Feed aggregator

Re: Name the landmark

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 January 2015 - 10:29pm
Is 1. the 'empty' or fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square?

Re: Name the landmark

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 January 2015 - 10:24pm
The top one is Trafalgar Square

Re: Sky Ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 January 2015 - 10:15pm
No big Sky Ride in Birmingham again this year

Which is the councils fault

Re: Sky Ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 January 2015 - 10:09pm
2015 will, I think, be the 7th year it has been running.

The big "City" rides on closed roads in places like the centre of Manchester are probably the most widely known part of Sky Ride but the local rides have been a growing part of things. According to a ride leader's news email there were "2,120 rides in over 90 locations throughout the UK, which is just shy of 200 rides per month!  [This] has seen over 23,000 participants get out on a bike in 2014."

Rick.

Re: Sky Ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 January 2015 - 10:06pm
I've done a few.

On the whole they're pretty good and the only real option for social rides other than club ones

Re: Lance is trying to get the ban lifted

CTC Forum - Racing - 28 January 2015 - 10:05pm
Are we in danger of nominating Armstrong as the fall guy so that we don't have worry too much about who else is guilty? There are lots of rumours about other riders from the same era. I'm not going to risk a letter from the libel lawyers by repeating the names, but think about some of the riders who's suddenly pull off extraordinary performances that didn't match previous form. Some of these guys are still involved in the sport and in influential roles.

Re: Sky Ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 January 2015 - 9:53pm
RickH wrote:mercalia wrote:Has any one used this site and facilities?

http://www.goskyride.com/
Yes - I'm a ride leader but I've also been rides a a participant.

Was there anything specific you wanted to know?

Rick

no. Just was chatting to another cyclist in Lidl who mentioned the website. Just thought might be worth mentioning here and see what people say, never heard of it before.

Re: Sky Ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 January 2015 - 9:48pm
mercalia wrote:Has any one used this site and facilities?

http://www.goskyride.com/
Yes - I'm a ride leader but I've also been rides a a participant.

Was there anything specific you wanted to know?

Rick

Re: Paris and Bike Security

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 January 2015 - 9:41pm
tim_f wrote:If you are travelling back to London by Eurostar I understand you can check your bikes in advance and they will keep them in London at the collection counter until you return.

I recall it is cheaper this way as well.

Tim.

I can confirm this is correct as we did the same at the end of our London to Paris ride a couple of years ago, saving finding somewhere to store our bikes in Paris. The bikes waited in London whilst we stayed two nights - I think there's a limit to the amount of time they will hold them in London so it's worth giving Euro Dispatch a call before booking your trip.

Re: Seeking advice on routes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 January 2015 - 9:36pm
I can't really comment on the routes but wanted to offer an alternative opinion on taking bikes on the TGV.

Last year I took my bike on the train from Paris to Bordeaux with no problems whatsoever. Well... one problem. Getting a fully loaded touring bike up a flight of stairs at Gare Montparnasse was a challenge but all plain sailing after that. We booked the tickets over the phone using rail-europe.

Re: USA Tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 January 2015 - 9:08pm
Nigel Laverick wrote:Thanks for advice. Climate seems more of an issue than wildlife.

Going S-N or N-S you need to choose your starting times carefully. For example most people doing the Great Divide which goes through mountains in the norh and low deserts in the south typically start in July. Late enough the passes are clear of snow. Not hitting the deserts until September.

Don't forget though that crossing the deserts is only a few days. If you use a motel or two o get out the heat and ride very early you can avoid the worst conditions. This article on crazyguyonabike gives a good overview of riding east from the coast in the southwest USA.

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?doc_id=4968

Re: USA Tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 January 2015 - 9:07pm
Crater Lake and Cascades are best in the summer. There's a reasonable chance of snow still on the ground well into June. The best weather is usually in August.

Wild life isn't usually a problem, but there are some things to be cautious about. If wild camping, follow local advice about wildlife...

In desert areas, keep your tent selaed as much as possible, and shake out shoes or sleeping bags before getting in them. A number of creatures are attracted to the warmth and may bite if startled. Most aren't poisonous enough to do real harm, but some of the rattlesnakes are. If you are bitten, call emergency services (911). People seldom die from snake or scorpion bites, but they should be treated immediately.

In forested areas further north, carry some rope and a rubbish bag to make a bear bag in a tree, well away from your tent. Do not keep any food, things that once held food, anything sweet smelling like toothpaste or deodorant, or clothes that you have worn whilst cooking in yout tent. Cook and eat food well away from your tent to avoid the smells being there. There is no reason to be afraid of bears, but they have unfortunately learned ot like our food. There is some good advice about bears here: http://www.nps.gov/noca/naturescience/bear-safety.htm

Re: Loampit Vale Roundabout, Lewisham

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 January 2015 - 8:16pm
karlt wrote:The fat commuter wrote:Is there no way of totally avoiding the roundabout?

