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by captain offensive
20 Jan 2019, 9:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What better than doing the coast to coast?
Replies: 26
Views: 4839

Re: What better than doing the coast to coast?

Hello, this is my first post having only got into cycling last year. I've had a go at few things to test the water like a time trial, track racing (got lapped more than once) and a triathlon . I've got some holidays I need to take soon so what better than doing the coast to coast? Problem is I/We a...
by captain offensive
16 Jan 2019, 9:41pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycle hire in London good or bad?
Replies: 4
Views: 1838

Re: Cycle hire in London good or bad?

Hi everyone! I’m a third year geography student at Newcastle university and I’m conducting research on cycling patterns in London, relating to Santander cycles (Boris Bikes). I would be very grateful if anyone has a couple of minutes to complete my anonymous online survey relating to their role in ...
by captain offensive
10 Dec 2018, 7:18am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Four War Tour
Replies: 2
Views: 406

Re: Four War Tour

Thanks videoman - editing isn't my strong point ;-)
by captain offensive
8 Dec 2018, 6:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Four War Tour
Replies: 2
Views: 406

Four War Tour

In previous years I've mostly followed various 'organised' tour routes (Avenue Verte, Lone Cymru etc) but this summer I created my own, the "Four War Tour" taking a 5 day ride starting in Brussels and heading back to Dunkirk via Waterloo, The Somme, Agincourt, Ypres and Passchendaele, and ...
by captain offensive
10 Oct 2018, 8:48am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Ave Verte GPX file
Replies: 8
Views: 495

Re: Ave Verte GPX file

I did the Western route a few years back over 5 days. At the end of each of my blog pages for each day you'll find a Strava link to my activity. Should be able to download a gpx of them. http://www.richmay.co.uk/avenueverte/ I won't claim that they are 100% by the book (eg diversion to my friend Chr...
by captain offensive
15 Aug 2018, 12:31pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Romney Hythe and Dymchurch
Replies: 6
Views: 561

Re: Romney Hythe and Dymchurch

I think you'd be hard pressed to squeeze one on there - though riding along the coast is nice and easy!
by captain offensive
15 Aug 2018, 12:18pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: NCN route 2 experience
Replies: 5
Views: 508

Re: NCN route 2 experience

Hi John, Can't help west of Pompey but I know the stretch between there and the far end at Dover pretty well and have ridden all of it at least twice on my tourer with 32s The worst parts on this stretch are actually East of Brighton so you should be OK. I did a 100 miler from Hastings to Portsmouth...
by captain offensive
9 Mar 2018, 12:42pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Left or right foot de-cleating?
Replies: 53
Views: 4256

Re: Left or right foot de-cleating?

I unclip right foot 95% of the time. No idea why, it just seemed to happen that way. I am left sided so maybe its because I find it easier to push away with the left foot clipped in; but couldn't swear that being the reason (I do on occasion unclip the left foot and have never had any problems movin...
by captain offensive
21 Feb 2018, 11:53pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycle ways ( in London ) are a waste of Space?
Replies: 31
Views: 3193

Re: Cycle ways ( in London ) are a waste of Space?

I'm totally ignorant on the subject of cycling in London. How far do London commuters travel to get to work? Surely it must be slower than cycle commuting in less congested places. It's 15 years since i lived there and the new cycle routes have sped things up since, but my house mate and i worked a...
by captain offensive
21 Feb 2018, 6:41am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Getting bikes back from Paris
Replies: 20
Views: 2681

Re: Getting bikes back from Paris

Anything involving that many bikes would require them being carried over several trains. Maybe one person can hire a van in Paris that you can take to calais and drop the van there. Then put them on a ferry, and hire another van in dover? Should be easy enough to find van hire that will allow differ...
by captain offensive
20 Feb 2018, 9:43pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Paddington to Euston.
Replies: 9
Views: 599

Re: Paddington to Euston.

Another vote for it being fine. Rode St Pancras to Paddington lay year. Took it nice and easy along some roads parallel and to the South of marylebone road. Was all easy, only problem was pi**ing off the cycle couriers coz i stopped at red lights!
by captain offensive
13 Feb 2018, 2:40pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: North East Coast 500?
Replies: 3
Views: 454

Re: North East Coast 500?

Certainly was. If you ignore my dalliance to the North West, unless you have a particular desire to see Tongue I would recommend following the 'Naver Trail' from Altnaharra to Betty Hill (the right hand half of the green 'U' of day three on my map. It diverts you off NCN1 but I don't get why NCN1 do...
by captain offensive
13 Feb 2018, 2:08pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: North East Coast 500?
Replies: 3
Views: 454

Re: North East Coast 500?

Hi Ultraburner, Back in the summer I did a trip vaguely along those lines. Rode from Inverness to Kirkwall via John O Groats ferry. I didn't completely follow NCN1 but largely did: At Lairg I ventured off towards Durness with the (dashed) hope of getting to Cape Wrath, and then went along the north ...
by captain offensive
25 Jan 2018, 10:52am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What Type of Tyres for LLC
Replies: 24
Views: 1276

Re: What Type of Tyres for LLC

Another vote to say you should be fine. The only properly rough bit was the old coach road section near Newbridge. That was pretty rought and stony in places but largely worth it - very pretty and good to be away from the main roads - worse comes to the worst the roughest part wasn't a long stretch ...
by captain offensive
16 Jan 2018, 7:41am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Should you have lights on during the day?
Replies: 328
Views: 12717

Re: Should you have lights on during the day?

It's doubtless true that not looking is the biggest cause of incidents. So anything that helps must be good. I often (not always) ride with a flashing (not too bright) front light when on roads in daytime. I've read studies that lights can help drivers be aware of speed of travel. Also flashing ligh...