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Camino de Santiago/Way of St James

29 July 2015 - 4:00pm
Am proposing to ride this route in September,probably from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port.
In view of the difficulty of getting there ( & back) with my usual Thorn Raven,was thinking of using rail/bus links & either my Brompton or Birdy Grey.
Has anyone done it on a Folder or any thoughts on suitability?

Re: Edinburgh

29 July 2015 - 3:48pm
Thanks firedfromthecircus!

Re: Free cycle touring kindle books

29 July 2015 - 3:39pm
No problem, if you enjoy the free versions, please consider purchasing the full versions that are available as kindle or paperback.

Cheers,
Tom

Re: Free cycle touring kindle books

29 July 2015 - 3:35pm
Tom, thanks for the free downloads, they will keep me entertained on holiday. I will look out for the full editions in due course.

Re: Free cycle touring kindle books

29 July 2015 - 3:34pm
You can get kindle reader for iPad - not a good reason on its own to buy an iPad, but very handy if you already have one. The kindle app is free, though the books of course aren't.

Re: Free bicycle touring eBooks

29 July 2015 - 3:28pm
great very generous of u

Re: Free cycle touring kindle books

29 July 2015 - 3:01pm
You can get kindle readers for android devices. Mr. V and I share books that I buy for the Kindle that way. He doesn't have a Kindle. He has a tablet; I think it's Samsung.

However, the Kindle is *much* easier to read. It's more like reading a book and easier on the eyes. The tablet fine for a few minutes, or even a half hour, but my eyes tire if I try to read much more than that on a tablet or computer.

Just £54 here http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kindle-Glare-Fr ... B00KDRUCJY You might do a little better at duty free, if you buy one on your way somewhere.

You don't have to post very many books home from a tour to justify the cost.

Re: Loved Spain, hated France

29 July 2015 - 2:52pm
Somewhere deep in my old posts is something I posted along the lines of "Go either to France or Spain but not to both". The Pyrenees are there for a reason. Going through both creates a holiday of two halves. You have two languages, two cultures, two landscapes. I think you were right to call it a day and do France another time - just as good but so very different.

Re: Free cycle touring kindle books

29 July 2015 - 2:30pm
bidi wrote:Damn! I need to get in to this Kindle malarky.

Anyone able to help out with a concise description of the various models available to help me choose which is right for me?


u can just get a Kindle reader( software) for your pc or notebook. dont know if u can get for a tablet, I think for smartphones - free to download, make an account with Amazon and download many of the other free books they have

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/digital/fiona/kcp-landing-page?ie=UTF8&ref_=kcp_pc_mkt_lnd

Re: Free cycle touring kindle books

29 July 2015 - 1:46pm
Thanks for that Simon. Looks like a good choice for reading during tours. Better get on Amazon or eBay methinks.

Re: My first touring 'fail'

29 July 2015 - 1:36pm
Hello everybody. I'm 37 and a relaxed tourer. Its been 1 year and 2 months since I've been over 60mpd... Etc. (lets start the help group here )

Re: Loved Spain, hated France

29 July 2015 - 1:34pm
tatanab wrote:... On a Sunday, admittedly early, you can ride the big main roads to make up time if necessary and be amazed at how little traffic there is. ....
Used to be law (maybe still is) that lorries (can't remember the size constraints) are severly restricted on when they can use the roads over a weekend. These restrictions become even stricter for July and August (i.e. banned from roads 7:00 to 19:00 Sat and Sat 22:00 to Sun 22:00). There are a few exceptions e.g. animal feed lorries. Can't remember the normal non-July/aug hours, but still pretty restricted.

At least it used to be like that, maybe changed now.

