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Re: New European Cycling Website

58 min 31 sec ago
Thanks to the person who anonymously corrected me about Portuguese campsites.

Re: Getting to Germany with bikes

1 hour 26 min ago
burroc wrote:Unless I missed it, there is another alternative that has not been mentioned: hire bikes in Germany.... And the cost? 39 Euros for 7 days. At that price, I'm glad I did not go to the effort of taking our own bikes.

That sounds a very good deal. Where in Austria did you hire them?

Re: Getting to Germany with bikes

2 hours 1 min ago
I've cycled the Mosel about 5 times. It's great.

Fly with Ryanair to Hahn (Frankfurt Hahn they call it but it's 60m from Frankfurt).
You can cycle from Hahn to the Mosel but do NOT cycle the main road as it's a truck nightmare.
If you Google using Google Maps, selecting the cycling option it'll outline a quiet route to about Trittenheim. Cycle from there to Trier and back on the other side. For a finish you can cycle the Nahe Radweg from Bingen to near the airport. That's excellent.

Re: Spain North to South

7 hours 39 min ago
Nice resource, our cycle holidays are also a mix of highs and lows with some interesting planning decisions, I've also done that road with the nasty climbs round Laredo. Give me a nice mountain pass any day! We've met packs of dogs in Spain and Portugal a couple of times, not funny.

I would vote for not bothering to take a tent to Spain outside the main holiday months. A good portion of the campsites will probably be closed ( I've come across closed campsites in a June and September). Of course wild camping may be an option. In the days of more favourable exchange rates we used to mix up camping with Paradors/Pousadas and also little 3* hotels like the author.

Personally I've always found Spain quite a challenge with the often empty landscape and scorching temperatures (although I did manage to get snowed on in the lovely Picos once in June). The rio de plata route sounds interesting. I've also cycled up through Portugal: Lisbon to Santander) and that was really very special.

Re: Anyone use a trailer ?

1 August 2014 - 10:44pm
seems like those cheapo bobyak lookalikes getting very expensive?

eg

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Waterproof-Foldable-Bicycle-Transportation-Trailer-One-wheel-with-Luggage-Bag-/111233264760?pt=UK_SportGoods_CyclAcces_RL&hash=item19e604ec78

Seems like some very greedy people think they are onto a good thing

by the way the one shown is the one I got for free - it has simple suspension at the back

Re: Italy cycle resources?

1 August 2014 - 10:28pm
Does Italy use the same hand signals? What are the junction priorities? Other practical differences? Didn't find this on Italy cycling guide, but it seems to use a restricted template if you're on a mobile.

http://www.bicitalia.org/ has some routes but also little info on these practicalities, that I can understand, anyway.

Re: Italy cycle resources?

1 August 2014 - 10:18pm
Thanks for the replies!

That website is the only one I found with anything useful on so a massive thank you for putting it together! I've mainly been travelling using open cycle maps but it looks like there's a massive gulf in the middle of the route I want to take. Before anyone says it no it's not because of mountains. But I think there are routes on your site which should fill the gap! Just wanted to be sure I wasn't just typing in the wrong thing and missing a tourist office run overview of all routes throughout the country!

Thanks again!

Re: Luxembourg to Brussels

1 August 2014 - 9:54pm
Don't worry too much. The roads are either busy/medium busy in which case they have decent cycle paths 1m away from the road (small hedges or grass separate the two and btw, if there is one, you have to use it by law) or you will find quiet roads, in which case, you can relax.

Namur is especially lovely and the whole journey is filled with gently rolling hills. It should be great fun.

When you pass by, feel free to stop for a cuppa!!!

Re: Touring bike alternatives?

1 August 2014 - 8:56pm
AaronR wrote:Piccy here

https://www.flickr.com/photos/21583957@ ... hotostream

Steel frame with a brushed metal finish, all usual quality Specialized finishing bits - I used Nimbus Armadillo on a previous bike and got the rear down to canvas without a puncture, had forgotten about them!

well done, great buy .

Re: Touring bike alternatives?

1 August 2014 - 8:47pm
See what condition its in by the end of May next year after daily commuting between now and the 1st May, then a 12-14 day JOGLE trip

Re: Italy cycle resources?

1 August 2014 - 7:52pm
You could try my website, lots and lots of resources - and as well as the route guides I've produced myself (with maps and gps downloads) there's also information about other useful websites.

http://italy-cycling-guide.info

iviehoff wrote:Italian mapping is dreadful. It's one of those Italian dysfunctionalities which indicates it hasn't quite made it into the club of properly run countries yet, even though its GDP did briefly overtake Britain's about 20 years back. And they don't spend much money on social infrastructure like children's playgrounds either, so expecting to find much in the way of cycle routes is wishful thinking, though there are probably a few model projects here and there. In a few popular tourist/mountain areas you can find a German/Austrian produced map which will probably be a bit better than the local one, though even those aren't perfect. The other option is to use GPS, because those have to have the actual roads on them.

Erm. The Touring Club Italiano 1:200,000 map is excellent for touring and personally I find it better than the Michelin equivalents.