On my driving route into work I have to cross a roundabout where the A57 crosses the A61 - with a side road thrown in for good measure. That has three lanes going around it but it doesn't have blind corners on it. I have seen cyclists on it but I think of them as being mad. When I ride into work I can change my route slightly to avoid it quite easily.

Park Square? I use that from time to time; just have to keep your eyes open.
Nah, t'other one - University Roundabout (or Brook Hill Roundabout). The problem with that roundabout is that people setting off from the A57 junction going into town are generally looking right as they set off. I remember once (and this would have been my fault) a cyclist went past me on the left and then positioned himself in front of my car as I was looking right. I saw the gap in traffic, was just about to [s]floor it[/s] gently pull onto the roundabout when I just noticed this cyclist at the last moment. I don't think that he has any idea how close my car seats came to needing a valet.

I've heard rumours that University Roundabout is going to be redesigned.

If I ride into work the short way then I use Glossop Road to cross the A61 - got to negotiate the tram tracks at a shallow(ish) angle though - but not come a cropper (yet).

Re: Bike delivery service - Virgin BikeMagic

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 January 2015 - 8:13pm
nmnm wrote:Looking for Bike Magic?
We’ve put the brakes on our bike delivery service but you can still send your luggage using Bag Magic.You guys with your tricky questions have frightened them off!

You have to reckon though, the parcel courier industry is quite competitive and no-one is within a mile of this price. They can't last long charging £10 to move a 30kg box door-to-door within the UK, I reckon, even with Brent Crude so cheap!

My employer (a FTSE 100 company with 1000+ outlets) used to have a deal until recently with Yodel that would do any thing up to 25kg for under £4+ VAT so I wouldn't bet on it!

Sky Ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 January 2015 - 7:39pm
Has any one used this site and facilities?

http://www.goskyride.com/

Re: Name the landmark

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 January 2015 - 6:57pm
That looks to me like the obelisk on the Holkham Hall Estate in Norfolk.

Yep, that's what I thought. But then I wondered if the drive looks too steep. Although, come to think about it we did get upto 30mph pretty easily on the tandem.

Re: Cycling Mexico

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 January 2015 - 6:42pm
Amazing, there are some very no-go areas in Mexico but the small area I know in the Yucatan was very friendly when I was there - but that was 30 years ago. It was also amazingly cheap then but I guess that has changed.

I look forward to reading your journal in slow time. Congratulations!

Re: UKIP - get off road, cycle on pavement

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 January 2015 - 6:41pm
Psamathe wrote:I see they [UKIP] have now released their 100 reasons to vote UKIP (cleaver doing it when there are 100 days until the election!).

(I've not read it, just the article about it), but seems to include slashing foreign aid (£11.4bn to be reduced by £9bn to £2.4bn), bringing back smoking in pubs. No migrants to enter the country unless they have confirmed jobs and accommodation, etc.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/ukip-election-policies-slash-foreign-aid-bring-back-smoking-in-pubs-ditch-human-rights-act-10008202.html

Ian

I've just read it,it's a typical politrickal party's promises that pander to the non thinking electorate.
These people are a menace.
But then again most politrickal parties are.
Liars.
We simply have to pick the best of the evils offered
I won't be choosing UKIP
One thing's for sure though,it'll be a very different election this time.

Re: Seeking advice on routes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 January 2015 - 6:35pm
It might help if you could say where you live, assuming this is your start point. I live near Plymouth and with your time scale I would take the ferry to Roscoff and do a loop around Brittany.

If you don't live near a channel port consider flying, this is the best way to find sunshine! As already mentioned the fast trains are not bike friendly.

Re: Lance is trying to get the ban lifted

CTC Forum - Racing - 28 January 2015 - 6:34pm
Armstong's “confession” and humiliating exit from the sport (at the hands of the USADA, lets not forget) presented the UCI with yet another in a long line of opportunities to clean up the sport.
When Brian Cookson replaced Pat McQuaid as head of the UCI hopes were high that this heralded a new era. Sadly the recent decision not to revoke Astana's World Tour Licence proves that it's business as usual. We now have the ultimate irony of Armstong criticising Cookson for that decision.
Syndicate content

Archive

  • Patron: Her Majesty The Queen
  • President: Jon Snow
  • Chief Executive: Paul Tuohy
  • Cyclists' Touring Club (CTC): A company limited by guarantee, registered in England no.25185. Registered as a charity in England and Wales No 1147607 and in Scotland No SC042541

Copyright © CTC 2015

Terms and Conditions