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Re: Cornish way / west country way

1 hour 38 min ago
Day 3 is here. A little delayed I know!

Re: Favourite country?

11 hours 46 min ago
For me, three countries stand out head and shoulders above the rest. One - Spain (and more specifically Andalucia) - I have visited often, mostly by bike, and will be going back. The second - Ghana - I visited once and will probably but unfortunately never go back. The third is India which I have never visited but feel a deep sense of longing for and connection with; I may go there, perhaps with a bike.

All three are hot. I love the heat but all three counties are challenging. All have music playing in my mind and tugging at my heart strings: flamenco in the case of Spain, the sitar of India and in the case of Ghana, the music of Jimmy Cliff (it was ubiquitous during my stay there in 1974 and I was often lulled to sleep in a hotel room by the gentle waves of reggae wafting up from the street below).

I think a country to be special must be like a lover: you must feel a sense of emotional attachment. It must retain some mystery, something you might never quite understand about it. And when you leave, you must feel torn in two and promise that one day you will return. A tear shed perhaps. I certainly felt that after hitch-hiking down to the south of Spain on my first trip and when I climbed aboard my plane home from Ghana in Accra.

Some of that mystery must be in the language - which rules out New Zealand - and the food (which rules out America). But I also think you must be affected physically: getting sunburnt in Spain or squeezing onto a hot and crowded bus in Ghana are physical memories not photographs.

More than anything I feel that a country has to allow us to explore ourselves and our differences with it. That may not be nowadays as possible as it once was but I am pretty sure that I wouldn't be complacent about India not challenging my senses to the core.

Re: What is the best dynamo hub for touring?

11 hours 54 min ago
Headset plug by tout terrain. I'm using one on my current tour. Cabling is routed through the steerer tube.

One problem with it which I emailed them about but they have not acknowledged is that when riding under a speed that provides enough charge to a connected device, the led blips periodically and sends power to the device for a split second. Enough for an iphone or other device to light up and think it'd been connected for charging, therefore running down the device! On my bike/wheel setup this is 8mph.

That said it'd still been good, when riding at a speed that causes a problem I pull out the lead.

There's more info on my bike/dynamo/hub on my website.


Re: Eurovelo 7 South to North?

23 November 2014 - 10:28pm
I have a cycling friend who's parents live in Malta, Mrs RJS and I had a holiday there, he warned us don't take your bike, its definitely not a very cycle friendly country, roads other than the newest are awful, think uneven patches with pot holes for the worst. The people, when they aren't in their cars, are wonderful and friendly, most speak English. If you enjoy history and architecture, there is just so much to see. What with the small independent Bakery's, butchers, the fish market, and nice warm weather, (Easter), we had a wonderful time, but glad we didn't take the bike.
Cheers, Rob.

Re: Eurovelo 7 South to North?

23 November 2014 - 10:07pm
If not CGOAB then Google is your friend.
Also try looking up "Ciclopista Del Sole" which is the Italian part of EV-7
Have you seen -> http://italy-cycling-guide.info/cyclewa ... urovelo-7/

Re: Favourite country?

23 November 2014 - 10:06pm
smith4188 wrote:Eastern Europe, particularly Bosnia, Macedonia and Montenegro. Beautiful scenery, very cheap and nicely weird.

I really loved Serbia - partly cos I was feeling homesick and the rolling limestone valleys in the east reminded me of the North Pennines.

Belgrade is a cracking city, and the Fruska Gora National Park just to the south of Novi Sad is amazing.

Re: Reivers coast to coast on skinny tires?

23 November 2014 - 9:51pm
Pah. I ride round there on fixed before breakfast

What was your route?

Re: Eurovelo 7 South to North?

23 November 2014 - 9:45pm
Thank you, but I failed to find anything on crazyguyonabike. If there's anything I've missed, I'd be grateful for the link.

Re: Eurovelo 7 South to North?

