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Re: Cycling to Axbridge from Bristol

18 December 2014 - 1:15pm
I often do a loop from Brsitol to Cheddar and back and this passes through Webbington, a couple of hundred metres from Loxton on the other side of the M5. I'll try to describe a route from Temple Meads Station.
From the station follow the Chocolate Way out to and through Aston Court. Through Long Ashton and down Old Weston Rd past Flax Burton Coroners Court. Follow the bike path to end then right (Backwell Bow) and immediately left Backwell Common. At the end of the lane left and after 300 m right onto the A370 at Backwell/West Town.After ~1km right onto Chelveney Rd and then first left Chelvney Lane. Through Claverham and left onto B3133 then right back onto A370 for 200m until left at Congresbury onto B3133. Right onto Brinsea Batch to Churchill where right and at end of lane left to A368. Cross A368 and go thorough Sandford then right onto The Lynch, left Church Rd, immediately right Barton Road. At the end of the lane right and 400m to Loxton.

Not sure if you can follow this but using Goggle maps you can pick out all the road names and get and idea of the route.

Re: Default tourer?

18 December 2014 - 1:04pm
foxyrider wrote:reohn2 wrote:Takes some beating,when you never hear or read a bad word about them.....

They are c*&p!

There you go, a bad word about them
Some people's opinions are worth more than others

tbh no real opinion on them, i'm not gonna buy one but if your creed is lugging around a heavy monster who am i to nay say?
Creed?
I didn't realise they were a religion
Heavy monster?
About the same weight as most tourers,I'd say.
If you want a beast of burden they seem to fit the bill very well,by all accounts reliable,good wheelset,drivetrain and cycleparts,proven track record.
What's yer gripe?

I'm on the outside looking in,having never owned or ridden an LHT or DT(though I have a front fork on my Kona DewDrop),perhaps you have and know something the rest of us don't
Care to share?

Re: Default tourer?

18 December 2014 - 11:50am
reohn2 wrote:Takes some beating,when you never hear or read a bad word about them.....

They are c*&p!

There you go, a bad word about them

tbh no real opinion on them, i'm not gonna buy one but if your creed is lugging around a heavy monster who am i to nay say?

Re: Default tourer?

18 December 2014 - 11:27am
Favourable, considered review of a more modern disc trucker here.

http://tomsbiketrip.com/surly-disc-truc ... ew-photos/

Re: Cycling to Axbridge from Bristol

18 December 2014 - 10:28am
Thanks for the replies.

I did look at Bath, but the extra distance (10 miles or so - 3x miles not 2x miles) was slightly more than I am comfortable with in half a day since my train will get in late morning and I have a do in the evening.

The Strawberry Line or alternative route looks good.

Ferdinand

Re: Jan to May Riding?

18 December 2014 - 10:08am
Hi,

Thanks for all the responses and apologises for the lack of activity in response. I have had a slight change of plan (new job has reduced the 6 month tour down to a single month before I start the new job):

I've now got the middle of January to the middle of February to 'play with.' So I am leaning towards Morocco as it seems to be fairly cheap, good weather for the time of year and a culture I've yet to explore.

Have any of the community toured Morocco previously? And if so, it would be amazing if they could help answer a few questions I have with regards to the trip:

1. Getting there? I'm thinking a flight straight into Tangier or Marrakech (depending on route) from London and boxing my bike up to re assemble on the other side. It would be great to here if anyone has done this, and if so, did they manage to locate a bike shop to nab a box from when needing to box the bike back up to go home? Ferry over to Spain, then train down south, then ferry over to Morocco is also an option, but looking to be a bit more expensive!?

2. Route? This is where the community could be a massive help. Any suggested circular routes for up to a couple of weeks would be ideal. I ride a standard Reynold 531 touring bike with no suspension and road wheels, so ideally the route would ride on roads and be committed to around 50-90 miles a day.

3. Any other tips you can offer?

As, always, thanking you all advance for your help.

Happy Riding!

Re: Cycling to Axbridge from Bristol

18 December 2014 - 8:22am
What redvee said, then ride west out of Axbridge to Cross and through small places to Loxton. It's slightly shorter if you head west from the sports fields in Winscombe but then you don't see Axbridge centre and it's worth seeing. NCN 33 Festival Way is mostly tarmac roads and paths with one section of gravel greenway, 26 Strawberry Line is limestone porridge which is OK on a hybrid but might be worth using nearby roads between Nye Road and Winscombe if the weather is poor.

