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Re: Show your touring bikes !!!!

1 hour 7 min ago
Here's me and my cheap but excellent Ridgeback World Tour a few miles into the French side of the Avenue Verte


Captain O

Avenue Verte Blog

1 hour 20 min ago
Hi all,

I'm new around these parts (as least as a member - have been reading and taking advice from here for about a year now).

Although having been a bike user pretty all my life and having done some periods with regular commuting my bike or taking occasional day trips over the last year I have started riding on a much more regular basis.

Back at the end of July I decided to take on my first tour and decided to do the Avenue Verte London to Paris route as a solo trip over five days. At the time I made some hand scrawled notes in a diary and am now finally starting to get to type them up.

So if anyone is interested in the ramblings of an overweight 40 year old (41 by the time I finished - I had my birthday somewhere around Dieppe!) I have been putting some pages together.

I've typed up days 1 and 2 so far (London to Newhaven) and will post again here as I add in days 3, 4 and 5.

Day One - London to East Grinstead: http://r1chmay.wordpress.com/2014/10/16/avenueverte-1/
Day Two - East Grinstead to Newhaven: http://r1chmay.wordpress.com/2014/10/20/avenueverte-2/

Hope you might enjoy it or may even find bits of it useful! Cheers


...Now what to do next year?

Re: Road Cycle Touring in the Scottish Highlands

2 hours 40 min ago
I can't currently get on the survey, maybe a combination of poor wifi cover and the iPad I am using, will try again later or when I am home at the weekend.

Re: Cycling the Portuguese coastline

3 hours 10 min ago
I read your blog with some interest. I am bound for the Algarve mid January and intend to cycle to up the coast to Lisbon and back from Portamao.
I also hope t tour the Algarve before a ride to Gibralta and back.

Re: Devon Coast to coast

3 hours 45 min ago
Noted Rob.

Re: Road Cycle Touring in the Scottish Highlands

4 hours 23 min ago
Lollykat* I have put you into the draw and will let you know via here:)

Re: Road Cycle Touring in the Scottish Highlands

4 hours 25 min ago
My apologies for sending you all in a loop as one kind person put it a survey vortex! Sorted Ive taken out the nasty bug that did this....please let me know if I havent got it right please

Re: Road Cycle Touring in the Scottish Highlands

4 hours 50 min ago
Hi goodness...really sorry about that, Il check the settings, someone else early on said they had this prob, however now Ive received a good number of complete so i thought it had righted itself. have got onto the survey monkey team ...waiting their reply. I have firefox so i dont think that will be it.
Thank you for trying anyway I really appreciate it,I'll give you an update of what SM say

Folding bikes on planes

9 hours 38 min ago
thinking of getting a dahon folding bikes , to allow easier storage in rooms and trains on some trips . I wish to take it on a plane but I normally use a road bike with bike bag . If anyone has experience with a folder , how do you pack it , have you had any damage

Re: Cadiz

21 October 2014 - 11:00pm
Just back from this trip (Malaga to Seville) so wanted to say thanks again to all who gave advice.

We approached the coastal section by taking the train from Jimena de la Frontera to Algodonales and riding first to Tarifa. Had intended to use the tracks south of the main road but would have taken a lot longer and weather not great so in the end wnet by main road - not too bad as, like many Spanish roads a decent width of tarmac outwith the vehicle surface. Sadly could only just see Africa through the mist.
From Bolonia (Roman ruins worth a visit), 1.5km off road section worth finding to connect to Zahara.

Approaching Cadiz from the south was, as expected, a challenge. Heading N out of Chiclana there is a gravel track to the West of the road that leads to San Fernando but it isn't easy to find because they are building (though no work going on currently - I suspect another of Spain's stalled infrastructure projects) a new railway between Chiclana and San Fernando. You need to leave the road by Aldi - if you get as far as the roundabout with a boat in it you won't be able to get across the new railway. Once on it this track takes you to the S edge of San Fernando - head N to Bahia Sur station and pick up the track to Cadiz near here. In the end we and bikes got on a train at Bahia Sur to whisk us in to the centre of Cadiz.

Leaving Cadiz via the Rota ferry was a great trip and enjoyed the ride along the via Verde to Sanlucar (stopping off in Chipione) as recommended.
From Sanlucar to Seville the ride on surfaced cycle path through the Algaida pines was lovely, the subsequent road/track along the Guadalquivir less so due to poor surface. We diverted to Lebrija and took the train the rest of the way to Seville.

