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Brighton Rock 110km Audax: Pinkie Brown Returns May 22

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 February 2016 - 5:20pm
In a nod to cycling tradition, Brighton and Hove CTC brings you our Audax event "Brighton Rock Pinkie Brown Returns" for 2016. It’s a challenging 110km spin on an early summer’s day but makes an ideal first Audax event if you've never tried one before, as you're never far away from the HQ. Based in the title city of the 1947 film "Brighton Rock" which starred the late Sir Richard Attenborough as Pinkie Brown, the ride passes many of the film's famous locations including the race course, the pier, the station, the coast and The Laines, where many of the locations remain largely unchanged by the passage of the last 60 years. There are a couple of lumpy bits, including Devil’s Dyke and Ditchling Beacon giving spectacular views across the South Downs , but you can go hard or you can take it steady and enjoy the views where the aim is that your speed overall must be above 15km/h, and no more than 30km/h. Entry is £9:50 or £7:50 for CTC/Audax members.

Enter on line at https://goo.gl/tXw2ur
For more information please check our web site http://goo.gl/kc8BVs
For last years event photo’s https://goo.gl/vMo0qT

It’s got to be worth it for the tea and cake

Re: F1 hotels

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 February 2016 - 5:16pm
bikepacker wrote:F1 hotels do allow bikes in the room. Remember however these hotels because of their cheapness are generally of very poor standard. We have only ever stayed in two and both have been a nightmare experience. If you are looking for low cost hotels, Ibis Budget are good value and usually exceptionally clean. Premier Classe slightly more expensive than F1 are much better and rooms are ensuite.
They don't all allow bikes in a room - and I refer to all the three you mention.
We stayed in a F1 near Moulins a couple of years ago. However they did allow us to put the bikes in a lock up - which was better. I think you are being a bit unfair about the standard of F1. They are not my favourite accommodation but generally I've found them acceptable as an overnight stop and I've used them a number of times over the years -of course you need to pay attention to the word "BUDGET".
Ibis budget are better ( used to be Etap). Campanile IMO are ok but the restaurants are not so good. Premier Classe have pretty small rooms - not good if there are two of you with bikes.
In fact some areas of France like the Pyrenees don't have many budget chain hotels available - but I've found with all the online booking agencies that there are a number of B&B type places that are very reasonable.

Re: Air France no to CTC bag

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 February 2016 - 5:15pm
Bummer. Seems you need to get approval at least 48 hours in advance but there's nothing about a CTC type bag not being sufficienct packaging.

http://www.airfrance.co.uk/GB/en/common ... france.htm

Re: 2016 ride plans

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 February 2016 - 5:01pm
Hoping to do the second part of my trip down the Rhine, at Whitsun half-term. Ferry Harwich-Hook of Holland, train to Nijmegen, then down the riverside route to Duisburg, maybe Cologne, then back via Aachen and Maastricht to Hook. Using my old Brommie and staying at Youth Hostels. One is at Duisberg-Nord Landscape Park https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Landschaf ... sburg-Nord which I've wanted to re-visit for years.
Haven't decided what to do yet for my August holiday!

Re: Brompton touring in Belgium

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 February 2016 - 4:59pm
Not Brompton.

Many main roads had a cycle path alongside and provision was quite good. Brussels was a bit tricky to get out of / onto the correct road. Its that bit beyond the centre but still built up, where your trying to find a specific road that's tricky.

If you need gas there's a Decathlon at Evere. There is a mountaineering shop nearer the centre that sells it too but I can't remember where.

Lots of big canals in Belguim.

Re: Deliveroo

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 February 2016 - 4:56pm
Tempted to apply for a job, then I'd be a pro cyclist!

Re: Slow riders?

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 February 2016 - 4:54pm
With my username you can perhaps predict my answer!
I've not got speedos on any of my bikes so don't know how slow I go. Slow enough to not want to join in CTC group rides, but I've found another couple of cycling groups which take a different attitude to riding. It takes me all day to do 55 miles on tour (camping, so well laden) but I also stop a lot to look round places and visit cafes... I must agree that it is nice that over the last couple of years I've got a fair bit fitter so get up more hills, faster. But I'm just not interested in audaxes, etc.
Horses for courses!

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 February 2016 - 4:48pm
Will be interesting to see the next update videos. Can't believe people were just driving around him lying in the road.

Re: The Poplar High St collision

CTC Forum - On the road - 6 February 2016 - 4:20pm
Christ. The bit that really made my heart stop was him squeezing through that gap between the bus and the parked car. The car may not actually have been aware that they had hit anyone. By the time of the collision they would have been looking ahead down the side road into which they were turning.

I think the combination of cycle lanes and stationary traffic is a recipe for disaster. They would have been safer cycling on the pavement.

Re: Air France no to CTC bag

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 February 2016 - 4:12pm
So what happened? Did they put you on another flight?

Re: Brompton touring in Belgium

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 February 2016 - 4:12pm
Not with a Brompton, but Belgium is a good place to Tour and you will find lots of general advice on this forum if you play around with the search function.

Once you get a general idea and have more specific questions there are many on here who will be happy to help

Air France no to CTC bag

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 February 2016 - 4:08pm
Just a quick warning to anyone flying with Air France that they would not accept my bike in a CTC bike bag recently when flying to Cuba. Worse still i had taken a cardboard box as well just in case but they did not make a decision until it was too late to re pack. I had been waiting with the bike for over hours since initial check in. I shall write to Air France to get a final rule from them and then post the result hear. Meanwhile someone we met flew with Air Berlin and he was able to ride to the airport and just give them the bike with the usual handlebars and pedal alterations.
Good luck all - Richard


CTC Forum - On the road - 6 February 2016 - 3:38pm
Heltor Chasca wrote:I'm sorry Steve. I see bad stuff regardless of whether I'm on the bike or not. My Big Dummy has been wearing wideloaders this week and I'm pleasantly surprised how the 48cm extra width makes drivers pass carefully. In 'slim-mode' It doesn't seem to make a difference whether my daughter is on board or not.

