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Re: Triskell Guide to Cycling Holidays in Brittany

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 hour 58 min ago
I hope you strike lucky, but I'd be cautious about relying too heavily on route cards that are now over 20 years old. I'd maybe use the book more as inspiration.

There are now tonnes of resources on the internet to help you. Especially:

http://en.francevelotourisme.com

which is quite probably the best official cycle-tourism website out there.

Also I found touring Brittany that the Michelin maps were very useful: look for the roads that are marked as scenic (in green) - this was very reliable.

Re: Deliveroo

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 hours 2 min ago
I see Halfords (its no good being snooty ) have opened a super duper bike shop in Union Street and there's a quite flashy cycling shop right in the centre of Broadmead. I cant think of any more but it wouldn't surprise me if there's a "fixie" shop somewhere there. O I think the Halfords allow test rides from that shop.

Re: Aeropress Coffee Maker

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 hours 44 min ago
Paulatic wrote:Are there different manufacturers of the Aeropress?
No, not legally anyway, and presumably a bit too niche for anyone to have bothered with illegal ripoffs. It's a patented item, and made only by the inventor, who makes only that one thing.

I have access to two of the items, bought at different times. I think he must have changed the fabrication material at some point, because crazing has occurred on the newer one but not the older one, and the material doesn't quite feel the same to the touch.

It does warn you to make sure you remove the plunger from the body after use. I think if you leave the plunger confined in the body for extended periods it can become permanently compressed and hence loose. But if that isn't the reason, Heitor, I think you just got a faulty one.

It's one of those things you appreciate or you don't. For me, it shows off high quality, freshly roasted, single origin coffees very well, and I don't need to occupy my worktop space with a large expensive espresso machine, in addition to the microwave, food processor and bread maker that are already there. We have one in the office, and there's a small minority of us who like to use it.

Re: Aeropress Coffee Maker

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 hours 8 min ago
This is what we use, cheap, light, compact and makes a nice brew
http://www.robertdyas.co.uk/smart-cafe- ... re-hot-mug
Not as good as a bieletti, but what is?

Triskell Guide to Cycling Holidays in Brittany

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 hours 12 min ago
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

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 hours 24 min ago
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

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 hours 27 min ago
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: Slow riders?

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 hours 51 min ago
There's a big difference to putting in maximum effort and only going 10mph, and only going 10mph when maximum effort would be more like 20mph.

And yes, one of the joys of cycling is nice weather and being able to cover long distances at efforts well within your maximum.

Re: Too many vehicles!!!

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 hours 35 min ago
pwa wrote:reohn2 wrote:jollytiddlywink wrote:My suggestion for any road too narrow for a car and a bicycle to pass each other is to ban cars from it. Cycling both ways and people who want to motor can find a different route!

That makes perfect sense to me.
If two cars can't pass each other comfortably then it should be 'unsuitable for motors' or an 'access only' road with a 20mph limit.
In a sane a sensible society that would be the norm,however this is the UK

That would condemn large areas of Wales to a car ban. That might be a tad controversial. Better, perhaps, to try to get along with other road users. I've never got into an argument on country roads. I've inched up the narrowest, steepest part of the Gospel Pass climb out of Hay with a couple of cars waiting to get past, and they have hung back patiently for the minute or so it took to get to a wider bit. A quick wave of thanks from me and no sign of impatience form the drivers. That is my normal experience in that situation.

I find an abundance of patience in Welsh drivers,no so in other part of the country

If there's wider bits or passing places that's a different matter,and a different road than what's being discussed,where the road is singletrack with other options open to motors there's no reason for them to use such a route other than for access



If there is a pressure it is from one's own mind. You are already making a big effort to keep the pedals going round. And now there is a car behind. Got to keep the steering neat. Don't want to hold people up too long. You have to blank that and just keep it going. The driver is sitting in a comfy chair, sheltered from the elements and listening to the radio. It will do them no harm to lose 30 seconds or more. Just keep the pedals turning, and if the driver behaves, give a wave of thanks when they pass.
Agreed,when I'm climbing and there's nowhere for the vehicle behind me to pass,I'm not in the least bit concerned for them waiting,even if they honk their horn or shout out of an open window,both of which I've experienced,and which just hardens my resolve .
However on a flatish road or descent where I'm holding them up I'll stop at the first opportunity.

I continually find the impatience of drivers whether on a singletrack road or not is displayed almost daily by some of the most dangerous driving idiots I come across,who'll overtake me within 50m of the tailend of a 20 car stationary traffic jam,on blind right hand bends,in the face of oncoming traffic causing them to brake,etc,etc.
The last time out with a group of 6 others we were all surprised when stopped at a T junction turning right,most of us with arms out indicating,to join a major road from a small lane,waiting for traffic clear.
A middle aged couple in a car came up behind us right hand indicator on,went into the right hand lane waiting to turn out into the same road as us,.The driver couldn't see if there was anything turning left off the major road into the lane
My cycling is littered with such incidents,where such drivers see me but completely disregard my presence,as if I'm not there at all.
It's scary at times and it's got worse in recent years IME.

Re: Too many vehicles!!!

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 hours 7 min ago
reohn2 wrote:jollytiddlywink wrote:My suggestion for any road too narrow for a car and a bicycle to pass each other is to ban cars from it. Cycling both ways and people who want to motor can find a different route!

That makes perfect sense to me.
If two cars can't pass each other comfortably then it should be 'unsuitable for motors' or an 'access only' road with a 20mph limit.
In a sane a sensible society that would be the norm,however this is the UK

That would condemn large areas of Wales to a car ban. That might be a tad controversial. Better, perhaps, to try to get along with other road users. I've never got into an argument on country roads. I've inched up the narrowest, steepest part of the Gospel Pass climb out of Hay with a couple of cars waiting to get past, and they have hung back patiently for the minute or so it took to get to a wider bit. A quick wave of thanks from me and no sign of impatience form the drivers. That is my normal experience in that situation.