I used to think that Kompass were a German firm but actually I think they may be an Italian from: (see this page) have their head office is in northern Italy near Bozen (Bolzano). I can't say that with absolute certainty, though. There are other good Italian map producers including Tabacco.

There isn't really an equivalent of the Ordnance Survey, so the Italian mapping community have put a lot of time into Open Street Map and it's very reliable.

I haven't totalled up how many kilometres of traffic-free cycle paths there are in Italy. It must run into thousands. But sadly considerably more than in the UK (and I wouldn't mind betting, more than in France).

Check out this flickr album of pictures I've taken of cycleways in Italy:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/118439818 ... 906681935/

A lot more than few model projects.

Living as we do in a country where every day there seems to be a new mis-selling scandal (not to mention Jimmy Saville etc), and it sometimes seems that if people are not lying, cheating and rigging markets they are busy filing personal injury claims, I'm not sure we have any right to be lecturing about 'dysfunctionalities'. The OP wanted to know about cycling in Italy: you obviously know very little about Italy, or cycling in Italy, so why don't you keep your ignorant chauvinist prejudices to yourself?

Re: Getting to Germany with bikes

1 August 2014 - 7:21pm
Unless I missed it, there is another alternative that has not been mentioned: hire bikes in Germany. My wife and I have enjoyed numerous cycle tours in Germany on hired bikes and will be back there again shortly. We recently returned from an excellent trip to Austria where we also hired bikes. They were excellent quality, had numerous to choose from, we were not asked for a deposit, or proof of identity or even an address or telephone number. We just said we would return them in a week. We were told we were free to exchange the bike at any time during the week if we wanted to. When I asked for a puncture repair kit I was told "no need "we'll come out and bring you another bike". I asked what if we were several hour's drive away, and was told we'd just have to be a bit patient, but he would happily drive over to us. And the cost? 39 Euros for 7 days. At that price, I'm glad I did not go to the effort of taking our own bikes.

Re: Spain North to South

1 August 2014 - 7:20pm
Yes, there are plenty of albergues on the VDP not to need a tent. We wild camped one night in the Picos but that was all. You may find a pension in the mountains though. We averaged around 85 - 100km per day in Spain and stuck with the N630 from Benevente onwards rather than the walking route. We also wild camped about 30km outside Seville but could have probably made it into the city.

Re: Specialized Tricross Comp

1 August 2014 - 7:17pm
Now I think about it your possible chainring size is limited by the "bolt circle diameter"....http://sheldonbrown.com/gloss_bo-z.html#bcd
Ultegra rear mech. specs. are probably here somewhere...http://si.shimano.com/#seriesList/38....you should find the biggest sprocket your mech. is "meant" to take....however, those specs. are a bit conservative, you can often run a bigger sprocket in the real world than the specs. say.
I wouldn't splash out on an Ultegra cassette personally, it will only save you a few grams over the cheapest, and is no more durable.
(but then, I wouldn't splash out on 10 speed, either....)

Re: Touring bike alternatives?

1 August 2014 - 6:57pm
No wonder you are happy. That is a great looking bike -very similar to mine but being older mine has cantilever brakes and a quill stem.

I was too tight to pay the extra for the Armadillos but not regretting it yet!

If you change your mind I'd be happy to buy it off you

Re: Touring bike alternatives?

1 August 2014 - 6:40pm
Piccy here

https://www.flickr.com/photos/21583957@ ... hotostream

Steel frame with a brushed metal finish, all usual quality Specialized finishing bits - I used Nimbus Armadillo on a previous bike and got the rear down to canvas without a puncture, had forgotten about them!

Re: Touring bike alternatives?

1 August 2014 - 6:02pm
AaronR wrote:The bike has been purchased

.... its a 97/98 Specialized Rockhopper 17" in what can only be described as superb condition ...........

............ suggestions for easy rolling long distance puncture resistant tyres

Is that steel or ali? I have a rigid 1995 Rockhopper that is steel but I know they went ali and suspension forks soon afterwards.

I'm running on Specialized Nimbus Sport, 26x1.50. ( £18 each from Evans with CTC discount )

4800 miles this year, including a LEJOG, without any visits from the fairy.

Re: Spain North to South

1 August 2014 - 5:48pm
I arrive in Santander on aug 5 with the intention of heading over the Picos and then to Seville on the Via De Plata.
Are there enough refugios on the VDP route not to need a tent?

Thanks

Re: Touring bike alternatives?

1 August 2014 - 5:01pm
The bike has been purchased

£60 plus £25 in diesel to go and collect it, its a 97/98 Specialized Rockhopper 17" in what can only be described as superb condition - I pumped up the tyres, gave the chain a spray and have ridden it everywhere since I got it on Tuesday evening

Just ordered rear rack and bottle cages, fitted the saddle off my old bike and will swap the pedals over later when the kids won't overhear me swearing at them to loosen them

Tyres are the next thing, although the current ones are in near perfect condition the noise they generate will ruin long distance riding! Personal Preference because I know the puncture fairy hates them would be Schwalbe Marathon Plus, but open to other suggestions for easy rolling long distance puncture resistant tyres

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