I hope you get over the shock pronto and you heal quick. I'm glad you have found some traffic free routes. Hang in there...b

I used to take a carpenter's toolbox on the back of my bike, sometimes crossways. Didn't stick out any further than me, but drivers gave me a wider berth. Basically, some drivers out there are more worried about scratching their paintwork than knocking you off your bike and killing you. Bear that in mind and you won't go far wrong.

Re: SE Asia routes advice

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 February 2016 - 3:33pm
I can probably help. I've cycled quit a few times in Vn and also know other parts of SE Asia pretty well. I am on tour at the moment and may find time to answer some specific questions. I'll be happy to speak (phone) when I return to the UK in April. Message me then if you want.

In the meantime you need to decide some basics.
How long are you going for.
When, climate is important.
Do you like hills, do you really like hills.
What do you want to see eg culture, food, history. Reading a good guidebook can be the start of a route.

If you like big hills the NW circuit is unbeatable. Plus great scenery, a bit of history (Dien Bien Phu) and plenty of hill tribe colour.

The Ho Chi Minh Highway running from Hanoi to Saigon is a good way of doing an end to end and can include historic, cultural, war, etc in Hue, Hoi An and the DMZ.

Delta area completely different. Also worth a good look.

..................and I haven't even mentioned Thailand yet, one of the best all round places to cycle in the world.

As I said, I'm happy to answer specific questions.

Re: Wheel recommendations for credit card touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 February 2016 - 2:41pm
Rabbit wrote:I had a set of Harry Rowland wheels made up last year for a tour - and he was excellent to deal with and the wheels have been superb. Harry seems happy to chat on the phone for ages about what you need and answers emails quickly. He's a pretty well known name and has been making wheels for years. I think he charged me about £220 for some Mavic A719 rims with LX hubs and 36 DT swiss spokes. Been using them for 6 months and still absolutely true despite a few bangs and pot holes. You will probably want something lighter I guess...

Re: Wheel recommendations for credit card touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 February 2016 - 2:35pm
beardy wrote:Then I would pay much more attention to the choice of tyres, which tend to make more of a difference than rims do.

I think that's right, unless your current handbuilts are cheap and nasty I suspect any gains are going to be marginal. I notice Steve Abraham converted to tubeless on his mileage attempt, seems to have liked them, so there's a bit to be gained there (If there is a problem you can still stick a tube in) Slightly wider rims that give a different profile are becoming popular, I haven't looked that closely so don't know if it's fashion or the theory holds up. If you stick with tubes you could go for really light ones and a quality pump and accurate pressure gauge, always having that right is going to make a difference.
Then the tyres, high mileage on good tyres gets expensive, but if money were no object I'l like to try these
https://www.compasscycle.com/shop/compo ... yuse-pass/

After that, just talk to a decent wheelbuilder and if they're not asking about your weight and usage, don't use them.

Re: Wheel recommendations for credit card touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 February 2016 - 2:17pm
Rabbit wrote:I had a set of Harry Rowland wheels made up last year for a tour - and he was excellent to deal with and the wheels have been superb. Harry seems happy to chat on the phone for ages about what you need and answers emails quickly.
He is like that, until there's a problem, then he really doesn't want to know, tells you it was a poor choice of components though didn't mention it when he took the money.

Brompton touring in Belgium

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 February 2016 - 2:06pm
My wife and I are thinking of a 4 or 5 day tour of Belgium using our Bromptons starting from either Brussels or Ghent. Does anybody have any experience of similar touring with Bromptons?

Re: Sardinia

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 February 2016 - 1:55pm
Not totally sure about what you're looking for, however I've been cycling Sardinia in the between 30SEP and 09OCT 2015 (HERE THE LINK), I've been relying exclusively on B&B's, very low season, prices in the between 30 and 40 Euros/night-1person, generally all of them definitely excellent. Good weather, superb climbing ... unrevalled scenarios. That's just to give you an idea of what you might expect, let me know whether you need gpx tracks, good luck !!

Re: Wheel recommendations for credit card touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 6 February 2016 - 1:24pm
mnichols wrote:- To be able to repair a spoke by the roadside should the need arise - let's not get into the whys and wherefores of that one and just say that I do.
- So availability of single spokes is also required - not a full set
- Take between 23mm and 28mm tyres, but mostly 25mm
- Cost less than £500
- Parts available around the world if I get stuck on tour

If you want to be able to replace spokes at the roadside then you need to carry the tools and be able to use them (although possibly you could use your chain as a chain whip). There's nothing particular to specific makes of rim — they all come apart in more or less the same way with the major issue being getting the rear sprocket off. I'm sure there will be plenty of helpful how-tos on the internet - try youtube.

I don't know how heavy your wheels are but I suspect that you're not going to make significant weight savings without sacrificing durability.

Spokes are basically pretty standard. If you're worried about availability of spokes then the best thing is to carry a couple of spares with you. Some people keep them inside the seat tube. If the hub or rim fails you'll need to get a new wheel built with whatever is available locally. Sealed bearings are very difficult to change without a bearing press (although you'd probably be extremely unlucky to ever need to change them on the road). The loose bearings used by Shimano are a lot easier to replace - should you ever need to.

Somewhere on the Sheldon Brown website there used to be a table of ideal rim sizes for particular widths of tyres. Unfortunately I can't find it. IIRC you need a 13mm internal width for the sizes you're interested in.
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