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Re: Hit and Run - Sheffield

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 March 2015 - 7:24pm
Tonyf33 wrote:
Unless you're badly injured the police don't seem to give a flying fig quite frankly.
My experience too(though I haven't been knock off)the attitude of the police IME is diabolical.

To drive off and leave someone laying in the road like that is atrocious behaviour,what an example to her children.
I sincerely hope this dangerous moron is caught,but TBH even if they are the penalties aren't anywhere near harsh enough.

Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 March 2015 - 7:06pm
khain wrote:What are you going to do for fuel and water?

I'm looking into fuel at the moment. Water can be from fountains or cemeteries (in France) but it is the one thing we are allowed to knock on doors and ask for since it is (almost) free.

khain wrote:Wild camping in a group could be interesting. It's fairly easy for one or two people to be discreet but a group less so.

If it's an issue, there's no reason why the group has to wild camp together. We can spread out and meet up again in the morning.

Cycling from Finland to Estonia

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 March 2015 - 7:00pm
We two (wife and husband) are proposing to do this in April/May this year. It entails going through Russia, via St Petersburg. The enquiry here is really about cycling in Russia, or tyhis part of Russia. we are not strangers to cycling in different parts of Europe, having tacked the whole of the North Sea Cycle Route and cycled the length of Finland from the North. But is there anything special here, particularly in the way of potential problems and difficulties? We note (from booking.com) that accommodation, usually in hotels, is not expensive, and that there seem to be few campsites, but is rough camping an option or to be avoided? We would avaoid main roads, but what are minor roads like? One can think of many more questions - but - awaiting responses please! Tom and Katherine

Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 March 2015 - 6:54pm
What are you going to do for fuel and water?

A wood burning stove is nice and cheap but becomes a real pain after a few days and could cause problems if wild camping. Wild camping in a group could be interesting. It's fairly easy for one or two people to be discreet but a group less so.

Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 March 2015 - 6:07pm
I apologise if this comes up twice. The first one seemed to disappear.

robing wrote:looking forward to reading about your exploits. I've read loads of cycle touring books and yours is easily the best one!

Wow! Thank you.

robing wrote:I'd be up for coming along, but I'm actually doing my own tour the other way from Roses - Gibraltar and then back home through Spain and France so our paths may cross as I'm doing it in May/June! I'll certainly buy you a beer if we do!

And I will trade your beer for my handful of seaweed and some nettles.

robing wrote:About your Kindle, I had one of these early ones with the keyboard and you could get free internet access anywhere at home or abroad via 3G. But Amazon have cottoned on to this and I believe this is no longer available, you can only get online via wifi only. You'd be better off with a cheap 7" tablet. I got the Acer Iconia One from Argos for £90. Great little tablet.

It was working here in Spain last week. It never worked on the Isle of Man. But thanks for the heads up. Maybe the service has been terminated in the UK and/or France. The advantage the old Kindle has over any new tablet is how long the battery lasts if you don't use the internet option too much. I'll do some digging. Cheers!

Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 March 2015 - 6:04pm
Tangled Metal wrote:Does anyone know if the French Pharmacists still have to know what funghi are safe to eat or not these days? I heard it was part of their requirements to practise. Might be good to know or not.

Someone mentioned that earlier, or over on CycleChat. I'd never heard of it. Could be useful.

Tangled Metal wrote:Sounds a hard trip with living from foraging. I can see how fishing can get you your protein but it is the rest that is difficult. I've heard of similar trips walking but not too many worked out. Good luck (meant in a good way not trying to be negative).

All the cycling/foraging ones longer than a couple of days that I read about failed (the longest being Vin Cox who had to stop after a week after getting sick from roadkill) and that is why I added in the £1 per day thing. It can provide the bulk of the calories and hopefully nature will provide the flavours. Or maybe not.

Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 March 2015 - 5:59pm
Does anyone know if the French Pharmacists still have to know what funghi are safe to eat or not these days? I heard it was part of their requirements to practise. Might be good to know or not.

