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Re: North Sea Route - Norway (Kristiansand - Bergen)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 hours 12 min ago
I did part of this a decade ago. Back then, the route was a bit frustrating in that it felt like cycle-to-school routes stuck together and it was a bit hard to follow. That was then though, and probably just my lack of preparedness.

But, reaching Stavanger (by train) we took a ferry from Stavanger harbour up the Lysefjord to Lysebotn (2 or 3 hours if memory is correct). The fjord was magnificent. We set up camp at Lysebotn (campsite) and cycled up the remarkable mountain road, see pic. At the top there's a fine plateau walk with a famous boulder to see (jammed between two cliffs, people stand on it for daring photo op). Ferry back to Stavanger next day. Highly recommended if you have time in your plan.photo-21.png

Re your question 5, 10 years ago there was a supermarket in Stavanger and campsite pretty central. Fine campsites in Mendal and Kristiansand too. Can't remember the other places.

North Sea Route - Norway (Kristiansand - Bergen)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 hours 37 min ago
Hi!

This summer I'm planning a trip up through Europe, and the last leg will be going along the North Sea Route in Norway, from Kristiansand to Bergen. Here's a picture of the planned route:

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I just had a few questions for people who have done parts of this route:

1 Are there any important/dangerous things I should be careful about in these parts of Norway?
For example, weather: like the Mistral in France, or the heat in central Spain or dangerous wildlife? I really don't know much about Norway, but am super excited to see some of it! Just want to make sure we survive.

2. Are there good bike paths along the route? And is Norway generally considered bike-friendly?
I assume there are decent biking roads, as this is a pretty well known route, but wanted to check. Again, I don't know much about Norway, are drivers usually considerate of bikers there?

3. Are there many campgrounds around? And is wild camping acceptable there?
I have the West Castor North Sea Route 2 maps which show some campgrounds, but not that many. Do you have any particular resources you have used to find campsites before?

4. It sounds like the ferry from Stavanger to Skudeneshavn has stopped operating, is there a good alternative for cyclists?
It looks like there's a road onto one of the islands near Stavanger which then leads to a ferry going towards Bokn, but it looks like a major road that wouldn't be bike-friendly. If anyone has done this part of the route recently, how did you get across?

5. Are there places to get relatively cheap food in Norway?
I've heard that it's a fairly expensive country, so I was wondering what tips you had for eating cheap there?

6. Any advice on the route?
I can't really change the areas we'll be biking, but if there are specific places somewhat along the way that you have found that are particularly spectacular or interesting in some way (unique culture or scenery for ex.), I would love to hear about them!

Thanks for any and all help you can give!

Re: Fitting a Blackburn Lowrider on a Surly Disk Trucker

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 hours 1 min ago
Thank you all for your help.
I have now fitted the Blackburn on to the Surly without too much trouble. So I'm looking forward to a summer of touring , first stop is the Isles of Man first week in June then we'll see where we end up. Many thanks again for all your help.

Graham

Re: Northern Germany and Denmark (Trier to Hirtshals)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 March 2015 - 11:55pm
Thanks for all the replies everyone! It sounds like this part of the trip will be a breeze!

I'll definitely get a Danish camping carnet, that sounds really useful!

Thanks so much for all your help!

Re: Where to cycle on semi-narrow lanes?

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 March 2015 - 10:49pm
axel_knutt wrote:Many lanes are roughly twice the width of a typical car, so cycling in primary position leaves an angry motorist room to push past on either side, just as long as they aren't bothered about leaving more than 3" of clearance.

If there is room for a car to pass on either side then that is not a a semi-narrow lane it is a wide lane. Riding in the middle is not taking primary it is being needlesly obstructive.

Re: Where to cycle on semi-narrow lanes?

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 March 2015 - 10:21pm
Control the situation. Stay out far enough to prevent overtaking when it's not safe, allow approaching vehicles to slow right down, then move left (when there is a good spot) as far as you can without risking dropping off the edge of the good surface, and allow them to pass. The aim is to get them to pass at a speed you feel comfortable with. Works for me.

