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Re: First European cycle tour suggestions

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 February 2016 - 2:18am
Was, probably still am, a complete newbie to cycle touring... me and the girl did a bit of the velodyssey .. from Nantes to La Rochelle last summer. (Ferry: Plymouth - Roscoff, train from Morlaix to Nantes). It was bliss, no day to day planning required as you can't cycle more than an hour along the route without finding a campsite. We went peak holiday season and never had trouble finding space at a campsite- cost usually about 14euros a night for the two of us. Great food & wine.. some good surfing on the Atlantic coast too..

Re: lighting in Germany

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 February 2016 - 2:04am
There are international conventions about cross-border traffic, and as a foreign visitor you only have to meet the internationally agreed minimum, not the local regulations.
That's a brake, a white front light, a red back light, a rear reflector, and a bell.
It's on the main CTC site somewhere - I can never find the link so I have to google
http://www.ctc.org.uk/cyclists-library/ ... al-traffic

Summary: if you don't have a bell, put one on.

Re: WESTERN ISLES

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 February 2016 - 1:21am
I went 4-12th June last year, and had good weather (Oban - Barra - Tarbert - Uig - Mallaig - Ardnamurchan - Mull - Oban).
I should have started 4 days sooner, but I'd been watching the rain radar and weather forecasts and delayed to let it blow through.

Re: touring and flying with hydraulic disc brakes

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 February 2016 - 12:51am
andymiller wrote:I currently use Avid BB7s with 203mm discs. Which is probably over-kill, but I'm happy.

160's are big enough for a solo.
We have 203's on the tandem and it stops PDQ with an all up weight of 180kgs including the bike and day bag.

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 2 February 2016 - 12:33am
karlt wrote:661-Pete wrote:Attempted murder. No other way to describe it.

You think the intent was specifically to kill?

There are more subtle ways to tickle a cyclist. Using a 2 ton suv isn't one of them.

Re: Slow riders?

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 2 February 2016 - 12:15am
I average 10mph (including stops) or 12mph rolling speed on Audaxes. Longest one I have done so far was 131km (including unscheduled diversions aka wrong turns - official distance was 123km). I am usually last or just before last but as there are no records kept of places or speeds on Audax, who cares! I am getting value for money

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 2 February 2016 - 12:03am
Shocking, can't think of another way of describing it.

What would the chances be of a private prosecution getting a result for the cyclist?

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 1 February 2016 - 11:44pm
661-Pete wrote:Attempted murder. No other way to describe it.

You think the intent was specifically to kill?

Re: WESTERN ISLES

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 February 2016 - 11:21pm
TrevA wrote:We did the Inner Hebrides last May. I think it rained almost every day and I was in full winter gear most of the time, with Goretex on top in the rain. So long as you dress for the weather, it's not too bad. Can be quite windy but I don't think I saw a single midge.
Last May was unusually bad.

Re: My puncture phobia

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 1 February 2016 - 11:19pm
I will say that I have abandoned normal tyres for studded ones. And I'm on those for at least another month, maybe two, with the possible exception of a Sunday ride or two in good conditions.

Re: My puncture phobia

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 1 February 2016 - 11:16pm
I will (as usual ) recommend Continental GP 4 Seasons. I've yet to puncture on them before they near the end of life. They are relatively easy to fit and remove, and they get better traction in wet and even frosty condtions than anything else I've tried. I use use them in 700 X 28, but I've also used them in 700 X 25.

I'm sure a few people will come along now and say that they're too expensive, but I'd rather pay my money than change an inner tube in cold, dark rain.

Oh, and they roll nicely, too.

Re: New Route Planner

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 February 2016 - 11:13pm
It is a bug. Or, was! I think I've fixed it now. Thanks for spotting. (exits, cursing Javascript...)

Re: WESTERN ISLES

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 February 2016 - 11:12pm
Thanks again for the info, especially for accommodation. I don't want to carry camping gear particularly!
Surely it can't rain every year!!
Maybe the wind could help push us Northward.

Re: Great Ocean Road.....

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 February 2016 - 11:11pm
Many thank to everyone for the replies......

Tyreon....'Do it on a folder' ??....Seriously ??....One of my bikes is a Brompton and it never occurred to me to use that. I always travel light ( I've done four trips to OZ with just a 35L rucksack ) Food for thought indeed !!!....

RedRaleigh....Many thanks for the route info'...Brilliant input....Thank you....

Note, this is not a camping trip....I've done plenty ( including NZ ) but this is 'under bricks' all the way. I won't plan any night stops but I will have a (very) rough idea of what I am going to do in my head...I will just stop where I stop.

Re: lighting in Germany

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 February 2016 - 11:10pm
The laws have recently changed allowing battery lights for all bikes instead of just lightweight racers as it used to be.

You do however need wheel (or tyre) reflectors and front reflectors in addition to the UK requirements.
Nobody will notice their absence in daylight though.

Re: Critiques of routes for touring

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 February 2016 - 11:09pm
That hill up into Desford past the Lancaster Arms is certainly a killer!
I'd say that the Earl Shilton hill is not as steep, but is longer - so about equal! The only ways of avoiding it are bypassing Earls Shilton entirely (going well north) or using the A47 bypass which has an excellent cyclepath along its entire length - it's a shallow, very long gradient, but doesn't reach the lofty heights of the village itself.
I certainly wouldn't ride in either Coventry or Birmingham for fun if I could help it either!
Have you considered using RideWithGPS.com to draw your routes on?

Re: My puncture phobia

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 1 February 2016 - 11:04pm
Terrytrek wrote:NUKe wrote:I have good results with Gatorskin hardshells (If they come in the size you want) Nil punctures in 7k miles on 25mm
Sorry again! My latest puncture was with a Gatorskin! Rear wheel again. Grrrrr!

I won't use Gatorskins on some wheels I have because they are far too tight a fit on the rims. There is a pretty fair chance of pinching the tube on the way in or the way out. Like many other tyres the rubber seems soft and prone to cutting up when the tyres are very new. Once they are a few months old the rubber seems to harden a little and then they seem to cut less easily.

If anyone is having multiple punctures in a few tens of miles then I'd suggest that the tyres they are using are not good enough for the conditions. This time of year there is a lot of crud on the roads and using winter tyres makes a lot of sense.

It is a good idea to get into the habit of checking the tyres for flints etc on a regular basis, and for anyone using a tyre with shallow tread, I'll put in a good word for tyre savers; they stop a lot of flinty deflations.

If fixing punctures at home is more bearable, but by the roadside is a nightmare, carrying sealant of some kind can at least postpone the fix until you get home.

cheers

lighting in Germany

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 February 2016 - 11:04pm
This is my first post, so hello everyone. I'm planning to ride ride to Berlin later in the year. From what I've read, in Germany I should have a dynamo fitted to my bike, I do not intend to ride at night, so do I need one?

Re: First European cycle tour suggestions

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 February 2016 - 10:56pm
Sounds like France, and if you want surf and some likelihood of warmth you are looking at Biarritz and the Western Pyrenees / Dordogne etc, down in the SW. Possibly including the Tarn Gorge. One week cycle tour and one week surfing?
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