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Re: This morning...

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 31 March 2016 - 11:16pm
You have a duty to sting him for as much as you can so he is more careful in future.

Ring a claims lawyer. Don't forget all the mental stress you suffered.

Re: Punctured!

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 31 March 2016 - 11:06pm
well with a nom de plume like that you deserve all you get fizzy drinks and cycling dont go? all the jostling and bumping some thing is bound to get agitated and froth up
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Punctured!

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 31 March 2016 - 8:21pm
Hello
Last Saturday I suffered a blasted puncture!
The good news? it wasn't in my tires .
The bad?
It was a can of beer, that had emptied itself over the contents of my pannier.
Much sticky yuk! But resisted the urge to suck my Altura!
Steady Matron.

Andy

Re: The most countries in one day?

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 March 2016 - 6:51pm
And there is always this:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_shire_stone

We used to have a club run 'max counties' on the club list from time to time....

Re: The most countries in one day?

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 March 2016 - 6:49pm
Annoying Twit wrote:It looks as if there are four countries joining at a point. Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia. However, the borders are defined by rivers, and I can't see any bridges over them in the specific area. Adding Angola to a route to get to five countries looks tempting, but it's too far away.

I should have clarified, at the point where Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia become close, there is the Zambezi river, and both Zambia and Botswana control facing opposing banks of the river for a very short distance, of the order of a hundred metres, and there is an active border crossing by ferry between those two countries across the river where a Botswana road comes to the river bank opposite a Zambian road. So it acts in practice as though Namibia and Zimbabwe are separated by that hundred metres or so. Now the actual disposition of territory under the water has not been specified, so I suppose in theory there could be an 4-country point under the water. But no one is arguing because in practice the territory in Namibia adjacent to this point is a remote, and there is in practice no direct traffic from Zimbabwe to Namibia, and there is no Zimbabwean or Namibian facility to cross the river in the immediate area - the nearest Zimbabwean crossing is at Victoria Falls some 20-30km or so to the east, and a Namibian crossing a similar distance to the west.

Re: A positive thread

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 31 March 2016 - 6:16pm
Fed up with the dearth of decent cycle mags on the shelves (CTC magazine the exception of course), I've recently taken out a subscription to Aktiv Radfahren of Germany. A nice, broad magazine generally happy to report on a culture where cycling seems to be a way of life rather than a platform for full on fitness gains.

My limited, but acceptable German is admittedly being pushed to the limits, but importantly is being improved or at least maintained.... It also gives me good memories of various visits to the country over the years.

A good call, if I say so myself!

Nice evening as I write this, time for a quick (i.e. short - not particularly fast) ride out.

(OP: Good idea for such a thread by the way)

Re: route ideas - spain to czech republic

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 March 2016 - 6:16pm
Thanks everyone. Good info. Keep it coming, if you can.

(Do you still hang out at Thorn Tree, Iviehoff? Or is that finished.)

Re: The most countries in one day?

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 March 2016 - 6:03pm
quilkin wrote:If you go up to Vaalserberg https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaalserberg you can cycle in three countries in ten seconds
Now this comment proves that it was worth me posting a rather flippant question! I'm planning to be cycling through Aachen this May so I can plan to visit Vaalserberg! If I do I'll try to get a selfies of me cycling round the Three-Country-Point on my Brommie.

Re: route ideas - spain to czech republic

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 March 2016 - 4:49pm
German scenery is, to my mind, largely of the same type as Czech scenery - hills, spruce woods, etc. Clearly you do get nice villages in the Black Forest, etc. So for variety given you are ending up in S Bohemia anyway, then I would say go through Switzerland, which is more distinctive in its scenery, even if you stay in the north and avoid the high mountains. It also has excellent long distance cycle routes which mostly keep you well off busy roads, including across the north, though of course Germany is also well served by cycle routes.

Wild camping is illegal in Germany: you can get away with it, though the nature of most Germans is that anyone spotting you will likely be happy to remind you that it is illegal. Being pressed in by mountains, the inhabited areas of Switzerland are on such a pocket-handkerchief scale that wild camping is fairly tricky in those parts of the country, though the off-road parts of cycle routes may well give you access to potential spots. And of course the Swiss are even better behaved citizens than the Germans.

The highest passes of the Alps and Pyrenees will often still be closed during part or all of May - though it is hard to say just what you will find as many of them will open during May, and the range of opening dates can vary by several weeks from year to year. Information is available on the web, easier to find if you can search in the local language. Things can change fast, a few years ago friends wanting to cross Cime de la Barcelonette, the highest pass in France, in late May were able to reorganise their route and cross just a couple of days later than originally planned, with just a very short walk near the top.

