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Re: Horses: modern ones selected from what stock?

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 July 2015 - 12:28pm
MartinC wrote:Flinders wrote:...........................I think the risks riders and horses ace are depressingly similar to ours as cyclists, so maybe we need to show solidarity......................................

Well, yes, but I've always been puzzled that my experience is that people towing horse boxes seem to show little consideration for cyclists when overtaking. Horse boxes are normally wider than the towing vehicle and the wheels wider than the box but the drivers seem reluctant to allow for this. That has little to do with consideration & nearly everything to do with lack of experience.
I've nearly been taken out by caravans, boat trailers, general car trailers, car transporters & horse boxes.
A separate test to tow a trailer over a certain size & weight should be mandatory IMHO.

Re: Anyone Use Taptalk?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 July 2015 - 12:00pm
Cunobelin wrote:Has rendered this site unusable

I did not get on at all

However I have anything between 20 - 30 invites to use Tapatalk per post

Yes I hate it with passion, I too have given up on some forums due to repeated bugging.

Re: Horses: modern ones selected from what stock?

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 July 2015 - 11:53am
Flinders wrote:... Some drivers don't want them on the road and behave badly around them.....
That is very unfortunate and unpleasant.

Re: Suggestions please: 10 day tour, end of September

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 July 2015 - 11:49am
I suggest Puglia in southern Italy. We toured there in April, flying in and out of Bari. Did a circular route and found it to be very interesting. It is cheap and the people are unbelievably friendly, food isn't bad either!

Re: Proper use of an A Gate

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 July 2015 - 11:08am
I've just had the 'pleasure' of cycling the length of the country a lot of it on towpaths and cycle trails these things also effectively inhibit loaded touring bikes. On several occasions I had to abandon my chosen route and to take to the road, some routes had these things every 100 yards. Even worse are the kissing gates were even worse, riding a loaded surly big dummy ( it's a long tail cargo bike) meant I had to reverse the bike in backwards, stand it vertical and squeeze it through.
I realise my bike is a little unusual but what about people with child seats? The particularly galling thing was many of the blighted routes were marked cycle routes yet for me cycling was made very difficult.
I believe some places are removing them due to disabled access problems.
While a realise the need for these things to keep motorbikes off the trails there must be a better solution.

Re: Horses: modern ones selected from what stock?

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 July 2015 - 10:21am
Flinders wrote:...........................I think the risks riders and horses ace are depressingly similar to ours as cyclists, so maybe we need to show solidarity......................................

Well, yes, but I've always been puzzled that my experience is that people towing horse boxes seem to show little consideration for cyclists when overtaking. Horse boxes are normally wider than the towing vehicle and the wheels wider than the box but the drivers seem reluctant to allow for this.

Re: Suggestions please: 10 day tour, end of September

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 July 2015 - 10:05am
Andalucia is nice then: how about a leisurely Granada-Cordoba-Seville?

Re: Free cycle touring kindle books

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 July 2015 - 9:57am
Smith873 wrote:Tom,

Thank you for clarifying that you are offering only the promos versions for free and not the full editions.

They aren't the full versions (have to make a living!) but the free versions are still a good length. The round the world one is a cycle ride across Europe from UK to Istanbul. In the first post it does say Part 1 of both books are available but sorry if you thought it was misleading, wasn't supposed to be.

Re: Horses: modern ones selected from what stock?

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 July 2015 - 9:51am
We have lots of horse riders using the roads around here, and the horses are always steady and under control. The riders are generally fine too. I once attended a seminar on Public Rights of Way, and there were people from the British Horse Society there. Some had stories about bad experiences with cyclists, but on the whole the feeling was that cyclists and horse riders should be supporting each other rather than bickering. We have a lot in common. We love the outdoors and the wind on our faces. We want to get away from car use, for a while at least. And we want (and demand) respect from other road users.

Re: Camino de Santiago/Way of St James

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 July 2015 - 9:37am
Why is it a problem to get back? Easyjet fly SantiagoComp-Gatwick and Ryanair SantiagoComp-Stansted. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santiago_ ... la_Airport Also Vueling fly A Coruna to Heathrow. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Coru%C3%B1a_Airport if you fancy riding up north to see the nice bit of coastal Galicia north of SdC. (I don't reckon the southern rias, too heavily built up).

