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Re: Sardina

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 March 2015 - 1:54pm
Not cycled but have walked and bussed around the top of Sardinia. We got Ryanair, Stansted to Alghero. Seemed easy enough at the time, even though the pilot informed us on taking off that he had a warning light on the dash but was going to chance it...

Anyway. For Sardinia around the top there were a few stand out things for me.
Alghero. Lovely town, well worth seeing, and a campsite in town right on the beach. Was very busy even though we went in September. La Mariposa was I think what it was called. There's a very nice looking regional park on the headland there, and a national park just north as well. We didn't get to see them as we caught the bus across to Castelsardo.

Castelsardo. Amazing looking town on a rock jutting out into the sea.

La Maddalena islands, especially Caprera. Caprera is a lovely national park, chock full military ruins, from Napoleonic to 2nd world war sea forts. All of which were places that could be investigated. It's also the resting place of Garibaldi and there's his house there you can go around. We stayed at a campsite on Maddalena - Campeggio Maddalena - and it was great. The pitch was a little rocky, but the food on site was excellent.

The other 3 campsites we stayed out in the week or so we were there. One seems to have disappeared around Badesi, one in Valledoria called La Foce - good food again, it's own swimming pool, and a ferry across to the massive long beach on the other side of the river (walking 10 miles along a loose sand beach was a bad idea by the way...), and one call Baia Blu La Tortuga. We stopped there in all honesty because it was called Tortuga. It was a decent site though, even though we couldn't work out how to get hot showers...

We got a ferry from Olbia to Genoa when we left (and went and walked up Monte Tobbio in the Marcarolo park) It took 14 hours, was really smooth and was basically a mini cruise ship. We got an internal cabin and slept as it was an overnight ferry.

Re: Sardina

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 March 2015 - 1:15pm
Easyjet flies from Gatwick and Luton to Olbia in summer, so you can surely get from Aberdeen to Sardinia in 2 flights, in summer season, and without airport transfer in London, though you'd have to check the flight timings to see how well it works. There must surely also be options via Amsterdam etc. You just need recognise that there are 3 airports in Sardinia, Olbia and Alghero as well as Cagliari.

I think it will be getting very hot in the interior of Sardinia in July. The mountains to the east of centre are really nice, but very hard cycling.

Re: so when do the shorts come out?

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 March 2015 - 1:07pm
shorts the last week in july maybe my knees and leg bones tend to ache with the slightest of chills. ronhill tracksters most other times plus merino long johns underneath if it's really chilly.

Re: Tour of Brittany

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 March 2015 - 10:53am
bretonbikes wrote:simonineaston wrote:Rain or not, I'm off!
On that subject, a small confession... Up thread, I posted a couple of pictures, pointing out - or so I thought - that there's lots of rainy days in Brittany, indeed, I said confidently,"Looking at the columns for May you can see that (although) Brittany gets almost 2x as many days when it rains...".
Well, what a silly chap I am! When I looked again yesterday, I see it's the other way round. Sorry if I misled anyone.

It's OK - even the French weather forecasters have the same problem - if they're not sure they go to default and put 'rain in Brittany' - many's the time we've had a lovely weekend that was supposed to be wet. There is a court case brought by a hotel against 'Le Meteo' going on for that reason! Last year we had the best weather in France for much of the summer (the South had flooding) but no-one ever mentions it) much the same the year before - Grrr. But really all you can say about Brittany is that generally it's 'moderate' - you don't get massive storms, flash floods, heat waves or blizzards - if you can survive a bit of rain then that's the worst that's ever going to happen...

I think I might have been guilty of spreading these rumour too! But in my defence, living in South Devon I always consider the weather in Brittany will be similar to the weather at home - and there is no month you can't expect rain.

Re: Reducing pannier weight

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 27 March 2015 - 10:25am
bainbridge wrote:We're hostelling with the odd hotel so no camping stuff to carry, though my bike isn't touring specific and 13 it's years old:

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All the weight is on the back so I'm trying to keep it to a minimum.

Did you catch whoever stole the other half of your rear mudguard?

Re: Anyone not been hit by a car

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 March 2015 - 10:24am
Never been hit by a car as such. I've had a car pull out from parking at the side of the road, it was too quick for me to swerve, so he just ended up with a door full of my left pedal. Karma.

I also lost control down a gritty lane, and the only effective brake I had was the bonnet of a parked car at the bottom.. Pride dented. Bonnet fine. Although the owner of the car didn't seem to care for my well being, and wondered off when he realised his car was unharmed!

Re: so when do the shorts come out?

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 March 2015 - 10:22am
Mick F wrote:Even the surfer dudes were wandering round the town with hoodies up and tracksuit bottoms plus hands in pockets.

We have those in Bolton too...cept they tend to be drinking bottles of Newcastle Brown with a cig in one hand

Re: getting your priorities right

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 March 2015 - 10:11am
I hit a whoditch in Somebodyville once.

Re: so when do the shorts come out?

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 March 2015 - 9:33am
50odd miles up in the Watergate Bay/Newquay/Perranporth area yesterday.
Damned cold NW gale blowing. I was nearly blown over sideways on a couple of occasions.

Although I sweated a bit on the hills, I was glad of my LS top, base layer, and bib tights.

Shorts?
Good grief!
Even the surfer dudes were wandering round the town with hoodies up and tracksuit bottoms plus hands in pockets.

Re: getting your priorities right

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 March 2015 - 8:44am
Valbrona wrote:I am just waiting for an apparatchik from the 'Inclusive Cycling Secretariat' of the CTC to come along and say that the term 'manhole cover' is non-permissible. I think we are supposed to call them 'access covers' now.

