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Re: North sea Route Holland/Germany

28 January 2015 - 11:24pm
Cycling South to North is generally considered best to take advantage of the prevailing winds.
Between Ostend and Den Helder the route runs closer to the sea leaving the cyclists most at the mercy of the wind. Once across the Afsluitdijk the wind is unlikely to have a major influence.
On a lighthearted note, some of these crazy Dutch people have a challenge race against the wind on the Oosterscheldekering, part of the The North Sea Cycle Route http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dutch_Head ... mpionships

Re: Touring Asia

28 January 2015 - 10:49pm
Yeah thanks for that. Your right there are quite a few blogs re other parts of Asia but not so much about China.
We are taking a tandem on an extended tour and are leaving Scotland at the end of March.
We feel that we are organised to a degree with the part of the trip from Hanoi to Bangkok as we are following two established routes, one from Hanoi to Chiang Ria (travel and bike Loas) and the other from Chiang Ria to Bangkok (spice road tours) albeit that we are doing it independently. We are less well organised for the China section and would be grateful for any advice re a route from Beijing to Hanoi. Would be great to organise a chat with you re the Vietnam, Loas and Thailand section though.
Thanks Jimmie.

Re: Paris and Bike Security

28 January 2015 - 9:41pm
tim_f wrote:If you are travelling back to London by Eurostar I understand you can check your bikes in advance and they will keep them in London at the collection counter until you return.

I recall it is cheaper this way as well.

Tim.

I can confirm this is correct as we did the same at the end of our London to Paris ride a couple of years ago, saving finding somewhere to store our bikes in Paris. The bikes waited in London whilst we stayed two nights - I think there's a limit to the amount of time they will hold them in London so it's worth giving Euro Dispatch a call before booking your trip.

Re: Seeking advice on routes

28 January 2015 - 9:36pm
I can't really comment on the routes but wanted to offer an alternative opinion on taking bikes on the TGV.

Last year I took my bike on the train from Paris to Bordeaux with no problems whatsoever. Well... one problem. Getting a fully loaded touring bike up a flight of stairs at Gare Montparnasse was a challenge but all plain sailing after that. We booked the tickets over the phone using rail-europe.

Re: USA Tour

28 January 2015 - 9:08pm
Nigel Laverick wrote:Thanks for advice. Climate seems more of an issue than wildlife.

Going S-N or N-S you need to choose your starting times carefully. For example most people doing the Great Divide which goes through mountains in the norh and low deserts in the south typically start in July. Late enough the passes are clear of snow. Not hitting the deserts until September.

Don't forget though that crossing the deserts is only a few days. If you use a motel or two o get out the heat and ride very early you can avoid the worst conditions. This article on crazyguyonabike gives a good overview of riding east from the coast in the southwest USA.

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?doc_id=4968

Re: USA Tour

28 January 2015 - 9:07pm
Crater Lake and Cascades are best in the summer. There's a reasonable chance of snow still on the ground well into June. The best weather is usually in August.

Wild life isn't usually a problem, but there are some things to be cautious about. If wild camping, follow local advice about wildlife...

In desert areas, keep your tent selaed as much as possible, and shake out shoes or sleeping bags before getting in them. A number of creatures are attracted to the warmth and may bite if startled. Most aren't poisonous enough to do real harm, but some of the rattlesnakes are. If you are bitten, call emergency services (911). People seldom die from snake or scorpion bites, but they should be treated immediately.

In forested areas further north, carry some rope and a rubbish bag to make a bear bag in a tree, well away from your tent. Do not keep any food, things that once held food, anything sweet smelling like toothpaste or deodorant, or clothes that you have worn whilst cooking in yout tent. Cook and eat food well away from your tent to avoid the smells being there. There is no reason to be afraid of bears, but they have unfortunately learned ot like our food. There is some good advice about bears here: http://www.nps.gov/noca/naturescience/bear-safety.htm

Re: Bike delivery service - Virgin BikeMagic

28 January 2015 - 8:13pm
nmnm wrote:Looking for Bike Magic?
We’ve put the brakes on our bike delivery service but you can still send your luggage using Bag Magic.You guys with your tricky questions have frightened them off!

You have to reckon though, the parcel courier industry is quite competitive and no-one is within a mile of this price. They can't last long charging £10 to move a 30kg box door-to-door within the UK, I reckon, even with Brent Crude so cheap!

My employer (a FTSE 100 company with 1000+ outlets) used to have a deal until recently with Yodel that would do any thing up to 25kg for under £4+ VAT so I wouldn't bet on it!

Re: Cycling Mexico

28 January 2015 - 6:42pm
Amazing, there are some very no-go areas in Mexico but the small area I know in the Yucatan was very friendly when I was there - but that was 30 years ago. It was also amazingly cheap then but I guess that has changed.

