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Re: Train tickets and bike reservations for someone in the U

50 min 28 sec ago
iviehoff wrote:But wouldn't you change at Newport rather than Cardiff? Why go from Newport to Cardiff and back again?


I wasn't aware that this was the route the train took. I already have my (non-refundable) tickets so I will have to file this in the "mistakes before leaving" folder.

Thanks for the heads-up, anyway.

Re: Anyone done the Trans Am - West to East?

53 min 14 sec ago
No I've only done the Southern Tier West to East but lots of people do the Northern Tier in that direction so it will be doable, it's just most people go East to West.

Agree with JamesGilbert look at Crazy Guy, it's a valuable resource.

The ACA maps are excellent, good luck with your trip.

Re: Anyone done the Trans Am - West to East?

1 hour 16 min ago
I'm thinking about doing it myself one day....

There are lots (232 to be exact) of Trans-Am journals on Crazy Guy on a Bike, here are the west-to-east ones: https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/cat ... ory_id=111

Re: Any ideas of good 3 day (mainly off road tour)

2 hours 45 min ago
Not in one go, no, and I haven't done the track down Tynedale in years. Maybe later in the summer!

The Cow Green-Dufton stretch is the best bit, mind.

Anyone done the Trans Am - West to East?

2 hours 48 min ago
Anyone done the American Adventure Cycling Trans Am route from West to East - starting at Astoria and ending at Yorktown? I'm sure plenty have and I'd be interested to hear what you thought of it - especially how long it took and any hints on gear etc.

Re: Cycling to Nordkapp: searching for suggestions

4 hours 7 min ago
iviehoff wrote:serbring wrote:Regarding food I'd prefer to not bring with me the cooking equipment. Can I get something just prepared on the road, like sandwiches, piece of cakes, and so on? Are this kind of meals expensive?
You can live on bread and cheese etc without breaking the bank, but if it's cold you might miss the warm drink you can cook up on a stove. Food and drinks in cafes etc is very expensive.
thanks. for your suggestion.

Does the webisite with the list of tunnels work now? On my laptop tunnels are not displayed anymore. Here the website
http://www.cycletourer.co.uk/maps/tunnelmap.shtml

Re: Looking for inspiration/ideas for a tour in Germany.

4 hours 10 min ago
Ambler wrote:Nigel
Any chance of explaining how you travelled to Donaueschingen?

Thanks

If I remember rightly I had to wait 2 hours at Stuttgart, then got a regional express train to Tuttlingen at about 06:20, which took 2 hours. I was only at Tuttlingen a few minutes, then got on a local train to Donaueschingen, arriving about 08:45 am. I didn't have a problem getting the bike on either train.

Re: Isle of Man - where's good to ride and stay?

4 hours 35 min ago
Hey thanks for your information everybody, I'll check all of this stuff out and decide what I'm gonna do

Re: Surviving Norway?

5 hours 41 min ago
I don't really like cooking when I camp, also because I prefer touring light and eating street food. But since I know that Norway is expensive I'm thinking to bring with me camping cuttery and a plate to prepare some cold meals. In this post someone posted the interesting suggestion of preparing cous cous with cold water. Cheap and quite fast. Do you have any other cold meal I may prepare in Norway without a stove?

Re: Looking for inspiration/ideas for a tour in Germany.

6 hours 37 min ago
The link from Galloper is very good. You used to be able to get it in hardback (and free)

Munsterland is very, very good. Not visited by Brits and very beautiful.

I'm off tomorrow to cycle camp the new route, the Roman-Lippe route from Detmold to Xanten. It only opened in 2013 and looks a cracker.

http://www.ruhr-tourismus.de/en/radrevi ... route.html

http://www.roemerlipperoute.de/

I'll post how I get on later in August

Enjoy the summer

John

Re: LGW ->Schiphol and a four day tour of Holland

9 hours 57 min ago
Thanks 22 Camels,
Hardly any need for sunglasses.