Be aware you can't use the Bielsa tunnel route in the Pyrenees by bicycle.

Re: The most countries in one day?

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 March 2016 - 3:59pm
You can also do four English counties in a couple of miles around here. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_Man%27 ... rwickshire

Re: My best route so far

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 31 March 2016 - 3:40pm
romaninsh wrote:Post that route, Mick, seems interesting!
http://bikeroutetoaster.com/BRTWebUI/Course/383090
The total ascent isn't quite correct on that link.
Here's the profile of one of my faster rides. I call the route my "Favourite" and I do it clockwise or anticlockwise.Screen Shot 2016-03-31 at 15.38.22.png

Re: The most countries in one day?

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 March 2016 - 3:37pm
There's a point in the USA where four states meet.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Corners
There's several other places where it nearly happens.

A similar point in Canada, though it is actually a bit uncertain where the legal borders run.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_corners_(Canada)

Re: My best route so far

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 31 March 2016 - 3:23pm
Post that route, Mick, seems interesting!

BTW - by "Best" I actually thought it was a really pretty route, not it terms of speed/performance. I'll work on getting time down to 2 hours.

Re: The most countries in one day?

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 March 2016 - 2:36pm
Thinking a little closer to home, and considering counties, I found it rather amusing when I was cycling to Bedford.
Off the top of my head ............ Oxfordshire, Northants, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire ......... all come together quite closely. I rode through them in only an hour or two.

Re: Using TGV from South of France

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 March 2016 - 2:14pm
andymiller wrote:ANTONISH wrote:
A few years ago I was able to book online with SNCF but that was closed off.

You can book with voyages-sncf.com - look at the list of languages and resist the temptation to click the Union Jack but instead go to the end of the list and click on the EU flag (the caption is something like 'other EU countries'). This is worth knowing as this version of the site will tell you which trains carry bikes while the dumbed down UK version won't.

To book tickets (and bike spaces) you may also need to opt to pay in euros rather than pounds.Personally I prefer capitaine-train, and I can't see any point arsing around with voyages-sncf.com if you don't need to..

I should have said that you get two options: one is a e-ticket that you simply show to the chef du train and the other is an option to collect the ticket from a ticket machine at your departure station. Don't (as I have done) get mixed up and forget to collect your ticket, because otherwise you'll end up having to buy a ticket on the train at full price.
All good advice - I used to be able to get SNCF to post the tickets to me - nothing gets better

Re: Increasing restrictions on conveying cycles on trains

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 March 2016 - 2:11pm
jgurney wrote:P.S. if you like real ales or ciders, you may have already found the Travellers Rest at Stone, a very good stop on the Castle Cary - Glastonbury cycling route.

This one? (I'm assuming).

Travellers Rest Stone Ln, East Pennard, Shepton Mallet BA4 6RY, travellersrest.org.uk, 01749 860069 (Google Maps)

It looks like a good tip.

Re: 2016 ride plans

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 31 March 2016 - 2:08pm

Yes, Cornwall isn't in England of course!

I've been to Ardnamuchan. I should say "we" because we went camping there as a family in the mid 1980s. Lovely wonderful and peaceful place.

Not sure if I want to ride up to Scotland again, but I've never ridden a bike east of Brighton .......... on the British mainland, that is.
Furthest east I've ridden was in Sydney Oz 1988
Furthest west, Niagara Falls Canada 1986

Re: route ideas - spain to czech republic

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 March 2016 - 1:59pm
aThousandTurns wrote:BTW: If I set off in the next week or two I'll be crossing the Pryenees mid to late April and the cycling the Alps, if I go that way, in May. Is that way too early?

It depends. That's my all-purpose answer to most questions, but in this case it depends on the pass and on the weather. The first thing to do is check whether the pass you are interested in is open all year or only open for part of it -which means that it might be open in April or May, but might not. (Sweeping generalisation alert) Above 2000 metres in April and May is iffy: if it's an all-year pass it should be open - but expect it to be cold, and possibly snowy.

Re: The most countries in one day?

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 March 2016 - 1:47pm
You can do 3 in a couple of miles, let alone a complete day. France/Germany/Switzerland where they come together at Basle. I've certainly ridden from France into Germany, into Switzerland and back into Germany all in the space of less than 10 miles when going out for the evening.

Re: route ideas - spain to czech republic

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 March 2016 - 1:38pm
BTW: If I set off in the next week or two I'll be crossing the Pryenees mid to late April and the cycling the Alps, if I go that way, in May. Is that way too early?
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