Sounds a hard trip with living from foraging. I can see how fishing can get you your protein but it is the rest that is difficult. I've heard of similar trips walking but not too many worked out. Good luck (meant in a good way not trying to be negative).

Re: Handlebar bag views and costs

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 March 2015 - 5:56pm
robing wrote:The Mechanic wrote:I have had the Carradice Super C handlebar bag for about six or seven years now. I would highly recommend it. My front light (Dynamo) is fixed to the fork crown and sits well below the bag, even on my small frame. Top piece of kit IMHO

How waterproof is this bag?

Apologies for the delay in replying. There answer is very. I have been out in some serious downpours with this bag and never had any water ingress. The material does get wet but the whole idea is that the wetter it gets, the tighter the fibres press together thus keeping the water out. It works.

BTW, the underslung light bar is useless. If you get one of these, and I highly recommend you do, chuck the light bar away.

Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 March 2015 - 5:37pm
Hi Steven,

looking forward to reading about your exploits. I've read loads of cycle touring books and yours is easily the best one! I'd be up for coming along, but I'm actually doing my own tour the other way from Roses - Gibraltar and then back home through Spain and France so our paths may cross as I'm doing it in May/June! I'll certainly buy you a beer if we do!

About your Kindle, I had one of these early ones with the keyboard and you could get free internet access anywhere at home or abroad via 3G. But Amazon have cottoned on to this and I believe this is no longer available, you can only get online via wifi only. You'd be better off with a cheap 7" tablet. I got the Acer Iconia One from Argos for £90. Great little tablet.

Robin

Re: Handlebar bag views and costs

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 March 2015 - 5:24pm
Graham wrote:robing wrote:I've just got the Carradice Super C handlebar bag for this year's touring. Carradice has a lifetime guarantee and this bag is unique I believe in having a light attachment so you can put your lights on the front of it as they can't go on the bar.
http://www.carradice.co.uk/index.php?pa ... duct_id=18
I have the Carradry version with the underslung bar.

* The bike lights wobbled around like crazy.

* On this large, deep bag model the small Lumicycle light cans rubbed against the mudguard

I just gave up in the end.

Actually, I didn't get on with the Carradice Super C in the end. Just too big, I don't like a bag that takes up the whole of the space in between the drops. And at the angle I had to have it to be clear of the brake/gear cables, the light fittings were no good. So I sold it on Ebay

I've now got the Topeak Compact Tourguide bag http://www.topeak.com/products/bags/Compact_Handlebar_Bag
which is perfect! So small you hardly notice it. Perfect for day rides for your phone, money, snacks etc. And works well as part of a touring set up for your valuables. It's a brilliant design - turns in to a 'fanny pack' or bumbag as we call them.

Re: Bike lubing/cleaning on tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 March 2015 - 5:18pm
find a rag somewhere - usually easy on a campsite. Small bottle of lube.

Play on Pedals delivers training to Onslow Drive children and Reidvale Adventure Playground playworkers

Play on Pedals blog - 12 March 2015 - 4:58pm

We had a fantastic time working with play workers from Reidvale Adventure Playground Association in Bridgeton and staff and children from the nearby Onslow Drive nursery yesterday.

Over two mornings this week, we trained Instructors to deliver fun and games on bikes. We learnt a lot from each other, including new ideas for warm up games and how to integrate colour play into sessions.

Children from Onslow Drive get started cycling

RAPA is a play facility with wonderful spaces, resources and committed staff. We are looking forward to working with them as a new Hero Organisation, enabling children who visit the centre to access the bikes with specialist play staff to facilitate a great learning opportunity for the young people of Glasgow.


Re: Bike lubing/cleaning on tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 March 2015 - 4:52pm
Wipe down occasionally. Just look after the drive train and simple oiling elsewhere.

Gary
www.longbikeride.co.uk

Re: cycling to Italy

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 March 2015 - 4:44pm
Its not Provence or anything but it is pretty, and Langres for example is a really lovely walled town.