Re: Gothenburg - Malmo - Copenhagen - Berlin

11 hours 19 min ago
Thanks very much for the links Tim!

Great, will have a look through these this weekend.

cheers.

Re: LGW ->Schiphol and a four day tour of Holland

25 July 2014 - 10:23pm
Enjoyed reading that, thanks. No luminous orange and yellow panniers! What's the world coming to?

Re: Looking for inspiration/ideas for a tour in Germany.

25 July 2014 - 10:12pm
Thanks for the link Galloper. Will get reading.

Re: France: Cycling on Coast Paths and Wild Camping

25 July 2014 - 7:37pm
Claud wrote:Hi,

A more couple of quick questions I’m hoping some here can advise on before we head off next week along the Breton coast ..........

1) Is cycling on the coast path allowed?
Mostly we’ll stick to the official Tour de Manche route, but a couple of short off-road detours right along the sea would be great, and from the pics I’ve seen some of the coastpath looks to have a good surface for riding, eg. around Perros Guirec.

2) What are the rules on wild camping in France? I’m particularly thinking of the grassy bits on headlands or above beaches.

(So far googling says nothing about #1, and nothing definitive about #2, but maybe it’s OK-ish??)

Thanks!

I'm currently on the TdM route. Day one from Cherbourg to carentan was mainly on an old railway. Surface was rough and v dusty. Chain, bike and me covered in link dust. Today was mainly on a path along the Vire, a much better surface. Heading to mont st michel tomorrow, will let you know!

Re: Anker Cache Battery Broken USB Connector

25 July 2014 - 6:53pm
I did consider one of these, but the connector would still keep falling out and I suspect the micro USB socket in the device eventually fail.

Re: Anker Cache Battery Broken USB Connector

25 July 2014 - 6:42pm
A pre-emptive measure for others might be a USB cable with a right angle mini/micro connector (such as this)



So there isn't so much cable sticking out to lever on the connector.

Rick.

Anker Cache Battery Broken USB Connector

25 July 2014 - 6:00pm
I have a Tablet, Smartphone and AA batteries from my Garmin Etrex Vista Hcx, which are charged when not cycling during a trip with a couple of Anker 10000mAh Cache batteries.

Each Anker cache battery is charged whilst cycling with a conventional Son28 dynamo and B&M E-Werk Regulator set up.

Unfortunately I managed to break the extremely fragile micro USB charging connector on one of the Ankers. It wasn't unexpected as these USB connectors are far too fragile for the rough and tumble of the touring environment.

Rather than throwing the Anker away I cut away the case and soldered one end of a short cable to the Anker circuit board, with an audio 3 pin XLR connector on the other. This mates to another XLR connector soldered onto one of the bare end coaxial leads that come with the E-Werk.batt_lead1.jpg

The whole charging lead path is now far more robust, with no danger of ultra fragile micro USB connectors falling out en route / breaking etc.
bike_fit1.jpg
If you're interested, the handlebar bag in the photo above is an old canvas military RAF tool bag sewn onto a Kraus and Rixen handlebar frame. Works fine and is waterproof too.

!WARNING! Anker and other similar batteries contain Li-Ion batteries which will ignite if damaged or cut!

France: Cycling on Coast Paths and Wild Camping

25 July 2014 - 5:52pm
Hi,

A more couple of quick questions I’m hoping some here can advise on before we head off next week along the Breton coast ..........

1) Is cycling on the coast path allowed?
Mostly we’ll stick to the official Tour de Manche route, but a couple of short off-road detours right along the sea would be great, and from the pics I’ve seen some of the coastpath looks to have a good surface for riding, eg. around Perros Guirec.

2) What are the rules on wild camping in France? I’m particularly thinking of the grassy bits on headlands or above beaches.

(So far googling says nothing about #1, and nothing definitive about #2, but maybe it’s OK-ish??)

Thanks!

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