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Re: bbc i player,scottish audax

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 December 2014 - 7:53pm
Here is the website that you would have to keep scouring.

http://www.aukweb.net/events/?From=15%2 ... a=&Region=

It may well not run next year as it is a PBP year and people tend to let that take over everything else.

That was just the Audax which made the TV, the others also have their charms even if they lack the celebrity status.

Re: bbc i player,scottish audax

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 December 2014 - 7:45pm
I enjoyed this but can not find a website that explains a 2015 entry to the event....I confess that I am tempted.
I do know that there was quite a bit of interest in this ride but only 30-odd folk turned up so there were rumblings of it not happening again...??

Re: san javier

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 December 2014 - 7:45pm
Yes sorry cv-925, it's rolling terrain inland but with nothing more that about 6% and no puddles or pot holes.

Re: Tesco unicycle stands

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 December 2014 - 7:35pm
Aldi in Feltham have about a dozen proper Sheffield stands at an angle to the wall so there is space for your front wheel. If one supermarket can get it right ....

Re: Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 December 2014 - 7:35pm
mrjemm wrote:I thought the Soma Saga had been going quite some time,
The Saga has been available since 2010 apparently, so not as recently as I thought. The LHT first appeared in 2004, so my point that it was the right bike at the right time still stands, by the time some of the others had caught up the LHT had already established itself.

Re: Tesco unicycle stands

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 December 2014 - 7:31pm
Psamathe wrote:mjr wrote:Tesco do seem to be a repeat offender. The new fancy-looking bike racks at Hardwick, King's Lynn, are |\-shaped and too short to support bikes, but would be good for unicycles. Happily there are some n-shape racks too, plus the trolley park edges.
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Would work better if installed the other way round (higher end away from the wall) and further out from the wall. I can't see the advantage of the "Tesco stand" over the more traditional style.
Ian

I have wondered about a midnight visit to the Tesco in Teddington - same daft shape - and turning the stands round. I can only imagine that someone "thinks" that they look less in the way like that

Re: TOURING 2015

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 December 2014 - 7:04pm
mcallaghan wrote:I'm hoping to do the LLC (albeit starting in Chester) in July/August.

If I can't work out the finances for that (I'm in the USA) then I'll stay local and bust my lungs doing a Colorado Loop with something over 14,000 ft of climbing over 9-days.

I plan to do something similar at Easter, weather permitting.
My folks live near Chester so taking train to Holyhead from Chester and riding LLC over 4 days, then train back home.

Re: TOURING 2015

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 December 2014 - 5:03pm
I'm hoping to do the LLC (albeit starting in Chester) in July/August.

If I can't work out the finances for that (I'm in the USA) then I'll stay local and bust my lungs doing a Colorado Loop with something over 14,000 ft of climbing over 9-days.

Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 December 2014 - 4:42pm
mercalia wrote:I still think learn to fire a pistol and pack one preferably "make my day" type?There are individual state laws about "concealed weapons permits" and for some there are weapons on display. Not that it matters because it would be illegal. As a foreigner you are not allowed to own one.

I lived in the North West and only when doing roughstuff in the mountains was I told I should not go off alone because of bears - after I had done so of course. When I moved to the South West, I was told I should not stroll from the road and sit on a rock while waiting for the bunch due to rattlesnakes - also after I had done so.

The only bear I saw was a dead black bear in a ditch. I saw a number of coyotes and a few road runners, racoons and possums in their hundreds. I did not own a mobile phone, although many of my riding colleagues did so. In the North west I camped on a few occasions, but nowhere that needed bear precautions.

Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 December 2014 - 4:22pm
mnichols wrote:But other than the bears, pumas, wolves, coyotes, racoon's, skunks, snakes, scorpions, tarantulas, psychopaths, water born parasites, hypothermia, desert heat, altitude, lack of food, water, motels and phone signal...its quite a nice place?
You missed out mosquitoes, which are large and numerous in the Canadian forests.

Re: Andorra, Port de Cabus

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 December 2014 - 4:21pm
I've no direct knowledge but Google StreetView got up there in August 2011 and the tarmac on the Andorra side stopped at the Spanish border then. On the Spanish side it was a stony track. From my looking at the satellite view in Google Maps (which are of unknown vintage) I would expect a stony track dropping down to the hamlet of Tor after about 4 1/2 miles, then probably a gravel surface to Norris, after about 9 miles from the border & finally about 3 miles of tarmac down to Alins (but that is all purely from my interpretation of the photographic data).

