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Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 7:06am
I did a Sportive yesterday, the Tour of Pembrokeshire. Lovely day, nice ride, everything is stiff today.
But the overwhelming thing that I noticed yesterday was that a large amount of the people I saw, are either unable are can't be bothered to do even simple maintenance on their bikes.
So many people came past me, I'm not that fast, with rattles, creaks, strange noises and my pet hate, when it happens to me I have to sort it straight away, ticking derailleurs.
Just an observation, not having a rant, didn't spoil my day. No noise coming from my bike, apart from the huffing and puffing of the rider.

Re: What gilet for summer?

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2016 - 7:00am
Sweep wrote:Yes mountain warehouse do some good stuff.

I have a set of aldi synthetic thermals for nightime use, though won't be as warm as your woolnof course.
Wool isn't magically warmer than synthetics, it'll depend in large part how thick as warmth tends to be about air trapping, in turn about how much and how structured.

Pete.

Any such thing as an easyish N Portugal cycle camping tour?

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2016 - 6:59am
I would really appreciate some advice on a route and starting point for a not-too-demanding trip.
We will have about 12 days and we have to end up at Tui in Galicia just north of the Portuguese border. Average daily distance are likely to be pretty low! While we are experienced cycle campers we do seek out easy routes, we like mountains but have tended to take trains to high starting points so we are mainly downhill. We have kids with us but youngest now 12 so they're probably not the limiting factor any more... Bit worried about heat and hills...
We are planning to hire bikes so could have them delivered to a convenient starting point.
We like quiet routes, beautiful scenery and somewhere to camp.
Lots of useful info in this forum but any more advice would be greatly appreciated!

Re: Is this Justice for killing some one?

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 6:47am
In which case i would not have moved off and waited for the lorry to do whatever he was doing once the lights changed...... especially as a witness said there was insufficient room for a bike and a lorry to be side by side at the lights.... no point being in the right and dead..... sometimes you have to concede your road space to survive... or I'd have been dead several times over by now.

Re: What gilet for summer?

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2016 - 4:50am
Yes mountain warehouse do some good stuff.

I have a set of aldi synthetic thermals for nightime use, though won't be as warm as your woolnof course.

Re: A ride in the Rockies

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2016 - 12:00am
pal wrote:Thanks for posting this: very interesting!

I've been thinking of a ride round there, but was a bit put off by the Cycle article's comments about the amount of (motorised) traffic on the Icefields Parkway: could I ask how you found it?

I'd also be v. interested to hear about the route you took from Banff to Portland -- that's something I've been thinking about too!

I didn't find the traffic too bad though it was there all the time. Ironically I asked the warden of the hostel just before Bow Summit if I needed bear spray. He said "If there's bears around you'll see plenty of cars stopped looking at them" There were no cars around when that bear walked out. There's never traffic when you want it!

There's a couple of ACA ways of going south from Banff. The longer, harder and more scenic one goes through Glacier NP in the US from Castle Junction to Whitefish MT the other goes pretty much due S from Castle Junction via Radium to Whitefish; a bit less strenuous and marginally shorter. I went the more direct route last year because I rode through Glacier the year before when doing the Northern Tier. If it's your first time I strongly recommend the route via Glacier, the whizz down the Going To The Sun road is not to be missed. From Whitefish it was down to MIssoula then E to Clarkston ID and down the Columbia to Portland.The ACA maps I used were Great Parks North and Lewis and Clark Maps 6 & 7. I'm sure there's plenty of routes other than ACA but don't forget there's nothing remotely close to OS maps over here, distances are relatively huge and phone service can be iffy at best so you can go a long way out of your way. Some of the GPS stuff might work I wouldn't know.

This in Glacier NP on the way down from the Continental Divide in August.

Re: Advice / Touring Partner wanted for UK to Scandinavia!

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 April 2016 - 10:37pm
Hello,
well this is useful. i am cycling bergen to oslo at the end of june/start of july

Re: Is this Justice for killing some one?

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 23 April 2016 - 10:00pm
But we don't know that she filtered up the inside after he had stopped - she may have been at the light first. He wasn't indicating, and not looking properly (admits to tidying his cab), so not exactly paying attention. There have been several cases where lorry drivers have run over cyclists that have been in front of them. Not just lorry drivers, either.

Re: A ride in the Rockies

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 April 2016 - 9:56pm
Thanks for posting this: very interesting!

I've been thinking of a ride round there, but was a bit put off by the Cycle article's comments about the amount of (motorised) traffic on the Icefields Parkway: could I ask how you found it?

I'd also be v. interested to hear about the route you took from Banff to Portland -- that's something I've been thinking about too!

Re: Advice / Touring Partner wanted for UK to Scandinavia!

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 April 2016 - 9:05pm
I recorded all my routes so have all the GPX files if you are interested (from that you can figure out where I camped etc if you are bothered).

and to answer this, I would be interested in viewing the gpx files. Although, as you have already spent probably a lot of time replying to me (which i appreciate) don't feel like you have to.

