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Re: Touring possibly the South of France along the coast

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 March 2015 - 9:35am
The area around Toulouse is fairly flat. From there you can head along the Canal du Midi for some distance (or roads parallel to as the surface isn't always very good). You could probably find a flat(tish) route to Perpignan or Narbonne. There are some flat coast roads but somewhere like Argeles - sur - Mer can get very busy and further south towards the Spanish border is quite lumpy.
As others have said the Cote d'Azur area can be quite busy.
You could of course try the Atlantic coast which offers other possibilities.

Re: so when do the shorts come out?

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 March 2015 - 9:30am
I could've done with long trousers this morning. My legs are covered in scratches from being attacked by airborne sticks (It's a tad breezy out there)

Re: Touring possibly the South of France along the coast

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 March 2015 - 9:25am
The coast is a bit too busy for my tastes but a little inland is some of the most pleasant cycling in the world. But to prevent it being too lumpy you would have to study the maps carefully to keep to valley bottoms as much as possible. And of course, make sure you have the lowest gears possible.

Re: Best Farcility of the Year?? £210,000 Wasted?? Chicheste

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 March 2015 - 9:24am
I'd love to say I'm surprised but West Sussex County Council are desperate to show that they are splashing as much cash as possible on transport infrastructure at the moment. Well thought out schemes need not apply - as seen in this week's Chichester Observer: http://www.chichester.co.uk/news/local/ ... -1-6660027

As for Northgate, the Council's own employees lobbied senior management hard in 2010 to improve pedestrian access to the Council & Fire Service buildings on the gyratory after someone was struck whilst crossing the road (this happens way too frequently). The response back then was along the lines of "we'll look into it", so I don't hold out much hope for anything sensible happening in that area any time soon.

Re: so when do the shorts come out?

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 March 2015 - 9:18am
Psamathe wrote:(Not scanned the entire thread but ...)

I only have shorts and never want for anything else - sometimes baggy, sometimes lycra. Some rides can start off a bit chilly but within a few minutes I've warmed-up. Top is an old baddy sweatshirt (plenty of breeze around the un-elasticates waits/sleeves/neck), maybe a cotton t-shirt underneath and when it's really cold an old Helly-Hensen thermal top (the old blue nylon'y things).

Ian
And how do your knees feel about that Ian ? - or more apposite - how do you think they will feel in future years?

Re: Touring possibly the South of France along the coast

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 March 2015 - 9:17am
I rode from Toulouse to Nice last June great weather in the 30s every day. As I expected that hugging the coast would be busy I stayed in land and there were great roads and plenty to see. We went via Tarascon (great Castle with camping next door), Avignon, as we were ahead on schedule over the Ventoux (which obviously can be missed). We were planning to camp in Vence (just West of Nice) but this was busy so we headed inland again and stayed somewhere else and then came into Nice from the North.

Re: Would this bike be a suitable entry level tourer

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 March 2015 - 9:03am
Do you think it could be the more sporty position of a road bike that might have aggravated your neck?

Re: Gluten Free

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 March 2015 - 7:52am
No help at all, but I have been gluten (++) free for nearly 15 years now.

Most places will do a jacket potato, or chips etc. so there will be more places than you think. A decent fish and chip shop can steam the fish without batter (depending on the level of allergy/intolerance you might be able to use the batter as a bowl....)

In terms of normal meals look to the Far East, where much of the stuff you expect to be flour based is actually gramm flour or rice flour.

Re: Touring possibly the South of France along the coast

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 March 2015 - 6:13am
I think you will find it very busy, very built up and not very pleasant cycling. At the beginning of May at least it won't be too hot or too busy but I wouldn't think it would make for a pleasant or relaxing bike ride. Unfortunately built up coastal areas rarely do.

If I were you I would choose somewhere more rural where you have a good choice of quiet roads, small towns and campsites better suited to the touring cyclist than the family holiday by the beach.

NB I haven't been to that area for a long time, but I used to live in Cannes many years ago. Also most reports on cycling that bit of coast back up what I have said.

Happy to be contradicted!

Re: Would this bike be a suitable entry level tourer

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 March 2015 - 12:15am
Thanks for all of the great advice. The other possibility I thought of was a hybrid bike. Halfords have a Boardman MX Sport for £405 at the moment if you use a discount code. It can take a pannier and mudguards. With what I would save on the discount, I could afford to have these fitted as well. It weights 13.8kg. Again it has front suspension forks. My reason for buying a bike with suspension is that I have problems with my neck. I had to stop using a road bike as my neck was too painful riding it. I thought that the extra benefit of front suspension may have made things easier going over bumps and jar my neck a bit less.

http://www.halfords.com/cycling/bikes/h ... tAodNDcAXw

Sorry for the huge link

Re: so when do the shorts come out?

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 March 2015 - 11:23pm
(Not scanned the entire thread but ...)

