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CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 July 2015 - 9:46pm
IN 1990 on one of my earliest tours, one night in France, myself and three companions were awake all night in this hotel having had dinner and coffee there. We had pounding pulses all night, not irregular that I remember. In the morning we were fine and it did not recur. We felt sure it had to the coffee. God knows what was in it.

Re: Specialized Awol

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 July 2015 - 9:18pm
Sigma Sport seem to have details of the 2016 AWOL's

http://www.sigmasport.co.uk/item/Specia ... tAod68IFxg

Has anyone used the Amrun to Sylt ferry?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 July 2015 - 9:07pm
Just fine tuning my Nordseekust trip and as part of my island hopping i'm thinking of using the ferry between Wittdun on Amrum and Hornum on Sylt. It's easy enough to book and a choice of sailings. Has anyone done this trip? If so, what do you think, have you any tips?

Re: Where to stay with bikes in Rutland?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 July 2015 - 8:59pm
simonhill wrote:There are loads of places to stay around Oakham and Rutland Water. Bikes are a big thing in the area so I'm sure you wont have a problem.

I normally camp at the Old Rectory in Belton in Rutland. They do b&b and there are stables where you could store your bike. Not overly cheap in that area.

The tourist office no doubt has lists.

Yeah, I was starting to think that might be the best way. I'll give them a bell early next year and see what they say. As for things not being cheap in that area, I'm starting to realise Been many many years since I camped but might consider it, although I guess bike security comes back into the frame again. Bit of time to think on it yet though, it just seems like a good place to go as a gentle breaking in of going away with the bikes.

Thanks for the reply simon.

Re: Loved Spain, hated France

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 July 2015 - 8:43pm
robing wrote:I was going to cycle back through France, but it was a bit of a culture shock! I'd come in their peak holiday time and everywhere was full even campsites. Hotels were 80 to 100 € plus, in spain they were only 20 to 30€ mostly. French campsites were over €30 with wifi and electricity extra. The roads were worse than Spain and very busy.I spend about 4 weeks a year in France, usually in June or July but sometimes into August. Like any country you pick your roads. On those I use I can ride for 20 minutes at a time without seeing a moving motor vehicle. On a Sunday, admittedly early, you can ride the big main roads to make up time if necessary and be amazed at how little traffic there is. Campsites, staying on municipal sites the cost is typically 7 to 10 Euros. The big commercial sites are more expensive. It also depends where you are. I guess you might well have been coming up through the Landes south of Bordeaux. This is a holiday area and very expensive. So go back another time - take a bit more time to use the minor roads and the municipal sites.

Re: Loose stones on the road

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2015 - 8:09pm
On the way back from the Dunwich Dynamo last month I found big drifts of sand across a lot of the Suffolk back lanes – several metres long in places, and occasionally deep enough that I had to dismount and push across rather than risk a fall. Anyone know if they’ve always been this bad? I’m not sure where the sand is coming from, either – some of it was miles inland, and the beaches are shingle, so it may just be very dry thin soil blowing off the farmland.

Re: cycle maps - where to get them ?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 July 2015 - 8:02pm
They do the Norstedts Kartforlaget cycling maps if that is any good. Might get it.in for you if you contact them.

Re: cycle maps - where to get them ?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 July 2015 - 7:59pm
There's a famous map shop in London. Stanford's I think. An outdoors forum I used to frequent recommended them for maps in far flung places but should sort you out.

cycle maps - where to get them ?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 July 2015 - 7:52pm
Hi remember coming across a reference for bookshops in UK that sell cycling maps but having looked in the forum i find specific countries but not the one I am looking for. I am looking for Cykelkarten (sweden cycling map series ) to plan out a tour for next year starting in Copenhagen and ending in Ijmuiden via Skane. Online stuff is fine Google maps etc.. , I dont use GPS but for an overview I may be old fashioned but I love paper maps. Plus they dont run out of charge lol !

Can anyone help with a link.

thanks

Re: Loose stones on the road

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2015 - 7:19pm
Tony f33 "The contractor was employed by the highways agency and the debris/stones are not detritus, ergo it is definitely the CC that is duty bound by law within 28 days to fix it."

If the work was carried ouy for the Highways Agency (or highways England as it is now) then that suggests the road is a trunk road, as they are responsible for maintenance of motorways and trunk roads, and wouldn't be the responsibility of the highway authority (unless you mistyped). In areas with a unitary authority or in area formerly covered by the artifical counties thought up in the 70's it may be the city or district council rather than the county who are the highway authority. It could also be that the contractor could be held responsible for debris lkeft in the carriageway, depending on how lng th ework has been completed. that would be for the highway authority to follow up on.

North Coast 500 in Scotland

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 July 2015 - 6:44pm
Does any body have any experience of the North Coast 500?

It looks really interesting, but don't know of anybody who has ridden it

Re: ITV4 Tour Coverage.

CTC Forum - Racing - 28 July 2015 - 6:41pm
The two pc's on itv4 are awful these days.....

Oh for David Harmon from eurosport

Re: Loose stones on the road

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2015 - 6:36pm
Or in the countryside just general stones washed out like down the middle of the road here. I'm in there btw

Re: Question about bike shipping by plane

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 July 2015 - 5:55pm
I flew with Pegasus and had the same problem with the website so I rang their call centre and they added a bike to my booking. I then paid at the airport. I don't think there was a limit for the bike size but I checked my panniers in separately to be on the safe side.They do have an English option so ask them about this and stopovers when you call them.

HTH

Re: Loose stones on the road

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2015 - 5:40pm
Lawrie9 wrote:We often hear about pot holes and the damge hey cause but there seems to be a lot of loose stones, scree and stuff that has washed off hillsides from landslips. I had to replace a front wheet from hitting a stone and it seems to be that the cutbacks has meant more stones and debris is left on the roads.
For urban cyclists it's the scree and stuff that washes out of building sites and that falls off the wheels of construction lorries.

Re: Boris' backie

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2015 - 5:19pm
[XAP]Bob wrote:How about - why the hell is this in the statute books?
Parliament had been twiddling its collective thumbs, and seized this opportunity to right an historic wrong and make the world a better place to live in?

Re: Boris' backie

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 July 2015 - 5:07pm
How about - why he hell is this in the statute books?

All bikes are built for two, one on the saddle, one on the pedals.

Note I Don't include handlebar sitting...
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