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Triskell Guide to Cycling Holidays in Brittany

9 February 2016 - 1:06pm
Hello

I recently purchased a second had copy of 'Triskell Guide to Cycling Holidays in Brittany' hoping to use it to plan a tour of Brittany planned for this summer. Unfortunately the book does not contain detailed route information but rather directs you to a series of route cards that were available (back in the early 90's when the book was published) for purchase from the CTC.

I've spoken to the CTC who said they don't have a stock of the cards and suggested I post a note on the forum to ask if anyone here knows where I might be able to find the cards? I've tried a Google search but this only returned references to the book not the cards.

yours, in hope

Andy

Re: Aeropress Coffee Maker

9 February 2016 - 12:54pm
Had to give up on rescuing HedgeHogs - they all left in disgust one day after I revealed my plans to start charging for their meals - have you seen the price of fresh earth-worms these days?!

Re: Child friendly, car camping and cycling, Northern Europe

9 February 2016 - 12:51pm
Both good suggestions - thanks!

Sorry did not mean to sound arrogant - France is a big place and we have not covered all of it by any means! But my wife and I have ridden a lot in the Alps, Pyrenees, from Calais to St Jean Pied de Porte (and on into Spain) and up Ventoux.... so just looking to spread our wings and try something new. We've not been to the Alsace region so may well make that one of our stopping points.

Re: Trains in Ireland

9 February 2016 - 8:59am
Bus Eireann is the main state owned bus company operating intercity bus travel but there are also a number of private independents that operate on some routes. Dublin Coach run a service (M7) to Killarney. You would need to enquire about their bicycle policy.

Re: To the bottom tip of Sicily

9 February 2016 - 8:29am
Thanks for the write up, looks like a great trip + all the more satisfying to be doing it in January!

Re: Trains in Ireland

8 February 2016 - 10:58pm
I use the bus regularly, train services in Ireland are quite limited. I think Bus Eireann charge a 12 euro fee for normal bikes, i got a Dahon for my usual trip as there is no additional charge for folding bikes.

Re: Pump Recommendations

8 February 2016 - 9:58pm
I use the Topeak Mini Morph on the bike and it is a good pump. But it can take over 250 strokes to inflate a 25mm road tyre to full pressure! If a long way from home I now take 2 pumps, I did have what appeared to be a nice, solid Bontranger pump crack on me, luckily only 5 miles from home so walkable.

Regarding sealing on the bike I use a ring of old inner tube around the head of the Topeak, it helps but in a real wet long ride water still seems to find it's way into the pump when frame mounted.

Tempted to try a Lezyne pump for the bike, I have one of their track pumps for the shed and it is very nice indeed, though the chuck is slow to fit and as already mentioned can unscrew some valves.

Re: To the bottom tip of Sicily

8 February 2016 - 8:53pm
Lucky you conrad to live in such a beautiful country where you can cycle in such temperatures in mid "winter". Italy truly does have a broad range of terrains/climates. That last pic of yours rather reminds me of the beach Montalbano's house appears to front onto.