I only have shorts and never want for anything else - sometimes baggy, sometimes lycra. Some rides can start off a bit chilly but within a few minutes I've warmed-up. Top is an old baddy sweatshirt (plenty of breeze around the un-elasticates waits/sleeves/neck), maybe a cotton t-shirt underneath and when it's really cold an old Helly-Hensen thermal top (the old blue nylon'y things).

Ian

Re: so when do the shorts come out?

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 March 2015 - 10:51pm
Came back from a ride today(leg warmers)and felt optomistic,so before my shower whilst cutting my hair(what little there is of it) I shaved my legs.

Then I saw the weather forecast.I think I may have ''gone too early in the break''

Re: Touring frame differences

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 March 2015 - 10:30pm
b1ke wrote:I've never bought a made to measure tourer. Everything I've ridden has been second hand and I've toured well over 10,000 miles on them without issue. I swap stems and bars if necessary, same with tyres and then fit racks and my Brooks saddle.

I've toured on tandems, a cargo bike, mountain bikes and touring bikes (including a Sherpa). And I liked them all for various reasons. And probably disliked bits about some of them as well. But I lived with what I had because I preferred to save my cash for the road.

My personal opinion is that a lot of the talk around touring bikes is hype. Comparing the Sherpa to, for example, a Kona Explosif, I preferred the Kona for it's lightness and responsiveness. The Sherpa however felt a lot more robust and had every braze-on imaginable, plus it had good heel clearance. Whether that justifies the price is the decision of the buyer.

Can't comment on 700c wheels because I don't tend to ride those bikes, but I can't see why the same wouldn't be true.

hear hear. I agree make the most of what you have rather than go after the ideal bike. When I bought my dawes 1-Down it was bought on the spur of the moment now 15 years or so ago at a large discount. Being a large person it wasnt a good fit at the time but by changing the steerer stem to a long one from Rose cycles and a seat pin which allowed me to push the seat further back - total cost less than £60 - the bike works rather well - the reach is what it should be and the seat relative to the pedals almost correct and certainly some thing that can be ignored - the body has some flexability. The 46/36/26 gearing couldnt be better ( for me now ) and the sti has proved very reliable and stable requiring little or no adjustment for years.

Re: Touring frame differences

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 March 2015 - 9:59pm
I've never bought a made to measure tourer. Everything I've ridden has been second hand and I've toured well over 10,000 miles on them without issue. I swap stems and bars if necessary, same with tyres and then fit racks and my Brooks saddle.

I've toured on tandems, a cargo bike, mountain bikes and touring bikes (including a Sherpa). And I liked them all for various reasons. And probably disliked bits about some of them as well. But I lived with what I had because I preferred to save my cash for the road.

My personal opinion is that a lot of the talk around touring bikes is hype. Comparing the Sherpa to, for example, a Kona Explosif, I preferred the Kona for it's lightness and responsiveness. The Sherpa however felt a lot more robust and had every braze-on imaginable, plus it had good heel clearance. Whether that justifies the price is the decision of the buyer.

Can't comment on 700c wheels because I don't tend to ride those bikes, but I can't see why the same wouldn't be true.

Re: Touring possibly the South of France along the coast

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 March 2015 - 9:46pm
Well the trouble with this coast is that, in the main, a main road follows it and if you want to get off it it can be very lumpy.
I found getting round Monaco and into Nice quite busy. True the promenade of Nice was nice but it soon ran out on the western side.
Having ridden the velodysee as well I don't think you will find this area as accommodating.
My sympathies re the chemo - if you are just getting over it don't over estimate your capabilities. I know it affects different people different ways and it depends on the cocktail but I have lived with someone who took many many months to recover strength.
Good luck

Re: Touring frame differences

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 March 2015 - 9:27pm
Thanks for that Gaz to long for me so.looking for 53 cm or 52 i reckon.height would be good tho..
very confusing these frame geometry .

Re: Touring frame differences

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 March 2015 - 9:19pm
jags wrote:That SPA tourer looks a cracking bike.
colin on the 51cm frame is the top tube 51cm.just curious.
Top tube is 54.4cm, effective top tube 56.4cm
Spa publish the frame geometry: http://www.spacycles.co.uk/smsimg/uploa ... ometry.jpg

Re: Best Farcility of the Year?? £210,000 Wasted?? Chicheste

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 March 2015 - 9:15pm
gaz wrote:TonyR wrote:Don't know why they don't go the whole hog and put Cyclist Dismount signs at each entry to the gyratory.
I take it that you've already seen the designs for phase two of the plan

Ah, but we have a cunning plan for Phase 3. We put No Entry Except Cycles signs on every exit.

Re: Touring frame differences

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 March 2015 - 8:20pm
That SPA tourer looks a cracking bike.
colin on the 51cm frame is the top tube 51cm.just curious.



jags.
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