23 November 2014 - 9:28pm
I'd check on "Crazy Guy on a Bike" -> https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/ if anyone has written a blog on that route.

Luck ...........

Eurovelo 7 South to North?

23 November 2014 - 9:11pm
Can anyone give any information about the southern part of the route? We're thinking of setting off next year and doing the route in stages. So it'd be really good if anyone can help out on:
- cycling in Malta. It looks to be a bit of a nightmare, is this right?
- maps for the southern section as far as Rome
- whether going south to north is the best way of going about it.

Many thanks

Re: Touring Cassette

23 November 2014 - 8:57pm
Your front chainwheels are not exactly small, so I would go for a cassette with 34t. There are parts of the UK where with luggage even this is not light enough gearing. With modern 9 or 10 sp cassettes, there is no longer a real downside to wider ratio cassettes, unless you are on a road bike in Holland.

Re: Front lights with a bar bag

23 November 2014 - 4:40pm
DaleFTW wrote:http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/busch-and-muller-light-bracket-for-fork-crown-254mm-mount-prod22455/

Running a couple of them for a year or so. Why pay more...

They do look good. Have ordered one and will see if that solves it.
Thanks everyone for your help

Re: Gibraltar - Perpignan (France) through Sierra Nevada

23 November 2014 - 12:15pm
Whilst you're in Gib, make sure you ride up the Rock.

I did it first with a 3sp SA Raleigh, then some years later on my Mercian. I found it difficult coming back down as my arms were aching from braking so hard. Up the hills - some of them 1in3 - was hard enough but worth it.

Re: Diabetic Feet on Tour

23 November 2014 - 10:54am
Hi there

If you are passing Aldi pop in and buy some cycling overshoes. They will keep your feet warmer and hopefully DRIER which is the main thing. Good lick with your ride.

South from Rome over Xmas.

22 November 2014 - 10:00pm
Thanks ubert767, I have seen that blog. Will pretty much use their route
as a starter. Really looking for suggestions/ ideas to ride beyond Amalfi Coast maybe though Pulgia??

Re: Gibraltar - Perpignan (France) through Sierra Nevada

22 November 2014 - 8:02pm

Here's an extract from the site courtesy of Google Translate. It looks like a great route (they're right about Teruel) so it may be worth persevering with it:

Description guidebook with cycle route to Andalusia

The Andalusia-route runs from Girona in Catalonia to the Imperial Cities in Andalusia. The route takes about 1700 km through the interior of Spain and allows the cyclist to meet with a virtually unknown but beautiful part of Spain. Inland Catalonia is green, with forests and vineyards, but also with charming towns and beautiful monasteries. The more you go south, the rougher the landscape. A railway bed, complete with (illuminated) tunnels and bridges, bike your way to the Maestrazgo. Geëerodeerde mountains where vultures circling above. Villages like eagle nests are on mountaintops. The further south you take the Moorish influence in the towns. Teruel and Cuenca are wonderful examples.

Unfortunately you miss out the coast, Cabo de gata and Valencia.

Re: Gibraltar - Perpignan (France) through Sierra Nevada

22 November 2014 - 5:14pm
Yes, the road between Algeciras and Malaga is horrendous. And for most of the way there's no alternative back road.

Re: Favourite country?

22 November 2014 - 5:04pm
My small contribution to this thread.

I can recommend Sardinia**

Which until recently the tourist authorities promoted as not just a country (which of course it isn't) but as "like a continent"!!!!

Not in july or august though.

** no i am not part of the international jet/yachting set - far from it.

Re: Favourite country?

22 November 2014 - 5:01pm
smith4188 wrote:Do you have a spare three months next summer?

Possibly - depends on stuff i'm trying to sort in my life.

I must say though that although i am more than willing to live on a basic diet/sand and olive oil or whatever, i am not into the idea of starvation or those quasi macho slogs across deserts.

Are you planning to fuel this trip on beer?

All the best to you and Blackburn.


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