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26 July 2015 - 11:14am
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Re: 10 days in August. Where should I go?

26 July 2015 - 12:07am
We found the guidebook great, in conjunction with the Brittany cycling website and I plan journeys with cycle.travel .

We went Portsmouth – St Malo, and then caught the small boat across La Ranche to Dinard, from where we followed the old railway line south from the centre of town. We stayed in Airbnb accommodation throughout (one of our group is a very organised American) and all of it was very good, some luxuriously good – not sure how this would be for solo travellers, although some of it was traditional B&B-type accommodation, we were a group of 6. I think the most we paid was 74 euros per couple, but most was less than this, sometimes a lot less. If you’re able to take camping gear this will give you lot of flexibility because there are sites all over, or plan to stay several nights in two or three places and then cycle out on day rides – the pleasure of cycling but without the luggage every day. Spent week in Gouarec the other year at the campsite by the Nantes – Brest canal, basic but pleasant, run by someone from UK, and we did day rides, very enjoyable. You can get stung as a single person in hotels and B&B – I cycled back from Tuscany to Grenoble last summer, no pre-booked accommodation and some of the prices were steep, but always able to find somewhere. Tourist information offices always helpful and happy to phone to get you into accommodation – easiest thing to do when arriving in strange place and some have up-to-date list of vacancies. We ate too well and too much while we were in Brittany – lots of very good restaurants and a very kind exchange rate, even if most lunches were baguettes and cheese lying in the sun somewhere. We did indulge some of the local Breton cuisine and drink, particularly their cidre, not something I’d tried before, but this might reduce your mileage the next day.
Enjoy the trip.

Re: CTC Bike Bag on Ryanair

25 July 2015 - 9:38pm
rootes wrote:my bike is very big so this helps with pack size with wheel on it would be too big to go into the oversize luggage scanner at T2

how big is it? is this just to make it easier or there is some sort of official limit? I know some airlines specify max length of bike (e.g. 190cm?) but most standard two wheel touring bikes should be inside that.

I'm flying with the CTC bag with Easyjet soon and would rather not have to take any wheels off..

Re: Touring in Norway

25 July 2015 - 8:05pm
From Sortland? There's one at 6:45 am. It arrives at Fauske 11:45.

Re: Touring in Norway

25 July 2015 - 7:59pm
Vorpal wrote:jakobpoffley wrote:Weve decided to get the ferry to moskenes in fact we're on it right now. We'll probably be cycling to andanes then getting the bus back to fauske. I find it quite hard to understand the bus timetables so if someone would be able to tell me what time the buses go that we'd probably need to go on that would be amazing. Our train from fauske goes at 13:11 on Thursday the 30th.
You need to take the bus on Wednesday. The travel time with a change is almost 9 hours, so you should catch the 12:25 bus to Sortland bus terminal on Wednesday the 29th.
Thank you for the reply. If we just got the bus from sortland would we still need to leave on Wednesday or is there a bus on Thursday morning?

Re: Touring in Norway

25 July 2015 - 7:54pm
jakobpoffley wrote:Weve decided to get the ferry to moskenes in fact we're on it right now. We'll probably be cycling to andanes then getting the bus back to fauske. I find it quite hard to understand the bus timetables so if someone would be able to tell me what time the buses go that we'd probably need to go on that would be amazing. Our train from fauske goes at 13:11 on Thursday the 30th.
You need to take the bus on Wednesday. The travel time with a change is almost 9 hours, so you should catch the 12:25 bus to Sortland bus terminal on Wednesday the 29th.

Re: Touring in Norway

25 July 2015 - 7:06pm
Weve decided to get the ferry to moskenes in fact we're on it right now. We'll probably be cycling to andanes then getting the bus back to fauske. I find it quite hard to understand the bus timetables so if someone would be able to tell me what time the buses go that we'd probably need to go on that would be amazing. Our train from fauske goes at 13:11 on Thursday the 30th.

Re: DIY European hols w'out extras but WITH a good hired bik

25 July 2015 - 3:36pm
The best bet is to look for places that are cycling destinations - like Majorca. In Italy for example there's the Dolomites or the Lago di Garda - for example. If you have a particular place in mind then use Google Maps and search for "bike hire" plus the name of the place you're interested in - even better if you know the term in the language of the country you're interested in. Good hire shops will have a website with all of the information you need.

Re: 10 days in August. Where should I go?

25 July 2015 - 3:32pm
Thank you Chat Noir - I've just bought 'Brittany's Green Ways' and it looks very helpful.

I intend to rely on hotels and B&Bs rather than camping, so any recommendations would be welcome. I'm having a little difficulty finding places that aren't already booked up.

Pete

Question about bike shipping by plane

25 July 2015 - 3:29pm
Hi all,

I'm gonna cycle all the Pamir Highway. I'm landing at Dushanbe and I'm flying with Pegasus airlines and Pegasus Asia. I have few questions:

1- In the website it is not possible to add a bike in the list of special equipment so I cannot to pay for the service in advance. Is it possible to go the airport and pay there for the bike?
2- I want to try to carry the bike as checked baggage, but I did not found any information about the baggage size limit. Where may I find it?
3- Two stopovers I have to do, is there any way to know in advance if a checkin is necessary for each stopovers?