Re: Bike friendly hotel Tours

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 April 2016 - 8:43pm
Ibis hotels are usually very good for the money, you'll need a 24 hour reception and somewhere to put the bike. you won't get that with Ibis Budget but will with the full -service Ibis. Campanile are also good for cyclists as they often have an architecture witht the rooms opening on to an outdoor corridor so you just wheel the bikes into the room.

Re: Is this Justice for killing some one?

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 23 April 2016 - 8:36pm
One of the original articles from last year implies he had been stationary at a red light before moving off.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... utive.html

Re: Advice / Touring Partner wanted for UK to Scandinavia!

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 April 2016 - 8:35pm
Thanks for all the new responses Vorpal, CBreeze & hufty and I appreciate the time you've spent helping me.

Now I just have to make sure I can get the cargo ship Will be looking at booking next month. Prepared to fly if I have to.

Cheers
Rob

Edit: Interesting pictures too, thanks for sharing.
y

Re: Route Advice Bath to Warwick and Lincoln to Warwick

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 April 2016 - 8:22pm
For Lincoln to Warwick, I'd pick roads that run parallel to the A46, so Hykeham, minor roads to Coddington, east of Newark, then down to Orston, cross the A52 at Elton on the Hill, then head towards Melton Mowbray, then Kibworth, Bruntingthorpe, Lutterworth, Brinklow, Warwick.

Avoid the Nottingham and Leicester conurbations.

Bike friendly hotel Tours

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 April 2016 - 8:16pm
Hi all, I have been lurking for some time but this is my first post.

We are taking the Bike Express to Tours in June and would like recommendations on the best (closest, easiest with bikes) hotel to use I think we arrive in the early hours of the morning, which might make a difference. Thanks.

Re: Is this Justice for killing some one?

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 23 April 2016 - 8:09pm
eileithyia wrote:....and remember; despite the contributory negligence of not signalling and not observing mirrors etc., the cyclist must have gone up the inside of a vehicle putting herself in a perilous position, this despite the massive amount of publicity these type of maneouvres and resultant fatalities have received.....
I know that won't be a populist view, but we do have to take some responsibility for some of our actions.
Really? She was overtaking him on the inside, was she? Where does it say that, exactly?
Was she in a cycle lane?

Re: Crane River Parks Hounslow & other London rides

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 23 April 2016 - 7:09pm
MikeF wrote:mercalia wrote:The Crane valley walk/Hillingdon trail is well worth the visit but dont expect to do it all in one day & expect to have to lift the bike over foot stiles and walk some sections.Are you supposed to be cycling this route?

The crane valley up to an beyond Heathrow airport had proper and dilapidated gates for cycles at points, on occasion under a bridge to cross over the road even had a channel for the cycle wheels up/down and was quite rusty and probably had not been used in years.

The Hillingdon trail, maybe not some parts but it is too long by foot - 20 odd miles. It is a mish mash thru various boroughs of various types of land - canal paths, playing fields, water meadow, roads, lanes,nature reserves, grassy dirt tracks, grassy paths, sides of fields, cultivated & designated woods with well laid out tracks ( I saw the odd horse rider on them ), dirt tracks leading to houses, across a golf course, local urban alleys. There is very little signage other than the maps and the HT direction markers. There is nothing to say not to other than the foot stiles I think ( and most were dilapidated and broken down and one had a detour that skirted around it, these were mainly after Harefield ) - the picture of the large green one is as far as I could see about "discouraging" without saying "dont" ( I think to keep out the dreaded kids with their mopeds ). Some parts had proper cycle key hole type access and gates. The sections I walked were mainly due to not having a mt bike & not fit enough, riding over grassy field edges is hard work? On the other hand those parts I did walk ok then, ok to push a bike? common sense really?. No one challenged me, not even the golfers who I stopped to watch. I did see one or 2 cyclists on some parts. for the most part they are sections that locals use as short cuts or to walk their dog. I didnt see many people really.

I suspect this is a part of London that dont get frequented much othe than by locals with their short cuts and dog walking, or the in the case of the nature reserve working, certainly not "tourists" like me. I am sure there are walking groups who do some parts.

Re: Is this Justice for killing some one?

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 23 April 2016 - 6:11pm
....and remember; despite the contributory negligence of not signalling and not observing mirrors etc., the cyclist must have gone up the inside of a vehicle putting herself in a perilous position, this despite the massive amount of publicity these type of maneouvres and resultant fatalities have received.....
I know that won't be a populist view, but we do have to take some responsibility for some of our actions.

10th April 2016 ride to Longsleddale

Cycling UK Forum - MTB - 23 April 2016 - 5:53pm
Shadows on the Garnett Bridge Road by Simeon Orme, on Flickr

You can see rest of photos of 10th April 2016 to Longsleddale at this link http://www.southlakesgroup.org/april-2016/10th.html

Re: Crane River Parks Hounslow & other London rides

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 23 April 2016 - 5:25pm
mercalia wrote:The Crane valley walk/Hillingdon trail is well worth the visit but dont expect to do it all in one day & expect to have to lift the bike over foot stiles and walk some sections.Are you supposed to be cycling this route?
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