I look forward to reading your journal in slow time. Congratulations!

Re: Seeking advice on routes

28 January 2015 - 6:35pm
It might help if you could say where you live, assuming this is your start point. I live near Plymouth and with your time scale I would take the ferry to Roscoff and do a loop around Brittany.

If you don't live near a channel port consider flying, this is the best way to find sunshine! As already mentioned the fast trains are not bike friendly.

Re: USA Tour

28 January 2015 - 6:19pm
Thanks for advice. Climate seems more of an issue than wildlife.

Re: Seeking advice on routes

28 January 2015 - 6:09pm
mbamford wrote: 1. Take the TGV from Paris to Strasbourg, follow the Rhein
south to Geneva, and take TGV back to Paris

The Rhein doesn't go even close to Geneva! from Basel you head south through the Jura to Geneva - very nice and not too mountainous!

mbamford wrote:
3. Take the TGV from Paris to Strasbourg, France, go north to Stuttgart, and
then east to Munich.



Erm - From Strasbourg you'd actually go mostly east to Stuttgart and Stuttgart to Munich is actually a lot more south than east and is quite a long way! You could follow the Neckar and Donau to keep things a bit more level at least as far as Ulm.

There are thousands of places you could go but where do you want to go?

Re: Dublin to Dingle Route

28 January 2015 - 4:35pm
Thanks for all the advice and tips

Re: Seeking advice on routes

28 January 2015 - 3:38pm
Must you start and finish in Paris? Perhaps you live there?

Re: Flying back to UK from Cape Town

28 January 2015 - 3:18pm
simonhill wrote:I don't understand. I fly regularly with Emirates and bikes are free as part of your standard 30kgs allowance. Anything over the 30 is subjest to excess (high charges by all account).

As you are coming home, can't you post or otherwise freight your excess. Can't imagine you'll be needing your tent in the UK for a while.

Yes that's an option to look into, would rather everything went together with me.

Bike box with bits packed there are 23kg, then another 30kg of luggage.

At the moment SAA look to be cheapest. Sports equipment is free.

Gary
www.longbikeride.co.uk

Flying back to UK from Cape Town

28 January 2015 - 2:19pm
simonhill wrote:I don't understand. I fly regularly with Emirates and bikes are free as part of your standard 30kgs allowance. Anything over the 30 is subjest to excess (high charges by all account).

As you are coming home, can't you post or otherwise freight your excess. Can't imagine you'll be needing your tent in the UK for a while.

Policies are different depending on routes. I used to work in Tourism in a past life and airline protocol is a minefield. Luggage allowances etc differ inexplicably much to the frustration of agents and pax.

I also thought of VS (Virgin) Gary. Thinking out the box: Capetonians are a metro-lot, keen on sport and fairly wealthy. Could you flog your beloved bike? [emoji174]

Re: Flying back to UK from Cape Town

28 January 2015 - 1:34pm
I don't understand. I fly regularly with Emirates and bikes are free as part of your standard 30kgs allowance. Anything over the 30 is subjest to excess (high charges by all account).

As you are coming home, can't you post or otherwise freight your excess. Can't imagine you'll be needing your tent in the UK for a while.

Re: Flying back to UK from Cape Town

28 January 2015 - 1:31pm
Thanks Hector, first attempt with SAA they gave me a number for the baggage dept that didn't exist!

Re: Seeking advice on routes

28 January 2015 - 12:31pm
There are some restrictions on taking bikes on Eurostar and TGV:

http://www.seat61.com/bike-by-train.htm#France

Re: Cycling Mexico

28 January 2015 - 12:00pm
And how did Mexico feel about it?

Re: Touring in Sweden

28 January 2015 - 11:54am
There is both more variety of food available in Sweden than Norway, and better prices. Sweden is part of the EU, so most things that are available elsewhere are generally available in Sweden. Differences in prices are mainly down to transport costs. Local is obviously cheaper. The Norwegian market, though is heavily controlled by the government.

viewtopic.php?f=16&t=86142 is mostly about food in Norway.

One thing to add to that thread... If you are here in summer, it's often possible to buy good, local food from farms, roadside stands, and small groceries. It is especially common to sell fruit (cherries, plums, strawberries, raspberries) from roadside stands, but other local produce is also sold in this way. Otherwise, look for farms with signs out (if they have opening hours on a sign, they sell stuff), and small, independent shops in towns and villages.

The only airline I have flown between the UK and Norway with my bicycle was BA. I had very good service from them. I posted this review a couple of years ago viewtopic.php?f=18&t=63298

Lots of people use Norwegian with no problems, but they fly to and from Gatwick, which has given some people difficulty with baggage requirements.

viewtopic.php?f=16&t=53378&p=803103

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