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by ericonabike
5 Aug 2010, 9:36am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Guidance wanted for ride leaders
Replies: 8
Views: 772

Re: Guidance wanted for ride leaders

Thanks both - exp for the direct link to the CTC guidance. I've tried to unearth somethign similar from Sustrans but without success. The CTC guide assumes a slightly greater level of cycling ability/awareness than the people we are aiming our rides at - namely those getting their bikes out of the s...
by ericonabike
4 Aug 2010, 2:49pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Guidance wanted for ride leaders
Replies: 8
Views: 772

Guidance wanted for ride leaders

A group of us are organising a couple of led rides locally - 5 and 15 miles. They're aimed at newby riders. We're experienced cyclists, have done the relevant risk assessments and sorted out assigned roles [leader, backmarker. marshall etc]. But we'd appreciate finding out more - does anyone know of...
by ericonabike
2 Mar 2010, 4:41pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Voies Vertes book
Replies: 5
Views: 661

Re: Voies Vertes book

Not sure if such a beast exists? We were in Normandy last year and used some of the V Vs there, but my impression was that they were a regional, rather than national initiative. It also got a bit boring after a while, constantly following an old railway line, which is what I think they all are, even...
by ericonabike
20 Feb 2010, 5:45pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: from perpignan to paris by train
Replies: 5
Views: 470

Re: from perpignan to paris by train

The Man in Seat 61` web site has a useful section on this at http://www.seat61.com/bike-by-train.htm

If you can get there by slower, non-TGV train then there should be no need for a bike bag, subject to the vagaries of the guard, as in the UK.
by ericonabike
16 Feb 2010, 10:05am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Frankfurt - Main tour and cycle hire
Replies: 6
Views: 620

Re: Frankfurt - Main tour and cycle hire

Excellent stuff - thanks all. Looks as though it's a doable plan!
by ericonabike
13 Feb 2010, 5:54pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Frankfurt - Main tour and cycle hire
Replies: 6
Views: 620

Frankfurt - Main tour and cycle hire

I'm looking to do a trip along the River Main, from Frankfurt to Bamberg, travelling first to Frankfurt by train. We would then hire bikes, attach the trailer to mine [Carry Freedom city - easy to use as a suitcase on wheels!] then pootle along to Bamberg. From there we'd take the bikes back to Fran...
by ericonabike
13 Nov 2009, 4:25pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Corsica - where to stay?
Replies: 8
Views: 500

Re: Corsica - where to stay?

Info received with thanks, and it's looking good, especially with cheap flights available [I bike to work every day, so justify flying that way :-)]
by ericonabike
9 Nov 2009, 3:49pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Corsica - where to stay?
Replies: 8
Views: 500

Re: Corsica - where to stay?

Thanks for suggestions so far - mountains are a challenge, rather than to be avoided, so happy to do some col-bagging. Hadn't realised there was a railway at all, so that's a useful pointer. Seems like north coast may be the place to be?
by ericonabike
9 Nov 2009, 12:13pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Corsica - where to stay?
Replies: 8
Views: 500

Corsica - where to stay?

Am planning next year's adventures, and a week in Corsica is high on the list. This would combine bike and beach - bike for me and beach/swimming pool for Mrs ericonabike. I've looked at some of the threads that mention Corsica, which are all positive, but I'm not sure where to base us for best beac...
by ericonabike
8 Jun 2009, 4:35pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Slow Cycling
Replies: 128
Views: 9377

Re: Slow Cycling

Came late to this, but found it interesting. I have a converted Specialised, with hub gears, sit up and beg bars, chain cover, nurses lock, front basket etc etc that I use for trips under five miles. It's great - hop on and off it, ride slow, no change of clothing needed. But on the debit side I get...
by ericonabike
18 May 2009, 1:50pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: 'Too many cyclists' - a traffic problem?
Replies: 13
Views: 1308

Re: 'Too many cyclists' - a traffic problem?

Thanks for the comments - I accept that it was only one question out of 90 odd, but it pulled me up short when I read it. I get professionally involved in a lot of surveys/campaigns, etc, and so I appreciate the effort that will have gone into setting this one up. But re-reading it still takes me ov...
by ericonabike
15 May 2009, 4:49pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: 'Too many cyclists' - a traffic problem?
Replies: 13
Views: 1308

'Too many cyclists' - a traffic problem?

I recently received a questionnaire from my parish council, which they are going to use as the basis for a village plan. So far so good. It looks at various aspects of village life, such as crime, public amenities - and transport. Question 8, however, asked 'Do you consider any of these traffic issu...
by ericonabike
18 Mar 2009, 1:50pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Have you ever been rear-ended?
Replies: 25
Views: 1800

Re: Have you ever been rear-ended?

Thanks a lot for the responses - and particular commiserations to Dave. Seems to suggest that rear-end shunts are [happily] rare. Which is odd in a way, as our experience generally is that drivers 'don't see us'. We can make eye contact and shout when this happens in front of us, but our rears are u...
by ericonabike
17 Mar 2009, 4:53pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Have you ever been rear-ended?
Replies: 25
Views: 1800

Have you ever been rear-ended?

Bit of an 'ooh er missus' title, but I was curious if you or anyone you know has ever been hit from behind by a vehicle? Reason being that, for a lot of newer riders in particular, I suspect that being hit from behind by a driver who simply doesn't see them is their major fear. Which is why the 'gut...
by ericonabike
19 Feb 2009, 5:28pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: tourimg northern spain
Replies: 19
Views: 1861

Thanks for the suggestions - I like the idea of the route next to the railway in particular! Will send a pm.