On the Italian side as said the north in flat and the Apennines can be very steep. Lucca though should be reachable by heading across Piedmonte and hugging the coast from Genova all the way round to Lucca. This gives the added benefit of going past or through the Portofino peninsula and Cinque Terre

Re: Bike lubing/cleaning on tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 March 2015 - 3:28pm
I take 37 ml bottle (v small and refillable) of White Lightning and apply as required but certainly every 2 or 3 days - takes only a little time to put on, build up of wax and I find it works well, but everyone has their own favourite. Part of the morning ritual - pack up the bike, lube the chain, pump the tyres. I also take wetwipes - use to clean chain, two or three rotations of the chain and reasonably clean, then apply the White Lightning. If been through wet and muddy conditions, handful of wetwipes can get most of the bike clean, frame and mechs, so an essential item for me.

Wetwipes also clean self after mechanical or puncture. In the old days I didn't seem to mind but these days I hate having oil on hands. Also find that wetwipes excellent at getting grease, oil, etc off carpets or clothes, sometimes with additional help of Pedros degreaser. Would hate to think what this does to babies' bottoms but an essential item on any trip.

Re: London: Covent Garden Bike Thieves About!

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 March 2015 - 3:25pm
A separate cable lock with a key is a better solution because then the D-lock isn't a single point of attack. If either are alarmed, so much the better.

Sorry to hear that Matt's bike was damaged but at least this one wasn't stolen.

Re: ASL fixed penalty

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 March 2015 - 3:20pm
Not the same, but the same idea ............

Years ago, I complained about lorries driving on the twisty windy A390 between Gunnislake and Tavistock. Not the lorries particularly, but that they crossed and straddled the double white lines for much of the journey. This is illegal despite their size. If they went very slowly and carefully, they could avoid breaking the law.

When I complained, I got the same reply as you. If the lorries had to NOT cross or straddle the double white lines, it would cause more congestion.

You cannot win.

Re: cycling to Italy

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 March 2015 - 2:52pm
The route Honesty suggests is certainly the shortest, as it follows the Via Francigena, set up when the only way to get there was to walk. I cycled it a few years ago, and it’s a nice enough ride, if perhaps not the most interesting bit of France. The Simplon pass is a delight, the Great St Bernard less so: great when you’re heading home, but it’s a big climb, not open until mid-June, and the north side ascent looks like a nightmare – bad surface, narrow lanes, steep climb, in a gallery, no shoulder (that’s before you reach the tunnel, obviously – above there it’s great).
You might also consider a more westerly route through France (e.g. Dieppe – Paris (through or around!) – Dijon – Rhone valley – Grenoble) then the Frejus as Honesty suggests. Or go over the Lautaret to Briancon, then the pretty, quiet, low col de l’Echelle to Turin. The Agnel is a big beast at over 2700m, highest international road in Europe.
Another possibility – which I’m hoping to do next month – is to go all the way up the Rhine, then into Italy over the St Gotthard, or the Spluga pass (I did that one a couple of years ago, ride of a lifetime!). Still quite a straight line to Lucca.
Once you’re over the Alps, northern Italy’s flat as a pancake. But don’t underestimate the Apennines; They’re not so high, but you’re starting from lower down, so the passes can be just as big as in the Alps. The Cisa pass is a nice ride, if you avoid weekends, when it’s a popular run for motorbikes. The Abetone from Modena is a good bit higher, a reasonably gentle climb IIRC (I did it the other way), and brings you straight down into Lucca. Where you can get a very nice breakfast.
I wonder if Ayrshire to a ferry port will be the hardest bit to find a pleasant route?

Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 March 2015 - 2:09pm
nirakaro wrote:Crikey, struck a nerve there. i don't recollect advocating any such thing.

Joke.

Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 March 2015 - 2:08pm
Crikey, struck a nerve there. i don't recollect advocating any such thing.
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