.

Re: Pothole-related fatal crash

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 April 2015 - 6:12pm
The compensation has been agreed, with the highway authority still denying any liability.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-32215664

Re: Cycling coast of Wales

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 April 2015 - 6:09pm
Go to RideWithGPS.com and 'plan' a route. Pull up Wales and view the OSM Cycle map. That highlights all the bike routes.

I am riding Chester to Bangor (the north coast) on NCN 5, which runs along the coast the whole way, so I would suggest that be your route of choice.

Re: What is gr8 about motorcycling?

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 April 2015 - 5:23pm
Would we see the same recklessness if all bikes were 250cc or less?
Would not solve the problem. There were 250cc, 100mph bikes on sale to the public in the 1960s The manufacturers would just up the game. Speed sells unfortunately.

Re: Cycling coast of Wales

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 April 2015 - 4:46pm
Much of the North West & North Coast has a Sustrans traffic free route.
There are also several other sections in Mid & West Wales.
Have a look at the Sustrans web site to see details & download.
Enjoy your trip.

Re: Funny what goes through your mind...

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 April 2015 - 4:46pm
Of the couple times I've been hit, in every occurrence I remember picking myself up from the ground, checking the damage to the bike and asking the driver if they were ok. Funnily enough, I've done this calmly each time. Even remarking to one driver who took me out on a roundabout, "Well it could've been worse I suppose" with a smile.
But the near misses, close passes, smidsys and so on leave me wishing I had a mini Gatling gun mounted to the bars to rip said drivers to shreds

Re: What is gr8 about motorcycling?

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 April 2015 - 4:42pm
BigFoz wrote:Like most things (cars / trucks / guns / motorbikes / ladders / stairs / power tools) it's not the article that causes the problem, it's the operation.
True enough I guess but we could use the same logic to allow people to carry knives or handguns.

A motorbike is no more dangerous than a bicycle. It's how they're used that causes problems.
At any given speed the potential to injure is many times greater and the vast majority of the time we're not talking about the same speed.

Should we apply a 70mph limiter to all motor vehicles?
Yes. With an exception for Emergency vehicles and of course vehicles which need to be limited to a lower speed.

I have exceeded the speed limit (pretty sure I have, no speedo...) on my bicycle, do we limit those somehow?
There's no speed limit for bikes. The situations aren't comparable. If cars and motorbikes had a maximum sustainable speed of 20mph and weighed less than 100kg fully laden I wouldn't see a need for urgent regulation.

Why do motorbikes polarise people so badly? They're either cool, or the spawn of satan, and no middle ground. For those who are in the latter camp, think carefully whether you're being rational
I think I'm in the middle. I don't think the road is a place for charging about on and if you are intending to ride perfectly sensibly why would you need a massive engine. That said I see them as a symptom rather than the problem. As you remarked earlier the problem is the human driving/riding. But then does the available power contribute? Would we see the same recklessness if all bikes were 250cc or less?

Re: Funny what goes through your mind...

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 April 2015 - 4:10pm
chris_suffolk wrote:
Had 2 or 3 overtakes in 30mph zone yesterday, when driver passes and brakes for no apparent reason, other than (I suspect) they had to significantly exceed the speed limit to get past, and hadn't judged it correctly in advance. Fun to sail past them at the next queue and let them see how futile it all was.
But it's not as they can practise doing it again. Even more fun for them in a 20mph zone as there are speed humps to brake for as well.

Re: What is gr8 about motorcycling?

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 April 2015 - 4:03pm
Let's get this into perspective. A 200hp motorbike is restricted - i.e. a 17 year should NOT be riding it - it's illegal, there is a qualifying period. Before you can have a more powerful bike. NO SUCH restriction applies to cars. You can take the test at 17 in a Fiat Panda, walk out of the test and get into a 1,200BHP Bugatti and do as you please.

Like most things (cars / trucks / guns / motorbikes / ladders / stairs / power tools) it's not the article that causes the problem, it's the operation. A motorbike is no more dangerous than a bicycle. It's how they're used that causes problems. If you want to ban all fast bikes, then you will also have to go to bat on banning all fast cars. Should we apply a 70mph limiter to all motor vehicles? I have exceeded the speed limit (pretty sure I have, no speedo...) on my bicycle, do we limit those somehow? Why do motorbikes polarise people so badly? They're either cool, or the spawn of satan, and no middle ground. For those who are in the latter camp, think carefully whether you're being rational.
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