If there is a pressure it is from one's own mind. You are already making a big effort to keep the pedals going round. And now there is a car behind. Got to keep the steering neat. Don't want to hold people up too long. You have to blank that and just keep it going. The driver is sitting in a comfy chair, sheltered from the elements and listening to the radio. It will do them no harm to lose 30 seconds or more. Just keep the pedals turning, and if the driver behaves, give a wave of thanks when they pass.

Re: Too many vehicles!!!

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 hours 22 min ago
karlt wrote:These are the people who see cycling purely as an occasional leisure activity so don't understand why you don't ride somewhere where there are paths instead of where you are. They don't grasp the concepts of utility or touring cycling.

No,these people can't see why cyclist don't ride where they aren't,the thought process goes no further than that,and their belligerence knows no bounds!

Re: Too many vehicles!!!

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 hours 26 min ago
jollytiddlywink wrote:My suggestion for any road too narrow for a car and a bicycle to pass each other is to ban cars from it. Cycling both ways and people who want to motor can find a different route!

That makes perfect sense to me.
If two cars can't pass each other comfortably then it should be 'unsuitable for motors' or an 'access only' road with a 20mph limit.
In a sane a sensible society that would be the norm,however this is the UK

Re: Too many vehicles!!!

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 hours 34 min ago
jollytiddlywink wrote:TonyR wrote:cycleruk wrote:It could be a local "rat run"?
The normal main road way could have hold ups so those in the know take the lane.


Those in the know are unlikely to take a lane so narrow that a cyclist and a car can't pass each other. The first time they meet another car is going to create an impasse with somebody having to reverse up.

My suggestion for any road too narrow for a car and a bicycle to pass each other is to ban cars from it. Cycling both ways and people who want to motor can find a different route!

I concur. My candidate is this one: https://goo.gl/maps/CC9Ya5JrpAn - used as a short cut by drivers between Chesterfield and the villages of Calow and Brimington; absolutely terrible after dark for people who think they'll be able to overtake or indeed get past coming the other way. You really, really, do not want to lose momentum going up this bugger.

Re: Too many vehicles!!!

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 hours 37 min ago
Rob Archer wrote:ambodach wrote:There are sadly fairly frequent collisions on the A85 between Connel and Oban. There is a back road ( a cycle route incidentally) from Connel to Oban. Once police have been alerted one of their early moves is to close this back road to all motor traffic. Otherwise being single track it very quickly becomes a very long car park. At least it leaves it free for bikes and emergency vehicles. Generally it does not carry too much traffic so is reasonable to cycle on. Mind you anything would be better than the A85.
I was once shouted at by a driver on this road, who had to wait for me to get to a passing-place (I was riding uphill) "why can't you cyclists use the cyclepaths?". My response "why don't you drivers use the motorways?". A frequent exchange for many I know but I've never had it in such a location!

I've no idea where the nearest cyclepath or motorway to Oban is!

These are the people who see cycling purely as an occasional leisure activity so don't understand why you don't ride somewhere where there are paths instead of where you are. They don't grasp the concepts of utility or touring cycling.

Re: Deliveroo

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 hours 22 min ago
Yes, there's the multistorey there but there used to be some car parking behind the shops on the inner side of the Horsefair. Or perhaps it was only meant for deliveries, but certainly people did park there.

Re: Trains in Ireland

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 hours 19 min ago
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: Slow riders?

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 hours 43 min ago
Sometimes it feels I'm the only slow one. I bomb along on tour at about 10mph, stopping for this & that & being overtaken by all. So I think us slow ones are out there but never see each other as we are all going at a pace where we never catch each other.

Re: To the bottom tip of Sicily

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 hours 49 min ago
Thanks for the write up, looks like a great trip + all the more satisfying to be doing it in January!

Re: Deliveroo

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 hours 52 min ago
brooksby wrote:Did you know that the Horsefair and Penn Street - which go around the outside of Broadmead past Debenhams, and between Cabot Circus and 'proper' Broadmead - are supposed to be "buses, taxis, cyclists and 'for access'" only? See it all the time, cars waiting at the lights at the bottom of Union Street turning right with a Police car in the left lane ignoring it.

General traffic' isn't supposed to come off the Centre and onto Quay Street).

Another I'm aware of but doesn't beat the car I saw come from Rupert Street turn left into Quay Street then right up Small Street

Bmblbzzz wrote:There used to be car parking off the Horsefair. Perhaps still is. It was there in the early '90s. Most likely Quakers Friars, the quieter part of the Cabot Circus development, people walk from Cabot Circus to Galleries but ignore the shops that are where the Registry Office once was.

Re: Downslink works: Bramber to Shoreham-by-Sea

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 hours 52 min ago
squeaker wrote:Despite what it says on the engineering drawings, limestone 'dust' has been used as the top surface, so much like the recent Downslink alternative route under the A283 by the river. For drainage, the designer seems to be relying on camber plus permeability of the sub base. Having ridden it yesterday, my main concern is the edges in some parts, which are not to spec. and are going to crumble quickly, as well as presenting a bit of a hazard.
30cmEdgeDrop.jpgDrainage doesn't occur through base - ever - as it should be well compacted. Continuous shedding of rain water along the length is what is required and a camber or slant can achieve this. In the picture the path looks higher than the surrounding land, which should be fine. There appear to be ditches either side of the path which can take the water away from the path. I agree the limestone dust doesn't look that well rolled at the edges. Nearby or overhanging trees are the other problem that cause deterioration rural paths whatever the surface including black top (ie "tarmac").
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