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Re: Rhine-Moselle short tour, advice needed

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 June 2015 - 4:55pm
Just back yesterday from riding : Metz - on to the Moselle with stops at the following : Thionville - Luxembourg City - Neumagen - Ernst - Koblenz - Bonn - Koln - Sittard (Netherlands) - Brussels [Travelled with our bikes, 8 of us, Eurostar/TGV to Metz, Eurostar from Brussels)

As far as Koblenz was great - Rhine from Koblenz to Koln was boring - endless cycle paths and a great big river, nothing in the way of scenery or interest. Upside of the whole ride was that signage was excellent for cycle lanes etc.

The bikes you are likely to be able to hire will be heavy "Dutch" bikes which you'll probably find hard work .. and will reduce doable distances.

Rob

Re: Suggetsions for food on tour with a tiny budget

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 June 2015 - 4:50pm
Which country/territory would this tour be in?

Re: Bicycles from Britain to Continent

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 June 2015 - 4:46pm
Just back from a trip cycling in France, Luxembourg, Germany, Holland, Belgium - and a "veteran" of numerous other foreign sorties. We're a group ranging in age from about 56 - 72 ... but does age matter?

Summary (most mentioned already) of possibilities:

1 Eurotunnel Bike Service - Folkestone to Calais - <£20 for bike and passenger, each way
2 Eurostar to Paris, Brussels or Lille - bike is sent (just luggage off, not packed up) as freight on a specific train - about £30 each way for bike + passenger fare. Bikes need to be checked in about 2 hours before the passenger journey.
3 European Bike Express to/from a whole host of points in the UK and France/Spain (and I think Germany) - coach with a big bike trailer. Good value and CTC discount (the only one worth anything )
4 Once you get to France more of the TGV trains are now carrying wheel on bikes (we used the Paris-Metz service last week) - see www.capitainetrain.com to book tickets WITH bike spaces (for Rail Europe/SNCF you have to phone up and then bookings are a bit flaky)

- after that there are ferries, although they seem to try and price out foot passengers, preferring cars - or aeroplanes with all the dismantling, packing and high damage risk issues.

We also hired a coach and trailer to take us from Calais to the Loire - although we did strike lucky as the operator was between trips and already in France so we got a bit of a deal.

Rob

Re: Please help!

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 June 2015 - 4:21pm
horizon wrote:Although the OP mentioned traffic (for the obvious reasons), I think hills are initially the bigger problem with clipless. Given he may have high gears, wants to ride up steep hills and isn't quite ready, the chances are he'll need to think about getting off - by which time he hasn't the motion to clip out before the bike has stalled. It took me a while to get used to this and I don't think a high pressure situation like the 100 mile is the best time or place. Like others have suggested I too would say, ditch the clipless for now and then re-introduce them slowly and relaxedly until the fears are overcome and the full benefits (I do believe they exist!) can be enjoyed.

That phenomenon got me up a few hills where I'd have been walking if I'd been on flats a couple of years back...

Re: Please help!

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 June 2015 - 4:17pm
I think the OP may be a she

Re: another cyclist killed by a lorry in London

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 June 2015 - 3:24pm
As it happens, today we came up behind a cement mixer lorry, which had just stopped in the road. Its reverse lights then came on and it was evidently trying to back into a building site beside the road. Both my wife and I stopped and hung well back. The road is fairly narrow, and to do anything else - to try and squeeze past - would have been idiotic and suicidal. Once the lorry was partly off the road, the driver waved us on with a gesture of thanks. Cooperation and courtesy between road users counts for so much - and saves lives! And evidently not all truckers are anti-cyclist! I just thought I'd say that.

Re: another cyclist killed by a lorry in London

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 June 2015 - 3:21pm
Okay, for those who think the stats may reflect women being more likely to go up the inside of vehicles in general, why is it one particular type of HGV that is over-represented? Do women, for some strange reason, only go up on the inside of tipper trucks? Or does that sort of truck have worse arrangements for mirrors?

I'm female, and I don't go up the inside of trucks, but I have seen men doing it. Trucks also overtake me, sometimes close to/on junctions, however far over I am. Do they never overtake men or something? Do all men, or even most men, take the centre of the lane? I honestly doubt it.

There is something else going on here, and we need to know what it is. Speculation has gone on long enough, we need hard evidence.

Re: How to make a cyclist sandwich - video content -

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 June 2015 - 3:16pm
That video conjures up (if that's the right expression!) just one image for me. That scene in the Harry Potter films, where the (magical) double-decker bus squeezes into a 6-inch gap between two (ordinary, solid) double-deck buses. After that encounter, I'm wondering whether you have any (a) handlebar (b) pedals left on your bike!

Yep, that needs to be shown to the police.