Ian

Re: Free cycle touring kindle books

29 July 2015 - 1:32pm
Can only really tell you why I like mine, which I've had for some years. It may have been superseded by now.
I have the 'paperwhite' which has a very print-like screen, which I find entirely natural and untiring to read - it's just like reading a paperback, in fact. It is gently back-lit in a very different way to a LED-backlit screen you will find on a notebook or a tablet.
I opted for the 3G version so I can download books anywhere, but in practice I've never needed to - I have always been happy either to read the books already on board or else, to wait till I'm at home or work, and can join the wifi network. I don't like reading text on glossy, colour screens, especially strongly backlit screens (he says, typing this on his MBP... ) so I deliberately chose the Kindle Paperwhite for this reason, spin-off plus for a device using an "e-ink" screen is whopping battery life - weeks, in fact Love it.
Wide wide choice of books available, have also learnt how to make my own, so take with me my own touring guides, when I go to northern France, although this highlights one of the few drawbacks of the Kindle, which is it doesn't handle pdf images very well. I have experimented with including town plans or maps of particular places of interest (campsites, mainly) in my home-made e-books without a great deal of success and since I've started using a Satmap Active for mapping, this idea has become redundant anyway.
As a keen book reader and a solo traveller, the Kindle is one of the first things I pack.
Must also tell you about the key factor to this arrangement, that is Calibre - a really good e-book management application (open source, free, although donations welcome, I'm sure!). It makes managing a large-ish library (hundreds of books, both purchased and DRM-free, in my case) fairly hassle-free.
And lastly, buying a book from Amazon is really straightfarward and most of the one's I've wanted have been at attractive prices - along the same sort of lines I'd expect to pay for a book in a charity shop, back in the days when that was how I did most of my book buying!
One last thing I don't think the Kindle - or any other ebook reader for that matter - does very well is allow you to browse a book - you can't just flip through the pages in a fairly casual way, as one would a "coffee-table" book or a glossy magazine. At least, you can do it, but it doesn't have the same feel to it - others may disagree.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amazon_Ki ... eration.29
http://calibre-ebook.com

Re: Specialized Awol

29 July 2015 - 1:23pm
Ooooo I shall be ordering one of them right now!!! Was hoping the Comp would've been a considerably better spec, but the major things are the Sram gearing and brakes, which I don't think is worth the extra £500!

Re: Loved Spain, hated France

29 July 2015 - 12:59pm
tatanab wrote:robing wrote:I was going to cycle back through France, but it was a bit of a culture shock! I'd come in their peak holiday time and everywhere was full even campsites. Hotels were 80 to 100 € plus, in spain they were only 20 to 30€ mostly. French campsites were over €30 with wifi and electricity extra. The roads were worse than Spain and very busy.I spend about 4 weeks a year in France, usually in June or July but sometimes into August. Like any country you pick your roads. On those I use I can ride for 20 minutes at a time without seeing a moving motor vehicle. On a Sunday, admittedly early, you can ride the big main roads to make up time if necessary and be amazed at how little traffic there is. Campsites, staying on municipal sites the cost is typically 7 to 10 Euros. The big commercial sites are more expensive. It also depends where you are. I guess you might well have been coming up through the Landes south of Bordeaux. This is a holiday area and very expensive. So go back another time - take a bit more time to use the minor roads and the municipal sites.


I would agree about the municipal campsites. The one in Bergerac in very the touristy Dordogne was 7 euros for two people in late June the last time I went.

I rode from Toulouse, along the Pyrenees to the coast and then down to Barcelona a couple of years ago. The price of a campsite pretty much doubled as soon as I crossed into Spain. This could be because I was on the coast rather than any difference between Spain/France.

Re: Free cycle touring kindle books

29 July 2015 - 12:53pm
Damn! I need to get in to this Kindle malarky.

Anyone able to help out with a concise description of the various models available to help me choose which is right for me?

Re: My first touring 'fail'

29 July 2015 - 12:15pm
Perhaps more should be made of easy days touring. Too often we read of the hard(ship) cyclists. Then the people who want a road bike so they can do their 100 mpd at speed. Super light, etc, etc.

I tour a lot as in months every year, but sometimes feel a bit embarrassed about my average speed of 15 kph and some of my daily distances of 60 - 80 kpd.

When needs must, I can crack a 140 kpd, as I had to do for a few days in Cambodia last year due to lack of accommodation, but its not fun and not what I would want to consider the norm.

Let's hear it for the easy paced, relaxed tours.

PS sometimes hiatus hernias can give a feeling a bit like heart palpitations. I know, I've been there.

Re: Free cycle touring kindle books

29 July 2015 - 11:34am
cheers

Re: Free cycle touring kindle books

29 July 2015 - 10:23am
Thanks, have corrected the URL. Hope you enjoy them

Re: Brest to Presqu'ile de Crozon ferry, Brittany

29 July 2015 - 10:09am
Thanks, Bernard, that was very kind of you. I'll be sure to reserve in advance.

If anyone's actually used this ferry I'd still be interested in their experience.

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