I have already contacted the plane company, but I haven't got any answer, so far.

Thanks

Re: Touring - worst fear?

25 July 2015 - 1:34pm
The unknown.
My last attempt was an overnighter near Hebden Bridge. Only 30 or so miles from home but having taken a wrong turn which had me climb a hill so steep that it wore me out and 5 ish miles in the opposite direction, a feeling of overwhelming loneliness took over and I couldn't wait to get home.
I do sometimes wonder if I have the brass knobs to accomplish this touring thing.

Re: Touring - worst fear?

25 July 2015 - 1:17pm
I woke up in the woods in france about 15kms from the nearest town with the left side of my face swollen and my eye swollen shut,i looked like the elephant man ,turns out a lovely abcess in my gum had decided to make its presence know(always try and fix your teeth before you go folks!!).So I cycled to the nearest town ,went to the tourist info and said 'can you help me find a dentist'(well kind of slurred it anyway),turns out finding an emergency dentist in a small French town is not so easy.Luckily they managed to find an appointment in the next town(20kms away.)
And to cap it all off the powder stuff I had to take to draw the posion out also gave me the squirts .Kind of glad it happened in a strange way,adversity makes you able to deal with things in a calmer way next time I think,well smallish things like this anyway,hopefully don't have to deal with anything really serious on tour(touch wood.)

Re: Best airline for bike travel - Lufthansa ?

25 July 2015 - 12:48pm
Baggage handling is independent of the airline and depends on the airport, the same firms that load Lufthansa will also load all the other airlines..

Re: CTC Bike Bag on Ryanair

25 July 2015 - 12:41pm
Here is a tip... only found out as Wiggle unusually failed to deliver when I ordered a CTC bike bag..

Single Mattress cover bag from http://www.safestore.co.uk/ sure the other storage places sell similar and best bit was only £4.49 plus they sell 'fragile' tape..

Few bits of pipe lagging, pedals and rear mech off, front wheel off (my bike is very big so this helps with pack size with wheel on it would be too big to go into the oversize luggage scanner at T2) and then bars turned and tweaked

Pic of bike as arrived in Iceland via Heathrow

https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=1 ... hoto%2cjpg

All fine and no issues at Heathrow or coming back at Keflavik.

Kept the bag with me on tour (rolled up on rack), though binned the lagging and bought more for return trip, fragile take stayed with me on my water bottle.

Repacking not quite so neat on way back, but it is on the pavement outside the departure terminal.

https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=1 ... hoto%2cjpg

Another tip, put 2x pannier in one of those tartan laundry bags to make a single bag. Again no issues. Left bottles in cages and sleeping mat bungled to rack.

Also Trangia kettle and d lock/chain lock is fine as hand luggage it seems.


Also make sure they stick the barcode tag on the side of the bag with the gear train as that way it is more likely to be kept that way up.

Si

Re: Best airline for bike travel - Lufthansa ?

25 July 2015 - 10:22am
I found Lufthansa very good last year, Swissair are very good too.

As has been pointed out though, it's the baggage handlers that are the potential problem on any airline - i've been sat on the plane and watched as my bike case dropped 2m from a conveyer to the ground - I think that was at Berlin. Frankfurt is Lufthansa's main hub so they have more control there so there may be fewer issues there.

Re: Canal du Midi towpath

25 July 2015 - 7:47am
Yes, the bike was fine but the baguette she had on her rack didn't look good. I waded in to help her out but then the rest of her group turned up so my chivalrous act was quickly over!

Re: Antwerp to Amsterdam

25 July 2015 - 12:02am
The (Flemish) Belgian cities are all nice - Antwerp, Bruges, Ghent. Leuven is also very pretty and worth a detour IMO.

In NL would recommend Dordrecht and Delft. Dordrecht is on the confluence of many different rivers and is the oldest city in NL. It's very pretty and is small enough to explore in its entirety in a couple of hours. A particularly pleasant day of riding on last year's trip was between Leiden and Delft, following the coast path as far as The Hague (which itself is also worthy of a visit).

My experience of the LF routes is that they are scenic but not especially direct. You may want to take a few shortcuts to towns en-route - extremely easy given how well places are signposted in Holland.

Re: Touring - worst fear?

24 July 2015 - 9:41pm
1)

robing wrote:Another one: You meet another cycle tourist who then says they are following the same route as you and then wants to tag along for the next week.

2)

Not being fast enough to get away from them

Re: Touring - worst fear?

24 July 2015 - 9:36pm
robing wrote:Another one: You meet another cycle tourist who then says they are following the same route as you and then wants to tag along for the next week.

Re: Best airline for bike travel - Lufthansa ?

24 July 2015 - 8:53pm
+1 for Lufthansa.
But beware of flights advertised on Lufthansa website that are operated by German Wings. This airline requires bikes to be boxed.

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