Getting to Seville airport for an early morning flight was interesting - we were told in the tourist office that it was impossible to cycle there. The city itself has a good network of cycle paths so getting to the outskirts was no problem. Once there there is a service road to the N of the motorway that you can ride on before walking the last 300yds the wrong way up the exit road.
At Seville airport put my bike in CTC bag as usual but was told by baggage handler that it was too big for belt/XR machine and was forced to unpack it, take front wheel off, tape to frame and take saddle off, then repackage (just had enough tape!) - first time that's ever happened.

Thanks again for advice and can provide further tips re other bits of route if anyone interested.

Re: Road Cycle Touring in the Scottish Highlands

21 October 2014 - 10:07pm
I've tried to fill it in, but having ticked 'no' to Q19, I'm unable to proceed to the final page - clicking 'next' just takes me back to the start. I'm using Firefox 32.0.3

Re: Cycling the Portuguese coastline

21 October 2014 - 10:06pm
borisface wrote:Your poorly written blog only appears to offer up 2 days of your trip and fails to establish why the OP should not do it.
Well pardon me for trying to help. Anybody with a modicom of intelligence would have seen that it is a work in progress. Something a, rude, badly mannered soul like you seems to lack.
As for poorly written, I hate to disappoint, but it is followed by quite a few people across Europe, USA and is quite well received.

Re: What to do with your bike if you need to get back in a h

21 October 2014 - 9:56pm
The thought never crossed my mind while touring, though to be honest most of my early touring trips were without phone or Internet so would have no idea about any emergencies. I guess I would just try to find a flight home ASAP, and no would not leave bike behind, entrust my hand built Wester Ross to strangers or pack it off to a charity, not on your Nellie as my mum used to say.

My mum and I did a trip to China and came home to the news that my paternal grandfather had passed on, not much anyone could do with regard to contacting us or us changing flights and the outcome would not have been altered anyway.

Re: Devon Coast to coast

21 October 2014 - 9:55pm
Warning Rode from Marsh Mills to Mary Tavy And back a month or so ago, followed the route 27 signs, from Peter Tavy to Mary Tavy was a rocky footpath, mostly down hill, but still had to walk some parts. Came back on the road to Tavistock, which conversely was predominately downhill. The first part from Tavistock to Peter Tavy is fairly lumpy, swapping between path and lane. I expect you would be using the Brentor route anyway though.
Cheers, Rob.

Re: Touring Map(s) Hebrides & West Coast

21 October 2014 - 9:38pm
For walking on the Black Cuillin Harvey's do a great map 1:25000 and 1:10000 of main ridge. Remember compasses are unreliable on the Cuillin and on the main ridge it is very easy to take the wrong route - one rock looks much like another in the mist! Study the routes in a guidebook carefully before you go. Hopefully the sun will shine out of clear skies for you.

Re: Devon Coast to Coast with children

21 October 2014 - 9:05pm

Re: Devon Coast to coast

21 October 2014 - 8:46pm
Thank you so much everyone. Really useful info, loved the maps and the travelogue. Just got an email from islabike to say the new bike arrives on Thursday so junior will have a week to get used to it.

Outline plan is now:
Day one: train to Barnstaple
Cycle Barnstaple to East Yarde Barn approx 16 miles.
Day. 2 cycle East Yarde to Okehampton approx 24 miles.
Day 3 cycle Okehampton to Tavistock approx 22 miles.
Day 4 cycle Tavistock to Plym bridge approx 11 miles and get him indoors to come and collect us.

This should be doable for the 8 year old without too much whinging on his new (to him) Beinn 26 small and for the 11 year old on the brand new Beinn 26 large who could easily take on much more.

I got the Devon coast to coast book in Stanfords this evening.

Re: Cycling the Portuguese coastline

21 October 2014 - 8:44pm
Your poorly written blog only appears to offer up 2 days of your trip and fails to establish why the OP should not do it.

Re: Cycling the Portuguese coastline

21 October 2014 - 8:00pm
I cycled down the coast south from Porto two weeks ago. Don't do it! Story is on my blog.

Road Cycle Touring in the Scottish Highlands

21 October 2014 - 7:02pm
I am a student currently studying Road Cycle Touring in the Scottish Highlands as part of my studies in Sustainable Development with the University of the Highlands & Islands. I am researching ways of improving cycle services in the region and It would be great to discuss different aspects of my project in relation to any memorable tours you may have had there, especially if these were in Wester Ross where I live. Of course it would be fantastic too if you didn’t mind completing my survey of road cyclist’s views


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