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My first Sportive ... helmet standards.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 May 2015 - 6:08pm
I have my first sportive on the 31st May, the Arrow ....Helmet standards are SNELL ( to which SNELL standard ? there's hundreds ) or ANSI Z90/4 ... As previously posted on the CTC forum the American Snell standard is not applicable in the UK and the ANSI standard has been superseded. ... What do others use if they ride Sportive's ? Mines EN 1078...

Re: Short cycle tour to get my reluctant partner into cyclin

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 May 2015 - 5:52pm
I would try France - warm weather really helps - although you will have to travel south. Quiet roads, cheap accom and good food/wine - travel on bikes, rather than a big tour. My wife and I did Bordeaux/Barcelona - as our first trip, and it was wonderful. There are plenty of flatter options, that might be a better start.
But for me nothing beats the feeling of achievement of getting across some big mountains...

Re: Short cycle tour to get my reluctant partner into cyclin

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 May 2015 - 5:45pm
Norfolk is a network of traffic-free rural lanes with generally gentle gradients and loads to see. It's one of my regular recommendations on here so IMO there's no need for you to look further afield.

You know your partner better than we do but if he is OK about your being away for three months cycle touring, he may not be easy to convert to cycling. Not all grass widows are keen to take up golf.

Re: Salzburg bike hire

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 May 2015 - 5:42pm
Thanks for suggestions. MJR, I had already come to dead ends on the 'official' site. But, Elizabeth, searching for 'fahrradverleih' instead of 'cycle rental' certainly gives more hits! I have now contacted a couple by email so we'll see what happens. If no luck I will take my own but was trying to avoid logistics of bikes on planes.

Re: Brittany - Voies Vertes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 May 2015 - 5:33pm
Voies Vertes are all marked on the Michelin Local 1-200000 maps which to me are the best maps to navigate with in France. Personally I found the Voies Vertes often surrounded by trees rather boring as is the canal after a bit. The best bits of Brittany are mostly in small villages.

Al

Re: Roadcycling fimed whit pro drone in 4k definition

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 May 2015 - 5:26pm
I wish the terrain around here was as flat as that - and the roads as smooth.

Re: Short cycle tour to get my reluctant partner into cyclin

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 May 2015 - 5:03pm
When I was trying to win over my wife to touring, I started with short rides at her pace and I involved her in all of the planning, including where to stay. Our first tour was a local one, through Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire for 3 days, between 30 and 40 miles per day and staying in B&B's. We both loved seeing our local area from a different viewpoint. I would suggest going touring in your own area. Norfolk and Suffolk are beautiful counties, have plenty of variety and some fabulous quiet lanes, off-road traffic free parts and the sea! Also, no significant hills and a very nice selection of cafes

Re: Cycle Touring Festival - May 2015 - Lancashire

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 May 2015 - 5:01pm
Would confirm the earlier comments,great weekend!
Lots of interest & good to meet so many others with simliar ideas & enthusiasm.
Would certainly stand a repeat sometime.

Re: Islabikes Bienn 29 - tourer for a titch?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 May 2015 - 4:46pm
Slowroad sorry for the delay. I am 5ft4" and it is just too small for me. The bars and brakes are smaller for the size of bike.

I you want I will pm my mobile number.

Re: Short cycle tour to get my reluctant partner into cyclin

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 May 2015 - 3:54pm
hamster wrote:From Norfolk I would do a loop of combinations of Kings Lynn, Wisbech, Ely, Cambridge.
Don;t cycle camp for a first tour, enjoy the cycling and a comfortable B&B if possible.
Much as I love our area, I wouldn't recommend combining Wisbech and Ely to try to encourage a new rider. The Welney-Pymoor section is a mix of sometimes-busy roads and bad surfaces at the moment, whereas avoiding them turns a 26 mile ride into a 37 - the centre of March can be lovely, though.

Re: Question about this video

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 May 2015 - 3:41pm
Vorpal wrote:Tonyf33 wrote: we can see EVERYTHING that we need to see to know there was only one person at fault here and that wasn't the cyclist.
I was not trying to imply otherwise. I certainly wasn't trying to blame the cyclists.
I was responding to you saying this "but we don't know the road, what happened before the incident, or anything else"
Do you not think in hindsight that that sentence is pretty wide of the mark? You effectively said we don't know what happened at all, the thing is we do know what happened and why.
I never tried to imply that you did blame the cyclist/s, just that when you say we don't know what happened that simply isn't accurate.

