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Re: Ditching my Hybrid for a full Spec Tourer

2 hours 18 min ago
Have done well in excess of 20,000 miles on my Thorn Raven with Rohloff and have been well pleased with it.
For those who are reluctant to invest in the Rohloff, the Edinburgh Bike Coop have some excellent and reasonably priced cycles.

Re: Ditching my Hybrid for a full Spec Tourer

2 hours 23 min ago
If your looking for a new Disc Trucker you will struggle to find a green one (2013 colour) i could be wrong on that one..I managed to hunt one down after a long search..great bike though and i'm happy with it...

Re: Thank you to the forum

2 hours 41 min ago
that photo looks great Col, where in France was it taken?

Re: New Route Planner

2 hours 42 min ago
Thanks ... looks like a really good site.

Two Together Rail Card

2 hours 55 min ago
just got my Two Together Rail Card as my wife and I are fed up with driving everywhere with bikes in the car

http://www.twotogether-railcard.co.uk/

According to the site:

'Get a new Two Together Railcard for you and the person you travel with most, and you'll both enjoy 1/3 off rail fares when you get away together.......

It's not just a card for couples either - you can get one with a best friend, or one of the family. Together you can save on practical everyday journeys, fun day trips or exciting weekend breaks - as many times as you like. Here's what you need to know:

•The Railcard costs just £30 - that’s £15 each. So after a couple of trips, the card will have paid for itself.


•Your Two Together Railcard will save you both 1/3 off a wide range of tickets. '


Just booked a couple of journeys

Nottingham-York Saturday-Based on 2 Adults -single journey
Outward Journey: 6th September 2014 at 08:48

Ticket Price without a Railcard

£36.40

Railcard Saving

- £12.40

Ticket Price with a Railcard

£24


Based on 2 Adults
Oxford-Birmingham Friday-single journey

Outward Journey: 5th September 2014 at 12:07

Ticket Price without a Railcard

£34.20

Railcard Saving

- £11.60

Ticket Price with a Railcard

£22.60

Re: Ditching my Hybrid for a full Spec Tourer

2 hours 56 min ago
Why? If the hybrid's comfy and it hasn't any obvious defects ... unless you're planning a massive trip through somewhere really remote, use the money you would spend to finance a really good tour.

Re: channel hopping

3 hours 19 min ago
Just back from Calais to Dieppe long weekend- heading south from Calais is very hilly and I had a fierce headwind which really slowed me down on the first day.. I'd recommend Witesse as a good place to stop, and the other St Valery (sur Somme) was spectacular- great campsites and the town is incredibly pretty. Le Touquet is worth a visit. You're in for a treat!

Thank you to the forum

3 hours 40 min ago
Hi guys, I have been lurking on the forum for a few months and I just wanted to say thank you to you all for giving me the inspiration to get of my [rude word removed] and go on a little self-supported jaunt to Northern France. I'm pretty much a complete novice to any form of cycle touring but you all made it seem so straightforward that I realised I was over-researching and should just get going... 4 days and 200 miles later I'm back with a huge grin on my face. This could get very addictive. Thanks again.
Col
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Mud and Biryani - 2 nights on the SDW

4 hours 28 min ago
A short adventure along the South Downs Way with a tent, mud and a biryani.
http://www.farawayvisions.com/mud-and-biryani-netley-to-amberley/

Re: Booking bikes on TGVs in France - now easier

4 hours 54 min ago
I've booked train tickets using the website, but I've not yet needed to book a bike space.

It's becoming quite popular in France simply because the SNCF website is a bit of a nightmare to use and tries to make you buy travel insurance and book hotels and rental cars.

Re: Booking bikes on TGVs in France - now easier

6 hours 26 min ago
A cautious thumbs-up - they sure go fast!

Re: Booking bikes on TGVs in France - now easier

6 hours 43 min ago
Have you actually made a booking using this site ?
At first glance it certainly seems o.k - certainly a site like this would be useful for cyclists if it works.

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

15 hours 53 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

15 hours 53 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.

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