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by teamonster
14 Mar 2021, 4:03pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring from Caen (May 12th 2021)
Replies: 20
Views: 1123

Re: Touring from Caen (May 12th 2021)

The Velofrancette is lovely - but some of the river/canalside paths can get very muddy if it's been wet. Like a lot of these routes, it's good to use as a general guide but sometimes it makes more sense to detour off bits of it. Parts of the first section not far from Caen has some lovely tarmac ex railway lines and some of the picnic benches even have drinking water taps next to them !

Don't forget although France has lifted the requirement for a "pressing reason" to travel, I think PCR test before travel, the quarantine on arrival and the need for PCR test after 7 days is still a requirement. I could be wrong as others have said this is a constantly moving situation.

If you're able to go Im sure you'll have a great time.
by teamonster
22 Jan 2021, 3:28pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring overseas 2021
Replies: 75
Views: 3319

Re: Touring overseas 2021

Oldjohnw wrote:But I cannot see how foreign trips can be discussed without referencing Covid and the way it is going in various countries.


You're quite right of course. I should maybe have been clearer, that it's the bringing in political views that I have issue with. I'd just rather not see politics creep in on here. There's enough of that elsewhere !
by teamonster
22 Jan 2021, 3:01pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring overseas 2021
Replies: 75
Views: 3319

Re: Touring overseas 2021

Would be quite refreshing if we could keep comments on this forum on topic. I'm sure we've all got strong views on politics and/or how the COVID crisis is being handled but is this the place for them ? I come on here to read about cycling !
by teamonster
5 Aug 2020, 8:08am
Forum: National Standard Cycle Training
Topic: Training for Lorry Drivers around Cyclists
Replies: 17
Views: 2803

Re: Training for Lorry Drivers around Cyclists

There's SUD (Safe Urban Driving ) courses, which are accredited towards a drivers CPC. I would have thought any company operating freight vehicles ought to be aware of this. There are a number of suppliers and they have to be accredited https://www.fleetsource.co.uk/training-for-drivers/safe-urban-driving/. I've done a few of these, there's normally an accredited trainer delivering the theory, then the delegates are taken on road on bicycles by two qualified cycle instructors. I'm not sure of the process for accreditation
by teamonster
29 Jun 2020, 8:37pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Saracen Tange MTB for touring - keep or ditch for touring and rough stuff
Replies: 46
Views: 1591

Re: Saracen Tange MTB for touring - keep or ditch for touring and rough stuff

whoof wrote:
BTW best of luck picking up a_second hand Surly LHT for £500. I managed it a couple of years ago but it took two years of looking and it's not stolen!


They are around if you look and you're lucky, I picked up a lovely one 4 years ago for around £500 from memory, it hadn't been ridden much at all. Although it's not the fastest, it is supremely comfortable and stable. One of the best bike purchases I've ever made I reckon.
by teamonster
16 Jun 2020, 1:39pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Ancient lanes and old main roads
Replies: 79
Views: 5026

Re: Ancient lanes and old main roads

Oops - don't know where I got today from. Still no harm in a double celebration !
by teamonster
16 Jun 2020, 10:48am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Ancient lanes and old main roads
Replies: 79
Views: 5026

Re: Ancient lanes and old main roads

Sweep wrote:On the plus side, my bit of lancs probably best located for accessing lots of those, better than lots of yorks :)


Just goes to prove the point, the best thing in Lancashire are the roads to Yorkshire ! That's what my mum always told me anyway :D Happy Lancashire Day BTW.
by teamonster
11 Jun 2020, 5:45pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Beginner - losing confidence in safety
Replies: 35
Views: 1144

Re: Beginner - losing confidence in safety

Yossarian wrote:If it doesn't feel safe, it probably isn't! I am fine on most roads but I don't think I'd fancy tackling London.


Being a regular rider in London and on country roads, I'm always more worried on the latter where some of the speeds are silly and where the chance of getting wiped out by large 4x4 coming round a blind bend on a country lane is ever present. In London the traffic is generally slower and with proper positioning and awareness I feel I can keep myself safer by controlling the situation. I appreciate not everyone will feel the same way
by teamonster
10 Jun 2020, 4:14pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Beginner - losing confidence in safety
Replies: 35
Views: 1144

Re: Beginner - losing confidence in safety

SEsycul wrote:
Jdsk wrote:Exactly. All of those + ask in local bike shop... and here?

Jonathan


Thanks - is there a specific sub-forum to post on for local groups, or just use this thread?

If so, if anyone's around the Greenwich/Welling area - please do shout!

teamonster wrote:If you're in London, see if your borough offers free cycle training, most do. Its not just for beginners, they will normally also do riding on roads with you to improve riding position/habits and confidence. Lessons are suspended in most places at the moment because of Covid, but will no doubt kick off again soon.


Thanks. As in the boroughs' councils offer free cycle training? Never knew that! And will check it out, thanks.


Yep funded by TFL (well by our taxes really !) just check the council website
by teamonster
10 Jun 2020, 4:07pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Beginner - losing confidence in safety
Replies: 35
Views: 1144

Re: Beginner - losing confidence in safety

Vorpal wrote:Normally, I would recommend Bikeability lessons. I don't think many of those are available currently, so I will instead recommend, Cyclecraft, .


I think the adult 1-1 Bikeability lessons will kick off again soon, they are already happening in Tower Hamlets and Hounslow I think. Totally agree on the use of the primary position (aka "taking the lane") when appropriate, you control the traffic behind then. In many cases it also improves your visibility, both to see and be seen especially at junctions.
by teamonster
10 Jun 2020, 3:20pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Beginner - losing confidence in safety
Replies: 35
Views: 1144

Re: Beginner - losing confidence in safety

If you're in London, see if your borough offers free cycle training, most do. Its not just for beginners, they will normally also do riding on roads with you to improve riding position/habits and confidence. Lessons are suspended in most places at the moment because of Covid, but will no doubt kick off again soon.
by teamonster
31 May 2020, 6:27pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Lightweight camp shoes.
Replies: 26
Views: 1274

Re: Lightweight camp shoes.

reohn2 wrote:Flip flops?


+1 great for letting hot feet cool off and for walking in wet showers etc
by teamonster
7 May 2020, 2:09pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Small team from London to Brighton
Replies: 25
Views: 1306

Re: Small team from London to Brighton

Could just be it is a genuine first timer, new to riding any distance who is looking for encouragement and company to do this when lockdown ends. I think maybe we are all getting a bit cynical ! (I include myself in that, I think it's just a sign off the times)
by teamonster
3 May 2020, 5:41pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: France: subsidies for bike repair
Replies: 12
Views: 630

Re: France: subsidies for bike repair

There's an element of it here already (certainly in London) with many boroughs providing free Dr Bike services. You might not want to take your expensive bike to one, although given how good many of the mechanics are it wouldn't be an issue, but in terms of people getting old wrecks fixed and getting out on bikes it works. Albeit, most are currently suspended during lockdown
by teamonster
20 Dec 2019, 7:25pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Replan and midge season
Replies: 15
Views: 1461

Re: Replan and midge season

Watching replies to this with interest as contemplating an early May JOGLE as well. Wondering about midges and how cold it can get