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Re: Eurovelo 7 South to North?

23 November 2014 - 10:07pm
If not CGOAB then Google is your friend.
Also try looking up "Ciclopista Del Sole" which is the Italian part of EV-7
Have you seen -> http://italy-cycling-guide.info/cyclewa ... urovelo-7/

Re: Favourite country?

23 November 2014 - 10:06pm
smith4188 wrote:Eastern Europe, particularly Bosnia, Macedonia and Montenegro. Beautiful scenery, very cheap and nicely weird.

I really loved Serbia - partly cos I was feeling homesick and the rolling limestone valleys in the east reminded me of the North Pennines.

Belgrade is a cracking city, and the Fruska Gora National Park just to the south of Novi Sad is amazing.

Re: Reivers coast to coast on skinny tires?

23 November 2014 - 9:51pm
Pah. I ride round there on fixed before breakfast

What was your route?

Re: Eurovelo 7 South to North?

23 November 2014 - 9:45pm
Thank you, but I failed to find anything on crazyguyonabike. If there's anything I've missed, I'd be grateful for the link.

Re: Eurovelo 7 South to North?

23 November 2014 - 9:28pm
I'd check on "Crazy Guy on a Bike" -> https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/ if anyone has written a blog on that route.

Luck ...........

Eurovelo 7 South to North?

23 November 2014 - 9:11pm
Can anyone give any information about the southern part of the route? We're thinking of setting off next year and doing the route in stages. So it'd be really good if anyone can help out on:
- cycling in Malta. It looks to be a bit of a nightmare, is this right?
- maps for the southern section as far as Rome
- whether going south to north is the best way of going about it.

Many thanks

Re: Touring Cassette

23 November 2014 - 8:57pm
Your front chainwheels are not exactly small, so I would go for a cassette with 34t. There are parts of the UK where with luggage even this is not light enough gearing. With modern 9 or 10 sp cassettes, there is no longer a real downside to wider ratio cassettes, unless you are on a road bike in Holland.

Re: Front lights with a bar bag

23 November 2014 - 4:40pm
DaleFTW wrote:http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/busch-and-muller-light-bracket-for-fork-crown-254mm-mount-prod22455/

Running a couple of them for a year or so. Why pay more...

They do look good. Have ordered one and will see if that solves it.
Thanks everyone for your help

Re: Gibraltar - Perpignan (France) through Sierra Nevada

23 November 2014 - 12:15pm
Whilst you're in Gib, make sure you ride up the Rock.

I did it first with a 3sp SA Raleigh, then some years later on my Mercian. I found it difficult coming back down as my arms were aching from braking so hard. Up the hills - some of them 1in3 - was hard enough but worth it.

Re: Diabetic Feet on Tour

23 November 2014 - 10:54am
Hi there

If you are passing Aldi pop in and buy some cycling overshoes. They will keep your feet warmer and hopefully DRIER which is the main thing. Good lick with your ride.

South from Rome over Xmas.

22 November 2014 - 10:00pm
Thanks ubert767, I have seen that blog. Will pretty much use their route
as a starter. Really looking for suggestions/ ideas to ride beyond Amalfi Coast maybe though Pulgia??

Re: Gibraltar - Perpignan (France) through Sierra Nevada

22 November 2014 - 8:02pm
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Here's an extract from the site courtesy of Google Translate. It looks like a great route (they're right about Teruel) so it may be worth persevering with it:

Description guidebook with cycle route to Andalusia

The Andalusia-route runs from Girona in Catalonia to the Imperial Cities in Andalusia. The route takes about 1700 km through the interior of Spain and allows the cyclist to meet with a virtually unknown but beautiful part of Spain. Inland Catalonia is green, with forests and vineyards, but also with charming towns and beautiful monasteries. The more you go south, the rougher the landscape. A railway bed, complete with (illuminated) tunnels and bridges, bike your way to the Maestrazgo. Geëerodeerde mountains where vultures circling above. Villages like eagle nests are on mountaintops. The further south you take the Moorish influence in the towns. Teruel and Cuenca are wonderful examples.

