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Re: Lon Las Cymru on starting on Sat 6.9.14, campsite sugges

2 hours 58 min ago
Regards Cardiff, if you haven't been before it really would be a shame to see it in the state it's in this month. Hopefully it will be dismantled quickly enough afterwards.
Also I believe a few people have had police interest in their rucksacks so not sure what reaction a few panniers might get, I'll find out when I go shopping Thursday.

Re: Lon Las Cymru on starting on Sat 6.9.14, campsite sugges

2 hours 59 min ago
james01 wrote:MarkusDeBute wrote:

Oh and James01, where was the good curry in Llanidloes? Ours was rubbish....

The Spice Club, 30 Great Oak Street. On reflection we were starving and had already had a few aperitif beers so anything would have tasted pretty good

Good advice from Meic ref avoiding the NATO Conference in Cardiff this weekend, although I reckon you're better off on a bike than in a car if the expected gridlock happens.

Interesting, that was where we went and service was shocking, food was alright at best. Thinking back, the quote from Ruby, who runs the Crown and Anchor, was that the "Immigration Van had been round the week before" and they were subsequently a bit short of staff. The Crown and Anchor is worth visit if only to meet Ruby who's been running it for 49 years.

Re: Overnight sleep possible in Barcelona airport?

1 September 2014 - 10:19pm
El Prat is v.busy and loaded with security guys, I would not bank on a few hours uninterrupted kip with a bicycle.

I'd sleep at an airport, say Hull, but not at BCN, it is a fantastic city, you could be in the centre super quick via the airport train before the fun has kicked off, with a great night out to look forward to. I use a clean pension that takes bikes, bang central, for only 25 euros.

Re: New Route Planner

1 September 2014 - 8:55pm
andrew_s wrote:I tried a route from Aviemore to Braemar, just to see what it did, and it came up with a crossing of the Lairig Ghru.
As of half an hour ago, it won't send you that way - it'll go round via Nethy Bridge instead. I'll write more about why in due course, but suffice it to say that it should now be better at finding sensible routes in rural Scotland.

Re: Touring Iceland

1 September 2014 - 8:01pm
heatonrider wrote:Grunavik is Grindavík I think - really good campsite there with good cooking facilities - we used it as a base to cycle to the Blue Lagoon - hopeless commercial and expensive but figured it was a once in a lifetime ... managed a whole day there and took own lunch ...

Thanks heatonrider for spotting my spelling mistake it was Grindavík that I meant.

Re: Overnight sleep possible in Barcelona airport?

1 September 2014 - 7:44pm
Psamathe wrote:http://www.sleepinginairports.net might help.

Ian

Thanks for that Ian!

Re: Lon Las Cymru on starting on Sat 6.9.14, campsite sugges

1 September 2014 - 7:38pm
MarkusDeBute wrote:

Oh and James01, where was the good curry in Llanidloes? Ours was rubbish....

The Spice Club, 30 Great Oak Street. On reflection we were starving and had already had a few aperitif beers so anything would have tasted pretty good

Good advice from Meic ref avoiding the NATO Conference in Cardiff this weekend, although I reckon you're better off on a bike than in a car if the expected gridlock happens.

Re: Touring Iceland

1 September 2014 - 6:53pm
I did 1,600 miles around Iceland last year on my bent trike and had a wonderful time due to almost perfect weather.
I found most of the ring road not to bad to cycle on. It just got really busy around the sw corner.
The steepest hill I went up was only 17% coming off the ferry. But most hills are only around 8%-10%.
All the tunnels I cycled through where lit, 3 in the N and 1 in the SE, so I didn't really need lights in them.
Campsite worked out to be roughly 50 miles apart, but shops could be 200 miles apart.

Re: Cambridge to Canterbury

1 September 2014 - 6:47pm
Just to confirm the Tilbury-Gravesend ferry does not run on Sundays.

Dartford Crossing does have a shuttle service for bikes but it's no longer 24/7; details in this thread.

There's a cycletrack south following the A282 that picks up NCN1 and offers a good route out of Dartford, much better than the A226 which is ghastly. NCN179 offers a shortcut to Medway. It's proximity to the A2 makes it very noisy but you'll pass cafes at Cyclopark, Nells (Marling Cross) and Shorne Country Park.

Have a look at Freeflow's route on this thread for further ideas. There's another useful stretch of NCN1 from Whitstable to Canterbury, the Crab and Winkle.

Re: Overnight sleep possible in Barcelona airport?

