Discussion in 'CycleChat and Recreational Rides' started by Andrew Br, 25 Apr 2017.
£35 from London Kings Cross to Manchester on Virgin site at the moment.
Or use the Hull Trains or Trans Pennine web sites (plus a couple of others), and then you can book a bike space at the same time.
The 20.40 service, arriving 22:48 has 2 seats left at £27 (before any railcard discounts), and there are still 2 bike reservations available on that service.
I'd love to but my selfish nephew is getting married on the Saturday, and I have to stay awake.
Duly hatched: I am on the 8.40 p.m. train from Euston arriving Manchester 10.48, which cost me a mere £14.50 with a railcard 2 months ago
And I'm on a 2.15 p.m. ferry from Heysham on Saturday, arriving in Belfast 15 minutes after midnight on Sunday morning.....
Thanks, Stu. This is a top tip. Am now booked on the 21.40 going from Euston, arriving at Manch Picc 23.50.
Sorry for the delay, but here's the info to sign up for the ride:-
Register for the ride by e-mailing: email@example.com
CTC/BC/LCC membership number (for insurance purposes)
your 'phone number
an emergency contact number
confirmation that you've read and understood the basics; http://fridaynightridetothecoast.blogspot.co.uk/p/the-basics.html
The ride is 65 miles long and we head out of Manchester to Bury and then Tottington. This part of the ride is mostly up long, gradual climbs on urban roads.
After Tottington we climb onto the moors above Egerton. Apart from one short, steep ramp, the gradients are relatively benign and the roads are very quiet.
We reach 350m above sea level before a long, long descent to Blackburn and the (not quite) half-way stop at the McDonalds in Whitebirk.
Suitably refreshed, we have a further brief spell of suburbia, before another epic descent to Ribchester. This is followed by the last significant climb of the ride, the drag to Longridge.
The rest of the route is best described as "rolling" and we tend to ride this as a fairly compact group.
Weather permitting, we'll skirt Lancaster by using the coastal path and head to Morecambe by the bike route built on an old railway line.
After pictures with Eric, we'll return to Lancaster for breakfast in a Wetherspoons. It's about 5 minutes by bike from the station.
It's the same procedure as last year, the same procedure as every year.
Please feel free to ask questions either here or via e-mail.
I know this isn't related but I'm sure there are dozens reading this keen to show off their knowse.
I have a pal who is cycling along Hadrian's Wall with some mates and having sleepless nights about booking cycling places. His route is Milton Keynes to Carlisle & then Carlisle to Bowness on Solway. Any advice?
Well if he is cycling Milton Keynes to Carlisle he is lost
We cycled the Hadrian's wall Cycleway last year and had no problem with b&b's in Carlisle and hexham.
Question: Can I take the wheels off, put frame and wheels in a bag as luggage? Guess who forgot to book a bike res and there's no space on the 1940 out
I have seen this done. A chap removed the wheels and put them in a large blue Ikea bag and put the remaining frame upside down in the guard's van. I asked the guard if this was OK and he it was because the steel frame without wheels didn't count as a bicycle. Later I saw the wheels on the train in the luggage rack above the aforesaid cyclist. This was going King's Cross to York.
To be clear - it was the wheels that went in a bag and on to the train as hand luggage and the bike, not a in a bag, in the guard's van.
You might get a different guard, obvs. I'd have thought a bag made of bin liners taped together with the wheels inside all wrapped up with parcel tape wouldn't count as a bike, but as an odd-shaped piece of luggage.
Yes. And in fact 3 years ago, as all the bike spaces were booked, the guard actually told someone to take the wheels off, as then it's not a bike, but luggage.
Thanks for the input all. I have an Ikea bag, but the bin liners have a certain appeal. I'll try both options over the weekend then decide.
@ianmac62 and I turned some bin liners into simple bags to drop over the bike when we used a coach to get back from Santiago de Compostela in Spain to Santander: we cut the bin liners down the sides then taped them together. Coach driver was happy. You need it to last long enough to get it from the platform into the guards van, if it immediately falls to bits it won't matter. Innit.
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