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Re: Bike friendly hotel Tours

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 April 2016 - 9:43pm
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 - 9:36pm
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 - 9:35pm
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 - 9:22pm
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 - 9:16pm
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 - 9:09pm
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 - 8:09pm
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 - 7:11pm
....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 - 6:53pm
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 - 6:25pm
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?

Re: Trailer Loading

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 April 2016 - 5:57pm
Thanks all, weight on a bike is always going to affect handling somehow, and I knew that a weeks shopping was going to be more than it should carry, just wondered if there was a clever way to distribute what will be its 'normal' load of touring stuff

Re: Touring Ireland End to End

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 April 2016 - 5:32pm
ambodach wrote:Eric Newby did a book " Round Ireland in Low Gear" . Published some time ago as paperback but probably still available. He started with a litre bottle of whisky as part of his luggage. Wanda his wife was there as well. Interesting book.
The only advantage of reading it before you go is that you will learn that trying to do a bicycle tour of Ireland in November is probably going to be a very bad idea. Read it when you get back and then you can laugh at his misfortunes.

Ireland has many very quiet little country roads. If you select them, you can have a lovely and mostly quiet ride. However there are a few places it is difficult to get past only on the quiet roads. Galway in particular is not a pleasant place to get through/past on a bicycle, there just aren't any quiet ways in/out of the place for quite some distance around it. And in the city itself the arrangements for cyclists are so spectacularly annoying it really does appears to be deliberate rather than incompetent.

Re: A positive thread

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 23 April 2016 - 5:29pm
Rode 30 miles yesterday mainly on roads in central Sussex and all drivers, including a bus, van with very large trailer and high powered sports car, overtook me with comfortable clearance - except one - a driving instructor!

A ride in the Rockies

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 April 2016 - 4:48pm
Some thoughts on the article in April/May Cycle. It certainly is a wonderful part of the world. If you want to maximize the spectacular stuff it may be possible to fly into Vancouver, catch a train to Jasper, ride to Banff and catch a train back to Vancouver. You'll have to research the trains yourself. Last summer I caught a train from Vancouver to Jasper and rode to Portland Oregon via the Icefields Parkway and Banff, so I've no idea how or if the Banff-Vancouver thing works but it looks like it would be fun if it's doable.

Between and including Jasper and Banff you can stay in hostels every night. There's nothing in the way of grocery stores on the way and the hostels don't do meals but they do have cooking facilities and even the 'primitive' ones are pretty comfortable i.e. earth rather than flush toilets and one had no electricity, you wash in the creek etc.. I was very lucky in several respects: I had sunshine all the way but be aware you can get snow in July at higher elevations; last year was a very mild year for mosquitos which can be pretty grim and I had a blessedly uneventful encounter with a grizzly bear just before the highest point on the Parkway, Bow Summit. The road at that point is a four lane highway and I was going very, very slow (I found out later my bike and gear weighed 80 lbs!) and a bear walked out in front of me, I stopped, he (or she) stopped, looked straight at me, decided he wasn't interested and carried on across the road. I suppose I was about 30 ft away. The author of the article mentions bears and they are a very real presence. I regret not getting a picture but a lady from Alaska I met on the train back from Portland told me I did the right thing not taking pictures; you don't want to do anything that might get their attention. He had a head the size of a cow's that looked exactly like an enormous teddy bear's. Actually I was too scared to do anything. I didn't have any but you may want to consider getting bear spray at the start of your trip, it's readily available in Canada.

So I heartily second Lewis Smith's recommendation. I further recommend Adventure Cycling's Great Parks North map. I can't speak to anything east of Banff. For general BC riding there's Cycling British Columbia by Paul Wood ISBN 978-0-9684826-2-9.

Re: Is this Justice for killing some one?

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 23 April 2016 - 2:26pm
ArMoRothair wrote:hatless wrote:But I also agree that driving bans are too short. Our culture seems to think that a driving ban is like being sent to Botany Bay, exclusion from society. Cyclists know that you can have a good life without a driving licence. The short bans reflect society's addiction to the car.

I agree. The driving licence is a licence, it's not a right. I think driving licences should automatically be revoked once the driver has caused a death, regardless of however accidental it was, or remorseful the driver is after the fact.

Don't we do the same with a gun licence?

The question is, how long should the ban last. It's not an easy, clear-cut answer, for me. It's probably a case-by-case thing. How bad was the driving that resulted in someone losing their life? Was it grossly irresponsible driving resulting in an all too predictable outcome, or a momentary lapse of concentration with disproportionately disastrous consequences? If the driver made a mistake and a life was lost, yes, a ban of some length seems necessary. A life ban for the most reckless offenders.

Re: Touring Ireland End to End

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 April 2016 - 2:18pm
@Robing, in your blog you rave about the B&B you stayed in in Sligo as the best of the whole trip.
You don't happen to remember the name of it do you?
We are doing the Donegal section of the Wild Atlantic Way in June, end up in Sligo and could do with a cracking place to rest.
Thanks!

Re: What gilet for summer?

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 April 2016 - 1:30pm
Sweep wrote:

Would you say that it can also be worn inside a sleeping bag for extra warmth?

Yes, that's just the sort of usefulness for touring that I meant.

Slightly off topic, I recently bought some merino thermals specifically for nightwear from Mountain Warehouse. They were actually cheaper (£19.99) in store, than their on line price.

It was at their outlet in the Galleria at Hatfield.

Re: Is this Justice for killing some one?

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 23 April 2016 - 1:18pm
karlt wrote:but because seccades (http://www.londoncyclist.co.uk/raf-pilo ... -cyclists/) misses an oncoming motorcyclist who dies as a result of the collision;



Hmm well either I'm weird or that article is glossing a bit as I quite obviously do process and see the blurred image, regardless it's not really an excuse. Plenty of people do manage to check both ways properly, if someone cannot, even if the reason for that is biologically inbuilt, then why should they be allowed to drive? They certainly would find it a struggle to get a licence to do a range of other equally dangerous tasks.

Re: What gilet for summer?

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 April 2016 - 12:39pm
Thanks for that norman.

Interesting.

Would you say that it can also be worn inside a sleeping bag for extra warmth?

This from the description made me smile:

》》This clever piece is also fully reversible, not only giving you contrasting colour options to suit your outfit, but ideal for those times when someone else turns up wearing the same thing.

Nice to see that the social faux pas of emerging from your woodland free camp to encounter another in the same outfit is appreciated, and catered for.

Re: Trailer Loading

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 23 April 2016 - 12:34pm
You need to put as much weight towards the rear wheel as possible, other wise is not much different from having panniers as the weight on the bike rear wheel - thats where 2 wheel trailers with the platform over the rear wheel score? I would have thought that type of trailer better for shopping. The trouble with these single wheel trailers is they share the weight between the rear wheel of the bike and the trailer wheel - the closer the centre of gravity of the load to the rear wheel the more the weight is there and so on. In a way these single wheel trailers are not a good idea as the best you can usually get is to 1/2 the weight on the bike rear wheel, with the load in the centre of the trailer?

re the bobyak. last summer spoke to a cyclo tourist up the Mall in London with such. He had had attached a little flickable leg to the trailer so that when down it would keep the trailer up right and not fall over
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