1 September 2014 - 6:44pm
What an excellent website.

I often sleep at airports, usually for early departures or else if in transit. I have never been to Barcelona airport, but I don't imagine you will have any problems. There will be loads of people waiting for early morning flights, just join them.

One thing sometimes worth checking is that there are late and early flights which mean the airport wil be open overnight (usually only necessary at smaller airports).

I normally find that (contrary to what the website says) I stay in or near the departure area. You are less likely to be hassled if they think you are waiting for a flight.

As I don't camp, I take a bit of bubblewrap to sleep on, then bin it. A cheap blanket from a charity shop is useful when departing UK in winter, shouldn't be a problem in Spain unless the a/c is very fierce.

Overnight sleep possible in Barcelona airport?

1 September 2014 - 6:14pm
I am starting a tour from Barcelona and my budget flight gets in at 10pm.
I was planning to kip on the floor for a few hours somewhere in the terminal till dawn before setting off, hopefully somewhere discreet, quiet and out of the general hubbub.
Does anyone know if this would be possible or practical in Barcelona airport?
I'd rather do this than head off into the night and fly camp or bivvy in a doorway.

Re: Touring with family - Bike advice needed

1 September 2014 - 5:06pm
4 months and 18 months or 4 years and 18 months?

Re: Booking bikes on TGVs in France - now easier

1 September 2014 - 4:06pm
excellent, many thanks

Booking bikes on TGVs in France - now easier

1 September 2014 - 3:36pm
I just discovered a website for buying train tickets and booking bikes on TGVs in France - it's now possible to do so online. The 'official' SNCF website doesn't allow you to reserve a bike space, you have to phone them or visit one of their travel agencies. This website is independent of the SNCF but apparently the ticket prices are identical and they don't charge any commission: http://www.capitainetrain.com

(NB. Bikes are not accepted on all TGV trains)

Re: Touring with family - Bike advice needed

1 September 2014 - 3:33pm
The Circe Helios is a versatile machine as it will transform between a normal tandem (plus optional child seat) & a cargo bike that will take 2 child seats or 1 plus luggage. The small frame means that a c 4 1/2 year old can pedal as stoker with no adaptation beyond fitting crank shorteners.

An example - last Tuesday I did "Ride the Lights" at Blackpool with the eldest 2 grandchildren - 6 year old pedalling, 3 year old in seat. Home about 11pm. Probably no more than 10 minutes work & it was ready to be off out for a 2 grown ups ride first thing the next morning.

I've found that because it is shorter than a normal tandem, mainly because of the small wheels, I have no problem taking it on trains (it goes on a return train trip most weeks at the moment via a combination of some or all of Northern Rail, Arriva Wales, Merseyrail & Virgin).

I've not (yet) toured with ours but, if you look at the website, they have travelled far and wide.

Rick.

channel hopping

1 September 2014 - 2:51pm
We are cycling from Warsash (Southampton) to Dover where we catch ferry to Calais, where we travel west along channel to Le Havre for Portsmouth return ferry.
we plan to use minor roads where possible. We have provisional daily stops at Day 1 Newhaven, Day 2 Folkstone for Dover Ferry at start of day 3, Day 3 Berck (France), Day 4 St. Valery-en-Caux, Day 5 Le Havre to Portsmouth and home…..any good places to stay, avoid? Any suggestions on routes?

Re: Do I need front panniers for touring?

1 September 2014 - 2:23pm
daddig wrote:Another thought if your only carrying 13kg would that fit into a Nelson Longflap + BarBag for travel documents etc ?Not unless the 13kg is in lead weights. Everything is just too bulky. One summer weekend I went camping with just a Campers Longflap (bigger than your suggested Nelson Longflap). I had a light and small camping mat, a low bulk sleeping bag, a change of cycling clothes and that was about all inside the bag - tent on top of the bag. So not even close to my 13kg normal touring load. I tend to select my equipment for low bulk rather than saving a couple of ounces, so my touring set up tends to be compact - but not that compact. Hotel touring might entail a bit more clothing, and removes the bulky camping gear, but of course a hotel camping load is not going to be even half the weight of a camping load.

Re: Do I need front panniers for touring?

1 September 2014 - 1:42pm
Another thought if your only carrying 13kg would that fit into a Nelson Longflap + BarBag for travel documents etc ?

Re: New European Cycling Website

1 September 2014 - 1:07pm
patpalloon wrote:Btw, Steven's book on his bike travels round Europe - No Place Like Home Thank God! Is brilliant. The link is on the website.

Thanks for that. I'm glad you liked it. I enjoyed writing it too.

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