But SdC is on a good railway line and I know people have put bikes on some trains from there. Leave you to research where you can get to that might be useful to you.

Re: Horses: modern ones selected from what stock?

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 July 2015 - 9:08am
Flinders wrote:I think the risks riders and horses ace are depressingly similar to ours as cyclists, so maybe we need to show solidarity - if bad/thoughtless/agressive drivers could all be persuaded to drive as well as the vast majority, we'd all be better off.
+1

I always try to announce "Bike(s) coming" as I approach a horse. In a firm tone of voice, so that the horse can hear it as well as the rider, but not a shout. Horses react well to human voices, that's one thing they're accustomed to.

Re: Free bicycle touring eBooks

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 July 2015 - 7:22am
Thank you Grace. I read one last night. A quality magazine and the first I've read for years. I have not bothered with the 'ad mags' here in the UK for a long time. I'm looking forward to coming to the Netherlands next month...b

Re: Free cycle touring kindle books

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 July 2015 - 6:32am
Enjoying the free books. Thanks.

If I'm wrong blame Tapatalk.

Re: Free bicycle touring eBooks

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 July 2015 - 4:56am
Enjoying the freebies! Thanks!

Re: Free cycle touring kindle books

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2015 - 11:58pm
Tom,

Thank you for clarifying that you are offering only the promos versions for free and not the full editions.

Re: What's your top weight saving tip for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2015 - 10:35pm
mnichols wrote:Preparing for a 1 month credit card tour of America with friends and looking for your top tips on saving pack weight

In our our test runs we've been pretty minimal ranging from 10 to 20 litres of space each

The area that most frustrates me is toiletries: chamois cream, sun cream, tooth paste, washing powder, shaving stuff and deodorant



Tip #1: stay in hotels rather than camp DONE
Tip #2: travel with friends to share stuff DONE
Tip #3: take a credit card so that if you need something you can buy it DONE
Tip #4: limit yourself to beween 10 litres (you will need to carry something) and 20 litres DONE
Tip #5: go on test runs to see how it shakes down and what you don't need DONE
Tip #6: deodorant - why in heaven's name do you need deodorant?*


*https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deodorant

Suggestions please: 10 day tour, end of September

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2015 - 10:24pm
Last year my other half and I quit our jobs and spent 4 months cycling 4000 miles across Europe. We're itching to do more riding but sadly we're working again and various commitments mean we're not likely to get a chance to go away until the very end of September, most likely for 10 days (plus two travelling days).

An average days ride for us is about 65km which gives enough time to relax and stop at any interesting sights along the way. Despite all the riding last year we now do only 6 miles a day to/from work so wouldn't want anything that's hugely hilly, and this time I'd rather stay in a hotel than camp.

We'd still like some nice weather but it's late in the season so when I look at a map my eyes immediately head south. We've done a fair chunk of the south of France already, but I'm still attracted to it as I can speak reasonably good French. So I'm thinking of starting there before heading into Spain. Bordeaux -> Seville is too far, but maybe Bordeaux to Madrid? Just read a post about the Camino, which I have already considered, but just not sure it's very "us". Maybe Italy? Or Slovenia/Croatia/Bosnia?

All suggestions welcome!

Re: What's your top weight saving tip for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2015 - 10:09pm
Tip 1: select the smallest pannier / saddle bag etc. option you could imagine getting away with using, and then take only what will fit in it.
Tip 2: Don't take anything that doesn't have at least 2 uses.
Tip 3 - not mine but still my favourite The day before, spread everything you're going to take out, including the money, on your bed, then halve the items and double the money...

Re: What's your top weight saving tip for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 July 2015 - 9:13pm
I hauled a stove, pans and a gas cylinder for 1300 miles on my last tour. Never cooked anything. I also toted a pile of freeze dried food we'd bought for earthquake preparedness that was out of date. I left that at a campsite hoping someone could use it. i'll never carry that lot again. Oops i tell a lie. I did use one bag of freeze dried at a hostel I stayed at; it was orrible.

Re: Horses: modern ones selected from what stock?

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 July 2015 - 8:35pm
Flinders wrote:I think the risks riders and horses ace are depressingly similar to ours as cyclists, so maybe we need to show solidarity - if bad/thoughtless/agressive drivers could all be persuaded to drive as well as the vast majority, we'd all be better off.
Absolutely agree Flinders.
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