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by ankaradan
26 Feb 2015, 8:21am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Turkey april2015
Replies: 6
Views: 1256

Re: Turkey april2015

I presume you mean Ankara. Sites like this allow you to plan routes here, although their accuracy as to minor roads and tracks is questionable. http://www.bikehike.co.uk/mapview.php The scenery south east of Ankara isn't too inspiring, very arid, but there are plenty of villages, most of which have ...
by ankaradan
4 Jan 2015, 8:50am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: TOURING 2015
Replies: 48
Views: 6001

Re: TOURING 2015

Don't forget Beeston Tor, in the Peak District.
by ankaradan
8 Nov 2014, 8:03am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Jan to May Riding?
Replies: 14
Views: 3280

Re: Jan to May Riding?

I certainly wouldn't want to ride across central Turkey in January, temperatures often fall to -10 or -15 in central Anatolia; I'm not sure what you mean by Eastern Turkey, but you might be aware there's a war going on just over the border. That said, it would probably be quite pleasant following th...
by ankaradan
9 May 2014, 8:19am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bikes on Trains in Turkey
Replies: 4
Views: 3288

Re: Bikes on Trains in Turkey

No you can't get your bike on any of the trains as they are all high speed. The coach service is excellent though. We took the coach from Ankara to Erzurum 13hrs with our bikes very smooth. Just make sure you tel them you have a bike when you book tickets. Not all coach firms take bikes. I can reco...
by ankaradan
20 Nov 2013, 6:13am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Pedestrian Crossing Times
Replies: 75
Views: 16698

Re: Pedestrian Crossing Times

I listened to this being reported on BBC4 Today programme, and was amazed at the response of (I think) the RAC spokesman, who promised such dire consequences - traffic chaos, millions of pounds of production lost etc,etc, - all because of an extra few seconds for pedestrians to cross.
by ankaradan
7 Nov 2013, 7:49am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Is it anti-social to exceed the motor vehicle speed limit?
Replies: 95
Views: 7217

Re: Is it anti-social to exceed the motor vehicle speed limi

In a word, Yes! 20mph speed limits were introduced to reduce vehicle speeds in residential areas to protect vulnerable road users, e.g children. Hitting a pedestrian, even on a bicycle, at 40mph would cause serious injury. Surely if you wish to cycle at high speed you can find suitable places to do ...
by ankaradan
21 Oct 2013, 7:10am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Riding home from Turkey
Replies: 10
Views: 22943

Re: Riding home from Turkey

You don't say whereabouts in Turkey you're starting from. If you're starting from the Aegean resorts, you could, as an alternative to cycling through greater Istanbul (which is unlikely to be an enjoyable experience), island hop across to Athens, or cross into Europe at Cannakale.
by ankaradan
11 Oct 2013, 8:13am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 26 x 2 touring tyre.
Replies: 44
Views: 9227

Re: 26 x 2 touring tyre.

BrianP wrote:Continental travel Contact in 2.0.

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+1
by ankaradan
1 Oct 2013, 8:51am
Forum: On the road
Topic: 3 slapped wrists?
Replies: 10
Views: 2372

Re: 3 slapped wrists?

I can't understand the decision to give bail to someone who has shown such arrogant disregard for the law
by ankaradan
1 Aug 2013, 7:29am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Ticks(possibly)
Replies: 55
Views: 9597

Re: Ticks(possibly)

As well as Lymes disease, here they also carry the Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) virus; not something you want to catch. Where is 'here' exactly? I've just googled this disease and there were reports of one tragic case of a man returning from Afghanistan , who was taken ill soon after his...
by ankaradan
31 Jul 2013, 6:42am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Ticks(possibly)
Replies: 55
Views: 9597

Re: Ticks(possibly)

As well as Lymes disease, here they also carry the Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) virus; not something you want to catch.
by ankaradan
8 Jul 2013, 10:12am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: extreme heat concerns
Replies: 42
Views: 2481

Re: extreme heat concerns

Since moving here, I've noticed I've adopted defensive measures against the summer heat: crossing to the shady side of the street; never waiting for friends in open sunshine; cycling, or walking, only in the morning (I try to be home by 10); generally sitting somewhere cool during the heat of the af...
by ankaradan
13 Jun 2013, 9:06am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Do cars still have indicators fitted?
Replies: 148
Views: 4943

Re: Do cars still have indicators fitted?

Mick F wrote: What's the point in indicating to overtake if there's no-one behind you?


er....to let the person being overtaken know what you're doing

My recent observations here in Ankara are that cars are not fitted with indicators any more, just hazard warning lights to allow you to double park etc
by ankaradan
10 Jun 2013, 1:31pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Potholes, beyond acceptable levels
Replies: 30
Views: 1877

Re: Potholes, beyond acceptable levels

Without wishing to sound in any way critical, if potholes are causing you a problem,maybe you're riding the wrong bike. The back roads here take potholes to a new dimension,so I found the only way to enjoy riding was to rig my old MTB for road riding.... end of problem, the worst potholes can be tak...
by ankaradan
7 Jun 2013, 12:33pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Too Darn Hot
Replies: 60
Views: 3761

Re: Too Darn Hot

Hot feet are not something I've suffered from so far; it's the sweat mixed with sun screen pouring into my eyes that I had a problem with. I wear sports socks (probably Coolmax), bought from Decathlon long ago for fell running, and a pair of cheapish, Shimano MTB shoes, which are slightly on the lar...