What about personhole? Old version David Chapman a cyclist skidded on a manhole cover in Manchester, new version David Personperson a cyclist skidded on a personhole cover in Personchester.

Re: so when do the shorts come out?

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 March 2015 - 8:11am
I add water to the bike for even short journeys - bottle gets ice in it each morning....

Aldi selling Garmin 200 April 12th

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 March 2015 - 8:11am




http://www.bikeradar.com/mtb/news/artic ... ear-43912/


Seen on the above site that Aldi are supporting the Olympics!? (Am i the last to know ).
OK! feeding the gals and guys to give them the energy to get to the Olympics.

Re: getting your priorities right

CTC Forum - On the road - 27 March 2015 - 2:45am
I am just waiting for an apparatchik from the 'Inclusive Cycling Secretariat' of the CTC to come along and say that the term 'manhole cover' is non-permissible. I think we are supposed to call them 'access covers' now.

Re: Police stop 4yo pavement cyclist

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 March 2015 - 11:57pm
Tonyf33 wrote:It was reported in the daily fail and yes it was suggested as indeed your post did that a 10 year old was tasered when in fact that wasn't the case. So can we stick to facts with regard to the generally accepted use of the word 'use'. Not that an officer drawing a taser has anythng to do with the subject of a child being stopped, well I can't see the connection.


What I said was that a taser was used against a 10 year old child. The fact that a taser was drawn and aimed at the child is classed as a use by both the police and the Home Office. Now if the Home Office call that being used it's good enough for me. They're the facts of the matter.
The officer who pointed the weapon at the child did so with the intention of either using it or scaring the lad just the same as he would have done with an adult. Not a good way for the police to treat young children.
The high volume of taser use and the targets chosen by Lincs police shows the same tendency to over react shown by the officer in the child cycling incident. That's the connection. As I said I live in the county and, like most here, have a good idea how our local police work or in many cases don't. Where do you live?

The fact that a certain newspaper reported the incident doesn't mean it didn't happen. It's a paper I don't read but one that you obviously do. A piece of advice, if you don't like what a newspaper publishes nobody is forcing you to read it. You can stop.

Re: Utility Pannier Bags

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 March 2015 - 11:34pm
Just a quick update. I received the two Cordo Single Valda panniers (large) http://www.cordo.com/tas-pakaf-cordo-va ... od-grijs-2
At only £6 each, they should be a bargain, but only if they are well designed, as I have learnt from my previous purchases.

Like the previous panniers I'd bought, the materials and quality of construction seem to be of a high standard. The overall design seems better to me though - for a start each bag has got 6 pockets - as well as a shoulder strap and rain cover. A single pannier will take two carrier bags of shopping Carrying said bags of shopping, the pannier is comfortable to wear with the shoulder strap without the rack hooks digging in.

The only real downside is that they don't have any anti sway devices.

I 'll probably pop a review on the Cycle Goods and Services board when I've used them a bit, but so far I like them.

Re: Trangia in USA

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 March 2015 - 11:09pm
It's a while ago since I went to the USA with my Trangia, before I was on the internet and so not so easy to do research. It took a bit of work to find some suitable alcohol there, but we did manage. No-one had heard of meths.

One thing I remember is that for the flight back security called us to examine our baggage and I had to repeatedly wash out the fuel bottle and burner unit with water and soap in the restrooms until there was absolutely not a sniff of fuel before they were happy. This was on hold bags.

Re: North Sea Route - Norway (Kristiansand - Bergen)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 March 2015 - 10:11pm
F70100 wrote:I asked at the Tourist Office in central Stavanger about ferries and was directed to norled.no. It doesn't seem to be the easiest site to navigate but this map appears to indicate that there is still a route from Merjarvik to Skudeneshamn via the island of Kvitsoy. There doesn't appear to be a timetable for it though. Maybe an email to post@norled.no will give a definitive answer.

The road (E39) from Merjarvik to the island of Rennesoy for the Mortavika - Arsvagen ferry is actually a tunnel most of the way so doesn't sound like too much fun.

I have to say that the lady in the tourist office didn't seem to know much; but she did give me a small booklet/cycling map dated 2011 which you're welcome to have if you'd care to PM an address to me.

F70100: Thanks so much for doing that! If a ferry still exists that's great, even if the timetable is a mystery. I will email post@norled.no to check up on it. About the cycling booklet, thanks for the offer, but I'll probably just stop in at the tourist office when I'm there. Thanks so much for your help though! I really appreciate it!

Re: Police stop 4yo pavement cyclist

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 March 2015 - 10:05pm
It was reported in the daily fail and yes it was suggested as indeed your post did that a 10 year old was tasered when in fact that wasn't the case. So can we stick to facts with regard to the generally accepted use of the word 'use'. Not that an officer drawing a taser has anythng to do with the subject of a child being stopped, well I can't see the connection.

Re: so when do the shorts come out?

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 March 2015 - 9:59pm
I've ridden in shorts only twice so far this year, prefer my 3/4 bib shorts even above 10C (as they offer some protection from the cold around the knees & tum), today I'm on undershorts and longs which has being the case much of this year.
With windchill still being a factor for me I'd rather have those areas covered as well as my upper arms. it's barely being above 14-15C more than a couple of days so far and almost equally to the shorts I've being wearing full fingered gloves for the most part though on a longer ride I will take a pair of std gloves in case it warms up.
ATEOTD you wear whatever feels best for you, on any given day that varies even for oneself with how we feel, the actual question itself of "when do the shorts come out" is irrelevent IF it was to find out 'when' is the right time.

Re: Trangia in USA

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 March 2015 - 9:52pm
Good stuff Andrew, many thanks for that.
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