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by MarkW
21 Nov 2016, 3:42pm
Forum: Cycling UK Topics and Discussions
Topic: CTC AGM 2017
Replies: 34
Views: 17577

Re: Ctc agm 2017

I believe the scribe is referring to a Facebook message (link https://www.facebook.com/groups/911322558887222/) John Catt has written: I'd point out that we only changed our branding, not our name - we are still the Cyclists' Touring Club. Since it is a change of branding, if it is a mistake, it is ...
by MarkW
12 Mar 2015, 12:31pm
Forum: Cycling UK Topics and Discussions
Topic: Wiggle supports Sustrans
Replies: 10
Views: 1686

Re: Wiggle supports Sustrans

Sustrans is a great organisation; my comment was not intended to be a slight on them. Mr Beardy (FYI I have a beard too at the moment - very itchy! - but Fiddler on the Roof demands beards - I am the Innkeeper), I retired thankfully over three years ago from CTC; and as for being part of management!...
by MarkW
12 Mar 2015, 9:46am
Forum: Cycling UK Topics and Discussions
Topic: Wiggle supports Sustrans
Replies: 10
Views: 1686

Wiggle supports Sustrans

Because I've bought stuff at Wiggle - haven't we all! - they send me regular marketing emails. Today's one was about their legal 'no win no fee' service. They mention that Sustrans benefits from their service and then describe Sustrans as 'Our Charity of Choice'. Hold on a mo! Sustrans are smart eno...
by MarkW
23 Jun 2014, 1:22pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: a week on the Romantishe Strasse
Replies: 7
Views: 7305

Re: a week on the Romantishe Strasse

The whole point of doing the Romantic Road is (IMHO) spending time admiring and enjoying the wonderfully scenic historic towns that the route passes through. Therefore doing it in a week, whilst entirely possible, would allow little time to explore. I found the northern half contained most of the be...
by MarkW
6 Jan 2014, 12:56pm
Forum: Cycling UK Topics and Discussions
Topic: Can't CTC do better than this?
Replies: 16
Views: 114314

Re: Can't CTC do better than this?

I hope I'm right in thinking that members had better things to do over the Christmas break than read messages on this forum, but I do find it surprising that there's been no response from CTC over what is effectively a complaint. Here's hoping that bringing the topic back up to the top of the list w...
by MarkW
24 Dec 2013, 5:18pm
Forum: Cycling UK Topics and Discussions
Topic: Can't CTC do better than this?
Replies: 16
Views: 114314

Can't CTC do better than this?

Disgusted of Godalming here! :cry: I'm not one to normally kick up a fuss but what was the point of spending an absolute fortune on a new website when you're not making any effort to keep it up to date! Of course the front page and anything to do with campaigning actually looks like there are people...
by MarkW
24 Sep 2013, 4:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Marseille - OK to ride through?
Replies: 8
Views: 2454

Re: Marseille - OK to ride through?

Thanks to everyone for their advice about Marseille. I rode through last Thursday, swooping into the city from the Col de Genestre to the east. It was dead straightforward and I just stuck to the one road which went right through the centre. However I veered off line to see the Vieux Port and then w...
by MarkW
30 Aug 2013, 12:24am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Marseille - OK to ride through?
Replies: 8
Views: 2454

Re: Marseille - OK to ride through?

Thanks, everybody, for your replies which have been really helpful. I'm off tomorrow so I'll let you know how the place was for me when I get back.

Mark W
by MarkW
26 Aug 2013, 7:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Marseille - OK to ride through?
Replies: 8
Views: 2454

Marseille - OK to ride through?

I'm going to be cycle camping between Cannes and Montpellier shortly, collecting BCNs /BPFs en route which will take me from Cassis to Martigues. The obvious route between the two is straight through Marseille. I'm not worried about cycling through cities but I've not heard anything good about Marse...
by MarkW
22 Jul 2013, 11:12am
Forum: National Standard Cycle Training
Topic: Northumberland Cycle Trainers
Replies: 1
Views: 103915

Northumberland Cycle Trainers

There I was leading a CTC Holiday group in deepest Northumberland - Powburn actually - and we'd just turned right off the main road into a cafe when a car screeched up and out got these two people who said what an exemplary right turn we'd just done. A bit random, thought I, and asked why they were ...
by MarkW
14 Feb 2013, 1:03pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: NEW CTC Tour to Austria
Replies: 2
Views: 414

NEW CTC Tour to Austria

Chris Juden's tour to Austria in June filled up so quickly that he asked me if I would lead a second tour to accommodate all those on the reserve list. It's now all organised and takes place from 7 - 20 July. The tour will benefit from Chris' excellent knowledge of the area, and GPS tracks will be a...
by MarkW
15 Jan 2013, 1:04pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Gatorskins for touring?
Replies: 10
Views: 1811

Re: Gatorskins for touring?

I thought Gatorskins were rather a tight fit and therefore a bit of a nightmare to remove / refit when on tour. But maybe I've got this wrong. Anyone got any info on this? Much appreciated. Mark
by MarkW
15 Jan 2013, 12:56pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Elbe Cycleway Germany
Replies: 13
Views: 1496

Re: Elbe Cycleway Germany

Pixie, I rode from Hamburg to Dresden last year as a co-leader on a CTC tour, with 24 members in tow. Everything everyone's said so far is very relevant. (a) Signposting you'll find is excellent for days on end and then you suddenly, without notice, hit a day when it's really not good at all. Defini...
by MarkW
7 Jun 2012, 6:08pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Richard's Bikes of Exeter
Replies: 0
Views: 42597

Richard's Bikes of Exeter

I recently rode LEJOG but it started badly when I found that my new chain 'rode over' my middle chainring making an 'orrible noise. I had to ride the first two days using just my big and little rings, which wasn't too bad until my front changer started to play up and I was stuck in my little ring go...
by MarkW
14 Feb 2012, 5:10pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Hiking boots for cycling in.
Replies: 23
Views: 6945

Re: Hiking boots for cycling in.

The memsahib uses Powergrips on our tandem and thinks they're excellent. Quick to get into and out of and no worries about getting stuck in them like you can with SPDs etc. Cheap too. Agree with you about flat pedals although you then have to give a thought to the chappie who rode the 100 cols route...