Unfortunately you miss out the coast, Cabo de gata and Valencia.

Re: Gibraltar - Perpignan (France) through Sierra Nevada

22 November 2014 - 5:14pm
Yes, the road between Algeciras and Malaga is horrendous. And for most of the way there's no alternative back road.

Re: Favourite country?

22 November 2014 - 5:04pm
My small contribution to this thread.

I can recommend Sardinia**

Which until recently the tourist authorities promoted as not just a country (which of course it isn't) but as "like a continent"!!!!

Not in july or august though.

** no i am not part of the international jet/yachting set - far from it.

Re: Favourite country?

22 November 2014 - 5:01pm
smith4188 wrote:Do you have a spare three months next summer?

Possibly - depends on stuff i'm trying to sort in my life.

I must say though that although i am more than willing to live on a basic diet/sand and olive oil or whatever, i am not into the idea of starvation or those quasi macho slogs across deserts.

Are you planning to fuel this trip on beer?

All the best to you and Blackburn.

Re: Favourite country?

22 November 2014 - 4:41pm
Sweep wrote:Now places that have become more mainstream and weekend stag night venues, whereas when i went there folk said "why are you going there sweep, it's so grey".

I like your pioneering somewhat perverse approach - meant in the best possible way.

Long live the weird.


Yes, some of it is grey and ugly, but it's usually ugly in an interesting way. I also got a big buzz out of Albania, Kosovo, Ukraine and Belarus for feeling like I was somewhere not many cyclists find themselves but those places were interesting rather than fun or beautiful. (Actually, that's not entirely true. Kosovo and Albania had some beautiful bits.) I could only recommend them to people who said 'Long live the weird'.

Sweep wrote:Your book highly recommended - got any more trips planned?

Cheers! And yes. Next summer I'm doing a shorter but possibly more challenging ride during which I might actually starve to death. I'm just building the website for it and then I'll announce it after Christmas because I'm looking for a handful of people to come with me. Do you have a spare three months next summer?

Re: Favourite country?

22 November 2014 - 4:31pm
Keep posting those recommendations and i'll get there eventually.

Travelled a bit in my youth in the maybe more accessible communist eastern europe.

Now places that have become more mainstream and weekend stag night venues, whereas when i went there folk said "why are you going there sweep, it's so grey".

I like your pioneering somewhat perverse approach - meant in the best possible way.

Long live the weird.

Your book highly recommended - got any more trips planned?

Re: Gibraltar - Perpignan (France) through Sierra Nevada

22 November 2014 - 4:21pm
The route on the map on the Dutch site starts in Cadiz, which I imagine would be a better starting point (Gibraltar is a toilet). But if you have to start from Gib then I'd avoid the main coast road to Malaga. It's a fast dual carriageway and even though I've seen cyclists on it, it looked terrifying. Better would be to aim directly for Ronda, which is one of the places of the Dutch route anyway.

Also, if you follow that route then you aren't going to be doing the Sierra Nevada (once out of Granada you'll be going north of it). If you want to do the Sierra Nevada properly (and it's worth it), you could drop into Malaga after Ronda, continue along the coast (the coast road isn't too busy east of Malaga) as far as Motril, turn inland to Velez de Benaudalla and then have a nice play in the beautiful mountains.

I also seem to remember the countryside north of Cuenca was great too, although I was a bit farther west than your route.

Have a good trip!

Re: Favourite country?

22 November 2014 - 3:59pm
Eastern Europe, particularly Bosnia, Macedonia and Montenegro. Beautiful scenery, very cheap and nicely weird.

Re: Front lights with a bar bag

21 November 2014 - 11:56pm
Other options include putting a bike light into a side mesh pocket so it points forward. On drop bars it may be possible to use a "rubber band" type mount on the drops so it points the right way.

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