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Re: Free bicycle touring eBooks

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 July 2015 - 7:22am
Thank you Grace. I read one last night. A quality magazine and the first I've read for years. I have not bothered with the 'ad mags' here in the UK for a long time. I'm looking forward to coming to the Netherlands next month...b

Re: Free cycle touring kindle books

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 July 2015 - 6:32am
Enjoying the free books. Thanks.

If I'm wrong blame Tapatalk.

Re: Free bicycle touring eBooks

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 July 2015 - 4:56am
Enjoying the freebies! Thanks!

Re: Free cycle touring kindle books

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2015 - 11:58pm
Tom,

Thank you for clarifying that you are offering only the promos versions for free and not the full editions.

Re: What's your top weight saving tip for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2015 - 10:35pm
mnichols wrote:Preparing for a 1 month credit card tour of America with friends and looking for your top tips on saving pack weight

In our our test runs we've been pretty minimal ranging from 10 to 20 litres of space each

The area that most frustrates me is toiletries: chamois cream, sun cream, tooth paste, washing powder, shaving stuff and deodorant



Tip #1: stay in hotels rather than camp DONE
Tip #2: travel with friends to share stuff DONE
Tip #3: take a credit card so that if you need something you can buy it DONE
Tip #4: limit yourself to beween 10 litres (you will need to carry something) and 20 litres DONE
Tip #5: go on test runs to see how it shakes down and what you don't need DONE
Tip #6: deodorant - why in heaven's name do you need deodorant?*


*https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deodorant

Suggestions please: 10 day tour, end of September

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2015 - 10:24pm
Last year my other half and I quit our jobs and spent 4 months cycling 4000 miles across Europe. We're itching to do more riding but sadly we're working again and various commitments mean we're not likely to get a chance to go away until the very end of September, most likely for 10 days (plus two travelling days).

An average days ride for us is about 65km which gives enough time to relax and stop at any interesting sights along the way. Despite all the riding last year we now do only 6 miles a day to/from work so wouldn't want anything that's hugely hilly, and this time I'd rather stay in a hotel than camp.

We'd still like some nice weather but it's late in the season so when I look at a map my eyes immediately head south. We've done a fair chunk of the south of France already, but I'm still attracted to it as I can speak reasonably good French. So I'm thinking of starting there before heading into Spain. Bordeaux -> Seville is too far, but maybe Bordeaux to Madrid? Just read a post about the Camino, which I have already considered, but just not sure it's very "us". Maybe Italy? Or Slovenia/Croatia/Bosnia?

All suggestions welcome!

Re: What's your top weight saving tip for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2015 - 10:09pm
Tip 1: select the smallest pannier / saddle bag etc. option you could imagine getting away with using, and then take only what will fit in it.
Tip 2: Don't take anything that doesn't have at least 2 uses.
Tip 3 - not mine but still my favourite The day before, spread everything you're going to take out, including the money, on your bed, then halve the items and double the money...

Re: What's your top weight saving tip for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2015 - 9:13pm
I hauled a stove, pans and a gas cylinder for 1300 miles on my last tour. Never cooked anything. I also toted a pile of freeze dried food we'd bought for earthquake preparedness that was out of date. I left that at a campsite hoping someone could use it. i'll never carry that lot again. Oops i tell a lie. I did use one bag of freeze dried at a hostel I stayed at; it was orrible.

Re: Horses: modern ones selected from what stock?

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 July 2015 - 8:35pm
Flinders wrote:I think the risks riders and horses ace are depressingly similar to ours as cyclists, so maybe we need to show solidarity - if bad/thoughtless/agressive drivers could all be persuaded to drive as well as the vast majority, we'd all be better off.
Absolutely agree Flinders.

Re: Where to stay with bikes in Rutland?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2015 - 8:27pm
If you go to `Discover Rutland` website , there is a list but they seem a bit expensive. There a few pubs that do B&B, its worth looking at Oakham ,Uppingham and Stamford.
If you want to camp there is a site at Wing Hall south of Rutland Water. As it is a popular area for cycling storage shouldn`t be a problem. Car parking at the car parks is expensive but there are a few places in the villages to park.

