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by PaulaT
3 Jul 2020, 3:33pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sustrans no good for touring
Replies: 75
Views: 1822

Re: Sustrans no good for touring

The roads up the east of the river are not remotely National Cycle Network standard. Traffic on the Walton-Stapenhill road is too heavy and too fast. That's not to say that it's a bad cycling road - I'm sure it is for confident cyclists like you. But the NCN design standards are fussier about traff...
by PaulaT
2 Jul 2020, 10:21am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sustrans no good for touring
Replies: 75
Views: 1822

Re: Sustrans no good for touring

I might well have ignored your advice, I can't think why when coming from Lichfield I'd be that side of the river. Of course If I were approaching from the East, I would, it's on NCN63. Generations of local cyclists use that route because it's the best one If I were planning my own route, I wouldn'...
by PaulaT
1 Jul 2020, 1:16pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sustrans no good for touring
Replies: 75
Views: 1822

Re: Sustrans no good for touring

Not everyone knows that level of detail and have to follow guidance. Sadly they have to follow the "guidance" of an obnoxious little know-all who wasn't from the area and completely ignored the advice we tried to give him. As a result tourists miss out on the loveliest way to enter Burton...
by PaulaT
1 Jul 2020, 9:14am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sustrans no good for touring
Replies: 75
Views: 1822

Re: Sustrans no good for touring

About time the truth was told about designated cycleways. Having to continually check routes with a smartphone or may takes the complete enjoyment out of cycle touring. Sometimes you're better off on a secondary road(safety permitting of course). The majority of the NCN is on quiet roads, no harder...
by PaulaT
30 Jun 2020, 10:05pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Antisocial cyclists
Replies: 222
Views: 3004

Re: Antisocial cyclists

So what is it with the average 'roadie'? Yesterdays greetings were met with, in sequence: No response, no response, no response, - you get the picture. I'm having the opposite problem. I just want to ride my bike and do a bit of birdwatching in peace but every plastic-potty wearing cretin in the co...
by PaulaT
29 Jun 2020, 9:47am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Are you going camping when they open up on 4th July?
Replies: 177
Views: 4931

Re: Are you going camping when they open up on 4th July?

Jdsk wrote:Well said.

My thought on reading the article was that the officials will be sensitised to everybody after what just happened.

Jonathan


I agree. Quite likely there'll be no more turning a blind eye to wild campers.
by PaulaT
26 Jun 2020, 4:17pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Are you going camping when they open up on 4th July?
Replies: 177
Views: 4931

Re: Are you going camping when they open up on 4th July?

It's a very tough situation this year and I think it's possibly wiser to write it off than increase risk for the sake of a holiday, even though we all need a break. I'll be biding my time waiting until the rush is over. I may do an overnighter in September if it's proves to be safe. It'll probably ...
by PaulaT
25 Jun 2020, 12:40pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Are you going camping when they open up on 4th July?
Replies: 177
Views: 4931

Re: Are you going camping when they open up on 4th July?

1982john wrote:Having not toured since last summer I put all the camping gear on the bike and went for a training ride.

Had forgotten how much the extra weight takes it out of you... :shock:


I'm trying to lessen the shock by carrying loads of stuff in my saddlebag and bar bag.
by PaulaT
25 Jun 2020, 12:27pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Camping and Caravan Club sites opening this summer
Replies: 15
Views: 651

Re: Camping and Caravan Club sites opening this summer

1982john wrote:ie maybe national trust places.


Many (most?) NT places re-opened their grounds weeks ago.
by PaulaT
23 Jun 2020, 1:39pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Are you going camping when they open up on 4th July?
Replies: 177
Views: 4931

Re: Are you going camping when they open up on 4th July?

Oldjohnw wrote:Just heard on R4 that campsites will not be opening yet because of having shared facilities.


Perhaps someone should have told Boris that because he's just announced in Parliament that campsites will be allowed to reopen on the 4th July.
by PaulaT
21 Jun 2020, 9:33pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Camping and Caravan Club sites opening this summer
Replies: 15
Views: 651

Re: Camping and Caravan Club sites opening this summer

I actually enjoy being at campsites! (Mostly - packed noisy ones less so...) I like having drinking water, a loo, a shower and somewhere to wash up. I like watching other people, and I occasionally have interesting conversations with them. Horses for courses - wild camping isn't for me. It wouldn't...
by PaulaT
21 Jun 2020, 9:07pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Anyone successfully using solar panels?
Replies: 32
Views: 1026

Re: Anyone successfully using solar panels?

Jdsk wrote:
PaulaT wrote:This particular laptop has USB-C charging.

Thanks.

Do you know which charging modes each supports?

Jonathan


Sorry no I don't.
by PaulaT
20 Jun 2020, 6:31pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Several day tour with e-bike
Replies: 64
Views: 1866

Re: Several day tour with e-bike

That's another thing I've thought of. Does CUK cycle insurance cover the use of an e-bike ? From the insurance FAQ: 3. Is my electric cycle covered? If so, what are the restrictions? Answer: Where the main source of propulsion is electrical,the cycle would not becoveredas it would be classified as ...
by PaulaT
20 Jun 2020, 6:17pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Anyone successfully using solar panels?
Replies: 32
Views: 1026

Re: Anyone successfully using solar panels?

I've just over the last few days been experimenting with charging a laptop from a 25000mAH power bank. It wouldn't do it. Maybe the power bank's 2 amp maximum output is too low for my laptop? It's hard to know. Not that taking a laptop on a cycle tour is something I'd personally consider. I just di...
by PaulaT
19 Jun 2020, 3:58pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Anyone successfully using solar panels?
Replies: 32
Views: 1026

Re: Anyone successfully using solar panels?

I've just over the last few days been experimenting with charging a laptop from a 25000mAH power bank. It wouldn't do it. Maybe the power bank's 2 amp maximum output is too low for my laptop? It's hard to know. Not that taking a laptop on a cycle tour is something I'd personally consider. I just did...