Looking at the elevation profile of the route down (plotting on Bikehike) you are looking at a quite steep descent, particularly on the rougher, upper part from the border - it looks like over 500ft per mile (10%+) for the first 3 miles.

If you want a tarmac road for road bikes I would give the CG4 a miss unless you get definitive information that anything has changed for the better since Summer 2011.

Rick.

Re: TOURING 2015

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 December 2014 - 4:14pm
Nothing very ambitious planned as yet, but riding a 1970s racing bike in a vintage event in Spain in April, and a south coast trip (in August) from Surrey to Lyme Regis via Portland (Dorset) to commemorate a ride my late Father did in August 1945 (he was 16) to celebrate the end of WW2.

I was going to ride the Anjou Velo (in the Loire) again, but it is not taking place in 2O15, might do the Isle of Wight Randonee.

Jon.

Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 December 2014 - 3:52pm
mnichols wrote:But other than the bears, pumas, wolves, coyotes, racoon's, skunks, snakes, scorpions, tarantulas, psychopaths, water born parasites, hypothermia, desert heat, altitude, lack of food, water, motels and phone signal...its quite a nice place?

but worst of all - no McDonalds big macs? I still think learn to fire a pistol and pack one preferably "make my day" type?

Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 December 2014 - 3:46pm
mnichols wrote:But other than the bears, pumas, wolves, coyotes, racoon's, skunks, snakes, scorpions, tarantulas, psychopaths, water born parasites, hypothermia, desert heat, altitude, lack of food, water, motels and phone signal...its quite a nice place?

This made me giggle.

Just don't go looking for any of the above mentioned and if by chance you do stumble across something, run the other way.

Re: TOURING 2015

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 December 2014 - 3:11pm
The plan is to set off early April for the Harwich ferry.
Then up the Rhine and down the Loire to the coast.
Turn left for the Canal du Midi for the Med.
Turn left again to go up the Rhone.
Not sure after that but I'll be aiming for either Finland or Sweden across the Baltic.
Then back home some time in September via Denmark and the Netherlands.

Re: TOURING 2015

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 December 2014 - 2:09pm
North Sea route from Rotterdam to Esbjerg - will make a change from the Alps!

Re: TOURING 2015

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 December 2014 - 2:09pm
Mrs. M-k and I will be cycling somewhere exotic this spring: BEESTON! Which one? — All five of them, we hope.

In April we'll fly over from Canada with our tandem bike and set off from Oxford, where I have relatives. Over five or six weeks we'll meander as far north as Leeds and as far south as Bedfordshire, crossing some of the paths we rambled in younger days, meeting some friends we've only known by email, and travelling through parts of England that we've not seen before. Why visits the Beestons? — Why not?

For years we've travelled with a small mascot teddy bear named Beeston (after Beeston Castle, where we acquired him while walking from London to Edinburgh). Visiting all the Beestons (and maybe Beeston Regis if time permits) is an arbitrary framework on which to hang a journey of exploration.

Re: Established touring routes?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 December 2014 - 1:49pm
I know nothing about this book but this is a classic route that the Eurovelo system doesn't cover. I must have done variants of this route and the parallel route down the west coast of France several times.

http://franceenvelo.cc

Re: Default tourer?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 December 2014 - 1:31pm
if you are tall 6 foot + unless you want a farmers gate frame then lots of spacers needed? My 1-Down on the smaller sizes has a sloping top tube but not really on the 57cm largest frame. if loads of spaces works then fine by me

Re: Tesco unicycle stands

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 December 2014 - 1:19pm
mjr wrote:Tesco do seem to be a repeat offender. The new fancy-looking bike racks at Hardwick, King's Lynn, are |\-shaped and too short to support bikes, but would be good for unicycles.
Same shape racks at Tesco Extra in Pool, Cornwall, backed tight against the building. What is good though is that they are right up against the floor to ceiling window of the cafe so your bike is in clear view of all the cafe patrons.

Aldi in Truro have their racks miles away from the entrance as do Sainsbury but at least those are plentiful and covered.
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