Re: Wheel recommendations for credit card touring

8 February 2016 - 8:48pm
The best book about bicycle wheels was written by Brandt, and first published in 1981, long before to-day's deep section rims.
Brandt calculated that a radial load of 50Kg at the axle of a 36 spoke wheel would produce a maximum radial deflection of the rim of 0.15mm......you won't detect that by riding a bicycle fitted with pneumatic tyres.
When you put a steel wire under tension the wire stretches. Unless the load on the wire is approaching a load which will cause the wire to break by plastic deformation, adding (say) 1Kg to the load on the wire will produce the same amount of stretch regardless of the starting tension. In other words the relationship between load and stretch (Young's modulus)is linear, and unless spokes are under no tension at all or are failing plastically, a "slack" wheel will respond in exactly the same way to a load as a similar "tight" wheel. Properly tensioned conventional wheels have an average spoke tension in the region of 100Kg per spoke. With a 32 spoke wheel, pedaling torque increases the tension on 16 spokes, you won't be able to feel the spokes stretch as a result of the torque you apply by pedaling. The additional pedaling load is small compared with the total static tension of approximately 1600Kg on 16 spokes.
Spokes fail at the elbow by fatigue caused by the cyclical un-loading of spokes at the bottom of the wheel. When one spoke fails in a wheel, other spokes are likely to be going the same way......how soon they fail is determined by their fatigue status, not by replacing a failed spoke, unless you also stress-relieve all the spokes when you replace a broken spoke, when you may extend the life of the other spokes.
If you speak to somebody who builds a reasonable range and number of wheels, they can tell you some things about wheels.
1) a dished rear wheel is much less stiff laterally in one direction than it is in the other direction, due to the bracing angle of the spokes.
2) a wheel with a big, stiff rim is much stiffer laterally than a similar wheel with a narrow, shallow rim
3) wheels with reduced spoke count work by having a big stiff rim (which is either heavy or thin walled) and high individual spoke tension
When you push the pedal down, you want to drive the bike forwards, but there is always a tendency for the bottom bracket to flex sideways, which is resisted by the lateral stiffness of the frame and wheel. A stiff bike accelerates immediately you push the pedal.

Re: Trains in Ireland

8 February 2016 - 8:38pm
Has anyone used the bus service? It looks good value. How are they with bikes?

Re: Touring in Rutland/Leicestershire

8 February 2016 - 7:57pm
Cyclists cafe Cafe Ventoux tucked away in Tugby in Leicestershire's alps is a delight and has a warm welcome any cyclists, not just the seriously hip
There's also some lovely gated roads not on Streetview, around Skeffington

Pump Recommendations

8 February 2016 - 7:53pm
mnichols wrote:anyone found a way of keeping the pump protected on the bike? Cling Film maybe?

[emoji23] Or similarly shaped, stretchable, item? Can't think what [emoji535]

Re: Trains in Ireland

8 February 2016 - 7:52pm
Train not Upham!!!!

Re: Trains in Ireland

8 February 2016 - 7:52pm
Thanks. I think the Upham to Cork sounds like a good plan. We'll be travelling on Saturdays so should be none push hour also!

Re: Wheel recommendations for credit card touring

8 February 2016 - 7:27pm
mnichols wrote:http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/fiber-fix-em ... 9a49a10ebc

Has anyone used one on the road side? Do they work? would they work on all wheels? Ambrosia, Ultegra, Mavic?
They were reviewed in Cycle some time ago, by CJ I think, the conclusion was that you couldn't get enough tension to be worthwhile.

Re: Pump Recommendations

8 February 2016 - 7:24pm
anyone found a way of keeping the pump protected on the bike? Cling Film maybe?

Re: Wheel recommendations for credit card touring

8 February 2016 - 7:21pm
I've order the Ultegra 6800 wheels - managed to get them for under £200 with free delivery and free returns

and the Grand Prix 4 seasons at £27

ordered three spare spokes, although I'm intrigued by the emergency spoke replacement - seems like a good idea if a spoke goes on the rear cassette side and you haven' got the tools - also only need to carry one per group of people, not three spokes each, and I don't have to remember tp carry the right the spoke for the wheel

http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/fiber-fix-em ... 9a49a10ebc

Has anyone used one on the road side? Do they work? would they work on all wheels? Ambrosia, Ultegra, Mavic?

Re: Aeropress Coffee Maker

8 February 2016 - 6:35pm
A friend of mine runs a rescue-home for unwanted Aero-presses, in Easton, Bristol. I'm sending it off to him for re-hab. I'm keeping my Bialetti...b

Re: Pump Recommendations

8 February 2016 - 6:00pm
axel_knutt wrote:Pete Jack wrote:And it doesn't come with a bracket that fits under a bottle cage so you lose a cage
I've made a bracket to put the bottle and the pump on the same pair of braze-ons.It would be nice if they offered at least an optional bracket that fits under a cage, I found one in a used bike place.

Re: Pump Recommendations

8 February 2016 - 5:58pm
Pete Jack wrote:And it doesn't come with a bracket that fits under a bottle cage so you lose a cage
I've made a bracket to put the bottle and the pump on the same pair of braze-ons.

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