Much as I love the coastal places, it's still a rather lumpy route and the A370 is the cyclable crossing of the Yeo nearest the coast (the M5 is more direct but we're not allowed on it) and it's a fairly horrible ride.

Re: TOURING 2015

18 December 2014 - 7:38am
mnichols wrote:honesty wrote:I'm looking at doing the route from Bangor to Chepstow and then carrying on to home in Taunton. 5 days B&Bing is the plan...
Is there a recommended route from Bangor to Chepstow?
I'm planning to do a lap of Wales on the May Bank Holiday, so this would help the route planning

The LLC has a branch that goes through Hay on Wye and on to Chepstow rather than going down to Cardiff

Re: TOURING 2015

18 December 2014 - 7:25am
Hi all, when I get back, I'm looking to possibly cycle the circumference of Britain then do a LEJOG & back JOGLE to finish.

Be interested to hear from anyone else who's done the entire coast, also looking at possibly adding Ireland, IOW, IOM, Gurnsey and Jersey.

Gary
www.longbikeride.co.uk

Re: 1980s Raleigh Esprit for tour of Italy?

18 December 2014 - 6:10am
Hobbs1951 wrote:Not sure what an ordinary cyclist is
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Re: 1980s Raleigh Esprit for tour of Italy?

18 December 2014 - 1:06am
I had an Esprit and quite enjoyed it for runs around the local area, but when I decided to venture into touring the frame flexed worryingly under a very modest load.

Re: Cycling to Axbridge from Bristol

17 December 2014 - 11:49pm
Get to Temple Meads then ride to Festival way, along the river. Ride Festival Way to Nailsea then pick up the Srawberry Line in Yatton to Axbridge and onwards.

Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

17 December 2014 - 11:14pm
psmiffy wrote:mnichols wrote:mercalia wrote:
At the moment the worse we could do is through jam sandwiches at one another

Im not sure that the muzzle velocity of a jam sandwich is high enough for a throw and through

eh? I didnt write that?

Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

17 December 2014 - 9:47pm
mnichols wrote:
At the moment the worse we could do is through jam sandwiches at one another

Im not sure that the muzzle velocity of a jam sandwich is high enough for a throw and through

Re: Cycling to Axbridge from Bristol

17 December 2014 - 9:41pm
Bristol has two train stations. Cycling out of either of them may not be great initially. Have you considered Bath, Bradford on Avon, Castle Cary or maybe Weymouth?

Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

17 December 2014 - 9:25pm
mercalia wrote: I still think learn to fire a pistol and pack one preferably "make my day" type?

After our last trip together which was only 1 week and we had our own rooms, I'm not sure with us living in each others pockets for a month it's a good idea if any of us are armed!

At the moment the worse we could do is through jam sandwiches at one another

Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

17 December 2014 - 8:38pm
Worth a read is Leo Woodlands blog of this route.

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/cautionarytales

Quality writing. He is a published author on cycling going back decades pre internet.

Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

17 December 2014 - 8:25pm
Sounds fabulous. Still much thinking but e to west say may, June, July might work well. If I get the timing right Mrhj could bring the kids out for a fortnight at the end ( by which time hopefully we'd be done) which would coincide with the start of the school hols. Thank you for the information. Lots of route reviewing to do in the next couple of years!

Cycling to Axbridge from Bristol

17 December 2014 - 5:59pm
I may have a weekend in Loxton near Axbridge in Somerset in the New Year.

I usually get the train to somewhere up to half a day away and cycle the last 10 to 30 miles.

In this case I'm looking at getting the train to Bristol, and the appropriate route too Axbridge seems to be NCN 26 and 33, or along the coastal route.

Does anyone have any advice on this area?

I will be riding a hybrid with panniers etc, so trails are fine but not too much single track.

Thanks

Ferdinand

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

17 December 2014 - 5:01pm
The link works fine. Thats a nice little climb right there.

So - right now planning for worst case scenario for my trip (which is probably what will happen). AKA my mate in Esher isn't around to join me on the tour.

I am hoping to use a CTC-Bag for the bike so that when I arrive in Heathrow, I can literally assemble the bike and load the panniers on straight in the airport. Now the question is how to get to Chester...whats the policy with fully loaded bikes on the underground etc?

Alternatively, I am looking at flying into Manchester instead and probably riding from the Airport down to Chester and spending the night in Chester. I would take a train from Cardiff to Manchester Airport. That seems like the much easier way to do it.

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