Re: another cyclist killed by a lorry in London

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 June 2015 - 2:45pm
Having just watched a clip on the YACF site showing how some cyclists behave around a stationary bus close to where this fatality happened, I would not jump to the conclusion that the lorry driver was entirely to blame. Riders squeezing up both sides of the bus waiting at the lights, with the bus driver having to choose which wing mirror he / she checks last before moving forward and hoping no silly bugger has sneaked in unobserved. We don't know what happened in this particular case, but to assume that the lorry driver was at fault (if anyone does) would be wrong. It could indeed be down to bad driving, but other explanations are plausible.

Re: Please help!

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 June 2015 - 2:37pm
Although the OP mentioned traffic (for the obvious reasons), I think hills are initially the bigger problem with clipless. Given he may have high gears, wants to ride up steep hills and isn't quite ready, the chances are he'll need to think about getting off - by which time he hasn't the motion to clip out before the bike has stalled. It took me a while to get used to this and I don't think a high pressure situation like the 100 mile is the best time or place. Like others have suggested I too would say, ditch the clipless for now and then re-introduce them slowly and relaxedly until the fears are overcome and the full benefits (I do believe they exist!) can be enjoyed.

Re: How to make a cyclist sandwich - video content -

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 June 2015 - 2:30pm
@Bicycler

I can empathize with that viewpoint as it's one that I have employed for many years to make me feel that I can influence other road users and thereby reduce the danger that I encounter on rural A and B roads (NSL 60mph). In all honesty, I think it reduces the number of close passes I receive, but increases the chances of being hit from behind.

Re: Spa Cycles steel Audax - any reason not to?

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 June 2015 - 1:49pm


I bought a Spa Audax frame exactly two years ago, after reading a few reviews and looking at its specifications on the company website. I took advantage of a deal they were promoting, whereby frame, carbon forks and headset were on offer for £275 (vice £325 Mar 2013). Being slightly shorter than average height (171 cm/ 5 ft 7 ins) and roughly knowing what frame dimensions would suit me, I opted for a medium frame. This proved to be a very good decision as the bike is an almost perfect fit. The top tube is 55 cm and I used a 10 cm stem. I must admit at this point that I have slightly longer arms for someone of my height (would have made a very good boxer with a long jab, keeping out of range of an opponent’s punch). 

I prefer Campag levers, so have used them for my choice of shifting (although the bike does benefit from Shimano Ultegra 9 speed hub and cassette). The frame material is Reynolds 725 steel with carbon fork. Total weight 2.2kg. I find my bike steady and stable (but not as quick on acceleration as my other two bikes, because of the heavy front wheel with a Schmidt dynohub. Without it it’d much quicker). Comfort also depends on other aspects too. I have Rolls saddle and 25 mm tyres. Wheel rims are Mavic open pro with Ultegra rear hub, Schmidt front hub (as already mentioned).

Overall I’d say this is a dependable (October to February) bike and have no regrets in choosing it.

Hope this helps,

Re: How to make a cyclist sandwich - video content -

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 June 2015 - 1:37pm
Velo wrote:Phil Fouracre wrote:Bloody scary, but, got to agree, ride further out. A perfect example of how you prevent a moron like that risking your life

I think if he had been another 20cm further out he could have been hit.
Yes, but drivers who ram cyclists from behind are infinitely rarer than those who will pass if there is a gap marginally wider than their vehicle, sometimes under the illusion that there isn't anything wrong with doing so. We cannot protect ourselves from murderous intent of mad men but we can reduce opportunities for unintended killings caused by the impatient, inconsiderate and incompetent.

Normally, I'd not bother about reporting close passes as little seems to be done, but that pass was exceptionally dangerous - a pass simply couldn't be any closer without becoming a collision
I agree with others that it should be reported. I challenge any police not to see it as dangerous driving.

Re: Skye to Oban Route

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 June 2015 - 1:26pm
I had a one night stop-over at Saucy Mary's about 5 years back.
http://www.saucymarys.com/

Close to the Skye bridge.

Re: How to make a cyclist sandwich - video content -

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 June 2015 - 1:22pm
Woah that was certainly a mightily close pass! Very lucky not to have been hit.

Report it!!!!! Then in future ride in a position further out to prevent muppets thinking they can squeeze past.

Re: Spa Cycles steel Audax - any reason not to?

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 June 2015 - 1:21pm
I don't like the Tange headsets Spa supply with their frames. But apart from that the Spa audax seems to be the best at its price point. If you want a steel audax frame and don't want to pay a lot more, I doubt you could do better.

Re: How to make a cyclist sandwich - video content -

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 June 2015 - 1:14pm
Phil Fouracre wrote:Bloody scary, but, got to agree, ride further out. A perfect example of how you prevent a moron like that risking your life

I think if he had been another 20cm further out he could have been hit.

Please report that to Staffs Police.

Re: Skye to Oban Route

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 June 2015 - 1:05pm
Thanks Elizabeth that's the one. First time I used it there was a piper playing on board.

Re: Skye to Oban Route

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 June 2015 - 12:55pm
You mean the Glenelg ferry, it's running, does a good business in sea eagle spotting I believe.
http://skyeferry.co.uk/
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