Re: Heathrow Terminals 1, 2 and 3: Cycling out of?

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 May 2015 - 3:25pm
Thanks, Iviehoff. And with our Freedom passes, pay zilch from Hayes and Harlington!

Re: Short cycle tour to get my reluctant partner into cyclin

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 May 2015 - 3:15pm
From Norfolk I would do a loop of combinations of Kings Lynn, Wisbech, Ely, Cambridge.
Don;t cycle camp for a first tour, enjoy the cycling and a comfortable B&B if possible.

Algarve cycle hire

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 May 2015 - 2:57pm
Would anyone recommend a particular cycle hire company for a stay in the Algarve near Vilamoura? I expect we'll use the urban bikes for short trips if we can but a couple of day trips might be fun. Pretty open about bike type/shape as long as it's practical. Thanks.

Re: Short cycle tour to get my reluctant partner into cyclin

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 May 2015 - 2:14pm
I can recommend the Devon Coast to Coast much of it traffic free the rest quiet lanes.
We did it starting in Barnstaple which made it about 80 miles so 3-4 days at 20-30miles/day.
You can get the train to Barnstaple then stay overnight (we got a deal at the Royal and Fortesque) and then return from Plymouth.
There is a back-packers hostel (can't remember name) after about 20- 30 miles right on the route and a YHA in Okehampton.
Plenty to see in terms of differing country side. Starts with Estuary, then wooded valleys, skirts past Dartmoor over some viaducts finally through a country park and a quiet industrial docks part of Plymouth and onto the Hoe. Also plenty of pubs along the way.
http://www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map/rout ... t-to-coast

Re: Rack Pack for Tubus Airey

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 May 2015 - 2:12pm
pretty much any 'front' panniers - my choice would be Ortliebs. You might get away with some of the smaller rear bags but bear in mind that there isn't the same degree of support - particularly important as the bags lay on the rack rather than hang from.

I have a Ti Carry which takes full size bags but that has the extra rear support bars.

Re: Short cycle tour to get my reluctant partner into cyclin

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 May 2015 - 2:09pm
Well this is an interesting thread with ideas for routes. 30 miles a day is what my partner is considering for our first tour. I am a keen cyclist and fitter than she is but never toured. She is a slower cyclist but has done a lot of touring in out of the way places that don't get many Western Europeans cycling through. The limit of about 30 miles a day is based on the fact we have a 2 year old child and he is unlikely to go much longer than 1-2 hours in one sitting even in the trailer when asleep. That means a cycle then a walk then a cycle then a walk throughout the day. Plus add in the sometimes 8mph average speed we do we do not get far. This is why I too am looking for something similar to the OP only not in the same area. I've posted for ideas but got none just general advise so I will listen to advise on here.

For my part I wondered about the coast and castles route (or part of it). This is up the east coast through Northumberland ultimately reaching Edinburgh IIRC. A bit far north for the OP's needs perhaps but I heard it is a good route. Perhaps an east coast train journey away from Norfolk?? Perhaps cheaper than a ferry to Europe.

We were considering part of the Danube Way in Austria. That is fairly flat and is tarmac traffic free cycleway the whole section. Loads of people do it each year with it being the most cycled cyclepath in Europe. Nice scenery too. The area is set up for it with cycle hire at towns at each end of the section people tend to do in a week or two with collection of bikes possible too. Plenty of cheap accommodation too.

Re: Question about this video

CTC Forum - On the road - 20 May 2015 - 1:56pm
Tonyf33 wrote: we can see EVERYTHING that we need to see to know there was only one person at fault here and that wasn't the cyclist.
I was not trying to imply otherwise. I certainly wasn't trying to blame the cyclists.

Re: Myanmar

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 May 2015 - 1:36pm
Myanmar has been in the news for all the wrong reasons over the past week. Muslim refugees have been fleeing the country after sectarian conflict, and the military government, still very much in charge, has been criticised for being above the law. This is a very troubled country with serious human rights abuses happening daily. To some this may seem an unspoilt and interesting part of the world, but I am not sure I would want my holiday funds to contribute to the economy of this country until it is run by a more enlightened government.
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