Re: Camino de Santiago/Way of St James

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2015 - 8:03pm
ps you can also travel from san Sebastian to bayonne on the bus but it drops you about a mile from bayonne rail station.

Re: Specialized Awol

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2015 - 7:58pm
Not for me. I'm much more impressed with the inclusion of Sram Rival Hydraulic Disc brakes.

Re: Camino de Santiago/Way of St James

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2015 - 7:52pm
Hi.I have cycled the Camino Frances 3 times in the last 4 years and I can thoroughly recommend it.the easiest way to get to s j p d p is fly to Biaritz,stay in the youth hostel,ride to bayonne,not too far,then train/bus to s j p d p.
main alternative is to fly to bilbao,get bus direct from airport to san Sebastian then short train journey to bayonne then as above.
3rd alternative is bus from airport to bilbao bus station then bus to hendaye,train to bayonne and again to sjpd.
Of the 3 I prefer the biaritz option.
You will find the following publications v useful.
1 the cycling pilgrim,john curtin.
2camino frances 1 2015.
3camino de Santiago,john brierly.These 3 publications can be obtained from The Confraternity of st James,see website.
There is also Michelin road map in booklet form,you can buy this in sjpdp.
Just for the record I did a mix of roughly 65% off road 35% on on an old but good steel mtb.
If you are 21 and super fit you can do a lot more off road but at 74 common sense comes into the equation.
Finally the camino is a brilliant experience,Camino Portuguese for me this year.
don't hesitate to contact me if you need any more info.
Buen Camino,jim heyes.

Re: Pedestrians' view of bells ?

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 July 2015 - 7:28pm
SA_SA_SA wrote:I find pinging a (ping) bell (and deciding how soon to ping) when on shared paths a mild bit of a drag:

I wondered about an electronic box with a sampled 'meep meep' from the road runner cartoon*set to repeat periodically enough to obviate bell ringing except for blind corners etc?

*or some other jokey friendly noiseBut will it sound at the right time?

Re: Free bicycle touring eBooks

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2015 - 7:23pm
Bicycle Traveler is way superior to any cycling magazine that you have to pay for and that 'Little Red Cyclist' is absolutely stunning. I'd love to buy prints of some of those images to hang on my wall.

Re: Specialized Awol

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2015 - 7:23pm
What does everyone think of the gearing on the Comp?? http://www.sigmasport.co.uk/item/Specia ... -2016/88GA

Re: What's your top weight saving tip for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2015 - 6:57pm
Travel size washing/shaving stuff is available in most drug stores (chemists) due to airline
security theatricals.

Aside, GPS map names of roads often are different than the local names,
some counties number their roads. So GPS will have the country road number,
the road sign will say something else.
Missing road signs at intersections are common in rural areas.
Pubs in the US do not have accommodations, or beer.

Re: Edinburgh

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2015 - 6:23pm
No probs.

If you still want more advice and it's not forthcoming here, might be worth asking on this forum.
www.citycyclingedinburgh.info


It's been nearly 15 years since I lived in Edinburgh but these folk are much more up to date, and quite friendly too.

Re: Pedestrians' view of bells ?

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 July 2015 - 5:02pm
John Holiday wrote:Have Dutch type 'ding/dong' bells on most of my cycles , & almost always get a positive reaction from people that I pass.
They seem to be effective at up to 50 m.range, but obviously fail to penetrate to walkers using headphones!
The Sustrans mantra of 'Share with Care' comes to mind!

SusTootle you mean?

Re: Loose stones on the road

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 July 2015 - 5:01pm
Many lanes in the Chilterns have large drifts of grit and debris over them, e.g. near Ipsden, Stoke Row and Checkendon, some of which form part of NCN5. Debris covers the whole carriageway in places. Clearing of debris is the responsibility of Oxfordshire County Council's Highways Department but they've practically abandoned some of the smaller lanes, e.g. https://goo.gl/maps/KtSeO is a lot worse now than in that view, and aren't interested in going out and sweeping them every so often.
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