Re: Islington cyclist stab murder inquiry begins

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 March 2015 - 9:52pm
mercalia wrote:London is getting frightening?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-31672691

Why is London 'getting' frightening? Is it because the media have chosen to publish what is obviously bad news (they rarely publish good news after all).

Getting implies there has been an increase in this sort of crime - is this the case? I suspect not, it's just another typical 'bad news' report and a predictable response and posting about it just feeds people's fear of crime rather than the facts about crime?

Just a thought.

None the less, a sad loss of life

Re: Police appeal - attack on cyclists in Islington

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 March 2015 - 9:45pm
that cctv is really shocking - that some one on the pavement could just leap at you and stab you.

Re: Islington cyclist stab murder inquiry begins

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 March 2015 - 9:23pm
The thread that people are scared to contribute to.

RIP Alan Cartwright. Poor kid.

Re: Islington cyclist stab murder inquiry begins

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 March 2015 - 9:23pm
The thread that people are scared to contribute to.

Police appeal - attack on cyclists in Islington

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 March 2015 - 8:27pm
Appeal: Shocking CCTV released following murder of school boy

CCTV has been released of the horrifying moment when 15-year-old, Alan Cartwright, was stabbed to death as he rode his bike with friends.
Police are asking anyone with information to call the incident room on 020 8345 3734 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via crimestoppers-uk.org.

http://content.met.police.uk/Appeal/CCT ... 7246745782

CCTV footage here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-x0G5pAan0

Re: Warmshowers "membership" charges.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 March 2015 - 8:23pm
There is some serious bickering going on on the WS site over this issue. The cost of making a member of the board a Consultant with a salary of $50k plus is not going down very well.

Re: People who have cycled the Pamir Highway...

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 March 2015 - 8:04pm
Please contact me about your trip.
I am one of 4 cyclists who will start from Bishkek at the end of May.
We cycle South to Dushanbe and then East to the Pamir Highway.
Perhaps take in the Wakhan valley.
Then North back to Bishkek.
We fly home ( UK and Australia ) 26th July.

We have done work on the route and milage.

If you find anyone who has done this route already please pass on their details.

Plenty of YouTube clips and information on Crazyguyonabike.

Matt

Re: Belgian bike security

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 March 2015 - 7:56pm
martin113 wrote:Does anyone know if there are guarded bike parks in Belgian cities as there are in Netherlands cities? Especially Antwerp and Brussels. And also Luxembourg, though it's not in Belgium of course.


Following on from Vorpal, Antwerp main station has a very large underground cycle park. The main train station in Antwerp and the main Brussels stations also have cycle points, these do repairs sell bits and pieces etc, as a tourist if you ask nicely they may look after your bike for a couple of hours.

In Brussels there are currently enough soldiers around the European institutions that the racks there are pretty safe

Bike "kill"

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 March 2015 - 7:47pm
On our ride to work, our adventures have led us to a free bunch of bananas, several oranges, one lime, and yes many cans of (empty) Fosters lager. Just wondered if anyone could trump that...?

Re: Zeebrugge to 'south of Brussels'

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 March 2015 - 7:47pm
South From Brussels there is also the RAVeL network of paths.

http://ravel.wallonie.be/opencms/opencms/fr

Re: Where to cycle on semi-narrow lanes?

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 March 2015 - 7:20pm
axel_knutt wrote:Many lanes are roughly twice the width of a typical car, so cycling in primary position leaves an angry motorist room to push past on either side, just as long as they aren't bothered about leaving more than 3" of clearance.
If there's twice a car's width, secondary is probably safe, as there's room to share.

Re: Turkey april2015

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 March 2015 - 7:11pm
I've been to Ankara but no further east but I've seen quite a lot of Turkey west of Ankara. None of it was wilderness. There were always towns every few tens of km and garages where you can stock up and where you're usually treated to a free tea and a chat. Turks are friendly. That is, unless you go during Ramazan (Turkish Ramadan). Turks are miserable during the holy month. Go when they are friendly.

Re: Cyclists are treated as if they are staionary.

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 March 2015 - 7:02pm
As more than 50% of people think they are above average at driving, you could put that in a manifesto, selling it on the fact that congestion would be eased by fewer drivers, then get elected as most drivers would think they would get the benefit and not consider the fact that they might not meet the standard.
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